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Revolution

David Dorrough (David Dorrough)

| Reviewed by Christian Fernandez

Revolution by David Dorrough is a resonant novel with nuanced themes and fascinating characters, set against the backdrop of twenty-first century Los Angeles, California, a thought-provoking novel that is sprinkled with reflections about life and the challenges that middle-aged Americans face.  The existential themes are brilliantly developed and the author has readers thinking about the doldrums of everyday life and what it takes to revolutionize one’s existence. Readers are thrust into the social lives of well-crafted character...

Surrender

Wayne Allen Drake (Independently Published)

| Reviewed by Bertin Drizller

What will you do if you knew with absolute certainty that you only have a month to live? In Surrender by Wayne Allen Drake, twenty-two-year-old Adam Lankershim receives the most devastating diagnosis of his life — he has only a month left to live. As someone who has never felt that life was fair to him, always living with a debilitating sense of bad luck following him, something that has been in the family even before he was born, he now decides to make the most of the days he’s left with. Adam goes to Las Vegas with his best friend, Sara, an...

Reason and Romance

Terrance Layhew (BookBaby)

| Reviewed by Daniel Rhodes

Reason and Romance by Terrance Layhew is an intelligently plotted and expertly executed novel that explores the friction between feeling and reason, following an unusual protagonist who sets out to write his first romance novel and in the process, explores the emotional climates of his heart. George Austen is an author who takes his craft very seriously and doesn’t think that romance is a genre for the likes of him. When challenged to write a romance novel of his own, he creates a plan that involves dating as a means to garner inspiration and r...

A Ghost in a Bottle (Immortology, Book Two)

C.L.R. Draeco (Amaranth Publishing)

| Reviewed by Daniel Rhodes

A Ghost in a Bottle (Immortology, Book Two) by C.L.R. Draeco is a sequel to A Ghost for a Clue and an engaging tale with an irresistible appeal to fans of novels that intelligently meld science fiction, the supernatural, and contemporary fantasy. Bram Morrison is a robotics engineer who has just made a powerful breakthrough — the discovery of a way to cheat death. He has created a software program that enables ghosts to connect with the living, a man who believes in the absurd. He is determined to help souls in the afterlife find their fee...

Fight Naked

Kathy Thorson Gruhn (MBC Publishing)

| Reviewed by Jane Riley

Fight Naked by Kathy Thorson Gruhn is a book that lists all the silly mistakes everybody makes in life and encourages us to laugh wholeheartedly at the absurdity of it all. Do you remember the first time you tried to put on a bra? Or the time you made an ultimate fool of yourself in the eyes of the law? Kathy Thorson Gruhn does! From middle school to high school and even adulthood, humorous and silly encounters seem to follow her no matter where she goes. Therefore, in an attempt to make amends with the universe —which is ad...

Speedy Hurled through Havoc

Dave Letterfly Knoderer (Self)

| Reviewed by Jane Riley

The life of Dave Letterfly Knoderer, filled with agony and despair, takes a drastic but positive turn as he focuses most of his energy on becoming an entertainer and a spiritual seeker. His love for personal expression and horses is what keeps his boat afloat throughout a long journey dotted with toxic relationships. Letterfly has known the importance of dusting himself off and standing up stronger after every setback, and there have been quite a few inspirational acquaintances in his life to remind him of his capabilities and talent. His battl...

The Marvelous Misfits of Westminster

Andrea Hahnfeld (Andrea Hahnfeld)

| Reviewed by Christian Fernandez

The Marvelous Misfits of Westminster by Andrea Hahnfeld is an enthralling tale that will instantly arrest the attention of dog lovers and readers who enjoy intelligently plotted stories and compelling characters. Irving is a dog and a shadow hunter. Irving is on one of his most daring missions yet, but to accomplish this mission, he must win the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Clement was once a reputable dog show judge, but he fell from grace. His wife, Edith has left him, too. But when he is asked at the last minute to substitute a judge at...

A Skimpton Compendium: Sharp-Witted and Hilarious School Stories

John C. Biggins (Trophy Press )

| Reviewed by Cristina Prescott

Skimpton is a fairly popular boy at Faysgarth School —after all, he is the Deputy Head Boy. However, that can sometimes mean constantly having a target on his back. One morning in 1938, Skimpton — sensing a battle that’s about to unfold —knows he will need a miracle to outdo his arch-rivals at Rainingham. Still pretty drunk from shenanigans the night before, Skimpton has no option but to face what's in store for him. The playing field at Faysgarth School slowly turns into a battlefield. Colonel Coombes, Constable Stubbs, and Marcus Dent — the t...

The Information Editor

Miles Hunt (ASP / Arcadia )

| Reviewed by Cristina Prescott

Johnson lives in a future that has been taken over by consumerism, fake news, fast-paced technology, and unbridled capitalism. Working robotically as an Information Editor at Gorilla Industries, a main media company of the Trade Bloc, Johnson’s life takes a turn when he comes across a reactionary to the system called the Renegade. The words of the Renegade shake Johnson to the core and make him aware of how much he is being used. As Johnson realizes the direness of the situation, he must determine if he is willing to undertake the dangerous jou...

Tales of an American Lesbian - The Best of the Straight & Narrow: 1986 - 1993

Holly Valero (Boilerplate Books, LLC)

| Reviewed by Jane Riley

In the late 1980s, Holly was a young lesbian living in a rural Pennsylvanian town of Towanda, dreaming of a normal life and a better job. The desire to earn more and possibly meet a lesbian her age is what took her to Concord, New Hampshire. The 1980s are a memorable time for the queer community. From budding LGBTQIA+ protests, activism, and the deadly AIDS epidemic, Holly documented the politically charged environment she navigated in a series of monthly columns. The AIDS epidemic caused rampant intolerance outside of the queer community and u...

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