Staying in with Heleen Kist

Recently I’ve been hearing very good things about the writing of Heleen Kist from other bloggers so I had to invite Heleen onto Linda’s Book Bag to stay in and chat with me about it.

Staying in with Heleen Kist

Welcome to Linda’s Book Bag Heleen. Thank you so much for agreeing to stay in with me.

I‘m thrilled to be here for much needed change of scene and company. As I’m writing nearly full-time at the moment, I’ve hardly left the house!

(Blogging has the same effect on me. It takes about 4-5 hours a day which is why I’m cutting back in 2019!)

Tell me, which of your books have you brought along to share this evening and why have you chosen it?

That’s a very easy decision, since In Servitude is the only book I’ve written so far. It’s the story of an ordinary woman, Grace, whose life gets thrown into chaos as a result of her sister’s death. That seemingly perfect sister was in fact laundering money for Glasgow gangsters, who are forcing Grace to take over.

(Ooo. That sounds really exciting.)

What can we expect from an evening in with In Servitude

If the reviews are anything to go by, expect a heavy dose of that ‘one more chapter feeling’ that will keep you reading late into the night.

I like to think of it as a gripping family drama wrapped around a twisty mystery that is likely to leave you with more questions than answers. You’d do anything for family… wouldn’t you?

(I frequently have to, whether I like it or not, Heleen! Another reason I’m cutting back the blogging in 2019… I must say, I really like the sound of In Servitude.)

What else have you brought along and why?

A bunch of tulips. Being Dutch, I wouldn’t dream of coming to someone’s house without bringing flowers! It’s a thank you for having me, and a thank you to the blogger community as a whole for embracing me as an Indie author.

(What a lovely surprise Heleen. I love flowers and am a keen gardener. Thank you so much – and for your kind words about bloggers. We do our best to support authors as much as we can.)

But as they are a traditional requirement, they also represent the theme of In Servitude: how we are shaped and burdened by the weight of others’expectations; be they moral, societal or familial. It’s the meaning behind the exploding tulip on the cover.

(Fabulous imagery and meaning Heleen.)

Thank you so much for the flowers and for staying in with me to tell me about In Servitude Heleen. I think it sounds an exciting and thought provoking read. I’ll have to add it to my TBR immediately!

In Servitude

Do you owe your family your life?

Grace thought her sister led a charmed existence.

She was wrong.

Now she has to pay the price.

When Grace’s beloved sister Glory dies in a car crash, her carefully planned life spirals out of control. She discovers Glory had been manipulated into illegal activities at her trendy vegan café. What’s worse, Grace finds herself an unwitting accomplice now forced to take over her sister’s shady dealings.

Determined to keep her fingers clean and protect those Glory left behind, Grace plots to escape the clutches of Glasgow’s criminal underworld. But her moral certainty is challenged when more family secrets emerge and her sister’s past intentions remain unclear.

Grace grows convinced Glory was murdered. Why won’t anyone listen?

Seeking justice, she finds betrayal…

In Servitude is available for purchase here. It’s free on Kindle Unlimited.

About Heleen Kist

Heleen Kist is a Dutch businesswoman who lived all over the world while growing up and for her career. Twenty years ago, she fell in love with a Scotsman and his country, and now writes about its (sometimes scary) people from her garden office in Glasgow.

She was selected as an ‘up and coming new writer’ and awarded a spotlight at Bloody Scotland 2018, the International crime writing festival.

Her second novel is in the works, so watch this space.

You can follow Heleen on Twitter @hkist and Facebook. Or sign up to her newsletter on her website here.

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