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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Secrets of Nanreath Hall by Alix Rickloff - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hello lovelies! It gives me great pleasure today to host Alix Rickloff and her new book, “Secrets of Nanreath Hall!”  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a digital copy of “Secrets of Nanreath Hall.”  Also, come back daily to interact with Alix and to increase your chances of winning! 

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this exciting giveaway!

Secrets of Nanreath Hall
by Alix Rickloff


GENRE: Historical Fiction



Cornwall, 1940. Back in England after the harrowing evacuation at Dunkirk, WWII Red Cross nurse Anna Trenowyth finds herself unexpectedly assigned to Nanreath Hall-her dead mother's childhood home. All Anna has left of her mother, Lady Katherine Trenowyth, are vague memories that tease her with clues she can't unravel. Anna knows this could be the chance for her to finally become acquainted with the family she's never known-and to learn the truth about her past.

Cornwall, 1913. In the luxury of pre-WWI England, Lady Katherine Trenowyth is expected to do nothing more than make a smart marriage. When Simon Halliday, a bohemian painter, enters her world, Katherine begins to question the future that was so carefully laid out for her. Her choices soon lead her away from the stability of her home and family toward a wild existence of life, art, and love.

As Anna is drawn into her newfound family's lives and their tangled loyalties, she must decide if the secrets of the past are too dangerous to unearth…and if the family she's discovered is one she can keep.



"I am dying.”

Prue puts down her sewing and eyes me through her cheaters, but in no other way does she reveal the shock she must be feeling at my news.

“Cancer, so Mr. Porter tells me.” I blunder on before she can gather herself to speak. “He suggests I put my affairs in order while my strength remains, but what’s there to organize? The last payment I received for modeling was just enough to pay the doctor’s consultation fee. By the time Andre returns from Biarritz or San Remo or wherever he’s gone in search of lucrative commissions, I won’t be in any position to pose for him or anyone else.”

We are taking advantage of a mild winter’s afternoon to take the air in Prue’s small back garden. Laundry flaps on the line, and in the corner by Graham’s potting shed, the earth has been turned in preparation for planting cabbages and cauliflower. My journal lies open in my lap where I have tried to capture the poignant intimacy of the scene, but my mind won’t focus. Memories laced with regret and grief simmer too close to the surface for me to concentrate on my work.

I chose my moment carefully. Graham is at the pub, leaving Prue and me alone in the little house on Queen’s Crescent. I know I can no longer hide my illness from her. She is far too observant and has already noticed my lack of appetite and how quickly I grow tired from the least strenuous of activities. It’s just as well. I need her counsel and her quiet common sense. She’ll not burden me with useless sympathy. That isn’t her way. For good or ill, life must be faced head- on. She has taught me that if nothing else.

“There’s Anna,” she says simply, as if reading my thoughts. “You must make arrangements for her.”

Anna. My daughter. My dearest treasure.



I’m coming up on a pretty big birthday. And while I won’t divulge my age, let’s just say I ain’t gettin’ any younger.

Now birthdays don’t usually bother me. After all, inside I feel an eternal fifteen. You know that awkward age where you feel insecure, lacking in confidence and constantly comparing yourself to everyone around you, imagining they have it miraculously together while you wallow in self-doubt.

But I digress.

As I said, getting older has yet to hold too many fears. But this birthday did start me thinking about those things still on my bucket list. That great lifelong to-do. So I sat down to write them out. And sat. And stared. And sat some more. 

Here’s what I finally came up with after much pondering and in no particular order:

1)   Travel (so many places I still want to visit)

2)   Finish reading Wuthering Heights (what is up with Heathcliff anyway?)

3)   Live abroad (no specified duration or place—just sounds fun)

4)   Learn to fence (my inner Errol Flynn complex rearing its ugly head)

5)   Hit the NYT list (a writer can dream, can’t she?)

6)   Remodel my bathrooms (if this were on my husband’s bucket list, they might get renovated faster!)

That was it! Six measly items! Have I done it all? Hardly! But the more I thought, the more I realized I’m comfortable with where I am and what I’ve accomplished to this point in my life. Are there things that will be added to my bucket list in the future? Sure, it’s a definite work in progress. As is my life. But right now, ?? seems a pretty comfortable place to be.

Maybe I’ve matured internally more than I thought. Maybe I’ve finally left inner adolescence behind. Goodbye gawky fifteen! Hello wise and sensible twenty-one!

At least on the inside!

How about you? What’s on your bucket list? Or have you been there, done that, and seen everything?



Alix Rickloff is a critically acclaimed author of historical and paranormal romance. Her previous novels include the Bligh Family series (Kensington, 2009), the Heirs of Kilronan trilogy (Pocket, 2011), and, as Alexa Egan, the Imnada Brotherhood series (Pocket, 2014). She lives in Maryland with her husband and three children.







Alix will be awarding a digital copy of Secrets of Nanreath to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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