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Monday, October 15, 2018

Lindisfarne by Terry Tyler - Book Review, Interview & Giveaway

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Review by Anniek

The outbreak of a deadly virus has created a new world, a world where survival skills are necessary to stay alive. Vicky, her daughter Lottie and the group they have been with for almost six months now have decided to find a more secluded area to build up a new life. They want to go to the island Lindisfarne. Before the outbreak Vicky was in a serious relationship with Dex, but he wasn’t home when the outbreak went viral. Vicky hoped he would find his way back to her, but her heart shattered when she found out he'd been cheating on her. Chances are that Dex is living in Lindisfarne as well with his new girlfriend who’s pregnant with his baby. Can Vicky adjust to her new life now that she’s on her own?

Vicky and Lottie are living comfortably in Lindisfarne and fit in well with the other residents. Everyone is assigned to do chores that suit their skills and interests. There's also a biker group that resides on the island but the members keep to themselves. When their old leader makes an appearance, the biker group and the residents have to find a way to live together on the island. New rules are set and not everyone easily accepts them. The current leaders are not always following their own rules and this doesn’t go unnoticed. What will happen when people aren’t seeing eye to eye?

Vicky has been through a lot ever since the outbreak. She’s witnessed horrific and terrifying events and also has her daughter to take care of. She was devastated when the man she loved so much chose to follow another path. Vicky tries to stay true to herself, but finds it hard to make the right decisions. She needs to toughen up and I loved following her journey to find that strength within herself. Lottie is still a teenager and adapts to the new world with ease. She’s a sensible young woman and she’s good at getting her point across. She thrives when she’s around people her own age again and she matures a lot. I couldn’t wait to read more about how she and her mother learn to cope in the new world they are now a part of.

Lindisfarne is a thrilling story about starting over after a virus destroyed the relatively safe world people used to know. Not everyone adjusts easily to another way of living and following new rules. I love how Terry Tyler gives plenty of depth to her characters and that she skillfully writes about how much people can change when there are no more barriers. It has always fascinated me to read about people who show their true colors when everything else falls away. Lindisfarne is the second book in the Project Renova series and it’s been another gripping and eventful story. The many unexpected twists and turns kept me on the edge of my seat. Vicky and Lottie have a special place in my heart and I’m eager to read more of their adventures.


If you like to read post-apocalyptic stories with strong female main characters I highly recommend Lindisfarne. Please keep in mind that Lindisfarne is the second book in the Project Renova series and that the books should be read in their correct order, I'd advise you to read Tipping Point first.

About Terry Tyler

Terry Tyler is the author of seventeen books on Amazon, and sees indie/self-publishing as a creative choice. She has two blogs; on one which she writes about writing, TV, and anything else that pops into her head, and the other is for book reviews. 

She is an avid reader, and is a member of Rosie Amber's Book Review Team. She is a vegan, and loves the countryside, Netflix and her husband, with whom she lives in the north east of England.



1) Can you tell a little bit about yourself?

Writer, seventeen-soon-to-be-eighteen books on Amazon, vegan, avid reader, interested in history, anthropology, all things post-apocalyptic. Hermit tendencies, love peace, quiet, the countryside and sea, long to live on a deserted island (with my husband), Netflix addict, old hippie at heart!

2) Can you describe the main characters of Lindisfarne in seven words each?

Lottie: Outspoken, adventurous, embraces the post-apocalyptic world.

Vicky: Lottie's mother, wishes she was like her!

Heath: Big smile, confused heart and awesome hair.

Wedge: Scary sociopathic biker with scores to settle.

Dex: A former teacher discovering his inner megalomaniac.

Doyle: The diarist wandering alone in the silence.

3) You're a big fan of The Walking Dead. If the zombie apocalypse happened today, what would you do?

Get together a group of like-minded people and teach them all I have learned from Rick, Daryl, Carol and co! Or just get the last flight out to Virginia and head for Hilltop/Alexandria, or wherever they all are in Season 9.

4) How did you prepare to write the difficult emotional scenes of your story?

Each night before I go to sleep I always think about what I plan to write next, but I don't work on individual scenes in isolation; I write the first draft quickly, usually over about ten weeks, so I'm already very much 'in the head' of whoever I'm writing when a particularly emotional bit comes up; it just follows on from whatever came before. I don't find emotional scenes as hard to write as I do some other parts.

5) How did your writing journey start?

I'd always written short stories and all sorts of other stuff, and one day, about 25 years ago, I decided to see if I could write a novel. I was shocked to find how much material you need! The first few I wrote, in the early-mid 1990s, taught me a lot about the process; it's rare that a first effort is of publishable standard, and I knew mine was no exception so did nothing with it. This was before the internet and a thousand-and-one how-to blog posts and online writing courses; we just worked it out for ourselves by trial, error, perseverance and reading.

6) How would you survive in a post apocalyptic world?

* Realise that the rules of the old world no longer apply.

* Understand the necessity of stockpiling non-perishable food and medical gear.

* Understand that the world will become a dangerous place, very quickly.

* Amass a like-minded group ~ there is safety in numbers.

* Find a safe place to live that can be guarded.

* Learn to grow crops!

7) You also have your own blog. What do you like the most about blogging?

I have two blogs, one for book reviews and one for general stuff. As far as the former is concerned, I can't imagine, now, reading a book without reviewing it afterwards.

I'd feel as though part of the process was missing; if I've loved what I've read I want to rave about it. With regard to the latter, the blog is just a great place where I can write about anything that comes into my head that doesn't fit into novels. This includes The Walking Dead, of course!

8) If you could travel to any time in history where would you go and why?

Possibly about 1970. Preferably in London, when all the bands like Free and Led Zep were just starting out. I expect you want me to go further back, though? In that case, the 14th century. Or the 17th. Both those periods fascinate me, because of the danger of plague and civil war. Or the early 16th, in a place where I could have met Anne Boleyn. But I could write a list, and still not be finished; there are so many times and places I'd love to have known.

9) Do you have a writing routine and if so where and how do you write?

Not really. If it's a 'writing day' (which I try to make it be, whenever possible), I get up, make coffee, do Twitter and emails, and then crack on. I stop when I've had enough for the day, or if other commitments interfere. I always write at my desk in the corner of my living room.

10) What are your plans for the future?

Just to keep writing, and living in such a way that the future lasts as long as possible―you start being aware of the mortality thing once you realise that your life is probably about three-quarters of the way through, already. I always have a list in my head of about five books that I want to write, and more ideas are added to the list all the time. My aim is to live long enough to write them all

One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will receive a digital copy of Tipping Point by Terry Tyler.

The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. All of our giveaways are international.


  1. Lindisfarne sounds like a gripping and chilling post-apocalyptic story and a great addition in the Project Renova series.

  2. This looks absolutely marvelous - love reading books by authors I know a little about! xx

  3. Thanks for the introduction to this author.

  4. Many thanks to Anniek and to all her lovely blog readers ~ I appreciate your interest!

  5. This sounds really exciting and tense

  6. From the review, the story sounds indeed thrilling. The cover is as well awesome. Thankyou for the review, interview and giveaway. Success with your writing.

  7. Terry, why would you want to go back to plague times? Or the civil war? Do you thrive on danger, like to live on the edge? The 'Tipping Point'? See what I did there!