After I graduated from University I had some decisions to make. Stay at home and get a job, or move over to England for a couple of years. Turns out it wasn’t such a big decision after all. I packed my bags, and after travelling around for a couple of months, I ended up living and working in a pub in the East End of London. My roommate at the time had started dating a guy from Liverpool. Every time she went out with him, she’d come back and talk about his best friend who was an amazing musician. She was convinced we’d be perfect together but could never arrange a time for us to meet.
It finally happened a couple of months later when we all went out for a big night. His name was Barry and there was a definite spark, but there was also a lot of alcohol and we went our separate ways at the end of night without making any firm plans to see each other again. However, the next morning I was feeling pretty excited (apart from the hangover), until I discovered that while Barry hadn’t made any firm plans with me, he had asked out another one of our friends on a date.
At that point I was convinced I needed to hand in my boy radar. It was a let down since I was sure there’d been a connection. Thankfully a rather remorseful Barry rang a couple of days later to apologize for being drunk, and for asking out the wrong girl! We went on a date later that week and apart from the fact I literally fell out of his work truck, we had an amazing night. A few weeks later I went over to France with him for three months, and twenty-nine years later, we’re still going strong!
About the Author:
Amanda Ashby was born in Australia but now lives in New Zealand where she writes romance, young adult and middle grade books. She’s published twenty books with Penguin/Random House US, Entangled, and Albert Whitman. She also works in a library, owns far too many vintage tablecloths and likes to delight her family by constantly rearranging the furniture.
She has a degree in English and Journalism from the University of Queensland and is married with two children.
She’s an award winning author, and her debut book was nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice award, while her first young adult book was listed by the New York Public Libraryʼs Stuff for the Teen Age. Because she’s mysterious she also writes middle grade books under the name, Catherine Holt and hopes that all this writing won’t interfere with her Netflix schedule.
Once in a Blue Moon by Amanda Ashby, out Feb. 17th!
Florist Laney George has a successful business, amazing friends and big, big dreams––oh, and a broken heart. But she’s working through that last one. Then the man she hoped to never see again shows up––and Laney’s carefully ordered plans are experiencing technical difficulties.
Celebrated Author Adam Fitzpatrick planned to be in St. Clair for no more than a day. Sign the books, and get out. Same story, different day. What he didn’t count on was Laney George, who happens to be the star of his somewhat fictional tale. She broke his heart years ago, and he’d gone a bit mad. Okay, maybe a lot mad––and he put everything in his book, never imagining it would be a world-wide best seller.
Now that he’s seen her again, he wants answers. But it isn’t just her that draws him in. It’s the town, something is happening and for the first time in years…he can write again. If only he could convince the woman who hates him most to start a new chapter in their story.