Tomorrow Feb 18th at 7:30am EST I will be doing something new- this is the year to not only fly but to soar- so I am doing a test to see how all of you like webinars- It will be live- there will a way for Q&A as well as a place for me to post links. So if you are a morning person join me – if not it will be uploaded on youtube after. I am starting out with just 30 minutes and we will go from there. IF there is a discussion that you are interested in my doing please let me know. I have other passions and projects beside publishing books. As most of you know I am very eclectic – This is your chance to ask questions- and learn things about me.
YVONNE MASON – WOMAN IN HORROR!
Yvonne Mason is my Woman In Horror today! Yvonne is an award winning author of both non-fiction and fiction. I am just in time to give everyone advance notice of Yvonne appearing on Blog Talk Radio on February 19th https://indieauthoryvonnemason.com/…/i-will-be-appearing-o…/. The show starts at 8:00pm Yvonne will be on at 9:00pm You don’t want to miss this show. It will be a hoot. She will be talking about her new release the Mad Hatter as well as her other new release Do You Dare?. This is a part of Friday Night Freak Show on Mad World Radio.
Yvonne is an adamant proponent of self-publishing. Her super website https://indieauthoryvonnemason.com/
explains her beliefs, gives great advice, has marketing links and much more. And, it looks great.
I would give a little bit of biographical information here, but her Amazon bio does a super job. That is posted below. I will point out, though, that she is a licensed bounty hunter for the state of Georgia. In my opinion, that is utterly fascinating.
The eldest of five children, Yvonne was born May 17, 1951 in Atlanta, Georgia. Raised in East Point, Georgia, she moved to Jackson County, Ga. until 2006 then moved to Port St. Lucie, Florida where she currently makes her home.
Licensed bounty hunter for the state of Georgia.
After a 34 year absence, returned to college in 2004. Graduated with honors in Criminal Justice with an Associate’s degree from Lanier Technical College in 2006.
Nominated for the prestigious GOAL award in 2005 which encompasses all of the technical colleges. This award is based not only on excellence in academics but also leadership, positive attitude and the willingness to excel in one’s major.
Beta Sigma Phi Sorority
Member of The Florida Writer’s Association – Group Leader for St Lucie County
Since learning to write at the age of five, Yvonne has wanted to be an author. She wrote her first novel Stan’s Story beginning in 1974 and completed it in 2006. Publication seemed impossible as rejections grew to 10 years. Determined, she continued adding to the story until her dream came true in 2006.
Yvonne’s brother Stan has been her inspiration and hero in every facet of her life. He was stricken with Encephalitis at the tender age of nine months. He has defied every roadblock placed in his way and has been the driving force in every one of her accomplishments. He is the one who taught her never to give up
Yvonne is currently the author of several novels, including:
Stan’s Story- the true story of her brother’s accomplishments, it has been compared to the style of Capote, and is currently being rewritten with new information for re-release.
??? Tangled Minds – a riveting story about a young girl’s bad decision and how it taints everyone’s life around her yet still manages to show that hope is always possible. This novel has been compared to the writing of Steinbeck and is currently being written as a screenplay. This novel will be re-released by Kerlak Publishing in 2009
Brilliant Insanity – released by Kerlak Publishing October 2008
Silent Scream – Released by Lulu.com October 2008- Slated to be made into a movie -Listed at #5 in Mainstream Novels for 2008 In Predators and Editors Poll
Yvonne’s Philosophy in Life – “Pay it Forward”:
“In this life we all have been helped by others to attain our dreams and goals. We cannot pay it back but what we can do is ‘pay it forward’. It is a simple concept. By helping three people, those three people help three more people and soon that becomes nine. Those nine people each help three more people and the giving continues. As you see, it is the power of three. Our giving comes back to us ten-fold. So one could say it is three to the power of ten. We all started out with nothing. By using this philosophy we can help one another and share the goodness of life’s wealth.”
