#BookReview Tipping Point by @TerryTyler4 #PostApocalyptic

Title: Tipping Point

Author: Terry Tyler

Category: Dystopian/post-apocalyptic

My Rating: 5 Star

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Blurb:

‘I didn’t know danger was floating behind us on the breeze as we walked along the beach, seeping in through the windows of our picture postcard life.’

The year is 2024. A new social networking site bursts onto the scene. Private Life promises total privacy, with freebies and financial incentives for all. Across the world, a record number of users sign up.

A deadly virus is discovered in a little known African province, and it’s spreading—fast. The UK announces a countrywide vaccination programme. Members of underground group Unicorn believe the disease to be man-made, and that the people are being fed lies driven by a vast conspiracy.

Vicky Keating’s boyfriend, Dex, is working for Unicorn over two hundred miles away when the first UK outbreak is detected in her home town of Shipden, on the Norfolk coast. The town is placed under military controlled quarantine and, despite official assurances that there is no need for panic, within days the virus is unstoppable.

In London, Travis begins to question the nature of the top secret data analysis project he is working on, while in Newcastle there are scores to be settled…

This is the first book in the Project Renova series; the second, Lindisfarne, is due to be published in September 2017, with the final instalment in the middle of 2018. A collection of outtake short stories, Patient Zero, is in progress, and should be available around December 2017

My Review:

I’ve read a few of Terry Tyler’s suspense books and thoroughly enjoyed them, so I was delighted when she chose to write a dystopian series as this is one genre I adore reading. One of the things I love the most about this author is how she develops such likeable characters. No matter what situation they are thrown into you can’t help but feel a connection.

Tipping Point is no different. Straight away I was rooting for Vicky and her teenage daughter, Lottie, to survive the horrors of a deadly virus that sweeps across England. Set in the not too distant future (2024), Tipping Point explores the terrifying prospect of social media being used against the general populace and the terror that would follow if society crashed around us.

On more than one occasion while reading this book I came close to shutting down my Facebook and Twitter accounts – just in case! Tyler does an expert job of bringing our deepest fears to life in such an accessible way.

The story is told predominantly from Vicky’s point of view as she learns about the spread of a deadly virus and is quarantined within her sleepy seaside town. She escapes with her teenage daughter in tow, and they flee in search of a safe house. Vicky evolves over the course of this novel but her reactions to what she witnesses and copes with are realistic to the situation she finds herself in. I look forward to seeing how she develops over the series.

As with all of Tyler’s novels, there is a wonderful mix of characters, and their unique tales are interwoven as the novel progresses. We are introduced briefly to people who, I believe, will make a larger impact in future books – Wedge!

Although the bigger picture, which is the destruction of the human race, is at the forefront of the novel, I loved the personal stories of the characters as they do what I hope we would all do in their situation – strive to survive!

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Tipping Point and think it’s a perfect read for any dystopian fan. I would also highly recommend it whether you like this genre or not – if only to teach you about social media awareness! I can’t wait for the release of the second book in the series.

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#CoverReveal There’s a New Self-Help Book on the Horizon

Back in 2013, I embarked on a year-long quest where I completed fifty-two challenges over the course of the year – one challenge for every week. I blogged the entire event starting on January 1st, 2013 and have continued blogging ever since.

That project was only meant to be a personal mission. It was a way to show my holistic health clients that they could do anything they wanted if they believed enough in their dreams. Instead, the challenge changed my life in so many ways.

In 2014 I published my first book, How I Changed My Life in a Year based on my year of challenges. It went on to hit the number one spot on Amazon’s best seller list in self-help and memoir, and in 2016 it attracted the attention of Penguin Random House.

