Blog Tour ~ The Proposal by S. E. Lynes Ellen’s Review

Hey guys,

Today Ellen is taking part in the blog tour for The Proposal by S. E. Lynes and I’ll be sharing her review with you all a little further down!

About the author:

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After graduating from Leeds University, S E Lynes lived in London before moving to Aberdeen to be with her husband. In Aberdeen, she worked as a producer at BBC Radio Scotland before moving with her husband and two young children to Rome. There, she began to write while her children attended nursery. After the birth of her third child and upon her return to the UK, she gained an MA in Creative Writing from Kingston University. She now combines writing with lecturing at Richmond Adult Community College and bringing up her three children. She lives in Teddington. 

About the book:


The first thing you should know, dear reader, is that I am dead…

Teacher Pippa wants a second chance. Recently divorced and unhappy at work, she uproots her life and moves to the countryside, determined to make a fresh start. But Pippa soon realises: your troubles are never far behind.

When Pippa meets blue-eyed Ryan Marks, he is funny and charming. He is haunted by his past – but insists he is a changed man. 

He might just be the answer to all of her problems. And Pippa can tell the truth from lies. She’d know if she were in danger. Wouldn’t she?

From Amazon chart bestseller S.E. Lynes, The Proposal is a page-turning and utterly gripping thriller about the lengths we will go to for someone we love. Perfect for fans of Gone GirlThe Woman in the Window and The Wife Between Us.

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Ellen’s Review:

I have been  a huge fan of SE Lynes since her debut Valentina and have been eagerly awaiting the next release – as always I wasn’t disappointed! The Proposal is the perfect example of a psychological thriller, all the ingredients are there to create an explosive read and one that left me feeling like I needed a hot shower.

The main character of Pippa is someone who I loved to hate; Self-centred, selfish and pretty moral free. Her behaviour got serious eye rolls from me throughout the whole of the book. She is a teacher who has published one novel and has serious writer’s block over her second. An ex con (Ryan) turns up on her doorstep selling household wares so what’s the sensible thing to do? Well, if you’re Pippa (already half sozzled) you invite him in and after feeding, watering and clothing him end up with an agreement (the proposal) to use the details of his criminal past and weave them into your new novel. No strings attached. Yeah, how did you envisage that would ever end well Pippa!? She is so desperate for success she is seemingly oblivious to the chaos that follows her around, divorced from her husband, picks up then drops her best friend as and when and now indebted to a potentially deadly individual.

The Proposal is told in various ways; Pippa in the future looking back on these events via journal entries, blog posts from her author page extolling about her perfect life as a best-selling author at Cairns Farm with the inimitable housekeeper Mrs Danvers and voice recordings from Ryan detailing his spiralling obsession with Pippa. This book is a serious lesson in not trusting everything/everyone at face value. I am loathe to spoil this book for future readers but just be prepared and DON’T miss the editor’s note at the end.

If you’re looking for a novel packed full of suspense, shocks and a sting in the tail then The Proposal is the one for you. Five stars for this outstanding read!!

Check out the tour:

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Blog Tour: Beneath The Whispers by Jim Ody

Hi everyone,

Today is my stop on the blog tour for Beneath The Whispers by Jim Ody, and I have a Q&A with the author for you all to check out!

About the author:

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Jim was first published in an English School Textbook in 1987. He won a competition to draw a dog-walking machine. Having won an art competition the year before, he felt that at the age of eleven he had peaked and consequently retired from the world of art.


For 10 years Jim wrote for a number of websites reviewing and interviewing bands in his own unique way, as well as contributing dark poems and comedic features.


He writes dark psychological/thrillers that have endings that you won’t see coming, and favours stories packed with wit. He has written three novels released through Zombie Cupcake Press and has also contributed to several anthologies. Coming soon is his psychological/mystery ‘Beneath The Whispers’ released by Crazy Ink. He also has short stories appearing in the following anthologies ‘War Paint’, ‘Crazy Fools’, ‘AWOL A.I.’ and ‘The End?’.

Jim has a very strange sense of humour and is often considered a little odd.  When not writing he will be found playing the drums, watching football and eating chocolate. He lives with his long-suffering wife and three beautiful children in Swindon, Wiltshire.

About the book:


Genevieve Deboise is too good for Scott Dean. He’s always known that. It isn’t a shock to learn she is cheating on him.
What is a surprise is bumping into his childhood sweetheart in the woods where he’d planned to take solace in his heartbreak and bruised ego.