Yvonne is an accomplished motivational speaker and is available for speaking engagements. Previous engagements include:
April 27,2009 Martin County Member of Panel on Being a Victim
April 6,2009 Book Signing in Vero Beach at Business Block Party
March 7,2009 Brevard Authors Book Fair – Speech on Gerard Schaefer, Florida’s First Serial Killer
December 2008- “Commemorative Speech on Gerard Schaefer’s Victims – IRSC Vero Beach, Fl
November 2008 – “How to write different genres” Lewis Carroll Sixth Grade Merritt Island, Fl.
April 2008 at IRCC – “How to Sell One’s Self in the Business World” presentation to the student body.
April 2008 at The Palm Glades Girl Scouts Council Sixth Annual Luncheon as the featured keynote speaker – “Dreams, Goals and Aspirations” presentation.
May 2007 at Lanier Tech – “Succeeding in Life” Power Point presentation to the student body using the concepts of Stan’s Story.
May 2007 at Blackshear Baptist Church – Power Point presentation entitled “Acceptance of Self and Others”.
May 2007 at IRCC – “How to Reach Your Goals – It’s Never Too Late” presentation to adult women returning to school to become professionals in different fields.
Yvonne has appeared on Blog Talk radio shows:
Now that’s what I ‘m talking about with Louise Aveni
The Odd Mind with Angel Lesa
She will be appearing on the Cliff Roles show out of Sarasota on Oct 10,2008
And several other shows in the upcoming months
Personal Appearance Circle Books Sarasota, Florida Nov 8,2008
Appeared in The Fort Pierce Tribune, Vero Beach Press, Stuart News and Port St Lucie News
Lewis Carroll Middle School – the Sixth grade class
Yvonne is available to autograph books and welcomes the opportunity to attend local events, bookstores, conventions, schools, writer’s clubs or any other function interested in her books.
All inquiries should be directed to Yvonne @ysam51@firstname.lastname@example.org
Yvonne’s Online Bookstores – http://thebookattic.ecrater.com
Let’s get to show and tell with some of Yvonne’s great books!
This is Yvonne’s newest book out. It is a collection of new and old horror tales that you will be sure to enjoy. I particularly like the opening tale, Blood Alley. This is a gruesome little ditty!
Do You Dare? Do you Dare open the pages of this book and immerse yourself into the stories that lie within? Do you Dare read about children playing dice games in a crypt? Do you Dare follow a young woman as she revisits her past life as a witch? Do you Dare ride with a truck driver on a long lonely highway? Do you Dare listen to the Little Human as she watches a crime unfold? Do you Dare sit with a young woman as she rocks a child that is not there? This is just a few of the journeys you will take as you travel through this book of short stories created and written by Florida Indie Author Yvonne Mason.
Ms. Mason known for her eclectic writings has gathered short stories she has previously published and some that have been waiting in the wings and put them together for your enjoyment.
This little book or horror, suspense and tales will keep you awake at night and give you a different perspective of life in general.
So the question now is DO YOU DARE?
This story is an intriguing tale of horror with a most interesting twist. I love the title and the cover gives just a glimpse of some evil eyes. Oh yeah!
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?
5.0 out of 5 starsYet another great book from Yvonne Mason
By Peter fundora on January 16, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
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.
Silent Scream is probably the book Yvonne is best known for. It is a non-fiction story about the notorious serial killer Gerard Schaefer. This was one bad dude, vile in every way possible. I learned a lot from this book. I learned that people can become bastards of the highest order.
It was a time of innocence, a time of hippies, flower children and the Age of Aquarius. A time when young people felt free to roam about the countryside hitchhiking without fear. A time when law enforcement was trusted by the people they were sworn to protect and serve.
That time was shattered by one of law enforcements own. His name was Gerard Schaefer. He was a former Wilton Manors, Florida Police Officer who lied his way into the office of the Martin County Florida Sheriff’s Office. He used his lie to continue to perpetrate his crimes of torture and murder of young women who hitchhiked along Florida’s roads.
Gerard Schaefer shattered the lives of the families of these young girls and destroyed the faith of the public in law enforcement. He killed without pity. He tortured without conscience and he hid the crimes without thought.
