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My Blue Heaven

K. Hunter

Xlibris, 154 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781456839178
(Reviewed: September, 2011)

Sasha White is back in control of her life. The protagonist of K. Hunter’s novel My Blue Heaven has walked out of an abusive relationship. She’s moving up fast in the law firm where she works. She’s hitting the gym, dropping weight, and showing off her toned body in stylish clothes. So the new man […]

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The Bosses Club: The Conspiracy that Caused the Johnstown Flood, Destroying the Iron and Steel Capital of America

Richard A. Gregory

Xlibris, 399 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781456860271
(Reviewed: September, 2011)

We’re all connected to history, but we’re not all as connected to the evolution of the iron and steel industry — and the most infamous location where that occurred — as is Richard A. Gregory. Descended from ironworkers, Gregory has used his ancestors as the main characters in his book, in order to depict this […]

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The Amplified Light

Alice Brooks

Xlibris, 334 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781436378277
(Reviewed: September, 2011)

In The Amplified Light, English teacher, marriage counselor, and devout Christian Alice Brooks has created a daily devotional drawn exclusively from the Amplified Bible. Completed in 1965, the Amplified Bible sought to show the depth and texture of the language of scripture by “using synonyms and definitions [that] both explain and expand the meaning of […]

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Finance Matters! Exploring Your Assets and Securing Your Future

Leann Voss, IYR, LLC

Tate Publishing and Enterprises, LLC, 83 pages, $9.99, 9781616633264
(Reviewed: September, 2011)

As millions of American families continue to struggle in this economy, now more than ever, it seems prudent – and perhaps even mandatory– that the next generation be well educated on the basic principles of personal finance and money management.

Author Leann Voss, who, along with her husband, runs an Oklahoma company to promote financial […]

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Hypomnemata

Kenneth A. Symington

Xlibris, 169 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781450076944
(Reviewed: September, 2011)

The most obvious question, even to the author, is, “Why the obtuse title?” Kenneth Symington answers this in his Introduction: it means a book of notes or memories, or, in this case, a collection of short essays and poems ranging from fables and mythology to stories about his ancestors and erotic fantasy. A chemical engineer […]

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Mischievous Mary Margaret

Gloria Ritchie

Xlibris, 34 pages, (paperback) $21.99, 9781441583130
(Reviewed: September, 2011)

Mischievous Mary Margaret is an amusing picture book about a little girl who likes to play pranks and pick on others until finally she becomes the one who needs help.

Mary Margaret is so mean that the neighborhood kids refuse to play with her. Even her brother isn’t immune to her pranks. Noticing a wad […]

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Stranger in Dixie

James Fearn

Xlibris, 294 pages, (paperback) $29.99, 9781456883034
(Reviewed: September, 2011)

James Fearn has taken his great-grandfather as his subject for this fictionalized biography, a man who certainly seems to deserve the attention, as he lived an extraordinary and adventurous life on three continents.

John Fearn Francis was raised in the English Midlands in the mid 19th century. Despite his family’s wealth, he had an ingrained […]

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Of Smiles and Tears

Robert J. Singleton

Xlibris, 142 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781462847884
(Reviewed: September, 2011)

The cover on Of Smiles and Tears depicts the title in literal terms, which signals the simplicity of the poems inside. This volume by Robert J. Singleton consists of 142 pages of brief prose with poetic interludes.

The subject of most of Singleton’s work here is love and the “lady” who is the object of […]

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Hand of the Omega

Katherine Whitley

Xlibris, 601 pages, (paperback) $23.99, 9781456887131
(Reviewed: September, 2011)

Although appealing to mainstream fiction readers, Katherine Whitley’s Society trilogy (Society Rules, Knights of Redemption, and the recently released Hand of the Omega) is a subtle fusion of many genre fiction elements: paranormal romance, allegorical fantasy, science fiction, and apocalyptic thriller. The character-driven storyline — which revolves around a quartet of thoroughly developed and endearing […]

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Labyrinth of Passions

Angelica Rose

AuthorHouse, 324 pages, (paperback) $17.99, 9781452079905
(Reviewed: September, 2011)

Even though it features the traditional 19th century romantic duo of a rakish viscount and a beautiful Spanish maiden, Labyrinth of Passions is definitely not your great-grandmother’s, let alone your mother’s, romance.

First of all, there are the sex scenes, which are so graphic they could serve as a how-to manual. That’s not to say […]

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