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The People's House

The People’s House by David Pepper

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The Unbound Soul

The Unbound Soul by Richard L. Haight

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Bear Hug – Buying Time by J. Wes Watson

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End Matter

End Matter by Ezekiel Cartwright

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Debt Cleanse: How To Settle Your Unaffordable Debts For Pennies On The Dollar (And Not Pay Some At All) by Jorge Newbery

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Where is Emma Butler's Life Plan

Where is Emma Butler’s Life Plan? by Julia Wilmot

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My Best Friend and Loyal Companion

My Best Friend and Loyal Companion
by Nancy Eaton

About six months ago, I had to have my Shih Tzu euthanized. She was very ill and did not want to eat. No one wants their beloved pet to suffer. I was devastated. Today, I am still not over the hurt I feel over her loss. When I tried to More »

The People’s House by David Pepper

Reviewed by Veronica Alvarado

The People's HouseIn The People’s House, a modern-day mystery that showcases the all-too-real corruption of the current American political system, David Pepper spins an engrossing tale filled with betrayal, intrigue, and a heavy-handed dose of governmental conspiracy.

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The Unbound Soul by Richard L. Haight

Reviewed by Lisa Brown-Gilbert

theunboundsoulAuthor Richard L. Haight feeds readers food for the mind, consciousness and soul, with his enspiriting non-fiction work, The Unbound Soul which centers on his spiritual endowment learned through his inspiring life experiences while on his path to spiritual enlightenment and empowerment.

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The information, lessons and guidance, deftly dispensed by author Haight throughout this book can be called nothing short of soul stirring as he touches on many pertinent elements of the spiritual awakening process he learned helping himself to move out of the negativity wielding mind and into consciousness. Through this book he shares his experiences and offers sage guidance, in the hopes that his message will get through and help others to uncover the latent disharmony buried within themselves, thusly leading to expanded spiritual awareness and purpose.

What makes Mr. Haight a voice to be heard in the world of spiritual self-help is his many years of combined experiences involving divine guidance, meditation, healing therapies and the metaphysical conditioning of martial arts. He proves each to be an equally important facet of the process of spiritual unfolding. In fact, he shares his inspiring guidance not only within this book, but also as a multi-licensed instructor in meditation, therapy and martial arts. His journey has also led him to devise and teach a process of enhanced spiritual expansion, named Shinkaido, a multifaceted approach which is supposed to speed up the path to spiritual awakening.

Author Haight candidly unveils the details of his life’s journey, his voice is powerful, his honesty palatable and his words awe inspiring to say the least. The portrayal of his journey seems to come from a well -grounded perspective as he divulges shocking, but resonating first-hand, information concerning the future of earth, humanity and the necessity for expansion of one’s spirituality. Mr. Haight posits, like many other spiritual leaders currently are, that earth is going to go through a great change and move into a new age of consciousness but the journey will be rough.

Overall I was both deeply inspired and awed by The Unbound Soul. It was an engrossing and intense read that has forever changed my personal spiritual paradigm. I found some of his experiences to be almost incredulous, but indeed awe-inspiring. As I read, I experienced a range of emotions spanning from soul-shaking fear to reverberating inspiration especially as I experienced those “Aha” moments of realization. Although the book as a whole is metaphysically edifying, I found the content of Chapter 11, The Frequencies of Mind and Consciousness, eminently mind-blowing. This book is a keeper and I highly recommend it as an integral part of the libraries of those seeking expertly-helmed guidance to becoming consciously awake.

Bear Hug – Buying Time
by J. Wes Watson

Reviewed by Douglas R. Cobb

Bear Hug - Buying TimeBear Hug: Buying Time is a fascinating alternative history novel from the talented author, J. Wes Watson. Set during the post-World War Two time period, in Watson’s take on the events that transpired at the August 1944 Conference in Potsdam, Joseph Stalin decides that it is his time to act and make his mark on the world stage. In essence, Stalin replaces Hitler as a threat in an ongoing war, seeking to conquer all of Europe before the Allies can regroup and react fast enough to stop him.

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In Bear Hug: Buying Time, Watson, who is a retired Army intelligence officer, writes about the post-World War Two alternative history scenario in stark and realistic terms. Watson colorfully describes the dramatic aftermath of Hitler’s, and Germany’s, defeat, as Stalin rallies his forces and rolls across Europe in his quest of dominance.

End Matter by Ezekiel Cartwright

Reviewed by Teri Davis

endmatter“These stories must never make it to paperback. I don’t want them edited, and they must never change from their existing format. They’re written this way for a reason, and…”

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The stereotypical author is introverted, creative, and extremely analytical. These attributes lead greatly assist them in examining and writing about the world around them, whether real or only in their imagination.

Nathan Cartwright fits this description. Living alone in Maine, he is very reclusive to the point of being almost a hermit. His only contact with the real world is through his son, Danny and his granddaughter.

