Meet the Characters – Thea Thomas from Midsummer Dreams at Mill Grange by Jenny Kane

A warm welcome to multi-published author Jenny Kane who has dropped by to tell us about her character,  Thea Thomas,  from Midsummer Dreams at Mill Grange, the first novel in her brand new romcom Mill Grange series.

Set on Exmoor in Somerset, the Mill Grange stories feature Thea Thomas, an archaeologist and historian, who – when the story opens- is working as an assistant curator at the world famous Roman Baths in Bath. But, as the blurb below explains, she feels the time to leave her job has come. Not just because she feels stuck in a rut, but because she is being pestered by rather persistent ex-boyfriend, and is keen to disappear to somewhere he’ll never find her – preferably somewhere without Wi-Fi…

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A warm-hearted, feel-good romance from Jenny Kane, a Kindle #1 bestselling author.

Thea Thomas needs to get away from her old life… and the interfering ex who won’t leave her alone. When she lands a job heading up the restoration of Mill Grange, a stunning Victorian manor in Devon, it feels like the perfect opportunity to start afresh.

What Thea didn’t anticipate was how hostile the volunteer team, led by the formidable Mable Hastings, would be about accepting new leadership. And with the deadline looming before the grand opening, Thea is in desperate need of more volunteers.

A broadcast appeal on the local news attracts the interest of arrogant but undeniably attractive celebrity historian Shaun Cowlson, who wants to make a TV programme about the restoration. It’s hard enough adding one more big personality to the mix – but then her ex turns up as one of the volunteers! What seemed like a dream come true is fast becoming a total disaster! Can Thea find a way to save the manor?

Let’s take a look at Thea’s character profile

Age: 32

Appearance: Short brown hair, brown eyes, tomboy manner of dress. More likely to be seen in a chunky jumper and jeans than a skirt and blouse. Thea does not own high hells – I doubt she has ever picked up a lipstick in her life.

Education: Studied archaeology at Durham University

Best friend: Tina Martin.  Thea met Tina at university, where they were both archaeology students. Tina now works for the Exmoor Heritage Trust, which owns Mill Grange. It is Tina who tells Thea about the opening for a Renovation Co-ordinator and Manager at Mill Grange.

Idiosyncrasies: Thea has a habit of talking to a statue of the Goddess Minerva (the Roman goddess of wisdom), that sits in the corner of her museum based office. The goddess is often her first call for advice – even before Tina.

Personality: Rarely seen without a smile, Thea is professionally confident, but privately shy. Thea’s self esteem can easily be knocked – especially in pursuit of her quest to please everyone all the time. She dreads letting people down.

Favourite thing: Lemon cake. (Followed by cheese scones from Sybil’s Tea Rooms.)

Love life: Fairly non-existent since university – with the exception of a recent relationship with John Sommers. A relationship that she thought was just for fun – John however, had other ideas.

Three months after Thea had ended their year long relationship, John turns up, out-of-the-blue at her lunchtime coffee stop in Bath, and informs her he has every intention of persuading her that they should still be together.

Despite her polite but firm refusal, John can’t take no for an answer and begins a rather desperate, attention seeking campaign, which begins wear Thea down so much, that she decides to take the plunge and applies to work at Mill Grange – swapping her work as a Roman historian for the management of a Victorian manor that needs restoring in double quick time. For, after years of half hearted repair from a group of local volunteers, the Exmoor Trust have finally decided on a date for the house to be opened to the public.

As if having the house restored and safe for the public by that deadline wasn’t challenge enough, Thea has to deal with volunteers who heartily dislike her interfering with their work. Especially Mabel – who has an odd whiff of vinegar about her.

And then, just to make matters worse, a celebrity archaeologist – Shan Cowlson- wants to join the restoration team- a man Thea has every reason to dislike…

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Meet Jenny

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Bio

From the comfort of her cafe corner in Mid Devon, award winning author, Jenny Kane, wrote the contemporary women’s fiction and romance novels, Midsummer at Mill Grange (Aria, 2020), A Cornish Escape (2nd edition, HeadlineAccent, 2020),  A Cornish Wedding (2nd edition, HeadlineAccent, 2020), Romancing Robin Hood (2nd edition, Littwitz Press, 2018),  Another Glass of Champagne (Accent Press, 2016), and Another Cup of Coffee (Accent Press, 2013).

