Today I am so pleased to welcome Lily Morton to Joyfully Jay. Lily has come to talk to us about her latest audiobook release, Charlie Sunshine. She has also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving her a big welcome!
I stare over the library counter at the small bespectacled man who is grinning at me, and I sigh. Heavily.
“Mr Flint, we’ve had this conversation before. You cannot keep putting your name and telephone number in the back of the Mills and Boon large-print books.” His grin widens, and I shake my head. “The Mills and Boon publishing house was created to bring affordable romance to women all over the world, but I don’t think they ever imagined it would be in this way.” I attempt to look stern. “If it happens again, I’m going to have to fine you. No more defacing of the library stock.”
He nods at me and winks before taking his library card back and trotting through the library in the direction of the large-print romance section.
Bethany, my senior library assistant, comes to lean against the counter next to me. “He’s like the world’s oldest and smallest sex pest,” she says in a marvelling voice.
I lean my elbows on the counter and stare after him. “He’s not going to take any notice, is he?”
She laughs. “Nope. You’re too nice for your own good, Charlie.”
I stretch and look at my tiny best friend, whose hair is coloured green this week. We’ve known each other since we were lowly library assistants together. “It’s not my fault that you’re fiercer than a tiger.”
She laughs again and nudges me. “You’re far too nice. They sense that you’re a bloody pushover.”
“I am not,” I say indignantly. “Last week I totally told that bloke off for jamming the photocopier and losing his temper about it.”
“And what happened?”
I sink slightly. “I did all his photocopying for him.”
Her laughter would be too loud for a university library, but this is an old public library in Southwark, so no one turns a hair. I cast a quick look around to make sure everything is okay and smile. There might be water stains on the ceiling and a strange smell in the children’s library, but this is my little kingdom, and I love every inch of it passionately. I need to because it’s an old Carnegie building and, along with the gifts of the beautiful exterior and the parquet flooring throughout, comes a list of DIY jobs as long as my arm and a council that seems determined to only spend a tenner on its upkeep.
I think of the teetering pile of paperwork on my desk upstairs and groan. When I became a librarian, I had dizzy visions of inspiring readers and working amongst books all day long, my fingers touching authors’ words and handing them down to generations. I also had a very rosy view of the old Browne book-issue system, picturing myself flicking quickly through the cards and staring over the top of my glasses at people. The reality is that I don’t wear glasses, the library card system was thankfully replaced with an online version, and I spend so long on paperwork that the only reading inspiration I provide is when I recommend a book to someone on the Tube. However, I love the job passionately, and I could never do anything else.
Narrated by Joel Leslie
Close Proximity, Book 2
Sometimes love is a lot closer to home than you think.
Charlie Burroughs can’t keep a man. All he wants is a good relationship like the ones he sees his friends having, but none of the men he picks ever work out. Despite him trying to be the perfect boyfriend, the men are either threatened by his looks or his epilepsy or a combination of the two. It’s lucky that he has his best friend Misha to turn to. The two of them are closer than peas in a pod and fiercely loyal to each other. He can’t imagine his life without Misha in it.
Misha Lebedinsky is the complete opposite of his best friend. Being the support system for his mum and twin sisters leaves Misha with neither the time nor the inclination for a relationship. Quick and frequent hook-ups are his favourite means of communication and any other pesky emotional needs he has are met by Charlie, who he’s devoted to. He lives a life of happy compartmentalization with no intention of ever changing.
All of this changes when the two best friends move in together.
Being in close proximity means that they suddenly start to see each other in a very different light. But Charlie struggles when his drive to be the perfect partner clashes with the fact that he’s in love with a man who knows every little thing about him. And even if he can get past that, can a relationship ever work with a man who’d need a dictionary to tell him what love means?
From bestselling author Lily Morton comes a love story about a sunny librarian who has relationship written all over him and a banker who doesn’t even have it in his blurb. This is the second book in the Close Proximity series, but it can be read as a standalone.
Lily writes contemporary romance novels, and specialises in hot love stories with a good dose of humour.
Lily lives in sunny England with her husband and two children, all of whom claim that they haven’t had a proper conversation with her since she bought her first Kindle.
She has spent her life with her head full of daydreams and decided one day to just sit down and start writing about them. In the process she discovered that she actually loved writing, because how else could she get to spend her time with hot, funny men!
She loves chocolate and Baileys and the best of all creations – chocolate Baileys! Her lifetime’s ambition is to have a bath in peace without being shouted by one of her family.
To celebrate Lily’s new release, we are giving you a chance to win your choice of any book from Lily’s backlist! Three winners will be chosen!
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