HUMAN TRAFFICKING AWARENESS DAY

Human Trafficking Awareness Site HERE

National Human Trafficking Awareness Day on January 11 raises awareness of the persistent issue of human trafficking. Though the entire month of January has already been recognized as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, this day is specifically dedicated to awareness and prevention of the illegal practice.

National Awareness Day of Human Trafficking falls this year on the 11th of January. Its purpose is to draw attention to one of the most horrific crimes this world has to offer – Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery. Given its cruel and sadistic nature, and given that National Awareness Day for Human Trafficking is almost upon us, it is important to highlight some facts about this global atrocity.

Many forms of this abuse take place much closer to home than we might imagine. Human traffickers target and recruit vulnerable individuals by preying on their personal situations, using force or fraud, or sometimes targeting them more subtly through the use of social media and dating platforms. They often exploit these apps and websites to recruit victims through what appear to be legitimate job offers. They persuade victims to meet in person and, unfortunately, such meetings can frequently result in abduction and kidnapping.

There are over twenty million victims worldwide. Close to five million of these are young women trafficked into the sex trade. The others are adults and impoverished children, forced into many forms of slave labour, living in degrading and brutal conditions. With vast numbers like these, the industry is globally estimated to be worth about $750 billion a year to those who engage in it. 

These people operate in dark places and tend to have minimum visibility. One detective referred to this barbarity as, “a hidden crime … hidden in plain sight. People really do need to be made aware of it.” Maybe National Awareness Day will help open people’s eyes to it.

But what can any of us do? There will probably be all sorts of information available about this on the 11th of January, but initially we can:

  1. inform ourselves about Human Trafficking and learn the signs;
  2.  remain vigilant at all times;
  3. report any concerns we might have to the authorities;
  4. spread the word about the practice to friends;
  5. raise our voices where we can.

Go HERE for more information on Human Trafficking

Talented writer, Brian O’Hare recently released a perfect book for this day. The author cares about his work, his subject matter, and about people. He also cares about justice, and more importantly, injustice. His words matter to him, and if you give him a try, you will soon see that they’ll matter to you too.

The Trafficking Murders

Crimson Cloak Publishing is proud to announce the recent publication of The Trafficking Murders from one of our best-selling authors, an exciting mystery thriller which opens the lid on this dreadful practice. Readers’ Favorite, a major book awards organization, has this to say about it:

Well-researched novels like Brian O’Hare’s The Trafficking Murders need to be written and read. The truth about what happens to victims of trafficking is ugly indeed and explored excellently by this talented author. Just think: these are someone’s children. This could happen to your son or daughter. It is thanks to the concern and compassion with which Brian O’Hare creates his characters and writes his novel that readers get a thorough look at the emotional, physical, and psychological effects of trafficking on both victims and those who try to help them. O’Hare’s research and writing skills are top-notch.

The Trafficking Murders can now be purchased at the special introductory price of $1.99 from Amazon, or it can be read free through Amazon’s KU. (Kindle Unlimited)

Link to my review of The Trafficking Murders

Crimson Cloak Publishing interview of Author Brian O’Hare

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FIVE-STAR EDITORIAL REVIEW “RISE OF A WARRIOR”

AMAZON: RISE OF A WARRIOR

LITERARY TITAN: FIVE OUT OF FIVE STARS

“Carla Trystan has spent her life running from monsters. She never understood why she was different, or why she didn’t age. She just followed her instincts and ran whenever she encountered someone that wasn’t human. Vampires, shapeshifters, Djinn and Fae are all involved in this mystery. Azrael is tracking down rogue shifters, and in this hunt, he runs into Carla, he knows instantly she is his one true mate. Carla only knows she is surrounded by monsters and needs to get away but stays to save the young coworker of hers that the rogue has taken hostage. From this point Carla is now part of hunting party. Azrael introduces her to the many supernatural beings that become involved in this much deeper plot than he or the council of Laizahlia ever expected.

