MERRY CHRISTMAS EVE & A BLESSED CHRISTMAS DAY!
Author, Catherine Lyon
Hello Friends, Readers, and Welcome Visitors,
As a book and social media promoter, it’s more than a full-time job to keep all my book clients happy, and make sure their awesome new books and novels get noticed in the large sea of new reads. And as you know, I have a lot of reading to do, so it’s it hard to steal time to read just for the pleasure of it, and the genres I enjoy to read. But sometimes, as a book should do, you get surprised by a book genre you normally wouldn’t read. That was the case with Cheri’s new novel.
My Book Review For Author, Cheri Vause:
That’s how I felt about reading a new novel by, Author Cheri Vause, titled; The Truth and Nothing but Lies.
I’m normally not a Mystery/Thriller reader often, but I have to say this was not only a page turner? It took on a very debated and intense topic in this riveting story. A FBI agent with not so good intentions to get a step up, and the story is set in the beautiful Pacific Northwest Coastal town of Astoria, Oregon, where I’ve visited many times myself. All stirred into this wonderfully written novel and story, without giving much away, is also a hungry reporter, a doctor and a missing client of his, and after abortion clinic bombings & suicide, comes the CIA to join the mix. Greene is very confused of his part in his job at the FBI to make it more interesting, as his father helps pull some strings for this current case he’s assigned.
I can tell you honestly in the beginning of the book I got a little lost, as it does move around from one plot to another, but that’s on me, as I have adult attention deficit, but then the story grabs a hold of you and doesn’t let you go with twists around every corner! As the case builds, evidence seems becomes non-existent, with more abortion bombings, thankfully no one in them at the time. I do have to say, Cheri is a very technical writer, and as you’ll see when you read this fantastic novel, she takes her job as a mystery writer very seriously. It shows in this novel. I have the pleasure of knowing Cheri, so I know many of the events in her book are from actual real events, as she had worked in this field. So she had first hand knowledge. All I can say about this novel? It’s worth your time to purchase and read.
Cheri is a very brave woman to write, base, and share all sides of this highly and religiously debated issue of ‘Pro-life or Pro-choice’ topic. And Cheri does a supreme job of weaving those issues into her book. That is when you really have taken the step as a real writer, when you’re not afraid to raise awareness with your craft as writer and author to use important issues like abortion in one’s work. KUDOS! I give this Novel a 5 Star Review!!
“Cheri’s novel has some more good reviews coming in and wanted to share as, I’m not the only one who enjoyed this fantastic mystery novel! Here is another wonderful review. It is from a very respected ‘Book Reviewer’ at Crystal Book Reviews” http://crystalbookreviews.blogspot.com ”
Crystal Book Reviews: Sunday, October 5, 2014
(Cheri Vause, Author/Novelist)
Chéri is a theologian, a photographer, and an author. She is the mother of two sets of twins born on the same day fourteen years apart. Presently, she lives on a small ranch in the heart of Texas with her husband and a coydog named Scully.
BOOK REVIEW FOR:
The Truth and Nothing But Lies. Cheri Vause. GWL Publishing. May 2014. 329 pp., e-book.
FBI Agent Grant Greene is a disillusioned detective who is on the verge of quitting when he’s assigned, after his father pull strings to get him leverage on a case that could catapult his career beyond its present inertia, to a case involving the bombing of an abortion clinic in Astoria, Oregon. A reporter, Hector Rodriguez, is hot on this case as it might bring him the kind of public recognition to advance his journalistic position as well.
Dr. Sanjay Kumar is supposedly the object of pro-life activists, yet something doesn’t seem quite right about the predictability of such a profile even beyond the fact that he botches more abortions than the ones he performs successfully. Ruined lives are more the norm of what he leaves behind him, physically, mentally and emotionally.
Then the bombing of other clinics and the mysterious disappearance of one of the doctor’s clients, Lara, brings the plaintiff deeper with involvement of the CIA and other nefarious characters into the mix.
