Circle of Shadows

Keith M. Heim

iUniverse, 202 pages, (paperback) $14.95, 9781469744735
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

Circle of Shadows, Keith M. Heim’s aptly titled book, features a hardworking, desperate young man driven to abandon his Nebraska farming life and start over in a small southern town.

It’s 1946 and 15-year-old Steve Bowman ends up in Morefield, Alabama after hitching his way south, escaping an emotionally and physically abusive father. He arrives […]

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Call Me Sonja

Arthur E. Hedstrom

iUniverse, 202 pages, (paperback) $15.95, 9781469760988
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

Arthur E. Hedstrom’s novel tells the story of a beautiful Russian princess named Sonja who is caught up in an international romance. But the most intriguing character may just be the author himself. A short cover biography says Hedstrom was born in Buffalo, N.Y., and died there in 1946 at the age of 77. How […]

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Coaching by Values

Simon L. Dolan

iUniverse, 222 pages, (paperback) $15.95, 9781462038800
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

Coaching by Values is a management development book that outlines how leaders can more effectively and authentically impact their people and guide their development – as well as their own – by engaging in coaching tactics that are led by an awareness of values. Dolan’s thesis is that when individuals understand what motivates them (“what […]

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Immortal Touch

Ethan Peasley

iUniverse, 170 pages, (paperback) $13.95, 9781462073566
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

In this addition to the always-expanding vampire category, author Ethan Peasley’s narrator is not the romantic creature populating much of the genre. Instead, Asael was turned into a “dark parasite” during the Roman Empire. He has decided to write his memoir, which ends in the 21st century.

Soon after he becomes a vampire, Asael rankles […]

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Planting Love

Connie Hunt

Trafford, 37 pages, (paperback) $8.10, 9781466909670
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

With Planting Love: A Tale of Love and Growing, Connie Hunt offers a beautiful, spare story about love’s power to heal. Perfectly illustrated with restrained charm by Charlo Nocete, this small treasure is heartfelt and wise.

Freddie the Ficus was raised by a gentle nurseryman at the Rent-a-Plant Company and is now ready for his […]

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Furmin and Clyde Think Positive

Evelyn Lemberger

Trafford, 28 pages, (paperback) $16.09, 9781466921955
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

Evelyn Lemberger has written a good-hearted picture book for children ages 4-8, teaching them that anything is possible if you believe in the power of positive thinking. Her hero is Furmin, a friendly, curious and thoughtful frog. When the pond he calls home gets horribly polluted, he comes up with a creative plan to clean […]

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Morton’s Fork

Dale Coy, M.D.

Windy City Publishers, 276 pages, (paperback) $12.99, 9781935766193
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

In Morton’s Fork, physician/author Dale Coy starts out by weaving plot lines that combine elements of both medical and legal thrillers. Ultimately, they wrap up as a political and social treatise on a subject close to the author’s heart.

Dr. Roger Hartley is an internist of several decades who has always practiced with the well […]

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The Lord is Love

Nizza Ohovwore

Xlibris, 452 pages, (paperback) $23.99, 9781425771522
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

For thousands of years mystics and prophets have sought to find God in the mightiest of creations, as well as in the smallest of things. In The Lord is Love, author Nizza Ohovwore follows in this long tradition.

Ohovwore’s collection of over 300 poems offers themes and ideas that run the gamut, from the sacred […]

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Live Above the Clouds

Pamela Jean Garner

Xlibris, 56 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781450025010
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

Pamela J. Garner’s Live Above the Clouds is a collection of heart-felt poems of inspiration and devotion expressing her abiding faith in and connection with God. Her unadorned, even plainspoken language provides an effective setting for the all-but-inexpressible convictions she’s trying to put into words.

The ballad-like poem, “At Jesus’ Feet,” demonstrates Garner’s quiet, unobtrusive […]

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The Sea and the Hills: The Life of Hussain Najadi

Hussain Najadi

Xlibris, 285 pages, (paperback) $29.99, 9781469180939
(Reviewed: June, 2012)

Observers of international finance and Middle Eastern intrigue will be fascinated by this timely self-portrait of the dynamic –-and controversial – Bahraini investment banker who, in the 1970s, began urging Arabs to divert their petrodollars into the emergent economic powerhouse of Asia. Founder of the Arab Malaysian Banking Group (current assets: $16 billion), Hussain Najadi […]

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