Bird From Hell: Third Edition

Gerald McIsaac

Trafford, 172 pages, (paperback) $14.50, 9781466950276
(Reviewed: January, 2013)

For armchair Bigfoot hunters, Gerald McIsaac is living the dream. Drawn from years of living with the Dene people in the remote mountains of British Columbia, Bird From Hell is his field report on fantastical mega fauna. Using stories of local villagers and his own research as evidence, he explains that Devil Birds, Lake Monsters, […]

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Bell Bottom Trousere’s – Log 1

R.E. McGuire

Xlibris, 323 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781450012591
(Reviewed: January, 2013)

Returning home from his tour with the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1941, 17-year-old Shaun McCall looks at the depressed economy, recognizes his limited options and promptly joins the US Navy. Bell Bottom Trousere’s – Log I follows McCall’s journey from his first dignity-stripping physical to his shipping out to parts unknown after Pearl Harbor.

Along […]

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Life’s Highway With a Good and True Everlasting Love

Jean Solbert

Xlibris, 37 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9781477126639
(Reviewed: January, 2013)

What happens when we are dying? Do our lives pass before our eyes? First-time author Jean Solbert explores those questions with this tiny novel about a man who has been separated from someone named Becky and is searching for her.

Solbert’s main character, simply introduced as “the man,” is confused, lost on a trail in […]

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You Ought to Get to Know Him

Verda Sherrod

Trafford, 53 pages, (paperback) $11.00, 9781466946286
(Reviewed: January, 2013)

Orville Walter Sherrod, a high school football star at Battle Creek Central in Michigan, struggled with diabetes, kidney failure, blindness, heart attacks and numerous brutal medical procedures without losing his deep-seated grace and love. “I still have eight toes left,” he said after doctors first began a series of ever more aggressive amputations.

Reading this […]

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Things I Say to Myself

Dale Andrews

Xlibris, 608 pages, (paperback) $23.99, 9781456802196
(Reviewed: January, 2013)

It’s not entirely clear from the bio on the back of Things I Say to Myself what exactly Dale Andrews does or did professionally. He not only describes himself as a “Christian Mystic,” but also as “an experienced TV talk show host and occasional stand up comedian.” Early on, we’re told he was a “campus […]

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Boyle-Breath Breathes

Murray L. Peters

AuthorHouse, 400 pages, (paperback) $23.95, 9781468578003
(Reviewed: January, 2013)

Scottish author Murray L. Peters’ tongue-in-cheek sequel to his 2010 Boyle-Breath – which revolved around a benevolent high school English teacher who happened to be a highly flatulent alien from Zeronia, a planet described as the “orb of incandescent love” – continues the story of said teacher, Bernard Boyle. His mission: to “save souls” by […]

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Fundamental Principles of Success and Fulfillment

Uffoh Emmanuel O.

Trafford, 118 pages, (paperback) $12.19, 9781466959330
(Reviewed: January, 2013)

Uffoh Emmanuel O.’s book delivers what the title promises. Each of his 21 chapters teaches a different principle of success, including: having a vision, overcoming excuses, investing time, correcting attitude problems, promoting other people’s success, and managing finances wisely.

The author, who is a pastor, adds a Christian perspective to his book with biblical references. […]

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Laura’s Big Win: Windmere

Michelle Tschantre

Xlibris, 237 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781479739523
(Reviewed: January, 2013)

Ryan Williams has the idyllic life in this romantic novel: he’s deeply in love with his wife Mary and building Windmere, an exclusive resort, into a destination for the wealthy. But tragedy is just around the corner. Mary can’t conceive and, in fact, she’s feeling more tired than usual. Faithful readers of romantic fiction will […]

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Come Hell or High Water, Part 1: Wellspring

Stephen Morris

Stephen Morris, 422 pages, paperback $15, 9780984773121
(Reviewed: January, 2013)

This supernatural suspense – which has intertwining storylines set in 14th century and modern day Prague – is the beginning volume of a trilogy that has the potential to be a genre-transcendent epic à la Deborah Harkness’ bestselling All Souls trilogy (A Discovery of Witches, et. al.).

Blending together history, folklore and occultism, the story […]

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Blessings, Tears and a Chuckle or Two: (Ballads of a Wand’ring Minstrel)

Will Fischer Jed

Xlibris, 106 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9781456800505
(Reviewed: January, 2013)

Willi Fischer Jed’s Blessings, Tears and a Chuckle or Two delivers on the promise of its title, providing the reader with poems of inspiration, generosity, comfort and humor that tweak not only the noses of her neighbors and friends but herself as well. Jed accomplishes this with a light use of those often difficult tools […]

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