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“Topping Out”

Katherine Wonn Harris

Balboa Press, 245 pages, (paperback) $18.99, 9781504395649
(Reviewed: July, 2018)

The title Topping Out refers to a term mountain people use to describe the achievement of “reaching a distant and always difficult goal.” And it was a difficult goal indeed for a newly minted 16-year-old “schoolma’m” to teach pioneer children in the hardscrabble lands of Idaho’s Salmon and Snake River country in 1916.

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Living Your Leadership: Grow Intentionally, Thrive with Integrity, and Serve Humbly

Chris Ewing, PhD

iUniverse, 177 pages, (paperback) $13.99, 9781532040016
(Reviewed: July, 2018)

Chris Ewing’s Living Your Leadership could be best described as an actionable manifesto for holistic leadership. Leaning heavily on the tenets of the servant, authentic, and transformational leadership frameworks, Ewing offers a well-researched and earnestly articulated approach to being a self-examined and motivational leader.

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The Secret Life of Grief: A Memoir

Tanja Pajevic

Abbondanza Press, 219 pages, (paperback) $16.99, 9780986303135
(Reviewed: July, 2018)

After Tanja Pajevic’s father died in 1993, she spent a decade wrapped in heartbreak and regret over their fraught relationship. So when her mother passed away in 2012, she was determined to get grief right this time. Her struggle is detailed in her engaging memoir

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Master of All Masters

Khen F. Chu

Xlibris, 355 pages, (paperback) $20.69, 9781543406658
(Reviewed: July, 2018)

This action-packed novel, the first in a series, takes place in the fictional Central Kingdom, where martial arts are widely taught and highly prized. Burnu, a young man with incredible skills and unusual powers, travels throughout this world, learning about the different martial arts schools and becoming an expert in each of them.

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Second Labor: Mothers Share Post-Birth Stories

Edited by Chaya Kasse Valier

Elan Press, 158 pages, (paperback) $12.95, 9780998855103
(Reviewed: July, 2018)

Chaya Kasse Valier’s Second Labor is a wonderful compilation of true post-birth stories detailing what life is really like after baby comes: the joys, challenges, and sometimes-harrowing reality that can knock new and even seasoned parents off their feet.

In this deeply emotional, raw book, Valier gives voice to 24 mothers, each relaying […]

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SOS Exercise-Schmexercise: The Effortless Weight-Loss and Health Solution With the Tropical Turbo Metabolism Plan

Katharina Bachman

Partridge, 314 pages, (paperback) $18.38, 9781543744262
(Reviewed: July, 2018)

German native Katherina Bachman and her husband were overweight and Bachman suffered from diabetes when they encountered a holistic physician in Kuala Lumpur who changed their lives and their health.

Under the guidance of “Dr. K.S.,” the two lost weight and got off all of their medications.  Their accomplishment spurred Bachman to write […]

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My Life as a Teenage Vampire

Julianne Gross

Julianne Gross, 228 pages, (hardcover) $20.00, 9781388418366
(Reviewed: July, 2018)

Teenagers are embroiled in a supernatural battle, divided along the lines of phantoms—slayers of supernatural beings—and vampires in this young adult novel by author Julianne Gross.

Jessica is a senior in high school, but spends most of her time in the secret world of phantoms, a group of highly trained assassins of supernatural […]

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Influencer Fast Track: From Zero To Influencer in the next 6 Months!

Gundi Gabrielle

SassyZenGirl Publishing , 228 pages, (paperback) $15.97, 9781719323802
(Reviewed: July, 2018)

Gundi Gabrielle’s Influencer Fast Track, is an engaging, actionable, and at times uniquely insightful how-to guide for those seeking to develop and monetize their personal brands from the ground up.

The book is driven by Gabrielle’s own experience marketing her brand, first as a classical orchestra conductor, then as a bestselling Kindle author […]

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The Callaghan Endgame Trilogy: The Callaghan Septology, V – VII

Kim Ekemar

, 483 pages, (paperback) $24.50, 9781717396969
(Reviewed: July, 2018)

Callaghan in the Cross Hairs, The Hourglass Running out of Sand, and The Final Facedown are the last three books of a “septology” about Matthias Callaghan and his enemies in the Russian Mafia who are determined to kill him. A lot happens in these three stories, which don’t seem to stand alone.

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Sebastian’s Way: The Paladin

George Steger

iUniverse, 380 pages, (paperback) $20.99, 9781532012235
(Reviewed: July, 2018)

Franco-Saxon history spans the timeframe of the early 9th century covering the exploits of Charlemagne (Charles the Great) and his paladins, or warriors. Author George Steger fully dives into this era and devises a multi-volume tale of Sebastian, fictional paladin of Charlemagne, and Sebastian’s trials and triumphs both as soldier and family man.

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