In 2014 I managed to wangle an invitation for the Deadly Dames to do a panel at the wonderful Penzance Literary Festival. I have nothing but praise for the event – never had such a comprehensive pack of pre-panel information for one thing. Hubby came along with me and we made a short break of it, visiting an area of Cornwall I’d never been to and which was totally delightful.
Penzance itself had seen better days, although it had some excellent restaurants, but Lands End is spectacular, if a touch commercialised (although not as bad as it might be).
However I had two favourite places from the visit, the first of which is St Michael’s mount – what an amazing place to have your home and what remarkable gardens cling to the rockface.
Best of all was the St Erth to St Ives railway, which was threatened with closure back in the 1960s when the Beeching Report proposed shutting many of the smaller lines and stations on the railway network. The track runs along an estuary with glorious views, from a tiny little retro station that could have stepped out of a black and white film, right to the little seaside jewel of St Ives itself.
If this is starting to sound like a travel advert for Cornwall, I promise I’m not being sponsored by the local tourist board. It’s simply the sort of place that sticks in your heart and mind.
Broke Deep is the story that refused to sit down and take no for an answer, a tale that waited patiently in my works-in-progress folder for a setting and a context to do it justice. When the Porthkennack universe opportunity came along, Broke Deep bounced into my mind like the most insistent plot bunny, saying, “That’s my home! Write me there!”
Reader, I did.
Title: Broke Deep by Charlie Cochrane
Porthkennack Universe Book Three
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, M/M, Romance
Length: 249 pages/Word Count: 65,900
Morgan Capell’s life is falling apart by small degrees—his father’s dead, his boyfriend dumped him, and his mother’s in the grip of dementia. His state of mind isn’t helped by his all-too-real recurring nightmare of the wreck of the Troilus, a two-hundred-year-old ship he’s been dreaming about since his teenage years.
The story of the Troilus is interwoven with the Capell family history. When amateur historian Dominic Watson inveigles himself into seeing the ship’s timbers which make up part of Morgan’s home, they form a tentative but prickly friendship that keeps threatening to spark into something more romantic.
Unexpectedly, Dominic discovers that one of the Troilus’s midshipman was rescued but subsequently might have been murdered, and persuades Morgan to help him establish the truth. But the more they dig, the more vivid Morgan’s nightmares become, until he’s convinced he’s showing the first signs of dementia. It takes as much patience as Dominic possesses—and a fortuitous discovery in a loft—to bring light out of the darkness.
Purchase Link: Riptide Publishing
Welcome to Porthkennack, a charming Cornish seaside town with a long and sometimes sinister history. Legend says King Arthur’s Black Knight built the fort on the headland here, and it’s a certainty that the town was founded on the proceeds of smuggling, piracy on the high seas, and the deliberate wrecking of cargo ships on the rocky shore. Nowadays it draws in the tourists with sunshine and surfing, but locals know that the ghosts of its Gothic past are never far below the surface.
This collaborative story world is brought to you by five award-winning, best-selling British LGBTQ romance authors: Alex Beecroft, Joanna Chambers, Charlie Cochrane, Garrett Leigh, and JL Merrow. Follow Porthkennack and its inhabitants through the centuries and through the full rainbow spectrum with historical and contemporary stand-alone titles.
Check out Porthkennack! http://riptidepublishing.com/titles/universe/porthkennack
As Charlie Cochrane couldn’t be trusted to do any of her jobs of choice—like managing a rugby team—she writes, with titles published by Carina, Samhain, Bold Strokes, MLR and Cheyenne.
Charlie’s Cambridge Fellows Series of Edwardian romantic mysteries was instrumental in her being named Author of the Year 2009 by the review site Speak Its Name. She’s a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, Mystery People, International Thriller Writers Inc and is on the organising team for UK Meet for readers/writers of GLBT fiction. She regularly appears with The Deadly Dames.
To celebrate the release of Broke Deep, one lucky winner will receive a goodie bag containing postcards, a notebook, a tea towel, candy and more, all from Charlie Cochrane! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on June 10, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!