Please Join us in welcoming Taylin Clavelli to Sinfully on the blog tour for her new release Secret of the Manor.
Taylin Clavelli chats about the Cotswolds
Secret Of The Manor is set in the Cotswolds. It is a rural area around Gloucester and Cheltenham. For those readers who attended the UK GLBT conference in September, it’s a little north of Bristol.
I’m sure I could have based my story elsewhere, that was typically English, and have it work, but where possible, I stick with the familiar. And, I’ve ridden many hours over the area, to the point where all I’ve been capable of is sliding off my horse and heading to the pub.
You will see from the link below why I chose the rural, picturesque area. It is full of hills, fields, trees and possibilities.
I also wanted to create my village of Walmsley Hackett in a place steeped in history. The Cotswolds dates back to Roman times and it has been visited by Royalty for eons. With a background like that I couldn’t resist. It is surrounded by places such as Cheltenham and Bath, which give fabulous shopping and a convenient setting for Warren to work.
The famous Cheltenham races are also held here. As said in Secret Of The Manor – at such times Ireland empties. The famous races are a favourite of royalty across the globe, too.
Outside of the races; if you look at the above link, you will see lots of sleepy villages, many of which contain little art and antique shops. These villages are wonderful places to visit, have afternoon tea and a mooch around for that little item you won’t find anywhere else.
The ride I used to go on over the area took around three hours. Riding European style, as opposed to Western style takes a lot of one’s knees. Hence, the pub after. I’ve spent time at a ranch in Texas and was able to sit in the saddle all day with no effect on my legs. Whereas, the Cotswold ride, wasn’t just a stroll along the paths, over fields and through the trees, with a lollop here and there; it was a ride where, whenever we touched grass we were in canter. At such a pace, you can probably guess the distance we travelled.
There are an absolute ton of bridal paths, and farmers sometimes leave gates to their fields open, allowing riders to steam through unhindered by barriers. It’s one of those things you have to have done to be able to appreciate it. Suffice as to say, though, it’s breathtaking and liberating. There ain’t nothing like it. The only downside of it is that, upon approaching such fields, the horses get excited. It takes an experienced rider to be able to hold a horse at such times, and more than once, our group has come to the end of the fields to find we were a person missing. Then we’d have to go back and find where they fell, make sure they were okay and carry on. Luckily coming off a horse in a field, usually provides a soft, albeit muddy, landing and the only thing needing later attention has been the aches and bruised pride.
Secret of the Manor
Publisher ~ Wayward Ink Publishing
Published ~ 5th November 2015
Genre ~ Gay romance, mystery, paranormal, adventure
Warren Blake is an accountant at the pinnacle of his career. After accepting a new position he decides to settle in the scenic Cotswold village of Walmsley Hackett. A village with a colourful history of myth, old wives tales and mystery.
One morning during his train ride into work, Warren notices a small quaint church which he becomes enchanted with. Curiousity compels him to find the church and when he finally does, he discovers an unmarked grave in the corner. Feeling sorry for its occupant, Warren becomes a frequent visitor.
Little does he know that the young man inside the coffin needs a champion and Warren is chosen.
What follows involves a ghostly medieval joust, witchcraft, love, and Warren risking his life.
Meet Taylin Clavelli
Taylin Clavelli lives in the United Kingdom, about 15 miles south of Birmingham, and a short journey from the world famous Cadbury’s Chocolate factory. She’s married with children and loves her family with all her heart.
Her love of books has been a long standing affair, with Taylin liking nothing better than to lose herself in an imaginary world.
Until she met Lily Velden, she never considered trying her hand at writing. However, after talking ideas, Lily encouraged her to put pen to paper—or rather, fingers to keyboard. Since, with a few virtual kicks in the right place, she hasn’t stopped. Her confidence eventually led to her writing an original work for submission.
Her first published work was Boys, Toys, and Carpet Fitters, developed for the Dreamspinner Press Anthology – Don’t Try This At Home.
Now she absolutely adores immersing herself into the characters she creates, and transferring the pictures in her brain to paper, finding it liberating, therapeutic, and wonderful.
Outside of writing, her interests include; martial arts (she’s a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Taekwon-do), horse-riding, all of which facilitates her love of a wide variety of movies. Her action heroes include Jet Li and Tony Jaa—finding the dedication these men have for their art combined with their skill both amazing and a privilege to watch. If pressed, she’ll admit to thinking that the screen entrance of Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean – Curse of the Black Pearl, and Shadowfax in LOTR, to be the greatest screen entrances ever. Her all-time favorite movies are Star Wars and Lord of the Rings.
The simple things in life that make her day, putting a smile on her face are:
Laughter – especially that of her children.
The smell of lasagna cooking – it makes her mouth salivate.
The dawn chorus – no symphony ever written can beat the waking greetings of the birds.
3 x Mega Swag Packs (Europe only) - Bullet USB, Keyring hip flask, Memo set, Mints, 3-in-1 Stylus pen keyring
2 x $10 WIP Gift Cards
3 x Swag Packs - Memo set, Mints, 3-in-1 Stylus pen keyring