We are delighted to welcome Holly J Gill to our blog. Holly has just released Innocence, book 1 in a sweet contemporary romance series, and is sharing with us some information about the novel, including an excerpt. Holly has also agreed tell us a little about herself and share some of her experiences of being a writer. Scroll down to learn more about this heart felt romance and to read the interview. Tina and Caroline ❤
Thank you so much for hosting me on your site, wine and chocolates at the ready! I am delighted to be sharing the Innocence Series with you. I am truly excited by this contemporary sweet romance series being a different genre for me as I normally write erotica.
The series comes as:
Innocence of Love
Return To Innocence
Calvin Edwards has everything he could dream about— perfect lifestyle, running the family real-estate company back in London. He takes a holiday up north to visit his parents only to find a young pregnant woman attempting to take her life. Wishing to help, Calvin becomes a friend to her, only fears he’s out of his depth. Just when he thinks he can do this his past resurfaces, sending his life crashing.
Kacey is pregnant and her life is out of control with nowhere left to go. She descends on her mum for one last chance for help, only to have the door slammed in her face. At her wits end, she is alone, scared, and helpless until Calvin comes along. He becomes a dear friend giving her kindness, something she thought no longer existed in the world. Only she finds what she’d pushed to the back of her mind through selfish pain is back. Her past with all its mistakes has come back to life!
Excerpt: Calvin Edwards
“What the heck has she been telling you? Honestly, that girl wouldn’t know the word truth if it hit her in the face. She is after money, no doubt to take back to her drug dealing boyfriend.”
Calvin stepped forward needing to correct the evil woman. “She finished it, and she isn’t with him. Instead, she is scared and looking for someone to love her, but clearly the word ‘love’ means nothing to you. What mother,” he said, marching forward pointing his finger in her face, “would allow their daughter at her most vulnerable state to walk the streets, how can you not care? No shame? She is frightened and yet, she is the one holding the grudge with you…yet you have turned it onto her. She is broken, has no one and nowhere to go and yet you…you…” He gritted his teeth.
“Calvin,” he heard his mother’s voice from behind as she touched his left shoulder. “Step back.”
“No,” he growled. “She,” he said, pointing to Rosalind, “what she has done. I saved your daughter. I,” he said, thumping his chest, “I stopped your daughter from jumping off the bridge. I saved her. I was the one who coaxed her down,” he screamed.
Tears ran down his cheeks and could feel his mum holding onto his shoulder for comfort. He had to do it. He had to make her see how weak her daughter was and her mental state.
Rosalind widened her eyes, glaring at him.
“Yes, I saved her, I stopped her,” he said lowering his voice in heartache. “All she needed was someone to reach out to and help her take care of herself. She has nothing…nothing. You imagine feeling that lonely,” he said, glaring deep into her eyes through the tears.
“I have spent a few days listening to your daughter, trying to help her, guide her, get her the help she needs, but as my good friend keeps telling me! She isn’t my problem, but I have made her my problem. I want to help her, and no, it’s not just because she’s expecting your grandchild,” he snarled. Calvin didn’t want anyone assuming that, but they would, of course they would, and he’d be the first to admit when he saw her bump, he had to do what he could to get her down from the bridge.
“Calvin,” his mum muttered.
“No, Mum,” he said, turning his head to glare at her. He watched his mum gulp. “Even you would admit you were fooled into the real reason why she left the village.” He turned his head back to meet Rosalind’s eyes. “Weren’t we?”
Rosalind still looked gormless, frowning like she had no idea what he was talking about.
“Don’t you care your daughter was about to jump into the river and take her and the baby’s life?” he sneered.
She stared at him, shocked, like she had no idea what was going on with her daughter, puzzlement across her face and her eyes roamed all over the room, like the walls would give her answers.
“Sorry! Is that all you can say. Sorry,” his voice rose. “Well, you’re saying it to the wrong person, but then why would you wish to waste your breath on your daughter, when she is the one who has disgraced you. I mean heaven forbid she would turn out to be the little angel you had wished for, but noooo, she had to get herself knocked up, didn’t she?” he roared.
