Reader praise and book deal for writer

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP -

A PRI­MARY school teacher is cel­e­brat­ing the pub­li­ca­tion of her sec­ond book by a world-fa­mous name in ro­mance fic­tion – and a new book deal.

Claire Lack­ford was awarded a two-book deal by Mills and Boon pub­lisher Har­le­quin in 2013 af­ter beat­ing off com­pe­ti­tion from hun­dreds of fel­low writ­ers to scoop bronze in their ‘So You Think You can Write’ con­test.

Her first book ‘Fall­ing For Her Cap­tor’ scored rave re­views on Ama­zon, with read­ers call­ing it ‘grip­ping’ and ‘un­put­down­able’.

Now Claire, who writes un­der the pseu­do­nym Elisabeth Hobbes, has seen her sec­ond book ‘A Wa­ger for the Widow’ also get a sim­i­lar re­ac­tion.

Har­le­quin has now of­fered Claire another two-book deal.

The latest book is about Lady Eleanor Pey­ton, a woman wid­owed on her wed­ding day, who has cho­sen a life of in­de­pen­dence.

Liv­ing alone on her rocky coastal out­crop in Cornwall, she’s cut her­self off from the world of men – un­til Wil­liam Rud­hale saves her life and makes a bet with her brother that he can kiss her by mid-win­ter’s feast.

The 40-year-old mother-of-two, of Bond Street, Mac­cles­field, said: “When I wrote the story that be­came Fall­ing for Her Cap­tor, I was re­ally pleased with it as an idea. I had to be be­cause it was the only one I had.

“When I got of­fered a two book con­tract I had a bit of a panic about whether I could ac­tu­ally write another book or whether that would be my one and only idea.

“For­tu­nately I had stuck on a chance com­ment by one of the char­ac­ters about the hero’s parent­age. This gave me an idea for a sec­ond book.”

For up­dates see elis­a­beth­hobbes.co.uk.

●» Claire Lack­ford

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