Kiss My Name – Calvin Wade

On the eve of Simon Strong’s wedding day, a young woman, Flo, armed with a double barrelled shotgun, arrives at his front door. She is there to avenge the mistreatment of her best friend, Zara. Simon begs for mercy, claiming he has no knowledge of anyone called Zara. What has happened to Zara to create such an extreme reaction from her best friend?

Kiss My Name follows the lives of several characters from childhood in the 1980s to adult life in the twenty first century. As several of them gather in Blackpool, for a Stag Do and a Hen Do, mayhem ensues. Has Simon cheated on his wife to be and will he make it to the church at all?

My Review:  I adored Calvin’s first book Forever is Over and the blurb on Kiss My Name really tickled my fancy and sure enough it’s  a fabulous feelgood book packed with humour, mystery, relationships and love.  The characters are so real and once again I finished this book with a huge smile on my face.  Job Well Done Mr Wade.

About the Author: Calvin Wade was born in Ormskirk, Lancashire in 1971. He studied Economics at Manchester Metropolitan University, graduating in 1992. On graduation, he worked in a record shop for eighteen months to fund a backpacking trip around the world. Since returning from his travels,the majority of his working life was spent in the mortgage industry, working for Alliance & Leicester, Yorkshire Building Society and Birmingham Midshires. During this period, he ran five marathons, three in London and one each in Liverpool and New York. His first London Marathon was run in a fancy dress house where he was narrowly beaten by an apple, a banana and a pear. In 2006, he wrote a five minute monologue for BBC Radio Five Live entitled, “I Hate Football”, which was performed by Johnny Vegas. It first aired in June 2006 and was repeated on a Christmas Day special. ‘Forever is Over’ was his debut novel in 2011, which peaked in the Amazon UK Top 20 in ebook format. This was followed by a second fictional novel, 18 months later called ‘Kiss My Name’. Two non-ficitonal books then followed. The first, ‘Another Saturday & Sweet FA’ was the story of attending all 14 rounds of the FA Cup with his father, a former FA Amateur Cup Finalist and a charity fundraising groundhopper called Alan Oliver. The popularity of ‘Another Saturday & Sweet FA’ led to a decision to cover the FA Cup, FA Trophy & FA Vase, one season after the other, to make up a footballing trilogy. The story of the FA Trophy adventure, “Brutal Giants & The Village King (A Ferriby Fairytale)” was released in April 2015. 50p from the sale of each football ebook/book is donated to a specialist cancer hospital in Manchester, The Christie. On 28th July 2015, a third fictional book called ‘Waiting For The Big Stings’ was released on ebook. Calvin Wade is married to Alison and has two sons, Bradley and Joel.

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