Run Up to Valentine’s Day: Indulge yourself in a little fictional romance – Book Three -Wicked Game

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Wicked Game

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

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 not only is she the most exasperating female he has ever encountered she’s currently in a relationship with rock star Christian Rosetti. But the chemistry between them is undeniable and sensing trouble brewing between Charlotte and the egotistical singer he is prepared to wait.

Charlotte’s cousin Lucy has discovered Christian’s guilty secrets – ones he has been keeping safely hidden from everyone. 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 eventually brings Marco and Charlotte together, much to Thérèse’s disapproval.

Thérèse’s husband Gianlucca has invited the granddaughter of an old friend to stay as a house guest while he undergoes heart surgery. Rossana Caravello is due to inherit the one of Italy’s premier vineyards on her twenty first birthday in September. Aware this would make an excellent addition to her husband’s international business portfolio, Thérèse plots to push the young heiress and her stepson together. Rossana is already besotted with Marco, but if the plan is to have any chance of success first she needs to get rid of Charlotte…

Wicked Game was originally published in 2013 as The Other Side of Morning.  It was the fifth and final book of my Little Court series but easily read as a stand alone novel.  During 2018 I carried out extensive rewrites and Wicked Game was published in January 2019.

 

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Drama, romance, suspense, family saga. Wicked Game falls into all of those categories. The writing was nicely paced and the story kept me on my toes from page one to the end! Amazon reviewer.

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Run up to Valentine’s Day – Indulge yourself in a little fictional romance Book Two: Watercolours in the Rain – sequel to Summer Moved On

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Watercolours in the Rain is the follow up to Summer Moved On.  We rejoin the three main characters – Jess, Talún and Lily – six years later.

Jess:  Six years ago Jess’s relationship with Talún Hansen was torn apart by one night of deception. He disappeared from Lynbrook village and she headed for university vowing never to let anyone break her heart again. Currently teaching in Oxford, Jess returns from holiday to an unexpected phone call and life changing news which eventually sees her returning home.

Talún : Six years on Talún Hawkeswood, as he is now known, is heir to his grandfather’s Norfolk farming empire. When he hears of trouble in the village due to Lynbrook Hall being put up for sale, going back is the last thing on his mind. But staying away is not an option either, because someone he owes so much to is about to lose their home and their livelihood.

Lily:  Splitting with her husband after her son Josh’s birth, Lily now works as part of an estate agency sales team.  She has always held onto her dream of finding a wealthy husband and a life of self-indulgence. When the sale of an important property brings her face to face with Talún, she realises despite the risks involved, the night they spent together six years ago could be the key to making those dreams come true.

As Jess, Talún and Lily return to Lynbrook and the truth about what happened that summer is gradually revealed, Talún finds himself in an impossible situation. Still in love with Jess he is tied into a trade off with Lily: his name and the lifestyle she craves in exchange for his son. And when a child is involved there is only one choice he can make…

Although part of a two book story, Watercolours in the Rain can easily be read as an independent novel.

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Amazon UK:  http://amzn.eu/1skwjy3

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Being so involved that I still feel some emotion, whatever it is, when I’ve put the book down, is always a good sign that I’m reading a brilliant story – Amazon Reviewer on Watercolours in the Rain

 

 

 

 

VALENTINE’S DAY IS ALMOST HERE. A GOOD REASON TO INDULGE YOURSELF IN A LITTLE FICTIONAL ROMANCE…

Valentine’s Day is almost here.  A great time to treat yourself to a a taste of romantic fiction.  So if you’re looking something that has a great story and unforgettable characters and if you enjoy drama with your romance then there are a trio of great books just waiting for you. Over the next three days I’ll  be showcasing them all. Today it’s the turn of Summer Moved On , part one of my South Devon Duo

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Jess Hayden is a girl who seems to have it all. Currently studying for ‘A’ levels, she lives in middle class suburbia with father Leo and stepmother Amber.  But behind closed doors life isn’t as idyllic it seems. Leo is a hard taskmaster and Jess never seems to be able to do anything right.  Feeling Leo is too harsh with his daughter, Amber is always there for Jess acting as a barrier against all her father’s negativity.

Leo’s younger brother Rufus takes Leo, Jess and her boyfriend Zac to visit a pub he has just bought in the nearby village of Lynbrook. As they are leaving a local farmer, George Selby arrives and is intoduced but it’s his companion who takes all of Jess’s attention.  Dishevelled, unkempt and undeniably attractive, a Lothario reputation he apparently strives to live up to and Devil may care attitude, Talún Hansen is absolutely the kind of man Jess should steer clear of.  Given her reaction to him it’s just as well they won’t be meeting again.

