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Twisted

By Lola Smirnova

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Hand-cuffed, ball-gagged and wearing nothing but a motorcycle helmet – not your typical introduction, but it’s how readers first meet Julia, a young Ukrainian woman whose ambitions for a better life land her in an illogical place: the seedy world of the sex trade industry.

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24 Tales to Pass the Time

By Carlos Perez

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

A collection of short slice-of-life stories with odd twists, strange premises, and quirky characters.

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Isabella Rockwell’s War

By Hannah Parry

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Isabella Rockwell has lived her entire life in British Empire-era India, learning shooting and riding from her father and herbalism from her father’s housekeeper, Abhaya (also the only mother-figure she remembers). When her father goes missing, and Abhaya dies, Isabella is shipped back to Britain to find a post as a servant.

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Big Jack is Dead

By Harvey Smith

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Following the death of his father, Jack Hickman, Jr. recalls the violent, dysfunctional life of his father, and his own unhappy childhood.

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Snakebite Remedy

By Timothy L. Huffman

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

SNAKEBITE REMEDY is a collection of eleven short stories, ten poems and one play. The author Timothy L. Huffman subtitles this volume “short works sharp teeth.” Indeed, the stronger stories are both short and sharp.

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Awakening to the Dance

By Georganne Spruce

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

In her intimate memoir, AWAKENING TO THE DANCE, author Georganne Spruce’s journey will resonate deeply with women who are conflicted between their innate need to be independent, and society’s antiquated belief that one cannot have a fulfilling career and a successful family life at the same time.

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The Map

By Boni Lonnsburry

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

A manual for achieving the life you’ve always wanted through the mindful act of conscious creation.

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Doubt Among Us

By Anne-Rae Vasquez

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

In this first installment, we meet Harry Doub; a brilliant computer gaming genius who lives a complicated life within a futuristic world. After burying his father, Harry discovers a legacy of secrets that could have a profound effect on the safety of his family.

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The Incredible Charlotte Sycamore and the Secret Traps

By Kate Maddison

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Charlotte Sycamore, 16-year-old inventor and sleuth-in-training, has returned to the pages in THE INCREDIBLE CHARLOTTE SYCAMORE AND THE SECRET TRAPS, Kate Maddison’s steampunk vision of Victorian England.

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To Hold the Sun

By Chas Watkins

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

A journalist is sent to interview a mysterious man with interesting ideas about the brain, its functions,and how to take advantage of its capabilities and limitations to work positive change in one’s life.

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Tempted

By Paul Micheals

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

A teenage boy must navigate the pitfalls life has thrown him, including some of his own making, in order to grow into his supernatural birthright.

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The Faithful

By S.M. Freedman

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Inspired by the February 15, 2013 crash of a meteor in Russia; author S.M. Freedman has written a novel that explores religion, love, faith, science and humor.

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No Turning Back

By Dan Burns

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

A collection of short stories, mainly science fiction, with the author’s commentary on the writing process.

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Dreaming Annapurna

By Leon David Dunn

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

A young Canadian man tries to save a little Nepali girl from Maoist soldiers.

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Elvis Has Not Left the Building

By J.R. Rain

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Elvis Presley, now hiding out as a private investigator named Aaron King, must help find a kidnapped Hollywood starlet.

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Playmates

By Jess C. Scott

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Trevor and Tania Wilde are twins living in the bucolically named town of Pleasant Lake, ME. Their life, however, is anything but pleasant as they suffer the abuse of their alcoholic mother.

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The Rub

By J.A. Carter-Winward

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

THE RUB is the convoluted and torrid story of a strange love quadrangle that forms between two married couples. But it’s more complicated than even that.

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Embers at Dawn

By J.C. Loen

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Crazy Cat, also known as Lee, also known as Lily, is one of the toughest and baddest outlaws around. Unfortunately, at this current stop, she finds that the marshal already recognizes her. But she has one thing on her side: he’s a crooked marshal, brutal and violent and extremely hated by the townsfolk.

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In the Comfort of Shadows

By Laura Bragstad

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

After the funeral of her “Dad,” adopted Ann is freshly motivated to seek out the history of her biological parents, a task she undertakes by traveling to Newland, Wisconsin, where her Austrian biological mother originally emigrated after World War II.

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In the Comfort of Shadows

By Laurel Bragstad

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

After the funeral of her “Dad,” adopted Ann is freshly motivated to seek out the history of her biological parents, a task she undertakes by traveling to Newland, Wisconsin, where her Austrian biological mother originally emigrated after World War II.

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Mending the Net

By Katherine Boyer, M.A.

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

A self-help book designed to help those who grew up in difficult families find inner and outer peace and happiness.

