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Kent author's new seaside suspense - books for review, author for interview!

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We are representing a fantastic, new mystery and suspense series set on the rugged coastline of a fictional seaside community, Castleby, by Kent author J.M. Simpson. Sea State, book 1 in the series, launched at the end of last year, and we're gearing up to the release of the second, Sea Change, on March 3rd2022. We have digital copies of both books and paperbacks of the first if you'd like to dive into the deep end and enjoy this captivating new series sprinkled with humour and romance?

Jo is a Mum to teenage daughters, lives in Tunbridge Wells and was raised in the West Country, enjoying a childhood in Devon and Cornwall, never far from a rugged coastline, sandy beach or harbour. There are five novels in the Castleby series. Sea State is built around life working as part of the local lifeboat crew, but is also about learning how to put aside dark nightmares and terrible memories.

Book 2 is currently available on Netgalley:

Here's a link to the online media folder with more info:

Let me know if you'd like to read more, connect with the author or book in an interview!

Helen Lewis


Literally PR



Sea State

Book 1 in the Castleby series

By J.M. Simpson


For readers who appreciate Nora Roberts (suspense), LJ Ross, Linda Castillo, Kendra Elliot, Peter James


Jesse Stevens needs to escape her past, start a new life and feel safe.

The rugged coastline and tight-knit community of Castleby offers her that chance. Her new job with the local lifeboat crew gives her the stability and comfort she craves. Her skipper, Doug Brodie, faces his own demons. He is struggling with survivor's guilt, physical and mental scars, and a marriage teetering on the brink.
Jesse is desperate to put aside the dark nightmares and terrible memories. As she and Doug grow closer, she wonders whether she can ever really live a normal life and be happy. But Jesse is in grave danger. Someone is watching her; trying to control and manipulate her life. Someone plans to make her life a living nightmare and return her to the hell she thought she had left behind. Will she ever be free?

Mystery and suspense sprinkled with humour and romance in the first of the Castleby Series.

TextDescription automatically generated"This was absolutely unputdownable. A masterpiece."
"A fantastic debut novel. Well written and kept me on the edge of my seat until the last page."
"I love the lifeboat theme. As someone who grew up by the coast. I don't think there's another like it."
"I totally loved it. The characters are impeccable, and I didn't want it to end."
"Love, romance - a gripping suspense that kept me guessing . . .I never saw one of the twists coming."

"Captivating... so nice to read a book with such an unusual setting. I firmly got involved in the lives and loves of the RNLI. Then there was people smuggling and drug running. Then, when I got to the end, I found out that there was going to be more in the series. Wow, I just cannot wait."


About the Author

Jo Simpson was born in Essex but was raised primarily in the West Country, enjoying a childhood in Devon and Cornwall, never far from a rugged coastline, sandy beach, or harbour. 

Jo obtained a degree in Building Surveying from the University of Greenwich and then went on to specialise in research in construction and development, gaining her PhD in 2001. Jo still runs a successful research consultancy and writes her novels in every spare moment she has. 

She lives in Kent, with her two (occasionally stroppy) teenage daughters, her extremely long suffering husband and her two writing partners Max (who features as Brock in the series) and Merlin, both rescue Border Collies.

A person smiling for the cameraDescription automatically generated with low confidenceJo's debut novels are the Castleby series, comprising of five books set in a coastal community and largely inspired by the time she's spent in and around the UK's coastline, and the never-ending visits to RNLI shops that her children insisted on regularly! The series seemed a natural progression and the fictional seaside town of Castleby grew with new people and new plotlines. The debut novel in the Castleby series is Sea State, out December 2021, the second is Sea Change, due for release in March 2022.

Jo is planning a new series set in the Scottish highlands, the first of which will hopefully publish in early 2023.

In what little spare time Jo has, she spends writing, walking by the ocean, being an armchair movie critic, and drinking copious amounts of wine in her most favourite pub with friends.


Title:Sea State

Author:JM Simpson

Genres:Drama, Suspense, Thriller, Women's Fiction, Seaside Fiction

Publisher:Independently Published

Publication date:Book 1, December 2021

Book 2, Sea Change, March 2022

Availability:Paperback, eBook, international distribution


(paperback) 9798760995520

Page count:404

Price:£7.99 / £1.99



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