Thursday, September 19, 2019

New Release: Eastbound from Flagstaff by Annette Valentine



A love story based on Annette Valentine’s father, Eastbound From Flagstaff portrays an individual who comes to recognize the significance of family, loyalty, and the richness of his heritage.

Simon Hagan is running from a lie, intent on believing his own efforts and perseverance can overcome anything. He abandons roots that are his foundational strength and hides behind his charm, living every moment as if life’s daring him to fail―again. He’s reckoning with his father’s God who could have delivered better outcomes but didn’t.

This first installment in an epic trilogy that begins in the 1920’s, unique in its purposeful illumination of the human condition and its ideological indifference to God, asks the question: “Why was God silent when I needed him?” Simon’s return to the notion of forgiveness is the catalyst for a new beginning as it reunites Simon to the place he once thought was the impossible dream. The answer for Simon isn’t blowing in the backwinds of his dream chase; rather, it unfolds in the outstretched hand of a villain.

“A wonderful read, a well-fought redemption story.”
– Darrell Waltrip, author, American motorsports analyst, and former racing driver


Paperback: 334 pages
Publisher: Morgan James Fiction (September 17, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1642793345
ISBN-13: 978-1642793345

Available at:

AMAZON
BARNES & NOBLE
INDIEBOUND.ORG



Annette is an inspirational storyteller with a flair for the unexpected. By age eleven, she knew that writing was an integral part of her creative nature. Annette graduated with distinction from Purdue and founded an interior design firm which spanned a 34-year career in Lafayette, Indiana and Brentwood, Tennessee. Annette has used her 18-year affiliation with Toastmasters International to prepare her for her position with the Speakers’ Bureau for End Slavery Tennessee and is an advocate for victims and survivors of human trafficking and is the volunteer group leader for Brentwood, Tennessee. Annette writes through the varied lens of colorful personal experience and the absorbing reality of humanity’s search for meaning. Mother to one son and daughter, and a grandparent of six amazing kids, Annette now lives in Brentwood, a suburb of Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband and their 5-year-old Boxer. To learn more about Annette’s life and work, please visit https://annettehvalentine.com


Book Spotlight & Giveaway: Silent Meridian by Elizabeth Crowens



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The Time Traveler Professor, Book One:

Silent Meridian

by Elizabeth Crowens

on Tour August 18 - September 21, 2019



Synopsis:


The Time Traveler Professor, Book One: Silent Meridian by Elizabeth Crowens

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is obsessed with a legendary red book. Its peculiar stories have come to life, and rumors claim that it has rewritten its own endings. Convinced that possessing this book will help him write his ever-popular Sherlock Holmes stories, he takes on an unlikely partner, John Patrick Scott, known to most as a concert pianist, but a paranormal investigator and a time traveler professor to a select few.

Like Holmes and Watson trying to solve a mystery, together they explore lost worlds and their friendship is tested to the limits when they go back in time to find it. Both discover that karmic ties and unconscionable crimes have followed them like ghosts from the past, wreaking havoc on the present and possibly the future.

The Time Traveler Professor, Book One: SILENT MERIDIAN reveals the alternate histories of Conan Doyle, H.G. Wells, Houdini, Jung and other luminaries in the secret diaries of John Patrick Scott, in an X Files for the 19th century. First Prize winner of Chanticleer Review's Goethe Award for Turn-of-the-Century Historical Fiction and First Prize for Steampunk in the Independent Press Awards. Stay tuned for A POCKETFUL OF LODESTONES; Book Two in the Time Traveler Professor series by Elizabeth Crowens.

Book Details:

Genre: Alternate History, Mystery, Fantasy Noir

Published by: Atomic Alchemist Productions LLC

Publication Date: June 12th 2019

Number of Pages: 384

ISBN: 9781950384 (ISBN13: 9781950384044)

Series: The Time Traveler Professor #1

Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads


Read an excerpt:


Edinburgh, 1898


Scotland was just barely crawling its way out of the nineteenth century. I was a naïve, but ambitious student studying music at the University of Edinburgh hurrying over to meet Arthur Conan Doyle, the man who would change my life forever.