She has also written 3 novella length sequels to her Another Cup of…..books:  Another Cup of Christmas (Accent Press, 2013), Christmas in the Cotswolds (Accent, 2014), and Christmas at the Castle (Accent, 2016). These three seasonal specials are now available in one boxed set entitled Jenny Kane’s Christmas Collection (Accent, 2016)

Jenny is also the author of quirky children’s picture books There’s a Cow in the Flat (Hushpuppy, 2014) and Ben’s Biscuit Tin (Hushpuppy, 2015)

Under the pen name, Jennifer Ash, Jenny has also written The Folville Chronicles (The Outlaw’s Ransom, The Winter Outlaw, Edward’s Outlaw – published by Littwitz Press), The Power of Three (Spiteful Puppet, 2020) and The Meeting Place (Spiteful Puppet, 2019). She also created four audio scripts for ITV’s popular 1980’s television show, Robin of Sherwood.

The Waterford Boy, Mathilda’s Legacy, The Baron’s Daughter and The Meeting Place were released by Spiteful Puppet in 2017/2018/2019.

Jenny Kane is the writer in residence for Tiverton Costa in Devon. She also co-runs the creative writing business, Imagine. Jenny teaches a wide range of creative writing workshops including her popular ‘Novel in a Year’ course. (www.imaginecreativewriting.co.uk)

All of Jennifer Ash’s and Jenny Kane’s news can be found at www.jennykane.co.uk

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Meet the Characters – Natalie Bach from Confessions by Caro Land

A warm welcome this week to Caro Land who is interviewing Natalie Bach from her gripping, suspense drama Confessions. Isn’t  the cover striking?

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A brilliant new drama by bestselling author Caroline England, writing as Caro Land.

Dig for the truth and you’ll get dirty…

Natalie Bach is facing personal turmoil, legal conundrums and challenges. While trying to make a difference, she walks the fine line between being a help and a hinderance.

Seconded to criminal law firm, Savage Solicitors, Nat finds herself out of her depth when she’s handed a complicated and tragic case of assisted suicide. Will she get to the bottom of what really happened?

With a heavy workload to juggle, can Nat untangle her own feelings from another very personal and troubling investigation?

Confessions is second book in a gripping new legal, crime suspense series written by bestselling author Caroline England, writing as Caro Land, though can equally be read as an unmissable stand-alone.

It will appeal to fans of authors like Diane Jeffrey, Samantha Hayes and K.L. Slater as well as readers of women’s fiction.

BUY LINKS:

Ebook: https://amzn.to/3gK9Dzz

Paperback: https://amzn.to/3eLzNzX

And here’s a lovely five star review:

“This book made me cry, at times, and hold my breath in anticipation but it also made me smile, a lot. Once again, a captivating story of love, loss, friendship and family with a fascinating insight into the daily lives of solicitors. I LOVED it!”

It sounds a fantastic read doesn’t it? Now let’s move onto Caro’s interview with Natalie:

Hi Natalie. Can you please tell us a little about yourself

Please do call me Nat! Whenever I’m called Natalie, I know I’ve done something I shouldn’t have – usually when I’m trying to resolve a legal or personal quandary. I dive in with the very best of intentions, but sometimes my interference can do more harm than good!

My parents were Polish immigrants but I was born and bred in Manchester. When I first qualified as a solicitor, I was offered a job by Jack Goldman, who became both my mentor and Svengali. I learned to do things the Jack Goldman way, which wasn’t always quite above board…

I hear your Mum was ill. How is she now?

She’s doing amazingly well, thank you. Though living with my Mum and our two cats isn’t something I expected to be doing at forty. Between you and me, she’s just started stepping out with a Polish charmer called Borys. Come to think of it, her love life is doing much better than mine…

Sorry to hear that. Could I ask why?

