Familiar release date reveal

Familiarpre-order today and get it Friday August 21

That’s right, my new paranormal mystery and psychological thriller “Familiar” will be available to read on Amazon August 21st.

I’m excited!!

I literally cannot wait for my next novel to come out.

I started working on developing this story back in 2016 after I released DECEPTION. The idea originally came to me after going to see the illusionist Derren Brown – he spoke to ‘spirits’, although he kept telling us that it wasn’t possible, even after he revealed intimate details. His set-up for this part of the show was brilliant, we as the audience were completely gripped by it. There were highs, lows and real emotion being played with. That’s when my protagonist, Arabella soon formed in my mind.

I had a character, and as cheesy as it sounds, the rest fell into place. I really liked the idea of Arabella exposing untold stories from those who have passed. Then I thought, I wonder what dirt would be dug up if this was possible? Then that’s when the plot of Familiar presented itself. Having a psychic medium called Arabella was great, but it was the story itself that took it to the next level.

A mysterious communication, a cryptic message, no one knew what it meant. That is until the message is figured out and Arabella finds herself in the middle of an investigation.

I only started writing Familiar once I had the plot and characters all figured out. And of course when the twists all made sense and flowed nicely.

It was a great story with quite a lot of careful planning and considerations – you’ll see why when you read this one.

Is Familiar like DECEPTION: A Love of Lies?

They’re very different when you compare the plots – Familiar is a paranormal story based on a psychic medium. DECEPTION is based on a dog walker. The world of DECEPTION is on a smaller scale, whereas Familiar is broader. More characters, multiple stories going on.

But what DECEPTION and Familiar have in common is they play with your mind, which makes them both unpredictable. Your focus is needed to work this one out. I’d be very, very, VERY surprised if you manage to work it out before it ends.

If you loved DECEPTION, then you will love Familiar!

Paranormal Thriller Familiar - T. J. Blake

The “Familiar” book trailer is OUT NOW!

Familiar by T. J. Blake – August 2020

Hello, I’m so ecstatic, excited and proud to show you my new (and first!) book trailer.

It’s for my sixth novel “Familiar”, a paranormal, suspense thriller which is coming out in August 2020.

Let me know what you thought of my book trailer

Drop me a comment below.

You can even pre-order Familiar today on Amazon Kindle!

Familiar book trailer - coming August 2020 - Pre-order now, free on Kindle Unlimited

Ask the author: T. J. Blake – Goodreads

I enjoyed answering some great questions on my Goodreads page, check them out below.


Goodreads author questions

What are you currently working on?

T. J. Blake: ‘”Familiar” – a psychological, paranormal thriller. Coming August 2020.

Here’s the blurb if you’re interested:

For as long as she can remember, Arabella has communicated with those who exist only in memory.

Being the centre of attention growing up was uncomfortable, and now, as a renowned psychic medium, it is becoming more of a struggle. Arabella’s ability and reputation always made it impossible to hold onto lasting relationships, but with those who no longer walk this earth, that’s not the case.

Arabella returns to where it all began fifteen-years before – on the very same stage. After an evening reconnecting loved ones and exposing untold stories, Arabella can’t help but wonder about the one unclaimed ‘friend’, and their cryptic message.

In an unexpected turn of events, Arabella finds herself the subject of morning headlines and at the centre of Detective Barnes’ investigation.

Can Arabella use her ability to prove her innocence and uncover the truth about the past?’

How do you get inspired to write?

T. J. Blake: ‘I create a plot, character and story worth telling and showing. Without the excitement to write, there is no writing.’

What’s the best thing about being a writer?

T. J. Blake: ‘You can be who you want to be. Even better, you can let your readers experience the world and characters you create.

I can’t ignore plot though – I really enjoy creating plots that my readers will not predict. Meticulous planning is my favourite element of writing.’

What’s your advice for aspiring writers?

T. J. Blake: ‘Keep writing, never give up, and don’t let anyone tell you you can’t.’

How do you deal with writer’s block?

T. J. Blake: ‘If your mind is elsewhere then do something else away from writing; you can’t force it. Take your mind off the writing; exercise, wander around the house, read a book, anything just to give yourself a break. Then, come back to it and try again.

You can’t always control your mind, and you MUST be in the right mood to write. Writer’s block hits us all, so don’t let it get you down. Stay positive.’

