Saturday, March 25, 2017

This is a great group of over a thousand partcipants. Unlike some clubs, we do promote each other, have blog radio and forum discussions, book reviews and contents/conventions and like this April, Blog and Website parties. Come join us.  www.ravereviewsbynonniejules.wordpress.com



Friday, March 24, 2017

Beginning LEGACY OF DANGER by Patricia A. Guthrie

I was murdered.

The voice whispered through rustling trees. Startled, Elena Dkany looked around for the source. Nothing. No voice except the priest praying over her grandmother’s coffin. In ninety-degree weather, goose bumps popped out on her arms. Hearing non-existent voices was not a good thing. She shook the cobwebs from her brain. Must be imagining things, a result from the long tragic week.

And so begins my new paranormal romantic suspense novel LEGACY OF DANGER. Where you'll meet, Elena Dkany, Alexander Brancusi, ghosts, a castle, international hitmen, the Carpathian Mountains, and a boy in a dream. On sale at Amazon.com.  This cross would be the ancient League of the Silver Cross. 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Thinking of You by The Universe (Michael Tut)

"...It's not possible to significantly change your life, for better or for worse, by manipulating the material world. Not by working harder, not by studying longer, not by schmoozing, not by sweating, not by fasting, not by the hair of your chinny chin chin. 

But great change is inescapable when you first begin manipulating the world of your thoughts."

Thinking of you
The Universe (Michael Tut) 

Sunday, March 19, 2017

New Mystery Coming

It's about time. I'm rewriting my new mystery (for the third time) and hopefully, it won't fall flat.

Once again, back to my roots (In the Arms of the Enemy) a mystery set in horse country. Lots of horses, good guys and bad guys and murder.

That tidbit is all for now. Off to church.

Cheers
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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Heaven's Waiting Room by Clare Wilson What if heaven didn't have room for the general public?

Been reading a lot lately. Mainly from the book catelogue of Rave Review Book Clubs. Some very interesting and unique gems. Here's one I just reviewed. I hope you read the review, are so taken with the book that you will go ahead, buy, read and review it.

Heaven’s Waiting Room
By
Clare Wilson
            What if heaven didn’t have room for the general public, but only “top drawer” candidates who’d made something of their lives (not necessarily public official, politician and CEO’s.) What if these spirits who leave the living realm are forced to lead a non-life existence on earth floundering to find a sense of belonging, learning who’s a good ghost and an evil ghost.
            Portia is a young deceased teenager who must pick her own way throughout her new life.
            We learn about how she finds her way, meets a new family and engages in battles of good vs evil helping her new and old family along the way.
            This is a different kind of ghost story, told from the ghosts point-of-view and delightfully funny in some spots and just humour in others. Yes, there are some uh-oh moments where she and her friends must find a way out of situations.
            This is a delightful YA story that can be enjoyed by all ages. (well, maybe not toddlers). The scene where Portia goes to heaven by mistake (grabbing hold of a dying person who’s bound for heaven) and where she tells God’s first Lieutenants what she thinks of their system is great fun to read. She comes to learn why she’s earth bound, who’s she’s destine for, and what her life might be like for the rest of eternity.
            Four stars. Excellent simple story.

            

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

NO Fairy Tales by D.L Fin The Reality of a Girl who wasn't a Princess and her Poetry

NO Fairy Tales
By
D.L. Finn
            The Reality of a Girl Who Wasn’t a Princess and Her Poetry.
            No Fairy Tales is a journal (or memoir) of an abused child turned teenager who is forced to make difficult choices throughout her young life, because there’s no one around to care—just abuse.
            This book is unique in that the first part tells us her story and when she’s done we get a glimpse into her inner heart and soul and we swim in her beautiful poetry, bask in the sunlight of her words and rests in the vast fields of heartfelt knowledge.
            The pictures (although I have a black and white kindle) are lovely. I choose the roses for my favorite.
            I gave this four stars because I loved the poetry, exquisitely written and art work, but had some problems with the journal. But, I got it. Yes, I got the theme. Abuse should never be condoned and if it is, someone needs to write about it. This poor child had no one to talk to. No one.

