Wednesday, November 19, 2014

No Time Like Now by Jennifer Young - Blog Tour, Review, Guest Post & Giveaway

Hiding away from a disastrous past, Megan McLeod is getting along nicely in her job as housekeeper at a university field centre in Majorca. But the arrival of geological researcher, Tim Stone, throws everything into disarray — because Tim was the father of the baby she lost some years before and the two of them had parted very messily indeed.

As if having Tim on the scene wasnt bad enough, he's there with his new partner, Holly. But when in the course of his research he comes upon something extremely nasty along the cliffs of north Majorca, hes forced to turn to Megan for help.

He had to get to the bottom of the valley before the river became impassable. If it hadnt already.

The wind fought him all the way, seizing him like a maniac and refusing to let him go, dragging him this way and that as it wished. By the time he reached the dip, the water had risen as hed feared, rushing past him with increasing ferocity. He paused, holding onto a fence post to keep himself upright. He had to get this one exactly right, judge his own strength against that of the water, work out how deep it was and how much he dared, where the balance lay between certain death and almost certain death.

Tim was never one to swither between this and that; decisions came easily to him. Hed chance it. Certain death lay on this side of the river, not the other. As he took his first steps towards the point at which he judged the water to be lowest and slowest, he stopped. Two spears of light appeared on the other side of the valley. Car headlights.

He cursed, silently because he hadnt the breath to curse out loud. This introduced another set of dice to roll for his survival, because he couldnt cross without being seen. Who were they? If Holly had realised what a situation he was in, if Megan had guessed, if either of them had called the police, then he was saved. But if that car was the Range Rover from Las Truchas, then the balance of probability shifted his safety back to this side of the river.

Friend? Foe? He was a scientist and used to making decisions on the basis of knowledge that was at best incomplete; but hed never had to bring his scientific judgement into play for such high stakes as this. Hed risk it

Interesting romantic suspense with two ex-lovers torn apart by misunderstandings.  Tim believes that Megan betrayed him by aborting their child, and Megan believes that Tim abandoned her when he found out she was pregnant.  Of course the truth is not as simple as that.  Megan makes Tim seem like a selfish jerk who doesn't care about anyone or anything other than his work, but as we get to see a different part of him as the story progresses and he interacts more and more with Megan.  Their romance is put on back burner while they deal with dangerous neighbors who feel threatened by a discovery Tim makes while exploring a cave.  I found the ending pretty predictable, but overall the book was very enjoyable.

Location, Location, Location

So I can’t help it. I’m a writer. Everywhere I go I take a notebook in case inspiration strikes me — a person, a snippet overheard on a train. But the only near-inevitability about being a writer is that a new place will open my eyes to a new perspective and, probably, a new story.
I say ‘near-inevitability’ because in all honesty there are one or two places where inspiration either got lost in a concrete maze or else never visited at all. (I’m sorry, Milton Keynes.) But as a general rule I can see a story in a Highland village or in a maze of half-derelict workshops seen from the train in one of the more dismal parts of the English Midlands.

I write romance, and some places are definitely better suited to it than others. It’s easy to imagine your heroine losing her head under the the touch of Mediterranean sunshine and a glass or two of local wine that in its to see her succumbing to a blistering easterly wind and a nice hot cup of cocoa, even if the latter is probably more realistic and someone, somewhere, will have succeeded in setting a romance in just such a place. (And maybe I’ll do it myself one day.)

In my first novel, Thank You For The Music, my heroine flees to the island of Majorca to escape from a bereavement and a broken romance. My current novel, No Time Like Now, is is also set there, but in a different part of it. In the first Abby runs for a little bit of pampering on holiday; in the second our hero and heroine are both working in the slightly harsher environment of the island’s northern hills.

The first is straightforward romance so a bit of pampering fits the bill. The second is romantic suspense, and an unforgiving landscape fits that too. Steep cliffs, spiky vegetation, dry rivers that can suddenly become raging torrents and caves whose dark depths might offer a haven or hide a villain — you won’t find any of those in Milton Keynes.

I’m sure there are other elements to it. The main one is that I go on holiday, or to new places not on holiday, looking for new things and new experiences and that’s what stimulates creativity. The other thing is that I have the time to mull things over and I’m in the right farm of mind. Which is why when I was in Majorca last year and I looked out at the hills I didn’t see beauty. I saw villains…and a hero and a heroine pitted not only against their own emotions but against the elements and their surroundings…

Jennifer Young is an Edinburgh-based writer, editor and copywriter. She is interested in a wide range of subjects and writing media, perhaps reflecting the fact that she has both arts and science degrees. Jennifer has been writing fiction, including romantic fiction, for a number of years with several short stories already published. No Time Like Now is her second published novel; her first novel, Thank You For The Music, is also set on the Balearic island of Majorca.


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