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Five Star Review for When Fates Collide

When Fates Collide

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5.0 out of 5 stars Hysterical romp! September 13, 2012
By Ashley Fontainne
I have read several true crime novels penned by Yvonne Mason and became a fan of her impeccable detail and research. She is a voice in the wilderness that speaks for the lost souls of those brutally taken before their time. After reading numerous novels, I became a fan.

Yvonne also possesses a wicked sense of humor and that is evident in this novel, along with co-author Andrea Dean Van Scoyoc, When Fates Collides. Part mystery, part thriller and a huge dollop of side-splitting humor, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Told from the perspectives of each of the main characters, it is a hysterical look into the lives of two women–polar opposites in every way–that find themselves smack in the middle of crazy scenarios while trying to catch a bail jumper.

Hope Harrington is the quiet, shy and introverted character that has her life completely turned upside down by the presence of spirited and sassy bail bondswoman, Alex Morgan. Hope soon finds herself in the middle of a new mystery when Alex cajoles her into a trip to Key West, Florida to assist her in snagging a wanted man that has jumped bail. Hope, realizing that her life is “…as exciting as watching paint dry” decides that some excitement and possibly a career change are in order, and so begins their adventure.

Reading this book was like sitting in the room with the two characters while they recalled their tale, each one inserting their version of events, thoughts and feelings at precisely the right moments. Some of the scenes that took place in Key West were absolutely crazy! At times, I had to put down my Kindle because I was laughing so hard.

If you are looking for a mystery that is shrouded with bouts of humor between the two strong female characters, I recommend this book.

September 13, 2012 Posted by | Reviews | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

I Just Love Getting A Stupid Review Like This- It Makes My Day

 

 

 

 

Silent Scream A True Crime

I found this one star review on Silent Scream a few minutes ago and laughed out loud. Apparently this so called reviewer has no clue about the time period this  happened in and has no clue that there was no forensic science in those years – Not to mention he apparently does not have the mind of someone who has been in law enforcement or knows that arena. So with that being said let me just educate this narrow minded person on his review and give him his much needed fifteen minutes of fame.  First his title, Terrilbe, Amateur Attempt at Most” Well Mr. Frank Pug if you are going to bash my book the least you could do is spell your words right. Yep, he spelled Terrible “Terrilbe” go figure. He can’t spell his title correctly but yet he wants to bash the book. That is just the beginning of his narrow minded uneducated review.

