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The Persistence of Memory: Déjà Vu by Karen Janowsky

Any story centered around missing memories provides endless fodder for exploration and wonder, as is proven all too well in The Persistence of Memory Book 1: Déjà Vu by Karen Janowsky. When two attractive, mysterious and "forgetful" protagonists collide, sparks are sure to follow, and here, Daniel Hecht and Nina Asher are those two unstoppable [...]

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Snapshots: Say Cheese! The World is Watching by Cara Cilento

Poems and short prose pieces are mated with vibrant photos in the emotive collection Snapshots: Say Cheese! The World is Watching by debut writer Cara Cilento. The two dominant themes in the collection are Cilento’s acceptance of herself as a lesbian, and her decision to adopt two boys, a bold move as both children are [...]

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Midnight Black: The Purge by R.J. Eastwood

Imagine being isolated from society for more than a decade, only to find out that the entire world has fallen to pieces when you return. In Midnight Black: The Purge, a new thriller by author R.J. Eastwood, that exact scenario plays out for the protagonist, Billy Russell, an ex-cop who had served 15 of his [...]

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Artist Free Zone by Annette Mori

In life, there are victims and triumphs and nowhere is this more evident than in Artist Free Zone, an inspiring work of lesbian romance by Annette Mori. Just shy of her forty-fifth birthday, human resource director Melissa is thrown a devastating curveball when her lover, Colette, walks away from their eight-year relationship – and then [...]

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Mindful Dementia Care by Ruth Dennis with Velma Arellano and Luke Nachtrab

Mindful Dementia Care: Lost and Found in the Alzheimer’s Forest by Ruth Dennis with Velma Arellano and Luke Nachtrab is an informative guide for caregivers outlining the difficulties of caring for an Alzheimer's patient, as well as effective alternative methods of therapy. The author and her two supportive co-authors are connected with the Sierra Vista [...]

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The Burning by Devin K. Asante

A fanatical obsession leads to deadly consequences in The Burning, Devin K. Asante’s chilling work of historical fiction. The year is 1666. Sixteen-year-old, Agnes Wilmore, has lost her three younger siblings to the plague before arriving in London, hoping to make a new life for herself. Almost as soon as she arrives, she’s raped by [...]

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The Beginner’s Guide to Winning an Election by Michael R. French

The Beginner's Guide to Winning an Election by Michael R. French is a biting and prescient YA satire about big money influencing a local high school election. It's 2025 at a typical American high school, Hawthorn High, 120 miles from Bloomington, Indiana. Senior “Science Brain” Britain Kitridge signs up to volunteer for a fellow student's [...]

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Finding Myself in Borneo: Sojourns in Sabah by Neill McKee

A former volunteer for CUSO (Canadian University Service Overseas) recalls those halcyon years living and working in Sabah, Borneo in the entertaining travel memoir Finding Myself in Borneo: Sojourns in Sabah. Author Neill McKee vividly describes his escalating culture shock as he encounters “the East” in its many aspects: sights, smells and, notably, sweltering temperatures. [...]

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Breast Cancer Meets Mindfulness by Cheryl Wilfong

When writer, gardener, and Buddhist practitioner Cheryl Wilfong was diagnosed with breast cancer, she wouldn’t “fight” her illness, as so many urged her to do. She would experience it, “not wishing for anything different than what Life was delivering.” This is the inspiring message in her unique and poignant health guide, Breast Cancer Meets Mindfulness: [...]

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