Beth is an absolute wreck. She is certain that she has some kind of disease—a fatal one, most likely. She is also very single and quite keen on her colleague, Dr Brendan Roberts. He seems to fancy her, too—well, until The Morning After.
Beth knows it’s time to sort out her messy life, but she has no idea where to start.
Enter Shane—a slightly dishevelled forklift driver. He may not be suave or wealthy, but he does laugh at Beth’s jokes and remember how she likes her coffee. Plus, the more they hang out, the healthier she feels.
But when Shane suddenly cuts off all communication, Beth starts to think there’s no such thing as The One, and she decides to stop being slapdash and move on. Only life is never that simple, and Beth must take a chance if she hopes to find the cure to her ills.
Lovesick is a light-hearted romance about getting sick, getting better and taking risks.
XO Romance imprint ISBN 9781925143539
RRP $29.99 www.xoromance.com.au
PRAISE FOR LOVESICK
The manuscript was awarded Xoum Publishing's inaugural XO Romance Prize.
Judge Alexandra Nahlous described the book as ‘a witty and fun page-turner about
a lovelorn medical receptionist seemingly destined to make bad choices’.
'Debut author Jean Flynn brings a fresh, modern voice to Australian genre fiction,
writing in a style that is more chick-lit than romance ... This book is a promising start
for Xoum Publishing’s new imprint XO Romance.' Kat Mayo, Books+Publishing
'What’s so entertaining about this lighthearted romantic read is the author’s ability to create such depth of character in the main stars. They are totally believable and likeable.' Sue Wallace, The Weekly Times
'A great debut for this author. I will look forward to more from her.'
'I really enjoyed this story and would not only read it again, but recommend to friends too.'
'A great contemporary romance.'
A bit of background information
I was born in Melbourne in 1980.
In 1981 I got slightly run over in a car park.
When I was three I spotted two burglars with 'bare chesters' in the lane behind my house. (They were later arrested.)
I spent most of my childhood sitting inside, drawing.
In 2001 I started a graphic design business with my friend Angie. We rented a room in the Nicholas Building on Swanston St, which in those days had lift operators and no hot water.
When I was 28 I enrolled in a Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing at CAE -- oh boy did I learn some useful stuff there.
These days I live in regional Victoria and teach creative writing and graphic design at Federation University.
Photograph by Gordon Flynn
Published work and awards
'Suffering is Universal’, awarded third prize in the Newcastle Short Story Award (Open section), April 2018.
‘Not Just a Romance’ The Victorian Writer, Feb-Mar 2018.
‘Giving Women an Expanse of Space’ Castlemaine Mail, 2/12/16.
‘Seasonal Menagerie’ Visible Ink, November 2016.
‘Delivery’ Offset Sixteen, October 2016.
‘So Much Potential’ Offset Sixteen, October 2016.
‘Ladies’ Day’ CHILD, May 2015.
‘Audrey’s ready for Prep’ The Courier, 2012.
‘Riffraff’ 21D, issue 3, 2011.
'Charlie and Keith' shortlisted in the Elyne Mitchell Writing Award, 2010.
‘Quiet path to artistic success’ The Canberra Times, 2008.