Jul 24, 2016
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Literary Fiction

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A young couple fights betrayal and the passage of time to rekindle their love: IN THIS LIFE

By Christine Brae

Rating:  star star star star star 

A young couple tries to recapture the romance of their first encounter after years apart and secrets discovered in this sweet and stirring literary romance.

MAYS
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A man contends with depression as he takes on the role of a human lab rat in: MAYS LANDING

By J.C. Mercer

Rating:  star star star star star 

After a botched suicide attempt, a medical school dropout becomes a human lab rat in order to scrape out a new existence for himself.

RIPPLES
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A woman struggles with an abusive husband in: THE RIPPLES OF GUILT

By Angela Richmond

Rating:  star star star star star 

A middle-aged British woman reflects back on her tumultuous, dysfunctional life and its many hardships and regrets.

SIMON
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Complexities in the search for identity and freedom in: SIMPLE SIMON

By William Poe

Rating:  star star star star star 

A young gay man struggles with his identity as he recovers from drug abuse.

PASSING
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Paths interweave in: SIGNS OF PASSING

By Owen Thomas

Rating:  star star star star star 

SIGNS OF PASSING is a collection of loosely connected short stories, in which Owen Thomas’ eclectic group of characters interact and influence each other in subtle ways, often without knowing it.

IAMED
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Rocking a balance between stardom and brotherly love in: I AM ED

By R.A. Akerlund

Rating:  star star star star star 

Ed Henderson, left in charge of his brothers when their mother dies, leads them to stardom as a rock band.

HEMBRY
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An American in England turns her nose up at aristocratic expectations in: WHEN IT RAINED AT HEMBRY CASTLE

By Meredith Allard

Rating:  star star star star star 

A 20-year old, willful American beauty arrives at Hembry Castle with her widowed father, the second son of the 8th Earl of Straton, to begin her resistant acquaintance with Victorian-era England.

SHADOWS
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A man drifts through an indifferent society and sexual encounters in: TANGLED SHADOWS

By Xavier Jay Richards

Rating:  star star star star star 

An aimless young man has a series of sexual encounters with women while navigating his way through an indifferent metropolis.

COINMAN
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Social commentary highlighted through a curmudgeon’s antics in: COINMAN

By Pawan Mishra

Rating:  star star star star star 

The anti-hero known as “Coinman” is an irritating co-worker, an inattentive husband, a not-so-dutiful son…yet his apparent lack of love conquers all.

SECRETS
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Title: A Southern Californian man takes a Faustian journey in: SECRETS OF MEN IN A LIFEBOAT

By Todd R. Baker

Rating:  star star star star star 

A man loses his job and broods over how to continue making ends meet for himself and his beloved young son as his fortieth birthday approaches.

DOGHEAD
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Exotic adventures in myth and obsession in: DOG-HEAD: TALES FROM THE NEOTROPICS

By Michael Jarvis

Rating:  star star star star star 

This is an extraordinary collection of three novellas all centered on themes of obsession, myth, and exoticism.

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A mountain climber struggles to find a reason to live after he loses his legs in: BECAUSE

By Jack A Langedijk

Rating:  star star star star star 

A mountain climber and his family deal with the repercussions of a tragic accident that cost him his legs.

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.

MECCA
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Danger and intrigue when an American woman moves to Saudi Arabia and befriends a Saudi woman in: EAST OF MECCA

By Sheila Flaherty

Rating:  star star star star star 

An American woman living in Saudi Arabia faces the hardships, anxiety and betrayals of life in a theocratic dictatorship.

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Life in the New York projects filled with grit, violence and hopeless in: BOSS

By Jennifer Paige

Rating:  star star star star star 

Violence, rivalry and ambition threaten to destroy numerous lives in the New York projects.

WARREN
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An alcoholic drug addict gets more than he bargains for when he impersonates a P.I. in: WARREN LANE

By Andrew Diamond

Rating:  star star star star star 

An alcoholic ne’er-do-well poses as a private detective on a whim, but may be in over his head.

MOON
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Indifference and love, past and present, and east and west collide in: TWO TALES OF THE MOON

By Jennifer Sun

Rating:  star star star star star 

When Will Donovan needs advice about selling his business to a larger company with potential ties to China, he makes use of his sister’s friendship with Lu Li, an investment banker, and they both must make peace with their pasts and decide which path their futures will take.

FRUIT
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An intriguing look at delicious secrets in: BOWL OF FRUIT (1907)

By Panayotis Cacoyannis

Rating:  star star star star star 

BOWL OF FRUIT (1907) is a magically original story about two strangers and enticing secrets.

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Raw human emotions are bared when lives intersect at a strip club in: GRIND

By J A Carter Winward

Rating:  star star star star star 

A group of disparate individuals find solace, frustration, challenge and connection at a strip club.

Immortality
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A road trip across America leads to self-discovery in: THE PRESENT IMMORTALITY

By Roof Alexander

Rating:  star star star star star 

A chronicle of a relationship, life on the road, what it means to be alive.

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A heroine’s musical abilities set against the slums of India in: AMINA: THE SILENT ONE

By Fiza Pathan

Rating:  star star star star star 

A strong heroine uses her musical talents to escape a life filled with pain in India’s sordid slums.

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The seemingly imaginary country described in the book is curiously familiar to the publisher reading the manuscript in: THE PROBLEM WITH UNCLE TEDDY’S MEMOIR

By Ed Charlton

Rating:  star star star star star 

A publisher and a nephew discuss the strange revelations made by Uncle Teddy’s memoir of growing up in a mysterious land.

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Addiction, abuse and young adulthood in: BLUE SKY

By D. Bryant Simmons

Rating:  star star star star star 

Three young women must struggle with adolescence and young adulthood after surviving the childhood trauma of their family’s breakdown and reformation.

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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.