Sep 02, 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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SlushPile
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Twists, turns and double crosses in literary theft quickly expand to threaten the globe in: THE SLUSH PILE BRIGADE

By Samuel Marquis

Rating:  star star star star star 

Broke, single, and wanted by the police, Nick Lassiter discovers the latest blockbuster movie/book is his own unpublished manuscript.

Simmer
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Rich and thoughtful: SIMMER AND SMOKE

By Peggy Lampman

Rating:  star star star star star 

Two women from drastically different backgrounds find their lives and ambitions intersecting as they try to find success in the culinary world.

Mask
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A shocking and whirlwind hunt for a cunning sociopath in: THE MASK MAKER

By Ken Ulano

Rating:  star star star star star 

A gruesome psychological thriller, THE MASK MAKER is not for the faint of heart and rewards with a multi-layered plot and nuanced characters.

Dancing
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COME DANCING’s memorable heroine and witty writing are the cornerstones of this novel.

By Leslie Wells

Rating:  star star star star star 

COME DANCING is the story of a lovable young book publisher’s assistant who finds herself thrust into a world she never expected when she falls into a whirlwind romance with the guitarist of a famous rock band.

Island
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Aliens on Hawaii? Find out in: AN UNUSUAL ISLAND

By D.L. Finn

Rating:  star star star star star 

A blend of science fiction and fantasy, AN UNUSUAL ISLAND follows a pair of American twins who discover an alien race hiding the remains of their world on what appears to be a Hawaiian island.

DrinkDirt
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A vengeful ex-con seeking justice leaves a trail of bodies in: DRINK DIRT, EAT STONE

By Kyle Fleishman

Rating:  star star star star star 

A member of the Native Syndicate gang is sent to prison for murder. After serving his time, he is released but not after being given a task from Michael Wolfe, a fellow prisoner and fellow member of the gang.

Kasmah
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KASMAH FORMA: The three worlds in one

By S. Vagus

Rating:  star star star star star 

KASMAH-FORMA is part of the story of the peoples and places on the world of Kasmah, a planet of deserts, forests, and a city where learning and power struggles are intertwined.

Doomsday
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Against popular opinion, a scientist seeks contact with aliens in: AWAITING THE DOOMSDAY

By Paul Slutsky

Rating:  star star star star star 

A scientist must decide the best interests of humanity while on a mission to make contact with a mysterious extraterrestrial craft.

Depravity
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A classic tale combined with supernatural romance and fantasy in: DEPRAVITY: A BEASTLY TALE

By MJ Haag

Rating:  star star star star star 

A heroine in a world filled with captivating secrets. This enchanting setting harkens back to the original fairy tale while still punctuated with colorful and thrilling twists.

Diet
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A common sense, fun but no-nonsense approach to food in: STOP THE DIET, I WANT TO GET OFF

By Lisa Tillinger Johansen, MS, RD

Rating:  star star star star star 

Overhearing food-focused, diet-obsessed conversations and observing strange, often excessive eating behaviors at a wedding party, Registered Dietitian Lisa Tillinger Johansen reflected, “I should write a book.”

Apocalypse
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With monsters terrorizing the earth, there’s still comedic value in: APOCALYPSE IDAHO

By Rich Lundeen

Rating:  star star star star star 

An unsuspecting town in the Upper Midwest is hit with a plague of ravenous monsters, and a band of quirky survivors try to stop them before they overrun the whole earth.

Dandelion
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Four women in modern day Germany live with psychological scars in:DANDELION ANGEL

By C. B. Calico

Rating:  star star star star star 

In modern day Germany, several women navigate adulthood after perilous childhoods.

LostGround
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Set in Finland, LOST GROUND’s World War II story is unique and compelling.

By Ulla Jordan

Rating:  star star star star star 

Many stories that take place during World War II come from an American point of view, but few of them are set in Finland.

Wife
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WIFE FOR LIFE offers advice, anecdotes and wisdom for a life long relationship.

By Ramona Zabriskie

Rating:  star star star star star 

A detailed and personal-anecdote-filled guide for women who wish to learn how to love a man for life.
How do people stay married for thirty, forty, or even fifty years?

Psycho
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Sun, surf . . . and murder in: PSYCHO-TROPICS.

By Dorian Box

Rating:  star star star star star 

A lottery-winning surfer has to confront his past and engage in a battle of wits with a murderer to set his skeletons free.

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An aspiring journalist by day is paralyzed by prophetic dreams in: THE PHOENIX RISING: DESTINY CALLS

By Phenice Arielle

Rating:  star star star star star 

A fantastical adventure through a refreshingly creative and elaborate world, THE PHOENIX RISING: DESTINY CALLS is heavy on plot and light on logic.

Hero
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The first book in a series of four, PROTECT HERO follows the life of a Navy SEAL.

By Gil Ortega

Rating:  star star star star star 

Author Gil Ortega launches into immediate action as he describes Captain Ryan Williams doing CPR on his young daughter then flashes back to the events that occurred to put her in this dire situation.

Rowdy
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Rowdy

By Christopher Madsen

Rating:  star star star star star 

At first glance, ROWDY seems to be a book about the rebuilding of a NY40 Class racing yacht. However, it is actually three books: the recounting of how the boat was discovered and restored, the World War I diary of Rowdy’s first owner and finally, a description of upper class New York society between the wars.

WishedAway
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Love is rebuilt after devastation in: WISHED AWAY

By S.P. Cervantes

Rating:  star star star star star 

WISHED AWAY follows a heroine whose entire world is ripped away in a single moment and has to learn how to rebuild and love again.

Playthings
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A seedy cast of characters circle each other as each tries to find a place to survive in Brendan Noss’s BROKEN PLAYTHINGS.

By Brennon Noss

Rating:  star star star star star 

The rape and murder of a wealthy family spurs into motion a gritty and raw descent into the seedy underbelly of human nature.

WildOnes
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THE WILD ONES tells the story of one woman’s quest to save the wild mustangs of Nevada

By Corky Scranta

Rating:  star star star star star 

A secretary turned animal activist paves the way to protect the wild mustangs of Nevada from cruel and inhumane capture.

Intensive
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Transformation over twenty years in: INTENSIVE THERAPY: A NOVEL

By Jeffrey Deitz

Rating:  star star star star star 

INTENSIVE THERAPY: A NOVEL follows the relationship of a doctor and his patient from their first therapy sessions in the 1980s, then shifts to 20 years later to demonstrate how that therapy has transformed and affected them both.

Resource Guide
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Concise and clear, THE SELF-PUBLISHER’S ULTIMATE RESOURCE GUIDE gets authors started on their road to self publication.

By Joel Friedlander and Betty Kelly Sargent

Rating:  star star star star star 

A resource guide for almost anything a self-publisher may need.

Vihang2
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Images filled with lush vividness and simplicity in: CITY TIMES and Other Poems

By Vihang A. Naik

Rating:  star star star star star 

A poet takes a new look at cities, love, wisdom and other aspects of human existence.