February marks the start of my “Pinterest Reveal Virtual Book Tour” in the run-up to the launch on the 28th February 2014.
Every day there are feature posts on topics relating to SHANNON’S LAW on blogs all around the world. They’re all linked together on one big Pinterest Board. Each post replaces a ‘mystery’ silhouette that was posted in January. I saved all my notes and photos as I was writing, on a private Pinterest Board and now I can share them with you.
Today’s subject is: The Vespa Motor Scooter
(attribution Creative Commons license CCBY http://flickr.com/photos/26045503@N05/3876990951)
For a female, some say I have an unhealthy interest in vehicles. How sexist can a woman be? Men never mind me talking to them about cars and motorbikes. It's the girls who turn off when I wave my oily rag, checkered flag or turbo lag. All the same, few would deny that vehicles form part of the social fabric of society and not just because of their function. Just the idea of a pink Cadillac with fins conjures up the notion of American optimism and exuberance of the late 50's and 60's.
In the UK the motor scooter remains an icon of the “Mod” period. As vehicles they were unreliable and smelly. For a “Mod” the ownership of a scooter was essential. A “Mod” was a youth of the 1960's driven by notions of fashion and popular music. The scooter represented a stylish Italian design as opposed to the more traditional motorbikes of the “Rockers” with whom the “Mods” fought celebrated street battles.
All this was before my time but various “Mod” revivals have caught my attention. To be honest I think I would have preferred a power bike to a scooter. In terms of media the scooters have won the day. The movie “Quadrophenia” remains a cult classic forever associated with the music the The Who and the motor scooter. In “Shannon's Law” one of these machines makes an early appearance. This particular model is called a Vespa which means wasp in Italian.
The motorcyclist had turned off the engine. Shannon spotted the key in case she had to grab it.
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.
SHANNON’S LAW comes out on February 28th 2014 in print and digital formats for all e-readers.
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 or click the Goddess Fish panel below to visit the other blogs in the tour.
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In addition to SHANNON’S LAW, I’m launching a companion digital cook-book with illustrated recipes for all the meals from the novel.
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Shannon’s Law comes out in paperback and digital formats for all e-readers
on February 28th 2014.