Release day: Starlight
Today is the official release of Starlight by Carrie Lofty (e-book, print, Pocket). Here’s the blurb:
Esteemed astronomer Alex Christie, the eldest and most steadfast of the Christie siblings, has never possessed his late father’s ruthless business drive. But to protect his frail infant son from his cruel father-in-law’s bid for custody, the young widower must undertake Sir William Christie’s posthumous million-dollar challenge: to make a Glasgow cotton mill profitable. At sea in an industrial world of sabotage and union agitation, Alex meets Polly Gowan, daughter of a famed union leader, who hopes to seize a mysterious saboteur without involving the police.
Because a sympathetic mill master would aid her cause, Polly becomes Alex’s guide to urban Scotland. From soccer games to pub brawls, Alex sees another side of life, and feels free for the first time to reveal the man–vital and strong–behind his intellectual exterior. Polly is utterly seduced. Their ambitions, however, remains at odds: Alex vows to earn the mill bonus to save his child, while Polly fights for the needs of her people. Is there strength enough in their sparkling passion to bind them together in their quests–and in a lasting love that conquers all?
Carrie dropped by today to tell us a little about this book:
This second Victorian romance in the Christies series, Starlight, features studious older brother Alex. He’s been the glue that holds the family together through crisis, and the man who saved one particularly troubled and abused young woman from her father. But I am a firm believer that even the most pious, educated, helpful, upright men have a darker side–perhaps one they’ve repressed out of necessity when taking on other people’s problems. When Alex meets union leader Polly, that veneer of distance and selflessness peels away. He is a darker man with Polly, more passionate, more impulsive, and even more violent. But he becomes his truer self. I was also so happy to visit Scotland for a historical setting, although with a twist. Journey with me to Glasgow, where there are no Highlanders, but where strong, proud Scottish people stand up for what they deserve.
All ARRA members who comment on this article will go in the draw to winner a copy of Starlight (2 to give away). This giveaway closes on 17 July 2012. (The winner of the giveaway was Barbara and Aimee)