Saturday, July 4, 2015

Who has Upcoming Releases?

Whoever has upcoming Releases, email them to me at sgardinier@queenwriter.com. I will post them on my calendar at my blog: www.qw-blog.blogspot.com for FREE, of course.

Also, if you want to be a featured author, I will do that as well. Just email me the following:

Author Name
Title of Book
Release Date
Buy Links
Bio
Author Pic (good jpg please)
Book pic (good jpg please)

to sgardinier@queenwriter.com.

I will post features according to your release date. If you have a particular date you'd like, let me know and I'll do my best. All FREE, of course. I just want to help out fellow authors!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Yes, People Still Care

I recently discovered a terrific non-profit organization that helps the homeless and needy. They prepare care packs and deliver them to various organizations, like food banks, shelters, etc. It's HopeMill, Inc. You can read about them at www.hopemill.com or see them here on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hopemillcares. They asked me to help them and pose for photos for donations they received. Here are some pictures. Great organization. If you want to reach out, you can contact Pearl Huber direct at pearl@hopemill.com. Any assistance you can give, such as donations or items or your time, would be appreciated by the needy.



Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Waiting...waiting...

Coiver Artist:  Angela Anderson with
The Wild Rose Press

I'm in excitement mode. I'm ready to venture out into the world of marketing. But I'm waiting...for my release date for "The Other Side: Melinda's Story". I see the spinning hourglass in my head. I know there's a light at the end of the tunnel.

I'm forewarning you all, LOOK OUT for one creepy paranormal book. As soon as I get the release date, I'll let you all know!

In case you missed it, here's the book cover:

I'll release the book trailer and blurb as soon as I have that release date. Oh, what the heck, here's the blurb:

Melinda's family is dead, killed for information that is hidden deep within her mind. Her father tries to warn her from the 'Other Side' that she is in danger from the killers who want what only she can give them. Committed to Skyview Haven, she must determine if the 'Other Side' truly exists or if it is a trick of her heart and mind. With time running out Melinda must determine who she can trust. Is it the ghosts of her family, a boy who may not be who he appears to be, or the doctor who is determined to cure her? Can she figure out the truth before it is too late?

Who's as anxious as I am??

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Friday, May 15, 2015

Book Review: "Keeler Moon" by Stefaunia Dhillon

"Keeler Moon" by Stefaunia Dhillon
*****

“Keeler Moon” is a fantastical journey with Ruby and Sade as they try and save their brother Keeler. Only it’s not just a matter of Keeler’s life at stake but that of their world and all other humans. Someone is out to turn normal, albeit gifted, children into what they believe is a different type of human being to begin a whole new world.

Grey and Luna have their own harrowing adventures, which are not only tied but instrumental to the safety of Ruby, Sade, Keeler and the other children. Grey and Luna realize that they must come to the aid of Ruby and Sade, and along the way, find they have their own issues to resolve.

This is a wonderful tale that is brought to life by Dhillon’s talent as not only an author but an artist as well. She brings Crystal City to life, as well as the confines of the school for ‘gifted’ children by painting colorful imagery with just mere words.

Dhillon has amazing talent and I recommend this book for any young adult who wishes to travel to another time and dimension. Very entertaining and I can’t wait for the second installment!


Reviewed by Starr Gardinier, author of the Other Side series.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

PRESS RELEASE

Press Release

Award Winning Author Starr Gardinier Signs With The Wild Rose Press

“The Other Side: Melinda's Story” slated for republication by the Faery Rose line

Tarzana, CA; December 28, 2014:  Starr Gardinier announced today that she has signed with The Wild Rose Press in their Faery Rose imprint.

Her first book in her Other Side series—“The Other Side: Melinda's Story”—a story told in first person by protagonist Melinda James, is being republished in an entirely new format.

"I'm excited to see how Wild Rose is going to portray Melinda's story," Starr says, In this first book, “The Other Side: Melinda’s Story,” Melinda James is captive in an insane asylum—Skyview Haven—through no fault of her own. The book conveys Melinda’s journey told in her voice to a psychiatrist, beginning when her father ‘died’ to her eventual release from Skyview.  Her harrowing ordeal leaves the reader wondering what’s real and what’s not. Starr asks the readers: “If I tell you the story, will you believe me?” and it’s what Melinda asks of her psychiatrist. Melinda’s father is dead. He tries to warn her from the ‘Other Side’ that killers want something only she can give them. They are beginning to get too close for comfort. Does the ‘Other Side’ exist or is it all in Melinda’s mind? As portals open and close, Melinda must find a way to understand that the voices speaking are sending dire warnings. She is out of time. They are desperate to take what they feel is theirs and will stop at nothing to get it.

