Smorgasbord Book Promotion – What’s in a Name? Volume Two by Sally Cronin | Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life

Reblog and featuring

 

Today I’m thrilled to share Sally Cronin’s post featuring her #booklaunch for her newest book, What’s In a Name? Volume 2. Sally has written these books based on who people live into their names. Always a heartfelt read from Sally’s stories! #Recommended

 

If you’d like to share the blog love and share Sally’s book launch, read her post and book a date to have Sally over to your blog!

 

Smorgasbord Book Promotion – What’s in a Name? Volume Two by Sally Cronin

 

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I am delighted to say that Volume Two of What’s in a Name: Stories of Life and Romance is now live on Amazon and shortly on Smashwords in EPub.

 

Also in by the end of the summer there will be a print version of both volumes together with a total of 37 stories.

 

The theme is still related to the names that we are given.. In the first volume the stories were about people who were given names that were already famous or had significance within a family that they felt they needed to live up to.

 

In this volume the names are ordinary but their owners are anything but.

There are 16 stories and a bonus story to promote a new collection of stories in 2018.

 

About What’s In a Name – Volume Two.

 

Our legacy is not always about money or fame, but rather in the way that people remember our name after we have gone. In these sixteen short stories we discover the reasons why special men and women will stay in the hearts and minds of those who have met them. Romance, revenge and sacrifice all play their part in the lives of these characters.

Kenneth watches the love of his life dance on New Year’s Eve while Lily plants very special flowers every spring for her father. Martha helps out a work colleague as Norman steps back out into the world to make a difference. Owen brings light into a house and Patrick risks his life in the skies over Britain and holds back from telling a beautiful redhead that he loves her.

Meet Queenie and Rosemary who have both lost their husbands and must face a very different future. One that will take courage and the use of new technology.

Sonia is an entitled princess whose father has reached the end of his tether and Theresa has to deal with a bully in the checkout. Usher is an arrogant narcissist with a docile wife and is used to getting his own way and Vanessa worries about the future of her relationship with her teenage son. Please continue reading . . .

 

 

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Sunday Book Review – New Reviews – Books by D.G. Kaye

Book reviews by D.G. Kaye

 

Today’s Sunday book review is a little different. Since I’m not quite finished my latest read I thought I’d share a few new reviews I stumbled across on Amazon while visiting my book pages.

 

I was looking at one of my book’s pages on Amazon, intending to copy over one of the reviews for a post I’m working on for a free book promotion I’m planning next month for one of my books. I was surprised to find a few new reviews that I wasn’t aware of.

It’s always a thrill to receive a new review, especially a 5 Star one, so I wish Amazon would notify us of new reviews but they don’t. Often if a reviewer knows us, they will inform us about having read our book and reviewed, but not always.  And of course, reviews from complete strangers are always rewarding, to know our words have touched complete strangers is so uplifting. So, it’s a good idea to check our book pages on Amazon, you never know what surprises you will find!

 

Words We Carry, D.G. Kaye

 

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Blurb:

I have been a great critic of myself for most of my life, and I was darned good at it, deflating my own ego without the help of anyone else.”

What do our shopping habits, high-heeled shoes, and big hair have to do with how we perceive ourselves? Do the slights we endured when we were young affect how we choose our relationships now?

D.G. takes us on a journey, unlocking the hurts of the past by identifying situations that hindered her own self-esteem. Her anecdotes and confessions demonstrate how the hurtful events in our lives linger and set the tone for how we value our own self-worth.

Words We Carry is a raw, personal accounting of how the author overcame the demons of low self-esteem with the determination to learn to love herself.

 

5 Stars

5.0 out of 5 starsOvercoming Harmful Words to Experience Self-Love

on June 30, 2017

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This is the second book (but certainly not the last) that I have read by Debby Kaye. In “Conflicted Hearts,” the first of her books that I read, I was amazed at the transparency in which she opened her life to readers. That approach proved effective in helping me to connect with her. I took away much from that reading experience, as I did with this one, “Words We Carry.” In WWC, Debby does it again – bares her life. Using excerpts from her childhood, teenage and young adult years, Debby shares some of the hurtful, shaming and neglectful events, words, and situations that led to her early attachment to low self-esteem. She goes a step further in this book by showing how she divorced low self-esteem by pursuing healthy, authentic relationships and by being intentional with her thoughts and actions. This led her to self-worth, self-acceptance and self-love.

