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By Sarah Bowen

4.5IR Rating

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VOID IF DETACHED

The author, a minister’s daughter who questioned her faith, finds new connections to a higher power through her late father’s sermons. Continue reading

By LeeAndra Chergey

4.5IR Rating

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MAKE A WISH FOR ME

Moving and delicately written, this stark memoir of life after her son was diagnosed with autism is emotionally vulnerable, darkly personal and intensely raw. Continue reading

By Sandy Denise Adams

4.5IR Rating

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THE GLORIOUS BEYOND

THE GLORIOUS BEYOND details the intensely personal journey one woman takes through the loss of her husband, grief, and finding the courage to move on. Continue reading

By Anna Hodges Oginsky

4.5IR Rating

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MY NEW FRIEND, GRIEF

As author Anna Hodges Oginsky goes through the Kubler–Ross steps of grieving after the sudden death of her beloved father, she writes about her personal approaches to finding meaning and relief. Continue reading

By Sandra L. Richards; Illustrator: Megan Kayleigh Sullivan

4.5IR Rating

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RICE & ROCKS

A young boy goes on a journey with his aunt and magic pet parrot to see how people enjoy rice and beans all over the world. Continue reading

By JoAnne Blackwelder

4.5IR Rating

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HUSBAND: My 40-Year Marriage to a Gay Man

The subtitle of Joanne Blackwelder’s memoir, HUSBAND, says it all: “My Forty-Year Marriage To A Gay Man.” Continue reading

By Alan Sproles

4.5IR Rating

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BILLY BEDIVERE IN THE QUEST FOR THE DRAGON QUEEN

BILLY BEDIVERE IN THE QUEST FOR THE DRAGON QUEEN is a solid fantasy quest adventure for early middle-grade readers. Continue reading

By Carol D’Anca

4.5IR Rating

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REAL FOOD FOR HEALTHY PEOPLE: A recipe and resource guide

REAL FOOD FOR HEALTHY PEOPLE is the recipe and resource guide that proves eating well can be done deliciously. Continue reading

By Nath Jones

4.5IR Rating

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RADAR ROAD: THE BEST OF ON IMPULSE

RADAR ROAD: THE BEST OF ON IMPULSE is a collection of twenty-five exquisite short stories artfully strung together by Best New American Voices nominee Nath Jones. Continue reading

By Hank Quense

4.5IR Rating

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CREATING STORIES

The author explains how to write a coherent and compelling work of fiction. Continue reading

By L.G. O'Connor

4.5IR Rating

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Heartfelt Romance and Complex Characters Make SHELTER MY HEART A Worthwhile Read

When SHELTER MY HEART’s Jenny Lynch meets handsome billionaire Devon Soames, she’s down on her luck, unsure of her future, and panicking about a family member in mortal trouble. Continue reading

By Linnea Tanner

4.5IR Rating

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An ancient prophecy threatens the fates of a warrior princess and her people in APOLLO’S RAVEN

Caught between a forbidden romance and the loyalty to her kingdom, a Celtic warrior princess with mystical powers must break a sinister curse. Continue reading

By Fred Misurella

4.5IR Rating

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A SUMMER OF GOOD-BYES

A man’s vacation in Provence with his wife and adopted son brings him into contact again with his lost love and her dying partner. Continue reading

By Lisa Anne Novelline, illustrated by Nicola Hwang

4.5IR Rating

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A young girl makes friends in nature in PICCADILLY AND THE WALTZING WIND

A little girl tries to make friends with the autumn wind, so that it will dance with her. Continue reading

By Matt Ingwalson

4.5IR Rating

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Prepare For Nightmares After THE BABY MONITOR… If You Sleep At All

Starting with the simple conceit of a pair of sleepless parents, THE BABY MONITOR spins out into a hair-raising tale of a couple on the edge. Continue reading

By Jackie Townsend

4.5IR Rating

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THE ABSENCE OF EVELYN

Years after a woman’s death, her sister, niece, lover, and lover’s daughter must all come to terms with family secrets, lost chances, and the meaning of life and love. Continue reading

By C.L. Francisco

4.5IR Rating

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THIS MADNESS OF THE HEART

A religion professor in rural Appalachia must solve the murder of a young artist amidst fears of witchcraft, old family curses, and the threats of a hellfire-and-damnation preacher. Continue reading

By Jimmy Vee and Travis Miller (with Dan Clements)

4.5IR Rating

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THE LAST UP: A Curious Tale About the Future of Sales

A car salesman, facing trouble in both his personal and professional life, finds a time portal and gets advice from his dealership’s wise founder. Continue reading

By Steve Snyder

4.5IR Rating

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SHOT DOWN

The crew of the Susan Ruth, shot down over Belgium, attempt to survive, hide from the Nazis, and escape back to Allied territory. Continue reading

By Rocco Versaci

4.5IR Rating

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Take a Ride on the Wild Side in Rocco Versaci’s THAT HIDDEN ROAD

The title of THAT HIDDEN ROAD tells readers everything and nothing: Rocco’s intrepid journey is preceded by another, a hidden road that he traveled far before his front bike tire hit the pavement. Continue reading

By E.J. Powell

4.5IR Rating

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A young woman earmarked as trailer trash has mysterious powers in DARK TOUCH

A young woman’s underwhelming life suddenly heads in another direction when she not only meets the love of her life but also discovers that she has incredible powers. Continue reading

By Rick Redner, MSW and Brenda Redner, RN

4.5IR Rating

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Everything You Never Wanted to Know About Erectile Dysfunction and Penile Implants

Husband and wife authors discuss their experience with erectile dysfunction and penile implants and offer advice to others. Continue reading

By Marla Martenson

4.5IR Rating

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A search for a statue turns into a spiritual journey in: THE BUDDHA MADE ME DO IT

Housecleaning in preparation for the move into their new home, Marla figures her hubby won’t notice if his dust-collecting Buddha statue goes missing. Continue reading

By Lorenz Waldmann

4.5IR Rating

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Trials and triumphs of historic Alexandria in: PEPPERY WINDS

PEPPERY WINDS is an adventurous epic novel set in the first century AD, opening with the drama of terrifying and murderous anti-Semitic riots in Alexandria, where Jews and Greeks had lived in peace for generations. Continue reading

By David Pepper

4.5IR Rating

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Politics, fraud and American democracy in peril in: THE PEOPLE’S HOUSE

A journalist finds evidence of possible election fraud in this taut political thriller. Continue reading

By Scott N. Schober

4.5IR Rating

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An insider’s guide to cybersecurity in: HACKED AGAIN

An accessible and friendly approach to improving cybersecurity from an expert and a victim. Continue reading

By K.N. Parker

4.5IR Rating

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The hearts of humans and robots in: AUTONOMOUSLY YOURS

While ANONYMOUSLY YOURS setting is the future and deals with technology yet to be fully realized, the heart of the story has to deal with love and loss, and the way people are treated as objects, feelings that are very much present in life today. Continue reading

By Gerald DiPego

4.5IR Rating

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Life, lessons and encouragement to get the words flowing in: WRITE!

