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Spirit Song – Review

Jenn's review of book 3 of Tessa McFionn's Guardians series, SPIRIT SONG. Adult paranormal romance review on Thrice Read Books' book review blog.

About the Book:

Spirit Song by Tessa McFionn (Book 3 of The Guardians)

Adult Paranormal Romance

Published by Etopia Press August 30, 2016

181 pages

The assassin and the angel. Can her song redeem his soul?

Miranda Devalande had long since given up on her dreams of a happy life. Forced to sing at mob boss Slick Sal’s seedy nightclub to cover her brother’s rising gambling debts, she survives from day to day as a caged bird. With each new bad bet by her wayward brother, her hope of finding a way free of her “contract” fades. Until a mysterious stranger arrives at the club and turns her whole life upside down…

Danger has always swirled around reluctant Guardian Warrior Sebastian Lambert. Trained as an assassin and recruited out of desperation, he now battles the evils of power-hungry Rogues in Chicago. When his friend and fellow Guardian Viktor Arnhart drags him into a nightclub, he would have never imagined to find an angel at the mic.

Caught between his desire to keep Miranda safe and his drive to hold her close, Bastian must walk the line between the light of a beautiful songstress and the dark of his perilous past even as dangerous forces threaten to destroy them both. Will he open his heart to her in time, or will she fall prey to her soulless fate?

About the Author:

Tessa McFionn, author of Spirit Song and the Guardians Series

Tessa McFionn is a very native Californian and has called Southern California home for most of her life, growing up in San Diego and attending college in Northern California and Orange County, only to return to San Diego to work as a teacher. Insatiably curious and imaginative, she loves to learn and discover, making her wicked knowledge of trivial facts an unwelcomed guest at many Trivial Pursuit boards. 

When not writing, she can be found at the movies or at Disneyland with her husband, as well as family, friends or anyone who wants to play at the Happiest Place on Earth. She also finds her artistic soul fed through her passions for theatre, dance and music. 

A proud parent of far too many high school seniors and two still living house plants, she also enjoys hockey, reading and playing Words With Friends to keep her vocabulary sharp. She is currently the treasurer of the San Diego chapter of Romance Writers of America and loves spending time working with such amazingly intelligent and creative writers.

Jenn’s Review:

Number three in a series can be a killer, but Tessa McFionn dodges the blow and has a winner in Spirit Song, book 3 in her Guardians series.

Sebastian is a warrior, an assassin and a Guardian by chance, rather than by choice. Centuries after being roped into an eternal gig, he’s tired, raw, and a little off the rails. The only thing keeping him this side of crazy-town is fellow Guardian, Viktor.

Viktor drags a reluctant Bas to the seedy side of town, where the lovely angel on stage tugs at something inside Bas he’s long-thought dead.

Bas isn’t the only one tired of the hand fate dealt. Miranda wanted nothing more than to finish school and enjoy a career as a singer. Instead, she belongs to a mob boss who’s trying to impress Bastian’s arch-nemesis.

Will Miranda accept Bastian in all his brokenness? Can Bas find a way to get Miranda out of the bind she’s in?

Once again, Ms. McFionn keeps the pace brisk, and the plot driven. I struggled with having to put the book down to sleep.  (Just one more chapter!) The end snuck up on me, and I am more than ready to start book four, Spirit Shattered, which is already loaded and open on my tablet.

I think fans of Kenyon’s Dark Hunter series will enjoy this series. Paranormal and romance in a perfect balance with hot heroes, strong heroines, snarky humor and well-developed characters.

Jenn's review of book 3 of Tessa McFionn's Guardians series, SPIRIT SONG. Adult paranormal romance review on Thrice Read Books' book review blog.

Buy the Book:

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

Other Books in the Series:

Spirit Fall (book 1)

Spirit Bound (book 2)

Spirit Shattered (book 4)

Other Books by Tessa McFionn:

To Discover a Divine (Rise of the Stria book 1)

Divine Challenges (Rise of the Stria Book 2)

We sat down with Tessa to talk a bit about her books, and you can read the interview here.

Spirit Shattered – Review

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Jenn reviews Tessa McFionn’s Spirit Shattered

About the Book:

Spirit Shattered; Tessa McFionn
Adult; Paranormal Romance; 332 pages

Etopia Press May 31, 2018

Only a Guardian’s love can soothe her jaded heart.

