Gift Horse by Jan Ruth book review

 

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Gift Horse written and self-published by Jan Ruth is available NOW in ebook format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

To buy link: https://amzn.to/2FUOPXF

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Imagine living eighteen years of your life around a mistake…
Caroline Walker’s daughter suffers a horrific riding accident. Her distraught parents wonder if she’ll ever walk again, let alone ride. And when Mollie’s blood group is discovered as rare, her husband offers to donate blood. Except Ian is not a match. In fact, it’s unlikely he’s Mollie’s father.
Eighteen years previously, Caroline had a one-night stand with Irish rock star, Rory O’Connor. Caroline fell pregnant. Deeply flawed boyfriend, Ian, was overjoyed. And Caroline’s parents were simply grateful that their daughter was to marry into the rich, influential Walker family.
Caroline turns to Rory’s friend Connor; and although his almost spiritual connection with his horses appears to be the balm she needs, Caroline cannot forget Rory, or her youth – both lost to a man she never loved. Eighteen years on and after surviving cancer Rory lives as a virtual recluse in the Welsh mountains. Through his well-meaning but interfering sister, he is shocked to discover he has a teenage daughter. Or does he? As the truth begins to unravel, Caroline finds herself faced with a complex trail of moral dilemma.

Someone has made a terrible mistake… someone is going to get hurt…

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I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book. All opinions are my own and no content may be copied. However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes.

Gift Horse is the first full-length novel by Jan Ruth that I’ve read, I’ve previously read a novella and collection of short stories.  The author Jan Ruth loves to write stories set in her beloved Wales and especially the rugged area around Snowdownia.  The love for this area shines from the pages and fills the storyline with atmosphere.

I really enjoyed this contemporary romance by Jan Ruth.  Gift Horse is a story that delves into the complexities of people and of relationships.  It was a story of how one decision in your life could ultimately change the course of your future and would put your choice in someone else’s hands.

A young, almost naïve nineteen year old Caroline is being swept off her feet by an older suitor.  Ian has the money to woo Caroline and his gentleness in his character with his courting of her is quite formal but at this moment in time Caroline is enjoying this old fashioned romance.  However, a weekend away brings an opportunity for Caroline and Ian to spend some time together with Niamh, Caroline’s best friend, and a few other friends.  Animosity between Niamh and Ian soon causes conflict and Caroline starts to doubt the direction her life is going but one rash decision of the heart gives her a glimpse into a life full of other possibilities.  Fate however, plays it’s hand and soon closes the door for Caroline.

Gift Horse is a story that holds you captive in the emotional upheavals in Caroline’s life.  A life that now eighteen years on starts unravelling following a terrible accident involving her daughter.

The proverb ‘never look a gift horse in the mouth’ is the perfect title for this story.  Caroline, Ian, daughter Mollie and even a few of the sub-characters had all been given gifts in the past and the present, gifts that could change their lives for the good and also for the bad.  The proverb’s meaning; don’t question or criticize the value of a gift or benefit, even if you don’t like it very much.

Jan Ruth knows how to spin a tale about real people and their tangled lives.  I loved the landscape it sounded beautiful and raw, very much like people themselves.  I will certainly check out more of Jan Ruth’s novels.

About the Author

Jan Ruth lives in Snowdonia, a mountainous area of North Wales, UK. Jan writes contemporary fiction about the darker side of the family dynamic, often blending life in rural Wales with a touch of city business. Her style is best described as fast-paced and realistic, with a sprinkling of dry humour.
Jan is also an active member of her local RDA group (Riding for the disabled) and is an Assistant Equine Facilitated Learning Practitioner for the Welsh Institute of Therapeutic Horsemanship. In her spare time she enjoys riding and walking the Welsh hills; a constant source of inspiration.
Jan’s books are available globally via Amazon in paperback and for Kindle; and locally, you’ll find them in North Wales libraries and Hinton’s bookshop of Conwy.

Website: https://janruth.com/

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/JanRuthAuthor

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

 

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The Swooping Magpie by Liza Perrat book excerpt/promo

 

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The Swooping Magpie written and self-published by Liza Perrat is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.  The ebook is available to download at a special introductory price of 99p (price correct at date of post publication).

