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‘No Way Back’ by Kelly Florentia

‘No Way Back’ is Kelly Florentia’s second novel. It was published in paperback and as an eBook on the 21st September 2017 by Urbane Publications. I would like to say thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy to review.

Audrey Fox was due to get married, until that is her fiancé, Nick Byrne dumped her. Totally heartbroken and confused she jumps on a plane to join her parents in Cyprus so she can convalesce. But a chance meeting with handsome entrepreneur Daniel Taylor weaves her into a dating game she’s not sure she’s even ready for.

Audrey’s life is thrown into further turmoil when she finds out that Nick has been involved in a serious motorcycle accident. Should she go and visit him in hospital or not?

Though distraught, Audrey is determined to look to the future. She has to decide what to do, follow her heart or listen to the well-meaning advice from her family and friends. Because sometimes, no matter what, it’s the people that we love who can hurt us the most.

I loved, loved, loved this book. I really liked Kelly Florentia’s style of writing and from the very first page I just knew I was going to enjoy it. There were so many shocks and surprises throughout the story and I really didn’t know what to expect next. Just when I thought things had settled down a bit for Audrey, something else happened. Great cover too!

There were some interesting characters in this book. I warmed to Audrey from the start. She came across as a very caring and loving person despite what she was going through. Life became rather complicated for Audrey and she had some big decisions to make regarding her love life. At one point it felt like practically everyone was keeping secrets from her. I really liked Audrey’s parents too and her brother was just lovely.

The ending left me dying to know what is going to happen next and as a reader I really can’t wait for the sequel to come out. Will the shoes tempt Audrey? Kelly Florentia’s writing is magical and I could kick myself for not having read her first novel and her collection of short stories yet. This author is going to go very far indeed.

‘No Way Back’ is definitely one of my favourite books of the year.

I give this book 5 out of 5.

 

‘No Way Back’ is available to buy from Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/No-Way-Back-must-read-intelligent-ebook/dp/B0745DM4GR/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1510411765&sr=1-1&keywords=no+way+back+by+kelly+florentia

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Blog Tour – ‘No Way Back’ by Kelly Florentia

‘No Way Back’ was published in paperback and as an eBook on the 21st September 2017 by Urbane Publications.  I am currently reading this book and am enjoying it immensely.  For those of you who are planning to read ‘No Way Back’ I can tell you now that you are in for a real treat.

I am thrilled to be taking part in this wonderful blog tour for which Kelly Florentia has written a really interesting guest post.  First though here’s what the book is about.

 

Book Blurb

When two eligible and attractive men are vying for your heart, it should be the perfect dilemma…

Audrey Fox has been dumped by her unreliable fiancé Nick Byrne just days before the wedding. Heartbroken and confused, the last thing she expects when she jumps on a plane to convalesce in Cyprus is romance. But a chance meeting with handsome entrepreneur and father-of-one Daniel Taylor weaves her into a dating game she’s not sure she’s ready for. Audrey’s life is thrown into further turmoil when she discovers on her return to London that Nick has been involved in a serious motorcycle accident that’s left him in intensive care. Distraught yet determined to look to the future, Audrey must make a decision – follow her heart or listen to well-meaning advice from family and friends? Because sometimes, no matter what, it’s the people that we love who can hurt us the most…

 

Guest Post

Creating Characters

On the bus the other day, a pregnant lady sat opposite me with her little girl – about four-years-old, blonde hair tumbling over her narrow shoulders, blues eyes, incredibly cute. Her legs dangled over the seat, feet almost touching my legs.

“We used to go to that park,” she announced suddenly, pointing out of the window. “The one with the brown gate.”

“Yes,” Mum replied, smiling, “Highgate Woods, and we’ll go there again when the weather warms up.”

“Yes,” said the girl, “Highgate Woods.”

She gazed out of the window for a few moments, swinging her little legs over the seat, then took a sip of water, ate a few gummy bears that her mum handed. It wasn’t long before her pink canvas shoes collided with my knees. She looked at me, eyes wide, clinging to her mother. “I kicked that lady with my feet,” she said warily. Mum looked at me, apologised, and I smiled warmly, said it was okay.

“The lady knows. It’s okay,” she told her.

The little girl studied me for a while, chewing on a gummy bear, then said, “Mummy, I think you’ve got bigger feet than the lady.”

