Today I am joined by Caroline James, as part of the blog tour for her latest novel, Boomerville at Ballemegille. Many thanks to Caroline for taking the time to talk to me today about Cumbria, the inspiration behind the book, and to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources, for inviting me to take part in the tour.
Boomerville is back!
Join Hattie and Jo as they head to Southern Ireland to open Boomerville Manor, a holiday retreat for guests of ‘a certain age’. There’s Irish craic and shenanigans aplenty for the colourful cast of characters as everyone gathers for the grand opening.
Meet Melissa, an ex-cabaret singer running from her abusive husband, and Bill, a bachelor bullied from beyond the grave by the ghostly voice of his mother. Along with local bobby Harry the Helmet, ageing aquatic team the Boomerville Babes, eccentric artist Lucinda Gray, and heartthrob Finbar Murphy, they gather in Ireland and the fun begins. But murder is in the air and there’s mischief afoot. Will the residents get more than they bargained for at Boomerville?
Set in the beautiful Irish countryside, ‘Boomerville at Ballymegille’ is a heart-warming story of friendship, fears and new beginnings.
Mai, thank you so much for hosting me on your lovely blog as I launch my new book, Boomerville at Ballymegille. Here I talk about the county of Cumbria, which is one of the inspirational settings for my novel.
Boomerville at Ballymegille is partly set in the beautiful county of Cumbria, also known as the Lake District, in North West England, and the area is the inspiration for many of my novels.
I write about Cumbria after falling in love with the county many years ago. Nowhere can compare to the Lake District, it is a creative’s dream. My novels often feature a fictional hotel and the latest. Boomerville at Ballymegille is no exception as guests’ flock to the area and book in, to experience the beauty and splendour of the landscape.
For several years, I ran a pub, then a hotel, in the Eden Valley and was captivated by the warmth of the locals who were so supportive to a newcomer. Walking along the shadowy ridges of the fells in my spare time restored my spirits after a hard day at work and spurred my creative juices, for even then I knew that I wanted to write stories based in this special place. More recently I was touched by the floods that devastated parts of the country. In particular, the town of Appleby which had once been my home and the floods feature in writing.
I write feel-good novels to uplift and inspire and with the magic of the mountains and sparkling waters of the lakes, I owe a great deal to beautiful Cumbria.
Mai, I wish you and your readers many hours of happy reading,
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Best-selling author of women’s fiction, Caroline James has owned and run businesses encompassing all aspects of the hospitality industry, a subject that often features in her novels. She is based in the UK but has a great fondness for travel and escapes whenever she can.
A public speaker, which includes talks and lectures on cruise ships world-wide, Caroline is also a consultant and food writer. She is a member of the Romantic Novelist’s Association, the Society of Women’s Writer’s & Journalists and the Society of Authors and writes articles and short stories, contributing to many publications. Caroline also runs writing workshops.
In her spare time, Caroline can be found walking up a mountain with her two Westie dogs, sipping raspberry gin or relaxing with her head in a book and hand in a box of chocolates.
Books by Caroline James:
Make sure you visit the other blogs taking part in the tour to find out more about Boomerville at Ballemegille.