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Imagine meeting the right person at completely the wrong time.
Meg is trying to navigate a broken heart, her parents' separation, and her Bridezilla sister's upcoming wedding. She just wants to get away and go travelling. Nick's a junior doctor coming to terms with his father's death, and his mother's attempts to move on with the mysterious man who lives upstairs. If only he had time for love himself.
Nick and Meg live in the same building, and when Nick comes to her rescue, and she sends him a notecard of thanks, they realise that love may not be as far away as they think.
Perfect for fans of Beth O'Leary and Mhairi McFarlane, The Notecard is an honest and uncompromising comedy about two people trying to navigate life, love, and heartbreak in London that asks the question: Is true love really written in the stars or can it be derailed by broken hearts, dead parents, Bridezilla sisters, Eighties pop stars, and just some really awful timing?
A romantic comedy for anyone who is, has been, or is ever likely to be a grown up.
Being a thirtysomething man isn't easy (especially when you still yearn to be a twentysomething man). Meet Harry Spencer. History teacher, lover of snack food and terrified of growing up. However, when his wife Emily drops the P-Bomb, Harry is suddenly thrust into the role of expectant father.
When he's tempted by the greener grass of an ex-girlfriend past, Harry has to make the most important decision of his life. Does he have what it takes to become a man, or will he succumb to the lure of adolescent fantasy?
This is a love story about what happens after we've fallen in love, when we've swapped frolicking in the bed for cigarettes in the shed and Match of the Day for Mothercare. Brutally honest, laugh-out-loud funny and heartwarming, this is a diary about one man's bumbling journey on the road to adulthood.
A novel about people just like us.
Four people. Two couples. Six months that will change their lives forever.
Kate wants to go travelling before she reaches the big Three-O, while her long-term boyfriend Ed just wants to settle down. Jack is desperate to be a novelist for many reasons, but mainly to save his relationship with fiancee Emma. Emma wants to be an actress more than anything in the world, or at least that's what she thinks...
Told from each of their perspectives, this is a story about love, growing up and, of course, the search for a happy ending.
The ultimate comedy about surviving the first year of parenthood.
Things that might happen during your first year of parenthood. 1. You'll get covered in a nuclear poo. 2. You'll be convinced your son is talking with a Japanese accent. 3. You'll worry that when your son waves, it looks like a Nazi salute. Of course, this might just be Harry Spencer.
Taking up where 'This Thirtysomething Life' left off, Harry Spencer and his wife Emily are back and trying to survive their first year of parenthood. It has it's ups and downs (and a few bits in the middle), but along the way they begin to understand the true meaning of family and what it takes to be a parent.
Featuring a hilarious cast of extras, This Family Life, is the ultimate comedy for anyone who is a parent, has a parent, or is thinking about becoming one.
Creating a happy family is one thing. Staying that way is an entirely different story.
The Wilde family have always had a roast dinner on Sundays. Greg Wilde made sure of it. Him, his wife, Lizzy, and their three chidren around the table; for years it was the glue that held them together.
But now with the children all grown up and moving out, and Greg and Lizzy's marriage facing an uncertain future, their lives are becoming increasingly unstuck. Greg soon begins to realise that creating a happy family is one thing, but staying that way is an entirely different story.
Told from each of the family's perspectives at their monthly Sunday roast dinners, this is a bittersweet comedy about parenthood, marriage, love, life and roast dinners. Perfect for fans of Mike Gayle and David Nicholls.
Marriage can be difficult. Especially when you've only just met.
Meet Dan Fox, 34, an online marketing manager from Clapham, who was jilted at the altar two years ago by the love of his life and hasn't dated since. Nat Howard, 32, is living back home with her parents in Dorking after her perfect boyfriend dumped her and she had to move out of his bespoke flat in Putney.
On separate stag and hen weekends in Las Vegas, Dan and Nat wake up married. Both too drunk to remember what happened, they return to England and try to get on with their lives. But there was something about Nat that makes the usually cautious Dan think they should give their marriage a go. Nat's still in love with her Ex, but maybe Dan can help mend her broken heart.
Can marriage between two relative strangers really work? And when Nat's Ex - the gorgeous Charlie - comes back into her life, she must decide - something old or something new?