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Cayneian

By Aaron Dennis

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

In another world lies the accursed island of Volgunther, originally inhabited by a people called the Cayne who unleashed an immortal daemon and gained immense power. Though the civilization disappeared and the daemon sealed deep underground. Dysart, a descendant of Cayneians, has returned to defeat the Daemon once and for all.

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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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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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Into the dark of day

By Stu Jones

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

INTO THE DARK OF DAY takes place after “Day 40” of a world war that nearly destroys humankind. In this chaos, a group of men and women take refuge in a radio station where they transmit, seemingly in vain, trying to reach anyone else who may have survived.

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Penelope: A Novel Of New Amsterdam

By Jim McFarlane

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

The concept behind Jim McFarlane’s PENELOPE: A NOVEL OF NEW AMSTERDAM is a good one: a noir set in Colonial-era America. Its protagonist is Penelope Kent , an English woman living in Holland and who has just married an Anabaptist, though she is of Separatist upbringing.

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Lemonade Revealed

By Will Chluho

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

A young boy, shipwrecked and amnesiac, finds himself through relationships with three very different father figures.

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The Cards Of Life And Death

By Colleen Gleason

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

A malpractice lawyer finds love and deadly secrets in a small town in Maine after her psychic great-aunt’s death.

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Autumn For Dragonflies

By Theresa Sweet

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

A quiet, everyday romance about a somewhat-naïve freshman co-ed who’s being courted by two men – her tutor and her choir director.

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Counting To D

By Kate Scott

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

COUNTING TO D is the smoothly written tale of Samantha, a 15-year-old math genius with dyslexia. Her famous painter father abandoned her mother when he found out that Samantha shared his dyslexia.

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How to Be a Man

By Tamara Linse

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

What is gender, and how is it shaped by a constantly changing world? HOW TO BE A MAN is a notable collection of short stories not only for its literary merit, but for its bold thematic presentation.

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Cocoa Bear & Bennie Boy

By Ellie Meglio

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

COCOA BEAR & BENNIE BOY is a children’s book told from the perspective of a Bernese Mountain dog, Cocoa Bear, about the problems of coping with change.

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The Social Executive

By Dionne Kasian-Lew

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

THE SOCIAL EXECUTIVE is essentially a vigorous presentation, in short book form, aimed at convincing executives that they need to take advantage of social media opportunities now, or be reduced to irrelevancy.

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Bleeker Hill

By Russell Mardell

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

In Russell Mardell’s BLEEKER HILL, the United Kingdom has dissolved into a world of chaos and disorder. This is the world that Sullivan, the last remaining convict languishing in jail, is thrust into when he is forced to join a small group of Party members on the run from roving gangs that have overrun the […]

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Moon On Water

By Matthew Gasda

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

A man contemplates life, love, death and connection while interacting with lovers and roommates in a a stream of consciousness style prose poem.

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Come and Take it

By Dee Kelly, Jr.

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

At the intersection of race, treasure hunting and barely restrained passion lies COME AND TAKE IT.

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Anybody’s Daughter

By Pamela Samuels Young

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

ANYBODY’S DAUGHTER, the story of a teenage girl’s abduction into a forced ring of prostitution in Los Angeles, starts off in high gear and manages to create a believable, if occasionally message-heavy, story.

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Forever With You

By Laurelin Paige

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Alayna Withers relationship with Hudson Pierce has tested both her and his ability to trust.

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Non-Friction

By Morgan Parker

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

When recently separated, self-involved, and self-published online author, Morgan receives a fan letter about his top-selling ebook “Sextual Encounters,” from Emma, he begins a journey of romantic discovery that will take him through marriage counseling, the grueling reality of group author events, and innumerable text messages.

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Spartanica

By Powers Molinar

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Ty Mitchell is an intelligent kid, but his imagination often gets away from him. So, when he wakes up in the middle of the night to flashing lights and a brain rattling sound coming from his ’s “‘A’ Room” in the basement, he’s sure it’s a dream. There is only one problem. He isn’t waking up.

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Range Of Motion

By Paul F. Lenzi

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

A collection of poems and essays on topics ranging from quantum physics to the New Hampshire countryside.

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Bodies of Evidence

By Gregg Olsen and Rebecca Morris

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Olsen and Morris take a new look at the Northwest’s most notorious crimes. Many of them made history.

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Ethan (Alluring Indulgence)

By Nicole Edwards

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

“Ethan” is part of the Alluring Indulgence series but was written to be read as a stand alone book as well.

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The Alexanders Boxed Set

By M. Malone

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Three books in the Alexanders Series

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What Happens In Vegas Stays On Youtube

This rulebook offers guidance for participating in social media effectively without destroying your reputation.

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The Lie

By Ashley Fontainne

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Karmen Moncrille bestselling writing career took off when she was quite young. Now, on the brink of turning 23, she is enjoying the lavish life of a successful author. But, Karmen has a secret. She sees famous dead people. And these encounters are the reason for her fortuitous career.

