Eternal Nights: Book One

Richard Spegal

iUniverse, 324 pages, (paperback) $19.95, 9781450220446
(Reviewed: December, 2011)

In 1089, John Wolf and his new wife Danielle are attacked on their wedding night and turned into vampires. After this brief prologue, Richard Spegal’s fantasy story picks up in 2009, in New York City, where the centuries-old vampires now live. One night, Danielle is attacked by a Templar in the Sword of God, a […]

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Uncommon Survivor

Ana M. Ward

Xlibris, 155 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781462888337
(Reviewed: December, 2011)

The veterans of the Greatest Generation, once 16 million strong, are now dying at a rate of more than 850 per day, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. It is small wonder the race is on to preserve their stories for posterity before time runs out. This is clearly the aim of Ana […]

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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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Against the Grain

Mary Margaret Jensen

Trafford, 536 pages, (paperback) $32.00, 9781412090230
(Reviewed: December, 2011)

Mary Margaret Jensen’s Against the Grain follows the matchmaking hijinks of Sandy, a feisty, red-headed ten-year-old who knows just enough about adult relationships to cause trouble. When Tobus, her stuttering, earnest cousin, is jilted by the girl of his dreams, Sandy decides to set him up with Ruby, the daughter of the acerbic owner of […]

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No Yellow Horse, If You Please

Linda Loper Morris

Xlibris, 24 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9781462846283
(Reviewed: December, 2011)

No Yellow Horse, If You Please, written by Linda Loper Morris and co-illustrated with Hilbert Bermejo, is a nicely designed picture book for young children that celebrates word play. With a charming surprise ending that empowers preschoolers, the story is warm and imaginative.

Hana and her mother love playing word games. Their story begins one […]

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