Archive | January 2014

Excerpt 2: How to Have an Affair.

Excerpt 2 from How to Have an Affair.

 

Another excerpt from further into the book when Robyn and Dave come face-to-face with Jay, Robyn’s lover:

 

Robyn linked Dave’s arm as they walked silently back to the hotel. Just as they were approaching the hotel steps, a man in a brown tweed overcoat approached from the opposite direction. Robyn stopped in her tracks as she saw Jay for the first time in four months. He saw her at exactly the same time. Dave recognised him from the photograph he’d seen on Facebook.

Robyn started to shake. ‘God! This is awful,’ she mumbled.

‘Tell me about it! I know we’ve just decided that you’ll see him again, but I didn’t expect it to happen this quickly.’ Dave added suspiciously, ‘Are you sure you didn’t plan this?’

‘I promise, Dave. I knew nothing about it. Honestly, Max never mentioned Jay would be here.’

Robyn could feel her breathing quicken as Jay approached. Any second they would be face to face. She’d dreamt about this reunion for months but didn’t envisage it quite like this.

Jay was the first to regain his composure, ‘Hello, Robyn….’ He held out his hand, ‘Dave.’

Dave ignored the gesture and put his arm territorially round Robyn’s shoulder.

‘Hello, Jay,’ Robyn said quietly. ‘Did Max Hammond invite you today?’

‘He did. Not one of his better moves, I might add.’ Jay said.

‘Then I think we ought to see what he has to say.’ Robyn moved away from Dave’s grip but held his hand as the three of them went inside the hotel.

Max Hammond was sitting in a comfortable chair in reception reading a newspaper when he looked up and saw the party of three walking towards him.

‘Shit! Not exactly as I planned it,’ he said, as he surveyed the awkward scene.

‘What were you thinking, Max?’ Robyn asked.

‘In my defence, I didn’t know you’d bring your husband.’ Max said.

‘Hello, I’m Dave,’ he said, holding out his hand. ‘She didn’t want to bring me, I insisted.’

‘Pleased to meet you, Dave. I’m sorry about all this, very unprofessional of me.’

‘So this weekend was all a ploy to get us together?’ Jay asked Max.

‘Yes and not a very good one. I’m sorry I got it so wrong.’

‘So there isn’t even a seminar?’ Robyn asked.

‘Not as such, but I am here to meet the hotel management. I’m back here in January. I’ve come to look at all the facilities this weekend. Would anyone like a drink? It looks like we could all do with one.’

Jay answered first, ‘Mine’s the usual and make it a double. I’ll join you shortly.’

Dave let go of Robyn’s hand, ‘I’m going to get off and leave you to your happy reunion.’

‘Please don’t go, Dave. Not like this.’ Her voice shook. ‘We need to talk.’

‘I think we’ve said all we need to say.’ Dave turned and started walking towards the door.

‘Don’t leave me, Dave,’ she begged.

‘But isn’t it what you’ve been wanting all this time? Max has just made it easy for you. You’ve been pining for your lover. Well here he is, enjoy!’

‘Don’t be like this Dave. We’ve had such a lovely day.’

‘Robyn, I don’t believe you!’ Dave’s voice raised a decibel. ‘How do you expect me to behave? I’ve just come face to face with your lover. Would you like me to shake his hand and wish him luck? I feel like breaking his fxxxing neck.’

Robyn started to cry.

Jay was observing the scene from across the room.

‘Dave, before you go could I have a quick word?’ Jay shouted.

Robyn looked aghast as he spoke. ‘Please Jay, leave it.’

‘I’ve nothing to say to you,’ Dave snapped.

‘Please, it won’t take long. I’d just like to explain.’

The whole thing was turning into a scene from a soap-opera with a live audience, so to keep the peace Dave said,

‘Okay, but let’s go somewhere quieter.’ He pointed to the small guest lounge to the left of reception. Robyn went to follow them.

‘I’d rather have a word with him on my own, if you don’t mind,’ Jay said gently. ‘Would you mind joining Max in the bar? I’ll be with you in a minute.’

Robyn stood still, unsure what to do next. Confusion had taken hold of her brain. Her body cried out for Jay, yet she didn’t want to see her marriage of seven years walk out of the door. As she watched the two men disappear into the lounge, she did as requested and went to join Max.

 

Will Dave listen to what Jay has to say or will he do what he threatened? Buy the book and find out!

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Do you fancy any of your male characters?

