Book Review: Hopes & Slippery Slopes by Trixie Silvertale

A dangerous race. The peal of wedding bells. Will this psychic sleuth catch a bouquet or a bullet? Mitzy Moon finally has a chance to spend a normal, murder-free day with family. And she’s super-excited to support her legendary snowmobile racer dad as he’s honored for his place in the record books. But instead of a celebration on the podium, she finds a corpse under the snow.

With a holiday wedding at her bookshop looming, it’s a terrible time to take on a new case and an orphan. Somehow, Mitzy hopes to juggle the investigation, the nuptials, her meddling Ghost-ma, and an interfering feline. But when her new house guest sees something he shouldn’t, her secrets start to unravel…

Can Mitzy solve the case before midnight strikes, or will her resolution end in tragedy?

Hopes and Slippery Slopes is the eleventh book in the hilarious paranormal cozy mystery series, Mitzy Moon Mysteries. If you like snarky heroines, supernatural misfits, and a dash of romance, then you’ll love Trixie Silvertale’s twisty whodunit.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

It seems that Mitzy Moon can’t go anywhere without trouble showing up. This time she’s at her first snowmobile race where one of the coaches is found dead. He’s been murdered and there are several viable suspects.

Lately, she and her sheriff boyfriend, Erick, work together on cases because he knows she’ll investigate with or without his consent. Unfortunately, they don’t get too far into this case when he finds out that she’s been hiding her gifts from him. He’s understandably upset with her, and she’s afraid she’s lost him for good.

The characters in the Mitzy Moon Mysteries are unique, flawed, and loveable. Mitzy is smart, hilarious, and determined. She and her dad are getting closer, and it’s nice seeing her family expand. I like Stellan, the teenager that Mitzy has taken under her wing. He’s a good kid who’s had a rough time the past few years, and he’s so smart!

Hopes & Slippery Slopes is another fun paranormal mystery. When I think back to the first book and compare the Mitzy then to the Mitzy now, she has really grown. She’s still stubborn and hilarious, but she’s learning to trust others and continues to increase her circle of family and friends. Although this book stands on its own, I recommend reading all of the books in order to get the most out of the series.

About the Author

Trixie Silvertale grew up reading an endless supply of Lillian Jackson Braun, Hardy Boys, and Nancy Drew novels. She loves the amateur sleuths in cozy mysteries and is obsessed with all things paranormal. Those two passions unite in her Mitzy Moon Mysteries, and she’s thrilled to write them and share them with you.

When she’s not consumed by writing, she bakes to fuel her creative engine and tends to her herb garden.

Website: http://www.trixiesilvertale.com

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Colosseum

During the Festival of Death in Rome, four American art students go missing. One of the students is eventually found dead, horribly mutilated as if by wild beasts inside the Colosseum.

One year later, Nick Thorn is sent by the New Sanctuary to help the father of one of the missing students, a desperate man who is still looking for his daughter.

The New Sanctuary believes that Thorn has a psychic ability, a ‘special gift’ that could help him; Thorn however has always denied such a thing, claiming it to be pure nonsense and probably the product of an overactive imagination instigated by his drinking problem.

Shortly after Thorn arrives in Rome, the Festival of Death begins again and another of the missing students is gruesomely murdered. It is now a race against time to find the other two.

Can Thorn find and save the remaining two students or will Mania the Roman Goddess of Death succeed in devouring their souls and satisfy the blood lust of her followers?

“Richard Valanga writes about the Afterlife like nobody else today, he’s the 21st-century Dante of the North.” – Tony Barrell, The Sunday Times

“The author’s talent for writing engaging tales of the paranormal is second to none.”   

“The author Richard Valanga writes like a poet and has a brilliant and impressive imagination to match.”

About the Author

Richard Valanga has penned six paranormal fantasy novels previously including:

The Wrong Reality

Blind Vision

The Complex Trilogy (Complex Heaven, Complex Hell, Complex Shadows)

The Sunderland Vampire

These are some of the reviews Richard Valanga has received on Amazon with respect to his writing:

First for Blind Vision…
5 out of 5
Blindingly good book

This, the second book by Richard Valanga, I have read and it’s even better than his first, Complex Heaven. If, like me, you enjoy fantasy novels that you can’t put down then this author is for you.


