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Angel Quest, The Beginning by Shane Flynn & Madeline Duffy

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Today I’m happy to present Madeline Duffy and her “Angel Quest” book series.  I’ve attached my review at the end of this feature.

Hello Madeline, and welcome to my blog. Please tell my readers, how did you come to writing?

Hi Mary. Well we started with a non-fiction book about an NDE that a friend had and we felt the story needed to be told.  From there, my co-author Shane and I felt a need to write about the supernatural world of God. 

How did you come up with your stories?

We both have had many supernatural experiences and used this as our basis for our fiction books.  We also brought in many experiences that other Christians have experienced as well.  Although it is a fiction book, many of the experiences have really happened.

Is there a message in your novels you would like your readers to grasp?

Yes, that the supernatural world of God is invisible to us most of the time, but often we get glimpses into it.  God is real and still at work in our lives.

You have created great characters. Which one is your favorite?

Most people love Granny Rose, but I sympathize with Lily and her struggles.  I never had a granny like Granny Rose, so she is a wishful character.  Someone I wish I had in my life.

How much of your books are realistic? Are the experiences based on someone you know or events in your life?

Many of the events are very real and some have happened to either Shane or me.  Others are created from accounts of others.  Our intention was to make it as real as possible with an element of the supernatural.

Who would you cast to play the characters in a movie?

Lily could easily be Halle Berry.  Granny Rose might be Betty White.  JJ could be Matt Damon.  And Rory could be Daniel Dae Kim (Hawaii 5-0)

Are you like any of the characters (and how so)?

I did experience some similar things that Lily lived through, so yes. 

Were the plot and subplots completely planned from the start or did they change during the process, and if so, how?

Yes, many of the subplots kind of created themselves as we went along.  I always had a faint picture of the main plot, but it took twists and turns also, along the way.

What is your main reason for writing?                                                           

Well, we believe in some things that we would like to share with other people. God has blessed us with some glimpses into the supernatural and we would like others to look for it also.  It is glorious and a wonderful experience.

What are the best and the worst aspects of writing?

I found editing to be challenging and never completely done.  I have also found reviews challenging with all the different doctrines within the Christian community.  Some don’t believe in supernatural experiences and condemned the plot, even though it is fiction.  I was taken by surprise by this.  Angels don’t seem like a controversial subject, but I suppose actually seeing one, is.

Please share a little of your current work in progress or ideas for your next novel?

I have started a supernatural account that happened before Genesis.  It has been very hard to write and presently on a back burner as I think it through.

How do you balance marketing one book and writing the next?

I marketed a lot at first without many results.  I have since let up on marketing and just have let it run its own course.  Occasionally I will market, but not often.  I have turned it over to God’s will.

What do you do when you don’t write?

I am normally sitting in either a lot of background noise, or total silence, all depends.  My mind does not depend on a certain environment.  If it is active and thinking along the book’s plot, any environment will do.

Who are your editors and how do you quality control your books?

We are retired and on a sparse income, so we have done all our own editing and cover design.  I figure if the content won’t sell it, nothing else will.

How have you found the experience of self-publishing? What were your highs and lows?

There is a learning curve, for sure, but overall it was fun.  We enjoyed the whole experience.

What do you like best about writing? What’s your least favorite thing?

I would say good reviews are the most rewarding thing.  I always pray that it will cause someone to think in a deeper sense toward God.

What is your advice to new indie writers?

Just dive in and do it.  It will be a good experience no matter.

Who are your favorite independent writers?

My eyes have gotten worse over the years and I don’t read much anymore.  So, I can’t say that I have any.

Who are your favorite authors and what is your favorite book?

My favorite books are childhood favorites mostly, The Secret Garden and Little PrincessThe Late Great Planet Earth has affected me the most spiritually other than the Bible itself.

What books or authors have influenced you the most? Is there a writer that you consider a mentor? Do you have a favorite?

