Sunday, February 22, 2015

Spotlight, Interview, Excerpt & Review: Forgotten Fragrance by Téa Cooper

Forgotten Fragrance
From the Ocean to the Outback
Book 1
Téa Cooper 

Publication Date: February, 2015
Publisher: Harlequin Escape

About the Book:

Only one woman can confirm his innocence, and release him from the torments of his past.

 Determined to throw off the shackles of her convict past, Charlotte Oliver accepts her employer’s marriage proposal, even though she does not love him, and together they board a refitted whaling schooner bound for Sydney to begin their new life.

But life has a way of disrupting plans, and during the voyage the Zephyrus undergoes a mutiny. Captain Christian Charity loses his ship, but he also risks losing so much more. Charlotte has, in her possession, a tiny blue bottle and an Angel coin. On their own, they mean nothing more than a keepsake, but to Christian, they could mean everything – a past remade and a future with love. 

Craning her head back Charlotte peered up at the imposing figure standing amidships, arms akimbo, studying their little boat as it bumped alongside the immaculate black hull. A rope snaked down and the young sailor caught it and, as Marcus predicted, a ladder was lowered.
The sailor offered his hand, steadying her while she took a firm grasp on the lower rungs, then averted his eyes as she began her ascent. Before she had time to worry about her modesty a huge pair of roughened hands reached out and reefed her unceremoniously over the rail. She landed on the deck with a thump. Rearranging her skirts she nodded her thanks and moved aside to make way for Marcus.
His head appeared level with the deck rail and they hauled him aboard in a torrent of snorts and grumbles. He smoothed his topcoat, shrugged and eyed the forbidding giant who had watched the entire proceedings with a studied indifference.
‘Captain Charity, I presume.’ Marcus offered his hand and with a degree of reluctance the man unfolded his immense hairless forearms, exposed by the rolled-up sleeves of his shirt.
Charlotte bit back the laugh building in her throat. The man looked more like a pirate with his large glittering earring and red neckerchief than the captain of this neat little craft.
‘Nah! Henk, First Mate, Capt'n's gone ashore. Business to conduct.’ The corpulent pirate withdrew his hand and wiped it down his stained trousers, then resumed his belligerent stance.
Marcus’ Adam’s apple bobbed as he swallowed his intimidation and pulled his shoulders back. ‘Marcus Wainwright. I've arranged passage to Sydney aboard the Zephyrus.’
‘Don't hold with no passengers, meself. Zephyrus is a working ship, whaler not a bloody transporter.’ The pirate’s flat green eyes raked her. ‘And not a bleedin’ hen frigate.’

MRP would like to extend a very warm welcome to Téa Cooper, author of Forgotten FragranceTéa, who or what most influenced you to become a writer?
I’ve always wanted to be a writer for as long as I can remember. My first publicized effort was rewarded with a wallop. No one appreciated my crayoned hieroglyphics on the bedroom wall. Then there was the rather dubious story at boarding school about the school-gardener. I have to say it was a combined effort and saw most of us expelled from the school. When I left school I was determined to be a journalist. I scored a job as a cadet reporter. It lasted about twelve months until a massive number of newspapers went down the drain.
I headed off for University then and also had a job working as an editorial assistant on a magazine called Frontier and writing reviews. Sadly it wasn’t very viable financially and I ended up teaching. I’ve always kept a journal so I didn’t completely give up writing.
Then one very rainy Easter, I came across a competition run by Mills and Boon in a women’s magazine. I wrote a story called Arctic Ambience (Shudder! My only excuse is it was around the time Fabio was gracing covers). First prize was a publication contract and second a bottle of perfume. Yep! I won the perfume!
I did however move “write a book” a bit further up my bucket list. It wasn’t until 2011 that I decided it was time to have another go. My first book was published in 2012.

So who or what influenced me … I think it is in my genes, although where or who I inherited it from I have no idea.

What advice would you give aspiring authors? 
Be patient and never give up! (See above.)

From the first stroke of a pen (or laptop), how long did it take you get published? 
I’m probably not prepared to divulge that! (See above.)

Did you ever feel like calling it quits? 
I never called it quits, and for that I will be eternally grateful.

Thank you so much for joining us today, Téa. Good luck and great sales with Forgotten Fragrance

Forgotten Fragrance gives the reader a whiff of something delightful. It takes us on a voyage to Australia’s “wild west” days, and the situations and events that formed that nation.
A convicted criminal, Charlotte Oliver has few options to look forward to, so when she’s offered marriage she agrees with thanksgiving, never mind that her intended is about as appealing as a mud hen. What she cannot anticipate is that her life, and the lives of all those on board, will change forever when the engaged couple boards the Zephyrus, with the dashing but troubled Captain Charity at the helm.
The characters are distinct and many-faceted, the writing strong and compelling. I enjoyed this sojourn south of the equator, and recommend it.
Well done

About the Author:

Best-selling Australian author, Téa Cooper lives in a stone cottage on one hundred acres of bushland, just outside the time-warp village of Wollombi, New South Wales. Although Téa was born and raised in England the majority of her books, both contemporary and historical, are set in Australia, the country she now calls home. When she isn’t writing Téa can usually be found haunting the local museum or chatting to the locals, who provide her with a never-ending source of inspiration. She is a member of Romance Writers Australia and Hunter Romance Writers and is a 2014 finalist in the Australian Romance Readers Awards for her historical romance, Jazz Baby.

Author Links:

No comments:

Post a Comment