Renee Conoulty: March 2018

Books

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Those Other Women by Nicola Moriarty

Rivalries and resentments between mums and non-mums spiral wildly out of control in the compelling new book by the bestselling author of The Fifth Letter.

Poppy's world has tipped sideways. The husband who never wanted children has changed his mind. The trusted childhood best friend has betrayed her. And the new friend from work, Annalise, insists she needs to let loose.

At least Annalise is on Poppy's side - she has no interest in having kids either. After they create a private Facebook group dedicated to women like themselves who don't have or want kids, the memberships soar, and Poppy feels like she's in control again. Then things take a nasty turn. They have a mole - someone in their group isn't who she says she is.

But Poppy and Annalise aren't the only ones who are fed up. Their colleague, Frankie, is tired of being judged at every turn: by colleagues when she leaves early to pick up her kids, by stay-at-home mums when she can't volunteer at school, and by her own children for missing events. Her frustrations are complicated by a secret she's keeping, and she doesn't know how much longer she can pretend everything is fine.

As the online hostility between parents and non-parents spills out into the real world, things begin to slide disastrously, dangerously out of control, exposing carefully concealed secrets and lies that will have a devastating effect on these three women's lives.

Monday, 5 March 2018

Choosing a cover

Hey Everyone!

Wow! I've been a bit slack at blogging lately. I missed February altogether. Not for lack of trying - I sat down at the start of the month to write a blog post and it accidentally turned into a book. I've been too busy writing to write.

Late last year I decided to learn how to narrate an audiobook, then early this year, I released Wife, Mother, Woman and Catching Onix in audio format. Once the kids went back to school at the end of January, I sat down to write a blog post about the process. The words kept on flowing and ended up becoming Narrated by the Author: How to produce an audiobook on a budget.

While the book was going through the editing process, I sat down to design the cover (a woman of many talents). The first two attempts didn't cut it, then I came up with two designs that I really liked. I flip-flopped between the two of them so I headed over to Facebook to ask for the opinions of the masses with a poll.