Debbie McGowan is a social scientist, author and publisher, from the North-West UK, whose personal and academic interests collide in her writing, which is character-driven fiction:
"I try to tell the story of the characters' everyday lives, their personal challenges and achievements. I throw in a few big events along the way - the kind of stuff that happens in real life, but when you read it in fiction, you think, 'Well that's a bit far-fetched.'"
Emotions run riot in Debbie McGowan’s most recent addition to the highly acclaimed Hiding Behind The Couch series.
Delve deeper into the lives, lies and loves of your favourite characters in this touching tale where twists and turns abound.
Whilst Dan battles for his life in Kathmandu, back home preparations for Eleanor’s wedding are interrupted by events that exhume painful memories from the past, forcing Josh to finally come clean about his true feelings.
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“A novel that sparkles and comes to life in your imagination unlike any other.”
“The strangest honeymoon ever, in which a hot tub and a Labrador play a leading role…”
“I can’t recommend this highly enough—there is no way you could fail to fall in love with these characters and be sucked into their lives.”
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The Harder They Fall is season three in the Hiding Behind The Couch series.
The story follows chronologically from No Time Like The Present (Season Two). The story continues in Crying in the Rain (Novel – runs parallel with the second half of The Harder They Fall), First Christmas (Novella) and In The Stars Part I (Season Four).
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WARNING: this story deals with themes of depression and suicide ideation.
Fate, karma, written in the stars, or just bizarre quirks of coincidence?
For better or worse, the events of the next six months will push the friends to the limits. For The Circle can expand and contract, but it is always whole; eternal.
Set over a period of six months (January–June), In The Stars Part I explores the day-to-day lives of The Circle—nine friends from high school, now in their late thirties—following them through a year of celebration, loss, illness and life-changing decisions.
In The Stars Part I is Season Four in the Hiding Behind The Couch Series. This book is also available as six separate episodes.
The story follows chronologically from The Harder They Fall (Season Three), Crying in the Rain (Novel) and First Christmas (Novella). It continues in Breaking Waves (Novella) and In The Stars Part II (Season Five).
For those readers unfamiliar with the series, In The Stars re-introduces the main characters, so you could pick it up from here and perhaps catch up with the previous books later.
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What readers say about the Hiding Behind The Couch Series:
“The remarkable characterisation in these novels is what makes them for me.”
“This story reminds me of my favorite movies about friendship and relationships.”
“Few authors have explored the depths of longtime friends within a group, or ‘circle’ the way Debbie McGowan has!”
“I have a love-hate relationship with Debbie McGowan’s Hiding Behind the Couch Series. I love to read them, I HATE it when they’re over.”
Also in this series: Checking Him Out For the Holidays - a festive novella for Hanukkah/Christmas.
First published as part of the Love's Landscapes Anthology
(DRiTC 2014, MMRomanceGroup.com), based on the prompt:
When I met the love of my new life (his words not mine…ass), I was simply waiting in the checkout line. I might have been caught up in a conversation with my best friend/wife of X amount of years about something, I can’t remember at the moment. So anyway, we were distracted and didn’t notice that the line had moved. So after maybe 30 seconds, or a minute at the most (I’m pretty sure it wasn’t that long), Mr. Impatient, with an accent like that character on The Originals (not that I watch that show at my age), got our attention in the rudest way in my opinion, or in my wife’s heart-of-a-ho opinion, the kindest way possible for our insensitive asses. I’m pretty sure his accent, mixed with his damn charm, got him out of more trouble than it should. We had a rough start, but we had quiet moments when we weren’t all over each other or fighting, in and out of bed. Anyway, I would love a story about our first year.
P.S. I want a story with interesting secondary characters interacting with the main characters. I want it to be known that the marriage is a *lavender marriage—no one is being fooled here. I want humor mixed in with hot-damn, slightly overwhelming sex. Alpha males with a bad case of the giggles at inappropriate moments. No BDSM please. One other request is that I wish the main characters to be in the age range of late twenties to early thirties.
*A lavender marriage is a “beard” marriage of convenience.
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WARNING: this story deals with themes of child sexual abuse, sudden infant death, and parents' marriage breakdown due to infidelity. All issues are written about sensitively and in a way that is intended to be accessible for children aged ten and above.
Unlike the rest of the series, which is written in third-person (semi-omniscient) past tense, this short story is written in first-person present tense.
It has no real bearing on anything else that happens in the series; it is what it is: an Easter Egg.
It is entirely self-indulgent, for which I make no apologies.
~ Deb ~
Now, with Matty just weeks away from taking up his place at a prestigious London dance academy, Noah is desperate to make the most of the little time they have left. It's only a temporary separation, and they are forever. Or so he'd thought.