“It’s time to get my shit together. Time to tell her that I love her. Time to right wrongs and put the past behind me. But I have an addiction, one that haunts me, that takes over my body and mind. One that leaves scars.”
“It’s time to get my shit together. Time to tell him that I love him. Time to move on from my past. But he has an addiction, one that scares me, one that I don’t feel capable of dealing with.”
Jackson – Son of a wealthy, abusive man finds peace in art. Whether that art be on his body or walls, it gives him an outlet.
Summer – A woman in mourning, finds peace in the arms of her friend.
Together they can fight their demons, they can put the past behind them – or can they?
Can two broken people have the love they both desire? Or will dangerous, harmful outlets and loss forever consume them?
Angsty romance for over 18’s. This novel contains scenes that could be a trigger for some. Please feel free to contact the author or refer to the Trigger Warning section on the author’s website –
Something felt off as I opened my eyes. I was lying, fully clothed, on top of the duvet but there was no warmth. There was no body curled in behind me, no warm breath on my neck, and no strong arms wrapped around me. His absence was immediately felt.
“Jackson,” I called out as I sat up.
There was no reply and I stared towards the bathroom, listening for sounds of the shower running. Perhaps he hadn’t heard me. I climbed from the bed and made my way to the living room. The apartment felt empty, and without needing to look any further, I knew he had left.
I made my way to the kitchen and set the kettle to boil, placed two teaspoons of tea in a pot, and waited for the water. I hated the silence of my empty apartment. I hated more that Jack was gone. It wouldn’t be the first time he’d left before I’d woken, he would return with pastries and coffee, but that morning my gut was telling me something was wrong. I reached for my phone, still charging on the countertop, and brought up his number. I dialled. The call went straight to voicemail and I left a message.
“Jack, I’m making tea, can you call me?”
When my tea was brewed, I poured a cupful and sat on the sofa. I hated the apartment; I hated the circumstances that had me sitting on my own. I hated more that I was left to deal with its sale alone.
I tried not to think, I wouldn’t look at the mantel above the gas fire that housed photographs and memories. I stared at my phone, waiting for a call or a text message. An hour passed and I began to get anxious.
Jack, can you call me, please? I’m worried about you.
I looked at the text I’d sent waiting for a reply; nothing came. I pulled a comforter from the back of the sofa and wrapped myself up in it. I missed his arms around me; I missed the warmth of his body and the sigh he gave every time he wrapped me in his arms.
Jackson had been my constant, the friend I was in love with, not that I had ever told him that. For the past six months, he’d comforted me, listened to my anguish and the anger that spewed from me. He’d been here day and night, sleeping next to me.
~About the Author~
Tracie Podger currently lives in Kent, UK with her husband and a rather obnoxious cat called George. She’s a Padi Scuba Diving Instructor with a passion for writing. Tracie has been fortunate to have dived some of the wonderful oceans of the world where she can indulge in another hobby, underwater photography. She likes getting up close and personal with sharks.
Tracie likes to write in different genres. Her Fallen Angel series and its accompanying books are mafia romance and full of suspense. A Virtual Affair is contemporary romance, and Gabriel and A Deadly Sin are thriller/suspense. The Facilitator is erotic romance.
~Books by Tracie Podger~
Fallen Angel, Part 1
Fallen Angel, Part 2
Fallen Angel, Part 3
Fallen Angel, Part 4
The Fallen Angel Box Set
Evelyn – A Novella – To accompany the Fallen Angel Series
Rocco – A Novella – To accompany the Fallen Angel Series
Robert – To accompany the Fallen Angel Series
Travis – To accompany the Fallen Angel Series
Taylor & Mack – To accompany the Fallen Angel Series
Hi Marco and welcome to Lou’s Luscious Book Blog. Thank you for agreeing to take part in my official rebrand/relaunch event.
Before I get down to asking you the questions how about you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Hi, Lou. Thank you for asking me to be a part of the relaunch event.
Tell you about me? Well, I’m a Scorpio, and I enjoy long walks in the woods. Just kidding, although I do enjoy going for a run as it clears my mind.
Now for the interview:
If you had a free day with no responsibilities and your only mission was to enjoy yourself, what would you do? I’d spend the day with Jo. Probably do a bit of sketching, drawing is my passion. Jo is too of course 😉
What impression do you make on people when they first meet you? How about after they’ve known you for a while? First impressions? I probably come across as a bit of geek although if you asked my dad, he’d say I was a dreamer. When people have known me for a while, I’d like to think they thought I was a good guy, someone you can have a laugh with. Or maybe they think that I’m just a pain the ass!
If you could spend the day with someone you admire (living or dead or imaginary), who would you pick? My older brother Dominic. He’s been a huge influence on me. Dominic’s the kind of guy people look up to, that you can depend on. I’d like to be more like him.
Do you think you’ve turned out the way your parents expected? Ha, ha. I have no idea. Maybe the way my mum expected especially now I’ve settled down with a ‘good woman’.
What’s the worst thing that’s happened in your life? What did you learn from it? The worst thing was when I thought I’d lost Jo. That was…yeah. Taught me not to take anyone or anything for granted. You never know when it could all be taken away from you.
What would you like it to say on your tombstone? I told you I was ill!
What are you most afraid of? I’d love to say nothing. Don’t tell anyone but I’m scared of heights.
What is in your refrigerator right now? Erm, leftovers my mum brought round and a couple of slices of last night’s pizza. I’m not much of a cook if you can’t tell!
Look at your feet. Describe what you see there. What are you wearing on your feet? (dress shoes, gym shoes, or none at all?) I’m wearing a pair of white sports socks. After I’ve finished this, I’m off for a run.
When you think of your childhood kitchen, what smell do they associate with it? Why is that smell so resonant for you? Garlic. And rosemary. I think my mum adds garlic to everything she cooks which is why her food always tastes delicious.
It’s Saturday at noon. What are you doing? Would you give me details? (Are you eating breakfast, what are you eating? Are you stretching out in the backyard to catch some sun, what kind of furniture are you on?) I’m round at my sister’s house that Gabi and Jo share. I’m probably annoying Gabi without even trying; it’s a skill of mine. She sees a lot more of me than she used to or probably wants to.
You are getting ready for a night out. Where are you going? What are you wearing? Who will you be with? There’s a pub I always go to with my mates from work that’s not far from the office. I’d be wearing my usual out of work clothes-jeans and a t-shirt with a funny slogan on it.
What is Liz like to work with? Ha, ha love this question. I have to say I love working with her, right? Otherwise, she might kill me off in the next book! No seriously, she’s great to work with, but she gets frustrated with us when we try to do stuff that’s not in the plot.
Quick Fire Questions:
Favourite food & drink? My mum’s lasagna. Any of the local craft beers. Favourite music? Depends on what mood I’m in. I’ll listen to anything. Favourite book(s)? I love a good thriller. I’m a big fan of Wilbur Smith. Favourite movie(s)? I don’t think I could choose one but I love Japanese anime. Favourite sport/recreational activity? Is running a sport? I’d say running. Favourite color? Blue. Best way to spend a weekend? With Jo. What would be your ideal pet(s)? I’d love a dog that could run with me, but it would be alone all day while I was at work which seems cruel. If money was no object what vehicle would you love to own? A Maserati. Italian craftsmanship.
Just before we go how about telling us a little bit about the book that you’re in? What it’s about where we can find it? Maybe share the cover too; if you have it to hand? I’m in Obsession by the lovely Liz Bower. I erm think the title might have a little something to do with how I’ve been obsessed with Jo since I saw her kiss a boy for the first time and it wasn’t me. Yeah, and a lot to do with him, but we don’t talk about that anymore. Anyway, I finally get my shit together in the book and show Jo how I feel. I just wish it hadn’t taken almost losing her for me to do it.
You can find my book on Amazon http://mybook.to/ObsessionLizBower, and you can read my story for free with Kindle Unlimited. And if you’re wondering what I look like then take a look at Jo and me on the cover. Hot, right? 😉
Marco thank you for taking the time to join me and my readers today! It’s been an absolute pleasure having you on the blog. 🙂
Thanks, Lou. The pleasure was all mine x
Liz has kindly allowed me to offer an ebook copy of Obsession to 1 lucky winner. For your chance to win this enter the Rafflecopter below 🙂
I want to take a moment to welcome you to Lou’s Luscious Book Blog and to thank you for agreeing to take part in my relaunch/rebrand event.
