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Tuesday, 6 March 2018

This Love by Dani Atkins

Sophie stopped believing in happy endings a long time ago, but could this love change all of that?

Sophie Winter lives in a self-imposed cocoon - she's a single, 31-year-old translator who works from home in her one-bedroom flat. This isn’t really the life she dreamed of, but then Sophie stopped believing in dreams when she was a teenager and tragedy struck her family.

So, to be safe, she keeps everyone at arm’s length. Sophie understands she has a problem, but recognising it and knowing how to fix it are two entirely different things.

One night a serious fire breaks out in the flat below hers. Sophie is trapped in the burning building until a passer-by, Ben, sees her and rescues her.

Suddenly her cocoon is shattered - what will be the consequences of this second life-changing event?

Title: This Love
Author: Dani Atkins
Published By: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date:  23rd March 2017
Links: UK:   Amazon    US: Amazon

Our Review

When I was halfway through this book I was so in love with the characters that I almost wanted to stop reading so I could stay cocooned in that lovely warm and cosy feeling forever.

Sophie Winter finds herself in a terrible situation when the flat below hers catches fire. This part of the book is quite traumatic and fast paced as we can almost feel the danger that she's in.
Devastated she meets Ben Stevens who offers her a lifeline until she is able to get to her friend's house.
As their paths begin to cross more frequently Sophie begins to confide in him more and more and both their lives change dramatically as they learn to trust each other.
Dani's writing is so beautiful and subtly manages to move the story along without rushing it. As my daughter would say the characters had slow burn which is even more relevant in this story.
This is just lovely and enchanting and absolutely heartbreaking yet manages to have an uplifting feel to it too and I think the story of Ben and Sophie will stay with me for a very long time.
Just a warning you will need tissues for when you read this book. Another heartbreaker from Dani Atkins.

Book Angel x

About the Author

Dani Atkins was born in London in 1958, and grew up in the suburb of Cockfosters. She moved to rural Hertfordshire in 1985, where she has lived in a small village ever since with her husband, two (now grown-up) children, one Siamese cat and a very soppy Border Collie.

Dani has been writing for fun all her life, but following the publication of her novels FRACTURED (published as THEN AND ALWAYS in the US) and THE STORY OF US in 2014, now writes for work. Her third novel, OUR SONG, was published in January 2016. PERFECT STRANGERS, a standalone eBook novella is available from December 2016.

Connect with Dani on Facebook at or on twitter @AtkinsDani

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Villa of Secrets by Patricia Wilson

Rebecca Neumanner's marriage is on the brink of collapse, as her desire to be a mother becomes an obsession. Then she receives news from her estranged family in Rhodes.

Called back to the beautiful Greek island of her birth, she realises how little she knows of the grandmother she has eluded for over a decade. Bubba has never spoken of the Nazi occupation during her youth, but there have always been whispers. What desperate measures did she take that terrible day in 1944 when her family was ripped apart? Can the rumour she had blood on her own hands really be true? But Bubba intends to take her secrets to the grave.

However, as Rebecca arrives on Rhodes, bringing the promise of new life, this broken family must come together. The time has come to tell the truth about the darkest of days . . .

Title: Villa of Secrets
Author: Patricia Wilson
Published By: Bonnier Zaffre
Publication Date: 22nd February 2018
Links:  UK: Amazon    US: Amazon

Author Q & A with Patricia Wilson

Hi Patricia, thank you for joining us today and welcome to our blog.
Sincere thanks to Sincere Book Angels for inviting me to your blog. I’ll do my best to answer your questions about Villa of Secrets.

What was the inspiration behind this novel?
Well, I was thinking to write about female freedom fighters in WW2 in a sort of split time novel: now and 1945ish. I mean, there are thousands of books about men in one war or another, but not a lot about women. You know… it’s good to sort of… even up the balance.

Anyway, I’d written a very successful novel, called Island of Secrets, which was based in Crete. Actually, it was based on the very house I lived in. I dug a machine gun up in the garden, and it led  me to write about the village in wartime.

So, now that I live in Rhodes, it made sense that Rhodes should be the next location.

