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                                              BENEATH THE APPLE BLOSSOM

                                                                BY KATE FROST

Genre: Contemporary women’s fiction

Release Date: 04/08/16

Publisher: Lemon Tree Press.

Four women, linked by blood ties, friendship, betrayal, loss and hope, struggle with the choices they’ve made and the hand that life’s dealt them.

All Pippa’s ever wanted is marriage and kids, but at thirty-four and about to embark on IVF, her dream of having a family is far from certain. Her younger sister Georgie has the opposite problem, juggling her career, her lover, a young daughter and a husband who wants baby number two.

Pippa’s best friend Sienna has a successful career in the film world, and despite her boyfriend pressurising her to settle down, a baby is the last thing she wants. Happily married Connie shares the trauma of fertility treatment with Pippa, but underestimates the impact being unable to conceive will have on her and her marriage.

As their lives collide in a way they could never have predicted, will any of them get to see their hopes realised?

EXTRACT

Connie stopped and looked around. She had wandered a little way off the path and was in a small grassy clearing surrounded by trees heavy with spring leaves and blossom. Not in the mood for making small talk with a stranger, she chose a spot in semi-shade out of sight of the path, leant back against the slender tree trunk and closed her eyes. A slight breeze caressed her face and every so often she got the wonderful sensation of sunlight on her. She took a deep breath and drank in the scent of damp grass and spring flowers – fresh, sweet and alive – then opened her eyes to the canopy of white against the blue sky. The apple tree was bursting with blossom like masses of white teardrops.

She had everything to live for even if it didn’t feel like it right now. Life was a journey, and the best journeys were the ones that couldn’t be predicted before setting off, or that weren’t an easy ride to reach the destination. Right then, on    a perfect spring day beneath the apple blossom, she made a pact with herself to keep loving life whatever was thrown at her. She may have suffered yet more disappointment but she could still see beauty in the world and feel at peace.

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ABOUT KATE FROST

Kate Frost is a writer and author with a MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University where she has also taught the lifewriting course to Creative Writing undergraduates. Alongside writing articles and short stories for magazines such as New Welsh Review, The London Magazine and QWF, Kate has worked in a bookshop, a cinema, as ground staff at Edgebaston Tennis Tournament and as a Supporting Artist in the films Vanity Fair, King Arthur and The Duchess.

Kate’s debut novel, The Butterfly Storm, was published in 2013 and featured on Amazon’s Movers and Shakers chart. Beneath the Apple Blossom is the first book in a series and Kate also plans to release the first in a time travel adventure trilogy for children by the end of 2016.

Kate lives in Bristol with her husband, her young son and their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, and fits in writing and publishing books around looking after – and being amused by – an energetic toddler.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/katefrostauthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Kactus77

Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7131734.Kate_Frost

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Blog: http://kate-frost.co.uk/index.php/blog/

Website: http://kate-frost.co.uk/

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BROOK COTTAGE BOOKS – The Other Side of Morning by Joanna Lambert

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The Other Side of Morning

by Joanna Lambert

Genre: Romance

Release Date: 8 March 2014

Publisher:  ThornBerry Publishing

Fashion designer Thérèse D’Alesandro has recently moved into Higher Padbury Manor with daughter Felica and stepson Marco. Joining forces with Ella Benedict’s exclusive functions venue Lawns at Little Court, she is about to open a bridal boutique.

Working in London where he manages his father’s European restaurant chain, Marco has both the looks and charm to guarantee him any woman; any woman, that is, except the one he wants: Ella’s niece Charlotte. Marco knows he should walk away as she’s already involved with rock star Christian Rosetti and is the most rude and argumentative female he has ever encountered, but Charlotte has sparked strong feelings within him; feelings which despite her attitude, he senses she is also experiencing.

Recently returned from abroad and now working for her father’s record company, Lucy Benedict has discovered Christian’s guilty secrets – ones he has been keeping safely hidden from her cousin Charlotte. Determined to cause mischief and at the same time settle her own score with the arrogant star, she sets in motion a chain of events which sees Charlotte eventually beginning a relationship with Marco.

Rossana Caravello, the D’Alesandros’s newly-arrived house guest, is due to inherit the one of Italy’s premier vineyards on her eighteenth birthday. Aware they would make an excellent addition to her husband Gianlucca’s international business portfolio and eager to bring them into his possession, Thérèse sets about engineering a match between Rossana and Marco, determined nothing will stand in her way… including Charlotte.

