Prologue to The Catalyst: an unconventional romantic novel.

The Catalyst.

Sunny Smith is running from her memories. It’s what she does. Settling in a beautiful but remote area of Cornwall she thinks she has found the perfect place to help heal the emotional wounds left by her husband’s untimely death.

She believes she has found a sort of freedom but her peace of mind becomes threatened by Jimmy Fisher. Jimmy is an artist. He is also a serial seducer. Although she has been warned about his past, Sunny finds she needs what he offers.

Jimmy, too, is unable to remain as detached as he usually prefers to be and unwittingly leads Sunny towards savage violence and an overwhelming guilt. A guilt that demands the ultimate expression of remorse.

The Catalyst is a story of a passionate love affair that endures despite everything ... although not quite as you might expect.

Prologue: an excerpt from The Catalyst.

The sea, as usual, was inscrutable. It hid things, especially things that should be not be beneath the sea. Before her, unseen, lay submerged homes and forests, ships and aeroplanes and deaths of many kinds; but still the sea dissembled, putting on a brave show of innocence this bright morning.

Already the sun was beginning to rise over the far headland across the bay, dancing a pathway of beaten bronze across the placid water before kissing her bare toes in homage as she stood on the edge of the rocks. It was a blessing, a sure sign that she had chosen the right time; she liked the idea of being blessed by the sun on this day of all days.

She brushed back her hair as it clung to her cheek, oblivious of the dampness of her clothes sticking to her sweating skin, trying not to think too hard about what she had to do. She knew the water would be icy cold but she had read somewhere that drowning induced a warm sleepiness. Strangely, it was a comforting idea and she had not wanted to question the fact that no one could know this for sure.

Moving forward she stepped into the water, resolutely keeping her chin up as the cold fingers of the sea crept up her legs. The chill struck her stomach and moved up her chest as she walked, leaving her shocked and gasping for breath, but still she continued to wade towards the sun. Tiny currents began to pluck playfully, as soft as fish’s kisses, at her feet and legs and she felt her first tremor of fear as the water reached her throat.

She knew the time had come to let it cover her head or turn back to the shore and safety. It was time to commit to death. With only the briefest of hesitations, she closed her eyes and sank beneath the surface, trying to ignore her panic as her ears filled with the sound of rushing water. It was still not too late; she could still go back to the land.

Instantly a fleeting montage of painful emotions filled her head, bringing back to her all that had happened and she knew she would not go back. It was time to breathe in the sea and return her body to an element that so long ago had been nurturing but was now so alien.

Giving herself up to the insistence of the current she allowed it to wrap its arms around her and sweep her off her feet, feeling herself drowning in the terrible beauty of the sea.

The Catalyst
The Catalyst

This is the paperback version but it is also available as an ebook for $2.99.

 

Categorisation of The Catalyst.

This is a work of romantic fiction which does contain some sex scenes, which I hope are tasteful. They are also totally in context, for where is love without sex? I have been genuine with these scenes and have tried to avoid predictable clichés and writing sex either by rote or for ’shock and awe’.

What this book is not is the much vaunted erotica which appears to be a big seller right now. Good writing and an absorbing story was all I was aiming for as I feel that writing ‘mommy porn’ could have led to extreme embarrassment for my children as well as myself.

The book is available as an ebook and a paperback from amazon.com and amazon.co.uk.

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RNMSN 4 years ago from Tucson, Az

Congratulations Angie!! This is so awesome! May many many more than just six people read and love your book!


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Mark Ewbie 4 years ago from Euroland

Brilliant Angie - it's time those flashes got onto Kindle. I hope it works for you, and you get a good number of reads.


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Angie Jardine 4 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ... Author

Wow, you two were quick!

@RNMSN ... many thanks for your kindness. I guess I just have to wait and see and learn about marketing the thing now ... dull!

@Mark ... well, thank you, dear boy, we shall see. However, ever mindful of the great Ewbie talent for humorous written scorn I did put it on Kindle for more than the 99cents ;)


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A K Turner 4 years ago from West Yorkshire

Awesome, I'll be praying it goes well for you angie! I will certainly be reposting to my wall


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Angie Jardine 4 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ... Author

It was your idea, Joseph, bless you! Thank you very much.

Let me know when your opus magnum is ready and I’ll return the favour.