Gerald DiPego guides aspiring writers through a handful of his novels and screenplays to share the lessons he has learned in more than four decades as an author in WRITE!. Continue reading

By Lukas Konandreas

4.5IR Rating

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The hardships faced in the search for justice set against an exotic background in: BETTER DEAD THAN DIVORCED

A true-to-life tale of a man’s struggle to find justice for his murdered cousin in spite of a powerful opponent and corrupt judiciary system. Continue reading

By Beth Everett

4.5IR Rating

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A fun whodunit featuring Lee Harding – amateur detective: DEAD ON THE DOCK

Charming foul-mouthed, pot-smoking amateur detective seeks solace from marital difficulties at her family’s cabin on Lake Montego. Continue reading

By Tyne Traverson

4.5IR Rating

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Resourceful and practical guidelines for resolving a pregnancy in: EXPLORING YOUR UNPLANNED PREGNANCY—SINGLE MOTHERHOOD, ADOPTION AND ABORTION QUESTIONS AND RESOURCES

Options for many various means of resolving a pregnancy are examined in this small, readable self-help book. Continue reading

By Jèrộme Sabatier

4.5IR Rating

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Interactive travel and history in: THE WORLD HERITAGE SITES OF FRANCE

A comprehensive collection of the most beautiful and historic cities, castles and monuments in France as classified by the World Heritage Sites by the United Nations. Continue reading

By Derek Vasconi

4.5IR Rating

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Horror and violence erupt when the lives of two girls collide in: KAI

In a fit of violent depression, a young girl vows vengeance on the world despite locking herself in her room. Continue reading

By Kristen Heimerl, illustrated by Irene Bofill

4.5IR Rating

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A Feline Finds A Way to Catch A Criminal in: INSPECTOR DEWEY

“Inspector” Dewey is a clever cat. In this sweet children’s story, he reveals how he solved the crime that gained him the title “Hero of Hampshire.” Continue reading

By Troy Bond

4.5IR Rating

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An afterlife-weary vampire is stalked in: THE VAMPIRE OF SHANGRI-LA

With the mysterious vampire slayer tracking him down, one vampire must choose between doing what’s right and what’s right for himself. Continue reading

By William Poe

4.5IR Rating

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

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

By Owen Thomas

4.5IR Rating

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Paths interweave in: SIGNS OF PASSING

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

By R.A. Akerlund

4.5IR Rating

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

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

By Ted Neill

4.5IR Rating

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Atheism and Religion clash in an apocalyptic world in: CITY ON A HILL

After the Cataclysm, all religions were made illegal in the twin cities of Lysander and Fortinbras, the only communities to survive the fundamentalist war. Continue reading

By John R. Morris

4.5IR Rating

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Adventure and rediscovery of self on the Appalachian Trail in: THE WORLD WE LEFT BEHIND

The author, depressed by a breakup and a meaningless job, starts a thru-hike on the Appalachian Trail. John Morris and…

By Ednah Walters

4.5IR Rating

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Two teens, evil powers and Norse mythology collide in: DEMONS

While an ancient evil works in secret against them, a clairvoyant witch must aid a young god and find her way home from the Norse realm of Hel. Continue reading

By Jill Aperson Manly, illustrated by Alyssa casey

4.5IR Rating

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A girl’s trek to a festival becomes a journey to self discovery in: NOTHANDO’S JOURNEY

A young girl in Swaziland, as her journey to a very important festival turns into one of self-discovery in this beautifully illustrated and dynamic children’s story. Continue reading

By Elaine Russell

4.5IR Rating

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Two children solve mysterious legends and suspicious characters: MARTIN MCMILLAN AND THE SACRED STONES

Skateboarding duo Martin McMillan and his best friend Isabel, children of archeologists and historians who travel the world. Continue reading

By Jay J. falconer

4.5IR Rating

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A man uses military intelligence background and survivalist skills to uncover a conspiracy in: REDFALL

As a mysterious red rain falls across the globe, a man at the center of international scorn is the only one who can track down the mastermind behind this worldwide catastrophic event. Continue reading

By Matt Ingwalson

4.5IR Rating

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College students and serial killers collide in: SEVER

A young college student and his girlfriend must track down a psychotic serial killer. Continue reading

By Britt Holewinski

4.5IR Rating

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A handful of friends and strangers struggle in a dystopian world in: SCHISM

Young survivors of a virus that destroyed the world’s adult population struggle to put the pieces of society back together. Continue reading

By Michael Jarvis

4.5IR Rating

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

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

By J. Paul Devlin

4.5IR Rating

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Indecision and dilemmas about sexuality in: A PASSING PHASE

A young man tries to figure out who he is in the process of undergoing therapy to make him heterosexual. Continue reading

By Michael Dotsikas

4.5IR Rating

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Cooperation and friendship are the key to a safe return in BENJAMIN BIRDIE’S FIRST FLIGHT

An impatient little bird is determined to get the early worm leaves its nest too early in this charming children’s story about cooperation. Continue reading

By Tricia Reeks, ed. Jeff VanDer Meer, et. al.

4.5IR Rating

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Surprising and fun, but also heartbreaking and mournful stories in: LOVE HURTS

A collection of dark love stories in science fiction and fantasy, from authors both renowned and obscure. Continue reading

By L. Davis Munro

4.5IR Rating

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A woman decides whether to watch or join the feminist movement in: EMMY NATION – UNDERCOVER SUFFRAGETTE

Harking back to the era when voting rights for women were still a faraway dream, EMMY NATION focuses on one young woman’s personal quandary: to spy on the women’s movement…or join it. Continue reading

By Mark Gillespie

4.5IR Rating

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A world where John Lennon plays the politician in: FAB

In an alternate history, John Lennon enters politics after his assassination is thwarted, leading to unexpected consequences. Continue reading

By Alan Hilfiker

4.5IR Rating

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Short stories with lasting effects in: JOURNEYS OFF THE ROAD

In JOURNEYS OFF THE ROAD, Hilfiker offers a motley collection of short stories whose focus ranges from World War II Germany to man’s relationship with nature. Continue reading

By Michael Anthony Turpin

4.5IR Rating

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Humorous personal essays reveal the traumas and triumphs of growing older in: 53 IS THE NEW 38 – Tales of Indignity and Middle Age

In more than two dozen short personal essays, Turpin offers his quirky take on parenting, weight control, surgery, grey hair, birthdays, dentistry, college life, brothers, and other topics related to daily life. Continue reading

By Carole P Roman

4.5IR Rating

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It’s a pirate’s life in: CAPTAIN NO-BEARD

In this delightful journey, Captain No Beard takes children to the world of pirates and reveals the possibilities of imagination. Continue reading

By Suzanne Falter and Jack Harvey

4.5IR Rating

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An unconventional trio battle crime in colorful San Francisco in: TRANSFORMED: SAN FRANCISCO

A transman, a dominatrix, and a hard-boiled lesbian cop work to defeat a murderous plot in San Francisco. Continue reading

By Paul Proffet

4.5IR Rating

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Angels, demons and supernatural warriors battle in: CROSSBACK

Recovering from defeating an ancient demon, Doyle and Briar gather warriors to hunt down and stop a sinister entity targeting children. Continue reading

By Joshua Viola

4.5IR Rating

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Stories that elicit eerie anticipation in: NIGHTMARES – UNHINGED

Often floating between reality and another realm, these dark stories inspire a spectrum of emotions and an eeriness that incites the imagination. Continue reading

By Andrew Diamond

4.5IR Rating

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

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

By Bryan Bailey

4.5IR Rating

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Domesticated but still wild: EMBRACING THE WILD IN YOUR DOG

A thoughtful, first-person examination of how society has not made allowances for “the wild” in domesticated dogs, and how learning to appreciate this quality can help pet owners have healthier, more fulfilling relationships with their animals. Continue reading

By Stephen Wallace, MD, JD

4.5IR Rating

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A hysterical, appealing escapade that emphasizes the weird in the world in: HOW MY DOG BECAME THE NEW MESSIAH: A Story of Unintended Consequences

The way in which a simple action spins out of control is handled with a light humor, plenty of absurdism, and a helping of heart. Continue reading

By Bonnie Ballou

4.5IR Rating

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Whimsical worlds and psychological adventures abound for a clever bookworm-hoarder in THE NOVEL LIFE OF CORAL AMBROSE

When a book lover comes into possession of a magical item that allows her to transport herself into the different worlds of her novels, she embarks on adventure after adventure, each one leading her closer to unraveling a mystery in her real world. Continue reading

By Roof Alexander

4.5IR Rating

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

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

By Rhoda Canter

4.5IR Rating

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Canine detectives search for pirate treasure in: WHERE DOLPHINS DIVE

WHERE DOLPHINS DIVE is a delightful mystery story that follows canine detectives Bennett and Lola (a.k.a. Chief Inspector Brown and Sergeant Starfoot) as they search for a pirate treasure. Continue reading

By Samuel Marquis

4.5IR Rating

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Twists, turns and double crosses in literary theft quickly expand to threaten the globe in: THE SLUSH PILE BRIGADE

Broke, single, and wanted by the police, Nick Lassiter discovers the latest blockbuster movie/book is his own unpublished manuscript. Continue reading

By Peggy Lampman

4.5IR Rating

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Rich and thoughtful: SIMMER AND SMOKE

Two women from drastically different backgrounds find their lives and ambitions intersecting as they try to find success in the culinary world. Continue reading

By Kyle Fleishman

4.5IR Rating

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A vengeful ex-con seeking justice leaves a trail of bodies in: DRINK DIRT, EAT STONE

A member of the Native Syndicate gang is sent to prison for murder. After serving his time, he is released but not after being given a task from Michael Wolfe, a fellow prisoner and fellow member of the gang. Continue reading

By Dorian Box

4.5IR Rating

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Sun, surf . . . and murder in: PSYCHO-TROPICS.

