Guest Post: In Her Words author @Joannewriter and her Favourite Characters @LoveBooksGroup

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While she seems to have
it all, Sophie Knight is looking for more. When gorgeous and carefree Michael Frisk walks into her life, he offers the excitement and passion she desires.

Sophie is willing to risk
everything she has. After all, she is used to concealing things from her husband—like her alcoholism, her unhappiness. But soon she has more to hide. She wakes up one morning in an alcoholic haze and finds bruises on her body, but has no recollection of what
happened to her. Was she raped?

When unsettling notes and
mysterious phone calls start, Sophie wonders whom she should turn to. Is Michael the cause of the frightening things happening in her life, or is he the answer to her problems?

Guest Post:J.S Ellis' Favourite Characters

For my debut novel "In Her Words" the favourite character to write was by far Sophie, the main character. Despite having it all; the apartment, the husband, the career, and financial security, she’s an empty person. This reflects in her drinking problem. She hides her drinking from her husband and starts to write in a diary to keep an account of her behaviour. She goes out one night with a friend and is awakened the next day by her husband, Richard with bruises all over her body and has no memory of what had happened to her. She suspects, she had been raped but couldn’t be too sure. She starts to investigate what might have happened to her that fateful night. Michael walks in her life and claims she had partied with him and his friends that night. Although something tells her he’s hiding something. 

Now, she has more to hide from her from husband. I loved writing her inner thoughts which pour out in her diary. I created more obstacles for her when Michael steps in. He offers what the elder Richard can’t, and Michael being his twenties, reminds her what she had missed in her youth as, she spent most of her time at home studying. While Michael is open to the world. She starts to question her choices, were they the right ones and Michael reminds her of her adolescence and the freedom of it. 
Michael offers to help her but she finds herself falling for him. He’s gorgeous and irresistible. She feels she can be honest with him about her drinking because he knows who she is. Things get even more complicated when she starts a passionate love affair with him. I enjoyed writing their interactions and planning out their dialogue. Page after page her complexity increased, so did her drinking and desperation. But of course, as a writer, you become drawn to your characters and they become your friends as you spend so much time with them but it is also our job to make the journey as hard as possible for the characters and give the reader something to root for or relate too. While writing I did sometimes shake my head because of the mistakes she did but at least, by the end, she had learned from them. 

About J.S Ellis:


J.S Ellis is a thriller author.
 She’s currently working on an adult Dystopian series called the Chaperone. She’s also working on another thriller novel, for now, it’s called Opium, as it’s still a wip.

J.S always liked to scribble from a young age but started writing by the age of sixteen. She spent all this time, enhancing and learning about the craft. Writing is her passion books are her obsession.

She has a degree in Creative Writing, English literature, and digital marketing. She works in an accountancy firm. She lives in Malta with her fiancé. When she’s not writing or reading, she’s either cooking, eating cheese, and chocolate, or listening to good music and enjoying a glass of wine or two.

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Guest Post: Conspiracy of Wolves author @CandaceMRobb and her Favourite Characters @severnhouse @LoveBooksGroup

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1374. When a member of one of York's most prominent families is found dead in the woods, his throat torn out, rumours spread like wildfire that wolves are running loose throughout the city. Persuaded to investigate by the victim's father, Owen Archer is convinced that a human killer is responsible. But before he can gather sufficient evidence to prove his case, a second body is discovered, stabbed to death. Is there a connection? What secrets are contained within the victim's household? And what does apprentice healer Alisoun know that she's not telling? Teaming up with Geoffrey Chaucer, who is in York on a secret mission on behalf of Prince Edward, Owen's enquiries will draw him headlong into a deadly conspiracy. 

Guest Post: Candace Robb's Favourite Characters to Write

One of the best parts of writing a series is that characters move along with me from book to book, revealing more of themselves with each appearance. The longer I work with a character, peeling away their outward shell to delve more deeply, excavating layer upon layer, the more complex she or he becomes, the more nuanced. Most intriguing of all is the healer Magda Digby, the Riverwoman. Though I created her—supposedly—she mystifies me. There’s always a shimmer in the air when she arrives on the page. She insinuated herself into The Apothecary Rose, her role growing from a cameo appearance in early drafts of the book, the grieving mother weeping over her son’s grave, to the final version in which she is a minor but notable character. A chance comment from my agent at the time, a former editor, after reading an early draft—an interesting character. Will we see her again?—suggested that she might warrant another look. That must be what woke her. Gradually, as I revised, she inspired brief scenes; I saw a role for her, and a far richer identity. The elderly woman in mourning expanded into the enigmatic healer Owen encounters on his first day in York and comes to respect. This was my first taste of the magic of Magda.

Once I decided to expand on her part, I envisioned her as a gifted healer with deep knowledge of roots and herbs, and a healthy dose of skepticism about her fellow mortals, and the Church. In 14th century England the power of the Church was second only to that of the king—and in some things, exceeded that of the king. From the beginning Magda stands out as a non-Christian in this world, questioning all that Owen, Lucie, and their community accept as part of their faith.

