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Forever Young: Blessing or Curse (Always Young Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Morgan Mandel
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Book Description

LIKE BEING SCARED?  Get in on the first of the Always Young Trilogy now, and be prepared to be nervous and on edge when 55 year old widow, Dorrie Donato, takes a pill to be 24 forever. Getting old turns out to be the least of her concerns when she's running for her life from the villains and the law.
Coming Soon are two follow-up thrillers: BLESSING OR CURSE and ALWAYS YOUNG.


Editorial Reviews

Review

"The author has written a book with a fascinating premise, one that has been a topic of conversation for decades--How to stay young forever. In her version of the fountain of youth, Morgan Mandel has fashioned an intriguing story about an experimental pill that promises to transform the user's body back in time to an age the user specifies. In Forever Young: Blessing or Curse, the protagonist, a 55-year-old widow named Dorrie, chooses to recreate herself as she looked when she was 24 years old.

Despite the excellent results, Dorrie faces a host of problems brought on by the novel's antagonist, known as Angel Man. As you might surmise, Angel Man proves to be anything but an angel, and we learn there is a dark force at work that threatens even Angel Man himself.

Morgan Mandel does a nice job providing intrigue and suspense with just the right amount of foreshadowing, making the reader reluctant to put the story down before reaching the ending. It's a fast read, enjoyable and has a satisfying ending. For a self-published book, Forever Young is well done with good editing and a marvelous cover." - John M. Wills.

From the Author

Would you like to be young again, knowing what you know now?

Forever Young: Blessing or Curse was born through my wishful thinking. Now that I'm growing older, like many in the Baby Boomer generation, I wonder what it would be like to be young again, yet keep all my memories.

The heroine in this book gets to do just that. She spins back to an earlier age. That's when her life spins out of control.

You'll Find  Love - Intrigue - Seduction - Terror - Friendship and More in Forever Young: Blessing or Curse.

Product Details

  • File Size: 413 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Choice One Publishing Co.; 1 edition (December 16, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006MO28CQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #757,288 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My first of Morgan Mandel's books, but not my last! January 17, 2012
By Terry
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I truly enjoyed this story, reading a few chapters each night just before falling asleep, and looking forward to my "story time" each night! Mandel's main characters are more than three dimensional,sharing their inner thoughts as the story develops. Her settings are very easily seen through the characters' eyes, and the story line itself is just far enough fetched to hold the reader's interest through the various twists and turns of the plot.

A loving wife, too soon widowed ... feeling both the loss of her husband, too soon after the loss of her mother ... and the loss of her home setting ... seemingly rescued by the Angel Man who's smooth veneer hides a smoldering narcissism ... her friends back home worrying at a distance... the various relationships ring true in the woman's life.

The ending is not an ending, but a tease. What will happen to Dorrie? What will happen to her child? Will she fall in love with her former flame? Will she continue to remain young? Will the Angel Man return in her future? Or will the Monster come after her?

The description of the following anthology, addressing the stories of more participants in the "Forever Young" experiment, doesn't address Dorrie's future ... perhaps a third title will follow?
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Forever Young: Blessing or Curse January 1, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The author has written a book with a fascinating premise, one that has been a topic of conversation for decades--How to stay young forever. In her version of the fountain of youth, Morgan Mandel has fashioned an intriguing story about an experimental pill that promises to transform the user's body back in time to an age the user specifies. In Forever Young: Blessing or Curse, the protagonist, a 55-year-old widow named Dorrie, chooses to recreate herself as she looked when she was 24 years old.

Despite the excellent results, Dorrie faces a host of problems brought on by the novel's antagonist, known as Angel Man. As you might surmise, Angel Man proves to be anything but an angel, and we learn there is a dark force at work that threatens even Angel Man himself.

Morgan Mandel does a nice job providing intrigue and suspense with just the right amount of foreshadowing, making the reader reluctant to put the story down before reaching the ending. It's a fast read, enjoyable and has a satisfying ending. For a self-published book, Forever Young is well done with good editing and a marvelous cover. The Kindle price of $2.99 makes the book even more of a good read. Ms. Mandel's book makes the point that self-published books need not take a backseat to traditional publishing. Well done; well written.
Forever Young: Blessing or Curse (Always Young Series)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
Middle-aged Dorrie Donato, newly widowed and overwhelmed with unpaid bills, accepts a position with the company where her husband was killed after her "forever job" comes to an unexpected end. Her new responsibilities require her to become the model--aka guinea pig--for a revolutionary fountain-of-youth pill that promises extensive longevity and whose developers remain silent about its dark side.

