Award Winning Best Selling Florida Author Yvonne Mason

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Are you in A Quandary? Don’t Know What to get that Person Who Has Everything?

I know here it is two weeks before the silly season and you are sitting in front of your computer trolling through websites, beating your head against your hands wondering what to get that person who has everything. It can be frustrating at best. Here you have Aunt Susie who just lost a loved one- Well as they say, I have a book for that.

Pennies From Heaven

Pennies From Heaven

You say well I have cousin Joe who loves to be scared out of his skin – Well Again I have books for that


Blood Alley A Short Story of Horror

Blood Alley A Short Story of Horror

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Blessings from the Darkness

What about the friend or cousin who has someone in their life who is struggling or disabled I have a book for that http://www.amazon.com/Dream-Catcher-Failure-Was-Option/dp/0557074495/ref=sr_1_20?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1417959327&sr=1-20&keywords=yvonne+mason
Dream Catcher new Cover for Kindle

What? You still don’t know what to give? Well, guess what there is more – I have comedy http://www.amazon.com/Fates-Collide-Morgan-Harrington-Mystery/dp/1312133767/ref=sr_1_30?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1417960749&sr=1-30&keywords=yvonne+mason
http://www.amazon.com/When-Fates-Collide-Harrington-Mystery/dp/1105036847/ref=sr_1_7?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1417960781&sr=1-7&keywords=yvonne+mason
http://www.amazon.com/Fates-Collide-Morgan-Harrington-Mystery/dp/1941912036/ref=sr_1_28?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1417960820&sr=1-28&keywords=yvonne+mason
http://www.amazon.com/Pink-Canary-Yvonne-Mason/dp/1941912079/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1417960856&sr=1-4&keywords=yvonne+mason

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When Fates Collide Arm Candy

When Fates Collide Arm Candy


The Pink Canary

The Pink Canary

So you think they would like suspense and crime fiction. I have books for that
http://www.amazon.com/Brilliant-Insanity-Yvonne-Mason-ebook/dp/B006F8YMNC/ref=sr_1_10?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1417960971&sr=1-10&keywords=yvonne+mason
http://www.amazon.com/Tangled-Minds-Yvonne-Mason-ebook/dp/B006F8YP20/ref=sr_1_24?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1417960999&sr=1-24&keywords=yvonne+mason
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Tangled Minds

Tangled Minds

Do they have a love of History or historical fiction I have a book for that too!!!!
http://www.amazon.com/Voice-Grave-Yvonne-Mason/dp/0557331625/ref=sr_1_9?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1417961097&sr=1-9&keywords=yvonne+mason

A Voice From the Grave First Place Winner for the CIPA EVVY Award May 17,2012

A Voice From the Grave First Place Winner for the CIPA EVVY Award May 17,2012

And last but not least someone you knows loves true crime- I have a book for that

http://www.amazon.com/Silent-Scream-Yvonne-Mason-ebook/dp/B001JQLT1I/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1417961078&sr=1-3&keywords=yvonne+mason
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The Last Rite, The Pauline Metler Story

The Last Rite, The Pauline Metler Story

Is there someone who still loves books but can no longer read Well I have books for that as well

http://www.amazon.com/A-Voice-from-the-Grave/dp/B006TQ40BE/ref=sr_1_9_twi_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1417961097&sr=1-9&keywords=yvonne+mason

A Voice From the Grave First Place Winner for the CIPA EVVY Award May 17,2012

A Voice From the Grave First Place Winner for the CIPA EVVY Award May 17,2012

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The Grand Canary

The Grand Canary

http://www.amazon.com/Dream-Catcher-Failure-Option-Unabridged-MP3/dp/098537912X/ref=sr_1_26?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1417961313&sr=1-26&keywords=yvonne+mason

Dream Catcher Failure Was Never An Option

Dream Catcher Failure Was Never An Option

December 7, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Gifts for the Silly Season

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Dream Catcher Failure Was Never An Option

Dream Catcher Failure Was Never An Option


I know that like me many of you are wandering around stories – click on sites and thumbing through catalogs looking for that special gift for the person who has everything. Well, I have the answer to your dilemma – order them an audiobook. That’s right audiobook.

