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Author Yvonne Mason

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The eldest of five children, Yvonne was born May 17, 1951 in Atlanta, Georgia. Raised in East Point, Georgia, she moved to Jackson County, Ga. until 2006 then moved to Port St. Lucie, Florida where she currently makes her home.

I have an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice, I am a Bounty Hunter and a Published Author.

My first book Stan’s Story, A Touch of Love was released last year, I have just released Tangled Minds. A nove. In September Brilliant Insanity will be released and I am currently working on the Gerard Schaefer story.

The Pink Canary is the latest in the eclectic collection of books written by Yvonne Mason. She can take any subject and make it interesting to the reader. This latest work of fiction has two characters based on real people but the action and laughter are pure fiction. It is a great read and for anyone who loves drag or drag queens it is a must read.



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Gary D. Henry

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Why Do IWrite?Some write for the grandeur of thinking your writings might be the next classic novel or maybe the potential of seeing the words you wrote presented on the silver screen. Possibly the money you hope you will amass with a perceived talent is the goal? These things are quite possible if one of your novels shook the world’s imagination.

Might I suggest another reason? The absolute pleasure of knowing in a hundred years, when we all are dust, a reader will pick up a book written by you and be fascinated by a story which makes them believe in the power of words. The novel needn’t be a best seller nor does it need to be written by a well-known, celebrated author. Taking a someone to the point where they shed a tear, laugh or long for a time when life was a little bit better, transcends generations.

To a future reader, the book would be a window to another era or an unread adventure longing to be lived. New discoveries in the next century will difficult to find. A tome from an obscure author from an earlier time who plied his thoughts on paper and hoped people would be affected in one way or another, could be that discovery.

I wonder if the literary genius’ of the past thought of future generations when they penned their extraordinary books? We write for the masses for myriad of reasons, some write for the praise and some for the potential riches associated with their creative thoughts. We all want instant success to validate our efforts in our era but the focus of a writer wanders well beyond their realm. An author writes for an eternity and for the people who can see the fantasy well after his or her present-day audiences have passed.

Should one person pick up a dusty, seldom read novel from a century past, written by a little known and obscure author, then he or she would achieve the greatest accolade ever bestowed upon an author. Remembrance and connecting with not only his generation but generations yet to come. This is the real gift that a writer should remember after their last story is told. A sense of immortality is achieved when a representative of a future time opens a book and turns the pages and takes generation after generation to places where the author always wanted to take them.

So, take heart and write your stories and don’t worry if sales are low or your name is not mentioned along-side the literary great’s. Time will decide whether or not you walk among them. At least this is my hope as a writer and is why I write.

Happily obscure and pleasantly unsung…for now.

Gary D. Henry

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City of Slaughter by Cynthia Drew

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Fourteen-year-old Carsie Akselrod and her younger sister, Lilia, flee the Russian pogroms to live with relatives on New York’s teeming, dangerous Lower East Side. Like many Jewish immigrant Americans in the early 1900s, the girls go to work in sweatshops, eventually taking jobs at the ill-fated Triangle Waist Company, scene of the infamous 1911 industrial fire that claimed the lives of 146 garment workers. Set against Tammany Hall politics and gangland crime, City of Slaughter is a tale of a woman torn by family, faith, and her drive to rise from poverty, succeed in business, and claim her place in New York‘s world of fashion and society.Editorial Reviews

“… an excellent historical fiction novel that focuses on a Jew’s life under Pogrom Russia and in teeming New York. Fans will relish this strong look at the plight, dreams, setbacks and triumph of a Jew who is far from an American princess as she brings a spotlight on the first quarter of the twentieth century.” Midwest Book Reviews

“This rapidly paced novel kept me absorbed from the start as I followed the twists and turns of Carsie’s life. …” Phyllis Levin, Baltimore Jewish Times

“… It can be a challenge to go back in time and see the world through the eyes of another culture but the author has succeeded magnificently. A brilliant work of historical fiction, City of Slaughter is both heartbreaking and hopeful. …” Elena Vidal, Tea at Trianon

“…The author has obviously done her research; readers of Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle will recognize this world…this is an interesting read. The strong theme of self-actualization will appeal to many female readers.” Historical Novels Review

“…Carsie (Akselrod) exemplifies a stubborn will to survive and succeed. The author employs much colorful detail in painting her characters and the historic time and setting.” ~ Jewish Book Council

“Bitter truths, sweet moments, and the gamut of human emotion thread together in Drew’s stark, detailed debut.. . . Taking on themes of women’s equality, parity for workers, and the role of immigrants in shaping their new countries, Drew stitches together a tale that will stun readers with what the human heart can withstand while never losing faith that hope lies just around the corner.” – Booklist

“This richly-textured, meticulously-researched novel is as expansive as it is exhilarating. With elegant language and immense energy, Drew creates a world in which hope is never entirely lost.” — Judy Goldman, Early Leaving

About the Author

Cynthia Drew’s short stories have appeared in many literary journals, including Perigee, Middle English Review, and Taj Mahal. The winner of Rapid River’s Short Fiction Prize, and Mountainland’s Humor Prize, she teaches Creative Writing at UNC/Asheville’s Reuter Ctr. She worked for several years in New York’s garment district, where she became aware of the sweatshops that even today are peopled by immigrants.


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