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Mary Vettel

Born and raised in the Bronx, NY, Mary has lived in Southampton, NY for the last 15 years where she has written 5 of her 10 novels, 2 illustrated children's books, 2 MG novels, 2 YA novels (The Story of Laurel Blue Stone made it to quarterfinals of Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest 2012), a novella, and adapted her novella to a stage play format that was produced in 2010. A number of her short stories have been published in The East Hampton Star and the Improper Hamptonian. Her novel Death at the Drive-In is available on Amazon, and a series of her humorous short stories (The Dot & Dash Chronicles) are appearing monthly in



Lisa Rose

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Your characters are totally alive. I hated Amelia for running over Keegan and felt sorry for Keegan because he can't seem to stand up to her. But somehow they have remained friends for years. Eventually, maybe they will meet in the middle and 'grow up' together (again). Please read my story Drift Away and let me know what you think by writing a review.


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This author has a great talent for dialog. I love these characters. They are unique and fun to read. In just these few pages, I've enjoyed getting to know them and I'd love to read more.

Joe the cat man

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I don't get a chance to read as much as I'd like, but this sounds good and I'd make the time to read it. I like the interaction between the characters. The ghostly happenings are a nice touch.


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One of my favorite stories so far. Keegan and Amelia are so strong off the bat that it's easy to see them in many different incarnations, like a cartoon, graphic novel, or the lead characters in a live-action movie. It is a later (for them) coming of age story that leaves many people able to relate somehow to them. Ahh, growth and maturity and things that go bump in the night!


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I was totally entertained with every page ... I like the way the author lets us "inside" her character's quirky heads (Keegan and Amelia play off each other with clockwork precision.) And I love once we get "inside" grandmother's house -- up the stairs with goosebumps, and down to the basement with dread ... yet knowing I will hold back a giggle at every step.

Book lover

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There was one scene in particular I couldn't get past at all. Keegan confronts his friend for "making homosexual comments." (no clue how calling everyone by one name is homophobia) BUT, he threatens not to be her friend anymore if she doesn't stop. In this political climate that isn't cool or funny. I have lost friends for being married and straight. I wasn't allowed to say "I believe in marriage" but they were allowed to call me names, make jokes about my God, and this wasn't funny to me. I tried really hard to see the point of this story. I tried really hard to see what the author was trying to say was "humurous" about the story...but I missed it. I didn't understand what was funny and I don't think this story is fixable.


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If there are any ghosts in granny's house, they don't stand a chance against Amelia. And Keegan can't be bothered with fear. NOOKS & GRANNIES has the makings of a coming-of-age story were the ghosts will be the ones learning life lessons.

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