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Review by Dr. Irene Conlan – Alpha Chick: Five Steps for Moving from Pain to Power

I’m honored by the extensive review of Alpha Chick from Dr. Irene Conlan, founder of The Self Improvement Blog.

Here is Dr. Conlan’s complete review of Alpha Chick:


“Mal Duane has a story to tell and tells it brilliantly in her recently released book, Alpha Chick: Five Steps for Moving from Pain to Power. Hers is not a story of a struggle from rags to riches. It is a story that reveals the deep suffering each of us can experience regardless of financial status, beauty, intelligence and ability or talent. Mal had all of these even though she wasn’t always aware of them. Her suffering came from her own belief that she wasn’t “good enough,” didn’t “measure up. ” Being a successful model and becoming financially successful in real real estate didn’t prove to her that she was worthy of a loving, successful relationship and high self esteem. She spent ten years battling an alcohol addiction that she used to help her cope with her inner pain.

Her story, however, is much more than a story of moving from helplessness to empowerment, from drunkenness to sobriety or from”not good enough” to an Alpha Chick. It is a story of service, of giving back, of reaching out to others. It is a story of a woman who, like the Phoenix, rose from the proverbial ashes of insecurity and became a powerful force to help women who were also in pain. It was from her own suffering that the “Alpha Chick” was born – “a spiritual being who has worked to deepen her connection with and faith in the Divine presence within—your source of guidance, passion, and personal power—in order to meet life’s challenges with purpose and strength.”

The second part of the book is what Mal came to understand as a practice that would help other women rise out of the ashes of their own specific suffering. Her program is explained by the acronym FAITH which represents Focus, Acceptance and Attitude, Identification and Intention, Thoughts, and Healing and Helping. It is a program that works. It is practical, down to earth, and doable. It is flexible and can be followed by any woman regardless of her financial situation, social status, or spiritual path. Mal gives you the information you need to complete each step and holds your hand while you do the deep inner work and complete the exercises that help you move through each challenge.

Mal Duane has bravely opened herself to the scrutiny of all who read her book – not in a “poor me” way or in a “look how wonderful I am” way. She has opened herself in a manner that is honest, warm, strong and loving to help other women triumph over their own suffering. It is an act of bravery reserved to those who have come to have a deep understanding and acceptance of who they are and what they have to offer to the world.

I recommend this book to those women (and men) who are struggling with self esteem issues, who are fighting an addiction, who are stifled by unloving relationships, who seem to be going backwards in their life rather than forward. If you aren’t satisfied with your decisions and where your life is headed, Alpha Chick could hold some important answers for you. Mal has made available to everyone an Action Guide that will help you get started NOW – even before you get the book. You simply need to download it. It is good. Take a look.”


Live Faithfully,
Mal Duane 

Mal Duane is a Best Selling Author and Personal Life and Recovery Coach who has overcome life challenges using the steps in the Alpha Chick Process. Her personal mission is to help women excel in all areas of their lives from business to personal relationships. Mal has been featured with Fox 25 Boston Morning Show, Aspire Magazine, Healthy Living and Metrowest Daily News. She has also been a featured guest on over thirty Blogtalk Radio shows discussing recovery and personal transformation.

Mal’s book, Alpha Chick, Five Steps for Moving from Pain to Power, is a best selling book and is available on

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