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The Big Fix
Millions in cash. Hundreds of designer watches. A small black book...Liam got more than he bargained for after breaking into a plush west London townhouse. When he finds out who lives there, the notes in the book begin to make sense and its contents become the most valuable of all his ill-gotten gains.But his discovery could devastate the ‘beautiful game’ and those at the top are terrified.As the net closes in on Liam, they’re prepared to do anything to protect their secret. And Liam has a choice to make, but will he make it in time?
What readers are saying about The Big Fix⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Brilliant debut novel by a superb story teller
"I loved this debut novel by Jill Morris and couldn't wait to pick it up every night for some great pre-bedtime reading. The interplay between the main character and his love of football acted as the perfect punctuation; as there were times when the pace of the plot had me on the edge of my seat - I needed a rest! In particular, the cellar scenes had my heart racing. Then the twists and turns which followed left me aghast. It couldn’t be predicted. I can't wait to see what Jill Morris writes next. She has a natural talent as a modern storyteller."
Michael Heppell, international Sunday Times No. 1 bestselling author⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Brilliant, absolutely brilliant
"Absolutely loved the story. I’m not a football fan by any means but you don’t have to be to thoroughly enjoy this story. The way Jill writes draws you in to the characters, you live the story with them. I didn’t want to go to sleep so I could keep reading and now I’ve finished I’ve got a Big Fix hole in my reading time that I need to fill. Highly recommend this book and author."
"As someone who does not follow football, I was delighted to be gripped by the storyline! This book had everything which a good thriller needs to ensure the reader is hooked- corruption, criminals, tears, laughter and a strong main character who you are rooting for throughout whilst battling with the morality of some of his decisions. I was thoroughly impressed with this debut novel and I look forward to reading more of the authors work in the future. Highly recommended."
Charlotte S⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Fixated from the start
"Enjoyed this book from sentence one and found it difficult to put down
Excellent story, had you believing that everything going on was true and could not wait for the ending
A great read for all thriller junkies as well as football fans. 5 star. Thank you."
David S⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Fantastic debut novel... A must read!
"Brilliant read and fantastic debut novel. Was gripped from start to finish. Would appeal to anyone who likes a thriller or football. If you like both then it's a must read for you!"
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About Jill Morris
Hello! I'm Jill Morris and I was born and raised in County Durham, the youngest of three daughters.Since graduating from Teesside University in the early 1990s, I’ve had a successful career in the retail sector, working in senior marketing and PR roles. Although this allowed me to indulge my creativity in various guises, my true passion has always been to be a writer. In 2020, during the global pandemic, I made the decision to finally ‘write that book’ and to follow my dream of becoming a published author.I’ve been a football fan for as far back as I can remember and finally persuaded my dad to take me along to watch Newcastle United during Kevin Keegan’s first season as a player in early 1983. Since that moment, I’ve been there for the highs, the lows and the depths of despair, visiting grounds across Britain and Europe to follow my team.Having lived in various parts of Lincolnshire throughout my career, I’m currently living in the beautiful city of York with my husband David, who provided the inspiration for my debut novel, published in September 2021.
Tell me Ma, me Ma...
17 February 2023
…I won’t be home for tea!In just over a week, Mr & Mrs Big Fix are heading to Wembley!Twenty four years since Newcastle United’s last final appearance, the Toon Army will once again be gracing Wembley Way.Hopefully this time the team will do the fans proud and we will finally, FINALLY get our hands on some silverware.And let’s hope there’s no contentious refereeing decisions… The eyes of the world are watching, after all!Hit the 'Order the Book' button to check out my special offer to celebrate this fantastic moment. For a limited time and while stocks last.
16 September 2022
This time last year, my debut novel The Big Fix was officially published.And what a year it’s been.A plethora of ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ reviews, shortlisted for THE biggest indie author award in Best Adult Fiction at the London Book Fair and such amazing support, events and sales.Apparently, sales are often higher in the second year, so the next 12 months could be even more exciting!And of course…A huge THANK YOU if you’ve played any part in the success of The Big Fix.
It's not September...!
4 September 2022
How? How is it September already?Can you believe this was a year ago?!This time last year, the advance copies of The Big Fix were landing with all of my pre-order purchasers – and there were some great images shared on social media.Still another 12 days to go until the official publication date though. And the joys of uploading to Amazon/Kindle…
A Night to Remember
8 April 2022
What a brilliant evening at York Explore Library last night.The dreaded Covid reared its ugly head again, but that didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of those who were still able to attend.The evening featured an author interview by Nick Love from Jorvik Radio – bringing back memories of last year’s radio slot! A Q&A session with the audience was really engaging and there were also readings from The Big Fix and the ‘work in progress’ sequel… All in all, a fantastic night and I look forward to similar events* in the future.Huge thanks to Wendy Kent at York Explore and Nick Love & Bill Colman from Jorvik Radio for your ongoing support.*If you’d like to book an author event for your business/group/club, please get in touch with me via my email address.
