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NEW BOOK REVIEW OF STANDING IN MY SHADOW FROM NATASHA MANN AT THE PRAIRIE BOOK REVIEW – August 22, 2021

MA solidly absorbing, page-turning thriller…

Arnold offers an enthralling suspense story that’s steeped in the questions of identity, love, and supernatural in her latest. Linda Grainer was five years old when she was sent to live in a boarding school. It’s only a month before her college graduation that she sets foot again in her childhood home, owing to her father’s untimely tragic death. Struggling to deal with her father’s abandonment, Linda begins to look into her past, unaware of the evil waiting to take control of her life. Arnold ramps up the suspense, skillfully revving up the tension as the characters metamorphose. The story centers both on Linda’s grief and her revelation. The supernatural manifestations are indelible while the poignant romance between Linda and Brett and a vivid paranormal backdrop keep the pages turning. This finely crafted, engrossing suspense thriller with elements of the supernatural supplies plenty of thrills and chills. A stunner.

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HELP! I’M DROWNING IN TMI

TMI has come to mean ‘too much information’.  And when does TMI become too much? When someone gets too graphic about a personal experience, we throw up our hands to stop them—TMI! That’s the context where we know the definition.

But in my personal dictionary, it has another meaning: Too much interaction! The definition goes on to warn that this can cause burnout, indifference, and depression. Perhaps even cause a block in creativity.

I’ve written a book, and I am working on another. So, I’m a writer. Whether I’m successful or not is beside the point, because publishing companies everywhere think I’m going to be. Or I’m going to be if I’ll let them help me.

When a phone contact starts out with the offer of a ‘partnership’, I’m going to hear a large fee which will be greatly reduced if I’ll partner with them. I want to tell them, but I don’t, that I think my portion of the partnership is already invested. I’ve researched, written the manuscript, proofed it, edited it, and have the finished book in hand. That should count for my part of the partnership.

Then there’s the call explaining that my book isn’t selling because the price is too high. If I will let them ‘rebrand’ my book, lowering the cost, it will be more marketable. The price of this ‘rebranding’ is almost the cost of the first publication.

One publisher wants me to hire a professional to incorporate my children’s trilogy into an animated cartoon for them to peddle to potential film buyers. Sounds great. The cost would only be the price I paid for publishing all three of my children’s books in hardback and full color. Another wave with the potential of sinking me under.

My website is up and working, I’m on YouTube, my business Facebook page gets updated, and I bug my friends on my personal Facebook page. You know what I’m afraid of? I fear that when I get a good legitimate recommendation, I won’t recognize it.

I will keep listening because I’m grateful for their interest. One day everything will come together!

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GUEST REVIEW

JBee4.0 out of 5 stars An intriguing read

Reviewed in the United States on July 11, 2021

An interesting archeological adventure with a touch of supernatural plus a sweet romance. I was quite captivated regarding the intriguing mystery of why Linda’s father was so concerned to send her off to boarding school – alone. No matter the reason it was so sad to loose out on a father daughter relationship. The story line about Linda learning of her heritage on her mother’s side of the family was my favorite part of the book. While I loved the romance it seemed a bit unrealistic to me – sort of like a fairy tale, and fortunately I would surmise they lived happily ever after.

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GUEST REVIEWER

 Reviewer 495368

Review of eBook Archaeology professor Adam Grainger is disturbed when he learns that his five-year-old daughter, Linda, has an imaginary friend. Even more unsettling for the father is the fact that this pretend friend calls Linda “mi amiga.” Concerned, he does what he believes is best for the young girl: he sends her away to boarding school and never lets her return to the house where she’d lived for the first five years of her life. Now she’s twenty, about to graduate from college. And, finally, she returns home . . . because her father tragically died in an automobile accident. Since her mother had died when she was born, Linda was now well and truly alone in the world. Her father’s graduate assistant, Brett McAllister, tries to help her deal with the overwhelming sadness, but Linda frets over her father’s many years of what she felt was pushing her away. Why didn’t he love her enough to have her live with him, she wonders. Surprising news of an unexpected inheritance from her mother takes the young woman westward to the desert in search of answers. And then she vanishes. What happened to Linda? Will Brett, who has declared the professor’s daughter to be his one and only true love, find her? Or will the dark secrets from Linda’s unknown past destroy any possibility of a life together for the two of them? A strong sense of place anchors this tale of long-held secrets that lead to a confrontation between good and evil. The unique, captivating plot brings unexpected twists as the unfolding story pulls readers into the telling of the tale. Well-defined characters populate the intriguing narrative; unforeseen revelations take the story in surprising directions while the underlying sense of tension and suspense keeps the pages turning. The Christian references, woven into the telling of the tale, are neither preachy nor intrusive; rather, they augment the nuanced characterizations and explain behaviors and attitudes without being overly recrementitious. Highly recommended. I received a free copy of this eBook from ReadersMagnet and NetGalley #StandingInMyShadow #NetGalley

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ARE YOU OFF-KILTER, SPUNKY?

Cat (right) Escorting Dog (left)

Do you find things slightly off-kilter? Not much, but just enough to cause a little internal unrest, perhaps causing a little emotional dizziness?

A black cat attached himself to the side of a little black dog and proceeded to escort him through the yard. Dogs are supposed to chase cats, right?

Another cat lay placidly in the yard while a bird swooped and threatened. She just turned her nose up at it. Has she lost her appetite for fowl?

Seems like everywhere you turn there are these pesky little anomalies.

Plans Slipping?

Have the scenes of your upcoming vacation become tilted? The promise of relaxation rolling down the beach, tumbling into the ocean?

Have your friends lost the bounce in their steps?

Fear of contracting a dread virus making you reluctant to try new adventures?

Here’s the answer! Read a book and get back on center. Let vivid characters, exciting romance, twisted plots, and puzzling mysteries carry you through to a happy ending.

Standing In My Shadow by C. S. Arnold has all the right ingredients. Copy and insert the following link into your browser for the ticket that you need to jump on the trailer. https://youtu.be/RmN10204Cw (You can skip the ad!)

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