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Debi DeSantos Has Done it Again- She has Made the Perfect Cover for My Book

When Fates Collide - Arm Candy

 

Yep it is coming!!!! The exciting third in the when Fates Collide Series is in the oven – The wicked Andrea Dean Van Scoyoc and I are again taking Alex Morgan and Hope Harrington and their merry band of  misfits in on the hunt again. This time in St. Maarten an island in the Caribbean. This time Hope is going to be Arm Candy. You must read the first two and The Pink Canary to catch up with all the players in the thigh slapping- rib hugging comedy as Alex and Hope get their man and woman. There are two new Characters which show up in Arm Canay that are from The Pink Canary a stand alone.

When Fates Collide

When Fates Collide

When Fates Collide Mardi Gras Bound

When Fates Collide Mardi Gras Bound

 

The Pink Canary

The Pink Canary

 

 

 

 

March 14, 2013 Posted by | Andrea Dean Van Scoyoc and Yvonne Mason, Books | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

If You Don’t Have Balls Enough to Post Your Name Then Don’t Post A Review

Today on Barnes and Noble I found this little ditty post on a book I co-wrote with Andrea Dean Van Scoyoc. The Book when Fates Collide is the first in a series of books we write. When I first read this nasty little comment I had to read it twice- Here is the comment for your reading pleasure and below it I will rebut the absurdity of the comment:

Anonymous

Posted February 16, 2012

 Sample Review Only

The authors would do their potential readers a great service if they spent less time self-promoting how wonderful they are and instead focus on what is more important than themselves – the book. The book summary should be just that but again the reader is told exactly how they are going to feel reading this novel and once again, it reiterates how wonderful the writers are. There wasn’t much story to read in the sample as it contained long dedications and another overview of how great the book was from one of the writers.

 

Now Boys and Girls let’s start with the very first thing that caught me eye. The author of this little nasty comment didn’t have the balls to give their name they used the name of  “Anonymous”. Seriously! Who names their child that? And second of all if you have balls enough to make such nasty comments you should have a big enough pair to post your name. Not hide behind “Anonymous”. That certainly does not lend credence to your statement.

Next  and I love this statement, it just goes to show this idiot has not clue about writers or artists in general. “The authors would do their potential readers a great service if they spent less time self-promoting how wonderful they are and instead focus on what is more important than themselves – the book”. We as authors must sell ourselves first. That is written in writing 101. If you don’t sell yourself or have enough confidence in yourself, you can not sell your work. Apparently the person “Anonymous” doesn’t understand that, because they didn’t have enough confidence in themselves to even post their real name to their comment so how can they sell the comment.

Okay moving on to the next one.

“The book summary should be just that but again the reader is told exactly how they are going to feel reading this novel and once again, it reiterates how wonderful the writers are. There wasn’t much story to read in the sample as it contained long dedications and another overview of how great the book was from one of the writers.”  Seriously this is all you could bring to the table.  Here is the “Overview” of the book as it is listed on B&N:

Overview

Alex Morgan is a bounty hunter. Hope Harrington is a woman with no life. Combine the two of them and you have one of the most tongue-in-cheek and hilarious mysteries ever written!

Best seller and award winner Andrea Dean Van Scoyoc and critically acclaimed author and real life bounty hunter Yvonne Mason have teamed up to give their readers one heck of a good time.

With a flair for the comical, and a wit and way that only these two talents could provide, the readers better hold on for their lives because this journey is just beginning!

Alex Morgan has lost her jumper…a master of disguises…and tracked him to Tampa Bay where he has assumed the name of Hope Harrington.
Mistakenly trying to arrest Hope, the blunt and traveled bounty hunter finds that she has been outwitted again and the under appreciated receptionist finds herself in the midst of one melee she could have never dreamed of. Where Hope never had a life before, she finds herself getting ready to have one…and one of non-stop action at that!
Alex’s reputation and a big stash of money are at stake and she’s losing precious time. From Tampa to Key West Alex, with an eager Hope in tow, are going to track down the jumper and that is when the hilarity and adventures ensue!

Told entirely in the first person, this book WHEN FATES COLLIDE is the first of what will be one of many in the Morgan and Harrington mystery series, this is one book not to be missed!
When Fates Collide can currently be found on Lulu.com and Amazon.com
It can also be purchased at Ms. Mason’s online bookstore at http://thebookattice.ecrater.com along with her other great novels.