“John Patrick Scott, sir,” I said and approached Mr. Doyle, who was already seated at a back corner table of the Deacon Brodie, the pub that inspired the Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

I extended my hand to greet him and removed my rain-soaked hat, while my overcoat slipped out of my hands and fell on the floor by accident. It was still hard to believe that good fortune finally brought us together, but we were both nervous. “Mr. Conan Doyle, or should I call you Doctor Doyle?” I was unsure how to address him.

Doyle scrutinized me from top to bottom as he signaled the waiter. “John, call me Arthur.”

“Sir, I’m so honored that you agreed to discuss this matter. Perhaps you can enlighten me in a way that I’ve failed to comprehend.”

I wanted to ask him about my unusual turn of events straight away but he caught me off guard and was dead set on pulling me into the swift current of an unexpected conversation.

“Can I assume you believe in the transmigration of souls?” he asked.

“Until now, I haven’t given it a lot of thought,” I said, unsure as to which direction he was leading.

“Did you ever read those books about that Swiss doctor who felt his body and soul had been taken over by a Benedictine monk? That presented a curious case. He claims that he was approached by the spirit of an elderly monk before he died, and that the monk needed to rent his body to continue his spiritual mission.”

“Rent?” I choked in disbelief.

“We truly don’t take anything with us when we pass on, do we? This monk knew he was dying and therefore needed to replace his physical body with something more youthful and vital.”

“That’s incredible. It debunks the theory that you need to die and be reborn as an infant to carry on your spirit.”

Mr. Doyle had the tinge of excitement in his voice.

“John, here’s another instance. I’ve had my suspicions about a famous musician who had an obsession about a notorious and controversial mystic. You’d surmise by his overwhelming attraction to that person he might’ve been him in a previous lifetime, but facts were clear he was born three years before the mystic died. My understanding is the mystic was aware he didn’t have long in his present incarnation. Therefore he made plans for some sort of partial soul transference while he was still alive to imprint his essence upon the child. That would’ve allowed him to carry on and accomplish unfinished business, which couldn’t have been executed otherwise. Essentially he had the ability of being two places at once.”

“Sounds more like Spiritualism,” I replied.

“Honestly, John, I don’t think there are any steadfast rules when it comes to this matter. That’s what makes it so intriguing.”

I sensed he had a secret agenda.

Doyle reloaded his churchwarden pipe with fresh tobacco and continued, “This is not at all like anything you’ve ever read from H.G. Wells or Jules Verne. We’re poking holes in every treatise written on the subject — the idea of being able to reincarnate a part of yourself while you are still alive into another soul.”

Our conversation was quickly becoming like a speeding train ready to jump the tracks. Realizing this, Doyle slowed down the pace and took a deep breath. He carefully composed his next statement.

“Fiction it may seem to be but it’s not hocus pocus. Don’t you also find it strange that you somehow found yourself initiated into a mystical order on a commuter train bound from London to Edinburgh when the instigators kept on mistaking you for me? There are no accidents.”

I became silent for a moment, stalling for time as I slowly raised my glass of ale to my lips. As soon as I fished a small red book out of my coat pocket and placed it on the table in front of us Arthur eyed it intently. It had been the source of intrigue, which led me to Doyle in the first place and piqued his curiosity as much as it did mine.

“Could I have done something terrible in my youth that caused this to happen?”

“You have no recollections, John?”

“I remember so little of my childhood. I wish I could.”

“You’re a smart young man. I’m sure you’ll come up with a clever deduction.”

Mr. Doyle paused to relight his pipe. He had an unnerving look in his eye, which I vainly tried to read into, but he took me for a spin when he brought up the next topic.

“On another note, John, have you ever considered that people are capable of communicating without speech, and I’m not talking about writing letters?”

“Pardon me?”