Growing up in South Boston, Danika Callaghan was taught early on that life is neither kind nor fair. Fighting has kept her alive on more than one occasion. Under the abusive roof of her brutal uncle, she battles to keep her innocent nephew safe from harm. Yet, a fateful turn down a back alley leads her into a world where she learns heroes are real, and not every man is a monster. But does she dare give her trust—or her heart—to this gorgeous warrior from a forgotten era?

Ukrainian boyar Anton Yurchenko was chosen as a Guardian Warrior while standing on the steps of Saint Sophia’s Cathedral. Dedicated to the belief in peace and armed with the powerful mental skills of a Conduit, he has fought to protect humanity with grace and dignity. However, when a fiery slip of a girl saves his life, he is determined to discover the mysteries behind her skittish exterior. But evil has set its eyes on the star-crossed pair. 

Is true love worth the fight, or will Danika’s fear plunge them into a darkness even Anton can’t save her from?

About the Author:

Spirit Shattered author, Tessa McFionn

Tessa McFionn is a very native Californian and has called Southern California home for most of her life, growing up in San Diego and attending college in Northern California and Orange County, only to return to San Diego to work as a teacher. Insatiably curious and imaginative, she loves to learn and discover, making her wicked knowledge of trivial facts an unwelcomed guest at many Trivial Pursuit boards. 

When not writing, she can be found at the movies or at Disneyland with her husband, as well as family, friends or anyone who wants to play at the Happiest Place on Earth. She also finds her artistic soul fed through her passions for theatre, dance and music. 

A proud parent of far too many high school seniors and two still living house plants, she also enjoys hockey, reading and playing Words With Friends to keep her vocabulary sharp. She is currently the treasurer of the San Diego chapter of Romance Writers of America and loves spending time working with such amazingly intelligent and creative writers.

Jenn’s Review:

Grab your tissues and buckle up, ’cause Tessa McFionn’s latest addition to her Gaurdians Series is a wild ride.

Danika could really use a break. It doesn’t matter what she does, she routinely gets the shirt end of the stick – whether it’s watching her childhood best friend and life long crush propose to someone else, or stumbling upon an honest-to-goodness sword fight in an alley just after someone tries to mug her. And we won’t mention her very screwed up home life.  But she’s strong, a fighting unwilling to back down voluntarily.

Anton is an almost-thousand year old good guy. Recruited by the Guardians for his deep sense of honor, he refuses to stand by while an innocent is hurt, and the angel who saved his life is mystery wrapped in painful enigma. He recognizes the signs of abuse and a hard life in everyone’s Danika does, but something else won’t let him walk away.

This book has three gears: super hot, emotionally gripping and hysterically snarky. I laughed, I cried, I stayed up way too late, trying to finish it in one sitting. (I didn’t, but it was finished before 10am the next day!)

This book is number four in the series, and really, you could read any of them as stand-alones, but WHY? I will be anxiously awaiting book five, because dang! Tessa McFionn’s books rock. She’s also grown quite a bit in her writing style, which readers might notice as they read through this series. (Especially if you read them in quick succession)

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Jenn reviews Tessa McFionn’s Spirit Shattered

Buy The Book:

This book is available in paperback here.

Other Books in the Series:

Spirit Fall (book 1)

Spirit Bound (book 2)

Spirit Song (book 3)

Other Books by Tessa McFionn:

To Discover a Divine (Rise of the Stria, book 1)

Divine Challenges (Rise of the Stria Book 2)

Jenn got to sit down with Tessa to talk writing and romance. You can read the interview here.

Evercrossed – Review

Sam's Teen Reads Corner features YA Paranormal fiction, Evercrossed by Elizabeth Chandler

About the book:

Evercrossed (Kissed by an Angel, book 4) by Elizabeth Chandler

Published by Simon Pulse March 8, 2011

YA Romance, Fantasy and Supernatural 304 pages

It’s been a year since Ivy’s boyfriend, Tristan, died. They’ve both moved on—Tristan to the other side of the afterlife, and Ivy to sweet, dependable Will. Now Ivy’s heading to Cape Cod, hoping to leave the horror of last summer behind. She wants nothing more than to lie on the beach, sip lemonade, and hang out with her friends.

But then a car crash ends Ivy’s life. As she floats to the beyond, looking down on the life she’s left behind, Tristan breathes life back into her with a passionate kiss. She wakes up in the hospital, surrounded by Will and her family, but all she can think about is the love that she lost.

