Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Samantha Clark Mysteries Giveaway


"The Resurrection of Hannah is the story of a woman whose path is forever altered, her first tentative step leading to an astonishing life journey. As the story develops, Samantha is torn between the polarities of everyday existence ―between present and past, love and fear, hope and despair—finding herself unable to exist in two very different worlds, she must go full circle to find her way home. The Resurrection of Hannah was inspired by true events, the first in what I believe is a unique series full of gripping plots, memorable characters and unanticipated bends in the road. The sequel to this book," - Kathryne Arnold, author 


Samantha Clark meets with a monthly group to delve into subjects of interest. They dabble in meditation, dream work, and hypnosis — just friends having fun. But lately Sammi is feeling off-kilter and plagued with poor sleep. Searching for a natural solution, she discovers a bitter herb known to induce slumber, whips up a concoction to sweeten the herb, and imbibes. Unbeknownst to her, these areas of experimentation are whirling together to form the perfect storm, one that will blow open an entrance in Sammi’s mind that leads to another world, a door that can never again be closed.


She becomes enmeshed with two friends in a tug of war between life and death: Melissa is dealing with a complicated pregnancy and Julie is wrestling with cancer. Adding to this turmoil is Sammi’s disconnect with her career as a psychotherapist; her life doesn’t seem to fit any longer. Into the drama walks Todd, a handsome, laid-back guy who lightens up her days. Trouble is, Sammi is having a hard time getting close, and a nagging sense of doubt and fear. Like so many times in the past …

But the topper to all this is the dreams. They begin innocuously…but quickly morph into mind-blowing spiritual adventures. The crazy nocturnal activity appears to be related to a soulful character trying to make himself known. In a quest to uncover the truth, Sammi researches clues discovered during her nighttime romps. What she finds is another facet of herself…all wrapped up in post-colonial 18th-century clothes. Sammi flies off to New England, and with the aid of the Rev. Clark, her skeptical father, she embarks on an adventure, revealing a tragic, centuries-old mystery. One only Sammi can solve.

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"As the book progresses the author does a great job getting you hooked.  A great suspenseful read that I'm sure you will enjoy" - Beck Valley Books

"This book carries the reader along and is difficult to put down. The suspense continues to the very end and this debut novelist has set the tone for a series readers will love." -Janice Phelps Williams, founder of Lucky Press, LLC


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***MY HONEST REVIEW OF 
THE RESURRECTION OF HANNAH***

Samantha had become discontented with her career as a Psychotherapist. On top of that, she began having weird dreams, which didn't help matters. Then add a dream man obsession, a former lover, and a new possible love interest, and you have an intriguing read, especially since it was inspired by true events.

The idea of reincarnation is fascinating to me. However, I liked the parts of Samantha and her friends more than the actual historical/past life parts. I enjoyed relating to Samantha and her being out of balance with her Libra scales. That is so like me. And oyster dressing is my favorite dish, especially made by my mama.

Samantha’s dad sounded like a cool preacher that I could relate to, along with each of her friends. Their camaraderie during Christmastime had me longing to be a part of their group. But I my favorite part of the book was the incident in the City Hall basement with the spider. That was hilarious.  

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"The Fear of Things to Come, is considered a page-turner, a suspense/thriller/mystery that takes the protagonist on another grand adventure. Both novels present Samantha as she is confronted with diverse and surprising life occurrences, each tale presenting a labyrinth she must feel her way through, mirroring the shifting sands on which she stands. Samantha is an engaging lead character, full of human imperfection and spirit and strength, one whose infectious energy binds to the loved ones caught up in a her ever-changing life stories." - Kathryne Arnold, author


The DSM. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. A voluminous, invaluable tool used by psychotherapists the world over to diagnose individuals with mental illness. Referenced by Samantha Clark countless times throughout her career, never suspecting that one day it would save her life.

