Today we welcome Victoria Cornwall to our blog, to talk about her dreams and new book, ‘The Thief’s Daughter.’ We would like to welcome other bloggers/writers to came and talk about their dreams too…
My Dream by Victoria Cornwall
We all have dreams, or something we would like to do before we die. I have had a few in my time, although the reality of achieving “the dream” does not always meet with my expectation. I remember the time I wanted to learn to play the guitar. The experience was far harder than I expected, left me with calloused finger tips and short nails on one hand and long nails on the other. Needless to say, I didn’t keep it up and soon forgot all I had learnt. However, I now hold great respect for people who can play a musical instrument. They make it look easy, but in reality it requires dedication, motivation and a passion for the instrument. Another dream I had was to own a horse. I eventually got one, but he was very unpredictable and dangerous to ride. The phrase, “Be careful what you wish for” came to mind as I picked myself up after being thrown off.
Of course I have had dreams that did work out for me. I wanted to be a published author, have a nursing career and to get married and have children. They weren’t unusual aspirations, just normal ones that anyone might have. I think I must be quite cautious as you won’t hear me saying I want to climb Everest (too cold), run a marathon (too much training) or live in the wilderness (well maybe the odd day trip, but I would want to go back to a hotel at night).
The dream I have now is to take a six month trip of a lifetime to visit all the places that have always captured my imagination. I would like to enter The Tomb of Tutankhamun, marvel at the Taj Mahal and walk around the Colosseum in Italy. I want to feel the water spray from the Niagara Falls, fly over the Grand Canyon and marvel at the Terracotta Army and Great Wall in China. I’d like to go on a safari trip, swim in the Great Barrier Reef and visit the ruins of Pompeii. And I would like it all arranged and paid for by someone else. It’s rather a big ask, I know, but hey, it’s my dream and maybe, just one day, I will achieve it, even if the reality is that I will have to pay for it myself!
The Thief’s Daughter
Hide from the thief-taker, for if he finds you, he will take you away …
Eighteenth-century Cornwall is crippled by debt and poverty, while the gibbet casts a shadow of fear over the land. Yet, when night falls, free traders swarm onto the beaches and smuggling prospers.
Terrified by a thief-taker’s warning as a child, Jenna has resolved to be good. When her brother, Silas, asks for her help to pay his creditors, Jenna feels unable to refuse and finds herself entering the dangerous world of the smuggling trade.
Jack Penhale hunts down the smuggling gangs in revenge for his father’s death. Drawn to Jenna at a hiring fayre, they discover their lives are entangled. But as Jenna struggles to decide where her allegiances lie, the worlds of justice and crime collide, leading to danger and heartache for all concerned …
The Thief’s Daughter is published on all ebook platforms from 6th December.