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About Frances M Thompson
Frances M. Thompson is the author of contemporary fiction and poetry. Her books include the steamy romcom Five Sunsets, the poetry collection Lover Mother Other, and the London Killing series of suspense-thrillers.
Originally from London, UK, Frances now lives in Amsterdam, the Netherlands with her partner and two young kids. When not reading or writing books, she can be found dancing in her kitchen, faffing with her houseplants or swearing her way through an open water swim.
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"I am completely blown away. This story gave me every single emotion in a completely amazing way. This is a reverse age gap story and I have rarely read that but this is probably one of the very best ever." - Brooke, Goodreads Review
"A whirlwind 5 day romance turns into healing, growing, and enduring love. Sound good to you? Then order this book immediately." - Marianne, Goodreads Review
Newly divorced and jobless, Jenna Forester has come to the luxury resort her brother manages on the Greek island of Crete to lick her wounds. Out here she can forget how much she misses her work as a sex and relationships columnist. Out here she can forget how much she misses the good sex that was lacking in her marriage for so long. Out here she can try decide what she's going to do for work now she's so poorly qualified to do the job she loves.
There's sunshine, there's her stack of erotic romance novels, and there's... Irishman Aiden "Marty" O'Martin, a man thirteen years her junior who could potentially solve one of her problems; the absence of back-breaking, bone-shaking, delicious sex. He is the ultimate holiday fling and she's not at all mad about it.
But trainee chef and college dropout Marty is not looking for sex. In fact, he's deliberately trying to avoid it after the year he's had.
Marty's also trying to get his life back on track. He still doesn't know how he'll get over what happened, but a free holiday may help. Even if it means waking up at the arse-crack of dawn everyday so his father can drag him around Crete on a racing bike. Even if it means his Ma is there – always there! – wanting to put sun cream on his back and a self-help book in his hands. Even if it means risking Carpal tunnel from holding his sister's phone as she records hours of social media content for her hundreds of thousands of followers.
However, when Marty sees Jenna's freckled skin glow in the sunset, everything changes. He feels something and it's not just acid reflux from one too many sugary mocktails. It's a spark, it's curiosity, it's hope.
But they only have five sunsets together. How are they going to make them count?
Written by Guardian Top London Blogger Frances M. Thompson, London Eyes is a compilation of thought-provoking contemporary fiction inspired by the sights, sounds and souls of the world's most popular, and some say greatest, city.
Meet the Wizard of Elephant & Castle who stirs a secret ingredient into the cocktails he serves in his bar, follow newly-divorced Georgina in The Tourist as she goes on a bus tour of the city... after twenty-one years of living in London, and find out how and why one young woman uses the busy streets of the City of London to disappear in An Invisible Girl. In A to Zed two truanting teenagers find out more about a Shepherd's Bush gangster than they expect, and in Angel you begin to understand the lengths some people go to to avoid loneliness in London. Travel across the capital's vast metropolis as you learn the reasons why Mick is London's most flirtatious cabbie in Keep the Change, and discover what it is that keep The Ghosts of London Underground trapped in the abandoned Tube stations below us.
London Eyes is a collection of short stories for the Londoner, the London-obsessed, or the one time visitor who dreams of arriving or returning.
Tilde O'Hara lives in London with two cats who don't like her very much.
Tilde O'Hara has a job she loves, a gay best friend she loves and a maisonette she loves, albeit really a bed-sit.
One night Tilde O'Hara meets an old woman on the number 94 bus and everything changes.
Night Bus is a gentle and thought-provoking short story about dreams, love and the strange things that happen when you get the night bus in London.
Taken from a collection of short stories to be published in the summer of 2014, you can find out more about this book at www.asthebirdfliesblog.com.
There are three sections - Lover, Mother, and Other - and together they take the reader on a journey through the highs and lows of lust, loss and love, on to the profound challenges and deep love of motherhood, and then finally, into the many other identities, roles and experiences we encounter when you open your eyes and your heart to the many other ways women can be seen and heard and valued in this life without the labels of Lover or Mother.
Each section tells its own story, and as a whole Lover Mother Other is a book with its own journey, one of constant hurting and healing, hurting and healing, hurting and healing.
"This story surprised me. And I love when that happens..."
"Absolutely loved it. A brilliantly written short story that provides excellent characterisation and sense of place together with an underlying theme of great sadness well handled."
"What begins as seemingly simple tale of a couple's holiday together, has an intriguing twist which makes the story saddening and bittersweet but also, inspiring."
"Well-written bittersweet short story that didn't quite go where I expected it to (not a bad thing). Loved Martin's character and seeing the Amalfi Coast through his eyes. Would love to know what happens next!"
About See the Amalfi Coast:
Martin is a 50-something Yorkshireman with a penchant for swearing and making model aircraft in his shed. He also likes football and many years ago when a small, longhaired Argentinian started to play for Napoli FC, Martin became aware of this corner of Italy famous for Pompeii, pizza and the mafia. While a later incident meant that Maradona fell seriously out of Martin's favour, his love for Naples and the Amalfi Coast grew and grew. But with a family to provide for and his redundancy to deal with, Martin never made the journey to this part of the world he loves so much. Until now…
Readers have described See the Amalfi Coast as "funny, evocative and moving", "witty, clever and so honest" and "a wonderful read". Enjoy finding out why Martin and his loyal, loving wife have finally made the journey to see the Amalfi Coast and how a number of twists and turns give new meaning to their "holiday of a lifetime".