You Can't Win Them All!
5 April 2022
It was an honour for The Big Fix to be shortlisted in the Best Adult Fiction category in this year’s UK Selfies Book Awards.The winners were announced on 5 April at a special award ceremony at the London Book Fair – THE event of the year for the book industry. And as far as I’m aware, The Big Fix was the only debut novel shortlisted in my category.Sadly, it wasn’t to be, as the time-travelling tome The Other Times of Caroline Tangent by Ivan D Wainewright scooped the fiction prize. It’s currently in my virtual TBR pile on Kindle and I look forward to reading it soon. Congratulations Ivan and lovely to meet you!It was also brilliant to meet up with fellow Write that Book author, Hannah Powell, who was shortlisted in the Memoir/Autobiography category. Drum roll please… Hannah not only WON the award but her book, The Cactus Surgeon, was the unanimous choice of the judges, a fantastic achievement with her very own debut.
Best. News. Ever!
17 March 2022
The Big Fix has been shortlisted for the Best Adult Fiction Book in the 2022 UK Selfies Book Awards.The amazing news was announced today, with eight other novels in the running to scoop this prestigious title for independently-published books.The Selfies Book Awards are run by BookBrunch, the daily news service and information site for the book industry. The winners of each of the three categories, Best Adult Fiction Book, Best Children’s Book and Best Memoir/Autobiography, will be announced at an Awards Ceremony at the London Book Fair on Tuesday 5 April.BookBrunch Managing Director Jo Henry said: “Once again we’ve been blown away by the sheer professionalism and inventiveness of the indie publishing community, and it’s been very hard to choose just eight titles for each shortlist – in fact we have had to stretch to nine on the adult fiction list as the quality was so good.”Wow! What an incredible start to the second six months of The Big Fix.I’ve got EVERYTHING crossed. And then some. Wish me luck!
A Proud Moment
15 March 2022
The Big Fix is now officially deposited within the British Library. It’s taken a while to receive this confirmation, but it’s worth the wait to know that my debut novel is now a piece of history.And tomorrow, it’s exactly six months since The Big Fix was officially published.It’s been great so far. I wonder what the next six months might bring?!
When Fiction Meets Fact
26 February 2022
The Big Fix goes to Brentford!If you’ve read The Big Fix, you’ll know that it has a factual backdrop around Brentford FC’s 2017/18 season. And with the Bees being promoted to the Premier League last season, this was the perfect opportunity to head down to London for the Brentford v Newcastle match.Brentford may have moved on from Griffin Park, the ground that was heavily featured in The Big Fix, but even so this felt like fates colliding.And, despite having to sit (quietly) amongst the home fans, this first ever trip to the Brentford Community Stadium was definitely one to savour!
Author Event – Book Now!
19 February 2022
I’m holding an author evening at York Explore Library on Museum Street, York on Thursday 7th April.If you live in or around York, come and join me for readings and discussion about The Big Fix, as well as an exclusive reveal on the evening. Whether you’ve bought the book already or are still undecided, get yourself along. This is a FREE event, but you need to register in advance and numbers are limited – get in quick!Click here to book
A Special RRRR-equest
16 February 2022
Do you know the four Rs that mean so much to an author?Obviously they follow on from the big P for Purchase!READ
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Making a Point
06 December 2021
All set up for a day of selling at the David Lloyd Leisure Centre in York.The new The Big Fix point-of-sale is looking good, don’t you think?
Keeping up with the Minstermen
26 November 2021
A great opportunity to sell signed copies of The Big Fix at the library in York City’s LNER Community Stadium. It was fantastic to meet York’s ex-goalie Andy Leaning too. We spent a while chatting about football and books, as he’s planning to publish a book about his footballing career – sounds like a great read.Did you know, he played for Bristol City in Kevin Keegan’s first game as NUFC manager in 1992?And yes, he did buy a copy of The Big Fix!
A Good Win All Round!
06 November 2021
So honoured to meet top chef Lisa Goodwin-Allen at a close friend’s special birthday celebrations.Such an amazing evening. Lisa and her team are not only the most fantastic chefs, but also great fun. The added bonus was that the sommelier was a fellow NUFC fan!(Yes, I do look a bit drunk on the photo, whereas Lisa just wanted to have her picture taken with my book...)
The Big Fix Hits the Airwaves!
20 October 2021
BREAKING NEWS…BREAKING NEWS…BREAKING NEWS…I've got a slot on local radio this morning to talk about The Big Fix.The interview will be on Jorvik Radio's morning show 'Love in the Morning' and I'll be chatting to well-known DJ Nick Love around 11.20am (BST).No matter where in the world you are, you should be able to tune in at https://jorvikradio.com/. But if you can't tune in live, I’ll post the link afterwards.
