Over There, A short story

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Over there, where I was a second ago, lies a body. Not just a body. It’s my friend, Stacy. Only it’s not Stacy, not anymore. I’m not sure if she went somewhere, like heaven, or her ever being rest only in my mind. But, I can say with certainty she’s dead from the wide open stare and her expression of horror and confusion. Though, her lifeless eyes suggested nothing. It’s her mouth ajar in a cry, and a solemn why that tells her story. What’s left of her lay fetal, vulnerable… posed fearful.

I came out of a stupor staring at the cop with his weapon drawn. The same cop Stacy chastised for making us leave before dark. He had a scared look in his eyes as he scanned the park. I stood there waiting for… I can’t say. Maybe a part of me thought Stacy would get up, and we’d run together, create distance between us and the cop.

“Stay right there,” he said, kneeling next to Stacy.

“You killed her.”

He leaned over Stacy’s body and touched her neck. “Shit.”

I focused on Stacy’s journal a foot from where the officer stood. Her words were there, everything that happened to her, her dreams, our friendship, Joey. That’s how I learned about Joey. I told her Joey was too old for her. He had a driver’s license, and she was only twelve. Anyway, Joey was Stacy’s secret shared only with me, but now the cop will read her words. I didn’t want him to because they were private. But then again, it didn’t matter anymore, she’s gone. Besides, there’s another entry in her journal that occupied my mind. Stacy feared the police. She said they’d rob, assault, and commit murder. Her uncle Bernie was a cop, she said, and he told her stories about corruption. The cop will read our journals and kill me for sure.

He shoved the journal under his belt and said, “Come with me.”

I turned to run, not knowing if it was a good idea, he had a gun, I had my journal. What could I do with my journal? Cower feebly behind the six by nine soft leather pages of my life? Truth, that’s what I did, even tried to hide my face behind it as I took a tiny step.

The cop held his hand out, palm facing me. “No, no, no. Listen, you need to come with me.”

Car light’s flashed across the ground and a moment of hope entered my fast beating heart. I didn’t have to do as he demanded. I could run.

“Now!”

The cop stepped over Stacy’s body and reached for me. I stumbled back in fear as he grabbed my arm and pulled me close. A few seconds later we were behind a tree. I realized I was a witness to Stacy’s murder, and he hid me to prevent a witness to mine. Stacy wrote in her journal; they’d leave no survivors.

“I want to go home.” The cop pressed his hand across my mouth, my head against the tree.

Moments later he removed his sweaty hand. “What’s your name?” As if it mattered.

“I don’t have to tell you my…”

“Shush….”

Twigs snapped over to the left. Branches and leaves rustled. Someone’s over there, hiding in the bushes.

“Help!”

The cop forced my mouth shut with a firm squeeze. I kicked and wiggled my body. I believed whoever it was, they were there to save me. Who else would be in these woods after dark, but a hero, a concerned citizen who saw the cop kill Stacy. With only seconds to think out all the possibilities, one resounding conclusion came to me. I wanted to go home.

So I bit the cop. Hard.

He yelled, in a loud whisper, though, and then he released me. The freedom now scarier than being forced to hug the tree, should I run? He could shoot me in the back or chase after me, he could choke me, and I wouldn’t be able to breathe. For a few seconds, those fears held me to that tree until a loud voice trumped the myriad of thoughts in my head. It screamed.

Run. Now!

I forced my body away from the tree, dropped my journal, and raced deeper into the park with the cop’s metallic blood in my mouth. Visibility diminished in the darkness as I headed in the opposite direction of home.

The flight being my best chance, it didn’t matter where I ran as long as it got me away from the cop.

The sound of the gun blasted, followed by an echo. I kept running into the darkness of the woods. Tree branches whipped my face and flailing arms. Bullets whizzed by, close, grave. I spit the blood from my mouth as I searched for a place to hide before the edge of the trees met the river.

During my race for life, the woods developed a grave quiet. Not the sanctuary I imagined, thereupon I found loneliness to be upsetting. Of the many noises from insects, birds, and small critters, even the wind easing between branches, not to mention my breath. It was the silence of the cop, worrisome and creepy, that boosted my fear.

I slowed my breathing. Every bone in my body cemented in place. The slightest movement uncharacteristic of wildlife would expose my position. I heard everything and nothing. Where had the cop gone? A branch snapped. My body trembled, knees shook. The darkness I coveted earlier proved peril. I ran myself into a fifty, fifty chance of survival, likewise the cop of success. His steps were slow, methodical and raising hairs on my neck. I situated myself using a tree as a barrier. Wary of sounds, I eased forward to search for a silhouette of a man holding a gun when an arm wrapped around my chest and a hand covered my mouth.

“Be quiet.”

I recognized his voice and his scent, a commodity from the local dollar store, where most teens purchased cheap cologne. In agreement, I nodded until he removed his hand.

“Joey?”

“Come on, Shelly.”

He joined our hands pulling me along the path to safety. I squeezed his hand. Though, better described as a death grip because nothing could have pried me loose. We traveled alongside the fast flowing water of the river a hundred yards, then broke off southwest.

“We should go the other way, toward town,” I said.

“That’s where he’ll go looking for us.”

I went along with him. He was seventeen and I thirteen, he’d find a better place to hide. Right?  The path narrowed as we went, Joey maneuvered around the trees and rocks with ease. That didn’t strike me as odd, my mind told me the cop was on our trail and Joey was my liberator. I’d follow him off a cliff, or in this case, off the river bank.

The path opened to a clearing and Joey pointed to an old shack. “Over there.”

There was no way that shack could block a bullet. The structure had patches of wood planks covering holes. Joey nudged me to keep moving. I stared at the wicked fort. The building leaned to one side, the door was missing a hinge, and there weren’t any windows.

I halted and snatched Joey back. “Joey, it might fall on us.”

“It’s fine.” 

He grabbed my arm and led me to the door. I leaned forward and peeked inside. 

“I can’t see anything.”

He shoved me through the door. I stumbled inside the small dirt-floored space and cowered in a corner.

Before I could complain, Joey, stepped in and closed the door behind him. “Be quiet.” 

