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THE DAY SHE DIED is officially a Best Selling Novel and I am a Best Selling Author!

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Number one in Christian Mystery and Suspense and Religion and Spirituality!

Pretty cool to see the email from the great publishers at Castle Gate Press last week. The Day She Died reached the top of the charts in both the USA and Canada, as well as 9,164 in Japan!!!! Thank you to everyone who has been reading and writing reviews. Its fun to still Screenshot_2015-06-29-22-00-12-1have people come up to me and tell me they enjoyed my novel. And thank you to God for giving me this great opportunity and blessing.

Check out some recent reviews from Amazon!

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  • I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I enjoyed the story but it also helped me see parallels with my own life.
  • Great original story.Best selling (2)
  • I thoroughly enjoyed this book and could hardly put it down. The choices we make in life are more far-reaching than we truly realize.
  • Best book I have read in a very long time. I couldn’t put it down. I love Christian fiction is why I chose this book.
  • A fun story. An enjoyable read with wonderful twist.
  • Excellent story writing with a suspenseful story line. Not your typical Christian fiction – this is a compelling story
  • Excellent read. Keeps you interested and guessing almost until the last page! Very well written.

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Anatomy of a Book Review

Long before I became a published author, I reviewed every single book I read on Amazon. I loved reading reviews and finding new books based on reviews. So, it is kind of crazy that now I have a book that is getting reviews. And I’ll be honest I have never sat down and read through them. It’s awesome I have 49 reviews, and 31 five star reviews. But I wanted to talk about the review that gave my book the lowest rating. 3 stars. I don’t know who this person is. I may know them, I may not. But….it is a great review.

The review is below in Italics. This review gives a summary of the book, but not too much, because you can get that anywhere. The great part of review is not only do they point out the positives, but they point out what they didn’t like. Yes, as an author I am disappointed I didn’t write the perfect novel, but let’s be honest, no one has. Every reader enjoys different things about books. The criticism in this review is thoughtful and kind and will be definitely helpful to a person trying to decide if they will buy my novel.

The Day She Died--Front Cover(1)The Day She Died by Bill Garrison is a fast-paced adventure about 45-year-old John Michaels who gets the opportunity to relive key points from his past. Every moment he relives has something to do with the a life-changing event from his history–the disappearance and presumed murder of his girlfriend, Kim. At it’s heart, The Day She Died is a murder mystery, so you have a large cast of characters to keep track of, but each of them have enough unique personality quirks to help keep them straight. The story was engaging, the concept was intriguing, and the end was satisfying.

While I don’t feel like the story included a strong Christian message, the author did weave some very effective biblical truths into the storyline without being harsh about it. The concept of your heart-attitude being just as important as your actual actions played a major role in the story, and it was effectively done.

I felt the dialogue was a little unrealistic in places. There were times when characters would say something that sounded like the author’s narrator voice instead of the character’s voice. There were also times when John Michaels’s thoughts didn’t match his actions, which made me think he was an unreliable main character. Maybe that was purposeful in order to make the reader think he wasn’t as moral as he was presented, but overall I think it just confused his character design.

I did enjoy The Day She Died. It’s definitely worth a read. I read it in one sitting because I wanted to find out what happened at the end. I am a very picky reader, so some of the things that stood out to me may not bother anyone else.

Overall, Mr. Garrison did a pretty good job. It was a fun, fast-paced read that was certainly entertaining.

Book Signing of THE DAY SHE DIED this Saturday at Full Circle Book Store

Come visit me at the wonderful Full Circle Bookstore where I’ll be signing copies of the THE DAY SHE DIED. I hope you can make it and support the local book store and pick up a great Christmas gift.

Event Details
New INK!
”December 20, 2014”full circle
3:00 pm” – “4:30 pm

Be the first to discover the next best seller! This month’s featured authors include, Damaris Dobbs, Mama Used to Always Say; Karen Knauss, 77 Pieces of Poetry About Oklahoma; Bill Garrison, The Day She Died; Lindy Spencer, Boomerang Effect; Zeigler, Roxanne, Are You Looking Through the Window of my Soul; Rick Harris, Basketball Hope; Don Thompson, And My Spirit Said Yes!; Ro20140618_191517_resizedsalind Coleman, Storm Damage and Laura Wilcox, Renegade.

