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Personal Mastery – Book Review

About the Book;

I have been asked by hundreds of my friends: Courtney Lodge, what secrets have you used to achieve so much as such a young age?

How did you become: Deputy Superintendent of Police by age 26; Branch Manager at JNBS by age 30; CEO of GSB Credit Union by age 35; CEO of the Caribbean Confederation of Credit Unions (CCCU) with responsibility for over 342 credit unions in 18 countries by age 36; Author at 37; business owner (Strategic Corporate Interventions, SCI, Ltd) at 37, worked for the German BKA/FBI, met numerous presidents/prime ministers and other government officials, visited over 40 countries, and so much more…?

This book, Personal Mastery shows how you can do this and much more. It is not limited only to professional growth, but all areas of your life. 

The 7 Dimensions (7Ds) of Personal Mastery are explained and you are then empowered to use tools and templates to get started in creating your very own Personal Mastery Strategic Life Plans. 
Based on the level of your diligence and beliefs, you will see immediate improvements in the way you think and operate, and in the results you get in your life.

If you only knew how much money has flowed into my life before age 40, you too would want to jump on this Personal Mastery train before the month ends.

More importantly, however, if you knew the growth I have experienced in my intellectual, emotional, physical, spiritual and relational development, you would embrace Personal Mastery before today ends. You can maximize your potential…NOW!

Buy this book NOW! Use it to enhance your personal development. Tell others about it. Tweet and chat about it online. Help others to develop their powers of Personal Mastery too. The world will be a better place.

www.7dpersonalmastery.com #7dpersonalmastery @7dpersonalmastery

Courtney “G.O.” Lodge, 
Author, Transformational Speaker, Business Transformation Consultant

Jenn’s Review:

I first saw this book on Amazon about a year ago when I started delving into learning about the Law of Attraction. I finally got around to buying it in December, and just finished it this week, as I’ve been slowly working through the exercises listed as I read.

Unlike a number of self-published, self-help books, this one doesn’t spend 50 pages convincing you that his methods work. No, instead, he dives straight into how to use the methods (the Personal Mastery Plan) and walks you, step by step, through creating a Plan for your own life. 

Remember, I’m a planning freak, and this Plan soothed that part of me. Even before I had the complete Plan (all seven dimensions that Mr. Lodge goes over), I began to see changes in my attitude, my businesses and my personal life. This is not “so much bunk” as so many other planning guides tend towards, but real, honest, working methods towards achieving newer and greater heights.

Yes, unlike most similar length books, it took me almost two months to get through it – however, they’ve been life-altering, mindset-changing months that have set me on a path towards personal, vocational and financial success.

As a serial book reviewer, I’ve read countless books. Very few leave my desk with the words, “Everyone should read this book.” Even fewer leave me wondering how I can incorporate them into my daughter’s education. 

This one has.

Buy the book:

This book is available from Amazon in Kindle format, on Kindle Unlimited and in paperback here. [affiliate link]

Reign of Shadows – Review

About the book:

Brianna can see her future, but it’s the past that haunts her. Plans laid in place centuries ago are threatening not only her and her sister, but all of the Seven Lines. As the shadows plot their way to old rule, the visions shift again. Her power has led to some hard choices—and the occasional stab wound—but this set of futures holds nothing but darkness.

Unable to bear the idea of losing the footing they’ve so recently gained, she turns the soldiers of the Seven. But with shadows hidden among the ranks, can she overcome the path they’ve set in place, or is she blindly following their lead?

About the author:

Melissa is the author of the Frey Saga, Descendants Series, and KING OF ASH AND BONE. She is currently working on the next book, but when not writing can be spotted collecting the things she loves at Goodreads and Pinterest. Contact her through the web at www.melissa-wright.com

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THE FREY SAGA
Frey
Pieces of Eight
Molly (a short story)
Rise of the Seven
Venom and Steel

DESCENDANTS SERIES
Bound by Prophecy
Shifting Fate
Reign of Shadows

SHATTERED REALMS
King of Ash and Bone

Sam’s review:

Hey to all those who have seen a review by me, as well as those of you who have no idea who I am. It’s Sam, and I am back with another review, completing the Descendants series by Melissa Wright. The final book that ties the fates of Brianna, Logan, Emily and Aern together just so happens to be called Reign of Shadows and is told in the third person perspective of all of the characters, which I find is great way to tell the story whereas you are looking not only at one character, but at the villians, and the good guys. So, yeah, good story. I loved how Callan (the anti-hero, I guess you could call him) has a very important mission, given to him by the other, more supreme Shadows, to find and capture Brianna, and Brianna only. Should he fail, the consequences would not be in his favor.

