The Prodigal Daughter

Lindy Hicks Cleere & Louis Hicks

Xlibris, 132 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781462874620
(Reviewed: December, 2011)

In The Prodigal Daughter, Lindy Hicks Cleere and her mother, Lois Hicks, take turns recounting Lindy’s descent from the straight-laced daughter of a small-town Baptist pastor to the coke-snorting wife of a local drug dealer — and her ultimate redemption.

Lindy was a freshman in high school in Amite, La., in the late 1980s when […]

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Then, Now and In Between

Edward Whitham

Trafford, 236 pages, (paperback) $19.95, 9781425189679
(Reviewed: December, 2011)

The 68-year-old Australian who wrote these short-short stories–39 of them in just 222 pages–is a former retail merchant who has spent much of his retirement traveling with his wife. That surely accounts for the pieces’ farflung settings–Israel, Hungary, Ukraine, an Austrian ski resort, and a dozen other places. But author Eddie Whitham has also served […]

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Knights, Romans, Greeks and God

Brian D. Starr

Xlibris, 191 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781465353344
(Reviewed: December, 2011)

“This book,” declares Brian D. Starr, “is about the secrets of the Christian/Judea [sic] religion that are not apparent to the average Christian that has not studied genealogy and knighthood.” The author proceeds to fill most of the book’s remaining pages with genealogical charts that involve biblical personages from both the Old and New Testament, […]

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Rain of Terror in the Sunshine

Paul Contos

AuthorHouse, 132 pages, (paperback) $13.99, 9781449023744
(Reviewed: December, 2011)

In Rain of Terror in the Sunshine, Paul A. Contos recounts what must have been an utterly terrifying day in combat as a soldier in the U.S. Army’s 71st Division. On March 13, 1945, he lived through 16 strafing attacks by German airplanes in eastern France, suffering extensive life-threatening shrapnel wounds to his left leg […]

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Soaring

Jeanne Fiedler

Xlibris, 136 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781465347251
(Reviewed: December, 2011)

Author Jeanne Fiedler presents Soaring as a book of poems. But even though her pieces are divided into stanzas, taking on the form of poetry, they read more like a journal of the heart, a collection of thoughts and expressions of emotions.

Fiedler’s husband died prematurely four years ago, and that sad event is at […]

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Brightfire

Pauline Moore

AuthorHouse, 236 pages, (paperback) $14.49, 9781452056098
(Reviewed: December, 2011)

In the historical novel Brightfire (sequel to author P.M. Sabin Moore’s Storm Frost), Christianity is gaining a toehold in Sutton Hoo, on the eastern side of Britain, yet a belief in one God is resisted by many.

It is 608 A.D., and previously banished Niartha and her son, Ricberht, have gained favor in King Raedwald’s […]

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A Sunny Day

Wendy Sparkes

AuthorHouse, 20 pages, (paperback) $11.49, 9781438969770
(Reviewed: November, 2011)

In this wholesome Christian picture book, a young boy and girl learn to appreciate the world around them and find the good even in bad experiences.

A Sunny Day is the third book in the British series, Stop and Smell the Roses, which follows siblings Jude and Annie as they learn moral lessons from the […]

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Get Clarity: The Lights-On Guide to Manifesting Success in Life and Work

Cathy Hawk and Gary Hawk

Get Clarity Press, 218 pages, (paperback) $27.95, 9780983584704
(Reviewed: November, 2011)

The Chinese call it chi, Hindus call it prana and Americans call it vital energy. Obtaining and benefiting from this invisible life force is the subject of Get Clarity, a self-help book by a husband-and-wife life coaching team.

Cathy and Gary Hawk based their book on what they’ve learned during more than 20 years of […]

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A Hunter’s Blood: The Crimson Contracts

Kyle Robertson

Xlibris, 166 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781436323635
(Reviewed: November, 2011)

Drakx Slazakohn is a bounty hunter in the year 3041. Although there are still police officers and a military force in Kyle Robertson’s episodic science fiction thriller, bounty hunters get all of the tough jobs, and they have discretion about whether to bring in their contracts dead or alive. Drakx is the best at what […]

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Honest Sid

Ronald Probstein

iUniverse, 208 pages, (paperback) $17.95, 9781440141874
(Reviewed: November, 2011)

For Ronald Probstein, growing up in New York City during the Great Depression was as unconventional as it was unpredictable. His father, Sid, was a gambler, ticket scalper, bookie, and horseplayer, and Ronald’s boyhood hangouts were the betting parlors, cigar shops, boxing gyms, and area racetracks where his father conducted business.

Known as “Honest Sid,” […]

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