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Another Author Who has Written About Grief

Emerging Voices

Emerging Voices

I have just had the honor of reading a book by Laurel D Rund who lost her husband of many years. She wrote this little book to help her through the process of grief. She used her own artwork and her own poems to grieve. She has gone one step further and added places that one can write their own feelings and emotions as a journal entry.

She pours her heart and soul into her writings and art. One can plainly see the different stages of grief she traveled through as she completed her journey. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has suffered loss.

July 5, 2013 Posted by | Reviews | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Pennies From Heaven Receives its Second Five Star Review

Pennies From Heaven

Pennies From Heaven

Sadly death and grief do not come with a set of instructions and most people are blindsided when death visits them or the ones they love. Pennies from Heaven is not an instruction book on how to grieve. That would be like saying we all get to a destination by the same route. It just doesn’t happen. People grieve in many different ways. No one can tell another person that “I know how you feel.” No we don’t know how they feel. Their emotions are different from our own. We can only empathize with them – We can understand the grief but we don’t know how they feel.

Pennies from Heaven is compiled of stories from many different people from all walks of life who have lost someone they love. They all grieved differently- and it was neither right or wrong- it was just grief.

The second five star review for Pennies From Heaven  was posted last night and the reviewer said it the best:

“5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST HAVE for grieving!!! July 1, 2013

By Peter fundora
Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase
This book proves that grieving has no right or wrong way of doing it.
Everybody has different ways of dealing with death.
And this book proves it.This is a must read!!! Highly recommend this book.”
   If you are grieving or know someone who is this book may help you understand that your grief is okay. The way you are grieving is okay.
 The people who have contributed to this book reached way down deep into their hearts and souls and poured everything they had into writing their stories so that it might help someone else to heal. They gave unselfishly and willingly in order to help someone else.
    This book is now available on Kindle and Nook and Lulu.com In about six to eight weeks it will be available in paperback on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. You can also order directly through me by emailing me at ysam51@yahoo.com
  It will be the best money you ever spent!

July 2, 2013 Posted by | Reviews | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The First Review on Pennies From Heaven

The first reviews for Pennies from Heaven are appearing on Amazon. Horror Author Thom Futrell has put pen to paper after reading Pennies from Heaven. Thom got it. He understands why this book is so important. He gave this book a five star rating and highly recommends this book for every household. Death does visit each and every one of us if we live long enough.

 

“Pennies from Heaven is a book that I think no family should be without. Death walks through the living room of all of our lives and leaves a bit of himself as he leaves. These are stories of people who had to face death, and are willing to share those experiences so that no one has to feel alone in the world. What I took from this book is, we matter. All of us, every person on this Earth and every minute we have with them is precious and should never be taken for granted. My heart goes out to the people who had dealt with loss and to those who will in the future. Know this, no matter who you are, you are not alone”.–THOM FUTRELL, Author of Empty Graves

 

Pennies From Heaven

Pennies From Heaven

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

Creepy Ride With Bubba

Blood Alley A Short Story of Horror

Blood Alley A Short Story of Horror

I had to smile when I read this wonderful review by GJ Lentz. In fact it made me smile so much I had to read it twice. He may get his wish – Bubba might just show up again someplace else. Those that know me  know that I have a very twisted mind and an even more twisted sense of writing. So GJ it could happen my friend it could happen. At the present Blood Alley is only available on Kindle and Nook but that doesn’t mean that you can’t read it – you can download it to any of your electronic devices and enjoy it over and over and over again. 

 

Take a creepy ride with Bubba on Blood Alley! March 5, 2013

By GJLentz
Amazon Verified Purchase
Yvonne takes a classical horror/paranormal concept and ads a creepy-fun twist for any fan of the genre, any reader for that matter. The author truly pulls you into the pages and onto the dark road with Trucker Bubba as his complicated life takes a twisty and freaky turn (for better or worse you’ll have to decide!). Only 4 out of 5 because I was left wanting more! Really, the only problem I have now is which of her other books to read next!?

