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Familiar book preview

In the run up to the release of Familiar I will be sharing excerpts from my new book.

Here’s the first!

My new psychological thriller, paranormal mystery, Familiar available to pre-order on Kindle. Available on paperback 21st August.

RIP to one of my readers, Jessica

It’s an unusual feeling when you reach out to one of your readers and your message to them bounces back.

I thought it was strange, so I googled their name. Top result – ‘Funeral Notice’. Same location in the UK where she lived.

I headed to her Facebook page and it was confirmed, a comment on one of her photos. Terrible news, a life ended too soon!

How I knew Jessica

Jessica was kind enough to read my novel, DECEPTION: A Love of Lies. She wrote a FANTASTIC review for it. Her in-depth look into my story and writing is something a writer dreams of. She made one of my dreams come true.

This is her review for DECEPTION. She had a wonderful mind – a really inquisitive reading mind.


Jessica’s DECEPTION review

Deception is an excellent read full of underlying themes, a powerful, emotional, gripping plot as well as overlying the main theme of deception, full of vivid imagery which brought the story to life in my mind, mind blowing and astounding twists, believe me, when you’ve read this review with the others here, you’ll be dying to read it yourself after my personal, analytical review!

Deception follows the main characters perspective in the 1st person (our main protagonist, Billy) and refers to other characters along the way and whisks you away into their world, the only criticism of this is that it is at times confusing in the book and at times i’ve wondered at what the other characters perspectives were. It also explores the following themes, i shall be expanding the themes in this review and they’ll be no spoilers:
1. Love/Lust/Obsession
2. Lies
3. Deception
4. Blackmail
5. Depression and Loss
6. The Sense of Community
7. Secrets

1: Love/Lust/Obsession:
Our main protagonist meets a woman called Eve in the woods walking his own dog, at first he has lustful thoughts and then falls in love. This book did make me cry at the sadness of the loss of love for Billy as he’s the sort of person i’d go for in my ideal man; smart, sensitive, loving and above all loyal and willing to fight for the person he loves. Obsession is experienced in this book too but i wont elaborate here for fear of spoiling the book for you.

2.Lies:
Lying features heavily in this novel and the lies in this book are not all good intentioned as they have a tiny effect on Billy’s state of mined and leads him to question things.

3. Deception (the main theme):
Deception can come in many forms such as lying but mainly a persons deception can happen on different levels. The deception in this book is so shocking and at points in this book horrible and it did make me angry at first but when you read this you may understand the motives just as I did.

4. Blackmail:
This is another theme discovered in this book and is another method of deception (point 3) and can be really harmful. Blackmail can be on a par with cohersion and Lies and i am grateful to say this is one theme i’ve never experienced and i hope i will never experience this.

5. Depression and Loss:
Depression and Loss is experienced in the novel in places and speaks volumes. Our lead, Billy has experienced loss that render anyone depressed ( shall not spoil things for you here). Depression and loss can happen on many horrible, hurtful levels they fringe from small losses such as the loss of freedom. 

6. The Sense of Community:
This book is set with a community of characters, each one with their own identity. But we don’t get to know them very well as they are only featured at times in this book. 

7. Secrets
Now i’ll start by saying here that everyone has secrets, some secrets can be more shocking than others. Secrets can be kept to both protect a person and harm another person. We are complex as human beings and can have reasons to keep secrets. In this book there are many secrets but i’m afraid you’ll have to read it for yourselves as to find out what they are.

These are all my compelling reasons for why I’ve given this book a 5 star rating and believe me, I was so glad i read this book and did this review. This author is one to watch in years to come and I for one will be keeping a close eye on his books for further titles! T.J. Blake, I was extremely honoured to read and enjoy your book and wish you all the best for your long future as a author!


A really great review from Jessica. A lot of thought and time was put into this one. It reminded me of the kind of review you would write in an english class for a book – it’s wonderful.

Jessica wanted to keep an eye out for my future work, so it’s a real shame I can’t entertain her some more in the future!

RIP Jessica.

Do you have a supernatural story to tell?

In the run up to the release of my new paranormal mystery book, “Familiar“, I want you guys to share your supernatural stories.

What’s your ghost story?

Paranormal Thriller Familiar - T. J. Blake

Maybe you’re a psychic medium (like Familiar’s Arabella) and you have had fascinating experiences.

Maybe you’ve seen something that, even to this day, you can’t explain.

Or maybe you’ve heard a ghost story from someone else and it has stuck with you.

I would love to hear your stories. Comment below or share them with me on Twitter or Instagram –

Twitter: @TJBlake93

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tjblake93/

I will share the really good ones!

You never know what’s really going on in someone’s life – DECEPTION’s inspiration

“You never know what’s going on in someone’s life. You never know what’s really going on behind what they present.”

Hill Harper

The above quote rings true in the 2016 psychological thriller, DECEPTION: A Love of Lies.

