#BookBirthdayBlitz #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #GuestPost : From Here to Nashville – Julie Stock @wood_beez48

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Today I’m on the ‘From Here to Nashville’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a guest post written by its author, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

mhfwCvAAJulie Stock writes contemporary feel-good romance from around the world: novels, novellas and short stories. She published her debut novel, From Here to Nashville, in February 2015 and her second novel, The Vineyard in Alsace in March 2017. Over You (Sam’s Story) and Finding You (Jenna’s Story), her follow-up novellas to From Here to Nashville were published in 2018, making the From Here to You series complete. She has also published a boxed set of the From Here to You trilogy of books.
The Bistro by Watersmeet Bridge was published in August 2019, followed by Bittersweet, a collection of 12 Short Stories for Modern Life in September 2019.
Julie is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and The Society of Authors.
Julie is married and lives with her family in Bedfordshire in the UK.

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Synopsis :

skKshiVQTwo worlds, 4,000 miles apart. Is their love strong enough to keep them together?
Rachel Hardy dreams of being a successful country music singer in Nashville’s Music City, four thousand miles away from her lonely life in Dorset. When Jackson Phillips, an independent record label owner, encourages her band to audition for a nationwide ‘Open Mic’ competition, she decides they have nothing to lose.
But when she starts to fall in love with Jackson, the stakes suddenly get higher and she finds herself with a great big dilemma on her hands. Should she abandon her dream and take the easy way out or should she leave the life she has always known behind and take a gamble on a man who has personal demons of his own?
Follow Rachel and Jackson as they learn to trust in love again to see whether their music really can unite them.

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Guest Post :

Before I wrote From Here to Nashville, I’d never written anything longer than poems, music lyrics and the occasional short story. I never imagined that I would ever be able to come up with an idea that I could sustain over 80 – 90,000 words. I often had ideas for novels but they ran out of steam very quickly, and always before I could put pen to paper.
Then in 2013, that all changed when I started watching the then new TV series, Nashville. I fell in love with the show straight away, loving the music, the setting and the characters, and wondering why I had never been to Nashville!
About halfway through the first series, I had an idea for a novel, and it came fully formed into my mind: ‘What if you had a singer/songwriter in the UK who dreamed of becoming a country music star in Nashville and she met a record producer from Nashville who could help her to follow her dream?’
What usually happens after I come up with a story question like that is that I can’t come up with anything else and, frustrated by my lack of ideas, I lose interest in the whole thing very quickly. But this time, the ideas just kept coming. I came up with the names of the two main characters, Rachel and Jackson, almost immediately. I also decided that Rachel would have a best friend called Jenna, and that she would play in a band with Jenna’s two brothers, Sam and Matt. I had ideas for Rachel’s back story and also for Jackson’s, and I worked out how they would first meet. I had so many ideas coming at me that I bought myself a notebook so that I could write them all down and not forget anything.
Before I got going with the writing, I also needed to do a fair bit of research about the two settings I’d chosen for my story. Rachel lives in Poole, in Dorset, at the start of the story and although this is a place I know very well, I still spent a lot of time on the Internet researching the kinds of place she might live and how long it would take her to walk into town for example. I also spent a lot of time thinking about Jenna’s florist shop and where that might be located and what it would look like inside.
Then there was Nashville. As I mentioned, I’d never been so I spent a lot of time getting to know Nashville before I began writing. As Jackson is a wealthy record label owner in the story, I found myself researching luxury homes and products that I would never normally look at as well. I finally visited Nashville the month after the book was published and my family indulged me by letting me take them round all the places mentioned in the story, so that I could make sure that I’d got everything right.
To give myself the inspiration to keep me going, the next thing I did was to create a playlist of some of my favourite songs, including ones that I thought Rachel and her band, Three’s Company, might cover in their set. If you’d like to listen to the songs, you can find the link here. This also led to me writing some song lyrics for Rachel’s own songs which you can find in the story. I had so much fun doing that!
After writing my first book five years ago, I’ve found that every book since has been inspired by a particular setting or location, whether that’s a vineyard in Alsace or a bistro in Devon, and there’s no sign of the ideas running out any time soon.