Hal Lindsay with his insight into the mysteries of the Bible probably influenced my writing the most.  Looking for and finding the mysteries of the Bible.

What book are you currently reading and in what format (e-book/paperback/hardcover)?

I am currently reading your book Mary, When Angels Fly.  It is an eBook.  I have an Empath personality, so I am hoping to be able to finish it without falling apart emotionally.  Losing a child has to be the most painful event in the world.

Do you work with an outline or do you just write?

No I am not that organized and I don’t like that kind of strict structure.  I am a very loosey, goosey type of writer.  I like to go with the flow of the current writing.

What makes you laugh?

Irony, animals with quirks, sometimes sarcasm, absurdity and sometimes human nature with its quirks.

What (not who) would you like to take to a lonely island?

Can’t say that I’d like to be on a lonely island.  But I suppose some kind of communication device, like a phone or computer that worked.

Who would you like to invite for dinner?

I would love to have a sit down dinner with God and ask him about some issues on this planet.  I would especially like to know the reasons for suffering, especially children’s suffering.  I’m sure his answer would satisfy me, but I would love to have a real answer on this.

What would your friends say are your best and your oddest quality?

I am quirky and love to be free.  I don’t like restraints of any kind.  I speak my mind, to some people’s displeasure.  You don’t have to guess where you stand with me, I will honestly tell you.

Tell us about your other books?

We have three novellas in the Angel Quest series and one non-fiction about a near death experience of a friend of ours.  We were amazed to hear his story and wanted to put it into written form for others to hear.

How do you handle criticism of your work?

It depends on the criticism.  If it is constructive and helpful, I like it.  If it is just an opinion about doctrine, I find it annoying.  I actually had one Christian upset that our friend who had the near death experience was still a sinner when he returned.  I was shocked.  That’s the entire point of the book and the hope it emanates.  She totally missed the whole point of the experience.

Author Bio

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Shane Flynn and Madeline Duffy are co-authors that decided to tell a story about Lily Carpenter.  Like many of us, she’s struggling and learning about things in this world and the supernatural world at the same time.   The authors, having both experienced supernatural occurrences of their own (that are unexplainable in the world view) can both say that there IS a supernatural world surrounding us.

Just how do you explain the supernatural without sounding like a kook?  How do you tell people that a supernatural world really exists?  There is great risk in giving testimony to supernatural events.  People may label you as crazy or even as a liar.  The world does not seem willing to embrace the powerful supernatural world of the Almighty God.  But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.  Whether you believe it or not, it does exist.  Your belief or disbelief doesn’t change the reality of its existence, it only affects your ability to tap into it and/or see it.  I strongly urge you to tap into it.

Retired from business, they have hobbies ranging from model ship building, painting, traveling and now writing.  Both are well educated with multiple college degrees between the two of them.  One is Southern born and bred, the other a Yankee.  Their varied life experiences combine in a sense of adventure and exploration.  Shane’s business experience is mainly entrepreneurship; Madeline’s is engineering and entrepreneurship.  Together they make a remarkable team, complementing each other in most areas of life.  They met under compelling circumstances and seemed destined to enjoy a relationship together.  God works in the most mysterious ways.

Since this is a co-authored book, you may find an inter-twining account of events.  As in any book, you may find us drifting into philosophical and thought provoking ideas.  We have found that we agree on many things and we feel this is reflected in our work.  Although this is fiction, you may find that supernatural events are common in our world.  Maybe you have had one of your own.

Review: Angel Quest, The Beginning by Shane Flynn & Madeline Duffy.

