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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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Spring Moon

By Mary Ellen Courtney

Rating:  star star star star star 

In SPRING MOON, the sequel to Wild Nights, Hannah Spring finds herself living in Hawaii, married to Jon Moon, and the mother of two young children. But married life isn’t quite what she expected.

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Undertow

By K.R. Conway

Rating:  star star star star star 

Playful Sexual tension, romance, jealous cheerleaders who steal your clothes while you’re showering in the gym–these are the tropes of the Young Adult fiction genre. UNDERTOW adds an additional layer of intrigue and complication by making the majority of the principal characters confront their supernatural heritage.

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Sin Walks into the Desert

By Matt Ingwalson

Rating:  star star star star star 

It all started for Anderson “Sin” Kenfax with a phone call. His uncle and mentor, El Viejo, disappeared from his senior housing without a trace. Sin loaded his weapons and headed straight for the Sonoran Desert.

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Naked: Stripped by a Man and Hurricane Katrina

By Julie Freed

Rating:  star star star star star 

Julie Freed married a hopeless romantic. As a young doctoral student she was ready to weather any challenges that life might throw at her new family. But a husband whose behavior soon grew unrecognizable and the gathering gale forces of Hurricane Katrina combined to upend her life entirely.

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The Imposter

By Sarah Pratt

Rating:  star star star star star 

Chris, a brooding Detroit reporter, lost his wife and child in a fire seven years ago. Convinced an arsonist caused the fire, Chris seeks justice while dodging the city’s corruption and sin.

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Headcase

By Marc Rosenberg

Rating:  star star star star star 

HEADCASE follows unhinged detective Ash Aiken as he searches for a serial killer responsible for the rape and mutilation of young women. The murderer, Louie Freckles, is a deranged young man who may have met his match in the increasingly-psychotic Lizzie, a girl he meets at his therapist’s office.

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Tales of the Siren: A StarbucksMelody

By Melody Overton

Rating:  star star star star star 

TALES OF THE SIREN follows the travails of Overton, who harbors an obsession for all things Starbucks. This is a world in which baristas are likened to green-aproned “superheroes,” time is measured in steaming cups of joe, and seasons noted by rotating coffee releases.

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The Shadow Prince

By Stacey O'Neale

Rating:  star star star star star 

Rowan, the teenaged prince of Avalon’s twisted fire court, is taken by surprise when his vicious mother announces that she will be abdicating her throne in favor of him. However, Rowan’s mother, the malicious Queen Prisma, is not about to just give Rowan her crown. In order to be crowned king, Rowan must reenter the mortal world and kill the halfling princess, Kalin, of the air court.

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Ten Dreams from Heaven

By Thomas D. Sedgwick, MD

Rating:  star star star star star 

Tad convinces his proud parents to let him enjoy his time off instead of working a summer job before attending University in California. However, it is the 1960s in Southern California – a time and place in history of the psychedelic revolution, and unbeknownst to his parents, Tad has a summer project in mind: experimenting with LSD (a.k.a. acid).

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Hedged

By Christianne Sanchez

Rating:  star star star star star 

A successful woman is conned into embarking on a life on the run when her greedy husband breaks the law and steals money from an Italian mobster.

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Spirituality 101

By Ivan Figueroa-Otero, M.D.

Rating:  star star star star star 

SPIRITUALITY 101: For Dropouts of the School of Life is an entertaining trip towards enlightenment that attempts to demystify man’s place in relation to the universe and yes, a higher power.

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When the Shoe Fits

By Mary T. Wagner

Rating:  star star star star star 

Like many other middle-aged women, Wagner endures a failed marriage, years of raising children, injuries from an accident, and a second career that started in her 40s. The essays recount many relatable experiences, such as traveling adventures, mid-life dating, and household struggles with clutter and cooking.