A Gathering Storm
Title: A Gathering Storm
Author: Joanna Chambers
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: April 17, 2017
When grief-stricken scientist Sir Edward Fitzwilliam provokes public scorn by defending a sham spiritualist, he’s forced to retreat to Porthkennack to lick his wounds. Ward’s reputation is in tatters, but he’s determined to continue the work he began after the death of his beloved brother.
In Porthkennack, Ward meets Nicholas Hearn, land steward to the Roscarrock family. Ward becomes convinced that Nick, whose Romany mother was reportedly clairvoyant, is the perfect man to assist with his work. But Nick—who has reason to distrust the whims of wealthy men—is loath to agree. Until Fate steps in to lend a hand.
Despite Nick’s misgivings, he discovers that Ward is not the high-handed aristocrat he first thought. And when passion ignites between them, Nick learns there’s much more to love than the rushed, clandestine encounters he’s used to. Nevertheless, Nick’s sure that wealthy, educated Ward will never see him as an equal.
A storm is gathering, but with Nick’s self-doubts and Ward’s growing obsession, the fragile bond between the two men may not be strong enough to withstand it.
Hello, reader friends! I’m Joanna Chambers and this is the blog tour for A Gathering Storm, my new Cornwall-set historical romance. I’ll be sharing thoughts on my experience of writing about eccentric Victorian scientists, pragmatic Romany land stewards and unscrupulous mediums – come and comment to win a copy of the book and a $25 Riptide gift card!
One of the nicest things about writing this book was the fact that it came with a ready made Cornish world. A delightful little sandbox to play in, courtesy of Alex Beecroft, Cornish local (and for me personal writer-crush 😍).
I’ve been to Cornwall precisely once (though to the surrounding south west lots of times) but of course, if you’ve read romance (and ooooh boy, have I read romance!) you’re pretty much bound to have a sense of romantic Cornwall. Oh, those hours I lost as a teenager to Victoria Holts! And the Mills and Boons… So many Mills and Boons! I remember a particular Charlotte Lamb book with an amnesiac heroine wandering the clifftops and the mysterious and enigmatic stranger who turns out to be her estranged husband. Delicious.
As for the landscape, it’s dramatically beautiful. Sometimes all easy sunshine, other times wild with storms. Was there ever a Cornish romance that didn’t make the most of the weather? (Hint: if there is, it’s not mine!)
And you know what was really fun? The dialect. I mean, as a writer, I COLLECT words and seriously, they have some of the best. Brilliantly vivid, richly descriptive words. The very best kind.
My favourite? Airymouse. What do you think that is?
A bat, of course. 😊
Welcome to Porthkennack, a charming Cornish seaside town with a long and sometimes sinister history. Legend says King Arthur’s Black Knight built the fort on the headland here, and it’s a certainty that the town was founded on the proceeds of smuggling, piracy on the high seas, and the deliberate wrecking of cargo ships on the rocky shore. Nowadays it draws in the tourists with sunshine and surfing, but locals know that the ghosts of its Gothic past are never far below the surface.
This collaborative story world is brought to you by five award-winning, best-selling British LGBTQ romance authors: Alex Beecroft, Joanna Chambers, Charlie Cochrane, Garrett Leigh, and JL Merrow. Follow Porthkennack and its inhabitants through the centuries and through the full rainbow spectrum with historical and contemporary stand-alone titles.
Check out Porthkennack!
About Joanna Chambers
Joanna Chambers always wanted to write. In between studying, finding a proper grown up job, getting married and having kids, she spent many hours staring at blank sheets of paper and chewing pens. That changed when she rediscovered her love of romance and found her muse. Joanna’s muse likes red wine, coffee and won’t let Joanna clean the house or watch television.
Connect with Joanna:
• Website: www.joannachambers.com
• Twitter: @ChambersJoanna
To celebrate the release of A Gathering Storm, one lucky winner will receive a $25 Riptide credit and a copy of A Gathering Storm! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on April 22, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!