Monday 29 September 2014
What made me write Now is our Time?
Love never runs smoothly, in real life or in fiction. My first two novels are contemporary romances and their stories are all about the heroine’s first big love. But what happens when the first ‘big’ love gets away? I’ve always wanted to write a second chance love story and this time round I wanted my heroine to have lived a little more - for it to feel a bit more ‘real’.
Now is our Time reflects the lives I see around me. Friends have married, started families and some have sadly divorced. But divorce doesn’t mean it’s all over and that’s what my heroine Claire explores. She found her first love, lost it and years later, whilst she might think it’s too late, perhaps it isn’t…………………no spoilers here!
This story is part set in London (where I live) and part set in San Diego, California, where I holidayed last Easter. I fell so in love with it (as did my children) that it felt like the perfect place for the American hero of the story, Jonah Kennedy, to come from. Heck, I’d like to live there too!
I really hope you all enjoy it and that, if necessary, you get your second chances, third chances, fourth chances………..
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Friday 26 September 2014
I promised to post the playlist from Now is our Time, and here it is. If only I was more technically competent I'd be able to hook it up so that you could click on the title and play the track..........perhaps I'll get my whiz kid eleven year old son onto it later!! Let's see if he's any cleverer than Mummy at that kind of thing.........
In the meantime, here it is on paper, the songs which accompany Claire and Jonah on their second chance journey together.
- Daft Punk – Get Lucky
- Lily Allen – Somewhere Only We Know
- School of Rock – School of Rock cast
- Katy Perry – Roar
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Pure Imagination
- Pharrell Williams – Happy
- Coldplay – Magic
- Snow Patrol – Just Say Yes
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- Chardonnay - Jonah and Claire drink a lot of wine - this is one of their favorites.
- Sauvignon Blanc – this one's from Hawk Watch Winery, a small California winery, one of Jonah's favourites.
- California smoothie – a blend of strawberries, lemon yoghurt and orange juice mixed with crushed ice. Jonah makes this drink with great panache and it's a hit with all the ladies!
Friday 19 September 2014
Monday 15 September 2014
The whole idea for my latest novel Now is our Time came after a friend told me a story. It was a real-life tale about a divorce which became ugly and acrimonious because, let’s face it, not all marriages can end amicably. Not all couples can ‘consciously uncouple’ like Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin. In this instance a British guy had married a New Zealand girl. They’d had three children and lived in the UK. Ten years later they split up. The New Zealand girl wanted to go back home and take the children with her. The English guy battled to prevent that from happening. He didn’t want his children spirited to what is literally the other side of the world. So began an ugly custody battle.
Now is our Time explores the gritty reality of love, marriage, divorce, children, when it works and when it doesn’t work. And yes, there is a custody battle at the heart of it. Here the relationship is transatlantic, between British Claire and American Jonah Kennedy. As I was writing it Gwyenth and Chris split up. Before I wrote it Madonna and Guy Ritchie split up. There must be hundreds of other less high-profile couples like them. Whilst the adults might find it easy to move on, what about the children? That is also explored in Now is our Time, when multi person POV’s allow the reader to get into several of the different characters’ heads. San Diego and LONDON are not exactly round the corner from each other. It’s a long way for Mom or Dad to go visit for the weekend.
Everyone will have a different opinion on what the final outcome should have been for the New Zealand girl and the English guy – I’m not at liberty to divulge, but in the end a court and Judge did come to a decision. Everyone will have an opinion on what the final outcome should be for Claire and Jonah. Their case also ends up in court, but I’m not going to give any spoilers! If you do read the book, however, I would love to hear your thoughts on how Claire and Jonah’s story does finally end……………
Check it out and let me know your thoughts:
UK link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Now-our-Time-Jo-Kessel-ebook/dp/B00NH20XM8/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1410422296&sr=1-1&keywords=Jo+Kessel+now+is+our+time
US link: http://www.amazon.com/Now-our-Time-Jo-Kessel-ebook/dp/B00NH20XM8/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1410422557&sr=1-1&keywords=now+is+our+time+jo+kessel
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