Award Winning Best Selling Florida Author Yvonne Mason

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A New Review for Silent Scream

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As most of you may or may not know on Jan 4, 2015 on the Investigation Discovery Channel at 10:00 pm Silent Scream will be the topic of the show Most Evil. This has been seven long years in the making. The victims not only have a voice they now will be seen – There has been much discussion of my book and why I chose to write it the way I did. Those who read it and understood why I applaud you, those who chose to read it with a closed mind- your loss. That being said this review appeared today and I give kudos to the reviewer. I could not state it any better myself. She got it. She understood why.

Silent Scream is not for the faint of heart – nor is it a feel good story- it is a story of pure evil and a story of extreme loss. Gerard Schaefer was an evil monster who only cared about killing and torture.

Here is the review:
“4.0 out of 5 stars Silent Scream by Yvonne Mason, a True Crime Opus, December 29, 2014
By Peg Insula – See all my reviews
This review is from: Silent Scream (Kindle Edition)
Yvonne Mason’s research for Silent Scream is thorough and detailed as she leads the reader through the case from its beginning to its end with the killer’s death in prison. Leaving no stone unturned in gathering information, she includes many photographs and presents writings by the serial killer himself. Every step of the legal process is described as well as the players in it. The nature of the crimes is graphically but sensitively disclosed. The reader gains informed insight into the methods and madness of Gerard Shaefer and begins to grasp and sympathize with the horror faced by his victims.”

Thank you so much Ms. Insula for your understanding and for you ability to read with an open mind. The girls are forever grateful. You understood that is important to try and grasp and sympathize with the horror they faced and the horror of knowing it was the end for them.

I for one am forever grateful.

December 30, 2014 Posted by | Reviews | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Pennies From Heaven Rates Another Five Star Review

Pennies From Heaven

Pennies From Heaven

There is nothing else I can add to this amazing review. Be sure and go to her site and look at all of her wonderful books. Including Hollowing Screams and Six Pack

Ms. Barbara Watkins who is very well known for her paranormal books have given Pennies from Heaven a five star review  http://barbarawatkins.blogspot.com/2013/07/pennies-from-heaven-by-award-winning.html?spref=fb

Inspirational Stories Written From the Heart

First and foremost, I want to give a personal ‘thank you’ to award winning author, Yvonne Mason, for assembling this amazing group of loving and caring individuals – she included. Bravo to, Debi DeSantis, on the amazing book cover design – absolutely beautiful.
‘Pennies From Heaven’ is a collection of inspirational stories expressing from the heart the pain and suffering of losing a loved one. We know death is inevitable, a part of life, a final departure. But how does one survive life when confronted with the death of a loved one – it really is a fight for survival for those left behind. There really is no right or wrong way – no recipe written or handbook to be read. We must each find our own way of coping with the depression, heartache, and the helplessness death brings.
This collection includes true stories of those who have experienced the loss of loved ones, and the journey they have taken to come to terms with their own grief. How difficult it must have been to share such personal experiences – yet, they did so in hopes that their story might help others begin to heal.
I highly recommend ‘Pennies From Heaven’ as each story is a tribute to the human spirit.

Five Stars all the way around…!

July 28, 2013 Posted by | Reviews | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

The First Review on Pennies From Heaven

The first reviews for Pennies from Heaven are appearing on Amazon. Horror Author Thom Futrell has put pen to paper after reading Pennies from Heaven. Thom got it. He understands why this book is so important. He gave this book a five star rating and highly recommends this book for every household. Death does visit each and every one of us if we live long enough.

