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"The Keeper Part 1: An Invitation" by Craig Speakes

Posted by Matt McAvoy on Sunday, December 4, 2022 In : Book Reviews 



What starts as something of a children’s story evolves as it progresses, into something altogether more suitable for older kids – that said, it does feature a talking cat.  A bit of a book of two halves, I found the first part promising, the second more formulaic in fantasy sci-fi.  I should say, all in all, this is probably a book for the younger teen, though some of the battle scenes (some of which are quite epic), may be slightly less suitable for that particular audience.

Generally p...


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"Annunciation" by Ciara Houghton Ruane

Posted by Matt McAvoy on Thursday, December 1, 2022 In : Book Reviews 


This book is better when you think back on it in hindsight, and I have to say that even during writing this review I have improved my rating of it slightly, as I think over the quality of its workmanship and its writer.  I like the premise, of an unassuming, modern-day teenage girl chosen to be the mother of the second coming of God’s son.  It is a book which doesn’t delve too deeply into either the goodness or the darkness of the bible – though there is a fair bit more of the latter th...


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"Covenant Spring" by Christopher Watson

Posted by Matt McAvoy on Wednesday, November 16, 2022 In : Book Reviews 


One is left with very mixed feelings after reading this epic journey of a book.  The best way I can describe it would be melodrama turned literary fiction by design, rather than default – or is it the other way round?  I’m not sure.  But the simple fact is, to put it into very basic terms, it is very long and very descriptive, in the same way that most classic literary fiction is; indeed, Watson seems the sort of author who won’t use ten words when he can use a hundred.  That in itself ...


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"The Black Widow" by Louise Worthington

Posted by Matt McAvoy on Tuesday, November 8, 2022 In : Book Reviews 

I always enjoy poetry, and I hugely enjoy Louise’s very dark and brooding, melancholy style of writing, so I was thrilled to receive an ARC of her latest collection – and it didn’t disappoint.  But be warned, this is no horror or fantasy fiction; this is, sadly and devastatingly, very real.  The theme of the collection is domestic abuse and violence against women, or more specifically women who snap and the consequences they face.  The pieces therein are about true-life cases, and furth...


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"The Pulse" by Owen Garratt

Posted by Matt McAvoy on Sunday, November 6, 2022 In : Book Reviews 

This is a really good book, but I have to be honest and say it was another which left me feeling a little hard done by.  I hate to spoil books, but occasionally I feel an ounce of civic duty is required to warn readers in advance; this is one of those books.  So, be advised: after nearly 400 pages you will find that this is the open-ended first instalment in an ongoing series, which promises to be a long and sprawling saga.

Owen is a very good author, with wonderful language, vivid descripti...


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"Redcap, Whitecap, Goblin, Thief" by Vaughn R. Demont

Posted by Matt McAvoy on Sunday, October 30, 2022 In : Book Reviews 

If you like something different, hard to categorize, genre-crossing and interesting, this is definitely one for you, but be advised, it is one for the more broad-minded reader, and despite its high-fantasy elements (goblins, sluagh, shapeshifters, etc.), it definitely falls into the more gritty, adult mould.  I had a few issues getting along with the book myself, and some of it was a touch crude for my tastes, but from a creative point of view I won’t suggest that it doesn’t hit some real...


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"Contrarian" by Lucas Sterling

Posted by Matt McAvoy on Wednesday, October 26, 2022 In : Book Reviews 

If you’re a fan of orthodox action thrillers this is going to be right up your street.  Think Robert Ludlum writing Lethal Weapon and you’ve got a pretty good idea what to expect.  All the standard ingredients are here, in the formula three acts, as two shadowy field agents team up to foil an international terrorist organization carrying out atrocities on American soil.  But, in true formula-action style, the baddies are happy to divert from their masterplan long enough to get personal wi...


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"Samhain Secrets: World Premiere" by David R. Demar, Chris Schaffer, Vaughn R. Demont, Sierra Dean

Posted by Matt McAvoy on Monday, October 24, 2022 In : Book Reviews 

Not usually a great fan of fantasy, but this book was a neat little surprise.  Four decent, entertaining and pretty unique tales, each individually penned by a different contributor, set one Halloween in the moody, fictional melting pot of Argent City, a town populated by supernatural beings and mythical shapeshifters living unnoticed alongside us.  Though generally pretty easy reading, brooding but not dark, these are more pure stories than snippets of tales, yet still there is an air of pul...


