Aug 25, 2016
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ANGELBOY
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Angels and madmen in: ANGELBOY VOL. 2

By N.M. Beguesse

Rating:  star star star star star 

A young angel with heroic powers finds himself in the middle of a dangerous feud between childhood friends in this fast-paced graphic novel.

COVEREDPACES
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Failed love affairs and self discovery in: COVERED PACES

By Luigi A. Juarez

Rating:  star star star star star 

Tired of unfaithful lovers, a woman moves from Los Angeles back to her hometown of Miami, Florida, only to discover that true love starts with oneself in this moving story.

RECEPTIONISTBOSS
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Advice applicable to any career mixed with a dash of memoir in: FROM RECEPTIONIST TO BOSS

By Nicole Smartt

Rating:  star star star star star 

Nicole Smartt offers plenty of lessons on how to get ahead in your career no matter your field, pulling from both her own observations and the lives of others.

IVY
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Sensuality and sexuality as a young teen becomes a woman in: GODDESS OF IVY TRILOGY (Books 1-3)

By Carol Madison

Rating:  star star star star star 

A naïve teenager grows into a woman, emotionally and sexually, in this poignant coming-of-age erotic trilogy.

TICK
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A troubled young girl finds her inner hero in a terrifying near-future world in: TICK

By Allison Rose

Rating:  star star star star star 

In this highly imaginative yet overcrowded novel by Allison Rose, Josephine (Jo) Bristol must struggle against many foes, both internal and external.

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Villains, heroes and secrets abound in: BLACKTIP ISLAND

By Tim W. Jackson

Rating:  star star star star star 

A stockbroker embezzles funds and escapes to a Caribbean island where he becomes a divemaster to avoid arrest from U.S. authorities in this adventurous story.

LOVES
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Time travel through hypnosis to heal the heart in: LOVES OF OUR LIVES

By A.C. Chenier

Rating:  star star star star star 

A woman sets out on a journey of past life regression therapy to cope with the loss of a friend in this touching historical fiction romance.

INCREMENTS
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Dark, poignant, and unsettling stories in: INSANITY BY INCREMENTS

By Alaric Cabiling

Rating:  star star star star star 

Creepy and meditative short stories that investigate the darker side of humanity.

JADWA
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The path to and away from oppression and extremist religion in: JADWA’S STORY: BRIDE OF THE PROPHET, DAUGHTER OF ALLAH

By Aabra

Rating:  star star star star star 

A young girl struggles against the oppression leading her towards religious extremists and terrorism in this thought provoking story.

ZEROS
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Absurd and satirical adventures in political extremism: AMERICAN ZEROES

By John DiFelice

Rating:  star star star star star 

AMERICAN ZEROES is a Libertarian satire of American political extremism and an absurdist adventure in a typical suburb.

SHONG
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A sensitive hero, fated to help save the world, becomes a man in this globetrotting fantasy: THE SHONG WARS: DECLARATION

By George Lung

Rating:  star star star star star 

Zhang Ma is a young prince of a fierce Mongol warrior tribe known as the Shong.

KINGDOM
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A world of royal rats in: KINGDOM’S END

By Charles D. Blanchard

Rating:  star star star star star 

Charles D Blanchard takes readers into the minds of rats in his literary adventure
KINGDOM’S END.

CLOCK
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Gay P.I.s uncover political conspiracy when hired by a Mormon politician in: THE EIGHT-DAY CLOCK

By Dale Swanson

Rating:  star star star star star 

Set in Florida in the fall of 1996, two gay private investigators take on the case of a high-profile Mormon politician’s closeted gay son who has been blackmailed.

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A girl’s discovery of bees inspires respect for nature in: BEES IN LORETTA’S BONNET

By Lois Wickstrom (author) and Francie Mion (artist)

Rating:  star star star star star 

Upon discovering a nest of woodcutter bees in the winter woodpile, Loretta loses her bonnet to a gust of wind, but spring brings the promise of pollinated plants—and a surprise in a found bonnet.

Conversations
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A gift of a lifetime of lessons in: CONVERSATIONS ON THE BENCH

By Digger Cartwright

Rating:  star star star star star 

An account of one man’s lifetime of knowledge on how to lead a satisfying, successful and ultimately emotionally fulfilled life, divided into 25 essential lessons.

FORGET
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An unforgettable story about two inspiring trauma victims in: MAKE ME FORGET

By Patricia Strefling

Rating:  star star star star star 

MAKE ME FORGET is the inspirational story of two trauma survivors whose individual experiences and shared journeys toward recovery show that time, truly heals all wounds.

SMART
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Outsmarting technology in: SMART

By Joel Mentmore

Rating:  star star star star star 

When a friend goes missing, a failed startup developer must delve deep into the world of smart technology to save him.

PARCHED
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A family faces peril as they travel across a post-apocalyptic earth in: PARCHED

By Andrew Branham

Rating:  star star star star star 

In a post-apocalyptic Earth where the sun has become a Red Giant causing extreme heat, massive drought, and near total dissolution of society, the Deforios family are chased from their home in California by armed marauders, and attempt a harrowing passage east to their hometown of Lorain, Ohio.

STARSTRUCK
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Lost in love and space in: STARSTRUCK

By Ryn Shell

Rating:  star star star star star 

An epic love story, STARSTRUCK traverses all of the genre’s tropes while maintaining a relationship it’s impossible not to love.

ARCHANGEL
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Two humans plot to thwart an alien invasion in: ARCHANGEL DOWN

By C. Gockel

Rating:  star star star star star 

Humanity may have made first contact. Meanwhile, unaware of why they’ve been implicated as members of the mysterious Archangel Project, a potential alien invasion, two strangers set out to save a planet.

BLADE
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Magic adventure and battle in: THE MARTYR’S BLADE

By Joel Manners

Rating:  star star star star star 

THE MARTYR’S BLADE is a cohesive and exciting debut novel in the classic sword and sorcery style that starts this promising series.

CROWNING
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Combing through the expansive standards of beauty in: CROWNING GLORY

By Stacy Harshman

Rating:  star star star star star 

A spunky twenty-something New Yorker, transplanted from Chicago, has her curiosity piqued by the male attention she receives while wearing a red wig she bought on eBay on a whim.

REX
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A nomadic scavenger teams up with others to battle cyber mutants of a futuristic city in: REX STRAND: SCAVENGER OF THE WASTES

By Jonathan Carreau

Rating:  star star star star star 

A young scavenger navigates a devastated and polluted world on his trusty racing bike, battling mutants and mercenaries along the way, in REX STRAND.

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In a sea of guidance books, GIANT KILLERS provides a modern take on an ancient story

By Steve Lawson

Rating:  star star star star star 

Everyone has “giants” in their lives that need slaying—fears, worries, guilt, insecurity, etc.—but those giants can be overcome through self-awareness, combined with God’s grace. The Bible story of David and Goliath has long symbolized how people can overcome seemingly impossible situations to come out ahead. Former pastor and church planter, Steve Lawson uses this story […]

CASHCROP
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A mysterious fire leads to murder and marijuana in: MURDER FOR A CASH CROP

By Sue Star

Rating:  star star star star star 

A mysterious fire leaves behind a dead body and a lot of questions for karate instructor Nell Latterly.

ROOSTER
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Life and Death are found in: THE ROOSTER’S GARDEN

By Olivia A. Cole

Rating:  star star star star star 

A young woman continues her journey from Chicago to California in search of her sister and what might be the last safe place available.

EMERGENCE
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Thirteen separate colonies become a new nation in: THE EMERGENCE OF ONE AMERICAN NATION

By Donald J. Fraser

Rating:  star star star star star 

THE EMERGENCE OF ONE AMERICAN NATION is an informative and engaging read encompassing 184 years, including the events that led to the war of independence, to the writing of the Constitution and official formation of the United States of America.

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Theft, Murder, Betrayal, and Computer Coding come together in: FLASH CRASH

By Denison Hatch

Rating:  star star star star star 

After helping robbers steal gold from his company, a computer nerd must unravel a web of mysteries to clear his name while pursued by a hardboiled detective.

BANISHED
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Treasure hunters get entangled with a family mystery in: BANISHED THREADS

By Kaylin McFarren

Rating:  star star star star star 

A dynamic, exciting mystery, BANISHED THREADS hooks readers with the first chapter, and doesn’t let go.

OCEANIDES
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A mysterious song taunts outcast Venusian sirens in: SONG OF THE OCEANIDES

By J.G. Zymbalist

Rating:  star star star star star 

SONG OF THE OCEANIDES is a peculiar but mesmerizing tale that follows three outcasts as they struggle to find meaning in the random events of their lives.

BLINDERS
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Wine world hustling in: BLINDERS

By Michael Amon

Rating:  star star star star star 

When a has-been blind-tasting champion stumbles upon a naive small-town kid with an incredible talent for identifying wines, his luck begins to turn—but who’s the real winner?

SKYRIZER
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Adventures of a new superhero in: SKYRIZER

By Cody Goodfellow and Phillip Buchanon

Rating:  star star star star star 

A young man named Mason McCoy is forced to become a superhero after gaining unearthly abilities.

JUNCTION
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Corruption and secrets intersect in a small town in: JUNCTION

By Cody Schlegel

Rating:  star star star star star 

A compelling crime drama set in a small town rife with secrets and corruption where an unambitious man must expose the truth about his friend’s death.

EQUIPMENT
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Football and the game of life in: THE EQUIPMENT GUYS

By Neil Kleid

Rating:  star star star star star 

Three boyhood friends bond over football, girls, and alcohol.

LESSONPLANS
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Opposites attract as two teachers help each other learn more about themselves in LESSON PLANS

By Holly Pepe

Rating:  star star star star star 

A neurotic English teacher who is used to structure and rigid organization in her classroom has to face her worst nightmare: pairing up with a much more laid back special education teacher for team teaching for the entire school year in this charming love story.

SPLENDOR
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Memoir, spirituality, literature, and philosophy successfully blend together for an enlightening read in: SPLENDOR.

By David Zindell

Rating:  star star star star star 

Best known for his science fiction novels, David Zindell gets personal this time with insights into how growing up as a Baby Boomer in the Cold War Era helped him learn to appreciate the beauty and bliss of being at one with the universe in rare moments he calls splendor.

EYE
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Stories and poetry punctuated with humor: I PUNCHED MYSELF IN THE EYE

By Pamela Capone

Rating:  star star star star star 

Pamela Capone must be a riot at parties. She can turn the most mundane details of a day into witty poetry, and find a way to connect it all to God’s higher plan for us.

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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.

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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.

BIGBANG
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FROM THE BIG BANG TO YOUR CELLS: A fascinating look at the origin of minerals through to their role in the human body

By Ryan Kane

Rating:  star star star star star 

The essential compounds in the human body today can be traced in detail from the beginning of the universe to their impact in daily life.

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.

Carl
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CARL, WILLI AND BLANCHE is a quixotic romp that explores exotic places and complex inner spaces.

By Barbara de la Cuesta

Rating:  star star star star star 

Three travelers gradually shed the vestiges of their culture to immerse themselves in a subtly magical place, simpler yet richer than home.

SCEPTRE
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Magic, mystery and a dangerous quest in THE QUEEN’S SCEPTRE

By Robbie Scott

Rating:  star star star star star 

A nine-year-old boy, his best friend Gloria, and his oddball father, the magician Ethan-il-Fabuloso, find a mysterious artifact – and then must figure out how to get it back where it belongs.

Jubilee
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Transhuman scientists battle a disease in a battle-ridden, post-apocalyptic world in: THE SONG OF THE JUBILEE

By Raeden Zen

Rating:  star star star star star 

In a post-apocalyptic world, trans-human scientists fight a deadly disease while rebels battle with the leaders of Earth’s last Commonwealth.

Hamentaschen
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Fantastical, weird, and macabre stories resonant: WITH A VOICE THAT IS OFTEN STILL CONFUSED BUT IS BECOMING EVER LOUDER AND CLEARER

By JR Hamentaschen

Rating:  star star star star star 

Hamantaschen’s collection of nine short stories displays a wide-ranging writing style that is a deft blend of horror, the bizarre and literary pop-culture.

