Instructions For Failing In Love @Blondewritemore #Q&A #selfpublished

 

Instruction For Failing In Love

 

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What would you do if your late husband left you a list of instructions on how to fall in love with someone else?

Pippa Browning is faced with this exact dilemma, three years after the death of her husband, Dan.

Buried at the bottom of a drawer are a collection of notebooks full of Dan’s advice on how to live without him.

Pippa’s notebook is red and contains his instructions on how to fall in love again.

But Dan does n’t just want Pippa to fall in love with anyone – Dan’s crazy suggestion is that Pippa should date his handsome friend, Mikey Stenton, a known thrill-seeking ladies’ man.

Reluctant to follow Dan’s advice, Pippa enters the world of dating. She embarks on a humorous journey of self-discovery, with the help of her children and two best friends.

It isn’t long before Pippa is finding it hard to ignore Dan’s instructions and Mikey Stenton.

Is Mikey really the man that everyone thinks him to be? Or was Dan right, and Mikey’s simply been misunderstood?

A heart-warming romantic comedy about motherhood, friendship and finding love, the second time around.

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I first became aware of Lucy through her amusing blog posts and then progressed to following her on social media platforms! I am forever screaming why hasn’t this women got a book deal!!!! So I was so happy to hear she was heading into the world of self-publishing and her book baby is HERE!

Q1: What inspired you to write Instructions For Failing In Love

In the second year of our marriage, my husband was diagnosed with Lymphoma; a cancer of the lymphatic system. At the time we were both 27 years of age. He went through many rounds of chemo and radiotherapy and he endured a lot of gruesome tests, scans and consultations. It was the most frightening year of our life together. We drank a lot of hospital tea, Googled the hell out of his illness, scared ourselves witless with what Google returned, relocated to Wales to be with his family, tried to carry on with normal life whilst he went for chemo, went to the pub a lot and laughed when we felt like crying. Twelve months later he got the all clear. He’s alive and well today and in 2013 he ran the London Marathon to raise money for the cancer charity he supports.

Mad as it sounds but the idea for my debut novel, Instructions For Falling In Love Again, started back when our life was in turmoil. But, I wasn’t ready to become a writer back then so I locked it away at the back of my mind.

When he ran the London Marathon, to celebrate 10 years in remission, back came my memories from when he was sick and so did the idea for a novel. My husband started carrying a little red notebook to record his training schedule. He also left  us all instructions on the fridge and creating wall planners to get us all organised. So, I decided to start writing Pippa’s story.

Q2: If you could go back to when you first started writing what one piece advice would you give yourself?

Not everyone will like your work. Some will and some won’t. Writing is subjective and getting hung up on this is a waste of time.

Q3: What would you say to someone who wants to write?

Write.

Q4: If you weren’t writing what would you be doing?

Talking a lot and making people laugh. I think laughter is so important.

Q5: What are your writing routines?

I don’t really have one. All I know is that when a story comes to me I will binge write it in a few weeks. When I am writing I lock myself away in my head and drive my family crazy. I have been known to leave social gatherings, baby showers and shopping trips after getting an idea to write about.

Q6: Why did you decide to self-publish?

I always knew my writing path would be different. I had an inkling I would end up going in a different direction to others.

Becoming a Featured Romance author on Wattpad and my Roxy Collins series gaining 70,000 followers and 250,000 reads in 3 months, gave me some confidence to start out on my own.

This was fuelled by a lot of positive rejections from literary agents and publishers.

When I was suffering from anxiety and my life felt bleak I knew I had to let the light back in. Writing is my light. The day after I decided to go for it and self-publish, I won a competition run by Emma Mitchell and Sarah Hardy. The prize was a free proofread and blog book tour. It was like the universe was now on my side. Weirdly everything fell into place at an alarming speed. I met my book designer two days later and within a week I had my amazing book cover.

Self-publishing has brought the light back into my life. This is not about climbing the best seller charts. For me, it is about putting my art into the world and getting to talk romance with readers.

