Monday, November 18, 2013

The Perimeter by Shalini Boland: Guest Post and Excerpt


 



The Best Places to Read a Book
by Shalini Boland

 

On the sofa

Yes, on the sofa is a nice place to read. It’s comfy. You can have a cup of tea next to you on the coffee table (not on the arm – you might knock it off accidentally) and maybe a couple of biscuits to dunk. BUT, the sitting room isn’t always a haven of calm. A husband could walk through at any time searching for lost car keys. A child may wander in, tap you on the shoulder and request that you provide him with more food. There are always way too many distractions.

 

In the bath

Good call. If the door has a lock, you know you’ll be totally undisturbed. HOWEVER, there’s only a finite time you can spend in there before your skin goes wrinkly and the water begins to turn from volcano hot to lukewarm. Plus, there’s the added danger that your book could fall in, or, heaven forbid, your ereader. Can you get electrocuted from an ereader in the bath? I don’t think so, but you wouldn’t want to test that theory.

 

On holiday

Possibly a favourite choice. Sunshine, sun loungers, hours of time to relax, no work distractions, Holidays are the perfect time to catch up with those stacks of novels you’ve been dying to read, but haven’t had the chance to, due to the fact you’ve been searching for lost keys, feeding kids and recovering from electrical injuries you sustained in the bath. Yes, holidays seem to be the perfect place to read, UNLESS you’re like me and only take one holiday every millennium.

 

Public Transport

Hmmm, I guess if you commute, this could be a good option. As long as you don’t live in Britain, where you can never get a seat on the train/bus due to massive over-crowding, unless you re-mortgage your house to travel first class, in which case you get virtually a whole carriage to yourself and a four poster bed, champagne, truffles and your own butler. I’m exaggerating. BUT what happens if you get to a really good bit of the book and you reach your stop? Do you get up, mid-scene, destroying the atmosphere of the story, or do you ignore your stop, travel to the end of the line, to Where-the heck-am-I-ville, and get a taxi home? This type of scenario has actually happened in real life.

 

In bed

This gets my vote. The kids have been fed and are sound asleep. The husband’s car keys are on the hook downstairs. You’ve had a nice soaky bubble bath without mishap. The holiday to Costa del Gorgeous is booked. So now you can get into your pjs, snuggle under the duvet and turn to page one. Bliss.

 

So where’s your fave place to read? One of the above, or somewhere totally different?

 



The Perimeter by Shalini Boland
(Outside #3)
Publication date: November 18th 2013
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult


The Perimeter, blurb:


In this fractured world, a sinister force is coming for Riley, and the only things keeping her safe are a perimeter fence and the people she loves. As her life is threatened, she must make impossible choices. But help comes from the most unlikely of places, and all Riley needs to know is: who can she really trust?

Meanwhile, a repentant killer searches for peace and salvation, but what he gets is the exact opposite. Now he’ll have to make the hardest decision of his life.

The Perimeter is a darkly captivating dystopian tale of adventure, danger, love and redemption that will have you on the edge of your seat and up at night turning the pages to find out what happens next . . .


Outside Series blurb:

Set in the near future, these three heart-stopping novels follow Riley as she overcomes the murder of her younger sister by tracking down the killer across a post-apocalyptic Britain. At the same time, she is forced to take on the might of a twisted regime intent on conquering the nation. The series is packed with action, suspense, drama and dystopian adventure.


 
 
 
‘Have you done things you’re ashamed of, Jamie?’
An image of the dead girl flashed into Jamie’s mind. Shiny beads of blood and glass.
‘I can help you come to terms with those things. I can give you peace. Absolution. Are you tired, Jamie? Are you sick of the road and the hostility of your fellow man? Do you crave a warm bed and a clear purpose?’
Jamie wanted to tune out Mr Carter’s voice, but the soft seductive words crept into his brain like a virus. Part of Jamie knew that this man was skilled in the art of telling people what they longed to hear. That he wasn’t doing anything out of the goodness of his heart. That he had an ulterior motive for approaching him. But the other part of Jamie was tired. Bone-weary in fact, and this Mr Carter bloke knew it. Knew how to press his buttons and get him to do what he wanted.



Shalini lives in Dorset, England with her husband and two noisy boys. Before children, she was signed to Universal Music as a singer songwriter. Now, writing novels has hijacked her life and she is usually to be found with a laptop welded to her fingers and the house in a permanent state of neglect.

Author Links:
Website: 
http://www.shaliniboland.co.uk
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/ShaliniBolandAuthor
 
 
 

Post a Comment