I am excited to have author Hannah Embers here today to tell us a little bit about herself and her book Burning Embers.
Title: Burning Embers
Author: Hannah Fielding
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Pub. date: April 2012
Genre: Modern Historical Romance
Coral Sinclair is a beautiful but na ve twenty-five-year-old photographer who has just lost her father. She's leaving the life she's known and traveling to Kenya to take ownership of her inheritance--the plantation that was her childhood home--Mpingo. On the voyage from England, Coral meets an enigmatic stranger to whom she has a mystifying attraction. She sees him again days later on the beach near Mpingo, but Coral's childhood nanny tells her the man is not to be trusted. It is rumored that Rafe de Monfort, owner of a neighboring plantation and a nightclub, is a notorious womanizer having an affair with her stepmother, which may have contributed to her father's death. Circumstance confirms Coral's worst suspicions, but when Rafe's life is in danger she is driven to make peace. A tentative romance blossoms amidst a meddling ex-fianc, a jealous stepmother, a car accident, and the dangerous wilderness of Africa. Is Rafe just toying with a young woman's affections? Is the notorious womanizer only after Coral's inheritance? Or does Rafe's troubled past color his every move, making him more vulnerable than Coral could ever imagine? Set in 1970, this contemporary historical romance sends the seemingly doomed lovers down a destructive path wrought with greed, betrayal, revenge, passion, and love.
About The Author:
- MGO: First, thank you for being here today Hannah!In 20 words or less tell us why we should read your book.
Hannah: It is an evocative, passionate love story that will transport you to vivid and colourful rural Africa and its culture.
MGO: When did you first know that you wanted to be a writer?
Hannah: Stories and writing have always been part of my life. My father was a great raconteur and my governess used to tell the most fabulous fairy stories – I could listen to them for hours. When I was seven she and I came to an agreement: for every story she’d tell me I would invent one in return. That is how my passion for storytelling began.
At school I consistently received first prize for my essays and my teachers often read them aloud in class. As a teenager I used to write short romantic stories during lessons and circulate them in class, which made me very popular with my peers (but less so with the nuns!). In addition, since a young age I have kept some sort of a diary where I note my feelings, ideas and things that take my fancy (or not).
My grandmother was a published author of poetry and my father published a book about the history of our family, so writing runs in my veins. I guess I always knew that one day I would follow in those footsteps and forge my own path in that field – a subconscious dream which finally came true.
MGO: What made you decide to write in the genre that you choose?
Hannah: I am romantic, passionate and imaginative – I guess that says it all!
MGO: Who would you say has been the most influential person in your life?
Hannah: Without a doubt my French governess and my father have the most influenced my life. Both of them were intelligent, charismatic, and flamboyant. They encouraged me to read, to travel, and to be inquisitive and interested in everything around me, which helped nurture and stretch my imagination.
MGO: Ice cream, cookies or candy?
Hannah: Cookies – any cookies: ginger, shortbread, cinnamon, you name it. But I do try not to indulge too often in this weakness, this péché mignon.
MGO: Long walks on the beach, romantic picnic or sitting cuddled up on the couch watching a movie?
Hannah: I am a loner to some extent, and a dreamer, so the beach calls to me. I live part of the year in the south of France, and I love taking long walks on the beach on a sunny spring day. I gaze at the sparkling Mediterranean sea, with its ever-changing shades of blue under the smiling azure sky, and conjure up romantic stories.
MGO: Do you have anything currently in the works?
Hannah: I have written a passionate, fiery trilogy set in Andalucia, Spain, spanning three generations of a Spanish/English family, from 1950 to the present day.
I have also just finished writing a touching, deeply romantic novel that takes place in Venice and in Tuscany, Italy in 1979/1980. It opens with the Venice Carnival that has returned after a cessation of almost two centuries.
I so enjoyed researching these books (what better excuse to visit Venice), and they are in the pipeline for publication.
I am now in the process of researching my next historical romance trilogy which is set in Egypt and will take my readers from 1945 to the present day.
MGO: Thank you again Hannah for being here and sharing a little bit more about yourself and your book with us today!
For those of you interested in Burning Embers, you can find it on Amazon Here.