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Volume 9, Number 9 September 2010 Home | SPBW Index

Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Metaphysical Studies Shelf Business Shelf
Self-Help Shelf Health/Medicine Shelf Fiction Shelf
Biography Shelf Poetry Shelf Music Shelf
Travel Shelf Human Sexuality Shelf Money/Finance Shelf
Christian Studies Shelf Religion/Spirituality Shelf Social Issues Shelf
Environmental Studies Shelf Education Shelf Fantasy/SciFi Shelf
Humor Shelf Science Shelf Mystery/Suspense Shelf
Parenting Shelf Economics Shelf Sports Shelf
Pets/Wildlife Shelf Buddhist Studies Shelf Crafts Shelf
Judicial Studies Shelf Philosophy Shelf Criminology Shelf
Jobs/Careers Shelf    

Reviewer's Choice

All Nature Sings
Carol J. Rottman
Credo House Publishers
c/o Dirk Wierenga
14140 Payne Forest, Grand Haven, MI 49417
9781935391401, $29.99

Nature will go on without us, forever blooming, but it doesn't mean we can't help it along the way. "All Nature Sings: A Spiritual Journey of Place" is a collection of full color photos and natural memoir from Carol J. Rottman as she reflects on her own little patch in nature, and how it taught her much about life and spirituality. Blending spirituality with memoir and environmentalism, "All Nature Sings" comes to readers with a lot and leaves them with a lot to think about, highly recommended.

I Only Want to Get Married Once
Chana Levitan
Gefen Publishing House
600 Broadway, Lynbrook, NY 11563
9789652294982, $12.95,

Ranking up divorces isn't many people's ideas of a good time. "I Only Want to Get Married Once: Dating Secrets for Getting It Right the First Time" is a guide for those who want to avoid the worst aspects of marriage and dating to help find people find what they really want in a spouse and to see if their potential mate will still be loved after the honeymoon is over. "I Only Want to Get Married Once" is a top pick for those who hold divorce as the last thing they want.

Light Years
Carol Berge
Spuyten Duyvil
1341 Seventh Street, Berkeley, CA 94710-1409
9781933132464, $40.00,

As the 1950s ended, it became clear to the whole world everything wasn't all right. "Light Years: An Anthology on Sociocultural Happenings" delves into the media with a focus on poets as the 1960s began and how in the East Village of Manhattan, New York, it became known of what was going to spread across the country. Racial issues, urbanization and modernization, woman's liberation, and more, "Light Years" tells a story of the artistic movement that heralded some of the major changes that the decade was known for.

The Metaphysical Studies Shelf

Nancy L. Eubel
A. R. E. Press
215 67th St. Virginia Beach, VA 23451
9780876045916, $16.95

If you could change your past, you could change your future. "Mindwalking: Rewriting Your Past To Create Your Future" is a metaphysical self-help guide designed to help readers realize the power of self-hypnosis and how to affect one's perceptions of their own past and find their own empowerment in their own lives and find what they really believe in and want out of life. "Mindwalking" is interesting and will help many readers find a better future for themselves.

The Key of Life
Randolph J. Rogers
Sgarlat Publicity
PO Box 4204, Charlottesville, VA 22905-4204
9780982385098, $18.95

The answers may be lying in wait, but you just have to look harder. "The Key of Life: A Metaphysical Investigation" discusses how to look for answers in one's life, as author Randy Rogers seeks to give readers advice and tips on finding their way and their answers, and to open themselves to the answers that may be around them. For any metaphysical thinker looking for answers, "The Key of Life" is a much needed read, highly recommended.

Bob Waxman
Paragon House
1925 Oakcrest Avenue, Suite 7, Saint Paul, MN 55113-2619
9781557788900, $14.95,

Why the obsession over the date of December 21st, 2012? "2012: The Meaning and the Message" offers author Bob Waxman's take on the phenomena as he tries to separate the facts and fiction about the Mayan people to help gain a better understanding of 2012 and what it really means. Could it be the Apocalypse or something far less, perhaps something different altogether? "2012" is a different take on the debate, well worth considering.

Conversations With Jerry And Other People I Thought Were Dead
Irene Kendig
Grateful Press
11654 Plaza America Drive, Suite 123, Reston, VA 20190-4700
9780982456705, $19.95,

"Conversations With Jerry And Other People I Thought Were Dead" is a medium assisted collection of seven interviews that Irene Kendig conducted with men and women who had passed from this life to the next. A 256-page compendium that includes an informative introduction, a 'Notes to the Readers' section, and an Epilogue, "Conversations With Jerry And Other People I Thought Were Dead" features extended 'conversations' that touch upon a wide range of issues and questions. Of special note for students of metaphysics is what happens to human beings when transitioning from a physical to the non-physical life. Offering a wealth of spiritual wisdom, insights, and perspectives, "Conversations With Jerry And Other People I Thought Were Dead" is a fascinating and informative read which is strongly recommended for both personal and community library collections.

The Business Shelf

The Smarter Home Office
Linda Varone
Great Meadows Publishing
10 Old Colony Lane, Arlington, MA 02476
9780984404506, $12.50

Working from home is meant to be a dream, but why does it often turn into a nightmare? "The Smarter Home Office: 8 Simple Steps to Increase Your Income, Inspiration, and Comfort" is a guide to working from home with comfort and ease to improve one's efficiency and work experience from home. From avoiding the complications, to keeping oneself comfortable while still maintaining all important focus, "The Smarter Home Office" is a wise and thoughtful read for anyone who wants to control their own workplace.

Turbulent Times Leadership
Tom Connellan
Peak Performance Press
1163 South Main Street, Suite 306, Chelsea, MI 48118
9780976950639, $17.95,

Even when things are going the worst, one can make the best of it. "Turbulent Times Leadership for Sales Managers: How the Very Best Boost Sale" is a guide to good business in bad times, and how to make the best of sales. From bumping sale in bad economies, doing the impossible, bad business practices and knowing whose the culprit when things go bad, "Turbulent Times Leadership" is a very fascinating read for anyone who wants to endure the worst of times.

Corporate Bankruptcy
Thomas J. Salerno, Jordan A. Kroop, & Craig D. Hansen
Beard Books
PO Box 4250, Frederick, MD, 21705
9781587983009, $174.95,

Bankruptcy is occasionally unavoidable, but even bankruptcy can be taken in grace. "The Executive Guide to Corporate Bankruptcy" is an extensive, complete and comprehensive guide to corporate bankruptcy. At first defining bankruptcy, starting the process for the corporation, the vital reorganization process, bankruptcy courts, facing the harsh reality of bankruptcy, working with the courts, surviving bankruptcy, taxes, working the way of debt, how there's no easy way out, and avoiding the lies and falsehoods commonly associated with corporate bankruptcy. With no shortage of research and expert opinions, these three bankruptcy lawyers in the form of Thomas Salerno, Jordan Kroop, and Craig Hansen, provide a highly useful resource. Enhanced with elaborate and useful appendixes, "The Executive Guide to Corporate Bankruptcy" is a must for any business leader facing what is feared most to companies.