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The thunderclap of sexual revolution collides with the black cloud of illegitimacy.
Sixteen-year-old Lindsay Townsend is pretty and popular at school. At home, it’s a different story. Dad belts her and Mum’s either busy or battling a migraine. So when sexy school-teacher Jon Halliwell finds her irresistible, Lindsay believes life is about to change.
She’s not wrong.
Lindsay and Jon pursue their affair in secret, because if the school finds out, Jon will lose his job. If Lindsay’s dad finds out, there will be hell to pay. But when a dramatic accident turns her life upside down, Lindsay is separated from the man she loves.
Events spiral beyond her control, emotions conflicting with doubt, loneliness and fear, and Lindsay becomes enmeshed in a shocking true-life Australian scandal. The schoolyard beauty will discover the dangerous games of the adult world. Games that destroy lives.
Lindsay is forced into the toughest choice of her young life. The resulting trauma will forever burden her heart.
Reflecting the social changes of 1970s Australia, The Swooping Magpie is a chilling psychological tale of love, loss and grief, and, through collective memory, finding we are not alone.

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I am so pleased to be able to share with you all today an extract from Liza Perrat’s novel: The Swooping Magpie, which is the second (standalone) novel in Liza Perrat’s 1970’s Australian Family Drama series.

Excerpt From Chapter 1:
I wrinkle my nostrils against the caustic smell of cat piss as we pick our way across the filthy footpath to the black gate.
My mother steps aside as the high gate creaks open, nods at me to go through. I scowl, don’t move.
‘You heard what your father said, Lindsay.’
With a sigh, I push past her.
The storm flushed away, the humidity has seeped back into the air at this tail-end of another scalding Australian summer. There’s no warmth in me though, only ice-blocks freezing my insides so that I become so cold I can’t stop shivering.
It’s not just the fear that sets me quaking, but the helplessness too. Like when I was a kid about to launch myself down the slippery dip. I’d hesitate, knowing that once I slid off there was no turning back, even if the metal burned my bum raw, or that once I reached the bottom I’d tumble forwards and scrape my knees.
My mother nudges me ahead of her. I don’t realise it yet, and I won’t speak of the whole sorry tale for years to come, since every time I thought about it, the memories would leave me frustrated, sad and angry, but I would recall walking through those black iron gates as crossing the threshold into the darkest hell.

About the Author

LizaPerratAuthorLiza grew up in Australia, working as a general nurse and midwife. She has now been living in France for over twenty years, where she works as a part-time medical translator and a novelist. She is the author of the historical The Bone Angel series. The first, Spirit of Lost Angels, is set in 18th century revolutionary France. The second, Wolfsangel, is set during the WW2 Nazi Occupation and the French Resistance, and the third novel – Blood Rose Angel –– is set during the 14th century Black Plague years.
The first book in Liza’s new Australian series, The Silent Kookaburra, published in November, 2016, is a psychological suspense set in 1970s Australia.

Liza is a co-founder and member of the writers’ collective Triskele Books and also reviews books for Bookmuse

Website: http://www.lizaperrat.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LizaPerrat

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Liza-Perrat

A Meeting of a Different Kind; The Alone Alternative by Linda MacDonald two book blogtour book review

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I am so pleased to be involved in the two book blogtour for author Linda MacDonald with a review for A Meeting of a Different Kind (book two in the Lydia series) and a review of The Alone Alternative (book three in the Lydia series).  I was first introduced to the works of Linda MacDonald this time last year when I read and reviewed The Man in the Needlecord Jacket and this Spring I read and reviewed Meeting Lydia.  

Meeting of a Different KindA Meeting of a Different Kind is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.  During the duration of the blogtour the ebook is available at a special price of 99p.

