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Book Review: The Holiday by T.M. Logan (Audiobook)

Great story, brilliant narration, I love the little boy Daniel in the book!

My wife actually chose to listen to the audiobook for ‘The Holiday’ – she played it whilst we decorated our house. It hooked me right away!

A holiday with your husband and kids, and a bunch of your close friends, what could go wrong? A lot.

Although we switch perspectives between the characters, we mostly follow the holiday through Kate, whose bright idea it was to celebrate her 40th birthday with her four closest friends, their partners and kids.

You will feel huge holiday vibes throughout the story; I wanted to get away, that is until all the secrets start unravelling. The headline secret – Kate’s husband, Sean, is having an affair, or so Kate believes. Even worse, the home wrecker is one of her best friends!

If you enjoy a plot that has more layers than an onion, then ‘The Holiday’ is a really enjoyable read. My only criticism is that sometimes Kate’s actions just aren’t realistic. She would have responded to different scenarios I believe. To combat my criticism though – if it was realistic the story would end very quickly, so I can see why the author did it the way they did.

I don’t know if my experience with this book would have been different if I was reading it, but I have to say, Laura Kirman deserves huge credit, she brought the story and characters to life. From Kate and husband Sean right through to the children in the book. Her narration was brilliant. She was so easy to listen to, and the amount of characters she needed to narrate it would have been so difficult to do. Laura did a fantastic job and stayed consistent with each character. Different tones and accents all executed brilliant.

Great story, brilliant narration. Daniel the little boy in the story deserves a little mention – he’s adorable!

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“Familiar” preview – start reading my new supernatural thriller free!

Familiar book preview

Start reading “Familiar” now.

In the above preview you can read a good amount of my brand new novel, “Familiar“.

Here’s what people are saying about it:

“All the elements are well developed and sometimes unexpected. The spiritualist side to the storyline makes for an intriguing aspect and a refreshing change to the usual mystery/thriller genre.

T. J. Blake’s characters have a habit of staying with you long after you’ve finished reading, always the mark of a good book.”

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Amazon

“Arabella’s unique talent made this book really stand out against others I’ve read and made for a really intriguing read. I didn’t see the twist coming either, which is always a bonus so I don’t want to reveal too much about the plot.

What I will say, is that I was faced with lots of questions as I was reading, but thankfully they were all tied up nicely by the time I finished. Would highly recommend to those who enjoy a great ‘whodunnit’..with a spiritual twist!

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Would you like a signed copy of Familiar?

You can buy a signed copy for £1 less than the paperbacks available on Amazon.co.uk.

Please vote “Familiar” in the AllAuthor Book Cover Competition

Hey Everyone,

I’m excited to tell you that my book has been nominated for the “Cover of the Month” contest on AllAuthor.com. This will help me a lot if I could see some votes coming in, so please remember to vote my book.

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Familiar front cover

Read Familiar now – it’s FREE on Kindle Unlimited!

Supernatural suspense thriller, “Familiar”, now available – what inspired me?

It’s been one hell of a journey, but I’m delighted to reveal that my sixth novel, “Familiar” is available to read.

Available on Amazon Kindle – FREE to read with Kindle Unlimited!

The inspiration for “Familiar”

The of idea Familiar came to me once I was done and dusted with DECEPTION in 2016. It was the character Arabella who came to me first; strangely after having gone to see a live Derren Brown stage show.

It was a segment in Derren’s show that impressed me – he was outing psychic mediums and their ‘ability’. In fact, he was more convincing than any psychic medium I had ever seen. It was incredible. He revealed the most personal details about members of the audience. I was jealous – and I actually went up on stage to see if he could speak to my grandfather. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen.

Derren’s work really inspired me. It made me consider all the things that could happen to a psychic medium – I had a lot of interesting thoughts, a lot of dark ones too.

The different scenarios that unfolded really excited me. I soon had a huge collection of situations that would create an interesting plot. I didn’t rush these ideas – I let them sit in my brain for a bit.

These ideas of mine loitered for a year I’d say. There was huge potential and a lot of different paths to explore.

One plot really stuck out to me. One that I thought, “now that would make an awesome Netflix show.” More like it would make another great T. J. Blake novel!

The plot was something that I had not seen before – in a book or even a TV show or film. So, I moved forward with the idea of a whodunnit – but not like other whodunnits, it had a spiritual twist.

Just over two years later, Familiar was written and what a great story it is.

What to expect

Secrets, darkness, mystery, twists, creepiness, ghosts (although Arabella calls them friends), loss, complex people (and ghosts!) – Familiar has it all.

It’s a story that has one main plot going on with Arabella, as well as other little mini stories running alongside it. Because Arabella is a psychic medium, she’s rarely left in peace.

Arabella meets interesting ‘friends’ and wants to tell their stories. Everyone has the right to have their story told, right?

Read Familiar now and let me know what you think!

Supernatural mystery thriller “Familiar” – OUT TODAY! 🎉

“Familiar” OUT NOW! Available to read on Kindle – FREE on Kindle Unlimited: https://viewbook.at/Familiar-TJBlake

Familiar AVAILABLE NOW trailer

Delighted to announce that my latest book “Familiar” is out now and available to read on Amazon Kindle. It’s FREE to read on Kindle Unlimited: https://viewbook.at/Familiar-TJBlake

My latest novel is a psychological thriller (like DECEPTION), whodunnit, and a paranormal mystery all rolled into one. It took meticulous planning and a lot of time to plot out, and then to write.

It was a challenge but I hope those of you kind enough to read it will enjoy Arabella and her story!

Thank you everyone for your support

Thank you to every one of you who has supported me. I’ve never felt so supported when writing a book.

It has been quite a lonely journey with my past book, but this time was different, refreshingly supportive.

A lot of you were asking for updates and checking in, so thank you everyone! 😍

I can’t wait to hear what you all think of my new book!!

Would you like a signed paperback?

Get in touch below and I’d be more than happy to work something out with you.

Paperback isn’t currently available online, but I can source one for you!

Familiar pre-order cancelled – thanks Amazon KDP!

Major update on Familiar – pre-order cancelled. Don’t worry, you will get your refund. Familiar available early.

Hi everyone,

A quick blog from me. If you ordered my latest novel, ‘Familiar’, which was originally due for release this Friday. Your order was cancelled by Amazon KDP.

Why?

In all honesty, I do not know why, I don’t know why they made this decision but it means that the book you pre-ordered won’t be delivered to your Kindle on the day of release.

Of course I’m so frustrated and I can only apologise on their behalf.

There is good news though…

To make up for this, I’m releasing Familiar early!

It will be available to buy as a paperback or download onto your Kindle within the next day or so.

Once again, I’m sorry about this – I wish I could explain it.

On the plus side, no more waiting – Familiar will be out very, very, VERY soon!

Familiar paperback

Chat and Spin Radio Interview 📻 – talking about Familiar!

UPDATED: 23rd August 2020

Familiar is out now!

To find out what Familiar is about, check out my interview on Chat and Spin Radio where I discussed Familiar as well as the DECEPTION audiobook.

Listen below 🎧

You can read Familiar on Amazon Kindle now. It’s free to read on Kindle Unlimited!