The Self-Help Shelf

Manual for Living
Seth David Chernoff
Spirit Scope Publishing
6525 Gunpark Drive, Suite 370-249, Boulder, CO 80301
9780984093090, $15.95,

Understanding reality is the key to understanding life. "Manual for Living: A User's Guide to the Meaning of Life, Reality" is an inspirational guide from Seth David Chernoff for reaching higher in one's life. From what is lacking in one's quest for fulfillment, not fearing the reaper, and being happy with one's life and how it's proceeding, "Manual for Living" gives readers a good dose of food for thought and is solidly recommended.

Evolutionary Work
Patricia DiVecchio
Pearhouse Press
7035 Meade Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15208
9780980235548, $14.95,

The challenges one faces in life are all about if you can change yourself to meet them. "Evolutionary Work: Unleashing Your Potential in Extraordinary Times" is an inspirational guide from Patricia DiVecchio as she urges readers to go further and push themselves further with seven tools that can help one evolve themselves to meet one's problems and solve them well. "Evolutionary Work" is a fine read with plenty of motivation, very highly recommended.

Live Happily Ever After... Now!
Terry M. Drake
Lake House Publishing
9780615360867, $15.95,

The only thing standing between oneself and happiness is oneself. "Live Happily, Ever After... Now!: 9 Simple Steps to Create the Life You Want!" is a guide for readers who want to push themselves towards a happier life and may not realize that to get what they want it may be simpler than you think. Discussing the barriers in one's mind, understanding why we are the way we are, and more, "Live, Happily, Ever After...Now!" is a helpful and thoughtful read that shouldn't be missed by those looking for a life renovation.

Standing up to Experts and Authorities
Sharon Presley
The Solomon Press
98-12 66th Ave., Suite 2, Rego Park, NY 11374-4397
9780934623872, $26.95,

Knowledge is power and power can corrupt. "Standing Up to Experts and Authorities: How to Avoid Being Intimidated, Manipulated, and Abused" is a discussion of keeping one's opinions and ideas strong when even experts and authorities are human and can be wrong. Encouraging skepticism and not to simply accept everything as gospel from the powers that be, "Standing Up to Experts and Authorities" is a useful read for anyone who never stops questioning.

The Strengths Book
Alex Linley, Janet Willars, & Robert Biswas-Diener
Capp Press
c/o Wax Marketing, Inc.
333 Grand Avenue, Suite 204, St. Paul, MN 55102
9781906366094, $19.99,

There is no such thing as universal weakness. "The Strengths Book: Be Confident, Be Successful, and Enjoy Better Relationships by Realizing the Best of You" is a guide to finding one's own personal strengths and playing your life to them. Looking at many aspects of life, the authors seek to help readers find the skills they excel at in life and how to make them become better people and better successes at life. "The Strengths Book" is a fine read and one not to be missed.

Vaporize Your Anxiety
Tom Stone
PO Box 178122, San Diego, CA 92177
9780982539101, $14.95

If it's all in your head, your head alone is enough to beat it. "Vaporize Your Anxiety: Without Drugs or Therapy" is a guide to beating anxiety through one's own willpower. Millions of Americans cope with anxiety, and many use drugs to combat it, but drugs aren't always the answer. Tom Stone gives readers the tools they need to beat their own anxiety and take control fo their own life by themselves. "Vaporize Your Anxiety" is a powerful read, not to be overlooked.

The Inner-Work of Leadership
Barry Brownstein
Jane Phillip Publications
28 Cold Springs Road, Thornton, NH 03285
9780984425402, $19.95,

It takes more to be a leader than a take-charge attitude. "The Inner-Work of Leadership: A Guide to Personal and Organizational Transformation" is a guide to taking charge of oneself so that one can take charge of others. A clear mind with moving thoughts is a key tool in realizing one's potential as a leader and the importance of solving one's own problems before taking on the problems of others, Barry Brownstein gives readers solid advice for becoming a better leader. "The Inner-Work of Leadership" is an invaluable tool for any potential leader with doubts.

Keep Your Sanity
Carol Denbow
Plain & Simple Books
66512 Schoolhouse Rd, North Bend, OR 97459
9781451599404, $14.95

Stress can devastate lives. "Keep Your Sanity: Understanding and Coping with Stress in a Changing World" discussing how to keep one's head when everything seems to want to take it to the funny farm. A good mental health is a key to a good physical health, and Carol Denbow explains why. "Keep Your Sanity" is a simple and to the point read and solidly recommended.

Full Alignment
Anthony Silard
Five Spheres Press
1050-17th Street, NW, Suite 520, Washington, DC 20036
9780981785301, $14.95

Finding the right path through life can often be a challenge in of itself. "Full Alignment: A Practical Guide to Transforming Your Life vision into Action" is an inspirational guide to finding one's best route through life, by laying out obtainable goals for oneself and staying true to these self-created deadlines. Simple and to the point, "Full Alignment" may drive readers to the goals they need to succeed in life.

The Path of Greatest Advantage
William J. Dubin
Parts Press
7703 North Lamar Blvd., Suite 330, Austin, TX 78752
9780981897202, $39.99,

To control one's life is a powerful thing. "The Path of Greatest Advantage: A Self-Guided Kit to Enhance the Power of Your Will" is a guide to will power as William J. Dubin seeks to help readers take control of their lives by taking control of their minds and trumping the temptations of life, no matter what is currently ailing you. With plenty of inspirational advice, and enhanced with a CD full of resources to help the reader on their journey to willpower, "The Path of Greatest Advantage" is a core addition to any self-help collection.

The Health/Medicine Shelf

The Ounces Countdown
Patrick Hafner
Birchbark Publishing
12707 E. Mansfield Ave., Suite D307, Spokane Valley, WA 99216
9780980172447, $16.95

If you start with a little, it can roll into a lot. "The Ounces Countdown: Weight Loss Approach" is a guide to the weight loss process and how to get it rolling through focusing on the little things one can do to improve their health and their lives through an understanding out what the body needs and what the body wants. "The Ounces Countdown" is a read that shouldn't be missed for anyone trying to understand the finer points of weight loss.

