Award Winning Best Selling Florida Author Yvonne Mason

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I love Bad Reviews!

Silent Scream

I love a bad review, and you ask why! Well it is simple. When someone writes a bad review especially someone who has several reviews on Amazon and not one of them are good, it makes me smile. The reason I smile is obviously this person has nothing more to do with their time except bashing others. It must come from a deep seeded repression as a child. Maybe they weren’t allowed to fly as children and hate those of us who have flown. Or maybe it is a deep seeded jealously because they haven’t been able to live their dream what ever that may be. I said all of that to say this. A Mr. Barry Aldag read my book Silent Scream. Now while he is entitled to his opinion which are like something else everyone has one, he obviously had no clue as to the way I wrote the book. Every law enforcement person who has read the book understood – the victims families understood, the men who worked the crime and convicted Schaefer understood. The people who were affected by this horrible crime knew exactly what I was doing. Even Roy Hazelwood the FBI profiler who helped me understood. The victims families called me to thank me for what I did, they said it gave them peace. So all that being said let me just enlighten Mr. Albag.
Below is his review: I will take it apart and explain for this slow learner. “The author makes use of questions to the reader…ad infinitum. There are entire paragraphs that consist of one question after another pertaining to the previous paragraph. They quickly become tiresome, and distracting.

I wasn’t impressed with the order in which these cases were presented, either. I’d rather read about the people involved during the course of the book, but this author added the personal details of the people about whom she wrote towards the end of the book, with very little information given about the victims and their lives prior to meeting Schaefer. Considering that this book was supposed to give voice to the ‘silent screams’ of the victims, I find it odd that the author didn’t give them much attention in her work. It was mostly about the murderer, and his twisted thought process.”

He states that I make use of questions to the reader… ad infintum (he thinks he is smart using $5.00 words)- Mr. Albag there was a very good reason for this. There were things that I knew that I didn’t have the research on – As a writer of true crime I don’t put anything in the book if I don’t have it in writing as gospel. The things I asked the questions about were things that I was told second hand. Any author will tell you that if you want to be factual you don’t use second hand information without back up.
He also said they became tiresome- obviously he isn’t in the habit of thinking things through. He just wants to be spoon fed his information.

Next complaint was there was very little information about the victims before he met Schaefer, well Mr. Albag, had it not been for Schaefer you nor anyone else would have ever known about them at all. The point of the book was for the reader to be in that place, to understand on a small level what happened to those girls and how they might have felt as they were being tortured and murdered. Hence the information about Schaefer and his twisted evil mind. Which Susan Place’s uncle called and thanked me for doing.
Again, get out of your box.

The last comment was really good, he states that I didn’t give a voice to the victims until the end of the book. Seriously? you didn’t hear them screaming as they were handcuffed, hung and gagged- tortured then murdered- raped after they were dead and then dismembered like yesterday slab of meat? Again was your head up your ass?
The girls were put at the end for a simple reason, that is where they wanted to be. That is what they wanted, it is their roll call so the reader will always remember!

Apparently Mr. Albag apparently has no empathy for the victims. He has no sympathy for their families. He has no idea how this affected the entire law enforcement who worked this case and still does to this day.
Mr. Albag referred to misspelled words, well he obviously doesn’t understand that when direct quotes are written it has to included all misspellings not matter how much it aggravates the writer. That is just the nature of the beast.

His last (supposedly) insult was he would never read my work again. My response is good. I didn’t write it for you. I wrote it for the girls – myself- my husband and those who worked the case and I wrote it to give the girls peace. It wasn’t about you. It was about them and I wrote it the way they wanted me to.
I don’t want you to read my work- you aren’t good enough to read my work you don’t deserve to read my work- especially when every review without fail that you post is always negative. It isn’t about you!