Can you tell us a two-sentence horror story?

T. J. Blake: ‘Sure.

“I really love the clown costume hanging up in the corner of your bedroom.”
“What… I don’t have a clown costume.”‘


Got a question for me?

You can ask me anything on my Goodreads author profile or by clicking HERE.

Did you know you can read DECEPTION free with Kindle Unlimited?

That’s right, if you’re signed up to Kindle Unlimited you can read DECEPTION without paying a penny for it.

What is Kindle Unlimited?

Unlimited Reading. Unlimited Listening. Any Device – that’s what Amazon says.

You will have access to 1 million titles and thousands of audiobooks. At the moment, there is a 2 month deal where you can sign-up for free.

It’s a no brainer really; you might as well join Kindle Unlimited for free… and then read DECEPTION: A Love of Lies by me 😃

Should you follow these steps – sign-up to KU and start reading DECEPTION, put a tweet out and let everyone know… something along the lines of:

Hi everyone, #amreading  DECEPTION by @TJBlake93 FREE on Kindle Unlimited.

Book Review: The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn

The perseverance paid off on this one… three attempts though.

The plot

Anna hasn’t been outside her flat for the last 10 months; she’s too terrified to. She has neglected life, she’s been forgotten by society, and her window is the only view of the world.

The world she knows gains some excitement – in the form of neighbours moving in opposite to her. The Russells – husband, wife and teenager – a picture perfect family.

One evening, a scream pierces through the silent night. Anna goes to her peephole to the world, to her neighbours. And as she looks out, she witnesses something horrific.

She needs to go get help. But she can’t go out. Even if she calls the Police, will they believe her?

My review

I have to be honest, this took me three attempts before I was enveloped into Dr Anna Fox’s world. This was my first, and my biggest, criticism of this novel. It’s also why I struggled to rate this novel come the end.

By the end I was like, “well written, decent story, nice twist (even if I did predict it on this occasion)“. But reflecting on my experience overall, it shouldn’t take three attempts to get into a novel. It was the amazing reviews this book had received which urged me to continue.

With a theme of film noir throughout the book, the plot itself screams Hitchcock’s ‘Rear Window’ (which I believe Finn does on purpose), which is a cracking film. But equally, it feels as though this plot has been done many times before – Rear Window, Disturbia (the film, which was also inspired by Rear Window I believe), and now The Woman in the Window.

I would say that once the book FINALLY gets to the scream that’s when Finn’s writing really comes to life. You can sense a shift. I found myself reading faster and faster, trying not to jump ahead to find out what’s going on.

My next issue is around some clumsy writing and the repetition of a… let’s call it a phrase. Due to the repetition, it actually gave the twist away for me before it happened. I read the phrase once, then again, and again, and again AND AGAIN. It was at this point I turned to my wife and said, “I think I’ve guessed this book already.” It turns out I had. Actually, I didn’t even guess, I just picked up on the repetition of the ‘phrase’.

Rating ⭐⭐⭐

Ok, so this was a tough one. Originally I wanted to rate it 3.5-4. The beginning however let it down massively, which makes me think 2. I had settled on 3.5 (rounded up to 4 on Amazon), but I don’t think I can justify that rating unfortunately – not when other books much stronger I’ve rated 3.

So, in the end…

A bittersweet rating of 3 – I would be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy this one!

⭐⭐⭐
3/5

My Instagram Q&A – Highlights

I hosted my first Q&A on Instagram today – it was great to have received so many questions for it!

There was also a big piece of news on the progress of Familiar.

If you missed it, you can catch it all HERE.

Q&A with T. J. Blake – Highlights

The big update on Familiar:

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If you have any other questions, drop it here and I’ll get back to you!

My First Instagram Author Q&A – ask me anything

Fancy asking me a question? Here’s your chance.

You can do so on my Instagram story. Ask away, I’ll answer your questions tomorrow.

See you there!

Here’s a ‘backstage pass’ into the editing of “Familiar”

Who doesn’t love a backstage pass? It’s always cool seeing a set or the characters of a TV show or movie from a different angle. It’s no different for authors writing a story.

You wonder (well, I do anyway), what’s their process? How do they set themselves up to write for the day? What times of the day do they write? What do they drink and eat whilst writing? Tea or coffee? Beer or wine?

