Meet Jane Hollinger from Only You

pretty-2150882_1920Jane Hollinger is thirty-one and recovering from a devastating divorce. After being dumped by her husband and business partner then discovering he had been having a year-long affair with a client, Jane doesn’t think she will ever recover from the betrayal. She isn’t in any hurry to begin dating again because, as she puts it, she’s the wrong side of thirty. She spends her time teaching family history evening classes and one of her students is a man named Mitch. His strange appearance makes her very nervous but at the same time she is intrigued by him.

After a few classes and encounters with Mitch, Jane discovers that the man who has been sitting at the back of her class is a man she thought she would only see in her dreams. His name is Robert Armstrong, one of Britain’s biggest acting stars, and she is stunned. Robert asks Jane to help her with an up and coming television role and also to help him with a mystery in his family tree.

Jane and Robert become friends but realise the chemistry between them is too strong to ignore. Jane begins to discover what dating a celebrity is like and Robert gets a taste of the normal life. Then, the British press get wind of their relationship, and Jane must decide whether she can put up with press intrusion and the paparazzi to be with Robert. Find out what she decides in Only You!

Jane Hollinger is divorced and the wrong side of thirty – as she puts it. Her friends are pressuring her to dive back into London’s dating pool, but she’s content with her quiet life teaching family history evening classes.

Robert Armstrong is every woman’s fantasy: handsome, charming, rich and famous. When he asks her to meet him, she convinces herself it’s because he needs her help with a mystery in his family tree. Soon she realises he’s interested in more than her genealogical expertise. Now the paparazzi want a piece of Jane too.

 Can Jane handle living — and loving — in the spotlight?

TwitterBanner

Read An Excerpt From Chapter Six…

“Why do you run away?” he asked quietly. “Do I still frighten you or something?”

“No.”

“Then why?”

“Because, if you want to date me, I don’t know how,” she confessed, feeling blood rush to her cheeks. “I haven’t dated anyone since university and that wasn’t even proper dating. Tom took me out to dinner once. We were students; we couldn’t afford to go to restaurants, so it was usually fish and chips or a burger. I don’t know how to date properly, Robert. I’ve never been out with a man your age and it’s mortifying to have to admit it. That’s why I take the easy way out and run. And, apart from that, your ex-girlfriend was everything I’m not.”

“Which is precisely why she is now my ex.”

“Why did you split up?”

“It’s a cliché, but we ended up wanting different things. I’m not into all that ‘let’s see how often we can get in the papers’ stuff. I didn’t like going to clubs or restaurants where there would be photographers outside. She did. I’m an actor, not a celebrity. I hate the whole celebrity thing.”

“But you’re very famous now,” she protested. “And you’ll be even more famous when Mitch Barnes is aired. I mean, on the web…” Tailing off again, she pulled a face.

“What on the web?” he asked.

“There are websites dedicated to you. Lots of websites. Some of them are a bit…” More blood gushed into her cheeks and he rolled his eyes.

“Look, I’m just an ordinary bloke.”

There was nothing ordinary about him. “There are millions of women out there who compete against each other to see who can come up with the best sexual fantasy involving you. That doesn’t really strike me as normal.”

“Looks like I’ve got some work to do, then.”

“What?”

“I’ll boot up my laptop and dedicate a few websites to you.”

“What?” she squeaked. “No you bloody won’t. If my parents saw—”

“You’re beautiful when you’re angry,” he interrupted softly.

“And that’s just corny.”

He shrugged. “That was meant to be a compliment. All right, you look like crap, if that’s what you really want to hear.”

She couldn’t help but roar with laughter. “Thank you,” she said and he inclined his head.

“Look, Jane. Just tell me whether I’m wasting my time.”

“No,” she replied with a sigh. “But I think you’re mad.”

He came slowly towards her and held her hands. “No, I’m not.”

“Are.”

“Not,” he whispered, then gently kissed her lips. “You’re not going to run, are you?”

“It’s my house.”

“Ah. Good point. Can I have your phone number?”

“Why?”

“Don’t you want me to text you sometime?” he teased with a wink.

“Sexy ones?” She winced as soon as the words were out of her mouth.

“They might be,” he replied mischievously. “So don’t show anyone.”

“I won’t,” she said as they exchanged phones and added their numbers then passed them back.

“Thank you.” He returned his phone to his jacket pocket. “I’ll ring you, too. Now, can I have a look at these websites about me?” he asked and her jaw dropped.

“No.”

“Why not?”

