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Where is Gozo?

16 Aug

Xlendi sunsetThe question I’m asked most often about Hearts on Hold?  “Where’s Gozo?”

In the Mediterranean Sea, between the ancient civilisations of Sicily on the European continent and Libya in North Africa, lies the Maltese Archipelago. Its three islands – Malta, Gozo and Comino – comprise one of the world’s smallest states. For thousands of years its strategic importance – for trade, for culture, for war – has kept it in the covetous sights of empires and religions.

Gozo, second largest island in the Maltese achipelago after Malta, is said to be the true location of Ogygia, the home of seductress Calypso in Homer’s Odyssey.

Rich in history, rural in character, Gozo’s fortunes have forever been tied to those of its larger sister, Malta. It carries the world’s oldest free-standing structures, in legend the temples of giants. Invaded by the Ottomans in medieval times, repopulated by the Knights of Malta, occupied again by Napoleon’s French before being surrendered to the British, the people of Gozo have learned to adapt, to defend, to endure.

None of that matters to Cate Boyd. After searching for a place where nobody knows her name or asks why she’s alone, Cate has settled in the sleepy Gozo village of Xlendi (pronounced Shhlend-ee, with a sibilant, sensuous shhh at the front). Here she has privacy, anonymity, the serene life she craves, far from her former world.

Her peace is shattered when monolithic development company Vena announces its plans to level her village, and threatens to expose Cate if she stands in its way. Can the arrival of seductive, nosy professor Brandon Blackshaw really be coincidental when Vena is his research partner? Will he keep his promise to help, or will he betray her too?

As the pressure mounts, Cate must decide which is more important: her hard-won privacy, or the future of her beloved Xlendi.

Hearts on Hold is converting readers to the delights of Gozo, its warm, beautiful people and its stunning landscapes. If you can’t afford a holiday in this wonderful place, why not let your imagination and Hearts on Hold heroine Cate Boyd take you there!

MA Grant’s in the Calypso Bar!

9 Aug

Pull up a stool and join us as we chat about Alaskan summers, flamingos and a bright new Red Moon. You’ll find us here.

Why the Calypso Bar? Hearts on Hold is set on Gozo, said to be the true location of the mythical island of Ogygia where, in Homer’s Odyssey, Odysseus washed up on the shores and was saved by the goddess Calypso.

Our Hearts on Hold heroine, Cate Boyd, is struck by the tragedy of Calypso’s fate, doomed to give up the man she loves to the perils of the sea. If you want to find out why Calypso’s story means so much to Cate, you can find an excerpt here.

In honour of Hearts on Hold‘s stunning island setting, we’ve named our guest bar after Calypso, whose grotto home was renowned for its wonderful banquets and exotic elixirs!

So chill your cocktail shaker, pull up a stool and join me here in the Calypso Bar each week as I talk to some fascinating guests about writing, love, and their desert-island essentials (books, music, cocktails… and their favourite people, of course!).

What happens when…

29 Jul

…you start to take a dream seriously?

Not just “put a bit of time into it and see what happens” seriously, but “give up lifelong habits, assumptions and expectations” seriously?

Not just “talk about it” seriously, but “take a real risk” seriously?

Not just “change your routine” seriously, but “change your whole image of your self and your life” seriously?

What happens when you decide you no longer care for the opinions of the people you thought important to your career – at least when it comes to their opinions of you?

What happens when you decide you no longer care for that career?

What happens when you realize the trappings of success and achievement are actually traps; that they mean less to you than the burning, yearning, driving striving that tells you, and then yells at you when you don’t listen: now. Now. Now is the dreamtime.

What happens when you take the deep breath, leap off the clifftop, trust your self and your soul to the soaring, supporting, succoring winds of universal grace?

What happens then?

I don’t know. But I’m about to find out. Wish me luck!

Here’s to a wonderful Sunday.

7 Jul

Don’t miss a moment!

don't miss a moment

The magic of digital!

6 Jul

Hearts on Hold is now for sale in Norway (in English), and a bargain at only 44 Krone!

HOH in Norway

TGIF! A wonderful weekend challenge

5 Jul

write something worth doing

Pre-order “Hearts on Hold”

4 Jun
“Hearts on Hold” is now available for pre-order on Amazon, and discounted as well before its release on 1 July. So, for around the price of a good cup of coffee and less than a VERY ordinary glass of wine, you can order yourself a few (delayed gratification) hours of hearts, heartaches and happy endings, delivered straight to your e-reader or computer! 
(If you don’t have an e-reader, there are some simple instructions here on how to download software to allow you to read on your computer.)
Here are the pre-order links:
Don’t forget to write and let me know what you think – I love hearing from you!
Gracie xx
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