Before we get into the actual interview questions please tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m a German native, living together with my husband and little son. Besides writing I love reading, dancing and watching way too many TV shows. Right now obsessing over Tom Hiddleston would also make that list. I love coffee, can’t function without it and tend to turn grumpy when I don’t have it.
Favourite Movie?That’s hard……..I can’t choose. Jurassic World is high up there, along with all the Marvel movies.
Favourite Music?Sunrise Avenue, P!nk and Kelly Clarkson
Favourite TV Show/Series?Criminal Minds (and ten others)
Do you enjoy reading? If so what do you like to read?Absolutely everything, but I tend to read fantasy most.
Who is your favourite author?Why are there so many hard questions LOL? Colleen Hoover probably.
What are you reading at the minute?Six books at the same time. Took up The Chosen by JR Ward again yesterday.
What freaks you out or gives you the heebie-jeebies?Any kind of horror movies honestly.
If you could meet any person living or dead who would you like to meet and why?Kelly Clarkson – she’s amazing, down-to-earth and seems sure approachable.
Quick Fire Questions:
Sweet or Savoury?Savoury
Chocolate or Vanilla?Vanilla
Favourite Drink?Apple water
Good Guy or Bad Boy?Good guy
Writing Related Questions:
What drew you to genre of books do you write?I ended up writing the kind of stories I love to read myself. YA fantasy and mysteries are amongst the books I devour, so it was only natural I would try my hand at that for me.
Would you ever consider writing a different genre? If so which one?I would love to venture out. I have a few plans already and wanna get into paranormal and urban fantasy. Also plan on writing an actual romance.
What made you want to write?I spent a lot of time fanfic writing with my best friend. I never expected to publish a book, but when the idea for my debut was born in a dream, I couldn’t get it out of my head. Only when I had it down on paper did I feel better. I haven’t stopped writing since.
Do you set yourself daily targets when you’re writing?Not really. I try to use the limited time I have as best as I can.
Do you have people to use as a sounding board?I do, which I’m very thankful for.
Who is your favourite character to write or that you have written and why?I loved writing the relationship between the sisters Sky and June for Broken Jar Of Memories. I loved exploring a relationship I don’t have myself and felt deeply connected to them. Their characters were easy to write and just flowed along. They constantly kept me entertained.
Are any of your characters based on real people? If so can you tell us which characters or people? There are a few that are based on people in my life. My best friend plays a big role as much as a few other people I give cameos. I love doing that.
If any of your books were turned into a movie or tv series who would be your leading man/lady?I am really bad at this. However, I’d like to have someone kick ass like Jennifer Lawrence play Sophie of the Dalysia trilogy.
Which book would you most like to see as said movie/tv series?My Dalysia trilogy.
And finally is there anything else that you would like us to know?
Spotlight time, please provide blurbs, covers & links to your books 🙂
Broken Jar Of Memories:
Family first. That’s Skylar Austin’s motto. So when her little sister goes missing, her whole world threatens to come crashing down in a single night. But then June is found and everything should be perfect, right?
Only it isn’t.
June doesn’t remember anything — not even the sister she had always admired. With the aid of the sisters’ memory jar, Skylar wants nothing more than to help June regain what she has lost. While her kidnapper is still out there wanting to finish what he started, the Austin family struggles to keep it together.
Some memories are buried for a reason. So what happens once they start to unravel? Will they keep the danger at bay – or bring it right to their door?
One night can change everything.
For seventeen-year-old Sophie Evans life is completely average. And she likes it that way.
Until one night, her apartment is attacked. Out of nowhere, creatures climb through her windows with only one goal in mind: to kill her. Only with the help of two handsome strangers and her next-door-neighbor does she make it out alive.
While the immediate danger is gone, Sophie finds herself thrown into a world she didn’t even knew existed — dealing with powers she knows nothing about and a race counting on her to save them.
How can she be the only hope of a race she never even knew existed? When pressure threatens to suffocate her, can Sophie fight the odds stacked against her, or will she lose herself in the process?
The Test was just the beginning.
Having reigned victorious in the Dalysian Test, Sophie is shocked to discover it is not the end of her journey on Jenace. Finding herself responsible for the fate of an entire race is a burden impossible to bear, but one she knows she cannot walk away from.
With the help of a small group of trusted people Sophie begins to prepare for the infamous Trials, but quickly realizes that the competition isn’t the only threat to her survival. Worst of all, her biggest opponent turns out to be her greatest weakness.
What do you do when you don’t know who you can trust anymore? How do you keep going when faith threatens to desert you and the burden you carry is almost impossible to bear?
With the Trials looming, Sophie has to find a way to beat the odds. Failure is not an option.
Jamie Summer is a native of Germany, where she lives with her husband and son. She’s currently working on her next book and wishes there were 48 hours to the day so she could do everything she sets her sights on.
Besides writing Jamie enjoys watching her son grow up, reading and watching way too many TV shows.
For you chance to win an ebook copy of one of Jamie’s books, winner’s choice (direct to kindle)
First, I want to say thank you so much to Lou for having me on the blog. I can’t remember the first time I met Lou, but I know that we have been digital friends for a while now and it was all because of our shared love of books. You have always been such a great support of me and my adventure, no matter where it led me. From blogging, to writing, you have always been there. Thank you so much for all your continued support! I am so honored to be able to post on your new blog. It looks great by the way. You can never go wrong with purple.
Top Ten Facts about Danielle Young
1. I’m a high school Culinary Arts teacher. Where I get to share my passion for cooking and the restaurant industry, as well as spark passion and creativity in my students. Coolest. Job. Ever.
2. I am surrounded by boys. Seriously. I live with my 5 fantastic boys, husband, and 3 male cats. Ok, so there is one other female in the house, my dog. But we are seriously outnumbered.
3. I don’t believe in saying never. That has bitten me in the butt more than a time or two.
4. I write young adult not only because I’m always surrounded by them, but because I connect with them. I’m not gonna grow up.
5. Music is it. My muse, my serenity, my calm. Take it away and I’m pretty sure I would go crazy.
6. And speaking of music, I recently got to see my all time favorite band, Green Day, live. And it was the best freaking day ever.
7. I’m a nerd. No surprise to some, but seriously, I am. A book nerd, gaming nerd, superhero nerd. Yup, that’s me.
8. I love to draw. Sometimes it is the only thing that unsticks my writers brain.
9. I’m a slow writer. It takes me at least a year to write a novel.
10. My current WIP, Failure, is based loosely on a very personal moment in my life.
And there you have it. Probably more than you ever cared to know. But if you want to know more you could always follow me on Facebook or Instagram. I’m always there.
Thanks for stopping by, and don’t forget to show my girl, Lou some love. Oh, and enter the giveaway.
Guided The Jade Ring Series book 1
Jo’s life is in danger. And she doesn’t even know it.
A descendant from one of the world’s most powerful Wiccan families, she is hunted by a powerful warlock desperate to destroy her family line.
Kept in the dark, it isn’t until she comes of age and her powers awaken that Jo is made aware of the danger she’s in.
GUIDED by her Angel protector, and best friends, Jo will have to learn to harness her powers before she loses everything.
I am a first-time author, who never imagined would one day write a book. Then again there are a lot of things I never imagined happening. I live in New Mexico with my husband, best friend and soul mate. I keep the company of my five wonderful boys, who keep me laughing and young.
I currently teach High School Culinary Arts where I get to share my love of food and culinary creation with young minds. In my spare time I’m a book blogger at Consuming Worlds, a food blogger at Culinary Brainchild, and a contributor at Dumb White Husband. I love books, gaming, and watching a good movie.
I want to take a moment to welcome you to Lou’s Luscious Book Blog and to thank you for agreeing to take part in my relaunch/rebrand event.
Before we get into the actual interview questions please tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m teeny, blonde, fiercely loyal and although I’m small, a huge protector – particularly towards my three kids! I have two books released and am currently struggling with a gazillion story lines desperate to be heard.
Ooh this is hard… there are so many. Dirty Dancing, Pitch Perfect – Yep I’m that girl that loves singing and dancing to films. Plus THOR! The big hunk stole my heart years ago. (I frequently watch it with my son – not a chore!)
