What I learnt this week: 26th July 2019

Reach for a Star

I now have a name for my next book – the formerly titled The Week of Your Life now has the (much more eloquent) title of Reach for a Star.

I’d originally titled it The Week of Your Life because that’s the name of the TV show that Jessie is signed up to by her sons in the hope that it will teach her how to sing. And also that it will give her the chance to meet her idol, Michael Tennant.

In The Week of Your Life,  professional singers are assigned a partner and given a week to teach them how to sing a duet. At the end of the week, the winner is picked by the audience at home and in the studio based on who’s made the most progress. Now imagine you get to spend a week with your celebrity crush (I’m getting all fluttery at the thought) – will he or she live up to your dreams? Or will they be a crushing disappointment? That’s what Jessie is about to find out.

As for Michael, he can’t believe his agent put him forward for The Week of Your Life. It’s so far out of his comfort zone he figures he might as well enter The X Factor, too, and totally blow his career. When performing, he’s confident. Outside that … let’s just say he’s dreading spending a week with someone he doesn’t know.

So, that’s the background, here are the important parts.

The cover:

The blurb:

What if your dreams were so close you could reach out and touch them?
How could anyone resist Michael Tennant, with his hypnotic blue eyes and voice like molten chocolate? Jessie Simmons certainly can’t. But Jessie’s a single mum who can’t sing to save her life – there’s no way she’ll ever cross paths with the star tenor.

At least that’s what she thinks until she’s unexpectedly invited to take part in a new reality TV show. The premise? Professional singers teach hopeless amateurs how to sing. The surprise? Jessie’s partner is none other than Michael Tennant!

As she becomes better acquainted with the man behind the voice, will Jessie find out the hard way that you should never meet your idols? Or will she get more than she bargained for?

The pre-order link:

Just in case I’ve done a marvellous job of convincing you this is a book you want to read, here is the Amazon pre-order link 🙂 (out on 24th September).


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