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"This is a fully realized world that rivals Anne Rice or William Gibson." ~Christopher M. Jimenez (

"Death of the Body wasn't what I expected it to be, it was so much more! It honestly scared the daylights out of me." ~Helena Ison (Accepted Wisdom Book Blog)

"This was rather different than any other story I have read before." ~Emma D. (Bitten By Books)

"This was one of those books where I ignored my family for a day so I could just sit and read it straight through." ~Autumn Jones (The Bearded Scribe)

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"Death of the Body is a roller-coaster ride that will leave you questioning reality, religion, and everything you thought you knew. Be ready to lose yourself in this amazing story." ~Rebecca Ethington, author of the Imdalind and Glass series

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  • File Size: 1140 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Orenda Press (January 7, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 7, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H8II60I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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More About the Author

I've often been accused of having done more in my life than the average person my age, but if I were completely honest I'd have to tell you my secret: I'm really 392.

So after all this time, I'm a pretty crappy writer.

I'm the author of the "Crossing Death" series and "Facade of Shadows," as well as 'Tailored for the King,' a short story found in "Twice Upon a Time," and 'Obsession with the Bloodstained Door' in "nEvermore! Tales of Murder, Mystery and the Macabre."

I've been favorably reviewed, featured on's Top 50 Best list of 2013 and 2014, and my how-to-write-horror articles have been quoted in scholarly (aka community college freshmen's) papers.

I enjoy the occasional Bloody Mary, although a Bloody Kathy or Susan will suffice.

Mostly, I just try to keep a low profile so people don't figure out who I REALLY am.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Marie on December 12, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I was given the opportunity to receive and review an ARC of this book. I am still a little on the fence about this book to be honest. I finished it a couple days ago, and I have spent that time mulling over what I just read, and how I feel about this book.

It was in no way a "bad" book, it just flows differently than most book. It starts with our main character, Edmund, as a ten year old and ends with him being 21. The thing that is odd about this is, that he remains just as mature at the end as he is at the beginning. Not to say that he behaves like a 10 year old when he's 21, but more the other way around. I still am also trying to grasp what genre this book it. It falls in the Paranormal/fantasy genre, but there is also a good dose of darkness in this book. Not something for young teens that's for sure, at least in my opinion. There's a bit of some pretty sick gore.

Another thing that I think some people might not like about this book is how it rips on religion as a whole. It's not just the Christian religions that are mocked, but most all of them. If someone is easily offended at having their beliefs mocked, then this book really isn't for you.

One small thing that I really didn't catch onto, until it was flat out said, was that one of the supporting characters is gay. I didn't know the character is gay until the part in the book when he flat out says he was having sex with a dude, it was established that he was a horn dog but I just assumed that he was a straight horn dog. It's not that the character being gay bothers me, its just that it was never really even hinted at in the first place, or maybe it was and I just didn't catch it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By dudleychick on December 12, 2013
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I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I don’t feel like I am giving away any spoilers (it is mentioned in the book’s description) when I say that the book’s main character Edmund dies in the beginning at the age of 10, killed by one of his own. For most stories death of the main character comes at the end, but for Edmund it is just the beginning. He wakes up in another world and struggles to make sense of his new surroundings and a life he doesn’t remember living. He has memories of his life before his death but now people are calling him by another name and his mind is filled with new thoughts and ideas he doesn’t know the origin of. As Edmund struggles to make sense of everything something happens and we are again transported to another time and place.

Edmund ‘s college years bring on new challenges and a new understanding of who he is and where he has come from. But understanding doesn’t necessarily make things better. With the help of his friends, roommates and a cute girl he begins to put the pieces of his past together with sometimes terrifying consequences.

I really enjoyed the magic of this book. Edmund has special abilities that allow him to commune with nature in a way that is unique and original. I have a feeling that he (and we) have only brushed the surface of what he really can do with his abilities. It will be fun to see what happens in the next books.

As some other reviewers have mentioned there are quite a few religious undertones to this story. It is apparent that the author has done some research of several religions and their beliefs and practices. As someone who has studied and explored various world religions I enjoyed this part of the story.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bryce on April 6, 2014
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There are going to be people who will not like this book. If you dislike people making fun of your religion, any religion or insulting it in some way you may want to stay away. If you have a problem with gay characters you may want to stay away. The author is not in your face about most of it but it is there and some will just not like it. The book is also kind of strange. The magic is not very well explained for the most part which is annoying as it is central to what is occurring in the plot. Not a bad book by any stretch but again, not for everyone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. C. Head on December 12, 2013
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Death of the Body took me by surprise with its magical fantasy. I must say that I am thoroughly pleased and impressed. It's premise almost reminded me of Thor's exile to earth, except that Edmund wasn't arrogant and didn't need humbling. However, Edmund was killed and went through a rebirth, renewal and resurrection on earth, more specifically in Los Angeles of all places. The author creates a unique world filled with magic and fantasy that draws the reader into that realm to share in Edmund and his cohort's experiences and journey back. It's a transcendental experience.

Edmund lived in the realm of Orenda but this world is quickly disrupted with chaos and tragedy that leads to his death. Orenda has pretty much fallen prey to corruption and betrayal. Edmund's father is killed, leaving him to piece the broken puzzle together. The remaining connections between Edmund and his world was his powers and his father's ring.

What I enjoyed most about this book is the author's creative use of words and the stark details of every significant event that played out from chapter to chapter. For example, Rick describes Edmund's experiences as he was dying, before his resurrection on earth; I could almost feel and taste Edmund's thick blood. I felt as if it was me who stopped breathing. I also appreciated how the author gave each character, like Ralph and Hailey, Nicholas and Xia, significance throughout the book without overshadowing Edmund. After the fifth chapter, things really become intense and begin to unravel, like the initially awkward interaction between Edmund and Xia, but eventually evolves into a cute and playful kind of bond. The sexual attraction between the two is definitely made known.

Death of the Body is definitely a book that is worth more than just a skim over.
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