I’d had an on-off relationship with Jose Harrow since Law School. Five years ago he buggered off to Majorca and I astonished myself by giving up my job at Goldman Law and setting up a beach bar business with him. Things turned pear-shaped when my mum was ill. I returned to Manchester to care for her and Jose dumped me by text. Yes, charming! Since then I’ve been having a fling with an old flame, but he has a crazy ex wife, so things are tricky to say the least.

I asked someone to describe your legal style and they answered ‘Rottweiler’. Do you think that’s fair?

I’m guessing that was a lawyer on the other side of a dispute! But hey, if you needed a lawyer, wouldn’t you want someone to fight tooth and nail for your cause? I’d prefer to describe it as feisty…I like to help the underdog and people who don’t know where else to turn. The only trouble is sometimes when you dig for the truth, your hands get dirty.

What cases have you dealt with since you came back to Goldman Law?

That has been the joy of my new ‘job’ – my files have ranged from attempted murder to a #MeToo case, from the death of a goat to illegal workers and loan sharks.

And what are you working on now?

I’ve been seconded to criminal law firm Savage Solicitors and it’s a huge challenge. My files range from a tragic case of assisted suicide to cowboy builders, from a mother murder to revenge porn! Thank goodness these and my other eclectic cases are distracting me from further crises in my personal life…

Meet Caro

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BIO:

Caro Land is the pen name of Caroline England.

Born in Sheffield, Caroline studied Law at the University of Manchester and stayed over the border. Caroline was a divorce and professional indemnity lawyer. She turned to writing when she deserted the law to bring up her three lovely daughters. Caroline has had short stories and poems published in a variety of literary publications and anthologies.

Caroline writes domestic psychological thillers. Her debut novel, BENEATH THE SKIN, known also as THE WIFE’S SECRET in eBook, was published by Avon HarperCollins in October 2017. Her second novel, MY HUSBAND’S LIES, followed in May 2018 and became a Kindle top ten bestseller. Her latest novel, BETRAY HER, published by Piatkus of Little, Brown Book Group, is now available as an eBook, audiobook and paperback.

Caroline has two dark, twisty short story collections available on Amazon, both in eBook and paperback, WATCHING HORSEPATS FEED THE ROSES and HANGED BY THE NECK.

Caroline also writes under the pen name Caro Land. Her first Natalie Bach legal suspense, CONVICTIONS, was published by Bloodhound Books in January 2020. The follow up, CONFESSIONS, was published on 10th June 2020

CONTACT:

Website: carolineenglandaithor.co.uk

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CazEngland

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CazEngland1/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cazengland1/

 

Thanks so much for popping in to tell us about your book, Caro.


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Meet the Characters – Cassidy Jones from The Book of Us by Andrea Michael

I’m delighted to welcome author Andrea Michael onto the blog today. Andrea is interviewing Cassidy Jones from her emotional novel about friendship, love and forgiveness – The Book of Us.

Let’s find out a bit about the book first.

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Blurb

 The Book of Us is a story of the complexity of forgiveness and the friendships that change our lives forever. Perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult, Jojo Moyes and Diane Chamberlain.

We’ve got some important things to talk about. It’s time.

Cass and Loll used to be inseparable. They met at university and they made sense, like two halves of a whole. They had planned their lives around each other, writing down their dreams in The Big Book of Our Life – the things they wanted to achieve, the places they’d go after they finished university. But then one night changed everything.

Seven years later, Loll receives a letter from her old friend. The coming year will be the year they both turn 30, but Loll might be making it to 30 alone. Cass has cancer. Loll had believed she would have her whole life to come to terms with Cass’ betrayal, but time is running out. Cass’ final wish is to complete The Big Book of Our Life, but has enough time passed to heal old wounds?

Buy link

Ebook

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07SN7Q26R
Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/Book-Us-absolutely-heartbreaking-friendship-ebook/dp/B07SN7Q26R/

Now let’s move onto Andrea’s interview with Cassidy. Over to you, Andrea!

Thanks, Karen, For a brief while my new novel, The Book of Us, was called Knowing Cassidy Jones. So I’m really pleased to help you to get to know her too! Cassidy is one of the favourite characters I’ve ever written, mainly because she manages to be so incredibly selfish but also very loveable. Once you know her story, you tend to forgive her mistakes.

