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Out today - Pivotal by Nikki Vallance, women's fiction, Hashtag Press

Good morning,

It's publication day for women's fiction novel, Pivotal, by Nikki Vallance, published by Hashtag Press! Featuring a strong cast of 40+ year-old women, written by a woman in her 40s, we think it's about time that women of this age are better represented in fiction (perhaps we're showing our age here!?).
Pivotal is a split-narrative, relationship mystery portraying the impact of a life-changing moment on four women with seemingly unconnected lives.

Can we send you a copy so you can take a look at this book (and the beautiful cover!) please? 
This is Nikki Vallance's first published book, but her day job - after a successful career in recruitment - is focused on helping aspiring writers at The Writers' Pod from her home in Hertfordshire. She's hosting an exclusive book launch party for around 90 people this evening at the Royal Institute of British Architects in London to celebrate the launch of Pivotal.

Nikki is available for media interviews and editorial commissions about her journey to becoming a published author, how she helps motivate other writers. If you'd like to sign up for a review copy please let us know.  For more information about this new novel exploring themes of motherhood, womanhood, blended families, career changes and hypnotherapy, please see the Advance Information Media Sheet below. 

Helen Lewis
Director - Literally PR 



By Nikki Vallance

  • Novel exploring themes of motherhood, womanhood, blended families, career changes, and hypnotherapy.
  • Is it nature, nurture, destiny, or decision-making that leads us to where we are right now?
  • A cast of strong female characters in their forties.

Nikki Vallance is available for interviews and editorial opportunities and is happy to talk about topics around the themes in her book, and the writing process.


Dulcie Braybrooke is breaking through as a celebrated ceramicist.

Elizabeth is a lonely City head-hunter.

Annie is a teacher who's lost her verve.

Liza is a lap dancer with a strong will and a tough life.


When a mysterious bequest throws each of the four into chaos, they seek support in the guise of hypnotherapist, Dr Kath O'Hannon. Through a process of self-discovery, their new-found knowledge weighs heavily, as they unpick four decades of life choices. They could accept the windfall, yet if they do, something entirely unexpected lies around the corner...


‘Pivotal' is a relationship mystery, which portrays the impact of a shared life-changing dilemma on four seemingly unconnected lives. It follows a cast of strong women in their forties whose lives are disrupted by an extraordinary event, and explores the common experiences and dilemmas of ordinary women, who might be questioning the paths they have chosen. A book with many twists and turns, it is a mystery within a mystery. A story with relatable characters that prompts the reader to consider the decisions we make in life, the paths we take, and what could happen with even just the slightest change of direction?


Is it self-determination or destiny? How many doors does one person open in a lifetime? When you pass through a door, does your life change forever? Or, do you have power over who you become through the choices you make?


About the author

Nikki Vallance is a writer and coach who works with others to unlock their writing talents. She runs coaching programs and one to one sessions to help aspiring writers achieve their goals.


She began writing ‘Pivotal' nine years ago, whilst still working in her recruitment career, following a flash of inspiration in a session with her own coach. She has given talks and presentations on her writing process and career.


‘Pivotal' looks at the multiple paths a life may take at the crossroads of each significant decision. Nikki is fascinated by what makes us who we are and how much control we have over our destiny, and interviewed a number of hypnotherapists in researching the book.


Nikki is married with her own blended family of five children. Although a beginner, she's a big fan of Argentine Tango, which she hopes to dance in Buenos Aires one day.



Author:Nikki Vallance


Publisher:Hashtag Press

Publication:October 17, 2019

Availability:Paperback & eBook


Price: £7.99