#BlogTour #Review : Overkill by Vanda Symon. @OrendaBooks @vandasymon @annecater 

Today I bring you something a little different, crime fiction from New Zealand. Many thanks to Orenda Books and Anne Cater for letting me take part in this tour. My review is below.

    Blurb:  When the body of a young mother is found washed up on the banks of the Mataura River, a small rural community is rocked by her tragic suicide. But all is not what it seems. 

    Sam Shephard, sole-charge police constable in Mataura, soon discovers the death was no suicide and has to face the realisation that there is a killer in town. To complicate the situation, the murdered woman was the wife of her former lover. When Sam finds herself on the list of suspects and suspended from duty, she must cast aside her personal feelings and take matters into her own hands.

    To find the murderer … and clear her name. 

    My Review: I make decisions regarding my blogging and not all of them work but one that is continuing to be successful is my decision to read books that are different from my usual. This one is a perfect example because it’s set in New Zealand and is the first book I’ve read that’s been set there. The book starts off in an unusual way. I’ve read plenty of crime fiction where the murder takes place at the beginning and then the detective(s) need to find out who did it and why. The difference with this story is the method of murder and the way it is written. The prologue grabs you and sets the scene for the story to come. There are parts of the story that are fast paced but outside of those it is a solid crime story that focuses on the people involved and shows the impact of one death on family, friends and the people of a small town. The portrayal of the people in the book is what makes the story work, they are so realistic that you could almost be forgiven for thinking that this really happened and someone just copied down the conversations and people’s reactions. 

    I liked Sam from the outset. I did have a bit of fun initially because I’ve also been watching tv with a main character called Sam and I had trouble separating them till I knew this one a bit better. However, both characters have some of the same charactertics, probably one reason why I had trouble with them to start with. Both are strong female characters who are passionate about what they do and stand up for what they feel is right. They also both break the rules when need be though one far more than the other and both work/live in an area that is predominantely male. One Sam I know well and the other, not so well and it’s the one in this book that I don’t know as well. Although I learned a lot about her, from her excellent taste in pyjamas (I’m not joking, I’d wear them too!) to the way she deals with stress, I did feel that there was a lot more I could learn about her, there is more depth to the character than we were allowed to see and hopefully that will come out in future novels.

    I haven’t raved and gushed about this book like I sometimes do because it didn’t invoke those reactions in me. However, what it did do was keep me reading and I almost read it in one sitting. It’s well written and realistic and although my only knowledge of New Zealand is from the stunning landscapes in Lord of the Rings I could clearly picture the town and the places it in. It’s a solid story, clearly well thought out and plotted and one that flows well throughout. The story ended well, one of those endings that could be a final ending but equally left the option for more to follow if there was another book and this is one I want to follow. I liked Sam as a relateable character and want to see where her story takes her next. 

    About the author:   Vanda Symon (born 1969) is a crime writer, TV presenter and radio host from Dunedin, New Zealand, and the chair of the Otago Southland branch of the New Zealand Society of Authors. The Sam Shephard series has hit number one on the New Zealand bestseller list, and also been shortlisted for the Ngaio Marsh Award for best crime novel. She currently lives in Dunedin, with her husband and two sons. 

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    A Day at Edinburgh International Book Festival (Day 2 of 2) @edbookfest

    I was hoping to have this posted earlier but work and new job preparations have rather disrupted my plans. However, better late than never! I had a packed day 2 at the festival, I planned on going to four events but unfortunately had to leave before my final event, Matt Haig, because I wasn’t feeling well. I’m still upset I couldn’t stay for that event. Having said that the rest of the day was amazing, I learned some history, got my brain stretched and listened to some poetry so for more information on these, read on……..

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    My first event was Susie Orbach who talked about her work and her latest book and explained how they had been able to write the book without impacting on client confidentiality.  The book was originally broadcast on radio 4 so people may already be familiar with it but even if you are it sounds like there is a lot to be learned in the reading, and possible re-reading of the book. They set up fake clients with fake, but genuine issues such as failed IVF treatements, impending retirement, etc and then the fake clients had a session with Susie. This is the closest you’ll get to understanding how counselling works eithout actually experiencing it yourself. There were a few people in the audience in a similar line of work who asked questions about how Susie manages her own mental health if she has had a particularly difficult or upsetting client and the state of mental health services for young people at the moment. 

    Having volunteered in mental health myself for a few years I understood the issues that were raised but it was interesting to get someone else’s perspective on them. It was an enlightening discussion and a good way to start the day.

