Jennifer Gilby Roberts

Women's Fiction/Chick Lit Author

[Guest Post] Charlotte’s Restrained by Celia Kennedy + Giveaway

Today, author friend Celia Kennedy is sharing the details of her book Charlotte’s Restrained.  I know there’s a sequel to it in the works already, so if you like series add this one to your TBR.

You can win a signed copy of Charlotte’s Restrained or a £15/$25 Amazon giftcard through her giveaway.  It’s also discounted at 99c for the whole of August.

Check out her tour stops.

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Charlotte's_Restrain_Cover_for_KindleNestled at the heart of the French Alps, Charlotte Young and her five closest friends ring in the New Year on a ski vacation in Chamonix France.

With the same idea in mind, many of the world’s celebrities are in town. Including the King of Romantic Comedies, Des Bannerman. Charlotte and friends join forces to help her realize her lifelong fantasy, to meet Des Bannerman.

Using bait in the form of her Sophia Loren lookalike friend to blaze a trail to Des Bannerman, Charlotte finally meets her man. His girlfriend, the latest Bond Girl, proves an insurmountable obstacle. Unexpectedly, Charlotte finds herself happily reconciled to an innocent evening of drinking champagne, gambling, and chatting to the celebrity of her dreams.

With the wave of her well-manicured hand, lighthearted banter turns into tabloid fodder. Lewd headlines and suggestive photographs provide worldwide entertainment. It also leaves Charlotte saddled with a restraining order.

Des Bannerman flees, leaving Charlotte to cope with the paparazzi and feeling very wronged! With her entire life impacted, Charlotte sets about dealing with the fallout of her fifteen minutes of fame. The only problem is, how does a mere mortal make contact with a celebrity god?

Girl meets boy. Boy disregards girl. Girl tracks down boy to get some answers! Along the way and with the help of her friends, Charlotte finds the answers to life’s biggest questions!

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CKennedySMCelia Kennedy was born in Wurzburg, Germany on an American military base. Her parents’ penchant for traveling the world, via a Volkswagen Minibus with a Porsche engine, sparked her imagination. Staring out the window, sometimes through fog and rain, at other times at sunny blue skies, she began to make up stories for the places and spaces they passed by. The in-between time, the most fascinating to her.

Mark Twain said, “Write what you know.” When combining this concept with her unusual life experiences (working at a nuclear submarine base when Chernobyl blew, testing software Bill Gates kept close tabs on, travelling extensively while quite broke, or falling in love with her boyfriend’s close friend) thinking of what to write about isn’t challenging; there just needs to be more hours in the day. Currently she lives in Washington State with the loves of her life.

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[Guest Post] Putting the Fun into Promo by Samantha Tonge

Today Samantha Tonge, author of Doubting Abbey and From Paris With Love, is giving her advice to new authors on promotion.

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Picture 014Thrilled as I was to sign my first novel publishing deal last November, with CarinaUK Harlequin, for my debut Doubting Abbey, it came as a shock to realize how much promotional work I would need to do – especially as it is a digital-first book and wouldn’t catch a reader’s eye by appearing on a bookshop shelf. I worked late into the night often, (and that’s with being lucky enough to work more or less full-time as a writer), setting up a special website just for Doubting Abbey, an account with Tumblr, boards at Pinterest and a Facebook author page. Plus I worked on expanding my number of followers on Twitter.

And the time has arrived again to throw myself whole-heartedly into promotion, with the publication of Doubting Abbey’s standalone sequel, From Paris with Love.

Luckily, I love promotion – but I know some authors don’t. My advice? Try to put the fun factor into it. Readers don’t just want to know about your book, they want to know about you, the author. So what are your interests? How about your lifestyle? Try to present yourself as the whole rounded person you are, when on Social Media. This will make the whole process much more pleasurable for you and potential readers.

For example, I am trying to get fit, but love baking, I have two bonkers cats and adore watching movies. So, along with tweeting/creating Facebook posts about my books, I also post cute photos of the moggies and with the hashtag ‘foodporn’ my most unhealthy cakes! I’ll create pinboards about my obsessions, like vampires and zombies, and will blog about my latest attempts to shift the pounds.