To buy link:  https://amzn.to/2SFLJcw

BLURB: When archaeologist Edward Harvey’s wife Felicity inherits almost a million, she gives up her job, buys a restaurant and, as a devotee of Hugh Fernley-Whittingstall, starts turning their home into a small eco-farm. Edward is not happy, not least because she seems to be losing interest in him. Taryn is a borderline manic-depressive, a scheming minx, a seductress and user of men. Edward and Taryn don’t know each other but they both know Marianne. To Edward, Marianne is a former classmate who sends him crazy emails. She is Taryn’s best friend, and when Marianne meets Edward, she tells Taryn how wonderful he is and that he is not the philandering type. Taryn sees a challenge and concocts a devious plan to meet him during a series of lectures he is giving at the British Museum. When Edward and Taryn’s paths cross, questions of friendship, loyalty and betrayal are played out against a backdrop of mental fragility and the destabilising effects of a large inheritance… Set in Broadclyst and Beckenham, with a chapter on the Isles of Scilly, A Meeting of a Different Kind is the stand-alone sequel to Meeting Lydia, continuing the story from the perspectives of two very different characters. Like its prequel, it will appeal to fans of adult fiction, especially those interested in the psychology of relationships.

Review:

A Meeting of a Different Kind is Books Two in the Lydia series and it is another fine example of the contemporary fiction work by the author Linda MacDonald.  Linda MacDonald shows a great understanding of the human mind and of people and relationships.

This story shows the full complexities of people and that all of us have flaws.  Decisions and roads that we take in our lives shape our future and sometimes other influences may help or hinder.  This is the case for Edward who for 20 years his wife Felicity has been behind him helping him with his career at the university and when they started a family she was more than happy to postpone her dreams to bring up the children.  But with the children growing and with the sudden increase in wealth due to her inheritance Felicity’s dreams are now taking precedence to her life as a wife and mother.  Edward is not sure how to react with this new independent, assertive wife who is making many new decisions without him.

With a blossoming renewed friendship from a woman he went to school with life starts to get very complicated for Edward.  His professional life is looking up but his personal life feels like it’s at a crossroads and he’s not sure whether he fits in with his wife’s new road.

Linda MacDonald has created a very interesting family saga, a story of people surviving life, love and a whole lot more.  I’m looking forward to the next ‘episode’ of this series as Lydia feels like a TV drama unfolding across the pages as you are drawn into each and every character.

The Alone Alternative CoverThe Alone Alternative is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.  During the duration of the blogtour the ebook is available at a special price of 99p.

To buy link:  https://amzn.to/2P33gNw

BLURB: Former classmates Edward and Marianne, now fifty-five, have experienced a turbulent few years having lost contact with each other and suffered painful disruption to their home lives. Reunited again, this time through Twitter, they set about a search for personal fulfilment, but once again there are obstacles in the way – not least in the form of twice-widowed Jessica, Edward’s neighbour, who threatens to destroy their pursuit of happiness and whose behaviour has alarming consequences.
The extraordinary weather conditions prompt Edward and a former colleague to resurrect an idea for a documentary series that sets to challenge consumerist lifestyles. The Isles of Scilly become a model for sustainability and a filming trip to the islands provides an idyllic backdrop to the unfolding romantic tensions.

Set in 2012, the year of the London Olympics, the action alternates between Broadclyst and Beckenham and examines the difficult issues faced in committing to a new relationship in midlife. Could being alone be a preferable alternative?
Continuing themes of psychology, relationships and environmental sustainability, The Alone Alternative is the sequel to A Meeting of a Different Kind and the third and final part of the ‘Lydia’ series. Written from both male and female perspectives, it also stands alone as a fascinating read for both men and women who enjoy thought-provoking fiction, keeping readers guessing until the very end.

Review:

The Alone Alternative is Book Three in the Lydia series and once again the author Linda MacDonald shows a great understanding in the complexities of people and relationships.  The Alone Alternative picks up the story of Edward and Marianne some five years since we left them in Book Two: A Meeting of a Different Kind.

A lot has happened in both Edward’s and Marianne’s lives, events that have left a crucial hole in their lives and has left them with anxious thoughts for the future.  Both Edward and Marianne are having to deal with emotions of loss and grief, emotions of anger and bewilderment.  Their friendship had cooled over the five years but Edward is pondering whether during this new state of emotional upheaval whether the time is right to get back in touch with his old school friend.