 

Although I do not share Debby’s exact life experiences, I could relate to so many of the circumstances and harmful words she described. Indeed, I would go so far as to say that many women will relate as so many of our (female) issues stem from our physical appearance. Or rather, our “lack of” as compared to super models or in Debby’s case, her outrageously gorgeous mother. Later In life, Debby learned to counter the mother’s impossible beauty standards. How? She states, “Determination and an inquisitive mind are necessary to rid oneself of anxieties and faulty self-perceptions.” This is just one of the gems she shares with readers. There are others such as this one dealing with ridicule and rejection: “Love thyself.” Simple as a statement but powerful when applied to one’s life.

 

This is a short read but so full of wisdom, encouragement and self-correction that one read is not enough. Be warned, you may find yourself turning to this book time and time again.

 

I encourage you to take this walk with Debby as she journeys to self-awareness and confidence. I promise you’ll be rewarded as well.

 

 

Conflicted Hearts, D.G. Kaye

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Blurb:

A Lifetime of guilt — What does it take to finally break free?

“Somehow I believed it was my obligation to try to do the right thing by her because she had given birth to me.”

Burdened with constant worry for her father and the guilt caused by her mother’s narcissism, D.G. Kaye had a short childhood. When she moved away from home at age eighteen, she began to grow into herself, overcoming her lack of guidance and her insecurities. Her life experiences became her teachers, and she learned from the mistakes and choices she made along the way, plagued by the guilt she carried for her mother.

Conflicted Hearts is a heartfelt journey of self-discovery and acceptance, an exploration of the quest for solace from emotional guilt.

 

5 Stars

5.0 out of 5 starsA Recommended Read

on March 25, 2017

Format: Kindle Edition

I must write about how much I enjoyed D. G Kaye’s memoir ‘Conflicted Hearts’. The troublesome relationship that the author has with her mother mirrors episodes in my own life, and I can empathise regarding feelings that ensue from the author wanting to stay away from the negativity of her mother’s narcissistic ways and try to carry on with her own life, but at the same time suffering an overwhelming guilt at staying away for long periods of time.

 

D.G Kaye is a strong-minded woman and a fearless lone traveller, who is always trying to please her mother. However, I have found, as the author has, that some people just cannot be pleased no matter what is done to help them. Sometimes it’s a case of standing back, taking a deep breath, and either walking away or growing a thick skin.

 

I admire the author’s courage in writing this memoir. Being an only child I was never brave enough to walk away and so I had to grow the thick skin, but it was only in my mother’s last years that we actually became closer. Through major illness and stress D.G Kaye tried to do what was best for her mother and herself, and I applaud her for it. But at the end of the day it is only by actually living true to ourselves that we can really be happy.

P.S. I Forgive You - D.G. Kaye

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Blurb:

“I hurt for her. She wasn’t much of a mother, but she was still my mother.”

Confronted with resurfacing feelings of guilt, D.G. Kaye is tormented by her decision to remain estranged from her dying emotionally abusive mother after resolving to banish her years ago, an event she has shared in her book Conflicted Hearts. In P.S. I Forgive You, Kaye takes us on a compelling heartfelt journey as she seeks to understand the roots of her mother’s narcissism, let go of past hurts, and find forgiveness for both her mother and herself.

After struggling for decades to break free, Kaye has severed the unhealthy ties that bound her to her dominating mother—but now Kaye battles new confliction, as the guilt she harbors over her decision only increases as the end of her mother’s life draws near. Kaye once again struggles with her conscience and her feelings of being obligated to return to a painful past she thought she left behind.

 

5 Stars

5.0 out of 5 starsA compeling story of forgiveness from a daughter who’s childhood was tumultuous to say the least.

on July 22, 2017

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on May 29, 2017
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Mothers are supposed to love their children and maybe this one did but she was oh so disconnected, oh so distant, and oh so selfish. Yet, her daughter, the author, is able to look back and attempt to understand having to grow up with a mother who was incapable of doing the job moms are supposed to do — to cherish, nurture and protect the children. I don’t know how one “forgives” such a parent but this writer, in seeking to understand what made her mother tick, is able to forgive.

 

I had a loving mother and for that I am grateful but I was still able to feel this author’s pain and to be impressed by her evolution into a happy adult who can finally move on from a totally dissatisfying mother-daughter relationship and go on to live a happy and fulfilled life in which she finds true love with friends, with other family members and ultimately, with her husband. A comforting and instructive read for anyone struggling to understand family members who let us down.

