New launch for Journal’s Claire

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‘Derry Journal’ reporter and columnist Claire Allan is launching her fifth novel ‘If Only You Knew’ in paperback this week, and is delighted to reveal that her entire back catalogue is now available for download for the first time on Kindle.

The Waterside mum-of-two, who is also preparing for the release of her sixth novel at the end of August, said she is “over the moon” that Kindle and ebook fans s will now be able to download her novels for the first time.

“There is no doubt that the emarket for books is growing rapidly.

“I’ve a Kindle myself and while I still love my traditional paperbacks, I also love the handiness of seeing a book I like and being able to read it just seconds later by clicking on a link on Amazon and having it delivered directly to my Kindle.”

Kindle purchases allow readers to have a sneak preview of the books before you buy - and of course work out that little bit less expensive than buying the paperback - perfect in these recessionary times.

It’s five years since Claire’s first novel ‘Rainy Days and Tuesdays’ stormed the Irish bestseller charts. In the intervening years she has had further success with her novels ‘Feels Like Maybe’, ‘Jumping in Puddles’, ‘It’s Got to be Perfect’ and’If Only You Knew’.

Now her latest book ‘If Only You Knew’ has been given a new lease of life in small format paperback and will be appearing on bookshelves in all good retailers over the coming week.

‘If Only You Knew’ is the story of cousins Ava and Hope, who appear to have have nothing in common.

But fate is about to throw them together. When their beloved Aunt Betty - the free-spirited black sheep of the family - dies in France, the girls find themselves flying to the picturesque village of Saint Jeannet, tasked with sorting through her belongings and fulfilling her last wishes.

To guide them on their way, Betty has left them a series of letters detailing her own life, the heartbreak that led her to move to France and the peace she found there with her beloved Claude. As the women find each letter, a different layer of Betty’s life, and their own lives, unfolds with hilarious, devastating and life-affirming results.

On its first release in October of last year the book garnered a host of great reviews with Chick Lit Reviews and News saying: “Claire Allan is supremely talented and I just loved the whole book” while the ‘Irish Independent’ described it as “a gripping read to curl up with”.

Claire hopes it will repeat its previous success in the new format. “This book has been very special to me. It has more serious undertones that my previous novels and for the first time I’ve delved into the history of Derry and how certain aspects of the Troubles tore families apart.

“That’s not to say it’s a history book - essentially it is the story of three very strong women who have all made difficult choices in their lives and ultimately wanted to find happiness.”

To follow up the success of ‘If Only You Knew’ Claire will be releasing her sixth novel ‘What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?’ also published by Irish publishing giant Poolbeg Press, at the end of August.

“Of course anyone who buys ‘If Only You Knew’ now will get a sneak peek at the first two chapters of ‘What Becomes...’ included!” Claire revealed.

“‘What Becomes...’ is set around a fictional wedding dress shop in Derry,” Claire said. “It’s story of how your life can be turned upside down in an instant - and without warning. It also sees the return of one of my best loved characters from the past - Grace Adams from ‘Rainy Days and Tuesdays’.”

Claire’s novels are published by Poolbeg Press and are available from Eason, Poolbeg, Amazon and all good bookshops.