ICE is free July 7-11

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I am humbled and amazed by how well my first novella has been received. With 70+ reviews between Amazon and Goodreads, it has been a great joy to know that most readers have enjoyed ICE. Is it perfect? No, but the vast majority of readers have said that they enjoyed the small-town feel, the suspense, and the sense of community.

ICE tells the story of one fateful November morning when the the fictional town of Minterville, Georgia, is brutalized by vicious thugs. Twenty women are kidnapped and set in a death trap that can quite literally be described as cold. Time is ticking away as the rest of the town scrambles to come up with a viable rescue plan.

Here are what some reviewers have said about ICE:

“This book is a crazy (in a good way) mixture of supernatural, thriller, and mystery.” Emily Woodmansee, who gave it 4 stars.

“The twist this story takes left me caring more about ICE and it’s characters than any book I read recently.” Barbara Chioffi, who gave it 5 stars.

“This was an enjoyable read and the story was good…This being a great beginning to a writing career, there are some things that I personally feel could have made this story far better.” Tom Fallwell, who rated it 3.5 stars.

“A fast paced entertainment that sets the scene frot an uncertain future.” Mmcqu2005, who rated it 5 stars.

“Very interesting storyline…unique writing style.” Amanshay, who rated it 4 stars.

“The plot was excellent, the descriptive a done in a way that made the author’s research excellent.” Amazon Pygmy Reviews, who rated it 5 stars.

“This had an excellent plot that kept m reading to the end but it could have been so much more…[the author] is talented and I would read more…just need more development.” Loki, who rated it three stars.

ICE is also the precursor to my upcoming C.I.N. Dystopian trilogy. If you are interested, check it out free until the 11th. Thank you for your support of indie authors.

https://www.amazon.com/Ice-Jessica-Wren-ebook/product-reviews/B00O1CCAU6/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_hist_2?ie=UTF8&sortBy=recent&formatType=current_format&filterByStar=two_star&pageNumber=1

Author Spotlight-Jeff Mariotte

“Empty Rooms by Jeff Mariotte gripped me from the beginning and wouldn’t let me go. I am a huge fan of crime fiction, and this dark tale of kidnapping, pedophilia, despair, and poverty has made me an offical fan of Mariotte. Richie Krebbs, a recently fired police officer working in an unsatisfying job as a security guard, becomes increasingly fascinated with the abandoned Morton house. Thirteen years ago, a young girl named Angela Morton disappeared without a trace, and Richie finds it suspicious that her parents seemed detached and even unconcerned about their daughter’s disappearance. Richie becomes obsessed with solving the case, and enlists the help of Detective Frank Robey. Together, they embark on a cross-country search of Angela Morton and her parents.
His “good guys” are not perfect, and his “bad guys” are not totally evil. In this way, Mariotte humanizes his characters and the reader feels empathy towards all of them. Richie has a questionable work ethic and comes across as extremely self-absorbed. Likewise, Mariotte delves deep in the mind of a sick pedophile and gives a very objective account of his life-long struggle, and eventual acceptance, of his tendencies. I give Mariotte an A+ for character development.
There were a few plot points that I feel were slightly underdeveloped and even somewhat questionable. The author implies that the pedophile had an incestous relationship with his mother, but there is a part at the end that, if this is true, would disturb readers. (I don’t want to spoil the ending, so I won’t go further than that). And some important characters (such as Sheriff Kate) were cut off at the end. Mariotte had to take a few fictional liberties to make the plot work (an extremely understanding wife who allows him to quit his job although the budget is stretched to the limit to pursue this case, a trusting detective who essentially gives Richie a blank check to finance the pursuit, and a few others) but I think all writers have to do that (myself included). Although I understand that Mariotte was trying to portray the darker side of human nature,  I feel that Mariotte was a little heavy-handed in the theme of domestic violence (basically portraying every man he encounters on the case as a wife-beater and every married woman as afraid to talk to him). The subplot of Wil Fowler and his family is not completely satisfied, so I would love it if Mariotte wrote a follow-up novel that centers around him and his situation.
Mariotte’s use of language is impeccable. He uses a combination of serious narration, manly sarcasm, and local/cultural dialect to tell a vivid tale. His use of wording is anything but cliched. He also expertly uses several symbols and motifs to drive his plot (Superman, angels, the Morton House, and especially the literal and figurative use of “empty rooms”). Mariotte is clearly not afraid to take on some extremely controversial issues, something I highly respect in a writer. I am a new fan and will definitely be reading more of Mariotte’s work.”
To read: http://www.amazon.com/Empty-Rooms-Krebbs-Robey-Casefiles-ebook/dp/B00SLPQLGS/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1425832173&sr=1-1&keywords=Empty+Rooms