One author who very successfully promotes herself is Jane Wenham-Jones. Her strong brand is one of a cake-eating, dieting, wine-drinker, who just happens to write great chick lit (and other books).

And remember, you also need to be true to yourself – you don’t need to have amazing hobbies like skydiving or to be best friends with Paris Hilton. I’m no clothes horse and have little real interest in fashion trends. If I tried to present myself as some designer-clad, glamorous novelist, who did the weekly shop in stilettos, it just wouldn’t work.

So don’t heave a sigh if a book launch is looming. Try to incorporate things that interest you into the promotional work. I always manage to include the theme of food in my launch competitions or chats about hot movies actors who could be cast in the hypothetical films of my books. I love connecting with readers and bloggers on Twitter and it needn’t take much time, if you have family priorities or another job. You can either bob on and off screen for a couple of short spurts, during the day, or dedicate one longer session, perhaps at lunch or in the evening. Try to work it into your routine. View it as a serious, valuable part of your author work – which it is. What is the point of spending all your available time writing, writing, writing, if eventually only very few people are going to hear about your books? You can never start too early – don’t wait for that publishing deal, start creating your own brand and networking now!

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From Paris With Love coverEvery girl dreams of hearing those four magical words Will you marry me? But no-one tells you what’s supposed to happen next…

Fun-loving Gemma Goodwin knows she should be revelling in her happy-ever-after. Except when her boyfriend Lord Edward popped the question, after a whirlwind romance, although she didn’t say no….she didn’t exactly say yes either!

A month-long cookery course in Paris could be just the place to make sure her heart and her head are on the same page… And however disenchanted with romance Gemma is feeling, the City of Love has plenty to keep her busy; the champagne is decadently quaffable, the croissants almost too delicious, and shopping is a national past-time! In fact, everything in Paris makes her want to say Je t’aime… Except Edward!

But whilst Paris might offer plenty of distractions from wedding planning – including her new friends, mysterious Joe and hot French rockstar Blade – there’s no reason she couldn’t just try one or two couture dresses is there? Just for fun…

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Samantha Tonge lives in Cheshire with her lovely family, and two cats who think they are dogs. When not writing, she spends her days cycling and willing cakes to rise. She has sold over 80 short stories to women’s magazines. Her bestselling debut novel, Doubting Abbey, came out in November 2013.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SamTongeWriter

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SamanthaTongeAuthor

Website: http://samanthatonge.co.uk/

Doubting abbey Blog: http://doubtingabbey.blogspot.co.uk/

 

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[Guest Post] Pieces of it All by Tracy Krimmer

In this guest post, Tracy Krimmer is telling us about her new adult contemporary romance book Pieces of it All, which is ON SALE TODAY!

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Krimmer_PhotoYou’ll like my book if you like…

Okay, this is very hard to answer. I say this because I don’t feel that Pieces of it All can be easily compared to another book. I think if people who read Dearest Clementine by Lex Martin enjoyed her leading male, they will enjoy one of the leading males in this book, and if they liked the twists and turns of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, they also will like this. It’s a New Adult Contemporary Romance with twists and turns!

Excerpt from Pieces of it All:

This is what having a boyfriend is like, Beth beamed inside as she gazed at Harvey while they drove back to his house. A man, an experienced adult, not a high school boy learning the ropes of life, held her hand, massaging her fingers with his. As her conversation with Lucy replayed in her head, she realized how wrong faulting him for his past was. All those things he’d been through molded him into the man sitting next to her. Life had dealt him a losing hand, and he turned the card game around. He may have been a little broken, but who wasn’t?

“I’m so glad Leslie didn’t stay behind to badger us,” Beth said. “I can’t stand people like her.”

“Like what?”

“Those who think everyone owes them something. She’s not a good person.” She didn’t want to waste time around anyone who brought others down.

Harvey parked Beth’s car right behind his. He unlocked his seatbelt and rested his elbows on the console. “Beth, I think you may be the nicest person I’ve ever met.” Tilting his head forward, he pressed his warm lips against hers. “I’m enjoying our time together.” He kissed her again.

