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I’ll Take New York By Miranda Dickinson

I'll Take New York‘I’ll Take New York’ is the latest book by Sunday Times bestselling author, Miranda Dickinson.

Have you ever given up on love?

When her boyfriend lets her down for the last time, Brooklyn bookshop owner Bea James makes a decision – no more. No more men, no more heartbreak, and no more pain. Psychiatrist Jake Steinmann is making a new start too, leaving his broken marriage behind in San Francisco. From now on there’ll just be one love in his life: New York. At a party where they seem to be the only two singletons, Bea and Jake meet, and decide there’s just one thing for it. They will make a pact: no more relationships. But the city has other plans.

Miranda has returned with another fun and heartwarming book, this time the story is set in the bustling cosmopolitan city of New York and follows the lives of English born Bea and American psychiatrist Jake Steinmann.

The story starts as Bea’s boyfriend Otis, lets her down for the last time at a family party and decides to call time on their relationship. She decides to concentrate and focus her time on her successful bookshop which is busy with on the run up to Christmas. She begins to enjoy nights out as a singleton and tries to stay away from good intending friends who try to set her up with friends until one night at an engagement party she runs into Jake. Like her, he has just come out of a marriage and is in the process of a messy divorce. Together the two of them come to a mutual understanding that relationships aren’t for them and create ‘The Pact’ which means that they will stay away from relationships and instead become firm friends. But things become a but messy for the two new friends when they start to have feelings for each other, especially when their exes reappear in their lives.

Just like all of Miranda’s previous books, I really enjoyed this story and like Bea found myself having a title crush on Jake, with his handsome looks and charming manner, Bea herself was lovely, having given up on love, she has come to the resolution that love isn’t for her and looks forward to a life alone. She was a bit of an idol for me, as I always dreamt of owning a bookstore, so I fulfilled my dream through this book and boy did I enjoy it! She finds solace in her grandmother’s letters from home, as they communicate back and forth sharing tales of broken hearts and confiding in each other. I thought this element of the story was very very sweet as her grandmother would send her a book and with a line underlined but would suit the content of the letter. Another element of the story that I really enjoyed was all the tourist attractions that Bea and Jake went to in the city. Having never been to New York, I found the book a really useful guide to places to check out when I visit. Helpful, informative and fun.

The story is a fun and romantic one, each chapter is seen through the eyes of Bea and Jake and the chapters are very short and snappy and very easy to get absorbed in. All the characters are lovely, although I did find Russ, Bea’s business partner a bit intense and her ex boyfriend Otis was extremely flakey. The story is also a bit of a sequel as it features Ed and Rosie from Miranda’s previous book ‘Fairytale Of New York’ and shows how far the couple have travelled since the book. But one thing I truly adored was the inclusion of a little girl called Bronagh, who wanted her birthday to be in the bookstore. On the lead up to the release of ‘I’ll Take New York’ Miranda told me that this little girl was based on me, after we had a Twitter conversation so I was so excited and proud to see my fabulous birthday in print!

A charming and beautifully written story set against the snowy backdrop of New York and presented with a very pretty cover. ‘I’ll Take New York’ is an enchanting story about new friendship, books and that it’s never too late for love to appear.

You can buy I’ll Take New York and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Miranda Mondays With TeamBea – Interview with Miranda Dickinson

This week I am hosting Miranda Mondays for the upcoming release of Miranda’s Dickinson’s new book, “I’ll Take New York”. And as part of #TeamBea, I have a video interview with the lovely author. So settle back and enjoy!