Candlelight
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A husband pens a loving biography of his wife in: CANDLELIGHT IN A STORM – BORN TO BE A BERLINER

By Naveen Sridhar

Rating:  star star star star star 

In a time of war, chaos, and oppression, a gutsy young girl learns to survive, in this international saga penned by an admiring husband.

Artful
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Suspicions fall upon a needy renter in: THE ARTFUL LODGER

By Barbara de la Cuesta

Rating:  star star star star star 

Combining whimsy with darker elements, THE ARTFUL LODGER examines what happens when an unwanted houseguest appears unexpectedly.

DORK
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A fun space-age quest to keep the cosmic water flowing in: ESCAPE FROM DORKVILLE

By Dean Ammerman

Rating:  star star star star star 

A pair of humans, an intergalactic plumber, a puffin, and an Ergonomics and Fiscal Engineer must journey to find the All and Everything in order to save the universe from drying out.

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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.

BAT
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A young boy practices and learns baseball in: MAGIC BAT DAY

By Kevin Christofora, Dale Tangeman (Illustrator)

Rating:  star star star star star 

Colorful pictures, a talking baseball, and interactive questions make fun teaching tools for introducing the sport to novice players.

PASTLAST
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A curious group of pioneers explore Polynesia in: PAST THE LAST ISLAND

By Kathleen Flanagan Rollins

Rating:  star star star star star 

A motley group of explorers, misfits, inventors and dreamers sails away from the world they know in order to discover new lands and new homes.

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A boy on the verge of manhood faces a changing world in: UNDER THE MAGINOT

By N. J. Knowlton

Rating:  star star star star star 

A young man finds love, adventure, danger and evil in pre-World War II Europe.

SneakThief
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Dog park neighbours play amateur detectives in: SNEAK THIEF

By C.A. Newsome

Rating:  star star star star star 

SNEAK THIEF is an unusual murder mystery with a playful twist in which a dog, a group of dog owners/amateur sleuths, and a neighborhood dog park, play an important role in solving the case.

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With energy and drive, a young man repeatedly recreates himself in: BURN ZONES

By Jorge P. Newbery

Rating:  star star star star star 

A driven and thoughtful young man finds success, failure, and life lessons in careers ranging from paper route to record industry executive to bicycling champion to real estate mogul.

GHOST
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A clairvoyant is pitted against a paranormal team in search of: THE GHOST, JOSEPHINE

By Brad Rau

Rating:  star star star star star 

In this paranormal ghost story, a reluctant clairvoyant must find out the truth about a ghost that haunts an old man’s dreams in this intriguing story about holding on to and letting go of the past.

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A SHOT IN THE BARK lets you get cozy with a murderer – if you can find out who it is . . .

By C.A. Newsome

Rating:  star star star star star 

An apparent suicide in Mount Airy unsettles the dog park community. Things get complicated when tongues start wagging and the detective falls for the victim’s ex-girlfriend.

Fail
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The focus is on God’s love in: WHEN WE FAIL, GOD IS STILL NEAR

By Avril Lystra Kennedy

Rating:  star star star star star 

The author argues that even in the midst of failure, a Christian should not succumb to despair, but should focus on God’s love.

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Life from the days of earliest Puritan settlement to the winning of American independence in: THE MAN HIS FATHER WAS.

By Pat Leonard

Rating:  star star star star star 

Author Pat Leonard has composed an inventive family saga based on his own ancestral history, from Puritan times in New England to the Revolutionary War.

Dirt
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Soulful communication and guidance in: DIRT, TRUTH, MUSIC AND BUNGEE CORDS

By Bud Megargee

Rating:  star star star star star 

Healthcare CEO/author Bud Megargee talks with spirits, communes with an oracle, and shares these rare experiences in an absorbing collection of observations.

Mask
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A shocking and whirlwind hunt for a cunning sociopath in: THE MASK MAKER

By Ken Ulano

Rating:  star star star star star 

A gruesome psychological thriller, THE MASK MAKER is not for the faint of heart and rewards with a multi-layered plot and nuanced characters.

Dancing
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COME DANCING’s memorable heroine and witty writing are the cornerstones of this novel.

By Leslie Wells

Rating:  star star star star star 

COME DANCING is the story of a lovable young book publisher’s assistant who finds herself thrust into a world she never expected when she falls into a whirlwind romance with the guitarist of a famous rock band.

Dandelion
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Four women in modern day Germany live with psychological scars in:DANDELION ANGEL

By C. B. Calico

Rating:  star star star star star 

In modern day Germany, several women navigate adulthood after perilous childhoods.

Wife
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WIFE FOR LIFE offers advice, anecdotes and wisdom for a life long relationship.

By Ramona Zabriskie

Rating:  star star star star star 

A detailed and personal-anecdote-filled guide for women who wish to learn how to love a man for life.
How do people stay married for thirty, forty, or even fifty years?

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Love is rebuilt after devastation in: WISHED AWAY

By S.P. Cervantes

Rating:  star star star star star 

WISHED AWAY follows a heroine whose entire world is ripped away in a single moment and has to learn how to rebuild and love again.

Horsemen
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THE FOUR HORSEMEN OF THE INVESTOR’S APOCALYPSE guides investors through the maze of personal finance.

By Robert J. Klosterman, CFP

Rating:  star star star star star 

A financial advisor, offers help dealing with inflation, volatility, groupthink, and global displacements and transformations.

SOUTH
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A prominent and spunky young protagonist grows up on a colorful southern farm in SOUTH OF EVERYTHING.

By Audrey Taylor Gonzalez

Rating:  star star star star star 

SOUTH OF EVERYTHING follows the story of a precocious and thoughtful young girl as she grows up on her wealthy family’s plantation in west Tennessee during the 1940s.

Architecture
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Examine the benefits of a multidimensional universe in: THE ARCHITECTURE OF FREEDOM

By Tim Cross

Rating:  star star star star star 

In what he calls his “personal journal” author/architect Tim Cross examines the universe from every possible angle, inside and out, and encourages others to do the same.

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War: A Crime Against Humanity

By Robert Vivo

Rating:  star star star star star 

The author argues that war should be treated as a crime rather than an unfortunate necessity, and dealt with by an international criminal court.

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Lotus

By Kay W. Smith

Rating:  star star star star star 

An engaging and fast-paced look at the hard choices a woman faces, LOTUS by Kirstin Smith marries a strong protagonist with keen observations on loss and love.

RedDot
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Docu-drama realism puts the reader on the streets with the members of
THE RED DOT CLUB

By Robert Rangel

Rating:  star star star star star 

Gritty portraits of true courage under fire, THE RED DOT CLUB puts the reader on the street where cops and criminals shoot it out, where blood is red, and pain is excruciating.

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In the Shadow of St. Anthony

By Andrew Hernon

Rating:  star star star star star 

An arrogant, selfish adolescent must find the better man inside him when an old friend is attacked by supernatural forces.

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In the House of Leviathan

By B.D.Bruns

Rating:  star star star star star 

Nestled along the Italian coastline, the seas rage outside Amalfi, threatening the fishermen that sustain the city, while a terrifying spirit haunts the Apuzzo family at their paper mill.

DAZE
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Grey Daze

By Michael Allan Scott

Rating:  star star star star star 

Psychic detective Lance Underphal must help his love interest Callie figure out what happened to her uncle, while dealing with a lawsuit accusing him of the wrongful death of his wife Sonya.

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Lana Fray and the Grand Plan

By Maren Higbee

Rating:  star star star star star 

LANA FRAY AND THE GRAND PLAN follows a month in the life of a headstrong and witty reality TV producer in Los Angeles as she carries forward an eccentric plan to find the man of her dreams.

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Fatal Redemption

By Lou Kilzer and Mark Boyden

Rating:  star star star star star 

Cigar-chomping, intrepid reporter Sally Will becomes embroiled in a multi-layered mystery spanning the globe. Sally faces an unstoppable hit man, Russian assassins, Mob bosses, and a race to save the President.

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Face of Our Father

By G. Egore Pitir

Rating:  star star star star star 

A principled American pilot and his justice-obsessed attorney wife become entangled in a global terrorist plot that will test their bonds of love, trust, and dedication.

Muses
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The Muses: Escaping Montague Manor

By N.L. McEvoy

Rating:  star star star star star 

Ten-year-old Sarah and her twelve-year-old brother Nickolas leave their happy home in Silver Springs, Colorado to live with their mysterious Great Aunt Vivian in an enchanted mansion in Sydney, Australia.

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Flare

By Jonathan Maas

Rating:  star star star star star 

In an unknown timeframe, Earth is seared by a flare-up of our sun. Those who venture outside during the day are rapidly burned alive.

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Xelie’s Gift

By Michele McGuire

Rating:  star star star star star 

Yes, this is a story about a dog named Xelie. Author Michele McGuire met her Picardy Shepherd on a trip to Austria and enthusiastically brought the dog home to join with the others.

MINDMONSTERS
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Freddy Fumple and the Mindmonsters

By Vegard Svingen

Rating:  star star star star star 

A 10-year-old boy moves to the country with his parents and older sister, only to realize that their new house is haunted and there are strange creatures popping up unexpectedly in his backyard.

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The Breakthrough

By Frederic C. Hartman

Rating:  star star star star star 

An investigation into the negative emotions that keep us from becoming fully engaged in our present lives, THE BREAKTHROUGH aims to help readers become fully (and healthily) conscious.

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Ere àwòrán

By Michael Jay Nusbaum

Rating:  star star star star star 

A well-researched tale of an African slave and two abolitionists during the American Civil War. Ere àwòrán means “little statue,” referring to the carved figurine that Osumaka, gives to his young son Bwana as a reminder that his father is always with him even when off on a hunt.

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Pianist in a Bordello

By Mike C. Erickson

Rating:  star star star star star 

PIANIST IN A BORDELLO is a novel about a liberal Democratic politician with the rather unlikely name of Richard Milhouse Nixon Youngblood. Since he is running for congress in Northern California, he has written an autobiography to address some of the questionable activities of his past.

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We Could Fall

By Kate Moschandreas

Rating:  star star star star star 

Emmy is in her forties, facing down an empty nest and a floundering marriage in the suburbs of Boston. Duncan is an Australian film star with a difficult past.

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Heliocentric

By JW Lolite

Rating:  star star star star star 

HELIOCENTRIC is the second volume in a science fiction series that follows a hidden struggle between a group of human guardians and the Ankira, a race of humanoid aliens with glowing eyes and strange powers.

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The Commuter

By Patrick Oster

Rating:  star star star star star 

Author Patrick Oster’s novel, THE COMMUTER, centers around the question: What happens when your curiosity of strangers gets the best of you? This story follows Barnaby Gilbert, a man whose life gets a lot more interesting after he’s laid off from his job.

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21 Days in Maui

By PL Como

Rating:  star star star star star 

In a beautifully down-to-earth illustrated journal of sorts, author P.L. Como reveals how a 21-day experience in Maui transforms her. Como leaves her corporate job, home , her soon-to-be-ex-husband, dogs and heads to Maui in an effort to ditch the ego’s needs and wants and find her voice.

Woody
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Woody Allen Reel to Real

By Alex Sheremet

Rating:  star star star star star 

Few celebrities present a more polarizing presence than Woody Allen. Yet much of that opinion has little to do with his professional contributions.

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The 52nd

By Dela

Rating:  star star star star star 

An immortal family of gods, goddesses, and demi-gods watch over a cycle of sacrifices to appease the denizens of the Underworld. For the first time, a sacrifice will survive, setting into motion an adventure tinged with romance that shatters the uneasy balance

Orphan
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Orphan in America

By Nanette L. Avery

Rating:  star star star star star 

ORPHAN IN AMERICA tells the story of a lonely boy named Alex Forester who is uprooted from his home and sent to live on a farm to work.

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Conscious Coupling

By Don Desroches and Dana Greco

Rating:  star star star star star 

A comprehensive, analytical approach to the reasons one should or shouldn’t decide to get married.

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Covenant

By K. Scott Lewis

Rating:  star star star star star 

COVENANT has an engaging plot that comments on some hot-button issues through a richly developed world and an intriguing cast of characters.