Next Therapist Please by Laurie Finkelstien BOOK REVIEW

Next Therapist Please
By Laurie Finkelstein

A journey through life, therapists and potential husbands. 

            One of the few books I’ve read about journeys through mental illness that actually made me laugh. (cry and a few other fuzzy moments of remembrance)
            This is a journey, written in first person, but also written in present tense, a tense we normally don’t see in fiction. Here, it worked.
            Janie leads a charmed life. Charmed with the love of a husband she adored and two children. One, Drew, had Tourette Syndrome and we suffered along with Janie to discover his illness and remedies. We were so into Drew that we might not have been prepared for when a crane fell on top of their car and the men in her life were killed.
            Janie suffers from depression, anxiety attacks and OCD conditions she’s had all her life. We follow along in her journal as she takes us through her life as a successful artist living in a cottage on Balboa Island. We meet her friends and she challenges us to pick her next husband, including her last therapist Rob.
            Therapists: The book is divided into three parts: Part one is her everyday life, part two is her sessions with six therapists, so many she needs to give them numbers. We find out why she culls them from her life.
            Potential husbands: We can related to her means of dating, which includes online dating sites. We can add to that a handyman and her ex-therapist.
            Next Therapist Please is a delightful journey with Janie, a journey we might not want to end. There’s laughter, a few tears and, as mentioned above a few fuzzy moments of remembrance.
            I give this four stars: four because the story skips over so many of the mental illness moments we could learn more about and four because well, maybe there were just a few too many changes of clothes. The story was light when it could have been light and so much more.
            Still, it was a delight to read. Looking forward to reading more by Laurie Finkelstein. 

Sunday, March 12, 2017

What's Happening

Good morning. It's Sunday March 12th. St Patrick's Day is this month, so are the "Ides of March." Isn't that when Julius Caesar was assassinated? 

I'll be guest hosting on Karen Ingalls lovely blog in April. kareningallsbooks.com  You might check out her website, it's lovely. Karen will be interviewing me,and I'll be writing a blog on overcoming writer's block. If anyone wants me to host them or me to appear on their blog, just ask. I'm willing. 

Been reading a lot. "Animal Tales" "The Heart's Way Home" and "It's hard to go home" See reviews below. 

Also starting to outline a first draft of a new mystery. Well, it's a mystery that started in the 1990's. I like the gist of the story. The fact I finished even the first draft is amazing, but it's unpolished. Oh boy is there a lot of work to be done. I need a BETA reader. Anyone feel like taking it on? Don't be shy. 

That's all for now. It's church time. 

Pat 

Saturday, March 11, 2017

It's Hard to go Home by Lori Soard

HARD TO GO HOME

LORI SOARD

                 Three cousins, Aaron, Millie and Josh are in their pre-teens. They do everything together until one day Josh is killed in an accident. Aaron and Millie are devastated, but Millie takes it harder. Her friends in school seem to shun her, and she doesn’t know why. In addition, her mother is beyond strict with her and won’t let Millie visit Josh’s grave—
                In the midst of all this turmoil, Millie makes new friends, one with the “fast” crowd leader, Renee and the other from the cheerleading crowd, Claire. Each has an affect on her life. When Renee invites Millie to a party, Millie finds out just how fast the crowd is. She calls Claire’s mother to pick her up. She’s learning who she is and what side of the line she wants to associate with.
                This is a good YA story about coming of age. Learning to make the right decisions and what happens when you make the wrong ones. Good for teenagers and adults. We can identify with Millie and her growing pains, the parents who go a little too far to keep their children safe.
                I give this 4 stars.
Patricia A. Guthrie
                

