I have been hugely remiss in my blog posts of late, but I have an excuse. I've been deeply into writing what will be my fifth novel, Charming The Vicar. It's now finished, and submitted to my publisher, Bold Strokes Books, so I can come up for air again. I can catch up with everything I've let slide over the last few weeks. Washing, ironing, cleaning, all that good housewifey stuff. ;-) Plus, my darlin’ Lou can get a rest from my endless worry, and general obsessing over my manuscript.
I had such a blast writing Bridge and Finnian’s love story. When I wrote Courting The Countess, I knew the Reverend Bridget Claremont had to have her own story. She is a larger than life character that seems so real in my imagination. She knows what she wants, and gets it, which was a lot of fun to write.
Here’s the blurb...
Finnian Kane, famous master of illusion, mentalist, and renowned atheist, has a crisis of faith after her sister’s death. She rents a cottage in the village of Axedale in Kent, desperately trying to find a safe haven from the intrusive media to grieve and work out how to move on.
The Reverend Bridget Claremont makes it her mission to help the enigmatic Finnian find her faith in life again. Bridge has long yearned for a life partner, and her best friend’s wedding has intensified that desire. But when you’re a lesbian vicar in a small English village, it’s not easy to find your perfect match.
Their chemistry is clear from the start, despite their different beliefs and Bridge insisting Finn isn’t her type. But will the mentalist find the magic that can charm the vicar?
To give you a sneak peek, and a flavour of the story, this is my favourite line from the book, from Finnian’s perspective.
“Bridget had a different energy, an exciting energy. She was the kind of woman who, with just a look, could make you drop to your knees and crawl, just to be given the privilege of kissing her heels.”
As I've often said in my blog and social media, music is a huge part of the writing process, and it was especially true with Charming The Vicar. There’s always that one song that perfectly describes the couple, and for Bridget and Finn, the song below was a perfect fit. This could have been written for them. I played this one so many times during the day, as I wrote, it became like their theme tune. If you have a listen, I think you'll get an idea of how the Vicar and the famous illusionist relate to each other.
Bad Things - machine gun kelly camila cabello
Charming The Vicar will be out January 1st 2018.
So what's next? Royal Rebel, the second book in the Royal Romance series is out May 1st 2017
Royal Rebel - A Royal Romance Story
Then on August 1st 2017, Unexpected will be out. Unexpected is a standalone contemporary romance. You can read the blurb here...
There will be lots more book news coming soon, but in the meantime, I will be doing a Facebook chat with Sheena and Tara on, The Lesbian Review Book Club. It's taking place on Saturday April 29th. Get all the times and details at the link below.
Lesbian Review book Club Chat
They also recorded a great podcast, for Les do books, discussing Courting The Countess. Check it out...
Les do books - Courting The Countess
All for now,
“Once in a while, right in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairytale.”
Bold Strokes Books
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