However, unlike the other Shadows, who want shadow prophets dead, he seeks to create a bond with his prey in order to keep her safe. But Logan, Aern, Emily, and Brianna herself don’t want him anywhere near the Division or the Council. When the other Shadows attack, Callan uses his gifts in order to alert Brianna of attacks. The war might be far from over, but it all ends one way or another for our heroes in the final book of the Descendants series. Now, this is just my opinion, but I loved how heart pounding the story was. If you love alternate universes, prophecies, and magic, then read the Descendants series by Melissa Wright.

Please tune in next week for our next review. If you have a book that you want me to read that you think that I might like, please recommend it, check out the link to Thrice Read Books.com, an online bookstore that accepts indie authors, like this video, subscribe, and enable notifications. I’ll be seeing you guys again next week! Bye!

Buy the book:

You can buy this book on its own from Amazon in Kindle, paperback and audiobook format here. {affiliate link}

Or, buy the whole series here. {also affiliate link}

Read Sam’s other reviews for this series:

Bound by Prophecy

Shifting Fate

Bound by Prophecy – Review

About the book:

Aern’s only job is to protect the chosen. The trouble is, she’s the key to a prophecy and everyone wants her. Hiding a girl in the center of a secret war is tricky business, but when her sister shows up to take Aern hostage, all bets are off. 

A slim brunette in borrowed jeans should be the least of his problems, but there’s something about Emily he just can’t put to rights. And it’s not her penchant for using hand tools as weapons or the fact that she seems immune to his sway. 

Everything about her screams run. But when he discovers she’s working toward her own prophecy, he’s got no choice but to keep her safe. It might have been easy, if she didn’t think she was the chosen’s protector. When the opposition descends, their only hope is to stick together, but the truth unravels, and together might prove the biggest complication of them all.

About the author:

Melissa is the author of the Frey Saga, Descendants Series, and KING OF ASH AND BONE. She is currently working on the next book, but when not writing can be spotted collecting the things she loves at Goodreads and Pinterest. Contact her through the web at www.melissa-wright.com

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THE FREY SAGA
Frey
Pieces of Eight
Molly (a short story)
Rise of the Seven
Venom and Steel

DESCENDANTS SERIES
Bound by Prophecy
Shifting Fate
Reign of Shadows

SHATTERED REALMS
King of Ash and Bone

Sam’s review:

Greetings, everyone! The bookish topic of today for this channel is Bound by Prophecy by Melissa Wright. One of three protagonists, Aern, brother of the antagonist, Morgan, hands the “chosen” too the Division, a choice that he believes will keep her safe from Morgan’s hands. Aern is caught by his evil brother, Morgan. Emily, the chosen’s sister, rescues him, only to hold him captive as she searches for Brianna, her sister. When they make it to the Division, he finds out that his chosen is a decoy, as well as a prophet. This is a quick paced adventure taking place on modern day Earth, but might as well be an alternate universe, plus it is captivating from the first paragraph to the last words. There is indeed a sequel to this, and I expect it to be done in the VERY near future, so keep an eye out for it. And I’ll be back. Sam out!

Buy the book:

You can purchase this book on its own from Amazon in Kindle, paperback or as an audio book here. [affiliate link]

Or…

You can buy the boxed set here. [affiliate link]

Stay tuned:

Book 2, Shifting Fates review

Book 3, Reign of Shadows

Shifting Fate – Review

About the Book:

According to prophecy, Brianna Drake was born to save the world. Unfortunately, she doesn’t have the slightest idea how. Her visions should have given her the answer, but they’re beginning to shift, making the danger too unpredictable, even for a prophet.

If she can just help her sister restore their hidden powers, she might be able to stop what’s coming. But an old enemy returns, and he’s got plans for Brianna and her visions.

What neither of them knows is that fate has given a stranger one chance to find her. He was trained to protect the chosen—but if he fails, the future will crumble.

