A Forgiven Friend written by Sue Featherstone and Susan Pape, publisher Lakewater Press, is available NOW in ebook format. The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.
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A Forgiven Friend: Lies, Loss, and Love, But Always Friendship
Friendship will always come first.
There’s only one way out from rock bottom and that’s up, and Teri Meyer is finally crawling out from the worst time of her life – no thanks to her best friend Lee. But no matter, she’s finally found love – real love with a real man, a successful man, a man who accepts all her flaws. Teri’s never felt like this before, and yet it’s changing her in ways she doesn’t understand.
And there’s only one person who can help, one person who truly understands Teri.
It seems that no matter how hard Lee Harper tries, there’s a battle awaiting her at every turn these days, and she’s tired. And as if she needs the extra stress, Teri continues to create constant and unnecessary drama. But Lee’s the only one who really knows what’s going on under Teri’s hard, convoluted exterior, and that’s why she’s always been there for her.
But the question is: will Teri be there when Lee needs her most?
The brilliant and entertaining final book in the unique FRIENDS trilogy dishes out another dose of rib-tickling mayhem for our favourite thirty-something professional women.
I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Book 3 in the Friends trilogy by Sue Featherstone and Susan Pape. I’m a little annoyed that I haven’t had the time in my schedule to fit this book in as I loved reading Book Two in the series: A Forsaken Friend (you can find my review for Book Two here)
I have the pleasure of sharing a guest post from the authors with you:
Finding Time to Write
How hard do you have to juggle to find time to write?
It would be bliss to be able to get up in the morning, pull on a sweat shirt and jogging pants, and knock out several thousand words, breaking off only to drink a coffee and eat a little light lunch (lovingly prepared by someone else).
But for the majority of us, real life’s not like that.
For many authors it’s a balancing act especially if we have family, friends and a job.
How many of us have the energy to write half a dozen chapters after a day at the office when there’s shopping, cooking, washing and bed making to be done – and kids and elderly relatives to look after.
I know some authors who get up at 6am to write before the rest of the family is awake.
I’m in awe of them, as I am of writers who snatch a quick half hour in between everything else they’re doing. Even the odd hour wouldn’t be enough for me; I need time to read through what I’ve recently written and then, once I start writing, I can’t stop. So anything less than a half day would be too frustrating.
The editor of one of the weekend glossy magazines says it’s time we all learned to ‘flexit’ – that is, set our priorities for the day to suit our needs, not the needs of others.
But try telling that to an elderly relative who needs a lift to the doctor’s, or a child who’s feeling poorly, or a husband who insists that – because he’s having a day off – you should too. (What? Tear myself away from writing to accompany him for a long, lazy lunch?)
I’d imagine there are very few of us able to ignore whatever is going on around to sit at our PCs and let nothing interrupt or interfere.
For instance, I put some washing on first thing because it’s not forecast to rain and I can hang it out. Then I had to pack as we’re meeting friends for a short break. Already I’m asking myself: ‘Why did we make it this week? I need to finish this chapter…I’m too busy…’
Too busy to go off and have fun?
Many of us take on tasks or say ‘Yes’ to something because we feel we should. To say ‘No’ implies that we’re not good and efficient people.
A number of authors wait until they retire from full-time employment before feeling they have the time to take up writing.
My co-author Sue Featherstone and I started our writing partnership while both teaching journalism at two of Yorkshire’s universities. We produced two text books – Newspaper Journalism: A Practical Introduction, and Feature Writing: A Practical Introduction, both published by academic publishers, Sage.
But we didn’t have time off to do it – we had to fit in the work between lectures and timetabling responsibilities.
By the time we thought about writing A Falling Friend, our first novel together, I was working three days a week, which made life a little easier.
Or it would have been if putting words on a page was all we had to do. We also had to look for an agent, an editor, a designer – and a publisher.
Now that first novel has been joined by two others in what has become the Friends trilogy – A Forsaken Friend and A Forgiven Friend – and we still don’t have as much time as we’d like for writing the next two novels we have planned.
It helps that Sue and I have both given up full time work, and we can devote lots more time to writing.
Even so, there’s still a lot of marketing and PR to do – which takes time.
Sue and I promote ourselves through social media (constantly thinking of interesting/amusing/useful things to say on Twitter, Facebook and our own website).
But, there’s nothing quite like the joy of writing, realising an idea is taking shape and eventually holding the finished product in your hands.
So is the juggling worth it?
You bet it is.
Thank you so much to Sue and Susan for an insightful post.
Biographies: Sue Featherstone and Susan Pape
Sue Featherstone and Susan Pape are both former newspaper journalists with extensive experience of working for national and regional papers and magazines, and in public relations.
More recently they have worked in higher education, teaching journalism – Sue at Sheffield Hallam and Susan at Leeds Trinity University.
The pair, who have been friends for almost 30 years, wrote two successful journalism text books together – Newspaper Journalism: A Practical Introduction and Feature Writing: A Practical Introduction (both published by Sage), before deciding to turn their hands to fiction.
The first novel in their Friends series, A Falling Friend, was released in 2016. A Forsaken Friend followed two years later, and the final book in the trilogy, A Forgiven Friend, published on November 19.
Sue, who is married with two grown-up daughters, and the most ‘gorgeous granddaughter in the whole world’, loves reading, writing and Nordic walking in the beautiful countryside near her Yorkshire home.
Susan is married and lives in a village near Leeds, and, when not writing, loves walking and cycling in the Yorkshire Dales. She is also a member of a local ukulele orchestra.
They blog about books at https://bookloversbooklist.com/
Follow them on Twitter: @SueF_Writer and @wordfocus