Dec 05, 2016
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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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lessons
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LESSONS LEARNED, stories about the life of a likeable and admirable man

By Brian Scott Sherman

4.0

IR Rating

An Air Force veteran, husband, father, and “real-life Clark Griswold” tells stories from his long and eventful life.

madame
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MADAME BEY’S: HOME TO BOXING LEGENDS

By Gene Pantalone

3.9

IR Rating

An in-depth look at an unheralded female boxing trainer, and the cast of characters that defined her.

somethings
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SOMETHING’S BOUND TO HAPPEN, a reflection on where the personal and the political meet

By Michael Kasenow

3.5

IR Rating

In Michael Kasenow’s latest collection of poetry, the author reflects on the personal, the political, and the intersection where these themes meet.

what-the
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WHAT THE RIVER KNOWS: CONVERSATIONS WITH THE NATURAL WORLD

By Andrea Freeman

4.0

IR Rating

The cycles of human life reflected in the beauty of nature are the main focus of the collection of poems in WHAT THE RIVER KNOWS: CONVERSATIONS WITH THE NATURAL WORLD.

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DESCRIPTIONS OF HEAVEN

By Randal Eldon Greene

4.0

IR Rating

DESCRIPTIONS OF HEAVEN is a short and moody chronicle by a husband who is watching his wife die of cancer while striving to make sense of it all.

game-over
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Humanity’s Last Hope For Survival Is A Gamer With Amnesia In GAME OVER

By Derek Edgington

2.0

IR Rating

As the lone survivor and winner of the deathmatch, Ekko Everlasting is captured by a small group of rebels who explain that a central computer controls the world and everything in it and Ekko is, inexplicably, humanity’s last hope for survival.

the-beauty
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Be prepared for blood and betrayal galore in THE BEAUTY IN DARKNESS

By Leah Reise

3.7

IR Rating

Newly turned vampire Edrea—whose sister sets out to find her when she goes missing—struggles to overcome her thirst for blood and figure out who to trust in this dark urban fantasy.

the-black
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THE BLACK RIVER CHRONICLES LEVEL ONE is an entertaining fantasy novel

By David Tallerman, Michael Wills

3.0

IR Rating

In a land of monsters, magic and mystery, teenagers learn how to be heroes in THE BLACK RIVER CHRONICLES LEVEL ONE.

paths
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PATHS OF FEAR, a diverse anthology that will engage both mind and heart

By Connie Kerbs

2.5

IR Rating

A collection of short stories, essays, poems and collected proverbs concerning fear.

chipped
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CHIPPED BLACK NAIL POLISH paints an authentic picture of puppy love

By Nicholas Tanek

3.0

IR Rating

CHIPPED BLACK NAIL POLISH drops us into the mind of the angst-ridden Nicholas, who gets caught up in the whirlwind of an older woman and lands deep in the heart of 1989 counterculture, where the chief exports are sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll.

the-after
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A harrowing post-apocalyptic trek across a war-torn and devastated US in THE AFTER WAR

By Brandon Zenner

3.9

IR Rating

THE AFTER WAR: PART I TO ALICE is a gripping tale about the great lengths people will go in order to stay alive and protect those they love in a cruel and lawless world.

dark-touch
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A young woman earmarked as trailer trash has mysterious powers in DARK TOUCH

By E.J. Powell

4.5

IR Rating

A young woman’s underwhelming life suddenly heads in another direction when she not only meets the love of her life but also discovers that she has incredible powers.

king-james
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Relive the 2015-2016 Cleveland Cavaliers season with KING JAMES BRINGS THE LAND A CROWN

By Chris Parker

3.8

IR Rating

Starting with the loss of the 2015 NBA Championship, KING JAMES BRINGS THE LAND A CROWN explores the long quest for redemption at the 2016 finals.

chasing
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Delicious erotic action in CHASING WREN’S TALE

By J.A. Fales

3.5

IR Rating

An immortal berserker werewolf hooks up with a nymph/yoga instructor– but will an old blood debt make him kill her instead?

into-the
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INTO THE FUNHOUSE, a story of life

By Walter Harp

4.0

IR Rating

INTO THE FUNHOUSE is not a story of being healed and renewed; it is a story of a father, a husband, a dedicated employee, a man who is sick—who keeps on living despite it all, or perhaps, because of it all.

skunks
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Irreverent Quests for Buried Treasure in SKUNKS DANCE

By St. John Karp

3.7

IR Rating

Various eccentrics searching for a cache of hidden gold converge in the cheerfully bizarre town of Skunks Dance. Zany characters, in two timelines, are willing to risk everything to find the buried treasure in this YA romp.

telonaut
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TELONAUT, heartfelt, suspenseful, and imaginative

By Matt Tyson

3.2

IR Rating

Set on Earth and on the far-off planet of NineDee, TELONAUT tells the story of two men—an interstellar traveler and a scientist—striving to progress the boundaries of the human race while struggling to protect those they love from a colonial planet gone rogue.

yoga
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YOGA AFFECT is a comprehensive guide for studious “seekers” of holistic well-being

By Sandra Zuidema

4.2

IR Rating

A comprehensive guide to yoga for studious “seekers” of holistic well-being.

death
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Death by HR: How Affirmative Action Cripples Organizations

By Jeb Kinnison

5.0

IR Rating

An intelligent and exhaustive examination of labor regulations and their negative effect on employment practices is the main topic addressed in DEATH BY HR: HOW AFFIRMATIVE ACTION CRIPPLES ORGANIZATIONS.

the-science
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THE SCIENCE OF DISCOVERY (Why Do Scientists So Rarely Make Breakthroughs)

By Steven Paglierani

4.0

IR Rating

Author Steven Paglierani introduces a bold new scientific method that promises a discovery every time.

5-days
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Thrilling 5 DAYS TO LANDFALL Proves Mother Nature Should Not be Underestimated

By Robert Roy Britt

4.3

IR Rating

Climate change is on a lot of people’s minds these days, and with the onslaught of recent deadly hurricanes wreaking havoc on our coastlines, 5 DAYS TO LANDFALL is as timely as it is thrilling.

37
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37 SECONDS, exciting and extremely anxious

By Stephanie Arnold with Sari Padorr

3.1

IR Rating

Author Stephanie Arnold shares her account of the visions she experienced during her pregnancy, visions that showed she would die giving birth.

stories
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Dip Into Debt With STORIES OF THE INDEBTED, And Emerge Feeling…Oddly Optimistic

By Jorge P. Newbery

3.1

IR Rating

STORIES OF THE INDEBTED by Jorge P. Newbery is a series of financial case studies, garnished with a light sprinkling of fictionalization.

god
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GOD, GRACE AND DUMB LUCK, a collection of short stories about life, love + the general shortcomings of life

By Phloyd Knucklez

2.3

IR Rating

In GOD, GRACE AND DUMB LUCK, author Phloyd Knucklez tries his utmost to deliver a collection of short stories about life, love, desire and the general shortcomings of life itself.