January 12, 2017

A Year of Light and Shadows in Scotland #Romance #Mystery @helenafairfax #RLFblog

Helena Fairfax writes contemporary romances with strong heroines and heroes she's secretly in love with. Her novels have been shortlisted for several awards, including the Exeter Novel Prize, the Global Ebook Awards, the I Heart Indie Awards, and the UK's Romantic Novelists' Association New Writers' Scheme Award.
Helena is a British author who was born in Uganda and came to England as a child. She's grown used to the cold now, and these days she lives in an old Victorian mill town in the north of England, right next door to the windswept Yorkshire moors. She walks this romantic landscape every day with her rescue dog, finding it the perfect place to dream up her heroes and her happy endings.

Interview with Helena Fairfax

Why did you write this book?
A couple of years ago I submitted a short story for an anthology of romantic suspense. The only guidelines we were given was that the story should be set "somewhere hot". I normally write contemporary romance but as soon as I saw the call for submissions I was hit with an idea for a suspense that I just had to write.
Sadly the anthology didn't go ahead but the agent involved loved my story, and she suggested I expand it into a novella.
I was more than happy to return to my hot bodyguard hero in the Mediterranean :) – and so that's how Palace of Deception, the first novella in this present trilogy, came about. Once the novella was finished, I kept wondering what would happen to my Mediterranean bodyguard when he came to live in the heroine's home in chilly Scotland. I had to find out – and so I wrote a second novella called The Scottish Diamond.
Both novellas now form this present release – A Year of Light and Shadows – along with a short story that rounds off the hero and heroine's year of mystery and romance.
What is your favorite genre to read?
Besides loving contemporary romance, I also read lots and lots of other genres – literary fiction, crime, thrillers, sci fi, even graphic novels. I just love to read!
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
Wow, that is a really, really hard question. I love Georgette Heyer and so I think I'll pick one of her heroines. So many great ones to choose from, but I'll plump for Kitty Charings from Cotillion. She's funny and spirited and generous, and goes from scrape to scrape, and her long-suffering fiancé is one of my favourite heroes ever.
What are you working on at the moment, and will see from you in coming months?
I'm back to working on a contemporary romance. I have a novel set in a hotel in the beautiful Lake District in the north of England which I hope to release next year.
Please tell us about your latest book.
A Year of Light and Shadows
From the heat of the Mediterranean....
When the Princess of Montverrier goes missing, Lizzie Smith takes on the acting job of her life. Alone and surrounded by intrigue in the Royal Palace, she relies on her quiet bodyguard, Léon. But who is he really protecting? Lizzie...or the Princess?
To the heart of Scotland...
Home in Scotland, Lizzie begins rehearsals for Macbeth and finds danger stalking her through the streets of Edinburgh. She turns to her former bodyguard, Léon, for help...and discovers a secret he'd do anything not to reveal.
A story of mystery and romance...
The approach of Hogmanay in Edinburgh means a new year and new resolutions. Lizzie and Léon have put their year of danger behind them. But something is still troubling Léon, and Lizzie fears the worst...

About A Year of Light and Shadows

Genre Romantic Suspense
Author Helena Fairfax
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG

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  1. BTW, my favorite fictional character: tie - Roarke from the JD Robb "In Death" series, Thranduil from the Hobbit films, and Loki from the Avengers/Thor films. Altho of them all, Thranduil probably gets the most love. :)

  2. Oh, great choices! I love the Avengers films, and Thor is one of my favourite superheroes. Thanks for asking such great questions!


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