  1. If you were to start your own book club, what authors would you ask to join?
    Now that is brilliant because I am hoping that this means that I could have Fantasy authors as well and not just people that I know. So I’m kinda working on that people that I know and people that I quite like to know. So the first person I’d invite would be Neil Gaiman, cos I am a huge fan of his, I just love everything that he does and I think that he would be very good at sort of discussing, I think we would have lots of great surreal conversations in the book club if he was there and also i think he would probably quite like the wine. So there we go, he’s my first one. My second one is Julie Cohen, the author of the brilliant ‘Dear Thing’ and ‘Where Love Lies’. She’s a Richard and Judy chosen author. She’s a brilliant friend, what she doesn’t know about books isn’t worth knowing. She always gets such a great insight into stories when we’re talking about books that we’ve read. I’m always amazed at what she can get from somebody else’s story, so I’d love to have her there cos she’d have a real insight into the books that we’re reading. The next person is Sarah Addison Allen who is my all time favourite author. If I just had to pick one to read forever, I would pick her books because I love them, their just so magical and romantic and different and they don’t fit the mould. I love her because she doesn’t feel constrained by moulds. So I’d want her there because I think she’d have a completely different view on the books and be able to see things again that perhaps I couldn’t see. And the last person that I’d choose is the very lovely Cathy Bramley who’s become a really really good friend over the last couple of years and she’s doing great guns. She’s doing amazing books, amazing serials, she’s done ‘Ivy Lane’ and she’s just brining out a new series now and I love her because she’s so excited about books. She just loves reading, she loves writing and I think her enthusiasm would be infectious. So there we go, so that’s the answer to that question.
  2. What career would you have chosen if you weren’t a writer?
    Well I kind off always wanted to be a writer. The first thing I ever wanted to be when I was three, I wanted to be a fairy, so you could say that writing is my fallback career. But in terms of an actual career that I would have loved to have done, I would have been an actress because I actually studied drama at university and had every single ambition all the way through school, college and university to go into acting and it just didn’t happen. I went to one audition and I didn’t get it and it knocked my confidence. So I think thats why I probably I ended up becoming a writer because I think you sort of write the movies you can star in and I’m still living in hope that one day if my books get made into a movie that I will have a cameo role, which would be amazing, wouldn’t it be great? Maybe with Benedict Cumberbatch, maybe with you know. Yeah, I could think about those kind of things but I think that if I could write myself into a movie that would be great, so I would have loved to have been an actress.
  3. Your stories are very topical, would you say that are influenced by current affairs?
    I try not to be too specific when I’m writing my books because I still want them to be enjoyed in ten years time and if you’re writing about something now that’s very current that can be old news very very quickly. So I tend to write about life experiences that people might be feeling. So take for example in ‘Take A Look At Me Now’ my last book, Nell loses her job and we’re in a very uncertain economic situation at the moment and lots of people are scared of losing their jobs and ‘I think that’s kind of a perennial thing, I don’t think that’s going to go out of fashion. So, it’s more kind off life experiences that everybody would have. I do like to have trends. In my day job that I finally quit in September last year I was a trend analyst and so I used to look at the food that we’re going to eat in the next five years and the reasons that we go shopping, what we’re looking for and what we’re doing and so certainly from the point of view of food, I do try to bring some of that in, the kind of things that people are looking for but again it’s more about the experience rather than sort of news and current affairs. I think I’d be careful of putting too much of that in because I like my stories to last beyond a couple of years. So, I hope this answers your question.
  4. And finally do you have any new exciting new projects on the horizon?
    I’ve just finished writing book seven, it’s going to be my first book for Pan MacMillan, who are my new publisher next year and it’s going to be called ‘A Parcel For Anna Brown’. I’m very very pleased with it, it’s a step on from what I have been doing. Still lots of laughs, lots of tears. I think you’re going to like it. So that’s actually been right now and we’ll edit it next year. I’m pleased that I’ve got it written and that it’s done. So I’m starting to dream up ideas for book 8 which won’t be out until 2016, so I’m thinking of that. I’m also doing Nanowrimo this year, Nanowrimo, Nanowromo I don’t know National Novel Writing Month and I’m doing a comedy novel. I started doing my comedy novels under the name of Ellis Parker. You can follow me at EllisParkerBook on Twitter and find out all the crazy stuff that I’m writing, that’s where all the wombats and the tea ladies and zombies are living. And so my book for Nanowrimo this year, is ‘Elvis Versus The End Of The World’. It’s basically that the apocalypse happens in the middle of an Elvis convention and all these Elvis impersonators, are sort of mankind’s only hope against demon killer zombies that infests the Earth and I’m going to have fun writing that in November. I think I need to just get back to writing for fun and not having that much of a deadline, I think it’s important to keep me sharp as a writer. I’ve a couple of other projects which I can’t tell you about but I’m working on them. They are a very different style again probably being under a different name if anything happened with them. But just at the moment, I’m just doing it to sort of dare myself, to see if I can write it. So there you go, thank you so much for your questions, I hope you enjoyed them. Come and say hello to me, I’m on Twitter @wurdsmyth and I’m also on Facebook at MirandaDickinsonAuthor. Come say hello and ‘I’ll Take New York’ hits the shops on 4th December this year. If you’ve got any questions about it, ask me, it would be great to speak to you. Thank you for watching. Bye.

