Great review from my local paper, oh yeah!

WHEN A STRANGER COMES…Author: Karen S. BellData: KSB Press, 209 pages, $12 A successful author who finishes her latest work with “a sense of
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Our twisted, sick government

I am saddened to say that the America I grew up in is no more. We have a twisted, sick government led by a twisted, sick president. When did being a cold, heartless human start to attract people to run for public office? Why are we voting them to positions where they can make laws for their own benefit at the expense of the populace? The Republican party used to have ideals of small government and low taxes. Now it’s a party of rich immoral self-serving repugnant humans. I used to be an independent  voter in order not be bound by any party. But I changed that this year and registered as a Democrat. There is no way I would ever vote Republican…ever again.

These despicable people have been bought by the NRA to remove safety nets once in place. They let the assault weapons ban lapse, they now allow mentally ill people to have guns. They have hurt our healthcare system instead of improving it. They have taken away support for people with disabilities. They are hurting the poor with their need for food. They are causing young people who trusted our government and came put of the shadows to register as illegals brought by their parents when they had no choice, to be deported to countries they have no memory of living in.

The carnage this president spoke about at his inauguration was actually a premonition of the carnage he and his party have inflicted on our once beautiful democracy. This nastiness at the top has filtered down to the populace where mass killings with automatic weapons is sadly too common. We must rid our country of this traitorous demon and this demon party. We must take back our democracy and once again have our democracy work for all Americans not just rich politicians and their rich donors. We must ban weapons of war to be for sale.

Americans must rise up and take back this country from this twisted, sick leader and the GOP leaders we are currently suffering under. VOTE THEM OUT FOR THE GOOD OF THE AMERICA THAT USED TO BE.


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What happens next?

After I lost my first husband, I read everything about the after life that I could get my hands on. The Dr. Raymond Moody books, a doctor that had first-hand anecdotal experiences of patients going through the near-death experience. I also had some friends who told me their strange near-death experiences, angel encounters and so on. It was all so intriguing to me. Hopeful. I also encountered those less than honest actors, charlatans and con men. I read one book where a loser claimed that his automatic writing was actually a conversation with God. He has made tons of money off that ridiculous notion. People want to believe. Even, I want to believe.

Yes, I’ve had unexplained incidences, but nothing definitive. Nothing that would take the place of faith. Nothing that told me, “Ah, so heaven is real.” But I’ve always felt that this human existence is a miracle. That this planet floating in the cosmos and supporting all our life forms is a miracle. How? Why? Philosophers and scientists though the ages have pondered these questions. The answers remain elusive. It all comes to faith. Joseph Campbell studied diverse cultures from primitive to sophisticated and all have a common thread.  The soul continues, consciousness continues. We transcend our human form and become ethereal beings as we were before we incarnated. A belief handed down through centuries since humanity emerged. Albert Einstein once said, “You can believe nothing is a miracle or everything is a miracle.” I choose to believe everything is a miracle. So why not a soul? Why not heaven?

My friend passed into that realm Jan 26 and her ashes were buried Saturday. She knows what happens next. She dwells among the heavenly spirits, the angels, of which she was one on earth. She is back where she has always belonged. These thoughts comfort. A reward awaits. There is nothing to fear. My dear friend now knows the truth. A truth that awaits us all. Peace, tranquility, and goodness. The perfect ending and the perfect beginning.

Love and faith is all we need.

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Goodreads giveaway!

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When a Stranger Comes... by Karen S. Bell

When a Stranger Comes…

by Karen S. Bell

Giveaway ends February 01, 2018.

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Great Kirkus Review

Woohoo! Got a really good Kirkus Review for When a Stranger Comes…

In this psychological thriller, an author hoping to match her bestselling debut’s success signs a lucrative contract that nudges her into a nightmarish world.

Alexa Wainwright has written quite a few novels since her first book. But while A Foregone Conclusion stayed at No. 1 for a year, her subsequent works haven’t cracked the top 10. Her chance to be a winner again comes from her copy editor, Margaret Hathaway, who introduces Alexa to Alex. His last name is eerily Wainwright, and he is a dead ringer for Foregone character Rick. Alex wants to make Alexa’s not-yet-completed trilogy into a film, but she resists, as the movie adaptation of her debut bombed. The full offer from the company Alex represents, Trinity of Sixes, is unbelievable, promising millions for movies and future books. Reluctant, Alexa meets CEO/Chairman King Blakemore, a surreal encounter in which the novelist is disoriented and sees others resembling characters from her stories. She’s later shocked to learn she has evidently signed a contract with the company. As Trinity slowly turns her newest psychological tale into an erotica piece for mass appeal, Alexa is stuck; the contract language keeps inexplicably changing, closing off potential loopholes. She’s soon certain the company name is a sign: Alexa has made a deal with the devil. Bell’s (Sunspots, 2012, etc.) novel is a sometimes-convoluted but riveting story. Readers, for example, will be just as startled as Alexa by plot twists: her apparent doppelgänger; the suddenly appearing basement door in her home; and a surprising death or two. Answers aren’t easy to come by, which is befitting of the protagonist, who entertains notions that she’s being drugged, hallucinating, or perhaps losing her mind. Regardless, her plight is grounded by her parallel, Jodie, her more relatable literary character drawn to abusive relationships, akin to Alexa’s inability to escape the ruthless contract. The final act addresses various mysteries, including Alexa’s murky history (she isn’t sure of her mother’s birth date), while the ending is appropriately—and smartly—open to interpretation.

A methodically paced but wholly engaging literary tale that revels in its dreamlike plot.–Kirkus Reviews

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