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Paper Ghosts Review: POS-24

“Never say good-bye because goodbye means going away and going away means forgetting.”  J. M. Barrie Pan

The main character & the narrator of the story has become obsessed with her sisters’ disappearance and death. Her sister disappeared when she was 12 years of age, and Grace’s life ambition is to solve the mystery behind the disappearance. Much of the evidence leads Grace to Carl Louis Feldman who worked as a documentary photographer. Grace becomes inspired and completes her own investigation by becoming and training as a vigilante. The first goal that she had to accomplish was to develop a relationship with Carl who is living in an assistive care due to having dementia. The journey to solving the mystery begins when Grace drives Carl to different destinations across Texas. Each destination brings not only more clues but also obstacles that Grace has to overcome before finding out the truth of what happened to her sister. If you love mysteries with twists, this book is for you!

The author of Paper Ghosts, Julia Heaberlin, is a native Texan who grew up in a small town of Decatur. When she writes, she has to include hope and humor into the theme of the story. “I want deeper ideas roaming my plots—cutting-edge forensic science, the death penalty, date rape, and dementia, to name a few. I like to play mind games.”


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The Disappearance of Robin Murat Review: POS023

“Sometimes you have to trust your gut…..sometimes that’s all you have left.” –

Gerald has written another epic mystery in the Carson Reno Mystery series, The Disappearance of Robin Murat. This author has the talent of keeping his readers wanting more as they receive more clues that Carson uncovers as he is hired to solve a missing person case. Carson’s clients, local and state police officers, and even gangsters trust that he will remain honest and work with integrity as he solves this case. Carson travels to New Orleans and discovers that his hypothesis to this missing person had to be changed. The clues to the investigation are not as “clear” as he has to dig deeper into the muddy waters in New Orleans. A bar in New Orleans becomes his temporary office as he works with a team of professionals that help him discover the story behind this missing person, Jake Furman. Will Carson and his team be able to figure it out before its too late?

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Switch: Interview with Allen Kent- POS 022

I fear we have become too “intellectually sophisticated” to allow for what seems impossible and, as a result, have lost some of our ability to dream, imagine, and accept the possibility of what we can’t explain or understand could be “magical.” Allen Kent

Our featured book, Switch, by Allen Kent is a true treasure! This story is full of mystery and will keep the reader guessing until the end. The writer does a tremendous job when creating the main characters. Not only are these characters living in different centuries, but their personalities and talents are completely different from one another. Ally is a star athlete who plays soccer and enjoys riding horses. Emme is a brilliant artist and musician. The mystery begins when they find themselves switching bodies. The readers will enjoy learning how Ally and Emme change and transform into independent leaders who fulfill their role in the mystery.

During the podcast, Allen Kent explains that he wrote Switch as something of an experiment in cross-genre and cross-generational writing. Two of his granddaughters are of the ages of the characters and are interested in writing. He wanted to see how successfully he could think and write like a 16-year-old girl. He wanted to weave his travel to South Africa into the story as well.

Allen Kent is a USA Today and Amazon best selling author with a number of other writing awards.


Altered Grace: Interview with A. Tacked- POS21

The book was written primarily to give HOPE. I know that I’m not the only person who has struggled. Perhaps not the same way as others. Unfortunately, I know that we were not alone to be raised by the type of parents that we were raised with.” A. Tacked

A. Tacked writes an extraordinary book about her traumatic and devastating childhood. Being isolated in the county in upstate New York, she was raised by psychopath and serial killer parents. Each chapter in the book will keep the reader wanting to embrace and support all of the children in the family. As the story unfolds, the reader is able to learn how the main character, Helen, finds hope and strength to move forward through all of the violent events that she has to endure. Helen is able to find refuge through wolves, prayers, astral-travel, and by having visits by spirits in her house. Helen was able to be free when she was 18 years of age and hoping that her prayer would be answered that she wanted to “normal.” Readers will not be disappointed while reading this autobiography about a young child who was able to find hope & “a spirit who refused to be destroyed.”

Listen to A. Tacked inspiring story on this podcast.

