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A Gift of Ghosts (Tassamara Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Sarah Wynde
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Book Description

Akira has secrets. But so does the town of Tassamara.

Akira Malone believes in the scientific method, evolution, and Einstein’s theory of relativity. And ghosts.

All the logic and reason in the world can’t protect her from the truth—she can see and communicate with spirits. But Akira is sure that her ability is just a genetic quirk and the ghosts she encounters simply leftover electromagnetic energy. Dangerous electromagnetic energy.

Zane Latimer believes in telepathy, precognition, auras, and that playing Halo with your employees is an excellent management technique. He also thinks that maybe, just maybe, Akira Malone can help his family get in touch with their lost loved ones.

But will Akira ever be able to face her fears and accept her gift? Or will Zane’s relatives be trapped between life and death forever?

Editorial Reviews


Sweet-Sexy-NERDY-Seduction Scene--complete with science-y words and concepts. I'm telling you--you're going to love it. - Novel Truths

A Gift of Ghosts is a paranormal love story written in a fresh, lively style. It's an easy read and light-hearted despite a plot that touches on drug overdose and suicide. - Fairy Hedgehog

This is a cool little world to inhabit. I liked how the characters were friendly and likeable and you just liked to hang out with them. - Speed Reading Book Nerd Reviews

I loved this book! So much so, I might read it again. There was so much going on and even a few surprises, especially for a ghost story, and I had a really hard time putting it down. - Beth's Reviews and Promotions

This book is a damn fine read.  I loved it from start to finish and can't wait to read the sequel. - Laurie K, Stellar Four

I was talking out loud to the author near the end, warning her of dire consequences if she went in a certain direction ... It's a nice little feel-good fantasy. - Mean Fat Old Bat Reads

About the Author

Sarah Wynde graduated from Wesleyan University with a degree in English, which she actually managed to put to use by becoming an editor. She's worked on magazines, websites, and books, including ten years spent as a senior acquisitions editor with Pearson. Eventually, her love of writing pushed her into independent publishing. She likes to think of the stories she writes as unexpected fiction—bending, blending, and occasionally breaking genres.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2166 KB
  • Print Length: 191 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1470130270
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Rozelle Press (March 8, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006KF645E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,819 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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57 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining, compelling, fun read! December 12, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Akira Malone is young, attractive, and a practical, rational-thinking high-energy physicist... who happens to have this one little quirk. She sees ghosts. Talks to them, too. And yeah, they talk back.

When a little slip exposes that fact to her colleagues, it looks like its a career-ender.

Then, out of the blue, she receives a job offer from a enigmatic but well-connected research firm based in a sleepy Florida town. It's like tossing a lifering to drowning person, and she accepts with some trepidations.

What happens next in this wonderfully-crafted page-turner will keep you reading way past your bedtime, unwilling to put it down 'til you get to the end.

For Akira, a sharp detour in her well-planned-out future opens the door to a new life, a new love, new friends (some living, some dead), and an astonishing new purpose.

Sarah Wynde is an amazing new talent, and I can't wait to see what she follows up with.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, Sometimes Ireverent, Very Smart and Wholly Charming December 14, 2011
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"A Gift of Ghosts" is a fun, sometimes irreverent, very smart and wholly charming and entertaining read.

Sarah Wynde embraces a style not often seen in today's fiction. The prose is tight and keeps moving, never bogging down with needless description. Instead the reader is given enough detail to clearly imagine the story, and the latitude to see the author's world as she will. The plot is a finely crafted, elegant piece of work that insistently demands you keep turning pages.

Not your usual romance, paranormal or otherwise, "Gift" stands out by avoiding tired tropes and cardboard cut-out characters. They obey their own motivations, and feel as though they believe themselves to be the stars of the piece, fully alive and colorful, even the ones that are dead. I found myself wishing to have a full story for almost every one of them.

Even so, Akira's story will keep your attention and even catch you by surprise. The last quarter of the book demands to be read in one sitting.

Pick this one up. It's well worth your time.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, unique story - can't wait for the sequel February 11, 2012
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I really enjoyed this book - hard to put down. One of the best books I've read in awhile. Very frustrated that the sequel is not available in the near future.
I won't give a plot summary as many other's have.

Pluses: Well written and well edited. A unique and different plotline in paranormal romance (I'm so sick of vampires and heroines in spike heels that slay evil creatures.) Main characters are well written. Fun humor. The discussion of physics as it applies to $ex was fabulous.

Minuses: Minor charachters are not as well fleshed out. I wanted more details on the interesting town and it's inhabitants. I wanted to see more of the family interactions.

Romance: Well done. The author avoids most of the major annoyances found in bad romance (the major misunderstanding, the love triangle, etc.) The $ex scenes are well written, often with humor. Not explicit. Not a major part of the book. Probably OK for older/sophisticated teens.