About the Author:

Melissa is the author of the Frey Saga, Descendants Series, and KING OF ASH AND BONE. She is currently working on the next book, but when not writing can be spotted collecting the things she loves at Goodreads and Pinterest. Contact her through the web at www.melissa-wright.com

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THE FREY SAGA
Frey
Pieces of Eight
Molly (a short story)
Rise of the Seven
Venom and Steel

DESCENDANTS SERIES
Bound by Prophecy
Shifting Fate
Reign of Shadows

SHATTERED REALMS
King of Ash and Bone

Sam’s Review:

 Hello, my name’s Sam, this is Sam’s Teen Reads Corner, but you should already know the name because it says so right on the video, and today our topic for the week is Shifting Fate, the second book in the Descendants series by Melissa Wright. I wouldn’t recommend watching this video unless you’ve seen the review for Bound by Prophecy, because this has some spoilers, as is the way with most of the reviews that I do. See, Brianna is the prophet, no longer the chosen. Of course, nobody else in the Division knows it, and she is attacked after Aern stabbed her, Morgan having place Aern under his sway. When her safety becomes vital, she is placed under the protection of Logan, whom she finds herself falling for, and hard. When she has a vision of their kiss, and alerts Logan of it, Logan uses that knowledge to know about whether or not they’ll die in troubling situations, because if the kiss doesn’t happen, then they can’t die; another useful reason to work with a prophet. Brianna goes searching for the place that Morgan held her mother.

From the notes that her mother hid, she learns that she is the Dragon Slayer, and a shade, a shadow, her powers bound by the broken bonds, the lines that run in the veins of the Seven Lines. Using what little she has, she connects the bonds, gives Emily her magic, and herself her abilities to see the present and the future. But Morgan, after being imprisoned, has escaped his prison. Will her powers be enough to stop him?

The second book in the series, it is captivating, just like its predecessor, filled to the brim with action and danger, as well as some parts of romance. Told in the view of Brianna, while the first was told in the view of Aern, Brianna’s story carried on the urban fantasy story. I loved how the intensity of the story makes it seem as if you are right there with the characters, there was subtle hints of romance, and how there is a dark secret behind Brianna and Emily’s family. It gets five stars, please don’t forget to subscribe, enable notifications, and like, and I’ll be back soon with the final book in the Descendants series. Bye!

Buy the book (or the series!)

This book is available from Amazon in Kindle, paperback and audiobook formats here. [affiliate link] 

Or, you can buy the whole series in Kindle format here. [affiliate link]

The rest of the series:

Bound by Prophecy

Reign of Shadows

Three Dark Crowns – Review

About the book:

New York Times Bestseller * New York Public Library Best Book of 2016 Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2016 Kirkus Best Book of the Year

Fans of acclaimed author Kendare Blake’s Anna Dressed in Blood will devour Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. And don’t miss the highly anticipated sequel, One Dark Throne!

In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown.

Be sure to catch the stunning sequel to this New York Times bestseller, One Dark Throne.

About the Author:

Kendare Blake grew up in the small city of Cambridge, Minnesota. She is a graduate of Ithaca College, in Ithaca, New York and received a Master of Arts in Creative Writing from Middlesex University in London, England. She loves to travel, is an advocate for animals, and cheats a lot when she plays Final Fantasy. Adopted from South Korea at the age of seven months, she arrived with the following instruction: “Feed her chocolate.” Though not medically advisable, she and her parents are eternally grateful for this advice.

Kendare is the author of six novels: the contemporary SLEEPWALK SOCIETY, YA horror duo ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD (2011 NPR Top 5, Kirkus Top Ten), and GIRL OF NIGHTMARES (2012 Kirkus Reviews Top Ten), and the Goddess War trilogy (ANTIGODDESS, MORTAL GODS, UNGODLY). 

Coming in September 2016: THREE DARK CROWNS, the first book in a fantasy series about warring triplet queens.

Sam’s Review

Hey, everyone, I hope your week has been going wonderfully, and our review will be about Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake. On the island of Fennbirn, three queens are born, as is tradition. Each of then have a special gift: a naturalist, able to control the earth, a poisoner, able to withstand the harshest of poisons, and the elementalist, able to summon storms. Three queens, taken apart at six years old, and expected to kill each other for the crown. Sounds a little harsh, right? Well, one queen, the elementalist Mirabella, in the latest generation, refuses to kill her sisters, and hopes to bring peace to the three of them. Boy is she wrong. When Arsinoe, the proclaimed naturalist and trained to be cautious, takes Mirabella’s visit the wrong way, and her friend Jules loses control over Arsinoe’s fake familiar, hurting many at the start of the Ascension year, the year when the queens hunt each other, Mirabella and the poisoner queen, Katherine are both mislead about Arsinoe’s intentions.

