A House Full of Secrets by Zoë Miller / #BlogTour + Guest Post

Hi guys, and happy Friday! It’s almost weekend, yuppi! Today I am especially thrilled to welcome Zoë Miller to my blog – Zoë has been my guest in the past already and it is always a real pleasure to have her stopping by. Today, to celebrate the new release “A House Full of Secrets” – which, btw, sounds SO brilliant and I can’t wait to read it – I have a fantastic guest post about location for the story. Enjoy!

 

A HOUSE FULL OF SECRETS:  ON LOCATION

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I’d like to say a big thank you to Agi for hosting me on her wonderful blog, On My Bookshelf.  I’m delighted to be featured here today. This post on the blog tour is all about the magical location for A House Full of Secrets. I hope you enjoy it, Zoë x

In A House Full of Secrets, Vikki accepts an invitation from her good friend Niall to accompany him to his family weekend reunion in Lynes Glen, his childhood home in a remote part of Ireland.  The county of Mayo, where Lynes Glen is located, is part of the Wild Atlantic Way, one the world’s longest defined coastal touring route that encompasses the breath-taking wilderness of the west coast of Ireland.

I’m fortunate to have been there; I’ve strolled along golden, secluded beaches and breathed the invigorating air, feeling as though I was walking along the edge of the world. I’ve marvelled at the savage beauty of majestic mountains, the lush, swooping valleys, the heather-coated hills. It is a landscape dotted with stone bridges arching over crystal mountain streams, and narrow, solitary roads that twist and wind into infinity around the never-ending folds and curves in the landscape. Then when I was reading a magazine article about the magic of county Mayo, the wonder of it all came back to me, and even before I got to the part where the article saidthat wifi could be a problem in certain spots, the seeds of the story were planted in my heart.

Drop an estranged family who are forced to spend time together in the sheer remoteness of it all for a long weekend, together with little or no connectivity to the outside world, and you have all sorts of story possibilities.

The beautiful and remote location is a character in itself and supports the plot. It is a soulful landscape that helped to forge the character of Leo, the patriarch of the family, it brings him peace and inspiration, and it forms the backdrop to his love affair with the dazzling Gabrielle.

On a sunny Friday afternoon, Vikki flies from London into Knock airport, hoping the weekend with Niall will help move their friendship up to the next level. She’d always sensed something different about him, compared to her London mates, but as soon as they begin the drive to Lynes Glen, she realises that, growing up in this remote and beautiful place, Niall’s background is totally at odds with hers, and before she even reaches Lynes Glen andmeets Niall’s enigmatic sister, Lainey and his estranged brother Alex, she feels uneasy at the difference between them. It is a gulf that only widens as the weekend progresses and they spend time revisiting the haunts of Niall’s childhood against a stunning landscapesoaked in memories and teeming with secrets and shadows.

The brooding mountain summit that the house backs on to, the trail though the forest, the lough that’s out of bounds, barricaded with fallen tree trunks, old gates, encroaching nature,and a crumbling ‘Danger: Keep out’ sign,  all provide a sense of mystery and support a haunting atmosphere. It is an atmosphere in which the showing up of a ghost and a mysterious woman by the lough don’t seem inconceivable at all.

But when an Atlantic storm begins to rage, marooning the family in a world of their own, Vikki swiftly discovers that a Lynes Glen glazed in lemony-coloured sunshine is a very different proposition to a remote house battered with howling gale force winds, and surrounded by murky veils of cloud and rain, where strange incidents are taking place.

And that’s even before the family begin to realise that one of them is lying and someone is hell benton exacting revenge for past hurts…

© 2018 Zoë Miller

About the book:
 
Title: A House Full of Secrets by Zoë Miller
Published: February 1st 2018 by Hachette Ireland
Synopsis:
 All she sees is the perfect man – but what is he hiding?
An invitation to visit Niall’s childhood home is too good an opportunity for Vikki to pass up. This is the chance she’s been waiting for to get closer to her friend, and to meet the family he’s always been so cryptic about.
But when Vikki arrives at the beautiful but remote Lynes Glen on Ireland’s west coast, and finally meets Niall’s estranged brother Alex and his overbearing sister Lainey, she realises that this reunion will be far from heart-warming.
As Vikki fails to convince any of them that she saw a mysterious woman at the lake – off-limits since a tragic accident – strange and sinister incidents begin to happen at the Blake family home. What secrets are they keeping? And why exactly did Niall ask Vikki to join him for the weekend?

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Someone New by Zoe Miller – Guest Post/Blog Tour

Hi guys, and happy Monday! Today I have a real, real treat for you – I am absolutely delighted to be kicking off the Blog Tour for Zoe Miller’s newest release, “Someone New”. I love Zoe’s books and I love the sound of this one as well and I can’t wait to read this story! But today I have a guest post from the Author herself on the importance of following your dreams – because we all agree that it IS important, right? So put your feet high and enjoy! And thank you Zoe for stopping by!

