Category Archives: My books

A sensitive, thought-provoking and pacy family-driven mystery

LA2 finalV2

 

Debt and Defiance is Book 2 of the Luke Adams Series. It is an independent, family-driven mystery thriller with realistic characters and numerous subplots.

It is a great read from an exciting new author, written for the perspective of Leanne Stark.

There is romance, tension and drama. There is sorrow and rejection. There is humour and joviality. It is a great mix, written in a strong, sensitive and thought-provoking style.

Give it try. I dare you. You won’t be disappointed.

 

Click on image to go to Amazon.

 

Decades have past since Leanne’s grandmother inherited a vast house. This fact has remained a tight secret, never broached nor discussed. Leanne grows up believing her mother is dead, that is, until her grandmother dies. She is confounded by the protracted deception, and a gnawing sense of betrayal.  

The consequences of her grandmother’s actions span generations; the locals struggle with the emerging truth; greed, death, and revenge linger.

Desperate for consolation Leanne sets herself a quest to uncover this mysterious past. For professional backup, she engages the successful team of Luke Adams and Imogen Morrison.

 

Advertisements

Are we free-thinking or pre-programmed?

I’m currently starting the process of researching and planning my next novel. It is a process I always enjoy since it means I can allow my imagination free-flow and come up with an assortment of ideas before eliminating the wildest and wackiest. I’m particularly enjoying it this time as I haven’t written any new material for over six months and I’m getting withdrawal symptoms.

That’s not to say I haven’t been busy. Aside from all the Internet marketing that remains a necessity, I’ve edited three books, all of which are getting closer to publication. It can be a laborious task, but it is essential and there is no time for a lazy or lax attitude. Thankfully, it’s finally nearing its end.

So, on to my next mystery/thriller. All I’m willing to say right now is that it involves identical twins, and that’s where my research is taking me. I’m looking at personality traits, and whether they’re genetic or not. It’s a fascinating subject. Views of scientists differ greatly, although from what I’ve read so far, it appears that about 40% of our behaviour is genetically influenced, with some areas being more influenced than others, such as self-control, a person’s sense of purpose, social interaction, and happiness.

How does that make us feel? If we are programmed a certain way, is there any point in fighting nature? Are we a born loser or a born winner?

For example:

I am rarely happy – it’s just how I am.
I have had an affair – I have little self-control.
I am unemployed – I have a lack of sense of purpose and struggle with motivation.
I enjoy more than the average amount of alcohol – alcoholic tendencies are genetically linked.

Some families do have more divorces, more job instability, and more of an addictive nature than others. Is this why? From what I have read, it does appear that there could be a link. Studying identical twins is what has helped scientists reach some of these conclusions. Even those twins raised apart and having never met have more similarities than what would be expected from a random meeting of two strangers. Now that is bizarre. Perhaps we aren’t as free-thinking as we thought.

 

Luke Adams Investigates . . .

Shift of Influence Duty and Denial

I have a new eNovel, the publishing date 29-11-2013 “CONCEALED LEVERAGE” book 3 of my Luke Adams investigates series.

Naturally I would encourage you to browse my stories on Amazon or Smashwords, iTunes, Barnes and Noble, Indigo and many others.

I suggest doing a preliminary read online or download the samples, it will aid decisions as to whether the NON GENRE nature of my material is suitable for you.

AN OVERVIEW of THE LUKE ADAMS INVESTIGATES SERIES

As a reader do you prefer to immerse yourself into a story dynamic? Do you enjoy some introspection, character roles and participation, live the emotional conflict in all the combinations that create our individuality THEN YOU WILL LOVE MY STORYLINES!

Take a good look, my main characters are strong, highly reactive, expressive, they are living characters! They exist to expand the story,and create an atmosphere that you the reader can feel! The plots are fast, even hectic at times but as you become familiar with my writing style they will not present any obstacle to your enjoyment. Woven with humour, danger,drama and romance, all blended for your delicatation!

Remember this is a private detective series,I do not oversimplify, the clues are there but small with the obligatory “red herrings”. My stories are not beach reads, if you put them down you’ll disengage and lose the storyline that acts as the pathfinder.

LADIES you will relate to both Luke Adams and Imogen Morrison they tease the heck out of each other! Luke is a modern man with the nature and good manners of an English gentleman. Imogen is a capable and observant young women, with a bubbly even effervescent personality, the tandem effect of this pairing, combined with their personal dilemmas enriches the plot as it winds through the story. You will be there on their plain of existence, thats the fun of reading, it becomes a personal world.

Press the book images at the top of this post to check them out.

