#Writing – it’s not a life, it’s an adventure!

I’m over on WE Heart Writing today talking about my journey to publication!

On 19th October my second novel, All The Colours In Between, was released followed a week later by the book launch at Waterstones. And, in several weeks time, I will also be celebrating a … ahem … certain milestone birthday. I’ve always wanted to be a writer but for various reasons it just never seemed to be the right time to knuckle down and get on with it, however, with two books now bagged before my 50th birthday it just goes to show that old saying is true – it’s never too late! ♥

 

Eva Jordan book launch, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, on October 26, 2017.

Now, pop over to We Heart Writing to read the full article.

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It’s Book Launch Day!!

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It’s Thursday 26th October and the official Book Launch for All The Colours In Between is taking place today at Waterstones in Peterborough. It starts at 7pm, there will be wine, cakes, and chat. I look forward to seeing you there!

@BeTeenUs – Stepmum or Stepmonster? How to bring up teenagers in a stepfamily!

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I’m over on BeTeenUs today talking about parenting, stepparenting and moody teenagers!

It’s not easy being a parent, especially a parent of teenagers but if you are embarking on such a journey as a stepparent then I’d say you’re in for an interesting, and at times, bumpy ride. I know because as a parent and stepparent myself, I speak from the voice of experience.

It is just such experiences, along with all those associated with modern day family life, that inspired me to write both my debut novel, 183 Times A Year, and my recently released second novel, All The Colours In Between. Based on a fictional extended family, both novels explore the amusing and sometimes fraught relationship between parents and their teenage children, set amongst the thorny realities of today’s divided and extended families.

I’ve learned a lot over the years, both as a parent and stepparent. I’ve also carried out in-depth research into better trying to understand the Facebook, tweeting, selfie-taking, music and mobile phone obsessed universal enigma, otherwise known as the teenager. I’m not an expert, nor do I proclaim to be. I’ve definitely made a few mistakes along the way, both as a parent and stepparent. Now pop over to BeTeenUs to see a few of my survival guide tips.

All The Colours In Between — bytheletter bookreviews @sarahhardy681 @urbanebooks

The lovely Sarah Hardy is on the All The Colours In Between Blog Tour today with her wonderful review, and a rather emotional story of her own to boot!

Today I am delighted to be on the blog tour for All The Colours In Between by the lovely Eva Jordan. Before you scroll down to the book and my review, I just wanted to share something that happened a few days after reading it. Once you’ve read the book itself you will realise for yourself how wonderful it is and why it brought back my relationship with my own Grandad very much to life. A few days after reading the book, my husband was having a clear out in the garage and came across a wooden box which I kept all my pen pal letters in, I haven’t written a letter to a pen friend for an awful lot of years and had totally forgotten about it. My family has always been wide spread and sadly we didn’t live near my Grand parents so didn’t get to see them anywhere near as often as I would have liked. In my teens, my Grandad and I used to write to each other. He loved gardening and I used to cut images of lawn mowers or flower pots and used to send them to him. I have to admit it was quite emotional discovering the letters as he has sadly not been around for the last seventeen years and I miss him a lot. I haven’t felt emotionally able to read them yet, but I will. I’m a big believer in fate and I know it was my Grandad’s way of letting me know that he is still around in his own way. Anyway sorry for rambling but just wanted to share it with you.

 

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Book Description:

Eva Jordan’s much-anticipated follow up to the bestselling ‘183 Times a Year’.

It’s not a life, it’s an adventure!

My Thoughts:

All The Colours In Between is the follow up to the fabulous 183 Times A Year, so I strongly recommend reading the books in order to get full enjoyment from these great books.

I absolutely loved the mother daughter relationship between Lizzie and Cassie in the first book and I couldn’t wait to catch up with them again. Even though the story mainly flicks between these two characters still, this time we also get to see things from Connor, the sons, point of view.

Things have moved on a bit since we were last with the family and as I have come to expect from this author, there was plenty of drama to keep me hooked throughout. It’s a bit like sitting down to your favourite soap opera as the author really focuses on all aspects of family life whilst keeping it all very real.

There really is so much I could write about this book and even then I don’t think I could do it justice. It feels like the author has opened up her heart and soul whilst allowing the reader to be one with the story. There was one part in particular that was so close to home for me that I had tears pouring down my face. As much as I tried to carry on, I just couldn’t see through the vast amount of tears and had to go back to it the next day. I was so overwhelmed by the emotions that I was feeling which truly has to be the sign of a great writer when their words touch you so deeply.

An emotive and beautifully written story of family life. One of the most powerful books I’ve read this year.

