Bookshelf & Book Reviews

Me & my booksOn our Bookshelves, we promote authors, both Indie and Traditional published authors of different genres and their books. Sometimes we pick a BOOK OF THE MONTH, with links to the sites where the book(s) are for sale (e.g. Amazon live link), links to websites and social media platforms where the author wishes to connect with readers.

We also share book excerpts and reviews on this blog, which you’ll find by scrolling down the page or clicking Book Excerpts and Reviews. Most of the book reviews are written by Junying, but there are also a couple of reviews on Junying’s books by other authors.

Author, Blogger & Book Reviewer Junying Kirk

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJunying completed her first degree in English Language and Literature in China, followed by postgraduate degrees including a MA, M.Litt, a PhD in Cultural Studies and Education and a MBA from prominent UK Universities. She has worked as an academic, administrator, professional interpreter and translator, researcher, teacher and cultural consultant. She is an avid reader and always keen to discover new, raw talents. She has published a modern ‘Journey to the West’ trilogy. Her guest posts can be found at sites such as Murder is Everywhere: Guest Author Junying Kirk.



Detective Inspector Huss (Inspector Huss #1)
by Helene Tursten

Inspector Irene Huss, stationed in Goteborg, is called through the rain-drenched wintry streets to the scene of an apparent suicide. The dead man landed on the sidewalk in front of his luxurious duplex apartment. 

5starOn My Shelf


Disgrace (Afdeling Q #2)

by Jussi Adler Olsen

Kimmie’s home is on the streets of Copenhagen. To live she must steal. She has learned to avoid the police and never to stay in one place for long. But now others are trying to find her.

Paperback, 530 pages
Published June 21st 2012 by Michael Joseph (first published May 28th 2008)


Stranger at Sunset
by eden baylee

A vacation can be a killer.

Dr. Kate Hampton, a respected psychiatrist, gathers with a group of strangers at her favorite travel spot, Sunset Villa in Jamaica. Included in the mix are friends of the owners, a businessman with dubious credentials, and a couple who won the trip from a TV game show.

Kindle Edition, 260 pages
Published June 22nd 2014 by lowercase publishing

Book Links: Amazon USAAmazon UK & Eden’s Website


Interpreter of Maladies
Jhumpa Lahiri

Jhumpa Lahiri’s stories tell the lives of Indians in exile, of people navigating between the strict traditions they’ve inherited and the baffling New World they must encounter every day.

Paperback: 208 pages

Published (first published January 1st 1999)

ISBN 0006551793 (ISBN13: 9780006551799)



by Bob Jonas

Charlie Evers is a tenth grade student at an international school in Shanghai, China. Ignoring all warnings about Chinese Internet censors, he navigates to sites that look informative, but shred the government on politically sensitive issues.

Paperback, 270 pages, Kindle also available

Published May 2013, by Vagabond Librarian Publishing

ISBN 0989274403 (ISBN13: 9780989274401)

Links: Amazon USAAmazon UKJunying’s 5 Star Review


Everyone Burns (Time, Blood and Karma #1)

by John Dolan

It is January 2005 and the charred remains of two Europeans have been discovered on the Thai island of Samui. Local Police Chief Charoenkul, sidelined by his superiors, enlists the reluctant David Braddock, a burnt-out private detective, to assist in an ‘unofficial’ investigation.

Kindle Edition, 301 pages

Published July 5th 2012 by Tention Publishing Limited; ASIN: B008I6GXM2

Links: Amazon USAmazon UK & Junying’s 5 Star Review

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by Matt Posner

Great dialogue is essential to fiction — but what are the elements that make it great? Novelist Matt Posner breaks down the subject with meticulous detail and plentiful examples from published novels.

 Kindle Edition, 161 pages

Published November 10th 2013 by Rugby Press

Links: Amazon UKAmazon US & Matt’s Website


18310382-186x300The Nano Experiment by Richard Brawer

At fifteen, Eileen Robinson lives in an ideal, middle class African-American family in Houston, Texas. When her father is murdered, an innocent victim in a drive by shooting, her sheltered life spirals downward into gloom.

