Monday, 17 February 2014

Shannon's Law - Emma Calin

"Shannon's Law Pinterest Reveal Pre-Launch Virtual Book Tour".

It gives me great pleasure to be part of Emma Calin's Pinterest Reveal of her new novel Shannon's Law. My post is about the animals that feature in her novel.

Animals from Shannon’s Law
In Shannon's Law, the animal population probably equals that of the humans. Some only receive a   passing glance such as a pair pigeons locked in an endless courtship. A tea-cup pig gets a mention but I was already over length on the book and didn't give it any dialogue. 
There is a Rottweiler guard dog called Lupo. This creature has one function. The poor beast doesn't receive any doggy chocolate treats or get taken to the village pub to be patted. There is a chorus line of cats. This was a subject I approached with extreme care. No cats were harmed in the creation of this product. Like me, Shannon suffers from allergy to cats. As a kid I had constant asthma and a cat. I left home and was cured. These days I start to sneeze and wheeze anywhere near them. 


The whole book has that horsey aristocratic royal family flavour. The Queen has major stables and trainers. In head scarf and wellington boots she always looks at her most relaxed and smiling with horses. A pony called “Thunderbolt” makes a contribution to the plot. A longhorn cow turns up to watch when there is clearly a love clinch in the air. 

Longhorn cattle with ‘Bloxington Manor’ (Avington Park) in the background
A singing bird at the scene of a dead body builds itself into the narrative and Shannon's first encounter with bats and peacocks causes her to wonder if country life is for her after all.

My own attitude to animals is that they are far nicer from a distance. Like Shannon, I am from the streets of London. Also like her I  feel that if my creator had wanted me to ride horses he would have altered the design of my hip joints. In Shannon's Law she faces a horse and has only a childhood ride on a donkey to use as a guide.

“Are they carnivorous?” she asked, realizing the boy didn’t know when she was joking. “Should I jump on its back calling ‘Hi-ho Silver’ and tame it?”

The lad stared at her and shook his head.

About the book...
Wild child inner-city cop Shannon Aguerri walks a dangerous line between her methods and justice. When the bosses lose their nerve, after yet another maverick mission, she is transferred to green pastures to play out the role of a routine village cop. When she encounters signs of slave and drug trafficking she homes in on serious millionaire criminals.

As a loner she has attracted men but nothing has stuck. When she meets Spencer, the hunky and widowed Earl of Bloxington, there is an immediate rapport between them. Their social differences mean nothing to their passion and need.  

Already in the mix is an upper class female rival – who has long plotted her way into the Earl's bed. The jealousy is an evil shade of green and the anger is a violent scarlet.  

Often inhibited by a sense of duty and honour, Spencer is slow to reveal his feelings. When Shannon confronts him with the need to choose between her word and that of her rival, he does not immediately support her. 

All issues are set aside, when they are forced together to carry out a desperate rescue mission. Their love is stronger than everything ranged against them.

Amazon are offering some great discounts for pre-orders of the paperback version 
(29% off in USA,     12% off in the UK)

You can pre-order the digital version at a pre-launch special price from Nook, Kobo, and iTunes. It will also be available in all digital formats on Smashwords

See this post and others from my tour as they go live on Pinterest 

Follow Shannon’s Law on Facebook

Visit the Shannon’s Law Website for book details and pre-order information.


RAFFLECOPTER DRAW
Win Amazon vouchers, copies of the book PLUS a free gift for every entrant (see prizes below).

ENTER DRAW HERE : a Rafflecopter giveaway
The draw will be made at random, by Rafflecopter on the 7th March 2013.


Companion Cookbook
In addition to SHANNON’S LAW, I’m launching a companion digital cookbook with illustrated recipes for all the meals from the novel.

 It’s called  COP’S KITCHEN - Read the love story and taste the romance!

To celebrate the launch of SHANNON’S LAW, there is a special FREE gift for you in my RAFFLECOPTER draw. As well as great, unique prizes to win, EVERY ENTRANT will get their own digital copy of – COP’S KITCHEN. There are many ways to get bonus chances – by commenting on this post, liking Facebook Pages , etc.
SHANNON’S LAW comes out on February 28th 2014 in print and digital formats for all e-readers.


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This post is part of the 

“SHANNON’S LAW PRE-LAUNCH PINTEREST REVEAL 
VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR”

Follow the other posts in February to see the background to the story unfold.