Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Sizzling Summer Reads Sponsor Spot Light - Author Rosa Sophia

About Rosa Sophia

Rosa Sophia is the author of the Paranormal Mystery "Taking 1960". While still in high school, Rosa interned at the Bucks County Writer. After graduation, she joined the staff of Wild River Review as an editor and taught a fiction writing workshop at Tinicum Art and Science, a private Buddhist high school.
After moving to Florida, Rosa was hired as the editor for Oaklight Publishing. She is a freelance editor, works at a library, and is pursuing a degree in Automotive Business Management. Rosa is also the official Historian for the Village of North Palm Beach. Every once in a while, she gets a chance to eat and sleep.

Rosa's Debut Novel Taking 1960

 An envelope addressed to Katherine Maslin stood out amongst the pile of bills. It is a notice from an attorney... the rights to her grandparents' farmhouse and adjacent property. She believes that a change will rid her of the strange dreams she's been having, wherein an oddly familiar woman visits her, begging for her help. But when Kat realizes that the woman in her dream is her dead grandmother, she begins to have doubts about moving to the farm. Rumors and nightmarish tales fill her mind, stories of the five men who lost their lives in the late 1950s to a heartless murderer. A man had been convicted, but was he the one the police had been looking for, or had he been framed? Kat is thrown backwards through time on a journey to discover a terrible truth. The ghost of her grandmother is always one step ahead of her, leading the way. But will she find the real killer before he finds her?

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Naomi Vogler blames herself for her mother’s tragic death, continually reliving the accident in her nightmares.  When she reconnects with her estranged father, he invites her to live with him in a little town called Witchfire.  A simple job stocking shelves overnight at a local grocery store seems a perfect distraction.  But when the manager of the store is found dead in the boiler room, Naomi’s boring job becomes something much more complicated.  No matter how she looks at it, one thing is certain: retail is murder.

My Thoughts:  I am very fortunate to have gotten to know Rosa over the last few months. She did an amazing job editing both Phantom and Destiny Unveiled, and along the way we have become great friends.  When I learned she was a writer as well as an editor, I knew I had to read her novel, and it was by far one of the best Indie books I have read to date.   

Taking 1960 is a paranormal mystery that will set your heart racing from the beginning to the end.  When Kat inherits her grandparents home, the dreams that have haunted her for years come to a terrifying fruition. She is stalked by ghosts of the past, and cast back in time to try to solve a long forgotten murder.  There is danger at every turn, and the ending is so shocking, you will never see it coming. In addition to weaving a paranormal mystery that will make you want to keep your lights on all night, Rosa also creates realistic characters. Kat's boyfriend Jake is sweet and endearing, her Wiccan friend Corry is fun and quirky, and Kat herself, is the perfect example of a starving artist. The descriptions of the 1960's are accurate and very well researched, and the conversation is quick and fast paced. More than once while reading this book I found my mouth hanging open as the twisted secrets of Kat's family came to light. All families have skeletons in their closets, but not like the Maslin family. But if you want to learn those secrets for yourself, you'll need to buy the book.

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