Gold Medal Winner - Fiction at the 2013 Illumination Book Awards
Karmen Moncrille's name has been known throughout the world since the age of 16 when her first book shot to the top of the best-seller's list. Now everything she writes is an instant hit, and her legions of devoted fans eagerly await her next release.
The mysterious Karmen always blamed debilitating panic attacks as the reason she avoided publicity and has become a recluse. Which is exactly what she wants the world to think. Only Karmen knows the truth behind her introverted nature. Terrified of being asked where her ideas come from, she fears being branded a raving lunatic.
Now just a week before her 23rd birthday, Karmen's world implodes. The madness that haunts her dreams spills over to her reality and she questions her sanity. Suddenly everything has changed and now the world will transform with her. Her last book will unleash the truth and alter mankind - forever.
Is Karmen's ability to write a gift or a curse? She's about to find out if her entire life is a lie. And why she was destined to write it.
"Ashley nails the struggles of good vs. evil, religious, political, and individual flaws and weaknesses/strengths. The use of Scripture is amazing and her suck-you-in style captivates the reader with her vivid characters and their motivations." (Janelle Taylor, NY Times best-selling author of Necessary Evil)
"Any...reader interested in intrigue, mystery, supernatural thrillers and a thread of spirituality linking all elements will find this an engrossing saga with unexpected turns and a very unpredictable conclusion." (D. Donovan, eBook reviewer, MidWest Book Reviews)
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Loved the narration on this
Although this book is well written it wasn't really the genre I normally listen to. That is definitely just because of personal taste nothing at all wrong with the book. I thought I'd try something different but I listened to the whole thing simply because I love this narrator's handling of the characters and the main character was straightforward with no annoying characteristics. She struck exactly the right tone of drama for me. As a listener I like storytelling but not over the top. Her voice is gorgeous. I am going to look for other books by this narrator on the strength of this performance. I kept forgetting to pay attention because I was lost in the reading and that was definitely the strength of the performance.
Although not my type of book I got lost in the story. Andrea Emmes was brilliant. I'll be looking for more of her work.