First the author’s book blurb found on Amazon. “Unexpected acts of fate throw Lily Carpenter into a search to find angels. What starts out as an ordinary day quickly turns into a supernatural search that will not only enlighten her but expand her life in directions that she’s never imagined. Lily’s life is about to implode and in the process she will discover hidden secrets in the Bible that she’s never noticed before. Her Granny Rose’s heartfelt experience will instruct her granddaughter on the mysteries she, herself has discovered. Lily has always thought of herself as a Christian, but it’s taken a backseat in her life of family and kids – not anymore. Everything will change as Lily discovers a new life in the supernatural world of God and His angels. Lily has been drifting through life without much purpose or depth. She will discover that we all have a purpose on this planet that we inhabit – many purposes in fact. A supernatural world has been surrounding her the whole time, but has gone unnoticed as the reality of this world distracts her from the reality of the supernatural world. Two worlds intersect at some axis – journey with Lily and Granny Rose to find that axis and see the supernatural. The first in a series of realistic, contemporary fiction eBooks, Madeline Duffy and Shane Flynn explode into the world of writing – achieving 5 star reviews right from the start. The second book in the series, Angel Quest, Take Flight has now been published and is available at most major book retailers. Don’t miss the first eBook that prepares for the second book which takes Lily Carpenter even further into the supernatural world. This supernatural world is available to all and just waiting to be discovered.”

I found Angel Quest, The Beginning a unique read. This novella is a fast, easy read, and quite enjoyable. The characters are well developed and the narrative makes you feel like you are right there with the main character, Lily. Lily is in a car accident on her way to her grandmother’s home. Grandma Rose tells Lily biblical quotes and how she can see darkness and light – the light of God. At first, Lily tosses her words aside, but events occur that culminates in Lily’s belief, and her faith. Granny Rose teaches Lily that belief is good, but faith is stronger. Despite marriage issues in Lily’s life, she does turn herself around through faith. This story could use some editing and polish.  I give four stars.

Links to Social Media

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Books

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Angel Quest, The Beginning

Angel Quest, Take Flight

Angel Quest, Insights

 

 

 

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This entry was posted on October 19, 2016. 1 Comment

Review: Walking Over Eggshells: Surviving Mental Abuse by Lucinda E Clarke

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Walking Over Eggshells: Surviving Mental Abuse by Lucinda E Clarke

I have just finished reading “Walking Over Eggshells: Surviving Mental Abuse” by Lucinda E. Clarke and my review will follow Clarke’s book blurb on Amazon.

“Walking Over Eggshells is an autobiography that tells the story of a mentally abused child, who married a “Walter Mitty” clone. They moved from England to Kenya, from Libya to Botswana and on again to South Africa. It took all her courage to survive in situations that were at times dangerous, sometimes humorous, but always nerve wracking. She had a variety of jobs, different types of homes, and was both a millionairess and totally broke. She met royalty, hosted ambassadors, and won numerous awards for her writing and television programs. She also climbed over garbage dumps, fended off bailiffs, and coped being abandoned in the African bush with a seven-week-old baby with no money or resources. She admits to being the biggest coward in the world, but her survival instincts kicked in and she lived to tell her story. This book will make you laugh and cry and hopefully inspire others who did not have the best start in life either. All names have been changed to protect both the guilty and the innocent – and that includes the author as well!”

I have had this book for a while now and in order to decide which book I was going to read next, I spun my Kindle carousel and landed right here, on this book. With trepidation and a flow exhale of air, I started this book. I dreaded reading this book as I thought it would bring back my own PTSD and life of abuse, but I took the plunge! I felt a connection with Lucinda as both our mother’s had a narcissistic personality disorder. Despite Clarke’s home life, the life she led with her husband, who simply drifted from job to job, and the ongoing mental abuse from her mother – due to an ongoing adult relationship, Clarke arose victorious! Clarke’s career in writing and broadcasting is highly inspirational. Despite life situations, Clarke rose up to become extraordinary in her journey, and she is rich in her humanity! Within all the grief and sadness, Clarke wove uplifting pieces of her own motherhood, and adventures, which never satisfied her mother, sadly. Clarke maintains her self-esteem, something of which I struggle with to this very day, at age 56.

