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Mary Maddox on creating a world that's "violent and dark but not hopeless". Sound familiar?

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Day Randall, a gifted but unstable photographer, has gone missing. No one cares except her friend Kelly, who follows the trail into an underworld of drugs, violence, and ruthless men who will do anything to protect their secrets.
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Dale Swanson on being "increasingly appalled by the opportunistic social politics of party, candidate, and media"

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Set in and around Tampa, Florida, in the fall of 1996, a pair of gay private investigators is hired by an incumbent ultra-conservative media mogul and Republican State Senator, who is being blackmailed just days before election.
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John DiFelice on how Donald Trump is the logical conclusion to the Congressional victories of the Tea Party Republicans

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The book is a satire about the American Far Right as embodied by the character of Jeremiah Stumpf. Jeremiah is certain of two things: he loves his country, and his next door neighbors are terrorists.
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Ac Chenier on finding the perfect soul mate

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For Katie Benjamin, finding the perfect soul mate was just a fairy tale until a chance encounter on a train changes everything. What she discovers takes her on a journey that spans lifetimes.
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Author Lisa Quast: “Finding a job you love isn’t easy.”

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In my 20+ years of experience climbing the corporate ladder from the bottom rung to the executive suite, I’ve had the unique opportunity to see exactly what works and what doesn’t in the job seeking process.
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Joel Mentmore on finding inspiration in the Early European History section of the British Museum when his smartphone died

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There I was, standing among all these old flint arrows and axe heads, all these simple, robust tools, and me with this complex, connected, dead device in my hand.
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Pat Palella on learning about the dating, drinking + leisure activities of people armed with only a smart phone, willing to ride in a stranger’s car

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"Buzz Ride" shares stories about the people the author drove – and the places they went – at night during the spring and summer of 2014.
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Alaric Cabiling on being influenced by Edgar Allan Poe

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"Insanity By Increments" is a modern interpretation of the old Gothic fiction template.
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Stacy Harshman on How Changing Your Hair Color CAN Change Your Life

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"Crowning Glory" started when I bought a long, red wig one late night on eBay.
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Simon J. Cambridge on an unspoken history: one that is implied but never fully realized

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"Servant of Fire" is the first book in a series of three, covering the time of its hero, Korfax, upon the world of his birth, Uriel.
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Kari Aguila on what would happen if women ruled the world

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RUN Ragged is a timely and terrifying story of what can go wrong when one group has power over another.
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Joel Manners talks about bringing "The Martyr’s Blade" to life

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A group of heroes are brought together by friendship, love, and honor as they journey to confront an ancient evil reborn.
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Steve Dimodica on a being bit player in a very large geopolitical game

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"Vile Means" is a well crafted, briskly paced, thoroughly researched novel that draws readers into the subliminal world of black ops and global espionage at an important juncture in our history.
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Russell Babcock on unwittingly becoming a "Blind Mule"

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This book describes the pitfalls of international travel and how an individual can unwittingly become a drug smuggler.
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Daniel C. Davis on his quest to love

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"My Quest to Love" begins with a man that realizes he is ready for love.
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Ednah Walters on how watching her son navigate his teen years inspired her YA novel

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Most of YA books focus on girls and the hero they meet during this important stage of their lives. I wanted to focus on a young man.
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John Morris on hiking 2,000+ miles up the Eastern side of the US

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I was looking for a way out. Overcome with chronic depression and drinking myself into an early grave - I found I was on the verge of ending my life through alcohol and loneliness.
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Chris Patchell on describing a villain's first kill and finding inspiration from Facebook

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"In the Dark" is a story about a mother's love, and the lengths Marissa Rooney will go to, to protect her family.
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Don Fraser on how the founding generation of America was as divided as we are today

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Disagreement is a part of what makes us Americans, and it is as old as the republic itself.
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Denison Hatch on Wall Street, quantitative programming and controlling the world through technology

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"Flash Crash" is an electrifying techno-thriller and heist mystery about a programmer who is blackmailed into writing an algorithm that will intentionally crash the gold market.
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Elaine Russell on what inspired her to write "Martin McMillan and the Sacred Stones"

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A fun and past-paced mystery/adventure that should appeal to both girls and boys, especially reluctant readers.
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J.G. Zymbalist on "Song of the Oceanides" and the influence of Lost In Space

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Much of the story comes from idea books I've been keeping since childhood when I had a bout with depression.