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Today, we've got a special guest via Rachel's Random Resources ready to "meet" all of you as we introduce her latest release and get you familiar with her other works. Sound good? GREAT! So, the woman is question is author Laura Briggs. The title we're celebrating sounds like a lovely read indeed, but here...see for yourself...
A Cornish Daisy's Kiss
A Little Hotel in Cornwell, Book 6
About the book...
Weeks after boarding a train to Paris in pursuit of her writing dreams, aspiring novelist Maisie Clark is right back where she started: on the idyllic shores of Port Hewer in Cornwall, luggage in hand and heart filled with anticipation for what lies ahead. Except that nothing seems the same as Maisie left it, from her place among the staff at the hotel Penmarrow to her budding romance with groundskeeper Sidney Daniels, who isn’t quite ready to overlook the painful consequences of her sudden departure.
Losing Sidney would be unbearable, but Maisie can’t help fearing it might be true if the rift between them proves too deep to heal. She knows her feelings for him are unchanged, but whether he feels the same remains to be seen—particularly since she stopped him from expressing them in the first place. And to make matters worse, her position at the Penmarrow has been filled by another, there’s nowhere for her to live in the village, and her savings are finally dwindling to a pathetic number – with her book still unpublished after her startling discovery about the author helping guide her towards success.
But one thing which hasn’t changed is the drama and excitement at the hotel Penmarrow, where the staff is awaiting inspection from the dreaded owner Ms. Claypool. Stirring up trouble in the meantime is the owner’s special guest ‘Mad Ludwig’, an eccentric architect whose demands are definitely driving everyone on the staff a little crazy. And then there’s the hotel’s mysterious new desk manager, whose behavior ignites Maisie’s suspicions and causes her to become entangled in yet another form of intrigue—one that could unwittingly jeopardize the future of the Penmarrow and everyone who works there, unless Maisie can find a way to undo the harm.
With everything that matters to her most at stake this time, Maisie faces her biggest challenges yet...and her deepest question of the heart as she confronts the reason she returned to Cornwall and the Penmarrow in the first place.
Sounds good, right?
Yeah, I thought so too...but, I was also CURIOUS about the author's writing. Her style, her path taken, and how challenging she found writing a series in a the first place! I mean, I for one would probably be stumbling upon similar passages in previous released titles, and drawing a blank on how to give things that extra bit of oomphf...so, let's hear from an expert of sorts on how it's REALLY done!
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Keeping a Long-Running Romance Series Fresh
by author Laura Briggs
A huge thank you to Gina for letting me share a bit about the books in my feel-good romance series ‘A Little Hotel in Cornwall’. Its sixth installment, A Cornish Daisy’s Kiss, made its debut this summer, with would-be novelist Maisie Clark returning for more adventures at the grand hotel by the sea. As always, she’s facing a dilemma or two when it comes to matters of the heart, but with more at stake this time when it comes to what matters most in her life.
With any multi-book series it can get a little challenging to keep the momentum going from story to story, as many authors would no doubt agree. Thankfully, in the case of Maisie’s escapades, readers have made it clear which elements have kept them turning the pages thus far—and I thought it might be lovely to share what fans of the series say makes them come back for each new installment (many of which are the same reasons it’s so much fun to write, as it happens!).
The heroine’s quest:
For Maisie, this has been to give her writing dreams the best possible shot at success. Which meant an impulsive trip across the pond to seek her favorite author’s advice on her novel-in-progress to start with. Then posing as a chamber maid at a grand Cornish hotel where he supposedly stayed as a guest...and from there it only gets crazier, as Maisie finds herself tangled up in the everyday magic of the hotel Penmarrow, the seaside village, and a certain handsome groundskeeper she can’t help falling for. But she hasn’t given up on her dream of becoming a novelist, even when the path to her goal takes some unexpected twists and turns, as it frequently does, of course.
A complicated romance:
From the moment they crossed paths, Maisie’s connection with groundskeeper Sidney Daniels has been anything but simple. With his devil-may-care charm and mysterious past, Sidney seems a risk for any sensible girl’s heart. But Maisie isn’t terribly sensible, as her actions have already well-proven. Always on the verge of something more, their ‘friends only’ policy was just to keep from getting swept away at first. But it’s far too late for that now—Maisie’s feelings are committed whether it’s heartbreak or happy-ever-after waiting as the outcome.
Exciting events and eccentric characters:
The more unique events hosted at the hotel Penmarrow have ranged from a so-called séance with a celebrity psychic to an exclusive auction for a Hollywood star’s movie memorabilia. It’s all a bit dramatic and over-the-top...and so are the guests who attend them, of course! But these sort of unusual gatherings are part of what gives the Penmarrow its ever-changing ‘anything can happen’ atmosphere that readers say makes getting lost in the series’ pages an escapist treat at the end of a busy day.
If all this sounds like your cup of tea, I hope you’ll be sure to check out the books in the series. For those of you who already enjoy Maisie’s Cornish escape, be assured there are more secrets, surprises, and fun to come in the remaining two stories, with book seven already on pre-order!
Laura Briggs is the author of several feel-good romance reads, including the Top 100 Amazon UK seller 'A Wedding in Cornwall'. She has a fondness for vintage style dresses (especially ones with polka dots), and reads everything from Jane Austen to modern day mysteries. When she's not writing, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, caring for her pets, gardening, and seeing the occasional movie or play.
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