A satirical masterpiece that you won’t be able to put down – welcome to the weird & wonderful world of contemporary art.

Arielle and Andreas met online but were unable to travel to each other. They found a creative way to be together. How? Through storytelling. They told each other stories. True and contemporaneous records of their experiences with other lovers.

Twisted Tales of Deceit is the first installment in the Beyond the Chamber Door series, featuring three blood curdling and devious tales (The Calculated Desolation of Hope, Somnium, & Knickerbocker) chronicling evil’s influence on innocent hearts and our uncontrollable desire to give in to their calculated transgression.

Half the Child unfolds over four consecutive summers in the lives of Michael Mullen and son Benjamin, who ages from 2½ to 5½. Through separation, divorce, a custody battle, and a heart-wrenching abduction, Mike refuses to consider life apart from Ben. Ultimately, father and son write their own love story.

Aging Maddy’s relives poignant memories; growing up during the Great Depression, war traumas, the death of her daughter and unborn grandchild, and yet it is the plane crash that she cannot get out of her head…

Land and water, life and death. There are certain thresholds that, once crossed, demand that reality be redefined. This is a novel about how identities and relationships can change in response to events, and how fiction can become truth.

The Only difference between Africa and Kasali’s Africa is the man.

An IED explosion in Iraq left Freddie’s mind and body shattered. Once a skilled gamer and capable soldier, he’s now a broken warrior, emerging from a medically induced coma to discover he’s inhabiting two separate realities. Is he Lieutenant Freddie Williams, a leader of men, or Frederick, Prince of Stormwind?

Howard has it all – love, Paris, prospects – until an unexpected guest plunges his life into mystery and farce. ‘An intelligent pleasure.’ (Paul Hoffman, author of Scorn and The Left Hand of God trilogy)

Join Yuki on her grief and vengeance fueled hunt through Tokyo’s underbelly for her friend’s murderers.

A peculiar explorer and downtrodden acrobat span the globe on a building-sized hot air balloon, in search of a precious artifact and the murderous treasure hunter who seeks it.

Teju is a man of honour; at least he tries to be. He won’t cheat on his wife- Simi, even though his best friend- Sam enjoys the company of other women outside his matrimonial home. However, one day, exactly a week to his first wedding anniversary, he comes home drunk and he is accused of marital infidelity by his wife. It is like a goat being accused of killing a dog. Teju’s world begins to crumble down to pebbles, and the world of his wife, and his dear friend. Teju tries to prove his innocence but ends up being guilty. Love is above the law, yet the law wins always. Why?

A plot to genetically modify the population of Britain into nationalistic cretinism (by means of media mind control and specially developed food additives) makes fugitive public enemies of an ageing cartoonist and his eccentric scientist nephew. On them, the new-born resistance, depends the future of intelligent life in the UK.

England’s King Edward I schemes to steal Scotland. But a young warrior named James Douglas, inspired by a headstrong lass, champions the cause of his wavering friend, Robert the Bruce, to lead the armies to the bloody field of Bannockburn. A thrilling saga set during the Scottish Wars of Independence.

A PLACE CALLED SHUGARA brings a jaded academic from Chicago, a desperate factory owner from Ohio, and an opportunistic insurance investigator from New York to a place that lovingly welcomes the three misfits. The serendipitous result is a renewal of spiritual wholeness that lives in a place called Schugara.

A vivid portrayal of the 1960s, as seen through the eyes of two ill-fated college lovers. Their story spills across some of the era’s most iconic settings: the battleground of Khe Sanh; a Midwestern campus riven by dissent; and Altamont Speedway, scene of the rock festival that ended the Sixties.

The Reluctant Healer explores unconventional possibilities, intention, love, and how ordinary people grapple with extraordinary phenomena. Written for fans of literary, speculative, and humorous fiction as well as literature about New Age topics, the novel is about embracing differences, sustaining love in turbulence and figuring out our place in the world, real or spiritual.

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‘The Mystery of Julia Episcopa’ weaves seamlessly between modern-day Rome and the politics of the Catholic church, and the times and life of a 1st-century Roman noblewoman who rose to be a dominant force in the early Christian movement.

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The lives of a burned out ex social worker and a missing girl touch in a poignant tale of mystery and dark humour .

The first in an epic series of magical adventures for the young Morgan Le Fay, in which she encounters faeries, giants, fallen gods and other figures of folklore, amidst the perilous, chaotic, war-torn post-Roman Dark Ages Britain in which she is forced to grow up.

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Because of a wager, Andi Everson has agreed to be naked all summer long. How she lives her life without any clothes on is recorded in “The Sketchbook”, a novel with twenty-four drawings. Will Andi lose her nerve or prove how the sight of a body is harmless after all?

What happens when four monkeys become intelligent like humans, and they kidnap the President of USA? What are their demands? A story which traces the human evolution.

Faced with the aftermath of a life-altering decision, a nine-year-old boy seeks solace in the Kentucky forest in pursuit of happiness, love, and acceptance.

A plot to genetically modify the population of Britain into nationalistic cretinism (by means of media mind control and specially developed food additives) makes fugitive public enemies of an ageing cartoonist and his eccentric scientist nephew. On them, the new-born resistance, depends the future of intelligent life in the UK.

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Enter the hilarious world of Murphy Drummer, where the impossible becomes the inevitable and the inevitable inescapably hysterical. When America calls upon Murphy to employ his unique, hobby-honed talents in a matter of national security, it’s a request his country soon regrets. A riotous comedy of mayhem and miracles.

Terra is a land of mystery and enchantment, with shadowed forests and rhino castles.

Cody Higgins
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stories sung in starstuff vol. 1 is a collection of beautiful short stories about love, loss, adventure and learning through life’s darker moments. With a poetic flair, Cody Higgins spins tales both challenging and innately human.

A work of historical fiction set in the Sepoy Mutiny against the British in 1857 India. Love and Mutiny explores the unfolding of the Sepoy Mutiny—referred to as the First War of Indian Independence—from the perspective of a British family that has made its home in India.

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An unexpected message and an implausible request, sends writer Martin Gregory on a journey that will reveal his greatest character or unearth his most heartbreaking flaw. What would you do with someone’s dying request?

How can the person Jenny loves most in the world suddenly become someone she doesn’t recognize? As Adam drifts farther and farther away into the Snow Queen’s mysterious world of ice and snow, Jenny believes she must fight to bring him back or risk losing him forever.

The Crimson Heirlooms. One tangible – a priceless necklace called the Cross of Nantes. The other ephemeral – a secret hidden within the lyrics of a song. Each holds the power to change the course of history. But together, the price of ownership is death or salvation.

Over 600 installments of naughty words, Over 200 instances of innuendo, 1 incredible story. How far would you go to save her Majesty?


A fictional novel in which an unknown mania causes hundreds of cyclists to ride destructively and purposefully across Britain.

A valuable painting has been stolen and San Francisco based cat burglar Justin Vincent is uniquely qualified to get it back.

One brother goes missing in action in Afghanistan, the other falls in love with an Afghan girl in England.

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In an increasingly fast-paced, near-future world, a man wakes from a nap to discover that he is completely alone.

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Get hooked up with this psychedelic blend of fantasy and sci-fi. A young woman unravels the mystery of a new device and the ominous story it produces in this fairy tale within a psychedelic thriller within a literary novel.

Two men and two women experience events three weeks into the future. Frightening and enticing, they consider the existence of the future as they also want to control the content of that future.

