A monster roams the halls of Soothing Hills Asylum. Three girls dead. 29 is endowed with the curse…or gift of perception. She hears messages in music, sees lyrics in paintings. And the corn. A lifetime asylum resident, the orchestral corn music is the only constant in her life.
Mason, a new, kind orderly, sees 29 as a woman, not a lunatic. And as his belief in her grows, so does her self- confidence. That perhaps she might escape, might see the outside world.
But the monster has other plans. The missing girls share one common thread…each was twenty-nine’s cell mate.
Will she be next?
“Exquisitely written! Requiem Red is a haunting tale of monsters, music, insanity, and the power of love where one least expects to find it. Brava, Ms. Chapman! This book will remain forever in my heart!”– NY Times Bestselling Author Darynda Jones
Arabella Holmes was born different and raised different. After it became apparent she couldn’t fit in the role of a 1900’s lady, her uncle, Sherlock, called in some lingering favors, and landed her a position at the Mutter Museum. The hospital was Arabella’s dream; she was to become a purveyor of abnormal science. What her uncle called a BoneSeeker.
The thorax of John Wilkes Booth, skulls from all over the globe and plaster casts of the first siamese twins were just a few of the oddities collected and on display.
Henry Watson arrives at the Mutter with a double assignment–to become a finder of abnormal antiquities and…to watch Arabella and keep her safe. If he could only get her to speak to him…instead of avoiding him and/or throwing knives in his general direction.
Together, they are assigned to a most secret exploration. The hand of a Nephilim has been unearthed in upstate NY.The pair are caught in a scientific debate; are the bones from a Neaderthal…or are they living proof of the Biblical fallen angels, who materialized to mate with human women?
The pair are to find and recover the skeleton. However–someone, or something, does not want the bones found. They discover they are the second team deployed. And the whole first team….are dead.
“Boneseeker has it all–momentum, creativity, excellent prose and a story that won’t let you go… A brilliant series start to an innovative addition to the Holmes legacy!”– NY Times Best Seller Grace Burrowes:
Where Bluebirds Fly
Verity Montague is a servant in 1692 Salem. Her flaming red hair and mismatched eyes make her a prime target for accusation of witchcraft. Orphaned during the Indian raids, she and her brother with Asperger’s Syndrome come to live with the key historical figures of the trials-The Putnams. They keep their synesthesia secret- that days, months and years appear as color in Verity’s mind, and for John, that symphonies play in a Fantasia-style performance of colors and geometric patterns.
Truman Johnstone ‘s ability to discern people’s expressions, and decipher if they were lying- made him an outspoken child. Being different kept him from being adopted till he was fourteen. He now runs an orphanage for problem youths, and is a feeding therapist in his desire to help children deal with their peculiarities. To give them the childhood he never had.
The harvest festival corn maze Truman creates every year has an unwelcome visitor. Children hear disembodied voices skipping through the corn maze amid the backdrop of eerie orchestral music. In every year of the calendar, intermittent doors of time swing open and closed, so long as the cornfield stands.
In societies set on sameness-all are outsiders.
They learn the traits that make us outcasts, may be the very ones that make us great, and that true love may heal all, and even transcend time.
“Fall is the perfect time to revisit the history of The Salem Witch Trials. But this book was so much more. The heroine from 1692 and her present-day hero are both people for whom “different” is just a label, it’s their world. Each suffers from a type of synesthesia, which allows their brains to process things in unique ways. In the present day world of science and technology, this is hard enough, but for the heroine, in 1692, she can only be labelled as a witch because of her unique qualities.– Author, Amy Atwell
A blend of science and compassion, I came to really care for these characters and their plight. There’s also rich connections to other literary masterpieces, which added to the enjoyment of the book. I found the story gripping, and I rooted for this couple to find their happily-ever-after. I loved that the ending opens the door for future books, and that the misfits come to understand themselves and their world a bit more.“
Pittsburgh, Pa. 2030 It is a brave new post-war world. A world where parents can not only choose the sex of their child, but their eye color, hair color and talents. Project Mendel decides to take humanity a step closer to perfection. Dr. Eve Fyfe, a stem cell scientist, signed onto Project Mendel to heal the sick. Around the city, the homeless are disappearing; orphans are reported missing in record numbers. The doctor’s research produces amazing, and horrific side effects. She’s reporting them. But no one is listening. Because once in Project Mendel, always in Project Mendel.