    My next event was Alison Weir, who I’d not heard of prior to this but who writes historical fiction and is, herself, a historian. She’s currently writing a series of fiction books about the six queens and wives of Henry the Eighth and the book currently out is about Jane Seymour, wife number three. This talk was spellbinding, Alison showed us pictures of the main charaters and talked us through the life of Jane Seymour from when she came to court to when she died, punctuated with a few readings from her book. It was alive with colour and character and the audience appeared captivated, as was I. I knew little of Jane Seymour before this event but as I enjoy historical fiction I thought it would be interesting and I was not disappointed. If history classes in school had been like this I would have learned so much more than I did. Anyone who enjoys historical fiction should try these books and if you ever have the chance to see Alison Weir at an event talking about her work, go, you won’t regret it!

    My last event of the day, and the only one I could get a picture of due to the lighting and my camera not being good in dark conditions, was New Passages: Scotland and India. It wasn’t what I exeptect at all but was fascinating and informative. An Lanntair, on Stornoway held Purvai, a celebration of South Asian arts and culture. It might seem an odd connection but as it turns out the first Surveyor General of India was Colin Mackenzie, from Stornoway. With this connection between Scotland and India and the 70th anniversary of Indian independence, Abir Mukherjee, Nalini Paul, Sandip Roy and Sampurna Chattarji studied items from the collection that Mackenzie created while in India and then created works of poetry or fiction from what they learned about Mackenzie and from the items they studied. This event was the culmination of a year of work which also included a visit to the Kolkata book festival earlier this year. At Edinburgh they read the works they had created from this year long exploration and discussed the experiences they have had on this journey. It was a very interesting event which was rich in colour and informative. The works that have been created from this project were all quite different and diverse. There was poetry as well as short stories and it was a lovely and educational way to spend an hour. 

    This year was the first I have been to the book festival in approximately 10 years and it lived up to my expectations. Although it’s a busy festival it’s also peaceful and calm. The loudest noises are of people talking and when they are likely be talking about books, that’s not really noise at all. The covered walkways were ideal for when it rained, which it did a lot, my only criticism regarding those would be that they didn’t cover enough of the seating areas or access to toilets meaning some people couldn’t sit in dry areas or would get wet on the dash from the covered area to the toilets themselves so maybe a bit more covering is required for future years. Considering the small space in which the festival is held (not withstanding the expansion into George Street) there is a lot in the space but it doesn’t feel cramped which is a testament to whoever designed the layout. It’s a lovely experience to go to a festival that is in the city centre and fairly easy to access regardless of how you travel there. I don’t yet know what my plans for next year are but I hope they will involve at least one day back here.  

    #BlogTour #Review : Deepest Wounds by Gordon Brown. @GoJaBrown @StridentPublish #RandomThingsTours

    Today I am thrilled to be taking part in the blog tour for Deepest Wounds. I’ve been wanting to read something by Gordon Brown for sometime so when this tour came up I jumped at the chance. Many thanks to Anne Cater of Random Things Tours and Strident Publishing for having me on this tour, and to the author for the signed copy of the book. 

    Blurb:  The past is a dangerous place. Craig McIntyre’s mere presence removes people’s inhibitions and turns their darkest thoughts into actions. As Craig McIntyre tries to escape bounty hunters from the Dark Web, he discovers that his details are linked to a clandestine government project. Might it hold answers to his past as well as dangers for the present? Back on the run in North America, McIntyre hooks up with some unlikely allies. But can he trust them any more than those who want to use him to shape the future…and to further their personal ambitions? Have those behind Factor really given up on their pursuit of him? Or is McIntyre being reeled in with some politically toxic bait? McIntyre is the key to an explosive secret that could change mankind forever.

    Amazon UKhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/Deepest-Wounds-Mcintyre-Gordon-Brown/dp/1910829188/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1531238531&sr=1-1&keywords=deepest+wounds+gordon+brown 


    My Review: As well as an ever growing to-read list I also have a fairly long list of authors whose work I want to try. One of the names that I can now tick off that list is Gordon Brown who has been on it for a few years, ever since I discovered Bloody Scotland and his name cropped up. However I didn’t just read this book to tick a name off my list, I chose to read it because the blurb intrigued me.

    This book quite different from my usual reads, but in a good way. It’s the latest in a series but I think it can be read as a stand alone. I certainly read it with no prior knowledge of the other books and didn’t feel I was missing anything. 

