Blog Tour: A Second Hand Life by Pamela Crane

A Second Hand Life coverWhat’s it about?

After receiving a heart transplant from a young murder victim, Mia Germaine is plagued by nightmares. Are they clues to solving a murder case, or grim phantasms leading her further into danger? More than a page-turning thriller, A Secondhand Life weaves a tale of second chances and reclaimed dreams as this taut, refreshing story ensnares and penetrates you.

What do reviewers say?

Southern Editor: A spellbinding thriller that will twist you into its grip until the last mind-blowing page…

Storm Goddess Book Reviews & More: …a thriller that messes with the readers mind… If you’re a fan of psychological suspense novels, I recommend it…

Who wrote it?

Pamela Crane is a North Carolinian writer of the best-selling psychological thrillers The Admirer’s Secret, A Fatal Affair, and A Secondhand Life. Along with being a wife and mom of three rug rats, she is a wannabe psychologist, though most people just think she needs to see one.

Pamela Crane with Tinkerbell_author picShe’s a member of the ITW, ACFW, and EFA, and has been involved in the ECPA, Christy Awards, and Romance Writers of America. Along with delving into people’s minds—or being the subject of their research—she enjoys being a literary reviewer and riding her proud Arabian horse, when he lets her. She has a passion for adventure, and her hopes are to keep earning enough from her writing to travel the world in search of more good story material. Grab a free book on her website, or check her out on Facebook.

Where can I get it?

Wherever fine books are sold.

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Literary Ashland with Sharan Newman

Sharan NewmanThe July guest on Literary Ashland was medieval historian and author Sharan Newman. She took her Master’s degree in Medieval Literature at Michigan State University and then did her doctoral work at the University of California at Santa Barbara in Medieval Studies, specializing in twelfth-century France. She is a member of the Medieval Academy and the Medieval Association of the Pacific. Newman has done research at the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique France Meridionale et Espagne at the University of Toulouse and the Institute for Jewish History at the University of Trier, as well as many departmental archives. Her work includes non-fiction and fiction.

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The “Sharing Economy” and “Casual Labor”

Sharing Economy

Over the last decade the meaning of the verb to share has been perverted. Look it up in the dictionary, and you’ll find words like apportion, divide, distribute, take part, receive equally. All those definitions make sense. Friends sharing a meal are taking part in a common activity. Two kids sharing the last cookie are dividing it (hopefully into equal parts) so that both can have their treat. There is also the sharing of a burden. Again, a task is divided into different segments and those involved pitch in to make sure the task it completed. Sharing is voluntary. Sharing means the creation of a community even if it’s just for the moment it takes to divide the cookie. It implies mutuality.

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