Cuthbert’s Way: A DCI Ryan Mystery (The DCI Ryan Mysteries Book 17) by LJ Ross @LJRossAuthor #bookreview

Cuthbert’s Way: A DCI Ryan Mystery (The DCI Ryan Mysteries Book 17) 

by LJ Ross  

Kindle Edition

Cuthbert’s Way has been on my TBR list for far too long, for one reason and another, but it was well worth the wait! It’s no secret that I am a massive fan of LJ Ross and her DCI Ryan books, and I have absolutely loved book 17 of this awesome series.

I know I’ve probably said this in previous reviews, but I love that I feel like I personally know some of the characters throughout this series. Each new book is like catching up with old friends. I find these books such a comfort to read, and always difficult to put down. I’ve had a few late nights recently!

In Cuthbert’s Way Ryan, and the team, find themselves investigating mysterious thefts. When the investigation leads them down a dangerous path, putting those closest to Ryan at risk, he faces his most terrifying race against time yet. His distress was palpable, and I could feel his panic rising. My heart was beating so fast, and I don’t think I took a breath for pages! Brilliant writing as always.

Character led but with an excellent plot there is nothing not to like about this book.

As well as the action and the police procedural side of things, which is so skilfully written, I love the personal aspect of these stories. I have loved seeing the relationships which have developed. I do talk to my husband about these characters as if I know them. He is used to me now and knows exactly who I mean even though he hasn’t read the books himself.

Each of these books could be read as a standalone, but I have read them in order from the start as I prefer to do so.

I highly recommend this book, and all of the series! I am very much looking forward to book 18.

buy your copy now….

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#FlasbackFriday April 2021 with @mickwilliamsau2 @ClaraVal @LanaGraceRiva @LLaaksoWriter @TillyTenWriter @burgess1012 & Stephen Anthony Brotherton

Hi, and welcome to my Flashback Friday feature 🙂

On the first Friday of each month I like to have a little look back at the books I was reading during the same month in previous years, since starting my blog.

Please do join in, I’d love to see your posts 🙂

Here are my reviews from April 2020, plus a link to previous April FBFs….

https://chataboutbooks.blog/2020/04/03/flashbackfriday-april-2020-with-grahnort-iona_grey-gillianpoucher-tanyabullock15-kimthebookworm-morgenwriteruk-jancoledwards/

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The One: Now a major Netflix series! by John Marrs @johnmarrs1 #bookreview

The One: Now a major Netflix series! 

by John Marrs 

Paperback – 4 May 2017

WOW! What a book!

John Marrs has been on my radar for quite a while, but with one commitment and another I hadn’t got around to reading any of his books until now. As soon as I saw that The One had started on Netflix, I knew I had to read the book first before I allow myself to watch the series. I finished it this afternoon and I have LOVED it! I think it’s an excellent and unique concept for a book.

Imagine you could be matched with ‘the one’ by your DNA. Would you want to know who you were destined to be with? Even if you were already in a committed and loving relationship? I personally would be devastated if I found out that my husband was meant to be with someone other than me and left me based on a DNA swab.

I can understand how curiosity gets the better of some people though.

The characters in this book are fascinating. I love that each chapter is told from their differing experiences with matchyourdna . com. The characters couldn’t be any more different to each other, but they all have one thing in common. Their pursuit of happiness is far from plain sailing. Not all of them deserve a happily ever after either! Oh, my, there are some shocking scenes throughout this story.

The chapters are short and sharp and often end with a cliffhanger which means this book is extremely difficult to put down. I could have happily read it in one sitting if I could get away with not doing anything else.

I can fully understand how this book ended up as a series and I can’t wait to watch it now!

John Marrs’ other books will be going straight on my TBR list also.

buy your copy….

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Renegade (A Ryker Returns Thriller Book 1) by Rob Sinclair @RSinclairAuthor #bookreview

Renegade (A Ryker Returns Thriller Book 1)

by Rob Sinclair  

Renegade is another excellent read by Rob Sinclair. If you haven’t read any of his books yet, then you really should give them a go. I’m sure you’ll enjoy them as much as I do.

James Ryker is one of my favourite fictional characters and I have thoroughly enjoyed catching up with him again in Renegade.

