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?
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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?
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.