Singled Out


singledout_kindle_656x1000pxBrenda Bouverie has come on a singles holiday to Turkey to escape. Intent on indulgence, she’s looking for sun, sea and … distraction from a past she would give anything to change.

But on this singles holiday no one is quite who they seem. First impressions are unreliable and when the sun goes down, danger lies in wait. As someone targets the unwary group of strangers, one guest is alone in sensing the threat.

But who would get involved, when getting involved only ever leads to trouble?

Singled Out subverts the sunshine holiday romance, taking readers to a darker place where horrific exploits come to light, past mistakes must be accounted for and there are few happily-ever-afters.

Reviews for Singled Out

Readers have been amazingly generous and kind in their feedback on Singled Out – on Amazon UK and USA sites and on Goodreads. For a self-published author, positive reviews are a thrilling experience. Every single review matters, because every single reader matters.

I posted a collation of some quotes from early reviews here.

The Story So Far

Published early in 2015, Singled Out is my first novel, a psychological story set in the tranquil environment of a singles holiday on Turkey’s beautiful Lycian Coast.

I begun writing Singled Out in 2010. As I worked my way through the first draft I was still experimenting, trying to find out what kind of a writer I was. My greatest satisfaction came when I began to take the story into psychological territory, where murky characters who conceal their true nature hide in plain sight. I’d always enjoyed reading psychological fiction but until then, I didn’t realise how much pleasure I found in writing it.

For over four years I drafted, re-drafted and edited with guidance from my mentor, tutors on Arvon Foundation and Circle of Misse writing courses and a small circle of writerly friends. When I thought I was finished, I put my manuscript in a drawer for a few months, then got it out again – and edited some more. Now, it’s available to buy from Amazon, wherever you are in the world.

When it comes to genre, the most helpful I can be with Singled Out is to call it psychological suspense. You can see why in my post ‘What’s My Genre’ here.

If you find your way on to Amazon and click to buy, I hope very much that you enjoy the read and I’d love it if you would come back and let me know what you thought.

You want to see for yourself?

Singled Out is available to purchase on these and all other regional Amazon sites:


24 thoughts on “Singled Out

    1. Wow, Nina – thank you SO much! I just hope is isn’t too gritty for you now, seeing as how you’ve given it such a great plug before you’ve even had a chance to ‘look inside’, as Amazon says. I feel truly honoured!

      I’m going to reblog your post in the morning, so you and your other recommendations will get an additional plug too.

      What a lovely, unexpected surprise 🙂

      1. Too gritty for m-e? Oh, Julie, you just don’t know me! Or know how much I admire you for forging ahead on your own…and producing such a professional looking book! I so hope it does well, and that many women enjoy it!

        1. Thank you 🙂 I rather hope a few men might find it a good read too.

          I don’t know you, you’re right. But the closer I get to my launch date, the more apprehensive I’m feeling. Forgive me for being so unnecessarily guarded! 😉

    1. I’m so delighted! The Kindle version is available all over Amazon from Sunday 1st February (and it’s on pre-order already). I shouldn’t say really, but the paperback is already live to buy. I tried to synchronise both, but failed by a couple of days. If you buy it, I hope you enjoy it – it has a slow-burn opening! 🙂

      1. I’ll be sure and get it. Slow burns are okay with me as a reader. The one and only thing that turns me off as a reader is poor editing. A few mistakes are expected and fine. I’m sure your’s will be great

        1. You’ve bought a copy – I saw your Tweet! I can’t tell you how thrilled that makes me feel. So far, I have known every person who has purchased the paperback (which slipped out online two days ago) or pre-ordered the Kindle (which releases on Sunday). Yesterday you and one other person in the USA made a purchase. I’m inexplicably overwhelmed. Maybe I’ll be more sanguine about it as time goes on, but today, it’s a thrill. 🙂

          I’ve edited and edited, and edited again, with much support from beta readers and a published author and creative writing tutor, who was my mentor for several months – so I hope the work I’ve done on that front shows through. As for typos, I ended up reading a couple of chapters of the paperback proof yesterday, looking for something. I realised my heart was in my mouth, anticipating that I might stumble across a previously unnoticed typo. I’m sure that a few may have sneaked in under the wire, but at least I didn’t find any yesterday!

          1. Jools. I bought your book as a form of support to other writers, but the main reason is the plot of your book. One thing Amazon has done– and I don’t understand why- is removed the ability to Tweet or send to Facebook a short blurb that you bought an item. I hope people who buy things and want to let others know will complain to Amazon.

            As for the thrill. It doesn’t go away. I get excited every time I know a reader has bought one of my books! Looking forward to a good read.

  1. Hello, Julie. I came across ‘Singled Out’ on Dylan Hearn’s excellent site and I’d like to say a very big Thank You for making my type of read available at a price that shows respect for your potential readers (I’m not a fan of discounted pricing). It’s now waiting in my short kindle queue and I can’t wait to make a start on it. Thanks again.

    1. Hey Marcus, thank you! And I’m delighted you’ve found me, and Singled Out.

      We see eye-to-eye on discounting. I might think differently once I have a second or even third book published, but there doesn’t seem much value in it just yet. The idea of course, is not just to give away the fruits of your hard-labour, but to attract readers who will buy your other books at their everyday price. Without that follow-on book(yet), it’s hard to justify.

      In any case, £2.99 doesn’t – to me – seem unreasonable for a full-length novel. Many people regularly shell out more than that for a monthly magazine or a lunchtime sandwich!

      I really hope you enjoy Singled Out when you read it – and I’d love to hear your feedback. 😊

      1. Hi Julie. I finished it late yesterday. Loved it. Really, really loved it. I can’t seem to find your email link, so therefore won’t clutter your post with feedback, but I’ll enjoy reviewing on Amazon (UK and US) and Goodreads just as soon as I catch my breath!

        1. Wow… Marcus, I’m absolutely thrilled you enjoyed ‘Singled Out’ – and thank you in advance for leaving your reviews, which we all need very much. I downloaded a copy of The Bomb Makers the other day and even from the first few pages it’s clear to see that you know about writing tension and suspense, so praise from you is high praise indeed. The Bomb Makers, by the way, is next on my reading list and seems more prescient than ever – I can’t wait to get into it.

          Thanks again for your feedback – I’ve been holding my breath since you first said you were reading Singled Out. I guess you never stop worrying what people will make of what you write, eh?

      1. I’ve started picking up the books of fellow bloggers, Jools. I started with a few, and it was fun to dive into the of blogland authors. It’s a fun way to give something back too. 🙂

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