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Sunspots is a moving, beautifully-written mystery about the devastating consequences of obsessive love.--Five Stars Awesome Indies

It's a love story that is obsessive, secretive, gripping, grieving and trying to move on.--review by Harlie's Books

I was honestly sad when I read the last sentence. I didn't want it to come to an end. I just cannot praise this book enough. There really isn't much more I can say about it, except READ IT! READ IT NOW! I guarantee you will not be disappointed.--reviewer Jessica H.

"...a well-written, fully formed romantic adventure suffused with mystery and a whiff of the paranormal."--Florida Times Union

Bell wrote beautifully about a woman's journey through grief and acceptance.--Lisa Lambson Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team

Nov 15 Indie book of the Day!!

If you like the work of Nicolas Sparks, you will likely enjoy "Sunspots."--Rabid Readers Reviews

Sunspots is a heart-wrenching, beautiful story that any romance reader will fall in love with. The characters are well-developed and I especially liked the book even more for being able to question the reader's beliefs about love and the paranormal. The author's descriptions are spot on and most times as a new scene starts, you're sucked into it with ease.--Five Stars--
George Edwards Quality Reads UK Book Club Member

Character interaction was a big deal in this book. Every basic instinct to primary emotion was brought to the forefront as Aurora rediscovers her past and prepares for the future. Highly recommended. ---Five Stars--Erin Plante 
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About the Author

Sunspots is my second novel and gave me much satisfaction in the writing process. I take care to choose just the right word, to make sure each sentence has the right cadence. I appreciate other writers who respect the craft in this way, and I hope my readers do so with me. Writing is a need, a desire for expression, and springs from well within my subconscious mind. Thoughts rise up, scenes rise up and blend in with the over-arching story. These thoughts emerge whenever they want to and wherever I am and probably not when I am at the computer. The computer is for the craft, the technique. The thoughts come during walks, while driving the car, at the grocery store. I am the willing recipient of these thoughts and so they seek me out. It's a mystery this business and art of writing and it keeps me enthralled.

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  • File Size: 1101 KB
  • Print Length: 237 pages
  • Publisher: KSB Press (December 12, 2012)
  • Publication Date: December 12, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #502,153 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The journey of our lives is sometimes filled with hurdles and challenges that at first seem to be overwhelming. I was 30 years old with two small children when my first husband died. That event became a benchmark for me, a call to measure up. Overcoming deep sorrow, fear, and loneliness is a daunting task. In my novel, Sunspots, I tried to capture this heartache and to also present the hope and eventual attainment of a fulfilling life. The story is fiction but the feelings are real and writing this book became a catharsis for me. I have always been attracted to the unknown energies around us that sometimes make themselves known. Mystical elements that help us shoulder on. Sunspots incorporates those elements in the narrative. But readers take heart. Sunspots is above all a love story and full of humor. Life is complex, and so the heroine, Aurora, is a complex character. She is a young woman of our times who doesn't realize that sometimes marriage can be isolating, that the "happily ever after" doesn't happen automatically. Aurora has a gift. She can see snippets of her past lives. She can interact with a ghost who has played a pivotal role in all of her past lives, unbeknownst to her in this one. Ultimately, Aurora attains the strength to pursue the life for which she was meant.

The cover design depicts the aurora borealis, a phenomenon caused by dark spots on our sun that throw a firestorm to Earth and get caught in our magnetic field-- hence the title of the book. Aurora was named in honor of that solar event by her hippie parents who traveled a great distance to witness it, and conceived her in its glow.

I have taken great care with the writing style of this work and some reviewers have categorized it as literary fiction or literary romance.

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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Rabid Readers Reviews on September 14, 2013
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Technically, there is nothing wrong with this novel. Bell's story is intricately written. She flashes back to Aurora and Jake and the moments that made them the strong couple they were despite their very limited time together. There is a slight paranormal aspect but the story is very much Aurora and Jake. Bell gives the reader detailed descriptions of the setting and characters that integrate well with the story.

There are twists within the story that are interesting. The haunting and they way the spirit characters influence Aurora's life plan and her thought in regard to life plan. The discovery she has of her husband after his passing. The attempts she makes to find love again." Sunspots" is a very well constructed book in professional presentation and character development. Aurora and Jake are very real characters. The point of view is first person and through Aurora's eyes so we get the confusion and horror and wonder as she experiences them. We are with her when she discovers that perhaps she didn't know all she should have about her husband. The story flows in a way that makes it easy to visualize for the reader.

