Hello and hope you having a good Monday, I have a guest post for you today. The author, Nicola May, talks about Inspiring Places to Write In, as part of the Blog Tour organized for her latest book release The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay. Happy Reading.
Thank you Rachel for being a fantastic blogger and blog tour organiser. For book reviews, do check out the other participating blogs on this tour.
Praise for Nicola May’s books
‘This book will twang your funny bone & your heartstrings’ – Milly Johnson
‘A fun and flighty read’ the Sun
‘A funny and fast-paced romp – thoroughly enjoyable!’ WOMAN Magazine
Rosa Larkin is down on her luck in London, so when she inherits a near-derelict corner shop in a quaint Devon village, her first thought is to sell it for cash and sort out her life. But nothing is straightforward about this legacy. While the identity of her benefactor remains a mystery, he – or she – has left one important legal proviso: that the shop cannot be sold, only passed on to somebody who really deserves it.
Rosa makes up her mind to give it a go: to put everything she has into getting the shop up and running again in the small seaside community of Cockleberry Bay. But can she do it all on her own? And if not, who will help her succeed – and who among the following will work secretly to see her fail?
There is a handsome rugby player, a sexy plumber, a charlatan reporter and a selection of meddling locals. Add in a hit and run incident and the disappearance of a valuable engraved necklace – and what you get is a journey of self-discovery and unpredictable events.
With surprising and heartfelt results, Rosa, accompanied at all times by her little sausage dog Hot, will slowly unravel the shadowy secrets of the inheritance, and also bring her own, long-hidden heritage into the light.
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Firstly, I’d like to say thanks so much for inviting me all the way to sunny India and 27 Book Street. (You are most welcome Nicola – Bee)
When you asked me about my favourite, inspiring places to write, I thought I’d look first to see what a few other writers had been up to.
Most of you will be aware that J. K Rowling famously penned her best-selling Harry Potter books in a coffee shop in Edinburgh in Scotland, and she’s not the only one. Ernest Hemingway, Henrik Ibsen, TS Elliott and F Scott Fitzgerald all favoured writing in cafes over quiet home offices, claiming that the bustle of real life unfolding before them helped to stir the creative juices.
And so, to me, I would love to say that I head off to my coastal retreat down in the beautiful south west of England and gaze out of the window as the tides change, and the sun goes up and down. Sadly, that’s not the case. Not yet, anyway.
I actually prefer to write at home, under my duvet, in my bed. Which does nothing for my ‘writer’s back’ but does everything for my concentration. As long as I’m under those covers, I don’t feel obliged to get up and do any chores.
Sometimes if the words are flowing, I forgot to eat and drink for hours. Luckily my rescue cat, Stan comes in, now and then to shout his catering requirements, which means at least then I get up and fuel myself too.
I am not a complete hermit though, as if I need to get some new plots moving, then I head for the Queen’s back garden. Well, I say her back garden, I live very close to Windsor Great Park, which is an outstanding area of natural beauty that leads up to her castle. It is an extremely picturesque and calming place to walk, think, breath in the fresh air and when I get back into my writing bed, my ideas flow out of my open mind.
The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay is my ninth romantic comedy novel. And, if you choose to read it, I really do hope you enjoy it.
Now, an international giveaway from the author, Yay 🙂
Giveaway – Win x 3 Paperback copies of The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay (Open Internationally)
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Don’t forget to follow the lovely Nicola on Social Media,participate in the giveaway and grab a copy of the book if you just can’t wait to read it 🙂
Award winning author Nicola May lives in Ascot in Berkshire with her rescue cat Stanley. Her hobbies include watching films that involve a lot of swooning, crabbing in South Devon, eating flapjacks and enjoying a flutter on the horses. Inspired by her favourite authors Milly Johnson and Carole Matthews, Nicola writes what she describes as chicklit with a kick.
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