Listening to music is an absolute must for me, in the shower, car, when I’m cooking. You name it! I love most things current but have a soft spot for Adele, Ed Sheeran and Jon Bon Jovi!
Favourite TV Show/Series?
First answer has to be Friends! That programme has made me laugh through some broken hearted moments. More recently, Grey’s Anatomy, Walking Dead, and Homeland.
Describe your perfect weekend?
I’d be at the coast – The sun would be shining, I’d be listening to the waves crash against the sand. A bottle of beer would be in my hand and the kids and hubby by my side.
Most embarrassing moment to date?
Ooh there are a few :
Dropping a tray laden with food at secondary school (everyone clapped!).
Reading out loud at school and pronouncing virginal as virge-eye-nal! (Everyone laughed)
Once when I was reversing into a car parking space, I knocked the wing mirror on the car beside me (Which was a parked car I might add). I drove forward trying to straighten the car up and hit it again. I then made a final attempt at reversing into the space and hit the wing mirror again – I finally gave up and asked a work colleague who was watching me if he could get into my car and sort it out (I cried!)
Do you have any strange habits? Fancy sharing any?
Not sure I have any – although I’m sure the hubby could name a few if I asked him!
If you could go on vacation anywhere in the world, where would you like to go?
New York – I’ve been before but I’d love to go back and see EVERYTHING. In fact I’d love to live there for six months to really test the place out.
Can you list 5 things (non-author) related that we may or may not already know about you?
I’m a nurse.
When I was young, I fell out of a hotel window in Cornwall. My dad only just caught me by my ankle! I was literally hanging (from the 4th floor) staring down at the concrete path below.
I once won an award at secondary school for having the best smile but now it seems to have converted into a RBF (resting bitch face) so people who know me well, regularly ask what’s wrong – there’s nothing wrong it’s just my face! And people who don’t know me think I’m a miserable bitch!
I couldn’t think of anything else so I just asked my eldest daughter – she said that I like to keep my house clean and I moan at my kids for not picking up after themselves! Can’t see anything wrong with that lol
Quick Fire Questions:
Sweet or Savoury? Savoury
Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate
Favourite Colour? Any shade of purple
Favourite Animal? Cat
Favourite Food? Curry
Favourite Drink? Prosecco… no lager… no Prosecco… oh damn it!
Good Guy or Bad Boy? Bad Boy without a doubt!
Writing Related Questions:
Do you have a certain place that you write? (Like a writing cave?) Or do you prefer a certain type of atmosphere? (like quiet or music in the background?)
I have a room that I’ve kind of stuck my laptop in but I’m hoping next year I get to convert it into a pretty, peaceful writing cave! I need peace and quiet to write.
Do you have a set writing routine? Will you share it?
No, I wish. I’ve been struggling with time recently. I’m hoping the winter will have me hibernating on my days off, dreaming up lots of plots and twists.
What made you want to write?
Reading – Those books that you can’t put down. When you can’t stop and have to continue reading well into the night. Those are the kind of books I want to write.
Do you set yourself daily targets when you’re writing?
I set myself weekly targets when I first start writing a story but once the story and characters develop there’s no target as I tend to write, edit, delete, write, edit, delete… you get the idea.
Are any of your characters based on real people?
I always had the idea that Chris Hemsworth was my Zed (In Autumn’s Rise) but Reid (In Monday’s Promise), if I’m honest he’s not based on anyone, he is just Reid. It took me a long time to get over finishing his story, I actually missed him!
How important do you find reviews? And what do you make of negative ones?
Massively appreciate reviews, it’s what a lot of readers check out when looking at your books. When I first got a low star rating, I was like ‘What? Why?’ I need an explanation – it’s all a learning curve and it would be pretty boring if you knew everything, right?
If any of your books were turned into a movie or tv series who would be your leading man/lady?
Erm… let me think… oh yeah I don’t need to! Chris Hemsworth – can you imagine, I’d actually get to meet him!!
Finally is there anything else that you would like us to know? Maybe a little snippet of your current WIP, or latest release?
My current WIP is a romantic suspense based on a woman who is in an abusive relationship. I’m hoping for it to be out by the end of the year.
Also, I haven’t finished with the Haywater gang yet. The final story will be released next year. After that… watch this space x
Spotlight time, please provide blurbs, covers & links to your books 🙂
On the discovery of a family secret and the heart-wrenching events that follow, Autumn Chamberlain has lost what little faith she had in those closest to her. Knowing she can never truly live her life if she remains with her family, and with an abundance of guilt laying heavily in her heart, she escapes the lonely world she felt forced to live in and heads to the seaside town of Haywater. The aim, to look for a new beginning, a fresh start. But she has one clear notion – to never love again.
Talented surfer, Zed Maddison, has always worked hard at protecting those closest to him, until the day he fails. Fighting his own demons, Zed flees his close family; unable to face them and the remorse he feels before finally arriving in Haywater.
When their worlds collide, Zed has an unfathomable need to protect Autumn and becomes relentless in his fight, forcing Autumn’s defences to the limit.
Can her secrets remain dead and buried?
Or will a revelation destroy everything
Promises lead to devastation.
They always have.
From the day he was born, Reid Banner had to fight for his place in life. At the age of eight, he was already on his ninth foster placement: lonely, hurting, and with a heart full of broken promises. When he meets the Maddisons, life slowly but finally, moves forward, and Reid sees a way he may be able to make it in this world.
Then a promise is made…
Tragedy follows, forcing him to ride into the night and make a decision that changes the rest of his life. Together, the Maddisons join Reid in battling their way through grief.
But when another promise is made…
The past that Reid hoped would never again darken his doors comes back to break him—jeopardising all that he cares for.
I’ve been a writer for over fifteen years, been published for over twelve and have written over eighteen books, though only eleven of them have been publilshed so far. I am also a vicorious reader in that I will pretty much read anything I like the sound of. I’ve always had a soft spot from crime, mystery and young adult books so when I started writing it was no surprise to me that I chose to write those kind of books. However, even though I usually read over 150 books a year, being an author has very much had an impact on how I read, and in some instances what I read as well.
Before I was a writer, I could lose myself in books. I still can do that, but I also find that I look at the words through a different lens. While before I was writing my own books, I would stick to my genres and never really venture outside of YA, crime/mystery and possibly contemporary romance. It wasn’t that I didn’t think other books were my thing, it was more that I had a very stunted view of what could be enjoyable. I stuck to the same authors and rarely went looking for books by new people or browsed the library or bookshelves to see what took my fancy. I was also a bitty reader in that I could go weeks, if not months, not reading. It was something that I very much enjoyed, but it was something I didn’t always have time for, or want to make time for.
As a teen I was a big reader, my friends and I would spend our Friday nights at the local library picking out sixteen books to read during that week. It was usually all similar stuff like Sweet Valley Twins and the Babysitter’s Club, stuff like that. There would be occasions that I’d re-read what were to me, classics, like The Famous Five and Secret Seven and other Enid Blyton and Roald Dahl books that filled my childhood with wonder. I remember the first adult book I read that filled me with a love for crime fiction. It was Hot Money by Dick Francis and I have my mum to thank for that because she was listening to his books on audiotape from the library. I now own that audio tape though I have no way to listen to it.
I was nineteen when I first properly put my ideas onto the page and wrote my second book…well it was actually my first being that it ended up as my debut, but the second book I finished and was happy with. At that point in my life, I was picking at reading. If it was an author I knew and loved – Harlan Coben, Kathy Reichs, Sue Grafton, J K Rowling etc, then I’d pick it up and read it. But at the same time, I didn’t really make time for reading because I had somewhat lost that thrill and love of the written word in all that was going on in my life.
Fast forward to being published in 2005, and I still wasn’t really spending much time reading. I had the series and the books I liked. I went to the library often and picked out books, but I did not come close to 150 books in a year. And then there was a lull in my writing career as my second book wasn’t published until 2011 and although I was writing still, I was also juggling college, a failed university attempt and then later, an actual university degree. It was really 2012 when I was really getting into being an author that things changed. I started to branch out both in my own writing, but also in what I read.
