Tuesday, June 26, 2012

06/25 BOOK REVIEW POST: THE HALO EFFECT by PAMELA CRANE



The Halo Effect
By
Pamela Crane



Lachesis Publishing

Publication Date: February 2, 2012

Synopsis:
In her debut psychological thriller, Pamela Crane digs into the depths of one of the most baffling mental disorders, erotomania. In this based-on-truth story, Crane delivers a sensitive, nimble, and stimulating story of an aspiring screenplay writer on a passage to reconcile her desire for love and fame at all costs.

It started with a glance. And ended with a nightmare.

Small-town girl Haley Montgomery meets two men who will change her life forever—the handsome Marc Vincetti whom she falls head-over-heels for, and the big-time Hollywood producer Allen Michaels who has the power to turn her screenplay into a movie and a ticket to a better future. It seems as though life couldn't get any better—until things take a decidedly dark turn when Haley spots Marc with his former high school sweetheart and Allen develops a consuming obsession with her.

As Haley is faced with a choice between love and fame, Marc becomes the target of a stalker and Haley's life is thrown into a tailspin. Suddenly everything she thought she knew about Marc and Allen is completely wrong—and Haley's life will never be the same again…

With its smooth mix of suspense and romanticism, The Halo Effect recalls the juncture where the heart and psyche meet—often not in the same plane of reality. But it is also about an ordinary woman’s determination to grasp love at the risk of everything. It’s a story where the worst of villains have hearts, and self-discovery unmasks the dark side within all of us with the hope it will lead us to live for something beyond ourselves.





About the Author. . . 



Pamela Crane’s addiction to writing started with a children’s short story competition and a first place win for her fable Weedlia’s Fate. Now, decades later, along with being a wife and mother, she’s nurtured her love of writing to build a career as an editor and novelist. Along with shaping quirky characters and plotlines that reflect glimpses of her own life, she enjoys riding her proud Arabian horse—when he lets her. 



                       




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$20 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway


Pamela Crane, author of "The Halo Effect," is hosting a contest, and the prize is a $20 gift card for Amazon.com. All you have to do is answer the following question:


In Chapter 44 of "The Halo Effect," what is the name of Haley Montgomery's childhood friend? E-mail your answer to pamela@pamelacrane.com or fill out the online form at www.pamelacrane.com and all correct entries will be entered in a drawing for the gift card. Drawing will take place on July 1, 2012. Good luck!

READER REVIEW

Haley's life has never been the same since she lost her father as a child.  Now, harboring dreams of being a Hollywood screenwriter, she signs up for classes being taught by Hollywood producer Allen Michaels.  At the same time, she meets, and falls for, computer repairman, Marc Vincetti.  When a stalker enters the picture, lives are changed forever.  

How to describe this book without spoiler alerts?  Just be forewarned; nothing is ever as it seems.  As a matter of fact, it is a much better story than it seems at first.  I must apologize to the author, because for the first half of the novel, I didn't like it.  But that was when I thought I had everything figured out.  When I realized that everything was turned upside down, my opinion changed completely.   Mea culpa, Ms. Crane.....

If you like a suspenseful thriller that completely shocks you with its plot twists, this is the one for you.  Definitely a 4 star novel.

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I am a member of Innovative Online Blog Tours and a copy of this book was provided to me by the author. Although payment may have been received by Innovative Online Blog Tours, no payment was received by me in exchange for this review. There was no obligation to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, publisher, publicist, or readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision’s 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning Use of Endorcements and Testimonials in Advertising*

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