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"Destiny of Determination: Faith and Family" by Cathy Burnham Martin

Posted by Matt McAvoy on Thursday, September 29, 2022 In : Book Reviews 

I wasn’t fortunate enough to read the first of Cathy’s semi-biographical “Destiny” trilogy, but with no idea to support my belief, I can’t help thinking that I really got lucky with Book Two – it is wonderful, just a lovely book, on so many levels.  Telling the story of four generations of Cathy’s (“Cassie’s”) family following their emigration from Armenia to the United States at the dawn of the twentieth century, with a part fictionalized slant, there is a fair amount of ...


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"Pirate Penance" by E.Z. Prine

Posted by Matt McAvoy on Monday, September 26, 2022 In : Book Reviews 

I commented, in my previous reviews of books in this series, on my assumption that the Pirate books were a trilogy, because the author sent me three.  In fact, Prine appears to be creating something of a whole universe regarding the series.  There is so much ground left, clearly, and indeed in the back matter of Pirate Penance it is revealed there is much more to come from this bickering, bed-hopping band of 80s rock stars.  In fact, a whole third of this particular instalment is actually a s...


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"Alone Against the Sea" by Lance V. Packer

Posted by Matt McAvoy on Sunday, September 25, 2022 In : Book Reviews 


Before I begin, I should disclose that I assisted Lance in the production of this book.  However, rest assured that this has no bearing whatsoever on my review.  I have been fortunate enough now to read a couple from this author, and I can say with all sincerity that he is a cut above the rest.  His quality is from the top drawer, and whilst his books might not be the most eventful or action packed, they are as poignant, as profound and as thought-provoking as you are ever likely to read.  Al...


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"Have You Eaten Rice Today?" by Apple Gidley

Posted by Matt McAvoy on Thursday, September 22, 2022 In : Book Reviews 


Perhaps the best thing about being a book reviewer is that you are fortunate to learn so much, and that is particularly so when reading books set in a specific period of history, and certainly true of this poignant and touching emotional fiction.  Set in a perhaps under-represented time and place in recent events, that of the post-war coalition fight against the brutal communist wannabe regime in Malaya, this lovely book, by the wonderfully named author Apple Gidley, definitely falls into the...


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"Pirate Booty" by E.Z. Prine

Posted by Matt McAvoy on Friday, September 16, 2022 In : Book Reviews 


It’s fair to say that my review of this book’s predecessor was not overly glowing, and unfortunately when reviewing Pirate Booty I am inclined to be even less so, for which I am genuinely sorry; I like this author, and we have engaged in a fair amount of correspondence of late (I have been sent the three books in the trilogy for my unbiased review).  Not that Prine’s writing is in any way not good – far from it, the books have a wonderful style and voice, which for an ensemble cast wi...


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"Pirate the Rock Band" by E.Z. Prine

Posted by Matt McAvoy on Thursday, September 8, 2022 In : Book Reviews 


Insightful and good fun, this is first in a trilogy (I assume) that I have been given by the author to carry out my unbiased and impartial review.  It’s a good start, and I look forward to reading the next books in the series, but be warned, without wishing to spoil this book in any way, it is not a self-contained, standalone title; you are required to keep reading.  Telling the story, behind the scenes, of a superstar British rock band as they tour the U.S. in the 80s, whose record company...


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"The Manifesting Book" by Kathleen Montgomery

Posted by Matt McAvoy on Friday, September 2, 2022 In : Book Reviews 

If you were to read this book from cover to cover, as I did, it would likely take you less than an hour in one sitting.  But there would be little point in doing so.  This is, in fact, a very handy little coffee table read, for you to pick up and practice as and when the mood takes you.  The whole premise is that you can literally physically manifest events, outcomes and even objects, just by training yourself to change your outlook and attitude.  Whilst the latter of those three seems somewh...


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"The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses" by K.N. Smith

Posted by Matt McAvoy on Thursday, September 1, 2022 In : Book Reviews 


This is about as contemporary Young Adult as it gets.  Smith’s book very nicely encapsulates the standard elements of a group of high school friends who encounter a mystical force which gives them enhanced powers, then have to protect their hometown against a mysterious and malevolent villain.  Whilst there is, in fairness, nothing particularly outstanding about Discovery of the Five Senses, it isn’t a bad book, either.  The author K.N. Smith, however, seems something of a rough gem of a ...


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"Salt and Light: The Complete Jesus" by Jonathan Geoffrey Dean

Posted by Matt McAvoy on Wednesday, August 31, 2022 In : Book Reviews 

As an unwavering atheist, who believes wholeheartedly in the existence of Jesus, I was very much looking forward to reading this book, and its evaluation of the authenticity of his divinity, from the point of view of an author immeasurably more knowledgeable on the subject than I.  Whilst Jonathan Dean certainly doesn’t disappoint – he is an extremely high quality author, who has undeniably studied, researched and analysed his subject comprehensively – I will admit that it was a slightl...