Schaefer not only destroyed the lives of as many as 34 young women, he kept trophies of his kills, and he lived the crimes over and over again. He believed he was doing the world and his victims a justice by ridding the world of the “whores” who hitchhiked. Gerard Schaefer was a narcissistic psychopath who wanted his fifteen minutes of fame. He believed he had earned it.
Florida Author, Yvonne Mason, in her newest release Silent Scream, has captured not only the essence of evil in Gerard Schaefer, she has also captured his brilliance. But more than that Ms. Mason has finally given a voice to the Silent Screams of Gerard Schaefer’s victims, the known and the unknown.
Ms. Mason who has a degree in Criminal Justice and was a Bounty Hunter in Georgia before moving to Florida has given a voice to such victims as Georgia Jessup and Susan Place, the two who were discovered on South Hutchinson Island, April 1, 1973 seven months after they disappeared on Sept 23, 1972 in a shallow grave in pieces. She has also given a voice to Collette Goodenough and Barbara Ann Willcox who were killed in Jan 1973 and whose bones found four years later at C-24 Canal.
Ms. Mason has captured the not only the pain, the agony and the suffering Gerard Schaefer’s victims went through, she has captured the pain, the anger and the hurt which law enforcement suffered at the hands of this killer.
Even after thirty four years the ones who were in law enforcement at that time still haven’t forgotten. They still carry the emotional scars of the heinous tortures and murders of Gerard Schaefer on the innocent.
Retired FBI Roy Hazelwood writes after reading Ms. Mason’s book: “Yvonne Mason has captured the true essence of Gerard Schaefer, a deputy sheriff who enjoyed torturing and killing young women. It is a gripping story and you should prepare to be disturbed. I guarantee that you will find it difficult to put this book down.”
Retired Oakland Park PD Detective Chuck Hemp who worked the disappearance of Jessup and Place wrote this after reading Silent Scream: “When Gerald Schaefer used his badge and gun to terrorize and kill rather than protect and serve he crossed a line that not only snuffed out the lives of his victims but also affected the lives of their loved ones and the police officers charged with investigating these crimes. In her book “Silent Screams” Yvonne Mason has captured more than just the story, but has also given voices to all of Schaefer’s unknown victims. I’m sure there are many.”
Ms. Mason stated this “The victims no longer scream silently, they now have a voice and with that voice comes peace.”
Silent Scream is a voice for the victims. It is their way of never being forgotten and of also reminding each of us that at any time or any place we also can become a victim.
4.0 out of 5 starsSilent Scream by Yvonne Mason, a True Crime Opus
ByAmazon Customeron December 29, 2014
Format: 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.
5.0 out of 5 starsgreat book!
ByBrian Reedon December 14, 2014
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
schaefer was pure evil…….great book!!!
To be honest, there are some one star reviews for the book. Yvonne is not an author who gets angry when she reads them. She, as do I, feel that reviews are subjective. My suggestion is for readers to read the free sample on Amazon for a book. If you like what you see, buy it. It’s that simple. I read the free sample and bought the book.
I was scrolling down the list of Yvonne’s books and found The Pink Canary. I read the free sample, marveled at the cover, and said Wow! Terri DelCampo, my wife, asked me what I was wowing about, and I told her. Long story short: she just purchased the Kindle version. Who could resist a mystery/horror/funny/Drag Queen tale? Yvonne got the opinions of people who know about such things. Vicky Lane has been a Drag Queen for years.The reviews are great! Check it out.
There are bodies piling up in Key West…. Serial Killer? The bodies showing up outside a famous drag bar….is that a clue or a coincidence? A book that delves into the Life of a Drag Queen and a marvelous “Who done it?” Clever! Let’s go into their world of Mascara and Stiletto Heels and observe. Who could be killing all these gay men and why?