June 22, 2013 Posted by | Reviews | , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Pink Canary Another Review

For those of you who have not had the pleasure of reading books by Thom Futrell better known as The Reaper then you are missing out. He is right up there with Stephen King and Dean Koontz . His horror is the thing that nightmares are made of- In his world things not only go bump in the night they will carry you off into the darkness.41DA02QE9WL._SY300_

He has kindly taken the time to write a review for my little child The Pink Canary.

5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing story by an amazing author! June 20, 2013

By Thomas Futrell
Format:Kindle Edition
Yvonne Mason proves once again that she is the master storyteller. This is a true who dun it with drag queens, murder and all the trimmings! Her style is down to earth and brilliant! One of the best out there today!

The Pink Canary

The Pink Canary

June 21, 2013 Posted by | Reviews | , , , , | Leave a comment

Dream Catcher Failure Was Never an Option

Today this review appeared on Dream Catcher – When I wrote the book my goal was twofold the first goal was to leave something behind about Stan after we were all gone. The second goal was to help at least one person either make a dream come true or to help a family who a family member who is challenged. This review tells me that is happening.  The is book is full of inspiration and hope for families who live with the challenged and for people who are not challenged who has dreams.

Dream Catcher Failure Was Never An Option

Dream Catcher Failure Was Never An Option

 

 

5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for Families of Children with “Challenges” June 17, 2013

By M. Paschall
Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase
This is the story of a remarkable family. It chronicles their struggles and joys as they work to give their beloved son the best possible life. I am not sure that many of us realize what a different world it was in the mid to late 20th century for people with “challenges”. Ms Mason has given us a glimpse into that world. Like Temple Grandin’s family, they were ahead of the times. It is an inspiration to read of Stan’s determination and kindness. As the mother and grandmother of children with autism, severe ADHD, and depression issues, I can wholeheartedly recommend this book.

June 17, 2013 Posted by | Reviews | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Latest Review on My Short Story Blood Alley

This just in on Blood Alley – Thanks GL LENTZ-
4.0 out of 5 stars Take a creepy ride with Bubba on Blood Alley!, March 5, 2013
By GJLentz – See all my reviews
Amazon Verified Purchase(What’s this?)
This review is from: Blood Alley (A Short Story) (Kindle Edition)
Yvonne takes a classical horror/paranormal concept and ads a creepy-fun twist for any fan of the genre, any reader for that matter. The author truly pulls you into the pages and onto the dark road with Trucker Bubba as his complicated life takes a twisty and freaky turn (for better or worse you’ll have to decide!). Only 4 out of 5 because I was left wanting more! Really, the only problem I have now is which of her other books to read next!?

Blood Alley A Short Story of Horror

Blood Alley A Short Story of Horror

March 6, 2013 Posted by | Reviews | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Well Here We Go Again- Another Novice Who Has No Idea About True Crime

 

This little jewel was on my Amazon Account today about Silent Scream. This is yet another person who has no idea about true crime or the fact that I do not write sanitized true crime. This review was laughable at best and stupid at worst. So once again even though it feels as if I keep repeating myself I will take this little jewel apart.  And as an added notes my books are best sellers and award winners!

“I knew the basics of the story after reading about it in a true crime magazine, and was looking forward to a more in-depth account.
The writing style is just awful. Along with other readers, I was annoyed with the
paragraphs that contained nothing but questions.
The author constantly offers her opinions on the killers psyche, whilst not appearing to know many hard facts.
Many a sentence begins with “It is not known whether…..”
I have read under half this book, and can’t see myself finishing it.
A waste of money.”

“I knew the basics of the story after reading about it in a true crime magazine, and was looking forward to a more in-depth account.” She states that she knew the basics after reading about it in a true crime magazine. All I can say about that one is this Lady- that was the cliff notes. That article was written with just enough information to do just what it did. There was not meat to it at all and many of the things in that article were not factual.

“The writing style is just awful. Along with other readers, I was annoyed with the
paragraphs that contained nothing but questions.” This is one of my favorite statements from people who refuse to learn how to think for themselves. They want everything handed to them because they are just to lazy to think. I have stated time and time again that this book is a book that makes people think. If you don’t want to think the don’t by the book. It is not a touchy feel good book. It is written from a criminal justice and police perspective and and believe me they ask these  questions. Some people should just not read true crime the way it is supposed to be written.

