Happy New Year! And a belated Merry Christmas and Happy Halloween whilst I’m at it! I know I’m a rubbish blogger and haven’t put up a personal post in months but I honestly don’t know where the time has gone.
Following the release of Desperately Seeking Heaven four months ago it’s been a heady whirl of champagne parties, lunches with publishing types and intense discussions with film companies. No, it hasn’t really, (well, only in my head!) but I have been very busy, back in the writing cave, working on my second novel which was a very different experience to writing DSH.
Desperately Seeking Heaven went through the wonderful Romantic Novelists Association, New Writer’s Scheme. Twice in fact. The first time as a partial when I got some wonderful feedback which gave me the encouragement to continue with the story and secondly as a full manuscript when it was recommended for a second read. (I don’t believe this is still an option with the NWS but it meant they felt it was good enough to receive a second appraisal of the novel.) Again I gained some valuable feedback and made some changes based upon those comments. When I started submitting to agents and publishers I received even more suggestions about the story so by the time it landed on the editors desks at Carina UK, it had already been read by lots of people and had gone through numerous drafts.
Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off, which is released today (did I mention that!!!) was the second book in my contract and was written to a tight deadline so I didn’t have a chance to show it to anyone else and get anyone else’s opinion on it. The first person to read the story was my lovely editor and after a couple of rounds of edits (okay, the first round was pretty heavy) the book was ready to be released! So whilst Desperately Seeking Heaven took a good couple of years, several title changes and many drafts to see the light of day, Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off, has made it in a matter of months. And for that reason I’m just a little bit nervous that people will now be reading it… I really hope they like it…
Reasons why you should never, ever, read your best friend’s diary (even if it has fallen to the floor, pages open oh-so temptingly…):
– It’s morally indefensible.
– She would never trust you again.
– You probably know it all anyway…
So what harm could the tiniest peek do…? Answer: Lots! The best reason for never reading your best friend’s diary:
– You might just find out something you really didn’t want to know!
Learning her fiancé, Ed – the guy she’s supposed to marry this weekend! – is having an affair with her best friend, is a devastating bombshell for bride-to-be Anna. Confused, hurt and absolutely livid, she hops on the first train to anywhere-but-here in need of some serious soul searching.
Can she ever forgive Ed? Who is Anna ‘sans Ed’? And more importantly, should she go through with the wedding or should she just call the whole thing off?
If you think you might, like it that is, you can download it here