My guest today is prolific author, Jenny Kane. Jenny is published in a variety of genres but today she is interviewing her character, Kit Lambert, from her bestselling Another Cup of Coffee. Welcome, Jenny! I’m handing the blog over to you now. 🙂
Many thanks Karen for inviting me over to your blog Karen, to help celebrate Another Cup of Coffee’s fifth birthday. Another Cup of Coffee revolves around a group of 7 friends who meet, work and consume vast amounts of cake and caffeine at the Pickwicks Coffee House in Richmond, London. One of those characters is particularly close to my heart. I wonder if you can guess why?
Character Profile: Kit Lambert
Eyes – Green
Relationship Status – Married to Phil, mother to twins; Helena and Tom
Employment– Writer of erotica under the name Katrina Island- usually to be found writing in her favourite coffee shop, Pickwicks (run by her friends Peggy and Scott)
Characteristics– self contained, secretive, friendly, confident about her work but little else, Jack’s ex and best friend, serious coffee drinker…
Kit & Jack in summary
Fourteen years ago Kit met Jack.
Thirteen years ago Jack broke Kit’s heart- but she decided not to tell him- it wouldn’t have helped in the circumstances…
Twelve and a half years ago Kit met and married Phil. All her feelings for Jack were buried in a little box at the back of her had… but now someone called Amy is coming, and the box is opening, whether Kit wants it to or not…
Extract from Another Cup of Coffee…
…The moment she arrived Kit spotted Jack at their usual table. His black leather jacket was thrown across the back of the wooden chair on which he was perched. He didn’t look right somehow. Normally he’d be virtually reclining, a flirty smirk playing across his face as he watched her walk towards him. Today Jack seemed pale and almost twitchy. Kit’s stomach turned over; what if he was ill? It was a possibility, especially in his world. She instantly told herself off for such a stereotypical thought, but a voice still nagged. Something was wrong.
It was a relief to come to her turn in the queue. Paying for a large Americano and two Chelsea buns (it looked as though they might need extra sugar); Kit took up her tray and headed towards Jack.
‘Do you think it’s possible to love someone, love them very much, and still know in your heart that it will never work between you?’ The sentence exploded from Jack’s mouth like bullets from a gun; not even waiting for Kit to take her coat off before blurting out what was on his mind.
‘Bloody hell, Jack! That’s a heavy question for a Monday lunchtime.’
‘Sorry…’ Instantly abashed, Jack seemed almost ashamed.
Too late, Kit realised that in her relief that Jack hadn’t announced he was sick; she had made a huge error in making light of his question. Such soul searching was so out of character that she’d been taken by surprise. He’d probably been building up to asking that all night.
Amazed, Kit watched as Jack stood up, ignoring his drink and cake, grabbed his jacket, and walked out. He’d always had a taste for the dramatic gesture, but this was different. Kit sat where she was, fighting her natural instinct to run after him. Sipping her coffee, she ran his words through her head. Who did he love hopelessly? Maybe he wasn’t referring to himself at all? Kit snorted into her coffee; of course it was about him. It was always about him. Perhaps he’d fallen for a married man who wouldn’t give up the more traditional part of his life? Or maybe … No, don’t be ridiculous … Kit quashed a treacherous thought. Picking up her phone, she fired off a text.
Come drink ur coffee. I’m sorry, u took me by surprise. K x
Jack’s drink was stone cold by the time Kit had given up on a reply….
Another Cup of Coffee Blurb
Thirteen years ago Amy Crane ran away from everyone and everything she knew, ending up in an unfamiliar city with no obvious past and no idea of her future. Now, though, that past has just arrived on her doorstep, in the shape of an old music cassette that Amy hasn’t seen since she was at university.
Digging out her long-neglected Walkman, Amy listens to the lyrics that soundtracked her student days. As long-buried memories are wrenched from the places in her mind where she’s kept them safely locked away for over a decade, Amy is suddenly tired of hiding.
It’s time to confront everything about her life. Time to find all the friends she left behind in England, when her heart got broken and the life she was building for herself was shattered. Time to make sense of all the feelings she’s been bottling up for all this time. And most of all, it’s time to discover why Jack has sent her tape back to her now, after all these years…
With her mantra, New life, New job, New home, playing on a continuous loop in her head, Amy gears herself up with yet another bucket-sized cup of coffee, as she goes forth to lay the ghost of first love to rest…
My own writing career, like Kit’s, began in the competitive world of erotica. Kit Lambert is born of many of my own experiences. I’d be lying if I denied that she and I have a great deal in common. For a start, we both have a regular cafe in which we write- and we both drink WAY TOO MUCH COFFEE!
Then again, I’d also be lying if I said I didn’t have a great deal in common with another of the lead characters – Amy Crane…
If you’d like to read about Kit, Amy and their friends, you can buy Another Cup of Coffee from all good book and eBook retailers, including-
Thanks again to Karen for inviting me over today.
It’s a pleasure, Jenny. Wishing you many more sales of Another Cup of Coffee
Now let’s find out a bit more about Jenny
From the comfort of her cafe corner in Mid Devon, Jenny Kane wrote the contemporary women’s fiction and romance novels, Romancing Robin Hood (2nd edition, Littwitz Press, 2018), Abi’s Neighbour (Accent Press, 2017), Another Glass of Champagne (Accent Press, 2016), and the bestsellers, Abi’s House (Accent Press, June 2015), and Another Cup of Coffee (Accent Press, 2013).
She has also written 3 novella length sequels to her Another Cup of…..books: Another Cup of Christmas (Accent Press, 2013), Christmas in the Cotswolds (Accent, 2014), and Christmas at the Castle (Accent, 2016). These three seasonal specials are now available in one boxed set entitled Jenny Kane’s Christmas Collection (Accent, 2016)
Jenny is also the author of quirky children’s picture books There’s a Cow in the Flat (Hushpuppy, 2014) and Ben’s Biscuit Tin (Hushpuppy, 2015)
Jenny Kane is the writer in residence for Tiverton Costa in Devon. She also co-runs the creative writing business, Imagine.
All of Jennifer and Jenny Kane’s news can be found at www.jennykane.co.uk
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Thanks for dropping by to talk to us, Jenny!
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