The second is for Complex Heaven…
5 out of 5
Complex and gripping.

I read this book in two sittings, very difficult to put it down. The characters are well developed and the plot twists and turns as it snakes to a dramatic conclusion. I heard through the grapevine that there is a sequel coming soon, it can’t be too soon for me.

“Colosseum” by Richard Valangais available to purchase in paperback from Amazon.co.uk at:

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Joshua Piecrust and His Alphabet of Rhymes

Do you like rhymes? I’ll bet you do – the sillier the better, too!

Joshua Piecrust’s Alphabet’s about as dotty as it gets! For here you might meet anything: hamsters dance, bananas sing; a courteous dragon (and it’s simply chilling what became of him!) An octopus? Well, count the legs! Find out where elephants lay their eggs!

Piecrust’s left some gaps for you to play at writing nonsense, too.

Grown-ups might want this book on loan: advise them, “Go and buy your own!” or else keep very careful track in case you never get it back!

About the Author:

In his time, Richard Evans has been an art student, has run a hostel for homeless men, slogged his way through 30 more-or-less overcast years of pen-pushing in an office, and now with inexpressible relief basks in the sunshine of retirement.

When not fully engaged in pottering harmlessly about, he writes nonsense in various forms, pretends to be a wood-carver, and meditates twice every day. Richard is the father of the internationally-known singer-songwriter, Emi Evans, and he lives with his Japanese wife in an old cottage in rural Dorset.

Excerpt from the book:

C    ….is for Camels

Camels are humpy and lumpy and grumpy
and look on the world with disdain.
They sing in the bath if there’s nobody near
with a voice like a stomach in pain.

It’s pretty unwise to invite one to dinner
(that is, if you’ll take my advice).
They chew sideways, I fear, without closing their mouths
which is not, let’s be frank, very nice.

They have too many elbows and too many knees;
when they sit or lie down, without fail
they collapse in instalments with all of the grace
of a deck-chair confronting a gale,
while maintaining that same supercilious sneer 
(a small but distressing detail).

Some camels have one hump and some have a pair –
why not add a few more at your leisure?
Arranged fore-and-aft or perhaps side-by-side,
with a head at each end for good measure.

Though their faces and figures give cause for concern,
though their manner lacks polish and fizz,
camels’ hearts are undoubtedly In The Right Place –
 
except we’re not sure where that is.

“Joshua Piecrust and his Alphabet of Rhymes” by Richard Evans is available in paperback from Amazon at:

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Book Review: Lies & Pumpkin Pies by Trixie Silvertale

When a broomball rivalry turns deadly, can this psychic sleuth save the man she loves?

Mitzy Moon doesn’t do sports, but girlfriends are supposed to try new things. And watching her handsome sheriff’s team strut their stuff across the ice has its perks. But the thrill fades faster than cheap lipstick when the opponent’s captain is found murdered, and her boyfriend is the prime suspect.

With no alibi, her main squeeze quickly loses his badge and gets tossed off the case—and the harder Mitzy digs for the truth, the guiltier he looks. She’ll need the help of her interfering Ghost-ma and a spoiled feline to clear her beau and still have time to make a special pie for the holiday potluck!

Can Mitzy score a win for the home team, or will her dreams of a clean sweep be forever frozen?

Lies and Pumpkin Pies is the tenth book in the hilarious paranormal cozy mystery series, Mitzy Moon Mysteries. If you like snarky heroines, supernatural intrigue, and a dash of romance, then you’ll love Trixie Silvertale’s twisty whodunit.

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My Review

Mitzy Moon and Sheriff Erick Harper are dating, really care for each other, and are taking things slow. When she goes to her first broomball match, she isn’t ready to see this side of Erick. She’s a little concerned when Erick and a player from the other team fight, but she’s assured that’s how broomball is and that Erick is just defending his team members. But Mitzy has a right to be concerned because that player is found dead the next morning, and Erick is arrested for murder. Poor Mitzy (and poor Erick)! I felt bad for both of them.

The characters in the Mitzy Moon Mysteries are unique, flawed, and loveable. Mitzy is smart, hilarious, and determined. Grams and Pyewacket are supportive and assist her in any way they can. Grams’ lawyer and friend, Silas, also helps Mitzy out a lot, and he’s taught her a lot about using her gifts. He’s a persnickety old man, but Mitzy and Grams love him.

