If you are a fan of historic novels, I can highly recommend Jane’s books to you. There is plenty of romance and passion, but also a great deal of deceit and scandal. As part of the blog tour for The Tainted Love of a Captain, Jane has written a short piece on the setting of her latest book. Be sure to check out the other blogs on this tour for more exclusive content (I will add the blog tour banner at the end of this post).

The Tainted Love of a Captain: A great research break in Brighton by Jane Lark

I went to Brighton in the autumn of 2015 because if I can l like to go to the places where I am setting a book. But you can imagine the Brighton of today is very different to the Brighton of the 1800s so it took a lot of imagination to try to picture the scene years before as we walked along the seafront looking up at the illuminated pier and entertainments.

We ate, we being my husband and me, at the fish and liquor bar on the front, and looked out watching the sun set and listening to the sea at high tide as it washed up over the shingle stirring the pebbles. It made me think of the sounds of Brighton in the 1800s, the sea would be the same, the noise of people would be the same. Add carriages then and remove music. Yet perhaps someone might be calling out to sell something, or whistling. Gradually the imagination paints a different picture on a setting.

We walked up into the town to visit the one place that I knew was there without much research at all, The Royal Pavilion. Now there is something that is very easy to view aristocratic Regency life in, it is as pompous as ever; it’s like walking through the Harry Potter sets, only these rooms were lived in and used in real life. There are giant life-like dragons holding up the chandeliers with their claws, and serpents swooping over the windows, holding the fabric of the cornices. The whole place is designed to impress and amuse. By the time of my characters though the days of entertaining at the Pavilion were over so you will only see the outside of The Royal Pavilion in the book.

Another real setting that appears in the story is the Lanes in Brighton, to be honest I am not sure they would have been called that in Harry’s day but sometimes it’s better to use the words that people know today rather than confuse the reader. But the Lanes are a part of Brighton that would have been the same in the 1800s, a labyrinth of narrow cobbled streets with bow windowed shop fronts. So, it was one place I could describe now as then.

If you ever go to Brighton, the shopping in the Lanes is great, it’s full of quirky, jewellery and antique shops, and all the above places are definitely worth a visit.

About the book

The sounds and scents of the Crimean War are strangling Harry Marlow, shutting him off and silently smothering his soul. But he is a soldier and that is his life, and he can see nothing else besides that. So why should he care when a woman watches him? His life is not one to share with a woman, other than for a few moments in his bed.

When a woman is already drowning so deeply in sin she is without any fear of judgement – what can it matter if she chooses to begin a new affair? It is like escape to choose her own man and Captain Marlow is the perfect candidate for a dalliance. All she has to do is obtain an introduction…

I am kicking off the blog tour for Teresa F. Morgan’s newest release, Meet Me at Wisteria Cottage, today. As part of the blog tour stop, Teresa has kindly written a short piece about her writing process.

My writing process by Teresa F. Morgan

I suppose I’m a bit of a seats of pants writer. I’m not great at plotting, I tend to find my best ideas come to me as I type.  I know A needs to get B etc. And I know what certain scenes I want in the storyline, but the rest really does flow from my head, down my body and out my fingertips. I have to type too. I can’t write the story, only jotting down notes. But even then, I like to put my notes into OneNote. The more I write, the more characters develop too, so I find myself going back through the novel to edit these titbits in. 

 Unfortunately I can only write part time, as I work Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays, so I’m left three days midweek to crack on with the writing. If real life doesn’t get in the way too much, I make sure I write these days. 

I have from about 9am until 3pm while the boys are at school. I can’t write for a whole six hours – it would cripple me (I suffer with RSI – repetitive strain injury) – and there is housework (boo!) and a budgie, Rio to attend. 

A lot of writers give the advice of writing 1000 words a day. I just can’t do that, especially because of the days I’ve worked plus at weekends I want to make sure I enjoy life. It’s where we get our inspirations from after all. Living is research! 

