Without poetry,

           grief has no translation

          and no voice

                                          -  Janet Buck 


Samantha Stone: A Novel of Mystery, Memoir & Romance, Janet Buck's debut novel, is now available courtesy of Vine Leaves Press. A limited number of autographed copies are available NOW by contacting the author by email: jbuck22874@aol.com



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Pre-reviews are celebrating this book as packed with suspense, revealing memoir & solid entertainment--as well as engaging content & witty dialogue--a delicate balance between personal tragedy & the many flavors of love.   


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Samantha Stone, by Janet Buck, is a five-course meal of memoir, suspense, romance, deceit, and the tale of a young amputee who struggles to define herself in the face of adversity so complex it can’t be real, yet it is. Samantha loses her birth mother to Leukaemia shortly after her 3rd birthday. A woman with a tongue so sharp it can slice a lemon without a knife takes her mother’s place, and the friction in the Stone home is more crippling than her disability. On the cusp of her 18th birthday, she finds herself leaning on her best friend’s arm in a world tainted by murder, deceit, and addiction.
 
Samantha craves both approval and a man in her life who won’t dissolve like bouillon cubes in a boiling pot of grief and loss, yet trust itself seems nothing but a futile dream. Buck calls Samantha Stone an “Immorality Play.” Through that backdoor, puzzle pieces of morality itself emerge and glisten on the icy streets of Castle City. Abounding humour and witty dialogue make tragedy more edible. Read this book of torment and struggle—discover for yourself whether Samantha survives—makes angels in the snow—or freezes in its girth. 

-------------------------   Samantha Stone: Reviews  ------------------------

“Janet Buck gives us a hilarious pastiche of a mystery novel, with romance and coming-of-age thrown in for extra body, the whole bound up with heart’s blood—the suffering of the young heroine—and with Buck’s own love of words and faith in words. Her faith in love above all.”
ISABEL NIRENBERG, EDITOR OF OFFCOURSE.ORG
“Janet Buck handles the realities, emotions, and stigmas of living with a disability with authentic detail and description. First-hand knowledge is the key. Jack O’Connor, Samantha’s therapist, moves ever so gently into being the man in her life. Their dialogue is real, positive, and life affirming. Their relationship stands in sharp contrast, as a portrait in black and white, to a piercing, gruesome photo of Candace Stone, Samantha’s stepmother—evil itself personified. That picture is shot in shocking colour. With the world pressing on her shoulders, Samantha leads the ‘good guys’ through the who, why and how of murder in the family. Janet Buck’s debut novel, Samantha Stone, is a fast-paced, steady, engaging read—you’ll have a hard time putting it down.”
JOHN HORVATH, EDITOR OF POETRYREPAIRS.COM
“Janet Buck’s novel Samantha Stone is a romance, a murder mystery, an exploration of how a young woman learns to find a way of living past loneliness and disability into a promising future. Buck’s prose is luminous, and the well-plotted action of the book draws the reader on and on toward its compelling conclusion.”
SUSAN TERRIS, AUTHOR OF GHOST OF YESTERDAY
“Family strife’s the theme. Survival is the game. Samantha is a young woman, disabled and enabled by physical tragedy and a home life that makes Mommie Dearest look like cute cartoons. Janet Buck’s debut novel is personal, poetic, and packed with both humour and suspense. Her witty and edgy dialogue is woven in like threads of perfect needlepoints. A strong-armed wresting match between good & evil, Samantha Stone is a must-read book for every generation.”
ALAN CATLIN, EDITOR OF MISFIT MAGAZINE
"Janet Buck gives us a hilarious pastiche of a mystery novel, with romance and coming-of-age thrown in for extra body, the whole bound up with heart's blood---the suffering of the young heroine---and with Buck's own love of words and faith in words.  Her faith in love above all.
ISABEL NIRENBERG, EDITOR of OFFCOURSE.ORG

"Janet Buck handles the realities, emotions, and stigmas of living with a disability with authentic detail and description.  First-hand knowledge is the key.  Jack O'Connor, Samantha's therapist, moves ever so gently into being the man in her life.  Their dialogue is real, positive, and life affirming.  Their relationship stands in sharp contrast, as a portrait in black and white, to a piercing, gruesome photo of Candace Stone, Samantha's stepmother---evil itself personified.  That picture is shot in shocking color.  With the world pressing on her shoulders, Samanta leads the 'good guys' through the who, why, and how of murder in the family.  Janet Buck's debut novel, Samanta Stone, is a fast-paced, steady, engaging read---you'll have a hard time putting it down."
JOHN HORVATH, EDITOR of POETRYREPAIRS.COM

