A reclusive, alpha artist… why is Martin Blake so appealing?
November 15, 2017
In an early version of the STATIONMASTER'S COTTAGE, a
beta reader convinced me to change my brooding hero into a nice boy-next-door,
because women no longer want alpha males. He was good looking and charming. And
boring. It didn't work, of course, and Martin returned to his rightful self.
Martin Blake is a complex character, the dark opposite of Christie Ryan. She
sees the best in people and only the worst if it is forced on her. He'd rather
keep to himself, with his dog, Randall. But, Christie needs something from him
and won't let go until he helps her.
There is a deep, underlying loneliness in Martin that even he is not aware of.
His abstract paintings are as difficult and layered as he is. He is quick to
pigeon-hole Christie as a rich, city girl and ignore the overwhelming attraction
they share. He struggles to help her because the secrets of the past are
protecting someone he loves.
One reviewer called him domineering. He isn't. He is bossy at times, but never
overbearing. Respect matters, but he insists it goes both ways and when he
messes up, is harder on himself than anyone else could be.
In the sequel, JASMINE
SEA, Martin is a man in love. This heightens his need to protect the woman
he wants to marry, even when she insists she doesn't need him to. Their conflict
as they find a perfect balance is put under extreme pressure when danger
I believe that what makes Martin so appealing is inner strength, his trust in
his instincts, and a touching vulnerability when love is involved. Jasmine Sea
brings out the best in this alpha male, and I would love to hear what you think
Sometimes facing the past is the only way forward.
Starting over never felt better. Christie Ryan adores the little cottage
she's renovating, the seaside town that embraced her, and Martin Blake, the man
she longs to marry. Ex-fiancé Derek Hobbs is finally out of the picture, and
there are no more secrets in her life or mysteries to solve.
Will the arrival of a mysterious woman who commissions a portrait from Martin
under a cloud of secrecy break her after all? Unrest and suspicion remind
Christie that happiness can be fleeting, and when the peaceful town is shattered
by crime, her past is again thrust into the limelight.
With one chance and only minutes to save those she loves, Christie comes face
to face with her greatest fear—and there is no way around it.
Jasmine Sea follows on from The Stationmaster's Cottage, set shortly after
its stunning conclusion.
Phillipa Nefri Clark grew up around lonely Australian beaches with wild seas
and misty cliffs. From a young age she wrote stories and dreamed of being a
writer. There were many detours along the way as she trod paths as diverse as a
travelling sales rep to singing and acting. Fascinated by film, Phillipa wrote
five feature length screenplays, one which was optioned. Now living in regional
Victoria on a small acreage close to a mountain range, she markets the family
business a few days a week and writes the rest of the time. With nonfiction
credits for specialist canine publications, she finally returned to stories with
the release of The Stationmaster's Cottage, a dual timeline romance, in February
2017. Her great loves, apart from writing, are her family of two young adult
sons and her husband, their Labrador, music, fine wine, and friends.
Since I love anything to do with the sea, the cover really strikes me. My one bucket list item is to see the ocean again, has been so many years and I have dreams of returning. (Connie Sahn 9:08pm November 18, 2017)
I enjoyed your blog and the cover is very attractive, appealing to those of us who enjoy the sea. (Anna Speed 7:48am November 20, 2017)
It's obvious that you have perfected your storytelling, because you have a way of drawing readers in with your synopsis from your books!! They are written so well, that the reader feels as if they are the proverbial "fly on the wall!!" Anyone who is lucky enough to win a copy of your book, is going to have quite a ride with this book!! The rest of us are going to have to settle with either putting it on our TBR lists, or going out and purchasing it. Thank you for the extra synopsis, and for the Contest as well!! (Peggy Roberson 10:00am November 20, 2017)
Your giveaway is memorable, captivating and special. Thanks for this wonderful feature and giveaway. The dramatic cover is striking. (Sharon Berger 5:01pm November 20, 2017)
I am so appreciative and touched by so many lovey and thoughtful comments. :-) (Phillipa Nefri Clark 5:38pm November 25, 2017)