Georgia Rose is one of my favorite writers and bloggers, and she has a new book coming out, called Parallel Lies, on September 12th.I thought it might be nice to give all y’all (that’s plural of y’all) a preview so I asked her to visit me today.
Her gift to my followers is her favorite scene in Parallel Lies. When I asked her to pick, here is what she said:
Oooh! Decisions, decisions. How on earth do you pick a favourite? Many in Parallel Lies had their moments, while some I would not want to repeat. It came down to something involving one of my favourite characters, Diane, who has already been described in a review as ‘a wonderfully free spirited woman in her 60s’.
My protagonist, Madeleine, Maddy to her friends, and Diane are very close and some of the best conversations happen between them. I loved writing these! I could easily imagine myself sitting and typing the scenes, while in that kitchen perched on a stool at the end of the pine table as I earwigged on the two of them. I’ve chosen a short taster in an attempt to whet your appetite for more, oh, and you also get to meet Cat…
From Parallel Lies:
‘…I push the door wider and enter a place that resembles The Burrow, home of the Weasleys. Admittedly there’s no actual, obvious, magic going on but that doesn’t matter, it’s the atmosphere, the ambience. There’s a large range with pots and pans piled up all over it and a huge black kettle coming to a boil. Bunches of plants hang drying from the ceiling and Diane is standing at the worn and well-scrubbed pine table using a pestle to mash stuff together in a huge grey stone mortar. The smell is divine. Woody, spicy scents mingle with citrus and flowers, all natural and raw, every element, fresh and dried, combining in a heady mix, and I take a deep breath as I put the cakes I bought onto the table.
“Can I do anything to help?” I ask, knowing what the answer is likely to be.
“No, no, no, just take a seat.” And the minute I do Cat leaps onto my lap and I push him off. It is common belief that he is Diane’s familiar, and I’m not a fan. He is stereotypically black and Diane is adamant that he is not hers hence the fact that he doesn’t have a name, other than Cat. He simply arrived one day, she once told me, and as far as Diane is concerned he is a free spirit, able to come and go as he wishes. He disappears for long periods of time which doesn’t worry Diane a jot as she believes that he is off helping people who need him.
I’m not convinced and think he is merely tomcatting around but not wishing to ruin Diane’s vision of him as a cat in shining armour I keep quiet on the subject.
Diane finishes mashing whatever it is she’s working on and turns her attention to a vat of simmering liquid on the range. I peer into the mortar to see an uninspiring brown sludge at the base and briefly wonder what it might be used for.
My thoughts are interrupted by a bowl of golden broth being placed in front of me, a hunk of homemade bread at its side. There is no ceremony here, no side plates needed and I break off a piece of the bread and dunk it into the soup. It is flavoursome, and hearty and I make soft noises of appreciation.’
My name is Madeleine, Madeleine Ross. It is a name chosen with thought and
because it is classy, and that is what is needed here…’
Madeleine Ross has life exactly as she planned it.
Cosy cottage, friendly village, satisfying job.
Company… when she wants it.
Blurb for Parallel Lies:
It’s an enviable existence for an independent young woman, and one she’s keen to protect.
Enter Daniel – strong, dependable and a danger to everything she’s built. He’s not something she was looking for, but hearts can’t be controlled and maybe, just maybe he might be worth letting into hers.
But, all is not what it seems. Because Madeleine is hiding a lifetime of secrets. Deep secrets. And they never stay buried for ever.
Her darkest secret returns, like the proverbial bad penny. He is her first love, shadowy, dangerous, the baddest of bad boys. No matter how far she runs, or how well she hides, she can never escape him.
Or her past.
Here he is, on her doorstep, with a proposition she is powerless to resist but which could devastate the future she hoped to have.
Can Madeleine satisfy the old love while keeping the new?
You can’t always get what you want but, desperate to preserve the life she has worked so hard for, Madeleine is willing to risk everything to prove that she can.
You can pre-order Parallel Lies by clicking here: getbook.at/ParallelLies
But wait! There’s also a Giveaway for you to enter, should you wish!
About the Author (lots of good information!)
Georgia Rose is a writer and the author of the romantic and suspenseful Grayson Trilogy books: A Single Step, Before the Dawn and Thicker than Water. A short story, The Joker, based on a favorite character from the series followed and is free to download from Amazon.
Her fourth novel, Parallel Lies, a standalone to be released on 12 September 2017, encompasses crime along with Georgia’s usual blending of genre. Georgia’s background in countryside living, riding, instructing and working with horses has provided the knowledge needed for some of her storylines; the others are a product of her overactive imagination!
Georgia prefers silence to noise, and, being socially inept likes to stay in rather than go out. She is thankful she grew up in an age before online dating apps and when everyone carried a camera, as at least all the horrifyingly embarrassing moments of her life can only replay in the confines of her own head.
Her busy life is set in a tranquil part of rural Cambridgeshire in the UK where she lives with her much neglected husband and dog. Their son, currently at university, comes and goes and their daughter, having delighted them all for long enough, has eventually moved out, got married, and is discovering the joys of being all grown up and having a mortgage!
You can find her:
On Twitter: @GeorgiaRoseBook
On Facebook: Facebook
And there is a Grayson Trilogy page on Facebook: The Grayson Trilogy FB Page
I reviewed Thicker Than Water from Georgia’s Grayson Trilogy for Rosie’s Book Review Team (https://saylingaway.wordpress.com/2015/11/26/book-review-thicker-than-water/)
and I wrote “Georgia Rose is quickly becoming the queen of romantic adventure..”
Get on Kindle and order Georgia Rose’s latest: PARALLEL LIES
Thanks for doing a guest post for me, Georgia. It was lovely to have you!