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A Lifetime Last Night

By David Homick

Rating:  star star star star star 

Richard Dunham wakes up in an ICU, only to find that everyone is calling him “Michael Riordan.” The name is among the few things he remembers; the mystery deepens when a stranger appears with an unbelievable explanation.

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Cryo-Man

By Kevin George

Rating:  star star star star star 

CRYO-MAN follows the adventures of Nikolas Edwards. Nikolas died of a long-term disease but made plans to have him cryogenically frozen. He awakens in the far future after being turned into a robot/human hybrid and journeys to recover his lost memories.

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The Hermaphroditic Contortionist

By D. L. Mangles

Rating:  star star star star star 

This is not one, but two books: a diatribe on Constitutional Law and a story about a drug deal. Unfortunately, the story about the drug deal, the better of the two stories, is buried within the bulk of this large book.

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Headcase

By Marc Rosenberg

Rating:  star star star star star 

HEADCASE follows unhinged detective Ash Aiken as he searches for a serial killer responsible for the rape and mutilation of young women. The murderer, Louie Freckles, is a deranged young man who may have met his match in the increasingly-psychotic Lizzie, a girl he meets at his therapist’s office.

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High Andes

By Rolf Margenau

Rating:  star star star star star 

Wylie Cypher, a battle-scarred Korean War veteran, is a lawyer with a high-powered New York firm in the early 1980s. While on a business trip in London, he ends up agreeing to take a package of bearer bonds to Peru, at the request of a prominent antiquities dealer who is the friend of a colleague.

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Straight Lines

By Gregory Sachett

Rating:  star star star star star 

Crutching through record amounts of snow and ice with a broken leg would be a last-resort act of survival for most people. For Gregory Sacchet, however, the opening scene of his memoir is quickly revealed as an act of pitiful, misguided desperation.

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Zack’s Choice

By Harry Gilleland

Rating:  star star star star star 

A promising young law student has his career derailed by a clever jewel thief, and must cooperate with the FBI to get back a priceless relic.

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Zack’s Choice

By Harry E. Gilleland, Jr.

Rating:  star star star star star 

A promising young law student has his career derailed by a clever jewel thief, and must cooperate with the FBI to get back a priceless relic.

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Fixed

By Paddy Head

Rating:  star star star star star 

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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Anonymous

By Jason Tanamor

Rating:  star star star star star 

Unnamed prisoners, with monikers like “Unknown,” “Ambiguous,” “Nose” and “Stud” share stories, the sorts of stories that, depending on which TV show you watch, prisoners are either never or always relating: what brought them there.

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Dirtball

By Eric Olsen

Rating:  star star star star star 

Author Eric Olsen’s DIRTBALL: DIARIES OF A WORTHLESS SOMBODY at first seems to be self-parody but, as a reader delves deeper into this book, they come to realize that it is confessional.

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This Is Where It Gets Interesting

By John H. Matthews

Rating:  star star star star star 

The short stories in THIS IS WHERE IT GETS INTERESTING rarely do. Matthews is a Chicago-based short story writer who, like many others, aspires to writing quirky tales that take unexpected turns and lead to surprise endings.

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Hot Minnesota Sex Death

By M.R. Nesheim

Rating:  star star star star star 

HOT MINNESOTA SEX DEATH is set in a place called Nede, a bizarre town frozen by the exile of a godlike creature to underneath an icy lake.

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Just Jane: Wicked Wild West

By P.T. Koi

Rating:  star star star star star 

Jane is a woman doing a man’s job, and, by her own admission, isn’t particularly adept at her chosen profession of bounty hunting. When her town is subject to a vampire attack and the sheriff killed, she has to join forces with fellow bounty hunter Jasper – who she’d rather kill than work with.

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The Paladin

By Kevin Barber, Jr.

Rating:  star star star star star 

A rogue member of an elite super powered organization reveals its existence to the rest of the world, creating chaos and risking total warfare.

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The Thirsty Hills

By Marona Posey

Rating:  star star star star star 

A decades-spanning family saga, spins various tales of tragedy, woe, and occasionally triumph. The main action focuses around Daphne, a woman from rural Alabama, who has a child through rape, and later moves to the city of Decatur and raises a family.

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Tame a Wild Bride

By Cynthia Woolf

Rating:  star star star star star 

A historical western mail order bride romance.

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The Boomer Survivor Kit

By William Courter

Rating:  star star star star star 

THE BOOMER SURVIVOR KIT tackles a myriad of problems in one large volume. Not only a self-help book, it is a memoir of the author’s journey to a meaningful life.

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The Goodspeed Token

By Jon Day

Rating:  star star star star star 

Lilly and Sebastian Kemp, ages 13 and 11, are two very smart kids struggling with issues common to a lot of kids. When Sebastian is given an old subway token by the elderly gentleman who teaches him chess, he is told that it will make him “as strong as you can be, but no stronger,” and “as smart as you can be, but no smarter”, and that once it has helped him achieve his goals, he should pass it on to another deserving recipient.

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Done With Death

By David Babineau

Rating:  star star star star star 

When a gamer dies and becomes a grim reaper, he finds himself in the middle of an all-out war between Death and Lucifer.

