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

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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.

 

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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.

 

Combining a plot with emotions

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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

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Shackled – A gripping mystery unravelling a tragic and historic tale

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‘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|
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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 …

How writing style influences book preferences

What books work for you? Do you like intricate plots, characters that display emotion, lots of dialogue, or do you have a leaning towards description? Knowing your preferred writing style can help you with your reading choices. It may also guide you into another genre or towards another author that you may have otherwise dismissed.

If you’re like me, you will have have bought books that have been a huge let down. I have read books promising a great plot, only to be bogged down with long, laborious descriptions that send me to sleep. On the contrary, I have read books with a very tame storyline, and with characters that have not been so well-developed, yet it was a great read. So how do you choose, when you’re unfamiliar with the author? The answer is in the writing style.

Many years ago, one of the authors I was drawn to was Jodi Picoult. The books have a plot and the characters display emotion. For me, that was important. I enjoy stories that start with a problem that needs to be solved, such as crimes and thrillers, but all to often I have found the characters to be wooden and I have struggled to empathise with them. If I don’t care for the protagonist, or if I do not know what they are really feeling, how can pull for them?

Another author I have enjoyed is Sophie Hannah. Whilst her books are very different to Jodi Picoult’s, they are written with the same aim in mind, i.e. they combine a good plot with a character with emotions. ‘Little Face’ is an example of this. Not only is it a detective novel, written in parts from his/her viewpoint, but it also written from the client’s viewpoint, and shows her very real emotions. For me, this is key to a good read.

Have a think about your preferred writing style, and seek out new authors. You may be surprised. Let me know your thoughts.