Hello, friend. I’ve been waiting for you. Robert and Julie said that you’d never come, but I knew you would. Even from the depths of the Labyrinth, where the Minotaur’s growls drown out my heartbeat, I could hear your footsteps approaching.

What if Fanny Price decided to run away from Mansfield Park? An engaging and dramatic variation on Jane Austen’s classic novel.

A gripping psychological thriller with chilling twists, from a unique voice.

A marine biologist gives up on love to study jellyfish and discovers what might be a new species.

Ten-year-old French singer Nicolas de Beaulieu seems to have it all in the rigours of the 1930s, but as he grows up, he becomes no stranger to grief. World War II begins and Nicolas and the girl he loves find themselves in deadly peril, hunted by the Nazis.

Those who like plot driven suspense novels that cover many years, include a number of characters in the plot, or readers of sweet historical romance, will enjoy this story. It is reminiscent of THE SOUND OF MUSIC in that it is a story of a musical family who must interrupt their lives in order to deal with the war and also contains a love story as a subplot.

This story is not for those who enjoy character driven novels, as one of the weaknesses was character development. The story was told from multiple points of view so it was difficult to know who to root for. There was also a bit of confusion in the first few chapters because the point of view changed so often. Once the novel was in full swing, a few chapters in, it was easy to see where the story was headed and the story line and characters were easier to keep track of.

Review by Melody Delgado

“Lucky Dick” Richards thought stealing $4,000 in OxyContin would be a quick way to score some pills and cash. Now on the run, he discovers it was anything but. With nowhere to go, Lucky Dick strikes west, leaving his friends, family, and enemies to deal with the wreckage left behind.

THE AUTOMATION is a genre-bending fantasy that teeters between the classical and the experimental. Its ideal place would be on the same bookshelf as Pullman’s HIS DARK MATERIALS trilogy and Gaiman’s AMERICAN GODS—though it wouldn’t mind bookending Homer, Virgil, and Milton, if it had a choice.

Can one guy with eating disorders fight the food industry and find love in the mental health system?

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The Unusual Suspects is a heart-warming, coming-of-age story about a teenage girl runaway’s adventure on an Eastern European train to Berlin.

When Mike Baldridge receives a letter and manuscript from an old friend, he thinks the document simply tells the story of a local family that he has been unable to trace for his town history. What follows is a story of family, friendship, and first love in late 1940s Newtonberg.

Herculean FBI agent James Strait, hailed as a national hero for stopping a major terrorist attack, is forced into a life of disability by a rare disease. Until a child asks him to use his skills to find her missing friend.

You will love this thrilling tale of love, cruelty, and hope, because it will empower you to take back control of your life. 

Choose-your-own-adventure makes a comeback. You may win $1,000,000. You will judge a man of murder. Choose wisely—if you can.

In 1842, Catriona, unwilling to be left behind by Dougal McDonnell, disguises herself as a boy to work for the Hudson’s Bay Company. Within a few days of landing at York Factory, Dougal is ordered west to the Pacific Northwest – abandoning Cat. Will she cross Canada to find her husband?

An English Lieutenant fights for his soul during WWI. A refugee nurse fights for her very survival. Less than a mile from the grisly trenches of France, their paths cross and their destinies intertwine. Can love survive a world shattered by war, greed, and the lust for power?

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Every newspaper editor owes tribute to the devil… Harry Wentworth’s bill just came due.

The tragic accident on Mount Everest changes everything for Roberto, a professional mountain climber and motivational speaker. Now facing the toughest climb of his life, he is no longer the giver of service but the recipient—a shift that infuses anger and pushes away the people he loves most.


A 1000-year-old Viking is discovered frozen on Mt, Hood, Oregon. As we learn how that Viking comes to reside in Oregon, Josh Kinninger and his ancestors begin remarkable western journeys of their own. By turns comic and tragic, W weaves a rich literary tapestry.

Local journalist Angie Fell has just learned the horrific truth about the identity of her real mother. When possible solace from her ill-fated life presents itself in the form of a baroque social club called the Edendale Society, she soon realizes things are not at all what they seem.

Tres is about to be born…  He is beginning again—as an ageless adult trapped in an infant body. He and his teenage mother face life filled with extraordinary challenges as they strive to protect, nurture, and hide how truly different he is. But Tres alone must solve the greatest mystery of all: who is he? The answer is linked to the one question he’s too afraid to ask: why am I?

A young man moves to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of becoming a great artist, where he meets and falls in love with a mysterious socialite who proves thwarting to his efforts, and makes him rethink everything he has come to believe.

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A troubled 22-year-old man moves to Mexico and better understands the mental illness and addiction destroying his life.

Scheduled for Review on August 20, 2018

The sky is full of elephants. Hares live on the moon. A paradise threatened by an alien being, and a promise to help it home. Only then will harmony be restored, and the human song renewed. Custodians of earth must not fail in their task, else all will be consumed.

Franz Schubert – genius and ladies’ man…or a composer whose dark secrets play out against the background of Metternich’s police state.

V.C. Almond returns home the night of his friend Jake Kennedy’s funeral to find a surprise: Jake’s freshly murdered, bullet-riddled body. Armed with only his self-deprecating wit and eccentric sidekick Aldous Lewie, V.C. soon realizes he must sort through a world of absurdity and drunken confusion to find Jake’s killer.

Laura and Niall Logan, children of an opera singer, have their own musical gifts. But brother and sister struggle with serious problems in their personal lives. The people they love and the power of music help them overcome these challenges and claim their own place in the spotlight.

They’re from two different worlds, but share a passion for history and beauty. The Art of Enchantment is the Chatelaine Grand Prize winning first novel in the Life Is A Journey romantic women’s fiction series by M A Clarke Scott

David Wagner is living the life: perfect family, successful career, millions in the bank and life of the party. But he also has a secret with the power to derail it all. Based on a true story. Denial tells the story a life lived in with an abusive past.

What happens when you get swept up into the War on Terror? Will you get out again? Will you survive?

Set against the backdrop of the protest era of the 1970s, an idealistic Brown University grad postpones law school and takes a job as a police officer. When he discovers corruption in the department, his determination to overturn the system holds unexpected consequences for his own life.

Set in a small middle-class town in Middle America, Jetsam is a transfixing novel about the high schoolers who live there. Corey C. Campbell explores their morally bankrupt world of sex, drugs, and ACT scores with a startling amount of compassion. Jetsam is a poignant and often hilarious depiction of what it means to come of age in the modern world of young millennials, ultra-political correctness, and the death of virginity after middle school.

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Transference is the story of a disgraced psychiatrist with a telepathic patient — who also happens to be the wife of a fictional Colorado Senator.

An alcoholic simpleton receives an intellectual overhaul when he hires two recent college graduates as summer help for his landscaping business.

Barry Vacker
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Take a journey through the questions from your favorite space & science movies that may continue to puzzle your brain. This is a radically original critique of how humans have confronted the majesty of the vast universe-via art, media, science, pop culture, space exploration, and the greatest space films.

Rebecca Gransden
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In Hilligoss, a tired man searches for a son, a flamingo enthrals the night, and fireworks light up the lost. In these stories and more, Rusticles offers a meandering tour through backroads bathed in half light, where shadows play along the verges and whispers of the past assault daydreams of the present. Walk the worn pathways of Hilligoss.

A troubled 28-year-old waitress struggles to choose between an honest reality and the deceptive comfort of familiarity following a catastrophic technology and infrastructure collapse.

