Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (May 2012)
Genre: Nonfiction, 264 Pages
Source: Netgalley for review
Summary From Llewellyn Publications:
Lisa Rogers sensed that the house she bought with her husband Wes came with a ghost. But nothing prepared them for doors slamming on their own, objects flying, and the nightly appearance of a freaky green orb in their bedroom. Their two children had opposing views on the paranormal activity. While Keshia grew attached to the grandmotherly ghost who taught her not to be afraid of thunderstorms and the Native American spirit that tucked her into bed, her brother Troy wasn’t quick to believe in their unearthly guests.
This amazing true story details two decades of terrifying, funny, and heartwarming paranormal encounters—the mischievous entity that imitated the voice of each family member, the spool that “came to life” to chase the kids, the shocking events that shake Wes and Troy’s skepticism—and the enduring love that keeps the family together through it all.
Our Two Cents:
I enjoy a good ghost story and one that is true is even more enjoyable. On Haunted Ground did not disappoint. It starts off with a bang and keeps on banging!
Can you imagine living in a haunted house? Lisa Rogers makes it very easy for us to experience what she and her family did. I ask myself if I would have handled it as well as she and her daughter or would I have been the one looking for the ‘rational explanation’ like her husband and son. I know I would have believed but I would probably have been scared to death. Lisa didn’t run scared, she lived in the house for many years, still lives there today with the spirits.
There were some creepy moments like seeing her daughter, Keshia all tucked nicely in bed and asking how she did it and managed to get her arms under the covers. Her daughter answered that the Indian did it, he tucked her in every night!
I felt a chill go up my spine when I read that but then a smile came to my face. How nice to know that Keshia was not afraid of this ghost and that she was being looked after by the spirit world.
I enjoyed watching Wes, Lisa’s husband come around from being a non-believing skeptic to experiencing first hand the spirits in his house, his workshop and places where he worked. While he still ‘tried’ to find a solid reason for strange happenings, when he couldn’t, he accepted
I enjoyed the entire book but my favorite part was the epilogue. The epilogue was written by Lisa’s now grown and married daughter Keshia from her point of view growing up with ghosts, being followed to her new home by spirits and her descriptions of them. I love how she says that “ghosts were just part of life, nothing to get too excited about.” Or when she says that some of her experiences were unpleasant or frightening but isn’t that the same with people?
I believe that children are very receptive to spirits because they do not become afraid and jaded until they are taught to. I love how Ms. Rogers never tried to convince her daughter that she was not seeing or hearing or experiencing these things but allowed her to talk about them openly and without criticism. Of course it was easy for her to do that since she believed as well but I still think it is great that her daughter’s experiences were never belittled.
There was nothing about this book that I did not like other than for me, it was too short. I would have loved to spend more time with the author and her family and spirits. I learned a lot, I cringed, and I laughed. Now when I see that movement out of corner of my eye, I just may have the nerve to ask them who they are!
- Spirits Among Us – What Are They? (wdednh.wordpress.com)
- ~~~~16 Signs That Your House is Haunted~~~~ (demonizerdoom.wordpress.com)
- New Paranormal Investigation Web Series Mass Most Haunted Coming to YouTube (dreadcentral.com)
- Ghosts (annstanleywriting.wordpress.com)
- Ghost of Rosewood Asylum by Steven Prosapio: Book Review (tellysays.wordpress.com)
Publisher: St Martin’s Press (February 14, 2012)
Genre: Fiction, Medical Thriller, 384 pages
Source: Author for honest review
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About the book…..
From the New York Times bestselling author of A Heartbeat Away and The Last Surgeon comes a shocking new novel at the crossroads of politics and medicine.
What if a well respected doctor inexplicably goes on a murderous rampage?
When Dr. John Meacham goes on a shooting spree the office, his business partner, staff, and two patients are killed in the bloodbath. Then Meacham turns the gun on himself.
The blame falls on Dr. Lou Welcome. Welcome worked with Meacham years before as a counselor after John’s medical license had been revoked for drug addiction. Lou knew that John was an excellent doctor and deserved to be practicing medicine and fought hard for his license to be restored. After hearing the news of the violent outburst, Lou is in shock like everyone else, but mostly he’s incredulous. And when he begins to look into it further, the terrifying evidence he finds takes him down a path to an unspeakable conspiracy that seems to lead directly to the White House and those in the highest positions of power.
Our Two Cents….
WOW, how is that for a review? Pretty much sums up my feelings on the book! I love Medical Suspense and Michael Palmer writes the best ones. His characters are ‘real’ people, people who I have no problem identifying with and Dr. Welcome is awesome. He is a dad, an ex-husband, a brilliant doctor who hit bottom and climbed his way back up to now help other doctors suffering the same fate. He never hides from his past or tries to sugar coat it and I admire that. I truly enjoyed his interaction with his teen daughter and the way he handled his ex-wife’s new marriage and husband. I felt that he still loved his ex but he knew it was his fault that he lost her and respected and supported her chance at a new life and happiness. I wish every divorce was this way.
Now for the story……OMG, it was scary and not scary like a horror book. Scary like IT COULD HAPPEN and may be happening. Would we even know it? Read the book, google some terms and get your mind going. I only hope things never get this far. I for one will be watching the corn that I buy. LOL
I was addicted from page one and could not put the book down. UNTIL the termite scene. I am going into no detail because I don’t want to give spoilers but I actually had to put the book down and ‘recover’ from this chapter before moving along. It was written brilliantly, vividly and way too real. I needed a shower. “Nuf said!
