Monday, April 8, 2019

Culmfield Cuckoo by Celia Moore - Book Tour + Giveaway

Culmfield Cuckoo

When Billy reaches out to help, her kindness brings many changes which threaten hopes, homes, and even the people she loves the most.
Who is the Culmfield Cuckoo?
Will they help Billy get her life back? Or is the Cuckoo the cause of everything that is going wrong?
Who is telling the truth?
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FOX HALT FARM, the first book in the series, is Free from Tuesday 2nd April 12am PDT  finishing on Saturday 6th 11.59pm PDT

Last month Jazzy Book Reviews featured an extract from Fox Halt Farm, the initial book in Celia Moore’s series Fox Halt Farm. Today I have a new extract – this one is from the newly published Culmfield Cuckoo, the second book of Celia’s planned trilogy, which can still be read as a standalone novel.

Many of Fox Halt Farm’s cast of characters are back in Culmfield Cuckoo but when Billy reaches out to help Jessie, her kindness brings many changes. Hopes, homes, and even the people she loves the most, are threatened. Who is the Culmfield Cuckoo? Will they help Billy get her life back? Or is the Cuckoo the cause of everything that is going wrong? Who is telling the truth?


“…a taxi has arrived in the farmyard. Jessie and Mary spot the car too, and they rush to the front door. I suspect they are unnerved by Richard and me arguing, both keen to scarper.
‘Thank you all,’ Jessie says.
‘Thank you, Auntie, and er…Mrs…’ Mary looks at my mother, she is not sure what to call her.
‘Daniella,’ Mum tells her.
‘Thank you.’ Mary pauses and in a little voice, conveying discomfort about using my mother’s first name, she says, ‘Daniella.’
 ‘No, Jessie,’ I say, blocking the door. ‘You can’t go. I’m not going to abandon you again. Richard doesn’t really mind.’ I glance at him, then I turn to Mary. ‘Maybe you will talk to me, or Richard, perhaps? He’s a very good listener.’
 ‘Billy. You mustn’t get involved. Let them go.’ Richard shakes his head.
We have been through so much together, and if anyone asked, we would say we never argue and constantly help each other. He is always there for me, ready to discuss anything. We laugh and we love each other. Disagreeing with him is tearing me up, but I owe Jessie.
‘Please send the taxi away,’ I say, feeling confident I will win Richard over.
‘You’re not coming to Paros?’ he checks again.                              
‘No,’ I reply, yearning for Jessie to forgive me; years ago, I chose Michael over our close friendship, but now, I hope Jessie sees I am opting for her over Richard. In truth, I am not choosing her, because I know he will come around. But now, the man, who I believe I know better than myself shakes his head. ‘In that case, Billy,’ he says, ‘I’ll spend this week with Marcus in Cornwall. He’s been badgering me to look at a new housing scheme, and it will be good to see him. I’ll come back when Jessie and Mary are gone.’
It is as though he has hit me. I rethink everything: Richard was awake all night, just like me. We were both guessing at reasons why Jessie came to the farm, both haunted by a terrible secret, knowing her presence could endanger us all. Richard must have planned his options too, but he has made a different choice.
 He may be right, mine could be a dangerous decision, but I won’t send Jessie and Mary away, it’s too late for that.
I watch him hand the taxi driver some cash, and then the vehicle leaves empty of passengers.
Richard doesn’t kiss me before he drives away too. Not even a smile, or a goodbye…”

Author Bio –
Celia Moore (1967-now) grew up on a small farm near Exeter. She had a successful career as a Chartered Surveyor working in the City of London before working her way back to Devon. In 2000, she left the office to start a new adventure as an outdoor instructor, teaching rock climbing and mountaineering. Today she gardens for a few lovely customers, runs and writes (accompanied at all times by a border terrier x jack russell called Tizzy). She is running the London Marathon in April 2019 for three cancer charities.

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