I now have eyebrows too 🙂 (see question 10)

Q7: What writing tools do use, and which one could you not live without?

  • The Emotional Thesaurus by Angela Akerman & Becca Puglisi.
  • 10 Steps to Hero by Sacha Black.
  • Writing friends

Q8: Which authors inspired you to write?

Nicola May. She’s shown the world what self-published authors can achieve and her books are excellent.

Q9: Who would you want to play the main characters in your book if your novel was optioned for tv / film?

Pippa should be played by Jessica Biel. I think she’s naturally beautiful and even in old clothes she would still look amazing.

Mikey should be played by Liam Hemsworth. A handsome bad boy with a secret good heart.

Q10: Tell me something about yourself your readers might not know.

At the start of this year I lost my eyebrows and chunks of my hair due to stress. Up until this point I thought stress was something other people suffered from.

My life was filled with anxiety and dark feelings. It didn’t feel like I was in control anymore. So, I decided to change my life. I listed out all the things which were making me unhappy. One of them was letting my writing gather dust in folders after being showered with rejections. It felt like I was writing for my electronic folders. This was making me depressed.

So, I decided to be brave and grabbed control of my life. In one month I found another job (after nine years in the same role), got rid of my company car, went on holiday with my friends and sent my book to an editor.

By the start of May my eyebrows were coming back and my hair had stopped falling out. It is now June and I can’t believe how I have transformed my life.

Thank you Lucy x

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Lucy Mitchell lives in South Wales with her husband, two teenage daughters, a giant Labrador and a gang of unruly cats. She lives in a house with two front doors (which challenges a lot of door-to-door sales agents) and drives a little white car (at a snail’s pace) called Fabby.

When she’s not working or writing, she can be found listening to audiobooks in a muddy field with her dog or sat outside her local pub in the sunshine enjoying a glass of wine.

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A Thread of Hope @racheljbonner1 @rararesources #Q&A #SelfPublished

A Thread of Hope @racheljbonner1  @rararesources #Q&A #SelfPublished

A Thread of Hope

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What if your secrets are so dangerous they could destroy the one you love?

Is honesty always the best policy?
Leonie may have run away but Prospero will find her. He loves her and he wants a future with her by his side whatever the consequences. Only when he does find her, he ought to tell her who he really is, outside the monastery. That’ll make her run again. Dare he risk it? But if he doesn’t tell her, someone else may…

Marriage to Prospero is what Leonie wants most and the one thing she knows she can’t have. If he found out what she was really like, what she’d been, what she’d done, he’d despise her and she couldn’t bear that. Better to leave now than live a lie – but it’s harder than she expected. If only…

Gabriel is starting to discover the secrets inherent in Leonie, secrets that not even she knows, secrets that will tear the world apart. And the secrets he is keeping are tearing him apart. How can sacrificing those he loves possibly achieve peace when everything he discovers risks the death of millions?

I took part in the cover reveal for this book back in February, so I was incredible excited to be offered the chance to interview Rachel on my blog. During the release for her book A Thread of Hope.

Q1: What inspired you to write A Thread of Hope.

I know it sounds corny, but I dreamt one scene at the end of what is now the first book in the series, Strand of Faith. It was so vivid that I wanted to know what led up to it and what happened next. So I started thinking about that and as the story developed the characters took on lives of their own and I started writing it down. I thought it was just one book – it’s turned into a four book series.

Q2: Who would you want to play the main characters in your book if your novel was optioned for tv / film.

My Bible study group has already being discussing this and they are definitely going for Aidan Turner (Poldark) for Prospero – I’m certainly not arguing with that. I had no clear idea for Leonie, but my son suggested Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones, Doctor Who) and I think she’d be great for the role.

Then we started casting other roles… So far, we’ve got Richard Madden for Brother Andrew and Jodie Whittaker for Sister Chloe. Then, although they are both 10-15 years too young for the roles, we had Chiwetel Ejiofor and Thandie Newton for Lord Gabriel and Lady Eleanor.