“Imagine communicating by mere thoughts. I’ve always wanted to experiment with someone open to these concepts. God knows — my brothers at the Society for Psychical Research certainly talk enough about it. My wife, Touie, has been an unwilling subject and is not the most objective choice.”

I looked at him, somewhat perplexed. “Are you asking me to accurately guess what you’re thinking?”

“Come now. We’ll play a game. I’ll form an image in my mind, and for the next minute I will try to project it into yours. Clear your thoughts of any distractions and be as receptive as possible,” he explained.

As much as I tried, I couldn’t have been more preoccupied. Images of that fateful event flashed through my brain. My recollections revealed my rain-soaked train ticket. I kept arguing with the steward about putting me in the wrong cabin. An erroneous judgment had been made when three strangers insisted I was Arthur. We were so different in physical appearance. He was a large, athletic man with a distinguished moustache. On the other hand, I had baby smooth skin and couldn’t grow facial hair to save my life. I was nearly twenty years younger and much shorter with wild auburn hair that resembled Maestro Beethoven’s with the exception of premature strands of gray.

So why was I singled out? Was there laudanum in my brandy? Details spun like a whirlwind. I must’ve been in a drug-induced stupor but I was initiated into some secret Masonic-like society, and when it was all over those mysterious men were gone. What remained were an engraved silver ring on my finger and an ominous red book on the seat beside me.

“Looks like you’ve seen a ghost.” Arthur broke my trance and realized my thoughts had been elsewhere.

“I felt like I had.” Barely able to articulate, I tried to tame my wild mane in place. Visions faded in and out. Timelines jumped. So I gulped down another swig of ale to focus on the present.

Arthur leaned in closer. “I can see you’re still worried about that event on the train. Those men have been after me for some time. Why? It’s hard to fathom. I’ll dilly dally with notions here and there about Sherlock Holmes and his partner, Watson, who fancy themselves as detectives. Me? I’m just a simple doctor and writer with interests in Spiritualism trying to find scientific explanations for the unknown.”

“Arthur, what would anyone want with an unassuming music student like me?”

“Personally, I don’t think this was A Case of Identity,” Arthur replied with a smile.

Obviously he meant to say my dilemma was not a case of mistaken identity, not the name of one of his famous Sherlock stories. He was pleased I caught the humor of his play on words.

“Perhaps it has something to do with that book,” he said pointing to the one I brought.

“I’m concerned it’s dangerous, that it’s a curse. I wish I had never found it.” I shoved it back into my pocket and drained my glass.

* * *

One week later as I was returning home from school, my landlady, Lydia Campbell, yelled from the kitchen as I trudged my muddied shoes through the front door of her boarding house. “John, a letter from Undershaw arrived for you today! I wonder whom it could be from? You don’t know anyone from Undershaw, do you?”

Oh, yes I did. I grabbed the letter and ran upstairs so fast I nearly tripped on my muffler and fell on my face. I poured myself a glass of port to calm my nerves, doffed my wet garments and sank into my most comfortable brass-studded leather chair I affectionately named my thinking chair, where I created many a melody in my head, could think deep thoughts, and drift off to dreamland.

* * *

Dear John,

I wholeheartedly enjoyed our conversation at the Deacon Brodie and kept my promise of a prompt reply. By now, you are well aware of my passion to explore the realms of Spiritualism and related paranormal phenomena far surpasses any personal interests involved with Sherlock Holmes. Public demand for my writing, however, exerts a strain on how much I can overtly reveal to even my most trusted colleagues. Whenever I indulge in any activity, be it a simple séance, investigating a revered medium or attending a meeting of the British Society for Psychical Research, it never fails to raise the eyebrows of my wary publishers and critics. It’s God’s honest truth that I believe in many of these inexplicable accounts. Even my father painted beautiful renditions of fairies, which I trust he witnessed with his own eyes. The betterment of mankind rests on embracing such theories once they are proven to exist by the scientific community. Thus, I’ll have to continue more controversial and debatable endeavors in utmost secrecy, or at least for the time being until more evidence can be brought to light.

