Guest Post and Giveaway from Andrea Bramhall

29 Apr

BSB-AndreaBramhallLgToday we have a short guest post from Andrea Bramhall, and a chance to win a copy of her new book Nightingale which goes on general release in May. Nightingale is Andrea’s third novel, and she has a fourth – Swordfish (a sequel to her début novel Ladyfish) – on the way in January, 2015. If you want to catch up with Andrea in person, she’ll be attending the Bold Strokes Books UK shindig in Nottingham on June 7th and 8th (head here for more details.)

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Inspiration; ɪnspɪˈreɪʃ(ə)n/ {noun} A fickle creature that visits at the most inconvenient times and deserts us when we need it most. Can sometimes be coaxed to a party with a wide range of stimulants given its addictive nature, and originates from the same genus of animal as creativity, inventiveness, and imagination.

One thing I do know about inspiration is that it can come from anywhere, at any time, and smack you, like a brick…right between the eyes.

The inspiration for my book, Nightingale, started very simply. It started when I heard a song on the radio. Norah Jones’ Nightingale. A lovely, wistful little song with a very simple lyric line. And the first few lines of the song were all it took for me to form the idea of ill-fated lovers, longing for the past they had together and their only desire being to find each other again, to re-kindle the flickering flames of their passion, and spend eternity burying the pain of their separation.

nightingale“Nightingale
Sing us a song
Of a love that once belonged
Nightingale
Tell me your tale
Was your journey far too long?

Does it seem like I’m looking for an answer
To a question I can’t ask?”

It was this final line that led me to the deeper parts of the story in Nightingale.

Hazaar and Charlie meet and fall in love at University. They spend three years together trying to ignore the fact that time is ticking away as the expectations of Hazaar’s family creep up on them. Hazaar’s father is a respected businessman in the strong Muslim community in the North of England, and Hazaar knows that the time is coming when she will have to decide between her love for Charlie and her own self-respect, or everything she has held dear in her life to that point. Her faith, her family, her culture, friends…everything. She is looking for the answer to the question both of them are too afraid to ask. When the time comes…which will she choose? What are the consequences of each choice? And can she live with the consequences of her final decision?

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For a chance to win a signed paperback copy or an ebook of Nightingale simply answer the following question, and correct answers will go into the proverbial hat to be drawn at random.

What does ‘Hazaar’ mean in Arabic?

Email your answer to andreabramhall@rocketmail.com. Good luck!

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  1. News roundup: Polari fun, new author Emma Rose Millar, Goldie finalists, Manda Scott and more! | UK Lesbian Fiction - May 2, 2014

    […] quick reminder now about the Andrea Bramhall giveaway of her new novel Nightingale. Pop over to the guest post that she did for us earlier in the week and answer her question before […]

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