Educating Kelly Payne: save the date.

Exciting news. The publication date for Educating Kelly Payne has been brought forward to 28th April.

If you’re an ebook reader, you can order it now and have it to read as soon as it comes out. It will also be available on Kindle Unlimited and paperback from launch day.

If you’re a member of my readers’ club, you can take a sneaky peek at the first three chapters.

If you’re not a member yet, you can join here

How to learn about love … the hard way.

Kelly Payne wants only two things in life.

To stop being stupid and to stop loving Will Grey.

But how do you make yourself smart when you hate education, and how do you stop loving when your heart doesn’t want to?

Her friend Geraldine says reading makes you clever, so Kelly begins with Pride and Prejudice. Inside, she finds an old postcard that might just change her life. Suddenly Kelly’s imagining all kinds of possibilities. And when the beautiful, cherry-lipped Marcus asks her out, she even dares to dream of a happy ending without Will.

But old doubts have a habit of dragging her down, and when long buried secrets resurface, Kelly finds herself questioning all the truths she held dear. Then along comes Obie, Man of Misery, and life is instantly more annoying.

Kelly is about to learn the hard way, there’s more to education than books and learning, and everything she thought she knew about love and loneliness was completely wrong.

Because happy endings don’t belong in real life. And there’s no man in the world like Mr Darcy, is there?

The reviews are coming in…

And they’re looking good. Here are a just a few…

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Gripping.. And life changing

Beautifully written about topics that must resonate with many… Helped me find my own way back.. Can’t wait for the fourth.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Another Cracker!

I laughed and cried and devoured this book, as I did the first two. The characters come to life in the pages and I love them all. Thank you for another wonderful book, keep them coming please.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ A cracking story by a brilliant storyteller.

Hazel Ward is an extremely talented storyteller. Geraldine’s story (like all the best ones) combine humour and pathos and is sympathetically told. There’s never a need to skim bits because the books are hugely entertaining and never ‘dip’ in the middle. The characters are wholly believable and thoroughly engaging. Highly recommended.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ So Powerful.

It was such a powerful read that totally consumed me. I did not so much read the book – I ‘lived’ it. This was my first book by Hazel Ward but I want more, more, more! Her story and style really resonated with me. Saving Geraldine Corcoran was a marvellous read.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Another great story a brilliant read third in series.

Geraldine and Kelly had me hooked couldn’t wait to turn the page.

Saving Geraldine Corcoran

One shameful secret. One hidden letter. Two unlikely guardian angels.

Saving Geraldine Corcoran is out now

One shameful secret. One hidden letter. Two unlikely guardian angels.

Geraldine Wilde has been afraid for as long as she can remember.

Mostly, it’s the little things that frighten her. Little things like putting flowers on her mum’s grave. But Geraldine gets by. She has a secret system to calm her nerves and keep everything hidden so that no one suspects she’s not normal.

But when her daughter, Netta, stumbles upon a hidden letter, a terrible secret returns to haunt her. She’s tormented by the memory of Geraldine Corcoran, the tragic girl who was once saved by the remarkable Ada Wilde and her son, Arthur.

Suddenly, the system is unravelling. Geraldine’s fear is spiralling out of control and, this time, there’s no one left to rescue her. Ada is dead, and her beloved Arthur is an old man who tiptoes around her as if he’s treading on eggshells. Netta can’t help her and, to make matters worse, that mouthy Kelly Payne insists on befriending her.

Geraldine is sinking and she can’t find a way back up to the surface.

Is there anyone out there who can save her now?

Not all guardian angels have wings and halos. Sometimes they come in the most unlikely packages.

If you like Harold Fry, Eleanor Oliphant or Veronica McCreedy, you’ll love Geraldine Corcoran. Perfect for fans of moving and uplifting page-turners.

Saving Geraldine Corcoran.

A riveting and uplifting summer read.

The swinging sixties were great, weren’t they?

Geraldine has lots of memories from that time. Some good. Some she’d much rather forget. She was doing a good job of it too. Until her daughter, Netta, found a hidden letter.

