Review A Voice From the Grave by Author Jennifer Brown

April 20, 2010 at 3:34 pm (Books by Yvonne Mason) (, , , , , , , , , , , )


A Voice From the Grave

A Voice From the Grave

Yvonne Mason’s latest release takes you on an unforgettable ride between past and present. Jonas Biggs, along with his niece Savannah start on a dig at the site of a former prison camp, called Andersonville. What they discover there will take them on a journey of mystery, and horror, that eventually leads them to deeply buried secrets from the civil war. A shocking cover up from a hundred years ago, begins an ugly cycle which rears it’s nasty head in the present when a security guard and museum worker conspire to make hell for the present ancestors of the original family involved.
A Voice From The Grave has it all, history, spirits, and greed leading people to horrid acts, as each generation of the family catches wind of the shocking secret, that finally reveals itself in the present with a vengeance. Even if you are not an avid historical fiction reader, the plotline is enough to keep you reading as every perplexing detail is uncovered in a hundred year old mystery.

Jennifer Brown
Author of In Jen’s Words: Facing the Issues
coming July 29 2010

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Ghost at Work – Carolyn Hart, Author

February 28, 2010 at 6:36 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , )


Ghost at Work – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat

“He’s dead!” Her voice was a whisper. “What am I going to do?” “Call the police.” I clapped my fingers to my mouth. I hadn’t intended to speak. “I can’t.” It was a moan. The moan turned into a strangled gasp. She looked wildly about. “Who’s there? Where are you?” Skirting the body, she hurried to the back door, flung it open, clattered down the steps. In an instant she returned to the porch, dashed to the rectory back door, yanked it open, seeking the source of the voice.

Bailey Ruth Raeburn is dead and living the the glories of Heaven, but there are times when an “emissary” from Heaven needs to be sent back to earth to help out those in trouble. Bailey Ruth has never had the honor of being returned to earth as an emissary so Wiggins, who is in charge of this Heavenly task, must teach her the rules and prepare her before letting her depart. Unfortunately, there is no time for preparation. In Bailey Ruth’s own home town of Adelaide, someone has murdered Daryl Murdoch right on the steps of the rectory. It becomes Bailey Ruth’s job as an emissary to protect Kathleen, who just happens to be the pastor’s wife, and hopefully find the real killer.

As Bailey Ruth approaches Kathleen, she knows that before she can help her she must first gain her trust without scaring her half to death. This isn’t an easy task since Kathleen can hear Bailey Ruth but not see her. The solution to that is to appear but that is frowned upon in the Precepts, which are the rules an emissary must follow.

After Bailey Ruth and Kathleen finally get a grip on the real situation, it’s decided that the best thing to do is to move the body away from the rectory. And where would be a better place to deposit a dead body in the cemetery. But doing that will take some imagination from Bailey Ruth. She can’t just snap her fingers and have the body moved, so she must find a mode of transportation and the wheel barrow seems to be perfect vehicle. As she and Kathleen wheel Murdoch’s body to it’s destination, they discover that the cemetery is occupied by a couple of teens who are attempting to remove the greyhound statue that watches over the Pritchard mausoleum. She accomplishes this by grabbing the crowbar away from one of the boys and flinging it out into the darkness. But, Kathleen has already dumped the body on the steps of the mausoleum where it’s discovered by the two frightened teens.

Ghost at Work is the first book written by Carolyn Hart in the Bailey Ruth series. In Ghost at Work, Bailey Ruth is an emissary in training and on probation. Following her antics as she tries to follow the rules of not appearing, speaking, nor scaring the living half to death unless completely necessary, I’ve found Ghost at Work to be humorous and creative. Hart’s characters are not only believable but you find yourself completely wrapped up in them, not wanting the book to end. And fortunately, Bailey Ruth is carried forward in Hart’s second book in the series titled Merry, Merry Ghost. I’ve had the enjoyment of reading both of these light hearted books and can’t wait for the next.

I’ve read many series books which spotlight the same character and have found that after a while, the character becomes predictable and over years “aged.” Bailey Ruth is one character that I feel that can never happen to. After all, she is a “ghost.”