A lottery-winning surfer has to confront his past and engage in a battle of wits with a murderer to set his skeletons free. Continue reading

By Christopher Madsen

4.5IR Rating

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Rowdy

At first glance, ROWDY seems to be a book about the rebuilding of a NY40 Class racing yacht. However, it is actually three books: the recounting of how the boat was discovered and restored, the World War I diary of Rowdy’s first owner and finally, a description of upper class New York society between the wars. Continue reading

By John Patrick Kennedy

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Two Teenagers Finding Truth In The Bleak Futuristic World Of: I AM TITANIUM

Two teenagers who acquire astral bodies and superpowers find out that the human species is under attack from multiple directions, and must determine who to trust. Continue reading

By Robert Dinsmoor

4.5IR Rating

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Lively anecdotes about the obscure 1980s comedy troupe abound in: TALES OF THE TROUPE

Comedy writer Rob Dinsmoor lovingly recounts his years as a member of Chucklehead, a dynamic troupe of twenty-somethings who briefly charmed New York’s comedy scene in the 1980s. Continue reading

By Edward Hoornaert

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Out of this world adventure and romance in: ALIEN CONTACT FOR KID SISTERS.

ALIEN CONTACT FOR KID SISTERS is a thrilling science-fiction adventure in the grand tradition of Star Wars, involving an unexpected hero; a bickering, molten-hot romance; and plenty of action. Continue reading

By Doug Richardson

4.5IR Rating

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99 PERCENT KILL takes the reader through LA’s gritty world of sex slavery

Beneath the glitter of Hollywood’s lights, there exists the dark world of a thriving sex trade industry. Continue reading

By Belangela G. Tarazona

4.5IR Rating

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Hiatus

Read with a box of tissues handy: HIATUS will make you ugly-cry. This beautiful ode to late-in-life love is lyrical, captivating, and heart-wrenching. Continue reading

By Ray Flynt

4.5IR Rating

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Final Juror: A Brad Frame Mystery

The daughter of a juror killed seventeen years ago calls upon Brad Frame to solve the cold case. Before he can get into the case, he is summoned to jury duty for a sensational murder. Continue reading

By Chip Wagar

4.5IR Rating

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The Carpathian Assignment

The new Chief of Police in the town of Bistritz must track down a murderer of legend: Count Dracula. Continue reading

By Andrew Booth

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The Angkor Guidebook

THE ANGKOR GUIDEBOOK is a beautiful, compact travel guide to the temples of Angkor in Cambodia. Continue reading

By Steven Wilson

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The White River Killer

A farmer and occasional journalist gets in over his head when he covers the murder of a young Arab student. Continue reading

By G.D.Baum

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Sleeping to Death

A martial artist and bodyguard must solve the murder of his client’s brother, while mourning his late wife, watching his mentor die, and protecting those he loves. Continue reading

By Dawn M. Bell

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Wife of the Deceased

A widow must come to terms with the loss of her husband and learn to go on with her life without him.
Dawn Bell had a wonderful life—a beautiful daughter, a fulfilling job, good friends, and most of all, a loving and much-beloved husband. Continue reading

By W. James Chan

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Blackcloak

A man destined to be a powerful weapon struggles with self-identity as powerful forces race to claim him for their side. BLACKCLOAK: A MAN OF HIS SWORD is a dream-like adventure through a shattered mind in a world filled with strange creatures and unusual magic. Continue reading

By CL Woodhams

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The Outreach Committee

THE OUTREACH COMMITTEE tackles a difficult subject with an elegant solution: murder the spouses of battered women. Continue reading

By Selene Castrovilla

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Melt

MELT tells the story of two teenagers from opposite worlds who fall in love with each other despite how their circumstances threaten to tear them apart.
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By HW Vivian

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War of Rain

WAR OF RAIN tells the story of Miri, a 15-year-old who lives in Boreala, a village in a parched desert where Rain is venerated. The citizens of Boreala compete with neighboring Stratos for Rain. Continue reading

By Sean Taylor

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Your Smallest Bones

With humor, discomfort, numbness, and heartbreak, Taylor builds wondrous structures and then tears them down around you. Continue reading

By Don. M. Winn

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The Lost Castle Treasure

Between the stone walls of Knox Castle lies many secrets—some even deadly. For Kaye, the boy knight, and his young friends, Reggie and Beau, the castle, along with the young Queen Vianne provides a new home and a promising future. Continue reading

By Michael J. Sant

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Letters from Melite

LETTERS FROM MELITE is a deep dive into medieval history. Continue reading

By Thomas J.C. Martyn

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Inside the Founding of Newsweek

Granddaughter Anne Alexander has pieced together her grandfather’s drafts and notes on his experiences as the initial founder of Newsweek magazine. Continue reading

By Tim Whitney

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The Ringling Chronicles: Rinascimento

A young girl must travel back in time to rescue a man “stuck” in the 15th Century and return him to 1920s America. Continue reading

By D.A. Clark

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Federation City

The Federation, a dystopian city thriving in the aftermath of a Toxic Era, starts to unravel as teenage boys begin disappearing from the seemingly peaceful city. Taren Manning sets out to find his missing friend and finds himself kidnapped; kick starting an adventure that caroms into the city’s underworld and nearby Hinterlands. Continue reading

By Alan Simon

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Gettysburg 1913

GETTYSBURG 1913 takes place 50 years after the battle, at the Great Reunion of both Union and Confederate veterans, many in their 80s, who came together one last time to commemorate the battle. Continue reading

By Jeb Kinnison

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Red Queen

As a new school year ramps up on campus, Justin Smith began another day at the Artificial Life lab running ALife simulations on human evolution. Continue reading

By G. Elizabeth Kretchmer

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The Damnable Legacy Of A Minister’s Wife

Although Beth was the minister’s wife, she wasn’t much of a believer, so when she died of cancer she wasn’t sure what the afterlife would entail. Instead of slipping into nothingness or a picturesque heaven, Beth ends up in limbo. Continue reading

By Jessica Lourey

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The Catalain Book of Secrets

Faith Falls, Minnesota, on the surface, is like many of the towns in the upper mid-West. The seasons flow from the frost of winter to the sultry summer nights with fireflies dancing in the air. Every twenty-five years, however, the town is overrun by garter snakes as the spring thaw arrives. Continue reading

By L.G. O'Connor

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The Wanderer’s Children

The second book in the Angelorum Twelve Chronicles, THE WANDERER’S CHILDREN follows the pulse-pounding and frequently erotic travails of a group of humans with mystical bloodlines who are “called” to serve their communities. Continue reading

By Basil Lawrence

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Henry First: A Story of Excess

How far would you be willing to go for fame, success, and immortality? Would you die for it? Kill for it? More importantly, what would you cook for it? Continue reading

By Veronica Scott

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Mission to Mahjundar

A galaxy away, a princess blinded as a child must make what seems like a sad, but safe trip across her planet to meet the man she is meant to marry. Luckily, or perhaps by the hand of fate, her path crosses that of an intergalactic Special Forces soldier whose companionship she not only wants, but needs. Continue reading

By Bob Oedy

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The Punk Rock Las Vegas Survival Guide

As unlikely as it sounds, every Memorial Day weekend a crowd of punk rockers arrives in Las Vegas for a long weekend of music, partying and bowling. Yes, bowling. The centerpiece of this gathering is a bowling tournament with teams, prizes and a distinctly punk attitude. Continue reading

By Joey Rawlings

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The Frailty of Perception

A young teenager discovers magical talents and a world he’s never known about – but is immediately thrown into the dangerous remnants of a bitter and painful war, and must decide who he can trust amidst lies, betrayals, and hidden identities. Continue reading

By David Sage

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Adzul: The Heirs of the Medallion

