Hello Readers! I’m excited to be part of blog tour for Another Shot by Stephen Anthony Brotherton, organized by Rachel’s Random Resources. Please check out the book details and excerpt in this post. I hope you enjoy it.
Another Shot by Stephen Anthony Brotherton
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Romance, Love Story
Publication Date: November 2017
Another Shot is the first book in a trilogy
“It used to make me feel special, the fact that they knew me, knew what I wanted, but it had soured with repetition. I’d become my drink order – that’s what it felt like. But it was okay. People watching in this place made me feel part of the world, got me away from the house for a few hours. And it was here she came back to me. I hadn’t seen her for three decades and suddenly there she was, standing next to my table.
Another Shot tells the story of Freddie and Jo-Jo, who are reunited in a coffee shop thirty-five years after the end of their teenage romance. Jo-Jo finds Freddie through a mutual friend, and tells him that she is emigrating following the death of her husband. She gives him a photograph of the two of them on their first weekend away, a trip to Blackpool.
How they originally met, why they parted, what happens in their lives apart is all told through a series of flashbacks. These memories feed into events when they meet up again and explain why, despite the passage of time and the intensity of their still simmering love, there is no future for their relationship.
( Freddie and Jo-Jo’s first meeting in thirty five years is over and Freddie is left in the coffee shop with his memories and reflections. He needs to decide what he’s going to do next. )
‘Freddie – The chair opposite me was empty. I looked again at the photo Jo-Jo had left behind. Thirty-five years. The lane and the field would still be there, but the Avenger was long gone. And Sam. And his greyhounds. And the pork pie hat. I finger traced Jo-Jo’s photographic image, bringing her back to me. We were sitting in a photo booth; I was leaning in from the side. It had taken us ages to fix the stool at the right height, standing opposite each other, me turning it clockwise, Jo-Jo anti-clockwise. ‘That’s right. Leave it alone.’ ‘It isn’t. It needs to come down more.’ And then the wait outside. Spitting with rain. My anxiety. My anticipation. Would they come out okay? Our first pictures together, proof of a connection. The photos dropping into the metal grid; us waiting ten seconds whilst they dried. I’d tried not to smile too widely, embarrassed by my chipped front tooth. Jo-Jo was holding up two fingers in a peace sign, the camera had caught her glancing sideways at me. Her auburn hair. Her nose freckles. Why hadn’t I kissed her when she’d left the coffee shop?’
‘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.
Another Shot is the first 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. The second book, An Extra Shot, will be published in July 2019. I am currently working on the final instalment.
Getting these stories down on paper has been a cathartic process. I hope you enjoy them. ‘
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