I am delighted to be handing over the blog today to author Rosie Clarke as she kicks off the blog tour for her latest novel, Lizzie’s Daughters.
Over to you Rosie!
First of all I would like to say thank you for having me on your blog. I’ve picked up the tweets from your twitter account and know you have a popular following so I’m happy that you have allowed me to say a few words.
I’ve been writing for more than thirty years now under various pseudonyms and have produced well over 150 books. I started out writing historical romances for HMB and enjoyed happy years as a part of that family, but as the years passed I discovered I wanted to write something stronger, with real people and real characters that touched the heart. I’ve written quite a few sagas in the past with varying success, but the new books I’m writing now for Aria are a lot of fun and really what I want to write now.
Lizzie’s Daughters is the third in a series of books, the first two of which were about two friends, Lizzie and Beth, and the way their lives were caught up in the Second World War. The third book is about Lizzie’s daughters growing up in the fifties, the way the world is moving on from a devastating war, and hints at the new dangers that are beginning to build. From being a staunch ally in the war, Russia is now making ominous rumbling sounds and Sebastian is somehow caught up in the dangers that come from a divided Germany.
Lizzie and her daughter’s lives are shadowed by Sebastian’s work, yet it is not the cause of the trouble that Betty’s disappearance brings to the family. Betty has all her father’s impulsive and headstrong character and in her heart she bitterly regrets that Sebastian is not her father. She loves her half-sister Francie but there is a little envy in her heart and it is her foolish uncertainty that leads her into making a terrible mistake.
Readers who loved Lizzie’s Secret and Lizzie’s War asked me if I was going to continue the story, and, as I believed that both Beth and Lizzie had reached a good place in their lives I decided to move the story on several years. Readers often long to know what happens in the future to characters they’ve formed a bond with and this book gives them a peep into the lives of these people in the future. Marriage isn’t always just a happy ever after; things happen, children arrive and even the happiest of homes are often turned upside down by circumstances outside the control of the characters.
In Lizzie’s Daughters, readers will learn what happened to Beth’s children when they grew up, and how both Beth and Lizzie feel about their lives years on. It’s like being a fly on the wall – something we’d all like to do at times.
It was a lot of fun for me to write and evoked memories of my own teenage years. I enjoyed writing it, but I think I still love the WW1 period the best, perhaps because of the heightened emotion that accompanies present danger.
This is why I am, at the moment, in the throes of writing another big series for Aria set in that period – but more of that another time.
Thank you for having me on your blog. Please look out for news on twitter from Rosie Clarke and from Aria.
It’s my absolute pleasure having you here Rosie!
Next stop is Kaisha over at The Writing Garnet … Make sure you stop by folks!
Want to know more about Lizzie’s Daughters? Of course you do! Off you pop to Amazon UK to get your copy here’s the blurb …
Aria (1 May 2017)
FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF LIZZIE’S SECRET and LIZZIE’S WAR.
LONDON 1958. Lizzie Larch battles to keep her daughters safe and out of harm’s reach. Perfect for the fans of Nadine Dorries and Lyn Andrews.
Lizzie adores her beautiful and clever daughters and will do anything for them. Both possess a wonderful creative flair, but have fiercely different characters. Betty, the eldest, is head strong like Lizzie’s first husband whilst Francie is talented and easily influenced.
When Betty runs away after an argument with Sebastian, heartbreak and worry descend on the family.
At great risk to her health, Lizzie finds herself pregnant but is determined to give Sebastian the son they craved.
Sebastian meanwhile is plunged into a dangerous overseas mission using his old contacts to track Betty to Paris and to the lair of the rogue that seduced her.
Consumed with guilt, can Sebastian right the wrongs of the past and finally unite his family and friends?
About the author …
Rosie Clarke was born in Swindon, but moved to Ely in Cambridgeshire at the age of nine. Married at eighteen, she ran her own hairdressing business for many years.Rosie started writing in 1976, combining this with helping her husband run his antique shop. She loves to write for her own enjoyment and to give pleasure to her millions of fans. Rosie was the well-deserved winner of the 2004 RNA Romance Award and the Betty Neels Trophy.