The Heart's Journey Home by Natalie Ducey, Review by Patricia A. Guthrie

The Heart’s way Home. By Natalie Ducey

“The potential of the human spirit has always amazed me. Through poetry, I try to capture the
Essence of the fragility and the resiliency of our hearts; the brilliant beauty of life’s journey.”
And that Ms. Ducey does. We learn about love lost and gained, loss through relationship crisis, reckless words, misunderstanding, death and abandonment.
We also learn about love through love gained through “love at first sight,” maturity, wisdom and friendship.
Or, can love be an illusion?
Ms. Ducey captures the emotions of love in her poetry. Except for some awkward phrases and cadences in the poetry text, the sentiments are beautiful and well worth the read. It is the kind of book that you want to read over and over to make sure you haven’t forgotten something.
“Close your eyes, sweet darling
Let your dreams set you free
Your sear soul can rest

As your burdens release.”  From Fallen Angels

Delightful Animal Tales by Kevin Cooper


Animal tales is a collection of short stories and poems dedicated to the life and loves of cats, dogs and a mouse. There's the cat Aragorn who got stuck in the upper branches of a back-yard tree. 

There's the fight between Rico and a plump mouse, where we hope the mouse wins. 

There's the scene between owner struggling to write at her computer with three cats watching her every movement. 

There a shed a tear moment with "A Life for a Life," about an abused and abandoned golden retriever and the family who rescues him. A golden retriever named Toby must rescue their son when the child falls into the river. What I learned from this story is how the abuse trends from generation to generation. 

If you're an animal lover you will love this short book full of delightful tales. (and tails.)

I hope you enjoy the story. Find on Amazon.com 





Tuesday, February 28, 2017

PUSH TUESDAY WINNER FOR 2/14/17 ! RAVE REVIEW BOOK CLUBS

February Winners! #RRBC

#PUSHTUESDAY is now only twice monthly!
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#PUSHTUESDAY WINNER for 2/14/17:
Author, Patricia Guthrie
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#PUSHTUESDAY WINNER for 2/28/17:
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WRITING IN THE WESTERN GENRE BY DENZEL HOLMES

WRITERS BLOCK PRESENTATION-WRITING THE WESTERN GENRE

"I know many people who feel like they have a book inside them, but don't know where to start."

BRIEF BIO: Raised in ranching country. Zane Grey a first love in reading. Listened to stories told by my dad as told to him by his grandfather.
Encouraged by friends, relatives and teachers. Held a desire to write for forty years before I started, but never gave up the dream.
Privileged to have an uncle who was an encourager and mentor. He also was mentor to the great Western writers Elmer Kelton and Patrick Dearen. I got to know these men quite well and met and talked with other greats at Western Writers of America’s annual conferences. Some were Don Coldsmith, Loren Estleman, Matt Braun, Win Blevins, Jory Sherman, Robert Utley, and Lucia St.Clair Robson.
I’ve authored six novels. For four I had publishers. Nowadays, I do my own publishing, and most of my own promotions and selling.
THE WRITING JOURNEY:  I know many people who feel like they have a book inside them but don’t know where to start. Well, I traveled tens of thousands of miles to attend writer’s conventions and listen to experts. I’ve read hundreds of books on the subject of writing and the experiences of others. I’ve attended dozens of workshops, classes, seminars related to writing, some on my specific genre (Western fiction) but many on writing in general. I tell would-be writers, “Don’t be afraid to spend a little money to learn to write.”
Education is important. Anyone with a major in English, history, or journalism has an upfront advantage. Still, the craft of writing can be learned by doing some of the above. My major was Business Administration and I did a 31 year career as an auditor with several federal agencies. My retirement enabled me to have an independent means of support and, more importantly, the time – and writing takes lots of time – to sit down and get with it.
I have a supportive wife, Margie, 55 years together as of Sept 3, who travels with me, sets up our booths at flea markets, arts & craft shows, trade days, libraries, etc. We’ve been doing this continuously since 2009.
At some point along the learning path, you must simply sit down and start writing. See if you can do it, sustain it, find it engaging, and believe that your story will reach into the hearts of others. Be willing to re-write, and re-write.
  I don’t believe anyone can become a successful writer if his/her first motivation is to gain wealth. First, he/she must love to write. Wealth is a fringe benefit…so I’ve been told.
This, above all, is my overreaching commentary: The act of creating characters, defining their personalities, and driving them to a powerful conclusion is a thrill like no other. It’s like a sixth sense. When characters are placed together in a scene, they will take over the story and do things that you never dreamed when you started.
Yes, those ornery characters can lead you astray sometimes. So they have to be harnessed.

