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My Review and a Giveaway of TRIALS OF LIFE by @junying007

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I’m honored to be part of Junying’s final day of her Trials of Life blog tour.

Writing one book is not easy. I know, I’m in the middle of re-writes on my first full length novel at the moment.

That’s why I have infinite admiration for Junying Kirk. Trials of Life is the second in her  ‘Journey to the West’ trilogy following her brilliant first book, The Same Moon, and concluding with Land of Hope. She has rewritten parts of Trials of Life since it first released, so this is a new and improved version of the book.

Be sure to ENTER the RAFFLECOPTER DRAW at the end of this post to win a copy of Trials of Life!

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My review ★★★★★ (Originally posted July 2012)

Trials of Life is the sequel to The Same Moon, which I truly enjoyed, and I’d highly recommend be read prior to this one, as it follows the main character – Pearl, in her quest to the West.

The style of writing is different in this one with shifting POVs. This goes against most of the conventional rules I’ve learned about writing, yet, once I settled into the story, this was not an issue as the plot drew me in.

We learn of Pearl’s education in the West —not all of it is good, and this story centers around a particularly bad part of it. The underlying theme, however, still touches on the immigrant experience for many who move to a new country in search of “a better life.” Pearl learns that although some things are better, the road is not all welcoming.

This is a well-told story of Pearl’s trials in a new world, and how along the way, she anchors herself to her new home with what is really important.

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Buy Links: Amazon UK | Amazon US

Author Bio

Junying Kirk was born a spice girl, hailing from Sichuan Province in southwestern China. In the summer of 1988, a British Council scholarship led her to study English Language Teaching at Warwick University, followed by further post-graduate degrees at Glasgow and Leeds. In her career spanning from the East to the West, she has played various roles as an academic, administrator, researcher, teacher and cultural consultant. Currently working as a professional interpreter and translator, she reads voraciously and writes with passion and dedication. She enjoys drawing from the wealth of life itself  to create stories, which are both engaging and exciting. She travels widely and keeps her mind and heart open for the new, the good, the bad and the ugly. Her ‘Journey to the West’ trilogy, “The Same Moon”, “Trials of Life” and “Land of Hope” have been published in both electronic form and paperbacks.

She lives in Birmingham, UK with her English husband.

To follow her world wide travels and other creative pursuits, please visit www.junyingkirk.com

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Book Blurb

On her continued “Journey to the West”, Pearl Zhang meets Andrew Church and they fall in love. Her determined, professional pursuits land her a plum international development job at a leading UK university. Life is on an upward curve, or so it seems.

Dick Appleton, a troublesome academic from a privileged background, wants a junior assistant other than Pearl, in his quest to discover China and what it has to offer him.

What happens when two powerful personalities and two different cultures meet and clash? Will life teach Pearl another sharp lesson in her adopted country, or will the ancient Chinese belief hold true that everything happens for a reason? Will she bow to her fate or fights for her beliefs?


“This wonderful book dissects and lays bare the entire course of an harassment claim, from the events leading to the claim through the hearing and its aftermath” – Tabitha Ormiston-Smith, Australia

“The Joker in the “Dark Knight”. Dr Hannibal Lecter in “Red Dragon”, The Judge from Blood Meridian. Ms. Kirk’s creation, description and actions of Dr. Richard Appleton will tremor your spine. – Vince Considine, USA

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NEW RELEASE – Land of Hope by Junying Kirk (@Junying007 )

I’d like to welcome back, friend and author, Junying Kirk, who recently launched Land of Hope, the final book in her trilogy and the the long-awaited follow-up to The Same Moon and Trials of Life.


I’m her second last stop on a month-long tour which wraps up tomorrow.

Junying has offered a very sexy excerpt for my readers, so please have a read and pick up her books. She’s an excellent writer, and I know you’ll love her style.

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Land of Hope ~ Book blurb

Every year, millions of illegal immigrants cross borders in search of wealth, happiness and a life of ease in the Land of Hope. Some succeed. Others suffer unimaginable hardships.

When Jack Gordon, Inspector in the SCS (Serious Crime Squad) hires Pearl Zhang, a professional Chinese interpreter, they join forces to fight injustice in the corrupt underworld of international crime, human trafficking and sexual exploitation.

Pearl is the voice of broken dreams, translating raw, deranged, and colorful tales of those who cannot speak for themselves. As Pearl gets more and more tangled in the lives of strangers, Jack becomes a welcome diversion, complicated by the fact that both are married. Their trans-continental roller-coaster ride derails when Pearl tumbles into the sinister world of her clients, a world full of secrets, lies, and unspeakable violence – only this time, it’s directed at her.

Can she depend on Jack? Find out in this third and final book of Junying Kirk’s “Journey to the West” trilogy.