One family. A tiny flat in Notting Hill. On the biggest day of the year. What could possibly go wrong?
Meet Ben Canterbury, 29, single, lives in a poky flat in Notting Hill with a horny Welshman. His life has been one disappointment after another. In an effort to compete with his perfect brother, Ben insists he hosts the family Christmas, but it isn't long before he realises he's way out of his depth.
But when beautiful new neighbour, Mhairi McGregor, appears at his door, Ben's worries go out of the window and he begins to wonder if it might not be the worst Christmas in history after all.
Amid all the drama, drinking and carnage of Christmas Day, will Ben find true love or will it be another disappointment to add to the list? A Notting Hill Christmas is a funny, feel-good, festive novella perfect for fans of romantic comedies like Love Actually and Notting Hill.
The story of Rosie and Pete. From the beginning until the end.
Rosie Willis isn't happy. Her once perfect marriage to husband, Pete, is falling apart, her mother is dying, and her three children are starting to feel like strangers. At forty she feels stuck, but then she meets handsome widower, Mark Hornby, and he makes her feel alive again.
As she drifts further from Pete, she gets closer to Mark, but approaching Christmas she realises she needs to save her marriage and keep her family together. Despite her feelings, she can't have an affair. Unfortunately, Pete has some news of his own that throws their marriage into doubt.
Rosie must choose a new life. There's Pete, Mark, or going it alone. It isn't easy when you're forty, when you have three kids, when you feel past it, when your mother is dying, but life isn't meant to be easy.
Two parents. Three children. One senile grandad. Six weeks. How bad could it possibly be?
For teacher, Ben Robinson, the school summer holidays mean one thing - spending six weeks with his kids. This year, however, he also has his father and one very angry wife to contend with. The name of the game is simple: survive!
Ben embarks on a summer of self-discovery that includes, amongst other things, becoming besotted by a beautiful Australian backpacker, an accidental Brexit march and a road rage attack. There's also the matter of saving his marriage, which is proving harder than he imagined, mainly due to an unfortunate pyramid scheme and one quite large bottom.
But when Ben learns his father has a secret, it takes the whole family on a trip to Scotland that will make or break their summer - and perhaps Ben's life.
Two strangers. Two deaths. One unlikely friendship that will change everything.
Holly Moon has it all. The perfect husband, the dream media career, then at age twenty-six her husband dies and just like that her world comes crashing down around her.
Black cab driver, Phil Turner, is sixty when his wife dies of cancer. They've been married for forty years. He doesn't know any different.
When Holly and Phil meet at Good Grief support group, they strike up an unlikely friendship. Two strangers with nothing in common except they don't know how to move on. Perhaps together and with the aid of their 'definitely-not-a-bucket-list' they'll find a way. But it's not as easy as just ticking things off a list and soon their happiness and lives hinge on one thing...each other.
Set in London, Good Grief is a love letter to the healing power of friendship and learning that even in the depths of grief the most magical things can happen.
Jon Rance was born in Southampton, England in 1975. Apparently the Seventies were great, but to be honest, he doesn't remember much about them. He does remember most of the Eighties very fondly. He attended Bitterne first and middle school and then Western Park Boy's school. He spent a lot of the Eighties watching television. His favourite shows were: Rainbow, Button Moon, The Wombles, Dogtanian and the Three Muskahounds, The Cities of Gold, Danger Mouse, Thundercats, Grange Hill, Blue Peter, Going Live, and Neighbours. He had a red BMX bike, and did his first Panini World Cup sticker album during the 1986 World Cup in Mexico - the dreaded Hand of God World Cup.
Jon attended Richard Taunton's sixth form college where he met some incredible people, did A levels in Art, Art history and English Literature, discovered the ups and downs of alcohol, and generally had a very good time. After a year at art college in Portsmouth, and a GAP year, he ended up studying English Literature at Middlesex University, London. Highlights of university include: kissing the television presenter John Leslie at a New Year's Eve party, deciding to go outside in January completely naked for "a bit of a laugh", living with three of the best blokes in the world, his first serious girlfriend and their holiday to Africa, Manchester United winning the treble, and learning, obviously. It was at university he also decided he wanted to be an author.