Ryker is working alone now and finds himself in more danger than ever. Having to be more cautious than he has needed to be in the past now that he doesn’t have a secret organisation backing him up, but he’s still as determined as ever to find the answers he’s looking for.

When his ex-colleague, and friend, Moreno disappears his investigations become more personal. He’ll stop at nothing to find her.

This book is so full of action, it pretty much never slows down from the first page to the last. I’m quite exhausted just reading it! Goodness knows how Ryker must feel! I wasn’t quite sure what was going on at times, and I was totally invested in following Ryker on his mission to find the truth. There are some shocking twists along the way too. It certainly kept me on the edge of my seat and left me wanting to know where Ryker will go next and what he might find himself involved in.

**Many thanks to Rob Sinclair for my review copy**

OUT TODAY!

He’s back and better than ever.

James Ryker, a veteran intelligence agent now freelancer, working for the secretive Joint Intelligence agency on an op-by-op basis, finds himself embroiled in a complicated mission that will test him to his limit.

When a simple surveillance mission goes awry and the key target is kidnapped in broad daylight in a busy London square, Ryker knows he has his work cut out.

Ryker is tasked with figuring out what went wrong. But when his good friend Sam Moreno disappears without a trace, the mission becomes more personal than he could have imagined.

Torn between toeing the government line, and finding the answers he needs, Ryker realises there’s only one way to find those responsible and to punish them… His way.

James Ryker Returns in Renegade. 

What readers are saying:

“Action-packed, fast-paced, thrilling with many plot twists.”

“This book is a wonderful read and is one you won’t want to put down”

“To say the book is action-packed is an understatement – it is full of the stuff.”

“Lots of action and subterfuge and the characters play off each other”

“Action-packed and incredibly thrilling.”

“A real page-turner.”

“Love this series. It’s fast and furious and the action never stops.”

This fast-paced, explosive thriller is the perfect follow-on for readers for the massive bestselling original Ryker series, but can also be read as the start of a thrilling new espionage series.  It will appeal to fans of books like the globe-trotting thriller I Am Pilgrim, as well as to fans of authors like Lee Child, Mark Dawson, L.T. Ryan and David Baldacci.

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The Mark Tilbury Box Sets are available now! @MTilburyAuthor

Happy Box Set Publication Day, Mark Tilbury!

I have read, and loved, all of Mark Tilbury’s books. He is an outstanding writer! If you have never read his books before you have no idea what you’re missing out on. I’m thrilled to share the news that he has released two box sets for you all to enjoy! They are a right bargain too! Treat yourself, and/or friends and family….

The Mark Tilbury Thriller Box Set

Three dark, gripping and disturbing thrillers in one great value box set!

Praise for, The Last One To See Her:

‘I am a great fan of Twisted Tilbury and he does not disappoint. His super-hero talent (depending on what author cloak he happens to be writing in) is to inject new life into what can sometimes be an overpopulated genre, warranting a shiny five-star super-hero badge from me.’
5* from best-selling author, Jane E. James.

‘The Last One To See Her’ is superbly written but then I think that to be true of Mark’s work in general. He has one of those writing styles that is easy to take to and easy to get along with.’
5* from, Ginger Book Geek.

Praise for, A Prayer For The Broken:

‘It’s a powerful read with richly written characters that will touch you and stay with you long after you’ve finished it. There is evil lurking in these pages but it’s also a tale of friendship, resilience and determination.’
5* from, Suze Reviews.

‘I won’t go into any details, no spoilers, but this book is already at number one in my top ten books for 2021. It’s going to take a real corker to knock it from that spot. I can’t recommend it highly enough. Mark Tilbury, you’ve done it again. A MASSIVE five stars from me.’
5* from best-selling author, Anita Waller.

Praise for, Song Of The Psychopath:

‘To say I ‘enjoyed’ this book wouldn’t be the right term to use this time due to the central theme of the story. I rather enjoyed the thrill of the ride, the feelings, the stimuli, the sensations provoked by this book, the goose bumps erupting on my skin. It was like watching a horror movie from behind the safety of a cushion with your feet tucked well away in case there’s a monster under the bed.’
5* from, Relax and Read Reviews.

‘Some readers have compared the authors’ writing to Stephen King, personally I think even King would be hard pushed to come up with plots as dark and as twisted as Mark Tilbury’s. Highly recommended.’
5* from, The Book Review Cafe.

