Review For “The Brilliant Game” By A. Gavazzoni and The Finale of Her Amazing Trilogy.

Readers … if you love a good Psychological Thriller Romance Light Erotica Suspense? Then, Author, Adriana Gavazzoni’s New Novel Trilogy is what you should be reading! She is an amazing business lawyer by day and a sizzling writer by night … I just finished Book Three of her trilogy “The Hidden Motives” series and it is a fantastic read! I’m not saying this because I work for her in promoting her books, oh no!

It’s from loving all three books after reading them in this series. She is a talented writer and creative with all the twists and turns packed into all three of her titles. Now I am not the best writer of reviews as I never like to spoil a good read. But here is my review and a few others that tell readers this is a Highly Recommended book and why she is winning so many Book Awards!

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Psychiatrist Simone Bennet feels like a pawn on a chessboard—as if some invisible, master chess player is toying with her life and the lives of the people she loves and cares for.
A series of horrific events—several murders and Simone being tortured at the hands of a serial killer—culminate in the kidnapping of her daughter and have turned Simone’s life upside down.

Struggling to stay afloat in the middle of a sea of chaos, Simone continues to receive her psychiatric patients and do more work for the New York attorney, Carl, while local police, the FBI, and Edward—Simone’s boyfriend, best friend, and business partner—are working hard to locate her child.

Simone is analyzing another set of Lara’s journals, and she becomes dragged into a vortex of sex addiction, suffering, and Lara’s struggle for some kind of balance in her life, while Simone battles an inner fight against her mixed feelings for the enigmatic lawyer.
Filled with twists and turns, this final book in the Hidden Motives trilogy reveals a deranged, steamy, and disturbingly brilliant game of sex, murder, and mystery and chronicles a woman’s conflict between love and reason.

Fasten your seat belts before you embark on this roller coaster, and prepare for the most unpredictable end! …  NOW  Available on Amazon

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“Five Star Trilogy.”

Five Star Review on Amazon By Bailey

After reading all three of these novels, I don’t think there is a novel this author could write that I wouldn’t read. Even if I didn’t like the subject matter, I’m sure I would still read her books because she is such a fantastic writer. This is what made this books so special and such page turners… the author’s writing.
But I do not want to shortchange the story, the world the author built in these books. The story of Lara and Simone and the cast of other characters, was simply dazzling and wild.

My only disappointment was finishing this book and anxiously awaiting this author’s next book. Hoping it won’t be long.

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About the Author

A. Gavazzoni is a Brazilian author and has been a lawyer for twenty-seven years. She won for her first book Behind The Door: The Golden Book Award 2017- Readers Choice; Book Excellence Award 2017; Bronze Medal on Independent Publisher Books Award 2018; Honorable mention at Paris Book Festival 2017; Honorable Mention at Reader’s Favorite Award 2017 and was a finalist to the Independent author.

Adriana is a lawyer, a former professor of law and a writer of novels and legal books, but she is also a voracious reader.

She speaks four languages: English, French, Portuguese and Spanish. When she is not practicing law or writing, she enjoys many interests and is a very active person. She loves to dance (Tango) and workout.

She loves to travel, loves good wine, and has been studying astrology for fifteen years. She paints and loves to cook.

She has two poodles -Gaia and Juno -and loves all animals. She is an aunt of four nieces who enjoy to paint and cook alongside their aunt. She lives in Brazil and is in the process of writing her next novel. She invites readers to visit her website/blog anytime for updates on upcoming books and events. http://www.agavazzoni.com and check my blog agavazzoni.com/blog and my twitter account for news @a_gavazzoni


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The Brilliant Game (Hidden Motives Book 3) by [Gavazzoni, A.]

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REVIEWS: 

on May 18, 2018


Never Seen The Ending Coming and Wow, What A Finale of This Trilogy!


From the first awarding-winning “Behind the Door” begins a thrilling and steamy into of a sex game or was it murder? Through book one keeps you enthralled into then the backstory as Simone goes through all the journals in book two of “Lara’s Journal.” But book three? What a roller coaster ride of mishaps, circumstances, murder, and oh poor ‘Simone’ has been through more than one person could ever manage!


I never spoil a good read, that said, the author has seasoned her writing chops in the finale of this “Must Read Trilogy.” The author has a way of weaving in spicy steamy romance, sex, thrills, and suspense with loads of twists and turns all the while touching on topics like mental illness, psychiatry, sexual behaviors, and more interesting issues.

