Wednesday, 27 January 2016

The Blue Light Diaries (and on the seventh day) - SAMPLE

After the success of my first short true story book "The Last Of Days", the upcoming "The Blue Light Diaries (and on the seventh day)" due for release in June is now coming along very nicely. As such, without giving the plot away, here is a sample of the opening paragraphs of the book.

"The Blue Light Diaries (and on the seventh day)" is a science fiction/horror story based in the present. It is based on a story I have been developing in my mind for many years, and should be unlike any other science fiction story currently available as it is based on numerous events around one main character and a number of lesser characters.

As the title suggests, the story takes place over just seven days. The fully complete book will consist of ten distinct chapters and between 100-150 A4 pages in length. I will be looking for volunteers to read the novel before its release to check for mistakes in spelling or grammar, so if you are interested please contact me.

Please read and enjoy, and remember this is an early draft, so things might change slightly as I progress...

"The Blue Light Diaries - And on the seventh day
Chapter One
“The End of The World - Introduction”

Christmas Eve (Evening) – December 24th 2016 Hawaii
It was just a typical Christmas Eve in Hawaii, the night sky as clear as fresh spring water, no breeze in the air and the sense of something special in the air. The home of Dr Peter Honeycutt overlooked a small town, and each house was lit with Christmas lights and other festive decorations.
Studying his eye-piece of his telescope, Peter scanned the moon as he did every night when he had the opportunity. He felt comfort and calming when studying the moon’s surface, and looked at the features of the moon as he did every night. Unlike his life, he knew the moon would be a constant companion, never changing and with each glance he felt comfortable and not so alone.
Dr Peter Honeycutt had moved from his life in New York City, he’d had a successful doctor’s surgery there and had built up a practise that any General Practitioner would be proud of. However his personal life was quite the opposite, thanks to his dedication to his job he had let life slip him by, and although he wasn’t old, at 45 Peter thought he had to make a change and one day without letting anyone know he sold the practise, sold his belongings and moved to start a new life in Hawaii.
Peter moved from the telescope, and reached for his glass of water, and for a split second he lost concentration and tripped over the leg of the telescope. It didn’t matter, as Peter always found it easier enough to find the moon through the viewfinder. When looking for other planets he’d pull out his mobile phone and load up his Google Night Sky application (Peter was always one for new and convenient technology) , scan the sky to see if there was anything he wanted to look at and then he’d move the telescope in the rough direction. It was always fun twisting and turning the telescope, and moving the focus in and out until he caught glimpse of some extraterrestrial body.
He held his glass up to the light and looked through it. It was the purest water he’d ever had the pleasure of drinking, and it was one of the benefits of leaving the rat-race and setting up a new life. He put the glass down on the small table next to the telescope and once again glimpsed through the telescopes lens. Peter had forgot that he had just moved the telescope when he had kicked it, so for a moment or so adjusted the focus back and forth.
There was something there, strangely it give off a slight blue colour, nothing like he had seen before in the night sky. He pulled away from the telescope and looked at the bright and clear night sky. There was Jupiter low on the horizon to the left of the moon, with Saturn even lower and almost directly below the moon. Even if it had been one of these, they would not look blue under the telescope.
Thanks to his recent obsessive nature of cataloguing the stars and planets at night on his tablet in his spreadsheet, Peter instantly realised that this body was nothing he had seen before. Indeed, it even travelled at a different pace to other such objects that move in the night sky. Usually it would take an object up to a minute to move from the left of the lens image to the right of the image, however this object didn’t seem to move! Peter stared at it for what felt like twenty minutes, and although the both the moon, Jupiter and Saturn had moved, this blue object in the sky had barely moved a millimetre.
This was Christmas Eve, so there was no chance that there would be staff at the Mauna Kea Observatories. The best thing to do at this point was to note the position, and get on with the things that everyone does this time of year. The presents were packed ready for his visit on Christmas Day, so he walked into his kitchen and lit a candle, all the while pondering the strange sight he had been studying that evening. It was 11.30PM, Peter had been so engrossed in the strange night sky that he had not gone to his door upon hearing Carol Singers, indeed, he’d not left the telescope for what seemed like every passing second since the sun had gone down."

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