My reviews….

https://chataboutbooks.blog/2020/06/01/the-last-one-to-see-her-by-mark-tilbury-mtilburyauthor-blogtour-bookreview-twistedtilbury/

https://chataboutbooks.blog/2020/10/05/a-prayer-for-the-broken-by-mark-twisted-tilbury-mtilburyauthor-blogtour-bookreview/

https://chataboutbooks.blog/2021/02/03/song-of-the-psychopath-by-mark-twisted-tilbury-mtilburyauthor-bookreview/

buy now!

The Mark Tilbury Supernatural Box Set

Three dark and disturbing supernatural thrillers, in one twisted box set!

Praise for, The Abattoir of Dreams:

‘It’ll horrify you, upset you, and hopefully open your eyes – at times the horror (of a very human kind) is relentless, but then again, perhaps it is in reality too, although we might like to think otherwise. It’s a book that once read cannot be forgotten, it’s a triumph for Tilbury and cements the fact that in reading his books, I’m on a journey with a very talented author.’
5* from best-seller supernatural thriller author, Shani Struthers.

‘Mark Tilbury has taken on a very dark and almost taboo subject and deftly created a story that deals with these issues sensitively and with compassion and the end result is a book that I honestly can’t recommend highly enough.’
5* from, The Haphazardous Hippo.

Praise for The Liar’s Promise:

‘Mark Tilbury is one seriously twisted author and I can not get enough of it! Dark and compelling, The Liar’s Promise is an intense and gripping read that readers will be unable to tear themselves away from.’
5* from By The Letter Book Reviews.

‘I am a massive fan of horror and I loved the fact that this story has that element about it with it being a supernatural thriller. But this book is more than just that. It is one very well crafted story full of twists and turns and moments that are actually rather warped. There is nothing not to like.’
5* from, Baker’s Not So Secret Blog.

Praise for The Key To Death’s Door:

‘Sometimes books need to examine the worst of people to explore just what drives us at our lowest moments. The Key to Death’s Door is about retribution, revenge and justice but it’s also about trust and love. This was the first book I’ve read by Mark Tilbury – it won’t be the last.’
5* from, Hair Past a Freckle

‘The writing is exquisite, creating a whole bystander experience of being there. This is an absolute cracking story, very graphic, extremely brutal and utterly gut wrenching. If you have a problem with violence in stories it isn’t for you. This though is Mark Tilbury at his best, he is better than any sugar rush and it stays much longer!’
5* from, Books From Dusk Till Dawn.

My reviews

https://chataboutbooks.blog/2020/11/27/the-abattoir-of-dreams-by-mark-twisted-tilbury-mtilburyauthor-relaunch-blogblitz-bookreview/

https://chataboutbooks.blog/2017/11/30/the-liars-promise-blogtour-mark-tilbury-mtilburyauthor-bookreview-bloodhoundbook/

https://chataboutbooks.blog/2020/12/11/the-key-to-deaths-door-by-mark-twisted-tilbury-mtilburyauthor-relaunch-blogblitz-bookreview/

buy now!

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The Spirit of the Horse: More Stories of Life, Love and Leadership by Pam Billinge @pam_billinge @Blackbird_Bks #BlogTour #BookReview

The Spirit of the Horse: More Stories of Life, Love and Leadership 

by Pam Billinge  

I am delighted to be part Pam Billinge’s blog tour for The Spirit of the Horse, with Blackbird Books. Thank you to Stephanie for the invite.

‘Masterful, uplifting and insightful, this book has left an indelible stamp on my heart.’ Justin Featherstone MC

‘It is with grace that horses lead us gently to a place where forgiveness is possible and self-compassion takes the place of contempt. They draw us into a non-linear dimension where we can sink into the infinity of the moment and know deep peace and harmony.’ – Pam Billinge

When Pam follows her dream to a farmhouse with five acres in northern France, she is able to live alongside her horses for the first time. Here, in the heart of nature, deeper insights are revealed into the healing connection between horse and human and the incredible power of presence to transform. Might it be that learning to honour and communicate with another species helps us to reframe the way we perceive each other, as well as how we might see ourselves?

