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A word, a single word defines a moment for Anne. She needs to find a new one when her spouse leaves her at the age of 47, coming out of the closet literally in a closet. She finds herself back in her hometown amongst her high school friends which she left behind in her past.An inheritance from a friend leaves her with the means to meddle and spy on the lives of some of theA word, a single word defines a moment for Anne. She needs to find a new one when her spouse leaves her at the age of 47, coming out of the closet literally in a closet. She finds herself back in her hometown amongst her high school friends which she left behind in her past.An inheritance from a friend leaves her with the means to meddle and spy on the lives of some of their mutual acquaintances. In an attempt to run from her reality Anne gets engrossed in a game of "fun" and "flirtation" with her friend and fellow sufferer Connie at her side. Anne however did not read all the files and what to her is fun games turns into a deadly reality. It is no longer a game.Life, death and not even a defining word can stop the reality of manipulation....

Title : defined by others defining ways series book 1
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ISBN : 23767278
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defined by others defining ways series book 1 Reviews

  • Jenny Bynum Black Words-White Pages
    2019-04-01 14:49

    I am a YA Paranormal Reader, but from time to time, I have a tendency to step out of that comfort zone and read other genres and when it comes to MCV Egan, I jump to read her work as she releases it.This story has as many layers as an onion. I am completely shocked at the 365 degree turn that this author as taken in writing this story compared to her other works that I have read. I really enjoyed the twisted plot and some of the humor that was built into this story. The characters are phenomenal and the book is very well written. I highly recommend reading this book and I know you will be just as addicted to this author's unique writing style as I am. I am anxious to read what this author has next in store for us.The author provided me with a Paperback copy of the book for review purposes only. No remuneration was exchanged.

  • Wanda Hartzenberg
    2019-04-08 16:25

    This book has so many layers an onion would blush. The reader meets two woman. Estranged for decades a funeral and husbands bring these two too each others door. The husbands binds them in misery. The funeral in a shared game. But the game is not innocent and the two woman initially set out to play Amanda's game for vastly different reasons. As their friendship grows so does the game and a new facet is introduced with the addition of a psychic in the form of Ann. If your world is defined and owned moment by moment by words as is Ann then her general naiveté can be understood. As for Connie, her hurt run's deep and I guess no one in their right mind would cope let alone cope well with Connie's new life path. I had little sympathy for any of the woman in the book after my first read through. I am simply not made this way. Only after some time lapse and then another read did I start to really reflect on what can only be described as a perfect storm for these two woman. As for the other 47 year old pretty entitled twits...well lets say I never once got teary eyed over their lot. After all they got invited into the game, they had a choice to say did Ann and Connie I hear you say? No not really. Too much in their lives build up to some form of release. It is sad they did not pick the better more noble road but then we would not have a story too loose ourselves into now would we? Contemporary fiction with almost no love interest...the perfect book for me.WaAr

  • T.
    2019-04-20 10:45

    Defined By Others was a crazy ride -- like watching a train wreck in slow motion. You could see what was (potentially) going to happen, but you felt powerless to stop reading as events converged to a single disastrous point. This revelation is not a spoiler, as the author doesn't try to fool the reader into believing things end well; but, even with this knowledge, I had to keep watching as the lives of the protagonists (or in this case antagonists?) imploded due to their cruel machinations and interference in the lives of others. A great plot and intriguing characters.

