CF White reviews The Captain and the Cricketer

I thoroughly enjoyed The Captain and the Cricketer. I love that it’s a bit of a lark, a bit of a mystery, a bit of a second chance romance with an ending that one can just sigh whilst fanning oneself over. I love Henry’s tweed, I love George’s green eyes that only sparkle for Henry, and I love that bloody British village. I want to go there. Now. Please?

OK, I’ll just go read this awesome book again.

Read CF White’s full review on Goodreads.

Interview with author Tora Williams

I’m really pleased today to welcome Tora Williams on my blog. We’ve known each other since meeting a few years ago at Romantic Novelists’ Association meet-ups, and in that time we’ve seen each other go from would-be authors to published authors.

Tora’s debut novel Bound to Her Blood Enemy is available to pre-order now on Kindle now, and will be published on 25th June 2018.

Over to you, Tora…

The cover of Tora's novel, Bound to Her Blood Enemy

  1. How long have you been writing? Can you tell us a bit about your journey to publication?

When I was a child I was always making up stories in my head (others might call it daydreaming!) and I wanted to be an author. But real life got in the way and I only started writing seriously in about 2010. I soon realised that I was obsessed with providing my characters with happy-ever-afters, so I focused on writing romance. In 2013 I was lucky enough to get a place on the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s New Writers’ Scheme. As part of the scheme I was able to submit a manuscript every year for assessment, and the feedback I got really helped me improve. The support from friends I’ve made through the RNA has also been invaluable, and they kept me going each time I got a rejection. Then in January 2018 I finally got the longed-for email from The Wild Rose Press saying they’d love to publish Bound to Her Blood Enemy.

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The music from The Captain and the Cavalry Trooper

Music threads it way through The Captain and the Cavalry Trooper, from folk to opera, with music hall and a hymn in between.

Jack and Robert’s song

A classic folk song, “The Raggle Taggle Gypsy” is about a grand lady turning her back on her wealthy husband for the freedom of roaming with the Romanies. The song is ancient, with variations across the British Isles; yours truly used to sing it at school and was captivated by its story and its melody. The version below is performed by The Chieftains, with a wonderful animation by Veronica Dolcich.

 

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Bookshine and Readbows reviews The Captain and the Cavalry Trooper

At many points in the story I was reminded of classic romance novels like Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice:  here we find the same sternly brooding hero, paired with a meeker, but still sharply intelligent, partner…. Lovers of historical sweet romance, with some loving, consensual sex (including a bit of light S&M) will fall for this book as deeply as the main characters did for each other!

Many thanks to Steph for her fab review of The Captain and the Cavalry Trooper on her Bookshine and Readbows blog.