Please tell what you did not understand about the story line? Did you take a nap while reading it?  Yes, we explained to the reader it was a comedy because both of us are dark writers. None of our readers have ever read anything comedic from us before. We stepped our of our comfort zone and DARED do something different. Get over it! Nobody said you had to buy the book. Apparently you wanted your fifteen minutes of fame. You got it. Thank you for helping us to sell more books!

For those of you who have never read either Andrea Dean Van Scoyoc or myself before this is an opportunity for you to see a side of us that we didn’t even know existed. Both of us are dark writers she writes horror and I write crime and true crime. This was a fun book that we did via email and it took on a life of its own. The second book Mardi Gras Bound  is also available.

Now, back to our regularly scheduled program- To Anonymous there are several things you should learn before you try to write a review. First have balls enough to post your name. Second know what the hell you are talking about. Third at least read the book before you go spouting off about things you know nothing about. Remember “Tis better to be thought a fool  than to open your mouth and remove all doubt!” You just removed all doubt.

When Fates Collide

 

When Fates Collide Mardi Gras Bound

May 21, 2012 Posted by | Hate Mail | , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

I Do Write Something More than Just Murder and Mayhem

When Fates Collide

 

Believe it or not I do write something beside true crime and crime fiction. A fellow Florida author by the name of Andrea Dean Van Scoyoc and I put our evil little heads together and wrote what has become a series of books. The Series is titled “When Fates Collide.” which also happens to be the title of the first book.

The book is written in first person by both of us. The two main characters are Hope Harrington and Alex Morgan. Alex Morgan is a cynical, sarcastic Bounty Hunter who has had to claw and fight her way to the top of the food chain in her profession because after all it is still a “Man’s World.” In When Fates Collide she has been sent to Ybor City to pick up a jumper who has eluded her for months. He can change his disguise like most people change their underwear. He can go from male to female in the blink of an eye. This day Alex has gotten word that he is using the name Hope Harrington and he was last seen at a Goth Club in Ybor City. Alex sees him/her sitting at the bar enjoying the music and a drink. She walks up behind her “jumper” and takes him to the ground slapping cuffs on his wrists. The club noise comes to a stand still. The only problem is this person on the floor with their hands behind their back is not the jumper but yet the name is Hope Harrington.  This Hope Harrington is just a mousy secretary who is tired of just going to work, going home and going to the club once in a blue moon. Being slammed to the floor and cuffed is the most exciting- though embarrassing that has ever happened to her.

After she gets over wanting to punch out Alex she decides that since this jumper is using her name she wants to help catch him. She has a score to settle with him. An uneasy truce is formed between the two women. Alex with her sarcasm continues to bait her “new” partner as they follow their quarry to Key West which is in the middle of Fantasy Fest. A perfect place for the jumper to ply his trade of disguise. On the way Alex enlists one of her contacts to take them via boat. Hope wonders why she signed on. The chase is on, the dialogue is filled with sardonic wit on both sides and an uneasy alliance is formed as Alex finds out that underneath that mousy demeanor Hope has a soul of pure steel.

The humor in this book carries over into the second in the Series Titled Mardi Gras Bound. Alex and Hope are sent to New Orleans in the middle of Mardi Gras to pick up a very well known jumper who everyone even the locals are afraid of. Her name is Marie Laveau and she has conviced folks she is directly descended from the Queen herself. Alex once again employs unsavory characters who have helped her in the past and one is not who he appears to be. Hope in her naivete assume he is just another ignorant redneck who is in need of several bathings. Once again Hope finds out that all is not as it seems.

Hope in her youthful exuberance gets herself kidnapped and ends up in the Bayou. Alex now has to rescue have to her partner and find her jumper who is as slippery as the snakes that hang in the trees in the Bayou. The twists and turns and the characters blend a book that will keep you up at nights simply because you can’t stop turning the page.

The side splitting laughter never ends, the characters take on a life of their own and Hope and Alex should take their Abbot and Costello routine on the road. Add to that the cast of characters which join Alex and Hope on this hunt will make you wonder how in the world they ever get their jumper. From Bourbon St to the Bayou to the local Cemetery the chase continues.