And thanks for taking the time to comment, much appreciated.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Angie, well done!!!!! I will have a look on Amazon.co.uk this weekend.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Best of luck on your book, Angie!


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Angie Jardine 4 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ... Author

Hi guys!

@Jools ... thanks Jools ... it took a few years to write, in between moving house a few times, constantly landscaping new gardens and renovating old cottages. It’s a modern bodice ripper so not high literature but I’m quite pleased with it.

@WillStarr - many thanks for that, Will. Really appreciate you leaving good wishes.


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Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

How the hell did I miss this?

Angie, I just read:" Some days here it seems like it is only a matter of time before the place declares unilateral independence and becomes a republic."

Wouldn't Charles and Camilla be a bit annoyed about being the Duke and Duchess of a Republic?

But 'The Catalyst'; everybody, take my word for it. Its is an excellent book. And yes, I have read it from cover to cover (if that's what one does with an ebook, and it is excellent. read my review of it on Amazon and you will then, perhaps, be tempted to buy it.

I absolutely guarantee that you will not be disappointed.

I could not put it down, and although I have a Kindle, and despise all you lesser mortals who don't (Joking, of course, I only despise some of you) 'The catalyst' can be read on a huge range of ereaders and on your PC and laptop.

It, as I can really assure you, is beautifully written on many levels.


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Angie Jardine 4 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ... Author

T-L ... hi!

The republic thing - no, I don’t think Chas and Cam would be at all bothered. He would probably go surfing everyday ... and Cam would put on her pinny and serve the cream teas. They are both very down to earth when they are down here.

Thank you (again) for the kind words about The Catalyst and I just love your line (Joking, of course, I only despise some of you) - had to go and find dry underwear.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Angie - I found it last night on Kindle - I am going to download it - I like a bodice ripper and I'm looking forward to telling my hubby that I 'know' the author :o)


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Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

Are they really down to earth?

I thought he was more royal than "You Know Who". And I don;t mean, Her Maj, I mean Princess Margaret-Rose who was apparently about as royal as Charlemagne and Queen Victoria rolled into one.

Cream teas! Ha!

Gosh. It's ages since I had clotted cream.


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Angie Jardine 4 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ... Author

@Jools! You ol’ name-dropper you :)))) Cheers, love ... would love you to leave a (good?) review? (Grovel, grovel).

@T-L - don’t know where you are getting your ideas of Chas from, dearheart - he’s the chuckly chap who samples local beers down here and used to let the Spice Girls kiss him on the cheek. He’s not at all stuffy ... far from it ... and he’s certainly no princess ... like the ... er ... princess.

Am avoiding the clotted cream at the moment - not good for one, sadly - though I did make a batch of scones yesterday to have with strawberry conserve (well, ordinary old jam just would’t do). Needless to say they have all gone today ... (burp!)


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Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

This is the most pedestrian comment you are ever going to get on a hub.

A chum bought one of the Sainsbury's "baked in store" loaves of bread last weekend and brought around a couple of doorsteps for me.

Seeds and things and covered in poppyseed.

I have never tasted bread as delicious, and both my mother and my Auntie Lyszod (That's right, it's not a typo) baked their own bread.

I bought one today and I am going to just revel.

Bread and butter (and even "This-is-supposed-to-taste-like-butter-but-it-tastes-lie-gorilla-shit" and I'm gonna be in heaven.

I said it was going to be pedestrian, Innit.


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Angie Jardine 4 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ... Author

I’m afraid I’m stunned ... have had to go and lie down in a darkened room ...


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Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

I'll ask Nurser Smythe to pop round and administer a soothing balm of 4711 Eau de Cologne to your throbbing temples.


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Angie Jardine 4 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ... Author

4711, eh? Does that still exist?


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Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

If it doesn't, it should.

I can even see the bottle and the colours and things in my mind.

I wonder who I knew who would have used it.


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Angie Jardine 4 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ... Author

Your mum?


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Kathleen Cochran 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Angie: I am in much the same situation as you. After 20 years of attempting to break the code on traditional publishing, but uninterested in self-publishing just for friends and family, e-books have given me the shot at the worldwide market place that I always wanted. Win. lose or draw. I'm taking my shot too. Best of luck!


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Angie Jardine 4 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ... Author

Yay!!! Well done, Kathleen. Best of luck to you too.