Since you seem to be an open-minded young man who has already experienced some effects of the preternatural, this is my proposal: At midnight every night, we should conduct a variety of remote operations with the primary purpose of communicating through means of telepathy. Since I have a tendency to travel, we’ll have to make some sort of adjustment to take into account the different time zones. Of course, you must share this secret with nobody. Besides us, only my wife will know, although she will not participate.

When you shared the account of the strange commuter train incident that was enough to convince me that you would be the perfect partner for this private undertaking. Most assuredly, there was something you did in the past in the realm of the arcane to warrant such a chain of events. That was not mere happenstance, and now since you possess that enigmatic red book, I’m sure it will affect your life in ways you’ve never imagined.

My intentions have been to perform similar trial and error enterprises with Harry Houdini, a rising star whose stage performances have been astounding audiences, but his busy schedule has made it nearly impossible to coordinate such engagements with any sort of regularity. One of these days we’ll catch up. Meanwhile, I collect whatever news comes from across the herring-pond. At one point, he and I will develop a special relationship based on mutual interests.

Regarding the two of us, however, we’ll back up our observations with letters or telegrams as often as possible as proof of results, but those must be destroyed as soon as they are read. Once again, I cannot over emphasize the importance of confidentiality. Regardless, we must keep a faithful agreement, as skill will come with practice.

If you are willing to put aside any apprehensions regarding trains, I’ll pay for you to travel down to Undershaw and visit me on weekends whenever possible. My driver can meet you in London at a pre-arranged time. You’ll stay in one of our guest bedrooms, and as long as you don’t mind the children and can tolerate what our kitchen staff provides, you’ll be well taken care of. That’ll give us the opportunity to expand our repertoire and commence further psychical experimentation with ectoplasm, spirit photography and astral projection. And bring the red book. I’d like a chance to look at it.

I’ve also desired a partner to accompany me for ghost sightings and occult investigations. For all we know with the knowledge gained, we might even break through the barriers of time. That would certainly give Bertie (H.G. Wells) a shock to the senses, proving his imagination does not merely dwell in the realm of fiction. We’ve been at odds on this topic for years.

Regarding telepathic technique, I can only suggest you conduct yourself in a way as you see fit. Personally, I don’t give credence to things like magical amulets, but if it helps to have an etheric link, use this letter you hold in your hand, as it contains my heart, soul and signature with a drop of blood, which I added to the ink. You might wish to reciprocate.

Let’s raise our glasses to honor the quest of conquering the unknown.

Arthur Conan Doyle

* * *

So, Arthur was serious when he first brought up the subject. When he and I left the pub, I really didn’t know what to think. After all, he was a famous author, and I was merely a student. What possessed him to choose me for such an engagement?

I shuffled through my schoolwork to find my pen and ink and a fresh sheet of paper. Blood, I needed blood. Ah, my razor! That would work. I fetched my shaving kit and winced as I drew a few drops. I scribbled a swift, affirmative reply with the blood-tainted ink, mailed the letter the following day and looked forward to our first otherworldly encounter.

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Excerpt from The Time Traveler Professor, Book One: Silent Meridian by Elizabeth Crowens. Copyright © 2019 by Elizabeth Crowens. Reproduced with permission from Elizabeth Crowens. All rights reserved.





Author Bio:

Elizabeth Crowens



Crowens has worked in the film and television for over twenty years and as a journalist and a photographer. She’s a regular contributor of author interviews to an award-winning online speculative fiction magazine, Black Gate. Short stories of hers have been published in the Bram Stoker Awards nominated anthology, A New York State of Fright and Hell’s Heart. She’s a member of Mystery Writers of America, The Horror Writers Association, the Authors Guild, Broad Universe, Sisters in Crime and a member of several Sherlockian societies. She is also writing a Hollywood suspense series.



