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Mazie Baby

By Julie Frayn

Rating:  star star star star star 

A mother’s choice to end the abusive marriage she’s silently coped with comes with more baggage than freedom, and it takes the hands of a tiny town and a large dose of trust to finally free her.

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Sea of Crises

By Marty Steere

Rating:  star star star star star 

Nate Cartwright’s quiet life, dedicated to work and his dog, Buster, is shattered by a phone call from his younger brother. Peter has just arrived in LAX; convinced he’s been followed from Minneapolis. When they get back to Nate’s apartment, they get a sinister anonymous phone call issuing a warning

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After Action: The True Story of a Cobra Pilot’s Journey

By Dan Sheehan

Rating:  star star star star star 

AFTER ACTION is the account of a U.S. Marine’s tours of combat and his consequent PTSD.

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The Do-Nothing

By Brannon Perkison

Rating:  star star star star star 

In a moment, with a single anger-infused push, John Sharpe’s life changes. Now, as he lives on the run for murdering his father, John must find the courage to face his uncertain future while sorting out his angry past.

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The Eyes of Athena

By Spencer Hawke

Rating:  star star star star star 

Author Spencer Hawke’s fictional THE EYES OF ATHENA involves a terrorist plot to start a New World Order.

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No More Illusions

By Daniel Babka

Rating:  star star star star star 

Meet Dylan Blake, a tough police detective who minds his own business and is currently enjoying a well-deserved camping vacation after solving a particularly difficult crime. But as he is preparing to return to his northern California home, he receives a request from his police chief asking that he take a look at a nearby crime scene.

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The Sword and the Well

By Ann Chamberlin

Rating:  star star star star star 

Set in the early days of Islam, when Muhammad is dead but still remembered by the living, The Sword and the Well is tale of interwoven tales, each told by one suffering from years of silence.

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Vampire Vic

By Harris Gray

Rating:  star star star star star 

Victor Barton Thetherson has a self-esteem problem. His ex-wife bullies him. He is manager in a construction accounting firm, yet his staff makes fun of him. His teenaged daughter pretends not to know him. Moreover, she’s not above finding fake fathers to act on his behalf. It seems as if nothing is going well in his life. Oh, and he’s a vampire.

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Sin Walks into the Desert

By Matt Ingwalson

Rating:  star star star star star 

It all started for Anderson “Sin” Kenfax with a phone call. His uncle and mentor, El Viejo, disappeared from his senior housing without a trace. Sin loaded his weapons and headed straight for the Sonoran Desert.

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Ten Dreams from Heaven

By Thomas D. Sedgwick, MD

Rating:  star star star star star 

Tad convinces his proud parents to let him enjoy his time off instead of working a summer job before attending University in California. However, it is the 1960s in Southern California – a time and place in history of the psychedelic revolution, and unbeknownst to his parents, Tad has a summer project in mind: experimenting with LSD (a.k.a. acid).

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One Chance, One Moment

By Judith Kohnen

Rating:  star star star star star 

Thirty-eight-year-old Garry Danzlo has everything a person would want that comes with being a famous musical celebrity. Yet success cannot heal the torment he has experienced in his childhood, let alone the most recent events of his father’s suicide.

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Flight of the Tarantula Hawk

By Michael Allan Scott

Rating:  star star star star star 

The Book of Joel tells us “your old men will dream dreams”. This is certainly the case with Lance Underphal, a crime photographer, except that his dreams are nightmares that precede murders. In this instance, he sees a series of murders that are somehow center themselves in the ruins of the Real Estate industry in Phoenix

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Flat-Out Celeste

By Jessica Park

Rating:  star star star star star 

The third volume in the popular “Flat-Out” series, FLAT-OUT CELESTE explores the budding romantic relationship between two social misfits.

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The Investigation of Pepe Chavez et al: When Police and Politics Collide

By Ray Tercek

Rating:  star star star star star 

WHEN POLICE AND POLITICS COLLIDE is a non-fiction police memoir written by former Police Sergeant Ray Tercek. The novel follows a young police sergeant as he battles through the political battlefield in the aftermath of arresting Jose ‘Pepe’ Chavez and his cocaine-dealing associates.

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The Investigation of Pepe Chavez et al: How Presidential Task Force #NW-OR-001 Challenged Conventional Drug Investigation Methods

By Ray Tercek

Rating:  star star star star star 

A non-fiction police memoir written by former Police Sergeant Ray Tercek. The novel takes place in the Portland during the 1980′s and follows a young police sergeant as he employs a new style of investigation to try and catch Jose ‘Pepe’ Chavez, a cocaine kingpin.

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Kate’s Escape from the Billable Hour

By Petula Parker

Rating:  star star star star star 

A young, well-paid lawyer spontaneously quits her job and heads to Spain in search of happiness, where she discovers contentment with life comes from being true to herself and not those around her.

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The Devil Inside the Beltway

By Michael J. Daugherty

Rating:  star star star star star 

In light of Edward Snowden’s recent revelations about the NSA’s snooping activities, this riveting story of government surveillance is a must-read for anyone who’s concerned about privacy and what information government can and will find out about law-abiding citizens.

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Uninvited Visitors

By Rhoda Canter

Rating:  star star star star star 

Only fifteen, and Isabel already knows that being brilliant can be life-threatening. Our adventure begins when Isabel’s genius scientist of a father is in danger overseas and sends his daughter the signal to disappear.

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The Eleventh Age

By Luthien T. Kennedy

Rating:  star star star star star 

THE ELEVENTH AGE is a gripping work of fantasy that combines the eerie prophecies of the modern age with ancient folklore.

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Ladd Springs

By Dianne Venetta

Rating:  star star star star star 

Delaney Wilkins lives in the eastern mountains of Tennessee. Its beautiful, untouched country has been in her family for generations. Current owner, Ernie Ladd, Delaney’s uncle, refuses to sign over the title to Delaney’s daughter, Felicity, like he promised his sister, Susannah, on her deathbed.

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The Holdout

By Laurel Osterkamp

Rating:  star star star star star 

Robin Bricker is the youngest, and the only daughter, in a family of men raised by a single father. The least accomplished of her siblings, she applies for, and wins, a spot on The Holdout, a Survivoresque reality show. Just as the series begins its television run, Robin is called for jury duty.

