Dawn Kent

Xlibris, 294 pages, (paperback) $20.69, 9781796008944
(Reviewed: June, 2020)

Dawn Kent’s Player is a turbulent romance between an aspiring singer and single mother and a handsome player in the Australian Football League.

Natalie and Danny first cross paths at a popular nightclub where Nat lands a coveted spot as a regular singer. Danny, “the hottest player in the AFL [Australian Football League],” is used […]

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Emerald Knight

J. M. Sampson

iUniverse, 258 pages, (paperback) $20.99, 9781532094255
(Reviewed: June, 2020)

J.M. Sampson offers a loving tribute to old-style fantasy in Emerald Knight, a succinct tale concerning the exploits of an old-fashioned hero on an old-fashioned quest.

Indeed, Germaine of Scot Hold cleaves as closely to the archetypal knight in shining armor as one could imagine: He’s a dedicated hero-for-hire who offers his “liege oath,” or […]

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Life in the Chastity Zone

Holly Brandon

Holly Brandon, 469 pages, (paperback) $12.99, 9798633782684
(Reviewed: June, 2020)

Civil engineer and romance writer Holly Brandon’s Life in the Chastity Zone is the first in a romance series starring protagonist Chastity “Chase” Morgan, a smart, funny, tightly-wound, 30-year-old doctoral student in structural engineering.

All her life, Chastity has dreamed of three things: being a top engineer, falling in love with the man perfectly meant […]

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The Other Richard III

John Birney

John Birney, 154 pages, (paperback) $9.99, 9781734599008
(Reviewed: June, 2020)

With The Other Richard III, John Birney crafts an ambitious and creative retelling of Shakespeare’s Richard III.

Whereas Shakespeare’s Richard is an archetype of corruption—a manipulative tyrant who becomes king through a series of murders— Birney takes an entirely different tack. Noting that Shakespeare’s character is “impossible to reconcile with historical fact,” he presents Richard […]

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Once You Know

Madeleine Van Hecke

Unknown Source Publishing, 384 pages, (ebook) $4.95,
(Reviewed: June, 2020)

In this revealing novel, a shattered family comes to terms with their unraveling after a young adult daughter uncovers memories of her abusive childhood.

As promising cellist and college freshman Rachel Moretti begins to navigate campus life, she befriends classmates enrolled in a course on gender and violence. Here, she participates in thought-provoking and heated […]

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Naked Truth: Or Equality, The Forbidden Fruit

Carrie Hayes

HTPH Press, 322 pages, (paperback) $14.99, 9780578229102
(Reviewed: June, 2020)

Carrie Hayes’ Naked Truth: Or Equality, The Forbidden Fruit is a fictional account of how the pioneering Claflin sisters, Victoria C. Woodhull and Tennessee, shook up late 19th century U.S. high-society, politics and Wall Street.

In a historical tapestry threaded with fact and language of the Victorian era, Hayes depicts likely circumstances and events early […]

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Honoring Anna, Book II: The Winds of Time

Douglas Hoff

iUniverse, 314 pages, (paperback) $20.99, 9781532096648
(Reviewed: June, 2020)

Douglas Hoff’s second book about protagonist Anna depicts her isolated life on the South Dakota prairie from the 1920s to the 1950s, beautifully illustrating homesteading on the South Dakota prairie with all the “calamities that the prairie winds hurled down.”

The author labels his narrative a “novel,” but it reads more like creative nonfiction and […]

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Living Forward After Loss: Rebuilding Your Life after Losing Your Life Partner

Kathleen Ho

iUniverse, 126 pages, (paperback) $13.99, 9781532083518
(Reviewed: June, 2020)

Living Forward After Loss: Rebuilding Your Life After Losing Your Life Partner describes the poignant challenges Kathleen Ho faced during the first 18 months after her husband David died from a stroke, with Ho providing suggestions to help others navigate this heartbreaking path.

“If you have met death,” she writes, “I share this unimaginable pain […]

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Upon This Pale Hill

Patrick Ashe

Patrick Ashe, 309 pages, ,
(Reviewed: June, 2020)

Upon This Pale Hill revolves around socially-awkward, angst-ridden Brandon Marcel, a self-described nerd “who wants to do good” but has no clue how.

Brandon is about to graduate with a business degree from a small North Carolina college with no job prospects. In addition to his altruistic goals, Brandon wants a girlfriend, an as-yet-unknown woman […]

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True Life Story of Dallas and Marie Tillman

Dallas T. Tillman

iUniverse, 108 pages, (paperback) $13.99, 9781532092541
(Reviewed: June, 2020)

Dallas Tillman describes life in Mississippi and California during times of social change in his memoir, True Life Story of Dallas and Marie Tillman. The book includes many family photos.

In rather disorganized but chatty prose, Tillman describes doing farm work as a child in Mississippi before moving with his mother and brother to Vallejo, […]

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