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

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

“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.

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:

See the Video created by Film Producer Karynne Summars:

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!

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.

The Protector

When I first started reading Book One of the Outerworld Key, The Protector, by Mark Matthews I fell for the bond between father and son, the king and prince. Looking out of a window from the castle the young prince says, “Good morning, your Majesty.” The king replied, “Stop it, boy.” I knew from this line there was a promise of meaningful bonds ahead. The pace of the journey is perfect for this enchanting tale. The author held me in suspense, the characters were well developed, each with their own quirks and personalities that made the story all that more entertaining. I look forward to book two.