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Wishes in a Bottle

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About the Book

Wishes in a Bottle; Allie McCormack
Adult; Romance; 439 Pages

Date published January 15, 2019

After 600 years, Julian is beginning to wonder if he will be trapped as a Djinn forever.

Wishes in a Bottle is a dreamy paranormal romance novel with a happy ever after and no cliffhanger.

Long ago, Julian DiConti was caught in a powerful spell binding him to a Djinn bottle, forced to grant wishes to each new owner. 

Three wishes… of the right kind… could free Julian of his bonds. 

Enter Alessandra Taylor, good Samaritan extraordinaire. She’d gladly free Julian from the spell if she could, but he isn’t allowed to tell her how — and one by one she’s driven to use the precious wishes to help others. 

Where will that leave Julian and the growing love between them?

Jenn’s Review

After a long absence from the writing world, Allie McCormack is back with a new paranormal romance series, Wishes and Dreams. Wishes in a Bottle is book 1 (book 2 is on its way), with a sweet, selfless heroine and a hot Italian djinn (yup, there’s a story there, but… SPOILERS!).

Julian has been living a not-quite-charmed life for 600 years after a spell went wrong. His last master was a cruel, selfish woman, who could have given just one wish to save a sick little boy. But when she makes her last wish out of spite and Julian is free again to continue his life, he breaks the rules to return to the dying boy’s bedside. There, while offering what comfort he can to the boy and his mother, Julian meets Alessandra.

As the pair grows closer, drawn together by grief, they are pulled closer by common purposes. So when Julian is pulled back into his bottle and the rules that bound him for 600 are turned inside out, he’s stunned to discover that Alessandra is his new master.

Wishes in a Bottle is a beautiful love story with warm-hearted characters (no overpowering male leads here). Tension and humor both run thick in the pages of this romance, and there are more to come!

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Also by Allie McCormack

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Forties on Fire

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Kathryn Kos' Forties on Fire is a must-read for any woman in her late 30's to early 40's. - Women's Health, Perimenopause, Women's Sexuality
Kathryn Kos’ Forties on Fire is a must-read for any woman in her late 30’s to early 40’s.

About the Book

Forties on Fire; Kathryn Kos
Adult; Self-help; 130 pages

Independently published January 22, 2019

Your 30s and 40s are loaded with surprises. More fatigue. Less “You Time.” Trampled romance. Dissatisfaction with your body.  Mood swings. The often overlooked season of perimenopause lurking around every corner.

Sound familiar?

Now raise your hand if you wish you could move past these symptoms of imbalance and live the life you’ve always dreamed.

You would, right?

Good news: Kathryn Kos is here to help, with her myth-busting, action-boosting book, Forties on Fire: Rediscover your Sexuality, Learn to Honor Your Moods, and Thrive Throughout Your 40s and Beyond. 

Kos is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner with an M.Ed. in Rehabilitation Counseling and by taking a functional approach to health, Kos helps her clients find the root causes of their conditions to help them find healing once and for all.

Now she’s bringing these insights to readers, in a compassionate, compelling guide jam-packed with tips you can put to use today.

Inside this book, you’ll learn:

  • How to honor your emotions without letting them rule your life
  • How to turn back aging – mentally, physically and emotionally
  • Why sunlight matters so much to your health
  • How to recapture your sexuality and feel like a teenager again (in a good way)
  • How to add simple movement back into your life
  • The importance of R&R in grounding and fulfilling you
  • The role of perimenopause in how you feel and how you can embrace it in your life
  • … and more.

For anyone interested in simple personal development, holistic wellness and vibrant sexuality, this is a must-read. Filled with simple steps to help you take action and improve your own life, you’ll find it easy to rediscover the real you.

If you’re ready to wake up with pizzazz and reach bedtime with enough energy left to read or … ahem … anything else, it’s time you hear what experienced nutrition and wellness counselor Kathryn Kos has to say.

Ready to meet the strong, cheerful, actualized woman you know you can be?

Jenn’s Review

Are you a woman in her late thirties, or heading into her forties and beyond? You haven’t hit menopause yet, but your life, emotions and health are quickly spiraling out of control? Grab a copy of Kathryn Kos’s little book, Forties on Fire, and start moving the needle back towards control.

