I’m delighted to welcoming Zara to JJ today.
Luckily Zara Kingsley was born and raised in a City she loves living in: London, UK. And it’s just as well, as she can barely afford to go on a camping holiday much less move. She has an adorable 9yr old daughter, and is a single mom, who likes to think of herself as a bit of a yummy mummy, when in reality she’s still working on shifting a tonne of cellulite of her ass. She does actually make it into the gym from time to time, but admits that such visits are mainly to appreciate the…ahem …view
So what kind of stuff does she write?
Well, she writes what she loves reading: Romantic Comedy and the original kind of British Chick Lit. She doesn’t do vampires, werewolves, or horror. So if you like Bridget Jones or Shopaholic, then you might dig her stuff.
Zara Kingsley’s heroines are women in their late twenties / early thirties. Her heroes are hot, cute and not too hunky. Her stories are about life, love and friendship, with a few twists and turns and tons of fun. They’re not particularly deep, nor meaningful, they’re a light-hearted, easy read, that go well with a glass of wine and a few chocs, and just might make you laugh out loud.
Which Character are you most Like?
A Moral Dilemma was released in March and has been very well received so far. I love getting emails from readers telling me how much they loved Rebecca, hated Isabella and how Julia annoyed them. The one question that crops up time and time again is: So Zara, which character are you most like? Well, I’ve decided to wait until this post on Jera’s Jamboree to reveal the answer to that question. Drum roll please.
The character from my book which I am most like is…none of them.
And that’s the truth.
Oh, I know most people assume that a first novel is somewhat autobiographical, and I think there is some truth in that. But although A Moral Dilemma is my ‘debut’ novel, it’s not the first novel I’ve written. The first novel is called ‘They Have Wings’, and that one, currently lurking in the bottom of a tightly closed drawer, is extremely autobiographical, rather deep and definitely meaningful. Well, to me at least. Writing that novel was somewhat therapeutic. Something I just had to get off my chest. However, having done that, I am now able to completely indulge in unadulterated fiction, inventing characters from my questionable imagination whom I love, admire, and quite fancy 😉
The main character in my book, Rebecca Hardy, is a pretty cool chick. The only thing she and I have in common is that we’ve both made some poor choices with men, and are both skint. The ‘moral dilemma’ referred to in the book’s title, is one that I would personally never consider, (honestly mom), but one that Rebecca handles remarkably well.
The character I would most want to be like, but could never be gutsy enough to pull it off, is Abigail. She, I quite like to kid my boyfriend in believing, is my alter ego! Oh I would just love to walk a day in her 6” heel, carefree, flirtatious shoe. Except I prefer to wear sneakers, as they go better with my jogging bottoms.
So in short, I’m actually not like any of the characters in A Moral Dilemma, which is actually quite a good thing. But there is something about each of them that I absolutely love….so much so, that they all make it into Book Two of the series. Except for “bloody Jeremy” of course. He’s in for the chop!
Rebecca Hardy wasn’t a naturally deceptive person, though she took quite well to the art of deception. Too well perhaps. She liked to think of it as helping someone out. Female camaraderie and all that. But it had gone too far. She had gone too far. She had, after all, ruined someone’s life. Hadn’t she?
Having theatrically caught her boyfriend cheating, Rebecca, convinced she was born in the wrong era, has had it with these modern day men. She has even less regard for these immoral modern day women, (of which she highly suspects her best female friend Abigail is one), who tend to prey on men in committed relationships. What is wrong with them?! Don’t they care that they’re breaking hearts and destroying lives?! Rebecca, with her high morals and family values, would never even consider dating a married man. Which is exactly why, it is of no surprise her friends are at serious odds, when Rebecca finds herself doing exactly that. Dating a married man. Albeit, at the fervent request of his wife; the notorious Isabella Coombs.
Isabella Coombs is one of Pamper Moi’s most important clients, and Pamper Moi is the elite Knightsbridge beauty salon, where Rebecca’s job as a therapist is hanging by a very fine thread. Out of the goodness of her heart – and fear of losing her job, Rebecca cautiously agrees to secretly help the highly emotional and seemingly insecure – but also very prominent, Isabella Coombs, find out if her husband Charles, would ever cheat on her.
But what Rebecca doesn’t know is that Isabella Coombs is not so much emotional and insecure, as she is a very good actress, with her own devious reasons for having Rebecca date her unsuspecting, principled husband. Believing her clandestine role as a human-man-trap is genuinely helping to prevent a fellow comrade from possible future heart-ache, Rebecca finds herself falling further into a tangled web of distorted emotion with Charles Coombs, where she alarmingly turns out to be the immoral woman breaking hearts and destroying lives.
But having ruined his life and won his heart, can Rebecca face the insolvable dilemma, of saving his life but losing his heart? And still find a hat in time for Ascot?
A Moral Dilemma is going on tour!
|5th May||Shaz’s Book Blog|
|6th May||Sky’s Book Corner|
|8th May||Books are my life|
|9th May||Tea Party Princess|
|12th May||Chicklit vs Fantasy|
|13th May||Onmybookshelf – I Heart Chick Lit|
|15th May||Girl Tries Life|
|16th May||A Novel Thought|
|19th May||Inheritance Books with Rhoda Baxter|
|21st May||Carole’s Book Corner|
|22nd May||@jaustenrules ok guest on Compelling Reads|
|23rd May||Authors & Readers Book Corner|
The tour giveaway is an ecopy of A Moral Dilemma plus Amazon Gift Card $35/£20.