Therefore, I’ve set myself a target of 3000 words a week. This is doable for me, and I’ve worked out that a 90,000 word novel (which is approximately what I write) should take me 30 weeks to generate a first draft. So that’s my aim! Some weeks I’m getting more than 3000 words, so it’s all a bonus. 

If I put too much pressure on myself I’ll make myself miserable and stressed about the day to day stuff. I want to aim to get a book written a year, and this word count target makes it achievable.

About Meet Me at Wisteria Cottage

After her house is set on fire and her love life is left in tatters, Maddy Hart can’t believe her luck when a friend offers her the temporary haven of Wisteria Cottage. Overlooking the turquoise blue waters of the Cornish coast, the fresh air feels like a fresh start for her and her broken heart.

Peeking out of the cosy cottage windows, Maddy’ssurprised to see her gorgeous but insufferable neighbour Harry Tudor has been employed to landscape the garden. But as the wisteria winding its way around the cottage begins to bloom, an unlikely friendship starts to blossom…

About Teresa F. Morgan

Teresa F Morgan lives in sunny Weston-super-Maretrying to hold onto her Surrey accent where she originates from.

For years she persevered with boring jobs, until her two boys (and a budgie called Rio) joined her nest. In an attempt to find something to work around them, and to ensure she never endured full time boredom again, Teresa found writing.

Family holidays in Cornwall have lead to the scenic Cornish coastline and the city of Bristol being the back drop for Teresa’s novels.

She’s at her happiest baking cakes, putting proper home cooked dinners on the table (whether the kids eat them or not), reading a good romance, or sitting at her PC emptying herthoughts onto the screen.

Teresa loves writing contemporary romance, stories with a touch of escapism and creating heroes readers will fall in love with.

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Make sure you check out the other stops on this tour for more exclusive content from Teresa. 

Welcome back to Talk of the Town, a weekly link-up I am co-hosting with Shaz from Jera’s Jamboree. We’d love you to share your book related blog posts with us.  Please visit my Talk of the Town page if you are unsure of how a link-up works. We are looking forward to reading your blog posts.

I’ve received some fantastic book post during the last couple of days. Thank you so much dear publishers! As part of today’s TALK OF THE TOWN post, I am sharing my next few reads with you.

ALL OUR WRONG TODAYS by Elan Mastai

This book is a little out of my comfort zone (it’s a cross over a few genres – from literary fiction to science-fiction and a few others), but as soon as I read the description for this book, I was utterly compelled and eager to give it a go. I am currently reading this book and am about halfway through. It’s amazing!! I will be sharing my review in the coming weeks.

LOST for WORDS by Stephanie Butland

It was the tagline of this book that drew me in straight away: “You can trust a book to keep your secret… Plus, the cover is gorgeous (I can’t share it on here yet, as it has not been revealed, but keep an eye out on 19th February :-)). I cannot wait to start reading this book.

When I Was Invisible by Dorothy Koomson

I’ve heard quite a few positive things about Dorothy’s writing, but so far, I haven’t read any of her novels so I am very excited to be delving into this one soon.

The Good Daughter by Alexandra Burt

This novel is definitely one of my most anticipated reads for 2017. I’ve read Alexandra’s debut, Little Girl Gone, last year and was absolutely blown away by it. Such an amazing, compelling and thrilling read. I cannot wait to find out whether The Good Daughter will live up to my high expectations.

Which books are you reading next?

TALK OF THE TOWN is sponsored by Black and White Publishing who kindly support a monthly giveaway. Everyone who tweets with the hashtag #ToTT will be entered into this giveaway for either a single book or a book bundle.   The giveaway might be paperback (UK/ROI) or digital (UK/ROI/INTL).  The winner will be randomly selected using Tweetdraw and books will be sent directly from Black & White Publishing. If you are sharing my weekly post please include @bwpublishing if possible. Thank you :-). January’s winner is Suzie (@suzannawriter). Congratualtions!!