Twenty women become the target of a cruel revenge plot…

…that none of them had a thing to do with. Who started it? Why were the women tortured in such a cold, callous manner? What did the attackers want? How many of them will survive the torturous punishment? Find out when you read Ice.

http://www.amazon.com/Ice-Jessica-Wren-ebook/dp/B00O1CCAU6/ref=sr_1_9?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1420224775&sr=1-9&keywords=ice

One person’s secret becomes an entire town’s nightmare…

In the small town of Minterville, Georgia, someone is hiding a deadly secret. One that will tear this tiny, telepathic community apart if not contained. What is this secret and who has it? What are the consequences for Minterville? Find out by checking out my novel Ice:

http://www.amazon.com/Ice-Jessica-Wren-ebook/dp/B00O1CCAU6/ref=sr_1_4?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1420678093&sr=1-4&keywords=ice

Ice Character Spotlight-DeWayne Burgess

Character: Dewayne Burgess

Age; 22

Occupation: paramedic, pre-med student

Family: Georgeanna (“Georgie”) and Nolan Burgess (parents), Kira Holmes (girlfriend)

Tenderhearted but quick-thinking DeWayne is about to face the toughest moment of his life. His skills as a paramedic will come in handy when he has to assist in a strange rescue.

To read Ice: http://www.amazon.com/Ice-Jessica-Wren-ebook/dp/B00O1CCAU6/ref=sr_1_4?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1417015458&sr=1-4&keywords=ice

Ice character Spotlight-Sebastian Quiroga

Name: Sebastaian Quiroga

Age: late forties

Family: Mercedes de los Satos de Quiroga (wife), Cierra Quiroga (daughter), Natalia de los Santos (niece), and many other family members. A mother in Guatemala. Father is deceased.

Occupation: unemployed ex-Marine

Sebastian is pure ice down to the core of his soul. He cares about no one, loves no one, and seems to have no life goals other than to torture as many people as possible. For more than twenty years, he has held a “grudge” against someone whom he has never met and who creates the perfect pretext to satisfy a sick, sadistic fantasy. He has no qualms about murdering innocent people and ruining the lives of many. Will he get justice in the end?

To read Ice: http://www.amazon.com/Ice-Jessica-Wren-ebook/dp/B00O1CCAU6/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1416760824&sr=1-2&keywords=ice

Author Spotlight-Jonathan Taylor

Jonathan Taylor is author of a fascinating science fiction/historical fiction called The Forgotten Mission. The novel, written in non-linear sequence and spanned over more than 100 years, tells the story of Scott Salvador, who has been handpicked to complete a top-secret government project that has been in progress for more than 20 years. Centered around Area 51, Roswell, and other not-so-top-secret areas, this novel is sure to be a favorite among science fiction fans and conspiracy theorists.

The de-personalization of the characters-by only addressing them by first name (which are extremely common names like George, Tom, and Bob) and not giving them surnames (except Scott), creates an eerie tone that sends chills up your spine as you imagine them in their niche: sterile, secret laboratories in which information that has the potential to drastically change the universe as we know it is routinely exchanged. The “discarding” of people whose usefulness has expired will have conspiracy theorists salivating. And the juxtaposition of the two sides of Scott’s person-one a beer-drinking surfer who enjoys partying and women, and the other a nerdy scientist who is the only one who can decode history’s most mysterious secret, speaks volumes about Taylor’s ability to create dynamic, well-developed characters.

