was amazing! Wow! What an incredibly well written book, and a very
compelling story. The book was hard to put down to say the least.
Having experienced a plethora of supernatural/paranormal activity in my
lifetime. I could relate and sympathize with the family. I must say
that this is one of the most well written paranormal novels that I have
SHOE MARKS is a winner!
This story should be turned into a movie someday!
~ Bill Bean Author/Speaker/Media
Tired of the same old paranormal read? Fortunately, Karen Vance Hammond
brings us a breath of fresh air with "Shoe Marks". Karen truly has a
talent for enveloping her readers into the story, which surrounds
Maggie Horton, a housewife who lived during the late 1800's in Texas.
The book reads like a modern day fictional novel, only this story is
based on true events. Coming from a paranormal investigator of over 6
years, let me be the first to tell you that this is a must read!"
~ Brad Duplechien (Founder of
Louisiana Spirits and a Sy-Fi channel Ghost Hunters T.A.P.S. Assistant)
“Life, love, death, tied to the thread of every being that lives in the
physical, emotional, and spiritual body. Coming full circle, Karen
Vance Hammond captures all, leaving the reader with a peace in their
hearts that heals and the ability for each person who reads Shoe Marks
to have a hope for tomorrow.”
~ Zerida Pepp, author of
Tractors, Cabs and Sleepers
"Shoe Marks is unlike any
paranormal I have ever read. It's a nail biting page turner you won't
be able to put down."
~ Jennifer Martz, Dallas, Texas
"History spawns the paranormal in this story. Young
teens to older adults will enjoy this; a real page turner. I couldn’t
~ Peace River Ghost Trackers (featured on the
"Grab your pillow, you're going to need it! Shoe
Marks will put you on the edge of your seat. Diabolical
~ Tony and Doreen Jones,
A small Texas town, an old farmhouse, and violent
murders create the perfect ghost setting in Shoe Marks by Karen Vance
Hammond. Though it is fiction, the book is inspired by true events and
intriguing characters move the reader through this disquieting ghost
tale. If you read Shoe Marks late at night, you
might want to leave a light on.
~ Dana Davis, award-winning and
bestselling author and paranormal investigator
"Karen Vance Hammond's novel Shoe Marks, floored
me! I highly recommend it. It is absolutely fantastic."
~ Bob Kelly, Paranormal TV
"As a radio host of 'Paranormally Speaking' and
paranormal writer, Karen Vance Hammond's Shoe Marks is nothing but pure
good. Read it, enjoy and pass it on."
~ Neal Parks, CEO of The Parks
an ELA and Reading teacher for secondary
education in Florida, I am always looking for new fiction to use in the
classroom. Whether a required read, literature circle, or independent
reading Shoe Marks
Vance Hammond is my pick for the 2012-2013 school year.
… A great read for the accomplished reader as well as the reluctant
reader. The text is high level and high interest. The first chapter
grabs you and holds you until the very last chapter. Like all great
fiction books, Shoe
has multiple story lines intertwined: events of the story are
unpredictable; characters develop and grow; the topic is fresh and new;
[she] uses multiple historical references throughout the story; and it
is a delightful example of authors craft and style that students will
relate to and enjoy. I know that when I return to school in August and
introduce Shoe Marks
my students will anticipate coming to my class every day!
3 chapters in and I can see the great
potential for this book as a tool for teaching writing. I noticed
several key phrases, foreshadowing, historical fictional references,
multiple examples of the use of conventions, academic vocabulary terms
that are specific to the setting and most of all authors craft and
authors purpose. Fabulous! By chapters 4 and 5 of Shoe Marks,
so many questions will be generated. The plot is taking turns that that
I never expected. You can only predict what happens next but be sure
that the author has something else in mind just as good if not better!
Two story lines are already developed and you can’t help but feel the
tension in the story line growing; what will the climax be? The
symbolism is very clever. Very much aligned with expectations of Common
Hammond is an expert story teller, and her biography lends itself to
the students, making connections to an authors life experiences and how
those experiences influences how and what the author writes. Also,
author has a very inspirational story to share in her biography that is
sure to inspire students and further connect them to the author and the
text to foster comprehension.
buying multiple copies for
classroom libraries and an e-copy so that you can project the text for
whole group instruction in both reading and writing! Don't forget to
ask your school and public libraries to purchase copies too!
~ Mary Corso, Reading and
Language Arts Teacher, Labelle Middle School, FLA
preparatory school teacher, I teach
from high school freshmen to seniors and preparatory students. For most
Japanese students, the reading of English books is a challenging
endeavor because of the frequency of unfamiliar vocabulary and
Japan, English language is regarded
not as a communication tool, but solely as a subject geared toward
passing university entrance examinations. For this reason, they read
and solve questions originating from a lot of excerpts of novels. I
have always wanted my Japanese students to feel the joy of studying
English and reading English books for pleasure.
was pleasantly surprised to find the
book “Shoe Marks.” At first, the cover portrayed a picture of a
beautiful young lady with long hair and red shoe marks, which catches
your attention. Upon reading the novel, one finds an interesting
development of the story lines, which are interlaced with differing
eras along with the characters. Our curiosity is triggered and we are
inspired to read on unable to put the book down.
excitement keeps you captivated as
you wonder what is coming next. In the book, my students can find an
extensive number of rather difficult but useful words and idiomatic
expressions which are appropriate for their level of studying.
the novel “Shoe Marks” gives students a feeling of deep satisfaction
and a feeling their hard work finally is paying off.
addition, the rich description of the
past plays a major role in “Shoe Marks”. Students feel as if they are
actually in World War II with the character, Major Jeremy Stone, who
dealt with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, along with having an entity
in his home.
the book, I’m sure that the
students will not only become interested in world history but also
think again of what war brings us.
reflects the culture in which
it is written. Japanese students need to expose themselves to books
written in other languages more often. We, as Japanese teachers, need
to introduce both good and interesting books for them to read, so that
eventually they can think themselves as a part of the global society.
Marks” is perfectly suited to
satisfying all the needs mentioned above. My students in Japan will
have their own personal paperback as we will read Karen Vance Hammond’s
novel “Shoe Marks” together.
highly recommend this book to both high school and university students
studying English in Japan and abroad.
~ Rika Yasui, Reading Teacher,
Vance Hammond’s novel Shoe
will bring you to your knees begging for more! Enthralling to the core!
Spine tingling suspense will grab you in an instant with each turn of
the page. Absolutely fantastic! As a Texas teacher for 28 years, I
highly recommend this novel!
SHOE MARKS was amazing! Wow! What an incredibly well written
book, and a very compelling story. The book was hard to put down to say
the least. Having experienced a plethora of supernatural/ paranormal
activity in my lifetime. I could relate and sympathize with the family.
I must say that this is one of the most well written paranormal novels
that I have ever read.
SHOE MARKS is a winner!
This story should be turned into a movie someday!
Bill Bean Author/Speaker/Media Personality