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The Wanderer’s Children

By L.G. O'Connor

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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Henry First: A Story of Excess

By Basil Lawrence

Rating:  star star star star star 

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?

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Mission to Mahjundar

By Veronica Scott

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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The Punk Rock Las Vegas Survival Guide

By Bob Oedy

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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The Frailty of Perception

By Joey Rawlings

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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Adzul: The Heirs of the Medallion

By David Sage

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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Fathers House

By C. Edward Baldwin

Rating:  star star star star star 

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

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Meritropolis

By Joel Ohman

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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Designed To Love

By Elle Davis

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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Molly And Babou

By James Mahoney and Marie-Paule Mahoney

Rating:  star star star star star 

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

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The Cyberbardos

By Philippe de Vosjoli

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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Once Upon An Ever After

By Angela N. Blount

Rating:  star star star star star 

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

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The Manifestation of Light

By Ryan Shimek

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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First Creatures

By Tami Liberati

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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Pieces of Ivy

By Dean Covin

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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Brainwashed: A True Story of Psychological Domestic Violence

By Kashonia Carnegie PhD

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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The Earl of Brass

By Kara Jorgensen

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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Hedged

By Christianne Sanchez

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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Kill the Lights

By David Wahlberg

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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Tales of a Jailhouse Librarian

By Marybeth Zeman

Rating:  star star star star star 

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

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The Unbeliever

By Zachary J. Kitchen

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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Mystery at Snake River Bridge

By Richard Uhlig, Jr.

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.
This makes Kodak dangerous in Harker City.

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After June

By Thomasin Heyworth

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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The Boy Walker

By David Perlstein

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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The Wanton Life of My Friend Dave

By Tristan Wood

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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Alethea

By Jesse Arnold

Rating:  star star star star star 

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

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Alethea

By Jesse Arnold

Rating:  star star star star star 

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

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Impetus

By Scott M. Sullivan

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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Deep Down Things

By Tamara Linse

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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Mirrored Time

By J.D. Faulkner

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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A Little Piece of Me

By Stephen Geller

Rating:  star star star star star 

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

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Miss Mezzanine

By Mike Smith

Rating:  star star star star star 

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

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Memoirs of a Circus Clown

By David Figlioli

Rating:  star star star star star 

t 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.

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The Truth About Hannah Rose

By Naomi Kenocek

Rating:  star star star star star 

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

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Breakfast with the Dirt Cult

By Samuel Finlay

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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Curse of the Thrax

By Mark Murphy

Rating:  star star star star star 

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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The Princess Fables

By Marc Clark

Rating:  star star star star star 

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

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A Kick-Ass Fairy

By Linda Zercoe

Rating:  star star star star star 

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

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Floats the Dark Shadow

By Yves Fey

Rating:  star star star star star 

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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Mythborn

By Vijay Lakshman

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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The Slithy Toves

By Ryan Scoville

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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“Miss?”

By Laurel McHargue

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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The Air Singer

By K. Huber

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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Smart Mouth

By Holly L. Lörincz

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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Killer Within

By Jeff Gunhus

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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Shorts

By J.A. Carter Winward

Rating:  star star star star star 

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

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Gamesmanship

By David D. Williams

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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Status Quo

By Henry Mosquera

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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It Burns a Lovely Light

By Penny McCann Pennington

Rating:  star star star star star 

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

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The Kindness of Ravens

By Frank Bardessono

Rating:  star star star star star 

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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Young Soldiers, Amazing Warriors.