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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

How to Create a Trailer for your Book by Hank Quense, Author of How to Self-Publish and Market at Book




If you use a Mac computer, you have all the software you need to create a trailer.  How to use that software is described below.  If you have a PC, you can follow the details but you’ll have to figure out what software to use.  A web search will reveal lists of programs available.
On your Mac, you’ll use iMovie and Keynote to develop the trailer.  iMovie is a powerful software program that can be used to make a trailer and other video productions.  Keynote is a presentation program similar to Powerpoint.
To get started you need to create a series of slides describing your book project.  I’ll use a novel in my example.  Besides the body of the slide (what will show on the screen) use the Presenters Notes to write the script you will record later on.  Try to keep the trailer length less than two minutes.
Here is a workable set of Keynote slides you can use to build a simple trailer:
          Slide 1: Show the book cover image in the body and paste your book blurb in the Presenters Notes.
          Slide 2: Create several bullet items about your protagonist.  Write about the character’s motivation in the notes
          Slide 3: Create several bullet items about the antagonist.  Write about the character’s motivation in the notes
          Slide 4: List the main plot events: Write about how the two characters engage in conflict.
          Slide 5: List book buyer sites.  The trailer can’t have active links and you don’t have any right now
          Slide 6: Book cover image.  Write a call to action. (Buy now!  Don’t miss this thrilling whatever! Etc.)
Once you complete the Keynote presentation, export the slides as images.  This will produce a folder with a png (or jpg) file for each slide.
Open iMovie and start a new movie.  Now drag the slide images into the middle of the iMovie screen.  Next, drag each image into the bottom part of the iMovie screen.  Each image you drag down there will be set to show for 4 seconds.  That’s the default value.
For the next step, you’ll record an audio track to go with each image.  Highlight the first slide (It should be the book image).  The image will also show up in the small viewer on the upper right.  Click on the microphone.  You’ll get a countdown clock.  Record the message.  Put some enthusiasm into it.  Your audio track will appear under the image on the bottom.  You’ll notice the audio is much wider than the image.  Drag the right side of the image to increase the time the image shows on screen.  Make it the same length as the audio clip.
If you put the cursor over the first image/audio clip and press the space bar, iMovie will play the video.  Press the space bar again to stop the playback.
Now record all the other audio scripts and adjust the images to match the audio. 
In the viewing screen (upper right) you’ll notice the current slide is partially grayed out.  iMovie, by default, tries to make the video look sexy by moving the slide viewing area around.  To change this and make the slides static, click on the ‘fit’ button.  Do this for each slide. 
Play the video several times (use the space bar) and make adjustments as necessary.
When you’re satisfied with the video, click on ‘file’ (in the toolbar) and ‘share’.  Select ‘file’ and pick a place to stash the movie on your computer.  iMovie will work for a few seconds (or minutes, depending on how long the video is), and the final trailer in mp4 format will be ready for use.
Click on the video and Quicktime Player (another Mac only program) will open and show the trailer.
Once you have the trailer ready to go, you can upload it to YouTube, embed into your website, and post it online.   If you upload it to YouTube, click on the ’share’ button and grab the link to the video.  Paste the link everywhere so others will find the trailer.
Once the book is published and you have your ‘buy links’, go back to YouTube and put the links into a comment text box.
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This article was taken from my material in my new book, How to Self-publish and Market a Book.

Here is the book blurb:
Are you considering self-publishing your first book?  Naturally, you have questions and concerns.  This book has your answers.  It integrates both the publishing and the marketing to provide you with a complete project plan to market your book while you publish it.

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Hank Quense writes humorous and satiric sci-fi and fantasy stories. He also writes and lectures about fiction writing and self-publishing. He has published 19 books and 50 short stories along with dozens of articles. He often lectures on fiction writing and publishing and has a series of guides covering the basics on each subject. He and his wife Pat usually vacation in another galaxy or parallel universe. They also time travel occasionally when Hank is searching for new story ideas.


