Thursday, September 15, 2016

A FORTUNE IN JEWELS - A Josy Rose Cat Burglar Novel


A FORTUNE IN JEWELS: A Josy Rose - Cat Burglar Novel

By: Victoria Rose
Published by: iUniverse
Genre: Fiction/Romance/Adventure/Contemporary
Rating: Very good
ISBN: 9781532005121, $13.99, 176 pp.

Quoting from the back cover:

"Josy Rose is a young woman looking for a new direction in life, a new career. Her inner guide, Tariki, suggests that she become a cat burglar who steals only from the one-percenters to support animal shelters and sanctuaries, to be the Robina Hood for animal welfare. And having an element of irreducible rascality in her nature, Josy takes to the challenge.

"Her backyard neighbor, FBI Special Agent Nicolas Hawk, watches as Jo turns her backyard into a boot camp exercise course with a jogging path, trampoline, a wire from the roof, and ropes to climb up the house. When he sees her three-ring-circus routine, he's hooked and has to know, 'What the hell is going on?'

"Having watched Jo grow up for twenty-two years, Nick has felt like an invisible older brother. Now Josy's a young woman, and he's starting to have mixed feelings about her. When he joined the FBI, he made a list of rules for himself: No. 1 - No intimate relationships.

"One summer solstice night in Jo's hot tub changed everything."

A Fortune in Jewels is a fast paced, easy read about an important issue: animal welfare and animal rights. It's an eclectic mix of wit, romance, adventure, and factual information. 

Victoria Rose skillfully weaves factual information about white supremacists, petty theft laws, famous cat burglars, the Fund for the Animals, the Humane Society of the United States, the Center for Consumer Freedom, and the Cayman Islands throughout her third-person omniscient narration.

Rose's main characters come to life through their thoughts, feelings, and dialogue--internal and external. Josy Rose, the protagonist, is an unusual woman who takes on an unusual challenge.

As an accomplished writer, Victoria Rose excels at imagination, description, and surprise, and even though the plot may seem simplistic, the underlying message is designed to draw our attention to and inform us about animal welfare/rights issues.

Victoria Rose has published seven books: two nonfiction--Apple Cider Vinegar and Ladies Are You Lost? and five fiction--Into the Mystery of Life - Crystal Rose; Into the Mystery of Life - Pontella Rose; Into the Mystery of Life - Zorasteria Rose; Into the Mystery of Life - Tetralogy; and A Fortune in Jewels.

I highly recommend A Fortune in Jewels for its quality, wit, and uniqueness.

Reviewed by Kaye Trout - October 17, 2016

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

PRESS RELEASE - Apple Cider Vinegar

History and Folklore - Composition - Medical Research - Medicinal, Cosmetic and Household Uses - Commercial and Home Production

Pagosa Springs, Colorado (April 2007) - What is this book about? Why Apple Cider Vinegar, of course, and everything you might want to know about this amazing, versatile product of nature. Quoting from the back cover:

"Welcome of the world of Apple Cider Vinegar! As you have picked up this book, I might imagine that you are interested in taking responsibility for your health and well-being; perhaps folklore remedies enchant you; you’re looking for a new hobby; you liked the design of my book cover; or, like myself, the word ‘why’ has been a part of your vocabulary since you began to talk. Whatever your reasons, welcome!

"With so many books on the market, why another one and about apple cider vinegar? Because . . . this book will answer questions that have not been asked. It will provide you with medical evidence to support why apple cider vinegar works for so many common ailments and will answer questions about quality and products on the market today. The book will provide you with step-by-step directions for making your own and inform you about the dynamic versatility of apple cider vinegar."

Victoria Rose, with degrees in anthropology and holistic health, has been involved in alternative health solutions all her life and does extensive research for her books. In 1975 she opened her Gymnastics Studio in San Francisco where she taught gymnastics, hatha yoga and tai chi. She’s a Certified Massage Therapist, published writer and book reviewer. Apple Cider Vinegar is her eighth book and second non-fiction book.

ISBN: 0-595-41237-8
Retail Price: $14.95
Size and Format: 6x9 trade paperback
Page Count: 150
Availability: Ingram, Baker & Taylor,,

Publisher: iUniverse, 2021 Pine Lake Road, Suite 100, Lincoln, NE

Author Contact: Victoria Rose,

Sunday, March 19, 2006

PRESS RELEASE - Ladies, Are You Lost? Options for Women in Unhealthy Relationships


Pagosa Springs, Colorado (March 2006) - What is this book about, why was it written, who is the author, and does it have a purpose?

The book is about women and how we can tend to lose our sense of "self" and personal identity when we’re involved in a relationship. It’s about the author’s personal struggle to arrive at a solid sense of self, working toward freedom and away from addictions.

Why was it written? It was written for women in unhealthy relationships who feel they have no options. The author was told by friends that there were stories in her life which might help guide and inspire. Along that line, other loving women have contributed their stories to encourage and help. "We are just average women reaching out a hand to let women in unhealthy relationships know that they are not alone."

Who is the author? . . . Helena Gunther and Victoria Rose, her alter ego–the writer within. This is her first nonfiction book, and she has written it to tell other women where she saw opportunities and what she did about them, how she faces her fears, and uses her audacity to move from the negative into the positive.

Does this book have a purpose? Yes, a very definite purpose. It provides a brief set of clues to help women get back on track and take control of their lives. If they are serious about change, want a better life, and follow the ten clues, she guarantees they won’t be disappointed. It’s not easy but it would lessen the value, if it was. As education is a key to improving one’s life, any profits from the sale of this book go into a special education fund for women working to change.

ISBN: 1-59800-358-5
Retail Price: $9.95
Size and Format: 6x9 trade paperback
Page Count: 130
Available at: Ingram, Baker & Taylor,, and

Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc., 10940 S. Parker Rd. #515, Parker, CO 80134

Author Contact: Helena Gunther,

Sunday, February 19, 2006

LADIES, ARE YOU LOST? Options for Women in Unhealthy Relationships

Ladies, Are You Lost? Options for Women in Unhealthy Relationships
Victoria Rose & Helena Gunther
Outskirts Press, Denver, CO
ISBM: 1598003585, $9.95, 118 pp., 2006

How serious are you about changing?

"WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THIS?. . . your identity (the real you) has been lost or stolen, and we need to go to war to get you back. I use the concept of war because war is serious business and we are serious. Right?

Richard Marcinko, in his book Leadership Secrets of the Rogue Warrior-A Commando's Guide to Success, writes: "Life is a struggle for survival, for success, and for dominance. Life is war." If this is so, then let us prepare for war.

Somewhere, in each of us, beats a warrior's heart. During our time together, I am going to provide your warrior mind with ten clues to finding you. I will list them briefly and later go into more detail. Once you have discovered or recovered yourself, you will no longer need our guidance, but you will need to protect this "identity," as it can be lost or stolen . . . again.

The focus of this book is not healthy relationships; the focus is finding you. Once you have a stronger grasp on who you are, the opportunities for a healthy relationship will materialize. Financial independence is an important part of this struggle, and that is what the "options" part of this book is about.