Swallow Safely
Roya Sayadi & Joel Herskowitz
Inside/Outside Press
PO Box 661, Natick, MA 01760
9780981960128, $14.95,

Swallowing, something done effortlessly everyday can be a risk of death. "Swallow Safely: How Swallowing Problems Threaten the Elderly and Others" discusses swallowing disorders and the challenges that face older people in the everyday task of eating. The dangers of medications, precautions that can be taken, and more, "Swallow Safety" is a useful resource for anyone caring for an elderly relative.

Breast Cancer
Fran Padgett
Bayou Publishing
2524 Nottingham, Houston, TX 77005
9781886298330, $19.95,

Cancer is a foe that many will face, and many will lose. "Breast Cancer: No One Chose This Journey" is an inspirational read from Fran Padgett as she reflects on her own challenges with the cancer as well as the tales of those around her. Support in others, dealing with the news, the disappointment, the support from family, and more, "Breast Cancer" is a moving volume that will lend strength to those who seek it and need it most.

The Fiction Shelf

Drowning in Christmas
Judith K. Ivie
Mainly Murder Press
PO Box 290586, Wethersfield, CT 06109-0586
9780982589977, $14.95,

When life isn't going that hot, it's hard to appreciate the Christmas spirit. "Drowning in Christmas" tells the story of Kate Lawrence and her miserable Christmas, when everyone around her seems to be way more into the event than she ever thinks she could be. And with all this chaos going on around her, a murder surely isn't helping things. "Drowning in Christmas" is an exciting mystery, not to be missed.

Hanging By The Thread
Donald B. Anderson
Stone Haven
1579 Monroe Dr., Suite F, Atlanta, GA 30324
9781599360560, $18.95

Evil is nothing if not persistent. "Hanging By The Thread" tells of a resistance group called The Thread standing against a secret society seeking to overthrow the government and take control of it for themselves. In a last act of patriotism, one man must lead the way to keep America's constitution intact, making "Hanging By The Thread" a political thriller with a message.

The Haunting of Andrew Sharpai
Jerome Peterson
Eloquent Books
c/o Strategic Book Group
PO Box 333, Durham, CT 06422
9781608607976, $16.95,

One lost love will prepare one for another. "The Haunting of Andrew Sharpai" tells the story of American wanderer Andrew Sharpai in a search for love. Finding and losing it, he learns a lot along the way as he finds his newest challenge, an enchantress and finds himself at the mercy of a curse that may finally end his travels. "The Haunting of Andrew Sharpai" is a fine pick for anyone looking for a for a riveting novel of love and loss.

From This Moment On
PJ Trebelhorn
Bold Strokes Books
PO Box 249, Valley Falls, NY 12185
9781602821545, $16.95

Love can help heal all in itself. "From This Moment On:... Love May Once Again Be Possible" is the story of two women faced with crushing loss. Not knowing if they'll ever recover who find something to love again, through each other, they find a way to continue and find that their love may be something more than something to bond together with. "From This Moment On" is a fine read for coping with loss as well as being a touching lesbian romance tale.

Something for Nothing
Jon Riis
Balono Books
PO Box 690106, Stockton, CA 95269-0106
9781934376218, $17.00,

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. "Something for Nothing: A Diploma for Your Life Experience" tells the story of a brilliant mouse and how he is faced against a university giving out diplomas for something that may not require it - life experience. He finds that the purest intents are not involved, and the truth may bring it crashing down. A thoughtful and entertaining read, "Something for Nothing" is not to be simply ignored.

Forty Wolves
Mark Jacobs
Talisman House
PO Box 896, Greenfield, MA 01302
9781584980742, $19.95

Cultures often share things they find reprehensible. "Forty Wolves" is a story of an American in Turkey looking for his long lost mother. But his search turns sour as he bands with the people of the village against murder and religious extremism. A riveting read that is as exciting as it is thoughtful, "Forty Wolves" is a pick that provokes and stimulates the mind.

Secret of Dragonfly Island
P. A. Bremmer
75345 Rd. 317, Venango, NE 69168
9780984593408, $7.99,

It's not unusual to think one's camp counselors are inhuman, but it's rare such suspicions are true. "Secret of Dragonfly Island" tells the story of fourteen students as they become trapped on a remote island with no way to contact their families, and camp counselors with the strangest odors and habits. A story of survival, mystery, and adventure, "Secret of Dragonfly Island" is an exciting read for younger readers, highly recommended.

Norman Miguel
Erik Orrantia
Cheyenne Publishing
PO Box 872412, Vancouver, WA 98687-2412
9780979777394, $13.99,

Coming to understand oneself is one of the most marvelous things. "Norman Miguel" is the story of a teacher coming to terms with who he is. Through the people around him, he learns much about the world and much understanding, as well as finding someone who will stay with him for the rest of his days. "Norman Miguel" is a charming and thoughtful piece of gay fiction, highly recommended.

Kinberra Down
Eric S. Brown & Jessy Marie Roberts
Pill Hill Press
343 W 4th St., Chadron, NE 69337
9781617060168, $8.99

A small chance for survival is a better pick than no chance. "Kinberra Down" is a science fiction thriller following the crew of Kinberra, as when a disaster brings their craft down onto an unfriendly planet, they see just how strong their will to survive is. Monsters lying in wait all around the arctic region, "Kinberra Down" is riveting read through and through.

The Wild Soccer Bunch
Joachim Masannek
Sole Books
PO Box 10445, Beverly Hills, CA 90213
9780984425709, $12.95,

When it comes to the field, sometimes you gotta play for your right o play. "The Wild Soccer Bunch" tells the story of Kevin and his buddies the Wild Bunch as they face off against Mickey and his Unbeatables. Seemingly outmatched, The Wild Bunch takes the challenge to reclaim their field and meets the Unbeatables head on. A fun and exciting read for young soccer fans, "The Wild Soccer Bunch" is a top pick.

Of Song and Water
Joseph Coulson
Archipelago Books
232 Third Street, #A111, Brooklyn, NY 11215
9780981987385, $15.00

No one goes through life without questioning themselves. "Of Song and Water" is the story of jazz guitarist Coleman Moore, who finds himself questioning his path in life and turning to the sea. But in his questions, he opens up new problems revolving around his daughter, his music, and the people he calls friends. "Of Song and Water" is a riveting novel of facing mid life crisis, very highly recommended.

