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About the Author

Stephanie Abrams, nationally syndicated radio travel talk show host and media resource for travel-related issues, is recognized as an expert in the travel industry and has been named to "Travel Agent Magazine's" list of the "100 Most Powerful Women in Travel" Abrams has been honored for her work in the travel industry having been the recipient of three prestigious Travel Weekly Magazine Achievement Awards for Public Relations Campaign, Marketing and Radio Advertising. Her website, www.sabrams.com, has won the Best Website Award from the League of American Communications Professional for ten consecutive years, most recently taking the Silver Spotlight Achievement Award for 2012. Abrams came to broadcasting after more than 20 years as a leader in the travel industry and as the Executive Vice President of a global travel company. The "Travel with Stephanie Abrams" and Travelers411® radio shows air weekly coast to coast reaching millions of listeners, stream live and are podcast at Abrams website. Both programs originate in the Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts. Abrams has been appointed Ambassador for Saxony Tourism for North America, named Honorary Friend of Saint Patrick Centre by the Saint Patrick Centre in Northern Ireland, twice received the Goddess Artemis Award from the Euro-American Women's Council for her significant contribution to the development of tourism to Greece and her philanthropic work sending adults and needy children traveling through her Stephanie Abrams Travel Fairy Godmother mission. The Sisters of Mercy honored Abrams as well for making travel experiences possible for homeless children and for adults who would otherwise not visit places that provide meaningful experiences in their lives. Abrams has also been a featured journalist for 'travelgirl' 'Fido Friendly' and 'TRAVELHOST' magazines. She is a motivational speaker focused on tourism destinations and tourism issues, acts as
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: XLIBRIS (December 29, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1479763756
  • ISBN-13: 978-1479763757
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,427,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I don't usually read mysteries, but a friend recommended a new book entitled RUMORS, and I knew why before finishing the first paragraph. Not since ROSEMARY'S BABY have I been given a book I could not stop reading. Gripping plot, well written ("Hilda's southern Tokyo Rose voice"), visual descriptions and characters women can relate to and care about. RUMORS would make a great movie. I googled the author, Stephanie Abrams, and was surprised to see that she was the radio show host of a Saturday and Sunday travel show. But Stephanie being a travel expert explained the expansive world view evident in many of the chapters.

RUMORS is completely engrossing, yet not difficult to read. The book is perfect for a long flight, bedtime after a stressful work day or for those lucky enough, a day at the beach. In fact, when a friend emailed saying she needed to run away to Tulum for a week, I ordered a copy of RUMORS to be delivered before she left--partially a selfish act, as I know she will think of me fondly as she reads.
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This tale was very interesting in that it reminds me of all of the gossip and rumors that go along with living in a small community. Rumors wasn't necessarily set in a small community but it surrounds the connections with people in a family and a church. The lack of communication with these poor people was astounding.

1) Frank and Maisy. Wow. I can relate to them by getting married two weeks after I graduated high school, but the similarities definitely stop there. I am hoping there is a side to Frank that wasn't portrayed or I guess Maisy was as clueless as she seemed, because he was an overall odd guy. Frank is mostly trying to get to "easy street" and thinks his new job opportunity is going to take them there. They were seriously the oddest little couple in the book.

2) Allison & The Davids. Poor Allison. She gets the shortest end of the stick and the worst part of the rumors. And little does she know that after all she does for her church that not one person (namely her husband) asks her what is going on. The whole situation is jacked up but definitely drives the point home that rumors are the worst! and the grass is usually not greener on the other side. She worked hard for everyone: the church, the sick, her husband, and her kids, and enjoyed a little attention from David. She and Dave were a total trainwreck as well! Note to self: don't hire an au pair...! ;)

3) Melanie. She was my favorite part of this story. She is well off due to her father leaving her a lot of money, but she does good for people simply because she has a good heart. She is sort of the centerpiece for the story as well, because she is the common connection. She is Maizy's cousin, she goes to church with Allison, and she works with David King.
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I am a mystery "addict" and love books by new authors. "Rumors" was fun- with all its twists and turns and well-developed characters. A definite fast read and page turner. Very interesting and unique plot. I especially enjoyed the adventures of Frank and Maisy. Now I want to know what happens to them next!

Lorrin Krouss
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By Heather on September 14, 2013
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Are the rumors true or do they just cause more trouble than there worth? On Long Island NY, Jewish congregants gather weekly for temple and the "T". A group of privileged individuals who are committed more to weekly juicing than the Shabbat. So the rumor mill swirls and people get hurt feelings. The book started off so great with this shady company and a man that deals in dead bodies. I thought I was being set up for a crime thriller, but that all wanes away. What we get left with is a philandering wife, an old bitty Jewish committee, the oppressed black family, the dimwit newlyweds, and a still mysterious company. Now there are other things also, but none of them really interesting and not worth mentioning. Everything in this was very vanilla and filled with milk. There was so many bland descriptions used to plump up the book and none of it was relevant.
As a reader I wanted more Frank and Maisy, Dugan, Sylvie, and that Herb guy. That is your foundation and what kept me going. Melanie, just throw her away. Sweet, do-gooder Melanie who just gets swept up into the "drama". Who cares? This wasn't awful and for someone who likes a soft read (not me), this will be your Gone Girl. This book was soft. So supple and plain, it was downright boring. The books needs sex, violence, deceit, scandal (real scandal), crime and a hero.
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Over the course of five years, I served as host of the Harlem Book Fair. Within that time, I met many literary luminaries. Case in point, before audiences in the Courtyard as well as on the Main Stage, I had the pleasure of introducing Sonia Sanchez, Terry McMillan, Zane and many others. However, Stephanie Abrams created a buzz among audience members like no other writer before her.

Previous to meeting Stephanie, I was told quite a few things about her. I had no problem believing that she was a well-traveled person. Furthermore, someone said that she was a gifted radio personality. If those things were not enough, many people were impressed with her erudition.

Initially, to be honest, one detail about Stephanie’s enumerated accomplishments made me skeptical—her book entitled Rumors. From what I heard, the author was white and she wrote intensively about people of African descent.

Since I am not an advocate of censorship, my heart believes writers should express whatever they want. On the other hand, I am a proponent of this axiom: “Write what you know.” Certain writers, albeit a few, wrote effectively from the point of view of races other than their own. Upon typing those aforementioned words, James Baldwin and William Styron came to mind.

Anyway, all of my reservations about Stephanie Abrams came to an end when I read her superlative work entitled Rumors. Imbued with the ability to delve into myriad minds, she expresses the concerns of various people. A multitude of eloquent characters reside in her head. With that said, after reading her novel, I was pleased about visiting the plethora of inhabitants inside her eclectic mind.

Motivated by admiration, I suggest that anyone who enjoys convincing characterization and exposition should read Rumors. Mind you, my assessment is not based on hearsay. All the proof can be found on Stephanie’s profound pages.
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