Because the women – and quite a few men – in the guest books, message boards and forums would queue up to rip your clothes off and handcuff you to the bed so they could smear cream all over you and lick it all off.

“Because you’d find some of them a bit embarrassing.”  

“That bad, eh?”

“Coffee?”

“Yes, please. Milk, no sugar.”

“I won’t be long.”

She went to the kitchen, switched the kettle on again then leant heavily on the worktop. Right, let’s get this absolutely straight, she told herself. You are in a relationship with Robert Armstrong. She inhaled and exhaled deeply before reaching for the jar of coffee.

Only You by Lorna Peel

Buy Only You for 

Kindle

Or read Only You FREE with 

download

Buy the Only You paperback at

amazon  B&N  Book Depository  Booktopia  Fishpond AU  Fishpond NZ  BAM  McNallyRobinson  Indie Bound  TRB

Amazon ASIN: B07Q24PTTS

Paperback ISBN: 9781094641393

Only You Paperback Cover

 Explore my BLOG for more excerpts, character profiles, and background information

newsletter-295x300

facebook-48x48  twitter-48x48  pinterest-48x48  mewe-500-2  goodreads-48x48  Wordpress  instagram_app_large_may2016_200  newsletter  BookBub Icon

Photo Credit: panajiotis via Pixabay and used under CC0 1.0

Only You’s Mags Hollinger – The Sister from Hell?

attractive-beauty-blond-301290

Sisters, Jane and Mags Hollinger couldn’t be more different. Jane is reserved while Mags speaks before she thinks. Jane teaches family history evening classes while Mags is a journalist on a fashion magazine. Jane is divorced and quite happy to continue living a quiet life while Mags is single and goes to fashion shoots and gets to interview sexy actors.

But under the brash exterior, Mags loves her sister and wants to see Jane happy again. So, she and best friend Carol, buy Jane a subscription to a dating website. But, on discovering that the man of her dreams – actor Robert Armstrong – is one of her students, Jane not surprisingly abandons the dating website.

Reluctantly, Jane does her best to keep her friendship with Robert a secret from Mags knowing her mega mouth sister would blab to all and sundry. Jane dreads her sister ever finding out because Mags knows that Jane has a serious crush on Robert and Jane knows she’ll never hear the end of it.

When Mags does find out about Jane and Robert, she’s furious, hurt and madly jealous. Wisely, Jane allows her sister to vent her anger and once Mags has calmed down, she proves invaluable to Jane. Mags protects and supports Jane when she needs it most and even moves in with her sister to help pay the mortgage. But Mags will always be Mags and Jane knows that sharing a house with her will never be dull!

Jane Hollinger is divorced and the wrong side of thirty – as she puts it. Her friends are pressuring her to dive back into London’s dating pool, but she’s content with her quiet life teaching family history evening classes.

Robert Armstrong is every woman’s fantasy: handsome, charming, rich and famous. When he asks her to meet him, she convinces herself it’s because he needs her help with a mystery in his family tree. Soon she realises he’s interested in more than her genealogy expertise. Now the paparazzi want a piece of Jane too.

Can Jane handle living — and loving — in the spotlight?

TwitterBanner

Read An Excerpt From Chapter Eight…

When Mags arrived that evening, she went silently into the house past Jane and straight to the living room.

“Coffee or wine?” Jane called, closing the front door.

“Wine.”

“Won’t be a sec,” she said, retrieved the bottle and two glasses from the kitchen, brought them into the living room and Mags watched her as she poured.

“Thank you.” Mags picked up a glass from the coffee table and Jane took a deep breath and broached the subject.

“I’m sorry. What more can I say? I can hardly believe it myself.”

“I bet. Mind if I smoke?” Mags lifted a packet of cigarettes out of her handbag.

“I do, actually,” Jane replied bravely and Mags swore under her breath and put the cigarettes back in her bag. “Go into the back garden if you have to smoke.”

“I’m not a bloody dog!”

“Right, come on – shout and swear at me – let’s get it over and done with,” she said, standing back and folding her arms.

Instead, Mags just shrugged. “Robert Armstrong, eh? You always like to think that you’re in with a chance, don’t you? It doesn’t do much for your self-esteem to find out that you’re too late, that he already prefers your bloody sister. You are one lucky bitch.”

“Carol said the same.”

“Not one to mince her words, Carol.”

“No. Look, um, Robert apologises for sending the DVD to me via you. Not one of his best ideas, he said. He’s going to write you a note and apologise properly.”

“I can’t wait. You slept with him yet?”