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#BlogTour #DamppebblesBlogTours @damppebbles / #Excerpt : Raging (The Chemical Estate Series #2) #Raging #TheChemicalEstateSeries – Stephen Scarcliffe @StephenScarc

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Today I’m on the ‘Raging (The Chemical Estate Series #2)’ blogtour, organised by Damppebbles Blog Tour.
To promote this book I have an excerpt, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

_TDS0986Growing up around the north of Edinburgh where the Chemical Estate book series is set lends first-hand experience and authenticity to both the story and its characters.
Around 14 years ago, and 4 pints (or more) down, I bumped into a certain Irvine Welsh in a pub in Edinburgh city centre. After giving him a copy of a short story I had written, I received a really encouraging email that spurred me on to write a novel. The process was extended somewhat by spending 10 years as the singer-songwriter for Edinburgh Alt-rock band The Number 9s, before opting to turn my main focus to writing. Two books in now with number 3 in development I hope to continue for many years to come.
You can keep up to date with details of new releases and plenty more by signing up for my mailing list at my website. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Synopsis :

Scarcliffe_RAGING_ebook_FINAL_2A bloody turf war is erupting between the shellsuit gangsters and the Donaldsons, while the family outcasts look to take advantage of the disorder on the streets…
Who torched Dougie Donaldson’s taxi?
Why are the bodies piling up in the high rises?
Why is a scorned figure from the past poking his nose into everyone’s business?
As things escalate, Billy Wright is forced to question who is plotting against him as he is dragged even deeper into the world he is trying to escape. George Donaldson is sucked into a bitter feud with childhood pals that forces him to answer serious doubts around his loyalties and Sean Donaldson schemes to shift the balance of power in Muirhouse, hellbent on revenge against the uncle who has frozen him out of the family drug business.
Will Billy fulfil the promise he made to girlfriend Lyndsay and leave the life of crime behind as fatherhood approaches? Can George successfully defend his old man’s territory in the face of mounting adversity? Is there any line Sean won’t cross in his quest for supremacy?

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Publishing Information:
Published in paperback and digital formats on 4th February 2020.

Excerpt :

