I’m so thrilled to welcome Jill Mansell to my blog today. I just read her latest book, Rumor Has It and completely loved it. Take a look HERE at my review and there is also a giveaway!
Interestingly, I can’t bring myself to choose characters, because how might the others feel if they ever find out?! So I’m choosing scenarios instead, because there are some that stand out in my mind. So, in no particular order…
- In Millie’s Fling, Millie’s friend Hester visits a beauty parlour for one of those body treatments where you strip off, change into paper knickers and the beautician slathers your entire body in green gunk, then wraps you up in clingfilm – I think you call it Saran Wrap? – to hold the gunk onto your skin and allow the toxins to escape the body. I loved creating the scene where a small fire breaks out, meaning they have to evacuate the shop in a hurry. Then, just as Hester thinks things can’t get any worse – she’s out in the street and everyone is staring at her – they do. Lucas, the man she has a monumental crush on, happens to walk by and see her in all her Saran-wrapped glory…
- In Miranda’s Big Mistake, Miranda and her friend Miles camp out overnight in a tent outside Wimbledon Tennis Tournament whilst queuing up for tickets for the next day’s matches on Centre Court. It’s something I’ve never done but would quite like to do, because it’s famously friendly and good humoured, and such a major Wimbledon tradition. My only concern is the lack of bathroom facilities on a busy London street! (I can’t say too much, but their day at Wimbledon is one of my all-time favourite scenes and the chemistry between Miranda and Miles is just wonderful.)
- In Perfect Timing, Poppy is bidding at an auction and getting carried away in the heat of the moment, as I’m always terrified I will when I get outbid on eBay! Having spent too much money on behalf of her boss, she then takes her prize home and discovers she’s been bidding for the wrong item. My dad did this once, then was told that the strange little painting he’d bought could actually be a genuine de Kooning worth millions. After many tests, it turned out not to be, but the seed for the idea was put to good use in this book!
- Not just one scene this time, but lots of little ones. In An Offer You Can’t Refuse, Lola works in a bookstore. While I was visiting bookstores during stock signings, I asked the people who worked there about the weird things that happened in their shops. Well, I had so many stories told to me and most of them I couldn’t even use! The stuff that happened, oh my! But a few ended up in my book. And customers do get cross when they tell you they don’t know the title of the book, nor the name of the author, but it has a green cover, so WHAT IS IT?! Or they ask when Jane Austen’s next book will be coming out. Or steal hardbacks by shoving them down the front of their trousers…lovely!
- The final scene comes at the end of Rumor Has It, when a misty garden glade at dusk is illuminated with uplighters to reveal larger-than-life-size wire sculptures of a stag and his family…
Here’s a link to the website that inspired this storyline… http://www.thewirestudio.co.uk/gallery_pages/p39.htm
Aren’t they beautiful? I want them all!
Would you be tempted?
Newly single, Tilly Cole impulsively accepts a job offer in a small town as a “Girl Friday.” Fun job, country house, fresh start, why not? But soon she finds herself in a hotbed of gossip, intrigue, and rampant rivalry for the town’s most desirable bachelor—Jack Lucas.
Rumors of Jack’s “love ’em and leave ’em” escapes abound, and Tilly decides to do the mature, sensible thing… avoid Jack at all cost. But the more time Tilly spends with Jack, the more the rumors just don’t make sense. Tilly doesn’t know what to believe… and Jack’s not telling.
About the Author
UK bestselling author Jill Mansell has written nearly twenty romances, and sold over 4 million books. A master of romantic comedy, her smart, sassy style has an irresistible appeal for women of all ages. A full–time writer, Ms. Mansell worked for many years the Burden Neurological Hospital, Bristol. She lives with her partner and their children in Bristol, England.