Guest Post and Cover Reveal: ‘And Then There Was You’ by Suzy Turner…

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And Then There Was You

Three years ago, Eve Brooke had the most passionate, memorable night of her life. Unfortunately, it was with a man who wasn’t her husband.

Can infidelity be forgotten? Not when her one night stand moves in next door, it can’t.

Eve has a pretty good life. She’s married to Matt, her childhood sweetheart, has an interesting career and lives in a nice house in the suburbs. If life is so perfect why did Eve sleep with a complete stranger during a trip to London? And why, three years later did he have to move in next door with his beautiful wife? As the attraction between them flares up again, Eve begins to question her marriage and wonders if it is fate or coincidence that has brought them back together…

Available exclusively at Amazon

 

About the author

Although Suzy is a Yorkshire lass at heart, she left her home town of Rotherham, UK, to move to Portugal with her family when she was ten. The Algarve continues to be her home, where she lives with her childhood sweetheart, Michael, two neurotic dogs and a cat who thinks she’s a princess.
Shortly after completing her studies, Suzy was offered the position of trainee journalist for a local English newspaper. Her love of writing developed and a few years later she moved on to become assistant editor for the region’s largest English language publisher. Since then she has also worked as the editor of one of the Algarve’s most loved monthly lifestyle magazines. Early in 2010 however, Suzy began working as a full time author. She has since written several books: Raven, December Moon, The Lost Soul (The Raven Saga), Daisy Madigan’s Paradise, The Ghost of Josiah Grimshaw, The Temporal Stone, Looking for Lucy Jo (The Morgan Sisters), Forever Fredless and And Then There Was You.

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Author Limelight and Giveaway: YA Fiction writer, Vanessa Garden…

Today’s guest is my very good friend, Vanessa Garden. We met at the RWA conference in 2012 and, along with Susan Roberts, formed a trio with a promise that we would all be collecting our ‘First Sale’ ribbon at the 2013 conference. And guess what…we did! All three of were successful in being published in the same year. So, it’s with a huge smile that I welcome my friend and totally awesome YA author, Vanessa Garden to the Author’s Limelight today!

Hello Vanessa and congratulations on the January 1st release of ‘Captivate’. I have to say that it the most gorgeous cover I’ve ever seen!

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Thank you for having me, Sarah!

What was the first story you ever wrote?

It was a poem called ‘Shell’ – about… a shell!  I wrote it when I was six and it was published in our school newsletter. I was so excited. I think my mum still has it somewhere.

Of all the individuals you have created, do you have a particular favourite? What appeals to you the most about this character?

My favourite character is Marko, my sexy young king from Captivate. He is so flawed and has so many layers that I just find him so intriguing.

 

Has being published changed you at all? If so, how?

It hasn’t really changed me much as a person (apart from the huge smile that never seems to leave my face). However, one thing it has done is instil a little more confidence in my writing. I think sometimes we can all get stuck and doubt ourselves. All we need is a little belief and validation. I’ve also become a lot stricter with my writing schedule.

What would we find on your bookshelf / e-reader?

Anything and everything – especially books with romance. My bookshelves are double stacked with every genre you can imagine and I have books all over the house on coffee tables and couch arms. But Young Adult novels are what I read most. I love the Infernal Devices series, The Elementals, and also good contemporary writers like John Green and Sarah Dessen.

What’s the most unappealing thing you’ve ever eaten?

A slice of cold pig fat that I thought was cheesecake!

Oh my god! That’s so funny, Vanessa!

If you could be any of the following characters for one day, who would you be and why? How would you re-write the ending?


a) Scarlett O’Hara
from Gone with the Wind.

b) Thelma or Louise from Thelma and Louise.

Thelma or Louise – who doesn’t want to just hop in a convertible and see where life takes them?

c) Princess Leia from Starwars.

d) Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffanys.

 

Of all the books in history, which do you wish you wrote and why?

John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men – it’s a beautiful book with so much heart it makes me cry every time I read it.

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If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why?

To not need sleep. That way I could write all night and still feel refreshed in the morning.

Ooooh, yes! Good one.

If you could go back in time, where would you go and when? What is one thing you would want to take with you?

I’d go back to when my mum and dad were little kids to see what their childhoods were like and to just get to know them as children. I’d take my own kids so that we could all hang out.

Can you tell us about your works in progress?

I’ve just completed book two, to follow Captivate, and I’m also awaiting edits on a YA sci-fi, Carrier, which will be released with Escape Publishing March 2014.   

Finally, can you give us a sneaky excerpt from ‘Captivate’ please?

Here’s a piece of dialogue from one of my favourite scenes:

I kept my arms folded and raised my head. ‘Yes, and I’m not pretending.’

‘So you want me to believe that you’ve suddenly fallen hopelessly in love with me,’ he said.

I ignored the smirk on his lips and said, ‘Yes.’

He folded his arms across his chest and stared down at me. Amusement sparkled in his eyes.

‘Say it, then. Declare your love for me.’ 

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Vanessa is giving away a signed copy of Captivate to one lucky reader! All you have to do to be in the draw is leave a comment.

This competition is open to Australian postal addresses only. It will be drawn on Monday Dec 23, 2013 but will not be received by the winner until January when Captivate is officially released.