Welcome to the first week of the blog tour of Saving Grace: Deception. Obsession. Redemption.
Apologies for not posting this week, unfortunately I have been having difficulties with the website, but fingers crossed it should be working again.
So for Day 1 we stopped off at Historical Fiction author Judith Arnopp Offical blog for an exclusive excerpt from Saving Grace.
An Excerpt from Chapter 2
“That is quite a debt you are racking up, dear Max.” Hanley stacked the gold coins into a pile as he held the owing slips of paper in his left hand.
“I can pay you; I just need a couple of days to free up the money.” Max licked out the last dregs of whiskey from his glass. There were three other tables surrounding them in one of the smaller rooms in the club where high stakes were thrown away more often than anyone involved cared to note.
Hanley grinned and gestured to the serving staff to bring two more. “On me.” They placed the tumblers down in front of them within seconds. With a simple nod, Max lifted his and swallowed the contents it in one gulp. “We both know you are running out of capital. That’s the dreadful business with ships, you never quite know when you’re going to lose them like that.”
Max relaxed back in his chair and allowed the haze of alcohol to blur his thoughts. “Storms happen… we have insurance.”
To read more of the excerpt, check out the link below…
On Day 2 we are stopping off at 2 blogs, B for Book Review for another exclusive excerpt and A Thousand Sun’s… A Thousand Worlds… for a review.
First stop is over at B for Book Review for another exclusive excerpt…
May 1832, Beacon Hill, Boston
Bea stood in the kitchen, picking herbs from the small clay pots dotted along the windowsill. How she wished they had a small garden, enough space to grow a few vegetables and flowers. The back of the house had a little yard, with two clotheslines for their servant Sarah to use next to the washhouse, but the walls were too high for any sun to last more than an hour, and the plants she had tried to grow lay dead in the larger clay tubs dotted around the hard ground.
You could have fitted the ground floor of her family home into this kitchen as it stretched half the length of the house. There was a backdoor which lead to the yard, and cupboards filled with pans, tins and umpteen dinner sets to host endless dinner parties. In the centre was a large, beaten-up wooden table with four chairs pushed neatly underneath. Bea loved the table, and cooking dinner off it reminded her of her Granda’s one in her family home in England. She chopped up some carrots and onions, and laid them roughly on the bottom of the roasting pan, then stuffed the mixture of fat, breadcrumbs, nutmeg, sage, thyme and a few sprigs of rosemary into the small chicken and placed it jauntily on top. Finally, she rubbed a small nob of butter across the skin and finished with a sprinkle of salt and pepper. The spices and seasonings were such a luxury to her. She never became tired of lifting the lids of each small but precious pot and daintily spooning out a pinch of the magic substances for every meal.
To read more of the excerpt, check out the link below…
Second stop is over at A Thousands Suns for a review from a new member of the blog tour…
By H D Coulter
Saving Grace is the incredibly moving story of Beatrice Mason. Having not read book one I was slightly concerned that I might not be able to catch up with the storyline, but H D Coulter has made sure that this book stands very firmly on its own. Therefore, it did not take me long to figure out who everyone was, and what had happened.
To check out the rest of the review, click on the link below…
Like a thousand suns…: Saving Grace: Deception. Obsession. Redemption. Series: The Ropewalk series, Book 2 by H D Coulter is worth checking out! #BookReview #HistoricalFiction #BlogTour #CoffeePotBookClub (likeathousandlives.blogspot.com)
For Day 3 we stopped off at The Magic of Wor(l)ds for a Guest Post and Let Your Words Shine for a Fun 5 Things interview post.
The first stop was at The Magic of Wor(l)ds for a Guest post about the African Meeting House in Beacon Hill, an important landmark in Saving Grace.
Today I’m on the ‘Saving Grace: Deception. Obsession. Redemption.’ blogtour, organized by The Coffee Pot Book Club.
To promote this book I have a guest post.
Guest Post :
The African Meeting House, Beacon Hill.
Thank you again for ‘The Magic of the Wor(l)ds’ for inviting me to guest post for Saving Grace.
At the end of Ropewalk, Bea and Joshua are leaving the UK to start a fresh in America. I choose to locate some of Saving Grace in Beacon Hill which is a part of Boston, was flourishing. It was a representation of what was happening across America in the 1830s, with various cultures descending on different areas of the hill. A class divide between north and south slope in wealth, with a sense of unrest bubbling underneath. Another aspect of why I choose to select Beacon Hill was Joshua’s background in shipping. It was a natural selection for the character to choose that location with business connections and to be on the south slope of Beacon Hill.
However, when I was researching the area, I discovered the African meeting house, which was a hub for the abolitionist movement and a rumoured connection to the underground railroad. Once I stumbled across this, I fell down the research rabbit hole and saw Bea, like her father supporting change. This unexpected discovery changed the plot of Saving Grace and added an element that seemed like a natural development for the characters, especially Bea to take, helping her to find her voice and strength again. Which created a whole new subplot to the novel and leading into book 3.
