Chick-Lit / Women’s Fiction / Contemporary

One Night at the Jacaranda_eBook_Oct_2014ONE NIGHT AT THE JACARANDA

Carol Cooper

One young man dying of cancer. One struggling journalist. A group of single Londoners. One night that changes everything….

The trouble with speed dating is that three minutes can last a lifetime, and ever since he was diagnosed, Sanjay doesn’t have a lifetime to waste.

For one booze and hope-fuelled night in London, the lives of a group of 30-somethings criss-cross. As well as Sanjay, there’s lawyer Laure, divorced doctor
Geoff, newly single mother-of-four Karen and traumatised ex-con Dan all hoping to find love, solace or amazing sex.

Undercover journalist Harriet is after a by-line, not a boyfriend. She’s a struggling freelance with a live-in lover, but soon she has to choose between the comfortable life she knows and a bumpy road that could lead to happiness.

As Laure, Sanjay, Geoff, Harriet, Karen, Dan and the rest of the singles discover, it’s not just about finding someone who’s dynamite between the sheets. It’s about finding yourself, and that’s not always where you expect.

What they say:

“A blinder of a tale” – The Sun.

“Sassy and classy in equal measures. A must” – Dr Pixie McKenna, media doctor and TV presenter.

“At times dark, at times laugh out loud funny, this snapshot of dating in London stays with you long after the final page” – Martel Maxwell, author of Scandalous.

“Contemporary fiction for intelligent grown-ups. The characters are real, the medical details are spot on, and the sex scenes are utterly believable. An absolute joy”- Christine Webber, author and psychotherapist.

Dr Carol Cooper gar cropAbout the author:

Carol Cooper is a doctor, author and journalist from London. She blogs on Pills and Pillow-Talk..

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Finding Pride by Jill Sanders
Megan Kimble was traveling a long way to find the next chapter in her life, one that would not include her brother Matt. Losing him now was tragic, even more so since she had finally freed herself from the abuse and the shame of a bad marriage. She’d spent years hiding things from Matt, so he wouldn’t know about her horrible life. Keeping her secret world of bruises, cuts, and broken bones, much like the one she now sported with a large white cast. 

Dealing with her loss was hard, but, now she was thinking of taking over Matt’s new business venture. This could be the fresh start she needed, a new town, a new place to forget the pain and maybe she could learn to trust again. 

Todd Jordan was a successful businessman, who had once lost it all, and now he’d just lost his best friend and business partner. But, then she came into town broken and scared, and for the first time in a long time he was looking forward to his future. Breaking down Megan’s barriers would take patience and strength, and he would need that strength to keep what he loves safe.
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On The Rails

For sexy thirty something widow Nikki, a freelance reporter, life is pretty much on track. She has some good friends, a great job, and no money worries. So what if her heart is a little bruised. 

When an assignment to cover a children’s charity do in London comes up she leaps at the chance to rub shoulders with a few celebrities. Here she meets Simon, a star from a TV soap. It’s lust at first site, and Nikki quickly wrangles a job with the charity, hoping to catch his eye.

Her new commute quickly becomes enlivened by a series of entangled affairs ‘of the heart’. There’s Richard, a member of station staff, who’s ‘slow and subtle attention’ entices Nikki into foreign adventures but it seems he’s a long way from all he appears. There’s the gorgeous Luca, her new colleague, with his smouldering Italian good looks who is well on the way to derailing all her good intentions. And finally there’s Simon, who seems to be emerging as a narcissistic man, far more in love with himself than with any of women that have fallen for his undoubted charms.

With an assortment of warm friends, complete with ready shoulders, wicked humour and endless advice, Nikki’s travels on the rails are an adventure dotted with sex, celebrity and some hard choices.

Will she find happiness in the end, will her heart be mended and her life, at last, complete?

