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Blog Tour: Strand of Faith by Rachel J Bonner

Today I am part of the blog tour for Strand of Faith by Rachel J Bonner: I interviewed her!  There is also an INTERNATIONAL giveaway going on.  Be sure to check that out!

Book Description:

When the choice is between love and life, how can anyone decide?

A girl and a monk, both with extraordinary mental powers, have compelling reasons not to fall in love.  But those from whom they expect support are manipulating them both because their choices will have consequences for the rest of the world.

After a stormy youth, Brother Prospero has found comfort and fulfilment in the monastery.  That is, until he discovers something that forces him to reconsider his whole vocation.  To follow his heart, he’ll have to face his demons again, outside the security of the monastery. Is it worth the risk?  Can he beat them this time? Or will they finally destroy him?

Orphaned and mistreated, Leonie has found sanctuary and safety at the abbey.  All she wants is to learn how to manage her unusual abilities so that she is not a danger to those around her.  When she comes into contact with Prospero everything threatens to spiral out of her control.  Whether she leaves or whether she stays, how can she possibly avoid destroying – yet again – those she has come to care about? 

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.  He knows what he has to do but is he strong enough to sacrifice those he loves?

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JRR (Jessica’s Reading Room): Tell us a little about yourself.

I guess there’s no such thing as a typical author, but I’m certainly not typical. I have a degree in Civil Engineering although I’ve never worked in that area.  I’ve mostly worked as an accountant and I’m a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).  I’ve run my own accountancy business for many years, where I provide financial management and financial modelling services to public sector organisations.  How that led to becoming an author, I’ve no idea.

In my spare time I like to keep fit so I swim regularly and I’m also an archer, something I enjoy very much.  I’m actively involved in my local church where I manage the sound system (the minister is my husband – so I have the power to turn his mic off if he preaches too long!). I also have a couple of voluntary roles, one as trustee with a local youth theatre and the other advising a genealogical organisation.

JRR: I also worked the sound system at one of my former churches for a while and it’s hard work! (Turning off that mic can be tempting….  😉 ) Now, Did you always want to become an author?

No, it happened to me by chance.  The story developed in my head and eventually I had to write it down to stop the characters taking over my life.  That didn’t work, by the way.  Once I got them out of my head and onto paper they started taking over even more of my life!

JRR: What inspires you to write? 

Pretty much anything! I can hear something, or see a picture or read something and an idea just develops. I dreamt one of the scenes in Strand of Faith and the rest of the story grew from there. I’m definitely a pantser not a plotter and I find the story unfolds on the page. Sometimes I’m surprised by the direction it goes.

JRR:  What does your writing process consist of?  Do you research, do you hand-write or type, do you have a playlist or do you need silence?

I don’t have a playlist but I don’t need silence.  I’m quite happy to be interrupted and I find it quite easy to get back to work again. I type because my handwriting doesn’t keep up with my thought process – I can type much faster. I research when necessary but once I start research something there’s always a danger it will be hours before I get back to writing!

 JRR:  Who was the most influential author you read when you were growing up?  Did his/her writings influence you to want to become an author?

I don’t think there’s any one author that has influenced me more than another. I read extensively as a child and I still do today. I couldn’t pick any one author.

JRR: Oops… Who are some of your favorite authors as an adult?

 I have quite a list – some of my favourites include Neil Gaiman, Terry Prachett (Discworld), Jodi Picoult, Annette Marie (urban fantasy), Jodi Taylor (Chronicles of St Mary’s), Sarah Woodbury (After Cilmeri time travel fiction), Trisha Ashley (romance), Diane Gabaldon (Outlander), Anne McCaffery (Dragonrider series).  But there are many, many more. 

JRR:  If you could have dinner with three people (living or dead) who would they be and why?

My Dad would be one of them, definitely.  He died five years ago which was before I started writing or had any idea about publishing so I’d really like to share all this with him.  He influenced at least one of my male characters. I’d love to spend time with Neil Gaiman, because I’ve read so much of his work and it ranges over so many different areas. And that leads me on to my third choice, Terry Pratchett.  I could (and have) read his Discworld series over and over again.  Spending time with someone with that level of imagination would be fascinating.