After university, Jon spent several years in various jobs: British Museum, television, university librarian, but he dreamed of two things - going travelling and being a writer. So, at the grand age of twenty-eight, he finally went off around the world. USA, Fiji, Australia, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, India. His plan was simple: travel the world and write. What actually happened was that he met his future wife in Australia, and so didn't end up going to Asia at all and instead back to America with her, and he didn't write very much. He did have one of the best years of his life though and met the woman who would change everything.
In 2004 Jon moved to America and got married in Las Vegas (future marriage venue in his book, Dan And Nat Got Married). He also decided he was going to stop farting around and be a proper writer. Jon spent the next few years writing his first novels without much success. However, after getting frustrated that no-one was actually reading his work, he decided to self-publish his third novel, This Thirtysomething Life on the new-fangled Amazon Kindle. To cut a long story short, it took forever, but after some research, some actual marketing, the book reached number 7 on the UK Kindle chart, it sold 55,000 copies, and Jon finally got the call he'd been waiting for. A publisher wanted to publish his book. Like most of his life, becoming an author hasn't exactly gone to plan, but he got there in the end
Jon Rance is the author of the novels: This Thirtysomething Life, Happy Endings, This Family Life, Sunday Dinners, Dan And Nat Got Married, About Us, The Summer Holidays Survival Guide, Good Grief, The Notecard, and the Christmas novella, A Notting Hill Christmas.
Jon loves comedy, the films of Richard Curtis, psychological thrillers, historical dramas, tightly plotted commercial fiction, 90s music, travelling and tea. He just turned forty, which is a terrifying time, so his books might get a bit edgier and possibly angrier as a result.
Jon writes dramatic, romantic comedy, similar to the work of Mike Gayle, Matt Dunn, and David Nicholls.
Books that have inspired me
The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger
High Fidelity - Nick Hornby
Turning Thirty - Mike Gayle
My Legendary Girlfriend - Mike Gayle
Best Man - Matt Dunn
Ralph's Party - Lisa Jewell
Twentysomething: The Quarter Life Crisis of Jack Lancaster - Iain Hollingshead
The Adrian Mole Diaries - Sue Townsend
Starter For Ten - David Nicholls
One Day - David Nicholls
You Had Me At Hello - Mhairi McFarlane
The Pile Of Stuff At The Bottom Of The Stairs - Christina Hopkinson
The Two Of Us - Andy Jones
Fortysomething - Nigel Williams
Television and film
Gavin & Stacey
Him & Her
Four Weddings and a Funeral
Funny and poignant - the perfect combination
I cried, I cringed, I laughed and I finished the book with a huge smile on my face
A satisfyingly British sense of humour
Funny, romantic, and real
Jon has the perfect recipe going on with Sunday Dinners. Honesty, humour, love and family ties
Jon Rance has a delicious lightness
of touch as he writes and delivers each comedic episode with great aplomb
Jon Rance makes me laugh
A very honest, candid, hilarious read
Find your genre. It's so important to find the genre that suits you. Some writers are lucky enough to be able to write in more than one genre, but for me deciding to write in the popular fiction genre really helped me find my style and voice.
Writing is rewriting. This isn't really a tip, but it's the most important thing to always keep in mind while writing. Get the first draft done - mine usually take 3-4 months and don't be too precious about it - then start editing. After my first draft, I probably edit between 10-15 times making sure that everything works. I'm a heavy editor.
Write as often as you can. Think of writing as a muscle, the longer you go without working it out the weaker it gets. Writing is a skill that needs to be honed and crafted over time. Try and make a goal and stick to it. It might be 100 words a day or 1000, but whatever it is commit to it.
Read every book you can in your genre, but don't just read them for fun. Analyse them, look at the structure, the plot, the characters and try to figure out what makes them stand out. Read the best books and the worst because they can all teach you something.
If you're going to self-publish - and you should - do it properly. Pay to get it proofread. I pay for an editor - who also happens to be my friend - who edits and also gives me her opinion and suggestions. It's invaluable. Also get a decent cover because covers do sell books.
Enjoy it! We write because we love it and yes there are times when it drives me to the brink of madness, but I couldn't imagine not doing it. So whether you're writing your first or twenty first novel, enjoy it - even those days when everything you write is complete and utter horse shit. If you love what you do it will shine through on the page.