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Book details
  • Genre:FICTION
  • SubGenre:Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths
  • Language:English
  • Series title:The Promise Tree
  • Series Number:1
  • Pages:250
  • eBook ISBN:9781624881930

The Promise Tree

Book One

by Si Texen

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Overview
An unusual mystery in which a model turned photojournalist investigates a haunted wood and is drawn into the legend of Jack and Jill, little knowing where it could eventually lead her.
Description
Dani Lace, a model turned photojournalist is drawn first to a Sussex wood. Who is it in the wood who watches her? The wood and the hills around her village seem to be seething with activity, yet there is nothing there. At least, nothing that could be considered to fit reality. Or is there? She investigates. Links are revealed. Irreverent, funny and romantic, yet beneath the surface a lingering tragedy haunts. Gradually she becomes convinced that myths, fantasies and legends can explode into reality. What exactly is the relationship between Jack-in-the-Green, Jack and Jill and the Knights Templar?
About the author
'Si Texen' is English, born in Luton, Beds. Fatherless by the age of two. Outdoor country childhood. Brought up mainly by older sister and aged grandmother (born 1865.) Mother mostly out at work. Solitary child, but for sister. Started telling myself bedtime stories for entertainment from about the age of five, extending stories for weeks, sometimes months. Pretty well unteachable at school. Hated English. Homeless and familyless by the age of twelve: sister and grandmother died; mother had nervous breakdown. County boarding school from the age of twelve to fifteen, for boys and girls with difficulties similar to mine. There, a teacher decided it was a waste of time trying to teach my form English so read to us, I now realise cleverly, 'The War of the Worlds,' taking one whole term to do so, after which I taught myself to read with 'The Call of the Wild' by Jack London, my first book. Married at twenty-one. Paid for and sent myself to art college in my twenties. Completed a five year photographic course. Became a studio manager in London. Single parent to a two year old daughter at thirty-four, when I also married for a second time to model girlfriend, then twenty, who is still my wife. I am now only really interested in photographing wild flowers and the female nude. It may be said I am probably still in the woods with my sister. 'The Promise Tree' could not have been written without the hundreds of hours of freezing work on the language conundrums which my wife and I struggled through together. Her efforts and contributions have been extraordinary. I don't often get on with men but do sometimes form lasting friendships with my female models. I like good manners, no neighbours, rock'n'roll music, good quality almost anything and, the impossible dream, people I can trust.
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