He must have hidden in the shack before because he seemed confident we’d be safe. Not that I could see him. The inside, darker than outside, concealed his demeanor. Regardless, I welcomed Joey’s presence, and besides, most of my focus lay peeking through the cracks in the walls, there a question remained. Where was the cop? 

“I had to do it.”

“Do what?”

“She wanted to tell her Mom.”

He paced the small interior. Something in my gut told me I didn’t want to know the rest.

“She refused to listen.”

The journal. Stacy wrote it in her journal. I didn’t have time to read it before we left. That’s why she was mad at the cop.

Joey slowed his pace as I leaned against the rugged wall.

“I’m sorry you’re dragged into this mess.”

“Joey, what are you saying?”

He dragged his right foot as he approached. As he drew closer he said, “I’m sorry.”

His ominous shadow towered over me. He fumbled for something from his pocket. Whatever it was it seemed to be stuck. I heard his feet scraping across the dirt, his grunts as he battled the item in his pocket.

“Joey?”

“Shut up!”

He’s going to kill me! There I was trapped inside, and I couldn’t run unless I got past Joey. I rushed toward him and grabbed his arm. He pushed me back slamming me against the wall. I bounced off and fell to the floor.

Joey managed to get his gun out of his pocket and he aimed at my head. At first, I squeezed my eyes shut, but he paused. Why? I squinted my eyes open in time to see him turn and face the door.

A bright flash accompanied the sound of the gunshot. Last I saw, before I blacked out, someone yanked Joey out of the shack. A scuffle, yelling and a concise, “You’re under arrest.” I lay there, fetal, wishing I was home. Then everything went dark.  

The door creaked partly open, and I opened my eyes to a bright light glaring through the

entry. I lifted my face from the tear-wet ground and used my feeble arms to push myself up on my knees. The light offered hope. I crawled and cried as I reached for the officer. “That’s it,” he said. “Take my hand.”

Our hands clasped. I rose and walked out of the shack with weak legs and a dry throat. 

“It’s ok. You’re safe now.”

There were people with flashlights wandering between the trees. I’m sure they were looking for me. Why else would they be there?

“Where did Joey go?”

The cop waved his hand to a group of police officers, “Bring a blanket.”  Then he turned and kneeled, “You don’t have to worry.”

“I thought you…”

“Was a bad guy. I know.”

“I’m sorry.”

“It’s ok. It’s hard to tell the difference these days.”

He wrapped a blanket around my shoulders then picked me up and carried me, princess style. I glanced back at the shack.

Over there.

Ten years has passed. I’m twenty-three now. I finished school two years ago, then graduated from the police academy. Cal Hoover’s my partner. The cop who didn’t give up on me, even when my perception of him led me on a dangerous path holding hands with a murderer.

“Hey.”

“I have a name.”

Cal grinned as he approached, “I knew I’d find you here.” He glanced at the shack and back at me. “The one save I’m most honored with, Shelly, you ok?”

I sighed. “Yes.”

Relations between cops and citizens got worse while I schooled. Distrust and paranoia spread fast and infested a large population like an illness. I kept my head straight with memories of the night Stacy died, and of a good cop. I read the papers every day, out loud so Stacy could hear, and this week a shift emerged. People now realize the battle isn’t between cops and citizens. It’s between good and evil. Cal was a hero when he saved me, but the most profound were his words; it’s hard to tell the difference. It got me to thinking and I haven’t stopped.

“Did you forget your date with the kids?”

I elbowed him. “Nope.”

Every night, I visit a youth center and mingle with troubled kids.

“You know…”

“The guys at the station think I am wasting my time.”

Cal removed his jacket. “No, you’re beating the crap out of bad guys.”

He wrapped his jacket around my shoulders. For a moment there I thought he’d carry me, princess style.

“How am I beating them?”

“Those kids respect you…. The guys at the station? They’re fools waiting for the big gun battle that wins the war on crime. But, you had vision. You reached those kids. Your effort hasn’t gone unnoticed. The captain wants to see you in the morning.”

“For what?”

“Channel 7. They want to interview you. Parents are raving about you.” He smirked. “They called the news station.”

We stopped where Stacy died, Cal hugged me tight. “I tried to save her.”

“I was there.”

Cal grinned. “Concerning the young man you’re dating.”

I palmed his chest. “Cal, my dating life is not your business.”

“Did you run a criminal background on him?”

“No. Cal. We’re not talking about this.”

He jogged ahead. “I got it.”

“Got what? Cal, don’t you dare!”

I glanced up at the trees, then at Stacy standing at the path, smiling.  I tucked her journal under my belt and faced Cal. He had the phone to his ear. Is he calling for the background check?

“Cal!”

He held his hands out, palms up, “Just kidding.”

I ran to him and punched his arm. “I’m happy you’re in a good mood because the kids want to meet you.”

“Me? Wait a minute, Shelly.”

“I planned to ask you next week, but since you’re here.”

“No, no, no. I’m not good with kids.”

“Ha. Since when?” I walked to the driver’s side of my Chevy. This time, I wore the grin. “They want to meet the cop who saved my life. Call Lydia, tell her you’ll be late for dinner. Never mind, I’ll call her.”

I pulled my phone from my pocket as Cal walked to his vehicle, grumbling. I went to open my car door and caught a figure in the tree line. Over there, in the shadows, Joey watched from whatever afterlife he dealt himself. I expected revenge, but he appeared mournful. Over to the right, Stacy turned and sung along the path until she disappeared in the mist.

“Ok, ok.” Cal interrupted. “I meet your kids, you let me drill your new boyfriend.”

“Deal. He’ll be there. He’s the director of the youth center.”

Cal wobbled his head. “He’s the director.” He paused. “That doesn’t mean…”

“You’re impossible. Let’s go.” I plunged in the driver’s seat. In the rearview mirror I saw Cal leaning on the car door, staring at me, something told me to look further, so I leaned to my right, peered through the mirror.

I saw Joey standing next to Cal with his fists balled. I scrambled out of the car. “Cal!”

Then Joey disappeared.

Cal got in the car and started the engine. “All right. I’m coming.”

I searched the tree line. No sign of Joey or Stacy. I guess that night will always haunt me.

I sprinted to the Chevy, shifted into drive, and headed northwest. Cal followed.

