Caroline Fardig’s new novel – Bad Medicine

Having read the first two in the Lizzie Hart series, I can’t wait to read this third instalment from fab author Caroline Fardig :)


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Lizzie Hart is overjoyed that six whole months have passed without a single murder in the sleepy town of Liberty. It’s also been six months since Blake Morgan heartlessly dumped her, but she’s determined to get over him. She’s slimmed down, ready to party, and injury-free, except for a little nagging pain in her ankle. She’s also very single, but her friends are doing everything in their power to fix that—including setting her up on one disastrous blind date after another.

Lizzie’s reprieve is short-lived when an old friend of hers is found dead from an apparent drug overdose. She wants to write it off as bad behavior after having seen the guy cheating on his wife with the new chiropractor in town. However, when she sees that same chiropractor playing doctor with another man who ends up dead, she worries there could be murder afoot.

Doing her best to stay on the right side of the law this time, Lizzie decides to go straight to the police with her suspicions. Unfortunately, the only cop available to speak with her is the stern yet hot new detective who has already given her a traffic ticket and a reprimand for public intoxication. Not surprisingly, he brushes her off, leaving her no choice but to begin snooping on her own. Lizzie soon learns she’s going to need help to get to the bottom of this mystery, but her best partner in crime solving, Blake, has turned into her worst enemy.

Can Lizzie and Blake find a way to work together to catch the killer…or will they kill each other first?

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About Caroline Fardig:

Headshot%20copyCAROLINE FARDIG is the author of the LIZZIE HART MYSTERIES series and the forthcoming DEATH BEFORE DECAF, available November 2015 through Random House. Her eclectic working career included occupations of schoolteacher, church organist, insurance agent, funeral parlor associate, and stay-at-home mom before she realized that she wanted to be a writer when she grew up. Born and raised in a small town in Indiana, Fardig still lives in that same town with an understanding husband, two sweet kids, two energetic dogs, and one malevolent cat.

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Take That live – something you’ll never forget

Seeing Take That live is not like any other concert. They don’t just stand on stage and sing. It’s a theatrical stage show with plenty of flair, over the top costumes, special effects, and amazing sets. They put on a show like no other, and are the best band I’ve ever seen live (as a 5, 4 or 3 piece!)

There was a good mixture of old and new, with some great songs from the new album but also the old classics we all love like Relight My Fire, Could It Be Magic and Back For Good. My favourite song ever is Shine – always fab live, and of course great songs like Rule the World and Patience are always crowd favourites. They ended with Never Forget, the crowd with their hands in the air and yellow confetti showering over us.

Everyone stood up from the very beginning, singing, dancing, clapping, cheering. These days you get a real mixture of concert-goers, including many men… the atmosphere was electric, the guys amazing…

A very happy Thatter here. Can’t wait for the next time :)

Take That fan? Check out my book The Truth About Ellen – about a girl who meets her celebrity crush :)

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Extract from Treading on Dreams by Jeff Gardiner

Today I’m featuring some information about Jeff Gardiner’s novel Treading on Dreams – looking forward to reading this one :)

Unrequited Love

It’s the worst thing in the world: being in love, or even obsessed with someone who doesn’t feel the same way about you.

“Let’s just be friends” or “I don’t feel the same way about you” are terrible phrases to hear. There’s very little you can do about it whilst clinging on to your dignity, unless you plan to provoke or bore them into eventual submission. The message is pretty clear.treading on dreams

It’s not easy to then ignore the images, emotions, thoughts and fantasies dominating your mind, as those cruel words echo through it (usually when you wake up at 3am). But just for your own sanity you’ve got to decide whether to continue with the friendship and hope – risking serious hurt as you watch them get involved in other relationships; or to give up on them entirely.

In Treading On Dreams, Donny is obsessed with Selena who is engaged to the perfect man. But Donny refuses to give up, and he bides his time. It’s a risky strategy, which is very likely to go horribly wrong.

I wrote Treading On Dreams in an attempt to explore how those feelings of hope and desire mix with the jealousy and anger rising from romantic and sexual rejection. Donny attempts to distract himself from his obsession by enjoying other sensual and sometimes overwhelming new experiences, guided by his dubious friend, Jaz. It’s contemporary fiction, with twenty-something characters learning about love (or not).


