Next up today, I’m on the blog tour for A Leap of Faith at the Vineyard in Alsace by Julie Stock, and am delighted to bring you an author Q&A, and a giveaway!

about the book

Title: A Leap of Faith at the Vineyard in Alsace
Author: Julie Stock
Genre: Contemporary romance
Series/Standalone: Standalone Third book in the Domaine des Montagnes series
Estimated page count: 31262
Formats available: Paperback and eBook.  Available on Kindle Unlimited
Publisher: Clued Up Publishing (25 Aug. 2021)
Tour organised by: Rachel’s Random Resources

It’s winter at The Vineyard in Alsace, and wedding bells are in the air

How do you know when you’re ready for love?

Ellie Robinson has spent her life running from commitment following the breakdown of her parents’ marriage when she was young. She doesn’t believe in happy ever afters and the last thing she wants is to settle down in one place when she could be travelling the world.

Having moved from place to place throughout his childhood, Henri Weiss now calls the vineyard in Alsace home, and he loves the stability the vineyard and the people on it give him. While he enjoys travelling, it’s always good to come home again.

Following an extended travelling trip together, Ellie and Henri find their differences more marked than before, despite their love for each other being even stronger. Then a series of shocks in Ellie’s personal life throws things into turmoil, leaving Ellie unsure as to how to get everything she wants. And Henri facing the loss of the future he has dreamed of.

Can Ellie and Henri reconcile their very different desires and take a leap of faith on their love for each other? Will they get the happy ever after they’ve both been longing for?

Escape to The Vineyard in Alsace once again for this uplifting, romantic read and enjoy Christmas at Domaine des Montagnes. 

Purchase Links: Amazon UK ~ Amazon US

A Leap of Faith –

The 3 book series page –

q&a with julie stock


Contemporary romance

Tell us a bit about yourself:

I’m a full-time indie author and I live with my family in Cambridgeshire in the UK, together with our beautiful cat Miley.

What inspired you to start writing?

I was working as a teacher and going through quite a difficult time dealing with the workload amongst other things. Then I came up with an idea for a story while watching the TV series, Nashville, and it inspired me to sit down and write a novel for the first time ever. I found it so cathartic being able to escape from the real world while I was writing that I’ve carried on doing it.

How many books have you written and published?

I have written and published eleven books now, of varying lengths. My latest novel, A Leap of Faith at the Vineyard in Alsace, is my fifth full-length novel; I’ve also written four novellas and a collection of short stories, and three of my stories are published as a box set as well.

Which book, out of all the books you have written, is your favourite and why?

I think the one I’ve just finished writing is always my favourite for a time, and then I move on to the next one. I don’t really have a favourite when I look at them together as a whole. I like them all equally!

How do you choose the names of your characters?

This time round, I had already given my characters their names, Ellie and Henri, in the first story in the trilogy, and as Henri is French, his name had to fit in with the French/German setting of Alsace. I didn’t have to think too hard about a suitable name for his character. I just wanted a typically French man’s name for someone of his age. And it was the same for Ellie really. Sometimes it’s harder than others, but these two characters didn’t give me any problems!

Which of your characters would you want to be stranded on an island with, and why?

I would love to be stranded on an island with Jackson who’s the main male character in From Here to Nashville, because he’s gorgeous, but he’s also kind! But any of my male characters would do for pretty much the same reasons.

Who is your favourite author and which of their books is your favourite, and why?

I’d find it hard to pick one author because I love so many. I really enjoy a good historical romance, so I love reading Mills and Boon Regency romances. I always especially enjoy those by Janice Preston and more recently, Jenni Fletcher. But I also enjoy timeslip romances and I’m currently enjoying Christina Courtenay’s Viking series.

What is the first thing you can remember writing?

When I was at school, I used to write poems and song lyrics. It took me another thirty years to find the courage to write a novel.

What other jobs have you done other than being an author?

After I left university, my first job was at The London Stock Exchange giving visitors tours and presentations in their own language. Then I went to work for a mail-order wine merchant for a while in their marketing department. I managed to visit a few vineyards during that time as well, which was great fun. When my children were young, I retrained as a teacher, and finally, up until late last year, I worked for a mental health charity as their communications co-ordinator.

I now volunteer in our village community shop and I’m about to start volunteering at our local museum. I’ve also started volunteering at Parkruns on Saturdays when I’m not running myself!

If you could get in a time machine and had one chance to travel, where would you go? (Backwards or forwards!)

I’d like to go back to the Regency era because I love reading historical fiction from that period, and I’d like to see what I read about come to life.

If you could have one conversation with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

I’d like to sit down and talk with Michael J Fox, who continues to be inspirational in the face of great adversity.

What are your favourite things to do?

I love cooking with my husband, and trying out new wines, and we enjoy travelling together as well. I took up running last year and since moving house earlier this year, I’ve started Nordic walking, which is great fun. I am also doing one of the RHS practical gardening courses.

What is the strangest thing that has ever happened to you?

I suppose one of the strangest is finding myself able to work full-time as an author in my fifties! I never imagined that I would be able to make a career out of something I love doing. I only wish I’d been able to do it sooner, but I’m a firm believer in things happening the way they do for a reason, so I’m happy with the way it’s all worked out.

If you could give your younger writing self any advice what would it be?

It would be to believe in your own ability, and not to let other people put you off from trying.

And finally, name one book you think everyone should read?!

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

Where to find Julie online: Twitter | @wood_beez48 ~ Website

uk giveaway

Win a signed copy of A Leap of Faith at the Vineyard in Alsace plus some festive goodies

Prize contains the following:

a signed paperback copy of A Leap of Faith at the Vineyard in Alsace

a sachet of Galaxy instant hot chocolate

a tin of RHS stem ginger cookies

a RHS Christmas bauble with a snowdrop decoration on it.

 *Terms and Conditions –UK entries welcome.  Please enter using the link below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.


follow the tour

Thanks to Rachel for inviting me on to the tour and to Julie for coming and chatting with me.

Have a wonderful day everyone!

Chelle x

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