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Ever wondered how a five-year-old girl
perceives the world? Then you definitely need to get your hands on THE BOOK, a novella by Jessica Bell.
out these awesome reviews:
“Jessica Bell’s surprising
risks with language capture a child’s clear vision in a world of adult heartbreak.
Indelible. Courageous.” ~Thaisa Frank, author of Heidegger’s Glasses and Enchantment
“THE BOOK is both heartwarming
and heartbreaking. It’s going to rip your blood pump out of your chest, kick it
around like a football, and then shove it back inside you, leaving you with a
potently reinvigorated faith in humanity. A curiously captivating read that
somehow manages to encapsulate the length and breadth of love and family in one
slim volume.” ~Josh Donellan, author of Zeb and the Great Ruckus
Here’s the blurb:
This book
is not The Book. The Book is in this book. And The Book in this book is both
the goodie and the baddie.Bonnie is five. She wants to bury The Book because it is a demon that should go
to hell. Penny, Bonnie’s mother, does bury The Book, but every day she digs it
up and writes in it. John, Bonnie’s father, doesn’t live with them anymore. But
he still likes to write in it from time to time. Ted, Bonnie’s stepfather,
would like to write in The Book, but Penny won’t allow it.To Bonnie, The Book is sadness.

To Penny, The Book is liberation.

To John, The Book is forgiveness.

To Ted, The Book is envy.

But The Book in this book isn’t what it seems at all.

If there was one thing in this world you wished you could hold in your hand,
what would it be? The world bets it would be The Book.

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Have you ever had a day that, no matter what you do, nothing seems to turn out right? In fact, a bad day would be an understatement?Angela works at a consulting firm in a high rise building downtown. Frank, a construction worker, is working on the top floor of the same building, and is deathly afraid of heights. Angie and Frank are strangers, who, under a different set of circumstances, would never speak to each other. When the fire alarm goes off, and the elevator they’re in gets stuck, their day takes a different turn.Sam is Frank’s friend and boss, and he has to make his way down the sixty flights of stairs when the fire alarm goes off. With an old sports injury, he’s not sure he’s going to be able to make it. He has no way of knowing where Frank is, and since he left his cell phone in his truck, he can’t even call his wife Joanne to let her know that he’s ok. Worry plagues Joanne when she can’t get a hold of Sam.

When Joanne finds out that the high rise building has had a bomb threat called in to it, she freaks out with worry. Her life is

 Sam, and she has to find him. When the police check their list to see if he exited the building, his name isn’t there.Could their day get any worse?


Author bioI’m a new author with a debut novel out called “Bad Day”. It was a fun novel to write and I’m glad that I found a great bunch of friends to help me get it out there.
Thanks to Beth Muscat for allowing me to publish with her brand Bent River Books, and to Norma Beishir, William Kendall, Mike Saxton, Eve Gaal and Shelly Arkon for their support and friendship. They’ve been an integral part of this whole process.
Written in multiple first person point of view, “Bad Day” is a romantic comedy that I hope everyone will enjoy. You won’t be disappointed! 
Twitter name: devoncooper13


One Hundred Thousand Lights

A love song to India By Garnette Arledge

HighTech Journey to
India Grows Mystical

Leaving behind a
two-timing fiancé and job stealing colleague, carrying only her smart phone and
a spiritual guidebook, Grace Avery lands alone in South India to a Mumbai
strike, Trivandrum riot, wild Chennai bus ride, the beauty of Pondicherry, the
peace of Tiruvannamalai, the brilliance of Puttaparthi and reconciliation in
Bangalore. Guided from one mystical experience to another, surrounded by found
compassionate friendships, deep spiritual teachings and love, she finds inside
the real meaning of her name, Grace.

RICK JAROW, Ph.D., ETC. Vassar College
Author Website and links to purchase.
journalist and author Garnette Arledge teaches writing to groups and
individuals and to herself. Her recently published non-fiction books include:
Secrets of Aloha
on the sacred art of LomiLomi; On Angel’s Eve,
supporting friends and families based on her work as a Hospice Chaplain;
and Creative/Spirituality interviews in Sacred Journey
magazine. With Western North Carolina roots, she lives in the Hudson River
Valley, New York.


