That Morning After from the Phoenix Series

Rated 4.69/5 based on 13 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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Reviews of That Morning After from the Phoenix Series by Janus Gangi

William Kieser reviewed on Aug. 7, 2015

I liked this book. Keep up the good work.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
Elaina J Davidson reviewed on June 7, 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)
Taabia Dupree reviewed on June 5, 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 24 days after purchase)
Greta Burroughs reviewed on June 2, 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 22 days after purchase)
PubRight reviewed 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 19 days after purchase)
Lori Safranek reviewed 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 Vicki's a great character and I highly recommend this book.

The author provided this book to me for review purposes.
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)
Cas Peace reviewed 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 16 days after purchase)
Victoria Harvey reviewed 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 4 days after purchase)
John Cassian reviewed 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)
Megan Peters reviewed 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 7 days after purchase)
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