    Craig McIntyre has been trying to lay low for a while, aware that people are chasing him for various reasons that are explained in the book (I don’t want to reveal too much here). However, his plans are disrupted by people who have been hired to find him and have managed to trace him despite his best efforts to remain hidden. What follows next is Craig and his friend Charlie trying to keep one step ahead of those trying ti find him while also trying to work out how to solve their problems and keep themselves safe. 

    It’s a pretty hectic ride, as we follow Craig and Charlie across America, trying to get to safety but also stay out of trouble, something which Craig tends to bring with him wherever he goes. The story grabs hold of you and refuses to let go, you’re dragged along for the ride whether you want to be or not. Once you get on this journey there is no getting off, no hopping on the next bus/train home, you’re with Craig for as long as it takes to resolve things. There’s a layer of tension throughout the story, even when things seem safe and calm there was still the thought in the back of my head wondering how long it would last, was it really safe, what was going to happen next. 

    The characters in the story are all really well written and leap off the page, even the ones who are only in for a few lines or a few pages are so real you could almost believe they actually exist. The settings and locations are vividly drawn and add to the tension and pace in the story. Having read this book I now want to go back and read the previous two and find out more about Craig and how he got to the position which he was in at the beginning of this book.

    If you’re looking for something different, something that will be gripping and make you loose track of time and place then this is definitely the book for you. 


    About the author:

    Gordon has been writing since his teens and has six crime thrillers published – his latest, Deepest Wounds, being the third in the Craig McIntyre series, is out now. Gordon helped found Bloody Scotland – Scotland’s International Crime Writing Festival and lives in Scotland. He’s married with two children. Gordon once quit his job in London to fly across the Atlantic to be with his future wife. He has also delivered pizzas in Toronto, sold non alcoholic beer in the Middle East, launched a creativity training business called Brain Juice and floated a high tech company on the London Stock Exchange. He almost had a toy launched by a major toy company, has an MBA, loves music, is a DJ on local radio, compered the main stage at a two-day music festival and was once booed by 49,000 people while on the pitch at a major football Cup Final.

    Want to know more – go to http://www.gordonjbrown.com/

    Follow him on Twitter @GoJaBrown

    #GuestPost: Why writers need book groups by Helen Matthews. @HelenMK7

    Today I have an interesting and enlightening post on writers and book groups by Helen Matthews, author of After Leaving the Village. Information about the book and the author follows, after the post itself so read on and see if you agree with Helen or not.


    Why writers need book groups

    Writing can be a lonely existence. Living inside your head, closeted with the laptop, and snarling at family members when they ignore the ‘Writer at Work’ post-it note on your door and bring coffee, are all sure signs we need to get out more. 

    So, where to go? Writers’ groups are a lifeline with tough love, honest feedback, supportive friendships and – frequently – alcohol. But, when writers meet to discuss work in progress we normally wear our critiquing hats. We get our kicks from drilling into the details of the writing, focusing on the trees so we don’t see the beauty of the wood. In our workshop sessions, we miss out on the reader’s thrill of getting lost in a novel for pure pleasure.   

    All writers are urged to read widely and most of us don’t need telling. To expand our reading choices and keep up with trends, we need recommendations from other book lovers. These days you don’t even need to leave the house because there are book clubs on social media, particularly Facebook. I’m also aware there are book clubs in libraries, workplaces, colleges, and even postal groups, but I’m going to talk about two types of book group I’m familiar with: local groups that meet in person and book groups on Facebook.   

    Let’s start with book clubs that meet in person – perhaps in a pub or in someone’s home. I confess it took me a long time to get around to joining one. I was wary because some had such bad press.

     “You’d think they could at least mention the book,” was a complaint I heard frequently, from people whose groups were thinly-disguised social gatherings. Don’t get me wrong – I love to go out, meet friends and socialise but, if I’ve committed to reading a book, not of my own choosing, I’d feel really cheated if my group didn’t even bother to discuss it.

    Finally, I found a book group that was right for me. Members engage with the books and are prepared to talk about them, over a glass of wine, for a full two hours. After that, everyone’s ready for a social chat. My group’s been in existence since 1996 and, when I joined around five years ago, they gave me a spreadsheet listing all the books they’d read over those years. As I skimmed through it, I cross-checked their back list against my own reading and found many books I’d read but an equal number I’d yet to discover.