This book is based on an ex-military spouses tell of what she encountered while traveling around the world with her ex-husband who would serve years in the United States Army and later retire in the year of 2006 trying to abandon her with nothing. Eve is put in a position where she gains insight into her real life as she foreshadows through her past and present life to find answers to her future. Find out what the words ‘How I Divorced the Military’ really means to Eve as she tries to understand that the military has its own set of rules and supports ‘The Good Old Boy’s…

About the author: Karleen Page is and educator from a small historical town. She has has written How I Divorced the Military to explain some of the controversies that one can encounter being a spouse in the military.


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Workaholic recruitment consultant, Gill McFadden, is sick
of her friends trying to match-make for her.
Up until now her love life has been a disaster and she’s going through a drier spell than the
Sahara desert. 
She realises she has to act, as work keeps piling up and
at this rate she will have retired before she has time for a relationship.
Seeing an ad on a bus one day, she decides to visit Happy
Ever After dating agency.  She quickly
discovers men are like buses. They all come along at once. Unsure what her type
is, Gill decides to keep her options open.
Soon she has problems juggling her social life as well as her work
diary. Will she ever strike the right balance?
Before long she is experiencing laughs, lust and… could
it be love?  But like everything in
Gill’s life, nothing is straightforward and she ends up wondering exactly who
she can trust.
Book links – The Dating Game – (UK) & (US & other .com) 
Sign of the Times – (UK) & (US & other .com)
Susan Buchanan lives in Central Scotland
with her partner, Tony. The Dating Game is her second novel, released 2nd Nov
2012. Sign of the Times, her first novel, was published in Mar 2012. She will
shortly start work on her third novel, due for release Spring 2013.
Here exclusively is
Susan Buchanan talking about The Dating Game
The idea for The Dating Game came from a
friend who had joined a dating agency for professional people in Glasgow.
Although none of the escapades or experiences Gill has in The Dating Game are
those my friend had, the seed was sown! How does a busy, career-oriented woman
in her late thirties, find a guy, and not only a guy, but the right guy? I
wanted the relationships she had had and the dates she would have, to be as
realistic as possible. As I love travelling, I always incorporate at least one
foreign country into my books. You’ll have to read The Dating Game to find out
where it is!
When I read, I love to read books about
foreign parts that I have visited – it immerses me more in the story. I wanted
to do the same in my own novels. I love reading, always have – romantic
fiction, crime, contemporary drama, pretty much everything.
Twitter – susan_buchanan


Saze Monnivan thinks Mr Him is not being completely honest with her. Fingers of suspicion tap at her, telling her that he’s not vanishing night after night to guzzle alcohol with his friend, Mr Dry, who appears to hate Saze. She pours her emotions into her blog diary and her real life takes a sharp turn, spiralling her into unknown territory, giving her the courage to stand up to Mr Him. Unfortunately Mr Him’s not the only person Saze needs to be afraid of. Something awful is happening to young women in the town and their lives are being extinguished frighteningly early.
As Saze’s life peaks and falls spectacularly and her blog attracts interest, comments, and trolls, she can’t help wondering if her followers exist only in the virtual or whether she needs to be looking over her shoulder.
Is Saze foolish to trust new faces, will she ever survive the madness she is inadvertently drawn into, and will she find the love she craves?
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Paperback version on  and Amazon UK:
Kindle version Amazon UK:  and on
The book is also available at:  WHSmith’s in paperback  here and ebook here. Waterstones in paperbackhere. The Book Depository (link is for the UK site) also in paperback here
And finally a little about me:
Gina Dickerson lives by the Thanet coast with her family and Siberian husky. Besides writing, Gina loves vintage shopping, scoffing crisps with cheese (sometimes accompanied by a glass of sparkling wine), de-fluffing her dog, and buying new shoes. She has had short stories and poetry published in collections. Lies Love Tells is her first novel.