Mitzy goes undercover at the nearby community college. She’s good at going undercover, and Grams always does a good job of picking out the best attire for the job. It cracks me up that in the small town of Pin Cherry Harbor, no one seems to be surprised when they see Mitzy wearing a wig.

Lies & Pumpkin Pies has a big twist that I wasn’t ready for. It is the tenth book in the Mitzy Moon Mysteries series, and if you like murder mysteries with some humor, great characters, twists, and a little romance, you’ll love Mitzy Moon!

About the Author

Trixie Silvertale grew up reading an endless supply of Lillian Jackson Braun, Hardy Boys, and Nancy Drew novels. She loves the amateur sleuths in cozy mysteries and is obsessed with all things paranormal. Those two passions unite in her Mitzy Moon Mysteries, and she’s thrilled to write them and share them with you.

When she’s not consumed by writing, she bakes to fuel her creative engine and tends to her herb garden.

Website: http://www.trixiesilvertale.com

Book Review: Tracks & Flashbacks by Trixie Silvertale

Published today!

A touching gift. A shocking truth. Can this psychic sleuth solve a decade-old murder?
Mitzy Moon is happy to leave her painful past buried. But a thoughtful present turns her world upside down and forces her to abandon Ghost-ma and her fiendish feline to search for answers in the Southwest. Turns out her mom’s death was no accident, and proving it could be the last thing she does…

Local sheriff Erick Harper wants Mitzy to have a loving remembrance of her mother. But after calling in a favor to get the dead woman’s personal effects, he uncovers an unexpected skeleton hiding in the evidence. And now that the cat’s out of the bag, he can’t stop her from risking everything to dig up more clues.

Mitzy won’t rest until she slams her mama’s killer behind bars. And Erick is desperate to bring her back to Pin Cherry Harbor in one piece.

Can Mitzy deliver some Wild West justice, or will she bite the dust in the Arizona desert?

Tracks and Flashbacks is the ninth book in the hilarious paranormal cozy mystery series, Mitzy Moon Mysteries. If you like snarky heroines, supernatural intrigue, and a dash of romance, then you’ll love Trixie Silvertale’s twisty whodunit.

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My Review

It’s hard to believe that it hasn’t even been a year since Mitzy Moon inherited her grandmother’s bookstore. She’s gotten close to her father and especially Grams (in her ghostly form). All of the main characters are unique, flawed, and loveable. Mitzy is smart, hilarious, and determined. Grams is a force of nature but she and Pyewacket have taken a backseat in this book. Erick, the sheriff, is an amazing man and in love with Mitzy.

Mitzy and Erick decide to try to solve the cold case of Mitzy’s mother. Mitzy had been told that she’d died in an accident but Erick found out that wasn’t true. When they go to Arizona together, they do find more evidence but will it lead them to the killer?

Being together in one room and working together brings Mitzy and Erick closer, but they are both determined to take things slowly. I love that! Friends first and lovers later is the best way for a relationship to stand the test of time. One problem, though, is that Erick is beginning to realize that Mitzy’s “hunches” are more than hunches. I wish she’d come clean. He obviously loves her, and her psychic abilities shouldn’t change the way he feels. He already suspects, he doesn’t seem bothered at all from what he’s seen, and he’s Erick.

Tracks & Flashbacks is the ninth book in the Mitzy Moon Mysteries series and my absolute favorite so far! I was not ready for it to end. I need more.

About the Author

Trixie Silvertale grew up reading an endless supply of Lillian Jackson Braun, Hardy Boys, and Nancy Drew novels. She loves the amateur sleuths in cozy mysteries and is obsessed with all things paranormal. Those two passions unite in her Mitzy Moon Mysteries, and she’s thrilled to write them and share them with you.

When she’s not consumed by writing, she bakes to fuel her creative engine and tends to her herb garden.

Website: http://www.trixiesilvertale.com

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The Divided

Cursed one hundred and fifty years apart, Amy and Eliza do not know they are linked but their souls have been at war for a long time.

After her attempt to escape from Westsalter Asylum fails, Eliza, a Victorian orphan must endure life amidst a terrifying existence of incarceration, while demon worshipers, Viola and Baxter, are intent on dragging her into their experiments.