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Saving Superman

By Kathleen Sales

Rating:  star star star star star 

SAVING SUPERMAN is a poignant tale about a young boy and a man in the woods who become unlikely friends and heroes, helping one another through their traumas.

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Demons of Gadara

By John A. Cassara

Rating:  star star star star star 

Joe Costa is racing against time. As an agent attached to Homeland Security he has travelled to Jordan, Israel and Italy to track down a report of a weapon of mass destruction set to explode at the G20 summit in Rome.

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Inside/Outside

By Jenny Hayworth

Rating:  star star star star star 

INSIDE/OUTSIDE tells the story of intergenerational abuse and loss in the author’s family. Hayworth find inspiration from her grandmother, in a dream, to write her family’s story in order to make sense of her life and family’s history and to try to future abuse.

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Autumn in Carthage

By Christopher Zenos

Rating:  star star star star star 

Nathan Price is a solitary man. An academic by profession, his dark side prevented him from bonding with others except on a superficial level. There was one exception, his friend Jamie, who has gone missing.

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53 Letters to My Lover

By Leylah Attar

Rating:  star star star star star 

A young Iranian-Canadian woman must choose between her passionate affair and her beloved family.

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Through the Eyes of the Horse: Finding Common Ground

By Carlos Tabernaberri

Rating:  star star star star star 

THROUGH THE EYES OF THE HORSE is the author’s solution for a gentle and understanding approach to working with horses, which not only offers practical steps on training horses, but also encompasses lessons in mindfulness for the trainer.

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The Jetstream of Success

By Julian Pencilliah

Rating:  star star star star star 

THE JETSTREAM OF SUCCESS is a motivational book that tells the story of the author Julian Pencilliah’s journey around the world, and he reveals how his travels inspired him to see life in a whole new, far more exhilarating way.

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Heaven’s Child

By Caroline Flohr

Rating:  star star star star star 

Nothing can even describe the emotional trauma of a parent who has to bear – and live through – the agony of a child’s death, a vibrant sixteen-year old, to a freak accident. Yet, Flohr has written a sensitive memoir that makes catharsis possible in the quest to understand her loss without turning death into a tear jerker.

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Dancing on Rocks

By Rose Senehi

Rating:  star star star star star 

When Georgie Haydock requests a four-month leave of absence to take care of her mom who is injured in a motorcycle accident, little does she know returning to her hometown of Chimney Rock, North Carolina would set off a sequence of events that will force her to face her fears once and for all.

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Red Sand

By Ronan Cray

Rating:  star star star star star 

Author Ronan Cray fully engages the reader from the start with a curious letter to the reader that explains why he wrote the book, confessing that it gave him nightmares and asking for a moment of silence for “all those lost souls and the horror of their end”.

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The Strange Birth, Short Life And Sudden Death Of Justice Girl

By Julian David Stone

Rating:  star star star star star 

THE STRANGE BIRTH, SHORT LIFE AND SUDDEN DEATH OF JUSTICE GIRL is, on first glance, a history of the birth of live television in the mid-50s. Beneath this veneer, it is also the history of America dealing with World War II, Communism and the true meaning of justice in this new society.

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Orion Poe and the Lost Explorer

By Will Summerhouse

Rating:  star star star star star 

Orion Poe is an inquisitive young boy of eleven living on the coast of Maine with his crotchety but loving grandfather who keeps the lighthouse. The night of a hurricane-type storm, Orion notices a ship being swept toward the rocks by monstrous waves,. He finds a ship called Lady Jane and a man with a purple nose.

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To Keep My Body Safe, I Have A Plan

By Katherine Eskovitz

Rating:  star star star star star 

TO KEEP MY BODY SAFE, I HAVE A PLAN equips children with tools for thinking through a dangerous environment, with logical steps for personal safety. It lays the groundwork for a child’s healthy self-esteem by helping the child to know that his or her feelings are valid.

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Pie Rats

By Cameron Stelzer

Rating:  star star star star star 

PIE RATS: THE FORGOTTEN MAP, by Cameron Stelzer, is a delight from start to finish. A children’s book with an artist’s touch; it is a treasure worth seeking.

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The Millenial Sword

By Shannon Phillips

Rating:  star star star star star 

Recently graduated, Viveca Janssen moves from her parent’s Ohio home to San Francisco. On her very first day, she is shaken by a strange face appearing outside her window. Hours later, a middle aged “hippie lady” tells Viveca that she is the new “Lady of the Lake” and gives her a sword claimed to be the Excalibur.

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The Bank Holiday Murders

By Tom Wescott

Rating:  star star star star star 

Jack the Ripper terrorized the Whitechapel district of London’s East End in 1888. That hasn’t ever been in question. What has been in question are two major topics: Who was Jack the Ripper and which murders belong to him?

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Pivot

By L.C. Barlow

Rating:  star star star star star 

A girl named Jack was raised to be a killer. A cult leader/evil sorcerer named Cyrus trained her to be the perfect assassin, and by the time she was teenager, she was already murdering like a pro.

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The Grinder

By Lee Rainboth

Rating:  star star star star star 

Lee Rainboth’s THE GRINDER is an account the 2012 earthquake in Haiti. While other books on natural disasters look at a larger scope with geography and statistics on deaths, THE GRINDER focuses on the survivors in the small town of Mizak.

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The Hour of Parade

By Alan Bray

Rating:  star star star star star 

The year is 1806 and Russian Premier Major Alexi Ruzhensky is on break in Munich, Bavaria. His brother Mischa was killed in a duel with French Lieutenant Valsin and Alexi’s father instructs him by letter to avenge Mischa’s death. Alexi befriends Valsin and develops an unexpectedly deep friendship with the Frenchman and his lovely mistress. Alexi develops a fondness for them and loses his motivation to assassinate Valsin.

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The Boy Who Lived with Ghosts

By John Mitchell

Rating:  star star star star star 

Author John Mitchell grew up in 1960s England in a run-down and filthy home devastated by poverty, with an alcoholic father who abandoned the family, a mother on the verge of a nervous breakdown, and a paranoid-schizophrenic sister who physically abused him all of his young life.

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Modern Magic

By Matthew Krajewski

Rating:  star star star star star 

MODERN MAGIC: RECLAIMING YOUR MAGICAL HERITAGE is for those interested in reconnecting with their unique magical selves, as well as with the magical people and world around them.

