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#BookReview The Devil You Know by @TerryTyler4 #Thriller

Title: The Devil You Know

Author: Terry Tyler

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Category: Psychological Thriller

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My Review:

‘Every serial killer is someone’s friend, spouse, lover or child…’

It’s a frightening thought that you could know someone capable of such atrocities as rape and murder.

In Terry Tyler’s latest novel, The Devil You Know, she expertly weaves fives stories/five lives around the brutal murders of a string of young women, leaving the reader feeling as scared, horrified, anxious and betrayed as her characters. Introduced to the five suspects via the point of view of the mother, wife, colleague, friend, and a teenager who are closest to them.

The Devil You Know is storytelling at its absolute best. Captivating, compelling and psychologically thrilling.

The author kept me guessing until the bitter end no matter how much I thought I’d cracked it, only to then be swayed once again.

My favourite part of the book is the final revelation and the way each suspect’s life story is wrapped up so beautifully.

I would highly recommend this novel.

Blurb:

Every serial killer is someone’s friend, spouse, lover or child….

Young women are being murdered in the Lincolnshire town of Lyndford, where five people fear someone close to them might be the monster the police are searching for. One of them is right.

Juliet sees an expert’s profile of the average serial killer and realises that her abusive husband, Paul, ticks all the boxes.

Maisie thinks her mum’s new boyfriend seems too good to be true. Is she the only person who can see through Gary’s friendly, sensitive façade?

Tamsin is besotted with her office crush, Jake. Then love turns to suspicion…

Steve is used to his childhood friend, Dan, being a loud mouthed Lothario with little respect for the truth. But is a new influence in his life leading him down a more sinister path?

Dorothy’s beloved son, Orlando, is keeping a secret from her—a chilling discovery forces her to confront her worst fears.

THE DEVIL YOU KNOW is a character-driven psychological drama that will keep you guessing until the very end.

BUY your copy of The Devil You Know from Amazon UK or Amazon US

About the Author:

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Terry Tyler’s first Amazon publication, ‘You Wish’, won ‘Best Women’s Fiction’ in the eFestival of Words 2013, while short story collection ‘Nine Lives’ and family drama ‘Last Child’ have won other small online awards.

Terry is fascinated by the psychology behind relationships, and this forms the background of all her books. From the ‘is my husband/friend/son a serial killer?’ fears of the characters in her new release, ‘The Devil You Know’, to the dark and complex emotional tangles of ‘The House of York’, to the aspirations of several writers in ‘Best Seller, it’s all about the characters. And the plot twists…

Terry has a blog on which she writes around many topics (social networking, writing, nostalgia, TV and film). The link: http://www.terrytyler59.blogspot.co.uk/ . She also has a book review blog, on which you can find her own reading choices and those she reads as part of Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team.

She loves Twitter (TerryTyler4) and can also be found on Goodreads and Facebook. Terry lives in the north east of England with her husband.

 

You can connect with me on Twitter @ShelleyWilson72, Instagram @authorslwilson or  check out my Facebook pages http://www.facebook.com/FantasyAuthorSLWilson and http://www.facebook.com/resolutionchallenge. You can also find me on Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/singlemum101

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#FridayBookShare The Taming of the Queen by Philippa Gregory #Tudor #HistoricalFiction

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I created the Friday Book Share Game to help search for that ideal novel/author.

Anyone can have a go – all you need to do is answer the following questions based on a book you enjoyed reading and use the hashtag #FridayBookShare

First line of the book.

Recruit fans by adding the book blurb.

Introduce the main character using only three words.

Delightful design (add the cover image of the book).

Audience appeal (who would enjoy reading this book?)

Your favourite line/scene.

Here’s mine: Continue reading “#FridayBookShare The Taming of the Queen by Philippa Gregory #Tudor #HistoricalFiction”

#wwwBlogs Guest Post by @TerryTyler4 – August is ‘Post a #BookReview Month’ #AugustReviews

August 2016 is Write an Amazon Review Month! Author, Terry Tyler explains all in her guest post – #AugustReviews

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On Monday 25th July, book blogger Rosie Amber wrote this post encouraging readers and writers alike to post a short review on Amazon for any book they’ve read and enjoyed ~ following this up, I’m starting this initiative along with other writer-bloggers including Rosie, Cathy from Between The Lines, Barb Taub, Shelley Wilson and Alison Williams.