The Swindler
Michelle Kaye Malsbury
All Things That Matter press
1200 West Retta Esplanade, Slip B-41B, Punta Gorda, FL 33950
9780984421947, $18.99,

Deceit is striking gold. "The Swindler" is the story of Skip Horowitz, a man who lies, cheats, and steals his way to economic prosperity, and creating his own empire out of something that isn't there. Gaining people following him, knowledgeable of his ways or not, author Michelle Malsbury tells a fun tale of Wall Street and those who exploit it to the fullest extent. "The Swindler" is a top pick for general fiction collections.

The Dream Maker in the Desert
Marie Krushing
Moxie Publications
10120 North Surfside Circle, Aurora, OH 44202
9780615352077, $13.95,

Superheroism is not without its downsides. "The Dream Maker in the Desert" is a story following Emmet Watts, as he joins the society of individuals out to maintain the balance of Good and evil. His first test, however, may leave him a wreck that won't be able to do much of anything, let alone maintain the balance in the world. Faced with his own nightmares and short comings, "The Dream Maker in the Desert" is an exciting read that shouldn't be overlooked.

Ginger Mayerson
The Wapshott Press
PO Box 31513, Los Angeles, CA 90031-0513
9780982581315, $13.50,

Terror is not something limited to only one sex. "Electricland" follows Agent Titania as she is faced with a series of female terrorists, and is tasked with figuring out their motivations and understanding how to fight back against them. A woman's family is often more important than their life, and vengeance is not something to be underestimated. "Electricland" is a fun and riveting novel with plenty of suspense.

A Place for Delta
Melissa Walker
Whale Tale Press
PO Box 15262, Atlanta, GA 30306
9780982478400, $16.95

To take care of a polar bear cub seems crazy, but people who would actively seek its death seem crazier. "A Place for Delta" tells the story of Joseph, a man who travels to Barrow, Alaska to help his aunt care for an orphaned polar bear cub. But the strange endeavor only becomes more interesting when danger seems to waiting for Delta, the cub, at every turn. "A Place for Delta" is a fascinating read of Alaska, polar bars, and adventure.

Second Sight
J. F. Althouse
Wolf Pirate Project
4801 SW 164 Terrace, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33331
9780982234358, $16.00,

History is something that is best understood through experience, but Jordan Wright never thought it'd be like this. "Second Sight" tells the story of a man who makes the discovery of a portal that links the artifacts of ancient history the world of Atlantis. But his discovery changes his world forever, and there may not be a way back. An exciting story that blends mythology and history, "Second Sight" is a top pick and very highly recommended read.

Owe It to the Wind
J. R. Armstrong
Willowrose Publishing
PO Box 1187, Fowlerville, MI 48836
9780982229903, $14.95

Is the bonds of high school romance enough to weather five years apart? "Owe It to the Wind: Three Lives, Two Loves, One pact" follows the romance of high school sweethearts Michael and Meg. When Michael graduates and goes to a college far away to escape his abusive house hold, he pledges to return to Meg in five year's time. But a lot can happen in five years and "Owe It to the Wind" uses the concept to make for an exciting read.

Gerald and the Wee People
Greta Burroughs
Outskirts Press
10940 South Parker Road, #515, Parker, CO 80134
9781432755966, $16.95,

It's hard to find help when people doubt who you're helping even exists. "Gerald and the Wee People" follows Gerald as he protects a village of small people who only he seems to be able to see and interact with. But Gerald's troubles only grow when he finds he alone can't protect him, and finding help seems so difficult. "Gerald and the Wee People" is a fascinating fantasy, highly recommended.

Diane Lee Moomey
Day's Eye Press and Studios
PO Box 628, El Granada, CA 94018
9780961971410, $18.00,

Finding one's place in the world is an invaluable skill. "...Place..." is a collection of short stories of sorts from Diane Lee Moomey creating images of places and the people who come to them. With an artistic flair sure to make readers ask questions and make them read further, "...Place..." is a riveting read that shouldn't be missed.

The Mad Scientist's Club
Bertrand R. Brinley
Purple House Press
PO Box 787, Cynthiana, KY 41031
9781930900103, $18.95,

Sometimes creativity running wild leads to trouble. Sometimes it leads to great things. Sometimes it leads to both. "The Mad Scientists' Club" is a collection of short stories collection from Boys' Life Magazine over forty years ago. Following a group of seven boys as they get their hands on technology and let their ideas run wild, they face their own trouble and save their town on multiple occasions. An anthology that will hold timeless and entertaining, "The Mad Scientists' Club" is a fun read and top pick.

The Kill
Jan Neuharth
Paper Chase Farms
PO Box 448, Middleburg, VA 20118
9780984189823, $24.95,

Returning home is almost never the warming experience one expects it to be. "The Kill" tells the story of Abigale Portmann as she returns home to Virginia after decades away. When her uncle turns up dead and an old flame seems to be the culprit, the truth seems hard to find and the reporter in Abigale won't just let the most obvious explanation stand. "The Kill" is an exciting mystery, very highly recommended.

Finding Frances
Janice M. Van Dyck
Winston-Higgins Press
2840 West Bay Drive, #222, Largo, FL 33770
9780982614006, $16.00,

The dignity of death is a hotly debated topic to many in today's world. "Finding Frances" is a novel that discusses death with dignity as author Janice M. Van Dyck discusses the topic through the character of Frances Baldwin, a woman who wants to end her life on her terms. But between her decision is her family, and her son is overcome, not knowing what to do on the matter. "Finding Frances" is a thoughtful piece on the subject, highly recommended.

The 473rd Annual Witch Trials
Amelia Gurley
Press for Change Publishing
3364 Victoria Ave, Lafayette, CA 94549
9781933249032, $9.99,

To fail or succeed at the trials are not universal desires. "The 473rd Annual Witch Trials" tells a story of a world where people meet annually to measure their potential as witches. But being a witch or not being a witch doesn't seem to be the common goal, as some want to be cleared of their witch craft while others only seek more power. Still others come with other goals... " The 473rd Annual Witch Trials" is a fascinating read for anyone who loves a good witch-driven story.

Daughter of the Morning Star
Patricia Weenolsen
Rubythroat Press
4026 Stone Way N. #501, Seattle, WA 98103
9781935420064, $17.95,

When society falls apart, someone has to rise to be the protector. "Daughter of the Morning Star" is a novel following Mary, a former white woman among the Abenaki Indians as she returns to Salem. Faced with a society of abuse and injustice, she delves into the deeper ends of the dark side of Salem and seeks to give hope and support to those who no one else will care for. "Daughter of the Morning Star" is an enticing historical novel, and very highly recommended reading.

