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Sunday, December 22, 2013

MERRY CHRISTMAS

"Hello, Santa."
 
 
 
My Grandson, Baby Jon.





 
Baby Jon had a special visitor come to our house to see him. He wasn't to sure if he should laugh or cry. But his eyes were never bigger.

 
 
 
 
"FROM OUR FAMILY TO YOURS, Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas and May God bless our country in the New Year!"


 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

NINE MONTHS SOBER




NINE MONTHS SOBER

 by Tamera Lawrence

 

My name is Jon. For 9 months I’ve been sober, or maybe not quite. There was a time when I had to detox from the opiates I was addicted too. I was given morphine to help me with the withdrawal symptoms. My hands would tremble. I didn’t want to eat. My reflexes were slow. I had trouble sleeping. In the hospital I needed to stay in a dimly lit environment. I was cranky.  Noise bothered me. I didn’t understand what my body was going through. I just knew I didn’t feel good. So I would arch my back and scream in frustration. Even the arms that tried to hold me through my bad days brought me little peace. But in time I started to feel better. I even learned to smile,

My name is Jon and today I am nine months old. Today I am nine months sober.

Babies are born every day to drug addicted mothers. If you are pregnant, please seek medical help so that your baby can have the best possible chance for survival. Don’t lie to the people who only have you and your baby’s best interest at heart. Don’t let your child suffer because of  bad choices. Take the first step and get help. You have nine months to give your baby the best chance for a healthy beginning.
 
Jon has a bright future. But he suffered needlessly because of a neglectful parent.  

Don’t make the same mistakes his mother made.

If Jon can get sober, can’t you? Isn't your baby worth it?



 


 
 
 
 
 

Monday, December 2, 2013

THE COLOR OF HOME: Book Review

The Color of Home

The Color of Home by Rich Marcello


Nick Satterborn is on a mission. He is mesmerized by the beautiful, elusive Sassa Vikander, determined to get into her head and find out what makes her tick. Determination pays off when Sassa is slowly exposed piece by piece as Nick falls fast in love with her and the two finally move in together. Although the currents that bind them run deep, Sassa has scars, not only physically from a car accident but deep in her expressive soul. But Nick’s determination to find a way to make the relationship last keeps him preoccupied with seeds of doubt. Will their love survive over the test of time?  Or can true love prevail in a world that all too often calls it quits?

 

The Color of Home by Rich Marcello is a captivating love story between soul mates destined to live together as one.  Good food, wine and music are abundant in this heart felt tale set in New York. The author did a great job of digging into the heart and souls of his characters and bringing them to life. Also compelling is the atmosphere in which they find one another and the deep seated conversations that bind the gaps between the pair. The Color of Home is an ideal love story that takes a reader far from the physical aspects of a relationship and instead brings into play the love that truly binds those who were meant to be. A good read by a talented writer.
 
Reviewed By: Author Tamera Lawrence
 

Saturday, November 30, 2013

WRECKER - Now in Paperback

LIMERICK, PENNSYLVANIA: Wrecker


                                Now in Paperback: Amazon.com & Barnes & Noble


IN THE SHADOWS OF THE DAY THE TOWMAN HIDES BUT AT NIGHT HE STALKS HIS VICTIMS IN HIS WRECKER OF DEATH.


Review:

Book Review
Reviewed by Steven Daws for Readers' Favorite ****

Tara Gibbons lives with her father and was between jobs until she was hired by Cole Wilson at the garage he had opened a year earlier in Limerick, Pennsylvania. Now, she was picking up wrecked cars like the red Corvette being driven by Wendy Carl. What she didn’t know was that someone else had been at the scene before her, and that this person would turn her world upside down. As she started to fall for her employer Cole, she would become embroiled in a series of events that she would struggle to understand. Cole Wilson had a thriving business, but he also had a dark past that he tried to keep quiet, that was until a mysterious stranger walked back into his life. Who was this person? Why does he have such an effect on Cole? And why can he not confide in anyone, even Tara? These questions will push Tara and Cole to the limit and ultimately threaten their very lives. 