Back of the Net!!
17 October 2021
I'm over the moon to reveal that The Big Fix is now available in THE best sports shop in the WORLD - The Back Page, Newcastle and Metrocentre branches.If you're a sports fan and you don't know this shop, check it out, it's amazing.Here I am below, dropping off the initial order.
22 September 2021
When you get your first review on Amazon. And it’s a fantastic, five star endorsement.
Aaaaaaaand it’s Live!
16 September 2021
PUBLICATION DAY HAS ARRIVED!The Big Fix is now available on Amazon in both paperback and e-book format.You can still buy special first edition, signed (on request) paperbacks directly from my website – and get a couple of extras thrown in.But this at least means wherever you are in the world, you can enjoy the book everyone’s talking about!
What a Result!
10 September 2021
So proud to announce that The Big Fix is now featured on the brilliant My Football Books website - check out The Game section & click on fiction. I’m currently TOP of the table – and it’s not often I get to say that!The official publication date is approaching fast. If you want an advance copy, you know what to do by now…
Here. We. Go!
03 September 2021
What a feeling to receive the first copies of my debut novel, The Big Fix.So much hard work has gone into this. To see it in print is amazing and quite emotional.If you've pre-ordered, your copy is now on the way.Still plenty of time to buy prior to the official publication date of 16 September. By doing so, you automatically become a Big Fix VIP and receive an advance copy.Thank you for your support!
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24 August 2017Today was the day he was going to end it all. Put a stop to all the unhappiness. Today was the day he’d finally be at peace and his loved ones would be better off.He couldn’t go on. He’d let everyone down. Sure, he’d had a lot of bad luck, but his actions had made everything so much worse. He was in debt up to his eyeballs. His wife was working so hard when she should be on the sick. And his son wouldn’t know a treat if it smacked him in the face.He couldn’t see any other outcome to his situation. Everything was completely overwhelming as if he was sinking in quicksand and couldn’t get out. The more he struggled, the more it enveloped him, pulling him down. And down. And down.At times it felt like a volcanic eruption, the lava creeping menacingly towards him. When things got even worse, it was more like a tsunami, the speed of the creeping destruction picking up pace. Either way, it destroyed everything in its path. If he wasn’t being burned alive, consumed by the heat of the lava, he was drowning in a powerful, devastating wave.His financial affairs had become all-consuming. As each week passed, the dark cloud got darker and darker. It hung over his every waking hour. He didn’t have a life anymore. He couldn’t afford to go for a beer with his mates, couldn’t meet them at the match, couldn’t even buy his own son a ticket for his first game. He literally just worked, paid a few bills, ignored other bills, and desperately tried to pay off what he owed. Yet his debts were mounting all the time and the final demands just kept on coming. It was futile.And now the final straw. He’d lost his job.So, here he was. Sat on the edge of a bridge, waiting for the 20:58 train to approach. Waiting to jump.He’d been sat here for over half an hour already. He hadn’t leapt in front of the 20:34 train. That was too soon after he’d got into position. He had to build up to this after all.But now he was ready.He glanced at his watch. It was 20:56. Not long now. It’d soon be over. He hoped it would be instantaneous. That the pain would be fleeting and he’d know nothing about it, as his body was smashed to smithereens.
Five agonising minutes passed. Typical he thought. The trains are always bloody late.What if it had been cancelled? When was the next one? He hadn’t checked to see how late the trains ran on this track. Oh, God, what if he’d missed his chance? He couldn’t bear the thought of having to live through another day. He’d have to come up with another way to end it all.As he pondered his options, he heard the distant sound of a train approaching. Thank Christ for that.He edged forward on the ledge of the bridge, catching his breath as he almost slipped in the process. He didn’t want to fall off before the train arrived. It might not be final if that happened. It could be horrifically painful, life-changing in the worst way possible. That would be just his luck, the way things were currently panning out in his life.The chugging sound of the train was getting closer now. He began to see its lights in the distance. Not long now. Not long at all.His life suddenly flashed before his eyes. He hadn’t expected that. His wife. His son. His parents. His brother. His sister. His mates. His life. And then he realised that tears were streaming down his face.Oh, God! This was so tough. But he had to do it. His family would be better off without him.He wasn’t religious but said a quick prayer. It was almost time.The lights were getting brighter now. The chugging of the train was getting louder.Now or never. He moved forward. He was right on the edge. He was ready to let go.As the train came in full view, he made to jump. Here. We. Go.He thought he’d jumped. He had. He had jumped! But at that very moment, someone had grabbed hold of him. Someone had pulled him back. Back from the brink.“Whoa! I’ve got you, mate. I’ve got you.”As he collapsed into those comforting arms, Liam both despised and felt eternally grateful to the person who had seen him about to jump. And who had been strong enough, quick enough and brave enough to save his life.
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