Donny is obsessed with his housemate, Selena – but his love is unrequited. He enthusiastically accepts her willing friendship, which only fuels his deepening fantasies.

Jaz is their crazy landlord who likes sleeping with women – lots of them. He takes pleasure in educating the once innocent Donny in the hedonistic pleasures of sex, drugs and rock’n’roll. It blows Donny’s mind.

Selena is engaged to Melvin – the perfect man – but is also keen to befriend the ever-demanding Donny … until she falls pregnant and her wedding looms.

Donny expresses his true feelings at the wedding, causing mayhem and anger. But there remains a chink of hope: perhaps Selena’s marriage to Melvin is not quite as perfect as it seems.


Donny sat in his room reading, until interrupted by a light tap on his door.

‘Is it okay if I come in?’


He jumped up and opened the door. ‘Of course. I always allow beautiful women into my bedroom.’ She didn’t respond with her usual coy smile.

‘I need to have a chat with you, Donny. Is now a good time?’ She sat on the corner of the bed and he sat next to her, carefully cradling his drink.

‘Donny, I get this feeling you and I have been getting quite close recently and I’ve really enjoyed your company and friendship.’

Donny’s face went hot.

‘Yes, it’s been wonderful. I love being with you.’

‘Well, I don’t think we should spend so much time together.’

Blood pumped in his ears and it almost deafened him. ‘Sorry?’

‘I only want us to be friends. I don’t want any more than that, Donny.’

‘Oh… no, okay.’ However, it wasn’t him speaking; he was a character in a corny film.

She walked out without looking at him or saying another word.


The phrase haunted Donny’s mind, echoing through the lonely darkness of each night: ‘I only want us to be friends.’ He imagined Selena saying it to him with her face warped into a mocking snarl.

After a while, the tablets started to lose their effect and waiting to drift into sleep was a tortured agony, but the more he thought about sleep, the more awake he felt.

How stupid he was to believe he ever had a chance with Selena. Scared of bursting into tears when meeting her, he avoided her for a few days, until one day he walked in on her making a cup of tea.

They both smiled politely but managed to avoid a conversation. Once Selena had made her drink, she quickly scuttled off to her room for the evening.

Donny struggled to put his thoughts together with his mind a jumble of loss, vulnerability, and dismay.

About Jeff:

Jeff is a British author and editor, born in Nigeria, now living in West Sussex. Treading On Dreams is published by Tirgearr, and his other novels are Myopia and Igboland (both published by Crooked Cat), and he also has a collection of short stories and a non-fiction work to his name. Jeff recently gave up teaching to concentrate on writing, editing and performing, and has just signed a three book deal with Accent Press for his ‘Gaia’trilogy.

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The Truth About Ellen – new romantic comedy novel – out now!

Today is the day: my fourth chick-lit novel The Truth About Ellen is now available to download to your e-reader, tablet or phone! :)

You can buy it from: Amazon UK – or – Amazon US – and it’ll soon be available from all other online e-book sellers.

Please don’t forget to share on social media and to tell your friends, family, colleagues, hairdresser, pets, enemies and anyone else who’ll listen :) And if you enjoy, please go back to Amazon and leave a nice review so other readers can hear about it.

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It’s every girl’s dream to date a pop star…

When Ellen starts dating Tom, a member of the band she adored as a teenager, she can’t believe how lucky she is. She neglects to mention that she’s a huge fan because that just wouldn’t be cool, would it?

Ellen also keeps quiet about how she once spent an evening with Tom’s ex-bandmate/ex-best friend Jasper, her long-term celebrity crush. Tom doesn’t need to know about that, it’s all in the past.

That is until Tom and Jasper get back in touch… and the truth threatens to ruin everything Ellen has ever dreamed of…

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Random facts: The Truth About Ellen

So, just 3 days to go until the release of my fourth novel The Truth About Ellen.

