Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Grace Elliot: Hope’s Betrayal

Today I'm happy to welcome Grace Elliot, who is on tour celebrating the release of her new book Hope's Betrayal. 
And now here's Grace...

Everyone Needs to Be Creative.

            I have a pet theory which is, 'Everyone needs to be creative.' With the pressures of the modern world, it's easy for creativity to get overlooked, and yet for me, it's an all important safety valve. I write for escapism. I have an emotionally demanding job (a veterinarian) and by using different mental muscles away in writing my historical romance books, it diffuses the anxieties of the day and helps me cope with the stress of being a working mother. In other words, I get transported to a different time and place where the worries of today no longer exist.

            In a way, my writing is a form a meditation. During the creative process I sit with closed eyes (my husband takes the Mickey about this bit!) and imagine what the characters look and sound like, how they dress and react in different circumstances. Digressing slightly, these people can become so vivid that they can even dictate the plot line. I recently ditched 25,000 words of a work in progress because the hero and heroine kept nagging at me in to go in another direction. When eventually I stopped and listened, everything fell into place and a new, and much stronger plotline suggested itself.

            Reading is also part of being creative, and it was through being an avid reader, that the idea first occurred to me to create the sort of page-turning, escapist book that I love to immerse myself in. It's all too easy to slump down in front of the TV after a hard day at work, and this certainly has its place, but for me relaxation is either reading or writing, and using my imagination to escape.

            So, if you could do with a healthy dose of escapism, why not give "Hope's Betrayal" a go?


Book Blurb and buy links.

Hope's Betrayal (#2 The Huntley Trilogy.)

One wild, winter's night two worlds collide.

Known for his ruthless efficiency, Captain George Huntley is sent to stamp out smuggling on the south coast of England. On a night raid, the Captain captures a smuggler, but finds his troubles are just beginning when the lad turns out to be a lass, Hope Tyler.

With Hope as bait, the Captain sets a trap to catch the rest of the gang. But in a battle of wills, with his reputation at stake, George Huntley starts to respect feisty, independent Hope. Challenged by her sea-green eyes and stubborn loyalty Huntley now faces a new threat - his growing attraction to a sworn enemy. But a love where either Hope betrays her own kind, or Captain Huntley is court-marshaled, is not an easy destiny to follow.


Amazon US

Amazon UK




Author Bio.

            Grace Elliot leads a double life as a veterinarian by day and author of historical romance by night. Grace believes intelligent people need to read romance as an antidote to the modern world. As an avid reader of historicals she turned to writing as a release from the emotionally draining side of veterinary work.

            Grace lives near London and is addicted to cats. The Elliot household consists of five cats, two teenage sons, one husband, a guinea pig - and the latest addition - a bearded dragon!

Social Links.

Grace Elliot (blog) "Fall in Love With History."

Grace Elliot website

Grace Elliot Facebook




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