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The Innocent Stranger Review: POS 28



“Sweetheart, I can fix anything but the break of day and broken heart….. and I’m working on those.” Carson Reno (The Innocent Stranger)

The featured book, The Innocent Stranger, is the twentieth book of the Carson Reno Mystery Series. Gerald Darnell, the author has written each book as stand-alone novels. His writing style allows the readers to transport into the past where detectives not only wore hats and trenchcoats, but they had to solve murder mysteries without modern technology. Detectives had to make connects with cops and criminals to get information about the people they were investigating. Don’t worry if you did not experience the 1950’s or the 1960’s. Gerald includes pictures in his novels so the readers can learn about the nostalgia items and places such as the famous Peabody Hotel and the Starlight Lounge.

The Innocent Stranger contains not only a mystery, but it also has a bit of romance. Russell Maxwell, a truck driver, has gone missing. Carson Reno is hired by an insurance company to resolve a 1.5 million dollar life insurance claim. Carson’s connections do not fail him.  The readers may think that they have the mystery figured out until another body appears in Carson’s complicated case. Will he be able to solve the case before more bodies show up?  He also uses his charming personality which leads to a romance in an unlikely situation. Gerald Darnell does it again! He creates characters that readers are able to connect with and a mystery that contains an unpredictable plot.

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Hell’s Gate Review: POS 27



The eleven with 3 are none without one- Scattered are they that open the gate. The power of god awaits he who walks through” Hell’s Gate

Ernest Dumpsey, the author of Hell’s Gate, has written over 40 books. With his art of historical creativity, he has written a suspenseful archaeology story that will keep the readers wanting more. The readers will travel with the main characters Tara Watson and Alex Simmons to different parts of the world as these characters solve the mystery of who is stealing artifacts from museums. The main antagonist, Buri, is a member of a Natzi group called the Ahnenerbe. He will stop at nothing to find the artifacts that he needs to complete his mission. How does the archaeological site, The Gateway of the Sun in Tiwanaku, Bolivia, have to do with Buri’s mission?  Find out and read the book, Hell’s Gate!

 

 


Agent of Time Review- POS 26



“I wanted to write an adventure story where time travel wasn’t just a way to get a character to a different time once or twice, but it was able to be used constantly to solve problems.” Nathan Van Coops

Agent of Time is a science fiction novel that is apart of the In Times Like These series by Nathan Van Coops. The author has created strong characters that readers will be able to identify with if put in the same situations. The main character, Agent Stella York, is trying to prove herself as an FBI agent in 1985. Her first case involves time travel events and evidence, but no one will believe her. Thirteen years later, she is able to solve the case and finds her life’s purpose. She accepts a new job as an agent with Time Crimes.  Readers will enjoy discovering how time travel is accomplished in Agent of Time. If you love time travel and mystery stories, this book is for you!

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Weave A Web of Witchcraft-Interview with Jean M. Roberts; POS- 025



” Felt like the fly trapped in the spider’s web” Hugh Parsons (Character)

Readers will take a journey back to the life of the 1600s in this historical fiction story. The story begins with High Parsons’ life being controlled by his parents. Hugh had no choice but to become a brick maker even though he wanted to become a farmer. His journey continues in a town called Springfield located in New England. His life spirals out of control after marrying Mary Lewis. He finds himself in court accused of witchcraft. Readers will sympathize with Hugh and Mary as they face difficult tribulations.

The author, Jean M. Roberts, developed the characters and the storyline after completing genealogy research on her family. She invites the readers to not only read about events that occurred with family members but also the rich historical cultural events of the 1600s.

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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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“What is your story?”

 


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.

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Parallel: Interview with Christy Elkins- POS14



” All of us are imperfect & there is good and bad in all of us. Even some of the villainous characters in this story share a little bit of goodness in at least one of them.” Christy Elkins

Have you heard of an Omni-verse (parallel universe) that contains 12 different places? This story explores how these 12 different realms become a reality for a young girl named Luha Jane Quibadeux. Only 14 years of age, she dies tragically in a violent situation. As she dies, she meets another part of herself that is already in purgatory. The author, Christy Elkins, writing style helps the reader learn about the 12 different “parts” of an individual soul that learns about the different lifetimes on these different parallel universes. Each part of this soul has different names and experience different events in their lives that they learn from. Jealousy is felt through several of the souls that did not experience happiness in their lives. When these 12 different parts of the soul become one, in the end, acceptance and forgiveness are the lessons learned.

