Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Ghost Love by Nelli Rees 14 Giveaways!!!, Excerpt & Interview

Ghost Love
Nelli Rees

Genre: Romance (with a hint of the paranormal)

Publisher: Phaze

Date of Publication: 20th January 2015

ISBN: ISBN-13 978-1-60659-849-8

Number of pages: 332
Word Count: 90,000

Cover Artist: Niki Browning
Book Description:

In the madcap, chaotic days when Communism crumbled in the USSR, Tonia meets and falls in love with Englishman, Peter Monroe. Despite the protests of her family and the more strenuous
objections of the KGB Tonia agrees to marry Peter only for him to mysteriously disappear.

Twenty years later a life-toughened Toni must revisit these bitter-sweet memories when she finds herself and her daughters endangered by the consequences of that love affair.

In her despair Toni comes to realise that true love really does conquer all … even death.

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Excerpt:  Prologue

Present Day: Dorset, England

Excitement being a kindred spirit to fear, Toni was undecided as to whether it was a trickle of fear she felt shivering down her spine or a trickle of excitement.
As she sat staring at the screen of her laptop, the darkness shrouding the room seemed to draw in on her: her head swam, her palms became clammy. Tears welled up in her eyes. She blinked them away, hoping that by doing so the message on her screen would disappear. It didn’t.

Peter Monroe wants to be friends on Facebook

Hesitantly she maneuvered the cursor over the ‘connect’ button and pressed ‘enter.’ The screen mutated to show the Facebook page for ‘Peter Monroe.’ It was Peter! She recognized the profile photograph instantly. She’d taken it. She remembered posing him in front of the bandstand in Gorki Park on that spring day back in 1990, remembered laughing at the stupid faces he pulled, remembered the way his long chestnut hair flopped over his forehead, remembered…
How could she forget? He had been her one true love.
Love. A word made empty by misuse…by overuse. She wondered how many had ever endured the touch of real love, that soul-eviscerating sensation that comes when you know you have found your soul-mate. Very few, she decided. Perhaps this was all for the good: true love brought anguish in equal measure to joy. As the last twenty years had taught her, finding true love was a bitter-sweet blessing. Her fingers trembled as she typed.
Is it really you, Peter?
The reply was instantaneous.
Yes…I’ve missed you, Tonia.
She couldn’t stop herself: the tears flowed down her cheeks.
She paused, terrified that what she would type next might cause this marvelous mirage to vanish.
But I thought you were dead.
The seconds ticked by, then:
I am.

About the Author:

Nelli Rees, born in Moscow, trained as a linguist and a musician. With her future husband Englishman Rod she worked and travelled around Russia, finally coming to live in England in 1998. Nelli has had several successful careers: recording a critically acclaimed nu-jazz album “Jazz Noir”, becoming an award-winning jewellery maker, writing a book “Glass Bead Jewelry Projects”, and doing all this whilst being a mother and a wife. “Ghost Love” is Nelli’s first novel and draws heavily on her own experiences as a young woman in Soviet Russia and the obstacles she and her husband-to-be faced during those difficult times.


