PRAISE FOR SCOTLAND WITH A STRANGER: A MEMOIR
5.0 out of 5 stars Your Book Club Needs This Book Now!
This candid account of one woman’s quest to find her mojo again is funny, touching, and sometimes a little alarming, but, above all, inspirational. A single mom with two teens, Ninya takes a leap of faith to meet up with an internet acquaintance, a self-proclaimed life coach, who says she has planned a tour of Scotland that will restore Ninya’s soul. Once there, however, Ninya finds that, as the Buddha warned, no matter where you go, there you are. Alongside the vivid beauty of the Scottish wilds, Ninya rediscovers her strength and resiliency. The “life coach” turns out to, instead, be self-absorbed and the trip “plan” turns out to be more of a vague notion, but, in the confusion, Ninya finds the clarity she was missing: you have everything you need inside you, already.
5.0 out of 5 Stars
5.0 out of 5 Stars
Start to finish, this book is well written! Finished in two readings because I wanted to see the story to it’s conclusion. Ninya writes with raw emotion, humor, and puts to print those “inside” thoughts that so many of us keep inside. Her description of scenery and food makes me want to hop a plane today! This is a must read memoir!
5 out of 5 Stars
Great, fast-paced read. Well-structured in alternating between the trip itself and the very personal events which built up to it. Plenty of humor (self-deprecating, my favorite kind), along with descriptions of Scotland that will inspire many future trips. Introspective without navel-gazing, and demonstrates journeys toward acceptance of self and peace with past disappointments. There’s something here for everyone. I’ll read this author again!
5 out of 5 stars
5.0 out of 5 Stars: A Perfectly Crafted Memoir that Keeps You Reading
5.0 out of 5 stars Tragedy and Comedy go Together
PRAISE FOR VELVET GUILD
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful character development
Thoughtful character development that is usually lacking in this type of romance novel. Also keeps a breakneck pace that has the reader on the edge of her seat the whole time. Even people with little patience for reading will be enthralled. Ninya takes you into a new world where the woman is finally empowered to be the leader in a BDSM relationship, instead of a weak, innocent, doe-eyed dolt.
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally – the reality of BDSM
Can I just type ‘Love it’ 100 times? Cause I do! Can’t wait to read the next installments. This book illustrated BDSM on a real level – the facts. Not abuse and “freakish”, but the emotions, the power, the deep enjoyment from things that don’t necessarily have to be painful. Great stuff!
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely hooked! Pre-ordered the next one. Really enjoying this series and can’t wait for the next installment. Love the concept of a school of BDSM, too. Great character development as well!
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting example of BDSM!
The author gives a terrific explanation of the BDSM lifestyle. It is an awesome read. Well written, informative and hot. I loved it. Greatly anticipating Velvet Guild 2. Although it is extremely well written I find it difficult to endorse the price of the book considering the limited number of pages. That said, it is a super read.
Love the idea of the serialized novel — I’ve pre-ordered the 2nd “Episode”!The most important thing to know about this story is that it is well-written, with developed characters, good dialogue and an interesting premise and plot. Because (let’s be honest), I wouldn’t necessarily expect those things from most self-published erotica. This author has chosen a unique approach to a niche genre and she has knocked it out of the park. I’ve pre-ordered the 2nd Episode!
Cannot wait to read episode 2.
PRAISE FOR ANASTASIA
Friends Don't Let Friends Stay Vanilla
Desperate times…call for sexy solutions.
Aimee is panicking, feeling like a middle-aged failure, barely scraping by, raising a teenager alone. She is also a submissive who yearns to be dominated in the bedroom.
Could she introduce couples to the BDSM lifestyle through a house party format? Instead of game night, it could be blindfolds and bite marks.
Scotland with a Stranger:A Memoir
“Who goes to Scotland for two weeks with a stranger they met over the internet? I did.”
At forty-three, Ninya was depressed, out of shape, and filled with crippling anxiety after addiction, cancer, and divorce had destroyed nearly everything. One day, she received a message from a stranger. This woman offered to lead her on a self-healing trip hiking through the Scottish highlands.
It seemed like a sign.
This is the story of one life, lived two different ways.
In one reality, “Stasia” is the beloved daughter of doting parents who spare no expense in supporting her ambition and talent. Adoring not just their daughter but also one another, their home is full of celebration, warmth and love.
In another reality, “Ana” washes dishes at a nursing home to buy her carefully-budgeted art supplies, waiting until her alcoholic father passes out before creeping downstairs to paint. Ana must survive her father’s nightly verbal abuse without any help from her silent, cowed mother, until she can retreat to the only place she feels safe, in front of her easel.