That night, George crossed his arms and stood there, tapping his foot behind the podium that overlooked the dance floor, as dozens of wasted strangers bounced about frenetically in front of him. He shuddered as he felt a drop of condensation hit the back of his neck from the sweaty stone ceiling above. The Vaults was a cave, literally. Carved into one of the many underground caverns in Edinburgh’s Old Town, the way the stomping tracks reverberated around the place made it seem purpose built for techno. As much as George had to restrain himself from getting lost in the chaos, this was his place of business. He was the top boy and he had to maintain an air of respectability. Ecstasy was purely for selling now, not recreation. At least when he was manning the Vaults, which was pretty much every weekend these days. He often kept a lump of bass or a gram of Charlie in his back-tail, to keep him on point and in control, give him the energy to run the place like a tight ship. Make sure the sweeties were circulating, the money was flowing thick and fast back to him, and make sure any arseholes were dealt with swiftly and with force. He felt his neck and shoulders tense up as someone bumped into him from behind. He turned and with one look had the saucer eyed youngster backing away.
“I’m sorry bigman!”
George offered a shrug of his heavy shoulders and a nudge of his head, giving the signal that the laddie could breathe easy, then like that he was off, disappearing into the sea of sweaty bodies writhing to the music. It was common for George to conduct his night with a series of grunts, nods of the head, winks and other such minimal gestures. He was a man of few words at the best of times, but the other bouncers knew 100% he was in charge, meaning he didn’t need to say or do that much. The other doormen handled the dealing, so besides running the doors and dispersing troublemakers, it was their job to make sure every last eccie sold in the place came from George. After glancing about and checking out the passing fanny, he turned his attention back to the dance floor, planting his big hands onto the stone ledge in front of him. The crowd was now roaring and panting with excitement as DJ Lenny Dee brought them to the point of climax. It was like the swell of a wave growing bigger and bigger with crazed anticipation, right to bursting point. Then, like that, the beat dropped, the wave broke, and the evil bass line kicked in, sending them into raptures of high pitched screams and shouting. George was wakened from his trance by a pat on the shoulder. He turned to see big Terry Brady standing there, looking decidedly pissed off, as he clutched a hold of a spindly limbed laddie by the scruff of his neck, struggling to break free.
“Guess what this wee nobber’s been up tae?”
Brady opened his hand to reveal a polythene bag full of yellow tablets, forcing a raise of the eyebrows from George.
“Gies them!” yelled the laddie as he tried to snatch them from Brady’s grasp just to take a heavy clout round the head, before finding his legs swept from under him.
“They’re our property now.”
George grabbed him by the shirt collar and dragged him with ease through the parting crowd, his legs trailing on the deck behind him. Once they got to the derelict street at the back of the club, George hoisted him up off the floor and propped him against a metal dumpster as Terry Brady hovered behind.
“Some fuckin balls on you son. Comin intae ma club an tryin tae take ma custom. Who did ye get thum fae?” he said as he casually slipped a pair of knuckle dusters onto his right fist and clenched it hard.
“A mate.”
George let rip and pummelled his puny body into the side of the dumpster with several ferocious blows, feeling at least one rib snap under the weight of them. The boy slumped to the deck in a crumpled heap, reeling from the brutal assault, trying desperately to gasp for air, yet clearly none was coming.
“Once ye’ve got yer breath back ye can tell me who.”

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#BlogTour #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #PromoPost : Empire’s Hostage – Marian L Thorpe @marianlthorpe

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Today I’m on the ‘Empire’s Hostage’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a some ‘basic’ information for you.

About the Author :

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Not content with two careers as a research scientist and an educator, Marian L Thorpe decided to go back to what she’d always wanted to do and be a writer. Author of the alternative world medieval trilogy Empire’s Legacy, Marian also has published short stories and poetry. Her life-long interest in Roman and post-Roman European history informs her novels, while her avocations of landscape archaeology and birding provide background to her settings.

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Synopsis :

T9gIHoBwFor fifteen months, the Empire and the northern people have been at war, but a truce is finally at hand. As part of this treaty, Lena, now a Guardswoman on the Wall, is asked to stand as a hostage, to go north to live and learn among the people of Linrathe. But not everyone there will welcome her. As Lena learns more of the history of both her land and the north, a new threat emerges, one that will test her loyalty to its limits, and in the end, demand a price she could not have envisioned.

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#BlogTour #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #QandAs : Hattie Goes To Hollywood #HattieGoesToHollywood – Caroline James @CarolineJames12

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Today I’m on the ‘Hattie Goes To Hollywood’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a Q&As post, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

XiJYh5DQBest-selling author of women’s fiction, Caroline James has owned and run businesses encompassing all aspects of the hospitality industry, a subject that often features in her novels. She is based in the UK but has a great fondness for travel and escapes whenever she can. A public speaker, which includes talks and lectures on cruise ships world-wide, Caroline is also a consultant and food writer. She is a member of the Romantic Novelist’s Association, the Society of Women’s Writer’s & Journalists and the Society of Authors and writes articles and short stories, contributing to many publications. In her spare time, Caroline can be found trekking up a mountain or relaxing with her head in a book and hand in a box of chocolates.