  • Karina Gioertz
    2019-03-24 14:22

    Review coming soon :-)

  • Kandy
    2019-04-13 12:31

    Ms. Egan has filled this book with all kinds of interesting scenarios that you would have never seen ten years ago. There is the case of the person going back to the funeral of a classmate that bullied her? Who does that? Then there is the case of the gay husbands, yep, you heard me right, husbands, more than one. Then there is the case of closing up the family home and inheriting a malicious cyber bullying game. This game goes horribly awry and lives are threatened and destroyed. All of this damage is done by playing with people's emotions. It is a tale of intrigue and malicious mischief. It is almost as if the game had taken on a life of it's own being passed from one bully's hands to another.Now let's add a neurotic, not stable partner in crime and a pistol packing jealous wife from out West. This little tale moves swiftly from one nasty situation to another, you can almost feel the disasters about to happen. The persons playing the game see nothing wrong with what they are doing, they pretty much think they are harmless, or so they say. Ms. Egan has them define every serious situation with a particular word and by doing that and the choice of the words, it seems that subconsciously they know what they are doing is very, very wrong. Yet they continue to play. It is like they cannot help themselves. Even when a love interest shows up, the game is hidden from them.This tale is very current and right in sync with the times. Reading this makes one think about how mean we can be to our fellow humans and still deny the fact of what we are actually doing. The story does have an interesting side effect. I find myself stopping several times a day and looking for just the right word to describe the situations I find myself involved in as I go about living my life. Maybe if we all did that, we would be a little more aware of what is going on in our lives without the constant denial. Who knows? Maybe Ms. Egan has started a trend...

  • Arpita Dash
    2019-03-30 08:43

    I was drawn towards this book due to its unique name. It was a quick read for an afternoon. The more I go deep into the story, the more I wanted to know what’ll happen next. The plot was simple yet eye catching and sole. Some books take you to their world, make you feel connected with the characters and leave a deep impression on you. This book is one of those kind. I didn’t want that story to end. The author’s writing is crisp and brilliant. The author portrayed the characters of the story intriguingly. I felt somehow connected to Anne; due to her past trauma, crisis and the inheritance from her high school buddy Amanda, she committed some crimes and interferes in other lives. I found different shades of Anne in the story. This book leads you to an appalling and surprising end and will leave an imprint on your soul.“Defined by others” is an amusing and beautiful book, that will take you to its tale about two mid forties women finding themselves in a world they created. They created some secrets and tangled in between that. I would recommend it to those who love to read lost love, revenge, spiritual and friendship. This book gives you an idea about ‘sometimes what we picture about someone is not correct’. I would like to give it 4 out of 5 stars.

  • Meghan
    2019-04-17 16:37

    Kept me guessing and on my toes the entire read. Playfully showed how technology and issues such as catfishing are not just for the teenage or YA audience. At times I thought I knew how it was going to end or the next twist, and while I was correct on a few aspects, I was not correct for the entire ending...which I love! This story shares about love, friendship, relationships, the idea of how the image we present may not be the actual story, and ties in how high school and certain moments in time can have a lasting impact.You, if you are like me at all, will laugh, gasp and end up questioning what would I do in those situations? The intrigue, the play on catfishing and fantastic ability to discuss some serious issues in a captivating, humorous and enlightening way is just a hint of why you as a reader will enjoy this story greatly. The way the story came together was so clear in my mind it was like reading a movie or show. I could also see it as a play because of the comedic timing of certain lines, the intricate play on keeping people on certain pages, but still having the concern about who knows what. full review at

  • Christine bonner
    2019-04-19 09:43

    This book is about a group of school friends that have now grown up in their late 40's, have husbands and children . A friend had died and left Anne something in her will. Connie one of her friends and Anne take over the game that their friend had left Anne, it was a fake page on a social network about their girl friends, each one has a lover in cyber internet but and each one has a name of a superhero and his female side kick. Some of the things are funny and having you laughing like the cookies with a micky in them. Anne starts to get worried about Connie and the things she is doing. Each female on list is seeing Anne and asking her for help as they all think she can see there future. Connie and Anne are still getting over the shock that both their hubsand were in love with each other, and moved in together leaving Anne and Connie on there own. Anne was having fun with Peter a old friend, and would go of for a quickie in a motel. the book build up with all the ladies and you are waiting to see what happens and who finds out that it was Anne and Connie doing the stuff on the network. I enjoyed reading this book and cant wait for the next one to come out

