Over to you Marie........
Escape to the Little Chateau
My Recipe for a Romantic Suspense in Provence
I have always loved reading romantic suspense novels. They are a fascinating genre, having to combine action and romance, mystery and passion. They have to keep the reader guessing until the end, not only about the resolution of the romantic conflict between the hero and heroine, but also about the resolution of the mystery.
During a family holiday in Provence a few years ago, I decided that the region would make a brilliant setting for a romantic suspense novel. The more I researched the area of Lubéron where the story is set and learned about the Salyens - the Celtic tribes who lived in Provence before the Romans invaded the region, the more fascinated I became ... Juggling the love story and the suspense element was exciting - a little like trying a new recipe!
So here was my recipe for writing ESCAPE TO THE LITTLE CHATEAU...
Take these essential ingredients:
A determined, English heroine who buys an old Provençal farmhouse to pursue a life-long dream of running a guesthouse.
A handsome, enigmatic French hero who owns Manoir Coste, a vast estate and luxury hotel.
An ancient spell...
Mix well and stir in a large spoonful of Provence’s ancient history, including tales of a long lost temple and cryptic Latin inscriptions on village fountains.
Add a sprinkle of hostility by locals and a drizzle of passion.
Whisk the mixture until the heroine has fallen head-over-heels in love with the hero.
Then add a few drops of doubt and a soupçon of fear, caused by tales of gruesome murders and eerie sightings in the nearby forest.
Simmer on slow heat until tension sizzles and bubbles.
Finally, pour the mixture into a heart-shaped tin and bake under the watchful eye of Bona Dea, Provence’s ancient Salyen goddess.
When ready, enjoy with a cup of black coffee or a glass of chilled rosé wine!
ABOUT THE BOOK
Will Amy’s dreams of a Provençal escape come true? There are many reasons Amy Carter is determined to make Bellefontaine, her farmhouse hotel in the French countryside, a success.
Of course, there’s the time and money she’s put in to making it beautiful, but she also has something to prove – particularly to people like Fabien Coste. Fabien is the owner of the nearby château, and he might just be the most arrogant, patronising man Amy has ever met ... unfortunately, he’s also the most handsome. But as rumours circulate in the local community and secrets about the old farmhouse begin to reveal themselves, Amy quickly sees the less idyllic side of life at Bellefontaine. Could Fabien be the man to help prevent her Provençal dream from turning into a nightmare?
This was previously published as A Spell in Provence by Accent Press in 2015. This is a revised, edited and updated version.
Published October 2020 by Choc Lit.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Originally from Lyon in France, Marie now lives in Lancashire and writes historical and contemporary romance. Best-selling LITTLE PINK TAXI was her debut romantic comedy novel with Choc Lit. A PARIS FAIRY TALE was published in July 2019, followed by BLUEBELL’S CHRISTMAS MAGIC in November 2019. She also writes short stories for the bestselling Miss Moonshine anthologies, and is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and the Society of Authors. Her novels are available as ebooks and audiobooks on Amazon and various other platforms.