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Review of “Magic of the Gargoyles: An Elemental Fantasy Novella” – Rebecca Chastain

Mika Stillwater thrives at being ordinary. She’s a mid-level earth elemental with a strong quartz specialty and a basic grasp of the other four magical elements. Her highest ambition is to open her own shop as a quartz artisan, and she’s worked tirelessly to become her own boss.

When a lone baby gargoyle insists Mika is the only person to be trusted with her urgent mission, the last thing Mika expects is to be swept into the gritty criminal underworld of Terra Haven.

Mika must jeopardize everything she’s worked so hard for to have a chance at being the hero the baby gargoyle desperately needs. If she fails, gargoyles will die, and Mika with them.

Is it possible for someone ordinary to achieve the extraordinary?

 
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(review request submitted by the author for an honest critique) 

Who needs a guard dog when you have a gargoyle at your disposal and where can I get one? 🙂
This book was non-stop action and will please the readers who love magical stories. Yes, this book is short but the page count didn’t hinder the quality of the work.
 
Great job, Rebecca. 
 
FYI: Not kidding about wanting a pet gargoyle. Is there a store for this? Maybe, Gargoyles R Us…. HA!! 
 
Heart Rating System – 1 (lowest) and 5
(highest) 
Score: ❤❤❤❤
 
 
 

Rebecca Chastain is the international bestselling fantasy author of A FISTFUL OF EVIL, A FISTFUL OF FIRE, and MAGIC OF THE GARGOYLES. She has found seven four-leaf clovers to date, won a purebred Arabian horse in a drawing, and once tamed a blackbird for a day. Dreaming up the absurd and writing stories designed to amuse and entertain has been her passion since she was eleven years old. She lives in northern California with her wonderful husband and two bossy cats.

Website: http://www.rebeccachastain.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rebeccachastainnovels

Twitter: @Author_Rebecca or https://twitter.com/Author_Rebecca

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5660379.Rebecca_Chastain

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Review of “Forget Me Not” – Maureen L. Bonatch

Publication Year: 2016

 

The car accident totaled Sabrina Post’s convertible and reinvented her memories. She can’t recall dumping Cole Dawson ten years ago. What her new clairvoyant visions tell Sabrina is he’s her husband. Any practical girl would question her sanity. But if Sabrina wants to make this imaginary future a reality, she’ll have to regain Cole’s trust and eliminate her rival, the coffee shop waitress who’s pegged Cole as husband #4. To prove she’s foreseen their destiny, Sabrina stirs Cole’s interest by revealing specifics about him she couldn’t have otherwise known. Unfortunately, the one detail he vividly remembers is the pain when she left him and their “rinky-dink” town in her rearview mirror.
If Cole can’t believe she’s a changed woman, can Sabrina accept the only second chance she has at love exists in her memories?

 

 
 
Excerpt
 
The boxes of candy hearts Julie forgot spilled across the floor. 

Cole hunkered down and gathered the papers. His mouth formed a hard line as he glanced at Sabrina’s leave paperwork with the end date prominently circled. He replaced it on the table under the keys.

“No really, I can do it. You stay, Cole. I’ll be right back.” Sabrina caught her reflection in the mirror on the wall. The quest for a coat resulted in her hair looking as if she’d stuck her finger into an electrical outlet. Her appearance matched her desperation. She ran her hands over her head, but the static filled strands resisted smoothing.

“I need to check on Dad anyway, and it’s on my way. I’ll take Josie.” Cole extended his elbow, and Josie latched on like a lifeline, her fingers digging into the leather of his jacket. She skittered across a few of the remaining candies, crushing Be Mine and Love Me on the floor. “Thanks again for dinner, Marge.”

“Cole wait.” Despair leaked into Sabrina’s plea.
He glanced toward the papers on the table and sighed. “I waited for years, Rena. It’s you who waited too long.”