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"The Avignon Affair" by Gary McAvoy

Posted by Matt McAvoy on Sunday, August 28, 2022 In : Book Reviews 


Gary McAvoy is back, again doing what he does best.  Now half a dozen or so books into the series, all of which I believe I’ve had the good fortune to read and review, a very clear pattern and formula is well established: Gary’s obviously beloved group of characters tick all the boxes to be just in the right place and time to deal with another theology-based threat to the religious order, and maybe much more besides.  The formula is much the same in all of these books, and The Avignon Aff...


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"Chasing the Reaper" by Sarah McKnight

Posted by Matt McAvoy on Wednesday, August 17, 2022 In : Book Reviews 


I really enjoyed The Reaper’s Quota, so when this one appeared in my bookshelf I was very keen to get stuck into it.  And Sarah McKnight has delivered another great book.  Entertaining, thought provoking and creative, this direct sequel takes a slightly different tone to the first, opting for a more down to earth drama narrative, and perhaps shedding a little of the crackling wit of the first.  I won’t say anything to spoil this or the book it follows, but suffice to say that it does end ...


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"Parenting and Teaching With Love and Logic" by Christine M. Pearce

Posted by Matt McAvoy on Thursday, July 21, 2022 In : Book Reviews 


A very holistic, though perhaps what might be considered entry level overview of child developmental psychology, with a very strong leaning toward the behavioural approach.  Christine clearly knows her stuff, both as a parent and an obvious academic in the subject – added to that, she is a tremendous writer, personable, smart and articulate.  The book itself is nothing groundbreaking, but a great concise reference guide covering in every key area the best way to bring up your child for thei...


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"The Reaper's Quota" by Sarah McKnight

Posted by Matt McAvoy on Thursday, July 14, 2022 In : Book Reviews 

Right off the bat, I feel I should make a couple of points clear about this book.  Firstly, I loved it!  I enjoyed every fantastic moment, and was poised very quickly and throughout to award it a well-deserved five stars.  This didn’t change for the duration – until I finished, that is.  Then I very quickly took one of the stars off – and that was a calm reaction; I considered removing more.  In fact, I was actually so annoyed that my tablet nearly went flying through my open second-flo...


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"Immunity for Murder" by David M. Beers

Posted by Matt McAvoy on Sunday, June 26, 2022 In : Book Reviews 


A very tough read – for lots of reasons – but a very good one.  I have to give you the forewarning I wasn’t: this is an incredibly harrowing book, with graphic, detailed and repeated accounts of the internal and external injuries of a murdered two-year-old.  Written by an experienced crime scene investigator of many years, and very clearly outlining a case which elicited very intense emotions in him, Immunity for Murder describes the day-by-day, true-life investigation into the particul...


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"Bully Boy" by Tom Wade

Posted by Matt McAvoy on Tuesday, June 14, 2022 In : Book Reviews 


So, this book is technically flawed, ultimately unsatisfying and doesn’t really go in any direction near where you are hoping it will go – and you know what?  I loved every minute of it!  Tom’s book is great.  With its tangible air of menace permeating throughout, simmering below the surface from very early on, it is safe to say that you spend much of it in nailbiting suspense, just wondering where bullied Henry is taking all of this.  And the author knows this.  Furthermore, he fosters...


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"Mindbender" by Avinash Naduvath

Posted by Matt McAvoy on Sunday, June 12, 2022 In : Book Reviews 


This is an interesting book, with a good storyline, and Avinash writes it well, articulately and professionally.  It does feel a bit too long, though, and is indeed a very wordy book, which is perhaps hindered a little by this fact.  The reason for this is that at times it is quite easy to lose focus, as many of the same points are revisited time and again, but take long word counts to reach the bullet points.  I do like the multi-person narrative viewpoints, but again, because you spend so l...


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"Zoe Hearty and the Space Invaders" by T.E. Norris

Posted by Matt McAvoy on Saturday, June 4, 2022 In : Book Reviews 



A darkly entertaining sci-fi fantasy horror, of which I should say I found the title a little misleading in a way.  Not that it is inaccurate in any way, but rather that the humorous and even tongue in cheek tone of it suggests some sort of dark comic satire, which it isn’t at all; Zoe Hearty and the Space Invaders – or Zoe Hearty and the Alien Scum, depending on which version you read – is pure thriller, from start to finish, containing disturbing themes of domestic abuse, rape and mur...