Ms. Kos explains clearly why everything starts getting nuts for us women heading into middle age – as a 42 year old woman struggling with chronic illness, this hit home for me page after page. She dissects perimenopausal life into a number of areas, including diet and sleep, then goes further into grounding and play.

This little volume is less than 200 pages, but the information inside is disseminated concisely and with a hefty dose of love. I remember my own mother going through this phase of life, and wonder if this information would have helped her. As for me, I’m already working on implenting the recommendations in this book. I would have loved the book more had the author gone into more depth in some areas – but this is certainly a prime springboard for going deeper!

In summary, grab this book. Whether you’re 35 and just starting a family, or you’re the 45 year old mother of teens – this is where to start with understanding the changes in your body and mind.

Kathryn Kos' Forties on Fire is a must-read for any woman in her late 30's to early 40's. - Women's Health, Perimenopause, Women's Sexuality
Kathryn Kos’ Forties on Fire is a must-read for any woman in her late 30’s to early 40’s.

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Lucky Bitch: A Guide for Exceptional Women to Create Outrageous Success

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Want to be more lucky? Check out Jenn’s review of Lucky Bitch, by Denise Duffield-Thomas

Lucky Bitch: A Guide for Exceptional Women to Create Outrageous Success

Adult, New Thought, 288 Pages

Hay House UK (March 20, 2018)

Can you learn to be lucky?Self-made millionaire Denise Duffield-Thomas not only believes this is possible, she knows it’s possible. From being broke, hating her office job and generally having a life that made her completely miserable, Denise went on to travel the world and make all of her dreams come true within the space of a few years. She attracted more than half a million dollars- worth of free travel, scholarships, prizes and bank errors in her favour, and in this book she reveals how you can do the same.Whether you’re already lucky and want to attract even more into your life, or you feel like your luck is just about to run out, Lucky Bitch will show you how to take action in areas of your life that are lacking in magic.With her trademark humour and encouragement, Denise gives clear and effective instructions based on the principles of the Law of Attraction to get you closer to living your dream life. You’ll also learn the ‘Ten Lucky Bitch Commandments’ and how to use them to create luck in all areas of life, including business and money.This book has already changed the lives of tens of thousands of women. Now it has the potential to change yours. If you’ve been asking for an answer or a miracle, this book is it!

About the Author

Biography

Denise Duffield-Thomas is the money mindset mentor for the new wave of online female entrepreneurs. Her best-selling books “Lucky Bitch” and “Get Rich, Lucky Bitch” give a fresh and funny road-map to create an outrageously successful life and business.

Denise helps women release their fear of money, set premium prices for their services and take back control over their finances.

Denise is an award winning speaker, author and entrepreneur who helps women transform their Economy-Class money mindset into a First-Class life. Find her at www.LuckyBitch.com

Jenn’s Review

If you’ve never seen Denise Duffield-Thomas… Make a note to check out her blog. Then grab this book and start taking action to create a life you love.

In her book, Lucky Bitch, Denise outlines how she worked with the Law of Attraction to manifest an experience she really wanted – a six-month gig as a professional honeymoon tester.

With gratitude and forgiveness at the foundation of her work, she walks her readers through the specific steps she used to create a career she loves, making insane amounts of money, with time and energy left over to enjoy the fruits of her labor. (And explains where the title comes from)

Sounds too good to be true? I’ve read several books on Law of Attraction, and this is the most practical guide I’ve found yet. Dive in and try it for yourself.

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Want to be more lucky? Check out Jenn’s review of Lucky Bitch, by Denise Duffield-Thomas

Buy the Book

This book is available in Kindle, paperback and audio editions from Amazon  [affiliate link}

Also by this author:

Get Rich, Lucky Bitch

Get Rich Lucky Bitch

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Denise Duffield-Thomas details how women can have abundance in all areas of their lives in her follow-up book, Get Rich, Lucky Bitch

About the Book

Get Rich Lucky Bitch; Denise Duffield-Thomas
Adult; Business & Money; 305 pages

Hay House UK, July 24, 2018

It’s weird and frankly bewildering that the most talented women in the world are often the ones struggling to make fabulous money from their talents.