The pace is uneven in her story, and the descriptions in her narrative are well done. This well written narrative holds numerous messages that most everyone can take something away from this story, and apply it to their own lives, or the lives of others. I know writing this story had to have been cathartic for Clarke. Everyone wants love from their mother’s and some don’t ever receive it, sadly.

This entry was posted on October 18, 2016. 2 Comments

Review of Jazz Baby by Beem Weeks

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Jazz Baby by Beem Weeks

I have just finished reading Jazz Baby by Beem Weeks, but first a teaser from Beem on Amazon’s website.

‘While all of Mississippi bakes in the scorching summer of 1925, sudden orphan-hood wraps its icy embrace around Emily Ann “Baby” Teegarten, a pretty young teen.

Taken in by an aunt bent on ridding herself of this unexpected burden, Baby Teegarten plots her escape using the only means at her disposal: a voice that brings church ladies to righteous tears, and makes both angels and devils take notice. “I’m going to New York City to sing jazz,” she brags to anybody who’ll listen. But the Big Apple–well, it’s an awful long way from that dry patch of earth she’d always called home.

So when the smoky stages of New Orleans speakeasies give a whistle, offering all sorts of shortcuts, Emily Ann soon learns it’s the whorehouses and opium dens that can sidetrack a girl and dim a spotlight…and knowing the wrong people can snuff it out.

Jazz Baby just wants to sing–not fight to stay alive.”

For being the first book written by Weeks, I must say that the structure of this book is excellent. The narrative is crafted well and the characters are unique in that the setting isn’t one that a person would usually read for this era. Since it takes place in the roaring 20’s, I would say this is a historical fiction book even though the narrator is a teenage girl.  The pace is nice and fast.

A poor young girl, Emily Ann Teegarten (Baby Teegarteen) has just started puberty when she suddenly loses her father in the first chapter, and her mother is suspected of killing him, leaving Emily Ann an orphan. She ends up under the care of her aunt Frannie and a friend of her father, Tanyon  Thibbedeaux. Emily Ann must navigate and sing jazz in an adult world of speakeasies, crude talk, flappers and depravity.

Emily Ann narrates this story in an adult language and world, yet she just started puberty which contradicts each other. She is an innocent young teenager who is thrust into a foreign world of such depravity that is the opposite of what her life had been prior. She went from singing church hymns and being raised on a farm with no plumbing, to a life of jazz, filled with adults, sexual depravity, intense, erotic, and other adventures at such a young age of 13. Emily Ann speaks of these happenings in a manner that really a young teenager wouldn’t or shouldn’t be narrating.

Having known many who have been sexually abused at young ages, this part of Jazz Baby was a real turnoff for me. She discovers how to use her sexuality at age 13, and for me this just isn’t right. I’m not a prude, but still, this was a turn off for me. Tanyon started off by helping Emily Ann, and then he betrays her to save himself, after which Emily Ann was abused in every way possible. Many things happen and I won’t give away any spoilers, but Emily Ann does come into her own, and for that I was grateful.  I rate this book as four stars.

This entry was posted on October 17, 2016. 1 Comment

Give Them Their Flowers Now (#RRBC)

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Many, many, many (many) years ago, there was a gospel song that I loved by the Rev. James Cleveland that said “Give me my flowers… right now. If you feel like I deserve anything, don’t wait ’til I’m dead and gone.  If I’ve been nice to you or done something to make you happy along the way, then give me my few  lil’ flowers now, so I can see the beauty that they bring.”

This song came to mind after I received an email this morning from one of my dear friends and fellow member of the RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB.  Since this message was sent to me privately, I will not disclose who this member is, but because it was so beautiful and touched my heart so tremendously, I feel that I would be selfish to keep it all to myself.  (I have removed the name and other…

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Author Interview With Lisanne Harrington

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Today I’m glad to present Lisanne Harrington, whose book is called MOONSPELL,  Book 1 of the Wolf Creek Mysteries.  I’ve attached my review at the end of this feature.

