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Monday, 10 July 2017

Third novel title reveal and blurb!

Today I'm thrilled to announce the title of the novel I will be publishing on 1st March 2018.

Drum roll please.... my third novel is called... The Road to California

Here's the blurb:

Proud single parent Joanna is accustomed to school phoning to tell her that Ryan, her 14 year old son, is in trouble. But when Ryan hits a girl and is excluded from school, Joanna knows she must take drastic action to help him.

Ryan hasn’t seen his dad Lex since he left home when Ryan was two years old. Ryan doesn’t remember Lex, but more than anything he wants a dad in his life. Isolated, a loner, and angry, Ryan finds solace in books and wildlife.

Joanna, against her instincts and better judgement, invites Lex to return and help their son. Lex is a drifter who runs from commitment, and both Joanna and Ryan find their mutual trust and love is put to the test when Lex returns, and vows to be part of the family again...

I hope you like the sound of it! Last week I posted this photo on Twitter as a clue to the title:

This is a patchwork pattern called Road to California. In the book, Joanna is a talented textiles entrepreneur (think wannabe Cath Kidston!) who specialises in recycling and upcycling. She calls her company Road to California, which is her favourite patchwork pattern. It seemed only natural that I should name the book accordingly.

The Road to California is not an easy story to categorize. It's women's fiction; literary(ish) fiction; book club fiction; a romance; definitely a weepie!! And it could be read as YA, as there are really two protagonists, Joanna and her teenage son Ryan. I quite like the fact it doesn't slot neatly into a genre. Somehow that seems right for this novel.

There will be more news to follow in the coming months, including a cover reveal, character profiles, a look at the opening few pages, and news of a giveaway - which will include the piece of patchwork pictured above, made into an upcycled book bag (oh my, how Joanna would approve!)

More anon!

Louise x


  1. This all sounds amazing, Louise. I love the fact that you have weaved patchwork into the story and I'm already fascinated by Joanna's work.

    The beauty of being a self-published author is that you don't have to fit into a particular genre!

    1. That's true! It's quite liberating actually! Thanks for your support x

  2. Hey Loiuse,

    thank's for share your third novel "The Road to California", where can i purchase this or read. Is your novel is also available at Amazon kindle.

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  3. Hello, the novel is now available on Kindle, Kobo, and others, in Canada. I do hope you enjoy it! Thanks. x