That is what makes this series unique and keeps you pulled in until the last page and exceptional plot and storyline. I think the end of this book’s description should really be at the VERY BEGINNING: “Fasten your seatbelts before you embark on this roller coaster, and prepare for the most unpredictable end.” Absolutely True!!

I Highly Suggest All Three Books As Book Three Is Now My Favorite … Cat Lyon

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March 29, 2018 Format: Kindle Edition –  RM Griffin alwaysdaddygirl

The Brilliant Game (Hidden Motives Book 3) by A. Gavazzoni hits the nail on the head with regard to mental illness. I have a mental illness and have been dealing with it for twenty-six years. This book gives the naked truth. It does not sugarcoat it. It truly gives you an understanding of the battles mentally ill people have to fight. It is not always roses and unicorns when dealing with a mental illness. The book has hot, R-rated sex. That does not bother me. Who am I to judge someone? Only God can do that.

Another beautiful thing is how real this novel feels.

I would recommend reading this series in order. In each book, the author widens the reader’s knowledge of mental illness. Also, the development of the characters is woven beautifully into this series. I received this book free for review. Kudos to the author for her understanding and kindness toward people like me who have a mental illness, for how she makes the story come alive, and for the suspense she brings to her books. These are the reasons I give this book five stars.

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on April 19, 2018

This was a good read. The simultaneous plot line between Lara’s journal and Simone’s real-life make it very interesting. There is a lot of sexual content which makes it a mature read, but adds to the fun.

Plus, by the end of this book, there are a number of surprises that surfaced to add to the it’s impact. I was very pleased.

 

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How To Get Book Reviews As A First Time Published Author ~

Hello Readers, Authors, and Writers. Welcome, New Friends.

As a first time published author, I know how difficult it is getting a reader to place a book review on Amazon, Goodreads, and even on Barnes & Noble when they are done reading your book. Why is that? One reason I know for my book, it is an off-genre type of book. It is a memoir, but some of the sharing is about when I was tangled in a gambling addiction and alcohol, and finally recovery. Some readers don’t care reading about addictions.

So it makes a tougher book to not only promote and build a readership but also to get readers who do read it, to go back and place a book review! So when I came across this exceptional and informative writing blog last summer run by Best Selling  Author, Joanna Penn of The Creative Pen, I wanted to share it with all my author friends here.

So make sure you visit Joanne  and check out all her published works here: All Her Published Books as she has many other helpful posts at “The Creative Penn”

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Learn all about J. F. Penn on Amazon Bio.

How To Get Book Reviews As An Unknown Author

 

 “A few months ago, I started a new pen-name and have kept it secret in order to avoid ‘pollution’ of the also-bought. But it has been SO hard because I have basically started from scratch – with no email list, no street team, no reviews, no platform, no social media.”

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The pen-name is slowly gathering steam, but it reminds me how hard it is starting out and getting those first reviews can be one of the hardest things. 

 

As an unknown author, getting Amazon reviews for your book is crucial to unlocking its full potential. But it’s not as easy as it sounds.

False Assumptions

You might think that downloads lead to Amazon reviews.

They don’t.

You might not know if Amazon has restrictions on reviews.

They do.

You might think reviews will eventually start rolling in with enough time and word of mouth.

They won’t.

It’s easy to get discouraged. You might think it’s impossible for an unknown author publishing their first book to get any traction with Amazon reviews.

It isn’t.

A Tale of Four Books

During the 2015 Ravi Zacharias International Ministries Summer Institute in Atlanta, I met the renown scholar and Christian apologist Os Guinness. He had just released Fool’s Talk: Recovering the Art of Christian Persuasion.

Also in attendance was the author and apologist Ravi Zacharias whose book Why Suffering? Finding Meaning and Comfort When Life Doesn’t Make Sense was released in October the previous year.

And in October of 2014, John MacArthur, one of the most influential preachers of all time, released Parables: The Mysteries of God’s Kingdom Revealed Through the Stories Jesus Told.

OOTF reviewsSo how is my first book One of the Few: A Marine Fighter Pilot’s Reconnaissance of the Christian Worldview—self-published as an unknown author around the same time–different from the traditionally published works of these three powerhouses in the field of Christian apologetics?

Mine has more Amazon reviews.

I’m not trying to brag. These men are my heroes, and their books are a million times better than mine.

So how is that possible?

Today I want to share with you exactly how I did it.

Isn’t It Simple?

Okay, here’s the answer: assemble a street team with 300 advance readers for your book launch and expect about 100 Amazon reviews during launch week.

See? Wasn’t that simple?