I no longer stuck to the usual genre, and while crime/mystery are among my favourite genres, I was suddenly reading beyond that. I was picking up fantasy books and loving them, I was reading historical fiction – a genre I didn’t even know exisited – and being blown away with how much I freaking loved it! I was meeting other authors and reading their books and my reading world opened up to this wide array of books. Around the same time I invested in a Kindle, which helped open my world even more. I no longer had to worry about whether my hands were strong enough to hold a book. I no longer had to worry about how many books I could fit in my hospital suitcase, or holiday suitcase, I could carry hundreds in one small package and with the connections I was making, I was suddenly reading daily.
I know a lot of authors who’ll say that it’s because of their occupation that they’re unable to enjoy books as much as they used to. I can agree with that to a point. There are some books I’ve picked up and I’ve had to put them back down because I just can’t. But I also think had I not been an author, I’d have felt the same way. I still get lost in books, very much so, and I’m at the point where if someone asks for my all time favourite, I couldn’t tell them. I have lists upon lists of favourites! Being an author didn’t change my reading experience for the worst, it elevated it into something I hadn’t known since I was a teen, and I am very much happy with that.
About Joey Paul:
Joey Paul is a 35 year-old, disabled indie author and a recent University graduate with a BA (Hons) in Health & Social Care. She loves to write and is at the moment working on her thirteenth and fourteenth books, as well as preparing her ninth book for publication. She started writing young adult crime & paranormal fiction when she was medically retired from her job at the age of 19. Her first book, Blackout, was released in 2005 and after a brief time away, her second one, Dying Thoughts – First Touch was released in 2011. When not writing, she’s either reading or out and about in the middle of nowhere looking for Tupperware with the aid of a GPS, otherwise known as geocaching.
Imagine having everything you ever wanted. A perfect family, a perfect boyfriend, perfect friends – the whole group that only exists because of you!
Then imagine waking up one morning and discovering you don’t have any of that.
It was a dream… a dream you had in a coma that was supposedly brought on by drugs. Imagine having to start again at school, desperately trying to fit in and prove that the ‘drug’ thing must have been a mistake – that you do deserve to be one of the ‘elite’. Trying so hard to remember what really happened that night.
Welcome to Tally’s life… only problem is, someone doesn’t want her to remember.
Tally is like every other teenage I’ve met. She wants to fit in, be popular and goes through life with the most important things being how and what happens in school, with friendships, and enemies. I thought her an endearing character. The story was witty and the added thriller plot was unexpected. The book was narrated by Tally in the first person, which gave it that added emotional flair.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and Joey Paul does an excellent job building her characters. It is well written and a very valuable read for Y/A and teenagers going through difficult, yet memorable times in school and in their lives. – Jana Petken
Remember what it was like to be at school… that was the first thing this book reminded me of.
Somewhere between a thriller and a who-dunnit I couldn’t put it down. – Nat (Goodreads)
“Blackout” by Joey Paul is a moving and cleverly told teenage drama about 15 year old Tally, a girl who longs to fit in.
The mystery of the blackout from the title needs to be solved while we experience the ‘friends’ from the dream in a much unfriendly way.
Paul writes with great sensitivity and empathy about her teenage characters and the price of popularity.
The story turns into a gripping thriller from here that keeps you glued to the pages. Told with the endearing narrative from Tally herself the story benefits from the youthful perspective that will remind each and everyone of us of our own youth, our hopes, our teenage angst and the joy when some things do turn out ok. – Christoph (Goodreads)
The beginning of this YA novel was quite charming, quite tongue in cheek. I really liked the writing style. Then it took an unexpected turn, though I am not going to give anything away here but it took me by surprise. The pace was good, I could relate to the characters, although rather a lot of them were introduced at the beginning and it took a while to sort them all out – I would have preferred to meet them more gradually. The build up at the end was good. Recommended if you have a teenage daughter, would make a good present. – Lucinda (Goodreads)
I sometimes read young adult to teen targeted books just to see what’s out there. I wasn’t sure of this, but it ended up really good! Full of teen angst, but the situations are real enough to not be cliche’.
Nicely put together. – Monkeybutts (Amazon)
The beginning of this YA novel was quite charming, quite tongue in cheek. I really liked the writing style. Then it took an unexpected turn, though I am not going to give anything away here but it took me by surprise. The pace was good, I could relate to the characters, although rather a lot of them were introduced at the beginning and it took a while to sort them all out – I would have preferred to meet them more gradually. The build up at the end was good. Recommended if you have a teenage daughter, would make a good present. – Books R Best (Amazon)
Joey Paul excels at getting into the teenage mind set. The main character is 15 year old Tally and her school friends and frenemies. The girls are at times naïve and easily led, spiteful and cruel, and confused and selfish, as they work out the difference between true friendship and being popular.
The book opens with Tally’s perfect life as the most popular girl in school. Unfortunately she is in a coma and when she regains consciousness it is to discover she is one of the social outcasts she shunned in her dream life. In her bid to become popular she learns appearances can be deceptive. – Maria (Amazon)
Ever had a secret? Something you can’t tell anyone in case they think you’re crazy.
Tara does – she sees the last moments of people’s lives when she touches something that belongs to them.
Kaolin does – she doesn’t want anyone to know the truth about what happened to her father.
Now they’re both in trouble because secrets never stay quite as secret as we wish they would.
Dying Thoughts is a young adult mystery at its heart, but Joey Paul has made it so much more. It is a funny and entertaining story of young Tara’s ‘gift’, though she doesn’t consider it one. The first person narrative is neatly done and takes us on this journey in a sixteen year old’s shoes remarkably well. Tara’s introspective conversations are witty and does not grate (I’ve found that if not done well, it can ruin a book for you. It has ruined quite a few books for me.) But Joey has done a great job. Tara herself is very endearing and her relationship with her father seems very real. The mystery itself serves as a backdrop to Tara’s journey of self discovery, but is suspenseful and keeps you turning pages.
I think this book serves as a great introduction to Tara’s gift and how she realizes that she could be in a position to help people. I see there are more books about Tara Leverton’s adventures. I look forward to reading them. Five stars, Joey Paul! – Jan Raymond
I loved the voice in this story. It was of a very realistic and rebellious teenager with a unique problem. She can channel the death of a person just by touching something belonging to them or something they have touched. This gift causes a loss of consciousness when it manifests, leading to her being secretive about it and also contributing to her lack of friends, something exacerbated by girls hero worship over her widowed and retired pop star dad. – C.N (Goodreads)
I loved Tara, the young 16 years old girl who goes through the death of her mother and then has visions and a new gift to deal with. She is strong and likable. She held my attention and I read this novel in one sitting because of this. The writing is very personable and intimate. It is also witty in parts and a many great lines. The mystery and suspense were also in the mix and I believe this will be a great book for Y/A and adults alike. I don’t think we have heard the last from Tara…I hope not, for she has many adventures still to come.
Five stars here for a great story and storyteller. – Jana (Goodreads)
Though this book is written for a YA crowd, I absolutely loved it. Tara’s character is witty and fun and I very much enjoyed seeing the world through her eyes. She is an extremely likeable character and a perfect narrator for the reader’s journey through the events in the books. Her visions are intriguing and mysterious at times, making the book a really fast-paced read that is highly enjoyable. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series! – Angie (Goodreads)
Dying Thoughts is the first book in a series, and I’m excited to read more. This is the story of Tara, who after the death of her mother started having “visions”. Basically she can see people’s deaths. Can you imagine?
Despite her self- deprecating views of herself, Tara is funny and clever, and has a firm grip on her “gift” (if you can call it that).
And then a new girl moves to town – Kaolin. Kaolin also has felt the loss of a parent, and after a startling vision, Tara and Kaolin begin an investigation and friendship that will change their lives forever.
This was a great book. Easy to read but heartfelt, mysterious, and engaging at every turn. It had a unique storyline and a main character you just can’t help wanting to connect with. I think I liked Tara more than she liked herself, but I found her sarcasm and self criticism endearing.
Excellent story, great writing, and a series that can appeal to both adults and teens. I’m eager to see what happens next in the series!! – Carissa (Amazon)
I really enjoyed this. The plot is fast-paced and the writing style is crisp and clean enough for this book to be appealing to reluctant readers. Overall I would recommend this for 11+, particularly those who may struggle with longer and less stimulating novels. – H. Marlow (Amazon)
Did you ever think that running away could solve things?
