April 25, 2024

The Young Samaritan

This story—based on a little-known character in the Bible’s book of Mark who is following Jesus at the time he is arrested—focuses on a fictional Samaritan character named Joshua.

Young Joshua is forced to leave his home when his evil stepfather threatens his life. He ends up staying with an unfamiliar uncle who lives “just […]

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April 23, 2024

Settlement House Girl: Growing Up in the 1950s at North East Neighborhood House, Minneapolis, Minnesota

From 1948 to 1966, Caroline Scheaffer Arnold’s father served as director of the North East Neighborhood House (NENH), a settlement house offering a social center for students and the surrounding community. Here, Arnold recalls those years, encompassing the students, employees, and her friends, while also exploring NENH’s impact on her adult life.

Arnold’s family lived […]

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April 9, 2024

The Contentment Dividend: Meditations for Realizing Your True Self

In The Contentment Dividend, Michael Goddart offers 49 insightful short essays on the benefits of finding a unique, ongoing way of quieting the mind’s chatter and accessing the higher self.

In a short Author’s Note at the beginning, Goddart extends a friendly invitation to “engage with the thrilling meaning of life…and your call to inner […]

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April 2, 2024

Dusted by Stars

Harkening back to Golden Age science fiction adventures by masters like Robert A. Heinlein and Arthur C. Clarke, G. A. Matiasz’s novella follows Stacy Jones, a struggling Martian freight hauler and owner of the Skylark who is desperately seeking a new job to pay the bills.

After agreeing to transport a strange but apparently harmless […]

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February 27, 2024

Marginal Man: Life of Emilio Goggio

In Marginal Man, Paul Redvers Brown traces the life of his grandfather, Emilio Goggio, an Italian immigrant who became a prominent Italian studies professor at the University of Toronto (UT) in the early 20th century.

At age 14, Goggio emigrated from Italy in1899 to join his father in Boston. His father had preceded him there […]

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February 20, 2024

The Esmeralda Goodbye

Corey Lynn Fayman’s The Esmeralda Goodbye is a trouble-in-paradise thriller with high stakes action and a star-studded cast that pays homage to Raymond Chandler.

When young beat officer Jake Stirling keeps famous writer Raymond Chandler from shooting himself at his California home, Jake doesn’t anticipate that Chandler’s gun will become part of a circle of […]

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February 20, 2024

Refuge

Bill VanPatten’s Refuge is a timely saga of finding family and overcoming prejudice.

It’s been six months since Jesse Pérez’s husband, David, died. Jesse is now on his own in their small California town to raise their ten-year-old son, Matthew, who is on the autism spectrum.

Jesse is shocked when his 15-year-old niece, Gloria, appears […]

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January 23, 2024

The Rise of The Legends

In Jake Zortman’s middle-grade novel, a school club deals with a drone that travels from the future to modern times.

Mikaela Kadono dreads the first day of school. Her father continually follows his dreams and schemes from place to place, so Mikaela knows the tensions of being the new kid in school. This time, her […]

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January 23, 2024

Lost Grove: Part One

Lost Grove is a modern-day small-town supernatural mystery focusing on the enigmatic death of local college-girl Sarah Elizabeth Grahams and the subsequent investigation into her demise.

The novel commences with the macabre discovery of Sarah Elizabeth’s body on a beach, followed by the introduction of former San Francisco Police Department homicide-detective Seth Wolfe. Seth, who […]

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January 11, 2024

The States

Blending science fiction and romance, author Norah Woodsey offers an intriguing premise: Can dreams guide reality?

Set in the near future, the story focuses on Matilda (Tildy) Sullivan. Plain compared to her beautiful sisters, she has never fit in well with her family or her millionaire father Patrick, whose once-successful cosmetics company is struggling.

During […]

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