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Chasing Shadows-extract 4-chapter 1

A Sirens call, sailors warning rushing waves over the bow of a sunken ship.Green menacing piercing eyes peering from the shadows.A blood curdling scream,Clara jolted up with to her silent relief it was just a dream.But dreams have hidden uncodable meanings.She can’t confide in Kristen as she’s already started calling her freaky-deaky frost for predicting the previous weeks lottery numbers.She turned to face the clock,5 am only two hours and she will have to get up for her Gym work out before work with Kristen and Samantha another of her colleagues at work.Yet another drunken New Year’s Eve ritual from the previous year she was living to regret.Only five times in the past six months she’s bravely faced the Lycra clad gym freaks.

After showering,she does her daily facial routine using the various potions she’s invested in from the numerous consumer channels,which swear by keeping your skin feeling eternally youthful and glowing. “Fifty dollars a bottle,I should think so.” Gazing into the mirror,she sighed a silent sigh as she began to preen her face.
“If only it would zap away my frown lines.”
Picking up a hairbrush she quickly prised it through ridding all of the unruly tangles and scrunched it into a messy bun,waltzing into her bedroom which is decked with a fine walk in sex in the city Carrie Bradshaw wardrobe,and hunted for the most perfect outfit to wear at the office.She refused for her boss to see her in her surfer chick state,sitting upon her beautiful Egyptian cotton bed covers she squeezed herself into her pink Armani gym outfit,picked up her blue jump suit for work and merrily went on her way.


Chasing Shadows-extract 3

Red Italian leather stilettos thrust upon the floor,black dress and lace stockings leading a trail of destruction.Clara emerged from her bedroom wearing a silk kimono as she slumps down next to her beautiful white Persian cat zsa zsa and her fluffy golden Labrador Monroe in homage to zsa zsa Gabor and her Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe.
Gazing towards the lonely Chinese meal consisting of luscious egg fried rice,noodles beef curry to die for.Which will indeed do no favours to her waist line if she’s to pull off the beautiful silver diamond encrusted dress.Kristen persuaded her into buying for the Christmas extravaganza upon the dreamy Mr Pembletons yaught.
‘Indeed Kristen,I need to live a little.”
Two years had past since her fiancé Lachlan Morrison.He was her childhood sweetheart,she was the pretty cheerleader,Lachlan the quarterback at Milton High Academy.The night before they were due to marry,he died of a rare heart condition.Since then Clara has been living inside her chrysalis,frightened to emerge in case her heart broken again.Until she had befriended the new girl Kristen,her guardian angel of mercy.She’s lost count of the number of cosmopolitans and manhattans she’s necked at bars and the countless strangers she’s become entangled with.

Slowly tucking into the noodles,Monroe looks on inquisitively as Clara twirls the individual noodles upon her fork.She turns around and notices Zsa Zsa scurrying along the kitchen work tops.
“Down Zsa Zsa!” she screeches.
Casually leaning over the sofa to hunt for the TV remote,she discovers crumpled up magazines,underwear from a previous drunken night with a stranger.Clara gagged slightly,as she recovers a crusty old slice of pepperoni and peppers stuffed crust pizza.
“I think I could do with hiring a cleaner?” she sighed. “Aha!” She cried as she victoriously retrieved the remote just in time for her beloved show Americas next top model.


Chasing Shadows-extract 2-Chapter 1

‘Who on earth does he think he is?’ Hollered Whitney Filaney,from two desks down.She casually swivelled her chair around to face Clara and Kristen. ‘Arrogance is certainly not an attractive look nor is it virteous to be mixing business with pleasure.’

‘I hear you sister! He’s certainly no George Clooney?’ She swooned.

‘I say he’s the smouldering silent type,dark and rugged like a closed book.Willing for it’s pages to be prised open.’

‘Translation please?’

‘Do forgive Ms.Frost,unlike you and I who go for the dashing and virteous Bruce Wayne,whom are experts at treating the women in his life with the utmost of respect.She goes for the mysterious smokey rough and ready like Ian Somerholder.’

‘Indeed I dig the vampish look.’ Purred Clara.

