Hello, Sunshines, I am delighted to be a part of the book blitz for; A Cornish Summer at Pear Tree Farm by Angela Britnell. I am super excited to share this book with you all, plus I have an exclusive author interview which is amazing, I can’t wait to share it.
Firstly, thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the invite.
About the book
A Cornish Summer at Pear Tree Farm by Angela Britnell
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Women’s Fiction
Cornish charm and a Tennessee twist – the perfect pair?
Nessa Vivian is determined to keep her parents’ business afloat, but Pear Tree Farm near the backwater Cornish village of Polgarth didn’t do well as farm, and it’s not faring much better as a camp site. Maybe it’s due to Nessa’s habit of taking in troubled runaways, like ex-soldier Crispin, for next to nothing. Or perhaps her highly-strung sister Lowena is right – caravans named after Beatles’ songs and homegrown pears are not enough to turn the farm into a tourist haven.
Then another troubled runaway turns up, posing the greatest threat yet. Ex-musician Ward Spencer from Tennessee is certainly intriguing, but could his plans to put nearby Tregereth House on the map mean Pear Tree Farm is finished – or does his arrival signal a second lease of life, and not just for Nessa’s business?
Purchase Link – mybook.to/SummerAtPearTreeFarm
Hi, Welcome to Chicks, Rogues and Scandals! Thank you for taking the time to chat with me today.
Firstly, what five words would you use to describe yourself?
Cornish. Traveller. Granny. Friendly. Author.
Can you tell us a little about your latest/up and coming release?
‘A Cornish Summer at Pear Tree Farm’ is set in the fictional Polgarth Valley in Cornwall and revolves around Nessa Vivian’s struggling campsite. Before she can make plans to improve its prospects she’s thrown for a loop when the intriguing Ward Spencer, an American ex-country music star, buys the property next door to turn into a more glamorous version of her own business. I always try to create a real sense of community and Nessa’s long term farm residents – ex-soldier Crispin, and friends Polly and Jack – all play an important part in this particular story. Nessa and Ward are both seeking something far more than business opportunities even if they don’t realise it at the start of the book. Taking the journey along with them is my favourite thing and I hope my readers will feel the same way.
When not writing, what do you like to do to relax?
I read a lot – as a child I was told off for reading the back of the cornflake packet at breakfast! I also love spending time with my grandchildren – Granny has to be the best job-title ever. I’m lucky that two out of our four grandchildren live nearby so we see them often. My husband jokingly complains that I watch too many cookery competitions on TV while never actually attempting to make any of the recipes.
If you could have a holiday home anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I’d have to pick the south coast of Cornwall where I grew up. Of course it would be a charming cottage with a sea view and roses around the door preferably with a housekeeper/chef/gardener on hand so I have nothing to do but enjoy myself!
If you could have one of your books made into a film, which book would it be and who would play your lead character’s?
Of course I could picture them all on the big screen but I’m going to plump for ‘Sugar and Spice’ which was published in 2014 and still a firm favourite with readers. Here’s the blurb:
Workaholic chef Lily Redman is sure of two things: that she knows good food and that she always gets what she wants. And what she wants more than anything is to make a success of her new American TV show, Celebrity Chef Swap— without the help of her cheating ex-fiance and producer, Patrick O’Brien. So when she arrives in Cornwall, she’s determined to do just that.
Kenan Rowse is definitely not looking for love. Back from a stint in Afghanistan and recovering from a messy divorce and an even messier past, the last thing he needs is another complication. So when he lands a temporary job as Luscious Lily’s driver, he’s none too pleased to find that they can’t keep their hands off each other!
But trudging around Cornish farms, knee deep in mud and meetings with egotistical chefs was never going to be the perfect recipe for love – was it? And Lily could never fall for a man so disinterested in food – could she?
It combined my love of celebrity cooking shows and Cornwall in the perfect way and I can see Emma Stone playing the part of ‘Luscious Lily’ although she might need a little help in the curves department. The role of the initially dour Kenan Rowse, the archetypical brooding hero would be a great one for the gorgeous Aidan Turner.
When writing, do you plot or do you go with the flow?
I often wish I could plot because I suspect it might be easier than my method which is to take a tiny idea and sit in front of a blank computer screen praying that the magic will happen and my characters and their stories start to emerge.
What three tips would you pass on to an aspiring author?
- Study the craft to discover how other writers work but at the end of day find out what method does the trick for you and don’t apologise for it!
- Don’t sit around waiting for some sort of mythical muse to strike because unless you’re very lucky that probably won’t happen. Strive to at least get something on the page – maybe you’ll scrap it later or edit it out of recognition but that’s okay.
- Try to develop a thick skin where it comes to reviews. We all know that reading is a very subjective thing and we don’t all enjoy the same stories. Not everyone who reads your books will fall in love with them but the ones who do more than make up for that.
If you were hosting a dinner party what three people would you invite?
- Aidan Turner – if you really need a reason then you aren’t a ‘Poldark’ fan like me and haven’t heard his real-life delicious Irish accent and self-deprecating humour – what more can you ask for from a dinner party guest?
- Richard Osman – I’ve got a weakness for tall, clever, funny men – just ask my 6’ 6” husband 😊
- The Queen – with a promise that none of the conversations would ever be repeated I think she’d be a fascinating addition and has a wicked sense of humour behind closed doors.
Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to chat with me today, I have just one more cheeky question, just for fun; What is your favourite snacking food?
When I can get my hands on them Walker’s cheese and onion crisps.
Thank you, Frankie x
About the Author
Angela grew up in Cornwall, England and returns frequently from her new home in Nashville, Tennessee to visit family and friends, drink tea and eat far too many Cornish pasties!
A lifelong love of reading turned into a passion for writing contemporary romance and her novels are usually set in the many places she’s visited or lived on her extensive travels. Thanks to over three decades of marriage to her wonderful American husband she’s a huge fan of transatlantic romance and always makes sure her characters get their own happy-ever-after.
She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association. Her first novel ‘Truth and Consequence’ was published in 2006 and she’s now had over 30 novels published internationally and several short stories in women’s magazines.
If you’d like to find out more of what Angela gets up to (Advance warning: this may include references to wine, dark chocolate, Poldark and the hunky Aidan Turner) check out www.angelabritnellromance.com or follow her on www.facebook.com/angelabritnell , www.twitter.com/angelabritnell and on Instagram as Angela Golley Britnell.