A Thread of Hope
What if your secrets are so dangerous they could destroy the one you love?
Is honesty always the best policy?
Leonie may have run away but Prospero will find her. He loves her and he wants a future with her by his side whatever the consequences. Only when he does find her, he ought to tell her who he really is, outside the monastery. That’ll make her run again. Dare he risk it? But if he doesn’t tell her, someone else may…
Marriage to Prospero is what Leonie wants most and the one thing she knows she can’t have. If he found out what she was really like, what she’d been, what she’d done, he’d despise her and she couldn’t bear that. Better to leave now than live a lie – but it’s harder than she expected. If only…
Gabriel is starting to discover the secrets inherent in Leonie, secrets that not even she knows, secrets that will tear the world apart. And the secrets he is keeping are tearing him apart. How can sacrificing those he loves possibly achieve peace when everything he discovers risks the death of millions?
I took part in the cover reveal for this book back in February, so I was incredible excited to be offered the chance to interview Rachel on my blog. During the release for her book A Thread of Hope.
Q1: What inspired you to write A Thread of Hope.
I know it sounds corny, but I dreamt one scene at the end of what is now the first book in the series, Strand of Faith. It was so vivid that I wanted to know what led up to it and what happened next. So I started thinking about that and as the story developed the characters took on lives of their own and I started writing it down. I thought it was just one book – it’s turned into a four book series.
Q2: Who would you want to play the main characters in your book if your novel was optioned for tv / film.
My Bible study group has already being discussing this and they are definitely going for Aidan Turner (Poldark) for Prospero – I’m certainly not arguing with that. I had no clear idea for Leonie, but my son suggested Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones, Doctor Who) and I think she’d be great for the role.
Then we started casting other roles… So far, we’ve got Richard Madden for Brother Andrew and Jodie Whittaker for Sister Chloe. Then, although they are both 10-15 years too young for the roles, we had Chiwetel Ejiofor and Thandie Newton for Lord Gabriel and Lady Eleanor.
Thread of Hope introduces Lord Leon who’d be brilliantly played by Morgan Freeman. And there’s also Lord Leon’s son, James and I’d like either Chadwick Boseman or Atandwa Kani for that role. We’ve cast a few more characters too, including Damian Lewis and Sir Ian McKellan, but they don’t appear until book 3, Weave of Love.
Q3: How many rejections did you get before you got a publishing deal.
I submitted to about a dozen agents and consistently got back ‘we like this, we enjoyed reading it, but it’s not the sort of thing we do’. This series is cross genre, so I think it’s rather high risk for the traditional publishing industry. So I decided to self-publish.
Q4: How did you deal with them when you started out.
They were all quite positive, so I didn’t find them that difficult to deal with. I just sent my work out to the next few agents on my list before eventually moving on to self-publishing. I wrote the books for myself as much as anything, so publication, and finding that other people enjoy them, is an added bonus.
Q5: Which authors inspired you to write.
That’s really difficult to say because I read so much and I’m not sure which of those particularly inspired me to write. But I’d include Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, always, because they are absolute masters of their craft.
Q6: What are your writing routines.
I don’t think I have any specific routines. I have a list of jobs for the day or week and I try and plough through them. Some days that might include no writing because I’m doing one of my other jobs, or concentrating on the publishing or marketing side. Other days I’ll just sit and write. Although I’m really good at procrastination too … and social media and the internet are always a temptation.
Q7: If you could go back to when you first started writing what one piece advice would you give yourself.
Don’t be scared about sharing it – if you enjoy it others are likely to.
Q8: What would you say to someone who wants to write.
The important thing is to finish it. You can always edit it, but if it isn’t finished it’s not going anywhere.
Q9: If you weren’t writing what would you be doing.
I’m a free-lance financial modeller and small business consultant so I’d be doing that. I also do a range of voluntary work – in fact mostly I’m juggling between these activities and writing, depending on what contracts I have on and what deadlines are closest.
Q10: Tell me something about yourself your readers might not know.
But not too secret or shocking because my Mum might read this, right? I very much enjoy cross stitch, although I have any number of unfinished projects. I’ve been thinking about a design that would fit with the Choices and Consequences series, but I’ve not got very far yet.
Rachel J Bonner is the author of the four book Choices and Consequences series, the first of which, Strand of Faith, is due out in November 2018.
Getting a degree in engineering, followed by a career in accountancy is probably not a conventional path to becoming an author, particularly in paranormal romance. Rachel says that, although accountancy isn’t anything like as boring as everyone thinks, writing is a lot more fun. When not writing, she can be found walking in the beautiful countryside near where she lives, which has influenced much of the scenery in her books, or shooting things with her local archery club. Target shooting only, honest. Nothing to worry about.
She also enjoys swimming, eating chocolate chip cookies and growing aromatic herbs, especially thyme and rosemary. It’s no coincidence that her heroine likes the same things.
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Book 1 Strand of Faith is on special offer for a limited time at 99p for the ebook,
A girl. A monk. An unthinkable sacrifice.
When the choice is between love and life, how can anyone decide?
In a post-apocalyptic future, a girl and a monk, both with extraordinary mental powers, have compelling reasons not to fall in love. But their choices will have consequences for the rest of the world.
After the troubles of his youth, Brother Prospero has found comfort and fulfilment in the monastery. Then he discovers something that forces him to reconsider his whole vocation. How can it possibly be right to leave a life of worship and service for human desire? And if he does leave, will the pressures from his past destroy him?
Orphaned and mistreated, Leonie has found sanctuary and safety at the Abbey. When she comes into contact with Prospero everything spirals out of her control. Everyone she’s ever loved has died. She can’t do that to him. But how can she walk away from the first place she’s truly belonged?
Abbot Gabriel is faced with an impossible choice. He can do nothing and watch the world descend into war. Or he can manipulate events and ensure peace – at the cost of two lives that he is responsible for. Is he strong enough to sacrifice those he loves?
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