In Get Rich, Lucky Bitch!, you’ll get the tools and inspiration you need to go to the next level of wealth – whether you’re starting from scratch or itching to break through the million-dollar mark. Denise Duffield-Thomas has been through the whole financial rollercoaster herself – she has probably made every financial mistake possible! Finally, having had enough of under-earning, she dedicated a year to practising everything she knew about the Law of Attraction and applied it directly to money. As a result of all this work, her income doubled, then tripled, and in a few years she went from always being broke to being a successful entrepreneur. And in this book she teaches you how create the same shifts in your own life.

This book is the most practical manifestation book you’ll ever read. You’ll get day-to-day actions, inspiration, kick-up-the-butt real talk and loving advice. There’s no amount of money you could want that’s too big or too small. Denise will teach you to cut through years of under-earning and chronic underserving, fly through your income goals, heal your money wounds and break through old self-beliefs.

No matter where you’re starting from, if you’re willing to uncover what’s holding you back, this book will help you create money miracles in your life.

About the Author

Denise Duffield-Thomas is the money mindset mentor for the new wave of online female entrepreneurs. Her best-selling books “Lucky Bitch” and “Get Rich, Lucky Bitch” give a fresh and funny road-map to create an outrageously successful life and business.

Denise helps women release their fear of money, set premium prices for their services and take back control over their finances.

Denise is an award winning speaker, author and entrepreneur who helps women transform their Economy-Class money mindset into a First-Class life. Find her at www.LuckyBitch.com

Jenn’s Review

Are you one of the THOUSANDS of women trying to better your family’s situation, but you just can’t seem to get ahead? Do you make progress, only to face more setbacks that put you even farther behind? I hear you, and so does Denise Duffield-Thomas, and she’s addressed the issue in her book, Get Rich, Lucky Bitch.

If you’ve never seen Denise speak, either in person or on social media, this book is a fantastic introduction to her warm, witty, and often blunt personality. She’s helped thousands of women improve their income, their businesses, and their lives with the five simple (but not always easy) steps outlined in this book.

I’ll warn you now: If you are brave enough to do the hard work in this book, you’ll start to see changes happening fast. But the work isn’t always easy, and at times, it can be downright painful to take an honest look at your life, take responsibility for your situation, and make the mental, emotional, or financial shifts needed to move past what’s holding you back.

In Get Rich Lucky Bitch, Denise walks readers through the five-step process to go from zero to wealthy. No dodgy MLM strategies, no get rich quick scheme. Just honest, straight to the point instructions, laced liberally with examples from her own life, and illustrations from her coaching clients and community.

Stop holding yourself back. Grab a copy of this book and change your world!

Denise Duffield-Thomas details how women can have abundance in all areas of their lives in her follow-up book, Get Rich, Lucky Bitch - Abundance, Women in Business, Entrepreneurship, Law of Attraction
Denise Duffield-Thomas details how women can have abundance in all areas of their lives in her follow-up book, Get Rich, Lucky Bitch

Buy the Book

This book is available in Kindle and paperback formats here.

Also by this author:

Lucky Bitch

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Write Your Book in a Flash: The Paint-by-Numbers System to Write the Book of Your Dreams—FAST!

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Get your fantastic idea for a business book out into the world fast with Write Your Book in a Flash

About the Book

Write Your Book in a Flash: The Paint-by-Numbers System to Write the Book of Your Dreams—FAST!; Dan Janal
Adult; Reference; 197 Pages

TCK Publishing (April 18, 2018)

Do You Want to Know the Secret to Writing a Non-Fiction Business Book Without Wasting Time or Money?

Write Your Book in a Flash shows business executives, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders how to get focused fast, so you can write your book without tearing your hair out.

Most people dream of writing a book, but they get stopped in their tracks because of a fatal flaw. Without a clear system for writing a book, nothing gets finished.

The secret to completing a book quickly is to have a system. Unlike books that show you why you should write a book, this book actually shows you how to write a book! You’ll discover:

  • How to write a simple outline that makes the writing process faster and easier
  • How to get stunning testimonials to help sell your book
  • How to find and manage beta readers who will share honest feedback before the book is published
  • How to research interesting ideas, stories, and facts so you never run out of ideas or information
  • How to overcome “The Imposter Syndrome” and other limiting beliefs that stifle nearly every would-be author
  • Clear examples that show you what to do (and what not to do)
  • Empowering exercises that show you how to write better and faster
  • Simple how-to steps anyone can follow to write a book

You’re about to learn a simple and proven system for writing a book that matters.

