Award Winning Best Selling Florida Author Yvonne Mason

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For Those of You Who Want To Be In The Know

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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?
The Mad Hatter

February 2, 2016 Posted by | Books | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Do You Dare??????

Do You Dare???
Yes, it is finally up on kindle soon to be up in print. The question is do you dare read it? This little book of short stories are all my own, no sharing the spotlight this time. Some of them you might have read before- some of them well, let’s just say- they are very new. The question is do you dare find out what they are all about? Go to Amazon and download the kindle version on all of your devices. I don’t think you will want to miss this one! Also check out my other little jewels while you are there – they are all downloadable and some are even audible.

Do you Dare

Do You Dare

January 25, 2016 Posted by | Books | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Listen to Bones One of My Short Stories

The Link below will allow you to listen to one of my short stories that will soon appear in a new book of short stories I am releasing. Some of them like Bones have been previously released and some that are brand new. Just a small teaser.

Bones a Short Story

October 28, 2015 Posted by | Books | , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Mad Hatter IS OUT!!!!!!!

http://www.lulu.com/shop/yvonne-mason/the-mad-hatter/paperback/product-22397664.htmlThe Mad Hatter

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.

mad hatter

October 14, 2015 Posted by | Books | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Do You Dare?

This year has been a year of detours. Some not so good. That has left my writing on the back burner. However, things are now for the moment on a new normal road. So I have gotten back to my passion. Putting pen to paper and listening to the voices in my head. Today my new release The Mad Hatter should go live. mad hatter

Behind that one I am releasing a book of short stories. Some have been previously released in other anthologies and some have been stand alones on kindle. The Question is DO YOU DARE? Do you dare read them? Do you dare take the risk of staying awake nights because you can’t sleep after reading them? Do you dare turn the page? You will not be able to answer that question until you purchase the book. Yes, it will be downloadable as well as print. It should be available in the next few weeks. So for those of you who love to delve into the unknown get ready. The unknown is coming.Do you Dare

October 12, 2015 Posted by | Books | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Lack of the Feeling of Urgency

mardi gras (2) for Nook book for post card

When Fates Collide 3

Satan's Holiday and Welcome to Your Nightmare

Brilliant insanity by DEBI for Kindle

Dream Catcher new Cover for Kindle

The Pink Canary

The Pink Canary

A Voice From the Grave Audio Book

A Voice From the Grave Audio Book

the last rites front by debi

Tangled Minds

Tangled Minds

Pennies From Heavan

Pennies From Heavan

I know the title may have you scratching your head. However, all will become crystal clear as you read this blog.
For over seven years I published by books through a certain publisher. I decided it was time for a change so I embarked on a new journey with a new publisher- Dressing Your Book. It afforded new opportunities and more exposure.
Now comes the not so fun part. Several of my books we pulled from the original publisher after publishing them through Dressing Your Book, the reason at the time appeared logical. Why confuse the reader.
If appears that maybe that might not have been a good idea and it had nothing to do with the new publisher. It had to do with the fact that once the books were sent to the printer that is Lightening Source and they in turn uploaded them to Amazon there was a breakdown. Out of all of the books that Dressing Your Book republished, only four have been uploaded by Amazon to their site. Out of those four one still does not have the cover showing. Now this is a problem. The books have been pulled from the other publisher so the only paperback books that are available are through third parties and I do not get paid for those. Second the books that Amazon did have in stock are not gone and are not available so if a reader wants a paperback vs kindle they have to order through a third party. The bottom line is I am now losing sales which does not make me happy.

I am not saying that I am any more important than any other author- however, what I am saying is that in this day and age of technology there is no reason for it to take two months for my books to be uploaded on Amazon’s site complete with cover. The break down is this- there is no sense of urgency by the employees and there is no sense of pride in their work. If they are doing this to me imagine how many others are falling between the cracks – This is wrong on so many levels- As an Indie Author I have to fight twice as hard to make half the money that authors who are traditionally published make. That is because I am not published by one of the big six. I refuse to be considered less of an artist because I choose to be an indie author. I deserve- no I demand and command the same respect. I have fought for over forty years to be published. I have been rejected, laughed at and scorned because I dared to buck the system. I refuse to be treated as less than a respected author because Amazon employees are to lazy to make things urgent.

