New Release: The Button by D.L. Finn #ParanormalThriller

Today I have the privilege of sharing the news of a new paranormal thriller, The Button, by D.L. Finn. As a fan of the genre, I have devoured many spine-chilling novels. I am happy to say that another captivating story by D.L. , This Second Chance, kept me turning the pages long after bedtime.

But you’ve heard enough from me, so without further delay, I’ll let D.L. speak for herself.

 

Thank you, Mark, for welcoming me back on your blog for another new release!

 

Blurb:

Lynn Hill left a difficult childhood behind when she turned eighteen. The 1980s were going to be the beginning of a great life. Then what started as an ordinary evening out with her best friend, Stacy, turns into a nightmare. Lynn hears warnings: “Go!” “Leave!” Believing she is hearing things after partying too much, she goes back for one more drink before going home. That decision sets off a chain of events that nothing could have prepared her for. While humans and not-so-human beings are attempting to either help or harm her, Lynn risks everything to find the only person she trusts, Stacy. Who can help her? The stepbrother who shows up right when she needs him or the attractive, helpful bartender who gives her his phone number? Lynn must learn to trust again. Her survival depends on it in this paranormal thriller.

Excerpt:

CHAPTER 1

Castro Valley, California, 1983

…In high school Lynn Hill had a black button with white writing that said “**** Off and Die.” It was pinned to her worn, flower-embroidered denim purse. Lynn relocated her button to the inside of her purse when she graduated, so only she could see it. It wasn’t that Lynn had suddenly changed her attitude upon accepting her diploma with 451 other people representing the first class of the new decade, either. As far as she could tell, 1980 was no different than 1979. What prompted the removal of her audacious public expression was the acquisition of a job and an apartment, or basically becoming a responsible adult. Lynn was mindful that appearing to be an upstanding citizen was necessary, an opinion confirmed by her old history teacher.

“Young women who are successful do not have swear words pinned to the outside of their purse,” the teacher, who reminded Lynn of a shriveled apple doll, had informed her while handing back her essay in the final month of high school.

Lynn was fully aware that the teacher didn’t like her, but she didn’t care. Most teachers didn’t like her, but she always got A’s and didn’t cause problems, so they usually left her alone. No one had ever tried to take the button away, but Lynn did get some looks, which she shrugged off.

She was convinced that more than one teacher had the same sentiment, but they had to pretend to be responsible adults, like she was doing now. Lynn only hid the button from her parents, who would have shown their displeasure in ways both physically and emotionally painful. She escaped that house the day she turned eighteen, moving into an apartment with her best friend, Stacy.

Lynn’s fingers brushed across that button on the inside of her purse as she searched for her strawberry lip gloss. It wasn’t that she hated everyone and wanted them to die, as her button stated; she simply didn’t trust most people. Why should she? They only managed to disappoint or hurt her, but she wished for their absence, not their actual demise. Although there were a few people she felt the world would be better off without. They seemed to have no reason to exist other than to cause others pain.

Lynn applied her lip gloss, slipped it back into her purse, and pasted on a fake smile. It was her final touch before entering the rundown bar with Stacy. A blonde and a brunette together got the attention of guys at the bars, Stacy insisted. Lynn didn’t bother pointing out that it was Stacy’s large bust and fashion-model looks that got all that interest. She knew Stacy was aware of her effect on the opposite sex.

The young women flashed their fake IDs to the guy at the door. It was obvious that the old biker didn’t care about the age of the females who entered the bar as long as they were somewhat pretty, boosted alcohol sales, and had a card, legal or not, that showed they were old enough. Lynn was immediately greeted by loud music, a local band whose name she had already forgotten. They were playing a current hit from the radio. No big deal, just some wannabes, Lynn thought. There wasn’t even a cover to see them. How good could they be?

Stacy and Lynn squeezed between the red vinyl barstools to order their drinks. “I know you, I walked with you once upon a dream…” Why was the song from Sleeping Beauty in her head? She hadn’t thought of it in years. It had been one of her favorite songs when she was a young girl. She used to listen to the record while following along in the book. She would sing the song loudly if no one was around and pretend she was dancing with her prince through the forest.

In those days she believed she would find her prince someday. Did she still believe in love and happily ever after? Not really. She sighed right as the bartender caught her glance. He had wavy brown hair and the most beautiful brown eyes she’d ever seen. She gulped and started to sweat. She needed a drink, and fortunately, Stacy was already ordering them.
Random Finn Facts:

Silence when I’m trying to sleep–completely unnerves me.
I made a barbie cake for my daughter’s birthday using rose petals for the dress. I couldn’t convince any of the guests the petals were edible.
My favorite tree is the redwood. I planted one out front many years ago. It’s quickly catching up to the huge cedars.

