Waiting for Zoe

James R Ament

Hugo House Publishers, 355 pages, (paperback) $19.95, 9781936449057
(Reviewed: October, 2011)

In retired executive James R. Ament’s novel, Waiting for Zoe, a naive young student and a grieving retiree make parallel journeys of self-discovery in the wake of great loves, deeper tragedies, and the shadow of violence. Unfortunately, the startling, often over-the-top catastrophes that pepper the novel detract from its more subtle emotional narratives.

We first […]

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Mississippi Flyway

Nel M. Rand

iUniverse, 286 pages, (paperback) $14.95, 9781583482841
(Reviewed: October, 2011)

Nel Rand’s debut novel is a picaresque tale that takes the reader down the Mississippi River and through the haunted past of its main character, Ellie. Ellie is recovering from divorce when her estranged father, Tiny Moon, a 300-pound gambler and eating contest champion, re-enters her life. Despite her efforts to remember her deep-seated anger […]

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Passage Rites

Michael W. Crabtree

iUniverse, 188 pages, (paperback) $16.95, 9781450251198
(Reviewed: October, 2011)

Michael Crabtree first put this story to paper in 1980. He then locked it away for three decades; his wife and children knew only fragments. Passage Rites, he says, is his way of telling the full story of how his life was shaped by events that occurred over a few short weeks in late 1978 […]

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The World Without End

Prince Yosef II

Xlibris, 255 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781462860159
(Reviewed: October, 2011)

The World Without End falls under a long tradition of visionary and eschatological writings that date back thousands of years–writings that, in essence, hope to set readers straight about the nature of God and warn of impending doom if society doesn’t take heed. “This manuscript is written with the strong inspiration from the MOST HIGH […]

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Fool Me Once…Part II

Mary Burton King

Trafford, 144 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9781426992841
(Reviewed: October, 2011)

In this second installment of Fool Me Once . . . , a projected trilogy by Mary Burton King, Rebecca Johnson is overjoyed when her abusive husband, Marcus, is presumed dead. For a fresh start, Rebecca decides to sell the family home. When she gains access to Marcus’ storage unit, she discovers not only her […]

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Connecting Obsessions

Neil Mavrick

CRM Publishing, 355 pages, (paperback) $13.99 UK, 9780993119606
(Reviewed: October, 2011)

Based upon a narrative foundation that is eerily similar to Richard Matheson’s 1975 classic Bid Time Return — in which a man living in modern times becomes obsessed with a photograph of a 19th century actress and travels back in time to woo her — British writer Neil Mavrick’s debut novel is an ambitious (although […]

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A Romance Truth

Ifiuk Etuk

Xlibris, 77 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9781441544421
(Reviewed: October, 2011)

According to recent news reports, African Americans have the lowest marriage rate of any racial group in this country. Forty-three percent of black men and about 42 percent of black women have never been married. More than 70 percent of black children are now born to single mothers. From Bill Cosby to Tyler Perry to […]

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The Senators Daughter

Jessie Sutherland

Xlibris, 320 pages, (paperback) 13.99 UK, 9781456870591
(Reviewed: October, 2011)

Near the end of Jessie Sutherland’s historical romance novel, The Senators (sic) Daughter +/- 320 AD, the tension is palpable. Lovely Cyriaca, the niece of Emperor Constantine, has been kidnapped, separated from her husband Joshua, and sold into slavery. As Germanic tribes ravage villages, Joshua searches frantically for his pregnant wife. He is fearless, a […]

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Heal Yourself

P,K. Nesbit

Xlibris, 233 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781456868789
(Reviewed: October, 2011)

P.K. Nesbit was born in Prague, Czech Republic. Excelling in gymnastics, he studied sports, moving to Sweden and eventually to the U. S., where he earned an MS degree in physical education and psychology. Since 2000, he has devoted himself to translating A Course in Miracles into the Czech language.

Indeed, Heal Yourself is a […]

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Sabbatical for Love

J.K. VanDyke

Xlibris, 393 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781456853327
(Reviewed: October, 2011)

Sabbatical for Love, a romance novel, opens with self-described playboy Drew Sutherland taking voice lessons from the famous Maestro Luciani to prepare for a career in opera. In his mid-20s, Drew is rich, handsome and entitled. He has drifted from one vocation to the next, finally deciding on voice as his future. But in the […]

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