Coming soon: DEAR THING
Bantam Press, April 2013 (hardback), Black Swan, September 2013 (mass-market paperback, TBC)
Claire and Ben are the perfect couple. But behind the glossy façade, they’ve been desperately trying – and failing – to have a baby for years. Now, the stress and feelings of loss are taking their toll on their marriage. Claire’s ready to give up hope and get on with her life, but Ben is not. And then Ben’s best friend, Romily, offers to conceive via artificial insemination and carry the baby for them.
Romily acts in good faith, believing it will be easy to be a surrogate. She’s already a single mother, and has no desire for any more children. Except that being pregnant with Ben’s child stirs up all sorts of emotions in her, including one she’s kept hidden for a very long time: Ben’s the only man she’s ever loved.
Two mothers—and one baby who belongs to both of them, and which only one of them can keep.
If you are a reviewer and would like to request an advance copy, please contact September Withers at Transworld: S.Withers@transworld-publishers.co.uk
THE SUMMER OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY
Headline Review, October 2011 (hardback), March 2012 (mass-market paperback)
An ordinary woman. An extraordinary adventure.
Alice Woodstock has been running away.
Well, not literally. She spends most of her time glued to her desk, writing about grommets and model aeroplanes. No, Alice is avoiding the real world because there’s something—someone—in her past that she’s desperate to forget. So when she’s commissioned to write about life in stately home Eversley Hall, she jumps at the chance to escape into Regency England, even if it does mean swapping her comfy T-shirt for an itchy corset. Perhaps she’ll meet her own Mr Darcy…
But when her past resurfaces in the shape of Leo Allingham, Alice is brought down to earth with a bump. Reckless, unpredictable Leo reminds Alice of the painful price of following her heart. And the new Alice doesn’t live dangerously.
Or does she?
GETTING AWAY WITH IT
Headline Review, October 2010 (hardback), March 2011 (mass-market paperback)
“Wonderfully woven, a powerful and cinematic story that I found very moving.” 5/5 from The Bookbag.co.uk
“An original, interesting tale…I enjoyed every page” 5/5 from Trashionista
“A total winner” 5/5 from Chick Lit Reviews
Wherever there’s trouble, there’s Liza Haven.
After years of misbehaving in the quaint country village where she grew up with her identical twin sister Lee, Liza escaped to LA for a thrilling life as a stunt woman. But when her job brings her a little too close to death for comfort, Liza has to go back to the one place she couldn’t wait to get away from—home.
Only, when Liza arrives she discovers that her seemingly perfect sister has run off, leaving behind their difficult, ailing mother, a family ice-cream business that’s frozen in time and a dangerously attractive boyfriend. And what’s more, everyone thinks Liza is Lee. This is Liza’s one chance to see how it feels to be the good twin. She might be getting away with it, but there’s no getting away from facing up to who she really is…
A hilarious and heartbreaking story about running away and finding your way home again.
NINA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF GLOOM
Headline Little Black Dress, March 2010
Gloom is good.
All work and no play makes Nina a dull girl…
But when you’re PA to a celebrity chef who’s tastier than one of his delicious dishes, you can’t help loving your job. What’s wrong with fancying the pants off your boss? Erm, everything if he’s married to someone else.
So when Nina meets sexy Spaniard Juan, she’s thrilled to escape to a new life abroad…until he does a runner with her hard-earned cash and she’s forced to move to “The Temple of Gloom”—a gothic flat with some unusual inhabitants.
Nina’s had enough of bloodsuckers, but is her mysterious neighbour Viktor really a vampire? Sometimes it’s hard to know who to trust…
GIRL FROM MARS
Headline Little Black Dress, May 2009
“I, Philomena Desdemona Brown, do solemnly swear to forsake all romantic relationships. There. Do I really have to repeat it in Klingon?”
It’s not like the vow, made by Fil and her two nerdy best male friends so they’d always stick together, was a big deal at the time. Frankly, Fil wouldn’t know romance if it hit her in the face anyway. Her one true love is her job as the artist for the famous comic Girl from Mars. Just like the comic’s alien heroine, Fil’s never had or needed a love interest—just her best friends.
Until one of her friends breaks the vow and falls in love, bringing her smack back down to earth. Could it be that romance is in the stars for Fil after all?
Headline Little Black Dress, July 2008
Sophie Tennant is used to sticky situations…
Because Sophie used to be a private investigator, setting honey traps for husbands and giving wives ground for divorce. But these days she’s an aromatherapist–an aromatherapist who’s going on tour with a rock band, baby! Which is all good, until she recognises the band’s bassist, Dominick Steele: her first honey trap, and the man who taught her she has a lethal attraction to bad boys. But her attraction’s not half as lethal as the vengeful spouse who suddenly seems to be following her!
Will there be a sweet ending–or a sting in the tale?
ONE NIGHT STAND
Headline Little Black Dress, October 2007 (hardback), January 2008 (paperback)
A World Books Club editor’s choice
Eleanor Connor has written lots of steamy novels, but sadly her own life is more mundane. In fact the nearest she comes to passion for ages is having to listen through the thin walls of her house as friend and neighbour Hugh seduces an endless stream of women.
But then Eleanor has a one-night fling of her own, waking up alone, repentant, and as she later realises, pregnant. Desperate to find her missing lover, if only to tell him he’s going to be a father, she enlists Hugh to help her search. But should she be looking much closer to home to find out what she really needs?
SPIRIT WILLING, FLESH WEAK
Headline Little Black Dress, September 2006
Rosie Fox is a liar. A really, really good liar. But when you’re a stage psychic who’s not actually psychic, you have to be.
But then one night, while pretending to commune with the dead relatives and pets of her audience, Rosie makes a startling prediction – which tragically comes true. Suddenly she’s trapped in a media frenzy, spearheaded by the impossibly handsome journalist Harry Blake, a man intent on kick-starting his stalled career by exposing Rosie as a fraud. Yet when his interest in her goes from professional to personal, she thinks she can trust him not to blow her cover – but maybe she’s making a huge mistake.
A hilarious romantic comedy that only goes to show that the course of true love is never, ever predictable.