The idea is that, from August 1st, everyone who reads this uses their Amazon account to post just one review on one book that they’ve read (but feel free to carry on if you get in the swing!).  You don’t even have to have read it recently, it can be any book you’ve read, any time.  The book does not have to have been purchased from Amazon, though if it is you get the ‘Verified Purchase’ tag on it; however, if you download all your books via Kindle Unlimited, as many do these days, they don’t show the VP tag, anyway. Continue reading “#wwwBlogs Guest Post by @TerryTyler4 – August is ‘Post a #BookReview Month’ #AugustReviews”

Reader’s Spot – Meet Terry Tyler, a fan of #histfic and #Contemporaryfiction

Here on the ‘Reader’s Spot’ I share the bookish love of our readers, from young adult to romance, chick-lit to murder mystery.  Whether you are a reader looking for new books, or a writer wondering what your readers want, I hope you find this series enjoyable.

Next up to the Reader’s Spot is Terry Tyler, a writer, blogger, and fan of historical fiction, Netflix, and Aerosmith.

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  1. What genre do you enjoy reading?

My favourites are…. historical fiction, especially Plantagenet, Tudor and 17th century.  Post apocalyptic drama (anything about the collapse of civilisation as we know it.  May or may not contain zombies).  Good contemporary fiction, as long as it’s fairly sharp and edgy, and has quite a lot of plot.  Travel memoirs.  ‘Alternative history’ ~ ie, fantasies about what the world would have been like had history taken a different course.

2. Do you have a favourite author in this genre?

In which genre?  Shall I answer for all of them?  Okay, here we go! Continue reading “Reader’s Spot – Meet Terry Tyler, a fan of #histfic and #Contemporaryfiction”

Reader’s Spot – Meet Gloria, a fan of #Mystery and #Humour Novels

Here on the ‘Reader’s Spot’ I share the bookish love of our readers, from young adult to romance, chick-lit to murder mystery.  Whether you are a reader looking for new books, or a writer wondering what your readers want, I hope you find this series enjoyable.

Next up to the Reader’s Spot is holistic therapy tutor, Gloria.

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  1. What genre do you enjoy reading?

I enjoy several different genres. It depends on my mood and the time of year. I like fun and humour during the summer months and I’m inclined to veer towards stories of mystery & suspense coming into the dark winter evenings. I love to be kept guessing and to be thrown off with unexpected twists and turns. This is what keeps me glued to a book. Although I don’t read romantic novels as often as I did in my younger years, I do like when a story includes a little bit of romance. I also enjoy some contemporary fiction. I never read young adult fantasy because I’m definitely not a young adult, but I did read Guardians of the Dead to support Shelley. I really enjoyed it and I will of course read the sequel. [Aww, thanks, Gloria x]

  1. Do you have a favourite author in this genre?

Continue reading “Reader’s Spot – Meet Gloria, a fan of #Mystery and #Humour Novels”

My Top Ten Favourite Blogs

 

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Joining Twitter, just over two years ago, was one of the best decisions I ever made. During this time, I have met some remarkable people. Yes, I follow a few celebs purely for the gossip, but the majority of people I follow are bloggers, writers and reviewers. I have discovered a plethora of new authors, who write such a wide variety of genres. I managed to break free of my fantasy shackles and enjoy the odd chick lit, historical romance and Victorian murder mystery.

Many of the tweeps I follow I discovered via #MondayBlogs, #WWWBlogs or #SundayBlogShare. Utilising the right hashtags can introduce you to some extraordinary people, and for me, I have learned so much about blogging, writing and life in general from my new online ‘friends’.

So today, I wanted to share my top ten favourite blogs, as discovered thanks to Twitter and offer a brief explanation as to why I love them so much. (Blogs are listed in no particular order).

