An emotional and gripping, psychological family drama
I am delighted to be taking part in the blog tour, promoting the new book by K.L. Loveley called Love, Secrets and absolution.
I am hosting a fascinating, in depth interview with K.L. Loveley. I always enjoy reading about the author of a book and their inspiration for writing. It is interesting to read about an authors earlier life experiences and how this influences the books that they write.
There is also the chance to win a paperback edition of Love, Secrets and Absolution and a tote bag.
The book is due to be published Wednesday 1st November 2017.
People in the village gossip about Grace’s son, Alfie.
He’s a lonely boy full of secrets, lies, and obsessive thoughts.
How far can a mother’s love go? Will she ultimately sacrifice her life for his?
Set in Nottinghamshire, this family drama follows the lives of Grace and Alfie as he transforms from a naïve, young boy into a teenager spiralling out of control.
Love, Secrets, and Absolution is a coming of age story with a difference.
Deceit, betrayal, love, and addiction, a family falling apart in the midst of teenage angst and torn loyalties; will anybody find absolution?
Paperback ISBN: 978-19998294-0-7
E-book ISBN: 978-1-9998294-1-4
Publisher: Globeflower Books / The Globeflower Agency (www.globeflower.co.uk/)
Publication day: Wednesday, 1 November 2017
K.L Loveley Bio
K.L Loveley is a former nurse, who has seen, heard, and dealt with a wide range of medical, social and family dramas. She has used her nursing experience, along with her excellent people watching skills to create fascinating characters and intriguing scenarios within her books. She writes contemporary fiction, psychological dramas and poetry.
Her debut novel ‘Alice’ was published in February 2017, and the story tackles alcoholism head-on, and presents the reader with an empathetic account of a spiralling addiction and the resulting pattern of hopelessness that many fall into.
K.L Loveley’s second novel ‘Love, Secrets, and Absolution: An emotional and gripping psychological, family drama’ is a coming of age story with a difference. Deceit, betrayal, love, and addiction, this story is about a family falling apart in the midst of teenage angst and torn loyalties.
If you enjoy reading authors like Jodi Picoult and Diane Chamberlain, you will enjoy K.L Loveley!
K.L Loveley lives in Nottinghamshire, England and loves socialising with friends and family. She is an avid reader and enjoys a variety of genres including psychological, thrillers and historical fiction. Her favourite authors include John le Carré, K.L Slater, Marian Keyes and Philippa Gregory.
Q & A: Deep inside the author’s mind
1) What is the meaning of life?
This is a profound question and one that actually scared me as a child. The more I thought about life the more afraid I became of death. It is difficult to separate the two. Fundamentally, life is a result of particles of dust coming together at the point of creation. Clumps of atoms in a universe.
In Hamlet, Shakespeare wrote, “What a piece of work is a man? How noble in reason. How infinite in faculties, in form and moving. How express and admirable in action. How like an angel, in apprehension how like a God!
The beauty of the world. The paragon of animals-and yet, to me what is this quintessence of dust? Man delights not me-nor woman neither. Though by your smiling you seem to say so.”
We are, what we are. Why was I given the gift of life? For me I can only assume that I must have a purpose for being honoured with this gift. Therefore, I feel responsible for what I do with my life. I believe that we should all strive to leave the world a better place than when we entered it and be mindful for the generations to come.
2) Did nature or nurture make you a writer?
My first response to this question is. Without a doubt nature. However, when I put this question into the concept of time and space. I ask myself, would I have been a writer if the opportunity to do so had not arisen? For example, had I been born into a poor peasant family before the last century would I have been driven to find a way to write? Perhaps on reflection, nature alone is not responsible for my desire to write, although I guess it is likely to be a large percentage of the reason. I have three siblings, all raised the same, and although avid readers they have not felt compelled to write as I have. Therefore, nurture indirectly did not encourage them to write. That is not to say this will never happen.
3) What is your earliest childhood memory? What made it so special?
I guess, like most people it was my first day at school. I can still remember the smell of the beeswax polish, the smell of the powder paints and the feel of the coloured wooden beads as I counted them on the shoe lace string. I was five years old. Shy and unsure of this new place called school. Everything about that first day was a new experience for me. I was quite delighted when presented with a small bottle of milk and a straw and couldn’t believe that it was all for me. All day, I kept eyeing up the bookcase which was in the reading corner. I couldn’t contain myself when it was opened up. For me, it was as if Pandora’s Box had been opened.
4) Name three things that you love and take great pleasure in that most people don’t like?
I really enjoy ironing the family laundry, which surprises most people. I enjoy smoothing out the creases, making a crumpled piece of fabric into a crease free, sharp edged garment once more. The smell of the detergent and fabric conditioner as the heat of the steam iron releases the perfume can be quite therapeutic and relaxing. I especially love, ironing the sheets and pillowcases, knowing that when I replace the bed linen, I will be sleeping on clean fresh sheets.
Gardening is my next answer to this question. Once again it is linked to my olfactory senses. I love the smell of wet soil, freshly mowed grass and fragrant plants. Getting down and dirty in the garden, for me is a pleasure that is not shared by all. My garden is a sanctuary that I can retire to at any time of year. There is always a job to do. Even if the weather is bad and I feel the urge to go outside. I retreat into the small greenhouse and potter around, looking at plant labels, tidying the shelves and pots and planning the next lot of planting. Weeding and pruning, digging and planting, all give me great pleasure.
My final answer perhaps may appear to be a little conceited. For this I apologise in advance. I truly enjoy going out of my way to help others. Not with huge gestures or all singing and dancing goodwill acts. No. For me it is small acts of kindness and putting in that extra mile when it matters.
5) What was the first experience in your life when you realized that you had the power to do something meaningful?
As a child or young adult, I don’t recall ever realising that I had done something meaningful for others. Sure, I had been involved with charity events, for example a marathon of knitting hundreds of squares to form blankets for the needy. In addition, as part of my Girl Guide work I visited a local blind lady on a few Sunday mornings during the winter, to light her a fire. Perhaps, the closest I can describe feeling that I had the power to do something meaningful, was the simple act of helping to make a sick patient more comfortable during their illness, by helping to change their position in bed, providing cool clean fresh sheets and pillowcases. Just a small gesture in the scheme of things, but one that was always appreciated.
6) Think of something that you have done in the past: What would you have done differently?
Interesting question. Retrospectively, now that I have learned that my two children kept their own worries and fears from me out of kindness so as not to add further stress to my life. I would most definitely have found a way for them both to engage more openly with me and to share their emotions. I naively thought that they would always come to me with their problems, having encouraged them to do so. Sadly, I was wrong.
7) What is worse, failing or never trying?
An easy one to answer. Without a doubt, never trying is far worse. As Robert the Bruce, King of Scotland told his troops before the Battle of Bannockburn in the year 1314.
“If at first you don’t succeed. Try, try and try again.”
8) When it’s all said and done, will you have said more than you have done?
I guess in my lifetime to date I can confidently say that I have undoubtedly said and done exactly what I set out to do. Therefore, in answer to the question. No, I haven’t said more than I have done because I have always tried to achieve the goals I set myself.
9) If happiness was the national currency, what kind of work would achieve this?
Happiness is achieved in a number of ways, it may be an individual emotion or any number of different emotions coalesced together that can lead to a state of emotional wealth. As the question is directed at me, I can confidently say that any work which has meaning and is of use to society and beyond, maybe even on a global scale will give me the largest reward, whether it be currency or happiness.
10) What one thing have you not done that you really want to do?
Humanitarian work. For example, to work for The Red Cross.
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