Mardi Gras Bound comes with a disclaimer that we are not responsible for the soiled clothing that you the reader will experience from reading this book due to extreme laughter and the wetting of your clothes. We highly recommend that you make a trip to the bathroom before you start the book or else put on a pair of depends until you are finished reading the last page.

When Fates Collide Mardi Gras Bound

Both of these books can be found on amazon,amazon kindle, Lulu and Barnes and Noble Nook book. They also be found at http://thebookattic.ecrater.com

March 4, 2012 Posted by | Andrea Dean Van Scoyoc and Yvonne Mason | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Now that The Silly Season is Over…..

The Hero of New Orleans Jean Laffite

Now that the silly season is over the the world is once again back on track, I will begin to work on my next adventure. In fact there is more than one – but the one which will be released next is another historical fiction with a twist.
For those of you who have forgotten your American History, or just plain skipped those classes because you were bored, this book wake up those sleeping interest again.

No, it is not a boring history book. Yes the history will be correct and the two main characters were real. The place is real and the war was real. Do I have your interest now?

Well let’s start with the place. New Orleans- The city that was built below sea level, a melting pot of French, Spanish, English and African cultures. A city steeped in black magic, voodoo, spells and Catholic Religons. A city which blended all these cultures and religons into a melting pot of dark secrets and inner marriages, which created a new culture of creole and cajun.

New Orleans was a haven for the priates which roamed the seas pillaging ships from Spain, France and England. Among those pirates was a man by the name of Jean Laffite. History holds several theories of his origin his family and his death. None seem to agree on any of it. Partly due to the fact the Laffite helped to perpatrate those stories – he was a man of many places and many faces. His stories suited his situations.

However, there is one truth, Laffite helped save New Orleans during the War of 1812. He along with 1000 of his merry band fought with Col. Jackson to drive out the English from the shores of New Orleans. He and his men won that Battle which would later be known as the Battle of New Orleans.

Laffite would wear many titles during his lifetime, from Bucaneer to Pirate to Hero to Pirate.

I have taken a few liberties with my story- however the history is correct. Watch for this new release sometime during the new year. If you love History, New Orleans, Jean Laffite and Marie Laveau you will love this book.

December 26, 2011 Posted by | Books | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Coming Soon!

The Hero of New Orleans- Jean Laffite

How many of you are in love with the pirate’s life? How many of you wait with bated breath for the next installment of Captain Jack Sparrow? There is a mystery associated with the lives of those rowdy group of merry men. They are surrounded in myth and mystery. Some say they were heroes, some say they were scoundrels, some say they were criminals. Many were hanged, tortured, left on deserted islands and /or lived a bounty on their heads.

There have been many books written about most all of those men and women who chose the roam the seven seas plundering and pillaging ships for what ever reason. Some were pressed into serve in order to be spared from the sword and sabre.

My next historical novel involves once such pirate. Some have called him a hero, some have called him a thief and others have called him a traitor. Whatever title you give him one thing is known for certain- he and his band of 1000 merry pirates were instrumental in saving New Orleans during the War of 1812 along with Andrew Jackson.

Jean Laffite has always intrigued me more than all the other pirates- the mystery of his personna and the fact that he did indeed help save New Orleans has endured me to him. Therefore, when it came time to write my “Pirate” book as my daughter so aptly puts it, I researched everything I could on good ole Laffite. (Yes, this is one of the many correct spellings of his name) I chose this old time spelling to make the book distinctive from any other book that bears his name.

Like me Laffite was unique ergo he deserves this distinction.

In my research I found that he was in New Orleans during the time of Marie Laveau the one and only all time Voodoo Queen. I have taken the literary liberty in adding her to the story with a twist. I have included history of people, and places which gives this book a place for the reader to slide into. To not only enjoy the read but to learn some history as well. And as will all of my books there is a twist.

Watch for this new historical fiction sometime after the first of the year. You don’t want to miss the adventures of Jean Laffite and his band of merry men. It will be one you want to read over and over again.

November 11, 2011 Posted by | Books | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Yes I Can Write Something Beside Murder and Mayhem….