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One Hundred Miles from Manhattan

By Chris Orcutt

Rating:  star star star star star 

One hundred miles from Manhattan is the town of Wellington, where life is different. But there is a fine line between decorum and debauchery, and behind the civilized façade of the dignified and delighted there are demons that are deftly unearthed in this ironic look at the suburban life.

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He Did You A Favor

By Debra Rogers

Rating:  star star star star star 

Author Debra Rogers shares her own experience of loser boyfriends; finding her Prince Charming and married him, only to discover when she was eight months pregnant that he was having an affair. From the depths of self-destructive shame, embarrassment, she one day realized “He did you a favor.”

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Tainted

By D. Hart St. Martin

Rating:  star star star star star 

The second in the Lisen of Solsta series, TAINTED continues following the journey of Lisen, a former “valley girl,” as she becomes acclimated to a new body, a new dimension, and a new life.

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Quotable

By Quotable Cards

Rating:  star star star star star 

QUOTABLE: 20 YEARS OF BLACK AND WHITE offers a plethora of quotations to stimulate hearts and minds and motivate.

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99 JOBS

By Joe Cottonwood

Rating:  star star star star star 

99 JOBS: BLOOD, SWEAT AND HOUSES is a collection of essays, ostensibly on construction jobs taken by the author, that manage to cover topics ranging from geology to philosophy, art to politics to family life and love.

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Nose, Legs, Body

By Len Napolitano

Rating:  star star star star star 

NOSE, LEGS, BODY is a book designed to help the interested layperson develop an appreciation for wine on a more sophisticated level.

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Word Up!

By Marcia Riefer Johnston

Rating:  star star star star star 

While it seems the essence of stunted conversation littered with acronyms and smiley faces has taken a stranglehold on the English language;  never to be distracted with the need for complete sentences and proper spelling, there, amid old paperback books and Discman players, lies a hidden truth.  At some point, a person will be judged, […]

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By Blood

By Tracy E. Banghart

Rating:  star star star star star 

This is a thoughtful, funny, intense work of young adult fiction that takes the reader on a journey through the streets of Oxford, exploring everything from the passion of summer romance to the mystic appeal of the ancient druids.

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Dead Soul Mary

By M.J. Winn

Rating:  star star star star star 

A deadly virus is making the rounds, spread by a psychopath loosed on the world by a legal technicality, a virus that affects everyone it comes in contact with, bringing violence and horror to an unspeakable level.

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Assured Destruction

By Michael F. Stewart

Rating:  star star star star star 

Janus Rose is in some ways the typical sixteen-year-old; she’s smart as a whip with computers. When she makes use of a number of old computer hard drives that should have been destroyed, Janus finds herself in the middle of trouble so serious that not even she could have anticipated, and digging herself out has the potential to make things even worse.

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America’s Greatest Blunder

By Burton Yale Pines

Rating:  star star star star star 

A disturbing argument that America, by entering World War I, set in motion a train of events that caused much of the death and destruction of the 20th century.

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Women’s Work

By Kari Aguila

Rating:  star star star star star 

WOMEN’S WORK, on the surface, is the story about a post-World War III world where women have taken charge of trying to create a new society from the rubble around them. As one reads further, however, it evolves into an examination of male and female stereotypes.

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I Will Never Forget

By Elaine Perreira

Rating:  star star star star star 

Elaine Pereira’s parallel memoir of herself and her mother Betty Ward is a sensitive, emotionally-charged journey through the dark landscape of dementia.

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Prince Iggy And The Kingdom Of Naysayer

By Aldo Fynn

Rating:  star star star star star 

Iggy is rejected and tormented by everyone in his life, until one day he discovers his origins and worth in this enchanting children’s tale.

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Slash

By Evan Kingston

Rating:  star star star star star 

Alex vents her frustrations by addictively reading slash fiction about Koop’s Kitchen, America’s number one family drama television show since 1998. Yet her private pastime takes on a new level of curiosity when the more perverted slash stories at kkslash.net start to portend the deaths of minor actors from the show.

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Compass

By William F. Brandt

Rating:  star star star star star 

Geared to an audience of organization leaders and consultants, Author William F. Brandt, Jr. has mapped the way to creating an organization that drives focus, motivation and success in a company.

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Fatlash!

By Karen Kataline

Rating:  star star star star star 

FATLASH! , a cautionary tale by Karen Kataline is an insightful look at the relationship between girls who are sexualized at a young age and obesity in later life.

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The Socket Greeny Saga

By Tony Bertauski

Rating:  star star star star star 

The entire Socket Greeny trilogy (Discovery, Training, and Legend) follows a white-haired teenager that discovers he’s part of an evolved human race, how he trains to understand his true self, and the legendary conclusion of his true nature.

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When I Found You

By Catherine Ryan Hyde

Rating:  star star star star star 

From the bestselling author of Pay It Forward comes “When I Found You”, an exquisite, emotional tale of the unexpected bonds that nothing in life can break.

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Desecration

By JF Penn

Rating:  star star star star star 

Detective Sargent Jamie Brooke lives a stark life as she shuttles between the exigencies of her job with the London police and the needs of her critically ill daughter. Her only outlet, a rather infrequent one, is an occasional visit to a milonga for an evening of tango. Assigned to a high profile murder case involving the elite of British society, her two worlds collide to form a parent’s worst nightmare.

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Hearts Left Behind (Where the Broken Lie)

By Derek Rempfer

Rating:  star star star star star 

Tucker returns to his childhood home of Willow Grove to seeking peace and comfort. Instead, he uncovers a new hurt associated with the death of a childhood friend, Katie. With the hurt, he uproots a mystery and its terrible truth.

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If I Never Went Home

By Ingrid Persaud

Rating:  star star star star star 

IF I NEVER WENT HOME follows Bea at two critical times in her life, in Boston as an adult and in Trinidad as a child. Each shift from one time to the other creates momentum, anticipation, and complexity

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Give The Devil His Due

By Rob Blackwell

Rating:  star star star star star 

In A SOUL TO STEAL we met Kate Tassel and Quinn O’Brion and watched as they fall in love. We saw their unbreakable connection and waited with bated breath as they fought their own demons, faced their fears and defeated the murderous Lord Halloween. Add to that the intense passion they share and you have a classic Halloween tale.

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So This is Love (Callaways #2)

By Barbara Freethy

Rating:  star star star star star 

Emma Callaway, a hot fire investigator clashes with Max Harrison, a cool homicide detective in the second book in the Callaway Series.