The Simpering, North Dakota Literary Society
G. F. Skipworth
Rosslare Press
7660 SW Oleson Rd., Portland, OR 97223
9780982471074, $14.50,

It's one thing to win an entire town in a poker game; it's another to create an a small empire of femininity. "The Simpering, North Dakota Literary Society" tells the story of Farika Zingarella, an ex-nun who becomes the owner of The Simpering, a small town in North Dakota. Along with other wise women by her side, she stands against the changing times of the world. With humor and much to think about, "The Simpering" is quite the read, very highly recommended.

Turn For Home
Lara Zielinsky
P. D. Publishing
PO Box 70, Clayton, NC 27528
9781933720746, $16.99,

The biggest fear in some people's lives is being known what they are. "Turn for Home" tells the story of recent divorcee Brenna Lanigan who finds her newest love in a woman by the name of Cassidy Hyland. Working on a television show, the two have the eyes of the paparazzi ousting them as lesbians. And for Cassidy, her ex-husband suddenly has a problem with her raising their son. "Turn for Home" is a riveting read of drama and romance, highly recommended.

To Love and To Cherish
Sapphic Planet
c/o Lara Zielinsky
4719 Darwood Drive, Orlando, FL 32812
9781600544132, $16.99,

Gay love has often been labeled as sodomy, an act of pure lust. But for many women, there is much more than lust involved. "To Love and To Cherish" is a collection of stories, lesbian erotica of sorts, with a focus of relationships that are much more than just the sex in the equation. Marriage is a common element, making this collection unique with an overlying message. "To Love and to Cherish" is a fine collection and a solidly recommended read.

Common Boundary
Gregory F. Tague, editor
Editions Bibliotekos, Inc.
562-76th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11209
9780982481936, $15.95,

A new country is like a new world. "Common Boundary: Stories of Immigration" is a collection of short stories form many writers as they provide a thoughtful look into immigration and what it means to be a new person in America. With differing tones and much in the way of thought for the country, "Common Boundary" is an intriguing look at immigration and provides an entertaining and thoughtful read.

The Specific Gravity of Grief
Jay Lake
Fairwood Press
21527 104th Street Ct E, Bonney Lake, WA 98391
9780982073070, $25.00

Cancer is a vile mistress for many in life. "The Specific Gravity of Grief" is a combination of novel and memoir from Jay Lake as he combines his own experience with cancer into a novel which he relays as a life not quite his own, but telling his story. "The Specific Gravity of Grief" is a thoughtful take on the cancer story and the grief that follows the loss to the disease, highly recommended.

Tan Lines
Bob Adamov
Packard Island Publishing
3025 Evergreen Drive, Wooster, OH 44691
9780978618421, $24.95,

When high ranking officials including the president go missing, a fugitive on the run may be the best chance at justice. "Tan Lines" follows investigative reporter Emerson Moore as he finds himself accused of assassinating the President who vanished before his renomination for reelection. Emerson has the entire country after him, and to do his job as a reporter and remain a free man, he has to find out what happened to the president, and lurking around Lake Erie and its unique events may be the key to his success. "Tan Lines" is an exciting read that shouldn't be missed.

The Universal Essence
Dean Lincoln Minton
Pottersville Press
PO Box 35038, Panama City, FL 32412
9781888146233, $25.95

Honor in a way is its own piece of immortality. "The Universal Essence" is the story of a student on a quest to save his master and clear his name at around 1000 AD. Thoughtfully analyzing the aspects of life that never change with a tale of adventure and alchemy, he finds that forgiveness of past transgressions are not easy and is not universally accepted or revered as a virtue. "The Universal Essence" is intriguing and a read for any fiction reader who wants a thought provoking story.

The Biography Shelf

Vera's Journey
Judy Yoder
Vision Publishers
PO Box 190, Harrisburg, VA 22803
9781932676143, $24.95,

To not let faith dwindle is an art that escapes many as they age. "Vera's Journey: A True Story of God's Faithfulness amid Sudden Deafness and a Century of Change" tells Vera's story of a woman aging but never forgetting the high importance God and faith in her lifetime. As she aged, she kept her faith and inspired much thought and faith in those around her. Judy Yoder tells a tale that is truly uplifting and makes "Vera's Journey" is not to be missed by any reader driven by faith, highly recommended.

An American Entrepreneur
William T. Phillips
Phillips Service Industries, Inc.
11878 Hubbard Street, Livonia, MI 48150
9780984400805, $25.00,

You don't need an ivy league education to be wildly successful. "An American Entrepreneur" is a biography of Bill Phillips, an Arkansas farm boy who became a juggernaut in science and national defense. Telling his remarkable story of how he clawed up, fought in wars, and made his way up the corporate ladder, "An American Entrepreneur" is a choice pick for any biography collection, especially those looking for business leader memoirs.

A Couple Faces Death
Bill Nerin
Magic Mountain Publishing
PO Box 962, Gig Harbor, WA 98335
9780964678934, $17.95,

After decades of life together, one can't imagine life without. "A Couple Faces Death: My Life After Anne, Growing in Acceptance and Peace" is the memoir of Bill Nerin, coping with losing his wife after so many years together. A life changing thing, the event made him shift his perspective of life and he seeks to give other elderly couples the strength to continue on after the fact. "A Couple Faces Death" is a must for any couple who wants to understand the worst thing that can happen in their lives.

Magic Carpet Flying
Pamela Ryan
Blue Butterfly Books
2583 Lakeshore Boulevard, West, Toronto, ON, Canada, M8V 1G3
9780978498252, $14.95,

Life has no rails, no prevention of it going up, down, or anywhere else. "Magic Carpet Flying: The Ride of Your Life" is a thoughtful memoir from Pamela Ryan, psychologist. Overcoming her own rough upbringing and the harshness of life, she states how she took control of her life and turned it into the freedom of a magic carpet ride. "Magic Carpet Flying" is thoughtful and uplifting, highly recommended.

Until I Smile at You
Roseann Lombardi
Two Harbors
212 3rd Avenue North, Suite 290, Minneapolis, MN 55401
9781935097167, $16.95,

Every story is different when facing life. "Until I Smile At You" is the story of Roseann Lombardi and growing up Italian on Long Islands around World War II and during the graceful period following it. Telling an overwhelmingly human story with plenty that readers will resonate with and relate to. "Until I Smile at You" is a heartwarming read that shouldn't be missed for those looking for a bright spot in life.

Little Madhouse on the Prairie
Marion Elizabeth Witte
Angel Heart Publishing
PO Box 24557, Ventura, CA 93002
9780982225425, $19.95,

Life on the farm is not always the serene and happy picture it was on television. "Little Madhouse on the Prairie" is the memoir of Marion Witte, telling her own story of growing up on a small farm house, where she faced abuse from her mother on a regular basis that took her years to recover from. Stating how she overcame her own traumatic childhood and with plenty of wisdom from those now facing the same, "Little Madhouse on the Prairie" is an insightful look at the dark side of rural life.