Yvonne Mason is the master, or mistress, of mystery in this rip roaring, fishnet stocking twisiting comedy mystery tale. This story could very well could have really happened as Yvonne Mason connects this story with some undisputed truth and history of NYC underworld and the “World Famous 82 Club”… it just might have happened, see for yourself…
The local detectives and cops go on a case that has been haunting the head detective and the main character since their days in the Big Apple. Does the detective has a love/hate relationship with the Drag Queen or is it a lot less Hate and more Love than admitted? Exciting and Hilarious! Who will be next on the list of murder?
The story is as seen through the main character’s eyes and what eyes they are! Lou the mild mannered detective by day and Lola a FABULOUS drag queen by night who can get into all kinds of trouble!! How her friends try to help her find the killer and catch the monster behind these unspeakable murders.
I have been a Drag Queen for over 40 years and this is the first time I have been asked to collaborate on a book. Drag Queens are my speciality and I have worked in Cabaret shows since 1968 as well as extensively in Musical Theater, Television, Radio and Films. I really was excited and honored to help with the book and this book was an ultimate thrill for me.Thanks toYvonne Mason for her faith in me, and for having the insight to choose me to help her navigate this drag queen world. Thanks to Peter for his energy and Marvolous Wit…We will always be connected with this superb Book!
5.0 out of 5 starsDevinely Devious
By LVN on August 14, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
A terrific (dare I say FABULOUS read). I thoroughly enjoyed it. Love the way it also gives the details about drag and the NY info. It roped me in from the get-go and kept me in until the very end. A absolutely delightful MUST read.
5.0 out of 5 starsWings go flying-Drag queens drop like flies!!!!!
By Peter fundora on September 26, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Another master piece by Yvonne Mason.
A truly good read into the world of Drag Queens
and murder.Will have you scared,laughing and crying.You must read it.Think Birdgage meets Bundy!!!
5.0 out of 5 starsA very witty book, I just started it and I love it.
By frosty7530 on September 20, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition 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.
Tangled Minds is not a casually written book. This is a stellar, imaginative book, told in a compelling fashion. I certainly suggest it.
Tangled Minds is a masterpiece. In the fine tradition of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, Yvonne Mason leads the reader through the twisted and tangled lives of Brianna Van Pelt and her son, Josh, thrusting us into a Pygmalion dilemma that has consumed scholars for decades. Is there such a thing as a “bad seed”, an individual whose feet are placed upon a path of crime and evil almost from the beginning? Thwarted by her parents’ tough love, seventeen-year-old, single mother, Brianna, allows herself to be drawn into a new world glittering with easy money and false promises, accepting that proposition that no good girl ever should. With her young son, Josh, in tow, she dazzles with new prosperity, fulfilling the fantasies of not only her glorified pimp, Ken Morgan, but those of a judge and a host of depraved, desperate men in their wake.
5.0 out of 5 starsWonderful read!
By Crystal Adkins on February 6, 2008
Format: Paperback Brianna Van Pelt was a seventeen year old spoiled little brat. She did not want to accept the consequences of sleeping with her boyfriend, Benny. When her son Joshua was born into the world, she hated him, hated the sight of him, hated that he messed up her teenage perfect popular life. She vowed to care for him, but never would she love him. Brianna blamed him, blamed her parents, but never blamed herself for the road she was about to choose; the road that will quickly take away her youth.
Punishing her parents for the wrong reason, Brianna ended up hatching a plan. Planning to move out, get a job, and take Josh away from his grandparents forever. Leaving him in the hot vehicle while filling out an application for a BBQ restaurant was the beginning of things worse to come.
There she met Bill, who introduced her to Ken. Bill Bredlove was a sleaze in every sense of the word; Ken Morgan on the other hand had a plan for Brianna, at least she would be well taken care of. She only had to do a few “favors” for Ken’s male clients. She would be paid quite well, have her own luxurious apartment, clothes, jewelry, and even a nanny for Josh. The selfish girl could not turn down the offer, no matter who it was Ken would have lined up for her to sleep with.