 

“The author constantly offers her opinions on the killers psyche, whilst not appearing to know many hard facts.
Many a sentence begins with “It is not known whether…..” When I read this sentence I almost spit out my coffee. There are several things wrong with her statement and had she read my bio and really read the book she would not make such a stupid statement. I have a degree in Criminal Justice with a background in serial killers. Second – I have more research on this killer than all the law enforcement people who worked the crime. Two cold case detectives spent all day at my house using my research to close a case in Ft Lauderdale.    Yes, lady I had all the facts that were available. Third- this crime spree was the first known of its kind even before Bundy or Rolling. No one knew what a serial killer was. The questions that were asked were the same that law enforcement asked and are still asking about this case. Schaefer was  only convicted of two of the murders. There are still cold cases that are linked to him and there are still bodies that have never been found. Finally and this is the funniest of all. Lady if you had finished the book you would have known that My Husband who was the lead investigator for the 19th Judicial Circuit investigated that crime. He along with several of our friends who are in law enforcement who I interviewed as well as the current State Attorney for this circuit who  is also a friend and one of the state attorneys who prosecuted Schaefer helped me on this book. Yes, I did my homework, however since you are too lazy to finish the book you would not have known that.   Just as a side note this book is used by a former law enforcement agent who worked the crime to teach about serial killers in his classes. So seriously stop being lazy-

“I have read under half this book, and can’t see myself finishing it.” This statement proves to me that not only is the reader lazy they are not committed – Sadly it is their loss. I have gotten phone calls from some of the victims families who not only thanked me after reading this book for exposing the evil of Schaefer and for keeping their family member from being forgotten – they also thanked my husband for his part in bringing Schaefer down. If they can see what the book is about it stands to reason that this particular reader is lazy and wants true crime sanitized and romantic. Serial killers are not romantic, murder is not romantic, heartache, pain and loss is not romantic. These victims and their families asked the very same questions- Silent Scream is about them – the families still ask those questions. Silent Scream is not about the fifteen minutes of fame that some reader feels they need. It is not for that reader. It is for the reader who has a passion for understanding and remembering the victims.

I have said this many times before and I will say it yet again- DO NOT and I repeat DO NOT read this book if you are lazy minded, do not have a thirst for real true crime through the eyes of law enforcement- do not understand how there will always be questions especially when it comes to serial killers and their profiles- do not understand that at the time these crimes were committed that no one not even law enforcement knew or understood about serial killers. In fact most agencies didn’t even communicate with each other.  This book is not for entertainment! If you want to be entertained read Ann Rule. I have said this more than once. This book is for educational – thought provoking  and a reminder that victims are forgotten every day. The killer is always remembered but the victims are never remembered. This books is for them and their families. IF you can not read this book with an open mind and are willing to understand it is not for your entertainment (murder is not entertainment- except for  those doing the killings) then please do us both a favor don’t buy the book! I would rather you spend your money on Ann Rule or someone else.

These girls are always with me – they are a part of me. I have spent thousands of hours researching these crimes. I know this man and his evil inside and out. These girls deserve better than this reader’s five cent opinion. She is not worthy of them!

Silent Scream A True Crime

Silent Scream A True Crime

 

 

February 16, 2013 Posted by | Reviews | , , , , | 2 Comments

If You Don’t Understand What You Read then Don’t Read it

Silent Scream A True Crime

Silent Scream A True Crime

 

Okay one more time, I am going to explain this to all of those people out there who do not understand a few things about this book. The reason I am going to explain it is simple I received a nasty review this morning by someone who obviously does not understand true crime. This person is used to reading the watered down versions of true crime that does not make the reader think. If you don’t want to think then please don’t waste your money and my time with this book. It is not for entertainment. It is to educate and to honor the victims and the families of those victims. It is designed to allow the reader to try and get inside the head of a serial killer on a level that most true crime writers do not write about.