THE WESTERN GENRE: Is probably not different from other fiction genres. All require tremendous research, engaging characters, action, suspense, and reasonable conclusion. WESTERN happens to be mine, unfortunately.
INSPIRATION: I am slow in taking on a theme for each succeeding novel, therefore I’m slow in cranking out my next one. The idea has to hit me hard, linger, and become a passion. I like themes that haven’t been overworked by dozens of other writers. Since 2009, I’ve published five novels, or one each seventeen months. I know Western writers who publish three a year. Frankly, I think my products are higher quality in plot, less predictable, less episodic, and more engaging. Research trips have been a means of getting me started. I come back charged up, ready to go. For example, I struggled for two months on my latest novel PHANTOM HERD. Then Margie and I took a trip to South Texas and visited six historical places and talked with some inspiring people. I returned with over $200 in books, maps, and other research material. I went to work and finished PHANTOM HERD in four months – 98,000 words.
DECIDING ON LENGTH: A publisher told me years ago, “Your novel is too long. Cut it in half and bring it back.” He went on to explain that a lengthy novel by an unknown author won’t sell because the printing cost runs the price up. I’ve heard the same in respect to competing with E books.
I like for my novels to run about 95K words. For PHANTOM HERD I asked my editor to point out areas where I could cut the length. She suggested removing the scenes that were in another character’s point of view. This brought the book down from about 105 K to 98 K.
MARKETING: I maintain a website. www.denzelholmes.com My handouts, book marks and business cards, contain the website address. Books may be ordered by check or credit card. I absorb the sales tax and shipping as a means of encouraging people to use the website.
My novels are available in e form for all tablets.
Many advisors and companies in the business push various forms of social media networking, urging readers to give five star reviews and share with friends, and ask their friends to share with friends. I’ve found no evidence that this works for Western fiction. Most readers of Westerns are mid to senior aged men. They won’t network, they won’t join reading clubs, and they won’t discuss a book with others for more than one-two sentences.
I do, however, ask them to let me know if they enjoyed the book.
By an evolutionary process, my main marketing technique has become DIRECT SALES at flea markets, arts and crafts shows, and town square events. Libraries, special interest groups and books stores are also opportunities.
I have a supportive wife, Margie, 55 years together as of Sept 3, who travels with me and sets up an attractive booth for these events. She dresses me in modern Western: hat, boots, leather vest, wide belt, etc. We’ve been doing this continuously since 2009. This method is lots of work and would not be appropriate for most writers, too expensive and iffy on sales.
Many of my buyers are women buying the book(s) as gifts for a man. They are more often the repeat buyers too. I get feedback from them when they order subsequent books for their guy, and I’ve made up a ring binder of these letters and notes and entitled it “FIVE STAR REVIEWS.”


See my website: www.denzelholmes.com
Or look up my books on amazon.com  




Saturday, February 25, 2017

GOOD MORNING BLOGGERS

Good morning bloggers,

I hope you enjoyed Linda Mims blog THE NEON HOUSES and that you picked up her book. It was a page turner. My review is on my blog and in Amazon as well.

If any of you are planning on a blog tour, please stop by and see me.

I also want to suggest you check out www.bookreviewsbynonniejules.com. If you're either a reader or writer, there are some excellent sites on there and some awesome books. You can also check out #RRBC on www.twitter.com.

I'm currently watching THE TUDORS on Netflex. A lot better than I thought. (so far) As much as I like Jonathan Rhys Myers, I don't think he fits the part. First of all, Henry was a red head, Jonathan isn't. The story line seems to fit the historical events. Being a follower of Tudor history, I noticed some things--I won't share. It's a nasty, cold and snowy day in the Chicago area. Maybe I'll finish (but I doubt it. There's four seasons--many episodes, and I'm still on the first.

Went to the eye doctor yesterday. (fear of diabetes) No diabetes in the eye, but there is a hint of the beginnings of glaucoma. Yuck. Pressure is normal though. Some more tests in two weeks.We'll see.
Really hope not.