I just LOVE research! And also listening to people’s stories. So, I set out to find something extraordinary about women of Rhodes in the last war, and marry it with something extraordinary about present day life.

When a story develops, the whole process is thrilling!

While I was surfing stuff about Rhodes, and the war, I came across the story of a fifteen-year-old freedom fighter, a precocious young girl on a Greek island. It sounded like a good start to me; you know… seemed to have potential.
The girl was Jewish, so...
I googled; Jewish, Girl, freedom fighter, Rhodes, and ended up with: a love child, a holocaust Survivor, a freedom fighter, and the secret past a grandmother.

There had to be a story! Then, on one of the Jewish websites, I came across an article about Rhodes. A secret door in the police headquarters… locked for 70 years! A government minister (a woman) and an Italian historian, had tried for a decade to get the door opened. No way! I mean can you believe this was really happening? And so the story developed.

Did I always want to be a writer?
To be a writer?! Ha! My worst nightmare! I’m dyslexic. That’s like asking a person with an acute stammer if they always wanted to be the town crier!
But I love telling a yarn, love an audience, and I love seeing people smile. We don’t smile enough, you know.

What other jobs have I had?
I started life as a 15-year-old trainee Window Dresser in Ellesmere Port. I became quite good at it and worked as a mobile window dresser in Merseyside and Cheshire, and later in the Johannesburg area of South Africa. Then I did some modelling, then I started my own business in the UK. 
I sold up and retired at 45, while I was still young enough to learn new skills.

How did it feel when my first novel, Island of Secrets, was published? 
That was a magical day. It proved to me that a person can do anything if they put their mind to it.

Can I tell you a little about my publishing story? 
Sure. Every New Year, I set myself a challenge and treat it like a part time job. I’ve managed quite a number of things over the years. Greek dancing, building, sailing, guitar, self-sufficiency, photography… after photography I decided to try writing a novel. Learn the craft, as they say.

What other books have you written?
Island of Secrets, of course, now Villa of Secrets; and I have half a dozen first drafts and ideas.

Have you ever had writer's block?
Writer’s block sounds quite drastic. I’ve been stuck on how to describe the situation, from what angle, in what mood, and so on. Then, I just empty my head, read other stuff, play candy crush, do some gardening, you know? Cook a nice meal, anything but write. It’s not long before I want to get back to it.

What motivates me to keep writing?
I don’t know… it’s another world. I can’t say I retreat into a world that I create, because although I plot, the story still leads me into unknown territories, then, more research sort of puts meat on the bones of it.

Where is my favourite place to write?
Here in my office, in the dead of night. If I carry on into the day it’s a bonus.

Do my characters moods ever affect my mood, and vice versa? 
I think my mood – which usually comes from the research, effects my characters. If I’m shocked, or surprised, or saddened, or amused, I hope it come through in my work. And if I’m really upset, then I hope my reader sheds a tear. Likewise, if I’m amused, I hope my reader laughs out loud.

What three pieces of advice would I give to an aspiring writer?
I’ve got four, actually. Keep a notebook and pen at the side of the bed, embrace criticism, use as few words as possible, and last but most important, get a really good editor that you can really trust. My publishers do the editing now, but if it wasn’t for Tony Fyler of Jefferson Franklin Editing, I would never have found my fabulous Agent, and gone on to be published. He picked me up and gave me a verbal slapping in my darkest hour. We all need somebody like that.

Which authors inspire me? 
All authors inspire me. Every writer that reaches the final line: The End, gives me hope that I, and many other writers can accomplish that same feat, again.

What am I reading at the moment?
I’ve just finished, The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins, very good! I stole from a cruise ship library at Christmas, shame on me! But I was half way through, so I left three novels in it’s place and scarpered with the swag.

If Villa of Secrets was made into a film, you ask what song would I choose for the opening credits?
Definitely, O Mia Bambino Caro, sung by Sarah Brightman. All the way through Villa of Secrets, I imagined her as my protagonist, and if the novel was made into a film, I would love Sarah Brightman to play the lead.

