A monster roams the halls of Soothing Hills Asylum. Three girls dead. 29 is endowed with the curse...or gift of perception. She hears messages in music, sees lyrics in paintings. And the corn. A lifetime asylum resident, the orchestral corn music is the only constant in her life.
Mason, a new, kind orderly, sees 29 as a woman, not a lunatic. And as his belief in her grows, so does her self- confidence. That perhaps she might escape, might see the outside world.
But the monster has other plans. The missing girls share one common thread...each was twenty-nine's cell mate.
Will she be next?
"Exquisitely written! Requiem Red is a haunting tale of monsters, music, insanity, and the power of love where one least expects to find it. Brava, Ms. Chapman! This book will remain forever in my heart!" —NY Times Bestselling Author Darynda Jones
Arabella Holmes was born different and raised different. After it became apparent she couldn't fit in the role of a 1900's lady, her uncle, Sherlock, called in some lingering favors, and landed her a position at the Mutter Museum. The hospital was Arabella's dream; she was to become a purveyor of abnormal science. What her uncle called a BoneSeeker.
The thorax of John Wilkes Booth, skulls from all over the globe and plaster casts of the first siamese twins were just a few of the oddities collected and on display.
Henry Watson arrives at the Mutter with a double assignment--to become a finder of abnormal antiquities and...to watch Arabella and keep her safe. If he could only get her to speak to him...instead of avoiding him and/or throwing knives in his general direction.
Together, they are assigned to a most secret exploration. The hand of a Nephilim has been unearthed in upstate NY.The pair are caught in a scientific debate; are the bones from a Neaderthal...or are they living proof of the Biblical fallen angels, who materialized to mate with human women?
The pair are to find and recover the skeleton. However--someone, or something, does not want the bones found. They discover they are the second team deployed. And the whole first team....are dead.
Praise for Boneseeker...
NY Times Best Seller Grace Burrowes:
"Boneseeker has it all--momentum, creativity, excellent prose and a story that won't let you go....
A brilliant series start to an innovative addition to the Holmes legacy!"
Verity Montague is a servant in 1692 Salem. Her flaming red hair and mismatched eyes make her a prime target for accusation of witchcraft. Orphaned during the Indian raids, she and her brother with Asperger's Syndrome come to live with the key historical figures of the trials-The Putnams. They keep their synesthesia secret- that days, months and years appear as color in Verity's mind, and for John, that symphonies play in a Fantasia-style performance of colors and geometric patterns.
Truman Johnstone 's ability to discern people's expressions, and decipher if they were lying- made him an outspoken child. Being different kept him from being adopted till he was fourteen. He now runs an orphanage for problem youths, and is a feeding therapist in his desire to help children deal with their peculiarities. To give them the childhood he never had.
The harvest festival corn maze Truman creates every year has an unwelcome visitor. Children hear disembodied voices skipping through the corn maze amid the backdrop of eerie orchestral music. In every year of the calendar, intermittent doors of time swing open and closed, so long as the cornfield stands.
In societies set on sameness-all are outsiders.
They learn the traits that make us outcasts, may be the very ones that make us great, and that true love may heal all, and even transcend time.
Reviews for Where Bluebirds Fly...
5 Stars from author Amy Atwell
Fall is the perfect time to revisit the history of The Salem Witch Trials. But this book was so much more. The heroine from 1692 and her present-day hero are both people for whom "different" is just a label, it's their world. Each suffers from a type of synesthesia, which allows their brains to process things in unique ways. In the present day world of science and technology, this is hard enough, but for the heroine, in 1692, she can only be labelled as a witch because of her unique qualities.
A blend of science and compassion, I came to really care for these characters and their plight. There's also rich connections to other literary masterpieces, which added to the enjoyment of the book. I found the story gripping, and I rooted for this couple to find their happily-ever-after. I loved that the ending opens the door for future books, and that the misfits come to understand themselves and their world a bit more.