Books I'm reading: The Old House. A tale of reincarnation and centuries worth of love affair.

I wrote this while I was eating lunch. I'm going back to the warmth of my bed and my new TV (only 22 inches) but it's only a foot away from my viewing area.

Take care.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

2/23/17 WELCOME TO AUTHOR LINDA MIMS AND THE NEON HOUSES



WELCOME TO AUTHOR LINDA MIMS AND HER BOOK, NEON HOUSES.

Lets give a round of welcome to Linda Mims, author of THE NEON HOUSES. Linda, thank you for coming to THE COTTAGE OF BLOG and sharing your book and some sage advice to our authors.

We'll learn a little about Linda, THE NEON HOUSES and an article about HOW TO WRITE A PAGE TURNER.  I think you'll find Linda's  article interesting as well as educational. I know I did. I will refer to it often.

Would you kindly leave a comment at the bottom of the page (under comments section) so we know who's been here--if you have any questions, please feel free to ask them.  





How to Write a Page-Turner


Hey fiction writers, what do you want most? Do you want huge sales and lots of money, or do you want a reputation as a writer extraordinaire? You say both? Then you need to supercharge your storytelling and make your book a page-turner.


We all know people who tell the best stories. They are the ones the family turns to on special occasions because they will tell the story right. It won’t drag. They’ll hit all the high points, skip the boring details, and make everyone feel like they were there.


These storytellers create excitement by telling the story at a brisk pace, using plain, stripped-down dialogue, and cutting straight to the action.


A fiction writer should do the same thing. Most any writer can tell a decent story. The plot is probably as good as any plot, but with all of the writers out there today, a good plot is not enough to hold the readers’ interest.


I’ll never forget the first season of the television show, “Scandal”. I watched it while on the phone with my sister, and while online in the Scandal Watch Party group. We were shrieking, reacting, and rapidly firing off online comments and emojis during each commercial break. We kept our blood pressure pills on the table next to us.


Your book should do the same thing to your readers. That’s a book destined for success. A page-turner is a book I'll talk about to anyone who'll listen. It is the subject of discussion groups and it should make a book club eager to talk about the hero or villain.


What makes your book a page-turner?


The page-turner isn't just about the story; it’s about how you tell the story. Do you pull me in and make me love your fictional world? Do I want to lose myself there? The best way to answer that question is were you in “la-la land” as you were writing, or did you keep reminding yourself, “its almost over.”


A page-turner should make the reader stay up all night, weaving in, out, and through tightly woven plots. Wondering who and what—about and between characters—and never knowing what to expect.


Build depth and scope in the characters.


The characters in page-turners are conflicted, complex characters, and they exhibit depth and scope. I create backgrounds for my characters and I know them through and through.


The reader may never know a character’s history or what motivates them, but the author should. That knowledge will help you develop them with the kind of complexity the reader can feel.


Go all out with the plot.


Keep plot twists and surprises coming and don’t slack off. Don't give your readers any breathing room. Put these multi-dimensional characters in tense situations and when the reader thinks he knows how their story will play out, twist the plot again! Give your protagonist a conflict in every chapter. Make the reader bite her nails or clutch the sheets as your protagonist figures out what to do.


Cut your novel to the bone.


Go through your book and remove scenes that readers might want to skip. You know the ones that slow down the action. You don’t even want to read them yourself. There were so many good chapters that I’d toiled over. They were rife with humor and witty repartee, but they didn’t further the action. They slowed the story down, so I removed them. Then, I asked my beta readers to point anymore that I’d missed and they did.


A chapter that I loved had to go. I could’ve chosen to keep it, but when everybody says the same thing, I listen. If you’re writing a mystery or a thriller, the readers want only the parts that are going to lead them to the killer.


End chapters with a cliffhanger.




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Author Bio:

Linda Mims started creating tales in her head as a child. At age 12, she knew she was onto something when she sold a story to her grandmother for a quarter, but it was her dad’s more practical advice, to get a good education and find a real job, that she followed.

