JoAnne's Book Reviews
Flagitious-a 4 crime/mystery anthology
This anthology was wonderful. Each and every story was interesting and I read it in one day. Every story was different; the one thing they had in common was crime of one kind or another. I recommend this book, it was never boring.
Reviewed by Linda Tonas January 2015Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team in January 2015
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Loves, Myths, and Monsters-11 fantasy tales entwined within the human world
5***** for “Loves, Myths, and Monsters” a fantasy anthology April 2014
Review: This was a very worthwhile book and it was very diverse. The stories ranged from romance to myths, legends and monsters both human and nonhuman.
Reviewed by: Linda Tonis Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team
Welcome to Anna: 5*****Stars
There are quite a few surprises in this story that I did not expect. Definitely a story worth reading.
The Hunter's Bride: 2.5**'Stars
I enjoyed the story up until the end, when it became confusing. The ending came very fast and there just wasn't enough explanation to what occurred. There should have been more, and I felt a little let down.
Moon People: 4****Stars
This was an interesting tale since it is the first time that I ever read where mermaids eat humans, but then again anything is possible in the world of myths and legends.
The Pack: 3.5***'Stars
My only problem with this story was that Drenda fell in love with Drake even after finding out what he actually is within a day or two of meeting him. I know lycans can fall in love right away when they find their mates, but a human should take a little longer. There is of course, fighting, betrayals, and death, but then again we are talking about werewolves.
The Bidding: 5*****Stars
This was a very suspenseful story and had a very interesting ending.
The Agreement: 5*****Stars
This was quite an interesting tale.
For the Love Of Ginnie: 2**Stars
I found this story to be so long and drawn out, I had to jump to the end. The story was long and wound up pointless. The only positive was that I learned a lot about the time period.
It is Only a Myth: 4****Stars
This was a very interesting story and had a surprise ending.
The Proposition: 4****Stars
This was a very sweet story.
The House on Shady Lane: 4****Stars
This is a monster story, only the monsters in this case are humans. This is one sick family and what happens to them is even sicker.
Love's Curse: 3.5***'Stars
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Wicked Intentions- 7 bones chilling paranormal tales
Reviewed May 2014 by: Linda Tonis Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team
This was a very interesting collection of short stories and all had a touch of the paranormal. Overall, this is a book well worth reading.
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THE CRIME OF THE CENTURY-a shocking true story
1. 4 Star Review by Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite on 8-31-2014
In October of 1982, a pair of teenage sweethearts vanished into the southeastern Ohio night. Two weeks later, the bodies of Shane Shoemaker and Babette Lloyd were found dismembered in a nearby cornfield, while other parts were dumped into the Bottle Neck River. This was 'The Crime of the Century' for the citizens of Rolling Hills, Ohio, and a seemingly endless nightmare for Babette’s stepfather Richard Lloyd. JoAnne Myers does a solid job of presenting the botched investigation filled with questionable experts, unreliable witnesses and unethical police tactics. The investigation of this murder was a perfect storm of ineptitude, satanic fright and plain old prosecutorial misconduct that led to Richard Lloyd being wrongly convicted and sentenced to death.
The Crime of the Century is a sobering account that follows the disappearance and murder of Shane Shoemaker and Babette Lloyd, all the way through to the final resolution of the case. What is so astonishing is the complete lack of ethics or investigative work actually done on the case. The police started with a flawed theory of satanic worship and carved evidence around that theory until they came up with Richard Lloyd as their prime and seemingly only suspect. Dismissing key evidence, hypnotizing witnesses and withholding exculpatory evidence were just a few of the atrocities perpetuated against Lloyd who held strong on Death Row, proclaiming his innocence and appealing his conviction. JoAnne Myers paints Lloyd as a religious man who seemingly holds no ill will against anyone other than the true killers of his daughter and her fiancé. At times the writing appears stilted, but the story itself is gripping enough to withstand it.
2. The Crime of the Century- May 1, 2014 Reviewer Brittany Hale from BTS Magazine
REVIEW: 4.5 Stars
Written in third-person omniscient the narrator tells the story of two missing teens, their murder and the effect it has on their small town. With believable antics, ranging from police corruption, unconventional parenting, unreliable witnesses, satanic rituals, love triangles, hypnosis, forensic profiling, this novel doesn't lack in believability. The crime occurs in the 1980's without the popular DNA evidence, police have to rely on circumstancial ecidence to solve this horrific crime and bring those responsible to justice. The possible errors in previous methods of crime solving are brought to the attention of the reader, as a town is ripped apart by the disappearance of the teens. Although, I would have liked the novel to switch from a detected narration of the facts to a story where I could connect with the characterfs, it was consistent throughout the whole book. Well written and researched, The Crime of the Century, is an engrossing fictional true crime novel.
