Thank you so much for letting me showcase my forthcoming steamy action-romance novel SHANNON’S LAW. It’s the second in my PASSION PATROL series – stories where sassy female cops lock up the criminals and always get their man.
February marks the start of my “Pinterest Reveal Virtual Book Tour” in the run-up to the launch on the 28th February 2014.
Every day there are feature posts on topics relating to SHANNON’S LAW on blogs all around the world. They’re all linked together on one big Pinterest Board. Each post replaces a ‘mystery’ silhouette that was posted in January. I saved all my notes and photos as I was writing, on a private Pinterest Board and now I can share them with you.
Today’s subject is: Historical Venues – St Bartholomew’s Church Winchester, UK.
The pealing bells of St Bartholomew’s church on a still summer evening paints a picture of tradition and respectability. Shannon’s Law opens with such a scene. The calm is not to last for long…….
The church is modeled on the actual St Bartholemew’s in Winchester, the county town of Hampshire near to where I live in the UK. I became aware of the church when visiting the home of the poet Elizabeth Bewick whose flint cottage was just outside the churchyard. In Winchester one walks upon buried history in the very footsteps of kings. I wanted to capture the ambiance of the town with its flavor of wealth and privilege.
The opening words of the book are crucial to my writing of the whole story. The first sentence sets out the juxtaposition of the functioning world and the timeless reminder of mortality. The building itself dates back to before William the Conqueror. Originally it was used as a church for pilgrims and lay folk and was outside the fabulous Hyde Abbey which was largely destroyed by Henry VIII. He threw the Catholic Church out of England, pillaged their assets and set up his own brand of belief. A notable part of the abbey history was that it once housed the severed head of St Valentine – a gift from Queen Emma (wife of the infamous King Canute who tried to command the tide) in 1041.
As a stop press addition, there has just been a finding of bones in the abbey adjacent to the church. These are believed to be those of King Alfred himself. In Winchester folklore it has always been said that the king was buried in the grounds of the abbey. It is fascinating to me that this story has been handed down through generations for over a thousand years. This depth of history is something I have tried to capture in the book.
As I wrote that first sentence, the fabric of that church and the atmosphere of the evening were in the front of my mind:
Above the sound of pealing bells from St. Bartholomew’s church, the rasp of a motorcycle engine caught her ears.
Wild child inner-city cop Shannon Aguerri walks a dangerous line between her methods and justice. When the bosses lose their nerve, after yet another maverick mission, she is transferred to green pastures to play out the role of a routine village cop. When she encounters signs of slave and drug trafficking she homes in on serious millionaire criminals.
As a loner she has attracted men but nothing has stuck. When she meets Spencer, the hunky and widowed Earl of Bloxington, there is an immediate rapport between them. Their social differences mean nothing to their passion and need.
Already in the mix is an upper class female rival – who has long plotted her way into the Earl’s bed. The jealousy is an evil shade of green and the anger is a violent scarlet.
Often inhibited by a sense of duty and honour, Spencer is slow to reveal his feelings. When Shannon confronts him with the need to choose between her word and that of her rival, he does not immediately support her.
All issues are set aside, when they are forced together to carry out a desperate rescue mission. Their love is stronger than everything ranged against them.
SHANNON’S LAW comes out on February 28th 2014 in print and digital formats for all e-readers.
Amazon are offering some great discounts for pre-orders of the paperback version
See this post and others from my tour as they go live on Pinterest or click the Goddess Fish panel below to visit the other blogs in the tour.
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Win Amazon vouchers, copies of the book PLUS a free gift for every entrant (see prizes below).
The draw will be made at random, by Rafflecopter on the 7th March 2013.
In addition to SHANNON’S LAW, I’m launching a companion digital cook-book with illustrated recipes for all the meals from the novel.
It’s called COP’S KTICHEN – Read the love story and taste the romance!
To celebrate the launch of SHANNON’S LAW, there is a special FREE gift for you in my RAFFLECOPTER draw. As well as great, unique prizes to win, EVERY ENTRANT will get their own digital copy of – COP’S KITCHEN. There are many ways to get bonus chances – by commenting on this post, liking Facebook Pages etc.
Main Prizes in the Draw:
$30/£20/€25 Amazon Gift Voucher, 2 paperback copies of Shannon’s Law, 3 digital copies of Shannon’s Law.
Shannon’s Law comes out in paperback and digital formats for all e-readers
on February 28th 2014.
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