False Awakening

False AwakeningOne of the best parts of my online life has got to involve the writing community.  There are so many talented authors out there, and more often than not, they’re genuinely lovely people.  Sometimes it’s hard to remember that, but hopefully the forgetting is only temporary.

Anyway, one of the lovely, talented authors I’ve had the good fortune to become acquainted with is Callum McLaughlin, whose book, False Awakening, is out now:

When teenager Abi Watson wakes in a hospital bed with no memory of the incident that put her there, she must begin the long and difficult process of piecing her life back together, but unfortunately, her search for answers will merely give rise to further questions. Frayed relationships and haunting revelations soon come into play, leading Abi to discover that some things are best left forgotten.

With a past that is unwilling to let go, her only option is to delve into the depths of her own mind so that she can uncover the truth and finally awaken from her living nightmare.

The book’s official launch was yesterday, and I’m happy to continue the celebration here.  In that vein, I’ve got an excerpt from the book, available behind the cut. 🙂


Before either of her friends could speak, two police officers in full uniform filled the doorway.

“What are you two doing in here?” asked one of them. Male, tall and inherently intimidating; his ice-cold eyes moved from Dan to Luke as he swept into the room, bringing with him an atmosphere far cooler than any breeze. “We specifically told you not to speak with the victim until we had questioned her.”

The word victim made Abi’s stomach squirm again.

“We’re sorry,” said Dan, looking more uncomfortable than ever as he sidled towards the door.

“We were worried. We had to make sure she was okay.” Luke did not budge from Abi’s bedside as he looked the officer directly in the eye.

“I’m afraid we’re going to have to ask you both to leave immediately,” said the second officer. A woman who appeared at least a few years younger than her partner, she held a notebook and pen in her hands that Abi suspected were intended to document her version of events; events she still scarcely remembered besides the deeply unsettling image that had invaded her mind a mere moment ago.

I don’t know about you, but I’m intrigued already. 🙂  If you’d like your very own copy of False Awakening, you can find it on Amazon and Amazon UK.

About the author:

callumCallum McLaughlin was born and raised in the Scottish countryside where he continues to live and work. Aside from his own creative writing endeavours, he operates on a freelance basis, producing content for blogs, websites and magazines.

Beyond literature, he is interested in all things music and nature, taking his biggest inspiration from the world around us.

You can find Callum at his blog, where he writes stunning poetry, as well as on Twitter and Goodreads.

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