Sometimes the world throws so much at you that escape seems like the only option.
Sarah, Chloe and Charlotte thought it was.
They’re about to discover that problems follow you and that sometimes there is more to friendship that it first seems.
The Friendship Triangle is a sweet children’s book that is filled with positive messages about friends and family. Also shares insight on bullies and divorce among other serious topics.
This is an unpredictable story that left me guessing all the way through. This story is full of heart and raw real life struggles. There is a bit less wit in this book compared to the authors later works but still a touching story that I think young girls will enjoy and relate to. This author writes so naturally that you can feel the emotion and see the landscaping. I am a huge fan. – Brenda Perlin
This is a Y/A novel, however it does contain slightly darker and less humorous elements compared Ms Paul’s later works. I am a fan of this talented author. I am not an avid young adult book reader but I have read this author’s work before and I enjoy her natural flow of words and stories, which have the ability to delve into the minds of her young characters and readers.
3 girls, who don’t have it easy, strike up a friendship. This type of storyline is a good example of how friendships develop, how bullying destroys, and how loyalty in the face of adversity, wins.
I will now hand this over to my niece to read, and regardless of my age, I will continue to read Paul’s books.
A great story from a gifted author. – bookcollector (Amazon)
Three normal teenage girls, which have the same issues most girls have at their age, but they also have to deal with problems in their families as well. I’m not sure what the age range the author was going for but I did feel some of the content was a bit too deep for younger adolescents
I did like how the author brought the issues of bullying, divorce and other family problems into it. This was done with a lot of skill, and it showed the strength of her characters off perfectly.
The dialogue was spot on, but it was a bit jarring that we went from one charters situation to another’s without a break. Apart from that well written. – D.M (Goodreads)
Very great book. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it, and am excited to give it to my daughter. It deals with themes that might be a bit much depending on the level of your YA reader, so as a parent I recommend reading it first. But it handles the topic well, and is very well done. Five stars! – Amazon Customer (Amazon)
The Friendship Triangle by Joey Paul is about three girls who’s rough lives lead them to a magical discovery of friendship. They’re all strong in their own ways with a close bond that I enjoyed- but Chloe was really my favorite. She was really strong when things seemed down for her, and is someone I could see myself looking up to. The details and smooth dialog took me inside the pages and emotionally moved me.
The some of the content was a little darker than I am used to but I like how the author wasn’t afraid to talk about them. There were a few misspellings that sort of distracted from the story.
Over all I would recommend this to young teens and anyone else who is interested in the power of friendship, some magic, and lots of drama! – MayRiver (Amazon)
This is the first book that I have read by this author and I really enjoyed it. Although the book focuses on the friendships and relationships of three girls, anyone can relate to the issues in the book.
The book covers topics encountered by many youth today: divorce, bullying and death of a loved one. As with adults, these relationship based situations are emotionally challenging and difficult to deal with even with friends. They are much more difficult when alone without anyone to talk to.
The author’s writing style is informal and relaxed making this an ideal book for young teens struggling to find themselves because of isolation or other problems. Nice job Ms. Paul. – Blue Lady (Amazon)
Tara Leverton has a ‘gift’. Up until recently it has been kept a secret from everyone.
Things have certainly changed.
For one, Tara has a best friend, Kaolin. For another, Kaolin, her dad and the police know about her ‘gift’. She’s got the chance to help them solve murders – actually make a difference, one that doesn’t involve doing homework on time.
When tragedy strikes, can Tara be the eyes seeing things that no one was supposed to see?
I absolutely loved the first book in this series, and Joey Paul did not fail to disappoint in her follow up! Tara is just as wonderful as in the first book. Her humor really carries the book to great places and makes it such a fun read. I enjoyed getting to know her all over again and follow her adventures as she lets her gift lead her on new journeys. A great series for any age reader! It does not disappoint! – Angie Martin
Tara has a best friend, Kaolin. She is not alone, in many different ways, in this instalment of the dying thoughts series. Tara’s father and a police office now know about her secret; her powers to see and hear things from the other side of the thin veil. With her gift, slightly more out in the open, she finds new purpose, and a new vocation, fighting crime.
I enjoy Joey Paul’s books. She has a natural gift for storytelling and a smooth engaging writing style. This, as with her other novels, showcases, not only good plot lines, but humour shining through, quirky dialogue, and an overall story that hangs well throughout.
A great series, so far. Looking forward to more.– Bookcollector (Amazon)
Dying Thoughts ~ Second Sight takes you right back into Tara’s life. There is something so refreshing about this series. I can’t get enough of the great adventure. With all the humorous moments there is a real life force. I am touched by the real life emotion filled with depth and great insight. This series moved me, entertained me and left me wanting more. This particular book was completely riveting and I was lost into the mystery that this story held. This is what a great book does. Leads you to a great escape that you can connect to at the same time. – Brenda (Goodreads)
I absolutely loved the first book in this series, and Joey Paul did not fail to disappoint in her follow up! Tara is just as wonderful as in the first book. Her humor really carries the book to great places and makes it such a fun read. I enjoyed getting to know her all over again and follow her adventures as she lets her gift lead her on new journeys. A great series for any age reader! It does not disappoint! – Angie (Goodreads)
I’m definitely becoming Joey Paul’s fan! I’m enjoying her protagonist – Tara’s – voice so much that I can’t stay away from the “Dying Thoughts” series. Tara, a fifteen year old schoolgirl with a gift of seeing the last minutes of someone dying if she touches something that belongs to them, is again in the thick of it. Not only has she got involved with the police, using her gift to help inspector Mike, her new friend from school, a blind girl Cassie, goes missing, and, eventually turns up dead. Tara and her best friend Kaolin swear to do everything possible and impossible to find the killer…
Tara, despite her self-doubts and sarcasm, is extremely lovable and sweet. Once again she’s ready to do anything possible and impossible to punish the monster who killed Cassie, she doesn’t mind another detention to put her big mouthed classmate Jody into her place, after the latter accused Tara in killing Cassie and her own mother (I actually laughed out loud at their words exchange prior to Tara throwing a punch, which was just priceless!). I’m not going to give anything else away, just read it and I assure you, you’ll enjoy it! I’m off to read book 3;) – Ellie (Goodreads)
I absolutely adore Tara’s voice. She is the classic angst-ridden teenager with an attitude and something a little different. How does a teen cope with seeing stuff from the dead? It isn’t easy and until recently, she had kept her ability hidden from everyone, which made her isolated in a different way than having a retired pop star dad did. Now she has one good friend who knows, along with her dad and a police detective. It is time to make the next move, following in her mother’s footsteps to help police solve violent crimes. Hard enough for an adult, so it comes with a growing curve for Tara.
I read the first book and snapped this one up when I saw it, eager to continue with the journey. I have not been disappointed. Love this! – C.N (Goodreads)
Lynne and Hope are sisters – they share parents and living space, but that’s pretty much it.
Until one day when Lynne has to run and rely on the sister she hates to save her.
If Hope fails, Lynne’s going to jail and she can kiss her perfect job goodbye, but if she succeeds, will Lynne be able to swallow her pride and see Hope for who she really is?
Despite being sisters, there is a distance in Hope and Lynne’s relationship. The age gap of ten years doesn’t help, and the older sister, Lynne, resents the intrusion of a new sibling.
As the years roll past, time does not heal the relationship, with Lynne increasingly pushed to the bottom of the pecking order. Events reach a crisis when Hope is hospitalised during Lynne’s exams, and the older sister blames the younger for her poor results. However, when Lynne’s career encounters a cataclysmic detour towards sacking and jail, it only Hope that can help. This is a great book with a unique narrative. Always told in the first person, the perspective expertly switches between each sister in this engrossing tale where each sister wrestles with their ego’s; one to ask for help, the other to give it.
This is a moving tale of sibling rivalry, jealousy, and ultimately love and redemption. However, what lifts this story above so many of its genre, is the subtext. Hope is in wheelchair and Lynne is equally trapped by her blind dedication to her job at the expense of everything. The notion of prisons is one that we can all relate to, and the illustration that some prisons are of circumstance whilst others are of choosing is just beautiful.
This moving tale sucks you in from the outset and keeps you reading long into the night.