Heat flooded her face. “Mags, that’s none of your business. This is not a story. Do you understand?”

Mags’ eyebrows shot up. “Is that how little you think of me? That I’d run off to The World on Sunday and sell them a story about my own sister?”

“I’m sorry.”

“If I did that, I might as well throw you to the wolves. I mean, there are women out there who would tear you limb from limb if they knew you were Robert Armstrong’s girlfriend. There’s one particular fan site on the net and some of the posts even make me blush and that’s saying something.”

She couldn’t remember when she’d last seen Mags blush. “I don’t think I’ve been on that one.”

“Yeah, well, don’t look at it. Not now. This bloke I’m seeing on Friday better be something spectacular.”

“Please tell me that you don’t hate me?” she begged.

Mags pulled a face. “I don’t hate you. I’m insanely jealous, but I don’t hate you.”

She sighed with relief. “Thank you.”

“I suppose I’d better start pinching some clothes for you now. You’ve got sod all worth wearing in that wardrobe.”

She laughed. “That would be great.”

“Okay. Can we sit down now? I wear fuck-me shoes every day, but it gets me bloody nowhere and leaves my feet in bits.”

“Maybe you shouldn’t wear them every single day.”

“I’ll think about it.” Mags sighed, sinking onto the sofa and kicking the garish red shoes off. “Got any crisps?”

Only You by Lorna Peel

Buy Only You for

Kindle

Or read Only You FREE with 

download

Buy the Only You paperback at

amazon  B&N  Book Depository  Booktopia  Fishpond AU  Fishpond NZ  BAM  McNallyRobinson  Indie Bound  TRB

Amazon ASIN: B07Q24PTTS

Paperback ISBN: 9781094641393

Only You Paperback Cover

 Explore my BLOG for more excerpts, character profiles, and background information

newsletter-295x300

facebook-48x48  twitter-48x48  pinterest-48x48  mewe-500-2  goodreads-48x48  Wordpress  instagram_app_large_may2016_200  newsletter  BookBub Icon

Photo Credit: pixabay.com used under CC0

Only You’s (Other) Dramas

IMG_0468Only You’s Jane Hollinger loves watching drama, especially television period drama. She loves them so much that she has a huge DVD collection to help her escape from the routine of every day life. She has almost every period drama the BBC has ever produced!

Despite all the period dramas, Jane certainly isn’t a prude. She first notices actor, Robert Armstrong, in The Lady of the Woods – a sexy modern remake of Lady Chatterley’s Lover. It doesn’t hold back on sex or nudity and, according to her sister Mags, Jane practically wears out her DVD by going through most of the series frame by frame!

Jane’s favourite novel is an historical called The Hunger set in Ireland at the time of the Great Famine of the 1840s. She knows the period of history inside out – having studied it at university – and she is of Irish descent through her mother, whose family emigrated from Connemara in the west of Ireland during the Famine.

Jane has always imagined Robert as The Hunger’s main character, a landlord called Edward Rowley, and can’t quite believe it when he lands the leading role in an epic TV adaptation. She helps him with all the background research for the role but can’t help but worry as she sits down to watch the preview DVD Robert sends her. What if the adaptation is awful? What if Robert as Edward Rowley isn’t how she pictured him to be? What if she can never read her favourite novel again? You’ll have to read Only You to find out what her reaction is!

TwitterBanner

Read An Excerpt From Chapter Nine…

“I had some good news today from Marie,” he added. “When I finish The Will, my next role is in The Hunger,” he announced and she almost dropped her knife and fork.

“The William Simpson novel about the Irish Potato Famine?”

He nodded. “You know it?”

“It’s my favourite novel. Will you be playing the landlord? Edward Rowley?”

“Yes, why? What’s the matter? You don’t think I’m right for the part?”

“No! I mean, yes.” She put her cutlery down before she did drop them. “Oh, God. Ever since I read it for the first time, you were the only man I could see as Edward Rowley…” She tailed off and blushed furiously. She hadn’t meant to say that much.

“Thanks very much,” he replied dryly. “He’s not exactly a happy chappie, is he?”

“No. Sorry.”

“Do you think about me a lot, Ms Hollinger?” he asked and she met his eyes. They were sparkling with mischief. “Because when I read the script and no matter which actress plays the part, you are the only woman I will see as Edward Rowley’s wife.”

“But she doesn’t love him,” Jane whispered.

“No. But he loves her. Very much.”

“Yes, he does.”

“Have you ever worn a corset?” he inquired lightly and she caught her breath and began to cough.