Read the book to find out what is to come of the sisters. As the first book in a series, it will leave you begging for more. Luckily the second book is out, however we’ll be doing that book, next week. It gets two thumbs up and five stars for the amazing characters, really amazing places, and the airs of treachery and secrets, and I hope that you enjoy it too.Please subscribe, check out the little floaty link to the bookstore that’s to the right of my head, like, and enable notifications. I’ll see you next Friday! Bye!

Buy the book:

This book is available from Amazon in Kindle, Hardcover, paperback, audiobook and MP3 CD formats here. [affiliate link]

Other Reviews in this series:

One Dark Throne (book 2) coming soon

Your First 100 – Review

Book Review - Your First 100 by Meera Kothand http://bit.ly/TRB100Rev

About the book:

What if you had a pool of repeat customers and loyal, raving fans waiting to buy EVERY SINGLE ONEof your digital products?

What if you never had to chase or wonder where the next sale of your digital product is going to come from?

What if you knew exactly how to turn first time visitors into subscribers and then loyal customers who stay and buy again and again and again…

Nodding YES?

Your First 100 will allow you to discover how to take the brand and business you have right now and transform it into one that has the potential to build repeat customers and loyal, raving fans.

Brand loyalty isn’t just for the big brands. Your First 100 will show you how you can tap into the exact loyalty recipe as an online business and brand selling digital products. 

Here’s what’s packed in this how-to guide: 

  • How to be TOP OF MIND every single time your ideal customer is ready to buy
  • The 4C formula to writing emails that hook 
  • That ONE thing you need to get from your ideal customer (without this, the ASK gets so much harder)
  • DEAD SIMPLE way to structure your offers so that your customers keep coming back for more
  • How the 5P Touch Framework will help you burn a single brand footprint into all interactions your audience has with your business (and why you need ALL 5!) 
  • How you can QUICKLY turn your ideal customer into a buyer and then a loyal, raving fan

In Your First 100, you will be introduced to a system of ideas and questions to think about, ask yourself, and apply to your digital product–based business in 5 core areas so that you can turn first time visitors into repeat customers and loyal, raving fans.

Imagine for a minute how your business would change if you never had to worry about where the next sale of your digital product is going to come from…

Your offers (paid and free) become seductive magnets of YES! that your audience can’t resist.

Your audience is sold on whatever you put on sale because it’s from YOU and they want it.

Every core area in your business is intentional and works toward creating a brand experience that attracts your tribe—your repeat customers and loyal, raving fans.

That’s the power of the process and promise behind Your First 100.

Intrigued yet?

Then scroll to the top and click or tap “Buy Now.”

About the author:

Meera is a certified email marketing specialist, blogger and a self-professed email nerd. 

She blogs over at MeeraKothand.Com where she helps solopreneurs create authentic blogs and businesses minus the sleaze to build an unignorable, stand out online presence. She has been featured on Smart Blogger, Marketing Profs, YFS, Addicted 2 Success and several other sites. 

Her specialty: simplifying marketing strategy with no-fluff, direct and actionable advice with a smattering of tough love.

When she’s not writing or saving her readers from email marketing phobia, she’s mom to a four-year old ballerina who wants to travel to Uranus and wife to one awesome guy.

Jenn’s Review:

Book Review - Your First 100 by Meera Kothand Business and Marketing strategy http://bit.ly/TRB100Rev

I’m not new to Meera Kothand. Recently, I took an email course on newsletters from her, and was immediately hooked. So when she announced the release of Your First 100, I had to run to look at it, because in my “other” life/business, I’m working to start up a mentoring business to support the writing part of my life. (Reading supports the bookstore, mentoring supports the writing)

Your First 100 is no-nonsense and right to the point, but this isn’t one of those cheap-ey, short-form PDF books that so many online businesses bandy about. Meera dives in deep, provides resources, and give concise advice about how to build your audience from the ground up. All the way up through converting your audience to paying clients and beyond, to ensuring that those paying clients come back again and again, because of the consistent customer journey that delights them.

