Guest Post + Giveaway – Burning Embers by Hannah Fielding

Posted by Ing on 30 September, 2013 // ★★ 12 Comments ★★

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Coral Sinclair is a beautiful but naive twenty-five-year-old photographer who has just lost her father. She’s leaving the life she’s known and traveling to Kenya to take ownership of her inheritance–the plantation that was her childhood home–Mpingo. On the voyage from England, Coral meets an enigmatic stranger to whom she has a mystifying attraction. She sees him again days later on the beach near Mpingo, but Coral’s childhood nanny tells her the man is not to be trusted. It is rumored that Rafe de Monfort, owner of a neighboring plantation and a nightclub, is a notorious womanizer having an affair with her stepmother, which may have contributed to her father’s death.

Circumstance confirms Coral’s worst suspicions, but when Rafe’s life is in danger she is driven to make peace. A tentative romance blossoms amidst a meddling ex-fiancé, a jealous stepmother, a car accident, and the dangerous wilderness of Africa. Is Rafe just toying with a young woman’s affections? Is the notorious womanizer only after Coral’s inheritance? Or does Rafe’s troubled past color his every move, making him more vulnerable than Coral could ever imagine?
Set in 1970, this contemporary historical romance sends the seemingly doomed lovers down a destructive path wrought with greed, betrayal, revenge, passion, and love.

Title: Burning Embers
Author: Hannah Fielding
Genre: Contemporary/Historical (set in 1970’s) Romance
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Release Date: April 20, 2012
Purchase Links: Amazon I Amazon UK I B&N I Kobo

Character Guest Post

Why Coral is my perfect match by Raphael de Montfort
Hannah’s Rafe
Hello, and thank you for having me on the blog today. I’m Raphael de Monfort (most people call me Rafe), 35 years old, and while I grew up largely in France, I live now in Kenya, where I own a high-class nightclub, The Golden Fish, and a sisal plantation called Whispering Palms. Right next door to the plantation on which I live is another plantation, Mpingo, and it’s here that the woman who has captured my heart lives.
I never intended to fall in love with Coral. I knew for a long time I was attracted to her – I was great friends with her late father and he talked of her often and showed me photographs which so affected me that I found myself painting her portrait. Even when I encountered her one golden dawn aboard the boat bound for Mombasa, and she was so beautiful and so poignantly vulnerable, I did no more than offer ‘the kindness of strangers’,  because I knew that I didn’t  deserve this warm, innocent, loving woman. You see, I’m something of a rogue. I’ll admit to being a womanizer. Then, there’s the fact that I’m a widower, and the circumstances of my wife’s death color my every thought, feeling, and action.

And yet, though I tried to keep away from my tempestuous, alluring neighbor, I couldn’t. She is everything I never knew I always wanted.

She is fiery – strong-willed, determined to be independent though she is a lone woman striking out on her own in 1970s Kenya, a country in the grips of much social change. How can one not admire a woman who will run a plantation herself? Who will try new experiences, even though they may frighten her? Who – and this is most important – will stand up to me, challenge me, make me want to be a better, more hopeful man?

Coral is also intelligent; a woman who spars on a level with me. An entrepreneur and self-made man myself, I admire her dedication to her career as a freelance photographer. I have watched her at work, and have been deeply moved by her focus and skill on the job. But even outside the job, Coral’s intelligence shines through.

I am a man of principle, and she is the perfect match in that sense: Coral has strong ideals, and will fight to uphold them. Take the treatment of the local wildlife, for example. When we came across a leopard caught in a cruel metal trap, she was just as appalled as I was at the poor animal’s distress, and angered by those who’d snared him there.

Then there is her passion. When I first met Coral, she was somewhat unworldly, and entirely out of touch with her sensuality. But how she opened up to my taking her from the girlhood to which she clung to womanhood! My little rosebud blossomed into a supremely sexy, attractive partner. Just thinking about her is enough to drive me insane…

Of course, I could tell you all about how physically beautiful Coral is as well – and she is: a little English flower, delicate and pure in the wilds of Africa – but it is the woman within whom I love and will always love. I consider myself a very fortunate man to have found such a woman. Our match is more than just man and woman committing to be together: it’s a symbol of hope, of the power of redemption, of the belief that any person with the courage to let go of the past and grab hold of the future can find blissful, enduring happiness with another. If I have a fire within me then it is Coral who keeps the embers burning… always.

About Hannah

Hannah Fielding is a novelist, a dreamer, a traveller, a mother, a wife and an incurable romantic. The seeds for her writing career were sown in early childhood, spent in Egypt, when she came to an agreement with her governess Zula: for each fairy story Zula told, Hannah would invent and relate one of her own. Years later – following a degree in French literature, several years of travelling in Europe, falling in love with an Englishman, the arrival of two beautiful children and a career in property development – Hannah decided after so many years of yearning to write that the time was now. Today, she lives the dream: she writes full time, splitting her time between her homes in Kent, England, and the South of France, where she dreams up romances overlooking breathtaking views of the Mediterranean.

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12 Responses to “Guest Post + Giveaway – Burning Embers by Hannah Fielding”

  1. Hello Hannah. Your book sounds amazing. I love the story and the time period in which it is set. I would really enjoy reading it. Thanks for having the giveaway.

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