Wednesday, 26 September 2012

The Girly Book Blog Hop and Competition

hi everyone
I was fortunate enough to be asked to participate in this blog hop, where several authors will write articles and hold interviews with secondary characters from their novels.
In my case, I have chosen the rather controversial, sexy, Lucy from SIGN OF THE TIMES.
Read on to find out more!


Interview with Lucy Jameson, Holly’s sister, in SIGN OF THE TIMES

Interviewer:  You’re an eminent cardiologist. How have you managed this, being a woman in essentially a man’s world?

Lucy : Well, there are more female cardiologists now than ever before, but yes it is still very much a man’s world. I think by being determined, very intelligent and hungry to succeed, I have got where I am now. And I fully expect to be promoted in the next few years when my Head of Dept retires.

Interviewer: What’s your attitude to fidelity?

Lucy: I openly admit to having dalliances, albeit I don’t share that info with Carl. What he doesn’t know can’t hurt him. We get on well, but he is so tied up in his restaurant, he doesn’t have time for me. But that’s only part of the reason. Yes, perhaps if Carl was more attentive, I wouldn’t have sex as often with other men. But I like the variety and the excitement – the newness of it all. I am able to separate sex and relationships. I have a relationship and occasionally sex with Carl and I have sex with whom I please, when I please. Men get away with it all the time, why shouldn’t women?

Interviewer: Who’s the person closest to you and why?

Lucy:  Definitely my sister, Holly. I’m a lot tougher than her, but she is also very strong in her own way. I would do anything for her and she for me. We disagree on many things, including my infidelity, but we are also in tune on many other areas. She is adventurous like me and also very successful in her career as a travel writer. As our parents are dead, she’s also the only immediate family I have.

Interviewer: Have you ever truly been in love?

Lucy: What’s love? I like Carl, a lot and yes, there have been others prior to Carl whom I felt affection for, but I don’t believe in all this The One nonsense. There might well be someone right for you, at a particular time in your life, but as for marriage and staying with someone for the rest of your life, I can’t imagine anything more boring; particularly if you didn’t sleep with anyone else, ever again.  I have been in lust many times though – that feeling when you can’t get enough of someone – want to rip every shred of clothing from their body, can’t wait to feel their lips on yours…

Interviewer: Do you ever use your looks to get what you want?

Lucy: Not really, not in a major way. OK, yes, I’ve been guilty of batting my eyelids and giving someone a smile, even crossing my legs to show off a bit more of them and sometimes allowing a glimpse of stocking, but really only when I fancy someone. I’ve never done it in a work context. I want to be treated seriously and on merit. I’ve never slept with anyone to get where I am professionally, or quite frankly even snogged anyone. That’s not to say I haven’t slept with colleagues of the same grade, but do it to further my career with someone in a higher position – no way.

Interviewer: What do you say are your key attributes?

Lucy: Apart from the obvious physical ones? (Lucy gives a cat-like smile). I am very loyal (apart from the sex), would defend those who matter to me to the hilt and I don’t take crap from anyone.  I will always fight someone’s corner for them, if I believe in them.

Interviewer: If you weren’t a cardiologist, what would you be doing?

Lucy: Something related to sport. I love ski-ing, maybe I’d be a ski instructor. And of course there would also be plenty of hot men to hold my attention!

Interviewer: Do you have any interesting hobbies?

Lucy: Ski-ing, both on water and on snow. I also like kite-surfing and canoeing. I’m very sporty. I’m actually off ski-ing to Switzerland shortly.

Interviewer: Would you like children and are you a family person?

Lucy: God no, I have no intention of ruining my body with having children, plus as I am so career-oriented, I don’t want to take time away from it. If I want to spend time with kids, Tom’s family has a surplus of them. They’re like rabbits that lot!

Interviewer: What couldn’t you live without?

Lucy:  Sex, pure and simple.  Fortunately, that’s never been a problem for me.

Interviewer: What would be your ideal date?

Lucy:  Meeting a handsome stranger by chance, engaging in a little flirting with him, having dinner, some fine wine, then heading back to his hotel for some amazing, hot, no-strings attached sex. Oh, I forgot I’ve already done that – many times.
Interviewer: Thanks, Lucy for joining us today. It's been great to get an insight into your life and what makes you tick.

Lucy: You're welcome, now I guess I better get back to saving lives!

(little did Lucy know that not long after this interview, things were about to change for her dramatically)

GIVEAWAY - I will be giving away an ebook copy of SIGN OF THE TIMES as part of the blog hop. To be in with a chance to win, all you have to do is leave your starsign and identify a trait you have which is typical of your starsign, as a comment on the blog.  Good luck!

BLOG HOP - to visit the other blogs in the blog hop and to take part in their fantastic giveaways - just click here:-


  1. Love the interview! I'm a Scorpio and as such I'm very much like Lucy. She must have some Scorpio in her!

  2. LOL Lucy is a pip! I love how straightforward and non-apologetic she is about her lifestyle choices.

    I am a stereotypical Aries - bossy, stubborn, goal-oriented.

    No need to enter me in the giveaway as I already have Sign of the Times on my Kindle! :)

  3. Great post Susan. What a character.
    So after checking the traits of my sign, that of a Virgo, I think I'm really more of a Libra! Virgo traits that I know are me - I must be modest, because I even shy about saying I'm modest and the other trait is shy - YES that's the truth.
    Great blog hop!

  4. My birthday, April 20th signifies that I'm on the cusp of Taurus/Aries and apparently means I'm among many things VERY determined, which I am.
    Very nice post, Susan.

  5. My star sign is Libra and It definitely fits me. I admit I am not so much gulliable but I am easily influenced as well as easygoing and peaceable.


  6. Ooh, loving the cliffhanger. I can't wait to find out what happens with Lucy! I'm an Aquarius. Which makes sense because I think BIG, I've been known to leap before I look and I also need my "alone time".

    Fabulous interview, but don't enter me into the drawing because I've already got your book on my kindle. :-)

  7. April 6th, Aries - loves a challenge, determined, brave - <3 it!!

  8. Great interview! :) I'm a Pisces and I definitely think I fit the profile...
    I'm not participating in the giveaway because I already have Sign of the Times. Can't wait to read it!

  9. Cusp of Sagitarious and Capricorn - ambitious, passionate, loyal!

  10. What a fun post! I'm a Libra and I share many of the Libra traits: indecisiveness, diplomacy, love of beauty...

  11. LOVE this interview! I'm a Gemini through and through--talkative, social and I never stop moving. And then there's my other side...:)

    Can't wait to read Sign of the Times!


  12. I'm a cancer--creative and a perfectionist! I hope Lucy fell, madly, deeply in love--I'll guess I'll have to read Sign of the Times to find out, but don't enter me in the giveaway as I'm a fellow author on the blog hop.
    Happy writing,
    Elizabeth Marx
    Words Written, Memories Made

  13. I am a capricorn..I am very loyal! From reading your post I can wait to read you books it sounds great! Thanks for being a part of the hop!

  14. Virgo here...attention to detail is my thing.

  15. Adorable!! SOTT is definitely on my TBR list! Never read a chick lit with a female protag who's a cardiologist. What fun! I'm a LEO and in pretty much every sense of the word. That's not always a great thing, but, hey, as my Nana always says, "That's the Leo in you, honey! Embrace it!" :)
    -Savannah Page info[at]savannahpage[.]com

  16. I love it! I'm a Libra & I'm definitely easygoing and a social butterfly :)
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!