Today is my stop on the blog tour for Netta Newbound’s An Impossible Dilemma, her forthcoming novel published by Bloodhound Books!
About the book:
Would you choose to save your child if it meant someone else had to die?
Victoria and Jonathan Lyons seem to have everything—a perfect marriage, a beautiful daughter, Emily, and a successful business. Until they discover Emily, aged five, has a rare and fatal illness.
Medical trials show that a temporary fix would be to transplant a hormone from a living donor. However in the trials the donors die within twenty four hours. Victoria and Jonathan are forced to accept that their daughter is going to die.
In an unfortunate twist of fate Jonathan is suddenly killed in a farming accident and Victoria turns to her sick father-in-law, Frank, for help. Then a series of events present Victoria and Frank with a situation that, although illegal, could save Emily.
Will they take their one chance and should they?
A Sinister and Darkly Compelling Psychological Thriller Novel, this book is intended for mature audiences and contains graphic and disturbing imagery.
About the author:
Netta Newbound, originally from Manchester, England, now lives in New Zealand with her husband Paul and their boxer dog Alfie. She has three grown-up children and three delicious grandchildren.
As a child, Netta was plagued by a wild imagination, often getting in trouble for making up weird and wonderful stories. Yet she didn’t turn her attention to writing until after her children had grown and left home.
Although she mostly writes psychological thriller novels, all of which consistently rank highly in the best seller categories, she has also written several non-fiction books with a close friend and fellow author under the names of Sandra Rose & Jeanette Simone.
10 Books that have helped shape me as a writer
I have read thousands of books and, to be honest, forgotten most of them. But there a few along the way that have had such an impact they will stay with me forever.
My love of books began when I was a child; I had my head in a book from a very early age. I loved the Famous Five and Secret Seven, but The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton stood out from the rest by a mile.
As I grew, I dabbled in many different genres, including Mills & Boon, of which my nanna had piles, to James Herbert’s Rats. But I loved romance back then and still remember the physical pain I felt while reading The Promise by Danielle Steele. I sobbed for hours and hours.
By the time I left school, I had developed a taste for horror. Of course, I read anything and everything by Stephen King I could get my hands on. Pet Sematary by Stephen King stays with me to this day. My middle son was the same age as the boy in the book and I was deeply affected by this story. This is when I fell in love with the type of book that makes you question how you would react in a given situation.
I also read a lot of Dean Koontz and Richard Laymon. The Cellar by Richard Laymon freaked me out. I re-read it recently and was still as terrified.
I took a break from horror for a while to turn my attention to family sagas. After the birth of my third son, I scored a job as Book Department Manager of a well-known book shop and was lucky enough to be invited to several book launches. At one of these swish evenings, I was given a copy of Roses Have Thorns by Beverley Hughesden. This is a wonderful story, like a 90’s version of Beauty and the Beast. This is still one of my all-time favourite books and my heart still melts when I think about it.
Inevitably, I turned back to the darker novels. Lady Killer by Martina Cole was a total shocker for me. The killer was a gentle, henpecked guy on the surface but a total nutter underneath.
I fell madly in love with Jamie Fraser from the Cross Stitch series by Diana Gabaldon and he’s still my ideal bloke (after my lovely husband, of course).
And I found 11.22.63 by Stephen King to be an extremely clever and thought provoking novel.
I rarely read romance these days, but was intrigued by all the hype of Me Before You by JoJo Moyes. I’ve got to say I wasn’t disappointed. Once again, I found myself crying buckets.
And, more recently, Beneath the Watery Moon by Betsy Reavley took me instantly back to the Richard Laymon days. I almost threw my kindle at one point; I was so shocked, which rarely happens to me these days.
So there you have it. Ten books that have helped shape me as a writer. If you look closely I’m sure you’ll will see a little of each of these in my books.
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