“No?” he continued. “Might have to remedy that sometime.”

“I look forward to it, Mr Armstrong,” she retaliated and he laughed. “Is it a film or TV?”

“TV. A six-parter. The BBC and RTÉ, the Irish state broadcaster, are really going to town on it. It’ll be the most expensive drama they’ve ever done.”

“I can’t wait to see it. I did nineteenth-century Irish history at university. Mum’s ancestors were from Ireland. They came to England to escape the Famine. I realised that I knew little or nothing about Ireland so I chose that module. I shouldn’t say that I loved it because it was such a terrible tragedy, but—” She stopped. She was rambling, but it was Robert gazing at her with a gorgeous smile on his face which had really stopped her in her tracks.

“You’ll give me a hand with all the background, then?” he asked. “My maternal grandmother was Irish. I know a little bit of Irish history, but what I do know probably only scratches the surface. My great-grandfather’s brother fought in the Irish Civil War, but I know little or nothing about the Famine.”

“Won’t there be researchers or something?”

“Yes, but it’ll be much more interesting coming from you. I mean, if it weren’t for you, what would I know about genealogy?”

“You could have gone out and bought a book,” she teased.

“No, I needed to see why people get so addicted to it and, thanks to you, I have.”

Only You by Lorna Peel

Buy Only You for

Kindle

Or read Only You FREE with 

download

Buy the Only You paperback at

amazon  B&N  Book Depository  Booktopia  Fishpond AU  Fishpond NZ  BAM  McNallyRobinson  Indie Bound  TRB

Amazon ASIN: B07Q24PTTS

Paperback ISBN: 9781094641393

Only You Paperback Cover

 Explore my BLOG for more excerpts, character profiles and background information

newsletter-295x300

facebook-48x48  twitter-48x48  pinterest-48x48  mewe-500-2  goodreads-48x48  Wordpress  instagram_app_large_may2016_200  newsletter  BookBub Icon

The Inspiration Behind Only You

tumblr_inline_mnj2ngnZB41qz4rgp

Wouldn’t it be amazing to be in a relationship with someone famous? It would be great, wouldn’t it, with parties and premiers and seeing your picture splashed across the papers and gossip magazines?

But what would it be really like to be in a relationship with someone famous but you wish they weren’t because you are a private person who prefers to live a quiet life? Could you love that famous person enough to be able to put up with the invasion of your privacy? It’s a dilemma and that’s why I created Jane Hollinger so she can try and come to a decision.

Poor Jane. Her self esteem is at rock bottom because her husband had an affair with and then left her for a client. She lives alone with her books and huge DVD collection and doesn’t know if she ever wants to date again. It’s been so long since she’s been on a date that she’s not quite sure if she even remembers how to do it properly and the prospect of going out with someone from the dating website her sister and best friend subscribed her to terrifies her.

Jane wishes that Mags and Carol would just leave her alone. She does go out in the evenings to meet new people – but it’s to teach family history evening classes at the local Adult Education Centre. Little does Jane know that romance will strike when she least expects it. But will she be able to cope with being in a high-profile relationship with a man she’s only dreamed of and the British press?

TwitterBanner

Read An Excerpt From Chapter One…

Fifteen minutes later, they were seated at a corner table in The Red Lion, raising glasses of champagne.

“Happy Birthday, Jane!” Mags produced an envelope with a flourish and presented it to her.

She opened it, half expecting a voucher for a beauty salon or a health spa or something subtle like that. Instead, she pulled out a confirmation email.

Dear Ms Hollinger,

Thank you for becoming a member of lookingforlove.com

Her heart plummeted. “A dating agency?” She just managed to keep the dismay out of her voice.

“An online dating agency,” Mags squealed. “There are thousands of men on the website just waiting for you. I mean, look at this one here.” She fished a printout from her bag and handed it to her.

It was the details of a man named Bryan, physical education teacher, aged thirty-four, six feet tall with brown eyes and hair. Jane’s eyes were drawn to the photograph and she had to admit he wasn’t bad looking in an I’ve-played-one-too-many-rugby-matches type of way. He had a wrinkly forehead and his nose needed a good bit of reconstructive surgery.

“He’s probably used a photo of someone else and doesn’t look anything like this in real life,” she muttered.

“People who lie about themselves are thrown off the website,” Mags told her as she pulled out another sheet of paper. “This is what we’ve said about you.”

“What?” Jane snatched the sheet, almost tearing it.

