Award Winning Best Selling Florida Author Yvonne Mason

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Justice for Cindy

I wanted to bring all of you up to speed on what is coming down the pike for you to read. I have been working on a new true crime. This has been a challenge. Not because of the lack of research, but because it hit so close to home. The book is titled Justice for Cindy. The back story is Cindy was married to a man who was a narcissistic psychopath who over a 14 year period abused her mentally, emotionally and physically. In the end he executed her while she slept. And that was not all he did. After he disposed of the body he filed a missing person report two days later – the same day he filed the report he moved another woman and her young child into his house. This woman slept with him in the same bed where he had executed his wife –
This book is very challenging to write, not because I do not have the research, I have it. But because after he was caught and confessed he only served 10 years for this murder. When he was released he committed another crime on a family member that was beyond words.
Those of you who have read my true crimes know that I do not sugar coast the book. The story is told in all of it’s horror. Some of you cannot handle it and think it is poorly written. I do not talk about her favorite color, where she went to school, who her boyfriends where or any of the other normal stuff. That is not her story. Her story is what happened to her and why. Her story is there was no justice for her because of the liberal criminal justice laws in the state of Oregon. Her story is because there was no justice for her, the murderer was allowed to be set free after only 10 years in the penal system and when he was released, he committed another crime what was just as heinous. Because he had gotten away with murder- he knew he could continue his life of crime. Not only did he destroy Cindy and her family he destroyed another family.
I advocate for women in domestic violence relationships all the time. I am a survivor of one. I know firsthand what happens and why it happens and how subtly it happens. I know how many women are killed each day in a domestic violence relationship- I was lucky.
Cindy sadly became a statistic. Please watch for the release of this book – share it talk about it and understand at any time a woman can and does become a victim in more ways than one. Many become statistics

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April 13, 2016 Posted by | Books | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

For Those of You Who Want To Be In The Know

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The year is 1888. The Place is the East End of London. Dead and mutilated bodies are popping up all over the east end from Stamford to Whitechapel.
Jack the Ripper is making his mark in the East End in ways that puts the city on edge, so to speak.
Johnathon Rhoades has been exposed to mercury since he was a boy of sixteen working in his father’s hat factory, which he now owns due to his father’s unexpected death. The hats that are created at the factory are in such demand that he almost cannot keep up with the orders.
Young Elizabeth, who happens to be in the employ of Johnathon Rhoades manages the storefront on Whitechapel road.
As the body count climbs and all of the East End is quaking in their shoes, the hat factory is booming. Everyone who is anyone wants a creation from the Rhoades Hat Factory including Sam Flanghan, the local coroner.
Who is the Ripper? Why are these hats so much in demand? Is the Hatter really mad?
The Mad Hatter

February 2, 2016 Posted by | Books | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Do You Dare??????

Do You Dare???
Yes, it is finally up on kindle soon to be up in print. The question is do you dare read it? This little book of short stories are all my own, no sharing the spotlight this time. Some of them you might have read before- some of them well, let’s just say- they are very new. The question is do you dare find out what they are all about? Go to Amazon and download the kindle version on all of your devices. I don’t think you will want to miss this one! Also check out my other little jewels while you are there – they are all downloadable and some are even audible.

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Do You Dare

January 25, 2016 Posted by | Books | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Have You Gotten Your Copy of The Mad Hatter Yet?

If you have not yet ordered your book The Mad Hatter which is the latest release – my question is why not? It will keep you on the edge of your seat and when you are finished you will still have questions- that is just how I roll!!!! Check it out today.

5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another great book from Yvonne Mason
By Peter fundora on January 16, 2016
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Yet another great book from Yvonne Mason.
Set in 1800s London.It will keep you guessing”who did it”until the end.Beware of”The Mad Hatter”.
Can’t wait til next book.

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The Mad Hatter

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January 22, 2016 Posted by | Books | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

It Is Almost The Silly Season

It is almost that time of year where we rack our brains to spend thousands of dollars on things that we think our loved ones will enjoy. After a time that chore becomes almost unbearable. So, with that in mind I am going to help you out a bit. Books are a wonderful source of entertainment and education. No, really even fiction books can and are educational. A writer worth their salt will through in things that are real, for instance Tim Dorsey who writes about my favorite serial killer Serge Storm writes about all things Florida in his over the top comedy books. He travels all over Florida to out of the way places for information for his character Serge and his sidekick Coleman.

