“Reluctant Medium” Now Found on Two Top 100 Lists
Mystery>Supernatural>Werewolves & Shifters
Caution for Cozy Readers: “Reluctant Medium” does contain profanity and some mild horror, so if you’re a cozy purest, it may not be for you. But it also contains humor, adventure and of course, all sorts of paranormal story lines.
In the Rachel Blackstone Paranormal Mystery Series, Rachel meets with a different challenge in each book. In “Reluctant Medium” it’s an shape-shifting evil spirit. The second installment, “Lemurian Medium,” is an encounter with a Mesoamerican man-eating deity. In upcoming “Atomic Medium,” it is alien beings. Set during current day and The Manhattan Project during the 1940s, the tentative pub date is December 2014. The fourth will be “Anasazi Medium” where Rachel stumbles onto spirits while camping out with friend Chloe–if you can imagine Chloe camping out? She’s sure to have it catered.
At the heart of each book is the friendship between Rachel and Chloe as they work together to solve each supernatural mystery. Their assortment of “experts” continues to grow as they’ve expanded into crystals, astral and time travel. And Rachel will continue to have those strange experiences in bathrooms during the present and past.
Her cat Chile Pod and spirit animal Kiyiya try to watch out for Rachel, who remains reluctant.
Again, a big “thank you” to all readers who have taken the time to read the Rachel Blackstone Paranormal Mysteries. And an extra thanks to all who made the time to write reviews. I appreciate it beyond words.
— G G Collins
“Reluctant Medium” Enters 4th Week on Amazon Top 100 List
“Reluctant Medium” can be found on Amazon’s Mystery Category Top 100 List: Mystery/Supernatural/Werewolves & Shifters.
Although there are no werewolves in “Reluctant Medium” there is a shape-shifting evil spirit. The debut novel in the Rachel Blackstone Paranormal Mystery Series had a very successful promotional weekend. It has also found its way to the Science Fiction & Fantasy/Fantasy/Paranormal & Urban Top 100 list from time to time.
Thanks to all my readers who have made it possible. Wow!
Journalist Character Makes Headlines
By G G Collins (Copyright 2014)
Many characters solve mysteries, but reporter protagonists can make their own headlines. One I’ve come across lately is Swedish writer Liza Marklund who created Annika Bengtzon. Bengtzon works for the Stockholm publication Kvällspressen where she covers the crime beat.
Bengtzon, who is haunted by her past, is only comfortable as she unremittingly pursues her assignments, often risking her own life to get the story. At home where she is the mother of two young children and the wife of an impatient husband, she is much less confident. It is this juxtaposition that makes this series so interesting. She obviously loves her children, but doesn’t seem quite sure how to fulfill two full-time jobs; that of parent and reporter. Annika can’t seem to please her husband regardless. Her job is just too consuming for him.
At work, although the editor in chief Anders Schyman can be gruff, Annika is in her element. The work, however grim, nourishes her fragile ego. The reasons for this unfold as the series continues. But her pursuit of a story is engrossing. There is another question around every bend in the plot and questions are the best tool of a reporter. Unfortunately, sometimes the answers are dangerous, even deadly.
Liza Marklund is a journalist turned author and goodwill ambassador for UNICEF. Her books have been translated into some 30 languages. It is reported that ABC-TV in the States will debut a series based on her novels starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead of A Good Day to Die Hard . But until then check out the excellent movies starring Malin Crépin as Annika. They are available at Amazon, in Swedish with English subtitles.
Marklund is a deft writer who tells a taut entertaining story with believable characters. She divides her time between Stockholm and Marbella, Spain. The first book in the series is Studio 69 (Studio Sex in the US).
