Today on my blog I have a guest post from Lily Mae Walters, the author of Josie James and the Teardrops of Summer
Josie James is an ordinary 13 year old until something extraordinary happens during her summer holidays.
Whist staying at her Great Grandmother’s cottage in the country she finds herself swept into the cursed world of Suncroft where it is perpetual winter.
Her new friends believe she could be the Chosen One who it is foretold will lift the curse, but there are more pressing matters.
The Teardrops of Summer – magical crystals that render the owner immortal – have been stolen. Along with her telepathic husky-dog Protector Asher and her new friends, Josie must race to find the
Teardrops and prevent catastrophe for their world.
Lily Mae Walters chose her pen name in honour of her beloved grandparents who also stare in the Josie James series.
She is married with two teenage children, and two huskies that are the inspiration behind Murphy and Asher in the books.
Lily Mae lives in Nuneaton, England and finds herself using local places and even her old school in her stories.
Family and friends mean the world to Lily Mae and many will find themselves popping up throughout the series.
Lily Mae also writes for adults under the name of Florence Keeling.
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Lily Mae Walters’ Guest Post on Friends
I’m very lucky to have such good friends that I can count on through thick and thin. They are there for me no matter what and I for them. Two of them I have known since I was four. We started infant school together on the same day and were in the same class all the way through infant and junior school. We even ended up in the same form at senior school.
At senior school the three of us found another like-minded soul. We shared a love of music, they were crazy mad A-Ha fans and still are. I wasn’t quite so crazy but loved their music all the same. We even formed a little group called Cool Blue (after a deodorant fragrance) and with another girl sang and danced to some of their songs.
We spent all day together at school and most evenings and weekends at each other’s houses. School holidays were spent making up stories, going to the park or into town just as Josie does with her friends. The scene in the book where we meet Jake is reminiscent of many a lunch time we spent at the very same school that Josie goes to. We used to sit in the same bay every day opposite the sixth form block and eat our lunch, play UNO cards or just chill and chat.
Now we are in our forties and are as close as ever, I think the bond of school is something that has helped in our friendship. We’ve known each other as children, teenagers, successful women, mothers and wives. We don’t have to spend all day, every day together to know that any of us would drop what we were doing without hesitation and be there should we be needed.
We have a ‘What’s App’ chat for the four of us. It’s like school all over again. We talk every day, sometimes it’s of very little importance but it’s lovely to know that even though we don’t all live in the same city anymore we can chat together as if we were in the same room. Problems are shared and if they can’t be solved at least support and love is given.
I quite often say that I would love to go back to my school days and my children will laugh at me. I don’t mean I want to go back to exams and all that, although I quite enjoyed school as a whole but it was probably these guys that made school for me. When I say I’d like to go back to school, I mean the carefree days of no mortgages, no money worries just going to class, doing your work and homework and hanging out with your friends every day. What could be better than that?
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