“Lydia, he’s following me to the youth center. Thanks for understanding. I’ll have him home by ten.”

“Yes, I still see them.”

“I know, I know. I’ll make an appointment….”

Review of The Missing

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The Missing is a perfect psychological thriller. As I read, I wondered when the confusion would end for Greta, and then there’s the other Greta, and the psychologists, the unending nightmare. And Alex. And Momma. If you love psychological thrillers, get this one on your list.

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The Best of WordPress: September 2016

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WordPress.com News

Hi everyone, it’s been a busy few weeks in the world of WordPress, WordPress.com, and Automattic, so I thought I’d share a roundup with all of you! Here’s a rundown:

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Join Automattic’s Worldwide WP 5k 2016

I finished the  Worldwide WordPress 5k ! The 5k started September 19th and ends on September 25th. That’s right the Worldwide WordPress 5k is happening now! This year Worldwide WordPress 5k will “be making a donation to Soles4Souls, a charity dedicated to fighting poverty through the collection and distribution of shoes and clothing.”

My journey? On September 11th my mother gave me a Fitbit for an early birthday present. I love it. In fact I’ve completed a 5k everyday since. Then on Monday September 19th my neighbor challenged me to the Work Week Hustle. I thought, fun, I’ll participate in the #WWWP5k and accept my neighbor’s challenge all in the same week. Yesterday I walked a whopping 16,209 steps.6.66 miles!

I’d love to keep writing but the pavement is lonely without me.

Win An Editing Service

Hello all authors! In case you didn’t hear standoutbooks.com has a $5,222.00 publishing package to give to one lucky winner. Follow this link to enter:

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Kindle Scout Votes

So, I’ve been introduced to Kindle Scout. I submitted my novel Save Nina and watched for 45 days, hoping I’d be selected for publication with Kindle Press. Eh, that didn’t happen, but I have happily published on December 19,2015 and received a five star review within a couple weeks from a new Goodreads friend, Ana Meyer the author of Marie and soon to be released James.

Back to Kindle Scout. I voted for 18 books.3 were chosen for publication and 2 are in review. Another 3 is still in campaign mode. I received a free copy of The Proving by Ken Brosky, because I voted for the book. 5 chapters in and I’m happy with my choice.

As soon as Solstice by Jane Redd and A Necessary Kill by James P Sumner is published I’ll receive copies, read them and leave a review at Goodreads and Amazon. The program is new and the results or success is yet to be discovered. I’ve discovered a fun way to get my reading in for 2016 as I work my next novels over at Write On.

Where I will be in 2016. Should anyone venture please feel free to connect on these great sites.

Save Nina @Kindle Scout!

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Hello everyone,

My latest book Save Nina launched over at Kindle Scout! This is my first time submitting my hard work to KS, and I am excited for the chance to be published with Kindle Press. Haven’t heard about Kindle Scout by Amazon? No worries, click here https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/1L8KUFT20RVC1 take a look at my entry, and read other books submitted by authors just like you and me, hoping to get enough votes. For authors, you can submit a new, never before published novel of 50,000 words or more for a period of 45 days. Should your book be selected for publication you’ll received a $1500.00 advance and 50% royalties. Guess who does the marketing? Amazon, and you are free to post a portion of your book elsewhere, like here on WordPress to help with your book promotion.

About Save Nina:

Wesley Sullivan is determined to save his hometown from a vicious gang who’s violent agenda threatens to turn his world into a bloody, thug controlled environment. He’s about to meet Nina Hernandez, whose journey from El Salvador to Virginia came with a grueling price, a life long agreement between her protective brother and the gang. Through chaos, betrayal and death, Wesley learns life changing lessons as he’s driven to Save Nina.

The end had me in tears, and I’m the author! Anyway, please give Save Nina a read and vote for publication.

Thanks

Ann

Save Nina

My novel, I’m Working On It, is now titled Save Nina.

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Wesley Sullivan is determined to save his hometown from a vicious gang who’s violent agenda threatens to turn his world into a bloody, thug controlled environment. He’s about to meet Nina Hernandez, whose journey from El Salvador to Virginia came with a grueling price, a life long agreement between her protective brother and the gang. Through chaos, betrayal and death, Wesley learns life changing lessons as he’s driven to Save Nina.

I’m waiting to edit the last seven chapters, and then I’m going to try something new. I’m going to submit Save Nina to Kindle Scout!

It’s been along journey, and I abandoned the paranormal to write this contemporary fiction. It was a story I had to write. If you haven’t visited Kindle Scout, at kindlescout.amazon.com/ Choose your favorite, or submit your own.

Wish me creativity!

Ann Simpson on How to Entertain DARK Guests

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I have met many authors since I published my debut novel, The Kitchen Dance (shameless plug), but none like the fellowship I’ve enjoyed from the author’s I met during the MARSocial’s Author of the Year Competition.

One of1459229_10201196265764443_2048039834_n my fellow participants, Ann Simpson, can attest to the support we all continue to give each other as we pursue the craft of writing.

Ann lives in Virginia, works in a jail, and writes fiction in early morning before her crazy work day begins.

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Intended Audience: Adult due to some content

One great thing about my new blog, is that it has given me the opportunity to get to know some of my fellow authors on a more personal/professional level and share this with my readers.

So I began be asking Ann, where she like to settle in and create her characters and…

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Haunted

Hey friends. It would be fun to pick a line, or be given a sentence from any chapter number of your book and write a different story from that sentence. Nice writing prompt.

What Makes a Good Ghost Story?

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Image Orb and Reflection Originally Thought to be Paranormal – Harper’s Ferry, WV

We had another oddity in our household last night. Maybe it was over active imaginations or we bumped into something paranormal in the night. In this house, it could be either or both.

It is not unusual for me to get bolted awake about 2:30 – 3:00 in the morning on a regular base. Sometimes, it becomes annoying enough to stay awake past the 3:00 hour just to prevent the jolt.  Tonight I’m staying awake to write this blog and straighten my office.

I think I have mentioned in the past that this house has some unusual things happening from time to time. Things that paranormal researchers would call residual haunting such as snippets of conversation in the same location between two people we can’t see.