There she was; Jane Hollinger, adult education tutor, aged thirty-one, five feet eight inches tall with blue eyes and dark brown hair. Likes genealogy, history, cinema, reading and socialising. Looking for a man aged thirty to forty for friendship and possibly more.

It could be worse, she supposed, putting it down and taking a sip of champagne. It didn’t make her sound like a complete charity case.

“And you’ve already had some interest,” Mags said.

“Why didn’t you just auction me off on eBay?”

“Jane, there hasn’t been anyone since Tom,” Carol argued.

“I’ve been busy,” she replied defensively. “I have to pay a full mortgage now.”

“Okay, fine, we’ll cancel the membership.” Carol reached for the sheet of paper and began to fold it.

“No, Carol, wait.” She held up her hands apologetically. “It’s just that I thought I was going to be married to Tom forever.” She found a smile from somewhere. “And I’m now in my thirties and single, whether I like it or not. I didn’t mean to sound like such an ungrateful cow. I’m sorry.” Inwardly she cringed when both women smiled sympathetically.

“I know what we’ll do.” Mags sprang out of her chair, startling the woman at the neighbouring table. “We’ll buy a couple of bottles of wine and we’ll go and search the website and try and find you the man of your dreams.”

“You’re on.” She picked up her glass and drained it.

Jane Hollinger is single, divorced, and the wrong side of thirty – as she puts it. Her friends are pressuring her to dive back into London’s dating pool, but she’s content with her quiet life teaching family history evening classes. 

Robert Armstrong is every woman’s fantasy: handsome, charming, rich and famous. When he asks her to meet him, she convinces herself it’s because he needs her help with a mystery in his family tree. Soon she realises he’s interested in more than her genealogical expertise. Now the paparazzi want a piece of Jane too. 

Can Jane handle living — and loving — in the spotlight?

Only You by Lorna Peel

Buy Only You for

Kindle

Or read Only You FREE with 

download

Buy the Only You paperback at

amazon  B&N  Book Depository  Booktopia  Fishpond AU  Fishpond NZ  BAM  McNallyRobinson  Indie Bound  TRB

Amazon ASIN: B07Q24PTTS

Paperback ISBN: 9781094641393

Only You Paperback Cover

 Explore my BLOG for more excerpts, character profiles and background information

newsletter-295x300

facebook-48x48  twitter-48x48  pinterest-48x48  mewe-500-2  goodreads-48x48  Wordpress  instagram_app_large_may2016_200  newsletter  BookBub Icon

Living in the Public Eye

celebrity-worship1

I must admit that I only read celebrity gossip magazines in the doctor or dentist’s waiting room, oh, and in the Chinese takeaway! I only actually buy one when there is a royal wedding. I don’t even do what Only You’s Jane Hollinger resorts to doing, and start to use the local newsagent’s as a research library!

Would I like to be featured in one? No, absolutely not, and neither does Jane. It is awful for someone as private as Jane to see her photograph in one of these magazines and it must be equally terrible for her to see someone she knows and cares about being harassed and provoked by paparazzi photographers.

Actor, Robert Armstrong, was in a high-profile relationship but now he craves privacy. Most of the publicity was orchestrated by his actress girlfriend but he didn’t like it and it was one of the reasons why he ended their relationship. But it doesn’t alter the fact that he is a famous actor who is in the public eye and, therefore, the paparazzi see him as fair game.

It’s something Jane can’t quite understand, even when it is explained to her in simple terms by her fashion journalist sister, Mags. In Only You, Jane has to ask herself whether she can give up some, if not all, of her privacy to be with Robert. Is it something she is prepared to do? You’ll have to read Only You to find out!

Jane Hollinger is divorced and the wrong side of thirty – as she puts it. Her friends are pressuring her to dive back into London’s dating pool, but she’s content with her quiet life teaching family history evening classes. 

Robert Armstrong is every woman’s fantasy: handsome, charming, rich and famous. When he asks her to meet him, she convinces herself it’s because he needs her help with a mystery in his family tree. Soon she realises he’s interested in more than her genealogy expertise. Now the paparazzi want a piece of Jane, too. 

Can Jane handle living — and loving — in the spotlight?

TwitterBanner

Read An Excerpt From Chapter Ten…

This evening, she was spending a few hours with Mags for a change. She’d been neglecting her sister a bit lately. Sitting down on the sofa, she placed the stack of magazines on the coffee table. The magazine on top was Total Gossip. Total Crap, more like. She picked it up and flicked through the pages before stopping at an article. ‘Gillian Jacobs on exes’. Just how many did the woman have besides Robert?

