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Review :: Politics
New Author of A DISTURBING PRESENCE Gets Great Review
21 Dec 2003
A well written paranormal saga of intrigue and sometimes plain weirdness, this book is a true pleasure to read. The author writes in a flowing, easy manner that immediately captures the reader’s interest. A serious and bright future is in store for more of the same! A “do-not-miss” for reader’s interested in the horror genre.
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A Disturbing Presence
By Joy Lee Rutter
PublishAmerica – Sept. 2003
ISBN: 1-4137-0113-2
Reviewed by Diane Sewell – 11/03

A Disturbing Presence offers readers a delightful combination of horror, family history and dark secrets, written with a splash of humor; a new twist of imagination and talented writing for a gripping jump into the world of embalming and taxidermy.
Welcome to the life of eccentric Eric McDuggal, dying of terminal cancer. He’s an animal lover but keeps his wife of seven years, Leanna, at arm’s length. He meets with the local taxidermist, Ed Simon, with a bizarre request. He wants to be preserved. Join in Leanna’s dismay and ride a paranormal, emotional roller coaster as she discovers secrets of his past and new attractions in the present, all with her deceased, ‘stuffed’ husband sitting there in the living room.
A well written paranormal saga of intrigue and sometimes plain weirdness, this book is a true pleasure to read. The author writes in a flowing, easy manner that immediately captures the reader’s interest. A serious and bright future is in store for more of the same! A “do-not-miss” for reader’s interested in the horror genre.

Joy Lee Rutter moved to New Hampshire from Florida in September of 1996. During her adjustment period to a new environment, she began keeping a journal on her very first evening in Ossipee. Eventually, it led her into “tongue-in-cheek” humor essays and the rest is history. She could not stop writing. Many of her essays have appeared on her websites.

After acclimatizing to the severe changes in seasons, she began kayaking in the summer and snowshoeing in the winter; writing has been an on again, off again passion.

Non-fiction being her preference, a novel was never in her plans. However, she began A Disturbing Presence on an impulse. She wondered, ‘What would happen if a human being was preserved or freeze-dried and then returned to his home after death? How would this affect his next-of-kin?’ Joy Lee wrote the book with humor, sensitivity, emotion, and of course, the unexpected revelation at the end.


Synopsis:
This modern-day mystery takes place in a small town in NH. An elegant manor appears normal enough. You enter, look around at the widow's artwork & then walk into the private study of the late Eric McDuggal. Of course, you do not expect to see McDuggal sitting in an antique rocker. He is dead.
What were the motives behind his bizarre death wish? While the house pets wreak havoc against the embalmed body, his widow remains in a self-imposed limbo, reluctant to find the answers. The disturbing presence of the hideous corpse causes her life to collapse into nightmares & apathy. An unlikely friendship between the taxidermist & widow develop; little do they know that his probing into McDuggal's background eventually leads to the discovery of a shocking childhood trauma. A Disturbing Presence has all of the ingredients for a great page-turner! Mystery, light horror, and humor.
Review by author Ginger "Sugar" Blymyer~~Hairdresser to the Stars A Hollywood Memoir. A Disturbing Presence is a macabre, astonishing, tale that kept me laughing, cringing & amazed. Shades of My Cousin Bernie but more believable. One had better hope to never receive an inheritance like this. Hopefully this came out of the author’s imagination & not from her real life experience. One always wonders. A great lazy day read. www.hairdressertothestars.com

Author Biography:
Her day job as a Rehabilitation Specialist in a traumatic brain injury facility is the basis for her next book, already 41,000 words strong. Besides her job, her writing, and promoting her first book, Joy Lee keeps busy with her husband, two teenage sons, and her cat Mugzi.
See also:
http://www.authorsden.com/joyleerutter
http://www.authorsden.com/externalsite.asp?authorID=13176&destURL=http://http://denisemclark.com/mystrevdatapg5.html#disturbing

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