Annie’s Story, Blessed With A Gift (#1) by Deborah A. Bowman #BookReview @Bowmanauthor

 

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

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Annie’s Story, Blessed With A Gift” is based on life in Colonial Massachusetts from 1630 to 1648. Annie’s message is timeless. Her shining spirit reveals that “History Does Repeat Itself” as we watch the treatment, abuse, and bullying of women, children, and individuals with special needs in today’s modern society. In Annie’s lifetime, babies born with birth defects and their mothers were banished or put to death—their names cleansed from all church and legal records. Yet, have perceptions changed that all that much? Have they changed enough? The answer is a resounding, “No!”

Annie came to me in an age regression that somehow slipped into a past-life regression by an Instructor of The National Guild of Hypnotists. Instead of returning to my childhood—WHAM! like hitting a brick wall—I was in someone else’s body, crushed in a pitch black hole, surrounded by wood and earth. This is how I met Annie; or rather I should say, I became Annie.

The Colonists laughed at Annie’s dwarfed appearance and sluggish way of talking. My conscious mind of the 21st century, however, realized that Annie was mentally slow, stunted in growth, and lacking in social and emotional development. I also knew she was innocent and childlike as well as an incredible telepathic savant, blessed with a gift from the Spiritual Universe. Hence, began a quest that has spanned years. I made amazing discoveries about a time in American history that many generations have tried to eradicate or conceal as was done with the Witch Hysteria of 1692-93, nearly half-a-century “after” Annie lived. This story of love and faith, coupled with the inequality of different people—now called “special” people—begs to be told. “Annie’s Story” is about an unusual child growing up in Colonial America, who is “Blessed With A Gift.”

Genre(s): Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction
> Genre Fiction > Metaphysical
> Historical Fiction > Scottish
Books > Literature & Fiction
> Genre Fiction > Metaphysical & Visionary
Series: #1
Length: 275 pages
Release date: 2017-01-02

 

Teaser


“Does the wee one yet breathe?” Frances blurted out.

Agnes reached down – she just couldna’ help it – and wrapped the small babe in The Blackbain Plaid, cuddlin’ the wee lassie in her arms. “She’s burnin’ up with fever!” Agnes exclaimed. “Why have ya’ taken her from the Mutha‘? Ya’ said James and Mary? This is my? Mine own…”

“Granddaughter,” Lachlan finished for her.

The vision Agnes had seen a mere thread of, less than a minute before, came back to her full-force and crystal clear. She saw and recognized the two bodies in the soiled bed.

“Nay, naught my Mary!” she screamed. Lachlan grabbed The Tartan with the baby as Frances rushed forward to catch the old woman and ease her down to the packed earthen floor.


My Opinion

This book leads you back in time, introducing you to Agnes Blackbain and her granddaughter Annie.

With Annie’s Story, Blessed With A Gift, Deborah A. Bowman has written a story that will stay etched in your memory. It is a very unusual and captivating read, drawing you into Annie’s world. During a regression, Deborah A. Bowman encountered Annie – who then became a part of her. She carefully develops the story about Annie and the people around her, painting a clear picture of Annie and life in New England (1630 – 1648) while the story evolves. Annie is likeable, complex, and hopeful. The story comprises historical elements (among others the Puritans, Salem, witches); it has a steady pace, comprises interesting turns, and has a really good flow. I have been keeping my fingers crossed – hoping the best for Annie – sometimes smiling, sometimes having to cry.

This is a book for you if you like historical fiction, the metaphysical, food for thought, and if you like intense female characters.

A sequel has been announced and – I am looking forward to reading it.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Dark, hopeful
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language 😳
Violence 😳 – 😡
Sexual content 😳

 

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!

Deborah has a 20+-year history as well as formal education in writing, editing, proofreading, and publishing. She believes strongly in helping first-time and seasoned writers alike create quality books and eBooks at clasidconsultantspublishing.com. She does free reviews and critiques. “Books are timeless; readers are forever.”

Deborah has various upcoming projects, but is always happy to hear from you and connect on social media.

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Amazon:  Deborah Bowman
Buy links:  books2read.com/u/bxqZRJ

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 Annie’s Story, Blessed With A Gift?  Or – if you did not yet read Annie’s Story, Blessed With A Gift – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

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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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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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Stroke of Fear! (Denny Ryder Paranormal Crime Series, #1) 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)

THIS BOOK IS AGE APPROPRIATE FOR “TWEENS”, TEENS, YOUNG ADULTS AND ADULTS INTERESTED IN THE PARANORMAL.

STROKE OF FEAR! (Denny Ryder Paranormal Crime Series) starts off with a bang! Denise Ryder is in the midst of a gruesome car accident. She’s thrown against the door, pitched to the floor, twisted upside-down, falling, as she claws her way out of a shattered window. She hears loud crashes, hysterical screams, screeching metal, and the voices of two dear friends. Her stomach heaves, and she’s choking, gagging, can’t breathe! Blood is everywhere.
10 YEARS LATER: Pleasant memories of her childhood. She grins at the antics of the two sisters, different as night and day. Denny is just waking up from a soothing, happy dream. She’s had “dreams come true” since she was a child. Sounds like a fairy tale, right? Wrong! It’s her nightmares from that come to life! Yet, she does everything in her power to deny the images.
Denny becomes embroiled in a missing child investigation. When a dream shows her where the boy is, she won’t let herself believe it. A twist of fate reveals that the dream “could” be true. She’s scared, but relieved that she can take action based on fact. She meets Detective Ted Collins, an investigator who doesn’t scoff at the paranormal. The two of them use facts, clues, and intuitive visions to piece the case together. Will they be able to save Jeremy?
A new piece of evidence pulls Denny into another horrific dream. She fears she’s had an out-of-body experience where she meets the psychopathic serial killer who feeds on the blood of innocent children. Denny isn’t even sure whether she believes in astral projection or not, but somehow she becomes caught between the dreamscape and reality. She knows she can’t be both places at the same time. Where does she go from here, and what about Jeremy?

Genre(s): Fantasy, Paranormal & Urban, Metaphysical & Visionary
Series: Denny Ryder Paranormal Crime Series, #1
Length: 65 pages
Release date: 2013-12-14

 

Teaser


Sometimes it startles me so much, I wake up. Sometimes I go back to sleep and forget it. That is, until I see it again or hear about it – days, weeks, or even months later. That’s the difference. These dreams are real! They come true! Why me?


My Opinion

This book introduces you to Denny Ryder and her gift and/or curse.

With Stroke of Fear!, Deborah A. Bowman has started a 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 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 and Detective Ted Collins would capture the culprit.

This is a book for you if you like fantasy and paranormal crime series in novella format, 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 Fear!?  Or – if you did not yet read Stroke of Fear! – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

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