What is my next book about? 
Oooh! I’m very excited about this. I’ve got two on the go. One is about Santorini; love, antiques, smuggling, archaeology, murder, and revenge. The story has a split time line, a modern woman, now, and the eruption of Plato’s Atlantis, Santorini.
The other is about London and Rhodes, and involves some of the characters of Villa of Secrets.

Thank you so much, Book Angels, for allowing me to talk about Villa of Secrets. And also, thanks for your support when Island of Secrets was published last year. Really appreciate it!
Happy scribbling, happy reading, bye from me,
Patricia XX
Thank you so much for joining us Patricia, the book sounds fab and we wish we wish you lots of luck with it.

Book Angel x

About the Author

After running her own business for twenty years, Patricia took early retirement and moved to the Greek island of Crete.
When she dug up a rusted machine gun in her garden, and the inhabitants of her remote mountain village came with local stories of tragedy and triumph, she knew she had to tell their account of what really happened in September 1943, which became ISLAND OF SECRETS.
Patricia now lives on the island of Rhodes where she is researching and writing her second novel.

Author website:
Twitter: pmwilson_author
Facebook: Patricia Wilson

Thursday, 22 February 2018

The Perfectly Imperfect Woman by Milly Johnson

Marnie Salt has made so many mistakes in her life that she fears she will never get on the right track. But when she ‘meets’ an old lady on a baking chatroom and begins confiding in her, little does she know how her life will change.

Arranging to see each other for lunch, Marnie finds discovers that Lilian is every bit as mad and delightful as she’d hoped – and that she owns a whole village in the Yorkshire Dales, which has been passed down through generations. And when Marnie needs a refuge after a crisis, she ups sticks and heads for Wychwell – a temporary measure, so she thinks.

But soon Marnie finds that Wychwell has claimed her as its own and she is duty bound not to leave. Even if what she has to do makes her as unpopular as a force 12 gale in a confetti factory! But everyone has imperfections, as Marnie comes to realise, and that is not such a bad thing – after all, your flaws are perfect for the heart that is meant to love you.

The Perfectly Imperfect Woman is the heart-warming and hilarious new novel from the queen of feel-good fiction – a novel of family, secrets, love and redemption … and broken hearts mended and made all the stronger for it.

Title: The Perfectly Imperfect Woman
Author: Milly Johnson
Published By: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: 22nd February 2018
Links:  UK: Amazon     US: Amazon
Also available from the following retailers:

Our Review

Omg what can I say, this was magical, moving, hilarious and explosive. I've always loved all of Milly's books and thought they were amazing but this is like she has smashed away the edges of the box and become a whole new, even more fantastic Milly. This book is her in paper form, I could imagine her sitting in the kitchen with a cuppa (or a Prosecco) and telling me this story. This is a master class in creative writing if ever I saw one and I'm gutted that I've finished it as I loved my time in Wychwell.

Marnie Salt has never felt loved by anybody, apart from an old lady called Mrs Mcmaid who spent time with her as a child. Marnie didn't even receive any affection from her own mother and she throws herself into her career and into the arms of a very undeserving man. But one incident changes all that and she finds she loses both.
Thanks to a lovely old lady called Lillian Dearman she finds a new home and decides to make cheesecakes for a living, Mrs Mcmaid had given her a secret recipe many years before.
Lillian has an unusual request for Marnie which is to help her find an old well which would unearth some secrets from hundreds of years ago and I've got a funny feeling that some of those secrets we are yet to discover as I'm hoping we will be going back to Wychwell some time soon.

There was so much to this story along with such an array of interesting characters, the intrigue about the Manor House and the mystery of the pink lady ghost, Milly cleverly drip fed us the history of the village through the eyes of Lillian in the form of an old history book, and this was intertwined with flashbacks of Marnie's heartbreak. A scenario near the end which was beautiful and I really didn't see coming, a hunky love interest by the name of Herv and someone to hiss and boo at by the name of Titus, not to mention many laugh out loud moments as Milly's humour shone through, provided all round entertainment.