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Icarus Falling

By Christopher Paul Meyer

Rating:  star star star star star 

Christopher Paul Meyer chronicles his highs and lows as a nightclub bouncer in Los Angeles in the early 2000s in this debut memoir.

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Closing The Book On Santa Claus

By Ron Chandler

Rating:  star star star star star 

A collection of short stories connected by the common fabric of the Christmas holiday season.

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Montana in a Minor

By Elaine Russell

Rating:  star star star star star 

A young aspiring cellist must alter her plans and spend her summer in Montana instead of practicing – but finds that there are unexpected benefits.

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We Regret to Inform You: Stories

By Tim Fredrick

Rating:  star star star star star 

A boy attempts to break the world record egg-and-spoon race time, a crass man awakens from cryogenic sleep only to learn he’s dying, an already distant father begins to turn into a stone statue, and other short stories examine masculinity, relationships, and how humans ache to connect.

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Armor of Glass

By R. M. A. Spears

Rating:  star star star star star 

A jaded marine recounts his troubled love life as he rides a commuter train toward an unknown future.

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Vitrium

By Michael Guthrie

Rating:  star star star star star 

In the future, 17-year-old Jada Brilliant travels the world with her politically connected grandfather. When she unwittingly obtains information that could bring the new regime to its knees, Jada becomes the target of one of its most powerful and mysterious players.

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The Saeshell Book Of Time: Part 2

By Rusty Biesele

Rating:  star star star star star 

This is the second part of the story of Tova and Stefan, two young adults granted immortality and destined to rule the earth.

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Reconstruction

By Ara Lucia Ashburne and Michael J. Ashburne

Rating:  star star star star star 

The author must fight her way back to life again after an ectopic pregnancy and resulting necrotic infection leaves her in a coma and alters her body for good.

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The Other Son

By Allan Avidano

Rating:  star star star star star 

THE OTHER SON is a fascinating look at the intersection between science, philosophy, and religion. With advancements in cloning technology, Dr. Khodadad Jal uses the blood of Jesus Christ to attempt a resurrection of sorts.

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The Maple Leaf

By Pete KJ

Rating:  star star star star star 

Connected in life by a small school in Seattle, four people with divergent backgrounds navigate the challenges of childhood and the grander scales of adult life.

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Myth And Incarnation

By K. Scott Lewis

Rating:  star star star star star 

Set in a well-developed fantasy world, MYTH AND INCARNATION follows a trio of unique individuals on their quest to protect their world from the evil plot of the sorcerers determined to awaken the Black Dragon.

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Dark Matter Tiding

By Chance Maree

Rating:  star star star star star 

A drone engineer on the run from the FBI must defend her family ranch against invaders made psychotic by a tide of dark matter overwhelming the Earth.

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The Saeshell Book of Time

By Rusty Biesele

Rating:  star star star star star 

Tova2 and Stefan are special. They have been chosen by The Sophistans to rule earth and give birth to offspring who are to be the next generation of human evolution. THE SAESHELL BOOK OF TIME is the story of how the Sophistans populated the universe and chose these young people to deliver humankind from their violent ways.

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The Conversation

By Jeff Cannon

Rating:  star star star star star 

The author recounts a spiritual experience in the form of a dream conversation with a mysterious being.

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Europa

By J.J. Co

Rating:  star star star star star 

The story follows Jaime Caldicott, a pilot who’s asked to man a mission to Europa several decades in the future. His journey is fraught with battles against the elements and dangerous space conditions.

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Outcasts Of The Worlds

By Lucas Aubrey Paynter

Rating:  star star star star star 

With its lively action, diverting dialogue, and vivid characters and scenes, OUTCASTS OF THE WORLD is a book with substantial potential.

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The Vineyard

By Michael Hurley

Rating:  star star star star star 

THE VINEYARD starts with contemplations of suicide and to whom a suicide is truly beneficial.

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The Gertrude Threshold

By Christopher Brooks

Rating:  star star star star star 

In the future, scientist Stan Gertrude discovers the Sun is expanding so rapidly that its heat will consume the Earth within a few generations. After years of ineffective action, the Warming forces all underground, where the survivors can await the Gertrude Threshold, the day humanity will meet complete destruction.

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The Least Envied

By Sean DeLauder

Rating:  star star star star star 

THE LEAST ENVIED follows the exploits of Billy-Bob, a young man who seems to be without a history but with a definite mission, to find out if he’s a hero.

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Escape From Killarney

By Angela Graham

Rating:  star star star star star 

Welcome to Killarney. Graham and his little sister Evelyn had their reservations about going on this trip. But their mom thought a hiking trip in the backcountry of Northern Ontario’s Killarney Park would be just the thing this family needed to reconnect with each other.

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A Better World

By Belangela G. Tarazona

Rating:  star star star star star 

A BETTER WORLD follows the lives of three women, each facing dire circumstances due to war and violence. Life has not been fair to them, but they are determined to move forward despite the enormous hurdles presented by their respective, dismal plights.

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Avoidant: How To Love (Or Leave) A Dismissive Partner

By Jeb Kinnison

Rating:  star star star star star 

In this sequel to Bad Boyfriends, the author discusses the specific problems faced by those already attached to dismissive or anxious-avoidant partners.

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Strange Worlds

By Paul Clayton

Rating:  star star star star star 

The stories contained in STRANGE WORLDS range from a futuristic visit by students to a religious theme park called Christland after religion has been banned to a cat in a nursing home stealing the last breaths from pre-chosen residents to a UPS man delivering an “incorrectly” cloned baby in a shipping box with holes in it.

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Worth Dying For

By M. Lee Lederhos

Rating:  star star star star star 

US Army Ranger Henry Black Bear, a Lakota Sioux, is witness to the wrongful death of a friend in Ranger School at the hands of a sadistic, racist staff sergeant. The sergeant is put on trial and Henry is one of the men to give a deposition to specialist Olivia Chelouche. He isn’t supposed to see Olivia again, but Henry can’t get her out of his head.

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Ange’el

By Jamie Le Fay

Rating:  star star star star star 

ANGE’EL offers readers the chance to enjoy a well-blended mix of reality and fantasy. There are also elements of politics, history, romance, action, and science fiction.

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A Star Called Lucky

By Bapsy Jain

Rating:  star star star star star 

A formerly successful businesswoman turned investigator for the New York State Department of Corrections becomes involved in a search for a legendary miracle cure in India.

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Blood Line

By John J. Davis

Rating:  star star star star star 

A family’s secret history threatens to destroy their bucolic small-town existence in BLOOD LINE, a fast-paced nearly perfect thriller from John J. Davis and the first book in a new series.

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Paths Less Travelled: of a Scholar Warrior (Spy) Teacher Healer

By Hon K. Lee

Rating:  star star star star star 

Lee tells the rich story of growing up with immigrant parents, navigating the battlefields of Vietnam during the war, and eventually becoming a CIA agent, martial arts studio owner, and later a practitioner of Chinese medicine.

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The Unfinished Tower of Babel

By Robert L. Bonn, PhD.

Rating:  star star star star star 

The story of the Tower of Babel in the Bible is meant as a cautionary tale, telling us that if we build our metaphorical or even physical structures too tall, they will eventually crumble to the ground.

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Nathaniel Myer

By Margaret Sisu

Rating:  star star star star star 

Nathaniel Myer isn’t a perfect man, but he’s doing pretty well, until his quotidian days end abruptly one afternoon when four men break into his home and kill his wife and child. Nathaniel should have died too but miraculously comes out of his come and vows to spend the rest of his days avenging his family for their senseless deaths.

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Nirmala: The Mud Blossom

By Fiza Pathan

Rating:  star star star star star 

NIRMALA: THE MUD BLOSSOM, by Fiza Pathan, is the heartbreaking story of a young Indian girl who endures numerous hardships, while living under the regime of abusive parents and a poverty-stricken lifestyle.

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Scratch

By Paul Janson

Rating:  star star star star star 

Onyx is a pretty amazing cat. He doesn’t do tricks or have any cute expressions but he has an amazing power in his scratch.

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Liar’s Paradise

By Steven Hartman

Rating:  star star star star star 

LIAR’S PARADISE follows a reformed criminal seeking revenge for his wife’s murder. However, the killer is a reckless, but popular, superhero that is seemingly immortal. Lex Tennessee’s quest takes him back to his criminal roots, through a lineup of eccentric characters, and ends with Lex facing The Cadet.

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Finding Francesca

By Stephanie Correa

Rating:  star star star star star 

This self-help book contains two main components: personal stories about the author’s childhood traumas and generalized charts showing how our inner “protectors” can sabotage our adult efforts to live healthy lives unless overcome with acceptance and resolve.

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The North Pole Challenge

By Kevin George

Rating:  star star star star star 

An awkward young man soon discovers he has the carpentry skills of an elf and starts work at the North Pole, where he encounters chilly office politics and many humorous adventures.

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The First Noble Truth

By C Lynn Murphy

Rating:  star star star star star 

Author C Lynn Murphy weaves a story of friendship and quiet passion between two very different, but equally wounded women, and lets the inquisitive reader find deeper meanings beneath the surface plot.

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Misdiagnosed: The Search for Dr. House

By Nika C. Beamon

Rating:  star star star star star 

This is is author Nika C. Beamon’s fascinating description of her 17-year long battle to get to the root of a myriad of health problems.

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Jackson Place

By John H. Taylor

Rating:  star star star star star 

JACKSON PLACE is an alternate history of what might have happened, in America and in Vietnam, had President Nixon not actually resigned on August 8, 1974.

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Snooze: A Story of Awakening

By Sol Luckman

Rating:  star star star star star 

Max Diver is a gifted boy that comes of age firmly rooted in reality while expanding awareness into the Otherworld. He undertakes a quest that takes him from childhood to college and finally across the realm of sleep into the Otherworld.

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The Neurotic’s Guide to Avoiding Enlightenment

By Chris Niebauer Ph. D

Rating:  star star star star star 

This is a densely written work on the psychological interaction between reality and perception, specifically the left-brain interpretation of our environment.

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Homeless Hero

By Mike Tapscott

Rating:  star star star star star 

A man investigates the lives of the homeless and those who work with them, in an attempt to discover why people become and/or stay homeless.

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Spring Moon

By Mary Ellen Courtney

Rating:  star star star star star 

In SPRING MOON, the sequel to Wild Nights, Hannah Spring finds herself living in Hawaii, married to Jon Moon, and the mother of two young children. But married life isn’t quite what she expected.

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Tales of the Siren: A StarbucksMelody

By Melody Overton

Rating:  star star star star star 

TALES OF THE SIREN follows the travails of Overton, who harbors an obsession for all things Starbucks. This is a world in which baristas are likened to green-aproned “superheroes,” time is measured in steaming cups of joe, and seasons noted by rotating coffee releases.

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Silhouette of Sun

By Avery Davis

Rating:  star star star star star 

This story of three strong and determined women—Constance Young, her daughter Anna, and granddaughter Paige—takes a variety of unexpected turns, and readers will be swiftly carried along as the characters struggle to sort out their hopes, dreams, and destinies.

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Unauthored Letters

By Tara C. Allred

Rating:  star star star star star 

UNAUTHORED LETTERS is, above all, a love story that tells of the relationship between mentally ill Rebecca Brownell and John Sanders, her former therapist.

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A Good Financial Advisor Will Tell You

By Robert J. Luna, Jeremy Kisner

Rating:  star star star star star 

Intended for affluent investors who’ve graduated from the Suze Orman-like ABCs of financial acumen and are searching for something more in-depth; this is a plain-speaking, straight-shooting collection of retirement investing guidelines.

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Until Proven

By Nora Gaskin

Rating:  star star star star star 

Two young women are murdered, both pregnant, forty years apart. Two families, one white and one black, once super close, find themselves divided. Rattled. Distrusting.

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Red Hot Internet Marketing

By Penny C. Sansevieri

Rating:  star star star star star 

This easy-to-read book on how to market yourself or your product online offers guidance to the marketing newbie, with plenty of resources listed for more in-depth help for later on.

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The Little Suicides

By Mike Guest

Rating:  star star star star star 

THE LITTLE SUICIDES is an insightful novel that follows its protagonist through a journey that culminates in an expanded sense of racial privilege and moral ambiguity.

