As the festive season already seems a distant memory, it’s time to look ahead and think about books again properly. Today, I’m delighted to welcome back Georgia Rose to Linda’s Book Bag to stay in with me and tell us about her book, Parallel Lies.
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This is a welcome return visit for Georgia and you might like to see her previous guest post all about Cat here.
Staying in with Georgia Rose
Welcome back to Linda’s Book Bag Georgia and thank you for agreeing to stay in with me.
Tell me, which of your books have you brought along to share this evening and why have you chosen it?
Thank you for inviting me round, Linda. I have brought you Parallel Lies. It is my most recent release, coming out last September, as well as being my most ambitious book to date and the hardest of all of mine to write.
What can we expect from an evening in with Parallel Lies?
Well, Linda, you can expect an evening with a complicated heroine with attitude. Madeleine, or Maddy for short…
‘Unfortunately, on that occasion I’d arrived at the same time as one Letitia Pritchard and not knowing any better had had little chance to get away once she’d pounced on me. Rather disconcertingly, as I was an innocent of village life then, she’d already known where I’d moved into and although I’d introduced myself clearly enough she’d bustled me into the hall and announced me to the assembled throng as Maddy, thereby assuming an intimacy we did not have.
My name is Madeleine, Madeleine Ross. It is a name chosen with thought and because it is classy, and that is what is needed here, so I’d disliked Letitia from that moment on for two reasons. Firstly, for taking the liberty with my name and secondly, because it irritated the hell out of me that I actually liked the shortening, but did not care for the fact she’d been the one to impose it.’
Maddy is living more than one life as well as hiding in plain sight from another. All is gradually revealed but when her past catches up with her it looks like everything she had hoped for in her future is about to unravel.
Told in the first person, as with all my books there is a blending of genre so this is best summed up as a romantic, crime, thriller and the line from a review that tells you that little bit more is ‘For those who admire character-driven thrillers, who can handle brief but shocking violence, and who enjoy beautiful writing, I can’t recommend Parallel Lies enough.’
I think Parallel Lies sounds hugely entertaining and different.
What else have you brought along and why?
I’d love to have brought round my editor actually, Mark Barry. He is a huge supporter of this book and speaks far more eloquently about it than I could ever do, however he’s a little busy at the moment so instead I bring food, drink and music!
Madeleine loves her food and while she shares a particular meal with one of the other characters, at home she will be found eating macaroni cheese (preferably Charlie Bighams!), much like myself whenever I can get away with it!
(Oh! I haven’t had macaroni cheese for years. I feel the need to have some right now!)
For a young woman she drinks secretly probably more than she should, and she keeps her favourite tipple to herself as it is not in keeping with her new life. Just between ourselves though I’ll treat you to a bottle, Linda, whether you choose to partake is another matter.
(Rather depends on what it is as I can’t drink ordinary wine any more because it makes me ill – though sparkling wines, champagne and cocktails are all fine!)
There is one song which for me fits Maddy perfectly – it is Arms by Christina Perri. When I first heard it I knew I’d found her.
(Brilliant choice Georgia. I love that song. For those who don’t know it, you can listen here.)
It’s been great having you to stay in with Georgia. Thanks so much for being on the blog.
Thank you so much for inviting me round, I’ve had a delightful evening in with you.
‘My name is Madeleine, Madeleine Ross. It is a name chosen with thought and because it is classy, and that is what is needed here…’
Madeleine Ross has life exactly as she planned it.
Cosy cottage, friendly village, satisfying job.
Company… when she wants it.
It’s an enviable existence for an independent young woman, and one she’s keen to protect.
Enter Daniel – strong, dependable and a danger to everything she’s built. He’s not something she was looking for, but hearts can’t be controlled and maybe, just maybe he might be worth letting into hers.
But, all is not what it seems. Because Madeleine is hiding a lifetime of secrets. Deep secrets.
And they never stay buried for ever.
Her darkest secret returns, like the proverbial bad penny. He is her first love, shadowy, dangerous, the baddest of bad boys. No matter how far she runs, or how well she hides, she can never escape him.
Or her past.
Here he is, on her doorstep, with a proposition she is powerless to resist but which could devastate the future she hoped to have.
Can Madeleine satisfy the old love while keeping the new?
You can’t always get what you want but, desperate to preserve the life she has worked so hard for, Madeleine is willing to risk everything to prove that she can.
Parallel Lies is available for purchase on Amazon and if you’re quick it’s on offer at 99p/99c until 7th January!
About Georgia Rose
Georgia’s background in countryside living, riding, instructing and working with horses has provided the knowledge needed for some of her storylines; the others are a product of her overactive imagination!
Following a long stint working in the law Georgia set up her own business providing administration services for other companies which she does to this day managing to entwine that work along with her writing.
Her busy life is set in a tranquil part of rural Cambridgeshire where she lives with her much neglected family of a husband, two grown up children and two dogs.