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Another Review for Mad Hatter

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4.0 out of 5 starsWell thought out characters and mixing in real-life historical references.
By tenebraerick on February 16, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition
It is plain to see that Yvonne Mason knows crime. A graduate in Criminal Justice and a licensed bounty hunter, you can tell all the research that went into writing this book. She takes the infamous events of Whitechapel in 1888 and puts a interesting spin on the legend of Jack the Ripper. This book reads like one of those movies I used to watch as a kid from International Pictures or even the old Hammer Films of the ’60’s. Kudos to Yvonne for writing a story with well thought out characters and mixing in real-life historical references to make this novel a treat. The ending has just enough mystery to keep you guessing long after you finished it.

The Mad Hatter took over four years to complete. It was very important that the history of 1888 in Whitechapel be correct. I even purchased maps of Whitechapel in that time period. I purchased books on clothing, furniture,mercury poisoning, tanning, hats, money, the hat factory that was on the Thames, bridges and behavior- as well as many other details. I download photos of buildings of that time period, and I also went back to the research I had done when I was in College on Jack the Ripper. I basically drove myself nuts to make sure that the setting was as it should be for 1888 in the East End of London. Apparently it paid off. This reviewer understood what I was trying to do.
It was totally worth all of the rewrites the sleepless nights and the hair pulling to get it right.

February 16, 2016 Posted by | Reviews | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A New Review for Silent Scream

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As most of you may or may not know on Jan 4, 2015 on the Investigation Discovery Channel at 10:00 pm Silent Scream will be the topic of the show Most Evil. This has been seven long years in the making. The victims not only have a voice they now will be seen – There has been much discussion of my book and why I chose to write it the way I did. Those who read it and understood why I applaud you, those who chose to read it with a closed mind- your loss. That being said this review appeared today and I give kudos to the reviewer. I could not state it any better myself. She got it. She understood why.

Silent Scream is not for the faint of heart – nor is it a feel good story- it is a story of pure evil and a story of extreme loss. Gerard Schaefer was an evil monster who only cared about killing and torture.

Here is the review:
“4.0 out of 5 stars Silent Scream by Yvonne Mason, a True Crime Opus, December 29, 2014
By Peg Insula – See all my reviews
This review is from: Silent Scream (Kindle Edition)
Yvonne Mason’s research for Silent Scream is thorough and detailed as she leads the reader through the case from its beginning to its end with the killer’s death in prison. Leaving no stone unturned in gathering information, she includes many photographs and presents writings by the serial killer himself. Every step of the legal process is described as well as the players in it. The nature of the crimes is graphically but sensitively disclosed. The reader gains informed insight into the methods and madness of Gerard Shaefer and begins to grasp and sympathize with the horror faced by his victims.”

Thank you so much Ms. Insula for your understanding and for you ability to read with an open mind. The girls are forever grateful. You understood that is important to try and grasp and sympathize with the horror they faced and the horror of knowing it was the end for them.

I for one am forever grateful.

December 30, 2014 Posted by | Reviews | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

If Someone is Going to Write a Review They Need to Read the Book

It never ceases to amaze me the lengths that people will go for their fifteen minutes of fame. When I read this review I couldn’t decide if the person was kidding, ignorant or just didn’t read the book. I came to the conclusion after reading the review several times that two of the above things were probably true. They plainly didn’t read the book and they were ignorant. This is the review-

“I purchased this shook and was very disappointed with the writing and story. It talked about 2 females at the prison and in the story nothing was really told about it. It was deceiving in the caption and actual story. It didn’t really go into the history of the prison either.” By
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase

Let me break it down for the reviewer who says her name is Dalova. First of all she says it talked about two females at the prison. All I can say about that insane comment is Seriously? It is obvious that she did not read any of the book. She did not follow the story line because her next comment is this “and in the story nothing was really told about it.” My question to her is this, What was not told that you wanted told? She says the Caption and actual story are “deceiving” Please explain yourself. She also says it doesn’t go into the history of the prison. Really-? That statement alone makes my case for me. The book is filled with the history of the prison it is built into the story. She very obviously did not read the book. She starts her review off with this. “I purchased this shook (yes, she wrote “shook”not book) and was very disappointed with the writing and story.” Again, it goes without saying that she did not even read the second chapter, much less finish the first one.
This is not even a good bad review. IT is just a string of words put together to form several sentences. Apparently this person spends her life writing reviews for first one thing or another. This book took four years of research plus a personal visit to Andersonville. So yes indeed, the history is there if one takes time to read the book. IT is filled with history, and while there is a female or two in the story- there is so much more.
Sadly, she didn’t get it, she cheated herself. Oh and for her information this book won first place at the CIPA awards after it was released.

