Love this book so much…I’m posting early!!!

download (5)I received an advance readers copy of this book, and you can pre-order it at Amazon.

I am SO in love with this book, that I am posting it pre-publication and before the official re-opening of my blog.

This book isn’t very long, but it tells an incredible story that really makes you think.

What value would you give to your life? To the experiences you have had? I am not talking material items you purchase, but things like a flower or fluffy cloud that made you smile. A light, cooling breeze just when you needed it most…

The characters are well rounded, the story is solid and this is a delightful book. I highly recommend it!

AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: NICHOLAS TANEK / Author of: Chipped Black Nail Polish and The Coolest Way to Kill Yourself

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Nicholas Tanek is an American ghostwriter from New Brunswick, New Jersey. He graduated from Rutgers University with a bachelor’s degree in English. Nicholas Tanek grew up as a New Jersey punk rock skater kid who lost himself in the early 90’s New York City rave scene. After years of drug addiction, he got his life together when he was reunited with Lynn, the love of his life, before she died at the age of 37. Instead of choosing negativity, he chose creativity. Losing Lynn inspired him to write his first book, The Coolest Way To Kill Yourself. There is quite a bit of kinky sex, drugs, and music in the life of Nicholas Tanek and he has some unique stories to tell.
Chipped Black Nail Polish
by Nicholas Tanek
A Tribute to A Different Kind of Jersey Girl.
In New Jersey during the summer of 1989, an awkward thirteen-year-old who was obsessed with weird music fell head-over-heels in love with the coolest post-punk rock girl he had ever met.
Nicholas was insecure. He was a daydreamer, wishing for romance when he was told, over and over, that he could not have it. He was a toy, pulled and pushed, wanted and used, dragged along yet held at a distance. Nicholas fell in with the out crowd, and loved every minute of it. He fell in love and got left behind, but not before she changed him forever.
This is an irrational, emotional love story for the teenager inside all of us.
The music is loud, and you’re about to be pushed into the pit.
What some people are saying…
“I should have put you in therapy.” – my mother.
“I can’t believe you’re publishing this. You do not have my permission to use my real name.” – name redacted.
“I insist that you use my real name.” – Kevin.
“Finally, a title that doesn’t scare people off. Not like the first book, The Coolest Way to Kill Yourself.” – Kim Gray, publicist
The Coolest Way to Kill Yourself
by Nicholas Tanek
Okay, so no one actually kills themselves in this book.
The Coolest Way to Kill Yourself pulls you into the early 90’s New York City rave scene, in all its chaotic, psychedelic glory. The narrator grabs you by your wrist and drags you behind two teenage lovers from New Jersey as they tumble through a whirlwind of reckless hedonism that eventually spirals into a dark, devastating world of drug addiction and heartbreak.
As a teenager, Lynn cried, “No one is ever going to write something for me.”
Nearly two decades later, in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Nicholas did just that. The gesture came too late for our unlikely heroine, but his heart was in the right place. A broken heart… but a true love.
Reunited after years apart, Lynn and Nicholas embraced their love and sexuality, and embraced each other, despite troubled pasts, despite illness, despite all of their imperfections and mistakes. They shared the kind of honest and shameless connection that few have had the honor of knowing, and most would never understand.
“We’re not hurting anyone. We’re just living life without caring what anyone thinks about us, without caring about the consequences.”
“It’s the coolest way to kill ourselves,” Lynn said.
So turn the page, and pull the trigger.
What some people are saying…
“I used to think that I was a fairly liberal and open-minded person. But this world is truly a world outside my comprehension and comfort zone.” – my sister-in-law
“You will never publish this book.” – my ex-wife
“Are you crazy? I can’t believe you are publishing this.” – most of my friends
“I love the fact that you are publishing this.” – most of my cool friends
“You have disgraced me.” – my mother
“Why is your mother so angry about your book? Make sure you shovel the snow from the driveway.” – my father
Nicholas Tanek

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee REVIEW by: Shaun Curran

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Having first read To Kill a Mockingbird in high school, I was not sure what to expect with the sequel. The hype around the novel was so great, though, that I had to read it.

If you are expecting something better than Mockingbird, you are in for a disappointment. However, if you are looking to get acquainted with old characters, by all means, give it a read.

A grown-up but not necessarily mature Scout returns home to take care of her ailing father, Atticus. It is the 1950’s, and it is a time of great social upheaval in the southern town of Maycomb, Alabama. Firmly believing that her father is a stalwart defender of justice, she is appalled to find her father is not who he seems. During her stay in Maycomb, Scout learns that, deep down inside, there are many people who will continue to hold on to their prejudices despite changing times.

My Grandmother asked me to tell you she’s sorry- by Fredrik Backman


This is a delightful heart warming story about Elsa and her Grandmother.

Elsa is seven years old and different, and her Grandmother is seventy seven years old and crazy.

She is Elsa’s only friend and shares stories with her during their times together.

After her Grandmother passes away, Elsa discovers apology letters her Grandmother had written to all those she had done wrong.

This inspires Elsa to start an exciting and sometimes dangerous journey.

A beautiful story, brilliantly told.

You can purchase this at Amazon

Your Smallest Bones-stories by Sean Taylor

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A volume of twelve short stories that make you THINK. When our minds get so muddled with the noise of the world, this was an excellent book to pick up at the end of the day.

These are minimalist stories, and the smallest detail gives you the deepest thoughts and feelings. You are reminded that even the smallest things have huge impact on who we are, how we feel…

I felt like I had stepped into the ocean and the waves gently pulled me in.

This book has received two Pushcart Prize Nominations. I cannot recommend this book enough, and I look forward to reading more from this talented Author.

