Today I am very excited to be kicking off the blog tour for an exclusive short story by Amanda Prowse.
Every stop on the tour will reveal more of the story.
Poppy kicked her leg back and forth, letting the sole of her shoe skim the wood block floor of Miss West’s classroom. The title of the essay they had to write was written in capital letters on the board: THE THINGS I LOVE MOST ABOUT MY DAD! Her cheeks felt hot and her head a bit swimmy. She clutched the fat pencil in her fingers and studied the back of her other hand that lay flat against the blank sheet of paper. A quick glance to her left confirmed her suspicions that she was falling way behind in the task as Harriet’s pencil danced across the lines with speed. Poppy squinted to try and read what her classmate had written. Her stomach flipped with its familiar sense of inadequacy as she scanned Harriet’s words, ‘My daddy makes the best pancakes in the world and he carries me up the stairs if I fall asleep in the car.’
Poppy looked away, she didn’t need to read any more about Harriet’s fabulous father to understand just how lacking her life was. Miss West wandered between the desks nodding and smiling at each child’s efforts. She stopped by Poppy’s side and bobbed down until she was level with the desk. Poppy watched as she tucked her navy wool skirt under her thighs. She loved her teacher who always smelt of mints and was bright and happy like sunshine even on a rainy day like today.
‘How you getting on there Poppy? Are you finding it a bit hard to start?’ Miss West scanned the empty page and almost whispered. It made Poppy feel a bit better, as if whatever they discussed was a secret. She shrugged her shoulders, ‘a bit.’ She admitted.
Stop by http://girlslovetoread.com tomorrow for the second instalment.
Pre Order: Will You Remember Me (17th July)
Amanda has always obsessively crafted short stories and scribbled notes for potential books. Five years ago, she quit her job as a management consultant and began writing full time. The result was Poppy Day, the story of an army wife, whose incredible love for her husband gives her the courage to rescue him from hostages in Afghanistan. Originally self-published in October 2011 with 100% of royalties going to the Royal British Legion, Poppy Day quickly became a bestseller and Amanda was signed up by Head of Zeus publishers.
Follow Amanda on Twitter @MrsAmandaProwse