My readers asked and it happened. Now is the time to spread the word. There are currently three out and two more will be released early next year. However, you can get in on the early ordering now. This is the perfect gift one that you can give over and over – With all of the electronic devices out there one can listen to books on just about anything, computers, iphones, ipads and tablets. You are not limited to just vehicles anymore. Think of it do you know someone who can no longer read the written word for health reasons, loss of eyesite, had hands, etc. Well, this is perfect, get them lost in an audio book. Get a device, a headset and turn them lose.
Why should anyone who loves stories be deprived of the written word.
All of my books are downloadable as well as on disc so there is no reason for you not to get them. Yes, they are even on itunes. Dreamcatcher is even listed in the enhanced versions so the listener can see the photos that are provided in the book.

Why make the silly season any harder than it already is? You don’t have to leave your home, you can let your fingers do the walking and you are giving a gift that someone can enjoy over and over again.
Think about this – do you know someone who is in the hospital taking Chemo or radiation and has to spend hours hooked up to a machine. It is very hard to hold a book while allowing the meds to drip through ones body. An audio book is the answer. It shuts out the noise of the room and allows the patient to lose themselves in a book. What about someone who is having dental work done. We all hate going to the dentist. Download a book plug in the headset and sail away.
As we all know hospitals are boring places to be. Audio books can take that person anyplace they want to go. On an airplane? No problem audio books – headsets and good to go. Long car trip same thing. Plug in and sail away.
So what is stopping you? Order today.

The Grand Canary

The Grand Canary

A Voice From the Grave Audio Book

A Voice From the Grave Audio Book

December 5, 2014 Posted by | Audio Books, yvonne mason | , , , , , | 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 dalova1@rocketmail.com
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

A Voice From the Grave Audio Book Reviews

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  • “Great Civil War History-Mystery”

    Would you listen to A Voice from the Grave again? Why?

    I think once was enough for me.

    What other book might you compare A Voice from the Grave to and why?

    It’s not a typical mystery thriller with a current or on-going murder spree. This tells the story in current time, unravelling the mysteries at an archeological dig; and then back in time, as the events were happening at Andersonville.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not extreme, but it made me look up some factual info on the actual Andersonville and read more about the Civil War in general.

    Any additional comments?

    Strong women have always wanted to contribute to military service any way they could, even if it meant disguising themselves to do it. I think they were brave precursors to the WACS & WAVES of WWII.

  • “Good Story, Bad Narrator”

    This is a well-researched story that works well for fans of the time period (Civil War). However, the narrator sounds like she’s reading to a kindergarten class and it’s just too hard to get past. Ok, I’m not a southerner, but do all people of the old south speak so slowly they sound lobotomized? And do all southern women have to sound like little girls?

  • “Secrets live forever”

    What did you like best about A Voice from the Grave? What did you like least?

    This book offered me a real unsanatized version of what Prisioners os war endured dung the civil war. The modern story was nicely dispersed between the horrors of the past.

    What did you like best about this story?

    The psychological impact that secrets have upon families and how fear and shame impact people of all ages.

    Did A Voice from the Grave inspire you to do anything?

    It inspired me to do more detailed Internet research into Pow camps and the civil war. Especially regardig the camp and characters in the book.

    Any additional comments?

    I think this is an excellent story and is well worth the price even though I was not impressed at all with the narration.

     

June 28, 2013 Posted by | Audio Books | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

A Voice From the Grave First Quarter Sales Through the Roof

A Voice From the Grave Audio Book

Brook Forest Voices is pleased to announce that the first quarter numbers are in for the 2012 First Place CIPA EVVY award winner A Voice From the Grave. In one month alone this audio book sold almost three hundred copies.