My thanks to the author and Urbane Publications for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.

via All The Colours In Between by Eva Jordan @EvaJordanWriter @urbanebooks — bytheletter bookreviews

All The Colours In Between Blog Tour 2017

 

The official launch of my second novel, All The Colours In Between, takes place tomorrow, 19th October, but the Blog Tour starts today – yay! That means you still have time to pre-order your copy, here and here. And you still have time to enter a giveaway competition I’m running on my Facebook page (ends 19th Oct) here, and a Goodreads competition (ends 26th October) here. unnamed-5

Some early reviews are already popping up and here’s what people are saying:

“If you like Marian Keyes, Jane Green (with a little Liane Moriarty thrown in) I think that you will thoroughly enjoy this book. It will give you all the feels. I really wanted to see how these characters got through the book and couldn’t put it down.” –Married Book Nerds

“…emotive, multi layered and a story that even the most hard hearted reader will find a highly emotional read.” –The Book Review Café

“All the Colours in Between is a powerful, emotional, and fast paced story about modern life in a blended family. It was a pure joy to read and I can’t wait for the next instalment in this family saga.” –Brew and Books Review

“Absolutely WOW, double wow, what a truly amazing, emotional and heartfelt read. The story was so brilliantly written.” –Nessa on Goodreads

“I LOVED IT! There is no sugar coating life here – relationships fail, family life is hard work to maintain, good things happen and shit happens. Eva Jordan gives us it all in a way that had me laughing out loud one minute – particularly with Salocin, the grandfather – and then crying the next. Five golden stars from me. –ClaireMS’s Reviews on Goodreads

 

All The Colours In Between by Eva Jordan #BookReview @EvaJordanAuthor @urbanebooks

A wonderful review of my soon to be released second novel, All The Colours In Between, by the lovely Lorraine, who received an ARC. Thank you!

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Book description

Lizzie is fast approaching 50. Her once angst ridden teenage daughters, now grown and in their twenties, have flown the nest, Cassie to London and Maisy to Australia. And, although Connor, Lizzie’s sulky, surly teenage son, is now on his own tormented passage to adulthood, his quest to get there, for the most part, is a far quieter journey than that of his sisters. The hard years, Lizzie believes, are behind her.

Only, things are never quite as black and white as they seem…

A visit to her daughter in London leaves Lizzie troubled. And that is just the start. Add to that an unexpected visitor, a disturbing phone call, a son acting suspiciously, a run in with her ex husband plus a new man in her life who quite simply takes her breath away; Lizzie quickly realises life is something that happens while plans are being made…

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The Principal’s Blog at PRC talks about my guest appearance at the opening of the new Learning Resource Centre!

It was a real honour last week when I, along with Fiona Onasanya MP, was invited as a guest for the official opening of the new Learning Resource Centre at Peterborough Regional College. I had an amazing time, met lots of wonderful people, including some readers of my book, which I more than happily signed when asked to do so, and was presented with a beautiful bouquet of flowers to boot. Fiona was amazing, an MP with a heart, I could have talked to her for hours. It was also a great pleasure to meet Principal Terry Jones and I’d like to offer a heartfelt thanks to the Learning Resource Centre Manager, Louise Auckland, for inviting me. 

Below is Principal Terry Jones’s Blog Post about the event, where I am pictured with him, along with Fiona (cutting the ribbon) and Louise.

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9 October 2017

Abbey Road

Tara outside Abbey Road StudiosThe Abbey Road recording studio in London is world famous for being the choice of musicians such as the Hollies, the Beatles and Pink Floyd. Now it’s acted as the venue for one of our Level 3 music students, Tara Pasveer.

Tara sang some lead lines on the theme song for the ‘Yellow Audio Book’ along with the organiser Pete Hirst, Mark Morris of the Bluetones and BBC Folk Music Award Winner Lucy Ward. Tara excelled herself in the studio and was a credit to the course and the college. She was professional and received really good feedback from the production team, as well as the engineers at Abbey Road. Well done Tara – you’re a great example of how hard work, talent and application can open doors to amazing opportunities.

Back home in the College last week, we were privileged to welcome Fiona Onasanya MP to open our new Learning Resource Centre. Fiona enjoyed a tour of the College facilities, a briefing on the University Project and was able to chat with students and staff about their experiences here. We were especially pleased to have as our guests famous author Eva Jordan, student Kai Weston (who chose the name for the LRC), Elaine Pocklington from ARU and Claire Chinnery who was the head librarian here for many years.

Lastly, and definitely not leastly, it was great to see Mick Papworth back in the College to represent Lindum – the builders who actually did the work. The Lindum team did a great job, finishing on time and budget to deliver a great facility.

Image shows author Eva Jordan, Principal Terry Jones, Learning Resource Centre Manager Louise Auckland, and Peterborough MP Fiona Onasanya at the opening of the refurbished Learning Resource Centre

Originally posted here.