**** Medium—Spirit Crossover Support Review by Rox Burkey
Author Chariss K. Walker creates a wonderful world of ghosts, and a family of Mediums is the first book of the Becky Tibbs series. Becky’s birthday helps the reader understand this paranormal world and its evolution, in addition to answering some long-standing questions. Becky Tibbs is the youngest of the three siblings and the only one to embrace her medium abilities. Her brother and sister have different interests than Becky.
The characters, living and dead, are vibrant and relatable. Author Walker makes each character unique, yet believable. The relationship between Josh and Becky was interesting from the beginning. The narration of this segment drew me into the story as it piqued my imagination.
“Well, don’t be mad at me, Becky. I love you,” His reply was quick and indignant. His strident voice caused the clean plates in the dish-drainer to rattle.
Becky moved back and away from him.
“Look, Josh, this is so inappropriate,” Becky struggled to keep her voice calm. Her five-foot-five-inch frame quaked with fear and trepidation as she looked up at him. She knew better than to rile him, “You’ve been gone a very long time and well…,” her words hung in the air between them.
“That’s not really my fault, Becky. I stopped by to see you last night, but you were sleeping. I waited in your room, and I checked on you several times. You never woke up. I wanted to see you so badly that I came back this morning.”
Beck shuddered. That explained a lot, especially the restless night. It’s difficult to get any sleep when someone’s watching you while you’re in such a vulnerable state.”
The background of the entire family is woven in bite sized pieces throughout the story. This method always for a listener (or reader’s) investment in the outcome. My emotions ran the gambit from fear to thrill to laughter to hope and everything in between. This is a great start to the series with a surprise ending to Becky’s birthday.
The narration by Kathleen Britt follows storytelling principles of engaging listeners. It was a bit slow in places, but overall, the quality was good. There were not real technical issues with the audio.
I recommend this story and look forward to listening to more Becky Tibbs stories. This paranormal world and Becky’s commitment to honorable support for the spirits I found delightful. Teenagers on will enjoy this story.
About the Author
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From light and airy to dark and emotionally intense, Chariss K. Walker, M.Msc., Reiki Master/Teacher, writes both fiction and nonfiction books to delight and excite her readers. All of her books have a metaphysical and spiritual component. Those who search for meaning and the supernatural in themselves will enjoy her books whether readers of fiction or nonfiction.
Her fiction expresses a visionary/metaphysical message that illustrates growth in a character’s consciousness while utilizing a paranormal aspect. Her nonfiction books share insight, hope, and inspiration.
Although Chariss writes some dark-fiction books about insanely dark topics that are not suitable for faint-hearted readers, there is always an essential question of the abstract nature that gives a reader increased awareness and perception. She also writes cozy mysteries and inspirational women’s studies fiction.
All of her books are sold worldwide in eBook, paperback, and many are in large print. Click the “follow” button to find out when new books are released. You can learn more about Chariss.
About the Narrator
Narrator Kathleen Britt lives in South Carolina and with a voice described as warm, mellow, persuasive, and reassuring, her delivery is expressive and articulate. She has been a storyteller all of her life, starting with children’s works and continuing in various narrator roles as an adult. She enjoys fictional adventure stories and memoir-style journeys. She studied languages for several years and is particularly suited for works that include names, places, and phrases in Italian and Spanish.
With over 20 years of involvement in community theatre and private drama groups, she has performed dramatic monologues, a one-person play featuring a Southern accent, extensive Reader’s Theater productions, and narrations for full-length musicals. She has also presented 3-day seminars on business topics, taught classes for EMT’s on medical issues and treatments, and been a featured speaker in personal growth and development environments.