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Emotional Paramedics by Susan Barton

My first novel is available on Amazon in eBook and print formats!

  • File Size: 1136 KBEmotional Paramedics by Susan E. Barton Cover Photo Final
  • Print Length: 201 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: eBook Review Gal Publishing (August 18, 2016)
  • Publication Date: August 18, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English


*Please be aware that this book deals with some serious social issues. It includes some strong language and mature situations.

August Gallagher is a sweet and intelligent Brooklyn girl just trying to find her place in the world during the turbulent 1960s. Unfortunately, her mother, Alis, doesn’t make things easy for her. Bad choices, poor parenting and abusive men create chaos at every turn. Yet, through it all, August reluctantly remains a devoted daughter and continues to be Alis’s emotional paramedic.

Along the way, August finds friendship, romance and makes a few dangerous enemies. When Alis hits rock bottom, August is forced to come to terms with the fact that it’s finally time to cut the dysfunctional cord to save herself from Alis’s emotional grasp.


Susan Barton is an author, marketer, copywriter, photographer, artist and coach. She loves helping authors market their books. Susan currently resides in North Texas with her husband and their two dogs.

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Review of Copyright A Novel by Lori Lesko

Copyright a NovelCopyright a Novel by Lori Lesko

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Amber Tyler has a fabulous life. She has two loving children, a supermodel girlfriend and a career as a successful author. While in the process of working on her latest novel, Amber suffers a massive heart attack and is forced to put her book on the back burner. After recuperating, she’s eventually prompted by her agent to finish her book, but before she can do that she discovers someone has stolen her manuscript, published her book and is taking all the credit for her hard work. Amber is determined to regain rightful ownership of her book, but doing so proves to be far more difficult than she ever imagined. The stress is more than Amber can handle and what follows from there is a self-destructive downward spiral of events.

The book synopsis for Copyright is deceiving. This book was not so much about the theft and subsequent publication of a manuscript as it was about the main character’s struggle with alcohol and drug addiction – something that was not at all mentioned in the book’s description. Without giving away any spoilers, I will say that Amber’s rapid decline was excellently portrayed, however. I did have a problem with the behavior of Amber’s girlfriend and to some extent her son’s (who seemed like a bit of a pothead) attitude. These two characters where aware that Amber was a recovering addict, they knew how stressful and upsetting the manuscript theft was for her, yet they didn’t foresee it as a possible catalyst to her falling off the wagon.

Early on, I figured out who was behind the stolen manuscript, but the author’s writing was so suspenseful and gripping that I honestly didn’t know how things would all come together in the end. Some of the story was over the top – for one, few authors have as much cash as Amber seemed to have at her disposal. Yet, I loved Lori Lesko’s writing style so much that I read this book in less than a day. Writing the story in first person was a brilliant decision. It allowed the author to paint an engrossing and painful portrayal of an addict hitting rock bottom as seen through her eyes.

I would most definitely recommend Copyright: A Novel to anyone who enjoys an engaging and suspenseful story. The writing is fresh and thoroughly appealing. I can’t wait to read more from this author.

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