SOMEONE NEW: Blog Tour Day 1

I’d like to say a huge thank you to Agi for kicking off the blog tour for Someone New and I’m delighted to be featured as a guest post on her blog, On My Bookshelf.

 Today’s post is all about the importance of following your dreams, as it’s one of themes in Someone New. But can we ever really follow our dreams? What gets in the way?

 Sometimes it’s ourselves and our unrealistic expectations.

 The first night Grace Bailey, the main character, meets Danny, he talks to her about her New Year resolutions. He asks her to think about how she intends to make the very best of the next twelve months, because he hopes she will have a wonderful year. He encourages her to work out what she really wants out of her life instead of just drifting through it. He puts up posters on her living room wall containing life affirming messages that make her feel happy, energised and glad to be alive when she gets up in the mornings, instead of merely going through the motions. One of these posters tells her to ‘Dream Big’.

 However, in a world where we need to pay the rent and the bills, how realistic is this? Is Danny being too simplistic or is the practical reality of following your dreams a lot different to what people might expect?

 We’d all love to take the advice doled out across social media in countless feel-good sound bites and uplifting quotes; ‘Follow your dreams’; ‘Live the life you imagine.’ How many of us imagine winning the euro millions so that we can turn our backs on the day  job, spend more time on a passionate hobby, climb Mount Kilimanjaro, see the Northern Lights, or travel the world first class?

 But if we all decided to ignore the day job and live the life we imagined, come Monday morning what would happen to the wheels of industry and commerce? What would happen to us? Winning the euro millions is on a par with the odds of winning The X factor – what if we didn’t have the money? You can’t live on fresh air.

 The idea of dropping everything to follow your dreams, while tantalisingly attractive, has to be grounded in a big, large dose of reality. On the one hand we have to be able to support ourselves, but on the other hand if we want to be successful at something we are passionate about, it can take a lot of hard work, dedication and sacrifice. Mountaineers will spend years in preparation, likewise Olympic medallists. Most writers are following their dreams of publication by squeezing in writing time while they hold down a day job to pay the bills. How many times have people been labelled an overnight success, when in reality it took them years to reach that pinnacle of achievement? Even X Factor finalists will speak of long and tiring days spent on practise and rehearsals.

 The heroes on our television screens and in our newspapers will tell us that they did not get where they are thanks to a magical twist of fate or a sprinkling of fairy dust, but in the way they decided to spend the ordinary moments that make up ordinary days. Our heroes follow their inner drum beat, using reserves of passion, confidence and dedication, single-minded discipline as well as bucket-loads of that four-letter word called ‘work’. They know that dreams take shape during long, often lonely hours spent in practice on cold early mornings, they are nourished late into the night, when time with family, friends and television and surfing the net and a social life is regularly sacrificed.

 In Someone New, Danny, despite his life-affirming, life-fulfilling encouragement, doesn’t suggest that Grace walks out of her job to chase her dreams, even though she’s put them on hold for three years. He gives her a timeline and encourages her to make a start, he suggests she puts aside some time every night and make them a priority.

 Can Grace do this? Even when her world falls apart in ways she never imagined?

Find out in Someone New.

Thank you Agi, for having me as a guest on your blog!

Zoë xx

About Someone New

In her heart, Grace knows the perfect, reliable, good-looking Gavin isn’t right for her. Then28963821 she meets Danny. Unpredictable and spontaneous, he turns her world upside down. All of a sudden, Grace is seeing life differently and doing things she never thought she’d do.

But tragedy strikes when Danny dies in a motorbike accident, shattering Grace’s world. As she struggles to come to terms with her loss, she becomes more and more convinced that she’s being followed – sighting a motorbike exactly like Danny’s everywhere she goes. And she starts to wonder if Danny’s death was really an accident.

When she finally voices her suspicions to her family and the police, though, no one seems willing to believe her.

Meanwhile Grace feels ever more under threat as sinister things begin happening to her. What was Danny hiding from her? And what kind of danger is she in now?

 

About the Author:

 Zoë Miller writes contemporary novels laced with suspense and intrigue. She was born on zoe-miller-image-2the south side of Dublin, where she still lives with her husband. She has two daughters and a son. As a child, Zoë was always the one with her head stuck in a book and she enjoyed reading so much that it compelled her to write. Someone New is Zoë’s eighth book to be published by Hachette Books Ireland, and Zoë fits in her writing between family time and the day job.

Website: www.zoemillerauthor.com

Twitter: @zoemillerauthor

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