This is the second book by Denna Holm I have read, Rise of a Warrior did not disappoint me at all. The novel starts out with Carla telling readers that she has to run again. You can feel the fear she has, but at the same time, her deep desire to protect her friends in the diner. The desire to protect humans is a Laizahlia trait that she is unaware of in her genetic makeup. Over the first few chapters we learn just how strong Carla is. Her need to run isn’t just fear, it is survival. Azrael finds her and she starts handing everything he throws at her in stride. Going from knowing there are monsters out there, to learning you are one is intense, and Holm lets the reader experience all of it with her detailed and precise writing style.

You can find hundreds of books out there on shapeshifters, vampires, fae, and other creatures, but Holm’s version of these beings feels fresh and different. She isn’t taking the same old character sheets and giving them new names, she instead has taken traditional “knowns” about these beings and enhanced them. They come to life more and are relatable in their thoughts and actions. This book is hard to put down because the characters are so engaging, and you get attached and want to know how things turn out. The plot line is complex and layered. It isn’t just a simple story; it builds as it goes and you uncover more and more players all twisted together. There is the building romance of Carla and Azrael, but I wouldn’t classify this as a romance novel, the relationship is just part of the story and mystery, not the end all destination.

While Rise of a Warrior is book five in this series, it stands on it’s own but leaves you wanting more. With so many plot lines twisted you know there will be more to explore, more questions to answer, and even some more romance to build.” — Literary Titan

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**NEW RELEASE** RISE OF A WARRIOR

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Carla Trystan is a half-breed vampire who has spent her entire life running from powerful Hunters—aliens from another world. She is also plagued by nightmares, hearing the same deep, dark voice say night after night, ‘If you wish to live, child, take my hand.’ When she finally meets the man behind the terrifying voice, it is to discover he is one of the aliens she has spent her life running from.

Azrael, an ancient Hunter for the Laizahlian Council, is sent to Earth to track down three rogues from their world. What he doesn’t expect is to run into his lifemate. Azrael senses there is more than vampire blood running through Carla’s veins. He suspects a Djinn is involved, placing them both in great danger.

Their journey will thrust them both into the Fae realm, where Carla must rise up and fight the cruel queen who means to take Azrael as her own.

“One Intriguing Journey. Fantastic! Denna hits the ground running with this tough as nails 100% on point realism, delivering one action packed hard hitting, nail-biting, block busting bombshell, keeping you riveted on a razors edge and frozen to your seat, wrapping this baby up sleek shiny and tight…” —Kay (top 500 reviewer Amazon)

THE TRAFFICKING MURDERS by Brian O’Hare

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Lin Hui and Cheung Mingzhu win scholarships to study at Queen’s University in Belfast. Alina Balauru departs a poor farm in Romania for well paid work in Northern Ireland. Three lives harbouring long-cherished dreams. Three lives headed for tragedy.

Sheehan and his Serious Crimes Unit discover the body of one of the young women in the garden of an upmarket residence. Confronted with violent Chinese racketeers, brutal human-traffickers and a fiendishly clever killer called The Shadow, they are baffled by a case that seems to lead in two entirely different directions.

Can they find out who The Shadow is in time to save the other two victims?

“Thought-provoking, emotional and gut-wrenching. An exceptional crime-thriller and a must-read for any thriller lover.”
[Eric Praschan, Author of Blind Evil and The Burden of Silence]

“This is mystery writing of the highest quality by an author who deserves very wide recognition.” [Grady Harp, Hall of Fame Top 100 Reviewer]

“I am a fan of detective novels and this book reminds me pretty much of Stephen King’s or Jeffrey Deaver’s works.”
[Phg. Ngx., Online Book Club]

MY REVIEW: FIVE OUT OF FIVE STARS

The Trafficking Murders by Brian O’Hare is one of the best crime thrillers I’ve read in years. He managed to grab my attention right from the start and didn’t let go until I reached the end. I think I might have even held my breath through a few scenes. Trust me, you’ll be biting your nails too, and even shedding a few tears, as you follow not only Chief Inspector Sheehan and his crew in the story, but the trafficked victims as well. These characters became real in my mind, I cared about them, and I had to keep turning the pages to see what would happen to them.

