AUTHOR’S CORNER: Review of the Secret and More

Good morning campbellsworld visitors and Bookworms everywhere.
This morning I’d like to share with you a review and excerpt from Karen J. Mossman’s book The Secret.
Before I leave you to read this well written review and all the other book info I’d like to take a moment to congratulate the reviewer on a review well done.
Why do I feel this needs saying?
First, the reviewer gives us a great idea of what this book is going to be like. She talks of how it is gripping and keeps the reader turning page after page.
She Talks about the characters, and that they’re well developed and what types of reactions she hadwhen reading of them.
She does much more than that.
She lets us know that we’re going to find writing work that is accurate, with none of the mistakes that are found much too often in self-published author’s work.
I feel this is important to speak of because too many times authors are in such a hurry to tell their stories they over-look important things like what are mentioned here and because of that fact talented authors such as Karen are never known because people pass them by.
I invite and encourage you to keep reading after this wonderful review for an excerpt of the book as well as information on where to buy it and all Karen’s other amazing books.
Thanks for dropping into the Author’s Corner today, and be sure to come back soon to see what we might get up to

Julia Blake, verified Purchase
‘A gripping and extremely well-written novel which I thoroughly enjoyed’

I don’t think I’m going to be able to find the words to say how much I enjoyed this book. Not sure what to expect, as it was recommended to me by a friend, from the very first page, I was hooked. For a start, it’s based in the UK, which is a nice change from the US or an alternative, dystopian world, and furthermore was set in the seventies, an era I have rosy, childhood memories of, so the whole tone, language and music which featured throughout felt nostalgically familiar.

This book is by an independent author, and I’m always a little concerned as to what the quality of the writing is going to be, to say nothing of the spelling, punctuation, grammar and even formatting. Having suffered through books that should have been written in crayon, they were so full of childish spelling mistakes, to books where the author clearly didn’t have the first clue about how to format, I really have seen it all. I needn’t have worried. The formatting was exactly as it should be, the punctuation was all present and correct, and there wasn’t a single spelling mistake to be found.

So, technically it’s perfect, but what about the writing itself? I’m happy to report that this too was top rate. Using a crisp and pacy style, the writer is clearly one very talented lady, and her skill shines through each and every word. Her characters are instantly believable and three dimensional, and you really suffer along with her main character, Kerry. Guessing what her terrible Secret is fairly early on in the book, you’d have to have a heart made of stone, not to sympathise with her predicament.

I became so caught up in the story, I found myself becoming angry with the mother character, talking out loud and even slamming down my kindle in exasperated fury at one point – this is always a sign of a truly gripping book with me.

Overall, a gripping and extremely well-written novel which I thoroughly recommend, and I will certainly be looking to read some more from this author.

Link to the review is here –

Excerpt from The Secret

In the afternoon, Mum, Jodie and I went to the park for a while and Jodie played on the swings. Mum covered her face with powder, so the bruise could hardly be seen now.
We were going to the shops, which were closed on a Sunday, but Mum’s friend, Mrs Kirby, lived in the flat above Seymour Meads, our local grocery shop. She was going to get some potatoes and chicken for tea. It would be really nice to have a proper meal, although I was suspicious of Bill handing over money like that.
“I’m really grateful, Bea,” Mum said, as Jodie and I looked behind the counter, a place we never normally got to see.
“Y’know I don’t mind but keep it to yourself as I don’t want Mr Horsefall knowing that I come down when the shop is shut.”
“Oh no, I wouldn’t tell anyone. You hear that girls? It’s a secret.”
“Good, don’t want everyone knowing our business,” she said, as me and Jodie nodded. Who would we tell anyway?
“Can I have some sweets?” Jodie asked as Mum rooted around in her bag for her purse.
“We’ll see.” That was Mum’s stock answer for everything. I was looking at the till rolls under the counter and the little tin box with bits of paper in it, and a pen lying next to it on the shelf. There were a couple of pennies, too. I suddenly realised everything had gone quiet and I looked up.
The colour had drained from Mum’s face as she stared into her purse. She looked like she was about to cry.
Oh God, he’d done it again! Bea looked sympathetic and alarmed at the same time.
I dug into my pocket and produced the fiver that was going to see me through next week and thrust it at her.
“I’ll pay you back, I promise,” she said looking so grateful. I wanted to cry, too.
We walked home in silence with the full shopping bag. Jodie skipped ahead oblivious to the way we were feeling. I was really angry but tried not to show it. It wasn’t Mum’s fault. Being gullible wasn’t a fault, was it?

