Friday, March 29, 2013

Author Interview

While on spring break a few weeks ago along the Redneck Riviera, I was afforded an opportunity to discuss my book, "The Epitaph of Jonas Barloff" with a respected author's blog. With a slogan that reads, Come Meet the Authors Making Waves in the Publishing World!, of course, I accepted.  Follow the link to find out what went on behind the scenes of "The Epitaph of Jonas Barloff":


Thursday, March 14, 2013

'Epitaph': Fast-Paced, Well-Developed

READER REVIEW -- Just finished reading Mississippi Author Calvin Dean's "Epitaph of Jonas Barloff" and I must say it was a fun and slightly spooky journey. Set in a modern day small town in the south, this story of two high school friends who set out to figure out the mysterious circumstances surrounding the untimely accidental death of their friend has just enough historical flashbacks to create an interesting connection between today and generations past. The storyline is fast-paced, the characters well-developed and the descriptive language speaks to the reader in a true southern drawl. An old fashioned ghost story that only Southerners know how to tell. Read with all the lights on! Loved it! 


Monday, March 11, 2013

5-Star Reader Review of 'Epitaph'

REVIEW BY DEAN TURNBOW:  The story moves quickly. The author's use of elements intrigues and captivates the reader. Don't be fooled by the easy read, the depth of writing combines the spiritual and physical world. The author transports you between life and death up until the final words.

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Thursday, March 7, 2013

'Epitaph' 4-Star Review

The Epitaph of Jonas Barloff Is a novel written by Mississippi author Calvin Dean. It’s is an intriguing story centered around two classmates, Marc Livingston and Angela Chadwell, who investigate mysterious circumstances surrounding the fatal accident of their friend Daniel Townsend. The story features an interesting group of characters and contains an effective transition of modern and historical plot development. It is a tale set in present day, but with ties that span time back to the Battle of Gettysburg. As Marc and Angela explore the area surrounding the scene of Daniel’s accident, they discover an eerie antebellum home, an intriguing epitaph on a grave marker, and a man named Jonas Barloff. As they uncover new facts about each of these strange elements, they must piece together how they are linked to Daniel’s untimely death. This quick-paced adventure lures them into danger and answers to questions they were not anticipating.

The writing is well-paced, filled with intrigue and mystery. The reader becomes engrossed in solving this mystery along with the characters and provides an ending that will leave one turning the pages quickly. It’s an adventure story that, although it takes place in a contemporary setting, offers enough of a historical fiction component to provide an intensely curious and spooky element to the story. Mr. Dean effectively keeps the reader guessing and engaged throughout the book. The storyline and strange turn of events supply an outcome that will satisfy readers and leave them wanting more from this author.


Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Win A Copy of 'Epitaph'

All horror, supernatural and mystery lovers are invited to stumble on over to Goodreads.com and register for a chance to win a paperback copy of my new novel, The Epitaph of Jonas Barloff.  Two copies will be given away March 31.  All you have to do is click "Enter To Win" at Goodreads.  No questionnaires.  No gimmicks.  (You must be a member at Goodreads.  Free registration.)  Two free copies will be chosen at random by Goodreads.  Good luck.  Here's a direct link:  ENTER TO WIN!

The Epitaph of Jonas Barloff is available in soft bound, Kindle and Nook versions at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.  

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Sunday, March 3, 2013

It was the best of times...: The Epitaph of Jonas Barloff -- Now Available!

It was the best of times...: The Epitaph of Jonas Barloff -- Now Available!: In 1863, Jonas Barloff survived a fatal gunshot wound at Gettysburg. Upon his return to Mississippi, heinous crimes ensued - and cea...

Saturday, March 2, 2013

The Epitaph of Jonas Barloff -- Now Available!

In 1863, Jonas Barloff survived a fatal gunshot wound at Gettysburg. Upon his return to Mississippi, heinous crimes ensued - and ceased with his death in 1913.

Today, exactly 150 years after Gettysburg, the grisly crimes are back and so is a man claiming to be Jonas Barloff.

Meanwhile, a suspicious head-on collision claims the life of high school senior, Daniel Townsend. A chance discovery pinpoints Daniel at a crumbling antebellum home – the old Jonas Barloff estate.

The house looks uninhabitable. Haunted. Evil.

Daniel’s classmates, Marc Livingston and Angela Chadwell, begin to pry. While inspecting the Barloff family cemetery, Marc notices a towering grave marker with a perplexing epitaph. What does the epitaph mean, and who is the old man claiming to be Jonas Barloff?

Strange apparitions. Mysterious phantoms. Bloodcurdling séances. Will any of these pieces of the puzzle help Marc and Angela lay the mystery to rest once and for all? Oh, no! Not hardly! Not until they come face-to-face with an evil no one could possibly imagine. Even if they live to tell the story, no one will believe them. Not in a million years.

Order it today in soft bound or Kindle.  Nook version coming next week.