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Another Word for Sister

By Cheryl Irwin

Rating:  star star star star star 

Moments after Irish twins Lily and Rose are born, their mother dies. Raised by their mentally questionable Grandmother in a chokingly small town, Lily and Rose flee to New Zealand, where their close metaphysical bond will shape their lives in unexpected ways.

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Wheels Up

By Steve Taylor

Rating:  star star star star star 

WHEELS UP is the story of Steve Taylor’s life from childhood through his retirement as Senior Captain for Delta Airlines.

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Easy Love

By Heidi Furseth

Rating:  star star star star star 

Told in the first person, this charming coming-of-age novel takes readers on a 10-year-ride in the life of a girl and her strong-willed horse.

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Every Walrus Can Fly

By Brian Phillips

Rating:  star star star star star 

“Would you believe me if I said every walrus can fly” begins this imaginative story of three-year-old Royce, a walrus with aspirations to fly.

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The Ezekiel Project

By Christina Knowles

Rating:  star star star star star 

THE EZEKIEL PROJECT. No one takes his warnings seriously until the older sibling perishes exactly as Reid predicted. And so begins his obsession with paranormal powers.

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Death and Morning

By Richard Atwood

Rating:  star star star star star 

DEATH AND MORNING is a collection of love poems, exploring all aspects of love, from first meeting to heartbreak. The works are generally in freeform, and are written in the first person, directed to unnamed lovers, both male and female.

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Sequence of Self

By Don Balch

Rating:  star star star star star 

January Winston won’t let a sexual assault, her poor choice in men, her relationship with her parents or evidence she might have had a role in the death of her rapist crush her dreams for a normal family life.

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Farmer’s Son

By N.E. Lasater

Rating:  star star star star star 

Family bonds are painful but unbreakable for the McAllisters, a rural American family dealing with – or failing to deal with – what they believe to be shameful secrets.

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The Code Within

By S.L. Jones

Rating:  star star star star star 

At the border between Maryland and Washington, DC, a gunman kills a young computer hacker and sends another into hiding. At about the same time a sniper kills a suburban husband. These two seemingly unrelated events have a direct yet mysterious bearing on Trent Turner, a spy working under deep cover.

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The Journey

By John Heldt

Rating:  star star star star star 

A woman gets accidentally sent back in time, and tries to help her younger self find a better future.

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The Northern Star

By Mike Gullickson

Rating:  star star star star star 

THE NORTHERN STAR: THE BEGINNING is a big a stew of, among other genres, cyberpunk, dystopian sci-fi, political thriller, body horror and whatever genre is the one with giant fighting robots.

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The Merrykin Runaways

By Oral Husemoen McDanel

Rating:  star star star star star 

Deep in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest live the Kin, elflike people who keep themselves hidden from the rest of us.

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The Gray Ship

By Russell F. Moran

Rating:  star star star star star 

Ashley Patterson, who is African-American and a woman, is the captain of the nuclear guided missile cruiser, USS California. While on routine patrol, the ship passes through a time portal and winds up off the coast of Charleston on the eve of the firing on Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861, the beginning of the Civil War.

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Clio and Cy, the Apocalypse

By Christopher Lee

Rating:  star star star star star 

The story focuses on the remaining survivors of WWIII as they try to survive and connect with other survivors such as themselves. Clio, a 12 year old girl, is trying to locate her mother, while Cy, a human friendly cyborg, is attempting to aid his creator in finding a way to stop the mad genius responsible for the war.

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Orange Groves

By Paul Phillip Peters

Rating:  star star star star star 

ORANGE GROVES is a story of murder and secrets in a small Southern town (fittingly named “Bedlam”) in Florida

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Taking Stock

By Scott Bartlett

Rating:  star star star star star 

A young man battles mental illness and drug addiction while working for a dysfunctional grocery store.

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Masters’ Mysterium

By R.R. Reynolds

Rating:  star star star star star 

A quirky rural town in Wisconsin, accustomed to living side-by-side with the supernatural, finds a battle between Good and Evil on its doorstep.

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Magekiller

By Sarah Chapman

Rating:  star star star star star 

In Garallo, the capital city of Varland, the population was divided among commoners, nobility, magicians and “magekillers”. The existence of the last two groups kept a fragile peace despite their hatred for each other.

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Secrets of a Heart

By Samantha Garman

Rating:  star star star star star 

SECRETS OF A HEART opens in London, in the fall of 1815, with a loss of heart. Blaine Sebastian Grayson Whitmore watches in horror the spectacle of his father, the Earl of Grisham, being hanged for high treason.

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Panther in the Hive

By Olivia A Cole

Rating:  star star star star star 

A young adult woman must face the unthinkable when Chicago is overrun by zombie-like creatures.

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The Man Who Invented New Jersey

By Ted Gargiulo

Rating:  star star star star star 

THE MAN WHO INVENTED NEW JERSEY contains stories that range from strange to vaguely realistic, from satirical to sad. And just when it seems that cynicism pervades this volume entire, something sincere shines through.

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Skylar Wishes

By Tina L. Hook

Rating:  star star star star star 

Three women deal with the consequences when one of them figures out how to trade lives and bodies.

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Spanners

By Jon Maas

Rating:  star star star star star 

Adam Parr is a Spanner. He looks human but he is over 8,000 years old and is part of a species that has been living among humans for as long as he can remember.

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Spectre Rising

By C.W. Lemoine

Rating:  star star star star star 

When an F-16 goes missing during a training maneuver, a disgraced former pilot is unwittingly drawn into an international terror plot that affects not only national security but also the lives of those closest to him.

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Courage

By Disko Praphanchith

Rating:  star star star star star 

COURAGE is the moving story of the deep friendship and love between alienated youths Jenny Park and Daniel Fischer, which begins in high school and spans to thirteen years past their graduation.

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No Apologies

By J.A. Carter Winward

Rating:  star star star star star 

The poems of JA Carter-Winward’s NO APOLOGIES are, as the title of the collections suggests, quite quite unfiltered and frank.

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Border Crossings

By Charles Novacek

Rating:  star star star star star 

The wisdom that the countries of east-central Europe lost World War II twice – first by Nazi domination, then by falling into sphere of Soviet influence after the war – applied brutally to Czechoslovakia, as the late author Charles Novacek makes clear in his memoir,

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My Lady, The Spy

By Barbara Devlin

Rating:  star star star star star 

Independent author, professor and former police officer Barbara Devlin concocts a devilishly good romantic mystery in MY LADY, THE SPY (Brethren of the Coast Book 2), featuring the strong and stoic Lady Rebecca Wentworth as a spy called L’araignee, the Spider.

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Adam’s Chair

By Barbara da la Cuesta

Rating:  star star star star star 

ADAM’S CHAIR takes place in the working class suburbs of Boston in the 1980s and is the story of working class people striving for a bit of the American dream while keeping their dignity.

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Red Stick One

By Kenneth Kirkleby

Rating:  star star star star star 

When his mentor and guardian is brutally murdered, Fish & Wildlife officer Virgil Cleary tosses his badge and caution to the wind in order of bring a killer to justice. His hunt takes him on a treacherous ride across the country and puts him face to face with the demons of his past.

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Blue Hydrangeas

By Marianne Sciucco

Rating:  star star star star star 

A sadly realistic tale of a woman’s descent into dementia, with a strong sense of enduring love at its core.

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The Shifter’s Trail

By Adam Alexander

Rating:  star star star star star 

THE SHIFTER’S TRAIL is the richly imaginative chronicle of the unusually difficult travails of Andromeda and her two closest friends.

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Running with the Enemy

By Lloyd Lofthouse

Rating:  star star star star star 

Ethan Card is a recon Marine who has seen his share of action. Having survived a troublesome youth in a Chicago street gang, Card is now a US soldier in the thick of the Vietnam conflict. With jungle firefights a daily reality and a secret half-French, half-Vietnamese lover to boot, Card has more than enough […]

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Satan’s Garden

By Kit Lyman

Rating:  star star star star star 

Twin sisters Dani and Keely are separated when a kidnapper abducts Dani in the woods. As the years pass, each girl’s life takes a dramatically different direction, the only constant their undying love for each other.

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Borrowed Bibles

By Jim Good

Rating:  star star star star star 

BORROWED BIBLES is a memoir about growing up in the United States during and immediately after World War II.

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Crazy for Italian Food

By Joe Famularo

Rating:  star star star star star 

In this assortment of stories, Famularo takes us back to the west side of Manhattan during the World War II era. The strength and traditions of his close-knit Italian family are evident in his recollection of growing up in the city.

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Cloud Storage

By Samuel Astbury

Rating:  star star star star star 

Samuel Astbury’s CLOUD STORAGE is a stream-of-consciousness ramble through nightclub hedonism in East Asia, from a Northern English point of view.

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The Christmas Tree Elf

By Valentine D’Arcy Sheldon

Rating:  star star star star star 

When Mr. and Mrs. Claus stroll through the Christmas tree forest with their dog Blazer, they are awestruck by its magnificence. When Santa explains that legend has it that the forest owes its beauty to the Magical Christmas Tree Elves, Mrs. Claus scoffs. Still, she can’t help but want a tree of her own.

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The Last Macklenna

By Katherine Lowry Logan

Rating:  star star star star star 

Meredith Montgomery’s world is dominated by her work and her health issues. She is a widow without family and the holidays are approaching so she decides to go to Scotland to fill in the missing portions of her family tree. She meets Elliot Frasier.

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Tasting Home

By Judith Newton

Rating:  star star star star star 

Judith Newton, feminist scholar and emerita director of the Women and Gender Studies program at UC Davis, has written a memoir-with-recipes tracing her growth from neglected child to academic success.

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Songs To Make The Desert Bear Fruit

By Nathan Gauer

Rating:  star star star star star 

A young man fresh out of high school embarks on a road trip with his mom that turns into a journey of self-discovery.

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Red Bang

By Brandt Monroe

Rating:  star star star star star 

A scriptwriter turned IT manager must find his own soul in the chaos that is The Company.

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Your Wild and Precious Life

By Jesse Gros

Rating:  star star star star star 

YOUR WILD & PRECIOUS LIFE is a book about making big changes in order to discover and lead a passionate life, regardless of what that passion is.

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The Spark

By John Kenny

Rating:  star star star star star 

Captain Donny Robertson knows fire – how it should and shouldn’t behave. So, when Donny loses his mentor and long-time friend, Chief Paul Fitzgerald, to a fire that wasn’t supposed to “flash” , Donny suspects foul play.

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The Latecomer’s Fan Club

By Diane V. Mulligan

Rating:  star star star star star 

Everyone’s a protagonist in this Boston-based tale of relationships between men and women.

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That Crazy Little Thing

By Kate Bracy

Rating:  star star star star star 

Melanie Davis is a divorced mother raising a typical rebellious teenage daughter, Jessie. Melanie describes herself as a fixer-upper, a loser in love, and resigns herself to an ordinary life. For pleasure, she secretly reads — and shares with others — her boss’ private emails of love and longing with only the “tiniest pang of guilt.”

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I, Paris

By Rick Garnett

Rating:  star star star star star 

To understand the significance of this novel, readers should first be familiar with the basics of Paris’s role in the Trojan War of Greek mythology. Paris has often been portrayed as “weak, almost effeminate,” as author Rick Garnett states in his introduction. In this novel, there’s an attempt to humanize him.

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Bad Boyfriends

By Jeb Kinnison

Rating:  star star star star star 

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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Alcoholprism

By Presley Cox

Rating:  star star star star star 

Presley Cox’s ALCOHOLPRISM is a short book of poetry designed to provide varying viewpoints of substance abuse, not only alcoholism, but can certainly be applied to other forms of addiction as well.

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The Emissary

By Marc Pietrzykowski

Rating:  star star star star star 

A string of mysterious deaths at an elder care facility perplex and disturb residents and employees alike.

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Miracle Man

By William Liebowitz

Rating:  star star star star star 

Robert Austin was four years old when he demonstrated that he could read complex works and perform genius level mathematics. When his foster parents take him to the pediatrician to be examined, the true level of his genius is discovered and, from that moment, his life is not his own.

