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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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Labor Pains

By C.A. Huggins

Rating: ★★½☆☆ 

LABOR PAINS by C.A. Huggins appears to be aiming for an “Office Space”-like effect, but is ultimately goes on far too long without developing a compelling or particularly witty conceit.

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Beyond the Clearing

By Robin Mahle

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

To mourn their dead friend Diane, a group of three women go to pamper themselves at the incredibly swank and new-agey Serenity Resort. But Serenity Resort is a pretty suspicious place, and not just because of the 6 a.m. wake-up calls and the fact that they don’t serve alcohol.

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Bad Boyfriends

By Jeb Kinnison

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Author Jeb Kinnison applies attachment theory to relationships in order to advise the reader on how to find personality types that suit them well in a loving partnership.

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Field of Vision

By Michael Jarvis

Rating: ★★★★½ 

FIELD OF VISION is the lyrical, simmering story of a jaded photographer occasionally named Jake who, at age 27, is unafraid to take pictures of a man who threatens to kill him.

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Fixed

By Paddy Head

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ 

In Paddy Head’s FIXED, we confront the seedy underbelly of rigged horse races and sleazy power struggles through the idealistic prism of Andy, an upright jockey whose talent far outmatches her experience with uncouth characters.

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Love Beyond Time

By Bethany Claire

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

How do Scotland and, to a much lesser extent, Austin, Texas, become the geographies of loss and love and meet over the course of four centuries? Through the mind of an architect-mother, the skills of a spell-casting 17th century relative, and the drama of a regal land-owning “laird-dom.”

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Reason’s Fifth Dawning

By Alan Jeskin

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

REASON’S FIFTH DAWNING is a fictional tale of fighter pilot-turned MBA Eric Noble who writes a wildly popular book debunking the tenets of religious faith.

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Fractured

By K.J. Pierce

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

A short collection of essays on friendship, love and relationships, by a woman who is, in her own words, “attracted to men who are emotionally stunted.”

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Abuse And Betrayal

By Richard Joseph

Rating: ★★½☆☆ 

ABUSE & BETRAYAL is one man’s story of how a 17-year marriage ended in an acrimonious divorce, costing him not only a stint in jail, but a considerable portion of his earnings.

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Dead Soul Mary

By M.J. Winn

Rating: ★★★★★ 

A deadly virus is making the rounds, spread by a psychopath loosed on the world by a legal technicality, a virus that affects everyone it comes in contact with, bringing violence and horror to an unspeakable level.

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Sins of the Fathers

By Denise L. Buchanan

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

As a high school girl in Jamaica, Denise L. Buchanan was seduced by a Catholic priest, who subsequently impregnated her against her will and then paid for her abortion. Thirty years later, her struggle to come to terms with her anger, despair, and series of broken personal relationships motivates her to fly back to Jamaica from Los Angeles and confront her abuser.

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Orbit Beach

By Jane Etarie

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

An unreliable and unlikable narrator’s account of her attempts to get pregnant, her lousy job, her boyfriend, and a great many other subjects. The unnamed narrator of Jane Etarie’s ORBIT BEACH thinks her car has been stolen. (Actually, she just lost it during a drunken bender.) And then, if that’s not bad enough, her boyfriend […]