Ghostly Giveaway

John A. Karr is an ardent believer in the quote by Carl Van Doren (1885-1950), U.S. man of letters: "Yes, it's hard to write, but it's harder not to."  This is a quote that I feel JD takes to heart.  As a matter of fact I do not understand how a writer can NOT write.  It is agony not to be able to put words to paper and let the characters come alive.

I have loved reading  John A. Karr's book Ghostly Summons.  It has the right balance between mystery and psycho drama.  Having dealt with mental illness all of my life it is nice to know that some things can be a lil kookier than I am.  Even if it is a story line made up by John A. Karr.   Now the best part is that John makes it all seem quite believable.  It is not like your sitting there going...yeah yeah sure....instead I was drawn in and enjoying my trip into insanity that sure seems like reality.  John had me flipping pages to see if reality was actually there or was the main character Lars living a life in his mind only.

I wish to thank Tribute Books for sharing Ghostly Summons with me as my mid summer read.  This one is a keeper.  Yes, it is going on the shelf.  Very few ever make it up there.  Now here is the extra gift of this all.  John A. Karr and Tribute Books have teamed up to host a giveaway of a $25 Amazon Gift Card or you can choose Pay Pal cash.  It is easy as pie...just enter on the Rafflecopter at the bottom.

Lars Kelsen doesn’t believe in psychic phenomenon. To him, visions of murder victims are a form of mental illness. Once they begin, options are limited; he can try to ignore them or deal with them by exposing a killer. Only the latter provides any semblance of peace. Temporarily, anyway. Five years into his new life as a programmer, Kelsen—ex-crime beat reporter with a penance he can never fully satisfy—sees a victim.

In person. Upright. Staring.

Typical of such past "Visits" as he calls them, he doesn’t welcome this one. The nude form of a beautiful millionairess in his cubicle means murder has come to the vacation haven known as North Carolina’s Outer Banks. It means he’ll have to go places he'd rather avoid. See things he'll wish he hadn’t. Do things that don't come naturally, like in-your-face confrontation and bending the law. Actually, breaking the law ... but with good intent. It also means dealing with one very attractive county coroner, who pushes his buttons in a not entirely unwelcome way.

So begins Kelsen's return to investigative reporting—complete with attempts on his life, fights, deception, and all the technological tricks, such as GPS and computer hacking, at his disposal. And maybe even finding a new love interest.

John A. Karr believes fiction writing each day helps keep the demons at bay. Ghostly Summons is his first full-length novel for Dark Continents Publishing. DCP has also published his Weird West novella, Ujahwek. He is the author of a handful of other novels: Death Clause, Hippocrates Shattered (scheduled for reprint by World Castle Publications as Shattered), Rhone, and Van Gogh, Encore. His short stories have appeared on webzines Allegory, The Absent Willow Review, and Danse Macabre. More works are in progress and in the marketing queue.

Format: ebook and paperback
eBook Price: $3.99
Pages: 312
Publisher: Dark Continents Publishing
Release: March 14, 2013

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  1. Glad John's book is a keeper for you, Lenore! Thanks for the review :)

  2. Lenore,

    Thanks very much for the kind words. Glad you enjoyed reading Ghostly Summons! We're all a little crazy; it's just the degree that differs. :)


  3. I bought the book but I don't twitter!

    1. Cissi, thanks for purchasing the book. I hope you like it as much as I did.

    2. Thanks Cissi! Hope you enjoy it.



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