Dan Brown who wrote Inferno, the DiVinci Code and other books also adds real places and history to his work. And of course my favorite Ann Rice fills her books with all things New Orleans. This is just three of the authors I read that I never fail to learn something from when I read their works. So with that in mind, I am going to pimp a few of my books which includes real places and even history. First off, my latest release
The Mad Hatter released this year. It has not yet appeared in print on Amazon but you can find it at Lulu.com just click on the title above this sentence. It can also be found on Amazon on kindle The Mad Hatter
It is filled with the history of Whitechapel and the crimes of Jack the Ripper even though he may or may not be the principle character.
Now if you are looking for something a bit more sinister check out Brilliant Insanity the places in the book are Savannah and Fort Pierce, Fl.
If you live or have lived in Jackson Co Ga or Jackson Co Alabama you will enjoy my book Tangled Minds

I also have a series that I co- authored with my friend Andrea Dean Van Scoyoc which are comedies – yes I write all genres, check out When Fates Collide set in Key West – When Fates Collide Mardi Gras Bound of course it is set in New Orleans and When Fates Collide Arm Candy set in St Marteen which is in the islands. In the same comedy genre I have The Pink Canary also set in Key West

Now if you are a true crime buff and are prepared to read facts not fluff check out Silent Scream This book is about the victims of Florida’s first serial killer Gerard Schaefer. It is not for the faint of heart – it is raw and brutal just like the murders. So if you don’t have a stomach for facts instead of fluff I do not recommend this book. My second true crimes is The Last Rites this was also a very brutal murder in Fort Pierce, Florida the victims Pauline Metler was raped and executed. Again if you want fluff do not buy this book – it is also raw and brutal.

If you are looking for inspiration well you have come to the right place, Pennies From Heaven no this is not a how to book on dealing with grief. It is however, the stories of others who have dealt with death and grief. It is a book that was written to show how others dealt with death and that grief is personal, there is no set time to grieve, nor is there any set way to grieve. It is a book to help bring comfort and peace.
Then I have Dream Catcher Failure Was Never an Option The true story of a man who is handicapped who has succeeded because of his handicap not in spite of them. He has used his handicap to be unique as we all should. In this world we are all handicapped in some way. It is up to us to succeed by trying instead of saying I can’t and failing.
Now if you like anthologies filled with horror I have those as well. Welcome to Your Nightmare Satan’s Holiday A Merry Scary Christmas all of these anthologies are filled to the brim with short stories, flash fiction and and poems by several different authors.

Then I have historical fiction. I know. Isn’t this great? One stop shopping for all those on your list. Check it out A Voice From the Grave All of my books are downloadable on both kindle and Nook and they are all in print form. Some of them are audible as well. There is no reason not to by my books. I have made it so easy for you. There is something for everyone. And just to add to the mix you can find me on facebook at Yvonne Mason or just google me. I am all over the net.
May the holidays find you happy, healthy and safe. Love yourself, and each other. Hold the memories tight because one day that will be all you have.

December 9, 2015 Posted by | Books | , , | Leave a comment

Before One Takes Jabs One Should Stop and Think!

There is an author friend of mine who has written several books,this is a dream she has had for a long time. However, as things go life got in the way and she ended up with some health issues. One of those health issues was brain damage. However, this has not deterred her from her dream. Now, with that being said, one of her books received a very nasty review and then a nasty comment. After reading the review and the comment, I decided it was time to stand in front her her bullets and taken them for her.
First of all we never know what battles someone is fighting. So we should always season our speech with a little salt. Next. The review was not a review. It was a critique and not a very good one at that. Second the snarky comment that was made was totally uncalled for and hurtful. Reviews are not supposed to be personal – it was a double whammy as the review was personal and the comment was personal. A good reviewer would have discussed the storyline, not the author. I have ordered this book, I will indeed read it. For those of you who have never put pen to paper – you have no idea how hard it is – as for the publisher who published this book. Well, Author House is a vanity press, They do not edit. Sadly, most indie authors, especially those who have never published before do no understand the snake pit that vanity presses are. They take your money and give nothing in return. They do not edit, nor do they market, they just put the book to print and make you sign a contract for seven years and then if you want the copywrite back you have to pay them a huge amount of money. So, Ms. Merenda, if you would like to help this author, how about offering your editing services for free. How about encouraging her instead of discouraging her. My question to you is – Do you have dreams? Has anyone tried to steal them from you?
That is exactly what you are doing to this author. You are trying to destroy her dream simply because you simply don’t know how to write a non personal review. Nor do you offer your help to a woman who is trying to live her dream with a challenge.