3. Goodreads author Beverley Bateman gives "The Crime of the Century" 4**** on May 2014
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Murder Most Foul
1. BTS Magazine-December 2013 Issue 17- Reviewer Marie Haney 5 *****
Murder Most Foul introduces us to Walker Harmon, an FBI Agent that's sent out to solve gruesome crimes. In his line of work, blood and gore are the norm, and encountering dangerous individuals and gangs isnt unheard of. But what makes this book so uniquely brilliant is that all the crimes he's set out to solve are based on true crimes in the state of Ohio. The author recreates the scenes with dramatic fashion, adding characters that are so realistic; it feels like you're living the moment right along with them. She is a wonderful storyteller, paying attention to every intricate detail and leaving you hanging onto every word. If you're a fan of crime thrillers, this book will definately not disappoint!
2. Goodreads author James gives "Murder Most Foul" 5***** on March 2013
Review: What can I say about this book? I absolutley loved it. It is one of those books that when you start it is very hard to put down. Everything is very descriptive and exciting it will always keep your interest peaked for more. Maybe the only way it could be better for me is reading it aloud to others around a campfire. It is a wonderfuil read. Well done JoAnne Myers, well done.
3. Goodreads author Emily Capeles gives "Murder Most Foul" 4 **** on June 2013
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Reviews for "Twisted Love" 12 cases of love gone bad
Anthology: Twisted Love
Author: JoAnne Myers
Publisher: Black Rose Writing
Genre: True Crime
Rating: Adult Themes/Violent
This book was a surprise for me since I don’t know what I was expecting. However, it was not a collection of gruesome murders committed by people who at some time had professed love for the person they killed. It is hard to review this type book since it is a retelling of actual events and details. Without giving any details of the stories just let me say that they are told very well. I am giving it 4 Stars for the stories that you really don’t want to know about and can’t stop reading about at the same time. The sad fact is these cases share a common thread of the last face the victim sees is someone they once loved or professed love for them. The depravity of some of these stories is horrible beyond words. You wish it was fiction but these are stories are, unfortunately, real life. How anyone could commit these acts on someone they once loved is beyond my comprehension, Twisted Love, indeed. This stuff may give me nightmares.
Reviewed by: Douglas C. Meeks on November 2014
Member of the Paranormal Romance Guild Review Team
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4 Star Review by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite 8-31-2014
Twisted Love – 12 Cases of Love Gone Bad by JoAnne Myers is a collection of chilling tales, true crimes from Ohio and other states. The last person that most murder victims see is someone they know. In all twelve cases, each victim’s life was taken by a familiar face. Meet Autumn, murdered so her ex-husband doesn’t have to support his children; the two people who trawl Craigslist searching for unsuspecting victims; the 4-year-old murdered by the quintessential evil stepmother; the 13-year-old who was raped and murdered and whose killer was not brought to trial for 16 years. All of these and more besides will have you shuddering at the evil that exists, wondering what lies within these people to make them commit such violent crimes. Follow each story as it tells you how, when, and why the crime was committed and follow the trials that send these criminals to where they belong.
Twisted Love – 12 Cases of Love Gone Bad by JoAnne Myers was a good book. I enjoy true crime stories anyway and these were good examples. Good book, nice choice of stories included and several that really will make you cringe.
Twisted Love-12 cases of love gone bad
Release Date: July 9, 2014
Publisher: Black Rose Writing
Foreword for “Twisted Love” 12 cases of love gone bad
It’s a chilling reality that homicide investigators know all too well: the last face most murder victims see is not that of a stranger, but of someone familiar. Whether only an acquaintance or a trusted intimate, such killers share a common trait that triggers the downward spiral toward death for another: they are masters at hiding who they really are. Their clever masks let them appear safe, kind, and truthful. They are anything but — and almost no one can detect the murderous impulses buried deep in their psyches. In these shattering inside views of both headlined and little-known homicides, the author, speaks for vulnerable victims who loved or befriended the wrong people.
My book begins with the startling investigations, of the kidnapping and murder of young wife and mother Autumn Renee Williams. In March 22, 2011, a small-town alley was the setting for this ambush and kidnapping.
What really happened to the victims depicted in “Twisted Love”? Baffling questions remain unanswered, for hundreds of people. If anyone had detected the depth of depravity within these psychopathic killers, perhaps their victims who loved or trusted them would have been saved. These riveting cases of obsession, lust, murder, secret lives, and sexual depravity, exposes the twisted truth behind the façades of “Twisted Love” 12 cases of love gone bad.