December 8, 2014 · 4:17 pm
Well she is the main protagonist in Just Two Weeks. She is the woman with the driving force behind the novel. And this is a little bit about her.
At 36 Jo has had an interesting life with many ups and downs. Her mother is an ex- hippie who dragged Jolene round Asia when she was a child. They slept in hostels and cheap guest houses while Jo’s mother searched for her perfect man. Unfortunately Jo only has a vague memory of her father who died of a heroin overdose when she was three. Jolene didn’t get off to a good start.
When she ran away from home at 17, she sank to the bottom of the pile. She was homeless for a couple of years, squatting in a disused hospital and got in with a ‘bad crowd’. But after three years of this she decided, not wanting to end up like her mother, she was sick of this life and got into university to study for a degree in Social Anthropology. She worked hard and got a first. But Jo has always tended to play to hard too. Until she met Mark she drank and took cocaine when she could . And slept around. Like her mother she was looking for the perfect man. Like her mother she was never given the chance to get to know her father. In many ways, Jo is unsure of herself. She has two main girl friends, Lisa and Amy and she is fiercely loyal to them all. She confides in them though never confides in her mother who she feels never listens. Throughout her life she is haunted by the loss of her father. And Raquel, the enemy in Just Two Weeks preys on this emotion.
Jo has long dark hair which she often puts up. She loves jewellery and doesn’t have much of a sweet tooth. As a rule she lives in jeans and dresses as casually as the situation will allow. She doesn’t like her nose which she thinks is too big and used to dye her hair bright pink. But these days she doesn’t colour it at all. Lucky for her she doesn’t have one grey streak.
I am very fond of Jo. Even though we are very different, I have a lot of time for her. She has no mean qualities at all. Perhaps the only downside to our friendship is her unreliability, her forgetfulness. Once she had her phone switched off for such a long time I was really worried about her. Turned out she’d misplaced it when it slid onto the floor under the passenger seat in her car. And she has a tendency to make stupid decisions which often backfire. But she’s really a lovely person.
Jo has a soft side to her character. Probably because of her past she is sympathetic to people down on their luck. She’s an easy target for hawkers and enjoyed her work as a Housing Officer in the local authority where she worked with people who were at risk of becoming homeless. She is pretty, laughs a lot and falls in love easily, quite often with the wrong man, but really there is only one man for her. You will have to read Just Two Weeks to find out who this is! And it isn’t Mark.
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December 3, 2014 · 1:58 pm
I said my next post would be about the inspiration for my novel Just Two Weeks. Well true to my word here it is. I will start off by saying it was a visit to Sri Lanka which inspired me. Raven Reviews offered me a guest post about the inspiration for my book. They posted it on their blog and included some excellent photos which really depict my words well. You can read it here.
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November 27, 2014 · 1:50 pm
I hope you’re not fed up with me bleating on about my novel, but I want to post this interview as it covers much more than the usual. Within the interview there are three short extracts from the book so you can have a peep at the writing.
You can read it here.
If you like what you read you can win a paperback copy of my novel Just Two Weeks. All you have to do to find the answer to the question is to go to ‘Look inside’ on the Amazon page. You can ‘look inside’ here. There is not much time however as the competition ends on 30th November. And so sorry to all of you who live beyond the shores of UK, as it is only open to UK residents. See the competition here.
My next post will be about what inspired me to write Just Two Weeks.
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November 25, 2014 · 2:11 pm
One of the best psychological thrillers she’s read, the reviewer said. Praise indeed! Read it here.
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November 24, 2014 · 11:06 am
Interview about my new psychological thriller Just Two Weeks
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November 16, 2014 · 5:01 pm
On 17h October the day after my book launch I had an interview with Sarah Gorrell on Radio Sussex/Surrey Drivetime about my novel ‘Just Two Weeks’. It’s been a month but I’ve only just found out how to put the interview on Sound Cloud! Sarah Gorrell is a great interviewer and she really put me at my ease. Click on Drivetime to hear the interview!
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October 31, 2014 · 3:54 pm
A good review of my novel Just Two Weeks!
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After being laid off, Jolene Carr decides to make lemonade from lemons and takes a two week vacation in the sun. On the first day of her break, she meets Raquel, a woman staying at the same hotel and they strike up a casual friendship. Not long after, Jolene begins to experience odd and unsettling events. Back at home she becomes convinced that Raquel has followed and is now stalking her. But why? Did Jolene do something to invite this behavior? How much will she be able to withstand?
A frightening novel about the terror of being stalked. Keep reading – there are some surprises in store. A jolly good read
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October 30, 2014 · 7:47 pm
My book blog tour is nearly underway!
October 1, 2014 · 11:29 am
This is the new cover for my psychological suspense ‘Just Two Weeks’. I think it’s a Wow! My book launch is on 16th October and the release date is 11th November.
June 28, 2014 · 4:04 pm
Great new review for my psychological thriller: JUST TWO WEEKS
Kate Rhodes author of Alice Quentin series, wrote of Just Two Weeks: ‘Amanda Sington- Williams writes beautifully. Her deftly crafted psychological novel Just Two Weeks shows what can happen when a beachside holiday descends into danger and emotional chaos. She creates really believable characters and the story is engrossing as it chases to its shocking conclusion.’
Just Two Weeks will be published in September
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