Vindictive by Ryan Lawrence and Meet the Author #Books #Thriller @GoddessFish

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Vindictive by Ryan Lawrence released last year in the Thriller genre.

The best revenge is revenge. Getting it is all that matters.

Jules Cartell has it all: wealth; beauty; a handsome, loving husband; a partnership in her father’s law firm; and the top executive position at one of Canada’s leading corporations, Cartell Worldwide. Aside from her secret, problematic desire for the married owner of the internationally renowned Château Bergé, Jules believes she and her life are pretty perfect. But the discovery of an unforgivable crime perpetrated against her family by her husband, Phillip, years before the two met sets Jules down the path of revenge. There is no option for forgiveness. Phillip has to pay. An eye for an eye.

It is said that when seeking revenge, you should dig two graves. Someone from Jules’s past, someone aggrieved by her actions, seeks vengeance for themselves. This is an enemy without compassion, without morality, without mercy. An enemy who will accept no restitution short of Jules’s death.

In the city of Fairporte, ON, secrets, lies, and betrayal can be found everywhere. As adversaries close in, will Jules get revenge before her past catches up with her? Unexpected allies may be instrumental to her success. They may also be the key to her very survival.







She cried for Ethan and for the bright-eyed girl she could no longer be. Jules wanted to run away from this place of death. She also wanted to run away from her selfish choice to ensure her survival, her future. Jules wished all of it had never happened. But it did happen, and she would have to live with it for the rest of her life.

“Ethan! No! Ethan!”

Startled, Jules quickly turned and looked in the direction of the shrieking bellow. It was William, tearing down the woods, screaming his brother’s name over and over again.

Having discovered his charges missing from the house, William had reluctantly gone about searching for them outside. Sadly, it was not soon enough to intervene and prevent the devastating incident.

When William finally reached the clearing, he stopped at the edge of the lake and looked out upon the scene of broken ice and still water. With clenched fists, he fell to his knees and screamed in anguish. His brother was dead and gone, swallowed whole by the cold, murky depths.

Angrily turning towards Jules, William showered upon her a rage so pure, so palpable it might as well have been a physical smack across her face. His glare was full of hate. And so were his words.

“Why didn’t you help him, you fucking bitch?! You did nothing! You let him drown!”

Jules stood as immobile as a stone and ate her emotions, swallowing all her sadness, guilt, and self-reproach. She owned the choice she had made. The only one possible. The correct choice. She understood William’s pain, but she was well aware of his vile nature.

Jules had her suspicions of what might diffuse her attacker: using his own words—his ignorance and prejudice—against him. Maybe then he would leave her alone. She had only done what was necessary. All she could do.

And who was he to blame her anyway? Was he there when it happened? No! He had been too busy playing video games to look after them, too busy to save his brother, too busy to have prevented all of this in the first place.

Be mean, Jules silently told herself. Act like a grown-up. 

With unwavering resolve, staring William down with cold, hard eyes, Jules scoffed, “What the hell could I have done? I’m just a girl. Right?”

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Ryan Lawrence was born and raised in Guelph, Ontario. He is a 2000 graduate of The University of Guelph in English. Ryan has worn many hats professionally, including working over 12 years as a custom art framer. While writing has always been a part of his life, it was only after leaving this profession that Ryan seriously took his education and passion for writing by the horns and began the journey towards Vindictive, his first novel.

Since 2002, Ryan has lived in London, Ontario, with his husband, Todd, together since 1997, their cat Dora, and his massive comic book collection that once fell on Todd. He’s okay.

I am a writer. Not shocking news, right? Are you a writer? Does your spouse/partner read your work? Would it make a difference to you or affect your relationship if they did not read it or even show an interest in what you do creatively?

While it is always great to have a spouse/partner who reads your work, it does not have to mean the end of the world or the relationship if it doesn’t happen. What truly matters is that they support and uplift you. Do they believe in your talent? Do they encourage you to pursue or continue to pursue what you have chosen for a career and/or for artistic expression?

I count myself lucky because I have the best of both worlds. My husband supports my writing, both as a career choice and an artistic outlet. He also reads my work. Actually, he wants to read my work. He has always been my biggest champion and loudest fan. 

My husband even acts as one of my beta readers. I value his feedback and opinion both as an adult reader of dramatic fiction and thrillers and as a representative of one of my potential audiences: the gay male/queer reader. He has helped me see how someone with a queer life experience different than mine might view and engage with my work. Is my written voice authentic when it is essential to be so? Are specific references and characterizations funny and on point when that is the intention? When I write people as sassy, snarky, and camp, does it comes across as fun, or do I need to reign it in a little? Is my work convincingly emotional and poignant where I want it to matter in the story? 

My husband helps me navigate all potential pitfalls in my work—my writing style and research—especially when I am too close to the source material to be objective. He is honest, sometimes brutally so, but I know it always comes from a place of love and a desire to make my work better. I am so grateful for the support and encouragement my husband has always given me. I might not change something based on his suggestion, but I always appreciate and respect his input no matter what. 

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