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Morbid Thoughts and The Domino Effect

Perry Muse | Biographies and Memoirs

Morbid Thoughts and The Domino Effect by Perry Muse offers a raw and heartfelt account of the author's journey through life's trials, from harrowing accidents to a stage 4 cancer diagnosis. Muse's narrative weaves together moments of humor, resilience, and introspection, creating a compelling reading experience for readers. Muse's candid exploration of his battles against physical and mental adversaries is at the heart of the book. From surviving catastrophic accidents to confronting the shadowy specters of morbid thoughts, he opens his soul with honesty and vulnerability, revealing the pain and humanity to readers. Through Muse's words, readers are invited to witness the highs and lows of his existence, from the exhilarating thrill of triumph to the crushing weight of despair.Morbid Thoughts and The Domino Effect is a deeply personal memoir that is as resonant as it is captivating. While the author tells the story in accessible and engaging prose, the incredible and stunning...

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The Dowry

Michael J. Nercessian (Independently Published)

| Reviewed by Eugene Lasha

The Dowry: A Novel by Michael J. Nercessian is a distinct dive into an unsettling, somewhat dystopian world that is equal parts sci-fi and social commentary, through the lens of his protagonist, Talis, Nercessian charts the harrowing quest for societal acceptance and personal fulfillment in a futuristic society where traditional order, technology, and human nature collide. Overpopulation has turned reproduction into a privilege, and Talis and Lark's marriage is unraveling under the weight of their unmet longing for a child. As they navigate a s...

The Daughter Bond

C.P. Florez (Iridium)

| Reviewed by Bertin Drizller

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Sofia Pires Baquedano (Atmosphere Press)

| Reviewed by Cristina Prescott

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The Last Elf Daughter

Jennifer Shand (Olympia Publishers)

| Reviewed by Jane Riley

The Last Elf Daughter by Jennifer Shand takes readers on an enchanting adventure through a captivating YA urban fantasy. Evie appears to be an ordinary thirteen-year-old girl, enjoying time with her friends, participating in sports, and beginning to notice a boy in her class who catches her interest. Everything about her life seems typical—until it isn't. When Evie suddenly becomes gravely ill under mysterious circumstances, her parents unveil an astonishing secret: she is the daughter of a female elf, making her the last young female elf...

Journey's Arcane

Eda Scott (Atmosphere Press)

| Reviewed by James Farlow

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Travis Hupp (Atmosphere Press)

| Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo

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Katharine Mitropoulos (Set Sail Press)

| Reviewed by Jane Riley

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Debra A White (BookBaby)

| Reviewed by Cristina Prescott

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A. R. Miller (Amazon)

| Reviewed by Cristina Prescott

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Anthony Lee (Anthony Lee)

| Reviewed by Eugene Lasha

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