To read the rest of the guest blog, check out the link below…
#BlogTour #TheCoffeePotBookClub @maryanneyarde / #GuestPost : Saving Grace: Deception. Obsession. Redemption. (The Ropewalk series, Book 2) – H. D. Coulter @coulter_hd #HistoricalFiction – The Magic of Wor(l)ds (wordpress.com)
The second stop is over at Let Your Words Shine for a fun post giving you an insight into the Ropewalk Series.
(Stuff you may or may not already know!)
No one really knows this, but I named the principal character Beatrice Lightfoot after my female ginger tabby cat Beatrice; Bea for short. Whilst the name Lightfoot came from the last name of my family doctor growing up, Dr Lightfoot.
To check out 4 more fun facts, check out the link below…
For Day 4 we stopped off at MJ Porter’s Offical Blog for a Guest Post and Books, Lattes & Tiaras – for a Review.
Fist stop is over at M J Porter offical blog where I discuss the research process of Saving Grace.
Today, I’m delighted to welcome back H D Coulter, with a post about the historical research that went into writing Saving Grace.
Saving Grace is the sequel to Ropewalk, and the setting couldn’t be more different – from the North of England to Boston. Could you tell me about how you went about researching the setting for Saving Grace, and why you chose that particular location?
I would like to thank M J Porter for inviting me back again to guest post. Today I am discussing how book 1, Ropewalk, which took place in the north of England but book 2 mostly takes place in Beacon Hill, Boston and in the American deep south state of Georgia.
I will not go into spoilers here. But at the end of book 1, circumstances happened which meant that Bea and Joshua could no longer live in England and needed to flee. I choose to locate some of Saving Grace in Beacon Hill as it was a flourishing hub of Boston. It was a representation of what was happening across America in the 1830s, with various cultures descending on different areas of the hill. A class divide between north and south slope in wealth, with a sense of unrest bubbling underneath. With Joshua’s background in shipping, it was a natural selection for the character to choose that location with Boston harbour situated on the south slope and possible business connections. It was an area much like Ulverston, with new industrial advancement owned by the rich and yet filled with small clusters of different communities scattered from one street to the next.
To read more of the research process, check out the link below…
Second stop is over at Books, Lattes and Tiaras for a Review.
A review of Saving Grace by HD Coulter – 5 Stars.
While the first book of the Ropewalk Series was full of action and unexpected events, this second book, Saving Grace by HD Coulter is just as, maybe even more, grappling and emotional. While this book can stand alone, in my opinion readers should read this series in order to wrap your head around everything that Beatrice Mason has gone through. My review for the first book, Ropewalk, can be found here.
Beatrice and Joshua Mason have moved to Beacon Hill in Boston. Joshua acquires a lucrative job as a manager on the docks, unknowingly with the assistance of Bea’s attacker Captain Hanley who framed her for murder prior to their relocation across the Atlantic.
To read the rest of the review (Which give away some spolilers), check out the link below…
For Day 5 we stopped off at Tony Richie’s The Writing Desk for a Guest Post and Oh look, another book for a Review.
The first stop is over at The Writing Desk for a special interview.
I’m pleased to welcome author H D Coulter to The Writing Desk:
Tell us about your latest book
Saving Grace takes place 6 months after the ending of Ropewalk, book 1 and deals with the aftermath. Bea and Joshua are finding their feet in Beacon Hill, Boston as Joshua tries to find work at Boston Harbour and Bea tries to come to terms with the pregnancy with Hanley’s child and coping with a form of PTSD, a result of the ending of Ropewalk. Whilst in Ulverston, Hanley is plotting his revenge and tracking them down.
“You are my child; you are not his – you are innocent – you are loved – you are mine.” The mantra Bea repeats, reminding herself that the child is innocent and loved.
Bea and Joshua begin their new life with their child and finding happiness through love and reconnection together. Joshua is rebuilding his position in his new role, while Bea secretly becomes involved with the abolitionist movement with the help of her friend Sarah. Discovering the underground railroad and the hidden path across America.
But unbeknown to them all, Hanley watches from the shadows and is planning to take it all away.
To check out the rest of the interview, click on the link below…
The final stop of the week is at Oh look, another book blog.
I am so excited to share my review of Saving Grace: Deception. Obsession. Redemption. (The Ropewalk series, Book 2) by H D Coulter Thank you so much to The Coffee Pot Book Club for your invite to take part in this tour.
I do so love series, and when I was offered the chance to read this book, after reading book 1, I was ecstatic. Book 1 ended on a cliff hanger, and when I finished reading it, this book was still only on Preorder. You can understand how upset I was. Nonetheless, I was asked if I wanted to read this one, I agreed with maybe a little too much enthusiasm, and as soon as I received my copy, I put on the kettle and sat down.
Once again, the cover is absolutely gorgeous. What else can I say? Anyway, let us get onto the story…
To read more of the review, check out the link below…
Oh look, another book!: Saving Grace: Deception. Obsession. Redemption. (The Ropewalk series, Book 2) by H D Coulter #BookReview #HistoricalFiction #BlogTour #CoffeePotBookClub @coulter_hd @maryanneyarde (ohlookanotherbook.blogspot.com)
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Starting tomorrow, the second week of the Blog Tour will commence and I will try my best share the link each day, as long my website plays ball.
Hope you have a good weekend and catch you tomorrow…