“The Professor and the Suicide Girl offers a little dose of everything to those who like their fiction weird: thrills, intrigue, oddball characters, and a splash of romance.” 5-stars, Foreword Review

“The Professor and the Suicide Girl offers a little dose of everything to those who like their fiction weird: thrills, intrigue, oddball characters, and a splash of romance.” 5-stars, Foreword Review

A novel in the flavor of Less Than Zero and Bright Lights, Big City. The book is about one man’s disillusionment with the America he thought he knew. Within the context of the novel are many political references as well as humor and satire. But the real context of the story centers on drug abuse, jewelry theft, fine wine theft, art theft, working for the mafia, and stealing from the mafia, as well as the author’s employment in the exciting, fast-paced world of fashion photography and his eventual downfall. It is the story about how, for a brief period of time he obeyed only the law… of gravity. He once believed that the answers to all of life’s problems could be found in the bottom of a bottle. They are probably still there, but now they are printed in Chinese. It is a story in which he learns “A heart is not judged by how much you love; but how much you are loved by others.”

After a series of encounters with the law, a young man yearns for a better life and escapes his past as he heads to New York City where his pursuit of happiness and success sends him on a series of well-intentioned misadventures that lead him into the dark side of the criminal underworld and revenge. A marriage of real events and fiction, Love and Theft pulls from the author’s personal experience to create a man whose life path is no more his own fault than the color of his hair.

Alison Hayes is running, away from her past and toward her future. Will be be able to build the magnificent life she dreams of in a new land, where nobody knows her history or will the cracks in her foundation break through?

When Alison follows a man to St Louis she discovers mysteries in her past and begins to search for answers in her future. She must make the hardest choice of her life, and she must accept the consequences of that choice, no matter how painful it is.

Scheduled for Review on August 27, 2018

Alison Hayes needs to find a path. The chaos that has been her childhood is about to explode and she has to find a way not to repeat the mistakes her mother has made. There has to be a better way to live.

True Grandeur is the tale of Conrad Arlington, a young man who moves to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of becoming a great artist

Thriller novelist Garth Wainwright wakes from a car crash coma suffering from amnesia. Desperate to find his identity he learns he has a wife snatched during the car crash that stole his memories and almost his life —on orders from the head of a crime cartel.

Inside Moves: A Wainwright Mystery was a gripping and poignant read with bad guys, good guys and take-charge women for readers seeking a crime novel with an Ocean’s Eleven sort of feel.

Review by Jennifer Ellis

Historical fiction following the struggles of Harry Pulliam, a gay baseball executive, during a turbulent and oppressive era in American history. Team owners put their own greed ahead of the integrity of the game and threaten Pulliam with exposure and prison.

Explore your perception of existence in Thread. Dive into worlds of intrigue and mystery with this cross-genre collection of short stories. Trace the thread of reality as it weaves through the fabric of surrealism.

When an unknown American author is silenced and robbed of his works by an official of the Chinese government, the strength of his ideas wins him a Chinese ally and gives him a chance to reclaim what is rightfully his. . . . But will he, because of what’s at stake?

After his father passes away, Christian is denied his inheritance, disowned by his brothers, and thrown out of the family mansion. Life takes a terrible turn until he embarks on a life changing trip to Ethiopia to meet Lalibela’s wisest man.

After his father passes away, Christian is denied his inheritance, disowned by his brothers, and thrown out of the family mansion. Life takes a terrible turn until he embarks on a life changing trip to Ethiopia to meet Lalibela’s wisest man.

Mary weds Ward Jr., heir to the well-to-do Wangerts of Indianapolis. Together they raise three sons and negotiate a rocky path through the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s. A tragicomic mix of upper-crust romance, sibling warfare, boarding school drama, and C.I.A. skullduggery.

A mobster’s wife goes up against a top assassin with a dark secret behind his success.

Lily’s Story follows the amazing life of a redoubtable pioneer woman in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Lily perseveres in the face of incredible odds and the effects of historical events: wars, rapacious capitalists, unfeeling politicians and the great influenza pandemic of 1919..

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Will Jordan O’Duffy take his guns to school to exact revenge on those who sexually assaulted him in the locker room, or will the illegal immigrant who befriends him keep him from doing something terrible that he will never be able to undo?

An epic adventure romance, a young woman’s spirituality odyssey and a mystical tale of destiny and redemption. Set against the background of the Lebanese civil war, Leila survives the Shatilla Camp massacre of 1982 and follows a desperate plan to freedom.

Miles Hunt
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The Unfortunate Death of James Douglas O’Flaherty is an absurdly funny and occasionally poignant satire about life, the universe and ran

After learning of a government conspiracy to eradicate the plains Indians, the fate of thousands is in the hands of a freed slave.

Rik Ty
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Not for everyone (my lovely sister hated it). A blow by blow, fully choreographed fist fight between Dangler and Varrage. An intimate symphony of violence between two once-men “finally free to destroy without restraint”. See if you like it. This is a full-scene excerpt from the novel Thrill Kings: Fragmented Sky

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Interdimensional travel IS REAL! It’s HERE! And it’s AMAZING! But unless an impulsive young test-driver and a terrified news-crew-intern can somehow stop a murderous army colonel from stealing the technology, it just may bring about the END of all reality. Don’t miss this fight!

The Ngoske family wants the best for their intelligent and hardworking son. In a compelling, richly atmospheric, beautifully characterized exploration of how belief shapes destiny, God and the Gods draws you into a world of intricate ritual and family love, where one person’s mistake may have irreversible consequences.

When stock trader Devon Heathrow finds a mysterious device, a new world is open to him. He is plunged into a world of violence and uncertainty. Otherworlders murder his wife, daughter and him. Devon was dead.

Barn Again: A Memoir is a historical fantasy novel set in a parallel section of the multiverse in which readers still read, agents still rep, and publishers still publish literary novels. If you are sick of zombies and MFAs, this book might be for you.

It’s the second book in a young adult series, Song for You, called “A Song of Life”. It is a fictional memoir of Christie Kelly, someone who is not highly thought of in the media due to her relationship with the ever-popular lead singer and guitarist of rock band Prey for Chance. This second book in the three-book series tells Christie’s side of the story and you’ll end up rooting for her every step of the way.

It’s the first book in a young adult series, Song for You, called “A Fateful Melody”. It is a fictional memoir of Christie Kelly, someone who is not highly thought of in the media due to her relationship with the ever-popular lead singer and guitarist of rock band Prey for Chance. This completed three-book series tells Christie’s side of the story and you’ll end up rooting for her every step of the way.

This book is recommended for fans of dramatic teen romance. While there is some strong language, there is minimal violence or sexual material. So it is recommended for fans of melodrama and stories about rock bands. However, it is not recommended for anybody looking for more explicit romance fiction or anyone who dislikes reading about the lives of teenagers.

Review by A Fateful Melody

The Existence of Pity is a story of flawed characters told with heart and depth against the beautiful backdrop of Colombia. The daughter of missionaries, sixteen-year-old Josie Wales feels torn between their beliefs and the need to choose for herself. But she isn’t the only family member with secrets.

The Existence of Pity will appeal to young adults as well as adults. Well-written and thought provoking, it’s the kind of novel that will have readers thinking about Josie’s dilemmas even after they’ve completed the book. It is rather tame compared to the more strident YA novels out there—no mean girls, teenage promiscuity or intense parties. Readers looking for that kind of enticement won’t find it in this novel. What they will find is a sixteen-year-old’s thoughtful search for her own identity in a conflicting and sometimes hypocritical world.

