2016-12-01: Song of the day

Simon & Garfunkel – A Hazy Shade of Winter

Lyrics

Time, time, time, see what’s become of me
While I looked around for my possibilities

I was so hard to please
Don’t look around
The leaves are brown
And the sky is a hazy shade of winter

Hear the Salvation Army band
Down by the riverside’s, there’s bound to be a better ride
Than what you’ve got planned

Carry your cup in your hand
And look around
Leaves are brown, now
And the sky is a hazy shade of winter

Hang on to your hopes, my friend
That’s an easy thing to say
But if your hopes should pass away
Simply pretend that you can build them again
Look around
The grass is high
The fields are ripe
It’s the springtime of my life

Seasons change with the scenery
Weaving time in a tapestry
Won’t you stop and remember me
At any convenient time?
Funny how my memory skips while looking over manuscripts
Of unpublished rhyme
Drinking my vodka and lime
I look around
Leaves are brown, now
And the sky is a hazy shade of winter
Look around
Leaves are brown
There’s a patch of snow on the ground
Look around
Leaves are brown
There’s a patch of snow on the ground
Look around
Leaves are brown
There’s a patch of snow on the ground

 

Stroke of Innocence! (Denny Ryder Paranormal Crime Series, #4) by Deborah A. Bowman

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The author sent me a copy of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Plot
(by Amazon)

Where are the children hidden? Psychopathic serial killer Benjamin Russo is on-the-run. He sends Detective Ted Collins a handwritten greeting, smeared with blood, in an attempt to send the police and FBI on a wild goose chase. Little does he know the truth will be revealed from the prophetic dreams of Denny Ryder and five-year-old Clarissa, who almost succumbed to death for the experimental program of a mad genius. But the messages and communications don’t stop there! Will Russo be taken into custody and stop the killing of innocent, young children or will the Stroke of Innocence be shattered?

Genre(s): Paranormal & Urban, Psychics, Crime, Serial Killers, Kidnapping
Series: Denny Ryder Paranormal Crime Series, #4
Length: 61 pages
Release date: 2015-06-13

 

Teaser


Kirk exhaled a loud sigh, “I hate to at 1:00 a.m., but…”

“Yes,” Sophia agreed. “Clarissa, honey, I’m going to call Mrs. Ryder. Would you like that?”

“Yeah, Mommy, please,” the child pleaded. “The read-haired lady will know if it’s real or not.”


My Opinion

This book finds serial killer Benny Russo planning to get his hunters off his track. Denny Ryder and Clarissa continue having their visions.

With Stroke of Innocence!, Deborah A. Bowman continues her quite intriguing paranormal crime series. It is an unusual and compelling read, drawing you into Denny’s world. Deborah A. Bowman paints a clear picture of Denny’s mind while the story evolves. Denny is likeable, complex, and visibly suffering from what she has to experience during her visions; her allies and friends – even if they have only minor roles – become more and more important for the readers. The readers inevitably also gain deeper insights in Benny Russo’s mindset. The story has a steady pace, comprises interesting turns, and has a really good flow. I really appreciate the author’s reason for writing this series: Raising awareness!

This is a book for you if you like fantasy and paranormal crime series in novella format, psychology, and if you like female characters with a mission, as well as food for thought.
Interesting quote from the author’s Afterword:  “This fourth novella starts a new trilogy that will delve into the research of the psychopathic and sociopathic minds. This series is appropriate for ages 12 and above. If we can stop even one abduction and cruel death by informing our children what to listen and look out for from people they don’t know or even people they may see every day, it is so worth it to read and discuss this information as a family.”

In brief:

Cover ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Writing ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Plot ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Characters ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Mood Dark, suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense; Denny’s thoughts: first person – present tense
Language :mrgreen:
Violence 😳 –😡
Sexual content :mrgreen:

 

About the author

Deborah Bowman has been sharing her stories and poems her whole life–her first poem published in a 4-H magazine at just 12 years old. She loves just about all genres of fiction and collects classical literature. Deborah’s recent selections are close to her heart. She has a passion and a crusade for the headline-driven factual material which she weaves into novels and novellas. She is also child-like and whimsical!