Overall, an entertaining read. To read The Forgotten Mission: http://www.amazon.com/Forgotten-Mission-Return-1-ebook/dp/B00NMKMN50/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1416004195&sr=8-1&keywords=the+forgotten+mission

For UK Customers: http://www.amazon.co.uk/product-reviews/B00NMKMN50/ref=cm_cr_dp_hist_five?ie=UTF8&filterBy=addFiveStar&showViewpoints=0

Minterville-an American Macondo

Minterville, Georgia is the idyllic setting for my novella, Ice. There is a crime rate of virtually zero, and the residents live in peace and tranquility (that is, until they are taken over by narco-terrorists).

Minterville is a fictitious town. In fact, I looked on online, and there is no town called Minterville in Georgia or any other state in the U.S. It most closely resembles Portal, Georgia in size, location, and population density. However, I modeled Minterville after Argyle, Texas, where I lived for a good bit of my childhood.

The main inspiration for Minterville comes from a housesitting adventure I had in 2009. It was July and the heat was excruciating. I was housesitting for a professor and his wife (in return for a place to stay while I was taking a summer class at Georgia Southern University). The house was located at the end of a mile-long driveway in the woods, which in turn was located at the end of a mile-long road. One of my tasks was to walk the dogs down this road. Standing at the end of the driveway one day, exhausted and delirious from the heat, I thought, “I bet if I didn’t know what was at the end of this driveway, I would go through it and find a magical village inhabited by elves.” (only partially joking here). That same summer, I read Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ masterpiece One Hundred Years of Solitude. That is when my plan for Minterville solidified. The fictitious town of Macondo, Colombia is home to a colorful cast of characters and strange happening, and they, too, are terrorized by foreign invaders. This the idea for Minterville, my American Macondo, was born.

To read Ice: http://www.amazon.com/Ice-Jessica-Wren-ebook/dp/B00O1CCAU6/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1415558485&sr=1-2&keywords=ice

To read One Hundred Years of Solitude: http://books.google.com/books?id=pgPWOaOctq8C&printsec=frontcover&dq=one+hundred+years+of+solitude&hl=en&sa=X&ei=kcBfVO6ULcmYNo_9gYgE&ved=0CCYQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=one%20hundred%20years%20of%20solitude&f=false

Author Spotlight-Christina Sherborne

The cause of the World’s problems is the extreme prejudice you inflict on your fellow man“-Imogene Pembroke

A little girl chosen to be messenger for mankind. Her father, an atheist doctor. Her mother, an albino priestess. Her great-aunt, whose secret child comes back to haunt her. Her older brother, a college student who narrowly escapes death. A sadistic butcher. A thieving clinic receptionist. A child-molesting prison guard. Religious fanatics. Angels and demons. Spiritual Guardians. Christians. Muslims. Pagans. Saints and sinners of every shape, color, and size. These are all part of the colorful cast of characters that make up Imogene’s Message by Christina Sherborne.

The plot of Imogene’s Message, told in the third-person from a multitude of characters’ perspectives, is carefully woven to create a tale about a small village near Stonehenge that is brutalized by a family of Christian fundamentalist fanatics who are literally hell-bent on ridding the world of “sinners” (that is, everyone except themselves). At first, the readers think that the family has a hidden agenda, but as the novel progresses, it becomes clear that they really believe they have been specifically chosen by God to purge the world of sin.

Sherborne wastes no time at all getting straight into the action. In the opening scene, Xantara Pembroke has been imprisoned by the family for participation in pagan healing rituals. She witnesses the torture of one young man and the brutal murder of another man. But her young daughter Imogene has a message that hopefully will save mankind from their own bent for self-destruction…

Sherborne skillfully interweaves various themes into this rollercoaster of a thriller. The most important theme is tolerance vs. prejudice. Others include violence vs. peace. The novel teaches a valuable moral lesson about living in peace and cooperation with each other rather than simply looking out for one’s own self-interest. The contrast of jarring scenes of violence and descriptions of gorgeous landscapes and scenery makes the setting of the novel refreshingly unique.

I will definitely be reading the sequel, Imogene’s Past Lives

To read Imogene’s Message: http://www.amazon.com/Imogenes-Message-Thriller-Extreme-Prejudice-ebook/dp/B00K91UC2Q/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top?ie=UTF8

In the U.K. :http://www.amazon.co.uk/Imogenes-Message-Thriller-Extreme-Prejudice-ebook/dp/B00K91UC2Q/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1415495961&sr=1-1&keywords=imogene%27s+message