But memories aren’t all that’s come back from the past. And this time, Ivy’s not sure love will be enough to save her….

About the Author:

Elizabeth Chandler is a pseudonym for Mary Claire Helldorfer. She is the author of the Kissed by an Angel and Dark Secrets series. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

Sam’s Review:

Elizabeth Chandler has written an okay story, named Evercrossed, about angels, humans, and love. I wasn’t a fan of the book, but it was still good. The book is part of a series, and it isn’t the first.

Last summer, Ivy lost Tristan, the love of her life, to somebody trying to kill her. Now, on the her anniversary of her relationship with Tristan, she has to put up with guilt. But once again, she is in danger. And her new boyfriend, Will, or Tristan, may not be able to help her.

I didn’t really enjoy this book, because it wasn’t my type, like I thought it was. It didn’t hold my interest, which is a shame, because it was a very interesting concept. The characters were well developed, and the setting was well done.

Sam's Teen Reads Corner features Evercrossed by Elizabeth Chandler (Book 4 in the Kissed by an Angel series)

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The South Winds – Review

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Jenn reviews Allison Mullinax’s The South Winds

About the book:

The South Winds  by Allison Mullinax

Contemporary Romance; Amazon Services

January 9, 2020

Cassie Ray, manager of her family’s successful oyster house, has never asked for much out of life. The sun, surf, and sand are her companions. The regulars and tourists that flock to The Slippery Oyster are her livelihood. But when the Atlantic kicks up a hurricane, sending waves of black water threatening the coast, Cassie quickly learns that the south winds have blown in a lot more than debris and saltwater.

Dean Alexander left Turquoise Isle eight years ago and never looked back. With his sister’s wedding approaching, and a hurricane churning in the Gulf, Dean returns home, where he’s welcomed with a riptide of memories determined to pull him under.

Will Cassie and Dean make it through the crashing waves of the past? Will they get a second chance before it’s too late or will the storm ahead be too much for them to handle?

About the author:

Allison Mullinax - Author of The South Winds

North Alabama native, Allison Mullinax, grew up in the small lake town of Guntersville, AL. She discovered the escapism and addiction of writing at an early age. Today she remains a lover of reading, all things outdoors, and spending time with her husband and three daughters. 

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Jenn’s Review:

I’ve read everything that Allison Mullinax has published. This woman totally rocks the emotional gut wrench. Toss her aptitude for plot twists and sucking the reader in deep on top of my weakness for a second-chance romance into the bargain, and you have The South Winds.

Dean and Cassie have been avoiding each other and their painful past for eight years; but Dean’s sister is getting married, and a series of not-quite coincidences throws Dean into Cassie’s path, with a hurricane looming off the coast of their little hometown.

Between Dean’s well-meaning mother and younger sister, and Cassie’s hunky, handy, good-looking and male best friend (whom Dean mistakes for Cassie’s boyfriend before he is bluntly informed is married…and gay), the broken couple doesn’t stand a chance of staying away from each other or the painful conversations they’ve been avoiding.

The South Winds is another quick read from Ms. Mullinax. She deftly captures life in a small tourist town, and leads her reader down a lovely, romantic plot path, only to twist things just enough at the right moment. Fans of the second chance romance, here’s your next weekend read.

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Two Hearts, One Stone – Cover Reveal

Thrice Read Books is pleased to announce a new, Adult Contemporary Romance coming soon from The Wild Rose Press and author Leslie Scott - Cover Reveal for Two Hearts, One Stone

About the Book:

Two Hearts, One Stone by Leslie Scott

Contemporary Romance

The Wild Rose Press – To be released September 26, 2018

Horse trainer Stone Dempsey’s life is all about the ride—with horses and women. He uses his equine talents to impress the country club set and earn money for Smoky Mountain Reining Horses. When his drug-addicted sister deposits her sick baby on his doorstep, he’s suddenly saddled with real responsibility.

Dr. Emmersyn Cole’s goal of starting a practice in her favorite place on earth is finally coming to fruition and she is not going to be sidetracked. Everything is going great until Stone swaggers into her life, half-dressed with a smile that could melt her insides. She’s determined to keep her distance…until he rushes into her grandfather’s home, clutching a feverish baby, terrified and vulnerable, and her heart’s hard shell begins to crack.

In only a few short weeks, Stone’s wayward heart suddenly relies on two women—one who needs him—and one that he might not be able to live without.

