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Jane Corry

Jane CorryJane Corry was a magazine journalist who spent three years working as the writer-in-residence of a high security prison for men. She had never been inside a jail before and this often hair-raising experience helped inspire her Sunday Times bestselling psychological thrillers, ‘Blood Sisters’ and ‘My Husband’s Wife’. ‘The Dead Ex’ is her latest book.

  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 Jane Corry and I write psychological suspenses. They are about families whose lives suddenly change without warning. I am published by Penguin. My previous two books ‘My Husband’s Wife’ and ‘Blood Sisters’ got into the top 10 of the ‘Sunday Times’ bestseller list. I’ve always written for as long as I can remember. I began with poetry and little stories from about the age of three or four. After university, I became a magazine journalist for many years and then, after my first marriage ended, I took a job as a writer in a high security male prison. This made my writing darker! I then got married again which made me very aware of how family relationships can change. I wrote ‘My Husband’s Wife’ on the strength of this. A friend of a friend put me in touch with an agent who then sold it to Penguin.
  2. Can you tell us about your new book ‘The Dead Ex’
    Vicki is an aromatherapist with a troubled past. One wet windy night, the police come knocking at her door. They ask when she last saw her missing husband. Vicki tells them it was five years ago. When they leave she picks up her mobile and calls him. Scarlet’s mother is a drug addict. Scarlet is taken into care at the age of eight. Each of my main characters tells her story until we get to the point where the two of them meet.
  3. If you were to start your own book club, what authors would you ask to join?
    I’d ask other writer friends like BA Paris, Kate Furnivall and Teresa Driscoll. I’d also invite Martina Cole because I interviewed her once and thought she had some great tales about the underworld. If it was possible, I’d also like to invite the ghosts of writers have passed away such as Helen Dunmore and Mary Wesley.
  4. What’s your favourite opening line from a book?
    “The mole had been working very hard all morning, spring cleaning his little home.”This is the opening line from ‘Wind In The Willows’. It was the first book which my father read to me. Now he is 94 and I read poetry to him.
  5. If you were starting your writing journey again, would you do anything differently?
    I’d have stopped being a magazine journalist in my thirties and begun writing novels earlier. It requires a leap of faith to give up a steady job and do something that’s quite uncertain. Bit it was worth it!
  6. Who’s your favourite villain?
    My cousin Rachel in Daphne du Maurier’s novel with the same name. Some might say she’s not a villain at all but I’m not so sure….
    The Dead Ex
  7. What made you decide to become a thriller writer?
    It was partly my time in prison (see answer to question one) and also because I love creating twists and turns. I’m one of those annoying people who likes to guess what’s going to happen at the beginning of a book or drama.
  8. If you were stranded on a desert island, which three books would you bring with you to pass the time?
    The complete editions of ‘Trollope’. ‘The Bible’. ‘Palgrave’s Golden Greasury’.
  9. From books to films, what’s been your favourite adaptation?
    ‘Gone With The Wind’. My second husband recently took me on a road trip to the southern states of America. We were lucky enough to visit Margaret Mitchell’s house. It was a dream come true for me. I’ve always admired her.
  10. What area do you suggest a budding writer should concentrate on to further their abilities?
    Viewpoint. Readers need to be inside the character’s head in order to believe the story.
  11. When sitting down to write, what is the one item you need beside you?
    My dog. He sits on the sofa behind me and tells me when it’s time to get up and have a walking break along the beach! We have to wrap up warm as it’s really cold at the moment!
  12. And finally do you have any projects or releases on the horizon which you would like to share with the readers of the website?
    I’m currently writing next year’s book for Penguin. I can’t say anything about it right now but I live it in my head every day while writing. Actually, I will give you a clue! I became a granny two years ago and it’s changed my life.

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The Day We Disappeared By Lucy Robinson

The Day We Disappeared‘The Day We Disappeared’ is the latest book by the fabulous Lucy Robinson.