This has quickly become my favourite Milly book of all time and I sincerely hope we can revisit Wychwell in the not too distant future.

Book Angel x

About the Author

Milly Johnson was born, raised and still lives in Barnsley, South Yorkshire. As well as being an author of 13 published novels, 2 short story books and 2 novellas, she is also a copywriter for the greetings card industry, a joke-writer, a columnist, after dinner speaker, poet, BBC newspaper reviewer, and a sometimes BBC radio presenter.

She won the RoNA for Best Romantic Comedy Novel of 2014 and 2016 and the Yorkshire Society award for Arts and Culture 2015.

You can find out more about Milly on her website

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Cover reveal - The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae by Stephanie Butland

The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae: A perfect read for those who loved ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE

Ailsa Rae is learning how to live.
She's only a few months past the heart transplant that - just in time - saved her life. Life should be a joyful adventure. But…
Her relationship with her mother is at breaking point.
She knows she needs to find her father.
She's missed so much that her friends have left her behind.
She's felt so helpless for so long that she's let polls on her blog make her decisions for her. And now she barely knows where to start on her own.
And then there's Lennox. Her best friend and one time lover. He was sick too. He didn't make it. And now she's supposed to face all of this without him.
But her new heart is a bold heart.
She just needs to learn to listen to it . . .

Title:  The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae
Author:  Stephanie Butland
Published By: Bonnier Zaffre
Publication Date:  19th April 2018
Pre-order Links: UK: Amazon  US: Amazon

Today we are delighted to be able to reveal the beautiful cover for, 'The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae' by Stephanie Butland, we can't wait to read it.

Book Angel x

About the Author

Stephanie Butland is a novelist who fell in love with performance poetry when researching her novel LOST FOR WORDS. Her first two books were about her dance with cancer. She then turned to fiction. Her novels are Letters To My Husband, The Other Half Of My Heart, and Lost For Words. Stephanie lives in Northumberland. She writes in a studio at the bottom of her garden, and when she’s not writing, she trains people to think more creatively.

@under_blue_sky #AilsaRae #TheCuriousHeart


‘Lost For Words pushes all my bookish buttons.’ - Red Magazine

'Burns fiercely with love and hurt' Linda Green

‘Loveday is an appealing character with a fascinating hinterland.’ - Daily Mail

‘Loveday Cardew is a quirky, fiery, likeable character who works at the Lost for Words Bookshop in York. Preferring books to people, she keeps the memories of her painful childhood to herself, hiding her scars deep within her. Warm and spiky, beautifully written and plotted, you'll be swept along by the bitter-sweet storyline to the very end.’ - Candis Magazine

'An exquisite story' Liz Fenwick

'Intriguing and touching' Sunday Express

‘Beautifully written and atmospheric. Loveday is an endearing heroine, full of attitude and fragility. The haunting story of her past is brilliantly revealed.’ - Tracy Rees, Sunday Times top ten bestselling author of Amy Snow

‘OH poor, brilliant Loveday. Gorgeous, gorgeous bookshop book . . . So, so lovely!’ - Sarah Franklin, author and Costa Book Awards judge

Monday, 29 January 2018

Meet Literary Agent Katie Nash

Today we are delighted to welcome Literary Agent Kate Nash to Sincerely Book Angels Blog.

Hi Kate, thanks for joining us today, how long have you been an agent?
I set up the Kate Nash Literary Agency in 2009.

Can you give us an idea of what a day in the life of a literary agent is like.
Every day is different but in a typical week I would usually have one or two days out of the office. I’m usually in London on these days, meeting with publishers and my authors. A busy day I might have three or four meetings followed by a party in the evening. By the time I’m heading back home on the train I am exhausted! I also travel to other parts of the UK to see authors or attend events but London is the centre of most publishing activity. Most of the week is spent in the office on my laptop. Most communication is by email so I’m writing many emails during the day about all sorts of topics but all to do with protecting or advancing my author’s interests. There are admin and finance matters to attend to as well as most likely a few phone calls. If I’m catching up with one of my authors we might be chatting on the phone for an hour. I have a filter coffee machine which I visit for regular top ups as well as Westie who likes to have her break after lunch so unless I’m super busy, I fit in a short dog walk then. I try and take breaks now and again to check social media or see how my authors are doing in the book charts or any promotions they might be in. The day goes really quickly.