With the promise of a new venture in Edward’s professional life and one project that could benefit with the expertise from Marianne it looks like it could be a tentative start to bringing their friendship back together.

I enjoyed this instalment in the series it opened up new questions for both Edward and Marianne.  Now in their mid fifties they were both experiencing an emotional hole in their lives.  The thought of filling that hole was proving too big a task with so many variables to contemplate.  Starting a relationship when you are young without any responsibilities is exciting, exhilarating and very carefree but when you have responsibilities that come from a long-standing relationship such as children, properties, employment starting anew is full of many hurdles to overcome.

The Alone Alternative had so many hurdles for Edward and Marianne to face.  I was captivated by the project they were to work on and with the prospect of blossoming romance it left you with a ‘will they won’t they’ feeling.  With the added drama and danger thrown in life for Edward and Marianne would never be the same again.

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this series by Linda MacDonald and my statement above stating that I could picture the story laid out in episodes for a TV drama stands true.  The author has created a contemporary romance that is relatable and believable with characters that have experienced life and much more.

I voluntarily reviewed an arc of both books. All opinions are my own and no content may be copied. However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes.

About the Author

Linda - Author PhotoLinda MacDonald is the author of four novels: Meeting Lydia and the stand-alone sequels, A Meeting of a Different Kind, The Alone Alternative and The Man in the Needlecord Jacket. All Linda’s books are contemporary adult fiction, multi-themed, but with a focus on relationship issues.

After studying psychology at Goldsmiths’, Linda trained as a secondary science and biology teacher. She taught these subjects for several years before moving to a sixth-form college to teach psychology. The first two novels took ten years in writing and publishing, using snatched moments in the evenings, weekends and holidays. In 2012, she gave up teaching to focus fully on writing.

Linda was born and brought up in Cockermouth, Cumbria and now lives in Beckenham in Kent.

Social Media links

Twitter:   http://www.twitter.com/LindaMac1

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

Oh! What a Pavlova by Isabella May Book Birthday Blitz

 

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Oh! What a Pavlova is celebrating a year since it’s debut back in 2017 and I’m so pleased to be involved in the celebration Book Birthday Blitz.

Oh! What a Pavlova is written by Isabella May and was her debut novel produced by Crooked Cat Books in October 2017.  The book is available to buy in ebook and paperback format.

To buy link (amazon UK):  myBook.to/pavlova

Product Details

Oh! What a Pavlova
Kate Clothier is leading a double life: a successful jet-setting businesswoman to the outside world, but behind closed doors, life with Daniel and his volcanic temper is anything but rosy.

Some days – heck, make that EVERY day – cake is her only salvation.

Slowly but surely, the cities she visits – and the men she meets – help her to realise there IS a better future.

And the ley lines of Glastonbury are certainly doing their best to impart their mystical wisdom…

But will she escape before it’s too late?

About the Author

Oh What a Author PicIsabella May lives in (mostly) sunny Andalucia, Spain with her husband, daughter and son, creatively inspired by the sea and the mountains. When she isn’t having her cake and eating it, sampling a new cocktail on the beach, or ferrying her children to and from after school activities, she can usually be found writing. As a co-founder and a former contributing writer for the popular online women’s magazine, The Glass House Girls – http://www.theglasshousegirls.com – she has also been lucky enough to subject the digital world to her other favourite pastimes, travel, the Law of Attraction, and Prince (The Purple One). She has recently become a Book Fairy, and is having lots of fun with her imaginative ‘drops’! Costa del Churros is her third novel with Crooked Cat Books, following on from the hit sensations, Oh! What a Pavlova and The Cocktail Bar.

Social Media Links –
http://www.isabellamayauthor.com
Twitter – @IsabellaMayBks
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/IsabellaMayAuthor/
Instagram – @isabella_may_author

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How We Remember by J. M. Monaco blogtour book review

 

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How We Remember written by J. M. Monaco, publisher RedDoor Publishing Ltd, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

The paperback is available to buy from all good book retailers including Waterstones, WHSmith and amazon.