"Janet Buck's novel, Samantha Stone is a romance, a murder mystery, an exploration of how a young woman learns to find a way of living past loneliness and disability into a promising future.  Buck's prose in luminous, and the well-plotted action of the book draws the reader on and on toward its compelling conclusion."
SUSAN TERRIS, AUTHOR of GHOST OF YESTERDAY

"Family strife's the theme. Survival is the game.  Samantha is a young woman disabled and enabled by physical tragedy and a home life that makes Mommie Dearest look like cute cartoons.  Janet Buck's debut novel is personal, poetic, and packed with both humor and suspense.  Her witty and edgy dialogue is woven in like threads of perfect needlepoints.  A strong-armed wrestling match between good & evil, Samantha Stone is a must-read book for every generation."
ALAN CATLIN, EDITOR of MISFIT MAGAZINE 

 
 First-hand knowledge is the key. Jack O’Connor, Samantha’s therapist, moves ever so gently into being the man in her life. Their dialogue is real, positive, and life affirming. Their relationship stands in sharp contrast, as a portrait in black and white, to a piercing, gruesome photo of Candace Stone, Samantha’s stepmother—evil itself personified. That picture is shot in shocking colour. With the world pressing on her shoulders, Samantha leads the ‘good guys’ through the who, why and how of murder in the family. Janet Buck’s debut novel, Samantha Stone, is a fast-paced, steady, engaging read—you’ll have a hard time putting it down.”
JOHN HORVATH, EDITOR OF POETRYREPAIRS.COM


“Janet Buck’s novel Samantha Stone is a romance, a murder mystery, an exploration of how a young woman learns to find a way of living past loneliness and disability into a promising future. Buck’s prose is luminous, and the well-plotted action of the book draws the reader on and on toward its compelling conclusion.”
SUSAN TERRIS, AUTHOR OF GHOST OF YESTERDAY
“Family strife’s the theme. Survival is the game. Samantha is a young woman, disabled and enabled by physical tragedy and a home life that makes Mommie Dearest look like cute cartoons. Janet Buck’s debut novel is personal, poetic, and packed with both humour and suspense. Her witty and edgy dialogue is woven in like threads of perfect needlepoints. A strong-armed wresting match between good & evil, Samantha Stone is a must-read book for every generation.”
ALAN CATLIN, EDITOR OF MISFIT MAGAZINE
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“Janet Buck gives us a hilarious pastiche of a mystery novel, with romance and coming-of-age thrown in for extra body, the whole bound up with heart’s blood—the suffering of the young heroine—and with Buck’s own love of words and faith in words. Her faith in love above all.”
ISABEL NIRENBERG, EDITOR OF OFFCOURSE.ORG

