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‘Snowflakes Over Holly Cove’ by Lucy Coleman
The Blog Tour

I should have learned by now, that any Blog Tour arranged by the lovely folks at Aria Fiction, is always going to be oversubscribed, so as you will see from the Blog Tour Banner, I only just made this one by the skin of my teeth!

By now, there will have been some excellent reviews, interviews and extracts, from earlier Blog Tour participants, so why not check out a few of them, I am sure they would love to have you visit!

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SNOWFLAKES OVER HOLLY COVE

Cover Image Of The Book 'Snowflakes Over Holly Cove' By The Author Lucy ColemanThe perfect Christmas romance for fans of Karen Swan.

As the snowflakes start to fall, the village of Holly Cove welcomes a new tenant to the beautiful old cottage on the beach…

For lifestyle magazine journaist Tia Armstrong, relationships, as well as Christmas, have lost all their magic. Yet Tia is up against a Christmas deadline for her latest article ‘Love is, actually, all around’…

So Tia heads to Holly Cove where the restorative sea air, and rugged stranger Nic, slowly but surely start mending her broken heart.

Tia didn’t expect a white Christmas, and she certainly never dared dream that all her Chiristmas wishes might just come true…

Set in Caswell Bay on the stunningly rugged Gower Coast, the cottage nestles amid the limestone cliffs and the woodlands; the emotions run as turbulently as the wind-swept sea.

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LUCY COLEMAN (AKA LINN B. HALTON)

Image Of Author Lucy ColemanBristol born, Lucy currently lives in Coed Duon, in Wales, with her lovely husband and Bengal cat, Ziggy, although they are both self-confessed ‘seriel movers’, with Lucy, in her other guise as Linn B. Halton, also being known for her series of ‘Home By Design’ articles, wearing her former interior designer hat!

Writing as Linn B. Halton, her novels have been short-listed in the UK’s Festival of Romance and the eFestival of Words Book Awards.

Linn also won the 2013 UK Festival of Romance: Innovation in Romantic Fiction award.

So why the change of name?

Literally a couple of days before Christmas 2016 I submitted to three agents and by early March 2017 I had signed with the awesome Sara Keane, from the Keane Kataria Literary Agency. It wasn’t long before I was signing my first, four-book deal with Aria Fiction. As I’m still writing for Harper Impulse as Linn B. Halton, my books for Aria Fiction will go out under my new pen name of Lucy Coleman. Having Sara in my corner, helping me to work on my finished manuscripts to make them the best they can be and introducing my work to Aria Fiction, has sharpened my focus. I’m no longer thinking one book at a time, but forward planning. As each day passes I’m feeling more and more like a Lucy,

Keep up to date with all the latest news at Lucy’s website

Follow Lucy on Twitter

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Cover Image Of The Book 'Snowflakes Over Holly Cove' By The Author Lucy Coleman

As my contribution to this extensive Blog Tour, ‘Aria Fiction’ and Lucy Coleman, have requested that I share this extract from ‘Snowflakes Over Holly Cove’ …

CHAPTER 2

LIFE GOES ON

‘Welcome back, Tia, you’ve been missed. Glad to see you looking so well.’

Clarissa Cooper doesn’t do sympathy, or empathy. My gut instincts tell me that’s probably going to be the full extent of my back-to-work interview. Even the chief editor can’t ignore HR’s policy for staff returning to work after being out on compassionate leave.

In fairness, Love a Happy Ending lifestyle magazine is a little empire. With its print sales, website and app, it runs like a well-oiled machine. Since Clarissa took over two years ago, sales have steadily climbed and no one could ask for a better mentor.

I suck in a deep breath as quietly as I can, thinking that if I keep my mind focused on getting through this meeting, then I’m less likely to embarrass myself and dissolve into tears.

‘I have an exciting project lined up and the whole team agree that you are the right person to tackle it. How do you feel about three articles, each one looking at two very different types of relationship? They are due to run in the November, December and January issues and will look at what makes the relationships work.‘

‘We’ve already picked the couples from varying backgrounds and age groups. Our readers will be keen to know how they keep the love alive. How does love change as the years go by? What sort of gifts do they give each other at Christmas? I want pages oozing with sentimental festive cheer. And the January one should slant towards New Year resolutions and shared goals for the coming year. It’s going to be our biggest headline this winter and we’re all very excited about it. We’re going to run this in tandem with a series of competitions sponsored by Green Fern Spa Centres and we will be giving away one hundred vouchers for free his and hers pamper sessions.’

I was right. Her employer obligations have been fulfilled; box ticked, now back to the business in hand, which isn’t simply hitting those sales targets, but knocking them for six.

My stomach sinks into my boots. Clarissa Cooper’s steely-grey eyes sweep over me, appraising my reaction rather like a fine-tuned minesweeper in action. If I hesitate now she’ll know I’m not ready to come back yet, and warning bells will start sounding in her head. I can’t risk being side-lined for some younger, smarter version of me, because Mum would be horrified to see me throwing away all those years of hard graft.

‘Great. I love the idea – sounds exciting.’

My mother died four weeks ago today and it’s my first day back. Interviewing loved-up couples gushing over their wonderful relationships is about as surreal to me at this moment as the fact that I can’t pick up the phone and talk to Mum. Still, not bad, Tia, you managed to sound enthused. That’s quite an achievement, especially since you have just waved goodbye to thirty and obviously have no idea at all how to keep a long-term relationship alive. I ease my shoulders back and down, forcing my body not to sag and I seem to have convinced Clarissa I’m up to the task.

