Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Blog Tour | Martinis And Memories by A L Michael

Bel Hailstone has spent the past decade building her dream - Soho’s best burlesque club - from the ground up. But now The Martini Club is under threat and it will take everything in Bel’s power to resist encroaching developers and save her pride and joy.
Amidst the chaos Bel’s past comes knocking with the unexpected arrivals of her still-not-quite-ex-husband, her estranged mother and Brodie Porter - the boy who got away all those years ago.
To keep her beloved club afloat – not to mention her sanity - Bel will have to accept help for the first time in a long time, put the past to rest and claim the happy ever after she once thought was lost for good.

Martinis And Memories
by A L Michael

  • Publisher: Canelo Escape (13 Aug. 2018)

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Writing mothers and daughters - the theme of The Martini
Club series

The Martini Club started with Cocktails and Dreams. Savannah Curtis, the quiet daughter of a rock and roll legend. Her mother was undeniably charming, but selfish. A genius, an artist who could sing stories and bring strangers to tears. But she wasn’t a good mother.

I knew I wanted to tell a story about a young woman who had never quite recovered from that time with her mother, on the road as a child, constantly chased by her mother’s genius. Persephone Black’s song about choosing her career over her daughter, Baby don’t ask me to stay, was central to the storyline - it’s all about perspective. And the artist always gets to win, because the more beautiful the story is, the more often it’s told.

Savvy finds a truce with her mother - they both are allowed to grow and change, and she has a wonderful relationship with her father to steady her, along with her Aunt Jen. But that feeling of being in the shadow, and never feeling good enough, it was something I wanted
to explore.

When it came time to tell Mia’s story, I knew her issue was not being in her mother’s shadow - it was that the shadow was her mother. Living with the memory of a ghost is painful, and when a much younger step mother steps in, it’s hard for Mia to deal. Her life is stuck in time, like sap. She has taken the time to look after her father whilst he’s been sick so she has never really moved forward. Her dreams are on hold, and now she’s being sent away for the final act she’s worked herself up to.

In returning to Ischia, Mia is able to connect with her mother through her aunt, her grandmother, her cousin and the memories of people who knew her. She finds her mother in moments. By finding that connection to her culture and history, she gets to feel whole as she moves on.

When it comes to Bel, she was the shadow, running from her mother. Bel’s mum is someone fierce, dedicated and seemingly unyielding. A ballet teacher, and a seeker of perfection, she has more in common with her daughter than either of them think. It’s just getting past their history that’s the problem.

Bel left home after being worn down by her mother’s expectations - she started a life with someone who wasn’t right for her, because escape was her only option. She needed room to breathe. But her mother has some lessons for her - after all, if you can’t be a good example, you should have the decency to be a terrible warning.

Each relationship between mother and daughter is different, but the theme is the same - we have a connection with the people who made us, and even if our parents disappoint us, they have things to teach us. Either from what they say, or just who they are. And from that, we get the chance to learn a little more about who we are, and who we want to

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