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.

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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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…

The Truth About Ellen is available to pre-order from:

Amazon UK  / Amazon.com

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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 :)

Moving house stress

So, I’ve been a bit quiet these past months; the reason being is that I’m in the process of moving house.

Life seems to have revolved around decisions, viewings, forms, packing, cleaning, yet more forms, calls to estate agents and/or lawyers, more bloody forms, cardboard box gathering, more packing, another blooming form …… then a big delay … I think there’s some light at the end of the tunnel, but wow has this been a roller-coaster of stress and ups and downs.

Also; my thought for the day – how weird is it that I’ve spent in total 20 minutes, maximum, in this house I’m about to purchase. I spent far, far longer deciding where to go on holiday last year, and that was just a fraction of the cost.

But: it’s going to be worth it. It better be.

Tomorrow I’m going to blog about my new book: The Truth About Ellen – out on 19 May. Hurrah!

Have a lovely long Easter weekend, chums!

Milton Keynes

Milton Keynes has a bit of a bad reputation, which for the most part, is pretty unfair. So here’s a blog about my hometown:

Common myths about Milton Keynes:

  1. It’s a concrete city – no way! MK has loads of parks, lakes, and more trees than any other city in Europe.
  2. It all looks the same – maybe from the road, but come and look closer, and you’ll see it’s not.
  3. Milton Keynes is boring. Nope. We’ve got indoor skiing and skydiving, night clubs, tonnes of restaurants, an amazing theatre, a football team, Europe’s longest shopping centre, water sports, museums … to name but a few.

What it does lack, I admit:

  1. A bit of character – everything is new and modern.
  2. Mountains or hills with a view … it’s pretty flat around here.
  3. Infrastructure (they’ve built all these houses but the hospital and other facilities cannot cope)

Great things about MK:

  1. You’re never more than 15 minutes away from whatever you need.
  2. It’s in the middle of the country, so it’s easy to visit London or travel north.
  3. Some amazing people live here ;)

Ramble over.

One hundred facts about me

I have stolen this idea from someone else’s blog and now I can’t remember who (apologies if it was you – great idea and thanks!)

100 facts about me:

    1. I was born in the early ’80’s
    2. in Northampton, England.
    3. My parents are Rob & Jackie,
    4. they gave me a great upbringing.
    5. Although, my first word was ‘shit’. Seriously.
    6. I’m left handed,
    7. and I love giraffes.
    8. I have a brother
    9. and his name is Dan.
    10. Plus three step-siblings,
    11. 23 first cousins,
    12. lots of in-laws, aunts, uncles,
    13. and eight nieces and nephews.
    14. I have lived in Milton Keynes my whole life.
    15. As a teen I was mostly in love with Take That
    16. and Boyzone…
    17. I know all the lyrics to ‘Let’s get ready to Rhumble’ by PJ & Duncan.
    18. I’m surprisingly unashamed of number 17.
    19. I left school age 18.
    20. Since then I’ve had some very boring, dull jobs,
    21. And a few good ones too.
    22. Right now I work in Marketing Communications,
    23. for a company that’s considered a ‘Superbrand’.
    24. I started dating Nathaniel Smith when I was 21.
    25. I married him when I was 22.
    26. He’s my best friend and
    27. I love him.
    28. I have a 14 year old step-daughter,
    29. and she wants to be a chef.
    30. She’s another of my best friends.
    31. I also love to cook,
    32. and you can find some of my favourite recipes here.
    33. I subscribe to BBC Good Food magazine.
    34. I love to walk my dog.
    35. Her name is Poppy
    36. and she’s a golden retriever.
    37. I also have a cat
    38. and her name is Amber.
    39. I am always dreaming about my next holiday.
    40. I’ve been to France several times,
    41. and the USA,
    42. Greece,
    43. Belgium,
    44. Spain,
    45. Switzerland,
    46. Italy,
    47. and a few more.
    48. My favourite place so far is the Swiss Alps
    49. or maybe the Grand Canyon.
    50. I really want to go to Austria.
    51. Last year I went to NYC,
    52. Washington, D.C.
    53. and Niagara Falls.
    54. It was a pretty awesome trip.
    55. I love yellow
    56. and purple.
    57. And my favourite foods are lobster,
    58. and crab,
    59. and good quality chocolate.
    60. I’ve met a few famous people,
    61. like Zach Braff,
    62. Ronan Keating from Boyzone,
    63. and Chris Moyles.
    64. There are more, but I don’t want to bore you.
    65. I have a microprolactinoma.
    66. I love books.
    67. My favourite genre is Chick-Lit.
    68. My favourite author is Jane Austen.
    69. Followed by Paige Toon.
    70. I also love to write.
    71. I have been writing stories since I can remember.
    72. In 2012 I finished my first novel.
    73. It’s called Amy & Zach.
    74. Which is written in the first person,
    75. and alternates between Amy’s voice and Zach’s.
    76. It was published in January 2013
    77. by Crooked Cat Publishing.
    78. My second novel is called Izzy’s Cold Feet.
    79. This was also published by Crooked Cat.
    80. It’s about a girl called Izzy
    81. who’s not sure about marrying her fiance, Greg.
    82. She thinks a lot about the boyfriends in her past
    83. maybe she should marry one of them instead?
    84. You’ll have to read it to find out.
    85. My third book came out in September 2014.
    86. It’s called Independent Jenny,
    87. and it’s about a woman whose husband cheats,
    88. sending her into emotional turmoil.
    89. It’s mostly set in Bath
    90. and the Isle of Skye.
    91. I love both of these places.
    92. Now, I’m working on my fourth novel.
    93. The main character is called Ellen.
    94. I’ll tell you more about her soon…
    95. I really think I should blog more,
    96. and read more,
    97. and dance more often,
    98. and eat more raspberries.
    99. I bloody love raspberries.
    100. I quite enjoyed doing this.