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Have You Gotten Your Copy of The Mad Hatter Yet?

If you have not yet ordered your book The Mad Hatter which is the latest release – my question is why not? It will keep you on the edge of your seat and when you are finished you will still have questions- that is just how I roll!!!! Check it out today.

5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another great book from Yvonne Mason
By Peter fundora on January 16, 2016
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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.

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The Mad Hatter

The Mad Hatter Kindle Edition

January 22, 2016 Posted by | Books | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Just in Time for Halloween

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Yep, just found out that The Mad Hatter will go live tomorrow – if you are ready for Whitechapel in 1888 then The Mad Hatter is for you. As soon as it goes live I will post the links. You do not want to miss this new release.

October 11, 2015 Posted by | Books | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

IT’s Coming

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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 | Books | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

The Mad Hatter Has Departed

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After two years of research, frustration,delays, deaths, life and other assorted detours The Mad Hatter has finally left the building so to speak. For those of you who are lovers of The Ripper, The Mad Hatter is right up your alley. Without giving too much of the story away, let me just say, 1888 in the East End of London was a busy year. This book is fiction but has a lot of historical facts in it.
This book is close to my heart as I have studied the Ripper for years.
So, while all of my little twisted minded children gleefully await the release, let me leave you with a teaser. Now you must ask yourself this, Was the Ripper and the Mad Hatter the same person? I leave it for yo to decide after you read the rest of the story!

Chapter One

1888, the year of living dangerously, as least that was what Johnathon Rhoades surmised as he gazed out of window of his newly purchased carriage as it slowly wound its way among the streets of the East End of London. The East End was comprised of several Burroughs, among them were the cities of Algate, Mile End, Poplar and Bethel in the Green, which stopped at the London Docks waterfront.
The heartbeat of the East End were the small parishes of Whitechapel, Spitafields and St. George’s, these were connected by the main highway of Whitechapel and Commercial Roads. It was on this highway that Johnathon Rhoades traveled and observed the over population of the poverty ridden who lived in dirt and degradation. Sadly, their housing was shabby, rotten and vermin infested which only added to their plight. These pitiful excuses for dwellings were located on crumbling dark streets and alleys which were connected by even darker courts and passage rich with crime of every imaginable sort.
As Johnathon’s carriage rumbled across the cobblestone road and passed through Spitafields he heard the hawkers of fresh vegetables, fresh fish and meat peddling their wares. The smell of blood from the animals as they were slaughtered on the spot by butchers for their customers assailed Johnathon’s nostrils as his carriage rolled through the street known as Algate or “Butcher’s Row and Blood Alley. The wheels of the carriage slung blood up on the undercarriage staining it as it quickly dried. Johnathon inhaled deeply of the aromatic, metallic smell. There was nothing like it. He smiled.
Johnathon’s carriage continued toward Whitechapel which was located on outside of the walled city of Algate. As his driver carefully maneuvered his way around the sea of humans making their way to the main coaching inns and workhouses, he paid particular attention to the poor and uneducated, especially the women who had turned to prostitution as a means of survival.
It was an environment in which the very rich strolled side by side with the destitute, while the criminal element lurked in dimly lit streets and in alleys that were darker than the darkest night. The streets were filled with all manner of garbage from the droppings of the horses, to the waste from the bodies of men, women and children and the combined everyday trash from leftover food scraps to whatever else was tossed to the side of the road including bodies of humans whose lives had been snuffed out for any number of reasons, from gambling to prostitution, to drinking to accidents to murder.
It was the perfect place for the perfect storm.
The population consisted of 286 people per acre of land with entire streets of tenement houses that were rented as common lodgings by the most unscrupulous landlords. There were single, two-up and two- down houses on Dorset Street and at any given time between fifty and sixty people took turns by day and night sleeping in the same beds covered in unwashed bed clothes and lice and vermin infested mattresses.
Defective water supplies, lack of washing facilities and almost non-existent sanitation only added to the misery of those who dwelled there. Disease and epidemics periodically swept across the great city, while healers and physicians died what they could to stem the tide of squalor, hopelessness and death.
There were two groups of people who lived and tried to eek a living out of the East End, those who tried to survive by making an honest living and those who did not.

