I stumbled across this fantastic 5-star review that a reader left at Amazon for my novel HELD, all the way back in 2012. It’s one of those reviews that make it all worth it, you know? All the long hours, the headaches, the frustration, the achy back and neck, the irritated eyes from staring at a computer screen so long…Hearing that someone so thoroughly enjoyed those sacrifices really makes it all worthwhile. It refills the tank, re-energizes the soul. I just thought I’d share it with you, and once again thank the reviewer, whoever and wherever they may be.
So, dear reader, THANK YOU!
I am extremely difficult to satisfy when it comes to fiction. Usually I only read non fiction/true crime because it has an intensity that can’t be matched via fiction, knowing it is just a story. However I have been left between the old rock and a hard place. 99% of non fiction/true crime is so lame and tepid, lacking in detail with descriptions of the criminal acts so sanitized and neutered they are glossed over with one or two words…he tortured her and killed her. I want the DETAILS, brutal, unfiltered, explicit details of each act of torture, what was done, in when, and how murdered. There have only been a couple of books that do the subject justice. All the other Ann Rule type true crime garbage by all these authors is hopelessly boring. Fiction I gave up on because like I said, knowing it is nothing more than a story there is no intensity….well this book changed all that for me. I LOVED this book and I am amazed at Kimberly’s writing. I was cringing so often through this book. What a fantastic mind she has. I couldn’t put this book down and when I did i couldn’t wait to get back to it. I loved the hostage, despised and wanted to kill the kidnapper. No cliche ending. Brilliant start to finish. I can’t believe this came from the mind of a woman. She would be fascinating to know and talk with I am sure.
I read multiple books continuously. I am a new fan of Kimberly now and I will read everything she writes and has written. I can only say that about 2 other authors. Get it, read it.
Nicole Lee, a young wife and new mother, steps out of the mall, squinting against the glare of the midday sun, completely unaware that her life is about to change forever.
In a matter of seconds, she is steeped in fear as the world she knows and the life she loves fades away.
As the panic sets in and the terror takes hold, Nicole tries to keep calm, though she’s now in a frantic fight for her life. Locked in a deadly battle of wits with a psychopath, she struggles to keep her sanity as she’s held.
“…one of the best purchases I have made on Amazon. I took a chance on an unknown author and found a new favorite to follow. I was just expecting a dark run-of-the-mill thriller and found a writer who can actually scare the heebie jeebies out of me.” — Independent Review
“Texas Chainsaw meets Silence of the Lambs.” — Independent Review
“…grabs you by the throat on the first page and relentlessly squeezes you to the last.” — Independent Review
Buy it here.
I see a lot of folks–including the media–confusing serial killings for mass murders, mass murders for spree killings, and so on. I want to clear this up.
*Serial: consisting of, forming part of, or taking place in a series. For example, a magazine issued monthly, bi-monthly, etc. is a serial. A TV show is a serial. There’s a distinct time-lapse between each installment.
A serial killer is someone who kills three or more people in different locations as isolated events with a cooling off period in between each murder.
Example: In March, Bob kills a woman in a park. In June, he kills a man in a grocery store. In July, he kills a woman at a bus stop. In November, Bob kills another woman behind a bakery.
Note the cooling off period in between each murder as well as the different locations.
*Spree: a spell or sustained period of unrestrained activity of a particular kind. For example, a shopping spree.
A spree killer is someone who kills two or more people in a short time in different locations with almost no time break in between murders.
Example: John has had enough. He grabs his rifle and heads out the door of his house intent on getting his revenge. He stops at his ex-wife’s house and kills her and her mother. From there, he drives across town to his ex-wife’s boyfriend’s house and shoots him dead. Then, John drives to where he works and shoots his boss and three co-workers.
Note the different locations of each murder and the fact that there is almost no time in between for cooling off.
*Mass: relating to, done by, or affecting large numbers of people or things. For example, terror seizes a crowd of people and causes mass panic. They all try to flee, which creates mass chaos. It affects the whole group as one being.
A mass murderer is someone who murders four or more people in one location with no cooling off period between each murder.
Example: All of Joan’s friends have gathered at her house for a party. What they don’t know is Joan laced the punch with a healthy dose of arsenic. They’ll all be dead within the hour.
Note the single location with no cooling off period.
I hope this helps everyone better understand the difference between a serial killer, mass murderer, and a spree killer. Because there certainly are differences.
I mentioned on Facebook a week or so ago that I was going to have a giveaway for a signed paperback copy of 22918, and I promised the details would come. These are those details.
So here’s what I’m thinking. It’s super hard to get folks to leave a review for a book. Not sure why. It only takes a minute, but still it’s like asking for volunteers to get a root canal. I thought maybe this would help persuade the reluctant people to get that root canal. I mean leave a review! Yeah. A review. No root canals.
If you leave a review for 22918 over at Amazon, send me an email to let me know. I’ll write all your names on a piece of paper, jostle them up in a bowl, and draw a name. That person will win the signed copy of 22918.The drawing will take place on December 12th. That should be enough time for the winner to receive the book in time for Christmas. If you’ve already left a review, you’re still entered. Just send me an email.
In the email, I’ll need a couple of things:
1) A link to your review
2) Your physical address (so I know where to send the book)
Don’t worry. I won’t show up on your doorstep. Although I know there are at least a couple of you who would absolutely love that. But I won’t mention any names…RODNEY!
So that’s it. That’s all you have to do. Be honest in your review. Don’t feel that you have to schmooz me with a 5 star review to be entered in the drawing. Honest reviews are what I’m after. I’ll post the winner all over the place when the name is drawn.
Thanks in advance for your reviews and good luck to all of you!