The bottom line for this reader that it is a good book that just didn't hit my interest. If you like the work of Nicolas Sparks, you will likely enjoy "Sunspots."
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 20, 2014
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I rarely give two stars on a book, but this book brought out my redneck hillbilly side of me. Two stars I think is pretty generous.

Now I am not a grammar Nazi and I will never be one so my review has absolutely nothing to do with which pronoun or adjective was used and if the verb was conjugated appropriately. It will however have a whole lot to do with the realism and believability that this story was meant to convey. I would be rather amiss if I didn't let you know that some spoilers are unavoidable after this paragraph so proceed with caution.

The prologue was beautifully written and captured perfectly what I felt when I lost my grand daughter a little over a year ago. I was devastated. I didn't want to live anymore because the world seemed so empty. I felt horribly alone and the words that flowed through the authors mind and filled my screen, made me cry. Someone out there got me, they understood enough that they could physically write it down. That however was where the realism for me ended.

The next several chapters were filled with flowery prose and unrealistic series of events and I am not talking about the ghost stuff. In a paranormal book that stuff to me is what I expect but I cringed every time I read a sentence that just didn't seem to fit. Let me see if I can explain this better, give me a moment to collect my southern side that is way more honest than the respectful lady side of me is.

Okay so the author sucks us in with her beautiful mourning and then tramples all over us like horses crush hay in a freshly mucked stall.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Richard Lw Bunning on November 20, 2014
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First off, let me say that I didn't much like the book and certainly not the main character. That doesn't mean this isn't a good read, this is.
The mix of not quite literary, not quite paranormal and at times over romantic wasn't my cup of tea. That may be in part because I am a male reader. I hasten to add that I found no hardship in reading every word, and in piecing together every loopback in the chronological progress. I enjoyed the long prose, the well worked descriptions, the first person narrative and the deep and convoluted analysis of main character as writer. A lot of the book reads like classic memoir. I like the way Bell so well conveyed the characters confusions through the slow construction of the plot, almost like building a house jumping between bricklaying on different floors in total defiance of gravity.
Those that are expecting a classic paranormal read will be disappointed, because the abnormal never really rises far beyond what might be interpreted as purely machinations of an intoxicated mind, often the toxin being romance itself.
Those that like modern crisp plot in a sharp journalistic Hemingwayesk style will be annoyed. This is a book for those that enjoy deeply painted pictures and can stand lumps of plot diversion that allow the author to develop the grain of the picture rather than its total image. I didn't find the prose leaning to the 'purple' to be any problem. In fact I loved the well studied textures. What did annoy me was the padding with hardly relevant lists and references to film and literary history. Even if I wanted to wade through lists of media classics drawn from diverse dramatic arts it wouldn't be in the middle of a fiction novel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kerrshay on July 9, 2014
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Disclosure: We received a complimentary copy of the book from the author / author’s representative which did not affect our honest opinion.

1. First off, I liked the idea of the story. “Sunspots follows the healing journey of a young woman thrown into the horror of losing a
spouse.” Then comes the paranormal twist which created some spice for the story but I wonder if there should have been less paranormal?

2. Because I started this book knowing what I was getting into, I found myself comparing it to Nicholas Sparks’ Safe Haven. Which on a side note, brings me back to the paranormal element – had it been less obvious, I would have liked the story better.

3. It’s hard to find new writers with writing like this. Gentle but with a firm grasp on the plot so it does not stray or push the reader
away from the characters. Beautiful, emotional, smart and heartbreaking at the same time.

4. Despite the gentleness and the romance, somewhere between the pages, Sunspots punches you in the face and fills you with sadness when you know Aurora has been betrayed.

5. Aurora’s reactions to her husband’s death and other situations in the book did leave me conflicted. On the one hand, it was all too perfect and then on the other, geez, slow down lady. It was go, go, go when it could have been, let’s wait this out. Won’t reveal too much of the scene because it may be a spoiler.

6. I believe it was Stephen King who said, “The road to hell is paved with adjectives” – A few less adjectives really would not have hurt the story. BUT given the fact that she was writing about death and betrayal, this writing style did tone down the sadness.

7. Every book has a purpose in our lives or a purpose it was written.
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