1.0 out of 5 stars Terrilble! Amateur Attempt at Most! August 28, 2012

By Frankpug
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I won’t fall for another lone 5 star review of a book again! I’m almost certain that the either the author wrote it herself or got someone she knew to do it. What a waste of $9.99 and quite frankly an insult to the purchaser and reader. I only read ‘True Crime’, and I really don’t think I can finish this one it is so badly written. I don’t know the facts of this case and would like to, but I’ll have to find another book about it. The author constantly asks the reader questions as if the reader is supposed to provide the answers. It is beyond belief! Some examples of the writing: “The damp, dark, mosquito infested, perpetually dark, airless area held the final resting place of two bodies in pieces.” “As they walked around in the water and black muck it stuck to their shoes like black glue; they functioned on little if not any sleep and lots of adrenaline.” The author constantly refers to the killer’s ‘psychic’, not once, so it isn’t a typo. At a crime scene she talks of the biggest asset being a ‘shifter’, not once again, but twice, so either the book wasn’t edited at all, or else she is just plain stupid. Another: “The expertise known as forensic science as we now know it was unheard of.”
Those are but a few example of the standard of the writing itself. Could it get any worse? Besides that, there is no logical order to the chapters and there seems to be no research involved in the book at all!
The standard is that of a Prep School essay at best!
Here is my rebuttal: “I won’t fall for another lone 5 star review of a book again! I’m almost certain that the either the author wrote it herself or got someone she knew to do it.” Seriously! That is all you can come up with. First of all no creditable author writes their own reviews, second the person that wrote that review is an author herself and knew what she was talking about. Unlike Mr. Pug she read the book with an open mind.
“What a waste of $9.99 and quite frankly an insult to the purchaser and reader. I only read ‘True Crime’, and I really don’t think I can finish this one it is so badly written” This sentence is one of my favorites. He only reads true crime and he can’t finish my book because he says it is so badly written. Really?! The reason he can’t finish it is because he has never read a true crime that was not sanitized. He is used to fluff what a sad little man. He has no stomach for facts.
” The author constantly asks the reader questions as if the reader is supposed to provide the answers. It is beyond belief! ” This one made me laugh out loud. When I ask questions it is to make the reader stop and think. But again this reader read with a very closed mind. I don’t expect him to have the answers. No it is not beyond belief, one should ask questions if one is reading with a purpose. Again narrow minded man.
” It is beyond belief! Some examples of the writing: “The damp, dark, mosquito infested, perpetually dark, airless area held the final resting place of two bodies in pieces.” “As they walked around in the water and black muck it stuck to their shoes like black glue; they functioned on little if not any sleep and lots of adrenaline.” Apparently Mr. Pug can’t stand facts. Had he taken the time to read with an open mind he would have understood the writing. The purpose was to put him in the crime scene. But again he chose to not understand the book. His loss.
 He then goes on to point out a few typos my question to him is – did it bother you that much? If you then you are in serious trouble. I just finished a book by Steven J Cannell and it had several typos – but it didn’t bother me to read it. The reason, nothing is perfect with the exception of maybe Mr Frank Pug.
Now for the coup de grace. He mad the statement that he wanted to know the story but would have to find another book well there isn’t one Silent Scream is the only one. He also said that I didn’t do my research. Seriously! I have been approached by law enforcement in two counties because of my research. I have more research than all the different law enforcement combined. There have been unsolved cases closed because of my research.
   As an added note, my husband worked the case and help prosecute Schaefer. If he had bothered to finish the book he would have known that. Not only that I interviewed many who were involved in all the cases again if he had bothered to finish the book he would know that.
So Mr. Frank Pug here is your fifteen minutes of fame. Enjoy them. Would you like a wet wash cloth to wipe the egg off your face? Better to be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

September 3, 2012 Posted by | Reviews | , , , | 2 Comments

Some Days It Is Worth it to Chew off the Restraints

Blood Alley A Short Story of Horror

Some days it does pay to chew off the restraints. I found  this lovely five star review on Barnes and Noble for my wicked little short story Blood Alley. Again, no need to say anymore. The reviewer did it for me. Thank you so much  Mr or Ms Watkins. And thank you for having the guts to post your name.

 

Watkins_FreelanceReviewer

Posted January 28, 2012

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‘Blood Alley’ by Yvonne Mason is a terrifying short story that is unforgettable! The author skillfully weaves a mixture of horror and suspense. Her depiction of the characters and their surroundings are quite chilling. I thought I knew a little about what was in store for me getting into this book, as I have read Mason’s previous work – I was not disappointed! She originates the plot of the story using familiar surroundings and a cast of colorful characters. However, beware – after reading, you will have a second thought before stopping at a truck stop diner, taking an unfamiliar route to get to your destination, and even the howling of your four-legged friend will bring on a new meaning!

You definitely want to read all of Yvonne Mason’s chilling stories.

“Silent Scream – A True Crime”
“A Voice From the Grave”
“The Last Rites”
“Brilliant Insanity”
“Tangled Minds”
“Dream Catcher – Failure Was Never an Option”
“When Fates Collide” – Andrea Dean Van Scoyoc and Yvonne Mason
“Alex and Hope Mardi Gras Bound A Morgan and Harrington Mystery (When Fates Collide)

May 22, 2012 Posted by | Reviews | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

This Reader Gets It!

Those of you who read this blog on a regular basis may have read the post I wrote yesterday about the person who didn’t take the time to read When Fates Collide but thought it necessary for whatever reason to slam us. Of course I used that comment and turned it around to my benefit. Today I say this review by someone who has read the book and gets it. The review speaks for itself so no other comments are necessary except to say thank you EW Bradfute for this wonderful review.