ADZUL: THE HEIRS OF THE MEDALLION begins some five centuries ago when the Conquistadores destroyed the village of Pattiti in the Peruvian Andes. Adzul, the only survivor, was a young Incan warrior who inherited a strange medallion from his grandfather. Continue reading

By C. Edward Baldwin

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Fathers House

After the murder of a young teenager, an assistant district attorney is thrust back into a life he worked hard to escape. Continue reading

By Joel Ohman

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Meritropolis

After an apocalyptic Event, 50,000 people huddle behind the walls of Meritropolis under a harsh Score System that determines everyone’s value to society. After his family and countless innocents are zeroed out, Charley sets out to bring down the System. Continue reading

By Elle Davis

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Designed To Love

Ronan Callaghan and Cat McCullough have for a unique love for one another. They have similar backgrounds and are both quite independent in their behavior. The major difference between them is that Ronan is a Designer person, someone whose DNA was manipulated in utero to give him a superior intellect, almost athletic ability and formidable strength. Cat does not have these abilities but her 9-year-old sister, Claire, does. Continue reading

By James Mahoney and Marie-Paule Mahoney

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Molly And Babou

A runt puppy with disabilities and a black bear losing his forest home develop a long-lasting friendship. Continue reading

By Philippe de Vosjoli

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The Cyberbardos

On December 17th, 2032 at precisely 9:27 AM, every monitor across the world carried the same brief message: “I Am, Aaa one”. THE CYBERBARDOS deals with the reaction of governments and organized religion as they try to rein in the effects of the message on society and in some way coopt the message entirely. Continue reading

By Angela N. Blount

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Once Upon An Ever After

A young girl focuses on a long-distance relationship borne out of a months-long road trip.
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By Ryan Shimek

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The Manifestation of Light

In a hostile world of angry gods and murderous beasts, the city of Valour is an oasis. Its citizens are safe from harm, protected by a shield of light emanating from four towers. The safety comes at a price, however, since a newborn child is needed to maintain this force field of light. Continue reading

By Tami Liberati

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First Creatures

In this gentle tale about regaining life after loss, first grade teacher Ruth Lily has repressed all memories from before the passing of her husband, Roger. After meeting the mysterious “First Creatures” that live in her garden, however, she slowly begins to regain her memories – and to heal. Continue reading

By Dean Covin

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Pieces of Ivy

Foxy, FBI Agent Vicki Starr awakens from a nightmare of a woman being brutalized. She soon realizing it to be a clairvoyant experience of the brutal murder of young, beloved teacher Ivy Turner. Continue reading

By Kashonia Carnegie PhD

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Brainwashed: A True Story of Psychological Domestic Violence

BRAINWASHED: A TRUE STORY OF PSYCHOLOGICAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE is a one of a kind book meant to help readers to understand the mental and emotional thinking that causes people to stay in abusive relationships. Continue reading

By Kara Jorgensen

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The Earl of Brass

THE EARL OF BRASS is a charming novel that incorporates steampunk devices, fantasy elements, and romance in a story that examines the social expectations of Victorian society. Continue reading

By Christianne Sanchez

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Hedged

A successful woman is conned into embarking on a life on the run when her greedy husband breaks the law and steals money from an Italian mobster. Continue reading

By David Wahlberg

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Kill the Lights

Venice Beach is a three square mile piece of Los Angeles that is home to the terminally hip. Ty Malone is an entrepreneur whose business interests tie him closely to the community and its population of street entertainers, ageing bohemians and grifters. A brutal murder on the beach catches his attention. Continue reading

By Marybeth Zeman

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Tales of a Jailhouse Librarian

A librarian interacts with, attempts to help, and ponders the fate of young men in jail. Continue reading

By Zachary J. Kitchen

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The Unbeliever

After losing part of his leg during a mission in Iraq, U.S. Marine, Major Max Bradley decides to hole up in a house boat and honorably painkiller away his remaining days. At least until he rescues a woman named Elena from two attackers. She reveals that she’s not only running from the undead: she, too, is a vampire. Continue reading

By Richard Uhlig, Jr.

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Mystery at Snake River Bridge

Seventeen year-old Ron Riley, Jr., better known as Kodak, is a reporter and photographer for The Harker City Bugle. Kodak wants to document real stories. Stories that matter, question, change the world.
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By Thomasin Heyworth

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After June

Ben Willows has always been reserved, and after his wife June passes away, he sees no need to change. But kindhearted June had other plans: before falling ill she made a young pregnant girl named Rose Swann promise that she would introduce herself to Ben. Continue reading

By David Perlstein

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The Boy Walker

An English Bulldog recounts the story of life with his family, an estranged father and son, as they heal old wounds, battle new ones, and learn what it means to live. Continue reading

By Tristan Wood

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The Wanton Life of My Friend Dave

In this book, Isabella Maria follows the story being lived by her friend named Dave. She can describe him as wanton because she knows everything there is to know about him. Continue reading

By Jesse Arnold

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Alethea

ALETHEA has perhaps the most gripping opening of any independently-published novel in recent memory. Continue reading

By Jesse Arnold

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Alethea

ALETHEA has perhaps the most gripping opening of any independently-published novel in recent memory. Continue reading

By Scott M. Sullivan

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Impetus

It is ten years since The Impact, the day when meteors struck the earth. The city of Boston has become a dark, dust driven scape with a small fraction of its population alive and living the semi feral life of scavenging tribes. Continue reading

By Tamara Linse

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Deep Down Things

Building off the exceptional promise of her short-story collection How to Be a Man, author Tamara Linse returns with a novel about three orphaned siblings in Loveland, Colorado and their struggles to find love, meaning, and the strength to care for each other. Continue reading

By J.D. Faulkner

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Mirrored Time

A young woman discovers she is among those who can travel between the past, present, and future, and must fight both friend and foe in order to save the world. Continue reading

By Stephen Geller

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A Little Piece of Me

A pianist must deal with her son’s severe illness and her failing marriage, with the help of Beethoven’s Appassionata. Continue reading

By Mike Smith

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Miss Mezzanine

A young man rethinks his life choices after a chance meeting with a mysterious woman at a music festival. Continue reading

By David Figlioli

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Memoirs of a Circus Clown

It is a rare person who has not, at some point in their life, wanted to run off and join the circus. It is a much rarer person who actually does, especially when they are forty years old. Continue reading

By Naomi Kenocek

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The Truth About Hannah Rose

THE TRUTH ABOUT HANNAH ROSE is the story of an international adoption of a Russian child by an American single mother. Continue reading

By Samuel Finlay

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Breakfast with the Dirt Cult

Tom Walton is a 25 year old team leader at the US Army base in Ft. Drum, New York. He has already been to Bosnia to police the peace-keeping process and soon receives orders to go to Afghanistan to do “real infantry stuff”. Eventually months of combat and the accompanying PTSD stand between them as Tom finally faces his own demons. Continue reading

By Mark Murphy

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Curse of the Thrax

A young man, the son of a warchief in a post-apocalyptic fantasy world, must find his destiny as the one prophesied to bring down an evil king.
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By Marc Clark

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The Princess Fables

Eleven enticing stories about Princesses offer entertainment as well as lessons in good behavior and values.
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By Linda Zercoe

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A Kick-Ass Fairy

A woman battles a troubled childhood, early widowhood, and multiple bouts with cancer to find herself still going strong in her fifties. Continue reading

By Yves Fey

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Floats the Dark Shadow

A policeman in late nineteenth-century Paris tries to track down a vicious child murderer who may be linked to an eccentric group of artists.
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By Vijay Lakshman

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Mythborn

In a land where magic-users have only recently been freed from persecution, the opening of a mysterious Gate in a beseiged fortress sets off a train of events that bring a diverse cast of characters into conflict over the source of magic itself. Continue reading

By Ryan Scoville

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The Slithy Toves

Thirty years ago three young children are kidnapped; three young children are saved by a mistake on the kidnapper’s part and the bravery of one of the young victims. Now three more children have been kidnapped, and it looks like a writer’s assertion of two kidnappers in the original case might, in fact, be true. When the kidnapper mails severed toes to the police, the authorities must locate the children before they lose something worse: their lives. Continue reading

By Laurel McHargue

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“Miss?”

