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Handwritten Girl Takes Part In The Faithful Couple Book Tour

I’m delighted to be on the book tour for A.D Miller’s new book ‘The Faithful Couple’. Check out the website on Friday 12th February to see my review of the tale.

The Faithful Couple Book Tour

The Astonishing Return Of Norah Wells By Virginia MacGregor

The Astonishing Return Of Norah Wells‘The Astonishing Return Of Norah Wells’ is the latest book by Virginia MacGregor.

One ordinary morning, Norah walked out of her house on Willoughby Street and never looked back. Six years later, she returns to the home she walked away from only to find another woman in her place. Fay held Norah’s family together after she disappeared, she shares a bed with Norah’s husband and Norah’s youngest daughter calls Fay ‘Mummy’. Now that Norah has returned, everyone has questions. Where has she been? Why did she leave? And why is she back? As each member of the family tries to find the answers they each need, they must also face up to the most pressing question of all – what happens to The Mother Who Stayed when The Mother Who Left comes back?

Even though ‘The Astonishing Return Of Norah Wells’ is only Virginia’s second book, she has become one of my favourite author after I fell in love with her debut novel, ‘What Milo Saw’.

Like her previous novel, this is seen through many perspectives, as the Wells family come to terms with the sudden reappearance of Norah, mother and wife who disappeared many years ago, asking not to be found.

As Norah returns to her family, she has to deal with her youngest daughter Willa, who thinks Norah is her long lost auntie, her elder sister Ella, an angry teenage girl, who can’t understand why her mother just left them after years of searching for her, Adam, her estranged husband has finally gotten his life in order with the help of Norah’s best friend Fay, his now girlfriend and who Willa calls ‘Mummy’

The story flows at a gentle pace and deals with many issues and dramas along the way, as the family deal with the upheaval in their lives and wonder why Norah has returned to them, likewise Norah has to deal with the realisation that she can’t just step into the Wells family and become mummy again as this title has been taken off her and given to someone who was there for the hard times and helps piece the family back together.

The inclusion of such an eclectic range of customers makes for bright and poignant reading. As we say the world through the innocent eyes of six year old Willa, who is confused by the strange woman in the house and why everyone is suddenly unhappy and on edge, she finds solace in the company of the old dog, Louis and the foxes at the bottom of the garden. Ella, thrives on anger, after years of thinking that her mother was kidnapped, she is tormented at the thought of her leaving willingly and can’t stand the sight of Norah, who is wanting to make amends. Norah, is a complex character, individual with a selfish streak, she seems naive to think that life hasn’t moved on since she left and she can’t just step back into the role of mother, especially as her best friend Fay, took that mantle and put her life on hold for the family she always dreamt off. I really liked with Fay, I thought she was a sweet and caring character, who tries to keep her act together even thought she feels her life is falling apart.

This book is a genuinely, heartwarming and insightful read about the complications of love and family. It’s beautifully written and tugs at the heartstrings and with the inclusion of adorable and relatable characters, ‘The Astonishing Return Of Norah Wells’ was a powerful and emotive book that was impossible to put down.

You can buy The Astonishing Return of Norah Wells from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Fiona Gibson Reveals New Book – The Woman Who Upped And Left

The Woman Who Upped And LeftOne of my favourite Avon Books author’s Fiona Gibson, is back with a new book in 2016 wittily called ‘The Woman Who Upped And Left’.

The story of ‘The Woman Who Upped And Left’ is –

Forget about having it all. Sometimes you just want to leave it all behind.

Audrey is often seized by the urge to walk out of her house without looking back – but she can’t possibly do that.

She is a single parent. She is needed. She has a job, a home, responsibilities…and a slothful teenage son’s pants to pick up.

But no one likes being taken for granted – Audrey least of all – so the time has come for drastic action. And no one’s going to stand in her way…

I loved Fiona’s previous books, they are funny and heartwarming tales and if you are a fan of Carole Matthews, then Fiona Gibson is the author for you.

You can pre-order The Woman Who Upped and Left from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 25th February 2016.

Simon Booker

Simon BookerSimon Booker is a screenwriter of prime time TV drama for the BBC, ITV and US TV. His credits include BBC1’s ‘Inspector Lynley Mysteries’, ‘Holby City’ and The Mrs Bradley Mysteries’ starring Diana Rigg; ITV1 thrillers ‘The Stepfather’ and ‘The Blind Date’; and ‘Perfect Strangers’, the CBS romantic comedy starring Rob Lowe and Anna Friel.’Without Trace’ is his debut novel.

