We’re really pleased to welcome CF White back to our blog. Her series The District Line is out soon in audio book. Read on to find out how to get your hands on a code for a free audiobook of Kick Off, the first novel in the series!
Describe your perfect Valentine’s Day.
My perfect Valentine’s Day would start with a lie in, no disturbances! Followed by tea and breakfast (scrambled eggs, smoked salmon – yum), then a stroll around London with dinner and to end a West End show. And the hope that it wasn’t raining!
Chocolates or roses? Or something else?
Roses. I’m on a diet!
Who’s your dream date for a Valentine’s Day dinner?
I have a huge crush on Taron Edgerton and I have the feeling he’d be quite the romantic. Or at least for my dream date, he would be.
Do you have a favourite Valentine’s Day book, film or song?
It might seem a little out of left field, and not specifically Valentine’s Day, but my own wedding day first dance song is still one that brings a tear to my eye… Green Day’s “When It’s Time”. Simple, sweet and not too soppy but says exactly what it needs to. A bit like my books… 😉
Where do you write? Have you got a little nook at home, or do you write wherever you happen to be on a laptop or on your phone?
Mostly I write on my dining room table, but as a busy mum and having a full-time job, finding the time to sit there and indulge in it is quite hard. So I also have all my writing on my phone, so that wherever I am, I can always add a few words when the need strikes and edit on the go… on the train, when grabbing a sandwich, or sometimes in a doctor’s waiting room! It’s about fitting in the writing wherever I can these days!
Can you tell us what you’re working on at the moment?
I’ve been working on a Romantic Suspense trilogy. Working title at the moment is Fade to Blank (London Lies). I’ve finished the first one and that’s currently with my awesome beta reader who’s perfecting it as we speak, and I’ve got about 20K words down for the second, working title Hide to Seek (London Lies #2).
It’s set at the end of the last millennium and is about a coveted British celebrity who was accused of killing his socialite girlfriend. But with no evidence to convict, he’s released but the nation that once loved him, including his friends, family and co-stars, have all turned against him along with the entire British press. So he turns to an unlikely gossip columnist to help him write his biography in the hope to clear his name. But it’s not as simple as all that… there are secrets, there are lies and there are people who don’t want him to speak out.
So in true Rom/sus style, expect tension, motorbike chases, threats to life and limb while two men get cosy getting to know each other. 😉
I’ll let you have a sneak peek of the working blurb and a segment of the first book if you like?
Fade to Blank (London Lies #1)
A celebrity accused of murder. A writer who’d sold out. The lies that bring them together.
It’s 1999. Jackson Young, one half of UK TVs presenting dream team, is arrested on suspicion of murdering his girlfriend. After no clear evidence to convict, he is released from prison and determined to clear his name.
Fletcher Doherty is a writer stuck in the reviews and gossip column of the newest online magazine. So when Jackson Young approaches him to write his biography, the potential to elevate his career and reap the royalties that such a book would bring, ultimately make him accept the job that no-one wants.
Fletcher has no idea what lurks beneath the story of Jackson Young’s rise to fame and he finds himself entangled into a web of lies and manipulation that runs deep. And working so closely with such a captivating persona makes it hard for him to keep the distance his professional status requires.
Even if that means losing everything.
“What do you want this book to look like?” Fletcher asked, rifling through his bag.
“What? Like, the cover?”
Fletcher laughed. “No. That’ll be the publisher’s decision. I mean, is this a gentle walk through your rise to fame? Have you got childhood anecdotes? Influential moments in your life that made you strive to the top? Do you want the reader to board the journey you took to fame and super-stardom?” Peering up, Fletcher held his gaze, finding the confidence to be the writer he’d been preparing to be for the best part of five years. “Or do you just want to focus on recent events?”
“I want my story told. Whichever way you think is going to get it to fly off the shelves like your trash rag does.”
“Right. A full exposé then. Into the mind of Jackson Young. Warts and all.” Fletcher waggled his mini recorder. “Mind if I record?”
“Yes.” There was no hesitation whatsoever in that reply. “I do mind.”
Jax and Kris share a passion to not be taped, then. Interesting.
“That makes my job harder,” he said but shoved the device back in his bag.
“I can’t guarantee you won’t send that off to some paper, can I?”
