Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Guest Blogger Tara Chevrestt Hosts a Giveaway!

Today I've got something special lined up.  The sense of place can be so important in a novel that I thought it would be a great idea to invite authors over to Eugenia Writes! to talk about the locations that inspire them and about their newest or upcoming releases.  My first guest is Tara Chevrestt!  Tara is an avid reader and also has several published books to her credit.  Besides being a writer, she worked for 11 years as a mechanic!  How awesome is that!  She'll be giving away an ecopy of one of her books so read below for more details!

Places of Inspiration - Tara Chevrestt

Me with my beloved canine friends!

There are a couple of places that inspire me and I put one of them in my young adult historical, Ride for Rights.

It's called Glen Eyrie, and it's a real castle in Colorado of all places! I went there AFTER I wrote the book, but seeing a place that until then, I'd only seen on the internet and visualized in my head was beyond cool.

Glen Eyrie!
When I visited the castle, I was in awe over it. It's lovely and with 67-rooms built by General William Jackson Palmer, the founder of Colorado Springs. His wife was from England and so he built this for her, to mimic an English castle. It contains 24 fireplaces, all them brought over from England.

And the coolest thing for me, was seeing the real-life Elsie's room.

Elsie's Room!

In Ride for Rights, two sisters, Angeline and Adelaide, just happen to come across the castle on their quest across the United States (on motorbikes! In 1916!). They think it's a hotel at first, but are surprised to meet Elsie, a young woman alone residing in it.

This is the blurb:
In the summer of 1916 women do not have the right to vote, let alone be motorcycle dispatch riders. Two sisters, Angeline and Adelaide Hanson are determined to prove to the world that not only are women capable of riding motorbikes, but they can ride motorbikes across the United States. Alone.
From a dance hall in Chicago to a jail cell in Dodge City, love and trouble follow Angeline and Adelaide on the dirt roads across the United States. The sisters shout their triumph from Pike’s Peak only to end up lost in the Salt Lake desert.
Will they make it to their goal of Los Angeles or will too many mishaps prevent them from reaching their destination and thus, hinder their desire to prove that women can do it?

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Thanks for joining me today, Tara!  For a chance to win an electronic copy of Ride for Rights, please leave a comment and your email address below.  Tara will contact the lucky winner.  Good luck!


  1. What an awesome idea Eugenia. I'm always interested to hear what inspired writers.

  2. Would love to read this and I definitely want to see that castle one day!

    Tmrtini at gmail dot com

  3. You hooked me with "...a jail cell in Dodge City, love and trouble follow..." LOL

    I'm eager to meet the two sisters and read about that castle.

    1. Sounds great to me,plus that castle looks awesome!

  4. Thanks for entering, everyone!

  5. looks really good - I'd love to read!

  6. This looks fantastic! I want!!!

  7. Terry, you've won this giveaway. I'm emailing you now.