Based on actual events, “MISS?” is a whirlwind of a read as readers explore the failings of our educational system through the eyes of a first-time teacher as she struggles to impact her students lives in a meaningful way while dealing with the reality that her school may be closing in the not-to-distant future. Continue reading

By K. Huber

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The Air Singer

Tally is a normal young adult, living a normal life. She has a day job as a tarot card reader, tapping into her natural, intuitive abilities. Her quiet, unassuming life takes a drastic turn when she’s bowled over, literally, by an errant dust storm that marks her as an Air Singer. Continue reading

By Holly L. Lörincz

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Smart Mouth

As twenty-something Addy begins her new adventures at school, she discovers that her students might be just as overwhelmed and confused by school and their imperfect home lives as she is. Continue reading

By Jeff Gunhus

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Killer Within

Arnie Milhouse found the power. As an abused husband and submissive person, he walks into a convenience store during a robbery. Fearing for his life, he kills the robber and, reveling in his newfound power, he kills the clerk. This begins a thirteen year spree with mutilated bodies left in his wake. Continue reading

By J.A. Carter Winward

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Shorts

A series of very short slice-of-life stories on topics both poignant and funny. Continue reading

By David D. Williams

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Gamesmanship

When an explosion at a synthetic fertilizer manufacturing plant kills five workers, the cause is clear. What follows is the story of how the truth can easily be manipulated and distorted by an unethical lawyer who is more interested in making himself even wealthier than he is in uncovering the truth. Continue reading

By Henry Mosquera

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Status Quo

An unpublished author becomes a hit when he deliberately writes a controversial but second-rate novel to get attention, and then must deal with the repercussions. Continue reading

By Penny McCann Pennington

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It Burns a Lovely Light

A sister and brother must build a new life for themselves after their parents are killed. Continue reading

By Frank Bardessono

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The Kindness of Ravens

A young man in love with an older woman must wrestle with his inner demons to find his way to adulthood.
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By Robert Sholly

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Young Soldiers, Amazing Warriors

An officer who served with, and finally commanded, a rifle battalion in Vietnam tells the story of his time there and of the bravery and sacrifices of his men.
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By Martin Kee

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Bloom

BLOOM relates the respective stories of Tennyson Middlebrook and his best friend, Allison, young children living in a world that is on the brink of collapse thanks to a parasitic fungus called “bloom” and that of Lil’it, a feh considered less than human who is passed around like an abused puppy bought on a whim. Continue reading

By Philippe de Vosjolie

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I Am the Other

A series of messages are sent from an unknown source and leaders in government, religion and technology attempt to decipher the messages while trying covertly to use the messages to their advantage. Continue reading

By C. L. Francisco

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The Gospel According to Yeshua’s Cat

The story of Jesus of Nazareth is told from the point of view of his pet cat Mari.
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By Kaira Rouda

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In The Mirror

IN THE MIRROR offers a plethora of endearing moments to warm readers’ hearts in this tale about a happily married, thirty-something mother of two in the deadly grip of an aggressive form of cancer. Continue reading

By Keith Soares

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From Blood Reborn

FROM BLOOD REBORN is the third book in Kevin Soares’ post-apocalyptic series “Oasis of Filth”. The RL2013 virus that causes infected people to become Zombies has devastated the planet. Continue reading

By James McAllen

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Split Rock Road

The 20 original short stories contained in James McAllen’s SPLIT ROCK ROAD are a diverse look at humanity. Continue reading

By Diane Burnside Murdock

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New Art of Dying

An instruction manual designed to provide guidance in planning end-of-life care for oneself or family members. Continue reading

By Lori Ryan

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Ever Hopeful

Laura Kensington is on the run. Her abusive husband, heir to the Kensington fortune, died mysteriously, ending their abusive marriage. Laura, however, is pregnant. Her mother-in-law, Martha Kensington, is ready to use all of the resources available to her family to take the child and raise it themselves. Continue reading

By Chris Culver

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Nine Years Gone

Steven Hale is a seemingly fairly average guy. He’s a writer of mystery novels, and he lives with his wife Katherine and their niece and soon-to-be adoptive daughter, Ashley. But there’s one thing about him that’s quite extraordinary: nine years ago, he framed a guy for murder. Continue reading

By Amy Billone

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The Light Changes

Amy Billone’s poetry collection THE LIGHT CHANGES is a four-part cycle, starting with a suicide attempt and ending with the birth of a child, but they almost always come back to her relationship with her father, which serves as the emotional heart of the book. Continue reading

By Howard Krum

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An Animal Life

AN ANIMAL LIFE is as smart as it is funny; brilliant characters, hilarious occurrences, and smart medicine make this a fun and engaging read. Continue reading

By Ylleya Fields

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Princess Cupcake Jones and the Missing Tutu

The whimsical nature of Princess Cupcake is a realistic picture of children at preschool age; all things are enticing, and everything is of interest. Continue reading

By Sheri Bloom and Suzanne Mouton-Odum, PhD

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Out of the Rabbit Hole

OUT OF THE RABBIT HOLE clearly explains what OCD is, how it damages a person’s life and well-being, and how it can be fought through cognitive-behavioral therapy. Continue reading

By Michael Jarvis

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Field of Vision

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

By Colleen Houck

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Tiger’s Promise

In a far away land, a young girl named Yesubai is raised under the control of her father. He is a man great magical abilities, a violent temper and an insatiable hunger for power that make him a dangerous man. But unbeknownst to him, Yesubai, has powers of her own. Continue reading

By Bentz Deyo

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The Undelightened

The year leading up to Leam’s eighteenth birthday has been disastrous. He failed to Delighten on his seventeenth birthday, which means he also failed to take his place amongst the magical Dark that is his birthright. Continue reading

By Tracy E. Banghart

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Shattered Veil

A young woman must find her strength and her courage when drawn into the midst of a war. Continue reading

By Jocelyn Fox

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The Iron Sword

A young woman’s desire to help her friend draws her into Fae warfare and politics, and the discovery of her own destiny. Continue reading

By Jeffrey Schlaman

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Fiat

FIAT is a brilliant novel, written with sly humor and intellect. The writing can really make you laugh while satirizing current economic and political trend. Continue reading

By Michael F. Stewart

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The Terminals: Spark

A suicidal Army officer is given a chance at redemption through a bizarre secret program that involves getting information from the dead. Continue reading

By Jodie Renner

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Fire Up Your Fiction

Jodie Renner’s FIRE UP YOUR FICTION is a handy manual for writers looking to make the biggest impact with their craft. Continue reading

By Michael King

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Faith As A Substance

FAITH AS A SUBSTANCE is the story of James Little and his spiritual journey from his grade school years to his young adulthood. His Christian values are tested from the schoolyard through his teen years until he makes a firm commitment to live his faith, placing his life in Divine hands. Continue reading

By Shelly Crane

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Wide Awake

WIDE AWAKE follows a teenage girl as she wakes up from a coma that has lasted six months and tries to remember who she is while inevitably creating a new identity for herself. Continue reading

By James McAllen

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Split Rock Road

The 20 original short stories contained in SPLIT ROCK ROAD are a diverse look at humanity. The stories themselves cover a range of circumstances and situations. Ranging from flash fiction to short story length, the recurring themes such as love and loss and human frailties —are threaded throughout as a consistent unifier. Continue reading

By Larry Buhl

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The Genius Of Little Things

THE GENIUS OF LITTLE THINGS is a moving yet humorous story of a lovable, emotionally stunted, 16 year-old, science geek caught in the Foster-Go-Round system AKA Nevada Department of Child and Family Services. Continue reading

By David McDonnell

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Clan Donnell

David K. McDonnell’s book is a history of his own family intertwined with the history of Ireland. It is a balanced, well-researched history beginning with the hunter-gatherers of the Stone Age up to present times. Continue reading

By Keith Soares

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The Hopeless Pastures

In this sequel to The Oasis Of Filth, THE HOPELESS PASTURES begins quite innocuously with a man alone in a lake house, farming for his basic needs. But then the full impact of the disease RL2013 hits the placid scene, complete with zombie attacks and suspicious trespassers. Continue reading

By M.F. Thomas and Nicholas Thurkettle

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Seeing By Moonlight

Alex Pyke is a successful used-car salesman, whose career and social ambitions appear to be coming to fruition. But when he goes back to Germany, the land of his birth, what he thought was a simple deal to import a couple of cars turns into an adventure that will change his life. Continue reading

