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The Never Fable

Rating: 4
Steven Brandsdorfer's The Never Fable begins, in a sense, with the ending.
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The Kronos Interference

Rating: 4
Doctor Jacob Newman is on his way to make a presentation when a man, who claims to be a friend of his grandfather’s, stops him and asks him about “Landsberg”.
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Things Go Wrong For Me (When life hands you lemons, add vodka)

Rating: 4
Author Rodney Lacroix tells (and shows) all in this collection of offbeat, outrageous and entertaining random thoughts and life experiences that take the form of short stories, cartoons, electronic drawings and photographs – original and digitally manipulated.
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Wait for Me

Rating: 5
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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Life of the Party

Rating: 4
“Life of the Party” is a dark, angst-filled coming-of-age tale that follows the tumultuous life of Mackenzie, a seventeen-year-old on the brink of freedom from the childhood annoyances that have long plagued her.
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Chaste

Rating: 4
A tender and caring look at two teenagers trying to cope with difficult situations in a world where mistakes can have real and damaging consequences.
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Shaken, Not Stirred

Rating: 5
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

Rating: 5
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

Rating: 5
"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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Provenance

Rating: 4
PROVENANCE is the history of a painting, from its creation in Amsterdam in1641 to its discovery in 1990 in a hallway of an administrative building of small college in Brooklyn.
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Lauren Takes Leave

Rating: 4
In this humorous tale, the protagonist is overwhelmed and under-appreciated by her husband, two children and job.
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Following in the Footsteps of God

Rating: 4
"Following in the Footsteps of God" is a no-nonsense guide to those of us on a spiritual journey.
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True

Rating: 4
Author Melinda Field’s beautifully written story begins with the plight of Caterina Ramos, a habitually neglected teenager living with her heroine-addicted mother in downtown Phoenix, Arizona.
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Oxford Whispers

Rating: 4
College student Madison LeBon has always had a connection with the dead because of her heritage of voodoo and psychic abilities, but Madison finds herself unable to ignore a calling from the past after her first day in history class and a lesson about a famous painting.
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The Soul's Mark: Found

Rating: 4
A fresh take on the classic fantasy story, but with revitalized interpretations of the mysterious world of vampires and witches.
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What's Your Book?

Rating: 5
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

Rating: 5
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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Amidst Traffic

Rating: 4
From an old man collecting drinking straws three at a time to a pair of Chicago drug addicts fairing poorly in their attempt to raise a child, nearly everyone involved in this collection of connected short stories cannot seem to shake the feeling that something bigger than themselves is going on.
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The Rich Are Different

Rating: 5
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

Rating: 5
“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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The Trinity Signs

Rating: 4
Mankind is in danger and there is no one better to help than Tobias Ramsey, the last remaining member of the Guardians, a special group of knights supported by the Vatican.
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The Toadhouse Trilogy: Book One

Rating: 5
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

Rating: 5
A fascinating, often funny memoir chronicling author Victoria Hopewell’s three-year baby-making mission.
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Operator

Rating: 5
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.