Where are you from?
I was born, raised and went to university in Moscow, Russia. I came to England in 1998 and have lived here ever since.
Tell us your latest news?
I am now the proud possessor of every reference book ever published pertaining to the Regency period, this preparation for the writing of my magnum opus (get me!) a romantic thriller designed to pop off socks (and to bust stays, of course) of anyone reading it. Now all I have to do is find the time to write the thing.
When and why did you begin writing?
I started when I was a kid, writing fairy stories to tell to my classmates, but I only got serious a couple of years ago. The idea for “Ghost Love” had been bubbling around in my head for ages and when I started commuting to London every day (what a drag) I used the time sitting on the train to put my thoughts on paper. After that it became something of an addiction and the journey time noticeably shorter.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I first held the paperback copy of “Ghost Love” in my hands. That’s when a writer knows they can drop the adjective ‘wannabe’ from their job description.
What inspired you to write your first book?
The ‘what’ was my own life, living through the confusion of the Second Russian Revolution (the ‘soft’ one when Communism crumbled); of meeting and falling in love with an Englishman and the difficulties that caused; also the stresses and strains of coming to England to live.
The ‘who’ was my husband Rod. When I showed him the drafts of the first few pages of “Ghost Love”, he read them, nodded and said ‘This is good stuff. Keep going.’ So I did.
Do you have a specific writing style?
One book in it’s a little early to say. I like unconventional story patterns (“Ghost Love” has two intertwined stories set twenty years apart) and I like strong, memorable characters. I also write for pace; I hate books that dawdle.
How did you come up with the title?
It must have been rattling around in my subconscious for years before I put pen to paper. But as soon as I wrote ‘Chapter 1’, out it popped.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Good question and on consideration I think there is. Follow your heart. Life can be difficult but it’s best to have to deal with the problems caused by chasing your dreams rather than by standing aside and watching others follow theirs.
How much of the book is realistic?
The part set in Moscow circa 1989 … a lot. It was a really freaky time when all the old certainties of Communism disappeared to be replaced by chaos. It was simultaneously exciting and scary. Like travelling in a fast car which ain’t got any brakes.
The part set in present day England … less so. But there’s still quite a bit of fact flavoring the fiction.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Me. Tonia (my lead character) is a music-obsessed Russian girl studying English and Linguistics at a Moscow University who meets and falls in love with an Englishman and pisses off a LOT of people in the process. Oh look … that’s me!
What books have most influenced your life most?
Orwell’s “1984” (I read it back on 1990 and the parallels to Soviet Russia were really upsetting). “Invent-10n” by Rod Rees got me thinking about the consequences of living in a surveillance-obsessed society.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Rod, my husband who writes SF (the “Demi-Monde” series). He’s been with me every step of the way encouraging, suggesting, editing and acting as beta-reader. Okay, he isn’t a natural romantic and his use of commas is suspect but he made a great sounding board.
What book are you reading now?
“The Prince of Pleasure” by J.B. Priestley which describes the life and times of the Prince Regent. This is part of the background research I’m doing for my next book which will be a Regency era romantic thriller. A word of warning to any would be Jane Austens out there: the research needed to get it right is simply mind-blowing …
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Now that I’ve started writing I don’t have much time for reading!
What are your current projects?

The aforesaid Regency romantic thriller (which I’m really excited about) and I’ve also got a companion story to “Ghost Love” on the stocks, this one entitled “Hotel Rus” which deals with the madcap – and dangerous – world of the nuRussia of the  1990s.

Video of Nelli performing "Falling In Love Again":

Tour giveaways

Prize 1: "Pink Flowers" Necklace from Nelli’s  "Jewelry for All Seasons" collection (handmade lampwork beads, sterling silver findings, crystals and hand dyed silk ribbon);

Prize 2: "Malachite Mystery" Pendant and earrings (handmade lampwork beads, sterling silver findings and chain, crystals);

Prize 3: "Tiger! Tiger!" Earrings (handmade lampwork beads, sterling silver findings, crystals);

Prizes 4-7:  Bookmarks with glass bead ornamentation (handmade lampwork beads, crystals, steel dividers);

Prize 8: Signed paperback copy of 'Ghost Love';

Prize 9: Signed copy of  Nelli’s book 'Glass Bead Jewelry Projects';

Prize 10 - 14: Signed promo copies of  Nelli’s album 'Jazz Noir'.


  1. Thanks for hosting this awesome giveaway.

  2. Well said, Sara, I echo that.

  3. Thank you for posting "Ghost Love" - really excited to be here! :) x

  4. I love books with paranormal

  5. It's just a flavouring of the paranormal, but it is an important part.

  6. Thank you, Stacy! Best of luck in winning one!