 

“Pennies from Heaven is a book that I think no family should be without. Death walks through the living room of all of our lives and leaves a bit of himself as he leaves. These are stories of people who had to face death, and are willing to share those experiences so that no one has to feel alone in the world. What I took from this book is, we matter. All of us, every person on this Earth and every minute we have with them is precious and should never be taken for granted. My heart goes out to the people who had dealt with loss and to those who will in the future. Know this, no matter who you are, you are not alone”.–THOM FUTRELL, Author of Empty Graves

 

Pennies From Heaven

Pennies From Heaven

July 1, 2013 Posted by | Reviews | , , , , , , , , , | 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

Creepy Ride With Bubba

Blood Alley A Short Story of Horror

Blood Alley A Short Story of Horror

I had to smile when I read this wonderful review by GJ Lentz. In fact it made me smile so much I had to read it twice. He may get his wish – Bubba might just show up again someplace else. Those that know me  know that I have a very twisted mind and an even more twisted sense of writing. So GJ it could happen my friend it could happen. At the present Blood Alley is only available on Kindle and Nook but that doesn’t mean that you can’t read it – you can download it to any of your electronic devices and enjoy it over and over and over again. 

 

Take a creepy ride with Bubba on Blood Alley! March 5, 2013

By GJLentz
Amazon Verified Purchase
Yvonne takes a classical horror/paranormal concept and ads a creepy-fun twist for any fan of the genre, any reader for that matter. The author truly pulls you into the pages and onto the dark road with Trucker Bubba as his complicated life takes a twisty and freaky turn (for better or worse you’ll have to decide!). Only 4 out of 5 because I was left wanting more! Really, the only problem I have now is which of her other books to read next!?

June 22, 2013 Posted by | Reviews | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dream Catcher Failure Was Never an Option

Today this review appeared on Dream Catcher – When I wrote the book my goal was twofold the first goal was to leave something behind about Stan after we were all gone. The second goal was to help at least one person either make a dream come true or to help a family who a family member who is challenged. This review tells me that is happening.  The is book is full of inspiration and hope for families who live with the challenged and for people who are not challenged who has dreams.

Dream Catcher Failure Was Never An Option

Dream Catcher Failure Was Never An Option

 

 

5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for Families of Children with “Challenges” June 17, 2013

By M. Paschall
Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase
This is the story of a remarkable family. It chronicles their struggles and joys as they work to give their beloved son the best possible life. I am not sure that many of us realize what a different world it was in the mid to late 20th century for people with “challenges”. Ms Mason has given us a glimpse into that world. Like Temple Grandin’s family, they were ahead of the times. It is an inspiration to read of Stan’s determination and kindness. As the mother and grandmother of children with autism, severe ADHD, and depression issues, I can wholeheartedly recommend this book.

June 17, 2013 Posted by | Reviews | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

I Just Want to Say Thank You!

The last two days have been interesting to say the least.  With that said I want to say a big thank you to several groups of people. First thank you to all of you who have stood by me while dealing with someone who for lack of a better work has an agenda. This person has gone to everyone of my books on Amazon and made statements that relate to the books in no way what so ever. Second she contacted other reviewers who posted reviews on my books. I did a rebuttal  as is my right, to my site. This person was hoping to start a firestorm of  I don’t know what.  The only thing it has done is drive up my numbers for my site. Thank you for that.

For those of you who think differently – understand this is my site, I pay for it. I choose or not choose the content. If I choose to post a rebuttal to a review again that is my right. You exercised your right to write the review in the first place. It was my choice to post my rebuttal here.  The only difference is I also choose to use my name. My philosophy is if you have the balls to post a review then at least have the balls to post your name and not stand behind initials, a made up name or the ever popular anonymous. When I see that I see someone that has something to hide.

As I have stated before I do not write any of my books especially my true crime like any other writer. It is not for everyone. That being said, if you don’t like it- fine get your money back. But understand- that if I don’t appreciate your take on it – I also have the right to state it. One person just told me that basically deal with it. No, I don’t think so. Opinions are two way streets- everyone has one. I am entitled to mine just as you are entitled to yours.  So don’t whine to me or blast me when I do a rebuttal. You put yourself out there when you posted your review.

