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THE SNOWMAN: Prequel to the Detective Quaid Mysteries by Yolanda Renée – A Book Review

 

The Snowman by Yolanda Renée is an engaging read. It is the prequel to the Detective Quaid Mysteries, featuring Steven Quaid and his lovely Sarah. Fortunate to have already read the entire series, starting with book one, Murder, Madness & Love, book two, Memories of Murder, and book three, Murder & Obsession, I have to admit I scratched my head, wondering how Renée was going to pull off bringing out the prequel after the series had begun.

To say she has done an excellent job at tying the Quaid series to the prequel is an understatement. Renée addresses real issues that will make you shudder and think as you turn the pages moving toward the end.

Renée is simply an audacious writer that can tie in reality with fiction as she points out a sickness going on in societies all over the world. The victims are children and Renée in her own spunkiness takes a swing at this deplorable sickness.

The Snowman is haunting. It will haunt you. I cannot say how many days it will take me to remove the images she painted from my mind. They still gush forth like a jet plane moving at high speed.

Yet, The Snowman is well worth the read, even though there are explicit scenes of violence and language that will make you cringe.

But enough about what I think. Read The Snowman. Even if you don’t love thrillers or mysteries, this book will capture you.

 

◊ THE SNOWMAN
◊ by Yolanda Renée
◊ Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
◊ Publisher: TRACE Enterprises
◊ Series: Detective Quaid Mystery
◊ Novella
◊ Print & eBooks
◊ Contains explicit sex & violence

 

It takes a true artist to pursue his victims in the art of seduction, and Stowy Jenkins is no exception, especially with blood as his medium.

 

            Stowy Jenkins, aka, Stone, and as Alaskans refer to him, the Snowman, is a true artist. His muse, Gigi, is the ultimate inspiration for his painting. Her rejection inspires him to use a very unusual medium…blood.

            While art may be his passion, the taste for blood is his obsession, and multiple murders, the result.

            Rookie, Detective Steven Quaid, is no fan of the Snowman’s murderous exhibitions. A twisted and deadly relationship bond the two men and neither knows who will come out of it alive.

 

About the Author:

At one time Alaska called to her, and she answered. She learned to sleep under the midnight sun, survive in below zero temperatures, and hike the Mountain Ranges. She’s traveled from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez, and the memories are some of her most valued. The wonders, mysteries and incredible beauty that is Alaska has never left her and thus now influence her writing.
Despite her adventurous spirit, she achieved her educational goals, married, and she has two handsome sons. Writing is now her focus, her newest adventure!

 

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Shalom aleichem,

 

 

 

 

 

Pat Garcia

The Lies That Bind, by Ed Protzel, A Book Review

 

 

Empty pistol has sealed more deals than all the numbers in my head, Hurst thought. We’re going to need every trick in my bag, and some I haven’t thought of yet. (Quote from The Lies That Bind, by Ed Protzel.)

 

The Lies That Binds by Ed Protzel depicts the dichotomy of the Deep South.

It is a story that shows  a period long forgotten but the book also shows the character of his protagonist, Hurst, trying make some sense of his existence.

Well-written, Protzel draws his readers into the Deep South, into Mississippi, the swamps, and the picturesque scenery of a southern state.

It is an intense book. There are a lot of things happening, and you cannot hurry through it, because Protzel pulls you into his world. You want to read what comes next.

The Lies That Bind is the first book I have read by Ed Protzel. To say that it was an interesting read is an understatement because it is more than interesting. The book engages your mind.

 

Shalom aleichem,

 

 

 

 

 

Pat Garcia

Creating Stories by Hank Quense – A Book Review

When I started taking my writing career seriously, the book Creating Stories by Hank Quense would have been a great book to have, but that was some years ago.

 

Writers are people who evolve. We are in a constant process of learning and implementing. We never stop, and so as I began to read Quense’s Creating Stories I found myself treasuring the way he presented his expertise about the writing process.

 

Creating Stories is a precious jewel, which shows the beginner writer what he or she needs to have to write a novel, from story idea, to developing characters, settings, plotting, sub plotting, structure, design, and emotional arcs to the story ending. He doesn’t just tell you what to do but shows you how to do it with the charts and links that he has included in the book.

 

For the mature writer, it is a refresher and reminder of the writing process. It is a handy tool to have among your writing books.

 

Creating Stories by Hank Quense helps you stay grounded in your novel writing process and it is well worth reading. It is now a part of my writing craft library.

 

Shalom aleichem,

 

 

 

 

 

Pat Garcia

How Bad Do You Want To Be In This Anthology?

Little did I know when Karen Helene Walker asked me that question that it would open doors for me to another level of writing and bring me closer to my dream.

 

To say I was stunned when Karen asked me this question is an understatement. She was referring to the deficiencies in my submitted piece. Deficiencies only a professional editor, award-winning writer, and teacher like Mark David Gerson could see, which meant extensive revising for me.

 

My heart beat like a snare drum as I counted the cost. I was writing in NaNoWriMo, taking three writing classes, caring for two people who are dear to me, fulfilling concert obligations and working on the manuscript I hope to submit before the end of this year. In other words, my plate was overloaded.