Even if you hated writing in the past, you’ll finally feel good about writing your book. Most importantly, you’ll have all the tools you need to get the job done!

A Step-By-Step Guide to Writing Your Book

This is the perfect book to read if you are a thought leader, entrepreneur or business executive who wants to write a business book to build your personal brand, open doors to new opportunities, and leave a legacy of wisdom to future generations. Business leaders who write books get more clients at higher fees, have more impact, develop more credibility, and have more influence where it matters most: in front of clients, customers, and prospects.

Unlike other books on writing, Write Your Book in a Flash doesn’t debate the pros and cons of self-publishing vs. traditional publishing. Instead, it shows how to use your own work style and personal strengths, preferences, and personality, so you can write the book you were meant to share with the world.

Dan Janal has written more than a dozen books that help businesses build their brands, including seven books for publishing giant Wiley. He is an award-winning, daily newspaper reporter and business newspaper editor. As a publicity and marketing expert, he has helped more than ten thousand authors and experts build their platforms over the past sixteen years. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from Northwestern University’s famed Medill School of Journalism.

Dan’s journalism awards include the William Randolph Hearst Foundation’s Award for Excellence in News Writing, the Florida National Education Association’s Newsmaker Award for distinguished news coverage of public education in Florida, and the Greater Orlando Press Club’s Investigative Reporting award.

About the Author

Dan Janal helps leaders brand their businesses with books and publicity. He is one of the Founding Fathers of Internet Marketing and Publicity. He wrote one of the first books about marketing on the Internet back in 1994. A sought-after speaker, he has taught at Berkeley and Stanford, as well as spoken at conferences through the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Brazil, China and Hungary. 

In 2001, he founded PR LEADS, one of the most cost-effective publicity leads services, which has been copied by many other companies. He provides publicity and marketing coaching and consulting services for Independent Professionals and Small Businesses. He also writes press releases designed to rank high to rank high on search engines. 

For thought leaders, he offers these services: book coaching, developmental editing and ghost writing.

For information to work with Dan as a coach or as a speaker, please go to www.WriteYourBookInAFlash.com

Jenn’s Review

They say that writing a book is great for your career, especially if you are an entrepreneur. Writing a book demonstrates expertise and let’s potential clients get a feel for who you are. But actually writing the book can waylay the best intentions and the most focused business minds. Dan Janal’s book, Write Your Book in a Flash, helps you cut through the distractions, and get the book done.

Mr. Janal’s tone is conversational and down to earth, as he walks the reader through the step by step process of setting up a manuscript and getting down to work to finish the book.

Each chapter is cleanly laid out and easy to refer back to. Exercises abound, and a link to download the worksheets is tagged after each step. I’ve printed mine out, and have them ready to copy for each future project.

The truly great thing about this book is that the process can be applied to a variety of platforms, and not just the standard 200 page business book. It can also be used for planning blogs and other informational platform products.

And if writing the book yourself is too daunting, Mr. Janal has included information on working with coaches and ghostwriters.

This is a fantastic read/guide if publishing nonfiction is the next step for your business or career. Grab this book, print the worksheets, and get going!

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Get your fantastic idea for a business book out into the world fast with Write Your Book in a Flash

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The Elon Musk Method

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What makes Elon Musk so special? Dip into the pages of The Elon Musk Method to find out.

About the Book

The Elon Musk Method; Randy Kirk
Adult; Education; 154 Pages

Leaders Press (February 24, 2019)

What does Elon Musk know that you don’t?

  • Elon Musk built Zip2.com from a start-up to $22 million paycheck in three years.
  • Then Musk built X.com from a start-up to $160 million paycheck in four years.
  • Since then, he has created SpaceX and Tesla giving Musk an estimated net worth of $20 billion.

Would you like to achieve even a fraction of his success? Now you can.

Serial entrepreneur and best-selling author, Randy Kirk, exposes 16 secret principles that guide Elon Musk in his entrepreneurial decisions, including:

  • How to become a visionary that profits;
  • How to uncover the principles of running a successful business;
  • How Elon Musk uses networking to scale his businesses;
  • How you should be using your passion and persistence; 
  • How to maximize the potential of any business regardless of its size;
  • The counterintuitive thinking about quality and cost;
  • Why The Elon Musk Method works to generate successful enterprises of any kind.