To buy link (amazon UK):  https://amzn.to/2zH1msF

Product Details

Family Secrets. Sibling Rivalries

The blood ties that have kept Jo and her brother Dave together are challenged when an unexpected inheritance fans the flames of underlying tensions. Upon discovering her mother’s diary, the details of their family’s troubled past are brought into sharp relief and painful memories are reawakened.

Narrated with moments of light and dark, J. M. Monaco weaves together past and present, creating a complex family portrait of pain and denial in this remarkable debut novel.

Perfect for fans of Anne Tyler and Sylvia Brownrigg, this is a novel that will stay with you long after you stop turning the pages.

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I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book. All opinions are my own and no content may be copied. However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes.

I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting J. M. Monaco’s debut novel.

How We Remember is a remarkable debut novel by J. M. Monaco, it’s a compelling story full of raw, honest encounters that leave scars on the characters lives forever.  The author has created characters that get imprinted on your heart and their story will move you and you will be thinking of them often afterwards.  The author J. M. Monaco isn’t afraid to divulge to the reader life with all it’s beauty and all it’s darkest times.  As a reader you are following this journey with the characters and experience every bump along the journey of life with them.

Jo O’Brien has returned back home to the states following the death of her mother.  Whilst reminiscing during the clear out of her mother’s belongings memories and secrets from the past emerge in vivid dreams.  Memories that are quite dark at times leaving Jo very unsettled.  Jo’s childhood, with her older brother Dave, was a little dysfunctional and Jo would very often daydream about the typical American family, which was so far different to her own.

Shocks and surprises are learnt and whilst overcoming grief Jo has to learn to understand events from her past that have defined who she is now.

This story was very profound, I was drawn to Jo and I felt many emotional pulls whilst travelling through her journey of the past and present.

The ending was very bittersweet and once again my emotions got the better of me.

A story that was at times hard hitting but it’s a story of life and all that is thrown your way.  It’s a story about the complexities of people and of a family who stumble and fall many a time but continue to get up trying to close the door on the darkness.

About the Author

J.M. Monaco grew up in the northeast region of the USA where she studied English and Creative Writing at undergraduate level. She worked in a variety of areas before taking up postgraduate studies in England where she completed her PhD. She now lives in a buzzing city in the South West of England with her husband and children.

Social Media links:

Website:  https://jmmonacofirstperson.wordpress.com/

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/jm_monaco2

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

 

The Winter That Made Us by Kate Field blogtour book review

 

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The Winter That Made Us written by Kate Field, publisher Accent Press, is available in ebook and paperback format from 20th September 2018.

The paperback is available to buy from all good book retailers including Waterstones, Book Depository and amazon.  The ebook is available to download in amazon kindle, iBooks and kobo.

To buy link (Waterstones UK):  https://bit.ly/2D5ivA1

To buy link (amazon UK):  https://amzn.to/2OyVmaw

To buy link (Book Depository):  https://bit.ly/2D5bCPf

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When Tess finds herself unexpectedly alone and back in Ribblemill, the childhood village she thought she’d escaped, she’s sure she can survive a temporary stay. She’s spent a lifetime making the best of things, hasn’t she?
Determined to throw herself into village life, Tess starts a choir and gathers a team of volunteers to restore the walled garden at Ramblings, the local stately home. Everything could be perfect, if she weren’t sharing a cottage and a cat with a man whose manner is more prickly than the nettles she’s removing…
As winter approaches, Tess finds herself putting down her own roots as fast as she’s pulling them up in the garden. But the ghosts of the past hover close by, and Tess must face them if she’s to discover whether home is where her heart has been all along.

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I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book. All opinions are my own and no content may be copied. However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes.

I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Kate Field’s latest book: The Winter That Made Us.

When you finish reading a novel and instantly want to buy all the books that the author has written and also that this is a new author to you … this is truly how I felt reading The Winter That Made Us by Kate Field.  I’ve since learnt that The Winter That Made Us is the second visit to the fictional Yorkshire village of Ribblemill, it didn’t hinder or spoil me that I hadn’t read The Magic of Ramblings and I can honestly say that the book can be read as a standalone.  However, I loved the village and it’s inhabitants mixed with the author’s style of writing that I’m eager to read The Magic of Ramblings.

