1 Dec 2016

Cover Reveal: Within the Essence (The Division: Book One) by Connie L. Smith

Within the Essence (The Division: Book One)
By Connie L. Smith
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As the demons near, the Essences rise…
AJ had never been particularly athletic or coordinated, so waking up to realize she suddenly has super-human strength is a massive, mind-shaking shock. Finding that she’s gained a stalker overnight is another mark in the unusual category, and when she discovers she’s always had the essence of a werewolf in her blood, her world all but shifts beneath her.
Demons, she’s told, are looming in the world’s future, and the only hope humanity has of surviving their arrival is if she and teenagers like her surrender their humanity to dive into their mythical essences. Fairies, dragons, dwarves, mermaids… The remnants of seventeen different fantasy species must come to life to save the lives of everyone.
Someway, an army of supernatural teenagers must prepare to meet the demons escaping from their dimensional banishment, or everything ends. Can these teens succeed and save the world?

Connie L. Smith spends a decent amount of time with her mind wandering in fictional places. She reads too much, likes to bake, and might forever be sad that she doesn’t have fairy wings. And that she can’t swing dance. Much of her preferred music is severely outdated, and as an adult she’s kind of obsessed with Power Rangers. She has her BA from Northern Kentucky University in Speech Communication and History (she doesn’t totally get the connection either), and her MA in English and Creative Writing.
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30 Nov 2016

Interview with Aftermath author Clara Kensie

Hi Clara! Can you tell us a little about your latest book.
AFTERMATH is a dark, ripped-from-the-headlines psychological thriller about hope, healing, and triumph over tragedy. Sixteen-year-old Charlotte survived four long years as a prisoner in the attic of her kidnapper, sustained only by dreams of her loving family. The chance to escape suddenly arrives, and Charlotte fights her way to freedom. But an answered prayer turns into heartbreak. Losing her has torn her family apart. Her parents have divorced: Dad's a glutton for fame, Mom drinks too much, and Charlotte's twin is a zoned-out druggie. Her father wants Charlotte write a book and go on a lecture tour, and her mom wants to keep her safe, a virtual prisoner in her own home. But Charlotte is obsessed with the other girl who was kidnapped, who never got a second chance at life--the girl who nobody but Charlotte believes really existed. Until she can get justice for that girl, even if she has to do it on her own, whatever the danger, Charlotte will never be free.

What inspired you to write it?
When I was twelve, a girl my age, from my neighborhood, disappeared on her way home from school. I knew about stranger danger and all that, but until then, I never really believed bad things could happen in my safe, suburban town to girls like me. It was the first time I truly felt unsafe and vulnerable. But I knew that the fear I was feeling was nothing compared to the terror the missing girl must be feeling.
Fortunately, she was found alive a few days later. She’d been kidnapped by a man who lived a few blocks away, and he kept her locked in a corner of his crawlspace. Following a lead, the police had searched the man’s house, even going into the crawlspace, but they didn’t see her, and the girl’s captor had terrorized her so much that she was too scared to call for help. The police came back later to search the crawlspace again, and she finally found the courage to cry out to them.
The girl and her family moved away soon after her rescue, and I never learned what became of her. But I never forgot about her. I made up a story about her recovery, and that story became AFTERMATH. I’ve thought of her often over the years. I want to know how she survived, how she recovered, what kind of impact the experience had on her and her family. I became fascinated with the subject of recovery from traumatic events – so much so that in college, I majored in psychology, sociology, and social services, with a minor in criminal justice. Triumph over tragedy is a frequent theme in the books I write.
Although that girl’s experience inspired AFTERMATH, the book isn’t her story. AFTERMATH is Charlotte’s story. Charlotte is kidnapped just before her twelfth birthday and escapes when she’s sixteen. The book starts with her escape and follows her journey to recovery, as well as her family’s.

Is it part of a series?
AFTERMATH is a standalone novel.

