Book Review: Sarah by Teri Polen #Review #YAHorror #YALit #Horror #BookBlogger @TPolen6

This was such a wonderful surprise, and it made my week! Shannon over at Reads & Reels reviewed Sarah, and called it a “…toe-curling reading experience.” Drop by for a visit – Shannon reviews books and movies, and also runs R & R Blog Tours.

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This is a creepy AF cover… Which is why I had to read it!

Omg, it feels like ages since I’ve written a review! I am so behind because of work but I promise, I will get those bad boys up!

Today it’s time for Teri Polen’s book, Sarah, a YA horror that makes my skin crawl just looking at it. Which is good because it’s horror!

Sarah (Release Date: December 1st, 2016)

Sarah was named a horror finalist in the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

Seventeen-year-old horror fan Cain Shannon thought helping a ghost find her killers would be the supernatural adventure of a lifetime. Now, he just hopes to survive long enough to protect his family and friends from her.

A bet between friends goes horribly wrong, resulting in Sarah’s death. When she returns to seek justice against those responsible, Cain agrees to help her…

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update #Reviews – Don Massenzio, Marcia Meara and Teri Polen

This sure brightened my dreary Monday a couple of days ago – what a wonderful surprise! Not only did Sally feature a recent review of The Gemini Connection, but also my review of Don Massenzio’s Extra Innings: Can You Go Home Again? Marcia Meara’s (in my TBR) Riverbend spinoff novella is also included. Sally is such a generous blogger, and features indie authors regularly. Make sure to check out her books while you’re there, including her most recent release, Tales From the Irish Garden!

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Welcome to the first of the author updates this week. As I was posting Christmas promotions for authors from mid-November I am going to be sharing reviews from that time onwards until we are up to date..

The first author with a recent review is Don Massenzio with his book Extra Innings: Can You Go Home Again?

About the book

Joe McLean hates his life. A lonely, divorced, middle-aged man, stuck in a cramped apartment, the only bright spot in Joe’s life is cheering on his hometown baseball team. Now, the local stadium, the place of many childhood and adult memories is being replaced. Joe desperately wants a piece of this iconic venue to preserve his memories and have some memorabilia from his happier past. That’s when unusual things begin to happen, and Joe begins to rethink the direction his life has taken. Can Joe take a different path…

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Interview with Author Teri Polen!

I’m over at Janice Spina’s blog talking about my writing process and other stuff not writing-related. Come over for a visit and check out Janice’s books – she’s got something for all ages!



Teri Polen

Teri Polen

Please help me welcome author Teri Polen to Segment of Interview and Author. 

Hi Teri, it’s so nice to have you here today. Please feel free to begin. The spotlight is on you!

Please tell us about yourself.

I’m a young adult writer of horror, sci-fi, and fantasy.  My first book,Sarah, a YA horror/thriller, was released in December 2016, and my second, The Gemini Connection, a YA sci-fi/thriller was published in June 2018.

jjspina: I enjoy sci-fi and fantasy but have never read all three in one book. Sounds intriguing!

What is your target audience for your book?

As a YA writer, my target audience is readers from age 12-years-old and up.  YA books aren’t only for teens–a large percentage of YA readers are over the age of eighteen.  One of the book clubs I’m in, Pardon My Youth…

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Switzerland, #BookPromo Woes, and a Book Bash

Hubby and I had a relaxing fourth of July – saw Ocean’s 8 the day before (awesome cast, writing could have used more humor), then spent the fourth with friends grilling out and chilling in the pool.  Which felt delicious in the 95 degree heat.

The youngest son is still on his European tour, and performed in Switzerland this past weekend.  Since it’s one of two places he was most excited to visit (the other is Germany), I asked how he liked it.  His response?  ‘I’m going to try to find out the logistics of moving here.’  Guess it met his expectations.

I’m completely frustrated with promoting The Gemini Connection.  Whatever worked for Sarah, isn’t connecting with TGC.  Even with the price drop, it’s just not moving, and I’m not sure what else to try.  If you have suggestions, please share them.  I have a blog tour and a few more promos coming up in July, so I’m hoping that’s the push it needs.

If you’re in the Lexington, KY area this Saturday, July 14th, I’ll be at the Lexington Legendary Book Bash.  Looking forward to meeting readers and seeing authors I’ve met at other events!  Hubby and I are also helping the oldest son move into his first ‘adult’ apartment.  I have high hopes he’ll keep it looking like an adult lives there and not revert back to his piggish college ways.  Keep your fingers crossed.


The 2018 Interview Series Featuring Teri Polen #blackrosewriting #YA

I’m at Don Massenzio’s blog today for his author interview series. Besides being a huge supporter of indie authors, Don recently released a new book, Extra Innings: Can You Go Home Again? and launched DSM publications, offering editing and formatting services to indie authors.

Author Don Massenzio

It’s time for the next subject for my 2018 author interview series. Author interviews are posted every Friday throughout the year.

I am honored to continue this series with Kentucky author Teri Polen

You can catch up with all of my past author interviews (nearly 200) on my Author Directory page.

If you’re an author interested in being interviewed in this series, I still have limited spots available for 2018. You can email me at

Now, please enjoy this interview with Teri Polen:

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Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?

Definitely original.  I just write the stories narrated by the characters in my head.  I never set out planning what to write – they completely determine the path.

If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

Start earlier!  Study the craft, research, and get started writing.

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The Gemini Connection, on #LisaBurtonRadio

In case you missed it, Evan Resnik, one of the main characters from my new release, The Gemini Connection, was interviewed yesterday on Lisa Burton Radio. Drop by to see what’s going on in Evan’s world!

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Coming at you with one point twenty-one jigawatts of power, this is Lisa Burton Radio. The only show that brings you the characters from the books you love. I’m your host, Lisa the robot girl, and my very special guest today is trying to find his missing twin brother. “Welcome to the show, Evan Resnik.”

“Thanks for having me, Lisa. This is kind of weird. They don’t have radio shows on my planet.”

“So what’s it like being a twin?”

“Some twins feel like they’re always lumped together and want a little distance between themselves, but not Simon and me. We wouldn’t have it any other way. Our bond goes beyond looking identical – we feel each other’s emotions and always know where the other is. Yeah, it can be a little intrusive sometimes, but it’s all we’ve ever known. We’ve always been there for each other. Besides, if you…

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Sleep With The Light On. Sarah by Teri Polen #bookreview #youngadult #horror #BlackRoseWriting

I had the pleasure of meeting Sheryl Hagan-Booth at the SOKY Book Fair last month when she stopped by my table and purchased Sarah. Yesterday, she posted a fabulous and entertaining review on her blog. Love, love, love the picture of the doll and book together!

sarah    Pull the cover over your body, don’t hang any body parts over the edge of the bed and keep your eyes shut tight. If you do that, everything will be okay. I like the way the main character, Cain, in Sarah thinks because I still hold these rules to be unbreakable even in my adult years. Honestly, who knows who or what hides in our houses during the day and night? Do we truly know the histories and stories that have gone down in our personal places of residence? Cain Shannon was finding out and not in the way he wanted to.

    After his mom, sister and he moved into their new home, strange things start to occur in Cain’s upstairs bedroom. The attic access door, located in his room, kept coming open by happenstance. No wonder his realtor mom was able to get such a…

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