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Back From The Abyss

By Kieran Doherty

Rating:  star star star star star 

BACK FROM THE ABYSS is the autobiography of a man who fought a turbulent battle between a life with joy and triumph and one life filled with alcohol and darkness.

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Optimal Living 360

By Sanjay Jain

Rating:  star star star star star 

Drawing from, and blending together his MBA and experience as a medical doctor, author, Dr. Sanjay Jain has put together a concise, yet comprehensive balanced life program.

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By Blood

By Tracy E. Banghart

Rating:  star star star star star 

BY BLOOD is a thoughtful, funny, intense work of young adult fiction that takes the reader on a journey through the streets of Oxford, exploring everything from the passion of summer romance to the mystic appeal of the ancient druids.

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The Seed & Other Fairy Tales

By Joseph Hillenbrand

Rating:  star star star star star 

THE SEED & OTHER FAIRY TALES is a collection of 9 original fairy tales. While these stories contain all the traditional elements of fairy tales, Disney this collection is not.

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The Curse Of Akbar

By Troy Bond

Rating:  star star star star star 

Once an aspiring academic at Oxford, he has been driven by personal tragedy to an Italian seaside village where he ferries tourists to the local sites. The murder of his friend and former colleague in Oxford draws him back to reality.

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Fry

By Lorna Dounaeva

Rating:  star star star star star 

From the beginning, Isabel cannot seem to get her act together. She is all over the place, including the road, where she almost runs over drifter Alicia. She feels horrible and takes Alicia in like a stray cat. Before anyone gets settled, a series of arsons starts burning up the small seaside town.

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Being Anti-Social

By Leigh K. Cunningham

Rating:  star star star star star 

Leigh K. Cunningham’s BEING ANTI-SOCIAL is a delightful story with just the right mix of whimsy, sarcasm, a pinch of heartbreak and a smattering of Oscar Wilder wisdom.

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Dust (Silo Saga)

By Hugh Howey

Rating:  star star star star star 

The conclusion to the series–beginning with WOOL and continuing with SHIFT– concerning silo dwellers in a post-apocalyptic United States.

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Print in the Snow: Anna’s Adventure In The Wyssun World

By E.V. Svetova

Rating:  star star star star star 

Fourteen-year-old Anna angrily leaves her new home in New York City and steps into a magical world where she is faced with physical and emotional obstacles which she must overcome in order to find her way home on more levels than one.

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WITH AND WITHOUT HER: A MEMOIR OF BEING AND LOSING A TWIN.

By Dorothy Foltz-Gray

Rating:  star star star star star 

In this poignant and uncensored memoir on life, love, family and the ultimate tragedy, Dorothy Foltz-Gray bares her soul to us about losing her twin.

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No City for Dreaming

By Don O'Melveny

Rating:  star star star star star 

Ambition and scandal center the work. It is is August, 1962. The dreams of failed screenwriter, Lou Beach, aspiring actress Cherie Winters and former A list director, Aaron Townes, cross paths

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Smile: Sell More with Amazing Customer Service

By Kirt Manecke

Rating:  star star star star star 

Author Kirt Manecke offers what he dubs “The Essential 60-Minute Crash Course” in a slender paperback sporting a sharp-looking cover in blue with yellow highlights of the word ‘Smile’.

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The Boy Who Lived with Ghosts

By John Mitchell

Rating:  star star star star star 

John Mitchell grew up in 1960s England in a run-down and filthy home devastated by poverty, with an alcoholic father who abandoned the family, a mother on the verge of a nervous breakdown, a twin sister, and an older paranoid-schizophrenic sister who physically abused him all of his young life.

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The Man, The Myth, The Legend

By Chris Orcutt

Rating:  star star star star star 

Author Chris Orcutt serves up a deliciously cheeky and ironic collection of short stories that offer glimpses into the perilous lives of ten men from vastly different walks of life and eras.

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25 Perfect Days

By Mark Tullius

Rating:  star star star star star 

Say goodbye to the Zombie Apocalypse and take a good look at a far more frightening alternative.

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How I Lost My Uterus and Found My Voice: A Memoir of Love, Hope, and Empowerment

By Michelle L. Whitlock

Rating:  star star star star star 

At 26, author Michelle Whitlock was living a “normal” life; she had a job in retail, great friends, and a loving family. Then, with the discovery that she had invasive cervical cancer, everything changed.

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Finding My Voice: My Journey Through Grief to Grace

By Nita Whitaker

Rating:  star star star star star 

In a work that began as therapy and became a beautiful tribute to her husband, Nita Whitaker explores her life, marriage to Don LaFontaine, her grief and journey to ‘find her voice’ after his death.

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Spoon and the Moon

By Wickedly Sisters, aka Marie Davis and Margaret Hultz

Rating:  star star star star star 

SPOON and the MOON leaves behind the realm of children’s nursery rhyme becoming a seductive and fanciful tale about protagonists longing for fulfillment and satisfaction in their lives.

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Too Dark to Sleep

By Dianne Gallagher

Rating:  star star star star star 

Maggie Quinn is a strong, complex character. A former Chicago detective pushing hard to solve a case, although she has had to turn in her gun and shield.

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Madman’s Monster

By Michael Weinberger

Rating:  star star star star star 

The second book in The Hidden Amongst Us series, it picks up several years later and in a totally different world.

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2084

By Mark Sroufe

Rating:  star star star star star 

Sleek, stylish, realistic and ominous, “2084″ is an Orwellian world on steroids.

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A Friend In Grief: Simple Ways To Help

By Ginny Gallaway

Rating:  star star star star star 

A deeply heartfelt and graphically delicate handbook that should sit on everyone’s bookshelf for times in need.

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Hippie Boy

By Ingrid Ricks

Rating:  star star star star star 

A young girl’s coming of age story showing her struggles as she grows up with a religious fanatic mother, a step-father she can’t stand and the man she idealizes – her father.

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Trailing: A Memoir

By Kristin Louise Duncombe

Rating:  star star star star star 

“Trailing” is a wonderfully realized memoir about a woman’s struggle to obtain a stronger sense of self, save her marriage and her family, but more than anything, to save herself.

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Fractured: Lisen of Solsta

By D. Hart St. Martin

Rating:  star star star star star 

A unique, refreshing work of fantasy following the tumultuous life of Lisen, a seventeen-year-old self-proclaimed “valley girl,” as she is torn from her old life and thrust into an alternate dimension.

