The Sugarplum Tree

Andrea Antico, illustrated by Virginia L. Small

Kindereads, 34 pages, (paperback) $9.99, 9780989306430
(Reviewed: February, 2021)

Andrea Antico’s children’s picture book The Sugarplum Tree tells the story of a tree that gets a magical makeover, courtesy of the Sugarplum Fairy.

In a forest mostly filled by lush evergreens, there’s one tree that loses its leaves in fall. The tree, now bare, is ignored and miserable, as children play near the evergreens […]

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Tarō: Legendary Boy Hero of Japan

Blue Spruell

Out of the Blue Productions, 274 pages, (paperback) $10.99, 9781735729213
(Reviewed: February, 2021)

Blue Spruell offers a whimsical and intimate interpretation of ancient Japanese myth in Tarō, a fantasy that melds disparate classic tales into one grand story of adventure, identity and revenge.

Three Japanese folktales inspired this fanciful take on the standard hero’s journey. Protagonist Tarō is heir to a noble family in feudal Japan. Son of […]

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The Divine Language of Coincidence: How Miracles Transformed My Life After I Began Paying Attention

Sophia Demas

Mascot Books, 304 pages, (paperback) $18.95, 9781645432111
(Reviewed: February, 2021)

How do miracles happen? A grateful Greek-American explains the process through the events of her own lucky life in this captivating memoir.

“These things only happen to you,” Sophia Demas’ friends are wont to say. They marvel at how she gets the right mentor, the perfect living arrangement, just enough money to pursue her latest […]

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Whale of Wonder

Marie-Paule Mahoney, illustrated by Ginger Triplett

Outskirts Press, 42 pages, (paperback) $19.95, 9781977228253
(Reviewed: February, 2021)

Marie-Paule Mahoney’s children’s picture book Whale of Wonder details the poignant, informative story of an orca mother who grieves the loss of her offspring.

This tale is based on the true story of a whale named Tahlequah, who gave birth to a calf that lived only 30 minutes. As the world watched, Tahlequah openly grieved, […]

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About Us: When Hope and Humanity Collide

Robert Chevrier

Robert Chevrier, 110 pages, (paperback) $14.95, 9798691172045
(Reviewed: February, 2021)

A garrulous narrator reflects on a formative year of his youth in Robert Chevrier’s About Us: When Hope and Humanity Collide.

This brief story is comprised of a series of short, related vignettes with a loose narrative arc. In an unspecified locale in 1969, a nameless nine-year-old describes the highlight of his school day: the […]

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Maz’hura: Book One of the Twelve Dimensions

Paul L. Centeno

CreateSpace, 300 pages, (paperback) $12.95, 9781530954650
(Reviewed: February, 2021)

The first installment of Paul L. Centeno’s Twelve Dimensions saga is an action-packed fusion of military science fiction and adventure fantasy that revolves around a heroic starship captain whose search for the truth leads to her ostracism by her own leaders.

While on a mission, Shirakaya’s ship is attacked by koth’vurians, a species of shapeshifting […]

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Talking With You in the Dark

Robert Letters

Paucus Publishing Company, 101 pages, (paperback) $9.99, 9781733329521
(Reviewed: February, 2021)

Talking with You in the Dark is a free-verse, lyric poetry collection offering pithy observations and narrative glimpses into a speaker’s relationship with one or many unnamed “you”s.

The book contains four sections (“first conversations,” “second conversations,” “third conversations,” “final conversations”). Each is comprised of a series of five-line stanzas (quintains), three to a page, […]

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The Amherst Protocol

Richard Whitney

PageTurner Press and Media, 322 pages, (paperback) $12.99, 9781643765020
(Reviewed: February, 2021)

Richard Whitney’s The Amherst Protocol is a gripping intercontinental conspiracy thriller blended with science fiction and set in the not-so-distant future.

Reporter Clay Tucker and his Dallas Observer colleagues are preparing to cover the ten-year anniversary of the first successful cloned heart transplant. In search of background to pad their story, Clay travels to South […]

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If You Could Ask Your Dog One Question

Kim Messina, illustrated by Nataliia Pavliuk

My Human "N" Me, 32 pages, (hardcover) $17.99, 9780578237442
(Reviewed: February, 2021)

If You Could Ask Your Dog One Question is a sweet, uncomplicated ode to the love between a dog and their human.

Told in rhyming meter, this picture book begins simply: “If you could ask your dog one question/ do you know what it would be?/ I often wonder what I would ask/ if my […]

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Murder in the Bayou: A John Stone Mystery

Winnfred Smith

Westwood Books Publishing, 340 pages, (paperback) $9.50, 9781648032936
(Reviewed: February, 2021)

In this latest installment of Winnfred Smith’s John Stone mystery series, a savvy IT consultant follows a winding and troublesome trail from New Orleans to California as he attempts to find those responsible for a gruesome death.

John Stone is a computer guy with a knack for solving murders. Invited to attend the American Stamp […]

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