Pittsburgh, Pa. 2030 It is a brave new post-war world. A world where parents can not only choose the sex of their child, but their eye color, hair color and talents. Project Mendel decides to take humanity a step closer to perfection. Dr. Eve Fyfe, a stem cell scientist, signed onto Project Mendel to heal the sick. Around the city, the homeless are disappearing; orphans are reported missing in record numbers. The doctor's research produces amazing, and horrific side effects. She's reporting them. But no one is listening. Because once in Project Mendel, always in Project Mendel.
Reviews for Project Mendel...
5 Stars Night Owl Reviews, Recommended Read
Okay. Primarily this is a science fiction book with lots of romance and it's a page-turner thriller. I sat up until almost three in the morning reading this book because I couldn't put it down.
Brynn Chapman has written a well-researched book that takes the fledgling science of cloning and genetics just a step further. Project Mendel will reach out grab you, suck you right into the story, and scare the pants off you. I loved it. You will root for the heroes and heroines, some of it will be difficult to read, and it will make you cry and a lot of it will make you think... I give this one a solid 5 and a recommended read.
In leaving behind Bristol, England, Constanza Smythe bids farewell and good riddance to a tumultuous childhood and her alcoholic surgeon father, for the life of a Governess in America.
However, her dream for a new life in the colonies quickly darkens into a nightmare. Her new plantation home is fraught with terror. It seems the estate sits beneath a cloud of doom. The livestock and slaves are sick and dying; chains on the tiny school desks, and nighttime screaming make her fear for her life.
And worst of all, she has unwittingly captured the attention of the most infamous pirate ever known-Edward Teach. Or as he is known to Outer Banks townsfolk- Blackbeard.
Reviews for The Bride of Blackbeard...
Romance Junkies- 4 Ribbons
BRIDE OF BLACKBEARD has it all..you'll instantly feel a part of the story as Constanza's character seems to come alive. You'll walk right beside her as she endured the sadness, pain and sorrow, of growing up, and you'll root for her, all through the healing process. BRIDE OF BLACKBEARD was hard to put down. The secondary characters, some you'll love to hate, some will steal your heart, just as Constaza and her siblings do.
Ms. Chapman definitely has a winner, and you'll want to have the tissues handy, it tears at your heartstrings, and you'll love every minute of it! The setting is spot-on and as if time had turned back. You won't want to pass this one by, it's a must read, and one that should be on everyone's keeper-shelf.
By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Kimberly Leslie
Brynn Chapman has crafted a story that is a tapestry of lore, legend, and fact. Bride of Blackbeard will leave you asking questions until the last page.
Chapman’s passion for research into the ailments, from the ordinary to the bizarre, drive this book forward and enhance already well-crafted characters. The heroine, Constanza, is exactly as the author shows: unique, unconventional and a champion for rejected and lonely. Hero Lucian is a refreshing mix of vulnerability and strength. And tiny Meg has a bit of us all in her. At some point we all feel as she has—alone, with our only recourse to lock ourselves away in a world all our own and hope someone will listen. Chapman’s medical background definitely adds to this book, and the author notes at the end were a definite plus.
Parts of the plot could have been focused more as I found myself pulled in by certain aspects of her writing more than others, but Bride of Blackbeard made me concerned for the characters and curious to learn more about the pirate himself.
For this reader that is a mark of good fiction.
Author, Historical Fiction and Romance
MADRIGAL: A novel of Gaston Leroux's The Phantom of the Opera, Fall 2008
Bride of Blackbeard is a compelling tale of sorrow, pain, love, and hate. With a cast of characters, each with their own trait, the story is hard to put down. From the moment I started reading about Constanza and her upbringing, I was torn. Each of the people she encounters on her journey has an experience to share, drawing in the reader more. Ms. Chapman sketches a story that tugs at the heartstrings. Her well-researched tale brings many things into light that this reader was not aware of. I believe many will be touched in some way by this extraordinary book that leaves much thought.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance
Reviewer for Karen Find Out About New Books
Received a CoffeeTime Recommended Read Award
The Bride of Blackbeard by Brynn Chapman is what I refer to as a ‘beefy’ read. It’s a romance sandwiched between historical facts and a personal growth story.
