The Dead Wife a Lake District Romantic Suspense from Sue Fortin

Ooh, it’s publication day for me today! THE DEAD WIFE is out in ebook, with paperback to follow in September. I’m really excited and was thinking recently about why I enjoyed writing this book so much and whilst I can’t put my finger on any one thing in particular, I did come up with a few reasons.

  • Setting – many years ago me and my husband went on a touring holiday of the Lake District on a motorbike. It was a great week despite it raining quite a bit as I remember. However, this didn’t dampen our spirits and we were both stunned by the beautiful scenery. Writing about my fictitious lake, Conmere, brought back lots of happy memories.
  • Genre – I like to read and write both contemporary romance and suspense/thrillers and over the past six years of being published have gone from contemporary romance to romantic suspense to suspense to thrillers and now I find myself back at the romantic suspense. It is my favourite genre to read and write and although The Dead Wife didn’t initially set out to be a romantic suspense, it did very quickly develop into one.
  • Theme – My books, whatever the genre, all seem to have the theme of family. It hasn’t been a conscious decision but the dynamics of families, the relationships between generations and siblings have always fascinated me. Coming from a big family and having my own children and now grandchildren, it’s very much an integral part of who I am, so I suppose it’s natural to find family and family relationships at the heart of my books.

So, with it being publication day, I’ll leave you with an excerpt of what to expect from THE DEAD WIFE. This particular part is taken from where Harry Sinclair returns back to the family home for the reopening of Conmere Resort Centre and is greeted by his older brother Dominic and their mother Pru.

Thank God you’re here. Mum was just about to send out a search party.’ Harry’s older brother, Dominic, rose from the armchair he was occupying and greeted his brother with a handshake and slap on the back.

‘He’s exaggerating. Take no notice,’ said Pru. ‘Now, I’ll make us all a coffee. Are you hungry? I can make a sandwich or get something sent through from the cafe.’

‘Coffee will do fine, thanks, Mum. I stopped on the way for something to eat,’ said Harry over the noise of the dogs, who were building themselves up into a frenzy of whining and yapping.

‘Oh, the girls are so pleased to see you,’ laughed Pru as she headed out of the room.

Harry exchanged a look with his brother. A sadistic smile spread across Dominic’s face. He looked down at the dogs and gave a swift kick to one of them, catching her bottom. The dog yelped. ‘Now clear off,’ said Dominic, holding his arm outstretched. He hustled the dogs out through the patio doors. ‘Jesus, they get on my nerves. They must be the most pampered pooches in the county.’

‘I forgot what a compassionate soul you were,’ said Harry. ‘You’d better not let Mum see you do that.’

Dominic gave a shrug. ‘Anyway, I’m glad you’re here,’ he said, walking over to the drinks tray on the walnut sideboard. ‘I wasn’t sure if we’d actually see you.’

‘Really? Why’s that?’ Harry settled himself in the wing-backed armchair by the fireplace, a favourite spot of his late father’s. Max Sinclair had always sat in that seat and woe betide anyone who had dared occupy it. Harry rested his hands on the arms and mentally gave his father a two-fingered salute. He hoped the old bastard could see him now and thathe was turning in his grave.

Dominic paused with a bottle of gin in his hand and turned to give his brother a reproachful look. ‘You really need me to spell it out? How many times have you been back to the estate since Elizabeth’s accident?’

‘I’ve been busy in France,’ said Harry, noting the uneasy roll his stomach gave.

Dominic made a scoffing noise as he returned to mixing himself a G&T. He gestured with the bottle to Harry, who shook his head. Dominic sat down on the sofa with his drink. ‘I’ll tell you how many times…three. Christmas two years ago and twice for Mum’s birthday.’

‘I’m a dutiful son,’ said Harry. ‘Like I said, I’ve been busy. Anyway, I’m here now for the grand reopening. What’s the problem?’

Harry knew what the problem was but acting ignorant somehow gave him an excuse, if only to himself. Of course, everyone knew what the real reason was for his absence but for the most part they skirted around it. Dominic, however, appeared to want to buck the trend. Harry eyed his older brother as he rested his forearms on his knees, his hands clasped around the crystal-cut tumbler.

‘Mum misses you,’ began Dominic. ‘She worries about you.’

‘She doesn’t need to,’ said Harry. ‘I’m a grown man in my thirties; I don’t need my mother clucking round me. In fact, I don’t need anyone worrying about me.’

‘Bit of a selfish attitude,’ said Dominic, swigging the G&T down.

‘She worries unnecessarily. It’s suffocating. Why do you think I moved to France?’

Dominic sat back in his seat. ‘OK, I’ll level with you.’ He gave a furtive glance towards the door. ‘This is strictly between us.’ He took a deep breath and Harry knew he wasn’t going to like what he was about to hear. He steeled himself as his brother continued.

Power to Your Pen : Make Writing Your Business

Catherine and Sue are heading up a one day workshop in September where they will share their methods, strategies, experiences and tips for turning writing into a full-time job. Details as below and feel free to contact either Sue or Catherine for further details.

 

Romaniac Chats: Laura E James & Lucie Wheeler (Ep 2)

Romaniac Chats

 

Welcome back to our Facebook Live chats – our Life Cycle Of A Writer in video mode.

Our second Facebook Live is a 40 minute chat between Laura and Lucie, first broadcast live on Friday 23rd March 2018. Lucie chats about her new book, MUMS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN, her inspiration behind the story and how her university course and novel writing co-exist.

