Greed by Tim Beeden / #extract #BlogTour @zooloo2008 @beedendoesbooks


When Gregory Hoffenbach unearths a valuable stone while ploughing, he believes it could put an end to all his woes.

It doesn’t. In fact it’s just the beginning.

Greg heads into the city of Calver with his brother Ralph to try and sell the stone but soon they discover that there are plenty of people in the Kingdom who’d like to own Greg’s red stone.

Over the next few days, the brothers strike a deal with a prominent crime boss, stumble into a plot to overthrow the King and have a hand in the death of an over-ambitious hay salesman.

Fortunately for them, they’ve got help. Some very useful and very violent help.

It seems everyone wants Greg’s stone and they’ll stop at nothing to get it.

Greg? He just wants a new plough.

A story about working out what’s valuable in life and then trying to take it from someone else




Greg turned the stone over in his hand. It looked like a normal stone, but it was hard to tell all covered in soil.

Ralph leant in for a closer look.

‘How in the blue hell did something that size split our plough in half?’

‘Dunno,’ Greg replied, still turning the stone over in his hand. ‘Erm… Ralph… think you could give me a hand inside? Only there’s four of you and my head feels like someone’s trying to break out of it through my eyes.’

Ralph shook his head and helped his brother to his feet. He put Greg’s arm around his neck and started walking him back to the farmhouse.

‘Suppose we could look on the bright side,’ Ralph said.

‘What do you mean, bright side? You never look on the bright side.’

‘Sometimes you’ve got to, oh brother of mine. And the bright side here is that we’re having beef for tea. Clara’s dead.’

Greg looked back over his shoulder to see Clara lying on her side in the as yet unploughed field.

‘Talk about a bad morning,’ Greg said, shaking his head.

As he did so he dropped the stone into the front pocket of his jerkin, totally unaware he’d just become the richest man in the Kingdom.

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About the author

Tim Beeden is someone who likes to make things up. Things like stories, ideas and friends. He’s lived a varied life, has had thirteen different jobs, likes piña coladas and getting caught in the rain. He loves to travel and is utterly convinced he’s part Viking (much to his wife’s continual annoyance. Although he was once on holiday in Denmark where the locals often spoke to him in Danish which pretty much confirmed it as far as he’s concerned).

He’s married with one child. His wife is nothing like him (thank goodness) but his son is (thank goodness).

Greed is his first novel in a planned series of eleven books but he’s pretty new to this so isn’t aware of how ridiculous an ambition that is.

He genuinely hopes you enjoy reading Greed and that if you love it you tell your friends. If you read it and hate it, he wants you to tell your enemies so they have to suffer too.


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