Jon Land, bestselling author of "Pandora's Temple" said, ""The Other Side: Melinda’s Story” is one of those rare paranormal thrillers that challenges as it entertains.  Starr's wondrous, chilling tale is the best exploration of paranoia and insular terror since Ira Levin's classic “Rosemary’s Baby.” Supremely crafted, masterfully crafted, and elegantly written, “The Other Side: Melinda’s Story” is a white-knuckled journey on the ride to hell."

Later,  Trent Miller will pick up his own story in “The Other Side: Trent’s Story.” This will also be published for the first time by The Wild Rose Press, its Black Rose imprint. Starr will keep you up-to-date with all release dates on her websites and blog.

Starr says that, “I believe creativity is limited to one’s imagination. The Other Side series beckoned me from deep within the recesses of my psyche; begging to be written.” She is now working on the third book in this series, which will be told in the viewpoint of evil at its most wicked.


Please follow Starr at www.twitter.com/SGReina, www.facebook.com/pages/Author Starr and check her blog at www.qw-blog.blogspot.com and websites at www.queenwriter.com and www.editing.queenwriter.com for release date information. The entire Other Side series will be available at Amazon, Nook, Itunes and all major digital release retailers.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Today I bring to you...

Sydney St. Claire 

You may know her as Susan Edwards, but no matter what you call her by name, her fans call her wonderful.


Sydney is the author of 14 Historical Native American/ Western/Paranormal romances and the author of the popular White Series.

She loves writing and sharing stories of love, happiness, and dreams come true with her readers. She credits her mother for her writing success. Encouraged to read as a child, she always preferred happy endings which meant romances were her favorite genre. Sydney takes her readers into the world of erotica romance where her characters come together in explosive passion as they solve life’s problems and find true love along with the best sex our hero and heroine have ever experienced.

Sydney’s office is quite crowded with three dogs at her feet and five cats to keep her company while she writes. Three cats always insist on beds on her desk, barely leaving enough room for her monitor and keyboard. Life gets fun when all five insist on supervising.

When not writing, she enjoys crafts of all sorts including quilting, sewing, cross-stitch, and knitting. She and her husband of 30+ years are avid gardeners. He takes care of the veggies and Susan is in charge of the ‘pretties’. Her medicine wheel garden is in a contact state of war: flowers vs. weeds. Sadly, right now the weeds are wining.


While writing, she listens to a wide variety of music. Her current favorites are Blackmore’s Night and David Lanz.

But what of her latest work? Sydney is sharing with her readers and fans "Red & Her Big Bad Dom." Here's a little about the book:

Wealthy computer genius Graham Winters is in love with a woman who won’t join him for a stingy cup of coffee. How can he prove he’s nothing like her jerk of an ex if she won’t give him a chance? Then he spots her at a BDSM club and devises a plan. During the day, he’s “that damn geek.” At night, he’s the masked Dom known as The Wolf.

When it comes to her love life, Lucy Sanchez has one rule—no geeks. Not even rich, good looking geeks. She’s attracted to Graham but rules are rules. Besides, she has her wolf, the mysterious Dom who makes her blood sing. Then she’s invited to a fairytale event at Pleasure Manor and this Little Red Riding Hood plans to enjoy every delicious moment with her big, bad Dom.