You can pre-order I’ll Take New York and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 4th December 2014.

Miranda Mondays With Team Bea

I’m delighted to be part of Team Bea for the upcoming release of Miranda Dickinson’s new book ‘I’ll Take New York’. To celebrate the launch of the book, us lucky members of Team Bea will be posting some wonderful content on our websites such as giveaways, interviews and extracts. Check out the banner below which has the schedule of treats we have in store over the coming weeks. Keep up to date with the hashtag #TeamBea for further information.

Miranda Mondays

Miranda Dickinson’s Reveals Book Cover For I’ll Take New York

I'll Take New YorkMiranda Dickinson revealed the cover to her upcoming book, ‘I’ll Take New York’ and like her previous books, it’s another sparkly offering set against the night time skyline of New York.

The story of ‘I’ll Take New York’ is –

Have you ever given up on love?

When her boyfriend lets her down for the last time, Brooklyn bookshop owner Bea James makes a decision – no more. No more men, no more heartbreak, and no more pain.

Psychiatrist Jake Steinmann is making a new start too, leaving his broken marriage behind in San Francisco. From now on there’ll just be one love in his life: New York.

At a party where they seem to be the only two singletons, Bea and Jake meet, and decide there’s just one thing for it. They will make a pact: no more relationships.

But the city has other plans . . .

I’m especially looking forward to story, not only because Miranda is one of my favourite authors of heartwarming and life-affirming stories, but also because I’m in it!

You can pre-order I’ll Take New York and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 4th December 2014.

Handwritten Girl Is In Miranda Dickinson’s New Book, I’ll Take New York

I'll Take New YorkExciting news for fans of ‘Sunday Times’ best-selling author Miranda Dickinson, as she recently revealed the name and the synopsis of her sixth book called ‘I’ll Take New York’

The story of ‘I’ll Take New York’ is –

The path of true love never did run smooth…

When Brooklyn bookstore owner Bea James is let down once too often by unreliable boyfriend Otis, she swears off relationships for good. Determined to focus on her successful business and otherwise happy life in New York instead, she believes she has made the right decision.

Meanwhile, on the other side of Manhattan, Dr. Jake Steinmann is nursing a broken heart after his beautiful wife Jessica files for divorce. Relocating his life back to New York from San Francisco, he throws himself into setting up his psychotherapy practice and supporting older brother Ed (who is preparing to wed the love of his life, Rosie).

Unexpectedly thrown together at Rosie and Ed’s engagement party where they are the only two singles in the room, Bea and Jake bond over their love of New York and dislike of relationships – a conversation that ends with a pact to never get involved with anyone ever again.

But as their friendship grows – through sharing the parts of the Big Apple they love the most – Bea and Jake find their decision severely tested when both their lives take unexpected turns.

A tale of love, misunderstandings and second chances in the city that never sleeps.

But as well as revealing details of her upcoming book, Miranda also revealed something incredibly exciting for me.

Miranda told me that she called one of the characters after me during one of the times that we chatted on Twitter! Apparently I am there is a little girl called Bronagh, who loves books so much that she has her birthday in a bookshop which has been turned into an enchanted forest for her special day!

Miranda said

“I wanted a character who embodied the special wonder of walking into a real bookshop. Bronagh is very much loved by Bea and Russ (Bea’s best friend who she owns the bookstore with) and her request to have her birthday party at Hudson River Books is important in making Bea dream bigger dreams for her business”

Needless to say that I am even more excited to read ‘I’ll Take New York’, especially with me having an unlikely cameo appearance!

You can pre-order the ebook will be released on 30th October 2014 and in gorgeous, sparkly paperback on 4th December 2014.