Book Blitz and Giveaway: RISING TIDE by Susan Roebuck @suemonte

by Susan Roebuck
Contemporary Suspense
Published by Mundania Press on March 19th, 2015
Time, and most of Portugal, has almost forgotten Luminosa, a small fishing community on the Alentejo coast. A cluster of white and blue cottages huddle under the cliffs overshadowed by the great manor of Herdade Albatroz, whose family has ruled the village since the days of Napoleon. Far off the tourist route, nobody visits Luminosa by chance.
When a ruthless American racketeer turns up, the peaceful village’s way of life could be ruined forever. But will other visitors—Piper Pines, seeking news of her long dead Portuguese mother, and Leo Shine, bereft of a father and brother accused of terrible crimes—help or hinder his objective to drag Luminosa into the twenty-first century?

Interview with the author
·         What inspired you to write Rising Tide?
First of all, thank you for inviting me onto your blog today.
I think Rising Tide is the book that’s always been in me, the one I’ve been  wanting to write for ages. It’s my third novel but this one was always  “cooking” away inside me even while I was writing my other books “Perfect Score” and “Hewhay Hall”. I live in Portugal but I’m British and there is so much to this beautiful country that hardly anyone knows about – everyone goes on holiday to the Algarve, Lisbon or Porto. Rising Tide is set in a (fictional) fishing village on the east coast of the Alentejo which is halfway between Lisbon and the Algarve. I do have common themes in all my books: corruption, injustice, and love that isn’t always requited. All those appear in Rising Tide too (not that I’m saying Portugal is more corrupt than the UK – Heaven forbid!!!)

·         Do you have some new ideas for your fourth book?
Yes. There’s always a plot bubbling around, isn’t there? I think my fourth book will also be set in the same area as Rising Tide with some of the characters, but this time there’ll be an element of paranormal in it. Well, some people say that there’s a little bit of magic in Rising Tide, so perhaps that’s another theme that’s common to my books.

·         Where is better: UK or Portugal and why?
That’s a good question! I always say you can take the girl out of the UK but you can’t take the UK out of the girl. My husband’s Portuguese so I do live in a very Portuguese environment, but even though I’ve lived longer here than in England I still feel a foreigner here and feel more “at home” in the UK. Portugal though has so many delights. It’s a small country on the edge of Europe that many people just forget about. That’s why the Portuguese haven’t been changed much by being in the EU (except benefitting hugely from their funds) and go about their merry way left to themselves. Although they are neighbours, I don’t think the Portuguese and Spanish are at all alike – to me the Portuguese are more like the Celts. They even play bagpipes up in the north of the country and have legends similar to the Irish (watch out for my next book).

Quick ones:
·         Best book
I read about three books a week  - and you ask me that?? OK. Gormenghast by  Melvyn Peake. I adore the gothic scenes he sets and the crazy characters that I would love to have round for dinner (which would end up in a brawl and the food all over the wall, but great fun to be part of as long as I can sit at the other end of the table to Steerpike).
·         Favourite author
Roald Dahl. Like Melvyn Peake I’m amazed at his vivid imagination and how his story plots seem so simple but so effective. That’s very difficult to achieve. I’m also attracted by his characters – I like over the top ones which you must be realising by now!
·         Best food
Cozido a Portuguesa which is a kind of a stew (stew doesn’t do it justice) with all kinds of meats (and also special types of Portuguese sausages called enchidos) cooked for ages with every vegetable imaginable so that you achieve a conglomerate of textures and tastes.
Can I have a second best food? Ice cream. Cookie dough for preference.
     TV show or movie?
I love to go to the cinema and just be carried away by a good film. My favourite is Mrs. Doubtfire because I really enjoy a good laugh and she’s the most amazing character. There’s another example of my love for kooky characters. I would also go a bit further and say that Robin Williams was my favourite actor and is sadly missed.

·         E-copies of Rising Tide, Perfect Score and Hewhay Hall
·         E-copy of Perfect Score
·         E-copy of Heway Hall

Sue Roebuck was born and educated in the UK but she now lives in Portugal with her Portuguese husband. She has taught at various colleges and institutions in Portugal and her interest in dyslexia started with a discussion over lunch with a colleague and friend. Nowadays Sue’s mostly occupied by e-learning courses which, when no cameras are used, are also known as “teaching in your pajamas”. But, given a choice, writing would be her full-time occupation. Working from home presents no problem for her since her office window overlooks the glittering point where the Tagus River meets the Atlantic Ocean. The huge container ships, tankers and cruise liners which are constantly on their way in or out of Lisbon harbor are a great source of inspiration (or distraction). She has traveled widely through The States and believes that “being born American is like winning the lottery of life”. If she could live anywhere, she’d live in the Catskills in Upstate New York.


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