When Fates Collide

EWBradfute

Posted May 21, 2012

 Let me say, I appreciate knowing what kind of Author wrote the b

Let me say, I appreciate knowing what kind of Author wrote the book. Knowing that Andrea is an Award Winning Best Selling author tells me her work will meet my expectations and knowing that Yvonne is a Bounty Hunter she will be able to give reality on the crime portions instead of that CRAP we are fed on a regular basis. These two are the PERFECT pair for such great books.

Not only am I proud of their works I am also proud to have a copy in my hands! Well worth the read!

May 22, 2012 Posted by | Reviews | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

How Not to Write a Review Second Lesson

Not long ago I wrote a blog about the correct way to write a review. I explained that the “reviewer” should do several things when writing a review and one of those things was to keep an open mind. Apparently this alleged reviewer missed that blog. She gave this particular book a rating of one star simply because of the length. Seriously! That was all you could find to write about? You wasted your time, other readers time and the author’s time by the childish review. It reminds of a kid a Christmas who after he has opened up all the gifts looks under the tree and says “Is that all I got?” Really?
This alleged reviewer is not a reviewer they are just someone who wants their five minutes of fame. They show exactly how small their vocabulary really is.
One of the things I state in my first blog was to be objective- read with an open mind. Many times an author has the ability to get their story across with less. As in the case of this neat little book. The alleged  reviewer apparently had a preconceived idea about what she wanted the book to be about, not what the author wrote about.
Now let’s look at the obvious- that once again the “reviewer” failed to see or chose to ignore- On Amazon it plainly states the number of pages in the book. The reader if they are paying attention know how many pages to expect. What happened with this “reviewer” did she not read the page before she jumped on buying  it? Did she not go her due diligence before she hit the purchase button? Did she think that the pages would magically multiply when she hit that purchase button?
These are all  questions that any prospective reader should take the time to ask themselves when they read this review. This is actually not a review, it is just a rant. There is no meat to the statement except the book was too short. That tells a reader absolutely nothing, they can get that from the book page.
Lesson that should be learned here is this, if this type of stuff is all you have, don’t write it down, it makes you look foolish. If you write a review don’t be personal, be objective and above all keep an open mind. If all else fails find my first blog about how to write a review and read, learn it and use it.
Not worth the trouble,April 10, 2012
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This review is from: A Walk In The Moonlight – True Tales of Hauntings and Strange Coincidences… (Kindle Edition)

This book was read in one short reading. With the title I was intrigued but dissappointed at the book. Would not recomment this

April 17, 2012 Posted by | Reviews | , , , , | 2 Comments

Dream Catcher Failure Was Never an Option!!!!

 

5.0 out of 5 stars Failure Was Never An Option,July 15, 2010
This review is from: Dream Catcher, Failure Was Never An Option (na) (Kindle Edition)

This heartfelt book follows the life history of a very special little boy and a very special family. This true story started in an era when public help was nonexistent, and persons with disabilities were not accepted. The work of the family and very supportive neighbors turn what could have been a sad story into a success story. Emotions and family love are expressed throughout this book, as many hurdles were flattened so that one life could touch so many others. This story will touch your life as you share the events that unfolded through the years. Failure was not an option and not accepted. Here we learn the value of setting a goal and aiming for that goal in spite of what others think. Caution: humor included- read sitting down.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Dream Catcher by Yvonne Mason,April 14, 2012
This review is from: Dream Catcher, Failure Was Never An Option (na) (Kindle Edition)

I read this book with great interest from an author who I admire and enjoy reading. The fact that this is a true story was a bit of a deterrent at first because I enjoy escaping into a world of imagination when I select a book, yet the subject matter was one I could not put aside and ignore.

The story, written by his sister, Yvonne Mason, is about the successful life built by a man who was born with a failure label stamped on his head by society at large..packaged, bookmarked and placed on a shelf to be regarded with little interest and/or caring by the general populace. His decision to jump into living and take the reins had been fueled and championed by his loving family..Stanley grew up believing that he was just like everyone else and could do whatever he chose and wanted to do.
His choices were many and as he sought out and found honest labor and earned all his own money to make his lifestyle possible. He succeeded throughout the years because the thought of giving up just wasn’t in his personal dictionary..failure was not an option and would never be considered.

