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New On The Shelf This Week

This week, there is a welcome return to Fiction Books for author Stan Schatt, who stopped by with a copy of his latest paranormal / detective story, Hello Again.

Stan, who has already been kind enough to write one excellent guest post, is already hard at work on another, which I shall share with you soon!


A dead lover wants company. Meanwhile, a no-nonsense detective who doesn’t believe in ghosts teams up with a psychic who fears something very evil is stalking its prey. A scientist finds that modern science can’t explain what he’s experiencing.

Bill met the woman of his dreams, but now she’s become his worst nightmare as her text messages become more demanding and threatening. How can he avoid her when she seems to know every step he takes? When high-tech equipment fails to explain the mystery, he finds the only solution might be to meet her face-to-face.

Hello Again combines the spine-tingling tension of a paranormal mystery and the descent into madness of a psychological thriller with a good detective story’s step-by-step approach to finding a killer.


Image Of Author Stan SchattStan would perhaps describe himself as a futurist, technologist, novelist, and a person curious about many things.

His insatiable curiosity, might be well born out by the veritable roll call of jobs he has held over the years; including, but not limited to: autopsy assistant, police department administrator, salesman, sales manager, literature professor, telecommunications professor, technology analyst, and research director.

For many years he worked as a technology analyst, covering such diverse areas as: green technology, wireless networking, network security, and local area networks. He has written several books on these topics and started Schatt Research as a way for him to publish his views on key technology trends. Because traditional market research firms charge such outrageous fees for their reports, he decided to publish his studies as books online, available at Amazon for a tiny fraction of what the companies he worked for, sold the same type of material.

He is now a  full-time writer and lives in Carlsbad, California with his wife, Jane. He is primarily writing mysteries at the moment when it comes to fiction, together with his technology papers and non-fiction books focusing on careers and retirement.

He is also a volunteer job facilitator for the Jewish Family Service in San Diego, with the goal of finding good jobs for the unemployed.

Catch up with all the latest news at Stan’s website

Check in with him on Twitter

Picture of an English red post boxMailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house during the last week. Be warned that Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Mailbox Monday now has a permanent home, where links may be added each week. So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for our three new joint administrators, after all, we all like to receive them … ‘Mailbox Monday’

Leslie of ‘Under My Apple Tree’

Serena of ‘Savvy Verse & Wit’

Vicki of ‘I’d Rather Be At The Beach’

This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… You never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

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  • I do like a good mystery but I’m not sure I would enjoy the paranormal aspect of this one. I’m probably in the minority, though, because there are a lot of paranormal books out there. I hope you love the book!

    • Hi Kathy,

      When Stan first contacted me about reading the first two episodes in the ‘Frankie and Josh’ paranormal mystery series, I must admit that I did voice my own concerns, as anything to do with the paranormal, is not really my forte.

      However, Stan really got the mix of the two genres just right and having genuinely enjoyed both books, I have no hesitation in accepting ‘Hello Again’, although this is a stand alone story and nothing to do with the original series.

      Luckily, Stan has decided to continue with the ‘Frankie and Josh’ series in the future, so I shall be waiting for the release of the latest installment.

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that all is well with you 🙂

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      As well as writing his paranormal mysteries, Stan has also dabbled in the world of writing science fiction novels, in which I would have no interest at all.

      It does sound as though ‘Hello Again’ is a mystery, something of a cross between the paranormal and science fiction genres and as such, I am willing to give the story a fair chance and not dismiss it out of hand.

      Actually, Stan does make the observation that …

      “Having run the gamut from cute to scary, I’ve already made the decision to go back to cute in my third Frankie and Josh book now in progress, Death and Donuts”

      I’ll let you know how I get on with the book 🙂

  • Probably not one for me, but I love that first line in the blurb! “A dead lover wants company.” Makes me smile and shiver at the same time!! Looking forward to the next guest post.

    Nothing new for me this week. Well…actually a future book club selection came today, but I’ll let you wait to find out what that is. 😉

    • Hi Kelly,

      I also quite liked the tag line from the book’s cover …

      “Texts from the dead are better left unread”

      Stan has actually just sent through the copy for his forthcoming guest post and as you have been known to read science fiction from time to time, I’m almost certain that you are going to find it very interesting.

      I love copy that makes for a good debate and this is one of those posts on which everyone is going to have an opinion 🙂

    • Hi Mary Ann,

      Stan is a very experienced author in both fiction and non-fiction writing and this shows through in his ability to weave two independent genres together, to make an interesting and intriguing storyline.

      I am rather hoping that the references to scientists and psychics do not play too powerful a part in the story, as I have only just gotten used to enjoying a dabble in the world of the paranormal 🙂

  • Whilst I rarely find myself reading paranormal based books this one really appeals as it sounds like it has a wonderful combination of characters.

    • Hi Tracy,

      Stan’s ‘Frankie and Josh’ series didn’t have the added confusion of having a scientist trying to explain the unexplainable, so life was much simpler and made my foray into the world of the paranormal based story quite painless. I’m hoping that this new combination of characters works just as well and I have to admit, that Stan’s guest post (copy recently received, will be published soon), explained everything beautifully, even though it doesn’t make me want to follow the genre on too regular a basis!

      Stan’s writing style definitely makes the whole thing work and if like myself, you are slightly sceptical about reading a paranormal story, then his work would be an excellent judge of whether or not the genre might work for you 🙂

  • This sounds good. Thriller/mysteries have always been my favorite genre, but I haven’t read any dark books since my husband passed away. I still don’t think I’m ready, but I’ll keep this book in mind for later.

    • Hi Vicki,

      Stan has made this stand alone story a little ‘darker’ than his ‘Frankie and Josh’ series, however knowing his writing style as I do, I’m sure it won’t be too bad.

      His characters are generally a mix of serious police professionals, tempered with the odd fun-loving and mischievous psychic!

      I hope that you decide to try this one at some point, meantime enjoy all of your chosen TBR books 🙂

    • Hi Naida,

      I wouldn’t generally be rushing to sign up for a review request involving a paranormal storyline, however I do enjoy Stan’s mixing of the genres ….

      “Hello Again combines the spine-tingling tension of a paranormal mystery and the descent into madness of a psychological thriller with a good detective story’s step-by-step approach to finding a killer”

      …So with two out of the three genres being my favourites, surely a small dollop of the paranormal can’t hurt me? 🙂

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