Sydney offers up an excerpt so you get a little taste:

Excerpt; pg 13
“I’m taking you to dinner tonight. In the city.” He sat on her desk, which she now found endearing rather than annoying.
She set her purse into an empty cabinet and lifted a brow. “You’re telling me?”
He shrugged. “If I ask, you’ll say no.”
“I have plans.” With The Wolf.
He tipped her chin up. “Cancel them.” His lips brushed hers, then he deepened the kiss.
Lucy’s insides clenched at the feel of his warm mouth against hers and the taste of coffee with a hint of caramel, his favorite kind. She closed her eyes, her lips moving with his. His tongue dipped into her mouth, and she moaned, leaning into him.
Then he broke the kiss and walked away.
Lucy gaped at him. Her insides melted, and that familiar longing zeroed in on her center and pooled between her legs. Damn. She was attracted to her geek. Very attracted. Too bad he wasn’t her wolf. Now, if Graham were as good as her wolf in bed, she’d have found the perfect man.
She sighed. Yep, too bad. So what now? Two dates, two men equaled complications.
Her lips turned downward tightly as she got to work. She loved her wolf-lover, but their relationship was not completely satisfying or fulfilling. Not rounded and balanced. Graham, on the other hand, was open. She knew who he was, shared many common interests, and most of all, Graham didn’t have any secrets. What she saw was what she got with him. In a way, she preferred that to the mysterious and secretive.
“All right,” she said.
Graham glanced up, his eyes unfocused. “Huh?”
Realizing three hours had passed, and he was totally immersed in Geekland, Lucy wadded up a sheet of paper and tossed it at him. “Come back to earth, Graham. Dinner. Date. You. Me.”
His eyes cleared, and a huge grin lit his entire face. His blue eyes shone with pleasure. “Great.”
His smile slipped into a frown when she stretched her arms and back. “You tired? Need to stop?”
“Yeah, need to cancel my plans for tonight and stretch my legs. Want to walk outside with me?” His grounds were beautiful. Calm and restful with formal groupings, waterfalls, and a small forest that reminded her of the woods surrounding Bryce’s mansion, the woods where she and her wolf had played and strolled. She shook off the memories.
“Give me ten. You can go explore the house if you want. I forgot to give you the tour.” He grinned. “My bedroom is up the stairs, straight ahead.”
Lucy had been dying to see the rest of the house, and yes, that included the man’s bedroom, but she rolled her eyes for good form. Didn’t want him to know how eager she’d been to see the upstairs. “Okay. Twisted my arm.”

Excerpt; pg 13
Lucy admitted there was something totally naughty and sensual in not knowing what her big, bad, wolf looked like. He was her mystery man, and he understood her. He got her, and not just with the sex, although the sex was out of this world fantastic.
They had so many things in common, like dancing. Bryce’s mansion had a real ballroom, and she had a fabulous gown for the ball. She and her wolf would heat up the dance floor.
“What are you thinking?”
Smiling, Lucy stared into his piercing blue eyes. “Saturday night.”
“Ah. We’ll dance the night away, you and I.”
His slight accented voice hummed through her. “I love dancing with you.”
He pulled her on top of him. “I bet we can sneak into the ballroom tomorrow. Want to dance tonight, out here, under the moonlight?”
Lucy cupped his face in her hands and kissed him. “Very much so.”
“Then we’ll dance here after our scene.”
She wrinkled her nose. “I’m not so sure I’m going to like being watched”
“You trust me.” It wasn’t a question but a quiet statement.
Lucy nodded. He knew her better than she knew herself. “It seems—wrong—yet the idea of being spied on turns me on.”
He grinned. “No, it’s naughty, and you, my sweet sub, love being naughty.”
Rolling her eyes, she admitted he was right. “Yeah, I do. Okay, I’m game.”
“Good girl.” He rolled her over, held her hands above her head, and swooped in for a deep, drugging kiss.


She's running a contest, so you might want to get in on it.

WHAT HAPPENS AT THE CASTLE STAYS AT THE CASTLE TOTE BAG

Prize includes:
Tote Bag
Mug
4GB Flash Drive
Lighted Key tag
Once Upon A Dom Pen
What Happens at the Castle Notepad
Assorted other goodies

Click on her link for the contest: Contest

You can buy her books at:

Wild Rose Press           KINDLE         NOOK               KOBO             IBOOKS

Thank you, Sydney, for taking the time and for your wonderful work. If you would like to learn more about Sydney, visit her or email her:

Email:            Sydney@sydneystclaire.com
Trailer:           http://youtu.be/F-O0tWqMrGM
Website:         http://sydneystclaire.com
                         http://susanedwards.com
Twitter:          https://twitter.com/Sydneystclaire
Blog:                http://sydneystclaire.wordpress.com
Pinterest:        http://www.pinterest.com/sydneystclaire/


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Welcome Christy Effinger!