When Fates Collide and When Fates Collide Mardi Gras Bound

For those of you who have asked me two questions, Why don’t you write comedy and why don’t you write about bounty hunting since you are one. Well, the answer is here. I have don’t both with help from a fellow author and wonderful friend Andrea Dean Van Scoyoc.

We started a series last year titled When Fates Collide. The story line involves two of the most unlikely characters to ever slam into each other. Meet Alex Morgan- a no nonsense Bounty Hunter who has to constantly prove her ability in this male dominated world. She has no sense of humor- she only sees the jumper and her pick up. She has seen it all and heard it all. She always gets her man no matter what she has to do. Until she meets Hope Harrington.

Hope Harrington the name of Alex’s latest jumper master of disguises- can be anyone at anytime and uses aliases like a second skin. Alex finds Hope in a goth bar in Ybor City, slams her jumper to the ground and after handcuffing this person finds out that she is not who she was supposed to by.

Hope Harrington- the real one is a mousy secretary who finds her inner self trolling the goth bars in ybor city. Her life has been boring to say the least- She has a dead end job, no social life, and lives alone. She hates confrontation and she really hates Alex who has just humiliated her in front of her few friends. But she hates the person who stole her name even more. Against Alex’s better judgement she allows Hope to help her catch her jumper. The chase takes them from Ybor City to Key West in the middle of Fantasy Fest. The jumper changing faces like clothes.
Much to Alex’s chagrin Hope proves that she can hold her own and comes up with creative and unique ways of catching the jumper. Along the way the two unlikely pair encounter some of the people who have helped Alex on other jobs and Hope is not overly excited about them.

The second in the series which has just been released is titled When Fates Collide Mardi Gras Bound. Alex is on her way to New Orleans for a fun filled two weeks of Mardi Gras fun when she gets the call. A jumper has headed from Tampa to New Orleans. Her name is Marie Laveau. Alex is not happy. Hope is even less happy. She was looking forward to visiting a city she has never been to before. She is even less happy when she meets Alex’s contacts in the Big Easy.
The dialogue is written in fist person by both of the main characters. The back and forth will keep the reader laughing until they either cry or wet their pants. Alex with her sarcastic wit- Hope with her total disbelief that someone as smart as Alex is involved with the shady characters in her life. Hope teaches Alex and Alex along with her misfits teach Hope and in the end they get their man or woman.

Part of the dialogue borders on the vein of a Abbott and Costello routine. Throw in a few oddball characters and you have the makings of a comedy to beat all comedies. These two books are a must read simply for a belly laugh. Right now until Christmas both books are being offered on my online bookstore for 20.00 check out http://thebookattic.ecrater.com

October 31, 2011 Posted by | Andrea Dean Van Scoyoc and Yvonne Mason | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Deal That You Just Can’t Pass Up

When Fates Collide

When Fates Collide Mardi Gras Bound

I have decided to make my readers an offer they can’t refuse. My friend and fellow best selling Florida Author and I have started writing a series of books. The two main characters are Alex Morgan Bounty Hunter and Hope Harrington Secretary. The First in the series was When Fates Collide followed by our second release When Fates Collide Mardi Gras Bound. This series of books is comedy pure and simple. The books are told in first person by both characters and they will leave you the reader needing to change your clothes from so much laughter. In fact the second book Mardi Gras Bound comes with a disclaimer. Starting today and through Christmas I am offering both of these books on my online book store. http://thebookattic.ecrater.com/p/12747410/package-deal-when-fates-collide-and
This offer cannot be found any other place. Separately the books sell for 10.00 and 15.00 respectivly – If they are purchased together at my online store the cost is 20.00 plus shipping. This is a deal that you don’t want to pass up. They will be signed by me Go take a look, every one enjoys a good laugh.