Constanza is a great heroine. She is strong willed with a purpose. But unlike so many historical romances that plop a 2008 woman into the past, Constanza’s ‘Stanza’ is believable and very well defined. A childhood filled with unspeakable nightmares has forced her to be stronger and more self reliant than most women of her time. Even her escape is tainted. Stanza’s loyalty to her brother, Will, and especially to her sister, Katrina, is both a blessing and curse. Nothing comes easy for Stanza but she keeps moving forward toward that happily ever after.
Where Constanza is a woman not molded in the traditional time setting, Lucian is. As a hero restricted by the mind set of the 1700’s his character is often at odds with Stanza. Lucian is a man of good heart and nature, something Constanza hasn’t been lucky enough to have in her life. While the personal barriers he must overcome are different than Stanza’s, Lucian’s growth as a character is as heart wrenching as Constanza’s.
The final barrier to their happiness is the same - Edward Teach, a.k.a. Black Beard. Ms. Chapman does an excellent job building up the suspense around this final threat to their happily ever after ending, that I wondered if it was going to happen….but the story was so well written I was willing to accept the ending either way. And I did find the ending complete - surprising - but complete.
The secondary characters of Hopkins offer plenty of chances to see the real personalities of Lucian and Constanza. They are hopelessly selfish people. Her sister, Katrina, is the prodding force in many of the things in Constanza’s life, rarely positive.
Bride of Blackbeard contains many fascinating historical facts woven into the plot. This is not like reading a history book. The characters are engaging and the pacing is excellent
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Review by Magnolia
Callum McClure's family and village are under siege from an unknown foe. Villagers by the droves are falling into a mysterious sleep, a coma, from which they are unable to wake.
Callum and his schoolmates are in a race against time to decipher why and how their parents are unconscious. Odd natural disaster are occurring everywhere, and then there are the trees…In each sleepers room, roots have grown wild out of the closet, and have wrapped the comatose in a root sarcophagus. On each sleepers closet door glows a message….Stand…See…Remember…Choose.
The Netherwood is the alternate realm where coma-sleepers exist until their fate is decided-to return home or expire. Sleepwalkers experience great and terrible creatures, nature gone wrong. From breathtaking shores, crawling with starfish and sand dollars, and unnaturally deep rivers filled with humpback whales to carnivorous trees and rabid swine. A bull-man chimera overseers the door which swings open and shut between the two worlds.
Will Callum and his mates solve the riddles in time to save their parents…or will they be banned for all time, to the Netherwood?
Reviews for Into the Woods...
Into the Woods has a rich tapestry quality that is found in old fairy tales. The words and rhythm give it the feel of a fable. The tale hints at what is to come, but never gives you a true look, rather like the inhabitants of the woods luring you into the woods before you’re aware you moved. Having the mother who is encased in roots have a voice is a nice touch. It allows us to see what is going on in her world and to understand what Callum will need to do to save her. The tale is a complicated one, but any eager reader should be able to unravel it.
Into the Woods is an interesting and exciting tale for the intermediate reader. I would recommend it because it operates on many different levels, includes the richness of imagery and fully developed characters.
Reviewed by Morgan Wyatt
October 3, 2007 from novelspot
See. Stand. Choose. Remember. Only these four words glowing on closet doors throughout the village of Sureau lend any clue as to the mysterious sleep that plagues many of the village residents. Callum, Erlidih, Finlay, and Skye are friends and students at the Alexander School but they share a new bond now. Each has a parent trapped in a sort of stasis, surrounded by coffins formed by trees and vines. Will Callum decipher the clues in time to save his mother, Ellsbeth, or will the roots and vines overtake her and the other sleepers forever?
What a delightfully eerie tale! R.R. Smythe creates very vivid images, both of the Netherwood and of the root sarcophaguses encasing the sleepers. One can’t help but give a little shiver of fear as Callum and his cohorts race to uncover the meaning of each clue. Seeing the Netherwood through Ellsbeth’s eyes is a stroke of genius by R.R. Smythe as it adds just the right touch to make this one a classic tale!