Excerpt (by permission of the author & publisher)

He was spinning and dizzy because of Emmy. He hadn’t expected her to throw him for a loop like she had, have him waiting on her after work, cleaning up his cabin, and all the other silly things he’d done in the past few weeks.

Yet there he was, with a shoulder against the stall door, watching the sparkles of faded sunlight dance in her reddish, curling hair.

He was a goner.

“I feel naked when you look at me like that.” Her fingers trembled as she tucked a lock behind her ear.

“That’s not the way I look at you when you’re naked.”

Thrice Read Books partners with The Wild Rose Press and author Leslie Scott for the exciting cover reveal of Leslie's upcoming adult contemporary romance novel: Two Hearts, One Stone

About the Author:

Leslie spends most days attempting to wrangle the voices in her head and often wishes she could clone herself so that their stories get told faster. She loves words, romance, and characters that feel like family and spends almost all of her free time with her own family; including a boisterous eleven year old that she homeschools and an assorted cast of rescue pets. She lives her own happily ever after with her soul mate and best friend in the northern part of Alabama and hopes you enjoy reading her stories as much as she enjoys writing them.

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The big reveal: Newly released cover and teaser from The Wild Rose Press - Contemporary Romance "Two Hearts One Stone" by Leslie Scott excerpt and cover reveal

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Tribute – Review

Sam reviews Chris Knoblough's Middle Grade Horror novel TRIBUTE in this edition of the Thrice Read Books review blog

About the Book:

Tribute by Chris Knoblaugh (The Cleaners, book 1)

Middle Grade Horror/Latino Fiction 255 pages

Self-published through Amazon Digital Services, LLC April 13, 2018 

When twelve-year-old Miguel’s gang member Papa makes promises to Santa Muerte, someone in Miguel’s family loses a soul. The last time, it was Miguel’s gentle aunt. This time, the target is Miguel’s brother, Juan.

Santa Muerte, the skeletal patron saint of drug traffickers and murderers, always claims her fee.

The trouble is Miguel won’t let Juan’s spirit go. The resulting paranormal possession attracts demons, doppelgangers, and an ancient soul slayer from the depths of Hell — all of whom must be vanquished if Miguel is to live. 

Even with help, Miguel’s refusal to release Juan threatens the lives of those Miguel loves most. Miguel must choose to release his brother or lose yet another loved one, for the bargain was made with Santa Muerte and the price must be paid.

About the Author:

Chris Knoblaugh runs Dancing with Words Tutoring along with her husband, Mark Dooley. She currently teaches English at a middle school in south San Jose, California. Her interests have expanded to include self-publishing and blogging. Her blog, https://dancingwithwordstutoring.blogspot.com, is structured to help reluctant students learn to be comfortable with writing. She and her husband live in California with more books than necessary and two rescue kitties. Her much beleaguered daughter, Monica, holds her own in this raucous family.

Chris has a B.A.in English Literature with High College Honors, a B.S. in Biology, and an M.A. in Teaching with Reading Specialization. Her novels and stories incorporate myths, cryptids, regional traditions, and historical settings. She enjoys writing for her students and for her tutoring business. You can find her at her blog, at FaceBook, or at Twitter.

Happy hauntings!

Sam’s Review:

Welcome to the land of Tribute, AKA, a book about demons, possession, and a heck ton of danger and ghosts. Tribute was written by Chris Knoblaugh, and is about a Mexican-American family living in San Jose, California.

Miguel has lost his brother, Juan, and is bound determined to find his killer. But Juan hasn’t found his peace, and is stuck in purgatory. This makes him a ghost, and when Miguel ticks him off, he summons a ton of demons that put him and his loved ones in danger.

For me, this book was a trip to crazy town, with a whole bunch happening at once. Several times, I had to shake my head and go, “what? Just, what?” Please know that this book has swearing, and some violent moments, mainly about the demons. It was still interesting, though.

On this edition of Sam's Teen Reads Corner, Sam faces Santa Muerte in Chris Knoblaugh's middle grade horror novel, TRIBUTE

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 This book is available from Amazon in Kindle format only, here. [affiliate link]

Additional Information about this book:

 Ms. Knoblough was featured in her hometown newspaper about the same time she submitted her request for review. She talks more about her motivation behind writing and publishing Tribute. You can read the story here.

