That Morning After from the Phoenix Series

Rated 4.67/5 based on 14 reviews
Nicky has a choice, to continue to let the world use her as a punching bag, or to put on her boxing gloves and give Fate the one two punch. Which would you chose? More

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About Janus Gangi

Janus Gangi is a native New Yorker and Native American, in which blood has always been a part of her life. After graduating from Flushing High School, where she majored in music, she was a professional singer/songwriter for a short while. She then went on to medical school and became a Hematology Technologist. She worked for a major non-profit organization, where she was involved in distributing the latest AIDS research information to the top doctors in the United States. She then attended Bible School for six years and went on to be ordained and founded a ministry in New York City. In the early nineties, she moved to East Tennessee where she returned to her roots in the Pagan tradition and went back to school. She now holds degrees in Religious Studies and Psychology in addition to her previous ones. She is an avid amateur Egyptologist, and now enjoys her new found love, writing

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Review by: Elaina J Davidson on June 07, 2013 :
Janus does it again! That Morning After is a short(ish) story about Nicky, a woman recovering from her past, including divorce, and decides to try online dating sites…with some consequences!
This is a well-balanced read and the author delves into the mind of her main character with great skill and finesse. We, the readers, quickly identify and desire to find out what comes next….the mark of a really good narrative, in my opinion.
Weaved in is the reality of city life, the dangers of online dating, the smell of books in a bookshop, the sun and colours of Italy, the change that comes after mortality is left behind…oooh, you have to read it!
That Morning After is a vampire story with a difference, folks, and well worth it. There are so much of them vamp tales out there, that it’s hard to stand out, but Janus Gangi concentrates of emotions and situations and people and their problems until it becomes a vamp tale with real depth. And it’s short enough to entice you, while being long enough to satisfy you!
Loved it! And will definitely read the next instalment!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Taabia Dupree on June 05, 2013 :
This story surprised me. I'm rarely surprised. I didn't know whether to cheer for her *the main character Nicky* or shake her. I didn't want to feel sorry for her sometimes, but I did. I yelled at her and asked her was she crazy!?!

Do you know what the three F's are when someone panics? They are freeze, flight, and fight.

Writer Janus Gangi nailed them in this story!

That's what you call good writing. She had me invest in the character and I had to finish the story just to see what happened next.

Read the book, it's a good one! I'm looking forward to book 2.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Greta Burroughs on June 02, 2013 :
"That Morning After" was an interesting book and I enjoyed it. You know you are really getting into the story when you feel sorry for the main character, Nicky, and hope the steps she is taking (college, new friends, job) really give her a second chance in life.

When Nicky gets involved with a guy on an online dating site, and starts having strange, scary experiences after she tries to break the relationship, you think something bad is going to happen. It does, sort of, but the experience could also be considered good for Nicky. You have to read the book yourself and decide what you think.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: PubRight PubRight on May 30, 2013 :
That Morning After is a cautionary tale, one of a woman whose entire life has been subject to the vagaries of fate: a dysfunctional family, an abusive marriage, self-esteem more noted by its absence, and a deep, abiding sense of loneliness even when the main character, Vickie, decides to take a modicum of control over her life.
The problem with taking control is that the choices one makes are often crucial. Without the background, or that all too important matter of self-esteem and positive experiences, history can and does repeat itself.
Vickie takes a chance on online dating services and finds a measure of self-actualization in the mild banter and flirting. It also leads to some obsessive-compulsive behaviors and unrealistic expectations. And it leads directly to a predator, though not the kind one would normally expect under such circumstances.
Vicky is skillfully manipulated into believing her ‘suitor’ might have amorous feelings for her, and even though her trust-meter is clanging off the wall, she does the unthinkable: she agrees to a meeting.
And not just lunch and a quick escape to a cab if it all goes south. Instead she meets the elusive suitor at his villa, and… as they say, things don’t go as planned.
What emerges is a new Vickie, some might say ‘improved’, but then that’s really a matter of perspective. What it does is set her on a whole new path and ‘that morning after’ is really just ‘that morning before’.
Criticisms: the narrative was heavily laden with Vicky’s POV, in a stream of consciousness that really called out for narrative interludes to relieve the unrelenting strains of woe-is-me (and yes, she had plenty of reasons for that ‘woe’) that resembled a ‘list’ rather than a compelling story. There were some ‘editing challenges’ (typos, missing words, odd tense changes).
That being said, there’s enough here to hold the reader’s attention, and certainly enough to garner sympathy for Vicky (and avoid the death knell of the ‘too dumb to live’ heroine).
The story ends at the beginning, and if you read the book, you will understand why.
This is a nice effort and has promise for the next installment. 4 stars
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Lori Safranek on May 29, 2013 : (no rating)
Anyone who comes to the end of That Morning After and isn't surprised, must be a psychic. Janus Gangi has woven a contemporary story with shades of old-fashioned love. Vicki goes from feeling like a failure at love to being eagerly sought by the mysterious Phoenix. Can the timid, down-hearted Vicki pick herself up and survive the adventure of a lifetime?

