Monday, October 29, 2007

Eamon in Abbyland -- part I

Eamon's Adventures in Abbyland

Once upon a time there was a handsome young sheep named Eamon who lived in a shop window in Louth. He was quite happy there, if a little bored. But he had the street to watch and all the passers by who looked into the window and admired him, but no one took him home.

Then one day a lady novelist called Kate Walker came by the shop and she saw the handsome young sheep and she said –' That is Eamon!'

Eamon of course knew that he was Eamon but he wondered how the lady novelist knew his name. 'You are Eamon,' she said. 'The perfect Eamon for Abby Green. I just know she will love you.'

And the lady novelist came into the shop and asked to see Eamon. The assistant had to climb into the shop window to get him, but it was all worth the effort.

'He is perfect,' said Kate. Abby will love him, even if he is a little cross-eyed. I will take him with me.'

So the assistant put Eamon into a carrier bag and Kate took the bag, and Eamon away with her. She was only visiting Louth for the day so she took Eamon to her home and she took his photograph so that everyone could see what a handsome young sheep (if a little cross-eyed) he was.

The next day Kate said that she had to do some packing. Eamon had no idea what packing was so he was intrigued to see that Kate had put a large suitcase (well, it seemed large to him) on the bed. Suddenly he realised just why the case had to be so big – it had to be large enough to fit him!

'Don't worry, Eamon,' Kate said as she picked up Eamon and carefully placed him in a corner of the big black case. 'You'll be quite safe. You're going on a long journey to Ireland and when you get there you will meet Abby and I know she will fall in love with you.'

So Eamon settled down in his case and got ready for the journey. It was rather dark in there and a little bit bumpy at first but soon things quietened down and eventually he fell fast asleep, only waking up when the case was bumped and banged a bit more .

Suddenly there was a rush of light as the case was opened up once more and Eamon peered out into a new and different room.

'This is Ireland,' said Kate. 'And you are in a hotel in Dublin. Welcome to the Emerald Isle.'

Emerald? Eamon wondered. There was nothing green around him. The room was decorated in gold and pink, and the bed he was sitting on was white. But Kate assured him that he was in somewhere called Emerald, no matter what colour it was around him.

After a while Eamon settled in. He tested out a nice comfy chair, and then he tried the great big bed. It was so big that he felt rather lost in it.

After all the excitement of the travel and arriving in the Emerald places, he started to feel rather hungry. He decided that he was going to need all his strength to handle all this excitement and whatever was coming next so he checked out the best places to eat in Dublin.

Once he'd eaten he got into the great big bed and fell fast asleep, dreaming of suitcases and travelling and all that had happened to him.

The next day, after a hearty breakfast of oats and soda bread, Kate told Eamon that today was the day that he got to meet Abby.' We'll go to her house and you will see her there,' she said. 'And don't worry – Abby will love you. Abby loves Eamons, and she'll just adore you!'

So Eamon brushed his fleece and curled his horns. He even polished up his little black hooves so that he knew he looked his best for Abby who was going to love him.

And when Kate put him into a special travelling bag for the journey to Abby's house his heart was beating fast, his little woolly chest heaving with excitement.

He was going to meet Abby and she would love him at first sight.

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Tune in tomorrow . . . and find out what happens when Eamon meets Abby for the first time!

While you're waiting, run out and get your very own copy of Kate's latest book, The Greek Tycoon's Unwilling Wife. Talk about intense!

It will make your woolly chest heave with excitement.

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Blogger Anne McAllister said...

In case anyone is wondering what all those †marks are (I know I am!), I have to plead ignorance. I just cut and pasted from Kate's email, then ended up having to reposition the pictures, which all ended up on one side. But the †marks were not in her post. Presumably they mean something to someone (just not me). Or maybe they're just decorative.

Don't know. Can't be bothered to find out. Have a book to write.


28 October, 2007  
Blogger Kate Hardy said...

Too, too funny.

Just what I need at the end of a book :o)

29 October, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

they're Eamon's expletives...cos he's a bit rough and ready. Not that I know of course. Ahem.
x Abby

29 October, 2007  
Blogger Yvonne Lindsay said...

Ahahahahaha! Oh dear, I've just had a picture of Abby visiting New Zealand, she'll be totally spoiled for Eamon's here.

Love the tale of Eamon's Journey to his One True Love. Can't wait to read the next instalment.

Best wishes to all!

29 October, 2007  
Blogger Anne McAllister said...

Of course you wouldn't know those words, Abby. And I'm sure Eamon would expect you to cover your delicate ears while he bleated them.

And you're absolutely right, Yvonne, Abby will have her pick of Eamons in NZ. We'll have to contrive to get her down under.

29 October, 2007  
Blogger Kate Walker said...

I'll have you know that Eamon is a very well brought up young sheep! He never once uttered any expletive when he was with me. (Though really, with Eamon, they would be exbleatives!) If he became rough and ready once he met Abby then I'm afraid that must have been Abby's influence . . . as you will see in Chapter 2.

29 October, 2007  
Blogger Annie West said...


He's adorable! What a perfect gift for Abby. Hm, just as well she's safely in Dublin. If she came here to Australia (or New Zealand as Yvonne says) I think Eamon would get very jealous. Is he cross eyed from reading too many romances late at night, I wonder?


29 October, 2007  
Blogger Anne McAllister said...

No, Annie, I think he's cross-eyed from doing something else.

29 October, 2007  
Blogger Madeline said...

OMG! I can't wait to see Abbys' reaction to Eamon. On to the next instalment. Mads:)

30 October, 2007  

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