Then there is what they call intelligent haunts. There is a woman…

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21 People Describe Their Encounters With The Paranormal And The Stories Will Give You Nightmares

Inspiration hides in the most unlikely places

I quote, “The genre picked me.”

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I wish I had a nickel for everyone that said, “You can’t write in two opposing genres.  You have to pick one and stick to it.  You won’t sell any books if you are bi-polar in your writings, and ‘Christian paranormal’ is an oxymoron.”

Actually, I find those observations quite amusing.  First of all, I didn’t pick any genre.  The stories come to me and I write them down.  The genre picked me.

I write from extremely opposing ends of the spectrum.  For instance, the book I am writing now, “Threads of Reality:  Lexie’s Journey, Book II,” centers on a middle-aged couple who investigate an old, dilapidated house.  Unfortunately, this turns out to be a portal to hell.  This is the dark side of the paranormal, but it is tempered with the light side of the paranormal when angels step in to battle the evil forces.  Just like us…

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“Signs of Hope” by Doug Bolton

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Signs of Hope: Ways to Survive in an Unfriendly World, is a survivial manual for living in a troubled world. It reaches out to all of those who seek answers to questions like, why does God allow bad things to happen, when will I find peace, and what is my purpose in life?

This story of author Doug Bolton’s journey from extreme dispair to a close relationship with God will encourage those who experience anxiety, fear, depression, hopelessness, addiction, self-doubt and failure.

Each chapter begins with grassroots words of wisdom found on bumper stickers and ends with a personal application that points the reader toward spiritual and emotional maturity. Often funny or ironic, Bolton’s comparison of real-life challenges with bumper sticker wisdom prompts a stronger, healthier spiritual outlook on life.

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“With Devils Dwell” by Anne Devina Reeve

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When Alyce Wilson suffers a blow to her head with Doctor Owen Rathlin’s hansom cab in London she is taken inside the house to recover. Unable to remember anything. Owen decides to ‘christen’ her Rhoda Lambay. ‘Lambay Street so you won’t forget where I live’ With his departure Rhoda becomes aware of something sinister in the house. Her decision to leave early next morning puts her life in danger. She has been caught like a fish in a net of terror and fear. Not knowing her past produces a dread of the future. Her only friend…

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“The Owl of the Sipan Lord” by Viv Drewa

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Martin and Clare Montgomery worked as an archaeological team until Martin’s accidental death at a dig they were working on in Peru. Clare swore she’d never go back, but after having a dream about the dig that didn’t add up to the finds of t…he area, and the help of the Peruvian Pygmy Owl and a blue-eyed spirit, she did.
Her long-time friend and mentor, Carl Windmueller, believed in following dreams and encouraged her to go. He tries to research what she saw in the dream but is visited by a red-eyed spirit that causes him to have a massive heart attack when he gets close.
Unfortunately, Clare doesn’t understand what Carl was looking into by the books on his desk. Her friend Cord gets a team together and they head back to Peru.
The re-eyed spirit…

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Carole Gill- “The Fourth Bride” (of Dracula) Book Four

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Author, Gothic Vampires A Specialty    http://carolegillauthor.blogspot.co.uk/  I turned back to writing some years ago when I was selected by North West Playwrights of England for further development. It was a wonderful experience. I prefer writing novels and short fiction however. I write all sorts of horror and am widely published in horror anthologies. My longer fiction is historically based. I love writing about Gothic Vampires. Actually, I love all things Gothic especially horror fiction that's why I write it. Be warned, though for it is very dark. Still, I will be there with you. Don't you want to see worlds you cannot imagine...? I have one series out, The Blackstone Vampires, darkest horror and romance combined. I'm just finishing up the first book in a brand new series. Author, Gothic Vampires A Specialty
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I turned back to writing some years ago when I was selected by North West Playwrights of England for further development. It was a wonderful experience.
I prefer writing novels and short fiction however. I write all sorts of horror and am widely published in horror anthologies.
My longer fiction is historically based. I love writing about Gothic Vampires. Actually, I love all things Gothic especially horror fiction that’s why I write it. Be warned, though for it is very dark.
Still, I will be there with you. Don’t you want to see worlds you cannot imagine…?
I have one series out, The Blackstone Vampires, darkest horror and romance combined. I’m just finishing up the first book…

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Why Write Paranormal Mystery

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I can’t give myself credit for writing every available genre. I tried a crime novel and after completing the book I decided it was too closely related to my day job at the jail. Writing it didn’t allow me to escape as a writer. It was something I felt I had to do if I wanted fans to escape when reading my books. When I decided to write a paranormal mystery I didn’t consider whether this particular genre had a large fan base. I didn’t actually know it was going to be a paranormal mystery either. The decision was more of an awe moment. I could write a book about a woman genealogist’s who is visited by her ancestors. A paranormal. My imagination started going crazy. I saw a family tree that soon became a portal to the afterlife. I shared my thoughts and asked, “Should I create a heartwarming story or a horror tale?” Needless to say I received approvals for both. One thing that’s certain, readers have preferences. With that, I had to ask, how much creativeness would I lose by writing for a specific reader(s). If I mold my imagination into what specific readers want, would I lose myself, would I in fact cheat readers by not sharing a true, albeit, eerie, strange, and intense side of me that raises my heart rate, currently at 67. Yet, raises a notch when a slick black substance covers the form of a body, a female body, trapped by dead roots of a tree. The thick, slimy, rancid smelling muck oozes between the dead limbs, alive and wicked. The darkness of the chamber of evil alone can raise my own heart rate, and then the face of the woman who lay trapped is revealed. There you go, my heart rate is 68. It will likely rise higher when I hit the publish button for this post. Why? Because I’m sharing me. Scary as hell I must add. Isn’t this the beauty of self publishing? I escape the mold and share what gets my blood flowing. Even if it is way out there. So why paranormal mystery? Truth be told, when I started writing, I didn’t know what genre I was writing. Shoot, even when I finished the book I had to figure that one out. I had the paranormal, but this one certainly didn’t fit the romance side. And though it has some intense scenes I didn’t consider it to be a horror either. When reading reviews of the book, suspense and thriller pops up. But the story is as much a mystery. Why write a paranormal mystery? It happened. I had no clue where the story was going, no outline, no real conclusion in mind. Only my deepest thoughts, for which I am honored and anxious to share with you.

