Blake Rivers lives in the East of England, surrounded by acres of historical countryside, towns and villages. It is from these mysterious places of history that he draws on the fantastical, moulding them into stories and adventures.
For as long as he can remember, writing books and being an author of stories was all he wanted to do. He still keeps his first two manuscripts, one written on an old Royal typewriter when he was twelve, and the other on an Amiga computer when he was fourteen, and although they'd never be published, they are a reminder of the dream and the journey. In the late 2000's, Blake wrote many starts to books that he abandoned, which have since created the Kindle eBook he calls A Writer's Lesson in False Starts, but it was in 2011 he began to write his first novel to be published, The Assassin Princess.
When he is not writing, Blake reads a lot, his favourite authors being Anne Rice, Stephen King and Patricia Cornwell, among many others, and he also enjoys going for long walks and, of course, spending time with his beautiful girlfriend. He is also very fond of visiting the many medieval churches of England.
Visit: www.blakerivers.co.uk for further information.
The Assassin Princess
Tales of Legacy
A Writer's Lesson in False Starts
The Tree - A Short, Magical, Love Story
A Step into Darkscape
Beneath the Rose lies the truth of lies and secrets...
From the very first paragraph, I was hooked on this book, having not read a synopsis or a blurb. I received this book a week or so before publication date as an ARC and had just finished the Song of Ice & Fire books, followed by a Terry Pratchett... this was an entirely different type of story. There was something about the way it was written that captured my imagination: an old house, a graveyard scene, something hidden within an angry young man.
From that point onward, with each chapter read, I delved further into this very real world of secrets and experience. The main character, a journalist, a writer, moves to London and finds herself lost and overwhelmed, finds herself the object of sudden interest, and a relationship sparks. Hot erotica flows gently through the scenes between them, but only ever in context to the story and never sex for sex's sake.
The story is well paced yet moves briskly across the Atlantic Ocean, weaving a historic tale of family issues that cut deeply into the psychological profiles of these characters. Chloe, the journalist, and her new found interest, Cai, present their own true-to-life traumas, dipping from the sad and traumatic to the sadistic, and through all of it still managing to make a grab for a turbulent love affair.
This book brought me to tears at one point, so strong was the powerful and personal emotion presented, and by the end of the book, I found the perspective of truth from each character painting a completely different set of events, much like the human condition tends to do outside of fiction. I really loved reading Unbind. Sarah Lynch is a truly talented writer. A beautiful book.
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