Add to that some attempted shootings and the fact that no one seems to be able to provide actual evidence makes Greene realize that something larger than anti-abortion supporters is running these events, as well as the fact that the bombings occur when no one is present in the clinics to be hurt.
No spoilers here! But be assured, not a page turns but something new and intensely dangerous is occurring in this mystery/thriller novel based on actual events. Abortion is a highly charged issue and those who take one side or the other feel very strongly about the strength of position which translates to some deep pockets involved here that have political as well as moral motivations.
Cheri Vause has written a riveting novel about the violence and terror behind an issue that has divided and still divides Americans to this day. Nicely constructed, Ms. Vause! …
A Special Sneak Peek Review Of The Night Shadow ~ Book Series & Pre-order info
The Night Shadow by Chéri Vausé (Oct 14, 2014) – Kindle eBook
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“Now a very special treat for all the readers”. Now that you know Author, Cheri Vause’s current new novel is a great read worth your time, we have a Sneak Peek Review of her long anticipated book series coming out, maybe as soon as this month titled; ‘The Night Shadow’ series.
A good friend and fellow author in her own right, Marilyn Fowler was chosen by Lyon Book & Social Media Promotions & Cheri Vause to read an advanced copy of book one! Marilyn was kind enough to share her sneak peek review on her wonderful blog: http://SelfHelpByMarilyn.wordpress.com & gave me the OK to share it here with all of you. As authors, a constant challenge is getting our readers to come back after reading our books and leave us a review. So when they do, we SO greatly appreciate them. So Cheri is one step ahead of the game with her new book series with this special sneak peek Review …
The Night Shadow
From the first page, The Night Shadow grabs you with instant fascination, as a serial killer’s work pulls you into this journey of intrigue, adding surprise at every turn. Just when you think you’ve solved the mystery, the author cleverly throws another curve. The story is rife with psychological elements, putting you inside each character’s mind, the motives for suspicious behaviors, misinformation, and murder. As the journey progresses, characters change their masks. Good? Bad? Innocent? Guilty? Suspense rises. And the story takes on new tones along the way.
The road to discovery is traveled by two private investigators, former police officers, pursuing the crafty and illusive killer. Esther and Mac are in their familiar realm of activity, but now with more latitude to cut corners and surpass accepted methods of pursuit. They encounter many clues, lies, and dead ends, but are driven by any means to expose the devious killer and stop the seemingly senseless murders. As they attempt to unravel the pieces, their romantic relationship struggles to survive, each with their own inner pain to deal with. Esther’s over-involvement with the case becomes a reflection of her personal inner turmoil brought to the surface, and plays an important part in the ongoing turn of events.
As the story unfolds, the author guides you from one character, one suspenseful event, one emotional experience to another ¾ and another r¾ and another, changing lives in the process. In places, the story seems to approach resolution, but then takes an unexpected turn, and the journey moves on. And everything might be a clue. But many clues are misleading, and you will finally be brought to a most astounding ending.
In this book, the author presents a fascinating chain of events and, given the many characters involved, you will need to get to know them, for they will turn up again with meaning in the story. Final resolution on this intriguing journey will invite your re-assessment of where you’ve been, the clues, the surprises, the struggles, the emotional ups and downs you’ve experienced. And you will re-live much of it before you can put the book down. And you will feel very satisfied and gratified.
A read you won’t forget!
I wish you a fascinating journey immersed in Cheri’s new book series coming to Amazon Soon.
Author, Marilyn Fowler
Special Thank You Messages from the Author:
Since embarking on my second career as an author, I’ve had the absolute delight to meet a number of wonderful people who have followed my offerings on my website, and those of you who have read my books. However, there are some I haven’t had the pleasure to correspond with, like Viviane Crystal who wrote this lovely review. I want to remedy that here.