A pioneer in embodied horse-led therapy and leadership development, Pam’s story is interwoven with those of inspiring individuals and groups she has supported: from people experiencing relationship breakdown to large organisations looking for culture change; from the bereaved or lonely to the confused wishing to explore what next. Steeped in simple wisdom, the stories offer the reader a pragmatic, mindful template for personal transformation.

The Spirit of the Horse is about following dreams, finding your truth and how much stronger joy can be when we learn to interconnect with all that is.

PRAISE FOR THE SPELL OF THE HORSE


‘Honest, authentic and full of wisdom.’
 Goodreads

‘Beautifully-written, finely-constructed, humanely-told. I have read (and written) many books about leadership development, and this is one of the best.’ Jonathan Gosling, Emeritus Professor of Leadership, University of Exeter and Director of Pelumbra Ltd

‘This book will repay the few hours it will take you to read it many times over.’ Goodreads

‘Not just for horse lovers but for anyone interested in finding sustainable ways to overcome personal challenges.’ Goodreads

‘Pam Billinge writes with a wonderful beauty.’ Liz Loves Books

‘Having spent several years training as a counsellor, I have learnt more about the human mind and spirit from just reading this book.’ Amazon reader

‘Her special affinity and deep respect for horses shines through with every well-written word and every emotional connection.’ Jaffa Reads Too

My review….

I read The Spell of The Horse by Pam Billinge quite recently and I thoroughly enjoyed it, so I was very much looking forward to reading The Spirit of the Horse and to finding out where Pam’s story went next.

As I said in my review of the first book I have absolutely no experience with horses, but I have always admired them from afar. They are undeniably magnificent animals. Evidently more magnificent than I ever imagined prior to reading Pam Billinge’s books.

Pam’s love and adoration for her own herd shines from every page of this book. Her devotion to them is amazing and the relationships they share are quite special. This is much more than a book about horses though. This is Pam’s story and the stories of others who have graced her life (human and equine) on a personal and/or professional level.

In The Spirit of The Horse we follow Pam’s journey to a new life in France, which I personally think is immensely courageous. It has its challenges, particularly when you throw Brexit and a global pandemic into the mix. The pandemic particularly brings a whole new perspective to life however, which I think most of us can relate to. Being forced to slow down, stay at home, and temporarily give up our usual day to day lives (although I appreciate not everyone had this luxury. I, myself was a cleaner in a care home and worked through the first months of the pandemic, until I left my job in October) makes you appreciate the things we probably fail to notice so much when we’re busy. When Pam describes (quite beautifully I might add) her new home and all the wonderful things about the countryside and the nature surrounding her I could totally imagine myself living there (and I am a total homebird who can’t imagine ever living in a different country, except perhaps for Wales). It sounds so idyllic and beautiful.

There are sad times and many a bump in the road along the way, but once again I finished this heart-warming book with a smile. Pam’s story is quite awe-inspiring and one I think many people will appreciate and enjoy. I very much recommend.

**Many thanks to Stephanie @ Blackbird Books for my review copy**

buy now

The paperback is £9.99 and available to order from Waterstones, all good bookshops and the usual online platforms.

smarturl.it/spiritwaterstones  

The ebook is £3.99 and available on

Amazon  smarturl.it/spirithorse

iBooks  https://books.apple.com/us/book/id1550335216 [US link..]

Kobo  https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/the-spirit-of-the-horse

About the author….

Pam Billinge

Pam Billinge is a therapist, coach and author who specialises
in embodied horse-led learning. This unique approach relies
entirely on the emergent relational process between horse
and human. At her bases in the UK and in France, Pam
supports people of all nationalities, ages and walks of life with
their personal and professional development. Through her
workshops and her writing Pam wishes to share the healing
wisdom of horses whilst advancing the cause of this
sometimes much-misunderstood species. She hopes also
through her work to reconnect us with the natural world from
which we are too often separated.

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#AuthorInterview with Mick Williams @mickwilliamsau2

I am thrilled to welcome Mick Williams to Chat About Books today!

Mick is a friend of mine, an excellent author, and a genuinely top bloke!

I hope you enjoy our interview as much as I have….

For those who don’t know already, could you tell us about yourself and your book(s) please?