Hello Lisanne, and welcome to my blog.

Thanks so much. Happy to be here.

Please tell my readers, how did you come to writing?

I can’t remember a time when I didn’t write. But I got serious about it after I left the corporate world back in 2006, took every online class I could find and really sharpened my skills and expanded my writing toolbox.

How do you come up with your stories?

They just come to me. It’s sort of like watching a movie in my mind. The characters start talking to me, sometimes months before they’re ready to actually tell me their story. With Moonspell, James and Beth struggled to be heard over each other, always vying for my attention. Finally, they worked it out and started telling me the Wolf Creek story. All I did was transcribe what they said.

Is there a message in your novels you would like your readers to grasp?

It’s important to be true to yourself. You are worthy. You are not alone. We all go through the same things. No matter what anyone else thinks, don’t be afraid to just be who you are.

You have created great characters. Which one is your favorite?

James is pretty cool, but I’d have to say Beth is my favorite. (Just don’t tell HIM that! J )

How much of your books are realistic? Are the experiences based on someone you know or events in your life?

Except for the whole werewolf thing, I think MOONSPELL is very realistic. Unfortunately, there are predators out there who murder for sport. And I think many adults tend to forget that kids are people too, with their own thoughts and opinions that shouldn’t be discounted simply because of their age.

I had a Logic and Deductive Reasoning teacher in college who murdered his wife and her lover (how’s that for logic!), but I’ve been fortunate enough not to have known anyone who was murdered. I did have a best friend as a child who died, although from natural causes and not at the hands of a monster.

I have had teachers like Mrs. Sommes, so battle-weary and time-worn that they seem to be counting down the days to retirement. They are the teachers kids can’t bond with or respect, and as a result, rarely learn from.

I was discounted as a child by many adults who didn’t want to hear my opinions (of which I had many, I’m proud to say).

Who would you cast to play the characters in a movie?

Ooh, that’s a good question. Let’s see… I actually had to do some research on this, but I think I’ve decided on Preston Bailey for James and Francesca Capaldi for Beth. Sheriff Brazelton could be played by Idris Elba, and Corin Nemec would make a great Riggs. Mark Wahlberg as Robbie Manarro and Lauren Graham as Annette Manarro. Laura San Giacomo would be a perfect Aunt Judy.

Are you like any of the characters (and how so)?

Beth is a lot like I was at her age: opinionated, confident, and a little too smart for her britches…

Were the plot and subplots completely planned from the start or did they change during the process, and if so, how?

Just about everything beyond the basic plot changed as I wrote. Even the killer changed two or three times! The characters seemed to delight in telling me different versions of the events and it took some time to sort everything out.

What is your main reason for writing?

Might as well ask why I breathe.

What are the best and the worst aspects of writing?

The best is creating a story that delights my readers. The worst is that so much of my time is spent locked away from my family and friends as I create those stories. The best and worst at the same time is that I suffer from a touch of social anxiety, so it’s really hard for me to get out there and meet people, have signings and readings and just generally mix it up with people. Once I’m there, though, I usually enjoy it. But being an introvert as well, I need time alone after these events to recharge.

Please share a little of your current work in progress or ideas for your next novel.

I just sent Moon Watch, the second Wolf Creek mystery, in to my publisher.  It’s two years after Moonspell, and James is struggling with who he is, much like many sixteen-year-olds. Beth and her mom have moved away, and James is on his own until he meets Shaniqua and her friend Watts. They band together against the Beautiful People who target them throughout the school year. Then the Beautiful People begin to disappear, and James wonders if it could possibly be happening again…

How do you balance marketing one book and writing the next?

Moonspell is my first published book, so I definitely have a lot to learn about this. So far, I take a few hours a day to market and have hired a publicist to help me, and spend the rest of my time working on Moon Shadows, the third and final book in the series.

What do you do when you don’t write?