If your latest book was made into a movie, who would you like to play the main characters?
The main character in AFTERMATH is a sixteen-year-old girl, and she has an identical twin sister. It was tough to cast these two characters – surprisingly, there aren’t many teenage identical twin actresses out there! But I finally found a pair who are the perfect age and have the perfect look for the characters. Here they are, along with the actors I would cast for some of the other characters in the book (I can’t reveal all of the characters, or it would spoil some plot twists!):
Amanda Pace (Weeds, The Bold and the Beautiful) as Charlotte Weatherstone
a sixteen-year-old girl who returns home four years after being kidnapped,
only to discover that her family has fallen apart in her absence. To put her broken family back together, and to help find the body of her captor’s first victim, the traumatized girl must first heal herself.
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Rachel Pace (Weeds, The Bold and the Beautiful) as Charlotte’s angry and rebellious twin sister Alexa
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Here are the twins together:
Amanda and Rachel Pace as Charlotte and Alexa Featherstone:
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They are so perfect! If AFTERMATH really is ever made into a movie, I’m going to beg Amanda and Rachel to play Charlotte and Alexa.
Here’s the rest of my dream cast for AFTERMATH:
Angelina Jolie as Charlotte’s distraught mom, Vickie
Bradley Cooper as Charlotte’s ambitious dad, Cory
Delroy Lindo as tough but sensitive Detective Rick Lindo (I wrote the character for Delroy Lindo, actually)
Elle Fanning as Charlotte’s friend and Alexa’s ex-friend Bailey Brandis
Blythe Danner as Charlotte’s beloved therapist, Dr. Goldbloom
Chris Cooper as Charlotte’s kidnapper, The Keeper
What made you want to become an author?
I’ve always enjoyed writing, and I took creative writing classes in high school and college, but being an author was never a career goal. I kind of fell into it a few years ago. I had just finished reading the Harry Potter series, as well as the Twilight series. I was so sad when they ended. I loved the characters and I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to them. I realized, though, that all series end, and the only way to have characters that I’ll never have to say goodbye to is to write them myself. So that’s what I did. Even after the books are published and out in the world, the characters are still mine, I know them intimately, and I’ll never have to say goodbye to them.

Name one of your all-time favourite book covers?
Hoo boy, that’s a hard one! I love book covers. A book cover designer, I’d imagine, is probably one of the hardest jobs in publishing. I admire everyone who does it. My favorites are covers with a single, simple, powerful, iconic image. My most recent favorite is the cover for SAD PERFECT by Stephanie Elliott. I haven’t read the book yet, (it’s pubbing Feb 28 2017), but even if I didn’t know what it was about, I’d want to read it based on the cover alone. It’s simple, but powerful: a large, open safety pin on a textured white background. What does that safety pin mean? What does the title mean? The title is printed in all lower case. Why is the second ‘e’ in the word Perfect printed backwards? I must find out!!!
I like to believe that the cover designer for AFTERMATH knew what kind of covers I like best, because she did it with my cover. It’s a single, simple, powerful, iconic image of a blue hair ribbon floating--or maybe it’s falling?—against a background of white clouds. The letters in the title are all lower case. The innocent, hopeful ribbon juxtaposed with the ominous title perfectly represents both the hope and the darkness in AFTERMATH. Simple, but powerful. I love love love the cover. For the rest of my life, every time a see a blue hair ribbon, I’ll think of AFTERMATH, and I hope everyone else does too.

Name one book that made you think 'wow'? Why did it have such an effect on you?
One book? Just one? Are you sure? Fine. One book that made me say wow is SCARS by Cheryl Rainfield (which, by the way, has an amazing cover too). SCARS is dark, and beautiful, and it’s written with such passion and honesty. It tackles important issues in a way that leaves you feeling raw and exhausted and inspired and strong and hopeful. It has probably saved people’s lives.

Who, or what, inspires you?
Teenagers inspire me. Hearing about teens who overcome hardships, or who help others, or who want to go into politics, or who invent something cool, are so inspiring to me. I love teenagers. That’s why I write YA.

Where is your favourite place to write?
I have a writing office with a desk and an ergonomic swivel chair and motivational posters and all that, but I hardly ever use it. My favorite place to write is on my bed.

What is your favourite movie that was based on a book?
The Harry Potter movies. That may be an unoriginal answer, but it’s true.