Scourge – Promo & Excerpt

About the Book

Scourge     By Charley Pearson

Fiery Seas Publishing     August 14, 2018   

Adult – Medical Thriller

Financially independent, biochemistry genius Stacy Romani grows up off the grid, while her Roma family takes advantage of her knowledge for their own gain.

Watching his family farm struggle, and traumatized by mass slaughter, Aatos Pires wants to heal animals but gets seduced by industry and goes to work for a big pharmaceutical company.

When Aatos’ co-worker Trinity creates a deadly doomsday virus, it puts the world population in jeopardy as it spreads exponentially. . .with no cure in sight.

Stacy and Aatos work alone to find a cure, as the CDC and FBI close in. Will they find a way to stop the plague or will it be the end of the world?

~ Praise for SCOURGE ~

“Imaginative and full of action…continually shifting the quirky plot into places that are both surprising and fantastical…succeeds with its scientific intrigue and decisively high stakes.”

– Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Charley Pearson started in chemistry and biology, then moved on to bioengineering, so the Navy threw in some extra training and made him a nuclear engineer. This actually made sense when his major task turned out to be overseeing chemical and radiological environmental remediation at Navy facilities after the end of the Cold War, releasing them for unrestricted future use. Now he writes fiction. 

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Thrice Read Books is a stop on the blog tour for Charley Pearson's new medical thriller, SCOURGE. Now available from Fiery Seas Publishing

Excerpt (w/ permission from author & publisher)

Excerpt, Chapter 9

The blast was louder than the angular man expected. Dirt and rocks burst from the earthen dam. One shard clipped his arm and two of his followers swore at injuries. But water ran through the cove once again, the balance of creation restored, and the night’s mission a success. Or the knight’s mission, for was he not a crusader, the most sterling of advocates for the recovery of nature?

Flow increased as the dam crumbled. Water gushed, pulsed, then poured downhill as the structure gave way. Not exactly smashing down the trees, scarcely more than annoying to the people below from mild flooding, but still acceptable. Sweeping away the village may be what Jamie had promised, but none of his people had achieved such skill.

“It’s not enough,” said a mousy young woman, his latest recruit. “One river at a time, one hamlet’s worth of people, will never get the job done.”

“Yeah,” said another. “Jamie was supposed to get three times that much dynamite.”

“You should talk,” said Jamie. “You were promising poison gas.”

The angular man raised his arms. “Patience, dear ones. We are the best our species has to offer. We shall not bicker amongst ourselves. We shall not accuse. Perhaps Trinity is correct, and the technology does not yet exist to accomplish our beneficent goal. But someday we will prevail. Seek on, and in the meantime, continue your smaller acts of distraction. Ecoterrorism, some may call it, but we know better. Any action to slow the destruction of habitat, to forward the path of Luddism, is honorable.”

A bit of moping, but mostly nods. Glorious people, his disciples. Even that skinny Chad boy, with little academic training to contribute to the cause, could make a fine soldier should they ever need one. It shouldn’t come to that, of course. Peaceful extirpation of the human species was the goal. Well, as peaceful as they could make it. Dynamite made a charming exception now and then.

Time. That’s all it would take. Eventually, one of his people would find a means to secure the final objective. Perhaps Trinity. Far more competent than any other he led, and her dedication grew with time. She had not cried about the necessity of killing people in months.

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The Jinx – Promotion & Excerpt

Thrice Read Books hosts a blog tour stop for THE JINX by Ernest Lancaster, with chapter excerpt
Thrice Read Books is a stop on the blog tour for Ernest Lancaster's debut novel, The Jinx.

About the Book:

The Jinx     By Ernest Lancaster

Series: Memphis M.O. Book 1

Fiery Seas Publishing     July 24, 2018

Suspense / Action

Disaster strikes and innocents die as police sniper Rick Munro is plagued by a first-call jinx. As his career takes off, he must overcome his rookie mistakes, and keep his team members safe.

When Munro returns to TACT as a newly promoted lieutenant, the jinx torments him still. He must contend with team members’ rival agendas around every turn. Munro finds himself in a battle he can’t escape as corruption and death unfold around him.

Who can he trust? Will Munro break the streak or will it destroy everything he believes in?

About the Author:

Ernest Lancaster retired from the Memphis Police Department as a captain after serving as a cop for thirty-three years.