She closed her eyes as she recalled the first time their paths first crossed In the photocopier room.His firm dominant hand shake,crisp Armani suit and clean shaven look the smell of his musky aftershave.She was soon awoken from her senses.
‘Earth to Clara,come in Clara.’
‘Is that a little dribble on your chin?’
‘I was just fantasising about that frothy gingerbread latte and crispy creme doughnut you’ve promised me from that swish diner you’ve been raving about for months? The one in Madison square?’
‘Ah cesarios all in good time my friend.’


Chasing Shadows-brand new

Chapter 1

Tick tock of the wooden clocks pulsating heartbeat,drumming finger tips beating a rhythm repeatedly upon the brown oak desk.A heavy sigh,velvet vacant smiles,exchanged between reluctant colleagues caught in the rat race of survival.’Just an average mind numbing ground hog day at the house of fun.’ Sighed Clara Frost.

She swished her beautiful brunette hair behind her,as she carefully examined her crimson red chipped nails.Her mind was somewhat diverted from the endless spreadsheets,brown paper cups and empty chocolate wrappers littered up her normal prim and pristine conditioned desk and the constant prattling of her friend Kristen Sycomore,she casually plugged in her ipod to drown out the sound and pressed play.The haunting sounds of Gabrielle Aplin’s  Salvation took her away into her own little fantasy world.

Dreamily doey-eyed at her ruggedly handsome boss,Mr  Harvey Pembleton every ounce of him oozed sex confidence and power.Lord and master,of his empire boldly made his entrance.Clara’s dreams were shattered as she witnessed Harveys perfectly sculptured Swedish personal assistant  Agnetha Engberg elegantly sauntered to take her loyal place beside him casually mopped  his brow.

‘Thank you Agnetha.’

‘Listen up peasants!’ He snarled.  ‘For I have an announcement to make.’

‘Clara.’ Whispered Kristen.

Clara quickly whipped out her ipod headphones.

‘Whatever is it?”

‘Mr Pembleton is about to make an annoucement,I wonder if he’s going to give us a pay rise? Or yours truly a promotion? Such a waste,a gorgeous man with shed loads of cash and no one to spend it on? imagine all of the diamond rings and Gucci dresses you could buy.Heaven is indeed a place on earth.”

Clara rolled her eyes skywards.

‘Kristen,you have more chance of becoming head cheerleader for NY Knicks with that perty little bottom of yours…than Mr Pembleton giving you a promotion above little miss prissy knickers.Word has it that he is going to propose to Ms Engberg and together they are going to join forces to make a bigger empire.’

‘When I have your full attention Miss Frost?’ He briefly paused to straighten his tie. ‘It’s the time of year,where the profits and sales of Lunar Celestial enterprise are generating potential new clients on a global basis.However I do not wish to bore you all with the details as the majority of you,have the intellect of a gnat.’

‘Was dory the last name he called you?’ Sniggered Kristen.

‘I had merely forgotten an important matter of submitting an email to a potential client,after a night of indulging too many wines.’

‘Christmas is just around the corner,and I can imagine you await with baited breath at the choice of venue.Picture this if you may,glittering ball gowns,sparkling champagne by the moonlight sky.You are all accordingly invited to a no expences spared trip of a lifetime on my lavish yaught.Decked out with steam rooms, luxury swimming pool lined with gold…underwater bar.Whilst feasting upon caviar and quails eggs and a chocolate fountain! But enough before I have you all salivating at your desks like a pack of unruly hound dogs! Back to work!’

A round of applause erupted,as he made his exit like a magician conjuring up his final spell.Woven words full of mirrors and illusions as he had his captive audience awaiting for the grande finale. He Vanishes like a thief in the night.


Chasing Shadows Intro

This is my brand new novel inspired by love of Sci-fiction and super hero follow the tale of twenty seven year old Clara Frost,just an average secretary in a big executive company.Everything changes when Miss Frost is thrown into turmoil will she survive? What is her secret? Coming soon


Affairs of the heart finally available to buy

If you’re a fan of period drama,please check out my novel Affairs of the heart.A costume drama with a twist and extra spice,not your usual run of the mill fluffy costume drama.By Sarah Cartwright

My debut novel Affairs of the heart is finally available via amazon store,kindle version is only available on there at the minute.My paperback version will be available on the amazon site in three weeks time.If you can not wait that long it is available via lulu marketplace.Please buy and support my work.

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