Who is your favourite author (s) and why?
This is always the toughest question for me to answer. I’m going to go with my first, immediate thought: Stephen King. I started reading King when I was very young, maybe eleven years old, and his books blew me away. They still do. His characters stick with me. The plots are gripping, and his prose is brilliant.

If you could have a dinner party with any authors from any time in history, who would you choose and why?
Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Stephen King, J.K. Rowling, Fannie Flagg, Armistead Maupin, Lemony Snickett, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Lena Dunham. Some are life-long favorite authors, some are authors of favorite books from various times in my life, some are authors of recent reads. All seem like fun, smart, interesting people. Ah! Can you imagine! What a blast we’d have!!

Tell us a random fact about yourself.
I write upside down.

Tell us something interesting about the area where you live.

I’ve lived in the Chicago suburbs my entire life. Rumor has it that my great-uncle worked for Al Capone.

Clara Kensie grew up near Chicago, reading every book she could find and using her diary to write stories about a girl with psychic powers who solved mysteries. She purposely did not hide her diary, hoping someone would read it and assume she was writing about herself. Since then, she’s swapped her diary for a computer and admits her characters are fictional, but otherwise she hasn’t changed one bit.

29 Nov 2016

Cover Reveal: Penhaligon's Attic by Terri Nixon

Penhaligon's Attic by Terri Nixon
Genre: Historical Saga
Release Date: 01 December 2016
Publisher: Piatkus Books
1910. Anna Garvey arrives in Caernoweth, Cornwall with her daughter and a secret. Having come from Ireland to take up an inheritance of the local pub, she and her eighteen year-old daughter Mairead are initially viewed with suspicion by the close-knit community.
Anna soon becomes acquainted with Freya Penhaligon, a vulnerable girl struggling to keep her family business afloat in the wake of her grandmother's death, and starts to gain the trust of the locals. As their friendship deepens, and Freya is brought out of her shell by the clever and lively Mairead, even Freya's protective father Matthew begins to thaw.
But when a part of Anna's past she'd long tried to escape turns up in the town, she is forced to confront the life she left behind - for her sake and her daughter's too . . .
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Terri was born in Plymouth in 1965. At the age of 9 she moved with her family to Cornwall, to the village featured in Jamaica Inn -- North Hill -- where she discovered a love of writing that has stayed with her ever since. She also discovered apple-scrumping, and how to jump out of a hayloft without breaking any bones, but no-one's ever offered to pay her for doing those.
Since publishing in paperback for the first time in 2002, Terri has appeared in both print and online fiction collections, and is proud to have contributed to the Shirley Jackson award-nominated hardback collection: Bound for Evil, by Dead Letter Press.
As a Hybrid author, her first commercially published novel was Maid of Oaklands Manor, published by Piatkus Entice (a digital-first imprint of Little, Brown) in 2013. The paperback is published by Piatkus Books. The two further books in this series: A Rose in Flanders Fields and Daughter of Dark River Farm are published by Carina UK (a digital-first imprint of HarperCollins)
Terri's self-published Mythic Fiction series set in Cornwall, The Lynher Mill Chronicles, is available in paperback and e-book.
Terri also writes under the name T Nixon, and has contributed to anthologies under the names Terri Pine and Teresa Nixon. She is represented by the Kate Nash Literary Agency. She now lives in Plymouth with her youngest son, and works in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Plymouth University, where she is constantly baffled by the number of students who don't possess pens.
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28 Nov 2016

Interview with author Sheila Sobel

Can you tell us a little about your latest book.
April is having difficulty coping with her life. Her father is recently deceased and her absentee mother is MIA in the Middle East. April’s only option is to move to New Orleans, a city that she has never been to, to live with an aunt she has never met. After a cryptic conversation about family “secrets and lies”, April lashes out. Feeling alone, angry, trapped and frightened, she reaches out to Madame Marquerite, a Voodoo high priestess who has convinced April that she needs a “spiritual cleansing” in order to find peace. With one bad decision after another, April puts not only her life, but her new friend Angel’s life, at risk. Color Blind is a novel about coping with loss, consequences for poor judgement and the self-awareness that comes with finding one’s path.