In the early seventies Lancaster spent two years walking a night beat in downtown Memphis, when The Peabody and Beale Street lay boarded up and crumbling and the center city became a dystopian ghost town after dark. He patrolled in ward cars, trooped for three days through a sea of pilgrims to Elvis’s funeral, edited the Memphis Police Association’s newspaper and acted as the association’s vice-president. For twenty-six years he held positions on the TACT Squad.

Lancaster now resides with his wife and Yorkie in the Smoky Mountains, where they love to hike and camp.

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Excerpt, Chapter Eleven (reprinted with permission of the author & publisher)

Vickie delivered a plate and silverware, wrapped in a napkin, to the booth. She set a cheeseburger with a generous serving of thick, golden fries, and a pickle spear in front of him.

“More coffee?”

Munro edged his cup over. “Sure.” He turned to Loretta. “Want a burger? The kitchen is about to close.”

“You trying to make me fat?”

“We have a salad left,” Vickie said.

“No, thanks. Coffee’s plenty.”

Munro reached for his wallet. “How much do I owe?”

Vickie jutted out her palm. “It’s on the house. We’re glad to see you pass through at night.”

“How much are they usually?” he asked.

“Four dollars.”

Munro counted out bills from his wallet. “Here, take three. I’ll pay half price with a dollar tip.”

“Suit yourself.” She took the money.

Loretta’s gaze followed Vickie as she made her way back to the counter. “You know she just put your money in her pocket. Now she’s writing in her ledger, ‘one free burger to the police.’”

“Good for her,” he said. “I bet she works hard for her money.”

“Had to pay, huh? You have a guilty conscience?”

Munro opened the bun and sprinkled the meat with pepper. “Who doesn’t?”

“Good question.” She watched him with wary eyes as he dotted his fries with spots of ketchup. “So, you’re only half corrupt?”

He looked up. “Half price doesn’t hurt a business. I’m not a Boy Scout, but it helps keep me from straying over the double-yellow line head-on into stuffing my pockets or my belly at the public’s expense.”

“Are most cops corrupt?”

He shook his head. “No. Only a few are rotten to their core. And their stench tends to float to the surface. But on the streets in the real world, good and bad wear more faces than a diamond.” He took a hungry bite out of his half-price burger. “And beauty lies in the eye of the beholder.”

She touched her finger to her cheek and traced the scar down her face to where it crevassed her lip. “How can you be a cop if you can’t tell the difference between right and wrong?”

“Easy,” he said. “The almighty law is written down in black and white for any moron to read. And I do know the difference. It’s just that I’ve been around the block enough to know if you ride tall on a white horse through the mud all the time, the only thing you do is turn the horse black.”

“What about justice?”

“Justice? Whose? Movie heroes chase justice.” He stared out onto Madison Avenue. “Real cops, spilling their souls in the streets, are too busy trying to survive to worry about justice. That and clawing to hold onto a bit of their sanity—on a good day.”

She cocked a brow. “Aren’t you supposed to help people?”

“Don’t you see?” he asked. “I help people every day, every chance I get. That’s what I get paid for. And there’s never a shortage of people down and out on their luck needing it. But too many want help screwing someone in the ground to satisfy a grudge or escaping the consequences of their own foolishness.”

He took a slug of coffee like whiskey, and recoiled at its heat. “But if you keep your head down and your antennae up, every once in a while you can climb out of the muck and save some poor schmo who’s buried in disaster. Or make a difference in a kid’s life. Maybe even hammer a predator who deserves it. Those are the things that make it all worthwhile. But most of it is just madness you ride out.”

“Man.” She stared as if he were some offbeat poet ranting in the street. “Your eggs are scrambled.”

Jenn sat down and interviewed Mr. Lancaster about his debut novel, The Jinx, and published the transcript in our newsletter, Between the Lines. You can read the article here.

The Bombshell Business Woman – Review

About the Book

The Bombshell Business Woman, AMber Hurdle

Teen to Adult, Business, 207 Pages

Clovercroft Publishing (October 1, 2017)

A Bombshell Business Woman at her best stands proud in who she is and what she offers, abandoning the whirlwind of uncertainty. A Bombshell commands attention for her business, attracting the right customers, who fall in love with her brand experience. Her business allows her to live life on her terms so she can enjoy her family, friends, and her abundant life.

You are a Bombshell. You might just need to learn how to embrace your inner Bombshell without falling out of balance, feeling overwhelmed, or allowing your business to run you.