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Contessa

By Lori L. Otto

Rating:  star star star star star 

Sixteen-year-old Olivia Sophia Holland seems to have it all: devoted, millionaire parents; the attention of every paparazzo in New York; a handsome, loving boyfriend; and a unique talent for art.

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The Wild Wood

By Julie Anne Nelson

Rating:  star star star star star 

Seven girls were born in a village called Dunlowe, seventeen years ago, at the same time – and the village’s leader, Pastor Rowe, is convinced that this makes them a dire force of evil.

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Beyond Redemption

By Richard I. Levine

Rating:  star star star star star 

Hounded by a powerful congresswoman determined to prove him a willing participant in a conspiracy, Dr. Ray Silver finds himself defending his role in what he contends was simply a trip to the Philippines.

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A Poem Alights

By Peggy Troupin

Rating:  star star star star star 

This is a collection of poetry on topics both major and minor, from avocados and painful breakups to Passover.

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Benajah’s Keeper

By Aeryn Dougan

Rating:  star star star star star 

In a world where vampires purge the human world of their societal dregs, Evanna is chosen by Keeper, the leader of the vampire entities to eradicate a vampire killer, Rian.

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Shift Omnibus Edition

By Hugh Howey

Rating:  star star star star star 

SHIFT is the sequel (or prequel, or alternate perspective) to WOOL. Like that series, SHIFT is set (partly) in a post-apocalyptic future where humans live in underground silos, protected from a toxic world outside, governed by the Pact that tells them the rules of living.

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The Hangman’s Replacement:Sprout of Disruption

By Taona Dumisani Chiveneko

Rating:  star star star star star 

The last hangman in Zimbabwe retired in 2004, but since the death penalty seemed on the verge of abolition, there was no real effort to hire a new one.

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Alabama Stories

By John Isaac Jones

Rating:  star star star star star 

Set in Alabama over a period of about forty years beginning in the late 1940s, this exquisite collection of fifteen short stories provides snapshots into the lives of different characters.

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Imperfect Pairings

By Jackie Townsend

Rating:  star star star star star 

The mystery, beauty and complexities of culture, family and love are revealed through the relationship between a seemingly mismatched American woman and an Italian man.

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Loving Andrew: A Fifty-Two Year Story of Down Syndrome

By Romy Wyllie

Rating:  star star star star star 

“Loving Andrew” is a biography of the author’s oldest son, Andrew, who was born in 1959 with Down syndrome.

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Cyberslammed

By Kay Stephens and Vinitha Nair

Rating:  star star star star star 

Cyberslammed is a manual designed to help parents, school administrators, and kids deal with the risks and results of online bullying.

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Blue Jeans and Coffee Beans

By Joanne DeMaio

Rating:  star star star star star 

In her second novel, Joanne DeMaio takes readers to the Connecticut shore, where she introduces an intriguing cast of characters, all of whom are searching their pasts for both release and solace.

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Girls Love Travis Walker

By Anne Pfeffer

Rating:  star star star star star 

Travis Walker in finishing up with his senior year of high School – again, and running into some problems.

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Matinicus: An Island Mystery

By Darcy Scott

Rating:  star star star star star 

When Gil Hodges lands on Matinicus Island, Maine, he is drawn into the culture with groups warring over the lobster winnings, but also the island’s dark history of possessiveness, deceit and suspicious deaths.

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The Burning of Cherry Hill

By A.K. Butler

Rating:  star star star star star 

The Burning of Cherry Hill is a tale set in a dystopian future, but it begins in a pastoral paradise.

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The Romanov Stone

By Robert C. Yeager

Rating:  star star star star star 

Just before she dies from injuries from what looks to be an accident, Kate Gavrill’s mother, Irina, whispers something to Kate that sets her on a journey delving into the secrets of past generations.

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Walk Me Home

By Catherine Ryan Hyde

Rating:  star star star star star 

Set against the backdrop of the American Southwest, Walk Me Home and its resilient heroines will inspire readers and renew their faith in recovery and redemption.

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Secret Storms: A Mother and Daughter, Lost then Found

By Julie Mannix von Zerneck and Kathy Hatfield

Rating:  star star star star star 

After giving up her baby for adoption, a Pennsylvania debutante spends her adult life wondering what happened to her daughter…until the two reunite.

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Life Minus 3 1/2

By Dennis Hart

Rating:  star star star star star 

How exactly does someone who could pass for any ordinary office worker steal millions of dollars and gamble it all away? The explanation comes in three hundred some pages of losses, lies, and brushes with elements ranging from the IRS to Boston mobsters.

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Family Pieces

By Misa Rush

Rating:  star star star star star 

There are two protagonists in this engrossing, touching story about family and secrets. First up is twenty-one-year-old Karsen Wood, whose fairytale world is falling apart.

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Embrace (The Gryphon Series)

By Stacey Rourke

Rating:  star star star star star 

Celeste Garrett is not your ordinary 18-year-old. Though she would like a normal life, this part human, part gryphon character has a calling – to keep the world safe and her hormones under control from the likes of shape shifting demons.

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The Blind Pig

By Elizabeth Dougherty

Rating:  star star star star star 

The year is 2063 and 40-year-old Angela Anselm is a reporter who writes a nutrition column for a publication called “The Well.”

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The Secret Sense of Wildflower

By Susan Gabriel

Rating:  star star star star star 

This is the story of Wildflower, who lives in the mountains of Katy’s Ridge, Tennessee in 1941. Still adjusting to the death of her beloved father just a year ago, she must also cope with the change in her relationship with her mother, who has become distant and resentful towards her daughter.

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Blood Money

By Doug Richardson

Rating:  star star star star star 

What begins when trucker, Greg Beem, is pulled over to assist a patrolman at the scene of a car accident, becomes an entangled web of decoys and deception involving state and government personnel and private parties each with their own personal agenda for taking part in the manhunt.

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Sacrifice

By Coral Russell

Rating:  star star star star star 

SACRIFICE immerses us into the edgy world of gang warfare and Mexican drug cartels where the tension and stakes run high.

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Depth of Deception (A Titanic Murder Mystery)

By Alexander Galant

Rating:  star star star star star 

Alexander Galant’s makes the past come alive in this spellbinding mystery.