Of course, I glanced down at mum’s feet, I think we all did, and yes, mum’s feet were considerably larger than mine. But I’m not sure she wanted to share this information with the entire bus.

“Yes,” Mum said dryly, “I think I have.”

And I smiled again because in that instant I recognised that little girl. She’s Lily from my second novel No Way Back. I took snapshots of her with my eyes and brought her to the forefront of my mind whenever I wrote a scene about her. And that’s how I create some of my secondary characters.

 

About Kelly Florentia

Kelly Florentia was born and bred in north London, where she continues to live with her husband Joe. No Way Back, released 21st September, is her second novel.

Kelly has always enjoyed writing and was a bit of a poet when she was younger. Before penning her debut The Magic Touch (2016), she wrote short stories for women’s magazines. To Tell a Tale or Two… is a collection of her short tales.

Kelly has a keen interest in health and fitness and has written many articles on this subject. Smooth Operator (published in January 2017) is a collection of twenty of her favourite smoothie recipes.

As well as writing, Kelly enjoys reading, running, yoga, drinking coffee, and scoffing cakes. She is currently working on the sequel to NO WAY BACK.

 

Links

‘No Way Back’ is available to buy from Amazon UK – http://amzn.to/2xGjZMe

Website – http://www.kellyflorentia.com

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/KellyFlorentiaAuthor

Twitter – @kellyflorentia

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/kellyflorentia/

‘No Way Back’ Spotify Playlist – https://open.spotify.com/user/11135145039/playlist/0IbxzB3L6ZPdbrFiUY5fAI

 

Blog Tour – ‘The Magic Touch’ by Kelly Florentia

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‘The Magic Touch’ is Kelly Florentia’s debut novel.  It was published on the 24th March 2016 by Accent Press in both eBook and paperback.  I’m thrilled to be taking part in this blog tour for which Kelly has written a guest post.

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They say that you should write what you know. I thought long and hard about this before I penned my debut novel, The Magic Touch. I didn’t want to base it on personal experience because then it would be more of a memoir, plus my life is far too dull to write about. I enjoy the research aspect of writing fiction and I like to inject my stories with a little bit of magic. But I also love to write about issues that readers can resonate with, to a point – I’ve done this with my short stories quite successfully. However, during the initial draft of my book, I realised that you do need something solid, a first-hand knowledge. So, I weaved in a Greek Cypriot family and set the story in north London. I then drew my inspiration from my curiosity with the paranormal and my interest in social and emotional issues, and went with it.

But my initial inspiration came from mobile phone applications. Everywhere you look these days people are glued to their phones, trawling through one app or another – playing games, checking the weather report, looking up recipes, posting tweets and Facebook updates. The list is endless. When I first bought my iPhone the seller told me that I’d absolutely love it – ‘It’ll do everything for you,’ he said, ‘it’ll even make you coffee.’ We both laughed. Then one evening it occurred to me, what if there was an app that could predict your future with alarming accuracy, what then? And The Magic Touch was born.

In the story, we follow Emma King, a 39-year-old divorcee who has just turned down a champagne-fuelled marriage proposal from her partner of five years, Harry Georgiades. The morning after seems to dampen his disappointment and all is well in Emma’s world. But when she accidently stumbles across a flirtatious text message on Harry’s mobile phone, her suspicious barometer goes from zero to a hundred in nanoseconds. Her mission? To get to the bottom of his secret affair with the help of her friends and psychic app, The Magic Touch.

The process of writing and researching this novel was a remarkable experience, and I hope that readers will enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

 

About Kelly Florentia

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Kelly Florentia was born and bred in north London, where she continues to live with her husband Joe. Her debut novel The Magic Touch was released on 24th March 2016. Her second novel Broken will be published on 20th August 2016.

Kelly has always enjoyed writing and was a bit of a poet when she was younger. Before writing her first novel, she wrote short stories for women’s magazines. To Tell A Tale Or Two… is a collection of her short tales. She is currently working on her third novel.

 

Links

Buy from Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Magic-Touch-Kelly-Florentia-ebook/dp/B01A71UKT2/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1457972874&sr=8-2&keywords=kelly+florentia

Author Website: http://www.kellyflorentia.co.uk

Social media:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Kelly-Florentia-1682213928702931/?ref=bookmarks

Twitter: @kellyflorentia

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kelly-florentia-39ab764?trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kellyflorentia/

Pinterest: https://uk.pinterest.com/kell9f/

 

Interview with Kelly Florentia

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Kelly Florentia was very interested in an interview for my blog.  Her anthology ‘To Tell a Tale or Two’ is on a 99p promotion from tomorrow.

