It’s January 2013. Which means – finally – my SECOND NOVEL IS GOING TO BE PUBLISHED.
This fact makes me want to – in no particular order –
1. Perform cartwheels down my hallway while roaring loudly (I won’t: I have the gymnastic capabilities of an overweight polar bear and my throat is a bit hurty.)
2. Set fire to my computer in a complex ceremony that is designed to imply ancient writerly practices but is instead just an attempt to avoid having to read any reviews of any sort
3. Buy a lot of cheese, which is something I go to in times of both celebration and devastation. Then I will be covered for all eventualities.
Writing this book was quite an epic experience. I wrote the entire thing while backpacking round South America. If you are not a writer you will think, ‘wow! how amazing that must have been!’
If you are a writer you will be muttering, ‘were you out of your f*cking mind?’
It’s not something I’ll be trying again in a hurry. Quite apart from the fact that the very last thing you want to do when you’re in the middle of the most spectacular scenery you’ve even seen is write, there were a million other drawbacks. If you are currently bored and would like to learn about why you should never travel and write at the same time, take a look at my Marie Claire blog archive any time between June 2010 and November 2011. You’ll see why.
Anyway, it was a stupid thing to do but I did eventually get the thing finished and it’s ready to go. Penguin reckon it’s even funnier than the first book and the consensus among the coterie of friends I’ve given it to read (um, that’s The Man and my sister) is that it’s totally brilliant. I’ve read the thing too many times to have any sort of an opinion.
Charley Lambert has worked hard at creating a perfect life. She has an aspirational flat, a job of international significance and a very good pair of legs, thanks to a rigorous health and fitness regime. Best of all, her boss has asked her out after seven years’ hard flirting and a covert fumble in a mop cupboard.
Then she breaks her leg in three places, watches her boss propose to someone else and – horror – is forced to hand over her job to her nasty deputy. Charley, a certified workaholic, fears that she will go mad.
Dangerously bored, she starts helping people who are talentless at internet dating. Then William arrives in her inbox and rocks her world. Helpless, she watches herself fall in love with this unknown man and discovers she’s not who she thought she was.
But can she turn her back on her old life – all for a total stranger?
HERE’S a sneak preview of the first chapter!
And here’s what some of the early book blogger reviews say:
“An excellent read” READ THE REVIEW HERE
***** “Laugh out loud” READ THE REVIEW HERE
“I absolutely loved this book” READ THE REVIEW HERE
If you’d like to win a copy of this tome, signed, along with a signed copy of my first novel, you can do so very easily. Simply sign up for my blog – the link is on the right hand side of this page – and retweet one of my ‘WIN’ shouts on twitter. And then you could be one of the very first people in THE WORLD to have a copy of my second novel. That would surely guarantee you a totally amazing life.
Enjoy the first weekend of 2013. X