Review

A new review of The Genealogist’s Guests on Amazon was a surprise. As an author who doesn’t have a large fan base, at least not yet, but I am determined to write stories for readers who love paranormal mysteries, and give them something unique. Every new review gives me insight on my story and whether it is fresh enough to attract readers. I have a friend, a poetry writer, who read my story and told me to stay away from the LSD. He said it was a dark story. I couldn’t wipe the grin off my face as he said it, but don’t worry, I don’t use LSD. I don’t need it to dream up the weird stuff, and besides, I need to return to this realm, at will, when things get overwhelming in the afterlife. So, back to the review, here it is by Rohi Shetty:

Ann Simpson grabs your attention in the first chapter and it stays grabbed until
you reach the end.

Reading her book reminded me of Oscar Wilde’s
tongue-in-cheek remark, “The suspense is unbearable. I hope it
lasts.”

Ann ensures that it does last. Using a family tree as a plot
device is quite original.

Here are my favorite lines in the first
chapter:

“Blood splattered through his fingers and across the television
screen. He left her slouched body twitching as she bled out and never returned.
He spent several years in a juvenile detention center for killing his parents.
When he turned eighteen he was released, his record sealed.
Liz, he decided
will be his next victim… of many. He had watched her for weeks after following
her back from Norwich one Saturday. She was as she usually is, alone and
vulnerable. “

Read this book but only if you have a strong heart. http://www.amazon.com/The-Genealogists-Guests-Dark-Series-ebook/dp/B00FO03UZ8/ref=pd_ybh_3

What’s Your Name? by Ed Gellock

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Ed Gellock and his famous Puggle, Lynyrd Skynyrd have been campaigning to raise awareness for animal rights, a cause they both take with the upmost seriousness. Ed has been working Lynyrd seven-days a week to get their message out. In interviews I heard Lynyrd, and I quote

“It is a shame what some humans do to the loved ones, I would never treat my human like that. Could you imagine if the tables were turned and dogs and cats worldwide took their human’s to the pound for a little mischievous behavior, or even because it was the easiest way to “Take care of them”. The lack of Humanity in some humans, tsk, tsk.”

Big Ed

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This preceding video always touches the heart.

Ed and Lynyrd will donate a generous portion of this books proceeds to bring relief to they animal friends in need.

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“How do we feed the World’s Starving?” by Coleman Weeks

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The Excerpt:

How do we feed the world’s starving?

Can you imagine the lifetime experiences spent feeding the starving, bringing the needy word of the Lord, Living in far lands. Different customs, landscapes, and societies. Helping people during the natural disasters we all hear about, they are there. They make a difference, they care, and they are loved by those they help. Maybe like the events I share below.

Missionaries: the foot soldiers in the trenches

On the island distant monsoon winds stir the night’s moon swept clouds. Harbingers, the silvery mist opaque the late evening sky and hint at coming squalls. The balmy breeze irritated his eyes and blew his hair back, but Pablo considered the coming blow. Annually his life is rocked by the cycle of summer and its vicious floods and wind.

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“Final Vision : Skinned” by Lisa Glenn

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http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/final-vision-skinned-lisa-glenn/1118734428?ean=2940045425728 Kimberly is found dead. Beaten and murdered, she was left in the woods for someone to find. Gabriel is on the hunt for Abbadon. When he meets Cassey in a bar, he finds himself immediately drawn to her. Can they beat the odds that are stacked up against them? http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/final-vision-skinned-lisa-glenn/1118734428?ean=2940045425728
Kimberly is found dead. Beaten and murdered, she was left in the woods for someone to find. Gabriel is on the hunt for Abbadon. When he meets Cassey in a bar, he finds himself immediately drawn to her. Can they beat the odds that are stacked up against them?

Lisa Glenn, who is originally from Montana, is working on her Bachelors degree in Human Resources. She loves to read and write. Lisa is a Grandmother of two and a Mother of four.

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Lisa writes a gripping story, I have not read this book, but I know it is 68-pages that moves even faster than the last book Destiny’s Decision. “Final Vision : Skinned” is on my list to read. Lisa’s bookshelf is full of great stories:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/angel-vision-lisa-glenn/1116263987?ean=9781491213261 http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/angel-vision-lisa-glenn/1116263987?ean=9781491213261

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http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wheres-the-love-lisa-glenn/1118759327?ean=2940045526586 http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wheres-the-love-lisa-glenn/1118759327?ean=2940045526586

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/shadow-vision-lisa-glenn/1116599375?ean=2940045218399 http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/shadow-vision-lisa-glenn/1116599375?ean=2940045218399

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/my-magic-sneakers-lisa-glenn/1116351724?ean=2940045194822 http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/my-magic-sneakers-lisa-glenn/1116351724?ean=2940045194822

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wind-in-the-face-lisa-glenn/1019318960?ean=9781413712421 http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wind-in-the-face-lisa-glenn/1019318960?ean=9781413712421

Enjoy Lisa’s stories as much as I do, find a comfortable spot and spend a few…

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Saturday’s Selection- “Blood Lust” by Xao Thao

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Marisa and her three brothers: Alessander, Demetri, and Ra'vin Arromanovokzja, have been called home to the Carpathians by their mother, the queen of the Zjavankas and head of the Council, an elite group of vampires that govern the world. Marisa, however, has a secret. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20980700-blood-lust Marisa and her three brothers: Alessander, Demetri, and Ra’vin Arromanovokzja, have been called home to the Carpathians by their mother, the queen of the Zjavankas and head of the Council, an elite group of vampires that govern the world. Marisa, however, has a secret.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20980700-blood-lust

Xao Thao is the author with today’s “Book of the Day”. Today, Xao, pronounced “Chow”, has a second posting on “Coleman and Big Ed’s Reader’s Corner” with her new book “Blood Lust”. This post is a little different than others in the past as it primarily reviews the author. Maybe it should be “Author of the Day, but alas not.