Fletcher stared long and hard. The fear in Jackson’s eyes was evident. The raw, entrenching tartness of leftover betrayal. If he was going to do this, if he really was going to be getting into bed with an accused criminal and number one suspect in an unsolved brutal murder case that had shocked a nation in order to sell a few books, he had to set some boundaries. They both had to trust each other. And that meant gaining Jackson’s confidence. Assuring him that this was a partnership.
“You know how much of this shite I get sent daily?” he asked.
Jackson narrowed his eyes. “Enlighten me.”
“Tons. I sift through fuck tons of lies, of fabrications, of revenge-stories to find the ones that I can print.”
“You’re not instilling me with much confidence.” Jackson sat forward, elbows resting on his knees and twiddling his fingers between his legs. He looked vulnerable. As though he were a small child locked in a man’s body.
“What I mean is,” Fletcher replied, uncrossing his legs to appear less closed off, less threatening, less him-and-me. He needed to feign a mutual amity to get this ball rolling. “I’m the one people send this to. Why would I send it anywhere else? That’s a conflict of interest.”
Jackson contemplated that. At least Fletcher assumed that was what he was doing whilst he stared down at his feet, scratching his fingernails and inhaling vociferously through his nose. After the cogs had finally whirred, Jackson said, “I’d still prefer it if you didn’t.”
Fletcher had to accept that Jackson was going to be a tough nut to crack in terms of trust. He might have said he wanted to bear all, lay everything on the line, but it was going to be on his terms. A man who’d been around the press too long, who knew the tricks of the trade, who knew how to reply to questions without giving any answers, the once-a-celebrity would no doubt fall back on his years of interview techniques and media training.
Fletcher would have to probe a bit deeper than he did with those who offered their kiss-and-tells so easily for a round London Lights one-hundred.
“How about we just chat?” Fletcher offered, eyes wide and unassuming.
“Like a counselling session?” Jackson shifted on the bed. “You sift through all my self-indulged bollocks to get to my story?”
“Sure. Why not?”
Fancy a FREE copy of an AUDIO BOOK?
Kick Off (The District Line #1) is now available in AUDIO! Now you can hear the wonderful accents of the rough, cockney east end against the perfected, Queen’s English of West Kensington narrated by the fabulously sexy Piers Ryman.
Break Through (The District Line #2) will be out in audio soon too. So grab the first one now and I have FREE codes for those who want to listen. Just comment on this piece and I’ll be in touch!
Want to know more about the series? Read on:
A footballer forced into the closet. A rocker forced into his birth right. The collision that kicks off a star crossed romance.
East Londoner Jay Ruttman has only ever wanted one thing― to be a professional footballer. But after a disastrous brawl on the pitch gets him released from his pro-Academy, he has to follow plan B and enrolls as university Sports Scholar. Head down, train hard and get scouted is his motto. Until he crashes into the man who might just shoot his dreams out of the park.
Kensington elite Sebastian (Seb) Saunders has only ever wanted one thing―to be a rock star. But his father has other plans for him, including taking the helm of his multimillion-pound new business venture across the pond. Live it up, chase the dream and rock out for as long as he can is his mantra. Until he crashes into the man who might just rock his world off its scale.
Jay and Seb live at opposite ends of London’s District Line, separated by wealth, status, family traditions and their own life-long dreams. This is the first book in the startling and gritty contemporary romance series that sees them both having to overcome barriers, face fears and beat rejection to fight for the love they need to achieve it all.
About CF White
Brought up in a relatively small town in Hertfordshire, C F White managed to do what most other residents try to do and fail—leave.
Studying at a West London university, she realised there was a whole city out there waiting to be discovered, so, much like Dick Whittington before her, she never made it back home and still endlessly search for the streets paved with gold, slowly coming to the realisation they’re mostly paved with chewing gum. And the odd bit of graffiti. And those little circles of yellow spray paint where the council point out the pot holes to someone who is supposedly meant to fix them instead of staring at them vacantly whilst holding a polystyrene cup of watered-down coffee.
She eventually moved West to East along that vast District Line and settled for pie and mash, cockles and winkles and a bit of Knees Up Mother Brown to live in the East End of London; securing a job and creating a life, a home and a family.
After her second son was born with a rare disability, C F White’s life changed and brought pen back to paper having written stories as a child but never the confidence to show them to the world. Now, having embarked on this writing journey, she can’t stop. So strap in, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.
Books by C F White
Responsible Adult Serial (Pride Publishing)
St. Cross Series (Pride Publishing)
Pink Rock Series
The District Line Serial (KU)