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Welcome, Gail Aldwin!

From Gail’s #WIP, The Girl and the Tutor… It was well after five o’clock when Stephanie prepared to leave the office. Glancing through the window, a great belly of cloud suggested a downpour was likely. She opened her desk drawer expecting to see her foldable umbrella tucked beside the desk tidy which always contained aContinue reading “Welcome, Gail Aldwin!”

Ringing in the New

Well, this is an awesome start to 2022: my trilogy has a new look! And I’m very excited about the future! Happy New Year, and happy reading!

Welcome, Natalie Cammaratta!

From Natalie’s #WIP, which has the working title, Princess of Air… Another fit of giggles totters my shoulders until a shock of cold water hits my face. I gasp and jump to my feet. “Marcus, that was completely unnecessary!” “Everything you do is unnecessary. Perhaps I’m learning from your example.” “Of all of us, ArabellaContinue reading “Welcome, Natalie Cammaratta!”

Never underestimate a friend…

”I stand as close as I can to the Liver Building without looking proper weird and tip my head back. My eyes can’t focus properly, but I can make out a turquoise shape right at the top, so I mouth ‘iya to Bella. I’m a bit soft on the Liver Birds. They’re 300-odd feet up in the air, so they should be able to see everything, but they’re chained down…”

A story of the far-reaching effects of unrequited love and drug (ab)use, Underrated follows the lives of five lads who are just trying to make a better life for themselves. In Liverpool and on the south Devon coast, their lives entangle as they turn to cocaine.

While some people take drugs to escape their circumstances, others deal drugs to escape theirs. But is escape ever really an option?

Review by Dr Guy Mankowski, author of Dead Rock Stars:

Blackwood weaves a complex web with great skill. The portrait of disintegrating times is scintillating, the plot compulsive. Underrated is a thrilling read about urban decay, and a fine portrait of its psychological consequences.

Boundaries can be fragile…

Now if I carry out this oath, and break it not, may I gain for ever reputation among all men for my life and for my art; but if I break it and forswear myself, may the opposite befall me.

(From the Hippocratic Oath, translated by WHS Jones.)

Psychiatrists, Drs Whittle and Grosvenor, have dedicated their lives to helping their patients, but their approach, and the complications it reveals, lead them into relationships that harm not only themselves.

As their lives entangle, both men find that doing no harm is not as cut-and-dried as they perceived.

Can the patients in their care really trust them? Or are more sinister motives at work?

Delve into the dark world of psychiatric institutions where doctors and residents play a dangerous game where no one is infallible!

Quotes from reviews:

Gripping … a plot that keeps you on the edge of your seat.

I found the novel completely compelling.

This is an amazing book!

There are few books I’ve read that had such an impact on me.

This is a five star read for me … Highly recommended.

Debut psychological thriller. Click to buy: http://mybook.to/devolution

Know your enemies? Know your friends?

… the water was red and translucent, like when you rinse a paint brush in a jam jar.  The deeper into the water, the darker the red got.  No, the thicker it got.  It wasn’t water, it was human.  It was Cath.

Cath is dead, but why and how isn’t clear cut to her best friend, Kayleigh.  As Kayleigh searches for answers, she is drawn deeper into Cath’s hidden world.

The (D)Evolution of Us questions where a story really begins, and whether the world in our heads is more real than reality.

Quotes from reviews:

A truly powerful and remarkable first novel.

I found it difficult to put down – a great read which will have lasting effects.

A dark and compelling read, very cleverly put together.

Such a deep and interesting novel. It had me hooked from the start…what a great ending.

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