Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Sitting Round my Pool - The Lovely Michelle Betham

Despite the storm that is battering the island, we have still decided to sit round my pool with bubbly and nibbles. Though we do have a very large cover over us as there is nothing more upsetting than rain drops in your bubbly! So please sit back and relax whilst the lovely Michelle Betham tells us all about her sexy, bonk buster novel, Striker. Phew! Best you take it from here Michelle…….

Pauline, thank you so much for inviting me round your pool – I could do with some sunshine! And what better place to chat about my new book, ‘Striker’, than somewhere as beautiful as this, though I wasn’t expecting the storm! Never mind, the bubbly is certainly making up for lack of blue sky!

So, what’s ‘Striker’ all about, then? Well, it’s very definitely a bit of a tough-edged romance set around the world of professional football (or soccer, depending on where you’re from). It’s the story of Ryan Fisher, a young, sexy, and very famous footballer who’s returned to his native North East England, after more than a decade of playing in London, in a multi-million-pound transfer deal to local club, Newcastle Red Star. But is his return as simple as it sounds? Are there bigger reasons for Ryan’s homecoming than just a bigger wage packet?

Feisty female Sports Reporter Amber Sullivan has sworn off relationships with footballers, in fact, she’s sworn off relationships, full-stop. The daughter of an ex-professional footballer, she spends her life surrounded by the men who play the sport, but is fiercely determined never to become involved with one – for good reason. But then she meets Ryan Fisher…

Handsome, charismatic, American-born ex-player-turned-manager Jim Allen has been poached from a top London club to join Newcastle Red Star – a club he used to play for – in the hope that he can bring them the success that’s evaded them for so long. But Jim has a past. Is the league title the only thing he’s intent on winning?

‘Striker’ is very much a Jackie Collins/Jilly Cooper style book. A beach read, a bonkbuster, a guilty-pleasure - it could be labelled as many things, and it certainly won’t be to everyone’s taste, but if it’s sexy escapism people are after, then this might just appeal.

And for me, it was a book I adored writing. I do have a secret love of football, and to be able to immerse myself in that world for a little while, to create my very own dream player/manager/etc., it was fun! And these characters have become a very big part of my life now, so much so that ‘Striker’ is just the first in what has now become a trilogy of books in the ‘Striker’ series. The next two books – ‘Extra Time’ and ‘Final Score’ – will be released some time in 2014.

Anyway, I could sit and talk for hours here in the sun, but before I go, I’d like to thank you, Pauline, for allowing me to relax here in the sun for a little while. It’s been a treat to sip bubbly and talk about my new book. And I’d also like to thank you and all the authors over at Famous Five Plus for all the support, advice and friendship you give. It really is very much appreciated.

Now, before I head off back to the cold, have I got time for one more glass of bubbly?

You most certainly have, let me open another bottle....!

Striker’ is available to download now from Amazon UK - https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00BL6RN3E
Amazon.com - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BL6RN3E

To read sample chapters from all of my books, and to keep up-to-date with what I’m up to, visit my blog at - http://michellebethamwriter.blogspot.co.uk/

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Jo Lambert, Writer said...

It's a great book Michelle - really enjoyed it and looking forward to the sequel xx

Michelle Betham said...

Thank you so much for featuring me on your fabulous blog today, Pauline. It's been a pleasure, as always, to chill out with you by the pool, despite the weather! :)xx

And Jo, thank you so much! I'm really glad you enjoyed Striker. The second book in the trilogy - Extra Time - is very much in the planning stages now, and I'm loving working with those characters again. Got a lot of plans for them. ;) xx

Pauline Barclay said...

Hi Jo, thanks for stopping by.

Pauline Barclay said...

Hello Michelle, it's great having you hear and at least the sun shines inbetween the heavy showers. LOL! xx

Suzy Turner said...

I'm not a footie fan at all, but I love the sound your book, Michelle. I grew up reading some great bonkbusters like Jackie Collins and Jilly Cooper. Definitely one for my TBR list! Good luck with it.
I hope the two of you aren't too drunk in the storm! :D x