    I’ve learnt so much from my book group about a reader’s perspective on fiction and this has helped me with my own writing. Here are some of the reasons why:

    I’m lucky that my book group goes way beyond a Marmite reaction to the books we read. If they say they like, or don’t like, something about the book, the writing or a character, they’re able to explain why. This helps me identify and understand weaknesses and plot holes in other novelists’ work that annoy readers. I wish I could say this helps me to avoid falling into the same mistakes – but at least it raises my awareness!

    Writers must learn to cope with crippling self-doubt so it’s reassuring to be reminded you can’t please all of the people all of the time. People are looking for very different things in their choice of fiction and the novel that you, as a writer, are labouring over may be disliked by some people. Some readers are plot-driven – they want a good story that gallops ahead without too much effort. Others are attuned to strong, realistic characters or prefer a more thought-provoking or literary read. In my book group we read everything from commercial psychological thrillers to award-winning literary fiction and classics. No one feels embarrassed to admit they struggle with Hilary Mantel, but many others love her books.

    At meetings we have wide and thought-provoking discussions that often go beyond the novel we’ve read. Novels with strong or multiple themes are especially good for prompting debate and this suits me because I like to write about contemporary themes in my own work. Discussion also sparks new ideas and imaginative directions that I file in my memory and may return to later.

    Members of my book group have diverse tastes. We don’t limit ourselves to fiction but have also read memoirs and biographies. Sometimes I’ve had to wade through books about witches (not my thing) or 800-page historical novels (life’s too short) but reading outside my preferences is a discipline that teaches me new techniques I can use in my own writing.

    Writers who skimp on research do so at their peril. Members of my book group have different careers and professions. They’ve studied a variety of subjects and some have spent chunks of their life living overseas. Everyone brings their own experience to a work of fiction and their eagle eyes often identify factual inaccuracies or research lapses! This reminds me to be extra meticulous in my own research and to get important facts checked by an expert.

    That’s my take on a physical book group. What about the book clubs on social media?

    In the last twelve months, I’ve joined four book groups on Facebook.  A couple of these are very active and I confess I hang out in them, chatting to other members, when I should be working, writing or editing. These are closed groups, run by one or more administrators, who are first line defenders against the bots, trolls and spammers and all the other kinds of haters, who spoil the online experience for others. The administrators deserve the highest praise because they ensure the book clubs are calm, comfortable spaces where everyone is respectful. Some of the groups specialise in one specific genre of fiction, for example, UK Crime Book Club – which does what it says on the tin. Others cover all literature and the excellent Fiction Café Book Club is in that category. 

    So, what is their value for a writer?

    Their main aim is to share a love (and opinions – positive and negative) of books, through recommendations and reviews.  Misguided authors might join, thinking they can pitch their books to a captive readership BUT must proceed with caution. If you wade in and start posting ‘Buy my book’ along with Amazon links (known as ‘dropping spam’) without participating in the group, you will get a warning and your membership may be terminated. Online book clubs have strict rules. These may include a dedicated page where authors can post details of special price offers, or a certain day or time when you can blow your own trumpet. If you have exciting news to share outside of these times, the etiquette is to contact an administrator and ask for permission to post. If approved, your content will then get the badge ‘Posted with admin permission’.

    For me, networking with readers and other writers has been the most valuable aspect of belonging to a social media book group. We all support one another. More experienced writers can often answer questions or give advice about publishers or agents. Like any relationship, a subtle approach is best and soon you’ll build a new bookish network.

    Social media book groups offer live events where authors can talk to an audience using Facebook Live. The Fiction Café Book Club hosts an Author Live Q&A every Sunday evening. Members post questions in advance and the author answers them on camera. I’m hooked and try to watch every week. I’ve even appeared in one myself and found it a great way of connecting with potential readers and building skills in answering impromptu questions from the audience.

    Whether you’re a writer or a reader, book groups are a place to share your love of books and discover authors. If you an enjoy an author’s work, why not start a conversation? Begin by liking their Facebook page or following them on Twitter. Sharing their publication news or writing book reviews are hugely important for all authors. And if you are a writer yourself, maybe one day they will do the same for you. 

    About the book:

    Two women. Two villages. Different destinies. Odeta’s life has shrunk to a daily round of drudgery, running her father’s grocery store in a remote Albanian village. One day a stranger from Tirana walks into the shop and promises her a new career in London. Odeta’s life is about to change, but not in the way she expected. Journalist Kate lives on a quiet London street and seems to have a perfect life but she worries about her son Ben, who struggles to make friends. Kate blames the internet and disconnects her family from the online world so they can get to know their neighbours. On a visit to her home village in Wales, Kate is forced to confront a secret from her past. But greater danger lies closer to home. Perhaps Kate’s neighbours are not the friendly community they seem.

