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I grew up in Independence, Missouri, and was strongly influenced by Harry Truman’s straight talk and honest action. I have worked as a registered radiological technologist, pre-need counselor, webmaster, humor columnist and blogger.
I am published in the Examiner newspaper, The Writer’s Blog Anthology and as a featured columnist at USA Deep South and Southern Humorists. I live in rural Jackson County, Missouri.
Paulo Tomás Neves
on Oct. 12, 2011 :
The book has a perfect title; a “River of Possibilities” is what you get from the story(s), so wide that you can still extend the story(s) in your mind after finishing the book.
This is a restless book, there are so many twists and turns that it will keep you in expectation until the end. You have two choices: read it in one shoot or keep all the characters and plots in your mind, all day long, until you finished the book. Either way don’t miss it.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on April 03, 2011 :
Marti Lawrence's new novel, A River of Possibilities is a top notch mystery. I immediately identified with the heroin, Liz, who while struggling with the recent murder of her parents stumbles on shocking new details about her father's secret life when she takes over his bookstore on the occult.
There are many twists and turns in the story to keep one guessing as Liz uncovers secrets, long buried, about her family and childhood friends. Each bewildering discovery takes her closer to the truth of who killed her parents, though she feels like she's wandering in a no man's land. In fact, I never guessed the ending and yet never became hopelessly lost in the plot. Good show, Marti!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on March 08, 2011 :
Well I must say, the novel River Of Possibilities by Marti Lawrence is a phenomenal book. It sucked me in to the point where it was all I could think about. It’s very well crafted and the story plugs along at a comfortable pace. You really feel everything just as if you were learning along with the main character, Liz.
At times it seems that with each page turn a new twist is uncovered and you feel compelled to continue reading to find the truth. This is what great story telling is all about, keeping the reader interested and bringing them along on the journey with you and Marti is certainly not an exception to great story telling. Her characters are very real and they activate you emotionally drawing you into the story and holding you firmly there until the satisfying ending – only UNSATISFYING because the story is OVER.
But, that’s how it goes with all good books. You don’t want the adventure to end and you are sorry when it does especially when the characters are so well fleshed out that you feel as if they could be the girl next door, the girl you know from third period science, or your favorite cousin.
At any rate, do yourself a favor get a copy of River of Possibilities the perfect reading material to curl up with a cup of hot cocoa and a warm fire on a chilly afternoon or a lazy Sunday. Review originally posted at http://katiecamille.com/2011/02/05/the-river-of-possibilities/
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on March 01, 2011 :
This is what I said on my blog on 2-19/20-11 at http://billtammeus.typepad.com:
This is an e-book novel by a Kansas City area writer. Indeed much of the book is set in Kansas City, and one of the characters was born the day the skywalks collapsed at the Hyatt Hotel in 1981. Why might it interest people who care about religious themes? Because it moves readers to think about the paranormal. I don't have much interest in or, frankly, respect for such things as Tarot cards and psychic readings, perhaps partly because the Bible itself suggests one should be wary of all that. Part of verse 28 in the 19th chapter of Leviticus, for instance, says people should not "practice divination or soothsaying." But over the years people have been fascinated by the capabilities of the human brain and by the idea that ghosts may inhabit the earth in some way. This story of mystery, murder and, well, mayhem at times has characters who seem to have psychic powers and characters who run into ghosts. The story itself is engaging, perhaps especially because of its local setting, and it moves quickly and easily. But it's impossible to read the 125 pages (in the pdf version) without asking yourself questions about the nature of any afterlife and about whether there is anything to the psychic mysteries that seem to defy understanding. It may make you want to ask leaders of your religious tradition what that tradition teaches about all of this -- and whether you buy into that teaching.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)