Follow SpaceX’s founding member’s Jim Cantrell’s advice and read this book now because “Randy captures the essence of what drives Elon and this gives us valuable insight into what has become one of the most influential people of our time.”



Filled with dozens of Elon Musk quotes, you’ll have a rare opportunity to gain proven principles and methods that are unlike anything you’ll read elsewhere.

Jenn’s Review

What does visionary entrepreneur, Elon Musk, know that you don’t? Randy Kirk and co-author Alinka Rutkowska propose to answer that question and more in their book The Elon Musk Method. As an avid reader of business books, I have to admit that I was a little disappointed in the review copy that I received. (note: I refer to the author in this review in the singular, as Mr. Kirk regularly refers to himself throughout the book. I’m not sure what capacity Ms. Rutkowska served, but as she is listed as co-author, I’m giving her billing here, as well.)

Kirk dissects Musk’s methodologies and beliefs in a straightforward, concise manner that is always welcome by the enterprising reader. He’s clearly done his research, and Musk’s quotes from the public record are liberally scattered throughout. The author lays the groundwork on a multi-point framework, and works through what he suggests sets Musk apart from the rest of the pack. (Spoiler alert: Kirk approaches hero-worship level in places. Despite his proposition that Musk is some kind of superhuman, I’m relatively certain that the man is… just a man.)

The chapters break down that framework further, discussing each point in some depth, citing examples from Musk’s career, and frequently underlined with further supporting evidence from Kirk’s career, as well. The information is useful, the insights are enlightening.

This is my first Elon Musk book, but it won’t be my last. Admittedly, the man is fascinating, and what he’s accomplished in his life thus far is astounding. With that said, though, this book left me scratching my head. I’m not a newbie to business books, by any means, and this work was less than impressive. It boils down to a lot of public-record quotes, some advice, a few references to the author wishing he could ask Musk this question or that, and not a lot else that the reader could not find in most other business books.

With all that said, this is a short and easy to digest book of business concepts. I give it three stars for its conciseness, balanced with a lacking spark.

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What makes Elon Musk so special? Dip into the pages of The Elon Musk Method to find out.

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Aaru:Halls of Hel

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Jenn reviews book 2 in David Meredith’s Aaru Cycle – Aaru: Halls of Hel

About the Book

Aaru:Halls of Hel, David Meredith

Adult, Science Fiction, 388 Pages

Bowker (July 26, 2018)

“… Let them have everything – health, food, a place to live, entertainment. They are and remain unhappy and low-spirited for the demon waits and waits…”
-Friedrich Nietzsche

Rose is a Veda.

In Elysian Industries’ virtual paradise of Aaru, that means she’s practically a goddess. She is immortal. She is powerful. A limitless paradise is hers and her friends’ to command. They are free from sickness and pain, old age and death. She should be ecstatic over her prestige and privilege, but the gilded utopia has lost its luster. 

In a reality where anything can be hers with a thought, and Rose can master any skill instantly with nothing but her imagination, to what can she still aspire? She has all of eternity to fill, but what will her purpose be? Rose adores her sweet, Latin boyfriend, Franco. She loves wiling away endless immaculate days with her friends, but shouldn’t there be more to life than mere play? Also, Rose is dogged by deep concern for her little sister, Koren, the Elysian Industries spokes-model and reality star back in the “Before” world.

Though Koren is wealthy, famous, and idolized by millions of adoring fans, her life is spinning out of control. Her parents’ marriage is on the rocks, and the boyfriend of her dreams, Jonas Perry, seems suddenly indifferent. Koren finds her celebrity increasingly isolating, her grueling work schedule exhausting, and the constant scrutiny of her personal life unwelcomed and intrusive. To top it all off, she has regular nightmares about the death of her friend, Kiku, and the still-at-large Magic Man who nearly stole away her everything.

Koren and Rose have more to fear from this quarter than they know. Magic Man’s obsession with the teenage idol has not lessened, and he is far from defeated. With vital aid from an unexpected source, his nefarious schemes to make Koren his own and to hack the Aaru mainframe are on track and moving forward. Unless the sisters can thwart his sinister designs, everyone and everything the girls hold dear could be destroyed.