This particular nasty reviewer stated that I asked to many questions. All I can say to that is seriously? You are reading a true crime and you don’t ask questions? You also stated that it made the subject matter something that you really didn’t want to try and understand. My question to you is this why the hell did you buy the book in the first place? If you want a love story get a romance book. If you to read vanilla true crime read Ann Rule.

There is no excuse for a closed mind when reading a true crime. The reader should ask those questions. What are you afraid of? That would be my question to you the reader.

She also stated that I jumped around in the book. Lady – did you even bother to finish the book. The answer to that question would be a “No” you even stated you didn’t finish it. Had you bothered to finish it you would have seen that the book was written the way the crime was solved. Apparently you know nothing about solving crimes or law enforcement – you also apparently know nothing about the lack of education about serial killers in the 1960 and 1970’s.

The book has a thread one just has to follow it. Apparently you didn’t want to take the time.

Then she went on to talk about how she kept reading even though it was boring because she said my punctuation and spelling kept her awake. Again all I can say is Lady apparently you have no clue. That was all you could bring to the table? A trumped up statement like that. If it was really that boring to you why did you bother reading it at all? Why didn’t you return it after you got to the first question? Me thinks you protest to much.

Personally I think the book was way over her head and she knew it. Silent Scream is not for the faint of heart- not for those who want a vanilla true crime- does not sanitize the criminal – is not one of those feel good true crimes – will keep you awake at night- and does not answers questions- that is for you the reader to think about. Silent Scream is for that person who follows crime- knows how they are solved- understands the long tedious and sometimes disappointing process. It is for the person who studies serial killers who is working on a degree in criminal justice and who understands that serial killers leave all sorts of  questions behind their wake.

If you a true crime the strips away all of the pretty wrapping and allows you the reader into the world of killers and what they do so that you the reader can in some small way identify with the victims then you will enjoy this book. However, and at the expense of repeating myself again, you are faint of heart- do not understand the justice system do not understand how crimes are solved and do not understand how we have evolved in the last thirty years in the solving of those crimes then you do not I repeat do not want to read this book.

However, if you are open minded, if you are a lover of the criminal justice system, if you understand how things are done in this arena and if you can handle the facts, then you will enjoy this book- it is a great teaching tool and it is written to honor those girls who were the victims of Gerard Schaefer.

For the Girls! They have finally found peace!

December 28, 2012 Posted by | Reviews | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Apparently this Reader wants Fluff.

“Poorly written and repetitive. Definitely not worth the cost of the book or your time reading it. I purchased it based on the recommendation of our local newspaper as the author is a local resident”ByRichard Lizak

Today I saw this little tidbit of a review on The Last Rites which is my second true crime. Mr. Lizak apparently doesn’t read with an open mind nor does he understand true crime. Maybe he is used to other true crime writers who use fluff and sweet nothings as they write about the horrors of the taking of someone’s life. I do not write that way. Maybe he also does not understand all of the work and repetition that is involved in the solving of crimes. The hours spent by law enforcement talking to witnesses – running down leads that are a dead end, listening to lies and many times still not able to solve the crime.

Mr. Lizak- I just have a few words for you- open your mind- read like you are eating a fine meal. Enjoy it! If  you want fluff read a Harlequin Romance. If you want a sanitized true  crime read Ann Rule. If you don’t want to understand what the cops had to go through to solve this crime- what the victim went through as she was raped and executed then you are the loser.

Apparently you are not a native or else you would have also noticed the history of the area that was involved with this young woman who lost her life way to soon. You would have understood the frustration and anger that law enforcement had because they could not find her killer/killers. You would have understood the lack of forensic science of the day and you would have felt some sort of apathy for those involved.

Last but not least you would have understood that she was buried in an unmarked grave – forgotten and alone like she never existed. It is sad that all you could get out of this very painful story was your petty statement. It is sad that you chose to cheapen not only her life but also to insult her horrible death because of your lack of apathy and understanding.

My prayer is that you never experience this type of tragedy in your life – Pauline deserved better than what you gave her. Do us both a favor don’t bother reading my other true crime. The victims deserve better than you are willing to give.

 

November 2, 2012 Posted by | Reviews | , , , , | Leave a comment

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