It is my absolute pleasure to host a stop on the blog blitz for the Puppet Master today and to welcome author Abigail Osborne, who wrote a wonderful post about things she wishes she could tell her younger self. But first, here’s some information about her book!
Author : Abigail Osborne
Title : The Puppet Master
Pages : 301
Publisher : Bloodhound Books
Publication date : November 13, 2017
Billie’s hiding from the world, believing it to be the only way to take control of her life as she lives in fear of the man who nearly destroyed her. But what she doesn’t realise is that she’s exactly where he wants her; isolated and afraid. A chance meeting with budding journalist Adam sparks a relationship that could free her from the terror that controls her. But will Adam be able to see the real Billie buried under her terror and pain?
Adam knows exactly who Billie is and is determined to expose her and get justice for the lives she ruined. But first, he needs to convince her to open up to him but as unwanted attraction and feelings blossom between them, Adam is forced to realise that all is not as it seems.
Most of their lives have been unknowingly governed by the desires and needs of someone who considers himself their master. He has influenced and shaped them for years, meticulously weaving a web of lies and control around them. Can Billie and Adam survive the betrayals in store and cut the strings that bind them?
One thing is for sure. The master wants his puppets back – and he’ll do anything to keep them.
Things I wish I could tell my younger self.
I believe in fate. In my heart, I know that everything I have been through and experienced has led me to where I am today. From that perspective, I wouldn’t want to change a thing about my life. But there is no doubt that with the benefit of hindsight I could have got to where I am today a little quicker and easier if I could go back and do it again.
With this in mind the thing I would most like to tell my younger self is that you do have a voice and you should use it. I’m not exactly sure as to the reason but I always struggled standing up for myself when I was younger. I still do at times but it is getting easier. I always remember sitting in a classroom and one of the ‘cool’ lads came over and stole my homework diary. I sat there and meekly asked for it back but he started throwing it around the room to his other friends. I couldn’t move or speak. I was impotent. I just didn’t know what to say that would stop them from teasing me. I was useless and I remember tears of frustration welling up in my eyes. I was shouting at them in my head but something stopped me from saying anything. Lack of confidence most likely but I feel looking back on it that I just didn’t have any faith in my own voice.
Writing my book allowed me to find my voice. Since then, myself and those close to me have noticed the change in me. I’ve found myself and I no longer feel that frustration of not speaking. It is this feeling that has convinced me that writing is my path. I may not be a great orator or good at communicating with people face to face but through my writing I can express everything I feel. I know now that if I was faced with that situation again, there would be no tears. I would have stood up for myself and got my homework diary back. But then if I had found my voice early in life, I might not have become a writer, or met my husband. So, although I wish I could save myself years of lows and feeling suffocated from not speaking up, I’m happy with the way my life has turned out.
So actually, I’ve just this minute changed my mind. What I wish I could tell my younger self is not to worry, this is just a step on the path to the great life ahead of you. I might also add in a warning about all those chocolate bars I will eat throughout school and university. They are definitely spending a lifetime on the hips!
Ah, yes, the evils of chocolate. They shouldn’t have it made it so yummy!
Thanks so much to Abigail Osborne for joining me today! And thank you to Sarah Hardy at Bloodhound Books for inviting me on the tour!
The Puppet Master is available for purchase now!
I was born in the Lake District and have moved all around the UK since then. I currently live with my husband in the West Midlands and our two cats who think swinging of the curtains like Tarzan is normal. I studied English Literature at University but it took four years after I finished University to realise how much I loved writing. I started a book reviewing blog last year and the encouraging responses I got to my reviews encouraged me to try writing this book. The Puppet Master is my first novel but it won’t be my last.
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