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Small Circles

By Megan Duke

Rating:  star star star star star 

Megan Duke’s SMALL CIRCLES is a story of love and loss, of acceptance and letting go. By using suicide, drug use, sexuality, and emotional despair, she eloquently illustrates what is posited as the overall theme of the book: that “it’s okay to be happy.”

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The Girl And The Raven

By Pauline Gruber

Rating:  star star star star star 

When Lucy’s heroin-addict mother died, she came into her true inheritance – strange powers, stranger friends, and some very dangerous enemies.

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The Tournament

By Kenneth Kirkeby

Rating:  star star star star star 

Vietnam veteran and Wall Street stockbroker Jim Nielsen flies down to the Bahamas to take part in a fishing tournament. As their plane flies over the Little Cay Club, Jim catches a glimpse of the classic sportfisherman, The Katherine H., and is immediately thrown back to memories of his time with the owner’s daughter, the girl he loved as a youth, Inez Hutchinson.

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Quincy and Buck

By Camille Matthews

Rating:  star star star star star 

When Quincy is finally taken on a trail ride, he overcomes his fear of the desert but also proves to be good role model for the bully, Buck.

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The Book Of Supplement Secrets

By Timothy Mielke

Rating:  star star star star star 

Tim Mielke does yeoman’s service, alerting the average consumer to shoddy practices and deceptive claims in the nutritional supplement industry, while also educating them on making better purchasing decisions.

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Yin, Yang, Yogini

By Kathryn Livingston

Rating:  star star star star star 

Author Kathyrn Livingston worried incessantly, always imagining the worst of all possible scenarios. She dwelled on her fears, lived on the dark side, and drowned herself in negativity. Then Livingston turned fifty, and realized she no longer wanted to drive herself and her family (husband and three sons) crazy.

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Prince Iggy and the Tower of Decisions

By Aldo Fynn

Rating:  star star star star star 

In this sequel to ‘Prince Iggy and the King of Naysayer,’ Prince Iggy is off to the Kingdom of Rose to reclaim his rightful place as heir to the throne after being rescued by his father’s loyal subjects.

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Heist School Freshmen

By Allan Gallauresi

Rating:  star star star star star 

HEIST SCHOOL FRESHMEN is a first-person narrative about a high school freshman named Angelo Bastillo, who goes by the moniker “Angel.” He hates school, and while love evades him, bullies do not.

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Me Time

By Jennifer Bealle

Rating:  star star star star star 

ME TIME by Jennifer Beall strikes the right balance between sympathy and constructive healing. Beall not only addresses the reader with the right mix of understanding and advice, it does so in a highly organized, easy-to-read format.

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Drinking To Distraction

By Jenna Hollenstein

Rating:  star star star star star 

Jenna Hollenstein’s memoir, DRINKING TO DISTRACTION, is a unique memoir of a “high functioning alcoholic”.

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Cerulean Rising: Beginnings

By Justin Sewall

Rating:  star star star star star 

This novella is Part 1 of a series based on the science fiction computer game Blue Monarch, which is under development by Diadem Studios. Set in a distant future in which humanity has learned hyperspace travel, the main character is sixteen–year–old Emerson Avery.

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Dark Summer

By Lizzy Ford

Rating:  star star star star star 

As a troubled orphan, Summer has been transferred from school to school, without making any lasting relationships—until she’s sent packing from Los Angeles to a secluded boarding school in Idaho where she soon discovers a school of witchlings divided by Light and Dark.

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Darshan

By Amrit Chima

Rating:  star star star star star 

Amrit Chima’s DARSHAN is a multigenerational family saga that travels from India to Fiji to the United States, along the way introducing a huge number of characters and subplots.

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Sleight Of Hand

By Jennifer Fales

Rating:  star star star star star 

In this sequel to Shadows & Fire, the reader is brought back into a world of intelligent hybrid animals served by human slaves, where political intrigue leads to unlikely alliances and even open battle.

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The Riddle Of Prague

By Laura DeBruce

Rating:  star star star star star 

Hana Silna, 18, flies to Prague to reclaim a house the Communists took from her family when the Soviets invaded in 1968. She’s doing this for her mother who lies ill in a hospital, battling a rare blood disease, too ill to travel.

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Lavender Blue and the Faeries of Galtee Wood

By Steve R. Richardson and Larry MacDougall

Rating:  star star star star star 

Lavender Blue’s best friend, Rose, becomes very ill and the faerie messenger of death, Banshee, is about to visit. The heroine embarks on a mythical journey, where she encounters dark woods and scary creatures, such as Pookas, gnomes and goblins, in the race to get to Rose before Banshee does.

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Raw

By Belle Aurora

Rating:  star star star star star 

This is not a love story. This is a story of love gone wrong.

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The Ambivalent Memoirist

By Sandra Hurtes

Rating:  star star star star star 

THE AMBIVALENT MEMOIRIST is the aptly titled memoir by author Sandra Hurtes who is searching for the place she can call home.

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Ex Games 2

By J. S. Cooper

Rating:  star star star star star 

Part II in a three part serial.

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The Ex Games

By J. S. Cooper

Rating:  star star star star star 

This is part one of a three part erotic romance novella series.

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House of Bathory

By Linda Lafferty

Rating:  star star star star star 

Countess Erzebet Bathory was a legendary sadist, a torturer and murderer who bathed in the blood of young women to keep herself beautiful.

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Lucky Number Four

By Amanda Jason

Rating:  star star star star star 

Pandora Ann Phillips’ life is just normal-crazy.

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The Woodstock All-Stars: Nick’s “Very First” Day Of Baseball

By Kevin Christofora

Rating:  star star star star star 

Author Kevin Christofora’s title, one of three books currently in the Woodstock All-Stars series, introduces very young readers to the sport of baseball with colorful illustrations and fun dialog.

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Jump When Ready

By David Pandolfe

Rating:  star star star star star 

Henry is a misunderstood kid—he’s the youngest in his family, a withdrawn teenager picked on by his brother’s friends. So when he walks into the river by his house, his behavior and gothic garb make some at his funeral wonder just how accidental his death truly was.

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Angelboy Vol. 1

By Nicole Beguesse

Rating:  star star star star star 

Cyrus Michael is a punkish teen who is murdered for no apparent reason. In death, he wants to live and manages to return to the world the living in a different town in a different form – he’s now “Angelboy” and he wants to redeem his worthless past.

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I’ve Been Called The B-Word

By Dr. R. Kay Green

Rating:  star star star star star 

This is a guide for any woman who seeks self-actualization in her chosen field. The advice given is designed to maximize a woman’s strengths (represented by positive “b-words” like “brilliant, bold, brave, and bullheaded”, rather than the singular negative one that so many successful women hear too often).

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We Are Elephants

By Isaac Riley

Rating:  star star star star star 

A group of teenagers fleeing through a hellish, ruined, post-apocalyptic America, seek a safe haven.

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My Own Magic

By Kim Votry

Rating:  star star star star star 

On a warm afternoon, on the first day of school, the new sixth-graders have gathered to hang out. Morgan and her best friend Natasha notice a woman who doesn’t look quite like she belongs. The next day this mysterious woman is introduced as their special writing teacher who will help prepare them to participate in NaNoWriMo. They will each have to write about twenty to twenty-five pages. It seems like a lot.

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Fietlebaum’s Escape

By Scott D. Mendelson

Rating:  star star star star star 

Issac Fietlebaum may be fluent in Yiddish and the finer aspects of Jewish cuisine but he is not, as one might expect, an average Jewish Earthling.

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Designed For Perfection

By Elle Davis

Rating:  star star star star star 

Ronan Callahan has it all: runway model good looks, an IQ 20 points above average, blinding speed, superior strengths and a host of other powers he is just learning about. DESIGNED FOR PERFECTION is a young adult romance played out against a science fiction plot line.

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All the Difference

By Kaira Rouda

Rating:  star star star star star 

In this suspenseful suburban mystery, author Kaira Rouda weaves the lives of a diverse cast of characters, including three women whose career and personal paths are intertwined.

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Gary, The Four-Eyed Fairy And Other Stories

By Gary, The Four-Eyed Fairy And Other Stories

Rating:  star star star star star 

GARY, THE FOUR-EYED FAIRY AND OTHER STORIES is a zany collection of interconnected tales, chronicling the life and times of J.T. Glass, a security guard armed with a sharp tongue, keen wit and vivid imagination.

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Raise the Child You’ve Got, Not the One You Want

By Nancy Rose

Rating:  star star star star star 

As a parent, do you have what it takes to celebrate your child regardless of their abilities, desires or personality? Most don’t. Which is one of the reasons Nancy Rose wrote the book, RAISE THE CHILD YOU’VE GOT, NOT THE ONE YOU WANT.

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The Lady Leathernecks

By Chiara Kelly

Rating:  star star star star star 

THE LADY LEATHERNECKS is a surprise – it’s not your usual chick lit in any sense of the term. The book’s about a Starbucks barista named Allyn Kend, a Marine Corps newbie, who defies the female military stereotype of the typical tough-as-nails, G.I. Jane-type.

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Dutch

By Jamie Christian Desplaces

Rating:  star star star star star 

More of a novella than a novel, DUTCH is the story of Zak, a wanderlust-infused 18-year old who has been raised by his older brother after his parents died in a car crash.

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Jordan’s Brains

By J. Cornell Michel

Rating:  star star star star star 

Brains are a central part of this light-hearted zombie apocalypse story. First, there’s Jordan’s brain, an abnormal entity that landed its owner (and the story’s likeable, though unreliable, narrator) in a psychiatric hospital because of an obsession with zombies. Then there are zombie brains, which as everyone knows, must be destroyed to kill the undead.

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Epic Sloth

By Philip Gaber

Rating:  star star star star star 

Lovers of the traditional story structure should steer clear of EPIC SLOTH – a series of structure-free vignettes of child-men, lonely long-haired women, the unemployed and the barely marginal, it is poetic, hilarious, frustrating, and occasionally moving.

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The Last Firewall

By William Hertling

Rating:  star star star star star 

William Hertling’s THE LAST FIREWALL takes place in a not-too-distant future with brain-linked internet and artificial intelligence, and it follows a couple of characters as they tumble through this world.

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Binder

By David Vinjamuri

Rating:  star star star star star 

What begins as a seemingly straightforward missing persons case for Michael Herne suddenly involves several covert operations and has far reaching implications.

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Unsound

By Toby Neal

Rating:  star star star star star 

When Dr. Caprice Wilson finds a mud-caked shoe outside her office door, she has a feeling that she is being stalked. Bruce, the local Hawaiian police chief and good friend, sends her packing to a rehab center in Maui–but Caprice decides to detox on a gorgeous hiking trail instead.

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Her Indecent Proposal

By Judy Angelo

Rating:  star star star star star 

Book 10 of 12, GIVE ME A BABY…NO STRINGS ATTACHED

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The Atlantis Plague

By A.G. Riddle

Rating:  star star star star star 

In this sequel to “The Atlantis Gene”, a dire plague has spread over Earth.

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The Arsonist’s Last Words

By Alison R. Lockwood

Rating:  star star star star star 

A massive conflagration claims 115 lives. In the wake of the tragedy, a janitor at the complex, who was killed in the blaze, is posthumously accused of being the arsonist who started the fire. Investigating the fire and what really happened falls to Juni Bruner, a veteran local reporter.

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I’ve Got Some Lovin’ To Do

By Julia Park Tracy

Rating:  star star star star star 

Julia Park Tracy’s edited collection of the diaries of her great aunt, Doris Bailey Murphy, written in 1925-1926, offers some insight into the life a sixteen year old girl searching for adventure, romance, and friendship while still living under her parents’ roof.

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Obitchuary

By Stephanie Hayes

Rating:  star star star star star 

Penny Perkins is a “mild-mannered” newspaper reporter, who is tired of reporting on the gardening club and the school lunch menus. So when a position opens up at her paper for a creative, in-depth obituary writer, someone who can really get to the heart of a person’s life, she applies, and gets the job.

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Temperature: Dead And Rising

By Adam Santo

Rating:  star star star star star 

In the middle of the night, an unstoppable force literally blows the doors off the morgue of a hospital in Denver, Colorado, intent on securing the person about to rise from the dead. The reanimated woman, Sally, has no memory of her demise, much less how she ended up naked and fleeing the hospital with a mysterious and magical stranger.