An Uncommon Life
Merry Rosenfield
The Magic Zoo
PO Box 1116, Clearwater, FL 33757
9780984452347, $16.95,

When life could end in an instant, you value every moment to its fullest. "An Uncommon Life: Surviving the Loss of a Gifted Child" tells the story of two parents faced with their adult child's heart disorder which limited her life. Cedar took ever moment she had to fulfill her dreams of acting and writing, fearing for the worst but hoping for the best. "An Uncommon Life" is a tragic yet inspiring tale, highly recommended.

The Poetry Shelf

Elyse Fenton
Cleveland State University Poetry Center
2121 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
9781880834893, $15.95,

Award winning and highly educated, Elyse Fenton brings readers much to enjoy in "Clamor". Discussing today's issues with the war and our place in the world and the need for peace among wars, she shows her love for poetry as well as getting a message out there. "Clamor" is not a read to be overlooked. "Endurance": I used to stand in doorways and know/there was no human way to go on or through.

Unknown Places
Peter Kantor
Pleasure Boat Studios
201 West 89th Street, New York, NY 10024
9781929355648, $14.00,

When we see the world, we come with out own conclusions, and we may not know truly where they come from. "Unknown Places" is a collection from Hungarian poet Peter Kantor as he provides readers wit a bit of Hungarian thought, translated into English to give readers a taste of the cultural literature. "Unknown Places" is a fine addition to any world poetry collection. "Tune": We all want/to be free!/Hey, you!/What are you looking for here?/Hey!/Can't you see there's no entry/except to authorized persons?!/Can't you read?/Can you hear me?/Sprechen Sie Deutsch?/Parlez-vous francais?/Are you deaf/Who are you?/What are you looking for?

Tough Skin
Sarah Eaton
303 Bedford Ave., Buffalo, NY 14216
9781935402619, $16.00,

Through time and life's changes, there are no shortage of lessons to be learned. "Tough Skin" is a collection of poetry and prose from Sarah Eaton as she tells a simple and profound story of the world and its changes and the lives that occur within. With an intriguing cast of characters, "Tough Skin" is a fascinating and very highly recommended read, not to be missed.

Storage Issues
Suzanne Kay Miller
Cascadia Publishing House
126 Klingerman Road, Telford, PA 18969
9781931038768, $12.95,

You get a lot of experience going through life, and sometimes it can prove very hard to manage. "Storage Issues" is a collection of poetry from Suzanne Kay Miller, who reflects on her own experience as a Mennonite and a woman and the cultural challenges that come before her. "Storage Issues" tells a unique story, highly recommended. "3 A. M.": She wakes a moment/before roots tear rock.//She weeps as nails/shred canopy.//She jerks in bed/when shoulder hits carpet.//She hears the tree fall/when it falls alone.

The Music Shelf

Chicago Jazz and Then Some
Jean Porter Dmytryk
BearManor Media
PO Box 71426, Albany, GA 31708
9781593935368, $19.95,

The world of jazz has created a community all of its own. "Chicago Jazz and Then Some, as told by one of the original Chicagoans, Jess Stacy" looks into the history of Chicago Jazz through the eyes of Jess Stacy. Writer Jean Porter Dmytryk tells Stacy's stories of the old days of Jazz and gives readers an exciting and thought provoking history of the music's scene over the decades. "Chicago Jazz and Then Some" is a must for any Jazz fan or Chicago music fan.

The Travel Shelf

Forgotten Highways
Nicky Brink & Stephen R. Bown
Brindle & Glass
340-1105 Pandora Avenue, Victoria, BC V8V 3P9
9781897142240, $22.95,

North America has a massive wilderness that is unlike any place else in the world. "Forgotten Highways: Wilderness Journeys Down the Historic Trails of the Canadian Rockies" delves into the hiking adventures that one can experience in the Rocky Mountains, tracing the footsteps of the pioneers who carved the way through these rough mountains hundreds of years ago. With tips on making the exploration one of marvel and fun, "Forgotten Highways" is a must for any outdoors man who wants to see the Rocky Mountains up close and personal.

The Human Sexuality Shelf

Women's Anatomy of Arousal
Sheri Winston
Mango Garden Press
PO Box 3184, Kingston, NY 12402
9780578033952, $19.95,

Pleasure for a woman has always been a more arduous science than it is for men. "Women's Anatomy of Arousal: Secret Maps to Buried Pleasure" is a guide for women to figuring out and understanding what exactly does it for them, a fact that many women go through their lives not truly understanding. With nothing held back, Sheri Winston helps women explore themselves and gain that secret that leads to great sex. "Women's Anatomy of Arousal" is a must for any woman who wants that fulfilling experience every time they go home.

Tinder James, editor
Rubicund Publishing
419 South 19th Ave East, Duluth, MN 55812-2028
9780984371402, $14.95,

A pleasant surprise is always nice, but some can be a good deal nicer than others. "Surprise: An Erotic Fiction Anthology from Racy Pages" is a collection of sexy short stories from a wide array of authors as they use their pens to excite and entice, providing food for thought along the way. For anyone who isn't afraid of a little fire, "Surprise" may prove quite the surprise.

The Money/Finance Shelf

Navigating Through the Risk
Bill Pirtle
MPCT Publishing Company
PO Box 904, Royal Oak, MI 48069
9780982611609, $34.95

Credit cards have become the preferred way to pay for many. "Navigating Through the Risks of Credit Card Processing" is a guide to setting one's business up to accept credit cards and what risks lie ahead for a business accepting credit cards as a system of payment. The contracts, the negotiations, getting the money, and so much more, "Navigating Through the Risks of Credit Card Processing" is a must for any business who wants to open up the convenience for their consumers and doesn't want to be burned in the process.

Save Your Money, Save Your Family
Toni House
NorLights Press
2721 Tulip Tree Road, Nashville, IN 47448
9781935254256, $15.95

When the worst hits, it all comes down to how you've prepared. "Save Your Money, Save Your Family: A Foolproof, 28-Day Plan for Recession Proofing Your Family" is a guide to living on the edge and on a tight budget. With plenty of ideas on staying on budget, staying true to one's compact wallet, and much more, Toni House gives a highly useful read, and makes "Save Your Money, Save Your Family" a top pick for any who want to be prepared for a money crisis.

