Yay! Me!

July 4, 2014

I’m not one to blow my own trumpet but I wanted to share my news that I was indeed a runner up in the Good Housekeeping Novel Writing Competition. Readers familiar with my books will not be surprised to know that Never Forget was the one that scooped the prize and being named a ‘Writer to Watch’ is certainly an accolade! Click the link below to see the page and check out my fellow Writers to Watch.

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An Announcement

June 14, 2014

New Lou Final Final 1After much consideration and a lot of soul searching, I can announce that from my birthday – Saturday 16th August, I will be withdrawing Summerset and Winner Takes it All from publication. Summerset has become a separate project for me, and I no longer want it in the public domain. In the place of Winner Takes it All, I will be making one of my other books free – more information on this nearer the time.

So, for the next few weeks, Summerset will be free on Smashwords and eventually Barnes and Noble, iTunes etc. Unfortunately I cannot make it free on Amazon as they control the pricing.

Thank you to all the people who have bought and enjoyed Summerset and I’m sure you will see it again in some form soon enough.

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Book five of the Never Forget saga. It is 1985 and Ellie and Viva are true women of their time. Both are trying hard to have it all – a career, children and a great relationship with their new husbands. However, things aren’t going to plan. Ellie is struggling to be a step-mother to two teenage children as well as looking after her own daughter Angel, and Rio – the baby her cousin Viva had with rock star Jake Fairhurst, Ellie’s first husband. Viva is ruing the day she gave Rio to Ellie, so she could be with pop star Guy Fitzwilliam and is now desperate to get her daughter back. In typical Viva fashion, she doesn’t mind what measures she has to take to get her way.

 

When a rival record company starts a hostile takeover of Titan Records, Ellie and embarks on a business venture so risky, it could result in her losing everything – including her marriage.

 

Viva launches a new magazine and inadvertently opens a deadly can of worms, meaning a deadly secret is revealed that could tear her family apart.

 

And when a handsome stranger enters both women’s lives, things will never be the same again.

 

Where the Heart Is, is now available on Amazon (US) (UK) and also available on Smashwords This site will be updated when it is available on other sites such as Kobo, ITunes etc.

 

 

 

 

An apology

May 6, 2014

I’m afraid to say there will be no Phillipa Hardcastle release this summer. The decision hasn’t been taken lightly, but I have too many other things going on to concentrate on her properly. I can promise that Phillipa will be back, bigger and better than ever. Watch this space!

Where the Heart Is will still be released 26th May as planned.

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Book five of the Never Forget saga. It is 1985 and Ellie and Viva are true women of their time. Both are trying hard to have it all – a career, children and a great relationship with their new husbands. However, things aren’t going to plan. Ellie is struggling to be a step-mother to two teenage children as well as looking after her own daughter Angel, and Rio, the baby her cousin Viva had with Ellie’s first husband. Viva is ruing the day she gave Rio to Ellie, so she could be with pop star Guy Fitzwilliam and is now desperate to get her daughter back; and in typical Viva fashion, doesn’t mind what measures she has to take to get her way.

When a rival record company starts a hostile takeover of Titan Records, Ellie and embarks on a business venture so risky, it could result in her losing everything – including her marriage.

Viva launches a new magazine and inadvertently opens a deadly can of worms, meaning a deadly secret is revealed that could tear her family apart.

And when a handsome stranger enters both women’s lives, things will never be the same again.

 

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The Lucky Ones – OUT NOW!!

November 25, 2013

Viva Final FinalIt’s 1978 and cousins Ellie Grantham and Viva Collins are eighteen years old.

A sheltered schoolgirl, Ellie has lived in the protection of Annie Holland, her mother as well as her father and stepfather. She longs to escape the confines of boarding school, and when she meets a handsome punk rocker, she gets her chance to finally start living. Viva Collins lives in the glamour of LA with her parents and younger sister. Dating a womanising politician’s son, and taken for granted by her mother, Iris, Viva longs to return to England to seek out Mark, her younger brother, who was left behind by Iris when she escaped to the US. After blackmailing Patrick, her father, Viva makes her escape and arrives in London. Soon she is thrust into the world of fashion, and all the temptations it brings.

Soon, it’s the 1980s and these two independent girls are making their mark. For Ellie, what starts as a second-hand record shop turns into a burgeoning record label. A disastrous, short-lived marriage means Viva cannot work as a model again, so she becomes a journalist and has no intention of returning to America – despite Iris threatening to disown her. The cousins put aside their mothers’ rivalry and become close friends and allies…..for now.

Along with their success comes heartache. Ellie finds life as a rock star’s wife difficult – can she ever trust him? And Viva lurches from one disastrous relationship to another, while the man she truly wants is married to another.

As these two girls turn into young women, their lives change as quickly as the society they live in. This is Thatcher’s Britain and the ethos is to make as much money as possible, with little regard for those you trample on as you make your way. Ellie and Viva intend to do whatever it takes to get to the top and there are bound to be broken hearts, shattered dreams, and some relationships will never be the same again.

The Lucky Ones is currently available on Amazon (UK) (US) and Smashwords (all formats). It will soon be available from all major online book retailers.

 

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