Next he states that he didn’t like the way the story was written. To bad, it was written the way it was solved. With my background and my degree that is how I saw it and that is how my victims saw it – Had it not been for the two who got away the case would have never been solved. Had it not been for Georgia Jessup and Susan Place being found on Hutchinson Island he would have never ever been convicted and he would have been allowed to kill again. So get over it. Think outside the box. Use your mind for something beside video games. And one last thing, my books are best sellers.

October 11, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Places to Find All of My Books

The Last Rites

This is the latest release

As an Indie author, that is one who is not published by a vanity press or a traditional publisher, none of my books are sold in what we call box stores. That is brick and mortor stores. The reason is they buy all of their books from Lightening source or Baker and Taylor on consignment. They shelve the books for 30 days then pack them all up and send them back to the distributor. The author is paid in advance the royality for that sale. When the books go back the author is charged back that royality and has to give the money back.
As an independant author I have no distributor. I am the distributor as well as the marketing and PR person. I control my destiny. So all of my books are sold online. Which is not a bad thing. They are best sellers.
For those of you who have been reading my books for years you know where to find them. But for all of you newbies, there are so many places to find my books.
You cand find them at both as a paperback and download on as well as Amazon Kindle. You can also now find them on Barnes and Noble Nook Book. Yes, boys and girls they are available on Nook. All of my books can be read on any electronic equipment you have from iphone to ipad to computer to kindle and nook. Unlike many authors I believe the reader should be in control of how he wants to read his book.
The best part of being an independent author is that if you the reader want a signed copy you don’t have to wait until I have a signing. You can order one anytime you want to at my online bookstore at When you order your book, you receive a thank you note as well as other goodies. It is just my way of saying thank you for being a reader.
Subscribe to my blog because it is a way of staying up dated on my latest news and appearances.
I have just released my second true crime novel and am currently working on two new books. One I am co-aurthoring with my friend and fellow author Andrea Dean Van Scoyoc it is the second in the Harrington and Morgan Series.
I am also working on another historical novel. This one is about Jean Laffite one of the last Pirates. The history is real the story is fiction. I am including a bit of a twist simply because it makes it more fun.
Think Voodoo Queen.
So subscribe and enjoy the ride.

August 27, 2011 Posted by | yvonne mason | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Silent Scream a video excerpt

January 25, 2010 Posted by | yvonne mason | , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Silent Scream is pleased to announce the release of local Florida Author Yvonne Mason’s true crime book Silent Scream.  In 1972 Martin County Deputy Gerard Schaefer was arrested for the aggravated assault of two young women by the name of Nancy Trotter and Pamela Wells.  They were the lucky ones. They got away.

  April 1,1973 the bodies of two more young women named . Georgia Jessup and Susan Place were found on South Hutchinson Island. They had been there for several months. The police investigation which ensued led the authorities back to Gerard Schaefer who was by this time serving six months for aggravated assault on Nancy Trotter and Susan Wells.

   The firestorm and the evidence uncovered in the investigation led authorities to believe that Ex-Martin County Deputy Sheriff Gerard Schaefer had killed more than just these four young women.  Evidence gathered during a search at his mother’s home revealed at least nine and as many as possibly thirty four over a span of six years beginning in 1966 and continuing until 1972.

  Until this crime Florida had never experienced anything like what is now known as serial killings. Gerard Schaefer was considered the first perpetrator of this type of crime.

   Ms. Mason’s Silent Scream gives the victims a voice – a voice which has been silent for over 30 years. Some of the young women were never found, some cases were never closed and there were never any bodies to bury.

   Gerard Schaefer took their voice away when he bound, gagged, hung , tortured, and buried  their bodies in remote areas. He killed in pairs so one could watch while the other was destroyed.

  This is their story, this is their voice and with this voice comes the peace they have never had.

  Ms. Mason, reminds us that at any time and any place we can become a victim.

 Her book Silent Scream is available at, http: //thebookattic, and soon to be on and other fine bookstores.

   She can be reached at and her website is



New Front Cover from Debi DeSantas

October 10, 2009 Posted by | Author, Books, yvonne mason | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment


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