The Christian Studies Shelf

The Christian Lady's Dating Constitution
Jessica Martin
Holy Fire Publishing
717 Old Trolley Road, Suite 6, Publishing Unit #116, Summerville, SC 29485
9781603832830, $13.99

You have to set rules somewhere. "The Christian Lady's Dating Constitution: A Memorandum Addressed to Christian Teens, Parents, and Young Adults" is a dating advisory for young Christian women who want to keep her faith and her values in today's un-Christian value filled world. Lots of advice and suggestions for finding the right man to push further with while avoiding the bad apples, "The Christian Lady's Dating Constitution" is a strong pick for any young Christian woman.

It's Hard to Have a Mouse-free House
Mary Ellen Stewart
Mouse Free Publishing, LLC
6172 Clifton Oaks, St. Louis, MO 63129
9780984491605, $14.99,

Little annoyances in life are completely unavoidable. "It's Hard to Have a Mouse-Free House: God's 10 Disciplines for a Happier, Healthier, and More Prosperous Life" is a guide to enduring the little annoyances and evils of life and how to live a much happier serene life in the process. With ten disciplines to practice when faced with these challenges, "It's Hard to Have a Mouse-Free House" is a top pick for any Christian toughing out the storm of life.

Facing Financial Struggle
Wessel Bentley
Upper Room Books
1908 Grand Avenue, Nashville, TN 37212
9780835810272, $10.00,

Faith and the ability to continue on can be your greatest friend during money troubles. "Facing Financial Struggle: 28 Days of Prayer" discusses faith and its role for Christians facing financial crisis. The discipline not to make it worse, realizing that one isn't alone, planning better financially and more, Wessel Bentley gives readers plenty of faith to live by. "Facing Financial Struggle" is a must for any Christian in crisis.

Angel Without Wings
M. Katherine Weil
Southwest Publishing
PO Box 50748, Phoenix, AZ 85076-0748
9780964226425, $16.95,

Stigmata is seen as a wonder, but how does one live with such a state? "Angel Without Wings" tells the story of a woman who lived with the gift, or curse depending on who you ask, of Stigmata. Bearing a burden similar to that of Christ, Mary Alice Mason was forced out of service as a nun by religious persons. She felt it was God's will to marry the man who would become her husband; after her death, her widower became ordained to serve as a priest of the Catholic church for the remainder of his life. "Angel Without Wings" is a fascinating exploration and a solidly recommended read.

The Bible Believer's Job Search Handbook
Trina Selstad
West Bow
1663 Liberty Drive, Bloomington, IN 47403
9781449701444, $9.95,

Keeping the faith can be hard when rejection is everywhere you turn. "The Bible Believer's Job Search Handbook" is a guide to keeping the faith and using scripture to keep one motivated when on the job search. With advice on pursuing one's job that is good for anyone, "The Bible Believer's Job Search Handbook" is a fine pick for any Christian on a job hunt.

The Mustard Seed Collection
Dorothy R. Swygert
Rekindle the Heart
PO Box 219, Hampton, VA 23669
9780964873742, $14.95

The Bible has a lot to offer young readers in morals and entertainment. "The Mustard Seed Collection: Biblical Plays and Vignettes for Youth and Young Adults" is a collection of plays and stories aimed at younger readers who want to in a way experience the stories of the Bible and the life of Christ all on their own. For any Sunday School or Church collection, "The Mustard Seed Collection" is a fine volume to add.

Medicine From God
Beth Bosserman
Pleasant Word
PO Box 428, Enumclaw, WA 98022
9781414114736, $14.99

When you're at your weakest, you need it the most. "Medicine from God; Scripture Verses to Encourage and Comfort the Sick" is a collection of inspirational scripture at those who are faced with a disease, most commonly those of an extended nature and commonly challenge the spirits and determination. Designed to uplift the spirits and promote wellness, "Medicine From God" is a very inspirational and highly recommended read.

Credit Card Usury and the Christian Failure to Stop It
Paul Peter Jesep
Bishop Paul Peter
PO Box 464, 1737 Union Street, Schenectady, NY 12309
9781452870267, $15.00

The tale of the money lenders and Jesus is one that rings profound for many Christians, yet with today's economic crisis, this story seems to have been forgotten. "Credit Card Usury and the Christian Failure to Stop It: A Call to Social Justice Against the Money Changers" looks at the current crisis and condemns those who would exploit the poor and calls to a more complete stand against these underhanded tactics. Calling these abuses social injustices, "Credit Card Usury and the Christian Failure to Stop It" is an intriguing look for any Christian concerned about the economic crisis.

The Religion/Spirituality Shelf

A Different Kind of Sentinel
E. J. Drury II
Rivendell Books
PO Box 9306, Richmond Hts., MO 63117-0306
9780979702310, $19.95,

There's many sides to every person, and appreciating those is a key to a happier life. "A Different Kind of Sentinel: The Strange Case of Sir Eodor and She Who Must Be Obeyed" is a spirituality guide that looks into the many aspects of human nature, and the aspects that make up our souls. With plenty of food for thought, "A Different Kind of Sentinel" is a fascinating and very highly recommended read that shouldn't be overlooked.

The End Of All Worries: We Are All One
Irie Glajar
Positive Imaging
9016 Palace Parkway, Austin, TX 78748
9780984258025, $14.95,

There are uniting factors among all of us, no matter where we come from and what we do. "The End Of All Worries: We Are All One: Scientific and Spiritual Testimonies To the Unity of All Things" is a spiritual and metaphysical discussion of the factors that unite all of mankind and how realizing this leads to a stronger understanding of mankind and the world around us. "The End Of All Worries: We Are All One" is quite the read and has many thoughtful ideas, recommended.

Re-Imagining God
Lucius DuBose
Cold River Studio
6120 Bresslyn Road, Nashville, TN 37205
9780984229888, $24.95,

God was once an explanation for everything, but as time and science advances, the role of God has most definitely changed. "Re-Imagining God: A Spiritual Journey" discusses God in the age of science and how today, traditional religion has lost power, but that even though faith has seemed to be lost, finding faith may still be possible. Written by a former Presbyterian minister, he encourages readers to find their own vision of God. "Re-Imagining God" is a fine and recommended collection that shouldn't be missed.

The Way of Play
Victor Shamas
Act on Wisdom
PO Box 12484, Tucson, AZ 85732-2484
9780979362811, $15.00,

Play is as old as spirituality, and as old as humanity itself. "The Way of Play: Reclaiming Divine Fun & Celebration" is a unique exploration of spirituality and the joy of play, as Victor Shamas spins a story as well as discussing the countless ways to play and how we do so in life. From pondering the universe to the more adult pleasures, "The Way of Play " tells of a journey and the spirituality of thought that unites all of us and is older than any faith.

