Blog Tour ‘The Half-Life of Hannah’/’Other Halves’ by Nick Alexander: Guest Post + INT Giveaway

The Blog Tour continues! Me talking about Other Halves.

This Chick Reads

Today we’re honored to be taking part in Nick Alexander’s Blog tour for his two novels ‘The Half-Life of Hannah’ and the sequel ‘Other Halves’ published by Black & White Publishing. Many thanks to Nick for his lovely post and make sure you enter the fantastic INTERNATIONAL giveaway (rafflecopter found at the end of the post).

Image  Blurb:

“If your first love came back to offer you everything you ever dreamed of, what would you do?”

Hannah is thirty-eight and the happily married mother of eleven-year old Luke, the diamond in her world. Her marriage is reassuringly stable, and after fifteen years she has managed to push the wild dreams of youth from her mind and concentrate on the everyday satisfactions of here and now. The first half of her life hasn’t been as exciting as she had hoped, but then, she reckons, whose has?

When she succeeds in convincing…

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Competition: Win #Loadsabooks in the great #HalfLifeOfHannah giveaway



The winners were:

The prize for competition #1 went to Gillian Reid who has already received her 10 book prize.

1st prize in competition #2 goes to Kate Knight who will receive all 10 novels.
2nd prize in competition #2 goes to Phill Hoddinott who gets free copies of Hannah and Other Halves
3rd and 4th prizes go to Sarah Princess Consuela Fisher and Rebecca Holmes who both win rare first edition copies of The Case of the Missing Boyfriend, and Better than Easy. Keep ’em in good condition and they might be worth something one day 
To all winners, please PM me with the dedication you’d like (if any) and your postal address.
Well done and thanks for playing!



The paperback edition of The Half-Life of Hannah, published by Black and White Books, is released tomorrow and will be appearing in bookshops large and small around the country. There are 12 different prizes of #Loadsabooks to be won in the great #HalfLifeOfHannah giveaway, just a selection of which are shown in the photo here.


Ready? Steady, Go!

There are 4 different ways to win #Loadsabooks in the #HalfLifeOfHannah competition.

Some of these are time critical (but guarantee a prize for the winner) and some of them aren’t but will depend, instead, on a prize draw at the closing date (31st May).

Competition #1 (Time critical). One Prize – all 10 Novels. List value £99.

Find a copy of The Half-Life of Hannah in a local bookstore.

Take two photos

  • one of the bookstore frontage taken from the street so that the name of the bookstore is clearly visible.
  • one of you pointing at the copy of Half-Life of Hannah in the window or on the bookshop shelf.

Either post these two photos to my Facebook timeline (ie post them and tag me in them – you’ll need to befriend me first) or tweet them to me (@authornick). Include the hashtags #HalfLifeOfHannah and #Loadsabooks in your post.

The FIRST person to complete these stages is guaranteed to win signed, dedicated paperback copies of ALL of my novels. These comprise The Fifty Reasons Series (5 books), The Half-Life Of Hannah, Other Halves, The Case Of The Missing Boyfriend, The French House and 13:55 Eastern Standard Time. That’s over £98 worth of books.

You are permitted to phone around bookstores to find a copy, and you’re even allowed to order a copy (though you’ll have to purchase it if you do).

Competition #2 (Prize Draw). Five different Prizes(1st Prize all 10 Novels. List value £99.)

All subsequent (not 1st) entries to competition #1 received by the 31st May will be entered into a prize draw.

  • The first name drawn will receive the same prize as competition #1, IE signed, dedicated copies of all ten of my novels.
  • The second name drawn will receive signed copies of the Half-Life of Hannah plus The Case Of The Missing Boyfriend.
  • The Third, Fourth and Fifth names drawn will receive rare, first edition copies of The Case Of The Missing Boyfriend and of Better Than Easy from the Fifty Reasons series.

Good luck!


Additional Rules:


The competition may not be entered by the staff of Black & White Publishing, Corvus Books, the employees of bookshops or distributors stocking The Half-Life of Hannah the family or close personal friends of the author. All entries for the prize draw must be publicly posted to the author’s Facebook or twitter accounts as detailed above by midnight on the 31st of May.






Another snapshot. Today’s hard work :-0

Barbara stirs her tea and steels herself before returning to the dining room, mug in hand.  She sits, thoughtfully, before the pale blue folder. It glares at her; it dares her.

She sips her tea. Another minute can’t hurt, can it? There’s no one here to witness how much time she takes to find the courage to plunge into the past. It is her past, after all.

She takes a deep breath and almost moves her hand towards the folder, but fails. She surprises herself with the thought, Why couldn’t she just wait until I was dead? And then, in a rush, before that other part of her can interfere, she flips the cover open.

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Another peek at a work in progress.

Barbara is sitting on a cushion in the corner of the room. Cold air from the draughty sash windows is drifting down her back, but she won’t move just yet. She’s determined not to make a sound. Between her legs, her son is playing with a bright yellow submarine, driving it along the lines of the rug making spluttering, farty engine noises through pursed lips.
The purple sofa, a recent (second-hand) acquisition via a work colleague of Tony’s, is occupied by four tightly packed friends from his new photography class. They are, from left to right, dark-haired Dave – in a thick, off-white, Arran jumper – pretty hippy Alison, quiet-as-a-mouse Wendy, and sensible Malcolm.

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First Norwegian review of Hannah!

“Hannah” is a very good book. It is reminiscent of chick-lit, without actually being of that category. In fact, it reminds one a French film, where perhaps not much action happens, but a deep insight into human nature is still conveyed.
The characters feel both plausible and real.
The story is about so much more than just the return of lost love. It’s about family and friends, personal interaction and dwells on what might lie beneath the surface of a successful facade.
The author uses both past and present to build a complete picture.
“Hannah” is unpredictable, and the story is character driven from first page to last. Nevertheless, it has the ability to hold your attention.
And it has a wonderful ending that completes the story in a satisfactory manner, while also allowing for more …
This is a real page turner, and it is at all times exceptionally beautifully written. It is almost impossible to put down, and the story contains several unexpected twists.
I had not expected such a wonderful and emotional novel.
This is a very compelling and emotional tale of family secrets. And a book I highly recommend, perhaps especially for those who enjoy family dramas.
Nick Alexander has with “Hannah” not only written a very good and entertaining novel, but also a book that will get the reader to reflect on their own choices in life.”

From Michael Cunningham – The Hours. One of my favourite novels ever.

““This morning she may penetrate the obfuscation, the clogged pipes to reach the gold. She can feel it inside her, an all but indescribable second self, or a parallel, purer self. If she were religious, she would call it the soul. 
It is more than the sum of her intellect and her emotions, more than the sum of her experiences, though it runs like veins of brilliant metal through all three. It is an inner faculty that recognizes the animating mysteries of the world because it is made of the same substance, and when she is very fortunate she is able to write directly through that faculty. Writing in that state is the most profound satisfaction she knows, but her access to it comes and goes without warning. She may pick up her pen and follow it with her hand as it moves across the paper; she may pick up her pen and find that she’s merely herself, a woman in a housecoat holding a pen, afraid and uncertain, only mildly competent, with no idea about where to begin or what to write.”