Perhaps it’s not so surprising. The whole point of honing our craft is to reach the point where we’re good enough for publication – and then keep getting better, of course. Anyway, the point is, if Lyrical Press liked Room for Love enough to want to publish it, perhaps I shouldn’t be so surprised that they also want the companion novel I wrote at the same time, An A to Z of Love.
Of course, in reality, I’m still reeling in shock. Very happy shock, but still.
I don’t have a publication date yet, or anything except a signed contract that I keep having to look at every twenty minutes to check it’s still real. But if you want to know a little bit about Mia and Charlie and the seaside town of Aberarian, then here’s the basics:
An A to Z of Love
Mia Page has been the subject of gossip in Aberarian for half her life, ever since her father ran off with his secretary – and the contents of the local museum safe – when she was fourteen.
But Mia still loves her hometown; loves working at the A to Z shop, loves eating seafood with her best friend Charlie at his restaurant, loves catching the classic midnight movie at the crumbling Coliseum cinema. And if she ever wonders if things might be even better if Charlie were more than just a friend, well, it’s only an idle thought in a lonely moment. After all, friendship always trumps romance, doesn’t it? And she’s never been one to rock the boat.
But everything she loves is suddenly under threat from Charlie’s ex girlfriend, Becky, and her plans to turn Mia’s beloved Coliseum into a casino, transforming the sleepy seaside town forever.
As Mia tries to pull the people of Aberarian together to save the town they adore, she starts to find her own place in the community, a family of sorts, and maybe even love. Until her father suddenly reappears, and people start asking what he wants to take from them now…