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Jim Nesbitt
Votes: 1 Scheduled for Review on April 17, 2017
Nobody's Hero, Nobody's Fool

Sarah K. Stephens
Votes: 10 Reviewer Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reality is a State of Mind
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.
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Viv Doyle
Votes: 1 Scheduled for Review on April 17, 2017
Ever Fallen in Love with a Game Avatar?

Magnus Stanke
Votes: 7 Selected as a Top Pick!
Love, guilt, paternity, murder - probably not in that order.
Stanke’s wildly thrilling period piece captures not just the groovy vibe of post-Franco Spain in 1977, but also the feel, the look, the smell, of Mallorca just as tourism was starting to really make inroads into the formerly pristine island. His unusual and ambitious jumps in point of view wouldn’t have worked in the hands of a less skilled author, but here you’re in good hands. David and Aurora’s whirlwind courtship is over almost before it began, and then, upon her return to him three months later (surprise! With a child in tow) the breathless chase through the pine forests and over the mountains unwinds skillfully. David and his young charge flee for their lives from hit men, and then murderous cops. Then Stanke rewinds and adds another perspective, layering on a new level of understanding for the reader. And again he backs up and goes over the same ground again but in the head of yet another character. By the end, when the whole heart-squeezing narrative has unfolded, the reader knows everything and is satisfied. It’s not an entirely happy ending, you know that going in—but it’s a just one, and a thrill right to the last scene. I wholeheartedly recommend Falling in Death and Love, for anyone who enjoys and appreciates intricate plotting, who has an affinity for Spain, or who needs a reason to stay up late. Once you start this novel, you won’t want to stop.
Review by Kim Kash

Rosemary A Johns
Votes: 1 Scheduled for Review on January 30, 2017
Enter the secret world of Blood Life – where vampires are both predator and prey.

Randy Horton
Votes: 0 Scheduled for Review on March 6, 2017
A nihilistic novel of pointillistic microfictions.

ML Kennedy
Votes: 1 Reviewer Rating: 4.5 Stars
100 stories told in exactly 100 words
This book is recommended for fans of horror and speculative fiction. It is especially good for those who like short stories and flash fiction. However, due to the brevity of the stories, it is not recommended for readers who are looking for an in-depth story.
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Gail Spencer Choate
Votes: 5 Scheduled for Review on March 6, 2017
A geek. A 30th HS reunion. What's the problem?

A. C. Burch
Votes: 0 Selected as a Top Pick!
Unlikely heroes risk all
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 inc.com 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.   LINK FOR ARTICLE ABOVEL  http://www.inc.com/jeff-haden/9-ways-reading-fiction-can-make-you-happier-and-more-creative.html  
Review by Yvonne Lieblein

Kourtney Heintz
Votes: 0 Scheduled for Review on April 3, 2017
Love is a journey never a destination

Lisa Hare
Votes: 3 Selected as a Top Pick!
250 horses and one Indian man embody true freedom
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

Clark Hays and Kathleen McFall
Votes: 4 Selected as a Top Pick!
Love, blood and country music in the modern American West
With a fast pace and a well-developed world of vampire intrigue, THE COWBOY AND THE VAMPIRE is a perfect easy read for lovers of all adventure novels. More than a romance and breaking the stereotypes of both cowboys and vampires, this is a must-read if you enjoy unique fiction and fast-paced plots.
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Lincoln Cole
Votes: 7 Reviewer Rating: 4.5 Stars
The Dresden Files meets Angels and Demons
A unique twist to the demonic realm, paranormal audiences are certainly in for a treat with this first book in a promising new series.
Review by Anita Lock

Kevin Berry
Votes: 1 Selected as a Top Pick!
Quirky Aspergers fiction in earthquake zone.
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

Natalie Wright
Votes: 0 Reviewer Rating: 4.5 Stars
Like Roswell meets the X-Files!
Although H.A.L.F.: The Makers is intended for teen and young adults, Wright incorporates a flavor of Star Trek and Twilight Zone episodes into her writing style, which makes it very appealing for older readers as well.
Review by Anita Lock

