Hello, Sunshines, I am delighted to be today’s stop on the blog tour for; Cornish Gold at Summer’s End by Laura Briggs. I am super excited to be sharing this book with you all today, plus I have an exclusive excerpt to tempt you all with and there is an exclusive to the tour giveaway which is not to be missed.
Firstly, I want to say thank you Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the invite to this tour.
About the Book
Cornish Gold at Summer’s End by Laura Briggs
Series: Return to Cornwall #4
Genre: Contemporary, Women’s Fiction
Rumors of a ghostly presence haunt Julianne’s Cornish autumn in the series’ charming fourth installment.
What began as a bit of teenage mischief in the village quickly became stories of spooky lights and ghost sightings in the wood. Being sensible, Julianne is more worried about whether she can finish her kids’ costumes in time for the annual Halloween contest—and whether husband Matt and his eager assistants will be selected for the exclusive Brookshire Garden Design Competition. So when everyone in town begins flocking to the local ‘ghost walk’ tours Julianne assures her wide-eyed children it’s just a case of imagination run wild…until she experiences her own brush with the supernatural, that is.
Real or imagined, Julianne can’t shrug off what she saw, or even bring herself to confide in sympathetic Matt for advice. Best friend Kitty is on hand to help, despite her usual family battles, including that of her cousins’ shady new scheme to profit from the town’s ghost mania. But even Julianne’s friends can’t fully understand her need to find a solution this time, one that leads her on a quirky quest from local lore, to meetings with the village’s ragtag paranormal club, and even a creepy abandoned cottage hiding secrets in the woods.
Join Julianne for suspense, surprises, and (of course) heartfelt moments as book four in the series brings an autumn like no other to sleepy Ceffylgwyn.
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Note from Laura Briggs
A big thank you to Frankie for giving me the opportunity to share an extract from Cornish Gold at Summer’s End with her wonderful readers!
The fourth book in my series about event planner Julianne’s busy life in a tiny village, it takes place around Halloween and brings a few spooky surprises for those living in the normally quiet Ceffylgwyn. The following scene finds Julianne reluctantly joining the village’s popular new ghost walk tour on a foggy evening.
The crowd listening to the middle – aged man in his cloak-style historical coachman’s coat chuckled with nervousness here and there among its numbers as they stood close around the sign to the harbor road. The lady with the red coat looked familiar — not the red coat – wearing giggler from the last tour I watched, but a quieter, serious lady who stood near the front.
“Just offshore, the tragedy of a wreck still haunts this village’s memory, when a merchant ship was downed on a stormy night,” said Gerard. “You’ve heard of the troubled souls who die at sea …and of the reputation some of Cornwall’s more ruthless wreckers and pirates garnered when both valuable wreckage — and survivors — washed ashore.”
They were moving in the direction of the church as I drifted past the pub and towards home, where I still had dinner dishes to wash as my end of the bargain. I shifted the paper bag of unfinished birdseed sacks from one hand to the other, making room for a couple to brush by me, hand in hand.
” … and his spirit may still haunt the rooms above the village’s present – day chemist’s shop,” Gerard was saying. “As we pass the church, there is a grave which has a distant but strange tie to the story of this wreck.”
“Are you coming with us?” Lady Amanda spoke to me quietly, tweaking my sleeve. “I did think I’d never see the day, you skeptic you.”
“I just wanted to stop and listen for a second,” I said. “I have plenty to do tonight already.” Hunting ghosts was not on my list, even if Gerard’s speech and this atmosphere was putting me in mind of the other night’s odd episode.
“Oh, don’t be a stick, love. Do come — I may not be much for spirits, but he’s getting better with each week,” said Amanda, glancing towards the tour as it moved on towards the church cemetery.
“I should go home,” I said, making my excuses.
“Come on, ” she coaxed. “I can drop you home afterwards — my car is parked at the inn, since I walked over with Gerard after the interview with the paper. A quick nip of brandy and you’ll be home before your bedtime.”
The fog was thickening, and the sharp air tasted of autumn — flavored by a tinge of Pete’s cider and Wassail for the tourists, and the apple presses across the fields at the Russert farm. None of the ghost walk’s explorers looked the slightest bit worried about seeing anything supernatural, although their nervous giggles betrayed them.
Safety in numbers, I thought. The best way to spot a paranormal light was in a group of skeptics and believers with the safety of a warm, well – lit inn at the end of the journey .
About the Author
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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