- Can you tell your readers something about why you chose this particular topic to write about? What appealed to you about it? Why do you think it is different and your approach is unique? I’m a sucker for a good romance, at least reading one or watching one on the TV or in a movie. In real life, coming home to find my husband has started dinner is romantic! A lot of books I’ve read have dealt with the insta-love angle, and in nearly all of them, the characters all just fall in line. I believe in love at first sight, but I also believe in taking a beat and making sure it’s real and true.
- How long do you think about a topic before deciding to write about it? Do you have a set of notes or a note book where you write down topics that appeal before making a decision as to which topic this time? I’m like the worst plotter known to man. I fly by the seat of my pants, change directions halfway through, and then again three-quarters of the way through. It’s all about the way the story unfolds as I’m writing it. Since I was serious about publishing this book, I did take the time to put together a very basic outline. I didn’t follow it, but I did put one together!
- How long does it take to research a topic before you write? And for this book? There wasn’t a ton of research involved in this book, but it did take me several years to write it. That was more for personal reasons than anything else. I have several more books in this series that I want to write, and they will definitely involve a lot more research.
- How many times have you been rejected before your first novel was accepted or before this book was accepted? I self-published my book. I think the self-publishing and indie author boom in the last few years has given us a lot of amazing authors that we might not have ever been introduced to.
- If you could recommend a living author – who would it be? A dead author? I am madly in love with everything Lucy Score has written. I just discovered her, and I burned through all of her published works in no time at all. If you haven’t read anything by her – do it now!
- Do you have any pets? I briefly lost my mind and adopted three puppies….basically at the same time. I’m still not sure how it happened. So currently I have two pups that are two-years-old and one that is one-year-old and literally no sanity left.
- If so, what are they? We have one beagle, and two lab/hound mixes.
- And what are they called? Scout is our beagle, then we have Piper and Hobo.
- Do they help you write? They have a habit of trying to chew on my laptop, or the cord, or my feet, or anything they can get in their mouth.
- What is the funniest thing they have done while you are writing? Scout has a habit of closing my laptop, with my hands still on the keyboard.
- What, in your life, are you most proud of doing? Can I play the sappy mom card and say my kids? They astound me every day with how smart they are, but also how caring and loveable they are.
Cornwall is here again in its dark and gloomy clothes – the Cornwall that holds secrets and keeps things close to its heart within family houses and lakes and moors. A story of despair and family intrigue and secrets and all the other elements expected in a saga such as this beautifully written with empathy and understanding. A writer with style.
A female computer engineer – block chains are one of the latest concepts in supply chain management to ensure the validity and trustworthiness of the chain – has a husband in the Foreign Office who travels for work – abroad – a lot. And he has a secret that she doesn’t know – even after 10 years.
And there is a plot. And Sleeping Assassins. And quantum bombs and other elements of a good spy thriller with lots of suspense.
Unfortunately this book ends with a cliff-hanger and thus you need to start book 2 to begin to resolve it. You are given chapter 1 of book 2 and hints from the author in order to gear you to reading it.
I didn’t. The plot line and contents were too much normal genre for a spy thriller and there was not enough originality for me to continue. I am going to give this 3 stars because although the style was good it didn’t grab me enough
Sweet cat story with human servants.
As cat owners know, many cats will tour neighbours and wander quite long distances. If, by any chance, someone starts to feed them, then they will visit regularly.
Cupid aka Fluffy (aka who knows how many names) is such a cat. Starting life as a stray means wandering was already in his behaviour patterns.
Fighting over who owns such a Wanderer is also common. The simple answer is don't feed cats that are in good condition.
This is an historical romance but written in a very different style and subject matter.
It does however, reemphasise the issue with marriage and property ownership of the Victorian ages and before. It wasn’t until The Married Women’s Property Act 1870 that women were allowed to keep their earnings rather than hand them over to their husband or father. But this was not enough, so in 1882 The Married Women’s Property Act was passed and now:
- A wife could hold her own wages and investments independent from her husband.
- A wife could inherit up to £200.00 in her own right and keep the money.
- A wife could keep property inherited from her next of kin as long as it was not a Trust asset.
- A wife could inherit and hold rented property.
- Both the husband and wife could be made liable to support their children.
In 1893 an Act was passed that entitled married women the same rights to their property as unmarried – and by the way, this Act also applied to formally engaged couples. There were further Acts of Parliament in 1964 and 1970 to revise the earlier Acts and make them uptodate.
In the Novel, we have a widow who by virtue of the death of her husband and the presents he had gifted her before, had become the majority shareholder in a Mining Corporation and thus Chairman. As you can imagine, this did not sit well with many of the other men on the Board who held shares as they did want to be governed by a woman. They did not believe that women knew enough about business and that their place was in the home having babies. So a power struggle ensued. This was the time when Cornish mining reached its height, before foreign competition depressed the price of copper, and later tin, to a level that made the extraction of Cornish ore unprofitable. The areas of Cornwall around Gwennap and St Day and on the coast around Porthtowan were among the richest mining areas in the world. And copper had been mined and tin traded, in Cornwall since around 2000BC. At its height the Cornish tin mining industry had around 600 steam engines working to pump out the mines (many mines reached under the sea and some went down to great depths). This boom went on until the late1800s as lead was also discovered in these mines and around, but by 1880 the boom was failing and mines began to shut down. [Wikipedia]
In the meantime, we have our Lord who had had measles as a teenager.
It is a rare complication of measles that can cause sterility in males if there is severe testicular inflammation, although sterility is more often caused by mumps of course. So a romance between these two was an issue – firstly she was Trade; secondly she was older than him; and thirdly he believed she would want more children. And our widow was very wary about the prospect of marrying again as then she would lose control of her business and fortune and her daughter’s future.
I thought this was an interesting story told with great style and even though it lacked humour it was rich in snippets about just how the Victorian world was developing in the Sciences and investigations of the natural world. 5