Modern-day Amy needs to change her life. A reunion with her estranged sister, Rachel, at Green Haven Hotel does not go as planned. A malevolent force resides inside the building and has its sights on Amy. When Rachel’s husband’s arrival widens the divide between the sisters, they realise that if they want to survive the haunting; they need to help each other.

They have only one question.

Excerpt from the book:

“Amy rested her forehead on the door and rubbed her temples. No going back. Only forward. 

And what about Rachel? 

Her fingers tingled, and she wiggled them as if playing an invisible piano.

They’d fallen out long ago, and when Amy thought about her now, she pictured the teenager. Although being a mere ten months older, Rachel had always seemed more sophisticated. Tight clothes, high heels, curling-ironed locks and make-up. It was like she was always on the lookout for Prince Charming—until she found him. She was the party animal while Amy had been the bookworm. Funny how things changed.

She clenched a fist and held it over the door. Her eyes bored into the number above her hand. 401. She was overcome with the sense of familiar that had been missing from her life. When they were kids, she could almost feel Rachel’s breathing from another room before she realised she was even there. It was comforting.

Today it wasn’t.

She pulled her hand back to knock. What would she look like? Stupid. People always said they were so alike it was easy to mistake them for twins. Amy relaxed her fingers and placed her palm against the rough grain. It had been twelve years. A lot could happen. A bunch had transpired. What effect that may have, she couldn’t say.

The door opened.

I’m not ready. Don’t be her. Be someone else.”

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How Can I Not Believe?

I would like to pass on my knowing that life continues without interruption once it is time to leave the Earth world. The word death is not a word I like to use when talking about the end of life. Persevere with your wonderings, your doubts as this is the right way forward to encourage your thinking of right and wrong, yes or no, is it or isn’t it. This is the only way forward to breach the doubts in your minds to let your thoughts through into the light. There is no need to be frightened, frightened of what, meeting your loved ones, our animal friends all those souls who know the truth about life beyond the stars, life all around us, a life of love and contentment after a well done, or not, after living a life here on this difficult planet of Earth.

I do hope these words bring you comfort as you travel through life towards your beautiful spiritual journey to the home of your dreams.

About the Author:

Carole’s first spiritual experience was a Being in a white suit surrounded by a glowing white light.  Her soul knew Him instantly.  She said, “Hello, how lovely to see you?  What are you doing here?”  No one can take away the knowing she has speaking and receiving answers from her Guardian Angel, Archangel Michael.  His words are shared in Carole’s first book which is entitled “Snatches of Brilliance” (published in 2012).

In this second book entitled “How Can I Not Believe?”, Carole makes further revelations from inspirational messages given to her by her Guardian Angel and others in the Spirit World.  The words inside this book are intended to enlighten those on Earth about the angelic realm and the relationship between that world and the Earthly world in which we live.  She conveys the words verbatim as revealed to her by various angels in the Spirit World. 

If the words in this book help just one person realise that there is a more wonderful life awaiting them, the aims of this book will be fulfilled.

Excerpt from this book:

“Carole, you are healing because of your request to us here in your world of spirit. It is by request that our healers, through me, visit the respected sick. We deliver the healing vibrations to those physically sick should they require our service.

With much prayer to our Father and Creator, who draws near to embellish your loving wishes so meant to help another human body on the vast earth plane. You are accompanied by several healers, each giving their dutiful services then affected in, and by, prayer means.

You are strong in your healing vibrations, but it is the love given in healing, love that determines where and when this healing occurs. Yes, the request you have asked for in healing another is a remarkable effort. With a belief in yourself and what you hope for is in all aspects of healing and love received by recipients wholly and complete.

Continue with your wishes in complete offerings of love. We are listening, offering our healing hands to you in love and growth from your home here in the World of spirit.

I am your loving Guardian Angel, Archangel Michael.”

“How Can I Not Believe?” by Carole M. Day is available in paperback at:

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Audiobook Review: Ashes Beneath Her by J.R. Erickson

Author: J.R. Erickson
Narrator: Margy Stein
Length: 9 hours and 18 minutes
Series: Northern Michigan Asylum Series, Book 3
Publisher: J.R. Erickson
Released: Oct. 15, 2019
Genre: Paranormal

Orla has a gift, an ability to sense things she touches: memories, traumas…murders.

