It’s always a little bit more of a pleasure to feature on the blog tour of an author you’ve met, and I had the enormous joy of spending some time in the company of debut author Abigail Osborne on Saturday. She was thoroughly lovely, with an infectious passion for books, and this is one book that I really wish I’d been able to review. The Puppet Master was published in paperback and for kindle on 30th August, and it’s already gathered a rather nice collection of five star reviews.
Let’s have a look at the blurb:
Manipulated by fear and love… could you cut the strings and take back control?
Billie’s hiding from the world, believing it to be the only way to take control of her life as she lives in fear of the man who nearly destroyed her. But what she doesn’t realise that she’s exactly where he wants her; isolated and afraid. A chance meeting with budding journalist Adam sparks a relationship that could free her from the terror that controls her. But will Adam be able to see the real Billie buried under her terror and pain?
Adam knows exactly who Billie is and is determined to expose her and get justice for the lives she ruined. But first, he needs to convince her to open up to him but as unwanted attraction and feelings blossom between them, Adam is forced to realise that all is not as it seems. Most of their lives have been unknowingly governed by the desires and needs of someone who considers himself their master. He has influenced and shaped them for years, meticulously weaving a web of lies and control around them. Can Billie and Adam survive the betrayals in store and cut the strings that bind them?
One thing is for sure. The master wants his puppets back – and he’ll do anything to keep them.
I’m delighted to welcome Abbie to Being Anne, talking about her fab five places to write…
Thanks for having me Anne, this is just a few of the places that I have written at when working on The Puppet Master.
Alone: I can’t be around anyone when I’m writing, I get really self-conscious and also I’m a chatterbox so I don’t really get anything done.
In the kitchen: I have a really great rocking chair that I like to sit on and write on my laptop. I get a nice view of the garden, and I’m only two steps away from a packet of crisps!
In the Harvester near me: They have refillable drinks so I can (sheepishly) stay there all day refilling my drink until I feel hungry enough to go home. Whenever I meet someone for a drink, I get there early so I can get some writing done. I feel more productive when I’m around people. But then this doesn’t always work if someone is having a drama and I start eavesdropping ☺
Bedroom: I always tend to write first thing in the morning when I’ve just woken up because I have the most imaginative dreams (looking after my mother’s pet killer whale while she went to the dentist being one), so I have a lot of ideas floating around in my head.
On holiday: Being on holiday is a great place for me to write. I love taking in scenery completely different to where I live. It makes it easier for me to visualise different things and gives me inspiration for settings and atmosphere.
Thank you Abbie – for all the other tour stops, see the panel on the right…
Abbie was born in the Lake District and has moved all around the UK since then until she met her husband at University. She lives with him and their two crazy cats in the West Midlands. She is a Needs Assessor for students with disabilities and has her own book reviewing blog called Many Books, Many Lives. Even though she did English Literature at University it wasn’t until she started reviewing books that she realised how much she loved to write. The Puppet Master is her first novel but it certainly won’t be her last.
Abbie, thank you – and I wish you every success with The Puppet Master, and whatever you do next. If you make top ten, we’ll club together to buy you a foolproof selfie stick…