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The Darkness of the Womb

By Richard B. Knight

Rating:  star star star star star 

Marigold and Jeff Haunt had almost given up trying to have a baby when the unexpected happened and Marigold told Jeff the good news. However, one thing they didn’t anticipate was that the baby would not want to be born—and had a choice in the matter.

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Karmafornia

By NC Weil

Rating:  star star star star star 

KARMAFORNIA is the story of a love triangle, set in Berkeley in the late 1970s, with the beautiful graduate student Laura Reiner at its apex. This being Berkeley in the 1970s, the characters spend a reasonable amount of time stoned, and during an acid vision early in the story, Laura and her admirer remember past lives that do not bode well for their current relationship, past lives in which Cob, the other admirer, also figures.

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May This Be the Best Year of Your Life

By Sandra Bornstein

Rating:  star star star star star 

A trip to India accompanying her husband for his job becomes the catalyst for author Sandra Bornstein’s life transformation.

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The Listener’s Labyrinth

By B. Zaragoza

Rating:  star star star star star 

Commander Elise Kardiner is a psychiatrist working in the Naval Medical Centre in San Diego. When a very underweight, hallucinating SEAL is brought to the emergency department, the only survivor of an op. in Afghanistan that went terribly wrong, she discovers there is presence of an unusual agent in his blood.

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Treaters

By Scott Laperruque

Rating:  star star star star star 

In case you missed some of the action yesterday, here’s your chance to re-visit the famous New York City Greenwich Village Halloween Parade.

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The Oasis Of Filth

By Keith Soares

Rating:  star star star star star 

It’s 2013 and a series of illnesses across the United States puzzles doctors and the narrator in THE OASIS OF FILTH. Flash forward ten years after the outbreak, The narrator meets Rosa, a researcher, in Washington D.C. but when Rosa is abducted by the government, she and the narrator escape D.C. and attempt to find the Oasis, a rumored safe haven from the zombies that wander the countryside.

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Pawnbroker

By Jerry Hatchett

Rating:  star star star star star 

Gray Bolton became a pawnbroker after careful research revealed it to be “a business as legitimate as any other” that would provide him a living in the small town of Montello, Mississippi. It also “looked like a lot of fun. And it was. At first.”

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Riverbend

By Tess Thompson

Rating:  star star star star star 

RIVERBEND is the story of Annie Bell, who got her abusive ex-husband Marco put in jail ten years ago in order to save her life and the life of her unborn child. Just as her life flourishes, Marco reappears, threatening her and her new life filled withe success and love.

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Riverbend

By Tess Thompson

Rating:  star star star star star 

RIVERBEND is the story of Annie Bell, who got her abusive ex-husband Marco put in jail ten years ago in order to save her life and the life of her unborn child. Just as her life flourishes, Marco reappears, threatening her and her new life filled withe success and love.

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The Tragedy Of Fidel Castro

By João Cerqueira

Rating:  star star star star star 

Poor Fidel Castro, having won the revolution, looks back at his difficulties in maintaining the purity of the dream and begins to admit maybe he made a few mistakes, but he was still the only man for the job. He’s squaring up against the enemy nation run by JFK for a final battle, unaware that God, Christ and a saint of sorts are considering intervention.

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Catching Butterflies

By Freida Barnes

Rating:  star star star star star 

The true life-story of Freida Barnes is told directly from her heart. With a hint of humor, despite her life as a hustler, never once do we really believe Freida is an evil person, a criminal or a threat to society.

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The Motor City And Me

By Mary Anne McMahon

Rating:  star star star star star 

Author Mary Anne McMahon recounts the story of her life and its connection to Detroit in this multi-generational memoir.

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We Are Savages

By Jessie Atkin

Rating:  star star star star star 

Tris is a twelve year old girl who refuses to conform to the ideals of girlhood her parents expect of her. They want a girlie girl who wears dresses and plays with dolls, while Tris wants to read Harry Potter and stage elaborate battles with her army men and action figures.

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The Shen Counter

By Nicole Jakubowski

Rating:  star star star star star 

Jade is a dancer and an empath, about to graduate from high school and leave Maine for California and college. But then Jade’s oldest friend Alex arrives at her house, beaten and bloody from a run-in with his alcoholic father, and suddenly it seems that everyone has secrets she couldn’t—or didn’t want to—see.

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Keeping Laughter Alive

By Marie Fator

Rating:  star star star star star 

KEEPING LAUGHTER ALIVE is a no holds barred account of one woman’s courage and strength to break free from a lifetime of abuse.

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Too Cruel, Not Unusual Enough

By Kenneth E Hartman, ed

Rating:  star star star star star 

Kenneth E. Hartman’s anthology, TOO CRUEL, NOT UNUSUAL ENOUGH, deals with the legal penalty of life without parole through the words of the men and women currently serving this sentence.

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Louisiana Longshot (A Miss Fortune Mystery)

By Jana DeLeon

Rating:  star star star star star 

CIA assassin Fortune Redding is about to undertake her most difficult mission ever – in Sinful, Louisiana.

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Broken Angels

By Harambee K. Grey-Sun

Rating:  star star star star star 

BROKEN ANGELS is a fantasy, science-fiction novel set in the modern day D.C. area. This story follows Robert Goldner as he attempts to find missing children in a world that has been struck by an odd parasite.

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The Rooster’s Crow

By Mark Naggar

Rating:  star star star star star 

THE ROOSTER’S CROW strives to provide inspiration and helpful information for fledgling entrepreneurs. According to author Mark Naggar, the world needs more entrepreneurs to help boost the economy.

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Thin Places

By Diane Owens Prettyman

Rating:  star star star star star 

Author Diane Prettyman’s title emanates from a Celtic saying: “Heaven and earth are only three feet apart, but in the thin places the distance is even smaller.” Thin places are a-plenty here: Calvery’s ghost and voice become visible to his daughter Chloe and friend Finn at specific events – the treasure hunt, for one.

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JAILING: The Prison Memoirs of 00040

By Clifford Irving

Rating:  star star star star star 

When the Nixon administration dealt Clifford Irving a 2 ½ year prison sentence for committing the Howard Hughes Autobiography Hoax, the author was shocked . . . and unprepared to serve time.

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Sequela

By Cleland Smith

Rating:  star star star star star 

SEQUELA is set in a bizarre future London, where nanoscreens boost human immune systems and have ended the threat of AIDS, to the point where sexually-transmitted diseases with visible symptoms are now used as status symbols, since they can no longer threaten a person’s health.

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Remember Big

By Kelly Wittmann

Rating:  star star star star star 

33-year-old Charlie Matthias is a self-described loser who will win you over with humor and romance.

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Quit School!

By Francis Bennett

Rating:  star star star star star 

Through eight short stories about one boy’s life, this collection examines the pains and pleasures of entering adolescence. From hunting deer in the woods to hunting ghosts in an old house, these original pieces have something to say, although the message isn’t always as humorous as the subtitle suggests.

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An Imperfect Witch

By Debora Geary

Rating:  star star star star star 

This is the first book in Geary’s new Witch Central series, featuring her well-loved clan of modern witches and those who love them.

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Obama Confidential

By Marc Berlin

Rating:  star star star star star 

Marc Berlin has “collected” an amusing selection of letters to the President in his timely work of satire. A vast array of citizens have been writing President Obama a variety of letters, and Berlin does a great job of making fun of each writer, regardless of their stated political preferences, as well as poking fun at the President himself.

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Rebels of the Kasbah

By Joe O'Neill

Rating:  star star star star star 

Morocco, 1912. Four children are kidnapped and cruelly sold into slavery. Exposed to brutal treatment at the hand of the head guard who shepherds them on their journey, the four children are forced to become friends in order to survive their ordeal.

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Border Field Blues

By Corey Lynn Fayman

Rating:  star star star star star 

Rolly Waters, PI and rock musician, has been hired to investigate damage done to a protected nesting site, but isn’t terribly confident about his chances. ut between an aging rock groupie, a border vigilante group, and a mysterious man in doctor’s garb, he finds the case getting more and more complicated.

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Flow Forward*

By Debra Dane

Rating:  star star star star star 

Author Debra Dane draws on her study of numerous religious philosophies, yoga and her experience as a professional Counselor in this smooth and uncomplicated guidebook to finding your way, staying on your path through the hard times, becoming resilient and learning to appreciate your life.

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Ketchup is a Vegetable

By Robin O'Bryant

Rating:  star star star star star 

Parents, particularly those with the strength to laugh at themselves (and the schadenfreude to laugh at other parents), will thoroughly enjoy this book; that is, if they can find enough peace and quiet to read it.

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Keeper’s Watch (The Wind)

By Cynthia Roberts

Rating:  star star star star star 

It begins with a death and a puzzle. While collecting clues left behind by her dead father, Beth knows Dr. Robert Tyler, world-renowned archeologist yet estranged father, has entrusted her with a secret that could change the world.

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The Mercy Project

By Jeffrey Royer

Rating:  star star star star star 

Henry had been living the charmed life of a wealthy college student. Now he is running for his life, chased by an old family friend (his “uncle” Don), with family members dropping like flies around him.

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Scent of Triumph

By Jan Moran

Rating:  star star star star star 

SCENT OF TRIUMPH follows the adventures of Danielle Bretancourt, a young part-Jewish Frenchwoman married to a German aristocrat in Poland who becomes a refugee when the Nazis invade Poland, and then again when France falls.

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Coyote Winds

By Helen Sedwick

Rating:  star star star star star 

Moving between two places and times, COYOTE WINDS tells the stories of thirteen-year-old Myles Vincent in 1930 and Andy Vincent-McKay in 2002.

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Once Upon A Road Trip

By Angela N. Blount

Rating:  star star star star star 

Like most people getting ready to graduate high school, Angela struggles with who she is and what she wants. Unlike most of her peers, she’s intent on doing something about it: namely a months-long road trip throughout the United States and Canada to determine what she’s made of.

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Black Throne Conspiracy

By Kirk Weider

Rating:  star star star star star 

all is clearly not well in the Ascension Galaxy. With various noble houses vying for control amongst a strict class system and the threat of civil war always near, individuals of power are willing to turn to more than sinister means to increase their control.

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The Year of Soup

By Howard Reiss

Rating:  star star star star star 

After several consecutive failed relationships, Tess relocates and starts a restaurant dedicated to soup.After getting to know a customer for a year, he takes his own life, leaving behind a series of letters for Tess.

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That Crazy Little Thing

By Kate Bracy

Rating:  star star star star star 

When Melanie’s best friend, Donna is diagnosed with cancer, and reveals she gave up a baby for adoption thirty-five years ago; Melanie enlists her own teenage daughter’s help to find Donna’s long lost baby boy.

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The Mourning After

By Adriane Leigh

Rating:  star star star star star 

Georgia Hope Montgomery met Kyle Collins when she was twelve, after an unspeakable tragedy, and Kyle has been her boyfriend and protector ever since. Kyle becomes more committed to his career than to Georgia who finds herself drawn to handsome Tristan.

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Asleep Without Dreaming

By Barbara Forte Abate

Rating:  star star star star star 

After fleeing their old life, Willa and her mother end up working in a motel on the edge of a near-ghost town. Ghosts from Willa’s past seep into the present, as her mother’s troubled history emerges.

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The Carnelian Legacy

By Cheryl Koevoet

Rating:  star star star star star 

Marisa MacCallum’s world is shattering before her eyes. Violently drawn into a vortex that transports her into another world in a parallel dimension, Marissa finds herself an unwitting pawn in a game of high intrigue and power politics

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God Bless the Dead

By Evan Geller

Rating:  star star star star star 

Gabriel Sheehan wakes up one morning unsure where he is or how he got there. Helena Fianna is volatile and violent—and very beautiful, in that way that fictional Irish heroines often are. Gabriel knows nothing about her, except that she’s supposedly studying mathematics at the college, though she rarely goes to class. But, within a week they have moved in together.

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Travis

By Nicole Edwards

Rating:  star star star star star 

Travis Walker was married to Kylie Prescott ten years ago, but walked out on her three weeks after the marriage.