What inspired you to write it?
Two things in particular inspired me to write Color Blind, 1) a three part story in the Los Angeles Times about one man’s journey to discover his family roots (which turned out to be Africa, not Italy) and, 2) a desire to trace my own ancestry, as so many of my relatives passed away too soon leaving me with a sense of disconnect from my own family history.

Is it part of a series?
I am open to the possibility.

If your latest book was made into a movie, who would you like to play the main characters?
Hailee Steinfeld as April, Quvenzhane Wallis as Angel and Evangeline Lilly as Kate.

What made you want to become an author?
I started reading at age four, but didn’t know that I wanted to write books until my junior year in high school when I registered for a creative writing class. College and the need to earn a living afterwards took priority over my passion, so I put my writing on hold for forty-five years. I’m very happy to be able to write full time at this stage of my life.

Name one of your all-time favourite book covers?
Neil Gaiman’s “The Graveyard Book” in paperback; the stark statue against the beautiful dark blues sets the mood, the raised gold letters are eye-catching and, there is that lovely gold John Newberry Medal sticker on the cover.

Name one book that made you think 'wow'? Why did it have such an effect on you?
George Orwell’s “Animal Farm.” In the beginning of the book, the revolutionaries, Snowball and Napoleon, drive out the farmer, take over The Manor Farm and establish their own Animal Farm, where all animals are equal. By the end of the book, Snowball is gone and the remaining pigs are now undifferentiated from the humans they previously considered enemies. This book, my first introduction into dystopian worlds, made me profoundly sad for the animals that risked it all for nothing.

Who, or what, inspires you?

My husband inspires me. Michael not only keeps me grounded from day to day, but he supported my decision to leave my full time job to pursue my long-buried passion for writing.

Where is your favourite place to write?
My favourite place to write is at my desk, where I am surrounded by stuffed animals, picture books, YA novels and reference books. I almost always have the company of one or two dogs and sometimes a cat, if he chooses to be sociable.

What is your favourite movie that was based on a book?
“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” As a senior auditor for Warner Bros., I was fortunate to have the experience of working on the film, visiting the location and watching as the world J.K Rowling created came to life.

Who is your favourite author (s) and why?
J.K Rowling is my favourite author. In the face of dire financial circumstances, she displayed a strong belief in herself and tremendous courage when she chose to follow her heart and write. Her words and the worlds she created transport me. She is a phenomenon.

If you could have a dinner party with any authors from any time in history, who would you choose and why?
I would like to have dinner with Norman Mailer again. While working on the film adaptation of his book “Tough Guys Don’t Dance,” which Norman directed, I got to know him quite well and had dinner with him regularly; I would love to be able to do it again. To round out the guest list for a favourite past and present author dinner, I would invite Dashiell Hammett and J. K. Rowling to join us.

Tell us a random fact about yourself.
My first job out of high school and summers in between college, was working in a factory making steel doors. I worked the assembly line for 10-12 hours a day, usually six days a week and became a member of the United Steel Workers of America.

Tell us something interesting about the area where you live.
I live in Los Angeles, where there is always something interesting going on. One activity to enjoy takes place during the summer when the Hollywood Forever Cemetery holds open-air screenings of old movies. Bring your favourite person, a blanket and a picnic to enjoy movies under the stars with the movie stars that have passed.

As a Senior Auditor for Warner Bros., Sheila oversaw production costs for films including “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” the “Matrix” trilogy, “The Dark Knight” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” After working on 70+ Independent and Studio movies, Sheila stepped away from the film business to complete her first YA novel. A member of SCBWI since 2010, Sheila is also a member of International Thriller Writers (ITW), Children’s Book Writers-LA (CBW-LA) and Women in Film (WIF). She was nominated for the 2016 Allegra Johnson Prize in Novel Writing through the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program. When not writing, Sheila volunteers her time walking dogs rescued from local shelters by the Amanda Foundation. She lives in Southern California with her husband, two rescue dogs and two rescue cats.

