I am absolutely delighted to be today’s stop on the blog tour for A Leap of Faith by Julie Stock. I am super excited to shine a spotlight on this book, plus I am sharing an exclusive guest post ~ Ending and era and starting a new series by Julie Stock. Firstly, thank you to Rachel at Rachels Random Resources for the invite.
About the Book
A Leap of Faith at the Vineyard in Alsace by Julie Stock.
Series: Domaine des Montagnes #3
Genre: Women’s Fiction
It’s winter at The Vineyard in Alsace, and wedding bells are in the air
How do you know when you’re ready for love?
Ellie Robinson has spent her life running from commitment following the breakdown of her parents’ marriage when she was young. She doesn’t believe in happy ever afters and the last thing she wants is to settle down in one place when she could be travelling the world.
Having moved from place to place throughout his childhood, Henri Weiss now calls the vineyard in Alsace home, and he loves the stability the vineyard and the people on it give him. While he enjoys travelling, it’s always good to come home again.
Following an extended travelling trip together, Ellie and Henri find their differences more marked than before, despite their love for each other being even stronger. Then a series of shocks in Ellie’s personal life throws things into turmoil, leaving Ellie unsure as to how to get everything she wants. And Henri facing the loss of the future he has dreamed of.
Can Ellie and Henri reconcile their very different desires and take a leap of faith on their love for each other? Will they get the happy ever after they’ve both been longing for?
Escape to The Vineyard in Alsace once again for this uplifting, romantic read and enjoy Christmas at Domaine des Montagnes.
A Leap of Faith – mybook.to/ALeapofFaith
The 3 book series page – mybook.to/ddmseries
Exclusive Guest Post
Ending an era and starting a new series by Julie Stock
A Leap of Faith at the Vineyard in Alsace is the third and technically, final book in my Domaine des Montagnes series. I’d always envisaged it as a trilogy because there are the two sisters, Fran and Lottie, and Fran’s best friend, Ellie, who all find love on the vineyard and each book tells one of their stories. Trilogies also tend to work well with each book reflecting the ‘beginning, middle and end’ approach to story writing, so that the author can show an arc between the books as well.
So, I must admit that I was happy to finally reach the end of the trilogy, even if I was sad to be saying goodbye to my characters. But as I got closer to the end of this final book, I did start to wonder whether this really did have to be the end. It wouldn’t be difficult to add in some new characters and to carry on writing books in this setting, and I’m sure that readers would appreciate some more books from my fictional vineyard. But the question is, should I do that, or should I leave well alone?
It has been great creating a world especially for my characters on the vineyard in Alsace, making it exactly how I want it to be, and building a village community around the vineyard. However, there’s no doubt that it has been hard to keep tabs on all the different characters and places within the setting, making sure to get all the details right in every book. It’s particularly difficult when you have characters getting pregnant and only find out after you’ve written a whole draft that they’ve been pregnant for the best part of a year. So, timelines are even more important in trilogies and series.
It’s also important to outline what’s going to happen across all three books as well as in each individual book. Doing this has made writing the books so much easier and has stopped me from finding myself written into a corner on several occasions.
But this trilogy was always going to be about the three women and the men they fall in love with. It’s not a series in the true sense of the word, where you have the same main character in a new situation each time. To try and extend the trilogy into more books now might be confusing for the reader, however much I, as the author, would like to return to the vineyard and write about new characters.
So, to get over this, I’ve started work on another book set in Watersmeet Bridge, another fictional setting I’ve already created with the first book, The Bistro by Watersmeet Bridge. This could develop into a series I think with the setting as the link between all the books, and some of the characters overlapping between them. I planned the book out, although I still haven’t written a timeline (darn!) and I’m now over 60,000 words into this book. I even have the idea in my mind for the next book in the series, and I’m itching to get on with planning that one out.
I think this all means that the vineyard in Alsace set of books will remain a trilogy, and that we will all have to imagine the characters carrying on their lives without us for the time being.
About the Author
Julie Stock writes contemporary feel-good romance from around the world: novels, novellas and short stories. She published her debut novel, From Here to Nashville, in 2015, after starting to write as an escape from the demands of her day job as a teacher. A Leap of Faith at the Vineyard in Alsace is her eleventh book, and the third in the Domaine des Montagnes series set on a vineyard.
Julie is now a full-time author, and loves every minute of her writing life. When not writing, she can be found reading, her favourite past-time, running, a new hobby, or cooking up a storm in the kitchen, glass of wine in hand.
Julie is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and The Society of Authors. She is married and lives with her family in Cambridgeshire in the UK.
Giveaway to Win a signed copy of A Leap of Faith at the Vineyard in Alsace plus some festive goodies (Open to UK Only)
Prize contains the following:
- a signed paperback copy of A Leap of Faith at the Vineyard in Alsace
- a sachet of Galaxy instant hot chocolate
- a tin of RHS stem ginger cookies
- a RHS Christmas bauble with a snowdrop decoration on it.
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