Fans of Judy Blume and Jennifer Echols will love this.
Recommended. – M. Sockel (Amazon)
The relationship between siblings are always funny. They never start of as best friends. Sometimes it is remains strained throughout their lives. Sometimes it becomes better with time and siblings become best friends. Sometimes it starts off well but sours down the lane. Lynne and Hope is about two such sisters, who started off on a positive note but soured over the time because of an accident which resulted in Hope confined to a wheelchair.
The story is really very interesting and gripping. The core of the story is the relationship between Lynne and Hope. The way it changes and transforms with various events that happen in their life is a really interesting thing to read. The language is very simple and easily put, which makes the reading experience very smooth. The flow of the story is engaging and powerful. It is said from the point of view of both the sisters, which gives us the complete picture of the scenario.There is a pull in the story which makes you feel like you are an immediate part of their lives and not just a bystander watching the movie go by. There is an emotional connection which comes to the characters because they are so well-developed that they almost feel real and sitting right next to you.
A very interesting mystery novel to be read by anyone who likes such types of book, Lynne and Hope is highly recommended to everyone.
Star Rating : 5 Stars – Devi (Goodreads)
Lynne & Hope by Joey Paul is a delightful read that I thoroughly enjoyed. Lynne & Hope are sisters, 10 years apart in age, and all was well between them until on Lynne’s 15th birthday Hope was in a serious auto accident that paralyzed her lower extremities and killed the driver. Lynne had no idea what had happened until 9 p.m. that night when their father came home and abruptly mentioned Hope was in the hospital in surgery. The family dynamics shifter after that to attention directed to Hope at the cost of Lynne being neglected and consequently withdrawing emotionally from the family. The story is beautifully written from both POVs of Lynne & Hope, chapter after chapter, giving us the insights into a sheltered naïve character in Hope and the resistant resentful older sister in Lynne. And just as their lives all changed so many years ago, it changes again when Lynne gets into trouble at her job. He’s a serologist DNA specialist in a crime lab. When a case comes in involving a lot of blood samples from elderly women being murdered, the testing turns up a shocking and unsuspected suspect: Lynne. Lynne’s unfortunate situation is seed for Hope to flourish and break out of her restricted naïve bubble to help her sister. This is an easy read, a fun read, but it goes deep in the character development and scenes that evolve expressing the family dynamic that’s been impacted by tragedy. And I might add I loved the mystery aspect involving Lynne that was thrown into the storyline that moved it along with heightened interest. – Paulette (Goodreads)
Join Tara and Kaolin in the third book in the Dying Thoughts Series.
It’s finally summer and all Tara Leverton plans to do is spend the time sunbathing, hanging out with Kaolin and doing as little as possible. Her gift has kept her busy and now is the chance for some serious down time before her final year at school.
Her dad, on the other hand, has different ideas about how Tara should spend her summer. He’s desperate for her to realise that life in the real world isn’t all solving crimes and hanging out with friends. She’s about to discover that their definitions of summer are complete opposites when her dad gets her a job at a local charity.
When a scary pattern emerges with the charity’s clients, Tara is thrown into the middle of a new case. Who is killing their clients? And can Tara find out before they come for her?
Tara Leverton is a likeable 15-year-old who has had visions of people on their death beds since she was six. With her psychic ability, she works for the police to help solve disturbing and violent crimes often involving the most vulnerable. Tara has no interest in going to uni after her final year of school and wants to continue her psychic work. Tara’s dad has other ideas. He’s lined up holiday work for her during the summer break at Sunflower Wishes, a charity for terminally ill children—although Tara would rather spend her holidays with her best friend, Kaolin or sleeping in. At first the job seems to be a dull filing position, but it soon escalates into an opportunity for Tara to expand her psychic experience in a series of ugly but related crimes.
Joey Paul’s writing style is immediate, lively and very enjoyable. She makes you believe and love her character, Tara who acts and speaks like a witty 15 year-old with everyday concerns about study, work and life. I especially liked the fact she wasn’t perfect. She’s a feisty teenager with a mind of her own.
‘Dying Thoughts – Third Wish’ is an engrossing and entertaining murder mystery for teenage readers that is sure to appeal to a wider audience. – E. M. Cooper (Amazon)
Another great book in the series by the talented Joey Paul! Third book was even more suspenseful and fast-paced than the first two, with the protagonist Tara facing real dangers at the place she never suspected to have problems with in the first place – the charity foundation. However, the job that her father forced her into during her summer break seems to have not such noble goals behind its innocent façade. Terminally ill patients die at the mysterious circumstances prior to the big charity events, and right after big sums of donations to the charity follow… Despite her father’s and the police inspector Mike Clifford’s protests, Tara continues her own investigation, and soon she realizes that who she trusts matters the most.
I loved the element of mystery that the author managed to keep throughout the whole story to reveal the murderer only at the last few pages, and an incredibly suspenseful finale! Brilliant work, as always! – Ellie (Goodreads)
Paul writes with great charm and really gets inside the head of a young teenager. It was refreshing to have a realistic teenager, stroppy at times negotiating her life and relationships. Here we have a feisty, always opinionated and sometimes lazy girl with more in her head than thoughts of boys. This girl has a special gift and concerns of murder on her mind.
Engaging writing that builds suspense and easy to relate to characters. Having read book 3 (which works perfectly as a stand alone) I intend reading the first two in the series and will look out for future books in the series.
Well produced and enjoyable. – Fiona (Goodreads)
What a delightful book about a 15 year young psychic. Tara is a great character, not just because of her gift, but because she is multi-dimensional. She is feisty and resourceful but still a dutiful daughter of sorts.
I’m a sucker for stories about mediums and psychics and this is a great one, as Tara helps the police to solve crimes. I’ve read a few of Paul’s books and they all have a great feel to it. I hope to see more of Tara and this series. Loved it. – Molly (Goodreads)
This novel shows the often-complicated relationship between siblings. These sisters are at odds with one another due to an accident when Hope was five years old. Resentment and misunderstanding fester over the years causing an ever-widening breach between Lynne and Hope.
Due to another unfortunate event in their lives, they finally realize how much they love one another. Don’t worry I haven’t given away the plot. There is much left for you to discover in this touching story. Another enjoyable aspect was the author’s use of alternating points of view. This is a great Young Adult story! – Anon Anon (Amazon)
Angelina and Zack couldn’t be anymore different; one lives in apparent riches and the other in poverty.
They meet online and a friendship blooms, but then things in Angelina’s life take a turn for the worst and she finds herself turning to the only person she thinks loves her – Zack.
With everything against them, can Zack and Angelina cross the distance to change her life before it’s too late? Or will Zack have to watch from afar as Angelina continues to suffer?
The book is written in a quirky young voice that is instantly likeable because of the great sense of humour. Angelina is a pupil and teenager, long suffering for all the responsibilities dumped upon her. She has a tough life and we sympathise with her right away, yet, this is not as depressing as it may sound. It sucks to be her, but reading about her doesn’t
We switch to point of view 2: Zac, who is also one of the ‘good guys’ and very helpful. The book is about their romance and how the two support each other. I can’t say more without spoiling it, so I will leave it to you with my warmest recommendations.
Once in a while you read a good young adult book that has got something special and this is one of them. – Molly Flanders (Amazon)
Waiting on you is one of those books that can be read and enjoyed by people of all ages, but is especially good for the teenage group.
I think the subject of bullying has impacted most people in one way or another and if that is true for you – you’ll find this book gives a very accurate and extremely heartbreaking account of what it is to experience this. The book is written in a very relatable way. I especially enjoyed watching the budding friendships develop throughout the story and the growth of the characters.
I’d absolutely recommend this book. In fact my own daughter is preparing to read it next. Great job Joey Paul. – Calista Smith (Amazon)
An excellent story that covers a multitude of emotions and scenes/issues that are so true to any young person growing up. Joey Paul has a raw innocence to her writing. She has maturity and the know how how to get her points across through the character Ange and narrates in a way that will hold the interest of any teen, on the other hand she writes as if she is sitting with a bunch of teenagers
The writing is flawless and organised to make the story a great read with a racy pace.