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"The Ascension of Annie" by Siobhan Chisholm

Posted by Matt McAvoy on Friday, May 27, 2022 In : Book Reviews 



Nice easy reading, Siobhan’s emotional fantasy doesn’t really break any boundaries, but you can tell the author has put all of her heart and soul into it, which comes through on every page.  The premise is a compact and concise one, about a grieving young woman who discovers a fantastical realm of the afterlife.  Apart from this and the sad backstory, it doesn’t delve too deeply into a storyline, other than Annie planning to set out on a journey of spiritual discovery as a response.  Th...


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"True Crime Stories You Won't Believe" by Romeo Vitelli

Posted by Matt McAvoy on Sunday, May 22, 2022 In : Book Reviews 


I was once a big fan of true crime, which of course went with the vocation, but as I get a little older, not so much, as life becomes a little more serious and less fascinating generally.  That said, though, I really looked forward to reading Romeo Vitelli’s True Crime Stories You Won’t Believe for a change, and I have to say that I wasn’t disappointed.  Romeo is a very good non-fiction writer, and he has done a tremendous job of curating true crime stories over the last two centuries o...


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"An Independent Woman in Yugoslavia" by Iris Novak

Posted by Matt McAvoy on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 In : Book Reviews 


To tell the truth, I was expecting something a little different from this book.  No particular reason, but from the title I had a hunch that An Independent Woman In Yugoslavia was going to be perhaps the travel memoir of a midlife divorcee ticking off a bucket list entry.  And if I’m being even more truthful, I’m very glad that it wasn’t.  Instead, what this book actually is is a memoir of a very normal life, if lived by an extraordinary woman.  Iris is an achiever, no doubt, and an inc...


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"Black, White and Gray All Over" by Frederick Douglass Reynolds

Posted by Matt McAvoy on Wednesday, May 4, 2022 In : Book Reviews 


Two major bullet points stood out about his epic book for me.  First, it is a top quality, immensely crafted piece of writing, the work which has gone into producing it undeniably vast and conscientious.  Second, it is an incredibly hard book to read, for several reasons.

To begin, I want to say that Frederick Reynolds is awe inspiring.  His work rate and attention to detail are second to very few authors I have read.  Not just a writer but a man and a professional to be taken very seriously...


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"The Savoy and Other Stories" by Stephen Murphy

Posted by Matt McAvoy on Monday, April 25, 2022

I love short stories, especially when they’re well written, and this intriguing anthology is just that.  From what is clearly an interesting and creative mind, Stephen Murphy delivers a dozen and a half or so of what can only be really described as vignettes, and for the most part slice of life, even if some of those fictional lives are a good deal more interesting than others.  The tales are not action packed or exciting, but rather more anecdotal or perhaps suggestive.  They are more abou...


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Covenant Spring by Christopher Watson
***
Drama

