“…never experienced before…” Read the full review!

From Anna, Goodreads Reader, here’s a new review for The Curse of a Mind:

“Highly psychological in its whole, yet lighthearted and entertaining, this novel is highly worth the time it takes to snuggle up and read.

As the story proceeds, there are twists and turns that all of the characters never expected to come across. I have to admit, at the end, there was quite the surprise awaiting me.

The character dynamics easily mesh together, yet each individual has the ability to stand on their own & be a strong lead. The continuing development of the “love interest” allows the story line to drastically deepen, despite the suggestion that this relationship will never fully develop.

The killer — well, that’s a whole different topic. Something that can only be described as both highly interesting and disturbing. Something that I have never experienced before within a novel.

As for everything else in between, you need to read it yourself to find out!”

Also, there’s exciting news! The print version of this book is on sale right now at Amazon for $9.37. It’s originally $12.95. It’s also eligible for super saving shipping! Here’s the link: http://www.amazon.com/Curse-Mind-Destiny-Booze/dp/1936167344/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1305810686&sr=8-2

For more buy links, including this book in e-book format, click here: http://novelistdestinybooze.books.officelive.com/thecurseofamind.aspx

“…emotional upsets that made me gasp…” Read the review!

Author Tamela Quijas read The Curse of a Mind. Here’s a tidbit of what she had to say…

“A Curse of the Mind was a spine tingling rollercoaster ride through my favorite subjects, murder and the unknown.  Ms. Booze provides an exceptional story filled with second-guessing, twists and turns, and emotional upsets that made me gasp.  This is the best novel yet to come from Destiny’s hand, and I recommend A Curse of the Mind to anyone looking for that novel that will make you wonder just who has insight into your thoughts….”

Read the full review at http://tamelaquijas.wordpress.com/2011/04/21/my-review-of-a-curse-of-the-mind-by-destiny-booze/

Here are the winners!

Thanks to all the participants in my contest for the Autism Awareness Giveaway Hop! That was a lot of fun! One lucky winner gets a signed copy of The Curse of a Mind! Yay!

If you were not chosen to receive the signed copy, fear not. Check your Inbox. There just might be a little something there for entering my contest! I appreciate you guys so much!

Now, here are the answers to the book trivia quiz:

1. D Autism
The heroine in The Curse of a Mind, Chris has an older brother that is autistic.

2. B Christopher Chambers
Chris’s dad really wanted a boy. Can’t you tell?

3. C Ricky
Ricky’s dad owns Deniro Investigations. Ricky really wants to take over the team.

4. D five
In Altered Beginnings, Jason has five siblings. Big family, huh?

5. D Slick
Freddie’s hit-man is Slick. He has a reputation for killing with his bare hands.

6. B where to live
In the beginning of Predetermined Endings, Shawn and Emma are planning a wedding, but already bickering over many of the details about sharing a life together. One of the most important disagreements is where to live.

7. A Angel
William’s pet name for Angelica is Angel.

So, how many did you get right? Only four people got all of them right and out of those four, only one name was drawn. And, the winner is Crystal! Congratulations! Your book will be off to you shortly!

Again, thanks so much for so many great participants!

Autism Awareness Giveaway Hop

Did you know that April is Autism Awareness Month? According to http://www.autismspeaks.org/, autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.

To help raise awareness about this disability, I’m giving away a signed copy of my newest release, The Curse of a Mind to one lucky winner that can answer as many questions about my books as possible. I bet you can figure out the answer to the first question right away. 🙂 For the others, it’s perfectly acceptable to give your best guess! Either send me your answers to destinybooze@gmail.com or leave me a comment with your answers. Just be sure I have your email address in case you win! Good luck!

1.  In The Curse of a Mind, Chris’s adult brother, Garrett suffers from which developmental disorder?

A.  Aspergers

B.  Mental Retardation

C.  Down Syndrome

D.  Autism

2.  In The Curse of a Mind, what is Chris’s full name?

A.  Chris Chambers

B.  Christopher Chambers

C.  Christine Chambers

D.  Christy Chambers

3.  In The Curse of a Mind, which member of her investigative team wants her job?

A.  Leon

B.  Elliot

C.  Ricky

D.  Aidan

4.  In Altered Beginnings, how many siblings does Jason Altarez have?

A.  one

B.  three

C.  four

D.  five

5.  In Altered Beginnings, what is the name of Freddie’s hit-man?

A.  Robert

B.  Shawn

C.  Nate

D.  Slick

6.  In Predetermined Endings, why are Shawn and Emma fighting at the beginning of the story?

A.  They are fighting over money.

B.  Emma wants Shawn to move in with her, but he wants her to move in with him inside his apartment.

C.  Emma doesn’t like Shawn’s job as a cop.

D.  Shawn thinks Emma dresses too sexily.

7.  In Predetermined Endings, what is William’s pet name for Angelica?

A.  Angel

B.  Sweetheart

C.  Honey

D.  Baby

This contest is open from April 11-14, 2011. Winners will be announced April 15th! Again, good luck. Look here http://iamareadernotawriter.blogspot.com/2011/03/upcoming-event-autism-awareness.html for some other participating bloggers in this important event. There are many more prizes to give away!