Harper Collins Publishers
2008
290 Pages
ISBN 978-0-06-087436-0

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A Voice from the Grave by Florida Author Yvonne Mason has been Released

February 21, 2010 at 6:29 pm (Books by Yvonne Mason) (, , , , , , , , , , , )


A Voice From the Grave

A Voice from the Grave
By : Yvonne Mason
Best Selling Florida Author Yvonne Mason has just released her latest book A Voice from the Grave. She spent over four years researching and gathering material for this fiction murder/suspense so that the history behind Andersonville Prison would be correct.
Ms. Mason has taken factual accounts of battles of the Civil War and real incidents at Andersonville to spell bind her readers. She takes her readers on a journey that will draw them into the story with abandon.
Ms. Mason is the author of five other books, including her True Crime Silent Scream.

Anderson Georgia, the home of Andersonville Prison, the worst prison camp in the south during the Civil War. Archeologist Jonas Biggs has been hired by the Historical Society of Anderson to come and do a dig at Andersonville for historical purposes.

Jonas has been asked to do this dig for two reasons. One he is a home town boy, his family had been in Anderson for years, and two, there is a mystery in the making.

At the dig Jonas Biggs finds more than he bargains for. He uncovers not one but two skeletons at the deadline. The questions erupt. Why are there two skeletons at the deadline? Who are they? How long have they been there?
Jonas and his family are thrown into a web of deceit, lies and possibly murder as he tries to unravel the mystery of the dead. Who is trying to kill Savannah his niece and why? Who is the voice from the Grave?
Why does the past collide with the present?
What does the voice have to do with the mystery?
Read A Voice from the Grave and learn the answers.

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Author K. Celeste Bryan Spins two stories that will take the reader back in history Where the Rain is Made and Sojourn With A Stranger

September 7, 2009 at 4:00 pm (historical, old world, paranormal, romance, Suspense Novels) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )


Sojourn With A Stranger - biggerSojourn With A Stranger, K. Celeste Bryan
 New Concepts Publishing, http://www.newconceptspublishing.com
Blurb:
A Willful Beauty
Penniless when she arrives in Norfolk , her mother and father drowned at sea, Raine Brinsley would give anything to return home to her grandfather in Maine . When Derek Stafford, owner of a large plantation, offers a solution to her dilemma, she’s stunned, if not outraged. She’d prefer to fulfill the contract to have his child and forget about him and his self-serving scheme. But she hadn’t counted on the decadently-delicious passion he’d awakened in her.
 
A Rogue Accustomed To Getting What He Wants
Derek’s only desire was to father an heir for Stafford House, thus securing his future. He didn’t count on the Scottish lass with dark green eyes to interfere with his well-laid plans. But after one night in her arms, guilt, not to mention the loss of his heart, became his penance. Now he’d do anything to get her back, anything to quench the hunger and passion tormenting his soul.
Rating: Spicy
 
Beautiful Reads Review of Sojourn with a Stranger
Review:
Book Stats:
• E-book: electronic, digital formatting
• Publisher: New Concepts Publishing
• Language: English
• ISBN: 978-1-60394-246-1
 
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Where The Rain Is MadeWhere The Rain Is Made
The Wild Rose Press, http://www.thewildrosepress.com
PRINT ISBN 1-60154-371-9
(312 pages) Rating (Spicy)
 
 
A Dangerous Warrior
 
Held captive by a decadent-looking savage, Francesca DuVall spends every waking moment planning an escape for her brother, Marsh. But she never counted on falling in love with the man whose silver eyes cause her to tremble with unbridled passion. Ethan Gray, the man, is a curator at a famous museum . . . most of the time, that is. At other times, he’s Meko, a savage warrior hurled into the past to help his beloved people, the Cheyenne .
 
A Rebellious Beauty
 
Though their worlds are decades apart, Meko, can’t resist the dark-haired, green-eyed beauty he kidnaps during a raid. A brutal, savage leader of the Dog Soldiers, he has many battles to fight to save his people, but none he wants to win more than the one that will capture Cesca’s heart forever. From the windswept plains of Colorado and the harsh life of a Dog Soldier to the placid life of a curator, their love was fueled passion and kindled by destiny.
 
WHERE THE RAIN IS MADE, K. Celeste Bryan

Review from Paranormal Romance (PNR), CHOSEN BOOK OF THE MONTH AT PARANORMAL ROMANCE REVIEWS, JUNE, 2009

“Historical Romance to Sweep You Back in Time!”