Kindle Edition, 2nd Edition, 243 pages

Published July 30th 2013

Original Title: Beyond Guilty

Links: Amazon UKAmazon USA & Author Website

My review on GoodReads & Amazon.

Exposed by Liza Marklund

Trainee journalist Annika Bengtzon has secured a summer placement at Sweden’s biggest tabloid newspaper. She’s desperate for this to be her big break, although manning the tip-off phone line isn’t quite what…more

Paperback, 560 pages, English edition

Published May 26th 2011 by Corgi (first published 1999)

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by Rosebud Ben-Oni

SYNOPSIS:  Rosebud Ben-Oni’s SOLECISM  confronts the darker side of multiculturalism through borders both cultural and physical, whether loving another woman in Jerusalem to growing up on the U.S.-Mexican border.

SOLECISM release date: Feb 28, 2013

16054234Watering Heaven

What would you do if you found out your girlfriend laid an egg every time she had sex? Who would you be if you were invited to a party in Beijing but had to make up a brand-new identity for six weeks?

Paperback, 206 pages; Kindle Edition

Published: October 12th 2012, by Signal 8 Press


The Skin of Water

by G.S. Johnston

Passions flare and alliances shift in this breathtaking story of survival set during the final days of World War II in Hungary.

Kindle Edition, 1, 255 pages

Published January 23rd 2012 by Amazon Digital Services


Gold and Fishes

by Donna Carrick

Foreign aid worker Ayla Harris is struggling to bring hope back into the ruins of post-tsunami Indonesia. But when she discovers that her disreputable brother-in-law is missing, she sets out to find him and soon realizes that her own life is in terrible danger.

Paperback, 320 pages

Published July 27th 2006 by Booksurge Publishing

ISBN: 1419641859; ISBN13: 9781419641855

Links: Amazon.comAmazon.UKDonna Carrick Website.

13445284Arriving home from a routine day at work, Anna Cottrell has no idea that her life is about to change forever. But discovering the stabbed body of a stranger in her flat, then becoming prime suspect in a murder enquiry is only the beginning …

An Unfamiliar Murder by Jane Isaac

Paperback: 272 pages;  Publisher: Rainstorm Press

Links: Amazon UKAmazon.Com;

JaneIsaacAuthor @TwitterWebsite.

11073120The Ghost in the Crystal (School of Ages #1), is the first of a series about your NEW favorite magic school in New York City – School of the Ages.

  • Print Length: 294 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • ASIN: B0047GMH5E

Links:  Amazon USA Amazon UK KindleMatt’s Website

13040336Bristol boyz Stomp, is the true story of the random road rage murder of the author’s brother, musician David Albert and the family’s struggle for justice.

AuthorDoreen M McGettigan

Perfect Paperback: 203 pages

Publisher: Tate Publishing & Enterprises

Date:  November 2011

Links: Amazon UKAmazon.Com; Doreen McGettigan


13456823Intense Sensations Volume 1

by Vanessa Wu

This is a collection of erotic stories and includes the following titles bundled together in one sexy volume:

Black Silk Blindfold
Under the Canopy of Love
My Russian Spy
Love on the Rebound

Print Length: 91 pages

Publisher: Ambergris Books; Date Feb 2012; Links:  Amazon.UKAmazon.Com


The American Presidents provides an insight into the lives of the men before they ascended to the most prestigious and demanding political office in the world, the key challenges and decisions each man faced and a reflective piece on each president and how history has viewed them over the course of time.


Genre: Political History

Pages:822;  Twitter: @JJCollinsauthor

Date of Publication: October 2012

Women of Eaton is a trilogy of the first three novels by Madeline Sloane: DISTRACTED, EAST OF EATON and WEST WIND. For readers 17 and over.

Author: Madeline Sloane; Genre: Romance

Book Links: Amazon.ComAmazon.UK

Pages: 382 pages; Date of Publication: Sep 2011

Other Links:


Book One of the Dearhart Clan is part of a series that are fast paced reads which dabble in the world of paranormal and remain in the erotic pulse of what can only be classified as a primal fantasy.

