Hi Tea - and thanks for inviting me back!
Great to see you here again Zara. How's things on the other side of the globe?
Right now it’s cold and miserable here in the UK and I’d love to be over where you are. But, although I’m always keen to go off in search of the sun, there are some part of the UK that I love, and Cornwall, where Good Enough to Trust is set, is one of them. The story is about Sophie ‘Going back’ – but it gave me a chance to revisit a gorgeous place as well. (Oh, if only the sun would shine…)
I love Cornwall, but most specifically the north Cornish coastline around Tintagel and Padstow. There is a huge contrast between the villages and towns, but for me it’s all about the dramatic coastline, and the mystical, magical air of the place.
I’ve spent more hours than I’ll admit to in the tiny shops, finding out about the gemstones and the qualities they are supposed to hold, persuading my son that he really doesn’t need a life size replica of an Arthurian sword, and dragging him out for long walks exploring the region that is synonymous with King Arthur. (Magic is a great lever for getting kids out and about!)
Exploring the coast always does a brilliant job of knotting up and frizzing (yup, both!) my long curly hair – windblown is a mild way of putting it – but it’s worth it! For me, there’s a certain magic about the costal path, the way you turn a corner and suddenly reach the castle at Tintagel, and I think the wild weather adds to it! The waves are often crashing against the rocks, the wind whipping up the surf as seals bob about by the beach, and quite often there is a mist that coupled with the high hedges down the Cornish lanes makes the whole place mysterious.
I also love the legend of King Arthur – even if you don’t buy into it, the castle is an impressive place, and you can walk down to the tiny beach and explore the cave that could have once been lived in by Merlin – there’s certainly a romance that appeals to the writer in me. Where’s my knight in shining armour?
Sophie does more than just visit the dramatic coast though. For me the real heart of the region lies a short way inland, where you can walk along paths through the trees that pilgrim’s once followed, explore the ruins of churches, soak in the atmosphere – imagine the faeries and nymphs at the waterfall, and the knights riding through the natural beauty of the woods….
Well, it isn’t exactly sun-bathing weather in Cornwall yet, so I’m off to Barcelona for the weekend (which is where my other new release is set!) – it’s hard work this research business, and I’m going to have to drink wine, eat tapas, sit in the sun….
See you soon!
Thanks for dropping by. Have a fantastic time and don't work too hard on the research! Anyone who hasn't experienced the magic that is Cornwall I recommend a quick trip!
GOOD ENOUGH TO TRUST (Good Enough, Book 2 – Going Back)
An erotic romance, including menage, M/F/M and sex outdoors.
Do you trust the boy you loved, or the man you might?
Sophie has only one thing on her New Year’s resolution list – sorting out her life.
Losing her parents was hard, blaming herself hurt more – but was it really her fault, or was accepting the guilt easier than facing up to the truth?
Retracing her steps was never going to be easy, risking her heart again is even harder - and when there's two men to choose from will it be easier to trust the man she's never stopped loving, or the one that might give her the new start she needs?
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