By Robert Sholly

Rating:  star star star star star 

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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Bloom

By Martin Kee

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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I Am the Other

By Philippe de Vosjolie

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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The Gospel According to Yeshua’s Cat

By C. L. Francisco

Rating:  star star star star star 

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

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In The Mirror

By Kaira Rouda

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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FROM BLOOD REBORN

By Keith Soares

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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Split Rock Road

By James McAllen

Rating:  star star star star star 

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

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New Art of Dying

By Diane Burnside Murdock

Rating:  star star star star star 

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

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Ever Hopeful

By Lori Ryan

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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Nine Years Gone

By Chris Culver

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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The Light Changes

By Amy Billone

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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An Animal Life

By Howard Krum

Rating:  star star star star star 

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

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Princess Cupcake Jones and the Missing Tutu

By Ylleya Fields

Rating:  star star star star star 

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

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Out of the Rabbit Hole

By Sheri Bloom and Suzanne Mouton-Odum, PhD

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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Field of Vision

By Michael Jarvis

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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Tiger’s Promise

By Colleen Houck

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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The Undelightened

By Bentz Deyo

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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Shattered Veil

By Tracy E. Banghart

Rating:  star star star star star 

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

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The Iron Sword

By Jocelyn Fox

Rating:  star star star star star 

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

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Fiat

By Jeffrey Schlaman

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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The Terminals: Spark

By Michael F. Stewart

Rating:  star star star star star 

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

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Fire Up Your Fiction

By Jodie Renner

Rating:  star star star star star 

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

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Faith As A Substance

By Michael King

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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Wide Awake

By Shelly Crane

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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Split Rock Road

By James McAllen

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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The Genius Of Little Things

By Larry Buhl

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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Clan Donnell

By David McDonnell

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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The Hopeless Pastures

By Keith Soares

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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Seeing By Moonlight

By M.F. Thomas and Nicholas Thurkettle

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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Desolation Run

By James Snyder

Rating:  star star star star star 

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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November Echo

By James Houston Turner

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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True Blue You

By Nancy Myers & Diane Seay

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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Bobby Ether And The Academy

By R. Scott Boyer

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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The Silence And The Light

By Kevin McCormick

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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Fraidy Cats

By SS Wilson

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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Wise Men and Other Stories

By Mike O'Mary

Rating:  star star star star star 

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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The Prodigal

By Michael Hurley

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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Simple Simon

By William Poe

Rating:  star star star star star 

SIMPLE SIMON is a novel about one boy’s struggle to grow up into holiness and acceptance in a life tormented by his sexuality and drug use

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Have No Shame

By Melissa Foster

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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Hunting Old Sammie

By John Lauricella

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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Shadows and Wings

By Niki Tulk

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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Memoirs of an Outlaw

By Robert M. Tanner III

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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Gangsters Of Shanghai

By Gerry O'Sullivan

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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City of Gods

By Jonathan Maas

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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The Blue Hour

By Patti Davis

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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Identity Theft

By John Abramowitz

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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Identity Theft

By John Abramowitz

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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A Long Swim Upstream

By Mike Feder

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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The Genius Of Little Things

By Larry Buhl

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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FRAG’S ASS

By Jeff Conine

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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Olive Branches Don’t Grow On Trees

By Grace Mattioli

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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Project June Bug

By JACKIE MINNITI

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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The Illusion Of Secondhand Smoke

By Janice M. Van Dyck

Rating:  star star star star star 

Mike Costello is dying of cancer. His “last request”- a gathering of friends and enemies from high school. They all know that it will somehow be about the murder of Maria’s popular brother during their senior year.

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Pain, Passion & Purpose

By Marci Wise

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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Leaving Early

By d.f. waitt

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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Deep into Dusk

By Laurie Stevens

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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MURDER HAS CONSEQUENCES

By Giacomo Giammatteo

Rating:  star star star star star 

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

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Unmentionables

By David Greene

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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Cliff of the Ruin

By Bonnie McKernan

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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Jane’s Melody

By Ryan Winfield

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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Rain on Your Wedding Day

By Curtis Edmonds

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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Wrong Place, Wrong Time

By Tilia Klebenov Jacobs

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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Valkwitch

By Michael L. Watson

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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Tell This to Girls: The Panic Annie Poems

By Christine Brandel

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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A Voice In The Thunder

By Kevin McCormick

Rating:  star star star star star 

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

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For Internal Use Only

By Cari Kamm

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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Rice’s Owls

By Robert Flatt

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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Corkscrew Ridge

