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    Katie in Love Nominated for the People’s Book Prize 

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    Hello friends, subscribers, readers and Mother (who secretly reads my blog!)

    My novel Katie in Love has been nominated for the People’s Book Prize.


    The news came out of the blue and bowled me off my feet. I had to drink three glasses of champagne to regain my balance. 

    Now, I need you to vote for me by clicking on the PEOPLE’S BOOK PRIZE.

    You have to register your email address, but it only takes half a minute. To say it would mean a lot to me is an understatement!

    The People’s Book Prize was founded by Tatiana Wilson to give new authors an equal opportunity in the marketplace, based purely on talent and ability, ‘the perfect vehicle to discover writers’ talent voted by the public, raise the profile of libraries and celebrate reading.’ The founding patron was Beryl Bainbridge, a role now played by thriller writer Frederick Forsyth.

    Katie in Love now has almost 100 reviews on Amazon.co.uk and more than 100 at Amazon.com – the majority five-stars. It is my sixth novel, the first to be self-published, then republished by Thistle Publishing

    katie in love nominated for the People's Book PrizeThat’s all for now. Please click and vote at the People’s Book Prize – thank you, xxx Chloe

    “Katie Boyd has nothing in common with Tom Bridge, the volunteer doctor she meets at a party – except in bed she finds a passion to match her own. Tom is intense, puzzling, a man who cares about others and compels Katie to question her own life drifting through the hip clubs and London party scene. When Tom returns to his post in a Sri Lanka orphanage, Katie isn’t sure if their passion was lit by its brevity, or if love, unexpected and not entirely wanted, has edged its way into her life. Should she go back to being who she always was? Or follow Tom into the unknown?”

    The post Katie in Love Nominated for the People’s Book Prize appeared first on Romance writer Chloe Thurlow.

  • feedwordpress 14:48:32 on 2016/07/05 Permalink
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    Love Bends and Curves Like Space and Time 

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    Years ago, when I was working in a second-hand book shop, a woman came in seeking a novel. Title? Publisher? Author? She couldn’t remember. ‘It’s all about a man and a woman. They fall in love!’ she announced, indignantly, when I professed bewilderment. I was about to suggest that we began with the Troubadors and proceeded to Anais Nin by way of D.H Lawrence, but by then she’d stomped out, obviously dissatisfied with my lack of bibliographical recall.

    Chloe Thurlow with her new novel Katie in Love has taken the oldest story in the world and made it her own, making it new in the process – and making it memorable. This tale of Katie’s progress from wild erotic experiment to sexual and emotional fulfilment is infused with passion, wit, and self-knowledge. It’s propelled by an intense love of life – and language.

    The appeal of Katie’s first-person narrative lies in the sharp focus of her consciousness. Katie is a writer of erotic fiction, which scandalises her posh mother and places her as a partial outsider, despite her privileged background as a convent school pupil. Intelligent and educated (BA Cambridge) her sensibilities are fine-tuned and allied to a flair for vivid imagery and felicitous phrasing, whether she’s evoking the transgressive delights of prolonged oral sex or the more sedate pleasures of a family lunch in a Surrey farmhouse.

    Katie doesn’t miss a thing when it comes to social observation and the black comedy of metropolitan manners, which encompasses the piggery of champagne-fuelled executives at the corporate functions where she sometimes waitresses, the niceties of lesbian flirtation at exclusive Soho clubs and the narcissism of floppy-haired ‘resting’ actors and media types. She celebrates the secret rites of girls as she chooses the right knickers, the definitive top, the Jimmy Choo shoes. But she’s equally alert to contradictions in her own attitudes, especially as her relationship with Tom develops. He’s a doctor working with Sri Lankan orphans, whose indifference to worldly possessions challenges her hedonistic lifestyle. But he’s fantastic in bed…

    Love Bends Freshly

    If you’ve read Chloe Thurlow’s earlier books like The Secret Life of Girls, you won’t be surprised to learn that the sex sequences are created with remarkable freshness of language and insight, as Katie comes to realise that through role-play and artifice – symbolised by the mask she wears as they make love – the deep energy of her sexuality is released.

    As her involvement with Tom deepens, reflections on her earlier affairs and the enigma of sex are deftly interwoven with the ongoing narration. She lost her virginity in a situation that could be construed as both exploitative and liberating. And her Cambridge tutor’s chastisement when correcting her essay went further than merely giving her a D grade – yet also expanded her intellectual horizons.

    There is a depth and complexity to her analysis of her sexual history – and of Tom’s – which reflects the existential ambiguity of lived experience, instead of falling back on ideological stereotyping. She discovers her ‘core values’ -a phrase much debased by politicians but useful here – so inevitably is forced to make bold decisions when Tom returns to his work in Sri Lanka.