  • Victoria Dougherty
    2019-04-13 11:44

    Anne is a piece of work. I related to her - at first. She's a woman preoccupied with always finding the perfect word for a situation, observation, emotion. I get that. When her husband runs screaming out of their fabulously appointed closet, her wordsmithing helps her make the adjustment from seemingly happy mother and wife, to middle aged divorcee. It also helps distance her from the pain and embarrassment of her circumstances. I get that, too. Middle age can be tough enough without the added slap of a busted-up marriage. Ultimately, however, Anne's ability to separate pain from experience leaves her in a strange, hollow place. One lacking empathy, and wallowing in an overabundance of rationalization. Anne, we discover, is dangerous.Defined By Others is a deceptively dark book. That's what I liked so much about it. On the surface it's about life changes, reconnecting with friends, making sense of the past and taking the first shaky steps in planning a future after a devastating blow. But it's also about casual cruelty, revenge, wasted lives, and wasted love. When I finished the book, I needed a drink.

  • Patti
    2019-03-31 09:46

    Compunction, exuberant, chaos, and optimism. What word truly defines you? Could it be a single word, or could it be a colorful array of words? "Defined by Others", by M.C.V. Egan takes you on a spiritual journey on what it truly means to define a moment, creating secrets, and what those secrets could cost you.Anne, is a newly divorced woman, who just found out her husband is coming out of the closet(in a closet). With her new divorce, she heads to her hometown to attend an old friend's funeral. There she is given some "inheritance", which includes a very twisted and witty social mind game they like to call The Catfish Project. With the help of her friend Callie the two go down a road neither of the them thought they would end up, and they find out just who they really are meant to become."Defined by Others" is a beautiful, witty, heartfelt story of two women finding themselves in a world that once made sense, and is now turned upside down. If you are curious to know more about this game, then make sure to grab yourself a copy of this amazing tale.

  • Tami Adams
    2019-04-09 13:44

    First, I must say I have never read a Women's Fiction book before. I went into this book with my eyes closed about what to expect. My eyes are now open and forever grateful to MC for it. I enjoy the genre, but it isn't the type I will read often. This review, though, is about Defined By Others and not the genre. The plot is based on multiple topics that are completely relevant in today's society and through social media. The writing itself is incredible. MC pulls us into the main character's mind through a "biography" type read. It opened me to thinking about my life and who I am as a woman in today's society and how I interact with those on social media. The book overall leaves me with a sense of how I can represent and better myself as a woman and a person in general. Thank you, MC.

  • Kasey Cocoa
    2019-03-30 11:40

    Intriguing from the first page. The characters felt honest and real with genuine issues and ways of dealing with everything that goes on in this book. For me it is a bit of a slow start with a few points where I could easily pause in my reading but never to the point where I could just walk away and not want to pick it back up. Overall it is a good read, one I believe most will enjoy and want to talk about. I received an e-arc in exchange for an honest review.