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Never Marry A Warlock

By Marilyn Vix

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Apparently, betrayal and romance are painful in every dimension, not just the mortal one. When the witch Catherine comes home to find her warlock husband Rich in bed with her best friend, she blasts him in a supernatural fury into the pool and decides to get out of town.

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The Park Service

By Ryan Winfield

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

From New York Times bestselling author Ryan Winfield, a thrilling tale of friendship, betrayal, and adventure.

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The Quest Within Me

By Daniel C. Davis

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Like so many of us, Daniel C. Davis wants to find happiness, direction and inner peace. Numerous life events lead to a series of epiphanies that prove that the happiness you seek comes from only one source – within yourself.

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Snowflakes and Coffee Cakes

By Joanne DeMaio

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Snowflakes and Coffee Cakes is a heartwarming story, one that reminds us to look to winter’s stars. Because snowflakes can grant very special wishes … if only we believe.

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Until You (Fall Away Series)

By Penelope Douglas

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

A companion novel to Douglas’s “Bully”, told from Jared’s point of view.

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The Leaving Of Things

By Jay Antani

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

After graduating from high school, teenager Vikram moves to India with his mother, father, and younger brother to enroll in college. Aside from hamburgers, a less bribe-heavy culture and his Wisconsin girlfriend, Vikram mainly misses what he could have been.

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External Forces

By Deborah Rix

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

For Jessica Grant, life within the exceptionally harsh military training program headed by the Devotees is brutal, but at least it provides her with a means to escape her disapproving mother, who has always suspected that Jessica is a Deviant.

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Uptown

By J. T. Riggen

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Mark Kennedy has been in jail for the past ten years. However, one day he is released into the custody of the FBI on condition that he assist them with a project. He agrees, and finds himself working as a security manager for a casino called the Uptown, the center of organized crime in Vermont.

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The Book Of Paul

By Richard Long

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

THE BOOK OF PAUL is a strange medley of mythology, religious prophecy, and modern-day torture porn, told with a faint sneer. Martin falls in lust/love with Rose, a young professional piercer who is as ornamented with nipple rings as her clientele. The problem: Martin’s “father” Paul is a sadist, a torturer, and hell-bent on finding a new human vessel in which he can reincarnate.

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The Unconventional Life Of Haee

By R.S. Vern

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

THE UNCONVENTIONAL LIFE OF HAEE is the story of a cat that leaves a comfortable home in search of adventure and finds companionship with other cats. The cats humorously impersonate feelings of wanderlust, unconventionality, and stubbornness

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Holidays with the Walker Brothers

By Nicole Edwards

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

You are personally invited to spend the holidays with the Walker brothers and their families.

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Swedish Lessons

By Natalie Burg

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

When 23-year-old Natalie Burg decides to flee from the ruins of a relationship to the boring, cheap countryside of Sweden, she thinks she’s in for an adventure. She is not wrong.

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Trouble

By Samantha Towle

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Mia Monroe was freed from a lifetime of abuse when her vicious father died. But soon, she found herself entangled in another abusive relationship, this time with a lover.

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American Warrior

By James Snyder

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

All three parts of James Snyder’s AMERICAN WARRIOR are prison studies, with sprinklings of home life, sex, accidental drunken gunshot suicides, fight training, airborne escapes within ice-filled caskets, and ultimately, the awakening of protagonist, Paul’s soul.

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The Atlantis Gene: A Thriller

The Immari are good at keeping secrets. For 2,000 years, they’ve hidden the truth about human evolution.

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All the Pretty Lies

By M Leighton

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Sloane Locke is the daughter of one police officer and the sister of three more, and has ben sheltered, protected, and overprotected since her mother’s death when she was six.

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The Adventures of Starfoot and Brown

By Rhoda Canter

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

THE ADVENTURES OF STARFOOT AND BROWN is a tale of two Chihuahuas, Bennett (alias Chief Inspector Detective Brown) and Lola (alias Sergeant Detective Starfoot). Bennett is the alpha dog and the brains of the pair, while Lola is a lovable food-obsessed airhead.

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I Left My Prostate In San Francisco

By Rick and Brenda Redner

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

I LEFT MY PROSTATE IN SAN FRANCISCO: WHERE’S YOURS? by Rick and Brenda Redner, tells the well-written and often excruciating story of Rick’s unexpected diagnosis of prostate cancer and the aftermath.

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The Parallel Conspiracy

By Richard Lori

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

THE PARALLEL CONSPIRACY begins with the murder of a physicist who has been working on a project designed to import large quantities of energy from parallel universes. His daughter Sue is devastated by her loss. Another lonely individual from another universe, John Fuller, a programmer and begins to help her solve the mystery of what happened to her father and why.

