This week it’s Angela Britnell‘s turn to tell us three lesser known facts about herself. Angela is just about to release her latest Christmas book for Choc Lit – A Cornish Christmas at Pear Tree Farm. Over to Angela …
Thanks so much, Morton for inviting me on your blog and I decided to pick ‘three lesser-known facts about me’ from your topics to come and chat about. It took a bit of thinking about and some things I thought might be best left unsaid in a public forum had to be weeded out!
I once fired a Bren gun at some of my fellow trainees in the WRNS.
Before you panic no one was hurt because it was firing blanks. The story of how this came to be illustrates my natural lack of physical ability and general clumsiness. This happened during basic training and we were spending the weekend at an army camp doing various things including an assault course. That didn’t go too badly until the part where we were supposed to climb a ten-foot wall and drop down the other side. I managed to get up to the top but then took the ‘drop down’ part too literally. I landed badly on my ankle and badly sprained it. I was limping too badly to run around in a night exercise later that day where the instructors were trying to stop the trainees from reaching a certain point so I was put on the enemy side instead. That’s why I ended up crouched behind a bush firing a Bren gun. If my husband reads this he’ll laugh his head off and say that no one would’ve been in danger because I couldn’t shoot straight to save my life – as I proved when we did target practice together at our NATO HQ in Denmark several years after the Bren gun incident and scored an abysmal 14 out of 100.
If food is supposed to be hot then I want it hot!
I’m not referring to the spice level because I’m something of a wimp there but the temperature it’s served at. My mother was a great believer in serving and eating foot straight out of the oven so I thought it normal developed what my husband calls my asbestos mouth. His mother was the complete opposite so after the first few times he ate food I’d prepared and burned his mouth he learned to be far more cautious! I tried to moderate my tendencies when my children were small but only recently my youngest son told me that one of his friends complained about a meal being too hot at a restaurant but Mark happily wolfed it down.
I absolutely love luxury hotel rooms!
How can anyone not be happy at the sight of a smoothly made bed with immaculate bed linens and a gleaming bathroom with huge fluffy towels ready for them to enjoy? I look for bonuses like a generous tea-tray with more than a miserly ration of T-bags and biscuits, heated towel rails, good Wi-Fi, a generous selection of channels on the TV and an extensive room service menu too. It would be my idea of bliss to spend a week in a luxury hotel with no commitments and nothing to do apart from enjoy myself!
About Angela Britnell
Angela grew up in Cornwall, England and returns frequently from her new home in Nashville, Tennessee to visit family and friends, drink tea and eat far too many Cornish pasties!
A lifelong love of reading turned into a passion for writing contemporary romance and her novels are usually set in the many places she’s visited or lived on her extensive travels. Thanks to over three decades of marriage to her wonderful American husband she’s a huge fan of transatlantic romance and always makes sure her characters get their own happy-ever-after.
She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association. Her first novel ‘Truth and Consequence’ was published in 2006 and she’s now had 35 novels published internationally and multiple short stories in women’s magazines.
To keep in touch with Angela, you can use the following links:
Facebook – www.facebook.com/angelabritnell
Twitter – www.twitter.com/angelabritnell
Instagram – www.instagram.com/angelagolleybritnell
My latest book ‘A Cornish Christmas at Pear Tree Farm’ is out on 7 December 2021 and is a sequel to my August 2021 release ‘A Cornish Summer at Pear Tree Farm’ although can certainly be read on its own. Here’s a little about the book:
Pairing up at Pear Tree Farm in time for Christmas …
Pear Tree Farm in Cornwall, owned by the kind-hearted Nessa Vivian, is known for taking in lost souls, and ex-soldier Crispin Davies is certainly one of those. But the once sleepy caravan park is now a thriving business, and far from the peace and quiet Crispin was craving, he soon finds himself roped into helping out with a short-notice Christmas festival, organised by Nessa’s force-of-nature sister, Lowena.
But despite Crispin’s initial reluctance, his involvement in the festival serves to throw him together with Ashley Spencer, an American woman and fellow lost soul, who works at the nearby Tregereth House. Could Lowena’s ambitious scheme result in a more hopeful Christmas and New Year for them both – with a few surprises along the way?
This is a buy link for ‘A Cornish Christmas at Pear Tree Farm.’
Thank you for joining me this week, Angela and I wish you every success with your new book. Mx