I love to watch reruns of Gilmore Girls (can’t WAIT for the movies) and Eureka, horror movies like Sharknado and Fido, cooking/baking competition shows like Worst Cooks in America and Halloween Wars, and Investigation Discovery crime shows. I also spend a lot of time playing with my Miniature Pinscher and favorite clown, Fiona.

Who are your editors and how do you quality control your books?

I’m a bit of a perfectionist and write and revise many drafts. Moonspell took thirteen drafts and Moon Watch six. Plus I have an ace beta reader who can find even the smallest error or inconsistency. And of course, Faith and Shannon, my editors, keep me on track as well.

What is your advice to new writers?

Never give up.  **holds thumb and index finger up, about a half inch apart**  I was this close to quitting when I found my publisher. Took me ten years, but it was important to me that I go with a smaller, boutique publisher with whom I could form a real, meaningful relationship.

I really wanted to be published and couldn’t really see myself doing anything else but writing. You have to be true to yourself, write what you want to write and go for it.

Also, don’t believe the old adage that tells you to “write what you know.” That’s what research is for! If we only wrote what we knew, how boring would that be? For us and our readers.

Who are your favorite authors and what is your favorite book?

I have several “favorite” authors: Alex Kava, Jodi Piccoult, Bentley Little, Stephen King, Joe Hill, Andrew Klavan, Lisa Scottoline. I could go on. My bookcases are jammed with different writers. As for my favorite book, I could never pick just one, but there are a few I read over and over: Needful Things by Stephen King, NOS4A2 by Joe Hill, and the whole Maggie O’Dell series by Alex Kava.

The one book that holds special meaning for me is Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe. When I was a little kid, I had to bring big brown paper shopping bags on Troll Book Day because I always ordered more books than I could carry. Finally, my fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Carmona, got tired of watching me lug a dozen or so books home every month, gave me her copy of Robinson Crusoe and told me to expand my horizons. It was the first “adult” book I read, and I never looked back! Thank you, Mrs. Carmona.

What books or authors have influenced you the most? Is there a writer that you consider a mentor? Do you have a favorite?

I think Stephen King has influenced me a lot with how he portrays his characters. They seem like they could be your neighbors and friends. I hope my characters feel as realistic. I learned a lot from his book On Writing, and refer to it often.

As for a mentor, that would be the fabulous Bonnie Hearn Hill. She was one of my first writing teachers as an adult, and her teaching has been invaluable to me. Her students call her tough-but-fair critiques “getting filleted.” She truly wants her students to succeed and takes pride in them when they do. She has encouraged me and cheered each of my accomplishments since the beginning. I owe her a lot.

What book are you currently reading and in what format (e-book/paperback/hardcover)?

I don’t read many eBooks. Having worn glasses since I was seven coupled with the fact that I spend so much time writing on the computer that when I read, I like to give my eyes a break from the screen. Besides, there’s nothing quite like the feel and smell of a real book, is there? What am I reading? Well, I’m just finishing up with Library of Lost Souls by Ransom Riggs. Re-reading the series in anticipation of the movie of the first book in the series, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Next up will be either The Fireman by Joe Hill (hardback), or Picture Perfect by Jodi Piccoult (paperback), depending on my mood.

What makes you laugh?

I laugh at Fiona, my little Miniature Pinscher, every day. Frankly, I don’t know what I’d do without her.

What (not who) would you like to take to a lonely island?

That’s easy. Fiona, a case of lined paper and pens, unlimited Diet Dr. Pepper, and my library. Oh, and sunscreen. My Irish skin burns just thinking about the sun…

Who would you like to invite for dinner?

The Stephen King family, Kathrine Hepburn, and Idris Elba.

What would your friends say are your best and your oddest quality?

I’m very loyal to those I care about, and hopefully, they’d say that was my best quality (!). As for my oddest, like I mentioned earlier, I have a bit of social anxiety and depression, and I’m also an introvert, and I think that’s hard for a lot of people to understand.

Tell us about your other books?