Today, I'm pleased to feature author Christy Effinger. Her poetry, fiction, and essays have appeared in various print and online publications.

But today, we're here to talk about her latest novel. Released on August 29, 2014, "Say Nothing of What you See" is a Paranormal New Adult.

Christy offers us some information about this novel.

When her aunt steps off a grain elevator into the emptiness of a prairie evening, Mira Piper loses her one protector. Chloe, her flighty mother, impulsively drags her daughter to Bramblewood, an isolated spiritualist retreat in northern Michigan, run by the enigmatic Dr. Virgil Simon.

Chloe plans to train as a medium, but it's Mira who discovers she can communicate with the dead. When her mother abandons her, Mira discovers a darker aspect to Bramblewood: the seemingly kind doctor has a sinister side and a strange control over his students.

Then one winter's day Troy Farrington arrives, to fulfill his mother's dying wish and deliver her letter to the doctor. But calamity strikes and he finds himself a captive, tended by a sympathetic Mira. Haunted by her dead aunt and desperate to escape Bramblewood, Mira makes a devil's deal with Dr. Simon. But fulfillment comes with a steep cost...betrayal. 

And Christy is generously allowing us to take a peek inside. Here's an excerpt:

“You are absolutely stunning, Mira.”

I stole another glance in the mirror. The material was a rich, shimmery gold that fell from my shoulders in folds of liquid light. It looked like something a Greek goddess might wear. Oh, how I wished the girls from Amberville High School could see me in this dress!

“When you came here,” said Dr. Simon, “I had a vision of you like this. I looked at the girl before me, but I saw the woman you are now.”

“Thank you,” I murmured, gesturing toward the piles of clothes on my bed. “You’ve been so generous. I know you’ve spent a good deal of money on me—”

“Money means nothing,” he interrupted abruptly. “I have more than I could ever spend, more than I know what to do with. Don’t consider the cost.”

His tone was brusque, and I wondered if I had offended him.

But the next moment Dr. Simon smiled. “I think of you as my charity case. You were like a doll thrown out in the garbage. I simply rescued you from the trash, cleaned you up, and dressed you in something decent. But the beauty was present all along.” He touched my cheek. “Here.” Then he touched my forehead. “Here.” Then he touched my chest. “And here.”

I knew he was referring to my heart, but even so, his hand on my chest made my face warm with discomfort.

“You blush so easily,” he laughed. “You’ll never be able hide anything, Mira, with such a transparent face.”

“That’s all right,” I said, taking a small step back. “I don’t have anything to hide.”

"Say Nothing of What you See" can be purchased at:

The Wild Rose Press:

Amazon:

BN.com

I was able to get in touch with Christy and ask her a few questions. Check out her 'for fun' questions at the end of the interview.

Starr for QueenWriter News (QW): Tell us a bit about your background that we won't find in your bio.
           
Christy Effinger (CE): For as long as I can remember, I have loved the written word. My first job at sixteen was shelving books at the public library. In college, I worked as a writing tutor while majoring in English, and in graduate school I taught freshman composition as part of my master’s degree. After grad school, I taught English for several years at an urban community college. Through all of this, my dream was to one day be a professional writer with a book of my own in print. I am finally living that dream. 


QW: Tell us what inspired you to write "Say Nothing of What You See."

CE: I’ve long been interested in cults, communes, and other fringe groups. The follower mentality perplexes me. Why will some people do whatever they’re told, even to the point of mistreating others? The fascinating thing about humans is that we can rationalize anything.

Say Nothing began as an exploration into power, control, and jealousy—but also love, which is stronger than the other three. Stronger than anything, really.


QW: Other than the synopsis of your book, tell us why you think readers will enjoy it.

CE: A reviewer at Tome Tender called it, “A tale of darkness and despair at the hands of a madman . . . fabulous reading.” I hope readers looking for a suspenseful story set in an eerie atmosphere will enjoy this book.

QW: Your website indicates you also write short works, such as poetry. Where do you get your inspiration for your poetry?

CE: My poetry is much more personal than my fiction. Most of my poems are interpretations or reflections on what happens to me in real life.

QW: What other short works have you written, published or not?

CE: Besides poetry, I’ve written short stories, flash fiction, and short essays. My short work has been published in print and online literary journals. I’ve compiled a list with hyperlinks on my website.