No. It’s terribly difficult for the unknown author without the right knowledge and tools.

After the initial launch of One of the FewI had thousands of downloads but under 30 Amazon reviews.

And I know how important it is to get reviews. They’re one of the most influential factors in whether or not someone is going to decide to download your book. They might mean the difference between getting a BookBub or not. And they’re definitely part of the formula for tripping Amazon’s algorithm—the ultimate arbiter of the Amazon author have and have-nots!

What I Didn’t Know

During the pre-launch phase, I tried to reach out to as many people as I could to provide them with a free copy for review consideration, but I had three problems:

  • I didn’t know whom to look for.
  • I didn’t know where to find them.
  • I didn’t know how to connect with them.

What I Learned

Then three things changed when I joined a mastermind group for authors.

  1. I found out how to identify the perfect reader for my book.
  2. I discovered new tools to help me find them.
  3. I learned how to connect with them effectively.

I decided to re-attack my campaign for seeking Amazon reviews, and in a matter of months, my review count surpassed 150.

The new technique worked so well, I decided I had to write a book and share it with other authors.

Every Author Starts Out Unknown

You might be a rockstar writer with a rock star past writing rockstar books. But the book review scene might have your head banging.

You might have a Ph.D. and teach at a university with peer-reviewed articles. But your Amazon reviews aren’t making the grade.

You might be the former CEO of a million-dollar company. But in terms of book reviews, you’re bankrupt.

Unless you’re no-kidding famous, everyone starts out as an unknown author.

And when you are an unknown author, reviews do not come on their own! At least not in significant numbers. You must be extremely intentional about getting them.

Following Amazon’s Rules

But you also have to follow Amazon’s rules, and they made some significant changes over the years. Here are some highlights:

Amazon “will continue to allow the age-old practice of providing advance review copies of books.”

However, “Book authors and publishers may continue to provide free or discounted copies of their books to readers, as long as the author or publisher does not require a review in exchange or attempt to influence the review.”

Additionally, you cannot offer a review in exchange for:

  • cash
  • a free or discounted product
  • a gift certificate
  • a discount off a future purchase provided by a third party
  • entry into a contest or sweepstakes or membership in a program

What Can You Do?

You can provide a free copy and ask readers to consider leaving a review, including that fact that you’re willing to accept both positive and negative reviews and that they will be under no obligation.

So in order to get a significant number of reviews, you must identify large groups of people interested in reading your book, connect with all of them, make them want to leave a book review, and do so without requiring a review or attempting to influence the review.

(Phew!)

Sound impossible? It’s not. It’s an art that I’ve been working on for some time, and I want to share what I’ve learned.

Steps You Should Take

I’ve broken it down into a 5-step process. This is what you need to do when planning your book review campaign:

  1. Identify your perfect book reviewer
  2. Find large groups of them online
  3. Find their personal websites
  4. Prepare a spreadsheet
  5. Connect with them personally

Step 1. Identify Your Perfect Book Reviewer

You’ve probably heard about contacting book review bloggers about reading your book for review consideration. But there are some specific things to look for that will increase your chances of having your book received and reviewed.

You want to make sure they enjoy reading books in your genre.

Even better, you should look for reviewers that have other things in common with you. For instance, you’re both from the northwest. Or you both love a good Netflix binge on the weekend. (Keep this information handy. You’re going to use it later.)

Step 2. Find Large Groups of Them Online

With a bit of creativity, you can find large groups of your perfect book reviewer online. A Google search for “book review bloggers” is good, but a search for “search by blogger” is even better. That’s because what will benefit you the most is not to find a book review or blogger website–it’s to find lists of book reviews or blogger websites.

Sometimes instead of a list, you might find links to book review blogger websites on multiple pages. These can be turned into a list of web extraction tools like Import.IO.

[From Joanna: You can also use Author Marketing Club’s automated Book Reviewer Grabber Tool]

Step 3. Find Their Personal Websites

Sometimes a search will lead you to a single website with many book reviews. If that’s the case, find out if the reviews are by a handful of reviewers or many reviewers.

If it’s the latter, search for a link back to the review blogger’s personal blog. You want to visit their website so you can learn about them in order to make a personal connection later on.

Step 4. Prepare a Spreadsheet

Spreadsheet

You’re probably working on a timeline. Maybe you’ve set our book launch date and want to start contacting potential advance readers a few months prior. If that’s the case, you can front load all your review blogger research and then connect with them all at once at the desired time.

You’ll want to keep careful track of your research, and one way is to use a spreadsheet. Make columns for the review bloggers name, email address (or other platform contact details), and date contacted.