As usual, police procedure was spot on, allowing me to try to guess who might be behind this mysterious Shadow as we followed along. The clues are there, but you need to be on your toes if you want a chance to put everything together.

I have always enjoyed Brian’s crime thrillers, but there was an emotional element to this one that really had a profound effect on me. Maybe it’s because it touches so close to home for a lot of us. Human traffickers are monsters. They exist. And none of us, or our kids and grandkids, are truly safe from them. Kudos to Brian O’Hare for writing an awesome story. Can’t wait to see what he comes up with next.

BRIAN O’HARE

Because of a debilitating illness, Dr. Brian O’Hare [B.A., ADCE(Hons.), M.A., Ph.D] took early retirement in 1998 from his post as Assistant Director of a large Regional College in Newry in Northern Ireland. It transpired that he had an irreversible liver disease (a childhood affliction) that required a liver transplant. Married with three children and ten grandchildren, he now enjoys full health, plays golf, and writes from time to time.

He is author of several academic works as well as two memoirs, and five award-winning fiction novels, including the Crimson Cloak’s Inspector Sheehan Mystery Series. Look for the first four award-winning books in the Sheehan series, The Doom Murders,The 11.05 MurdersThe Coven Murders, and The Dark Web Murders, available from a variety of distributors such as Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble and Ingram.

There are also three Crimson Short Stories featuring Inspector Sheehan: Murder at Loftus HouseMurder at the Roadside Cafe, and Murder at the Woodlands Care Home.

 Also by Brian O’Hare:

The Miracle Ship– award winning religious non-fiction.

Fallen Men – award winning contemporary fiction.

A Spiritual Odyssey– a spiritual/medical memoir.

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THE BATTLE FOR IMPERIANA By Rick Stepp-Bolling

THE BATTLE FOR IMPERIANA: PATCH MAN III

With the war in Summia over, Imperiana becomes the new battlefield. Var arrives in Adriat hoping to convince President Gelfson to end his insane attempt to create an army of dead Imperialists and invade Summia to complete his plan of total genocide. Meesha, in an effort to save Ten, travels to Imperiana only to discover Moab has set a diabolical trap for her. Now she must choose between freeing Zefa, her adopted mother, or Ten, the love of her life. One will live and one will die.

 

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My Review:

Five out of Five Stars

I love this trilogy by Rick Stepp-Bolling. It’s been one of my favorite fantasy series. Though all three parts can be read as standalone novels, it’s best if you read them in order. We first learn to care about these characters, Var, Zefa, Ka, Meesha and Ten in Patch Man. Imperial High Command unleashes Ulan, a formidable assassin and mystic who chases the Patch Man and his ragged band of followers through a labyrinth peopled with powerful beings and monsters. Meesha, the one-armed little girl, is the secret key to ultimate victory and peace.

In The Battle for Summia, the second book, the war against Imperiana has reached the point of desperation. The Patch Man has been trapped inside the Source for seven years, unable to use its magic. He knows that Summia’s only hope for survival lies in their ability to recruit warriors from other domains. Meesha is a teenager now, and Ten is the leader of a rebel band. They travel to Haba-Yan in search of the Lore Mistress, Kerash, but find more than they bargained for in the attempt. Meanwhile, the former Imperial assassin, Ulan, has ventured back to the Chunee seeking redemption. What she finds instead may well turn the tide in the final battle for Summia.

With the war in Summia over, Imperiana becomes the new battlefield. Meesha and Ten are adults now. President Gelfson is attempting to create an army of dead Imperialists to invade Summia. His plan is for total genocide. When Ten is captured, Meesha travels to Imperiana to try to save him only to step into a diabolical trap set for her. Now she must choose between freeing Zefa, her adopted mother, or Ten, the love of her life. One will live and the other will die. How can she possibly choose?

Only rarely does a novel come along that has such an emotional effect that it makes me cry. The author managed to bring Var, Ka, Meesha and the rest of the crew to full, three-dimensional life. I felt like I was right there with them, sharing their pain, their determination, fighting their battles. The pace is kept fast from start to finish, tension kept high, and the world building in this series is top notch. I won’t give the ending away, but I can say you won’t be disappointed. I definitely recommend this series for all readers of fantasy/science fiction. If you enjoy gaming, you’ll also enjoy reading all three books in this Patch Man trilogy. Can’t wait to see what Rick comes up with next.

