Monday, 1 July 2013

Teaser: Carey Heywood's upcoming novel "Her."

Teaser for Carey Heywood's "Her."

Carey Heywood promised us a teaser for her upcoming novel "Her." This is the follow on book for "Him" and tells the story from Will Price's POV (Yay!!!) This is what Carey had to say:

Carey Heywood

I'm home! We now have 52 reviews of Him on Amazon!!

So, here it is your sneak peck at the first TWO scenes of Her.
(please note, this is unedited and subject to change)


There's this girl. She's in my English class. She sits in the desk next to mine. We've been paired up to do a project on the book Sarah Plain and Tall, which is funny since that's her name too. Yesterday I went over to her house to work on it. We went to different schools last year. This was the first time I had ever been outside my neighborhood. She gave me her address and I rode my bike over. Her house was a lot smaller than mine but I liked it, it felt like a family lived there. I can't remember the last time I felt like that in my house. She was so quiet at first. I kept having to ask her to repeat herself. After a while I didn’t have to. We hung in her kitchen. Her mom was working around us, making dinner. She invited me to stay and eat with them, telling me to call my mom first to make sure it was okay.
I used their cordless, only I just pretended to call. It didn’t matter, my mom wouldn’t have noticed if I was there or not. Sarah has an older brother named Brian, he seemed cool. I've never really hung out with someone in high school before. When I went home that night and had to walk past her room to get to mine I almost wished I was still at Sarah's. I'm going back there today to work on our project some more. Maybe her mom will invite to me eat with them again. It'd be nicer than microwaving a hot dog like I did most nights. There's something about her house that makes me feel like I can relax.


Sarah was so nervous and for what? We killed it. Sure getting up in front of the whole class can suck but I did most of the talking. I glanced over at her as we sat back down. She gave me a shy smile. The next pair to go up are Mariah Osborne and Kelly Sotello. They had a shoebox, another diorama. I liked Sarah's cereal box idea, it was creative. They were being weird about it though, most people held them up first so everyone can see them. The lid was still on theirs.
Mrs. Hall noticed too and asked them to take the lid off. When they do there were a couple of gasps from the front row. Sarah and I sit towards the back so I squinted at it trying to see it better. It just looked like the farm, from the book with a couple of people standing in front of it. During each of the oral presentations the project part got passed around the room for everyone to get a chance to see. I could hear people snickering and looking back in our direction as it made its way around the room.
I got it before Sarah. What the fuck? Now I know what everyone was laughing about. Sarah reaches out for it. I shook my head, there was no way I'd let her see this. Mariah and Kelly had taped a picture of Sarah's face over the doll in the diorama. Everyone was watching us now. Kelly looked smug, Mariah looked nervous. I had a feeling it wasn’t her idea.
Sarah just looked at me confused. "Will?"
Mrs. Hall walked over to us. "Is there a problem Mr. Price?"
Shit. I wait for her to get to my desk and tilt it so Sarah couldn't see it, only I didn't know she had gotten out of her chair and was standing behind me till I heard her gasp. I turn back in time to see her, eyes wide, hand covering her mouth before she ran out the room. I set the diorama on my desk and look at Mrs. Hall. She nodded her head and I got up to run after Sarah. Kelly flinched as I pass her. What a bitch. I paused at the door, I hadn’t seen which way she went. Luckily, she hadn't gone far. She was halfway between our class and the next room over, sitting up against the wall, her head in her hands.
Once I got closer I could tell she was crying. She was making sniffling noises and her shoulders were shaking. I didn’t really think before I ran after her. I don’t know what to do. I just wanted her to stop crying.
I slowly sat down next to her. "Are you okay?"
She didn't say anything, just shakes her head.
"Those girls are jerks, don’t pay attention to them."
She lifted her head up a little and looked at me. Her eyes seemed so big and I could see them just brimming with tears.
"Why would they do that?" Her voice was so small.
Shit. I didn't really know her before we worked on the project together. She's cool, really cool."Some people are just assholes."
"I never." Her voice broke. "Did anything to them."
I watched one plump tear crest then roll down her cheek. She's right. I don't know her that well but you know the kids that are jerks from the ones that aren't. Sarah was quiet, she hangs back. If we weren’t paired up I wouldn’t have known how cool she is.
Mrs. Hall walked out of the class. "Sarah, are you alright?"
She shook her head as she lowered it back into her hands.
"Do you want to go to the nurse? Maybe see if your mom or dad can pick you up?"
She kept her head down but nods.
I looked up at Mrs. Hall. "Can I take her?"
She nodded. I stood first and held out my hand to her. Sarah sniffled and slowly reached her hand up to mine. I help her up.
"Thanks." she whispered.
"It's cool."
She stopped, turning to look at me. "Not just for walking with me." She paused and looks down at her feet then took a deep breath before looking back up at me. "For not wanting me to see it."
We started walking towards the nurse's office. "Is it okay if I come over again today? I know we're done with the project but I can bring you your bookbag."
"You don’t have to do that."
We've reached the door. The nurse looks up at us. "I want to."
She smiled just a little bit. "Okay."

What do you guys think????


1 comment:

  1. OMG!!! Can't wait to read HER. More teasers please. :)))