I’m back! Sad that I missed last week, but I just didn’t have the time to get a snippet together. Today will be my last snip from Summit, which was released on 1 September. Next week I’m away on one of my adventures, camping and hiking, and the week after I’ll treat you to a teaser from my current WIP.
This week’s snippet is from a scene based on one of my own experiences. Last year I celebrated by 46th birthday on the mountain! One of the supporting cast from Summit celebrates in style.
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We had an early start the next morning. The crew came to wake us up with coffee and biscuits at six and by seven, we had everything packed and were in the mess tent. Breakfast was sausages, French toast, and melon. I was still hungry, used to eating more.
“I’m still starving,” I muttered. “Is there any toast left?”
“No, it’s gone.” Sean pointed at his plate. “Do you want my sausage?”
“Shut up. Eat your own sausage.”
He giggled and Louise, sitting the other side of him, laughed loudly. We fell silent as singing could be heard outside the tent. The crew was singing a Tanzanian song and as we all turned around to see what was going on, the cooks came in bearing another cake with candles on it. Amongst the unfamiliar words, I picked out Gerald’s name a couple of times. The cooks surrounded him where he sat at the end of the table, and placed the cake—a birthday cake—in front of him. I’d forgotten he’d said his birthday fell while he was on the trip. The cake was decorated in bright red and green icing, with the words “Happy 65th Birthday Gerald” on it. His face lit up and his eyes shone as he gazed around at the rest of us, all now joining in clapping with the cooks.
“I can’t believe it!” he exclaimed. “I’d forgotten it was my birthday.”
“Happy birthday!” the group chorused as the singing ended. The head cook presented Gerald with a knife to cut the cake and he took a big breath to blow out the candles. Darren took some photos and a few minutes later, Gerald passed around slices of cake, much to my relief. A few mouthfuls of sugar would help the rumbling in my belly.
When out of condition divorced lorry driver, Ash Tomlinson, makes the spur of the moment decision to climb Kilimanjaro, he doesn’t consider how much it will change his life. There’s the training, the equipment to buy, the fear of altitude sickness, and of failure. And there’s Sean, a man who makes Ash question what he really wants for his future.
Sean Briggs is a school sports teacher and wishful mountain leader, longing for the chance to lead people on mountain hikes, but never having taken the plunge to do the training course. While he thinks about it, he decides to undertake the trip of a lifetime on Kilimanjaro.
The two men meet on a training weekend in Wales, and afterwards Ash goes home and tries to forget about Sean, but finds it impossible.
When the pair strike out for the summit of the highest mountain in Africa, their physical and mental strength is tested, and their growing feelings for each other help them push through the toughest moments of the trek.