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Author of the amazing One Week Girlfriend series

Behind the scenes with Monica Murphy

We love Drew and Fable’s story and the evolution of their romance in One Week Girlfriend and Second Chance Boyfriend. When did their story begin to take shape for you? Thank you! I love Drew + Fable too. The story began to actually take shape back in 2009 ― well, Fable took shape. I tried my hand at a YA idea with the main character named Fable Maguire. It didn’t pan out (quite frankly, it was terrible). But Fable stuck with me. Fast forward to late 2012 and (sort of a spoiler alert!) I saw a story on my local news about a young, pretty female teacher who was arrested for having sex with her 17-year-old male student. It got me thinking. When females are victims of this sort of thing, everyone’s appalled. When it happens to a male, a lot of the time he’s made out as a guy who just scored with an older woman. So I wanted to write a male victim and a strong female who comes along and saves him. You’ve written numerous romance books both as Monica Murphy and Karen Erickson ― did you find you approached writing a new adult romance differently? Yes! First of all, I’d never written in first-person point of view (POV) before so that was a challenge, but one I enjoyed immensely. I prefer writing in first-person POV now! Also, with a new adult title, all emotions are heightened. It’s a very dramatic time of our lives and everything has a newness, a freshness to it. First time away from home, first real job, first real love, and first chance to make major mistakes and have to fix them on your own. I wanted to capture that — as a writer, there’s a lot to play with during this time period. And with a new adult, it’s not just about the romantic relationship either. There’s so much more going on. Yes, the romance takes priority (and with Drew + Fable, how could it not, considering the situation they’ve thrown themselves into!) but there are other things happening. Family responsibilities, school, family trouble (ooh lots of trouble), jobs — it’s all an important part of their lives. We never imagined that the word ‘marshmallow’ could be so romantic! You made it so special for Drew and Fable ― what inspired you to pick this? It’s so random it’s almost embarrassing. I wrote OWG during the holiday season. I got to the part where Fable suggested they needed a “rescue” word to send or say to each other, and I paused. Glanced around my desk. Saw the box of caramel covered marshmallows (that I kept to myself for fear my children would eat them all) sitting there and thought...marshmallow. I never meant for it to become this THING. It’s so awesome. When Drew + Fable get married, they need a marshmallow wedding cake, right? *winks* Drew and Fable’s romance is powerfully moving ― were there particular parts of their story you found emotional to write? Yes, definitely. As I wrote OWG and got closer to the end, I kept thinking, should I go there? Should I take it there? I hesitated for a bit and then thought, I’m going for it. I’m so glad I did. I think it made the story that much more emotional. What Drew has to deal with is pretty difficult. My biggest fear was that he’d look like a wimp. So glad readers didn’t think he was one. And when I wrote the end of Second Chance Boyfriend, I burst into tears. Those two are buried so deep in my brain it’s sort of scary. It was hard to let them go. I still haven’t. They make plenty of appearances in both Three Broken Promises and Four Years Later, especially Fable. Have you always wanted to be a writer? What do you love most about your job? I’ve always been a reader and when I was in high school, I took journalism classes and was on the school newspaper. I became an intern at my local newspaper in college. So yes, I always wanted to be a writer. I discovered Jude Deveraux and Judith McNaught books during my teen years and I remember thinking, ooh I could do that. But then life got in the way for many years. Back in 2005, I was at home with my two youngest and I decided to try my hand at writing again. I was first published as Karen Erickson in 2006. I’ve been working hard ever since. I have the best job in the world. Where else can you work at home, be there for your kids when they need you and fall in love with a different guy multiple times a year, yet you’re not cheating on your husband (LOL)? Oh, and search the web for pictures of hot men and call it “research”? You can’t beat that! Do you have the most fun creating your heroes or your heroines? Do you have a favourite hero or heroine? It really depends on each book I write. Sometimes the hero speaks more to me and sometimes it’s the heroine. Lame answer, I’m sorry… My favourite hero and heroine? Why, Drew + Fable of course. Those two changed my entire career. I adore them. Who are the authors you read for pleasure? There are a ton of authors I read for pleasure. It would take me a month to list them all. But the one I read without fail? The one who I make sure and preorder so when I get the notice the book is on my Kindle, I drop everything to read her latest? Jill Shalvis. Ack, I love her books so much! What are your guilty pleasures? Chocolate, pedicures and purses. We are so excited to read Three Broken Promises and Four Years Later! Can you give us any hints of what you have planned for Jen and Colin and Owen and Chelsea? I’m excited for everyone to read TBP and FYL too! Okay, hints… Jen and Colin’s book is by far the sexiest of the series. I think it’s because they’re an older couple and Colin is rather demanding (heh heh). Owen and Chelsea’s book is the longest book of them all. Chelsea is the complete opposite of Fable and Jen. And Owen…Owen was a joy to write. I just turned the book in and I’m a little in love with him. Okay, I’m a lot in love with him. And we have to ask – will we get to see some more of Drew and Fable in books three and four?! As I mentioned, YES. Yes, Drew + Fable are all over books three and four. Especially Fable — she’s in the opening scene of TBP. She plays a huge part in Owen’s book because, well, she’s his sister. I hope readers will love those glimpses of D+F.

