Forever and One Week by Caroline Cairn {Top Ten + Giveaway} @carolinecairn W/ @lolasblogtors

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This is my stop during the blog tour for Forever and One Week by Caroline Cairn. This blog tour is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 25 till 29 May, view the tour schedule here.

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Forever and One WeekForever and One Week (Spirits of Saoradh #2)
by Caroline Cairn
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Age category: Adult
Release Date: 24 April, 2016

 

 

Blurb:
The Spirits of Saoradh, who carry the guilt of a crime they committed when they were alive, now spend their ghostly days in the Void, dark nothingness where time and space are distorted. Until they get bound to a human. As often as needed, that human can call them to the real world, ask them to grant a wish, then send them back to the Void. The Spirits also have to follow strict rules or be punished, unaware that they can earn their redemption through a selfless sacrifice.

Spirit Logan despises the obedience he has to show to his humans, and prefers the enjoyable solitude of the Void. For three years, he has managed to threaten them into severing their bond, thus having his memory wiped of their existence. Except his latest human, an emotionless woman with a secret past, isn’t scared of him. Worse, she doesn’t care about his ability to make wishes come true.

Tessa, a twenty-six-year-old nursery teacher in Fort William, Scotland, doesn’t expect a sullen ghost only she can see and touch to burst through her solid defences. Both dismayed and intrigued, she offers Logan a deal he can’t refuse: to live with her in the human world for one week, at the end of which she will agree to release him.

Slowly, Tessa braves through the safety of her detachment towards people to show Logan some kindness. But the more her feelings deepen, the more Logan increases his distance…



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10 Things you did or researched to write this book

 

  1. Hospital life in the 1960’s (research)

This was the research that took me the longest, because I couldn’t find specific details on the internet. So yes, I had found out about nurses’ uniforms, the hierarchy, the look of the rooms etc…but the day to day elements still escaped me. What was the visiting hours policy? How did the nurses talk to the patients?

So I went to my neighbour, who experienced it in herself, and got her to relate her memories to me. I was surprised at how strict the regulations were at the time, and I even had to revise the hospital chapter after our conversation.

 

  1. Philadelphia (research)

I searched mainly for the poorest areas and watched a few pictures of the town itself to give me a sense of familiarity

 

  1. Fort William (research)

Of course, since my story is set here, I used both my personal knowledge (I visited a few times, since I only live about two hours from the place) and information from the net, to get the details right.

 

  1. Castle Lochy (research)

I was looking for a local attraction that both Logan and Tessa would enjoy, and I picked this one. I explored the castle’s history and tried to describe it as best I could.

 

  1. Art (research)

Since Tessa is a passionate artist, I had to delve into the painting world. I probably paint just as good as my six-year-old daughter, so it was fun to write about someone who had talent in that area.

 

  1. Familiar places

As well as unknown locations, I used familiar ones throughout the book, just to give them more credibility. Inverness, the leisure centre, or the pond in the forest for example, are all drawn on my own experience of them.

 

  1. Familiar weather

I decided to set the book in winter, since I wrote most of it during that season. It was easy to just look at the window, and transcribe the sights onto paper. Again, it helps with realism.

 

  1. Spontaneity

I’m a seat-of-the-pants writer. I have a rough outline, a beginning, middle and end, but I let the characters take me along their ride, so I go on the same journey as them. It keeps my ideas fresh, and my protagonists’ reactions more truthful I think, too.

 

  1. Dreaming

I dream about my characters near all day long. Both at night, and in the shower, or any quiet time. I imagine scenes, dialogues, faces, the way I would a movie. Then I write those scenes, with the pictures still vivid in my mind.

 

  1. Mystery

Even though Forever and One Week can be read as a stand-alone, it’s also part of a series with recurring characters, and I wanted those to shine by their own merit. There’s still a lot to discover from them, but they reveal a little more about themselves, their behaviour and their back story.

As for Tessa and Logan’s respective pasts, I tried to keep them as mysterious as possible because it enhanced both characters’ unsociability. Though I drop more clues about Tessa’s past as the story progresses, the way her barriers fall and let some personal history through.

 



First book in the series:
Forever HersForever Hers (Spirits of Saoradh #1)
by Caroline Cairn
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Age category: Adult
Release Date: November 27, 2015

 

 

 

 

Blurb:
Feisty twenty-four-year old Holly, or Miss Greedy as her friends call her, receives a wooden cube as a gift from an enigmatic elderly lady who happens to be her mother’s new neighbour in Lossiemouth, a small Scottish fishing town. What she doesn’t expect, is for the cube to contain Blayne, a Spirit of Saoradh only she can see and touch.

Blayne is a playful, headstrong ghost with no recollection of his human past and an ability to grant Holly’s wishes whenever she calls for him — as long as said wishes don’t raise any questions from the public that is. So a shiny new car might be out of the question, but the possibility of a flat stomach, a consistently spotless house or a perfect daily hairstyle more than make up for it. Through their incessant banter, Holly and Blayne grow closer while fighting against their mutual attraction since they have no possible future together.

But when the painful reality of Blayne’s existence is revealed, Holly will realize that it’s not always the girl who needs to be saved.

 


You can find Forever Hers on Goodreads

You can grab your free copy of Forever Hers here:
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About the Author:
Born and raised in France, Caroline Cairn studied hotel management before spending a couple of years in England, Ireland and Belgium. In 2001, she and her husband settled close to the Loch Ness monster in the Highlands of Scotland, and soon, two children and about thirteen fish joined them.
Dramatic scenes are still her favourite to work on, which is perhaps a reminiscence of her teenage years when every single ones of her stories had to end in epic tragedy (Shakespeare had nothing on her).
Thankfully, these days, she veers towards the happy-ever-after finale in a glorious orange and red sunset.

You can find and contact Caroline here:
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- Twitter
- Goodreads

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1 comment

  1. Thanks for being part of this tour! I enjoyed reading the top ten list, that's so interesting the hospital point took her so long to research. I remember that scene form the book and I never would've guessed there was so much work behind it. I actually visited Fort William myself once, it's always fun to have a story take place partly in a place you sorta know.

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