Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Fantastic Fiesta Book Giveaway Party by Hannah Fielding


Today I’m super excited to participate in the Fantastic Fiesta Book Giveaway Party by Hannah Fielding. Hannah Fielding is the author of the amazing Andalucian Nights Trilogy.


The award-winning epic Andalucían Nights Trilogy sweeps the reader from the wild landscapes of Spain in the 1950s, through a history of dangerous liaisons and revenge dramas, to a modern world of undercover missions and buried secrets. Romantic, exotic and deeply compelling, and featuring a memorable cast of characters, including a passionate young gypsy, a troubled young writer and an estranged family, The Andalucían Nights Trilogy is a romantic treat waiting to be discovered.


Check out my review of  'Masquerade'. Book two of the Andalucian Nights Trilogy. 

Guest Post:


Why Andalucía is the perfect setting for romance

My debut novel, Burning Embers, is set in wild and beautiful Kenya; my second book, The Echoes of Love, is set in a mysterious, wintry Venice. For my next books, a trilogy, I needed an altogether more vibrant and flamboyant setting, and for me there was only one choice: Spain.

I fell in love with Andalucía, Spain when I first visited the region in my twenties, and when I began writing I just knew I had to situate my love stories there, because it’s the perfect backdrop for epic, sweeping, evocative romance. Here’s why: 

The stunning scenery

From the opening of Indiscretion, when my heroine Alexandra sees Andalucía for the first time from the window of a train: 

They were running over gently undulating ground, which rose and sank in larger billows. The yellow Guadalquivir followed the train all the way, through a valley that sometimes widened to the Sierras, blue mountains that walled the horizon, their bare sharp peaks and rainbow-coloured spears of rock – yellow, orange and crimson – stabbing the air. In the distance, Alexandra could see towns, very white, beyond the wheatlands and olive orchards that divided the landscape. One of these towns nestled brightly at the base of a hill, topped by a Moorish castle, golden against the blue sky. 

I love the colours of the landscape especially; Andalucía is known for its pueblos blancos – white villages – and the sky and sea are so beautifully blue. 

The historical context 

The Andalucían Nights trilogy spans a very important time of political and social change in Spain. Indiscretion is set in the 1950s, when Franco was in power, and consequently my heroine Alexandra is living in a society where women have few rights and ‘indiscretions’ are cause for scandal and heartbreak. Fast-forward to the 1970s and Masquerade, and Spain was undergoing massive social transformation in the wake of Franco’s death; my heroine Luz is therefore one of a new generation of women exploring freedom and sexuality. More recently, in Legacy, Luna comes to an Andalucía that is being transformed by the galloping pace of progress. But does a more modern heroine have any easier a time of it when it comes to matters of the heart?  

The art scene 

This is especially important in Masquerade, in which the heroine is writing a biography of a famous Surrealist artist. I was deeply inspired by the Surrealists, whose aim was to explore the line between dream and reality, especially the artists Salvador Dalí, Joan Miró and Pablo Picasso – and the writer Federico García Lorca from whose work I quote in the epigraph to Indiscretion: ‘To burn with desire and keep quiet about it is the greatest punishment we can bring on ourselves.’ 

The importance of family

Family is an important theme in the Andalucían Nights trilogy (the title Legacy hints at this), and so where better to situate the story than in a country where roots are a source of great pride – and, sometimes, friction. 

The passion 

From the opening of the series: En la sangre hierve España sin fuego. (In Spain blood boils without fire.) This proverb says it all: Spanish is a land of deep passions, the perfect setting for fiery, dramatic romance. Olé!

About the Author:


Hannah Fielding is an incurable romantic. The seeds for her writing career were sown in early childhood, spent in Egypt, when she came to an agreement with her governess Zula: for each fairy story Zula told, Hannah would invent and relate one of her own. Years later – following a degree in French literature, several years of travelling in Europe, falling in love with an Englishman, the arrival of two beautiful children and a career in property development – Hannah decided after so many years of yearning to write that the time was now. Today, she lives the dream: writing full time at her homes in Kent, England, and the South of France, where she dreams up romances overlooking breath-taking views of the Mediterranean.  

Hannah is a multi-award-winning novelist, and to date she has published five novels: Burning Embers, ‘romance like Hollywood used to make’, set in Kenya; The Echoes of Love, ‘an epic love story that is beautifully told’, set in Italy; and the Andalusian Nights Trilogy – Indiscretion, Masquerade and Legacy – her fieriest novels yet, set in sunny, sultry Spain.

For more information about Hannah Fielding please visit her website. Or visit her on Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads

Giveaway:


This event was organized by the author, Hannah Fielding.

6 comments:

  1. This sounds so interesting! Thanks for sharing it. I love discovering new authors. :) ~Aleen

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    1. You're welcome! Hannah Fielding is a great author ;)

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  2. Great post here is mine:
    https://silvybooksaremylife.wordpress.com/2017/08/03/fan-tastic-fiesta-andalusian-night-trilogy-by-hannah-fielding/

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