Book Tour & Giveaway : Broke Deep, Charlie Cochrane
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.
A story in search of its location…
Every couple of years we go on holiday to Jersey, the biggest of the Channel Islands. We love it. For a small island, just five miles by nine, it has a huge range of locations. Stunning clifftop walks, headlands, long sandy beaches, little coves, lush valleys and dramatic headlands. And everywhere the lush flowers and lovely local granite buildings. Unbelievable how much stuff one place can cram in and still have plenty of places where you can enjoy some solitude – but before I start to sound like a travel agent, I’ll focus on the fact that every time I visit there I get the urge to write. The second Cambridge Fellows book is set on the island but that didn’t write the place out of my system. Six years ago, I was inspired to produce a contemporary story set in the rugged north of the island.
At a similar time I came across a map marked with the many shipwrecks that have happened off Jersey’s coast. I knew that ships had to come into my story, and as I began to write I also knew that dealing with a parent with dementia had to come into it. Because, much to my surprise, I discovered that Morgan – the first of my characters to come into being – had a mother afflicted by the problem, as mine had been. I wrote like stink, making remarkable progress with the tale, until I started to hit problems. You see, although Jersey is a crown dependency of the United Kingdom it isn’t governed in the same way, the same laws don’t quite apply and all sorts of everyday things (like the provision of health care) are quite different.
So began an exchange of e-mails with some very helpful people in the Jersey government who answered all sorts of daft questions like, “Do you have a dial 1471 caller identifying service?” They didn’t at the time, and that was just the start of identifying various things that would have to be changed to be in line with everyday Jersey life. In the end, it became too difficult, and the story stalled. I got it out on occasions over the next four years, tinkered with it, changed the POV, tinkered again, but it couldn’t be rescued.
Two years ago I was asked if I’d like to take part in the Porthkennack project. One look at the map and I thought “Yes!” Cornwall has a coastline not unlike the north of Jersey, it too has seen shipwrecks, and it had the great advantage of not needing little details researched or changed, so out came the poor little neglected WIP and suddenly it had found its true home! All the bits where I’d got stuck I got unstuck and “voila!” I had a whole story – the story which is Broke Deep.
About Broke Deep
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.
Now available from 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.
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About Charlie Cochrane
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.
Connect with Charlie:
- Blog: charliecochrane.livejournal.com/
- Twitter: @charliecochrane
- Facebook profile page: facebook.com/charlie.cochrane.18
- Goodreads: goodreads.com/goodreadscomcharlie_cochrane
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!