Friday, January 15, 2016

'Perfection Is Just an Illusion (Swimming Upstream)' by Rebecca Barber

To the world James and Anna look like the perfect couple. He was a worldwide superstar athlete, decorated with world records, gold medals and million dollar sponsorship deals. She was a normal girl with a normal life complete with insecurities and fears. But together they were indestructible.

When the world tries to tear them apart time and time again James and Anna must stand together in the face of adversity and fight to win. And this time, fight for their lives. Proving once and for all that perfection is just an illusion.

Read an excerpt:
When Anna had arrived home earlier on in the afternoon, she found a note pushed under her door. A single sheet of cream coloured paper, covered in scratchy handwriting. At first Anna thought it could be as simple as a neighbour informing her about something that was going on in the building, but when she unfolded the paper she knew instantly what it was. 
Another threat. Just like the ones James had already received.

Tell him to stay away from you or he will pay the ultimate price.

Anna had never been more terrified. James was a world away. This time she had to face this on her own. Anna began to shake. Her hands trembled and her knees felt weak beneath her. Not trusting her legs to hold her, Anna sunk onto the thick red rug and wrung her hands absentmindedly. She was unable to think clearly. She ran to the phone and dialled Renee’s number. On the third attempt, it connected. 
“Renee! Renee!” 
“Anna? Is that you?” Ryan asked. 
“Where’s…where’s Renee?” Anna barely managed to blurt out. 
“She’s out. What’s the matter, Anna? What’s wrong?” Ryan soothed. 
“Someone’s been here,” Anna panted frantically down the phone. 
“Stay there. I’m on my way,” Ryan directed firmly. He quickly shot a text message to Renee.
Anna was scared. More scared than she ever imagined possible. Someone was after her. And it made her violently ill at the thought that they would hurt James to get at her. Or maybe it was as simple as someone wanting to scare the living daylights out of her. And if that’s what their aim was, then it worked. Anna was terrified. She sat slumped on the rug in the middle of the room, her arms wrapped around her legs, trying to make herself as small as possible. 

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About the author:

Rebecca, one of four kids to her parents who are both primary school teachers, was born in Wollongong on the south coast of Australia before moving to the country with her family. After a few years of embracing all that country life had to offer, the family relocated to Port Macquarie with its white sand beaches. After a brief period enjoying the sun and the surf they finally settled in Canberra where Rebecca still lives today. But all through her childhood a notepad and a book where never far away. These days Rebecca is an avid reader, and when she isn’t buried in a book or cheering on her beloved football team she’s spending time with her husband Robert and their overly spoilt dog Levi.

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