Welcome Christine! It's so nice to have you on my blog this week. Christine has offered to giveaway an ebook to one lucky reader so be sure to read on down how to enter.
Sofi’s Bridge (release April 15, 2016)
By Christine Lindsey
I think a novel is best when the author knows their subject and setting well; that way the story comes alive for the reader. The Cascade Mountains in Washington State are almost my backyard. I live in Canada just across the border about 3 miles as the crow flies from the US Cascades that bridge our two countries.
The western, old country feel of this area is home for me, so picture the fictional valley I created based on my real valley. I wake up every day to see mountains where their faces change due to different weather. One of my very favorite places in all the world, an alpine meadow set high in the Cascades for one of the romantic scenes in Sofi’s Bridge, my brand new release.
Here is a slightly modified excerpt from Sofi’s Bridge to give you a feeling for the setting.
At the summit Sofi and Neil reined the Clydesdales in
and settled them under a shady tree. The wind, carrying a clean pine fragrance, blew unimpeded as though they’d reached the top of the world. Just ahead lay a pathway strewn on either side with blue and purple lupine, pink phlox, yellow arnica, and red Indian paintbrush.
Above the tree line, gray peaks scraped the sky, some still capped with snow. In the distance, pale blue and turquoise ice from glaciers filled crevices between serrated granite heights.
Neil stayed behind with Sofi, sweeping his gaze three hundred and sixty degrees where the glaciers, though miles away, seemed close enough to touch.
Quiet awe filled his face.
The warm wind that made the grasses sway, whipped at their clothing and hair. She could only hope that up here for a while Neil could let go of whatever pain he was hiding from the world, and from her.
As a reader I love a book that takes me away from my ordinary life, which is why unusual and often exotic settings do it for me. Historical fiction is not only a different setting but the era takes us to a completely different world.
I grew up reading the blockbuster romantic epics by MM Kaye who wrote the famous Far Pavilions. When I started writing fiction I wanted to write the same sort of epic novel set in exotic India but from a Christian point of view. That’s how my multi-award-winning trilogy Twilight of the British Raj was born. You can read the first chapters of all my books on my website http://www.christinelindsay.org/p/books.html including the two new books being released this year.
After that I turned my sights on historical settings closer to home, and you have Sofi’s Bridge. I have just begun writing a new series that is set in Ireland and the US, because being born in Ireland I know the setting, the culture, and the history. I love to bring history to life so that we can see it, feel it, and taste it.
Not only do I enjoy interesting settings, but interesting historical facts such as the tidbits I used in Sofi’s Bridge.
My great-grandfather and his 14-year-old son (my grandfather) were both riveters on the building of the Titanic. In fact, the Titanic was my grandfather’s very first ship in the Belfast shipyard. I always wanted to write a book on the trade that my paternal ancestry was so involved in.
Below is a short excerpt from Sofi’s Bridge describing that trade.
Neil picked out his brother from among the men, and expelled a long sigh. On the bridge deck, or on one of those meager platforms hanging over the side, one slip, one fumble...from that height...and a man could die.
On the deck, Jimmy rapped his elongated tongs against the cone-shaped catcher can, waiting for the man known as the heater. The heater sent Jimmy a nod and thrust the peg of steel into the portable cast iron forge. When the peg of metal glowed to a molten white, he pitched it forward. Jimmy caught it in the catcher can and inserted the glowing rivet into a hole in the girder. With the same concentration Neil would use with a scalpel, Jimmy waited for the bucker to place his buckling tool against the head of the rivet, and for the riveter to hammer it home.
BOOK BLURB for Sofi’s Bridge
Seattle Debutant Sofi Andersson will do everything in her power to protect her sister who is suffering from shock over their father’s death. Charles, the family busy-body, threatens to lock Trina in a sanatorium—a whitewashed term for an insane asylum—so Sofi will rescue her little sister, even if it means running away to the Cascade Mountains with only the new gardener Neil Macpherson to protect them. But in a cabin high in the Cascades, Sofi begins to recognize that the handsome immigrant from Ireland harbors secrets of his own. Can she trust this man whose gentle manner brings such peace to her traumatized sister and such tumult to her own emotions? And can Neil, the gardener continue to hide from Sofi that he is really Dr. Neil Galloway, a man wanted for murder by the British police? Only an act of faith and love will bridge the distance that separates lies from truth and safety.
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Purchase Links for Sofi’s Bridge
Amazon.com for Sofi’s Bridge (Paper & Ebook)
Pelican Book Group (Paper and Ebook)
Christine Lindsay is the author of multi-award-winning Christian fiction. Tales of her Irish ancestors who served in the British Cavalry in Colonial India inspired her multi-award-winning series Twilight of the British Raj, Book 1 Shadowed in Silk, Book 2 Captured by Moonlight, and explosive finale Veiled at Midnight.
Christine’s Irish wit and her use of setting as a character is evident in her contemporary romance Londonderry Dreaming and her newest release Sofi’s Bridge.
Aside from being a busy writer and speaker, Christine and her husband live on the west coast of Canada. Coming August 2016 is the release of Christine’s non-fiction book Finding Sarah—Finding Me: A Birthmother’s Story.
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