Here are some random facts:

  • Ellen has a ginger cat called Bob
  • Ellen’s Gran has a little story all of her own …
  • I wrote this story in about 6 months, but it’s been in my head for about 6 years
  • When I tell friends about the blurb (see below), they ask if this story is my Take That fantasy and the characters are based on Gary Barlow and Robbie Williams! Ha! For the record, although I’m sure I’ve got some inspiration from my Thatter (and other bands) fandom, the characters are entirely fictional
  • Having said that, I would probably behave in the same way Ellen does if I met one of Take That (i.e. get over-excited)
  • Most of the story was written with my dog Poppy sitting besides me
  • Several “cool” cars feature in the story, including a Porsche 911, an Austin Healey and a Bugatti Veyron
  • Ellen travels to Monaco, I visited it a few years back – very cool place

The-Truth-About-EllenThe Truth About Ellen

It’s every girl’s dream to date a pop star…

When Ellen starts dating Tom, a member of the band she adored as a teenager, she can’t believe how lucky she is. She neglects to mention that she’s a huge fan because that just wouldn’t be cool, would it?

Ellen also keeps quiet about how she once spent an evening with Tom’s ex-bandmate/ex-best friend Jasper, her long-term celebrity crush. Tom doesn’t need to know about that, it’s all in the past.

That is until Tom and Jasper get back in touch… and the truth threatens to ruin everything Ellen has ever dreamed of…

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Confessions of a Take That fan

I remember listening to ‘It Only Takes A Minute’ on repeat in my bedroom. I was just at the start of the longest crush of my life. Soon, posters started appearing in that same room, covering every surface including the ceiling and even around my window ledge.

I had t-shirts, necklaces, books, stickers, scrapbooks, videos… I went to concerts and nearly wept just knowing that I was breathing the same air as Gary, Robbie, Mark, Howard and Jason. I was crazy for them. I knew every lyric. I thought about them all the time.

Then I matured a little. When they split up, I didn’t cry (honest). I did get excited when TT got back together and I’ve seen them several times as an adult (albeit I screamed just a little less than I did in the ’90s and didn’t get quite so giddy).

But I grew up a bit more, and got a life, and although I still adore Take That (as a 5-piece, or 3-piece or as solo artists), I’d say my fandom is now rather healthy. I love them, but I’m not obsessed.

So, sound familiar? Did you have a teen crush that you still admire?

Well, so did Ellen, the heroine in my new book.

The Truth About EllenFour Ape were the band she adored as a teen, and she particularly had a thing for gorgeous Jasper Ryan. When the band split up and went their own ways, she continued to follow Jasper’s solo career. One day, age 21, she even followed him all the way to his hotel room.

Now, she’s 28 and to her utter delight she meets Tom, another band member. They start dating but Ellen decides not to tell him she was a huge Four Ape fan. Or that she’s spent an evening with his ex-band-mate/ex-best-friend. He doesn’t need to know, right?

But then Jasper comes back into Tom’s life and the truth about Ellen could potentially ruin everything she’s ever dreamed of…

The Truth About Ellen is released on 19 May 2015 :)

The Truth About Ellen – my new chick lit novel

My next book The Truth About Ellen is released next month, hurrah!

So, what’s it all about, I keep being asked. Well, that’s what I’m here to tell you…

Ellen became a fan of the pop/rock band Four Ape when she was 13. She went crazy for the band, saw them in concert and plastered posters of them all over her bedroom wall. Jasper Ryan, the lead singer, was her favourite and she had a huge crush on him.

When she was 18, the band split up and Jasper launched a huge solo career which Ellen continued to follow. She even got to meet and spend an evening with him… but that was a long time ago.

Now Ellen is 28, and she meets another band member – Tom the bass guitarist – during a weekend away. It doesn’t seem important to mention that was she is super-fan, or that she’s met Jasper before, as they’re just going to have a fling. Tom hasn’t seen Jasper in years, and surely Jasper wouldn’t remember Ellen anyway.

But when the fling turns into something more serious, Ellen wonders if Tom should’ve been told the truth from the beginning. Especially when Jasper arrives back in Tom’s life, and everything gets turned upside down.

Ellen’s living the dream, but will the truth ruin everything?

The Truth About Ellen will be released on 19th May 2015 :)