Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Book Tour The Runaway Year with Author Shani Struthers July 2nd 2013


Title: The Runaway Year
Author: Shani Struthers 
                   Release date: July 2, 2013 
                    Publisher: Omnific Publishing  Group: Adult Genre: Contemporary romance 

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 Book Description: 

Dumped by her hotshot boyfriend and boss, Layla Lewis quits her job and heads to Trecastle to house-sit for a friend. Trecastle isn’t new to her; it’s a place where she holidayed regularly with her now-estranged mother. It’s also the home of Hannah McKenzie,her childhood friend. Hannah has tempted her with a place to live and a job in the local pub. Needing time to nurse her battered heart and escape her "real life" for a year, Layla accepts.

Hannah is a talented artist as well as a barmaid. She lives in the village center with her boyfriend Jim, a singer in a local band. They are happy together, or as happy they can be, considering. Hannah loves Jim, but there is someone she loves more: her old boyfriend Joseph Scott, who is also Jim’s best friend and soon to be Layla’s neighbor.

Meanwhile, Layla's fiery yet loyal friend Penny seeks revenge on her behalf, sending a forged email that could damage her ex's business prospects. Penny wonders if she has gone too far but is soon preoccupied with her own problems: the sizzle has fizzled in her marriage, and she feels neglected. After getting frisky with Dylan one night, she confesses all to her husband—and he’s been like ice ever since.
Over the course of a year, there is laughter and heartache as all three endeavor to reign in their love lives—discovering you can run all you like, but you just can’t hide.

Chapter 4 – Excerpt 3

“Is that it? Is that all you’re taking?” asked Penny in amazement.

“There’s only so much I can fit into that old heap of mine. It’s a sports car, remember, not a mini bus. The cottage has everything I need anyway, Hannah’s assured me.”

“But what about all the stuff you’ve bought? You’ve practically furnished this flat.”

“Which is why my lovely landlord is letting me off paying the rest of the rent. We’ve traded—my furniture for the money I owe him.”

Eyeing the bits and pieces she’d picked up over the last couple of years, none of it shabby but none of it too impressive either, she continued, “It’s a good deal as far as I’m concerned. He gets to charge the next punter more for a fully furnished flat, and I get my deposit back in full. At least I won’t be landing in Trecastle completely destitute.”

“Don’t go!” burst out Penny suddenly. “Please. It’s a stupid idea. There’s nothing for you in Trecastle. It’s the middle of nowhere.”

“It’s the edge of nowhere, actually,” Layla countered. “Go a few steps further and you’ll fall into the sea.”

About the Author
One of those rare creatures—a true Brightonian—Shani was born and bred in the sunny seaside town of Brighton on the UK’s south-coast. One of the first literary conundrums she had to deal with was her own name: Shani can be pronounced in a variety of ways, but in this instance, it’s Shay-nee not Shar-ney or Shan-ni, although she does indeed know a Shanni—just to confuse matters further! Hobbies include reading, writing, eating, and drinking—all four of which keep her busy enough. After graduating from Sussex University with a degree in English and American Literature, Shani landed a job at a well-known holiday company. Although employed as a Brochure Production Executive, she promptly reinvented herself as a Copywriter, a new position they were happy (if a tad bewildered) to concede to. At twenty-four, Shani became a freelance copywriter and has been one ever since, in-between writing novels, that is. Contemporary romance The Runaway Year is her first book and set between Brighton and North Cornwall, the latter a home-from-home for Shani, her husband, and three lovely kids. She also has a penchant for Glastonbury, another magical place, and don’t even get her started on Scotland—we’d be here all day!

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