Staying in with Amanda James


It’s a very warm welcome and a long overdue return to Linda’s Book Bag for Amanda James today. Previously I was lucky to interview Amanda here and today she stays in to tell me all about another of her books.

Staying in with Amanda James

It’s lovely to have you back on Linda’s Book Bag Amanda. Tell me, which of your books have you brought along to share this evening and why have you chosen it? 


​I have brought The Cornish Retribution, because it is publication day TODAY! Sorry for yelling, I’m just a bit excited. 😊

(You have every right to be excited. Happy publication day for The Cornish Retribution and congratulations.)

What can we expect from an evening in with The Cornish Retribution?

​Well, it’s the story of of Samantha Lane, a recent widow living in a big house overlooking the beach at Mawgan Porth, Cornwall ( my local beach). She’s a writer and had two books published, and until her husband was killed, she thought she’d make a proper go of it. She’d quit her library job to write full time.  After her husband’s death, everything changed, and her comfortable financial bubble is popped by something her husband did. Samantha returns from a school reunion in Sheffield where she grew up, to be faced with this new financial situation and has to come up with some ideas to make ends meet. One of her old boyfriends and his wife, with whom she’s now reacquainted, come to visit, and Dan, the boyfriend proposes a business investment. Sam is extremely reluctant to accept, as he cheated on her many years ago, but in the end sees no way out. With Dan’s help, she sets up a writing retreat – something I’d love to experience by the way!

(Oo. Me too. Maybe we could go together…)

However, the fallout from her decision has severe consequences for everyone concerned as we follow Sam in her struggle to keep her head above water and out of danger. Will she succeed? So, you can expect mystery, thrills and suspense!

(It sounds a cracker of a read.)

What else have you brought along and why? 


I have brought freshly beaked scones, jam and clotted cream – thought we might have a Cornish Cream tea? I know it’s evening, but any time of day is right, isn’t it?

(As far as I’m concerned Amanda, ANY time is cream tea time!)

I also have a nice bottle of Cornish sparkling wine for later! Did you know we have a few vineyards here? No? Well, you do now 😊!

(Highly useful information that!)


I also brought two photos of the beach where A Cornish Retribution is set. It’s about fifteen-minutes from us on a good day, and it’s where I dream of living in a house like Sam’s in the future. Perhaps I’ll set up a writing retreat…I’ll have to win the lottery first though.


(And now, not only do I want to read A Cornish Retribution, but I want to go on holiday there too!)

Thanks so much for staying in with me to tell me about A Cornish Retribution Amanda. Now, let’s crack open that Cornish sparkling wine and celebrate your publication day!

Thanks so much for having me, Linda! x

My pleasure!

A Cornish Retribution


A suspenseful and gripping psychological thriller, perfect for fans of domestic noir.

After a tragic car accident, Samantha is left widowed and bereft.  Her husband Adam was everything to her. But at least the home they shared together in Cornwall provides her with some security. Or does it?

Upon returning from a school reunion in Sheffield, where Sam met her old friend, Penny, and an old flame from her school days, Dan, she discovers that Adam had invested money unwisely and she is now penniless.

When Penny and Dan, who are now married, arrive in Cornwall to visit Sam, Dan comes up with a way in which Sam can keep the house. He suggests she turns it into a writing retreat. And he is willing to invest.

Despite his wife’s reservations, Dan gets his way but at what price?

Why is Dan so keen to help? Has Sam put herself in harm’s way?

Published by Bloodhound, today, 2nd October 2018, A Cornish Retribution is available for purchase here.

About Amanda James


Amanda James has written since she was a child, but never imagined that her words would be published. Then in 2010, after many twists and turns, the dream of becoming a writer came true.

Amanda has written many short stories and has six novels currently published. Her time travelling debut – A Stitch in Time was published in April of 2013 and has met with great success.

Amanda lives in Cornwall and is inspired every day by the beautiful coastline near her home. Five suspense/mystery novels are set there, Somewhere Beyond the Sea, Summer in Tintagel and the Behind the Lie, Another Mother, Rip Current and The Cornish Retribution. The Calico Cat, a family drama/coming-of-age out now with Bombshell/Bloodhound.

Amanda can usually be found playing on the beach with her family, or walking the cliff paths planning her next book.

There’s more from Amanda James on her blog and you can follow her on Twitter @akjames61 and find her on Facebook. You can find all Amanda’s books here.

2 thoughts on “Staying in with Amanda James

  1. thoughts36 says:

    I read the Calico Cat only a few weeks ago, it was a lovely story. Somewhere beyond the sea as well, that was really good. This sounds good too. That scone and cream looks rather nice too ☺️

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