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3 Bodies And a Biscotti

By Leighann Dobbs

Rating:  star star star star star 

There’s a serial killer on the loose. And Lexy Baker’s grandmother, Nans, could be the next victim.

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Malcolm Finney Medical Detective – The Case of the Itch and Rash

By Erika Kimble

Rating:  star star star star star 

With the mind of a brilliant scientist and a curious detective, Malcolm Finney solves THE CASE OF THE ITCH AND RASH.

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Destination Happiness

By Alice Inoue

Rating:  star star star star star 

In her latest self-help guide, DESTINATION HAPPINESS, Alice Inoue inspires us with her own clever and in depth solution to attaining a state of happiness.

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NO MISTAKES RÉSUMÉS

By Giacomo Giammatteo

Rating:  star star star star star 

If you’re looking for a job but dread going through another humorless book on how to write the perfect résumé, Giacomo Giammatteo is your man.

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The Travis Club

By Mark Lewis Rybczyk

Rating:  star star star star star 

Taylor Nichols seems to be the poster boy for underachievement. He lives in a neat yet unfashionable section of San Antonio, drives a truck on its last legs and doesn’t have much to show for his college degree. But he has another side. . .

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Come Again

By Rick Novak

Rating:  star star star star star 

COME AGAIN is the story of Ray Cass, a marketing executive who makes an impassioned plea to God to save the life of his daughter who is dying of leukemia. He receives an answer, in the form of complete remission, in exchange for him helping to orchestrate the second coming of Christ himself.

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The Tapestry of Spirit

By Erik Paul Rocklin

Rating:  star star star star star 

A parable about a young boy wakes from a dream. When he meets an old man in the market, the man tells him that he can help the boy discover the meaning of and the identity of the mysterious Mage – the wise and powerful man – in his dream.

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Six When He Came to Us

By Ellie Porte Parker

Rating:  star star star star star 

Ellie Porte Parker and her husband go through the referral process with an international adoption agency. But Ellie’s husband is in his mid-forties and therefore doesn’t meet the requirements for many countries that allow international adoption.

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Repeaters

By Erica Ferencik

Rating:  star star star star star 

Those who die by violence, and those incapable of love, are cursed to return in new bodies, reincarnated to live new lives until they learn the lessons of the past. Psychiatrist Astra Nathanson is a repeater

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Justifiable

By Wes Sarginson and Dianna Love

Rating:  star star star star star 

What starts with a cold-blooded murder in the snow, a harbinger administering extreme justice in the name of God, becomes a pivotal journey for both a flailing local newsman and an investigator.

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Benevolent

By Devon Trevarrow Flaherty

Rating:  star star star star star 

BENEVOLENT is at least partly the story of Gaby, a dedicated idealist devoted to rescuing and caring for other people, and Mikhail, the man who has loved her since they were teenagers, but never quite managed to tell her.

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The Seven Perfumes of Sacrifice

By Amy Logan

Rating:  star star star star star 

An inspiring novel that begins with an explosion on a bus in Tel Aviv, Israel. Fareby, an American journalist from Riverside, California travels to Tel Aviv to cover a story. She meets a young Druze woman, named Leila Azzam,and a kind of friendship develops.

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Light and Dark: The Awakening of the Mageknight

By D.M. Fife

Rating:  star star star star star 

Danny Firoth is an ordinary thirteen-year-old, a bit awkward, whose biggest problems involve avoiding the bullies and keeping his doting mother (a widow with a tendency to overprotect her only child) from embarrassing him in public. But this year, things are different.

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Fancy Gap

By C. David Gelly

Rating:  star star star star star 

The first of five novels in the “Gap” series, Gelly spins an adrenaline-pumping thriller following the mystery of a demented kidnapper after the thick fog on the Blue Ridge Parkway creates the perfect setting for abduction.

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Corporate Recruiter Tells All

By Ryan Fisher

Rating:  star star star star star 

Ryan Fisher shares his wealth of behind-the-scenes-hiring information and strategic, career building advice based on his twelve-plus years experience as a professional recruiter in this concise guide to landing your dream job.

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My Year as a Clown

By Robert Steven Williams

Rating:  star star star star star 

A tale of trial and error, mostly error, for a recently divorced middle-age man, as he looks for love and eventually becomes a (slightly) better person.

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Suckage

By D. T. Neal

Rating:  star star star star star 

“Suckage” by D.T. Neal is a refreshing take on the classic vampire story that delivers more than just thrilling action.

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Between Eden and the Open Road

By Philip Gaber

Rating:  star star star star star 

If Seinfeld could be reduced to a volume of poetry and prose, Between Eden and the Open Road would be it.

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Plan X

By Lise McClendon, Rory Tate

Rating:  star star star star star 

PLAN X starts with Bozeman Police Officer Cody Byrne speeding away from PTSD and her own insomnia toward the scene of a deadly explosion on the campus of Montana State University.

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Fear of Falling

By S.L. Jennings

Rating:  star star star star star 

Kami Duvall is a woman with issues, having been brutally abused by her father throughout her childhood.

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The Manhattan Exiles: Winter

By Sarah Remy

Rating:  star star star star star 

Winter Murray is a child of exiled Fae, who has pledged himself to defend the Washington DC Metro from sluagh, deadly dangerous creatures who breathe cold fire, after his tragic mistake opened up a breach between their world and ours.

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Face the Music

By Joe Anderson

Rating:  star star star star star 

The story of a rock-and-roller’s rise, fall and rise, told with an authentic sense of backstage insight.

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The Ideal in the West

By David A. Beardsley

Rating:  star star star star star 

Does a notion of idealism in Western thought run from Socrates to Thoreau? If so, what does this mean for the way that we think? What about the way that we live?

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The Undying God

By Nathan Wilson

Rating:  star star star star star 

The Undying God, written by Nathan Wilson, is a fantasy and mystery/suspense novel, set in the mythical pre-modern world of Eyegad.

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The Recruiter

By Dani Amore

Rating:  star star star star star 

Samuel Ackerman is a man with a dream and some serious resentment issues stemming from his father’s verbal and physical abuse. As Ackerman pursues his goal of becoming a Navy SEAL, he systematically destroys anyone who stands in his way.

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Dearly Befuddled

By Michael J. Katz

Rating:  star star star star star 

It is the early 2000’s and small time movie producer and amateur photographer Isaac Holman is a man of many dreams.

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Atticus for the Undead

By John Abramowitz

Rating:  star star star star star 

This book is unexpectedly powerful and disturbing in places, with some twists that come out of left field and punch the reader metaphorically in the gut.

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A Lost Witch

By Debora Geary

Rating:  star star star star star 

The seventh and final book in the bestselling A Modern Witch series.

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Brightside

By Mark Tullius

Rating:  star star star star star 

Joe Nolan is what the world calls a Thought Thief. Able to read the minds of others whenever they are physically close enough, he has lived his life with this ability, having both suffered and triumphed with its consequences.

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No Character Limit

By Keren Taylor

Rating:  star star star star star 

“No Character Limit” is a collection of poetry and short prose, interspersed with writing tips and authors’ notes, from the WriteGirl project.

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Little Chef Cooks: I Can Cook Too!

By L. T. de Geest

Rating:  star star star star star 

A book aimed at the very youngest chefs. It is full of simple recipes that allow for a substantial amount of child participation, with an introduction containing tips for the adult helper.

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The Hunger Year

By Lee Conrad Kemsely

Rating:  star star star star star 

In this picturesque historical novel, author Lee Conrad Kemsley depicts life and its hardships during an especially arduous time in American history.

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Viva la Cucina Italiana

By Joe Famularo

Rating:  star star star star star 

From antipasto to dessert, this cookbook of Italian fare covers a wide range of regions and styles.

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Watch Me Disappear

By Diane Vanaskie Mulligan

Rating:  star star star star star 

A wry, entertaining portrayal of modern teenage life through the eyes of Lizzie Richards, a senior starting a new life at yet another school.

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The Boston 395

By Jason Derr

Rating:  star star star star star 

“The Boston 395” is a fantasy novel set primarily on a mysterious train that takes people on a trip through their memories.

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Hunting with Lawn Darts

By Geoffrey McKeel

Rating:  star star star star star 

Thirtysomething Chad Jordan suffers from a terrible affliction: he’s a good Catholic boy suffering from terminal sensitivity and old-fashioned values.

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Graveyard Shift

By Angela Roquet

Rating:  star star star star star 

Lana Harvey is a reaper of souls. Escorting the recently deceased to their places of eternal rest, Lana has a distinct, albeit minor, place in the machinations of the afterlife.

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The Publicist

By Christina George

Rating:  star star star star star 

The Publicist, by Christina George, tells the story of Kate Mitchell, a rising Manhattan public relations person.

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Beanum Infinitum

By P.B. Gookenschleim

Rating:  star star star star star 

This absurd and brief work of fiction begins with a bubble and ends with a sheep talking about a dancing bean.

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A Change of Needs

By Nate Allen

Rating:  star star star star star 

A love affair with the very best intentions is a messy business. Human beings with their vulnerability and their egos on the line can’t help but portray an edgy narrative and a perplexing psycho drama.

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Fast Food Vindication

By Lisa Tillinger Johansen

Rating:  star star star star star 

Lisa Tilinger Johansen, a former McDonald’s Corporation real-estate-executive-turned-Registered-Dietician, is out to balance the bad rap that the fast food restaurants have received from books like Fast Food Nation and Supersize Me with bite-sized portions of common sense advice about nutrition, food and eating choices.

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Robyn’s Egg: A Futuristic Thriller

By Mark Souza

Rating:  star star star star star 

At an unspecified time in the future, big business controls nearly all aspects of civilized life. From clothing that displays ads based on nearby consumers to food production that comes from only one company, escaping the vice of control is nearly impossible.

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A Gender Neutral God/ess

By J. J. McKenzie

Rating:  star star star star star 

A Gender Neutral God/ess is primarily a book about linguistics, religion and history, and the use of gendered words to describe Deity.

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Repeaters

By Erica Ferencik

Rating:  star star star star star 

The premise of Repeaters is that those who die by violence, and those incapable of love, are cursed to return in new bodies, reincarnated to live new lives until they learn the lessons of the past.

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Tainted Love

By Eva Márquez

Rating:  star star star star star 

While visiting her parents in California, Isabel rekindles her relationship with Tom Stevens, with whom she began a love affair when she was just a fifteen-year-old high school student.

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Two Old Fools on a Camel

By Victoria Twead

Rating:  star star star star star 

Teaching Arab kids, working with crazy teachers, forming life-long friendships and being placed under house arrest, Vicky and Joe laugh and lurch through their year in Bahrain.

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Captured Hearts

By Sandra Deighan

Rating:  star star star star star 

Deana Harrington is just an everyday virgin with a job and a life until she is spotted by a very extraordinary fellow.

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How to Spread Sanity on a Cracker

By Jackie Hennessey

Rating:  star star star star star 

How to Spread Sanity on a Cracker is essentially, a virtual venting session for moms. It combines cheesy recipes with funny parental anecdotes, sent in from mothers all across the country, including potty-training stories, grocery-shopping stories, tantrum stories, stories of parents who snapped in entertaining ways, etc.

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Memory’s Wake

By Selina Fenech

Rating:  star star star star star 

A dark-haired girl dressed in blue jeans and a tee-shirt wakes up in a world filled with magical spells and wizards, but no recollection of her past.

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Beamish Boy

By Albert Desilver

Rating:  star star star star star 

In this beautifully crafted and intricate memoir, author Albert Flynn DeSilver explores his evolution from a child neglected by his parents and abused by his nanny to a young adult in the abyss of addiction and alcoholism to a man who finds his peace and his story through his creative endeavors and ultimately his own writing.

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Deadly Memories

By S.D. O'Donnell

Rating:  star star star star star 

Saul Becker is an ex-cop plagued by memories of a woman who was murdered by her abusive husband. Becker blames himself for her death, leading to his retirement and his ongoing struggle with insomnia.

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Bridge Ices Before Road

By S. Rose

Rating:  star star star star star 

A coming of age story set in the 1970s, replete with family dysfunction, and, ultimately, personal redemption of a sort.

