Life's not always a walk in the park...
When Anna is dumped by her fiancé, she moves in to her own place on the edge of the gorgeous Wildflower Park and pledges to stay off men and focus on her career, but a handsome new colleague seems to thwart her attempts at every turn. And when she receives an accidental text from a mystery man, could it be the new start she needs? Or someone she really shouldn't be falling for?
Anna's neighbour Sophie is a stressed-out mum-of-two with a third on the way. Her husband is a constant frustration, and their children are a regular source of newly-invented swear words and unidentifiable sticky surfaces.
Luckily, Anna and Sophie have each other - and Wildflower Park proves to be a sanctuary as they map out a path to find the happiness they both deserve...
Fantastically funny, this irresistibly heart-warming novel will charm fans of Milly Johnson and Jill Mansell.
A Walk in Wildflower Park will be released on June 27th, but you can pre-order your copy right now!
Amazon - mybook.to/WildflowerPark
KoBo - https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/a-walk-in-wildflower-park-wildflower-park-series
And now it's time to find out a little bit more about Bella herself....
Bella's stories are about friendship, love and coping with what life throws at you. She likes to find the humour in the darker moments of life and weaves these into her stories. Bella is a bestselling author and has been shortlisted twice for the RNA Contemporary Romance Novel of the Year Award. She lives in The Midlands, UK with her lovely husband and wonderful daughter, who thankfully, both accept her as she is (with mad morning hair and a penchant for skipping).
Meet The Author Interview
What made you want to write romance?
Like so much in my life it wasn’t a conscious decision, it’s just how my stories came out. I’ve been writing since primary school but it was years before I thought about doing something with them and then only because I was bullied into it by a life coach from my day job (she called it coaching, by the way, not bullying). Romance is one of the threads in all my stories but their main focus is about how my heroine copes with what life throws at her and there’s always an undertone of something slightly dangerous - so not your standard romance.
What was the inspiration for your current book?
I wanted to write an office based romantic comedy because I’ve worked in offices for the best part of thirty years so I had amassed quite a bit of material. I heard about a private park near Birmingham and my author antenna started twitching so I went to do some research and thinly disguised it as a family day out. I was blown away by Moseley Park - it is a haven of tranquility, a stones throw from Birmingham city centre and I knew a park just like it had to be in my story. A Walk in Wildflower Park tells the story of Anna and Sophie. When Anna is dumped by her fiancé, she moves in to her own place on the edge of the gorgeous Wildflower Park and pledges to stay off men and focus on her career, but a handsome new colleague seems to thwart her attempts at every turn. And when she receives an accidental text from a mystery man, could it be the new start she needs? Or someone she really shouldn't be falling for? Sophie is a stressed-out mum-of-two with a third on the way. Her husband is a constant frustration, and their children are a regular source of newly-invented swear words and unidentifiable sticky surfaces. Luckily, Anna and Sophie have each other – and Wildflower Park proves to be a sanctuary as they map out a path to find the happiness they both deserve…
Do you have a designated "work space", and if so, can you describe it?
I’m lucky enough to have commandeered our spare bedroom as my writing space and now it resembles a post-it note graveyard. You will find them here in every colour, shape and size and in varying degrees of curliness but they will all contain a few words that at the time I deemed absolutely vital and possibly genius although on second read they invariably get scrunched up and the cat files them under the sofa.
Do you get nervous reading reviews of your books?
Always! I don’t think this ever goes away. You pour so much of your heart and soul into your characters and story and spend countless hours honing it to the best it can be so of course you want readers to love it as much as you do. Reviews are vital to authors so I’m thankful for every one even if they can be scary. I’m hugely grateful to the blogging community who do such a fabulous job and are so supportive to authors.
Do you plan your stories before you start writing them, or do you just "wing it"?
I’m a hardcore planner. Just reading the words ‘wing it’ gives me palpitations! I’m a project manager by profession and planning comes naturally to me so it makes sense to plan my novels. I do bio pages for all my characters, including the animals, and I organise my plot with post-it notes. Post-it notes are one of my favourite things - if the writing doesn’t work out I could definitely work in their PR department or test biscuits I have a lot of experience in this field too.
Can you tell us anything about any future projects you're working on?
I’m pretty excited that I’ll have two books out in 2020. One in the summer which has the working title It Could Be You and focusses on what happens when practical jokes go too far and my first ever Christmas book, both of these have been a lot of fun to write.
Would you ever go on a reality TV show, and if so, which one?
I’d quite like to do I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! because I love all animals, don’t have a problem with heights and I’m always up for a holiday! I would have an issue with the food rations though because, whilst I only eat when I’m hungry, I’m hungry most of the time.
Favourite sitcom, past or present.
Friends - I loved this when it aired and I still enjoy watching the repeats. I know quite a lot of the scripts now. If there’s ever a Friends round on Mastermind I’ll ace it!
If you'd like to find out more about Bella, visit her website https://www.bellaosborne.com/
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It's been an absolute pleasure having Bella here on my blog this week, and don't forget, A Walk in Wildflower Park is released on June 27th, but is available for pre-order right now!
Thank you so much for stopping by, Bella! Wishing you so much success with A Walk in Wildflower Park! ❤️