Connect with the author:

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you. 🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you? What did you think about Stroke of Innocence!? Or – if you did not yet read Stroke of Innocence! – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments. 🙂

 

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Stroke of Silence! (Denny Ryder Paranormal Crime Series, #3) by Deborah A. Bowman

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The author sent me a copy of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

AGE APPROPRIATE FOR TEENS; INTRIGUING ENOUGH FOR ADULTS!
The MOST ACTION-PACKED Novella/Novel of the Denny Ryder Paranormal Crime Series! This book starts off with a bang amidst a man-hunt for Benjamin A. Russo, known psychopathic serial killer of small children. The SWAT Team; the FBI; Chief Detective Ted Collins of the Dayton, Ohio, Police; and Sheriff Colton Reamy of Evergreen, Colorado, are all in place. Denny, the reluctant visionary, is recovering from a STROKE OF FEAR! (B00CFWYAX4) in her début novella. In STROKE OF MIDNIGHT! (B00F8Z2KAK), Denny fights for her life. In this longer novella/novel STROKE OF SILENCE!, Denny experiences another physic dream/vision. Believed dead and dismembered by Russo, where is five-year-old Clarissa Alexander? Only Denny knows. But Denny sees another abducted child, eight-year-old Tommy Penington. Who will find and save the children? Of the four main characters in this serial Thriller (two adults and two children), not all will survive. And will Russo be brought to justice? There are plenty of surprises in store! “The Wounds of the soul can never heal…Denny cannot forget the stroke of twelve chimes…The person she’s become will forever reveal…Bittersweet tears of death in STROKE OF TIME! “

Genre(s): Paranormal & Urban, Metaphysical & Visionary, Crime, Serial Killers
Series: Denny Ryder Paranormal Crime Series, #3
Length: 103 pages
Release date: 2014-04-04

 

Teaser


Kari wasn’t going to tell this worried friend that she’d called the child’s name when Kari had been forced to take her off all life-support, per signed DNR order by Mr. Jonus Ryder, her husband. He hadn’t even waited for Denny’s sister to arrive.


My Opinion

This book finds serial killer Benny Russo in distress as a man-hunt is too close for comfort. Denny Ryder is still recovering, suffering from more visions.

With Stroke of Silence!, Deborah A. Bowman continues her quite intriguing paranormal crime series. It is an unusual and compelling read, drawing you into Denny’s world. Deborah A. Bowman paints a clear picture of Denny’s mind while the story evolves. Denny is likeable, complex, and visibly suffering from what she has to experience during her visions. The readers inevitably also gain deeper insights in Benny Russo’s mindset. The story has a steady pace, comprises interesting turns, and has a really good flow. I kept my fingers crossed for Clarissa and Tommy.

This is a book for you if you like fantasy and paranormal crime series in novella format, psychology, and if you like female characters with a mission.
Interesting quote from the author’s Afterword:  “An odd Afterword and Bio, I’m sure, but I believe in the message of finding missing children and getting the criminals off the street. The drama and horror in the Denny Ryder Paranormal Crime Investigation Series is researched and real.”

In brief:

Cover ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Writing ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Plot ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Characters ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Mood Dark, suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense; Denny’s thoughts: first person – present tense
Language :mrgreen:
Violence 😳 –😡
Sexual content :mrgreen:

 

About the author

Deborah Bowman has been sharing her stories and poems her whole life–her first poem published in a 4-H magazine at just 12 years old. She loves just about all genres of fiction and collects classical literature. Deborah’s recent selections are close to her heart. She has a passion and a crusade for the headline-driven factual material which she weaves into novels and novellas. She is also child-like and whimsical!

