Saturday, October 29, 2011

By Craig Hansen

Book 1 of the Ember Cole series.
Genre: young adult paranormal suspense
Word Count: approximately 32,500 words.

SHADA Book Blurb:
"If you could talk to a dead person, anyone at all, who would it be?"

A year ago, Ember Cole witnessed the death of her grandfather. Now, with her grandmother slipping away into dementia, she seeks answers from the only person who loved her grandmother more than her, even if he is dead: Grandpa Normie.

Joined by three of her closest friends, Ember treks deep into the woods of northwestern Wisconsin, seeking the advice of a dead man on how to save the living. But sometimes, the dead have their own agenda.

My Thoughts:
I really enjoyed this book, I kind of thought at first it might be just a little to young YA for me, but, all of a sudden it really just sucked me right in. Shada and her close group of 3-friends, Willow, Ember and Jeni. After the death of Ember's Grandfather Normie she has never really been the same, and her Grandmother has slowly slipped into dementia and she had to be admitted into an elderly home to be taken care of.  The group then decides to hold a seience to see if Ember can talk to her Grandfather to help out her Grandmother.

It really is a well written story, I liked the characters the author has developed, they fit nicely together.  The writing style is very smooth and flows right along not leaving out any details. I can't wait to read the second book in the series. It looks like the next one will be a good one. I recommend this book to all and hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did.  Enjoy!!!!

Craig Hansen wrote stories from an early age, but when his SF short story, "The S.S. Nova," was published in the Minnesota Writers In the School COMPAS program's 1981 anthology of student writing, When It Grows Up, You Say Goodbye To It, he decided to dedicate himself to writing. Several unpublished novels and short stories followed.

Hansen earned two degrees at Minnesota State University at Mankato under the mentorship of young adult novelist Terry Davis. In the years that followed, Hansen worked a variety of jobs related to writing, including editorial work at a small publishing house, holding a position as a Web site editor, and five years in journalism in northwestern Wisconsin, where he earned several state awards for his writing and editing.

His work has appeared in the Meadowbrook Press anthology, Girls to the Rescue, Book 1, as well as the true crime journal, Ripper Notes, in volume 28.

His first novel, Most Likely, was released in May. Shada is the first installment of the Ember Cole series of young adult paranormal suspense books. Hansen is hard at work on the next installment in the series, the novel-length book, Ember.

Hansen recently moved to Oregon with his wife, a dog, a cat, and his 89-year-old father, a World War II veteran.

Craig's interests include the music of Johnny Cash, reading the novels of other independent authors, blogging, and the study of Messianic theology. On his Web site, you can sign up to receive a periodic email newsletter that will notify you when he releases new novels.

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you, I appreciate your thoughtful review. If anyone has questions of me, please post them here and I'll be happy to reply.