“Prostitution”: My Living Wound

Akosua Offeibea Manteaw

Xlibris, 103 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781477153062
(Reviewed: October, 2012)

Part memoir and part inspirational self-help, this book tells Akosua Offeibea Manteaw’s story of being bullied throughout her university years after being spotted in a car kissing the man who ultimately became her husband. She was instantly branded as a prostitute, a label that stuck. Ultimately, she found her way to spiritual healing that pulled […]

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In the Chronicles of an Immigrant Mother

Jane MBARATHA-RURIGI

Trafford, 39 pages, (paperback) $10.03, 9781466938298
(Reviewed: October, 2012)

In the Chronicles of an Immigrant Mother is a poetry collection recounting Jane Mbaratha-Rurigi’s often-difficult experiences as a Nigerian who has relocated to the United States. Through these poems, she contemplates the disappointments and joys that derived from starting over in a place she came to understand as a “leveling ground” more than the golden […]

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The Pondering Heart

Lesline Nembhard

Trafford, 126 pages, (paperback) $12.07, 9781426949616
(Reviewed: October, 2012)

The Pondering Heart, a poetry collection by author Lesline Nembhard, speaks clearly of Nembhard’s faith in God. While not all poems are religious in scope, most follow familiar refrains present in religious writings and liturgies. Whether rejoicing over her own good fortune, questioning difficulties in the Middle East, or lamenting over the hardships of friends, […]

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Storybook Passion

Darlene S. Hanes

Xlibris, 132 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781477148112
(Reviewed: October, 2012)

Most romance novelists choose the safety of creating perky heroines and strong heroes who serve as inspirations for their readers. Slightly idealized yet still relatable, these characters overcome minimal obstacles (such as misunderstandings or embarrassing lies) to experience true love. In Storybook Passion, Darlene S. Hanes bravely explores domestic violence and emotional abuse in her […]

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Steve Jobs & The World of Mobile/Apps: The Inside Scoop

Patrick Meyer

Ignite, 160 pages, (hardcover) $14.95, 9780986012303
(Reviewed: October, 2012)

Steve Jobs & The World of Mobile is a nicely bound hardcover volume with a built-in bonus: It’s a two-fer, with Apps: The Inside Scoop when you flip the book over. The novel presentation makes for an appealing, engaging read; in tech terms, it’s a very good UE, or User Experience.

Meyer, who calls himself […]

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The Mystery of Grimly Manor

Donna Wren Carson

Xlibris, 102 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781477155073
(Reviewed: October, 2012)

Donna Carson’s first book in her LAS Mystery series teams sixth graders Leira, Addy, and Skye to solve the mysteries of Grimly Manor. Lights flicker at night in the cemetery behind the manor. Before every holiday, the manor is mysteriously decorated while the neighborhood sleeps. And Mr. Grimly–always wearing a mask–only opens his door on […]

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The Moonlight Emporium: Further Adventures of the Ravenwood Clan

Violeta F. Sterner

Trafford, 46 pages, (paperback) $10.03, 9781466942486
(Reviewed: October, 2012)

The Moonlight Emporium has a hint of the paranormal about it. A continuation of an earlier book, Violeta F. Sterner’s romance details the wedding of Kate and Ravenwood, who have been re-encountering each other here and there over 300 years but have finally decided to tie the knot. There’s creepy intrigue, steamy lovemaking and a […]

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The Music…Oh, the Music

Francesca Noumoff

Xlibris, 89 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9781479706068
(Reviewed: October, 2012)

Francesca Noumoff’s The Music…Oh, the Music is both a lament and indictment. Set in a nursing home, the novel depicts the mental landscape of a Russian noble woman during the last hours of her life. In her delirium, the old woman sees figures from her past drift in and out of her “little white cell.” […]

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The Complicity Doctrine

M. M. Frick

CreateSpace , 278 pages, (paperback) $12.95, 9781479222070
(Reviewed: October, 2012)

M.M. Frick’s debut novel, Open Source, earned a starred review from BlueInk Review. Now Casey Shenk, the everyman hero, returns in a sequel that is similarly tense but more ambitious and confident.

Casey is still an analyst at private consulting firm Intelligence Watch Group, a geopolitical think tank that assesses global threats. In this alternate […]

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A Step in Time

Ruth Steinberg

Infinity Publishing, 132 pages, Paperbook $11.95, 978074146833
(Reviewed: October, 2012)

Ruth Steinberg’s second full-length collection of poetry, A Step in Time roots readers in specific details and images that marry the author’s past with the present, making everything come alive in the moment at hand. Spanning locations as varied as her favorite seat at Artie’s Deli, her house growing up, Vienna before her family fled […]

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