Posts Tagged ‘The Secret Kiss of Darkness’

On the RoNA Shortlists!

The RoNA (RNA’s Romantic Novel Awards) shortlists have been announced and I am thrilled to have The Secret Kiss of Darkness nominated in the Historical Romantic Novel category!  I have known for a while but was sworn to secrecy so it’s lovely to be able to tell everyone at last 🙂

I’m up against some fabulous historical authors and am very much looking forward to reading their books.  Here’s the list:-

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and here are the author photos:-

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(photos courtesy of the RNA and put together by the lovely Janet Gover)

 

 

 

Special shout out for fellow ChocLiteers Melanie Hudson, Alison May and Angela Britnell who are also shortlisted in various categories – so exciting!

The awards ceremony is on the 7th March – please keep your fingers crossed for me!

Reviewer’s Choice Award

rca_2014_singletitlesThrilled to find out today – on Valentine’s Day – that The Secret Kiss of Darkness has received a Reviewers’ Choice Award 2014 from the Single Titles reviewers!

There is a full list of the awards here and I’m very honoured to be one of them – huge thanks to the Single Titles review team and Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Meet My Main Character

I’m very pleased to have been invited by Jane Jackson to take part in a continuing series of blog posts called “Meet My Main Character”.  It was started by Debra Brown, who is the Administrator of English Historical Fiction Authors, a great website for anyone interested in obscure bits of British history. Please click here for her original post.

Jane’s latest book is Crosscurrents and her website is at www.janejackson.net – please go and have a look at her post about the main character of this novel which sounds brilliant!

My own main character:-

1.  What is the name of your character?  Is he/she fictional or historical?  My character is called Jago Kerswell and he is entirely fictional although I borrowed his surname from a Devon ancestor of mine as I liked it very much.

2.  When and where is the story set?  The story is set in a fictional village on the south coast of Devon in 1781/82.  The village is called Marcombe and is somewhere near Kingsbridge.  It’s part of a fictitious estate owned by Sir John Marcombe of Marcombe Hall (another imaginary character).

3.  What should we know about him?  Jago is a smuggler and an innkeeper, but he’s only taken to smuggling in order to help the villagers, who were very poor and struggling to feed their families before the extra income came their way.  He’s not married and happens to be half-brother to Sir John Marcombe – they share the same father but Jago is illegitimate.  His mother was a gypsy, so he has a gypsy grandmother who tells fortunes and knows how to cast spells.

4.  What is the main conflict?  What messes up his/her life? Meeting Sir John’s wife, Eliza, out on the cliffs one dark night totally messes up Jago’s life.  It turns out John has been mistreating her and in despair she wants to kill herself.  Jago saves her, but the two of them fall in love which was never part of his plans.  He knows there is danger in the stolen moments with her, but he discovers he’ll take any risk to be with her, including submitting to one of his grandmother’s spells.

5.  What is the personal goal of the character?  His main goal until he met Eliza was to keep the villagers and his fellow smugglers safe and prosperous and to live a comfortable life on his own terms, beholden to no one.  Once he meets her, however, things change.  He begins to plan how to get her away from her brutish husband and perhaps for the two of them to emigrate to the Colonies.  But there are things that stand in his way …

6.  What is the title? Can we read more about it?  The Secret Kiss of Darkness.  You can read more about it here.

7.   When will the book be published?  The book was published in February 2014 so is available now as a paperback and ebook (all formats).

Thank you for visiting!  The next Main Character blog post will be on Henriette Gyland’s website on Tuesday 8th July when she’ll be talking about The Highwayman’s Daughter.

Please also check out Tom Williams’ Main Character from his novel His Majesty’s Confidential Agent, which is part of this series of blog posts as well.  You can find it here!

The Secret Kiss of Darkness – ebook publication!

It’s out there at last – The Secret Kiss of Darkness is published on Kindle now, soon to be followed by the paperback!  Forbidden love, smugglers and romance guaranteed.

Here’s the blurb:-

Must forbidden love end in heartbreak?

Kayla Sinclair knows she’s in big trouble when she almost bankrupts herself to buy a life-size portrait of a mysterious eighteenth century man at an auction.

Jago Kerswell, inn-keeper and smuggler, knows there is danger in those stolen moments with Lady Eliza Marcombe, but he’ll take any risk to be with her.

Over two centuries separate Kayla and Jago, but when Kayla’s jealous fiancé presents her with an ultimatum, and Jago and Eliza’s affair is tragically discovered, their lives become inextricably linked thanks to a gypsy’s spell. Kayla finds herself on a quest that could heal the past, but what she cannot foresee is the danger in her own future.

Will Kayla find heartache or happiness?

Buy links:-

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Secret-Kiss-Darkness-Christina-Courtenay/dp/1781890676/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1389145312&sr=1-5

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Kiss-Darkness-Christina-Courtenay/dp/1781890676/ref=sr_1_14?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1389145429&sr=1-14&keywords=christina+courtenay

Catching Up and Cover Reveal

I’m ashamed to see I haven’t posted on the blog for over a month!  But it’s been a manically busy summer for me and there just never seem to be enough hours in the day.  Perhaps I need better time management?  Or just less work 🙂

At the moment I’m working on the edits for my next novel, The Secret Kiss of Darkness, and this reminded me that I haven’t done a cover reveal for it yet.  So here it is – tah-dah!  Yet another triumph for Choc Lit’s cover designer, Berni Stevens – I love the deep, dark red!

The Secret Kiss of Darkness is a time slip novel and here is the blurb to give you an idea of the story:-

Must forbidden love end in heartbreak?

Kayla Sinclair knows she’s in big trouble when she almost bankrupts herself to buy a life-size portrait of a mysterious eighteenth century man at an auction.

Jago Kerswell, inn-keeper and smuggler, knows there is danger in those stolen moments with Lady Eliza Marcombe, but he’ll take any risk to be with her.

Over two centuries separate Kayla and Jago, but when Kayla’s jealous fiancé presents her with an ultimatum, and Jago and Eliza’s affair is tragically discovered, their lives become inextricably linked thanks to a gypsy’s spell. Kayla finds herself on a quest that could heal the past, but what she cannot foresee is the danger in her own future.

Will Kayla find heartache or happiness?

It’s due to be published by Choc Lit in February 2014, but should be available as an e-book before then.

In the meantime, New England Rocks has been well and truly launched and my talented daughter has helped me create some lovely character bookmarks to use as giveaways for reviewers, bloggers and competition winners.  If you’d like some, let me know!

Hope you’ve all had a great summer!

Must forbidden love end in heartbreak?

Kayla Sinclair knows she’s in big trouble when she almost bankrupts herself to buy a life-size portrait of a mysterious eighteenth century man at an auction.

Jago Kerswell, inn-keeper and smuggler, knows there is danger in those stolen moments with Lady Eliza Marcombe, but he’ll take any risk to be with her.

Over two centuries separate Kayla and Jago, but when Kayla’s jealous fiancé presents her with an ultimatum, and Jago and Eliza’s affair is tragically discovered, their lives become inextricably linked thanks to a gypsy’s spell. Kayla finds herself on a quest that could heal the past, but what she cannot foresee is the danger in her own future.

Will Kayla find heartache or happiness?