Eleanor Wood is the author of Gemini Rising and Gemini Falling (Carina/Harlequin UK). Her work has been published in various magazines and on websites, most recently Elle magazine. Her erstwhile lo-fi fanzine, Shocking Blues and Mean Reds, won praise from the Independent, Lauren Laverne, and Marmalade magazine, among others. She lives in Brighton, blogs about music (among other things), has a Leonard Cohen tattoo and would like to get a cat, but isn't sure she can handle the commitment.
Tuesday Cooper describes herself as an average girl with a weird name, too-big ambitions, chubby thighs and delusions of grandeur. But surely even for girls like her dreams can come true? It certainly seems so when cool, gorgeous rock star Jackson Griffith suddenly shows an interest in her blog and her, and they do – just not in the way she expected. Written in a breathless but compulsively readable present tense, and with name checks for everyone from Jilly Cooper to Kurt Cobain, it’s a sharp and sassy summer read, with principles (and you’ve got to love a book that puts Lady Macbeth and Bruce Springsteen into the same sentence). ~ Andrea Reece
'A fun and uplifting memoir' Cosmopolitan Eleanor finds herself in her late 30s on a beach in India with three old ladies, trying to 'find herself' and 'discover her family history' like some sad middle-class crisis cliche. How did she get here? Truthfully, it could be for any one of the below reasons, if not all combined: Stepmum dying/Stepdad leaving - family falling apart, subsequent psychotic break; both parents now on third marriage Breaking up with K after 12 years - breaking up a whole life, a whole fucking universe - for reasons that may have been... misguided? New boyfriend moving in immediately, me insisting 'it's not a rebound!' even after everyone has stopped listening, then breaking up with me Going into therapy after dating a threatening narcissist (the most pertinent point of which should be noted: I did not break up with him - he ghosted me) How to address this situation? Take a trip to India with your octogenarian nan and two great aunts of course. The perfect, if somewhat unusual, distraction from Eleanor's ongoing crisis. But the trip offers so much more than Eleanor could ever have hoped for. Through the vivid and worldly older women in her life, she learns what it means to be staunch in the face of true adversity.
Lizzie Brown's life is one big to-do list: 1. Start college 2. Become cool 3. Decide wtf to do with her life So when she meets Viv, the crazy, beautiful lead singer in a band, she thinks she's on her way to achieving number two on her list. And when Viv asks her to be the bass player in the band, there's only one problem - Lizzie can't play a single note. And that she's nowhere near cool enough (ok, two problems). And that she has a huge crush on the guitarist (ok, three), who happens to be Viv's boyfriend (ok, this is a terrible idea). But Viv won't take no for an answer, and decides that a makeover is the answer to everything. Boring Lizzie Brown is going to become Betty Brown the Bass Player and there's nothing Lizzie can do about it . . . Told with Eleanor Wood's trademark warmth and hilarity, Becoming Betty is the story of one girl's journey to being cool, and learning what's on the other side.
'First of all, let's get something straight. This is not going to be one of those stories where the school bitch turns out to have a heart of gold...'Amie's the most popular - and the meanest -girl at her exclusive private school, with her trusty second in command Lexy by her side. And she likes it that way. Lexy knows that she deserves Amie's prized position just as much but dethroning the Queen Bee just isn't done.Until mysterious twins Elyse and Melanie arrive mid-term, with a magnetic power that's impossible to deny, and shake up the school's social rules. As the twins leave darkness and devastation in their wake, Lexy's suddenly discovering her own powers of manipulation. Whilst Amie's about to learn that it's not just lonely at the top - it's terrifying. A Gemini Rising story
How far would you go to fit in? Sorana Salem is ok with being not quite bottom of the pile at her exclusive private school. Until the mysterious Johansson twins arrive unexpectedly mid-term. Hypnotically beautiful and immensely cool, magnetic Elyse and mute Melanie aren't like the school's usual identikit mean girls.Soon Sorana's sharing sleepovers and Saturday nights out with the twins. But their new world of Ouidja boards and older boys might not be as simple as it seems. And the dark secrets that they share could be about to take Sorana down a path that's impossible to turn back from...