By Ron L. Winter

Rating:  star star star star star 

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

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The Genius and the Muse

By Elizabeth Hunter

Rating:  star star star star star 

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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A Gift of Wings

By Stephanie Stamm

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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The Hormone Shift: How to Resolve Issues with your Mood, Weight & Health

By Dawn M. Cutillo

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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

By Taylor Evan Fulkes

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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The Prince of Ravens

By Hal Emerson

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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A Different Blue

By Amy Harmon

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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Long Black Veil

By Jeanette Battista

Rating:  star star star star star 

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

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Lost & Found

By Nicole Williams

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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Then Like the Blind Man: Orbie’s Story

By Freddie Owens Wegela

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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Americashire

By Jennifer Richardson

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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Fireseed One

By Catherine Stine

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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Martin McMillan and the Secret of the Ruby Elephant

By Elaine Russell

Rating:  star star star star star 

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

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The Knighting of Sir Kaye

By Don M. Winn

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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The Glister Journals: Bronze

By B. B. Shepherd

Rating:  star star star star star 

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

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Final Payment

By Adele Woodyard

Rating:  star star star star star 

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

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Someone Else’s Fairytale

By E. M. Tippetts

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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The Weldon File

By Mac Canter

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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Truth City

By Nick Sapien

Rating:  star star star star star 

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

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Life Code

By Dr. Phil McGraw

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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Bliss: A Marriage Proposal for Charles Stephen Hughes

By Philip D. Luing

Rating:  star star star star star 

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

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HAEE: The Cat with a Crooked Tail

By R.S. Vern

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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In a Small Town

By Marc A. DiGiacomo

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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Time Donors Wanted

By Russell Scott

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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Comfortably Unaware

By Dr. Richard A Oppenlander

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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The Eden Prescription

By Ethan Evers

Rating:  star star star star star 

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

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Sleeper’s Run

By Henry Mosquera

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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The Angry Woman Suite

By Lee Fullbright

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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One Pink Line

By Dina Silver

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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Amo, Amas, Amat

By Carter Taylor Seaton

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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The Able Seaman’s Mate

By William Cheevers

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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Blood Porn

By Ray Flynt

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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The Girl You Deserve

By Edite Vidins

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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

By Paul Clayton

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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Easy

By Tammara Webber

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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Charlie Chan Meets Tom Swifty

By T.A. Corbi

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.”

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Wal-Mart’s Egonomics Always

By Charles H. Hood

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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Why Me?

By Sarah Burleton

Rating:  star star star star star 

“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.

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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.

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The Frugal Oenophile’s Lexicon of Wine Tasting Terms

By Richard Best

Rating:  star star star star star 

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

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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.

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Second Sight: Views From An Eye Doctor’s Odyssey

By David Paton, MD

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking

By Dr. Nathan Myhrvold, Chris Young, Maxime Bilet

Rating:  star star star star star 

Food porn in six gorgeous volumes.

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A Secret of the Universe

By Stephen L. Gibson

Rating:  star star star star star 

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

By Carleton Varney

Rating:  star star star star star 

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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Able Was I

By Drew Banks

Rating:  star star star star star 

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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Edward Hopper: Light Years

By Hirschl & Adler Galleries

Rating:  star star star star star 

Essay by Peter Schjeldahl

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Julian Schnabel: Navigation Drawings

By Sperone Westwater

Rating:  star star star star star 

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

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By Frank Shima

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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The Flower Man’s Daughter

By Jack Sobel

Rating:  star star star star star 

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

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Warhol from the Sonnaben Collection

By The Gagosian Gallery

Rating:  star star star star star 

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

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Zeitoun

By Dave Eggers

Rating:  star star star star star 

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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The 19th Element

By John L. Betcher

Rating:  star star star star star 

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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The Missing Element

By John L. Betcher

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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Hymie and the Angel

By Norman Beim

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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Joy Writing

By Kenn Amdahl

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.

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A Guide to My Record Collection

By Stephen Akey

Rating:  star star star star star 

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.”

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The Skye in June

By June Ahern

Rating:  star star star star star 

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