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Today I’m on the ‘Thread of Hope (Choices and Consequences #2)’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a guest post written by its author, Rachel J Bonner, but b
About the Author :
Rachel J Bonner is the author of the four book Choices and Consequences series, the first of which, Strand of Faith, is due out in November 2018.
Getting a degree in engineering, followed by a career in accountancy is probably not a conventional path to becoming an author, particularly in paranormal romance. Rachel says that, although accountancy isn’t anything like as boring as everyone thinks, writing is a lot more fun. When not writing, she can be found walking in the beautiful countryside near where she lives, which has influenced much of the scenery in her books, or shooting things with her local archery club. Target shooting only, honest. Nothing to worry about.
She also enjoys swimming, eating chocolate chip cookies and growing aromatic herbs, especially thyme and rosemary. It’s no coincidence that her heroine likes the same things.
The enthralling sequel to the compelling Strand of Faith.
What if your secrets are so dangerous they could destroy the one you love?
Is honesty always the best policy?
Leonie may have run away but Prospero will find her. He loves her and he wants a future with her by his side whatever the consequences. Only when he does find her, he ought to tell her who he really is, outside the monastery. That’ll make her run again. Dare he risk it? But if he doesn’t tell her, someone else may…
Marriage to Prospero is what Leonie wants most and the one thing she knows she can’t have. If he found out what she was really like, what she’d been, what she’d done, he’d despise her and she couldn’t bear that. Better to leave now than live a lie – but it’s harder than she expected. If only…
Gabriel is starting to discover the secrets inherent in Leonie, secrets that not even she knows, secrets that will tear the world apart. And the secrets he is keeping are tearing him apart. How can sacrificing those he loves possibly achieve peace when everything he discovers risks the death of millions?
During this booktour the first book, Strand of Faith, will be priced at 99p and Thread of Hope at £2.99.
Guest Post :
I live in jeans, t-shirt and hoodie, as do many people. I’m fortunate in that I work from home, so that’s my work wear too, most of the time. It’s comfortable and practical, and it’s an outfit that can be dressed up or down, depending on your choices and personal style.
When I was developing the world of the Choices and Consequences series, I thought about clothing. It needed to be practical for both physical and sedentary work, and for travel, which is at a far more mediaeval level than our own world. I wanted it to be comfortable and broadly unisex, at least for everyday wear and it would need to be reasonably economical – my world has limited resources. So I settled on something that is basically jeans, t-shirt and hoodie.
It consists of trousers, which might be replaced by shorts in hot weather, a close fitting undershirt which can be long or short sleeved and then a warmer top or overtunic which again can be long or short sleeved, of varying length and may or may not have a hood. But there’s a lot of variety, based on colour, or fabric, or fit.
For the monks and nuns the trousers are straight cut in soft brown cotton. The undershirt is white, with either long or short sleeves, depending on weather and circumstances. The over tunic is hip length, brown and hooded again with either long, or no sleeves. For formal events the undershirt is long sleeved and the over tunic has no sleeves. Monks and nuns both tend to have short hair, but the nuns do not cover their heads.
For everyone else, there’s much more variety. Women tend to choose softer fabrics, brighter colours, and more close fitting designs often with a longer over tunic and more decoration but there’s no hard and fast rule about it. The overtunic might fasten back or front with buttons, buckles or zip or be a pull on style and might or might not have a hood. In hot weather, many will wear shorts and a short sleeved under shirt with no over tunic, or women might wear a short sleeved dress (slight gender bias there because I like summer dresses).
For formal wear, the colour, embellishment and material of trousers, undershirt and tunic will tend to be fancier and will often indicate the House the wearer belongs to. Each House has its own logo, and this will form part of the decoration on formal wear. For example, the logo of House St Peter is a crossed keys symbol – it’s incorporated in Leonie’s necklace and some of the clothes that Brother Edward makes for her. It’s also embroidered on the overtunics worn by all the monks and nuns.
Thread of Hope introduces House Tennant, where the signature colour is green, and the logo is a stylised castle with little castellations. Tennant’s the birth House of Prospero (Perry). In this extract towards the end of book 1, Strand of Faith, Brother Edward knows that…and Leonie doesn’t.
“Edward had brought me yet another new outfit and again he seemed to have woven some magic into it. This one was a shimmering emerald green silk which made my hair look redder than ever. There was no undershirt, just a short-sleeved tunic which fitted closely to my hips and then flared out, worn with matching leggings and ankle boots. The embroidery at the neck and hem line was in silver, little castellations like a picture book castle, interspersed with the cross keys of House St Peter. I found I was eagerly looking forward to wearing it, to Perry seeing me in it.
My hair was longer now, though still very curly, and Lady Eleanor came and styled it for me. She insisted I wore my necklace and bracelet too, even if the jewels weren’t the same colour as the dress. I looked in the mirror when she was done and thought I looked almost as grand, as beautiful as any of the ladies I’d seen at other Houses. “
Giveaway to Win Signed copies of both Strand of Faith and Thread of Hope, plus bookmarks and business cards that match each book, and one of the Holding Crosses that the monks and nuns have. (Open INT)
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