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Glory Hole

By Captain Terry Reece

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Judd Parker, a man at his best in the pilot seat of an airplane, finds most of his life as a difficult to maneuver through as a landing a commercial jet on a fog-shrouded landing strip.

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I Heart My Little A-Holes

By Karen Alpert

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Full of hilarious stories, lists, thoughts and pictures that will make you laugh so hard you’ll wish you were wearing a diaper.

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The Stormglass Protocol

By Tim Pratt and Andy Deemer

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Jake was not having a good summer. His friends left him to go on vacation or to camp and he was alone in the neighborhood. He spent his time playing “secret agent”. Without warning, he is approached by two kids who claim to be real spies and they recruit him for a mission to save the world.

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Bloodlight

By Harambee K. Grey-Sun

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Robert is a black student/wrestler in a mostly white high school in Virginia. The President has been murdered by the First Lady and Heartland Security has been created as part of sweeping laws that include stricter gun control.

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Carter Reed

By Tijan

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Emma decided to skip the gym and went home early. It was the last easy decision she made because she found her roommate being raped by the boyfriend.

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Blood to Blood

By Ifè Oshun

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Angel Brown is not your typical teenager. She’s mature for her age and solely focused on her promising music care – so much so that she’s willing to face her mother’s wrath and drop out of high school in order to pursue it full time.

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The Fairies Of Turtle Creek

By Jill Sayre

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Precocious Claire Collins misses her deployed brother and isn’t too thrilled to have her long-lost grandmother return instead, a grandmother who’d missed most of her life to stay in England and whom she suspects is senile. Her grandmother acts and talks as if fairies are real.

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Out of Line

By Jen McLaughlin

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Carrie Wallington is a Senator’s daughter, whose father is so overprotective that she’s never been able to have a friend she chose herself or go anywhere without a security detail following.

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Fishing For Light

By Nathaniel Sewell

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Edward Tiberius Wilcox was average in almost every way that one could perceive. Yet to Professor Quan, a hermitic scientist living in the depths of an Appalachian cave, the circumstances of Edward’s birth set him apart. Though theses two have never met directly they must battle the ultimate evil, Ms. Proserpina, a genetic mutant and creation of one of Professor Quan’s misguided experiments.

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A Place to Heal

By C.A. Bodiford

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Emma Sloan is incredibly beautiful, incredibly gifted, and incredibly unfortunate. When Mrs. Connell, Houston’s premiere socialite, hires Emma to remodel her guesthouse, Emma has every reason to believe her run with bad luck is over. It is through Mrs. Connell that Emma soars to the top of the food chain, and meets Blake Rochester, the man who forever changes her life.

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Managers, Martians & Monsters

By Jonathan M. Freiman, Ph.D.

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Through the analysis of seven classic thrillers from the 1930s through the 1950s, this book reveals various monsters lurking in the workplace. Some films serve as more logical launching points than others, but all make entertaining introductions to each chapter.

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Ruin

By Rachel Van Dyken

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Kiersten Rowe is a small-town girl whose innocence hides depression and deep grief for her parents, who died in a cave-diving accident.

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Freefall

By Tess Oliver

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

After leaving high school, with a hard won diploma and the title of most likely to break hearts, Alexander “Nix” Pierce has left his wild, out of control years mostly behind him.

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Into the Deep

Even though Charley is miles away from her home in Indiana, her heated passions threaten to be her undoing when her past love shows up.

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Rock Chick Revolution

By Kristen Ashley

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Ally Nightingale has been a Rock Chick for years, one of a posse of attractive, intelligent young women who lead exciting lives and get romantically involved with gorgeous alpha males collectively labeled “The Hot Bunch”.

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Stripped

By Jasinda Wilder

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

He’s a movie star sex god. She’s a virgin… and a stripper.

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Journey to Virginland-Catena

By Armen Melkian

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Armen Melkian looks to deconstruct the traditional novel, turn literary convention on its ear, and create another form. Catena is the first ‘epistle’ of the Journey to Virginland trilogy.

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The Day The Music Died

By Blair Evans

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

After hearing an argument that “Pornography will be the only non-commercialised art form” left, without the “pretentious claims” that are made by the music industry, Cameron sets off on a journey of transformation and self-discovery.

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Time for Love (The McCarthys of Gansett Island)

By Marie Force

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

TIME FOR LOVE continues Force’s romance series featuring the McCarthys of Gansett Island, but this time neither of the main characters is actually a McCarthy.

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Deadly Instict

By K.E. Clark

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

“Deadly Instinct” opens with an unidentified man dying in the grass, and then flashes back one year earlier to introduce a slew of desperate characters.

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Forever Exposed: The Nikki Catsouras Story

By Lesli Catsouras

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Forever Exposed is an excruciating book—and I mean that as a compliment. It tells the story of the anguish that Lesli and Christos go through following the sudden loss of their daughter, Nikki, who crashed her father’s Porsche (she stole the keys) into a tollbooth on the highway.

