Friday, June 22, 2018

Blogtour: Made In Portugal by Ana Newfolk


Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Length: 68,000 words approx.

Cover Design: Jay Aheer

At 10 years old Joel was uprooted from his home and everything he knew in Portugal to start a new life in the States. At 26 he finds himself returning for the first time in thirteen years. So what if looking into the eyes of his childhood best friend again still makes his heart race out of his chest?

Living in sunny, laid-back Portugal isn't all it's cracked up to be. For David, dreams of being a pastry chef come second to working in his family's café where his renowned custard tarts draw in the crowds. Seeing Joel brings old feelings back. Feelings he’s not sure he’s brave enough to acknowledge to anyone other than himself.

With the inspiration of an old travel journal, the two friends embark on a real journey through memories in a country where looking back into the past runs as deep as the blood that courses through their veins.

Falling in love was never meant to be a stop along the way, but maybe inevitable when you have the adventurous spirit and courage to pursue what you want, make love under the stars, and even figure out how to jumpstart an old Citroen 2CV in the middle of the Alentejo countryside.

The Book Cover

My book cover was designed by Jay Aheer from Simply Defined Art.

I went to Jay because she’s got a great creative mind and is very talented.

I had absolutely no clue what I wanted on the cover, but I knew what I didn’t want.

When I sent Jay some information about the story so she could get a feel for it; I also sent her some additional photos.

Last year in May I went to Portugal to celebrate a family birthday and we ended up staying one hour away from Cape Espichel. This is the location where Joel scatters his parents’ ashes. I decided to go there and take some photos for inspiration.

A month later, I was about to come out of a parking space when a red Citroen 2CV parked right next to me. At that time the car was already featured in the book so I waited until the driver left and then I got out and snapped some photos of that car.

My granddad had the same car when I was a kid so I can’t even begin to explain how happy it made me to see one so many years later.

I sent Jay my inspiration photos, one of the beach down at the bottom of the cliff and one of the car.

When the cover draft came back I couldn’t have been more delighted that Jay managed to incorporate both elements into it. It makes it such a special cover for me, not just because I took the photos myself, but also because both the location and the car mean a lot to me on a personal level.

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About the author:

Ana Newfolk was born in Portugal where she grew up surrounded by sunshine and countryside. She has always had a deep love of reading, and ever since she can remember her favorite presents and treats have always been books. She would often be found in her not-so-secret spot reading her favorite adventure books (when she was younger) and romance novels (when she discovered boys). At 20 years old she moved to the UK where she has lived since.

In 2015 Ana stumbled across her first MM romance novel by chance, and she was hooked. She loves reading about men falling in love, hard, fast and ever so sweetly. This new found love for LGBTQ+ romance has opened a new world for Ana, and in 2017 she decided to finally listen to the voices in her head and write them down.

In addition to the time she spends reading and writing Ana has a full-time job that involves meeting lots of people with interesting stories to tell. She also loves baking as much as she loves watching people eat what she creates, much to the delight of family, friends and work colleagues alike.

You can follow Ana on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or through her blog for up to date news of her book releases.


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