Roses & Thorns

Roses & Thorns

Monday, April 18, 2016

My Soul Immortal by Jen Printy


An endless love, for an endless price.

Jack’s immortality is exposed when he prevents a liquor store heist, forcing him to flee to protect his secret—a secret not even he understands. But when he meets Leah Winters—a mirror image of his decades-lost love, Lydia—his very soul is laid bare. He begins to question his sanity. Is she real, and if so, what does that mean for Jack and his secret?

Jack’s not the only mystery man in town. A stranger named Artagan hints at knowledge Jack is desperate to possess. But can he trust Artagan, or does the dark newcomer harbor deadly secrets of his own?

As Jack’s bond with Leah grows, so does the danger to her life. Jack must discover just how much he is willing to risk in order to save the woman he already lost once.

About the Author:

Since childhood, Jen Printy has been writing. Whether stories about a fantasy world or everyday life in Maine, Jen loved losing herself in the worlds she created on paper. The arts in all forms have always been an important part of Jen's life, a love instilled in her by her father. When Jen isn't writing, she's sculpting as a freelance doll artist.

Jen lives in southern Maine with her husband, two daughters, and diva dog, Cookie. She loves spending time friends and family, finding treasures along the seashore, or enjoying a Guinness at her favorite local pub.


My Soul Immortal was an intriguing book that explored the concepts of immortality and reincarnation. Jack is immortal; he’s almost two-hundred years old, and so far, nothing can kill him. He’s been shot, stabbed, poisoned, and it all hurts, but he heals quickly and lives. But he hasn’t had a happy life. When he was young, he was engaged to a beautiful girl named Lydia. Her wealthy father disapproved of her match to the son of the vicar’s widow, but she didn’t care—until someone told her they’d seen him with another girl. She ran out into a rainstorm to confront him, caught influenza, and died. Jack blamed himself for her death and lived in misery for the next hundred-fifty years.

Until he gets shot preventing a robbery in Los Angeles. He puts a map on the wall, shoots a dart into it, and it hits Portland, Maine. Not long after arriving there, Jack collides with a young woman who looks exactly like Lydia. He tries to avoid getting to know Lea, but she’s an art student who invites him to an exhibition where she shows him paintings she’s done of him and his life with Lydia. She’s been dreaming about them her entire life.

But Jack and Lea are pursued. A man with a shadowy past named Atagan seems to shadow them, and he warns them of dangers dating back to their first life together.

My Soul Immortal drew me in with great characters, and a good story. But the dialog was a bit stilted. The ending came rather close to a cliff-hanger. The issues in this book were solved, but it was clear there would be a sequel, and it left questions as to how the new situations would affect Jack and Lea. It’s a squeaker as far as I’m concerned.

And finally, there’s an issue I’ve seen so far in most of the Red Adept books I’ve read. Someone has apparently told the RAP authors and editors to avoid using too many adverbs. That’s good advice, and I give it to my authors. However, substituting adjectives for adverbs doesn’t work. It’s substituting a “newbie habit” for just bad grammar. Don’t just take the “ly” off the word. Find a stronger image. It’s bad enough when I see this happening in self-published works, but you folks have an editorial staff. Use adverbs sparsely, and only use adjectives when you’re describing a noun, a proper noun, or a pronoun. If the word “noun” isn’t there, it doesn’t get an adjective.

Sorry for the rant, but I’ve been seeing this a lot lately, and something like seven or eight Red Adept authors sent books to me to review, so I know I’ll probably see it in the rest.

Again, My Soul Immortal was a good book, and I do recommend it.

Heat Rating: PG
Length: 312 Pages
Print: $14.99
Digital: $5.99
Buy Links:

You’ll notice we always include the publisher’s buy link. That’s because authors usually receive 40-50% of the net proceeds from the publisher. Editors and cover artists usually receive about 5%. When you buy a book from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or another third-party vendor, they take a hefty cut and the author, editors and cover artists receive their cuts from what is left. So, if a book costs $5.99 at E-Book and you buy from there, the author will receive about $2.40-$2.99. If you buy the book at Amazon, the author will receive about $1.70-$2.10.

Download the file from the publisher onto your computer as you would any other file. I’ve created a folder for books on my computer, with subfolders by source (Marketing for Romance Writers, Net Galley, Authors who find me on Kindle lists, etc.). That way, if there’s a glitch with your Kindle, the books are on your computer. Some publishers send books in all digital formats. If my Kindle breaks and my kids buy me a Nook, I won’t have to replace all of my books. If you have a Kindle and your hubby has a Nook, you won’t have to buy separate copies, so buying directly from the publisher can save you money.

Moving the file from your computer to your e-reader is as easy as transferring any file from your computer to a USB flash drive. Plug the larger USB end of your e-reader charging chord into a USB port on your computer and simply move the file from the folder into which you’ve downloaded the book to Documents/Books directory on your e-reader. You can move the file by highlighting it and dragging it to the documents directory in you Kindle you want to move it to. Or right click on it, and then left click copy or move. Or hit Control/C for copy, Control/X for cut, and Control/V for paste.

Your author will be happy you did when he/she sees his/her royalty statement.

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