For Immediate Release! ***Update***


Writers are amazing people. And as a passionate reader and lover of books, I can’t thank writers enough  for enriching my life.

In the past six months so many writers, authors, editors, publishers and publicists have reached out to me to read and review all kinds of books, many of which you have read at here at The Book Self ( thanks to Good Reads, various Social Media and my presence on Book Blogger List for leading these bookish types to my blog).

I still have quite a few books to read and review-a bounty of riches! So I can’t possibly get to all book review requests. (Plus there is my off-line life I need to handle).

So I’m announcing a way to help writers market and promote their work. If interested please do the following:

  • 1) Please send me a brief synopsis of a book you’d like to promote (3-5 paragraphs) with any important links (website, social media, Amazon, IndieBound, etc.)
  • 2) Send to the email with Book Marketing/Publicity in the subject line
  • 3) If possible please send me a copy of the book jacket, a photo of yourself and a brief bio about you and your writing history.

And here is a great list of international book fairs to help you publicize your books (thanks to Reem from for alerting me of this list)

International Book Fairs 2019

You might also want to order TC Michael’s Book Short Literature Pro Market 2019 to your writing library

Once again, thank you for reaching out to me regarding your books. I will do my best to get your entries posted at The Book Self.

Warmest regards,

Bookish Jen

***Due to some increased activity in my life, I can do only around 1-2 marketing and publicity pieces per month. As for book reviews, I prefer to read books in old school form and have them mailed to me via the post office.***




Writer’s Block

I don’t often delve a lot on this blog when it comes to my personal life, just a few hints here and there regarding my off-line life. I’m a pretty private person, but you may have noticed a decrease in activity lately. Earlier this month my father died after a couple of years of declining health. So needless to say, I haven’t been in the mood to do a lot of writing. But books are a comfort so I’ve been doing a lot of reading and I hope to have some reviews up shortly.

Thanks for understanding and all of your support throughout the years. I truly treasure it.



Book Review: On Blossoming-Frank and Practical Advice on Our Bodies, Sexual Health, Sensuality, Pleasure, Orgasms, and More by Gia Lynne


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Did you ever read a book and wonder “Where were you when I needed you?” Well, that’s exactly how I felt now that I’ve read Gia Lynne’s book On Blossoming-Frank and Practical Advice on Our Bodies, Sexual Health, Sensuality, Pleasure, Orgasms, and More.

Lynne is a sex-positive writer, educator, and personal coach. Her upbringing couldn’t have been more different than most people’s. She was raised in a communally-based culture by people who were both positive and open when it came to sex education. No topic was off limits, which influenced her to write a book that is positive, practical, and a very joyful read.

Let’s face it. We live in a sex-drenched world where young women told they need to be “hot” (read-sexy and desirable) but are also told to keep their legs closed or else they are a dirty slut (no thanks to abstinence only “education”) who is a petri dish of STIs and is going to pop out bastard babies like a PEZ dispenser. And you don’t have to remind me the deplorable way gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning people are treated by some segments of society.

So, thank goodness for Lynne’s book, one that is desperately needed in this day and age.

On Blossoming is constructed of several chapters and divided into three distinctive parts-exploring the body, sex and sexuality, and finally, communication. Each chapter delves further in the basics of the “birds and the bees,” how to communicate effectively when it comes to sex, the links between sexuality and sensuality (and the differences), getting familiar with one’s body, and so much more!

Without giving way too much of this book, On-Blossoming has good, solid knowledge and is written in a style that is expressed with wisdom, compassion, experience, and joy. Lynne ‘s book is well-researched and she offers ample notations throughout On-Blossoming’s chapters, resources for continued education, works cited and other assorted notes. Lynne truly knows her stuff and On-Blossoming is never sleazy nor is it a snooze.

Ultimately, On Blossoming isn’t merely about sex; it is about finding joy and acceptance in ourselves and in each other, a must read for teens and those who love them.

Book Marks


1. Sarah Jessica Parker throw’s her support of New City libraries.

2. George R. R. Martin on the series finale of Game of Thrones and his upcoming books.

3. How gentrification is harming a D.C. black owned book store.

4. Marie Kondo to publish children’s book.

5. Twenty-five must reads for this Memorial Day.

6. How to juggle several manuscripts at once.

7. Sixteen books to read if you’re suffering from grief.

8. Four authors to watch for this summer.

9. Ten books on angry women.

10. Jeopardy James and his children’s book strategy.


Book Marks

1. Five Marvel Comics that influenced Avengers: Endgame.

2. Fifty must-reads on mental illness.

3. Eight traits employers need to know about writers.

4. Post Mothers Day, great books to read about motherhood to read this year.

5. Neo-Nazis visit a book store.

6. #MeToo movement joins the Marvel universe.

7. Juliette Binoche discusses her latest film “Non-Fiction.”

8. Family business is books.

9. Finding new friends at indie book stores.

10. Books where the narrator isn’t the main character.