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                                          WICKED INTENTIONS-a paranormal anthology

 

Publisher: Melange Books                                                                                                             ISBN: 9781612357607

Release Date: 11-13-2013                                                                                                               ASIN: BOOGNRUF40

Pages: 219                                                                                                                                 Formats: Ebook, HTML,

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Blurbs:

 

BLOOD TIES- word count 15, 902

After the mysterious disappearance of twenty-six year old wife and mother Lisa Smalley, her twin,  Audra Roper, begins having dark and disturbing visions of Lisa’s disappearance. Trying to survive while looking for Lisa, Audra’s life becomes a roller coaster of risks, heartbreak, and intrigue.

THE HAUNTING OF BARB MARIE- word count 9,845

Even as a child, Barb Marie saw dead people. This took an unhealthy toil on her throughout her childhood and young adulthood.

SUMMER WIND-word count 13,039

When twenty-nine year old Ginger discovers the old mansion Summer Wind, she is mysteriously drawn to it. . Immediately, the haunting’s have a negative and profound effect on the family.

THE TRUTH BEHIND THE LIES-laying the Norfolk ghost to rest-word count 21,365

Solving the brutal murder of American born Ruthie Geil becomes a gauntlet of attacks and more murders for Federal Police Inspector Ian Christian. Between the victims family, ex-lovers, and ghostly occurrences on Norfolk Island, the killer is closer than anyone realizes.

THE LEGEND OF LAKE MANOR-word count 8,297

For the young psychic Cassandra Lopez, coming to the infamous and haunted mansion Lake Manor, was more like a mission.

THE APARTMENT-word count 5,188

When young newlyweds Bill and Gayle move into their new apartment, their lives are plagued with sightings of evil ghosts that threaten their marriage and lives.

DARK VISIONS-word count 5,170

When Carrie Reynold’s starts having nightmares on her twenty-sixth birthday, she believes her “dark visions” can solve the twenty year disappearance of her father.

Excerpts:

THE HAUNTING OF BARB MARIE

“Barb Marie!” calls the girl’s mother, Tricia, from the backdoor. “Come in, and get washed up. We’re going out.” Tricia waits patiently for her only child as her husband, Rob, warms up the car.

“Yes, Mommy,” replies the green-eyed seven-year old as she turns and says goodbye to her deceased grandfather.

Then with excited anticipation about the new restaurant where her family will dine that evening, Barb Marie races across the lawn into her house.

“Barb Marie, who were you talking to?” asks Tricia.

“Oh, it’s just Grandpa,” says the girl with a big smile, walking past her mother to retrieve her coat.

“Oh…is that who it is?” says Tricia as she gazes around the large yard, seeing no one before closing the door and joining her daughter. Tricia then slips into her coat, and the two exit the home. They find the man of the house waiting in the car.

“I’m out with the two prettiest girls in town,” he says proudly as they drive to the bistro only blocks away.

As they drive, Tricia and Rob complain about their neighbor’s pooch using their yard as a dumping ground. “You just let me catch that mutt doing his business under my hedges again,” says Rob sternly. “I’ll scoop every bit of it up and throw it on that man’s front porch.”

“Now, dear,” says Tricia, trying to calm her excited husband. “That will only make matters worse…and… Barb Marie, who are you whispering to?” She looks back at her daughter playing with her favorite doll in the backseat of their station wagon.

“Oh, just Grandpa,” says the girl as Rob eyes her in the rear view mirror. “He says he can take care of the neighbor’s dog.”

“Now, Barb Marie,” says her father with that stern tone again. “Didn’t we have that conversation about talking to imaginary friends?”

Barb Marie becomes silent and fidgets with her dolly’s hair. “Answer your father, dear,” coaches Tricia. Barb Marie knows only too well the wrath of Father as she rubs her still sore arm.

“Yes, Daddy,” whispers the frightened child from the backseat.

“So who were you speaking to?”

“No one, Daddy,” says Barb Marie apologetically, combing her doll’s hair.

