Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: On the Edge by Claire Gillies

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for On the Edge by Claire Gillies. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as a great guest post from the author. There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a signed copy of the book. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more content. Enjoy!
Title: On the Edge
Author: Claire Gillies
Publication Date: June 8th 2021
Print Length: 273 pages
Genre: Women's Fiction
Catherine MacGregor spends life daydreaming her way out of the perils of a dead-end job, and a dwindling love-life. Rather than face imminent redundancy, Cat finds herself giving up her life in the city, and moving to a remote Scottish island for a fresh start.

Unlocking her passion for art, things have never looked better, until the handsome but elusive musician Patrick Flannagan takes to the stage, complicating her best-laid plans.

Cat’s past could be catching up with her at last. Can she unlock her own secrets, and learn to love again, in time to save her brave new beginnings?

**The eBook is on sale for only $0.99.**

Maybe she was a terrible friend, and didn’t give people enough time to be themselves? Johnny was going through a crisis in love and here she was making all sorts of assumptions about what he wanted from life. She stepped out into the road and at that moment her stiletto heel caught in the cat’s-eye in the middle of the road, making her trip and fall. It was at that exact moment a van turned the corner, speeding towards her. Cat stared helplessly at the fast-approaching vehicle; it was too late for her to move, and she closed her eyes thinking this was the moment she would die. Her mum’s eyes flashed in her mind and then… no pain came. The van had stopped, just in time, right in front of a cowering Cat who looked up at it, terrified. Patrick got out of the driver's side.

“Cat...! Are you OK?”

Cat got to her knees and couldn’t help the rage from building inside her. “What is the matter with you, you could’ve killed me?” She pressed her hands onto the cold tarmac road and slowly got up.

“I’m sorry...” Patrick tried to help her up but she shrugged him off. “I didn’t expect to see someone lying in the middle of the road...?” He put his hands up letting her compose herself.

“You were driving really fast!” Cat looked at her bleeding knees and wanted to cry. But she was determined not to cry in front of this individual, that was all she needed.
Born and raised in the Highlands of Scotland, Claire’s homeland continues to be a stream of inspiration for her. A clothing designer too, Claire (Lorna) creates one-off bespoke garments using Scottish tweeds and tartans.

Claire currently splits her time between Scotland and Australia with her lovely Irish husband. She is a cat lover (without the cat) and can be found either drinking coffee, researching the best cake haunts, or watching yet another costume drama!

- What is your favorite thing about art and why?

Art. It's a small word behind such an important aspect that makes us human. I looked up the definition of art:

"The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power."

I used to work in an art gallery and what would draw someone in would be fascinating to observe. It was like watching them fall in love for the first time; completely lost in the beauty of a piece. Other people would look at the same piece and it would have the opposite effect; they would merely continue walking past without a second glance. I found the experience eye opening, particularly when it was in located in a rural part of the Scottish Highlands! I guess in some ways I felt indifferent at times to art - just seeing it placed on the wall for people to buy if it suited them. All the while I had been writing in my spare time, and sewing my own fashion designs that would be worn by clients. The funny thing is, creating stories and garments with my hands - I never saw as art. It was just a thing I simply needed to do - if I did not then I could not be happy. Even now, every day I need to do something creative - produce art no matter how small, in order to make me feel more me.

I think to answer your question what I love about art, is that is takes on many forms. It's not only for the beholder, but also for the creator. Art will always be here, as it's in our everyday lives - movies, books, how we express ourselves through what we wear, storytelling through photographs for social media and advertising to name a few! Because art is so interlaced in everything we do as humans, I find its permanence deeply comforting.
Claire Gillies will be awarding a signed copy of On the Edge (open worldwide) to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. To increase your chance of winning, leave a comment at a different stop on the tour each day. Good luck!
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  1. Hi Heather, thanks for allowing me to share my opinions on art.
    Best, Claire

  2. This books sounds so good! And I love the cover! I just finished the Outlander series and have been missing Scotland.

  3. This book sounds like a great summertime read! What fun!

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  4. I enjoy books that are set in another country

  5. Love the cover. Thanks for the giveaway.

  6. I enjoyed the excerpt. Thank you for the giveaway!

  7. The book cover makes me think of plein air painting. The book looks hopeful for a "Daydream Believer."