Samantha receives a seemingly innocent but anonymous letter, and overnight her world changes forever. She becomes a victim in a frightening game of cat-and-mouse, a nightmare that begins when her boyfriend, Todd, fails to return to the wellness retreat they own in the woods of Florida. Working closely with police, Samantha and two trusted friends discover that Todd’s disappearance is linked to a series of murders occurring in a nearby county. They soon find themselves prey to a mentally ill patient from Samantha’s past, bent on revenge. With time bearing down, they must weave together the clues found in a succession of ominous letters and the DSM to save Todd. Their mission to unravel the mystery behind the kidnapping plunges them into a terrifying maze of danger, deception, and madness.

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"An excellent psychological thriller written in a simplistic language and a plot that is well thought out and easy to follow." - Beck Valley Books"

"Well-written convoluted plot that stirs the heartbeat and sends chills down the spine." - review from Amazon


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***MY HONEST REVIEW OF THE FEAR OF THINGS TO COME***

Samantha Clark was living her life-long dream of owning a holistic retreat. Having her boyfriend Todd, and two best friends living and working along side her made it even better. With everything running smooth, the retreat is slowly working its way out of debt. Everything is looking good, until Todd suddenly disappears. When Samantha starts receiving strange letters at the same time as his disappearance, it becomes obvious that they are connected. As the letters get more disturbing, it’s apparent that the kidnapper is connected to Samantha’s past psychotherapy career. And with Samantha being his end goal, time is running out for Todd.

This psychological thriller had me on edge continuously. Donnie was beyond scary, especially knowing how his mind was working. I did like how the author reflected the serene with the chaos, and not just with the retreat, but also with Jeremy. As with the first book, I was disappointed with the supernatural aspect. I wanted and kept expecting more. Even with how disturbing this story was, I still want to read its continuation.

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About the Author
I was raised in the northeastern United States, in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country, and resided in a half-dozen homes or towns throughout my growing up years. My father was a reverend with a flourishing career, moving the family to various parishes as his calling dictated, which I view in a positive light as I was exposed to different communities and lifestyles. After graduating from high school at the age of seventeen, I moved with my father to Massachusetts.

Thrilled to begin college in New England, I jumped in with both feet and managed to excel in biological and psychological studies upon which I secured my very first "real" job as a Senior Psychiatric Counselor at a group home for adults with mental illness. Wanting to further my learning, I attended Suffolk University in Beacon Hill in Boston, and graduated two years later, obtaining a Masters degree in Counseling and Human Relations.   Over the next twenty years I concentrated further on my work in counseling and social services and became a licensed practitioner.

Several years ago, due to a deep longing to express my feelings in an alternative manner, I literally sat down one day and began writing my first novel. The resultant book, The Resurrection of Hannah, had been born out of a series of powerful dreams, along with compelling and coexisting experiences that inspired me to create a story that would capture the strength of my emotions. I had a yearning to shape a tale based around individuals in my life that I believed would make engaging characters. I had a strong desire to experience a higher level of creativity, to literally produce something out of nothing- a fascinating and challenging endeavor I could not ignore. It was during this time that I became a clinical hypnotherapist and a nationally certified counselor, as well as starting a private practice as a psychotherapist.   I also decided to move back to friends and family in Florida and worked again at the local Hospice, then more recently in community mental health. Once bitten by the writing bug, I could not help but pen my second work of fiction, The Fear of Things to Come. I am now in the process of writing another novel in what I consider a unique collection of adventure stories, the third in the Samantha Clark Mystery Series.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

The Labyrinth Wall Book Review





The Labyrinth Wall (Obsidian Series Book 1)

By Emilyann Girdner

Araina’s isolated teenage life is forever altered when she witnesses a man emerge through a rippling wall into the dark labyrinth she calls home. As a result of the stranger’s arrival, Araina’s Creators have unleashed a series of magical attacks using the labyrinth against its inhabitants. Now Araina must decide if she will trust potentially deceitful allies in order to reach safety on the other side of the labyrinth wall. 

The Labyrinth Wall is the story of a young woman who discovers that although labyrinth walls confine her and her enemies try to repress her, the power of hope can set her free. 

Will the walls that confine her be the walls that set her free? 