The honest ones, including the children, worked twelve to sixteen hours a day in sweatshops creating slave like conditions while try to earn a living. Female matchbox makers earned two pence farthing and bootmakers earned three to five shillings for making six pairs of boots. By the time men were forty years old, if they lived that long, they were completely burnt out wrecks just waiting to die. The East End was the perfect breeding ground for every form of the criminal element from pickpockets to rape and murder. Crime became one of many accepted ways of life if one wanted to survive.
In spite of the hardships of high unemployment, poor wages and even poorer living conditions, the residents of the East End found ways to entertain themselves. On just about every corner of every main street one could find public houses better known as pubs. They also visited the music halls where dancing and singing could be found.
One of the biggest and most widely accepted forms of crime was prostitution, and the East End widely known for its brothels and it prostitutes.
There were over 12,000 prostitutes in all of London and 1,200 of those lived and worked in Whitechapel. The deprivation of the East End was so bad that many women were forced onto the streets to earn the four pence they needed just to pay for a bed for the night. While their mothers sold their bodies to eek out a living, their children were turned out into the streets to fend for themselves.
The largest contingent of those women lived and worked on Dorset Street, a short narrow street 400 feet long and 24 feet wide. Dorset Street ran parallel to Brushfield Street to the north, with an Alley called Paternoster Row which connected the two streets. White’s Row was to the south and connected to Crispin Street to the west and Commercial Street to the east. Dorset Street had the reputation as one vast Brothel, so filled with miscreants and crime that the police had to walk their beat in pairs and were still subjected to verbal and physical abuse.
A murdered known in most circles as Jack the Ripper was wreaking terror and mayhem in Whitechapel while leading Scotland Yard on a merry chase. The industrial age was making its way into the lives of the people of London. The poor were scratching a living out of the workhouses as the women of the night worked the street corners to feed themselves and their children. The influx of immigrants created a housing nightmare and crime became the norm.
Between the influx of immigrants and the lack of proper work the environment was ripe for murder, mayhem and madness. It was to this environment that the Rhoades Family brought their Hat Factory, filling it with some of the same pitiful human souls that lived, loved and died in Whitechapel.
Johnathon Rhoades thought of all of this as he absently looked down at the unread paper in his lap. The page was turned to the latest escapades of the Ripper. Johnathon smiled to himself as his carriage hurried through the cobblestone laden streets. “Ah,Jack. What tortured souls we are.” Johnathon mused as he watched the city through the window.

September 12, 2015 Posted by | New Releases | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

New Project- Mary Todd and Abraham Lincoln Like You Have Never Seen Them

Well Pennies from Heaven is out and When Fates Collide Arm Candy is at the editors soon to be released. Several of you have asked what is next. So here it is. For  couple of years I have been researching the ancestry and other interesting facts about Mary Todd and Abraham Lincoln. These two people have interested me for several years. So I started pulling research and buying books about this family.

I decided to write a historical novel about this family – but it I am going where no one has gone before. I am not doing the same tired story of boy grows up poor- boy meets girl- boy marries girl- boy starts a war- boy becomes a hero- oh no kiddies. I am taking this story way back into history and bringing it all the way to the present. Yes, I have that much research.

My plans at this moment are to make this a trilogy there is that much research. Yes, the war of norther aggression will be included. But so will things that you may or may not know about. Like the fact that two of Mary’s brothers were doctors in the Confederate Army and one of them was a sadist.

That is just one of the many things I found on my travels.  Both families had secrets and things that affected their legacy. This is what I bring to the books. So if you are a fan of history or even if you are not – these books will draw you in.

This trilogy will not be written over night but once the first book is out there you will be hooked. So watch for Threads of the Tapestry!

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July 31, 2013 Posted by | new project | , , , , , | 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

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