Stan became a revered adult, loved by many friends and enjoyed the respect that he so well deserved by anyone who was lucky enough to come into his life. A great teacher of those around him, he taught others to never stop reaching for your dreams, no matter what your circumstances, real or imagined.

This book is a must read for those who entertain the idea of just giving up, which we all may do from time to time and for those who could learn a lesson from someone who was deemed mentally retarded in an age when institutionalization followed on the next breath. His strong and wise mother spit out that word and raised her son along with his father, to be someone any parents would be more than proud of and Stan never ceased to amaze his family and still does in every way~
You will be amazed as your read of his strong will and stubborn attitude to succeed and build a wonderful life~

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Another Five Star Review for Dream Catcher Failure Was Never an Option

Dream Catcher Failure Was Never an Option

 

5.0 out of 5 stars Dream Catcher by Yvonne Mason,April 14, 2012
This review is from: Dream Catcher, Failure Was Never An Option (na) (Kindle Edition)

I read this book with great interest from an author who I admire and enjoy reading. The fact that this is a true story was a bit of a deterrent at first because I enjoy escaping into a world of imagination when I select a book, yet the subject matter was one I could not put aside and ignore.

The story, written by his sister, Yvonne Mason, is about the successful life built by a man who was born with a failure label stamped on his head by society at large..packaged, bookmarked and placed on a shelf to be regarded with little interest and/or caring by the general populace. His decision to jump into living and take the reins had been fueled and championed by his loving family..Stanley grew up believing that he was just like everyone else and could do whatever he chose and wanted to do.
His choices were many and as he sought out and found honest labor and earned all his own money to make his lifestyle possible. He succeeded throughout the years because the thought of giving up just wasn’t in his personal dictionary..failure was not an option and would never be considered.

Stan became a revered adult, loved by many friends and enjoyed the respect that he so well deserved by anyone who was lucky enough to come into his life. A great teacher of those around him, he taught others to never stop reaching for your dreams, no matter what your circumstances, real or imagined.

This book is a must read for those who entertain the idea of just giving up, which we all may do from time to time and for those who could learn a lesson from someone who was deemed mentally retarded in an age when institutionalization followed on the next breath. His strong and wise mother spit out that word and raised her son along with his father, to be someone any parents would be more than proud of and Stan never ceased to amaze his family and still does in every way~
You will be amazed as your read of his strong will and stubborn attitude to succeed and build a wonderful life~

 

http://www.amazon.com/Dream-Catcher-Failure-Option-ebook/dp/B002GU6GK0/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1334443086&sr=1-3

April 14, 2012 Posted by | Reviews | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Five Star Amazon Review for A Voice From the Grave

A Voice From the Grave

This is the latest review for A Voice From the Grave. If you are a history buff, especially a Civil War History Buff then you will like this book.

5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling Return to the Past,February 25, 2012
This review is from: A Voice from the Grave (Audible Audio Edition)

“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. “http://www.amazon.com/Voice-Grave-MP3-CD-Yvonne-Mason/dp/0983087253/ref=sr_1_22?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1330261226&sr=1-22

A Voice From the Grave was four years in the writing. I spent four years researching and studying the Civil War like I had never done before. I knew If I were going to write a historical fiction the history had to be right and it was right down to the Union coat button. The research paid off. A Voice From the Grave continues to receive excellent reviews.

February 26, 2012 Posted by | Reviews | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Apparently this Reviewer Didn’t Read A Previous Blog About the Art of Writing Reviews.

Silent Scream A True Crime

This evening a review popped up on Amazon about Silent Scream. The so called reviews G. Gilmore states that they have never written a review before and this is their first. That is obvious. It was a very nasty review. Not only that but it was crude and ill written. Obviously this person has a closed mind. Has never read true crime that wasn’t santized and has no clue as to why it was written the way it was written. So with that said, Let’s look at this childish review.

The first this this G. Gilmores says is in response to a prior review from some idiot named Dan- He didn’t appreicate the fact that I posted the review sent to me by retired FBI Roy Hazelwood. This person named Dan said that it was pitful that I would post it. Really?! Seriously? His last comment was “if it is any good I will read it and comment on it.” I didn’t even bother responding to that childish remark.