I also recommend including a column for you to record a bit of personal information you learned from visiting their website.

A spreadsheet will help you keep track of everyone who has responded and how long it’s been since your last contact with them. It will also help you avoid contacting someone you’ve already contacted before.

Step 5. Connect With Them Personally

Once you have your spreadsheet loaded with your perfect book review bloggers, it’s time to reach out.

There are many ways to do this including connecting on social media, contacting them through their website, or sending an email. Before you email, make sure you know and adhere to your country’s SPAM laws.

If you choose to email, there are tools like GMass that can help you merge your spreadsheet data with your Gmail account making it easy to send individual personalized emails in bulk.

Once bloggers start responding, take note of your most common responses to them and create a few Gmail “canned responses” to save you time responding in the future.

Before you know it, your inbox will start filling with “yes” emails.

You Can Do It

This might all sound like common sense, but it’s easier said than done, especially if you’ve never done it before. But there are tools and techniques out there to help you connect with book reviewers on the scale you need to make a difference. This kind of connecting is done by experienced authors and publishing houses alike. You can do it too.

And as an author with any hopes of getting a meaningful number of Amazon reviews, you must.

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About J.F. Penn

I’m J.F. (Joanna Frances) Penn, an Award-nominated, New York Times and USA Today bestselling thriller author. 

My books blend my love of traveling and learning new things with psychology and the supernatural in a fast-paced style. I’m also an international professional speaker and award-winning creative entrepreneur.

I love reading and always dreamed of writing my own books, but I spent many years thinking about it before I actually took the plunge. However, I did write a lot of journals during my many years as a corporate business consultant!

I have a Masters degree in Theology from the University of Oxford, Mansfield College and also a Graduate Diploma in Psychology – both interests are entwined into my writing. Her books weave together ancient artifacts, relics of power, international locations and adventure at the edges of faith. Joanna lives in Bath, England and enjoys a nice G&T. Stop by her Official Author Website for her Free Thriller Book Offer!

 

 

New Book Review – Kim Carter Mysteries – Sweet Dreams, Baby Belle by Melissa J – Book Addicts Reviews!

Cat’s Book Review Blog Pick of The Week! And? She gave Author, Kim Carter a Rave Review of Book One of her New “Clara & Iris Mystery” titled “Sweet Dreams, Baby Belle!” ~ Melissa J is my Blogger of The Week!

xoxo CAT

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“Find The Seeker!” Book Reviews and High Praise For This Meaningful Read.

About The Book  Find The Seeker!: The pathless path to fulfillment and happiness 

 

Find the Seeker! with the subtitle “The pathless path to fulfillment and happiness,” based on the tried and tested the wisdom of a living Master and enlightened ones throughout the ages, accompanies us on a life-changing inner pilgrimage.

Find the Seeker! is a powerful, straight-talking wake-up call to people of all faiths and confessions, holding up a mirror to our worldly existence, suffering and the intricate workings of the ego. Immensely uplifting and rewarding, the book serves as a traveling companion and guide, enticing readers with a vision of what we really are -which can only be directly experienced – by helping us unfold our true nature and reboot our spiritual search so that we can abide in the one Self. In this way, seekers become finders, and we can enjoy the bliss and lightness of Being that is inherently ours.

 

Find the Seeker! has garnered extensive praise from spiritual teachers: 

“A unique, extraordinary and extremely valuable work.” – Ihaleakala Lew Pen 
“Disarming and worth experiencing.” -John Tarrant
“Refreshing as a clear stream.” -Robert Meikyo Rosenbaum
“The book…touches your heart.” -Hue Feng

 

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CAT’S BOOK REVIEW:

“The best advice as a reader I have received was, “never judge a book by its cover.” Personally, I can say this is true about, “Find The Seeker!: The pathless path to fulfillment and happiness.”

Find The Seeker!, written by Author’s Clifford Stevens and Master Genro Xuan Lou, Laoshi, who is, by the way, one of the few living Zen Masters of our generation, have poured their wisdom and souls into this book. Simply well written, you will take a path of freedom, deep inner peace, and a journey of inspiration and enlightenment while reading this book. It doesn’t read as a traditional new age, or Zen type read, it truly will uplift you no matter who or what you believe to be a “power greater than oneself.”
I will note, I maintain life in recovery from addiction. This book can also serve as a type of “life workbook” for those who want to live a full deep meaningful live while maintaining recovery.