Xao is a young author I am acquainted with through the author community. She is a very generous peer promoter and an energetic author. While socializing she takes time to promote her work and write. You may join The Turning Vampire Series Official Facebook Page

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“SEGOLIA” by Brittany Oldroyd

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*Author’s book description :
When seventeen-year-old Nissa leaves at her father’s insistence, she believes the trip to Idari will be a short one. But when she meets a young dragon exile, Edgeshifter, her life is thrown into chaos. Along with danger and mystery, Edgeshifter brings word of a legend as old as time itself. Nissa is forced into an adventure she isn’t sure she wants. With only Edgeshifter and her heart to guide her, Nissa must embark on a journey full of destiny, danger, and legend. Her quest will require her to prevail over the shadows covering the land and save both the elves and dragons from ultimate destruction.

Segolia: Daughter of Prophecy is the story of a young princess’s journey to become a true hero and follow her heart.

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Brittany Oldroyd has had a passion for writing since middle school, where she began to write Segolia: Daughter…

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“Dead Blonde” by Beck Robertson

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A serial killer is stalking and killing young blonde women in London, leaving a mysterious necklace behind at the scene of the crime, and Chief Inspector Deacon Gaine has been assigned to the case. But in order to catch a killer, he will discover that sometimes you need to look deep into the past in order to unravel the secrets of the present. http://www.amazon.com/Dead-Blonde-Beck-Robertson-ebook/dp/B00EHI04NY http://www.amazon.com/Dead-Blonde-Beck-Robertson-ebook/dp/B00EHI04NY

Gaine has no leads, little evidence, and zero suspects. He must open an unsolved murder case from 17 years ago, in order to decipher the truth, and uncover a secret that has been buried deep. If he can reveal it in time, it will lead straight to the identity of the killer. A killer, who is hell bent on completing his macabre collection. But can Gaine uncover the truth before it’s too late? And can he stop the killer in time?

Dead Blonde takes you behind…

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“The Everglades” by Gerald Darnell

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Book Seven in the Carson Reno Mystery Series – created at http://animoto.com

An excerpt of the author’s book description- It’s 1962 and the Mafia has discovered some new tricks in getting their drugs from Colombia to the streets of America.
Their plans are working perfectly until an unfortunate boating accident puts the FBI back on their trail.
Carson’s friend, Elizabeth Teague, has a large amount of cash hidden in her luggage and this cash belongs to the Mafia. They want it back.
Protecting his friend and sorting through the details, Carson finds himself in the middle of a conspiracy that has roots in Humboldt. He also finds a murder with too many suspects. For the unabridged description please go to http://www.amazon.com/Everglades-Carson-Reno-Mystery-ebook/dp/B00D8S6H8K/

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A Florida native, Gerald grew up in the small town of Humboldt, Tennessee. He attended high school and was a graduate of HHS class of 64. Following graduation…

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“Plebs” by Jim Goforth

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*An excerpt of the author’s book description
Corey Somerset, Tim Hayworth and Lee Hunter have had one hell of a good night.

And it isn’t over yet.

Celebrating their friend’s birthday with drunken debauchery and intoxicated antics they’ve just stumbled through a mini-wave of mindless vandalism and though they’ve wandered far out of the realms of civilization they are keen to keep the party vibe going.

When they encounter a band of mysterious fugitive women who call a bizarre encampment deep in the woods their residence it appears a strong likelihood that continuing the party is on the cards. For the unabridged book description visit Corey Somerset, Tim Hayworth and Lee Hunter have had one hell of a good night.

But it won’t come without a price.

http://www.amazon.com/Jim-Goforth/e/B00HXO3FRG/ http://www.amazon.com/Jim-Goforth/e/B00HXO3FRG/

Jim Goforth is a horror author in Holbrook, Australia. Happily married with two kids and a cat he has been writing…

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It’s all about the children, children’s literature, where we find great books like Sam, The Superkitty

Arrival of the Prophecy

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Author’s Book Description-For many centuries the shape-shifters of the world have lived in chaos, fighting clan against clan and breed killing breed. All Were-beings knew of the prophecy that spoke of the ones who would come and bring peace to those who lived among the humans in secrecy. And to those who lived under the thumb of an overbearing ruler. A Wolf King who gained his thrown after the death of his parents, killed by the hands of a crazed matriarch, she-ruler, of the foulest shape-shifting kind…, finds what Mother Earth places in all unnatural being’s soul mates. The other half of his soul and the one thing that can set the prophecy on its foretold path. Only, Sky Delaney is no shape shifter. What will Anthony the clan leader do once he realizes the other half of his soul is in a frail, pure…Human? His beast has…

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The Mill River Redemption: A Novel

I previously read The Mill River Recluse by Darci Chan and loved it. Her new novel, The Mill River Redemption, is set for release on April 26, 2014. I can’t wait!

“To Hide From Death” by Theresa Moretimer

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Kelly Price files for a protective order after suffering a near-death night hopeful it will shelter her from a deadly menace. A mysterious villain lurked hell-bent on her destruction and no matter what she does, she never seems to be able to escape her new life – a life full of fear and danger.

At first she thought the attacker was her husband, Eric, but as she starts to connect the dots, she finds that it could be anyone. Will Kelly find who is after her before it is too late?

Imagination dances with reality as some of the situations Kelly finds herself in are taken straight from the author’s life. Some of the events in the book are based upon the author’s own life.

Theresa

Theresa Moretimer was the victim of domestic violence. Now an award winning author she has gone through several years of counseling and awareness programs…

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“The End of Humanity” by Coleman Weeks

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Author’s book description poem:
Sputtering to rise the world took a spin as life stirred and yawned at the end of it’s slumber of waiting to begin.
The Sun grinned a wise smile knowing the mission, Sun understood all would wait for single-cell fission.
God laughed and smacked his son Jesus’ knee, sharing his glee that it would not be long until Humanity.
Jesus smiled and with a wink rubbed his chin, watching from the future they both knew what fixed to begin.

The wind-swept planet stirred some rust dust, many eons passed before the monkey’s evolution was discussed.
Both silver-blue cool or yellow-orange hot, the Earth’s light steadily nurtured Humanity a special homey spot.
After some time the earth’s plates gyrated as mountains birthed valleys and streams cut rivers unabated.
God and his son smiled while angels applauded, the blue seas twinkled as they rolled and yawed.

