Monday, 7 November 2011

Guest post: This is a Job? by Lucy Felthouse + Giveaway

My guest today has a really cool job. She can read all day and visit castles and beautiful sites and call it all research. Have you guessed the dream job? Yep, she is a writer! :-) Please give a warm welcome to Lucy Felthouse who is here today to celebrate the release of her latest novel Love Through Time (which was released on October 24th).


This is a Job? 
by Lucy Felthouse

As a writer that chats lots with other writers, I know that we all have a lot to contend with from friends and family. Many of us are lucky enough to have their full support, some of us are met with indifference and others still get that comment that has writers' blood boiling:

"But it's not a real job, is it?"

On the one hand this completely infuriates me because it's so dismissive of what we do – would these people turn around to Stephen King or J. K. Rowling and suggest they'd be better off turning their hand to something else? Doubtful. I just put this down to ignorance and let them get on with it.

On the other hand, I find myself wondering sometimes if it is a job. Before anyone shouts or throws anything at me, though, it's certainly not because I feel it's not 'real' or is 'unworthy.' I find myself thinking it because to me, writing doesn't feel like work. I don't get up in the morning moaning and groaning about writing – I enjoy it. Plain and simple.
This was really driven home for me when I was working on my latest release, Love Through Time, from Noble Romance. The story is set in a country house, with much of the action taking place in a gorgeous big library. I already visit lots of stately homes in my spare time, simply because I enjoy it, but it was a really good excuse to go and see some more! So as well as being there because I wanted to be, I was soaking it all up in a research capacity – i.e. working. And it's at times like that, when I'm having fun doing something I would normally and yet am able to class it as work that I think "Wow, this is work?"

What a cool job, huh?

Love Through Time by Lucy Felthouse

Westbury Manor is a stately home with a fascinating past, and when book conservator Emily Stone starts uncovering it, she's startled by what she finds...

Book conservator, Emily Stone, arrives at Westbury Manor with a job to do. She's to clean and conserve all of the books in their impressive library, preserving them for future generations. Not long into her stay at the house, Emily bumps into the night guard, George. She'd expected an old, balding guy with a comb over, so the hunky chap she actually meets is a very pleasant surprise. The introductions complete, George leaves Emily in peace to get on with her job. But when a falling photograph sets off a chain reaction of ghostly events, Emily and George are thrown together in order to find out who—or what—is causing them. Their investigation uncovers a tragic past, a lost love and a stunning secret.



Lucy is a graduate of the University of Derby, where she studied Creative Writing. During her first year, she was dared to write an erotic story - so she did. It went down a storm and she's never looked back. Lucy has had stories published by Cleis Press, Noble Romance, Ravenous Romance, Summerhouse Publishing, Sweetmeats Press and Xcite Books. She is also the editor of Uniform Behaviour and Seducing the Myth.

Find out more at http://www.lucyfelthouse.co.uk/. You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.


GIVEAWAY RULES:

Lucy generously offers an ebook copy of  Love Through Time to a lucky commenter!


All you have to do is

1) tell us what would be your dream job? And why do you think it is the ideal job?
2) leave me a way to contact you (e-mail address, Twitter handle, etc.)

Giveaway is open worldwide and ends on 14 November 2011!



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