Leo is unhappy at home and shares his feelings with young barmaid Lily in The Golden Hind where he eats lunch every day.  When she saves him from a mugging he hands her his business card and tells her to contact him if ever she’s in trouble.

When Lily turns up on their doorstep in tears saying she’s run away from an abusive partner, Leo automatically invites her to stay.  It’s not long before he is treating her like a second daughter, making Jess’s life even more miserable as he continues to draw attention to her shortcomings.  Leo’s generosity enables Lily to reinvent herself into a sleek fashionable young woman, but she is far from being the innocent she appears. Not only does she continually flirt with Leo, she’s soon set her sights on Jess’s boyfriend Zac.  Zac has few moral scruples when it comes to women (something Jess is totally unaware of) and Lily is far too much temptation.  It’s not long before Jess discovers what’s been going on resulting in an explosive argument between her and Lily.  But there is worse to come because Leo has told Lily family secrets that even Amber and Jess know nothing of.  And during their argument Lily reveals the most damaging one of all – a revelation which will bring huge changes to all their lives.

A besotted Leo, feeling betrayed on hearing about Lily’s involvement with Zac tells her to leave. Unable to live with her husband any longer Amber begins divorce proceedings. Jess relocates to Lynbrook to live with Rufus and a very different future. One which will ultimately bring her back into contact with Talún once more.

And if you think you’ve seen the last of Lily…

BUY LINKS

Amazon.com http://a.co/iamXhV5

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Amazon UK  http://amzn.eu/fWGrxb8

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The location and characters are superbly drawn and Jo Lambert certainly knows how to tell a story.  Amazon reader  

 

 

 

 

 

WICKED GAME – POST TOUR SOUND BITES

Now the dust has settled on the recent book tour for my latest novel Wicked Game, I thought it might be a good idea to share snippets of the thoughts of each of the reviewers who took part. No matter how many books I write, each new one is a unknown quantity. As a writer I spend a lot of hours in front of the computer with only coffee, music and the cat for company. It’s a long and sometimes frustrating journey but well worth all the hard work when you receive reviews like this. Thank you all for taking part and for enjoying Wicked Game.

AUDIO KILLED THE BOOKMARK   https://audiokilledthebookmark.com/

Such a compelling story full of romance, drama, mischief, and deceit!

A perfect escape for those of you who love the love, adore the drama, and live for the glamour! Recommended.

BEING ANNE   www.beinganne.com

Jo Lambert writes quite beautifully – her style is flowing and easy to read, her dialogue natural, her descriptions vivid. The characterisation is excellent too – wicked stepmother Thérèse is quite a piece of work, and you just know Kayte is trouble from the moment you meet her. I particularly liked Lucy – the spoilt heiress who actually has considerably more depth to her than it first appeared.

I very much enjoyed this one – a twisting and turning story set against a wonderful large canvas, and a totally engrossing world to disappear into for a few hours.

BOOKWORMS CORNER BLOG SPOT  https://bookwormscornerblogspot.com/  

Drama, romance, suspense, family saga. Wicked Game falls into all of those categories.  The writing was nicely paced and the story kept me on my toes from page one to the end!

I really enjoyed the intricacies of the story and the Character development was incredible. Whether I liked them or not, I found that each character caught my attention and kept it as I was drawn through this intricate tale.

If you are looking for a palate cleanser from all the rich offerings of Christmas and the new year then I highly recommend this crisp, sharp read to set your reading new year off with a bang!

BROOK COTTAGE BOOKS   https://brookcottagebooks.blogspot.co.uk/

Joanna Lambert has woven a complex web of love, passion and a cracking story. Full of interesting characters, strong and smart women and a couple of villainous females who are intent on doing whatever it takes to get their own way, this wonderful saga will have you engrossed and you will be hooked from page one. Think Dynasty, Dallas and Falcon’s Crest all set in the UK!  Charlotte and Marco’s attraction jumps right off the page. That man is hot! And rich! And did I mention hot? I’d highly recommend Wicked Game!

CHELLS AND BOOKS REVIEW   www.chellsandbooks.wordpress.com

Jo Lambert’s writing is lovely, I felt like I was on set of a movie and right there in all the drama. The settings just fall from the pages to enveloping you. I will defiantly be seeking more books from Jo.

