Tina-Marie Miller

Spotlight on Everything Happens For A Reason

 19 February 2021 by Tina-Marie Miller
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It's almost four years since my debut novel, Everything Happens For A Reason was published!

Time certainly flies when you're having fun! Where has the time gone? Well, I've published two more books in this series and a standalone novel in the meantime. But today I'd like to take an opportunity to offer you a deeper insight into this romantic tale of love, loss and new beginnings.

What's it all about?

As the blurb teases, Poppy Jackson is ready to put the past behind her and move on as she embarks on an exciting new career with a major investment stockbroker. As the Annual Conference approaches - a big deal in the stock broking world – Poppy is keen to impress but her focus wavers at the appearance of the cheeky Oliver Sullivan! They say that opposites attract but can their love overcome conflicting backgrounds?

Meanwhile...

Ianthe Hambly-Jones is growing increasingly frustrated at her son’s refusal to step up. Itching to put her own plans into progress, will she risk losing everything as long-held secrets are set to be revealed?

The skeletons are falling out of the closet in this humorous tale!

What my readers are saying...

"I loved this book. It's well written, with well-rounded characters and a storyline that keeps you hooked all the way through. I read it very quickly and couldn't wait to read more, so I'm glad she made it into a series! Tina-Marie Miller really knows how to create characters to really root for, as well as characters and stories that are both true to life and entertaining. Highly recommended – even if you don't usually read this genre, give it a go! You won't be disappointed."

"Light hearted easy read - enjoyed the trials of poppy and her friends . Looking forward to the next instalment."

"I really enjoyed this book! It was the perfect getaway from all that is going on in the world.

"Beautifully crafted, Poppy Jackson's story came together in ways I didn't expect. After two tragedies, rebuilding her life wasn't as easy as it could have been. While I don't like giving away plots in reviews, I can say that what I truly appreciated in this story was that the author didn't rush to conclusions, and that events unfolded naturally … and with unexpected humor. In fact, I quite appreciated the author's humor … which made me laugh out loud in a few places. Very clever with just a dash of snark. This delightful book is very well written, well paced, and filled with characters you'd enjoy knowing … and yeah, maybe with one in particular you'd like to stay far away. I was never sure exactly where it was going … I just enjoyed the ride. Tell-tale sign I loved the book: I've just finished and I already want to know how things are going for the characters."

Reviews mean a lot to an author

Receiving feedback is so valuable and I love hearing from my readers! If you have read one of my books and would like to submit a review, you can email me directly at author@tinamariemiller.co.uk.

An EXCLUSIVE treat for you...

I am delighted to share an excerpt from my debut novel, Everything Happens For A Reason:

Copyright © 2017 Tina-Marie Miller

 

Just then, the sudden interruption of the doorbell echoing throughout the downstairs caused them to exchange looks of curiosity.

‘That’s never the door, is it?’ Marnie exclaimed. ‘We’re not expecting anyone else.’

Poppy nodded. ‘I believe it is; should I answer it?’

‘Please, although I can’t imagine who it could be,’ replied Marnie. Evidently they didn’t get many callers appearing out of the blue.

Smiling, Poppy made her way to the front door, wine glass still in hand as she reached out for the handle.

It was hard to tell who was the most shocked, really. Poppy, because she’d been completely knocked off guard, or Oliver, because the very last person he expected to be answering Greg’s door was his PA, particularly with a glass of wine in her hand.

Her mouth dropped open.

He opened his mouth and then closed it again, attempting to gather his scattered thoughts.

Poppy could feel her heart hammering in her chest, her stomach fluttering overtime. No one had spoken in what felt like forever, but she couldn’t for the life of her think what to say.

‘Oliver!’ They were both startled then by the sound of Greg’s voice booming out as he came down the stairs. ‘I’d quite forgotten you were coming over, please do come in.’

Poppy stepped aside as Greg welcomed Oliver into his home. She didn’t know where to look, what to do, how to act… her mind had just gone blank.

‘Would you like a drink? Some wine?’

‘A glass of wine would be great, thank you,’ Oliver replied, smiling politely.

Greg took his coat whilst Poppy made her way back to Marnie, who was keen to know who their visitor was – she was mouthing the words who is it? at her.

Knowing that the two men were right behind her, Poppy put a finger to her lips as Greg brought Oliver through to greet them both.

‘Darling, I’m so sorry,’ he said, ‘I’d quite forgotten that Oliver had called this morning to ask if he could drop by some papers. He’s heading off to Europe for a while so this is the last chance he thought he’d get.’

Marnie gave Oliver a welcoming smile, offering her hand to him, which he readily accepted. ‘That’s no problem at all, darling. Hello Oliver, lovely to meet you. I can’t get up, though, I’m afraid.’ She indicated her leg, which was covered from thigh to toe in plaster.

‘Good to meet you too,’ Oliver replied, smiling. ‘Oh dear, that looks rather painful.’ He nodded towards her injury as he shook her hand.

She nodded in return before gesturing at her friend. ‘Do you know Poppy?’ she asked, unable to miss the look the two of them exchanged. Something about it made her intensely curious, especially when she noticed her friend blush.

‘Of course; I had the pleasure of meeting Poppy at the conference a few weeks ago, actually.’ He turned towards her. ‘It’s very nice to see you again.’ He smiled and took her hand, which made her blush even more, just as he knew it would.

She smiled politely but said nothing; she really did not trust herself to speak, especially not in front of Marnie and Greg. So instead she took a rather too large gulp of her wine, which went down the wrong way and caused her to start coughing and spluttering. Smooth.

Oliver smiled again, but to himself this time, enjoying the reaction his presence appeared to have evoked in Poppy. Greg – who appeared completely oblivious to it all – invited Oliver into his office so they could continue their discussions, but his wife was a lot harder to fool.

Marnie never missed anything, and as soon as the men had left the room, she patted her friend’s back, eager to gather the details. ‘Poppy Jackson, just what have you been up to?’ She smiled curiously at her friend, her eyes twinkling mischievously.

Poppy gulped some more wine – this time very much relieved to find that it went down the right way – and wiped her eyes, which had smarted tears from all the coughing. Once she had composed herself, she hissed back at her friend, ‘I don’t know what you mean.’

‘Oh please. I saw you.’ Marnie was grinning; she was enjoying this.

Poppy knew full well that she wouldn’t be able to talk her way out of this one, especially after the way she’d reacted, but she just wasn’t sure what to say.

Can I tempt you to read more?

I hope this taster will tempt you to try the book for yourself. You can purchase a copy of Everything Happens For A Reason direct from me or via the Amazon site relevant to your country.

Alternatively, you can order a copy from your local bookstore by quoting the ISBN 9781999969509 Everything Happens For A Reason - currently priced at £5.50 / $6.50.

I look forward to hearing your thoughts. Happy reading!

Much love,

Tina-Marie xoxo