Now on to the comment that someone named “Dest” – Yeah, I know who names their child Dest. Anyway, here is the comment “A great review, hit the nail on the head. I haven’t read the whole book, but the excerpt alone was disgusting enough. This book is beyond lazily written, it makes no sense at all, just like every other Jean Marie book. But that’s the charm of her writings, they provide endless hours of entertainment!”

Dest, this is for you. Shame one you. Taking cheap shots is not classy at all. If you didn’t read the book and just read the excerpt, well, you have no idea if you will like it or not. And to make such sarcastic remarks at this author’s expense says quite about about your character. Not in a good way.

A very wise woman once told me that when we open our minds to what we read, it is amazing at what we might learn. Never read a book with a closed mind, it does two things, it keeps one ignorant and it makes them look stupid when they try to write reviews. These two people did not write reviews, they wrote garbage.

I for one, who has a brother who has brain damage applaud this author for her courage, her character and her grit. She may never sell thousands of dollars worth of books, she may never find herself on the best seller list, but let me tell you this, she is successful because she did it. That cannot be said for the two people who wrote this dribble – which this author should not even concern herself with. It shows their small minds and their even small character.

My challenge to all who read this post is to order her book, read it with an open mind, learn something new and encourage her to dream and live that dream. That takes character.

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More like “NIGHTMARE OF A BOOK”
By Merenda on September 6, 2009
Format: Paperback
I had interest in the book… until I read the excerpt given. At first glance, this books storyline had a lot of promise. However, just reading the excerpt, it’s very, VERY novice. I don’t think Ive ever read a book that made sure that every word is written out completely. Such as this comment made by one of the police officers: “Sir, we are done here, so we will meet back at police headquarters. We will discuss how and when the murders occurred. We have killers on our hands; we must find them or they will strike again”. Seriously? The sentence could have read ” Sir, we’re done, we’re gonna head back to the office, and go over the facts and evidence we have, and see where to go from there”. It’s like a sixth grader wrote this. I have never seen so many run on sentences, over extended uses of words, drawn out conclusions with having a shred of conclusive information, and yet, also trying to pound in the story so fast as to kill 6 people, vaguely, in 5 pages. The whole story is basically done right there. except, the oh so smart police officers talking back at “police headquarters” about the when, why, what time, and knowledge of more then one killer BEFORE ever making it out of the victim’s house. I don’t even know what story is left anyway? All the promise in the description went out the window with the killing of all the subjects mentioned, in those 5 first pages. And, I’m not even a person who really cares about some errors in grammar or bad editing of a book .But, this one was just soooo bad.

And, let’s not forget, teenagers do not “act” or speak the way these girls did, before they we’re quickly, raped, and murdered. There was no precursor leading up to the killer’s arrival. Nothing that said the men crept out in the bushes watching the house for hours. Waiting to make their move. Nope, they simply came on in behind the girl and her dog. What made this girl so suspicious of a car parked outside? Isn’t that a normal thing? I mean I don’t walk outside my house, see a car, and run back in, scared to death that the boogeyman’s coming. This is just so, so poorly written. I say stick to your day job. because if this kind of “writing” can be published, then I know I can make millions writing books at will no matter how badly written they are. LOL

This could’ve been a great story. But, it has all the irritating marks of a person trying too hard to tell the story that it loses the punch before it can be poured in the glass. My 15 year old son can write better then this. I don’t pretend to be perfect with my writing or grammar. But, I’m also not an “author” and I’m not expected to be “perfect” in that area of getting a story across. The publishers missed the mark on this one. I can’t even fathom how there are several mis-spellings in the book description alone. It amazes me how lazy this whole thing appears to have been written. I say skip it. Save the $10.00 plus dollars for a solidly written and grammatically proficient book.