A Woman’s Wisdom – This is a book review blog and one of the first blogs I started to follow. The reviews are as colourful as the header, and the mix of genres means you will always find a book of interest, whatever your tastes. I have purchased a number of books thanks to the honest reviews. Ali is a beautiful person, and I love her humour, passion and support. The bonus on her site is ‘Tales from the Manor’ where she talks about life at home and day-to-day dramas – I love these tales.   Find Ali: @Bodiciasapple

Suzie81SpeaksSuzie is local to me, so I felt an instant connection when I found her blog and became an avid follower, (of course this may be referred to as ‘stalking’ in certain circles!). The thing I love about this blog is that Suzie doesn’t follow any set theme. She blogs about a huge range of topics and includes everyone else in the mix. You can advertise your own blog on her site or use the hashtag that Suzie created #SundayBlogShare to network with other bloggers. Find Suzie: @Suzie81blog

Terry Tyler – I found Terry almost immediately upon joining Twitter, and she has been an inspiration to me on a daily basis ever since. She is one of the most supportive tweeps I know and a bloody good author too. Being a huge fantasy book geek I was wary about reading another genre, but Terry was promoting her book Round and Round, so I stepped out of my comfort zone and gave it a go. I was hooked immediately and after finishing that book I quickly devoured Kings And Queens and Last Child. Terry has written eleven books, so I have a few more to get through! As well as writing awesome books, Terry also blogs and her site is similar to Suzie in that she covers everything from relationships to top ten TV characters. Find Terry: @TerryTyler4

The Creative Penn – Joanna is a self-published and traditionally published author who writes Thrillers under JF.Penn. She also writes The Creative Penn blog that is my go-to source for self-publishing. She shares all the tips and advice that worked (and didn’t work) for her during her publishing journey. Joanna is down-to-earth and funny, something I relate to. I have followed this blog for quite a few years and was pleased that it was recommended by a guest speaker at the Self-Publishing Workshop I attended in London last year. Find Joanna: @thecreativepenn

Carol Hedges – I found Carol around the same time I found Terry (I don’t think they were scoping for newbie blood together!). She is another outstanding author who offers unwavering support to her twitter followers. Carol’s Victorian Murder Mystery Series is magnificent. I had many a late night reading Diamonds & Dust because I couldn’t put it down, and the sequel Honour & Obey was just as captivating. The third book, Death & Dominion, is due out shortly, and I will be at the front of the queue to get my hands on it. Carol’s blog is ‘pink’ and has plenty of cake for everyone. She shares writing related articles, book news, author interviews and spreads awareness of local issues. One of my favourite features on Carol’s blog is, ‘The Adventure of L-Plate Gran’. Looking after her grand- daughter has opened up a hilarious avenue of short stories – worth a read. Find Carol: @carolJhedges

NaNoWriMo – I took part in my first NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) in 2013 and nailed it! I did it again in 2014. This competition was one I had wanted to take part in for over four years but never had the bottle (or confidence in my own abilities!). Once I succeeded in kicking my butt and facing my fear, I realised it was an amazing experience and one I now look forward to. The guys at NaNo are incredible, and they support writers in every way possible. The blog is one such way. They share author experiences, uplifting stories of success and ‘get-up-and-do-it’ posts that make you want to…well – get up and do it! Find them here: @nanowrimo

The Witch, The Weird, and The Wonderful – I recently found this blog through #MondayBlogs and was hooked straight away, this is why it’s made my top ten. Fantasy, Myth and legend are at my core. I live, eat and breathe supernatural, paranormal and witchcraft. This blog covers my ‘witchy’ needs. Willow is an author and shares her explorations of all things witch-related on her blog. From witch bottles to treason – this stuff is interesting! Find Willow here: @WillowCWinsham

Barb Taub – Barb writes the Null City Series and is also a book reviewer for #RBRT (Rosie’s Book Review Team). I found Barb through this hashtag and began to follow her blog. Intermingled with her honest and breathtakingly detailed reviews (talking from personal – and immensely grateful – experience), are stories about life and love. One particular favourite being ‘Ten Reasons Not to Get Married’ – right up my street! Find Barb here: @barbtaub

Rosie Amber – I can’t mention the #RBRT without adding Rosie to my list of Top Ten. I found Rosie last year when she sent me a message after reading my non-fiction book. I was slightly giddy for about a month – having never been approached by a book blogger before – and I felt like I’d won the lottery. Rosie very kindly reviewed my book AND invited me to guest post a series of articles for her. I was overjoyed and happily took up the quest. Rosie writes incredible reviews and orchestrates a Book Review Team. She has also just completed her second year of ‘Doing Good Deeds’ – this is a challenge she set herself to do something good every day of the year. Rosie is hugely supportive of the blogging/tweeting community. Find Rosie: @rosieamber1

