Spotlight with Excerpt/Virtual Tour ~ High Hopes by Sue Lilley

Publisher: CreateSpace  (August 14, 2016)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
ISBN-10: 1536810770
ISBN-13: 978-1536810776
ASIN: B01EIJYJAU
Buy: Amazon, Kindle, The Book Depository

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“It was one stolen night. He was my soulmate and I’d never felt more alive. I couldn’t tell him I got pregnant. It would’ve ruined everything. But now his daughter wants to meet him and I need to make things right.” Another tear escaped down her cheek. “Everybody’s going to hate me.”

Three friends are rocked when a 20-year secret blows their world apart. Steamy, passionate, and unpredictable. If you like sizzling love triangles you won’t want to miss it.

Grace has kept her heart-breaking secret for twenty years – a love child she gave up for adoption. She was a penniless student – how could she raise a baby alone? Then she receives a letter out of the blue. Her long-lost daughter is searching for answers.

Her two best friends are married and don’t know one of them is the girl’s father. If Grace confesses now, the marriage will be destroyed and it will surely be the end of their lifelong friendship. But what choice does Grace have?

Set in the wilds of Poldark-country – the stormy cliffs and windswept beaches of picturesque Cornwall – an engrossing saga filled with suspense, simmering jealousy and heartbreak. Can a future be built on the quicksand of secrets and lies? Surely there can be no second chances when three friends discover they don’t know each other at all.

Sue Lilley loves getting lost in a page-turning story and can never put a good book down. When she isn’t escaping somewhere else in her imagination, she lives in the north east of England, near the stunning Northumberland coastline and the famous Alnwick Castle, last seen in Downton Abbey and the Harry Potter movies.

Her practical exterior hides the soul of a daydreamer and compulsive people watcher. She’s often found eavesdropping on people’s conversations on the Metro for inspiration. She’s been married to Michael, an artist and fellow creative spirit, for more years than they’re brave enough to count.

Described as an exciting new voice in Women’s Fiction, Sue’s first novel, Another Summer was called “an alluring example of its genre” by BookViral. Her second novel, High Hopes was described by OnlineBookClub.org as “a story that holds immense appeal for readers who like plots containing sizzling love triangles.”

She is hard at work on her third novel.

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Excerpt ~

How had she never noticed it took so long for sleep creases to drop out of her face? If Danny saw her like that, he’d be relieved at his lucky escape. But it was too hot to hide in her south facing room, especially with her hangover. She needed fresh air and stodgy food but she was too vain to face the music without a touch of miracle make-up.

She took Danny a mug of tea. He was on his knees in the overgrown borders, his back to her, hacking at something with a lethal looking knife. His sleeveless grey T-shirt was ripped at one shoulder, old enough to have shrunk so it rode up as he worked. A gleam of tanned muscle teased her in the sunlight. The sight of him was very distracting.

“Good morning,” she said like a normal sober person.

He stood up, tugging off his gauntlets to take the mug. “Your car wasn’t there when I came back. I thought you must’ve gone out.”

“Oh no! I forgot about my car. Me and Dixie had wine with lunch so I couldn’t drive back. It’s probably been clamped by now. Or wrecked.”

“I thought you might be avoiding me.”

She made herself look him in the eye. He had exceptionally blue eyes, his eyebrows raised in expectation, obviously not about to make things easier for her.

“I suspect I made a fool of myself?”

“Oh, that. Don’t worry about it. The blokes who watched you pole dance were loving it.”

“Pole dance?” She felt dizzy. She hadn’t imagined she’d been that bad.

“Joke. Sorry.”

“I must at least owe you money for the taxi home?”

“Paid in kind.”

“Not funny!”

“I was only teasing,” he said as he spotted the tears that sprang from nowhere. “It’s no big deal. You were actually quite entertaining.”

“I don’t normally behave like that. What were we thinking? Clubbing after drinking all afternoon.”

“Yeah. Sounds a bit young, that.”

“You could at least pretend you’re not enjoying this. I had to pay thirty-five quid for a taxi. And now I’ll have to go back for my car and fork out again.”

“I should go with you. Keep you out of trouble.”

“You’re working.”

“I’ll be finished in an hour or so. Once in a lifetime offer?”

His kindness was her undoing. She just made it back to the kitchen before she unravelled. All her carefully applied mascara rubbed off on the kitchen towel, which made her cry even more. She didn’t want to think too much about why she was feeling so emotional.

She made sandwiches and took them outside with more tea for Danny. He sprawled on the grass. She perched on the old cane lounger and tried to look like a lady. The fierce sun on the back of her neck reminded her of being caught topless. How could it be only a couple of days ago?

“There’s a lot of crying going on,” he said. “Who cares you’re forty, anyway? Sometimes you look great. But you look dog-rough today, if you don’t mind me saying.”

He was trying to tease her out of her mood but she had too much on her mind. “I hate the sense of time running out.”

“Sounds deep.”

He held her gaze, waiting for her to continue. She plucked a daisy from the grass with her toes. She was in danger of losing the plot if she was so tempted to treat him like a therapist.

“Last night you told me about a secret…

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