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In Too Deep by Elly Redding - Book Tour + Giveaway

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In Too Deep
Set in the rolling countryside of Devon, ‘In Too Deep’ is the emotional story of a woman’s determination to win the trust of the man she’s adored since they were thrown together as children, by forcing him to confront the darkness of his long-lost past.

One little lie. A guilty secret. And the man she mustn’t love…

It’s been six years since Isy Forrester left home. In that time, she’s strived to forge a new life for herself in London, away from Jack Mancini, her father’s adopted son, and his devastating betrayal of everything she thought they had.

Only now her father’s in hospital, and the house that’s been in her family for generations is at risk. Forced to return to Devon, she finds Jack as infuriating and stubborn as ever, and just as irresistible. Soon she realises the bright lights of London can’t hold a candle to him.

But Jack has a past, one which he refuses to share with her. And until he can trust her with these deepest secrets, how can she risk her heart? How can she even begin to help him, when he won’t tell her what happened all those years ago – before her father brought him home to Hambledon Hall?

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Author Q&A
1. What is the first book that made you cry?
This has to be the moment in Louisa M Alcott’s ‘Little Women’, when Beth died.  It was my first experience of mortality as a child, if you don’t count my friend’s goldfish, which came to stay one summer but didn’t return.  Needless to say, that was the last pet-sitting I was ever asked to do
2. How long, on average, does it take you to write a book? 
That’s a very interesting question.  I once read about an author who’d written 7 books in 2 years.  I think I’m more like 2 books in 7 years but I’m hoping this will change now, as I’ve finally given up the day job and can really concentrate on my writing.  So many stories to tell! However, I need to factor in time for my brilliant editors, so I’m aiming for an 18-month turnaround, from inception to publication for my third book.  I’ll let you know how it goes.
3. How do you select the names of your characters? 
I always find this a bit like choosing your children’s names.  There are those you love and want to use.  But what if they don’t suit the characters you’ve created?  So, I’d say that the character probably chooses the name, rather than me. I just hope it’s one I like…
4. What creature do you consider your "spirit animal" to be? 
I like the idea of being a deer.  Apparently, according to a quiz I’ve done recently, it implies that I tackle a challenge with grace, and although I’m not entirely sure friends and family will agree, I quite like that idea.  Although I would prefer a few less challenges, please, in the decade ahead!
5. What are your top 5 favorite movies? 
What a wonderful question, and so hard to answer.  It’s a little like selecting players for a team – I used to hate upsetting anyone by leaving them out.  So, with apologies to those films that I’ve loved and not mentioned, here are my top five movies, in no particular order:
- ‘Gone With The Wind’: I was addicted to this story when I was young. I adored Vivien Leigh’s feisty Scarlett and fell in love with Clark Gable as Rhett Butler – what a smile, what adoration, what a hero!
- ‘The Piano’: I was moved by the story of how love crosses boundaries, as well as the wonderful scenery. I just wish I’d been able to master the theme music on the piano… too many left fingers!
- ‘Pretty in Pink’: a favourite of mine from the 80s, although I was intrigued to learn that the ending had been changed, when the testing audience didn’t like it, which just shows that so much in storytelling is subjective.  Personally, I could see the merits in both and was just glad I didn’t have to choose.
- ‘The Fellowship of the Ring’, the first film in ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy.  I’d never read this or ‘The Hobbit’, so I went to the cinema without any preconceived ideas and was entranced by every aspect of it, especially the character of Aragon.  A hero in all senses of the word. 
And finally, to my last film, a little treat for Christmas, which I watch every year while wrapping up presents: ‘While You Were Sleeping’.  Delightful characters, witty writing, all handled with warmth and perfect timing.
6. If you were the last person on Earth, what would you do?  Turn out the lights, if I could find the switch.  I would hate to be the last person on Earth, as I’d be so lonely.  Let’s hope it never happens.
7. What fictional character would you want to be friends with in real life? 
I would love to meet Cormoran Strike in Robert Galbraith’s stories of this private detective.  He comes across as a caring individual, who has experienced more than most of us in his lifetime. Robert Galbraith, aka JK Rowling, brings a depth of character to her creations, together with a humanity, which is always very welcome.  Cormoran is definitely someone who would have your back and no-one can ask more from a friend than that.
8. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
This is tricky, as my main piece of advice is not to keep putting it off.  It’s so easy to get caught up with life and all its demands, and not find time to write.  I would also say join a group of writers, as writing can be such a solitary existence.  I’m a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and they run a wonderful annual scheme for new writers, where your work is read and critiqued by experienced authors.  An invaluable resource. 
9. What book do you wish you had written? 
I wish I’d written ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee.   She created a tale of injustice and humanity, all seen through the eyes of a child, that has so much strength and resonance today that it is still being performed on the stage. 
10. Tell us 10 fun facts about yourself! :) 
I think the first fact is that I can’t think of 10!
Oh, I know, I’ve started painting classes in a pub.
And I love travelling but hate flying.
I was also born at Hampton Court… or, rather, the maternity hospital very close by.
I’ve attended a Shinto wedding in Japan, which was fascinating.
I started tap dancing in my fifties.
Oh, and I’ve given up coffee and tea but love hot water. 
I was thrilled to win the New Talent Award at the Festival of Romance a few years ago.
And I’m addicted to Agatha Christie at the moment, especially Miss Marple.
And, finally, I think I’m better at conjuring up fun facts about myself than I thought.  Does that count as one too? 😊

Elly Redding is an award-winning romance writer. Having originally written screenplays, her first novel, ‘True Colours’, won the Festival of Romance’s New Talent Award, and third prize in the Independent Author Book Award “Words for the Wounded”, as well as being voted Chill with a Book Readers’ Book of the Month Award and receiving a B.R.A.G. Medallion.
Born in London, she now divides her time, with her husband, between Bedfordshire and Devon, where she loves art, dancing and watching the waves. 
Elly is a member of the Society of Authors and Alliance of Independent Authors, and would love to hear from you. She can be found @ellyredding on Twitter, Elly Redding Author on Facebook and Elly Redding on Instagram.
Her website is

Giveaway to Win a signed copy of In Too Deep and a box of chocolates (Open to UK Only)
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  1. Thank you so much for inviting me onto your blog today. I've thoroughly enjoyed answering your brilliant questions :). x

    1. You're very welcome! :) Thanks so much for answering them!


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