 

Did I have the time? Should I forget I said yes and move on to something else? These two questions went through my mind. I consider my word to be more valuable than any currency in the world, and the fact that I had given Karen my word is what grounded me and kept me from saying, sorry, I have no time. Forget it.

 

 

Today, my joy lies in not only being one of the writers among the outstanding writers in Still Me… After All These Years, but more so from what I have gained by working with Mark David Gerson, the editor of this anthology.

 

Still Me…After All These Years is a challenging book. Every essay challenges you to lay self-pity aside and stop thinking about what you cannot do and do it. When I look at my copy, I hear it knocking on my door, encouraging me to keep moving beyond my self-imposed boundaries and to walk out on waters that will take me  higher than I can imagine.

 

As MF Sanborn says in her essay, A Lesson in Trust, out of the anthology,  Still Me…After All These Years.

I lean into life, curious and unafraid.

I wish all of you a peaceful weekend and be safe.

Shalom aleichem,

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pat Garcia

STILL ME…AFTER ALL THESE YEARS, 24 WRITERS REFLECT ON AGING, BY KAREN HELENE WALKER

 

Good things for an individual are born out of the vision the person holds steady before his or her inner eyes. The person comprehends, as he or she examines what it will take to fulfill the vision that it is made up of building blocks. Each building block has to be mastered, which means learning, changing, expanding, and shaping, one step at a time. I believe that is why God said, “Don’t belittle the small steps.” Small steps, equivalent to building blocks, are vital to moving forward toward the vision and maintaining the momentum.

Friday evening, I received the hard copies of one of my small steps.Still Me…After All These Years by Karen Helene Walker is an Anthology in which twenty-four writers Reflect on Aging.

I am elated to be one of those authors.

Still Me…After All These Years is available in print and as e-book at Amazon, Kobo, Smashwords and other bookstores.

Shalom aleichem,

 

 

 

 

 

Pat Garcia

Sign Up For STILL ME … AFTER ALL THESE YEARS: 24 Authors Reflect on Aging

Hello Everyone,

This is one of those happy moments for me, thanks to all of you  my faithful readers, who read what I have to say.

Just wanted to share the joy on this wonderful Saturday.

Have a great weekend and be safe.

Shalom aleichem,

Pat Garcia August 13 2016

 

 

 

 

 

Pat Garcia

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STILL ME…AFTER ALL THESE YEARS: 24 Authors Reflect on Aging
◊ By Karen Helene Walker
◊ Kindle: 2000 KB, 102 pages
◊ Genre: Biographies, Memoirs, Nonfiction
◊ Publication Date: April 4, 2017
◊ Language: English
◊ ASIN: BO6WWRK82K
◊ Coming soon in printpre-order-amazon-button

Poignant…Humorous…Brutally Honest!

           A collection of personal reflections guaranteed to keep you inspired and entertained on that journey we all travel together: The Journey of Aging.
With a blend of grace, dignity, warmth and humor, women and men from 60 to 90 and from all walks of life candidly share the blessings and pitfalls of aging – from keeping dreams alive and keeping sex lives active to dealing with retirement, loss of independence and a growing sense of mortality.

A BOOK ABOUT LIVING EVERY MOMENT OF LIFE!

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ANNOUNCING THE RE-LAUNCH OF MY GRL BY JOHN HOWELL

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Hello Everyone,

Today is the re-launched of a book I am in the process of reading. It is a thriller by John Howell, entitled My GRL, and it will keep you turning the pages.

The cover is new and the book edited once again to enhance the experience. What is really nice is the price has been cut for the introduction. You can buy the kindle version for a special introduction price of

$0.99

 

 

 

Here is a blurb about the book.

John J. Cannon successful San Francisco lawyer takes a well-deserved leave of absence from the firm and buys a boat he names My GRL. He is unaware that his newly purchased boat had already been targeted by a terrorist group. John’s first inkling of a problem is when he wakes up in the hospital where he learns he was found unconscious next to the dead body of the young woman who sold him the boat in the first place. John now stands between the terrorists and the success of their mission.

 

Here is the link to Amazon for the Kindle version

Here is the link to Amazon Germany for the Kindle version

Here is the link to Amazon for the Paper version

Check them out and read the first few pages on Amazon.

Also, you can check out John Cannon’s other two adventures, as well as, the new My GRL at John W. Howell’s Author Page

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John began his writing as a full-time occupation after an extensive business career. His specialty is thriller fiction novels, but John also writes poetry and short stories.  His first book, My GRL, introduces the exciting adventures of the book’s central character, John J. Cannon. The second Cannon novel, His Revenge, continues the adventure, while the final book in the trilogy, Our Justice, launched in September 2016.  All books are available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions.

 

John lives in Port Aransas, Texas with his wife and their spoiled rescue pets.

For those of you living in Germany, I have checked to see if the special price applies for Amazon Germany, and it does. So, hurry and get your copy now. I’m sure you will enjoy it.

Shalom aleichem,

Pat Garcia August 13 2016

 

 

 

 

 

Pat Garcia

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