Jen Minkman (1978) was born in the Netherlands and lived in Austria, Belgium and the UK during her studies. She learned how to read at the age of three and has never stopped reading since. Her favourite books to read are (YA) paranormal/fantasy, sci-fi, dystopian and romance, and this is reflected in the stories she writes. In her home country, she is a trade-published author of paranormal romance and chicklit. Across the border, she is a self-published author of poetry, paranormal romance and dystopian fiction. So far, her books are available in English, Dutch, Chinese, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Afrikaans.
She currently resides in The Hague where she works and lives with her husband and two noisy zebra finches.
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The Space In Between
(3.00 from 1 review)
When Moira helps out her sister and brother in a Wiccan ritual on Halloween, the last thing she expects is to be swept away to a mystical wilderness. Sitting within the stones of the ancient circle of Penmaenmawr, Wales, she's convinced it's an illusion. But the dark-haired, handsome man with amnesia that Moira meets during her trance cannot be blinked away like a dream.
L’Île (L’Île Trilogie 1)
Leia vit sur l’Ile, un monde dans lequel enfants quittent leurs parents pour se débrouiller seuls lorsqu’ils atteignent dix ans. À travers cette Ile s’étend un mur que personne n’a jamais franchi. Les Idiots vivant derrière celui-ci ne se prêtent à la raison – ils croient aux illusions. C’est ce que Le Livre dit, le seul objet légué aux insulaires de l’est par leurs ancêtres.
The Deep (The Island Series #3)
Leia and Walt are on their way to the Other Side, where the legendary land of Cornwall awaits them. Tony, their new friend, has told them that all wars of the past have been forgotten and the citizens of Bodmin and Dartmoor live in peace. However, Walt and Leia soon discover that even a peace-loving, ideal society like this one may have its flaws.
Die Insel (Inseltrilogie #1)
Leia lebt auf der Insel. In einer Welt, in der Kinder ihre Eltern im Alter von zehn Jahren verlassen, um auf eigenen Füßen zu stehen. Quer über die Insel erstreckt sich eine Mauer, die niemand je übertreten hat. Die Narren auf der anderen Seite glauben an Illusionen. So besagt es die Schrift, die einzige Hinterlassenschaft von den Vorfahren, die den Ostländern noch erhalten ist.
The Boy From The Woods
(5.00 from 1 review)
When Julia rescues her former crush Michael after a motorcycle accident in the woods, her life is turned upside down. Michael dumped her before the accident, but now he suddenly wants her back. But why is he so different? And will she be able to trust him this time around?
The Waves (The Island Series #2)
Walt lives in Hope Harbor, an island community putting its trust in salvation from across the sea. The people wait patiently, build their ships to sail out and welcome the Goddess, and piously visit the temple.
But Walt has questions that no one can answer, and when his best friend Yorrick is killed in an accident, he digs deeper to find out the truth about the town's true origins.
(4.00 from 1 review)
About the title: “The aborigines of Australia use Dreaming tracks or Songlines to find their way across vast expanses of land. Words in these songs describe natural landmarks originally created by the gods in song, and the songs must be sung regularly in order to keep the land alive."
The Island (The Island Series #1)
(3.75 from 4 reviews)
Leia lives on the Island, a world in which children leave their parents to take care of themselves when they are ten years old. Across this Island runs a wall that no one has ever crossed. The Fools living behind it are not amenable to reason – they believe in illusions. That’s what The Book says, the only thing left to the Eastern Islanders by their ancestors.
Shadow of Time
(5.00 from 1 review)
All Hannah needs is a nice and quiet vacation in Arizona, but fate has something else in store for her. After falling in love with Josh, one of her childhood friends from the Navajo reservation, she is soon plagued by strange nightmares about the past of Navajo Nation and terrifying shadows chasing her. They seem to come closer – and why is Josh always present in her dreams?
Jen Minkman (1978) is a Dutch author writing her poetry in English. Her influences are Suzanne Vega, Tori Amos and Yoko Ono. 'Undercurrent' is her first volume of poetry. She writes chicklit and paranormal romance for a Dutch publishing house in Arnhem.
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- Stitch (Stitch Trilogy, Book 1)
on Sep. 16, 2012
I really was intrigued by the blurb of this book and immediately bought the ePub version of it on Smashwords when it came out. And the storyline IS really intriguing, which is the only reason I kept reading this book past the first few chapters, because there's just too much of an info-dump going on here. I mean, the first two chapters have NO dialogue at all. None. It's just descriptions of what Alessa has already went through before the story actually starts. Even seeing 'her' ghost for the first time is described in the past perfect tense. We're not there the moment it happens. That just doesn't make sense... like this, the supposed mystery doesn't draw the reader in, because there's no excitement, no emotions, no surprise, no nothing... it has already happened and we weren't witness to it.
But of course, the plot is intriguing so I kept reading to find out what would happen next. Like other reviewers have said, the story is very original and refreshing (albeit a bit sketchy sometimes, I had to suspend disbelief quite a few times), but the execution is poor. 'Show, don't tell' is my main advice to the author to make the next book in the series more captivating. And ditch the elaborate descriptions of Alessa putting on clothes or eating food or whatnot. It doesn't advance the story, so just leave it out :)
on Oct. 09, 2012
Ik heb deze novelle met veel plezier gelezen. Mooie schrijfstijl, interessant verhaal, boeiende karakters, maar WAAROM is het zo kort? Dit had een boek moeten zijn, geen novelle! Er lag genoeg materiaal om met alle personen in het boek veel meer te doen; nu kwam het geheel zo gehaast op mij over en kon ik dus niet echt 'in' de karakters komen. Ik hoop dat het verhaal nog wat verder uitgebreid wordt en tot een volledig boek uit kan groeien; dat verdienen Lilith, Gabriël, Carolina en Silas zonder meer. Ben benieuwd naar het vervolg van deze serie!
- Angel's Feather
on Jan. 05, 2013
I've read this novella in Dutch a few months ago, and I'm just gonna assume the story is the same in English :) I really liked the storyline and the writing style (and the translation from Dutch to English is done very well, too, by the way) and the only complaint I had was that the novella should have been a full novel. There certainly were enough interesting ideas to expand on the storyline, flesh out the characters a bit more, and make the romance less rushed. I hope this will be a full book one day and am curious to see what the next installment will be like. Great paranormal romance... and it's for free! (< we Dutch like freebies :)
- Wie ik ben
on March 20, 2013
Dit is een heel vertederend verhaal dat het vast goed zou doen bij wat jongere tieners. Ik heb meer van deze auteur gelezen en ik vermoed dat dit iets ouder werk van haar is, want de schrijfstijl is nog wat houteriger dan in bijv. de novelle 'Engelenveer' (die in het Engels ook op deze site is te downloaden en erg de moeite waard is). Het komt ook een beetje gehaast over, van mij had het wel wat langer mogen zijn! Zeker geschikt voor jongeren die wel van lezen houden, maar er niet al te lang voor willen gaan zitten.
- Black Face, White Face
on March 22, 2014
I absolutely LOVED this book. It reeled me in and didn't let go before I finished it. Of course, there are lots of so-called 'hostage romances' out there, but this is not just a story of an abducted girl opening up to her captor - it's a story of redemption, personal demons, and humanity, all wrapped up in a narrative set on the wild steppes of Mongolia, complete with native rituals and a sprinkling of folklore that was never 'too much'. I highly recommend this book!