Thursday, June 23, 2022

The Beached Ones Book Review & Book Tour Giveaway

This morning, we have a paranormal fantasy in our book review spotlight.  Check out The Beached Ones, read my thoughts on the book, learn about author Colleen M. Story and enter for a chance to win a prize in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post.

Book Title:  The Beached Ones by Colleen M. Story
Category:  Adult Fiction (18+),  354 pages
GenreParanormal, Literary, Ghost, Fantasy
Publisher:  CamCat Books
Release date:  June 14, 2022
Content Rating: PG-13 + M: The book does explore suicide, and there is one scene indicating potential sexual abuse (that is stopped before it starts). There is the occasional swear word, but they are not frequent.


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About the Book


Daniel and his younger brother grew up in an abusive home. Daniel escaped. Now an established stunt rider, he intends to go back to rescue his brother. But then one jump goes horribly wrong . . .

He recovers to find himself in Iowa, unscathed, yet his life has drastically changed. His best friend won’t answer his calls. Even his girlfriend is hiding something. Increasingly terrified, he clings to the one thing he knows: He must pick up his brother in San Francisco. In five days.

​From the isolating fields of Iowa to the crowded streets of San Francisco, Daniel must fight his way through a fog of disjointed memories and supernatural encounters to face the truth and pay a debt he didn’t know he owed.


My Review

The Beached Ones Tells a Unique Paranormal Story. The author launches readers immediately into a storyline as characters face their own memories, connections, and confusion at the scenes as they unfold. Initially, readers will be confused by the events--but will soon fall into the present and past flow of the unfolding novel. The author creates a unique "ghost story" as her characters seek to find closure and peace with their pasts and move forward. While the supernatural element is present from page one to the end for paranormal fantasy fans, there is so much more to this novel that fans of dramas and literary fiction will also come to love. 


An Emotional Story Told Through Wonderful Characters. Readers will be treated to an emotional journey as the characters relive pieces of the past. From love stories to guilt to finding closure and purpose--the author guides readers through real-world scenes and paranormal fantasy to share a story that is impossible to leave even as the pages end. 


Would I Recommend The Beached Ones by Colleen M. Story? This book holds a lot of emotion--and delves into the darkness of guilt, loss, suicide, and real-world scenes. The author also pulls the characters through a paranormal fantasy realm that blends perfectly into her storyline. If you enjoy unique, dramatic twists on ghost stories that hold realistic elements of human nature--this book should be on your reading list. 



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Meet the Author

Colleen M. Story is a novelist, freelance writer, writing coach, and speaker who loves animals, music, and the great Pacific Northwest.

Her novel, Loreena’s Gift, was a Foreword Reviews’ INDIES Book of the Year Awards winner, among others. Her next novel, The Beached Ones is forthcoming from CamCat Books on June 14, 2022.

Colleen has written three books to help writers succeed. "Your Writing Matters" helps writers overcome self-doubt and determine once and for all where writing fits in their lives.

Her previous release, Writer Get Noticed!, was a gold-medal winner in the Reader’s Favorite Book Awards and a first-place winner in the Reader Views Literary Awards. Overwhelmed Writer Rescue was named Book by Book Publicity’s Best Writing/Publishing Book in 2018 and was an Amazon best seller.

With over 20 years as a professional in the creative industry, Colleen has authored thousands of articles for publications like “Healthline” and “Women’s Health;” worked with high-profile clients like Gerber Baby Products and Kellogg’s; and ghostwritten books on back pain, nutrition, and cancer recovery. She continues to work as a full-time freelance writer, helping clients create informative and inspiring communications in a variety of media formats.

Colleen frequently serves as a workshop leader, writing coach, and motivational speaker, where she helps attendees remove mental and emotional blocks and tap into their unique creative powers.

Go to Colleen's website for free chapters of her books.

connect with the author: website ~twitter ~ goodreads ~ bookbub

Enter the Giveaway

THE BEACHED ONES Book Tour Giveaway




  1. Thanks for reading, Angela! If you can copy/paste your review to Goodreads (available now) I'd be grateful! :O)