Tuesday, November 26, 2019

GUEST REVIEWER Lori Chasko with NOT AGAIN by Maria T. Henriksen

Deb: Today, I'm hosting a guest reviewer!  Lori Chasko has offered a unique perspective as a reader of Young Adult Fiction. Along with meeting Lori, you'll learn more about a new release by Author Maria T. Henriksen!

Lori's Review of NOT AGAIN:
Not Again was a novel that stayed me from beginning to end.  I loved the different elements and emotions Not Again portrayed. Not Again showed teenagers as real as they come. Compassionate and uncouth,cruel and kind.

Not Again is a novel that will make you think. The element of faith resonates throughout the novel and is beautifully woven in. The scripture is comforting and familiar. Christina,Avery,and the other teenagers are on their journey of discovery as we all once were and still are.

Not Again helped me learn a few things about myself and even brought back some memories that made me laugh and some that made me struggle when I was a teenager myself.

Maria T. Henriksen did a very nice job of putting into words the obstacles teenagers face daily and how to overcome them.
*All opinions are my own. I purchased this book and was under no obligation to provide a review, nor a positive review.

Hi Lori, thanks for being our guest at Inkwell Inspirations. Deb: You've brought a review of Maria T. Henriksen's new release to share with our readers. Amazon lists NOT AGAIN as teen or young adult romance as well as Christian Fiction.

What do you think of the current offerings you find when looking for young adult fiction? What would you like to see more of?

Lori: I think that in the way of Christian Fiction especially young adult that there is too much fluff at times sheltering today's youth. In answer to the 2nd part of your question less sugar-coating. There are real life problems addressed in the Bible that certainly were not. That's not real life.

Deb: What age do you feel is the best audience for NOT AGAIN?

Lori: 16 and up due to some mature content and situations.

Deb: Do you prefer paperbacks, ebooks or audiobooks?

Lori: It depends on what I have handy at the time. All are books just in different forms.

Deb: I agree but boy I'm really dependent on audiobooks these days!

With Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays coming, what would you most like to do with a free weekend?

Lori: I love to be with my family and friends,spending time and sharing laughs. Fun fact I live in Pennsylvania like Maria does but different areas so we really don't know each other. I met her on Facebook during the time she was getting ready to publish Not Again. We clicked as friends and prayer partners. I'm an admin in a group Maria started to bring together Christian authors and reader. My family is small but big. I have my parents, 2 biological brothers, and family friends from India and I'm Godmother to their daughter, 16 months old. I love to sing in the church choir. I'm a Soprano and a Lector (reader) and Eucharistic Minister.

Deb: Wow, I'm impressed! You're a busy gal with some very special interests!
Thanks so much for bringing your perspective to the Inkwell blog!

Lori: Thank you for having me Debra. It is my intent to help Maria's debut release Not Again get noticed!


Christina De Rosa holds a potentially deadly secret that threatens to get out. As an innocent young teenager, Christina survives a terrifying sexual assault that destroys her self-worth and trust.

In her daily struggle, Christina searches for ways to keep her torment at bay, so she can function as a "normal" teenager. Meanwhile, Christina's spiritual journey leads her down a path causing conflict within, as she's riddled with guilt and shame.

A chance encounter with her longtime, hot crush, Avery Evans, sparks a fire in Christina that she can't extinguish. As the sweet, loving, knight in shining armor he readily portrays, Avery offers the safety and security that Christina craves.

In her quest for internal peace, Christina must make a decision. Will she give her heart, body and soul to the super popular, Avery Evans?

Will Christina's nightmares become all-consuming or will her discoveries lead her to a renewed way of life?

Find out if true love triumphs in this edgy, faith-based young adult page-tuner, set in the 1980s.

*Not Again is NOT your typical Christian coming of age story. Fierce faith doesn't come without a fight. Prepare for heartache, self-harm, traumatic events, real romance, and actual scripture in these pages.

Available on digital ebook and paperback:
Author Maria T. Henriksen
Buy NOT AGAIN at Amazon

Learn more about Maria by following her Amazon Author Page.


  1. Thank you Lori and Maria. It was nice to meet you both (virtually)! I hope our post brings new readers and new looks at fiction that targets what teens and young adults are going through. It's so important to provide realistic fiction that also brings hope!

    1. Debra and Lori, You two did a fantastic job on this interview‼ I am certainly blessed by this and my hope is that others will be blessed from reading Not Again. Let's make the world a better place one reader at a time‼😀💜

  2. I was very happy to help as I have been. I pray that many are blessed by Not Again.

    1. Thanks Lori! I hope you know how valuable your reviews are to authors and to readers. You are the target market for this genre and I'm so glad you were our guest!


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