I absolutly recommend this book. It's a fun, light hearted read.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, an e-book that was edited! March 5, 2012
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Nothing irritates me more than reading a book full of typos and grammatical errors. These days, everyone fancies themselves a writer, and let's face it...only a select few really have the talent and skills. I stumbled upon Sarah Wynde's book a few days ago and took a chance on it. I am so glad I did. The writing is excellent, the story is fast-paced and captivating, and best of typos or glaring grammatical errors! Okay, maybe I am a little (smirk) uptight about the spelling, punctuation, and grammar. However, I believe Sarah has an amazing talent and I look forward to adding more of her books to my library in the coming years!
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A highly readable, well-written, entertaining book January 2, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm impressed. I gather from the author's statement at the end of the book that she is a novice who honed her skills writing fan fiction. There are so many celebrated and successful authors (I won't name names) who can't spin a tale as well, move the story forward at such a clip, or write as well. I didn't catch an awkward sentence or a false or illogical moment in the novel. So, well-done. This is the first book I've borrowed from Amazon Prime, but much of what's available looked fairly unpromising, to say the least. But I wouldn't have discovered the author without Amazon Prime, so may she have much-deserved success in the future. It took Jodi Picoult years and many books, for instance, to really hit it big, so don't give up. I'm looking forward to the next bit of fun, A Gift of Thought.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Was Hooked on Page One! December 13, 2011
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As a fan of the paranormal genre, I have to say this book is among the best I've read. The story is fast paced, entertaining, and suspenseful. Akira has a delightful, wry humor that kept me laughing, even during the tense moments. The characters are authentic and very human (even the ghosts!). My favorite - Dillon. Having raised a couple of teenage boys, I can tell you the author's portrayal of Dillon is spot on. Let's hope Sarah Wynde will write a sequel!
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47 of 67 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Just a really bad book March 25, 2012
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Bought this book after seeing the 5-star ratings, and was very unpleasantly surprised to discover how bad it is. Really bad. I don't honestly understand the good reviews at all. Very juvenile - vocabulary, character development, plot - all are as if a middle schooler had written it. A few examples: (1) The author is fixated on Akira's lips - the character is chewing on or biting her lip in almost every scene. Surely there must be another way to show that a character is uneasy - I'm only 25% of the way through the book and thinking her lips must be bloody by now with all that chewing and biting. Then there is the lipstick, which she is contantly chewing off, re-applying, or just thinking about. (2) The descriptions of how Akira and Zane get the warm fuzzies for one another are just silly - her "pulse quickens", she gets a "melting feeling in her belly", etc. At the beginning of the book he sees her as a mouse - "an adorable mouse, like a chipmunk or a jerboa" (is there any such thing as a chipmunk mouse?) The fact that he is attracted to a mouselike woman doesn't make any sense, and the author doesn't help us out by giving us a reason. (3) Akira is safely among psychics, and it's been explained to her multiple times that almost everyone in the town has a special ability, but for some reason she is persistently adamant in her refusal to discuss her ability to communicate with ghosts and wants to keep her "quirk" a secret so people won't think she is strange. Again, makes no sense. I'm only giving it one star because Amazon won't let me proceed to the next screen with 0 stars.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Couldn't put it down.
Published 2 days ago by Ana
3.0 out of 5 stars A quick, light read. Romance, ghosts and ...
A quick, light read. Romance, ghosts and a questionable town. I would have rated it higher if I wasn't a little reserved about language and morals.
Published 3 days ago by mamaKim
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting and sweet!
I expected a run of the mill ghost story and this book turned out to be anything but that. We have a full blooded, hard core scientist who is psychic and takes us on a delightful... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Uma I. Van Roosenbeek
5.0 out of 5 stars Great ghosties, and other para people
Rating 5 for originality, sweet, mysterious, some surprises, quick to entice and grab. Fer grammar typos, not disturbing story line. Really really liked. Quirky, fun and funny. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Wendy Robertson
5.0 out of 5 stars don't put down until you finish
I didn't just read this book, I absorbed it. How much of this is fiction and how much of this real? Trust me if you believe in ghost, in spirit energy, you'll know the answer.
Published 12 days ago by Para Choice
3.0 out of 5 stars ok book
It was a good book I got in to it but the I have to pay to read the rest
Published 19 days ago by char22
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 20 days ago by Jean Burns
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 20 days ago by Nancy P. McAninch
5.0 out of 5 stars Would like to find out more about the friendly ghosts
Absolutely delightful. Would like to find out more about the friendly ghosts.
Published 22 days ago by Gramela Hunkler
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Series I've read!
It is totally of the best series I've read. Once you read one you totally have to read them all. Read more
Published 23 days ago by cthanes47591
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Sarah Wynde graduated from Wesleyan University with a degree in English, which she actually managed to put to use by becoming an editor. She's worked on magazines, websites, and books, including ten years spent as a senior acquisitions editor with Pearson. Eventually, her love of writing pushed her into independent publishing. She likes to think of the stories she writes as unexpected fiction--bending, blending, and occasionally breaking genres.

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