Star Struck by Karen J Mossman – Excerpt

Star Struck by Karen J Mossman – Excerpt

Today we welcome author Karen J Mossman with an excerpt from her new book ‘Karen J Mossman‘, which was released on 1st September 2015. This post contains affiliate links.

star struck by Karen J Mossman

Star Struck
Author – Karen J Mossman
Publisher – CreateSpace
Pages – 220
Release Date – 1st September 2015

synopsis of a witch

When life throws you a curve ball, who will be there to catch it? A story of love, loss, betrayal, friendship and kinship set in 1980s Manchester with fashion and music of the day.

Joanna Nelson is trying to escape her past, but is still haunted by it. When her mum suddenly turns up, it brings back memories of being locked in a dark cupboard, of beatings, and of being dressed up like doll. All of which have consequences that she still carries with her. Thank goodness she has a sister and good friends to support her.

The trouble is, it gets complicated when her best friend is a ‘he’. Just when Joanna was through the worst, her life is turned upside with something she could never have envisioned. Who of her friends will be there for her? Or will she find herself alone?


starry Sky - extract

Bleached hair shaved above her ears, spiked on top, small thin ponytail at the back. She wore tight leopard-skin leggings and a black baggy top.“Joanna?”


“You don’t remember me, do you?”

“No I don’t, but – listen, I’m just in the middle of a bath…”

“It’s Janet, Janet Glidden.”

The blood rushed from Joanna’s head, and she almost fell. Why had she come here? What could she want? The girl continued, “I know it’s been a long time. Can I come in?”

Joanna opened the door wordlessly, trying to catch her breath. The one thing she couldn’t do was faint. The girl plonked down her bag and threw herself onto the settee. “Nice place,” she said, looking round.

“Does… your mother – Mam – know you’re here?”


“She’s – she’s still at home, though?”

“Yeah. What did you think?”

Joanna re-adjusted the towel, and closed the door, trying to gather her thoughts, and tried to speak lightly. “I just thought she must be locked up in some mental institution by now, rotting out her days.”

“That’s funny!” Janet gave a laugh. “Yeah, me too. Why don’t you let me put the kettle on and you can finish your bath?”

Joanna hitched her towel higher. “I’ll put the kettle on, then I’ll get dressed.”

Seconds later, Janet had kicked off her shoes and was sitting crossed-legged on the settee, smoking.

“Got an ashtray?”

“No, I don’t have smoking in here.”

“So-rry.” She got up and threw her stub in the sink.

“So what do you want, Janet?”

She shrugged awkwardly. “Look, I know you and me never hit it off, but we’ve both grown up enough to put it behind us. ” Joanna stared at her. “I’ve got no one else to turn to, and we are sisters, after all.”

“Stepsisters,” Joanna corrected.

About the author of a witch

Karen J Mossman

Karen J Mossman comes from a family of journalists with her grand father and uncle having been newspaper editors. Further back a great, great grandfather wrote for his local paper and also published a book based on those articles. Karen is the only one to have gone into the fiction market.

In 2013 she was made redundant and decided to write part time. “The first works I had published were short story collections with themes. Putting them together was exciting as I didn’t think my writing would ever reach a wider audience,” she said. “I’m very pleased to have added novels to my published material and there is still more to come.”

Karen lives in Manchester with her husband and a Yorkshire terrier. She has two children, who were both born on the same day two years apart. They were also 2lbs difference in weight and all while they lived at house number 22. She also has one grandchild.

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2 Responses

  1. whisperingstories says:

    Thanks Karen. You’re book is currently being read by one of the blogs reviewers.

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