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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

The Love Map by Jeannie Daly-Gunter Book Blast


THE LOVE MAP: REIGNITE, RECONNECT AND REPAIR YOUR RELATIONSHIP

Jeannie Daly-Gunter, MA

* Self-Help *


Title: THE LOVE MAP: REIGNITE, RECONNECT AND REPAIR YOUR RELATIONSHIP

Author: Jeannie Daly-Gunter

Publisher: Phoenix Rising Press

Pages: 232

Genre: Self-Help



If you aren’t growing together in your relationship, you are likely growing apart. The Love Map: Reignite, Reconnect and Repair Your Relationship, gives couples a blueprint to help navigate the inevitable ups and downs of love. This book is a practical guide, an engaging story, and a workbook. Unlike many of the psychological relationship books on the market today, The Love Map is a compelling ‘teaching story’.  This story follows the marriage of the main characters, Taylor and Jaymie, as they work through an ongoing conflict that has been weighing them down for a year. Sophia, Taylor and Jaymie’s marriage counselor, guides the couple through ten sessions of  relationship lessons, that ultimately supports the couple in working through their conflict. Along the way, the reader is encouraged to do the relationship exercises at the end of each chapter as “home play” along with Taylor and Jaymie. This comprehensive ‘self-help story’ is endearing, motivating and practical all at once. In addition, there are links to workbook pages and videos to support couples in integrating the lessons in the book. The Love Map has been recommended by therapists and those in the personal growth industry as a powerful resource for couples wanting to deepen their connection and create a more conscious and meaningful relationship.


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Can
You Please Just Listen?!

Sophia
waited until they were settled on the couch before she continued. “During our
first session, I like to take some time for us to get to know each other. I
know this is a big deal for you to reach out for support, and I’m honored that
you have chosen to work with me. Did you watch the intro videos, and do you
have any questions for me before we dive in?” 

Taylor squirmed a
bit. “Well, I’m wondering how long this is going to take and if it’s really
going to work.” 

Jaymie
shot him a did-you-have-to-say-that look?

Sophia
smiled. “That’s a fair question. Based on my experience, I recommend starting
with ten sessions. That gives us a chance to create a really strong foundation
of understanding and essentials for helping you communicate better, learn how
to deal with conflicts over time, and experience what it’s like to work through
some issues. Some couples need more sessions than that to start with, and it’s
something we can check in around along the way. You can also stop at any time
if you feel like this isn’t for you. Some couples prefer to meet in a
long-weekend intensive and some couples like to pace this out over time.”

“That
makes sense,” said Jaymie, wanting to get off to a smoother start. “I like
having homework between sessions, so doing this over time makes sense to me.
You know, I would love just a bit more clarity on the differences between
coaching and therapy, just so we know what to expect.” 

“Sure,”
said Sophia. “I know we talked a bit about this on the phone, but basically I
combine a lot of approaches based on what you need. In a nutshell, coaching
looks more toward what you want to create in the future, while counseling or
therapy excavates some of the underlying emotional undercurrents of your
present conflicts. Although a lot of couples get stuck in conflict, I think
it’s equally important to keep putting proactive energy into our relationships.
There is a saying I heard once that, ‘If you’re not growing, you’re dying.’ I
believe that is really true in love. I’d say that most couples let their
relationship flat-line at some point. They’re too busy or too stressed out
dealing with work and family to tend to their love. I like to think of my work
as a ‘jump-start’ to help couples reinvigorate their love again.” 

“I
like that,” said Jaymie. “I think you’re right, sometimes we do get too busy
with other things we think are more important than our relationship. That’s
weird isn’t it?”
“Unfortunately,”
said Sophia, “I see it all the time. There are three main reasons couples come
to see me. They need to repair a conflict or betrayal, they feel emotionally
disconnected and they are growing apart, or they want to breathe love back into
their relationships. Successful couples are always doing ongoing work to
repair, reconnect, and reignite their love. 

After
this introduction, Taylor and Jaymie took turns explaining their perspectives
on their main conflict and how they had been arguing about the same thing for a
year.
Taylor began to warm
up to Sophia and feel more engaged in the process. 