 

Rick Stepp-Bolling, a retired professor of writing from Mt San Antonio College, now resides in Ramona, California, with his wife, Francie, and their collection of rescued animals. He has published four books with a fifth on the way: SMOKE AND MIRRORS (a book of poetry), AUTOCIDE (a collection of short stories), ICARIAN, and his first novel in a fantasy/science fiction series, PATCH MAN, published by Crimson Cloak Publishers. He can be contacted at his website rickstepp-bolling.com.

https://www.facebook.com/RickSteppBolling/
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8424607.Rick_Stepp_Bolling
https://www.linkedin.com/in/rick.stepp.bolling.82796347

 

Patch Man

A prophecy declares a small child will decide the victory between two countries paralyzed by war…

An old man sells magical patches on the ruined streets of Hagra-Dis when a small, one-armed girl begs him to fix her doll. An Imperial missile blast kills the little girl, Meesha, but Var patches her back to life, and they flee marauding storm troopers. Imperial High Command unleashes Ulan, a formidable assassin and mystic who chases the Patch Man and his ragged band of followers through a labyrinth peopled with powerful beings and monsters. Both the pursued and pursuers find themselves in life or death situations when they encounter the Greeter, a mysterious being who controls the entrance to parallel worlds populating the labyrinth. It is in these domains they discover clues to end the war—with little Meesha as the secret key to ultimate victory and peace. Get your copy HERE

 

The Battle For Summia: PATCH MAN II

For Summia, the war against Imperiana has reached the point of desperation. President Gelfson vows to end the fight with the total annihilation of every Summian man, woman and child. Var, the Patch Man, has been trapped inside the Source for seven years, unable to use its magic until now. He knows that Summia’s only hope for survival lies in their ability to recruit warriors from other domains. Meesha, the one-armed teenager, and Ten, the leader of a rebel band, travel to Haba-Yan in search of the Lore Mistress, Kerash, but they find more than they bargained for in the attempt. Meanwhile, the former Imperial assassin, Ulan, has ventured back to the Chunee seeking redemption. What she finds instead may well turn the tide in the final battle for Summia.

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**FREE** PATCH MAN By Rick Stepp-Bolling **FREE**

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A prophecy declares a small child will decide the victory between two countries paralyzed by war…

An old man sells magical patches on the ruined streets of Hagra-Dis when a small, one-armed girl begs him to fix her doll. An Imperial missile blast kills the little girl, Meesha, but Var patches her back to life, and they flee marauding storm troopers.

Imperial High Command unleashes Ulan, a formidable assassin and mystic who chases the Patch Man and his ragged band of followers through a labyrinth peopled with powerful beings and monsters. Both the pursued and pursuers find themselves in life or death situations when they encounter the Greeter, a mysterious being who controls the entrance to parallel worlds populating the labyrinth. It is in these domains they discover clues to end the war—with little Meesha as the secret key to ultimate victory and peace.

What people are saying about Patch Man:

“After finishing the most current book in this series, I realized I should have written this review long ago, but here it is now. Patch Man almost defies categorization, it’s a rich mashup of fantasy, science fiction, fairy tale, war story, and quest. It’s chock full of fascinating characters each of which seems to have their own special talents. Var, the Patch Man, can use patches of his and his wife, Zefa’s fabrication for all sorts of things. They can open portals in solid rock, the close open doors, they can heal the sick and wounded, and much more. The one-armed girl, Meesha, they adopt in the middle of a battle for the subjection of their country Summia, by a neighboring and apparently natural enemy, Imperiana, has very powerful talents, only barely comprehended as the story begins. These three meet and gather others, Ka, a winged humanoid, Ten, a teenaged boy who captivates Meesha.

