Monday 30 July 2018

Disbelief by MJT Meijer @MjtMeijer #BlogTour #MyLifeInBooks #Disbelief

Multiple mass-poisonings at pilgrimage sites throughout Europe.
Sophie Pearson, a successful artist, created paintings of the horrific events before they occurred. There are more sketches, implying other attacks are yet to take place. What does Sophie know? Who does she know?
A serial killer, leaving dead bodies in five-star hotel rooms in the city of Amsterdam.
James Edwards, multi-billionaire and founder of the ALA - the Atheist Liaison Association - has an alibi for the time of the poison attacks. But is it a coincidence he's in Amsterdam at the time the serial killer hit?
It is up to Chief of Europol Dave Johnson and police consultant and psychic medium Ben Smit to figure out if both cases are connected. They must unravel the ties between past and present, or more lives will be lost.
One thing is for certain - they won't all make it to the finish line!

Disbelief by MJT Meijer was published in June 2018 and is book one in the Ben Smit series.
As part of the Blog Tour I'm delighted to welcome the author here to Random Things today, she's talking about the books that are special to her in My Life In Books.

My Life in Books - MJT Meijer

‘The Five People You Meet in Heaven’ by Mitch Albom
Inspiring, interesting, heartwarming, enlightening, it’s everything. Although I find myself forever buying this book, it never sits on my bookshelves for long. I keep giving it away.

Anything by Jefferey Deaver.
I particularly like the Lincoln Rhyme series; he and Sachs make a formidable team, but honestly, I’d read anything he writes.

‘Haunted Britain and Ireland’ by Richard Jones
I bought this during a ‘ghost-hunting’ trip to the UK; visiting Glastonbury, Stonehenge, and other interesting places, I experienced more than a few ‘encounters’ and this book will forever remind me of ‘that’ time in England. In fact, the trip inspired the third thriller in the Ben Smit series, Disorder, which is set for release in 2019.

‘Shantaram’ by Gregory David Roberts
This book had me hooked from start to finish, I needed to know what would happen next! Looking back, I think what I most enjoyed was that he took me there. I believed it.

‘The Holographic Universe’ by Michael Talbot
An incredibly interesting view of the world as a hologram. He explains the theory behind a hologram, and how it provides a model for aspects of brain function and for areas of quantum physics. Massively interesting. Talbott uses the holographic model to explain phenomena such as telepathy, out of body experiences, miraculous healings, etc.

‘The Killing Floor’ by Lee Child
My first encounter with Jack Reacher, and I’ve loved him since.

‘Liefde is Vreemd’ by Herman Finkers
Finkers is a Dutch comedian and when I last visited my home country, my son bought this book for me for my birthday. I love reading Dutch books, there’s something very comforting about it, but Finkers makes me laugh and no matter how often I read this book and the same jokes, I laugh every time.

‘Voices of the Winds’ by Margot Edmonds and Ella E. Clark
It’s an anthology of Native American Legends, told to the authors by elder story tellers and tribal historians. It features mythical beings as well as human like characters. Reading these stories is quite special to me; I draw a different meaning or message from each myth every time I read it. It’s as if they (the stories) talk to me, as if the indigenous tribes of America have opened their hearts to share their wisdom and if I listen closely, I can hear them.

‘Atlantis and other Lost Worlds’ by Frank Joseph
I’ve had a fascination with Atlantis for years now, and it has only increased by reading about the scientific genius of the ancients and the spiritual power of their mysterious religions. In this book, Joseph addresses i.e. the cultural heritage of Atlantis in civilizations of our history and indigenous tribes, as well as parallels between Atlantis and our time.

‘This Precious Earth’ by Chief Seattle, 1854
It is Chief Seattle’s reply to ‘The Great Chief in Washington’s” proposal to possess a large area of Indian land, promising a ‘reservation’ for the Indian people. It is widely
considered the most moving and profound statements on the environment ever made. It’s thought provoking, to say the least. (“Man did not weave the web of life—he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.” Chief Seattle, 1854)

MJT Meijer - July 2018 

M.J.T. Meijer was born in 1970 in rural Holland. Although her parents named her Maria, they’ve always called her ‘Tam’ or ‘Tammie’.
Having lived in different countries she speaks several languages and currently resides in Brisbane, Australia, with her husband and son. While living in Dubai and practicing as a hypnotherapist and guest writer for a local wellbeing magazine, Tam formed the inspiration to write Misguided, the first in the Sam Jansen series.
Writing the sequel, Misjudged, seemed a logical next step. Tammie believes she has successfully managed to further develop the characters whilst creating a new story line with as much suspense as Misguided, ensuring both novels make for a riveting read on their own. The third in the series featuring psychic Samantha Jansen is next in line and currently boasts the working title Misconstrued.
Once she finished Disbelief, introducing medium Ben Smit and Dave Johnson, head of the Europol homicide team, Tam decided it should be the first in a series and keenly started work on Disregard. Once that manuscript was polished and finetuned, she took six months to sidestep the genre for a moment and focus on something a little more light-hearted, which resulted in A Spade and a Bottle of Port, a humorous crime with a touch of romance. Tam is currently finishing Disorder, her fifth suspense novel and third in the Ben Smit series.
Tam’s work is themed on the balance of light and dark, of twisted minds and loving souls, of murder and chaos and karmic consequences creeping into people’s lives, forcing them to change and adapt.
Initially, it was Tam’s ambition to write the novel she herself would love to read, and that continues to be her main driving force.
In November 2016, she submitted her short story Perception, to an online literary magazine’s annual competition open to writers from all Commonwealth countries. After the judges reviewed the thousands of entries, her work was shortlisted for inclusion in the anthology.
A passionate writer, she plans on writing for many more years to come.

Twitter: @MjtMeijer

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