As the door closed behind him, so did the future with Cole that she’d imagined. Her shoulders fell. She knelt to collect the candy hearts scattered on the floor. Forget Me Not and Hug Me taunted her with their cheerful words. Lacking a garbage bag, she shoved a handful of the candies into her jacket pocket. Several hearts were trodden into tiny pieces, like her own. 

 
 
 
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Many events can alter a person’s views on life; make them reevaluate what’s important. Sabrina’s wreck was the wake-up call she desperately needed. With the head injury, she gained insight into the future and realized love is more important than money. 
 
Luckily for her, she was given a second chance —- in life and in love. 
 
For me, Cole and Sabrina’s short story can be described in one word — SWEET — much like the sweetheart candies that brought them together, again.
 
HEA, but you already knew that. Hello, it’s a love story and centers around Valentine’s Day so anything less would be scoffed at. 🙂
 
Heart Rating System – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score: ❤❤❤
 
 

 

 
Maureen writes stories in the beautiful state of Pennsylvania that boast laughter, light suspense and something magical in the hope of sharing her love of finding the extraordinary in the ordinary world. She writes Paranormal Romance and Fantasy.
 
 

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Review of “The Declutter Code: 10 Simple Steps to Clarity” – Yvette Bowlin

 

Is your household busting at the seams with stuff everywhere? Has confusion and chaos at home and office become the norm? Are you facing anxiety and overwhelm with all the projects on your plate? Do your relationships suffer from all the demands you put on yourself and other people?

That’s all clutter–in mind, body, heart and home.

No matter what you do to clear the clutter from your life, does it always seem to creep back in?

If you’re nodding your head yes to any of these questions, this book is for you.

How do we begin to clean up our clutter? How do we regain clarity and peace? We lost it to overwhelming to-do lists, countless home- and work-life obligations, social media and cell phones. We lost it to keeping up with the Joneses.

So many books obsess over cleaning out drawers and closets to create an organized household, but that’s only scratching the surface of clutter. Those books miss the mark! There’s something else we have to clean first before we can declutter effectively. The mind.

Known to some as the bible for decluttering your life from the inside out, The Declutter Code is a 10-step journey that will transform how you deal with clutter. Using the same process that worked for herself and her clients, Yvette Bowlin walks you through clearing mental clutter like self-sabotage, stress, lies and limiting beliefs. Learn the secret behind your “clutter problem” so you can begin to deeply clear it away! Regain clarity and, quite possibly, your sanity.

 
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(review request submitted by the author for an honest critique) 
 
I agree with Yvette that we, as a whole, live a cluttered life. We also have difficulties simplifying our lives. This leads to stress, which leads to unhappiness. 
 
Yvette didn’t necessarily teach me anything new about what causes the “clutter” and how to “declutter” myself. (Sorry Yvette but I have been reading philosophy books since I was 19. 


BTW: Love the Lao Tzu quote. He is one of my favorite philosophers.) 
 
With that said, I do think she WILL TEACH many others how to quiet the chatter and live a more peaceful, less chaotic life. 
 
Her experiments might come across as challenging for some such as giving up tv, internet, everything, but it can be done.
 
Also, take her advice and try yoga or mediate. Folks, they really do calm the storm swirling around in our minds. 
 
 
Heart Rating System – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score: ❤❤❤
 
 
 
 

Yvette Bowlin has always been a student of the mind. It started with her undergraduate and Master’s work in Consumer Psychology and led to her studies of enlightenment and spirituality. Years of research and self-inquiry sent her down the path of discovering the root of our “clutter problem.” Her work has been featured on Huffington Post, Los Angeles Business Journal, several podcast interviews and more.

From observing herself and others, Bowlin has pinpointed the reasons most people keep themselves stuck in sabotage, suffering, struggle and stress. But we don’t have to stay stuck! Clutter stands in the way of peace, presence and clarity.

