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.
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.
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.
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.
Welcome to the 5 day Mini Blog Blitz for Mum’s The Word by Lorraine Turnbull, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
Mum’s the Word starts with a murder, but although the tense and tantalising question from the beginning has to be ‘Does she get away with it?’, the novel is peppered with everyday life and some good old fashioned Scottish humour. I didn’t want to put readers off with descriptions of blood and gore or gratuitous violence; life is tough enough at the best of times, so many hours of reading, rereading and rewriting took place to achieve the right sort of balance. Yes, it’s a book for women – only women can truly understand the hollowness of an empty marriage, of working in what is primarily a man’s world and facing their golden years knowing the best is behind them.But I hope the story is also uplifting and holds the hope that no matter what age we are, we can all hope for a ‘happy ever after’.
I’m delighted to welcome Joy Wood with her post ‘You’ve Got To Be In It To Win It’ for my stop on the blog tour organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
Over to you, Joy…
All of my life, I’ve loved words. I can remember as far back as being at infant school, probably about seven or eight, and we’d been asked to do a poem in “our best handwriting”. The teacher told us that there would be a competition and the best three poems would be read out to the class. I was fortunate to be one of those three, and while I can still see myself stood at the front and all my classmates sat at their desks, I have no idea what I wrote about. But it must have kick-started something in me as I always loved words and English language all the way through school.
I’m delighted to welcome Gail Aldwin with her post about ‘Five settings that had to feature in This Much Huxley Knows’
Over to you, Gail…
For my second contemporary novel, This Much Huxley Knows, I explored some important places from my personal history and from my children’s early years to inform the settings in the book. As the novel uses a seven-year-old narrator, home, school and church are obvious choices. (For some UK families, school and church are inextricably linked due to the requirement for evidence of church attendance to gain priority enrolment to some state-funded church schools.) Rather than focus on these settings, I’ve chosen five other places which are significant to my young narrator.
It’s launch day on the blog tour for Being Netta Wilde, courtesy of Rachel’s Random Resources.
I have a guest post to share by Hazel Ward, the author…
I choose music with my words.
Popular music has always played a part in my life. There are songs that have been lodged in my memory for a long time. Not necessarily ones I’d choose to listen to, but that doesn’t make them any less special. Que Sera Sera, an old Doris Day hit, immediately transports me back to my mother singing it when ironing. My dad’s favoured singalong was a traditional one called The German Clockmaker. Quite racy for its time, I believe. He had a habit of singing it when drunk. I’m smiling now at the thought of my younger self rolling my eyes as he belted it out in the middle of a crowded pub.
Today I’m showcasing The Afrikaner by Arianna Dagnino, described as ‘ a hybrid form that mixes history, science, magic & the love for the outdoors.’
I asked Arianna if she could tell us about the inspiration for The Afrikaner and her time as an international reporter…
Landing from what was then regarded as “enlightened”, free and democratic Europe and finding ourselves in the turmoil of a society caught in dramatic transition – between the end of apartheid (the 40-year long period of racial segregation imposed on the peoples of South Africa) and the first democratically elected black government. Those were the years, 1996-2000 in which my husband and I worked in South Africa as international reporters for the Italian press.
I’m pleased to be able to share a guest post from Patrick Haylock, part of the mini blog blitz organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
Over to Patrick
At the end of last year Jupiter and Saturn came closer to each other than they had been for almost 800 years. It was an event that set the world astrological community abuzz with the possible consequences of such an alignment and its potential impact on global leaders and events.