Thread of Hope – Rachel J Bonner / #Interview #BlogTour @rararesources @racheljbonner1

 

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 the book tour Strand of Faith will be at 99p, Thread of Hope is priced at £2.99.  

 

 

Strand of Faith details…

A girl. A monk. An unthinkable sacrifice.
When the choice is between love and life, how can anyone decide?

In a post-apocalyptic future, a girl and a monk, both with extraordinary mental powers, have compelling reasons not to fall in love. But their choices will have consequences for the rest of the world.

After the troubles of his youth, Brother Prospero has found comfort and fulfilment in the monastery. Then he discovers something that forces him to reconsider his whole vocation. How can it possibly be right to leave a life of worship and service for human desire? And if he does leave, will the pressures from his past destroy him?

Orphaned and mistreated, Leonie has found sanctuary and safety at the Abbey. When she comes into contact with Prospero everything spirals out of her control. Everyone she’s ever loved has died. She can’t do that to him. But how can she walk away from the first place she’s truly belonged?

Abbot Gabriel is faced with an impossible choice. He can do nothing and watch the world descend into war. Or he can manipulate events and ensure peace – at the cost of two lives that he is responsible for. Is he strong enough to sacrifice those he loves?

 

Q&A

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1. When and where do you prefer to write?

I don’t have a preference as to when I write. Often I’ll think about what’s going to happen next when I’m swimming or walking or driving or about to go to sleep.  Once I’ve got that straight in my mind I’ll write it the next chance I get.

As to where, I have my own home office (posh name for a box room). It’s set up to suit me, with everything I need to hand, and a kneeling chair, so I’m comfortable.

2. Do you have a certain ritual?

Nope, no ritual at all. But like many other writers, I’m really good at procrastinating. I’ll say that I need to clear these emails, or sort that task out first . . . but once I start writing, everything else gets forgotten.

3. Is there a drink or some food that keeps you company while you write?

I usually have a mug of tea on the go, Earl Grey by preference. And I’ll very rarely turn down chocolate, but I don’t normally have it immediately to hand when writing.

4. What is your favourite book?

What, just one? If you insist, I think it would be Winne-the-Pooh by A A Milne. I’ve loved that since I was a child and I have several different editions. There’s a children’s book referred to in Strand of Faith (book 1 in the Choices and Consequences series) and, although it isn’t named, in my head that’s Winnie-the-Pooh.

5. Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?

Yes, I’d write in whatever genre the story I’m telling needs.  At the moment I’ve also got a non-fiction project on the go, based on letters written to my great grandfather by his nephew.

6. Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?

Not directly, but I can see characteristics of people I know in my characters. Someone I know might contribute to several different characters, and equally one character might have traits from two or three different people I know.

7. Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?

No, but I do make notes on my phone sometimes. Several of those have made it into the Choices and Consequences series.

8. Which genre do you not like at all?

                Scary stuff. I read for enjoyment, relaxation and escapism. I don’t want to be scared.

9. If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?

Choosing anyone, it would have to be Neil Gaiman. But that’s setting the bar very high. Of the indie authors I’m reading at the moment it would be Annette Marie. I really enjoy her Steel and Stone, and Guild Codex series.

10. If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?

At the moment, Canada. I haven’t been there since I was a child, and I’d love to explore the country again. My father lived there during WW II so I’d like to see the places he went. Also, I’m a maple syrup addict.

Thank you, Rachel J Bonner and Rachel’s Random Resources

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.

 

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The Peacock Bottle – Angela Rigley / #interview #BlogTour @rararesources @angierigley

 

In this Victorian dual timeline novel, Amelia Wise feels a jolt when she finds a blue perfume bottle in the overgrown garden of the house she has inherited. Several events in her life mirrors those from the past and, with the help of her newfound cousin, Olivia, the bottle’s secret is uncovered.

 

 

Q&A

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1 When and where do you prefer to write?

While the house is not quite awake, with just the sound of traffic, or the occasional passer-by, I settle on my settee to write in the living room. Or, if I am on holiday in the Lake District, I sit by the window with the sounds of birds cheeping and lambs bleating.

2. Do you have a certain ritual?

 I don my dressing gown, make a cup of tea, turn on the laptop and off I go.

3. Is there a drink of some food that keeps you company while you write?

My first drink is herbal tea, and then weak, milky tea. I’m one of those oddities who don’t like alcohol.

4. What is your favourite book?

That’s a hard question. There are so many. Either Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett or Clan of the Caveboy by Jean M Auel.

5. Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?

Well, I’ve tried dual timeline with The Peacock Bottle, romance with Florence and the Highwayman, murder/mystery with Lea Croft, YA with Nancie and Harriet of Hare Street, all set in Victorian times, as well as several children’s picture books, so I might try a more serious children’s book in the future.

6. Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?

Various aspects of people I know creep into some characters. And I use events from my childhood, such as throwing rotten eggs at a wall, yuk, which Jamie does in Looking for Jamie, so you could say some are based on myself.

7. Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?

My diary is my constant companion, otherwise I would never remember what I have to do each day, so I use the back pages to write down key words as they pop into my head, but I also carry notebooks for longer passages.

8. Which genre do you not like at all?

I don’t like horror, eroticism, violence, vampires, fantasy. Don’t I sound boring?

9. If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?

As I am a panster, and don’t plot, I can’t imagine how co-writing a novel would work, with no two people having the same style of writing.

