February 21, 2023

The Johnson Place: A Rappahannock County Story

This strangely constructed book starts off as historical fiction based on actual events, mixes in courtroom drama, family lore and passages that hint of travel brochure. The strongest of these segments are the first two, filled with well-told tales of fierce rivalries, plots, love affairs, and deaths, all involving characters taken from real life.

Opening […]


February 14, 2023

Contemptible: A surgeon’s battle for justice against insurance giant Cigna and a biased federal bench

In Contemptible, John B. Hackert, MD describes his complicated civil court case against Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company.

The case was apparently initiated in 2018 and arose from Hackert’s transition from a primary “colorectal surgeon…to assisting only.” On that point, Hackert notes only that his reason for the career change has “the makings of […]


January 24, 2023

The Caligula Curse

Author Andrei Kozyrev, who served as Foreign Minister of Russia from 1990 to 1996, brings his experience to bear in The Caligula Curse, a novel about a deep-seated conspiracy running through Russia’s past and into the story’s present.

American doctor Pat flies to Russia as part of a humanitarian effort and, in making friends, falls […]


January 17, 2023

Beneath the Purple Dawn

This thrilling, well-executed tale of international espionage pits a small group of independent fighters against a mastermind terrorist.

After the events of Brett Andrew Strange’s former book, Against the Dusk, Katya Volkova is training herself to fight the shadowy villain Perses, who tortured her after killing her family. Her lover, American war veteran Paul Drake, […]


November 15, 2022

Leon the Warrior Dog

Beat, a shepherd, and his dog Leon join the Roman army and attempt to fight off a Goth invasion in this short historical novel set in 313 A.D.

When a soldier asks Beat to join the army, Beat challenges the soldier to attack him with his sword. If the soldier can’t hit him, Beat says […]


November 8, 2022

New You! Who Knew?

Life-changing events — such as divorce or a loved one’s death — provide opportunities for self-growth. To use these events as such, self-motivation is key, writes author David Edwards. This requires developing two skills: self-efficacy and self-esteem, he believes.

Most of Edwards’ book describes how to hone these skills. Starting with exercises focused on identifying […]


October 17, 2022

I Am the Promise Keeper

Brad Wyrick teaches Christians how to apply God’s scriptural promises to their lives in this self-help book focused on gaining spiritual maturity through praying the Scriptures.

The Bible is full of God’s promises for His children. Wyrick likens the “over 3,000 promises in the Bible” to a stack of gift cards “sitting there in the […]


September 12, 2022

Emotional Magnetism: How to Communicate to Ignite Connection in Your Relationships

Communications expert Sandy Gerber takes the frustration and guesswork out of relationship problems in this brilliant self-help guide to connecting with others.

Gerber, an award-winning author and TEDx speaker, spent eight years perfecting this book, and her hard work shows. Clear and concise, intriguing and fun, the author shares an invaluable toolbox of communication cues […]


August 15, 2022

Grady Whill and the Templeton Codex: A Superhero High School Adventure

In Carole P. Roman’s middle-grade book, a 14-year-old boy is desperate to be accepted to a mysterious, highly selective new high school—but is held back by self-doubt and his guardian, who is reluctant to let him attend.

High school is just months away, and Grady is highly insecure about his prospect of getting into Templeton, […]


August 8, 2022

Scaredy Bat and the Frozen Vampires: A Vampire Detective Story

In the first illustrated chapter book in this early reader series, a tween vampire and three friends solve the mystery of who put a royal wedding party and their guests on ice.

Twelve-year-old Ellie Spark, christened by her sister “Scaredy Bat” for her fears of spiders, monsters, and more, is excited to be attending the […]


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