July 9, 2024

Community Capital: Race, Equity, and the Credit Union Movement

Longtime advocate and spokesperson for credit unions and Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) Clifford N. Rosenthal and advisor and official of the Kappa Alpha Psi Federal Credit Union Michael McCray team up in this absorbing, eye-opening book, describing the rise and importance of community capital organizations in black communities.

Credit unions and CDFIs were introduced […]

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July 2, 2024

City Nature

City Nature is the photographic record of Martha Retallick’s journey into her own backyard as she set about landscaping and learning to use a new camera system during a baking Tucson summer.

Retallick first offers information about her background, chronicling her journey from “pint-sized scarlet tanager spotter,” to nature photographer, to explorer, transforming from someone […]

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June 18, 2024

CHOICES: A Different Angle

Choices: A Different Angle, by Ben Tortuga, consists of nine essays outlining spiritual lessons for modern life, written from a progressive Christian perspective. Tortuga is particularly concerned with how and why humans evolve belief systems and what impact these have on our sense of connection and morality.

Tortuga notes that this isn’t a “religious writing.” […]

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April 16, 2024

The Three Layers of a Moment: The Pioneer Ranch Saga, Book Three

This third book in Samar Reine’s Pioneer Ranch Saga series follows the journey of former showjumper and veterinarian Bryce, who is facing an existential crisis stemming from her turbulent marriage, precarious animal rescue business, and deteriorating ranch.

The installment opens with the death of Bryce’s husband’s grandfather. Bryce’s adopted brother, a seer, intuits Bryce’s grief […]

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April 10, 2024

The Eye of God

Aeternus Costin’s The Eye of God provides a thoughtful attempt at reconciling a conception of God with scientific orthodoxy.

Costin is an autodidact, not a classically trained philosopher; nonetheless, he’s well-read and his arguments are considered, though still vulnerable to critique. Costin posits that gravity is God. His definition of gravity matches the scientific orthodoxy, […]

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March 26, 2024

At the Mercy of the Sea

At the Mercy of the Sea, third in the Country for Castoffs series, follows three young teenagers growing up in the 17th century and facing life challenges in the New World.

The novel opens with a chance meeting between Etienne, a 12-year-old French immigrant; Abraham, a slightly younger boy struggling to win approval from his […]

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December 11, 2023

Monologues for Young Adults: 60 Original Monologues to Stand Out, Inspire, and Shine


Actor and casting director Mike Kimmel pens a collection of monologues for today’s aspiring young adult actors. Created for the audition process, Kimmel’s original pieces offer a refreshing variety of contemporary voices engaged in lively inner dialogue and self-reflection.

Written with performance in mind, the relatable, timely monologues bring a story of each speaker to […]

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November 14, 2023

Sea of Red

James Bultema draws on his experience in the military and the LAPD for a wire-taut account of a conventional war between America and China.

With its detailed depictions of military technology, tactics and geopolitics, it would be convenient to categorize this debut novel by amateur historian Bultema alongside the likes of Tom Clancy or Vince […]

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July 25, 2023

The Night of the Burning Car: A Mystery Thriller

In Rob Lubitz’s gripping mystery thriller, a fictional rural county in North Carolina becomes the backdrop for a tale of racism and corruption.

In 1948, while driving late at night on a North Carolina country road, a white man, Billy Dalton, heroically rescues a battered black woman and her little girl from a burning vehicle. […]

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July 10, 2023

Soul Scepter: Time Marauders

Eric Westergard’s Soul Scepter is an ambitious, YA, historical adventure novel with science fiction elements.

Because of his father’s act of terrorism, Will Donovan has been bullied his whole life. When a paramilitary organization tries to kidnap Will’s uncle, a scientist examining a mysterious alien weapon, Will and his friends, along with the villains, are […]

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