Badgerblood: Awakening

S.C. Monson, illustrated by StevenMonson

S.C. Monson, 338 pages, (paperback) $19.85, 9798707160240
(Reviewed: July, 2021)

S.C. Monson’s Badgerblood: Awakening is a captivating fantasy tale in which the title implies several metaphors: the protagonist’s passage into manhood; his discovery of the larger universe around him; and his realization of the significance of his unique ability.

Monson skillfully builds a primitive land where an evil king rules and magic is real, but […]

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LuvFromLily: Choosing to Live in Love, Not Fear

Lily Derwin with Bill Derwin

LuvFromLily, 200 pages, (paperback) $17.99, 9780578916774
(Reviewed: July, 2021)

LuvFromLily offers inspirational lessons from a pancreatic cancer patient on how to live a life of joy and connection despite adversity.

As a young wife and mother of three, Lily Derwin is diagnosed with metastatic pancreatic cancer. While she and her husband Bill sob together, Lily has a vision of a pearl in an oyster […]

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Orpheus Rising: By Sam And His Father, John, With Some Help From An Elephant Who Likes To Dance

Lance Lee, illustrated by Ellen Raquel LeBow

Lwl Books, 312 pages, (hardcover) $23.95, 9780578790558
(Reviewed: July, 2021)

Lance Lee’s fairytale—essentially a whimsical reimagining of the Orphic myth—follows 10-year-old Sam and his father into an imaginary otherworld where they attempt to locate and save Sam’s beloved, deceased mother.

Sam lives with his father in the countryside, where—when he’s not being homeschooled—he’s kept busy doing chores, including milking the cow, collecting eggs from the […]

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Conquering Stress: Make it Fun

Dr. Douglas Kong

Partridge, 190 pages, (paperback) $14.83,
(Reviewed: July, 2021)

Retired psychiatrist Douglas Kong prescribes advice for those experiencing the psychological and physical symptoms of stress. His slim but comprehensive handbook aims to help readers identify and understand stress, and features a holistic, “psycho-social-biological” approach with tools and techniques for living a healthy, rewarding, optimal life.

Kong shares patients’ stories to illustrate the stressors of […]

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Mindful of Horses

Helen Cherry

Balboa Press, 150 pages, (paperback) $15.18, 9781982283339
(Reviewed: July, 2021)

As a seasoned horse owner, Helen Cherry has had her share of mishaps and adventures, but none quite like her quest to help a newly adopted horse named Nancy.

Cherry, who lives in the Cotswolds of England, adopts the five-year-old thoroughbred, even though she has the option of choosing a “solid” 12-year-old Irish mare that […]

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Margery A. Neely

AuthorHouse, 362 pages, (paperback) $20.99, 9781546234371
(Reviewed: July, 2021)

Missouri native Margery A. Neely juxtaposes a spy story, murder mystery, and portrait of a small community facing murder, espionage and duplicity in Escapade, a novel that brings foreign intrigue to America’s heartland.

The novel’s protagonist is Sergeant Phil Tyler, a family man and policeman in the nascent United States Air Force circa 1952, as […]

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Courting Rejection

B. Harlan Deemer

Xlibris, 614 pages, (paperback) $26.99, 9781664157477
(Reviewed: July, 2021)

The 600-plus poems in B. Harlan Deemer’s Courting Rejection range widely, from intellectual meditations on religion and philosophy to intimate thoughts on the speaker’s lovers, friends, and family. The collection also ranges in format, from formal and free verse to lyric and narrative pieces and more.

The book’s eight sections include, among others: “Sonnets’ Prisoners” […]

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Inspired by The Holy Ghost: Spiritual Poetic Messages Received from Popular Songs, Volume 1

Aimee Cabo Nikolov

Inspirational Books Publishing, pages, (paperback) $21.00, 9781736797402
(Reviewed: July, 2021)

Aimee Cabo Nikolov’s collection, interspersed with illustrated Bible verses and inspirational sayings, offers light, Christian-oriented verse with a musical component.

The poems follow simple rhyme schemes. Each bears the title of a popular song and the names of the artist(s) who performed it. The speaker in the poems then translates the songs’ typically secular content […]

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God’s Gift

Remi DeWitt

AIA Publishing, pages, (paperback) $13.99, 9781922329196
(Reviewed: July, 2021)

A child’s unremarkable act of rebellion launches an extraordinary series of events in Remi DeWitt’s novella God’s Gift, a story that incorporates elements of science fiction, horror and political commentary in a brisk package.

Devon is unhappy with the present she’s received from her parents for her seventh birthday, so she flees her own party […]

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The Long Winding Road of Harry Raymond:A Detective’s Journey Down the Mean Streets of Pre-War Los Angeles

Patrick Jenning

Bay City Press, 372 pages, (paperback) $15.95, 9781736786802
(Reviewed: July, 2021)

Patrick Jenning’s The Long Winding Road of Harry Raymond is the biographical account of LA-based detective Harry Raymond’s storied career, detailing the cases that earned him glory, scorn, and powerful enemies along the way.

After working as a private investigator tracking down confidence-scheme charlatans, Raymond honed his skills as a pioneer in the burgeoning field […]

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