Friday, 26 June 2015

SFFS 27/6/2015 Impcatcher

This is my snippet this week for SFFSat. SFFSat is a place where a number of authors post snippets from their written works, and give the opportunity for comments, support and encouragement. Please also explore the other blogs that are part of this set - you can find the information here.

Today I reveal the first snippet from Impcatcher, the new novel I am in the process of releasing. I haven't yet got a release date, and the cover is still in preparation, but hey, it's progressing! The manuscript is complete and edited - expect to see more about Impcatcher in the next few weeks!

 Without more ado or further explanation, I reveal for your entertainment the first dozen or so lines of the novel.

A high-pitched, manic giggle cut through the velvet blackness of the wine cellar as the echo of breaking glass faded. I took a deep breath, and the alcoholic fumes from the shattered bottle left me feeling light-headed for a moment. I had dropped the lamp when I dodged the missile. Doing this job, there's no way I'd use a modern bound-imp lamp, so I'm stuck with an oil lantern. The glass had not survived the accident, and now the old stone chamber was stygian. A slight clacking sound to my left, like a big rat in tap shoes, hinted at my quarry’s location. It was trusting to the darkness and my lowly human eyes to conceal it. I glowered into the gloom. This had been supposed to be an easy job. Lady Varra had said the tyke was only a recent arrival, a weak little refugee without the experience to be troublesome.
A sudden rattle of movement warned me that said weak little refugee was endeavouring to be thoroughly troublesome.

 Comments welcomed!


  1. I liked the way you evoked several senses in this passage. Also the humor - "a big rat in tap shoes."

  2. You had me at a rat in tap shoes. Looking forward to see what havoc this weak little refugee drums up.

  3. Very humorous, and totally got me intrigued about this story, for sure.

    1. Good - expect some more next week!