The Sacred Council of Arrows chooses time wanderers to aid the Cheyenne in times of trouble. They cannot change the past, only influence with hope that their advice will be put to good use.
Ethan Gray of modern time is chosen to go back to 1864 because of his knowledge of the people. He’s known as Meko in this time, the leader of the Cheyenne Dog Soldiers. When Meko captures Francesca (Cesca) Duvall, he never thought he would be in jeopardy of losing his heart. His stay in the past will eventually come to an end when the Council decides he has fulfilled his mission. Or if he is on the threshold of death, he must then let the power of the raven course through his veins and take him to the heavens and back to the present. Only now he fears he cannot do as the Council bids when his heart and soul belongs to Cesca.
 
When Cesca is first taken, she bravely stands up to Meko, stating she will never accept her life among the Cheyenne . Brave words, but her heart has other plans and she finds herself longing for Meko’s touch.
 
Marsh Duvall, Cesca’s brother is also taken in the raid, but his captor, Choking Wolf takes great delight in abusing him. Cesca can’t stand by and see her little brother hurt. She vows to see him safely away from the Cheyenne , even if it means her death.
 
Through the lives of these three people, Ms. Bryan spins a vivid account of how grueling and sometimes brutal the life of a Dog Soldier could be. I loved how she wove the rituals and beliefs of the Cheyenne people throughout the tale as if you were there seeing it first hand. The passion between Cesca and Meko is endearing as they learn to trust and accept each other for who they truly are. Marsh’s acceptance of the Cheyenne ways is believable, giving a full account of the ordeal expected of him to become a Dog Soldier. I also liked her secondary characters. Brown Wing, the old woman who befriends Cesca and Strikes First’s, who is loyal to Meko.
This is a historical romance sure to magically sweep you back in time. A must read!
 
Reviewed by: Karen Michelle Nutt, author
Posted June 11, 2009
 

Orphaned when her parents died in a fishing accident in Virginia , Raine Brinsley wants nothing more than to head straight home to Maine and forget her sadness and trauma of nearly drowning. Unfortunately, without her parents’ protection, Raine is penniless and homeless. The owner of the boat on which they were sailing, Derek Stafford, has graciously offered to let her stay as long as needed and also to pay her passage to return home. Raine refuses to receive charity, so they agree that she will become a chambermaid at Stafford House until she has earned enough money to return home.

Stafford House has an underlying sadness that Raine does not fully understand, but Derek explains that his wife Lucinda passed on six months previously, and Raine believes this to be the reason – until she feels the presence of an unsettled spirit inhabiting the upstairs hallway.

Derek Stafford is torn between grief for his wife and the duty he feels to his father. Julian Stafford is an old-fashioned and unyielding man who is most insistent that either Derek or brother Lyman father a male heir to carry on the proud name of Stafford . Lyman and his wife have three daughters, while Lucinda suffered both miscarriages and stillborns. Julian offers the first son to produce a male heir Stafford House and its vast acreage, and Derek, loving Stafford House and his way of life, hatches a plan. He has a contract drawn up that offers Raine ten thousand dollars if she will agree to bear the male heir his father so desperately wants, and then relinquish the child, never to see him again. Raine is taken aback when Derek presents his proposal but eventually agrees. Will Raine honor the contract as presented? Will Derek reconsider the decision?

I applauded Raine for her strength in the face of her parents’ deaths, especially during a time where women were seen as needing constant protection. Her determination not to accept Derek’s charity was admirable, as was her willingness to tackle any job she was assigned. Although she was a strong woman, her gentleness was demonstrated in her concern for the spirit and her attempts to understand its message. The contrasts within the family were quite believable, and the characters were well developed and realistic, though not always likable. This story has everything and then some – romance, birth, death, voodoo, adventure, psychic ability, and a touch of Civil War – and I could not put it down. K. Celeste Bryan has once again done a wonderful job of involving the reader in the lives of her characters, and I highly recommend this book.
5 out of 5 stars

Find Kat Bryan on the Internet:
 
Author Blog: http://katskwipsandrants.blogspot.com
Author Home: http://kcelestebryan.blogspot.com
Kat on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/kcelestebryan
 

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Spanish Author Glenn Stuart Brings Reader The Well of Despair and his Newest Release Cold Hell in Darley Dene released date Oct 2009

September 2, 2009 at 8:39 pm (mystery, paranormal, Suspense Novels) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )


 

 

 

 

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The action of this story takes place in the years immediately after the end of the Second World War. The details are recalled by ‘Uncle Ben’ who was a twelve year old at the time. He and his friends play in a derelict area known as ‘Darley Dene’. This place used to be an army camp during the War. During the terrible March blitz on Merseyside in 1941, the camp was suffered a direct hit and many men were killed. When the story unfolds, the underground bunker in which the men sheltered is long forgotten, buried under a mound of rubble and earth. But Ben’s adventurous streak leads him to rediscover the bunker. In so doing, he uncovers a great deal more. He is being ‘visited’ by the spirit of his dead father, who was killed in a commando raid in the War. His father seems to be guiding him and protecting, most notably against the horrible bully, Neville, who is intent on making Ben’s life a misery.