Ken and Bill were partners, but Bill began abusing the girls and Ken had to remedy the situation before something bad happened to the girls or Brianna. Only the threat didn’t keep Bill away, it only caused him to roll on Ken and get him sent to prison. Knowing the girls would need him eventually; Bill just sat back and waited.
Always lugging Josh around in the middle of the night, it was written in the stars that he would follow in his mothers footsteps, never taking the blame on himself, it was always someone else’s fault. Little did he know he would end up following his fathers footsteps as well when he is sent to prison for 10 years. Only knowing love from two people that were not actually related to him, Josh was delt a bad hand from the start of his life. Would life in prison change him? Would Brianna ever come to realize she caused her own fate? Only time will tell.
Tangled Minds by Yvonne Mason is a fast paced novel, that will keep you on your toes. So many events happening and well detailed scenes make the story fly by, you are finished before you know it. Ms. Mason pens a tale of very real events, that really makes you think. A wonderful read, I would highly recommend it. 4.5 Hearts
5.0 out of 5 starsA Masterpiece!
By Ann B. Keller on March 5, 2008
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Tangled Minds is a masterpiece. In the fine tradition of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, Yvonne Mason leads the reader through the twisted and tangled lives of Brianna Van Pelt and her son, Josh, thrusting us into a Pygmalion dilemma that has consumed scholars for decades. Is there such a thing as a “bad seed”, an individual whose feet are placed upon a path of crime and evil almost from the beginning? If the circumstances of one’s birth or the choices one makes cannot be overcome with love, patience and the rarely grasped opportunity for redemption, what chance is there for any of us?
Thwarted by her parents’ tough love, seventeen-year-old, single mother, Brianna, allows herself to be drawn into a new world glittering with easy money and false promises, accepting that proposition that no good girl ever should. With her young son, Josh, in tow, she dazzles with new prosperity, fulfilling the fantasies of not only her glorified pimp, Ken Morgan, but those of a judge and a host of depraved, desperate men in their wake. Ms. Mason’s familiarity with the legal system and law enforcement showed through clearly in several well orchestrated scenes, as the long arm of the law repeatedly tried to halt the ring of drugs and prostitution and Brianna and her son fled for the safety of the mountains.
Ms. Mason’s understanding of mountain people was stellar. These simple folk protect their own with fierce loyalty and Brianna and Josh find shelter beneath their net of poverty, love, moonshine and madness. Here, transgressors simply disappear, never to be heard from again and the mountains hold their secrets close to their chests as nature smoothes the pothole’s dark waters and envelops the hills in song and greenery. Even murder seems somehow justified in a place such as this, but the twisted and convoluted logic of its inhabitants finds no sympathetic ear in the outside world and Josh must ultimately face the consequences of his actions.
And yet, within this story, there lies hope. In Hannah and Miss Amy, we see the opposing force of love, the light of goodness that can blaze through even the meanest dark, if only one has the courage to reach for it. Fragile yet steadfast, this gentler emotion finally reaches even Brianna, a woman some would have classified beyond redemption. In love’s golden glow, we find hope, hope for Brianna and Josh and perhaps even for ourselves, as well.
Tangled Minds should be required reading for every high school senior or college freshman, although its audience is clearly much wider. Life is, indeed, full of choices and consequences. An individual may be able to run fast and far, but in the end, he cannot outrun the ultimate judge – himself. True redemption begins from within. May love’s tiny flame light the way as we reconcile our past, lift our face into the winds of change and set our feet once more upon the good road. An excellent read!
5.0 out of 5 starsTangled Minds-AWESOME!!!!!
By Peter fundora on December 13, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Omg this book is full of bigger than life characters.Its like your in the story.The people are so real,it leaves you wanting more.
I’m reading it for second time(waiting for sequel).
Buy this book by this awesome author(good job Yvonne)
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In addition to the books I have spotlighted above, Yvonne has many others for you to read, showcased on her Amazon Author page.
Yvonne Mason is a Woman In Horror!
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.
More like “NIGHTMARE OF A BOOK”
By Merenda on September 6, 2009
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.