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Synopsis :

HZQdd6VgA Cumbrian Village…
Three suicides…
A red-hot summer…
Join super-sleuth Hattie as tempers and temperatures rise in the Cumbrian village of Hollywood. With mischief and shenanigans aplenty, will Hattie discover the truth?
A funny and intriguing mystery – the first in a new series by Caroline James
When recently bereaved Hattie Mulberry inherits her aunt’s dilapidated cottage in the village of Hollywood in Cumbria, she envisages a quiet life. But retired hotelier Hattie is bored and when her neighbour asks her to investigate a suspicious suicide, Hattie’s career takes a new direction and H&H Investigations is born. During the hottest summer for years, Hattie discovers there have been three recent suicides in Hollywood and she determines to find out why. Temperatures rise as she throws herself into village life and, with mischief and shenanigans aplenty, Hattie has her work cut out. But will she establish the truth?

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Q&A :

Hi

First of all thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions, I really appreciate it. Here we go! 🙂
Stefanie, thank you so much for inviting me to your lovely blog.

Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
My background is in the hospitality industry, but I always wanted to write. I went to an all-girl’s grammar school and hated it and never thought I was good enough to write for a living. Many years later, I decided that I didn’t want to die wondering and wrote my first novel, Coffee Tea the Gypsy & Me which went to #3 in women’s fiction on Amazon and my writing die was cast.

Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
I read Catcher in the Rye by J D Salinger when I was young, and it left a massive impression on me. The narrator, Holden Caufield, takes us through two dramatic days in his life and I found his unfolding psychological crisis deeply moving, I still do, whenever I re-read the book today.

Is there a writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
I love to sit and have a chat with the late, great Mauve Binchy. Mauve had a real knack for creating characters that her readers couldn’t help but care about and love. Caring about characters is what turns the page and I’d love to ask her for some of her pearls of writing wisdom.

If you could, which fictional character (from your own book(s) or someone else’s) would you like to invite for tea and why?
Good question. I’d like to take tea with Long Tom Hendry who is a character in a couple of my books. Coffee Tea the Chef & Me and Coffee Tea the Caribbean & Me. He is an ageing Rockstar who has seen and had it all, yet remains charismatic with many a tale to tell. I’m secretly in love with him, if truth be told.

Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
Sadly, yes. I have to have a tidy desk, complete quiet and constant coffee, liquorice tea or raspberry gin in large quantities.

Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
People in my life are constantly worried! Having owned and run a pub and an hotel, I constantly watch people. A hotel is a revolving door with new characters stepping over the threshold each day – perfect fodder for an author.

Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
I try to plot. It makes the process easier. But characters, like people, have a mind of their own at times and I just go with the flow when that happens.

Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
Don’t prevaricate. Sit down and write. Read Stephen King’s ‘On Writing’ as your bible.

What are your future plans as an author?
To write further stories in the Hattie Goes To Hollywood mystery series and also finish the follow up to my novel, The Best Boomerville Hotel.

Last, but not least : Can you give my readers one teaser from your book, which is featured here on my blog, please?
There are three suicides in the village of Hollywood but are they all what they seem?

Isn’t that a great reason to pick up this book and to find out more?!
Thanks once again for this lovely interview, Caroline James.
Huge thanks again for hosting me Stefanie, happy reading to you and your followers,
Caroline xx

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#BlogTour #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #QandAs : Killing Them With Kindness – Andy Paulcroft @AndyPaulcroft

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Today I’m on the ‘Killing Them With Kindness’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a Q&As post, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

Xy7nIlBgAndy Paulcroft grew up in Weston-super-Mare, and his love of books started when he borrowed his sister’s copy of Five Run Away Together and exaggerated a minor illness in order to finish reading it. He has since worked as a chef in France, Switzerland, Corsica and the North Highlands of Scotland before settling as a catering manager at a boarding school in Dorset. After many years of writing two to three chapters of a book before discarding it, he finally published his first novel Postcards From Another Life – in December 2017. The wonderful feeling of completing a novel was only surpassed by receiving a positive reaction from people who had read it. He retired from catering and recently published his second novel Killing Them With Kindness. He is now working on his third book.

