Finally today I’m also on the blog tour for A Kingswater Summer and am delighted to bring you another author Q&A with Jo Lambert. Enjoy folks……
about the book
Title: A Kingswater Summer
Author: Jo Lambert
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Series/Standalone: Standalone Second Book in a trilogy
Estimated page count: 312
Formats available: Paperback and eBook. Available on Kindle Unlimited
Publisher: Drama Driven Publishing (9 Aug. 2021)
Tour organised by: Rachel’s Random Resources
Newly returned from backpacking around Europe, Kiera Merrick has landed a dream job – working for actress Stella Wynter, helping set up a memory room at Penmarra, her beautiful riverside home just outside Kingswater.
Jake Paterson is currently staying with Stella after filming the final series of his popular TV drama. He is trying to work out how to get his co-star and long-term girlfriend Rachel Tyler back after she walked out on him. But Jake soon finds himself drawn to Kiera, developing feelings for her that have no place in his life. He realises painful choices will eventually have to be made. And someone is going to get hurt.
Stella’s godson, hapless Tom Armytage is also staying at Penmarra along with girlfriend Chantal. He dreams of becoming a successful property developer and hopes Chantal’s dynamic presence will boost his ambitions. To impress her he boasts that he is heir to all of Stella’s wealth.
Chantal Porter is a woman used to getting her own way. Tom is her ideal partner; weak and easily manipulated. Listening to him talk about his inheritance, she likes the idea of being Penmarra’s next mistress. But Stella and Jake’s close relationship gives her cause for concern. Who is he? And could he be a threat to her future ambitions?
As Jake comes to a difficult decision and sets off for London to sort things out with Rachel, a heart broken Kiera is left to watch helplessly as Chantal puts in place a plan to secure Tom’s inheritance. One that will change Stella’s life for ever.
Set on the south coast of Cornwall, A Kingswater Summer is a story of love, deception, and family secrets…
q&A with jo lambert
Saga, Romantic Suspense
Tell us a bit about yourself:
I live in a village on the eastern side of the Georgian city of Bath. I grew up in rural Wiltshire,and moved to Bath in the mid-1980s. When I’m not writing I read and review. I also have an active blog. I love travel, red wine and music from the sixties and beyond. Oh, and I take the odd photograph or two…
What inspired you to start writing?
I can’t remember a time I wasn’t writing. I think that’s what most authors say. It begins early, with a need to tell stories. To create fictitious worlds. Very early on I wrote about owning a pony and having adventures. Later the inspiration came from growing up in a rural community and my Little Court series was born!
How many books have you written and published?
A Kingswater Summer is my tenth novel.
Which book, out of all the books you have written, is your favourite and why?
That’s a difficult choice. I like them all for different reasons. However, it’s probably The Other Side of Morning which I republished as Wicked Game. Marco D’Alessandro was a perfect hero, and I really gave him a hard time before he got his happy ever after.
How do you choose the names of your characters?
Each novel is obviously more difficult than the last. I keep a ‘cast list’ of all those who have been in my previous books, to make sure I don’t duplicate. I also have a small book of babies’ names which I use. And for the Cornish novels I am writing at the moment, I have used an online website for traditional names. Writing a series of books is easier as most of the characters from book one appear in some form or another in the rest. It’s when I’m embarking on something completely new that I have to plan carefully. Set in communities, my books tend to have quite a few characters!
Which of your characters would you want to be stranded on an island with, and why?
Definitely Marco. Good looks, Italian charm and he’s an all-round lovely guy. Jake Paterson from my latest book, A Kingswater Summer, comes a close second. I enjoyed creating his character and by the end of the book was quite smitten with him.
Who is your favourite author and which of their books is your favourite, and why?
There have been so many. I would say back in the 1970s, Catherine Cookson, but later Lesley Pearse. As you can see, I’m a saga lover. Georgia is my favourite of Lesley’s many books.
What is the first thing you can remember writing?
As a twelve-year-old someone gave me a copy of Christine Pullein-Thompsons A Day to Go Hunting for Christmas. I was so taken with the story (and mad about horses at the time) that I began writing my own equine themed adventure.
What other jobs have you done other than being an author?
My first job was as a Saturday girl in Woolworth (during my college days). The supervisor moved us part timers around regularly, so I got to serve on everything from tinned food to the cosmetics counter. I also did waitressing and helped out a small wedding/party caterer too, before getting my first full time office job.
My working life has been split between the private and public sectors Mostly PA/Office Manager roles. My two favourite jobs? One working for the Volkswagen South West District team and the other as PA to the MD of a national residential house builder. My busiest? Working in the NHS as Office Manager in Community Health. My job, as well as a support role to the General Manager, was to manage admin and secretarial staff and keep over 50 community nurses’ vehicles on the road.
If you could get in a time machine and had one chance to travel, where would you go? (Backwards or forwards!)
Ancient Egypt. I have always been interested in the Pharaohs and ancient Egyptian culture
If you could have one conversation with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
I think it would be my father. He was killed in an accident just before I was born. I only learnt about him through my family. It would be great to be able to talk to him – so many questions!
What are your favourite things to do?
Where do I begin? Travel, although that has been curtailed due to the pandemic. I try to get out for walks as much as possible – enjoying fresh air and the countryside we are lucky enough to have close to us. Curling up with a good book – I do a lot of reading and reviewing – 50 books so far this year. Of course, such a high number is probably connected to the Covid restrictions. Normally 50 would be my annual Goodreads goal. We entertain quite a lot too – sadly something else I’ve not been able to do since March 2020. That is about to be remedied and I’m looking forward to having a large group of friends around in couple of weeks.
What is the strangest thing that has ever happened to you?
In the mid-80s, an actress called Maureen O’Brien played a character called Elizabeth Straker on BBC’s Casualty. She was part of the hospital management team. I was at this meeting when one guy decided to interrupt proceedings and comment how much I looked like her. I guess there was a passing resemblance, but it felt quite weird to suddenly be thrust into the limelight, with everyone looking at me.
If you could give your younger writing self any advice what would it be?
To never give up on your dreams. Stay focussed. Make sure your work is the best it can be…and go for it!
Name one book you think everyone should read?!
Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice – it’s a classic love story but so much more.
And finally, tell us about your most recent book?
A Kingswater Summer is the second in my trilogy set in a Cornish estuary town. Central character Kiera Merrick has returned from backpacking around Europe to attend best friend Ava Warren’s wedding. Quite by chance she meets retired actress Stella Wynter who is looking for someone to work for her setting up a memory room in Penmarra, her riverside home. Kiera begins her dream job and looks forward to a calm and relaxing summer. But fate has other plans for her… A Kingswater Summer is a story of love, deception and family secrets.
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Thanks to Rachel for inviting me on to the tour and to Jo for chatting with us.
I’ll be back next week lovelies, so enjoy your weekends!