Female First article

Female First articleFrom Female First…

Seven things I’d like my readers to know about me by Erica James, author of Mothers and Daughters

Author Erica James writes a piece for Female First upon the release of her new book Mothers and Daughters.

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What Happens Next | The Bestseller Experiment

The Bestseller ExperimentFrom The Bestseller Experiment Podcast…

The amazing Erica James returns to the podcast with her latest bestseller Mothers and Daughters. She tells us the key question she asks of her characters, why she wants a dark cloud on the covers of her books, and how events in the real world might affect our writing. Oh, and the two Marks ponder whether they should start their own religion.

This episode also features a clip from the audiobook of Mothers and Daughters read by Juliet Stevenson.

In this episode you will discover:

  • Why you should put your characters through hell.
  • The importance of the relationship between author and editor.
  • And how writers make sense of the world with storytelling…

Listen to the What Happens Next podcast.

From The Heart | The Bestseller Experiment

The Bestseller ExperimentFrom the Bestseller Experiment podcast…

How do you touch the heart of your readers? We get emotional over tea and cake with bestselling author Erica James. Erica has sold over 5 million copies of her twenty books, is winner of the Romantic Novel of the Year Award, and she never fails to break her readers’ hearts. We discover how she does it…

In this episode you will discover…

  • Why it’s so important to write from the heart
  • How talking to strangers can make you characters more interesting
  • The importance of trusting your instincts
  • How to know when your book isn’t working and how to fix it

Listen to the From the Heart podcast.

Mothers and Daughters

Mothers and Daughters

Out now in Paperback, Hardback, eBook and Audio Book.

Mothers and Daughters by Erica JamesEven happy families have their secrets…  A sweeping family drama of old secrets and new beginnings from the Sunday Times bestselling author Erica James.
Since the sudden death of her husband, Naomi has steadily rebuilt the life they shared in the village of Tilsham by the sea.

Her eldest daughter, Martha, is sensible and determined – just like her father was – and very much in control of where her life is going. If she could just get pregnant with her husband, life would be perfect.

Willow, the youngest, was always more sunny and easy-going, yet drifted through life, much to her father’s frustration. But now, with charming new boyfriend, Rick, she has a very good reason to settle down.

The three women are as close as can be. But there are things Naomi has kept from her daughters. Like the arrival of Ellis, a long-lost friend from way back, now bringing the fun and spark back into her life. And she’s certainly never told them that her marriage to their father wasn’t quite what it seemed…

The Sunday Times bestselling author Erica James returns with this gloriously compelling tale of mothers and daughters, secrets and love.

Published by HQ Stories in Hardback on 17th March 2022 and in Paperback on 21 July 2022. View online retailer buying links.

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Hardback ISBN-10: 000841369X  ISBN-13: 978-0008413699
Paperback ISBN-10: 0008413738 ISBN-13: 9780008413736

Mothers and Daughters is also available in Audio Book

  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 13 hours and 30 minutes
  • Unabridged
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Letters from the Past

Letters from the Past

Letters from the Past by Erica JamesIt’s the autumn of 1962 in the idyllic Suffolk village of Melstead St Mary. Evelyn Devereux’s husband Kit is planning their 20th wedding anniversary party. But as they prepare to celebrate, Evelyn receives an anonymous letter that threatens to unravel the secrets she’s kept hidden for many years – secrets that reach back to the war and her days at Bletchley Park.

Evelyn’s sister-in-law, Hope, has brought joy to countless children with her bestselling books, but despite having a loving husband and caring family, happiness has never come easily to her. Then in an instant her fragile world is turned upside down when she too receives an anonymous letter.

Meanwhile, in the sun-baked desert of Palm Springs, Romily Devereux-Temple, crime-writer and former ATA pilot, is homesick for her beloved Island House, where she’s saved the day more times than she can count. On her return home, and shocked to learn what has been going on in her absence, she finds herself reluctantly confronting a secret she’s kept hidden for a very long time. Once again Romily is challenged to save the day and hold the family together. Can she do it, and maybe seize some happiness for herself at the same time?

