The other side of morning


The Other Side of Morning

by Joanna Lambert

Genre: Romance

Release Date: 8 March 2014

Publisher: ThornBerry Publishing



Fashion designer Thérèse D’Alesandro has recently moved into Higher Padbury Manor with daughter Felica and stepson Marco. Joining forces with Ella Benedict’s exclusive functions venue Lawns at Little Court, she is about to open a bridal boutique.

Working in London where he manages his father’s European restaurant chain, Marco has both the looks and charm to guarantee him any woman; any woman, that is, except the one he wants: Ella’s niece Charlotte. Marco knows he should walk away as she’s already involved with rock star Christian Rosetti and is the most rude and argumentative female he has ever encountered, but Charlotte has sparked strong feelings within him; feelings which despite her attitude, he senses she is also experiencing.

Recently returned from abroad and now working for her father’s record company, Lucy Benedict has discovered Christian’s guilty secrets – ones he has been keeping safely hidden from her cousin Charlotte. Determined to cause mischief and at the same time settle her own score with the arrogant star, she sets in motion a chain of events which sees Charlotte eventually beginning a relationship with Marco.

Rossana Caravello, the D’Alesandros’s newly-arrived house guest, is due to inherit the one of Italy’s premier vineyards on her eighteenth birthday. Aware they would make an excellent addition to her husband Gianlucca’s international business portfolio and eager to bring them into his possession, Thérèse sets about engineering a match between Rossana and Marco, determined nothing will stand in her way… including Charlotte.

From rural West Somerset to the glorious rolling landscape of Tuscany and the Italian Lakes THE OTHER SIDE OF MORNING is a story of love, betrayal, deception and ultimate sacrifice.









Born and raised in rural Wiltshire, Jo grew up with a love of books and a vivid imagination. As a child she enjoyed creating her own stories and reading them to her friends. College, work and eventually marriage meant writing was kept very much as a hobby. Her career as a board level PA eventually moved into management and it wasn’t until 2009 that she finally realised her long term goal of publishing her first novel - When Tomorrow Comes.

Juggling work and writing, three other connected books - Love Lies and Promises, The Ghost of You and Me and Between Today and Yesterday - followed. They became collectively known as the Little Court Series.

In 2013 she decided to give up full time work to concentrate on her writing. Two books have been written since - The Other Side of Morning, which finally wrapped up the Little Court Series and Summer Moved On, book one of a two-part love story set in South Devon. Although you can find her characters in glamorous locations like Italy, Grand Cayman, Bali and Australia, the core of her writing remains with village life, an environment she knows and loves. When she isn’t writing, she reviews for Hodder and Stoughton, Brook Cottage Books and NetGalley. Jo lives in a village on the eastern edge of Bath with her husband, one small grey feline called Mollie and a green MGB GT. She loves travel, red wine and rock music.



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Guest Post



As part of The Other Side of Morning tour, I thought I would share my thoughts and give you my top ten tips about writing.

1.      Before sitting in front of the PC and beginning your writing journey you need to be clear about where you are going and who your characters are.


2.     Create a bio for all your main characters – physical features, personalities, the kind of clothes they wear, food likes and dislikes.  This may seem a little over the top but it makes them feel more real and much easier to visualise.


3.     Backdrops (A). Whether you write about somewhere you know or create a completely fictional setting, you need to have somewhere your characters live and where events take place.   Personally I’m more at ease writing about locations I know.  However it’s all very much down to the writer whether they go with familiar places or decide to create their own.  The most important thing is you’re happy your setting is right for the story.



4.     Backdrops (B) I have found Google Maps very useful.  In The Other Side of Morning I took my characters to Verona, Italy.  I had been there back in 2001 but apart from the Arena and Juliette’s balcony the city’s streets had been lost to me as time moved on.  With Google Earth I was able to set my characters in specific places – a hotel, the Arena itself and Verona Cathedral.  In Summer Moved On I also used Google Maps to look at Norfolk, where some of the book is based.



5.     Set out your scenes so you can plot your journey. A board or wall where you can stick Post It notes is ideal. I have a Microsoft Sticky Notes app on my computer. These are electronic multi-coloured Post It notes. Currently I’m writing from more than one viewpoint so I use a different colour for each character. I can then see the complete layout of the book scene by scene and know exactly where I am and whose head I’m in. 


6.     Stay on course.  There may be days when you write hardly anything at all or you decide what you are writing isn’t up to your usual standard.  There may also be days when you have doubts about what you’re doing.  It could be you are having problems with the plot or one of your characters.  On days like these it’s easy to lose your nerve particularly if you’ve only completed a couple of chapters.  The secret is not to worry but simply stop what you are doing and walk away.  Give yourself twenty four hours and then go back.  It’s surprising what a difference a day can make.


7.     Don’t get obsessed with your work.  If you push yourself too hard the quality of your writing has the potential to take a nose dive.  I am living proof of that.  It is so easy to have all these ideas in your head and be keen to get them onto the PC.  However, long periods of time in front of the computer are bad news.  A tired writer won’t be giving their work their best shot.  So try to set yourself blocks of time to do your actual writing. 


8.     Be flexible in your approach to your work. Some things which seemed ideal when you drafted out the framework for your book often don’t work well when you come to write.  Don’t be afraid to make changes; very often you find a new idea really lifts the writing.


9.     Right, you’ve typed THE END but in fact it’s just the beginning because now you’ve got to the hard part: editing.  As a writer it never ceases to amaze me how different that first draft is from the finished book.  As you begin to go through what you’ve written, you will not only pick up on typos but small errors too.  Don’t feel bad about that.  The first draft was all about getting your story written.  The editing hones and polishes what you’ve done into a commercially viable product.  Common things picked up on editing are – typos, repetition and changes to characters’ physical features – someone with blue eyes on page 40 suddenly has brown eyes on page 110. Bloopers in the timing of your story are also something that also might happen.  My first books were actually diarised.  The action took place on specific days and in that way the whole story went in a straight line. I took this style from Shirley Conran’s 1988 novel Crimson where different scenes were headed up with not only dates but days of the week.  I thought days of the week was taking things a little too far but the diary structure worked well for me.  Things changed when I began to write The Other Side of Morning.  I decided I didn’t want to spend my writing career stuck in this style so I simply ditched the format and wrote.  A bit of a walk out on the high wire but I soon became comfortable with this and have written in this style ever since.  Back to the editing.  One run through is never enough.  It’s easy to miss things, so you need to go back and do it all over again…and again until you’re happy that you’ve given it your absolute best shot.


10.  Now you’ve finished your editing you are ready to hand it over to a professional. Someone who is an expert on punctuation, spelling, sentence structure, things that work and things that don’t.  What you must bear in mind is that editing is their profession; they do it for a living so they know what they are about.   I’ve often heard it said that a writer is too close to their own work and that is true.  We view what we have written in an emotional way; it’s our baby, the creation we’ve spent endless hours writing and perfecting.  The editor, however, will view it differently, in a sensible and practical way.  Of course, you may decide you don’t want any part of this, that you’ve done all the editing necessary and the book is fine.  Wrong. You need a fresh pair of eyes; someone to guide you the way they have guided many other writers.  And that means the editor is an absolutely essential part of the process.








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27.05 | 22:25

Another amazing review, dying to get my hands on this one xxx

27.05 | 20:42

probably the best new author I know....x x x x x x x

27.05 | 14:17

Great review, can't wait to read over the holiday

27.05 | 13:49

Wonderful review. Really looking forward to reading this.

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