Author Morgan Mandel keeps the reader on the edge of her/his chair as she guides Dorrie through a corporate maze populated by less-than-honorable characters who hide a sinister plot that ultimately threatens her life. Complicated by her attraction to company front man Roman Remington, better known as Angel Man because of his incredible good looks, her life evolves from grieving widow to beautiful young woman admired by large crowds as she embarks on a whirlwind cross-country tour to promote the pill that's touted as the most promising anti-aging remedy ever invented.

Suddenly faced with a startling situation she never expected and a disturbing entry on her late husband's iPhone, she begins to question the wisdom of remaining in the job that once seemed to promise the financial security she so desperately needed. The story climaxes in a shocking turn of events that leaves the reader cheering her on and eagerly awaiting the next book in the Always Young series.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good escape thriller April 13, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I enjoyed this book. Picked it up as a free book on Amazon, but would have gladly paid for it. The storyline kept me engaged and I was trying to figure out the ending all along. Well developed characters and a quickly moving storyline made it a pleasant read!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mystery keeps you guessing! March 13, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
What if you could just pop a pill to shed years from your age? Morgan Mandel answers that question in this great mystery/thriller. After the mysterious death of her husband, Dorrie is hired by the company he worked for, the "Life is for Living" Institute and is recruited to be the spokesperson for their Forever Young pill. She agrees to fulfill her fantasy, swallows the pill and is transformed from a 55 year old matron to a 24 year old ingénue. With youth comes fame as she is launched into a series of TV commercials and personal appearances.

But nothing good comes free, and Dorrie soon learns of a dark conspiracy behind the youth pills. When she tries to reveal the truth the Institute turns on her and soon she is running from the police and running for her life from a strange, hideous looking creature.

The novel takes several surprising turns as Dorrie digs more deeply into the mysterious Institute and its magical product. How she manages to stay ahead of them, alone and unaided, is the core of this high-tension mystery. Forever Young: Blessing or Curse will keep you guessing to the end, and keep you on the edge of your chair up until then.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Widow, an Experimental Pill, and a New Future
Haven't we all at least considered the idea of rolling our ages back to a younger one, and what would happen if we did? Read more
Published 13 months ago by Rising Star Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Sequel???
I truly enjoyed this book but wanted so much more when the book ended. I hope there's a 'continuation' to the story ... felt a bit let down. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Donna F. Weaver
4.0 out of 5 stars Would you want to stay Forever Young?
If you could take a pill and revert your middle-aged body back to a healthier, more youthful state, would you do it? Read more
Published 14 months ago by Heidiwriter
1.0 out of 5 stars I'm sorry I can't recommend this
Too much emphasis on boring detail.
All of the characters sounded exactly the same.
A real lack of foundation, lack of research. Read more
Published 14 months ago by A LE BAS DE PLUMETOT
1.0 out of 5 stars Frustrating read
Character building is at an all time low with this tale. Too simple, too silly and in many places, just too unbelievable.
Published 15 months ago by Tom
2.0 out of 5 stars Forever bland
I stuck with the book to see what the ending would bring. But I won't be reading another by Mandel.
Published 16 months ago by Justin Ramsey
1.0 out of 5 stars Too far fetched
I only finished the book because once I start, I'm a little OCD that way, but this was just not worth the time. The characters were just not believable...especially the woman.... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Dallen100
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed.
The book had a good plot. The main character was just a little TOO goody two shoes for me to be believable. Read more
Published 16 months ago by lovetoread
3.0 out of 5 stars The ending
Enjoyed the story till I got to the end. Very disappointed with that. I hope she does a sequel that closes this story line.
Published 17 months ago by Karen White
1.0 out of 5 stars Embarrassingly amateurish
I borrowed this from Amazon Prime for $0 and feel I overpaid because I could not borrow another book for a month. Where to start? Read more
Published 18 months ago by Tall Guy
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EXPERIENCE THE DIVERSITY & VERSATILITY OF MORGAN MANDEL -

IF CHICK-LIT IS YOUR THING, you'll be glad to know that Morgan Mandel's
HER HANDYMAN, a romantic comedy with a dash of the serious, NOW HAS A SEQUEL!

FIRST, To refresh your memory about HER HANDYMAN, found at
http://www.amazon.com/Her-Handyman-Morgan-Mandel-ebook/dp/B0097EVXBK

If you throw a crazy canine, a handyman and a popular artist together, you've got mayhem! When Jake, the handyman, comes to the rescue of Zoe, the artist, little does he know he'll need rescuing himself, thanks to her crazy canine, FuFu, whose toy lands in the toilet.

AND THE SEQUEL IS CALLED: A PERFECT ANGEL, and can be found at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LP0EWQM
This sequel is also a romantic comedy with a dash of the serious.
To avoid being a spoiler, let's just say this book's heroine is a character from the first novel who got a raw deal. This sequel rights that wrong, and makes everything right in her world.