“Read the Gillian Jacobs interview in Total Gossip,” Mags ordered from the kitchen. “Her split from Robert wasn’t quite as amicable as was made out at the time. A lot of jealousy on both sides by the sound of it.” She came into the living room with the bottle of wine and two glasses, closing the door with her foot. “I suppose he didn’t mention anything?”

“Why do they do this?” Jane asked instead of answering. “These awful interviews?”

“It keeps up people’s interest in them.” Mags poured the wine, passed her a glass then kicked off her shoes and curled up at the other end of the sofa.

“Well, not my interest.” She tossed the magazine onto the floor, picked up the next one and read; ‘“I can’t play the perfect gentleman all the time.”’ It was Robert on why he chose to play East End drugs baron Mitch Barnes.

Oh, not Mitch Barnes. She discarded the magazine, put her glass down and reached for another. It was Total Gossip and included the ‘At home with Gillian Jacobs and her new beau John Davis’ feature. Except it looked like a posh hotel.

Next was a copy of Spilling the Beanz. A post-it note was sticking out, she went straight to the page and read; ‘Robert Armstrong and Mystery Brunette leave Vincent’s.’

There was a double-page spread with a huge photograph and ‘A Sally Read Exclusive!’ printed alongside it. Her heart did a somersault. Oh, God, she was now ‘Mystery Brunette’. How corny was that?

Only You by Lorna Peel

Buy Only You for

Kindle

Or read Only You FREE with 

download

Buy the Only You paperback at

amazon  B&N  Book Depository  Booktopia  Fishpond AU  Fishpond NZ  BAM  McNallyRobinson  Indie Bound  TRB

Amazon ASIN: B07Q24PTTS

Paperback ISBN: 9781094641393

Only You Paperback Cover

 Explore my BLOG for more excerpts, character profiles and background information

newsletter-295x300

facebook-48x48  twitter-48x48  pinterest-48x48  mewe-500-2  goodreads-48x48  Wordpress  instagram_app_large_may2016_200  newsletter  BookBub Icon

Writing Genealogy Fiction

Family History Evening Classes

Genealogy is the fastest growing hobby in the United Kingdom and North America. So I find it surprising that there aren’t more novels with a family history theme to appeal to this vast and ever-expanding market. Is it because people have a preconceived idea in their heads that all genealogists are nerds and geeks and only want to interact with dead people? I hope not because in the many libraries and archives I have undertaken research in, I have seen genealogists, both amateur and professional, of all ages and from all walks of life. So the clichéd image of the nerdy genealogist is something I want to try and do away with.

I have always enjoyed reading thrillers and mysteries, but I didn’t want to write a predictable police procedural. A novel featuring a genealogist, or someone who teaches family history evening classes in Jane Hollinger’s case, is a great way of offering a new perspective on romantic fiction as it combines mystery with history. It also gave me the chance to write about what I know.

Just as in police detective work, researching family histories involves interviews, collecting evidence, following clues, piecing together puzzles and finding missing links. To keep this vital part of the story accurate, I drew on my experience researching my own varied family history. Only You will appeal to romantics, genealogists and mystery fans, combining the obsessions of this compelling hobby with a dark, outwardly impenetrable mystery in a unique way.

The Romance Review

Jane Hollinger is divorced and the wrong side of thirty – as she puts it. Her friends are pressuring her to dive back into London’s dating pool, but she’s content with her quiet life teaching family history evening classes.

Robert Armstrong is every woman’s fantasy: handsome, charming, rich and famous. When he asks her to meet him, she convinces herself it’s because he needs her help with a mystery in his family tree. Soon she realises he’s interested in more than her genealogical expertise. Now the paparazzi want a piece of Jane too.

Can Jane handle living — and loving — in the spotlight?

TwitterBanner

Read An Excerpt From Chapter Three…

The telephone rang as she returned to the living room. These days, only her parents and cold callers rang the landline. The number displayed was unfamiliar and she closed her eyes for a moment before picking up the handset, hoping it wasn’t yet another double-glazing salesperson.

“Hello?”

“Jane Hollinger?” a male voice asked.

“Yes.”

“This is Robert Armstrong. I hope you don’t mind me calling you, I found the number for your genealogy research service in an old Yellow Pages.”

Mind? Her heart began to thump. “Er, no, not at all.”

“It’s just that I actually did start on my family tree and I’ve come across something a bit weird.”

“Weird?” she repeated.

“Yeah, I found the birth, marriage and death indexes on the net and it looks as though I have a twin brother I know nothing about.”