  • ColdCoffee
    2019-04-03 10:25

    Like so many in our mobile society, Anne had left her upper middle class town to live, work, travel, get married and have children away from her small town roots, family and friends. At age forty-seven Anne finds herself back in her hometown, where very little has changed. As bad as the small town rumor mill is, time has added a cyber aspect where it seems everyone ‘knows’ and this increases Anne’s pain, guilt, frustration, devastation and anger that her husband has left her for a ‘man’.Anne prided herself in knowing just the right word for every situation. What word will come to mind after her high school friend Amanda dies? Amanda’s casket had just been lowered into the ground when Anne finds herself alone in an Attorney’s Office starring at Amanda’s final message on video. Almost in a trance, Anne leaves the office with the inheritance held tightly in her hands as questions swirl around in her head.Connie whose marriage had also taken a bad turn, is a welcome old friend that makes herself at home in Anne’s childhood home. Connie and Anne reminisce, eat, drink, explore Anne’s mother’s secret room and slowly go through and digest the inheritance that Amanda has left.Together Annie and Connie tap into what they call “our inner bitch” to deal with the cards that life had dealt them. Intrigued by a “game” that Amanda started and manipulated by the detailed instructions left by Amanda; this game engages them in “harmless” cyber fun that allows Annie and Connie to toy with the emotions and even love interests of mutual acquaintances.If you could secretly know everything about your friends and neighbors, would you want to know?If you could secretly manipulate those who had hurt you in the past, would you?How far would you go?Would you heed the message on the cover of this book? “If you share a secret it will no longer be a secret.^^^Keep your secrets safe.^^^Do not share your secrets.^^^.It will destroy you.^^^Secrets give power.”I always quote a couple passages from the books that reads, so here goes. P56 “power is great because it makes you the dominatrix. The psychological manipulator, which is the perfect description for what Amanda was.”P150 “As we sat there judging and discussing our generation we were ridiculously oblivious to our own behavior. Apparently women often do not realize they are addicted until they are in a heap of trouble, and we were no exception.”P151 “We were addicted to a variety of deceptions: love deception and sexual deception.”You must read this book to see exactly what was included in the inheritance that Amanda gave Anne, what was involved in perusing Amanda’s game and what if any consequences, real or imagined in life and in cyberspace. Defined by Others (Defining Ways Series Book 1) by M.C.V. Egan is a well written Women's Contemporary Fiction with realistic dialog between the characters and a twist of generational similarities and differences. Cold Coffee Press/Café endorses Defined by Others (Defining Ways Series Book 1) by M.C.V. Egan as a well written Women's Contemporary Fiction with realistic dialog and a twist of generational similarities and differences. I hear rumors that ‘Climbing Up The Family Tree: Defined by Pedigree’ is next in the series. Meanwhile make sure you read The Bridge Of Deaths: A Love Story and A Mystery by M.C.V. Egan. We reviewed this book from Print/Kindle/PDF format. The review was completed on January 27, 2016. Kindle Purchase Link

  • Gayathri Jayakumar
    2019-04-19 16:39

    The modern world thrives in the cyberspace. One’s identity, connections and professional backgrounds have irreversibly shifted into the digital platform where the world comes together. Defined By Others bases this shifting platform of existence to weave away a yarn out of this new lifestyle. Society has just been digitalized! Anne Guiles, and her friend Connie is about for a surprise when their menacing friend Amanda had been claimed and taken away by cancer. To relieve herself out of the pain and to make living more interesting, the already nosy Amanda utilizes the digital world, adding and deleting while researching to form a new digital reality for a few chosen friends and neighbors. She has trapped them on the hooks of cyber romance. This secret she hands over to Anne, who makes Connie her partner for crime as well. Both were victims to the homosexuality of their husbands and so the digital “game” as Amanda terms it comes to them as an entertainment. Augmented by the psychic powers that Anne is lately developing, the duo begins to enjoy this game. Each of their “victims”, as they term, lives trapped in the virtual reality that Connie manages and Anne, with her psychic abilities creates for them a real virtuality to go with it.Each of us is defined by the society and people we belong with. The society moulds us into what we are. The book remembers to make this as the cherished theme where people are defined by what others think and say for and about us. With Anne being a woman of words defining each moment by a single word, the linguistic potential of the book is much enjoyable. The way the cyber personas affect the real world is unconditionally true as well. This is yet another eye-opener into the entrapping cyber world. The book is a word of caution to people who cannot differentiate between the real and the virtual world.Simple yet apt vocabulary defines the book. However, what makes it readable is the fact that the characters mature over time. The initial enthusiasm for cyber intervention into the personal lives of others may sound entertaining, yet what pulls others out of the system will also pull us out one day. The theme is a thought-provoking one into the seriousness and serendipity of relations in and out of the cyber world; the mix might almost get us confused.