 

Ironically, it is Neville who is with Ben when they become trapped inside the bunker, and both boys relive the terrible events of that awful night, being witnesses to the fate and suffering of the men sheltering inside.

 

The story weaves mystery and antagonism to create an atmosphere of suspense and, in the final scenes, real horror. It is a story, I believe, which would appeal to a young adult audience, most especially boys, who will relate to the characters and exploits depicted.

 

 

 

 

REVIEW

 

We have now had time to go through your above-mentioned manuscript,
and have found it to be a splendidly written and compiled piece of
work.  It is extremely precise and beautifully presented…and is a
wonderful story!

As your protagonist proceeds on an exciting and thrilling journey back
into the past, you have cleverly managed to create a diversity of
atmospheres with which to feed the imagination of the reader.   From
normal everyday life (not without its ups and downs) you gradually
transport one  – alongside Ben – into the strange world of the
metaphysical with its ghostly apparitions and materialisations, along
the way eliciting a variety of emotions ranging from compassion for
the fatherless boy; fearfulness each time Neville appears on the
scene;  bewilderment over the things he begins to see and hear;
confusion at the attitude of his Mother and Nan; humility and sadness
as you re-create glimpses of the horrors of war; and eager expectation
as one tries to anticipate the final outcome.  Particularly moving was
Ben’s ‘meeting’ and final ‘parting’ with his father.

You have also introduced elements of uncertainty, surprise, outrage,
eerieness (is there such a word?), a touch of gruesome horror, and
vengeance, as you slowly build up towards a very moving and touching,
but also very satisfactory, ending – the whole resulting in an
enthralling package of mystery and adventure.

Your characters are well described; the dialogues believable, and the
story line intriguing. In particular your scenes in the shunting yard
and the tunnel are exceptionally well narrated.

Speaking personally now, I related to this work very well, as mention
of the old mangle; the ‘clip on the ear’; the being pushed underneath
the kitchen table (in my case) when the sirens went off; and the stoic
attitude of the women who simply ‘got on with what had to be done’,
etc. all brought back memories of my own childhood very strongly, and
of the wonderful esprit de corps which prevailed amongst the majority
of ordinary people pulling together against a common enemy.

The Well of Despair

…as he looked in the glass he could still see the figure. He frowned. Yes, it was definitely the same figure, but now…
His heart almost stopped and tiny beads of cold sweat began to break out across his forehead.
The figure he could see was no longer standing at the top of the path.
What he could see was a reflection.
The figure, dressed in its coarse brown habit with its face hidden by the deep folds of its hood, was standing behind him, in his room!’
When twelve-year-old Robbie moves to his new home, he begins to explore the surroundings. Together with his friends, he uncovers the long forgotten remains of a Dark Age priory. But in so doing, he unearths something far more sinister. He is not the first to have come here, and each visitor has suffered in some way. And now, an ancient evil has been re-awakened, one which is intent on regaining the hidden secrets of the Well of Despair. Robbie’s life is about to change forever!

Glenn Stuart lives with his family in the mountains of southern Spain. ‘The Well of Despair’, a fantasy/horror for young adults, but with themes that everyone will enjoy, is his first book. He believes in ghosts!

His second release Cold Hell will be out in October

VISIT MY WEB SITE AT www.horroronthecosta.com 

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A Walk In The Moonlight

August 2, 2009 at 6:56 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , )


A Walk in The MoonlightFlorida Author Andrea Dean Van Scoyoc ‘s Book “A Walk in The Moonlight”  takes the reader into her life in a way most people never get to go. She is an empathy and has had many paranormal experiences.  She has allowed the reader to learn how she feels about her gift and some of the frightening and exciting experieces she had encountered on her journey.

 

She talks about the spirit who lived in her childhood home, the paranormal experience she had on a couple of ghost tours. She gives the reader insite to a world that most would really like to be a part of but never are.

 This book is a must read for those who love the supernatural, the paranormal and want to know Andrea better.

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