QW: Do you believe in writer's block? If so, has this happened to you? And if so, what do you do to get past it?

CE: I do believe in writer’s block, but I’ve always managed to work through it and find my way again. Writer’s block has never caused me any long-term paralysis. (I hope I didn’t just jinx myself!)

QW: What's next on your writing list? Are you currently penning this or is this in the 'thinking' stage?

CE: I’m currently editing my WIP, so I’ve begun thinking about my next project. It’s still in the planning stage. I hope to begin writing it soon.

For fun:

QW: Complete the following sentence: "If I had one day to do something other than writing, I would ..."

CE: I would spend the day at the beach with my husband, fruity rum drinks, and a good book.

QW: Name two things you hate and two things you love.

CE: I hate soggy bread and being stuck in traffic. I love windy spring days and bubble baths.  
QW: You can bring one book, one movie, and one music CD to a remote island. What would those be?

CE: The book: "Good Poems," an anthology edited by Garrison Keillor. The movie: Young Frankenstein. The CD: Ceremonials by Florence + the Machine. 

Thank you, Christy, for taking time to speak with me and your readers and fans. Christy lives near Indianapolis. If you want to know more about Christy and her work, you can visit her at: 


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Welcome, Author Chrys Fey!

Today, I am pleased to bring author Chrys Fey to QueenWriter News and her readers and fans. 



Chrys is a lover of rock music just like Dani Hart in "30 Seconds." She tells us that "Whenever she's writing at her desk, headphones are always emitting the sounds of her musical muses--especially that of her favorite band, 30 Seconds to Mars, the inspiration behind the title.


"30 Seconds" is her second eBook with The Wild Rose Press. Her debut, "Hurricane Crimes," is also available on Amazon.

What is "30 Seconds" all about? Here's the inside scoop:


"When a woman finds herself in the middle of a war between a police force and the Mob, 30 SECONDS is a long time."


When Officer Blake Herro agreed to go undercover in the Mob, he thought he understood the risks. But he's made mistakes and now an innocent woman has become their target. He's determined to protect her at all costs.

The Mob's death threat turns Dr. Dani Hart's life upside down, but there is one danger she doesn’t anticipate. As she's dodging bullets, she's falling in love with Blake. With danger all around them, will she and Blake survive and have a happy ending, or will the Mob make good on their threat?

Chrys offered us a look inside the pages:

She panted with fear. What if they see the chest? What if we get caught? What if my breath stinks and I’m breathing right into Officer Hottie’s face? She shut her mouth and let oxygen flow through her nose.
Her eyesight slowly adjusted to the darkness and she could see Officer Herro’s silhouette. His head was turned and he was listening to the thuds of heavy boots getting louder; the intruders were coming their way.
Then the thunder of footsteps sounded right next to them. “There’s no one here, Red,” someone announced.
“Look for documents,” a man ordered, who Dani could only assume was Red. “I want the name of the person I’m going to kill.”
A moment later, there was a reply. “All the mail is addressed to a Dr. Hart.”
Hearing her name said aloud by one of the men who had ransacked her place made her want to gasp. Her mouth fell open and her breath was reversing into her lungs, but before she could make a sound, Officer Herro lowered his lips to hers, silencing her. Stunned, she could only lie beneath him with her eyes wide and her body tense. She couldn’t believe he was kissing her. She wanted to push him back, but knew if she did he might hit the inside of the chest, giving away their hiding place. That was when she realized he was kissing her so she wouldn’t gasp.
She let her body relax. After her initial shock faded, she was able to feel his lips. They were comforting and caused a reaction deep inside her. She couldn’t stop her lips from reacting to his. It was an innocent connection, a soft touch of lips. Until his hand slid from her shoulder to her neck and the kiss deepened into something else.

"30 Seconds" is available for purchase at the following locations:

The Wild Rose Press: 

But what about Chrys? We've heard the information on her latest novel and know where we can get it, but what about the author? Well, I was able to interview her. Here's what she has to say:

QueenWriter (QW): Question for your protagonist: Who do you consider your supporting character? And why?

