Painted Skies

Fiction - Paranormal
460 Pages
Reviewed on 06/10/2013
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Author Biography

Born in Utah, at the foot of the magnificent Wasatch mountains, Sue Simonich has written and edited for various institutional and business publications, and has developed and contributed to many web sites. She has also published articles under pseudonyms for an online political magazine.

Her favorite haunts are libraries and backwater archives, where she finds intriguing ideas for her writing.

Her first self-published book was, THE QUIET PATRIARCH, an historical study of Joseph Smith's earliest indigenous followers and the early pioneers of Utah.

Her latest fictional work is PAINTED SKIES.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite

In "Painted Skies", Nova Denver is an ethnobotanist with a special gift and a special friend named Stephen, who she views as her guardian angel. After her mother’s sudden death, secrets start to unravel regarding Nova’s past. As she discovers more about herself and her family, Nova encounters more strange things that will lead her to her family’s old cabin as well as London – two places that will provide the answers she seeks.

Halfway through chapter one, I was exhausted. Nova’s fight with her mother Grace was strenuous to my mind. I even prayed that I will never stumble upon people like Grace. I’m still ambiguous whether the ‘battle of beliefs’ between the two characters was a good thing for me to go through, but it did solidify Sue Simonich’s ability as a writer to get me, the reader, to be fully engaged in the story and its characters. That, obviously, I truly did. The author’s writing style was beautiful; there were times when it sounded almost poetic to me. Unfortunately, there were also times where I needed the dictionary for certain words. The dialogues sounded literary at times. Nevertheless, I loved the story line and I did enjoy all the unpredictable twists and turns. All things considered, I would say I read a beautiful story, and perhaps my vocabulary improved greatly as well. As a fan of the paranormal genre, I look forward to her work should she decide to write another story with a similar theme.


Painted Skies is one of my all time favorite books! Sue Simonich leads the reader through an adventure of a lifetime through such wonderful description I felt I was part of the story. If you enjoy Barbara Kingsolver and Sena Jeter Naslund, read this book. I savored every minute and didn't want to be finished. Looking forward to more from this author.

Scott G.

As others have mentioned, this tale has a more twists and turns than the beautiful canyons she describes. The book is exceptionally written and having lived in and around Salt Lake City, I can testify to the accuracy of the depictions regarding the surrounding mountains. I know you will find that the authors photo like narration will illuminate a vivid picture in your mind. The story is marvelous in a number of areas regarding the human spirit and emotion. I also love the ethereal ties that we all experience at one time or another. I highly recommend this to anyone who likes a good story that leaves you with warmth and a little ponderous about those things we know and yet cannot see. You will not be disappointed. I look forward to more stories from the author. BOBO

Gwen Hill

Exciting, suspence filled story. Written by a brilliant new author.

Kathryn Long

I was so pleased to discover Painted Skies, it was one of the best reads I have had in a long time. The characters are real, the dialog is sharp, and the plot is clever. I hope the author is already working on a sequel. I can't wait for Nova Denver's next adventure.


Painted Skies by Sue Simonich is a richly detailed novel that will keep you guessing from start to finish.