Shooting Stars Over Bluebell Cliff explores the themes of friendship, family and finding love with a fair bit of humour thrown in. Here’s a quick Q&A with the author.
Q. Where were you born?
A. I’m a Dorset girl through and through. I was born in Bournemouth, as was my mum, and true locals are quite a rare species apparently.
Q. What was the name of the hotel that inspired the series?
A. The Marlborough. My mum, Pam, and stepdad, Keith, owned and ran it for 25 years. It’s the white Art Deco building on the corner of Sea Road.
Q. Is the series set in Boscombe?
A. No. In my books the Bluebell Cliff Hotel is set on top of Ballard Down overlooking Old Harry Rocks. The building was inspired by The Marlborough.
Q. What other locations come into the story?
A. The incredibly beautiful Studland Beach, magnificent Durdle Door and South Beach.
Q. Can you give our readers a sneak preview?
A. Poppy Allen is a television producer who has been commissioned by Netflix to produce a reality dating show called Date for a Day. Think ‘Take Me Out’ meets ‘It’s a Knockout’. Seven male contestants have to perform seaside-based challenges to win a date with the starring lady, Alice, who is also Poppy’s stepsister. When sabotage threatens to stop shooting things take an unexpected turn.
Q. Do any previous characters pop up?
A. Readers will get reacquainted with Mr B, the conspiracy theorist chef, and Phil Grimshaw, the maître d’ who has a big part to play in this story.
Shooting Stars Over Bluebell Cliff is published by Boldwood in paperback, audio and digital.
Della Galton is offering one reader the chance to win a copy of Shooting Stars Over Bluebell Cliff. All you have to do is answer the following question:
How many male contestants take part in the dating show?
The first correct entry randomly selected will be the winner. There is no cash alternative. Employees of Pulford Publicity Ltd are not permitted to enter. The closing date is 21 June 2021. The editor’s decision is final. Personal details will be stored securely and only processed to determine the winner.
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