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Thanksgiving 1942

By Alan Simon

Rating:  star star star star star 

Thanksgiving 1942 by Alan Simon follows Jonathan and Joseph Coleman and their return to Pittsburgh to spend one last Thanksgiving with their family before they are deployed during WWII.

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No Remorse

By Ian Walkley

Rating:  star star star star star 

Lee McCloud (Mac), an ex Delta Force operative, heads a covert mission for the CIA so he can clear his reputation for a prior rescue mission gone wrong.

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Restricted Waters

By Kara Lynn Conyer

Rating:  star star star star star 

Alannis Summers takes time off from high school, leaves her New England home and signs up as a volunteer aboard the Sun Joule, which is seeking the cause of the Fouling – a disgusting blackness that is spreading along the Atlantic coastline, covering boats, strangling commerce and creating chaos.

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Fate Interrupted

By Kaitlyn Cross

Rating:  star star star star star 

FATE INTERRUPTED offers a smooth narrative with a tempting blend of appealing characters, sexual tension and lascivious love scenes.

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The Fridgularity

By Mark A. Rayner

Rating:  star star star star star 

Blake Given’s web-enabled fridge has pulled the plug on the Internet, turning its owner’s life – and the whole world – upside down.

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Lady Justice and the Book Club Murders

By Robert Thornhill

Rating:  star star star star star 

Ed Weems announces at the deteriorating book club meeting that he wants to read a novel about someone who commits the perfect crime.

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Sweetest Taboo: A Novel

By Eva Márquez

Rating:  star star star star star 

SWEETEST TABOO begins with a preface by Claire Stevens introducing the story that is to follow – the story of Isabel, Claire’s mother, as written in her diaries.

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Another Man’s Treasure

By S.W. Hubbard

Rating:  star star star star star 

Thirty-three year old Audrey Nealon runs Another Man’s Treasure, a rather unique business that handles estate sales.

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Wait for Me

By Elisabeth Naughton

Rating:  star star star star star 

Kate Alexander finds her life thrown into a whirlwind when she discovers the man whom she believed to be her husband of seven years, was an imposter and the life she has led for the past five years has been a lie.

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Shaken, Not Stirred

By Aaron Cooley

Rating:  star star star star star 

A spellbinding fictional account of Ian Fleming’s early intelligence and writing career during World War II.

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APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur – How To Publish a Book

By Guy Kawasaki and Shawn Welch

Rating:  star star star star star 

Kawasaki, the author of 11 previous books, and Welch, an author and developer of several iOS apps, look at self-publishing from every angle, leaving no stone unturned.

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Gathering Strength: Conversations With Afghan Women

By Peggy Kelsey

Rating:  star star star star star 

Peggy Kelsey’s book “Gathering Strength” lifts the veils from all of Afghanistan’s female population through conversations with a cross-section of Afghan women from her visits to the country in 2003 and 2010.

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What’s Your Book?

By Brooke Warner

Rating:  star star star star star 

WHAT’S YOUR BOOK? is a concise and no-nonsense guide to managing the basics-from understanding your hurdles and completing your writing project to following through with publishing and marketing.

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Lost in the ’90s

By Frank Anthony Polito

Rating:  star star star star star 

High School Senior Kurt Peregrin begins his night singing with his band at the Hazel Park High School’s 2012 Spring Fling dance; but after a dive off stage he ends up at HPHS spring dance of 1994.

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The Rich Are Different

By Chris Orcutt

Rating:  star star star star star 

The rich may be different, but Dakota Stevens is his usual fast-talking, facetious and flirtatious self in Chris Orcutt’s second novel in the Dakota Stevens mystery series.

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Spending the Holidays With People I Want To Punch In The Throat

By Jen Mann-Li

Rating:  star star star star star 

“Spending the Holidays With People I Want To Punch In The Throat” is a collection of essays by Jen Mann-Li, who runs the blog, People I Want to Punch In The Throat.com.

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Parts North

By Kevin Cohen

Rating:  star star star star star 

The conflict of Parts North centers on Quinton, a safe cracker who was imprisoned for years and his grown son, Newland, who lost an arm racing against a young man who is now a town cop.

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Band of Demons

By Rob Blackwell

Rating:  star star star star star 

The second book in Rob Blackwell’s Sanheim Chronicles bursts forth to provide a rollicking gallop atop a midnight steed.

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The Settler

By Brian Duncan

Rating:  star star star star star 

A riveting story of love and forgiveness set during British expansion in Rhodesia and the Second Boer War in South Africa.

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The Toadhouse Trilogy: Book One

By Jess Lourey

Rating:  star star star star star 

The Toadhouse Trilogy begins like a lyrical but ominous dream sequence, where a rat-faced man man warns young Aine, the protagonist, that “there is one uglier than me, fair child, uglier than a hundred of me. And he’s coming for you.”

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Grade A Baby Eggs

By Victoria Hopewell

Rating:  star star star star star 

A fascinating, often funny memoir chronicling author Victoria Hopewell’s three-year baby-making mission.

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Operator

By David Vinjamuri

Rating:  star star star star star 

An emotionally taut and fast-paced mystery thriller with a winning tone that blends deadpan, detective-noir narrative and modern, high tech lingo that is mysterious, understated and still edgy.

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The Pursuit of Cool

By Robb Skidmore

Rating:  star star star star star 

Lance Rally is the type of guy who does not know how to fit in with any particular group. So as a freshman when he stumbles and fumbles into one of Langford College’s most popular crews, he is quite surprised. It is Lance’s newbie status and awkwardness that seem to draw the cool kids to him.

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The Last Paradise

By Michael Kasenow

Rating:  star star star star star 

The Last Paradise is panoramic in its description of a grand city—Galveston, Texas—and a country that is still seething with racial strife. But despite the turmoil, born anew, the city bustles with a growing population, industry, culture, money and an elegance and optimism that looks toward a limitless future.

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The Parachutist’s Daughter

By CSP McNulty

Rating:  star star star star star 

Gabriella is a skilled member of Nokmim, a secret Israeli organization tasked with hunting down and exterminating Nazi war criminals. During a trip to Nicaragua to hunt down war criminal, Friedrich Guderian, Gabriella discovers Father Christian, a missionary priest.