“We
love each other and want to work through this; we just aren’t sure how,”
concluded
Taylor

Jaymie
sighed, “Yeah, we just aren’t getting anywhere with resolving this and it’s
turned into a yelling match at times.”









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Jeannie Daly-Gunter, MA is an author, speaker, relationship coach, seminar leader and Co-Founder of The Transformative Loving® Institute. She has facilitated personal and professional development programs for over 25 years. Jeannie and her husband Mark have committed to walking the path of their relationship as a personal and spiritual growth path. Their passion is to support other couples on that path, and help them to create the extraordinary relationship they really want. They combine
various modalities in the healing arts, rites of passage, and psychology, to create a powerful container for couples to do their healing work together. Jeannie and Mark make their home near the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Boulder, Colorado.

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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Book Review: Silent Voices by Fran Lewis

Creepy. Raw. Disturbing. Fran Lewis' collection of stories from beyond the grave will have you on edge as she explores the depth of evil in these ordinary people who inflict pain on others.

Silent Voices includes the story of Rosie, who wants to tell her story in her own words before she can no longer do so. The old stone where Bertha is buried is hard to read, but she wishes to share her memories. A grandmother attempts to outwit her cunning granddaughters. And, what book about evil acts would be complete without stories about con artists and lies.

Silent Voices is not my typical read, which is why I requested it. Maybe 25 years ago creepy ghost fiction would be on the list, but not as often now. Lewis has developed a distinct voice, which flows through each of the stories in this collection. A short read, diving into the psychology of these characters is fascinating.


Paperback: 107 pages
Publisher: Independently published (June 9, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1099882451
ISBN-13: 978-1099882456

Book Details:



Genre: Horror, Suspense 


Published by: Southern Owl Publications, LLC



Publication Date: June 10th 2019



Number of Pages: 51



ASIN: B07S75JPQW

Series: Silent Voices


Purchase Links: Amazon | Goodreads



Fran Lewis

Fran Lewis taught for 36 years as a staff developer in reading and writing and a dean. She is the author of the Bertha and Tillie series and the author of the Faces behind the stones series as well as her books for caregivers on Alzheimer’s and mj magazine and mj network.

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Sunday, September 8, 2019

Reaching the Masses: How to Promote Your Book Workshop at Wilbraham Public Library



Your book is published. Now what? These days, authors are responsible for the lion's share of book promotion. Local children's author Cheryl C. Malandrinos shares her personal experience of promoting books online and in person. Learn tips on how to write a press release, contact the media, set up a virtual book tour, and how to use social media to expand your reach.

Cheryl is the author of four children's books. She also spent seven years as a virtual book tour coordinator for Pump Up Your Book. A blogger and a book reviewer, she is a member of SCBWI and an acquisitions editor for 4RV Publishing.

Day and Time: Tuesday, September 10, 2019 from 6 to 8 pm
Location: Brooks Room, Wilbraham Public Library, 25 Crane Park Dr, Wilbraham, MA 01095

Registration required

Contact Caroline Welch of the Wilbraham Public Library at 413-596-6141 or by email at cwelch@wilbrahamlibrary.org

Monday, September 2, 2019

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? - Sept 2



It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It's a great post to organize yourself. It's an opportunity to visit and comment, and er... add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye's Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date.

Good golly, Miss Molly. Could someone please stop the train and let me get off? Ever since I came back from North Carolina it has been one thing after another. I've missed blogging and reading, though I did manage to finish this one last week. Look for my review soon.


I cracked opened the cover of this one, but I've been working late to stay on top of things, so haven't really dived into it yet.



Next up are these two:




Then I really need to focus on these:



I'm thinking maybe one of these will be next in line if I can ever stop requesting new books to review. I really am my own worst enemy.




What is going on in your reading and blogging world? Anything new to share?

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Tropes



Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Feeling a bit embarrassed because I had no idea what a trope was until I looked it up. Sigh! I guess I can't know everything. This sounds like such a fun one.