Hi, Cassidy, can you describe yourself in three words:

Difficult, fun, chaotic

What’s your favourite memory?

When me and my best friend Loll went on holiday in the summer holidays at uni – absolutely everything that could go wrong did! We’d planned (and by ‘we’ I meant Loll, she’s the planner) this absolute rager in Ibiza. It was going to be sun, drinks, pretty boys and lots of trouble. Instead we ended up in a crappy hostel in the middle of nowhere. Loll got heatstroke, I got food poisoning, and it was generally terrible. But on that last day we made it to the beach and just sat there together as the waves came in and we held hands and laughed. I always remember that when anything goes wrong – the last day can make up for a bad week.

Who is your favourite person?

My daughter Vee. She’s so clever and sassy and strong. Some days I worry she has too much to deal with for such a little person. But she’s got a big brain and an old soul, I think she’ll be fine. She’s the best thing I’ve ever made.

What’s your biggest regret?

Falling out with my best friend. Not handling my problems better in my twenties. Not fighting to repair friendships. Wasting time. Hey, why have one regret when you can have a hundred? But honestly, I don’t believe in regretting stuff. Change what you can, and if you can’t, move on and do better next time.

Best place you’ve ever visited?

I’ve got family in Australia, and visiting them always felt like coming home. I was an only child and didn’t have much family in the UK, so going to see my uncle Jack and exploring all these magical places with mystical names, I loved that. I’m going on a trip soon, to Finland, Spain and then back to Australia, and I can’t wait. Especially as I get to take my daughter and best friend with me.

Have you ever been in love?

I never let anyone know me well enough to love me. And I never met anyone who could handle me well enough to fall in love with. For most of my life dating and attraction seemed like a game, you know? You had to have the most power to win. You had to make them absolutely mad for you. I’ve been in obsession. I’ve been in lust. I’m just not the love type, unfortunately.

What are you most proud of?

I built a new life from scratch for me and my kid. I left my home town and I started over, all on my own. And it’s a good life. It’s one with structure and support and people who love us. People who will look after my baby girl when I’m not around. I’m proud that I managed to be what she needed me to be.

Tell us a secret:

The worst thing I did in the world, the thing everyone blames me for, the reason my best friend stopped talking to me seven years ago? It wasn’t my fault. But if I reveal that, if I’m honest, the whole world starts crumbling down around us, around Loll, around Vee, around everything I’ve built. So it’s better that secret dies with me, even if it drives me mad.

What’s your life lesson?

Enjoy! Enjoy everything! Drink and savour that cup of coffee, and laugh when you get drunk and tell people you love them. Life is too short to be bitter or angry or resentful. And never give up on people. They’ll be there when it matters.

 If, like me, you’re intrigued and want to read the book, you can grab a copy here: 

Print

Waterstones – https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-book-of-us/andrea-michael//9780008370213

Ebook

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07SN7Q26R
Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/Book-Us-absolutely-heartbreaking-friendship-ebook/dp/B07SN7Q26R/

Meet Andrea

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Bio

Andrea Michael writes books to explore complicated relationships. Having trained in using writing for therapy, she really believes in the magic of stories to change your life. Failing that, sparkling wine and obnoxious sing-a-longs also do the trick.

Andrea works in content marketing, and runs Writing for Wellbeing workshops. She lives in Hertfordshire with her fiancé and their crazy cat, and can be found reading in a comfy corner or digging something at the allotment.

You may also know her from her romantic comedies written as A L Michael.

Andrea is represented by Hayley Steed at Madeleine Milburn. The Book of Us is her thirteenth book. She’s hoping it’s lucky.

Contact Links

Twitter: @almichael_
Instagram: @andreamichaelwrites
www.andreamichaelwrites.com


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Meet the Characters – Eva from The Child on Platform One by Gill Thompson

This week I’m delighted to welcome author Gill Thompson, author of the historical novel, The Child from Platform One. Gill is interviewing Eva, the protagonist of the novel. Let’s take a look at the cover and blurb first.