But running into Mary-Ann Jennings isn’t exactly the fairy tale it might seem.
Instead, his first love needs his help finding a USB stick that has fallen into the wrong hands. Now in the cellar of Genevieve’s new lover, Scotty must confront his feelings for both women in order to retrieve the missing USB stick.
On a quest to confront his past and locate Mary-Ann’s property, he journeys through the whispers that have always surrounded him.

Love will make you do crazy things.
But is it enough to get beneath the whispers?

Click HERE to get your copy!

Make sure to check out the blog tour:

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Can you tell us a little about yourself?


I am married and have three children who are a handful. I work as a Business Analyst in the day and write every night when the family has gone to bed. I’m an avid reader, love movies, music and football.  


How did you get into writing? Is it something you’ve always wanted to do?


I’ve always wanted to be a writer. I wrote a lot of stories when I was younger, but it was when I was a regular writer for a music website that I began to gain recognition. I enjoyed making my reviews interesting and was quoted by a lot of bands over the ten years I was a reviewer and interviewer.


Where do you get your inspiration from?


I gain my inspiration from the world around me. I watch movies and think of alternative endings or will suddenly get a small idea that will plant itself in the back of my mind and grow into an interesting idea that I want to expand on.


How would you describe your writing to anyone who hasn’t read your book?


My writing is multi-layered. It is very much character driven and I like to focus not only on what they are doing but looking back at their past at what might have driven them to do what they are doing. I love to break up the tension with witty dialogue and am known for unexpected endings.


Do you think social media helps in regard to promotion and drumming up publicity for a new book?


Definitely. Social Media has been a huge help with increasing my profile and making people aware of my books. Whether it’s Blog Tours, Author Takeovers, or discussions within book groups I cannot stress enough the importance of connecting with potential readers. It also helps me to understand the market and see what successful authors are doing.


What’s your most favourite thing about being an author?


It has got to be getting positive feedback about my work. Those ideas that have grown, nurtured and blossomed into a novel, being enjoyed by readers is a wonderful feeling. I especially enjoy the feedback I’ve received of people enjoying my books so much that they’re discussed them at lengths with family members and friends. Then seeing them recommended in groups.


What’s your least favourite thing about being an author?


I think it’s the lack financial return verses the huge number of hours dedicated in writing, promoting and general marketing. If it was for the money, then I would get more for working a second job of an evening at minimum wage! However, being an author is so much more than that!


Where do you see your writing career 5 years from now?


My ambition is to release a book a year for a large publisher, whilst still releasing another novel and novella for one of my current publishers. If this does not pan out then I will still have released at least a dozen more novels and built up a larger fanbase.


What’s next for you?


I have a lot going on! This year I will be releasing seven short-stories in seven separate anthologies. I’ve already released one novel, and one novella. I have a crime/comedy called ‘…Just South Of Heaven’ that is the first of a series I’m writing. This should be out by autumn. I have another three novels to start on and I hope one of those will be also released by the end of the year. Depending on all of these I have plans to co-write three novels with three separate authors. We need to match up our schedules and pencil in the plans for these.


I often wonder are authors voracious readers. Do you read much, and if so, what kind of books do you enjoy?


Yes, I have always been a big reader. I am a reader first and a writer second. I always try to help promote other authors because I want great books to read too! I enjoy psychological/thrillers, mysteries, comedies and horror. I try to read a wide variety of books and often learn little things for each. I truly believe that reading more books makes you a better writer.


Can you tell me your all time favourite book, or if you have to, your top 5?


This changes frequently but now it’s Caroline Kepnes ‘You’. I really enjoy her style and have just finished and enjoyed the follow up ‘Hidden Bodies’. I love the brash dialogue and the deep observations along with an unexpected plot. I think I have a similar writing style, but Caroline’s is the superior completed article.


Has there been any books you’ve read that you wish you had written?


The two above along with Peter Benchley’s ‘Jaws’, and Joe R Lansdale ‘Freezer Burn’.


When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?


We do a lot as a family. Other than that, I play football twice a week and also play the drums. I have to be doing something as \I get bored easily.


What’s your favourite holiday destination?


I’ve been to Hawaii twice and really love it there. We’ve also enjoyed the times we’ve been to America. I’ve set a couple of short-stories in America and would love to go back.


Favourite food?


Either Fish & Chips or Chinese


Favourite drink?




Last but not least, why writing? Why not something else?


I wanted to be either a writer, a drummer or a footballer. I am too old to be a footballer now which was something I dedicated a lot of my younger years to. I never had friends into music so apart from a couple of gigs I did to help out a band this was never an option. Writing is something I’ve always done, and arguably something you get better with age at. I have received the best feedback for it too. It is something that you can be unique and creative at too.