  • Toi Thomas
    2019-04-10 13:21

    This author has a way of intriguing me that always manages to entice me into reading outside my preferred genres. Defined by Others, on the surface, is the tale of a mid-life crisis gone terribly wrong, but it’s actually much more than that. It tells the bounce back journey of Anne, a woman who likes to define moments in a single word, only now she’s a little speechless and unknowingly open to pursue other actions. She is after all trying to bounce back from learning that her husband is leaving her for a man, her father has just been hospitalized, and an old frenemy has just died- but not without leaving Anne a parting gift. ‘Manipulation’ is the single word that would define this book. It’s very dark, but glossed over with pretty wealthy people and little white lies, that turn black in the blink of an eye. That’s how the end comes at you. You see it coming the whole time, but when the “stuff” hits the fan, it catches you off guard- even with the metaphysical aspects in the story.People often complain about the dangers of social media much in the same as they do the use of fire arms. I’m not going argue either case here, but as many would agree, it’s not the “weapon” it’s the user. Anne and her friend Connie take their old frenemy’s gift and turn Facebook into a weapon of mass emotional destruction. When they say misery loves company, they must be thinking of Anne and Connie- but is Anne really looking to destroy lives or is she simply hurting, lost, and confused?I didn’t fall in love with any of these characters, but I did become enthralled in this story. The whole time I read it, I kept thinking, “There are crazy people out in the world just like this, for real. I’m so glad I don’t have this kind of drama in my life.” This book made me appreciate the small number of close friends I have and made me appreciate how wonderful my husband and family really are. One word to define my feeling for this book would be ‘grateful’, plus is was quite entertaining. I’d recommend this book to anyone who likes to read Women’s Fiction or Contemporary fiction with a hard edge. This is purely an adult read, though it does not contain erotic material. It deals with mature concepts that young children will not understand and that hopefully teenagers aren’t currently dealing with (but consider the times we live in).

  • Nimi
    2019-03-23 12:28

    MCV Egan's 'Defined by Others' is the story of Anne, a 47 year old woman who finds herself at crossroads in life suddenly, after an unexpected separation from her husband. She finds an ally in her school friend, Connie, who to Anne's surprise is in the same boat.The feelings of women, afraid to age, on the threshold of major changes in their lives, physically and emotionally are movingly described by the author. The insecurity of living life depending on being 'defined by others' seems to be true for almost everyone, irrespective of what their life seems to be like.MCV Egan's 'Defined by Others' deftly scales the issues of death, middle-aged women, social media, parenting, homosexuality, and much more.This book engaged me in the maze of lives of its characters. And it left me with much to think about... Do we ever mature from the insecure teenagers? Or do we just learn to mask our emotions better? Do we just get better at keeping secrets? Are we always troubled teenagers at heart? Does everyone lead, or wants to lead, a double life?Detailed Review on my blog -

  • Hooked On Books
    2019-04-12 09:50

    Anne and Connie, two women in their 40's who went to school together now realise they have their situations in common and form a great bonding. When Anne receives a disturbing game that is left to her after the funeral of a school friend Amanda, she shares the game with Connie and they embark on a strange journey of deceipt.This book was not at all what I was expecting, it was different and quite intriguing. Whilst initially I enjoyed the book, it was a great start, interesting and well written, as the storyline progressed it just wasn't really my cup of tea, it was full of lies and deceiving people. I think this book felt quite real and current with the social media aspect which for me made it feel wrong.

  • Lauren
    2019-03-30 13:23

    I loved the cover of this book, which pulled me in with its bright vivid colors. The book itself is an extremely unique tale of friends who are mourning and carrying on the weird habits of their deceased friend. The story line was interesting, just needs a little polish. I wish we knew more about the women other than their happy sticks (joints). I should have known the ending based on how many times happy sticks were mentioned!!

  • M.C.V. Egan
    2019-03-26 16:25