The brutal warfare between the countries forces them into a Quest to find the Source who can end the war, and the path is through an underground Labyrinth. where the fun really begins. There are rings of power, dragons, dwarves, grizzles, galgahans, avatars, and magic of every sort. In the Labyrinth are entryways to myriad domains, alternate universes controlled by Greeters These dimensional worlds comprise the Labyrinth Game Quest, which requires each player to solve an independent quest in that domain or face death. Add in Ulan, an assassin from Imperiana, and Ulan, a Lore Mistress, and many varied characters along the way, and you have a rich panoply of individuals striving for ascendency in the author’s world.

Fare for lovers of action and adventure in speculative worlds.” –Larry J. Dunlap (Amazon Reviewer)

“If you enjoy fantasy action genre, then this book is for you. We have magic, adventure and near death experiences mixed with the author’s subtle sense of humor. Within the first chapters, magic is revealed, a one armed child (who may be destined to save the world) is rescued and a flying winged hybrid warrior join forces with a husband and wife. This team is driven from their home into a vast wilderness and soon forced into underground tunnels. In these caverns, many adventures and quests must be faced. Both female and male characters are fully developed and empowered. Toward the end of this read, you will discover how a hundred years of conflict was caused by a culinary concern. I’m sure that all will enjoy this fast paced and well developed story.” —Stephen Hamilton (Amazon Reviewer)

My Review:

Five out of five stars:

Complex story and characters that had me sitting with anticipation on the edge of my seat from start to finish. It’s not often that I find a new author who captures my attention the way Rick Stepp-Bolling did with his Patch Man. He is now on my list of favorite authors and one to watch out for.

You won’t find perfect characters in a perfect world in this story. Meesha, the one-armed girl, is part of a prophecy involving two warring countries, and Var, the old man known as the Patch Man, is destined to help her. They are surrounded by a cast of intensely flawed but likeable characters. We get to watch them grow and step up to the many challenges facing them on a day to day basis.
The story drew me in right from the start when Meesha is almost killed and the Patch Man saves her, taking her back to his home. He has no idea where this will eventually lead or the part he must play in it. This scene and all those that follow are brought to life with vivid detail in setting and non-stop action. We have hybrid creatures, magic, and a strange labyrinth to maneuver through as individual quests are faced. To fail means to die.

I struggled to find areas to be critical of here. There are many characters to keep track of but each one is written in such a way that they become real right from the start. It was easy to move between one scene and the next, the story masterfully woven together for an exciting end. Though this is an obvious series, the story does not leave you hanging in an irritating way. We know more is to come but we’re left anticipating the next installment instead of being frustrated. Can’t wait to read more!

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Rick Stepp-Bolling, a retired professor of writing from Mt San Antonio College, now resides in Ramona, California, with his wife, Francie, and their collection of rescued animals. He has published four books with a fifth on the way: SMOKE AND MIRRORS (a book of poetry), AUTOCIDE (a collection of short stories), ICARIAN, and his first novel in a fantasy/science fiction series, PATCH MAN, published by Crimson Cloak Publishers. He can be contacted at his website rickstepp-bolling.com.

https://www.facebook.com/RickSteppBolling/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8424607.Rick_Stepp_Bollin

https://www.linkedin.com/in/rick.stepp.bolling.82796347

Also by Rick:
Autocide: Tales From The Unknown Fork In The Road
Smoke and Mirrors
Patch Man

Books:
SMOKE AND MIRRORS  by Nuvein Press 2009
AUTOCIDE by Claremont Village Press 2014
Anthologies:
BEGGARS CROSSING by Coffee House Writers Group 2013
DARKNESS BREWING by Coffee House Writers Group 2015

Contests:
Urban Ocean Festival (Sponsored by Aquarium of the Pacific) First Place: 2011, 2012.
Whittier Poetry Contest: First Place, 2011

Poetry:

Published by Dirty Dog Press
Statement Magazine (published by CSULA)
Rostrum (published by CCC Academic Senate)

Nuvein on-line magazine
A variety of other small press magazines
Short Stories:
“Chameleon”
“Fire and Ice”
“The Sorcerer”
“Simon Says”
“Autocide”
Nuvein on-line magazine

 

** FREE** “THE DRAGON SLEEPS” by Ellen Read **FREE**

Benedict Archer, who is manager of Thornton Antiques in Melbourne and who has been secretly helping Alexandra learn more about her family business, is also invited. Alexandra asks Benedict and Edith Blackburn, her friend since childhood, to be with her when she approaches her father.