She wanted to tell him she thought the same thing, but she couldn’t speak. The moment his mouth was on hers, her body surrendered, her muscles weakened. In the few make out sessions she had in her past, none compared to a simple kiss from Harvey.

He unlocked from her lips and placed his hand on her neckline. “My dad isn’t home. Do you want to come in?”

“Yes,” escaped her before her brain even had a chance to register what going inside meant. Harvey’s right cheek puffed up as his lips curled into half a smile. Only the two of them would be in the house, Harvey’s house, alone, no one able to interrupt them. Her pounding heart had to quiet down before she passed out, and her nerves needed to calm about a hundred notches.

Bullet greeted them, his tiny, forceful physique relaxing Beth slightly. “Hey buddy,” Harvey scratched the dog’s head. “Let me get you something to eat and some water in your bowl.”

Beth followed Harvey into the kitchen and waited while he fed Bullet. The minute after he set Bullet’s dish down, he ran to her and put his arms around her. The moment she had been waiting for since she first saw his rippling body and messy hair was here. Her head started to float, the sound of the clock ticking getting further away until the gentle caress of his lips grazed her. She allowed his tongue into her mouth, so tender and inviting. His hand slid down her thigh, and as he kept kissing her, her body throbbing.

He pulled away. “Did you like that?”

Silly question. She didn’t doubt he was the best kisser in the world. “Yes,” she whispered. “I did. Don’t stop.”

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Pieces Larger CoverAn alcoholic. A scarred man. A thief.

Harvey, a twenty-two-year-old high school drop-out arrives home, a brief stint in rehab behind him and ready to start his life again. Then he meets Beth and her innocence and her desire to have it all capture him completely.

A girl on the cusp of womanhood. Determined. A bright future.

Beth, a recent high school graduate among the top in her class, can’t wait to get to college and fulfill her dreams. Then she meets Harvey and with his mysterious past, he stirs feelings in her she can’t ignore.

The chemistry between them is unmistakable, but Harvey doesn’t trust easily and refuses to divulge his past to Beth though she wants to be a part of his future.

The pieces of their lives lie broken all around them, but can Harvey put his life back together and win Beth over before she begins her new life without him? And can Beth find the strength to become the woman she wants to be without sacrificing her integrity?

Available on Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, other Amazon sites, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and iBooks.

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Tracy Krimmer started writing in grade school. Poetry was her first love, and after writing a series of one and two page stories in her third grade Creative Writing notebook, she knew she had many stories to tell. After taking a break from writing, she finally re-discovered her spark in 2012. Pieces of it All is her first New Adult Contemporary Romance, and she is working on two new books now. An avid reader, she picks up books from almost every genre, and explores many in her own works.

Connect with Tracy at her website, Goodreads, Facebook and Twitter.

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[Guest Post] Another Place on the Planet by Theresa Munroe

Something a bit more serious for this week’s guest author post.  Theresa Munroe is telling us about her women’s fiction book Another Place on the Planet.

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T.A. Munroe photoAnother Place on the Planet is Book One of my Lilyland Trilogy of women’s fiction, which chronicles the growth of Lily Mayfield from the widowed survivor of spousal abuse to her late-blooming and successful career as a popular film director. In Another Place on the Planet, Lily meets Charlie Winston, a Hollywood bad boy and accomplished director. The wounds of their pasts make for a rocky start to their romance. The series is also the story of their relationship.

You’ll like this book if you like:

  • Cinderella stories. Kicked down and anonymous, Charlie’s attention spurs Lily into developing into someone bigger and better and eventually famous.
  • Films and Hollywood. Set largely in Los Angeles, Lily finds herself on a film set and among movie stars, producers, and others that get films made.
  • Real people struggling with faith issues. One thing that attracts Lily and Charlie to each other is their shared but floundering Christian faith. This, however, is NOT Christian fiction. Although they both desire closeness with God, their behavior sometimes is more consistent with fleshly interests than with the teachings of their church-going days. The novel depicts this. If it were an American movie, I’d rate it R for sexual content and language.
  • Hopeful endings. The possibility for happily-ever-after exists but is not guaranteed. Kind of like life.