By James Snyder

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Desolation Run

When Oreny “Big” Johnson is told he has less than eight months to live, he is super motivated. . . . to break out of prison as soon as possible. After all, the only fate worse than a cancerous death is a cancerous death behind bars.
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By James Houston Turner

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November Echo

NOVEMBER ECHO takes place as the main tensions of the Cold War are winding down in 1985, but suspicions about biological warfare pervade the covert community. In the trenches of the Russian spy organization, a battle of wills is waged between the brass and rogue, but highly effective Colonel Talanov (based on an actual KGB agent) in the latest in the Aleksandr Talanov series. Continue reading

By Nancy Myers & Diane Seay

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True Blue You

When Lazlo True moves in next door, Dusty Shine can’t wait to meet and befriend him. But introductions are a little awkward when Dusty sees Lazlo has the most unusual blue ears. Dusty and Lazlo become fast friends, inseparable, but not all Dusty’s friends are as welcoming and accepting. Not everyone wants to play with the blue-eared boy. Continue reading

By R. Scott Boyer

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Bobby Ether And The Academy

BOBBY ETHER AND THE ACADEMY reels you in from the first line: It would take a miracle to win the game. And, lo and behold, fourteen-year-old Bobby somehow, miraculously, makes the last-second shot to defeat his basketball team’s middle-school rivals. Continue reading

By Kevin McCormick

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The Silence And The Light

Rogue policeman Benjamin Weizmann and his former quarry, Atusa Navarro, now hunted criminals flee together from the law in this sequel that reveals a galaxy being ripped apart by catastrophic violence, with ordinary and not-so-ordinary people caught in the middle. Continue reading

By SS Wilson

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Fraidy Cats

FRAIDY CATS, SS Wilson’s retelling of the Frankenstein story, is a tongue-in-cheek narration presented as the “true” story of Victor Frankenstein and his monster, not the ruminations of a novelist. Continue reading

By Mike O'Mary

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Wise Men and Other Stories

A collection of holiday-related essays that blends humor and poignancy in the tradition of Robert Fulghum, Dave Barry, Bill Bryson, P.J. O’Rourke and other great American humorists.
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By Michael Hurley

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The Prodigal

Aidan Sharpe, one of the finest lawyers in Raleigh, finds himself an outcast after a serious ethical breach. His long fall from grace brings him to Ocracoke Island, His journey is touched by the words of a mysterious gypsy woman and the appearance of a derelict ship that point him toward his destiny. Continue reading

By Melissa Foster

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Have No Shame

When a secretive friendship with a young black man takes an unexpected romantic turn, Alison is forced to choose between her predetermined future, and the dangerous path that her heart yearns for. Continue reading

By John Lauricella

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Hunting Old Sammie

HUNTING OLD SAMMIE by John Lauricella is not a masterpiece, but it’s close. Set in Ithaca in 2004, it traces the fates of two men and their families whose lives are forever shadowed by 9/11. Continue reading

By Niki Tulk

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Shadows and Wings

Lara is a young girl who lives with her mother, her Oma and her Opa on a farm in Australia. Oma and Opa are both immigrants from Germany, and both are kind, loving supports to Lara and her younger sister Jen as they grow to womanhood. But Opa has a shadowy past that no one wants to talk about, and after his death, Lara finds out one reason for the silence. Continue reading

By Robert M. Tanner III

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Memoirs of an Outlaw

MEMOIRS OF AN OUTLAW is the first outing by Tanner, a retired Marine and veteran who served in active combat duty in Afghanistan and, the subject of this story, Iraq. Continue reading

By Gerry O'Sullivan

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Gangsters Of Shanghai

Michael Gallagher lost both his father and his sweetheart, in the Irish Troubles. He joins the Shanghai Municipal Police in an attempt to make a name for himself. But when one of Shanghai’s most dangerous and prosperous men decides to hire him for a detective job,and he discovers his first love is alive, the upheaval in his own life begins to mirror the political upheaval around him. Continue reading

By Jonathan Maas

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City of Gods

Jonathan Maas’ CITY OF GODS envisions a world divided into tribal fiefdoms ruled by the ancient gods. Each of the rulers has carved out their territory and the world they rule has devolved into one of constant warfare between these provinces. In an effort to stem this warfare several regions created The Academy to train police force that will end the bloodshed. Continue reading

By Patti Davis

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The Blue Hour

After a frightening incident in Los Angeles, Joshua and his family move from there, to a small, quaint town called Clearoak, where the folk aren’t “unfriendly” but just “protective”. Here, Joshua hears rumors and stories about the old house in which he now lives – a house that is supposedly haunted. Continue reading

By John Abramowitz

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Identity Theft

Hunter Gamble, formerly a lawyer for the arcanes is now working in his father’s firm, consumed with guilt for the death of his partner and friend, Kirsten Harper. When an old friend is accused of a murder with magical coercion as his only defense, Hunter can’t resist taking the case. Continue reading

By John Abramowitz

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Identity Theft

Hunter Gamble, formerly a lawyer for the arcanes is now working in his father’s firm, consumed with guilt for the death of his partner and friend, Kirsten Harper. When an old friend is accused of a murder with magical coercion as his only defense, Hunter can’t resist taking the case. Continue reading

By Mike Feder

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A Long Swim Upstream

In his collection of short stories, author Mike Feder shares the often dark but also often surprisingly humorous stories revealing the light in even the darkest moment. Continue reading

By Larry Buhl

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The Genius Of Little Things

THE GENIUS OF LITTLE THINGS is a moving yet humorous story of a lovable, emotionally stunted, 16 year-old, science geek caught in the Foster-Go-Round system AKA Nevada Department of Child and Family Services. Continue reading

By Jeff Conine

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Frag’s Ass

John Caine isn’t your typical psych case; everyone can tell that when he arrives at the low-rent, high-cost halfway house called Juniper Manor. What kind of case he is, no one seems to be able to quite put their finger on: not his fellow inmates, not the sleazy manager of Juniper Manor, and not his disillusioned shrink. Continue reading

By Grace Mattioli

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Olive Branches Don’t Grow On Trees

The Greco clan, a collection of dysfunctional but brilliant underachievers who haven’t all been together since the marriage of eldest daughter, six years ago because they all end up brawling. Then protagonist, Sylvia Greco attempts to reconcile her family by organizing a reunion. Continue reading

By JACKIE MINNITI

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Project June Bug

English teacher, Jenna Bianchi starts her new term with a new unruly student. As Jenna lays out a plan (that she names Project June Bug) to help Michael, she must battle administrative issues, differing peer opinions and a parent who is bent on destroying her teaching career. Continue reading

By Marci Wise

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Pain, Passion & Purpose

Everyone faces struggle, author Marci Wise points out, but it’s one’s perspective on pain and struggle and how one deals with life’s disappointments that matters. Continue reading

By D.F. Waitt

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Leaving Early

As the narrator of LEAVING EARLY counts down the days to his suicide, he contemplates his life so far while offering some poignant and facetious observations of life in this richly dark and humorous narrative. Continue reading

By Laurie Stevens

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Deep into Dusk

Gabriel McRay is a police officer on the trail of a sexually sadistic serial killer. His only witness is Tara Samuels, who escaped the killer’s tortures. Continue reading

By Giacomo Giammatteo

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Murder Has Consequences

MURDER HAS CONSEQUENCES is a story of two childhood friends with a history of violence that reunite in tragedy after very divergent life choices. Continue reading

By David Greene

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Unmentionables

UNMENTIONABLES is a story concerning the interaction of slavery, family, love and war, when two Southern families, and the slaves they own, but do not fully control, find themselves forced to confront traumatic change in the face of the Civil War. Continue reading

By Bonnie McKernan

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Cliff of the Ruin

Mae Kendrick, born in Ireland, has lived with her aunt and uncle in New York since her infancy, and has grown into an accomplished painter and a lovely woman. Her relatives are concerned, however, by her lack of potential husbands after a failed engagement. Continue reading

By Ryan Winfield

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Jane’s Melody

Jane tries to pick up the pieces of her life after the death of Melody, her 20-year-old daughter who had been estranged from Jane the past year. Continue reading

