Wednesday, October 2, 2013

[Book Tour] Weak at the Knees by Jo Kessel #guestpost

Weak at the Knees
By: Jo Kessel

“We got so busy living life that we forgot to live our dreams.”
Danni Lewis has been playing it safe for twenty-six years, but her sheltered existence is making her feel old ahead of time. When a sudden death plunges her into a spiral of grief, she throws caution to the wind and runs away to France in search of a new beginning.

The moment ski instructor Olivier du Pape enters her shattered world she falls hard, in more ways than one.

Their mutual desire is as powerful and seductive as the mountains around them. His dark gypsy looks and piercing blue eyes are irresistible.

Only she must resist, because he has a wife – and she’d made a pact to never get involved with a married man.

But how do you choose between keeping your word and being true to your soul?

Weak at the Knees is Jo’s debut novel in the new adult, contemporary romance genre – a story about love, loss and relationships, set between London and the heart of the French Alps.


First of all, to be a good writer I think one has to be a good listener. I’ve always been interested in peoples’ stories and sometimes marvel at how some of my friends’ lives are so impossibly dramatic. Seriously, sometimes just one person can have so much drama going on that an author wouldn’t dare to write their story, because nobody would believe it. I know someone who, at the same time as their partner was battling cancer, their son got into trouble with the police, they themselves broke their back, their father fell off a ladder and broke his leg – oh, and their car was stolen. And that is the honest truth. So, all these firsthand stories come in handy as well as reading newspapers, watching TV (news or drama) etc. And of course, I would be lying if I didn’t say that some of the things I write about I’ve personally experienced. Whilst I would never say that my fiction is in any way autobiographical, there is definitely an element of self which goes into a storyline or a character or the occasional thing that happens to a character. Close friends who know me intimately love reading my books to see what snippets of me (or even themselves) they can recognise! Plus I love to travel and all my books have at least a couple of scenes from foreign countries in them. Weak at the Knees, my latest release, is half set in France.

Author Info
Jo Kessel is a journalist, working for the BBC and reporting and presenting for ITV on holiday, consumer and current affairs programs. She writes for several national newspapers in the UK including the Daily Mail, the Telegraph, the Guardian and the Express and was the anonymous author of the Independent’s hit column: Diary of a Primary School Mum.

When Jo was ten years old she wrote a short story about losing a loved one. Her mother and big sister were so moved by the tale that it made them cry. Having reduced them to tears she vowed that the next time she wrote a story it would make them smile instead. Happily she succeeded and with this success grew an addiction for wanting to reach out and touch people with words. Jo lives in London with her husband and three children. She loves traveling and since becoming a mother anything even remotely sad makes her cry. She’s a sucker for a good romance and tearjerker movies are the worst. She’s that woman in the cinema, struggling to muffle audible wails as everyone else turns round to stare.

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Rafflecopter Giveaway (Gift Basket including: a signed book, a signed bookmark, a giant pen from the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, and several French goodies featured in Weak at the Knees including a French manicure kit, an Edith Piaf CD (one of France's greatest international singers), personalized merchandise from Montgenevre, the village in the French Alps where Weak at the Knees is set, as well as  a bottle of Chateauneuf-du-Pape - a gloriously rich (and expensive) red wine produced in the Rhone wine region in southeastern France. It is a wine that should be drunk to celebrate a special occasion.


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  2. Thank you so much for having me and my new release Weak at the Knees on your blog today Melinda - it is really appreciated!

  3. I am also totally that woman who can cry at the drop of a hat!! I've always wanted to go to London - what's your favorite place to have visited?

  4. My favorite place is just about anywhere in France..............although I did fall in love with San Fransisco when I visited.........