25 Nov 2016

Saved by the Firefighter

Genre: Contemporary romance
Release Date: Nov 1st
How can she forgive him for what he didn't do?
Photographer Izzy Cooper feels as frozen as her pictures. Trent Palmer might be the hottest firefighter in Templeton Cove, but she can never face him again. Not after he failed to save her brother. But when they're forced together by a calendar shoot, the sparks between them are undeniable.
Izzy knows it's not fair to blame Trent for the tragedy, but opening herself up to loss again isn't something she's prepared to do, no matter how determined Trent is to show her that pain is part of life and that love—their love—can make any suffering bearable.

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The security alarm chimed. Someone had stepped inside the studio. Exhaling a heavy breath, Izzy pulled back her shoulders, lifted her head and forced a smile.
“Hi, how can I…” Her heart stopped. Trent Palmer stood just inside the door. “Why are you here?”
His dark green gaze bored relentlessly into hers, his strong jaw set as he reached behind him and shut the door. “I came by to see how you’re doing.”
Traitorous attraction skittered over the surface of her skin before Izzy turned and strode toward the corner she used for staging portrait shots. The fluffy bunnies, huge furry dice and toys she’d used to relax a toddler earlier now felt macabre.
She spun around, clutching a teddy bear. “The same as I was doing yesterday and the day before. I told you I don’t want to see you. I don’t ever want to see you. Why do you keep coming back?”
He came closer, his gaze locked on hers. “You have to talk to me. I was Robbie’s friend. There was nothing—”
“You could do. Fine. I get it, but why do you feel the need to keep coming in here and checking up on me? What do you want me to do? Dance in the street? Kick up my heels at the fairground? God, just leave me alone.”
“There’s a beach party tonight. I want you to come with me.”
She stared. Why him? Why would a man she really liked—a damn firefighter—have to pursue her like she was someone worth pursuing? “No.”
He looked at the equipment covering the desk alongside him. He lifted and replaced a camera, the hunch of his wide shoulders indicating his discomfort. Izzy hated that she drew no satisfaction from that…only sadness.
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Rachel lives with her husband and two teenage daughters in a small town near Bath in the UK. After having several novels published by small US presses, she secured agent representation in 2011. Since 2013, she has had six books published by Harlequin Superromance (Templeton Cove Stories) and recently signed a contract for two more. She also has four Victorian romances with eKensington/Lyrical Press.
Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and Romance Writers of America, and was selected to mentor the Superromance finalist of So You Think You Can Write 2014 contest. When she isn’t writing, you’ll find Rachel with her head in a book or walking the beautiful English countryside with her family. Her dream place to live is Bourton-on-the-Water in South West England.
She likes nothing more than connecting and chatting with her readers and fellow romance writers. Rachel would love to hear from you!
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23 Nov 2016