The Winter That Made Us was just such a beautiful story.  It was a wonderful story set in a charming Yorkshire village with it’s inhabitants pulling together bringing an overgrown walled garden that had been long forgotten back to life.  It was also a story of two lost souls who have suffered greatly in the past that are still haunted by their pain.  A story that brings people together and somehow the magic and charm of the woods and the garden gives a helping hand in placing people that need that little bit extra in touch with others that need the same.

Tess has moved back to her home village under a shroud of secrecy.  Tess outwardly looks shiny and bright and full of positivity but you can sense that something is troubling her.  Wanting her own space she decides to rent a cottage in the village unaware that the cottage has also been offered to Noah too.  However, the cottage is big enough for two and has plenty of independent space so a house share agreement is made.  Life back home near her parents isn’t all plain sailing for Tess and many obstacles were to come her way.

Noah has lived in the village all his life.  He’s rugged with a strong outward looking personality but a tragic event in his past has left him struggling emotionally and physically.  Noah knows his limitations but to someone new, like Tess, he can appear rude and unsociable.  The more we see of Noah the more we get to learn of his vulnerability.

I felt like Tess and Noah had had fate play a hand in placing them together as housemates.  Two lost souls each covering up heartaches and tragedies from their past but together they were learning to accept and overcome barriers.  It was like they were finding an inner strength within themselves to help the other.

I loved the community spirit with the restoration of the walled garden, it was inspiring and so heart warming to read.

A gorgeous story that I devoured.  It made my heart sigh a time or two and I was welling up with joyous emotion.  Heartfelt and joyful, I can’t wait for more from Kate Field.

About the Author

katefieldauthorphotoKate writes contemporary women’s fiction, mainly set in her favourite county of Lancashire, where she lives with her husband, daughter and hyperactive cat.
She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association.

Kate’s debut novel, The Magic of Ramblings, won the RNA’s Joan Hessayon Award for new writers in 2017.

Social Media Links –
Twitter: @katehaswords
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KateFieldAuthor/

 

Another Rebecca by Tracey Scott-Townsend blogtour guest post

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Another Rebecca written by Tracey Scott-Townsend, publisher Wild Pressed Books, is available in ebook format from 13th September 2018.

To buy link (amazon UK):  https://amzn.to/2oQ7yYZ

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A gripping psychological family drama about Rebecca Grey, a sensitive girl who’s spent her childhood caring for her alcoholic mother, Bex. They lurch from one poverty-stricken situation to another until Rebecca is hospitalised with exhaustion. While there, she has an illness-triggered hallucination which entangles her deeper than ever into her mother’s psyche. As an art student, Rebecca can’t understand why she is repeatedly impelled to paint a white horse in a blue landscape. And then there is the boy with yellow hair who she glimpses from the corner of her eye.
Bex’s life was frozen by a shocking tragedy when she was nineteen. Her ‘great grief’ caused her to make a decision which nobody must ever find out about. Rebecca has been implicated in her mother’s lies since the moment of her birth, a fact that her father, Jack, has no inkling of.
As Rebecca gets to know her father’s new family, the gap between her and her mother widens. The mystery of Bex’s dark past comes into focus when an old woman she has never met contacts Rebecca, claiming to be her grandmother.
The thunder of hooves is getting closer for both Rebecca and Bex and the blond-haired boy is more and more often in Rebecca’s dreams. Can Bex continue to keep Rebecca in the dark about the circumstances of her birth, or will the final twist in her tail set Rebecca free to make a new life of her own?
Adapted from a short story written by the author when she was an art student, Another Rebecca was inspired by the painting There is no Night by Jack B. Yeats.

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the re-launch of the updated and enhanced version of Another Rebecca by Tracey Scott-Townsend. Tracey Scott-Townsend has prepared an interesting post for my blog giving us an insight into the thought process behind Another Rebecca.