Set in the small town of Limerick, Pennsylvania, this suspense thriller by Tamara Lawrence had me guessing from the very first page. The main characters of Tara, Cole and of course the mysterious stranger, are written beautifully. They are well-rounded and are people you can really care about. That doesn’t mean the other characters are any less interesting. They each plays an integral part in the story. In fact this goes for the whole story, nothing is brushed over or incomplete. So I needed to pay attention to all the details as there is little given away. The story builds nicely from the start and sets a good pace so that you aren’t bored. The chapters are also well-thought-out so that you are left with a bit of a cliff hanger that makes you want to keep reading. The showdown is pitched very well so that you feel all the ends are tied up. In short, I thoroughly enjoyed "Wrecker" by Tamera Lawrence, "Wrecker" is a wonderfully written suspense thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. 

http://www.amazon.com/Wrecker-Tamera-Lawrence-ebook/dp/B00AIQEHBE

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

HOUSE: Book Review



House by Frank Peretti

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Are you a sinner? Do you know what a sin is? Perhaps in today's world, a sin might be unrecognized. But in House, sinners are welcome in every shape, size and age. In fact, they are encouraged to act on their sins and feed on their desires.

When a wayward couple needs help, their hope lies in what appears to be a beautiful estate in the middle of a bleak landscape. But what seems like hope quickly changes to dread as they are snared by evil.

This cat and mouse tale is a maze of wonder, discomfort, and pain. For terror and truth lies around every corner. What can seem like heaven at first, can become your own private hell. Take a taste and see for yourself. Perhaps you will examine your own sin...:)

A good read by talented authors.
 
 
Tamera's books: Amazon.
 
Wrecker
Before I Wake
Ghosts of Mayflower: A Pennhurst Haunting
The Pond
The Serpent's Kiss YA Paranormal due out 2014

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

THE FLORDIA TIME UNION: Book Review of Ghosts of Mayflower




Book Review: 'Ghosts of Mayflower: A Pennhurst Haunting' by Tamera Lawrence

Posted: October 20, 2013 - 8:05am




Pennhurst, the Pennsylvania State School and Mental Asylum, was built in 1908. Social misfits, the psychologically disturbed and epileptics, including children, lived there — some for their entire lives. Before it closed in 1986, more than 10,000 people passed through its doors.
Some believe that many never left. Are there hidden graveyards underneath and around the asylum?
The former institution is now a haunted attraction that thrill-seekers pay to visit (See pennhurstasylum.com). Actors with painted faces carry chains and scare people. But for the real ghost hunting, there are no actors. Customers equipped only with flashlights explore the first and second floors of the huge dilapidated Mayflower building, the source of numerous sightings and the setting for many paranormal shows.
Why do the flashlights’ new batteries go dead, and why is it so cold inside?
Tamera Lawrence worked as an attraction “orderly” in the Mayflower building from September to November in 2011. This frightening, enlightening story is her chronological, detailed account of what happened on her watches at the asylum and the eerie events that occurred at her home soon thereafter. Photographs are included.
Did something follow her home from Pennhurst?
“Ghosts of Mayflower: A Pennhurst Haunting” is an informative, historical, page-turner. Tamera writes in a straightforward, easy-to-read style and comes across as credible and competent. She certainly gives readers something to think about, especially those who plan to visit a haunted house, cemetery or other creepy locale.
Be careful what you go looking for, because you just might find it. Or it might find you when you’re not looking.
Richard Moore lives in
Orange Park.
http://www.outskirtspress.com/GhostsofMayflower


Read more at Jacksonville.com: http://jacksonville.com/entertainment/literature/2013-10-20/story/book-review-ghosts-mayflower-pennhurst-haunting-tamera#ixzz2jFwd19xU

Sunday, October 27, 2013



 

 

Eastern States Terror Behind The Walls Review: by Tammy Tattles

 
Limited moonlight brighten the sky over the streets of Philadelphia.  But beneath the moon’s glint, the soft hues failed to bring any solace to the stony walls of the old Eastern State Penitentiary. Opened in 1829, the old prison majestically stood, having weathered time and still boasting of a dire heritage that few had ever enjoyed in this once prosperous prison.  Vagrants and pillagers, murderers and debtors and just the woe-be-gones once claimed home in Eastern State’s confines. To step into its fortress, one steps back into time, back to a place where the hopeless and lost were held in chilly cells meant to punish the offenders with regret and solitude and enough despair to last an eternity where even the eye of God might have a hard time finding you. It’s easy to imagine it worked only too well in its cause.

As I stepped across the threshold of Eastern State into the Terror Behind the Walls attraction, my heart picked up its pace. I couldn’t help but wonder about the people who once spent their lives in such a dire atmosphere and now for a few minutes, I would share their fate. But I had little chance to gather my nerve since our VIP group was moved ahead in the lines. After a glowing red collar was added to my neck and a smear of an icky substance smeared on my check, I was soon off with my group and found myself entering the prison’s domain.  

