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The Great Lakes Plaza and Other Short Stories

Title: The Great Lakes Plaza and Other Short Stories
Author: Douglas Bosack
Publisher: Toplink Publishing
ISBN: 9781635246193
Pages: 296
Genre: Short Stories
Reviewed by: Christa Hill

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Douglas Bosack builds richly imaged worlds and tangible imagery of places that I have never been in his collection titled The Great Lakes Plaza and Other Short Stories. In the story ‘A Victim of Circumstance’ he pulled me into the landscape where Frank is with his descriptions of the ocean water, birds, and boats. The story is literally named and was engaging from start to finish.

These stories have well-crafted characters that speak to each person’s inner dreamer,

An Iceberg’s Gift

Title: An Iceberg’s Gift
Author: Donald F. Averill
Publisher: Toplink Publishing
ISBN: 9781947938258
Pages: 254
Genre: Fiction & Literature
Reviewed by: Anita Lock

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It is spring and brothers Luka and Rolan Ivanov, both in their twenties, are on their fishing boat constantly keeping their eyes open for a way to help Arina, their sister; she dreams of leaving Provideniya in Eastern Siberia and studying astronomy in the United States. It is during this boating trip that they discover a small WWII airplane—complete with a dead pilot and his canine companion—frozen in an iceberg. After the boys share their secret with Arina and eventually

Tickling Chanterelle

Title: Tickling Chanterelle
Author: George Bricker
Publisher: Toplink Publishing
ISBN: 978-1946801951
Pages: 342
Genre: Mystery
Reviewed by: Lisa Brown-Gilbert

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George Bricker’s Tickling Chanterelle takes readers on a literary excursion back in time to 1937 Hollywood, where the young stars of a mystery radio show find themselves entwined in a web of real life intrigue as mystery, murder and exciting adventure, intersect. Set in Hollywood, 1937, with the golden age of radio still somewhat viable, as a form of entertainment. As it happens, two young up and coming radio actors Norman Felskin and Betsy Poldosky are working on a Radio show pilot; The Valley

A Past Life

Title: A Past Life: As Told by Brave Hawk
Author:  Dond Sylvain
Publisher: Toplink Publishing
ISBN: 978-1947620049
Pages: 154
Genre: Non-Fiction
Reviewed by: Susan Milam

 

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In A Past Life, author Dond Sylvain chronicles his journey as Brave Hawk. He receives the name when welcomed into a Native American tribe during one of his many former lives. Mr. Sylvain recounts his story as part of his mission to convince non-believers that reincarnation exists.

Born into a Catholic family, Mr.

Bless Me Indeed

Title: Bless Me Indeed: Discover the Secret of Success Through a Bold and Powerful Prayer of Jabez
Author:  Janet Kisyombe
Publisher: Toplink Publishing
ISBN: 978-1947620490
Pages: 106
Genre: Religious/Advice
Reviewed by: Ella Vincent

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Bless Me Indeed is an inspiring and hopeful self-help book from Janet Kisyombe. Her Biblical-based advice is derived from a short passage which will leave a large impression on readers. Kisyombe offers advice from the short but impactful Bible verse about Jabez in the

The Kuiper Belt Deception

Title: The Kuiper Belt Deception
Author: Donald F. Averill
Publisher: Toplink Publishing
ISBN: 978-1946801975
Pages: 284
Genre: Science Fiction
Reviewed by: Joe Kilgore

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The best science fiction novels find a way to have just the right mix between science and fiction. Too much science and not enough fiction and you lose the humanity that is needed for emotional involvement. Too much fiction and not enough science and you lose the credibility needed to make the story intellectually involving. Fortunately, author Donald F. Averill does a good job of mixing his key ingredients in The Kuiper Belt Deception, a story of strange goings-on both

Cactus Jumpers

Title: Cactus Jumpers
Author: Andrew Burch
Publisher: Dorrance Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-4809-1207-6
Pages: 346
Genre: Western
Reviewed by: John Murray

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The western genre has lasted so long for a good reason. While these books feature the cliché macho heroes, six shooters blazing, horseback chases, and stark landscapes, the main appeal is the triumph of good over evil. A code of morality and one man who stands against what he knows to be wrong. Cactus Jumpers by Andrew Burch continues that tradition beautifully.

Emerald, California serves as the dusty backdrop. It’s a relatively small town but populated with a variety of colorful characters. The starring cast is Skip Traeger, Moss Williams, and Emmett Brady.

