Mikkee the Martian: Book Two, The Tiger and the Fair

Peter Locke

AuthorHouse, 44 pages, (paperback) $12.90, 9781728383705
(Reviewed: March, 2020)

In Book Two of Peter Locke’s Mikkee the Martian chapter book series, alien Mikkee and his Earth friends go to the fair, where Mikkee rescues stranded Ferris wheel riders and captures an escaped tiger.

Mikkee meets his human twin friends, Jilly and Billy, to make plans for the day. After he eats his Martian breakfast […]

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Paradise Broken

Rob Marshall

Xlibris, 466 pages, (paperback) $28.19, 9781543495560
(Reviewed: March, 2020)

Paradise Broken revolves around three married couples on a horse packing camping and hunting trip in the remote New Zealand backcountry.

The couple’s destination is an extraordinarily beautiful place they call “paradise.” Author Rob Marshall chronicles the intertwining lifelong friendship of the couples from childhood playmates to married adults. Brent and Stevo, the main male […]

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Are You Ready Yet?: Protecting and Preparing Your Family for Estate Issues Before and After Death

Michael C. Wittenberg CFP® certificant

Xlibris, 198 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9781796047073
(Reviewed: March, 2020)

Michael C. Wittenberg offers a guide to complex estate planning issues in Are You Ready Yet?

Wittenberg has an alphabet’s worth of credentials and over 35 years of financial planning experience, but what sets him apart is nonfinancial: He holds a Master of Science in mental health counseling and served as primary caregiver for his […]

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Clandestine

Amy Ritchie

Xlibris, 82 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9781796056556
(Reviewed: March, 2020)

In Clandestine: A Classic Book of Poetry, Amy Ritchie explores her inner journey toward healing after her father’s death.

This short volume is divided into three sections: “Part I. She Was Inconsolable,” “Part II. She is Restored,” and “Part III. She is Stardust.” This arc brings readers through grief, healing, and spiritual growth.

Poems in […]

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Lovescene Limousine and Company

Damon Ferguson

New Model Books, 251 pages, (ebook) $19.99, 9780970192547
(Reviewed: March, 2020)

Lovescene Limousine and Company is a bilingual poetry edition that traces the cycle of attraction, sex, bonding, trust, betrayal, and heartbreak of its speaker’s romantic connections and other relationships.

The collection is comprised of free-verse and rhyming poems in English, followed by the same poems in French, arranged into four sections: “Romance/ Romances,” “Rejection/ Rejet,” […]

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Honeymoon Alone

Nicole Macaulay

4B, 310 pages, (paperback) $16.00, 9781733276900
(Reviewed: March, 2020)

This uplifting novel follows a by-the-book elementary school teacher who shocks her meddling family by taking a psychic’s advice and flying to London for a spur-of-the-moment Christmas vacation.

Twenty-six-year-old Bostonian Lucy Gray is jilted by her date at her sister’s 80’s-themed wedding. Inspired by the psychic her sister hired for the wedding—who prophesied […]

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Wish Upon a Tree

Naomi Schulz

AuthorHouse, 232 pages, (paperback) $17.23, 9781728394671
(Reviewed: March, 2020)

In Naomi Schulz’s fictional story, sisters reeling from tragic loss relocate from Brisbane to the Australian countryside of their youth. As they reconnect with people and memories, secrets are revealed and a riddle involving a long-hidden family heirloom is solved.

Twenty-four-year-old Blair Jones is a teacher looking forward to a transfer to her hometown of […]

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The Silent Deception

James Mitchum Oates

Xlibris, 144 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781984552075
(Reviewed: March, 2020)

In James Mitchum Oates’ dark and cryptic novella, a boy grows up questioning the love and emotional support of his parents and siblings, ultimately coming to see what he thought was a happy family as “an illusion—with a much more sinister reality.”

Early in this first-person narrative, Joshua McClure recollects his mother labeling him as […]

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Untamed Passions

Alain N'Dalla

iUniverse, 66 pages, (paperback) $10.99, 9781532081910
(Reviewed: March, 2020)

The poems in Alain N’Dalla’s debut collection Untamed Passions blend contemporary and old-fashioned language to address myriad issues.

Billed as an unflinching exploration of the author’s “ordeals with women and his fledgling relationships,” the collection spends much time on subjects of the heart. Poems like “Girl at the Bus Stop” and “Water Under the Bridge” […]

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Leeds, Money, and Misery Me: Twenty Years of Hurt, 23 Mistakes and the tale of TOMA

Dave Tomlinson

AuthorHouse, 596 pages, (paperback) $27.32, 9781728393933
(Reviewed: March, 2020)

The Leeds United Football Club celebrated its centenary in 2019. With Leeds, Money, and Misery Me, dedicated fan Dave Tomlinson takes an in-depth look at the last twenty years—and what he sees is not pretty.

Tomlinson lays out how this once-proud professional football club (“soccer team” to Americans) endured more than two decades of gross […]

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