Adam…

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“Babet’s Epiphany” by Augusta Fern

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*For the six months Cian has been in Europe Babet’s life has calmed. If you can call her life calm. With her father’s return to New Orleans and his devoted coven rectifying the city from Madliene’s rule, human and vampire relations have vastly improved. Babet’s life is slowly becoming what it used to be, but it isn’t what she wants.

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When her father presents her with an artistic opportunity in the city she is desperate to return to, Babet leaves New Orleans but soon discovers being so far from home is a revelation unto herself. And who she is destined to be. The epiphanies of her life ultimately lead her back to what she wants most.* Author’s book description on Amazon

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*An excerpt from Augusta’s biography at her Amazon author page

I am a born and raised North Carolinian and truly adore my home state. When I was…

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The Boy On The Train

Max Thomas Scribbles

Silence and snores,
Yapping and yawns,
Cackles and couples and close carriage calls.

Hairstyles and headphones,
Rucksacks and raincoats,
All come together to meet on the tube.

Readers and writers,
Late night drunk fighters,
Footsteps and Fosters and faces in phones.

Minis and Maxis,
Prefer to to take taxis,
All come together to meet on the tube.

Fags behind ears,
Too many beers,
Laughter and lovers and linguistic tongues.

Brothers and sisters,
Mrs and Misters,
All come together to meet on the tube.

Snooze through your station,
Surprise meet elation,
Snoggers and singles and singing out loud.

Convergence of culture,
The world in an oyster,
All seen by the boy with the pen in his hand.

– Max Miller
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FYI – ‘The tube’ is the London Underground Train System

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“Leadership By Virtue” by Jaro Berce

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Author’s Book Description: The story is showing from a first-person perspective the internal growing up of a leadership process based on non-Western approach. The main character, brought up in Europe and therefore used to Western “cultural background noise’ although practicing Chinese martial arts, has to learn and understand the differences brought by Far East principles if he wants to grasp leadership from a different angle. For the entire author’s book description please go to http://www.amazon.com/LEADERSHIP-VIRTUE-philosophy-leadership-background-ebook/dp/B00BE0TKMY/

Coleman’s Review: The book “Leadership By Virtue” is a professionally executed fiction composed mainly in first with a minor amount of third-person omniscient point of view scrutinizing some complex human issues. It is an enlightening discussion of an wide-range of subjects that determine our success in our personal and professional goals. In dealing with an array of business issues the protagonist begins merging his personal life-lessons with his professional practices and procedures to…

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5 Tips for Finishing a Writing Project

Writing Is Hard Work

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How many writing projects have you started, but have not finished?

This is an excellent question, but the answer for a writer should be a very small number.  Successful writers finish what they start, even if it takes years to get there.

Elizabeth Bishop worked on her poem “The Moose” for a record 20 years.  She began the poem by writing a few lines, using a push-pin to tack them up on the door to her kitchen, and then would pop by to write some more days later.  20 years later she had a fantastic poem that is probably one of the greatest poems written about the journey of life in American history.

I have 5 practical methods for finishing a writing project.  Here they are:

  1. Set Reasonable Goals – If you read this blog often, you know that I don’t do much without a plan.  As an indie writer/publisher…

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“Escaping Psychiatry” by Olga Nunez Miret

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‘Escaping Psychiatry’ has it all: intriguing characters, noir style, thrilling pursuits, dangerous situations, crime, serial killers, religion, family secrets, murder, psychological insights, mental illness, trauma, debates about prejudice and morality, heated trials, police investigations, corruption, and mystery. To get this full description for this book please visit “Escaping Psychiatry” at Amazon.

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Olga Núñez Miret is from Barcelona but has lived in the UK for over 20 years.
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She has loved reading and writing since she was a child. Her father always says that even before she could read she’d always ask what any signs or writing meant. She has written a variety of things over the years: short stories (some now disappeared), novels, novellas and plays, in English, Spanish and Catalan. Some have been edited into the trash bin, but a few are still available and sitting quietly waiting for their moment in the sun. For all of Olga’s works…

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“The Harvest” by Anne Ferretti

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After an alien species descends upon Earth wiping out ninety-nine percent of the human population Captain Austin Reynolds, lone survivor of his military unit, sets out on a cross country trek in search of his pregnant wife.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Harvest-Anne-Ferretti-ebook/dp/B00FEX0IVO http://www.amazon.com/The-Harvest-Anne-Ferretti-ebook/dp/B00FEX0IVO

Upon vague instructions from General Roth he heads for Cheyenne Mountain, where he hopes to find answers and his wife. Along the way he meets up with other survivors who turn to him as leader and protector. As the survivors travel to the mountain, it becomes apparent humans are no longer the fittest on the planet and this fight for survival may be their last.

The Author
Anne grew up south of Chicago. She served in the U.S.A.F. where she met her awesome husband and learned to shoot an M-16. Anne has a BS in Business Administration and is a C.P.A.

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Anne has written several screen plays, two of which placed…

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Smashwords Annual Read an eBook 2014 starts March 2nd!

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Smashwords Annual Read an eBook 2014 starts March 2nd!

I’ve entered my book. Coupon Code RW100. Click on the banner to join Smashwords. The list of books will appear at the stroke of midnight.

The Angler and the Owl – By Viv Drewa

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Viv Drewa  (Author)

“About Viv”  by Carol Goodin Viv Drewa

Viv Drewa’s work celebrates the spirit of the adventuresome woman.

She is a Michigan native who has enjoyed reading and writing since 1963. Though she studied medicinal chemistry at the University of Michigan her passion has always been writing.

She was awarded third place for her nonfiction short story about her grandfather’s escape from Poland. Later, she rewrote this story and was published in the “Polish American Journal” as “”From the Pages of Grandfather’s Life”

Viv took creative and journalism courses to help in her transition to fulfill her dream of becoming a writer. She worked as an intern for Port Huron’s ‘The Times Herald”, and also wrote, edited and did the layout or the Blue Water Multiple Sclerosis newsletter “Thumb Prints.”

Viv also writes a blog for ShareTV.