Author: Eri NelsonGenre: Paranormal fantasy

Book Links:, or  Amazon.UK

Pages: 76;  Date of Publication: July 2011

Links: Eri’s BlogFacebook and Twitter 

Author Interview with Eri

In  Spring into Summer, a collection of emotionally-charged erotic novellas, four women explore their sexual limits, marked by love, lust, and loss.

Author: Eden Baylee       Genre: Erotica

Buy Links: Ebook formats at, or at Amazon.UK

Pages: 172;  Date of Publication: 6, July 2012

Links: WebsiteBlogFacebookYoutube, and Pinterest

Twitter @edenbaylee

A Selection of Book Reviews & Promos


Some of the Books I have Read & Reviewed

If your book is chosen to be promoted on Junying’s Bookshelves, you will be notified :).

28 Responses to Bookshelves

  1. eden baylee says:

    Wow! Junying, you are amazing! I’m honored to be featured as your choice for Book of the Month.

    I know you are an avid reader and have numerous books on your shelves, so it could not have been easy to choose just one. I’m thrilled you chose mine! Your commitment to the indie author community is just stellar. Thank you so much.

    eden xox

    • Junying says:

      The pleasure is all mine, eden. Yours is an easy choice, a sexy, erotic one 🙂 I love your writing and admire you as an all-round super woman 🙂

      I shall be building my collection, and Spring into Summer will remain my very first Book of the Month 🙂

  2. Sessha Batto says:

    a fantastic idea – and a most excellent first choice – Eden’s stories are hot, sexy and perfect for summer 😉

  3. eden baylee says:

    Hi Sessha, thanks for your kind words here, and thanks again Junying. I love that I’m your first! 😉


  4. Eri Nelson says:

    Awesome section to your site!! And what a wonderful author to chose, Eden!! Love it 🙂

    • Junying says:

      Glad you give your nod to this new add, Eri – like you, I constantly try to improve the look and contents of my site, but my technical capabilities are somehow limited, so thanks a bunch for kindly allowing me to use your beautiful bookshelves 🙂

  5. eden baylee says:

    Thanks Eri and Junying! You’re both fab.


  6. Eri Nelson says:

    WOW!!! Thank you so much!! You ROCK!!


  7. Thank you, Junying, for adding my books to your shelf, and for selecting the my series as your Book of the Month. You are most kind and supportive.

    • Junying says:

      Madeline – I’ve enjoyed reading The West Wind, and am on Distracted now 🙂 Your writing is beautiful and your series a much deserved choice – I’m glad to be featuring wonderful writers like you, who have shown sterling work in supporting fellow Indie authors.

  8. Vanessa says:

    Wow, you are super supportive, Junying. I really appreciate being featured here!

    • Junying says:

      As I commented on twitter, the pleasure is mine :). I’ve enjoyed going on little erotic journeys with your characters, to different exotic locations. Love your writing, so keep them coming 😉

  9. Cora Blu says:

    Very cool shelf. Some I may have to add to mine 🙂

  10. Junying, I”m in trouble. I already want to read your books, Eri’s, Madeline’s and a host of others. Your site is so pretty, I’ll never get away from it now!

    • Junying Kirk says:

      Marilyn, it’s so lovely to see you here and your compliment makes my heart sing 🙂 Thank you – do come back soon and I’ll always be delighted to have you – we can always share a virtual cup of coffee and cake – A very Happy 2013 to you and yours 🙂

  11. I love your page. you back ground if fab.

  12. Jane Isaac says:

    Thank you for choosing An Unfamiliar for your Book of March. I’m thrilled and honoured.

  13. Thanks for adding The Sound of Loneliness as your Book of the Month, Really appreciate it, Junying.

  14. It’s AMAZING and quite an honor to be featured here! Thank you so much, Junying!

  15. Bob Jonas says:

    Thank thank thank you. Students looking over my should when I opened this this morning and commented, Mr. Jonas, you are so cool. Now I’m really going to read your book.

    • Junying007 says:

      It’s wonderful that more students will read your book, Bob. After all, you wrote the book especially for those young people!

      Yes, I agree with them – you’re pretty cool 🙂

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