STILL AVAILABLE FIND MORGAN MANDEL'S MOST POPULAR ROMANTIC COMEDY:
GIRL OF MY DREAMS, AT THE ALWAYS BARGAIN PRICE OF 99 cents, AT http://amzn.com/B00656R11QO

Join in the madcap adventures of a straitlaced assistant whose good intentions go horribly awry when she enters a reality show.

IF YOU GO FOR ROMANTIC SUSPENSE, CHECK OUT MORGAN MANDEL'S
KILLER CAREER, AT http://amzn.com/B002PDOPPG

A lovely lawyer's career change could be the death of her.To save herself and the one she holds dear, she must face her greatest fear: claustrophobia.

AND, HERE'S A MYSTERY FOR YOU:
TWO WRONGS - Morgan's debut mystery set in Chicago is priced at 99 cents at http://amzn.com/B006LSE4FC and is a fast-paced tale of vengeance and the healing power of love. The book includes such Chicago landmarks, as Marshall Field's before it was Macy's, Frango mints, and the Big Tree in the Walnut Room at Christmastime, along with Morgan's alma mater, DePaul University.

A young girl is murdered. Her brother knows who did it, or does he?

MORGAN IS NOW AT WORK ON ALWAYS YOUNG, THE FINAL BOOK OF THE ALWAYS YOUNG TRILOGY

HERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT THE FIRST TWO IN THE TRILOGY:

FOREVER YOUNG: BLESSING OR CURSE, A THRILLER, is available on
Kindle at: http://amzn.com/B006MO28CQ, as well as in Print at: http://amzn.com/146815771X

What it's About: Fresh beginnings turn tragic when 55 year-old widow, Dorrie, takes a pill to be 24 again, and then learns getting old isn't the only way to die. An unexpected betrayal has her fleeing for her life.

BLESSING OR CURSE, the second of the trilogy, is a collection of five short stories. Each story focuses on one person who takes the pill to be young forever, and how that decision impacts that person's life. Some happy, some sad endings. Some nice, some not so nice characters. This is not a thriller like the first book, except for the very short bonus section near the end in which the villains from the first book make a short appearance. This book dwells mostly on love interests and relationships - http://amzn.com/B00EMY1PWW

THE SHORT STORIES IN THE BLESSING OR CURSE COLLECTION ARE ALSO AVAILABLE SEPARATELY @99 CENTS EACH - FREE TO PRIME MEMBERS - Here's what each story is about:

WHO'LL MEND THIS BROKEN MAN - Desperation forces Consuela to order the Forever Young pill to cure her husband, Diego, from Parkinson's Disease; but is the cure really a curse?
http://amzn.com/B00EMPREZ8

TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING - Ezekiel, an African-American male, can't get it up for his lady love, Luana. Will the pill draw them closer together or drive her away?
http://amzn.com/B00EMPRDBI

WHAT I DID FOR LOVE - Strawberry blonde model, Sherri, sees her popularity fading, along with her looks. The pill can bring her fame and fortune, but what about love?
http://amzn.com/B00EMY1T3M

SUSPICION - Doormat, Dee Dee Marshall, takes a bold step when evidence points to her husband's infidelity.
http://amzn.com/B00EMY1S8I

FOR THE LOVE OF DOG - Overweight Chicago Police Officer Walinski must pass a new physical or lose his job, along with his beloved canine partner. Can the young pill offer security, when danger lurks in the line of duty?
http://amzn.com/B00EMY1QVW

IF YOU'RE A SHORT STORY LOVER, YOU'LL BE GLAD TO KNOW
Morgan Mandel also contributed two short stories to The Corner Café: A Tasty Collection of Short Stories, at http://amzn.com/B0085YDO7E.

In Morgan's first story, What Nice Blessings, tragedy strikes a young adult, testing her courage and teaching her the value of friendship.

Morgan's other contribution, The Closing of the Corner Café, describes the rise and fall of a cherished eating establishment.

ABOUT MORGAN MANDEL -
Morgan is a past president of Chicago-North RWA and past Library Liaison for Midwest MWA, She belongs to Sisters in Crime and EPIC. Before her novel publications, she freelanced for the Daily Herald newspaper.

Morgan's Chick-Lit Website: http://chicklitfaves.com
Morgan's General Website: http://www.morganmandel.com
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/morgan.mandel
Twitter: @MorganMandel (http://twitter.com/morganmandel)

Morgan's Blog: http://morganmandel.blogspot.com
Excerpts/Links Blog: http://morgansbooklinks.blogspot.com

Group blogs:
http://bookbeatbabes.blogspot.com
http://makeminemystery.blogspot.com
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com

Youtube.com - Type morganmandel (one word) for Morgan's channel featuring Morgan, fellow authors, and her dog, Rascal.

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