I’m thrilled to have Cd Brennan visiting me today, author of A WORLD APART and a new friend I’ve made at Kensington Books/Lyrical Press, publisher of my upcoming release, SHARE THE MOON. (release date 8/4, preorder available)
Today Cd will share with us three reasons you should take a peek at A WORLD APART. I, for one, am excited to get my nose into this story. It takes place in Scotland, birthplace of my nana and a place where I still have some family. A place a definitely plan to visit one day. Plus, I love these Scottish cows.
Lizzy travels to Scotland to track down her roots, hoping where she comes from will help her figure out where she needs to go. An Aussie girl through and through, tough as nuts and a bit wild, she believes there’s nothing so wonderful as a world seen through wine-tinted glasses…
…until she meets Hottie Hamish, Bridge of Allan’s most eligible bachelor.
Hamish is Lizzy’s polar opposite in every way. He’s serious, driven, and motivated, focused on becoming the youngest associate professor at the Glasgow School of Art. But he’s hiding a social phobia behind his gruff exterior that makes it almost impossible to connect with people…
…until he meets Lost Lizzy, all sunshine and lightness, an Australian beauty with the proverbial heart of gold.
Where they come from may be worlds apart, but atop a Scottish Munro, they begin to realize where they’re going is best traveled side by side.
CONTENT WARNING: Graphic descriptions of haggis ingredients.
3 Reasons Why You Should Read A WORLD APART
#1 A World Apart is about stepping out of your comfort zone to achieve something great in your life. A life lived in fear is a life half-lived as they say.The entire Love Where You Roam series explores this meme. In AWA, it’s not just about Lizzy traveling overseas where she immerses herself in a different culture, environment, food, language (yes, it’s in Scotland and even though they speak English, if you’ve ever been, it feels like a different language half the time), it’s about finding out who you really are by pushing those boundaries. Both Hamish and Lizzy, as polar opposites, come to realize that what they were looking for is not what they expected to find.
#2 AWA is a great beach read and quite lighthearted. At only 55K, it has plenty of action and good pace. It’s not too angsty or introspective. Even though it addresses some big steps in a person’s life, it does so through funny scenes, miscommunications, and social (or for Hamish un-social) interactions. A couple of readers have picked up AWA thinking it was woman’s fiction–that’s when the covers changed LOL. Have fun with AWA, and if you are so inclined, Watershed, the first book of the series. They guarantee a few laughs and a smile on your face by the end.
#3 Only in the last year was A World Apart changed from the adult contemporary romance genre to New Adult. When Book 1 of LWYR, Watershed, was published in 2011, this genre was so new, I wasn’t sure that’s where the books fit. But they are perfect in their new home. NA is becoming more popular for its first mature love combined with youthful fantasy and silly mistakes. Young adults face profound life choices and powerful emotion. Parfait them with great sexual content, and you can’t help but have a winner.
Just as Lizzy had determined that she would be brave and take his hand, Hamish leaned into her. “This song they are playing is called Flower of Scotland.”
“Aye…it’s our song.”
Lizzy leaned in closer, her eyes buried deep into the Scotsman’s, mere inches away. “Ours?” It came out a whisper.
His eyebrow rose in question. “For all the Scots…for you, too. It’s one of our unofficial national anthems.”
Embarrassed, Lizzy looked away from him to the dance floor. She was surprised no one was dancing, only a few remained at the edge in small groups, laughing and talking animatedly. That’s where Hamish should be.
The lights in the room had finally been dimmed to get ready for dinner, and servers went from table to table lighting the candles.
“Will you dance with me?”
“The ceilidh doesn’t start until after the dinner.”
“Who says we have to dance when everyone else dances?”
Having traveled and lived all over the world, Cd Brennan now talks with a strange accent, a mix of distant terminology, a blend of culturally cute but confusing euphemisms that leaves everyone looking at her with a blank stare. Luckily, her Australian husband (who she met in Ireland) and her two Aussie/Yankee sons have no problem understanding her – well, except for the word NO.
Now settled back “home” in Michigan, she enjoys reliving her glory days by writing about them. She considers the last fifteen years abroad the perfect research for her Love Where You Roam series; matchmaking women and men from different cultures, even different hemispheres, helping them find their true one across oceans of difference.
As destiny plays a hand in all the stories, Cd Brennan truly believes that what is for you, won’t pass you by. She hopes to inspire others to get out there: “Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” [Mark Twain] And of course, fall in love.
Get in touch with her at www.cdbrennan.com