A very Happy New Year to everyone at the Nut Press from me! My name’s Jane Lovering (yes, honestly, that’s my real name, so I couldn’t write any thing but romantic comedy, could I?) and the resident squirrels have very kindly agreed to host me here today so that I can tell you all about my new book Please Don’t Stop the Music.

First, the blurb;

Jemima Hutton is determined to build a successful new life and keep her past a dark secret. Trouble is, her jewellery business looks set to fail – until enigmatic Ben Davies offers to stock her handmade belt buckles in his guitar shop and things start looking up, on all fronts.

But Ben has secrets too. When Jemima finds out he used to be the front man of hugely successful Indie rock band Willow Down, she wants to know more. Why did he desert the band on their US tour? Why is he now a semi-recluse?

And the curiosity is mutual – which means that her own secret is no longer safe …

Oooh, I hear you cry, for my hearing is excellent even if my sanity is questionable, a book about Dark Secrets, that’s just my cup of tea!

Then draw closer, grab yourself a cup-cake, it’s all right I brought enough for everyone, and I shall impart some of the Dark Secrets involved in the writing of Please Don’t Stop the Music… Actually, don’t draw close, you might get crumbs on my shirt.

Now, where was I? Ah yes, Dark Secrets. Well, my first writing secret is this… I actually wrote the book with my laptop balanced on my knees whilst sitting on my bed. Yes, not for me the desk and chair arrangement! No! I eschew comfort and convenience in favour of sore knees. See how I suffer for my art!

What, you want another Dark Secret? All right, try this. The book was almost entirely fuelled by Spearmint Chewing Gum and Diet Coke. For some reason, whilst I am writing my mouth wants to eat things, and chewing gum and diet coke are the only ways for me to avoid having a bottom the size of the Isle of Wight. It also means I get plenty of healthy exercise plodding along the landing to the loo every five minutes.

And your final Dark Secret? It’s not just the main characters, Jemima and Ben that have secrets. Watch out for Jemima’s best friend Rosie, she’s keeping a secret of her own…

Right, off to make some New Year’s Resolutions…mmm…how to improve on perfection…?

Yes, tricky. I’ll leave you to ponder how you could possibly do that, Jane… Thanks for getting 2011 off to such a great start here at The Nut Press. The squirrels said the cupcakes were yummy and wondered if there were any more. They do also wish you every success with Please Don’t Stop the Music.

Please Don’t Stop the Music is published by Choc Lit Publishing on 01 February 2011. You can pre-order it from Amazon UK or The Book Depository. Jane can be contacted at www.janelovering.co.uk or on Twitter @janelovering.

COMPETITION: Want to be in with the chance of winning a copy of Please Don’t Stop the Music? Leave a comment below telling us one of your Dark Secrets by midnight (GMT) on Thursday, 6th January 2011.