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Throughout the spring they one at a time straggle into the night woods to the circle of faces around the campfire, there by the Great Lake. They’re fine that that’s just about the whole story, getting to know each other and the near-by town of Wren.

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Nadia Spencer is America’s favorite cosmetic surgeon. She’s the UN Special Ambassador for Female Genital Mutilation, a mother to two wise ass kids, and she’s married to the Republican candidate for Mayor of New York. She’s just released her new book. He’s four weeks away from election day. But Nadia wasn’t always a woman. And now she wants to be a man, again.

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Fleeing her abusive home, sixteen-year-old Jennifer Dalton hits the road with nothing but a broken guitar on her back.

The Professor And The Suicide Girl is a strange, surrealist novel, a most unusual, thought–provoking story that celebrates human possibilities.

Professor Anna Klein and her husband, Sean, are a young couple each struggling with their own misperceptions of reality. When Bard, a student of Anna’s, develops his own obsession with the couple, their already unsteady world collapses with irrevocable consequences. A Flash of Red ultimately asks the question: What happens when we can no longer tell the difference between what we want and what is real?

A Flash Of Red is an intriguing psychological thriller which introduces some rather unlikable characters. Anna, a psychology lecturer who fears she has inherited her mother’s mental illness, and Sean her scheming husband, who has been rejected sexually by Anna due to their inability to conceive a child. As a result, their marriage is fractured and full of suspicion and manipulation, despite the perfect image they present to the outside world. Bard, a psychology student, feels he has a connection with Anna, and becomes the cataclyst for destruction, as this well plotted and paced novel thunders towards a dramatic climax. As I read this book I kept changing my mind about who was at fault. A very cleverly plotted psychological thriller.

Review by A Flash of Red

If you have ever had an inkling that you’ve done this before, a thought that maybe you were supposed to be right there, at the right time, this collection of short stories will resonate with you as it shows how seemingly arbitrary experiences may not be so random after all.

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A world-famous musician finds online inspiration—and possibly love—with a married man who’s haunted by his past. As the two are drawn inexorably closer, endangering his family and her career, they will have to choose between doing what’s right and having what they want.

Pour yourself a nice warm drink, dim the lights and conjure up in your consciousness; Femme Fatales, handguns, seedy bars, bad luck, thieves, scoundrels, a book of matches, a pack of Pall Mall’s, low lighting and definitely everything in glorious black and white and you’ll have “Alcohol and Cigarettes”

Henk van Wijnen-Swarttouw, a born entrepreneur and self-made man, gets in trouble when his daughter Julia becomes famous in the art world as a performance artist.

Just when you think life has left you broken, and you’re falling apart, deep wisdom surfaces in trying times, truths spoken from the heart.

Her goal is to fly to Alaska. Her family is broke. Will an opportunity to make money be the answer to her prayers—or the road to disaster?

Scheduled for Review on January 16, 2017

Growth and Change Are Highly Overrated is a classic coming-of-age story that takes a unique and comic look at what we all fear— having to grow up and abandon our dreams.

Troubled by feelings of racial inferiority, Nqobile, a Zimbabwean student in America fruitlessly searches for meaning in black consciousness ideas and religion, eventually finding spiritual transformation by looking within himself.

A gripping psychological thriller about two teenagers, one with a secret. Neither of them knows the future, what dark mysteries they both hold. “I loved Abigail. She was perfection. She was the end. Our town was full of secrets; he was the worst and the best. She is my Abigail.”

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It’s what’s inside that counts … or maybe that’s bullshit?

Written by members of an ancient monastic sect, the Temple Scroll described the life of saintly societies living in the Judean desert. The story of this ancient document interacts with a love affair involving a young Jewish woman and a British officer in the years immediately preceding World War II.

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In 1941, a ghost only he can see terrorizes Maxo Vanka as he paints murals in a Pittsburgh church during the midnight hours. Vowing to identify the specter alone, he realizes he needs help when the church is damaged. Enlisting Father Zagar, they scramble to find answers before catastrophe strikes.

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Beneath the awkward mask fate painted on Belle, an autistic mute, she has strong ideals and a rich imaginary life. When reality becomes more interesting, however, Belle takes wild and heartfelt chances … a triumph for all underdogs.

Carriers of Genius: Conversations with the Mothers of Twelve Famous Men examines the lives of Disney, Einstein, Franklin, Gershwin, Hughes, Rockwell, Rogers, Roosevelt, Whitman, Wright, Astaire and Carver through the eyes of their mothers. Told in interview format, it reminds us that we don’t get places alone.

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Dan Underlight suffers lingering grief over the death of his son. When Dan is fired from the company that he helped create, he crashes. His lover, Willow, helps Dan start a new company, Conversationworks. Conversationworks enjoys early success, but its existence is soon threatened by corporate battles and Dan’s grief.

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“Can you remember who you were before the world told you who you should be?”

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Field Days Often Fade follows six couples coping with the inevitability of human existence in the small town of Laulis, New Hampshire. It is a tale of lingering connections and leftover pieces amongst lopsided companions measuring their time in years. Minor betrayals and subtle lies spread from backyard barbecue to watering hole; the next generation adopting every nuance while parts slowly crumble from the larger mold.

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Charlie Porter thinks he’s found the American dream in 20 pounds of stolen raw opium. The only problem standing between him and easy street is a desperate American landscape. A landscape filled with friendly foes and beautiful women, strewn with border …

Suited For War continues directly from Ken and Sa’s fitful beginnings in Book One. Here they become odd partners in a duel of espionage against the all-powerful financier Wellingham and his consortium of government and corporate foreign policy interests.

Prey to delusions visions and voices, Christine the prostitute is faced with a dilemma when the house she does business out of is condemned and she and her Mother are to be evicted with nowhere to go.

A young man who takes the name “Eli” suddenly appears as a fork lift driver in a huge pharmaceutical warehouse. This is “Eli the Rat”, who is going to get in tight with and “rat out” the employees stealing thousands of dollars worth of narcotics.

Marshall Moore’s short fiction is propelled by a scathing wit and a dark imagination. In A Garden Fed by Lightning, as in his two previous short-story collections, Moore spans multiple genres of fiction and subverts them all.

The Things They Carried meets Jesus’ Son in this profoundly insightful, painfully hilarious story about love, war and cracked spines.

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Kat’s life is going exactly the way her sister has planned it, until a detective shows up at their front door early one morning and arrests Caroline for murder.

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An heirloom quiche recipe and baking rivalry turn up the heat in northern Rhode Island’s French-Canadian mill town of Beauchemins, rife with secrets and scandals, fractured friendships, dysfunctional families, romantic rifts, misdeeds and mishaps.

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A historical thriller about an occult scholar, an aspiring artist, and an Irish immigrant investigating mythology-themed murders in Paris, 1888.

Join students Samo, Monty, Ezzie, and Dunya as they study, work, flirt, explore, and battle powers of ancient evil. Will they survive their first year of college?

A CIA slacker in post-crash Dublin: What could possibly go wrong? A raucous mix of double crosses, brothels, triple crosses, and cocktail recipes, Breakfast at Cannibal Joe’s is a dark, twisted, and picaresque tale, a transgressive dystopian black comedy like no other.

Can a Latina U.S. President reform a corrupt financial system before the system itself destroys her? “An unusually deep plot for a political thriller…An enthralling protagonist at the heart of a gripping tale. A suspenseful–and topical–tale of White House intrigue.” — Kirkus Reviews

Those who regularly read political thrillers or crime thrillers will enjoy this book.