How There is No Night led to Another Rebecca by Tracey Scott-Townsend

In 1988 my five-and-a-half-year relationship with a boyfriend I met almost as soon as I started university had ended. I lived alone in my flat in one of the roughest areas of Hull, but it was okay because I had lived in that area before and not ended up murdered – as (don’t quote me) a larger percentage of people than in any other area of the city had – on an adjoining street. My first-floor flat had rattling windows and no heating apart from a gas fire in the front room (I can’t believe how hardy I was then; my brother couldn’t believe how icy it was when he drove me back there after a pre-Christmas visit home), but I was happy there. I had no television and hardly spoke to anyone from one day to the next, apart from when I was at art-college, and I dedicated myself to making art and writing my dissertation. Unexpectedly, at the same time, my fiction writing flowed more fluidly than ever from the tip of my pen and my fingers on the typewriter keys.

I napped during the day and stayed up late into the early hours of the morning, writing poems, short stories and a radio play. I hand-wrote the first draft of what eventually became my first novel The Last Time We Saw Marion (accepted for publication by Inspired Quill in 2013). One night I stayed up exceptionally late. I remember the moment I started writing a story – in blue ink – in the pages of a hardback exercise book. I’d been inspired by a painting my tutor had directed me to on my degree course. The painting was called There is No Night, by the Irish painter Jack B. Yeats, brother of the poet, William. Lots of swirly paint in blues, greens and lilac depicts a white horse galloping across a landscape. A smeary figure in the foreground looks like a man in a prone position, propping himself up on his elbow. I imagined him whistling to his horse. That painting was the driver behind the short story that became my novel Another Rebecca (originally published by Inspired Quill; enhanced and re-released by Wild Pressed Books, September 2018). The short story contained all the elements of the novel, just – shorter. The hallucination scene (Rebecca’s in hospital with a high fever) which has become the prologue of the new version of the book, is derived entirely from the painting. After that, elements of my own youth helped form the character of Rebecca. The alcoholism of her mother, Bex, was something I was familiar with from a family member. The locations of the book: Skegness, Lincoln, Leicestershire and Ireland are all places that had significance in my life, too. When I wrote the original story, my favourite author was Alice Hoffman. I loved her use of magical realism and I think that influenced my writing at the time and I’m really glad I wrote the story in 1989, because I’m not sure I would have been able to make it so fresh if I’d started it from scratch today.

I spent a fair amount of time feeling lonely as a young person. I left home in 1980, two or three months before my eighteenth birthday. At first I lived with my older sister, then I lodged in a room in someone else’s house. After that I moved into a small flat of my own. I was doing my A’ Levels at college and working evenings in a nightclub. But it was all the alone-time that gave route to my imagination and creativity – this was before smartphones and handheld games, and no TV for me. Music, books, drawing and writing were my passion. Loneliness had a positive result.

Fast-forward to 1989 and I’m living in my upstairs flat in Hull, alone again after the break-up of a long-term relationship. I have to lug my bicycle up and down a carpeted flight of stairs every time I go out. There’s a ‘brothel’ opposite and shouting often breaks out on the street at night. But I never feel insecure – until the day I hear banging in the locked room at the back of my flat. Dry-mouthed, I call the police on my heavy old dial-up phone, only to discover when I eventually dare to peer out of the bedroom window into the yard that it’s only my landlord. Good job because it was twenty minutes before a policeman arrived! After clearing it out, the landlord awarded the room to me at no extra rent so it was a win-win. I have such fond memories of that flat, and of 1989, when two of my novels were born.

antoher rebecca flat now
My upper flat, looking a bit smarter these days (and probably heated, too!)

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About the Author

Tracey Scott Townsend Author PicTracey is the author of four novels, The Last Time We Saw Marion, (2014) Of His Bones (stand-alone sequel to The Last Time We Saw Marion, 2017) and The Eliza Doll (2016). Another Rebecca was originally published by Inspired Quill in 2015 but has been enhanced and has a beautiful new cover for its re-release in September 2018 by Wild Pressed Books. Tracey’s novels have been described as both poetic and painterly.
Tracey is also a poet and a visual artist. All her work is inspired by the emotions of her own experiences and perceptions. She has a Fine Art MA (University of Lincoln) and a BA Hons Visual Studies (Humberside Polytechnic). She has exhibited throughout the UK (as Tracey Scott). Most importantly, she is the mother of four grown-up children, who have astonished and inspired her.

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