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Now Available In PRINT

SQUEEEEEEEEE!!!!  It’s here!! It’s here!!!

**happy dance**

**uncontrollable wriggling**

My lovely book is now available IN PRINT on Amazon and Barnes & Noble!! You can purchase the book (IN PRINT!!) here:


**stroking the pretty on my screen**


I will be ordering my very own copies (yes, COPIES, because an author can NEVER have too many copies of her own books – IN PRINT!!! – on hand for the benefit of potential buyers) within the next few days. Now, all of my friends and family who have promised to buy copies, put your money where your mouth is! Even if you’ve read a previous version, you NEED to read this one, because there is a new first chapter (the previous 1st chapter is still there, it was simply “massaged” into the second chapter), new scenes, and other extended scenes. So even though it’s the same book that was epub’d 2 years ago, it’s BETTER! 🙂 Sort of like the Director’s Cut of a movie versus the original DVD release. 😉
And I’m happy to autograph upon request. If you live more than a day’s drive away (because those of you who live within a day’s drive should be able to just jump in your respective vehicles – with your books – and come visit me), feel free to snail mail your copies and I’ll personalize them and ship back to you…along with some very special SOAC SWAG for company!! (If you don’t know what “swag” – pronounced “schhhhwag” – is, you need to read more books) 😉

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Review of Altered by Jennifer Rush


Wow! Where do I start!? We always hear people talk about having the memory of an elephant – they never forget a wrong done to them, even if they do forgive that wrong. Well, what if you knew that you were wronged in some manner – living each day caged in a lab is your first clue – but you forgot exactly HOW you were wronged? Would you be able to forgive?

Sam, Nick, Cas and Trev are four young men imprisoned in a basement lab, with little to do but improve their minds and physiques. Their only links to the outside world are Anna and her father, who’s in charge of their care and testing. Anna is the only brightness in their lives, the only measure of sanity. And even she doesn’t know their true purpose.

When the powers that be at the Branch, the organization for which her father works, suddenly decide to remove the boys from her father’s care, Anna protests and is caught up in their escape, thrusting her into a violent world. Her father demands a promise from Sam to keep Anna safe, at all costs, especially from the Branch and Connor, its enigmatic, charismatic head. He also gives Sam the address of a safe house where they’ll be able to find help.

Upon reaching the safe house, they discover its occupant left in a hurry, and without warning. But when Anna discovers a framed picture of Sam’s birch-tree tattoo on the wall, and within the frame a cryptic message addressed to Sam, a desperate search for answers begins. Who are the boys? Why can’t they remember their pasts? How are they connected to each other, and more disturbing, how are they connected to Anna and why do they seem to not be able to resist the overwhelming need to protect her?

What follows is a race against time to discover their true identities and purpose, before the Branch discovers their whereabouts and erases their memories….again.

Jennifer Rush delivers an absolutely thrilling, heart-stopping, page-turning roller-coaster ride in her debut novel! And did I mention the manly torso-bearing scenes? This book is full of muscled hotties! As much as I enjoy YA fantasies, I can often accurately guess the outcome. This one pleasantly surprised me. As is common with a first-person narrated novel, there are many things the reader doesn’t know and may or may not learn during the course of the novel. But I have to say that Anna’s discoveries about her own identity and the betrayal of one of the boys were quite unexpected. While several questions – such as the boys’ connection to Anna and the truth about her own identity – are answered in the story, several more are raised, leaving the reader antsy for the sequel.

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I’m now a PUBLISHED AUTHOR! Happy dance! My debut novel, SERPENT ON A CROSS, a medieval fantasy, has been epublished by Northampton House Press under the pseudonym Darya Asch, and is available on Kindle, Nook, and Kobo. This is my shameless self-promotion, and plea for you all to go buy the ebook (it’s $3.99), read it, love it and review it – even if you don’t love it. My new author website is here.

I’ll be participating in NaNoWriMo, working to complete the first draft of the sequel. Wish me luck!

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