From rural West Somerset to the glorious rolling landscape of Tuscany and the Italian Lakes THE OTHER SIDE OF MORNING is a story of love, betrayal, deception and ultimate sacrifice.

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ABOUT JOANNA LAMBERT

Born and raised in rural Wiltshire, Jo grew up with a love of books and a vivid imagination. As a child she enjoyed creating her own stories and reading them to her friends. College, work and eventually marriage meant writing was kept very much as a hobby. Her career as a board level PA eventually moved into management and it wasn’t until 2009 that she finally realised her long term goal of publishing her first novel – When Tomorrow Comes.

Juggling work and writing, three other connected books – Love Lies and Promises, The Ghost of You and Me and Between Today and Yesterday – followed. They became collectively known as the Little Court Series.
In 2013 she decided to give up full time work to concentrate on her writing. Two books have been written since – The Other Side of Morning, which finally wrapped up the Little Court Series and Summer Moved On, book one of a two-part love story set in South Devon. Although you can find her characters in glamorous locations like Italy, Grand Cayman, Bali and Australia, the core of her writing remains with village life, an environment she knows and loves. When she isn’t writing, she reviews for Hodder and Stoughton, Brook Cottage Books and NetGalley. Jo lives in a village on the eastern edge of Bath with her husband, one small grey feline called Mollie and a green MGB GT.  She loves travel, red wine and rock music.

 

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Thanks to All

Being off-line for five weeks I fully expected that I would drop out of sight. I’ve been amazed and grateful that the opposite has been the case. There are so many people I want to thank for their support

First of all, my publishers,http://www.honno.co.uk/     Gwasg Honno Press

Supportive and understanding as always. Thank you, Helena, Janet,  Caroline, Ali, Lesley. I’m working hard on the next book

And thank you to fellow Honno author Juliet Greenwood: https://twitter.com/julietgreenwood for her continued friendship and support

And my gratitude for the friendship and kindness of the people I have got to know through the world of blogging, writing & twitter etc.: Sally: https://twitter.com/sgc58,     Sue: https://twitter.com/SCVincent. Terry: ttps://twitter.com/TerryTyler4

And to Rosie:  https://twitter.com/rosieamber1

I’m a member of Rosie’s review team (#RBRT) and it’s lovely to discover how many times fellow reviewers have mentioned me while I’ve been absent. Grateful to all of you. And I see I have missed the launch of #TuesdayBookBlog ( https://twitter.com/search?src=typd&q=%23tuesdaybookblog ) and #MysteryNovember https://twitter.com/search?q=%20%23MysteryNovember.&src=typd) I have so much to catch up on. Thank you all. And, Rosie, I’ll be catching up on reviews this week.

And a big thank you for the continued support from https://twitter.com/LPOBryan
https://twitter.com/findnewbooks
https://twitter.com/YourNewBooks

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I’m also grateful to Debbie and her brilliant team at http://brookcottagebooks.blogspot.co.uk/
https://twitter.com/BrookCottageBks

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I’ve just seen all the lovely reviews and posts she’s been promoting for my latest book on the book tour: http://amzn.to/1JzO3Jh. Wonderful!! Thanks Debbie.

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Not forgetting my dear friends from our ‘Semi-Colon’ writing group: Thorne Moore: https://www.facebook.com/thornemoorenovelist/?fref=ts and Alex Martin: https://www.facebook.com/alex.martin.3532507?fref=ts

And for her continued and valued  friendship over the years  (and help in all things)  – never more so than over the last few weeks – great mate and award winning children’s’ author, Sharon Tregenza:  https://www.facebook.com/sharontregenzabooks?fref=ts

There are so many others I’d like to thank. Among them are fellow writers and bloggers:
Olga: https://twitter.com/OlgaNM7

Jenny: https://twitter.com/JennyBurnley1

Christoph: https://twitter.com/CFFBooks

Georgia: https://twitter.com/GeorgiaRoseBook

Mary:https://twitter.com/marysmithwriter

Linda:https://twitter.com/lindaabbott55?lang=en-gb

Cathy:https://twitter.com/CathyRy

Alison: https://twitter.com/Alison_WiIliams

Hugh: https://twitter.com/RobertHughes05

As I’ve said, I’ve been offline and the above are the people I’ve seen the few times I managed to find WiFi. I’m sure there are more I’ve missed. I can only apologise and hope to make amends by sharing all their news in the near future whenever and wherever I can.

I’ll stop now – this is beginning to feel like one of those radio programmes where participants in shows ask if they can say hello to friends and family and “to all who know me”…