Author Interview with Karen King

Local journalist Cassie is getting married to hot-shot lawyer, reliable Timothy, and his mother Sylvia, who Cassie has nicknamed ‘Monster-in-Law’, wants to plan the entire wedding. When Sylvia books the exclusive ID Images to take photographs of the extravagant do, Cassie has no idea what she’s walking into.
The elusive JM, ID Images’ newest photographer, just so happens to be Jared, Cassie’s first love and ex-fiancĂ©, who broke off their engagement to travel and take photos of far-reaching wonders. He’s back to pay for his next wild adventure.
Cassie decides it’s best to pretend not to know him, but when she’s asked to write an article for her newspaper, she’s tasked with a column surrounding all things wedding related. When Cassie jokingly writes a column meant for herself depicting her situation, a co-worker submits it in place of the real article and it’s soon making headlines, with readers asking the age old question - Who Will She Choose?
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Jared must have seen the panic in her eyes because he quickly composed himself and shook Sylvia’s hand. ‘Delighted to meet you. And this must be the bride-to-be.’ He smiled at Cassie as if he’d never met her before. Never held her in his arms, kissed her, made love to her, promised that he’d love her forever and then walked out on her.
She’d often imagined seeing Jared again, wondered how she’d react. Now it all came flooding back and all she could do was remember how utterly devastated she’d felt when he’d walked out on her.
Get a grip, Cassie told herself. That was years ago. You’re over it now. You’re marrying Timothy. Jared is history.
She was suddenly aware that Jared was holding out his hand to her and Sylvia was watching her curiously. She forced a smile on her face and shook his hand, desperately hoping she showed no sign that his touch still made her tingle.
‘Miss Tyler,’ he said smoothly.
‘Call me Cassie,’ she told him. ‘Sorry I kept you waiting.’
‘Not a problem.’
How she wished she’d arrived on time. Jared used to tease her about being late. He probably thought she was still as ditzy as she was back then. If only she’d put on one of her power suits instead of a maxi dress, then she would have looked sophisticated and professional. Like she’d changed; which she had.
Oh God, she was still holding his hand. What must Sylvia think? She quickly removed her hand, tore her gaze from those big brown eyes, and tried to act as if her body wasn’t zinging at his touch. Just like it always had.
‘Take a seat, ladies, and tell me exactly what sort of photographs you’re looking for.’ He glanced down at his notes. ‘I see that the wedding is only two months away.’
‘Yes, we decided against a long engagement,’ Sylvia replied as if she was the bride. She sat down in one of the plush dark brown chairs and indicated for Cassie to take the other seat. ‘Timothy and Cassandra got engaged on Valentine’s Day and we thought a summer wedding would be lovely. Especially when we managed to secure Hollington Castle,’ she paused to make sure this announcement had the desired effect.
Jared nodded, looking suitably impressed, and Sylvia continued, ‘I know it’s short notice but Daniel assured me you’d be able to fit us in.’ She was letting him know that she was on first name terms with the director of the company.
Jared nodded again. ‘We’ve had a cancellation for that date, so yes, we can accommodate you both.’ His gaze flicked to Cassie then back to Sylvia. ‘Would you like a cup of coffee while we discuss the arrangements?’
‘Thank you. Black with no sugar, please.’
Jared raised an eyebrow questioningly at Cassie. ‘And for you, Cassie?’
‘Black with no sugar for me too, please,’ she replied. That would surprise him. She always used to have white coffee with two sugars. The Cassie he used to know had a sweet tooth. At least that was one thing that had changed. Except it hadn’t, really, she was only drinking black coffee to make sure she could get into her wedding dress. Well, to be honest she was drinking black coffee in front of Timothy and his mother because they would frown and remind her about needing to get into the wedding dress. When they weren’t around she still took her coffee with milk and sugar. She thought longingly of the iced mocha she’d be enjoying with Sam later.
Jared pressed the intercom and asked the receptionist to bring in the coffees, then he leant forward, linked his hands under his chin, and gave Cassie the benefit of his full attention. Devastating. She quickly averted her gaze. ‘Now, tell me about the wedding,’ he said. ‘It’s important that I get a feel of the atmosphere you’re trying to create so I know what tone to set with the photos. We aim to be professional but not intrusive. And please don’t hesitate to ask any questions you might have. We want our clients to be completely happy and relaxed on their special day. We won’t take offence at all if you decide that we aren’t the right photographers for you.’
You’re not! Cassie’s mind was screaming. You’re the very last person I want as my photographer. Ever. For a moment she feared she’d uttered the words aloud, but Sylvia was now talking to Jared, so clearly it was all in her head

Author Interview
Hi Karen! When did you first start writing? And when were you first published?
I had a poem published when I was eleven, in the children’s corner of a local newspaper, which inspired me to carry on writing. I’ve been writing for a living for about thirty years, I started off writing for Jackie magazines, then other children’s magazines then books.

What is it about 'chick lit' / 'romance' that appeals to you the most? Do you read other genres?
I like exploring adult relationships and writing about contemporary issue. Chick lit is a fun, light read but there’s truth in it, the characters and situations are realistic one. I read most genres apart from horror. I’m a pretty eclectic reader.

Can you tell us a little about your latest release?
It’s called ‘I do?...or do I?’ and is about a young woman, Cassie, who’s drifted into marrying her safe, reliable boyfriend, Timothy. One minute she’s living with him, the next she’s engaged and her ‘Monster in Law’ has completely taken over and is planning the wedding of the century. Then to make things worse the wedding photographer Sylvia has booked is Cassie’s ex, Jared.