The rest of the evening goes well. Rob keeps his cool. Tricia laughs at his silly stories about co-workers, and Barb Marie eats everything on her plate…just like Grandpa tells her to.

It snows lightly as the family drives toward home. “That chicken fettuccini was delicious,” brags Rob, fully satisfied for the evening.

“Maybe we should take your mother there for her birthday?” suggests Tricia as Rob smiles in agreement.

As they near a red light, stopping behind a motorcyclist, Barb Marie blurts out. “Don’t go yet, Daddy. Wait!”

“Wait for what, dear?” asks Tricia as she and Ron watch the light turn green, and the motorbike zoom through the intersection. At that exact moment a pick-up truck runs the parallel red light, smashing into the cyclist from the left, killing the driver instantly from the looks of the mangled bike.

Barb Marie and Ron are shocked. Ron turns to Barb Marie and asks, “How did you know that was going to happen?”

She smiles and says, “Grandpa told me so.”

THE TRUTH BEHIND THE LIES

~ Laying the Norfolk Ghost to Rest ~

As I drove from the Norfolk airport in my chartered car on that warm windy day in 2003, I steered toward Burnt Pine, the commercial hub of the Island. It had been two years since I stepped foot on this small, but lush islet, one-thousand miles north-east of Sydney, Australia. Being called in to investigate American-born thirty-seven year old Ruthie Geil’s murder, I had the haunting feeling that this case was the case that would make my career.

Before the horrific crime which occurred the previous afternoon, this native land of mine, this tight knit community of sixteen hundred, had only known peace and security. In the blink of an eye, Ruthie’s death put folks on pins and needles. I suspected that feeling would last for years to come. Norfolk Island was discovered by Captain James Cook on his second voyage to the South Pacific in 1774. Abundant with tall straight trees and New

Zealand flax plants, he named the Island after the Duchess of Norfolk. It soon became one of Australia’s most inhumane penal settlements before closing in 1855.

Chief Inspector Talent in my home district in Sydney turned the case over to me when the local Island police force asked for additional help. No one had been murdered there in over a hundred years. As I am a native of the Island, he thought I might have more insight into the locals than someone else on the force.

As I studied the flimsy case file the Chief Inspector gave me, I realized my life and the lives and reputations of every resident on Norfolk could forever change. After dropping off my luggage at the Resort, I drove to the police station. I needed to check in and introduce myself. Also something in the homicide report had set off a red flag. I flashed my badge at the native dispatcher and gave her my name and badge number. “I’m here to help investigate the death of the American. Were there any other crimes that day?”

She thought momentarily, then flipped through a stack of reports. “Only a rental car theft. The car was later recovered from the bottom of a cliff near the Island National Park.”

That was near the area where the body was discovered, the case file said. Was there a connection between the two crimes? “When was the car rented?”

“At 10:30 am.”

“Who rented it?”

She looked again and said, “Ruthie Geil.”

I was stunned at hearing that. Why would my victim rent a car thirty minutes before she went missing? And who drove it off the cliff? “Thank you,” I said with a smile before leaving. That serene Easter day is where my story began. My name is Ian Christian, and I was the Federal Police Inspector assigned to the case.

 

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JoAnne's Book Reviews

 

Flagitious-a 4 crime/mystery anthology

 

 

Review:

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

REVIEW 5*****

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 *****
 
 
Review:
 
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

 

 

4****Stars

 

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. This is like reading the ID channel if you have ever watched it. I had actually seen reenactments of a couple of these murders but not all 12.  It is hard to review this type book since it is a retelling of actual events and details you might not have ever read or heard of otherwise but it is tragic and horrible. Without giving any details of the stories just let me say that they are told very well, the details and court proceedings are perhaps overly detailed in some places, but it is almost police blotter in other places. 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. The only thing I didn’t like was the way some of the stories seemed to be a little too long, perhaps a bit too much description. However, it is important for people to understand what went on and what makes these people do what they did and how they were brought to pay for their crimes. Good book, nice choice of stories included and several that really will make you cringe.

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