I’m thrilled to be staring the launch celebrations for Abi’s Neighbour by Jenny Kane today. Abi’s Neighbour is the standalone sequel to Abi’s House and was published by Accent Press in e-book and paperback on 4th May 2017. Abi’s Neighbour is available for purchase here in the UK and here in the US.
To celebrate, Jenny Kane has kindly written a guest post for Linda’s Book Bag all about having a split personality!
Abi Carter has finally found happiness. Living in her perfect tin miner’s cottage, she has good friends and a gorgeous boyfriend, Max. Life is good. But all that’s about to change when a new neighbour moves in next door.
Cassandra Henley-Pinkerton represents everything Abi thought she’d escaped when she left London. Obnoxious and stuck-up, Cassandra hates living in Cornwall. Worst of all, it looks like she has her sights set on Max.
But Cassandra has problems of her own. Not only is her wealthy married lawyer putting off joining her in their Cornish love nest, but now someone seems intent on sabotaging her business.
Will Cassandra mellow enough to turn to Abi for help – or are they destined never to get along?
Complete with sun, sea and a gorgeous Cornwall setting, Abi’s Neighbour is the PERFECT summer escape.
A Split Personality in Cornwall
A Guest Post by Jenny Kane
It’s the first day of my Abi’s Neighbour blog tour! Many thanks to Linda for hosting me.
Set in the stunning Penwith area of Cornwall, Abi’s Neighbour, is the sequel to my bestselling novel Abi’s House. (Although it can be read as a standalone story).
As you can tell from the above blurb, Abi’s Neighbour falls into the both the contemporary fiction/ romance genres. As a consequence it was written under my ‘women’s fiction’ pen name, Jenny Kane.
I have three pen names and a different personality to go with each of them. You could say that my personality isn’t so much split as shredded.
My writing career began back in 2007 as Kay Jaybee; an erotica author who is very much braver than I am! She is wonderful in those situations in which I’m too shy to deal with. My inner Kay has come in very useful over the years. She is far more confident than I am- and has a very cheeky smile!
I am also Jennifer Ash; a medieval mystery/crime writer. My most recent incarnation, Jennifer is more like the real me than Kay. Jennifer has the personality I used to draw upon when I tutored undergraduates in the medieval economy and crime, at the University of Leicester, back in the 1990’s. I was always so nervous before a class that I invented the character, now named Jennifer Ash, to help me pretend that I wasn’t worried about the students knowing more about the subject than I did!
And then there is Jenny! Jenny Kane came into existence with the publication of Another Cup of Coffee (the first in my Another Cup of… series), in 2015. I needed a pen name with no connections to my previous erotica work, as often the two readerships are quite separate reader types with very different tastes. (Although not always).
I wanted to keep the initials of KJ as they had worked so well for me as Kay. It was my daughter who suggested swapping them round to JK. Once she said that she liked the name Jenny, we played with a few surnames that sounded good alongside it, and within half an hour, I was Jenny Kane.
Jenny Kane is the name I’m known by the most. In fact, about three quarters of the people in the town in which I live call me Jenny, and have no idea it isn’t really my name. I rather like it. It means I can be one person at work – when I’m sat in the corner of the coffee shop where I write every day- and someone else at home.
My writer friend, Jeremy Edwards, once likened me to Clark Kent. He said it was as if, on my walk to work each day, I went into a metaphorical telephone box, and came out- not as Superman- but as whichever author I was being that day.
I have a strict writing regime to prevent me from getting into the wrong mindset. Jenny and Jennifer take it in turns to exist, depending on the novel I’m writing. At the moment I am clearly Jenny Kane, as I am busy promoting Abi’s Neighbour. However, once May comes to an end, I’ll be Jennifer Ash, as my next medieval mystery, The Winter Outlaw, will need an edit before it comes out at the end of 2017. (That means that Jenny’s jeans and trainers will be replaced by Jennifer’s jeans and ankle boots!)
On Wednesday’s however, I am Kay. On that day, affectionately known as Wicked Wednesday, I dress a little differently (skirts not jeans, knee high boots not trainers); my shoulders will be pushed further back, and the words I write will not be suitable for discussing in the playground!
As Jenny Kane, I’d like to thank you for dropping by this leg of my Abi’s Neighbour blog tour today!
As Max Pendale from my Cornish novels would say, I’m suffering from a Cornish split personality- wise! Knowing Max, he would probably then go on to tell you precisely what a Cornish split is, and how it led to the birth of the Cornish Cream Tea…if you want to find out about that, then you need to read Abi’s Neighbour.
About Jenny Kane
Jenny Kane is the author of the full length romance novels Abi’s Neighbour, (Accent Press, 2017), Another Glass of Champagne (Accent Press, 2016), Abi’s House (Accent Press, 2015), the contemporary romance/medieval crime time slip novel Romancing Robin Hood (Accent Press, 2014), the best selling contemporary romance novel Another Cup of Coffee (Accent Press, 2013), and its novella length sequels Another Cup of Christmas (Accent Press, 2013), Christmas in the Cotswolds (Accent, 2014), and Christmas at the Castle (Accent Press, 2015).
Jenny also writes erotica as Kay Jaybee and historical crime as Jennifer Ash.
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