#FREE Book Promotion – Vampyrie by Tina Frisco

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Author Tina Frisco is running her first FREE book promotion on her intriguing book Vampyrie. I’m currently reading this beautifully written and engrossing book and will be reviewing when I’m finished. But I can say that I’m enjoying every word and every turn this book takes, and look forward to every time I get to pick up the book to read more.

 

Vampyrie is not what one would expect when first looking at this book, as I did. As many of my author friends, especially horror writers, know about me, I’m a big suck and scaredy cat. I do not read in those genres. When I apologized to Tina, telling her I wouldn’t be able to read her book and why, she explained the concept of the book to me, telling me it’s not your typical vampire story with scary blood-sucking, graphic content. I was instantly intrigued to read it. Below is the blurb which will explain the concept of the book.

 

Get yourself a copy of this book while it’s free and after you’ve read it, let me know if you think it’s a dramatic spin on what we instinctively think a vampire story would deliver.

Vampyrie by Tina Frisco

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Blurb:

 

What if vampires were not the undead, but rather the dying? What if there were two factions among vampires: the sustained and the unsustainable? And what if those factions were at war with one another over the life of a young woman who promised them a future? Vampyrie brings the myth of the vampire into the realm of possibility. 

Phoebe Angelina Delaney is a reluctant genius and compassionate hothead. She finds herself in a pitch-dark underground and doesn’t remember how she got there. Did she drink too much alcohol and wander off in a stupor, or was she kidnapped by a malicious element determined to make her life a living hell? 

Sir Michael Alan David is a vampire – an enigma, charismatic and mysterious, who weaves in and out of Phoebe’s life. Does he intend to use his title as a ruse to draw her closer to an unearthly fate, or is he a cloak-and-dagger knight in shining armor? 

Too many secrets have been kept for too long. Phoebe must unravel the mystery in order to survive. Two major characters from the author’s first novel, Plateau, join forces with Phoebe to battle the demons in Vampyrie.

 

From the Author

 

I always have been fascinated by the myth of the vampire and often have wondered if the phenomenon actually could exist. My background in medicine led me to speculate about how this might have a basis in reality. If rooted in science,how might this myth come to life? The most likely answer would be as a physical disorder or disease.

One day during my morning walk, the word Valkyrie came to mind. As many of you know, a valkyrie is one of a host of female helping spirits of the god Odin in Norse mythology. Depicted as both loving and bloodthirsty, valkyries decide who lives and who dies in battle. They also assist Odin in transporting his favorites among the slain to Valhalla, the hall where he houses the dead whom he deems worthy of dwelling with him. In my novel, Valkyrie becomes Vampyrie and Valhalla becomes the Haven.

5 Star Review

 

on January 18, 2017
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#Kindness Rocks Project – #WATWB – How it Began – How to Participate

Kindness Rocks!

 

Kindness Rocks Project 

 

Every last Friday of the month, #WATWB (We are the world Blogfest) community posts an article they’ve found inspiring in the news and share it with the tag #WATWB on social media. The purpose is to focus on kindness and inspirational events that happen around the world to overshadow some of the negativity that is going on in the world.

 

As I am a huge advocate for kindness and all things pertaining to, I came across this article on the Kindness Rocks Project which grabbed my attention. It’s no surprise that through the years I’ve collected such types of rocks throughout my travels and keep them around my home for inspirational reminders. But what about this fabulous idea Megan Murphy came up with to share the inspiration around the world by creating our own rocks with our own inspirational quotes and placing them randomly anywhere we go for someone to find and feel inspired?  Read about this wonderful project below.

 

This project was created by Megan Murphy.

 

Megan Murphy is a Women’s Empowerment Coach concentrating on inspiring strong women.

 

Megan is a business mentor for SCORE, freelance writer, 2017 O Magazine Insider, Founder of The Kindness Rocks Project, Lecturer and Vice President of Flower Angels USA, a Non-profit located on Cape Cod where she resides with her husband, three daughters and two giant dogs.

 

“The Kindness Rocks Project was created to spread inspiration and a moment of kindness for unsuspecting recipients through random  inspirational rocks dropped along the way.

 

Now more than ever kindness can become a connecting force for good. Many people, including myself, are feeling a sense of overwhelm, unease and restlessness due to the current events taking place in our world today, and I believe that our united strength can be cultivated through simple random acts of kindness. Each of us can make a positive difference. Together we can make a positive IMPACT!

 

Living near the ocean, I walk the beach daily. The beach is where many go when they seek insight or a peaceful place to think.

