Thursday, 15 October 2015

Helen Hollick Sitting Round My Pool

I am so excited today as I have the wonderful Helen Hollick joining me round my pool. Helen is a top selling author of historical romance and also writes books about a lovable roughish pirate!

Describe yourself in three words
Tries to be helpful

Favourite Food in no more than 10 words
Chips/fries, Chocolate, Shepherd’s Pie, Sticky-toffee pudding with Devon cream

Favourite colour in no more than 10 words
Royal blue – a nice rich blue, and ‘forest’ green

Favourite place to visit on no more than 10 words
The beach – well the sea really, whatever the weather!

How many books are published under your name?

List their titles
Come And Tell Me (now out of print)
The Kingmaking
Pendragon’s Banner
Shadow of the King
A Hollow Crown (UK edition title) / The Forever Queen (US edition title)
Harold the King (UK title) / I Am The Chosen King (US title)
Sea Witch
Pirate Code
Bring It Close
Ripples In The Sand
Discovering the Diamond

Provide the blurb from one book
The Time : The Golden Age of Piracy - 1716.

The Place : The Pirate Round - from the South African Coast to the sun drenched Islands of the Caribbean.

Escaping the bullying of his elder half-brother, from the age of fifteen Jesamiah Acorne has been a pirate with only two loves - his ship and his freedom. But his life is to change when he and his crewmates unsuccessfully attack a merchant ship off the coast of South Africa.

He is to meet Tiola Oldstagh an insignificant girl, or so he assumes - until she rescues him from a vicious attack, and almost certain death, by pirate hunters. And then he discovers what she really is; a healer, a midwife - and a white witch. Her name, an anagram of "all that is good." Tiola and Jesamiah become lovers, but the wealthy Stefan van Overstratten, a Cape Town Dutchman, also wants Tiola as his wife and Jesamiah's jealous brother, Phillipe Mereno, is determined to seek revenge for resentments of the past, a stolen ship and the insult of being cuckolded in his own home.

When the call of the sea and an opportunity to commandeer a beautiful ship - the Sea Witch - is put in Jesamiah's path he must make a choice between his life as a pirate or his love for Tiola. He wants both, but Mereno and van Overstratten want him dead.
In trouble, imprisoned in the darkness and stench that is the lowest part of his brother's ship, can Tiola with her gift of Craft, and the aid of his loyal crew, save him?

Using all her skills Tiola must conjure up a wind to rescue her lover, but first she must brave the darkness of the ocean depths and confront the supernatural being, Tethys, the Spirit of the Sea, an elemental who will stop at nothing to claim Jesamiah Acorne's soul and bones as a trophy.

Thanks for popping along and meeting today's guest, please come back tomorrow for another super peep and more sunshine!

Pauline x


Helen Hollick said...

Thank you Pauline.... I wish I really was sitting by your pool. A pint of wine is sorely needed today (LOl I'm having a 'one of those days' day!)

Pauline Barclay said...

Hello Helen, I hope your day improves and here is a pint of wine... cheers :)

Richard Dockett said...

Fascinating answers, it's good to get to know the person behind the story. And talking of story, Sea Witch is brilliant!

Cathy Helms said...

Lovely to see Helen and Pauline sitting by the pool, pity I couldn't join in! xxx

Pauline Barclay said...

Hello Cathy, do come on down, though I know you are so busy, sending a bottle to you :) *clinks glasses* xxx

Pauline Barclay said...

Hi Richard thank you so much for stopping by and joining us for a glass or three! Have a great day.

caz greenham said...

Sea, sand, and wine o'clock 😏 Had to share, girls! 🎉🎊👌