As a mature reader I thoroughly enjoyed Waiting On You, and will read more from this author. – Shazzie (Amazon)
It takes a strong writer to bring a story like this to life. Joey Paul did a wonderful job. She manages to convey a 14 year old girl’s problems in a 14 year old girl’s voice. She also sheds light onto a very real problem: bullying. I found the characters and situations to be very real. The writing flows smoothly. I enjoyed Waiting on You. – writes4coffee (Amazon)
Bullying is an important and difficult subject. This author does a remarkable job enlightening the reader about the effects and impact of bullies, while still telling a romantic tale about young love. The topic is approached with great insight and sensitivity. The characters are believable and the reader quickly becomes attached to the protagonist. The story is both uplifting and heart wrenching. It is told in an intimate narration that really allows the reader to relate to the main characters. I highly recommend this story for teens and parents as well as anyone else with a loving and caring heart. – Jim (Amazon)
The subject is pretty heavy but Joey Paul’s writing style brings lightness into the story, making this a fast and easy read. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing easy about bullying and I am 100% against it, but the author truly has done remarkably good job with the storyline, keeping the voice of the main character quite authentic as of a girl of age fourteen, spicing up the writing with a hint of a delicate humor and yet managing to wrap an actual and difficult topic into a very interesting design that kept me turning the page after page. There are several side plots so even if the topmost theme is bullying, I think a lot of people, no matter what age they are, will find this book being ‘their cup of tea’.
This was a first book I read from Joey Paul but definitely not the last. This story is current, fresh and definitely a must read. If you like Alex Flinn’s Beastly (the book!), you will love this one, too. Absolutely amazing! – Jennifer Loiske (Goodreads)
Tara has a gift that allows her to see the last moments of someone’s life when she touches something that belonged to them.
She’s finally close to finishing school, but then disaster strikes when Kaolin is kidnapped. Can Tara find her friend in time? Will her gift be able to save her friend before it’s too late?
What’s the point in having a gift that won’t even help save the ones you love?
Wow, what a wonderfully written young adult crime story! And especially when a protagonist, Tara, possesses a special gift, allowing her to see the moments before the victim dies, which adds an amazing paranormal twist.
Most of all I appreciate strong characters in a book, and Tara, even though she’s only 16, is that strong character. After an untimely death of her mother and a close friend, she faces another challenge: find and save her best friend Kaolin, who was kidnapped. Tara handles the situation with an admirable strength, looking for clues despite her father’s protests and sometimes even going against the police detective Mike, who she’s working with.
It’s a fast-paced thriller, which kept me on the edge of my seat until I finished it. I couldn’t put it down, I just had to know what was going to happen next! I highly recommend this book to everyone, who loves a good quality mystery, detective and thriller genre, all in one. Beautiful job! – Anonymous Amazon Customer
Truly amazing. I came into the series at the forth book and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Author Joey Paul has talent. I love an author with the confidence to put their own voice into their writing. The story of Tara and her special gift should appeal to a wide range of readers. – Reggie (Amazon)
I’ve been following this series from the first book: First Touch. I am not generally a Y/A fan but I love the paranormal twist in these books. I also love the character Tara, who is a humble and gifted medium, with a gift – or curse, of being able to see events in people’s lives before these events happen. This time her friend is in danger – can Tara save her?
Joey Paul writes from the heart. I can feel her emotions coming through her characters. She is a great story teller, with a very competent writing style that I enjoy. I could see this as a TV series, featuring TARA. It is that good. – Jana (Goodreads)
I’ve came to the series late by starting with Dying Thoughts, where have I been? This is a YA and can be read as a standalone.
I am familiar with Joey Paul’s work and I enjoy her writing style. In Dying Thoughts – Fourth week she produces a well written story that is easy reading. Young and old will warm to her characters and narrative. A young girl, crime and a special gift keeps the story interesting from beginning to end. I am gong to catch up on books 1 – 3 and I know I am in for a treat. – Tracy (Goodreads)
Author Joey Paul has talent. I love an author with the confidence to put their own voice into their writing. The story of Tara and her special gift should appeal to a wide range of readers.
Highly recommended. – Reg (Goodreads)
Without having read the first three in this series (I know, I’m a rebel), I found this story easy to follow and without the usual hurdles experienced when reading out of order. Our main character, Tara, has the gift of seeing a dead person’s last moments when she touches something that belonged to them. This is a gift I’d not thought about before, and found the concept interesting. In this story, Tara’s best friend goes missing and she finds herself investigating with and without the help of the local police to try and figure out what happened and find her alive, before her gift kicks in and shows her it’s too late.
The way the author dances around this character’s gift is impressive. The story moved a bit slower than I normally like, but then again it is geared toward young adults and it’s been a long time since I was a young adult. Overall, I would recommend it. – Biblophile (Amazon)
I thought the idea in this YA novel was clever and the story line was excellent. The main character Tara was believable and I could almost see and hear the average teenager saying the same things and feeling similar emotions. The only down side for me was the repetition of facts and I felt the book was a little long due to this. However it was an enjoyable read and I will recommend it to young readers, although I hope they feel better about staying at school and passing their exams. – Books R Best (Amazon)
Harriet has a complicated life. She cares for her chronically ill Mum, while trying to juggle school and a social life. She’s tired, overworked and underpaid.
Then, one day she sees what she thinks is a ghost, but ghosts don’t exist, do they? And they especially don’t help you travel in time, right?
Now Harriet has a murder to solve, all the while trying to make sure no one finds out about the secret behind that stone in her back garden.
An intriguing YA mystery I recommend to readers of that genre.
Paul’s great strength as a writer is her uncanny ability to morph herself into a teenager. The voice of the fifteen year old Harriet is totally authentic along with her attitudes, concerns and her view of the world. YA books I’ve read fall into two camps, books written for adults dealing with teenager’s concerns and those than can be read by adults but are written to appeal directly to the target audience. Destination Unknown in firmly in the second group and Paul writes to engage directly with a younger audience. – Maria (Amazon)
Another amazing work from Joey Paul! I’ve read “Dying Thoughts” complete series and I grabbed this newbie as soon as it came out, since I knew I was in for yet another compelling mystery treat, and I definitely wasn’t disappointed! This time Harriet, a young 15-year-old teenager who has to balance a school life and caring for her sick mother, finds herself in quite a difficult position, when one day a ghost appears in her house asking for her help…
I’ve always enjoyed how masterfully Joey Paul can combine the ordinary with something quite extra-ordinary and even supernatural, and that’s a sign of a very talented writer. I also appreciated how she didn’t shy away from such sensitive subjects as unexpected sickness of a parent and the impact it has on a child, growing up without a father, school issues such as being a loner, making friends and many more issues that will definitely resonate with many young adult readers. – Ellie (Goodreads)
Tara has an admirer, someone who thinks the world revolves around her. The problem is, they won’t reveal their identity and the notes they’re sending her are getting weirder and creepier.
Then there’s the fact that she thinks she’s being watched. And the notes seem to be coming from someone she knows. Now she’s getting scared.
Can she find out who they are before their behaviour escalates and Tara pays the price?
This book can be enjoyed time and time again. It is amazingly intense and the author prepares you for the journey for you to take alongside the characters really well. The characters and story development were perfectly done. This book was extremely well written and has fast become of my favourite books. I will definitely want to one click future releases from this author. This book was full of different emotions with many twists and turns in the book that will keep you guessing what is going to happen till the very end. I have the feeling that I am going to be seeing some special works coming from this author.
I could not wait to get to the end so I devoured it in one sitting. Incredible work!!
The storyline was done really well and was believable. It kept me gripped from the very start until the end, so much so I took the book everywhere with me in order to finish it. I adore this book and cannot wait to read the next in the series as well as other work from this amazing author. I will definitely be recommending this author to everyone I know.
Definitely one awesome book to pick up – Amanda (Goodreads)
Luckily for me I had the opportunity of reading Dying Thoughts-Fifth Secret. I thoroughly enjoyed how the book was written. It was almost like Tara was sitting with me, the reader, telling me the story over a cup of tea. The mystery and intrigue kept me glued trying to guess the outcome and, just when I thought I had it all worked out some new clue threw me off track. Very easy exciting read. Will definitely be checking out other books by this author. – FeeMac (Goodreads)
WOW! This book was so exciting! Full of mystery, suspense, family and a best friend.
