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Please help us welcome Isobel Rey to MBA&M, as today’s guest of the day!

Welcome, Isobel!! (hands waving)

MBA&M: Please tell our readers a little about Isobel Rey? For those of us who do not know you as a writer?

ISOBEL: Well this is my first novel and I can’t tell you how pleased I am to be published and to find out well received my first book is. I work in advertising in London. It’s an incredible job and I’m very lucky to be working in this world as two days are never the same. I meet all kinds of people from a huge variety of blue chip companies in all kinds of industries.
London is a very exciting city to live in and there’s a real vibe to the city and the people who live here. The people I meet are at the top of their game in whatever industry they are in and that brings a huge frisson to every meeting , when you realise that they are very demanding, but they have a right to be! Sometimes I have to pinch myself, to remind myself where I am.
A few people have asked me what made me choose this genre of fiction. In truth it was a bit of an accident. I was out with a friend one evening and she introduced to a publisher friend of hers. The three of us ended up having dinner and a lot of wine. I was talking about some of the crazy worlds that I get a window into from my job, and all the politics and sexual tension that go with them. The publisher asked me to tell her some stories of things I’d heard or seen. We’d had a lot of wine, so the stories came tumbling out! There’s a scene in my novel involving a one way mirror, many people have asked me how I made that up, and they’re shocked when I explain that I didn’t! That story was told to me by someone who was there.
I told the publisher how hard it can be for women to navigate this world when they are looking for love as there are so many ambitious and ruthless men out there who don’t want to get tied down.
So the publisher encouraged me to try my hand at writing a novel as I already had experience of writing advertising copy. So I sat down and put together a plot and characters, taken from people and situations I’d observed. I wrote three sample chapters and sent them to her, she sent them to her editor and two weeks later they offered me a publishing contract!

MBA&M: What made you wish to write a tale of an abusive boyfriend and the courage it takes for an abusive mate to leave that situation?

ISOBEL: I have been in this situation as have many of my friends and I think it’s much more common than women realize. When you are with a man who grinds down your confidence it happens slowly, like a drip, drip effect, eroding your personality and making you turn in on yourself. It may not be physical abuse but it creeps in, and you become diminished and cowed before you realize what’s happened. It makes a woman very wary of other men, and wary of her own desires and emotions. I wanted to show how hard it is for a woman like Alexia to find herself again when she’s thrown out of the frying pan into a roaring fire.

MBA&M: Why a Sports Agency setting?

ISOBEL: It’s a very glamorous world, with multi-million pound contracts at stake involving sports stars with egos bigger than their salaries. It’s a hugely exciting world but it’s full of sharks, and looking for love in this setting is always going to be tricky. I have seen many Alexias in similar companies, beautiful girls seen as a challenge by the womanizers. I wanted to show how hard it is to stay true to yourself when temptation is all around you.

MBA&M: If you could meet anyone in the Sports arena, who would it be and why?

ISOBEL: I have to say I would love to meet David Ginola. He’s a retired French Premiere League Soccer player and he would give George Clooney a run for his money in the ‘Sexiest man in the world’ competition!

MBA&M: Was your writing influenced by the FIFTY SHADES OF GREY storyline? If so why?

ISOBEL: Well I must be the only woman in the Western world who hasn’t read it! And that was deliberate as I thought it might influence what I was about to try and write. My publisher gave me some titles that she had published in this genre and encouraged me to read a variety of authors so I could get a feel for what works in this genre without losing my own writer’s voice.

Thank you, Isobel, for taking a few moments of your time to spend with us and our readers today!

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Description

She’s driven by his desire…

It took all of Alexia’s courage to leave her abusive boyfriend and strike out on her own. When she lands a job at a glamorous sports agency, she thinks she finally has it made. But shy, blonde and beautiful, Alexia is totally unprepared for the fast sexual politics of rich men and ambitious women that is waiting for her. Most of all, she is totally unprepared for her dazzling but damaged new boss, Nathan Fallon.

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Description

She’s driven by his desire…

It took all of Alexia’s courage to leave her abusive boyfriend and strike out on her own. When she lands a job at a glamorous sports agency, she thinks she finally has it made. But shy, blonde and beautiful, Alexia is totally unprepared for the fast sexual politics of rich men and ambitious women that is waiting for her. Most of all, she is totally unprepared for her dazzling but damaged new boss, Nathan Fallon.

– See more at: http://www.sourcebooks.com/store/substitute.html#sthash.VvsdZbvM.dpuf

Description

She’s driven by his desire…

It took all of Alexia’s courage to leave her abusive boyfriend and strike out on her own. When she lands a job at a glamorous sports agency, she thinks she finally has it made. But shy, blonde and beautiful, Alexia is totally unprepared for the fast sexual politics of rich men and ambitious women that is waiting for her. Most of all, she is totally unprepared for her dazzling but damaged new boss, Nathan Fallon.

– See more at: http://www.sourcebooks.com/store/substitute.html#sthash.VvsdZbvM.dpuf

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Book Description

June 3, 2014

She’s driven by his desire…

It took all of Alexia’s courage to leave her abusive boyfriend and strike out on her own. When she lands a job at a glamorous sports agency, she thinks she finally has it made. But shy, blonde and beautiful, Alexia is totally unprepared for the fast sexual politics of rich men and ambitious women that is waiting for her. Most of all, she is totally unprepared for her dazzling but damaged new boss, Nathan Fallon.

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What readers are saying:

 

“Brilliant. Couldn’t put it down.”

 

“If you enjoyed Fifty Shades of Grey, you will enjoy this!”

 

“All the fun AND a good story.”

 

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Author Bio: Isobel Rey is a Cambridge graduate. After interning at a stage/film talent agency, Isobel now works at a London advertising agency. This is her debut novel. Originally from Surrey, Isobel lives in London with her partner and a one-eared rescue cat called Thumper.

 

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