Connect with the author:

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you. 🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you? What did you think about Stroke of Silence!? Or – if you did not yet read Stroke of Silence! – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments. 🙂

 

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3 Quotes – James Dashner

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James Dashner, American novelist
(born: James Smith Dashner)

born:  November 26, 1972 in Austell, Georgia, USA

known for (among others):
The 13th Reality series, The Maze Runner series

web site:  http://www.jamesdashner.com/

 

I don’t think anything’s more rewarding than hearing that you’ve helped someone gain a love of reading.
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I’m inspired by almost everything I come across in life, and one way or another they find themselves sneaking into my stories.
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Don’t ever let the other stuff get in the way of your inherent skills as a kick-butt storyteller. Move the reader, make them happy and sad and excited and scared. Make them stare into space after they’ve put the book down, thinking about the tale that’s become a part of them.

 

Which is your favourite quote by James Dashner? 🙂


Stroke of Midnight! (Denny Ryder Paranormal Crime Series, #2) by Deborah A. Bowman

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The author sent me a copy of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

AGE APPROPRIATE FOR “TWEENS”/TEENS AND ADULTS, ANYONE WHO LOVES THE PARANORMAL AND CRIME INVESTIGATIVE THRILLERS!
This stand-alone novella in the Denny Ryder Paranormal Crime Series is the second of 12 novellas. Denise “Denny” Ryder became embroiled in a missing child case in STROKE OF FEAR! Her sixth sense led police to the seven-year-old boy and identified his alleged kidnapper, a psychopathic serial killer that feeds on the blood of innocent children. The astral projection Denny experienced brings her to her darkest hour as STROKE OF MIDNIGHT! begins, revealing the story Denny just couldn’t face initially.
Detective Ted Collins is now facing an identical M.O., involving a five-year-old little girl, Clarissa. He desperately needs Denny’s help, but Denny is struggling for her life as well. Ted senses the clock is ticking as he tries to save both young lives. A program dating back to WWII will aid Denny, perhaps, but what about Clarissa? This paranormal, crime investigative series is just starting to unfold.

Genre(s): Fantasy, Paranormal & Urban, Metaphysical & Visionary
Series: Denny Ryder Paranormal Crime Series, #2
Length: 61 pages
Release date: 2013-09-14

 

Teaser


“I’m Doctor Gonzales from the ER. We have a specialist on the way to help your wife. Denise is a little more stable, but still considered critical. I’ll let you know more…” The frazzled doctor turned back to the ER window to acknowledge an urgent voice and someone handed him a file.


My Opinion

This book continues where the first ended. After Denny Ryder fainted at the recovery site, she fell into a coma.

With Stroke of Midnight!, Deborah A. Bowman continues her quite intriguing paranormal crime series. It is an unusual and compelling read, drawing you into Denny’s world. Deborah A. Bowman paints a clear picture of Denny’s mind while the story evolves. Denny is likeable, complex, and visibly suffering from what she has to experience during her visions. She suffers from her visions even now, comatose, after an ischemic stroke. The story begins with a flashback to provide the reader with a solid background; it has a steady pace, comprises interesting turns, and has a really good flow. I kept my fingers crossed, hoping that Denny in her state and Detective Ted Collins – who believes in her abilities – would rescue the little girl.

This is a book for you if you like fantasy and paranormal crime series in novella format, psychology, and if you like female characters with a mission.

In brief:

Cover ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Writing ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Plot ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Characters ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Mood Dark, suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense; Denny’s thoughts: first person – present tense
Language :mrgreen:
Violence 😳 –😡
Sexual content :mrgreen:

 

About the author

Deborah Bowman has been sharing her stories and poems her whole life–her first poem published in a 4-H magazine at just 12 years old. She loves just about all genres of fiction and collects classical literature. Deborah’s recent selections are close to her heart. She has a passion and a crusade for the headline-driven factual material which she weaves into novels and novellas. She is also child-like and whimsical!

Connect with the author:

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you. 🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you? What did you think about Stroke of Midnight!? Or – if you did not yet read Stroke of Midnight! – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments. 🙂

 

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