INTO THE WOODS evokes an almost haunting atmosphere, as the reader is pulled into the storyline. While INTO THE WOODS is billed as a tale for young adults, adult readers will enjoy the darker fairytale-like aspects of the storyline. R.R. Smythe’s explanation for each clue is quite clever and the deeper meanings will resonate with adult readers as well as young adults.
INTO THE WOODS is yet another phenomenal offering from Highland Press. R.R. Smythe kickstarts their first ever young adult story with a bang. INTO THE WOODS is a definite hit by this stunning author!
Reviewed by Debbie
INTO THE WOODS packs a big message into a short book. R.R. Smythe had me intrigued from the very beginning. Just like the young men and women in the story, I wanted to learn the secret of the trees. They were obviously there for a reason, but what could it be? I flew through this book in just a couple of hours because I just had to know if Callum would figure it all out to save his mother. The scenes in the Netherwood are particularly interesting. You never know just what is going to happen, but you're sure there's going to be a message hidden somewhere.
Callum and his friends were all wonderful. They were indeed the perfect people to pass on the message of the trees. I love the sweetness of young love surrounding them as well.
INTO THE WOODS really is a unique story with a lot of heart. It's great for all ages, so check it out and tell your friends.
Reviewed at Romance Junkies....4.5 stars
This Young Adult Fantasy will send chills down your spine. I, as the reader, followed Callum and witnessed everything he and his friends went through as they attempted to decipher the messages. At the same time, I watched Callum's mother, Ellsbeth, as she walked through the Netherwood. Each time Callum deciphered one of the four messages, some villagers awakened. Through the eyes of Ellsbeth, I saw the other sleepers wander, make mistakes, and be released from the Netherwood, leaving Ellsbeth alone. There is one thread left dangling, but do not fret. This IS a stand alone book. But that thread gives me hope that another book about the Netherwoods may someday come to pass. Excellent reading for any age of fantasy fans!
Detra Fitch, HUNTRESS REVIEWS
Coffee Time Romance Rating: 4 Cups
What a beautifully inspiring story. This tale takes you back into time and to a place where curses and folklore were well known. From curses to centaurs, this story is full of excitement and adventures. This author touches on what humans are doing to themselves and shows our children what could happen if they do not abide by rules. A truly remarkable story.
Wateena, Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance and Karen
Find Out About New Books
Incredible story by debut author!
Into the Woods is a fairytale, really, because it has a strong message wrapped in a riveting, wonderful story. If you like mystery, thrills, adventure, magic, and romance, you'll find it in this wonderful Young Adult novel. I highly recommend this book to readers of any age. You won't be sorry you bought it!
Highland Press launches its Young Adult line with a page turning read. Ms. Smythe has a wonderful imagination and demonstrates it with this spin chilling read. Her descriptive writing will put the reader alongside Callum and his friends. This is a read that will appeal to young adults. It's imaginative and will encourage kids to read-a very good thing. This is a story I have no trouble recommending.
"With the eerie lyricism of M. Night Shyamalan, and a pinch of J.K Rowling, R.R. Smythe is the next 'big thing' waiting to happen. She offers a turn of the century horror-suspense that will easily capture the Young Adult audience with the tale that is both original and imaginative. While waiting for Harry Potter's swan song, discover a new voice, a new talent that shines."
Deborah MacGillivray- author of A Restless Knight
and The Invasion of Falgannon Isle
"R.R. Smythe delivers a superb web of fantasy and mystery in this horror-filled coming-of-age tale set in the nineteenth century that is sure to capture the imagination of today's young adults."
Michele Ann Young- Regency author.
A Circle of Crows
The children of Rhinebeck are not safe. They have been disappearing since 1900, without a trace or clue. The Four Seasons Inn of Rhinebeck is no longer safe. The lives of the three sisters who own the Inn, have been forever altered; 13 year old Morgan has disappeared in the night from a locked house, where all of her family lie sleeping.
The sister’s Scottish upbringing, with all of its tales of evil birds always seemed like old wives tales; until the magpies began behaving oddly, like flying in circles around the Inn, and the sister’s swear that when it rains you can hear children’s voices on the night air.