“Janet Buck gives us a hilarious pastiche of a mystery novel, with romance and coming-of-age thrown in for extra body, the whole bound up with heart’s blood—the suffering of the young heroine—and with Buck’s own love of words and faith in words. Her faith in love above all.”
ISABEL NIRENBERG, EDITOR OF OFFCOURSE.ORG
“Janet Buck handles the realities, emotions, and stigmas of living with a disability with authentic detail and description. First-hand knowledge is the key. Jack O’Connor, Samantha’s therapist, moves ever so gently into being the man in her life. Their dialogue is real, positive, and life affirming. Their relationship stands in sharp contrast, as a portrait in black and white, to a piercing, gruesome photo of Candace Stone, Samantha’s stepmother—evil itself personified. That picture is shot in shocking colour. With the world pressing on her shoulders, Samantha leads the ‘good guys’ through the who, why and how of murder in the family. Janet Buck’s debut novel, Samantha Stone, is a fast-paced, steady, engaging read—you’ll have a hard time putting it down.”
JOHN HORVATH, EDITOR OF POETRYREPAIRS.COM
“Janet Buck’s novel Samantha Stone is a romance, a murder mystery, an exploration of how a young woman learns to find a way of living past loneliness and disability into a promising future. Buck’s prose is luminous, and the well-plotted action of the book draws the reader on and on toward its compelling conclusion.”
SUSAN TERRIS, AUTHOR OF GHOST OF YESTERDAY
“Family strife’s the theme. Survival is the game. Samantha is a young woman, disabled and enabled by physical tragedy and a home life that makes Mommie Dearest look like cute cartoons. Janet Buck’s debut novel is personal, poetic, and packed with both humour and suspense. Her witty and edgy dialogue is woven in like threads of perfect needlepoints. A strong-armed wresting match between good & evil, Samantha Stone is a must-read book for every generation.”
ALAN CATLIN, EDITOR OF MISFIT MAGAZINE
“Janet Buck gives us a hilarious pastiche of a mystery novel, with romance and coming-of-age thrown in for extra body, the whole bound up with heart’s blood—the suffering of the young heroine—and with Buck’s own love of words and faith in words. Her faith in love above all.”
ISABEL NIRENBERG, EDITOR OF OFFCOURSE.ORG
“Janet Buck handles the realities, emotions, and stigmas of living with a disability with authentic detail and description. First-hand knowledge is the key. Jack O’Connor, Samantha’s therapist, moves ever so gently into being the man in her life. Their dialogue is real, positive, and life affirming. Their relationship stands in sharp contrast, as a portrait in black and white, to a piercing, gruesome photo of Candace Stone, Samantha’s stepmother—evil itself personified. That picture is shot in shocking colour. With the world pressing on her shoulders, Samantha leads the ‘good guys’ through the who, why and how of murder in the family. Janet Buck’s debut novel, Samantha Stone, is a fast-paced, steady, engaging read—you’ll have a hard time putting it down.”
JOHN HORVATH, EDITOR OF POETRYREPAIRS.COM
“Janet Buck’s novel Samantha Stone is a romance, a murder mystery, an exploration of how a young woman learns to find a way of living past loneliness and disability into a promising future. Buck’s prose is luminous, and the well-plotted action of the book draws the reader on and on toward its compelling conclusion.”
SUSAN TERRIS, AUTHOR OF GHOST OF YESTERDAY
“Family strife’s the theme. Survival is the game. Samantha is a young woman, disabled and enabled by physical tragedy and a home life that makes Mommie Dearest look like cute cartoons. Janet Buck’s debut novel is personal, poetic, and packed with both humour and suspense. Her witty and edgy dialogue is woven in like threads of perfect needlepoints. A strong-armed wresting match between good & evil, Samantha Stone is a must-read book for every generation.”
ALAN CATLIN, EDITOR OF MISFIT MAGAZINE