Could it be this character is too tough?

Chris Chambers, my heroine in The Curse of a Mind is tough and damaged and she has lots of spunk. Some of the things that happen in her past are not for the faint of heart. I love how she overcomes and prevails throughout the story despite such a rough beginning in life.

That’s one of the messages I love to pass on to readers. No matter what happens to someone in life, they can find a way to overcome it!

But…I realize writers can go overboard. Did I make Chris too tough in this story? Here’s one reviewer that seems to think so. Read the review and share your thoughts with me! I love the feedback!

http://www.loveromancepassion.com/review-the-curse-of-a-mind-by-destiny-booze/

They can’t win. The perpetrator is using a marvel in the medical field known as techlepathy, a combination of technology and telepathy to produce a telepathic result. He’s reading their minds. How can they possibly get away when he knows their every move?

Chris Chambers is a private investigator with great instincts and a shady past. She works with a skilled team on cases that most P.I.’s won’t touch. She’s hardened to life, hardened to people and as tough as the military trained her to be.

Her team’s newest case is a construction worker by the name of Aidan Wolfe. Aidan is hardheaded and successful, a man with no friends and a long list of enemies. Someone is trying to kill him, someone with extraordinary gifts.

The investigative team and Aidan will be confronted with their worst enemies—themselves. They are cursed to face their own thoughts, inner fears, prejudices, and every private feeling or emotion they have as this man toys with their minds and hearts.

Can they survive? By the end, will they want to?

“It is her best book so far!”

New Review emailed to me Monday, March 7, 2011

“I have read about 3/4 of the book. It is so good! I started it Saturday and have read all my spare time. You know how some books you can figure out what is going to happen and who the culprit is, well, I don’t have a clue! So that makes for good reading. It is her best book so far!!” ~ Sandra, Reader

They can’t win. The perpetrator is using a marvel in the medical field known as techlepathy, a combination of technology and telepathy to produce a telepathic result. He’s reading their minds. How can they possibly get away when he knows their every move?

Chris Chambers is a private investigator with great instincts and a shady past. She works with a skilled team on cases that most P.I.’s won’t touch. She’s hardened to life, hardened to people and as tough as the military trained her to be.

Her team’s newest case is a construction worker by the name of Aidan Wolfe. Aidan is hardheaded and successful, a man with no friends and a long list of enemies. Someone is trying to kill him, someone with extraordinary gifts.

The investigative team and Aidan will be confronted with their worst enemies—themselves. They are cursed to face their own thoughts, inner fears, prejudices, and every private feeling or emotion they have as this man toys with their minds and hearts.

Can they survive? By the end, will they want to?

New 5 Star review for THE CURSE OF A MIND!

Posted to Shelfari:

“Destiny has written a very good mystery here. The reader’s interest is engaged from the beginning and the flame is fanned skillfully, gradually enhancing the interest level through to the very end. Like all good mysteries this one has a twist that the author carefully develops, finally dropping the bomb toward the end of her tale.
I purchased Kindle version, rapidly becoming my favorite format because of the ease of reading.
I highly recommend Destiny Booze’s mystery, The Curse of a Mind, giving the book 5-stars; the reader will not be disappointed.”

J. A. Hunsinger

New Excerpt: THE CURSE OF A MIND

Garrett put the phone on the table and slid it towards Gloria. He kept his eyes on his hands, quietly reciting the colors around him.

 

Hand tan. Phone black. Table brown.

 

Gloria took the phone, smiling at him. “Thank you, Garrett. See? Chris will be back in a couple days. No reason to be upset. I miss her, too, you know.”

 

Gloria—so nice, always nice to Garrett. Bright smile. Pink lips.

 

Garrett never looked straight at her, sideways yes, but never straight. Couldn’t concentrate that way. Too uncomfortable. That didn’t mean Garrett didn’t see what was right in front of him.

 

“Well, now that you feel better, I think we should get the grocery shopping done,” she said cheerfully.

 

Garrett moaned. No. Hate store. Hate store. Hate store.


“Come on, sweetheart, it will be a quick trip. We’ll buy lasagna to cook for dinner. It’s your favorite.”

 

Lasagna good. Sauce red. Pasta white. Cheese white.

 

“Let me grab my keys and the grocery list.”

 

Keys gray. List white.

 

Garrett knew he wasn’t “normal.” Autism was his official diagnosis. He understood most things, knew more than he was given credit for. He could do a puzzle faster than anyone else, Sissy said. His brain worked differently.

Information wasn’t the problem. The doctors said he most likely had more info than most people in his brain. It was communication that was the hard part.

 

People called him stupid. They thought he didn’t hear just because he didn’t respond. Sissy said it was them that was stupid and people just didn’t understand.

 

Love Sissy. Miss Sissy.


Gloria came back into the room. “Come on, Garrett. Let’s go.”

 

He stood and followed her, right behind her, never touching. His eyes were on the ground as he walked. Sidewalk white, shoes black. They reached the car. Car silver.