I think the major work on selling your own book is the marketing angle ... I have not done enough on that yet. So, sales are very poor despite a couple of excellent reviews on amazon.co.uk ...

Hope you have more luck than I have had so far ... let me know the title etc of your book and I will download and read it.


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Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

Angie, Sweet Pea, my mother used 'Worth'. That was a scent of her era... and as an eau de toilette she also used 'Chypre' de Coty.

Dis lady 'ad class, Innit.

I wunder wot went rong wiv me.


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Angie Jardine 4 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ... Author

You have Worth, wingman ... just of a different sort.


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Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

BTW (That's a sop to me being "of the moment", I'm still pressing your cause,


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Angie Jardine 4 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ... Author

... and I am eternally grateful ... and not a little bemused by such lovely support.


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Kathleen Cochran 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Angie: You are too kind. Take This Man and A Working Title Memory. Both are quick reads. Do not feel obligated, but thanks.


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Angie Jardine 4 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ... Author

Will come back to you once I have read them ...

I don't have a Kindle -but I do have the free download for my Mac so will root them out and read them. Must warn you though it won't be quick ... I am up to my eyes in work at the moment.

All the best ...


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MsDora 4 years ago from The Caribbean

I applaud you, Angie. The prologue is tastefully presented and it sounds interesting. Thanks for sharing with us.


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Angie Jardine 4 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ... Author

Thank you, MsDora, it's very kind of you to comment and give me such pleasant and encouraging feedback.


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Kathleen Cochran 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

I have started reading this and I must say your writing style is beautiful. At first, in all honesty, I thought: why is she wasting her obvious skill on a simple romance? Well, as I read on, it is not so simple. Love the character development!

As a former editor, who just can't help herself, I would offer two suggestions if we are good enough friends for me to do so. Go through and take out all the "that" that you don't absolutely have to leave. And when writing in the past tense, the passive voice slows down the read. No charge - hope I haven't overstepped.

Oh - and your descriptions are vivid! Can't wait to get to my reading time before bed!!! Congrats.


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Angie Jardine 4 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ... Author

Hi Kathleen - many thanks for the useful tips and the support!

Guess I’ll have to do an edit sometime soon :)

I have downloaded 'A Working Title …' and now the decorating is finished I am making a start on it. So, feedback soon …

P.S Haven’t forgotten about 'Take this Man’.


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Kathleen Cochran 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Just finished. Wow. Great story written with style. Looking forward to your next effort.


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Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

You are obviously a woman of taste, Kathleen. I also read 'The Catalyst' and thought is was a really well written story on many levels. Apart from frightening (well, worrying, actually) the **** out of me, her descriptions have made me want to revisit Cornwall.


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Angie Jardine 4 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ... Author

Bless you Kathleen! You are very kind …

It will be a long time before my next one … I’m a notoriously slow worker.


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Angie Jardine 4 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ... Author

Thank you, TL … you too are very kind.

And an old romantic like you would love Cornwall … x


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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

Thanks for sharing this....have not had the pleasure of reading it yet, but it sounds intriguing. Thanks for sharing, and will definitely be zooming in!


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

I am going to have to put this on my "to read" list! :)


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Angie Jardine 4 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ... Author

Hi midget! Sorry I have not replied sooner … HP did not let me know you had written (I seem to get that a lot and it makes me mad!). I do hope you do read it … and enjoy it. It’s a romance but it’s not the usual schmaltzy sort so I hope you will like it.

@TT - please do! And if you like it I would love you to leave a review on amazon.com If you hate it of course … keep schtum ;) … please.


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suziecat7 3 years ago from Asheville, NC

Hope you sell a million copies. Congratulations!


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Angie Jardine 3 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ... Author

Hi suziecat7 … many thanks … here’s hoping!


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Kathleen Cochran 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Angie: I just stumbled upon the comment you left on Amazon for my novella, Working Title Memory. Thanks so much. I think your comment was more well-written than the book!

I need to do the same for you. I really enjoyed this story. Hope you're getting lots of good feedback and $$$ !


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Angie Jardine 2 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ... Author

Hi Kathleen ... thank you.

I wish I could say I was getting a lot of feedback etc. but frankly I’m not.

Still, I cannot worry about that - I need to concentrate on my next book.

Hoping you are doing in well!

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