Oath of Office is a wonderful book and no review can do it justice. Get it, read it, you won’t be sorry!
- Oath Of Office reviewed by Fran Lewis (gabina49.wordpress.com)
- Oath of Office (tillie49.wordpress.com)
- Infectious Diseases Expert Sheds Light on the Influenza Vaccine in a New Medical Thriller by Tim Kuberski, MD (prweb.com)
Yes, yes, yes, I know I said all of my updates would be in my original Winter’s Respite post but a girl can change her mind can’t she? I am doing this post for two reasons.
1. To update my sad status on reading
2. To introduce you to a wonderful new site that I stumbled upon that I am loving.
Pretty sad. I managed to finish Imperfect Justice by Jeff Ashton and write a review which can be found here if you missed it.
I read about four or five chapters of Ghosts of Rosewood Asylum which is very good but I keep getting sidetracked!
I started Nocturnal by Scott Sigler which I am reading for a review. Don’t ask my why I started it when I am in the middle of so many. Let’s just say I could not help myself. Now it is very hard to put it down. I love Scott Sigler.
I missed the mini challenges due to the fact that I have been sick and not online. This seems to happen to me whenever I try a read-a-thon. Could it be a sign?
Congrats to those who did them and to those who won. I hope to visit you soon!
Now on to something that I fell in love with…..
Have you heard of it? I found it quite by accident the other day while doing a blog post. It came in the Zemeta feed and I checked it out.
For $24.95 a month you can listen to as many audio books as you want! You don’t buy them, they are not yours but you can listen to them in your time frame and you can listen to more than one at a time.
If you are like me and get bored and like to have a variety this is great. They offer a free seven-day trial which I am doing right now. I will be keeping my membership for sure.
I have been a member of audible.com for years and while I do like them, I find that once I have listened to the books I have nothing to do with them. I get one credit a month which means one book free. They do have really good sales though.
I like audiobooks.com better for the reason that its UNLIMITED books and it syncs across devices. You listen via their online player. I can listen from home then go to their site at work and pick up where I left off. Or I can go to their site on my phone and pick up where I left off.
This is especially nice for me because I can’t download any apps in work due to security so audible is out for streaming. I can access audiobooks.com with no problem.
I’ve read a few things about the price being too high but honestly I don’t think it’s so bad. I pay $15.00 for audible and that’s only one credit a month. The $24.95 is UNLIMITED so while I would love it to be lower, I don’t think it is unrealistic either.
If you enjoy a variety and don’t mind not owning the books then for sure, give this site a look.
- Can A Streaming Audiobooks Service Work? (moconews.net)
- Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-Thon (thereadingdate.com)
- Winter escape (jackrich.wordpress.com)
- One more readathon in January (breadcrumbreads.wordpress.com)
- Because it’s a FAQ: some thoughts on self-publishing (wilwheaton.typepad.com)
About the book:
In the vine-twisted swamps of Louisiana, the shadows have teeth.
Jack Winter has spent his entire life running from something no one else can see. His childhood is his darkest secret, but after a near fatal accident along a deserted road, the darkness he was sure he’d escaped rears its ugly head… and smiles.
But this time, he isn’t the only one who sees the soulless eyes of his past. This time, his six-year-old daughter Charlie leans into his ear and whispers: "Daddy, I saw it too."
And then she begins to change.
Faced with reliving the nightmares of his childhood, Jack watches his daughter spiral into the shadows that had nearly consumed him twenty years before.
But Charlie isn’t the only one who’s changing.
Jack never outran the darkness. It’s been with him all along.
And it’s hungrier than ever.
A new breed of dark fiction: the subtlety of Seed will haunt you, and the end will wickedly satisfy.
My Two Cents:
Seed rocks! How's that for a review? Seed is classic horror, psychological horror, creepy horror, pee your pants horror. I loved it!
About the book:
2nd place finish in the JS 2011 horror writing contest.
Diagnosed with a brain tumor, Geoffrey returns to his hometown for a reunion of the Jokers Club (his childhood gang) with the hopes of unearthing the imagination he held in his youth. Upon arriving, he discovers the creative juices that drove his writing many years ago surround him: the tombstone salesman who chisels out names of the dead, the far-sighted barber with the bloodstained smock and the reclusive Tin Man, just to name a few.
Unfortunately Geoffrey’s tumor quickly worsens, bringing on blackouts and hallucinations where he encounters the spectral figure of a court jester who had been his muse as a child. The jester inspires Geoffrey’s work on his manuscript, fueling his writing at a ferocious pace. The dead and the living co-exist in the pages of Geoffrey’s story, in a town where time seems to be frozen in a past that still haunts the present.
When one of the gang is found dead it rattles not only his group of friends, but everyone begins to look at each other as possible suspects. Will the pounding growth in Geoffrey’s head be held at bay long enough for him to discover who is targeting his friends, or will the pages in his unfinished novel rewrite history?
My Two Cents:
There is nothing like a good, creepy horror book that not only scares you but makes you think. The Jokers Club delivered on all levels! I have not read a book like this in a long, long time and I hope there are many more in the works from Mr. Bastianelli.