For those of you who have not yet found me on Sound Cloud or Itunes I am making it very easy for you.
Here is the link for Sound Cloud Indie Author Yvonne Mason
You don’t want to miss all the latest updates I have posted there. Also if you go to Itunes under podcasts and type in Yvonne Mason you will find my podcast there. All of my podcasts are downloadable for sharing. So please share. It helps me as well as my fellow authors who I promote on a regular basis. Among some of them are Andrea Dean Van Scoyoc and Sheri Ann Wilder Richerson and Rick Powell and last but not least Thom Futrell you will find that I have read some of their work on my podcasts. As indie authors we strive to promote and help each other in order to be successful. So please go show these artists some love. Friend them – follow them and learn things.
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I Was I Am written by Rick Powell read by Yvonne Mason Music by Paper Gods –
This poem written by Rick Powell talks about a woman with a stalker – it has very deep meaning especially to men and women who have been involved with domestic abuse and stalkers. Listen carefully and feel free to repost. This poem can be found in the Anthology Welcome to Your Nightmare
November 1, 2015 Posted by yvonnemason | Podcasts | anthology, award winning best selling author yvonne mason, books, domestic violence, horror, I was I am, podcasts, poetry, rick powell, sound cloud, Welcome to Your nightmare | 1 Comment
On September 28th I was on a local radio show in Cocoa, Florida. The name of the show is Seeta and Friends. We talked about many things including my books. The main conversation we had concerned dealing with grief. I lost a granddaughter and my dad all within six weeks of each other between July 2nd and August 10th – The odd thing is I was called on a Sat that my granddaughter was being transported and I was called on a Sat that my dad was being transported. It gets even more strange. My granddaughter was transported on the same date as my sister had entered the hospital for the last time four years ago. My granddaughter died on the same date as my sister died four years earlier.
When I got the call that my granddaughter was not going to recover it was on a Monday. Again on a Monday six weeks later I got the call that my father had died. Strange? Coincidence? I don’t think so – There was a plan. Anyway we discussed death, grief and loss among other things on this hour show. You can also read about my sister and our loss with her in my book Pennies From Heaven
Also listen to the show. If you are grieving due to loss, I think you will get something out of it. http://www.mediafire.com/listen/zg5a79of3n6vtmb/Seeta_2015-09-28.mp3
October 19, 2015 Posted by yvonnemason | Radio Interview | award winning best selling author yvonne mason, books, death, grief, interview, loss, pennies from heaven, radio show, seeta and friends | Leave a comment
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.
October 14, 2015 Posted by yvonnemason | Books | 1888, award winning best selling author yvonne mason, books, england, hat factory, Jack the ripper, lulu, new releases, the mad hatter, whitechapel | Leave a comment
Today I was in Cocoa, Florida doing a radio interview on Viewpoint with Seeta. http://www.seetamediainc.com/ The show was an hour long and we talked about many topics. We discussed my books and my background. Then we got down to the heart of the matter. We discussed grief, dealing with grief and loss and the new normal after a death. For those of you who don’t know I lost my 13 year old granddaughter on July 2, 1015 and six weeks later on August 10th I lost my father. It was a tsunami of loss and grief in a short time span. There was not time to grieve for the baby before we were traveling back to Atlanta to bury my father. That is the back story. I had previously written a book along with several other authors titled Pennies From Heaven. This little book holds stories from people talking about how they dealt or did not deal with loss. It is not a how to book, but a book to help someone cope and move forward.
When I got home I found this note on my facebook page, from Seeta the host of the show “Thank you for your continued support of our radio show Yvonne Mason.I wanted to let you know someone whose son passed away six months ago wanted me to let you know you helped her to let go of bottled up grief today.God truly sends angels when we need it♡”
Talk about humbled. I was truly humbled. After the show Seeta and I were talking and we both said, that is doesn’t matter how rich or poor one is, we all will be in the same place on day, that is death’s door. The important thing is the DASH between our birth and death dates. What we do to give back, how we behave, how we love and how we help others. That is what we will be remembered for- not how rich we were, not how much money we gave
away, not how poor we were not the clothes we wore or the car we drove, But the mettle of our character. I for one do not want to be weighed and found wanting. I wanted to be remembered for one thing, “She made a difference.”