After retiring from her “real job” as an educator, Linda began her writing career as an indie author. The tale of The Neon Houses was born out of a careless comment that people had lost interest in reading. The joke was that decades from now we’d need to hold reading nights in neighborhood parks for citizens who wouldn’t be able to read.

Linda rolled that idea around in her head until it turned into a whole society of have-nots. Once the idea got rolling, she worked nonstop until she’d finished the first draft. Writing is now her real job!

Linda Mims resides in a small suburban town 30 miles outside of Chicago, IL where she likes to cook, garden, and blog, sometimes simultaneously. She is married to her long-time love, has two grown daughters and one bossy, bichon-pom, Alexis.





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Dr. Noel Kennedy hears screams inside her head, but the screams aren’t hers. While preparing for her annual end-of-summer barbecue, Noel hears her young friend—twenty-year-old Zarah Fisher—screaming for her life. However Zarah is miles away!

Noel knows the exact moment Zarah takes her last breath because Noel has a secret! It’s a secret that not even her husband Richard knows.

As the Deputy Chief of Schools of Gang Territory, Noel has perfected her life. She is a solid, middle-class citizen from New Chicago, Incorporated. New Chicago and Gang Territory have become vastly different societies since the early Urban Wars. Now, year 2087 finds New Chicago’s military-trained police determined to enforce laws that keep “gang people” out.

Harlem Pierce, a New Chicago police detective, has been warned to stay away from this case and he urges Noel to let it go. But a new killing involves Noel’s younger cousin and her boyfriend and links Noel to it in a startling way.

Who can Noel draw on? Must she turn to Warren Simpson—the menacing, treacherous boss of Gang Territory? Or … could he be the killer?


BOOK REVIEW FIVE STARS ON AMAZON.COM

 on February 22, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition

 

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AUTHOR LINDA MIMS BLOG/BOOK TOUR TOMORROW

Don't miss Linda Mim's NEON HOUSES on tomorrow's COTTAGE OF BLOG, tomorrow. 

Whether you're an author or reader, why not join RAVE REVIEW BOOK CLUB? You'll be glad you did. Over a thousand members, many great reads, a radio show(s) critique group, reviews, much, much more.

Still trying to decide what to write next. Should it be the cozy mystery series? OR My poor unfortunate first book of all time (for me) MATT'S MURDER. Needs a lot of work, but the first draft is done.

Problems: Too many characters? Too many problems? (not to mention those pesky point of view issues novices make) 

Have a good day. 

Pat G. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

AUTHOR LINDA MIMS HERE ON THURSDAY

Good morning,

Another rainy day in Chicago.

On Thursday (Feb 23rd) I'll be hosting Author Linda Mims, as she makes her way through her blog tour. Linda is the author of NEON HOUSES, a futuristic novel about Chicago, the New Chicago and the Gang Territory both embroiled in a murder mystery.

Come join us. Please leave a comment.

Back to promoting Legacy of Danger, Waterlilies Over My Grave and In the Arms of the Enemy.

Enjoy your day.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Wow! What a Review for Waterlilies Over My Grave:

BOOK REVIEW: “Waterlilies Over My Grave.” By Patricia A. Guthrie.

Review by Suzanna Burke.

Patricia A. Guthrie’s “Waterlilies Over My Grave.” Has been selected by the ‘Rave Reviews Book Club’ as one of their “Books of The Month.” For October 2016.

Before I present my review, let’s learn a little more about Patricia.
Patricia A. Guthrie, author, dog obedience trainer, horse lover and former singer-music teacher started writing seriously after she retired from teaching. After having several short stories published in Skyline Literary Magazine, Pat’s first novel “In the Arms of the Enemy” was released by Light Sword Publishing in September 2007. Tribute to her “ghost writers”: Four feisty collies who help her write at every opportunity.
A NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: “Water Lilies Over My Grave” is dedicated to those who have fallen into abusive relationships and have been forced to leave the homes and families they love and start over.
After a nasty divorce, Psychologist, Annabelle O’Brien moves across country to take a job in the resort town of Lake Nager. Her ex-husband psychotic psychiatrist, Duncan Byrne, follows her with deadly intentions. Her only hope is a burn-out and hostile Detective, Mark Driscoll, who she’s recommended take a mandatory vacation. To the horror of both, he’s assigned to protect her.
After a series of attacks threaten her and two ladies who resemble Annie are murdered, a town is held hostage with fear, and Mark and Annie must work together to catch the killer before he catches them.
Water Lilies Over My Grave is a psychological suspense novel about relationships; good ones, bad ones and obsessive ones.

