Wednesday, 21 January 2015

My 10th book on Amazon - LAST CHILD


(Update: Last Child is now live on Amazon UK and Amazon.com, and all other Amazon sites.  It's also on Goodreads  It is the sequel to Kings And Queens (please click HERE for US link), which was published in April 2014)


Kings and Queens is the story of charismatic property developer Harry Lanchester, told through the eyes of six women in his life; his story parallels that of Henry VIII and his six wives.  Last Child continues the story, with the 'reigns' of Harry's children: Jasper, Isabella and Erin (who closely resemble Edward VI, Bloody Mary and Elizabeth I!)




Here's the blurb for Last Child:

LAST CHILD is the sequel to Kings and Queens, Terry Tyler’s modern take on the story of Henry VIII and his six wives.

Harry is gone, his legacy passed on to his children ~ 

Thirteen year old JASPER, who views the directors of Lanchester Estates as Harry Potter characters, and finds out that teenage love affairs are no fairytale…
ISABELLA, the eldest daughter; lonely and looking for love, she returns from a holiday in Spain with more than just a suntan...
… and impulsive, independent ERIN, the girl of Transport manager Rob Dudley’s dreams, whose priority is not a husband and family but the continuation of her father’s work.

You will also meet the ambitious Jim Dudley, ex-nanny Hannah Cleveley, Rob’s long suffering wife Amy, and Raine Grey, whose nine days as PR manager for Lanchester Estates have a devastating effect on her life.  LAST CHILD takes the drama, passion and intrigue of Kings and Queens into the present day, with echoes from the past ~ and a glimpse or two into the future....


A short excerpt from the first chapter of LAST CHILD:

The children's ex-nanny, Hannah, is talking to Kate, who was the last wife of Harry before he died.  She has since married Aiden Seymour.  Harry's two youngest children, Erin and Jasper ('Jaz'), now live with the newly weds.


     I followed her eyes over to the window, and saw immediately why her expression had changed.  Angie and Erin had joined the boys outside in the sunshine.  Erin had changed out of her amazing ChloΓ© dress into faded denim shorts so small she might as well have walked out into the garden in her knickers, worn with a Motorhead t-shirt and calf-high lace-up boots.  She looked like something out of a rock video; Aiden’s eyes were popping out of his head.

     I remembered the Christmas before last, when the two of them had been caught mid-snog at the Lanchester Estates office party.  That was when Kate was still married to Harry, of course, and Aiden was a free agent, but it caused an uproar nevertheless.  Erin was only sixteen, and Aiden thirty-two.  Now, as I watched her prance around the garden, swinging her neat little hips and flicking her hair over her shoulder as she shot sexy sidelong looks at Kate’s husband, I saw that the flirtation was far from over. 

     “Don’t say anything—just don’t,” Kate whispered.  Her eyes were filled with tears and I leaned towards her, but she put up a hand to ward me off.  “No, please,” she said.  “I have to ignore it, or I’ll go out there and behave like a jealous old bat.”

     “Come on,” I said, pouring out more wine.  “She’s only exercising her power over men.  I’m sure that’s all it is, and Aiden adores you; you know how long he waited to marry you.”

     She dragged her eyes back to me.  “I know, I know.  But honestly, Hannah, sometimes I want to just—just—oh, what’s that thing Jaz says?  Bitch slap her!”  At least that made us both laugh again.  “Thing is, she’s not an innocent little girl, not at all.  She knows exactly what she’s doing.  She comes down to the kitchen to get a Coke out of the fridge in her underwear, even though I’ve told her not to, she makes deliberate double entendres at the dinner table; I tell you, the way she eats asparagus spears ought to be X-rated!  I mean, what the hell’s going on here?  She’s not my daughter but she happens to live in my house, except it’s her house, really, isn’t it?  Hers, Isabella’s and Jasper’s.  Harry’s will stipulates that I can live here as long as I want, but it will never belong to me, and why should it?  My twelve-year-old stepson is my landlord!  Then I think, why can’t I just enjoy being with my husband without the constant presence of this sexy young woman who keeps flirting with him?  We can’t leave because of Jaz—it’s just such a weird and very difficult situation.”

     She was extremely overwrought; I could see it was more than just a slight annoyance.  “Presumably she goes out a fair bit?  Has her own life?”

     “Oh yes, it was great when she was away in New York, and she’s always zooming off in cars with her various other admirers; if it’s not Rob Dudley it’s a chap called Eddie Courtenay from the office, or Tim Wyatt, who’s the nephew of some old lover of Annette’s.  She certainly knows how to play the opposite sex—the apple has not fallen far from the tree, and I’m not talking about her mother.”  That amused us both.  “So, yes, I do get to spend evenings at home with my husband, just us, alone—until we get called out to deal with another scrape that Jaz has got himself into.  Only last week I had a phone call from his friend Guy’s mother, asking me to pick him up from their party—he and Ollie had smuggled in two bottles of that paint stripper type cider that down-and-outs drink, and were so drunk they’d been sick in one of the bedrooms.”
 



14 comments:

  1. Am in awe of your output, Terry - each one different, every one a winner, ( and I mean that most sincerely folks, to quote Hughie Green.) Looking forward to this one.
    Looking forward to this one.

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    1. Thanks, June - ha ha, and yes, I remember Hughie Green, but you knew I would!!! It's easy to write a lot, June - you just stop doing everything else. I forgot to do something the other day, and my husband said, "it's because all you think about is writing." It wasn't a criticism, just an observation..... it's a good thing he's so understanding!

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  2. Love it! Really looking forward to this book and the excerpt sounds fabulous. I can't wait to find out what happens next. Good luck with the release Terry x

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    1. Thanks so much, Shelley - I hadn't done anything much about it so thought I ought to start! x

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  3. I love the parallel to Thomas Seymour, Katherine Parr & Elizabeth! I'm so looking forward to reading this.

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    1. Thanks, Liz! I hope you will enjoy the other parallels too - Philip of Spain, Mary's phantom pregnancies, the downfalls of Edward Seymour and John Dudley, Robert Dudley's marriage to Amy Robsart.... etc etc!!!! Thanks for reading xx

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  4. Love the excerpt Terry and I'm really looking forward to this coming out - top stuff!!

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    1. Thanks, Georgia, and for reading the excerpt; I always wonder if anyone actually reads them, which is why I rarely include them - these comments have cheered me greatly!

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  5. I proofread this book, and I loved it. OK, to quote Mandy Rice-Davies, I would say that, wouldn't I - but I really, really did! It's even more fab if you're a Tudors fan.

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  6. Wonderful news, Terry! Best of luck with the launch! A very enticing excerpt :) I'm in the middle of editing a couple of my own books at the moment so that's why I haven't had too much time for reading, but your books are definitely at the top of my list when I get back to it! xx

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    1. Thanks, Maria - you're such a sweetie! I have just had the final, final, FINAL proofread back and done the alterations to give back before the final formatting.... hope will press the publish button tomorrow, big CROSS FINGERS!! xx

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