Annunciation by Ciara Houghton Ruane
***½
Drama

The Pulse by Owen Garratt
****
Drama

The Black Widow by Louise Worthington
*****
Poetry

Samhain Secrets by Demar, Schaffer, Demont, Dean
****
Short Stories

Redcap, Whitecap, Goblin, Thief by Vaughn R. Demont
***
Fantasy

Destiny of Determination by Cathy Burnham Martin
*****
Semi-Biographical

Contrarian by Lucas Sterling
***½
Action

Alone Against the Sea by Lance V. Packer
*****
Drama

Pirate Penance by E.Z. Prine
***½
Comedy

Pirate Booty by E.Z. Prine
***
Drama

Have You Eaten Rice Today? by Apple Gidley
****
Romantic Drama

The Manifesting Book by Kathleen Montgomery
****
Self-Help

Pirate the Rock Band by E.Z. Prine
***½
Comedy-Drama

Salt and Light by Jonathan Geoffrey Dean
****½
Drama

Dissovery of the Five Senses by K.N. Smith
***
Young Adult

Chasing the Reaper by Sarah McKnight
****
Fantasy

The Avignon Affair by Gary McAvoy
****
Suspense

The Reaper's Quota by Sarah McKnight
****
Dark Humour

Parenting and Teaching With Love and Logic by Christine M. Pearce
****
Parenting

Bully Boy by Tom Wade
****
Drama

Immunity for Murder by David M. Beers
****
True Crime

Zoe Hearty and the Space Invaders by T.E. Norris
****
Sci-Fi

Mindbender by Avinash Naduvath
***
Sci-Fi

True Crime Stories You Won't Believe by Romeo Vitelli
*****
True Crime

The Ascension of Annie by Siobhan Chisholm
***
Fantasy

Black, White and Gray All Over by Frederick Douglass Reynolds
****
Memoir

An Independent Woman in Yugoslavia by Iris Novak
****
Memoir

Where There's Smoke There's Liars by Aleksander Eaton
****
Satire

The Savoy and Other Stories by Stephen Murphy
***½
Short Stories

The Case of the Absent Answers by R.L. Fink
****
Children's

All Roads by R. Mark Vinson
****
LGBTQ Memoir

The Petrus Prophecy by Gary McAvoy
*****
Mystery

Going Outside by Robert Levin
****
Short Stories

Grow 10x With C.R.O. by Anthony La Rocca
*****
Marketing

Faces We Love: Shanghai by Derek Muhs and Marisa Tarin
****
Photography

The Forty Knots Burn by Lynn Hesse
***
Crime Fiction

You Only Live Thrice by Karl Perry
****½
Memoir

Identity Crisis by T.K. Kanwar
*****
Political

Keeping It Under Wraps: Parenthood
*****
Non-Fiction Shorts

Fancy Shop by Valeri Stanoevich
****
Short Stories

Holding Fast by Susan Cole
*****
Memoir

50 States by Richard R. Becker
****
Short Stories

Travels With Maurice by Gary Orleck
*****
Memoir

Pooch Problems by Christopher Poston
*****
Educational

Compilers by Ayan Pratap
***
Horror

Naturally Supporting Cancer Treatment by Jenny Graves
****½
Therapy

The Serpent's Star by Sarah Ickes
***
Western

Bravery Doesn't Come From a Copper Coin
****
Comedy / Drama

The Opus Dictum
****
Thriller

The Resurrection of Boraichee by William Natale
***
Comedy / Drama

The Firebase by Glyn Haynie
*****
Vietnam War

The Ambush by Glyn Haynie
****
Vietnam War

Being Netta Wilde by Hazel Ward
****
Drama

Certified by Roger Wilson-Crane
****
Drama

The Ville by Glyn Haynie
****
Vietnam War

Musings, Woolgathering and Ghosts by C.K. Sobey
***
Poetry

The Tunnel
****½
Vietnam War

Fill the Gaps by Andrew Johnston
****
Comedy / Drama

Art Farm by Marc Dickerson
****
Comedy

Tales From an Odd Mind by Nom de Plume
****
Short Stories

Scroonathan by Ram T. Daryanani
****½
Festive

Humankind by Michael Whitehead
****
Drama

Shadows Unveiled by Amanda Berthault
*****
Drama

Just My Luck by Lelia Coles and Rosilyn Seays
****
Drama

The Vivaldi Cipher by Gary McAvoy
****
Mystery

The Soprano, The Monster and The Dragonslayer by Vashti Stopher Klein
***
Poetry / Art

