It’s All About The Books

 

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This is my newest novel all about community, power ballads, unlikely friendships and cake – really, really good cake.

The two main characters, Natalie and Caroline are in desperate need of hope.

Nat’s husband has just said the six words no-one wants to hear – ‘I don’t love you any more’, whilst Caroline’s estranged mother has to move into her house turning her perfectly ordered world upside down. As they come together to form the choir to try and save Hope Street hall, they discover that you often find hope where you least expect it.

What the readers say:

‘This is a wonderful story of hope, friendship, love and finding yourself. I loved it.’

Karen Whittard, Goodreads

‘..it’s about family and friendship, it’s about having faith and strength even when you get knocked down.’

Dash Fan, Goodreads

‘The Choir on Hope Street gave me the belief that those perfect books exist.’

Rebecca Minton

Buy links:

Waterstones; Amazon UK; Amazon US; Kobo; iTunes;

 

 

LOSLI COVER - high res

This was my third novel, which came out in 2015. It tells the story of Cat Nightingale, who is something of a reluctant heroine. She loves her job in PR working for Hemingway Media, the company she founded with best friend (and secret love), Jesse Hemingway. She is unapologetically single and child-free and completely happy with her five-star life. When a PR launch ends in disaster, she is forced to step back from her job for a while. This coincides with her beloved brother needing someone to look after his ten-year-old son and six-year-old daughter for the summer. Enter Auntie Cat, childcare rookie, who thinks the whole experience will be a breeze and that she can saunter back to her old life without a care once the storm has passed. She’s in for quite a bumpy ride and a summer that will change her life forever. I loved writing Cat’s story. I liked the idea of a woman who doesn’t want children being thrown into that world. The scenes with Ellie and Charlie were particularly fun to write because they make her see the world in a different, sometimes humorous,  but always truthful way. It’s a far cry from her previously ordered existence and a huge shock to the system. Cat is forced to take a step back and look again at her life.

Let’s face it – we all need to do that sometimes.

What the readers say:

‘Thought-provoking yet light, funny and romantic.’

B.R. Maycock

‘I loved the way the book flowed and the clear sense of humour within it.’

Rachel Gilbey

‘..would not be out of place sitting beside Sophie Kinsella, Cecelia Ahern and Lindsey Kelk.’

Gemma Harding

No pressure, but here are some buy links:

Amazon UKAmazon USApple iTunesGoogle Play

 

 

Not Quite Perfect cover

This was my first novel published in July 2013 and because I like to spoil you, it’s available as an eBook, paperback and now in French.

You are more than welcome. 

Presque Parfait

The book tells the story of the Darcy sisters – Emma and Rachel. Emma is an editor for a book publisher, about to get married and on the cusp of a very promising career. Rachel is her older sister, married with three children and very much the stay at home Mum. They’re both at very different stages of their lives but are both wondering if this is it or if there is something better out there and when temptation comes their way, things start to go a bit pear-shaped. Throw in an overbearing mother, a genial father, bossy godmother and a crazy Swiss lady called Christa and you’ve got yourself what people tell me is a funny, true and tiny bit heartbreaking novel.

What the readers say (which is basically all that counts):

‘Annie has written one of the best books I have read all year.’

Rebecca from Forever Between The Pages

Annie Lyons created a beautifully written book with heart and soul.’

Robyn from Elder Park Books

I thought it was going to be shit but it was really good!’

My friend Sharmini via e-mail

Buy links:

eBook & Paperback – Amazon UKAmazon USApple iTunes; Google Play

French edition (oo la la) – Amazon France

 

 

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The Secrets Between Sisters (originally published as Dear Lizzie) was my second novel, published in 2014. It’s the story of two very different but devoted sisters, Bea and Lizzie Harris. Bea is the confident, accomplished one with a brilliant career, loving husband and young son. Lizzie is lonely and alone, estranged from the rest of her family but still in touch with her big sister, who acts as her guide and confidante through life. When Bea dies, Lizzie is devastated but her sister leaves her a parcel containing twelve letters to be opened one a month, for the next year. They contain Bea’s final wishes for her sister; wishes which she hopes will make Lizzie happy but which also contain secrets that will change her life forever.

What the readers say:

…I literally could not put it down meaning that virtually nothing else got done as I just had to keep on reading to find out how it would all turn out in the end.’ Sharon from Shaz’s Book Blog

Annie Lyons has proven to be a skilled and extremely talented writer with this book, it truly is something special. She hits on so many emotions all at once that you honestly don’t know if you are coming or going.‘ 

Natalie from The Book Geek Wears Pyjamas

I really enjoyed it dear. Well done.’ My Mum

Buy links (but only if you want to):

Amazon UKAmazon USApple iTunesGoogle Play

This book was also published in French in 2016 – voila!

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NQP Christmas Cover (gorgeous)

This is my Christmas novella which sees the Darcy sisters hit New York with their mother Diana and the irrepressible Lily in tow. I wrote this because

a. I love Christmas and

b. I love New York and

c. I love the Darcy family

and thought they deserved a treat so it includes cocktails in Manhattan (with Christa making a star guest appearance), ice-skating in Central Park and a fabulous finale at the Russian Tea-Rooms plus a surprise happy ending for two characters in particular. It’s my Christmas gift to you.

What the readers say:

Not Quite Perfect Christmas is a great and festive addition to the wonderful original.’

Librarian Lavender

This book has it all for a Christmas short story.

Sheerie Franks

Read me the funny bits with Lily and Alfie again, Mum.’

My children

Buy links (but only if you’re in a festive mood):

Amazon UKAmazon USApple iTunesGoogle Play

This novella is also available in French and I don’t know about you but I think the cover would look absolutely stunning as Christmas wrapping paper…

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7 thoughts on “It’s All About The Books

  1. I love the way you’ve done this – especially with your brilliantly honest family and friends bits! Really enaging and such fun to read, congrats on the new site, and a cracking kickoff!

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  2. Oh Please-what is it with you authors!!

    Some of us like BOOKS-that is to say PAPER BASED BOOKS-real books-real reading material-couldn’t care less about digital crap!

    Ive just read ‘HOPE’ in paperback which was brilliant-different-well done -and of course it has an intro from LIFE OR SOMETHING LIKE IT-which I would love to read-but forget it-only in that stupid kindle format!

    Come in some of us are serious fiction readers-why are all these great fun books lost just because of the stupidity of electronic readers!

    Thank you

    John

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    1. Dear John,
      whilst I am delighted that you enjoyed The Choir on Hope Street, I have to disagree with your comments regarding digital books. Firstly, it isn’t ‘us authors’ who decide whether our books are published as an eBook or in paperback but the publisher. Secondly, I think there is a place in the world for both digital and physical books – as long as people enjoy stories, words and ideas, it doesn’t matter how these reach them. The important thing is that people have access to a wide variety of formats be it printed, electronic, audio and so on. My eighty-two-year-old partially-sighted mother was able to read my books because of her Kindle – she wouldn’t have been able to without it. Here is a post I wrote a while back on this very subject and I stand by every word. http://www.albainbookland.com/2014/07/guest-post-i-digital-books-by-annie.html

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