Friday, August 31, 2018

Book Tour and Giveaway: Survival Island by Matt Drabble

Survival Island
Matt Drabble

Horror, Thriller, Mystery
"Matt Drabble is a name that will one day be as widely recognized as Stephen King & Dean Koontz" - READERS FAVORITE

A new Horror/Thriller/Mystery from the Best Selling & Multi Award Winning Author of "Gated" "Asylum" & "Abra-Cadaver"

Clayton is a small island community cut off from the mainland. They keep to themselves and they like it that way.

As far as the locals are concerned there are Islanders and there are Mainlanders. But the locals don't quite have the island all to themselves.

Depending on who you talk to on the island The chosen Order of the Nine Divines are either a peaceful religious order or a dangerous cult. Solomon Abel had been the Father to the order, Known locally as The Niners, for his entire adult life but he is an old man now and the younger member, including his own son, are growing tired of the old ways.

As far as Clayton Island is concerned a Clayton has held sway across the land, a birthright currently owned by Dale Clayton. He is a man haunted by the iron fist of his father and drowning in his own inadequacy. The Islanders act like they respect him, but he imagines it's only to his face.

For centuries the two communities have live side by side, until now.

With the local timber mill folding the Dale Clayton is left with no choice but to listen to mainland developers. Smart suited men who seek to exploit the island's natural beauty for their own gain.

Arriving with the developers is an old face returning. Ashley Quinn hasn't set foot on her homeland for almost 20 years and she had no desire to be here, but her job was the one stable thing left in her life since the divorce and she was barely hanging on to the life that she'd fought so hard to make.

The people of Clayton Island haven't changed, they've only gotten older, some she is glad to see and others not so much.

With tensions rising fast between those who want the future and those who want to hold onto the past Ashley finds herself caught in the middle. And when it is discovered that The Niners are sitting on the most valuable land on the island there are those who will do anything to take it and those who will do anything to defend it.

There is a powder keg on Clayton and it will only take a single spark to burn the whole place down. Alliances and enemies are formed with many hiding their true intentions and no one is what they seem, because when two tribes go to war, everyone dies.

Born in Bath, England in 1974, a self-professed "funny onion", equal parts sport loving jock and comic book geek. I am a lover of horror and character driven stories. I am also an A.S sufferer who took to writing full time two years ago after being forced to give up the day job.

I have a career high position of 5th on Amazon's Horror Author Rank of which I am immensely proud. I was also accepted as a full member of the Horror Writers Association.

The first piece of advice I would always give to new writers is to get a thick skin! Some people are not going to like what you do or how you do it no matter what. If you have a hundred reviews where 99 of them are positive and 1 is negative, if you change the book to please the 1 person who didn’t like it then now you will find that the 99 do not. If you start chasing everyone’s approval then you’ll never stop running.

For me, characters make the story. I have always been a huge fan of Stephen King for the depth that he gives his worlds. If there is a mailman walking up a driveway to deliver a letter then you will learn something intimate about that man on the 30 second walk. I want three dimensional people to inhabit my towns because if I am going to put a person in jeopardy then the reader has to care about them.

Survival Island is my 18th novel. Like most of my work, I would consider it to be Horror/Thriller hybrid, and I always have some kind of twist or surprise in the end. It is a fast moving novel with a wide cast of characters with all of the being three dimensional. Hopefully readers will see different sides to them along with their own unique motivations where almost everyone lives in the grey areas between black and white.
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  1. Great cover. Do you like doing research?

  2. The book sounds cool and I like your philosophy of writing. Stephen King is a great role model.

  3. nice cover. this sounds very interesting

  4. Nice. Scary but nice!

  5. The cover looks pretty interesting. Makes me want to read this book.

  6. well the cover looks like some of the new trend of battle royal video games going around,so it will probably turn some heads!!!

  7. love the cover and all those tats and I like the way the Survival Island was in red.