Touching on topics from domestic violence to celebrity, Another Place on the Planet is designed to be not only a romance but also a thought-provoking read that I hope will impact the reader on several levels. On the lighter side, who doesn’t want to think about old dreams coming true?

Extract from Another Place on the Planet

I woke up in a bed. Alone, fully clothed, except my shoes. It took me a few seconds to remember where I was. Charlie’s house, the master bedroom. Right. We danced and drank another bottle of wine until he ran out of fire wood. Then we came in where he walked me to his bedroom, kissed my nose and left. He hadn’t seemed like he hoped for an invitation to share his bed with me.

I used his bathroom and went to look for him. I found the kitchen first where I met Karen the housekeeper who was putting away items we hadn’t gotten to the previous evening. She said she would start the coffee, and Charlie was sleeping in the office.

And he still was, stretched out on the couch. His face was scrunched up some, as if he couldn’t escape his worries in his sleep. I wanted to touch him, kiss him, but didn’t want to wake him. I wandered further to the table and looked at the screenplay in the binder. A stack of drawings on copy paper was part of the storyboard.

I lowered myself onto the task chair as Charlie moaned and repositioned himself, remaining asleep. He just wore a t-shirt and biker briefs. Holy cats, he had an enormous erection. I fought the puritanical urge to leave, and simply smirked and focused on the screenplay.

I read a short scene about the husband/father named Kevin who waves a carving knife at his wife Lizzie in their kitchen, while he curses at her and accuses her of being with another man. He’d phoned her during the day, and she didn’t answer because she’d gone to pick up a sick child at school. Then Lizzie points out their children watching. The oldest daughter says, “Daddy, please don’t hurt Mommy.” He calls his wife a disease-ridden whore in front of the children, slaps her hard across the face and stomps off camera.

I let go of the breath I had been holding. At least Annie was no longer living with us when it became visibly bad. And at least Mike waited until she left for college before he started beating the life out of me. I bent over, leaning my forehead on a page of the binder. I hoped they would do a good job with the movie so it would help people.

Charlie moved. I watched from the corner of my eye as he rubbed his crotch and groaned. I giggled and turned my head away. I didn’t want to see anything.

“Lily?”

“Sorry,” I said. “I forgot you guys get those things in the morning.”

He muttered something incomprehensible as he pulled on his jeans. He said good morning with a kiss on my head.

“Good morning,” I said. “You always sleep in here?”

“Yeah. You sleep all right?”

“Perfectly. I was just looking over your screenplay.”

“No problem. How about I meet you in the kitchen in 20 minutes. I’ll ask Karen to make some breakfast.”

“Sounds good.” I flashed him a smile as I left.

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Barely surviving her abusive marriage, Lily is finally forced out of her self-imposed exile by her therapist. In a film class, she meets Hollywood director, Charlie Winston. They had met before…

They strive to bring out the best in each other, including their flagging but shared faith. But Charlie is damaged, too. Their romance, besides bringing out the best of them, also brings out the worst.

Charlie invites Lily into his life, where she thrives, even after his choices force him away for a while. Will Lily be able to build a new life in Los Angeles without him? Will she have to?

Another Place on the Planet is Book 1 of the Lilyland Trilogy, telling the story of Lily’s metamorphosis from obscure and beaten down to famous and thriving, and her provocative relationship with Charlie.

Author’s note: This is NOT Inspirational fiction.

Available on Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk and others.

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Although the veteran of several career paths in public education including lunch lady, substitute teacher and 6th grade teacher, T. A. Munroe is perfectly content spending solitary hours crafting novels. Hobbies include reading, sewing, drawing, movie watching, screenwriting and letting her puppy in and out. A highlight of her life was the four months she spent in Great Britain as an exchange student in Brighton. When her star as a best-selling author rises, she plans on returning for a time to live in a cottage to write and execute pub crawls throughout the UK. Currently, home is the Sonoran Desert just outside Phoenix, Arizona with her longsuffering husband, two bad cats and her hyperactive puppy. Her two children live in Pennsylvania where they write poems, songs and stand-up comedy. Another Place on the Planet is her first novel to reach publication status.