I do not know the name of the lady that contacted Seeta, but I know that she was touched by the show. My prayer for her is that now she finds the peace that passes all understanding and that now she can celebrate her son’s life, to be grateful for the time she had with him, not bitter for the loss she suffered. That she will honor his life not mourn his death. Because I am sure he made a difference.
September 28, 2015 Posted by yvonnemason | yvonne mason | award winning best selling author yvonne mason, books, death, grief, hope, interviews, loss, pain, peace, pennies from heaven, radio show, Seeta Media.inc, viewpoint with seeta and friends | Leave a comment
Her Only Son By Shawna Platt, a book set in 2020 which is not but five years away. Even though it is fiction, it could happen. “A government program gone wrong. Artificial insemination used to create a new breed of solider. The year is 2020 and war still plagues our world. After suffering extreme loss of life, the United States government creates a voluntary program called Operation Vala, which involves the artificial insemination of women between the ages of twenty-one and twenty-five to produce a child the military will claim and raise to be a new breed of soldier. When Kinsey Garrick finds herself an unwilling participant in the program, she chooses to fight back. When she escapes the compound with her newborn son, she becomes the target of a nationwide man hunt lead by the head of Operation Vala. Known only as Hakon, this man will stop at nothing to capture and destroy Kinsey, and take from her the one thing she’s willing to risk it all for…her only son.”
This is Shawna’s first full length book and I must say it is a nail biter. It encompasses every emotion known to man, greed, self absorption, fear, hate, love, just to name a few. As a mother and a grandmother, I asked myself what would I do to save my child. Not only does this book make one think about the future, it also teaches a life lesson about how mothers are supposed to feel about the life they carry. We are the protectors – it is our job to protect that innocent child before and after birth. It is our job to make sure they are not harmed or used –
When I picked up this book, I could not put it down until I finished it. I highly recommend this read.
September 24, 2015 Posted by yvonnemason | Books | award winning best selling author yvonne mason, book review, books, children, fiction, Her Only Son, military, mothers, new release, Shawna platt, suspense | Leave a comment
Yes, it is coming. You know The Mad Hatter. This morning I received a very nice review from Andrea Dean Van Scoyoc who is the Host for The Dark Apostle Host of The Dark Apostle’s Bewitching Hour Internet Show.
She like me loves the dark side of life. You have to check out her show on https://www.facebook.com/The-Dark-Apostles-Bewitching-Hour-1482721908692803/timeline/ She post a new episode every Friday Morning. Okay now that the love is out of the way.
Here is what I found in my inbox this morning. What a way to start my week. I had sent it to Andy to beta read it for me. Needless to say she fell right into the story. So without further delay, here is her take on a piece of English History that was not all roses.
“A terrible and delightful twist on a torrid mystery, one of the most infamous in history…has been reborn in a new and even darker fashion.
Yvonne Mason takes us down different avenues and springs new surprises on her readers with this chilling legend.
Read carefully, immerse yourself…and test your sleuthing skills.
Will you make it out…will you figure it out, or will you become yet another victim?”
Andy Van Scoyoc
The Dark Apostle
Host of The Dark Apostle’s Bewitching Hour Internet Show
You see boys and girls and creatures of the evil night. My story is about a Hatter in 1888 in England. And those of us who love all things dark, we all know what was happening in 1888 in Whitechapel. But the reader must ask himself one question- are they the same person? I will leave it for you to decide once you read the story.
This lovely little book is currently at the publisher and will soon be released
September 21, 2015 Posted by yvonnemason | Books | andrea dean van scoyoc, award winning best selling author yvonne mason, books, england 1888, historical fiction, Jack the ripper, murder, new book releases, the dark apostle, the mad hatter, whitechapel | 1 Comment
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