Stage by Stage by Jan Jones

ISBN 1-905175-086 Price £7.99

Available July 2005

Read an extract from the book here.


“That’s it. Enough is enough. I’m leaving.” Beth’s mouth fell open in surprise. The row hadn’t nearly got to that stage yet.’


“That’s it. Enough is enough. I’m leaving.” Beth’s mouth fell open in surprise. The row hadn’t nearly got to that stage yet.’

Teaching full-time and acquiring all the oddball kids in the new intake are only the first of Beth’s challenges when Alan leaves her after twenty-five years of marriage. She also has to turn her untidy Cambridge house into a B&B to make ends meet and then counteract the effect of regular theatrical guests on her impressionable teenage children. Alan doesn’t even have the decency to stay out of her life. Instead he keeps making disapproving incursions back in with his saccharine-laden new partner.

But Beth’s real worry is lodger Owen Pendragon – a touring character actor with wicked hazel eyes, a quirky sense of humour and a tendency to walk around her home sexily damp in his bathrobe.

With attitudes and lifestyles clashing, will Owen and Beth ever find common ground? All they can do is take things ‘stage by stage’.


‘This is a well written light read with much theatrical atmosphere.’

Suffolk Free Press

Author Profile : Jan Jones

Jan Jones grew up in North London but now lives with her husband, two teenagers and two cats in a Cambridgeshire village.

Her love of stage musicals comes from a prolonged exposure at an early age to her parents’ amateur dramatics group productions. She made her debut as one of the obnoxious Snow children in Carousel and could never be kept out of school plays, nativities, recitals or concerts.

Real life, however, propelled her into the computing industry, where she stayed until the advent of children and the running of a playgroup left her with just enough time to start writing seriously. Joining the Romantic Novelist’s Association gave her the support and encouragement to continue.

She has since had short stories published in many magazines and a number of poems in the small press. Stage by Stage is her first published novel. It is a romantic comedy, because, Jan says ‘people need to laugh out loud once in while’.

Awards and Prizes

Stage by Stage was the winners of the 2005 Romantic Novelists’ Association New Writers’ Award.

Author Links

Jan Jones has her own website :



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