Author Holly J. Gill
A wife and a mum to three grown up children, and lives in the UK. Holly J. Gill is a romance writer, her main genre being erotic, romance and has recently been exploring new channels, paranormal and contemporary. Holly has been writing since being a young girl, having characters talking to her, and longing to get their stories written. Finally, her dream came true two years ago, when getting her first contract with Secret Cravings Publishing for her Desires series. In Holly’s spare time she loves spending quality time with her family, seeing friends for lunches and sharing her new potential ideas for books. She enjoys listening to music, watching movies and travelling around England visiting the beautiful countryside.
Writing is where Holly’s heart is…
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Interview with Holly J. Gill
Hi Holly. Thank you for being with us today. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I am a wife, mother to three grownups my youngest being 17 and I’m a nana to twins a girl and boy. I live in England in a town called Grimsby where I work during the day as a care assistant looking after clients with Dementia. I have been writing since the day I could pick up a pen, and written many stories over the years. It was 2007 I got my first signed contract from Secret Cravings Publishing for my erotic series Desires. In the last few recent years I have been switching genres having written paranormal and currently been writing sweet romance which is what Innocence is. Spare time, I love reading, listening to music, watching movies, spending time with my family, having tea and cakes with friends, and I adore camping with my husband touring the stunning countryside of England with the most idyllic and picturesque landscapes, stately homes and castles are also a must. I adore quiet, nothing better.
Please tell us about Innocence, your latest release and what inspired you to write it?
Gosh Innocence, it’s really kind of strange how I was inspired by the series. It all started with the novel I wrote previous to Innocence a spiritual fantasy, I adored the location and I just had to reuse it again. The main theme was the river Derwent that runs through the land let alone the hall that stands on the plot captured my heart, and after visiting the location and seeing how perfect and tranquil the area was it was a must. And before I could stop myself Innocence was being written.
How much research did you have to carry out for this book?
Lots of research for Innocence, spending hours making sure I got the information correct. I also used personal and my daughters experiences.
What is your writing process like? To what extent do you plan and how much do you just let the plot and the characters speak for themselves?
I never plot, I never make notes I just allow the characters to take over my mind and they lead me in their direction. What I do enjoy about my process is I might think the characters are taking me one way and then go in another direction.
Are any of the characters in your novels based on people you know?
These characters no, but its some of their experiences yes.
What is the best thing about being an author? What do you find the most challenging?
Losing myself in the characters the scenery, being there, vision, eyes, nose, ears and taste, taking myself from my troubles and escaping, only sometimes their adventures aren’t always that pleasant, and I feel my heart collapsing. The most challenging for me has to be when I’m being disturbed while in my writing cave, I like quiet, I like to hear the characters talking to me and feeding their story. Starting a book can be challenging making sure you entice the reader immediately; I have read so many books over the years where they just didn’t grab me and the book was soon placed down. Keeping the reader’s attention, making sure they remain drawn into the novel, give them cliff-hangers at the end of each chapter, keep the reader wanting to turn the vital page.
What type of books do you like to read? Have you any favourite authors?
I like romance with a touch of sauciness… I love Lily Harlem, she is just an amazing person and a fabulous writer of erotic fiction. At the moment I am enjoying J.M. Maurer series called ‘Emerging from Darkness’ I love her style of writing, and the way she has me gripped.
Can you tell us about what you working on at the moment?
At the moment I have been working on re-reads and edits on book 2 in the Innocence series called Innocence Of Love, coming out in September. I like to be ahead of schedule.
Have you any advice to give to aspiring authors?
Don’t give up! Write a little every day! Prepare yourself, with promoting, as my goodness it’s a hard industry to break.
And finally, have you a message for readers?
I just hope you all enjoy reading Innocence, and that it has the same effect on your hearts and souls as it did mine.
Thank you so much for giving up your time to answer these questions for us. We wish you best of luck with Innocence and your future work.
Tina and Caroline ❤