“A Voice From The Grave” is one of the best civil war mysteries that I have ever read. Ms. Mason’s writing has the ability to transport the reader into the story to a point where one can almost see, hear, and feel what is happening. She does an incredible job of blending the past and present and doesn’t leave the reader confused or wondering what happened. One of the reasons that I really enjoyed this mystery is because I could not pre-guess the ending. I could not put this book down until I had finished it. I was surprised and delighted with the conclusion. The only “spoiler” I will give is that this is one of the first books concerning civil war prisons that I’ve read that has a female as a character. I will not say more so I do not give away any more spoilers but it is well worth reading. I highly recommend this to anyone that likes history, mysteries, or just a well-written book” By Lasla Moore

 

“Yvonne Mason does it again! From the compelling cover, through the historical accuracy and on to her carefully-woven mystery, Mason grabs the reader and doesn’t let go. History buffs will be pleased with the factual descriptive drama of a time and place of shame in our country’s past. Who hasn’t heard of the terrible, evil Andersonville? And who doesn’t wonder about the spiritual unrest of those who suffered and died horribly there? Get your copy of this audio book and be prepared to be thrust back into the time of the American Civil War, then brought forth to the present-day mystery. You will not want to turn it off.” Holly Fox Vellekoop

 

This review is from: A Voice from the Grave (Paperback)

This book, by Yvonne Mason was a mesmerizing read. Bouncing from the present day back to the days of the Civil War. The graphic words describing the hell hole which was known as Andersonville Prison was enough to put the reader right there in those circumstances, shivering with the horror suffered by the armies of this country’s greatest and bloodiest war. Families ripped apart and asunder often with no word of the fate of loved ones.

The mysterious and ghostly visitations leading the characters through a maze of confusion and eerie denial of the possibility of life after death to a die hard believer in such things as he and his niece, Savanna go on the hunt of their lives for the answers to the puzzle posed by the unearthing of two skeletons found at a dig they were working at the old Andersonville Prison. We go along with them as the secrets are unveiled, feeling the whisper of those gone beyond at the turning of every page.

The end was a pleasant surprise to me after an edge of the seat build up..I couldn’t have asked for better.
Yvonne is a very descriptive writer who reaches out to her readers and takes us with her into the web that snares us and brings us along. This is an in depth tale of the suffering of those who fought and gave the last full measure of devotion, and the families who came down through the years to breathe life into their legacy. Excellent read that won’t disappoint.

 

June 7, 2012 Posted by | Books | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The Rewards of Never Giving Up in this Industry

As I sat and pondered the events of the last week after winning the first place award at the CIPA EVVY Awards presentation for my audio book A Voice From the Grave, I began reflecting the road I have been walking.

I have been at this for over 30 years. I wrote my first book in the early 1970’s when my children were small. It started out just as a journal for those who would come after us to have so someone would remember Stan and the impact he has had on his family and those who have crossed his path of life. My children were small and I worked on it when I had the time. I wrote the entire book with pen and paper and then transferred it to the typewriter.  I had no computer no internet and no resources. I went to the library and pulled publishers from a borrowed book and sent off query letters and manuscripts. The only replies I received back were rejections. They didn’t have time, weren’t interested and didn’t care.

I set the book aside thinking that I would just leave it for the future. Sure it hurt that no one considered a story of success by a retarded man worthy of their high and mighty publishing house. Sure it hurt that they didn’t think he was worthy of their time – especially when he had overcome things he was not supposed to.

Life continued and the book sat. Then the children were grown, with children of their own, relationships came and went but the book still sat. I watched as Stan became more accomplished more independent and left his mark on more who came into his life.

In 2006 I moved to Florida. It was a transformation for me on more than one level. I had finished getting my degree in Criminal Justice after not being in school since 1969 and had gone through a very nasty divorce. But the book still sat.