She spends her free time working with physically and mentally challenged adults…

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Awakenings (Elemental Series – Book 1)

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The Adisons have been running from a sect of iniquitous beings from Nemele who covet Jacey. Her parents have repressed their adversaries’ relentless tracking efforts by not utilizing their own mystical powers. They have chosen to conceal themselves within the only realm they knew they’d be able to survive. They are living under their self-imposed powerless sanctions on Earth, which constitutes the nineteenth nation of Nemele.

http://www.amazon.com/Awakenings-Elemental-Book-Hally-Willmott-ebook/dp/B00CHXZTSQ/

Today’s Author Hally Willmott was born in Sudbury, Ontario Canada. She is a Police Officer with the Greater Sudbury Police Service. She enjoys reading both fiction and non-fiction novels, spending long summer nights by the camp fire with her husband Jerry and their sons Jacob and Jordan or cold winter nights snuggled up watching movies in their home.

Hally Willmott

She holds a strong belief in – If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything! Persistence has paid off for Hally as…

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“Destiny’s Decision”

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Lisa Glenn participated in the International MARSocial’s Author of the Year Competition, winning a “Runner up” position for 2014
with her entry Destiny’s Decision. She is a full time college student, born in Milecity, Montana and currently living in Florida where she is working on her sequel. She is the Mother of four and a Grandmother of 2.

Lisa’s Amazon Author’s Page- http://www.amazon.com/Lisa-Glenn/e/B00IN72HTE

“Destiny’s Decision”

Destiny is a single mother working as a stripper at a local hot spot in a small beach side town. She is wanting a better life for her teenage daughter. When she wins 7 million dollars in the Florida lottery, she believes her luck is about to change for the better. How wrong she is! Getting kidnapped by a drug induced crazy, getting rescued by a sexy F.B.I. agent and fighting for her life in a category 4 hurricane is just the beginning of adventures…

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Eerie Happenings

It’s something ignored. Brushed off as your imagination as you continue on your way. You saw it, you felt and heard it. Your heart raced, for a moment, as you quickly escaped… them. Perhaps the fear of the unknown, or the mere thought of connecting with the afterlife numbs you. The eerie feeling that you are not alone haunts your dreams, or maybe not, maybe you escape there too. Not for long. You’ll try and spend your entire life running from the them. But know this, you will meet them on the other side, one day. It’s a matter of when. The next time you see, feel or hear them, accept them. Until you do, the answer to the question of whether ghosts exist is unknown, not untrue. Somewhere on the other side of your fear, buried as deep as your ignorance of the apparitions who cross your path, it awaits you.

 

Book Giveaway

Nineteen days left!

Write Time Fiction

I have teamed up with Story Cartel, the host site of my book giveaway. That’s right, The Genealogist’s Guest just launched. The giveaway last for only 20 days. Grab your copy here http://storycartel.com/books/880/the-genealogists-guests/. Read the book and post an honest review on Amazon to be entered in a drawing for a $10 Amazon Gift Card. Learn about Story Cartel here http://storycartel.com/about/ then click over to the front page and view all the books here http://storycartel.com/books/ . Happy reading!

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Book Giveaway

I have teamed up with Story Cartel, the host site of my book giveaway. That’s right, The Genealogist’s Guest just launched. The giveaway last for only 20 days. Grab your copy here http://storycartel.com/books/880/the-genealogists-guests/. Read the book and post an honest review on Amazon to be entered in a drawing for a $10 Amazon Gift Card. Learn about Story Cartel here http://storycartel.com/about/ then click over to the front page and view all the books here http://storycartel.com/books/ . Happy reading!

A Different Kind of Competition

Where have I been? Ha! Over at Marsocial’s Author of the Year Competition where I am honored as a runner up with my book excerpt from The Genealogist’s Guests! It was a one of a kind competition where authors promoted their competitors while aiming for the win. The twenty nine runner ups and winner Karynne Summars for her book excerpt Desperate Pursuit in Venice spent weeks promoting each other through social media. We posted to FB, Tweeted like crazy, and sent out press releases. We followed each other on Twitter, Facebook, and on blogs and websites. The goal was to gain as much exposure possible for each participant and we were very much successful. The winner, Karynne, may have her book made into a film by KeeranVaani Creations International Film Producers: http://marsocial.com/2013/11/disturbed-feature-film/

See the Video created by Film Producer Karynne Summars: http://youtu.be/8kXvW7YXZpk

How cool is that!

Congrats to runner ups:

Laura Crean – The Realm of the Purple Dragon
Hally Willmott – Awakenings
Lilian Roberts – Immortal Awakenings
Anne Ferretti – The Harvest
S.C. Ryne – The Reporter and the Girl
Beck Robertson – Dead Blonde
M J Porter – Ealdorman
Marie Lavender – Upon Your Return
Lisa Glenn – Destiny’s Decision
Lisa Jones – The Prophecy
Janie Storer – Babylon Rise of the New Age
Regina Puckett – Concealed in My Heart
Jane Dougherty – The Dark Citadel
Annie Edmonds – Second Chances, Sammy’s Story
Ed Gellock – Life as a Rock n Roll Dog
LaRae Parry – The Danish Pastry
Coleman Weeks – The End of Humanity
Anne Devina Reeve – With Devil Dwells
D. J. Ridgway – The Tessellation
Sarka Jonae Miller – Between Boyfriends
Geri G. Taylor – The Kitchen Dance
James McAllister – The Best Laid Plans
Douglas A. Bolton – Signs of Hope: Ways to Survive in an Unfriendly World
Jar Berce – Leadership by Virtue
Jonathan Genoets – Xhazul’s Box, The Rainbow Sphere
Victor Wright – Light of Darkness
A J Raven – Arousing the Legacy

You are all hard working authors!

Thank you Cap’n Joe @FreeLanceJoe and Marsocial’s Ephraim Competition Creator for this exciting adventure!

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Time Fall

Add Time Fall by Timothy Ashby to your must read list! A perfectly written, great storytelling piece. I post here about first pages that keep me reading and Ashby’s Time Fall swept me away. Just published December 12, 2013. I have a feeling this one will rise on the charts.

The Book Thief

This one is easily one of the most fascinating beginnings of a book I’ve read. Just start reading and you will fall into the same spell I did when reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Soon to be a major motion picture. I was intrigued by this person, this soul snatcher’s obsession of a little girl, the book thief, and how compelling and heartbreaking her journey was on that train when her brother died. A well deserving spot as number one on Amazon.