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T0IUi87gDeirdre Cossette is the self appointed carer for the elderly on The Avenue and all of her friends have stories to tell. Margery, whose comfortable life was destroyed by a knock on the door. Stan, who made a mistake as a young footballer which cost him his friends and his self-respect. Marina, whose slim and stylish figure hides a terrible secret from the summer of Live Aid. And, Oliver and Archie, who have survived everything from post war homophobia to a family tragedy – and they have done it together. Deirdre believes that everyone should have a choice. If they want to live on a diet of cakes, drink the alcoholic equivalent of a small hydrotherapy pool, or take on a toy boy lover in spite of a dodgy heart, Deirdre believes it is their right to do so. If they remember her in their wills afterwards, that’s not her fault, is it? However, not everyone agrees with her. When disgruntled relatives from the present meet up with disgruntled ghosts from her past, Deirdre discovers the cost of being kind.

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Q&A :

Hi

First of all thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions, I really appreciate it. Here we go! 🙂
Thank you so much for inviting me!

Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
I have always wanted to write. I always thought that I might be able to do it to a fairly good standard. But, as yet another potentially brilliant idea faltered at page thirty, I was beginning to think that I would never finish anything. I worked for forty years in the catering industry, which because of long hours that needed to be flexible, made it difficult to get into a routine to write. When I decided to retire early, an idea that I had for a novel became ‘Postcards From Another Life.’ This time, I didn’t give up on it after page thirty, I continued writing it until I suddenly realised that , this time, I was going to finish it. Once I’d done that, I turned an idea that I’d had churning in my mind for about twenty years into ‘Killing Them With Kindness.’

Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
Like many children of my generation I started with Enid Blyton. Although ‘Five run away together’ featuring the Famous Five was the first book I remember reading, it was the ‘Adventure’ series featuring four children who argued a lot, along with their rude parrot, that first captured my imagination. In early teens I loved the Pamela Brown ‘Swish of the Curtain’ series, before reading most of the Agatha Christie novels by the time I had left school. As a young adult ‘The Custard Boys’ by John Rae was the first book that gave me an emotional attachment to the characters and later on, ‘Now and Then’ by William Corlett is the book that has resonated most strongly with me. I still have a great affection for detective novels and the Peter Robinson DCI Banks series is brilliant. Donna Tartt’s ‘The Secret History’ is a long standing favourite of mine, along with anything written by Patrick Gale, but especially ‘A Place Called Winter’ and ‘Sweet Obscurity.’

Is there a writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
I have discovered in my short writing career what a kind and generous bunch us authors are! Through the wonders of social media and from attending literary festivals and seminars, I have met authors from a varied range of genres. They have all been wonderfully kind and only too happy to help. However, if there was one author that I would loved to have had a chat with, I would pick Agatha Christie. I love mysteries that leave you open-mouthed at the denouement, even though you know that the clues were there all along. Her books still have the power to entertain, surprise and delight me, even when I can remember ‘whodunnit’.

If you could, which fictional character (from your own book(s) or someone else’s) would you like to invite for tea and why?
From my own books, I would love to chat to Deirdre Cossette (Killing Them With Kindness,’) because she is sparky, full of fun and as mad as a balloon in a nest of hedgehogs … However, tea parties with Deirdre don’t always end well.
Changing the parameters slightly, as far as other authors’ novels are concerned, I have always wanted to live in Anna Madrigal’s house in Barbary Lane from Tales in the City, after I fell a little bit in love with ‘Michael ‘Mouse’ Tolliver.

Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
I don’t really have any rituals. As well as writing I am also a full-time carer for my 93-year-old Mother. This can be very grounding as I can be creating (what I hope is) a dramatic scene one minute and emptying a commode the next.

Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
The tag line for ‘Postcards’ was: ‘Do you ever have a dream where it seems like you are watching a movie?’ This was inspired by the fact that I do have those types of dreams. Most of the stuff I dream is complete rubbish and loads of it I don’t remember, but, occasionally there will be something, maybe just an image, that gives me the idea for a story. As for the second part of the question, I’d say the answer was – yes! Sometimes unintentionally. I was talking to a friend about favourite characters in ‘Killing Them With Kindness’ and I said that mine was Piers Harper-Vallèe. My friend grinned and said: ‘Of course he is. He’s Ian isn’t he?’ Ian is my partner, but I hadn’t realised up to that point, that I had given Piers the characteristics I love about him.

Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
‘Postcards’ would fall into the ‘pantser’ category. There was even one twist in it that I didn’t see coming until I had written it! ‘Killing Them With Kindness’ was plotted, but there were still times when I went a little off-piste! The book I am writing at the moment, I have plotted more intricately – basically because it’s set in alternative realities that are very similar to each other – and I felt that if I didn’t plot it properly, I would end up with the wrong people in the wrong realities!

Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
I think ‘Just do it’ would be my best advice. Write a few chapters and then find some friends who you trust, and are on your wavelength, to read it. Tell them that you need them to be brutally honest (most of my friends didn’t have to be told!) and then listen to them. I have found that I can over fiddle – with ‘Killing Them With Kindness’ I must have read it through about twenty times, changing something each time I read it. An editor is a really good idea, I have a lovely one, Emma Mitchell, who has given me encouragement when I need it and advice (which I need all the time!).

What are your futureplans as an author?
I am currently writing a book with the working title ‘Another Man’s shoes’ which I am hoping will be finished by the summer. By the end of the year, I am hoping I can stop myself reading it through …

Last, but not least : Can you give my readers one teaser from your book, which is featured here on my blog, please?
Of course. This passage is from the first chapter of the book. Deirdre Cossette is visiting her friend Margery, a large woman who could be described as ‘cake obsessed’. She has recently been victimised by a couple of local yobs who Deirdre has dealt with in her own inimitable way …

Deirdre tutted at the retreating figure, the ruined lawn, and the fact that she’d missed the first fifteen minutes of Countdown. As she re-entered the house she shouted to her friend, ‘That lawn is in an even worse state now that Tom Daley has swallow dived across it. I don’t think the English cricket boys will be practising their cover drives on it anytime soon.’
‘Deirdre … is there cake?’ Margery stoically ignored the fact that her garden had for the last quarter of an hour resembled the staging of a French farce, and repeated her question from earlier. It might have been a small amount of time, but she felt that it had been long enough for her to raise a small family since she’d last made the enquiry. The tone of her voice was heading north of concerned, very much in the direction of petulant.
If Deirdre thought her friend was being a tad ungrateful, when in all probability she’d solved the invasion problem once and for all, she didn’t mention it. She made the tea in a floral tea pot, covered it with a floral tea cosy, and placed it on the floral tea trolley. After this she loaded it with enough cake to concern a diabetic, and wheeled it into the lounge.
Margery ate the cake alphabetically, and had made it to ‘C’ the second time around before she stopped and drew breath.
‘Doctor Ransom would be having a fit if he could see me now!’ She laughed, good humour restored by carbs. ‘He told me that I needed to be sensible when it came to my calorie intake.’
‘Well …’ Deirdre reasoned. ‘As I said to dear Oliver when I played the under gardener in Women in Love. Sensible is all very well, but would Columbus have discovered America? Would Emeline have procured votes for women? And would Amy Johnson have flown like a bird; if they’d been sensible?’
It wasn’t a question that interested Margery in the slightest. The only question that did interest her was whether she should have carrot cake or croquembouche next. She returned to her own musings. ‘He says I’m heading for an ’eart attack.’
‘Oh! He’s just box ticking – he’s just making sure the NHS can’t be sued if the unthinkable happens. You are not going anywhere for a very long time, my darling!’
Maybe it was the effect of the cake, maybe it was the relief and euphoria brought on by the demise of the bullies, or maybe it was the sudden realisation that her one true friend in the world was standing in this room. Whatever it was, Margery felt a sudden wave of affection for the large, bright, and completely barking woman in front of her.
‘You are the only person who bothers about me,’ Margery said. ‘My children don’t even send me a birthday card, and I haven’t seen my sister’s kids since the day she died.’
Deirdre nodded, she knew exactly how alone this poor woman had been before she’d arrived on the scene.
‘I’ve left everything to you, you know,’ Margery continued solemnly. ‘The cottage, my investments, everything.’
‘Tch tch, sweetheart!’ Deirdre chided gently. ‘We are not inviting Mrs Morbid to our tea party.’
She patted Margery on the hand briefly, then armed herself with the cake knife, and approached the tower of eclairs stuck together with a sticky caramel. Although she outwardly seemed oblivious of the information that had just been proffered, inwardly it was at the forefront of her mind. She pressed on the knife handle, cutting the pastry while squashing and squeezing the cream in the process.
‘How about a large slice of the croquembouche?’

