Show a little faith, there’s magic in the night

When I write there’s usually a particular song going round in my head, or which I play when I get a bit of writer’s block and want to get back into the mood.  For Falling for her Captor it was Intervention by Arcade Fire and with less than a week until release date I wanted to share the song that accompanied writing A Wager for the Widow.

Thunder Road by Bruce Springsteen.

It’s one of my all time favourite songs and one that whatever mood I’m in at the start, by the end I’m singing along doing bad harmonies (right around 1.42 on the video if you want to join in).

Before I’d even entered SYTYCW or dreamed I’d ever write more than one book I loved the romance of it.  I saw Springsteen at Wembley a couple of years ago and it was one of the best concerts I’ve been to.  He sang this as the encore, alone on stage with his guitar and it raised goosebumps and made my hair stand on end.

‘Don’t run back inside
darling you know just what I’m here for
So you’re scared and you’re thinking
That maybe we ain’t that young anymore
Show a little faith, there’s magic in the night’

For me the lyrics perfectly capture Eleanor and Will’s story of a woman who has withdrawn from the world (in Eleanor’s case literally as well as metaphorically) and the man who loves her trying to persuade her to open up to him and give romance another go.

‘You can hide ‘neath your covers
And study your pain
Make crosses from your lovers
Throw roses in the rain
Waste your summer praying in vain
For a savior to rise from these streets’

Life can be sad and bleak and lonely, and even though the narrator says promises will be broken and by his own admission he isn’t hero material, the idea that taking the risk and stepping off the porch can lead to true love is a wonderful fantasy.  You’ll have to read the book to find out if Eleanor takes the chance.  I think I’d be grabbing my bag by the end of the first verse if he turned up at my door.  I’d love to know what you think.  Now I have some singing to do!

BBC Radio Manchester interview

Release date is getting closer so yesterday I paid a visit to Media City in Salford to talk to Becky Want on BBC Radio Manchester about A Wager for the Widow.

Flattering photo on my ID card.
Flattering photo on my ID card.

I had a case of nerves before I went on air and I’m not sure the coffee helped but I enjoyed sitting in Costa beforehand and trying to work out if the man at the next table was famous.

This is the interview.  I haven’t listened to it all as I never like hearing myself but I think it went well.  I managed to remember the names of the characters (thanks to a crib sheet) and had a fun time.  Becky was a great host.

My friend very kindly (and cleverly because I wouldn’t know where to begin) recorded the interview as an MP3 for me.

Catch me on the Becky Want show here

I love the area round the quays and for a change the weather was nice enough to go for a wander around.  The views from the multi-storey are great, taking in most of Salford and outer Manchester.

BBC one side.  ITV the other.  I wonder if the staff give each other hard stares as they look out of the windows?
BBC one side. ITV the other. I wonder if the staff give each other hard stares as they look out of the windows?
Fabulous view from the car park.
Fabulous view from the car park.

A WAGER FOR THE WIDOW by Elisabeth Hobbes

Fantastic first review for A Wager for the Widow from Amanda Shivrattan

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Elisabeth Hobbs is most definitely an author to look out for. Her second historical novel will1972506_10153290407375306_7679200537964881838_n sweep you away into an era full of attitude, poise, rules and romance of course! Fresh, fast-paced and elegantly written with characters that stand out and command attention…A WAGER FOR THE WIDOW will most certainly have you turning the pages!

Highly Recommended

5/5 Stars

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A Wager for the Widow first two chapters for free!

Release date for A Wager for the Widow is getting closer and closer so I’m sharing the first two chapters here.

It can be preordered here

or at all other online retailers.

I’m going to be visiting other blogs closer to release date and will post links here.  I’m also going to be interviewed on BBC Radio Manchester on 22nd June so if you’re in the area have a listen to Becky Want’s show around 2.15.