Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Tetterbaum’s Truth by S.R.Claridge, published by Vanilla Heart Publishing

Review posted by Justin Rentschler, RipeReviews
The story starts out slowly and lends itself toward romance, but by the time you reach the third chapter the plot twists into a suspenseful delight for the mystery lover.  It’s like a rollercoaster ride in the dark.  Just when you think you have anticipated the next turn, you are skillfully thrown in the opposite direction.  This is a book that mixes the genres of romantic suspense and full-blown mystery very well, and I suspect will appeal to both groups of readers.

Seemingly weak and pathetic, Angel Martin plays the role of victim well; but we quickly learn it isn’t weakness that drives her, but the mere ignorance of a past she’s never known.   When she discovers her true identity, her genetic make-up explodes with strength and the test becomes not one of can she handle the truth, but can she learn to trust her instincts and harness the power the truth holds? 

S.R.Claridge is a remarkable writer of character without drudging on in endless paragraphs of description.  She brings lively dimension to the faces in her story, painting enough detail for the reader to picture the character, feel their motivation and relate to them as if they were standing in the room.  She weaves humor and emotion with perfect timing throughout. The character of Olga, in particular, offers comedic relief when tension is at its highest. Her novel is fiction but you’d swear you were actually experiencing what Angel experiences while traversing the pages.  Expect your adrenaline to increase, your pulse to pound and your eyes to widen with disbelief as you try to figure out what will happen next.  And you won’t be able to do it.

Tetterbaum’s Truth is the first in a series entitled, Just Call Me Angel, published by Vanilla Heart Publishing.  The second installment is entitled, Traitors Among Us, and I plan to crack it open this evening, rendering a review within the next few days.

On a scale of 1 to 5, this book earns 5 stars.  It’s an easy read, a quick page-turner and the entertainment value is on a “you-don’t-want-to-miss-this” level.  Congratulations to S.R.Claridge and Vanilla Heart for offering a series unique to the market.  Readers will love it because it’s well-written, oddly heartwarming, and refreshingly new. 

APEX Reviews called Tetterbaum’s Truth a “bona fide suspense thriller and a non-stop ride of action and adventure.”  That sums it up.

Tetterbaum’s Truth is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords in ebook and in print.  For more information about S.R.Claridge:

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Author Research Summary on S.R.Claridge

I am in the process of reviewing a suspense series entitled, Just Call Me Angel,  written by author S.R.Claridge, represented by Publicist Maxwell Crighton (PublishingPublicityLLC) and published by Vanilla Heart.

Before I agree to review a piece of work, I research the author because it provides me with a bit of background, which in my experience usually comes through in the work itself.  What I have learned about author S.R.Claridge is that she is a graduate of the University of Missouri, Columbia and includes her Alma Mater at random intervals in each of her novels.  Be it the mention of a restaurant in Columbia, the University columns or a sweatshirt from the UMC Bookstore, Claridge holds true to her Tiger roots.  True enough that in every novel her hero or heroine is a Mizzou graduate.  This speaks highly of the author's personal character and tells me she will most likely provide the same depth in the characters she creates.

A second tidbit of information is that S.R.Claridge is originally from St. Louis, Missouri where she grew up as a Cardinal fan, watching her father pitch batting practice for the St. Louis Cardinals for the past thirty years.  I wouldn't be surprised if she works the World Series bound Cardinals into one of her novels.

Third, I watched a video posted on her website, showing the author jumping from a plane 18,000 feet above sea level as an act of research for an upcoming novel.  I've known people to skydive but never met an author willing to take the plunge just so she could accurately describe the feeling on paper.  She's got courage, determination and, if you watch the video, she's just plain likeable.

I'm anticipating her spunk to shine through on the pages of her novels and will be somehow disappointed if it does not. You may check out this author yourself at

My review begins with book one of the Just Call Me Angel series entitled,  Tetterbaum's Truth.  Look for my review to post on Monday, October 24, 2011.

by Justin Rentschler,