About the Author



David Meredith is a writer and educator originally from Knoxville, Tennessee. He received both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts from East Tennessee State University, in Johnson City, Tennessee. He received his Doctorate in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.) from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee. On and off, he spent nearly a decade, from 1999-2010 teaching English in Northern Japan, but currently lives with his wife and three children in the Nashville Area where he continues to write and teach English.

Jenn’s Review

Koren and Rose Johnson are back, and scrambling to find themselves in book 2 of David Meredith’s AARU Cycle, Aaru: Halls of Hel.

Koren is still reeling from the loss of her friend and the publicity tour demands that Aaru’s board has placed on her 14-year-old shoulders is wearing her out. Not only is she trying to navigate the hassles of being a teenager, but she’s trying to do so under the microscope of public opinion, religious zealots, and her parents’ marriage falling apart.

Rose is enjoying her second life in Aaru, but she’s growing increasingly restless, learning the hard lesson that life without purpose is empty, and she’s facing a very long existence.

And the Magic Man? He got what he needed from his attack on Koren, but he’s not finished with his goal.

Aaru: Halls of Hel is a deeper dive into the fascinating universe of life-after-death. You could possibly start with this book, but you’ll get far more out of it by reading book 1 first. Multiple plots are involved, and this is not the end of the series. I definitely enjoyed this book, though it is a long read.

Jenn reviews book 2 in David Meredith's Aaru Cycle - Aaru: Halls of Hel - YA Science Fiction, Virtual Reality, Life After Death
Jenn reviews book 2 in David Meredith’s Aaru Cycle – Aaru: Halls of Hel

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Other Books in this series:

Aaru (book 1)

The Greatest Risk

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Jenn reviews her first Kristen Ashely book, The Greatest Risk - contemporary romance, BDSM, Erotica Romance
Jenn reviews her first Kristen Ashely book, The Greatest Risk

About the Book

The Greatest Risk; Kristen Ashley
Adult; Erotica; 592 Pages

St. Martin’s Griffin (May 1, 2018)

A woman, unable to connect, struggling to hide another part of her. A man burning to learn her truth, and make her whole. Through explosive passion and deep exploration, they are about to take the greatest risk of all. But will they be able to take that leap, and come out on the other side together? In this next passionate novel in the Honey series, New York Times bestselling author Kristen Ashley delivers a stunningly romantic and intensely sexy novel that will stay with you long after you turn the final page.

About the Author

Kristen Ashley is the New York Times bestselling author of over sixty romance novels including the Rock Chick, Colorado Mountain, Dream Man, Chaos, Unfinished Heroes, The ’Burg, Magdalene, Fantasyland, The Three, Ghost and Reincarnation and Honey series along with several standalone novels.

She’s a hybrid author, publishing titles both independently and traditionally, her books have been translated in fourteen languages and she’s sold over three million books. 

In January, Kristen released FREE, the finale to her much-loved Chaos series. Upcoming from Kristen will be THE SLOW BURN, the final book in her Moonlight and Motor Oil series, out April 30, 2019, and QUIET MAN, a Dream Man novella coming 1,001 Dark Nights coming August 13, 2019.

Kristen, born in Gary and raised in Brownsburg, Indiana, was a fourth generation graduate of Purdue University. Since, she has lived in Denver, the West Country of England, and she now resides in Phoenix. She worked as a charity executive for eighteen years prior to beginning her independent publishing career. She now writes full-time.

Although romance is her genre, the prevailing themes running through all of Kristen’s novels are friendship, family and a strong sisterhood. To this end, and as a way to thank her readers for their support, Kristen has created the Rock Chick Nation, a series of programs that are designed to give back to her readers and promote a strong female community.

You can learn more about Kristen and the Rock Chick Nation on her website: www.KristenAshley.net

Jenn’s Review

Disclaimer: this book is intended for mature audiences only. It’s recurring themes of sexuality, BDSM, domination, and sexual slavery are not appropriate for minors.

Steamy sex, domination, bondage, control, and persistent love lay between the pages of this sizable novel by Kristen Ashley. Despite its thick and intimating size, I read through it in just a few days, totally engaged in the plot.