Hi, I’m Mick! You know the phrase ‘much travelled writer’? That’s me! I was born in Stoke-on-Trent, England, and lived there into my ‘middle life’ until I met my wife and moved to Kentucky, USA. We lived there for almost a decade, moved back to England for three years, and then went back!! This explains why some of my books are set in England, and some in America.

I have seven books out at the moment, with another due very soon. I write in a few genres. A Reason to Grieve is a romantic comedy, Whatever It Takes, A Guy Walks into a Bar, Callie’s Eyes and Exodus are action thrillers, and Hope’s Game is a twisty type of sci-fi story. My latest book, Final Clearance, is a dark comedy and the next one, Dark Target, is a sequel to Exodus, another action-packed thriller.

Details for all of them are on my website http://www.mickwilliamsauthor.com

I try to write a little comedy and romance into all of my stories and, without any planning on my part, they all manage to feature a strong female character.

Where did/do you get your ideas from?

Everywhere! Articles in magazines, things in the news, overheard conversations, the idea of a character.

Final Clearance came about when I read that you should write what you know – I’ve worked plenty of jobs in customer service and always hated the fact that some customers treat retailers in a shocking fashion. The way some of them speak down to our poor folks had me think about someone who wouldn’t stand for it any longer and took the ‘necessary measures’ to deal with them 😊

Are any of your characters based (however loosely) on anyone you know?

Hee hee – yes! I have a series about a group of military veterans (think ‘updated A-Team’) called The Old Farts Club. A few of the club are based on good friends of mine. Normally, I try to cast my characters as if they were in a film so that I can remember their appearance and abilities. Cory, from Whatever It Takes, is based on the fella I was talking to who gave me the original idea for the book– what would happen if you spotted a murder while you were hunting…and then the murderer spotted and hunted you?

How do you pick your characters’ names?

As above, some of my characters are named after people I know. In most cases, once I’ve cast my character, I’ll imagine what they’d be named, or give them a nickname. For instance, Dud from The Old Farts Club got his name after something he did when he served in the military; Sarge is named Sarge because he’s the oldest in the group and tends to take charge. No one actually knows Sarge’s real name! The weirdest name came to me in a dream. I dreamed about parts of the story for Callie’s Eyes, including her whole name, woke up and wrote it all down on a post-it note!!

Can you share your writing process with us, in a nutshell?

Honestly, it varies. I TRY to rough out an outline before I start, then write out the first draft to get the story out. Then, I go through it again to tighten it up and tidy up any plot holes and boring bits, then check it for typing mistakes, grammar and punctuation, and then send it to some trusted folks to read through and pick it apart. Once I get reactions and notes from my beta readers, I go through it once more and apply any changes that I feel are necessary, and then it’s time to let it out into the world.

With Callie’s Eyes, I just sat and wrote it from start to finish, with no outline or idea of where it would go other than the parts I’d dreamed about. Funnily enough, Callie is one of my favourite characters.

Who are your top 5 favourite authors?

In no particular order, and subject to change at a moment’s notice –

Stephen King
Lee Child
Blake Crouch
Dean Koontz
‘Early’ James Patterson, although his recent stuff is not up to the same standard!

I also love to read indie-writers – Mel Sherratt, John Pye, Mysti Parker, Tony Acree, Michael Knost – I could go on forever. I currently have the new books by JF Burgess and ML Rayner lined up in the ever growing To Be Read pile!

If you could meet any author, who would it be and what would you ask them?

Wow, that’s a tough question. I’d ask Stephen King how he manages to churn out 500-page books without them getting boring, and I’d ask Lee Child how he gets away with writing sentences longer than some of my paragraphs!! And I’d love to ask Nick Hornby if his character from High Fidelity is based on his own experiences. That’s a brilliant book.

Were you a big reader as a child?

Massive. I always had a book to read. I grew up watching Dr. Who through the crack in the kitchen door (the Daleks terrified me) and I had a huge collection of Dr. Who books. I’ve always considered reading to be ‘writer homework’, so I still read a lot.

When did you start to write?

I wrote stories at school (and gave my English teacher chills on a couple of occasions), but never had the courage or discipline to actually sit down and try it until I was in my twenties. Nothing ever stuck, and it wasn’t until I went to a writing convention here in Kentucky called Imaginarium that I got the inspiration to REALLY try. The rest is history 😊

If you could re-write the ending to any book what would it be and what would you change?

