Sunday, 14 April 2019

Blog Tour: Born Bad by Heather Burnside

Hi gang! Today I'm excited to share with you an extract from Heather Burnside's latest book; Born Bad. If you enjoy the extract and feel like you want to read more, I'll pop all the links to where you can buy the book from below. Happy reading!

"Oblivious to Deborah’s agonised screams, Adele continued to kick as rage overtook her. It was only the sight of the dinner lady running towards her that brought her to her senses.
Now, as she thought about the incident, she felt remorseful. If only Debby hadn’t decided to do something so daft. If only she could have persuaded her to stop without losing her temper. But Debby hadn’t stopped. She shouted at her a few times, and she still didn’t stop. That’s what she would say in her defence. She had to pull her legs away; it was her only chance.
But did she have to kick her?
Adele was feeling desperate. Oh God, it’s no good, she thought, I’m gonna be in trouble no matter what.
She thought about what her father’s reaction would be if he found out. She dreaded that even more than she dreaded being summoned to see the head teacher.
The sound of the bell interrupted her thoughts. It was the end of the lunch period and Adele entered the school building in a state of trepidation, to the sound of taunting.
‘You’re gonna be in trouble, Adele Robinson, for what you did to Debby.’
‘Yeah,’ added another girl, ‘Miss Goody Two Shoes is gonna get done, ha ha.’
When Mr Parry announced that she and Debby were to see the head teacher straightaway, Adele felt her stomach sink.
Mr Parry led the two girls down the long corridor towards the head teacher’s office, and told them to wait outside while he knocked on the door. After he had been inside for a few minutes, he came back out, and asked Debby to go inside. He then lowered his eyes towards Adele and told her to wait there until she was called for. She noticed the look of disappointment on his face and felt ashamed. Then, with nothing further to say, he left her standing outside the head teacher’s office, trembling with fear.
After what seemed like an endless wait, Debby came out of the office, and looked away from Adele as she walked past her.
‘Next!’ shouted Miss Marchant.
Adele was already in tears by the time she entered the office and presented herself at the other side of the head teacher’s large desk.
‘Now then, what have you been up to?’ asked Miss Marchant.
‘I… I… I didn’t mean it,’ muttered Adele.
‘Didn’t mean what? And for heaven’s sake, speak up, young lady.’
‘I didn’t mean to hurt Debby,’ Adele sobbed.
‘Well, from what I’ve been told, you’ve got a bit of a temper, haven’t you young lady?’
Adele, by now very tearful, nodded in response.
‘I can’t hear you!’ thundered Miss Marchant.
‘Yes,’ Adele replied.
‘Yes, what?’
‘Yes, Miss Marchant.’
Adele was so worked up that she thought she would vomit at any minute. To her surprise, just when she reached the point where she felt she might faint, the head teacher seemed to relent.
‘Well, Miss Robinson, although I don’t condone your behaviour in the playground, I have received glowing reports from your class teacher. So, I’m going to let the matter rest on this occasion. However, I would suggest that in future you keep that temper of yours well under wraps.’
‘Yes Miss,’ answered Adele.
‘You may go.’
Adele quickly made for the door, feeling a mixture of relief and shame, but before she could get to the other side, she was stopped by Miss Marchant’s stern tones.
‘And if I ever hear of any repeat of this behaviour, you will be punished severely!’
‘Yes Miss,’ Adele replied as she dashed from the office.
Anxious to be away from the head teacher’s office as soon as possible, Adele rushed down the corridor and into her classroom.
Mr Parry raised his eyes from the papers on his desk and abruptly ordered Adele to sit down in the vacant seat next to Tony Lord, who had a reputation for being the best fighter in the school.
As Adele felt everyone’s eyes on her, a tear escaped from her eye. She was greeted by a barrage of questions from the other children sitting at the table. Adele’s feelings of guilt and shame made her shy away from their questions, even though she could tell they were impressed that she’d beaten Debby up.
‘Why are you crying if you won the fight?’ asked Tony, puzzled.
‘Don’t know,’ muttered Adele, dipping her head."

About the author

Heather Burnside spent her teenage years on one of the toughest estates in Manchester and she draws heavily on this background as the setting for many of her novels. After taking a career break to raise two children Heather enrolled on a creative writing course. Heather now works full-time on her novels from her home in Manchester, which she shares with her two grown-up children.

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About the book

Brother and sister Peter and Adele Robinson never stood a chance. Dragged up by an alcoholic, violent father, and a weak, beaten mother, their childhood in Manchester only prepared them for a life of crime and struggle. But Adele is determined to break the mould. She studies hard at school and, inspired by her beloved grandmother Joyce, she finally makes a successful life for herself on her own.
Peter is not so lucky. Getting more and more immersed in the murky world of crime and gangs, his close bonds with Adele gradually loosen until they look set to break altogether.
But old habits die hard, and one devastating night, Adele is forced to confront her violent past. Dragged back into her worst nightmares, there's only one person she can turn to when her life is on the line – her brother Peter. After all, blood is thicker than water...

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