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Goliath Gets Up

By Starbuck O'Dwyer

Rating:  star star star star star 

Goliath Gets Up is about a rag-tag bunch of friends-by-circumstance who, led by a man who might have been a dragon in a previous life, decide they must do something important in order to change their lives.

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Whole Latte Life

By Joanne DeMaio

Rating:  star star star star star 

Like a delicious latte, readers will want to savor this polished debut novel about the ruptured friendship between two middle-aged moms from Connecticut on a girls’ weekend in New York City

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Grieving a Soulmate

By Robert Orfali

Rating:  star star star star star 

Grieving a Soulmate is a candid and often heart-wrenching, part diary, part self-help book designed to inform, guide and prepare the reader through the dying process, death of and grieving over a loved one, based on author Robert Orfali’s own experience of losing his soulmate Jeri after a ten-year battle with cancer.

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They Cooked the Books: A Humorous Look at the World of White-Collar Crime

By Patrick M. Edwards

Rating:  star star star star star 

They Cooked the Books is written in fifteen parts, with each section casting a metaphorical and honest light on the origins, original meanings and present day usage of sayings related to financial doings (legal and otherwise).

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The Scorpion’s Nest

By Nate Granzow

Rating:  star star star star star 

The Scorpion’s Nest begins with a secret mission in 1939. It ends with the modern-day descendants of the people involved, while weaving through two opposing espionage groups—an international organization determined to prevent terrorism (but who just might be terrorists themselves), and a relic of the Nazi medical program masquerading as a pharmaceutical company, determined to create worldwide biological weapons available to the highest bidder.

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The Golden Ball

By Katelyn Sinclair

Rating:  star star star star star 

As many learned from Gregory Maguire’s book, Wicked, there are often two sides to every story. The Golden Ball: The Fairy Tale of the Frog Prince and Why the Princess Kissed Him, explains this one from the frog’s point of view.

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Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project

By Jack Mayer

Rating:  star star star star star 

Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project is the true story of three young woman who, despite their own personal tragedies, get together to do a high school history project, only to stumble upon an unexpected shared passion for finding the truth.

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Sometimes the Sun Does Shine There

By Herb Schultz

Rating:  star star star star star 

Sometimes the Sun Does Shine There is a collection of five short stories, depressing and dead-pan funny all at the same time.

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Successfully Surviving a Brain Injury: A Family Guide Book

By Garry Prowe

Rating:  star star star star star 

When Jessica Prowe sustains a serious brain injury in a tragic car accident, her husband and author Garry Prowe is left in a state of shock, disbelief and confusion. The reality he faces is overwhelming, but he quickly becomes proactive and takes on the role as the main caregiver in his wife’s long journey to recovery.

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Jennifer’s Garden

By Dianne Venetta

Rating:  star star star star star 

Jennifer’s mother is dying and her last wish is to watch her daughter get married. Jennifer does care of Aurelio and wants to marry him, but does she really love him or is the man of her dreams the gorgeous landscaper? Jennifer is racing against time and love. Who will win?

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The Tourist Trail

By John Yunker

Rating:  star star star star star 

Angela Haynes is a thirty-something biologist who has spent the last fifteen years tagging penguins in Patagonia. Her social life consists of making eyes at her twenty-something male assistant and keeping tabs on penguins, until one day a mysterious stranger with a questionable past literally washes up on the island’s shores and Angela makes a bold decision to harbor him.

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The Girl Who Fished With a Worm

By Harry Groome

Rating:  star star star star star 

Harry Groome’s latest book, “The Girl Who Fished With a Worm”, takes Steig Larsson’s “Dragon Tattoo” trilogy and re-imagines it as a sharp and witty who-done-it.

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Misfits & Heroes: West From Africa

By Kathleen Flanagan Rollins

Rating:  star star star star star 

The act of a social outcast releasing a wanderer from her bonds begins a story that soon intertwines the lives of many with the history of Africa and Western exploration. The time is approximately 12,000 BC when Naaba and Asha meet and start their unconventional journey.

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One Blood

By Qwantu Amaru

Rating:  star star star star star 

Not only is One Blood an amazing narrative, told from the perspectives of various characters stretching from slavery to present day, but it builds upon these characters with plot twists aplenty.

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The Jinson Twins Science Detectives and the Mystery of Echo Lake

By Steven Zeichner

Rating:  star star star star star 

Twelve-year old twins, Debbie and Joe Jinson have a summer job – Mrs. Gray needs help clearing out her house. It sounds straightforward enough, until the twins discover a mysterious map with clues. With the help of Mr. Benjamin, the twins try to solve the mystery they have uncovered, but they are being watched and followed.

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Murder Takes Time

By Giacomo Giammatteo

Rating:  star star star star star 

Giacomo Giammatteo’s riveting thriller delves into the relationships between childhood friends who lead very different adult lives.

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Untraceable

By S.R. Johannes

Rating:  star star star star star 

Spunky sixteen-year old Grace Wells is the daughter of wildlife enforcement officer, Joe Wells, who disappeared in the woods three months earlier on a normal work day. The local authorities want to close the case, so Grace steps up her search.

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The Minefields

By Steven Eisner

Rating:  star star star star star 

The Minefields is a witty, coherent, yet wildly intriguing joy-ride that captures the essence of hit dramas like Mad Men, without feeling like an imitation.

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The Intentional Networker

By Patti DeNucci

Rating:  star star star star star 

This handbook for assessing your goals, focus and gaining networking skills and inspiration is chock full of strategies and tips for self-improvement and networking.

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Death with Dignity

By Robert Orfali

Rating:  star star star star star 

Death with Dignity is author Robert Orfali’s passionate and persuasive argument for legalized physician-assisted dying, based on personal opinion and experience and extensive research into the debates and issues revolving around this controversial issue.

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The Archer Prism: Reflecting Sir John Harrington

By Will Coe

Rating:  star star star star star 

John Harington, author and ambitious courtier in Queen Elizabeth’s court, tells the story of his life, comparing it with that of Jeffrey Archer – jailed politician-turned-successful author.

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Blow Me

By Lennie Ross

Rating:  star star star star star 

Three single women in Los Angeles are looking for the perfect man; a man who can give them everything that is. Skylar, Dawn and Chloe want it all: fine dining, shopping trips galore, the best cars, amazing sex, even children; and they will go to great lengths to get all that they desire.

