This week I was nominated for ‘The Respect Award’ by my writing friend Shehanne Moore and the irrepressible ‘Hamstah Dudes’. It means a lot to me coming from a lady I respect so much.
Shehanne writes unique historical romance. She has a fabulous blog that always guarantees a giggle and supports the writing community, across the world. If you haven’t visited it yet click on the link. Shehanne Moore Blog
The rules for this award are;
Display ‘The Respect Logo’
Thank the person who nominated you.
Answer the three questions
Nominate three individuals you respect.
So now for the questions:
What is respect and what does respect mean to you?
Respect is an emotion . It’s how you feel or treat someone or something. For me it’s an important emotion. I like to think people I care about respect me. I also believe it’s important to respect other peoples’ beliefs and ways of doing things, even if I don’t necessarily agree with them.
Who do you respect the most?
At this moment in time, I respect my daughter most. The last year has been life changing for her. She has matured so much and coped with what ever life has thrown at her, in a positive and sensitive way.
Check out the lovely poem she wrote for her baby son.
What do I respect most about myself?
This is difficult but I think it’s my optimistic outlook that I respect most about myself. I always try to see the positives in any situation. This helps me move forward, when life is challenging.
And now for my three nominations
Shehanne’s blog and website is a delight you can visit by clicking on the images below
What is your favourite line of poetry about a hamster? Oh okay, we mean a small furry creature, or animal
I don’t remember a poem about hamsters but I do like this poem by an Unknown Author about-‘A Dog’s Soul’. The line that encapsulates a dog completely is this one:
Altho’ his heart may break in two
His love will still be whole,
Because God gave to every dog
An understanding Soul!
.What was your favourite children’s book if it was not Mrs Tiggywinkle?
I loved horses as a child and read so many books about them, but the one that sticks in my mind is ‘Black Beauty’ by Anna Sewell. The chapter about ‘Ginger’ the abused carriage horse still makes me so sad.
I reach in to my pocket and pull out a… Peanut in its shell guaranteed to calm down even the most ferocious and hungry hamster. Maybe I would need more than one for a giant hamster?
Is there any place in the world you would like to set a book or poem and why?
I always feel inspired to write in English country or coastal settings. Northumberland and the Lake District where I set The Dragon Legacy’ are particular favourites.
My first book inspired by the Lakes
I would love to have dinner with T.S Elliot’s Cats, such an interesting group of individuals. Naturally they would like cream and I love strawberries so the first course would be shortbread biscuits with extra thick double cream and fresh strawberries. mm delicious.
I have recently finished ‘Past Shadows’, ‘a historical mystery romance with a paranormal twist’. The story is set in Regency Derbyshire. I am currently working on a romantic mystery thriller, after the surprising success of The Dangerous Gift. More about this next week on my blog.
How much of you is in your characters or your poetry?
Probably more than there should be. However the elements of me are not necessarily me now, but me when I was younger.
I do love villains. I must admit I loved Xavier, my villain in The Dragon Legacy who was definitely not what he seemed…
Places inspire me first. When I visit a beautiful place or an unusual historical house, it always inspires me to write a story about it. For example when I visited Hardwick Hall a couple of years ago. I was struck by the coldness of some rooms and how ill they made me feel. I’ve stored these feelings away for use in a future story.
Amid the ruined castle
The view from the walk to the castle.
In 898 AD she wasn’t just from another land.
Wrecking a marriage is generally no problem for the divorce-obtaining Lady Malice Mallender. But she faces a dilemma when she’s asked to ruin her own. Just how businesslike should she remain when the marriage was never consummated and kissing her husband leads to Sin—a handsome Viking who wants her for a bed slave in name only?
She came from another time.
Viking raider Sin Gudrunsson wants one thing. To marry his childhood sweetheart. Only she’s left him before, so he needs to keep her on her toes, and a bed slave, in name only, seems just the thing. Until he meets Malice.
One kiss is all it takes to flash between two times.
But when one kiss is no longer enough, which will it be? Regency London? Or Viking Norway? Will Malice learn what governs the flashes? Can Sin?
Where worlds collide, can love melt the iciest heart?
Lady Malice is not your typical Regency heroine but she is compelling and strangely likeable. A victim of an arranged marriage, she is still, woefully innocent and unfulfilled. Maybe this is why she enjoys her chosen career so much?
Destroying marriages is an unusual pursuit for a married lady but it keeps her in shoes and stops her thinking about her own disastrous nuptials. Faced with an unthinkable dilemma she seeks out her errant husband to carry out her latest commission, with life changing results.
The time slip is seamless and the shift from Regency drawing room to Saxon village under Viking attack, swift and shocking. Malice’s surprise and fear is tangible but her cynical outlook and sharp tongue remain. Both traits help her withstand the unexpected ordeal, despite the carnage surrounding her.
Sin is less than impressed with the latest slaves but he needs a bed slave to keep his fickle fiancée interested. Malice is no one’s slave but she finds Sin hard to resist. The chemistry between the courtesan and the Viking is memorable, despite the incongruity of their situation.
I loved the inconvenient time travelling and the gradual reveal of its meaning. Malice is prepared to risk all for her man and her strength and tenacity are legendary.
I purposely delayed writing this review for a few days, to see what I could remember. Malice, Sin and their compatriots’ formidable personalities, are easy to recall.
The Viking and The Courtesan by Shehanne Moore
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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