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I Heart Hawaii By Lindsey Kelk

I Heart HawaiiSad times for Lindsey Kelk’s as ‘I Heart Hawaii’ is the eighth and final book in the ‘I Heart’ series.

When Angela Clark’s best friend Jenny invites her to join a press trip to Hawaii, three days of sun, sea and sleep sounds like the perfect antidote to her crazed life. At work in New York, she’s supposed to be the face of Having It All. But the only thing Angela feels she excels at is hiding in the printer cupboard, eating Mini Cheddars and watching Netflix on her phone and if this is living the dream, she’s more than ready to wake up. A few days away with Jenny sounds like exactly what she needs but Angela’s talent for getting into a scrape guarantees nothing goes to plan – and not even the most beautiful beaches, blue skies and daiquiris will get her off the hook.

It’s fair to say that Lindsey Kelk has delivered the final ‘I Heart’ book in the series with a bang.

With a rather unsettling start that leaves the reader on their toes, the story flashes back to a year earlier when Angela is about to start her new job, after having her baby Alice with rockstar husband Alex. She’s trying to cram everything into her life, but as per usual nothing is ever straightforward for her and she finds herself on a work trip to Hawaii with some of her best friends. This is the perfect time to relax, catch up with friends but instead she finds caught up in drama involving losing numerous phones, dealing with being away from Alex and Alice as well as questioning her own path in life. All these scenarios are delivered Lindsey’s trademark wit and sass that really does make for fun reading, but there is also some lovely poignant moments as Angela reflects on life as being mother and the fears that she has along the way.

I was a bit late coming to the ‘I Heart’ series but I have to say that it was one of the best book series that I’ve had to enjoy over the years. Angela has always had my heart, she’s fun, confident and a woman I aspire to be. She manages to get herself into some entertaining and outrageous situations that always made for fun reading as well as being the best friend that any person could ask for. Lindsey has an unique voice when it comes to writing, with funny phrases and scenarios that always manage to grip my attention, so much so with this book as I read it one day!

What was particularly nice about ‘I Heart Hawaii’ was the addition of Billy Buskins from Giovanna Fletcher’s books as well as Johnny Jefferson from Paige Toon’s stories, as all three women are good friends and would book tour together.

Deliciously funny and riddled with social media, high maintenance mothers and a picturesque location, Lindsey has delivered the final book beautifully, it has the humour, the glamour and the drama that we have all come to love, but it also has an element of sadness to it as she closes the final chapter on Angela’s life which does make for bittersweet reading. Can’t wait to see what’s next for Lindsey!

You can pre-order ‘I Heart Hawaii’ from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from May 30th 2019.

Angela Clarke Reveals New Book – On My Life

On My LifeAfter the success of her ‘Social Media Murder Series’, Angela Clarke is back with a twisty new story called ‘On My Life’.

What the back cover says –

Jenna thought she had the perfect life: a loving fiancé, a great job, a beautiful home. Then she finds her stepdaughter murdered; her partner missing.

And the police think she did it…

Locked up to await trial, surrounded by prisoners who’d hurt her if they knew what she’s accused of, certain someone close to her has framed her, Jenna knows what she needs to do:

Clear her name
Save her baby
Find the killer

Sounds like a gripping thriller to look forward to in March!

You can pre-order On My Life from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops 7th March 2019.

Angela Clarke Writers Tips

Angela ClarkeAuthor of ‘Trust Me’, Angela Clarke shares her writing tips for aspiring authors.

Make sure that you have a strong hooky plot that can be condensed (and sold) on one or two snappy sentences. If those sentences reel people in and make them want to hear more, you know you’ve got a strong idea.

I Heart Forever By Lindsey Kelk

I Heart Forever‘I Heart Forever’ is the seventh book in Lindsey Kelk’s ‘I Heart’ series.