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Playfair Cricket Annual 2017

Ian Marshall
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Ian Marshall

The cricket world's bestselling pocket annual. The indispensable guide to the season.The Playfair Cricket Annual 2017 includes coverage of the 2016 season, including the Specsavers County Championship, Royal London One-Day Cup and the NatWest T20 Blast. It also contains: a detailed register of all current first-class county players and umpires; county records and 2016 first-class averages; current county players' first-class and List A limited-overs career records; Test match scores and averages (May 2016-February 2017); women's International records, plus England players' register; register of probable touring teams and series records; 2017 fixtures, including 2nd XI and Minor Counties.

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Playfair Cricket Annual 2016

Ian Marshall
Authors:
Ian Marshall

updated file.The cricket world's bestselling pocket annual. The indispensable guide to the season.The Playfair Cricket Annual 2016 includes coverage of the 2015 season, including the summer's Ashes series, LV= County Championship, Royal London One-Day Cup and the NatWest t20 Blast. It also contains: a detailed register of all current first-class county players and umpires; county records and 2015 first-class averages; current county players' first-class and List A limited-overs career records; Test match scores and averages (April 2015-February 2016); women's International records, plus England players' register; register of probable Sri Lanka and Pakistan touring teams and series records; 2016 fixtures, including 2nd XI and Minor Counties.

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Playfair Cricket Annual 2015

Ian Marshall
Authors:
Ian Marshall

The cricket world's bestselling pocket annual. The indispensable guide to the season.The Playfair Cricket Annual 2015 includes coverage of the 2014 season, including the LV= County Championship, Royal London One-Day Cup and the NatWest T20 Blast. It also contains: a detailed register of all current first-class county players and umpires, including career bests in international Twenty20 matches; county records and 2014 first-class averages; current county players' first-class and List A limited-overs career records; Test match scores and averages; women's limited-overs and internationalTwenty20 records; 2015 fixtures, including 2nd XI and Minor Counties. New features this year include county players' squad numbers listed, as well as any IPL and Big Bash appearances, plus a new players' register for England's women internationals.

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Playfair Cricket Annual 2014

Ian Marshall
Authors:
Ian Marshall

The cricket world's bestselling pocket annual. The indispensable guide to the season.The Playfair Cricket Annual 2014 includes coverage of the 2013 season, including the LV= County Championship, Yorkshire Bank 40 and the Friends Life t20. It also contains: a detailed register of all current first-class county players and umpires, including career bests in international Twenty20 matches; county records and 2013 first-class averages; current county players' first-class and List A limited-overs career records; Test match scores and averages (March 2013-March 2014); women's limited-overs and internationalTwenty20 records; a review of the summer and winter Ashes series; 2014 fixtures, including 2nd XI and Minor Counties.

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Playfair Cricket Annual 2013

Ian Marshall
Authors:
Ian Marshall
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Playfair Cricket Annual 2012

Ian Marshall
Authors:
Ian Marshall

The 65th edition of the PLAYFAIR CRICKET ANNUAL reviews England's two triumphant 2011 home Test series against Sri Lanka and India, as well as their autumn/winter matches against India and Pakistan. The book is packed with all the essential information required to follow events on the cricket field, with unrivalled up-to-the-minute statistical detail on all first-class players registered in the UK at the time of press. There are fixture lists for the coming season, including 2nd XI and Minor Counties. It also features highlights of the 2011 summer and previews the 2012 tourists the West Indies and South Africa, plus full Test match, first-class and limited-overs international records.

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Playfair Cricket Annual 2011

Ian Marshall
Authors:
Ian Marshall

The 64th edition of the PLAYFAIR CRICKET ANNUAL reviews England's Ashes tour to Australia, the 2010 Test series against Pakistan and Bangladesh, as well as England's triumph in the ICC World Twenty20. The book is packed with all the essential information required to follow events on the cricket field, with unrivalled up-to-the-minute statistical detail on all first-class players registered in the UK at the time of press, including for the first time career bests in international T20 matches. There are fixture lists for the coming season, including 2nd XI and Minor Counties. It also features highlights of the 2010 summer and previews the 2011 Test series against Sri Lanka and India, plus full Test match, first-class and limited-overs international records.

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Playfair Cricket Annual 2010

Ian Marshall
Authors:
Ian Marshall

The 63rd edition of the PLAYFAIR CRICKET ANNUAL reviews England's 2009 Ashes series against Australia and their winter tour to South Africa, as well as the Indian Premier League and the Twenty20 World Cup. The book is packed with all the essential information required to follow events on the cricket field, with unrivalled up-to-the-minute statistical detail on all first-class players registered in the UK at the time of press and fixture lists for the coming season. It also features highlights of the 2009 summer and previews the 2010 Tests against Bangladesh and Pakistan, plus full Test match, first-class and limited-overs international records.

