Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Extract & Giveaway: When Alice met Danny by T. A. Williams

Today it's my stop on the When Alice met Danny blog tour where you can read an extract of the book and enter the giveaway to win yourself a copy of the book.

What's in a name?

Devastated after losing her job, eternal pragmatist Alice leaves London for a new start in Devon. It’s there that she meets Danny.

Then she meets another Danny.

And then she meets Daniel – Danny to his friends...

In fact, there seems to be a Danny at every turn! Her neighbour’s a Danny; there’s little baby Danny; there’s a vicar, a windsurfer, even a dog called Danny! And whether it’s laughter, comfort, a flutter of romance or a walk along the beach, they each bring something special to Alice’s new life.

You might say it’s a coincidence. Alice certainly would... at first! But when she suddenly risks 
losing not just one Danny, but all of them, she begins to wonder: might there be more in a 
name than she ever guessed? 

Looking for a warm, romantic read? Enjoy this extract from the brilliant When Alice Met Danny, the new novel from T A Williams:

They walked out across the fields towards the cliffs. Luckily the wind had dropped, and it was still very warm in the evening sun. 

Danny pointed out the local landmarks. They could see for miles in both directions. ‘See, that’s Portland Bill way over to the west of us. It looks like an island, but it’s connected to the mainland by Chesil beach. And down the other way, you can see right across to the hills and tors of Dartmoor and the coast beyond Torbay.’

It was a truly stunning view. She caught his hand and murmured, ‘It’s magnificent.’ Then a thought struck her. ‘And awesome.’ She found herself smiling as he carried on.

‘There aren’t many places on the coast with a view like this.’ 

He picked a spot in the shelter of some thick gorse bushes that did a magnificent job of protecting them from what was left of the wind. Releasing his hand, she laid out the blanket and set the basket alongside it. 

‘Would you like to join me on my blanket?’

‘You are so kind.’ 

He knelt down and started to empty his shopping bag. There was a huge selection of sandwiches, pies, cakes and biscuits, enough for a whole family. As she began to protest, he sat down beside her and explained. ‘I wasn’t sure if you wanted meat or fish, so I got a bit of everything. You can eat what’s left over tomorrow, or we can always give it to our friend here.’ Danny the dog was very excited to be out on a picnic, and even more interested in the pile of food. 

‘We certainly won’t. Mrs Tinker was very careful about what to give our Danny, so he can have a dog biscuit or two and that’s that. Don’t you go giving him ideas.’

‘Has anybody ever told you, you are terribly sexy when you get all stern?’ He removed a bottle of champagne and two plastic beakers from the bottom of the bag.

She ignored his question and pulled two wine glasses from her basket. 

She decided she could have a little drop of champagne, even though she was driving. He eased out the cork, poured two glasses and passed one over, proposing a toast: ‘To the best view in England.’ The view over the cliff and across Lyme Bay was spectacular, but his eyes were fixed on her. She blushed.

 ‘Alice,’ his voice was serious. ‘Before we eat, would you mind awfully if I kissed you?’ 

She reached across and laid her hand against the side of his face. ‘I don’t think I’d mind at all.’

Perfect for fans of Carole Matthews and Trisha Ashley, When Alice Met Danny by T A Williams is published by Carina UK and is available now from all good e-retailers. For more information, visit

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About the Author

I was born in England of a Scottish mother and a Welsh father. I now live in Devon, in south west England. I started writing when I was 12. "The Lake Dwellers", all 43 handwritten pages of it, draws shamelessly upon "Swallows and Amazons". A decade later I started writing more seriously and produced "The Man of Blood", a thriller set in northern Italy where I was living at the time.

Ten years ago, I began to write a trilogy of "serious" historical novels set in the Middle Ages. The medieval period is a brutal, often tragic era, and it was for a bit of light relief that I sat down in January 2013 and wrote "Dirty Minds".

I had a whale of a time researching the nether regions of the internet and I discovered a staggering amount about the quirks and foibles of my fellow man (and woman). If you ever have a decade or so to spare, try typing "Sex Stories" into a search engine. You will be amazed. I certainly was.

When Carina UK offered me a publishing contract, I was delighted. They liked the first book, "Dirty Minds", so I threw myself into writing a second in a similar, fairly varicose vein. This book, "The Room on the Second Floor", came out on 22nd January 2014. It is a mixture of two love stories and  a murder mystery, set in an old English manor house. Oh yes, and they turn the second floor into a brothel...

My third book, "When Alice Met Danny" came out on 3rd June 2014. This is my first attempt at romance or "chicklit". Maybe an unwise thing for a male writer to attempt. I await your comments with some trepidation. As usual, the canine glue holding the characters together is a black Labrador.

Carina UK are publishing my fourth book later in 2014.

At long last I have found my voice. And it's a voice with a smile. I hope you like my work.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for this great giveaway.
    'When Alice Met Danny' sounds very enjoyable! xx