The Bombshell Business Woman will serve as your guide to do just that. You will learn practical strategies to master branding, marketing, management, networking, goal setting, time management, vendor relationships, technology, and more. With easy to digest business advice and real-life stories that will inspire you to step into who you were designed to be, The Bombshell Business Woman will activate the bold, brave, and successful female entrepreneur within you.

About the Author

Amber Hurdle understands what it takes to accelerate success. A former teen mom who evolved into a powerhouse businesswoman, Amber has worked with international celebrities and Fortune 500 companies alike. Whether she is empowering female entrepreneurs, teaching them out-of-the-box business strategies, or energizing and educating leadership to boldly next-level their employee engagement, Amber leverages her vast experience throughout multiple entrepreneurial, corporate, and institutional cultures. As the author of The Bombshell Business Woman, and popular host of the Bombshell Business Podcast, Amber’s straight-shooting “velvet machete” and warm personality never fail to motivate professionals to strategically up their game in business and in life.

Amber holds a degree in Public Relations and Advertising, a dual minor in Marketing and Organizational Communication, and an ACC certification from the International Coaching Federation. She has been featured in national publications such as Reader’s Digest and InStyle magazine, and as an employee engagement expert in the upper division-level textbook Applied Public Relations: Cases in Stakeholder Management, 3rd edition, by Kathy Brittain Richardson and Marcie Hinton.

A family woman and friend who loves hard, Amber lives just outside of Nashville with her husband and children. There she enjoys exploring the food scene, cooking with her family and friends, and being a bona fide gym junkie.

Amber offers additional advice and resources on her website, amberhurdle.com, and can be found on Twitter at @amberhurdle.

Jenn’s Review

Ladies! Yes you! The one in the back of the room, trying to hide because, as big as your dreams are, you’re afraid that if you step out into the spotlight, they’ll figure out you’re a fraud. Yup. I’m totally talking to you.

I met Amber Hurdle on Twitter, and when I saw that she had a book for women entrepreneurs, I had to go check it out. I had RWA 2018 National Conference coming up. I run two businesses (at least, I pretended to for the longest time), and couldn’t seem to make any headway in building either. After I read the synopsis of Amber’s book, I bought it. No dithering, no joke. It shot straight to the top of my TBR pile.

The Bombshell Business Woman is all about growing up as a person AND a brand, building your company from the ground up, even if it’s a one-woman show. Amber doesn’t pull any punches – she’s been at the bottom, and speaks straight to the heart of the struggle that fempreneurs face every day.

The book comes with several workbooks that you can download, so that you are actively putting her steps into practice. And it includes a book club guide so you can build your own Bombshell Squad of like-minded women to read and grow side by side with. (I’m looking to facilitate my own Bombshell Squad group over at my Sage Wolfsong page on Facebook, IM me if you’re serious about making your business take off)

BOMBSHELL BUSINESS WOMAN by Amber Hurdle - Jenn's review on the Thrice Read Books blog - Fempreneur, Women in Business, Nonfiction

Buy the Book

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

Invitation to Poetry – A Review

Graphic Invitation to Poetry review

About the Book:

From the Author: 

A book that reveals fantastic feelings all of us have experienced or are going to experience. An invitation to poetry embracing music, nature and love at the same time…eBook -standalone-was self-published in 12 October 2017.

69 pages

About the Author:

Mihai Brinas is a 24 year old native of Romania with a love of life, poetry and reading. He loves to enter the town library at times to stroke the books with fingers and sight while walking among the shelves to “feel their smell”.

Excerpt (with permission of the author):

the kiss

from your lips
you kindly drop a smile
while falling
it draws feelings
i pick it up
and press it against my lips
then i give it back to youso you do not seem sad

instagram sized Invitation to Poetry graphic

Jenn’s Review:

I haven’t picked up a collection of poetry in ages, aside from the few (large) volumes I have in my personal collection. Mostly because I just haven’t really found anything interesting lately.

So when Mihai approached me on social media, and asked if we would do a review for our blog, I agreed out of curiosity (I’ve read a  few of his poems on Twitter).

This little collection of poems did not disappoint! Freeform poetry that subtly explores the human range of emotions while not going overboard into flowery verse. 

This is one that will remain in my Kindle for a long time to come, so that I can revisit it at will! Four stars.

Buy this book: 

This book is available from Amazon in Kindle format here. [affiliate link]

Mihai has published a second book, Alignment of Thoughts (see affiliate link below)