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The Empty Room

Mystery / Romance
Date Published: July 23, 2016
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Rain soaked and dreary, it was a 1901 abandoned Victorian that Dean and Elizabeth hoped would fulfill their dreams, even if the town of Eastbrook, Maine was trapped under a blanket of fog. The first neighbor they meet in town dashes those dreams when he raises a bizarre question: what happened to the last person who lived in their house? Under mounting pressure from the residents of Eastbrook to stop questioning the past, Dean and Elizabeth are driven deeper into the history of the house, and the town. When they discover what happened in Eastbrook, keeping the secret could save their lives, but uncovering the truth might be worth the risk.
A gripping psychological mystery, The Empty Room takes readers on a cat-and-mouse game where some secrets are better off hidden.
Excerpt

 

A knock pounded loudly on the door for a second time and Elizabeth involuntarily let out a small shriek. She frantically put her hand over her mouth, but the sound had already escaped and there was little doubt that Mrs. Jacobs had heard.
“Well.” Dean sighed, as he stood up from the crouched position he’d been holding beside the window. “Now we answer the door because you apparently have Tourette’s.”
As Elizabeth slowly stood up beside him, a third round of loud pounding ensued. Elizabeth jumped at the sudden noise and hit her head against Dean’s lower lip. His head jolted back from the force and he winced.
“Oh my God.” She leapt forward toward him. “Are you OK?”
Dean reached up his hand and clenched his jaw, pulling it from left to right. He pointed toward the door. “Great, first I get physically abused, now I’m going to get emotionally abused. And I still have no underwear.”
He finally came to the door and put his hand on the doorknob. He looked back at Elizabeth. “Just for the record, you are the worst covert ops partner ever.” With a specific intent in mind, he quickly turned the doorknob and ripped open the door as fast as he could. A startled Mrs. Jacobs stumbled backwards.
“You almost scared me to death,” she asserted, quickly brushing her dress to remove the imaginary wrinkles that had not formed from the unexpected greeting.
He stepped outside and grabbed Elizabeth by the wrist to pull her out of the house with him. “Well, follow-through has always been my problem. Look, we were just headed out the door and into town so we’re going to have to finish this later.” He reached for the doorknob and slammed the door behind him.
But Mrs. Jacobs did not move. Other than the slight falter when he opened the door, she held her stance and stared at the closed door. Dean had a feeling it was not the first or the last time she had ever had a door closed in her face. With their backs to the old woman, the couple took several steps toward the edge of the porch.
“You live next door, right? We’ll stop by. Oh, the fun we’ll have.” Still holding on to Elizabeth’s wrist, he pulled her past Mrs. Jacobs and down the steps.
“Where are we going?” Elizabeth whispered.
Mrs. Jacobs turned to face them. Her hands clasped in a folded position in front of her.
“We’re going to see if we can find out what happened in that room, what happened in that house. Someone here knows. Everyone in this town can’t be as bad as Mrs. HaWiggins back there,” he whispered back.
 About the Author
Sarah J. Clemens is the author of the debut mystery novel, The Empty Room. She started writing The Empty Room in 2008 and formed her own imprint in 2016 called Off the Page Publishing. She started out her professional career working as a news assistant for her local newspaper before finding a passion for the law and pursued an education in criminal justice. In addition to writing fiction, she is also a legal assistant with an Associate of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with an emphasis in Human Services. Sarah was born in California and now lives and works in Boise, Idaho. She has the same sarcastic sense of humor as the characters in her books, and she has an unparalleled love for animals.
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Unity

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Unity (Book Three, The Todor Trilogy)
By Jenna Newell Hiott
Genre: Fantasy, Visionary & Metaphysical Fiction

This dramatic final chapter of the Todor Trilogy picks up right where Disintegration left off, with Numa, Gemynd, and Soman standing high above a realm on the verge of splintering. The Peace Council has failed, Golath is dead, and the people in Tolnick would already be fighting without Gemynd’s mind control. Despite their differences, the trio must find a way to use their magical powers together if there is any hope of moving forward.

Again and again, the childhood bonds of the three are tested. As the new leader of the Iturtians, Gemynd must face his past. Soman struggles with watching the woman he loves devote herself to marriage with his old friend. Numa meets an unexpected family member who will change everything she’s known. Peace among the three of them—and among the land’s warring races—must be established if Numa’s vision of the future is to come true. But she doesn’t yet understand the truth of her biggest obstacle, which could defeat her in the end.

In Unity, the gritty culmination of a compelling saga, Hiott has delivered an enchanting metaphysical masterpiece. Defining good and bad proves tricky, and even the Deis couldn’t have predicted what’s coming next.

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Author’s Bio

Author, healer, all-around kook, Jenna Newell Hiott boasts of having a limitless imagination, unless it’s naptime. While many of us had an imaginary friend as children, Jenna had an entire imaginary family—complete with a second set of parents andthree siblings—all of whom lived in a make-believe world of Jenna’s own creation. One could say she’s been writing fantasy fiction since she was old enough to use words. And she never outgrew it. Out of this hyperactive imagination, and a life steeped in metaphysics, Jenna created the land of Todor: a world of magic, intrigue, and power plays.

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My Review

5 Stars

Numa, Gemynd, and Soman are barely keeping the peace. Everything is balanced on war and looks like war is going to be the ultimate course. Numa is going to learn something that is going to turn her whole world upside down. With all that they have gone through before, their bonds will be further tested. Will they finally achieve peace in the land of Todor?

I love how Unity wraps everything up. I have come to care about Numa, Gemynd, and Soman so much that I continually cheer for them and hope everything works out. They are still tested and have to learn to unite their powers. But, just like fine steel, without that fire you cannot truly know the strength of their bonds.

The best thing about this series is how Todor is one land clearly divided yet there is the chance to lead to peace and unity through the joining of people. It’s a great message for the story and for the world today.

If you are looking for a great, epic fantasy story look no further. This is an amazing series from a wonderful author. I cannot wait to see what Jenna comes up with next.

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I received Unity from Sage’s Blog Tours for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

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