There are two more books in the Wolf Creek Mystery series, but I also have a stand-alone adult mystery coming out soon called Murder in the Family. When Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy Dana S. Sinclair’s mother is murdered twenty years after her father’s murder, she can’t just sit back and let others investigate, even if it means losing her beloved job. When a packet of photographs of Dana as a child shows up on her doorstep, her whole world is thrown into chaos, and she begins to question her very existence. Has her dead father returned from the grave to murder her mother and drive Dana crazy?

Murder in the Family explores the way our familial relationships color our lives, how far we will go to uncover the truth and what happens when we find out that our entire life has been based on a lie.

How do you handle criticism of your work?

I hope with grace, dignity, and a little humor!

My Review

Moonspell: Book 1 of the Wolf Creek Mysteries 

by Lisanne Harrington  

First a blub from the author:

“The nightmare of Wolf Creek starts the night of the last full moon in the summer of 2013, and the close-knit little community will never be the same again. Someone—or something—is murdering the townspeople during each month’s full moon. Incredibly, no one connects the murders to the cycle of the moon. At least, not until fourteen-year-old James Manarro is confronted by his eleven-year-old cousin Beth Ann with her suspicions about the identity of the killer. A werewolf. At first, James just laughs it off, but with each vicious murder, he’s forced to admit that Beth may be right…and one, or both, of them might be its next victims.”

I was given an ‘advanced review copy’ to read, and so I can only comment on this copy. “Moonspell” was published under a small (indie) press and I hope they edited the errors in spelling, grammar, and format before publishing.

Harrington has written a great YA/Horror book, she has woven the story tight, and the flow is smooth and easy. I can easily see young adults and lovers of horror stories loving this narrative of murder, mystery, and more. That said, I truly think this book should only be read by those age 18 and older (I’m not a prude – but some scenes and use of cussing/swear words necessitates my feelings and thoughts in this regard. Descriptions of rotting fetuses, etc. are a huge turnoff).

Harrington easily describes her characters and the overall feel and flow makes for a steady to fast read. Her descriptions of characters and surroundings are so good that they almost garner a five star review. In so many ways this book truly should be in the Horror category. Harrington’s imagination clearly comes out in the narrative. I give a four star rating for this book. If Harrington can provide me with an updated fully revised and edited eBook, I will revise my rating as appropriate. 

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Author Bio:

After sixteen years as a paralegal, I staged a coup and left the straight-laced corporate world behind forever. Now I pander to my muse, a sarcastic little so-and-so who delights in getting the voices in my head to either all speak at once in a cacophony of noise or to remain completely silent. Only copious amounts of Diet Cherry Dr. Peppers and hamburgers will ensure their complicity in filling my head with stories of serial killers, werewolves, and the things that live under your bed.

I like scary clowns, coffee with flavored creamer, and French fries. Lots and lots of French fries.

I live in SoCal, in the small town fashioned after Moonspell’s Wolf Creek, with my Beloved husband, oldest daughter and persistently rowdy, always-has-to-have-the-last-word Miniature Pinscher, Fiona.

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This entry was posted on October 13, 2016. 1 Comment

7 Tips on writing your first book #amwriting

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Many people aspire to write a book, and mosthave no idea where to start. There are many ways to become a writer, but they all come down to one important activity…

Tip 1: Write stuff…

I am a great believer in not trying to eat the whole elephant. If you want to be a writer, and to write a book, you have to start by writing stuff. Unconstrained,nonsense, and whatever pops into your head. Try different genres and styles. Try forsomething short, and then tryforsomething long.

After about 20 years of doing this…just kidding! After doing this for a while, which will be different for every writer, you start to get the hang of writing, and something interesting starts to unfold…which is usually a story idea.

Tip 2: When you get a story idea…

Create: Verb. The act of banging your head on the desk until something interesting pops out.

Maybe you have spent a bit of time at Tip 1, playing about with ideas before…

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