On the 20th day of #TCRXmas I bring you another fab and festive guest post, this time from Katie Stephens. Katie is the author of two novels, ‘Candles on the Sand’ and ‘Catching Lightning‘. I haven’t had the chance to check Katie’s books yet, but they do sound very interesting as Katie takes on on some very exotic locations (Amalfi Coast and Kenya). Katie is also offering one of you a chance to win an E-BOOK of ‘CATCHING LIGHTNING’, so make sure you enter through the rafflecopter at the end of this post. Many thanks to Katie for taking part in #TCRXmas and hope you enjoy her post.
All I want for Christmas…
Well the obvious is health and happiness for my family, oh and calorie free chocolate but with my writer’s head on I had a good think about this and didn’t come up with material things, rather an experience, or two.
What I would really like for Christmas is to spend the festivities with my book characters. When writing a book your characters become like family – you might not like them all but you have an undeniable bond with them. You get to know them better than you know some of your real family and yet, sadly, you never get to meet them. I often find myself wondering what my characters are up to when I finish writing and maybe one day I will go back and revisit their lives. But for now, I would love to go and spend Christmas with them. And what different Christmases they would be. I would love to go to San Lavello, the Italian setting of my first book, Candles on the Sand, and have lunch at Villa Romanesca with Anna and Dante, to find out how the wedding business is going and sit out on the terrace and admire the views. It would be so special to go and eat pasta with Leonora in the Marina Cucina and see how Elisa and Mirko are getting on and go to a Christmas craft class at the Hotel San Lavello and catch up with Cynthia and Salvatore. It would be such a wonderful experience to walk through the streets and finally meet these people that are so dear to me.
However, a Christmas in Kamuti, with Mel and Sam from Catching Lightning would be a whole different experience. No sumptuous Italian food or Mediterranean views, but to go back to Kenya is a dream of mine. Christmas in Kamuti, with the orphans and children at the centre would be so special. These children who have so little would bring another dimension to Christmas. It would be so special to go to the church and have Marty, the vicar, conduct the service on Christmas morning (and see if he and Kerry are still together), to sip a G and T with Jeremy on the veranda and see Sam dress up as Santa for the children.
To me Christmas is all about family and seeing my family at Christmas, be they real or fictional is all I want for Christmas.
Catching Lightning by Katie Stephens
Published on 23.1.2015
Genres: women's fiction
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Is there ever a right time and place for love?
Can one ever tell when or where it will strike?
Can the love of a man win over the loathing of his country?
You never know where or when lightning will strike, but when it happens on a trip back to Kenya to bury your parents you know the timing isn’t great.
Mel has spent the past 14 years resenting her parents for abandoning her at a boarding school in England while they went back to Kenya, a country she had come to hate, to run an orphanage and school for their charity. A tragic accident forces her to return to Kamuti for her parents’ funeral, forcing her to face her fear of flying and hatred for the place which has now stolen her parents from her for good. But meeting the people who meant so much to her parents and above all the gorgeous, England-educated Sam was not part of the plan.
Finding her mother’s diaries reveals a lot of unanswered questions and the discovery of a detailed itinerary of a trip round Kenya that her parents dreamed of making with her makes Mel realise that maybe she has had things wrong all these years.
Will taking the trip help her find her answers? Will visiting the most beautiful and memorable locations of the land make her fall in love with the man, the country, neither or both?
When Mel discovers the ultimate painful secret about her past and loses her job as a teacher at a posh girls’ school, she has one final choice to make – as they say lightening only strikes once.
Thanks to lovely Katie, I’m giving away an E-BOOK of CATCHING LIGHTNING. The giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY and closes on 29th December. Winner will be contacted by e-mail or on twitter and will have 48 hours to claim their prize. If we don’t hear from them, we’ll pick a new winner. Best of luck, guys and thanks for reading!