 

He got in the passenger seat, put his seatbelt on, locked the door. It was a step-by-step sequence to follow when in the car. He looked at his hands as they rode.

 

Dashboard gray, belt black, floor mat black.

 

Sissy asked him once if he realized he never smiled. The answer was yes and no. He felt emotion. Sometimes he felt happy, sometimes he felt like smiling. But, he couldn’t show it. The communication thing. It was a prison cell inside his own brain, a thing that he understood at times, and other times not.

 

Sissy stayed gone a lot. He missed Sissy. Sissy was his only family.

 

Garrett knew he was a burden to his sister. She never said that she minded, but he did. He hated his inner prison. He wanted to be a man that worked and took care of himself. He wished he was normal, even if that meant less information in his brain, even if he couldn’t do all his puzzles anymore.

 

“What should we have with the lasagna?” Gloria asked.

 

“Lasagna red. Red. Red.”

 

“Right. What goes good with red?”

 

“Asparagus green. Rolls white.”

 

“Perfect suggestions, Garrett. I knew you would have a good idea.”

 

Gloria so nice. Nice. Nice.

 

At the store, Garrett followed Gloria around, keeping his eyes downcast. Floor white. Buggy gray.

 

He counted products on the shelves and recited their colors as they walked from aisle to aisle. Though he kept his eyes down, though he was counting, he could still see the looks of customers that went by him. Some wouldn’t look, some stared with wide eyes, some frowned, some tried a fake smile, but all looked uncomfortable.

 

Before they went to the checkout line, Gloria announced she needed to use the restroom before they left. Gloria always needed the restroom. No matter where they went, she couldn’t get from A to Z without stopping to potty at A, B, C, D, E, F … and so on to Z, whether it was a two-hour or two-minute trip.

 

“Stay right with the buggy. I’ll be just a minute.”

 

He waited. He was used to it.

 

A store employee walked over to him, and Garrett cringed inwardly. It was the mean boy.

 

So mean, mean, mean.

 

The mean boy was always here, always. Every time, the mean boy tried to get Garrett alone. They were alone now.

 

“Hey retard!”

 

The mean boy pushed at Garrett’s arm as he called him names. Garrett wished Sissy was there. Sissy would get rid of the mean boy. Like a hero, a real hero.

 

Sissy was Garrett’s hero. He wished he was like her—normal, better than normal. He wished he could get rid of the mean boy.

 

Garrett tried to tell the boy to go away, but the words wouldn’t come out. Instead, he wrapped his arms around himself, rocking and moaning as the mean boy bullied him, waiting for Gloria to finish in the bathroom so they could leave.

New Review: THE CURSE OF A MIND

The Curse of a Mind was reviewed by Elizabeth Provenzano, Tulsa Books Examiner.

Here’s a highlight of the review…

“…some laugh-out-loud moments and some touching ones. Will there be a Chris Chambers series? Let’s hope so… This is a book that will intrigue you. You will want to know how it ends, whether you like it or not.”

You can read the full review here:http://www.examiner.com/books-in-tulsa/review-of-the-curse-of-a-mind-by-destiny-booze-review

THE CURSE OF A MIND gets 4 cups from Coffee Time Romance!

THE CURSE OF THE MIND
DESTINY BOOZE
ISBN: 9781936167344(PB)/9781936167352(EB)
October 2010
Whimsical Publications
http://www.whimsicalpublications.com
E-Book / Paperback
$5.99 EB / $12.95 PB
221 Pages
Romantic Thriller
Rating: 4 Cups

As her daddy’s favorite punching bag, Chris Chambers grew up with no illusions of the evil inside a mind, which most certainly includes her own. At the age of seventeen she took control of her life, and nearly ten years later that control is what keeps her going.

The destruction at job sites was something he could pass off as accidents, but when he receives a death threat, Aiden Wolfe knows it is serious. Hiring the best private investigators he can find, Aiden’s guilt over putting others in danger once again rears its ugly head.

After a stint in the army, Chris uses every skill she learned to become a first class P.I., and her job is the only thing that saves her sanity, but this case is threatening even that. Her client only needs to look at her, and her precious control is shot to hell. Aiden wants no more pain or death on his conscience, but the person targeting him is intent on doing just that, and Aiden is only part of the equation. Chris and Aiden try desperately to keep her team together, but this is one killer with an inside tract, and the harder they fight, the tighter the net closes around them.

Read this novel and see if you can honestly answer the question of what it would take to make you a killer, because no matter how righteous you think you are, everyone has a breaking point. For the protagonist in this story, I believe it is a lifetime of feeling defeated, and having known so little love in his life that losing any amount of that is horribly devastating. As for Chris and Aiden, I feel they could very easily have succumbed to the same fate, but instead turned their fears and anger inward, blaming themselves and putting up walls to keep others out. Put yourself in their place as tides of emotional and psychological warfare wash over them and really experience how their feelings for each other may be their only chance for survival.

Lototy
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More

http://www.coffeetimeromance.com/CoffeeThoughts/

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