Bowlin learned the ‘art of hoarding’ early on in childhood, and has since been meticulous about decluttering her life. She’s created a simple process for doing just that, outlined in The Declutter Code: 10 Simple Steps to Clarity. The underlying premise of her book, seminars and speeches is that the most effective way to declutter is from the inside out—starting with the mind!

Also a certified yoga instructor, Bowlin loves to help others come into mind-body awareness to better facilitate deep decluttering. Read more about her at http://declutterist.com.

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Review of “A Fistful of Evil” and “A Fistful of Fire” – Rebecca Chastain

Fistful of Evil: Madison Fox, Illuminant Enforcer Book 1
 

Madison Fox just learned that her ability to see souls is more than a sight: It’s a weapon for fighting evil. The only problem is she doesn’t have a clue what she’s doing. On the positive side, her money problems are over, she’s possibly discovered her purpose in life, and her coworker is smoking hot. On the negative side, evil creatures now actively hunt her, and deadly experiences are becoming the norm.

When she thinks it couldn’t get worse, a powerful evil sets up shop at a local hotel’s video game convention, and it’s got its eye on more than the gaming geeks: it is hungry for Madison’s soul. Madison needs to become an expert illuminant enforcer overnight to save her job, her region . . . and her life.

Grab your copy today at Amazon!!

 

 
A Fistful of Fire: Madison Fox, Illuminant Enforcer Book 2
 

Madison Fox survived her first week as California’s newest illuminant enforcer, defending her region against imps, vervet, hounds, and one lascivious demon. If her grumpy boss, Mr. Pitt, was impressed, he hasn’t told Madison. In fact, there’s a lot her boss has been closemouthed about, like the dark secret haunting his past.

But Madison’s problems are just igniting. Neighboring regions report an uncharacteristic flare-up of evil, fire-breathing salamanders blaze unchecked across the city, and Black Friday looms. Trapped doing cleanup amid mobs of holiday shoppers, Madison watches from the sidelines as dubious allies insinuate themselves in her region.

As suspicions kindle and the mysterious evil gains strength, Madison must determine who she can trust—and whose rules to follow—before her region and career go up in flames.

Sizzling with adventure and sparking with magic, A Fistful of Fire is fused with Madison Fox’s trademark blend of humor and ass-kicking action.

 
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(review request submitted by the author for an honest critique)
 

A Fistful of Evil – Many of us have stories from HELL about our first day at a new job but I don’t think anyone can top Madison’s. She’s been thrust into the world of imps, hounds which aren’t man’s best friend, and one seductive demon.

Her induction into this new career as a illuminant enforcer had loads of comedic moments. After you read how she handled the imps, I think you’ll be laughing right alongside Doris. Her first encounter with a hound (evil dog) was just as funny. How she survived the night was beyond me. I think luck was definitely on her side…….or was that Nico. That man was a tall drink of water and so was Dr. Love. Rose was pretty hot in her own way too. With her looks, smart-mouthed and sassy attitude, Rose can be my “babysitter” any time —- day or night. 😉

Great story, Rebecca!! 

 

A Fistful of Fire – Madison is back, still riding high off her first demon kill. You think that would earn her some brownie points at work, but nope, she’s put on mall duty the day after Thanksgiving. Worse, her assignment was to handle citos aka invisible spiders. So now she has handle crazy-ass bargain hunters and spiders……at least she had an enforcer handbook to educate her about all the creatures inhabiting her region. 

Let me tell you a little about this book and why it is so wickedly awesome. It can communicate and not in just one word sentences. It gave itself a name – Val (Valentine), had an attitude, and even created a middle finger on one of its blank pages. 

It also provided useful intel when her path crossed with other “beings”: prajurit (fairies), giant human-size salamanders that start fires, wraith, pooka (wooly mammoth that can shift into a Great Dane and a man), and much more. 

BTW: All the creatures/beings she encountered were defined in her hand-dandy talking guide aka Val (Valentine). 

See what I mean…..WICKED COOL, right?