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Inspired by the children who escaped the Holocaust. Perfect for readers of The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris and My Name is Eva by Suzanne Goldring.

TO SAVE HER CHILD, A MOTHER MUST MAKE AN IMPOSSIBLE CHOICE.

Prague 1939. Young mother Eva has a secret from her past. When the Nazis invade, Eva knows the only way to keep her daughter Miriam safe is to send her away – even if it means never seeing her again.

But when Eva is taken to a concentration camp, her secret is at risk of being exposed.

In London, Pamela volunteers to help find places for the Jewish children arrived from Europe. Befriending one unclaimed little girl, Pamela brings her home.

Then when her son enlists in the RAF, Pamela realises how easily her own world could come crashing down…

Heartrending. Riveting. Definitely on my list of Ten Best Books of 2019‘ Sharon Maas, author of The Violin Maker’s Daughter

‘The characters and their moving stories will haunt you long after you finish the last page’ Shirley Dickson, author of The Orphan Sisters

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Now let’s move onto Gill’s interview with Eva Kolischer (nee Novak).

 Tell me about your childhood:

 Well I was very happy in my own way, although I think my mother worried I didn’t have a normal childhood. You see I would rarely go outside to play with other children and I didn’t socialise much either. Every spare hour I had I played the piano. I knew it was the only way I could achieve my ambition: to play at concert level. I was prepared to sacrifice almost everything to be the best musician I possibly could. I was probably a very boring, earnest child but I would like to think the discipline I acquired stood me in good stead for the challenges that came along later.

 What are your greatest strengths?

 Um…stoicism; the ability to remove myself mentally from a tough situation and transport myself somewhere beautiful and safe – usually through music; optimism; concern for the welfare of others…

And your weaknesses?

I can be very headstrong. People say I’m determined, but sometimes that determination can hurt people. I sometimes do what I think is the right thing without consulting others. Like when I decided to put my daughter on a Kindertransport train in 1939…

Do you have any regrets in life?

I had to make some hard decisions at a young age but I think I made the right ones. I bitterly regret the war though. If it hadn’t have been for that madman Hitler, I might have achieved my dreams of being a concert pianist.

Would you consider yourself to be a romantic person?

I was still a teenager when the terrible thing that changed my life occurred. At that stage I was still very naïve about boys: I wanted to be courted and wooed, to be given red roses and sung to in the moonlight. I think most young girls are idealistic in that way, but music made me even more so. I was brought up believing in the perfect relationships that are often depicted in song. But of course real life isn’t like that. I found out the hard way.

What was your marriage like?

Not at all as I imagined. Josef was a lot older than me and had been married before. He was a terrible hypochondriac too – always fussing about getting a cold. I don’t know if all men are like that, but he used to drive me mad. He was a good man though, and although I don’t think I was ever ‘in love’ with him, I certainly grew to love him by the end.

What do you consider to be your greatest legacy?

I like to think my musical talents have been passed down through my family.

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Readers around the world adore THE CHILD ON PLATFORM ONE:

‘OH MY HEART! Moved me deep from within. I cannot recommend it enough’ The Writing Garnet

‘Such a gorgeous book. I loved and believed in all the characters, and thoroughly enjoyed their stories. Incredibly researched, it felt authentic. And the ending moved me to tears *****’

‘OMG What an incredible read. It was so emotional about a Jewish girl. I was engrossed from start to finish and would highly recommend this book *****’

‘This book was incredible… The story is realistic and believable. Once you start reading you will not want to stop *****’

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It sound a heartrending story, doesn’t it? If you want to read the book you can grab a copy here:

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Meet Gill

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Gill Thompson began her working life as a teacher and has spent nearly forty years at the chalk face. More recently she has also become an author. Her debut novel The Oceans Between Us was published by Headline in March 2019 and her new novel, The Child on Platform One, came out this March. She lives with her family in West Sussex and hosts a creative writing site at: www.wordkindling.co.uk

You can contact Gill here:

Twitter: @wordkindling

Facebook: WordKindling

Thanks for dropping by to tell us about your fantastic book, Gill. 


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