Bear in mind that a whole slew of books are being released by the big six the first of October. This is when they go all in for the silly season aka Christmas. I can guarantee that those books will be up and ready to rock and roll on that day. I too have product to offer for the silly season and I too deserve that same respect.

Amazon you wanted indie authors you begged for indie authors and now you want to treat us like we don’t belong. I think not!

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September 1, 2014 Posted by | Rants | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Surprises are Coming

It is a good day. Well anytime I am on this side of the dirt it is a good day. With that being said, let me just bring all of my minions up to speed as to things that have been happening. After the year got off to a rocky start, they have finally settled down and I am moving forward with some projects.

 I know I haven’t published a new book in a while,  however that will be remedied soon. I have several in my cauldron and they are boiling up nicely. Second not only are my books doing quite well on Amazon Kindle they are picking up on the book side. They are now being published through Dressing your Book  http://dressingyourbook.com/ which prints from Lightening source which distributes through the two distributors Ingram and Baker and Taylor- so if you go to your favorite book store and ask for my book and they don’t have it – they can order it for you. If enough people ask for them – they will start stocking them. 

Now with the basic stuff out of the way – let me just tell each of you what is coming down the pike. For those of you who loved the When Fates Collide Series, well you will have the opportunity of listening on audio soon. Both on CD and mp3. We are going into production with the first two  

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These two little books are the first two in the series and will be released together.

Now on to the book I am currently working on. Let;s just say, the bad guys is Mad as a Hatter. view two mad hatter's hat

I am also working on something that is very close to me- something that I have been fighting for several years. That is the corruption of Child Protective Services. They took three of my grandchildren and made money off of them.

So life is moving forward. Books are being written and audio books are in production. This year is full of great things

April 25, 2014 Posted by | Audio Books, Books, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Never Be Afraid to Pay it Forward

Ever since I started in the business of publishing and making my dream real, I have always paid it forward. Not just in publishing but in my everyday life. The reason is simple, there have been many times that others have helped me along they way and even though I can never repay those people I can pay it forward. Yesterday I was knocked off my feet by a group of people who I am not only honored to call fellow authors I am honored to call them friends.

The back story is this – my son who has been an over the road truck driver for over twenty years has an illness that the doctors cannot diagnose. He has been out of work for over a year now and it has been a struggle for his family. His youngest son who is still a wee one has type one diabetes and is insulin dependent. My son feels so bad because he can not work and look after his family – he was raised that no matter what the father takes care of the family. That is just the way it is. However, that being said, yesterday something happened that left yours truly without words.

This circle of writers and friends along with my editor and friend Kelly J Koch with Dressing your Book http://dressingyourbook.com/ and Nicholas Grabowsky with Black Bed Sheets and GL Lentz https://www.facebook.com/gjl1976 put together an anthology of horror stories titled Blessings from the Darkness with all proceeds going to my Son Jay Thomason https://www.facebook.com/pages/A-Truck-Driver-Needs-Your-Help/1427603737463723?ref=hl and his family. In other words over 30 authors came together to put this anthology together and are no receiving any royalties at all. Unless you are an author you have no idea what a sacrifice that is for an author. To put that much work in a work and then to give away the proceeds is overwhelming. It speaks for the integrity of those involved- It is with heartfelt thanks and humbleness I give you Blessings From the Darkness.