 
Heart Rating System – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest)
Score: ❤❤❤❤

 

 
 

Rebecca Chastain is the international bestselling fantasy author of A FISTFUL OF EVIL, A FISTFUL OF FIRE, and MAGIC OF THE GARGOYLES. She has found seven four-leaf clovers to date, won a purebred Arabian horse in a drawing, and once tamed a blackbird for a day. Dreaming up the absurd and writing stories designed to amuse and entertain has been her passion since she was eleven years old. She lives in northern California with her wonderful husband and two bossy cats.

Website: http://www.rebeccachastain.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rebeccachastainnovels
Twitter: @Author_Rebecca or https://twitter.com/Author_Rebecca
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5660379.Rebecca_Chastain

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Review of “ROCK ME, GENTLY” – M.J. Schiller

Like so many others, their romance started in Las Vegas…

He’s a rock star. She’s an ad exec. After almost having a one night affair in Sin City, Josh can’t get Cassie out of his mind. Why had she run out on him?

Like so many others, their romance started with a shot of tequila…

When the Josh Dunningham of Money Back Guaranteed tries to seduce her, Cassie is taken aback. Sure, he’s hot. And he could definitely rock her world. But can she have a fling with a man she doesn’t even know?

Like so many others, their romance turned rocky…

When Cassie returns to Chicago and finds a ten-foot tall Josh Dunningham on a radio station’s banner across from her office, she is tortured by memories of their short time together. When they meet again, things explode—in a bad way—and Josh has to prove himself to Cassie to earn her trust. But will he succeed when outside forces also want to tear them apart? When Cassie receives threatening letters and is attacked in her home, Josh is determined to find out who is behind it. But will the stalker’s encore performance bring an end to their show once and for all?

 
 
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In the news, you hear about record artists in the same breath as with sex, drugs, and rock -n- roll. Therefore, it’s no big surprise M.J. featured all the above in this musical love story. 


You’ll also find Cassie the target of, not one, but two wackos. Jealousy is a bitch and she learned that the hard way. 
 
The plot centering around the nut-cases was interesting. Not many stories have multiple villains. However, the rest of the story was just ok. I didn’t like Josh and Cassie so much as a couple. Cassie seemed to fall for him too fast and forgave him too easily. 


First, she claims she doesn’t want to be a “one-night stand” or “only one in a pack of a thousand” but she shags him after catching him making out with a woman after a show. Nah, I think I would’ve let him work for my attentions before putting out. Yeah, they had a HEA but still she seemed almost desperate for love.
 
On a final note: M.J. wrote a catchy song and I’d love to hear a beat behind those lyrics. 
 
 
Heart Rating System – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score: ❤❤❤
 
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Review of “Flames of Auriel” – Erin Bedford

 
 
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When living in a world where the prince isn’t always charming, the princess has a mean right hook, and angels are worshiped like gods, love isn’t always easy to find.

Zoe has never been the lady-like princess she’s read about in fairy-tales, even with her very own handsome prince to sweep her off her feet. She doesn’t know what she dislikes more, his arrogant smirk or the way his grey eyes darken when they fight. Angels help him if he doesn’t keep his hands off the help.

Asher won’t admit it, but he admires the fighting style of his warrior princess. She reminds him of an avenging angel the way her fiery hair whips around her as she takes out her challengers. Dark One help him, but she is as tough an opponent on the battlefield as she is off.

With unknown and unwanted feelings starting to emerge between the two royals, a single goodbye turns into a frantic search for a missing princess. Asher has to find the one woman he never thought he’d miss and keep his kingdom safe from an old enemy. If he fails, the angels may not forgive him this time.

Warning: For mature readers.

 
 
 
“Get out of my way, Asher.”
 
He placed his arms on either side of her, blocking any chance of an easy escape. She held back a shiver as he brushed his fingers over her cheek so he could tuck her hair behind her ear. Asher was not about to let her ruin their day with her temper.
 
“Not this time, Zoe.”
 