Writing is a tough business, and, upon many occasions, it’s frustrating. It eats away your time with your loved ones, and ideas attack when you least expect it, often keeping you up until the wee hours of the morning wrestling with them. It can even cause great anxiety when new books are released. Will it be rejected by the reading public? Or, will it be well received? If your ego is the size of a mustard seed, it never seems to grow into that huge bush the scripture so aptly discusses about faith, so you are constantly surprised when someone actually likes your work. And it is right that it doesn’t grow into a huge gnarled mess, annoying your family members, friends, and the reading public with its outlandish posturing. Egos should rightly remain the size of a pea or less.
With that in mind, I am surprised, and astonished quite a lot. Ms. Crystal liked my work. So did the reviewers on Amazon. It’s a lovely surprise, and one that I constantly feel I must live up to as I continue to write. And I hope that I die before I stop being surprised, and that I continue to work even harder to deserve such praise.
Thank you, Ms. Crystal. Thank you, Amazon reviewers. You are the best.
My new mystery, The Night Shadow, is about to be released. I have had the great pleasure to offer it for a preview to a select few. Ms. Marilyn Fowler was given an advanced PDF of my novel a few weeks ago. Not only did Ms. Fowler read it, but she gave it a beautiful review. It never ceases to amaze me when people like my work, but when they say such incredible things about the words I’ve agonized over for months, I start to sob.
Yes, I’m a huge sober. I cry when my publisher says she loves my work. I shed copious tears when the art department of my publishing house understands my stories so well they create remarkable covers. I tear-up when I read the Press Release. You can imagine how I’m reduced to a puddle when I receive a review, especially one like Ms. Fowler wrote.Yes, I’m a puddle, Ms. Fowler. And every time I thought about it, I sobbed. Thank you. You’ve made my day, my year, my life. Bless you my new friend! ~ *Cheri*
*Well friends and readers, there you have it. Some pretty interesting reviews for a wonderful, and in my opinion, a prolific writer! I believe Cheri has along career ahead of her! I hope you’ll come visit again in about 3 weeks after her new book series, The Night Shadow releases as I will be having a fun contest for all the readers of The Night Shadow! You may just win yourself a Signed Copy of Cheri’s book and more!
I want to Thank Crystal & Marilyn for sharing their reviews with all of us along with my own! Us authors and writers love to know what readers think of our hard work within a craft we love* …
Much Happiness & Blessings All,
Lyon Book & Social Media Promotions By: Author, Catherine Lyon
Hello and Welcome Readers & Friends,
Today I Welcome, A. R. Tirant, ‘Rosie’ to me and you, as she is a brand new UK Author! Her book is available in both the United Kingdom, United States, and a few other countries.
Rosie and I met through a few social media sites, and when she told me a little about her new book, I had to go take a peek on Amazon & Goodreads myself to investigate! What first took my breath away was her beautiful book cover! And the book blurb is fantastic too. And yes, I added her book to my Goodreads “Want To Read book” shelve. Here is a little about her new novel that will be part of a wonderful series …
About Her Book:
In early 1900 on the island of Mahe in the Seychelles, women were confined to specific roles and expectations, and custom and traditions prevailed with reverence. But, 16-year-old Anna, being passionate, nature-loving and rebellious, wanted more out of life. She had different desires and bigger dreams…
The book tells the emotional and dramatic story of Anna’s younger years. Forbidden love brought joy and meaning to her life, but it was quickly followed by a dreadful smallpox epidemic that brought tragedy to Mahe’s Victoria hospital where Anna worked. Would she survived the ordeal ? Louis agonised and prayed… fate did lend a hand, and after months of separations they were finally reunited. Surely all will now be fine for them ?
Meanwhile in the background, the threatening atmosphere of a dark and closely guarded secret – witchcraft practices – has the islanders of this close-knit Catholic community shivering in fear, but it is the arson, murder and rape rearing its ugly heads that were more frightening.
Suddenly, in a dramatic twist of fate, Anna’s life was turned perilously upside down… Will she be able to overcome that new drama and survived the First World War at the same time? …
A Little Novel Points Of Interest:
Seychelles Islands – July 1912
Anna Savy made a brutal and painful discovery on her 16th birthday.