Praise for Reluctant Medium
Thank you Amazon readers:
I look forward to the next adventure and you should give this first paranormal mystery with reporter Rachel Blackstone a try. You won’t be disappointed. – Cheryl
Very funny, very good characters, very much a good mystery. It all adds up to an entertaining read for a wide range of tastes. I am hoping the next one is as eclectic. Enjoy this great read. – jbshorses
I really enjoyed this book! This book kept me up way too late. I can’t wait for the next one! – Angela Causey
Reluctant Medium has attained 21 reviews and has an overall rating of 4.4. Thanks to all of you who read and took the extra time to write a review. I appreciate it very much.
If you haven’t read Reluctant Medium, you can try it today free. Just click on the book cover.
The second in the series, Lemurian Medium, is available at: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HE18XES
Bohemian, X Person, Cultural Creative, Creative Class?
By G G Collins (Copyright 2014)
Test Yourself: Are you fond of the color black and wear it often? Do you cut your hair with full bangs? Do you share your life with a cat, ferret or duck? Has the dust on your furniture achieved new heights? Is noon an early call for you? Have you written across lines, rather than between them? Can you find lavender oil on your shelves? Do you pursue creative work?
If you answered affirmatively to several of these questions, you are quite possibly a Bohemian.
In Laren Stover’s Bohemian Manifesto: A field Guide to Living on the Edge, she suggests that there are five distinct Bohemians: Nouveau (they are the only Bohemians with money), Gypsy, Beat, Zen and the Dandy. This is a fun book to read even if you’re not the slightest bit “X.” If you recognize yourself, you can’t wait to turn the page. The illustrations by IZAK are a delight.
An archetypal book on the American class system is Paul Fussell’s Class: A Guide Through the American Status System. Go straight to Chapter IX, “The X Way Out,” and then read the rest. Fussell pokes fun at everyone and you can’t help but enjoy it—although the occasional stab can hurt a little. Learn how to tell what class a person is by how he pronounces words, what she drinks or wears, even the knickknacks found in their house (never home). Although a little dated, this book is a hoot!
Richard Florida’s book The Rise of the Creative Class, is a thought-provoking read about the revolution in the workplace and the importance of place (first, second & third). Often considered a business book, it nevertheless belongs on the shelf. For a more collegiate read try The Cultural Creatives: How 50 Million People Are Changing the World by Paul H. Ray, Ph.D. and Sherry Ruth Anderson, Ph.D. It defines the cultural creative and takes an in-depth look at the serious side of this renaissance, from ecology to corporate greed. See if you agree with them from the luxury of hindsight.
Throughout contemporary history there have been people who challenge the norm: the Impressionist artists, the Flappers, Beatniks, Hippies. Today’s young adults are invigorating downtowns in cities left empty by the White Flight of the 1960s. Once again our American downtowns are becoming vibrant and yes, creative.
Going against the tide takes courage. Stover had this to say: “Bohemians have the courage to reject mainstream society; to follow an ideal and forsake praise and security; to alienate family; to be, as Jack Kerouac put it, ‘yourself at whatever cost.’” Does that describe you? If so, you just might be a Bohemian.
Bohemian Manifesto: A Field Guide to Living on the Edge by Laren Stover, Bulfinch Press, 2004.
Class: A Guide Through the American Status System by Paul Fussell, A Touchstone Book by Simon & Schuster, 1983.
The Rise of the Creative Class by Richard Florida, Basic Books, A Member of the Perseus Books Group, 2002.
The Cultural Creatives: How 50 Million People Are Changing the World by Paul H. Ray, Ph.D. and Sherry Ruth Anderson, Ph.D., Harmony Books, 2000.
Hang on tight…it’s quite a trip!
The “lost continent” of Lumuria has fascinated me for a long time, almost as much as the American Southwest and the idea of astral travel, so a mystery set in Santa Fe with a trip to Lumuria thrown in had me hooked from the start. I really enjoyed the story, the mystery kept me guessing all the way. The idea of astral travel was well-presented and I’ll be looking for more books by G G Collins. — Concordia Belle This review appeared today on the “Lemurian Medium” product page at Amazon. Thank you! It does my heart good to know someone enjoyed my book.