"A rollicking ride of a story, with a tender heart -- A Circle of Crows is a thrilling adventure where the impossible comes to happen; where past meets present; and where a reader can't help but realize that some bonds can't be broken by time or distance."
Jodi Picoult, author of The Tenth Circle, Vanishing Acts, and My Sister's Keeper.
"This is an amazingly creative read! This is a story about love and selflessness and offers a little bit of everything for the reader. This is one story that will stay with the reader long after the last page is read. Ms. Chapman is very talented author and one I have notrouble recommending."
Kristi Ahlers- Reviewer for Romantic Times,The Best Reviews,
Amazon and Barnes and Noble.com
In the early 1900, children in Rhinebeck went missing and now over a hundred years later, it is happening again. The Four Seasons Inn is hiding a secret and it concerns the children that are whispering on the wind. Lives altered as one sister’s daughter disappears one night and now it is a race against time as two realms fight to save them from an unspeakable evil that will decimate both lands if it is not stopped. Because this time, the crows are telling the sisters what to do but it is up to them to listen to the Circle of Crows. Will Morgana and the other children be found in time? On the other hand, will the evil that permeates the fae realm break out and take over the human world? Read A Circle of Crows and find out what happens next in this mesmerizing tale.
A Circle of Crows is a heart-stopping tale that will keep the reader on the edge of their seat and make them wonder what will happen next. Full of twists and turns, Ms. Chapman writes with much depth and flair as the sisters of the Four Seasons Inn gather to find out what happened over 100 years ago. Each page flips from one realm to the other as the tale is told and totally engrosses this reviewer. The characters are multidimensional and deliver a broad range of emotions as each sister deals with the nightmares and whispers they hear in the rain. Each page is a new revelation to the mystery and as one question is answered, another crops up to ensnare the reader. The flow of the book was fast paced at times when it needed it to be and then it would slow down some to keep the reader from having heart palpitations at the pace. It was a wonderful journey to enjoy this new author’s imagination. Highly imaginative yet quite suspenseful,
A Circle of Crows delivers the reader to a place where the dark edge of emotions gathers and mysteries abound.From start to finish, Ms. Chapman delivers a story that will keep the reader guessing with the many twists it delivers as well as the multifaceted characters to worm their way into a reader’s heart. This is truly one book that will keep you on the edge of the seat as it races toward its climatic ending. A Circle of Crows is a stunningly told story that will keep you highly entertained from start to finish. Run to grab this engrossing tale and find yourself surprisingly scared at the way the plot curves when you least expect it.
Reviewed by Dawn, Love Romances
"Rachael and Raena Macbeth are twins. The two have had a lot of death in their family. One lost her husband to an accident, both lost their parents. However, they still have their adopt sister, Bella, and the inn. The three sisters clothed in renaissance style dresses each day when they had guests at the inn. It was not the life Rachael and Raena would have chosen for themselves, yet they were content for the most part. That all changed when Morgana, Rachael's daughter, disappeared through a mirror that hung in the Autumn Room. Morgana finds herself locked in a dark and gloomy place, surrounded by small children.
Using the skills she gathered from her mother and aunt while helping out at the inn, Morgana is able to care for the frightened children. She soon learns that the evil Queen Ivana has horrible plans for the them. All would have been lost except for the rebellion. Even with the rebellion's help, there is no guarantee that many, if any, of them would survive. Imagine Morgana's surprise when Bella, Rachael and Raena show up somehow! Since Morgana disappeared, the Macbeth sisters and Sam (Bella's husband) have been searching for a way to go through the mirror and rescue Morgana. Their investigations show that several children between the years 1900 and 1905 had mysteriously disappeared, just like Morgana.
It would seem that their grandmother's insane stories of so long ago were not so crazy after all. The journal of former innkeepers and the journal of their grandmother could very well have the key to bringing the children home. Queen Ivana has the Dark Book in her possession. She needed children, the younger the better, to help in her dark quest. Since the locals knew their babies would be taken from them, they quit having any. Thus Queen Ivana opens portals to other realms so her men could enter and bring back children from there. Unless the Macbeth family and the rebellion can stop her, Queen Ivana will enslave all and her reign will be forever!