It can be read as a guide with the advice and unique techniques shared inside as part of our recovery work and look “within oneself” in changing those thinking errors and character defects. That is why my favorite chapters I got the most from was “The Ego and Non- Thinking.” Both author’s knowledge of knowing there are plenty of books out there about meditation and “how to’s” is why this book was exceptionally written and much different than those books.

This read inspires and motivates one to go out in the world and enjoy living life now and be present, be it travel, exploring, or through life adventures. It will guide you to a fulfilling and happy destination and well-balanced living for a lifetime. It can be adapted to any faith or as we recovery people say, to whomever our “Higher Power” happens to be.

That is just some of what I have learned reading this fantastic book and much more!

I highly suggest it for everyone, and it deserves my 5-star rating.

 

 

New Review By ~ Red Headed Book Lover Blog


Find The Seeker!: The Pathless Path to Fulfilment and Happiness is one of the most moving, enchanting and informative self-help guides that I have ever had the pleasure of reading. The description of this book intrigued me thanks to the sentence ‘a powerful, straight-talking wake-up call to people of all faiths and confessions.’ When I read this sentence, I was intrigued and wanted to learn more and so I knew that I had to read this book as well as review it for all of you lovely readers. Now that I have finished reading Find The Seeker, I can happily write that this self-help/spiritual guide is one of the most incredible books I have ever read from the genre so please book lovers, do read this book as you won’t regret it!

Find The Seeker is written by Genro Xuan Lou Laoshi, a Zen master and his pupil, Clifford Stevens. Throughout their enchanting book, they will enlighten their readers on many subjects; topics such as mind, body and spirit and personal growth as well as how to attain happiness. The authors of this stunning piece of nonfiction focus on the spiritual dimension… a dimension that everybody shares. They will blissfully take their readers on a journey on how they can live a fulfilling life, attain happiness and how to grow to who you want to be. The journey the reader is taken on is a beautiful one and will enlighten many readers.

The journey the reader is taken on throughout this book is incredible and they are taken on this journey in a flawless way, thanks to the two talented authors of this book. Both authors are well accomplished in the topics explored in this book and so they are more than qualified to share their thoughts, feelings, and opinions on how to live a more fulfilling life. The reader won’t be able to help but fully invest themselves in their teachings as they both have an excellent way of captivating the reader and compelling them to read from beginning to end.

Not only is Genro Xuan Lou Laoshi and Clifford Stevens men who have incredible teachings to share, they are also talented authors as their words are stunning and will grip the reader’s attention from very early on. As I read this book I was hooked and this is thanks to their easy to read, with unique intriguing literature that reads beautifully throughout.

As Find The Seeker is an incredible, motivational, and inspiring book that has the potential to help people and change their lives for the better, I have no choice but to award this book a dazzling five stars. If you are a reader who is looking to improve your life and fulfill it or are interested in Zen and Buddhism and helping your self then this beautiful, gripping book is most certainly for you…

 

~Aimee~ 

 

 

 

EDITORIAL REVIEW:

Praise for Find the Seeker!

Find the Seeker! is fresh as spring grass and refreshing as a clear stream. The teachings in this book refuse to be confined to a spiritual checklist or manual of meditative techniques. Instead, the authors, again and again, challenge readers to return to the vibrant truth of original nature. Going beyond optimistic self-help and nihilistic despair, Genro Xuan Lou, Laoshi and Clifford Stevens remind us of how wonderful it is to let go of grasping and taste the vividness of direct experience.”

–Robert Meikyo Rosenbaum, neuropsychologist and psychotherapist, Zen and Qi Gong teacher, author of Walking the Way: 81 Zen Encounters with the Tao Te Ching, and Zen and the Heart of Psychotherapy.

 

 

 

You can purchase this book on Amazon Books & Kindle online  and on Barnes and Noble too…

Reviews – Kim Carter Mysteries – New “Clara and Iris Mystery” Series is Every Where!

Author, Kim Carter Book Launch Is Happening and Her Novel Series Has Released and The Editorial Reviews Are Here!

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ENAS REVIEW – Sweet Dreams, Baby Belle

A Mystery Suspense Thriller in every sense of the Word.”

With eminently admirable characters and exquisite imagination ‘Sweet Dreams, Baby Belle’ is a compelling read where Author Kim Carter crafts mounting suspense that overwhelms skepticism, as this Book One of her series prepares for.

Charming personality of renowned cardiac surgeon Dr. Grant Chatsworth lures a small town waitress-Lizzie to a deceptive ‘blissful happy marriage’ until secrets confined within the walls of Buckhead’s finest estates elucidate Lizzie about the darker nasty shades of Grant’s propensity of crime and cruelty. Terrible adversity and troubled faith lead Lizzie to take refuge at her sister Maggie’s doorstep, where destiny has more alarming adventures in store for her.