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The Bookie’s Daughter

By Heather Abraham

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

The Bookie’s Daughter is a candid memoir of growing up in a crazy, crime-ridden family.

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Him

By Carey Heywood

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Sarah Miller hasn’t been home in seven years. She thought she could stay away forever. If it wasn’t for her big brother’s wedding, that is. Part of her even feels silly for staying away this long. It’s not like anyone even knew what happened. Well, except for him.

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All the Lights That Have Shone

By Paul McCormack

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Paul McCormack’s All the Lights That Have Shone is a quietly ambitious collection of short stories.

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Trophy Husband

By Lauren Blakely

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

An adorable, funny, light piece of cotton-candy fluff. It is not remotely pretentious, and will not try to educate you or enlighten you or make you think ponderous thoughts about life, the universe, and everything – but it will very likely make you laugh, and charm you with the sweetness of a fresh romance.

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Conquer Your Love

By J.C. Reed

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Meeting Jett was like bad luck. Dangerous. Unpredictable. And better avoided. In his game, the stakes are high. But are they worth the risk?

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Honeymoon for One

By Beth Orsoff

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Being ditched at the altar is the least of Lizzie Mancini’s problems. Sitting in a Caribbean jail cell accused of murdering her “pretend” husband, however, is at the top of the list.

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The Mine

By John A. Heldt

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

A know-it-all guy named Joel finds a time portal deep beneath the Earth and gets stuck in 1941, affecting many lives and ultimately becoming a very different person.

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Alabaster Houses

By Lara McLaughlin

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

A time-jumping, multigenerational, multiethnic saga, centered around death, spirituality, love, and forgiveness.

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Rock with Me

By Kristen Proby

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Rock With Me is a romance involving Leo Nash, front man for the rock band Nash, and Samantha Williams, sister of a famous actor, who is tired of dating celebrities and has promised herself never to do it again.

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Suddenly Royal

By Nichole Chase

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Samantha Rousseau is used to getting her hands dirty. Working toward a master’s degree in wildlife biology while helping take care of her sick father, she has no time for celebrity gossip, designer clothes, or lazy vacations.

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The Silver Sphere

By Michael Dadich

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

The Silver Sphere takes place on the world of Azimuth, a planet with elements of both fantasy (mythical creatures, swords and sorcery, cloaks and horses and all) and science fiction (space ships and star darts).

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Patalosh: The Time Travelers

By Z Altug and Tracy Olgeaty Gensler

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Orion Spence is the son of the Captain and Science Officer of the time- traveling Taloshian starship HMS Exploricus. The Taloshians are a race of powerful and highly technically-sophisticated beings (of multiple forms – some are plants, some cats, some bats, spiders, humans, or other species) who inhabit the island of Patalosh on the planet Lumina in another universe.

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Enchanted by Starlight

By Tina L. Hook

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Three women, as teenage girls, are given magical gifts by shooting stars, leaving them Enchanted by Starlight.

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The Castilian Suite

By Graham Blackburn

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

The Castilian Suite is a detailed and intimate biography of a man’s growth from a rather spoiled and entitled youth to a disillusioned but dedicated middle age.

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Cochabamba Conspiracy

By Brinn Colenda

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

The Cochabama Conspiracy takes place in La Paz, Bolivia, where Lt. Col. Tom Callahan, Air Force flying ace, has been sent in order to undo some political and diplomatic damage done by his predecessor in the Military Group.

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Exodus

By J.F. Penn

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Joanna Penn, now writing under the name J.F. Penn, continues to delight fans of her ARKANE thriller series in Exodus, her third book in the series.

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Talk to Me: Workplace Conversations that Work

By Sue Johnston

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

“Talk to Me” mixes fictional situations that highlight the principles illustrated in the stories and offers practical exercises as a follow up.

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Chattanooga

By Chet & Dan Raymo

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Told entirely through monologues from various characters, “Chattanooga” keeps the reader engaged and off balance.

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I Didn’t Kill Jesus

By Naomi Daniela Haber

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Author Naomi Haber highlights the lasting effects of the Holocaust on three generations, while educating others about the horrors in order to stop such violence and senselessness from occurring again.

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The Colony

By Blaine Readler

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Blaine C. Readler’s science fiction novel, The Colony, creates a terrifying antagonist in picturesque rural Wisconsin.

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Troll or Derby

By Red Tash

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Fifteen-year-old Debra is trapped in a small town, doomed to spend her life taking care of her beautiful drug-addicted sister Gennifer and their alcoholic mother, when all she really wants to do is skate in a roller derby. But things are never what they seem—they’re worse.