On a sunny day in 1975, she sets off on a bike ride into the picturesque countryside and vanishes. She is not the first young woman to go missing and she will not be the last.

Ashes Beneath Her is the third novel in the stand-alone Northern Michigan Asylum Series.

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I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by J.R. Erickson. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

This is the third in the Northern Michigan Asylum Series, but it’s a stand alone novel. There’s no relation between this and the first two books in the series except the part that the Northern Michigan Asylum and its horrible doctors play.

When Orla disappears, Hazel (her roommate) and her parents find out that other girls have gone missing over the past few years. The police are in different districts and aren’t investigating them together. Abe, a reporter, is on the case and working to find Orla and the others, or at least get enough evidence for the police to work together on the cases.

As Abe, Hazel, and the mother of one of the missing children try to find clues, Orla is being tortured at the Northern Michigan Asylum. Will they find her in time?

The narrator has a deep voice that seemed to fit this story. She didn’t change her voice much for the characters, but it was just enough.

This is my favorite of the three books in the series. I definitely recommend all three of them, especially this one.

J.R. Erickson (aka Jacki) is an indie author who writes murder mysteries woven with elements of the paranormal. Since childhood, J.R. has been fascinated by otherworldly things. She started penning creepy stories in her adolescence, but didn’t pursue a career in writing until her mid-twenties. Like most paths, J.R.’s has been winding and filled with detours.
Today, she lives in the forests of northern Michigan with her excavator husband and her critter-loving son. In addition to writing, J.R. teaches yoga, hosts the true crime podcast Bitter Endings, and spends every spare minute hanging with her family and her kitties.
Her latest series, the Northern Michigan Asylum Series, is inspired by a real former asylum in Traverse City. J.R. regularly visits the former asylum that has been partially renovated into shops, restaurants and condominiums.

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Book Review: The Haunted Stepsister by Medeia Sharif

Sixth grade isn’t easy for Jesenya Moradi, especially since her father’s recent remarriage and tension with her new stepsister, Kammy. After an incident at school that nearly destroyed Kammy’s life, Jess has been desperate to get on Kammy’s good side. But a fateful trip to an allegedly haunted bathroom changes both girls’ lives forever.

The rumors about the bathroom are true, and now Jess is convinced a demon’s possessing Kammy. Eerie things happen whenever she’s around – flying objects, flickering lights, not to mention the fact that something, or someone, is making people into its puppets.

Worse, the demon seems fixated on making Jess confess her part in ruining Kammy’s reputation. Sticking to her Muslim faith, Jess enlists the help of an imam to exorcise the demon from Kammy. But can they get rid of the demon before it destroys her new family? 

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Jess and Kammy have been stepsisters for a short time, but they’ve known each other from school for quite a while. There are, of course, emotions that are important for the girls to deal with. That’s what this story is about in part. I think if the author had stuck with that, this could have been an excellent book.

There’s a paranormal side to the story involving a demon in a haunted bathroom possessing one of the stepsisters. That part of the book wasn’t believable and seemed poorly researched. Knowing middle grade readers, many of them would roll their eyes and go on to the next book.

Unfortunately, I’m not sure that the targeted audience would like The Haunted Stepsister, which is too bad because it does teach that lying hurts everyone, especially the liar.

About the Author

I was born in New York City and I presently call Miami my home. I received my master’s degree in psychology from Florida Atlantic University. After becoming a voracious reader in high school and a relentless writer dabbling in many genres in college, I found my niche writing for young people. Today I’m a writer for all age levels published through various presses. In addition to being a writer, I’m a public school teacher. My memberships include Mensa and SCBWI.

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Book Review: Haunted Visions by J.E. Grace

Naomi & Jason Sanders, move to Pacific Cove Ranch shortly after their wedding. Prior to her graduation from college, Naomi’s younger sister is killed in a hit and run accident. Naomi is having a hard time accepting her loss, and the isolation of her new surroundings bring a new type of terror; haunted visions that keep her on edge terrifying her.

Is Naomi being tormented by her own inner demons or some new type of ghostly visions that haunt the Pacific Cove Ranch? Can she survive or will they drive her mad?

Can she convince her family that she isn’t just grieving for her sister, but that these ghosts are trying to tell her about a secret she is supposed to discover? Will she figure it out and prove to her family she isn’t imagining things?

