A big thank you, Morton, for inviting me as your guest blogger – and hi to everyone!
I’m very excited to tell you about my new book, One Summer Weekend. Doesn’t the cover make you think of relaxing in the summer sunshine?
About One Summer Weekend – the blurb on the book
One summer weekend can change everything …
Alicia Marlowe’s life as an executive coach is well under control – until she meets her new client, Jack Smith. Jack’s reputation precedes him and Alicia knows immediately that he spells trouble. Not least because he reminds her of someone else – a man who broke her heart and made her resolve never to lower her guard again.
Taking Jack on as a client is a risk, but one that Alicia decides to take for the good of her career. As long as she keeps him in his place, she might just make it through unscathed. But Jack has other ideas – including a ‘business’ trip to the Lake District. One summer weekend with him is all it takes to put Alicia’s carefully organised world in a spin …
So, for Alicia, it’s business, for Jack, it’s personal.
Will one summer weekend deliver both agendas?
Coaching – of any sort – is an intimate activity, where one person gets under the skin of another to help them perform better. Executive coaches are trained more than most to keep their professional detachment at all costs. When Alicia Marlowe heads north to Grimshaw to meet the Chief Executive of Leo Components, she’s not expecting anything she can’t handle – despite what she’s found out about him so far.
Let’s imagine what they were both thinking before that first meeting …
Alicia’s thoughts: Jack Smith is a douchebag. Okay, that’s based purely on what I’ve read about his personal life – hard not to, when it’s splashed all over the local papers. Serves me right for doing my pre-meeting research, doesn’t it? … I wonder why Adam recommended me to him – he wasn’t very forthcoming when I asked … God, this place is grim – no wonder it’s called Grimshaw. But Leo Components is the biggest employer, so it should be easy to find … Yes, here we are. Let’s get this over and done with. Professional detachment at the ready.
Jack’s thoughts: Must admit I’ve got mixed feelings about this meeting, but I can’t see any other way of stepping up to the mark now that we’ve merged with Sphinx Industries. And Adam thinks she’s one of the best executive coaches around. She coached him, and he’s firing on all cylinders. Mind, she sounds a right old battleaxe – even worse than my mother!
And after the meeting …
Alicia’s thoughts: Oh. My. God. I can’t think straight. What the hell did I write in my notes? Not the truth, that’s for sure. I remember, something like: ‘Domineering management style … Arrogant belief in own abilities … Uses aggression to mask his fear of failure … Has a childish sense of humour.’
Okay, usually I don’t give this sort of instant diagnosis, but in his case … I suppose it’s because he reminds me of someone else – and not in a good way.
Do I really want to coach this person?
Jack’s thoughts: Wow!
What happens next? Find out at http://www.rubyfiction.com/dd-product/one-summer-weekend/– release date 19th June 2018!
I’d love you hear what you think – drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or post a review on Amazon.
One Summer Weekend is available as an eBook on all platforms.
Thank you, Juliet that is an interesting insight into the thoughts of your characters. I can’t wait to read more.
About Juliet Archer
Juliet writes award-winning romantic comedy for Choc Lit and Ruby Fiction. She has been known to spend many happy hours matching irresistible heroes with their equally irresistible chocolate counterparts – watch out for the dark nutty ones!
Her debut novel, The Importance of Being Emma, won the Big Red Read Book of the Year 2011 Fiction Award and was shortlisted for the 2009 Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance. Her second novel, Persuade Me, was shortlisted for the 2011 Festival of Romance Best Romantic Read Award.
Juliet’s third book is One Summer Weekend, published on 19th June 2018. You can also read her short stories: Incense & Insensibility in the Choc Lit Love Match anthology, and Love Rules in Choc Lit’s Kisses & Cupcakes anthology.
Juliet was born and bred in North-East England and now lives in Hertfordshire. She gives talks all over the UK and in the USA about the classic authors who inspire her work. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, the Society of Authors and the Jane Austen Society. Her non-writing career has spanned IT, acquisitions analysis, copy editing, marketing and project management, providing plenty of first-hand research for her novels.
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