Stevie Carroll (stevie_carroll) wrote,
Stevie Carroll

Hump Day Hook

Another Wednesday, and another Hump Day Hook. I'm still working on Finding Rupert as my main WiP, but I thought I'd do something a little different in the run-up to Halloween and post a few hooks from my published short story collection, A Series of Ordinary Adventures. This week's comes from 'Seven for the Devil' in which former rock'n'roll double bass player has been offered one wish by a mysterious old man on the A140 trunk road:


No matter how hard he tried, Michael couldn’t stop mulling over the old man’s offer. He wasn’t going to give the guy an answer, no matter who he was, or why he wanted to know, but the possibilities suggested couldn’t be banished from his mind just because the car had driven away. Michael could be famous in his own right, the Nigel Kennedy of the double bass; he could appear at the Albert Hall and have film crews follow his every movement for a big TV documentary. He could have his old friends back, and see their sheer delight at headlining Reading or Glastonbury. Either way, he need never again have to decide between a takeaway or money on his electric card; never have to ask Roger for a loan, because his rent was due before they’d be paid for their latest gig; never have to ask his sisters to give him clothes for Christmas and birthdays.


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A wander down a country pathway, a cruise vacation in the Mediterranean, a school reunion, a sandwich eaten in the park – in the stories of Stevie Carroll, the mundane becomes tantalizingly magical. A footballer’s mistress gets more than just an apartment when her lover tries to keep her in style; a rock-and-roll bass player finds out that second chances aren’t all they’re cracked up to be; something sinister lurks beneath the trappings of a travelling carnival.

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Tags: a series of ordinary adventures, blog hop, hump day hook, published work
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