Guest Post: The Inspiration for The Story After Us by @fionaperrin @lovebooksgroup

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Sometimes the end is just the beginning...

If she tries very hard, Ami can remember when she used to have a dynamic and exciting career and a husband who she loved more than life itself, and who was equally smitten with her...

Now she has two children, a terrifyingly large mortgage, and no idea who she has become - or why she and her husband can't even be in the same room anymore.

With life as she knew it in tatters around her, Ami is heartbroken, and in no way pulling off 'consciously uncoupling' like a celeb. But she's starting to wonder if she just might come out the other side and be... happier?

As funny as Helen Fielding, as poignantly touching as Marian Keyes, Fiona Perrin's dazzling debut is a story that is as much about finding out who you really are again, as it is about the exhausting balancing act of motherhood. Unmissable for women everywhere.

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Guest Post: The Inspiration

The Story After Us was inspired by me very unconsciously uncoupling from a husband I loved very much, a long time ago: it’s important to say that it was inspired by that, but it’s definitely not my story. Instead, I took that experience, of two people who loved each other very much but still found that life with careers and kids got in the way and made it into the story of Ami and Lars.

It really asks, is love enough to keep you together when life gets really tough? And then it asks what the story after happy ever after might look like? I’ve been lucky enough to ‘come out the other side’ and find happiness in a new marriage and have a very modern, blended family now of kids, step-parents and so on who all get on with each other mostly. So again, that was an inspiration – that there is life after love.

Q&A with Igniting the Shadows author Rebecca Jayne Heipel @TSW_rjh

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Light is shed on the shadow of the unknown with tales of power, unwanted responsibilities, past lives and how it all came to be.

18 year old Lian and her best friend Bruce move to Switzerland to study abroad. While Bruce struggles with his feelings for Lian, she is pursued by the school jerk Darin. Lian's reoccurring nightmares push her to question both her friendship with Bruce and her own identity.

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Q&A:



What is the inspiration behind your book?

Most of my novels, this one included, is a mixture of a single thought, daydream or nightmare brought to life by my love of music.  I find music paints pictures in my head and that is how most of my stories come to life.  This novel, in particular, was also inspired by my desire to put movies into a readable format.  So that you too will hopefully have images that dance in your minds when you read it.

Guest Post: History is a Mystery by Haunted Broch Author @WendyHJones @lovebooksgroup

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A Scottish Broch.

An archaeologist scorned.

A ghost disturbed.

The Detective Duo, Fergus and Flora, are spending their summer on an archaeological dig, searching for the Lost Broch. 

But someone—or something—seems set on sabotaging the project. An infestation of spiders—a swarm of mice—the campsite trashed—who knew archaeology could be so dangerous? 

And is the Lost Broch really under a curse?  

Guest Post: History is a Mystery


When it comes to writing mystery books, I am never short of inspiration. Life provides me with a rich source of ideas. The saying, ‘fact is stranger than fiction’ is so true. I am fascinated by modern day society as well as history, and I love travelling to other countries to immerse myself in new cultures. I have managed to combine all of these into my Fergus and Flora series. Another aspect of life which fascinates me is human nature. Everyone is different and observing people and chatting to them gives you a wide tapestry of characters to draw on.

Fergus and Flora are a couple of normal teens. Yet, they have a curiosity about life and the past which makes them want to find out more. Like most teens, they think they know better than the adults and that they are invincible. I wanted to make them as realistic as possible but allow them to get into the sorts of scrapes that is often not possible in modern day society. I drew on some elements of the character traits of my nieces for Flora. Fergus is based on an amalgam of my friends’ sons.

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