You Have Been Chosen

Title: You Have Been Chosen: The Identity of an Adopted Child
Author: Mary Nyambura Muchiri
Publisher: Toplink Publishing
Pages: 128
Genre: Memoir/ Christian
ISBN: 978-1946801395
Reviewed by: Ella Vincent

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You Have Been Chosen: The Identity of an Adopted Child is an inspiring and heartfelt look at adoption through the eyes of author Mary Nyambura Muchiri, as she tells a loving story about her journey to adopt her son. Muchiri starts from how she rose from

For Beau

Title: For Beau: The Sarah Ashdown Story
Author: Simon Gandossi
Publisher: Xlibris
ISBN: 9781524519889
Pages: 435
Genre: Historical Fiction
Reviewed By: Anita Lock

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It is September 7, 2009, sixty-nine years since the Blitz—Hitler’s sustained aerial bombing campaign against Britain during the Battle of Britain (WWII). The date may seem inconsequential to many, except to those who lived through that horrific period. One person who remembers is Sarah Ashdown. Now elderly and fragile, Sarah meets with journalist Daniel Warwick at a local TV station. The station recently gets wind of her story and plans to air it on its current affairs program. Sarah begins

Poor No More – An American Dream

Title: Poor No More: An American Dream
Author: Steven Bentley, MD
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 978-1-5320-1161-1
Pages: 196
Genre: Memoir
Reviewed by: Barbara Bamberger Scott

 

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Despite a deprived, dysfunctional upbringing, author Steven Bentley realized his dream to rise to personal and professional fulfillment as chromized in Poor No More – An American Dream. One of Bentley’s early memories is of his alcoholic mother, divorced and desperate, taking her five children to church, getting “saved,” appealing for assistance for her desperate brood…and then doing it all over again at another church…and another. She once set a car on fire by smoking in a drunken stupor.

Born

Trail of the Sasquatch, a shaman’s journey

Title: Trail of the Sasquatch, a shaman’s journey
Author: Donald B. Young, Jr.
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 978-1504986151
Pages: 370
Genre: Non-Fiction
Reviewed By: Susan Milan

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In Trail of the Sasquatch, a shaman’s journey, Donald B. Young, Jr. chronicles his quest to fulfill his destiny as a holy man. In addition, Mr. Young describes the monumental contributions he has made to the catalog of Sasquatch lore, as well as the lore of other cryptids. Written in

Let’s Make Our World Better

Title: Let’s Make Our World Better: How Politics and Religion Stand in the Way
Author: Warren William Luce
Publisher: Green Ivy Publishing
ISBN: 979-1-946043-92-4
Pages: 253
Genre: Politics /Philosophy/Religion
Reviewed by: Ella Vincent

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“Let’s Make Our World Better” is a thought-provoking look at how to improve politics. Warren William Luce offers some common sense solutions to bring together a divided nation.

Luce is a World War II veteran who has years of experience in world affairs. His views on how to improve national and international issues are unique and inspiring as well. Luce has a mixture of liberal and conservative views. Though

How Smoking Quit Me

Title: How Smoking Quit Me
Author: James J. McGill
Publisher: Venture Publishing LLC
ISBN: 978-1-946955-94-4
Pages: 52
Genre: Non-Fiction / Education
Reviewed by: Lisa Brown-Gilbert

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Breaking the addiction to smoking is never an easy task. There are so many excuses for not quitting while conversely, there are just as many justifications to quit. However, whereas some may quit successfully boasting of awe-inspiring feats of willpower others may find that they remain stuck in a continual fluctuation struggling to break the addiction with a self-imposed evil that seems almost inescapable.

Nonetheless, there is hope for those trapped in quitter’s perpetude and author James J. McGill

The Noble Rebellion

Title: The Noble Rebellion
Author: Joshua G. Fensterstock
Publisher: Outskirts Press
ISBN: 978-1-4327-7661-9
Pages: 432
Genre: Thriller

Reviewed by: John Murray

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As Shakespeare once wrote, “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.” For those that are born great or achieve greatness, their future is fairly clear. They’ve worked hard or have been prepared for that path. The most interesting one is the person whom greatness is thrust upon. What do they do with that newfound power and responsibility?

In “The Noble Rebellion” by Joshua G. Fensterstock, such a scenario plays out. After a botched assassination attempt, newly

The Other La Bohème

Title: The Other La Bohème
Author: Yorker Keith
Publisher: Bookbaby
ISBN: 9781483591995
Pages: 366
Genre: Literary Fiction

Reviewed by: Susan Brown

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Sing on! That’s the rallying cry of four friends, all of whom are struggling opera singers trying to make a living in the competitive environment of New York City’s professional opera milieu, and are characters in Yorker Keith’s current novel, The Other La Bohème. Much like Alexander Dumas’ The Three

Nightmare in the Limbo of Halloween

Title: Nightmare in the Limbo of Halloween
Author: Behzad Almasi
Publisher: Authorhouse
ISBN: 978-1-50493-484-8
Pages: 246
Genre: Fiction

Reviewed by: Dan MacIntosh

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Behzad Almasi’s fantastic book, Nightmare in the Limbo of Halloween, was said to have taken eight years to write. It certainly does have an epic feel to the book. It’s much like an Albert Camus philosophical story, in that our main character is thrown into a world where much does not make sense and little is fair. The absurdity of it all is an observation that our main man makes again and again. We never learn our protagonist’s

To Never Know

Title: To Never Know
Author: Thomas Duffy
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781536898385
Pages: 206
Genre: Fiction

Reviewed by: Barbara Bamberger Scott

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To Never Know by author Thomas Duffy is the story of love lost, found and lost again, as a young man is trying to break free from his troubled past.