 

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Tell me a bit about your collection of short stories which were published in February this year.

Hi Sonya, thank you so much for having me on your blog today. My anthology, To Tell a Tale or Two, is a collection of ten of my short stories. Themes cover relationships, family dramas and a couple of ghostly tales. They’re quick reads, all with subtle twists or surprise endings. It would suit anyone who hasn’t got time for a full length novel, as such, as they can dip in and out of this one at their leisure without losing the essence of a story. Having said this, some people have told me that they’ve read the entire eBook in one sitting. The age of the characters range from seventeen to eighty, so I hope it will appeal to all age groups, but it is essentially a contemporary women’s fiction read.

It’s been well received with five star reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. I’ve also had several emails from Readers telling me how much they’ve enjoyed the different plots and twists, and how they’ve found the protagonists engaging. Some have even asked if I’ll be introducing any of the characters in other stories. Greek Connection seems to be the most popular. I think this is because it’s set in a sunny location, which is quite encouraging because the opening chapters of my first novel, Betrayal (not yet published) are set in Cyprus. I don’t think Readers realise how much an author relishes receiving emails and good reviews about their work. It always makes my day and makes writing all the more worthwhile.

Do you think they would appeal to men as well as women?

Before the reviews and feedback, I’d have probably said no. But yes, men seem to be enjoying the book too, which I’m absolutely thrilled about.

Roughly how many short stories do you think you’ve written over the years?

At a guess I’d say close to a hundred, and I’m still going strong! I love reading and writing short stories. I always have and I think I always will. There’s something quite gratifying about a sharp, quick read with a satisfying or clever ending. Short stories are a lot more popular than some people may think. Breakfast at Tiffany’s is a film adaptation of Truman Capote’s novella (1958). And Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 classic, The Birds, was inspired by Daphne Du Maurier’s story of the same name taken from her anthology, The Apple Tree (1952).  And let’s not forget the incredibly talented, award winning short story writer Alice Munro, who scooped The Nobel Prize in Literature 2013.

What are you working on now?

I’m currently working on the final edits of my second novel. It’s a romantic, contemporary drama with a subtle supernatural wave running through it. The plot revolves around a forty-something couple who’ve let their relationship slip into complacency, and how they try to get it back on track. Or do they? It has lots of twist and turns including a ‘will she, won’t she affair’. Again, it’s aimed at fans of women’s fiction but I do hope it’ll appeal to some men too.

When did you first start writing?

I started writing professionally several years ago. I had my first story published in Best magazine, which gave me an instant boost. I haven’t looked back since. My stories have appeared in women’s magazines worldwide and have been featured in several charity anthologies. But before this, I took a creative writing course with The Writers’ News. I was fortunate enough to have the exceptionally talented journalist and novelist Margaret James as my tutor. I’ve a lot to thank her for.

Describe a day in your life.

My day usually kicks off with household chores, very boring, I know, but I use the time to think up plots and ideas for my WIP. What can I say, I’m a multitasker. I then turn into a writer for a few hours (with a few Tweets and Facebook updates in-between.) Come lunchtime, I’m an athlete pounding the streets of North London (okay, trotting around the local park). I’ll return to my writing and online work in the afternoon, that’s if I’m not meeting up with my mum or friends for coffee. And finally, between six and seven I turn into a Masterchef! I love cooking my own food from scratch. My mum has given me lots of her delicious family recipes, which my husband adores!

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

Apart from reading, I enjoy going for long walks and catching up with family and friends over a glass of wine or two. I’m also a yoga fan, and jogging has become a bit of a passion for me.

Which type of books do you enjoy reading?

I mostly enjoy women’s fiction, but I also love psychological thrillers and some of the classics.  I’m currently rereading Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Oh, and I love reading anthologies, of course.

 

Links

You can download To Tell a Tale or Two: http://9nl.eu/dnmq  for UK

http://9nl.be/xq6k   for US

Facebook: – http://facebook.com/kelly.florentia

Twitter: – @kellyflorentia

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7915633.Kelly_Florentia?from_search=true

Website: – http://www.kellyflorentia.co.uk

YouTube Trailer: – http://youtu.be/jfLU6lguRjE

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