Chrys Reys (CR): Hello, everyone, Dani Hart here. I am the heroine of Chrys Fey’s novella, "30 Seconds," a story detailing my thrilling account as a target for the Mob. I kid you not. Anyway, I’d say Blake is my supporting character, although he wouldn’t be too happy to hear me say that since he’s the hero and the hunky police officer who “saved” my life. But still, this is my story. He’ll have his own. Oops! I’m not sure if I was supposed to spill that secret...sorry, Chrys!

QW: Tell your readers what inspired you to create “30 Seconds.”

CR: I had a dream where I was spinning in a swivel chair to loud rock music when hands stopped the rotation and lips touched mine. I opened my eyes to find a sexy officer in full uniform who said, “I shouldn’t have done that.” Following his statement, I woke up and pondered a story idea where a woman falls in love with a police officer even though she knows she shouldn’t. Enter Dani and Blake. My dream even made it as a scene in "30 Seconds."

QW: You seem to write in several genres. Which is your favorite and why?

CR: That’s tough. I love romantic-suspense (like "30 Seconds") because it is the best of both worlds, but I also have a passion for the supernatural/paranormal. If I can blend all three into a story, I do.

QW: What is one thing—ie. character trait, style, voice, etc.—that you carry through all of your novels?

CR: All of my heroines are women of steel. I just love tough female characters!

QW: Many authors state a particular character in their book(s) reflect a trait of their own. Do any of your characters show a trait belonging to you?

CR: My heroines (Beth in "Hurricane Crimes" and Dani in "30 Seconds") have my anger. That makes me sound like I have anger management issues (I don’t), but I like to vent my anger through my characters and let them say and do what I won’t say or do. I had a lot of fun doing this with Dani, a witty and sarcastic character with a great sense of humor.

QW: Is there one book or one author that stands out in your mind that may have influenced your writing?

CR: Nora Roberts. From an early age, her books became my sources of reference, and she sort of became an invisible mentor to me.

QW: Other than your blog, is there other marketing you do? What is it?

CR: I utilize Facebook and Goodreads, my favorite social media platforms.

QW: The ‘always’ questions: What’s on your agenda now and in the future? Do you have a new book release you can tell us about?

CR: Well, "30 Seconds" is my newest release, but I hope to publish the sequel to "Hurricane Crimes" at the end of 2015. And since Dani already spilled the beans...I am planning on a prequel to "30 Seconds" from Blake’s perspective.

For fun:

QW: Tell us something fun about you that readers wouldn’t get a chance to know.

CR: I don’t usually listen to rap music, but I can rap all the lyrics to Eminem’s Lose Yourself.

QW: If you have three wishes (rub a genie’s bottle), what would they be?

CR: 1. To adopt.
2. To go to Ireland.
3. To buy my mom a house.


Discover Chrys's writing tips on her blog, and connect with her on Facebook. She loves to get to know her readers! You can find her at:


Please feel free to post any comments here. And if you know of anyone who would like to follow the QueenWriter News' Blog, share the link! I will be having more guest authors appearing soon!

Thank you, Chrys for taking time out of your busy schedule to appear here and to talk to your fans and readers. Much success to you!

Friday, October 10, 2014

FB Author Page

I've changed my author page address on FB. It's www.facebook.com/AuthorStarr. If you haven't made it  over there yet to 'like' me, hop on over. I've also made many changes to the page!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Announcement

This announcement comes with partial happiness and partial melancholy. I have retired at Executive Editor of Suspense Magazine. While I ruminate and reminisce about the years I've given to the magazine, I recall that mostly I must thank you, the contributors to and the fans and readers of the magazine. Without you, the magazine could not have been successful. So thank you all for your years of readership.

My retirement as Executive Editor is allowing me the opportunity to further and more completely devote my time writing and delivering to everyone tales of enjoyment.

The Other Side series is proving to be more successful than I hoped. Some of you may have already seen the Press Release about signing with The Wild Rose Press, the Black Rose line. I am looking forward to working with them and bringing to my fans and readers more delightful paranormal dilemmas. So stay tuned for more announcements.

As always, feel free to email me directly at sreina@queenwriter.com with any questions or of course, submit your comments here. 