Many writers hear the words "It's not quite what we are looking for." What are you specifically looking for in a book?
I’m looking for a gripping story with great characters whatever the genre. When agents say “it’s not quite what we are looking for” it is because we simply don’t have time give detailed feedback on everything we are reading.

What are your biggest pet peeves about submissions (ie what people do wrong)?
As long as people are polite and email in their material I am not too worried about writers following some arbitrary set of rules. I do get annoyed to be sent unsolicited manuscripts in the post – because there is no system to deal with these and nowhere in the office to store vast amounts of paper waiting to be read. Especially if they come from Australia in expensive looking bindings in a genre that I don’t even represent! I am annoyed the writer has wasted their time and money when a simple search on the internet would have told them not to bother.

What really puts you off in a query letter?
Writers asking me to look at something in a genre I don’t represent even though they know it is not something I don’t represent. E.g. “Dear Mrs Nash, While I am aware that you do not represent poetry, I have taken the liberty to enclose my collection of poems…”.
Apart from this I am fairly relaxed about query letters and don’t read them too closely. I go straight in to start reading the writing.

What advice would you give regarding cover letters?
I know that agents have different views on this but for me, just keep it short and simple. “Dear Mrs Nash, I enclose the opening chapter to my 80,000 word detective novel set in Dorset. I have never been published before and I would like you as my agent because I am a fan of Faith Martin. Yours sincerely, Crime Writer” is fine.

How does it feel when a MS lands on your lap and you know it's the one?
I am always pretty much absolutely gripped from the start and I start thinking it is the best thing I have read in weeks, or all year!

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Keep honing your craft and pay attention to any feedback that you get from industry professionals. If your ambition is to have a successful career as a traditionally published author, be prepared for a lot of work.

What is the best way to approach an agent?
Exactly as they outline in their submission guidelines. These can be found on agency websites. Mine is here

What is the most exciting event in the calendar for an agent?
In the calendar: when one of my authors is nominated for an Award. Super exciting and less predictable: when my authors’ books hit the bestseller charts. Clinching a great book deal is also a moment to have a bit of a dance around the office and get the champagne out.

How do you go about securing rights for other parts of the world?
I work with a specialist translation rights agency, RightsPeople.

Do you deal with television and film rights?
This is whole different world to books so it is best to work with specialists. My list is represented by Collective Talent.

Would you like to write a book yourself?
I’ve had nine novels and novellas published, one co-written with another author, and now all out of print. I gave up writing when I realised that it was more fun and satisfying to work with writers far more talented then me.

Are you open for submissions?

Thanks so much Kate for taking time out of your busy schedule to chat to us.

Book Angel x

Monday, 22 January 2018

Just Between Us by Rebecca Drake

Four suburban mothers conspire to cover up a deadly crime in Just Between Us, a heart-stopping novel of suspense by Rebecca Drake.

Alison, Julie, Sarah, Heather. Four friends living the suburban ideal. Their jobs are steady, their kids are healthy. They're as beautiful as their houses. But each of them has a dirty little secret, and hidden behind the veneer of their perfect lives is a crime and a mystery that will consume them all.

Everything starts to unravel when Alison spots a nasty bruise on Heather's wrist. She shares her suspicions with Julie and Sarah, compelling all three to investigate what looks like an increasingly violent marriage. As mysterious injuries and erratic behavior mount, Heather can no longer deny the abuse, but she refuses to leave her husband. Desperate to save her, Alison and the others dread the phone call telling them that she's been killed. But when that call finally comes, it's not Heather who's dead. In a moment they'll come to regret, the women must decide what lengths they'll go to in order to help a friend.

Just Between Us is a thrilling glimpse into the underbelly of suburbia, where not all neighbors can be trusted, and even the closest friends keep dangerous secrets. You never really know what goes on in another person's mind, or in their marriage.