See the Amalfi Coast is one of twelve stories published in Shy Feet: Short Stories Inspired by Travel, also available in the Kindle Store.
If you'd like to find out what happens next to Martin and his family, read The Pink Flowers, also available on Amazon.
You can find more information about the collection at fmthompson.com/books or asthebirdfliesblog.com.
"This collection of stories is like a blanket woven from 100% wanderlust under which you can hide as Frances M. Thompson tucks you in with her words and keeps you warm with her descriptions of characters you'll love and places you can tell she knows by heart." Gesa Neitzel, www.bedouinwriter.com
Shy Feet: Short Stories Inspired by Travel is a collection of twelve quirky, charismatic and touching tales of travel.
The inquisitive Ruth tells the story of The Lost Children of Gatwick Airport and in Max's Holiday we learn what a seven-year-old boy considers a "proper holiday" to be. In The Flowers Sleep Tonight, we meet Thomas and Carly, two solo travellers whose paths keep crossing... because that's exactly what Thomas wants. A spontaneous plan to elope is revealed in The Runaways and Homes from Homes is about the lessons Patricia learns from the hotel bellboy she has a fling with. Oh, Henry is the story of how a dream holiday can mean two different things to two lovers and Katie's Maps is an offbeat love letter to a vast collection of maps. Extracts from a travel journal tell one woman's life story in All the Beaches are Made of Pebbles and find out what Australia and underpants have to do with Claudia wanting to leave her husband of forty years in The Road is Long.
From the unforgiving Australian Outback to the jagged beauty of the Amalfi Coast, along the pebbled beaches of Brighton & Hove and down the busy streets of late night Barcelona, this collection of short stories highlights how travel intersects and enriches all of our lives, often without us realising it...
"Shy Feet: Short Stories Inspired by Travel transports you to exotic locales without leaving your armchair and leaves you wanting more... Frances M. Thompson has a novel in her and I can't wait to read it." Nathalie Harris, www.acooknotmad.com
I never wanted to be Madam. I set out to run London's most exclusive members-only bar, but it also became the city's most sought after and infamous brothel. And it's not your typical brothel either, because as well as sex work, my girls offer another kind of service, a service I believe this world needs... Because "they" are also the women who kill for me because that's what the dead deserved.
Doing this work comes with great risk, and great enemies, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't have any of them before this all began. I'd be lying if I said that it was only the women I hire who kill. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't ready and waiting to do it again.
Because while there are many men I need to find - my missing business partner who knows too much, a colleague on the cusp of a breakdown - there's one man who I have been looking for for over twenty years. A man I blame for it all because of what he did to me.
But I'm yet to find him, and I know I'm running out of time, not least because there is another man, another enemy, coming after me. A man who wants to lock me away because of what I do. A man who knows my weakest link and isn't afraid to exploit it. A man who I can't kill... a man who won't give up.
However, I am the one thing that is more dangerous than that. I am a woman who won't give up... at least, not without a fight.
It's Friday night in a London hospital's busy A&E ward. Waiting to be seen is Conrad Douglas, a 48 year old man who is bleeding from a nasty cut above his right eye and sitting on a small mountain of secrets.
Who is Conrad? What's he doing in A&E? How did he get hurt? And who's the man sitting next to him who refuses to leave? These are the questions that The Wait answers... and more.
Her hair was long, her eyes were big, and her gaze kept returning to me from across the room. Her name was Dove. She told me she was straight and I respected that. Or rather, I got grumpy about it and walked away. What can I say? I was young and stupid.
But now she's back. Sitting in my studio waiting to get a tattoo of the bisexual flag on her foot. I never do such small pieces anymore but this woman is different. I've never been able to forget her and I never thought I'd see her again. Nor did I ever imagine she could possibly be interested...
One thing's for certain, I'm not going to walk away from this opportunity. I want to do everything I can to make sure Dove never forgets me either.
Hummingbird is a spicy sapphic novella with sexy times in a tattoo studio, Domme/sub vibes, and a very swoony HEA.
See what sisterhood really means to a hopefully optimistic ten-year-old in The Girl Who Would Be King. Learn just how many times the course of true love fails to run smoothly in Together, Apart, before discovering what Stephen King has to do with one young woman's passionate summer fling. In Balloons you can lie on a beach with a heavily pregnant woman who is thinking about the men she has loved and lost and in That's What I Want to Say you hear all the things one woman wants to say but rightly or wrongly, she doesn't. It's Just a Smile is all about one activity many women enjoy, people watching, and Leaving Rotterdam takes you back over 130 years to a time when women were seen and not heard... at least in public. And finally you will discover how age truly strengthens a woman as a widow's heart tries to heal in The Pink Flowers and when good and bad old memories are revisited in Tell Me a Story.
Nine Women: Short Stories is a collection of moving stories which takes a long, slow look at what it means to be born a woman, to grow up as a woman and to live a variety of lives as a woman.
The Runaways: A Trilogy of Short Love Stories is a short but very sweet read with lots of romance, a little food for thought and plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing and rooting for the couple at the heart of the stories.
(PLEASE NOTE: If you've already read London Eyes: Short Stories and Shy Feet: Short Stories Inspired by Travel, please note that you will have already read the first two stories in this trilogy, so you may want to jump straight to Tell Me a Story, or alternatively enjoy re-acquainting yourself with this much loved couple of romantics.)
***That's What I Want To Say is a mysterious and moody short story taken from a collection of short fiction to be published in December 2015. For more information, check out the author's blog www.asthebirdfliesblog.com.***