 MY REVIEW: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 A terrifyingly insightful look at an all too possible scenario.

Psychological suspense thrillers are one of my favorite genres to read.
It is rare however that I’ve found one that hits the mark of damaged people and relationships as well as author Patricia A. Guthrie has done with ‘Waterlilies Over My Grave’
At times, the characterizations and perceptions were so accurate it felt as though I were reading a memoir.
Meet, Psychologist, Annabelle O’Brien. An attractive woman trying desperately to normalize her life after a dreadful and damaging divorce. She moves across country to a small town, seeking peace and hoping to rebuild the remains of her shattered life.
Her ex-husband has revenge on his mind. Nothing short of Annabelle’s death will satisfy his psychotic need for vengeance.  The character of Duncan Byrne is brilliantly drawn. Delusional, narcissistic and sociopathic with years of training as a Psychiatrist under his belt he unleashes the fear in this reader with his every action.
The death of two women in the small community of Lake Nager has the entire town shaken. Small towns are meant to be safe, and these horrendous murders have the townsfolk drawing their shades and staying indoors after dark. The entire township is affected by the fear.
Annabelle needs help! She finds it in the reluctant and burned out detective assigned to investigate the murders. Mark Driscol resents the fact that Annabelle’s (Annie) assessment of him suggested he be forced to take a mandatory break, after he shoots a perpetrator. The guilt associated with the shooting is eating him alive.
The growing attraction between the two central characters doesn’t ease the tension it simply adds more layers to the already beautifully crafted characters.
The deranged ex-husband (Who I keep visualizing as Anthony Hopkins in his Hannibal Lecter portrayal) remains present in every scene, not physically, but the threat of what he’s capable of doing is palpable.
I hate spoilers in reviews, so I’m not about to tell you more of the storyline. What I will tell you is that this gem of a book is worthy of a read, and a re-read to catch some of the subtlety that this author is very apt at writing. Bravo Patricia.A Guthrie. I will be actively seeking out more of your work.

PURCHASE ON AMAZON HERE

PATRICIA A. GUTHRIE’S AMAZON PAGE
PATRICIA ON TWITTER … @paguthrie1 
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Thursday, February 16, 2017

COMING UP BLOG TOUR BY LINDA MIMS FEB 23RD.

Hi again. 

Back to the blog. This should be interesting. On Feb. 23rd I'll be hosting Author Linda Mims and her book "Neon Houses." What happens to a society when people stop reading. Just picked up the book, and am already engrossed in her first chapter. 

Please come and join in. 

Pat 

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

REMEMBERING PEARL HARBOR-WHY DID IT HAPPEN?

Notes from my head:  December 7, 1941. I'm not an expert

I'd just beenborn two years and a few months before Pearl Harbor. No, I don't remember all the broadcasts, the sadness and anger that day brought on the heads of all Americans. I do remember--maybe from historical broadcasts, the havoc it brought down on all the placid and innocent Japanese Americans forced into internment camps. I do remember many conspiracy theories that Roosevelt knew about this attack before it occurred. Reason? Because he felt if he let it happen, America would have to get into the war and thereby end it.  Where did I got this info? No idea. one of many places, I imagine.

Well, we did get into the war in the Pacific and in Europe. We did win. Evil was all around us. Some of the most dastardly deeds ever forced up a human population occurred during that time.

Take care,my good friends, never let it happen again. Yes, you can bring about change and prevent wars, even though we don't think we can.

Enough writing about something that's come from my head and not any research. Enough of politics and historical mayhem.

Going to go through my first draft of new RS novel.

Cheers

pg