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Available on Amazon.UK | Amazon.Com | Smashwords

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Read an excerpt ~ Passion in a Pub 

Naked and satisfied, Pearl had one of Jack’s tattooed arms draped around her neck, which showed off his muscular torso and biceps. It felt so good having her soft curves nestled against his taut muscles, exuding strength and unmistakable maleness. He smelt damn good too.

She traced the shape of the Scottish flag on one of his arms, and dragons on the other. She let out a soft giggle. “What a funny name for a pub! What were they thinking when they came up with names like that?”

“They probably predicted that someone like me, with a fighting cock, would come here and spend a sticky afternoon with his lovely hot lass?” He also chuckled at his own joke.

Laughing, she leaned over and her pouting lips brushed against his nose, a feather-like kiss, just to tantalise him.

“Seriously, how did you know that they had rooms upstairs and we could, you know…?” She paused, still embarrassed that she had driven 80 miles at his beck and call, so she could get much-needed attention to her body and soul, from this man she had only met over a month ago.

“Have you brought other women here?” She did not meet his eyes, turning her head away, aware that she sounded like a jealous wife. The urge to probe simply emerged and burst out. She knew she had no claim on him, nor him on her. Still, a question hovered in her head and she was not the type to torture herself with questions she had no answers for, so better out with it.

“Oh no.” He raised his hands and turned her face towards him, looking her straight in her eyes, deep, dark-brown pools, drawing him in. “What do you take me for? I have been to this place before when I was still a sergeant, and investigated an arson here a couple of years ago. I was a bit surprised that this pub had a B&B upstairs, but no, I’ve never stayed here: until today, that is. Besides, I just invited you for a late lunch here, and it was you…”

Before he could continue, their mouths had found each other and their limbs were reaching for the other’s sensitive parts, probing and claiming. Their bodies became blissfully entwined, giving and receiving. Time was precious and it was silly to waste it on unnecessary chitchat.

She wanted him, badly, and he matched her in her every move, satisfying her every whim.

An hour or so later, when she had consumed his yang and he had greedily taken her yin for the second time that afternoon, Jack reluctantly disentangled himself. He went to the bathroom to remove his condom, and his sweat. Instead of feeling spent, he was energised.

“Sorry, Pearl, but I’ve got to go. I can only manage a few hours today. Double duty day.”

“Of course.” She nodded, a little disappointment in her eyes.

He returned to her side of the bed and knelt down, as if about to propose.

“I promise to make time next time. The past few weeks have been just crazy. We are really short staffed, not to mention further cuts on the way…”

She put her fingers on his mouth and stopped him from further explanation.

“I understand, Jack. I really do. I know you want to see me, and I love seeing you, but time is against us, and you’ve got work to do.”

In her moments of sanity, she was still incredulous that she had acquired a Sean Connery look-alike who wanted her and filled her with unbridled passion. In her wildest dreams, she had never expected to be conducting an extramarital affair with a police officer.

It was obvious that Jack had become besotted with her, or with her body at least, which was in wonderful shape for her age. For him, I am exotic and from a different world, hence more alluring, adding spice to his usual, bland English diet. Pearl smiled: food for thought.

For her, Jack filled a hole in her life, left empty by her husband.

But Andrew. Oh Andrew, how would he react if he finds out that I have a new man in my life? Or has he also found someone?

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Thanks so much Junying for sharing with my readers. An excellent excerpt! You are such a diverse writer.

Readers, please follow Junying tomorrow on her final stop at SS Book Fanatics.

She promises to have another great excerpt, a review, and fantastic prizes to win.

Help support Junying by celebrating the successful completion of her book tour.

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Junying Kirk grew up in the turbulent times of the Cultural Revolution. A British Council scholarship led her to study English Language Teaching at Warwick University in 1988, followed by further postgraduate degrees at Glasgow and Leeds. She has worked as an academic, administrator, researcher, teacher and cultural consultant. When she is not traveling to Courts & Police stations as a professional interpreter, she loves spending her time reading & writing books, and traveling the world.

Her ‘Journey to the West’ trilogy, The Same Moon, Trials of Life and Land of Hope have been published on Amazon.UKAmazon.Com and Smashwords.

She lives in Birmingham, UK with her English husband.



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Land of Hope Book Tour by Junying Kirk (@Junying007 )

Friend and author, Junying Kirk, originally interviewed November 2011, has launched the final book in her trilogy. She’s on a month-long tour all over the interwebs and will be giving away prizes too!

Follow her journey and find out more about her latest book, Land of Hope, the long-awaited follow-up toThe Same Moon and Trials of Life.

Junying will be on my blog Oct. 24th to talk more about her book. Don’t miss it!


Connect with Junying

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