Sixx and Stellan come from backgrounds as opposite as they come. Sixx was intrigued by Stellan’s detached air from the moment she set eyes on him in the upscale BDSM club run by her good friend and mentor, Aryas. Stellan is par excellence when he works with submissives in the club, and Sixx has her own following as one of the club’s most sought after dominatrices.

Her biggest problem? Stellan is totally out of her reach, whether he’s attracted to someone else, or just seems to not notice her at all.

And then there’s her career choice, looming in the background. If she gets involved with anyone, it could end badly for them both.

So, when Stellan challenges Sixx’s preconceived notions about herself and him, the stakes are higher than ever. Can they both move beyond the traumas in their pasts to find love stronger than any bondage they’ve ever explored?

And when Sixx takes on a job that has her exploring another BDSM club, will the danger cost her the best thing she’s ever had?

This is my first Kristen Ashley, and it is definitely NOT your momma’s Fifty Shades of Gray. Deeply empathetic characters and rich settings set the stage for steamy romance and rough sex of all kinds.

Jenn reviews her first Kristen Ashely book, The Greatest Risk - contemporary romance, BDSM, Erotica Romance
Jenn reviews her first Kristen Ashely book, The Greatest Risk

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Le Remède

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Jenn reviews Densie Webb's contemporary vampire romance, Le Reméde - urban fantasy, contemporary romance, romance fiction
Jenn reviews Densie Webb’s contemporary vampire romance, Le Reméde

About the Book

Le Remède; Densie Webb
Adult; Science Fiction Romance; 260 Pages

The Wild Rose Press, Inc (November 7, 2018)

Andie Rogé craves control like some people crave chocolate. But she can’t control her feelings when she encounters Vincent Dubois at Lizzie Borden’s Bar. 

Tortured by blood lust that has ruled him for almost two hundred years, Vincent is unprepared for the pull he feels toward Andie. He can only surrender to what he knows is fate. 

Offered a cure from a rare black orchid, he faces an agonizing choice—take the only dose and join Andie in the human life he so deeply desires or give the cure to his Kindred brother to stop his bloody rampage. Fate brought them together but will it destroy their chance at a future?

About the Author

Le Reméde author, Densie Webb

Densie Webb has spent a long career as a freelance nonfiction writer and editor, specializing in health and nutrition, and has published several books and tons of articles on the topic over the years. She is a member of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association and SheWrites; a contributor to Women Writers, Women’s Books; and a daily “tweeter” for WriterUnboxed. Her latest novel, “Le Remède” was published by Wild Rose Press. Her debut novel, “You’ll Be Thinking of Me” was published by Soul Mate Publishing. She grew up in Louisiana, spent 13 years in New York, and settled in Austin, TX, where it’s summer nine months out of the year. She is an avid walker (not of the dead variety, though she loves anything to do with zombies, vampires or post-apocalyptic worlds), drinks too much coffee and has a small “devil dog” that keeps her on her toes. She has arrested development in musical tastes and her two children provide her with musical recommendations on a regular basis.

Jenn’s Review

Densie Webb’s paranormal romance, LE REMÉDE, is a walk on the spicy side of vampires. No sparkles here, though Ms. Webb does put her own spin on the supernatural in this charming love story.

Andie is at the end of a very long string of bad luck. She’s finally finding her feet in the Big Apple after having to lean heavily on her best friend, losing her parents, and her fiance. So when she finally meets the unbelievably beautiful mystery man from the bar, her world upends in confusion, insatiable need, and the most amazing peace she’s felt in a long time. It figures that something is wrong with him – she just didn’t guess that he was a cursed, immortal Kindred. Those only exist in the movies, right? Right?

Vincent has used his very long life learning to curb his deadly hunger and to teach his only friend how to do the same. So when an enemy from centuries past saunters into Vincent’s flower shop, offering a cure to the curse he never wanted, Vincent is doubtful, but hope springs eternal. Hope blossoms when an irresistible pull draws him toward Andie, and the only logical explanation for his attraction is a legend about fated mates – but he’s never heard of such a thing between human and Kindred.

As Andie learns to accept who and what Vincent is, Vincent’s friend loses control and spirals into a killing spree. The three must make decisions that no one should be forced to make – lover or friend? Family or the future?

