I cannot tell you how excited I am that this book is out.
I have been part of this amazing project ever since I entered my short story One Hundred Proposals into Belinda Jones’s short story competition at the very last minute in March last year. Unbelievably, my little story won and one of the most amazing moments of my life was publication day of Sunlounger 1 last year when I finally got to see my story published alongside the stories of my favourite authors.
I’ve stayed in contact with Belinda ever since, she has been my rock through the tough times of getting rejected and celebrating my success when I finally got a publishing deal.
When the ball started rolling on Sunlounger 2 I was absolutely thrilled to be asked to be a part of it again. I wrote my little story ‘Beneath the Bay Bridge’ and sent it off, excited that I would be rubbing shoulders with the glorious talent of Belinda Jones, Tracy Bloom, Alexandra Potter, Milly Johnson, Hannah Beckerman, Rosie Blake, Lisa Dickenson, Lucy Robinson, Nigel May and many, many more.
But the best part was this time round, I was proofreading all the stories, I have a bit of an eagle eye when it comes to things like that. So back in January, when there was ice on the ground I started reading glorious sunshiney stories from the likes of Louise Marley, Chrissie Manby and Carrie Duffy, the early birds in our little collection. It’s been a weekly treat to see another story pop into my inbox, the final one being Belinda’s glorious cherry on top of a great big sundae of sparkly goodness. You are going to love this book so much.
These gorgeous stories have made me laugh, they’ve made me cry, I got angry, I’ve been left in open mouthed shock and hugged my kindle with huge heartwarming affection. There were tales of friendships, new loves, newly engaged couples and those that have been in love for more years than I’ve been alive. Plus one story of murder and intrigue which I absolutely loved. I’ve been on a journey to Australia, cycled in Tuscany, explored Bruges, found love in Paris, went on safari in South Africa, scuba dived in the Cayman Islands, experienced the pretty fairy castles in Germany, felt the elements in Crete and got soaked in the Baltic sea in Denmark. Each place has been a tantalizing snapshot of these wonderful locations, perfectly encapsulating the passport in the pocket.
The Sunlounger short story competition ran again this year, to showcase new and exciting talent.
I even got to read the top 12 stories in this year’s Sunlounger Competition, there are some seriously talented people out there and I want to hug them all and say ‘Well done for entering, you are brave and brilliant and I can’t wait to one day share the Sunlounger anthology pages with each one of you.’ But the four winners, Ella Fairlie, Emma Heard, Cressida McLaughlin and Katie Stephens are incredible, you are in for a real treat when you read them. I’m sure a bright and glittery future is just around the corner for them.
With 44 fabulous stories from around the world and priced at £2.98 this is a bargain that you can’t miss.
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