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2/5

Mediocre
1-2 bright spots.

3/5

Good
Worth reading.

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IR Approved
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

An anthology of poems of revelation, redemption and reconciliation from a poet who has faced the challenge of bipolar disorder.

IR Approved
January 30, 2023

MORBID THOUGHTS AND THE DOMINO EFFECT

By Perry Muse
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

A motivational memoir charting one man’s journey battling prostate cancer.

Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

A brave little gnome is sent from the Magical World to find the last Golden Believer, a human who continues to believe in magic after...

January 30, 2023

EXPENDED: A Dr. Sean Nolan Mystery

By E.W. Johnson M.D.
Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

Dr. Sean Nolan's suspicions about the quiet death of an elderly patient lead him into an investigation that takes some wild and dangerous turns.

IR Approved
January 27, 2023

A FERAL CHORUS

By Matthew J. White
Rating:
4.4 / 5.0

Guy Hastings is tasked with finding the money that was swindled from his recently deceased uncle. If he can locate it he just might turn...

IR Approved
Rating:
4.8 / 5.0

A memoir in which the author shares his impressive journey of emigrating to the United States to escape a difficult life in an impoverished Nigerian...

IR Approved
January 27, 2023

HE CHARGED ALONE

By John R. Strasburg
Rating:
4.2 / 5.0

A biographical study of Frank Gaffney, a private in the US Army whose exploits on the Western Front in World War One earned him the...

January 27, 2023

THE ELBOW GREASE LEGACY

By Beverly A. Li
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

A woman with five children remains with her husband despite his constant neglect and abusiveness. Their daughter struggles to understand her own life choices coming...

IR Approved
January 25, 2023

A MOONSERPENT TALE

By Rosemarie Montefusco
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

When a young witch’s dying aunt asks her to bring books back to her colleagues, a seemingly-simple quest escalates into a struggle over entitlement and...

IR Approved
January 25, 2023

LIKE, SUBSCRIBE, AND MURDER

By Nicole Dieker
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

Book two in the Larkin Day Mystery Series finds amiable amateur detective Larkin Day trying to crack a case of murder by social media.

January 25, 2023

GRIEF AND HER THREE SISTERS

By Jerry Lovelady
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

Drawing inspiration from the natural world, poet Jerry Lovelady takes a closer look at love and providence, grace and grief.

IR Approved
January 25, 2023

OPEN SORCERY

By Rob Sheely
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

In a world where magic does what computers do for us, a young man takes on a project that he hopes will save his fading...

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