#Excerpt of Joesph Barnaby by Susan Roebuck @sueroebuck @rararesources @crookedcatbooks

Posted October 8, 2018 by Zoé in Excerpt, Reviews and Stuff / 2 Comments

#Excerpt of Joesph Barnaby by Susan Roebuck @sueroebuck @rararesources @crookedcatbooks

Joseph Barnaby by Susan Roebuck
Published by Crooked Cat Books on October 5 2018
Genres: Romance, Suspense
Pages: 343
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I want to say a very special thanks to Rachel and Susan for this, as I was not able to read this book in time due to the pesky migraines so I will review it at a later date, instead I get to give you an excerpt from the book to whet your appetite! 

Sofia started down the hill. She knew it was ill-advised to try and make it safely down the path of the vertical slope, one where stones and fallen rocks barely kept their balance. Thank goodness Tio Fernando had the rockfall barrier fence reinforced on the cliff-face last winter. It had cost him a fortune, but in a couple of months the weather would worsen and dislodge those rocks which could destroy his Quinta, its land, and Sofia’s bee-hives. Heaven forbid! That could not happen. Not to her bees.

She chose her footing carefully, wondering when the last time someone had come down to the Quinta on this path. It had probably been her. Her uncle and aunt always left the farm by boat. They said she was a mountain goat, but even so, if she missed her step, then it would be arse over tit all the way down two hundred metres of vertiginous rock-face. She stopped, and rubbed her screaming calf muscles. That did nothing to relieve them; neither did stamping her foot, which merely sent clouds of dust into the air to join the dancing gnats.

Just look at that view, something no-one would ever get tired of seeing. The sun, now at the end of August, was a little lower, so its beams spangled the sapphire surface of the ocean with diamonds….

…Way below, the farm stretched to the rocky grey-pebbled beach where the white veil of surf broke on the grey and black shoreline of the Fajã. Her uncle’s Quinta dos Françeses sat at sea-level where he farmed two acres of vineyards, an acre of banana trees and another two of fruit trees and bushes, not including the vegetable patches, goats, chickens and a donkey. The red-roofed farmhouse had been built on a small hillock, the highest point of the Fajã, at the far western end surrounded by a verdant array of overhanging passion-fruit creepers and a vegetable garden. Next to the farmhouse was the washhouse, then the farm-worker’s cottage. Behind them were the fruit orchards, and the wine-cellar barn. Next in line was the toolshed, flanked by another fruit orchard. And there, at the far western end, sheltered from the sea by a black stone wall, were her beehives.

She paused once more to catch her breath. She was nearly level with the line of canary palms, planted long before anyone remembered. The palm fronds swayed in the sea breeze, and tiny golden-and-green birds flitted through the branches. They sang beautifully, her aunt always said, like canaries, and Sofia believed her.

It was getting warmer and sweat trickled down her back. Several honeybees passed her, their destination one of the four hives she’d built. The little creatures had been busy today, if the large sacs of pollen gathered on their tiny black legs were anything to go by. She gave them a salute.

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*Thank you so much to Rachel at Rachel Random Resources, Crooked Cat books and the author Susan Roebuck for an excerpt from the book*

About Susan Roebuck

I was born and educated in the UK (I am British!) but now live in Portugal. I’ve been an English teacher for many years with the British Council and also the Portuguese civil service where I developed e-learning courses.

My first love is, of course, my husband, my second writing, and my third painting. And now I have time to be able to indulge in all three.

My debut novel, “Perfect Score” was published by Mundania Press on Sept 21, 2010 and the paperback launched on May 11 2011. It was a finalist in the 2012 EPIC e-book Awards in the Mainstream Category.

My second novel is a dark thriller/fantasy called “Hewhay Hall”. It won an EPPIE award in the 2013 EPIC (Electronic Publishing Industry Coalition) e-Book Awards in the Horror Category.

Next comes “Rising Tide”, published in 2015. Set in Portugal, published by Mundania Press. It is set in a tiny fishing village that the world, and most of Portugal, has forgotten. Read about the wonders of the ocean and see if Piper from Norfolk UK and Leo from Alaska, USA, can find what they’re searching for in the little village of Luminosa.

“Forest Dancer” was published on 20th February 2018 by CrookedCat Books. This is novel number 2 set in Portugal but this time in the forests outside Lisbon, Portugal. Instead of the sea (as in Rising Tide), now find out about the wonders of the forest and whether classical ballerina, Flora, can find what she’s searching for in the small village of Aurora.

On 5th October 2018 CrookedCat Books published my newest novel, “Joseph Barnaby”, another romance/suspense which is set on the island of Madeira.



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2 responses to “#Excerpt of Joesph Barnaby by Susan Roebuck @sueroebuck @rararesources @crookedcatbooks

    • Zoe

      Thank you so much Susan and thank you for being so understanding! I am looking forward to reading your book !! X