2011 Summer Blog Tour Kicks Off With Author Jessica Chambers!

Hi friends!

The 2011 Summer Blog Tour officially begins right now! First up, we have Jessica Chambers, author of Voices on the Waves, who has generously agreed to do a guest post here on A Bundle of Contradictions. Jessica's novel was recently selected as a finalist for the 2011 Rom Con Reader's Crown Award in both the Women's Fiction and the Best First Novel categories. Please offer your congratulations and welcome her to ABC with a BIG round of applause (I don't care that I can't hear it!) and stay tuned because I'll be posting my review of Voice on the Waves this weekend on Sunday, May 8th.

And so, "without further gilding the lily and with no more ado" (anyone know what movie that's from?) ABC proudly presents author Jessica Chambers:

First, Wendi, let me say a huge thank you for inviting me on your blog today to talk about myself and my debut release, a sweet women’s fiction novel called Voices on the Waves. It’s so great to be here!

I think I’ve always wanted to be a writer. Sounds clich├ęd, I know, but it’s true. I’ve invented stories for as long as I can remember, and wrote my first novel, all 30 pages of it, when I was seven. As a shy person, I love being able to escape into another world, and the sense of power that comes with controlling everything that goes on in that world. I especially love writing contemporary women’s fiction centred around larger than life characters, who I hope will stay with readers long after they close the book.

Of course, as with so many authors, my journey to publication has been a tough one, fraught with rejection letters and endless rewrites. Yet, I somehow managed to hold on to my dream of being a published author, and, perhaps even more amazingly, my sanity! Then, towards the end of 2009, I received the contract from Red Rose and was able to step onto the first rung of the publishing ladder. In September 2010, Voices on the Waves was released as an ebook, and two months later, became available on Amazon Kindle. I can’t tell you how exciting these past few months have been for me, and what a great learning experience, and I’m thrilled to bits with the positive feedback from readers.

The inspiration for Voices On The Waves, and my passion for writing contemporary women’s fiction in general, came from my fascination with people. I love to observe the ways in which they interact, their capacity for both kindness and cruelty, warmth and hostility. What would happen, I asked myself, if you forced a group of strangers together in one place for a set length of time, and then left them to their own devices? Rather like a chilled out version of Big Brother without the cameras, if you will. Well, this is precisely what happens in Voices On The Waves, where nine individuals win a two-week holiday in a beautiful farmhouse retreat in Cornwall, England.

To create as much tension and discord as possible, I made sure to invent characters from all walks of life. Among the guests are Leah Shaw, a working class girl with a big heart and troubled eyes; feisty interior designer Karenza Jackson, whose need for independence masks a difficult childhood; Patrick O’Leary, a gruff Irishman with an affiliation for the whisky bottle, and womanising business tycoon Marcus Armitage, who seems hell bent on seducing every attractive female unfortunate enough to cross his path. Oh, and we mustn’t forget Faye Wakefield, generous owner of the retreat. Though seemingly uncomplicated, she has her own reasons for gathering these people under her roof.

Having assembled a host of such diverse personalities, all I had to do was let my imagination flow and the sparks fly. Voices on the Waves is a novel of self-discovery and of coming to terms with the past. With newfound love, illicit affairs and the sharing of long-buried secrets, I hope it has something for everyone.

Thanks again, Jessica, for taking the time to stop by ABC and share your experiences with us. I hope you have a fabulous summer and enjoy your time on the tour!

Voices on the Waves is now available to purchase on Amazon Kindle, or as an e-book in various formats direct from the publisher. You can access both sites by clicking on the links below:

Amazon

Red Rose Publishing

To find out more information about Jessica and her work, please visit her official website at http://www.jessicachambers.co.uk/.


Until next time,

Wendi




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