Edward Jordan and Kirsty Greenwood (of Novelicious.com)
Firstly, I’d like to thank Everything Authors and Books for letting me be a guest here today and tell you a little more about my book, A Jersey Kiss. A Jersey Kiss is the first of three stand-alone romances I’ve written set on the island of Jersey. Jersey is only 9 miles by 5 miles in size and is one of several islands collectively known as, the Channel Islands. Although originally the island built its economy around farming – mainly Jersey Royal potatoes – it then moved on to tourism and became known as the ‘Honeymoon Isle’ in the fifties. The island is surround by many beaches, some larger than others, like the wilder, Five Mile Road at St Ouen with its magnificent sand dunes to the west of the island, and smaller, more intimate beaches like Fliquet in the east.
One of the aspects of my Jersey romances is the various sites that I’ve included in scenes in the books. As well as our beaches, we have many historical landscapes, including two castles – one in Gorey, called Mont Orgueil, that overlooks a small village and harbour from where you can take boat trips to France, and another, Elizabeth Castle – featured in a scene in the book - sits in St Aubin’s Bay, which you can reach by walking at low tide or by small ferry when the tide is higher. The Channel Islands were occupied for several years during World War Two and because of this we have many bunkers – some open to the public and others still overgrown. The bars, nightclubs and excellent restaurants keep the locals and holidaymakers entertained, as do the annual music festivals held here. There’s a lot going on in such a small island giving endless inspiration for a writer to enjoy and their characters to explore.
In one particular scene, the heroine Bea Phillips goes with her friend to present a trophy to the winning polo team at a beach polo tournament. For the past two years we’ve been lucky enough to enjoy beach polo matches at St Brelade beach. My step-father plays polo in South Africa, so I’ve watched a few games, and it seemed like a perfect hobby for one of my characters to take part in and show another aspect of their life.
One of the characters in A Jersey Kiss lives on a boat and stops off at a café in St Catherine – at the far east of the island – to buy a couple of lobsters for lunch before sailing to the Ecrehous Islands situated between Jersey and France. This café does exist and you can go and buy your own lobster lunch to take with you on your boat. This is a tiny island with a huge character and interesting history. In fact, in 1663 Charles II rewarded the de Carteret family for their loyalty to him during the English Civil War by giving the family a large area of land in North America. This land has subsequently become known as New Jersey.
So, you see, we have a lot going on here, despite the size of this island, and, if you haven’t visited Jersey before, or even if you have, I hope that my book gives you a taster of what you could enjoy here.
Living in the 'sunny isle' it's hard not to fall in love and even though Bea Phillips is still reeling from a nasty divorce, the loss of her beloved god-mother and inheriting a legacy that includes something mysterious no one seems able to locate, she still has to find a way to fight a court case that threatens to take away everything she owns. The last thing Bea needs is a distraction in the form of surly builder Luke, or old flame Tom.
Will Bea find a way to keep her dream home and maybe fall in love?
And what exactly is, ‘A Jersey Kiss?'
Georgina Troy lives in Jersey near the sea - well, most people do in an island only 9 x 5 miles. She's always wanted to write and being an impossible romantic is always falling in love with heroes both real (hopefully), in fiction (definitely) and those of her own creation (absolutely).
She's now written two romantic novels based in Jersey, A Jersey Kiss and A Jersey Affair.
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