“Janet Buck gives us a hilarious pastiche of a mystery novel, with romance and coming-of-age thrown in for extra body, the whole bound up with heart’s blood—the suffering of the young heroine—and with Buck’s own love of words and faith in words. Her faith in love above all.”
ISABEL NIRENBERG, EDITOR OF OFFCOURSE.ORG
“Janet Buck handles the realities, emotions, and stigmas of living with a disability with authentic detail and description. First-hand knowledge is the key. Jack O’Connor, Samantha’s therapist, moves ever so gently into being the man in her life. Their dialogue is real, positive, and life affirming. Their relationship stands in sharp contrast, as a portrait in black and white, to a piercing, gruesome photo of Candace Stone, Samantha’s stepmother—evil itself personified. That picture is shot in shocking colour. With the world pressing on her shoulders, Samantha leads the ‘good guys’ through the who, why and how of murder in the family. Janet Buck’s debut novel, Samantha Stone, is a fast-paced, steady, engaging read—you’ll have a hard time putting it down.”
JOHN HORVATH, EDITOR OF POETRYREPAIRS.COM
“Janet Buck’s novel Samantha Stone is a romance, a murder mystery, an exploration of how a young woman learns to find a way of living past loneliness and disability into a promising future. Buck’s prose is luminous, and the well-plotted action of the book draws the reader on and on toward its compelling conclusion.”
SUSAN TERRIS, AUTHOR OF GHOST OF YESTERDAY
“Family strife’s the theme. Survival is the game. Samantha is a young woman, disabled and enabled by physical tragedy and a home life that makes Mommie Dearest look like cute cartoons. Janet Buck’s debut novel is personal, poetic, and packed with both humour and suspense. Her witty and edgy dialogue is woven in like threads of perfect needlepoints. A strong-armed wresting match between good & evil, Samantha Stone is a must-read book for every generation.”
ALAN CATLIN, EDITOR OF MISFIT MAGAZINE
“Janet Buck gives us a hilarious pastiche of a mystery novel, with romance and coming-of-age thrown in for extra body, the whole bound up with heart’s blood—the suffering of the young heroine—and with Buck’s own love of words and faith in words. Her faith in love above all.”
ISABEL NIRENBERG, EDITOR OF OFFCOURSE.ORG
“Janet Buck handles the realities, emotions, and stigmas of living with a disability with authentic detail and description. First-hand knowledge is the key. Jack O’Connor, Samantha’s therapist, moves ever so gently into being the man in her life. Their dialogue is real, positive, and life affirming. Their relationship stands in sharp contrast, as a portrait in black and white, to a piercing, gruesome photo of Candace Stone, Samantha’s stepmother—evil itself personified. That picture is shot in shocking colour. With the world pressing on her shoulders, Samantha leads the ‘good guys’ through the who, why and how of murder in the family. Janet Buck’s debut novel, Samantha Stone, is a fast-paced, steady, engaging read—you’ll have a hard time putting it down.”
JOHN HORVATH, EDITOR OF POETRYREPAIRS.COM
“Janet Buck’s novel Samantha Stone is a romance, a murder mystery, an exploration of how a young woman learns to find a way of living past loneliness and disability into a promising future. Buck’s prose is luminous, and the well-plotted action of the book draws the reader on and on toward its compelling conclusion.”
SUSAN TERRIS, AUTHOR OF GHOST OF YESTERDAY
“Family strife’s the theme. Survival is the game. Samantha is a young woman, disabled and enabled by physical tragedy and a home life that makes Mommie Dearest look like cute cartoons. Janet Buck’s debut novel is personal, poetic, and packed with both humour and suspense. Her witty and edgy dialogue is woven in like threads of perfect needlepoints. A strong-armed wresting match between good & evil, Samantha Stone is a must-read book for every generation.”
ALAN CATLIN, EDITOR OF MISFIT MAGAZINE
“Janet Buck gives us a hilarious pastiche of a mystery novel, with romance and coming-of-age thrown in for extra body, the whole bound up with heart’s blood—the suffering of the young heroine—and with Buck’s own love of words and faith in words. Her faith in love above all.”
ISABEL NIRENBERG, EDITOR OF OFFCOURSE.ORG
“Janet Buck handles the realities, emotions, and stigmas of living with a disability with authentic detail and description. First-hand knowledge is the key. Jack O’Connor, Samantha’s therapist, moves ever so gently into being the man in her life. Their dialogue is real, positive, and life affirming. Their relationship stands in sharp contrast, as a portrait in black and white, to a piercing, gruesome photo of Candace Stone, Samantha’s stepmother—evil itself personified. That picture is shot in shocking colour. With the world pressing on her shoulders, Samantha leads the ‘good guys’ through the who, why and how of murder in the family. Janet Buck’s debut novel, Samantha Stone, is a fast-paced, steady, engaging read—you’ll have a hard time putting it down.”
JOHN HORVATH, EDITOR OF POETRYREPAIRS.COM
“Janet Buck’s novel Samantha Stone is a romance, a murder mystery, an exploration of how a young woman learns to find a way of living past loneliness and disability into a promising future. Buck’s prose is luminous, and the well-plotted action of the book draws the reader on and on toward its compelling conclusion.”
SUSAN TERRIS, AUTHOR OF GHOST OF YESTERDAY
“Family strife’s the theme. Survival is the game. Samantha is a young woman, disabled and enabled by physical tragedy and a home life that makes Mommie Dearest look like cute cartoons. Janet Buck’s debut novel is personal, poetic, and packed with both humour and suspense. Her witty and edgy dialogue is woven in like threads of perfect needlepoints. A strong-armed wresting match between good & evil, Samantha Stone is a must-read book for every generation.”
ALAN CATLIN, EDITOR OF MISFIT MAGAZINE
“Janet Buck gives us a hilarious pastiche of a mystery novel, with romance and coming-of-age thrown in for extra body, the whole bound up with heart’s blood—the suffering of the young heroine—and with Buck’s own love of words and faith in words. Her faith in love above all.”
ISABEL NIRENBERG, EDITOR OF OFFCOURSE.ORG
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