#GuestPost from Chrissie Bradshaw #Author of Rose’s Choice @ChrissieBeee @rararesources

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Rose’s Choice, courtesy of Rachel’s Random Resources

Today I have a guest post from Chrissie Bradshaw, the author…

Before the Lines – Or how I wrote myself into the story of ‘Rose’s Choice’.

Like many readers, I love reading between the lines of a book and guessing at the untold bits of the story so I suppose it is only natural for me to invest a lot of time in creating a setting for my own novels and a back story for all of my characters. This spade work is done ‘before the lines’. I start before I draft the story and some of it is just for me to know whereas a lot of it is revealed through my characters’ actions. 

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ Pattern of Shadows by Judith Barrow #HistoricalFiction @judithbarrow77

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favourites, as well as books that were published over a year ago. Not to mention those that are languishing on the to be read pile for whatever reason.

This week I’m revisiting the first in a fabulous historical fiction trilogy by Judith Barrow, although there have been two more books published to compliment the series. Pattern of Shadows is set during WWII and was published in 2010.

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Codename Lazarus (The Spy Who Came Back from the Dead) by A.P. Martin #TuesdayBookBlog #RBRT #HistFic

  • Author: A.P. Martin
  • Published: July 2016 by Troubador
  • Category: Historical Fiction, WWII

Spring 1938: Great Britain is facing potentially lethal threats: the looming war with Germany; the fear that her Secret Service has been penetrated by Nazi agents and the existence of hundreds of British citizens, who are keen to pass information to her enemies.

Codename Lazarus is taken from a true story and set in pre World War II Britain and Germany. It’s John King’s last day of an eighteen month research stay in Heidelberg. Although he will be sorry to leave his friends, the threatening climate in Germany, the increase in Hitler’s dictatorship and the ensuing violence against Jews only disgusts and horrifies, somewhat neutralising the sadness at leaving. 

The young SS officer and the rangy, fair-haired man looked equally shocked and baffled that things between them could have come to this. As the German picked himself tentatively from the floor, trying in vain to maintain what dignity he could, the Englishman was taken in the unforgiving grip of two SS soldiers. Briefly their eyes met, full of sadness and incomprehension, for they both knew instinctively that this would change everything.

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Delicious ~ by Ruth Reichl #Audiobook #TuesdayBookBlog ~ Food, History and Mystery #BookReview

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  • Author: Ruth Reichl
  • Performed by Julia Whelan
  • Released: November 2015 on Audible, published by Random House Audiobooks
  • Category: Contemporary Fiction
  • four-stars

In her bestselling memoirs Ruth Reichl has long illuminated the theme of how food defines us, and never more so than in her dazzling fiction debut about sisters, family ties, and a young woman who must finally let go of guilt and grief to embrace her own true gifts.

Billie Breslin has left college, her home in California and moved to New York for a fresh start after a family tragedy. Her new job is with Delicious, a well known and loved food magazine, as assistant to the editor, Jake Newberry. She also fits in a weekend job at Fontanari’s delicatessen. When the magazine ceases publication, Billie is kept on to honour the Delicious guarantee of refunds for covering the cost of ingredients for recipe disasters, and enquiries for recipes which have featured in past issues. Continue reading