Burning Desire: The Psychopath and the Girl in Black Prada Shoes, Part I

M. L. Stark

Xlibris, 348 pages, (paperback) $20.17, 9781984593597
(Reviewed: June, 2020)

Burning Desire is the first of a trilogy of novels about Mary, a 50-year old Danish woman involved with a manipulative sexual predator.

When Mary first meets Dr. Drake Lucifer Bates, she’s at a low point. Her husband, Paul, is unfaithful, and she’s alone at their property in Spain, rather than at home in Copenhagen […]

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Ice Queen

Felicia Farber

Pyramid Press, 320 pages, (paperback) $14.99, 9780996470841
(Reviewed: June, 2020)

Felicia Farber’s young adult novel, Ice Queen, is a dynamic, cautionary story about high school popularity and ostracism, friendship and animosity, and the consequences of bullying and cyberbullying.

At Westberry High School, Krystal, the titular Ice Queen, decides who is popular and who isn’t. She and her devotees are Class A elites, as is David, […]

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The Blues Parade

Terry Abrahamson

Abrahamson Press, 34 pages, (hardcover) $17.99, 9780578602943
(Reviewed: June, 2020)

Terry Abrahamson’s The Blues Parade blends rhyming text with vibrant illustrations to introduce young readers to a brief history of the blues and its musicians.

Abrahamson is a songwriter perhaps best known for his work with Muddy Waters. The author’s distinctive, colorful illustrations support the text while incorporating additional references blues fans will appreciate. Two […]

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Facing Two Sickles: Families Dealing with Sickle-Cell Disease

Zetta Sylvia Baillou-Poitier

iUniverse, 110 pages, (paperback) $13.99, 9781532076732
(Reviewed: June, 2020)

Author Zetta Sylvia Baillou-Poitier recalls the challenges she and her family faced caring for two children diagnosed with Sickle-Cell Disease (SCD) in her memoir, Facing Two Sickles.

Baillou-Poitier and her husband learned they carried the “sickle-cell trait” in prenatal testing. SCD was confirmed when their daughter, Vashti, was six months old. Because the red blood […]

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The Raven Chronicles: The Fight Against the World Crime League

Michael Morgan

Dawn Trader Books, 240 pages, (paperback) $15.95, 9780990313359
(Reviewed: June, 2020)

The first installment of Michael E. Morgan’s Raven Chronicles—a good versus evil contemporary fantasy with shamanistic undertones —revolves largely around Gray Wolf, an Apache who embarks on a journey of self-discovery.

When a white man kills clan medicine man Yellow Horse in a dispute, Gray Wolf is pressured into becoming the next spiritual leader. But […]

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GAP, Generic Acquisition Protocol: How America Steals Her Own Children

Christopher Lee Nordloh

Book-Art Press Solutions, 220 pages, (paperback) $10.99, 9781950024841
(Reviewed: June, 2020)

In GAP, Christopher Nordloh argues against legal proceedings that removed a child from her mother, Rebekah Nordloh (a.k.a. Rebekah Brouillard), awarding custody, preliminarily on an emergency basis, to her father, Kevin Jones. The mother never regained custody of her child.

The author states that one of his reasons for writing this book is to provide […]

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The Perfection of Fish

J.S. Morrison

Black Rose Writing, 368 pages, (paperback) $21.95, 9781684335060
(Reviewed: June, 2020)

J.S. Morrison’s The Perfection of Fish is a brilliant, satirical, science fiction thriller.

In the near future, feminist influencers have promoted testosterone-suppressing drugs to decrease male aggression. To combat a perceived erosion of masculinity, misogynist billionaire Berky Benson leverages geneticists and artificial intelligence to exploit the genes of his old science teacher—meek, agoraphobic Nadia Holkam—hoping […]

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War Torn

Daniel T. Chapman

Book-Art Press Solutions, 626 pages, (paperback) $21.99, 9781951306731
(Reviewed: June, 2020)

Set in the years leading up to and during WWII, the real battles in this biography/memoir are on the home front, where one family is torn apart and reconnected time and again until finally reaching an accommodation.

Told in the voice of Patricia McCord, the author’s mother, the book is constructed from her diaries and […]

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Hybrid Z: Origins Volume I

Paul Bednar

iUniverse, 400 pages, (paperback) $20.99, 9781532093586
(Reviewed: June, 2020)

With Hybrid Z: Origins, Paul Bednar melds the horror and warfare genres into a compelling read.

This novel, the first in a series, begins in 1906, as Edward Keane meets sickly but attractive Tindra Ericksson on a ship, an encounter that later results in his transformation into a vampire. It quickly shifts perspectives to the […]

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The Portuguese Witness

John Reidy

AuthorHouse, 206 pages, (paperback) $17.23, 9781728398389
(Reviewed: June, 2020)

The story, set in Portugal, centers on soft-spoken Paulo, whose life is defined by tragedy: the loss of his mother at his birth and of his college fiancée in a terrible accident. Can he open his heart and face his wounds?

This seems impossible until one day Paulo brakes his car to avoid hitting a […]

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