Writing as Jamie Scott

Long ago, before I wrote chick lit, I wrote "upmarket commercial fiction" (at least that's what my agent called it). I have an alter-ego, Jamie Scott, for those books.

How much would you risk to stand up for your beliefs?

When the Powell family moves to Savannah Georgia in 1947, they hope against hope that they'll be welcomed. But they're Northerners and worse, they're white civil rights advocates almost a decade too early. The American South is deeply segregated.

At first their daughter, May, can pretend they're the same as everyone else. It means keeping quiet when she knows she should speak up, but it's worth the sacrifice to win friends. Keeping secrets has been the norm for her new home's residents for forty years anyway, and the old lady who lived in the house before them left more than her furniture when she died. May finds her diaries and letters, unravelling a tale of love and loss that reaches across the generations with devastating consequences.

Unfortunately May’s parents are soon putting their beliefs into action. When they wake to find that they're the only family on the block with a Ku Klux Klan cross blazing on their front lawn, the time comes for them to finally decide between doing what's easy and doing what's right.


  1. Here we go again! This makes me cross as well, paid reviews just can't be trusted!
  2. Grrrrr.....this is so wrong. Thanks for flagging it. I hope Goodreads closed that person's account.
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  4. I had exactly the same approach from someone. He even advertises (of course, it's not really 'advertising', as he claimed with you) on Linkedin. The prices are derisory, about £5 for a 'review.' But your point holds. If anyone thinks their work is such rubbish that it needs a plug for a fiver from someone in a tin hut on the Nullabor Plain then they ought not to bother publishing it at all. I don't know who uses this service. Maybe Jordan's publishers.
  5. I think we're fast reaching the point where a book needs a healthy sprinkling of 1 and 2 star reviews, to be taken seriously. Any book with nothing but 5 star reviews rings alarm bells for me.
    But it seems this will be a really hard thing for Goodreads to police; I don't think there's a way round it, really.