The Replacement Wife blog tour round up part 1

28 September 2015 / Leave a Comment

I'm half way through my blog tour for The Replacement Wife. I've been asked lots of challenging, interesting and funny questions. I was also asked to do a post on 'why the grass is always greener on the other side'. Here's a round up of some the posts on the tour so far ...

Christine Young

How do you come up with ideas for your books?
Ideas for my stories come from many places – from conversations with friends or something that I’ve read in the newspaper. Often an idea comes when I’m bothered by something, when it doesn’t make sense – it’s like solving a problem. For The Replacement Wife the idea came from a lady I knew who had just gotten into a relationship with a man who had a school-aged daughter. This lady wasn’t getting along with the daughter and would sometimes say things I felt wasn’t quite fair about a kid. It made me feel sorry for the daughter and her own mother. I thought about what happens if a relationship was failing but you wanted to make sure your child ended up with a decent stepmother?

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Why should we read The Replacement Wife and what sets it apart from the rest?  What makes your book unique?
I’m hoping The Replacement Wife is a different take on the age-old story of what happens when you fall in love with a person and have to fall out with the other.  Luisa has taken a creative approach to her situation – she thinks she can avoid pain and heartbreak if she can play matchmaker and set her husband up with somebody else …

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Booklover Sue

What is your favorite scene in your new release?
My favourite scene is when Luisa and her husband Luke go to a book launch for a crime writer who has written a book about dancers who have been killed. One of Luisa’s great disappointments is that Luke hasn’t danced with her since the night they first met. She’s been trying hard to set him up with another woman, but when she sees him dancing and enjoying himself at the book launch with one of the potential replacement wives, it hurts her deeply. Her understudy is performing much better than her, already.

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Queen of the Night Reviews

The Grass Is Always Greener on the Other Side
The problem with Luisa’s infactuation with Jarvis is that it’s mostly played out in her imagination and grass is always lushest in one’s mind. It’s like looking forward to a holiday; one imagines the tropical blue water surrounding the island, relaxing on the beach and beautiful sunsets. We don’t think about getting seasick on the boat on the way to the island, being bitten by mutant mosquitoes, soaked in torrential rain or having to navigate the stinky squat toilets – when in fact, it is the good and the not-so-good that makes up the whole holiday experience.

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Laurie's Thoughts and Reviews

How do you react to a bad review of your book?
I appreciate every person who reviews my work. If someone has read my story and finished it, I’m thankful. If they’re passionate enough about it to actually write a review I’m blessed! Even if it’s a 1-star review, I learn so much from my readers. People have had really complex feelings about The Replacement Wife and I love that. Good art moves people, and it succeeds whether it moves them to hate or love. The more disappointing reviews are the middle of the road ones, where the reader wasn’t moved one way or another!

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Review - 4 stars
Luisa is a complicated character, it's hard to get in sympathy with her. At times is superficial, childish, irresponsible, often she performs actions really silly. It 's sad to think that both partners become again active and full of life only when they meet another person.

It 's a story well plotted and very original, beautifully written, with a style simple but brilliant.

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A massive thank you to all these bloggers for hosting The Replacement Wife and to Goddess Fish Promotions and HarperCollins for organising the tour.

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