Annie has a secret. But if she’s not going to tell, we won’t either. It’s a heart-breaking secret she wishes she didn’t have – yet Annie isn’t broken, not quite yet. Especially now there’s someone out there who seems determined to fix her. Kate has run away. But she’s not going to tell us why – that would defeat the point of running, wouldn’t it? It’s proving difficult to reinvent herself, however, with one person always on her mind. Scratch beneath the surface and nobody is really who they seem. Even Annie and Kate, two old friends, aren’t entirely sure who they are any more. Perhaps you can work it out, before their pasts catch up with them for good.

Lucy Robinson is one of my all time favourite authors, she writes her books from the heart with frank and honest characters, humour and a twist that will leave the reader breathless and she definitely delivered this in her latest book.

The story is seen through the eyes of two friends Kate Brady and Annie. Kate Brady has left her busy job at Google in Dublin and travelled to England to become a trainee yard assistant with one of Britain’s most famous dressage riders, Mark Waverley and it’s here she has set up a new life trying to escape the old one that she has left behind. Meanwhile back in London, her new age scatty brained friend, Annie has found her dream job, after she ran into entrepreneur Stephen Flint, he has swept her off her feet and given her a new lust for life. The story flicks back and forth between the two lead characters and occasionally goes back into the past and is seen through the eyes of a young person, these chapters give the story an even more gripping element to it.

The main characters in the story both make for compelling reading, but with the wonderful accompaniment of the Le Cloob, Annie’s close friends, straight talking and wannabe French lady Claudine, Tim and her older sister Lizzy , their meet ups are frank and honest and make for delicious reading, as uncertain Annie has to deal with their forwardness. Meanwhile Katie, has to deal with the charming and handsome Mark. In every scene that he appeared, I imagined he was Colin Firth, his favourite horse Stumpy was a delight and outspoken and fiery daughter Ana Luisa regularly had me in fits of laughter throughout the story.

In Lucy’s style of writing, she creates a world with characters that you find relatable and fall in love with, you accompany them on their travels and wish with all your might that they get their happy ever after. But with Lucy’s books, this is never easy and there is always trouble on the horizon and in this book, there is an spectacular twist that will literally take your breath away.

Filled with humour, love and scandal, ‘The Day We Disappeared’ is an extraordinary story that’s impossible to put down and will have you guessing right until the very end.

You can buy The Day We Disappeared from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Christmas With Billy And Me By Giovanna Fletcher

Christmas With Billy And MeIf you enjoyed Giovanna Fletcher’s debut book, ‘Billy And Me’ then you will be delighted to hear that Giovanna has returned to those characters with her short Christmas book ‘Christmas With Billy And Me’

The story of ‘Christmas With Billy and Me’ is –

Christmas has come to Rosefont Hill and it’s destined to be a particularly special festive season for Sophie May. When a smitten stranger emails Sophie to ask her if he can propose to the woman he loves in her little teashop, the romantic in her finds it impossible to refuse. Even though Christmas is her busiest time of year she has her own sweetheart, Hollywood actor Billy Buskin, to lend a helping hand. How could she say no to making someone’s dream come true? As Sophie and Billy work together to plan the perfect fairytale proposal for this couple, excitement in Rosefont Hill is mounting. Who is this mysterious man? And who is the lucky lady he’s about to get down on one knee for?

I don’t usually review short stories for the fear of giving too much away especially with this sweet festive story being just 52 pages long.

But I wanted to give it a little review, as it is the return of our favourite couple by Giovanna Fletcher from her debit novel Billy and Sophie as they prepare for Christmas and Sophie has been given a special task for Christmas Eve.

‘Christmas With Billy And Me’ is an enjoyable and warmhearted festive story that is perfect to curl up with a cup of tea. Packed with joviality and Christmas magic this book is lovely reading!

You can buy Christmas With Billy and Me from Amazon and is available to buy from Waterstones.