A Voice From the Grave Audio Book

A Voice From the Grave Audio Book

October 6, 2014 Posted by | Reviews | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Welcome to Your Nightmare Received its First Review

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Welcome to Your Nightmare received its first review today. Nuff Said!

5.0 out of 5 stars “Welcome To Your Nightmare” compiled by Yvonne Mason November 30, 2013
By *Stargazer*
Format:Kindle Edition
The tales written in this anthology will stand up the hairs on the nape of your neck as you read them and palpitate your heartbeat. Horror in its best form anytime of year is marvelous but I find it most welcome when October rolls around and Halloween looms nearby. Most of these offerings are written by a new author giving their very best to scare the scream out of you and several well-known writers stepped up to contribute as well to polish off that scream very expertly. The book is compiled by a well-known author, Yvonne Mason, who is a marvelous story teller in her own right and she has a very shivery story in the book as well.
I read each one of these tales with writing respect growing in leaps and bound.
One in particular scared the yell out of me and I dreaded the nightmares I was sure it would give me. It was written by Nicholas Grabowsky and is titled, “The Yuletide Thing.” I may never be able to think of Christmas in the same light again.
I highly recommend this to any lover of horror books and to anyone who loves a good chill, even in the cold of winter.
There are too many excellent stories and too many authors to name individually so go buy it and dive in. You won’t be disappointed. This analogy is coupled with a sister book titled, “Satan’s Holiday.” Read them both…and be prepared to scream.
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November 30, 2013 Posted by | Reviews | , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Pink Canary Just Keeps on Getting Five Star Reviews The Ladies Thank You

When I started this little jewel I had no idea where it would take me. Like all of my books, they take on a life of their own as the voices of the characters take over the story. Who would have thought that when I started the research of drag queens that I would learn so much and would have so much fun. I could not have done it without the one and only Vicky Lane who performed for many years in New York and Canada. She led me into the world of drag queens – their culture their quirks and their drama. And that brings in my sweet and best friend friend Peter aka Penelope who played a major role in the story. All of this brings me to the current review. When someone says they laughed out loud while reading the book and stayed up nights just to see where the story was going- it makes me proud. It means they were as the reviewer said “Entertained” If you haven’t gotten it you should. You will not regret it.

5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn’t put it down! October 9, 2013
By Melissa Prendergast
Format:Kindle Edition
I was waiting for this release since I first heard about it. It definitely lived up to the hype! I stayed up late several nights just to finish it because I needed to know what was going to happen! There are several times I was laughing out loud, and I also loved how descriptive the author is. Overall a very entertaining read.

The Pink Canary

The Pink Canary

October 14, 2013 Posted by | Reviews | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

When Fates Collide Arm Candy Receives a Five Star Review

Yes kiddies the third in the When Fates Collide Series has received a five star review. If you haven’t read any in the series you should. While they are all stand alone books, they are more fun if read in the correct order. First is When Fates Collide – This little jewel explains how the two main characters meet.

When Fates Collide

When Fates Collide

The Second in the Series is When Fates Collide Mardi Gras Bound- This book comes with its own disclaimer that we are not responsible for soiled clothing as you read it.

When Fates Collide Mardi Gras Bound

When Fates Collide Mardi Gras Bound

And the third in our series of misadventures is When Fates Collide Arm Candy.

When Fates Collide Arm Candy

When Fates Collide Arm Candy

5.0 out of 5 stars Fun adventure story with a lot of laughs. October 12, 2013
By J.D. Holiday VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition
When Fates Collide…Arm Candy gives you a look, with a comical view, inside the bounty hunting business. Although they might seem an unlikely duo, these two women, Alex and Hope, like each other which is just what they need in order to work in the world they find themselves in. Their partnership make their job look easy.
It’s far from all business adding to the laughs as Alex and Hope join forces with others from all walks for life as they travel from
New Orleans, where Alex swears the best coffee on the planet is, to St. Maarten to get their jumpers, the two criminals who jumped their bail. Their adventure keeps the story moving just the way I like it. So, while it’s cold outside this winter, my advice is to go with Alex and Hope as they take you with them to the warm and sunny island of St. Maarten for a bit of fun!
~Author and Illustrator, JD Holiday

And if you really want to know the characters in the third book you need to read The Pink Canary a fall down funny drag queen comedy

The Pink Canary

The Pink Canary

October 13, 2013 Posted by | Reviews | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Pink Canary Just Received a Five Star Review

I was promoting my books and saw this wonderful review that was posted at the end of September I love this review!!!!

