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nicola orbaGood morning Nicola and welcome. Can I start, as always, by asking you a little about yourself?

Thanks for having me! Well, I live in Ascot in Berkshire with Stanley the cat. Writing is my complete passion. I still undertake freelance projects as a marketing/events manager so my life is a whirlwind of writing, working, meals out with friends, time with family, attending horse racing meetings, walking in Windsor Great Park and promoting my books. Love Me Tinder is my eighth novel.

When did you first decide you wanted to be a writer and how did you begin that journey?

Wow, a big question for me, but I will try and précis the answer. I started writing 20 years ago. I amazingly got an agent on submitting my first novel. For 2 years I received rejection letters. The agent let me go. I wrote another 5 books and then in 2011, 15 years since I started my first novel, I decided to publish 6 of them myself. After a massive amount of hard work and persistence, I won 2 awards at the Festival of Romance and bagged myself another agent, the lovely Kate Nash. In 2015 my dreams started becoming reality as I signed a 7 book deal with a long awaited traditional publisher – Accent Press.

When your latest book has been published is the next story already plotted and ready to write?

No. Ideas come to me but I usually have a break as when I start again I know it is all consuming.

Can you tell us something about your current WIP?

I’m clearing the mind cache at the moment as Love Me Tinder still swirling around after final edits. I have a few ideas forming but think I really must start Beyond the School Gates, the sequel to The School Gates which has been my bestseller so far. Plus, I would like to get another Christmas novella out there.

If money was no object what would be your idea holiday destination?

A private villa on Mustique Island with turtles in the garden!

And lastly, if you had to spend a year on a desert island, what four ‘must haves’ would you want to take with you?

  • Leonardo di Caprio
  • My cat Stanley
  • A feather pillow
  • PG Tips tea bags

Twitter: nicolamay1


Dull security or risky freedom – which would you choose? 

With her marriage in pieces, shy Cali Summers is faced with this decision and hits the world of fast love on an internet dating app. Using room 102 in the hotel where she works as her dating ‘lair’, she opens herself up to a world of sex, lies, deception, as well as personal discovery and passionate love.

With a charming F1 engineer, a handsome army officer and her adulterous ex all on the scene, a predictable love match is far from on the cards.


I have to admit, Chick Lit is not my usual choice but as I had organised this promo for Nicola I decided it would be good to read and review the book as well.

I took to Hotel Events Manager Cali straight away.  Having spent twelve years with Jamie Summers, getting married seemed the natural thing to do.  But nine months after the wedding they are divorcing because he now wants to be with his blond bimbo trainer Bella.  In the middle of her divorce, Cali is not in a good place. However, she has great support from gay receptionist Adam who encourages her to download the Tinder Dating App and go out and find herself some male distraction.  This she does with some very interesting results.  At the same time she finds herself pulled in to other peoples’ problems – her boss Marcus, best friend Annie and Events Coordinator, Louise. And despite leaving her for Bella,  Jamie keeps turning up at her flat, making everything even more complicated.

I loved this story. All the way through I wanted Cali to have a happy ending.  The internet dating world was a real minefield – men who lie about their age, download misleading photos, lie about their marital status – Cali seemed to come across them all.  There were great support characters plus an abusive grey African parrot, all which made for lots of laugh out loud moments. A thoroughly enjoyable read.

And does Cali get that happy ending I wanted so much for her?  Well, sorry, you’ll have to buy the book to find out.

I would like to thank Nicola for a pre-publication copy of Love Me Tinder in exchange for an honest review.

You can download Love Me Tinder here:



Directs fictional destinies. Living on the edge of a wonderful Georgian city. Addicted to Arthurian legend, good wine, and rock music. Writes...mostly about love


  1. Lovely reading about you Nicola, such an interesting journey. We may bump into each other in Windsor Great Park as I walk Virginia Waters a lot when in the area. Wishing you loads of lovely success and happy walking, riding days. 🙂

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