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Balian d’Ibelin: Knight of Jerusalem

Helena P. Schrader

Wheatmark, 370 pages, (paperback) $19.95, 9781627878166
(Reviewed: July, 2020)

With Balian d’Ibelin: Knight of Jerusalem, Helena P. Schrader crafts an epic novel of the late 12th century Crusades. Originally released in 2014 and reissued in 2020 with revisions, the work begins an intended tetralogy covering the lifespan of its protagonist.

The third son of the Constable of Jaffa (who died soon after his birth), […]

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God Inspired Quotations and Understandings

Stanley D. Rainbow

PageTurner Press and Media, 28 pages, (paperback) $6.99, 9781643767666
(Reviewed: July, 2020)

Looking to uplift spiritual readers and help them discern the will of God in their lives, Stanley D. Rainbow’s God Inspired Quotations and Understandings offers a series of pithy quotes to help “inspire the…world.”

While only 28 pages, the book covers several subjects and themes. Topics range from essential advice on living a happy life […]

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He Carries Me

Divine Light

Xlibris, 108 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781514432433
(Reviewed: July, 2020)

In her memoir He Carries Me, Divine Light shares how God comforted her through emotional pain and abuse and ultimately brought her to a place of peace, fulfillment, and healing.

As a small child, Divine Light couldn’t understand what she had done to deserve her father’s special love or why it had to be a […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts

Jane Penelope Johnson

Page Turner Press and Media, 52 pages, (paperback) $5.99,
(Reviewed: July, 2020)

A Penny for Your Thoughts by Penny Johnson is a short collection of poems about the author’s faith in God and Jesus, her family, and nature as God’s gift.

Johnson’s poems are short, rhyming pieces with homey images and messages of positivity. The most distinctive work is “A Love Song,” about the narrator’s husband, who […]

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Hybrid Z: Siege, Volume II

Paul Bednar

iUniverse, 314 pages, (paperback) $20.99, 9781532093593
(Reviewed: July, 2020)

With Hybrid Z: Siege, Paul Bednar offers the second installment of his genre-bending Hybrid Z fantasy series.

The story begins where Hybrid Z: Origins ended. Boris Dalca, an “elder vampire,” seeks to break into the “Necro” facility, where scientists study the Necro virus and the zombies it creates. The virus’ genesis and impact drove Origins’ […]

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Dream Wizard Conquers His Knight Mare

Dr. Alexander Randall, V, illustrated by Candace Whittemore  

Westwood Books , (paperback) $8.99 pages, 166, 9781648032066
(Reviewed: July, 2020)

In Dr. Alex Randall’s middle-grade book, a boy goes on a surreal journey to discover how to get rid of overgrown weeds in his garden.

Frustrated, Sandy decides he must find a solution for his weed problem as he struggles to create a garden in which to “grow dinner.” He visits Hermie, the local “fix-it […]

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Verde Arzu

Rainbow Editions, 108 pages, (paperback) $7.99, 9781701830332
(Reviewed: July, 2020)

Verde Arzu’s Rainbow is a touching, coming-of-age story about learning to set aside other people’s expectations and live comfortably in your own skin.

Taylor is a hardworking basketball player at a historically black college who dreams of playing for the WNBA. After meeting fellow student Melony on a trip to D.C., Taylor is immediately attracted, […]

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It’s Night Time

Maria Eloisa C. Quiambao, illustrated by Nikolai C. Quiambao

Partridge, 24 pages, (paperback) $21.00, 9781543747997
(Reviewed: July, 2020)

It’s Night Time is a mother’s warm way of sidling her daughter toward sleep.

It’s Night Time is a rhyming picture book that serves as a gentle recap of a day shared between a mother and daughter. The verse comes from the mother’s perspective and highlights specific activities the two enjoyed, such as making art […]

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The Adventures of Jack and Milo

Jennie Dial

Xlibris, 42 pages, (paperback) $14.99, 9781796088014
(Reviewed: July, 2020)

Milo, a bull terrier, and his human owner Jack rescue an abandoned dog in the picture book The Adventures of Jack and Milo: Milo Meets a New Friend.

Pilot Jack and his dog Milo set off in a small plane. Their mission: to pick up a puppy named Gizmo, found roaming near an airport. When […]

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Conversations with Myself: Short Introspective Discussions About Life

Michael William Peterson

iUniverse, 188 pages, (paperback) $13.99, 9781532087028
(Reviewed: July, 2020)

Author Michael William Peterson writes that the idea for Conversations with Myself came to him on a golf course, when, after a particularly bad shot, he found himself not only talking to himself, but answering as well.

Here, he expands on the idea by taking what he says are seven personality types—all reflecting parts of […]

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