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My Last Summer With You: No Fanfare for a Withered Rose

By Fidelis O. Mkparu

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

This endearing first novel opens in 2010 but quickly segues into an extended flashback to 1977 and the college years of Joseph, a 17-year-old foreign student who has left his country to attend a small university in North Carolina.

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Beside My Doorstep

By Chloe Zola

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Author Chloe Zola’s story weaves together elements of her mother’s Mexican and her father’s Jewish-American heritage blend of rites, rituals, language and personalities into her nomadic upbringing.

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Wright for America

By Robin Lamont

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Wright for America is a political farce about a far-right-wing radio talk show host, whose motto is “hate sells,” and an actress who seeks revenge after an attack on her gay twin brother, which she believes was inspired by his vicious political commentary.

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Brightest Kind of Darkness

By P.T. Michelle

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Sixteen-year-old, Nara, has a secret; she sees the future. Since the age of seven, she nightly dreams her entire next day and her dreams are never wrong.

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The Last Falcon

By Colleen Ruttan

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Erynn, a 14 year old girl, is hiding in a cave after watching her father murdered by thieves.

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Carl, Willi and Blanche

By Barbara de la Cuesta

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Carl, Willi and Blanche, in the process of traveling across Mexico (having left the US to protest oppressive wars and cruelty on the part of our government), are stranded in a small village by a car breakdown.

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Fallen Too Far

By Abbi Glines

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Blaire becomes entrenched in family secrets and turmoil when she falls for her bad boy stepbrother, in this sexy story of love, family and betrayal.

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Interview with a Jewish Vampire

By Erica Manfred

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Rhoda is a 41-year-old Jewish journalist, who gets picked up by a Jeff Goldblum lookalike who wants her to write his life story.

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Blood From A Shadow

By Gerard Cappa

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Con Maknazpy leaves his New York home for Northern Ireland thinking he will be helping his dead friend’s mother, but instead finds himself navigating dangerous international intrigues.

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Focus

By Ingrid Ricks

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

FOCUS is an inspiring insight into the author Ingrid Ricks’ battle with degenerative eye disease, and how she resolved and made peace with the debilitating condition.

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Ambril’s Tale, The Return of the Dullaith

By Wendy D. Walter

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

A coming-of-age story of a teenager investigating a corrosive family secret.

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The Twenty and One Nights

By Barbara de la Cuesta

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Two dysfunctional families try to cope with work, bills, divorce, and teenage maladjustment. But the book is not as depressing as that summary might suggest, largely because of the interesting characters that people it, especially Hestor, the quirky narrator.

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Let Me Be the One

By Bella Andre

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

In LET ME BE THE ONE, the brand-new book in Bella Andre’s New York Times and USA Today bestselling series about the Sullivan family, an unexpected friends-to-lovers romance might not only turn out to be so much hotter than anything bad boy pro baseball player Ryan Sullivan has ever known…but much, much sweeter, too.

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The Secret of Spruce Knoll

By Heather McCorkle

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Eren Donovan is a sixteen-year old girl who, after the death of her parents, moves to Spruce Knoll to live with her aunt. Here she discovers a secretive community of people with special powers and realizes that she too has channeling powers that have been hidden from her until now.

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The Mothers of Country Day

By Arlene Matthews

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Torre Messina is a gifted 12 year old who earns a scholarship to a prestigious private school. But the shy and brilliant Torre does not fit in with his new classmates, who, aside from being older, are mostly children of economic privilege. He’s not the only one.

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Holiday Chick

By Amber L. Carter

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Holiday Chick, by Amber Carter, begins in the first person perspective of Aden, a 21-year old Bible camp counselor. After her father is in a life threatening accident, Aden is compelled to return to the sleepy Minnesota town of Holden, where her family now calls home.

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The Look of Love

By Bella Andre

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

With THE LOOK OF LOVE bestselling author Bella Andre introduces you to a fun and emotional contemporary romance series about the Sullivan family. Because when a Sullivan bad boy falls…he falls hard. And it’s forever.

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The Toy Sorcerer

By Laura Hart

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Fourteen year-old Alice Towers has awful dreams…nightmares really, where she is unable to walk. We are tossed into this scenario, which quickly moves from to unstable to surreal. It seems that Alice is trapped in The Realm of Dreams, where human dreams become reality.

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The Price of Guilt

By Patrick M. Garry

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

The Price of Guilt begins with a flashback, as Thomas Walsh sits in a jail cell and tries to come to terms with how he got there.

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Transcender-First Timer

By Vicky Savage

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Jaden Beckett is a 17 year-old girl whose mom has died. She lives with her dad and older brother, Drew, in Madison, WI. She’s 5’10, a Tae Kwon Do champion and trying her best to deal with her dad’s detachment after his spouse’s passing.