December 8, 2015 Posted by | Books | , , , , | Leave a comment

Listen to THE DARK ABYSS Written by Sherri Ann Richerson Read by Yvonne Mason

The Dark Abyss written by Sherri Ann Richerson read by Yvonne Mason can be found in the Anthology Satan’s Holiday complied by Yvonne Mason
it can be heard here on this link The Dark Abyss

Be sure and check out other short stories and poems available for download and print at Satan’s Holiday

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October 31, 2015 Posted by | Books | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Listen to Bones One of My Short Stories

The Link below will allow you to listen to one of my short stories that will soon appear in a new book of short stories I am releasing. Some of them like Bones have been previously released and some that are brand new. Just a small teaser.

Bones a Short Story

October 28, 2015 Posted by | Books | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Amazon Has Silent Scream For Prime Members at A Huge Discount

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For those of you who do not know Silent Scream is one of my true crime books. It is the story of the victims of Gerard Schaefer Florida’s first serial killer. I just went on Amazon and Found out that Amazon is selling the book not the download for 8.44 to their Prime members. That is less expensive than the download. So if you are a prime member or have been considering becoming one. Now is a good time. You can get Silent Scream for 8.44 vs the 19.99 it normally sells for. I don’t know how long Amazon will be running this special so if you are interested to hesitate is to lose. I have added the link for your convenience. http://www.amazon.com/Silent-Scream-Yvonne-Mason-ebook/dp/B001JQLT1I/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1445432099&sr=1-3&keywords=yvonne+mason
I will agree this book is not for everyone. If you expect fluff or if you expect to read what school the victims went to or their favorite song or color or clothes, then you will be disappointed – This book talks about the horror of the deaths, what happened, how they happened and why they happened. It also is written backwards, in other words it is written from the time Schaefer was arrested for assault – So if you are thinking Ann Rule or any of the other true crime writers that write a sanitized story then please do yourself a favor DON”T BUY this book. You will not be happy. (That is my public service announcement for the Day) You have been forewarned.
However, if you want to read with an open mind and want to know what really happened to nine of Schaefer’s victims and can handle the facts and wish to honor the girls then by all means order this book.

October 21, 2015 Posted by | Books | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Mad Hatter IS OUT!!!!!!!

http://www.lulu.com/shop/yvonne-mason/the-mad-hatter/paperback/product-22397664.htmlThe Mad Hatter

For those of you who have been waiting for soooo long for this little tale of suspense, horror and all around mayhem it is now available on Lulu. In about six weeks it will be up on Amazon in print and in a couple of days it will be available for download on Kindle and Nook. I know I have taken my time and teased all of you unmerciful about this little ditty. But you know how that goes, greatness takes time to cook.
For those if you who are true crime history buffs it does have an interesting storyline which includes the victims of the Ripper. I know you all are saying “Say it ain’t so!” But indeed it is. No, it is not the same old tired storyline. If you are a reader of my books, you know I would never go there. That is just not my nature. You see, for those of you who have never read my work, the voices in my head have their own minds. When I write I have to allow them to tell the story or else they drive me completely insane. Think Edgar Allen Poe. No I am not going to cut off my ear, that was Van Gough, he was an artist.
Anyway back to The Mad Hatter. This little book was a year or better in the making. Why? You might ask. Well, it is like this, research takes a minute and when I write even fiction, it has to be believable. As someone once said, I don’t want you to just read the story, I want you to be in the story. Besides that, one has to know how hides are tanned, even those of a different nature.
So with that in mind, pull up a chair, wrap yourself in your most comfortable clothes, put your feet up with a liquid refreshment and take a journey with me and the Hatter. I promise you will never look at hats the same way again. Heck you might not even look at humans the same way again.
Go back in time with me to the year 1888 the place is Whitechapel.
Oh and one more thing, if someone asks you if you like hats, walk away, far away quickly.

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October 14, 2015 Posted by | Books | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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