Out of everyone I have ever written about the closest I would come to fancying anyone is Dave – Robyn’s husband. He has the look I like; tall, with dark hair and swarthy skin. He is also fit and strong. I like his kindness and the fact that he really loves Robyn. What I wouldn’t put up with is the long hours he works and I think this contributed to Robyn looking elsewhere for love. He says he is only working so hard to support his family but it seems to me he is a bit of a workaholic which doesn’t make for a balanced relationship. Continue reading

How I Choose My Characters

I was asked recently how I formulate my characters. I feel like they formulate themselves. I have a vague idea what I want them to be like. I’ll know the sex, the age and the physical characteristics but as for the personality it develops as the book progresses. Continue reading

How to Have an Affair: Launched Feb 13th 2014

Genre: Romantic fiction – Suitable for 18+ 

This is Lindsay Harper’s fourth novel and the first one published by http://www.5PrincePublishing.com. It is the first in a series of three. The second in the series, How to Have an Amicable Divorce is released by 5Prince in May of this year.

Have you ever been attracted to someone you shouldn’t?

Were you prepared to risk everything?

Robyn Fisher is a frustrated, busy, working mum and wife who feels that life is passing her by – that is until she meets charismatic psychologist, Jay Trethedick, at a weekend seminar. Despite the instant attraction, Robyn resists Jay’s advances only to surrender to temptation a week later and they begin an intense and passionate love affair. But when the lovers start taking increasingly dangerous risks, Robyn’s husband discovers the truth and walks out, destroying Robyn’s world.

But the grass isn’t always greener. After an attempt to start a new life with Jay, Robyn realises she has to take the biggest risk of all; choosing who to love and who to let go. As sexual desire battles with real life and family, can she make the right choice?

How far is she willing to go?

What makes this novel different from any other novel about affairs?

Lindsay gives us her opinion: Whereas many other novels finish when the affair gets discovered, in this book the affair gets discovered fairly early on in the book and the rest of the story is about the effect of the affair on the main characters and their families. I look at the emotional trauma an affair causes and how hard it is to go back to normal life. Robyn is so deeply affected by what she’s done and the feelings she still has for Jay she ends up on medication as she spirals into a deep depression.

It’s only when her husband  offers to let her go to Jay, her lover, that she sees light at the end of the tunnel but soon discovers being an actual couple is very different to playing at being a couple. She realises that what they did best was make love and the nitty-gritty of family life is not the same with her new man.

The pivotal point in the story is when Dave drops the bomb-shell that he is going to New Zealand for a year. How will she cope without having both men in her life? Who will she choose? You’ll have to read it to find out!

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The “How to…” series of books by contemporary author Lindsay Harper

How to Have an Affair

Have you ever been attracted to someone you shouldn’t?

Were you prepared to risk everything?

Robyn Fisher is a frustrated, busy, working mum and wife who feels that life is passing her by – that is until she meets charismatic psychologist, Jay Trethedick, at a weekend seminar. Despite the instant attraction, Robyn resists Jay’s advances only to surrender to temptation a week later and they begin an intense and passionate love affair. But when the lovers start taking increasingly dangerous risks, Robyn’s husband discovers the truth and walks out, destroying Robyn’s world.

But the grass isn’t always greener. After an attempt to start a new life with Jay, Robyn realises she has to take the biggest risk of all; choosing who to love and who to let go. As sexual desire battles with real life and family, can she make the right choice?

How far is she willing to go?

How to Have an Amicable Divorce

Have you ever got yourself in so deep you feel like running away and starting a new life?

That’s exactly what wife and artist, Denizon Cartwright felt like doing. After deciding that she couldn’t put up with her unfaithful husband any longer, she leaves him for smooth-talking artist and professor, Damien Johnson – but she soon learns she’s swapped one liar for another and beats a hasty retreat … only to become entangled with Jay, the ex-lover of her best friend, Robyn.

Could her life get any more complicated?

Yes! A surprise encounter leaves Denizon with an ever growing list of men falling in love with her.

Her escape route is at hand in the shape of Escuela de Montana D’Armentera, an artistic retreat high up in the Spanish mountains. But problems only follow, as she discovers.

Will she find true happiness or lose everyone she ever held dear?

And is the cost of finding herself too high a price to pay?

How to Have an Amicable Divorce is number 2 in the “How to …” series of books by contemporary novelist Lindsay Harper.

How to Have an Affair released February 2014 by www.5princebooks.com begins the saga of the two friends Robyn and Denizon – follow their exploits and wait to see what life has in store in How to Have a Happy Marriage – coming soon.