#Extract from 337 by @MJonathanLee Published by @HideawayFall #337LEE #ContemporaryFiction #TuesdayBookBlog

I’m delighted to feature an extract from a new release by M Jonathan Lee, who says of the book…

“The initial challenge to myself was whether I could write a novel where the entire story hinges on the last word, which changes your view about many of the characters you’ve travelled through the story with. Following that, I wanted to focus on how nothing is really ever as it seems. My own Nanna, Frances Joan died whilst I was writing the story and I remember feeling very panicked in her last few days that knowledge would disappear with her. This gave me the idea for a character disappearing without a trace, in just the same way as the knowledge. The human condition and what leads people to do the things they do to one another is of constant fascination to me – which means that my stories with mysterious twists should never dry up.”

 

Here’s the official synopsis

337 follows the life of Samuel Darte whose mother vanished when he was in his teens. It was his brother, Tom who found her wedding ring on the kitchen table along with the note. While their father pays the price of his mother’s disappearance, Sam learns that his long-estranged Gramma is living out her last days in a nursing home nearby. Keen to learn about what really happened that day and realising the importance of how little time there is, he visits her to finally get the truth. Soon it’ll be too late and the family secrets will be lost forever. Reduced to ashes. But in a story like this, nothing is as it seems.” 

M Jonathan Lee’s new story is made even more exciting by how it is told. Not only do your opinions of the characters change on the very last word, but the book can also be read from both directions! It’s completely up to you to decide which way you’ll begin the novel – will you be a rebel and read from the back?

**Please note the double-ended upside-down opening for this book is available in books ordered in hard copy from UK booksellers only.**

Book links ~ Amazon UK | Amazon US | Waterstones |

Now for the Extract

“I suggest you do,” he says in a voice which suggests there may be ramifications if I choose not to. 

My only remaining thread of control is severed when he hangs up the phone. I take a deep breath and wait for him to call back, which is something he does when he feels he may not have made his point as clearly as he might. I lay there staring at the dust that has collected in the corners of my phone. The screen stays black, and after a minute or two passes I feel safe again. I place the phone on the duvet and turn my face into the darkness of the pillow. 

For a moment I am gripped by anger, a feeling that twists in my chest like a coiled rope. I have spent a good part of the last ten years trying to remove this feeling from my life. I have been told on a number of occasions that if I cannot leave it behind, it will eventually consume me. I’ll be tossed into the black hole of its throat like Jonah and his whale. Gobbled up in one. My final resting place will be the belly of the giant beast and, unlike Jonah, I’ll never be seen again. 

The last person who told me this was Sara. In fact, she told me plenty of times that I needed to change aspects of myself. For some time I listened to her, convinced that my macabre back story was reason enough to be the person I’ve become. It was only latterly, when I had an awakening, that I realised that her criticisms of me were actually a product of her own insecurities. Her insecurities moulding me into an angry and self-pitying person. A person I never used to be, nor ever wanted to be. And so, over the last year or so, the words I had listened to so attentively were rubberised and deflected, unheard, back to where they came from. 

And of course, as I am sure you can now guess, Sara is gone. 

And I feel the real me returning. 

Slowly.

About the Author

M Jonathan Lee is a nationally shortlisted author and mental health campaigner. His first novel The Radio was nationally shortlisted in the Novel Prize 2012. Since that time he has gone on to publish five further novels with 337 being his sixth novel. He is obsessed with stories with twists where nothing is exactly how it first appears. He was born in Yorkshire where he still lives to this day with his twins, James and Annabel. 

Following two years at Barnsley College, he trained to be an accountant prior to leaving his job to travel extensively through North America, Oceania and Europe. He eventually studied business at the University of Central Lancashire. He continued to work as an accountant during the day, whilst writing in the evenings, until landing his first publishing deal in 2011.

A tireless campaigner for mental health awareness, Jonathan donated all profits from his third novel, A Tiny Feeling of Fear, to charity to raise awareness of mental health issues. He also writes a regular column for the Huffington Post and has recently written for the Big Issue and spoken at length about his own personal struggle on the BBC and Radio Talk Europe.

Social Media links ~ Website | Twitter | Hideaway Fall

#Extract from The Piper and The Fairy by Carole Bulewski #Fantasy #Folklore #Mystery @carolebulewski #JustJane

I’m excited to share an extract from The Piper and The Fairy with you today. It’s the first in a trilogy of fantasy/folklore/mystery novels in which Carole Bulewski explores how the supernatural can creep into the most mundane of situations. The Water of Life and The Little God of Queen’s Park are the concluding titles, available soon, from Dream’s Edge Publishing, to whom Carole signed in 2020.

Before we get to the extract, here’s what the book is about…

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#Spotlight #Extract ~ The Medina Device by T.J. Champitto #DebutNovel @tjcauthor #Espionage #NewRelease

Today I’m delighted to host T.J. Champitto as his debut novel, The Medina Device, is published today.

