Once-famous singer Anjuli Carver has returned to tiny Heaverlock Village alone and nearly broke. She’s poured every last penny into a rambling Victorian manor, hoping to start over. Trouble is, her money pit is falling to pieces and the only restoration architect for miles is Rob Douglas…her ex-fiancé.
For eight years, Rob has regretted not telling Anjuli why he never answered her letters. Being left at the altar broke his heart, but being used for sex one night in London after the fact nearly drove him to the edge of sanity, and he’ll be damned if he allows Anjuli to wreak havoc on his life again. He’ll restore her manor, all right, and give her taste of her own medicine while he’s at it.
But how long can revenge last when memories of their shared past keep rushing to the surface?
Soon, Rob wants answers. Why did Anjuli leave the international spotlight to become a recluse in the Scottish Borderlands? And why does she refuse to sing? Anjuli wants nothing more than to be left alone with her grief, even as she struggles to keep her sexy fantasies about Rob in check. With gossipy villagers, interfering friends and more secrets between them than notes on a scale, Anjuli and Rob will need to find forgiveness in order to work together, then decide if they’re willing to risk it all on an encore performance.
Get to know Elise Alden
What are your future ambitions?
Experience has taught me not to think too much about the future and live in ‘the now’. Recently, I was asked about my ‘five year plan’ to which my mental response was oh hell, I need a five year plan? This question did force me, however, to think about what I want to achieve—which turned out to be quite a lot, and then I was back to oh, hell! Straight away I had a reality check and struck off ‘take over the planet and rule the galaxy’. It’s just not doable within that time frame. I also put a line through backpacking through Cambodia and working as crew on a yacht. Gone are the days when I could go without a comfy bed and great food for more than, oh, one night. So, my best case scenario with regards to future ambitions, would be to write the stories in my head that are that are bursting to be told. I have over forty books planned, but unfortunately I write slowly and I have a plethora of day-to-day commitments. Add to that are two children who want cuddles and kisses (and rightly so) and who sometimes complain when I spend hours in front of my laptop. I am a 24/7 teddy bear. If anybody reading this knows where the Writefast Fairy lives please pop me an email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tell us about your latest release.
Pitch Imperfect is about Anjuli Carver, who left the man she loved at the altar to pursue her singing career. There were reasons, of course—I don’t believe someone would do such a thing without it being a last resort—but she’s regretted it ever since. The book is also about the man she left behind, architect Rob Douglas, and how his anger and attraction towards Anjuli collide when she returns eight years later and needs his help. Pitch Imperfect brings together two people who were meant for each other but somehow got lost along the way, and forces them to deal with their pasts so they can embrace the future.
This novel was fun to write, but it was also a very emotional experience. It deals with themes of guilt and atonement, of loss and acceptance. One of the things I love about Pitch Imperfect is its setting—a remote corner of the Scottish Borders. It’s not the highlands, but the verdant, dramatic lowlands near the border with England, and has a very different culture. And hunks in kilts.
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