But from the first, mystery swirled around Magda. Folk wondered how old she was. And where did she find the Viking wreck that served as the roof of her house on a rock in the river? They feared the dragon that hung upside down over her door, watching all who approached. She spoke in riddles, answering  questions with questions that pointed out a path yet revealed little. I’ve begun to ask myself whether her skills are limited to those available to all healers who study their craft, or whether there is more to her. Owen and I are exploring that together, and I must say we’re both inclined to believe there is far more to her than we imagined. 

About Candace Robb:

Candace Robb has read and researched medieval history for many years, having studied for a Ph.D. in Medieval & Anglo-Saxon Literature. She divides her time between Seattle and the UK, frequently visiting York to research the series. She is the author of ten previous Owen Archer mysteries and three Kate Clifford medieval mysteries. 




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Guest Post: Does Absence Make the Heart Grow Fonder with Eden Interrupted Author @BevHarvey_ @UrbaneBooks @lovebooksgroup

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90s popstar Ben Wilde and his bride Lisa return from honeymoon to find a cuckoo in the nest and a surprise European tour in the diary.

Lisa befriends neighbour Rosemary, who is also home alone while husband Nigel travels for work. But will the women's grim suspicions be confirmed, or does absence make the heart grow paranoid?

In the village, Eden Hill's coffee shop is under new management with the arrival of divorced Mum, Chloe, and troubled teen son, Jake. But serving flat whites leaves Chloe feeling, well, flat until she meets Caleb, a widowed father of two; if only Jake and Caleb weren't at loggerheads.

New to Eden Hill are Jan and Martin Bevan, but a frosty reception leaves them wondering if they've made a huge mistake.

From the writer of Seeking Eden, Eden Interrupted is another sizzling slice-of-life drama where paths (and swords) cross, and misunderstandings abound. Perfect for fans of Fiona Gibson and Marian Keyes.  

Guest Post:

Does absence make the heart grow fonder or is it a case of out of sight, out of mind?

By Beverley Harvey

Two women, two absent husbands: When friends and neighbours Lisa Dixon and Rosemary Bradshaw find themselves home alone in the suburban new town of Eden Hill, it isn’t long before loneliness and suspicion set in. 
Forty-something Lisa is shocked when Ben Wilde, her faded-Rockstar husband, is unexpectedly whisked away on a European tour, cutting short the honeymoon and rousing Lisa’s hitherto unseen jealous streak.  Meanwhile, neighbour Rosemary finds herself quietly relieved when her husband, businessman Nigel, begins frequently staying away overnight.  
Couples forced to live apart is one of the themes I explore in Eden Interrupted, my second novel and the sequel to Seeking Eden. It’s a subject I know something about; barely a week passes when my real-life partner doesn’t have to board a plane for work. It can be frustrating, lonely and boring. Fortunately, we’re both used to the routine, speak several times a day on the phone and make the very best of our weekends together. But what happens if your soulmate is called away for months at a time? 
For many years I lived in a prosperous, suburban new town in Semi-rural Kent which inspired Eden Hill, the setting for my novels. There, it was not unusual for couples to live apart for long spells as many of the men (and increasingly the women) went off to pursue lucrative contracts abroad or in other parts of the UK.  This style of work often results in a life of material comfort, but at what price? 
In the case of Lisa and Rosemary in Eden Interrupted, both encounter serious relationship problems and for entirely different reasons. We see Lisa’s evolution from bubbly, temptress and sex-kitten in Seeking Eden to peri-menopausal clinging-vine in the sequel – which puts a huge strain on Ben and Lisa’s new marriage. 
Rosemary on the other hand, realises that she and her young daughter Iris are happier when her dull and portentous husband, is travelling for work. Readers soon learn the shocking truth about Nigel – but will Rosemary ever discover his dark secret?
Lisa and Rosemary are just two of the conflicted and eminently relatable characters in Eden Interrupted. Readers will revisit Martin and Jan who are struggling to settle in their new home, as well as meeting new arrivals divorcé Chloe and her troubled teenage son Jake. 
I’m fascinated by real lives and truly believe there’s no such thing as an ordinary person. Every one of us experiences unique challenges, highs and lows, and each of us is the star of our own show; as the saying goes ‘there’s nowt so queer as folk’.  

Eden Interrupted, Urbane Publications, from 6th June 2019. 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Eden-Interrupted-Beverley-Harvey/dp/1912666383/

About Beverly Harvey:

For almost thirty years Beverley Harvey has worked in the communications industry. Beverley (Bev to her friends) recently swapped PR campaigns for plot lines and completed her first novel; she continues to supply words for businesses across several sectors. When not writing or reading, Bev enjoys listening to rock and indie music, cooking, baking, and keeping fit. An animal lover she is inspired by nature, art and life's daily trials and tribulations. Born in Yorkshire, and raised in South London, Beverley now lives in Chichester with her partner.  

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