The Mistress of Pennington's Tour

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Welcome contemporary romance author, Alice Ross...

Hi Alice! So great to have you here and to be a part of your ongoing tour - wishing you much sales and success with your latest release, A SUMMER OF SECRETS! Let's kick off with my questions...

1.      What did you want to be when you grew up?
A ballet dancer. Or an astronaut. Or a ballet-dancing astronaut. 
2.      Coffee, tea or hot chocolate?
Water! Boring, I know. 
3.      What genre do you typically read? Why?
History books. Anything about dead monarchs, or second-cousins-thrice-removed from dead monarchs.
4.      Share a favourite childhood memory
Walking through our local, bluebell strewn woods with my granddad.
5.      Do you have any shameless addictions? ie. Tea, Books, Shoes, Clothes?
My violin. I love it. And exercise – bit of a junkie.
6.      What do you think is the biggest challenge of writing a new book?
For me it’s the first 20,000 words. Because I’m a rubbish planner, I always end up hurtling down a couple of blocked avenues at the start, before having that euphoric moment of “cracking it”.
7.      Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages a day?
A good day is 3,000+ words.
8.      What are your thoughts on writing a book series?
A Summer of Secrets is the second book in my Countryside Dreams series, and I’m now writing the winter instalment. It’s the first time I’ve written a series and I am absolutely loving bringing in characters who have featured in the previous books and intertwining them with new characters.

Summer of Secrets by Alice Ross 

Blurb: A perfect, feel-good summer read about love, life and family.
One long hot summer. Secrets never stay buried for long…

Portia is determined to restore Buttersley Manor, her family’s crumbling ancestral home, to its former glory. Yet she has a feeling that there are a few forgotten skeletons in the dust-covered cupboards.

Jenny has put her life on hold for far too long. It’s time to finally start living and to dig up those hopes and dreams she’s kept hidden all these years – but is she brave enough?

Rich is happily married with a beautiful wife and lovely daughter. In fact, his world is perfect until a very unexpected consequence of his past walks through the door…

Joe would like nothing more than to travel back in time to when he and Gina were happy. But is it too late to rescue what they once had?

One thing’s for sure, nothing’s ever quite what it seems when it comes to life in the country!

About Alice Ross

lice Ross used to work in the financial services industry where she wrote riveting, enthralling brochures about pensions and ISAs that everyone read avidly and no one ever put straight into the bin.

One day, when nobody was looking, she managed to escape. Dragging her personal chef (aka her husband) along with her, she headed to Spain, where she began writing witty, sexy, romps designed to amuse slightly more than pension brochures.

Missing Blighty (including the weather - but don't tell anyone), she returned five years later and now works part-time in the tourism industry.

When not writing, she can be found scratching out a tune on her violin, walking her dog in wellies two sizes too big (don't ask!), or standing on her head in a yoga pose.

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