Thread of Hope introduces Lord Leon who’d be brilliantly played by Morgan Freeman. And there’s also Lord Leon’s son, James and I’d like either Chadwick Boseman or Atandwa Kani for that role. We’ve cast a few more characters too, including Damian Lewis and Sir Ian McKellan, but they don’t appear until book 3, Weave of Love.

Q3: How many rejections did you get before you got a publishing deal.

I submitted to about a dozen agents and consistently got back ‘we like this, we enjoyed reading it, but it’s not the sort of thing we do’. This series is cross genre, so I think it’s rather high risk for the traditional publishing industry. So I decided to self-publish.

Q4: How did you deal with them when you started out.

They were all quite positive, so I didn’t find them that difficult to deal with.  I just sent my work out to the next few agents on my list before eventually moving on to self-publishing. I wrote the books for myself as much as anything, so publication, and finding that other people enjoy them, is an added bonus.

Q5: Which authors inspired you to write.

That’s really difficult to say because I read so much and I’m not sure which of those particularly inspired me to write. But I’d include Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, always, because they are absolute masters of their craft.

Q6: What are your writing routines.

I don’t think I have any specific routines. I have a list of jobs for the day or week and I try and plough through them. Some days that might include no writing because I’m doing one of my other jobs, or concentrating on the publishing or marketing side. Other days I’ll just sit and write. Although I’m really good at procrastination too … and social media and the internet are always a temptation.

Q7: If you could go back to when you first started writing what one piece advice would you give yourself.

Don’t be scared about sharing it – if you enjoy it others are likely to.

Q8: What would you say to someone who wants to write.

The important thing is to finish it. You can always edit it, but if it isn’t finished it’s not going anywhere.

Q9: If you weren’t writing what would you be doing.

I’m a free-lance financial modeller and small business consultant so I’d be doing that. I also do a range of voluntary work – in fact mostly I’m juggling between these activities and writing, depending on what contracts I have on and what deadlines are closest.

Q10: Tell me something about yourself your readers might not know.

But not too secret or shocking because my Mum might read this, right? I very much enjoy cross stitch, although I have any number of unfinished projects. I’ve been thinking about a design that would fit with the Choices and Consequences series, but I’ve not got very far yet.

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Rachel J Bonner is the author of the four book Choices and Consequences series, the first of which, Strand of Faith, is due out in November 2018.

Getting a degree in engineering, followed by a career in accountancy is probably not a conventional path to becoming an author, particularly in paranormal romance.  Rachel says that, although accountancy isn’t anything like as boring as everyone thinks, writing is a lot more fun.  When not writing, she can be found walking in the beautiful countryside near where she lives, which has influenced much of the scenery in her books, or shooting things with her local archery club.  Target shooting only, honest.  Nothing to worry about.

She also enjoys swimming, eating chocolate chip cookies and growing aromatic herbs, especially thyme and rosemary.  It’s no coincidence that her heroine likes the same things.

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A girl. A monk. An unthinkable sacrifice.
When the choice is between love and life, how can anyone decide?

In a post-apocalyptic future, a girl and a monk, both with extraordinary mental powers, have compelling reasons not to fall in love. But their choices will have consequences for the rest of the world.

After the troubles of his youth, Brother Prospero has found comfort and fulfilment in the monastery. Then he discovers something that forces him to reconsider his whole vocation. How can it possibly be right to leave a life of worship and service for human desire? And if he does leave, will the pressures from his past destroy him?

Orphaned and mistreated, Leonie has found sanctuary and safety at the Abbey. When she comes into contact with Prospero everything spirals out of her control. Everyone she’s ever loved has died. She can’t do that to him. But how can she walk away from the first place she’s truly belonged?

Abbot Gabriel is faced with an impossible choice. He can do nothing and watch the world descend into war. Or he can manipulate events and ensure peace – at the cost of two lives that he is responsible for. Is he strong enough to sacrifice those he loves?

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