The messages I have received, the stuff that has been posted on Amazon the last two days is childish and has absolutely nothing to do with my craft. For someone to post what was posted and to try to stir up a firestorm is almost laughable.

Those of us who write for a living know how hard it is. We know what it takes to make it. I have been threatened by the best. Believe me this isn’t it. I will continue to write and sell books. I will continue to have readers.

Those who continue their quest of destruction – you only hurt yourself. The last I heard this is still America. I still have the right to post my opinion. If you can not stand the heat please stay out of my kitchen.  If a review is posted that I take issue with I will continue to rebutt it. Get over it. Sending me nasty messages, trying to post ugly comments and going to other people will not change that. But please keep trying the more you hit this site the more it goes up thank you.

To those of you who know me know that I do not suffer fools lightly. I have no patience for them and I refuse to attend to their behavior. When it comes to those things that I am passionate about and feel strongly about I will fight to the death for them. You also know that I am usually very tolerant. You also know that when I have had enough. I am almost to that point.

Today I received a note from a publisher who was appalled at this person’s behavior. I am sure  that if this publisher had seen everything they would still be shaking their head.

That being said, I guess I have finally arrived. I have a stalker- not the first time. My second husband taught me well. He was the best at stalking. This stalker is trying to engage others to that level. Do yourselves a big favor don’t be drawn into her web. You all are better than that. Understand you have your opinion I have mine. Deal with it. That is pretty much what you have said to me.

I will continue to post what I  choose on this site as I said before it is my site. I pay for it. Just as you will continue to do whatever it is you do.

This is my public service announcement you are now free to move about the country.

 

April 16, 2013 Posted by | Rants | , , , , , | 2 Comments

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

Ramblings of a Mad Southern Woman (A Collection of Short Stories and Poetry on Life, Love, Loss and Longing)

If you haven’t yet read this wonderful author you are missing out. Currently this wonderful little book is only available on Amazon Kindle and it is well worth the read. Ms. Fontainne knows about heart ache, pain and the true grit of being a southern woman – one who has to maintain that stiff upper lip no matter what happens. This is my review of her latest and intriguing book Ramblings of a Mad Southern Woman, (A Collection of short stories and Poetry on life, love, Loss and Longing). We as women have all been there at one time or another. Ms. Fontainne brings our inner souls to life.

Review:
Ashley Fontainne has crawled into the mind of most women who have ever been loved – cheated on and left. She has crawled into our deepest closets and pulled out all the skeletons that reside there. From the very first poem to the last short story page Ms. Fontainne delves into the heart and souls of human nature. There is a fine line between love and hate and Ms. Fontainne straddles it like a high wire act.
But, through it all she maintains her faith in her God, her family and her self.
She has put on paper what most of us feel at one time or another but are just to frightened to admit it.
A Five star read for sure.http://www.amazon.com/Ramblings-Southern-Collection-Stories-ebook/dp/B007Z1IGJO/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1336395343&sr=1-4

May 7, 2012 Posted by | Reviews | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Two Words “Errie Scary” – Yep Another five Star Review for Blood Alley Only On Kindle

Blood Alley

 

Blood Alley my short story that can only be found on Kindle and Nook has received yet another five star review. IF you are a horror buff and love being scared then this little jewel is right up your alley. Stargazer thank you so much for the review.

By *Stargazer*
Amazon Verified Purchase
I have just two words to describe this short Kindle story..
EERIE SCARY..
oh, two more..
HOLY MOLY!!!
I do not like night driving to begin but no one will ever again catch me venturing behind the wheel after sundown.

I love this!!!
Horror buff that I am, I really shivered and said brrrrrrrrrrrr as I imagined the scenario.
Coupled with this is the fact that my husband was a long haul trucker for many years and made
his living for us as a career driver, there was no way I could pass up the read no matter how
chilling it was~

April 15, 2012 Posted by | Reviews | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

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