When you wander past someone on a stroll, do you greet them? It’s polite, so why wouldn’t you.

I don’t know why we do it, but consider the amount of strangers you’ve greeted, you haven’t known any of them. But they all seemed nice enough on the surface, right?

I’ve always been intrigued by people; the way they behave, the decisions they make, how cruel a person can be, how kind someone can be, how a person can treat another person.

Humans are complex, and that’s the driving force behind the main protagonist in DECEPTION, Billy. To be honest, it’s essential for every character in my novels. I like to play on the psychology of a person and really dig deep into the mindset of a person.

For DECEPTION, it’s a small world from the point of view of one person. That person is most likely one of those people you have greeted on a morning stroll.

What is DECEPTION about?

Deception: A Love of Lies by T. J. Blake

DECEPTION is a psychological thriller based on Billy, a dog walker, who walks in his woodlands daily. He knows the woodlands like the back of his hand, and he has really taken a liking to a fellow female dog walker.

“Through the stark and leafless trees, I see her.

I remember the first day I saw her; an instant attraction. I think she’s beautiful. She has such pensive blue eyes; they remind me of a blue sky right before the sun descends. Every time I see her I want to talk to her, I want to get to know her, and I want to be her friend.

She usually completes the lower woodland walk in six minutes and forty-two seconds; she misses the deeper woodlands and goes home, I believe.

I walk down the road at the same speed as her. She reaches the crossroads at the bottom of the road, looks both ways, and then jogs across into the garden of a house. I stop walking and concentrate on which house is hers.

I can’t stare too long but I am intrigued already, I will come back.”

Read DECEPTION

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Now we’re all on the same page, let’s look at Billy. After all, DECEPTION is told from his point of view.

How often do you wander by a dog walker?

I don’t know about you, but I see them all the time. Whenever I go for a walk, or even a run (when I’m not being lazy), I pass at least a couple of them en route.

When I pass an owner and their furry friend, I play with their pooch of course, but after that, I do sometimes wonder about them.

Who are they? What’s their name? What do they do for a living? Married? Kids? Do they have hobbies?

Walking your dog is the perfect cover story 👀

What I like most about a dog walker is that, from the point of view of the dog walker, you can be on your own in a woodlands (with your dog of course!) and no one would bat an eyelid. Be seen walking in the woods on your own, it’s a different story.

This was the inspiration for Billy Allen – he’s a man who lives with his dog, Ella. He knows the woodlands like the back of his hand, after all, he walks there every day. More importantly, he has an infatuation for a fellow female dog walker.

No one knows of his motive (except the reader), but what Billy has going for him is that he is a dog walker and he can wander around and watch the woman without being judged.

Even in other situations, Billy knows that by taking Ella with him he has a cover.

Early into the book, Billy heads to the woman’s house one night, he watches her through the window. Of course he has Ella with him, and like a good dog, she waits for him at the end of the drive.

If you want to know if Billy gets caught, you’ll have to read the book!

Do we ever truly know someone?

A question for you to think about. How well do you know your friends? What about your colleagues – how well do you know them?

What about the people closest to you, your family? Your partner?

How well do we truly know a person?

Sorry if this is making you paranoid that’s not the aim here. But it does make you think, doesn’t it?


If you like a psychological thriller read that will play with your mind and digs deep into a dark psychology of a person, then DECEPTION: A Love of Lies is certainly a great read – I’m not being biased!

Read DECEPTION

The DECEPTION audiobook is coming soon.

Christopher Pizzey to narrate the new ‘DECEPTION’ audiobook

On top of the release of Familiar (available for pre-order, August 21), I’m super excited to reveal that my novel, DECEPTION: A Love of Lies, will be released as an audiobook this year.

I’ve heard segments of it already – it’s fascinating and very unnerving. For those of you who have read DECEPTION, you’ll understand why.

DECEPTION: A Love of Lies audiobook coming soon

I will be teaming up with actor, writer and director, Christopher Pizzey, to release DECEPTION as an audiobook.

After listening to many auditions to narrate the protagonist, Billy Allen, it was Chris Pizzey’s that stood out to me. There were a lot of high quality auditions, but Chris’ voice was perfect. His voice, tempo and accent were what I had in mind for Billy. Not only that, Chris really took the time to understand the character. So much so he became Billy, it was amazing to be a part of.

I’d go as far as saying if DECEPTION was adapted for the screen, Chris would be my first choice to play Billy!

Who is Chris Pizzey?

Chris has been involved in many big TV shows and films over the years. Some of his works include Eastenders, The Basil Brush Show, Doctors, The Bill and Stan Lee’s Lucky Man.

When will the audiobook be released?

You know how it is, I’ll be secretive on this – it will be this year.

Keep an ear out for Chris Pizzey as Billy Allen!

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.