4.7 Star, Amazon Best-Selling Novel.




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***MY HONEST REVIEW OF THE LABYRINTH WALL***

 Araina lives in a world made by the Creators. She is of a race called the Mahk also their creations. While the Creators live lavishly inside a castle, Ariana’s world is a labyrinth of starvation, greed, barrenness, and no one is to be trusted. One day while fighting with Darith, a fellow Mahk, they both witness a strange man being pursued by guards, burst right through the stone labyrinth wall. This begins a journey that Araina could never have imagined and changes her life forever.

This was a world I could not imagine. I could feel how lonely Araina was, and the helplessness of her situation. There was one spot that I didn’t understand and it never was explained. How was Sir Riddles in the tree with Araina? I thought it would be revealed later, but it wasn't. I can see how this story can continue into the next phase. I don’t know if Araina and friends are any better where they ended up, but I look forward to finding out, and learning more about Korun and Vickon.

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**The above opinions are 100% my own, whether I purchased the book or it was given to me to review.


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Biography

Though she was born in Germany and raised in Turkey until the age of five, Emilyann Girdner spent the majority of her grade school years in Tallahassee, Florida. She discovered early she had a love for stories. Reading books, Though she was born in Germany and raised in Turkey until the age of five, Emilyann Girdner spent the majority of her grade school years in Tallahassee, Florida. She discovered early she had a love for stories. Reading books, watching movies and then acting them out with friends or toys gave living an extra flavor. This is likely why she spent the first part of her college career studying Creative Writing, before switching to Graphic Design and then graduating with a BFA in Digital Art from Missouri State University in 2011. Her writing has appeared on websites and blogs including Center for Work Life, Easter Seals Florida, MU Museum of Art & Archaeology's Musings and Examiner.com. She is best known for her Amazon Best-Selling novel, The Labyrinth Wall. Emilyann is now living and working in Florida.

To truly understand this Author, there are two things to know about her. Emilyann hopes to share a love for others and God in all she does. She believes that imagination sparks beauty in the soul.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Lost in Texas Book Review





Lost in Texas: The Owen D'Monet Story

By Owen D'Monet and Felix Fortuna

Lost in Texas: The Owen D’Monet Story (Adult Language, Adult Humor, Adult Content - it’s very Adult) is the tale of a guy and his struggle to survive with defaulted Student Loans, the bane of his existence. In search of hope and kindred spirits, he has been lured to a town in Texas by a public relations campaign advertising “Keep Lostin Goofy,” but he finds the place to be just another city in the grips of the Corporate Pursuit of Crappiness. His inexcusable, inescapable past catches up with him right off the bat, and it’s all he can do as a member of the All-American reject crowd to find a job, job, job and stay homeful while navigating through one crisis, crisis, crisis after another. It’s a funny story if you are not him.




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***MY HONEST REVIEW OF LOST IN TEXAS***

Owen D'Monet moved to Lostin, Texas attempting to outrun his overdue student loan bill collectors. Feeling that corporate America is out to get him, it doesn't take long for him to conclude that his circumstances will not be improved in this town, possibly anywhere.

First of all, I liked Owen very much. It was comical all of the circumstances he found himself in. With incidents like the bike spitting failure, the interview fart, and the Mexican kidnapping, I couldn't help but enjoy the story. The one thing I didn't like was the entire dialog he was constantly spouting. He is one of those people that I call a talker. Someone who never shuts up, and doesn't let you get a word in edgewise. I don't think I would be able to be around him for very long. But, in the long run, he's very likable.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Smugglers 3 Book Review


             



Smugglers 3 Accidental Kingpin

By Gerald McCallum

From Florida to Hawaii

The smuggling never stops and neither does the killing. Ride along with Geraldo who never planned on smuggling drugs. You might say the first batch of cocaine simply fell into his lap about ten miles off the coast of Miami. He and his buddies can't resist the riches the first hundred pounds of the premium white stuff represents. It is the start of their journey through hell. 