Now this sets the stage for this G. Gilmore who didn’t have the “gonads” to give their first name. The first sentence is “Don’t Bother, It Sucks.” Really. G. Gilmore here is a news flash, you can read parts of this book before you ever download it or puchase it in book form. So why did you wait until you downloaded it and then say, ” As an avid reader of true crime and non-fiction, there’s nothing worse than finding an interesting story and then discovering that the writing and editing turn what could’ve been an excellent read, into a bunch of unintelligible gibberish. This book takes the cake.”

You had the ability to read some of it before you bought it. Second obviously the only true crime and non- fiction you have ever read is watered down and written for some child. Every true crime I have read without fail is so watered down that is is almost laughable. If you want rainbows and unicorns then read them. I have read many true crimes- My back ground is crime so don’t try to play that card.

I wrote it the way I wrote it for a very vaild reason- the reader is put in that place that no one wants to be. Get over it. I wrote it for the victims- it is their story.

“The author includes both a forward and preface that pretty much say the exact same thing. What’s worse is that the author actually makes a point to explain that she “rarely” includes both in one book, but felt compelled to in this one because it was so disturbing or something of that nature. After skimming through this nonsense I finally got to the chapter and sighed with relief. ” This was G. Gilmore’s next statement – Are you serious?! You have obviously such a closed mind you can’t get out of your own way. You felt it was nonesene. Obviously you didn’t understand the reason for the book and still don’t. You didn’t spend two years of your life talking with law enforcement watching them relive what happened like it was yesterday, going through evidence boxes, hearing their screams in the middle of the night. You just don’t get it.

“But the chapters were even worse! Following every factual tid-bit of information are several rhetorical questions posed by the author to the reader. For example: (Serial killer whatever his name is) went through (some type of childhood trauma). Could this have caused the (serial killer) to kill? Could this have warped his mind into the monster that he became? Could this incident…blah blah blah…. On and on and on and on…” This paragraph is what sent me into peals of laughter. Apparently G. Gilmore has never studied Serial Killers, if they had they would have understood the questions. This book was written in order for the reader to think about how the girls felt, to put themselves in that situation. To understand on some small level what caused Schaefer to take the path he did. G. Gilmore apparently you just wished to be totaly entertained without having to use any thought process. Your loss. You don’t even remember the killer’s name so how can you remember the victims. You have just insulted them in death. Shame on you.

” And if that wasn’t bad enough, in addition to the endless questions that leave you more confused about what’s going on or what started her endless stream of consciousness in the first place, are the grammatical errors, typos, etc.
I’ll have to take note of the publishing company and use caution before purchasing and reading another one of their books. It’s a disgrace. It appears that it was almost published as a first draft.” This was G Gilmore’s last paragraph. This is the one that made me fall of the sofa holding my sides. Apparently G Gilmore didn’t see the quotes around the different statements. Yes, there are misspellings and typos the reason is simple. Try this on for size any time quotes are used in a paragraph it has to be exactly as it is written. There were several newspaper quotes which were used and yes there were misspellings in those quotes. Apparently G Gilmore never showed up in English Class. As for their statement about it being a first draft- it was the 20th draft that was published.
G. Gilmore I only have a couple of things to say to you – read my post on the art of writing a review and second you don’t deserve to read any of my books. They are way above your head. Your mind is to closed and my victims deserve better. And one more thing- This book has been on the best seller list!!!!

January 6, 2012 Posted by | Reviews | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Latest Review for Tangled Minds

This review popped up on Amazon this morning about Tangled Minds. This book is very close to my heart. It is based on a true crime and the young mother is patterned after my oldest daughter. While this book is fiction it contains many life’s lessons about things every teen should know. Every parent should learn.

Tangled Minds

5.0 out of 5 stars Tangled Minds-AWESOME!!!!!, December 13, 2011
By
Peter fundora – See all my reviews
This review is from: Tangled Minds (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)

December 13, 2011 Posted by | Books | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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