Isn’t that a great reason to pick up this book and to find out more?!
Thanks once again for this lovely interview, Andy Paulcroft.

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Today I’m on the ‘The Colonel and the Enchantress’ blogtour, organised by RABT Book Tours.
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The Colonel and The Enchantress Author Paullett GoldenCelebrated for her complex characters, realistic conflicts, and sensual love scenes, Paullett Golden puts a spin on historical romance. Her novels, set primarily in Georgian and Regency England with some dabbling in Ireland, Scotland, and France, challenge the norm by involving characters who are loved for their flaws, imperfections, and idiosyncrasies. Her stories show love overcoming adversity. Whatever our self-doubts, love will out.

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The Colonel and The EnchantressFrom the shadows of war, love rises.
Lady Mary Mowbrah, daughter of a duke, fell in love with a man beneath her station. When he leaves for war, determined to earn her hand as a hero, she promises to wait for him, never dreaming the man who returns will be different from the man who left.
Colonel Duncan Starrett returns from war with honors, accolades, and a debilitating injury. As much as he still loves Lady Mary, he fears a future between them is now impossible.
​This is the love story of Mary and Duncan as they forge a future from the shadows of the past.

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Today I’m on the ‘Mile Marker 139’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
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About the Author :

iVpSttQwCynthia Hilston is a thirty-something-year-old stay-at-home mom of three young kids, happily married. Writing has always been like another child to her. After twenty years of waltzing in the world of fan fiction, she finally stepped away to do her debut dance with original works of fiction. Visit her website for more information.
In her spare time – what spare time? – she devours books, watches Doctor Who and Game of Thrones, pets her orange kitty, looks at the stars, and dreams of what other stories she wishes to tell.

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XiQEzqDgAt mile marker 139 along the Ohio Turnpike, a mysterious woman named Shelley Parkinson arrives at 3:14 at the rest area every night. She sits outside at one of the picnic tables, her fragile hands clutching one cigarette after another. Troubled people swirl around her, battling their own sorrows.
Gruff old janitor Mike Popkins works third shift at the facility and has been lost since his wife died, cutting himself off from his only son and going through the motions of his job. Idealistic young Sarah Wilcox whips up drinks at the happening new coffee shop at the rest stop, but her mind whips of dreams of traveling the world and living the life her late grandpa did as he drank a coffee on all corners of the globe. Heartbroken middle-aged trucker Russ Jacobs would rather spend long hours on the road than fall in love again. They all befriend Shelley. Each one desires something different, but none of them know why she haunts the rest area.
Unexpected death, disease, and accidents force Mike, Sarah, and Russ to make hard decisions to move forward, ripping them from their pasts. Can these three motley friends find healing in their own lives and help a woman who says she doesn’t need anyone, even as her brokenness spills onto them?

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