Travel writer Julia Sullivan lives life in fast-forward. She jet sets to Europe and the Caribbean with barely a moment to blink or sleep. But too many mishaps and missed deadlines have Julia on the verge of being fired. 

With a stern warning, and unemployment looming, she’s offered one last chance to rescue her career. Julia embarks on an unlikely journey to the ‘Heart of Dixie’—Eufaula, Alabama—home to magnificent mansions, sweet tea, and the annual Pilgrimage. 

Julia arrives, soon charmed by the lovely city and her handsome host, but her stay is marred by a shocking discovery. Can Julia’s story save her career, Eufaula, and the annual Pilgrimage?
Smart, Sassy Fiction with a Southern Twist

Deadlines, Divas, & Danger:  Behind the Scenes in the TV News Biz

For TV producer Melissa Moore, crisis management comes with the job. From employee disputes to her high-maintenance boss, there’s not much she hasn’t seen or can’t handle. But no one–including Melissa–expects a fistfight during the ten o’clock news. When sexy-but-crazy Alyssa Andrews lands a punch on her co-anchor’s face, Melissa jumps on set to help. She’s determined that WSGA’s reputation won’t be destroyed on her watch. Both anchors are fired and Melissa agrees to fill in–but not before polishing her look from haircut to heels. While the new Melissa wows WSGA viewers, her personal life starts fraying at the edges. Melissa’s husband is away more than he’s home, leaving cryptic Post-it notes in his wake. Her mother’s antics spiral out of control at the nursing home and a stalker decides Melissa is her next target. What happens next? Stay Tuned to find out…

Lauren’s Bio
The Deep South is the perfect setting for Lauren Clark’s novels; contemporary fiction sprinkled with secrets, sunshine, and surprises. Her heroines are real women with real obstacles in their lives; challenges that require strength, sacrifice, and personal growth. And while it’s convenient to have a prince charming on standby, Lauren’s heroines are capable of creating their own happily-ever afters–with brains, not beauty, saving the day.
A former TV anchor, Lauren is a reformed news junkie, non-reformed coffee drinker, and certified library geek. She loves the color pink, her Electra Townie bike, and any place she can see the ocean and stick her toes in the sand. Lauren adores her family, paying it forward, eight hours of sleep a night, homemade macaroni and cheese, and true-blue friends.
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When man-eater Mattie Johns agrees to star on a dating game show to save her ailing recruitment business, she’s confident she’ll sail through to the end without letting down the perma-guard she’s perfected from years of her love ’em and leave ’em dating strategy. After all, what can go wrong with dating a few losers and hanging out long enough to pick up a juicy £2000,000 prize? Plenty, Mattie discovers, when it’s revealed that the contestants are four of her very unhappy exes. Can Mattie confront her past to get the prize money she so desperately needs, or will her exes finally wreak their long-awaited revenge? And what about the ambitious TV producer whose career depends on stopping her from making it to the end?

For Willow Watts, life has settled into a predictably dull routine: days behind the counter at her father’s antique shop and nights watching TV, as the pension-aged residents of Britain’s Ugliest Village bed down for yet another early night. But everything changes when a YouTube video of Willow’s epically embarrassing Marilyn Monroe impersonation gets millions of hits after a viewer spots Marilyn’s ghostly image in a frame.

Instantly, Willow’s town is overrun with fans flocking to see the ‘new Marilyn’. Egged on by the villagers — whose shops and businesses are cashing in — Willow embraces her new identity, dying her hair platinum and ramming herself full of cakes to achieve Marilyn’s legendary curves.

But when a former flame returns seeking the old Willow, Willow must decide: can she risk her stardom and her village’s newfound fortune on love, or is being Marilyn her ticket to happiness?



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