Two days to go until Parallel Lies, Georgia Rose’s new book, is out – and I’m really pleased to welcome her to the blog today to tell us why her book is set ‘somewhere in the British Isles’. (And don’t miss the Giveaway at the bottom of the post!)
Over to Georgia!
Location, Location, Location!
I like to be flexible with my settings so I make them up. It’s never occurred to me to do otherwise as I can then meld them to be exactly as I want them and build them up in the imagination of my reader accordingly.
Readers have enjoyed telling me where they think my settings really are in the past and I see no reason why that should change this time. The only thing I will say is that this story is set somewhere in the British Isles.
When I write I do have various pictures in my mind. They are fragments usually, something like a particular piece of road, or part of a building that suits my purposes. My settings have to be as vibrant as the characters that inhabit them so by the time the story has come together it is all so real to me I can feel the strength of the wind as I walk down the street and the weight of the door as I push it open to enter the shop.
Parallel Lies, like the Grayson Trilogy, is set in the countryside. Madeleine, my unlikely heroine, lives in a village that those who have read my other books may recognise. I’ve added a couple of other locations as well. Maddy can’t be that static in her life so there’s the nearby small town of Oakton and further away the larger Hartleigh. Part of the action takes place at a country house and again all of these places are fictitious.
I’ve always pictured her cottage as the one out of The Holiday – I couldn’t find copyright details to brave posting some pictures here but these two blogs Hooked on Houses and In Love With England have them all. The cover for Parallel Lies gives you an indication of the views from Maddy’s cottage. It’s pretty idyllic and it’s not hard to see why Maddy is so keen to hang onto the life she has. But things are never that straightforward, are they!
Here is a taster of Maddy’s arrival at the cottage…
‘The small wooden gate opens with a squeak, and I leave it to swing closed behind me. Hearing the soft metallic rattle of the catch I enjoy the crunch beneath my feet as I walk up the short gravel path to the front door I’ve recently repainted a luxuriously rich red like the crimson-licked sole of a Louboutin.’
Madeleine Ross has life exactly as she planned it.
Cosy cottage, friendly village, satisfying job.
Company… when she wants it.
It’s an enviable existence for an independent young woman, and one she’s keen to protect.
Enter Daniel – strong, dependable and a danger to everything she’s built. He’s not something she was looking for, but hearts can’t be controlled and maybe, just maybe he might be worth letting into hers.
But, all is not what it seems. Because Madeleine is hiding a lifetime of secrets. Deep secrets.
And they never stay buried for ever.
Her darkest secret returns, like the proverbial bad penny. He is her first love, shadowy, dangerous, the baddest of bad boys. No matter how far she runs, or how well she hides, she can never escape him.
Or her past.
Here he is, on her doorstep, with a proposition she is powerless to resist but which could devastate the future she hoped to have.
Can Madeleine satisfy the old love while keeping the new?
You can’t always get what you want but, desperate to preserve the life she has worked so hard for, Madeleine is willing to risk everything to prove that she can.
But wait! There’s also a Giveaway for you to enter, should you wish!
Win paperback copies of A Single Step, Before the Dawn, Thicker than Water and Parallel Lies!
Plus! Large and small heart covered notebooks, 5 heart decorated Thank You cards, Butlers Milk Chocolate Hearts, Divine Dark Chocolate Hearts, a tin of Lovehearts and a bag of Percy and Penny sweets (with special lovers strawberry hearts!)
The Kindle is NOT included!
All you have to do is click here and follow the instructions!
Georgia Rose is a writer and the author of the romantic and suspenseful Grayson Trilogy books: A Single Step, Before the Dawn and Thicker than Water. A short story, The Joker, based on a favourite character from the series followed and is free to download from Amazon.
Her fourth novel, Parallel Lies, a standalone to be released on 12 September 2017, encompasses crime along with Georgia’s usual blending of genre.
Georgia’s background in countryside living, riding, instructing and working with horses has provided the knowledge needed for some of her storylines; the others are a product of her overactive imagination!
Asked not to return to the Brownie pack she occasionally attended, being more likely to be distracted along the way by collecting conkers and getting into mischief, Georgia has never been keen on team activities preferring solitary pursuits instead.
Her busy life is set in a tranquil part of rural Cambridgeshire in the UK where she lives with her much neglected husband and dog. Their son, currently at university, comes and goes and their daughter, having delighted them all for long enough, has eventually moved out, got married, and is discovering the joys of being all grown up and having a mortgage!
Thank you for inviting me on your lovely blog, Linda, it has been a pleasure to visit you and get to chat to your readers.
It was lovely having you, Georgia, and great good luck with Parallel Lies – I can’t wait to read it!
Find out more about Georgia and her books (and her Giveaway) on her website, on Twitter and Facebook, and her Amazon Author Page.