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Why Write KEEPING UP WITH THE NEIGHBOURS?

Why bother writing a sequel to the first NEIGHBOURS Series? For one thing, despite some negative reviews, lots of people who did enjoy the series asked for one! That’s reason enough in my books. Secondly, I fell in love (not literally) with Jed Malloy and his rather rustic ways. Here is what I say in the forward to the series, which explains it quite nicely, I think:

Forward:

Jed Malloy first came alive in NEIGHBOURS Series 1 as a minor character who just wouldn’t go away! Even though he had a small part to play in that first series, he made his mark with his quirky ways and ‘down-home’ manners. He soon became one of my favourites – and apparently yours, too, if reader feedback means anything! I knew I needed to continue the series and make Jed’s large family the stars. As I began to write, I soon discovered that every member of Jed’s family was just as unforgettable as he was, each in his or her own way. It has been a fun ride getting to know these folks better. In the end, it was even more special for me to see some of them come to know Jesus as Saviour. Welcome to the neighbourhood!

As well, here is part of the ‘Dedication’:

This series is dedicated to all my wonderful friends from ‘The Rock’. Newfoundland culture has a special place in my heart since so many people from there have a special place in my heart, too. You always make this ‘come from away’ feel welcome. This one’s for you!

Six of the seven volumes are already released or available for pre-order!

Vol 1 – Neighbourhood Tangle – JED

Vol 2 – Neighbourhood Watch – BO

Vol 3 – Neighbourhood Rebel – REBA

Vol 4 – Neighbourhood Upstart – PIP

Vol 5 – Neighbourhood Freedom – WILL

Vol 6 – Neighbourhood Cupid – ZEB

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH! Bo’s story released!

Bo Malloy’s story, NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH, the second volume in the Neighbours sequel called Keeping Up With the Neighbours, released yesterday. It’s the second in a seven part series that comes on the heals of the first series re-released last summer.

Who is Bo? In the words of several of his family members, he’s ‘the sensible one of the bunch’. that doesn’t keep him from some serious errors in judgement, though… Here’s the blurb:

Bo Malloy has moved to Calgary and taken a job at the local watering hole. As the only ‘sensible’ one of the bunch, he’s good at lending an ear to patrons and family alike and has taken on the task of untangling his sibling’s messes. When his boss’s sister moves to town, Bo finds himself attracted to her despite her snobbish ways, creating an unexpected ‘mess’ in his own life when she makes bad choices that leave his heart in shambles.

 

 

Jed’s story NEIGHBOURHOOD TANGLE 

Bo’s story NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

The next four volumes are available through pre-order! Releasing over the coming months every two weeks!

 

 

 

Neighbourhood Cast List

A few readers said they had some trouble keeping such a large cast of characters straight while reading the original NEIGHBOURS Series. To help alleviate that issue, I have added a ‘cast list’ to the second series at the back of each volume. I want to thank Violet, one of my beta readers, for making this suggestion. Here is what it looks like:

Cast List From the Neighbourhood

The Malloys:

Jed Malloy: 32 – back woods boy from Newfoundland is the head of the ‘clan’.

Zeb Malloy: 30 – rough around the edges; likes to party, and likes his ‘freedom’.

Bo Malloy: 27 – quiet and more sensible than the rest. Works at the Urban Cowboy.

Will Malloy: 26 – into sports, the outdoors, and anything fun!

Reba Malloy: 24 – fiery redhead with a stubborn streak.

Pip (Steve) Malloy: 22 – the ‘baby’ of the family and a bit of a ‘ladies’ man’.

The Rest:

Andrea Carravagio: identical twin to Angela. Owns Gemini’s Beauty Salon.

Angela Carravagio: identical twin to Andrea. The ‘wild one’ of the two.

Jacques Marcett: manager of the Urban Cowboy, originally from Quebec.

Lester Tibbett: former cowboy and Jed’s friend.

Patsi Tibbett: Lester’s younger sister back from the country.

Brett McMillan: Patsi’s former boyfriend and one of the ‘elite’.

Marigold Reynolds: artist and environmentalist. Her parents own a campground.

Ophelia Stanfield: rich California girl visiting her relatives, the McMillans.

Cory Roberts: owns the Urban Cowboy; likes dreadlocks and DJing.

Viann-Patrice Marcett: Jacques’s step-sister from Montreal.

Sherri Chan: college professor who goes with Lester Tibbett.

Tiffany Yuen: Martial arts instructor visiting from Toronto.