About the Book

Former Navy SEAL Cameron Lyle is transitioning to life as a husband, father and government contractor. But his thirst for adventure has driven him to a secret life of high-stakes crime that has gained the attention of the FBI. When a mysterious device is unearthed in the mountains of Bolivia, an ancient brotherhood emerges to offer Cameron the opportunity of a lifetime–to steal the greatest discovery in human history from a rogue cell of U.S. intelligence officers. As a beleaguered FBI agent closes in, and a team of deadly assassins hunt him down, Cameron leads his pursuers on a worldwide manhunt as he sets off to find the scientist who can explain it all. Secret societies, ancient technology and international espionage all converge in a journey that will ultimately test the bounds of reality.

Book links ~ Amazon UK \ Amazon US

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#BookSpotlight ~ Physiology of Love by @SummeritaRhayne #Extract #ContemporaryFiction #Romance

In the spotlight today is newly released Physiology of Love, a contemporary romance. 

About the Book

Dr. Hardik Kashyap is looking forward to a new job and to deepen his friendship with lovely Dr. Aashita when he joins as HOD in Physiology at Central Medical Institute. Unfortunately, his expectations smash to bits. His start at his new post is far from amiable, and as for Dr. Aashita, she sends a shower of angry sparks his way at every meeting.
He is willing to keep things at the friendship level, but it seems nothing works with her.
As a physiologist, he’s well versed in the regulations of the body functions and the working of the mind, but he just can’t seem to get a handle on the physiology of love.

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None The Wiser (Detective Mark Turpin Book 1) by @RachelAmphlett ~ What if some secrets were never meant to stay buried? #CrimeFiction #TuesdayBookBlog

Author: Rachel Amphlett

Published: March 2020 by Saxon Publishing

Category: Crime Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Police Procedural, Book Review

None the Wiser is the first book in a new murder mystery series from USA Today bestselling author Rachel Amphlett.

What if some secrets were never meant to stay buried?

When a parish priest is brutally murdered in cold blood, a rural community is left in shock – and fear.

New to the Vale of the White Horse, Detective Sergeant Mark Turpin discovers the murder bears the hallmark of a vicious killer who shows no remorse for his victim, and leaves no trace behind.

As Father Seamus Carter tries to find a semblance of calm through prayer, guilt and disgust eat away at him. As he struggled to write his sermon, he wondered if sharing his own weaknesses would be punishment enough. The events of the previous week had reopened an old wound and he is a frightened man. He has cause to be…he doesn’t know it but these are his final few moments.

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News about LJ Ross’ soon to be released #audio trilogy ~ Impostor: An Alexander Gregory Thriller @wfhowes @ljross_author @princolour

I”m delighted to be joining the blog tour to mark the upcoming release of Impostor, the first of the Dr Alexander Gregory audio trilogy by LJ Ross. The tour kicks off tomorrow and I’ll be sharing an exclusive clip on Saturday 26th October, with the chance to win a free audiobook on release day, so do check back then.

Meanwhile here’s the press release…

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#Spotlight on Mad About Moon by @Melissa_Foster #NewRelease Contemporary #Romance

Mad About Moon by Melissa Foster releases today. 

~~About the Book~~

Author: Melissa Foster

Published: April 10th 2019 by World Literary Press

Category: Contemporary Romance

Can true love strike twice in one lifetime? 

Josie Beckley refuses to believe there is a limit on happiness. A decade after she escaped her abusive parents and lost touch with her siblings, the death of her husband leaves her and her son homeless. But Josie has never been one to wallow in sadness, and when she takes a chance on reconnecting with her siblings, a sinfully handsome bright light from her past shows up and offers to help her find a way out of the darkness.

Most people wouldn’t see Jed Moon as someone to look up to. He’s been in and out of jail and has lived a less-than-stellar lifestyle. But years ago one woman saw through his bullshit, and he’s never forgotten her. Now she’s back in his life, and as a prospect for the Dark Knights motorcycle club, Jed promises to keep an eye on the sassy, sexy single mother who has never stopped lighting his fantasies on fire.

Jed and Josie’s combustible connection is stronger than ever. Having Josie and her son in his life brings out all of Jed’s protective instincts-and visions of a future he never imagined having. But when a shocking revelation knocks the insatiable lovers to their knees, it forces them to make choices that could change their lives forever.

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#GuestPost ~ Katherine McIntyre #newrelease Of Tinkers and Technomancers (The Whitfield Files Book One) @PixieRants #TuesdayBookBlog

I’m delighted to welcome Katherine McIntyre  with a guest post and extract from her latest book, released today. Of Tinkers and Technomancers (The Whitfield Files Book One) is a steampunk romance—here’s the book info…

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#GuestPost by N. Lombardi Jnr #Author of Mystery/Legal #Thriller Justice Gone #NewRelease #Extract #FridayReads

Im happy to welcome Nicholas Lombardi on the publication day of his novel, Justice Gone which was inspired by a real and shocking incident. Before we hear from Nick, here the book info….

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#GuestPost from Glynis Astie ~ My First Book Boyfriend ~ and her #NewRelease Girls’ Night Out @GlynisAstie #TuesdayBookBlog

Im delighted to welcome Glynis Astie back to Between The Lines. Glynis has written several wonderful guest posts previously including Tea and Harry Potter and The Philosophy of Yoda. Here, Glynis tells us about her first book boyfriend…..

It’s true what they say—you never forget your first. I remember it like it was yesterday. I took in his warm hazel eyes, his dark, curly brown hair and his beautiful boyish smile and I was done for.

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