Blog Tour #GuestPost + #Giveaway from Katherine Shaw #Author of GLORIA @katheroony @rararesources

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for GLORIA, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources. I have a guest post from the author, Katherine Shaw, to share.

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Over to you, Katherine…

The Magic of Amsterdam, and Why I Chose it as the Setting for GLORIA

If you take a look at the book cover for GLORIA you will quickly spot one thing – it is set in Amsterdam! Or…more accurately…the final third of the book is. All of my promotional materials – bookmarks, stickers, ad graphics – contain artwork of the city, so I thought I’d use this blog post to share why I love the city, and why I chose it as the setting for my debut novel.

I first visited Amsterdam in November 2018, and I was immediately struck by its beauty. The quirky, colourful, narrow houses and sprawling network of picturesque canals were unlike I’d seen anywhere else, and it felt like you could wander the streets forever and always see something new. In fact, one of the days I spent there involved just that – walking down different pretty streets until we discovered an old shopping area we didn’t know existed, selling all sorts of curios. The city has a reputation for being somewhat of a party hub, but it actually has a very relaxed vibe and is awash with culture. There’s a real vibrancy and energy there which I haven’t experienced elsewhere, and it feels like you’re somewhere really special.

I’ve been lucky enough to return to Amsterdam twice more since that visit for work, and I still feel like I’ve barely scratched the surface of what the city has to offer. Everywhere you look, there is something interesting to do or see, whether it’s a museum, an art gallery, a lush park or a side street of independent shops and market stalls. A trip on one of the canal boat tours (which I highly recommend!) reveals a wealth of history and offers up even more places to explore. The opportunities for intrigue and adventure are seemingly endless.

So, it’s clear I love the city, but why did I decide it was suitable as the setting for GLORIA? After all, you don’t usually write a novel just because you want to set it in a wonderful place (although I’m sure some people do!), it has to add something to the story.

There are some possible spoilers here, so be warned if you haven’t read the book yet! Hopefully they’ll serve as teasers to tickle your curiosity.

A key element of Gloria’s story is her need to escape. For different reasons at two different times in her life, she has to get out of the UK, and the ferry to Rotterdam (and subsequent bus to Amsterdam) is her salvation. The fare was cheap and once on the continent she could travel with relative ease – it was an ideal ticket out of her situation. What’s more, I’ve done this exact journey myself (with a little less drama, of course…), so recreating it on the page was a piece of cake. 

Another factor in the decision to set the story in Amsterdam is Gloria’s biggest passion: art. She needed to discover and nurture her love of painting in a colourful city buzzing with life, and Amsterdam fit the bill perfectly. Art is embedded in its history, from Van Gogh to Rembrandt, with an array of masterpieces being on display there today. Gloria’s art is pivotal to the plot, and so it was critical I gave her a setting that would spark her inspiration and, just as importantly, that she would long for once she was separated from it. 

Finally, what wasn’t an original factor in me choosing the setting but has proven to be incredibly useful since is that Amsterdam is so easily recognisable! With its unique canal houses adorning the majority of the souvenirs which are brought home from the city, using such imagery on my book cover and in all my promotional material has allowed me to instantly communicate a flavour of what the book is about. With so many books on the shelves (and online) these days, anything that helps our work catch the eye of the reader and stick with them is a great bonus. 

And there we have it! I hope this has given you a glimpse into the magic of the city of Amsterdam and why I chose to feature it so predominantly in GLORIA, and perhaps even inspired you to visit yourself. Which places have you visited which sparked your imagination? I would love to hear about them! elegant-1769669_640 copy

Gloria -Ebook coverFor all intents and purposes, Gloria Harrison has the perfect life: a rich husband, a beautiful home, and all the free time she needs to work on her art. And yet, she is deeply unhappy. Initially resigned to be pushed around by her snobbish, manipulative husband, Greg, she discovers a shocking truth about him she simply cannot ignore, and has to get out.

As Gloria’s world unravels around her, she has to team up with friends new and old to escape not only her husband’s clutches, but also the country, even if that means giving up everything. 

Gloria must rediscover who she used to be and realise her true worth to finally free herself from Greg’s stranglehold forever, or risk losing the person she holds most dear in the world – her daughter.

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Gloria - Author photo 2Katherine Shaw is a multi-genre writer and self-confessed nerd from Yorkshire in the United Kingdom, spending most of her time dreaming up new characters or playing D&D. She has a passion for telling the stories of underdogs who must rise up to defeat the hardships they have been dealt in life, often with a focus on female protagonists. She is currently working on her debut novel Gloria, a contemporary domestic thriller launching in September this year, alongside several short story projects that are in the works. You can find out more at her website (www.katherineshawwrites.com), and she is always happy to chat on Twitter.

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#GuestPost from @angelabritnell, author of A Cornish Summer at Pear Tree Farm ~ 1 DayBlogBlitz organised by @rararesources #Romance

Today I have a guest post from Angela Britnell as part of the 1Day Blog Blitz for A Cornish Summer at Pear Tree Farm, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources. 

Nessa launched into the usual spiel she gave new arrivals as they walked along and rattled off the history of the farm with its Vivian family connections going back to the seventeenth century. ‘Were you thinking of a tent or caravan?’

‘I haven’t camped since I was a Boy Scout so I reckon a caravan will suit me better.’

