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What’s Their Secret? JAN ELLIS @JanEllis_writer confesses! #HerLastSecret

To celebrate #HerLastSecret going on sale, I’ve asked authors to share their secrets with me… Today it’s JAN ELLIS, author of A London Affair, The Bookshop Detective, and many more.

Hello readers! My background is in non-fiction publishing and ‘An Unexpected Affair’ was the first fiction I had written since the age of about seven. Fortunately people enjoyed it, so I wrote ‘A Summer of Surprises’, which continues the adventures of my bookselling heroine, Eleanor Mace. Now these novellas are available to enjoy in one luscious, paperback volume! I’m also thrilled to present a brand-new title – ‘The Bookshop Detective’ – in which Eleanor ends up doing some sleuthing from her quiet corner of rural England.

As if that wasn’t excitement enough, my stories ‘French Kisses’ and ‘A London Affair’ are now also out in one gorgeous paperback book.

To discover more, please visit my website or follow me on Twitter @JanEllis_writer and Facebook. I look forward to sharing gossip with you there!


Secret writing ritual…

I have to distract myself at regular intervals by playing Solitaire on the computer.

Secret writing snack…

I’m quite partial to a Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer with a cuppa.

Secret celebration when you finish a WIP…

I don’t celebrate until it’s all done and I’ve had my first positive review.

‘Guilty secret’ read…

My sister-in-law gave me a pile of Take a Break magazines. I’m hooked!

‘Guilty secret’ tv programme…

The Apprentice. Car-crash telly at its best.

Shared secret…

I speak a few words of Flemish.

Secret peek into your new WIP…

I have a couple of things on the go, including a short ghost story: ‘The girl’s shawl partly concealed her face. Silently, she raised one arm and pointed towards the lane where the fog was at its thickest.’ Good, eh?

Secret Santa… (If you could give a happy ending to any character who would it be, and what would you do?)

Every time I read Tess of the d’Urbervilles, I shout at Tess not to shove that note under the door mat. She and Angel Clare should have married and had lots of chubby-cheeked offspring together.


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Only six days to go until HER LAST SECRET is published! Friday 13th October will be lucky for you – unlucky for the Thomas family…

To pre-order or find our more, use the links below.





Some secrets you can never tell.

Everyone thinks the Thomases are the perfect family: grand London house, gorgeous kids.

They don’t know wife Dominique is a paranoid wreck.

They don’t know husband Ben is trapped in a web of deceit.

They don’t know daughter Ruby lives in fear of the next abusive text.

But someone knows all their secrets.

Can the lies that bind them destroy them all?

This dark, gripping psychological thriller will have you holding your breath until the very last page. Fans of Behind Closed Doors, Sometimes I Lie, and The Girl on the Train will be captivated.

See what readers are saying about Her Last Secret:

‘OH MY WORD! This is a fantastic read!… I was totally immersed in the Thomas family’s story… Outstanding, I highly recommend!’ Chat About Books

‘Absolutely superb, she’s only gone and done it again – did NOT want to put this book down!!’ Donna’s Book Blog

‘I absolutely loved this well-written emotional rollercoaster, the twists in the story keep you hooked, trying to work out what happened that night. Highly recommended.’ Nicki’s Life of Crime

‘Wow what a fantastic book, totally thrilling and captivating! A tangled web of lies and secrets is masterfully woven in this psychological thriller…I was hooked right from page one…a big fat 5 stars from me, I totally recommend this book.’ Bonnie’s Book Talk

‘This is one hell of an engaging read…I am blown away. I cannot recommend this enough; it is without a doubt a must-read book. Giving it a massive 5 stars.’ Chelle’s Book Reviews

Praise for Barbara Copperthwaite:

‘It grips you by the throat and doesn’t let go. A tense, edge-of-your-seat, nail-biting ride’Robert Bryndza, author of The Girl in the Ice and Cold Blood

‘Vividly written and absolutely gripping. I couldn’t put it down!’ The Genre Reader (5 stars)

‘There are plenty of twists and turns that will keep you guessing, leading all the way to a jaw-dropping ending that left me spinning.’ Novel Deelights (5 stars)

‘Gripping and shocking. Had me completely enthralled in the action…a story that got under my skin.’ Rachel’s Random Reads (5 stars)

‘A dark, compelling and unforgettable read that had me hooked. The final paragraph haunted me, long after I had finished reading.’ Brew and Books review (5 stars)

‘Addictive, Thrilling, Captivating! I could not put this book down, it captures your interest from the very first page until the very last.’ Book Reviews by Nicole (5 stars)

‘It really did make for some very emotional reading…There was a twist which totally rocked me.’ By The Letter Book Reviews

‘Plenty of red herrings and twists…If you like psychological thrillers, you’ll love it.’ Consumer reviewer (5 stars)

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