By Curtis Edmonds

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Rain on Your Wedding Day

Will Morse wrapped himself in a blanket of overwhelming tragedy and holed up in a cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia for five years. Continue reading

By Tilia Klebenov Jacobs

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Wrong Place, Wrong Time

Tsara Adelman hasn’t spoken to her uncle, Castle Thornlocke, in twenty years. But when he invites her to a benefit for a cancer charity founded in her mother’s name, her affectionate husband David, her brother Court and her rabbi and close friend Adara persuade her to put the past aside and attend. Continue reading

By Michael L. Watson

4.5IR Rating

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Valkwitch

Our story begins around the typical campfire of fantasy novels everywhere, with most of the party asleep (or nearly so) except for the bard and the heroine, who are discussing the epic he is writing about her. Continue reading

By Christine Brandel

4.5IR Rating

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Tell This to Girls: The Panic Annie Poems

Tell This to Girls is a series of poems about an abused and neglected child, and the damage done to her life and growth thereby. Continue reading

By Kevin McCormick

4.5IR Rating

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A Voice In The Thunder

A Voice In The Thunder is set in a futuristic world run by a coalition of interplanetary governments, headed by Chancellor Peter Brumhall. Continue reading

By Cari Kamm

4.5IR Rating

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For Internal Use Only

Kamm draws the reader into Chloe’s spinning world, keeping us guessing as to whether the epistolary lovers will ever make their relationship real. Though the lovers’ texts and emails get tedious at times, readers will be captivated by Chloe’s journey into her own heart. Continue reading

By Robert Flatt

4.5IR Rating

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Rice’s Owls

Photographer Robert Flatt ties together narrative of the birds’ lives, facts about owls, Rice, and their connection, and visually stunning photographs to create a beautiful and thoughtful book. Continue reading

By Ron L. Winter

4.5IR Rating

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Corkscrew Ridge

A stirring and beguiling portrayal of a man’s journey and quiet transformation. Continue reading

By Elizabeth Hunter

4.5IR Rating

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The Genius and the Muse

When Kate Mitchell decided to research the mysterious portrait in the student gallery, she had no idea how her life would change. She thought she knew what she wanted in life. She had a great boyfriend, a promising career, and a clear path.
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By Stephanie Stamm

4.5IR Rating

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A Gift of Wings

Lucinda “Lucky” Monroe has just had to put her grandmother — the woman who raised her after her mother died giving birth — in an assisted care facility because the older woman’s Alzheimer’s has made looking after her too difficult. Continue reading

By Dawn M. Cutillo

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The Hormone Shift

Cutillo, who has worked in the health field for 23 years, unravels the mystery of how hormones work in this comprehensive and user-friendly book for women of all ages and stages. Continue reading

By Taylor Evan Fulkes

4.5IR Rating

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My Prison Without Bars: The Journey of a Damaged Woman to Someplace Normal

The harrowing tale of a young girl brutally raped and abused by her stepfather, and her efforts to find a normal life as she gets older, despite repeated encounters with sexual violence, rape and abuse at the hands of boyfriends. Continue reading

By Hal Emerson

4.5IR Rating

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The Prince of Ravens

The Prince of Ravens is set in a world run by a powerful and ruthless Empress and her seven children, each holding a talisman granting them the power of a particular creature. Continue reading

By Amy Harmon

4.5IR Rating

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A Different Blue

Blue Echohawk doesn’t know who she is. She doesn’t know her real name or when she was born. Abandoned at two and raised by a drifter, she didn’t attend school until she was ten years old. At nineteen, when most kids her age are attending college or moving on with life, she is just a senior in high school. Continue reading

By Jeanette Battista

4.5IR Rating

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Long Black Veil

Devon Mackson has lived with her grandmother since she was eight, when her mother was arrested for prostitution and drug possession. Continue reading

By Nicole Williams

4.5IR Rating

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Lost & Found

Rowan Sterling is bitter, hurt, and angry with life, having spent her eighteen years neglected by a mother who treats her daughter with scorn, when not ignoring her completely in favor of a series of boyfriends. Continue reading

By Freddie Owens Wegela

4.5IR Rating

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Then Like the Blind Man: Orbie’s Story

Orbie is a nine-year-old whose father died in a tragic incident at the steel mill where he worked, an incident blamed on a black worker’s carelessness. Continue reading

By Jennifer Richardson

4.5IR Rating

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Americashire

Americashire is the story of an American woman married to a British man, who is persuaded to move to her husband’s country and finally ends up settling in a peaceful (but eccentrically British) village in the Cotswolds. Continue reading

By Catherine Stine

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Fireseed One

In the year 2089, global warming has split the world into three sections – the Arctic-area Ocean Dominion, the Land Dominion just to the south, and the dangerous, only somewhat habitable Hotzone, where going outside without a special suit leaves you burned beyond recognition. Continue reading

By Elaine Russell

4.5IR Rating

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Martin McMillan and the Secret of the Ruby Elephant

Martin McMillan is excited to spend time with his friend Isabel, visiting Chicago six months after their adventure together in Peru. Continue reading

By Don M. Winn

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The Knighting of Sir Kaye

The Knighting of Sir Kaye is the charming beginning to a children’s series featuring boy knight Sir Kaye and his trusty squire, Reggie Stork (the narrator), in a kingdom that has fallen on difficult times since the death of its former king, a good and wise man. Continue reading

By B. B. Shepherd

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The Glister Journals: Bronze

Allison is starting high school in a new home and a new town, having moved from Los Angeles to the Sierra Nevada foothills. Continue reading

By Adele Woodyard

4.5IR Rating

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Final Payment

Kristy McCarthy, reporter at Tampa Herald, is investigating the death of Harry Dewars, the husband of the owner of the newspaper. Continue reading

By E. M. Tippetts

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Someone Else’s Fairytale

Chloe Winters is a 22-year-old senior and aspiring valedictorian at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque who is studying to be a forensic scientist. Continue reading

By Mac Canter

4.5IR Rating

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The Weldon File

The Weldon File begins with Morris Jackson Rives disclaiming responsibility for the hit-and-run killing of a Guatemalan gardener by his drunk, married lover, Karen Moore. Continue reading

By Nick Sapien

4.5IR Rating

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Truth City

Truth City is a perfect world where the all-knowing Truth Machine keeps society safe and honest. Continue reading

By Dr. Phil McGraw

4.5IR Rating

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Life Code

It is hard to picture a person who cannot find anything of benefit in this book, and much of it seems both wise and sensible. Continue reading

By Philip D. Luing

4.5IR Rating

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Bliss: A Marriage Proposal for Charles Stephen Hughes

BLISS is a collection of poetry and short prose–romantic, erotic, sensual and affectionate–from one man to another, the love of his life. Continue reading

By R.S. Vern

4.5IR Rating

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HAEE: The Cat with a Crooked Tail

Thhe simple but poignant story of Haee, a cat with a crooked tail, who lives a comfortable and worry-free life with his loving family. Continue reading

By Marc A. DiGiacomo

4.5IR Rating

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In a Small Town

IN A SMALL TOWN effectively reveals the grittiness of police life, conveying a special ability to separate the experiences on the job with personal emotions for the most part, that allows the policemen to do their job without falling apart. Continue reading

By Russell Scott

4.5IR Rating

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Time Donors Wanted

Jarvis Sloan is President of LifeSolutions, devoted to improving family life and sexual relations. Following the advice of a colleague and his extra-marital affair partner; he creates TimeDonors, a spin-off company that aims to more directly help failing marriages by using a new kind of server that leaves no electronic trail and all sexual hook ups between people stay anonymous. Continue reading

By Dr. Richard A Oppenlander

4.5IR Rating

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Comfortably Unaware

Comfortably Unaware maintains that our food choices are depleting our planet’s resources because “the major cause of biodiversity loss on our planet is from the livestock we raise for food and from overfishing of our oceans,” and calls for the consumer to be aware of the brainwashing by the media and become more educated on how to make choices that will save our planet. Continue reading

By Ethan Evers

4.5IR Rating

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The Eden Prescription

The Eden Prescription is a tight and complex mystery thriller about the battle behind the race to find a cure for cancer. Continue reading

