It has been my pleasure to meet a new online friend, Miss Jayne-Marie Barker, who happens to be a published author! I would love to introduce both Jayne and her book "Beneath The Daisies" to you through this review and giveaway. I have received two copies of "Beneath The Daises" so that I may enjoy one and pass a copy along to one of my readers. Yay!
Me: What did you want to be when you were a little girl?
Jayne: When I was little I always wanted to write stories. Initially I wanted to work in a bank, until I discovered that words were much more interesting to me than numbers. From my early teens I had decided I wanted to be an author but knew I would need another career to support me whilst I worked on attaining my 'dream job'.
Me: Who are the most important influencers in your life?
Jayne: Oh, that's a tricky questions! Most important influcencers, let's see... I'd say first and foremost is my Dad. He taught me lots of really helpful things about self-belief and working hard to achieve the best possible result. From a literary point of view I'd have to say Margaret Atwood. I studied Margaret Atwood's fantastic novel, 'The Handmaid's Tale', as part of my English Literature A-level and it really inspired me. Zadie Smith's 'White Teeth' was another book I read a long time ago that has stuck in my memory. From a mystery and plot viewpoint it has to be Agatha Christie; she is the queen of mystery crime for me. I have always loved murder mysteries and Agatha Christie's plotlines are second to none for the genre!
Me: What inspired you to write a mystery romance novel?
Jayne: When I started writing my first novel I pitched it at romance. There are many great romance books out there and some fabulous romance writers - people who can make a simple boy meets girl story amazing. Sadly, I'm not one of them! I found that my romance plotlines were too thin and even I wasn't enjoying them! Having been a fan of murder mysteries all my life I hit upon the idea of merging the two. I can't say anybody inspired me to write a romantic thriller, as my publisher calls it, it just sort of came about all by itself!
Me: What was the hardest part for you to write in Beneath The Daisies?
Jayne: I don't remember thinking one part was any harder than the other. I suppose the scene near the end when the poison pen writer is revealed was quite tricky. I spend quite a bit of time trying to get that right and even now I think I could tweak it endlessly!
Me: What do you hope your future holds?
Jayne: I think everybody likes to think their future will be glorious. In reality I just hope to remain happy and healthy.Oh yes, and if my novels sell well that would be a bonus!
Beneath The Daisies" is Jayne-Marie Barker's debut novel. Jayne has added a little murder, a lot of romance and quiet a bit of mystery to her romantic thriller. I will admit that I am not a huge fan of murder mysteries but there was enough romance to keep me thoroughly involved in this story line.
I love how the events take place in England and in two different time eras. The novel is written so that it brings the two eras together nicely. The characters and settings are so well defined that I can see each in my mind as they happen. I have enjoyed reading "Beneath The Daisies" as it was an easy read, kept me very involved and I hope to see another book from Jayne-Marie in the near future!
You may find Jayne-Marie Barker on her website and on facebook. "Beneath The Daisies" may be purchased from in either paperback or in kindle editon from amazon or from the links on her website.
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Disclosure: I have received a copy of "Beneath The Daisies" so that I may provide an honest review of it to my readers. The opinions are my own.