Ghouls and prison guards and creatures of ill repute lurked through the dark hallways. Screams filled the air. Winding corridors and long hallways offered glimpses into old rooms and prison cells. If you were wearing the red glowing collar, you were inviting monsters to touch you. And they did. A lot. Blinded by a blinking light, I found myself trailing my group only to run into a ghoul pretending to slice my throat. As I hurried past him, he grabbed my arm and jerked me into a hidden corridor filled with two other creatures. After some jostling, they released me into another hallway. Now I had to retrace my steps which led me back into the same knife welding ghoul’s domain.  Once again, a slash across my throat.

“Ouch,” I cried, holding my neck. “That hurt.”

“Ahh,” he said. “Let me see.” He ducked his head down, staring up at my neck. Another slash as he smirked. “Did that make it better?”

Laughing, I hurried away to find my group.

Terror Behind the Walls is an exciting mix of terror and mischief. It never fails to impress. So make sure you add it to your to do list if you are a die heart Halloween fan that loves scary attractions.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

GHOST ON THE MOVE



Halloween can be a fun time to create a scary scene. This is a picture of an old truck I decorated for Halloween. People often stopped to take pictures of the truck.



 And for Ghostly reading, check out my two novels

The Pond (Award winning Paranormal Mystery) set in Kimberton Pa (available on Amazon.com) The first chapter is based on a true event.

Ghosts of Mayflower: A Pennhurst Haunting (Award Finalist) - A true life accounting of my time spent at the old Pennhurst State School in Spring City, Pa during their annual Halloween Haunt. Find out if the Mayflower Hall building is truly haunted?  Available on Amazon.com & Barnes & Noble.
http://www.outskirtspress.com/GhostsofMayflower


                                        Have a great Halloween Season!


                            I know this little Lady will!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

SEEKING THE UNKNOWN




I was recently asked to speak at the local Upper Dublin High School to talk to students about writing, publishing and sharing of my current books.. Two session were held in their beautiful library with a group of great students. Their theme week was "Seeking the Unknown."

Ghosts of Mayflower: A Pennhurst Haunting fit very well into their topic and the teens liked discussing the paranormal aspects of ghost hunting. We also discussed Pennhurst State School and Mental Hospital's tainted past. Many of the kids had never heard of Pennhurst so it was awesome to answer many of their questions.

Working at the Pennhurst Haunt these past three years, I, myself am always learning more about the previous Pennhurst State School, which opened and closed its doors 1908 -1986. I have met a lot of prior staff and have heard tales both good and bad from people with hands on experience. Though some of what I have learned is clearly speculative, people love to share their knowledge or opinions. Whatever the reason, Pennhurst has a way of sparking interest in the local area and from the many visitors that travel long distances to take a peek at the complex.

Pennhurst was once called The Eastern Pennsylvania State Institution for the Feeble-Minded and Epileptic. It was initially meant to run as a community in itself, separating the mentally and physically handicapped from the rest of society. It once housed children of all ages, children that grew to adulthood. But many were neglected and failed to progress. Over the years in operation, 10,000 children came through Pennhurst's door. The institute was underfunded, understaffed and poorly organized.

Today parts of Pennhurst have been turned into a Halloween Attraction. The Mayflower Hall Building offers a Ghost Hunt - where you can tour the building and look for real ghosts. Come visit me on the second floor. Already this season, I have met fans of Ghosts of Mayflower and would like to thank them for their support.

***I would like to note there was a lot of great staff in Pennhurst's later years that were not only underpaid, but often worked for free because they did care about the residents and tried to make a difference.

If you would like further information about Ghosts of Mayflower, please feel free to check out a writing sample through Amazon.com 

My webpage is http://www.outskirtspress.com/GhostsofMayflower

My other books include the following:

Fiction

Wrecker

Before I Wake

The Pond  1st Place award winning mystery (Reader's Favorite)

The Serpent's Kiss (Young adult paranormal series) ---  Coming 2014

Non Fiction: 

Ghosts of Mayflower: A Pennhurst Haunting  (Reader's Favorite Finalists)

 
Available Amazon.com & Barnes & Noble
 
 
 


 

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

1st Weekend in October, 2013 - moving orb (Mayflower Buliding)



MAYFLOWER HALL BUILDING, PENNHURST PA

Another interesting weekend in Mayflower with plenty of ghoulish pics and paranormal mischief brewing. It was also great to meet so many people from other states that traveled all the way to Pennsylvania for the attractions. One family had come all the way out from Alabama and fell in love with the place. 