Before she could protest, his lips found hers in what she could only describe as the most searing kiss of her life. Unlike the kiss in the hallway, which had been curious and uncertain, not at all what she had expected from him, this one was everything she had expected his kiss would be – relentless and overpowering. She thought about biting him for a second, but instead found herself caught up
in it. She would feel ashamed later at how easy it had been for her to just slide her hands through the curly tendrils of his hair and kiss him in return.
 
While she had only been kissed by one other person – Garrett – who was always gentle and giving, this kiss was like a battle on its own. Their mouths clashed together as each of them fought for dominance. She found herself moaning into the kiss and forgot for a moment who she was kissing, but eventually they had to end the kiss to breathe. They gaped at the other at the magnitude of what just happened.
 
Asher recovered first and leaned his forehead against hers. He brushed his fingertips along the curve of her breast, causing a sharp intake from her. He held her gaze with his for a moment and tried to memorize the details of her face in that moment. He noted how her amber eyes had darkened and her face had flushed all the way down to her heaving chest. Asher could not think of a time when she was more beautiful than right then.
 
“If you want me to stop seeing them I will. Just say the word and I’m yours.”
 
Zoe’s entire body tensed up at his proposition and for a hot minute she was tempted to say it, but pride would not allow her to give him the satisfaction of knowing how much it affected her.
 
She leaned her face into his, “What makes you think I care?” She shoved him away and ran as fast as her skirts would allow her back toward the palace.
 
 
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Asher and Zoe argued more than any couple I have ever met but it was all foreplay. It took a while for me to see this because I had trouble warming up to him — much like her. He was kind of a dick for the first 1/2 of the book. He didn’t hide his indiscretions which made Zoe feel embarrassed, hurt, and rightfully pissed the hell off. 
 
His most douchebag move came about when Garrett entered the scene. Asher became jealous of her bodyguard/companion and rightfully so. Garrett is sweet, charming, a true champion and quite easy on the eyes. Plus, he is her childhood friend. I can see why the green eyed devil made an appearance but the actions Asher took for Zoe to claim him was a dick move — literally. He knew Zoe would come into a certain room so he had a chambermaid giving his “head”the royal treatment to get a reaction out of Zoe. Yeah folks, he actually said that after he claimed his intent wasn’t to hurt her.
 
Zoe reacted with claw towards the chambermaid but not with him…. Nope, she kissed the daylights out of him. Don’t think many would’ve reacted so kindly. Me included. 
 
It was actions like these that made me chanting for Garrett. Too bad TEAM GARRETT lost. But don’t fret, his future love interest was introduced. Of course, he will have to wait a few years before they can steam the sheets. 
 
Side note: the creation of a potion that can destroy male seed to avoid unwanted pregnancies was highly creative. 
 
Heart Rating System – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
 Score: ❤❤❤1/2
 
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Erin Bedford is a new fantasy romance author, a computer programmer by day, and a hobby hoarder. She enjoys playing RPG games alongside her husband as well as inventing nonsensical games for her daughter’s amusement. Erin lives in the Omaha Nebraska Region and dreams of one day moving where the word snow is nonexistent. Creating fantastical worlds has always been a secret passion of hers and she couldn’t imagine writing any story without some kind of lovey-dovey or smexy goodness in it.

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Review of “The Heart Teaches Best” – M.J. Schiller

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The call had come in the night before, murder at Phat Jack’s, the newest club in downtown L.A.  When he got there, several cars were already pulled into the parking lot, slanted haphazardly across the entrance, their lights casting blasts of colors onto the surrounding buildings, reminding him of the laser lights bouncing around the dance floor inside.  He scooted under the yellow tape, flashing his badge at the uniforms who were trying to keep the curious onlookers back.  The body of Sydney Essex, the famous author, had been found on the pavement, next to her car, her deep blue eyes wide and unseeing, ligature marks readily-apparent on her slender neck, head tipped at an odd angle.

