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A Forgiven Friend by Sue Featherstone & Susan Pape - Book Tour

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A Forgiven Friend: Lies, Loss, and Love, But Always Friendship
Friendship will always come first.

There’s only one way out from rock bottom and that’s up, and Teri Meyer is finally crawling out from the worst time of her life – no thanks to her best friend Lee. But no matter, she’s finally found love – real love with a real man, a successful man, a man who accepts all her flaws. Teri’s never felt like this before, and yet it’s changing her in ways she doesn’t understand.

And there’s only one person who can help, one person who truly understands Teri.

It seems that no matter how hard Lee Harper tries, there’s a battle awaiting her at every turn these days, and she’s tired. And as if she needs the extra stress, Teri continues to create constant and unnecessary drama. But Lee’s the only one who really knows what’s going on under Teri’s hard, convoluted exterior, and that’s why she’s always been there for her.

But the question is: will Teri be there when Lee needs her most?

The brilliant and entertaining final book in the unique FRIENDS trilogy dishes out another dose of rib-tickling mayhem for our favourite thirty-something professional women.

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Breaking Price News!!
A Falling Friend (book 1) will be FREE from November 18 - 22 (UK, AUS and US)

A Forsaken Friend (book 2): 99c/p from November 18 - 25 (UK and US)

Author Q&A
1.    What is the first book that made you cry?

Sue: Good Wives by Louisa May Alcott. I cried buckets when Beth died.
2. How long, on average, does it take you to write a book?
Susan: We wrote our academic text books fairly quickly (about a year for each) but it took us about eight years to write the first in the Friends trilogy, A Falling Friend. That’s because we were both working full time and had family and other commitments. Without distractions, I’m sure Sue and I could write something within a few months. Sadly, real life doesn’t allow that to happen.
3.    How do you select the names of your characters?
Sue: It’s a little like naming a baby – you have a list of names you like and, sometimes, you have a front runner but, as you begin to flesh out the character, and get to know them better, one name just fits  in a way that others don’t. For instance, in one of our two current works in progress we have a character who was originally named Jerome and had twin brothers, Joshua and Joseph. But the alliteration of names was just too twee, so we decided to change Jerome to Mikey. But the character had become Jerome…Eventually we gave him his name back and re-named his brothers. And that felt right.
4. What are your top 5 favorite movies?
Susan: The Shawshank Redemption; Truly Madly Deeply; Lord of the Rings; Pulp Fiction; It’s a Wonderful Life.
Sue: Fargo, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Calamity Jane, Rio Bravo and Singing in the Rain.
5. If you were the last person on Earth, what would you do?
Susan: Finish off all the chocolate and then cry.
Sue: Build a spaceship and go where no woman has gone before.
6. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Susan: Write, write, and write. So many people tell me they’d like to write a book one day. I tell them not to wait, but to get on with it.
Sue: Read, read, read. I’ve taught journalism for more than 20 years and even the weakest of the male students can write a great match report or sports feature. Why? Because they’ve been reading about sport in newspapers and magazines since they were knee high to a grasshopper. They’re instinctively familiar with the structure and content and the specialist language. So aspiring writers should read the sort of books they want to write as well as the ones they don’t.
7. What book do you wish you had written?
Susan: I don’t. I can admire a book, love reading it, and appreciate how well it’s been written, but I never think, ‘Oh, I wish I’d written that.’ I’m simply pleased that Sue and I have been able to write the books we’ve completed so far. To me, that’s so much more satisfying than wishing I’d written Rebecca or The Hobbit.
Sue: Me too. I’ve very proud of the books I’ve written. Why would I want to disown them in favour of someone else’s creations?
8. Tell us 10 fun facts about yourself! :)
1.    I play the ukulele – and you can’t have more fun than strumming Rock Around the Clock on a uke!
2.    I can count to ten in Chinese.
3.    I’ve paraglided off the Brecon Beacons
4.    Reciting and acting out The Jabberwocky is my Christmas party piece.
5.    The TV quiz show Pointless will probably never have Sue and me on again after we apparently ‘flummoxed’ Alexander Armstrong!
1.    I’m a Nordic walker.
2.    I was an embedded reporter on one of Europe’s largest NATO defence exercises and, for a week, lived with my local Territorial Army unit in a farmer’s field in Germany. Because I was a girl, the farmer allowed me to use their downstairs toilet – in the barn where they housed their sows.
3.    I danced the part of Sleeping Beauty in an amateur (very amateur!) ballet performance.
4.    I won a high school knobbly knees competition.
5.    I knit and natter every Saturday morning with a group of friends. We talk and knit and put the world to rights.

Biographies: Sue Featherstone and Susan Pape
Sue Featherstone and Susan Pape are both former newspaper journalists with extensive experience of working for national and regional papers and magazines, and in public relations.
More recently they have worked in higher education, teaching journalism – Sue at Sheffield Hallam and Susan at Leeds Trinity University.
The pair, who have been friends for almost 30 years, wrote two successful journalism text books together – Newspaper Journalism: A Practical Introduction and Feature Writing: A Practical Introduction (both published by Sage), before deciding to turn their hands to fiction.
The first novel in their Friends series, A Falling Friend, was released in 2016. A Forsaken Friend followed two years later, and the final book in the trilogy, A Forgiven Friend, published on November 19.
Sue, who is married with two grown-up daughters, and the most ‘gorgeous granddaughter in the whole world’, loves reading, writing and Nordic walking in the beautiful countryside near her Yorkshire home.
Susan is married and lives in a village near Leeds, and, when not writing, loves walking and cycling in the Yorkshire Dales. She is also a member of a local ukulele orchestra.
They blog about books at
 Follow them on Twitter: @SueF_Writer and @wordfocus

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