Nathan has an advantage though over most authors. The major publishing houses want his writings, but he refuses to work with each of them, choosing to have his work strictly available through self-publishing only. He tried to write romance and even drama novels with little success, but his magic touch was the thriller. Why?

Nathan is facing the reality of his life ending. His physician has informed him that his days are numbered. Now is the time for him to do one final good deed.

His son needed money for his wife’s cancer treatment. Between the medical costs and raising a daughter, Nathan feels obligated to help with the family needs with money.
He is returning to being a successful writer of thriller novels. His books almost have a magical authenticity to them with so much explicit gore that he given the nickname, “Grisly Grandpa.”

Nathan now wants to publish a book that will secure Danny’s financial needs and those of his granddaughter.

With finally completing the latest novel on his tablet, Nathan meets with his illustrator at a nearby coffee shop that will change all of his plans.

It all begins with a server who eventually recognizes him. Who could predict how this would send his life into a downward spiral?

The author, Ezekiel Cartwright propels his interests into his writing while being influenced by his childhood in New England and writers such as Stephen King, HP Lovecraft, and Dean Koontz.

This novella is tightly wound into an introspective tale around the theme of striving for greatness while being aware of the impending cost of responsibility in that achievement. With realistically flawed characters striving for hope and a better life, the reader views the world through Nathan with his daily frustrations and challenges.

End Matter is a different novella with a unique authenticity that is a frightening page-turner.

Debt Cleanse: How To Settle Your Unaffordable Debts For Pennies On The Dollar (And Not Pay Some At All) by Jorge Newbery

Reviewed by Veronica Alvarado

Debt CleansePart how-to manual, part self-help book, and part-companion to the larger website DebtCleanse.com, Jorge P. Newbery’s Debt Cleanse: How to Settle Your Unaffordable Debts for Pennies on the Dollar (And Not Pay Some at All) is a definitive, exhaustive guide with the goal of forever ridding the reader from the crippling debt that so unfortunately saddles millions of Americans.

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Newbery begins with a set if staggering statistics. Literally millions of Americans are burdened with various forms of debt. Some of this debt is so massive that is it often feels to the victims that they (or even their progeny) will never be rid of it. Newbery himself once suffered from that kind of debtor’s fear. As he so candidly admits, at one point in his career as a businessman, he owed a debt amounting to over twenty-six million dollars. But today he is relatively debt-free. Sound impossible? Newbery’s guide illuminates step-by-step how he was able to emerge from that crippling figure by paying only a miniscule fraction of it. He further provides hundreds of exacting tips, tools, and tactics to aid any person who finds him or herself in debt to eventually walk away debt-free after only paying a very small portion of the overall cost.

Lethal Boundaries by S.M. Senden

Reviewed by Teri Davis

Lethal Boundaries“You cannot save the world and you cannot go back and change what has already been done. All we can do is go forward and hope to see there will be some good to come of all this tragedy.”

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Station Eleven: A Novel by Emily St. John Mandel

Reviewed by Teri Davis

Station Eleven“I’m talking about these people who’ve ended up in one life instead of another and they are just so disappointed. Do you know what I mean? They’ve done what’s expected of them. They want to do something different but it’s impossible now, there’s a mortgage, kids, whatever, they’re trapped…You probably encounter people like him all the time. High-functioning sleepwalkers, essentially.”

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Shadow Play: An Eve Duncan Novel by Iris Johansen

Reviewed by Allen Hott

Shadow PlayEve Duncan, the forensic sculpting whiz, has been given a task in reconstructing the face of a child dug up from an eight year old grave. It came about because a sheriff in California sent her the skull and begged her to do her job. He is very much into the case personally. And he was aware of her reputation.

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Innocent Graves An Inspector Banks Novel (Inspector Banks Novels) by Peter Robinson

Reviewed by Jud Hanson

Innocent GravesAlan Banks finds himself facing what may be one his most challenging cases yet. When a young female student at a local private school is found murdered, all evidence seem to point to one man, an English teacher named Pierce. Between the matching hairs found on the body and the man’s proclivity for what some might consider deviant hobbies, it seems like an open and shut case. It is surprising to everyone when the accused’s clever lawyer manages to get him acquitted. A new victim is found shortly after the acquittal: a young girl from the same school, killed in the same way and once again made to appear as if she was sexually assaulted. The police turn toward Pierce once again, despite his continuing claims of innocence. It is only when he is given an alibi from an unexpected source that the police finally realize they have made a terrible mistake, ruining a man’s reputation in the process. Now Banks must find the real killer before he strikes again.

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The Death Chamber (Felony & Mayhem Mystery) by Sarah Rayne

Reviewed by Teri Davis

The Death ChamberGeorgina Grey received an unusual letter. Apparently, she is the recipient of the Caradoc Society’s assets. Her great-grandfather had made a generous bequest to this group back in 1940. Now that the group is has dissolved Georgina seems to be the only surviving heir. For Georgina, this possible treasure could be the answer to her prayers. Recently her boyfriend left with her bank account along with her business partner.