Author Kim Carter’s read is a mystery suspense thriller in every sense of the word with an intriguing narrative that moves at a breakneck pace, skillfully combined with a writing style that provides vivid mental pictures of the settings and characters sufferings. While many things are not what they seem, everything amazingly connects in a surprising finale.

Entertaining enough to engage even reluctant readers, as ‘Sweet Dreams, Baby Belle’ is a Powerful5-star page turner that we highly recommended.
~Enas Reviews

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“Readers of Atlanta are in for a treat! If you are in Atlanta this Sunday? The Public is Welcome!”

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As Book Two of Kim’s Novel Series is Launched… And reviews are Fabulous for “Murder Among The Tombstones!” and is now “Nominated For a TCK 2017 Readers Choice Book Award”


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Editorial Reviews:

“The wait is finally over and Author Kim Carter has blessed the readers with another great suspense -filled read.” 

Her dynamic pen is one of the smoothest I have read. As a reader, I must be able to replay an author’s words in my head, creating a consistent, flowing movie full of action and emotion.  Carter has a gift for detail, dropping things here and there, just enough to give me a mental picture. She grabbed me and twisted me up in her world and kept me on my toes from the first paragraph. I felt myself running through the woods and experiencing all the anxiety and fear Jasmine felt. I felt like the detective trying to solve the crime with them.

Who was this man with those perfect white teeth and why did he do this to such a beautiful young girl. Private Investigators Iris Hadley and Clara Samples are my girls. These ladies are a great combination. There is never a dull day at Hadley and Samples Investigations. You would never believe they were in their 70’s.

Jessica Fletcher watch out!…The way they banter back and forth is hilarious. I love these two.

Quita is just the icing on the cake. Author Kim Carter developed the storylines so brilliantly before merging them together with such a smooth transition, causing nothing but pure drama till the end.From reading previous books from this author, I can see that she has not lost her touch. She has developed another hard-hitting read from start to finish.
I highly recommend anything this author writes.
~Reviewer Lissha Sadler

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Widows on The Case!

Two crafty septuagenarian widows turned private investigators; a crabby Atlanta cop recovering from a gunshot wound, and a cunning killer who dumps his victims rather appropriately in cemeteries. Those are just a few of the zesty ingredients in Murder among the Tombstones, the latest whodunit by Georgia-based mystery writer Kim Carter. It is a fast-paced, twister of a mystery that keeps you turning pages until the very end.

Private Investigators Iris Hadley and Clara Samples may be in their seventies, but don’t think they are over the hill. These ladies are witty, wily and with it. A Must Read!”

A former correspondent for The Chicago Tribune and Award Winning Author of The Billy Battles Trilogy ~Ronald Yates.


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MURDER AMONG THE TOMBSTONES by KIM CARTER

Detectives are investigating the murder of a young woman. She was found in a local cemetery wrapped in a blanket. The case goes cold when all leads dry up.”

The victim’s sister turns to private investigators for help. Meet Iris and Clara … brand new to the business. These women are not your typical investigators. For one, they are both widowed and both in their 70s.

When a second body turns up in a different cemetery, the ladies turn to the detectives, who incidentally have both been shot and are on medical leave.  Along with their office associate, Quita, the ladies are determined to stop at nothing to find the killer before someone else dies …. at least they will as soon as they figure out how their new I-phones work.

I have chuckled more with the antics of these very unique and quirky characters from the very first page. This is not a cozy. The mystery is solid, with characters that are credible. The interactions of Iris and Clara will have the reader shaking their heads, maybe remembering grandma or great aunt in their golden years.

I do hope to see more adventures of Iris and Clara. Many thanks to the author for the digital copy of this humorous crime thriller mix. (Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own)…  An Amazing Mystery Read!

~Linda Strong Book Reviews

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Kim Carter, Author and prolific writer of contemporary mystery, suspense and thrillers introduces her new novel series that is nominated for a “2017 Readers Choice Award,” is a fan favorite among avid mystery readers and has an array of released titles relaunching soon for; “When Dawn Never Comes,” “Deadly Odds,” and “No Second Chances.” Now, her novel series titled; “The Clara and Iris Mystery” comes “Sweet Dreams, Baby Belle” has re-released as book one of the series June 2017, and now book two is available titled; “Murder Among The TOMBSTONES” here on Amazon and published by Raven South of Atlanta, Georgia.