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I liked the main characters in Haunted Visions. Naomi and Jason move to Pacific Cove Ranch so that he can work there with the animals. She’s an artist, so she can paint pretty much anywhere. Their neighbors are also good people and great friends.

At the beginning of the book, Naomi’s little sister is killed in an accident, and I expected it to affect her more than it does. When she starts seeing visions of ghosts, her husband and doctor believe it’s because of her sister’s death. But she believes they are real!

Haunted Visions has a good story concept and with some editing, it could be a good book. The tense changes from past to present are continuous throughout the book and even occur sometimes within a sentence. This made it a difficult read for me. Also, there were things left unanswered, particularly about injured animals. It could even be extended into a full novel, which I believe would give the author more time to develop the characters further and answer the lingering questions.

Note: this is one of the author’s first books, and she has graciously offered me one of her newer books to review. I’ll be posting that review soon.

About the Author

J.E. Grace was born in California and has a background in Retail Management.

She now resides in the Midwest and retired from a career in real estate in 2012 to pursue her writing. Her interests include poetry, painting in traditional oils/pastels, digital art and photography. Her work can be viewed on Society 6, and Zazzle. She also runs Bizwings Blog online.

More of her writing can be found in the Author’s Den.

http://www.authorsden.com/jegrace

Her new Pacific Cove Series; Time of Haunted Beginnings-Book 1 and Time of Second Chances-Book 2, were published in March 2016.” A Walk with Heavenly Spirits” was released 12/5/17.

She released a Christian suspense series -Houses of Mystery- Book 1 “Redemption at Shadow Lake” April 2018, and Book 2 “Buried Secrets. She is working on Book 3 of the Pacific Cove series, Book 3 of the Houses of Mystery series and in the planning stages of a three book Christian fantasy series “The Timekeeper Series.”

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Audiobook Review: Calling Back the Dead by J.R. Erickson

Author: J.R. Erickson
Narrator: Kelsey Navarro
Length: 7 hours and 57 minutes
Series: Northern Michigan Asylum Series, Book 2
Publisher: J.R. Erickson
Released: Aug. 15, 2019
Genre: Paranormal

The sprawling Kerry Manor has stood abandoned for nearly a century.

But that hasn’t kept the darkness at bay. Stories about the cursed house trickle out. Violent deaths, strange sightings, and always the chilling sound of a little girl’s song permeates the murky halls.

Today, Kerry Manor is restored to its original grandeur. Corrie and Sammy Flynn, and their daughter Isis, move into the house for a winter retreat. As they settle into the dim, gothic rooms, they cannot imagine the terror that awaits them.

Kerry Manor houses a malevolence that spans a century. A twisted tale that began when a little girl went into the Northern Michigan Asylum for the Insane and emerged as something dark – something evil.

Kerry Manor is the second novel in a series of stand-alone stories in the Northern Michigan Asylum Series. Start your chilling journey today.

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I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by J.R. Erickson. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

This is the second in the Northern Michigan Asylum Series, but it’s a stand alone novel. There’s no relation between this and the first book in the series except the part that the Northern Michigan Asylum and the evil Brotherhood plays.

When Corrie and Sammy Flynn move into the scary Kerry Manor, Sammy is in heaven. He is obsessed with all things horror. In fact, Halloween is like their Christmas. They have the best Halloween party ever, decorating the entire manor, but Sammy ends up murdered.

Sammy’s twin Sara is sure that Corrie didn’t murder Sammy. While Corrie is spiraling, and the police are trying to find evidence against her, Sara decides to investigate the murder. The investigation takes her to places she never imagined she’d find herself in, and she meets some people who aren’t anywhere near “normal.”

The narrator did a great job with the voices, pace, and timing.

Calling Back the Dead is more horror than just paranormal, but it is still good. The ending was an absolute surprise!

J.R. Erickson (aka Jacki) is an indie author who writes murder mysteries woven with elements of the paranormal. Since childhood, J.R. has been fascinated by otherworldly things. She started penning creepy stories in her adolescence, but didn’t pursue a career in writing until her mid-twenties. Like most paths, J.R.’s has been winding and filled with detours.
Today, she lives in the forests of northern Michigan with her excavator husband and her critter-loving son. In addition to writing, J.R. teaches yoga, hosts the true crime podcast Bitter Endings, and spends every spare minute hanging with her family and her kitties.
Her latest series, the Northern Michigan Asylum Series, is inspired by a real former asylum in Traverse City. J.R. regularly visits the former asylum that has been partially renovated into shops, restaurants and condominiums.