 

Losing my parents at a young age meant losing my advisers, my sounding board,  and my role models.  During difficult or stressful moments in my life, I found myself looking for “signs” on my morning walk, such as a heart shaped rock or a piece of sea glass. I perceived these small beach treasures as  “signs”  or as a divine message and  the random inspiration I needed to signify that things would be o.k.

 

“Maybe I wasn’t the only one looking for such signs!”

 

Thus The Kindness Rocks Project was born.

 

It started as a hobby of one… painting and dropping a few rocks at a time, when something amazing happened. I began receiving messages from strangers about how much the rock they found meant to them. So I stepped up my rock painting and added social media, a website and encouraged others to join me.  This hobby has now turned into a movement due to the energy of many… and today this project has grown into inspiration gardens placed around Cape Cod and beyond. The beyond part is what I am most happy about (Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Ireland, India, Thailand, Haiti, Italy and England).

 

Cape Cod is a place where people come to vacation from around the world…they began taking photos of the inspirational beach gardens and sharing them on social media, or picking up single kindness rocks off the dog park trails and bringing them back to their communities. These kind people started joining The Kindness Rocks Project or were moved enough to start a similar project in their community!

 

Now how cool is that?

 

It has become a grass roots kindness movement. If one person finds a rock with a message that speaks to them during a difficult time, OUR efforts have made a difference! Our goal is to encourage others to find cool creative ways to reach out and brighten someones day unexpectedly whether it be through kindness rocks, love notes, random acts of generosity…the skies the limit!

 

One message at just the right moment can change your entire day…outlook…life!” Continue Reading . . .

 

 

 

You can read HERE how to get involved and create your rocks!

Inspirational Rocks
A small selection of my own rocks

 

This post was written to join in the #WATWB  (We are the world Blogfest)  which all bloggers can join in any time and share something inspirational the last Friday of each month. You can also join in our Facebook group and find many posts to read on positivity and kindness.

 

To add an inspiration post you can click on the Linky Add on Here to add yours.

 Your cohosts for this month are:

Simon FalkRoshan RadhakrishnanInderpreet Uppal, Sylvia Stein, DamyantiBiswas. Please feel free to visit their inspirational posts.

We are the World Blogfest

 

 

Source: How It All Began – The Kindness Rocks Project

Smorgasbord Book Promotion – Twitter – Tagging and Pinned Tweet to spread the word. | Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life

Blog sharing

 

Today I’m sharing a fabulous post from Sally Cronin about how engaging with bloggers and readers and sharing gives a boost to our blog traffic and book sales. Now who isn’t interested in learning some of the tricks of the trade to grow our readership for both?

 

In her post, Sally shares her experience with using social media, sharing posts, reblogging and the benefits of engaging in the comments.

 

Smorgasbord Book Promotion – Twitter – Tagging and Pinned Tweet to spread the word.

I am almost at 10,000 posts since I began blogging four years ago and at least half of those are book promotions. It is one of the reasons that I began blogging four years ago as I wanted a platform to promote my own work as well.

When I look at those posts in retrospect, is quite clear that the ones that did well as far as comments, reblogs and sharing was concerned, were ones where the author featured participated fully in the effort.

This means reblogging (better a couple of days later to keep the ball rolling) shared across their own Facebook, Twitter and other social media, and very importantly responded to comments over a period of days. This engagement with people who took the time to comment is critical in building relationships that support going forward.

Apart from sharing on Facebook and Twitter, these particular authors also responded to those who shared their post on Twitter. I tag the featured authors when I respond to shares on that platform, and this not only shows the author who has shared their post, but also enables them to respond and follow if they do not already do so.

The same applies to Facebook provided the author has an account, and is another way to find other writers and importantly readers for their books.

There are a great many ‘how to ‘ market your books out there but it is actually quite simple if a little time consuming. It is done by communicating which involves responding and engaging with others.

I understand that people are very busy and time is short, but how you communicate about your current or previous books, will have a direct impact on the sales of your future books.

I have said this before and I will say it again.. People buy People First.

They will judge you by how you are perceived online and if you can find the time to respond to comments, or thank people for sharing, they will remember you and respond positively next time.

If you want an example of an author and blogger who does all of the above very well then check out D.G. Kaye of https://atomic-temporary-200280624.wpcomstaging.com/. Debby responds to all comments and communicates far better than I do on Facebook, Twitter and other platforms.

On that point I do have to say that in recent months I have spent less time on certain platforms. Google+ has become user unfriendly in its new format and my focus for book promotions is across Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin.. although I do post promotions on Google + during the week.

