Today is the debut of “Other Author Wednesday” where each week I will feature an author that I either have read, am reading currently or plan to read. And what a better way to debut Other Author Wednesday than to wet your reading appetite with debut author, Jill Urbach and her romantic comedy entitled, Two-Room Flat (Astraea Press, July 22, 2013).
Sometimes the person we want to hate is the very one we need to love.
A SYNOPSIS OF “TWO-ROOM FLAT” by Jill Urbach
Spicy fiction made novelist Claire Gissler a star, but she can’t pen a sentence to save her life since her husband’s accidental death two years ago. Now, deeply in debt, her only hope of reviving her crumbling career is to flee small town America for big city London. Trouble is, she can’t afford the move. That is, not until handsome Adam Lambright — her husband’s best friend and the man she blames for his death — offers to let her stay in his flat… with him.
Adam Lambright used to know how to smile, how to have fun, how to love, but that was before watching his best friend die and his wife wither away from cancer. Now, ticked off at God, he’s vowed never to love again. That doesn’t mean he can’t help out his best friend’s widow. Heck, her life’s more of a mess than his own.
Seeing no other possible option, Claire moves to London. In that exciting city, she faces the challenges of rebuilding her career — and the attentions of her sexy English publicist. But, it’s her growing feelings for Adam that present the biggest challenge: learn to forgive or face heartbreak once again.
Former television actress Jill Urbach is an award-winning author whose first full-length novel, Two-Room Flat, was published in July 2013. She teaches a combined 3rd/4th grade class at a Christian elementary school, and moonlights as a jazz singer. Jill lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two children. You can follow Jill on Twitter, her Facebook author page, or check out her website, http://www.jillurbach.com.
I’m Currently Reading Jill Urbach’s “Two-Room Flat”
I’m enjoying this story already. Starting out with an unwanted encounter with an irritating match-maker, Claire Gissler’s day begins abruptly at a coffee shop. The tension is palpable. The author’s knack for conflict and mood-setting sets the reader off with chortles and a sense of embarrassment for each character and before you know it, you’re fully enveloped in the story.
Although I’m not quite through this story, so far Two-Room Flat is a fun tale dappled with moments of sensitivity not usually found in first authors and will make a lovely companion for readers any season of the year. ~Susan Wingate, author of award-winning “Drowning” and the “Bobby’s Diner” Series
Susan Wingate’s Literary Awards Received
- 2011 Forward National Literature Award for Drama
- 2011 International Best Books Award, Finalist for Women’s Fiction
For BOBBY’S DINER
- 2010 International Best Books Award, Finalist for Women’s Fiction
- 2009 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Finalist for Women’s Fiction
Susan also received a 2009 Textnovel Editor’s Choice Award & Finalist for an unpublished novella she wrote.
Susan has won various other literary awards for her short stories and poetry.
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