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Graffiti Hack tells the story of a hacker who is on a mission to make the internet beautiful. She installs lavish graphical designs on commercial sites. This leads to all sorts of hilarious trouble.

In rural Depression-era Alabama, 14-year-old Ruby Graves must face poverty, racial barriers, and a pastor bent on her destruction in order to find the faith she needs to unlock a mysterious gift of healing.

Don’t let “Christian novel” stop you from diving into the first book in Jennifer H. Westall’s Healing Ruby series. Yes, the story includes quotes from scripture, references to God, and a whole lot of praying, but these elements are squares in a patchwork quilt of skillfully expressed details that make this historical tale engaging, moving and illuminating.

Westhall has created well-drawn characters and dialogue so natural that it makes the reader feel like an eavesdropper. The plot’s (very) occasional lags are worth overlooking because of the reflective residue it leaves behind, giving Healing Ruby staying power that lingers long after the final chapter ends.

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This book is a hell of a ride- midgets and dwarfs! Clowns from outer space! Adventures with dangerous blondes! Plain and chocolate-covered writing! Linguistics, quantum physics, genetics, anthropology, animal husbandry! And there’s more!

The ill thought out attempt on Tulee’s life was a mistake, a terrible mistake. There’s an old Biblical verse in Galatians saying “whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap”. That never was more true than during those three months in Tyson County, never.

While holding to a Christian undertone, The Passing of Tulee Main is one story that has the potential of capturing the interest of quite a large audience.

Review by Anita Lock

Phoenix and Justin Sunder are master cat burglars and best friends until Dylan Panicosky enters their circle of hedonism and crime. Set in the blighted city of St. Louis in the ‘80s, Fraternity of Fractures is a love triangle played out in an urban setting full of nocturnal decadence and danger, with all the players fractured in their own way.

Eleven short stories, one from each country in the South American World Cup qualifying group, plus Mexico (following the precedent set by the Copa América).

Fresh Cut is the true tale of a wild young woman with a dark past who finds refuge in the colorful world of the floral industry. Not for the timid; the story is raw and disturbing, filled with wry humor and brutal honesty.

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Pointillistic microfictions composed only of things, describing the breadth and sorrow of existence.

The inhabitants of a squat in Hackney try to start a revolution and bring down the capitalist system. When Mick accidentally gets a job cleaning banks with Thai, he reevaluates his relationship with love and money. As the revolution spirals out of control, he must decide where his allegiances lie.

Jesus returns to earth and meets activist Magdalene who is fighting for a better world. But only a conman will recognize him. Using humor, Jesus and Magdalene broaches recent phenomena of social and political conflict.

Ceremonies contains a painter’s meditations about his lovers. The book includes the sexual part of relationships, instead of pretending it does not exist. It is not a traditional novel. It is a collection of lists, descriptions, scenes, short stories, observations, etc. They are numbered and organized into sections. Come explore the rituals men and women practice with each other in Ceremonies.

These stories are about the cliff—the tipping point—the instant we must roll the dice or succumb to the status quo. Burch’s characters face life with courage and humor in a tenacious search for meaning and fulfillment.

A Book of Revelations delivers the voyeuristic aspects of social media sans FOMO (fear of missing out) thanks to Burch’s stellar ability to place a reader inside the characters he’s created. His short stories have an epic feel because of his exquisite use of language and penchant for deftly wielding details. (Prepare to be compelled to reread  details like “her right blinking flashing as she turned left” multiple times.)

Lately, there’s been no shortage of research on the benefits of reading floating around in the “soundbite-osphere,” everything from reduced stress levels and higher happiness quotients to better sleep and elevated empathy. (This feature rounds up nine of them.) As for the latter, being immersed in the worlds masterfully created by Burch may result in an almost immediate boost in understanding.

The eavesdropping sensation they induce is mesmerizing, and the stream of unexpected revelations are, too.




Review by Yvonne Lieblein

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When Violet’s world comes crashing down, can she find forgiveness for the one who caused her collapse?

You fired but his forward thrust catapulted him forward still and he collapsed onto you. You fell backward and he lay with his head at your breast. His heartbeat engaged with yours. Blasphemously, you clutched him and said, “My son,” as if in an act of contrition

The Last Great American Magic reimagines the legend of Tecumseh, a physically gifted warrior, and his twin brother Rattle, a wickedly smart but lazy prophet. Growing up, the boys are rivals, but in adulthood they reconcile to form a confederacy of Native American tribes and fight the advance of settlers.

THE LAST GREAT AMERICAN MAGIC is a worthy read and holds broad appeal for any who enjoy historical or literary fiction, romance and even fantasy. It is a beautifully written, quality novel and worthy of the title TOP PICK.

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West Barrington, a musician from 1926 Harlem, awakes in 2016 Harlem after falling asleep on the eve of 1927. During West journey in the future he discovers the reason behind his time travel.

“A woman discovers that she’s the reincarnated spirit of an Inca warrior in this imaginative debut novel . . . An often elegantly crafted story that explores the love between parents and their children and how people come to terms with the loss of loved ones.” –Kirkus Reviews

To Swim Beneath the Earth should delight readers who enjoy literary fiction and appreciate beautiful language. It’s a novel that pulls the reader completely into its world. Those who enjoy mystical fiction will certainly relish Bensman’s inventive plotline, psychic phenomenon and past lives. It may not be a good fit for readers searching exclusively for fast-paced action but will certainly satisfy those who revel in a rich story told with detail and depth.

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When two children sneak into a candy factory to steal sweets, they risk capture by the dreaded superintendent, the Candy Man. Enjoy these and other literary tales by Victor A. Davis.

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“In vignettes that bring to mind Sandra Cisneros’ masterpiece ‘The House on Mango Street,’ Nancy Freund’s ‘Mailbox’ tells an engaging, sensitive, and at times very funny coming-of-age story.” – Brian Gresko, editor, ‘When I First Held You: 22 Critically Acclaimed Writers Talk about the Triumphs, Challenges, and Transformative Experience of Fatherhood’

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A colorful novel of a woman’s self discovery and family secrets — about moving abroad to finally find her own heart and home.

You must beware of Matthias. You are a threat to him. He will seek vengeance against you. But you will triumph over him in the end.

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Deep in debt, Mervyn Kirby gets a job he doesn’t want by pretending to be racist. His new boss Dennis Lane thinks he’s found a kindred spirit. How far will Mervyn go to free himself? Will they settle their differences or end up killing each other?

She lost everything. Everything but the memories of a past she refused to let go of. Now it will take a herd of wild horses to drag her back to life where she’ll learn a valuable lesson from a very unlikely hero.

A timely must read by all! Once you open it, you won’t be able to put it down. Heart wrenching and eye opening, it will make you angry and hopeful at the same time.

Review by Anita Lock

In 1987, Shaggy ventures off to discover what lies at the heart of the British disease during Thatcher’s right wing reign.

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A Love Story for a Nation chronicles the explosive and heart-warming journey of one country’s brush with history through the eyes of a courageous man who dared to stand up, smile, and think the unimaginable.

Max hates everything about life in the 21st century: social media, reality TV, general stupidity. He’s on a mission to show other people how to live.

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This wild-eyed family saga spans centuries and continents, beginning in the 18th century in the Kingdom of Hungary and ending more than two centuries later in a futuristic L.A. Ultimately, ANIMAL MAGNET probes the notion of humanness, human identity, and humanity.

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To put his broken life together, Prodigal son Duddy Doogan must explore his Southern, moss-draped family tree and excavate all the terrible truths and mysteries buried deep within the roots.