When we first encounter Steve Lewis, he is a senior in high school in New York City. He is a bit shy, lacking in confidence even though he achieves good grades. He’s just not like the other kids, and doesn’t have a date to the prom. This small fact is the hinge

Wall Street Kitchen

Title: Wall Street Kitchen: The Recipe Behind a Housewife’s 1000% Stock Return
Author: Victor Chiu
Publisher: TBA
ISBN: 9780994911506
Pages: 244
Genre: Business – Investing /Self Help

Reviewed by: Lisa Brown-Gilbert

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Ordinarily, success investing in the stock market, for the average person may seem to be well out of reach. Moreover, many people foster the belief that without a cache of disposable funds, a high level of education, extensive training or a God-sent stretch of good luck, a successful venture in investing is just not plausible.

Heartbreaker

Title: Heartbreaker
Author:  Thomas Duffy
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 978-1517416539
Pages: 183
Genre: Fiction-Thriller

Reviewed by: CC Thomas

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Amber Robertson is one red-hot mess, from beginning to end. Amber is a 19-year-old who has just moved to New York City in order to make more out of her life. Without much of a plan, she moves in with a friend and then scrambles wildly trying to make the rent money. The Big Apple is too much of a big temptation and Amber is soon arrested and behind bars for shoplifting. While in jail, she cozies up to a prostitute and discovers there are better

Deborah Rising

Title: Deborah Rising
Author: Avraham Azrieli
ISBN: 978-0062563552
Publisher: Harper Legend
Pages: 269
Genre: Historical Fiction

Reviewed by: Michelle Robertson

  Author’s Website

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Deborah, from the young age of 13, was no stranger to hardship and remorse. She was an orphan and witnessed a great injustice done to her own sister; by the very man who decided to betrothal her. The very same man who once married her own sister had her put to death by stoning. She cannot stay with an evil hearted man and comes up with an escape plan to run away from her husband. Many obstacles are thrown in

The Count of Monte Cristo as Retold by Sherlock Holmes

Title: The Count of Monte Cristo as Retold by Sherlock Holmes
Author: Holy Ghost Writer
Publisher: Illuminated Publications
ISBN: 1490927301
Pages: 564
Genre: Fiction

Reviewed by: Russell D. James Author’s Website

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The Count of Monte Cristo Retold by Sherlock Holmes is a long book that offers a good story in a new
voice with some clever dialogue interjected. As the title suggests, Sherlock Holmes re-tells a story
made famous by Alexander Dumas. The book hints at more than just this story being told, and given
its over 500 page book makes it a double-length book, a reader might think there would be three
different stories of

Bodybuilding for Weight Loss

Title: Bodybuilding for Weight Loss: Facts About Weight Loss Through Body Building That You Did Not Know About
Author: James Eaton
Publisher: CreateSpace
ASIN: B00T3ETMIU
Pages:  56
Genre: Health and Fitness
Reviewed by: Roger Kirk

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James Eaton eliminated any “fat” in his book by just concentrating on the facts of diet and exercise. No descriptive fluff about counting reps or psychology about the Zen of exercise, nor theories about the addiction to junk food – like so many other books in this genre claim to profess. Bodybuilding for Weight Loss cuts right to the points you need to know in a terse,

Stop The Diet, I Want To Get Off!

Title: Stop The Diet, I Want To Get Off!
Author: Lisa Tillinger Johansen, MS, RD
Publisher: J. Murray Press
ISBN: 978-0996310208
Pages: 291
Genre: Health/Nutrition/Education

Reviewed by: Carol Davala Author’s Website

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As a registered dietician with a master’s degree in nutritional science and years of clinical and health education experience, Lisa Tillinger Johansen is all too familiar with diets, weight loss, and fads that fuel a multi-billion dollar industry. While the word “diet” often references losing weight, it also translates to what we eat and drink every day, including prescribed recommendations for certain health conditions. But for those who are looking to

Scuba Zak Meets Thaddeus the Barracuda

Title: Scuba Zak Meets Thaddeus the Barracuda
Author: Alice Cypress
Illustrator: Blueberry Illustrations
Publisher: The Peppertree Press
ISBN: 978-1614933465
Pages: 33
Genre: Children’s Books

Reviewed by: Gary Sorkin Author’s Website

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Alice Cypress teaches a wonderful moral in her story Scuba Zak Meets Thaddeus the Barracuda, an illustrated children’s book catering to the 8 year old and younger genre.

Having successfully published previous children’s books, Alice has sharpened her messaging by having her galley text bounce around with a whimsical beat and rhyme, allowing for a lulling feeling of adventure and beauty – making bedtime reading a perfect time for this Scuba Zak story. In

The Company of Magic

Title: The Company of Magic
Author: P.J. Milton
Publisher: Victoria & Company Books
ISBN:
Pages: 88,000 words
Genre: YA Fantasy/Thriller

Reviewed by: Carol Davala

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In a creative blend of modern and ancient, magic and mystery, murder and mayhem, author P.J. Milton draws readers into a fantastical literary realm where adventures play out around the globe. At the heart of the tale we see a younger generation looking to the future of a more peaceable world.

The story behind “The Company of Magic” ignites from an ancient curse where Merlinus the Supreme Magus, with his long red tresses and white parchment skin, ensconced in