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Fun in the Yellow Pages

By Bobbi Groover

Rating:  star star star star star 

Pierson Chandler knows that summer is going to be a disaster. He will be experiencing the “simpler life” on a farm with his mother and father. As if that isn’t bad enough being “thrown into exile,” Pierson is going to be “banished” there with his fifteen-year old cousin Will.

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Dangerous Past

By A. F. Ebbers

Rating:  star star star star star 

When a bomb is planted in the commercial plane that Frank Braden is flying, almost blowing up nearly 100 passengers, it is the beginning of the end of his career and his life as he knows it. To add fuel to the plot, whoever is out to get Frank is making it appear as if Frank is on a suicide mission.

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The Woman at the Well

By Ann Chamberlin

Rating:  star star star star star 

This extraordinary historical novel takes place in the Middle East in the time of the Prophet Muhammad with the focus on a man named Khalid ibn al-Walid (aka “The Conqueror”) who never lost a battle, but who struggles daily with his past.

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Maria’s Duck Tales

By Maria Daddino

Rating:  star star star star star 

A collection of stories about the ducks that lived in the author’s backyard and taught her about Mother Nature’s hope and heartbreak.

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Father Tierney Stumbles

By John Shekleton

Rating:  star star star star star 

Father Joe Tierney is a gay, Catholic priest who just found out he is HIV positive. We first meet Tierney as a devastated, disguised, man leaving an STD clinic in a part of town where he is sure not to be recognized. His world has basically crumbled, and will continue to break down. Not only is Father Tierney very much in the closet, he is terrified of what this diagnosis will mean if it gets out.

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Unvanquished: Joseph Pilsudski, Resurrected Poland, and the Struggle for Eastern Europe

By Peter Hetherington

Rating:  star star star star star 

“Unvanquished” is an important and majestic biography as complex, as engrossing, and as important as its subject. It’s required reading for anyone who wants to understand all of Europe as well as Poland.

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Wool Omnibus Edition

By Hugh Howey

Rating:  star star star star star 

This is the story of mankind clawing for survival, of mankind on the edge. The world outside has grown unkind, the view of it limited, talk of it forbidden. But there are always those who hope, who dream. These are the dangerous people, the residents who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is simple. They are given the very thing they profess to want: They are allowed outside.

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When Comes What Darkly Thieves

By Ben Rubin

Rating:  star star star star star 

Ben Rubin’s dark fairytale, When Comes What Darkly Thieves, weaves a story of poetic strangeness.

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Superman’s Cape

By Brian Spangler

Rating:  star star star star star 

A spellbinding story of Sara Connely, a mother of two boys, who is rebuilding their lives after her husband was brutally murdered six months earlier. It is also the story of Jacob Hanson, a weatherman with a gift of sight, who is drawn into Sara’s life when Kyle, Sara’s eldest son gets lost in the woods just as a devastating hurricane is about to hit the town.

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Spoonful

By Chris Mendius

Rating:  star star star star star 

Michael Lira is a crafty heroin addict with all sorts of sordid things going on. Not only does he manage not to work and always have enough cash for drugs, but his escapades along the way make for a great story.

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Rosedale in Love

By Lev Raphael

Rating:  star star star star star 

Part love story, part lush description of New York social history, Rosedale in Love is a multi-layered look of New York society at the turn of the century from the point-of-view of Jewish characters who are outside of the social strata while completely remaking that world as they enter it.

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Loving Emily

By Anne Pfeffer

Rating:  star star star star star 

Ryan Miller’s life is in upheaval following the death of his best friend Michael – a death Ryan believes he could have prevented if only he hadn’t turned his back on Michael to seek out Emily. Now, the only thing he can do to make things better is to take care of the secret Michael told him before he died.

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Quantum Physics and the Art of Departure

By Craig Lancaster

Rating:  star star star star star 

Quantum Physics and the Art of Departure is a collection of ten short stories, each a snapshot revealing gritty irony in the lives of various characters.

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A Real Piece of Work

By Chris Orcutt

Rating:  star star star star star 

In a thrill-ride of a mystery that leads from Manhattan to the Catskills to Washington, D.C., what begins as the simple recovery of a painting soon reveals an international art scam and a chilling secret hidden for decades.

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Hippie Boy: A Girl’s Story

By Ingrid Ricks

Rating:  star star star star star 

Hippie Boy: A Girl’s Story is a young girl’s coming of age story showing her struggles as she grows up with a religious fanatic mother, a step-father she can’t stand and the man she idealizes – her father.

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Treasure Hunter

By W.C. Jameson

Rating:  star star star star star 

In 1953, an eleven-year-old West Texas boy named W.C. Jameson had his first adventure, which led to his second adventure – his first treasure hunt.

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Sweet Tea and Secrets

By Nancy Naigle

Rating:  star star star star star 

Jill Clemmons returns to her small hometown to attend her grandmother Pearl’s funeral. Here she must not only deal with her grief, but the resurfacing of old memories, a former love and a mystery left behind by her grandmother – a mystery that may also be the reason for the strange occurrences at the house.

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The Safety Expert

By Doug Richardson

Rating:  star star star star star 

When Ben Keller receives a deathbed confession from an inmate at an Indiana prison revealing the identity of the man who murdered Keller’s family, Keller begins to investigate. But he is not prepared for the consequences of opening up a world of darkness that he buried years ago.

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Come Back to Me

By Melissa Foster

Rating:  star star star star star 

A poignant novel that examines the interwoven nature of our fragile lives and how quickly we can Fate can change our roles instantly to turn us from the Rescued to the Rescuer; from the one everyone waited for, to the one who now must sit and wait.

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Wife by Wednesday

By Catherine Bybee

Rating:  star star star star star 

Rich, titled, and charming, Blake Harrison is in need of a wife by Wednesday, so he turns to Sam Elliot who isn’t the business man he expected. Instead, Blake is faced with Samantha Elliot, engaging and spunky with a voice men call 900 numbers to hear.

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Kisses Of An Enemy

By Ray Flynt

Rating:  star star star star star 

“Kisses Of An Enemy” is about scandal and duplicity in which practically none of the characters have any virtue or morals. In short, it’s an entirely believable story, and a very good one at that.

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A Small Fortune

By Audrey Braun

Rating:  star star star star star 

Reminiscent of The Pilot’s Wife, a woman must come to terms with the fact that her life has been based on lies and misconceptions, but as she battles to regain her freedom and safety, she discovers a surprising strength she didn’t know she possessed.