The 1950s. In a small Tennessee town Jamie Logan stars in his high school’s musical and begins a journey that could take him to the pinnacle of the opera world. Jamie has a voice beautiful beyond belief. His desire to sing becomes his reason for being. Will that be enough?

You Are My Song creates a nice closure to a great trilogy! There is no doubt that the largest draw of readers will come from those who are musically inclined—whether instrumentalists or listeners. Yet Jordan incorporates so much more than the opera scene to grab the attention of anyone looking for a captivating read.

Review by Anita Lock

June is an average man leading an average life, with only his name being somewhat non-traditional. This all changes when he undertakes the commonplace task of moving from Bangalore to Delhi.

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“His eyes settled on her…piercing green embers of flame that revealed the ferocity of his pain and passion, yet still shrouded him under veils of ever deepening mystery that made every ounce of her ache to unravel him.”

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Zoe Channing, the girl everyone loves. Everyone but Zoe, the teen with buried secrets threatening her soul. Music is her salvation, art is Jesse’s. He vents with a paintbrush while she tours with a rock band. Can she live through the aftermath of tragedy? Will a song bring him home?

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The town of New Eden, peopled with oddities, has arrived at its last days. As two near-centenarian citizens prepare for their birthdays, a third vows to interrupt the proceedings. “The Remnants” cartwheels rambunctiously through the lives of wood-splitters, garment-menders, and chervil farmers, while exposing an undercurrent of secrets and taboos.

Robert has Asperger’s Syndrome and endures a myriad of awkward moments in his quest to meet a nice, normal girl.

Stim was a delightful, insightful, and often funny read that pulls at the reader’s heart. It will appeal to those interested in Asperger’s Syndrome and those just wanting to understand the myriad of challenges and unique experiences associated with being different. Highly recommended!

Review by Stim

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Seven Misterious Gifts came to Earth and lay dormant, like seeds in an empty desert. Then the rains came, as a young boy, chosen by an Angel to reveal the gifts after enduring a wild, spiritual odyssey through seven arcane and bizarre worlds in pursuit of a lonely white dolphin

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While driving home from the movies late one night, Henry accidentally struck and killed a girl named Karen with his pickup truck. Kaley was Karen’s twin sister. In spite of all the reasons they shouldn’t be together, Henry and Kaley can’t help what will happen between them.

“A taut novel of suspense with a thread of the supernatural that seizes the reader’s attention and will not let go. Lurking underneath the saga of a psychic’s imminent mortality and the threat of a ruthless murderer are deeper thematic questions about the essence of human free will.” (Micah Andrews-Midwest Book Review)

Kate JR
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A life long and symbiotic friendship between two men begins in 1960s Liverpool when they are children: their early experiences in the nineteen-sixties and seventies having lasting effects on their adult lives and relationships. Also featuring 60s and 70s Scouse nostalgia and many sweets, not to mention food, records and clothes.

A hard-hitting story of addiction, family breakdown and homelessness, based on my experience of working in the addictions field for many years. It deals with the devastating effects of child sex on a young man’s life.

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In the shadow of losing the love of his life, one man attempts to salvage his soul by leaving behind everything he knows for a second chance at love with a woman who can’t decide whether to marry him or dissect his brain

Sabah Carrim
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Heera, a clinical psychologist, unearths memories of her childhood and adolescence, taking us to the bleakest corners of her life. We are made to peer into the incongruences of insular societies. Follies, superstitions and unquestioned beliefs clog her world, and the only means of escape is to destroy and recreate.

The Real Estate of Things is a comedic story about real estate, spirituality and politics in the sprawling, multicultural suburb of West York.

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A humorous, unconventional family yarn about a young girl navigating a hardscrabble upbringing in Mississippi who loses everything but finds her way.

The same rare brain cancer that nearly killed Tarpon Springs celebrity-in-residence Jonathan Christakos years ago is back to finish the job now that he’s on the wrong side of 40. How Jon navigates his last six months is anyone’s guess, but everyone knows that he’s long overdue a miracle.

Patterson’s captivating story draws readers into the fascinating Tarpon Springs. Aside of the factual aspects of this historic place, Patterson does a stellar job keeping his plot light by incorporating fantasy and spirituality to a topic that can be considered rather dismal—dealing with terminal illness and imminent death. A great mix of fact and fiction that is laced with hope and love, Epiphany Man is a perfect read for those looking for a fresh approach to fantasy literature.

Review by Anita Lock

The story of a young man, Norman, devoid of mentors, who chooses to create his own in the likes of Zeus, Pablo Picasso and Othello. In attempting to find someone to teach him how to live, Norman is confronted with the harshness of reality, and consoled by the powers of imagination.

All Jane Seymour wants is a husband; but when she catches the eye of a volatile king, she is pulled deep into the Tudor court’s realm of plot and intrigue….

Well executed and thoroughly researched, Jane the Quene is for romance lovers and history buffs alike. One part romantic drama and two parts historic fiction, Jane the Quene follows innocent Jane Seymour as she goes from the plain girl who keeps her head down to the center of of attention and power. Janet Wertman delivers pages of beautiful prose in a well-researched first book. And it doesn’t stop here! Readers can expect to gobble up more courtly intrigue as the saga continues.

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Economy in turmoil; lives, careers and fortunes are at stake. Tom must find out why and who’s behind it. Is the motive greed, power, revenge or even economic terrorism? Facing a crumbling marriage, personal threats and his most challenging ever investigation, he has the added distraction of a romantic attraction.

Brian L. Braden
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Underground Book Reviews co-founder Brian L. Braden presents six tales of souls turning life’s corners. From the Old West, to the edge of space, six people must learn to abandon the illusions that feed their fears, and trust in love, friendship, and courage.

Yuki, a young street girl, witnesses Jack Delgato murder another police officer and an informant. Yuki runs for her life as Delgato relentlessly pursues the only witness to the killing.

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A spectral, existential noir set against the aging irons of Coney Island and old guard lions of hip hop and silent film, Broken Land, a Brooklyn Tale tracks the singular odyssey of would-be sleuth and soon-to-be wordsmith, Salvatore Massimo Lunezzi. Pr …

In a narrative interwoven with fairytales, the lines that divide memories from dreams blur in the fourth book of the Wordcraft of Oregon Fabulist Novella Series, Mama & the Hungry Hole, by Johanna DeBiase.

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In this rogue’s tale, full of sound, fury, and erotic surrealism, we meet Alex Fillameno, a writer who has traded in the machine-grind of New York for a bare bones existence in the high desert town of Taos, New Mexico. Recently divorced and jobless, Fi …

My name is Snow and I am a Wererabbit. Rescuing Josh, the werewolf, was a first step to being a hero. The road ahead is full of unexpected twists, strange creatures and a new love.

It’s Andromeda Strain meets Back to the Future with a healthy dose of Dirty Dancing. Fall into this edgy, action-packed, dystopian love story, and encounter a finicky time machine, a mysterious seashell, and a very clever dog (some sex, swearing and violence, but no vampires and absolutely no ditzes!)

A dazzlingly inventive, bitingly satirical, and savagely funny critique of postmodern culture and society.

A Cajun family secret, two very different boys, and a fight to keep a grandmother’s love—who would’ve guessed that looking through old photo albums could get Wendy into so much trouble?

Anonymous sticky-notes, a scheming bully, and a ruined summer send fourteen-year-old Wendy down a trail of secrets and self-discovery.

