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Today I’m on the ‘Weave Of Love (Choices and Consequences #3)’ 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.
What if the choice you have to make has devastating consequences for others?
How can anyone know the right thing to do?
Leonie chose to sacrifice everything to save other people. Now those around her have to face the consequences – and those consequences are not what they expected.
Prospero must deal with his own guilt. He was the one who gave Leonie the tools she needed – her life was in his hands. To make the most of what she did, he will have to face up to all the family issues he has avoided for so long. Whatever he chooses to do, someone he loves will be hurt. For Leonie’s sake, is he now strong enough to make the choice he couldn’t make before?
The crisis predicted by Lord Gabriel has come and gone. But his task isn’t over. Leonie’s very existence may be out in the open but Gabriel discovers that the past is never what it seems – and nor is the present. How can he use what he now knows to bring together those who have been enemies for as long as anyone can remember? If he fails in this, everything he’s had to do so far will be in vain.
Guest Post :
My best girl friend and I met when we were three and we’re still friends more years later than either of us would like to count. At times we’ve worked together and been in touch every couple of days. Now we live hundreds of miles apart and there may be times where we don’t speak for months – but we can always pick things up exactly where we left off. If it wasn’t for her encouragement, my books wouldn’t be published – that’s why Weave of Love is dedicated to her.
If you read the dedications for the previous book in the series, Thread of Hope, you may have noticed that it was also in memory of my friend Ronnie. I’d only known him for a few years and we didn’t appear to have much in common. We were of different generations, different backgrounds, gender, education, experiences. All we really had were some shared tasks at church and a love of cricket (which we rarely talked about). And yet, we were friends. We could sit down together and chat; it didn’t have to be about anything in particular but we never ran out of conversation. And we helped each other with various tasks.
My husband was my friend before we started dating. Now he’s my best friend despite being married for more than thirty years.
Friendship is definitely a form of love, and the Choices and Consequences series is about friendship as much as about romantic love. One of the early reviews about Strand of Faith (Book 1 in the series) said:
“As for Prospero and Leonie, I really hoped that they could be friends and so much more. I just wanted things to work out for the two of them. Not necessarily as romantic partners but even just friends. Both clearly needed that.” J Bronder Book Reviews
I hope that, as I’ve carried on writing the series, I’ve shown that Prospero and Leonie become friends as much as lovers. And, as he meets them again, Prospero starts to repair his friendships with some of his past lovers too, showing the importance of dealing with issues which can drive people apart. If you’ve read Thread of Hope, you’ll have met one of his past lovers, Lesley. In Weave of Love you meet more, including both Melanie and Clare, so you can judge for yourself.
You’ll also meet Prospero’s brothers and cousins. Again, you’ll be able to judge for yourself but the way they pick up their relationships after a long separation suggests to me that they are friends as well as relatives. As someone says in Cloth of Grace (Book 4 so this is a sneak peek):
“All of them, all six brothers, they’re fiercely loyal to each other. They’d take on the world – or give it up – for each other, no matter if just a moment before they were at each other’s throats. And no matter if they haven’t seen each other for a decade, either.”
But no discussion of friendship and the Choices and Consequences series would be complete without mentioning Andrew. Andrew has strong feelings for Prospero, which everyone but Prospero knows. He’s learnt to manage them. As he explains to Leonie in Strand of Faith “We’re friends, we care about and support each other. It doesn’t need to be more.”
Slowly, Andrew also becomes friends with Leonie. Here’s the moment in Thread of Hope when he realises that (Perry is a nickname for Prospero):
He’d be there for her from now on if she needed him and he’d do his best to make sure Perry looked after her properly. Then he had something of an epiphany; this girl was getting what he’d thought for many years that he wanted – namely Perry – and not only was he not jealous of her, he was also thinking of her needs ahead of Perry’s.
I hope you enjoy reading this story of love and friendship in Weave of Love and in the previous books, and that you continue with me to the end of the series.
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