Watch the episode, The Slaughterhouse, that is featured on the show Haunted. This episode features the author explaining the evil events that occurred in her childhood home. Haunted can be found on Netflix.

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The Librarian: Interview with Christy Sloat- POS20

“This one is for readers everywhere and the librarians who help us discover the magic in books.” Christy Sloat

We first meet Emme, the main character, at Berkley University in California. Emme is a typical 19-year-old girl who not only illustrates an audacious attitude but also is ambitious at reaching the goals that she has made for herself. Losing her parents when she was young, strengthened her will to survive and to become independent. One phone call changes her destiny and Emme learns many lessons along the way that helps her develop into a more selfless person. Suddenly, she finds herself the sole owner of her grandmother’s library located in Main. This library contains magical books that have been passed among her family members. Emme accidentally finds these magical books & finds herself in England in the year 1892 where she meets and falls in love with Jack Ridgewell. The author has created a story with several creative concepts that readers will enjoy. If time travel love stories are your passion, The Librarian is a must read. Readers will embrace how Emme becomes a different person as she becomes a philanthropist and as she develops the talents that assist her in fulfilling her life’s purpose. Emme’s adventure does not end here. The author has written a second book, The Archivist.

Christy Sloat resides in New Jersey with her husband, two daughters and her Chihuahua, Sophie. Christy has embraced the love of reading and writing since her youth and was inspired by her grandmother’s loving support. She loves adventurous journeys with her friends and can be known to get lost inside a bookstore. She is the Best Selling and Award Winning author of The Slumber Duology, The Visitors Series and The Past Lives Series.


The Mor: Review by Michelle & Amaris- POS 19

Destroy the seed of evil, or it will group up to your ruin.” Aesop

The Mor is a science fiction novel written by Steve Soderquist. He has written and published five novels, one novella and a children’s short story of his own. He has edited, formatted, and worked with some of the best-selling authors of today and still insists he has the best job in the world—helping others reach their dream of being a published author. The Mor contains all of the elements that sci-fi fans have a passion for. Evil and peaceful aliens, humans that appear to be zombies, telepathic abilities, and human bionic weapons.  The Illuminous, a peaceful alien race, visited Earth back in the 1950’s. Unfortunately, they weren’t aware of the genocide beings who had attached themselves to the hull of their ship. These beings were the Mor & were also known as Seeds. The seekers (Iluminous aliens) team up with  Cleaners ( A human who had been trained to kill the Mor). Angel (seeker), and Joshua (cleaner) are the protagonists of the story. Every day might be their last as they fight against humans worst enemy- the Mor. When things can’t get any worse, there are 3 brilliant college students who were trying to invent a new fertilizer for plants. As they were experimenting, they fed a Mor, which increased its ability to communicate and grow at an accelerated rate. These college student team up with Angel and Joshua to save the human race. Will this team be able to save the human race?



Lack of Candor Review: POS-18

“Life is Cheap-make sure you buy enough.” Carson Reno 

Lack of Candor is the 18th story in the Carson Reno series written by Gerald W. Darnell. The main character, Carson Reno, is a private detective with an office located in the lobby of the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee. Carson is a tough, hard drinking and womanizing private detective, but he also shows a sense of humor in difficult situations Carson Reno finds himself protecting a young lady who has information about the death of a Sergeant with the Memphis Police Department. The Sergeant was found dead hours before he was going to give his testimony before a grand jury. Using his connections, he is able to decipher the clues to find the truth behind the events leading up to the death of this Sergeant. The reader will enjoy not only the mystery behind this death but also the pictures that are found on several pages of the book. The author does a tremendous job using visuals that depict the lifestyles of the 60s and readers will be able to “witness” the events that take place in the story as if they were truly present. Was the death of this Sergeant a murder or a suicide?

Information about Gerald W. Darnell:

A Florida native, Gerald grew up in the small town of Humboldt, Tennessee. As a boy, he wrote western stories for his grandmother. In the late 60s and 70s, he wrote articles about outdoor life that included hunting adventures. He collected notes for 20 years that helped him write his first book – ‘Don’t Wake Me Until It’s Time To Go.”  Then, after publication, he was encouraged to do a story about a fictional character from the early 1960’s and Carson Reno was born.