D.L. Finn is an independent California local, who encourages everyone to embrace their inner child. She was born and raised in the foggy Bay Area, but in 1990 relocated with her husband, kids, dogs and cats to the Sierra foothills in Nevada City, CA.  She immersed herself in reading all types of books, but especially loved romance, horror and fantasy. She always treasured creating her own reality on paper. Finally, being surrounded by towering pines, oaks and cedars, her creativity was cradled until it bloomed. Her creations vary from children’s books, young adult fantasy, adult paranormal romance to an autobiography with poetry. She continues on her adventure with an open invitation to her readers to join her.

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They Fight For Freedom

As you may be aware, my novel ‘Vanished’ is a fictional story about the heroic rescue of a human trafficking victim. Today I have the privilege of hosting a member of Fight4Freedom, an organization of real heroes, that work diligently, everyday, saving victims of this disgusting crime. For security reasons, only the member’s first name, Julia, is used.

What is Fight4Feeedom?

Julia: Fight4Freedom began in order to address the growing problem of sex trafficking in both Canada and throughout North America. We’re an active part of the NGO (non-governmental organization) community that hopes to raise awareness of sex trafficking and to see the end of this issue. Community based anti-trafficking groups are working hard to prevent human trafficking, protect vulnerable populations, lobby for policy reform, and rehabilitate victims both at local and global levels.

How big is the problem?

Julia: There are approximately 1,500 people trafficked into Canada annually, which only accounts for around 10% of Canadian trafficking cases. The other 90% of cases are domestic cases of Canadians being trafficked within Canada (often Aboriginal women or youth from low-income communities). Throughout the world, 800,000 people are trafficked annually, and 99.8% of trafficking goes unpunished.

What are some of the challenges in your work? How does Fight4Freedom help?

Julia: Often some of the biggest challenges in working with victims is trying to unravel all of the mental abuse the traffickers have put them through. Trafficking is less often about kidnapping people and forcing them to do work and more about the mental and emotional manipulation of a person to make them do things they would otherwise never do.

The way Fight4Freedom works is by training teams of volunteers to go into high-risk areas, like strip clubs and massage parlors and talk to those who may or may not be victims. Over many visits, we build relationships with them and we want to make ourselves a safe place for them to go. We always train our volunteers to listen first. Once we understand enough about the situation and feel we can act confidently, we build a plan with the survivor based on what they’re comfortable with and what is available. If need be, we may get the police involved and walk with the survivor through the legal process, but if we can do things on our own, we will.

We will often give our survivors first and last month’s rent, in order for them to get set up in an apartment where they can feel comfortable. We’ll also give them grocery gift cards for food and supplies. We also have partnerships with a few counsellors, and they are provided with free sessions for as long as they need. We make a commitment with the survivors to walk with them for a minimum of one year, and with a minimum of one visit per month.

The first few months are really intensive with trying to forge new and better habits and thought processes. We also help them detox from from drugs and alcohol. During our visits, we discuss how they’re doing, their long and short term goals, and types of work they should look into. It’s really cool to see people start to come alive when they’re given a chance to be passionate about something! We take our survivors out for fun activities like horseback riding and paint nights in order to get to know them better in a more relaxed environment.

What lead you personally into choosing this field and organization?

Julia: I got involved with Fight4Freedom about eight months ago. I loved how they were making such practical steps towards giving Jesus’s kind of love in the world.

Learn More About The Amazing Work Fight4Freedom Does:

If you would like to get involved, learn more, or donate, please check out this link: https://www.fight4freedom.ca/volunteer.html

“If I step on this crack, will the cat come back?”

Bad things happen. It’s an unfortunate part of life and being a citizen on this spinning orb that we call, earth.

But do our fears sometimes get in the way of progress? Of the ‘good things’ in life? Do we shy away from opportunities because they could spell F-A-I-L-U-R-E?

If you’re one who laughs at superstitions, perhaps even labelling them as ‘foolish’, remember, superstition takes on many forms.

Is the car going to breakdown just because you say it won’t? Will you be rejected for the position because you’ve told a few people that you’re a ‘shoe-in’?

That’s the way I often think. I’ve lost count of the times I’ve made sure to say the opposite of what I wished to occur, just to promote a favourable outcome. As if I could use mind control on the uncontrollable. Crazy! I know!

The truth is, like superstitions, most of the things that terrify us are nothing more than ‘Paper Tigers’.

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Most are purely benign.

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If you look beneath the surface of some, you might even discover something sweet!

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There are many circumstances beyond our control, but with perseverance we can learn to master our fear.

What superstitions haunt you? Free yourself with logic and optimism!

I’m certainly going to try.

 

 

 

Vanished

This is a Guest Blog Post about my novel, Vanished, that was kindly hosted by author Karen Ingalls.

I am grateful to Karen for this opportunity! Please click on the following link to view and purchase Karen’s novels: Amazon.com

Here is the Guest Post:

Author, Mark Bierman

I am pleased to have Rave Reviews Book Club Member, Mark Bierman, as my guest this week. Drawing on his work as a private investigator and a correctional officer, Mark combines unique experiences and imagination to create stories and characters.