Handwritten Girl Takes Part In You’re The One That I Want Tour

I am delighted and excited to announce that I will be taking part in the Giovanna Fletcher blog tour for the release of her new book, ‘You’re The One That I Want’. Check out Handwritten Girl on Monday 26th May where Maddy the lead character of the book will talk about her delicious wedding cake.

You're The One That I Want Tour

The One Plus One By Jojo Moyes

The One Plus One‘The One Plus One’ is the latest book by Jojo Moyes.

With two jobs and two children, Jess Thomas does her best day after day. But it’s hard on your own. And sometimes you take risks you shouldn’t. Because you have to . . .One chaotic family Jess’s gifted, quirky daughter Tanzie is brilliant with numbers, but without a helping hand she’ll never get the chance to shine. And Nicky, Jess’s teenage stepson, can’t fight the bullies alone. Sometimes Jess feels like they’re sinking . . .One handsome stranger Into their lives comes Ed Nicholls, a man whose life is in chaos, and who is running from a deeply uncertain future. But he has time on his hands. He knows what it’s like to be lonely. And he wants to help . . .One unexpected love story

I am not only embarrassed but I am also ashamed to admit that ‘The One Plus One’ is the first book that I have read by Jojo. Now, before you all shriek at me in disgust, let me explain that I have ‘Me Before You’ but my TBR has consumed it and I haven’t had a chance to read it with all the new releases and trying to keep up with books. But after finishing, ‘The One Plus One’ in a day, I now have to admit that I understand the hype with the author and will definitely be moving ‘Me Before You’ further up in my TBR pile.

But now back to ‘The One Plus One’. What can I say about this book that will make you all read it? How about I adored it? I loved it with the unique cast of characters that I felt a genuine concern and connection with and with one of the nicest illustrated covers that I have seen in a while, how could I not love it? The story is seen from the perspective of the four main characters of the book, Jess a struggling single parent with two children and two jobs, trying to balance family life and making sure that no-one goes without, she worries relentlessly about her eldest stepson Nicky. Nicky is the quiet loner of the story, not into football, he is perfect victim to the local bullies, who make his life hell, Nicky retreats into himself only interested in his computer games. Tanize is Jess young daughter, wise beyond her years, she is incredibly intelligent and is excited that going to a better school could be her escape from the local bullies but knows that with having no money, this will prove difficult and finally there is Ed Nicholls, a successful entrepreneur who after one stupid mistake in his life could potentially leave him with nothing. Together the four people plus a flatulent dog travel on a long car journey, hoping to fulfil one girl’s dream whilst facing up to their own problems and creating new relationships along the way.

The characters are fun, troubled and make for compelling reading. I loved them all equally, I loved Jess for her fiery attitude, her determination to make the best out of the little money they had and the fierce protection that she had over her family, even though Nicky isn’t her son, she treats him as her own and looks out for him, as only a mother can. Nicky, provides a softer element to the story, the outsider to the story, he observes the world around noticing things that others might not and that is what makes him particularly sensitive whereas Tanzie is bubbly and outgoing and constantly quizzing everything. Ed is the hero of the story and it is not only Jess who is attracted to him, with a brooding and generous heart, he gave Jess a reason to believe that everything could be ok.

This book has 528 pages and I read it in a day, I literally could not put it down, I loved it so much. Slightly reminiscent of one of my favourite films, ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ about a family travelling across America for a beauty pagement, this book was just as heartwarming. I actually feel no words can express just how good I found this book. It was the perfect book to curl up, to appreciate family no matter how big or small or how unorthodox it is. It’s not a simple story of boy meets girl, it’s a story about a boy who is about to give up who meets a struggling woman and relationship they embark on. Beautifully written with engaging characters, that will make you laugh and sigh with understanding, ‘The One Plus One’ is a humane, poignant story about people trying to find their paths in life. I absolutely loved it!

You can buy The One Plus One from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.