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25th Mar

Wrong Side of Forty
by Jana Deleon
Series: Marina at Midlife #1
Genres: Paranormal, Women’s Fiction
Source: Purchase
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A Paranormal Women’s Fiction with tons of humor. For many, midlife is the beginning.

It was a day like any other day for Marina Trahan…until she caught her husband in bed with another woman. Before that eye-opening wake-up call, Marina would have described her life as average or uneventful, maybe even boring. But now, chaos and confusion reign supreme. She’d expected to slide through midlife with her unwanted extra pounds, chin hair, and hot flashes and move somewhat gracefully into elastic waist pants and having no verbal filter. But with a wayward husband, a high-maintenance daughter, a lackluster career, and a crazy mother all weighing her down, Marina is ready to wave the white flag of surrender.

Then an intriguing stranger named Alexios shows up out of nowhere and insists she is descended from a goddess and is the only person who can save the world from certain destruction. She has roughly a week to do it. Solving a centuries-old mystery seems like a more interesting proposition than the other situations Marina is facing, so she accepts his challenge. But her search for a magical item of power reveals far more about Marina than she ever knew. Maybe enough to save the world. And even herself.

Wrong Side of Forty by Jana Deleon is the first novel in the Marina at Midlife trilogy. This was a small-town cozy with humor, a quest, and character growth that I quickly devoured.

This is part of a new genre; Paranormal Women’s Fiction and features characters over forty with a mix of paranormal woo-woo.

48-year-old Marina Trahan and her husband are now empty-nesters. After a long week of work, Marina gets off early and heads home to slip on the new lingerie she bought to surprise her husband. Only her husband is already home and in bed with a woman.

Marriage over and career on the line, Marina has moved herself into her mother’s old lake cabin when a demigod appears and gives her a quest. Should she fulfill it, it will solve her financial troubles. Mystery, trouble, and a hottie game warden add to the mix.

Secondary characters from her sister to old cronies added interest and humor. I loved the demigod. His character was over the top and gave us details into the other realm.

While the tale was predictable, it was also entertaining and offered a fun evening of laughs, mystery and small-town antics.

This was a fun tale, with humor, friendship, small-town quirks and magic. If you like cozy mysteries, paranormal woo-woo and what a character getting a second chance at life, you’ll enjoy Wrong Side of Forty.

About Jana Deleon

Jana Deleon

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jana DeLeon was raised in southwest Louisiana among the bayous and gators. Her hometown is Carlyss, but you probably won’t find it on a map. Her family owned a camp located on a bayou just off the Gulf of Mexico that you could only get there by boat. The most important feature was the rope hammock hanging in the shade on a huge deck that stretched out over the water where Jana spent many hours reading books.

Jana and her brother spent thousands of hours combing the bayous in a flat-bottom aluminum boat, studying the natural habitat of many birds, nutria and alligators. She would like you to know that no animals were injured during these “studies,” but they kept makers of peroxide in business. Jana has never stumbled across a mystery or a ghost like her heroines, but she’s still hopeful. She now resides in Dallas, Texas, with the most spoiled Sheltie in the world.

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