More On Karen J Mossman…

Karen J Mossman comes from a family of journalists with her grandfather and uncle having been newspaper editors. Further back a 2x grandfather wrote for his local paper and also published a book based on those articles. Karen is the only one to go into fiction.

Two of her novels are romantic suspense and one is a thriller. She also has three themed short story collections and has recently joined the Electric Eclectic books, which allow her to write novelettes in different genres. So far she has four under the EE brand.

Karen is also an avid blogger and book reviewer, “It’s especially important to me to have feedback from my readers, so please leave a review when you have read one of my books.”

Karen lives on the beautiful Isle of Anglesey off the north Wales coast with her husband and their Yorkshire terrier. She has two grown up children, who were both born on the same day, two years apart.

“I enjoy writing in different genres and you can see some of my shorter stories on my website.”


1. Joanna’s Journey
In e-book and print on Amazon.
Also, on Kindle Unlimited


Most girls just want to find their one true love. Sisters, Joanna and Sandie are no exception.
While Joanna falls for rock singer Niko, Sandie’s choice leaves Joanna reeling and causes a rift in their relationship.
Niko’s music always comes first, and Joanna accepts being second best. She promises never to ask anything from him. But when she finds herself caught up in a violent shooting she is lost, frightened and alone.
Will Niko stand by her side or will he choose the path to stardom?
Set in the 80s with a soundtrack of music and fashion, Joanna’s Journey travels a road where sometimes love is not enough.

2. Joanna’s Destiny
Release Date June 3rd, pre-order May 3rd
In e-book and print on Amazon. Also, on Kindle Unlimited
(Standalone book – you don’t have to read the first one)


Struggling with the past, Joanna can’t forget the love she lost and the man who broke her heart. During the summer at a rock festival, Joanna meets him again. Niko is now an international rock star. Can they put the past behind them and rekindle the love they once had?
Mike stood by her when no one else did, but Niko still wants her? Joanna becomes entangled in a web of lies and deceit. Niko is the love of her life, but she cannot leave Mike as confusion and betrayal follows.
In Joanna’s Destiny, she has some fun times in France and mingles with the stars in Montreux. With a backdrop of music and fashion, emotions and friendships are tested. Her love for Niko never falters, showing that love can conquer all, but at what cost?

3. The Secret
In e-book and print on Amazon.
Also, on Kindle Unlimited

Dear Diary
Kerry O’Brien has a hot new boyfriend! Yay!
His name is Tommy. He’s a biker and he’s gorgeous. He seems to like me too. He makes me feel good about myself and it’s been a long time since anyone has paid me that much attention. I also have a monster for a stepfather.
But I’m scared, scared Bill will find out about him and scared he will find out about Bill. Tommy’s very protective of me and if he ever found out my secret, I think he would murder Bill.
Bill started again last night. Jodie and I hid under the bed. I don’t want him to ever touch her. Secrets like mine are only whispered about. But the bruises are getting harder to cover and I know once Tommy finds out the truth, He’ll hate me and I’m afraid I might lose him.

4. The Truth Will Out
In e-book and print on Amazon.
Also, on Kindle Unlimited

Kelly needs to escape from her abusive and controlling boyfriend, but she’s terrified to leave. She’s then given a chance to start a fresh, but is the cost for her freedom too high?

Sarah is happy in her life. She has a dream job and a perfect roommate. But when a brick is thrown through the window, followed by a letter containing razor blades, her life starts to spin out of control. Detective Ryan Andrews is on the case and the two quickly form a close bond.

Will Kelly pay that price for freedom? Can Sarah’s secret past be kept from Ryan?

In the end The Truth Will Out.

Short Stories
In e-book on Amazon.
Also, on Kindle Unlimited

The Themed Collection
The Missing, a collection of short stories about missing people.
Behind The Music, a collection of short stories with a musical theme.
Heroes, a collection of short stories about heroes of all kinds.

Electric Eclectic Books, novelettes
In ebook on Amazon

One Christmas
Distant Time
Down by the River
A Cry in the Night

If you would like to learn more about Karen, buy her books, or contact her please see her social media, blog, and contact information.

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3 Responses to AUTHOR’S CORNER: Review of the Secret and More

  1. Kazzmoss says:

    Reblogged this on The Magic of Stories and commented:
    The Secret is on sale this week at 99p/99c right through to the 29th. So grab a copy for a quick read.


    • Patty says:

      Thanks so much. So glad you liked it enough to reblog. Watch for more from this author and others coming soon. 🙂 Thanks for visiting campbellsworld.


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