Blog Tour Spotlight – May Day (BBNYA 2021 Winner)

Hello, everyone! Today is my stop on TheWriteReads blog tour for the BBNYA 2021 winner, May Day by Josie Jaffrey. I haven’t had a chance to read this one yet, hence the spotlight rather than a review, but it sounds fantastic and is definitely now on my TBR!

Book Info

Publisher: Silver Sun Books

Length: 392 Pages

Date Published: July 9, 2020

Amazon (USA) | Amazon (Canada) | Amazon (UK) | Goodreads | Author Website

Official Synopsis

If the murderer you’re tracking is a vampire, then you want a vampire detective. Just maybe not this one.

It’s not that Jack Valentine is bad at her job. The youngest member of Oxford’s Seekers has an impressive track record, but she also has an impressive grudge against the local baron, Killian Drake.

When a human turns up dead on May Morning, she’s determined to pin the murder on Drake. The problem is that none of the evidence points to him. Instead, it leads Jack into a web of conspiracy involving the most powerful people in the country, people to whom Jack has no access. But she knows someone who does.

To get to the truth, Jack will have to partner up with her worst enemy. As long as she can keep her cool, Drake will point her to the ringleaders, she’ll find the murderer and no one else will have to die.
Body bags on standby.

May Day is the first book in Josie Jaffrey’s Seekers series, an urban fantasy series set in Oxford, England.

Reviewer Opinions

The reviews are in! There are tons of great reviewers on this tour, and the reviews have been overwhelmingly positive. Check out what a few of them had to say below, and be sure to visit their blogs to read all their thoughts!

“Overall, May Day, by Josie Jaffrey is an excellent read with murder, Silvers(Vampires), conspiracies, and some romance. The story is full of mystery and tensions, the characters are fantastic and realistic, and the narrative is fun and descriptive.” – Kat @ KBbookreviews

“This is such a fun read. I love the representation, the lore, and the setting. May Day is rich in details and multi-faceted, with romance, mystery, and fantasy, and Jaffrey has ticked many boxes for the reader.” – Rae @ Rae’s Reading Lounge

“From now on, if I want vampire stories, I’m turning to Josie Jaffrey. This is everything I could want in one and more! I loved the plot and the world-building. They both conspired to make it very hard to put this book down once I started.” – Kerri @ Kerri McBookNerd

May Day is an exciting murder mystery full of paranormal twists and romance to die for. Its very easy to get hooked, so make sure your day is free to sit down and read this in one go!” – Ellie @ Ellie Mai Blogs

About the Author

Josie is the author of multiple novels and short stories. Most of those are set in the Silverse, a pre- and post-apocalyptic world filled with vampires and zombies.

She is currently working on a range of fantasy and historical fiction projects (both adult and YA). Ultimately, she hopes to be a hybrid author, both traditionally- and self-published.

After finishing her degree in Literae Humaniores (Classics) at the University of Oxford, Josie wasn’t sure what to do with her life.

She slogged through a brief stint working for an investment bank in London during the 2008 credit crunch, then converted to law and qualified as a solicitor specialising in intellectual property. She worked at a law firm for five years before moving to a UK-based international publisher in 2016. Whilst she loved law, in the end she didn’t love it quite as much as writing, which she now does almost full time.

Josie lives in Oxford with her husband and two cats (Sparky and Gussie), who graciously permit human cohabitation in return for regular feeding and cuddles. The resulting cat fluff makes it difficult for Josie to wear black, which is largely why she gave up being a goth. Although the cats are definitely worth it, she still misses her old wardrobe.


I received this book to read and review as part of the 2021 BBNYA competition and the BBNYA tours organised by the TWR Tour team. All opinions are my own, unbiased and honest.

BBNYA is a yearly competition where Book Bloggers from all over the world read and score books written by indie authors. If you are an author and wish to learn more about the BBNYA competition, you can visit the official website or twitter @bbnya_official. 

The sign-ups are now open for BBNYA 2022 for authors and panelists.  Click here to enter:

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