The day her husband Alex picks up a backpack and goes travelling, Angela Clark promises to stay out of trouble and keep both Louboutins on the ground. So when her best friend’s boyfriend confides in her, it can’t hurt to help him pick out a ring at Tiffany’s surely? And when her fashion magazine announces major changes, being terminally late and winking at your new boss in the lift isn’t that bad, is it? Then suddenly there’s another big secret Angela’s got to keep – and the man she loves is still thousands of miles away. As the wedding of the year looms, and Manhattan switches on its Christmas lights, Angela is going to need her friends by her side as her old life looks set to change forever.

Our favourite New York editor is back with a bang in the latest instalment of Lindsey Kelk’s fun series, ‘I Heart Forever’.

As per usual our outspoken and sassy lady is involved in much chaos and drama, some that was her own doing and others that are completely out of her control.

Angela is left to mind the fort whilst Alex goes off travelling for two months, whilst he’s enjoying life in a backpack, Angela has to deal with the impending changes at Spencer Media, now that the reigns have been handed over and Joe Herman steps in, a handsome, money driven man that wants to make huge changes to the magazines, much to Angela’s dismay. As Angela battles with life alone and defending the security of her employees jobs as well as her own. Her attention is occasionally distracted by her friend, Jenny’s upcoming wedding which has to big and better than anyone else’s.

There’s rarely a quiet moment in Angela’s life and it seems that it’s all changing rapidly and out of her control without Alex around to support her.

I loved this book, I thoroughly guffawed my way from start to finish, from Angela’s thoughts to outbursts, she was her usual entertaining self. I’ve recently come to the conclusion, that Angela Clarke is my favourite heroine in a book series. She genuinely makes me laugh and wish that she was my best friend.

I don’t want to go into too much detail about the story as I could I easily reveal one significant storyline, but there is plenty of drama and humour to keep her fans and new readers engaged.

There were certain aspects of the story, that I found particularly interesting such as the interactions with Joe and Eva, a successful YouTube star. As the world of digital and social media is currently changing, I found their scenes useful and informative.

Filled with warmth and fabulous characters from the amazingly direct Angela, her reluctant assistant Cici as well as best friend Jenny, there is a rarely a dull or quiet moment in this fast paced tale. Although, I do wonder, occasionally from the tone of the story, if this is the last that we will hear from Angela, I sincerely hope not!

Fun from the very beginning, ‘I Heart Forever’ is another delicious rollercoaster of a book from Lindsey, riddled with drama, innuendos and handsome musicians, Angela is most definitely back with a bang!

You can pre-order I Heart Forever from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 7th September 2017.

Angela Clarke

Angela ClarkeAngela is an author, playwright, columnist and professional speaker. Her debut crime thriller ‘Follow Me’ was named Amazon’s Rising Star Debut of the Month January 2016, long listed for the Crime Writer’s Association Dagger in the Library 2016, and short listed for the ‘Good Reader Page Turner’ Award 2016. ‘Follow Me’ has now been optioned by a TV production company. The second instalment in the ‘Social Media Murder’ Series, ‘Watch Me’ is out January 2017. And the third ‘Trust Me’ is out now.