    Buy link: Amazon UK

    Throughout August this book is only 99p when bought as an ebook through Amazon.


    About the author:


    ‘After Leaving the Village’ was published by Hashtag Press in October 2017. It is my debut novel and won first prize in the opening pages category at Winchester Writers’ Festival. My novel is a gritty contemporary suspense thriller so won’t suit all tastes but it’s been hailed by reviewers as ‘very much a novel of our times’ and ‘powerful’…one of the reasons ‘why it has been endorsed by anti-slavery charity, Unseen.’

    I’m now an ambassador for the charity and available to give talks at festivals, author events and to local groups about the themes in my novel. 

    As a writer, I often ask the question – how can a life change in an instant? Sometimes this leads me to explore some dark places. I’d love to know what you think, so please leave a review.

    I’ve won several short story prizes and my story ‘Coal’ was published in Artificium literary magazine. You can read my writing and travel blogs over on http://www.helenmatthewswriter.com where you’ll also find my contact details and can tell me what you loved – or hated – about my novel.

    #Blog Tour #Review : The Liar’s Room by Simon Lelic @HannahLudbrook @PenguinUKBooks

    I read and enjoyed the previous book by this author, The House, so when I was asked to be on this blog tour I was immediately interested. Many thanks to Hannah Ludbrook and Penguin UK for inviting me onto the tour. My review is below.

    Blurb:  ONE ROOM. TWO LIARS. NO WAY OUT…

    Susanna Fenton has a secret. Fourteen years ago she left her identity behind, reinventing herself as a counsellor and starting a new life. It was the only way to keep her daughter safe.

    But everything changes when Adam Geraghty walks into her office. She’s never met this young man before – so why does she feel like she knows him?

    Then Adam starts to tell her about a girl. A girl he wants to hurt.

    And Susanna realises she was wrong. 

    She doesn’t know him. 

    BUT HE KNOWS HER.

    AND THE GIRL HE PLANS TO HURT IS HER DAUGHTER…


    My Review: I really enjoyed reading The House and the description of this book intrigued me and sounded quite gripping and tense so I was looking forward to reading it. Unfortunately it never grabbed me in the way I expected it too. I didn’t feel any great empathy or concern towards any of the three characters mentioned most in the book and didn’t warm to them either. 

    The writing was good, there were tensions built into the story through the writing and periods when the story then jumped to a flashback just as you felt you were getting somewhere, like two part tv episodes when it says ‘to be continued…’ and you scream at the tv in frustration. It was a bit like that. It wasn’t clear what was going on until about half way through the book when enough information was revealed for the reader to gain more understanding of this odd and unusual situation. It was confusing to read to start with, and deliberately so, because if it was a real situation it wiuld be that confusing until you got more information. 

    The story takes place over 4 hours, as well as the interconnected flashbacks which give much needed clarity. While the writing did give a good sense of the characters and I could see that it could be an unputdownable book I also felt it was too long, and perhaps I would have been more hooked had it been shorter. 

    It’s definitely an interesting and unusual premise and one which is well constructed. I think people who don’t often read psychological thrillers or who want something quite different may enjoy it. I, however, felt The House was a more intense read.

    ***I should add, a warning, there is a very cruel scene involving an animal. As I know some people will not read books with this content I feel it needs to be highlighted here.***






    A Day at Edinburgh International Book Festival (Day 1 of 2). @edbookfest @Lin_Anderson @antti_tuomainen @russeldMcLean @FrankRGardner @StuartMacBride @thestephmerritt @OrendaBooks

    So today I went to the Edinburgh International Book Festival, as you can tell from the above picture I took the train, which gave me some time to enjoy the gorgeous Scottish countryside and get some reading done. I had a packed day (well afternoon and evening!) and had coincidentally booked the same events as the lovely Louise from The Scotsman who I bumped into not long after arriving. This meant that I was able t spend the day with someone I knew, as we had met previously at a book launch, and not wander around myself looking like a lost soul!  I had a brilliant time with Louise, it’s been a while since I could properly talk books with someone else, so to do it for a few hours was heaven. 

    Anyway, we were kicking off the day with the Lin Anderson and Antti Tuomainen event and happily bumped into Karen Sullivan of Orenda Books, Michael J Malone and the event chair Russel D MacLean before the event started so spent some time talking with them before the event itself. 