Top Ten Favorite Tropes

  1. Treasure hunting - Often this involves historical fiction, but Karen White's The House on Tradd Street was a contemporary southern fiction novel with a ghost and the infamous Confederate treasure. 
  2. Fun occupations - Duffy Brown has two series which feature amateur sleuths with fun occupations. One runs a consignment shop and the other a bicycle shop. I've also read a cozy mystery where the main character was a real estate agent. 
  3. Small town romance - Those set during Christmas are my favorites, but often you find someone who has left home and returns after the death of a loved one and ends up falling in love and settling back into the hometown they had been so eager to leave.
  4. Opposites attract - Romances where the two main characters are polar opposites, but fall in love.
  5. Good versus evil - The Stand by Stephen King is the ultimate good versus evil story, but even if it is as simple as an awkward teenager facing a mean girl, it's fun to see how it turns out.
  6. Sympathetic villains - I don't believe people are born evil. Something happens to them. Stories where you get a glimpse into what happened in a villain's life to make them who they are now fascinate me.
  7. Coming of age - I've always loved stories where the character is coming into his own, making up his own mind, and deciding what to believe. 
  8. Family secrets - All families have them. Exploring them with book characters is great.
  9. Strong faith or rediscovering faith - I'm drawn to Amish fiction because of the strong faith displayed by the people in these communities. I also enjoy stories where a character might have come away from her faith, but through circumstances rediscovers that faith.
  10. Family drama - Maybe it is because I grew up around drama, but family drama--especially when the drama winds up with a reconciliation--makes for a great read. 

What are some of your favorite tropes? 

Monday, August 19, 2019

Book Review: You've Been Volunteered by Laurie Gelman

If you are looking for an outrageously funny read, then the second book in the Class Mom series by Laurie Gelman is the perfect choice.

In You've Been Volunteered, Jen Dixon not only gets roped into being class mom again, she gets "volunteered" to help with a new safety project at school. She must balance these duties while trying to keep track of what Max is up to at school with the new kid, helping her daughters navigate adulthood, dealing with her ever absent husband, and finding a way to cope with her aging parents.

Are you tired yet? I sure am.

Though I didn't read the first Class Mom novel, You've Been Volunteered was the perfect light read for me to delve into. Jen is the person who is as bold as you wish you could be. Like any busy mom, she has a ton going on, but she might just surprise herself and the reader. There are more serious storylines running through the novel, which make the Dixon family feel very real.

Gelman has created a diverse cast of characters you enjoy spending time with. I'm eager to see what they are up to next. I'm sure it will be equally as hilarious.

Paperback
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company (July 23, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1250222206
ISBN-13: 978-1250222206

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? - Aug 19



It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It's a great post to organize yourself. It's an opportunity to visit and comment, and er... add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye's Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date.

We are back in MA. So, the extra little vacation was nice--a little bit of rain, but still enjoyed the beach and spending time together. The drive home was a bit scary. While driving on 113 North, a car speeding the wrong way (southbound) at about 80 miles an hour drove down the lane next to us. Had to call the state police, hoping they caught up with him before he hurt himself or someone else. Really put the guardian angel to work that night.

Other than that little adventure, things went well. We enjoyed our time away, and now I can prepare for my mother-in-law to come stay with us for a while.

Finished these two while we were away:






I'm also reading this one:


I'll have a few more for reviews after that:




Then I really need to focus on these:



After that, I just want to pick something from the pile and read it because I can--no deadline, no have to finish it, no reason to read it other than that I want to.

How is your reading week shaping up? Anything good you've read that I should know about?

Monday, August 12, 2019

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? - Aug 12



It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It's a great post to organize yourself. It's an opportunity to visit and comment, and er... add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye's Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date.

Hello from the Outer Banks. This is a picture I took from the beach this morning before 9 AM. This is the time to come--temperatures are more comfortable and no one is here. I really enjoyed the walk.


I finished this book yesterday. What a riot. My review will appear on August 19.


I'm starting this one today.


Next up are these ones.








That's it for me. What have you been reading?