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Today I’m on the ‘The Cornish Secret of Summer’s Promise’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a guest post written by the author, but b
About the Author :
Laura Briggs is the author of several feel-good romance reads, including the Top 100 Amazon UK seller ‘A Wedding in Cornwall’. She has a fondness for vintage style dresses (especially ones with polka dots), and reads everything from Jane Austen to modern day mysteries. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, caring for her pets, gardening, and seeing the occasional movie or play.
As spring slips away from the hotel Penmarrow, excitement builds for an exclusive auction hosted at the hotel, featuring priceless possessions from a Hollywood actress turned lady of the manor, including her famous diamonds. Celebrities and collectors form a crowd that is keeping Maisie and the rest of staff busy, even as Maisie faces a crossroads for her manuscript.
But when the diamonds are stolen and Sidney is accused by the authorities, Maisie’s dilemma as a writer is pushed aside out of fear that his future in Port Hewer is in jeopardy. Desperation to prove that someone else is behind the theft will lead Maisie to uncover a very different secret outside of jewel thieves and village rumors … one that could change her life and her future forever.
Can Maisie deal with the latest secrets exposed — including those that paint Sidney’s past in a questionable light? And as summer’s dawn alters her idyllic life in Cornwall, will Maisie’s feelings for Sidney change as well?
Guest Post :
What Readers Are Saying About A Little Hotel in Cornwall
Thank you so much to Stefanie for letting me drop by and tell her readers about my latest romance read, The Cornish Secret of Summer’s Promise. It is the fourth installment in my series about aspiring author Maisie’s experiences working as a chambermaid at a Cornish seaside hotel. It’s tremendous fun to dream up adventures for Maisie in this colorful setting, where wealthy and eccentric guests abound and special events range from a summertime ball to an elaborate All-Hallows’ Eve birthday party and even a holiday ice sculpting competition at Christmas. For those of you who might be curious about the series—and perhaps wondering whether it might be your cup of tea—I wanted to do a guest post on a few of the reasons that readers say they count books from ‘A Little Hotel in Cornwall’ among their favorites.
It offers a bit of escapism:
This is always lovely to hear, since it was one of my goals in creating the series to transport readers to a world where romance, humor, adventure, and the occasional dash of mystery combine for the ultimate, feel-good escapist read. The works of Lucy Maud Montgomery were a major influence for the idyllic setting and larger-than-life events, while the idea for a grand historic building like the Penmarrow came in part from British television shows like Downton Abbey. I wanted readers to get utterly swept away when they opened its pages, so hearing that many of them ‘struggled to put it down’ and ‘can’t wait for the next installment’ is incredible. And whenever readers say they love the saga feel of the storyline, the ‘will-they-won’t-they’ romantic tension between Maisie and Sidney, the colorful cast at the hotel, or the suspense of secrets yet-to-be-revealed, I know that I’ve been lucky enough to achieve a big part of what I set out to do.
The heroine is following her dream:
A lot of readers seem to appreciate the fact that Maisie is passionate and serious in her goal of becoming a novelist. Her quest to find a mentor to help in her writing endeavors is what lands her on Cornish shores to begin with. The reason she stays is quite different—and of a rather more romantic nature—but even so, she doesn’t lose sight of her quest to become a professional writer, despite numerous setbacks and detours. This facet of her character sets her apart from the heroines I’ve written about in the past (even if Julianne was a pretty top notch event planner in my other Cornish romance series ‘A Wedding in Cornwall’). I’m happy to see readers embracing this side of Maisie’s personality, and even speculating on when (or if ) she will finally get to meet the elusive and brilliant novelist she hoped would give her unpublished novel its best shot at success.
The romance isn’t rushed:
Even though sparks fly and emotions run deep, Maisie’s relationship with the charming local groundskeeper Sidney Daniels is taking its time getting to happy-ever-after. Friendship, flirtation, and the hint of something more are ever present in their scenes together, but various obstacles keep them from acknowledging the obvious. To my surprise, readers seem happy with the suspense and even find it refreshing, apparently! But for those who are perhaps a bit impatient for something more, there is a big romantic moment in this newest installment (and a scene that should hopefully leave fans of the series swooning a little!).
The side characters are colorful:
Especially Riley the hotel’s flirtatious porter, whose antics frequently land him in hot water, to the delight of more than one reader. The rest of the staff is equally quirky, from uptight desk clerk Brigette to shy chambermaid Molly, grumpy Norm the gardener, and even the enigmatic manager Mr. Trelawney. But it’s not just the staff that makes the hotel Penmarrow a unique experience. The guests add their own special touch, and among fan favorites seem to have been the eccentric earl and his birthday party entourage in book two of the series, A Spirited Girl On Cornish Shores—characters that were, in fact, a deliberate nod to the traditional Agatha Christie style cast.
So if any or all of that sounds right up your street so to speak, I hope you’ll be sure to give the books in ‘A Little Hotel in Cornwall’ a try. The first four installments are currently available to buy, with Book Five on pre-order via Amazon.
3 Winners to win a ‘surprise’ three-dimensional pop-up card & receive a digital copy of Book One, A Little Hotel in Cornwall. (Open INT)
Each winner will receive a ‘surprise’ three-dimensional pop-up card handcrafted by an Etsy artist and bearing a clue about the next book in Laura Briggs’ Cornish romance series. The winners will also receive a digital copy of Book One, A Little Hotel in Cornwall.
*Terms and Conditions – Worldwide entries welcome. Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below. The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over. Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data. I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.
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