Benice: An Adventure of Love and Friendship

Metin Karayaka, illustrated by Rohan Daniel Eason

Yunka Publishing, 216 pages, (paperback) $9.99, 9780998964027
(Reviewed: December, 2018)

Benice: An Adventure of Love and Friendship is a middle-grade pirate novel that combines a page-turning story of secret quests and abductions with a strong and heartwarming message about family and friendship.

Levend is a 12-year-old boy when he befriends a reclusive fisherman, Mr. Ben (later referred to as Mr. Ice), a man with only […]

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A Practical Guide to the Self-Management of Lower Back Pain

James Tang

AuthorHouse, 223 pages, (paperback) $17.23, 9781546295426
(Reviewed: December, 2018)

Decades of bending over patients, coupled with a back injury, left dentist James Tang with chronic back pain and no viable, consistent solutions. “I was so fed up I subsequently decided…to manage my own back problems,” he writes. He shifted from dentistry to a career as a personal trainer, sports massage therapist and National Academy […]

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Mamma’s Moon: The Hoodoo of Peckerwood Finch

Jerome Mark Antil

Little York Books, 258 pages, (paperback) $17.95, 9781732632103
(Reviewed: December, 2018)

Readers first met Boudreau Clement Finch—affectionately called Peck—in Jerome Mark Antil’s earlier novel, One More Last Dance. This sequel revisits the New Orleans nightlife and Louisiana swamps of that novel as Peck embarks on a journey to discover his origins.

Antil provides brief backstories for newcomers. Peck, once a runaway illiterate who was abused as […]

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Woman Plans. God Laughs

Debie Monax

Bonnie Brae Publishing, 213 pages, (paperback) $19.95, 9780692907801
(Reviewed: December, 2018)

Debie Monax had a plan. She would marry, have children, and work to support herself and her family as a successful accountant—end of story. She never imagined her plans would be completely derailed by Multiple Sclerosis. In this memoir, she shares her intimate story of loss and spiritual path to healing and acceptance.

Prior to […]

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Lost Stars

Donny Anguish

Donny Anguish, 445 pages, (ebook) $2.99, 9781726762144
(Reviewed: December, 2018)

In Lost Stars, Donny Anguish crafts an ambitious and engrossing science fiction novel that extends across centuries and multiple worlds.

Anguish imagines a future where human beings have colonized 38 worlds through the creation of Essens, bio-mechanical devices that harness the energy of distant stars, allowing for inter-planetary travel.   Due to a […]

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Mindful Philosophy

Michael J. Snow

AuthorHouse, 277 pages, (paperback) $18.67, 9781546292371
(Reviewed: December, 2018)

Mindful Philosophy, by Michael J. Snow, explores connections between what is popularly called “mindfulness” and the precepts of numerous religions. While the author recognizes that the idea of mindfulness has become something of a buzzword, his exploration of what he terms “non-dualism” in numerous spiritual traditions allows him to describe mindfulness, and its associated practices, […]

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No Straight Thing

F Nelson Smith

Bear Hill Publishing, 277 pages, (hardcover) $30.00, 9781775074120
(Reviewed: December, 2018)

F. Nelson Smith’s rich historical thriller unfolds in Alberta, Canada, during the Great Depression.

Twelve-year-old Cat Perkins is desperate for news of her father who, after losing his job, left his family to ride the rails in search of better prospects. Pete, a chivalrous hobo, devotes himself to helping her in her quest.

Meanwhile, for […]

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Human Values First: Artificial Intelligence and Our Spiritual Identity

Sameer Zahr

Archway Publishing, 268 pages, (paperback) $17.99, 9781480861855
(Reviewed: December, 2018)

Sameer Zahr’s novel Human Values First: Artificial Intelligence and Our Spiritual Identity follows the creation of a think tank to tackle the ethics of artificial intelligence (AI).

Howard, a retired factory owner, is plagued by guilt after the suicide of a former employee is linked to the increased automation and consequent layoffs under […]

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Journaling Power: How to Create the Happy, Healthy Life You Want to Live

Mari L. McCarthy

Hasmark Publishing, 135 pages, (paperback) $11.95, 9781988071213
(Reviewed: December, 2018)

Journaling Power seamlessly blends memoir with journaling strategies, exercises and a discussion of the benefits of journaling, adding elements of scientific research and mini-case studies. Each of the book’s ingredients is provided in just the right amount, creating a perfectly-balanced presentation about the power of therapeutic journaling.

Mari L. McCarthy may have been the least […]

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Maldene Volume Two

Mark Anthony Tierno

Vault of Knowledge, 401 pages, (ebook) $4.95,
(Reviewed: December, 2018)

Readers will find even more intrigue, intensity and detail in Maldene: Volume Two, the second in Mark Anthony Tierno’s ambitious fantasy series.

The setting, characters and central conflicts first broached in Maldene: Volume One occupy an even more intricate canvas in this installment, as the author dives deeper into his imagined world of Maldene, its […]

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