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The Sultan of Monte Cristo

By Holy Ghost Writer

Rating:  star star star star star 

The Sultan of Monte Cristo is the first in a series of sequels to the Count of Monte Cristo.

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Dear Midol

By Kevin Sutton

Rating:  star star star star star 

Kevin Sutton’s DEAR MIDOL is a compilation of Sutton’s Christmas letters to his extended family and narrative nonfiction chapters that depict his and his wife Ellen’s experiences raising a family of girls.

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The Sixth

By Avery Hays

Rating:  star star star star star 

Avery Hays’ second novel is ambitious, combining political intrigue and romance with Gertrude Stein’s famous art salon. Hays’ heroine, Florbela Sarmentos, is the Lisbon-born daughter of a revolutionary writer, Hermes Sarmento.

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Forever Us

By Sandi Lynn

Rating:  star star star star star 

The story of Connor and Ellery Black continues in the last installment of the Forever Black Trilogy, Forever Us.

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The Improbable Return Of Coco Chanel

By Richard Parker

Rating:  star star star star star 

Richard Parker has quite a tale to tell about his months working as Coco Chanel’s assistant during the design and construction of the Chanel Perfume Showroom in New York.

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Memoirs of a Gas Station

By Sam Neumann

Rating:  star star star star star 

Early one May, Sam Neumann arrived in the breathtaking wilderness of Denali, Alaska with a smile on his face and adventure in his heart.

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Truce (Neighbor from Hell) by R.L. Mathewson

By R.L. Mathewson

Rating:  star star star star star 

Truce is a framed story, its first and last chapters set in present-day America and its main story set in Regency England.

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High

By Charlene Quiram

Rating:  star star star star star 

Verona Lamberti has just moved from New York to Virginia, and if that’s not too much for her to handle, she also starts getting visions of her classmates getting murdered, as well as their killer, a demon, and also, for some reason, eagles.

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Convicted (Consequences)

By Aleatha Romig

Rating:  star star star star star 

Book #3 of the Consequences Series.

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Promise Me Light

By Paige Weaver

Rating:  star star star star star 

The epic conclusion of New York Times bestselling book Promise Me Darkness…

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Ladder To The Sky

By Joshua L. Loveday

Rating:  star star star star star 

Aje, a chronically bullied boy, finds a way to escape and become ever stronger. A hundred or years later, four imaginative children discover the same fantastical land to which Aje escaped, only to discover he’s become a cruel tyrant.

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Who We Are (FireNine #2)

By S. Q. Williams

Rating:  star star star star star 

Eliza Smith broke Gage Grendel’s heart eight months ago, when she chose her ambitions over him.

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My Unexpected Forever (The Beaumont Series)

By Heidi McLaughlin

Rating:  star star star star star 

They say you should expect the unexpected, I didn’t realize my unexpected would be the forever kind.

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That Girl Started Her Own Country

By The Holy Ghost Writer

Rating:  star star star star star 

Zaydee is a mysterious woman. She is also pondering setting up her own nation with its own rules, at least in part to benefit women victimized by male abuse and a patriarchal society.

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A Life, Redefined

By Tracy Hewitt Meyer

Rating:  star star star star star 

Amy, just wants to be loved. Trina, the younger cheerleading sister, wants everything everybody else is having, and Rowan just wants to be rid of the guilt and obligation this family is determined to place on her.

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Even Rock and Roll Has Fairy Tales

By Sherry Carroll

Rating:  star star star star star 

What’s it like to hang out backstage with a rock star on tour? What kind of person sets out to become a groupie? Sherry Carroll spent her late teens and early twenties “past the barricade, through the security, inside the dressing room, and behind the hotel room door” and tells all about it in her memoir

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House of Darkness House of Light

By Andrea Perron

Rating:  star star star star star 

The Perron family – Carolyn, Roger, and their five daughters – needed to get away from a bad bullying situation in their old neighborhood, and the beautiful farmhouse in Harrisville seemed like a godsend.

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The Point of No Return

By J.D. Combs

Rating:  star star star star star 

Charlene is a 42-year-old married mother of five, whose husband Garrett would rather watch TV than talk to her, and will not stick up for her against his verbally abusive mother.

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The Peacemaker

By T.L. Criswell

Rating:  star star star star star 

A well-intentioned but overly sincere novel about a 17-year-old Detroit youth who has to understand his past in order to face up to his mistakes.

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The Last Boyfriend (Forever Love)

By J. S. Cooper

Rating:  star star star star star 

Lucky is a college student working her way through school as a waitress at Lou’s Diner, and Zane Beaumont is her biggest tipper. He’s also gorgeous, charming and sweet – but comes in every week with a different girl.

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Tropical Greed

By Susan LaDue

Rating:  star star star star star 

A slight mystery wrapped in a story with an important message about the dangers of sea turtles poaching.

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Leather to the Corinthians

By Tom Lucas

Rating:  star star star star star 

In a dystopic alternative reality where rampant consumerism makes everyone speak in catch-phrases and slogans, Sell Inc. is waging a war-for-profit between the King and his right-hand man, Commander Thighmaster, and General MacDonald, leader of the rebels, whose army wears clown costumes as uniforms.

