I have great pleasure in joining in with a Book Blitz for the above novel. Here is a little teaser.
Written by the very lovely J.L. Campbell
To whet your appetite here is the 'blurb'
The Thick of Things
By JL Campbell
fiction with romantic elements, contemporary romance
BLURB: Life has a
way of going awry when you least expect
it, and Khalila Skyers learns this lesson the hard
way. In one devastating blow after another, she loses
her cosy existence. Then Douglas Blythe overtakes her life like a
flood, and she’s not equipped to deal with an attraction that seems forbidden
and overwhelming. But her body and heart want what they want, and leave her
wondering if she ever knew herself at all.
determined to help Khalila move beyond her obsession with the
past and reach for love a second time. No matter
how long it takes. No matter the distance. He’s going to prove he’s worth the
This is written in the first person narrative which is well
This is a contemporary novel set in Jamaica, some might call
it ‘second chance’ genre. Khalila is soon to be divorced and still regards
herself as a married woman. She meets
Douglas while volunteering at a golf tournament and the attraction she feels
surprises her after a long marriage and a traumatic and tragic event in her
life has led her to become introspective.
Her great friend helped her a lot through this time to see there is life
to be lived if only she can comes to term with the past.
Now Douglas surprises her all the time but there are some
issues in the way.
This is a well written, nicely paced novel with good
characterisations of all the people in the book. The sensual/sexy scenes are well written,
emotional and erotic without being coarse and lewd. This puts the book ‘up there’ in my
estimation as opposed to others I have read that I've had to skip those
Each week a photo is used, donated by one of the participants
of Sunday Photo Fiction, and the idea is to write a story with the photo as a
prompt in 200 words or less.
will keep your words within the confines of the 200 word limit. The photo
doesn’t have to be centre stage, there have been times when I have had to read
the story a few times to spot where the prompt is hidden. Please include a
mention and / or link to whoever donated the photo.
Photo credit: A Mixed
Alice found the letter in Ben’s room. It detailed
a trip to Egypt. She gasped at the
cost. How on earth could she afford to
send Ben on a trip of a lifetime? The
school listed how payments could be made over a period of time. It didn’t mention any concessions for single
parents on low incomes. If she did
manage the monthly payments over the next 18 months until the trip was underway
could she then manage that sort of commitment again for Christine when it was
her turn to go on such a trip?
She could not treat them
differently. Their father wasn’t working
so she knew he couldn't help. Her meagre
paying part-time job wasn’t enough some months to buy everything they
needed. Teenagers needed so much more
these days than she did when she was their age.
She did some sums. If she was very, very careful and went
without new clothes herself for the next few years she could get the money
together. Then there was the new
clothing he would need and pocket money for the trip.
She answered the phone. Aunt Mill had left her a legacy, such a bitter/sweet
be a matter of perspective. Although I would assume large means bigger
than a human being. You can also show perspective of something real small
and then something bigger than the small object.