This book reminded me very much of Jackie Collins or a Danielle Steel.

DASH FAN BLOGSPOT   Dashfan81.blogspot.com

Wicked Game is a compelling story that will draw you in and capture your attention.
I can see this book as a tv saga, it has all the juicy underhanded games, vindictive characters, plenty of drama, sexual encounters, Betrayal, Family drama and characters you love to hate. See perfect tv! 

If you enjoy Contemporary Romances that are gritty then you will really enjoy Wicked Game! 

DEVILISHLY DIFFERENT BOOK REVIEWS    https://devilishlydeliciousbookreviews.wordpress.com/

The book was well-written. There was a big cast of characters, but I never thought the book suffered for that. In fact, it made it better. I really like the way Lambert writes. The book takes place in several different settings, but the way it was written gave me a clear picture of each place. I love when a writer can do that for me.

I highly recommend this read if you like family sagas with romance. This book will definitely pull you into the story from beginning to end.

FNM BOOKS   www.nzfnmblog.wordpress.com

This is my first book from Jo Lambert and I have to say it won’t be my last. A great drama filled romance that will leave you thinking about it days after you put the book down!

FOUND IN WORDS   www.foundinwords.wix.com/site

The characters, the setting, and the fact that it sounds like the plot of an episode for an exciting telenovela or an obscure soap opera on television.  I’ve probably said this a lot in my other reviews, but it’s true, I’m glad that I picked this book up and I’m sure if you do too, you won’t regret it.

Do yourself a favor and read this book!  Seriously, you won’t want to miss out on Jo Lambert’s writing. 

LIKE HERDING CATS   https://likeherdingcatsblog.wordpress.com

Several storylines held my interest throughout this book and I enjoyed the mix of thriller, romance and was desperate to see where each character’s story led.  I was reminded of Jackie Collins’s novels as often the story telling would move around the lives of various characters, usually accumulating in a cross over of loves, lives and tragedy before the ending.

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This is a perfect book for any holiday you are planning as I couldn’t put it down whilst reading by the pool. I enjoy reading books that are by local authors and Jo Lambert lives in the town next to me.

THE WRITING GARNET   Thewritinggarnet.wordpress.com

I am impressed at the author’s ability to guarantee a reaction from her readers, I mean, I would be extremely surprised if anyone reading this ended up unfazed by the events in ‘Wicked Game’! I think I surprised myself by my own reaction to be honest!

A rollercoaster ride of emotion, drama, and intense discoveries – ‘Wicked Game’ trumps ‘Sunset Beach’ T.V. programme any day!

 

Available on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk, links below

US – https://www.amazon.com/Wicked-Game-Jo-Lambert-ebook/dp/B07LD8XF75

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Wicked-Game-Jo-Lambert-ebook/dp/B07LD8XF75

A belated thank you…

When I begin to collect my thoughts about a new book sometimes there are areas where I simply don’t have the expertise to write convincingly. Take my current WIP set on an estuary town in south Cornwall. There are three families central to the plot, one of them owning a vineyard. Now I have absolutely no idea what happens between grape and bottle so professional guidance was definitely needed. Fortunately we have a local vineyard only a ten minute walk from home so it was easy to book an appointment for a tour where I could view the processes, make notes and ask questions.

Rewind to 2012 when I embarked on The Other Side of Morning – now released under the title Wicked Game. Rock musician Christian Rosetti was one of the central characters and part of the plot saw him on tour throughout Europe. Now I had absolutely no idea about music tours, but I knew someone who did.

Jane Risdon has been a long term social media friend. We came together through our joint love of music and I was aware of the time she spent in LA working with some of the most famous stars in the music business. Who better then to advise on how to write the scenes I needed for this book?

She took time with me, answered my questions and gave me a huge amount of information which gave me a broad view of what touring with a rock musician entailed. Jane’s expertise was invaluable and enabled me to send Christian off on a ‘virtual’ European tour safe in the knowledge I actually knew what I was talking about!

In 2017 Jane collaborated with fellow author Christina Jones to create her own rock star Scott in Only One Woman, a romantic novel set against the backdrop of the 1960s music scene.


Two women, one love story.

June 1968. Renza falls head over heels for heartthrob guitarist Scott. But after a romantic summer together they are torn apart when Renza’s family moves away.

December 1968. On the night she believes to be her last, Stella meets Scott at a local dance. He’s the most beautiful boy she’s ever seen and if this one night is all they have, she’ll take it.

As the final colourful year of the sixties dawns, the question is: can there be only one woman for Scott?

