Thursday, 29 January 2015

Book Review of The Two Of Us by Andy Jones

Falling in love is the easy part. What matters most is what happens next...

Fisher and Ivy have been an item for a whole nineteen days. And they just know they are meant to be together. The fact that they know little else about each other is a minor detail. Over the course of twelve months, in which their lives will change forever, Fisher and Ivy discover that falling in love is one thing, but staying there is an entirely different story.
The Two of Us is a charming, honest and heart-breaking novel about life, love, and the importance of taking neither one for granted.

Firstly I have to say I loved this book. I related so much to the main characters Fisher and Ivy as some of their life/relationship events mirrored mine and my husbands. 
If you are expecting a fluffy love story then you will be disappointed. The book is the story of Fisher and Ivy's relationship seen through Fisher's eyes. They have been together 19 days then Ivy discovers she is pregnant. 
They have to do all the things that we usually take slowly like meeting each others families and friends, deciding where to live, learning about each others habits and idiosyncrasies. Their honeymoon period is over and they have to get down to the nitty gritty of preparing for a baby while they are still practically strangers. 

The book also concentrates on the touching relationship between Fisher and his friend El who he has known since school. El suffers from Huntingdon's Disease and the scenes between them gave me an insight into this disease and how it affects the person suffering and those around them.
This book is full of highs and lows and had me laughing out loud, especially when they were choosing baby names and when Ivy's brother comes to stay and is watching porn in the dead of night! It also had me openly sobbing through some very tenderly written scenes.

I read this book in 2 days as I couldn't put it down and I enjoyed every minute. I would highly recommend The Two of Us and will be looking out for other novels by Andy Jones.

Many thanks to Simon & Schuster - Books and the City for the advance copy.

Available on eBook now and paperback in May 2015

Twitter: @MaryLewisWriter

Thursday, 22 January 2015

A move to a different genre

Writing this week moved to a different genre for me. I wrote a short story for a competition which was of the erotic nature.  Ooo la la 
It had to be less than 1000 words which I found very hard. I had reached 790 words before a hint of rumpy pumpy!! I had to rewrite 3 times and did 6 heavy edits. I took the advice of the great Milly Johnson and kept the chunks of writing that I didn't use. One lot can apply to another story - not necessarily erotic - so nothing is wasted.
I found it challenging to invent the meeting between the characters and the ending in such a small amount of words, but I managed it within 999 
I will find a way to share my story in the near future. I cannot put it on here as I have young followers.
I'm glad I wrote it, but I can't see me being an author of erotic fiction as my main genre. I like the romance and comedy in the "chicklit" genre too much, but I may have a few more erotic stories lurking in my brain somewhere.

So my story has been emailed off for someone else to read. Scary stuff, but all in all a good practice exercise to gain experience from.

Sunday, 18 January 2015

New to blogging

Hi there. Well here it is the beginning of my blogging journey connected with my writing. I have another blog which follows my journey through my cancer treatment, but this one is going to be all about writing and anything connected with books.

I took the step to set up a separate Twitter account and also a Facebook page, which one day I hope will be filled with information about my own novel. 

My novel at the moment is coming along ok. I have a relationship with my main two characters and can see them in my head when I'm writing. I actually care about them and often lie in bed thinking how I can make them more interesting and giving them journeys to go on.
I am hoping it will go somewhere and the characters will inspire me onwards.

So come back and see how I'm doing

Thank you Heidi Swain for the information on how to begin blogging!

Please find me on Facebook at and on Twitter @marylewiswriter