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Beautiful Disaster

By Jamie McGuire

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Abby Abernathy (aka Pigeon) from Wichita, Kansas, is a freshman at Eastern University, trying to escape a disturbing past; there, she meets campus stud extraordinaire Travis “Mad Dog” Maddox, who sidelines as a prizefighter, sports a buzz cut and a wealth of tattoos, has a lifetime supply of condoms in his apartment and a string of “clueless bimbos” lined up to try them out.

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Birdie Down (Rebellion)

By Jim Graham

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

It is 2210 and a rebellion is underway in the outer reaches of human settlement. Earth doesn’t know about that yet, as the rebels have disabled the long-distance communication infrastructure.

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New Leash on Life

By Erna Mueller

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

New Leash on Life is the tale of Lieutenant Spencer Watley, a good, albeit cranky cop who, after a surveillance case that goes awry, ends up reincarnated as his police dog.

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The Vig

By John M. Nuckel

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

“We facilitate financial transactions for a fee. That…is what we call the Vig.” Everything has a price, as the three main protagonists of this story find out.

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Essential Nourishment

By Marika Blossfeldt

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Visually stunning and packed full of mouthwatering recipes, Essential Nourishment puts the emphasis on an appreciation for the sensual pleasures of natural foods with a sensible approach to nourishment.

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Ladies of the Borobudur

By Barbara Haines Howett

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Barbara Haines Howett’s eleven interlinked stories take us into the lives of ex-pat women in Indonesia in the early 1970s. There are two worlds to explore here: colorful Indonesia and the claustrophobic world of corporate wives–before feminism made its mark.

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Call Me!

By John Locke

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Dani Ripper is a 24 year-old private investigator with a secret. At 15, she was kidnapped and held for two years by a crazy man, escaping only to become the center of a media firestorm.

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Her Dear and Loving Husband

By Meredith Allard

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

An alluring paranormal romance about Sarah Alexander, who has relocated from Los Angeles to Salem, Massachusetts, where she discovers James Wentworth and the secrets from both his and her past that will free her from the visions that plague her sleep.

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January Kills Me

By Evan Katy

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Samantha Rialto, a recently divorced, defensively snarky middle school music teacher, has taken up surveillance photography as a way to fill the gaps in her educator’s salary. That is until a particularly cold week in January when Sam finds herself entangled in a mystery involving dead people, copious amounts of cash and a nutty Tai Chi enthusiast.

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Brainrush

By Richard Bard

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

When terminally ill combat pilot Jake Bronson emerges from an MRI with extraordinary cognitive powers, everyone wants a piece of his talent–including Battista, one of the world’s most dangerous terrorists.

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Fuffys: F**ked Up Fairytales

By Bryan Paul Richards

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Some tales are takeoffs on the familiar models–Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel, except here Rapunzel is incredibly horny, her prince well endowed.

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The Meteoric Rise of Simon Burchwood

By Scott Semegran

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Weaves a heartrending portrait of lowered expectation: of a man eschewing, and ultimately embracing, mediocrity.

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Her Last Letter

By Nancy C. Johnson

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

The discovery of a hidden letter left by our narrator—Gwyn’s dead sister, Kelly—sends Gwyn searching for answers about Kelly’s recent death.

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Alternate Ending

By Aaron G. Niz

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Josh Miller is a high school sophomore and tennis-pro wannabe. When his physics teacher presents the theory of alternate universes Josh wonders if it’s possible that there’s another world in which he’s not such a nerd.

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Besserwisser: A Novel

By Steve Anderson

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Like a double wheat dark brew in a Munich biergarten, Steve Anderson’s latest book goes down easily. It is the loving tour of Munich you never got to take in your twenties.

THE WHOLE TRUTH
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Whole Truth Eating and Recipe Guide

By Andrea Beaman

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Designed to give the reader a deeper understanding of food and its effect on long-term health and vitality.

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The Braces Cookbook

By Pamela Waterman

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Fifty comfort-food recipes perfect for tender-teeth days, including stay-soft cookies, soothing drinks, and delicious dinners.

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A Crack in Everything

By Vanessa Carlisle

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

A Crack in Everything introduces us to Tamina, a sex education counselor with unconventional addictions and a phobia to mismatching colors.

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Lily Hates Goodbyes

By Jerilyn Marler

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

The story was written to help younger children cope with the absence of a parent–in this case a father’s deployment in the military.

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Weaver of Song: The Birth of Silent Night

By Mary Helene Jackson

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

In the beautifully illustrated Weaver of Song, Mary Helene Jackson tells the fascinating story of “Silent Night” composer’s Franz Gruber’s struggle.

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The Broken Past: A James Buckner Mystery

By Christopher Gibbs

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Set in Prohibition-challenged 1923, Corinth, MO is turned upside down when two murders are discovered the same day.

TANGLING
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Tangling with Tyrants: Managing the Balance of Power at Work

By Tony Deblauwe

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Tangling with Tyrants provides field-tested, practical solutions drawn from actual scenarios in a variety of corporate settings.