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

PENNHURST HAUNT: Tammy Tattle's Review





Friday, September 27, 2013

Pennhurst Haunt:


As the Halloween season begins, autumn attractions pop up everywhere. From parades and festivals, to hayrides and outdoor activities. But then there is the Halloween haunts that invite fear seekers to confront the dark and face their nightmares if only for a moment of fun.

But even without the added Halloween glimmer, Pennhurst Asylum, located in Spring City, Pennsylvania is one scary place. Built in 1908, Eastern Pennsylvania State Institution for the Feeble-Minded and Epileptic once housed children of all ages. These children were what society labeled as misfits, retarded or epileptic and placed in Pennhurst to shield the general public from having to accept or interact with people who were less than perfect. But not every child was mentally challenged, there were also the orphans, who were added to the mix.

Can you imagine being a child left in such a place? It must have been terrible to be taken away from your family (if you had the benefit of having one that cared) and basically dumped off at an institution that labeled and discarded you into one of their many buildings or cottages. Understaffed the ratio of care taker to residents was absurd and the institute was severely underfunded, having little ability to change anything.  Children were basically left to fend for themselves or tied into beds, becoming often the victims of neglect, beatings and even rape. Children drew into themselves, failed to progress – some became silent.  

In 1968 ,CBS10 exposed the horrific conditions at Pennhurst through a documentary entitled Suffer the Little Childrenreported through Bill Baldini.  And in 1987 Halderman verses Pennhurst State School and hospital became a widely publicized lawsuit over the abuse and neglect suffered by some of the residents.  

Thankfully, Pennhurst State School and Hospital closed its doors in 1987.

Currently the Pennhurst Haunt offers a haunted attraction filled with plenty of grisly scenes and action packed ghouls to evoke screams from the most brave of heart. But when the lights dim, some say the spirits of the past still lurk about, filling the tunnels and rooms of the old massive buildings with ghostly activity. Pennhurst is said to be truly haunted and often the source of paranormal investigations. But if you don’t want to temp your fate and go there in person, feel free to check out what it was like to work in the Mayflower Hall Building during a Halloween season. (Preview on Amazon.com)

So is the Fear Is Real logo true of the Pennhurst Haunt?  Absolutely!

Note: Pennhurst Haunt opens September 20 – November 3rd2013. (Weekends and some Thursdays). Check their calendar for specific dates and times. For more information: http://www.pennhurstasylum.com/












Amazon.com

Thursday, September 19, 2013

THE SERPENT'S KISS

LIKE SNAKES?



THE SERPENT'S KISS: Under Contract and Coming Soon (PARANORMAL YA SERIES)

Synopsis:

When foster teen Rachel Lark is sent to a camp for trouble teens, she plans to run off. But she has nowhere to go and no way to get there. As the teen settles into camp, she comes to blows with Ariel, her team leader. With a chip on her shoulder, Rachel hates camp life and the counseling sessions. But when she meets team leader, Gabe Richards, everything changes. Whenever she is near Gabe, electricity radiates over her skin. Her attraction to him is compounded by the Ariel’s intense dislike for Rachel. But someone else is also watching Rachel and he’s been waiting a long time for her arrival. 

As Rachel is stalked by an evil changeling, she finds camp leaders aren’t what they seem. Strange rituals are performed. Secrets are held. Something in the woods begins stalking her, luring her with wicked intentions. When one of the girls from camp goes missing, it’s up to Rachel to discover a way to save the child. But to do so, she must enter the serpent’s lair and come face to face with the creature from her nightmares.

Monday, September 16, 2013

GHOSTS OF MAYFLOWER: A PENNHURST HAUNTING REVIEW

REVIEW 




4.0 out of 5 stars Scary reading after visiting the MayflowerSeptember 15, 2013
By 
Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?)
It was a fast read. It all seemed a little more real and scary since I jus got back from visiting the Mayflower a few weeks ago on a private photo workshop.

http://www.outskirtspress.com/GhostsofMayflower 

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Pennhurst Haunt: Opens 2013 Season


PENNHURST HAUNT located in Spring City, Pa
 Opens: SEPTEMBER 20TH, 2013 6:30 pm- 10:30pm

Link:

http://www.pennhurstasylum.com/flash/index.htm



But if you are to afraid to come to Pennhurst Haunted attractions, check out: Ghosts of Mayflower: A Pennhurst Haunting for a taste of what it's like to work in one of their buildings.
Do you believe in Ghosts?
Read a true life account from a skeptic.

http://www.outskirtspress.com/GhostsofMayflower
 
                                                 Amazon & Barnes & Noble
Come out on a Thursday or a Sunday for a more personal experience.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

GHOSTS OF MAYFLOWER: Book Review

Ghost of Mayflower: A Pennhurst Haunting

2 seconds ago.