 

 
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This book has the making to be on the Lifetime Movie Network (LMN). It had a father with dual families, a murder mystery, a nice twist at the end including the psychopath. The surprise with the nut-job wasn’t a fresh idea; as in, I haven’t seen it done on a criminal show or on a soap opera. However, I do love the “classics” and I think you will like it too. 

I also think you’ll enjoy the Sullivan clan. They were a goofy, tight-knit group who has sing-alongs even when it’s not Christmastime. Who does that? Well, besides me and my kids. 🙂

 
Buy this book. Honestly, I really think you’ll be glad you did. 
 
 
Heart Rating System – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
 Score: ❤❤❤❤
 
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Review of “Tiny Glitches” – Rebecca Chastain

Howdy and good morning, ladies and gents. 

Today, besides viewing another stellar book review, you’ll find information/link to a Raffelcopter, courtesy of Rebecca Chastian.
 
What’s the prize, you should ask? Well, how does a $25 Amazon Gift Card sound to you? Great, right? 🙂 I thought so too. 

The raffle is open to all so click on the link —–> a Rafflecopter giveaway <—— and enter today before the clock strikes midnight!!

Oh, and best of luck to all of you!!

 

 

Life isn’t exactly normal for Eva Parker: the stronger Eva’s emotions, the faster nearby electrical devices die. Eva can’t have a cell phone, use a computer, or be in a car for more than a few minutes without killing it. Dealing with her electricity-killing curse makes living in modern-day Los Angeles complicated enough for Eva—and that was before she was blackmailed into hiding a stolen baby elephant and partnered with Hudson, a sexy electrical engineer Eva just met.

Dodging repeated attempts on her life made by ruthless corporations hunting the elephant is easier for Eva than quelling her growing affection for Hudson, and while protecting an elephant is hard, controlling her curse is a lot harder. However, Eva must do both, because if she lets her emotions free and falls in love with Hudson, neither of them will survive.

Enchanting and quirky, Tiny Glitches fuses electrifying romance and high-voltage suspense in a rollicking adventure.

 

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(review request submitted by the author for an honest critique) 
 
This has to be the weirdest book I’ve ever read and that’s NOT a bad thing. In fact, I couldn’t stop myself from reading page after page until I reached the epic conclusion. 
 
Throughout Tiny Glitches, there was absolutely no boring moments and enough humor to keep a smile plastered onto my face. 
 
From the get go, Rebecca brought the fun when Eva and Hudson began their unwelcome job of elephant sitting. Yup, you read that right….. ELEPHANT SITTING. At least it was a miniature elephant or elephantini (as referred to in the book). 
 
In their reluctant adventure with Kyoko (elephant), they had to endure kidnappings, FBI, ninjas, and a gun-toting clown. 
 
Seriously, I can’t make this stuff up but I’m sure glad Rebecca did. 
 
Read the book, folks, you’ll be pleased you did. 

 

Heart Rating System – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 

Score:❤❤❤❤1/2


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Rebecca Chastain is the international bestselling fantasy author of A FISTFUL OF EVIL, A FISTFUL OF FIRE, and MAGIC OF THE GARGOYLES. She has found seven four-leaf clovers to date, won a purebred Arabian horse in a drawing, and once tamed a blackbird for a day. Dreaming up the absurd and writing stories designed to amuse and entertain has been her passion since she was eleven years old. She lives in northern California with her wonderful husband and two bossy cats.

Website: http://www.rebeccachastain.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rebeccachastainnovels

Twitter: @Author_Rebecca or https://twitter.com/Author_Rebecca

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5660379.Rebecca_Chastain

 

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Review of “Beneath the Stones” – Susan Coryell

Beneath the Stones

Ashby Overton has everything to look forward to, including a promising writing career and her wedding at summer’s end. But, Overhome, her beloved historic family estate in Southern Virginia, is in financial peril and it is up to Ashby to find a solution.