In the interview, Christy Elkins, explains the creative process that she went through as she wrote this story.  Readers will enjoy taking this journey with the main character as she learns life lessons that continue through her death.

“WHAT IS YOUR STORY?”

You can find Parallel at Lulu & Amazon

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Tripp in Time: Interview with Matt Stewart-POS 13



The whole point of Tripp in Time is: When you live your life and you have regrets about something that you did or some decision that you made, and things don’t turn out right, you have this regret that you wish you could go back and change time. But, I don’t believe if you could go back and change time that it would always work out for the best. I think what happens, happens, and that it’s best to live in the moment and not to reflect on the mistakes made in the past.”  Matt Stewart

If you love to read books about time traveling, this book is for you! The author, Matt Stewart, has created a unique time traveling adventure with surprising twist & turns. The story begins in the year 2050 and the world is chaotic. There are only 37 states in the United States that have survived bleak events. There is no longer a President of the United States. What is left of the country is lead by General Stone. Mack Matthews invents a time machine to return to the past to change the events that will lead to the devastating future. Tripp, his nephew, and Ember are pulled into the past as well as they stumble across the same portal that Mack went through. These characters find themselves in the year 2001. Will the future events be changed for the better? Will Tripp, and Ember make it back home to the year 2050? Travel with these characters as you read, Tripp in Time, to find out!

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Faeries of Saizia: Interview with Tonya L Chaves- POS 12



“I wanted the main character, Zaria, to be a strong character. In our world today, we need more girl heroes.” Tonya L. Chaves

If you love fairies, elves, dwarfs, and dragons, this book is for you. The author, Tonya L. Chaves, does a beautiful job creating a story that should be on an art canvas. Readers will be able to visualize different parts of an enchanted forest with all of the tiny characters that are involved in an adventure. The two main characters, Avery and Zaria, begin as rebellious and innocent teenagers. The dangerous adventures that they find themselves facing mold them into young adults.

This fantasy story all started when Tonya was telling bedtime stories to her children. Through sleepless nights of thinking through the story, Tonya’s inspiration grew to have this book be published. She became an avid reader in high school, and during stressful times when she needed to escape she would choose fantasy books. Readers will find themselves in an enchanted world as they take an adventure with the forest full of fairies.

What is your story?

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Looking Through the Mist-POS 11



“A vague curling mist suddenly crept along the edges of her vision. Oh, no, not again!”  Quote from Looking Through the Mist 

Looking Through the Mist was written by Rebbeca J. Vickery. This book is considered a mystery, an adventure, a romance, and a paranormal thriller. The main character, Jessica Wilder, has psychic abilities. She has used this gift to consult with the FBI to solve cases that involve children for the past 6 years. Bob Strickland was the first FBI agent to believe and trust in Jessica’s visions. Once he retired, she began a new life working as an illustrator for children’s books. While eating at a diner, she had a vision that would change everything. She had to take a leap of faith and report her vision to the local authorities. She met a detective, Johanthan Lansing, who would support her in solving a case. For once in her life, Jessica accepts her psychic visions as a gift and apart of who she is. Her visions are no longer considered a burden. The love between Johnathan and Jessica grows as they solve the case together.

The author, Rebbeca J. Vickery, has a writing style that allows the readers to visualize the charisma the two main characters share. Rebbeca has stated that “The books that I write have traditional romance themes with ironic twists and usually tales in the style of Edgar Allen Poe and Alfred Hitchcock.” After reading, Looking Through the Mist” I can’t agree more with this statement!

The podcast also features a true intuitive medium/psychic investigator, Troy Griffin.

You can find “Looking Through the Mist” on Amazon or on Lulu.com.

Questions: mohenderson2525@gmail.com

“WHAT IS YOUR STORY?”