JRR: Which book have you always meant to get around to reading, but still not read?

Umm…My TBR pile currently has 25 books in it and that’s just the physical pile.  I don’t think there’s any one stand out book that I’ve always meant to read, just a whole lot that have tempted me. I started the Goodreads reading challenge to encourage me to work through the physical pile this year, but much of what I read is eBooks. Using an eReader means I can adjust the font size if I need to instead of having to hunt for my reading glasses.

JRR: Yes, too many books and never enough time!  What made you choose the paranormal romance genre to write your first novel?

I didn’t choose it, not exactly.  I just wrote Strand of Faith and its sequels and then tried to work out what genre it was.  Paranormal romance seemed to be the closest fit for something that is really cross genre.

JRR:  Where did you get the idea for Strand of Faith? Did you base any character off anyone you know?

The idea started when I dreamt one of the scenes in this book, and then developed in my mind and on paper.  It felt like the characters were telling me their story and I was writing it down.  Some were more reticent than others! No character is based directly on someone I know, but I can see some of my friends’ characteristics in some of my characters. 

JRR:  What’s the best advice you have ever received?

Finish it!  It’s very easy to start something and not nearly so easy to plough on and finish it.  It applies to everything, not just writing.  I felt a tremendous sense of achievement when I finished the first draft of all four books in the Choices and Consequences series.

JRR:  Is there anything else you would like to share?

I really hope you enjoy reading Strand of Faith as much as I have enjoyed writing it.  My plan is to release the other three books in the series over the next fifteen months or so.  I’d love it if, at the end of Strand of Faith, readers were eager to read the rest and impatient for the next release date. If you want to look out for them:

Book 2 – Thread of Hope, to be released spring 2019
Book 3 – Weave of Love, to be released autumn 2019
Book 4 – Cloth of Grace, to be released spring 2020

Or sign up for my newsletter at www.racheljbonner.co.uk to be sure you don’t miss out.

JRR:  Thank you for your time with this interview Rachel! And now we know when to look out for the rest of the series!!


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.

You can find out more about her books and sign up for Rachel’s newsletters at www.racheljbonner.co.uk.

Contact Rachel:
Twitter @RachelJBonner1

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Win a signed paperback copy of Strand of Faith, a set of bookmarks (3 styles plus a business card) featuring the cover art, and a canvas print (40cm by 30cm) of the original cover art. **Open Internationally**

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Blog Tour: The Stepsister by Jenny O’Brien

Today I am part of the blog tour for The Stepsister by Jenny O’Brien: I interviewed her!   There is also an INTERNATIONAL giveaway going on.  Be sure to check that out!

Book Description:

When a stranger leaves step-sisters, Victoria and Ness, a half-share in a house in Holland, they think it must be a mistake.

But there’s no mistake when Ness goes missing. 

Desperate for the truth, Victoria heads to Holland to find out what happened to her. Has she, as her texts show, embarked on a whirlwind romance? Has someone abducted her or even worse?

But there’s someone watching, and that person wants her dead. 

Can Victoria find out the truth before it’s too late? 

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JRR (Jessica’s Reading Room): Tell us a little about yourself.

There’s not a lot to say. I come from Dublin, but my parents moved to Wales when I was in my teens. I currently live on Guernsey where I’m married with three teens and two cats. My day job is nursing.

JRR: Did you always want to become an author?

I’d always liked the idea of writing but, until I came up with the character Dai Monday, the MC in my first book, I thought it was just a pipe dream.

JRR:  What inspires you to write?

I seem to have an abundance of ideas floating round my head and a need to find out what’s going to happen to my characters.  I know the start, middle and end but not the finer plot points.

JRR:  What does your writing process consist of? Do you research, do you handwrite or type, do you listen to music or prefer silence?

Like most authors who don’t write full-time my writing is squeezed in around the rest of my life. I write both in long hand and type. I think it’s important to try and produce something that’s as factual as possible even if it is fiction. I’m forever checking things like train timetables and travel distances, in addition to calling on the kindness of strangers for the answers to my random questions. I don’t listen to music. I don’t need silence and can often be found in a café, notebook to hand. But I never listen to music when I’m working. And even when I’m not working I’m a Radio 4 fan.

