Twenty-Eight Days

Renae M. Gilley

iUniverse, 371 pages, (paperback) $20.99, 9781532058554
(Reviewed: April, 2019)

Renäe M. Gilley’s Twenty-Eight Days is a love story between a mature couple brought together by a recurring dream and a chance meeting.

Wealthy, 66-year-old Mike Williams dreams of a beautiful woman whose face he never sees. After Mike receives hypnosis to reveal the woman’s face for him, his housekeeper Katie meets Kara, a woman […]

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The 2020 Candidate

Lloyd Bruce Miller

Lulu, 91 pages, (paperback) $10.00, 9780359445868
(Reviewed: April, 2019)

Lloyd Bruce Miller’s The 2020 Candidate is a stream-of-consciousness essay concerning the author’s (or possibly his character’s) interest in running for president of the United States.

It’s unclear whether this book is meant to be fiction or nonfiction. Although it begins with seemingly autobiographical information, the narrator switches to claiming he is simply […]

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Project XS: Are We Ready to be Advanced?

A. Calans

AuthorHouse, 264 pages, (paperback) $18.67, 9781546297505
(Reviewed: April, 2019)

This military science fiction tale revolves around a group of six SWAT, military, and special forces individuals sent to an island off the coast of Tokyo on a secret mission.

During this mission, the team discovers that the U.S. Army is developing a truly monstrous secret weapon, which they have been selected to test by […]

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Bill Wants a Boat: A Modern Family Journey through the Perils of Personal Finance

Antonio M. Thewissen

Jose Antonio Miranda Thewissen, 157 pages, (paperback) $11.95, 9780648475804
(Reviewed: April, 2019)

Antonio M. Thewissen creatively imparts financial knowledge in Bill Wants a Boat: A Modern Family Journey through the Perils of Personal Finance, a personal finance guide that’s refreshingly anecdote- and character-driven.

Thewissen doesn’t have the certifications and designations that many personal finance writers trumpet, but he has no shortage of accurate information and solid advice […]

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Buy, Rehab, Rent, Refinance, Repeat: The BRRRR Rental Property Investment Strategy Made Simpl

David Greene

BiggerPockets Publishing, 341 pages, (paperback) $24.99, 9781947200081
(Reviewed: April, 2019)

In Buy, Rehab, Rent, Refinance, Repeat (BRRRR), David Greene skillfully lays out his nontraditional strategy when it comes to property investment.

Unlike traditional real estate acquisition, in which investors secure a loan, buy the property and fix it up, Greene’s plan changes the order of events. He suggests that investors instead purchase a property with […]

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The 2nd Best of Tarzana Joe

Tarzana Joe

Xlibris, 115 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781984553478
(Reviewed: April, 2019)

As the back cover of this book states, Tarzana Joe is “perhaps the most widely heard poet in America.” Every Friday, fans of the nationally syndicated Hugh Hewitt Radio Show can hear his verse about a myriad of topics, most political. Joe’s second book contains 61 poems, the majority delivering Joe’s opinions leading up to […]

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The Cufflink

Susan Bolch

Plusia Publishing, 588 pages, (hardcover) $39.91, 9781543942118
(Reviewed: April, 2019)

Susan Bolch’s The Cufflink is the tale of a man’s first marriage and the shameful secret from it that will inform his life.

Frederick Green is the youngest of three children raised in a Philadelphia working-class family in the years leading up to WWII. His older siblings, Will and Lorraine, are both accomplished musicians, with […]

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Murders on Halloween: The Final Chapter

Corey Wagner

Xlibris, 304 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781984558633
(Reviewed: April, 2019)

In Murders on Halloween: The Final Chapter, Corey Wagner offers an homage to classic ’80s slasher flicks with a story of Halloween horror.

Wagner’s novel focuses on serial killer David Graves, who is presumed dead, and his institutionalized sister Paige Compton (aka Danielle Graves). When Paige escapes from the asylum, a series of murders ensues. […]

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The Magicals of Kernow, Book 1: The Wings of Doom

Ken Metcalfe

Xlibris, 81 pages, (paperback) $14.40, 9781543489064
(Reviewed: April, 2019)

In The Magicals of Kernow, the first of Ken Metcalfe’s children’s chapter book series, goblins and fairies become trapped in the real world, living alongside humans.

Magnetic forces created from an asteroid nearly colliding with Earth have closed gateways to the magical world, leaving goblins and fairies stranded, and having to share territory and food. […]

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Mislabeled as Disabled: The Educational Abuse of Struggling Learners and How WE Can Fight It

Kalman R. Hettleman

Radius Book Group, 240 pages, (hardcover) $24.95, 9781635766394
(Reviewed: April, 2019)

National educational reform advocate, Baltimore attorney, and self-described “policy wonk” Kalman R. Hettleman presents a call-to-action against the “educational abuse” of struggling learners misidentified as disabled and dumped into special education.

Hettleman calls this a “do-or-die national struggle” in which children with language impairments, such as dyslexia, emotional disabilities, or other health impairments, such as […]

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