5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING BOOK!!!, September 3, 2013
I have ben fascinated with Pennhurst since working at the Ebensburg Center (another Pennsylvania State Institution for the developmentally disabled). I give this book 5 stars because it really makes you feel like you are walking through the Mayflower Building at Pennhurst - I couldn't close this book!!!


http://www.outskirtspress.com/GhostsofMayflower

Friday, August 30, 2013

Guest Author: Royersford Library



I will be at the Royersford Library in Royersford Pa on September 5th, 2013 from 6:30-8:00 for an author guest spot. So if you care to join us, please come on out There will be refreshments and a drawing for a gift basket. Books discussed/read are the following:

THE POND 2009

GHOSTS OF MAYFLOWER: A PENNHURST HAUNTING  2012

WRECKER  2012

BEFORE I WAKE 2013

All books are available on Amazon.com & Barnes & Noble.com

Hope to see you there!

Tamera
Thursday, September 5, 2013 at 6:30pm



http://www.outskirtspress.com/GhostsofMayflower

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

TAMMY TATTLES: REVIEWS : GHOSTS OF MAYFLOWER: Book Review

TAMMY TATTLES: REVIEWS : GHOSTS OF MAYFLOWER: Book Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars   Thrilling, Scary and Very Entertaining!   February 9, 2013 By   Bonnie Jo Davis   VINE™ VOICE Format: Kindle ...

Saturday, August 24, 2013

GHOSTS OF MAYFLOWER: A PENNHURST HAUNTING Review

5.0 out of 5 stars Mayflower, August 16, 2013

 

This review is from: GHOSTS OF MAYFLOWER: A Pennhurst Haunting (Kindle Edition)
I love the way the author wrote of the characters experience in the book and in spots it was like you would anticipate what may or may not happen. Great story telling to n facts

http://www.outskirtspress.com/GhostsofMayflower 

Amazon & Barnes & Noble

Friday, August 16, 2013

THE CONJURING Movie Review

THE CONJURING: MOVIE REVIEW

THE CONJURING:


 

There is nothing like watching a creepy movie late at night at your local movie theater. Restless anticipation lingers in the air as the movie begins – the hope along the way – to get scared and walk away from the theater with a glad it was only a movie attitude.

But when a horror movie promises to be based on a true occurrence – the outcome is more troublesome. One now has to leave the theater wondering if there really was any truth to the tale or just Hollywood embellishment at its finest.

Thus is the state of THE CONJURING movie. This hair-raising paranormal flick is one of the best horror movies I have seen as of late. The cast of characters did justice to their parts as well as the striking unfolding of the plot.

The base is simple – a family moves into a haunted house - not unusual in today’s paranormal frenzied world. But the story grabs your attention right from the beginning as the house becomes alive with paranormal activity aimed at the entire family.  No one is safe from the evil intentions directed their way. One daughter sleep walks, (eerie in itself) the other messed with as she sleeps. The clapping game seems to delight the entity as it begins to toy with the family.  And things get progressively worse. Then comes Ed and Lorraine Warren. This special duo in demonology has quite a background as they become the family’s only hope for survival.

Today there are a lot of homes on the market, many of them foreclosures. Bank owned homes are often purchased in “as is” condition – meaning that the bank sells it just like it is, giving little or no information to a potential buyer as to the houses prior state.  That includes the history of a house.

Purchasing a home can be an exciting time for any family, especially kids. Mom and dad might be up to the challenge of a fixer upper.  The children excited by a new bedroom or back yard.

But what if you found out that a crime had occurred at the house, a suicide or murder? Would you still buy the property?  What if you found out about an incidence after you have made the purchase and already moved in? Would you walk away? Or would you grin and bear it? 

It’s an interesting dilemma - especially in a haunting. Those with a bit of faith might be up the challenge. But in THE CONJURING religious faith is lacking in the family, apparently aiding the evil entity in its cause. Divine intervention comes into play. One might leave the theater wondering about their own spiritual state.

Whatever you feel or believe, THE CONJURING is very entertaining and worth your time. A great summer movie for paranormal fans!

 

Reviewed by: Author Tamera Lawrence AKA Tammy Tattles: Boyertown Times: The Patriot & Tri- County