JRR:  What kind of advice can you give to aspiring authors?

That a love of books and reading is the precursor to becoming a writer. Read as much as possible, both within and outside the genre you want to write in.

JRR:  Who was your favorite author as a child and did his/her writings influence you to want to become an author?

I loved Enid Blyton but, at that age I had no thoughts of writing as being something I’d be able to do.

JRR: Who is your favorite author as an adult?

There are so many, I read romances and crime/thrillers and it depends on what mood I’m in as to which writer I reach for and, yes, I do re-read my favourite books. For Romances I love Betty Neels, Sarah Morgan, Sue Moorcroft, Jane Linfoot and Eloisa James. For crime/thrillers I love Valerie Keogh, Clare Chase, Martina Cole and Steig Larsson.

JRR:  If you could have dinner with three people (living or dead) who would they be and why?

I enjoy talking about books, so it would have to be three writers:

Agatha Christie, Daphne du Maurier and Elizabeth Goudge.

As they all lived during the last century it’s likely they’d have at least known of each other’s work if not actually met. We’d meet on the south coast somewhere, there’d be fish and lots of nice wine followed by rich coffee and perhaps a smidgeon of cake. We’d talk late into the night…

JRR:  Which book have you always meant to get around to reading, but still not read?

Anna Karenina. It’s considered to be one of the greatest works of fiction – I’m working up to it.

JRR: Thank you for your time with this interview Jenny!


About the Author:

Jenny O’Brien was born in Ireland and, after a brief sojourn in Wales, now resides in Guernsey. 

She’s an avid reader and book reviewer for NetGalley in addition to being a RoNA judge.

She writes for both children and adults with a new book coming out every six months or so. She’s also an avid collector of cats, broken laptops, dust and happy endings – two of which you’ll always find in her books.

In her spare time she can be found frowning at her wonky cakes and even wonkier breads. You’ll be pleased to note she won’t be entering Bake-Off. 

Contact Jenny:
Website/Blog
Twitter @ScribblerJB

**International Giveaway!**

1st Prize: Win an e copy of The Stepsister and crystal, tulip slider necklace ,
2 x 2nd Prize – an e-copy of The Stepsister

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Blog Tour: Dog Care at Home by Gina Harding @rararesources

Today I am part of the blog tour for Dog Care at Home by Gina Harding: I interviewed her. There is also an INTERNATIONAL giveaway going on.  Be sure to check that out!

The PawLife Guide: Dog Care at Home

Dog Care at Home gives you the information you need to have a happy and healthy dog no matter what your dog’s current stage in life, in just 10 minutes a day. Over 200 hours of research including interviews with veterinarians and fellow dog owners around the world, 

Dog Care at Home is the all-in-one book to have at home, with six veterinarians that have contributed to this ultimate guide, rest assured you are in reliable hands.

Inside you will discover:

– Choosing the right breed
– The basic steps of raising a puppy
– What vaccinations are for and why your dog needs them
– Travelling with your dog
– How to perform CPR on your dog
– Health and hygiene including dental care
– Choosing the right veterinarian
– When it’s time to say goodbye
– And much more!

PawLife’s Dog Care at Home is the answer for all your dog parenting needs in one comprehensive guide that ensures your dog lives a long, healthy and happy life.

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JRR (Jessica’s Reading Room): Tell us a little about yourself and your fur-baby Harley.

My name is Gina and my fur baby is Harley. The easiest way to describe myself is that I’m a 32-year-old single girl living in Brisbane with my 5-year-old Toy Poodle x Jack Russell.

I’m a semi-punk girl and have eight tattoos including my childhood cat’s name ‘Becky’. Harley is a mischievous, smart yet crazy dog with an awesome personality all rolled into a 3.8kg bundle of love. Harley is the best thing that has ever happened to me and I’m so grateful that she came into my life.

JRR: Aww! Gotta love the fur-babies!  <3 Where did the idea for PawLife come from?

Harley had numerous health issues when she was little, and I struggled to find the one website where I could go and get all the information I needed. So being a creative person, I created PawLife. I wanted to create a community for like-minded people who want their fur-baby to live the best possible life.

