Tuesday 2 December 2014

Character Interview ~ Agnes-Francesia from The Chateau by Karen Aldous.

Title: The Chateau.
Author: Karen Aldous.
Publisher: Carina UK.
Genre: Women's Fiction.
Publication Date: October 30, 2014.

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Can young hearts ease a restless spirit?

On the shores of stunning Lake Geneva, Gina Remy is celebrating her brother’s wedding – when the figure of a woman appears hovering above the water, beckoning to her. Ghostly visitations do not happen to Gina - a self-confessed control freak with her own successful property business, she prides herself on being level-headed. But as she is tormented by dreams and visions, her perfect life begins to unravel, and she knows she needs to help this ghost find peace if she’s to get any of her own!

Enter Ollie Martin, an Anglo-Swiss property developer who’s sexy as hell and knows it. His arrogance annoys Gina, but he’s the only one who will take her seriously… and the closer they come to understanding the quest the ghost has set for them, the closer they get to one another…

Character Interview ~ Agnes-Francesia

Very lovely to meet you Agnes-Francesia. Were you a main character in The Chateau?

That’s an interesting question but no, I certainly have a key part and some may say I’m a badie but it is Gina, Max and Ollie’s story.

You were born over four hundred years ago. Where were you born?

Although I lived in Venice with my husband and family, I am originally from a small village in the mountains called Iserable. My mother and father owned mountain cattle which provided milk for the whole village as well as local markets.

Where did you meet Luca?

In the nearest town which was Sion the capital of the Valais canton. I met him when I worked at The Inn of the White Cross as a chamber maid. Wealthy travellers and merchants stayed there on their way from Italy to northern cities particularly Germany. Many Germans moved to Sion but Luca, an Italian, had apparently been watching me. You see, during the day, I worked in a drapers shop and any spare time I had I made fine dresses for myself and customers. He said I always looked like a noblewoman but, it wasn’t just my clothes, he told me I was the most beautiful creature he’d ever set eyes on! Yes, of course I blushed.

Why were you in Switzerland without your husband and four boys?

My mother, still alive in Switzerland was very ill and I went to her to make her comfortable during her last days. I nursed her for a few weeks when I was dragged away whilst she was gasping for her final breaths. It was terribly sad as I didn’t quite get to say goodbye. I’m sure she knew I loved her though.

Why did you choose Gina to help you?

After I located Ollie who was working close to the Chateau de Chillon, I instantly knew he was attracted to Gina the first time he saw her. Their chemistry was highly explosive. I was so amazed this lady didn’t faint. She was really strong and very tolerant of me. I was just so excited. The test was whether she would understand what I needed.

Could you bring yourself to think of the consequences if Gina couldn't help you?

I’ve had to stay strong and I would continue to if I had to, however difficult the consequences. Learning the intricacies of a new era when so much progress has been made is very difficult but as tiring as it gets, and the challenges involved – I would still pursue it.

You've spent a long time just passing by quietly. How do you feel about your story being made known to everyone in The Chateau?

Yes, I’ve been more concerned with my personal mission. Inside me I want revenge – there were so many innocent citizens persecuted and killed. Fortunately, now however this future is much more humane and the only reason I would want everyone in the Chateau to know would be if there was the potential to help other restless spirits.

Karen Aldous enjoys village life on the edge of the north-downs in Kent with easy access to the buzz of London. Not only does she love the passive pleasures of reading and writing, she also craves the more active pursuits with her family and friends such as walking, cycling and skiing especially when they involve food and wine!

Karen gets much of her inspiration from her travels and if she had to choose, France, Greece, Switzerland and Italy would be her favourite. However, wherever she goes, she discovers a new character emerges in 'Karen's World'. She likes to write about strong independent women who can direct their own lives - but struggle to control them! And, of course there's always a gorgeous hunk or two!

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Feel like a real star of The Chateau and lavish the experience of a relaxing make-over or, learn how to do your make-up expertly with a one-to-one tutorial with professional make-up-artist Gemma Aldous.

Gemma, whose clients include Pixie Lott, Eliza Doolittle, Sheridan Smith, Blondie, Gloria Hunningford, Andrea Bagley plus, X-Factor and Britain’s Got Talent contestants, cast from Made in Chelsea and Towie – see Gemma’s Website will show you how to make the most from your features and tones, whether it’s a natural daytime look your after or a glamorous evening look. Gemma also does bridal make-up so, if a special day is looming, be sure to ask.

Terms and conditions: The winner, male or female, will need to make their own way to London on a mutually agreeable date, at their own expense to receive this special treat where you will also meet the author of The Chateau and The Vineyard, Karen Aldous. The winner may be accompanied by one other person. The winner will also agree to publicity photographs

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  1. That is an amazing prize. I would love to have a make up tutorial.

  2. I don't think I go deserve to be a star in the chateau I think I would gift the prize to my mum or daughters that help care for me

  3. That's a lovely thing to do Tanya - good luck in the draw!

  4. I love this giveaway, it's such an amazing prize! I would love to be the star in the chateau, because I loved to be pampered and my nickname is little princess :).


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