Stranded by Stuart James @StuartJames73 @BOTBSPublicity @BloodhoundBook #blogtour #bookreview

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Happy Sunday everyone! I’m thrilled to be part of the closing blog tour proceedings for Stranded by Stuart James.

Massive thanks to Sarah Hardy of Book On The Bright Side Publicity for inviting me on the blog tour and to the author for my e-copy of Stranded (I also downloaded a copy for my friendly Kindle retailer).

The Blurb

A family trapped. A psychopath on the loose. Let the game begin… What could be more innocent than going on holiday?

As a family drive along a quiet country lane on their way to the airport, they meet a stranger standing alone in the middle of the road.

Steering them along another path, he tells the driver, Ben, that a tree has fallen and there’s no way through.

But as they make their way along the diverted route, they come across a coach blocking the road.

Getting out of the car Ben goes to investigate and is horrified to find the passengers tied to their seats.

Then a discarded phone starts to ring…

If Ben calls the police, everyone on board will die.

Let the horrific game begin…

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What Did I Think?

O……M…….G THE CALLER IS NUTS!!! With a capital N!!!!! Seriously!!! This guy is in a mission, a seriously warped mission of vengeance. But his nuttiness just gets darker and darker as the book goes on. I don’t know what I can say about how much of a lunatic this individual is without retelling the lengths he goes to to ensure people pay their penance to the world … and we don’t want any spoilers here!!

I really felt for Ben, Laura and Milly. That anticipation of getting away from everyday life for a bit of R&R and one chance meeting rips that whole excitement away. And not just ripped, shredded as they look to spend their time on the nightmare coach a million miles away from their trip to Barce. Such a contrast!

I really enjoyed (probably the wrong word) the chapter jumps which took me from events surrounding the coach to events involving each of the passengers and then ultimately the Caller. Building the background to each of the individuals kept me on my toes. I’ve got to say Stephen’s story freaked me out … but Stephen’s story is not just about Stephen .. it’s so much more…

James has written a seriously tense unnerving thriller in Stranded. I could feel my pulse rate rising as the story went on. I couldn’t wait to see what sick game the Caller had in store for the next passenger. This tale is so much darker than my previous encounter with the author’s writing, Apartment 6, and I for one really enjoyed this white knuckle ride of a read!

Who Is Stuart James?

I have always loved scary stories, especially ones that shocked me, left me terrified, looking under my bed or in the wardrobe before going to sleep.

There was just a fantastic buzz whenever I watched or read something that took my breathe away.

I remember going to my nan’s house in Ireland as a youngster with my mother and sister, on the West Coast, staying in a cottage, surrounded by miles of fields and my family sitting around the table in the kitchen at night telling ghost stories. Going out and exploring derelict farmhouses in the middle of nowhere. I remember clearly the field at the end of the road was supposed to be haunted by headless nuns.

My cousins often remind me of the great times we had, frightening each other and running for our lives whenever we’d see something that didn’t look right.

This is why I love nothing more than to tell a story.

I started writing three years ago, penning The House On Rectory Lane which has just won The International Book Award in horror fiction. I got the idea from something that has often seemed scary to me. I know that a terrifying story has to be something that you’re frightened of doing, something that makes the hairs stand on the back of your neck, something that fills you with dread, yet also with excitement.

To me, the thought of going to a house in the middle of nowhere, upping and leaving a busy town and moving to the country is something that scares lots of people and me: the seclusion, the quiet, the darkness. That’s what inspired me to write my first novel.

My second thriller is called Turn The Other Way, which was a worldwide number 1 best seller and stayed at number 1 for 19 weeks in the US.

I have multiple stories running, past and present. A family who want answers from the surgeon responsible for their daughter’s death. A young woman looking for her parents after they go missing from a party. A couple driving home and hearing screams for help from the back of the van in front of them. A serial killer on the loose in North London, dragging victims off the street.

I’m so grateful when people not only read my thrillers but also take the time to get in touch and leave a review. To me, that is the greatest feeling, hearing from people that have enjoyed my work. I know then that I’m doing something right.

My third thriller, Apartment Six, was published in January of this year and was a number 1 hot new release on Amazon for 4 weeks.

Stranded goes on pre-order Monday October 12th on Amazon and is released October 19th.

I’m 47, married and have two beautiful children. Currently, I’m a full-time plumber but would love nothing more than to make a living from my writing. I hope I write stories and people continue to enjoy them for years to come. That would be completely amazing and a dream come true.


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