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AJ hits the big time! Jo Cannon up for award! and win a signed copy of 'Falling': audiobook of the week by Julie Cohen;
4 October 2016

Book of the Week is actually a reprise of my mentor Julie Cohen's latest novel. Launched in August, it's called 'Falling' in the UK. But in the US it's 'the Day of Second Chances' and it's fabulous.

Hence the audiobook title, and that's what I've been 'reading' this week. 

WIN A SIGNED PAPERBACK COPY! All you have to do is to leave me a comment below - it won't show up immediately so don't worry! And the chances are pretty good so do enter! I will randomly pick the winner and contact you via the email you register with, closes Friday 14th October. The paperback copy of Falling, (aka The Day of Second Chances in the US and on audiobook) will be sent soon afterwards!


Julie always gives us a heartfelt, carefully-woven tale of relationships and emotions and this one is no exception. What is always original though is what the heroines 'are.' In other books it might have been their job or some aspect of their personality or being. In this one, it's a bit of all three - based around three women from the same family, from different generations. The youngest is struggling with her infatuation with her best pal, who is also female. The oldest is a stroppy Doctor character - whom I love - Honor is feisty despite having a broken hip. And Jo the mother is in between both of them, with an interesting back story. 

The audiobook is read by Jilly Bond, a quirky older narrator and after I got used to her distinctive enunciation I really liked the way she reads the novel - I pictured an old teacher when I was at school during storytime. Think Penelope Wilton in Downton. But her dialogue performance is excellent.

"Honor’s secret threatens to rob her of the independence she’s guarded ferociously for eighty years.

Jo’s secret could smash apart the ‘normal’ family life she’s fought so hard to build.

Lydia’s could bring her love - or the loss of everything that matters to her.

Grandmother, mother and daughter – three women whose lives are falling apart. But one summer’s day, a single dramatic moment will force their secrets into the open.

Can they save each other from falling?"

Having been a Richard and Judy book of the month author, Julie gets attention when she publishes a new book - eg

"Tears you apart and puts you together again" (Katie Fforde)

"Gripping, intriguing, unique and gut-wrenchingly poignant . . . brilliantly original" (Heat)

"Beautifully crafted and utterly compelling . . . reflects perfectly the ecstatic highs and thundering lows of love, friendship and family." (Lucy Robinson)

"This moving novel will make you laugh and cry in equal measures and you won't be able to put it down" (Sunday Express)

And on amazon, one reviewer writes -

"...I love this book. I love the fact that the entre narrative discuses how strong women are and that they are even stronger when they support each other. The bonds between grandmother, mother and daughter are also fully explored, as is the delicate relationship between mother and daughter-in-law.

This book really was like a breath of fresh air and will make you evaluate the relationships that you have with the important women in your own life."

Find the ebook and paperback on amazon here Audiobook to come.

Join Julie's Writing Workshop for Published Authors in March 2017

And don't forget what I've mentioned before - come away for a three night stay to Folly Farm in Bristol to meet Julie (and me!) and Rowan Coleman and hear a talk from top agent Lizzy Kramer 

Go here to find out more and to book.

other news - 

- AJ hits the big time! Another friend has done it! Picador have signed up AJ Pearce, another Julie Cohen alumnus like me and Jo Cannon - my blog about it will be here. Full interview to come!

- Fancy some top writing tips from top authors? In a recent Guardian post, writers like William Boyd gave their top tips - read them here.

Former police officer offers consulting service - how brilliant - access to the horse's mouth for a fact-check, from Stuart Gibbon a former DCI in London - he says :

'I've helped writers with many different topics from the role of the Coroner in suspicious deaths, how the police promotion system works to forensic procedures and Court sentencing guidelines. One of the most interesting was explaining how the police would deal with a person in prison who had confessed to a serious crime (you may recognise this if you've read 'The Missing', by CL Taylor if you haven't keep an eye out for it!!!)
I also talk with Writing Groups on the subject of 'Murder investigation' and have a couple of national conferences booked for later this year as a speaker. I take the audience through a Murder case (using a generic case study) from discovery of a body to the arrest and detention of a suspect, explaining the challenges facing Detectives in such cases.'
What a great idea! Maybe when I'm running my own retreats one day we can book him to come do a talk! 

 Click here to read more

Joanna Cannon up for an award Speaking of the successful lady herself, do go vote for her as upcoming author in the Book Bag awards - go here to find out more - click here for 'love letter to a bookshop blog' - vote by 14th November here.

- Jo is also at Carlisle library this Saturday 8th october 11am, giving a talk - do go!

- and listen to Jo's latest interview on NTS - the kind of thing AJ will have to get used to once she's hitting the big time too! go here to find out if you're with the flock or against it #goatsandSheep

Beginners’ Guide And if you’re a complete beginner and want to self-publish, my basic guide can be found here - beginner's tips for self-publishing - a summary of info, sites and links to help you on your way. Including my guest blog on prestigious industry website,, Go here to read more.

Archives Don’t forget to check out the other archives (to the left) for even more fabulous hints, tips, links and blogs.

Best wishes



My books - For the full list of my fiction and non fiction novels, novellas, short stories - info and links to buy them just go here. or see below.

As usual, here’s the round up of my own titles! I’d appreciate a review on Amazon (go here) and Goodreads (go here)! Enjoy! x

eBooks - all available on Amazon – paperback or eBook (kindle or kindle app or kindle on PC or Mac)

paperbacks – five fiction titles all available in paperback – via Amazon – see below.




HAWAIIAN TRILOGY (2013/4) – romantic fiction in either steamy or PG options!

Book 1 Hawaiian Escape Steamy or Hawaiian Escape PG, the prequel to Hawaiian Affair - is now available on Amazon in eBook or paperback in both PG original and steamy (just released last week!).

Book 2 Hawaiian Affair Steamy - now called Take a Chance on Me, with Choc Lit publisher available on Amazon. Paperback coming to shops Dec 2015! yay!

Book 3 Hawaiian Retreat - Helen's Story - Just click this link to see steamy version. Paperback also available

DIARY OF A WANNABE SHOPPING CHANNEL PRESENTER – a stand alone story – Bridget Jones meets Alan Partridge meets Eddie Murphy in ‘Holy Man’ –click here to buy Ebook on amazon, and click here to buy paperback.



‘When Dreams Return’ (2014) – spooky romantic short story – when Chelle’s pal Sara gets her to conjure up her ideal man with a full moon magic spell, she gets more than she bargained for… also appears in Hocus Pocus anthology.

The Valentine’s Surprise (2010) is a short story proving it’s never too late to find your Sir Galahad!

And Work in Progress, a compendium in paperback of Dairy of a Wannabe plus the two short stories in one volume.

Also – for Hallowe’en – an anthology of short spooky stories by 13 authors including many new shorts and my When Dreams Return in paperback! Hocus Pocus ’14 – ebook or paperback.

'Battle of the Exes', written for Valentine's Day 2015, features in 'Roses are Red' anthology of six short stories on Amazon ebook and paperback too.


Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – the ‘When’ Diet - is my semi-autobiographical weight loss book – updated for 2014 to include the latest thinking about nutrition. Learn how to eat like slim people do.

Go here to get Till the Fat Lady Slims 3.0 – Tips and Tale to Inspire on amazon

Go here to get its predecessor (read 2.0 first) Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – the When diet on amazon

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