Lily Chan: Sherri Chan’s cousin who also works at the family restaurant.

Some Minor Players:

Tamara Spence: owner of the Brew café where Patsi works.

Carmen Lamont: owner of the Brew café where Patsi works.

Sherman Chan: Architect. Sherri’s brother. Goes with Carmen Lamont.

Rocky Carravagio: Scary looking brother of Andrea and Angela.

Jeremiah Reynolds: Will’s boss. Owns a campground.

Maizy Reynolds: Jeremiah’s wife.

Buck Stone: First Nations man who works at Jeremiah’s camp with Will.

Tad Roberts: Cory’s father and financier of the Urban Cowboy.

Dr. Lawler: has a brief relationship with Viann.

Crystal: waitress at the Urban Cowboy.

Millicent Peacock: nosy neighbour who lives in the apartment building.

Ma and Pops Malloy: The parents who started it all.

   (The three sisters still in Newfoundland):

Fanny: 33  – married to Joe with 3 kids

Mary: 29 – married to ‘Dr.’ Trent with two kids

Sissy: 28 – married to Hank with four kids

Characters from Neighbours Series I referenced in Series II:

Megan McMillan: Patsi’s friend and sister to Brett.

Emmanuel Fernandez: Megan’s boyfriend whom she eventually marries.

Elaine and Bruce McMillan: Brett’s lawyer parents involved in a scandal.

Steve Russell: Newspaper columnist who dates Tamara Spence.

Matonabee Spence: Tamara’s young son.

Goldie Harper: Lives in the apartment and goes with Tad Roberts.

Jason Harper: Goldie’s son.

Vinny Kirkpatrick: retired newspaper reporter.

Renee Tucker: Carmen Lamont’s niece, who used to date Cory Roberts.

Pre-sales of Volume 2 – NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH – BO are on now! 

Accountability Progress Report

If I was in business, I would say that the first quarter of 2017 has come and gone. In fact, we’re two weeks into the second quarter. But wait… I AM in business. I’m a writer, and I set some pretty lofty goals for myself at the beginning of this year. In fact, my ‘word’ for 2017 is ACCOUNTABILITY, so this post is one way of maintaining that focus one quarter in.

While I’m not one hundred percent up to the mark with all of my writing and publishing goals, I feel like I am making very good progress. In fact, you may already know that Volume 1 in the NEIGHBOURS sequel released on Saturday.

NEIGHBOURHOOD TANGLE – Volume 1 – JED is now available on Amazon. It is the first novella length instalment in the continuing series. (There are seven in all) I shared the blurb in a previous post 

Here is how the rest of the series is shaping up:

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH – Volume 2 – BO – release date April 30

NEIGHBOURHOOD REBEL – Volume 3 – REBA – release date  May 15

NEIGHBOURHOOD UPSTART – Volume 4 – PIP  – release date May 30

NEIGHBOURHOOD FREEDOM – Volume 5 – WILL – release date June 15

NEIGHBOURHOOD CUPID – Volume 6 – ZEB – release date June 30

NEIGHBOURHOOD WRAP  – Volume 7 – FINALE – July 15

KEEPING UP WITH THE NEIGHBOURS COMPLETE SERIES 2 – release date July 30 (paperback and ebook)

Please stay tuned for more details on the final launch. I am releasing each novella separately, but hope to make the final book launch of the complete series a bit more ‘splashy’.

 

NEIGHBOURHOOD TANGLE – JED

This short volume – the first in a seven part series that follows the Malloy family, whom we met in NEIGHBOURS Series 1, is set to release on April 15.

Keeping Up With the Neighbours: 

Volume 1 – Neighbourhood Tangle – JED

Look out! The Malloy family are taking over the neighbourhood! Jed – a ‘down-home’ boy from Newfoundland who’s a bit rough around the edges – moved ‘out west’ several years ago, but now his raucous family are joining him, one by one. A confirmed bachelor, Jed finds himself attracted to a hairdresser who he mistakes for her identical twin sister. Just when Jed thinks he’s ready for love, he finds out that their moral standards don’t align. In anguish he turns to alcohol – the one true friend that has never let him down.

 

 

 

Note to readers: This series, although labelled ‘Christian’, contains elements that may be disturbing to some readers, such as the use of alcohol and pre-marital sexual encounters. (The latter take place ‘off camera’.) There is, however, a faith based element throughout with a strong redemptive message at the end of the series.

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