Bouncing Back From Difficult Times from Mary Ann V. Mercer
***
Self-Help

Topically Challenged by Christopher Fielden
****
Flash Fiction

Cold Star by Dick Woodgate
****
Spy Thriller

Passion, Purpose and Profits by The Prosperity Sisters
*****
Motivational

How to Marry a Ukrainian Supermodel by John and Angela Klose
****
Reference

Roller Rink Starlight by William Hart
****
Coming-of-age

Consequences by David Grantham
****
War Memoir

Bold Soldier for Jesus by Peggy Thorns
****
Faith

Chromaspace: Conscript by Megan Alnico
***
Sci-Fi

Not Literary by Auriane de Rudder
****
Short Stories

Drinking and Knowing Things by Michael Amon
*****
Reference

FaeRhysian by Song Joo
****
Fantasy

A Basket Full of Hands by Ram T Daryanani
*****
Thriller

Find Love Overseas by John Klose
***
Dating Guide

The Friends of Allan Renner by Dave J. Andrae
****
Comedy

Rosie Shadow by Louise Worthington
****½
Horror

Dr. Glass by Louise Worthington
****½
Psychological Drama

User Story Confusion by Chris Lewis
***
Professional Development

Willow Weeps by Louise Worthington
****
Supernatural Thriller

Sunshine Blues by Bob Calverley
****
Crime Thriller

The Utopia Project by Billy Dering
****
YA / Sci-Fi

The Magdalene Veil by Gary McAvoy
****
Mystery Thriller

Earthbound by Fynn Perry
***
Paranormal Thriller

The Cluttered Mind by Deborah J. McKenna
***
Self Help

Caught Between Worlds by Lance Packer
****
Drama

Stranger in a Homeland by Kyle McCormick
*****
Travel Memoir

Diet For Great Sex by Christine H. Lozier
*****
Health / Nutrition

How to Start and Grown an eCommerce Business by Charles Camisasca
*****
Business

William Ottoway's Utopia by Christopher Griffith
***
Short Stories

The Dyslexia Code by Karl de Leeuw
****
Reference

Tiny Planet Filled With Liars by Stephen M.A.
***
Sci-fi / Comedy

The Lifer and the Lawyer by George Critchlow
*****
Non-Fiction

The Ordinary Leader by Geoff Lew
****
Historical

Vidas by Edward Stanton
****
Travel Memoir

The Connection by Dana Claire
***
Young Adult

The Savvy Ally by Jeannie Gainsburg
****
LGBTQ+

Death Honk ny JP Mac
****
Short Stories

The Bodies That Move by Bunye Ngene
*****
Drama

Bellybutton by Daniel Felix
***
Memoir

The Future is Autonomous by Phillip Wilcox
****
Technology

A Compendium of Unusual Tales by Ramsey Harrison
****
Short Stories

Krampusnacht by James Drummond
****½
Horror

Beat Your Weight, Beat Your Fat by Ian Breaker
****
Nutrition

The Art of Accepting Yourself by Marlow Pierce
*****
Motivational

The Second Poison by Pieter Wilhelm
****
Crime Thriller

The Little Book of Greatness by Ari Gunzburg
*****
Motivational

Moscow Honey by T.M. Parris
****
Spy Thriller

Gobbledy by Lis Anna-Langston
****
Children's

The Magdalene Reliquary by Gary McAvoy
****
Thriller

The Empress and the Arctic Tern by Angie Chasser
***
Fantasy

Pelham on Parole by Carl Plummer
***
Comedy

My Life For Her by Robert J. Saniscalchi
****
Action Thriller

Sinai Unhinged by Joanna Evans
****
Science Fiction

Ralley Point by Daniel Bishop
****
Family Drama

Twelve Spies of Moses by Bruce Hampson
*****
Historical Fiction

Burn Me Out by Brandon Barrows
****½
Crime Thriller

Control: The Foundation of Life by Lance Packer
****
Reference

Misery of a Halfling by Serge Sanin
***
Comedy

The Iron Lady by Daniel Fellows
****
Thriller

Death Unexpected by Galen Barbour
****
Medical Thriller

All the Bay's Clams and All the Bay's Men by John Bauer
****
Drama

The Interesting Detective by David Alexander Brown
***
Mystery

Woods by J. Rodin
***
Mystery

Money Bags by Michael G. Browne
***
Comedy-Thriller

Strange Karma by Willow Healy
***½
Thriller

Hinterland by Lorna Brown
****
Drama

Justice Without Mercy by R.L. Burgess
***½
Sci-fi

Restless by Jedidiah Appiah
*****
Faith / Motivation

Ultra Betrayal by Glenn Dyer
****
Espionage

IHVJ: The Love Code by Foster Grant
*****
Thriller

Revenge is Coming by Glyn Haynie
*****
Action Thriller

Why is Everything Closed? by Lauren Patterson
****
Children's

The Lightning Horse by N.L. Holmes
