1066 And All That

Coat of Arms for William the Conqueror.

Today the Pinterest reveal tour deals with the character Jasmine de Montfort. My thanks to Kim the Bookworm for hosting me. Jasmine is from an aristocratic family. She believes that a special type of person is bred to command the subservient social classes. That type of person is her. The subservient classes are everyone else. 

She was born to be a mortal enemy of Shannon. Right from the start there is a high tension risk of shocks. They are a match for each other. Even I don’t know if there will ever be a winner. As I finished the book I kinda felt they’d be slugging it out even if I was no longer writing up the bout. 

Jasmine de Montfort acts as an indicator of social differences in England. She also provides an off handed humour and gets to join in some of the sharpest dialogue in the book. She tells everyone that her family arrived in 1066 with William the Conqueror. I’m sure her descendants will be firing out commands for at least another thousand years. 

Emma thinx:  You can’t command a genuine smile

Venice, The City Lover’s City Of Love

Stone to lighten any lover’s heart

You can’t do a tour of anything in this world without taking in Venice. My Pinterest reveal today is of that magical place. I’m grateful to Patricia Sands for hosting me today.In Shannon’s Law a pivotal moment of the book unfolds out of the blue. A character comments that after Venice or Love, nothing is ever the same.Shannon has to cope with both at once.

So much has been said of Venice that I’ve always felt that a little scribbler like me can add nothing. In the full feature I tried by saying Venice is a city of love because, like love, it is very unlikely, impossibly fragile and impossibly strong. Many never find true love. I had to wait for the last third of my life to know it. I did not expect its weight  to float on the mud of life. I expected storms and floods to sweep it away. They might yet do so and indeed mortality will shuffle me off into the lagoon. To me, this is the essence of Venice. It rises above the impossible to proclaim beauty and passion. Like love it knows no common sense.

All the rest is photos and farfalle. 

Emma Thinx: Often you need mud to float a dream.

Shannon At Scotland Yard

Shannon Aguerri on her way to see the boss

Only a week to go! Only a few more items for my Pinterest reveal tour.  Thankfully I’m not an actress or singer who has to face the public everyday. Just to think in  seven days millions and millions of potential critics will be reading my book…….. Perhaps I could perform as a stand up comedienne. Or a street cop?  
Today I’m on the site of cluereview featuring the actual heroine of Shannon’s Law, Shannon Aguerri. 

Born on a tough south London estate with a West Indian father and an Irish mother she had to fight just to stay afloat. She has a big heart but doesn’t do sentimentality. She likes her cup of tea and her man to be strong with a generous portion of sugar. Her wit is as sharp as the knives she has faced. Cross her and you’ve got an ice cool enemy. If she loves you – watch out for the heat.

I was very lucky to have a beautiful and patient model for my cover photo. Readers will draw their own picture of her. There’s a look of daring in her eye that captures her character for me.

Emma Thinx: Who dares slims.

Elvis – The King

When you’re this big a crown is just a silly hat

My Pinterest reveal today is one of the most famous persons ever to have lived. It is estimated that there are 35,000 impersonators of this man in the USA and maybe up to 85,000 in the world. He is the ninth most known man according
towhoismorefamous.com. Ladies and Gentlemen, for those who believe, Elvis has never left the building. 

A true fan and music writer Mandy Baggot has hosted my post today. The great man plays a big part in Shannon’s Law. I can’t give away too much of the story. He has to rely on others to provide physical manifestations of his presence. This does not mean that the King is not still here. Wherever there is a blue suede shoe there is a footprint. Wherever there is a heartbreak hotel there is a tear stained sheet bearing his scent. Wherever some helpless human can’t help falling love there is a man in a white suit who understands. If you believe like me you should read my book and feel the presence of the great man.

While researching the book I splashed out on a new Elvis DVD to help me soak myself in the flavour. It is a show to commemorate the 25 years since his death. Footage of Elvis is mixed with his old backing musicians playing live. It’s very skilfully done and you can catch it here

Writing books allows me many forms of self indulgence. It was a joy to include Elvis. Somehow he arrived on Earth and brought his own era with him. He was a fabulous performer who brought a charisma and a belief that will never fade. 

Emma Thinx: When you’re OTT, you’re feeling the real thing.

French Letters

In the heat of battle, she was his hottest thought. 

Today I’m revealing Josephine, Empress of France on my  Pinterest board. I’m grateful to the site Queen of the Night Reviews for hosting me. In Shannon’s Law, our heroine seems to walk in the footsteps of this famous femme fatale. 

