Joanne Phillips

Award-winning novelist

Joanne Phillips is a critically-acclaimed novelist. She writes contemporary fiction, mysteries, and romantic comedies, as well as a popular collection of self-help books.

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This Beautiful World, finalist, Luke Bitmead Bursary

Finalist: Luke Bitmead Bursary

Meet Joanne

Joanne Phillips lives in Cheshire, England with her young daughter.

She's the author of four romantic comedies, the Flora Lively series of contemporary mysteries, and the critically-acclaimed This Beautiful World. An award-winning novelist, Joanne has a Masters Degree in Creative Writing and her books regularly appear on category bestseller lists.

Luke Bitmead Bursary finalist

Before becoming a writer, Joanne had jobs as diverse as hairdresser, air hostess and librarian, but now divides her time between writing and running her other businesses. She's a fan of super-dark chocolate, great coffee and is addicted to Netflix.

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Meet amateur sleuth Flora Lively in her series of cozy mysteries to solve.

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Contemporary Fiction

Award-winning contemporary women's fiction and romantic comedies.

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Contemporary Fiction

Award-winning contemporary women's fiction and romantic comedies:

This Beautiful World

Finalist: Luke Bitmead Bursary

Single-mum Alice is desperate to keep her son safe, but sometimes it’s hard for her to distinguish real dangers from those her mind seems to conjure out of nowhere.

Her brother, Simon, thinks his life is going nowhere. With an aging father to care for, few friends and no prospects, his sense of suffocation is growing stronger every day.
Neither of them are prepared for Crystal. Bursting into their lives with her impossible beauty and air-hostess chic, Crystal sets in motion a journey that could change each of their lives forever.

What does Crystal’s glamorous exterior conceal? Can Rick Valentine, daytime TV’s favourite hypnotist, cure Alice’s problems?

Touching and raw, This Beautiful World explores grief, loneliness, inadequacy and obsession in a world of contrasting cultures; from England’s council estates to the diamond-edged glitter of London’s consumer elite.

This Beautiful World was a finalist in the Luke Bitmead Bursary, 2015.

Can't Live Without

Stella Hill: Book 1

How does it feel to lose everything you own?
Single-mum Stella is proud of the home she’s created for herself and her teenage daughter. But when she wakes one morning to find her kitchen on fire, Stella knows her life will never be the same again ...
With a boss she’s half in love with, a daughter about to go seriously off the rails, a spendaholic mother, and a house to rebuild, Stella’s problems are only just beginning. Can Stella put her life – and her home – back together again? And will she ever realise just what it really is she can’t live without?

Praise for Can’t Live Without:

  • “A sleek, beautifully crafted novel” Tahlia Newland, Awesome Indies

  • “A book that will keep you hooked right to the end”

  • “A fabulously down to earth, feel-good romance.” Kim the Bookworm

The Family Trap

Stella Hill: Book 2

Becoming a grandmother at thirty-eight may not be ideal, but Stella can cope – just – because in two weeks’ time she’s marrying the love of her life, Paul Smart.

When Stella finds out she’s pregnant – a pregnancy that’s unplanned and unexpected, not to mention inconvenient – she takes it in her stride. It’s not a problem. At least, not for her.

But just how do you break the news of a baby on the eve of your wedding? And what if your plans turn out to be wildly different from the plans of the one you love?

The Family Trap is the second book in the bestselling Stella Hill series.

Praise for The Family Trap:

  • “I loved Stella in Can’t Live Without and I loved her in this.” Cathy Bramley

  • “The Family Trap is another enjoyable page-turner, packed with witty one-liners and comic situations.” Linda Gillard

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Whose side are you on?

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“Fans of romantic comedies, let us welcome you to one crazy neighborhood” ~ BookBub

Greedy housing developers and clueless grandparents don’t mix well. It’s up to bored, single Evie to save the day – but she never expects to fall for the evil corporation’s CEO in the process.

When Evie discovers her grandparents’ house in Cupid’s Way is under threat from developers, she jumps to their rescue. On the cusp of her thirties, and still disappointingly single, Evie is desperate for a new challenge.

But saving the street won’t be easy – the perfectly preserved Victorian terrace is a proud oasis of quirky characters and communal gardens. Unfortunately, it also sits on development land worth millions.

Dynamite Construction have the deal in the bag, and soon the residents of Cupid’s Way will be forced to sell up and ship out. CEO Michael Andrews, charismatic and super-successful, has never let sentimentality get in the way of business. At least, he hadn’t until he met Evie Stone …

Praise for Cupid's Way:

  • “Fans of romantic comedies, let us welcome you to one crazy neighborhood.” BookBub

  • “I haven't enjoyed a book this much in ages.” Avid Reader

Keeping Sam

When family becomes the enemy

When Kate wakes up from a year-long coma, the first person she asks for is her son. He's safe and sound and being cared for by her parents ... but why doesn't this fill her with relief?