JRR: My sister has had dogs with health issues too.  When did the idea for Dog Care at Home come to you? Why did you decide to write it?

The PawLife blog took off and people were really enjoying it. I had been open for a year and had a catalogue of blog posts and I thought having a guide in your home that you can refer to quickly and easily when you needed some information would be perfect for all dog owners no matter their dog’s stage in life.

I decided to write Dog Care at Home because I think every single dog parent around the world will find great value in it and it will be a value resource to have at home.

JRR:  This sounds like  a book every dog owner should have!  What is your favorite breed?

My favourite breed of all time is a Rottweiler. Our family dog was a rotty named Khan he was a mixed breed with a Ridgeback and he was beautiful. Loyal, protective, fun. He passed away at the age of 15 if my memory serves.

JRR:  How long have you had dogs as pets? My sister and I had two Dalmatian/Labrador mix dogs growing up. You would not have known they were part Dalmatian if you had not seen the momma! They took after the Lab in almost every way.

I have been around animals since I was born. My first family pets were Becky a tabby cat and Tammy a chihuahua and they both passed when they were about 15 years also. I’ve loved animals all my life and I am an equal dog and cat person.

JRR:  How did you research for Dog Care at Home?

I researched using veterinary medical books and resources. Also, I have six veterinarians that have contributed to Dog Care at Home so everyone dog owner can be assured they are in good hands. It took just under 12 months to write Dog Care at Home, it has been a lot of work, but I know fellow dog owners will love it and find it very useful.

JRR:  Who was the most influential author you read when you were growing up? And who is your favorite author as an adult?

Growing up I read the Goosebumps series by R.L. Stine and The Magic School Bus series by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen. Today, my number one favourite series is House of Night by P. C. Cast, Kristin Cast. My other favourite authors include Sophie Kinsella – Finding Audrey, Ellen Schreiber – The Coffin Club series and of course yes, I loved the Twilight series.

JRR:  I loved R.L. Stine growing up!  And I enjoy Sophie Kinsella as well! 

If you could have dinner with three people (living or dead) who would they be and why?

  1. Kim Cattrall; Actress, So, we can talk everything Sex and the City.
  2. Sammy Robinson; You-tuber, she is absolutely lovely and can give me some much-needed style, beauty and travel advice.
  3. Tony Robbins; Life coach, I’ve listened and read all of his material and would love to have a few hours to help fine tune my aspirations and life goals.

JRR: Which book have you always meant to get around to reading, but still not read?

Anything by Jane Austen, I’ve always wanted to read her novels but haven’t because to be honest I feel intimidated by them because I feel that I wouldn’t understand them to the full extent.

JRR:  What’s the best advice you have ever received?

When I stress out or questioning myself about everything, I always facetime my best friend Nick and he always says to me “Kiikers (my nickname) just (swear word) do it”.

It always makes me laugh. Sometimes you can bring yourself down or question yourself when you are trying to do something new or have an idea. The right people will love you and support you and that’s all that matters.

JRR:  Will you write a “Cat Care at Home” or are you strictly a dog person?

I will be sticking with dogs only as that’s my area of expertise and my passion.

JRR:  Is there anything else you would like to share?

PawLife is my passion, it’s my life as with Harley, we are a team. My goal in life is to help fellow dog owners and their furbabies live the best possible life.

JRR: Thank you for your time with this interview Gina!


About the Author:

Gina is an enthusiastic dog lover, so much so that she founded her own dog blog business called PawLife, which has been awarded top 10 Australian Dog Blog. This wouldn’t be possible without her best friend Harley, who is a toy poodle mix. They are continually going on new adventures, testing out new squeaky toys.

Gina recently discovered her writing passion and wanted to create the ultimate guidebook that would support, educate and inspire pet parents and yet to be pet parents around the world. Gina and Harley are originally from Australia, where the weather is always beautiful. This is Gina’s first book and looks forward to writing many more to help fellow pet-parents; with her fur-baby Harley by her side.

Contact Gina:
Website
Pinterest
Instagram

**International Giveaway!**

Win a 12 Piece Dog Toy Starter Box from Zenify

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