Fall Break and THE DAY SHE DIED

I’m about to head out on quick little vacation with the family to the Turner Falls area of Oklahoma. It’ll be fun to get away for awhile. Its an amazing time of year with the Royals making the world series for the first time in 29 years, and that event played a small part in my book. I’ve put links up on the right where you can buy my book. There is a link on left where through paypal you can get an autographed copy. And I have a launch party coming up in early November in Oklahoma City, where I hope you can come.2012-06-16 20.13.24

What would author Susan J. Reinhardt change in her life?

Tonight, author Susan J. Reinhardt is featured on my blog. My comments are in italics. Thanks Susan for taking the time to answer these questions.

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  1. If you could travel back in time to be a witness to any event in history, what event would you choose, and why?

I’d choose the moment when Mary encountered Jesus after His resurrection near the garden tomb. One can only imagine her expression when her grief turned to joy.

  1. Name one time period in history you would not want to be alive during. Why?

The Dark Ages. It was a time of great persecution, and the Word of God wasn’t accessible to the general population.

I’ve always been fascinated by the dark ages, especially after the seemingly enlightened period of the Roman empire.

  1. If you could go back in time and do anything different in your writing career or journey, what would you do and why?

I would have learned more about the publishing industry and avoided some embarrassing mistakes. After my first manuscript was finished (or so I thought), I brought the whole thing to a writers conference and presented it to an editor. Although kind, he sent me packing with instructions to: 1) Learn how to write fiction, and 2) Produce a manuscript of 80-100,000 words. Ouch!

All writers have been there, I believe.

4. When you think of time travel, what is your favorite book, movie, or TV show on the subject?

I have something in mind, but unfortunately can’t recall the title or author of the book. It was about a guy, who discovers that a certain spot in NY would send him back many years. He meets a lovely young woman and must decide whether he will stay in the past or remain in his own time period.

Hmm, is it SOMEWHERE IN TIME, a movie with Christopher Reeves?

5. If you had a chance to relive your life and do something different or many things different, what would you do and why? (can be lighthearted or serious?)

This actually happened to me! As a young person, I considered going away to Bible School. The desire was there, but fear kept me from pursuing that path. I was able to do this twice – the first time as a night student. After two years, I graduated.

Many years later, I had the opportunity to spend a year at another Bible college. During that time, my late husband and I dated and married. It radically changed the course of my life, and I’m so glad I didn’t wimp out. :)

Susan J. Reinhardt Bio

Susan J. Reinhardt’s publishing credits include her novels, The Moses Conspiracy, The Christmas Wish, and The Scent of Fear, as well as devotionals, short articles, and contributions to anthologies. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.

A widow, daughter, stepmom, and active church member, Susan resides in Pennsylvania. When not writing, she enjoys time with family and friends, reading, couponing, gardening, and finding small treasures in antique shops.

Books & Links:

The Moses Conspiracy – What Will The Future Hold? – This is the first book in the trilogy. (See attached book cover.) Link: http://amzn.to/1leYJ2e

The Christmas Wish – A book for all seasons, which gives a peek at a 4-month time period between The Moses Conspiracy and The Scent of Fear. (See attached book cover.) Link: http://amzn.to/1uOqi7F

The Scent of Fear – The second book in the trilogy. Suspense and romance – will they have a chance at love or will circumstances keep them apart? (See attached book cover.)

Link: http://amzn.to/1uOqi7F

Social Media Links

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Pre-Order your autographed copy of THE DAY SHE DIED

Do you want an autographed copy of THE DAY SHE DIED, plus a version for your kindle before it is officially released? Pubslush is a great way to do both while supporting my debut novel. If you have time, please take a look at the page. I am humbled to ask this but really excited about my lifelong journey becoming a reality.

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Inspiration for THE DAY SHE DIED

As a novelist, I’ve always been inspired by books I’ve read. I’d read a great book and think “I want to write a book that will evoke these types of feelings in other readers. I want to be able to create a story like that author.”51UULPa99dL

Time travel has always been an interest to me, and it is obvious that society is obsessed with it as well. From movies like SOMEWHERE IN TIME, BACK TO THE FUTURE, and TIME BANDITS, to countless novels and TV shows, the subject of time travel always makes for a fascinating story.

I certainly haven’t read all of the fiction novels on the subject. My reading interests lean more towards mainstream fiction. In this post, I want to tell you about four books I’ve read and really enjoyed. Below this post, you will see reviews of SAVING ALICE by David Lewis and THE TIME LOTTERY series by Nancy Moser. time traveler wife

Two other books I enjoyed were REPLAY by Ken Grimwood, and THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE by Audrey Niffenegger. Both are classics in the genre and I recommend them to all fiction fans.