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Life Cycle of a Writer : Romaniac Round-Up 2017

Wow, we can’t believe it’s the end of the year already and Christmas is just a few days away. We’ve all been busy this year, both of the writing front and on the home front, so we thought we’d end 2017 with a quick round up of what we’ve been doing and what we’re up to at the moment.

Sue : I’ve had two books published this year, Sister Sister and The Birthday Girl. I’ve been delighted with how they’ve both been received so a HUGE thank you to everyone, I really do appreciate all the support, both directly and indirectly.  I’m busy writing my next book and am hoping to be able to share more news on that in the new year.

Laura: My year has been one of discovery, adventures and turning fifty. It began with What Doesn’t Kill You being published in paperback, with a cover quote from the number one bestselling author, Sue Fortin … Who’d have thought when we ladies met and formed The Romaniacs, anything like this would happen? Such a thrill and honour to have Sue’s quote on my book. In July, I went on my second visit to Arte Umbria and rediscovered my writing mojo. What a wonderful week, spent with great hosts and fabulous friends. Health has been a pain, in particular, fibromyalgia, but I’m adjusting to the challenges and finding ways to manage. I’ve had a great time travelling the country with my offspring, as we looked round universities – adventures that will stay with us forever. And possibly find their way into a novel or two. I am totally immersed in my current wip and desperate to get my characters together. My goal is to finish a novel, having not completed one for some time. I, too, would like to thank you all for your continued support, and I wish you all a peaceful Christmas and a 2018 full of happiness and good health xx

Laura, Sue Moorcroft, Catherine Miller & Sue Fortin

Vanessa: Since I started writing my first book several years ago, I’ve begun each year hoping it would be THE year – the year I got a book deal. I’m so thrilled to be able to say that 2017 really was THE year! I came back from a family holiday at the end of May to the exciting news that my agent was ready to send The Murder House out on submission. After a crazy, life-changing few weeks, The Murder House sold at auction in the UK, the US, Germany and Spain, with rights also sold in France, Poland and the Czech Republic. I am living proof that if you have faith and never give up, dreams can come true. The Murder House will be published by Sphere in January 2019, and Grand Central in the US in March 2019!!

Celia: For me, it’s been a year of getting used to not being a teacher any more and of realising that I can write pretty much any time I like for the first time ever! I’ve had some fabulous holidays, spent more time with the family, had more exercise (although no less wine and cake, there are limits to this healthy stuff) and signed with an agent who I respect very much. She is working on a submission package as we speak and plans to send the new book (working title 59 Memory Lane) out to publishers week beginning January 8th. Lets hope they’re not all too full of Christmas pudding to appreciate it!

Lucie: Well, 2017 has been a crazy year for me. I had my first book published in May – The First Time Mums Club – and in July it was released in Paperback format too which was super exciting. I will never forget the feeling of holding my very first paperback novel in my hands. Priceless. I spent most of 2017 juggling writing, promoting, marketing, studying, working and making memories with my friends and family. I went on a writing retreat with some of my lovely Romaniac pals, I went on holiday to Kessingland with our friend and her children and then away with more friends to Devon later on in the year. I celebrated my 31st birthday, started a YouTube channel, attended the prestigious Harper Collins Summer Party and throughout the year met some incredible people (including the very handsome, David Walliams and super lovely Giovanna Fletcher). I watched my best friend marry her soulmate, completed a fitness plan with The Body Coach (which subsequently changed my life in more ways than I could ever imagine) and lost 5kg and 10.5 inches in the process (Thanks Joe and his super lovely team at Body Coach HQ!). I had a book launch party in a real bookshop (thanks Foyles!) and met some incredible people along the way.  I also wrote my next book which is coming out in March so watch this space in the new year for a cover reveal and some fun online promo to get involved with! So as you can see, 2017 has been an incredible year and I am so grateful to all those people in my life who made it special. Thank you for being part of it, I hope you have enjoyed it as much as I have. To all my old friends, thanks for sticking by me on the rollercoaster that is my life! To all my new friends, thank you for coming into my life and making this year count. And to all of you reading this now – thank you for your amazing support and encouragement. Here’s to an awesome 2018! Have a great Christmas and New Year! Love and hugs xx 

Jan: It’s been an up and down year for me, healthwise, but I’m determined to finish my sequel to As Weekends Go and thank everyone for all the love, encouragement and wise words of support I’ve received. I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and a happy, healthy, peaceful and prosperous new year.  Much love & hugs aplenty xx

Debbie: Well, it’s taken almost seven years and after another (long) health hiatus following my jaw surgery, I finally get to say, ‘THE END’ to Living In The Past, although it isn’t the end, is it? It’s actually just the beginning … The doubts have kicked in, but … the query letters have begun. I’ve started the quest for an agent. More details when it’s my turn on our Lifecycle of a Writer. I have everything crossed that 2018 is going to be a successful and productive year. I wish you all the same. God bless us, everyone. xx

Catherine: Blimey, what a busy bunch we have been! I’ve had a whirlwind of a year as well (no wonder we haven’t blogged as much) with writing and the publication of THE GIN SHACK ON THE BEACH and CHRISTMAS AT THE GIN SHACK. I am so grateful for how well received they’ve been and how everyone is loving the character of Olive. Personally, it has been the year I became a single mum and my twin girls have been a massive focus for me. I’ve dubbed it the Year of Finding Dragons and we have had lots of fun and adventures along the way. Next year is set to be another exciting one – work wise there are plans for several more books and we’re yet to decide what we’re looking for on our adventures… perhaps some unicorns, because, as updates from The Romaniacs above prove… anything is possible! Go grab 2018 with both hands and let it know you mean business!

WISHING YOU ALL A VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS

AND A WONDERFUL 2018