So I’m pretty sure your all aware of how much I enjoyed the Oxford blue books 1 and 2 by Pippa Croft. So when Pippa asked if I would help to promote that these books were reduced in price for one week only I jumped at the chance.
So Book 1 The First Time We Met for one week only (28th July – 3rd August) will be 99p on Amazon and book 2 The Second Time I Saw You will be £1.99 for one week only (28th July – 3rd August) on Amazon
I urge you to click those little links and grab your self some bargins!
Pippa has also kindly agreed to a Q&A session so have a little read below…
1) What can we expect from book 3?
The unexpected! Plenty of drama and angst, as in all the other books but things also get more serious because it’s Alexander and Lauren’s final term at Wyckham and they have some big – some would say impossible – decisions to face.
2) What is your favourite Lauren/Alexander scene?
One coming up towards the end of Book 3 at a ball. Other than that, I liked writing the moment when Alexander finds out that Lauren has been hiding a big secret in Book 2 – I think you know the one! I felt almost physically ill when I had to write it because I knew the turmoil and misery it would cause but that made it very exciting to write.
3) I love Emma and Alexander’s relationship and the way it developed in book 2 will we get to see more of this in book 3?
Definitely. It’s crunch time for all the characters and that forces them into some major decisions. Alexander adores Emma and is fiercely protective of her – they remind me a little of Darcy and Georgiana. I think readers will like the way Emma develops in this book; she is growing up and has a few surprises of her own.
4) Who do you hate more – Valentina or Rupert?
Hard to say, they’re both equally vile in their own way! One thing is for sure: you gain more insight into their motivations in Book 3 – they definitely haven’t given up trying to derail Alexander and Lauren’s relationship and I had enormous fun writing some scenes with Rupert in particular, as you’ll see. Not all the de Courceys are quite so horrible though, as you’ll find out.
5) Why did you pick Oxford as the setting for the series?
Because the city and university are so inspirational. I was a student at Oxford and my daughter also studied there and I still go back to reunions quite often. I’d always secretly wanted to set a book there so when Penguin said they were interested in the series, I was ecstatic. The architecture and the college system make the student experience really intense – it’s glamorous and exciting, but can also be claustrophobic and daunting.
6) Who is your favourite character across the books?
Oh gosh, that’s so hard. I love Alexander – although he’s maddening and arrogant at times, he’s also a good man at heart, with so many conflicting demands, he can’t always cope but won’t admit that! However, after spending three books experiencing the world of Wyckham and Falconbury through Lauren’s eyes, she has to be my favourite. I can’t let her go yet, even though the series is done.
7) What’s your desert island book/music/film/food?
Pride & Prejudice/Keane, Meatloaf or Paul Carrack/LA Confidential and something fishy. I wish I could have said something cool, intellectual and hip, but all those things make me happy.
8) Are there any books you wish you wrote?
I’d love to be able to write a gripping historical thriller – I recently read House of Silk, a new Sherlock Holmes mystery by Anthony Horowitz, who also writes Foyle’s War. It had everything: suspense, history, great characters and writing. I wish I’d written that.
9) You have a free flight and accommodation for a week where would you go?
Round the world –Australia and New Zealand via Singapore then onto Hawaii, Las Vegas and New York.
10) Do you prefer winter or summer?
Summer. I love getting outside to the seaside, camping, surfing and walking. I’ve begun to dread the dark nights but I do tend to write books over the winter and lately, we’ve started going body boarding in spring and autumn too to try and make the winter feel shorter. We also have a flat in the Lake District and that’s a fabulous place to go any time of year. Basically, I’ll do anything to get out of the house!
So this has got me all excited for book 3, Third Time Lucky which you can pre-order here