Jack Caufield is a corporate lawyer, a well-paid but insignificant cog in the Wall Street machine. Confronted with the possibility that the bankers he represents may have been involved in a shocking conspiracy, his search for the truth may cost him the success he’s spent his life chasing.

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Welcome to the New Year on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, where talk might be cheap (though nothing else is), scheming and manipulation are second nature, intentions are never pure as driven snow, and not even the shrinks can be trusted.

Christopher Hassett
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The Boundary Stone is a hushed and haunting tale whose narrator, no longer of flesh, nevertheless sets out in wondrous search for his beloved.

Knowing she’ll die young, Sakura keeps the world at a distance, until she meets the star of her late guardian’s fairy tales. With the handsome yokai sharing her house and teaching her to live and love again, her stoic acceptance of her fate is slipping…

The story of a group of civilians making a series of newsreel films for the Australian Government during World War 2. Their adventures and romances make for a riveting insight into life in Australia during those years of turmoil.

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Abel Velasco calculates many things. Things like the arc of falling sycamore leaves, the duration of a dog sneeze, or the number of times his aunt might hit him. He can’t help it – he’s a savant.

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Benjamin Walker has taken a job working on a project named “Lucy,” a machine capable of recording a persons dreams in intimate detail. All is finally going well for Ben … until strange dreams begin to plague him, and hidden memories begin to reveal themselves. No one is who they seem …

A fast-action crime thriller: Evan Powers has left his dull office job to become the new manager in Nick Grady’s marijuana growing operation … however, Nick’s complex past comes full circle, thrusting Evan in a scramble to decipher the truth behind the enigmatic lives of the people he holds dear.

An expertly plotted and devised crime thriller which keeps you guessing until the end – a great, fast paced read, despite the lack of connection between the reader and the main protagonist who I never really felt I got to know.

Review by Chantelle Atkins

Angel of Song is a historical romance set in France during WWI. In the hell of trenches, the Allied soldiers sacrifice their lives to hold their posts against insurmountable odds. Looking for inspiration, the French believe they’ve found a secret weapon from an unlikely source, the Angel of Song.

The third tale in Anna Rouen’s MASTER OF ILLUSION series can also stand alone, and for readers drawn to historical fiction, intrigue and romance, ANGEL OF SONG is a novel hat trick. Rouen weaves many layers into the fabric of the story — from Angelique’s journey of self-discovery and the complexities of love and loss to the chaos of war and the transformative power of music. While a bit slow at times, ANGEL OF SONG’s well-developed plot and rich character relationships will keep readers turning pages with anticipation.

Review by Yvonne Lieblein

Escapes is a coming of age story set in a small, rural Ohio town. The protagonist, Lance Adamson, will go to any length to avoid confronting his problems, if he can help it.

The story of the Brothers Pizarro and their conquest of the Inca empire through the eyes of Sardina, one of Francisco’s most loyal and seasoned men. Also detailed are the trials of Manco Inca, who was commanded by the Spanish conquistadors to serve as a king to his people, and who led their eventual revolt.

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A conspiracy of forbidden activities in a Mormon youth group challenges the beliefs and relationships of the young men involved.

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Nine years ago, Jack Erikson was deployed to China to protect the United States from a cyberattack. Now, suffering from a drug-induced amnesia, he is unable to recognize his own son.

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Are you awake enough? A Literary Psychological Thriller set in Buenos Aires, Argentina, that will make you question the world as you know it.

In the summer of 1990, Bobbie Lamont meets Miller Hoffman and her life changes. It is love at first sight for them both. Despite the five year age difference, Miller’s mother’s objections, and Bobbie’s aunt’s concerns, the love between Miller and Bobbie can’t be denied or stopped.

The angels at God’s office complex regularly turn out amazing projects. Lucifer happens to be working on the development of humans, within the larger Creation project. Lucifer needs to fit rebelling against the Creator into his busy life if he ever wants to get a corporate promotion.

Erin K. Parker
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A fierce and delicate first book, The Secret and the Sacred contains stories that pierce your heart, engage your mind, slay your being.

A full-throttle adventure through modern Europe and the Mediterranean in a book that’s part thriller, part mystery, and all rollicking read (Kirkus Reviews)

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“Hidden From the Face of Humans” is both a sweeping epic and a warm story of a family pulled into world politics of the 4th century BCE. Travel to the time of Plato, Persian kings, Spartan warriors and Egyptian Pharaohs to discover who killed Priestess Thermafi. And why?

Nichole is struggling to deal with keeping her family together and taking care of her young siblings. Richard is trying to decide what is important in his life after making many mistakes. Can they overcome and get a second chance?

This book is a good read, and anyone who enjoys a contemporary storyline with modern issues, such as prejudice, addiction and social inequality will enjoy the themes and ideas examined here. It is also driven nicely by the well rounded characters.

Review by Chantelle Atkins

Help isn’t always the easiest thing to give, and it can be even more difficult to accept…

Cole’s human-interest story is definitely not a light read. Focusing on one man’s dysfunctional life and family, Cole’s plot presents life in the raw. Weaving in constant tension resulting from a lifetime of strife, readers may capture an overriding dystopian ambiance to Cole’s plot—and rightfully so since aging has its difficulties. Although well written and highly thought provoking, Ripples Through Time will not appeal to all, especially those who are faint of heart.

Review by Anita Lock

It’s 1854 in the American West and Didier Rain – rogue, poet, and would-be entrepreneur – is hired by The Church of the Restructured Truth to deliver a child-bride to the sect’s prophet across a frontier fraught with perils, comedy, and carnal temptations.

Kindall pulls out all the terminology stops in his latest read. Although a fascinating read laced with allegory and human interest, Delivering Virtue’s highest appeal will be toward seasoned readers, especially English literature aficionados. Others may enjoy the tongue-in-cheek comments, but miss nuances of European literary legends.

Review by Anita Lock

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This collection is a series of narratives exploring events, experiences and memories. Each of the seven independent stories is compelling, and thought-provoking. Often dark and never what you may think, these stories will make you ask yourself “What if?”

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When a mysterious, charming street performer hires Christina to be his assistant, she sees an opportunity to overcome her fears and become a magician in her own right. But as he grows jealous of the attention she’s getting, she wonders if cozying up to him is worth the price of admission.

The POTUS sends his top problem solver Marcus Wrath of NOLE to tackle the Three Demons Of Chaos, but first he must find a key not realizing it will unlock the darkest secret of Mars.

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Prunella Smith lives in a multi-layered reality. A cyberbully stalks her online, but her dreams, memories, visions of a Tibetan Yogi, and the fantasy novel she’s editing also have a life of their own. Can these separate but complimentary worlds help when Ella becomes victim to a real life stalker?

Smart…Sexy…Mad! Polaroids: Original Nature tells the story of a schizophrenic, voyeuristic outsider artist, Singer Fauth, and her highly hedonistic relationship with a slightly narcissistic partner in mischief, Lee Heureux.

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In a new America where almost no one can be trusted, Caroline Gerard lies unconscious in a government hospital as others decide her fate. As she recovers from her injuries, all she has are her memories of a rich and beautiful past.

An unemployed aero-engineer receives an unusual besom broom, becoming part of a heart racing adventure.

Compelling, sexually charged, and awash in anxious uncertainty, The Story of Teddy and Eddie follows Nino as he makes the terrifying choices no one should ever have to make, illuminating the indelible impact of childhood and memory on decisions so close to the heart.