    ‘When you add love to sex it feels as if your soul is being drawn from the chains of gravity into the core of the infinite. Love bends and curves like space and time.’ Chloe Thurlow has pushed against the boundaries of the erotic fiction genre to create something highly distinctive and individual. I look forward to her next book. 

    Love Bends and Making Love Is Not Love But It May Be The Beginning of Love5***** Amazon Review by Bookserf

    Get your own copy of Katie in Love from any good bookshop

     – or download from your local Amazon – just CLICK.

    More than 100 5-star reviews at Amazon.com / 80+ at Amazon.co.uk

    The post Love Bends and Curves Like Space and Time appeared first on Romance writer Chloe Thurlow.

  • feedwordpress 15:30:03 on 2016/04/30 Permalink
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    Australia Waves the Flag for Katie in Love 

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    Katie Goes Down Under

    Actually, it’s me waving the flag for Katie in Love – I do apologise, but my novel (of which I am awfully proud) is on special offer in Australia from 1 May until who knows when (so get a copy NOW).

    We managed to take the novel into the Amazon top 10 in the US with more than 100 5***** reviews, and have now reached 80 reviews in the UK. (there are 3 so far in Australia and they’re all great). 

    All self-promotion sounds vain and self-serving, but if you enjoy big stories with love, romance, setbacks, surprises, exotic locations, interesting characters and a sweet-tasting touch of erotica, then Katie in Love is your cup of tea. xx Chloe

    Ozzie reviews for Katie in Love

    Writer Comes of Age

    Katie in Love is an important book that vividly dissects contemporary love, romance, relationships and the erotic. Where Thurlow’s1 a earlier books have been coming-of-age tales of girls just discovering their sexuality, her new novel reveals a young writer who has herself come of age as an author.

    Spoiled, beautiful, self-possessed, Katie Boyd meets a volunteer doctor. After their first night of passion, she begins to examine her own life, a journey that takes the reader back to her time at boarding school, studying at university, where she was seduced by her tutor, and the disappointments of her previous loves. With Tom Bridge, the doctor, Katie sees the prospect of a life change so complete and radical, she is unsure whether she has the courage to take it.

    The writing is first class, the characters come to life off the page and the twists and set backs are totally believable. This is a rather special book that lingers in the mind long after you have closed the last page. I thoroughly recommend it. Review by Christoph Fischer, Amazon.com.au

    Heroin’s Thoughts Read Like a Poem

    KATIE IN LOVE is a contemporary, adult storyline, written by Chloe Thurlow, focusing on erotic fiction author Katie Boyd and doctor Tom Bridge – a passionate and remarkable man who would turn Katie’s world upside down.Katie in Love in Australia

    Told from first person point of view (Katie) the storyline journeys between the past and the present; memories and recollections; and flights into the fantastic. KATIE IN LOVE follows our heroine as she struggles in the here and now. We hear her thoughts and her worries as she searches for something or someone; an acknowledgement of who she is and what she has become. And in the end, it is Katie who must recognize and accede to the demands of her heart and mind.

    Meeting Dr. Tom Bridge sets Katie onto a different path of self-actualization where comfort and hope are found in the arms of the man with whom she will fall in love. As Tom prepares to return to Sri Lanka where he works at an orphanage for lost and displaced children, Katie must look deep within her heart to make the choice that is right for her.

    KATIE IN LOVE is awash in descriptive narration, colorful text and thought-provoking ideas and concepts. The reader becomes one with the heroine; we are in her mind as she reflects on, and reminisces about past decisions, choices and opportunities that have shaped the woman, the writer and the person she has become.

    Discretion and opportunity do not always go hand in hand but have formed the building blocks of Katie’s lifestyle and personality. Katie’s ‘Bohemian’ friends and family wax philosophically about life, love, passion and war, but in the end, it is Katie’s acceptance of who she is, that sets into motion a journey of love.

    The intensity with which Chloe Thurlow writes resonates with the reader as the heroine’s thoughts read like a poem. There are many references to authors, poets, novels and the psychology of the written word wherein our heroine makes comparisons to her own life; and yet I can’t help but wonder if some of the comparisons can be found with the author’s experiences as well.

    image shows book cover for Katie in LoveReview by Sandy S, Amazon.com.au

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    Katie in Love has more than 100 5***** Reviews at Amazon.com

    “Chloe Thurlow is the Anais Nin of our Times,” Katie Dylan

    The post Australia Waves the Flag for Katie in Love appeared first on Romance writer Chloe Thurlow.

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