I’m so happy to be taking part in the blog tour for Miranda Dickinson’s new novel Somewhere Beyond The Sea! I’m actually scheduling this post well in advance as when it publishes I’ll be by the sea, I’m off away for a week back down to Devon to visit my parents and I will be laptop free! Although I will have my phone and tablet, I can’t be completely tech free!
Today I’ll be sharing Miranda’s favourite sea-gazing instagram accounts, so I thought I’d share a photo of my beautiful hometown on the gorgeous Devon coast taken by Jo @mindfuladvblog
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Another gorgeous night, hoping the conditions stay like this so we can SUP tomorrow evening 🏄♀️ It’s lovely to see loads of people out swimming, wish I had brought my wetsuit with me! . Also I got to see the life boat launch, which is something I haven’t seen before! Have a nosey at my stories to see the #exmouthlifeboat heading out to sea 🌊
Miranda’s Favourite Sea-gazing Instagram Accounts
Living in the landlocked West Midlands, I needed lots of seaside inspiration while writing Somewhere Beyond the Sea when I couldn’t be in St Ives. I love Instagram (I’m @wurdsmyth there) and found it to be an Aladdin’s cave of Cornish gorgeousness. Here are my favourite seaside-y IG accounts:
@porthmeorcafe – lovely food and gorgeous views of Porthmeor Beach.
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Day off tomorrow and the plan is for a silly o'clock alarm call! Hopefully catching the sunrise here in Falmouth! Before heading over to Pentire for some Poppy pics, followed by a trip down west!! But for now, here's #kynancecove looking tropical, despite it's near freezing water temperatures 🌊🤣 #cornwall
@kernow_shots – Lee’s stunning photos capture Cornwall at its most beautiful.
@saltyseakat – follow Kat’s beachcombing adventures with gorgeous seaglass finds, beautiful beach photos and her wonderful handmade seaglass crafts.
@tidelinetreasure – Jo makes amazing jewellery from pieces of found seaglass – she’ll even make a necklace from your own seaglass finds.
@loving_stives – almost as good as being there! Lovely photos of St Ives through the year. Their online magazine at http://www.lovingstives.co.uk is a great source of information for events and the best places to visit.
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✨ It’s all about finding those spaces to embrace the surroundings and become engrossed with our natural environment ✨ The Bay Bar at @fistralbeachhotel is the perfect spot for wave watching and loosing all track of time. With free wi-if and coffees served all day, it’s the perfect place to escape the world and hideaway, even if it’s just for a moment… #fistralbeachhotel #lovecornwall #newquay
@lovecornwalluk – Visit Cornwall’s IG account is a treasure trove of amazing places in Cornwall and their website is fab, too.
@walkingcornwall – this account is a collection of photos of Cornwall taken by visitors, and is a great source of other Cornwall-loving IG accounts to follow.
@aspects_holidays – gorgeous photos of St Ives and Cornwall from the lovely team at this local holiday let company. I stay in their properties when I go to St Ives, and I may have spent a few hours gazing lovingly at the webcams on their website while researching my book . . .
About the Book
Title: Somewhere Beyond the Sea
Author: Miranda Dickinson
Release Date: 14th June 2018
Publisher: Pan MacMillan
Can you fall in love with someone before you’ve even met?
Seren MacArthur is living a life she never intended. Trying to save the Cornish seaside business her late father built – while grieving for his loss – she has put her own dreams on hold and is struggling. Until she discovers a half-finished seaglass star on her favourite beach during an early morning walk. When she completes the star, she sets into motion a chain of events that will steal her heart and challenge everything she believes.
Jack Dixon is trying to secure a better life for daughter Nessie and himself. Left a widower and homeless when his wife died, he’s just about keeping their heads above water. Finding seaglass stars completed on Gwithian beach is a bright spark that slowly rekindles his hope.
Seren and Jack are searching for their missing pieces. But when they meet in real life, it’s on the opposing sides of a battle. Jack is managing the redevelopment of a local landmark, and Seren is leading the community campaign to save it.
Both have reason to fight – Seren for the cause her father believed in, Jack for his livelihood. But only one can win. With so much at stake, will they ever find what they are really looking for?
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About the Author
Miranda Dickinson has always had a head full of stories. Coming from a creative family where stories and songs were always present, it was perhaps inevitable that she would end up adoring words. A songwriter for over 15 years, Miranda has successfully penned over thirty songs, delivering both live and recorded performances in a range of venues across the UK and Europe. Her first solo project album, About Time is due for release this year.
Miranda began writing in earnest four years ago with her first novel, Coffee at Kowalski’s – a romantic comedy set in New York’s Upper West Side. This was spotted on HarperCollins’ site for unpublished authors, Authonomy.com at the end of 2008 and was released by Avon (part of HC) as Fairytale of New York on 12th November 2009. She has also written several short stories, scripts and novel excerpts, many of which are published on Helium.com. Miranda is also a regular contributor for www.myvillage.com writing a range of local interest articles for the Birmingham area and national film and festival reviews.
Connect With Miranda
Thanks to Miranda for sharing some of her favourite instagram accounts! Be sure to check out the other stops on the blog tour! And below is some bonus content from Miranda where she talks about Seren!