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Nowhere Safe

By Dianna Love

Rating:  star star star star star 

Nowhere Safe is a thriller and a romance, covering the efforts of Josh Robertson, covert operative, and his team to uncover a DEA mole, avert a deadly drug deal/terrorist plot, and to avenge the death of a woman he had come very close to loving.

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Moon Over Taylor’s Ridge

By Janie Dempsey Watts

Rating:  star star star star star 

As executrix of her father’s estate, Avie Williams Cole must return to her childhood home to settle his affairs. Her lawyer husband is too busy to accompany her, so she makes the journey accompanied by her adolescent son, Joseph, who is struggling with asthma.

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The Rainforest: The Secret to Building the Next Silicon Valley

By Victor W. Hwang and Greg Horowitt

Rating:  star star star star star 

The Rainforest: The Secret to Building the Next Silicon Valley by Victor W. Hwang and Greg Horowitt, describes the essentials of the technological, economic and behavioral situations to optimize a hub of innovation.

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The Suburban Abyss

By Cathryn Grant

Rating:  star star star star star 

THE SUBURBAN ABYSS takes a glimpse into a suburban neighborhood where a nearby construction of a hospital is making the neighbors mad – or perhaps they already were a bit crazy before the construction even began.

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Living With Your Past Selves

By Bill Hiatt

Rating:  star star star star star 

Taliesin Weaver was an ordinary boy until one day, all of his past reincarnations’ memories awakened, sending him into an emotional and physical crisis that nearly killed him.

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The Photo Traveler

By Arthur J. Gonzalez

Rating:  star star star star star 

A riveting young adult novel about a teenager who learns he has special supernatural powers that could bring his family to their demise.

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Traces of Kara

By Melissa Foster

Rating:  star star star star star 

Kara Knight is putting in her last days of work at a power plant that will soon be shut down. She has plans to leave behind her small Maryland town, a somewhat strained relationship with her mother and stepfather and an embarrassing failed marriage.

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The Vision

By C. L. Talmadge

Rating:  star star star star star 

An epic blend of science fiction and fantasy that expands across several generations and explores the narratives of multiple characters.

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The Emancipating Death of a Boring Engineer

By Michel Bruneau

Rating:  star star star star star 

Keene Mason devoted his life almost exclusively to his career as an engineer. A fan of careful planning and mathematical restrictions, Keene would appear boring to most people.

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In Arms and Idleness

By Emmett E. Slake

Rating:  star star star star star 

David Ricksen and Michael Hurley, two intelligent privates whose friendship seems odd even to themselves discover a world where a small amount of funny money, military scrip used in lieu of U.S. currency, can buy women and a lot more besides.

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Back Kicks and Broken Promises

By Juan Rader Bas

Rating:  star star star star star 

Author Juan Rader Bas explores themes of identity, family and home as they intermingle with cultural and social elements in this touching and evocative multi-faceted coming-of-age story.

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When Your Song Breaks the Silence

By Natalie Jacobs

Rating:  star star star star star 

Though he died in his early thirties, Franz Schubert managed to leave behind a large body of work. That someone working nearly two hundred years ago could create music that is still popular today is a testament to the staying power of one man’s creative ability.

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The Banker Spy

By William G. Byrnes

Rating:  star star star star star 

American investment banker, Peter Armstrong, has a new job managing the large equity underwriting for a German luxury automaker. His life is finally on track after his ex fiancée, Dayna Caymus, dumped him via telephone.

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Wall Street Journeyman

By Silvio Santini

Rating:  star star star star star 

With market regulations nearly non-existent and the US dollar freed from the constraints of the gold standard, the 1980’s and 1990s were a perfect storm of unrivaled excess in world financial markets.

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Not One Among Them Whole: A Novel of Gettysburg

By Edison McDaniels

Rating:  star star star star star 

The author takes us by the hand and leads us through the horrors of battle as witnessed by a handful of individuals and serves as a timely reminder for the video game generation that might see war as a glorious endeavor from which heroes emerge triumphant and whole.

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The Strange Tale of Ben Beesley

By Matt McNeil

Rating:  star star star star star 

Waverly and Oliver are two common house flies in a world ruled by spiders. Orphans after a great feud between the noble bees and the treacherous spiders, Waverly and Oliver do what they can to get by as subjects of the despot arachnid Ramsay.

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The Sabbatical

By Frederick Pinto

Rating:  star star star star star 

Charles Barca’s business, PlayLouder, a digital company designed to find new music talent, is being bought out. Colin, his first recruit, is behind the sale.

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In the Rearview Mirror

By Lee Livingston

Rating:  star star star star star 

A heartfelt memoir in which a 1961 road trip across America’s heartland serves as a kind of homage to a close friend who committed suicide.

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An Otaku Abroad: The Affordable Japan Experience for Anime and Manga Fans

By Sarah G. Rothman

Rating:  star star star star star 

Author Sarah G. Rothman’s goal in writing this book is to make travel to Japan a reality for those who have, up to now, only dreamed of visiting the country.

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Little Trouble in Tall Tree

By Michael Fertik

Rating:  star star star star star 

Little Trouble in Tall Tree is a tongue-in-cheek film-noir tale of a gangster heist – conducted and carried out by babies.

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The Rose Hotel

By Rahimeh Andalibian

Rating:  star star star star star 

A vivid account of Iran’s 1979 revolution and a family’s struggles to make peace with their past.

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Book of the Sky God

By Laura Markowitz

Rating:  star star star star star 

An action-packed, cinematic work of sci-fi, Book of the Sky God follows not one protagonist in particular, but rather offers a broader view of the apocalypse as a whole.

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Banking on Paris

By Ken Samanski

Rating:  star star star star star 

Fifty-year-old Bob Johnson, successful executive and the only French-speaking executive in his office, arrives in Paris one week ahead of a multi-billion dollar bank acquisition deal.

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Collide

By Gail McHugh

Rating:  star star star star star 

Gail Mc Hugh’s tale about a young college graduate trying to figure out her love life, gives a glimpse into the life of twenty-something characters that are torn between carousing and growing up.

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The Never Fable

By Steven Brandsdorfer

Rating:  star star star star star 

Steven Brandsdorfer’s The Never Fable begins, in a sense, with the ending.

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The Kronos Interference

By Edward Miller and J.B. Manas

Rating:  star star star star star 

Doctor Jacob Newman is on his way to make a presentation when a man, who claims to be a friend of his grandfather’s, stops him and asks him about “Landsberg”.

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Things Go Wrong For Me (When life hands you lemons, add vodka)

By Rodney Lacroix

Rating:  star star star star star 

Author Rodney Lacroix tells (and shows) all in this collection of offbeat, outrageous and entertaining random thoughts and life experiences that take the form of short stories, cartoons, electronic drawings and photographs – original and digitally manipulated.

THE GHOSTS
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The Ghosts of Nagasaki

By Daniel Clausen

Rating:  star star star star star 

An American business analyst in Tokyo begins “the dangerous excavation of [his] past” and begins typing his memories that center around his visit to Nagasaki as an English teacher four years prior.

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Life of the Party

By Christine Anderson

Rating:  star star star star star 

“Life of the Party” is a dark, angst-filled coming-of-age tale that follows the tumultuous life of Mackenzie, a seventeen-year-old on the brink of freedom from the childhood annoyances that have long plagued her.

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Chaste

By Angela Felsted

Rating:  star star star star star 

A tender and caring look at two teenagers trying to cope with difficult situations in a world where mistakes can have real and damaging consequences.

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Provenance

By Howard A. Kwon

Rating:  star star star star star 

PROVENANCE is the history of a painting, from its creation in Amsterdam in1641 to its discovery in 1990 in a hallway of an administrative building of small college in Brooklyn.

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Lauren Takes Leave

By Julie Gerstenblatt

Rating:  star star star star star 

In this humorous tale, the protagonist is overwhelmed and under-appreciated by her husband, two children and job.

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Following in the Footsteps of God

By Robb F.

Rating:  star star star star star 

“Following in the Footsteps of God” is a no-nonsense guide to those of us on a spiritual journey.

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True

By Melinda Field

Rating:  star star star star star 

Author Melinda Field’s beautifully written story begins with the plight of Caterina Ramos, a habitually neglected teenager living with her heroine-addicted mother in downtown Phoenix, Arizona.

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Oxford Whispers

By Marion Croslydon

Rating:  star star star star star 

College student Madison LeBon has always had a connection with the dead because of her heritage of voodoo and psychic abilities, but Madison finds herself unable to ignore a calling from the past after her first day in history class and a lesson about a famous painting.

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The Soul’s Mark: Found

By Ashley Stoyanoff

Rating:  star star star star star 

A fresh take on the classic fantasy story, but with revitalized interpretations of the mysterious world of vampires and witches.

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Amidst Traffic

By Michel Sauret

Rating:  star star star star star 

From an old man collecting drinking straws three at a time to a pair of Chicago drug addicts fairing poorly in their attempt to raise a child, nearly everyone involved in this collection of connected short stories cannot seem to shake the feeling that something bigger than themselves is going on.

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The Trinity Signs

By Scott M. Sullivan

Rating:  star star star star star 

Mankind is in danger and there is no one better to help than Tobias Ramsey, the last remaining member of the Guardians, a special group of knights supported by the Vatican.

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Life in the Barracks

By Laszlo Hopp

Rating:  star star star star star 

A well-written novel about a young physician serving in the Hungarian Army in the waning days of the Communist empire.

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Caught in the Net

By J.G. Mère

Rating:  star star star star star 

A modern day erotica/romance tale about Ellen Stiles, a wife and mother of two who indulges her sexy alter ego in an on-line fantasy world, only to get caught in a net of deception and confusion, balancing precariously between what’s real and what’s not.

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Turquoise

By Ayshe Talay-Ongan

Rating:  star star star star star 

Author Ayshe Talay-Ongan’s down to earth yet mildly abstract novel, follows the seemingly star-crossed relationship between a young woman and her old friend’s husband.

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The Last Day in Karachi, Through the Ring of Fire

By Dr. Alia Khan-Hudson

Rating:  star star star star star 

Author Dr. Khan-Hudson’s catharsis inspired novel illuminates key aspects of her early life in Qatar, Pakistan, her ultimate relocation to America and the joy of finding love in her American husband, Rob.

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A Father’s Angels

By John Waldron

Rating:  star star star star star 

When John Waldron decides to adopt a child, he doesn’t realize that this will be a journey that will create a family but one that will also give him a glimpse into personal demons, social and political injustices and teach him about unconditional love and patience.

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The Burly Man

By Zachary E. Lewis

Rating:  star star star star star 

Zachary Lewis, a.k.a “The Burly Man”, writes an insightful and intimate biographical journal disclosing his struggle with Polymyositis, a rare and painful autoimmune disorder.

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Reternity

By Neal Wooten

Rating:  star star star star star 

Neal Wooten has woven together bible-based Christianity, cutting-edge science and a surprise element of fantasy. Wooten’s tale is a coming-of-age story concerning a young man conflicted between Christianity and a deep fascination with science.

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Rosedale the Vampyre

By Lev Raphael

Rating:  star star star star star 

At the turn of the century in New York, Simon Rosedale is grieving the death of his wife, Florence and their newborn son. Working at an investment bank by day, Rosedale feels trapped and on edge daily. His assistant, Strauss seems to be the only one who notices his distress but remains discreet about it. Rosedale finds release in the evenings—with whores.

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Plowed In: More Switchblade Stories

By Joe Del Priore

Rating:  star star star star star 

These twenty-five short stories are snapshots into human emotions, thoughts, which reveal macabre darkness in human interaction and psyche, twists of fate and irreverent, tongue-in-cheek examinations of cultural icons.

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Bengali Girls Don’t

By L. A. Sherman

Rating:  star star star star star 

L. A. Sherman’s first novel, “Bengali Girls Don’t,” is a true and heart-wrenching tale of culture, conflict and a spirited young girl who must grow up in the midst of strict Muslim tradition and find her way to a freedom that is denied all woman.

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Love and War

By Linda Hanley Finigan

Rating:  star star star star star 

Two young people from wildly different backgrounds meet by chance while traveling along a desolate Arizona highway in the year 1970.