Here is the Amazon link for purchase:


Thirty-Three Cecils by Everett De Morier/ REVIEWED By: SHAUN CURRAN

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In the early nineties I read Jurassic Park, about a year before the movie came out, and I was mesmerized by ‘The Ingen Incident,’ the opening chapter of the novel. Being young, I was unable to realize that the chapter, written in journalistic style, complete with real locations and believable names and titles, was fiction. When I was an adult, I read it again, and found myself with the same issue.

One famous quote about books goes like this: “A good book makes you want to live in the story. A great book gives you no choice.” I am not sure who said this, and neither is anyone else, judging from the anonymous the quote is attributed to, but in Thirty-three Cecils, author Everett De Morier has crafted a world that is as believable as the one we live in, one filled with life, death, and those innocuous blunders that can forever alter the course of our lives.

The framework on Thirty-three Cecils is remarkably simple: the author discovers that journals he has purchased at a yard sale belong to two famous individuals: Walker Roe and Riley Dutcher. The details regarding how these journals wound up at a yard sale, force you to pause every few pages and remind yourself you are reading a work of fiction (though I prefer to live in the fantasy world. Much more interesting than reality).

The story then unfolds as a series of journal entries. “Journals are personal accounts of thoughts and emotions, and it would be impossible to view the events these journals describe in any other way than directly through the individual writing styles and the words of the two men who wrote them” (xiii). Using this framework allows for limited first-person perspective of the individual’s point of view. The individual journaling has no idea what will take place a week from then; he writes in day-to-day operations. When Roe’s best friend dies, he embarks on a series of almost automated actions to cope with the loss, which result in suspicion, since his friend left him a sizeable inheritance, though this was never communicated. The loss of a friend, a loved one, a sibling, a daughter, all have tremendous impact on us, and we may say or do things while feeling for some resemblance of reality, some way of making sense of the disaster that has befallen us, that may appear unusual or suspicious. The journals are raw and bare, the way they should be, revealing utterly depressed souls that scream for release or Prozac.

Yet De Morier spins a tale within a tale, explaining a story about thirty three people who have the name Cecil visiting the same town one afternoon. The mayor is excited and says the town will be of extreme importance if a hundred people named Cecil come to town that day. The number stops and thirty-three and the townsfolk are disappointed. The mayor and the people of the town had taken something rare and instead of appreciating it turned it into a disaster.

The second man, Dutch, is a drifter, and has lived a life of seemingly no consequence, drinking away his life, his marriage, and any form of self-respect. However, when he crosses paths with Roe, and after an incident which leaves Roe in a wheelchair and Dutch a hero, the two men realize that their crossing lives is owed to far more than just coincidence.


Please join me in welcoming S.D. Curran as a blogger for January Gray Reviews!

S.D. Curran is an author, blogger, and professor of English at Quincy College and Liberty University. He holds a M.A. in English from National University in La Jolla, CA. He earned his doctorate in 2014 from Jones International University in Centennial, CO.

His second novel, For None of Woman Born was published on January 1st, 2015 and is available from He lives in Massachusetts with his beautiful wife, Bethany, and their neurotic cat, Lancelot.

He enjoys reading science-fiction, history, and literary fiction.

Please join me in giving him a warm welcome to January Gray Reviews! 🙂

Eye Spy by Tahir Shah



This is the second book I’ve read from Tahir Shah, and he continues to satisfy his readers with his unusual out-of-the-box tales.

Be prepared to suspend reality with this dark comedy!

The main character is Doctor Amadeus Kaine, an eye surgeon.

While in Central Asia, treating the poor, he is given a small pie to eat.

Eating this pie causes things to happen. Miracles.

Not only is he healed physically, but his mental capacities and skills increase.

But there is a catch…

The pies are made with human eyes taken from convicts in the mines.

Amadeus Kaine is horrified to learn this information, but cannot help himself in wanting more of that delicious pie.

Even knowing this information, the reader will be unable to stop liking Dr. Kaine.

Be prepared for a unique and interesting ride!

I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I have one more book from him to review and I cannot wait to get to it. His work is always unique and enjoyable.

Here is the Amazon link for purchase.


A book of pure magic. My review of Paris Syndrome by: Tahir Shah

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On the morning of her 5th birthday, Miki Suzuki is given a little gift by her Grandfather. This gift is a fragment of a story in Paris.

While growing up, Miki can think of nothing but getting to Paris one day.

Once, she arrives she goes on a rampage of sometimes shocking actions and behaviors.

Paris Syndrome is a REAL syndrome that affects dozens of Japanese tourists every year, and the author gives the actual definition of this.

Tahir Shah is a very talented writer, and this book is pure magic. Be ready to be swept away on an entertaining and memorable journey.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review, and this book is a rare gem and a true delight to read.

Here is the Amazon link for purchase:



I was never Cool by Joseph Musso Jr.

20150208_191953-1You can read this book in one sitting, or slowly savor it story by story day by day…as long as you read this book.

Author Joseph Musso Jr. opens a vein and bleeds out his stories and soul onto the pages. The words flow like poetry.

From family relationships, to not being invited to birthday parties, odd roommates and romantic relationships, you GET him in so many ways.

He shows how seemingly random events can have an influence on our nature, ideas and thoughts.

This is the brilliant mind of Joseph Musso Jr. sharing why he drinks wine now and how his trumpet playing made a dog fold its ears and a woman wince.

He shares uncool things in life that make the reader realize that even if you aren’t cool, (at least in the manner “society” likes to deem), you can still lead a satisfying and fulfilling life.

Intelligent and witty this is a book that is enjoyable to read and will make you think and laugh.

He dedicated this book to his Dad and after reading, you will totally understand why.

I received this book from the Author in exchange for an honest review, and that’s the most honest I can be without opening a vein and bleeding out myself, as this book will run true and deep with those of us who will never be cool.

Here is the Amazon link for purchase:


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