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Release day: Nocturne

1 February 2016

Today is the official release of Nocturne by Elizabeth Ellen Carter (ebook, self-published). Here’s the blurb:

NocturneIn her first posting as governess, Ella Montgomery discovers beautiful Blackheath Manor hides family secrets and suppressed passions. Mysterious music in the darkness of night draws Ella to the talented Thomas Worsley, the brother of her employer, the Earl of Renthorpe. Grievously wounded in the Napoleonic Wars that killed his beloved twin brother, Thomas is held prisoner at Blackheath by more than his blindness and scars. Fuelled by a bitter jealousy, the Earl has ensured Thomas is only a memory, his name etched on a marble memorial in the Bedfordshire village graveyard. Drawn together by their love of music, Ella and Thomas begin a clandestine affair, but how far will the Earl go to keep his family’s secret?

Elizabeth dropped by today to tell us a little about this book:

Nocturne was one of those stories that hit me full force from beginning to end—Ella and Thomas became very real to me and they very much wanted their story told. The first draft of Nocturne was completed in three weeks. I had to brush up on my classical music knowledge and long forgotten piano lessons for this particular story. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Bach, Mozart and Beethoven, looking for just the right compositions for Thomas to play. I fell in love with the structure of nocturnes, a rhythmic arpeggio played on the left hand while the right plays in airy free form—gorgeous!

You can find out more about this book at Elizabeth’s website or buy it from Amazon.

All ARRA members who leave a comment on this post will go in the draw to win a copy of the book. The author has kindly offered two copies so two winners will be drawn. The giveaway will close on 14 February. (The giveaway is now closed. The winners are Malvina and Yvonne.)

  1. lynette williams permalink
    2 February 2016 6:36 am

    well written review looking forward to reading the book—LynW

    • elizabethellencarter permalink
      5 February 2016 8:59 am

      Thank you Lynette, I hope you enjoy Nocturne! 🙂

      • elizabethellencarter permalink
        5 February 2016 8:59 am

        I do love Ella and Thomas, they were delightful characters to write.

  2. Yvonne permalink
    2 February 2016 12:33 am

    Congratulations on your release day Elizabeth. I l look forward to reading Nocturne with such interesting themes of jealousy, secrets, music and hidden love.

    • elizabethellencarter permalink
      5 February 2016 9:00 am

      I had so much fun researching the music. I wish I had the talent to play.

  3. chrisemg permalink
    1 February 2016 6:14 pm

    Elizabeth, this looks like a wonderful love a scarred hero!

    • elizabethellencarter permalink
      1 February 2016 7:15 pm

      Thomas is such a wonderful character. He does have a bit of a temper as you might imagine because of what’s happened to him.

  4. Malvina permalink
    1 February 2016 12:36 pm

    Oh my gosh, this sounds like a fantastic Beauty and the Beast romance. I love music in books as well…in one of my former lives I was a music teacher… Congratulations!

    • elizabethellencarter permalink
      1 February 2016 7:16 pm

      I renewed my love for classical music – especially beautiful ethereal Nocturnes.

  5. 1 February 2016 7:00 am

    Happy release day Elizabeth woohoo 🙂

    Have Fun

    • elizabethellencarter permalink
      1 February 2016 7:17 pm

      Thank you so much Helen! xxxx

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