Title: Just Between Us
Author: Rebecca Drake
Published By: St Martin's Griffin
Publication Day: 9th Jan 2018
Links: UK:  Amazon    US: Amazon

Author Q & A with Rebecca Drake

Today we are joined by the lovely Rebecca Drake to talk about her new book Just Between Us.
Welcome to Sincerely Book Angels Rebecca, can you tell us:-
What was the inspiration behind this novel?

Just Between Us was initially inspired by a conversation I had with someone who expressed his loyalty to another, mutual friend, by saying he’d hide the guy if he committed a murder. I was really intrigued by this—how far would I be willing to go to help a friend? The book was also inspired by the friendships I have with a group of women in my neighborhood, especially by how we communicate with and about each other.

Did you always want to be a writer?

Yes. I’ve always loved telling stories and at about 11 years of age I discovered that writing was a job, and at about 15 years of age, I knew that I wanted to be a novelist. It took me many years, and a lot of diversions, before I realized that dream.

What other jobs have you had?

Like many writers, I’ve had a lot of different jobs. I’ve been a reporter, technical writer, freelance copy-editor and editor, and a parent of two delightful children. Currently, in addition to writing, I also teach in Seton Hill University’s Writing Popular Fiction MFA program.

How did it feel when your first novel was published?

It felt great to finally be able to say I was published, but it also made me feel a bit exposed. My writing was suddenly out there for anyone to see and comment on and what if they hated it? I felt more comfortable and confident only after I began hearing from readers who loved the book.

Can you please tell us a little about your publishing story.

I was the aspiring writer who put manuscripts in the drawer for years, convinced that nothing I wrote was good enough. I barely submitted to agents and editors, and I knew little about the publishing business. Finally, I joined some writers networking organizations (Sisters in Crime and Pennwriters) and began learning from experienced writers. I was lucky enough to meet Nancy Martin, a much-published author who kindly gave a thorough critique of a novel I’d completed. After spending about six months revising it, I submitted that novel to an agent whom I’d met at a conference. He offered to represent me, and while that book failed to sell, it attracted the interest of an editor who liked my writing and eventually published my first book, Don’t Be Afraid.

What other books have you written?

Just Between Us is my fifth published novel, which feels like a nice round number!

My other books are:

Only Ever You

The Dead Place

The Next Killing

Don’t Be Afraid

Have you ever had writer's block? If so how did you overcome it?

Yes, I’ve definitely struggled at times with writer’s block. I’ve found that the best way to overcome it is to sit down at my desk every day and just try and put some words down. I often use a timer to overcome what I think a lot of block is really about—a fear of the blank page. I’ll set the timer for 15 to 30 minutes of writing, promising myself that I can take a break only after the timer goes off. If I truly can’t think of anything to write, I’ll read for a while instead; that usually inspires me to turn back to my own work.

What motivates you to keep writing?

They don’t send the check if I don’t produce—that’s a lot of motivation! Seriously, I like what I do and I’m motivated by my curiosity about people. I write to explore certain ideas and to try and understand human behavior and like many authors I’m writing in my head when I’m away from my laptop or a pad and paper. Writing is something I have to do.

Where is your favorite place to write? ( can we please have a picture)

I love my home office and do a lot of my writing there. It’s small, and a bit cluttered, as you can see, but I’ve got a wonderful old desk and a comfortable chair and I keep inspiring quotes up on the walls to inspire me.

Do your characters moods ever affect your mood and vice versa?

Yes, sometimes, because in order to create fully-fledged characters, I need to put myself in their shoes when I’m writing. So if a character is anxious or upset or angry, I might end up feeling that way a bit myself.

After a long day of focusing on crime, sometimes I turn to watching cute or funny videos on YouTube, lol!

What three pieces of advice would you give to an aspiring writer?

Read everything

Recognize that writing is a craft, but publishing is a business

Persevere – working in the arts is hard and you have to be willing to deal with a lot of rejection. Talent counts, but perseverance matters even more.

Which authors inspire you?

