Mandy loves mashed potato, white wine, country music, Corfu, shoes and handbags. She has appeared on ITV1's Who Dares Sings and auditioned for The X-Factor.
Mandy is a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association and lives near Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK with her husband, two daughters and cats, Kravitz and Springsteen.
An on-stage attack left Honor Blackwood with more scars than just the one on her face. It’s been ten years since she left her spot as Nashville’s brightest country music star. Is now the time to return? And is she brave enough to do it?
Country rebel and rock star, Jared ‘Jed’ Marshall is hot property on the Tennessee music scene in more ways than one. He’s wild, he’s sexy and everybody wants a piece of him. But when he sets his sights on Honor, is it pure attraction or just distraction on his mind?
Honor’s record label sign the ex-boyfriend that dumped her and suddenly going back to her old life is harder than she thought. And when a secret from the past becomes public knowledge it’s no longer just about the music… Are all the people in her life lying to her to get what they want?
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Made in Nashville – where the off-stage action’s as hot as the music!
I’m a huge fan of country music and having attended the Country 2 Country Festival at the O2 in March 2013 I just had to write this book set in the heart of the Tennessee scene. I’m also addicted to the TV show Nashville so I wanted to combine the drama of that with the passion and performance of the music I love.
Q. If you had a choice where would you choose to live, and why?
That’s such a tough one. I love living in the UK and am really lucky to live in gorgeous Wiltshire but I do have a big soft spot for the Greek island of Corfu. We try and go there twice a year for a visit and the idea of living there for a few months a year once the children are all grown up appeals. But I also have family in the USA, in Michigan, and that’s such a great state. I love the sense of community there. I can’t decide!
Q. What comes first when you write a story?
I used to usually have a hero in my head when I started a book but, just lately, the bones of the stories have come first, the conflicts and the main outline. I have about the next four lined up and ready to write. If only there were more hours in the day and no school holidays!
Q. Can you name five characteristics we’re likely to find in your heroes, and same for heroines?
Lady B writes hot heroes and emotional reads so my heroes are all gorgeous and hot in their own individual way! I do like an Alpha male, sometimes I make him an anti-hero (doing bad things for the right reasons). He’s always strong, sometimes vulnerable and very, very sexy.
My heroines usually find out something different about themselves when they meet the hero. He will add quality to their lives but he won’t ‘rescue’ them. My leading ladies are all about that journey of self-discovery and they will choose this man because they want him, not because they need him.
Q. What’s your idea of a perfect day?
By the pool, in Corfu, music in the background, a cocktail in my hand, my husband next to me, sun shining down, the children laughing as they play, something for me to write on, a Kindle full of great reads and a waiter bringing all-inclusive food to me on demand.
Q. Can you tell us anything about your next book?
The next book is finished! YAY! It will be my 10th novel so to celebrate that I’ve gone back to the setting of my first novel, Corfu. It’s a beach read, two sisters (Ellen and Lacey) travel to the island to plan Lacey’s wedding but all hell breaks loose when they get there. Tempted by Zumba instructors and indulging in too much Ouzo, lots of secrets are revealed. Will the wedding go ahead? Will Ellen confess? What will happen when her past catches up with her?
Q. If you weren’t a writer, what would be your next choice of career?
When I was at school I wanted to be a police officer! At the time, when the rules were different, I was too short and too short-sighted. My first job was an office junior, then a secretary, then a PA and finally a paralegal in Wills and Probate. Writing is what I love to do and I know how lucky I am to be able to do it full-time. I’m not sure I’d know what to do now if it all got taken away. Let’s not think about that! Perhaps I would try my hand at marketing and media – I think I might be quite good at that!
Excerpt – Made in Nashville
‘So, this is Milo, he’s your new lead guitarist and Greg and Johnny you already know.’
Honor was smiling so much her cheeks were hurting. Russell Johns from Black Monkey was doing the introductions and his violet-coloured shirt was bringing on nausea. Greg and Johnny had been with her ten years ago. Neither of them looked changed at all. Greg’s beard still needed attention and she was sure Johnny was in the same pair of jeans he’d worn that last night on stage. She shook her head, trying to make the memory dissipate. She looked to Larry who was sat on the couch at the back of the room. He stood up and was at her side within seconds.
‘Are you OK darlin’?’ he spoke softly.
She was being ridiculous. Why was this such a big deal? Nothing bad had happened at the studios. This was how her life had been all the time before. She’d loved it. It had been all she’d wanted. It had been her everything. She’d spent days in the studio before, pulled all-nighters to get things right.
‘Could I get a glass of water?’ she asked. She cleared her throat.
Everyone was staring at her. Greg, Johnny, Milo the new guitarist, Larry and Russell. Why were they staring at her? It was only when she looked at her right hand she realised. She’d been pulling at her hair so hard some of it was in her fist.
She opened her mouth to speak but was distracted.
Jared rapped his knuckles on the Perspex screen that separated the editing booth from the recording studio. He’d had to work his charm on the receptionist on the front desk before he could get inside the inner sanctum of Black Monkey today. Now he was being gawped at by five guys and Honor who had a handful of hair clenched between her fingers.
He waved a hand at her and watched her cheeks pink up. He indicated the door. They were all looking at him but no one was making any move. He hit the glass with the silver ring on the middle finger of his right hand. Was there a fucking password or something?
‘Honor, honey, what’s Jed Marshall doing here?’ Larry asked, standing in front of her. He touched her chin with his finger and made her turn to look at him. She was still holding the hair. She didn’t know how it had happened. Why had she done that? How had she done that?
‘Jed Marshall is here,’ Larry repeated. ‘Do you know something about it? He hasn’t bust the door down but he’s looking as if he might like to, darlin’.’
She looked to the other side of the room. Jed had his palm on the glass. His eyes flicked over to the door and she watched his breath steam up the panel.
‘I…I can’t do this, Larry.’
She unclenched her hand, dropping the hair and bolting for the door.
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