The Harder They Fall

Hiding Behind The Couch

Book 3
Beaten Track Publishing
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A fatal plane crash in Kathmandu. A fateful high school reunion. The wedding of the year and a honeymoon that eight best friends will never forget.

 

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.

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About the author

 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.'"

 

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Publisher
Beaten Track Publishing
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Published on
Jun 12, 2013
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Pages
500
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ISBN
9781909192225
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Family Life
Fiction / LGBT / Gay
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
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Some things are just meant to be, or sometimes it seems that way. Like old uni pals inexplicably moving to your hometown, or realising that your childhood best friend is the love of your life, or landing a star role in a hit TV series that could well be your autobiography.

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.

* * * * *

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.”

“You must learn to look beyond the evidence. It shows only what you wish to believe is real, not what you really wish to believe.”

Doubt that the sun doth move;
Doubt truth to be a liar,
But never doubt I love…
(Hamlet, Shakespeare)

The Circle is in flux. It’s been a hectic six months, and as the friends head into the heat of summer, more trials await that will truly test the bonds of friendship.

For whilst a circle may contract and may even at times constrict, it can also expand, accommodate, embrace.

And it is always whole.

Eternal.

Set over a period of six months (July–December), In The Stars Part II continues to explore 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 II is Season Five in the Hiding Behind The Couch Series. This book is also available as six separate episodes.

The story follows chronologically from In The Stars Part I (Season Four) and Breaking Waves (Novella). It continues in A Midnight Clear (Novella), Red Hot Christmas (Novella) and Two By Two (Season Six).

For those readers unfamiliar with the series, In The Stars Part I re-introduces the main characters, so you could pick it up from there and perhaps catch up with the previous books later.

* * * * *

WARNING: this story contains intimate (moderately explicit) scenes between consenting opposite sex (F/M) adults.

* * * * *

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!”

“The way the author deals with the complexities and issues in these books is delicate and compassionate, but with a matter-of fact-grit that smacks of reality.”

Some things are just meant to be, or sometimes it seems that way. Like old uni pals inexplicably moving to your hometown, or realising that your childhood best friend is the love of your life, or landing a star role in a hit TV series that could well be your autobiography.

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.

* * * * *

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.”

“You must learn to look beyond the evidence. It shows only what you wish to believe is real, not what you really wish to believe.”

Doubt that the sun doth move;
Doubt truth to be a liar,
But never doubt I love…
(Hamlet, Shakespeare)

The Circle is in flux. It’s been a hectic six months, and as the friends head into the heat of summer, more trials await that will truly test the bonds of friendship.

For whilst a circle may contract and may even at times constrict, it can also expand, accommodate, embrace.

And it is always whole.

Eternal.

Set over a period of six months (July–December), In The Stars Part II continues to explore 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 II is Season Five in the Hiding Behind The Couch Series. This book is also available as six separate episodes.

The story follows chronologically from In The Stars Part I (Season Four) and Breaking Waves (Novella). It continues in A Midnight Clear (Novella), Red Hot Christmas (Novella) and Two By Two (Season Six).

For those readers unfamiliar with the series, In The Stars Part I re-introduces the main characters, so you could pick it up from there and perhaps catch up with the previous books later.

* * * * *

WARNING: this story contains intimate (moderately explicit) scenes between consenting opposite sex (F/M) adults.

* * * * *

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!”

“The way the author deals with the complexities and issues in these books is delicate and compassionate, but with a matter-of fact-grit that smacks of reality.”

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