This is a tastefully written, adult romance that edges towards the sweet side of the bedroom door. Le Reméde is contemporary urban fantasy, told in the first person present POV. The author’s world-building and character development are beautifully rendered, though the pacing was slow. While I enjoyed the story, I think Ms. Webb got bogged down from time to time with backstory. This is one of those authors I look forward to seeing more from in the future.

Jenn reviews Densie Webb's contemporary vampire romance, Le Reméde - urban fantasy, contemporary romance, romance fiction
Jenn reviews Densie Webb’s contemporary vampire romance, Le Reméde

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Chronicle of Lost Empire: Secrets of Nalanda

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Jenn reviews the first book in Mala Mukherjee's historical fantasy series, Chronicle of Lost Empire: Secrets of Nalanda - India history, diverse fiction, fantasy fiction, historical mysteries
Jenn reviews the first book in Mala Mukherjee’s historical fantasy series, Chronicle of Lost Empire: Secrets of Nalanda

About the Book

Chronicle of Lost Empire: Secrets of Nalanda; Mala Mukharjee
Adult; Historical Fantasy; 363 pages

BookRix March 12, 2019

A historical fantasy set in the backdrop of Nalanda and the end of Gupta Empire depicts the horror of Hun invasion, and power struggle between smaller kingdoms in an alternate universe bounded by magical reality. During the political turmoil, a prince vouchsafed to save Magadha from foreign invasion with the help of Nalanda’s intellectual teachers and their secret knowledge of Celestial Weapons. However, palace intrigues compelled him to renounce his claim to the throne and he embraced the life of austerity for a greater cause. Unaware of the baffling power of his enemies, the young prince entrapped in the political rivalry of Chandraketugarh and found love in an unexpected way. His journey to Nalanda unfolded many secrets of the ancient university that changed his destiny forever. Under the guidance of his mentor, eminent alchemist Budhaditya he overcame all odds and reached his goal; but just before the final battle, he faced the dilemma of choosing duty over love. 

This is the first part of a Trilogy. 

This story is purely fictional, based on imagination, not on historical facts and figures. Any similarities of events or characters, in reality, is purely coincidental and not made to insult any individual or group. 

Jenn’s Review

I picked this book up to read a quick sample, after the author, Mala Mukherjee, contacted me about a possible review. After reading the introduction, I chose to add this story to my reading list for two reasons: first, it isn’t written from a Western perspective and second, the author is upfront and honest about where the story came from. If you’re looking for a historically accurate tale, this probably isn’t for you, however, as Miss Mukherjee explains in the book’s first pages, she’s spun a fanciful tale around an archaeological mystery.

Welcome to Nalanda, and the Indus subcontinent in the age of the Huns. Nalanda is a center of learning, removed from politics, though it will not remain untouched by the coming war that looms over the land.

Prakhashaditya is a disgraced prince who renounced his claim on the throne to retire to a life of learning, if only for enough years to secure the knowledge of elemental weapons that might stand against the Huns’ mystical arsenal.

His teacher sends him to one of the department heads of Nalanda, to specifically study alchemy, and everything goes wrong when Prakhashaditya stumbles into a confusing situation between local villagers and a merchant caravan.

Confusion ensues, as court intrigues tangle and twist around each other. Hidden plots and deceptions add up, war breaks out, and survivors emerge with the truth of their identities – few of the major players know the whole truth and even fewer know who they truly are.

This was a long read, and in the first half, I frequently found myself out of the plot and lost in long descriptions of settings and people. Miss Mukherjee has done a thorough job of world-building and character creation. However, at several points in the book, I nearly gave up, as the description frequently engulfed the story. Eventually, the author does get out of her own way, and the story flows well – leaving me glad I didn’t surrender.

As a word of caution, this book is not written by a native English speaker (I am uncertain if the book was translated or if the author wrote this in English herself), and this shows up in virtually every paragraph. At times, what the author intends to say is unclear, however, I reached a place where it simply became a facet of the narrative.

Under the faults, this is a thrilling story, with unexpected plot twists, mysteries, intrigue, and danger. Definitely worth the effort to read.

Jenn reviews the first book in Mala Mukherjee's historical fantasy series, Chronicle of Lost Empire: Secrets of Nalanda - India history, diverse fiction, fantasy fiction, historical mysteries
Jenn reviews the first book in Mala Mukherjee’s historical fantasy series, Chronicle of Lost Empire: Secrets of Nalanda

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