Joey Paul is a new author to me and when I was asked to do a review, I was excited. I read the synopses and loved it. I wasn’t disappointed one tiny bit. Joey kept me guessing until the reveal and guess what? I was right! It was so much fun trying to figure out who the stalker was right along with Tara. I laughed, cried, smiled big and held my breath along the way. If an author can do that to me, then in my book, they are a 5 star author. But I would give this book 10 stars if I could. I enjoyed the book so much and had a lot of fun reading it. I love, love how Joey starts out the book, I’m still wondering if this really happened or if it’s just a story. – Valerie (Goodreads)
Dying Thoughts – Fifth Secret by Joey Paul is a series that I loved from the first book in the series, First Touch.
I adore the authors ability to make me as a reader feel as if she is talking to me and gives a visual that makes the scenes seem like they really are happening before my eyes. It’s a gift that makes reading a pleasure.
Tara Leverton is a sixteen year old who at times seems wiser than her years and at other times so childlike that I don’t expect her to say what she does. She has a rare gift and that is not the only trait that makes her special. She is full of personality, endearing, really, and is so funny at times that I can’t help but laugh out loud. There is also a vulnerability to her that most young readers will be able to relate to. This is a young adult series but I’ve loved each and every instalment that has come out. I’ve been waiting for this one for a long time but I can happily say, it was clearly worth the wait. – R. B (Amazon)
The LGBTQ rainbow covers people from all walks of life. Catherine and her friends all have to struggle for acceptance in their own lives. Parents, friends, teachers, pretty much everyone seems to have their opinion on how they should live.
The only people who don’t tell them what they should do are each other and the people inside the LGBTQ community.
So when people from that community start getting attacked and then murdered, Catherine feels she has to do something to stop it.
Dealing with her own issues with her religious parents is tough enough, but what do you do when who you are is the reason someone wants you dead?
It’s Not Always Rainbows by Joey Paul is a touching and impactful story about being a gay teen dealing with closed mindedness and prejudice. Very realistic as the author takes you into the lives of her and her friends all living as outsiders and in religious families that might not accept their choices.
It’s hard enough growing up as people can be so close minded but coming out to your parents and friends is yet other thing to contend with. And, of course the judgment.
I really enjoyed the story and how the author is so open, as a reader it feels like she is talking about her life and not a fictional one, which this is.
I love coming-of-age stories because of the vulnerability and how relatable they can be. This book has great heart and insight to being young, an outcast and misunderstood by most of society. Books like this hopefully makes people more aware and companionate to everyone around them. No matter what race, religion or sexual orientation. R.B (Amazon)
There are two prizes up for grabs in this giveaway:
A signed paperback copy of It’s Not Always Rainbows direct from Joey; International & a Swag Pack; UK Only.
Today is the turn of Dianne Wolfenden. I was really looking forward to meeting Dianne at the #DarkerSideOfFiction2017 signing that took place in Peterborough at the weekend but unfortunately Dianne was unable to attend. I guess I’ll just have to wait for another day!
In today’s post Dianne has taken part in an interview so that we can all get to know her better. Dianne has kindly agreed to donate some giveaway prizes too.
An Interview With Dianne Wolfenden
Me: I want to take a moment to welcome you to Lou’s Luscious Book Blog and to thank you for agreeing to take part in my relaunch/rebrand event.
DM: Hi Lou, thanks for having me, I am looking forward to this.
Before we get into the actual interview questions please tell us a little bit about yourself?
Hi, my name is Dianne, and I write under DM Wolfenden.
I’m from the UK and work on the oil rigs in the North Sea. I would love a dog but because I am away for 3 weeks at a time I can’t have any pets.
My main passions are reading, walking, and going to the cinema.
I love tattoo’s and have quite a few.
I’ll start with the general questions:
Do you enjoy reading? If so what do you like to read?
Like most authors I love reading. I mainly read horror.
Who is your favourite author?
What are you reading at the minute?
A book by an Indie Author called Ghost Files
Favourite type of food and drink?
All the bad stuff, Pizza chocolate, cake. I do love a flavoured water though, that has to be good, right?
I think it is!!
Describe your perfect weekend?
Go out for a curry, a few drinks, catch a later movie and then a lie in the next morning
Do you have any pet-peeves? Care to share any with us?
I hate bad manners. It costs nothing to say please and thank you.
Do you have any strange habits? Fancy sharing any?
I like trying to find obscure facts that are of no benefit what so ever (is that weird?)
No, I don’t think it is that weird 🙂
When you’re not writing what do you like to do?
What is your earliest memory, that you’re comfortable sharing?
Of my cousin terrifying me, we were having spaghetti and he convinced me that my mother was feeding me worms.
LOL, that’s pretty funny!! (Sorry)
Next I’ve got some quick fire questions for you:
Sweet or Savoury?Sweet
Chocolate or Vanilla?Chocolate
Favourite Colour? Black
Favourite Food? Pizza
Favourite Drink? Latte
Good Guy or Bad Boy? Bad boy
Now for the writing related questions:
How do you deal with writer’s block?
I don’t, I just feel sorry for myself
Do you outline the whole story before you begin writing or just roll with the flow?
I’m a fly by the seat of your pants kind of girl.
Do you listen to music when you write? If yes do you have any particular favourites?
Sometimes, and it’s mainly Seether or Linkin Park
How do you research when writing your books?
Mostly the internet.
Do you have people to use as a sounding board?
I do have a couple of people who I know will be totally honest with me
How do/did your family feel when your first book was published?
So proud, but also not sure they would read anything I wrote at first, horror isn’t a family thing
When you’re writing do the characters talk to you? Do they tell you what they want to happen?
Not a lot, but it has happened in the past.
Finally is there anything else that would like us to know? Maybe a little snippet of you current WIP, or latest release?
My WIP is a story of a serial killer and his latest obsession: Jane
He ran his fingers along the spines of books as he walked, basking in the glory of this place. His eyes went from the higher rows of books to the alley in front of him and he stopped dead.
A jumper two sizes too big covered her boyish frame, her rich honey hair pushed back off her face and kept in place with an Alice band. Perfect pale complexion complimented by her deep pink lips. For a fleeting moment, the sands of time had frozen, and her beauty stole his heart, took his breath away and gave his life renewed purpose. She wasn’t like the others, she deserved his complete attention; he will have nothing but love for her. She would die with a pure soul, and that would be thanks to him. She was his destiny.
Spotlight time, please provide blurbs, covers & links to your books 🙂
Behind Blue Eyes: At the end of WWII, Cain returned to England, longing for the comforts of home, but found his mother was different; she had been changed by a vampire who preys on women. There came a point where his mother felt there was no choice…Cain had to be turned as well. After watching his mother die he changed his way of thinking, his way of feeding. He tried to reclaim some of his humanity but it was not easy as he was fuelled by rage against the one that had changed her. He wanted his revenge and nothing would stop him.
Winters Day: Winters Day is set in today’s suburban Britain. Dealing with tough issues, it exposes the human psyche in all its
glory: with gritty realism and laugh-out-loud humour. A multi-layered and highly emotional package
Carly: Written in British English, including some slang. Carly: Her cousin, Lisa disappeared, her family murdered in front of her. Held in prison for her kidnapper’s murder, she has to try and find a way to save Lisa.
The Box: Written in British English
Fifteen years after their mother walked out on them and their father, twenty-seven-year-old Charlene, and her sister Stacy open The Box that their father keeps his secrets hidden away in. What they learn changes everything. What really happened to their mother?
Bernie and the Beast: Haunted by visions of the girl with green eyes, can Bernie tame the Beast before it’s too late. Before he kills again.
That was Dianne and her books, below are the place that you can stalk Dianne & keep reading for the fabulous giveaway!!
Thank you for taking the time to join me and my readers today! It’s been an absolute pleasure having you on the blog. 🙂
Thanks Lou, loved the questions and the opportunity for people to get to know a little more about me.
So Dianne is being incredibly generous and offering 5 prizes!! That’s right 5 prizes, that means the potential for 5 winners!! The paperbacks are UK ONLY due to postage, but the ebooks are international but you will NEED a kindle email.
PRIZES: Double Trouble: 2x Paperback’s (UK only), 1x Mobi copy (international), sent direct to kindle & Winters Day: 1x paperback (UK only) 1x Mobi copy (international), sent direct to kindle.