Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Sofia Grey: Lila's Wolf Blog Tour and Giveaway!

Lila’s Wolf Blog Tour





The one with the picture books and the virtual streets

Writing any book involves research. Whether it’s walking down a virtual street in GoogleMaps (what does that shop front really look like?), or trawling through train timetables (how long would it take my Heroine to get from Manchester to Exeter?), there are facts to be checked.

I’d already started work on Lila’s Wolf, when I stopped to do some digging. After Google searches had overwhelmed me with the sheer volume of information, I went back to the old fashioned methods. It seemed appropriate too.

The main library in town had a good selection, but most of the history non-fiction books were just like long-ago history lessons: dry and dusty. I hit gold in the children’s section though, and the picture books. Here were good ideas about how my characters would have dressed, what they would have eaten, what their homes might have been like. I still didn’t have what I needed though, and total-period-immersion became the answer.

For the best part of two weeks, the only fiction I read was set in the period. I rented key movies from the library, and I let myself absorb the details. I watched some great films, and read some amazing books, and then drip-fed the colours and the feel, back into my story. I like to think it worked.

What’s your favourite historical movie or book? Tell me in the comments, and you’ll go into the draw for the blog tour giveaway.


We sat around a huge wooden table eating honey cakes and drinking a light mead, as though we did this every day. I stayed quiet while Marc set out his trinkets and tokens, and I used the opportunity to assess our Saxon hosts: the warlord’s very young wife, Rowena, and her two ladies in waiting; her sister-in-law, and several female cousins and companions. The warlord himself, Widreth, was in Londinium taking part in a series of diplomatic talks with the southern tribes and would be
back in a few days, in time for the midsummer festival. It all sounded very civilized. I glanced up to see an older woman joining us at the table, and Rowena was quick to introduce her mother-in-law, Hilde. She took a place at my side, staring at me intently. I felt my cheeks heating under her gaze.

“Forgive me. Your hair is an unusual shade.” The words for a Briton were left unsaid, but I guessed that’s what she meant.

I managed a respectful smile in return. “Thank you, my lady. My husband and I appreciate your hospitality. Tell me, have you been in this area a long time?”

“My son settled here three years ago, and we joined him on the following spring tide.” A flicker of sorrow darkened her eyes but the shadow quickly cleared. “My husband died in battle for this very homestead. We honor his memory with every day that passes.”

What she meant was, her husband’s raiding party had most likely slaughtered the previous occupants of this fine farm and taken possession of ripe, fertile land for themselves. They were brutal times. As a fellow historian of mine loved to say, they weren’t called the Dark Ages because of bad lighting.

Her smile looked friendly. “Do you know the area?”

“Yes.” I gestured at my husband. “We were last here two years ago, doing business with the village.” I took a sip of the mead and sought for an offhand tone to my voice. “There was a young man working in the smithy who had a fine hand for delicate work and jewelry. He sold us some pieces. I think his name was Flavius. Would you know of him?”

Her mocking laugh sent a chill through me. “The village is no more. Those who refused to accept my son’s rule were either executed or taken as slaves.”           


Lila’s Wolf (Out of Time #1) is available 4 September 2014, from Hartwood Publishing

Genre: Dark time-travel romantic suspense

The only way to save him, might be to leave him behind

When Lila Cammell is abandoned by her time-jump partner, leaving her alone in Britain in the Dark Ages, revenge is the only thing on her mind. She’d trusted Jared Grohl with her life and her heart, and bringing him to justice will be sweet.
Finding him captured and enslaved by the Saxons changes all her assumptions. Now it’s a fight for survival, but the only way to save him, might be to leave him behind.




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Blog Tour – find me here:

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Google & conspiracy theories
Vampire bonding & eye colours


Picture books & virtual streets

TARDIS & the grassy knoll
Solar powered fridges & the right dress


Battlefield & giant library
Richard Hammond & exotic food



Ghardians & timelines
Fluffy plans & dark ideas

Time travel & love stories


Paradox & runaways
Beautiful society & Ghardians

Loophole & ideas file

Rosemary Sutcliff & history classes

Tetris & good bathrooms

Giant library & dodgy Utopia


About Author

Romance author Sofia Grey spends her days managing projects in the corporate world and her nights hanging out with wolf shifters and alpha males. She devours pretty much anything in the fiction line, but she prefers her romances to be hot, and her heroes to have hidden depths. When writing, she enjoys peeling back the layers to expose her characters’ flaws and always makes them work hard for their happy endings.
Music is interwoven so tightly into my writing that I can’t untangle the two. Either I’m listening to a playlist on my iPod, have music seeping from my laptop speakers, or there’s a song playing in my head – sometimes on auto-repeat.

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