From the abundance of nature of her exotic island she found comfort and help, and something else…
As the island way of life plays out, Anna uses her wit and the advice of her only friend to achieve an impossible dream.
Her fate and predicament are laid bare as she faces the confinement of her situation, and the close-knit Catholic community she must abide to.
Commerce and business rivalry are the focus of two important families : the du Barre’s and the Benezet’s, and deadly consequences follow.
The beauty of Christmas in this small picturesque seaside village shows the faith and culture of the islanders at its best.
The role of women from all backgrounds and status are laid bare, as all positive and negative effects of their Catholic faith molds them.
The rites of a traditional Wedding Proposal and Engagement are played out, showing its importance and the pride and joy it brings.
A look at the island’s economy and the importance of the monthly Steam Ship visit from Europe.
By May 1913, the friendship and bond between Anna and Louis du Barre’ are growing beautifully. But, it was on 1st July that they shared a tender moment at their oasis, as he presented her with a gift he had created for her birthday …
*Now you will need to go purchase to , “Read The Rest of the Story”* …
About The Author, A. R. Tirant:
Rosie Tirant-Longhurst, aka A.R. Tirant, was born in the Seychelles in November 1958. The daughter of a policeman and, the eldest in a family of four brothers and four sisters. She grew up on the northern coast of Mahe island, in the tiny seaside village of Beau-Vallon. Her working life started in 1975 as a nurse at Mahe’s Victoria Hospital, and followed there after by a long career in the Hotel Industry. She emigrated to England in 1995, and lives in West Sussex with her husband. She has two grown-up sons and a granddaughter.
Rosie wasn’t born with a pen in her hand, far from it. Life growing up was hard and strict. The home comforts we all now take for granted was but a dream for the young girl whose days was divided between household chores, cooking, cleaning and looking after her young siblings. Water for all the household use had to be carried from the stream, with one hand holding the pail on her head, whilst keeping the second pail in her other hand from spilling. Education only happened because it was the one way of getting some rest during the daytime, even if the chores still had to be done by the lights of the coconut oil lamp.
They were difficult times, times when she would lean against the pillar of the outdoor kitchen while waiting for dinner in those black pots to finally get ready, and stare at the tropical skies above, marvelling at the diamond beauty of the scattering of stars, and wishing for a different life …
“Echoes from the Oasis” is her debut novel which will be followed by other titles in the same series.
So, now that we know a wee bit more about Rosie Tirant, and more about her new novel, the only real thing to do now is go grab a copy of her book! And since it is going to be a series?
Read book one to be ready for the next chapter of this Fabulous Novel Series.
Now we also know that reviews can tell us so much about a good-read, and that it IS worth your time and money to buy and enjoy, so here are a few early ‘Amazon Reviews’ to let you know just that! And I can also share with my friends and readers here, that she has ALL 5 STAR Amazon Reviews already in just the couple of months of her release. That tells you many are enjoying book one of her New Novel …
A couple 5 star reviews:
The story line is woven around a young, white Seychellois defying all odds for a different future!
Very interesting read and looking forward to the sequel”!
Intriguing, captivating and well written By Miss Cunningham on 4 Aug 2014
“This book isn’t something I would ordinarily read (most of my collection falls within the fantasy/sci-fi genre) but occasionally I find a well written book outside of my normal sphere of reference which captures my interest; this was one such story. I was enchanted from start to finish.
The characters and their intricate back stories are complemented by vivid descriptions of the environment and culture which surrounds them – I am going to have to reread the book again soon (at a more leisurely pace) so I can better appreciate this aspect. In addition to the carefully crafted context, the narrative itself is cleverly paced and enticing.
I didn’t want to put the book down; I was reading whilst walking from the train station to the office (much to the annoyance of everyone around me)…… the only negative I can find is that I’m going to have to wait for the next one. Would definitely recommend”!*I want to say a big “Thank You” to my new friend and fellow Author, Rosie Tirant for letting me share her New Novel, and a bit more about her with all my friends and readers here today, and all those who come by in the future. I’m so excited to get to reading her new novel, that way I can come back SOON and blog my own review”!