Find TA Munroe at her blog, GoodreadsFacebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

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[Guest Post] When Alice Met Danny by TA Williams

Over the next few weeks, some of my fellow chick lit authors from the Chick Lit Chat group on Facebook will be joining me here to tell us about their latest books.  Here’s the first:

Every so often, someone ponders if men can write chick lit.  Well, yes, they can.  And here’s one who does, TA Williams, to tell us about his latest book, When Alice Met Danny.

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TAW readingWhat would you do if you bought a house full of poo?  

You’ll like my book if you’ve ever dreamt of chucking the whole thing in and starting again.

Life can be tough. We’ve probably all hankered for a reset button to press from time to time. Whoosh…no more problems with work, relationships, landlords, mother-in-law… whatever. When Alice Met Danny is a book about one woman who got that chance. All right, it came as a hell of a shock at first. Losing her high-flying job in the city just before she hit 40 shook Alice to her foundations. But she picked herself up and grabbed the opportunity for a new start.

Where better to go for a new start than a sleepy Devon village where she meets an intriguing collection of people? There’s the local vicar who can’t get a date because she isn’t supposed to go out with her parishioners. There’s the body builder who sets out to emulate the Chippendales. There’s the big Canadian who buys doughnuts in packs of twelve and, of course there’s Danny. And another Danny. And another Danny. And, let’s not forget Daniel. Soon she is collecting Dannys at every turn.

When I set out to write this book, I wanted to write about the place where I live. I think rural Devon takes a lot of beating and all of the characters, one way or another, have been inspired by people I know down here. I have got a thing about history, and I hope you will enjoy the way that creeps into the story in the shape of yet another Danny. And, of course, the book had to have a black Labrador in it. No prizes for guessing his name.

There’s one thing that may come as a bit of a surprise. I’m a man. As such, choosing to make my main character a woman was a challenge, and a risk. I hope I’ve managed to think my way inside Alice’s head convincingly. I’m sure you’ll tell me if I haven’t!

This isn’t a book that will leave you drained of all emotion. Reviewers are describing it as an easy read and I’d go along with that. It has its sad parts and its funny parts and I hope you will enjoy the way Alice deals with all the problems life throws at her. And there are some big ones. Like the house full of poo, for example…

Extract from When Alice Met Danny

‘So you bought it without viewing it first?’ Sally was aghast.

Alice looked a bit sheepish. ‘It was at auction, and it was so very cheap. I thought I’d got nothing to lose.’ In fact, she acknowledged to herself, she had been caught up in auction fever. Although she had registered, she had only intended to view the different lots as they went under the hammer. But then when this one had appeared for so little, she had decided to put in a bid. To her surprise, nobody else had followed, and she was now the owner of a terrace house in East Devon.

‘So what are you going to do now?’ Sally still sounded very dubious.

‘I suppose I’d better go down and take a look at it. Then I’ve got to pay for it. Plus I’ve got to arrange insurance and all that stuff. I suppose I’d better get it surveyed as well. While I’m at it, I could look for a place to rent until the other one is finished.’ She swilled the last of the cappuccino around in her cup before swallowing it. ‘I don’t suppose you fancy a trip to Devon some time soon?’

‘I’d love to, Al, but I’ve got my boys to look after.’ Her boys were two Yorkshire terriers and a husband. ‘If I take Cain and Abel on the train, they’ll probably throw up. Come to think of it, Adam might throw up as well.’

‘How is your perfect man?’ Alice had always liked the big, quiet man that Sally had married. For a while they had even tried to set Alice up with his brother, but to no effect. She had always been far too busy.

‘My perfect man is no doubt sitting in a fire station somewhere, rubbing baby lotion on his muscular body after rescuing a few old ladies and a pussy cat.’ Her eyes became positively misty before she returned to the real world. ‘As for Adam, he’s fine. He’s joined a gym because he reckons he’s getting a bit porky.’ She lowered her voice. ‘Between you and me, he’s right. Anyway, how about you and men? Any on your radar, now that you’ve got the time to dedicate yourself to their pursuit?’

