today we’re thrilled to welcome lovely Amanda Prowse to our blog with a guest post as part of her blog tour for ‘The Christmas Cafe’. ‘The Christmas Cafe’ was published as kindle at the end of August and in just few short days (22nd October) it will be released by Head of Zeus as paperback. We’ll be reading it soon and sharing our thoughts, but judging from the cover and blurb it looks like a great Christmassy read. We’d like to thank MidasPR for inviting us to be part of the blog tour and to lovely Ms Prowse for visiting our blog today. Here’s the lovely blog tour poster and make sure you visit the other hosts for more awesome content.
Introducing Bea in The Christmas Café
Thank you so much to you and all your readers for having me on your lovely Blog!
The Christmas Café features 53-year-old Bea, a recent widow, trying to come to terms with the fact that she might be on her own forever. Still struggling with grief, she works hard in her popular deli and café in a fashionable Sydney suburb, hoping that she will be able to distract herself from the death of her husband, whilst attempting to give her life a new kind of meaning. I guess this is her dream at the start of the book – to get herself up and running again.
I often write about older women finding love, keen to expose the truth that just because you aren’t 27, a size 12 with glossy hair and a glowing future you can still be a sexy woman with adventure and love just around the corner. This is precisely what happens to Bea when her old and new lives collide and she is forced to go on a journey of self-discovery that leads her to places she could never have imagined.
I really like Bea, she’d definitely be someone that I would be friends with. She faces her fears and steps out of her comfort zone to grab life and reclaim happiness! A fine example to us all. X
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Amanda has always obsessively crafted short stories and scribbled notes for potential books. Six years ago, she quit her job as a management consultant and began writing full time. Her first book, Poppy Day is a contemporary novel following an army wife whose incredible love for her husband gives her the courage to set out to rescue him after he was taken hostage in Afghanistan. Originally self-published in October 2011, Poppy Day quickly became a bestseller and Amanda joined the prestigious Head of Zeus publishing house.
The second in the No Greater Love series, ‘What Have I Done?’ was an eBook sensation where women worldwide identified with the theme of domestic abuse in middle class households and it was subsequently voted a ‘Best Book of 2013’ by Amazon Kindle. Amanda followed this by joining the team of the ITV This Morning show as their resident author in 2013.
All of Amanda’s books in the No Greater Love series share one common theme – the main characters are ordinary women who find themselves in extraordinary situations where their strength, resourcefulness and determination is tested to their very limits.
Amanda’s ambition is to create stories that keep people from turning the bedside lamp off at night, great characters that ensure you take every step with them and tales that fill your head so you can’t possibly read another book until the memory fades…
Bea does not believe in second chances.
A widow at fifty-three, Bea knows she must accept that she will be alone forever. She buries her grief in hard work, and soon the deli she runs in Surry Hills has a reputation for the best carrot cake in Sydney.
But then an email from a cafe-owner in Edinburgh leads her to take a trip to Scotland in the depths of winter. There, transported by the twinkling lights and falling snow of a traditional Christmas, Bea is drawn back to a secret past – and a secret love – that she has long ago tried to forget…
Amanda Prowse will be appearing at the Southampton’s Festival of Words on Tuesday 27th October, for more information go HERE.