#CoverReveal And #Excerpt #FlyOnTheWallPoetryTours @fly_press @kenyon_isabelle : On Borrowed Time #OnBorrowedTime – Graeme Hall @hongkonggraeme

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Today I’m super pleased to be on the blogtour, organised by Fly On The Wall Poetry Tours, to reveal the cover of

Graeme Hall Blog Tour

But first some ‘basic’ information and an excerpt

About the Author :

1RnHF0Io_400x400Graeme lived in Hong Kong from 1993 to 2010 and still keeps a close connection to the city. His first novel was set in Hong Kong and Shanghai over the period 1996/97 and most of his writing comes from his love of that part of the world. Graeme first visited Macau in 1993 and he quickly became fascinated by the oldest European settlement in Asia. His short story collection, ‘The Goddess of Macau’ was published in August 2020 by Fly on the Wall Press.
He has won the short story competitions of the Macau Literary Festival and the Ilkley Literature Festival, and his writing has been published in anthologies by Black Pear Press and the Macau Literary Festival.He is an active member of the Leeds Writers Circle whose members have been a constant source of advice, support and encouragement. Graeme lives in Calderdale, West Yorkshire with his wife and a wooden dog.


Synopsis :

On Borrowed Time is set in Hong Kong and Shanghai over the period 1996/1997 – including the handover of Hong Kong to China. The novel explores the choices that people have to make; in particular between doing what is easy and what is right.
In Hong Kong, Emma Janssen discovers the truth behind the death of her brother four years earlier. Meanwhile, in Shanghai, a PhD student meets a woman with an unusual degree of interest in his research. These storylines converge at the time of the handover of Hong Kong to China in 1997, and Emma finds that she has to choose between revenge or the future happiness and safety of both herself and those close to her.
While being a work of fiction, On Borrowed Time is rooted in the author’s own experiences of living and working in Hong Kong from 1993 to 2010, in particular the final years of British rule and the transfer of sovereignty back to China.

Excerpt :

SAM STOOD AT THE BUS stop contemplating the day ahead. The first without his secretary. Sam had been incredulous when she’d told him her holiday plans. Two weeks was her entire allowance for the year. He’d have to suffer a temp. It was always a nightmare having to work with someone who didn’t know their way around the files and how he liked to do things. He was busy enough as it was without that hassle.
Apart from one or two small clouds, the sky was clear and the sun was already unrelenting. Although the extreme temperatures of summer had passed, it was still undeniably warm and humid, with the fresher autumn weather yet to come. To make things worse the bus stop seemed to have been located in something of a suntrap and heat radiated from the pavement.
‘God, it’s hot again.’
The words came with a Texan accent. Sam recognised the speaker as someone from his building. He thought it odd that a Texan would find this weather hot, but not particularly wanting to engage anyone in conversation Sam muttered a reply, while a well-dressed older Chinese woman delicately mopped her brow with a handkerchief. A passing cloud briefly hid the sun, giving a moment of respite.
Sam hated having to wear a suit and tie, and while he wouldn’t admit it in public in private he had to acknowledge that he was putting on weight. He reckoned he’d added an inch to his waistline for each year he’d been in Hong Kong. He didn’t care for the heat either. He’d been standing for no more than five minutes, but already he was feeling like a damp rag. There was always a magical day in autumn when suddenly the humidity would drop and everyone knew the worst was finally over, but until then it seemed at times as if summer was never going to end and the city became increasingly fractious in the heat. Sam could only envy friends who worked in more relaxed fields, but the law was stubbornly traditional and McShane Adams more so than most. But then it had been like that ever since Sir James McShane met Hector Adams Esq. at the Hong Kong Club in 1853 and decided to go into practice together. Sam took off his jacket and carried it over his arm. He stood as still as possible so as not to make the heat any worse. A bead of perspiration meandered down his neck and under his collar.

After this great teasers I hope you are still excited for the

blog-cover reveal

because this is happening

right now!

graeme standard front cover

Did this all pique your interest in reading the book? It will be available on January 11th, 2021, but you can already pre-order on Amazon.

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