Blog Tour Day 7 – a conversation

It’s the final day of the book tour week, and this week has certainly whizzed by. So my final three bloggers, last by no means least, include another extract from The Last Thing She Said.

Mixing Reality with Fiction – Review

The Divine Write – Review

Ali- The Dragon Slayer – A conversation between two sisters on different sides of an ocean.

 

With the tour wrapping up today, I’d like to give a big thank you to all the book bloggers and reviewers who’ve given up the time to help me, especially tour organiser, Rachel. @rararesources, at Rachel’s Random Resources.

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Blog Tour Day 6 – Love and Romance

The penultimate day of my book tour! There’s still much I want to tell you about the book, but I don’t want to ruin the plot. My guest post goes a little way to anwer some of those questions about the story, but not too much I hope.

Mai’s Musings – Review

Laura’s Interests – Review

Jazzy Book Reviews – a guest post on love and romance. Will any of the three sisters find happiness and does romance feature in the book?

Don’t miss out on the giveaway prize- a free copy of The Women of Heachley Hall is on offer to a lucky winner – follow the link.

 

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Blog Tour Day 5 – Read an extract

Do you need to read a passage to help you make up your mind? I know when I’m looking at books on Amazon I wish I could see inside, and not just the opening chapters. When I’m in a bookshop, I thumb through a paperback and pick a few pages at random to get a feel for the writing. It’s not the same on a Kindle. So today if you’re following my blog tour, you’ll get a chance to read an extract of The Last Thing She Said.

Dash Fan Book Reviews – Review

Ellesea Loves Reading – Rebecca rarely steps out of her house. Find out what happens when she does.

Jessica Rachow – Review

Don’t miss out on the giveaway prize- a free copy of The Women of Heachley Hall is on offer to a lucky winner – follow the link.

 

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Blog Tour Day 4 – Two reviews and a guest post.

Today I’m visiting some wonderfully named book bloggers. I would like to think my book is devilishly delicious, especially as it opens with a chocolate birthday cake and a quirky ritual involving blowing out a solitary candle.

Devilishly Delicious Book Review – Review

Splashes into Books – Review

Nemesis Book Blog – Guest post on how I wrote The Last Thing She Said

 

Don’t miss out on the giveaway prize- a free copy of The Women of Heachley Hall is on offer to a lucky winner – follow the link.

 

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Blog Tour Day 3 – How do I write?

Once again I’m off gallivanting around the country, and the world. I’m taking my book, The Last Thing She Said, to The Netherlands, Ohio, where part of the book is set, and Bristol, where I happily lived for several years as a student.

B for Bookreview – a Q&A about how I write!

Travel to Recovery

Book Babble – Review

 

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Blog Tour Day 2 – the continuing voyages of an author

I’m excited that my book, The Last Thing She Said, has managed to cross not one sea, but two.  I’m visiting Europe and America.  A big thanks to these book bloggers and reviewers for take the time to review and host my book.

A few chapters of the book are set in the farming communities of Ohio, so I’m intrigued what readers over in the US think of my portrayal of rural life.

In de Boekenkas – Review

Rev. Rebecca Writes: Read, Write, Pray – Review and Q&A including a question on how to write about playing an musical instrument.

Stardust Book Review – Review

 

 

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It’s coming soon…

My next book is in its final stages of editing, and here is the cover!

Ebook cover

Three Sisters. Three Gifts. One Prophecy.

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Five books to take on a desert island

It’s hot outside and we haven’t had rain for a month. The grass is dying, the leaves think it’s autumn and the sky is a constant azure and only wisps of clouds float by in the distance.

Sitting outside, closing my eyes, shutting out the noise of traffic and voices, I could be on a tropical island basking in the sunshine. There is time to kill, plenty of it as nobody is planning to rescue me just yet and there is no rain to trouble me.

What would I read?

The classic what would you take on a desert island to read assumes you have nothing else available and that you could be marooned indefinitely. Consequently I would take fat books with thin pages. Assume I have room for five books in my rucksack – along with my reading glasses! What would I pick?

The Lord of the Rings. Not very original I know, but it’s longer than A Tale of Two Cities, which is too compact. I read LotR when I was twelve. I’m overdue a re-read.

A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth. I adored this book, a tale of one Indian woman’s quest to find a husband. The weaving stories were like a soap opera, although sometimes the narrative drifted into the obscure. I held out through those passages and fell in love with the characters. I’m rather partial to exotic locations.

The Complete Works of Shakespeare. Probably for the sonnets. I would try to learn a few by heart, or maybe act out a monologue on the sandy beaches of my island.

The Game of Kings by Dorothy Dunnett. The beautifully recreated world of Renaissance Scotland when men wore duelling swords and supposedly spoke poetry as an everyday thing. Yep, I am romantic at heart.

The final selection is tough. Should I go for the practical self-help book that tells me how to survive adversity? Or an encyclopaedia to plug the gaps in my education? Maybe I should venture into learning a new language or skill. But, really, I’d want to relax and enjoy the waves crashing down as I read under the shade of a palm tree.

I’m not a fan of favourites. I don’t have favourite colours or food, I don’t list my top ten films or books. I’m quite fluid and depending on my mood, I might want to read a thriller or a romance, something historical that transports me back in time. There is so much to read that I should be adventurous and perhaps pick a book, especially an author, that I’ve never read. It’s a gamble, but that’s what reading is all about and sometimes a book doesn’t deliver what I expected and I put it one side, other times the story stretches me into new places and I gobble the pages in one sitting.

For my fifth book? I will ask somebody to slip something into my rucksack and surprise me. The recommendation might be a huge disappointment or it could be a joy to read. Stories are rather difficult to predict but isn’t that their enduring quality?