Haha – I’d rewrite the ending to Stephen King’s 11/22/63 to make sure that it didn’t end and just carried on forever. It’s already a huge book, but it’s such a good story that I wanted to stay in that world. If you think Stephen King writes nothing but scary horror books, you couldn’t be further from the truth. 11/22/63 is a beautiful love story set against a premise where a guy goes back in time to stop the assassination of JFK. It sounds weird and shouldn’t work, but it’s one of my favourite books. It’s THAT good.

Is there a book you wish you had written?

See the previous answer! I’d also love to come up with a character like Lee Child’s Jack Reacher, so I wish I’d written The Killing Floor, too. If I had to be honest, though, I have enough fun writing my own books – it’s a huge bonus that people seem to enjoy reading them!

If you wrote an autobiography, what would your title be?

The Cat Daddy? Wake Up and Smile? I have no idea! I have a hard enough time coming up with fictional titles!!

If you could invite any fictional character for coffee who would it be and where would you take them?

Wow, can we have a party instead and invite a load of them?? Okay, I’d take Rob Gordon from High Fidelity into a Starbucks. In the book, he runs a record store (a PROPER record store with vinyls and cassettes) where the employees are all music nerds who consider themselves to be above their customers in terms of musical knowledge and taste. The book is his account and examination of his Top 5 break-ups, when his latest doomed love doesn’t even rank in the Top 5! He goes back to revisit each relationship and takes the music of the time with him. It’s brilliant and very insightful, with a stellar soundtrack.

I LOVE music of all kinds, so it would be interesting to sit and listen to the Starbucks record of the week, talk tunes, and get his opinion on the music of today.

Tell us a random fact about yourself.

I wasn’t a massive fan of cats until I got to spend some time around a gang of them, and then the fella I call The OC (The Original Cat), Thud, adopted me on a cold winter night. We now have two (Thud and Crash) and I can’t imagine the house without them. If you contact me, I’ll tell you the whole, beautiful story!

What are you working on right now?

I’m terrible at marketing (i.e. I don’t do it!) so I seem to be releasing my books into the world with nothing to get them noticed!

My next book, Final Clearance, is released on March 27th, so I’m trying (honestly, I am!) to do some marketing to promote it. I also have another book, Dark Target, which is currently with my publisher going through edits, so I know that I’ll soon have some work to do on that, too, and then the promotion that comes with that.

The reason I don’t get around to marketing is that there are a load of books that I want to write, and I can’t do both. I have ideas for the next four Old Farts Club books, plus I’d love to rewrite and re-cover my romantic comedy, A Reason to Grieve, since it seems a little dated to me now. I also have ideas for sequels to that!

If I sold more books, I could afford to write full time, but to do that? Marketing!!!

Tell us about your last release?

My last release was something a little different for me. Hope’s Game is a twisty sci-fi story (it would sit perfectly in the Black Mirror universe) that’s based on a screenplay by a good friend of mine, Craig Ostrouchow. Here’s the blurb…

Following the disappearance of his eight-year-old daughter, Charlie Green’s life spirals out of control. Divorced, unemployed and with a heavy drinking habit, all seems lost until he receives the offer of a lifetime…£10,000 to participate in research for a revolutionary Artificial Intelligence program.
In Project Mindspace, the only limits are what the mind can create. In his AI world called Under, Charlie meets Hope, a stunning seductress, who shows him how to maximise his time and imagination. Soon, however, the lines between the real world and make believe begin to blur.
With her ever-increasing influence, and as Under grows more confusing and dangerous with each visit, it’s left to Charlie to work out – what is Hope’s Game?
Like all of my books, it’s got a lot of humour to lighten the mood, and loads of twists and turns, and there’s a good chance I’ll revisit this world, too.

Do you have a new release due?

I do – let me tell you about it!!!! 😊

As I’m wont to do, it’s in another genre (I SWEAR I’ll settle one day!) . . . this one is a dark comedy that starts out as a murder story and then goes off on a chase with, hopefully, a nail-biting finale. Here’s the blurb for this one…

Young furniture salesman Brody Caulson cracks when an obnoxious customer pushes him too far and, in a fit of anger, he commits the ultimate crime.