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Savagely funny and somewhat cruel, Clifford and Claudia rips away the veneer of social niceties to expose the vulnerabilities that fuel the over-the top characters in this remarkable story of a young man’s coming of age during his desperate days of life with Clifford and Claudia.

Syncopated Rhythm is an honest and sobering account of living in a world meant for other people, and the truly heroic hopes that make that possible.

A WWI veteran writes down the memories of the war and his return to civilian life for his children to read after he is gone. From his training, through his first action, the rest of the hellish war and then back home. He is changed forever.

In 1982, in Oxford, Rupert Carlos, the heir of an English Earl and a Spanish Countess, meets Clearvoice, a “Red Indian elder who has come to confront the British about the treaties. Rupert’s coming of age is complicated by the shocking conspiracy of a corrupt Canadian bureaucrat in London

When a man’s wife dies suddenly, he grieves the five stages unnaturally by buying a corvette, smoking pot with the neighbor kid, and dressing like a cheerleader and burgling houses.

DEVELOPING MINDS: AN AMERICAN GHOST STORY follows a group of recent college graduates who struggle with feelings of alienation and their addictions as they try to survive a year of teaching at two dysfunctional Miami public schools.

Anyone who enjoys realistic fiction, with a gritty edge will enjoy this novel. The characters are extremely well written and believable, and the dialogue is perfect. Despite the serious matter, the book is also very humorous, visual and vibrant to read.

Review by Chantelle Atkins

An experimental novel best described as late-night channel surfing through the mind of a homeless man. No one in this book is sane or acts anything like an actual human being. The situations portrayed run the gamut from the implausible to the absurd. Don’t trust a word of it.

Igor Goldkind
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IS SHE AVAILABLE pushes the edge of what is possible with present-day ebooks. It is not an App, it is a true book that marries pop art, comics, avant-garde, jazz, spoken word poetry, video and animations, The collaborative work of artists, musicians, editors, and designers from two continents. Adriano Bulla, Literature Blog

Remember how it feels to Fall in Love? Race against the clock through a dystopian nightmare. Climb naked into an untested time machine. Wake up twenty years younger on a tropical beach, buck naked and mortally wounded, with your heart in your throat.  Fall in love!

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Augustine Shaw is a killer. On an overnight road trip, he relives the erratic series of events that changed his life and ended others. Shaw must decide: bury the past forever or confess

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In 1842, Deidre Scott leaves Scotland to follow Mac McDonnell, the man she loves, to Van Diemen’s Land. As Mac toils on a road gang, Deidre cobbles together a job and tries to ease conditions for Mac. Can they build a new life in this rough and tumble penal colony?

J.R. Hamantaschen
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The follow-up to his critically acclaimed collection, You Shall Never Know Security, J.R. Hamantaschen returns with another collection of his inimitable brand of weird, dark fiction. At turns despairing, resonant, macabre and insightful, these nine stories intend to stay with you.

Nyla, a jobless humanities graduate with broken dreams is forced to work on the midnight shift at the graphics centre of the Most Successful Bank in the Universe in London. She stumbles into a dark world ruled by bullies and bitches. Furiously fast paced and told with dark, acerbic wit.

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Based on the real-life robbery of the famed Gardner Museum, this fast-paced, wily whodunit filled with intrigue, romance and stimulating scholarship. A wonderfully satisfying mystery for anyone interested in historical fiction. A roller-coaster ride of suspense, a meticulous portrait of the underbelly of the art world at its highest echelons.

One last chance and a twist of fate take her on an adventure that she never imagined.

Check out the upcoming genre-defying novel by indie author Tina Shyver-Plank. Another Place is filled with lovely poetic prose surrounding the surrealistic story of a young abuse survivor as she struggles for her sanity. It is a beautiful and moving tribute to the power of the traditionally feminine woman to overcome patriarchy and find the truth about divinity without sacrificing her true creative and sensitive self.

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Christian Michael Anderson hasn’t been doing so well lately. He’s out of work, out of money, and out of alcohol. But when he loops a stolen rope through the exposed rafters in his ceiling and places that noose around his neck, his adventure has only begun…

In Ancient Egypt, the High Priest vies to control King Aha, as does the Vizier. Against the laws of ma’at, Princess Nefret loves the surgeon priest Tasar; a transgression punishable by death. As the khamsin rages, those seeking to kill Nefret are pitted against those hoping to save her.

N.T. McQueen
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Told from the perspective of Judas himself, The Disciple is an intimate look at the driving forces and conflicts that lead to the betrayal and crucifixion of Jesus Christ

Ezekiel Clemens is a famed evangelist who harbors a deadly secret. On the day of one of his largest televised meetings, he encounters a stranger that rattles his life and sends him on a journey of repentance where dark secrets are revealed, faith is tested, and lives are forever altered.

The appeal of Between Lions and Lambs is in the flawed and very believable characters and the tragic tale of the making–and breaking–of evangelical preacher Ezekiel Clemens. The multitude of basic English-usage and writing errors, however, leaves the reader feeling somewhat abused by the author. He clearly cared more about publishing than writing, or its essential partner, editing. Readers who don’t mind reading something closer to a first draft than a publication ready story might enjoy this, but don’t expect any polish in the story’s telling. It’s not there. Four stars for an intriguing plot and interesting characters, but one star for the poor quality of the writing, averaging out to 2.5.


Review by Between Lions and Lambs

Jason Sterling never meant to put his life or anyone else’s in danger. The Genier law firm’s excellent reputation assures him all is well when he accepts the unusual job offer with the Genier’s personal friend and client. The mysterious and alluring Au …

DreamLAnd is the story of Lyle Grant, a spoiled 23-year-old child of Beverly Hills whose mission to avoid adulthood is derailed when his troubled cousin disappears in the gritty depths of Los Angeles.

Following a series of bad judgements, Nicolas Keszthelyi finds himself alone and pursued by the police in the depths of the French countryside. In a final attempt to secure his freedom, he writes to the police and lays out his side of the story…

People Like Us is an intelligent (in some places brilliant), well-written and entertaining novel. It reads like a cold white wine, not sweet but dry enough to make you pucker your lips in anticipation of the next sip. Perhaps it might go well with courgettes.

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Join Stanza on a tornadic quest into regional folklore, a string of historical murders, and the occult – and ultimately, into the mysteries behind her own bloody heritage and fey destiny. Between the suspense and the quality of writing, you won’t be able to leave aside this spellbinding first novel.

Ligatures is for readers who appreciate beautiful language and enjoy a story that both entertains and stimulates thought. It is on the dark side, and is not a simple “feel good” read. Instead, it is a novel with depth and complexity and power. Sara Rich is absolutely an author to watch.

Review by Ligatures

n the 1950s, a brilliant young pianist with a defective heart meets the love of his life and strives for success in the daunting world of classical music. ELI’S HEART is more than a compelling love story – it is filled with music, courage and hope.

Fans of Nicholas Spark novels looking for similar romance themes will be pleasantly surprised with Jordan’s latest novel. One does not need to be a connoisseur or aficionado of classical music to appreciate the depth of relationship between Eli and Krissy. On the plus side, for those who are way into this musical genre, Jordan includes and rich list of suggested recording discussed in Eli’s Heart, as well as specific recordings by Samuel Sanders. Undoubtedly, a great read that comes highly recommended.

Review by Anita Lock

An alcoholic mall Santa and a coke-dealing stripper get tangled up with a fairy-worshiping suicide cult. The Atheist’s Prayer is a dark comedy about religious beliefs (or lack thereof), which follows an eclectic group of people as their lives and religious beliefs are shaped by a tragic event.