“Are you sure?”

“I’m positive,” he said firmly. “There was a name below mine on the list of births – a Michael David Armstrong. My full name is Robert David Armstrong, so I thought it was a bit strange and I ordered the birth certificate.”

“You’ve known nothing about a twin brother at all?”

“Nothing,” he confirmed. “No-one’s ever said I was a twin. It says nothing about me being a twin on my own birth certificate.”

“Did you check the death indexes? Maybe he died soon after he was born?”

“No, I haven’t had time yet. What do you think? Weird, eh?”

“It is strange,” she admitted. “I think you should have a chat with your parents.”

There was a long silence and she squirmed as she curled up on the sofa.

“My parents and I don’t see eye-to-eye, actually. They didn’t want me to become an actor. We haven’t spoken in years.”

Blimey, how did he manage to keep that out of the press? “Oh, I see. Well, what about grandparents? Aunts? Uncles?”

“I was close to my maternal grandparents, but they’re both dead now.” She heard a wry chuckle. “I’m not making this very easy for you, am I?”

He could say that again. “The first thing you should do is to try and see whether Michael David Armstrong is still alive.”

“Yes. But if he is, he could be anywhere.”

“I know. I’m more used to tracing dead people,” she said with a laugh.

“You think I should make contact and speak to my parents?”

“That’s not for me to say.”

“Do you get on with your parents?” he asked.

“Yes, very well. Do you have any other brothers or sisters?”

“No, I don’t, that’s why this is so weird. I had no idea I have a twin brother.”

“Search forward in the General Register Office death indexes when you have time.”

“Yes, I will. Look, thanks, Jane.”

“No problem.”

“Mitch Barnes is well and truly dead now, by the way,” he continued.

“I won’t say I’m sorry to hear that.”

“I thought not. Can I buy you a drink sometime as a thank you?”

“There’s really no need,” she heard herself tell him and pulled an agonised face. “You bought me the lovely bouquet of flowers.”

“I heard Diana tell Dave they were probably stolen,” he said and guffawed. “Mitch Barnes was a bastard and probably would have stolen them. From a cemetery, I’d say.”

“Why play someone like that?” she asked, her curiosity getting the better of her.

“To see if I could. And to make sure I’m not typecast. I’d hate to be offered the same type of roles all the time.”

“So the sex-mad genealogist is next?”

“Yes. In a couple of weeks. Which might give me enough time to try and solve the mystery of the missing twin.”

“Look, Robert, about that drink…”

“I’ve got you curious now, haven’t I?” he teased. “I can gather my research together and meet you in The Crown sometime?”

“Yes.” It came out as a squeak and she quickly covered the mouthpiece and cleared her throat. “When would suit you?”

“Tomorrow?”

“Tomorrow’s fine. Eight o’clock?”

“Eight o’clock it is. I’ll see you then, Jane.”

She ended the call and put the handset down on the coffee table. She had almost talked herself out of a drink with Robert Armstrong.

“You stupid, stupid idiot,” she scolded herself.

Only You by Lorna Peel

Buy Only You for

Kindle

Or read Only You FREE with 

download

Buy the Only You paperback at

amazon  B&N  Book Depository  Booktopia  Fishpond AU  Fishpond NZ  BAM  McNallyRobinson  Indie Bound  TRB

Amazon ASIN: B07Q24PTTS

Paperback ISBN: 9781094641393

Only You Paperback Cover

 Explore my BLOG for more excerpts, character profiles and background information

newsletter-295x300

facebook-48x48  twitter-48x48  pinterest-48x48  mewe-500-2  goodreads-48x48  Wordpress  instagram_app_large_may2016_200  newsletter  BookBub Icon

An Interview with Robert Armstrong from Only You by Lorna Peel

Edward

Hello, Robert. Thank you for taking time out of your day to sit down and chat with me. So, you’re well known for your show Lady of the Woods, are shows in England more risqué then the shows in America? Just how much did you have to, um, show of yourself?

Possibly, in terms of shows broadcast on mainstream UK television channels, which I think have more sex, nudity, swearing, and violence than shows I’ve seen shown on mainstream US television channels.

Lady of the Woods was a contemporary version of Lady Chatterley’s Lover, so there were ‘scenes of a sexual nature’, as they say! There was nudity, including a lot of close ups of my bum, but it was all integral to the plot and I’m very proud of the show.

What was your first impression of Jane? Were you instantly attracted to her?