What inspired you to write it?
I remembered reading that Princess Diana wanted to back out of her wedding but her sisters told her she couldn’t because her name was on the tea towels. It made me think of a story about a heroine who is getting married then starts to wonder if she’s doing the right thing. When is it too late to back out?

If it was made into a film, who would you cast as the main characters?
Scarlett Johansson as Cassie, Tom Hughes as Jared and Damien Lewis as Timothy.

What is your favourite book that made it to the big screen?

Gone with the Wind.

What was the last book you read and would you recommend it?

I’m reading Second Life by S.J.Wilson. It’s pretty good but not as good as his first book, Before You Go to Sleep.

Where do you currently write? And where would be your dream writing location?
I’m lucky enough to have my own study to write in now, but my dream location would be sitting out on the balcony on a sunny day in Spain, overlooking the beach.

Tell us a random fact about yourself.
It took me seventeen attempts to pass my driving test.

Tell us an interesting fact about where you live.
I live in Worcester, which is called The Royal City because of its support of the King during the Civil War. In the middle of the town is a pub called The King Charles Inn, from where King Charles 11 escaped his enemies after the battle of Worcester in 1651

What inspires you as an author?
Lots of things. Snippets of conversation I overhear, things I see, my family and friends.

Do you have a muse?
No, I just write!

Who would play you in the movie about your life?
Julie Walters. I think she’s great and would portray my dippiness well.

What are your (writing) plans for the future?

I’m finishing my third chick lit for Accent Press and am also working on a YA and another novel

Tell us one thing that's on your bucket list.
To go to the Caribbean.

What do you listen to whilst writing?
A lot of the time I work in silence, but sometimes I’ll play a bit of music if I’m not working on anything that needs a lot of concentration. My favourite artists to work to are the Beatles, Abba and Loretta Lynn.

Name one of your all time favourite songs.
Imagine by John Lennon. 

A member of the Romantic Novelists' Association, the Society of Authors and the Society of Women Writers and Journalists, Karen King writes sassy, contemporary romance just right for reading on the beach. 'I do - or do I?' is her first chick-lit for Accent Press and has recently been nominated for the RONA. She has been contracted for two more chick-lit novels. In addition, Accent Press have republished her earlier romance novels, The Millionaire Plan and Never Say Forever.
Karen has also written several short stories for women’s magazine and had 120 children's books published.
When she isn’t writing, Karen likes travelling, watching the ‘soaps’ and reading. Give her a good book and a box of chocolates and she thinks she’s in Heaven.
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18 Nov 2016

More than Friends by Monica Murphy


More than Friends by Monica Murphy
Release Date: November 14th, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Romance
Cover Designer: Hang Le
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He’s not perfect, but he’s all I want…
I’m your average girl at your average high school, trying to figure out my place in life. After catching my now ex-boyfriend messing around with my now ex-best friend, I’ve made some big changes. No more band, no more backstabbing friends and no more boring old life. Now I have new friends, a new job and new interests.
But there’s a certain someone who’s interested in me, and I don’t get it. Jordan Tuttle could have anyone he wants. He’s the most popular boy in school. Rich, gorgeous, smart and the star quarterback, he’s perfect. Yet he acts like he wants no one else but…me.
So despite my fears and doubt, I let him get close. Probably too close. I discover that he’s not so perfect after all, but it doesn’t matter. I’m falling for him, even though he runs so hot and cold. I know someday he’s going to break my heart.
And I’m going to let him.



Monica Murphy is the New York Times, USA Today and #1 international bestselling author of the One Week Girlfriend series, the Billionaire Bachelors and The Rules series. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and has sold over one million copies worldwide. She is both self-published and published by Random House/Bantam and Harper Collins/Avon. She writes new adult, young adult and contemporary romance.
She is a wife and a mother of three who lives in central California on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere along with their one dog and too many cats. A self-confessed workaholic, when she’s not writing, she’s reading or hanging out with her husband and kids. She’s a firm believer in happy endings, though she will admit to putting her characters through angst-filled moments before they finally get that hard won HEA.
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