****
Historical Fiction

Nobody Would Listen by R.A. Merrill
*****
Autobiography

The Liminal Lands by Robyn Sheldon
****
Spiritual Memoir

Thryke by Simon Gary
*****
Comedy

Reborn by T.M. Parris
****
Spy Thriller

Lucifer's Star by C.T. Phipps and Michael Suttkus
***½
Sci-fi

A Prince Who Destroyed My Life by Asia Jamil
*****
Non-Fiction

Straight Outta Fangton by C.T. Phipps
***
Action/Comedy

Killer Instincts by Anna Lee Rose
***
Romance/Thriller

The Surgeon's Obol by Arthur Williams
****
Comedy/Medical

The Perfection of Fish by J.S. Morrison
***
Comedy/Offbeat

Bird in a Snare by N.L. Holmes
****
Historical Fiction

as Maryam's Tree Stood Witness by Ali Kasem
*****
Family Drama

A Sparrow Alone by Mim Eichmann
****
Historical Fiction

Suicide Squeeze by Steve Hagood
****
Action

Dr. Insomniac by Samatha Polisetti
****
Memoir

The Magdalene Deception by Gary McAvoy
****½
Mystery

Lying Beneath by Kevin Moran
***
Mystery Thriller

A Nation Interrupted by Kevin McDonald
*****
Thriller

The Best Week that Never Happened by Dallas Woodburn
****
Romance

The Dead Don't Sleep by Steven Max Russo
***½
Action

Think Laugh Cry by William Baga
****
Short Stories

The Shepherd God by Matt Taylor
*****
Historical Fiction

On the Wrong Side of God by Harry Boyd
****½
Non-fiction

Servant Leader's Manifesto by Omar L. Harris
*****
Business

Photography for Well-Being 1 by Lee Aspland
****
Photography

The Corral Ring by Thomas Richards
*****
Historical Fantasy

Call Numbers by Syntell Smith
***
Drama

No Pianos, Pets or Foreigners by Joe Palermo
***
Memoir

Raven by Sue Loh
****
Mystery

Not Pregnant by Karina Savaryna
*****
Memoir

The Power of Targeted Choices by Luis Pisoni and Aurora Mazzoldi
****
Self-Help

Hotel Inspire by Douglas Warren
***
Drama

Return to the Madness by Glyn Haynie
*****
War / Action

The Final Weekend by Neal Cassidy
***
Comedy

Ivy is a Weed by Robert M. Roseth
****
Crime Thriller

Resilience During the Pandemic by Nick Arnett
*****
Motivational

Will and Mysteria by Christa Reynolds
****
Self-Help/Spiritual

The Power of Music and the ADHD Brain by Luz Galindo
****
Psychology

The Latecomers by Rich Marcello
***
Drama

Monsters Inside by Ric Rae
***
Sci-fi / Horror

Butterfly Lake by Robert J. Saniscalchi
****
Action

Our Teenage Years by T.J. Wray
****
Memoir

The Soloist by Donald Gates
****
Espionage

Lady Father by Rev. Susan Bowman
****
Memoir

Catamaran Crossing by Douglas Carl Fricke
*****
Memoir

Black Shade of White Justice by Cattleya
****
Fantasy/Romance

The Strawberry Road by Ritch Gaiti
****
Spiritual

Red Hail by Jamie Killen
****
Sci-fi/Mystery

Bullets and Bandages by Robert J. Saniscalchi
*****
War Fiction

Who's There? by Dimas Rio
*****
Short Stories

Beautiful Things by Eloise Kelly
****
Drama

Golgotha by Guy Portman
****
Dark Comedy

I Learned it From You by Kevin Douglas Wright
*****
Documentary

Boulder County by Marc Krulewitch
*****
Crime Drama

Stronger than Blood by Allan Mason
***½
Sci-fi

Bottomless Cups by Joel Bresler
***
Comedy

Non Obvious Megatrends by Rohit Bhargava
****
Non-Fiction

From Doctor to Guinea Pig by Angelique D.
*****
Biography

Freedom's Light by Robert J. Saniscalchi
****
Action Thriller

Bucket Showers and Baby Goats by Christine Brown
****
Travel Memoir

Four Calling Burds by Vincent Meis
****
LGBTQ / Drama

Promises to the Fallen by Glyn Haynie
*****
War Fiction

An Unwanted and Unwilling Hero by E. Gourm
****
Historical Fantasy

The Girl in the Scarlet Chair by Janice TRemayne
****
Paranormal / YA

Freedom Sex and a Meat Cleaver by Sherman Miles
*****
Travel Memoir

Freedom Sex and a Meat Cleaver by Sherman Miles
****
Historical Fiction

The Intelligence Factor by Mike Logsdon
***
Sci Fi / Action

The Apple by Devashish Sardana
****
Action / Adventure

Destiny's War by Pyram King
****
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Black Volta by PEte K.J.
****
Drama

Payback by Steve Bassett
***
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Were We Awake by L.M. Brown
****
Short Stories