This brings me to Twitter pinned tweet which I have mentioned a number of times before.

If you are an author I am sure that you already have your profile photo, genres that you write and a link to your Amazon account and blog in your profile.. however 160 characters is not a great number to do you justice.  But you can use the Pinned Tweet to add more.

This can be used as an extension of your profile and gives you an additional 140 characters to promote either your latest book or a post that is key to your blog. Currently my pinned tweet is a link to the post I wrote about increasing reviews for our books.

Your pinned tweet is a fixed piece that anyone going into your profile is going to see and stays there as long as you are promoting that post or book.. You can also put a composite of all your books there with a universal link to your Amazon Account.

How to set up a pinned tweet. . . Continue Reading

 

Source: Smorgasbord Book Promotion – Twitter – Tagging and Pinned Tweet to spread the word. | Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life

The Story of My Life – Writing Prompts – Memoir- 10 Things that Sparked Childhood Creativity

Writing Prompts

 

 

Last week I had to go downtown for a doctor’s appointment. After my appointment, instead of heading back home on the subway, I decided to walk a few blocks to our huge shopping center downtown, the Eaton Center. I thought I’d grab myself a latte and have a wander into one of our biggest bookstores – Chapters/Indigo, and  have a look around some of the bookshelves. I rarely get out to the bookstores now that it’s become so easy to order what I want directly online, but there’s nothing like being inside the actual bookstore.

Once upon a time a book store was just for books, but now there are home sections filled with pillows, mugs, frames and whatnot. But my favorite part is the stationery section where I happened to get lost in for almost two hours! Did I mention I’m addicted to shopping for journals, notebooks and all their ilk? Well, I found a few notebooks and various other books and items I wanted and realized I’d have to lug all those things home. So I purchased the notebooks and one journal that offered writing prompts, and made a list of the other things I wanted, wrote them down and when I got home I ordered them online to be delivered.

 

I had initially picked up a big, thick book called 500 Writing Prompts. I thought it was a great book to create posts with when my writers block sets in. And then I found another similar notebook titled, The Story of My Life, which is another book offering writing prompts, except they all have to do with answering from our personal experience. I had to get that one. I brought that little gem home and ordered the bigger book along with all the other writing goodies I wanted online. The damage I did in the store was heavy enough to carry on my walk to the subway.

 

So today I’ve chosen to share one of the prompts I randomly chose to fill out in The Story of My Life journal and share it here with you. The beauty of these prompts is that one question can spark a flood of memories. These prompt journals are inspiring and are helpful with aiding us to write about the first thing that comes to our mind without over-thinking.

 

Below is the question asked:

 

Top 10 Time! – List the things you did as a child to express your creativity. What drew you to each one?

 

  1. I created an imaginary world where I could slip into when I felt sad or scared.

  2. I wrote poems since the time I learned how to write. I wish I’d kept some of them. Writing became my secret outlet where I could express my pent-up emotions. I shared them with nobody.

  3. I loved to make up sentimental cards and write love notes to give to loved ones.

  4. I listened to music and sang along to all the lyrics as I took myself into the lyrics. My first idol was Barbra Streisand, and she remains my most favorite icon today.

  5. I loved to bake in my Easy Bake Oven. Sadly, I still suck at baking today.

  6. I loved to play ‘house’ with my friends. We’d put on costumes (usually taken from our mother’s closet), and I was always the mother. It was fun playing house because it was peaceful with no drama, acting out the way I envisioned parents should be with their children.

  7. I was addicted to the TV show Bewitched. I’d watch Samantha intently, hoping to learn how to crinkle my nose to make  myself  be able to disappear and make magic happen.

  8. I used to invent games to play with my siblings, particularly on weekends where we were forced to spend at our grandparents’ house. I was always bored and restless.

  9. I was obsessed with a fascination of high-heeeled shoes. I’d try on my mother’s shoes and clomp around in them pretending I was a beautiful model. This obsession began at age 3.

  10. I would make believe things were better than they were or not as they seemed. I’d cry when my mother went away on her leisure trips, but I never let anyone know how sad I was. I would pretend she was just gone for the day then for the night as each day passed until she’d come home.

 

Do any of you enjoy using writing prompts?

 

 

Eldest | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

Aging and Wisdom

 

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Eldest

 

“Just how old are you?”
Although youth has long died,
“As young as the moment,”
My body replied.
“If I want to play out
In the sun, or climb trees,
Run laughing through dewdrops,
…I’ll do as I please.
I have a few wrinkles,
My hair’s going grey…
Inside I’m a child
And I still need to play.”

