Book Review: Ghost of Me by Amanda Steel – e103s3

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Todays show is a Review of the Book from yesterdays episode, Ghost of Me by Amanda Steel, this was my first fiction book with characters that I completed. I loved this book and I loved that I produced this for a women in the UK. We will explore some pieces of this book today to maybe enticee you to buy a paperback or an audio version of this book. We’ll share chapter 1 at the end of the show…

One thing that stands out about her writing for Ghost of Me, is that the books starts out with a poem.

Haunting my own life 

I’m a ghost
Haunting my own life Trying to remember How not to be forgotten 

I’m a ghost
But my heart still beats
Now I’m slowly fading
Soon there will be nothing left 

I’m a ghost
Watching, listening, wishing
I was still part of something While everyone else gets to live 

I’m a ghost
Though I still have breath Everything plays out in front of me 

But it’s all just out of reach 

Doesn’t this just set the stage for the book, you get an idea of what you’re walking into but nothing on how it plays out.

As you heard in the interview with Amanda, she chose locations in her book that were sort of true but changed the street names and areas to disguise these just a little.

One Review says: This is a rare find. A great paranormal thriller. Spine-tingling and goosebumps throughout the book. Fast paced and action packed storyline. Keeps you from putting this book down.

Another Review says: This is the 1st book I’ve read written by Amanda Steel; she has done a great job at writing a good book; I can’t wait to read more of her books.The story line caught my attention at the very beginning and kept me interested throughout the entire book. I loved the chemistry between the characters.

Another Reviewer says: She was killed and she is now a ghost. She finds out there is a chance she had been murdered. Being a ghost is not going to stop looking for her killer. Who killed her? How will she do it? See if she can

My Review: If you like a good crime story, and paranormal bits added in, this is a great read – who wouldn’t want to solve their own murder? But as a ghost it makes things a lot more difficult like talking or writing or transporting to another location. Amanda has thought of all kinds of angles in this book keeping you guessing and pondering. I also like that the book is written in first person which makes it more personal, especially as a female reader and narrator.

Thanks Amanda for trusting me with your book and liking my voice!

Here’s chapter one of Ghost of me!

What did you think of this sneak peak, please visit the show notes to purchase a copy of Ghost of Me Audio Book or check out Amanda Steel Writer website and her other books that are more in the zombie line up.

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Interview Author: Amanda Steel & Ghost of Me – e102s3

episode 102 season 3

Hey Everyone, it’s Valerie here, todays show is an interview with The Author of Ghost of Me, Amanda Steel. She is an author and copywriter living in Manchester, UK. Ghost of Me is her second novel to be converted into an audiobook. She also has a third in production. As the co-host of a book review podcast, she has become an avid listener of audiobooks, to ensure that she always has enough books to review each month. She finds she can often listen while doing some more mundane tasks, which don’t require a lot of thinking, can’t we all agree with this?

1. Intro 1:13.0 todays show I have a special guest, Amanda Steel author of Ghost of me a book I had the pleasure of producing, it was my first fiction book and it had a character named Valerie, how fitting right? Well we will get to know Amanda and the goods behind this story, the characters and her love of writing..

2. Speakeasy have you ever been to a spoken word night? I’ve been to an open mic night with muscian which would be a similar theme when I checked out their fb page (link in show notes)… it’s a large living room setting and has a great vibe by the pictures anyway…

3. We are going to touch on covid, before we do though I just want to let you know that I originally recorded this in June you know in the middle of this pandemic — this show was edited late in 2020 when the 2nd wave is in full swing across the world and currently calgary where I live is in a semi lockdown state – we cannot socialize with any one out of our cohorts – yes weird word I know but we cannot socialize with anyone out of our home residence – at the time of this editing, the world has reached 76, million covid cases and 1.6 million fatalities –  it has touched the world. It’s interesting listening to Amanda and how she knows people. And the discussion about masks is so suprising – especially mid pandemic. 

4. Amanda lives in Manchester UK which has a population of 2.7 million and their case count as of today in late dec 2020 is 35,000 active cases.

End, well thank you to Amanda Steel for taking the time to be interviewed on my show, I loved talking to her about her book and getting to the know the author, the first author who I read a fictional book for – it was such a great experience for me…to conclude I thought I’d play you chapter 1 and if you’re interested in hearing more, please let me know and I can give you a free download credit to the complete audio book.

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Whiskey Samplers & The God’s Chair- e72s1p1

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Whiskey & God, let’s review this Great Book, The God’s Chair.
Author Talk on E.C.Varga with her new book The God's Chair book 1 of the Weavers Chronicles.
Calgary Author, Constance Varga is sitting down with me, Valerie Moss about her new book, The God’s Chair

Episode 72

Welcome back to Valerie’s Variety Podcast today shows is in along the lines of a ReView a new book ReView and another Calgary Author that I personally know. We are discussing her E.C. Varga’s new book called The God’s Chair. Book 1 of the Weaver Chronicles. Constance Varga has become a very dear friend of mine in and out of the dojo. Over the next few episodes we will get to know her and her book in more detail and once I read it – I’ll likely have her back on to complete all of my new questions. Find me at On Instagram @ValerieJMoss and Pinterest @VJMoss and Facebook @ValeriesVarietyPod

pairing whiskey with words discussing Constance Varga's book The God's Chair

This interview isn’t like any other that have been recorded in my Studio 17 – we paired whisky and words, dug deeper into this first book’s origins and I still want to know more. come along with me and Contance, get to know our banter like old friends.

Pairing Whiskey with Words

We are pairing Constance’s letters on paper from this book  with Whiskey – yes poeple whiskey. When I asked Constance (love her name) what she would like to have in the studio wine, tea, coffee…she said whiskey. I bought a variety of airplane bottles and displayed them along with small sipping dessert glasses with stems in a multitude of colours, sides of coke, Ginger ale and water and we just drank them neat. I had these stored in the freezer until she arrived so they were also chilled.

Part ONE

 What did you think about part one, have you seen this beautiful book lining the sheleves at Chapters?

Are you familiar with the Transylvania region? Do you know any of these amazing words she so beautifully roles off her tongue? Next week we will get to know more about the book, the background and the this Calgary Author Constance Varga EC Varga and The Gods Chair.

Find Constance at Instagram @ECVarga on Facebook @ECVarga

You can purchase and find Constance’s book at any Calgary chapters (or at her online store), she can also be found over-there frequently signing books submersing herself in the fun of the largest bookshelves around like minded people.

Next week, we will delve more into the book, the people and learn more about Constanc’s thoughts surrounding the magical place of Transylvania and her husbands heritage.

Talk to you next Tuesday.