Bullets and Bodies

Geraldo discovers that he has a talent for smuggling drugs. But his gift brings out the worst in his opponents. Journey with Geraldo as he outsmarts the drug cartel. When his lifestyle wrecks havoc on his family, Geraldo finds he has an even greater ability to deliver revenge to those who cross him.

  
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***MY HONEST REVIEW OF SMUGGLERS 3***

During a friendly fishing trip, Geraldo and his friends come across a floating cooler containing 44 kilos of cocaine. They agree to cut and sell it in small quantities so as not to create suspicion. Before long though, they are spending money galore. which in turn puts them in the radar of crooked cops and the Mexican cartel.

I honestly didn't enjoy this book as much as the first two. Even though a few of the original characters were brought back, it still was lacking for me. All the carelessness and callousness had me constantly fearing for Geraldo's family. I guess greed is an addictive motivator. I also noticed that the author used the title of one of his books in the story. That was a nice touch. I would have liked more story along that line though. I think it would have added a little more strength to the scene.
  
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Gerald McCallum
Gerald "Mack" McCallum is an entrepreneur with the spirit of a true adventurer. He started out as a 15-year-old runaway who ended up on a Mexican beach where he and all the other Americans there were arrested. After 11 days in a Mexican prison, his aunt bought his freedom for $1000. Mack soon joined the Navy where he flew off an aircraft carrier to patch planes in war zones. Later, he became a successful sales executive for a national company, his work taking him from Las Vegas to Tucson and on to Florida where he lived on a houseboat in the Keys. Mack was an avid bodybuilder and is trained in "close combat" with edge weapons. He has scuba dived all over the world and is skilled as a skeet and trap shooter. He is now living out his dream of being a writer of novels filled with graphic violence based on people he's met over his years of travel and observation. His favorite author is John D. MacDonald. His favorite books are Dirty White Boys and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. He also loves watching shows like Breaking Bad and Deadwood.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Dragon Wife Book Review




 

Dragon Wife (Dragon Clan)

By Diana Green

The clan is waking. After centuries of spellbound sleep, dragon-shifters are returning to the mountains. They are few in number, and the outside world has become overrun with humans. 


Huroth, the dragon chieftain, recognizes a need for his kind to adapt, by forming alliances and mate-bonds with humans, but his clan is divided. From the first time she meets him, Lady Orwenna is drawn to the magnificent chieftain. The mind link he forms with her is both fascinating and frightening, as is the powerful attraction she feels for him. If only she knew what was in his heart. 

Does he want her for the woman she is, or for her magical abilities? When war breaks out between kingdoms and ancient enemies of the dragons resurface, the clan will be tested. In the midst of uncertainty, can Huroth and Orwenna find their way together? 


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***MY HONEST REVIEW OF DRAGON WIFE***

 Orwenna dreamed of experiencing romance, adventure and mystery in her future. Reality crushed those dreams when her father betrothed her to Rollin, a boring, uncaring man who worked with her father. She knew she had to do something drastic to avoid this turn of events. That opportunity came when she overheard the King telling her uncle about an imminent attack that would need the help of the Dragon people. Several years before, an alliance had been made with Huroth, chieftain of the dragons. Orwenna decides to secretly follow the group delivering the message to Huroth. Along the way, the group is killed and it is left to Orwenna to get the message through in time to save the town.

I liked the spunk that Orweena had. I could feel the disappointment she felt with her father and Rollin.  And I also felt how strong the feelings she and Huroth had for each other. If the author carries this story further, I would like to know how her father and Rollin reacted to Orweena’s decision to run. Also, it needs more volume added to her magical abilities and background. I don’t think enough of that was revealed.

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Since her childhood, growing up in New Zealand, Diana has been an avid storyteller. For years she enjoyed teaching art and special education, while continuing to write as a hobby. After she developed chronic fatigue syndrome, a career change was necessary, but happily this led her to become a professional author.



Diana has been a finalist in two nationwide published novel contests, with hopes for more. Her books are mostly fantasy and science fiction, with strong romantic elements. She currently lives in beautiful Washington State, where she writes for The Wild Rose Press.