Announcements, Writing

Nightmare Tenant is the Tuber Book Club pick for May 2022!

I’m thrilled to announce that my novella Nightmare Tenant has won the vote as discussed previously to be the May 2022 pick for the Books by Adrian Tuber Book Club!

After an energetic campaign, my book won with a massive 49% of the vote! I’m thankful and grateful to everyone who chose to support both my book and Adrian’s new book club initiative; they’ve just finished with Blindspot by Kent Shawn and it’s a great format.

The Books by Adrian Tuber Book Club will be discussing and dissecting the first half of Nightmare Tenant on May 24th 2022. Click below to sign up to my newsletter to find out the latest information!

Announcements, Articles

Vote for Nightmare Tenant in the Tuber Book Club!

I’m really excited to announce that my horror thriller novella Nightmare Tenant has been nominated to be the second book read as part of the Books by Adrian Tuber Book Club, following on from Blindspot by Kent Shawn in April.

The Tuber Book Club is a new initiative by Books By Adrian (AKA Adrian Santiago) author platform. Adrian is doing some great things for the community in the online space with his platform, which features a diverse plethora of guests on his livestreams and podcasts.

The Tuber Book Club is a new but exciting twice-monthly stream where a panel of guests discuss the book in question with an active chat participating in the comments. It’s a lot of fun and it’s very worthy of supporting as Adrian continues to grow in stature. Authors cannot feature on the panel if their book is featured but are welcome into the text chat and, should I win, I’ll be there and more than happy to chat to you!

This is a fantastic opportunity for Nightmare Tenant and I’d be thrilled if you could support the book by both joining Adrian’s book club and voting for Nightmare Tenant with this easy two-step process:

  • Join the Tuber Book Club by clicking the button above to go to Adrian’s website. All you need to enter is your Name and Email Address
  • Confirm your subscription; then you’ll be sent a link to vote. You must be a member to vote or your vote will not be valid.

You’ll also hear from Adrian about the live events you can participate in if you choose to.

The poll remains open up until May 2nd 2022 so there’s still a few days to get your vote in! Every vote counts as the poll is close (with Nightmare Tenant jostling for position) so please don’t underestimate how much your vote can support my book and my passion.

If you do choose to support Nightmare Tenant I am eternally grateful and appreciative of the support, and I look forward to seeing you in the live chat.

Articles, reading

Top 3 reads of 2021

2021 has been a pretty good year for me reading wise. I’m really pleased with how many books have managed to squeeze in with some effort so I think it would be good to just go through three of the more memorable reads that I’ve really enjoyed this year.

The Warehouse by Rob Hart

The Warehouse: A brilliantly imagined, thought-provoking and exciting  Orwellian thriller eBook : Hart, Rob: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store

This book is an excellent example of what I seem to enjoy the most both in reading and my own writing – taking a prescient or emerging current issue and extrapolating it to an extreme with around which a compelling story is built. With The Warehouse we get an almost cyberpunk twist on a massive corporate conglomerate (analogous to at least one company right now…) that has its tendrils in everything. I enjoyed the speedy pace and how it introduced us, the reader, to concepts in the story world that become important later and I was quite engaged to find out the revelation of the mystery. The riffing of the characters off each other and their dynamic was quite good to see. This was a thrilling and enjoyable read that was right up my street.

Cold Storage by David Koepp

Cold Storage: From the screenwriter of Jurassic Park, comes one of the best  and most thrilling science fiction books of 2019 eBook : Koepp, David:  Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store

This book was another thrilling and claustrophobic and read. While the ramifications of the plot are huge, the action takes place in a very small and compact setting with only a handful of characters that we do get to know pretty well by the conclusion. I thought the stakes were built up quite quickly and it felt believable in the universe and there was a lot of tension as the clocks are wound down towards the disaster. Cold Storage was another read that flew by pretty quickly, it grabbed me pretty fast and left me wanting more! David Koepp being a screenwriter on Jurassic Park impressed upon me its technothriller heritage and considering the novel of Jurassic Park is a firm favourite, Cold Storage is a definite contender for carrying on the mantle of what made Michael Crichton’s books so good.

Angels & Demons by Dan Brown

Dan Brown books are always a little bit chaotic but this was one that I got quite into. The plot played at breakneck pace while I knew that the main plot device was a slightly nonsensical if given a great deal of thought, I managed to suspend my disbelief enough for it to be an enjoyable and brisk thriller read. What this book does well is not to get hung up too much on the religious aspects but to focus on using those religious elements as devices on which to hang a thrilling plot.

I hope my recommendations of these books helps you find some good reads to fill your shelves! If you want to see the full list of books I managed to have a go at (as I didn’t finish all of them) then I set up this page on my Goodreads. I generally use this just for my own purposes but you might find something you’re interested in!

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