Kim has been writing mysteries for some time and has a large reader fan base who enjoy all her books, as shown with the many Amazon 5-Star book reviews given by her reader’s and reviewers. Kim enjoys interacting and engaging with them all. One of her favorite things about writing is the traveling and research required to bring her novels to life. Her research has taken her to places such as morgues, death row, and midnight cemetery visits.

Kim and her husband have raised three successful grown children and have vested in and love retired greyhounds. They enjoy attending the many events held annually for them, as well as educating others about their need for great homes and what great pets greyhounds make after they retire from racing.

She is a college graduate of Saint Leo University, has a Bachelor Degree of Arts in Sociology, and now has become a career writer and author. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia. Between reading and traveling with her beautiful family, she will continue to write mysteries for some time to come for her avid readers.

You can learn more and buy Kim Carter’s books, learn updates, events, come follow her now on her Amazon Author Page.

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“Humbled For A New Book Review By OnLine Book Club – My Book “Addicted To Dimes” – 3 Out of 4 Stars!

I was a little nervous when my book got chosen to be reviewed by a large online book club. Why? Because most times the reviewer may not be an addiction/recovery genre typical reader of these types of books, let alone a memoir. I can honestly say the reader chosen was both honest and got most of the points I made sharing my life story that included gambling addiction and my road into recovery journey. She also gave some points to help my writing in future books. But I will let you be the judge of the Book Review I was given…

Official Review: Addicted To Dimes

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GA Porter – [Following is the official OnlineBookClub.org review of “Addicted To Dimes” by Catherine Townsend-Lyon.]

Addicted to Dimes by Catherine Townsend-Lyon is a memoir about the author’s personal battle with gambling addiction. The book explores the author’s past experiences and decisions which eventually culminated in a financially and emotionally devastating addiction and the difficult ordeal of the recovery process. The author is open and honest about her mistakes, her family dysfunction raised in, and past abuse, and the long-term consequences gambling has had on her marriage and friendships.

The first section of the book is an introduction to the author’s early life. She grew up in a dysfunctional family and suffered abuse at the hands of her parents, as well as sexual trauma by outsiders. As a teenager and young woman, the author felt stifled by her mother’s overbearing control, particularly in controlling her own hard-earned money. She outlines decisions she made and relationships she began while searching for a replacement “unconditional love” that she did not receive from her parents. The hardships of her early life may have made the author vulnerable to the lure of addiction, and the continuing dysfunction may have added fuel to the fire later in her life and as roots to her addiction.

The author gives the description of her family dysfunction and past to illustrate the person she used to be before the addiction took over her life. The addiction began slowly, but over time grew and drove her to drastic actions. As stress piled on her, gambling became an outlet for her emotions. She also adopted the gambler’s mentality of placing bets to win money she desperately needed to pay bills, but in the end, would lose more money than she came in with and an action of the cycle keeps you chasing your loss. Over the years, the author would borrow money, steal from friends and workplaces, and jeopardize everything she and her husband worked for to maintain her gambling habit before fully committing to the recovery process.

Catherine was inspired to write this book after reading the newspaper of a local woman’s suicide due to gambling addiction and on the news. She wrote this book to give hope to those caught in the addiction that recovery is possible as well as to inspire empathy and bring awareness to others. The recovery process took a long time for the author and she described the “rock bottom” situation that appears to have been necessary for her to fully commit to the recovery process. She describes her own missteps, triggers from family fights, work stress, and some aspects of therapy which were most and least helpful for her. In the end, she appears to have been successful, even if still in financial hardship, and you feel her drive to fight for her life back.

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I rate Addicted to Dimes 3 out of 4 stars. It is heartbreaking to see a woman’s life in ruins and the impact on her husband and friendships. However, a sizeable portion of the book is dedicated more to her family drama which leads to the actual gambling addiction. While I enjoy the author’s honesty and self-awareness, sometimes it feels voyeuristic to see so much into her family life and affairs. The author explains, though, that her “war stories” from gambling were not shared because oftentimes they can be triggering to other people currently fighting the addiction.

The book is instead focusing on the repercussions on her life and how she takes control and accountability. It is also worth bearing in mind that the author is not a professional writer and so sometimes the book reads as a private journal entry which is how her book came to be, from her early year journals in recovery. The author includes phrases such as “OMG!” which can be somewhat distracting. It is also important to remember that this is not a self-help guidebook, but a personal memoir. This book may appeal to readers who are themselves battling a gambling addiction, or any addiction for that matter, or to those who have loved ones affected by gambling addiction.

