Samantha Clark meets with a monthly group to delve into subjects of interest. They dabble in meditation, dream work, and hypnosis — just friends having fun. But, lately, Sammi is feeling off-kilter and plagued with poor sleep. Searching for a natural solution, she discovers a bitter herb known to induce slumber, whips up a concoction to sweeten the herb, and imbibes. Unbeknownst to her, these areas of experimentation are whirling together to form the perfect storm, one that will blow open an entrance in Sammi’s mind that leads to another world, a door that can never again be closed.
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My Thoughts and Review
I absolutely love this author’s style of writing! I read the sequel to this book first and reading this novel gave me lots of “ah-ha” moments. Ms. Arnold has a way with crafting together words that pull you into the plot and characters’ lives. Her background and knowledge on the topics that she incorporates into her novels makes for a great read. I cannot wait for the third book in this series to see where life has Sammi (as she has affectionately become in my mind).
While reading this novel, you can’t help but question the balance of life and death and the life, hereafter. Books that make me pause, reflect and apply them to my personal experiences are favorites of mine and, once again, Ms. Arnold has done just that.
Definitely a must read!
|Author Kathryne Arnold|
I was raised in the northeastern United States, in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country, and resided in a half-dozen homes or towns throughout my growing up years. My father was a reverend with a flourishing career, moving the family to various parishes as his calling dictated, which I view in a positive light as I was exposed to different communities and lifestyles. After graduating from high school at the age of seventeen, I moved with my father to Massachusetts.Thrilled to begin college in New England, I jumped in with both feet and managed to excel in biological and psychological studies upon which I secured my very first “real” job as a Senior Psychiatric Counselor at a group home for adults with mental illness. Wanting to further my learning, I attended Suffolk University in Beacon Hill in Boston, and graduated two years later, obtaining a Masters degree in Counseling and Human Relations. Over the next twenty years I concentrated further on my work in counseling and social services and became a licensed practitioner.
Several years ago, due to a deep longing to express my feelings in an alternative manner, I literally sat down one day and began writing my first novel. The resultant book, The Resurrection of Hannah, had been born out of a series of powerful dreams, along with compelling and coexisting experiences that inspired me to create a story that would capture the strength of my emotions. I had a yearning to shape a tale based around individuals in my life that I believed would make engaging characters. I had a strong desire to experience a higher level of creativity, to literally produce something out of nothing- a fascinating and challenging endeavor I could not ignore. It was during this time that I became a clinical hypnotherapist and a nationally certified counselor, as well as starting a private practice as a psychotherapist. I also decided to move back to friends and family in Florida and worked again at the local Hospice, then more recently in community mental health. Once bitten by the writing bug, I could not help but pen my second work of fiction, The Fear of Things to Come. I am now in the process of writing another novel in what I consider a unique collection of adventure stories, the third in the Samantha Clark Mystery Series.
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I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.
Grover C. Caldwell
Thursday 1st of August 2013
There was another thing about the book that I was a huge fan of, and that was that it was inspired by true events. I love movies that say that at the beginning because it makes it seem all that more relatable. The same case is true when it comes to novels. You can go right into it knowing that some part of the novel that you are delving into was originated from someone’s real experiences. There are mystical elements to the story that you pretty much believe will never happen in real life. but to each their own…believe whatever makes you happy! It made the novel even that much more enjoyable.
Author Kathryne Arnold
Tuesday 16th of July 2013
Dear Divatude, Thank you so much for your fabulous review of my debut novel! I am so glad that you liked both of my novels and have written such nice comments about both of them. And I'm definitely going to want you to review my third book, whenever it comes out! Take care :) Sincerely, Kathryne Arnold
Wednesday 17th of July 2013
Thanks Kathryne! Can't wait!!!
Tuesday 16th of July 2013
I haven't read the second book yet, but can't wait !!
Tuesday 16th of July 2013
Hi Sharon, I am looking forward to you reading my second book! Thanks for all your wonderful help :) Kathryne