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An Extra Shot by Stephen Anthony Brotherton - Book Blitz



An Extra Shot


‘An Extra Shot continues to tell the story of Freddie and Jo-Jo. It moves backwards and forwards through time in a series of first-person flashbacks and describes how the couple fell in love as teenagers, why they drifted apart, what happened in their lives away from each other, and what happens when they meet up again over thirty-five years later.
A failed reconciliation in book one, Another Shot, has left Freddie at a railway station thinking about jumping under a train  and Jo-Jo in a hotel room consumed with the dark secret she has carried for most of her adult life. Freddie is  saved by his best friend, Jack Sparrow, and Jo-Jo is convinced by her daughter, Amy, to meet up with Freddie again. Freddie then persuades Jo-Jo to go away with him for a long weekend in Devon and the couple return home with their love reignited.
However, Jo-Jo can’t let their relationship continue without telling Freddie the truth about her dark secret. Is their love strong enough to get them through?’

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2 - At the end of the first book, Another Shot, Jo-Jo is left in a hotel room, consumed with the dark secret she has carried for most of her adult life. The following extract picks up Jo-Jo’s story in the second book,  An Extra Shot.
‘Jo-Jo - July 2015
I’d finished my Jack Daniels, but I was still swirling my empty tumbler and staring at the Lowry picture on the hotel bedroom wall  - a suited man and his two terriers looking out to sea. The toilet in the ensuite flushed and I heard the sink tap run for a moment. The door opened and Amy walked back into the bedroom. ‘You okay, Mum?’ she said, looking down at my glass. ‘Do you want another drink?’
‘I can’t believe I drank the first one,’ I said. ‘I can’t stand whiskey.’
‘I told you, it’s medicinal.’
‘I was thinking about New Zealand,’ I said. ‘Getting everything sorted.’
‘That’s easy. I’ll call Dan. He’ll make the arrangements. When do you want to go?’
‘You put on that husband of yours too much.’
‘He’s okay about it. He likes to feel useful.’ She came over to the bed and sat down next to me. ‘You’re thinking about Freddie, aren’t you?’
‘I can’t believe how long that man has stayed in my head,’ I said.
‘I think he loves you, Mum.’
‘But why am I thinking about him so much? He’s never been good looking, his dress sense is appalling, he’s unemployable, a bit of a nervous-wreck-car-crash and his best friend’s named after a pirate. What’s wrong with me?’
‘I don’t know, Mum. I don’t get it either.’
I handed her my empty glass. ‘I think I need that drink.’
She took one of the miniature bottles out of the mini-bar, unscrewed the cap, poured the whisky into the tumbler and handed it to me. I took a gulp. It made me cough. Amy rubbed my back.
‘Thank you, sweetheart. I’m glad you’re here.’
‘Are you sure about New Zealand, Mum, about leaving this Freddie behind?’

 




Author Bio –
‘I was born in Walsall, grew up in the West Midlands and now live in Telford with my two cats, Boris and Tai. After working in the health and social care sector for over thirty years, I have now taken early retirement to write the trilogy that has been rooted in my head for most of my life.
An Extra Shot is the second book in the Shots trilogy, which is based on a first love relationship I had as a teenager. It tells the story of Freddie and Jo-Jo, who are reunited in a coffee shop three decades after the end of their teenage romance. How they originally met, why they parted, what happens in their lives apart, and what happens when they reunite is all told through a series of first person vignettes. I am currently working on the final book.
Getting these stories down on paper has been a cathartic process. I hope you enjoy them. ‘
Social Media Links – Instagram @freddiejojoreunited



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