Tuesday, 9 July 2019

New Release Spotlight & Excerpt: Meet Me in Cockleberry Bay by Nicola May

Meet Me in Cockleberry Bay by Nicola May
The cast of the runaway bestseller, The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay, are back – including Rosa, Josh, Mary, Jacob, Sheila, new mum Titch and, last but by no means least, Hot, the adorable dachshund.

Newly wed, and with her inherited corner shop successfully up and running, Rosa Smith seems to have all that anyone could wish for. But the course of true love never did run smooth and Rosa’s suspicions that her husband is having an affair have dire consequences.

Reaching rock bottom before she can climb back up to the top, fragile Rosa is forced to face her fears, addiction and jealousy head on.

With a selection of meddling locals still at large, a mystery fire and Titch’s frantic search for the real father of her sick baby, the second book in this enchanting series will take you on a further unpredictable journey of self-discovery.
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An extract from Meet Me in Cockleberry Bay – is that a new dog we see down in the bay?
Morning, morning, morning!’ Jacob followed Ugly, Pongo and the Duchess into the Corner Shop, to both Rosa and Hot’s delight. The pugs were looking smart in their fashionable coats, which were the same shade as their bulbous but enchanting brown eyes.
The three older dogs tore through to the shop kitchen and scrabbled at the door until Rosa opened it, allowing them to run around and play in the backyard.
Rosa picked up the Duchess and snuggled the adorable puppy into her chest, saying, ‘Mmm, you smell so warm and clean.’ The little dog, not enamoured by being half squeezed to death, started to wriggle furiously until Rosa was forced to put her gently back down to the floor.
‘Not a lot of warm clean smells at ours, I’m afraid,’ Jacob told her. ‘More like pungent poops at the bottom of the stairs. Did Hot ever mess inside?’
‘Oh yes,’ Rosa nodded. ‘These little beauties are renowned for it, evidently. He hasn’t done it since I moved down here as I’m with him most of the time, but when I left him in his crate when I worked in London, he quite often left me a little brown present – a protest poo as they’re known - despite the dog-walker coming in at lunchtime and me walking him as soon as I got in.’
She advised, ‘You’ve got to be fair but firm, leader of the pack Mr Jacob Sharp-Marino.’
‘Message received. I’ll pass it on to my co-leader of the pack, Signor Raffaele.’ He held the Duchess’s lead as the tiny creature danced around, her hindquarters waggling comically as she busily sniffed at the many fascinating smells in the shop.
I’m not used to women at the best of times, as you know,’ Jacob said, and they both laughed. ‘By the way, I saw something in one of the Sunday paper supplements the other day describing the breed and thought I must tell you about it. The writer said that mini-dachshunds were “a fascinating blend of ferocity, entitlement and neediness”, and that you should be ready to live with “a tiny clown”.’
‘That’s probably how Josh would describe me now.’ Rosa’s voice was sad.
‘Aw.’ Jacob put a hand on her arm. ‘When he came in to watch the rugby, he insinuated that you’d had a bit of a contretemps on Saturday night.’

Award winning author Nicola May lives in Ascot in Berkshire with her rescue cat Stanley. Her hobbies include watching films that involve a lot of swooning, crabbing in South Devon, eating flapjacks and enjoying a flutter on the horses. Inspired by her favourite authors Milly Johnson and Carole Matthews, Nicola writes what she describes as chicklit with a kick.

Website - www.nicolamay.com

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