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Date Published: Jan 2016 (paperback Dec 2016)


Sam, an ex-soldier who is trying to rediscover himself after twenty years of service, unwittingly stumbles upon a mysterious alien presence in rural Wales. He is drawn into a tangled web of intrigue, pitting him against forces bent on destruction and putting his life in peril. Feeling mentally eroded by his time in the army and having worked hard to overcome this, he is thrust upon an alien journey that will change his life and beliefs in a profound way.

Claims of benevolence are only the beginning of the mysteries he’ll have to unravel as doubt and mistrust haunt him. He will have to form unlikely alliances in order to fathom the mysteries at the secret Mineran enclave, where intrigue, deception and imminent danger reside.

His journey for answers will introduce him to pernicious enemies with hidden agendas, as a heinous plot to kill him unravels. Can he defeat his personal demons to secure justice and discover the truth of who or what is behind the nefarious machinations and why?


Born in England and raised in Wales, I started my working life on a farm in the glorious rural Welsh countryside.  I retrained to become an IT Consultant and having spent thousands on Microsoft, CompTIA and Cisco qualifications; I also obtained a contract to run and teach at a Cisco Academy in England.  After this, I became a small business IT Advisor for WCBC and the Welsh Government.  As this funding dried up, I retrained as a Business Advisor and have since helped thousands of people start up their own businesses.

In my leisure time, I work my way through a comprehensive bucket list with my Fiancée, Cath. This has caused us great delight as we have attended various courses and fun days out, such as beekeeping, pottery making, stained glass making, painting course, cooking courses, hawk walks, animal experiences, quad biking, gorge walking and much more. Our favourite one is learning to dance. This activity has remained with us and will hopefully do so for the rest of our lives. We can do a reasonable Waltz, collapse in laughter trying the Viennese Waltz, but it is the 1920’s Lindy Hop that we have fallen in love with. After three years of dancing, we still attend regular dance classes and events.

Strangely, for an ex-geek, my favourite gadget is my Italian Marcato pasta machine. I love real, unprocessed food and my freshly made pasta with a home cooked sauce is amazing.

I have always enjoyed reading, and in my early teenage years, I read authors ranging from Harry Harrison to HG Wells. Later in life, I turned to thriller writers such as the 3 C’s; Clancy, Cussler and Child. Also, I will always have a Pratchett book on my phone for light reading. His imagination was and always will be, inspiring. I have wanted to write the Mineran Series for several years prior to actually starting and with the encouragement from Cath, who has suffered my many varied, imaginative pranks over the years, I have begun.


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hear him cry book coverAuthor Rachel Beam has cleverly crafted a mesmerizing tale filled with suspense as two lost souls navigate the years of devastation left from one man’s selfish sexual hungers.  Told from the view point of the two main characters, Tessa and Henry, this writer gives very realistic and believable insight into the long term affects of sexual abuse.  One could question if a predator is born a predator or becomes one?  Can the predator really be as much a victim of circumstance as the abused party undoubtedly was?  Is the abuser really a predator when their obsession is truly singular to the one and only victim of their abuse or is it true love and only dirty because of age differences?  It is said that a good book makes the reader feel.  This book definitely accomplishes that but if you are looking for a warm fuzzy feeling, then this is not the book for you.  If you enjoy a story that is filled with depth and layers of storyline, rich and elegantly written prose that flawlessly creates imagery in your mind and clearly defines the inner workings of the main character’s minds, then be prepared to read this one cover to cover without being able to put it down.

This story could have been told many different ways but would have lacked suspense and mystery if it had been.  As you get to know Henry and Tessa and then root for the chance encounter of two lost souls to fall into place, you feel that they needed to find each other, needed to rely upon the strengths of the other to help them each put heartbreak and misfortune behind them.  As their encounter builds into a friendship and then develops into a sexy romance, you also begin to learn that chance may have actually brought them together once before.  It’s difficult to share with you how profound this book can be for you without spoiling the adventure of the read itself.  You must learn who Henry is and what has happened to his marriage and why he finds himself drinking too much and living only in his head with too much pain, too much wanting and too much isolation.  You have to meet Tessa and learn how she was abandoned far from home by a long time boyfriend and forced to survive on her own with nothing more than a few items of clothing and her beauty.  Henry, historically introverted and easily controlled and manipulated by his spouse and friends because he is lackadaisical about life in general has a secret, something that haunts him, something that feeds and grows his obsession over 15 years time and pushes him further and deeper inside his own mind.  Tessa, raised by an alcoholic mother that dies when she is a teenager, outcast by her father for a reason she never knew, confused and naïve about her sexuality, is haunted by nightmares she can’t understand and has never felt like she belongs anywhere in particular, always lost and searching.

As the story lines merge you won’t be able to really guess what is coming next and yet as each twist unfolds, it makes perfect sense and then more about one or the other is shared and more suspense keeps you turning the pages.  I particularly enjoyed that the writing style was so elegant that I did not want to skim ahead to get answers more quickly but instead was thrilled by the beauty in the way the author crafted each and every line of the story.  As a break out novel, this is an excellent indication of what to expect from this brilliant new author and I can’t wait to read more from her.

~~~~~~~~~~~> Debra L Hartmann, professional editor, published author, book reviewer for the fun of it…. and come have an AHA moment with us at

It was clear on the first page that the title was appropriate for the book.  I wouldn’t have picked this book to read on the basis of the book cover itself…it just doesn’t do the work inside justice!  I will exclude details about the characters and the plot, the synopsis and the other reviews cover that.  I liked this twistedlovebkcvrauthor’s writing style, very direct and to the point and he did not overuse adjectives and adverbs as I so often see these days. I floated through the prose and slipped into a comfortable journey filled with the images he painted as if he’d used a paint brush instead of the proverbial pen and ink. The quick pace was also perfect for me, building up to each twist and turn as it went along and keeping me intrigued and interested so that it was difficult to put the book down. By the ninth page, you think you have a serial killer story but don’t settle into that thought process, this book isn’t that simple!

Loved the balance of character, location and time period development in this book. I was imagining the scenes as the characters were introduced and enough shared about the past and present to make them real so that they stepped out from the pages. Then as the story moved on and more information was revealed, more suspense was built and more clues to connections between characters and story lines, the layers and mystery folding in and around the story, I found myself gripping the edge of my kindle for dear life! This book had the elements that I enjoy in a big screen hit movie and as the imagery formed in my mind, I associated characters with actors. As the tension was building for the surprising end, I couldn’t help but feel something for each of the characters.

No spoilers here but suffice it to say that you start out reading with several characters and more are introduced very cleverly and timed perfectly to emphasize the twists and turns of the plot and allow the reader to identify with each person before having to learn about new ones. Interesting to note, each story line is told in their perspective POV’s and the author did an exceptional job of adjusting his writing to the intellectual, educational and occupational levels of each character. I can’t say more without risking ruining some aspect of the surprises in this book. If you are a fan of thrillers and suspense, you’ll love this book and if you’re not already a fan, you will be.  This is a must read filled with suspense and mystery and just when you think you have guessed…nope, not yet!

~ ~~~~~~~~~~~ Debra L Hartmann, professional editor, published author, book reviewer for the fun of it…. and come have an AHA moment with us at