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Thursday, November 15, 2018

BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY: Strand Of Faith by Rachel J Bonner @rararesources




Strand of Faith
When the choice is between love and life, how can anyone decide?
A girl and a monk, both with extraordinary mental powers, have compelling reasons not to fall in love.  But those from whom they expect support are manipulating them both because their choices will have consequences for the rest of the world.
After a stormy youth, Brother Prospero has found comfort and fulfilment in the monastery.  That is, until he discovers something that forces him to reconsider his whole vocation. To follow his heart, he’ll have to face his demons again, outside the security of the monastery. Is it worth the risk?  Can he beat them this time? Or will they finally destroy him?
Orphaned and mistreated, Leonie has found sanctuary and safety at the abbey.  All she wants is to learn how to manage her unusual abilities so that she is not a danger to those around her.  When she comes into contact with Prospero everything threatens to spiral out of her control. Whether she leaves or whether she stays, how can she possibly avoid destroying – yet again – those she has come to care about?  
Abbot Gabriel is faced with an impossible choice.  He can do nothing and watch the world descend into war.  Or he can manipulate events and ensure peace – at the cost of two lives that he is responsible for.  He knows what he has to do but is he strong enough to sacrifice those he loves?
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Extract one.

Coming from the beginning of the first chapter, it needs no introduction.

Chapter 1

October
Prospero
Late again, Prospero would have no chance of making it to the Abbey on time if he followed the
conventional routes at a conventional speed. But there were alternatives he’d discovered through many
years of similar situations. He surveyed the corridor with his mind to ensure it was clear, ran along it,
pushed open the window at the end and jumped, unconcerned that the ground was two floors below.
Using his telekinetic ability on himself meant he could land gently and, this time at least, he remembered
to use it to close the window behind him.
The Abbey itself was central to the campus and the other buildings had grown organically in courtyards
around it. Having been built at different times, the courtyards did not fit exactly together and the
consequence was a number of small, forgotten spaces like the one Prospero was now in. At the upper
levels, it provided light into various corridors. At this lowest level he was faced with a door. Despite its
imposing appearance it wasn’t locked and it gave him access to the extensive cellar storage that spread
under the campus, which meant he could run directly across rather than having to zig zag round the
courtyards.
Part way through, he pulled up suddenly, sensing the presence of another person nearby, someone he
didn’t recognise. He hesitated for a moment, torn between curiosity and his urge to reach the Abbey. But,
whether or not they were supposed to be here, he certainly wasn’t. If he stopped to investigate, not only
would he be late, but there could also be some very inconvenient questions about why he was in the
cellar in the first place. His compulsion to be with his Brothers won out and he set off again, trying to push
thoughts of the stranger to the back of his mind. At the far end of the cellar he ran up a flight of stairs,
slid carefully round a corner then merged into the line of Brothers as they filed into the Abbey.
The stranger refused to stay at the back of his mind. At the slightest lapse of his concentration during the
service in the Abbey they danced back to the forefront of Prospero’s thoughts, the remembered sensation
of spotting them tickling at his mind, an itch he couldn’t relieve. Andrew nudged him as they were leaving
the Abbey.
“You were almost late, and you haven’t been paying attention,” he whispered.
Prospero just grinned, glanced around to make sure no one was looking and pulled Andrew into a
cupboard under a flight of stairs.
“Come on,” he said. “There’s something I want to check out.”
He reached for the back of the cupboard, where another long-forgotten door gave access once more to
the cellar storage. In the middle of the cellar, they met Pedro, head chef, checking on his supplies. He
raised his eyebrows at them.
“What are you two doing here?” he asked.
Andrew just shrugged but Prospero was happy to explain, “I was in here earlier and I'm sure there was
someone else here, near the back, the older part.”
“That's hardly surprising, there are often people in here. And what were you doing here then? Were you
late again?”
“Maybe.” Prospero grinned. “But if it was anyone who was supposed to be here I'd have recognised them.
And I didn't, so I want to find them.”
“Well, they won’t still be here, not now, not with the noise you’re making,” Pedro told him.
Prospero acknowledged that, “I know they’re not still here, or I’d be able to sense them. But there may be
some sign that they were here, and of who they were.”
Prospero was quite certain about where he’d sensed whoever it was, but there was no sign that anyone
had been there and nothing seemed to be missing or to have been disturbed. Puzzled, but unrepentant
and still convinced of what he’d sensed, Prospero headed back to his duties, taking Andrew with him.

Author Bio
Rachel J Bonner is the author of the four book Choices and Consequences series, the first of which, Strand of Faith, is due out in November 2018.
Getting a degree in engineering, followed by a career in accountancy is probably not a conventional path to becoming an author, particularly in paranormal romance.  Rachel says that, although accountancy isn’t anything like as boring as everyone thinks, writing is a lot more fun. When not writing, she can be found walking in the beautiful countryside near where she lives, which has influenced much of the scenery in her books, or shooting things with her local archery club.  Target shooting only, honest. Nothing to worry about.
She also enjoys swimming, eating chocolate chip cookies and growing aromatic herbs, especially thyme and rosemary.  It’s no coincidence that her heroine likes the same things.
You can find out more about her books and sign up for Rachel’s newsletters at www.racheljbonner.co.uk.
Giveaway -Win a signed paperback copy of Strand of Faith, a set of bookmarks (3 styles plus a business card) featuring the cover art, and a canvas print (40cm by 30cm) of the original cover art. Open Internationally
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