Lilith’s Awakening

Viktoria Ballavoski

iUniverse, 192 pages, (paperback) $14.95, 9781462061815
(Reviewed: July, 2012)

Lilith’s Awakening is a short novel that attempts to blend together elements of paranormal fantasy, mystery, horror, and Jewish mythology.

Viktoria Nelson is a medium who frequently helps local police with unsolved cases. But little does she know that a Turkish coffee reading she does for a troubled young woman will entangle her and her […]

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“America” Because I Have Loved You, I Have Made You Rich!

Efren Gamboa

AuthorHouse, 144 pages, (paperback) $20.68, 9781463401481
(Reviewed: July, 2012)

In America Because I Have Loved You I Have Made You Rich!, author Efren M. Gamboa sets out to “tell the story of the chosen children of God; to reveal the continuation of the history of [the Israelites]. To explain the blessings and curses to the nations that received and housed this great family.” He […]

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VAT Shackles Business

Alex Dyball

AuthorHouse, 64 pages, (paperback) $15.24, 9781467000666
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

The author of this small treatise on the Value-Added Tax (VAT), Alex J. Dyball, apprenticed as an accountant prior to his opening a Fish-and-Chips shop in Northern Ireland in 1961. Despite his subsequent career (ultimately operating three shops in Belfast, as well as a catering business and a catering equipment company), he clearly lost none […]

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The Agatha Principle and Other Mystery Stories

Elizabeth Elwood

iUniverse, 266 pages, (paperback) $17.95, 9781475904437
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

Elizabeth Elwood’s fourth collection of accomplished mystery stories reacquaints readers with the entertaining Beary family of Vancouver, British Columbia. There’s Philippa, a singer and actress, whose sleuthing and snooping play a major role in corralling the wrongdoers in several tales.

There’s also Richard, Philippa’s brother and a Royal Canadian Mounted Police detective inspector. Richard must […]

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Marcellus Really Wants a Pet

Marilyn Toliver

Trafford, 28 pages, (paperback) $16.09, 9781466900905
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

Preschool-age Marcellus longs to keep a pet at the house of his Grandma, author Marilyn Toliver. But Grandma doesn’t want to clean up after one or feed one. “Who will do all of that?” asks Grandma. “Not me. Taking care of a pet is a big responsibility.”

So begins this picture book that Toliver made […]

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I, Who Have Left You: A Lover’s Memoir

Susan Freeman

iUniverse, 177 pages, (paperback) $16.95, 9781469791821
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

Susan Freeman’s memoir covers her growth, reinvention, and romance with second husband, Leslie Freeman. Told through letters sent between them, the book spans 1973 to 2011. The geography is equally expansive, taking readers on the couple’s travels from the U.S. to Saudi Arabia and back again. The couple’s deepening romance is palpable. When Leslie dies, […]

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Steadfast, Loyal and True

Darlene A. Kerr

Trafford, 64 pages, (paperback) $21.30, 9781466914544
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

Steadfast, Loyal and True is a slender collection of fiction, non-fiction and poetry centered on dogs and the author’s love of them. Darlene Kerr does a fine job of capturing the joys, heartaches and unconditional love canines bring into our lives, and likewise, reveals the animals’ behavior as only one who has shared their lives […]

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If Two Are Dead

Jonathan Carriel

iUniverse, 323 pages, (paperback) $19.95, 9781469791241
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

The year is 1762 and Mr. Sproul, a partner at the New York-based shipping firm Castell, Leavering & Sproul, is traveling from Philadelphia to New York City. When he’s found dead, his partners, employees, and family are all shocked; after all, Mr. Sproul was spry and in good health. Thomas Dordrecht, a young employee of […]

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The Days of Mawatani: The Boy Who Turned Himself Around

Ceclie Ouellet

Trafford, 177 pages, (paperback) $12.10, 9781466922198
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

Cecile Ouellet’s new middle-grade novel follows an early 19th century Oglala Lakota boy on his quest to overcome physical and spiritual adversity.

As the story opens, 12-year-old Mawatani embarks happily with his father, Steals Many Horses, on their annual spring rabbit-hunting trip. Their expedition comes to an abrupt and devastating end, however, when an accident […]

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Reunion

James Kennedy George Jr.

AuthorHouse, 301 pages, (paperback) $19.95, 9781468529685
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

The novel Reunion mostly details the experiences of a teenage boy growing up in Princeton, West Virginia, in the late 1950s. It’s largely an autobiographical tale, with narrator Jimmy Jackson acting as proxy for the author. The story highlights Jimmy’s high school experiences, which include assisting a rock ‘n roll band, working as a manager […]

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