October 29, 2011 Posted by | Andrea Dean Van Scoyoc and Yvonne Mason | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Christmas Present Quandry

Every year there is someone on your Christmas list that you have no clue what to buy them. Every year you wonder through the stores, the mail order catalogs and the online stores scratching your head and mumbling to yourself wondering what you are going to get the person who has everything. Well, this year, fear not, your problem is solved. This is the year books are vogue. This is the year that books can be read on some many devices. This is year you can be a hero.
There are so many indie authors out there who have books just begging to be read, wonderful authors who write everything from inspiration to romance, to murder mystery to vampires to you name it – it is out there.
With so many of our favorite traditional authors dying off isn’t it time to try something new? Isn’t it time to try and indie author.
For those of you who have no clue what an Indie author is – indulge me a moment of your time. We are those authors who have chosen to publish and market our own work. We are those authors who are tired of being rejected by traditional agents and publishers who think our voice is not good enough. We are those authors who believe that what we have to offer is just as good if not better. We are not hampered by conditions set by traditional publishers. We don’t have to sell our soul in order to be published. WE have control of our book, our cover and our marketing. We can do what we want to – go to any event we want to and sign what we want to. We don’t have our books slashed to pieces by some unknown entity just because they want a certain word count. We write what we want to when we want to. We don’t have to mass produce dribble just because of a contract. We can take our time and produce quality work and a great story.
So that being said, back to Christmas. You don’t have to leave the comfort of your home. You can order our books from places like, Lulu.com, amazon.com, Barnes and noble and yes even nookbook and amazon kindle. Some of us even have our own online bookstores, such as http://thebookattic.ecrater.com
We can be found on facebook and other places. All you have to do is contact us and we are more than happy to respond. We don’t respond through an agent or other entity. When you hear from us it is real. If you want the book personally autographed to a loved one we do that to.
I am working on gift certificates so that your purchases can be made easier. I take credit cards at all my events.
We are the up and coming thing in books. Give us a try, I know you will like us. Check out http://yvonnemason.wordpress.com you will see many book reviews – these books are all written by indie authors.
Give something different for Christmas this year- give a book by an indie author.
Support free enterprise.

October 26, 2011 Posted by | Books | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

When Fates Collide – Mardi Gras Bound has been Released in Book Form

October 6, 2011 Posted by | Andrea Dean Van Scoyoc and Yvonne Mason | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

When Fates Collide Mardi Gras Bound Has Finally been Released!

Debi DeSantis Book Cover Designer

When Fates Collide – Mardi Gras Bound

PORT ST. LUCIE — “What happens when you put two of the most irreverent women (one a bounty hunter and the other, a case of mistaken identity) together for a rip-roaring, hilariously wild adventure?

“When fates collide – Mardis Gras Bound” is the sequel to the popular mystery adventure, “When fates collide – A Morgan and Harrington Mystery.”

This time around, join bounty hunter Alex Morgan and her new friend, a former mistaken suspect jumper, Hope Harrington as they head to New Orleans during Mardi Gras for the bounty of a lifetime…a descendant of the legendary Marie Laveau, herself!

Strap yourselves in tight for the ride of your wildest imagination, through swamps, all the while meeting some of the most colorful characters imaginable!

This is sure to be one adventure Alex and Hope will never forget!”

The second in a series of many to come, best-selling authors, YVONNE MASON and ANDREA DEAN VA N SCOYOC, lend their talent for the absurdly comedic, in this, split your sides laughing, tale.

One adventure you surely WON’T want to miss

Best Selling Florida Author Yvonne Mason has released her ninth book Mardi Gras Bound co- written with Best Selling Florida Author Andrea Dean Van Scoyoc.

Mardi Gras Bound is the second in the Morgan and Harrington series. A tongue in cheek comedy about bounty hunter Alex Morgan and her sidekick Hope Harrington who find themselves in many odd and hilarious situations and places.

Mardi Gras Bound takes these two totally opposite women to New Orleans during Mardi Gras to pick up a jumper named Marie Laveau. They are joined by an unlikely cast of equally funny characters as they chase Marie through the Bayous and Swamps of New Orleans as Marie casts voodoo spells and leaves her trail of slithery gifts for Alex and Hope.

Mardi Gras Bound is a stand alone book however, to get the full effect of Alex and Hope and their strange friendship you might want to also pick up When Fates Collide the first in the series.

This book comes with a disclaimer, we are not responsible for you the reader laughing until you soil your clothes. It will keep you laughing long after you have reached the last page.

Available on Amazon Kindle, Nook Book, Lulu.com, http://thebookattic.ecrater.com and soon to be released on Amazon

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October 5, 2011 Posted by | Andrea Dean Van Scoyoc and Yvonne Mason | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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