Wildflower

Beatrice Harris

Xlibris, 90 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9781450088268
(Reviewed: July, 2012)

Beatrice Harris’ life has been filled with challenges. At an early age, she witnessed the death of her father, her mother’s struggles to support six children, three marriages, and a final betrayal. Yet, through it all, she persevered, getting an education and becoming a successful teacher.

Rather than delivering an inspirational first-person tale, however, the […]

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Far-Ming

Phillip Chapman

Xlibris , 195 pages, (paperback) 13.99UK, 9781462863266
(Reviewed: July, 2012)

Far-Ming is a novel is set somewhere in the “Orient” and, according to its Foreword, tells the “epic story of Mountain life with a race of Criterians and humans.” Ming and Ling are twin brother Criterians. They inhabit a mountain with a group of servants and villagers and coexist in a harmonious, self-sustaining community. Ming […]

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Secrets of a Sales Pro: How to Achieve Wealth, Power, and Happiness

Stephen M. Serrao

Trafford, 48 pages, (paperback) $89.00, 9781426923845
(Reviewed: July, 2012)

Although titled Secrets of a Sales Pro, there is little contained in this slender volume that might be considered a secret. Rather, the author offers up timeless good sense that is well known to those who make their living in the sales world, but which certainly always bears repeating.

Author Stephen M. Serrao, who refers […]

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Destructive Interference

Martin Skogsbeck

Xlibris, 251 pages, (paperback) $9.99UK, 9781469193595
(Reviewed: July, 2012)

In this spectacular debut novel, science and humanity collide like a giant meteor causing incalculable destruction.

The author languidly reveals the lives of two men, living contemporaneously in different countries, each unaware of the significance they will have to each other. Redan, a French neurologist working in research, narrates his own story of a happy […]

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My Guardian Angel and Me

Arlan Horman

AuthorHouse, 284 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9781449075064
(Reviewed: July, 2012)

Wisconsin farmboy Arlan W. Horman spent the first half of his adult life as an Army engineer, from World War II through Korea. My Guardian Angel & Me is his account of his experiences as a soldier, and later as a civilian, ostensibly tied together by his belief that a guardian angel had his back, […]

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The Home Front

Alan J. Summers

AuthorHouse, 396 pages, (paperback) $21.93, 9781452072326
(Reviewed: July, 2012)

This well-crafted British war novel set during the London Blitz of 1940-1941 resurrects elements that have enlivened the genre for seven decades. Alan J. Summers gives us derring-do aloft: his hero is a dashing, 19-year-old Spitfire pilot named Mark Brabham, downed over the Channel in the act of destroying two German aircraft in a fiery […]

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How to Escape Domestic Violence

Safiyyah A. Alexander

Xlibris9781477107560, 58 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9781477107560
(Reviewed: July, 2012)

The statistics on domestic violence are staggering: one in four women will experience domestic violence over a lifetime. Safiyyah A. Alexander, a social worker and victims’ advocate, wants to give hope to those trapped in the cycle of domestic violence. With a well-thought out escape plan, she says, it’s possible to get out and start […]

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My Favorite Teacher Was an Ironworker

Rick Taylor

AuthorHouse, 348 pages, (paperback) $17.72, 9781463405489
(Reviewed: July, 2012)

Dr. Rick Taylor’s cathartic, inspiring memoir, punctuated by his youngest son Scott’s optimistic world-view, is an excellent guide to living life as well as possible. Funny, sad and thought provoking, Taylor’s recollections revolve around the discovery that life’s lessons can be learned from those we least suspect — in this case, Taylor’s precocious son Scott.

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7 Stories and a Play

D.M. Jones

Xlibris, 160 pages, (paperback) $24.99 AUD, 9781469179254
(Reviewed: July, 2012)

New Zealand author D.M. Jones refers to this collection as “light reading, meant to entertain,” and these stories and play fulfill, and exceed, that promise. She may well turn out to be New Zealand’s answer to Britain’s Helen Simpson.

Conversation and interior monologues that track alongside it are vividly real in these stories. In “The […]

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All That Remains

Melva Haggar Dye

iUniverse, 317 pages, (paperback) $19.95, 9781469796215
(Reviewed: July, 2012)

In Melva Haggar Dye’s All That Remains, Little Alexa has vanished without a trace over a year ago. Her mother, Thea, is convinced she’s alive, though two other young girls snatched in the Dallas area have been found dead. The tension has irrevocably broken her marriage, so Thea packs and leaves, eventually landing in Santa […]

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