Here is the radio show that blew me away and the release of the book http://www.blogtalkradio.com/francy/2014/01/17/fright-day-afternoon-with-satans-holiday-writers

Blessings from the Darkness

It is currently available on Kindle http://www.amazon.com/Blessings-Darkness-Scott-Nicholson-ebook/dp/B00HX8V6SW/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1390060575&sr=1-1&keywords=Blessings+From+the+Darkness and Nook and will soon be available on Amazon in book form and on http://downwarden.com/blackbedsheetstore/

January 18, 2014 Posted by | Books | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

The Pink Canary In Audio will be Released Just in Time for Trick or Treat

The Pink Canary

The Pink Canary


Brook Forest Voices (BFV) Says Trick or Treat with Release of “The Pink Canary” Audiobook by Yvonne Mason on Oct. 31
>PRWEB.COM Newswire
http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/1551083

http://vibedeck.com/brookforestvoices/the-pink-canary#order

Evergreen, Colorado (PRWEB) October 29, 2013

Brook Forest Voices (BFV) audiobook producer and publisher will release the audiobook “The Pink Canary” by Florida based author Yvonne Mason on October 31, 2013. In “The Pink Canary” Yvonne Mason, whose previous BFV titles include “A Voice from the Grave” and “Dream Catcher: Failure Was Not An Option,” takes the listener into the Drag Queen world of mascara and stiletto heels mixed in with murder, mayhem and comedy.

“The Pink Canary” is seen through the eyes of Lou, a mild mannered detective by day, aka Lola, a fabulous drag queen and proprietor of The Pink Canary, the hottest “Drag Queen” club in Key West by night. Ensuring authenticity, Yvonne Mason recruited the assistance of Vicky Lane. “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,” said Vicky. “Drag Queens are my specialty and I have worked in Cabaret shows since 1968 as well as extensively in musical theater, television, radio and films. I was really excited and honored to help with the book and this book was an ultimate thrill for me. Thanks to Yvonne Mason for her faith in me.”

“The Pink Canary” will be released on October 31. Pre-Orders for downloads of “The Pink Canary” are available.

About Brook Forest Voices: A complete audio production studio located just west of Denver in Evergreen, CO, specializing in audiobook narration, production and publishing. BFV is designed to help large and small publishers, as well as authors, with all their audio needs. Publishers and authors wanting to learn more can visit http://www.brookforestvoices.com or contact Jaime Andrade, BFV Business Manager at 303-670-4145.

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/10/prweb11263026.htm

Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/1551083#ixzz2j7F2s2jJ

October 29, 2013 Posted by | Audio Books | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

If You Have Never Read Good Horror Now is The Time

Satan's Holiday and Welcome to Your Nightmare

Since this is the time of year when folks find reasons to be scared out of their clothes I wanted to give you a few ideas for your reading pleasure. We have just released two little horror books filled with the things that go bump in the night, Satan’s Holiday and Welcome to Your Nightmare. There over three hundred pages in these two little books so I am sure that you will find something to keep you up nights and cause you to not to want to walk through dark alleys alone. There are wicked poems, quick flash fiction (for those that need a horror fix in a hurry) short stories and small novellas.We even tossed in a couple of real hauntings just to spice things up.

To add to our little cauldron’s of evil we brought aboard the one and only Nicholas Grabowsky- you all know him he wrote Halloween IV and immortalized Michael Myers http://www.amazon.com/Halloween-IV-Special-Nicholas-Grabowsky/dp/1591099269/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1382358363&sr=1-1&keywords=nicholas+grabowsky

This book is a limited edition so once it is gone there will be no more!!!!!

halloween iv

If you can’t get enough of Horror then you must go to http://downwarden.com/blackbedsheetstore/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=81_82&products_id=636 Where you will find more of the horror that Nicholas publishes for other horror authors.
In my book there is never to much horror-
You can also download my stand alone short story Blood Alley on Amazon

Blood Alley A Short Story of Horror

Blood Alley A Short Story of Horror

http://www.amazon.com/Blood-Alley-Short-Story-ebook/dp/B006Z10FFS/ref=sr_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1382358616&sr=1-6&keywords=Yvonne+Mason

It is guaranteed to keep you off of two lane black tops at night.

These are all great places to purchase your fix of horror for the Halloween season and beyond. You don’t want to be left behind when things start going bump in the night and those icy fingers of things unknown begin to creep around your head.

October 21, 2013 Posted by | Books | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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