By Henry Mosquera

4.5IR Rating

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Sleeper’s Run

In this suspenseful, tightly written thriller, protagonist Eric Caine, an ex-Air Force Special Operations Command pararescuer is on the run, trying to find out who set him up to be the fall guy in an international assassination plot. Continue reading

By Lee Fullbright

4.5IR Rating

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The Angry Woman Suite

Frances Grayson never quite gets over been raised by the overbearing, obsessive and disturbed women in his family. His demons raise their ugly heads, especially with his stepdaughter Elyse who tries desperately to maintain a sense of ‘normalcy’ for herself and her young sister Bean. Continue reading

By Dina Silver

4.5IR Rating

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One Pink Line

One Pink Line is a beautifully written and well-crafted story about Sydney, a senior in College, who gets pregnant by someone other than the love of her life, but decides to keep her baby. Continue reading

By Carter Taylor Seaton

4.5IR Rating

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Amo, Amas, Amat

Appropriately titled, Amo, Amas, Amat, which is the Latin conjugation of the verb to love, this book is about love triangles and connections in life and love. Continue reading

By William Cheevers

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The Able Seaman’s Mate

Author William Cheevers provides a glimpse into America’s cultural history in this beautifully written tale about Irish immigrant James Patrick Delaney adjusting to life in America. Continue reading

By Ray Flynt

4.5IR Rating

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Blood Porn

This fast-paced mystery begins with a missing person—Jeremy Young, a runaway from Maple Grove, an institution for juveniles who’ve run afoul of the law. Jeremy’s brother, Derek, sees him in a porn film and contacts detective Brad Frame and his side-kick, former probation officer Sharon Porter, for help in locating him. Continue reading

By Edite Vidins

4.5IR Rating

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The Girl You Deserve

Edite Vidins, a woman of Latvian heritage raised in Australia, begins this compelling memoir with the disclosure that the love of her young life, a man named Warwick, has died of hypothermia after wandering out of a bar and into a blizzard. Continue reading

By Paul Clayton

4.5IR Rating

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White Seed:The Untold Story of the Lost Colony of Roanoke

A group of settlers from England, organized by Sir Walter Raleigh, are charged with landing in the Chesapeake Bay area to establish a colony. A previous expedition in Roanoke ended badly after soldiers beheaded an Indian chief, accusing him of stealing an axe. But the subsequent trip goes awry when the pilot becomes more interested in chasing the Spanish bullion on their ships than completing his mission. Continue reading

By Tammara Webber

4.5IR Rating

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Easy

Jackie has made the unfortunate decision of following her high school boyfriend, Kennedy to the state school he chose, rather than follow her talents to the first rate music university programs she could have gotten into. Thinking that their love would last—or at least continue on campus, Jackie is blindsided when she is promptly dumped by Kennedy and left in a place that she isn’t sure she should even be. Continue reading

By T.A. Corbi

4.5IR Rating

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Charlie Chan Meets Tom Swifty

This little book opens with Charlie Chan sitting on a bench talking to his friend Tom Swifty, who decides to make a list of the pearls of wisdom inspired by Chan’s life and experience as a famous detective. And so begins a list of Tom Swiftys, which the author quotes Wikipedia defining as: “a phrase in which a quoted sentence is linked by a pun to the manner in which it is attributed.” Continue reading

By Charles H. Hood

4.5IR Rating

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Wal-Mart’s Egonomics Always

The tale of how ADDvantage Media Group, Inc, (AMG) a vendor of shopping cart calculators, partnered with Wal-Mart and were systematically destroyed by the corporate mega-store through continual mishandlings, turnovers in high level associates who were working on the accounts and an overall attitude of greed and deception. Continue reading

By Sarah Burleton

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Why Me?

“Why Me?” is Sarah Burleton’s heart wrenching and thought-provoking memoir of living with a mother who abused her as a child and teenager. Continue reading

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Flat-Out Love

Flat-Out Love is a warm and witty novel of family love and dysfunction, deep heartache and raw vulnerability, with a bit of mystery and one whopping, knock-you-to-your-knees romance. Continue reading

By Richard Best

4.5IR Rating

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The Frugal Oenophile’s Lexicon of Wine Tasting Terms

A compendium of more than 650 terms and definitions specific to the language of wine. Continue reading

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Diary of a Mad Fat Girl

Ace’s troubles start when her beach trip falls through. Before she knows what’s happening, the sarcastic protagonist of “Diary of a Mad Fat Girl” finds one friend ensnared in a sex scandal and another friend has them spying on her dirt-bag husband. Continue reading

By David Paton, MD

4.5IR Rating

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Second Sight: Views From An Eye Doctor’s Odyssey

With honesty, candor and a great sense of humor, David Paton MD, brings to the pages of his memoir the very essence of his journey though his life and career. Continue reading

By Dr. Nathan Myhrvold, Chris Young, Maxime Bilet

4.5IR Rating

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Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking

Food porn in six gorgeous volumes. Continue reading

By Stephen L. Gibson

4.5IR Rating

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A Secret of the Universe

In delving into the depths of human nature and rationality as few have before, A Secret of the Universe provides a new take on the battle between faith and skepticism for the post-9/11 world.

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By Carleton Varney

4.5IR Rating

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In the Pink: Dorothy Draper-America’s Most Fabulous Decorator

Like Martha Stewart, Dorothy Draper was a preacher and teacher whose how-to books and Good Housekeeping columns provided middle-class housewives with affordable ideas for making their homes more functional and comfortable.
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By Drew Banks

4.5IR Rating

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Able Was I

Able Was I begins by introducing us to Grey Tigrett, an American college student tooling around Italy for a summer before graduation. On the island of Elba (yes, Napoleon’s Elba) Grey, who came to the island with a longtime girlfriend, has a brief but significant amorous encounter with an Italian man named Antonio.

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By Hirschl & Adler Galleries

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Edward Hopper: Light Years

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By Sperone Westwater

4.5IR Rating

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Julian Schnabel: Navigation Drawings

Essay by David Moos. Includes thirty-nine full color reproductions. Continue reading

By Frank Shima

4.5IR Rating

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Vencil

Like Jeannette Walls in her memoir, The Glass Castle, Shima does a fine job of comparing and contrasting city and country life through the eyes of a child. Continue reading

By Jack Sobel

4.5IR Rating

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The Flower Man’s Daughter

A skillfully crafted novel that recounts the C.I.A.-backed violent coup that toppled Chilean President Salvador Allende in 1973. Continue reading

By The Gagosian Gallery

4.5IR Rating

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Warhol from the Sonnaben Collection

This beautifully illustrated book includes essays by Picasso biographer John Richardson and leading Warhol scholar Brenda Richardson. Continue reading

By Dave Eggers

4.5IR Rating

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Zeitoun

Eggers’s riveting nonfiction book, three years in the making, explores the protagonist’s roots in Syria, his marriage to Kathy–an American who converted to Islam–and their children, and the surreal atmosphere (in New Orleans and the United States generally) in which what happened to Abdulrahman Zeitoun was possible.

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By John L. Betcher

4.5IR Rating

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The 19th Element

The 19th Element will speak to fans of a good thriller, to aviation buffs and those interested in the evil possibilities of nuclear power placed in the wrong hands.

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By John L. Betcher

4.5IR Rating

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The Missing Element

A breath-stopping journey of intrigue, suspense featuring a cast of quirky and intriguing characters–each with a motive into a larger scheme that could quickly spell disaster. Continue reading

By Norman Beim

4.5IR Rating

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Hymie and the Angel

A funny, phantasmagorical and spiritual look at loss, guilt, fear of death, and the will to live as experienced by a Jewish immigrant in Newark in 1933. Continue reading

By Kenn Amdahl

4.5IR Rating

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Joy Writing

A how-to guide for aspiring writers that ends up containing none of the prescriptive rules and one-size-fits-all advice so often associated with the genre. Continue reading

By Stephen Akey

4.5IR Rating

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A Guide to My Record Collection

A book about rock and roll written by a fan, not a critic and “one of the most enjoyable trips through rock and roll I’ve had in a long time.” Continue reading

By June Ahern

4.5IR Rating

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The Skye in June

A beautifully written, convincing portrayal of a family, in which growth comes by squarely facing the past and accepting all of its truths. Continue reading