**** Author Brynn Chapman gives readers a glimpse into her fantastic imagination. This story includes many magical creatures, some good, most evil. A few of the magical beings I cannot report about, for fear of ruining the tale. However, I feel safe in revealing the "Sepulachar" which are big, black winged creatures whose caw sent shivers down my spine. If you enjoyed the book and/or the movie, "The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe", then you will LOVE this tale. Oh no, not the same plot; not even close. But I got the same surreal feeling. I plan to keep an eye on Brynn Chapman's career. I see major talent here! Recommended! ****
HUNTRESS REVIEWS Reviewed by Detra Fitch
Most readers will be glued to the pages in this thrilling non-stop adventure that you won’t be able to put down. The author treats you to numerous twists and turns, as she keeps the action going back and forth between the two worlds. You feel the family’s desperation as they try to find their way into an unknown realm that had swallowed their beloved daughter and niece. Then as the author reveals little by little, the horrid truths of what was going on in that world, you’ll feel Morgana’s terror as they all raced against time to rescue the children before and stop an unbelievable evil sacrifice.In this amazing, highly imaginative, and fully robust tale you meet an incredible cast of characters from both worlds that are so carefully constructed the reader will quickly become immersed in each of their lives. The author takes several of the key characters and with succinct story telling shows and breathes life into their motivations. You’ll get emotionally involved as they battled the evil, revel in the self-sacrifice they make for one another, and finally cheer their hopes and dreams of finding love. The world Ms. Chapman created along with her unforgettable characters will stay with you, as they did with me, long after the last page is turned. A very creative and intriguing read that I highly recommend.
Marilyn Rondeau, RIO – Reviewers International Organization
Come What May
A Comprehensive Guide to Traditional and Non-Traditional Treatments for the Autism Spectrum
You will never forget the day you heard the words, ”Your child has autism.”
Well, neither will I.
For most, it is a completely life altering experience, leading families onto a confusing path of therapies, conflicting medical opinions, or worse…..no answers at all.
This book is designed as an autism “cheat sheet”; intended to touch each aspect of the autistic person’s symptoms, and then offering treatment ideas in the form of therapies and new medical practices. It is a compilation of seven years of research by the author, streamlined into one place…..in essence, what I wish someone would have handed me at the beginning of the arduous journey. It addresses autism as a medical illness.
So take my hand, and follow me inside, don’t forget your research and guidebooks…..as this is definitely the road less traveled……….
"I have never faced this heartrending situation of a child with autism, so I have no experience. I have had the fortunate association in with dealing with Hochbein on similarly related issues. Her extensive knowledge of medicines, that they affect your body--for the better, but more so for the worse, is amazing. Prescription medications often do more harm that good. Hochbein has a deep respect for the medical profession, yet knows often a fifteen minute visit with a busy doctor and hastily written prescriptions can leave you worse than before. Such was my case.
An Occupational Therapist is like a modern day Sherlock Holmes, unlocking the riddles of why something is happening with your body, and just as importantly, why it doesn't happen. You hear the pain of a mother when Hochbein writes about the illness of her soon, how a perfectly normal, bright and beautiful child "left us". Very simple words, very emotional. She chronicles her long journey to find the answers and to reach past the standard, pat responses, look for ways to do what they said cannot be done.
As I said, my contact with her was not for Autism, but in an illness that had many of the same roots, and found her information both informative and worth my time. I know if I had a child suffering under this condition, I would desperately want answers, and would be facing the same frustration as Hochbein did. She has given other parents a road map to hope. The book is loaded with resources, treatment suggestion that range from traditional medicine to non-traditional. You have all the information compiled here - websites, case studies, on-line groups for help and support, diets, stats and books. A very valuable tool that is a must read for any parent facing the same situation."
DeborahAnne MacGillivray- Author of A Restless Knight and Invasion of Falgannon Isle