Today we are stopping off at 3 blog sites, Zoe’s Art, Craft & Life, Linnea Tanner’s Official Blog and Jenny Knipfer’s Official Blog.
First stop is at Zoe’s Art, Craft & Life for an exclusive excerpt.
Welcoming H D Coulter and her book – Ropewalk: Rebellion. Love. Survival – to my blog
Now for the excerpt –
After twenty minutes of walking along the bleak, muddy track with the biting wind on her back, Bea arrived at The Ellers, a narrow street off the primary hub of town. The clean air had turned thick with soot and grime, spilling out of the tall chimneys. She placed her scarf over her mouth and stepped further up the road. It consisted of a row of cottages and two mills. It was also home to another, smaller rope-making business, which had popped up after they built the canal.
Passing the raucous sound issuing from the Corn Mill at the bottom of the street, Bea ambled upwards. The thin street seemed to be vacant of life; the tenants either in the mills or working down at the canal. The only sounds came from the washing billowing on the lines behind the houses and the monotonous ticking from the cotton mill ahead. Bea paused for a moment, staring at the large overbearing building with its foreboding wooden gate. The one thing she was always grateful for was the fact she had never needed to work in the mills. She had heard stories around town of the conditions there, how they employed the forgotten children from the workhouse to run the looms and trapped destitute families into service. Tales of children and adults developing cotton lung, or becoming mangled in the looms and machinery, now living on the streets begging for scraps or returning to the workhouse and a life of unbearable squalor, haunted her each time she passed.
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Second stop is at Linnea Tanner’s Official Blog for a Guest post.
I was asked to write a guest post about the inspiration behind Ropewalk and how the story came about.
FEATURED AUTHOR: H D COULTER
It is my pleasure to feature H D Coulter as part of The Coffee Pot Book Club Blog Tour being held from March 22 – April 2, 2021. H D Coulter is the author of the historical fiction novel, Ropewalk: Rebellion. Love. Survival [The Ropewalk Series (Book 1)], which was independently released by the author on 23 November 2020 (243 pages).
What was the inspiration behind Ropewalk?
I’d first like to thank Linnea Tanner for inviting me to guest post during the blog tour for Ropewalk: Rebellion. Love. Survival.
I am constantly inspired by history, discovering parts of the past I didn’t know about and fuelling the fire to research.
‘You don’t know where you are going until you know where you have been.’
I find it fascinating to look back and research into certain time frames and how someone can discover additional evidence, and it changes the whole narrative of what we thought about that time. But it also reflects how important story telling is, from a painting on the cave walls, to Mr Peeps diaries in 1500s, to plays and novels. A modern reflection of life for the author, but to us it varies from an idealistic view of the world to a realistic observation.
My first love would be from novelists around 1800s, who give a snippet of life during that time. A handful of novels have had an affected on me; ‘North and South’, ‘persuasion’, ‘Jane Eyre’, ‘Far from the madding crowd’, and ‘Jamaica Inn.’ I find myself consumed by the world the novelist created, believing I know the characters as if I have had umpteen conversations with them. Or the historical novelist has inspired me in today’s publishing market in the way of Philippa Gregory, Kate Mosse, and Diane Setterfield to name a few.
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Third stop is over at Jenny Knipfer’s Official Blog for an exclusive excerpt.
Today as a part of The Coffeepot Bookclub, I am happy to feature Ropewalk: Rebellion. Love. Survival.
Book Title: Ropewalk; Rebellion. Love. Survival * Series: The Ropewalk series * Author: H D Coulter * Publication Date: 23rd November 2020 * Publisher: Independently Published * Page Length: 243 Pages * Genre: Historical Fiction.
Bent over the old wooden table, Bea sprinkled out a second dusting of flour before pulling and stretching the stringy wholemeal dough to make the bread for the evening meal. The house was quiet; her brothers were out working with her Da, and her eldest sister Beth was a housemaid over on Southergate. Holly and Rowan sat playing with their wooden toys by the fire as Bea placed the dough in a bowl in front of the grate, covered it with a cloth and allowed it to prove. She made a start on the rabbit stew with the animal she caught yesterday in one of her Da’s traps. She peeled the potatoes and chopped the cabbages she had dug out of the small vegetable patch earlier that morning, finishing with a handful of the dried thyme and rosemary which hung in bunches over the hearth, throwing them in to the pot.
With the stew bubbling away above the fire, Bea placed the bread in the small oven inset to the right of the grate. The front door rattled open, abruptly disturbing the peace, as Mrs Lightfoot strutted into the seat in front of the fire.
“Come on girls, move out the way.” She kept nudging them until she could sit down. They looked up at Bea, who gestured with her eyes for them to play at the other end of the table.
“How is Mrs Dent faring?” Bea asked politely. Mrs Dent had a nasty turn at the same time every morning, roughly about the time Mr Lightfoot left for work.
“Oh, she is just fine now,” her mother remarked with no interest.
“How’s dinner comin’ by? Anythin’ else you need to do? Your father and brothers will be home soon.”
Bea continued in silence, turning her back on her Mam and smiling towards the girls. This seemed to vex her Mam once more. She raised her voice a notch higher.
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For the next 3 days Ropewalk is dropped to 99p or $1.37 for the ebook, available on all platforms. So, don’t miss out grab your copy today. Check out the links below.
Tomorrow is the last day of the Ropewalk tour. We will be finishing off the tour with another new review and an exclusive excerpt. Join us.