The Songbird: An Unlikely Song

Cherie Smith

LifeRich Publishing, 26 pages, (paperback) $16.99, 9781489747204
(Reviewed: February, 2024)

The tale of Adam, Eve, and God’s promise to mankind is seen through the eyes of a songbird in Cherie Smith’s picture book The Songbird: An Unlikely Song.

On the fifth day of creation, “The Most High God” creates the birds. All creatures are made to be extraordinary in different ways, the book states, and […]

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Refuge

Bill VanPatten

Bill VanPatten, 312 pages, (paperback) $12.99, 9798873520886
(Reviewed: February, 2024)

Bill VanPatten’s Refuge is a timely saga of finding family and overcoming prejudice.

It’s been six months since Jesse Pérez’s husband, David, died. Jesse is now on his own in their small California town to raise their ten-year-old son, Matthew, who is on the autism spectrum.

Jesse is shocked when his 15-year-old niece, Gloria, appears […]

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A Happy Body is a Healthy Body

Mahendri Arundale

iUniverse, 322 pages, (paperback) $20.99, 9781663250964
(Reviewed: February, 2024)

Mahendri Arundale introduces India’s ancient culinary path to wellness in her third book on Indian cuisine.

Based on the philosophy that Ayurveda dietary practices yield healing energy, the cookbook summarizes medical wisdom from ancient books of knowledge (the Vedas) practiced by Vedic physicians for centuries. More than 100 recipes reflecting key Ayurvedic principles are included.

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The Diving God

Brian Ray Brewer

Xlibris, 214 pages, (paperback) $20.99, 9798369405901
(Reviewed: February, 2024)

In Brian Ray Brewer’s The Diving God, an insurance underwriter seeks refuge in Mexico amidst a difficult divorce.

With the looming threat of losing everything to his soon-to-be ex-wife in the divorce, Bob Baker takes a trip to the Yucatan region of Mexico with his girlfriend and secretary, Kathy. While there, he discovers the Temple […]

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The Fool’s Tarot: An Introduction to the Triune World of the Three Arcana

Gerald-Johan Vanoise

Trafford Publishing, 208 pages, (paperback) $17.99, 9781698714615
(Reviewed: February, 2024)

In the first of a two-volume series, Gerald-Johan Vanoise proposes a radical reinterpretation/redesign of the traditional 78-card deck that has dominated contemporary tarot practice.

The Rider-Waite-Smith (RWS) system—card decks with detailed narrative images—has turned tarot readings into what Vanoise labels “a process of image association and symbol interpretation”—one that’s prone to error because readers unwittingly […]

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The Ambulatorium

Zak Mucha

PWIC Books, 82 pages, (paperback) $12.99, 9780996855457
(Reviewed: February, 2024)

In his poetry collection, The Ambulatorium, Zak Mucha examines the arbitrariness of meaning and more.

“Each of us determines the links between events/ and God moves on the water like coincidence,” he tells readers in one piece. We cannot know the thing itself because, as he indicates in another, “Once we really see something/ we […]

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Severance of the Sorcerer: The Lost Wells Trilogy, Book Three

Kate Gateley

Friesen Press, 577 pages, (paperback), 9781039192331
(Reviewed: February, 2024)

A vast saga of magic, mythology and reincarnation comes to a head in Severance of the Sorcerer, the last entry in Kate Gateley’s ambitious Lost Wells trilogy.

This volume opens with the two series’ protagonists Julia and Domhnall, dealing with the fallout of battle and betrayal. Julia, a linguistics student turned powerful witch, and Dom, […]

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Let Them Whimper: A Fully Justified (In No Way Personal) Argument for the Abandonment of Humankind

K Enterante

Oblivion Press, 458 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9798987733806
(Reviewed: February, 2024)

Let Them Whimper, by K. Enterante, is a dark comedy taking place on the eve of a potential apocalypse.

President Mary Mangrove’s AI Police State has divided the United States into partisan red, white, and blue zones, threatened nuclear annihilation, and ushered in a plague-like invasion of intelligent parasites with a mysterious agenda. Is this […]

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Flotsam

Patricia Boomsma

Bedazzled Ink, 174 pages, (paperback) $17.95, 9781960373120
(Reviewed: February, 2024)

Patricia Boomsma’s Flotsam is a riveting modern-day crime-drama set in America’s Pacific Northwest, focusing on the mysterious disappearance of a young indigenous woman.

The novel commences with the macabre discovery of a foot washed up on a beach and the introduction of deputy prosecuting attorney Kelly Flynn, who, while investigating the foot, encounters Therese, an […]

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When All Else Fails

Michael Pulley

Archway Publishing, 226 pages, (paperback) $17.95, 9781665738132
(Reviewed: February, 2024)

In Michael Pulley’s novel When All Else Fails, a wealthy family is thrown into turmoil after the patriarch goes into business with the mob.

Developer Louis Lewis is a new evangelical Christian convert, which has upset his heavy-drinking, socialite wife, Arlette. Meanwhile, their daughter, Michelle, has just started college, where she’s been recruited for the […]

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