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Wild Wales by Patricia Evans Cox - Book Tour + Giveaway


Wild Wales
by Patricia Evans Cox


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GENRE:   Lesbian romance

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BLURB:

Aisling Moss is balanced on the crystal edge of success as one of the most sought-after wedding planners in London…until one ill-advised move brings her career crashing down around her feet like a toppled tower of champagne flutes. The next day, a letter from a family solicitor arrives at her flat, and she has to choose between picking up the pieces of her career in London or taking the next flight to Wales to honor the wishes of someone she loves.

Finn Morgan was forced to end her fighting career after an injury sidelined her dreams of being a star in the cutthroat world of professional women’s boxing. Her job as a short-order cook in a Brooklyn diner certainly doesn’t compare, but it also doesn’t require her to think about what she wants to do with her life. Sleeping with her boss’s wife and spending quality time with a punching bag is all she needs, until the day she comes home to find a letter from across the pond, surrounded by a pool of warm sunlight, on her entry table.

Once in Wales, long-kept secrets and unexpected demands surface for both Finn and Aisling, and they are forced to make hard decisions about their futures: Do they return to rebuild the lives they had, or take a chance on love in wild, windswept Wales?


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EXCERPT
Aisling spoke slowly, more to herself than to Finn. Her voice trailed off, but she snapped back to reality after a few seconds and looked back at Finn across the kitchen. 

“I kissed the wrong person, I guess.” 

Finn waited for her to go on, but she didn’t.

 “How do you lose an entire career from one kiss?” 

Aisling smiled, letting the silence speak for her. 

“Oh shit,” Finn said slowly. “You didn’t kiss the groom, did you?” 

She laughed and pulled the pen out of her hair. “Um, no...not the groom.” 

“Then it can’t be that bad. What’s the big deal?” 

Aisling ran her fingers through her hair and loosened the waves until they fell over her shoulders. “It was the bride.” 

“Wow.” Finn shook her head, smiling, and folded what was left of the charred cardboard box into the trash. “I did not see that one coming.” 

“I thought not. Most people don’t.” 

Finn smiled and stepped into the living room, then leaned back in as soon as she passed the doorframe. 

“This fire is beautiful. Did you do that while I was folding myself into the bathtub?” 

Aisling didn’t answer, just walked slowly into the room, where a cheerful fire crackled and warmed the air. When they’d walked into the house an hour ago, it had been empty and dark, but now the entire room looked gilded, as if the firelight had melted into gold over every surface. Once again, the hearth had been swept clean and even the dented copper bucket next to the fireplace had been filled with freshly cut wood. Aisling stared into the flames, then slowly raised her eyes over Finn’s head and up to the ceiling. 

“What are you looking at?” Finn said, following her gaze to the cracked plaster ceiling arched above her head, secured at the apex with an unfinished wooden beam. 

“Nothing,” Aisling replied, her eyes scanning the room, half expecting to see the golden orbs of light she’d seen in the castle. But there was nothing. “Just a memory, I guess.” 

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Author Interview

What would you consider to be your Kryptonite as an author?
First of all, I only wish I had some of that! But I think my biggest strength as a writer is my ability to tell the truth….about relationships, emotions, and perhaps sex in particular. 
I take representing our community seriously, and when I started writing I knew I didn’t want to just repeat what I’d read in some popular lesbian fiction: vanilla sanitized sex scenes without the passion, lust and connection we all know should be there. 
So I write it all. The hot, the raw and the unexpected, even the scenes that push our boundaries and make us think. And I’m truly grateful for the amazing readers that have taken to time to tell me that it has made them feel seen and appreciated. I can’t speak for everyone, but please know that I see you, appreciate you, and applaud you for your courage.

If you could tell your younger writing self, anything, what would it be?
“For the love of god, put down that can of Final-Net hairspray and start writing!” 

Favorite childhood memory involving books.
I came from a very, very conservative religious background, and I wasn’t allowed to check books out the library when I was a kid, let alone go in there to read. So I invented a sling for books out of string that held them under my shirt, and I stole (and returned) countless books. 
I was probably ten when I started, and I was sixteen before I finally realized I could just drive to the library, walk in, and check them out like a normal person. 

If you could dine with any literary character, who would it be and why?
It would be some of my characters, like Jaq and Bronwyn from London, Finn and Aisling from Wild Wales, or Adel and Grace from the upcoming release Laying of Hands.
I’d like to ask them some questions, like:

Why so pushy?
Why can’t I write the sex scenes? I’m tired of you guys directing the action.
How about letting me finish one book before whispering in my ear about the next?

You know, normal stuff. Totally not like a crazy author who thinks her characters are talking to her.

Did you want to be an author when you grew up?
Oh absolutely. I was raised in an environment where the only option for women in the church was to aspire to be a godly wife and raise godly children.
Yeah, let’s just say I was the black sheep in a vast sea of white; all I wanted in the world was to see my name on a book in the library. The day I did, I got tears in my eyes. I’ll never forget it.
 

If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?
Brave. Congruent. Wild.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Patricia has been slinging ink and falling in love with characters since her boarding school days, and continues to write in her hometown of Eureka Springs, AR.
Her handmade tiny home in the forest, strewn with leather journals and forgotten cups of tea, serves as her writing studio. Her dogs Dublin and Snoo do their best to help by snoring loudly at her feet.
Patricia has lived in Ireland and England and returns there frequently to write, as well as to a much loved tiny island off the coast of Glasgow, where the owner of the local pub saves her the red velvet chair by the fire.
More of her writing can be seen at her website, www.tomboyinkslinger.com



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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION
Patricia Evans Cox will be awarding a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.




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