When Lions Roar

Karen Leigh Gruber

Silk Dragon Press, 157 pages, (paperback) $14.95, 9781734976007
(Reviewed: August, 2020)

Marital discord and an ancient prophecy unite in Karen Leigh Gruber’s creative two-fold tale. Here, human and animal behaviors showcase the power of friendship, motherhood, and the ability to trust one’s own voice.

Maggie’s marriage to successful photo-journalist David has come at a high price. While others envy her seemingly fairytale life, David’s controlling ways […]

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The Luck of the Leprechauns

Deborah Sheppard

iUniverse, 34 pages, (paperback) $20.99, 9781532078163
(Reviewed: August, 2020)

In Deborah Sheppard’s illustrated children’s story, a leprechaun couple journeys through dark and rain and finally discover a child to call their own.

The book opens in the middle of a stormy night, when a knock on the door causes the leprechaun couple inside to leave their cozy house to find out what’s wrong. They […]

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A Guide to the Narrow Path: Walking with Yahweh

Edward Monjay

Page Turner Press and Media, 282 pages, (paperback) $12.99, 9781643768885
(Reviewed: August, 2020)

A Guide to The Narrow Path opens with a dire warning: “You will have to make a decision after reading this book…Yahweh (God) will judge you based on your response.” But author Edward Monjay assures that he has the best intentions for his readers—namely to bring Christian apostates back into the fold.

To […]

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The Desecration of the World: The Falling

Armanis Ar-feinial

Armanis Ar-feinial, 656 pages, (paperback) $22.00, 9798633786651
(Reviewed: August, 2020)

In the third installment of Armanis Ar-feinial’s epic fantasy saga The Falling (after 2014’s Secrets of Terra Silenti and 2016’s The Covenant), the dark reach of Decrepantaur, rumored to be a fallen angel, is spreading across the land and threatening to destroy all innocents in its path.

Set in the realm of Alkathos, the […]

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Friedrichstrasse Central

Geoff Logan

AuthorHouse, 388 pages, (paperback) $23.00, 9781728398785
(Reviewed: August, 2020)

In this novel, Geoff Logan continues his saga about historical conundrums, international intrigue, and the Knights Templar. The time-jumping sequel (to The Legacy of Two Gemini Knights) retains similar themes but expands multiple storylines —all crystallizing in a cliffhanger conclusion.

The hero, circa late 1970s, is jet-setting Australian geologist Iva Davies, who sees a mysterious […]

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Becoming Okay (When You’re Not Okay): A Step-by-Step Guide to Decrease Suffering and Develop Acceptance

Bryan Bushman, PhD

BCS, 417 pages, (paperback) $11.95, 9780692078259
(Reviewed: August, 2020)

With his insight into how and why we suffer, psychotherapist Dr. Bryan Bushman offers valuable advice on how to change behaviors that result in misery

Bushman introduces the human condition succinctly: “We experience pain because we’re alive; we experience suffering because of how we respond.” To relieve suffering caused by unhealthy responses, he offers a […]

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Treasure of the Holy Quincunx: A Travis One-Shoe Thriller

E. T. Ellison

Clownbox Press, 254 pages, (paperback) $11.99, 9781734803600
(Reviewed: August, 2020)

In this near-future dystopian, sci-fi novel—an addition to E.T. Ellison’s six-volume The Nevergate Chronicles—a partially cybernetic ne’er do well finds himself on the dangerous end of a treasure hunt.

Ellison borrows precipitously from a variety of subgenres, ranging from the cyberpunk of William Gibson and Neal Stephenson to the ultraviolence of films like A Clockwork […]

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The Deadly Crocus: Falling Sky: Book 1

E. T. Ellison

Clownbox Press, 316 pages, (ebook) $3.99, 9780996582216
(Reviewed: August, 2020)

In E.T. Ellison’s The Deadly Crocus, Glix Larue is a seemingly ordinary teenage girl caught up in a fight to save her imaginary planetoid, Hallah.

Glix lives in the town of Quince and is about to be crowned a Queen of Niceness at the idyllic annual Fairdilly Fair when a terrifying phenomenon interrupts events: Parts […]

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The Awakening

Anne Williams

The Pneuma Project , 302 pages, (hardcover) $29.99, 9780578694948
(Reviewed: August, 2020)

Anne Williams’ novel tells the story of a 12-year-old girl who is selected for an elite boarding school for those who are magically affiliated with the elements of water, fire, air and earth.

Choosing the affiliate of water, Emily shares a room in the water dorm with Ashley, who becomes her bestie. Emily soon learns […]

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Soulstealer

Shane Boulware

THEORYbee, 386 pages, (paperback) $14.95, 9781734706307
(Reviewed: August, 2020)

Shane Boulware’s Soulstealer, Book 1: Nythan tells the eerie tale of a man inhabited by a soul-sucking demon.

Nythan Dwienz is a cadet in the Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps studying at a Florida college when he kills a homicidal burglar in his home. Once the burglar dies, a weird mist enters Nythan’s body, […]

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