Birthing a Dream: How to Achieve Your Dreams: from Conception to Birth

Aaron Womack Jr.

iUniverse, 47 pages, (paperback) $14.95, 9781532055331
(Reviewed: December, 2018)

In Birthing a Dream, Aaron Womack, Jr. compares the stages of achieving goals to the three trimesters of a woman’s pregnancy.

Womack begins with a prologue that shares a heart-warming, life-altering event he experienced while coaching a high school basketball team. The moment catapulted him to unexpected national attention in newspapers, and on […]

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The Diary: Perdition Awaits

Terry Beer

AuthorHouse, 978 pages, (paperback) $35.97, 9781546286127
(Reviewed: December, 2018)

Terry Beer’s debut novel—17 years in the making—is a doorstopper of a read that melds dark fantasy, existential horror, and speculative fiction.

The story, more than 900 pages, chronicles the epic redemptive quest of a tortured soul on a mission to get another chance at life by manipulating a far distant relative from […]

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If These Clothes Could Talk

Brenda Markstein

iUniverse, 155 pages, (paperback) $13.99, 9781532055188
(Reviewed: December, 2018)

In Brenda Markstein’s emotional reveal If These Clothes Could Talk, a grown daughter contemplates the path her life has taken and the choices she has made, as she deals with her mother’s recent health crisis.

The narrative moves easily between protagonist Kelly Knight’s hospital vigil for her mother, who has suffered a stroke, […]

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Little Moo’s Big Adventure

Mona K. McVay

iUniverse, 45 pages, (paperback) $10.99, 9781532039973
(Reviewed: December, 2018)

A lonely young calf longs to join the other cows he sees playing in the pasture across the road in Mona K. McVay’s children’s book Little Moo’s Big Adventure.

Day after day, Little Moo watches the cows across the road happily playing together. When he asks his mom if he can jump […]

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Pursuit of Happiness

Neill Florence

Balboa Press, 259 pages, (paperback) $17.99, 9781504310024
(Reviewed: December, 2018)

This historical novel set in Germany in the late 1800’s blends fact and fiction to create a complicated tale of two young lovers struggling to maintain their relationship.

Born into a large, impoverished family, Gretchen Haager works in the wealthy Sandenberg household. When she learns her mother is dying, Gretchen is denied time […]

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A. Morning Gice

Anperception Books, 304 pages, (paperback) $11.95, 9780997363654
(Reviewed: December, 2018)

Equal parts science fiction thriller and existential horror, A. Morning Gice’s novel follows two young people afflicted with a rare degenerative disease as they become entangled in a potentially apocalyptic conspiracy.

The first of the afflicted protagonists is Kyle Toewidch, a 22-year old struggling to pay the bills with a job cooking hot dogs in […]

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The Storm Over Paris

William Ian Grubman

Dupapier Press, 320 pages, (paperback) $13.99, 9781732610002
(Reviewed: December, 2018)

William Ian Grubman’s novel, The Storm over Paris, is a suspenseful story that plunges readers into the deadly darkness the Nazis cast over occupied Paris during WWII. It recounts the struggles of renowned art dealer Mori Rothstein, a Jew who has been forced to participate in Reichsmarschall Hermann Goering’s plundering of master paintings to stock […]

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Thoughts Become Things: How a Squirrel Changed My Life

Adam Rounisto

Xlibris, 384 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781543444063
(Reviewed: December, 2018)

Like Jerry Maguire in the eponymous 1996 film, the author of Thoughts Become Things has us at “Hello, my name is Adam Rounisto and I’m a procrastinator.” Then, as he reveals that his life changed “overnight” after abandoning project after project, we can’t resist diving into this narrative by a board and card game […]

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Is It Just My Imagination?: A Reflection on the Place of Imagination in the Christian Life

Charles Mosley

Xlibris, 43 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9781543462005
(Reviewed: December, 2018)

In this short meditation on consciousness, free will, and the nature of reality, Charles Mosley explores the importance of the imagination in helping us connect more fully with God. Here he argues that the imagination is more than daydreaming or mental flights of fancy, but a tool that helps us become co-creators of God’s […]

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Munching on the Sun

Mark Paul Oleksiw

Mark Paul Oleksiw, 288 pages, (paperback) $16.99, 9781775111122
(Reviewed: December, 2018)

In Munching on the Sun, Mark Paul Oleksiw crafts a coming-of-age story of love and redemption that traces a childhood romance into the present day.

Oleksiw opens his novel in a theater, and acting is a central theme of the story. The stage becomes the frame for the narrative when the protagonist, Lukas, is discovered […]

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