Okay. Primarily this is a science fiction book with lots of romance and it’s a page-turner thriller. I sat up until almost three in the morning reading this book because I couldn’t put it down.– Night Owl Reviews
Brynn Chapman has written a well-researched book that takes the fledgling science of cloning and genetics just a step further. Project Mendel will reach out grab you, suck you right into the story, and scare the pants off you. I loved it. You will root for the heroes and heroines, some of it will be difficult to read, and it will make you cry and a lot of it will make you think… I give this one a solid 5 and a recommended read.“
The Bride of Blackbeard
In leaving behind Bristol, England, Constanza Smythe bids farewell and good riddance to a tumultuous childhood and her alcoholic surgeon father, for the life of a Governess in America.
However, her dream for a new life in the colonies quickly darkens into a nightmare. Her new plantation home is fraught with terror. It seems the estate sits beneath a cloud of doom. The livestock and slaves are sick and dying; chains on the tiny school desks, and nighttime screaming make her fear for her life.
And worst of all, she has unwittingly captured the attention of the most infamous pirate ever known-Edward Teach. Or as he is known to Outer Banks townsfolk- Blackbeard.
“Bride of Blackbeard is a compelling tale of sorrow, pain, love, and hate. With a cast of characters, each with their own trait, the story is hard to put down. From the moment I started reading about Constanza and her upbringing, I was torn. Each of the people she encounters on her journey has an experience to share, drawing in the reader more. Ms. Chapman sketches a story that tugs at the heartstrings. Her well-researched tale brings many things into light that this reader was not aware of. I believe many will be touched in some way by this extraordinary book that leaves much thought.“– Cherokee
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Into the Woods
Callum McClure’s family and village are under siege from an unknown foe. Villagers by the droves are falling into a mysterious sleep, a coma, from which they are unable to wake.
Callum and his schoolmates are in a race against time to decipher why and how their parents are unconscious. Odd natural disaster are occurring everywhere, and then there are the trees…In each sleepers room, roots have grown wild out of the closet, and have wrapped the comatose in a root sarcophagus. On each sleepers closet door glows a message….Stand…See…Remember…Choose.
The Netherwood is the alternate realm where coma-sleepers exist until their fate is decided-to return home or expire. Sleepwalkers experience great and terrible creatures, nature gone wrong. From breathtaking shores, crawling with starfish and sand dollars, and unnaturally deep rivers filled with humpback whales to carnivorous trees and rabid swine. A bull-man chimera overseers the door which swings open and shut between the two worlds.
Will Callum and his mates solve the riddles in time to save their parents…or will they be banned for all time, to the Netherwood?
“Into the Woods has a rich tapestry quality that is found in old fairy tales. The words and rhythm give it the feel of a fable. The tale hints at what is to come, but never gives you a true look, rather like the inhabitants of the woods luring you into the woods before you’re aware you moved. Having the mother who is encased in roots have a voice is a nice touch. It allows us to see what is going on in her world and to understand what Callum will need to do to save her. The tale is a complicated one, but any eager reader should be able to unravel it.
Into the Woods is an interesting and exciting tale for the intermediate reader. I would recommend it because it operates on many different levels, includes the richness of imagery and fully developed characters.“– Morgan Wyatt, novelspot
“INTO THE WOODS packs a big message into a short book. R.R. Smythe had me intrigued from the very beginning. Just like the young men and women in the story, I wanted to learn the secret of the trees. They were obviously there for a reason, but what could it be? I flew through this book in just a couple of hours because I just had to know if Callum would figure it all out to save his mother. The scenes in the Netherwood are particularly interesting. You never know just what is going to happen, but you’re sure there’s going to be a message hidden somewhere.