Admittedly, I haven’t finished the worksheets that Meera provides to help you through the process. I started to, and then got a bit lost in just enjoying what she was saying. Now that I’ve finished it, I’m going back to the beginning to work through the homework and worksheets that correspond to each section.

If you are launching any online business… If you already have an online business… Especially if your online business is struggling – you need this book.

It won’t overwhelm you with how to grow your Facebook page, or get more Twitter followers. This is a no-nonsense and down to earth approach to providing the best, authentic version of what you offer to your ideal customers.

Buy the book:

This book is available in Kindle edition and paperback format from Amazon here.

Dead Rules – Review

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About the book:

Till death

Jana Webster and Michael Haynes were in love. They were destined to be together forever.

Do

But Jana’s destiny was fatally flawed. And now she’s in Dead School, where Mars Dreamcote lurks in the back of the classroom, with his beguiling blue eyes, mysterious smile, and irresistibly warm touch.

Us

Michael and Jana were incomplete without each other. There was no room for Mars in Jana’s life—or death—story. Jana was sure Michael would rush to her side soon.

Part

But things aren’t going according to Jana’s plan. So Jana decides to do whatever it takes to make her dreams come true—no matter what rules she has to break.

About the Author:

Randy Russell believes in ghosts. He conducts an annual ghost seminar for the State of North Carolina and can be found most summers sharing true ghost stories at visitor centers in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. He wrote Dead Rules because he believes ghosts should be allowed to share their stories of encounters with humans. He lives in Asheville, North Carolina.

Sam’s Review:

A good girl goes bad in a desperate attempt to get her boyfriend back in Randy Russell’s Dead Rules. Jana Webster has died. She’s now at Dead School, and one of the “risers”.

Risers are what dead people start as. You misbehave though, and you’re on your way to being a Slider, someone who’s a ghost, but at the same time they aren’t. In other words, they can materialize, be seen by the living, and interact with things in the living world, which Risers and Grays (suicidals) can’t do.

Jana needs to become a Slider if she wants to get her boyfriend, Michael Hynes, back. She has a plan to kill him so that he can be with her forever. She’s incomplete without him, and he’s incomplete without her, or so she thought.

I have several things to say about this book, the top one being, “Holy fudge! This girl’s crazier than I am!” Other than that, I enjoyed this. I even read it while playing Minecraft. That’s saying something considering how large my attention span is (probably about the length of my hand.). In fact, most of my Minecraft time was spent reading the book. There was very little swearing, but this is definitely for young adult readers.

The genre is paranormal, the characters are fun, and I enjoyed the plot.

Buy the Book:

Thrice Read Books has one hardback edition for sale here.

This book is also available on Amazon in Kindle, hardcover or paperback here. [Affiliate Link}

The Mussorgsky Riddle – Review

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About the book:

Genre: supernatural thriller

Series: Fugue & Fable #1

Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press

Date of Release: January 12, 2015

Cover Artist: Polina Sapershteyn

Find Online: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Goodreads

Psychic Mira Tejedor possesses unique talents that enable her to find anything and anyone, but now she must find a comatose boy wandering lost inside the labyrinth of his own mind. Thirteen-year-old Anthony Faircloth hasn’t spoken a word in almost a month and with each passing day, his near catatonic state worsens. No doctor, test, or scan can tell Anthony’s distraught mother what has happened to her already troubled son. In desperation, she turns to Mira for answers, hoping her unique abilities might succeed where science has failed.

cover art for Mussorgsky Reiddle



At their first encounter, Mira is pulled into Anthony’s mind and finds the child’s psyche shattered into the various movements of Modest Mussorgsky’s classical music suite, Pictures at an Exhibition. As she navigates this magical dreamscape drawn from Anthony’s twin loves of Russian composers and classical mythology, Mira must contend with gnomes, troubadours, and witches in her search for the truth behind Anthony’s mysterious malady.

The real world, however, holds its own dangers. The onset of Anthony’s condition coincides with the disappearance of his older brother’s girlfriend, a missing persons case that threatens to tear the city apart. Mira discovers that in order to save Anthony, she will have to catch a murderer who will stop at nothing to keep the secrets contained in Anthony’s unique mind from ever seeing the light.

About the Author:

Darrin Kennedy

Darin Kennedy, born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. After completing family medicine residency in the mountains of Virginia, he served eight years as a United States Army physician and wrote his first novel in 2003 in the sands of northern Iraq.