2007 there was an article in our local paper about a young man who had Downs who had just graduated from high school and was upset because he could not go to college. When I read the article I knew it was time to try again to get Stan’s life out there. This time I made the internet my friend. I found a publisher who would publish the book and that was all they would do. I didn’t care. So I went with them and the rest is history. Since 2007 I have self published eight books two are true crimes. I have published a short story and A Voice From the Grave my historical fiction which is now at first place award winner.

Was it easy? No it wasn’t. Were things handed to me? Absolutely not. Did I have to find my own way? You bet I did.

However, the things that could have made me quit only caused me to succeed more. The rejections from traditional publishers, the rejections from agents, the rejections from people who said I didn’t belong. I found a way to do it in spite of them. I found like minded people who encouraged me, walked with me and helped me succeed. I believe therfore I succeed.

Who would have ever thought that a self published author who has complete control of her books from printing, to marketing, to book cover design would ever in a million years win such a prestigious award?  Certainly not those who turned me down, certainly not those who write nasty reviews simply because they are either jealous or stupid and certainly not those who said I couldn’t do it.

You see I have a mentor and that mentor is Stan. His attitude of believing that he can do anything even though he is challenged made me step back and look at myself, really look at myself. He has never given up on anything he set out to do. He has never said he couldn’t. So of he who is challenged believes then who am I not to.

Yes, I am successful, yes, I am a best selling indie author and no I answer to no one except my readers and the voices in my head. Yes this industry is tough, it is dog eat dog for the most part. It one where you have to scratch and claw your way to your destination. It is one filled with rejections – but it is so worth it.

I don’t write to get rich I write simply for the love of putting words to paper. If I make some money at it that is just the icing on the cake   – Winning an award or two is the ice cream that goes with it.

Indie Authors are not going back in the closet- we are out and we are staying out. We have learned how to publish- market and get our work out there. It would behoove you as a reader to give us a try. You have no idea what wonderful stories you will find.

A Voice From the Grave First Place Winner for the CIPA EVVY Award May 17,2012

 

Dream Catcher Failure Was Never an Option to be released on Audio in 2012

May 23, 2012 Posted by | Books | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Brook Forest Voices the only Production Company to Create Audio Books

This past week I had the honor of being in  a competition I didn’t even know I had been entered in. Brook Forest Voices an audio production company had entered my historical fiction “A Voice From the Grave” into the CIPA EVVY awards. I got word on Monday that I have made it to the final six. I have no clue how many were entered in the audio category, but I do know there were 189 entries all total.

A Voice From the Grave won first place. The amazing thing is that Brook Forest Voices took home four awards – First place for A Voice From the Grave, Second Place for Just Beyond Harmony  third place for Looking Through a Keyhole and a Merit award for “Miri, Who Charms” by Joanne Greenberg.  .

This is an amazing feat for any publishing company especially one who does audio books. I am so proud to be a part of such a wonderful company. If you are looking for a company to publish your book in audio you need to contact Brook Forest Voices. I have never worked with such a friendly, professional group of people in all my writing career.

I so look forward to the next chapter in my life when they create DreamCatcher Failure Was Never an Option which is due to be released in August of this year.

A Voice From the Grave First Place Winner for the CIPA EVVY Award May 17,2012

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May 21, 2012 Posted by | Audio Books | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Votes are in and Have Been Counted!

A Voice From the Grave

The other day I wrote a post about my historical fiction A Voice From the Grave, it had been nominated for the CIPA EVVY award in Colorado. It was one of the six in the finals for audio books. The winner was announced last night. A Voice From the Grave won! Yes, it got first place. One of the requirements for submission was the author had to be an expert in the subject matter. Well, boys and girls it took four years of research of the civil war, a visit to Andersonville and many many days of writing to make this book happen. As I wrote this book I continued to doing research to make sure it was historically correct. The hard work paid off.