    There was a good crowd in The Spiegeltent for the event and I don’t think anyone left disappointed. I know I took the picture below when Lin Anderson was being introduced but can’t remember exactly what was being said at this point. However, going by her expression it was definitely amusing which set the scene for the hour to follow.

    The event was a mixture of serious parts and humour, beginning with Antti’s observations on how our reality is currently stranger than fiction, Lin’s explanation of sleep paralysis and a discussion of keeping forensic information up to date as technology progresses. Both authors read from their newest works, Sins of the Dead and Palm Beach, Finland (Antti’s book is not out just yet but can be pre-ordered now or if you’re lucky you can buy a copy at the festival, if there are any left!).  The beginning of Sins of the Dead is intriguing, quite different from what I had expected and unusual but also creepy and gripping, I for one was enthralled. In stark contrast the beginning of Palm Beach, Finland had everyone laughing, I ended up in tears because it was so funny, but at the same time it is dark and slightly creepy too. If you want crime fiction that is completely different from your usual read this is definitely worth considering.

    After a very brief recovery from a most entertaining hour it was time to immediately join the queue for the next event, Frank Gardner, the BBC’s security correspondent, who has written a few books including a new thriller, Ultimatum which is out now. Everyone who regularly watches BBC news will be aware who Frank Gardner is from seeing him on there which is how I knew of him. What I didn’t know, however, was how funny he is. He entertained a huge audience with stories from Cairo, Columbia, Iran and other countries that he has visited. He is clearly very knowledgeable and was able to give a picture of countries, like Iran, which is so different from the one we get from the news and political commentary that exists at the moment. Until I saw the festival programme I had no idea he had written any fiction books (or any books for that matter) but when I saw his name there I was intrigued and, as someone who wants to expand their reading I thought this event would be a good one to add to my crime heavy bundle and I was not disappointed. Predictably the questions at the end of the event turned towards asking him what he thought would happen in various countries, such as Yemen, and he answered them well and in the best way he could. After all, although he has a lot of knowledge and experience, even he can’t predict the future. 

    After this it was time for a quick bite to eat before ny last event of the day which was Stuart MacBride, hosted by Stephanie Merritt. I have to say this is the first book event I’ve been to where the author has stood up and sang to the audience, he even made Stephanie Merritt join in too which she did rather well. It was quite different from the other events of the day. There was a lot of discussion of writing, editors, other people’s opinion on crime fiction to highlight just a few. It was most entertaining and I have to say Stephanie Merritt did a fantastic job of managing Stuart MacBride (and yes, I think managing is the right word to use!). I enjoyed myself so much I bought the first book in the Logan McRae series, a series I have been contemplating trying for a while now, and have come home with a new, shiny, signed book to add to ny ever growing to-read pile. 

    I’m back at the festival on Friday when I have a packed day seeing Susie Orbach, Alison Weir, New Passages: Scotland and India and Matt Haig.  

    #BlogTour #Promo : Entrapped by Claire Ayres. @NeverlandBT

    Blurb: Cellist, Luka, has moved to Bristol to start a new job and recover from the betrayal of finding his best friend and his girlfriend in bed together. He doesn’t plan on the emotional thunderstorm that meeting his next-door neighbour Jess causes. 
    Jess had everything, a man she loved, friends she adored and then the world crashed around her. Depression came from nowhere and slowly started ripping her life away.

    Now she lives a lonely, sad life but the music which she keeps hearing next door is waking her up and she doesn’t know why.

    Join Luka and Jess as they discover life after heartache, how to forgive and how to live and love again.

    *Entrapped is an 18+ Contemporary Romance with several graphic sex scenes*

    Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40242813-entrapped?ac=1&from_search=true

    Amazon UK:

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07DD6ZJHR/ref=x_gr_w_bb?ie=UTF8&tag=x_gr_w_bb_uk21&linkCode=as2&camp=1634&creative=6738

    About Claire Ayres: 

    Claire lives in Bristol, UK and has taken her inspiration from the people and the places she has seen over the years. She always has a book close at hand and devours Fantasy and Romance like some devour chocolate! Claire loves a happily ever after followed by lots of bloody sword-fighting and dangerous dragons!

    But when writing her debut novel Entrapped drew on her childhood ambition to be a musician and one of the instruments she played and still loves as a centre-point. 

    Claire is also a passionate mental health advocate who lives with bipolar disorder and has done regular radio interviews and even some TV. She is also a huge heavy metal fan and can regularly be found banging her head at a concert or festival.

    Website:https://brizzlelassbooks.com/

    Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/BrizzleLass