Interfering with Ashby’s plans is a dark paranormal force that thwarts her every effort to save Overhome. Supernatural attacks emanate from an old stone cottage on the property rumored to be a slave overseer’s abode, prior to the Civil War. As the violence escalates, Ashby begins to fear for her life. Who is this angry spirit and why is his fury focused on Ashby?

Mystery, suspense and romance flourish against a backdrop of Civil War turmoil and ancestral strife–where immortality infiltrates the ancient air breathed by all who inhabit Overhome Estate.

Beneath the Stones is now available at all online bookstores in both print and e-book formats: Amazon paper back or Kindle versionBarnes and Noble Nook version.

 
 
 
 
Small Teaser! 
 

I moved downward, one step at a time, leaning against the wall for support. I was half-way down when it happened—so suddenly that I had no time to react. Frigid air swooshed down on me from behind, freezing my face so that I screwed my eyes tight shut at the same time something strong and determined pushed against my back violently—so violently that I stumbled, then, tumbled forward, to be caught in Luke’s outstretched arms from several stairs below.

“Whoa!” Luke exhaled from the impact of my body on his. “My God, Ashby. What happened?”

I slumped against him, unable to utter a single word, my breathing shallow and rapid. At last I found my voice. “Something pushed me, Luke. I don’t know what—or who—but it was powerful and deliberate.”

Luke glanced up to the top of the stairs. “Nothing there. I’m going back to the loft to look.”

I stopped him. “I doubt you’ll find anything.” I sniffed the air, expecting a new infusion of foul odor. “And what would you do if you did find anything?”

Just then we both heard it. Hollow, chilling, trailing away from us with every syllable: “Go away. He’s dead. He’s dead. He’s dead….”

 

 
(review request submitted by the author for an honest critique) 

Thank goodness I am only an “observer” to the spookiness surrounding Overhome because if this was actually happening to me…. underpants would’ve been changed more than once. Ominous 
 voices, strange noises, angry spirits, and so……. Nope, I think I will pass on the ghostbusting business, thank you very much. 
 
Through the Twilight Zone occurences, what I most loved about BTS was the historical aspects of this novel.  I liked to mention the special note from Susan in the opening credits which I think adds value to her story.
 
“The Civil War letters included in Beneath the Stone are based on actual letters written from battle fronts by family ancestors, Joseph Franklin Stover and John William Stover. “
 
That bit of information brought the story MORE TO LIFE (for me) and I think it will for you too. 
 
One final thing, thank you for educating me (us) on the chemistry behind making wine. It was enlightening!! 

 

Heart Rating System – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score: ❤❤❤1/2

 

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My Background

A career educator, I have a BA in English and an MAIS in writing, English, and education. I’ve taught English, speech, drama, reading, and English as a Second Language to students from 7th grade through college. I once taught a course to teachers. I married my high school sweetheart and we have 3 children and 6 grand children. I live at Smith Mountain Lake in my home state of Virginia.

I have done all kinds of writing. My free-lance articles have been published inSmith Mountain Laker.Com, Blue Ridge Traditions, Cooperative Living and other local publications. I’ve also been published in The Washington Post and The Roanoke Times, The Smith Mountain Eagle, The Bedford Bulletin, and The Franklin News Post. Here at the lake I’ve written press for four different groups, including The Smith Mountain Arts Council and The Smith Mountain Charity Home Tour. My writing repertoire includes articles for educational and professional magazines and even several recipes for Taste of Home magazines and cookbooks.

 

Teaching

When I taught at Thoreau Intermediate School in Vienna, Virginia, I started a literary magazine, A Cabin in the Woods. At Centreville High, where I later taught, I initiated an Authors Club and launched an annual Writers Conference for student writers.

I’ve toured dozens of elementary, middle, and high schools in Fairfax County, giving author talks and conducting writers’ workshops for students. Here at the lake I have worked with creative writing classes at the Gereau Center in Franklin County and participated in student writing contests sponsored by the Lake Writers.

 

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