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Modicum

By Scott Semegran

Rating:  star star star star star 

“Modicum” is a best-of selection of bursts of whimsy from the Austin-native’s prolific output throughout the 2000s.

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Winding Back the Clock

By Ian Laurence

Rating:  star star star star star 

Winding Back the Clock begins with the quest of Katie Talbot, Countess von Arnitz, to reclaim family treasures, including her father’s signet ring and a Titian painting of the Death of St. Peter Martyr, looted from her family’s house after WWII.

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Zenker

By Andrew Newton

Rating:  star star star star star 

Teddy Mathews is a decent, hard-working middle class guy who stumbles upon a sinister plot to steal a mind control formula from a gifted, eccentric scientist.

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Since 1959: An Eight Year-old’s Initiation into the World of Cleveland Indians Baseball and Life in the Fifties

By William Boryk

Rating:  star star star star star 

The book follows the fortunes of the Cleveland Indians baseball team in their 1959 pennant race. It opens with eight-year old Andy rising at 5:30AM to retrieve the newspaper (and milk delivered to the door step) and read the “Cleveland Indians starting line up for the 1959 baseball season opener.”

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Rising Sunsets

By D. H. Cermeño

Rating:  star star star star star 

David Fletcher is an American who is starting a new life as a teacher in Japan. He leaves behind him his loving and supportive mother, but also a failed relationship with his girlfriend and his abusive father.

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Cassandra’s Heart

By Yasmina Kohl

Rating:  star star star star star 

Cassandra works the high-end clothing store, Magical Ways. James Austin is the no-nonsense, down to earth guy who works at the Double L. ranch. When Cassandra, the beautiful witch, bumps into horse trainer James Austin, it’s love at first sight, but is that and great sex enough to keep them together or are they just too different?

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The Spectacular Simon Burchwood

By Scott Semegran

Rating:  star star star star star 

Determined to reassemble reclaim his shattered life, Simon and a pair of oddball sidekicks embark on a quest to answer the “question of all questions”: Why is life so hard?

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Vampire Vintage Book One: Belladonna in Hollywood

By Alex Severin

Rating:  star star star star star 

Belladonna hops aboard a bus to Hollywood, chasing her dream of starring in pictures opposite the magnetic Bela Lugoisi–only to get mixed up with a real vampire.

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The Brink of Destruction

By Mike Skurka

Rating:  star star star star star 

The central protagonist of this potboiler tale is Laura Monroe, a rookie FBI agent from Chicago who was inspired to join the FBI to prevent a repeat of 9/11, which happened when she was a teenager. She witnesses the Willis Tower’s destruction from the windshield of her car and vows to bring the perpetrators to justice.

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The 21st Century Guide to Bachelorhood: Lessons Learned Over the Past 20 Years

By Brad Berkowitz

Rating:  star star star star star 

Irreverent, brutally frank, sometimes salacious advice for bachelors, whether they’re seeking a soul mate or just looking to get laid.

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Dead On

By Robert Walker

Rating:  star star star star star 

Marcus Rydell, former Atlanta cop, contemplates suicide with a gun in his mouth. The reason? Four years earlier Rydell and three other policemen were ambushed. Only Rydell survived and he can’t live anymore with the memory.

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Wright on Time: Arizona, Book 1

By Lisa M. Cottrell-Bentley, Illustrated by Tanja Bauerle

Rating:  star star star star star 

A family of four with two homeschooled children who are being “roadschooled” by their parents, as they drive around the country in an RV.

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Xanta Claus

By Don Keeler

Rating:  star star star star star 

Santa Claus’s job is not just to bring presents; it’s to bring hope to children, up to the age of ten. But why stop there? Even adults could use a little hope sometimes.

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5 Shots

By Jemir Robert Johnson

Rating:  star star star star star 

A graphic novel that weaves five tales of murder, mayhem, and action a private eye who can read people’s minds.

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Rock Chick

By Kristin Ashley

Rating:  star star star star star 

India “Indy” Savage is the owner of a used book store and coffee shop. She is unwittingly involved in a crime ring, when her best barista loses a bag of diamonds and bad guys begin shooting at him.

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Magician of Oz

By James C. Wallace II

Rating:  star star star star star 

An attempt to create a classic children’s story that falls far short of the mark of a classic.

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One Hour Martin-izing

By Frank Saitta

Rating:  star star star star star 

Marty and Cassidy Tyroni are a married couple who lead secretive lives.

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The Rands Conspiracy

By Jon Batson

Rating:  star star star star star 

A mild-mannered office worker has a job that involves secret information. He escapes the slaughter of his co-workers and must both evade the killers and uncover the conspiracy.

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We All We Got

By Michael E. Lowenstein

Rating:  star star star star star 

A book about the Pittsburgh Panthers, penned by a passionate fan.

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The Doll Brokers

By Hal Ross

Rating:  star star star star star 

The violent and sexually graphic story of an independent woman as she stuggles to be successful in the modern toy industry.

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Well, there is Jason Statham…but the rest of it sucks.