  1. To readers of the blog who may not be familiar with you or your writing, can you tell us a bit about yourself and how you got into writing.
    My name is Angela Clarke and I’m a chocoholic. I also write the ‘Social Media Murder’ Series, including CWA Dagger in the Library long listed and Dead Good Reader Page Turner short listed ‘Follow Me’, which has been option by a TV production company, and Sunday Times bestseller ‘Watch Me’. I got into this by accident, I set out to write about the internet and how we use our new found online power for good and bad, but the body count was so high it had to be crime, baby.
  2. Your successful social media series is all about social media, why did you decide to use this topic?
    So many crime novels are based in a community, with that location shaping both the characters and the story. With 15 million people in the UK on Twitter, and 24 million Brits using Facebook every day, social media is our newest, biggest and fastest growing community. It links people who might otherwise never have interacted or met, opening us up, and influencing us in ways we’re only just starting to appreciate. It’s fresh and fertile ground to explore the darker side of humanity.
  3. If you were to start your own book club, what authors would you ask to join?
    Oh! So many! Like most writers, I was a reader first and I love books. I’ve just finished Luca Veste’s ‘Blood Stream’, which was dark and disturbing, and delved into reality TV, online interaction, love and other themes close to my heart, so I definitely want him in. I’ve also just read Steve Cavanagh’s ‘The Liar’ which was a rip-roaring legal thriller with a former con artist turned lawyer at its heart: his Eddie Flynn is an amazing character. So he’s in! And then we need some ladies to even out the testosterone; I’d go for Claire McGowan, Steph Broadribb, SJI Holliday, Jane Casey and Sarah Hilary, because I love their characters and their work, and I know I can get pissed with them. Wine is an important part of a book club, right?
  4. What’s your favourite form of social media to communicate on?
    It changes daily, and for different reasons. I like Twitter for jokes, Facebook for secret clubs, Snapchat for filters, and Instagram for making me feel calm. I’m having a hectic day today, so Instagram it is. Excuse me while I go meditate over a shot of some beautifully lit, artfully arranged books and a cup of coffee.
  5. What’s your favourite part of the writing process?
    Either the bit at the very beginning, when you have this idea you can barely contain, and it’s bubbling out of you at every opportunity. (Not to be confused with the bit where you actually start typing). Or the bit at the end when you’ve redrafted, and what was as unwieldy word monster has taken shape and looks like a real book. And you give a big sigh of relief because you can still do it (and you feared you couldn’t).
  6. What do you think makes a good crime book?
    A killer hook. A pacey read. And enough tension you need a massage while reading it.
  7. If Freddie and Nas were to be adapted for screen, who do you imagine playing the ladies?
    Freddie and Nas are quite young, only 24 in ‘Trust Me’, which makes it hard to pick. For Freddie, you want someone like Pheobe Waller-Bridge or Lena Dunham five years ago. Bel Powley from ‘Diary of a Teenage Girl’ would be great. For Nas, perhaps Amber Rose Revah or Aysha Kala, who were both great in ‘Indian Summers’. It speaks volumes of the media industry, that there aren’t a huge number of young, female, mixed heritage or British Asian actresses getting screen time at the moment.
  8. From books and films, who has been your favourite bad guy?
    The unnamed serial killer in Graeme Cameron’s ‘Normal’. He’s a deliciously darkly comic creation, you find yourself rooting for him. He’s a brilliant character!
  9. Trust Me

  10. If you were stranded on a desert island, which three books would you bring with you to pass the time?
    Does my Kindle count as one? If not, could I just take my current TBR (to be read) pile with me? I have so many I want to get through it’d be really handy.
  11. What area do you suggest a budding writer should concentrate on to further their abilities?
    Make sure that you have a strong hooky plot that can be condensed (and sold) on one or two snappy sentences. If those sentences reel people in and make them want to hear more, you know you’ve got a strong idea.
  12. When sitting down to write, what is the one item you need beside you?
     Water. I drink gallons of the stuff. It powers me, like other people use coffee. I can’t function without it. Unless I spill it over my keyboard, then I can’t function at all.
  13. And finally Angela do you have any projects or releases on the horizon which you would like to share with the readers of the website?
    I’m so excited that the third in the ‘Social Media Murder’ Series, ‘Trust Me’, is out June 15th. It’s inspired by a real-life case, and centres on a head teacher who sees a serious assault live streamed over the internet, but when she reports it she discovers the account it streamed from has been closed, and she has no idea who the victim, or the perpetrator is. No one believes that what she saw is real, and she has to find a way to track down the girl in the live stream who needs her help. It’s an exploration into how the internet has opened a window into strangers lives, and sometimes you see things you shouldn’t have. Things that could put you in danger.

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You can buy the ebook and paperback from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.