Monday 6 November 2017

Love, Secrets & Absolution by K L Lovely @K_L_Lovely #BlogTour @_Globeflower_ #MyLifeInBooks

People in the village gossip about Grace’s son, Alfie.

He’s a lonely boy full of secrets, lies, and obsessive thoughts.

How far can a mother’s love go? Will she ultimately sacrifice her life for his?

Set in Nottinghamshire, this family drama follows the lives of Grace and Alfie as he transforms from a naïve, young boy into a teenager spiralling out of control.

Love, Secrets, and Absolution is a coming of age story with a difference.

Deceit, betrayal, love, and addiction, a family falling apart in the midst of teenage angst and torn loyalties; will anybody find absolution?

Author: K.L Loveley Release date: 1 November 2017 Genre: Contemporary fiction Publisher: Globeflower Books Buy: Amazon USA - Amazon UK Add to Goodreads

Welcome to the Blog Tour for Love, Secrets and Absolution by K L Lovely, published by Globeflower Books on 1 November 2017

Today I'm welcoming the author to Random Things, she's talking to us about the books that are special to her, in My Life In Books

My Life In Books - K L Lovely

Thank you, Anne, for letting me take part in this wonderful book blog feature. It is a very interesting question, which is not only relevant to my Blog tour, but also my life. I have never before, considered my life in terms of a series of books that have not only given me pleasure but have also indirectly shaped my life. Perhaps along my journey of reading, I somehow grew a little seed of imagination within my mind that was waiting for the right moment, to germinate and spring forth to enable me to write work of my own. Undoubtedly, the many authors that I have read over my lifetime have influenced my own unique and individual style.

The Famous Five by Enid Blyton   Childhood is the most wonderful and imaginative time of our lives. Mine was no exception. Reading was a major part of my young life, transporting me to another world. I was surrounded by books as a young girl and eagerly awaited the weekend, when I visited our local library. Although difficult to name one book from the series, as they were all equally wonderful. The Famous Five, written by Enid Blyton were particular favourites of mine. I dreamt of a life filled with such adventures.

The French Lieutenants Woman by John Fowles  During my teenage years, as one would expect. My choice of reading material was varied and included lots of teenage magazines such as, Jackie and Boyfriend, after all, this was the sixties a time of great change and enlightenment. However, I vividly remember reading The French Lieutenants Woman, written by John Fowles. This turned out to be a wise choice, for a number of years later I studied this as part of my ‘A-level literature work. The subtle exploration of duty and conformity in this historical work of fiction, identifies the Victorian attitudes.

Roots by Alex Haley   As a young adult, I expanded my reading and ventured into a new genre of books. I became interested in reading historical fiction. To this day, I can still visualize the story of Kunta Kinte, an 18th- century African, captured as an adolescent and sold into slavery in the United States. This story Roots written by the author Alex Haley, was later made into a Television series, following the life of Kunta Kinte and his descendants. The story was absolutely compelling and a very emotional read.

The Color Purple by Alice Walker   During my early thirties I was busy raising my family and at the same time studying for further qualifications in Science and literature. A standout book for me, during my thirties, was once again, American historical fiction. The Color Purple written by Alice Walker was a memorable read about an American woman living in the south who suffered and survived incredible abuse and bigotry. The main protagonist, Celie, perseveres, gaining inner strength from her dream of one day being reunited with her sister in Africa.

Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt   My fourth decade brought with it, yet another change in direction, as I studied for a BSc in Science. The early part of my forties was spent, reading scientific details in both books and journals. However, once my degree was attained, I could not wait to get my hands on a work of fiction. At first, I read lots of easy reading novels, such as Catherine Cookson, which I devoured with ease. Later, moving on to Maeve Binchy, reading Tara Road and, Circle of friends. Eventually I read the Frank McCourt novel, Angela’s Ashes, a memoir based on his miserable Irish Catholic childhood, during the depression in America. A tale of poverty, starvation and cruelty. This was a real eye-opener, giving me a glimpse into a world so far removed from my own childhood that it tore at my heart.

War and Peace and Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
During my fifties, it is fair to say that I had more free time to pursue my hobby of reading. The children all grown up and settled, my hours at work reduced and the opportunity to purchase books from a number of new and different sources. This was a time when I was able to read epic novels such as Leo Tolstoy wrote. It is no mean feat to read War and Peace and Anna Karenina, both fantastically written pieces of work. In terms of War and Peace, this is one that I plan to return to in the future. Tolstoy writes of complex family lives and great social events in Russia. His characters are large as life and full of passion, drawing the reader in to feel part of Russian society. I have been most fortunate to have visited ‘St Petersburg’ allowing my imagination to wander back to nineteenth-century Russia.

So, my friends, I finally arrive at the beginning of my sixth decade. My love of reading has increased exponentially. There are so many wonderful authors, all unique in their own way. Although my taste in literature has developed, in terms of the many different genres I now read. Having mentioned previously in my blogs a number of authors that I now enjoy reading, it is difficult to identify one that I associate with my life in books. With this in mind, can I say that my latest novel Love, Secrets, is probably the book I associate with my current life, as it has been a great part of it for these last twelve months.

K.L Loveley is a former nurse, who has seen, heard, and dealt with a wide range of medical, social and family dramas. She has used her nursing experience, along with her excellent people-watching skills to create fascinating characters and intriguing scenarios within her books. She writes contemporary fiction, psychological dramas, and poetry. Her debut novel Alice was published in February 2017, and the story tackles alcoholism head-on and presents the reader with an empathetic account of a spiraling addiction and the resulting pattern of hopelessness that many fall into. K.L Loveley’s second novel Love, Secrets, and Absolution: An emotional and gripping psychological, family drama is a coming of age story with a difference. Deceit, betrayal, love, and addiction, this story is about a family falling apart in the midst of teenage angst and torn loyalties. If you enjoy reading authors like Jodi Picoult and Diane Chamberlain, you will enjoy K.L Loveley! K.L Loveley lives in Nottinghamshire, England and loves socialising with friends and family. She is an avid reader and enjoys a variety of genres including psychological, thrillers and historical fiction. Her favourite authors include John le Carré, K.L Slater, Marian Keyes and Philippa Gregory. Website I Twitter IFacebook I Goodreads I Google+ LinkedIn

1 comment:

  1. Hi Anne, thank you very much for hosting our author K.L Loveley on your blog. She advised us that she enjoyed answering your interesting question about her life in books. Thank you.