Thank you Jane for all the support you’ve given me since we met on Facebook. You’ve been an amazing friend…

DECEMBER UPDATE…

So here we are at the end of another year. 2018 has flown by and so much has happened during those twelve months. The biggest news, of course, is having my novel The Boys of Summer accepted by Choc Lit. and due for publication in 2019. Exciting times!

My current news is that Wicked Game, my latest novel, is due out on 7th January 2019 and currently available for pre-order on Amazon. Previously published as The Other Side of Morning (2013) , the fifth book in my Little Court Series, it has been reworked and can now be read as a stand alone novel.

The Story…

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

 Managing 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 not only is she the most exasperating female he has ever encountered she’s currently in a relationship with rock star Christian Rosetti. But the chemistry between them is undeniable and sensing trouble brewing between Charlotte and the egotistical singer he is prepared to wait.

Charlotte’s cousin Lucy has discovered Christian’s guilty secrets – ones he has been keeping safely hidden from everyone. 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 eventually brings Marco and Charlotte together.

Thérèse’s husband Gianlucca has invited the granddaughter of an old friend to stay as a house guest while he undergoes heart surgery. Rossana Caravello is due to inherit the one of Italy’s premier vineyards on her twenty first birthday in September. Aware this would make an excellent addition to her husband’s international business portfolio, Thérèse plots to push the young heiress and her stepson together. Rossana is already besotted with Marco, but if the plan is to have any chance of success first she needs to get rid of Charlotte…

A Big thank you…

I would like to give a mention to my editor Elaine Denning, to Jane Dixon Smith for yet another fabulous cover and finally to Rebecca Emin for her formatting expertise. Thank you so much for the support you have all given me during this latest writing journey.

And finally…

So it just remains to say, as 2018 draws to a close and we welcome in a new year, I would like to wish you all a very happy 2019 and hope the months head bring you everything you have hoped for.

Tomorrow I’ll be back on my blog, greeting the New Year with a few non-writing thoughts on 2018 and the coming year.

Best wishes Jo

Greetings from Nomansland…

student-woman-books-cThe publication date for Watercolours in the Rain is almost here.  The e-book will be available on Amazon this coming Friday, 7th October.Currently I’m in a sort of nomansland;  I’ve some guest posts to get organised for the book tour next week and an independent piece I want to produce but other than that, the pressure is very much off.

I should be glad…relieved…happy shouldn’t I?  I can breathe; I’m in total control of my day, I can relax. But crazy as it seems, it’s a case of always wanting what I haven’t got.  When I’m writing I’m looking forward to reaching the end of the journey to publication.  It’s a chance to recharge the batteries before moving on to a new project. Unfortunately, when I finally reach my destination, it seems I end up with withdrawal symptoms for those pressurised moments surrounded by all my writing paraphernalia. You know the ones – when writer’s block hits, or the rewrite you need to do simply won’t come good. They aren’t insurmountable problems of course, but they’re not ones which are readily solved either.  With writing inspiration isn’t something that’s on tap.  You can begin a day full of enthusiasm and positivity, only to find nothing goes right.  Then on other occasions you start the morning weighed down by an unresolved problem with the story, start to write and the whole thing flows onto the page beautifully.  Yes, the writing day can be an unpredictable one, but in some ways that’s what makes it so stimulating and gives you the encouragement to see the job through to its conclusion.

So this evening, much as I’m happy to be at journey’s end  – to say goodbye to my characters and their story –  I’m feeling just a little adrift. Because pressure in some ways provides structure – the need to prioritise work, meet your deadlines, achieve your goals. And that is what is currently missing – being surrounded by my work and knowing the clock is ticking. I guess on reflection I’m  a creature of habit. When I had a 9 – 5 life I thrived on a full workload and absolutely hated moments when there was a lull and things weren’t particularly busy. Nothing, it appears, has changed.

Happily this phase I appear to go through at the end of every book won’t last for long. I’ve already begun the process of sorting out new characters and putting a plot together for my next book, whose working title is The Boys of Summer.  Once the ideas begin to flow my current post book blues will be gone and I’ll be up and running again, working out my new targets and caught up in all the associated challenges writing a novel brings. Can’t wait!

Watercolours in the Rain will be on tour with Brook Cottage Books from 10 – 14 October, 2016

 

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The first book of the series, Summer Moved On is currently on Amazon as a FREE READ from 4 – 7 October in the run up to next week’s tour.

Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0139IXHZE