Buying Your Dream House or How to Survive Buying and Selling

Rubi Red

Xlibris, 75 pages, (paperback) $19.99 AUD, 9781469187860
(Reviewed: October, 2012)

This short book is a humorous look at one married couple’s decision to buy a home and sell their old one. The title may give the book the appearance of being informative, but author Rubi Red just wants to amuse. Sometimes the gambit pays off; other times it misses the mark.

A brief passage about […]

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Lions Behind the Shields

Francis Green Jr.

iUniverse, 276 pages, (paperback) $17.95, 9781475933994
(Reviewed: October, 2012)

When African American rookie police officer Frank Grima enters the police academy, he gets a fast introduction to the so-called “lions behind the shields,” but it’s not a totally new experience. As a boy 11 years prior, Grima had a brief and ugly encounter with one of the “lions” — the angriest, most bigoted and […]

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Ratrigues and the Invisible Intelligence: A Fairy Tale for Grown-Ups

Graham Deeks

Trafford, 244 pages, (paperback) $17.98, 9781426970207
(Reviewed: October, 2012)

Tales starring anthropomorphic animals go back at least as far as Aesop’s fables. The most popular novel from this fantasy genre in recent years is Richard Adams’s bestseller, Watership Down, a saga that follows the travels of a warren of rabbits as it sets out to find a new home. Graham Deeks uses a similar […]

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Try Keeping Secrets

Richard Stubbs

Xlibris, 312 pages, (paperback) $29.99 AUD, 9781477156032
(Reviewed: October, 2012)

Joe Lucas is your average working “Joe” in Sydney, Australia. The owner of a small electrical company, he’s finally scored a big government contract after working night and day to secure the order.

He races home to share the good news with his wife Sophie, only to find that Sophie has cleaned out the house […]

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Tuff Guy: The Story of a Lost and Found Dog in Alabama

Monty Newport

AuthorHouse, 210 pages, (paperback) $16.95, 9781477232453
(Reviewed: October, 2012)

If dogs could talk…It’s a thought many dog owners have had, especially those who care for animals with mysterious pasts. “Where did this dog come from?” they wonder. “How has the dog survived?” First-time author Monty Newport has spent years rescuing dogs, and in Tuff Guy, he imagines a tale worthy of any rescue dog.

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Some of the Poems and Ramblings of Khulu Chris

Chris Mandley

Trafford, 60 pages, (paperback) $25.36, 9781466943353
(Reviewed: October, 2012)

In the biography in the back of this book, we learn that author Chris Mandley was born in Buckinghamshire, England in 1955. By his own report, he’s led a somewhat picaresque life and has been a soldier, among other things, and married an African woman. These two elements–his experiences in the British army and his […]

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Total Secession

Adam Connell

Adam Connell, 442 pages, (ebook) $3.99, 9780985485528
(Reviewed: October, 2012)

An ex-con and his buddy, both freshly released from a Florida penitentiary in a near-future U.S., take a road trip across a fractured America in Total Secession, a speculative fiction novel by Adam Connell.

Grant’s quest to rejoin his family after a lengthy prison stay is complicated by America’s states turning into sovereign nations. Without […]

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The Power of a Mother’s Prayer

D. Ralph Young

Trafford, 160 pages, (paperback) $13.70, 9781466944565
(Reviewed: October, 2012)

One of 11 children, D. Ralph Young was born in rural Kentucky, in a home with no central heat, running water or electricity. His memoir details his life and how he overcame early obstacles to become a successful engineer.

Young notes that despite his family’s deprivations, “we did not consider ourselves poor.” Still, “I can […]

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Mavis, the Little Tugboat, Saves the Bridge

Julie-Ann Crossley

Xlibris, 33 pages, (paperback) $34.99 AUD, 9781465300133
(Reviewed: October, 2012)

Mavis the tugboat might be old, but she can still haul things like she used to. In this heart-warming picture book, Mavis shows a fleet of bigger, newer tugs just how valuable she is. As part of her tugboat series, author Julie-Ann Crossley retools the real-life story of a tug and its pilot that stopped […]

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Usher’s Harbour

Barry and Darls Epstein

iUniverse, 363 pages, (paperback) $20.95, 9781469790909
(Reviewed: October, 2012)

This impressive debut novel from husband-and-wife writing team Barry and Darls Epstein, a murder mystery set largely in the 23rd century, will surely appeal to mystery and science fiction fans alike.

In an environmentally devastated world where the majority of the populace live in domed cities, life for those residents is nothing short of idyllic […]

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