This is a great read, and I think a lot of women will relate to the difficulties of romance in the computer age of facebook and Match.com. Vicki's a great character and I highly recommend this book.

The author provided this book to me for review purposes.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Cas Peace on May 28, 2013 :
What do you do when Life insists on dealing you a rotten hand? Do you go under, or fight back? Nicky fights back, despite her traumatic past. But you just know it's all going to go wrong again when she realizes she's being stalked on an online dating site. Knowing how dangerous it could be, she finally agrees to meet the guy, little suspecting how drastically her life will change once more. I certainly didn't anticipate the way this novella ends!
That Morning After is full of emotion and tension, and Nicky is one tough woman. A great read!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Victoria Harvey on May 26, 2013 :
That Morning After is a thrilling ride through the psyche; insecurity, paranoia, fear, ecstasy, terror, empowerment and self discovery, it’s all there and more. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a feel good chicken soup for the soul kind of book but you will want to come back for more. When it ends you will be looking for more pages, you will be eagerly awaiting the next chapter. I want more of this story Janus, bring it on!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Victoria Harvey on May 26, 2013 : (no rating)
That Morning After is a thrilling ride through the psyche; insecurity, paranoia, fear, ecstasy, terror, empowerment and self discovery, it’s all there and more. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a feel good chicken soup for the soul kind of book but you will want to come back for more. When it ends you will be looking for more pages, you will be eagerly awaiting the next chapter. I want more of this story Janus, bring it on!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: John Cassian on May 25, 2013 :
This is a fun and interesting adventure in the world of vampires; with a hint of porn. While the main character is interesting, the plot itself is rather obscure and random; difficult to follow at times. None of the characters really come across as real. I applaud the writer's audacity, and hope that she does another draft of this story so that it can really reach its full potential!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Megan Peters on May 19, 2013 :
A wonderful glimpse into a modern take on vampires with racy, laugh-out-loud dialogue and memorable characters. I could not put this book down, and gulped it up from start to finish! There MUST be more in store for the sassy heroine - and if there is, I can't WAIT to read it!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: JENNIFER THOMAS on May 17, 2013 :
Step into the wonderful world of suspense that Janus Gangi has written for all to enjoy. Follow Nicky as she walks through every emotion know to woman kind and tries to find the person she knows she is meant to be.

Nicky was raised by a mother left to a lot to be desired and moved on to a husband who was a weasel of a man. She has never been allowed to be herself and to shine but she wants all of that to change. She is ready to get back in the dating world and in this wonderful age of computers what better way to meet someone, right?

This book and it's story knocked me for a loop as I read deeper into the events that unfold and just the right pace to keep you wondering what in the world will happen to this lady next!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: elena ahmadi on May 12, 2013 :
I read this author before and enjoyed her work very much. her new book is extremely nice and couldn't put it down. the main character is one you cannot forget. Her journey is one of dicovery that will change her life forever. Love it and recommend it. Well done!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Jojo Allen on May 12, 2013 :
For those that have followed the work of Janus, That Morning After, is something is a little different. This book is dark, mysterious and suspenseful.

Vicky mundane life changes beyond belief when she decides to let down her guard and calls in the help of the internet to expand her horizons. It's what is lurking behind that computer screen that will change Vicky's life forever.

I loved this book and look forward to reading more from the Phoenix series.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Kim McNiel on May 12, 2013 :
I absolutely loved this book. Take a journey with Vicky as she goes through not only hard and tough times, but now has to make an extreme choice. Alone for the first time, she has to live with her decisions. She is one tough cookie! Author Janus Gangi did a marvelous job.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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