D. B. Patterson
Votes: 8 Reviewer Rating: 5 Stars
Greektown celebrity orphan needs 11th hour 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

Lauren Rico
Votes: 103 Selected as a Top Pick!
The lines between love and obsession are blurred in Reverie.
Rising romance author Lauren Rico spins a gripping tale of loss, love, and lies in book one of the Reverie series. A true storyteller, Rico grabs the attention of her audience from the get-go. Twisty and tantalizing, Reverie is bound to be a favorite among romance buffs with a love for classical music.
Review by Reverie

Jim Nesbitt
Votes: 31 Selected as a Top Pick!
Cowboy Noir For The Cartel Era
The first book in the Ed Earl Burch series, The Last Second Chance isn’t for everyone. Audiences who get a thrill out of Quentin Tarentino’s flicks will no doubt find Nesbitt’s plot captivating from beginning to end.
Review by Anita Lock

Brian Kindall
Votes: 0 Reviewer Rating: 4 Stars
A witty, ribald romp across the American Frontier.
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

David Khalaf
Votes: 23 Reviewer Rating: 4.5 Stars
Sixteen people. Sixteen great talents.
Maybe you decide to dig into THE SIXTEEN BURDENS  because its (awesome) cover catches your eye. Or it might be the awards and slew of 5-star reviews that lure you in.  Either way, you’ll only need to read a few paragraphs to know your instinct was spot on. David Khalaf’s debut novel and the first book in THE BURDENS TRILOGY is an eclectic literary mashup — mystery mixed into urban fantasy with a backbeat of Hollywood’s Golden Age. While connecting the dots would be a tall order for a less talented raconteur, Khalaf delivers an engaging adventure grounded in the wondrous complexities of self-discovery and the power of friendship. Bonus: Francesca Baerald’s stellar illustrations.
Review by Yvonne Lieblein

John Draper
Votes: 0 Reviewer Rating: 5 Stars
Is God in control? And, if so, is He competent?
John Draper’s irreverent approach to spirituality is nothing less than downright refreshing. His unique debut maintains a nice balance between the holy and the profane from beginning to end. Offering his audience an intriguing and provocative read, A Danger to God Himself is perfect for those who appreciate reading about hypocrisy in organized religion while at the same time are doing a bit of soul searching. Comes highly recommended!!
Review by A Danger to God Himself

Ken Altabef
Votes: 1 Reviewer Rating: 4 Stars
Alaana must be the next shaman. But she's a girl.
I can say so many great things about this novel, from the dialogue to the sweeping scenery to its solid editing. While I think Altabef succeeded bringing this ambitious vision to life, there were a few minor issues. Sometimes the switch between settings could be a bit jolting and confusing. Also, he often switched character perspectives from paragraph to paragraph, making the blending of the spiritual/physical characters difficult to sort out.  It tended to slow down in a few places, too. While Alaana’s interactions with her family, tribe and spirit creatures were fascinating (and well written), about halfway through the book I wanted the overarching conflict to reveal itself more clearly and the story to progress. This cross-cultural fantasy epic may not be for everyone, but THE CALLING is my kind of book. Original in both scope and execution, I highly recommend it.
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Traci L. Slatton
Votes: 1 Reviewer Rating: 4.5 Stars
Power is pornographic
The book is beautifully written. The history is magnificent, and if you want to learn about occupied Paris from the perspective of persecuted Jewish families and Resistance fighters, this book is a fun way to do so. 
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Alyssa Cooper
Votes: 1 Reviewer Rating: 3.5 Stars
Maggie isn’t just strange – she’s a witch.
The Witches of Armour Hill: Switch was a good YA read. It had lots of darkness, action, and coming of age angst and explores the challenges of being alone in the world with an edgy heroine who will likely appeal to teens. It offers great new world of witches that will likely only get better with additional books.
Review by Jennifer Ellis

Sara Rich
Votes: 2 Reviewer Rating: 5 Stars
Magical realism meets Midwestern gothic in Kansas.
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