Almost Persuaded by Nigel C. Ferguson
****
Crime Thriller

Do We Have A Center by Walter Frank
*****
Politics

World Football Domination
****
Sci-Fi

Sour Blood
***
Crime Thriller

Beware of the Thought Bubbles
*****
Children's

Beyond The Prison Of Beliefs
****
Science/Religion

Rocky Mountain Noir
***
Comedy

Rocky Mountain Noir
***
Science Fiction

Foster Care To Millionaire
****
Memoir

Flow Like A River
*****
Thriller

Secrets To Being Amazing
****
Self-Help

13 Dark Tales: Collection Two
****
Short Stories

The Wooden Man
*****
Children's

Count It All Joy
*****
Drama

Myth Agent
****
Fantasy

Voice of the Sword
***
Fantasy

No Quarter: Dominium
***
Adventure

A Trinity of Wicked Tales
****
Horror


****
Short Stories

The Day I Made Good
****
Crime Drama

Complete Poetry of Norman AJ Berisford
*****
Poetry

Chuck the Rooster Loses His Voice
*****
Children's

Living Blind Without the Internet
****
Documentary

Devil in the Countryside
****
Historical Thriller

Monoland: Into the Gray Horizon
****
Fantasy

Corrosive
****
Horror

Woodiss is Willing
***
Comedy

The Fear
***
Horror

Superi: Reborn
*****
Fantasy

Murder in the Medical Center
***
Drama

The Eye of Nefertiti
****
Children's

Not Exactly Shakespeare
****
Comedy

Finding the Narrow Path
****
Biography

The Wyndham Werewolf
****
Short Stories

Only Human
***
Supernatural

What is Justice
**
Documentary

The Rat Tunnels of Isfahan
****
Historical Fantasy

I Once Was Lost But Now I'm Found
*****
Documentary

Never Too Late To Die
***½
Thriller

Understanding the Patterns of Your Life
***
Non-Fiction

Happiness is Just a Pill Away
*****
Comedy-Drama

The Lucky Winner
***
Crime Thriller

Endohuman
***
Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Tummy Rumble Quake
****
Children's

Monoland: The Shimmering Mist
****
Fantasy

Goodbye Butterfiles
*****
Psychology

Treading the Uneven Road
****
Short Stories

The Cuckoo Colloquium
****
Comedy

When I Turned Nineteen
*****
War Memoir

Fortuna and the Scapegrace
****
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Gnosis
***
Young Adult

Buy or Die
***
Satire

Faithful Servants
****
Drama

Ghost Dog
***
Crime Adventure

Looper
****
Drama

The Sinister Urge
**
Drama

Read to Succeed
*****
Self Improvement

Gone to the Dogs
*****
Comedy-Drama

Die Back
****
Fantasy

Finding My Platoon Brothers
*****
War Memoir

Delivering Virtue
****
Comedy

The Room Above
***
Fantasy

Written By Blood: Conviction
****
Action

The Day My Kisses Tasted Like Disorder
****
Poetry

I Have Demons
****
Short Stories

Victoria's Voice
****
Real Life

The Revolutionary Youth
*****
Drama

The Dog Thief
*****
Short Stories

Appointment With Fear
*****
Children's

Mermaids Are Real
***
Fantasy

Legends of Persia
***
Historical Fiction

My Groans Pour Out Like Water
*****
Poetry

47 Hours
*****
Political Thriller

The Road to Alexander
***
Historical Fiction

Father Divine's Bikes
****
Drama

Winning With Data
*****
Business

Aquila
****
Historical Fiction

Lions, Leopards and Storms, oh my!
***
Children's

Sparrowhawk on the Horizon
***
Historical Fiction

The Warehouse Tour
***
Short Stories

Feast of Sapphires
****
Poetry

The Night Alphabet
*****
Short Stories

Just Another Girl's Story
***
Autobiography

No-one Listens
***
Poetry

The Irregular Inquests of Professor Peppercorn by Brennan McMahon
****
Poetry

Malthus Revisited
***
Suspense/Thriller

My Weight Loss Journey
****
Self-Help

Change of Chaos
****
YA / Fantasy

Fish Farm
****
Thriller

Songs to New York
****
Short Stories

I Claudia
*****
Historical Fiction

Vanish by Dawn by J.D. Wells
****
Comedy / Drama

The Friar's Lantern
*****
Role Play

Crazy About Kurt
****
Comedy

Dark Cure
****
Action

Translucent Boy
***
Sci-Fi Fantasy

Dart by Dale Renton
****
Sci-fi Fantasy

Monoland: Beyond the Monochrome
*****
Fantasy

Choose a Reality by Emmanuel Morfoboss
***
Self-Help

Wacky on the Junk by Kathy Varner
****
Memoir

The Eden Complex by Elise Leise
***½
Sci-Fi / Fantasy

Tomthunkit's Theory of the Universe
***
Political / Non-fiction

Nobody Gets Out of Catering Alive by Joe Montaperto
****
Comedy/Memoir

Turning on the Christmas Lights by Nellie Woods
****
Short Stories

The Body in the Hole by Jonathan B. Zeitlin
****
Crime / Mystery

A Heart on the River by John Bauer
****
Comedy / Drama

Let Yourself Be by CJ Lacsican
****
Memoir / Self-Help

Island Boy by Mark Bulahao
****
Drama

Bully Boy by Tom Wade
****
Drama

Immunity for Murder by David M. Beers
****
True Crime

The Keeper Part 1 by Craig Speakes
***½
Children's

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