In the UK right now it’s HOT. No amount of sun is worth missing, but then again there’s no time for an off day when it comes to editing my latest novel, “Familiar“.

So, here’s a backstage pass for you into my editing day…

T. J. Blake drink writing - editing Familiar

So there you have it!

I will say, I don’t usually drink when I’m writing or editing my novels. But you’ve got to treat yourself once in a while.

Paranormal thriller ‘Familiar’, coming soon!

For the living, it’s closure. 
For the departed, it’s the last chance to expose the truth.

Familiar T. J. Blake

For as long as she can remember, Arabella has communicated with those who exist only in memory.

Being the centre of attention growing up was uncomfortable, and now, as a renowned psychic medium, it is becoming more of a struggle. Arabella’s ability and reputation always made it impossible to hold onto lasting relationships, but with those who no longer walk this earth, that’s not the case.

Arabella returns to where it all began fifteen-years before – on the very same stage. After an evening reconnecting loved ones and exposing untold stories, Arabella can’t help but wonder about the one unclaimed ‘friend’, and their cryptic message.

In an unexpected turn of events, Arabella finds herself the subject of morning headlines and at the centre of Detective Barnes’ investigation.

Can Arabella use her ability to prove her innocence and uncover the truth about the past?

Available to pre-order on Amazon

Book review: “Seven Days” by Alex Lake

A great start to my isolation reading!

This is my first read in COVID-19 lockdown – what a start!

I was thrown into a dark, miserable and disturbing world. By reading the blurb, you can see this darkness.

Seven Days by Alex Lake - Book Review

The plot

It’s a simple enough premise yet extremely disturbing – Maggie (who is being held somewhere against her will) has seven days to save her son, Max. Otherwise, on his third birthday, just like her other children, he’ll be separated from Maggie. But why? Where will he go? Who will take him? We, just like Maggie, have NO IDEA.

What to expect

An instant, gripping hook. Mystery, questions, grit, anger, sadness, darkness.

There are so many questions. I had so many theories, but none of them were right.

The story will not disappoint. We may be locked up with Maggie, but we get to see what is going on outside of the basement. The segments in the basement are engaging. It’s a heartbreaking and difficult read at times, seeing the effect Maggie’s disappearance has on her family. Desperation, despair, sadness. I imagine it to be quite a realistic view and experience if you were to lose a loved one in such a way. Never knowing what happened to them, always wondering if they’re still alive. It’s enticing and addictive. You just pray the struggles are worth it when there’s a happy ending… you hope it’s happy.

There’s a shift in the story at one point. Without saying too much, the hunger to finish changes for a different reason. At this point I think some people will think, “well why should I bother carrying on”, but keep at it, it’s worth continuing.

This is a great read. When I wasn’t reading Seven Days it was on my mind. And when I was reading it, I was reading fast, yet not wanting it to end!

I imagine this was a tough story to write, knowing exactly how to tell the story, particularly when working towards the ending and the big reveal. But I think Alex Lake did a good job.

A 4.5 star, rounded up to 5.

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New psychological, paranormal thriller “Familiar” cover reveal

Familiar cover reveal

I started the reveal with a couple of teasers on my social channels. Always looking for a Gif to accompany!

It was great hitting the target of completing the 1st draft, and this then led to the reveal of the Familiar cover – which I’ve been holding back several months now.

But now it’s out there for all to see. Even better, Familiar is available to pre-order on Amazon Kindle!

Here it is:

Familiar by T. J. Blake

I love this cover so much. It’s retro, it’s creepy, and most importantly, it’s perfect for the story.

Blurb

For the living, it’s closure. 
For the departed, it’s the last chance to expose the truth.

For as long as she can remember, Arabella has communicated with those who exist only in memory.

Being the centre of attention growing up was uncomfortable, and now, as a renowned psychic medium, it is becoming more of a struggle. Arabella’s ability and reputation always made it impossible to hold onto lasting relationships, but with those who no longer walk this earth, that’s not the case.

Arabella returns to where it all began fifteen-years before – on the very same stage. After an evening reconnecting loved ones and exposing untold stories, Arabella can’t help but wonder about the one unclaimed ‘friend’, and their cryptic message.

In an unexpected turn of events, Arabella finds herself the subject of morning headlines and at the centre of Detective Barnes’ investigation.

Can Arabella use her ability to prove her innocence and uncover the truth about the past?

Pre-order Familiar