Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Escape to Mountain Shadows Kindle Edition by Audrey Flynn (Author)

I have some exciting news about a new author and a fabulous book. Meet Audrey Flynn and her book, "Escape to Mountain Shadows" which has all the makings of becoming a bestseller.  Take a look and meet the author in today's interview.

Escape to Mountain Shadows Kindle Edition

by Audrey Flynn  (Author) 

Chicago schoolteacher Lucy Shepherd has the world at her feet. Due to marry the ambitious politician Jason Palmer, in what promises to be the society wedding of the year, she is mere weeks away from joining the wealthy and powerful Palmer clan. But when she discovers that her fiancée has been sleeping with countless other women, Lucy exposes him online in a fit of anger. The repercussions are far, far worse then she could have imagined, and she is forced to flee for her safety.

On the other side of the world, she finds work at a small farm school on the centuries’ old Mountain Shadows wine estate in South Africa. Lucy and the estate’s owner Josh de Lange are fiercely drawn to one another. But the long shadow of Lucy’s past threatens their love. For there are powerful enemies on the other side of the world, the kind that refuse to let sleeping dogs lie.

Can the love between Josh and Lucy withstand the vengeance of the Palmers? When everything she holds dear is threatened, Lucy has a bitter choice to make...

Editorial Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED IT! Becca’s Bookshelf
Reviewed in the United States on July 14, 2020
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Firstly a huge thank you to Nadine (a.k.a Audrey Flynn) for sending me a copy of her latest novel Escape to Mountain Shadows. I have previously read her novel My African Craving and pretty much devoured it in one sitting was that good, and the same can be said for this one.
From the get-go this book grabs you as it is revealed on the first page that the main character’s lawyer fiancé Jason is a cheating douchebag, advertising his availability online. “My little teacher fiancée is out of town. Who wants to hook up...” What Jason doesn’t bet on is that his “little teacher fiancée” Lucy is actually a force to be reckoned with and one that can potentially turn his new political career on its head (you go girl). Whilst he is miles away, she makes some posts on his social media that, by the next morning, go viral, and all that is left is for Lucy to get the heck out of Dodge and make herself disappear before Jason can catch up to her.
After deleting her own social media accounts, destroying her mobile phone, and changing her contact details, Lucy finds herself a teaching job a world away at Swartberg Community School, which is situated in the beautiful wine region of South Africa at a farm called Mountain Shadows. The farm is owned and run by the magnetic Josh de Lange, who, from their first meeting, has a strong attraction to Lucy and wastes no time in making his feelings known (who doesn’t love a man that gets after what he wants). Nestled high up in the mountains, this picturesque farm would seem to be the perfect escape plan for Lucy to start over again, or is it?
Let’s just say that this novel does not disappoint when it comes to romance and the edge of your seat thrills. Like her previous novel My AfricanCraving, Audrey Flynn knows how to write an adventure that takes the reader through the beautiful scenery of Africa with a romance hotter than the weather here.
Will Jason and the Palmer family catch up to Lucy and try to destroy the new life she has made for herself? Will Lucy manage to expose Jason for the person that he really is? Do Josh and Lucy get their happy ever after? For that, you will have to get yourself a copy as I am not one for spoilers!

 Audrey Flynn  (Author) 

Tell your readers a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now, where you went to school etc. Let them get to know the personal you.

I was born in the university town of Kingston in Canada, to a South African father and a Canadian mother. At the age of ten, my family moved to South Africa, and I now call the city of Johannesburg home. Growing up between two continents, I have always felt torn between two identities; North American and South African. It’s no surprise then that in my books, these two cultures invariably collide with great intensity! I write to bring the amazing wild places of Southern Africa alive to my readers. I write contemporary romance with action and suspense, and I like my romance steamy!
I have two awesome kids and a wonderfully highly-strung husband. I am a passionate animal lover and rugby fanatic.

What inspired you to author this book?

The Cape province of South Africa is home to some of the most historic and spectacular wine farms in the world. I wanted to share this part of the world with readers. I had the setting in my mind for many months, a stately Cape Dutch home on a historic wine farm, surrounded by mountains. The setting, I believe, created an atmosphere entirely different from Chicago, where the story begins.

Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?

I worked with the incredible Najla Qamber for this cover. I wanted to convey the correct scenery but also to have a kind of Gothic feel, similar to say, an old Victoria Holt novel, with the heroine in distress motif. She gave me exactly what I wanted.

Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?

As a human being, my greatest influence would be my late grandmother. She grew up in the Muskoka area of Ontario. Nana never drove a car and was a terrible cook, but she loved her family fiercely and read everything she could get her hands on. She used to say, “In your chosen field you must be a perfectionist. But only in your chosen field. If you are a perfectionist in everything, then you are a pain in the ass!”
As a writer, I have many influences. I read everything from William Faulkner to Stephen King. I’m happy to read Toni Morrison one moment and a Victorian bodice ripper the next.

What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?

I found this book relatively easy to write. The setting and characters were so real to me that they practically wrote themselves. As always, I write my books first in longhand on notebooks. I wrote great chunks of the story in the very early hours of the morning at my dining room table and also while sitting on the sidelines of my kids’ jujitsu classes!