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Kelsey Navarro grew up in Las Vegas with a background in film, singing, and acting. She narrates anything from self-help to erotica. In her spare time, she reads voraciously and enjoys listening to a good podcast or audiobook. She worked in management for over nine years and nerds out over personal development, superheroes, and really great food.

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Audiobook Review: Some Can See by J.R. Erickson

Author: J.R. Erickson
Narrator: Allyson Voller
Length: 7 hours and 26 minutes
Series: Northern Michigan Asylum Series, Book 1
Publisher: J.R. Erickson
Released: May 20, 2020
Genre: Paranormal

The dead have stories to tell. Are you listening?

On a sunny August morning, in 1935, 13-year-old Sophia Gray finds her friend Rosemary wandering in the woods. Rosemary’s yellow dress is tattered and stained, she walks with a strange lurch, and her eyes are vacant and glassy. She beckons to Sophia, desperate to show her something, and Sophia follows.

In an abandoned cabin, beneath a tattered blanket, Sophia discovers Rosemary’s body. It was not Rosemary who led her there, but Rosemary’s ghost.

Step into the Northern Michigan Asylum for the Insane

Twenty years after Sophia discovers Rosemary’s body, she finds herself trapped in the sprawling, and eerily beautiful, Northern Michigan Asylum for the Insane, in the hands of a malevolent doctor who preys on patients who exhibit paranormal abilities.

Sometimes the dead don’t rest

In 1965, Hattie, much like her mother, 30 years before, is led by a ghost. A newspaper hidden in an attic reveals a secret that has shaped the lives of Hattie and her siblings. Hattie with her sister, Jude, embark on a crusade to remedy the wrongs of the past and discover the tale of deception that stole their mother a decade before.

Hattie and Jude are in a race against time to discover a murderer and save their mother from a horrific fate.

Get lost in a uniquely chilling story that spans the life of a family and the ghosts who haunt them.

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I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by J.R. Erickson. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

It took me a little while to get into this book because it kept jumping around to different times. Once I got the characters and dates straight, I enjoyed it.

Sophia has a gift of seeing dead people that she passes on to her daughter, Hattie. They can see dead people. Unfortunately, Sophia dies in a car accident when Hattie is just eight years old, so Hattie doesn’t know that she inherited it from her mother.

When Hattie and her sister Jude are older, they discover that they’d been lied to all of their lives. When they find out the truth, it’s worse than they could have imagined.

The narrator did a good job with pacing and timing. She helped to make the story come alive.

There are several twists in Some Can See. Many of them I didn’t see coming, but a couple things I figured out. Overall, though, the story flowed well once I got into it, and I’m looking forward to listening to the next story in the Northern Michigan Asylum Series.

J.R. Erickson (aka Jacki) is an indie author who writes murder mysteries woven with elements of the paranormal. Since childhood, J.R. has been fascinated by otherworldly things. She started penning creepy stories in her adolescence, but didn’t pursue a career in writing until her mid-twenties. Like most paths, J.R.’s has been winding and filled with detours.
Today, she lives in the forests of northern Michigan with her excavator husband and her critter-loving son. In addition to writing, J.R. teaches yoga, hosts the true crime podcast Bitter Endings, and spends every spare minute hanging with her family and her kitties.
Her latest series, the Northern Michigan Asylum Series, is inspired by a real former asylum in Traverse City. J.R. regularly visits the former asylum that has been partially renovated into shops, restaurants and condominiums.

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Narrator Bio

Allyson is an accomplished actor with a fun, versatile style. She’s been working professionally for more than two decades in Chicago’s theatre and improv community. Her body of work appears in hundreds of projects in all mediums: film, television and commercials, both in front of the camera and behind the microphone. Allyson’s love of performing led her into narrating audiobooks and she has never looked back. She has a degree in theatre, as well as having studied improvisation at both The Second City Conservatory and iO Chicago. In addition to narrating audiobooks she lends her multifaceted voice to the country’s oldest running radio drama as a company member.

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