Oh, there are so many! Just a few off the top of my head:

Ruth Rendell (who also wrote as Barbara Vine)

Daphne DuMaurier

Stephen King

Lisa Scottoline

Hank Phillipi Ryan

Thomas Harris

Lisa Unger

J.T. Ellison

Thomas Cook

What are you reading at the moment?

Two wonderful books—

Not That I Could Tell by Jessica Strawser (it’s coming out in March, but I got an early copy)


Everything You Want Me To Be by Mindy Mejia

If your book was made into a film what song would you choose for the opening credits?

I’m not sure about a song, but I’d want there to be a slightly ominous soundtrack, maybe composed by someone like James Newton Howard, who did the music for The Sixth Sense.

Who would you choose to play your favourite character in the film of your book?

Just Between Us has four female characters and I love them all, but it’s tough to say what actor could play each one. Alison is the main character and I could see her being played by Emily Blunt or Reese Witherspoon, but there are so many talented actors who I’m sure could play each part. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to face that dilemma!

What is your next book about?

I’m actually working on two novels right now. The first is another psychological thriller about a couple with marriage problems who take a getaway weekend only to encounter a dangerous couple with far more serious issues.

The second is a departure for me, because it’s not a crime novel but a women’s fiction/historical novel about an elderly Holocaust survivor who hires an injured journalist to help her recover a family heirloom stolen during World War II. 

Thank you so much for joining us Rebecca and good luck with the book.

Book Angel x

About the Author

Rebecca Drake's latest novel, Just Between Us, will be released by St. Martin's Press on January 9th. Publisher's Weekly calls it a "twisty domestic thriller...tense, bombshell-laden, and action-packed." Rebecca is also the author of four other thrillers, Only Ever You, The Dead Place, The Next Killing and Don't Be Afraid. An instructor in Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction MFA program, Rebecca lives in Pittsburgh, PA with her husband and two kids. Find more at and connect with her at and on
Twitter @AuthorRDrake.

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Dreaming of Florence by T.A. Williams

Fresh pasta, red wine, fine art… and love? Find enchantment this year in the magical city of Florence

When Debbie Waterson’s bicycle crashes into handsome doctor Pierluigi, she wonders if her luck has changed. Determinedly single after ending a long relationship, at last, a man worth bumping into!

Inspired to visit Florence, she soon runs headlong into that old foe: reality. But is Pierluigi the man of her dreams? Then there’s her booze obsessed boss, his forbidding secretary and her noisy inconsiderate neighbours. But could her luck be about to change? Will she find love after all?

Warm-hearted and unputdownable, Dreaming of Florence is the perfect escape for readers of Holly Martin, Tilly Tennant and Jenny Oliver

Title: Dreaming of Florence
Author Name: T.A. Williams
Publication Date: 8th January 2018
Published By: Canelo
Links: UK:  Amazon    US: Amazon

Author Q & A

Today we are delighted to have the very lovely T.A Williams join us here at Sincerely Book Angels to tell us a little about himself and his new book Dreaming of Florence.

1. What was the inspiration behind choosing Florence with this novel?
I lived and worked there for four years when I was a good bit younger. I love the city and I knew I wanted to write about it. After all, they say you should write about what you know…

2. You often choose destinations for your books, which is your favourite and why?
Um, tricky one, this. I suppose the answer has to be Tuscany – not just Florence, but the countryside of Tuscany. That iconic image of a hilltop with a cluster of umbrella pines and cypresses is very close to my heart.

3. You always include a Labrador in your books. Are they based on anyone special? Mine is a black one and he's nearly fourteen years old.
Fourteen is good going! Yes, the inclusion of a black Lab in all my books is my homage to Merlin, our wonderful – now sadly departed – black Lab. He was without doubt the reincarnation of somebody really, really nice.

4. Did you always want to be a writer?
Yes – and I have all 44 handwritten (in pencil) pages of The Lake Dwellers here to prove it. This shameless ripoff of Swallows and Amazons was written when I was age 13.

5. What other jobs have you had?
After university (languages) I went to Italy as a teacher of English. I worked my way up until I was running three schools (one in Florence) and then came back across to the UK and carried on running a language school right up until I retired a few years ago.

