the widows blade

Novel Excerpt By Hamish McKenna

A Novel Excerpt From ‘The Widows Blade’ By Hamish McKenna

This novel excerpt is by kind courtesy of Hamish McKenna.

Kathleen unlocked the door and entered calling out to her sons, “I’m back boys, come and get breakfast.” As the boys did not answer she assumed they were in the back garden.

Kathleen started towards the kitchen. She was horrified by the sight that met her. She dropped the shopping in shock.

 

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Both her boys were tied to kitchen chairs with silver duct tape with more tape across their mouths. There was a man behind each of the boys, “Hello Kathleen,” said the one on the left through a chilling smile.

Kathleen dragged her eyes away from the pleading tear-streaked faces of her children, “Wh what do you want?” stammered Kathleen hoping against hope that these were simply burglars, though in her heart she knew that was not the case.

“You can run away but we will always find you.”

The other man ran a menacing finger across Bens throat while the first man continued, “We know you have been talking to the police. The next time you speak to them you will say the your boys got it wrong. They really cant say who they saw, or what they saw. They have very active imaginations and all that.”

His accomplice had produced a knife from somewhere and was holding the blade next to Bens throat.

“Understand?”

“Yes,” answered Kathleen quietly.

The one on the right had now cut Bens ear and blood was pouring down the side of his head soaking his t-shirt.

“UNDERSTAND?”

“Yes, Yes!”

Both men quietly brushed past Kathleen as they walked to the front door, “Have a nice holiday,” came the sarcastic remark as they exited the house.

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Novel Excerpt From The Widows Blade

The Widows Blade by Hamish McKenna

……………. She felt that way now, as they made their way back to the car after watching Toy Story 4 at the movies. Their children were talking to each other about the movie and laughing as they did so…………..

……………..It was only three months after their second son, who they named Matthew, was born that Kathleen’s husband was given a tour of duty in Afghanistan. The tour was to last twelve months. Kathleen was devastated. She was now to be on her own with the two boys for an entire year. She had been aware that this could happen but never in a million years thought that it actually would………….

………………She and the children all waved goodbye to him happy in the knowledge that this would be his last time away from home.

© Hamish McKenna

The Widows Blade

is a novel currently being written by Hamish McKenna.

These snippets have been used with the author’s permission.

What If?

Life Is Full Of What If's
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Chris Stefanis

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If Only or What If?

Have you ever thought to yourself, “What if?” The what if’s and if only’s of life present themselves to us almost daily.

Every regret you have or will have in the future is bound to have you thinking for example, “What if I had remembered to go for petrol this morning? I would have been here at a different time and this accident would never have happened.”

Let me tell you something. Put the what if’s out of your mind. Banish them from existence. They have no right to enter your head. A ‘what if’ scenario in your head is an event that is non-existent. Neither you nor I have the ability to make time run backwards so there is absolutely no point in thinking like that. I, personally, cannot even begin to comprehend the number of what if situations that must have occurred in my life.

I do not want to remember them either. Remembering or dwelling on one of these is detrimental to your overall health and wellbeing.

Should you start to have a what if moment creep into your subconscious, it is best to extinguish it right away with positive thoughts.

These can be in the form of self-affirmation or maybe looking forward to a happy event in the future. You could also start planning something that you would like to achieve. That could be anything from tidying the garden to a masters degree in horticulture.

The point is. Think positive. You are worthy.

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Novel Writing Month

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November Is Novel Writing Month

NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month. This month is devoted to encouraging writers and authors to write a complete novel in a month.

You may think that to write a novel in a month would be either an impossible task or that the resulting work would be rubbish.

Not at all. The movement for the National Novel Writing Month is a strong one. There are continual prompts and challenges thrown down by the organisers in order that you will succeed, even if this is your first novel or novella.

Should you want to jump on board or perhaps be reminded next year, simply visit the NaNoWriMo site, and sign up. It is free.

And hey, if you do not get your novel finished, at least you have got it underway.

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Enter The Humble Pen – Today is Biro Day

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The Pen Is Mightier Than The Sword

This phrase was coined by an English author named Edward Bulwer-Lytton in 1839, way before the Biro was invented.

 

The Biro was actually invented in 1943 by two Hungarian brothers named Laszlo and Gyorgy Biro. Until then the most modern type of writing implement was a fountain pen.

 

To use one of these efficiently you needed to have blotting paper to hand as early ones tended to leak making writing a messy business. In the 1800’s you would have probably been using a quill and an ink well.

Now, of course, the humble Biro has advanced into a ballpoint pen with all sorts of variations and costs.

For example, do a search for “pen” on Ebay, in the pens and writing instrument category, will yield results of from $1 to $38,450.07!

 

Paper-Mate produced pens that had a double heart symbol on the clasp. This was to indicate that the pen had a “pump” which gave it the ability to be used for writing at any angle, even upside down.

 

Not too sure why you might want to lie on your back and write a letter though.

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Writing is a dying art. By that I mean that almost no-one writes letters to pen pals or friends. We all use emails or text with a phone.

 

Would it not be nice to receive an actual letter that was not a bill?

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