His debut novel, The Mussorgsky Riddle, was born from a fusion of two of his lifelong loves–classical music and world mythology– and is slated for publication by Curiosity Quills Press on 12 Jan 2015. He is currently hard at work on his next novel.

His short stories can be found in various publications, many of which are available through Amazon, and most of which have been collected in his two short story compilations – Necromancer for Hire: The April Sullivan Chronicles & The Sicilian Defense and Other Dark Tales – also available on Amazon.

Doctor by day and novelist by night, he writes and practices medicine in Charlotte, North Carolina. When not engaged in either of the above activities, he has been known strum the guitar, enjoy a bite of sushi, and rumor has it he even sleeps on occasion.

He is represented by Stacey Donaghy at Donaghy Literary Group.
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Jenn’s Review:

Admittedly, this book took longer to read than I anticipated – but not because it lacked the usual attention-pulling elements.

I generally try to stay away from murder mysteries. They tend to leave me feeling disturbed at best, anxious and overwhelmed at worst. I dove into this series, however, because of two elements: The paranomal/psychic and the classical composer element.

This mystery is less about the murder of a teenage girl, and is far more about the psychic’s journey through herself as she tries to help a young boy unlock his mental prison that he’s exiled himself to as a measure of coping with emotional trauma. 

Larger than the mystery of the missing girl, is the mystery of why young Anthony mentally locked himself up and how Mira can so easily walk in his mental-scape.

This book sucks the reader in, both with the unusual use of clairalliance by Mira (clairalliance being a gathering of psychic knowing through scent) and the trip through Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. 

This story doesn’t end on a cliffhanger by any means, (other than some romantic prospects that are secondary to the main plot), but I just finished the book and had to race out to my laptop to write the review, so I could start on book 2 of the series, The Stravinsky Intrigue.

For an added twist, listen to the classical piece that serves as Mira’s guide through Anthony’s mind. It serves as an excellent backdrop to the vivid imagery that Kennedy supplies in his writing.

Definitely a meandering, suspenseful read worth its weight in time.

Sam’s Review:

The Mussorgsky Riddle by Darin Kennedy was very interesting and captivating. Mira, the heroin, was very brave, and she’s a physic who’s desperate to help a young boy by the name of Anthony, who is nearly comatose. When she enters his mind, she learns that he knows who killed his brother’s ex.

Very powerful and very good, The Mussorgsky Riddle will draw you in, if you don’t mind being in a messed up dreamscape, that is. If you don’t mind that, but rather enjoy it, it’ll please you to the very end.

Some of the things that I didn’t like was how it was confusing at times. Moments like those were very little, but still. Baba Yaga was a very interesting character, and an unexpected plot twist happened near the end. I guess that that’s the whole point of a plot twist.

Buy the book:

This book is available on Amazon in Kindle, paperback, audiobook and MP3 CD formats here. [affiliate link]

Other books in this series:

The Stravinsky Intrigue (Review coming soon)

The Tchaicovsky Finale (Review coming soon)

The Stravinsky Intrigue – Review

Sam's Teen Read Corner review of The Stravinsky Intrigue by Darrin Kennedy

About this book:

Nine months have passed since psychic Mira Tejedor last walked the halls of Anthony Faircloth’s adolescent mind. All but family now, Mira is relocating to Charlotte, NC, not only for a much-needed change of scenery, but to further her burgeoning relationship with Dr. Thomas Archer. On the eve of her move, however, a new threat emerges.

Young girls from every corner of Charlotte are falling catatonic, a condition eerily similar to the illness from which Mira rescued Anthony the previous fall. Mira reluctantly agrees to help Detective Calvin Sterling with the case and soon finds herself pulled into a new pair of fantasy worlds, both borne from the brilliant mind of Igor Stravinsky.

In the world of The Firebird, Mira becomes the warrior Ivanovna and battles an immortal evil threatening to steal the girls’ souls for all eternity. In the Russian fair from Petrushka, she assumes the role of Ballerina, one of three magical puppets who dance at the whim of a cruel Charlatan. Torn between Moor and Clown, bizarre doppelgangers of the two vastly different men in her life, and threatened at every turn by a sorcerer who craves her very essence, Mira must navigate the cruel deceptions of both worlds and win, or her life and the lives of a dozen innocents will be forfeit.