Ben Stokes

Born in Christchurch, New Zealand, in 1991, Ben Stokes moved to Cumbria with his family at the age of 11. He made his debut for Durham CCC in 2009, and just two years later pulled on an England shirt for the first time.The highlights of his explosive England career to date have included scoring the fastest ever Test century at Lord's (against New Zealand in May 2015) and England's fastest ever Test double-century (against South Africa at Cape Town in January 2016). His bowling spell of 6-36 at Trent Bridge in August 2015 helped England to regain the Ashes. He has also played for the Melbourne Renegades in Australia's Big Bash League, and Rising Pune Supergiant and the Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League.He is married with two young children.

Colin Shindler

Colin Shindler is a leading TV writer and producer. He was responsible for the series Lovejoyand Madson, as well as the film Busterand won a BAFTA for his production of A Little Princess. His first book, MANCHESTER UNITED RUINED MY LIFE, was a big bestseller and was shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year prize; and his second, FATHERS, SONS AND FOOTBALL, also hit the bestseller list. He is the author of two novels.

Colin Ward

Colin Ward was born in Walthamstow, east London. After graduating from Smithfield College he ran a successful meat marketing business. He is a committed Arsenal supporter and has written a number of bestselling football books, including STEAMING IN, which was shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year.

Glenda Rollin

Glenda Rollin worked as a legal secretary in London before joining her father, Jack Rollin, to work full time on the SKY SPORTS FOOTBALL YEARBOOK. She was appointed co-editor in 1995. She is also co-editor of PLAYFAIR FOOTBALL ANNUAL. An Aldershot supporter since she was ten, Glenda regularly accompanies her father to their matches.

Graham Walker

Graham Walker has co-authored two previous books about Rangers as well as writing a number of books on Scottish and Irish history and politics.

Ian Marshall

Ian Marshall took over as Editor of the Playfair Cricket Annual in 2009, having previously worked on 15 editions of the annual in his role as a book publisher. During his 30-year publishing career, he has worked with some of cricket's greatest players, including Mike Atherton, Sir Ian Botham, Geoffrey Boycott, Stuart Broad, David Gower, Justin Langer, Dennis Lillee and Sir Garry Sobers. He still occasionally plays cricket, and has toured Africa, India and Sri Lanka.

Jack Rollin

Jack Rollin was soccer columnist for the Sunday Telegraph for 21 years and has worked on all but three editions of SKY SPORTS (ROTHMANS) FOOTBALL YEARBOOK as well as editing PLAYFAIR FOOTBALL ANNUAL with his daughter, Glenda Rollin. He is the most prolific compiler of football fact books in Britain.

John Greig

Edinburgh-born John Greig played a total of 877 games for Rangers - 755 competitive - between 1961 and 1978 and scored 120 goals. He won five league titles, six Scottish Cups, four League Cups and the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1972. He was captain of Rangers when they beat Moscow Dynamo in the final in Barcelona. He also won 44 Scotland caps. He became manager of Rangers in 1978 in succession to Jock Wallace but never enjoyed the same level of success he had as a player. He later returned to Rangers to work in public relations and was recently appointed to the board. Voted the greatest ever Ranger and known as "Ledge" - in reference to legendary status, his statue now stands outside Ibrox.

Jonny Wilkinson

Jonny Wilkinson became England's youngest international for 71 years when he made his debut at 18 in March 1998. He has since won 70 caps for his country and is the leading point-scorer in test rugby. In the 2003 World Cup he scored the drop goal that won the tournament. He endured a succession of injuries that kept him out of international action for over three years but he returned to kick the England rugby team to the final of the 2007 World Cup. He has also won five British Lions caps. He was awarded the MBE in January 2003, and the OBE a year later.

Kathy Watson

Kathy Watson graduated from Oxford in 1985 with a degree in English. Since then, she has worked as a journalist, mainly for women's magazines. She is currently editor of Women's Realm. She swims three to four times a week and still daydreams of swimming the Channel.

Paul Canoville

Paul Canoville was born in Hillingdon, London. Starting out playing for non-league Hillingdon Borough, Canoville signed for Chelsea in 1981. He made his debut against Crystal Palace in April 1982 aged 20. He joined Reading in 1986, where his career ended due to injury. He now lives in London, he is an ambassador for the 'Kick it Out' campaign and regularly talks to schools about his experiences.

Phil Tufnell

Phil Tufnell, aka "Tuffers", played 42 Test matches and 20 One-Day Internationals for England between 1990 and 1997. Following retirement in 2002, Tufnell became a hugely popular TV personality. He was the winner of ITV1's "I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here" in 2003, and enjoyed a long run in BBC1's "Strictly Come Dancing" in 2009. Current broadcasting commitments include being team captain on BBC1's "A Question of Sport" and regular features on BBC1's "The One Show". He remains a star turn on Radio 4's iconic "Test Match Special" show.