 

 

“Just how old are you then?”
My body asked mind,
“As old as conception,
Just think and you’ll find
I’ve been here all along,
In your cells and your brain,
Learning forever and seeking to gain
From experience, wisdom
That I can impart…
But perhaps we should ask
Just how old is the heart?”

 

 

“Just how old are you?” Continue Reading , , .

 

Source: Eldest | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

Sunday Book Review – The Sleeping Serpent – Luna Saint Claire

Book reviews by D.G. Kaye

Today’s book review is on Luna Saint Claire’s book – The Sleeping Serpent. This book was far from the genres I usually read in but I was curious to read it from the description depicting the main character who was a narcissistic sociopath who grabbed my attention.

The book is categorized as a psychological thriller with erotica.  I’m really not a reader of erotica and I’m not sure I would call it a thriller, more of a psychological drama, a compelling, although a disturbing read. I say disturbing because it’s difficult for me to listen to stories about women who relinquish their power to those who bully them with psychological threats and treating them like shit, but offering them enough sugar to obtain whatever it is wanted from them to keep them coming back for more.

The Sleeping Serpent

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Blurb:

Whether by free will or fate, Luna’s encounter with Nico provokes a storm that shatters her perceptions of identity, duty, morality, and self-worth. The storm didn’t blow in from the outside. She was the storm. Its turbulence within her, forcing her to confront the darkness, uncovers her secrets and her pain.

Luna Saint Claire has a loving husband and an enviable career as a Hollywood costume designer. Still, something is gnawing at her. Bored with her conventional and circumscribed existence, she feels herself becoming invisible. When she meets Nico Romero, a charismatic yoga guru, his attentions awaken her passions and desires. Dangerous, but not in a way that scares her, he makes her feel as if anything is possible. Infatuated, she becomes entangled in Nico’s life as he uses his mesmerizing sexuality to manipulate everyone around him in his pursuit of women, wealth, and celebrity.

Immensely erotic and psychologically captivating, The Sleeping Serpent is the compelling story of a woman’s obsession with a spellbinding guru and the struggle to reclaim her life. At its heart, it is a painfully beautiful exposition of unconditional love that makes us question what we truly want.

“She realized in an instant that being around him awakened her, stirring the sediment that had long ago settled at the bottom of her well. He made her feel a part of him–of something larger, and somehow more alive.”

My 4 Star Review:

The Sleeping Serpent is aptly titled to fit the main character, Nico, a slithering snake whose mission is to lure women into his power with his charismatic charm and sexy, Adonis-like appearance.

Nico is a yoga master who uses his talents to draw women into his lair once they become intoxicated by his charms and surrender themselves to his sexual prowess and then ultimately, to his abuse. Nico will demean, domineer, use emotional blackmail, and extort whatever he can get from these women without them realizing that they’ve submitted to his power with barely an ounce left of their self-esteem. Nico is a narcissistic, sociopathic, soul-sucking vampire who will resort to whatever it takes to keep all of his lovers at his beck and call.

Throughout the many relationships Nico cultivates, his friend Luna, who has also been taken  under Nico’s spell, is a constant in his life except for the rare times she denies a request from him, where he’ll banish her from his life as punishment. The power he holds over these women is uncanny.

Luna is a Hollywood costume designer whom he uses to advance his career but insists she’s his best friend, as he builds her ego and then constantly threatens to dismiss her from his life if she doesn’t comply with his every whim. Luna is so magnetized by this vulture that she puts his whims and many demands ahead of those of her own husband.

I didn’t find this book to be a thriller as much as I found it a psychologically disturbing tale because I found it mind-boggling to watch just how far Nico’s harem of women would allow themselves to be used and abused and stripped of their self-esteem just to have the honor of being in his presence, and for the opportunity to have stimulating sexual encounters with him. Having first-hand experience of recognizing the sickness in a narcissistic sociopath and knowing how easily they can snare us into their power, this book was a difficult read for me. I personally can’t comprehend how naive these women were to sacrifice their own self-worth to please a man who they thought boosts their self-esteem when in fact, he shreds them of their own dignity. But as disturbing as I found it, the storyline was intriguing. Saint Claire’s writing was beautifully descriptive and as disturbed as I felt by the subject matter, she did a wonderful job with her story, enough to stimulate my emotions. If you don’t mind reading EXPLICIT erotica (and plenty of it) and can tolerate the subject matter then this book may be for you.