Callum and his friends were all wonderful. They were indeed the perfect people to pass on the message of the trees. I love the sweetness of young love surrounding them as well.
INTO THE WOODS really is a unique story with a lot of heart. It’s great for all ages, so check it out and tell your friends.“– Romance Junkies
“This Young Adult Fantasy will send chills down your spine. I, as the reader, followed Callum and witnessed everything he and his friends went through as they attempted to decipher the messages. At the same time, I watched Callum’s mother, Ellsbeth, as she walked through the Netherwood. Each time Callum deciphered one of the four messages, some villagers awakened. Through the eyes of Ellsbeth, I saw the other sleepers wander, make mistakes, and be released from the Netherwood, leaving Ellsbeth alone. There is one thread left dangling, but do not fret. This IS a stand alone book. But that thread gives me hope that another book about the Netherwoods may someday come to pass. Excellent reading for any age of fantasy fans!“– Detra Fitch, HUNTRESS REVIEWS
Coffee Time Romance Rating: 4 Cups
“What a beautifully inspiring story. This tale takes you back into time and to a place where curses and folklore were well known. From curses to centaurs, this story is full of excitement and adventures. This author touches on what humans are doing to themselves and shows our children what could happen if they do not abide by rules. A truly remarkable story.“– Wateena, Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance
A Circle of Crows
The children of Rhinebeck are not safe. They have been disappearing since 1900, without a trace or clue. The Four Seasons Inn of Rhinebeck is no longer safe. The lives of the three sisters who own the Inn, have been forever altered; 13 year old Morgan has disappeared in the night from a locked house, where all of her family lie sleeping.
The sister’s Scottish upbringing, with all of its tales of evil birds always seemed like old wives tales; until the magpies began behaving oddly, like flying in circles around the Inn, and the sister’s swear that when it rains you can hear children’s voices on the night air.
“This is an amazingly creative read! This is a story about love and selflessness and offers a little bit of everything for the reader. This is one story that will stay with the reader long after the last page is read. Ms. Chapman is very talented author and one I have no trouble recommending.”– Kristi Ahlers- Reviewer for Romantic Times,The Best Reviews, Amazon and Barnes and Noble.com
“In the early 1900, children in Rhinebeck went missing and now over a hundred years later, it is happening again. The Four Seasons Inn is hiding a secret and it concerns the children that are whispering on the wind. Lives altered as one sister’s daughter disappears one night and now it is a race against time as two realms fight to save them from an unspeakable evil that will decimate both lands if it is not stopped. Because this time, the crows are telling the sisters what to do but it is up to them to listen to the Circle of Crows. Will Morgana and the other children be found in time? On the other hand, will the evil that permeates the fae realm break out and take over the human world? Read A Circle of Crows and find out what happens next in this mesmerizing tale.
A Circle of Crows is a heart-stopping tale that will keep the reader on the edge of their seat and make them wonder what will happen next. Full of twists and turns, Ms. Chapman writes with much depth and flair as the sisters of the Four Seasons Inn gather to find out what happened over 100 years ago. Each page flips from one realm to the other as the tale is told and totally engrosses this reviewer. The characters are multidimensional and deliver a broad range of emotions as each sister deals with the nightmares and whispers they hear in the rain. Each page is a new revelation to the mystery and as one question is answered, another crops up to ensnare the reader. The flow of the book was fast paced at times when it needed it to be and then it would slow down some to keep the reader from having heart palpitations at the pace. It was a wonderful journey to enjoy this new author’s imagination. Highly imaginative yet quite suspenseful.
A Circle of Crows delivers the reader to a place where the dark edge of emotions gathers and mysteries abound.From start to finish, Ms. Chapman delivers a story that will keep the reader guessing with the many twists it delivers as well as the multifaceted characters to worm their way into a reader’s heart. This is truly one book that will keep you on the edge of the seat as it races toward its climatic ending. A Circle of Crows is a stunningly told story that will keep you highly entertained from start to finish. Run to grab this engrossing tale and find yourself surprisingly scared at the way the plot curves when you least expect it.– Dawn, Love Romances