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Diamonds Beneath the Darkness

Nicole Danielle | Memoir

Diamonds Beneath the Darkness by Nicole Danielle is a mesmerizing journey through the labyrinth of a woman's life, and it's a story that refuses to be silenced. From the very first page, Nicole's unfiltered voice grabs your attention and doesn't let go. Her words are like a symphony of emotions, each note resonating with authenticity and vulnerability. The book begins with a whisper in the darkness, a whisper that echoes in Nicole's soul, driving her to break free from the chains of her past. It's a story of transformation, of a woman who refuses to be defined by the labels and judgments thrust upon her by society. Nicole takes us on a rollercoaster ride through her life, sharing moments of joy, pain, love, and heartbreak. Her stories are not just tales of personal struggles; they are powerful reminders of the strength that lies within us all. This is the story of a woman who has been made to feel that she was inadequate in every way and how she broke her silence and the shackles that...

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Lola's Amazing Journey Home

Nancy R Myers (Page Publishing)

| Reviewed by Jane Riley

Lola has just moved to a new neighborhood and is delighted to know the neighbors, happily greeting everyone. The rabbit used to travel with a carnival, playing tunes on her bell while greeting guests. Buddy was her best friend, a dog that was always by her side. Then one day, Lola woke up early and went briefly to the park. Upon her return, the carnival games, rides, and food trucks were gone. The carnival, together with Buddy her best friend, has moved on without her. At first, she enjoyed hopping around the city and snacking in gardens, but w...

Out of Time

Mark Golding (Bumblebee Books)

| Reviewed by Kim Calderon

Out of Time by Mark Golding is a spellbinding meld of science fiction, fantasy, and time travel. Joe Jackson is a twelve-year-old boy with a strong love for adventure, the kind that often finds himself in difficult situations. When he unwittingly discovers an unexploded World War II bomb site, he sets out to explore it. But an explosion sets his life on a course he never could have imagined. Joe meets Max, a pale, enigmatic extra-terrestrial from Proxima Centauri b. Max has been stranded on Earth and is seeking ways to stop Dardan, a character...

A Theology for the Rest of Us

Arthur Yavelberg (MSI Press)

| Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo

A Theology for the Rest of Us by Arthur Yavelberg is a thought-provoking exploration of spirituality that seeks to provide answers to profound questions about existence, purpose, and the nature of the divine. Yavelberg draws from Eastern and Western religious traditions, as well as scientific achievements and literary insights, to create an accessible framework for readers to develop their own spiritual understanding. The book encourages individuals to embrace the responsibility of seeking their own answers to life’s deepest questions, echoing...


Don Tassone (Golden Antelope Press)

| Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo

Don Tassone's Drive is an engaging narrative that is also a compelling metaphor for life. Nick Reynolds is a highly successful yet deeply troubled food company executive. He is a man who is hard to deal with at work and a man who doesn't seem to have a strong sense of what is essential. He is so absorbed by himself and feared by his employees. He doesn't enjoy a strong relationship with his wife and children. When he screws up at work, his boss asks him to take some days off, so he sets off alone from his home in Chicago for Bar Harbor, Maine....

"Dumb Orphans": The Bundu Bunch Trilogy

Allan Low (Bundu Bunch Publishing)

| Reviewed by Matthew Novak

Dumb Orphans: The Bundu Bunch Trilogy by Allan Low is a powerful book with strong and resonant themes, and it is a story that deftly explores the resilience, friendship, and strength of a few kids in the face of adversity. This captivating tale takes readers on a heartfelt journey into the lives of AIDS orphans in southern Africa, shedding light on their struggles, dreams, and triumphs. Character development in this book is exceptional. Through the eyes of Sipho, Elah, and Aiyasha, we witness the growth of these young individuals as they confro...

Death of the Dancing Doll

D.E. Ring (Grinder)

| Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo

Death of the Dancing Doll by D.E. Ring transports readers to the enchanting world of Barrachois, Nova Scotia, where mysteries lurk beneath the surface of idyllic autumn days. This third installment in the Urquhart & MacDonald Mystery Series has an irresistible appeal to fans of murder and mystery. The story opens with the installation of a new bronze plaque, a tribute to the city's Second World War heroes. But when a chain snaps, a mummified corpse, elegantly clad in a lawyer's gown, emerges from within the cenotaph. The shocking discovery...

Murder in Blue

Mike Avery (Fearless Advocates Press)

| Reviewed by Philip Zozzaro

Susan Sorella has emerged from the rigors of a trial triumphant with an acquittal for her client. Her bliss is short-lived when she learns of a new client her firm will be representing. A man stands accused of murdering an MLB umpire. The evidence is building against her client, but Susan is skeptical. Events take an unexpected turn when the client is nearly murdered in jail. Susan has worked on tough cases in the past and this current one certainly fits the bill. Susan is resourceful and begins to look into the state’s evidence again...

Crossing Darkness

Alexander C. Juden (5Points Press)

| Reviewed by Philip Zozzaro

John Griffin has awakened in a hospital room, suffering wounds both physical and mental. Patricia, his best friend’s girl sits vigil by his bedside. Their minds are both set on taking revenge against Patricia’s father, whose chicanery nearly prolonged the war in Europe. Before John can claim his vengeance, he has been shanghaied into undertaking an intelligence-based mission for French intelligence. There are worries that the Bolsheviks might still undercut the peace process, so John is asked to infiltrate them. John doesn’t necessarily trust...

Water Music: A Cape Cod Story

Marcia Peck (Sea Crow Press)

| Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo

In Water Music: A Cape Cod Story by Marcia Peck, the salt-kissed air of Cape Cod becomes a canvas upon which the intricate strokes of family dynamics are painted. Set in 1956, this coming-of-age tale invites us into the world of the Grainger family, whose annual pilgrimage from sweltering New Jersey to the Cape marks not just a change in scenery but also a shift in their familial tides. Lily is a perceptive 11-year-old narrator whose keen observations and youthful innocence instantly win readers. Her parents, Weston and Lydia, are as contrastin...

The Reluctant Criminal

Jan Jongstra (JanJongstraBooks)

| Reviewed by Bertin Drizller

Frank is a seemingly unassuming data entry clerk in a Toronto import/export company. His life takes an unexpected turn when he is promoted and relocated to Amsterdam, where he becomes the company's agent responsible for clearing containers. He is committed to his job and loves it. But as days go by, Frank becomes suspicious about the company's activities. He is torn between the allure of his dream job in Amsterdam, complete with a generous salary, a free apartment, and the chance to explore Europe, and his growing awareness that he has unwittin...