  1. To the readers of the blog, that may not be familiar with you or your writing, can tell us a bit about yourself and how you got into writing?
    I’ve written for many primetime TV shows, including BBC1 series such as ‘The Inspector Lynley Mysteries’, ‘The Mrs Bradley Mysteries’ starring Diana Rigg, and The Stepfather, my ITV psychological thriller starring Philip Glenister. My US TV credits include ‘Double Bill’ – a revenge comedy about a man with two wives – and ‘Perfect Strangers’, a romcom starring Rob Lowe and Anna Friel. I’ve also written many plays for BBC Radio 4 and worked extensively as a producer in TV and radio, and as a journalist.
  2. What authors do you admire??
    So many! Current favourites include Nora Ephron (her collected essays are a treat); LS Hilton whose debut, Maestra thriller, is making a big splash; and Renee Knight, a fellow screenwriter-turned-debut-author. Her book Disclaimer is riveting from page one. I was a big fan of George Orwell when I was younger, but it was the ‘Just William’ stories that first introduced me to the delights of reading, so I was thrilled when the BBC asked me to adapt Richmal Crompton’s wonderful stories for TV some years ago.
  3. If you could rewrite any book, which one would it be?
    I wouldn’t dare rewrite anyone else’s book! Having said that, when adapting novels for TV, making changes is often unavoidable in order to bring it to the screen, sometimes for logistical reasons (too many locations, characters etc), sometimes because aspects of the story need shoring up. As for my own work, the urge to tinker endlessly is always pressing but must, eventually, be resisted. ‘Perfection is the enemy of progress.’
  4. What is your favourite book of all time
    Can I have three? ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ by Truman Capote; ‘Travels With My Aunt’ by Graham Greene; and I loved Roald Dahl’s ‘Kiss Kiss’ stories when I was a teenager. Actually, make that four: William Goldman’s ‘Marathon Man’ was the first thriller that made my pulse
  5. Why did you decide that you wanted to write crime?
    Having written many TV thrillers and murder mysteries, the crime genre seemed a natural way to go when I began toying with ideas for a series of novels. I seem to have a knack for creating plots full of twists and turns, and ‘reveals’, and I hope I’ve managed to pull that off with my debut psychological thriller, ‘Without Trace’, which introduces my series character, Morgan Vine, an investigative journalist who specialises in miscarriages of justice.
  6. What do you think makes a good crime book?
    A protagonist we can root for (even if we don’t like them all that much) and a diabolically clever adversary – the ‘badder’ the better.
    Without Trace
  7. From books and films, who has been your favourite bad guy?
    ‘Jaws’ in James Bond movie ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’ was pretty fantastic. My mother worked on the film, so I got to visit the 007 set at Pinewood. My friends turned a peculiar shade of green…
  8. If you were to start your own book club, what authors would you ask to join?
    People who make me laugh would be high on the list. Can I include the late Nora Ephron? And Tina Fey? And Amy Schumer? And Dorothy Parker? They’re not ‘authors’ in the traditional sense but who wouldn’t want to spend an evening in the company of such smart, witty women?
  9. If you were stranded on a desert island, which three books would you bring with you to pass the time?
    ‘Oxford English Dictionary; ‘Encyclopaedia Britannica; A’ la Recherche du Temps Perdu’. Sounds pretentious, perhaps, but when else am I going to find time to read Proust?
  10. When sitting down to write, what is the one item you need beside you?
    I don’t need any particular things around me but I do require peace and quiet. A neighbour’s radio or rowdy scaffolders can push me to the edge of sanity.
  11. What area do you suggest a budding writer should concentrate on to further their abilities
    Study people. Be fascinated by them – by why they do what they do. Read voraciously, of course, and soak up as much writing advice as you can, especially from masters of the craft, but bottom line? – it’s all about the people.
  12. And finally Simon do you have any projects or releases on the horizon which you would like to share with the readers of the website?
    I’m exciting about my debut novel ‘Without Trace’, the first in a series of psychological thrillers featuring single mum and investigative journalist Morgan Vine. For four long years she’s championed the cause of her childhood sweetheart, Danny Kilcannon, convicted on dubious evidence of the murder of his teenage stepdaughter. But when he’s released on appeal, Morgan’s own daughter goes missing under mysterious circumstances and the finger of suspicion quickly points in Danny’s direction. Morgan is forced to question everything she thinks she knows about the love of her life. As the shout line says: ‘She fought to free him. Now is he free to kill..?’

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You can buy Without Trace: An Edge of Your Seat Psychological Thriller (A Morgan Vine Thriller) from Amazon for your Kindle and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 16th June 2016.

Cover Reveal – After The Lie By Kerry Fisher

After The LieI’m delighted to reveal the cover to Kerry Fisher’s new book with her new publishers, Bookouture called ‘After The Lie’

The story of ‘After The Lie’ is –

Lydia has the ‘right’ kind of friends, her children are at the ‘right’ kind of school and she’s married to the ‘right’ sort of man – kind, steady, reliable Mark. Her wedding business is flourishing and even though she is at loggerheads with her mother, she couldn’t ask for anything more from life.

But the truth is that Lydia has been lucky. She has been living a lie for years and Mark has no idea who he is really married to. But nothing lasts forever and the past has a funny way of catching up with the present. When the person who knows all of Lydia’s dark little secrets turns up at the school gates, his presence threatens to blow Lydia’s life apart.

What is Lydia’s terrible truth? Once the secret is out, you can’t put it back …

Sounds like an intriguing book to look forward to in 2016.

You can pre-order ‘After The Lie’ from Amazon and it will be available to download for your Kindle from 29th April 2016.