Sam's Teen Reads Corner reviews Darrin Kennedy's paranormal suspense novel "The Stravinsky Intrigue"

About the author:

Darrin Kennedy - Author of the Fugue and Fable series

Darin Kennedy, born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. After completing family medicine residency in the mountains of Virginia, he served eight years as a United States Army physician and wrote his first novel in 2003 in the sands of northern Iraq. His debut novel, The Mussorgsky Riddle, was born from a fusion of two of his lifelong loves: classical music and world mythology. His short stories can be found in various publications and he is currently hard at work on his next novel. Doctor by day and novelist by night, he writes and practices medicine in Charlotte, North Carolina. When not engaged in either of the above activities, he has been known to strum the guitar, enjoy a bite of sushi, and rumor has it he even sleeps on occasion.

Sam’s Review:

The Stravinsky Intrigue by Darin Kennedy is the sequel to The Mussorgsky Riddle, and it doesn’t disappoint this reader of the series. Mira is back on the case once more as she tries to find the one who the six comatose girls in the hospital. Taking more trips into the Exhibition, she discovering that instead of having all of her old friends, she’s caught in The Firebird, The Rite of Spring and Petrushka.

Once more, this book was incredible and fun to read, and there weren’t as many confusing moments in it, which is great. And just so you know, Mira won’t be the the main character in the next book. Sorry.

**Jenn’s note: This isn’t classified as middle grade or young adult. Since there isn’t much bad language or graphic violence in book 1, I let Sam tackle this series when she asked, because she is pretty good at knowing her own limits when it comes to lit. 

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Other books in this series:

The Mussorgsky Riddle (Book 1)

The Tchaikovsky Finale (Book 3)

The Orgasmic Way – Review

Book Review for The Orgasmic Way by Adana Washington - Metaphysics, Law of Attraction, Personal Development

About the book:

A lot of people drag their feet through life, wondering when the fun part will start. They dread waking up every morning, because they are so miserable in their everyday lives. Nothing is fulfilling. Not very much about their daily routine excites them. And years down the line, they’ll be doing the same exact thing, because they believe it can’t get any better.

But you want more than that. You want passion and excitement. You want to look forward to your day, and know that your work has meaning, that you’re expressing your creativity, and that you’re manifesting all that you desire. You want to feel good about yourself and what you want, and you want to make things happen that seem impossible, but would feel so damn good.

You want to live the Orgasmic Way.

The Orgasmic Way is about achieving pleasure and satisfaction in your everyday life. You are not here to suffer and be miserable. You are here to shine, to feel joy and excitement, and to experience all the wonderful things that make you feel good in this life.

Living the Orgasmic Way will help you:
Banish your broken beliefs and create new empowering ones.
Embrace your Shadow and find your Light.
Get to the heart of what you want and how you want to feel.
Bring your point of focus to the things that you truly want in life.

The Orgasmic Way is a guide filled with all kinds of observations, inspirations and instigations to help you channel the power of your Root, Sacral and Solar Plexus chakras in order to manifest the life that you want to live.

Jenn’s Review:

Lately, I’ve been diving really deep, and I mean really deep, into the laws of Attraction and Manifestation; and recently I was invited to an online class about using the lower chakras and sexual energy for manifestation. (If you are utterly lost at this point, I get it – I teach and mentor on these topics over on my other website.) That class piqued my curiosity, and sent me racing to Amazon to see what books I could find on the topic.

This was the first of the books I looked at that I actually bought and read. It’s a diminutive 132 pages, and isn’t well edited (missing punctuation and words abound, and the few graphics seem to be missing from the Kindle edition), but the information is good.

I had planned on reading a chapter a week, as I do with many of my personal development/business development books, but I ended up caught up in this information, and finished it in about 2 days (of 1-1 1/2 hour reading sessions). Contrary to the title, this is not a book all about sex. In fact, she doesn’t spend a lot of time talking about orgasms at all, though she does cover creative energy and manifestation in depth, which led me to a number of “Ah-HA!” moments. [such as the subtle connection between the sexual revolution and the technological revolution…]

If you are a student of the Law of Attraction and the Law of Manifestation, this is a must-read, especially if you are stuck. The in-depth work that the author leads the reader through near the end are of significant benefit toward finding your manifestation blocks.

Book Review for The Orgasmic Way by Adana Washington - Nonfiction, Metaphysics, New Age, Law of Attraction

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This book is available from Amazon in Kindle and paperback formats here. [Affiliate Link]