Starr Gardinier Reina

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Book Review "The Sum of his Worth"

“The Sum of his Worth” by Ron Argo

In today’s day and age, we don’t think about the prejudices of races. Yes, there are some who do not get along with others, but we don’t worry about segregation and the beatings and killings associated with breaking the rules.
“The Sum of his Worth” takes the reader on a journey when blacks and whites wouldn’t think about mixing in the south. Even though laws were trying to be changed to overcome these prejudices, there are those in the Deep South that refused to consider blacks anything but dispensable. Lynching was part of life for the white man in Alabama and Georgia.
Sonny Poe—a sixteen-year-old—meets Dr. Joe, and they are two white guys in the heart of the south. Sonny already has friends from the neighboring town Ash, who are black. He doesn’t see a problem with it, but does understand how being seen with blacks could affect him and his friends. But Sonny is rebellious and refuses to treat blacks any differently than the whites and Dr. Joe is trying to change the way people think. And some people in the Alabama town consider that to be traitorous and go after both Sonny and Dr. Joe with killing on their minds. They group together the KKK and try to murder Sonny, Dr. Joe, and any black person who thinks to try to rise above their unfortunate status. Will Sonny and Dr. Joe both die trying to do what’s right?
Argo has woven a story that unfortunately, was a little too close to the truth to think of as fiction. This well-written novel will have you gasping and flinching at the corruption and vileness. A very poignant novel, written in the voice of those of the 60s. Well done, Argo.

Reviewed by Starr Gardinier Reina, author of “The Other Side: Melinda’s Story”

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Starr Signs with Wild Rose

Press Release

Award Winning Author Starr Gardinier Reina Signs With The Wild Rose Press

“The Other Side: Trent’s Story” slated for publication by the Black Rose line

Tarzana, CA; September 7, 2014:  Starr Gardinier Reina announced today that she has signed with The Wild Rose Press in their Black Rose imprint.

Her second book in her Other Side series—“The Other Side: Trent’s Story”—is a further saga of protagonists Trent Miller and Melinda James, told in the first person narrative of Trent Miller and supporting characters.

“It’s a dark paranormal,” Starr says, “that, I’m told, gives readers creepy chills along the spine.” In her first book, “The Other Side: Melinda’s Story,” Melinda James was essentially captive in an insane asylum—Skyview Haven—through no fault of her own. The book conveys Melinda’s journey told in her voice to a psychiatrist, beginning when her father ‘died’ to her eventual release from Skyview.  Her harrowing ordeal leaves the reader wondering what’s real and what’s not. Starr asks the readers: “If I tell you the story, will you believe me?” and it’s what Melinda asks of her psychiatrist. Melinda’s father is dead. He tries to warn her from the ‘Other Side’ that killers want something only she can give them. They are beginning to get too close for comfort. Does the ‘Other Side’ exist or is it all in Melinda’s mind? As portals open and close, Melinda must find a way to understand that the voices speaking are sending dire warnings. She is out of time. They are desperate to take what they feel is theirs and will stop at nothing to get it.

Now, Trent Miller picks up his own story in “The Other Side: Trent’s Story.” Going from what he believes is his own delving down the insanity tunnel, Trent narrates his story about just how much evil there is in the world, and how we don’t even realize it. Melinda James is finally out of Skyview Haven and is living her life. This second book series focuses on Melinda James’s life after the institution with Trent Miller, a young man she befriended. Trying to get her life back on track, Melinda shares a house with Trent as roommates when unspeakable acts begin to happen, and they are not of this universe.  Melinda and Trent call a priest and attempt a house blessing, but that has the reverse effect and things go from bad to worse. An evil entity is out to get them and they don't know why.  Melinda is haunted, harassed, possessed, and finally kidnapped. And Trent must save her while trying to keep himself alive. Trent travels down into what he figures must be Hell, battling evil while trying to save Melinda, and also trying to protect the Other Side from evil entering the sacred grounds.

Starr says that, “I believe creativity is limited to one’s imagination. The Other Side series beckoned me from deep within the recesses of my psyche; begging to be written.” She is now working on the third book in this series, which will be told in the viewpoint of evil at its most wicked.

Please follow Starr at www.twitter.com/SGReina, www.facebook.com/pages/Starr-Gardinier-Reina/192142470838341 and check her blog at www.qw-blog.blogspot.com and websites at www.queenwriter.com and www.editing.queenwriter.com for release date information. “The Other Side: Trent’s Story” will be available at Amazon, Nook, Itunes and all major digital release retailers.

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