Morning my lovelies! Today I’m bringing you all the information you need on Cloth of Grace by Rachel J Bonner. This is Book 4 in the Choices and Consequences series. I’ve also got a wonderful Q&A for you and I’ve also shared below all the info on the first three books too! AND to finish off, there is a giveaway!! So get yourself a cuppa and settle down to read this fab interview and to find out about the Choices and Consequences series.
When the fate of the world rests on your shoulders, how do you choose between what you ought to do and the only thing you really want?
Leonie finally knows who she is. But now she needs to decide who she is going to be. Her choice will affect not just her family, not just those she knows, but tens, hundreds of thousands, millions of people that she doesn’t. And every path that’s open to her will put Perry under the pressures that caused his breakdown before. How can she do what she must and still protect Perry?
Perry desperately wants to make things easier for Leonie. Somehow he has to find the strength to face the things that all but destroyed him in the past. But every way he turns, some aspect of his past lies waiting to pounce – even during his happiest moments. And he can never forget that Leonie’s life is in danger from someone, somewhere.
Gabriel has managed to negotiate peace, at least in theory. Now he must put that into practice and reunite Leoniewith the family she never knew she had. Then disaster strikes right in the middle of his own sanctuary. Can he still protect those he loves, or has he been harbouring a villain the whole time?
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Fantasy, romantic fiction, paranormal, mystery, Christian fiction, post-apocalyptic, saga
Tell us a bit about yourself:
I live in England, in the beautiful, if slightly damp, Lancashire countryside. There’s a stunning view from my office window, which can be very distracting. As a small child I lived in the USA for a while because my father was working there, and I went back for a year on an exchange programme while at university. I’m married and still very much in love with my husband after more than thirty years. I’m a qualified accountant but I work freelance and find this fits in very well with writing.
What inspired you to start writing?
It started with a dream! I dreamt something which is now a scene at the end of the first book in the series, Strand of Faith. That dream made such an impression on me I needed to find out what led up to it and what happened next. The story developed from there – and I had to write it down just to get it out of my head.
How many books have you written and published?
Cloth of Grace is the fourth book I’ve written and published and the fourth and final book in my Choices and Consequences series. The others are Strand of Faith, Thread of Hope, and Weave of Love.
Which book, out of all the books you have written, is your favourite and why?
I don’t think I have a favourite. If I had to pick one, it would be Cloth of Grace. As the final book in the series it provides the solutions and ties up the loose ends. It pleases me how everything links together from the prologue of Strand of Faith (book 1) right through to the epilogue of Cloth of Grace.
How do you choose the names of your characters?
The main characters in this series developed in my head complete with names. I’ve always like the name Leonie, but I don’t know where the others came from. To start with I gave the minor characters placeholder names using members of my wider family. Then I discovered that such names stick and you can’t change them! Now I think about the character and what name would fit them and wouldn’t be similar to something I’ve used already. If necessary I scan a list of baby names to get ideas.
Which of your characters would you want to be stranded on an island with, and why?
Leonie. She’s very resourceful and I’m sure she’d know how to provide food and shelter for us.
Who is your favourite author and which of their books is your favourite, and why?
Just one? Seriously? I have so many favourite authors, and I certainly couldn’t pick just one book. My favourites include I have quite a list – some of my favourites include Neil Gaiman, Terry Prachett (Discworld), Jodi Picoult, Annette Marie (urban fantasy), Jodi Taylor (Chronicles of St Mary’s), Sarah Woodbury (After Cilmeri time travel fiction), Trisha Ashley (romance), Diane Gabaldon (Outlander), Anne McCaffery (Dragonrider series). But there are many, many more.
What is the first thing you can remember writing?
Homework, probably! But there are two stories I remember writing in my teens and I’ve no idea what happened to them. Both were short stories and both led you to believe one thing and then turned the whole concept upside down in the final paragraph.
What other jobs have you done other than being an author?
How long have you got? I worked as laboratory assistant while still at school. Then I took secretarial training and spent my university breaks taking on temp jobs. After university I worked as a conveyancer before moving into the financial side of local government. Then I set up my own business providing all the services of a finance department to small businesses who couldn’t afford full time finance staff. I still do a little of that, but now I’ve moved into freelance financial modelling which I really enjoy. It means I can play with spreadsheets all day and someone pays me for it. I’m also a voluntary trustee and finance director for our local Youth Theatre. I act as an advisor to an international genealogy charity, and I’m also an editor for one area of technical advice provided by my professional accountancy body.
If you could get in a time machine and had one chance to travel, where would you go? (Backwards or forwards!)
Can I come home again? Because if I couldn’t I don’t think I’d travel, I wouldn’t want to leave my family behind. Otherwise, I think I’d go backwards in time to meet ancestors and do some research on the non-fiction genealogical book that I’m writing. I’m very tempted to go forwards and see how the world develops, but actually it’s not helpful to know too much about the future – as some of my characters find out.
