Sue Roebuck is a Brit who now lives in Portugal. Despite the fact that she and I have never met face to face, I value her friendship, her advice and her support of my writing career. Sue, you are always welcome at Book Blather. Come back any time.
Hello, I’m Sue Roebuck and I think I can call myself a novelist now my third book, Rising Tide, has been published.
Rising Tide is set in Portugal and is a suspense story with romantic overtones. Some people say I don’t have a “brand” (i.e. I don’t always write the same genre of novel) but I think I do and, for me, Einstein’s quote, “The World will not be destroyed by evil, but by people who watch them without doing anything”. Writing my stories are based on this, which is my way of trying to do something about this evil. The themes of injustice, corruption and unfairness run through my books “Perfect Score”, “Hewhay Hall”, and now “Rising Tide” which is set in Portugal.
As I said, the story is mostly set in Portugal. Not many people know about this small European country, but - as they say - small is beautiful and it is very special. Cristiano Ronaldo, José Mourinho, Eusebio, Saramago, Fernando Pessoa, Henry the Navigator were all born here. Christopher Columbus offered to sail to the New World for the Portuguese royalty before he went to the Spanish court and he is said to have married a Portuguese girl and parts of their house are on the Portuguese island of Porto Santo still.
The Portuguese people are innovative (for example, they have the world’s most advanced ATM system) and very friendly. And they mostly all speak English.
The village of Luminosa in Rising Tide doesn’t exist but, geographically in my mind, it’s where the red blob is on the map.
So the Alentejo is above the Algarve and below Lisbon. It’s an area of outstanding beauty of gently rolling hills, cork oak forests and vineyards. In Rising Tide, the villagers of Luminosa work the land as well as fish both near the coast and well offshore.
The Alentejo cuisine is varied but relies on locally cultivated ingredients. Beware of the desserts—you’ll gain kilos.
I hope I’ve “whetted your appetite” for this lovely region and that you’d like to read about it in my book “Rising Tide”. If you’d like to buy the ebook, you can go here:
The paper back is available on order from all major bookshops. Quote the ISBN number: 978-1-60659-857-3. OR go to publisher’s site:
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