What I learnt this week: launch of Please Release Me by Rhoda Baxter

Today sees the launch of Please Release me by my fellow Choc Lit author Rhoda Baxter.

Please Release Me

Here’s the blurb:

What if you could only watch as your bright future slipped away from you?

Sally Cummings has had it tougher than most but, if nothing else, it’s taught her to grab opportunity with both hands. And, when she stands looking into the eyes of her new husband Peter on her perfect wedding day, it seems her life is finally on the up.

That is until the car crash that puts her in a coma and throws her entire future into question.

In the following months, a small part of Sally’s consciousness begins to return, allowing her to listen in on the world around her – although she has no way to communicate.

But Sally was never going to let a little thing like a coma get in the way of her happily ever after …

If you like the sound of that, you can buy a Kindle version of it here.


All three characters in Please Release Me are stuck in some way, so the questions Rhoda has given us for our blog today are all about being stuck.

1. The thing I’m stuck on now…

A title. The book I’m writing at the moment is about a car mechanic who’s guardian to his younger brother. I’m about a third of the way into it and enjoying every minute (which sadly doesn’t necessarily translate into a reader enjoying it, too). I have a rough plot on paper and a more detailed one in my head. I know my characters. Dean is twenty-seven, brash and sexually confident. Lia is older than him by five years, forthright and more rebellious than her role as a maths teacher would suggest. But each time I open up the manuscript to work on it, I’m glaringly aware of the title I’ve given the document. Car mechanic. Catchy, eh? I saved it as that when I first started writing it, hoping a title would come to me, but so far it hasn’t. If anyone has some cool titles out there that might fit, please, please let me know.

2. If I could be stuck anywhere (with anyone)…

It would be Hawaii with Jenson Button … Adrian Turner … Ryan Gosling … oh heck, change that, I’d better say my husband. And if you wonder why Hawaii – here’s why.

Hawaii from Diamond Head Hawaii monk seal Hawaii scenerySONY DSCSONY DSCHawaii beach

And if you wonder why Jenson Button … of course you’re not, but it’s an excuse to include this photo again.

Jenson Button at Silverstone. He was shunted off at the first corner but still stayed around to sign autographs (and make my day)

3. Stickers

I’m reaching the age when I can’t function without a pad of post-it notes nearby. If I need to remember to do something, I have to write it down. The trick, of course, is remembering where I put the note …


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