Jul 31, 2015
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One star = Really bad; there’s a reason this book is self-pubbed.

Two stars = Mediocre, but one or two bright spots.

Three stars = Good; worth reading.

Four stars = Very good.

Five stars = Excellent; must-read.

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Titanium
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Two Teenagers Finding Truth In The Bleak Futuristic World Of: I AM TITANIUM

By John Patrick Kennedy

Rating:  star star star star star 

Two teenagers who acquire astral bodies and superpowers find out that the human species is under attack from multiple directions, and must determine who to trust.

SOUTH
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A prominent and spunky young protagonist grows up on a colorful southern farm in SOUTH OF EVERYTHING.

By Audrey Taylor Gonzalez

Rating:  star star star star star 

SOUTH OF EVERYTHING follows the story of a precocious and thoughtful young girl as she grows up on her wealthy family’s plantation in west Tennessee during the 1940s.

Dreamland
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Historical Cameos, humor and suspense create comedic juxtapositions in THE DEVIL IN DREAMLAND

By Ray M. Schultze

Rating:  star star star star star 

A spy thriller set in WWII-era Hollywood, full of intrigue and daring escapes.

Architecture
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Examine the benefits of a multidimensional universe in: THE ARCHITECTURE OF FREEDOM

By Tim Cross

Rating:  star star star star star 

In what he calls his “personal journal” author/architect Tim Cross examines the universe from every possible angle, inside and out, and encourages others to do the same.

Guilty
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The ethics of technology use in criminal cases explored in GUILTY OR INNOCENT.

By Ivan Bering

Rating:  star star star star star 

A detective with disciplinary issues must help solve two rape/murder cases while figuring out how the criminal justice’s new mind-reading system is being fooled.

Troupe
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Lively anecdotes about the obscure 1980s comedy troupe abound in: TALES OF THE TROUPE

By Robert Dinsmoor

Rating:  star star star star star 

Comedy writer Rob Dinsmoor lovingly recounts his years as a member of Chucklehead, a dynamic troupe of twenty-somethings who briefly charmed New York’s comedy scene in the 1980s.

Laguna
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Sun, surf and sizzle on and off camera in LAGUNA NIGHTS

By Kaira Rouda

Rating:  star star star star star 

Former high school sweethearts and ex-reality TV stars are reunited in Laguna Beach, CA.
When Madison starred in the reality TV show “Laguna Nights” as a teenager, the whole world got to watch as her boyfriend Josh cheated on her.

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War: A Crime Against Humanity

By Roberto Vivo

Rating:  star star star star star 

The author argues that war should be treated as a crime rather than an unfortunate necessity, and dealt with by an international criminal court.

Alien
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Out of this world adventure and romance in: ALIEN CONTACT FOR KID SISTERS.

By Edward Hoornaert

Rating:  star star star star star 

ALIEN CONTACT FOR KID SISTERS is a thrilling science-fiction adventure in the grand tradition of Star Wars, involving an unexpected hero; a bickering, molten-hot romance; and plenty of action.

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99 PERCENT KILL takes the reader through LA’s gritty world of sex slavery

By Doug Richardson

Rating:  star star star star star 

Beneath the glitter of Hollywood’s lights, there exists the dark world of a thriving sex trade industry.

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Lotus

By Kay W. Smith

Rating:  star star star star star 

An engaging and fast-paced look at the hard choices a woman faces, LOTUS by Kirstin Smith marries a strong protagonist with keen observations on loss and love.

Nickerbacher
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Nickerbacher, The Funniest Dragon

By Terry John Barto

Rating:  star star star star star 

A heartfelt dragon goes against social conventions to pursue his dream of being a professional comic.

We Chose to Go
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We Chose To Go

By Charles Smith

Rating:  star star star star star 

In November of 2046, the SETI Project detects a signal from beyond the solar system. It’s a short burst of Fibonacci numbers whose increasing and decreasing values indicate an intelligent origin.

RedDot
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Docu-drama realism puts the reader on the streets with the members of
THE RED DOT CLUB

By Robert Rangel

Rating:  star star star star star 

Gritty portraits of true courage under fire, THE RED DOT CLUB puts the reader on the street where cops and criminals shoot it out, where blood is red, and pain is excruciating.

Hiatus
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Hiatus

By Belangela G. Tarazona

Rating:  star star star star star 

Read with a box of tissues handy: HIATUS will make you ugly-cry. This beautiful ode to late-in-life love is lyrical, captivating, and heart-wrenching.

St.Anthony
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In the Shadow of St. Anthony

By Andrew Hernon

Rating:  star star star star star 

An arrogant, selfish adolescent must find the better man inside him when an old friend is attacked by supernatural forces.

DevilM
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Devil Music

By Carly Oroz

Rating:  star star star star star 

A supernatural mystery tale of a demon named Cain who’s sent on an innocent mission by his Master, but who ends up with a lot more than he bargained for when he has to take on a serial killer named the Engineer.

Rhythm
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Rhythm for Sale

By Grant Harper Reid

Rating:  star star star star star 

Leonard Harper (1899-1943) was in the thick of the Harlem Renaissance, the bright lights and the low life, the big venues and the back alleys, as performer, promoter, owner—in front of the audience and behind the scenes.

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In the House of Leviathan

By B.D.Bruns

Rating:  star star star star star 

Nestled along the Italian coastline, the seas rage outside Amalfi, threatening the fishermen that sustain the city, while a terrifying spirit haunts the Apuzzo family at their paper mill.

Abracadabra
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Abracadabra Tut

By Page McBrier

Rating:  star star star star star 

Fletcher Perry, a somewhat nerdy middle school student and amateur magician is the unexpected recipient of an Egyptian coffin that was sold at an auction.

LastHanging
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The Last Hanging in Scots Bend

By Jack Hammond Jr.

Rating:  star star star star star 

In the aftermath of the Civil War, a simmering rivalry between two families boils over as Stash Harris avenges his mother and father’s murder. The sentence is death by hanging.

Bubbie
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Managing Bubbie

By Russel Lazega

Rating:  star star star star star 

Attorney and author Russel Lazega blends funny stories about his larger-than-life Miami Beach Jewish grandmother with her historical accounts and additional research of her escape from the Nazi regime.

DAZE
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Grey Daze

By Michael Allan Scott

Rating:  star star star star star 

Psychic detective Lance Underphal must help his love interest Callie figure out what happened to her uncle, while dealing with a lawsuit accusing him of the wrongful death of his wife Sonya.

Nose
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Nose, Legs, Body!: Know Wine Like the Back of Your Hand

By Len Napolitano

Rating:  star star star star star 

NOSE, LEGS, BODY! is an accessible guide that provides more than the basics about wine for beginner wine enthusiasts. Author Len Napolitano serves up an easy-to-read guide that is both entertaining and enlightening.