Showcase book of the month: The Last Day I Saw Her by Lucie Lawrie.


 

Welcome back to Talk of the Town, a weekly link-up I am co-hosting with Shaz from Jera’s Jamboree. We’d love you to share your book related blog posts with us.  Please visit my Talk of the Town page if you are unsure of how a link-up works. We are looking forward to reading your blog posts.

I didn’t manage to do any reading this week. With a brand new baby in the house (who very much likes staying awake during the night), I try and catch up on sleep whenever she is sleeping during the day. I love these newborn days though – there is nothing better than to look into the little person’s face and be overcome with absolute pride and joy.

For this week’s #ToTT, I wanted to  share this exciting event with you. I won’t be able to attend, but maybe that’s something of interest to you? On Monday, 13th February, four romance writers will get together at Tottenham Court Road Waterstones in London and discuss the Romance genre; how it has evolved over time – the impact of feminism and self-publishing – and where it is heading now. Audiences will also be offered a free glass of wine upon arrival. The four writers are: Isabelle Broom, Sarah Morgan, Nicole Cornick and Jean Fullerton. They will be interviewed by Fanny Blake, books editor for Woman & Home. More details for the event can be found here.

TALK OF THE TOWN is sponsored by Black and White Publishing who kindly support a monthly giveaway. Everyone who tweets with the hashtag #ToTT will be entered into this giveaway for either a single book or a book bundle.   The giveaway might be paperback (UK/ROI) or digital (UK/ROI/INTL).  The winner will be randomly selected using Tweetdraw and books will be sent directly from Black & White Publishing. If you are sharing my weekly post please include @bwpublishing if possible. Thank you :-).

Showcase book of the month: The Secret Life of Lucy Lovecake by Pippa James.

Welcome back to #TalkoftheTown, a weekly link-up I am co-hosting with Shaz from Jera’s Jamboree. We’d love you to share your book related blog posts with us.

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and a brilliant start to the New Year. I need to apologise for my lack of blog posts lately, but I do have a perfect excuse. We welcomed our second daughter on Monday. We are all doing well and very much enjoy our new family setting. My oldest daughter couldn’t be any prouder of becoming a big sister. She adores our new addition and literally does not let her out of her sight.

From one exciting bit of news to the next: Talk of the Town has a new sponsor, Black & White Publishing. I am a huge fan of this publishing house and have read so many great books and have discovered a wide array of new talented authors. Shaz and I are so pleased and cannot wait to share more details with you over the coming weeks.

About Black & White Publishing

Black & White Publishing was founded in 1999. Since then, they’ve grown into one of Scotland’s leading independent publishers with over 300 books in print across a variety of genres. Committed to publishing the best books from the most talented writers in the UK and beyond theyproduce an extensive range of titles, including general non-fiction,  biography,  sport and humour,  as well as selected fiction,  young adult and children’s books.

Each month, we will introduce one of their new releases to you. This month the chosen title is The Secret Life of Lucy Lovecake by Pippa James.

Daisy Delaney’s life is pancake-flat. A talented baker and passionate lingerie specialist, she has wound up with no one to bake for and a career that hasn’t proved successful. But when she starts a delicious relationship with famous French author-chef, Michel Amiel, everything begins to look a bit more exciting.
 
That is, until Michel’s bestselling cookbook is knocked off the top spot by newcomer ‘Lucy Lovecake’. His outdated recipes slide down the charts while the popularity of Lucy Lovecake’s new dating cookbook is rising like the perfect sponge.
 
As Daisy teeters on the brink of love, how can she ever tell Michel that she is the mysterious Lucy Lovecake? Could he ever forgive her for finishing off his career? And more importantly, does Daisy even want to be with a difficult, egotistical, down-on-his-luck Frenchman just as her career is beginning to take off? Especially when she has some other very interesting offers…