Feb 14, 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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Surprising and fun, but also heartbreaking and mournful stories in: LOVE HURTS

By Tricia Reeks, ed. Jeff VanDer Meer, et. al.

Rating:  star star star star star 

A collection of dark love stories in science fiction and fantasy, from authors both renowned and obscure.

RISE
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Straightforward and encouraging guidance out of depression in: RISE FROM DARKNESS – PATHS OUT OF DEPRESSION TOWARD HAPPINESS

By Kristian Hall

Rating:  star star star star star 

Kristian Hall, who has marked the trail out of depression, provides guidance to others.
Hall outlines his own struggles with what he calls his “demons.”

EMMYNATION
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A woman decides whether to watch or join the feminist movement in: EMMY NATION – UNDERCOVER SUFFRAGETTE

By L. Davis Munro

Rating:  star star star star star 

Harking back to the era when voting rights for women were still a faraway dream, EMMY NATION focuses on one young woman’s personal quandary: to spy on the women’s movement…or join it.

SELFIE
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It’s a unique spin on a world of sound bites and quippy, overused and trite sayings in: SELFIE-FACING

By John Branning

Rating:  star star star star star 

Branning puts his own brand of meat on overused and frequently discounted mindless words.

NEWMONEY
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An NFL athlete shares his hard-earned wisdom on rapid wealth in: NEW MONEY: STAYING RICH

By Phillip Buchanon

Rating:  star star star star star 

NFL athlete Phillip Buchanon wasn’t prepared for the impact his new and sudden wealth would have on his life.

FAB
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A world where John Lennon plays the politician in: FAB

By Mark Gillespie

Rating:  star star star star star 

In an alternate history, John Lennon enters politics after his assassination is thwarted, leading to unexpected consequences.

EVANGELICAL
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Sharing the beliefs and perspectives in: THE EVANGELICAL EXPERIENCE

By Anthony Coleman

Rating:  star star star star star 

A former Evangelical Christian gives his experiences with the movement, and explains the beliefs and perspectives of those within it.

JOURNEY
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Short stories with lasting effects in: JOURNEYS OFF THE ROAD

By Alan Hilfiker

Rating:  star star star star star 

In JOURNEYS OFF THE ROAD, Hilfiker offers a motley collection of short stories whose focus ranges from World War II Germany to man’s relationship with nature.

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Claustrophobia and what happens when amateurs delve into the world of illegal real estate transactions in: SHOCK TREATMENT

By Gene Caffrey

Rating:  star star star star star 

Claustrophobia is the least of Owen Delaney’s problems when he’s asked to help a friend of a friend wrap up a dead woman’s affairs.

WELKNER
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Advanced computer technology used in gambling turns from wealth to a nightmare in: U.S. VS WELKNER

By Sonny Hayes

Rating:  star star star star star 

Siblings take gambling to a whole new level when they realize they can use a time advanced satellite system to make mega bucks.

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Humorous personal essays reveal the traumas and triumphs of growing older in: 53 IS THE NEW 38 – Tales of Indignity and Middle Age

By Michael Anthony Turpin

Rating:  star star star star star 

In more than two dozen short personal essays, Turpin offers his quirky take on parenting, weight control, surgery, grey hair, birthdays, dentistry, college life, brothers, and other topics related to daily life.

KILLKING
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A sorcerer and king battle in the dark world of: TO KILL A KING

By Theodore Singer

Rating:  star star star star star 

Kalath is a sorcerer among a barbarian tribe, minding his own barbarian business, when his wife gets kidnapped.

BEARD
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It’s a pirate’s life in: CAPTAIN NO-BEARD

By Carole P Roman

Rating:  star star star star star 

In this delightful journey, Captain No Beard takes children to the world of pirates and reveals the possibilities of imagination.

COALITION
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An FBI special agent and reporter work together to solve the conspiracy behind the murder of the President-elect in: THE COALITION

By samuel Marquis

Rating:  star star star star star 

An FBI special agent and a reporter must unearth the conspiracy behind the assassination of the President-elect

MONSTERLAND
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An amusement park featuring werewolves, vampires, and zombies is a facade for a diabolical plan: MONSTERLAND

By Michael Phillip Cash

Rating:  star star star star star 

The owner of Monsterland invites teens to opening day with a dare: “Let’s see if Monsterland can scare the daylights out of you.”

LOVESTORIES
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Different vignettes spotlight friendships and relationships in: LOVE STORIES

By Prajwalit

Rating:  star star star star star 

Set in India, five separate vignettes detail out episodes for characters of different ages, occupations, and family backgrounds as they grapple with finding , and holding onto, love.

REDZONE
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A military recruit fights in a segregated future in: REDZONE INCURSION

By David Norman

Rating:  star star star star star 

In the twenty-second century, what was once Australia is now the site of perpetual conflict between wealthy, fascist BlueZones and impoverished, communist RedZones, their hostile segregation akin to the Israeli–Palestinian conflict.

TRANSFORMED
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An unconventional trio battle crime in colorful San Francisco in: TRANSFORMED: SAN FRANCISCO

By Suzanne Falter and Jack Harvey

Rating:  star star star star star 

A transman, a dominatrix, and a hard-boiled lesbian cop work to defeat a murderous plot in San Francisco.

CROSSBACK
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Angels, demons and supernatural warriors battle in: CROSSBACK

By Paul Proffet

Rating:  star star star star star 

Recovering from defeating an ancient demon, Doyle and Briar gather warriors to hunt down and stop a sinister entity targeting children.

AVERAGE
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Experiences in an alternate universe create a wake up call in an average student’s life in: KING OF AVERAGE

By Gary Schwartz

Rating:  star star star star star 

While on a quest to be a mediocre king in a parallel universe, an underachieving preteen discovers that there’s more to life than being average.

FRACTURES
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An assassin continues her work in the afterlife in: FRACTURES

By Will James

Rating:  star star star star star 

A professional assassin commits her last murder, dies, and finds herself recruited to reprise her role in the afterlife.

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Sound, engaging advice on entrepreneurship in: SET YOUR OWN SALARY

By Clinton E. Day

Rating:  star star star star star 

An insurance entrepreneur offers advice to other would-be entrepreneurs on coming up with a product, starting a business, and making it successful.

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Stories that elicit eerie anticipation in: NIGHTMARES – UNHINGED

By Joshua Viola

Rating:  star star star star star 

Often floating between reality and another realm, these dark stories inspire a spectrum of emotions and an eeriness that incites the imagination.

TRAINEE
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The dangers of being a doppleganger in: THE TRAINEE

By A.F. Knott

Rating:  star star star star star 

Rodney Pepper is a strange man. Painfully awkward, heartbreakingly naïve, and prone to archaic monologues, he is adrift in college until a series of coincidences bring him to New Orleans.