I’ve started with this quote which shows my main characters, Nessa and Ward, talking shortly after they meet. I must admit it amuses me that camping in various forms is at the heart of my new trans-Atlantic romance ‘A Cornish Summer at Pear Tree Farm’ because I’m so not a camping person! When my ex-country music star hero Ward arrives in Cornwall from Tennessee he only comes to visit the land from where his distant ancestors emigrated centuries ago. The last thing he intends to do is buy a rambling old house and decide to set up a fancy bed & breakfast and glamping business but somehow that’s exactly what happens. Nessa’s small, somewhat old-fashioned campsite is situated down the road from Tregereth so he books into one of her caravans while he starts work on his new property. 

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ A Week in Winter by Marcia Willett #ContemporaryFiction #Romance

I used to read a lot of Marcia Willett’s books, but haven’t done so for a good while. This was one of my favourites and reminds me to check out some of the author’s works that I haven’t read.throwbackthursday

My Thoughts

Maudie Todhunter, Hector’s second wife, was recently widowed and has decided to sell Moorgate, the family’s holiday home, for much-needed funds. Her step daughter, Selina, has always hated Maudie through jealousy and her need to always come first. She has never forgiven Maudie for ‘taking her mother’s place’ and is obsessed with the need to possess, whether it’s people or things. Her continued hostility and bitterness eventually takes its toll on her long-suffering family. Selina’s daughter, Posy, and Maudie have formed a strong bond and are very close, adding to Selina’s bitterness and dissatisfaction with what she sees as a personal slight. 

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Blog Tour #BookReview ~ Matchmaking at Port Willow (Port Willow Bay #2) @KileyDunbar #RomanticFiction @rararesources @HeraBooks #TuesdayBookBlog

I’m delighted to join the blog tour for Matchmaking at Port Willow, courtesy of Rachel’s Random Resources.

My Thoughts

I was looking forward to another visit to Port Willow after reading Summer at the Highland Coral Beach, getting reacquainted with the residents and imaging myself in the beautiful setting. Since she arrived in Port Willow earlier in the year, Beatrice Halliday has found the love of her life in Atholl Fergusson and turned the Princess and the Pea Inn into something special creating, among other things, crafting holidays which bring in more guests and visitors than ever before. A true romantic at heart, Beatrice hopes some of them would find what she had, but if they needed a nudge a little help along the way wouldn’t go amiss.

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#SpotlightFeature ~ The Sound of Violet by Allen Wolf #Extract @theallenwolf

The Sound of Violet, a romantic comedy/drama, will be published on the 21st September by Morning Star Publishing. The book has also been made into a movie.

From the author’s website… ‘The Sound of Violet is a feature-length romantic dramedy based on the award-winning novel. The movie takes place in Seattle rather than New York City, where the novel is based. Audiences will see autism and human trafficking through a new lens through this compelling story.’

Today I have an extract to share…enjoy!

Shawn didn’t feel like an adult because adults were married, and he struggled to get through a date. He was twenty-four years old and looked like a man, with his powder-blue eyes, a trim physique, and a handsome face on a well-shaped head crowned with light brown hair. But he had never quite gotten used to his long arms and legs. When he walked, it looked like Shawn was carefully stepping between raindrops, especially when he started noticing all the colors around him.

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Mini Blog Blitz #GuestPost by @HanaSoChic ~ Doubt, the Writer’s Menace #Romance #Giveaway @rararesources

I’m delighted to welcome Hana Sheik with a guest post for the Mini Blog Blitz, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.

Over to you, Hana…

Doubt, the Writer’s Menace

Today I wanted to share a quick story about how I got my debut Harlequin Romance/Mills & Boon True Love, Second Chance to Wear His Ring published from first chapter to full manuscript and several revisions. I’m going to take you on the emotional rollercoaster ride I’d been on, so strap in and enjoy.

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson #AudiobookReview #YoungAdult

The Impossible Knife of Memory, performed by Julia Whelan and Luke Daniels, was released in 2014 by Brilliance Audio.

My Thoughts

Hayley Kincain has an interesting take on her peers, they’re either freaks or zombies. She’s spent the majority of her teenage years travelling  around the country navigating for her truck driving dad. Now they’re living in her grandmother’s old house in their home town and Hayley has started high school which proves to be a challenge for her. She copes by being aloof, hiding her pain as best she can and not letting herself get close to anyone…until she meets Finn.

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Desire & Deceit (The Victorian Detectives Book 9) by Carol Hedges ~ #BookReview for #RBRT @carolJhedges #TuesdayBookBlog

58621177._SX318_Author: Carol Hedges

Published: July 2021 by Little G Books

Category: Historical Crime Fiction, Victorian, Book Review

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It is 1868, and the body of a young man has gone missing from the police mortuary at Scotland Yard, an event that has never happened before. Who was the mysterious corpse, and why was he spirited away in the night? These are the questions baffling Detective Inspector Stride and Detective Sergeant Cully as they set out to uncover the truth.

London during 1868 is experiencing the hottest summer on record, wilting under the relentless heat and resulting odours. Detective Inspector Leo Stride, feeling the lack of his daily caffeine from the usual coffee stalls holders who have forsaken London for the much cooler countryside, is summoned along with his colleague DS Jack Cully to the morgue. There was a problem. A body had gone missing.

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