The House on Hurley Pond Road- Review with Michelle & Amaris: POS- 17

“I decided to write this novel after taking note of the high level of interest that the public was displaying towards nearly all paranormal topics these days. Tales of ghosts, poltergeists and hauntings are talked about freely without any consequence of the storyteller being labeled as “crazy. “Although I could have written this book more than 20 years ago, I don’t think that it would have had the same impact as I hope it will today. I have decided that now is the time to tell my family’s story.” Darren M. Fitzgerald


This podcast reviews the featured book: The House on Hurley Pond Road. The author describes all of the horrendous events that he lived through as a child. His family thought they were moving into “a dream” home, but it quickly turns into a nightmare. The readers will sympathize with this family as these events are described from an adult that reflects about his past. The author’s writing style is more of several journal entries about the history of the home than a narrative story. The readers will need to decide for themselves what type of hauntings were taking place in this home, and how such an “evil” presence could be created in such a beautiful dream home for a young family starting their lives together.


Michelle & Amaris analyze the elements of the story, and dive into paranormal situations and events. Listeners of the podcast will not only learn about the story of Darren M. Fitzgerald, but paranormal correlations that can occur while exploring “true hauntings.”




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Lt. Reilly 2321: Interview with Matthew O. Duncan- POS 16

” I realized that I wasn’t writing a short story. I was writing a novel & I was LOVING it!” Matthew O. Duncan

Matt not only talks about his book, Lt. Reilly 2321, but also gives inspirational advice to authors. As you listen to the podcast interview you will be amazed about his journey into becoming a successful writer. He started to write in high school & found himself in theatre. When he did not like the audition pieces that he was given, he began to write his own. His pathway leads to writing plays in college, and he had the opportunity to work for Disney. Unfortunately, he discovered that his dream for starting his career for Disney would not happen.

His wife was the support that he needed to reach his dream of becoming a successful writer. Today, he has published 5 books that can be found on his website:

He has several books that are audiobooks as well. Dave Cruse has done a tremendous job making these stories come alive!

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Lt Reilly-2321: POS- 15

Writing had never been a real money maker for me, more of an escape and a dream of one day having million people love my work and seeing stories on the big screen starring Hollywood’s best, yet life gets in the way.” Matthew Duncan

Matthew Duncan has written a brilliant and entertaining science fiction novel that really helps the reader feel involved in the story since he wrote it from a first-person perspective. Matthew wrote Lt Reilly 2321 in 2018. The main character, Jack Reilly, is a good-natured and easily likable character. As I learned more about this character, I felt that he was trying to do the right thing. But, circumstances that he found himself in, really challenged him. He kept true to this virtue and was able to change not only his luck, but also helped stop a civil war from happening.

Jack Reilly has the rank of a 2nd Lieutenant & while fighting the war with Serkins, he becomes injured. Only 3 months before his pension starts, he has to take a medical discharge. His life steers him in becoming an engineer on ships and takes a job on a 17-year-old cargo ship, Glacier Runner. Jack quickly discovers that the Captain is involved in an intergalactic conspiracy. After he leaves the ship and finds himself on a Spaceport at Lion’s Head which is a trading post. In the past, this city was populated with people working in the mines. Currently, people who profit off ships coming to port for fuel & water stopovers or people who have nowhere else to go or who are stranded and can’t afford transportation live there. The real adventure begins when another employee from the Glacier Runner, Kayla, joins him while he is eating at the Lion’s Head. Kayla’s own life experiences have made her resilient to any of the unfortunate events that she finds herself in. She becomes a valuable team player while she and Jack confront the conspiracy that develops against them.

The podcast also discusses how science fiction movies inspired some of the technology devices that make our lives so much easier. These devices are cell phones, tablets, self-driving cars, holographic performances, and universal translators.

You can find this novel, Lt. Reilly- 2321 at Lulu and at Amazon.

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