Friday, 3 May 2019

Friday Freebie – A Year And A Day by Patsy Collins

The winner of last week's Friday Freebie Is Sharon Boothroyd. Please contact  Alyson with a UK postal address and she'll send it out in the next few days.
Today's Friday Freebie is A Year And A Day by Patsy Collins.

About the Author: 
Patsy Collins is a short story writer and novelist. Hundreds of her stories have appeared in magazines in the UK, Ireland, Sweden, South Africa and Australia. They've won competitions, been selected for anthologies and a few are included in her own themed short story collections. So far there are 16 of these, each containing at least 24 stories.

After winning a novel writing competition Escape To The Country (a romance) was published. Patsy's since published four more novels and co-authored From Story Idea to Reader – an accessible writing guide.

Patsy sometimes gives talks about, or readings of, her work and also presents workshops. If you'd like her to jump in the campervan and visit your group, do get in touch.

About the book:
A Year And A Day is a romance, with a touch of crime and hint of fortune telling. There's masses of delicious food and beautiful flowers, both things the author researched extensively.

Blurb: Despite Stella's misgivings, her best friend Daphne persuades her to visit a fortune teller. Rosie-Lee promises both girls will live long and happy lives. For orphaned Stella, the fortune teller's claims include the family she longs for and a tall, dark handsome man. Stella doesn't believe a word, so Rosie-Lee produces a letter, to be read in a year's time, which will prove her predictions are true.
Stella remains sceptical but Daphne is totally convinced. Daphne attempts to manipulate Stella's life, starting with an introduction to her new boss. Restaurant owner Luigi fits the romantic hero image perfectly. In complete contrast is Daphne's infuriating policeman brother John. Despite his childhood romance with Stella ending badly, he still acts as though he has a right to be involved in her life.
Soon John is the least of her worries. Daphne's keeping a secret, gorgeous simply Luigi just can't be trusted, romantically or professionally and both girls' jobs are at risk. Worse still, John's concerns for their safety are proved to be justified.

John, and Rosie-Lee's letter, are all Stella has to help put things right.

You can buy the book as a paperback or ebook here. To try to win a signed copy, posted to any UK address, simply leave a comment below by midnight on Wednesday. 

The winner will be announced next Friday, when there will also be the chance to win another book.

Free ebook The Blight and the Blarney by Rosemary J Kind.


Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Patsy - you look wonderful ... totally radiant ... good luck with the books, and have a happy bank holiday weekend ... cheers Hilary

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Hundreds of stories - few authors can say that!

Mags Brown said...

Your story sounds intriguing! And I love the title - it has a ring of expectancy!

Jacqueline Pye said...

Liking the sound of Luigi. If he can make a vegetarian pasta dish that contains none of that ‘tomato slop’ chefs use - perhaps mushrooms, capers and cream - please forward the address of his restaurant. Otherwise I’ll have to make the dish myself. Then I’ll need a good book to read while it’s cooking. Nice comp, by the way!

Helen Lowry said...

Like the sound of this! Great site, lots of useful information. Happy Bank Holiday!

Patsy said...

@ Hilary – Thank you!

@ Alex – They're mostly shorts, Alex – less than 2,000 words in many cases.

@ Mags – Thank you. I like the title too (not that I'm at all biased!)

@ Jacqueline – Luigi is very good with truffles.

@ Helen – thank you.