When Edith claims that Benedict is in love with her, Alexandra can’t believe it. In all the time they’d been at Thornton Antiques together, he’d never said a word. Now, Alexandra looks at him differently. Can it be true?

Then a body found in the orchard and, before the weekend is over, a priceless artifact is stolen. Alexandra is determined to discover how these things are connected to the Ming dragon and the antiques her great-grandfather brought with him from Hong Kong so many years ago.

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What others are saying about The Dragon Sleeps

“The Dragon Sleeps is reminiscent of Agatha Christie as others have mentioned; but it was more than that for me. What came to my mind was Nancy Drew which I devoured growing up. Both Alex and Nancy are young women on the cusp; although in two different eras and places, their best friends are very similar and both have a knack for mysteries. Perhaps, I’m reading too much into the similarities. It doesn’t really matter, though. I was hooked. The Inca’s Curse is next…!!!” –Linda L. Oliphant (Amazon Reviewer)

“MC Alexandra was such a joy to follow. Alexandra is very untraditional for her time period, which I absolutely loved. She’s smart as a whip and brave, and determined to carve her own path in life. She’s the kind of character you can root for. I live for strong female characters, and Ellen Read doesn’t disappoint on that account. The author’s love for her homeland, history, architecture, and flowers is displayed with beautiful passion in these pages, and the passion became contagious!

Reading TDS was like stepping into the pages of an old-world Agatha Christie novel. The world Read builds brings the setting, characters, and time period roaring to brilliant life. The romance and suspense left me breathless until the very end.

With amazing story, characters, and historical content, ‘The Dragon Sleeps’ is a luscious literary treat. Highly recommend!” —Kara Harte (Amazon Reviewer)

“The Dragon Sleeps by Ellen Read took me by surprise. How you ask, in a beautiful intriguing way. I don’t read many mysteries, and this one was done so elegantly. The twists and turns throughout kept me guessing. At times I had suspicions on the culprit but never guessed. I didn’t expect to be drawn into the story so quickly, and get so invested in the characters. I could easily envision the surroundings of the The Dragon Sleeps. This story held my attention from page 1. Loved it.” — Amazon Reviewer

My Review:

Five out of five stars

Wow, I felt like I’d been placed in the hands of a masterful storyteller with Ellen Read! In The Dragon Sleeps, the author gives us an expert view into 1920s Australia, which I personally found fascinating. Alexandra is the daughter of a wealthy antiques dealer. She greatly admires her father and grandfather and desires to be a part of the business—not an acceptable job for a woman during this time period. Unbeknownst to her father, Alexandra has convinced their new young employee to teach her about their antique business. Not surprisingly, there just might be a romance blooming between Alexandra and Benedict.

The story begins at the Thornton family home. They are hosting several couples who carry more than a passing interest in some of the antiques stored at their residence. It is here we are introduced to Alexandra and her best friend Edie, and we also learn Alexandra might be developing strong feelings for Benedict. But the budding romance is only a small part of this story, one full of deceit, greed and murder. The hot topic is a brass dragon an antiques dealer named Mr. Zhang sold to Thomas Thornton. When one of the Thornton’s employees is brutally murdered, claw marks visible on his body, some believe the dragon may have come to life. This is especially puzzling when they find blood on the dragon’s claws.

I enjoyed the mystery involved in this story, both with the antiques themselves and the murders taking place around them. The author kept me guessing as to the true murderer (and their motive) right up until the end. Never once did I question the authority about the time period Ellen Read dropped us in, nor her expert knowledge of Ming Dynasty antiques. For those who enjoy murder mystery, detective types, you can’t go wrong with The Dragon Sleeps. I’m looking forward to the next adventure in this series.

Don’t miss out on getting a free copy of this excellent book HERE!