Since then so much has changed for me. I fell ill following a viral infection caused by an insect bite which in turn began to affect my body, energy levels, and mood. I had to close my holistic health business as there were days I woke up without the use of my arm and hand. It’s been a tough struggle at times, and along with the symptoms of my illness I also had to deal with depression and anxiety – something I’ve self-managed for over eighteen years. Continue reading “#CoverReveal There’s a New Self-Help Book on the Horizon”

Liebster Award #Blogging Fun #MondayBlogs

liebster-awardI’ve been nominated for four awards/tags over the past year but haven’t been able to get around to posting my responses. So, when the lovely Claire from BrizzleLass Books nominated me for the Liebster Award, I knew I had to sort myself out! These posts are great fun and contain different questions, so it’s great to keep them going! If you don’t follow BrizzleLass Books already then I urge you to pop over and take a look, she’s AWESOME!

The Rules:

Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog
Answer the 11 questions the person asked you
Nominate 11 people (comment on their blog to let them know)
Ask the people you have nominated 11 questions

Here are Claire’s questions for me to answer: Continue reading “Liebster Award #Blogging Fun #MondayBlogs”

My Route to Publication by Lizzie Lamb @lizzie_lamb #TuesdayBookBlog

I’ve met my next guest on a couple of occasions, once at the Book Connectors meet up in Birmingham, and then again in Leicester just before Christmas. She is always so supportive of others, a delight to chat with, and an inspiration to all writers’. I am, therefore, over the moon to invite the lovely Lizzie Lamb to join me today to talk about her route to publication. Over to Lizzie…

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My Work Desk

Many thanks to Shelley for inviting me onto her fabulous blog to talk about my route to publication. For those who don’t know me, I am in indie author and have just published my latest Scottish-themed contemporary romance, GIRL IN THE CASTLE. So, how did I manage to publish four novels in under five years and work collaboratively on two others? Read on – Continue reading “My Route to Publication by Lizzie Lamb @lizzie_lamb #TuesdayBookBlog”

Dear Mr Kershaw #BookReview @DerekPhilpott

Book Review

Title: Dear Mr Kershaw: A Pensioner Writes

Author: Derek Philpott

Category: Humour/Music

My Rating: 5 Star

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My Review:

I spotted this book on Gary’s Fiction is Food blog where the author, Derek Philpott was a guest on the Author Spotlight feature. You can read Gary’s post HERE. Continue reading “Dear Mr Kershaw #BookReview @DerekPhilpott”

#TuesdayBookBlog Zak and Jen’s Astronomical Adventures #ChildrensFiction @Zak_and_Jen

Book Review

Title: Zak and Jen’s Astronomical Adventures: The Petal Planet

Author: Natalie Page

Illustrator: Chris Rivers Nuttall

Category: Children’s Book

My Rating: 5 Star

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My Review:

I was delighted to meet artist, Chris Rivers Nuttall at the Collectormania: Film & Comic Con event recently. His artwork is stunning, and he is a lovely guy happy to talk about the process he uses for his paintings. As I was drooling over his art, I spotted a colourful children’s book nestled among the paintings. Upon further investigation, Chris told me about his collaboration with the author, Natalie Page on a series of children’s books. Continue reading “#TuesdayBookBlog Zak and Jen’s Astronomical Adventures #ChildrensFiction @Zak_and_Jen”

Have I Stumbled into Writing Horror? #Writing #NewRelease #YA

Have I Stumbled into Writing Horror?

When my publisher added my new release to their catalogue, I noticed they listed it under horror. I was about to correct them when I glanced at the extract I’d added to a guest post and realised there was a lot of blood mentioned!

Once I’d completed my Guardians trilogy and nestled it comfortably in the fantasy genre, I began to pen Oath Breaker, a werewolf novel, always thinking I was sticking to the fantasy theme albeit with a more urban feel.

Oath Breaker

With a recent battle against depression still hanging over me, I realise that my writers’ voice has taken on a much darker tone. The third book in my trilogy, Guardians of the Lost Lands was a little more disturbing than its predecessors. However, has my voice changed so much that I’m now crossing from fantasy to horror? Continue reading “Have I Stumbled into Writing Horror? #Writing #NewRelease #YA”