10. If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?

As all my books are set in England in the Victorian era, I don’t feel the urge to go abroad, although if I could travel back in time I might go to America to see what it was like for Nancie when she disembarked from the boat. Whenever I go to the Lake District I research street names in towns like Cockermouth and Ambleside where I set The Peacock Bottle and Florence and the Highwayman, but as it’s my favourite holiday place, that is a pleasure.

Thank you, Angela Rigley and Rachel’s Random Resources.

 

About the author 

Married to Don, I have 5 children and 9 grandchildren, I live in Derbyshire, England, and enjoy researching my family tree (having found ancestors as far back as 1465), reading, gardening, playing Scrabble, meals out and family gatherings. I am the treasurer of my writing club, Eastwood Writers’ Group, and I also write and record Thoughts for the Day for Radio Nottingham. At church I sing in the choir and am an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, a reader, a flower arranger and a member of the fundraising team for Cafod, my favourite charity. I have written hymns, although I cannot read music.

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Reflected Destinies – Florence Keeling / #HalfPriceMother’sDayKindlePromoPost #BlogTour @rararesources

 

Laura is happy and content, she has a new boyfriend and loves her job teaching primary school pupils in London.  But when she inherits a rundown house from a stranger on her 30th birthday, memories of her prom night come flooding back, memories of a scary encounter and an antique mirror in the very same house.

Laura visits the house with all its secrets and as she unravels the clues she reveals the biggest secret of all: her own destiny.  But how can you change the future if it’s already written in the past?

To celebrate Mother’s Day, Reflected Destinies will be half price from 29th March to 1st April.

 

 

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Thank you, Florence Keeling and Rachel’s Random Resources.

 

About the author

Florence Keeling adopted for her pen-name her Great Grandmother’s name, chosen because of the shared birthday of April Fool’s Day.  She is married with two teenage chidren.  Born and raised in Coventry, England she now lives just outside in Nuneaton.  Reflected Destinies is her first novel.

Florence Keeling also writes for children under the name of Lily Mae Walters.

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The One Who’s Not the One – Keris Stainton

Cat’s life has hit a brick wall. Since she broke up with her ex Sam five years ago she’s quit stand-up comedy, landed in a steady but dull job, and lives in a tiny flat with roommates she knows only as The One Who Eats All My Food and The One Who Has Really Loud Sex.

Cat, by contrast, is vividly aware that she hasn’t had sex for over two years.

So when she bumps into old friend Harvey and sparks fly, Cat is surprised. The more time she spends with Harvey, the more their chemistry grows – but Cat knows she has to ignore her feelings.

Because Harvey is Sam’s brother, and so absolutely, 100% off-limits romantically. If only Cat didn’t keep forgetting that…

 

 

My review

This author really found the key to unlock my funny bone. There are so many hilarious conversations that you might pull a muscle if you are not careful. Sometimes people are trying to be witty and when you read it, you think : for real? That’s not how a speak to a friend, child, … But I never got that feeling here. It sounded all very natural.

To be honest, the whole story felt very much like it could happen to anyone. I think everybody might recognize one or more situations they have faced as well at one point in their lives. It makes you feel connected more because fiction can be very down to earth and not totally fairy tale-ish.

Cat is quiet a character. I wouldn’t mind having her as a friend.

A very enjoyable read that makes you go ‘hahahaha’ and ‘aaawww’. 4 stars.

Thank you, Keris Stainton, Bookouture and Netgalley.

 

About the author

Keris Stainton was born in Canada, grew up on the Wirral, lived in London for a while and now lives in Lancashire with two boys, two guinea pigs, and an unhealthy (but enjoyable) obsession with One Direction.

She’s written books for children, teenagers, and adults and can almost always be found on Twitter.

Links:
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FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/keriswritesbooks/

The Silent Sister – Shalini Boland

‘You don’t deserve a sister…’

When Lizzy Beresford discovers a threatening letter addressed to her, the words on the old, tattered paper chill her to the bone. But who sent it? Living in pretty cottage in a quiet country village, Lizzy’s never made any enemies in her life…

Except her sister.

Lizzy hasn’t spoken to Emma in years. Not since the argument which tore their relationship apart. Would her sister really want to cause her harm after all this time?

As Lizzy receives more disturbing messages, she begins to doubt those closest to her – her boyfriend, her best friend, her neighbours.

Because the mystery sender seems to know everything about her. And after a series of malicious incidents, it’s clear they won’t stop until they’ve destroyed her life.

Lizzy knows she must confront her sister. But can she trust her? And will she realise the shocking truth, before it’s too late?

 

 

My review

OMG, this book gave me the creeps all the way through. I won’t say it was bloodcurdling but there was always that feeling of fear and suspicion that kept me captivated and on edge. The feeling that you can’t really trust anybody is enough to make you feel paranoid.
It’s so nice to have a sister, especially one you can depend on, but suddenly, due to one stupid mistake, the relationship is broken beyond repair. When threatening things start to happen, Lizzy realizes it’s time to face the music. And, boy oh boy, she never saw this coming …

This is the first book I read from this author and I have to say it was enthraling. I love the writing style and I love the way the twist in the epilogue rocked your world once again.
When an author succeeds in making you freeze when you hear something outside while reading her story, I can only say that she accomplished her mission. 5 stars.

Thank you Shalini Boland, Bookouture and Netgalley

 

About the author

Shalini lives in Dorset, England with her husband, two children and Jess their cheeky terrier cross. Before kids, she was signed to Universal Music Publishing as a singer songwriter, but now she spends her days writing suspense thrillers (in between school runs and hanging out endless baskets of laundry).

www.shaliniboland.co.uk