6. How did it feel when your first novel was published?
Absolutely amazing! It’s a fabulous sensation when something you have created appears out there in the big wide world for people to read. It was a very special day. Dreaming of Florence will be my 13th book and I still celebrate every one.

7. Can you please tell us a little about your publishing story.
As already established, I have been writing all my life, but for many years I couldn’t find a publisher or a literary agent interested in my work. I used to write in the evenings after work as relaxation. I wrote a series of “serious” historical novels to no avail so, finally, after more than 30 years of rejections, I changed to romantic comedy and this was the book that was picked up by Carina (now HQ digital). So when I hear people moaning that they haven’t been able to find a publisher and they have started collecting rejections, I feel tempted to tell them not to worry. I have enough rejection letters (remember paper?) to wallpaper my study.

8. What other books have you written?
In chronological order: a thriller set in Italy, a thriller set in the world of windsurfing, three historical novels set in the Middle Ages, a timeslip novel, 13 romantic comedies (14 if you include Dreaming of St-Tropez that is coming out in May). 

9. Have you ever had writer's block? If so how did you overcome it?
Very much the opposite. This writing business is a drug and it has taken me over. I wrote three of my books in less than a month each. When I get going, it’s unstoppable. I get up at seven o'clock and spend so much time at the computer, I get backache.

10. What motivates you to keep writing?
I really don’t know. To me, it’s right up there alongside breathing as something I’ve just got to do.

11. Where is your favourite place to write? ( can we please have a picture)
I always write in the same place – my study. It’s quiet, it’s comfortable and I’ve got all my reference material here.

12. Do your characters’ moods ever affect your mood and vice versa?
I don’t think moods affect me, but weather, for example definitely does. Writing about a hot, sunny day in Italy when it’s grey and cold here in England (as it is as I write this) definitely cheers me.

13. What three pieces of advice would you give to an aspiring writer?
1)Write what you want to write, not what you think you should be writing. 2)Don’t think for a moment that writing “The End” on the last page of an 80,000 word book is the end of the process. You will have to go back over it time and time again before it’s ready to go. 3)Develop a thick skin for when the first reviews start coming in. There are some cruel people out there.

14. Which authors inspire you?
All manner of writers. I grew up on Hemingway and Evelyn Waugh. I love thriller writers like John LeCarré and the comic genius of JP Donleavy. My favourite book at the moment has to be Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall.

15. What are you reading at the moment?
I read a lot of non-fiction. At present I am immersed in The White War by Mark Thompson, all about the First World War in Italy.

16. If your book was made into a film what song would you choose for the opening credits?
You have to bear in mind that I am very old, so my choice reflects that. How about Gloria Gaynor’s I will Survive? 

17. Who would you choose to play your favourite character in the film of your book?
My favourite character has to be Byron the black Labrador and so, if your Lab is unavailable, I would have to bring Merlin back from beyond the grave to take his place. - My lab would love to star in the film thanks.  BA

18. What is your next book about?
Dreaming of St-Tropez is about a girl who gets the job of delivering a flatulent Labrador from London to St-Tropez on the Côte d’Azur. When she gets there, she finds herself confronted by two very seriously depressed men. The trouble is – she finds herself falling in love with one of them.
Thanks a lot for asking me some questions that really had me scratching my (bald) head. Thanks for your support. I really appreciate it. 
You're more than welcome, it's been absolute pleasure, good luck with the book.

Book Angelx

About the Author

T.A. Williams lives in Devon with his Italian wife. He was born in England of a Scottish mother and Welsh father. After a degree in modern languages at Nottingham University, he lived and worked in Switzerland, France and Italy, before returning to run one of the best-known language schools in the UK. He’s taught Arab princes, Brazilian beauty queens and Italian billionaires. He speaks a number of languages and has travelled extensively. He has eaten snake, still-alive fish, and alligator. A Spanish dog, a Russian bug and a Korean parasite have done their best to eat him in return. His hobby is long-distance cycling, but his passion is writing.