It looks like a perfect Cornish autumn, with aspiring novelist Maisie Clark still finding inspiration as a
maid at the historic Penmarrow Hotel. Between the staff of quirky co-workers, glamorous and
unusual guests, and her growing friendship with the charming but mysterious Sidney Daniels, Maisie
is living out adventures instead of just penning them in the pages of her would-be novel’s growing
number of chapters.
And then there’s the slight problem of keeping the balance between friendship and ‘something
more’ with Sidney, who’s helping introduce her to the village’s version of a Cornish Halloween, and
has recently taken an interest in Maisie’s secret that may change things between them. But even
Maisie’s imagination can’t conjure the unusual event this Halloween brings to the Penmarrow. An
eccentric earl has chosen this site to host his lavish birthday celebration that includes a pretty (and
perceptive) young psychic whose predictions seem to have everyone on edge — and, to Maisie’s
delight, the elusive novelist Alistair Davies is rumored to be part of the guest list! But with the earl’s
bickering relatives and illustrious friends on hand— and more than one ghost of the past waiting to
be revealed — it’s anyone’s guess what the festivities will bring before the party is over.
Will the psychic foretell doom for the earl’s gathering—and is her ‘gift’ as genuine as it seems? Will
Maisie finally meet her favorite author face to face? And, more importantly, what about the
romantic sparks that fly between Maisie and Sidney?
I’d like to thank Rachel’s Random Resources and Laura Briggs for inviting me to take part in this wonderful blog tour.
And without further ado I’d like to hand over to Laura who has a great guest post for us …
Fun Facts about A Spirited Girl on Cornish Shores
Thank you so much to Lisa for letting me tell your readers about my newest release, A Spirited
Girl on Cornish Shores.
This sequel to A Little Hotel in Cornwall finds would-be author Maise Clark still working at the
historic hotel known as the Penmarrow. Maisie cleans elegant rooms by day and pens chapters in
her would-be gothic fantasy novel at night. In between, she finds herself spending more and
more time with the charming Sidney Daniels, the groundskeeper and handyman for the local
vicarage. With an idyllic Cornish village and a dash of Halloween fun, Maisie’s autumn is one
filled with romance, secrets, and mysterious happenings.
Several pieces of fiction helped inspire the different elements for this colorful new story. Readers
will recognize a few of them without trouble, but others may be less obvious. And so I thought it
might be nice to share a few of the ‘fun facts’ behind Maisie’s second Cornish adventure and
hope readers will enjoy learning about them!
1) The quirky hotel guests, including the Earl of Middlewhite, his scheming family members,
and his various high society friends were partly based on the traditional Agatha Christie style
cast of characters. Specifically, The Body in the Library and The Sittaford Mystery served as
inspiration for the eccentric characters that keep the Penmarrow’s staff on their toes. And The
Murder at the Vicarage is referenced for obvious reasons when Maisie is invited to a Halloween
party at the local vicarage where a game of ‘Murder’ takes the night in an unexpected (but non-
2) Readers of my other Cornish series ‘A Wedding in Cornwall’ were well-aware that its hero
was heavily modeled after television’s new Ross Poldark. In this new series, however, the
character of Sidney Daniels is rather less noticeably inspired by James Norton’s leading role in
the ITV mystery show Grantchester. But there’s a special nod to that connection at the fancy-
dress party Sidney attends at the vicarage—one that readers in the know should recognize right
3) The idea of a young, pretty psychic whose skills may not be exactly as they seem was first
brought to mind by the 2014 romantic comedy Magic in the Moonlight starring Emma Stone.
The film character’s whimsical charm was greatly influential in creating that of Natalie Norridge,
whose uncanny predictions stump even the paranormal investigator who is invited to the earl’s
party specifically to test her abilities. Some of her traits are also a slight nod to the focus
character of author Laurie R. King’s mystery A Monstrous Regiment of Women.
4) Finally—and this is one that most readers will no doubt spot right away—the character of
Sidney’s friend Dean is inspired by none other than Will Traynor in the novel and film versions
of Me Before You. A former painter left nearly immobile by a tragic accident, Dean’s character
possesses a wry and somewhat jaded sense of humor that makes it difficult for most people to get close to him. He also presents a rather unexpected challenge for Maisie since he doesn’t seem at
all fond of her growing friendship with Sidney!
Hopefully some of you will be curious enough to check out A Spirited Girl on Cornish Shores
for the rest of Maisie’s adventure. And if you haven’t read the first book in the series, A Little
Hotel in Cornwall, it has the same lighthearted spirit and feel-good factor, perfect for reading in any season!
All About Laura
Laura Briggs is the author of several feel-good romance reads, including the Top 100
Amazon UK seller ‘A Wedding in Cornwall’. She has a fondness for vintage style dresses (especially ones with polka dots), and reads everything from Jane Austen to modern day mysteries. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, caring for her pets, gardening, and seeing the occasional movie or play.
Where To Find Laura
Giveaway to Win one of 3 Cornish themed prizes (Open Internationally)
1st Prize: A Ross Poldark collectible Knitdark character doll (Open Internationally) –1 winner
Perfect for fans of all-things Cornwall, this Ross Poldark doll with tricorn hat is made by Angela Blay,
whose popular Knitdark creations have been featured on The Graham Norton Show. Since each doll
is hand made, the Ross the winner receives may vary slightly in appearance from the one in the
picture. Readers can learn more about the Knitdarks at Angela’s Twitter page @kwerkyknits as well
as her Etsy shop at Kwerky knits
2nd Prize: A decorative tin T.A.R.D.I.S (Open Internationally) –1 winner
A tin T.A.R.D.I.S similar to the keepsake Maisie is gifted by Sidney in Book 1, A Little Hotel in
Cornwall. Designed by Etsy artist KittyConduitt81 and perfect for fans of Doctor Who! Being a
unique, hand made item, the final design may vary slightly in appearance from the one pictured.
Learn about KittyConduittDesigns on Etsy at Kitty Conduitt Designs
3rd Prize: A Kindle/Tablet case featuring cover art from A Little Hotel in Cornwall (Open
Internationally) –1 winner
A specially designed case for a Kindle or Tablet featuring the cover art for Book 1 in the series A Little
Hotel in Cornwall. The final product’s size, texture, and color will depend on the winner’s device.
*All 3 winners will also receive a digital copy of Book 1 in the series, A Little Hotel in Cornwall.
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