You also connect with Author, A.R. Tirant on a few social media sites below. So go check out her new novel in paperback, or download on your Kindle or laptop today!
And as I always ask and close with? Please, go back and do your review of her book, as it helps all use authors grow as writers, and lets us know what our readers think about our craft of writing and authoring books … HAPPY READING!
Connect With Author, Rosie Tirant:
Hello Friends, Followers, and Readers,
I’m so happy to have as part of the ‘Lyon Author Neighborhood”, Marilyn Fowler. She is an extraordinary woman who has lived through much, and has a lot to say about it. Now enjoying her golden years, her passion is still helping others through her book. As an author myself, and book promoter, I always tell my author friends and writers, ” that a publication date on any book should never be a concern, as a book that hasn’t been read by a reader will always be a New Book!
So here now is a wee bit more about Marilyn, and here fantastic book titled; “Silent Echoes” …
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Marilyn Fowler is a retired Licensed Clinical Social Worker/Psychotherapist, and
has extensive experience in the Mental Health field. During her career, she
worked on in-patient units, worked in a county jail, coordinated Mental Health
services in five nursing homes, and was in private practice for a number of
years. She also led Mental Health training sessions and lectured on family and
social issues. She now teaches a college class on The Influence of Childhood
Messages on Adult life, belongs to a writing group, writes a self-help blog, and
is active in her church.
Following her memoir, “Silent Echoes”, she created a fictional family in “Me And
Gran-mama In The Hill Country”, written in southern dialect, and has a video on
YouTube reciting the first chapter in costume using southern dialect. She is now
working on “The Forgotten Ones”, a book about the ten years she worked as Team
Leader and later Director of Mental Health Services in a jail setting. Her short
stories have appeared in various magazines and two anthologies, “Creature
Features” and “When God Spoke To Me” …
Book Description For “Silent Echoes”
Silent Echoes is a memoir with psychological undertones spanning three generations. It begins with life in an orphanage and moves into the rich, sweet life of the 1920’s, through the tumultuous Stock Market crash and Great Depression years. The story recounts this historical period, and brings the national trauma to life through a vivid portrayal of one family’s personal struggle to go on as they fall from wealth to poverty and homelessness. It guides readers through this entire decade with a bone deep exploration into the family’s inner pain and desperation as their situation tests their strength to survive. Characters are portrayed with poignant care as they experience not only loss of material possessions, but of trust in a secure future, of loved ones through death and separation, losses that wound the very soul. As their story moves out of the Depression years through several wars and beyond, residual scars become apparent as they influence the character’s self-defeating choices for some years to come.
Silent Echoes follows the lives of two determined women, a mother and daughter, who are stubborn enough to get back up every time life dashes them to their knees, but with the ability to laugh through their tears, even when the sun doesn’t shine. They struggle to survive in a world that makes no sense, a world that seems stacked against them from the start. Insight into these characters is developed not with preaching, but through their response to life as they see it, revealing childhood fears and confusion hidden beneath their conscious awareness. The mother’s fear of abandonment and lack of self-worth, and the daughter’s sense of invalidation and feeling she must deal with life alone become defeating beliefs from their past. As these messages silently echo into the present, they are subtly revealed as motivators to lost opportunities, wrong turns in the road and disillusioned hearts. Every obstacle becomes a challenge to test the women’s weaknesses and strengths, to find meaning and become whole.
Silent Echoes explores life’s many seasons, some as sweet as summer’s tender touch and some as bleak as winter snow, but each with a lesson to be learned. It clearly portrays the character’s life situations as they scrounge to pay bills, assume the role of mother and father to their children, encounter stormy relationships, suffer emotional exhaustion, and deal with mother-daughter conflict and end of life issues involving elder care as the mother reaches declining years. When loss and defeat tear their hearts apart, they feel they can’t go on. But they do. They reach deep inside and find strength to rise above their plight, revealing inner ability and resourcefulness to survive, until insight brings understanding, forgiveness and beautiful freedom.