‘I haven’t had time, yet. First things first, I need to get my new life on track. Then I can think about men.’

‘What about that tall boy from your office?’ Alice looked blank, so Sally elaborated. ‘You know, the one you introduced me to in that pub that time.’

‘You’re going to have to be a good bit more precise, Sal.’

‘Tall, blond, good-looking, races yachts or something.’

The penny dropped. ‘You mean Danny. He doesn’t race yachts. At least, I don’t think so. He does a lot of windsurfing, though. And, no, he’s just a friend.’

‘A handsome one.’ Sally was doing her best to get Alice fired up.

‘I can’t say I’ve noticed.’ That wasn’t strictly true. Only the other day it had occurred to her, but theirs was now a business relationship. ‘Actually, he’s renting my flat from me once I move out.’

‘With his bronzed Australian windsurfing girlfriend?’

‘Not so far as I know. He says he lives on his own. At least, that’s what he told me.’

‘What a waste.’ Sally glanced at her watch. ‘Well, got to go. I daresay you’ll find yourself somebody suitable once you are down among the haystacks. I can see you in a few months time, plucking cows, milking chickens…’

‘Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it.’

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Alice Danny coverWhat’s in a name?

Devastated after losing her job, eternal pragmatist Alice leaves London for a new start in Devon. It’s there that she meets Danny.

Then she meets another Danny.

And then she meets Daniel – Danny to his friends…

In fact, there seems to be a Danny at every turn! Her neighbour’s a Danny; there’s little baby Danny; there’s a vicar, a windsurfer, even a dog called Danny! And whether it’s laughter, comfort, a flutter of romance or a walk along the beach, they each bring something special to Alice’s new life.

You might say it’s a coincidence. Alice certainly would… at first! But when she suddenly risks losing not just one Danny, but all of them, she begins to wonder: might there be more in a name than she ever guessed?

Available on Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk and other sites.

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I write under the androgynous name, TA Williams, but my name is really Trevor. As my books have a romance element, it was felt best to keep my sex a secret. I’ve been writing for years and years, but it was only last April that I got my very first publishing deal with Carina UK. This tiotally revitalised my writing career and since then I have written four books for them. Fifth book is in full gestation stage at present. I live in Devon with my Italian artist wife. The old Labrador died a few years ago, but I stick him in all my books.

Find TA Williams at his websiteGoodreads, Twitter and Facebook.

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Guest Post by Julie Shackman: What’s the Best Part of Being an Author?

Today we have a guest post from author Julie Shackman.  Take it away, Julie:

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“What Is The Best Part of Being an Author?” P1020433

I got asked this very question just a couple of days ago.

For me, it has to be receiving feedback from readers. When people tell you that they’ve read your novel   and it made them laugh out loud; almost shed a tear or look back fondly at the past, the feeling of satisfaction defies belief.

Something that you’ve pored over. Struggled with. Enjoyed one minute and felt exasperated with the next. It’s finally finished and out there and people are actually reading it. You’re sharing your imagination and the readers are choosing to be part of that.

I felt happy but somewhat sad too when I wrote “The End” on “Rock My World”. It’s a bit like saying goodbye to old friends.

But then to receive such lovely e-mails and reviews from people who spent their hard-earned cash on “Rock My World” – it just makes it all worthwhile.

Thank you.

Julie

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Julie’s first novel is Rock My World.

Rock My World New Cover - 27 March 2014Ruby Cameron is an ambitious reporter for a local paper where she is fed scraps of news, and lives with a man whose “idea of living dangerously is to leave the heating on when we pop out to the shops”. But after catching her squeaky clean boyfriend in flagrante delicto she ups sticks and moves into her own small home, only to discover the ghostly presence of a cheeky rock star who becomes her confidant as the dynamics of her small town, and her feelings about her dashing new boss, begin to throw up more questions than she can answer.

Will Ruby discover who she really is, and perhaps more importantly, who she wants to be?

Published by Not So Noble Books.

Buy Rock My World on Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk and other Amazon sites.

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