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In Spite of the System

By Gary Gauger

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

A truly frightening story about mistaken identitiy that will keep you turning the pages. Here is a Kafka-esque experience that really happened.

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More Letters From Pemberley 1814-1819

By Jane Dawkins

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

More Letters From Pemberley is a continuation of Jane Dawkin’s first Letters novel. We again find Elizabeth Darcy, at her writing desk. Extending from 1814 to 1819, Elizabeth’s letters are no longer that of a homesick young woman finding solace with her younger sister.

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Toxin

By Paul Martin Midden

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

A fanatical right-wing religious group is threatening to destroy the United States from within and set up a religious oligarchy. It is up to a junior moderate Republican Senator, Jake Telemark, and the daughter of a famous politician, Dora Hathaway, to take down this group before their plans can come to fruition.

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The Intelligent Woman’s Guide to Online Dating

By Dale Koppel, Ph.D.

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

This charming and helpful book is perfect for anyone new to the online dating experience, and especially women in their fifties and older.

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The Call of the World

By Trent Newcomer

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

A travelogue/memoir full of great descriptions; interesting tales; and insightful reflections on people and places.

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Spam & Eggs: A Johnny Denovo Mystery

By Andrew Kent

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

A PI novel, in the tradition of Raymond Chandler, but set in the 21st century with a tech-savvy hero.

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From the Abuela’s Window

By Nancy Toomey

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

From the Abuela’s Window is a story of ordinary people doing what they can to help each other and in small ways undermine a brutal system—it is about staying human when faced with inhumanity all around.

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To Love Mercy

By Frank S. Joseph

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

To Love Mercy takes place in racially segregated Chicago, circa 1948. Most African-Americans live in poverty, are denied upward mobility, and must deal with the prejudice of white people. The book is filled with authentic detail and prominent figures of the period and nothing is white-washed.

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Kandide and the Secret of the Mists, The Calabiyau Chronicles, Book 1

By Diana S. Zimmerman

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Perfect for the 8-12 year old set, the book tells the story of Kandide, whose perfect childhood is ruined when her wing is injured and she is segregated with the rest of the Imperfect fairies.

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Stewards of the Flame

By Sylvia Engdahl

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

If you were tuned into the recent U.S. debate about mandatory health insurance and universal healthcare (and who wasn’t?), Stewards of the Flame is a particularly scary read.

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If You’re Ever in Key West

By Jane Dawkins

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

When Olivia, a 57 year-old Brit, is widowed by her American husband, she decides to move from New York to Key West, Florida. She considers herself content, until—on a visit to New York—a dashing attorney and a fellow Brit 15 years her junior falls head over heels in love with her.

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True Detective

By James A. Huebner

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Seen through the eyes of two New York City police detectives, True Detective is an edgy murder mystery and a meditation on truth and faith in our post 9/11 age.

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Love, Fate and Afghanistan

By Tony Thomson

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

The author looks back on his heady youth in this hippy-era memoir of travels across the Middle East and India.

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A Suitcase Full of Faith

By Saskia Roell

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

A Suitcase Full of Faith is about traveling the world while listening to one’s heart, even when the obstacles may seem insurmountable.

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A More Obedient Wife

A series of entertaining fictional diary entries by two wives named Hannah, both married to early Supreme Court Justices.

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Wing Walking

By Harry Groome

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

In the spirit of Gordon Gekko and the big dogs of Michael Lewis’s Liar’s Poker, Wing Walking’s chief characters are egomaniacal, but with significant depth.

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Eat When You Feel Sad

By Zachary German

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Twenty-two year-old Zachary German’s debut novel, Eat When You Feel Sad, is blowing up all over.

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That Same Summer

By Ofer Aronskind

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

From “capture the flag” game to nighttime commando operations, That Same Summer is a magical and wondrous world of sleep-away camp. from color war to judgment night, Ari takes the reader into

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Summer Sleep Away

By Ofer Aronskind

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Sweet and innocent, Summer Sleep-Away will keep the 10-12 year olds engaged and remind adults what it felt like to be a kid far from away from home for first time.

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Spring House

By David Bowles

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Historically accurate, Spring House brings the mores and manners of early American history alive while telling the story of Scots-Irish families, struggling to find happiness on the new frontier.

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Accidental Lessons

By David W. Berner

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

A memoir by Chicago journalist David W. Berner is a heart wrenching and inspirational account of self-discovery.

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Horsegod: Collected Poems

By Robert Bagg

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

A shocking, powerful collection of poetry in which the author tells his life story in exquisite verse.

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Able Was I

By Drew Banks

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

A gay protagaonist with a universal plight whose story unfolds against lovingly drawn, evocative depictions of New York City and Italy.