Silent Echoes’ setting takes place mostly in the southern culture of Florida, but moves through Detroit, Pennsylvania, Texas and Las Vegas on a most unstable journey that always brings the family back to their beloved south, the only place that feels like home.
“Silent Echoes is a story in which readers will see themselves, feel the pain of the struggle, yet find reassurance that they are not alone and they too can survive. They will be entertained by the humorous situations that lighten the character’s burdens throughout their journey, like when the mother gives up her bra long before the Women’s Lib movement. This is a story readers will take with them and not forget” …
*Again, as a book promoter, authors need not worry of your book’s release date, because a book that has not been read yet is still a New Book!
Here are some reviews that says Marilyn’s book is worthy of your time and interest to go grab a copy and read her Magic Of Words* …
Here are a few of Marilyn Fowler’s Amazon 5 Star Reviews:
Outstanding! 5 of 5 Stars!
By: Irma Jane Dowless
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I often spread a book out over weeks, but I read this in two days. The story was captivating and flowed easily. As I finished one chapter I found myself not willing to stop but reading on into the next and the one after that!
A true story, set in the first half of the twentieth century, it spans three generations of a family experiencing the hardest of times, often down but never out, and emerging bruised, but whole. No doubt it is indicative of many families who lived through the Great Depression, when events resulted not only in financial and physical suffering and loss, but in strained relationships as well. This family showed tremendous strength and resilience, and after many years of soul-searching, found healing and peace.
The author has skillfully related her own memories and the stories from her mother in an uplifting book that will live in my heart always.
A Good Read! 5 of 5 Stars
From the moment she first saw the sign, Orphan Asylum, 10-year-old Charlotte Perry knew her life would never be the same. Week after week as she sat with her younger siblings waiting for the promised reunion, fear, anger and abandonment silently echoed in Charlotte’s broken heart. Emotions she would pass on to another generation. Echos she would hear for a lifetime.
Silent Echos is not just Charlotte’s story of survival which was, in its own right, frightening as it was heroic. In vivid detail and easy prose, the author weaves the loss of her mother’s childhood into her own life and that of her children. In a time before families were described as “dysfunction” Fowler seemed to know that her life had been foreshadowed by the innocence her mother lost.
After an anxiety-riddled lifetime of failed relationships and being on the move yet never really getting anywhere, a panic driven Fowler was forced to make some changes. With the help of Las Vegas psychiatrist, to whom she affectionately referred as Dr. J., Fowler began facing her the haunting fears, thus breaking the cycle of pain that affected three generations.
Fowler’s ability to describe the variety of places the family called home – New York, Ohio, Texas, Las Vegas, and places in between – reads like a travelogue. None so remarkable as the small Florida towns, where both mother and daughter, as if guided by a star, returned on a regular basis. Those early years before hardship settled in was a time when orange groves bloomed, kids went without shoes, and worries seemed to float away on the Daytona Beach tide.
‘Silent Echoes’ is not just a tale of struggle. It is a story of family relationships that cannot be broken. It is a story of friendships that last a lifetime. It is a story of strong women determined to change the circumstances of their lives. It is a story of hope. It is a story of love.
So as we all know that reviews do share a lot about a fantastic read, and Author Marilyn Fowler hit this book out of the park! It’s a journey of generations, shows family triumph under any circumstance, and that love of family truly can conquer all.
I want to thank my friend Marilyn Fowler for having the bravery to write a book that many can truly learn from. And for her letting me share her, and her fantastic book! She currently has a couple more projects in the works for release soon. So go grab your copy of “Silent Echoes” today, and as always, please go back and write a review, as it helps us as writers and authors know what our readers want to read.
You can connect with Author, Marilyn Fowler;
And on Google+: https://plus.google.com/111677855649914777534/
Happiness & Blessings,
Author, Catherine Lyon Of Lyon Media & Book Promotions