Morning my loves. Today I’m thrilled to be on the blog tour for The Legacy, and am welcoming author Alison Knight here for a guest post titled The Danger of Anticipation in the Age Before Mindfulness. But first here’s everything you need to know about the book….Enjoy!
about the legacy
An unexpected inheritance. A web of deceit. A desperate escape.
James has his dreams of an easy life shattered when his aunt disinherits him, leaving her fortune to her god-daughter, Charlotte. He turns to his friend, Percy, to help him reclaim his inheritance – and to pay off his creditors. But when their plans backfire, James becomes the pawn of Percy and his criminal associates.
Charlotte is stunned when she is told of her windfall. After an attempt at cheating her out of her inheritance fails, James tries to intimidate her. But she is stronger than he thinks, having secrets of her own to guard, and sends him away with a bloody nose and no choice but to retreat for now.
Resigned, James and his spoilt, pampered girlfriend, Fliss, Percy’s sister, travel across France on a mission that promises to free James from the criminals for good. But James isn’t convinced he can trust Fliss, so he makes his own plans to start a new life.
Will James be able to get away, or will his past catch up with him? Will Charlotte’s secrets turn the legacy into a curse?
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The Danger of Anticipation in the Age Before Mindfulness
by Alison Knight
I remember as a child getting really excited about things that were expected to happen in the future. I spent a lot of time saying, I can’t wait! The anticipation of a birthday party, a holiday, or a trip to the zoo, would consume me until it was all I could think about. Like most teenagers, I seemed to spend my life waiting to get older and to have more freedom, anticipating my first kiss, my first job, a home of my own and thousands of other things I would do when I was old enough.
Sometimes the anticipated events lived up to expectations, but just as often they were a great disappointment. Looking back, it seems as though I wasted a lot of time and energy anticipating things. I wonder whether I ever allowed myself to enjoy the here and now?
Today we talk about mindfulness – concentrating on the here and now – and how it can help to reduce anxiety about the future and enable people to enjoy today. I wish I’d had the chance to learn and practice mindfulness in my youth.
Don’t count your chickens.
In my book, The Legacy, the main male character, James, certainly hasn’t a clue about mindfulness. He has lived his life in the expectation of inheriting a fortune from his spinster aunt. He regards himself as entitled to the finer things in life and this belief has been encouraged by his friends. Even before his aunt dies, James has adopted a lifestyle far beyond his means, surviving on the promise of his future wealth. He gains a poor degree, doesn’t put much effort in at work, and joins his richer chums in their trips to the nightclubs and casinos of London in the late 1960s. By the time his aunt dies, James has stacked up huge gambling debts.
But James isn’t worried. He packs in his job and goes to the reading of the will with high hopes, only to have them dashed. His aunt had changed her mind and left him a small legacy which isn’t even enough to pay off his debts. The fortune he had been expecting has gone to Charlotte, his aunt’s god-daughter.
Fair weather friends
The Legacy explores how James tries to claim back what he regards as his rightful inheritance while trying to stay one step ahead of his creditors. He is assisted by his girlfriend, Fliss, and her brother, Percy. Each of them want something from James. At every turn, the trio try to take the easy option, never questioning whether they are right or wrong.
The heiress, Charlotte, has hidden depths and powerful friends. James is thwarted at every turn. He soon realises he can’t trust anyone and decides on one last attempt to change his fortunes by double-crossing his friends.
When inheriting a fortune can be a curse rather than a blessing.
Meanwhile, Charlotte regards her inheritance as more of a curse. She has secrets to keep and the battle with James threatens to expose them. As she tries to come to terms with her new circumstances, she discovers her godmother’s wartime diaries, which reveal yet more secrets.
Both James and Charlotte have to face some devastating truths about themselves as a result of the legacy. As I wrote this story, I wanted James to learn that you should never count your chickens before they’re hatched, and for Charlotte to learn what truly matters.
about the author
Alison has been a legal executive, a registered childminder, a professional fund-raiser and a teacher. She has travelled the world – from spending a year as an exchange student in the US in the 1970s and trekking the Great Wall of China to celebrate her fortieth year and lots of other interesting places in between.
In her mid-forties Alison went to university part-time and gained a first-class degree in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University and an MA in the same subject from Oxford Brookes University, both while still working full-time. Her first book was published a year after she completed her master’s degree.
The Legacy is a drama set in 1960s London. Like her previous book, Mine, it explores themes of class, ambition and sexual politics, showing how ordinary people can make choices that lead them into extraordinary situations.
Alison teaches creative and life-writing, runs workshops and retreats with Imagine Creative Writing Workshops(www.imaginecreativewriting.co.uk) as well as working as a freelance editor. She is a member of the Society of Authors and the Romantic Novelists’ Association.
She lives in Somerset, within sight of Glastonbury Tor.
follow the tour
Thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me on to the tour, and to Alison for her wonderful guest post.
Have a lovely rest of the weekend!