Recovering from a head injury and getting back on her feet takes most of Kate’s energy, but she is determined to see Sam as soon as she can ... By the time Kate is well enough to reclaim her son she is frantic with worry. Why hasn’t her mother brought Sam to see her? Why haven’t they replied to any of her letters?

And why will no one talk to her about the circumstances around her injuries?

Praise for Keeping Sam:

  • “An exceptionally good read.” Carole Campbell-Morgan

  • “This is a great story, which kept me reading to see what would happen.” L. White

Cozy Mysteries

Meet amateur sleuth Flora Lively in her series of cozy mysteries to solve:

Flora Lively and the Murder at the maples

Flora Lively: Book 1

Meet feisty new amateur sleuth Flora Lively in the first of her cozy mystery adventures.

When twenty-nine-year-old Flora Lively loses both of her parents and inherits the family business, she tries hard to make a success of her father’s dream – even at the expense of her own dreams. Burdened with Marshall, her father’s handpicked American manager, Flora finds solace in her friendship with Joy, an elderly client she helped move into the Maples, the local retirement community.

But when strange and dangerous things begin to happen at the Maples, Flora finds herself plunged headfirst into a web of betrayal, intrigue and deceit. Convinced a murderer is preying on helpless residents, Flora is forced to conduct a private murder investigation.

But can she solve the puzzle in time, or will the murderer strike again?

Flora Lively and a Date With Death

Flora Lively: Book 2

Amateur sleuth Flora Lively is back to investigate another mystery, and this time the body count is rising...

When Flora’s best friend returns to England with a Spanish film crew in tow, Flora is thrilled to land a job on set at a glamorous country house. But when a member of the crew is brutally murdered, and the priceless Infanta Tiara stolen, suspicion falls on everyone at Hanley Manor – including someone far too close to home.

When an arrest is made, Flora is plunged deep into a puzzling mystery, with no idea who she can and cannot trust. Surrounded by suspicion and bitter rivalries, she must keep one eye over her shoulder at all times.

Because the murderer is about to strike again...

Flora Lively, Book 3

Flora Lively and the Sign of Seven

Coming Soon

Flora Lively: Book 3

See no evil... hear no evil

Flora Lively’s new job at the White & Co Museum of Antiquities takes a deadly turn when a body is discovered in a packing crate - the very crate Flora sealed shut only hours earlier.

When a priceless artifact is discovered missing the next day, museum owner Jasmine White fears that the curse of the 'Seventh Tablet of Lamassu' has come to pass. Flora is called upon to investigate, but this - her first official case - is set to be her most challenging yet.

As the stakes get higher, the threat moves closer to home. This time, Flora may be truly out of her depth...

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Joanne's non-fiction series to help you with habit change:

Get the Productivity Habit

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Get the Productivity Habit

Wipe out procrastination

How often do you start work only to find yourself on Facebook a few minutes later?

Or suddenly realize that you’ve been stuck in a cycle of checking emails, blogs and social media instead of getting on with your most urgent task?

Procrastination is a growing problem.

In a world that’s filled with distractions, there is always something that provides instant ‘fun’ just a few clicks away. This book will show you how to break those habits, how to become more productive, and how to get on top of every aspect of your work and life.

Get The Productivity Habit is for everyone who has ever looked at their To-Do list and wanted to crawl back into bed! Whether you work from home or outside of the home, whether you’re a high-flying business executive or an ‘momtrepreneur’, there is something in these pages for you.

Whether you’re looking for procrastination self help or time management skills, we can all do more, do better, and be more efficient.

And this book will show you how.

Get the Decluttering Habit

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Get the Decluttering Habit

The easy way to a clutter-free lifestyle

Is stuff controlling your life?

Have you ever looked around your home and thought 'I don’t know where to start?'

Many people begin to feel anxious, overwhelmed and defeated around the idea of decluttering their homes. If you're struggling with clutter, disorganization or overwhelm, this book is for you.

This book shows you how to declutter and organize your home step by step, room by room. But it does more than that. It teaches you how to build the declutter habit – how to overcome your natural tendency to accumulate and ignore, showing you how to organize your home and your life so that clutter never becomes a problem again.

Before long you will be living in a clutter-free organized home, with objects and belongings that are important and meaningful to you on display or safely stored, and with a system for dealing with every new object that comes into your space.

Download now and begin your decluttering journey, step-by-step, room-by-room, organizing your way to a beautiful, clutter-free home.

Get the Mindfulness Habit

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Get the Mindfulness Habit

Six days and three minutes to stress reduction and inner calm.

“Practising mindfulness not only helps you become happier and healthier, it also reduces stress, improves your relationships and makes you more appreciative of life.”

Are you ready to start living your life in a more fulfilling and authentic way?

Do you want to stop allowing stress and worry to eat away at your peace of mind?

Let this book show you how to develop the habit of mindfulness in six days, with easy and straightforward guided mindfulness meditations specifically designed to teach you how to fit practice into your daily life.

If you are ready to make a real difference in your life, and if you can find three minutes to make a start, mindfulness meditation and mind fitness is yours for the taking.

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