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Blue Moon by Wendy Corsi Staub

Reviewed by Patricia Reid

Blue MoonMundy’s Landing is famous for the murders that occurred years ago. Three girls were found dead in three different houses and the murderer was never found. The houses came to be known as the Murder Houses.

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Even though they had second thoughts about purchasing a “Murder House” they went ahead and bought the house. Annabelle Bingham and her husband Trib were thrilled with all the room the house provided for the couple and their son Oliver. The couple felt they could put the bad memories of the house behind them.

Death and Transfiguration (A Daniel Jacobus Mystery) by Gerald Elias

Reviewed by Teri Davis

Death and Transfiguration“Management gave me a week for my eyesight to come back. The doctors called it fovea macular dystrophy, a swanky term for sudden blindness. They always have fancy names for diseases they can’t cure. They said, Yeah, it’s possible it’ll come back. But it didn’t. And I had to give back no only the concertmaster position but my job in the orchestra as well.”

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These words belong to Daniel Jacobus, who is an incredibly talented violin concertmaster. Daniel Jacobus is a crusty grumbling soul, but no one can doubt his genius when a violin is in his hands. That is when the magic of music happens. Daniel has reasons that for his crustiness. Years ago when he was auditioning to become the concertmaster, he lost his sight. Sudden blindness. Yes, he could and would continue to play beautifully from memory, but how can he watch a conductor? Can anyone be successful as a blind concertmaster?

Wilde Lake: A Novel by Laura Lippman

Reviewed by Caryn St. Clair

Wilde LakeWilde Lake is a modern day retelling of An American Tragedy. Lippman gives us a family of characters to follow from the mother’s parent’s home to a model community built to give people of all walks of life a chance to live the American dream. The schools were the “open grade” concept, the houses were built around the man made Wilde Lake and everywhere was the sense that the place was “special.” But as with most utopias, there is the perception and the reality. Behind closed doors families still struggle with buried secrets, divisions in communities still develop and kids still party-often with devastating consequences.

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Lippman uses time shifts to tell the story of the Brandt family. As it opens, Lu has just won the election for County Prosecutor and is reminiscing about her childhood. We quickly learn that for her entire childhood it was just her dad and older brother. Her mother had died shortly after Lu’s birth. We also learn that the night that her brother AJ graduated from high school the kids had gathered at Wilde Lake per tradition but the evening ended in tragedy. What happened that night, what caused those events to unfold come out slowly throughout the book as Lu is preparing to prosecute her first big murder trial since winning the election. All along readers will sense that there is somehow a connection between Lu’s case and the past but it isn’t until very near the end that all is revealed. When all is said and done, Lu realizes that some things she has always believed to be true, even about her own family are not at all as she believed.

This is an interesting book. First, the author shifts in time between Lu’s childhood and the present while also shifting voice from first person to third person. This is a little unsettling to begin with but in the end works. The book is beautifully written language wise, but is slow to develop. Painfully slow in places to the extent that by the time some plot threads are resolved, as a reader I was beyond caring. Aside from the pacing, the one flaw I found is that none of the characters are sympathetic. It is hard for me to stick with a book if I truly dislike all of the characters, which was the case. What kept me reading, and is to me the strongest point in the book, is the puzzle of how the present day murder case is tied to the past-specifically to the graduation party that happens in the beginning of the book. Readers know there is a connection, but the how is a long time in coming.

I feel that readers who generally like Lippman’s work will be pleased with Wilde Lake along with readers who like books centered around flawed characters and or dysfunctional families. Readers looking for a well-plotted suspense novel or crime fiction probably will be left wanting.

The Maestro Wore Mohair: A Liturgical Mystery by Mark Schweizer

Reviewed by Teri Davis

The Maestro Wore Mohair“The Maestro was a terror: a choral genius with an AA, a BME, an MME, a Ph.D., and a DMA in conducting from Florida State, which is not a diploma mill. I don’t care what they say. The letters trailed after her name like educated baby ducks, waddling advertisements of her brilliance. When she sneezed ( as she often did, being allergic to Eric Whitacre) all the letters flew out her nose and nearby singers gleefully wiped them up with bath towels and sold them on eBay. This case was coming together like two things come together and make one thing, and there you have it, one final thing.”

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These are the words written by Hayden Konig on his old 1939 Underwood typewriter that was once owned by the legendary Raymond Chandler. Among his many artistic gifts, he writes these almost undecipherable short mysteries to keep his choir members entertained during the sermons on Sunday mornings at St. Barnabas Episcopalian Church in St. Germaine, North Carolina. Hayden is the police chief of a small law enforcement department in this little Southern town.