For sure she was something of a handful even for  an emperor. My impression is that she was the boss in their relationship. In my story Shannon certainly sets the tone and her earl is happy to follow. My full feature is here. The picture above is a copy of a book of Napoleon’s letters to Josephine. This book was given to me by the poet Oscar Sparrow at the beginning of our relationship. He’d bought it from one of those booksellers by the Seine in Paris. Loitering in Paris is his favourite occupation. Poets don’t do deadlines and book launches. They die and get discovered.

Emma Thinx:   Dip Cupid’s arrow in ink. 

Let Them Eat Cake Soaked In Wine

A little sherry Cheri?

The Pinterest reveal goes on with the exposure of that wonderful dish of sherry trifle from Cop’s Kitchen. I’m grateful to the site Sharing Links and Wisdom for hosting me.

Purely by chance I prepared this very dessert from Shannon’s Law last night for some French friends. All the plates were clean at the end. The Brits keep groaning about Europe and threatening to leave. At least a little slice of England will remain if we do pull out.

Emma Thinx:  Je t’aime mon Sherry.

Shannon Climbs to Ecstasy On Purgatory Hill

There’s no let up now in that Pinterest reveal countdown to the launch of Shannon’s Law. My host today is Cometbabesbooks who has the subject of Shannon’s taste in music. She’s a fit girl who trains hard on her mountain bike. On her headphones she listens to Purgatory Hill. The cigar box guitar sound is just so raw and exciting. I could throw a lot of words at but it’s best to click the link and give yourself a treat. 

Emma Thinx: You gotta dig deep for the purest dirt.

Meaty And Hot From The Cop’s Kitchen

If you’ve got it – flaunt it! Power nosh for sexy cops. Just add HP sauce and chips

The Pinterest reveal today is that fine English dish of Sausage Toad. I’m grateful to Lisa Haselton for hosting me today. The full feature and the recipe from Cop’s Kitchen is here.

The life of a cooking novelist calls for a complete re-think of kitchen design. What I need is a hob with a built in wipe off keyboard. I could be boiling my beans and pouring out some passion at the same time. I’ll be cooking up a dish from Shannon’s Law tomorrow for some French guests. I’ll let you know how it goes.

Emma Thinx; Michelin chefs never tire or deflate.

On the Horns of an Emma.

How now brown cow?

It’s back to the pre launch Pinterest reveal tour today. I’m grateful to crooksonbooks for hosting my feature on the animals in Shannon’s Law. When researching the story at an early stage I went to Bloxington Manor (in real life Avington Park) to get a feel for the place. As I relaxed looking at the view a snort behind me made me turn suddenly. There were the beasts. Being a city girl I’ve had little experience of prehistoric creatures. I’d read enough Thomas Hardy as a kid to have ruled out milk maid as a career. My first thought was woolly mammoth but Oscar pointed out the absence of a trunk. 

All assurances that they only eat grass were wasted. I was so moved by the incident that I wrote a bestial encounter into the story. Shannon is a big brave cop but even she was scared . Many of my characters are very like me.

Emma Thinx: You can’t make love or war without the beast within

Winter Postcard From Saint Savinien Sur Charente

Thank you, thank you – I am alive and I can see.

I’m home in France. My dear dear Charente Maritime – I love you. You are always here waiting for me. The neighbours kiss me. Your beauty washes down through stone into river and sky. I am so lucky in my life to be here with eyes to see and a mind to abandon to you. Truly I am in awe of this place. It is a watercolour picture of the heart with a smile of church bells.

Winter sun , your fine pen of stark beauty draws a summer in my heart

To infinity and beyond those French films of avenues and kisses.

I am pausing today from the ding dong of Shannon’s Law and  blog tours. I took my camera for a walk to try to fix the atmospheric light of this winter’s day. Spring is nibbling at the edges now.The bare trees still expose that truth of  Nature’s skeleton. As any of my readers will know, I never hold back in talking openly about love and its worldly hit-man, sex. In a way, Winter is the truth of enduring love. It is the true uncompromising hardcore when all the dressing up, tease, promise and make-up is done.  If I’m being OTT Emma let me know. Here are a few shots I wanted to share.

Beauty on this scale is emotional. I’m not one of those posh Wordsworth guys who can express the intellectual power of Nature’s beauty. Even so, I’m a human bean planted in this soil to grow.

Emma thinx:  Life grows. You are life. Life is you.