The Pink Canary

The Pink Canary

5.0 out of 5 stars A very witty book, I just started it and I love it. September 20, 2013
By frosty7530
Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase
I have not gotten far, but this is the book I’ve been longing for. I love gay cabaret, the setting of the book is in the drag queen subculture of Key West, the story takes place in a gay nightclub. I’ve always been fascinated by Key West,the location of the story. I know this is one book that will keep me entertained. The author allowed that there was a real murder that occurred in a gay, NYC nightclub, that inspired her. It remains to be seen if this is a variant of a “roman a clef”.
This book is for lovers of RuPaul, Harvey Firestein and Armested Maupin’s Tales of the City. There have been so many serious issues in the gay communities of all our cities, as well as our nation as a whole; it’s time to get laid back and enjoy a good dramedy.

October 9, 2013 Posted by | Reviews | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Very First Review for When Fates Collide Arm Candy is in!

In my morning mail I found the very first review for When Fates Collide Arm Candy the third in the When Fates Collide series I co-write with Andrea Dean Van Scoyoc. It was a nice beginning to my week. The series was born when Andrea decided that we needed to co-write with each other. We each drew on our experiences. She at the time worked in an office and was bored out of her mind, I on the other hand, had been a bounty hunter before moving to Florida.

It was a match made in Heaven so to speak- two women who are polar opposites came together to create something so funny that we put disclaimers in the front of the book. That disclaimer is we are not responsible for soiled clothing as the reader reads the books.

When Fates Collide Arm Candy takes the reader on a ride of all rides- The fun starts at the first page and doesn’t stop until the end.

Here is the review from a reader by the name of Cynda Crance I will let her tell you in her words her reactions:

“Just finished reading When Fates Collide, Arm Candy by Yvonne Mason and her co-writer Andrea Dean Van Scoyoc. The characters are colorful and full of adaptability to the ever changing pursuits they use to capture the bad guys. A fast moving, captivating, and enjoyable book to read.”

If you haven’t yet picked up this little book you need to – but you might want to read the first two before – When Fates Collide, When Fates Collide Mardi Gras Bound and you dont’ want to forget The Pink Canary as we bring some of the unique characters from that book into When Fates Collide Arm Candy.

Thank you Cynda for this review.

When Fates Collide Arm Candy

When Fates Collide Arm Candy

August 5, 2013 Posted by | Reviews | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Latest Review for Blood Alley A Short Story

The review below was on my facebook feed this morning. For those of you who have not yet read Blood Alley the question is why not? It will redefine you desire to take the two lane blacktops late at night.
Cynda Crance
Beware of Blood Alley by Yvonne Mason. It’ll give you goose bumps and you’ll want tell the character not to go there again. Very entertaining
Blood Alley A Short Story of Horror

Blood Alley A Short Story of Horror

August 1, 2013 Posted by | Reviews | , , , | Leave a comment

Pennies From Heaven Rates Another Five Star Review

Pennies From Heaven

Pennies From Heaven

There is nothing else I can add to this amazing review. Be sure and go to her site and look at all of her wonderful books. Including Hollowing Screams and Six Pack

Ms. Barbara Watkins who is very well known for her paranormal books have given Pennies from Heaven a five star review

Inspirational Stories Written From the Heart

First and foremost, I want to give a personal ‘thank you’ to award winning author, Yvonne Mason, for assembling this amazing group of loving and caring individuals – she included. Bravo to, Debi DeSantis, on the amazing book cover design – absolutely beautiful.
‘Pennies From Heaven’ is a collection of inspirational stories expressing from the heart the pain and suffering of losing a loved one. We know death is inevitable, a part of life, a final departure. But how does one survive life when confronted with the death of a loved one – it really is a fight for survival for those left behind. There really is no right or wrong way – no recipe written or handbook to be read. We must each find our own way of coping with the depression, heartache, and the helplessness death brings.
This collection includes true stories of those who have experienced the loss of loved ones, and the journey they have taken to come to terms with their own grief. How difficult it must have been to share such personal experiences – yet, they did so in hopes that their story might help others begin to heal.
I highly recommend ‘Pennies From Heaven’ as each story is a tribute to the human spirit.

Five Stars all the way around…!

July 28, 2013 Posted by | Reviews | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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