Today we’re so pleased to welcome RJ Scott to TNA, on the tour for Ice, the second book in the Salisbury series she co-authors with Chris Quinton. Enjoy RJ’s guest post and then be sure to check out the Rafflecopter giveaway below, where you can enter for the chance to win a $15 Amazon or All Romance eBooks gift card.
The Crown Jewels
In the Tower of London there is a moving walkway, and it takes you through a tower where the crown jewels are kept. I remember in 1977 it was the Queens Silver Jubilee, and I was 10. At school we have project files to make all about the monarchy, and that included cutting out and sticking pictures of the queen and family, and the castles, and also the crown jewels. I remember spending an afternoon (it was probably only ten minutes or so) cutting around the shape of the crown from my Mum’s copy of the TV Times (UK reference!). Bloody hell, that was a tricky shape to cut around when you have the attention span of a gnat.
Anyway, back to the main story. In the tower we have crowns, and scepters, and hell, the whole lot if probably worth *a lot*. Actually it’s mostly priceless I would imagine. People have tried to steal the crown jewels, I remember learning about that in my monarchy project. To me that sounded quite daring, because y’know, the Tower of London has a bit of a reputation as a place you go to that you don’t ever leave! LOL.
There are stories all over the place of where the jewels in the crowns, etc., came from, and one of them is below.
In Ice, we follow the trail of a selection of diamonds, and delve into the mystery of what they were and where they came from. From Russia to England the journey is fascinating. I hope you enjoy Ice if you read it.
A link for the Tower of London
And here is the story of one of the diamonds in the Crown collection – original story HERE
“ … Koh-i- Noor (Mountain of Light)
105.60 Carats, an oval cut gem, now part of the British Crown Jewels. The name of this diamond means “Mountain of Light” and its history, dating back to 1304, is the longest of all famous diamonds. It was captured by the Rajahs of Malwa in the sixteenth century by the Mogul, Sultan Babur and remained in the possession of later Mogul emperors. It may have been set in the famous Peacock Throne made for Shah Jehan. After the break-up of the Persian empire the diamond found its way to India. It may have traveled to Afghanistan with a bodyguard of Nadir Shah, who fled with the stone when the Shah was murdered, to be later offered to Ranjit Singh of the Punjab in exchange for military help (which was never delivered). After fighting broke out between the Sikhs and the British, The East India Company claimed the diamond as a partial indemnity, and then presented it to Queen Victoria in 1850. When the stone came from India, it weighed l986 carats; it was later recut to l08.93 carats. It was first worn by the Queen in a brooch. It was later set in the State Crown, worn by Queen Alexandra and Queen Mary, and 1937 was worn for by Queen Elizabeth for her coronation. It is kept in the Tower of London, with the other Crown Jewels. …”
About the Book
Publisher: Love Lane Books
Series: Salisbury: Book Two
Other Books In the Series: Heat
Length: 297 Pages
Category: Contemporary Romance, Mystery/Suspense
Release Date: 1 July 2016
Cover Artist: Meredith Russell
Purchase Links: RJ Scott’s Blog
Blurb: With millions in diamonds at stake, can Jon make Greg see that some things are not worth dying for?
Footloose adventurer Greg Drakowski used to live for the moment but these days shadows of grief and guilt cling to him. Recklessly following one lead to the next, Greg crosses oceans at the very hint of treasure, and doesn’t care that he rushes into danger.
This time his quarry is a cache of diamonds, hidden away decades ago. When the clues bring him to the ancient city of Salisbury, he knows he’s close to success.
Renovations expert Jonathan Ellis is part of Ageless Wood Restorations – three generations of knowledge and trade. Focused and hard-working, Jon finds value in recreating the elegance of the past with his own hands, and it will take something – or someone – extraordinary to break into his enclosed world.
When Greg drops into Jon’s lap he finds it impossible to refuse him. Even when the bad guy appears and Jon isn’t sure whom he can trust, he knows he has to stand by Greg, if only to save the idiot from himself.
About the Authors
Chris Quinton started creating stories not long after she mastered joined-up writing, somewhat to the bemusement of her parents and her English teachers. But she received plenty of encouragement. Her dad gave her an already old Everest typewriter when she was ten, and it was probably the best gift she’d ever received – until the inventions of the home-computer and the worldwide web.
Chris’s reading and writing interests range from historical, mystery, and paranormal, to science-fiction and fantasy, writing mostly in the male/male genre. She refuses to be pigeon-holed and intends to uphold the long and honourable tradition of the Eccentric Brit to the best of her ability. In her spare time [hah!] she reads, embroiders, quilts and knits. Over the years she has been a stable lad [briefly] in a local racing stable and stud, a part-time and unpaid amateur archaeologist, a civilian clerk at her local police station and a 15th century re-enactor.
She lives in a small and ancient city in the south-west of the United Kingdom, sharing her usually chaotic home with an extended family, three dogs, a frilled dragon [lizard] and sundry goldfish and tropicals.
RJ’s goal is to write stories with a heart of romance, a troubled road to reach happiness, and most importantly, that hint of a happily ever after.
RJ Scott is the bestselling gay romance author of over ninety MM romance books. She writes emotional stories of complicated characters, cowboys, millionaire, princes, and the men who get mixed up in their lives. RJ is known for writing books that always end with a happy ever after. She lives just outside London and spends every waking minute she isn’t with family either reading or writing.
RJ also writes MF romance under the name Rozenn Scott.
The last time she had a week’s break from writing she didn’t like it one little bit, and she has yet to meet a bottle of wine she couldn’t defeat.