If you could have one conversation with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
My Dad. He died in 2013, before I became an author and I miss him. I’d really love to chat with him again.
What are your favourite things to do?
Reading, definitely. I’ve always been an avid reader. I also love swimming and archery. Eating cookies and chocolate is up there too.
What is the strangest thing that has ever happened to you?
One of my sons says that I consider weird perfectly normal, so if I think something is strange it is very bizarre indeed. At the moment I can’t think of anything that I’d consider strange that I’d want to put in writing… But I suspect others might think aspects of my life a little…unusual.
If you could give your younger writing self any advice what would it be?
Never give up.
Name one book you think everyone should read?!
The Bible. Not just for its Christian teaching, although I personally think that is important, but for the other things that are there too. It’s full of stories and ideas, history, poetry, action, adventure, love, romance, even eroticism
find out about the other books in the choices and CONSEQUENCES series
Weave of Love – Choices and Consequences Book 3
What if the choice you have to make has devastating consequences for others?
How can anyone know the right thing to do?
Leonie chose to sacrifice everything to save other people. Now those around her have to face the consequences – and those consequences are not what they expected.
Prospero must deal with his own guilt. He was the one who gave Leonie the tools she needed – her life was in his hands. To make the most of what she did, he will have to face up to all the family issues he has avoided for so long. Whatever he chooses to do, someone he loves will be hurt. For Leonie’s sake, is he now strong enough to make the choice he couldn’t make before?
The crisis predicted by Lord Gabriel has come and gone. But his task isn’t over. Leonie’s very existence may be out in the open but Gabriel discovers that the past is never what it seems – and nor is the present. How can he use what he now knows to bring together those who have been enemies for as long as anyone can remember? If he fails in this, everything he’s had to do so far will be in vain.
Thread of Hope – Choices and Consequences Book 2
What if your secrets are so dangerous they could destroy the one you love?
Is honesty always the best policy?
Leonie may have run away but Prospero will find her. He loves her and he wants a future with her by his side whatever the consequences. Only when he does find her, he ought to tell her who he really is, outside the monastery. That’ll make her run again. Dare he risk it? But if he doesn’t tell her, someone else may…
Marriage to Prospero is what Leonie wants most and the one thing she knows she can’t have. If he found out what she was really like, what she’d been, what she’d done, he’d despise her and she couldn’t bear that. Better to leave now than live a lie – but it’s harder than she expected. If only…
Gabriel is starting to discover the secrets inherent in Leonie, secrets that not even she knows, secrets that will tear the world apart. And the secrets he is keeping are tearing him apart. How can sacrificing those he loves possibly achieve peace when everything he discovers risks the death of millions?
Strand of Faith – Choices and Consequences Book 1
A girl. A monk. An unthinkable sacrifice.
When the choice is between love and life, how can anyone decide?
In a post-apocalyptic future, a girl and a monk, both with extraordinary mental powers, have compelling reasons not to fall in love. But their choices will have consequences for the rest of the world.
After the troubles of his youth, Brother Prospero has found comfort and fulfilment in the monastery. Then he discovers something that forces him to reconsider his whole vocation. How can it possibly be right to leave a life of worship and service for human desire? And if he does leave, will the pressures from his past destroy him?
Orphaned and mistreated, Leonie has found sanctuary and safety at the Abbey. When she comes into contact with Prospero everything spirals out of her control. Everyone she’s ever loved has died. She can’t do that to him. But how can she walk away from the first place she’s truly belonged?
Abbot Gabriel is faced with an impossible choice. He can do nothing and watch the world descend into war. Or he can manipulate events and ensure peace – at the cost of two lives that he is responsible for. Is he strong enough to sacrifice those he loves?
For the cover reveal and launch of Cloth of Grace, Strand of Faith is available free from Bookcave but requires a subscription to my newsletter.
About the Author
Rachel J Bonner is the author of the compelling and enthralling four book Choices and Consequences series. The first book in the series, Strand of Faith, was published in November 2018. Book 2, Thread of Hope, released on 2ndMay 2019, followed by Weave of Love on 24th October. The story concludes with Cloth of Grace, released on 29thFebruary 2020.
Rachel has a degree in engineering, which she followed with a career in accountancy which is probably not a conventional path to becoming an author, particularly in fantasy or romance. Rachel says that, although accountancy isn’t anything like as boring as everyone thinks, writing is a lot more fun. When not writing, she can be found walking in the beautiful countryside near where she lives, which has influenced much of the scenery in her books, or shooting things with her local archery club. Shooting targets only, honest. Nothing to worry about. (Okay, sometimes we shoot Polo mints. Or cabbages. Still nothing to worry about.)
She also enjoys swimming, eating chocolate chip cookies and growing aromatic herbs, especially thyme and rosemary. It’s no coincidence that her heroine likes the same things.
You can find out more about her books and sign up for Rachel’s newsletters at www.racheljbonner.co.uk.
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