Elizabeth Ducie – I first spotted Elizabeth on the hashtag days as we both retweeted similar blog links and frequented the same circles (note to self: possible stalking tendencies re-emerging). I’ve also spotted her smiling face more than once in Writing Magazine and Myslexia. Her blog is another mixed bag of writing-related articles and stories of life and travel. I particularly love ‘A Broad Abroad’ stories. Elizabeth writes books on ‘The Business of Writing’ together with her latest release ‘Gorgito’s Ice Rink’. Find Elizabeth: @ElizabethDucie

So here you go, my favourite top ten blogs. Please feel free to add any recommendations you have to other bloggers, writers or reviewers in the comments below. Or share any experiences you may have had with these guys – share the love x

Photo Credit: Stuart Miles via freedigitalphotos.net

Author Interview – Terry Tyler

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The Fun Five:

  1. What part of the world do you come from?  East Anglia
  2. What did you want to be when you grew up?  Oh, the usual things.  A princess or an actress!  I never had a clear idea of wanting to be ‘an’ anything, even when I got older.  Of course I had the occasional fantasy about being an internationally acclaimed writer, but that’s about it.
  3. List three words to describe yourself.  Totally Hot Babe.  I am.  Honest.
  4. Who would play you in a film about your life?  I’d like to say Scarlett Johansson or Evangeline Lily but I suspect Rick Parfitt of Status Quo might be more apt.  He’d need a sex change, of course, but I hear he does like to cross-dress.
  5. Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?  No.  I write.  No time for much else.  I could list some other stuff I like doing but it’s not very interesting.  I’m great at backgammon against the computer.  Oh yeah.  That’s not very interesting, sorry….

The Sensible Seven:

  1. What/who inspired you to write your first book?  No-one and nothing, I don’t think!  I’d always read a lot and written stuff and one day when I had a lot of time on my hands in 1993, I thought, I wonder if I could write a novel.  So I put pen to paper!
  2. Give us the title and genre of your latest book and a brief tagline.  Last Child.  It’s a contemporary drama with a historical twist.  Tagline: Imagine the Tudor court set in the present day…

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  1. When you wrote Kings and Queens did you plan to write a series?  No, I don’t really do series.  I’d always planned a sequel if the book worked, but I prefer to write one-offs.  Having said that, the other day another writer (April Taylor) gave me a great idea for how to carry the story on…!  But Last Child ends in March 2015 so I’ll have to wait at least two years.
  2. Once you had chosen to write these books how did you begin researching such a huge topic?  (I’m having a History class flashback about all those dates!) I already knew the stories well; it was my interest in Tudor history that made me want to write them.  I just read several more books, both fact and fiction, that cover the periods, to remind myself of details and get different outlooks on the relationships between the characters.
  3. I love the diversity of your writing and the inclusion of many every day issues tied in with romance and mystery. What are you enjoying most about writing historical fiction?  Thank you, Shelley!  Well, I don’t really write historical fiction, it’s just a modern day version of it, which is much easier.  I love the reading, of course, but also seeing the reaction of readers who might see certain characters’ historical counterparts differently.
  4. What can we expect from you in the future?  Ah – I’m writing another modern day-history parallel. This time I’m doing the Wars of the Roses, and it’s MUCH more difficult. It’s completely unrelated to the stories in Kings and Queens and Last Child. I’ve done an extensive basic plan as it’s a more complicated story; it’s been hard to decide what to keep in and what to leave out, and it necessitates me writing a murder and kidnapping, too, which is going to be something new for me.  I’ve decided to write it from the points of view of the women involved ~ Elizabeth Woodville, Margaret Beaufort, the Neville sisters and one of Edward IV’s mistresses, Jane Shore.  I have a lot more research to do, as well, but I am doing it as I go along, this time.  At the time of writing this (March 13) I’ve written about 15K words of the first draft.  A long way to go!
  5. How can we contact you or find out more about your books?  They’re all available only as ebooks on Amazon.  Thank you so much for inviting me to your blog, Shelley, and here are all my links:

Amazon UK

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Terry-Tyler/e/B00693EGKM

Amazon.com

http://www.amazon.com/Terry-Tyler/e/B00693EGKM

Blog

http://www.terrytyler59.blogspot.co.uk/

Book Review Blog

http://terrytylerbookreviews.blogspot.co.uk/

UK Arts Directory Blog (about self-publishing)

http://ukartsdirectory.com/category/ukad-blogs/terry-tyler/

Twitter

https://twitter.com/TerryTyler4

Goodreads

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5821157.Terry_Tyler