A Voice from the Grave won a very prestigious award for its content.

Which brings me back to those of you who refuse to read indie authors, shame on you. And those traditional publishers who turned me down for years, well, your loss. I have succeeded because of you not in spite of you. I made my own path, created my own destiny and did my own thing. I did this with blood, sweat, tears and rejections from all of you. I still won! I won because I had a network of people who believed as much in me as I believed in myself. I won because Brookforest Voices though my book was good enough to enter. I won because they believed A Voice From the Grave had merit. I won because traditional publishers didn’t believe I was good enough. To them I say Thank You. You helped me be the strong, single minded author I am today. You helped create my backbone and the ability not to take “No” for an answer. To my grammer school teachers who wouldn’t let me write because math was not my best friend, I thank you for taking that away from me. It also made me stronger and more single minded.

To my brother Stan who is challenged and the catalyst for my success, I say thank you for being who you are. Had it not been for your story I would never have picked up a pen again. This award is for you.

For all of you who read my books, believe in me and can’t wait for the next one what can I say, Thank you is not enough.

For those of you who felt it necessary to attack me and my work, my thanks go to you as well. You helped sell my books. What a compliment. You have no idea how I turned your negative comments to my advantage and it sent my book sales through the roof.

Brookforest Voices what can I say. You guys rock. Took took my book and made it real. You gave it a voice and then you turned it into a winner. You are my audio company and I sing your praises to the highest mountain and the lowest valley. Thank you does not seem quite enough!

 

BrookForest Voices the best production company in the world

A Voice from the  Grave is available on Amazon, itunes, kindle and Nook it is also available on my online bookstore at http://thebookattic.ecrater.com along with all my other jewels. Do yourself a favor go order them today, and spread the word. Indie Authors Rock!

A Voice From the Grave First Place Winner for the CIPA EVVY Award May 17,2012

May 18, 2012 Posted by | Audio Books | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

For Those of You Who Think Indie Authors Have No Talent Think Again

Okay boys and girls and children of all ages listen up. There are the doubters out there. There are those who are so entrenched in the propaganda that Traditional Publishers know best that they are missing out on a world of authors who are called Indie Authors. We have been accused of having no talent, of not being able to spell, not knowing how to put an interesting story line together among other excuses they have for not reading out work. Their loss.

Well for those of you who are doubters let me show you something, my audio book “A Voice From the Grave” is one of six finalist for the CIPA EVVY Audiobook Award. http://www.cipacatalog.com/pages/CIPA-EVVY-Awards

http://www.cipacatalog.com/cipa-evvy-award-finalists-2012/  This is the page where the finalist are listed this includes books and audio books- A Voice From the Grave is fifth from the top

This is quite an honor there are thousands of audio books entered and A Voice From the Grave is in the top six. So before anyone else says that indie’s have no talent remember this blog

Ad in Publishers Weekly showing A Voice From the Grave one of four from BrookForest Voices in the finals.

This book was four years in the research and writing. It is a historical novel and all the history is correct. The story is fiction.

So Remember we Indie’s do have talent, we are just in control of our destiny and refuse to be put in a box or controlled by corporations who wind up with all the money. Read an indie, you might like it.

May 12, 2012 Posted by | Events | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Another Five Star Review For A Voice From the Grave

A Voice From the Grave

 

A Voice From the Grave gets another Five Star Review

A Historical Fiction that takes the reader between all the years from the civil war to present day.

 

5.0 out of 5 stars Sad but True: Civil War in America,April 18, 2012
This review is from: A Voice from the Grave (Audible Audio Edition)

A Voice from the Grave provides historical fiction coupled with the human side of this terrible war. Yvonne Mason offers details that bring the characters from a long ago war to connect readers with the love, pain, and suffering that war brings to every generation. The story offers a real mystery with an interesting turn of events. A good read for history buffs.

April 19, 2012 Posted by | Reviews | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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