Ellen Read was born in Queensland, Australia. She has always enjoyed reading, even from a young age. As an only child, she made up stories about fairies and little people in other worlds. When she was eighteen, she started writing her first book. Several novels followed, which are now in the proverbial bottom drawer, and Ellen says will probably never see the light of day. She loves to read fiction, non-fiction and poetry and particularly loves history and stories of ancient myths and legends. Authors such as Edgar Allan Poe, Agatha Christie, and Victoria Holt, the latter of whom wrote gothic mystery/romances, have influenced her own work. Ellen’s other passion is photography. She loves to photograph flowers, landscapes and architecture. Her website features many of her photos. Other interests include music and musical theatre, and dance. Ellen was a ballroom dancing teacher for many years and has also worked in Performing Arts administration.

COMING SOON BY ELLEN READ AND CRIMSON CLOAK PUBLISHING

“THE INCA’S CURSE”

Set in 1928 in Victoria, Australia. The Thornton family made its money in the goldfields during the 1850s and the antiques trade. Thornton Park is their lavish mansion close to Melbourne. They also own a home and a goldmine in Daylesford, in the heart of Victoria, where their close friends, the Bassetti family, are part of a thriving Swiss-Italian community.

Alexandra Thornton has married Benedict Archer. On their honeymoon in Daylesford, Alexandra’s pearls are stolen and within days there are two murders.

Back at Thornton Park, Alexandra discovers a secret compartment in a desk. Inside is a gold and diamond necklace and a letter written by her grandfather, James Thornton. It’s a love letter, Alexandra assumes written to his wife after her death. He claims the necklace is cursed.

BEHIND CLOSED DOORS By Karen J. Mossman

Kerry tries to protect her sister, but she can’t protect her mum or herself from Bill, her stepfather. He’s mean and volatile and likes to drink. When she meets Tommy, they fall in love, and she finds out his last girlfriend brought trouble to his nice normal family. Not wanting to jeopardize their relationship and do the same, Kerry tries to keep her secrets behind closed doors.

Eventually, the bruises and the lies tell their own story. She can’t hide the fact Bill is wrecking their family, and deeper family issues threaten to destroy the best thing that ever happened to her—Tommy.

A coming of age story set to a backdrop of seventies music and fashion.

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What other reviewers are saying about Behind Closed Doors.

“Behind Closed Doors is heartbreaking. I could feel so much of Kerry’s pain as well as the love Tommy had for her. I definitely recommend this story.” — Romaine Heart (Amazon Reviewer)

“This is my first time reading this author. I found this book to be filled with emotion as Kerry shows just how strong of a character she is. It’s wonderfully written and highlights the fact that we don’t always know what is happening behind closed doors. This is an amazing read and I recommend it to everyone…” — Sharon (Vine Voice Amazon)

“The book is a good inspirational romance read. The story has a good story line, and the story is a well written read. The characters are good, and they have good chemistry. The story is an enjoyable emotional romance read.” — Kimberly (Amazon Reviewer)

My review:

Five out of Five Stars

Teenage life is hard enough without adding the problems Kerry must face on a daily basis. She loves her mother and sister and will do anything to try to protect them. But Kerry has big secrets, dark secrets, and she doesn’t want them to ruin her chances with Tommy, a boy she meets from a nice, normal family, not one dysfunctional, like her own. How long can she hide her secrets behind closed doors? How long can she mask the bruises, and the darker story behind them? Will she ever learn to trust Tommy with her secrets?

This author is new to me. I thought she did an excellent job of showing Kerry in a realistic light, her pain, her fear, but also her hope for a better future. In a perfect world, no child would be abused, but we all know this is not a perfect world. The message being given is one of hope for a brighter tomorrow, and taking charge of your own destiny. Karen J. Mossman is a talented author writing a Young Adult story about a taboo subject. Potential triggers involved, though nothing in graphic detail. I definitely plan to read more by this author.

Other novels by Karen J. Mossman. Visit her Amazon Author page HERE

Karen J Mossman has been writing since she was a child, and only went into publishing in 2014.

After spending most of her life in the city, she now resides with her husband and two dogs in Anglesey, off the north Wales coast.

Karen maintains The Magic of Stories website and she also reviews every book she reads on Karen’s Book Buzz Blog.

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