Published by Orion Books in Hardback and eBook in 2020 and in Paperback in 2021. View online retailer buying links.

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Hardback ISBN: 9781409173854
Paperback ISBN-13: 9781409173878

Letters from the Past is also available in Audio Book

  • Narrated by: Jemma Redgrave
  • Length: 13 hours and 30 minutes
  • Unabridged
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Swallowtail Summer

Swallowtail Summer

Swallowtail Summer by Erica JamesThey thought they were friends for life – until one summer, everything changed...

Linston End on the Norfolk Broads has been the holiday home to three families for many years. The memories of their time there are ingrained in their hearts: picnics on the river, gin and tonics in the pavilion at dusk, hours spent seeking out the local swallowtail butterflies. Everyone together.

But widower Alastair has been faced with a few of life's surprises recently. Now, he is about to shock his circle of friends with the decisions he has made – and the changes it will mean for them all. For some, it feels like the end. For others, it might just be the beginning . . .

A story about friendship, making changes, and learning to live life to the fullest from bestseller Erica James.

Published by Orion Books in Hardback, Paperback and eBook in 2019. View online retailer buying links.

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Hardback ISBN: 9781409173786
Paperback ISBN: 9781409173793

Swallowtail Summer is also available in Audio Book

  • Narrated by: Richard Trinder
  • Length: 13 hours and 25 minutes
  • Unabridged
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Coming Home to Island House

Coming Home to Island House

Coming Home to Island House From Erica James, bestselling author of Summer at the Lake, comes an enchanting tale of one family coming together and finding their way.

It's the summer of 1939, and after touring an unsettled Europe to promote her latest book, Romily Temple returns home to Island House and the love of her life, the charismatic Jack Devereux.

But when Jack falls ill, his estranged family are called home and given seven days to find a way to bury their resentments and come together.

With war now declared, each member of the family is reluctantly forced to accept their new stepmother and confront their own shortcomings. But can the habits of a lifetime be changed in one week? And can Romily, a woman who thrives on adventure, cope with the life that has been so unexpectedly thrust upon her?

Published by Orion Books in Hardback, Paperback and eBook in 2018. View online retailer buying links.

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Hardback ISBN: 9781409159599
Paperback ISBN: 9781409159612

Coming Home to Island House is also available in Audio Book

  • Narrated by: Jenny Funnell
  • Length: 16 hours and 35 minutes
  • Unabridged

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Song of the Skylark

Song of the Skylark

Song of the Skylark by Erica JamesLizzie has an unfortunate knack for attracting bad luck, but this time she's hit the jackpot. Losing her heart to her boss at the radio station where she works leads directly to losing her job, and with no money in the bank she's forced to swallow her pride and return home to her parents. As if that wasn't bad enough, her mother finds her work at the local care home for the elderly, and it's there that Lizzie meets Mrs Dallimore.

In her nineties, Mrs Dallimore also finds herself in a situation which she's reluctantly coming to terms with. Old age has finally caught up with her, and with her life drawing to a close she gives in to the temptation to relive the past by sharing it with Lizzie.

She tells Lizzie of the day when, as a young girl, and shortly before the outbreak of World War II, she left her home in America to cross the Atlantic to England where she hoped to meet her English grandparents for the first time. At best she hoped for a family reconciliation, but before long her visit turned into so much more.

As Lizzie listens to Mrs Dallimore's story, she begins to realise that she's not the only person to attract bad luck, or make mistakes, and maybe things aren't so bad for her after all . . .

Published by Orion Books in Harback,  paperback and eBook in 2016. View online retailer buying links.


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Hardback ISBN: 9781409159551
Paperback ISBN: 9781409159575

Song of the Skylark is also available in Audio Book

  • Narrated by: Genevieve Swallow
  • Length: 14 hours and 56 minutes
  • Unabridged

Listen to an extract and buy on Audible.