Combining a plot with emotions

ShackledShift of InfluenceDuty and Denial

I  am a serious writer and whilst I insist on having a strong plot, usually a mystery, I also write about people, animals, situations, reactions, emotions, tragedy, love and romance. I also like to add a bit of humour and enjoy intrigue. Above all, I love to generate some pace to accentuate the excitement, so yes, I am guilty of creating page-turners.  I want to engage the reader, immerse them or even merge them into the story. This is all distilled as eloquently as I am capable.

My “Luke Adams Series” is as much about the detective’s life, experiences, emotional conflict and interaction as those of his client. What does this infer? First and foremost my stories are written from the viewpoint of both protagonists (Luke Adams and the client) along with the antagonists. The viewpoints are depicted in such a manner that you can understand and empathise with everyone involved. Realistically the reasons for the culprit becoming malicious or evil is as important as the hero’s reasons to act has a guardian of good.

So, as long as you’re not afraid of what drives us you will enjoy my books.

Give them a try. An absolute bargain at 0.99

Honor

Women’s fiction combined with a good plot.

Shift of InfluenceDuty and DenialShackled

Do you enjoy women’s fiction but also like a strong plot? Do you enjoy reading books by Jodi Picoult, Sophie Hannah, Diane Chamberlain, Elizabeth Haynes and Ruth Dugdall? If so, then my books are for you.

The characters in my books are strong and identifiable, with their thoughts and emotions depicted throughout the book. However, this is not overwhelming for the reader as it is a plot that drives the story. From the start, the reader will know of the protagonists aim, and they will be carried along at a pace. I also include subplots for the other characters, both to make the characters realistic and to give them reason for being in the story.

If you enjoy a mystery/thriller combined with emotional content, you will enjoy them. The books have a good reading rhythm, with individual chapters each having a definite start and end. The books are well-paced, with few dips, and they will keep you engrossed. The endings will not disappoint.

Try one now!

The three length novels (approx 350 pages) are at the special offer of $0.99, and are available on kindle. These prices will not last. Don’t miss out!

Press image at top of page to link to amazon.

Shackled – A gripping mystery unravelling a tragic and historic tale

Shackled

‘Amelia had said the woman showed too much flesh; Catherine interpreted the comment as curvaceous and busty. She said the dress was garish; Catherine felt dowdy and plain. She said the woman desperately clung to his arm; she thought of Jack’s warm breath and sensual kisses.’

‘By an exciting new author!’ ONLY 77p on UK site, or $0.99 on. COM.  Won’t be such a bargain forever, so buy now!

A heart wrenching mystery recounting the married life of Catherine, an isolated woman from the early 20th century, burdened by an indifferent husband, child deaths, accusations, disbelieving family, only supported by her modern thinking sister. With no one to provide enough moral support she makes a fatal exit.

100 years later Michaela inherits the house Catherine lived in, but not everything runs smoothly and the trail leads back to Catherine. She is driven to prove Catherine’s innocence, but it is an undesirable choice. Striven, she treads a distressing path.

REVIEW BY A. Davey
Format:Kindle Edition|
Amazon Verified Purchase
A big pile of work is next to me, which I should have finished ages ago, but didn’t. The reason? I got engrossed in ‘Shackled’. I got hooked right from the start and just HAD to finish reading it. And, although I somehow imagined how it would end, I was still surprised about how it really ended. What a brilliant book, thoroughly enjoyed it!
Now back to work …

Shackled – A gripping mystery unravelling a tragic and historic tale

Shackled

‘Amelia had said the woman showed too much flesh; Catherine interpreted the comment as curvaceous and busty. She said the dress was garish; Catherine felt dowdy and plain. She said the woman desperately clung to his arm; she thought of Jack’s warm breath and sensual kisses.’

A heart wrenching mystery recounting the married life of Catherine, an isolated woman from the early 20th century, burdened by an indifferent husband, child deaths, accusations, disbelieving family, only supported by her modern thinking sister. With no one to provide enough moral support she makes a fatal exit.

100 years later Michaela inherits the house Catherine lived in, but not everything runs smoothly and the trail leads back to Catherine. She is driven to prove Catherine’s innocence, but it is an undesirable choice. Striven, she treads a distressing path.

REVIEW BY A. Davey
Format:Kindle Edition|
Amazon Verified Purchase
A big pile of work is next to me, which I should have finished ages ago, but didn’t. The reason? I got engrossed in ‘Shackled’. I got hooked right from the start and just HAD to finish reading it. And, although I somehow imagined how it would end, I was still surprised about how it really ended. What a brilliant book, thoroughly enjoyed it!
Now back to work …