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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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When Love Speaks

By Maha Khalid

Rating: ★★½☆☆ 

A conversation with a personified Love about the emotion, its origins, its functions, and how to properly experience it.

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Flight of the Tarantula Hawk

By Michael Allan Scott

Rating: ★★★★★ 

The Book of Joel tells us “your old men will dream dreams”. This is certainly the case with Lance Underphal, a crime photographer, except that his dreams are nightmares that precede murders. In this instance, he sees a series of murders that are somehow center themselves in the ruins of the Real Estate industry in Phoenix

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PsyBot: A Novel of the Near Future

By Norwick Gray

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

In the near future, Joe Norton works at a tech company. His girlfriend just broke up with him for sleeping with her sister, but his troubles have really just begun. He experiences a series of weird fantasies and visions and it becomes apparent he is the victim of a disturbing new experiment: a computer virus designed to infect a human brain.

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Dreamwater

By Patricia Goodwin

Rating: ★★½☆☆ 

Patricia Goodwin’s DREAMWATER, sequel to 2011′s When Two Women Die, is a fantasy/historical novel that covers a lot of ground in two different time periods, full of paranormal and supernatural happenings.

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Red Hot Internet Marketing

By Penny C. Sansevieri

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

This easy-to-read book on how to market yourself or your product online offers guidance to the marketing newbie, with plenty of resources listed for more in-depth help for later on.

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Twisted

By Lola Smirnova

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Hand-cuffed, ball-gagged and wearing nothing but a motorcycle helmet – not your typical introduction, but it’s how readers first meet Julia, a young Ukrainian woman whose ambitions for a better life land her in an illogical place: the seedy world of the sex trade industry.

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Flat-Out Celeste

By Jessica Park

Rating: ★★★★★ 

The third volume in the popular “Flat-Out” series, FLAT-OUT CELESTE explores the budding romantic relationship between two social misfits.

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Straight Lines

By Gregory Sachett

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ 

Crutching through record amounts of snow and ice with a broken leg would be a last-resort act of survival for most people. For Gregory Sacchet, however, the opening scene of his memoir is quickly revealed as an act of pitiful, misguided desperation.

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Avoid. Negotiate. Kill.

By C.W. Lemoine

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

A fighter pilot and all-around military hardass Spectre has to deal with his decisions on previous missions, and the fallout from the events of Spectre Rising.

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The Boy Walker

By David Perlstein

Rating: ★★★★½ 

An English Bulldog recounts the story of life with his family, an estranged father and son, as they heal old wounds, battle new ones, and learn what it means to live.

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24 Tales to Pass the Time

By Carlos Perez

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

A collection of short slice-of-life stories with odd twists, strange premises, and quirky characters.

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The Investigation of Pepe Chavez et al: When Police and Politics Collide

By Ray Tercek

Rating: ★★★★★ 

WHEN POLICE AND POLITICS COLLIDE is a non-fiction police memoir written by former Police Sergeant Ray Tercek. The novel follows a young police sergeant as he battles through the political battlefield in the aftermath of arresting Jose ‘Pepe’ Chavez and his cocaine-dealing associates.