Today I am pleased to be sharing two posts from two very different blog tours. See you get a delay from me and then bam two lots of goodness.
So without further ado I thank Kelly @ Love Books for inviting me on this tour. Today I will be sharing an extract from the book.
Blurb: Four young professionals pick the wrong weekend to visit a popular Pumpkin Patch Bed and Breakfast. It’s the last day of the season, and the weather and the farm are picture-perfect. Ma and Pa Winter are the consummate hosts, and they immediately win over Dillon, Tara, Josh and Julia with their homespun authenticity. Like the thousands of other visitors to Winters Farm and Orchard, the four are eager to pick apples and pumpkins and take the challenge of the Giant Corn Maze. But Ma Winter has other plans. A scary moonlight hayride spirals into a frantic twenty-four hours of deception and mayhem, and the group find themselves unwilling participants in a horrific family tradition.
And here is the extract:
PA’S ROUGH, CALLOUSED HANDS HELPED steady the thirty-odd passengers up the steep and rickety steps of the old-fashioned hay wagon, where square bales lined the wooden fence-like railings for seating. The fresh, pungent aroma of the extra hay covering the floor added pleasant authenticity to the atmosphere, and a good whiff of Pa’s boozy breath added an element of danger.
The tall and ancient John Deere tractor with its rusted smokestack and pipes sticking out from all sides was reminiscent of a Norman Rockwell painting, and with giant tires as tall as Pa, the contraption appeared to be more than up to the task of pulling a wagon full of adults. To help seat her passengers, Ma used her flashlight like an usher, and she encouraged them to squeeze together and get cozy. Tara and Dillon found two bales next to each other and huddled under one of the quilts they brought along from the bonfire. Josh and Julia shared another, but they conspicuously did not huddle.
A nervous Carrie avoided eye contact with Ma as she boarded the wagon. She tried to slide unobtrusively on the bale next to Dillon, but Ma was quick to flash her light on an empty seat on the other side of the wagon and told her to sit there. “You know, for balance.” It was neither given nor interpreted as a suggestion, and Carrie reluctantly obeyed her order and made the switch.
Dillon lied to make her feel less afraid. “They probably shift people around all the time, like they do on small planes.” When Ma gave Pa a strange hand signal, he sensed another setup. “Uh-oh. This is going to be good,” he whispered to Tara.
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