Murder.

As Brody battles newly awakened impulses for violence and retribution, a neighbor disappears, and her young son turns to him for comfort and support.

Appeasing an ever-suspicious boss and diverting visits from the local police, it’s up to Brody to avoid discovery and control his dark side long enough to find his missing neighbor whilst babysitting Javier.

But, as the life he knows unravels, he must make a decision – to get her back, he will have to kill again. Can he control his vigilante side, or be lost to the darkness forever?

I really enjoyed writing this story. It didn’t have much of an outline, I just kept writing to see what Brody would do, and how he’d get himself in and out of situations. Again, like all of my books, it has humour and a strong female character.

What do you generally do to celebrate on publication day?

I’m making an exception this time!

I normally don’t do much, since I don’t market my books, so they creep out into public and then slink away quickly. I’ll jump on Amazon from time to time to see how it’s fairing, but that’s about it.

This time, I’m releasing on a Saturday so I can REALLY see what happens, how it moves and what, if any, reactions it brings. I’m very fond of the characters in this book, so I hope a lot of folks will pick it up and enjoy them with me.

I get a lot more pleasure from seeing the reviews that come in afterwards. I don’t think readers understand how important reviews are, not just to push the book on Amazon or Goodreads, but as a way of saying ‘yep, this was okay so you can go and write another one’!

Regardless of whatever happens, there’ll be wine.

How can readers keep in touch with you?

http://www.mickwilliamsauthor.com is my much-neglected website that’s run by my #1 son, Rob. Details and links for all my books are on there, along with a bio and a few bits and pieces, and a section where you can contact me. If you’ve read any of my books and enjoyed them (or not!) I’d love to hear from you.

I’m also on Facebook as Mick Williams Author, and I have one of those Twitter thingies and an Instagram that I have no clue how to use!

Is there anything else you would like us to know?

First of all, thank you to Kerry – for your friendship and support. It means the world. This has been fun!

Keep an eye on social media for new things happening. It’s exciting to be releasing two books so close together, and I hope that you’ll pick up one and like it enough to grab the next. None of my books have a lot of what my sister calls witty-woo in them (I don’t do sex scenes because I’m not that good at writing them, plus my mum reads my books!), only the bad guys really use naughty words, and I ALWAYS try to make even the bad stuff end with a smile! Either way, if you do read my work, I hope you that enjoy it and tell your friends 😊

Take care and be safe.

Mick.

Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions, Mick 🙂

ICYMI

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happy reading 🙂

Salem Falls by Jodi Picoult #BookReview

Salem Falls 

by Jodi Picoult  

Paperback – 10 Oct. 2013

I haven’t read a book by Jodi Picoult for a while and this one has been sat on my bookshelf for quite a while. I have now been reminded how much I enjoy her writing.

The story is centred around Jack St. Bride, a handsome teacher who is accused of sexual assault by one of his teenage students and is convinced by his lawyer to accept a plea bargain rather than face a trial he might not win despite his innocence. He serves eight months in prison and on his release finds himself in Salem Falls in the hope of making a fresh start where no-one knows him.

When he meets Addie, it seems his life might finally be changing for the better.

The residents of Salem Falls soon get wind of his previous jail time though and some are determined to drive him out of their town. A certain local teenager sets about trying to get him thrown back in jail once again by claiming he brutally raped her in the woods. Her closest friends are backing up her story, but Jack knows he did not do what he is being accused of, again. This time he will go to trial and prove his innocence. Who will the jury believe though?

This is such a compelling story and one which made me question what I believed to be true many times throughout.

It’s scary to think how many men are falsely accused of horrific attacks and have their lives devastated by lies. It’s also scary to think how many genuine girls/women are disbelieved because of those who have made up stories. I understand every accusation must be investigated (rightly so), but it must be terrifying to be at the mercy of the courts knowing you have done nothing wrong.

I loved the relationship that develops between Jack and Addie. Addie is such a likeable, genuine character who has already had her fair share of heartache. I was really hoping they could find happiness and move on from their traumas together.

The behaviour of the girls in this story is quite frightening. The relationship between one of them and her father even more so. The very end of this story is chilling. It explains a lot at the same time as raising more questions.

Brilliant writing!

buy now!

happy reading 🙂