‘Well done, you. The sign of a true professional is someone who can roll with the punches and remain standing afterwards. I thought, given the circumstances, a little stay away from the madness of London might aid your concentration. The details are in here.’

I can’t trust myself to utter another word, so I plaster on the widest smile I can muster and grab the folder she thrusts in my direction. Already her attention is elsewhere and she doesn’t even look up as I turn and run.

Clearly, Clarissa has never lost a close loved one. Come to think of it, does Clarissa actually have any close loved ones? All she ever talks about is work, but although she doesn’t wear a wedding ring I suppose that it’s not inconceivable she has a partner. Or is it? It’s hard to think of a sentence in which the words Clarissa and emotion would sit well together. For cool, read icy. For efficient, read microchip processor. It’s an incredible skill, obviously, but there has to be something more, something that touches the soul. The only people she appears to make time for are from the publishing world too, because it’s all about being seen with the right people and making contacts. She does spend quite a lot of time accompanying Oliver Sinclair to drinks parties, but then he is her boss and I suppose she is a little different around him. But whether that’s a softer side creeping in, or the result of her well-practisedsocial skills, who can tell?

I’m being a little unkind and I know it. What did I expect? The world goes on and whether I like it or not I have to earn a salary to pay the bills. Despite the fact that, at the moment, every morning it’s a struggle to drag myself out of bed and face the new day ahead. Life will never be the same again and now, as someone very kindly pointed out to me at the funeral, I’m an orphan. I remember recoiling, wondering how on earth anyone could ever think that was an appropriate thing to mention. The word was like a bullet through my heart, but I had to agree it was true. My father died many years ago, but for some stupidly naive reason, I thought Mum would go on forever.

The one inevitable thing in life is death. And I’ve just been reminded of that. What made it even harder is that I didn’t have a chance to say goodbye. She died in her sleep; a heart-attack they said and a peaceful way to go. But even after seeing her coffin disappear behind those curtains, I still can’t take it in. OK, so I’m grieving and it’s pretty obvious I’m having trouble moving on from the denial and isolation phase. Maybe that’s because I’m not sure I can handle the anger phase.

It’s as if I’m living in a bad dream and when I wake up everything will be back to normal. Time to face up to reality, Tia, this is no dream and you have to snap out of it. Your career-hungry peers are snapping at your heels and shadowing Clarissa is a privilege you must never take for granted. That hunger to continue climbing the ladder and be the one sitting in the editor’s chair will return. When it does you need to be prepared to do battle again and fight off your opponents, sorry – colleagues. Allow yourself this one assignment to ease yourself back in and prove you can come out triumphant. Don’t just do a good job, do a brilliant job and make everyone realise you’re more than ready for the next step.

Jeez, am I really giving myself a pep talk here? Or am I scared that none of it means anything to me anymore? That’s nonsense, I tell myself. And Clarissa’s one of the best, so you are lucky to be able to chase the dream. Stop moaning, Tia, it’s not your style and get on with it.

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Yvonne

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I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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8 comments
    • Thank You, for being such a great author to work with!

      You always ‘care’ about what happens to your books, once they are let loose on the big, wide world!

      Your likes, shares and comments are always valued and appreciated. 🙂

  • I’m still not convinced this is one that would ever make its way to my TBR pile (unless chosen by book club), but will admit I think the writing is done quite well. I certainly enjoyed the excerpt shared here.

    Glad you got a slot in the tour, Yvonne!

    • I also quite enjoyed Lucy’s writing style, both of this extract and extracts I shared from her previous book I featured, ‘The French Adventure’.

      Like yourself, I am not an avid reader of contemporary romantic fiction, however ‘Snowflakes Over Holly Cove’, is definitely going to make it to my TBR pile, if for no other reason than it is set in an area of the country I know quite well and which is beautiful at any time of year.

      I have so many Blog Tour spots, cover reveals and author Guest Posts lined up, that I am really struggling to fit in any actual reading these days. Whilst this is definitely a lovely dilemma to have, I really do need to address things going forward into the New Year and make a definitive decision about which direction Fiction Books is going to take!

      As ever, thank you for your support and comments, I always appreciate them 🙂

    • I definitely don’t do ‘seasonal’ reading and the customer reading habits in the shop tend to bear witness to that too!

      I find that if someone enjoys reading a particular author, then they will pick up and read books by that person, wherever and whenever they find them, so you might well come across my review of a Christmas book, in the middle of summer!

      Today has been absolutely beautiful here in Somerset and Christmas definitely isn’t on my agenda just yet either.

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that all is well with you 🙂

  • I enjoyed holiday reads and Snowflakes Over Holly Cove sounds very nice. Plus it sounds like a book with more depth to it since Tia has some healing and grieving to do. Thanks for highlighting it!

    • There are some great sounding Christmas books hitting the shelves right now, with some lovely artwork to compliment the storylines.

      As I don’t really do seasonal reading, I do admit to being very selective about my choices in the genre. I generally select authors whose writing I already know, or those who live close to my neck of the woods. I also favour stories which are either set in places I know quite well and can relate to in the narrative, or a premise which doesn’t necessarily end ‘happy ever after’, just because it is Christmas!

      This book fits the bill on both counts, in that the author has lived for some years, relatively close by and the book is set in a place which I know and love for its beautiful scenery, so it is a win, win situation from my point of view!

      Thanks for taking the time to visit and I hope that all is well with you 🙂

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