Now the past has come back to haunt Geraldine. She’s sinking and she can’t find a way back up to the surface. Netta can’t save her and to make matters worse, that mouthy Kelly Payne insists on befriending her.

Is there anyone out there who can save Geraldine?

Saving Geraldine Corcoran. Out 20th August. Or you can pre-order here now.

Finding Edith Pinsent – early reviews are looking good.

I’m over the moon with the reviews that are coming in for ‘Finding Edith Pinsent.’

Here are some snippets:

“The book is so beautifully told and heart-warming, you will be rooting for both Edie and Netta and turning the pages to find out what happens to them. Edie’s story is especially involving, because it includes the Second World War and the 1950s and you really get a feel for the time, as well as the hardships and heartbreak those eras brought, especially for women”

“It’s quite an emotional story full of secrets and the trials and tribulations of being human. Well, that‘s life! So, open your arms, close your eyes and taste the sky as Edith says. A wonderful, inspiring and captivating read.”

“Bittersweet, enchanting and utterly immersive, I absolutely loved this book. The characters are screamingly real to me, honest, vulnerable and brilliantly created, layer upon layer. It is a real comment on the ups and downs of life, chance encounters, the rough course that true love often takes and enduring friendships and loyalties. Hazel Ward’s writing is sensitive, emotional and beautiful. She draws you in and you stay there with bated breath, following the characters as they journey along their paths.”

“This is a worthy successor to Netta Wilde and if Hazel Ward chooses to continue the series, I’ll be first in the queue to read the next book.””This is the second book I have read from this author, absolutely loved it.”

Have you added your review yet?

Last chance to bag a bargain book.

Being Netta Wilde is 99p or 99c. Sale closes at midnight tonight (GMT/PST).

An uplifting story of love, loss and second chances that celebrates friendship and human connections.

Netta Wilde was all the things Annette Grey isn’t.

Netta Wilde was raw, unchecked and just a little bit rebellious. She loved The Clash and she loved being Netta Wilde.

Annette Grey is an empty, broken woman who hardly knows her own children. Of course, it’s her own fault. She’s a bad mother. An unnatural mother. At least, that’s what her ex-husband tells her.

The one thing she is good at …
the one thing that stops her from falling …
is her job.

When the unthinkable happens, Annette makes a decision that sets her on a journey of self-discovery and reinvention. Along the way, her life is filled with friends, family, dogs, and jam. Lots of jam.

Suddenly anything seems possible. Even being Netta Wilde again.

But, is she brave enough to take that final step when the secrets she keeps locked inside are never too far away?

Get it here:

Being Netta Wilde is on sale at 99p/99c.

Grab yourself a copy before it’s too late.

The Being Netta Wilde, ebook is on sale as a Kindle Countdown deal. From today, for one week only, you’ll be able to get it for 99p at Amazon UK and 99c at Amazon US. 

If you haven’t already read Netta’s story it’s an ideal time to treat yourself to a pre-Christmas bargain. If you’ve already read Netta yourself, you might want to take advantage of the sale price to buy a stocking filler for other readers you know.  

Here’s a peek at Netta’s Christmas. Her ex has taken their teenage kids away for Christmas. Disappointed, she grits her teeth and throws herself into a hectic week at the foodbank. It’s Christmas Eve. She’s going to stay with her new friends over Christmas, not knowing that she’s about to experience an epihany of sorts. But first, a visit to her parents’ house…

The sound of ‘Frosty the Snowman’ floated along the hall like a reassuring aroma. The Ronettes, if she wasn’t mistaken. Her dad was playing his Phil Spector Christmas album.

That was the thing about Arthur Wilde. He may be one of the mildest mannered and, yes, boring men on the planet but come Christmas, a metamorphosis took place. Okay, he still liked his comfy cardie and slippers. Two whiskies and he was out for the count. But once he’d got those CDs out, he’d be dancing around the house like a man possessed by the Yuletide spirit and you knew, without a doubt, Christmas had arrived in the Wilde household.

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