Sunday, 4 February 2018

Stand By Me by S.D. Robertson - Blog Tour & Extract

Today is my turn on the blog tour for Stand By Me and I'm delighted to bring you an exclusive extract

Genre:  Contemporary Literary Fiction
Published:  11 January 2018
Publisher:  Avon Books

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They’ll always have each other…won’t they?

Lisa and Elliot have been best friends ever since the day they met as children. Popular, bright and sporty, Lisa was Elliot’s biggest supporter when the school bullies made his life a misery, and for that, he will always be grateful.

Twenty years later, life has pulled the pair apart and Lisa is struggling. Her marriage is floundering, her teenage kids are being secretive, and she’s so tired she can’t think straight. So when Elliot knocks on the door, looking much better than she remembers, she can’t help but be delighted to see her old friend again.

With Elliot back in their lives, Lisa’s family problems begin to improve – he’s like the fairy godmother she never had. As their bond deepens, she realises how much she’s missed him, and prays that this is one friendship that will last a lifetime. But sometimes, life has other ideas…

A heartwarming story perfect for fans of Keith Stewart and Jojo Moyes, that will leave you with a tear in your eye but hope in your heart.


Extract Fourteen: Chapter 36, pp.366-367

Her body was crying out to drop Elliot now, but she needed to get him to a safe distance first, while she had some momentum. So she kept going until she reached the pavement, and then into the next door neighbour’s front garden, where finally she let Elliot drop on to the frosty grass and took a moment to catch her breath.

‘Are you all right, El?’ she asked, kneeling over him and still panting from the exertion. Her shoulders and back felt light in the absence of her friend’s weight but ached from the strain she’d put them through.

There was sick all over his clothes and in his hair. Barely conscious, he gurgled something she didn’t understand. At least he was outside.

The smell of smoke was everywhere now. She looked up and could see it billowing out of the open back door. Shit. She had to raise the alarm before the whole house went up.

‘Stay here,’ she told Elliot, who clearly wasn’t going anywhere. ‘I’ll be back for you in a minute.’

She raced to the neighbour’s front door and frantically rang the bell, thumping her fist against the wood and shouting for help.

Finally the outside light came on and then the door opened. They were both there – the elderly couple that Lisa recognised from retrieving balls and so on from their garden. Their faces were angry until their eyes landed on her and they saw that something was seriously wrong.

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