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review 2017-10-21 05:56
Seeing is believing, I guess
Ghost Hunting Diary Volume I - TM Simmons

Disclosure:  I obtained the Kindle edition of this book when it was offered free on Amazon.  I knew the author, Trana Mae ("TM") Simmons, twenty-odd years ago when we were members of Romance Writers of America.  We attended several conferences together, at which we socialized.  I have had no contact with her for at least 15 years, and never knew anything about her paranormal adventures.  This is actually the first of her writing I've ever read.

 

Do I personally believe in ghosts?  Well, I don't completely disbelieve.  And I haven't even told you the story of the 7-Up bottle that floated through the air in front of me.

 

That being said, I went into the reading of this with a healthy dose of skepticism, and I emerged with that skepticism intact.  TM and her crew of ghost-hunters seem to have remarkably good luck finding ghosts and sending them on their way through The Light so they don't haunt any more.  The few techniques she reveals for her "cleansing" of haunted places are an odd mixture of neo-paganism and traditional Christian rites involving sea salt and olive oil and burning sage.  Nothing unusual, nothing spectacular.

 

Could have used a bit more proofreading and even a little bit of editing, but it wasn't too terrible.

 

An easy read and diverting, and only mildly creepy.  ;-)

 

 

 

 

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text 2017-10-20 18:34
Reading progress update: I've read 47%.
Ghost Hunting Diary Volume I - TM Simmons

Could have been edited and proofread a little better, and there is a lot for the avowed skeptic to roll her eyes at.

 

I'm not quite that much of a skeptic, so it's still fun reading.

 

Research material.

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text 2017-10-19 20:03
Reading progress update: I've read 29%.
Ghost Hunting Diary Volume I - TM Simmons

Research material.

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text 2017-09-20 16:12
Reading progress update: I've read 52%.
Summer of Night - Dan Simmons

Arggghhhhh I knew it!

 

*cries forever*

 

Why whenever I love a character, do they die? WHY???

 

Now I'm just pissed off.

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review 2017-09-12 21:30
The Fifth of July: A Novel - Kelly Simmons

This book was not as lighthearted as I thought it would be. I guess when I see Nantucket, I'm thinking fun in the sun, a vacation with no worries. This book was nothing like that. This family was so dysfunctional in every way. They all walked around each other like they had corn cobs up the arse. The tension was bleeding through the pages as I swept through this story. I don't know who I felt sorry for the most.

A thoroughly broken family saga that, believe it or not, was a great escape.

Thanks to Sourcebooks Landmark and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

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