His novel, Vanished,  is a remarkable story about Human Trafficking.

    

Synopsis:

When a shared tragedy strikes the lives of John Webster an his son-in-law, Tyler Montgomery, they seek healing by embarking on a good will mission to earthquake-ravaged Haiti.

The mission quickly changes from benign to perilous after a young girl is kidnapped by human traffickers, and the pair make a promise to the child’s mother that may cost them everything.

The two ordinary men undertake the extraordinary, forming unholy alliances with the seedy underbelly of an impoverished land, as they struggle to keep their moral fiber from unravelling.

Interesting Facts:

  1. Giving Back: Fifty percent of the proceeds from the sales of Vanished are donated to organizations that help victims of human trafficking.
  2. Coincidence? A few months after publishing Vanished, Mark befriended a missionary family that was actively helping victims in Cambodia. He continues to support their amazing work.

  3. Change of plans: The idea for Vanished came about when Mark decided to write a magazine article about an actual mission trip to post-earthquake Haiti. The trip had been undertaken by his father and brother-in-law. The main characters are loosely based on them. They each kept a journal about their experiences, and though neither encountered human traffickers, a percentage of the facts and experiences they logged were used in the novel.

Some Reviews

“The subject of human trafficking is a painful subject to read about, but it is something that we all need to be aware of in hopes of bringing an end to this horrible part of most societies. Mr. Bierman does an excellent job of bringing the subject to the forefront through a fictional story. The actions of two Americans in a foreign country to bring one little girl safely home is the story line.

I had to give it four stars because there was too much detailed description of their hunt through the forest and the mine. All in all, this is a book I would recommend to anyone.

By Karen Ingalls

“Really great book about the hidden world of human trafficking. A friend referred to this author, and I’m glad he did! The story is based in Haiti and is not only a good read, but is also thought provoking and well written.

I highly recommend it and look forward to other books by this author. Great job!

By Gail M. 

Bio

Born and raised on a farm near Brockville, Ontario, Mark Bierman’s childhood consisted of of chores, horseback riding, fishing trips to a local lake, snowmobile races, and many other outdoor adventures.

Transitioning to adulthood also meant moving from the farm  into large urban  centers that introduced this ‘country boy’ to life in the ‘big city’.

Please follow these links to see what Mark is up to: 

Website:  markbierman.com

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Bigfoot Is Coming!

Today I have the privilege of welcoming my special guest, D.L. Finn! She is an author who is responsible for wonderful stories, across various genres! In this blog, she will be discussing her upcoming publication.

 

 

I want to thank Mark for inviting me on his blog! Since becoming a member of Rave Reviews Book Club I have been lucky to meet a lot of extraordinary authors, including Mark, and develop friendships along the way. Mark’s book Vanished is high on my TBR list for this summer’s reading.

Besides all the amazing books I’ve been lucky to read, I’ve been working, too. One project has been my first short story Bigfoot: A Short Story for “The 90-Day, Alpha / Omega (Beginning to End) Short Story Writing Contest” RRBC is hosting.

This has forced me to flex those unused short story muscles I haven’t used in a while. Luckily it came back to me quickly and I found a new freedom that writing novels doesn’t allow. My inner child took over and began to soar. The idea for “Bigfoot” came from a newspaper article a few years back when a local lake was being poisoned a second time to remove pike fish from it. The reasoning was the pike would kill the local species of fish–especially the trout. Aside from how I felt about pouring toxic chemicals into Lake Davis twice, I began to wonder what if. Then my what if laid around for many years until this contest where it became Bigfoot. This story is different than anything I’ve written before, but within my X-File type interest. Here is a short blurb:

Can you believe everything you read? Steve must answer that question when he finds a strange blog while searching for his friend’s address.  It was crazy to consider the government would poison a lake to find Bigfoot–and Steve wasn’t crazy. But, there were also some truths weaved into this unbelievable tale. Steve began to question his comfortable reality as he kept reading.

Bigfoot: A Short Story is available for pre-order now on Amazon with the release date of June 21st–for the first day of summer!

 

D.L. Finn is an independent California local, who encourages everyone to embrace their inner child. She was born and raised in the foggy Bay Area, but in 1990 relocated with her husband, kids, dogs and cats to the Sierra foothills in Nevada City, CA.  She immersed herself in reading all types of books, but especially loved romance, horror and fantasy. She always treasured creating her own reality on paper. Finally, being surrounded by towering pines, oaks and cedars, her creativity was cradled until it bloomed. Her creations vary from children’s books, young adult fantasy, adult paranormal romance to an autobiography with poetry. She continues on her adventure with an open invitation to her readers to join her.

Please click on the links below to see what D.L. is up to.

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