Wednesday, July 25, 2012
New Release: I've self-published my first piece of work on Amazon, a short story. I spent the day working on it yesterday. I'd written the story before vacation, but I had to have a cover made and learn how to publish it. It's available today for people who have Kindles, but it's not just for those who own a Kindle. Anyone can download a free Kindle app from Amazon.com for the PC, ipad, iphone, ipod, tablet, etc. Check out my new short story set in Louisiana. Louisiana is well known for haunted plantations. On one summer vacation, we visited a couple considered to be haunted. I developed the short story from these memories along with early childhood memories and my writer's imagination. It's only 99 cents at Amazon, so check it out. I had a productive day yesterday, and may you have one today. Used childhood memories and a writer's imagination. Travel light. No need to dust virtual bookshelves. http://www.amazon.com/dp/
Monday, July 23, 2012
Shoe Marks by Karen Vance Hammond is a full-length paranormal experience, a haunting ghost tale that doesn't let go. I normally don't read this type of book, but I have always liked old homes and as a kid enjoyed ghost stories, so when I saw it was based on a real event, I decided to try it, and I don't regret reading it. It's an easy read with Maggie as the main ghost. She was murdered, so she remains in her home even after years have passed. You're pulled into the story easily, and come to care about the main characters. There's a surprise twist at the end, and I loved it. If you enjoy ghost and haunted house stories, don't miss this one. Shoe marks spew blood. A rocking chair rocks by itself, and a door open and closes without any help. These are a few small things that happen. When the new owner, Jeremy and is wife are blamed for murder, how will they defend themselves against a ghost? They've spent their savings to pay cash for this home, what they believed to be a historical landmark. Will they ever find peace in it? Just try to sleep tight and don't let the ghosts bite. You won't want to put the book down until you find out what happens, so be prepared for a nail-biting climax.
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Echo of an Earth Angel by Sarah M. Ross is the second novel in her series, a page turner. It's an easy read, and I can't wait to see what happens in the next novel. Ms. Ross leaves off like a soap opera. You can't help but care what happens to the characters. I fell in love with the main characters and enjoyed the secondary characters as well. Tessa is the main character, and David heals her when she's shot to save her life. He heals her too quickly and too much, and she wakes up an angel, too. The book has a unique plot. I don't usually read this type of novel, but I also enjoyed Awaken, the first novel in the series. The book gains tension and leaves you hanging with a cliffhanger. Tessa is determined to get him back or die trying. David fell for her, and she's fallen for him so hard she risks her life, as she knows it, to save him, though he warned her to just be patient and wait for him, that he'd return one day. I'm looking forward to the third novel to see what happens to them next. You can't help but feel the love these two characters have for each other. Though I normally don't like books that leave me hanging because I like closure, I will be awaiting the third one in this series.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Lost in the Bayou by Cornell DeVille is a YA suspense set in Louisiana. I stumbled across it and bought it because it was a Louisiana novel, and I devoured it. A young boy and girl have to outsmart an evil, jealous uncle when their mother and father's plane goes down in the bayou. This is a page-turning fast read. The descriptions are vivid and to savor. The crazed uncle has envied his brother all of his life and will stop at nothing to inherit the estate, even if it means killing his niece and nephew. Set in the sixties, you'll notice threads of the historical era and with a little imagination, the vivid writing will suck you right into the bayou and swamp. There's an old cypress tree, limbless and surrounded by quick sand. DeVille is a baby boomer who was influenced by the great storytellers such as Walt Disney, Alfred Hitchcock, Edgar Allen Poe, and O. Henry among others. He's on Facebook as Author Cornell DeVille. If you have a young girl or boy in your life, this is the book to pull them into another world where they become the rescuers.
Monday, July 16, 2012
A theme that runs throughout the novel is temptation before marriage. Though the heroine wishes to remain pure until marriage, there are steamy scenes that illustrate how hard it can be to remain pure until marriage. This is a Christian/inspirational romance novel about a race car driver, Donny. Bree, has moved into her uncle's house to start a new life, find a job, and move on. She finds a handsome race car driver in the process, and he's right next door. It provides a glimpse into the worlds of racing and the wealthy. When she gets too much sun trying to acquire a quick tan, she meets him in an unexpected way. Donny has a friend named Jason who is a believer. He and his wife befriend Bree and offer their support and encouragement. Bree struggles with feeling she can't compete with the many beautiful women in Donny's past and when one shows up on his doorstep, it doesn't help. A plot to keep Donny from winning a race could cost him his life. Can Bree stop him from racing? Will he listen? If not, she'll have to take drastic measures. When she does, will those measures ruin the relationship she's built with him? A man's car can be his baby. Donny's isn't just a car, but his prized race car. What will happen? Can their love survive? Bree is running out of time. What will she do? Read OUT OF TIME and find out.