Jane was the teacher at the family history evening classes I enrolled on to research my role as a genealogist in The Will. She’s a very good teacher who really knows her stuff, but there was a fragility about her (which I now know was due to the break up of her first marriage) but at the time it made me curious and I wanted to get to know her better. Looking back, yes, I do think I was instantly attracted to her.

When did you know that you wanted to be with Jane?

Very soon after meeting her. I used to go for a drink with her and some of the other family history students after class and I enjoyed her company. When I had a problem in my own family tree, and Jane and I met up on our own to discuss it, our relationship built from there.

Prior to Jane, were relationships hard to maintain? Is Jane the first woman that you have dated that was not in the same career as you?

Since I became an actor, yes, and yes, she is. Naively, I thought it would be easier to only date actresses but as my career progressed I found that I didn’t like being in, and being referred to as, one half of a celebrity couple. Yes, it did cause friction and, yes, it did lead to the break up of that relationship but it made me realize that I needed to be with someone who wasn’t an actress or famous in any way. I just needed someone who was practical and down to earth and who could look past the characters I’ve played and just see me. I was lucky enough to find that someone in Jane.

You have seriously never looked yourself up on the internet? Have you looked at things that people write about you since you first looked?

I did when I started out as an actor, and for a few years afterwards, but when I found a website full of animated GIFS of my bum (just after Lady of the Woods was broadcast) I stopped. It was just far too weird!

I did put my name and profession into a search engine at Jane’s house once and the first website I looked at had an eight page discussion on my buttocks! So the stuff on the internet about me is still far too weird and I won’t be looking myself up again any time soon!

Why were you willing to give things up with Jane so easily? You left without a fight, when she told you she just wants normal.

I was in love with Jane but I wasn’t going to force her to stay with me. A relationship with me isn’t an easy thing to take on as it’s not just me, it’s the fact that I am well known, too, and there are all the things which come with that. Jane couldn’t handle all that at the time and, although it was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, I had to respect her decision and walk away.

How was it living without Jane when the two of you were separated?

Horrible. It brought out the complete worst in me, and some of it played out in public so it was doubly horrible, and I hope I’ll never have to go through anything like that ever again.

How is your relationship with your parents now?

We’re taking things slowly but it’s good and getting better all the time.

Do you and Jane plan on having children?

Yes, we do, hopefully in a year or two’s time.

What has Jane come to mean to you?

Everything. She keeps me grounded and sane! She also tells me when I look like a complete dork in promotional photographs! LOL

Sudden Death:

Craziest place you have had sex?

As an actor, I had to film a love scene for Lady of the Woods in a tree house high up on stilts in the middle of a forest. I’m still amazed the whole thing didn’t collapse!

In my private life? Sorry but it’s private! Jane would kill me if I divulged that kind of information!

Favorite Drink?

I drink a lot of water – still water not fizzy – but my favorite alcoholic drink is white wine. Red wine goes straight to my head and you really don’t want to hear me sing!

Weirdest American Term?

Sorry to be immature, but it has to be Fanny Pack! Fanny means something different over here! LOL

Favorite place to touch a woman?

Her neck. With my lips.

If you couldn’t be an actor, what would be your second choice?

I’ve wanted to be an actor since I was fifteen, there was no second choice for me, and I’ve been incredibly lucky and grateful that it’s all worked out.

Silk or cotton?

Cotton. It’s cooler and I prefer how it feels against my skin.

Guilty pleasure food?

Pepperoni pizza.

Favorite pick up line?

I’ve never used one! I’ve always preferred to talk to a woman rather than just spin her a line.

Thanks for interviewing me!

 

Jane Hollinger is the wrong side of thirty, divorced and struggling to pay the mortgage her cheating ex left her with. As a qualified genealogist, teaching family history evening classes is a way for her to make ends meet. But she begins to wonder if it’s such a good idea when a late enroller for the class is a little… odd. “Badly-blond Bloke” both scares and intrigues Jane, and when she discovers he is her all-time favourite actor and huge crush, Robert Armstrong, she’s stunned. Even more stunning to Jane is the fact that Robert is interested in her romantically. He’s everything she ever dreamed of, and more, but can she overcome her fear of living in the public eye to be with the man she loves? 

Only You by Lorna Peel

Only You will be published on 24 April 2019. Pre-order Only You for just 99cents or 99p

Kindle

newsletter-295x300

facebook-48x48  twitter-48x48  pinterest-48x48  mewe-500-2  goodreads-48x48  Wordpress  instagram_app_large_may2016_200  newsletter  BookBub Icon