It may also be noteworthy for people who do not have any gamblers in their lives, but still wish to see how this addiction can be devastating and to see the victims as real people, rather than as statistics, so I highly recommend it.

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“Addicted To Dimes, Confessions of a Liar and a Cheat”
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Book Review Spotlight: Author David McCauley of Oak Valley Foundation and His Book: Addiction to Recovery: Unlocking Your Potential.

“Every so often an outstanding book about and for recovery that is amazing to guide and teach others how to have a well-balanced recovery.  Author, David McCauley’s new book is that kind of read. He has written this book with the knowing that in recovery we need to do all the inner work inside ourselves, process old hurt, pain, and nasty habits and behaviors we learn within addiction. We need to clean the inside “SOUL & SPIRIT” besides the mind and body. This book helps you do that and so more!”

 

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About The Book:

This book, Addiction to Recovery: Unlocking Your Potential, is an accumulation of existential realization, many resources, years of recovery, education, insights, and years working in the field of addiction, with all adepts in the goal of personal transformation from addiction to recovery. This is an integrative approach to living in wellness in recovery. I vacated my own mind through a very deep personal process, my own form of meditation and this book came about. My hope is this book unlocks the potential that advances new insight into the recovery process for each individual by reframing the process in such a way that the right interpretation by the reader will help recovery click in place.

What we need to celebrate in recovery is the self-discovery of the individual. I offer my carefully considered overviews and assessments on the best-known treatments (theories) connected to recovery. I have provided a new outlook as a guide for the unwary who had failed at recovery in the past and those just coming into recovery for the first time. I count myself among the autodidacts, the self-taught perpetual student fueled by a passion for new answers and a sense of mission.

 

About The Author:
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President and Chairman of the Board

Over 27 years of working with Addiction and Recovery. Author and Educator of dealing with addiction in today’s world. This book and others to follow were written also for the purpose and goal as a portion of books sales go back to Oak Tree Foundation to soon help those who suffer from the effects of addiction in our communities, where I live in New Jersey, and our nation to provide help in finding treatment and resources for those unable to financially afford the necessary help needed to live a life free from addiction.

Our vision at Oak Valley is to be a place where we cultivate people’s lives through awareness, education, prevention and the necessary support needed to help individuals renew their life. Our goal at Oak Valley is to improve and renew the quality of life in each individual by renewed mind, body, soul and self. In a new positive way of thinking and living that is surrounded by a renewed self.

MY REVIEW of  Addiction To Recovery: Unlocking Your Potential                                        AN Amazing Book, Guide, and Resource for All In Recovery & Their Families!
I was given a signed copy by the Author, David McCauley.

Addiction To Recovery: Unlocking Your Potential should be a required book to read for all who come into recovery by any means. The book, part guide, part resource, and part personal experiences, strength, and shares hope of the Author, David McCauley. It explains in words and teaches others the skills to apply in their recovery on how to interrupt the cycle of addiction, and the tools needed every day to attain long-term recovery.
Even though it is a book and guide, it reads like a memoir; the chapters and titles are laid out and easy to read. David’s writing style is unique. The goal I was looking for in this book was to learn more wellness and live a more authentic recovery life of the mind, body, and spirit. There are many paths to tapping into your spirituality, and I am not talking a 12-step higher power spiritual journey. It is not the choice as David feels and I do as well. This book is a testament to this fact. But? Whatever works for you. And it truly is a new age form of recovery by learning David’s inner self-work method that works!

I am talking the inner sense of self-spiritual power. As David shares in his book, that seed and spiritual power we all have in each of us with the ability to turn our lives around and from the depths of despair and destruction to happy, productive being. No Spoilers, but my favorite chapters I got so much out of where; “Self and Soul Chapter 6, The Resilient Self and Spiritual Path Chapter 9, and Chapter 12.” You can learn from a major relapse with more awareness before and after a binge as David did and is part of his experience.

The Prolog/Dedication is”touching,” and it is important to mention this book is also a great read for family, loved ones and friends to get an understanding of addiction and the process of recovery that their loved one needs to go through to gain longevity in recovery. “Hate the addiction, not The Addict.” Family needs insights of what an addict goes through starting the recovery process. This book covers those goals and a great family reference.

The book for me was a soul-searching journey to see the inner work that needs to be done in processing any old haunting pain and hurt in life as I feel is missing in many 12-step programs and forms of recovery.

A must read and highly suggest this book! Go Get this book people 🙂

 

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