Escaping From the Shadows by C L Tustin **Excerpt** @rararesources

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Escaping from the Shadows

Anastasia Travess is caring, beautiful and talented, but all her life her abusive father has kept her down. Seeking love wherever she can there has only ever been one man she trusts, one man who makes her complete and he rejected her years ago. 

Piers Talbot is an enigma, a charming bachelor with only one woman in his heart. But when offered a choice between fixing his estranged family and obtaining his heart’s desire he makes probably the worst decision of his life.

When Anastasia rekindles her past relationship with Piers’ younger brother, the lines between love and loyalty become blurred. Amid danger, betrayal and deception, Anastasia is forced to question everything she thought she knew. 

But will Anastasia have the courage to escape from the shadows?

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Author Bio

C L Tustin was born and raised in the East Midlands but spent her teenage years in Sydney, Australia. She has sung twice at the Sydney Opera House and also appeared singing live on Australian national television. Returning to the UK in 1989 via Singapore and the Middle East the travel bug has never left her and she has explored countries and cities across the world.

C L Tustin began writing at the age of 11 when she didn’t see why James Bond had to be a man and created a spy code named The Cat with 10 planned adventures. Her first published novel “Escaping from the Shadows” is a romance with an undertone of threat set in the social media free world of 1990. She is currently working on editing and completing her second romance “Desert Rose” whilst writing a brand new story “Flower of Death”. Future projects already planned include two Regency romances and a sci-fi thriller.

Whilst raising her son C L Tustin continued to balance writing and work with completing a BSc(Hons) in Science and a MSc(Merit) in Earth Science with the Open University. This was a most rewarding experience despite the long hours and hard work involved.

C L Tustin has worked for two major banks, a tool company, the MOD and the NHS. She has completed 3 Thames Bridges walking challenges for charity, volunteers for Butterfly Conservation and passionately supports rescue dogs. C L Tustin lives currently with her rescued 15 year old Jack Russell Terrier and a diverse collection of books and sci-fi memorabilia.

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Extract 4

This is Anastasia’s first taste of Mark’s real temper and the way he wants to control every aspect of her life, including who she should see and what she should wear. This should have raised many red flags to her, however her need to be loved, to feel wanted overrides her common sense.

Anastasia spent the rest of the day dealing with problems that

had occurred over Christmas. Some of them were incredibly

trivial, but she knew that was why Rick left them for her. At

regular intervals, people popped their heads in to say hello, and

a few wanted to know what had happened between her and

Bryan, whom she deflected with ease. As she left the office, she

was still trying to process what Bryan had told her, hoping very

much that Suzanna was making the right call, but she knew she

needed to see her friend’s face to be the judge of that.

As she got home, she could smell something wonderful

cooking and her hopes were raised that Mark was still in a good


“Hi, baby!” he called out, coming to meet her at the door.

“How was your day?”

Escaping From The Shadows


She hung up her slightly damp coat and replied, “It was all

right. Plenty of people in to talk to, and lots of ridiculous queries

as usual.” But Mark had already gone back into the kitchen.

She sighed and then prepared to tell him about Bryan and

Suzanna. Hesitant as to where to start, she simply came out with

it. “Bryan came to see me.” As soon as she said his name, Mark

whirled around to face her, ice back in his eyes.

“What did that loser want?”

“He and Suzanna are getting married.”

“What? Really?”

“Yes, I was shocked, too.” She braced herself. “I said we’d

meet them in the pub on Sunday to celebrate.”

His face took on an ugly expression. “No, we won’t.”

“Why? We’ll be at Guy’s on Saturday, but we’re free Sunday.”

He glared at her.

“I want to see Suzanna. She’s my closest female friend, and

I want to make sure she knows what she’s doing; that she’s

genuinely happy.” Anastasia began to feel her nails digging into

her palms.

“You’re not going near him because I say so.” His voice was

raised, and she flinched at his expression. He stood inches from

her. “No means no.” And then he turned his back on her to carry

on with dinner as if nothing had happened.

“I’m going to get changed,” she stammered, and she ran from

the room.

For the rest of the evening, Mark behaved as if there had been

no disagreement; that he had not shouted at her. Anastasia did not

know what to do, and when he suggested what she should wear

into work the next day, she agreed before she realised it. Anastasia

went to bed first, as Mark wanted to watch a documentary, and,

feeling trapped, she hoped very much to be asleep before he

came up.

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