Creating a Healthy Life and Marriage
Judith Anne Desjardins
Spirit House Publishing
3435 Ocean park Blvd. #107-418, Santa Monica, CA 90405
9780984387502, $28.95,

A good marriage and a happy life are goals often sought but hard to realize. "Creating A Healthy Life and Marriage: A Holistic Approach: Body Mind, Emotions, and Spirit" is a spiritual and uplifting guide from Judith Anne Desjardins as she gives a spiritual approach to a better life, urging readers to look inside themselves and their partner in searching for that that peace of mind and life. With plenty of tips and tools to get to that happiness of life, "Creating a Healthy Life and Marriage" is a top pick and solidly recommended read.

The Life That is Really Life
Tobin Crenshaw
Privately Published
9781452827285, $11.99,

Simple truths drive people further in life. "The Life That is Really Life: How Biblical Truth Can Transform Your Spiritual, Emotional, Physical, and Relational Health" is a spiritual guide form Tobin Crenshaw as he presents the many truths of life according to him as he hopes readers will find his writing and use it to positive effect in their lives. From condemning wide range medication for depression, empowering relationships, and the power of memory, "The Life That is Really Life" is a top pick for any spiritual and philosophical reader.

The Social Issues Shelf

Save the Teens
Carolyn C. Zahnow
Brand New Day Publishing
9780974173153, $16.95,

The weight of the world can be too much, combined with the perception no one cares. "Save the Teens: Preventing Suicide, Depression, and Addiction" is a memoir of Carolyn C. Zahnow along with her own urges to help other mothers cope with the worst feelings they can have - the loss of a child. Losing her own son to his suicide, she urges mothers to take a more active role in their child's lives, and help them fight teenage depression and addiction as the root causes of suicide. "Save the Teens" is a powerful yet tragic read, highly recommended.

At the End of the Day
Diane Durrill & Marianne Moore
Passage Publishing
2885 Lyncrest Drive, Nashville, TN 37214
9780981483313, $17.95

With all the debate and negativity in today's media, patriotism can be hard to remember. "At the End of the Day: A Tribute to America" is a compilation of writing and poetry encouraging patriotism and unity for America by looking at the bonds that unite America and keep it stronger in spite of its political divisions. "At the End of the Day" is uplifting and thoughtful, and very highly recommended.

The Environmental Studies Shelf

Addicted to Energy
Elton B. Sherwin
Energy House Publishing
540 Cowper Street, Suite 201, Palo Alto, CA 94301
9780982796108, $18.95,

More than ever, the American need for energy seems unquenchable. "Addicted to Energy: A Venture Capitalist's Perspective on How to Save Our Economy and Our Climate" discusses why America seems to have such a massive need for fuel and other energies, looking at the many causes that are both social and political. Not entirely the doomsayer, Elton Sherwin gives readers hope with plenty of thoughts to wean America off its fuel dependence in the future. "Addicted to Energy" is a read not to be missed for anyone concerned with the environment.

The Education Shelf

Vocabulary Games for the Classroom
Lindsay Carleton & Robert J. Marzano
Marzano Research
555 North Morton Street, Bloomington, IN 47404
9780982259269, $34.95,

A good vocabulary is a cornerstone to good education. "Vocabulary Games for the Classroom' is a collection of games for teachers to play with their students to help them gain a better grasp of the finer words in the English language. With plenty of example activities for any primary or secondary school grade level, terms for different subjects, questions, and how to emphasize the importance of vocabulary, "Vocabulary Games for the Classroom" is a strong pick and solidly recommended read for any language teacher.

The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf

The Sand Dragon
Michael F. Stewart
Double Dragon Publishing
PO Box 54016, I-5762 Highway 7, East, Markham, Canada, ON L3P 7Y4
9781554047437, $15.99,

The dragon is a legend that has captivated the world for centuries. "The Sand Dragon" tells the story of paleontologist Kim Axon as she discovers a dinosaur skeleton that could be something far more. An ancient evil surrounds the area, and Kim is baffled to understand it, but must before it consumes the community around her. "The Sand Dragon" is a top pick and solid recommendation for fantasy readers.

Armor of Light
Ellen L. Ekstrom
ireadiwrite Publishing
5195 Central Avenue, Delta BC V4K 2H1
9781926760391, $13.65,

It's easy to ignore the problems inside when faced with a more immediate danger. "Armor of Light" tells the story of George Ascalon, a noble who has returned from the Crusades but is saddled with one last task to deal with the problems of a neighboring land. While the task is no cakewalk, George, as he leads his sister and others, finds that what he has shoved aside for his mission can't be kept like that for much longer. "Armor of Light" is a riveting fantasy, a solidly recommended read.

Finding Emmaus
Pamel S. K. Glasner
Emerald Book Co.
PO Box 91869, Austin, TX 78709
Miller Wright & Associates, Inc (publicity)
1650 Broadway, Suite 1210, New York, NY 10019
9781934572337, $24.95,

Empathy is within s all, but some feel it stronger than others. "Finding Emmaus" is the first book fo the Lodestarre series, a historic fantasy telling a story of two Empaths who live three hundred years apart whose talents are written off as mental illness. Through this gap, the two Empaths seek to understand their talents and what it means, even when society snubs them. "Finding Emmaus" is a thoughtful and fascinating read and take on society through fantasy, highly recommended.

Paul M. Schofield
Galactic Publishers
219 Hemlock Ln, Murphy, NC 28906
9780984478002, $16.95,

The worst has the chance of repeating itself if good people don't act quickly. "Trophy" is a science fiction thriller as Lt. Janet Rogerton chases a criminal through space and time, seeking to repeat the tragedy that almost drove humanity to extinction before. Faced with the flaws of human nature and the structure of the government spanning the earth, "Trophy" is a top pick for any looking for a good science fiction read.

Dead Forever Apotheosis
William Campbell
Glyd-Evans Press
PO Box 14946, Portland, OR 97293-0946
9780971796058, $16.95,

Godhood isn't all it's cracked up to be. "Dead Forever Apotheosis" is the second novel in the Dead Forever series, as William Campbell continues his series as the conflict spills onto other planets bring more into the war. Stuck between saintliness and being branded a heretic, a hero has to find a way to bring about peace or otherwise meet a final end in a world where ends don't seem to be so final. "Dead Forever Apotheosis" is a fun and enticing fantasy that will be hard to put down.

The Humor Shelf

With One Eye Open
Polly Frost
Rapture House
40 East 9th Street, #9L, New York, NY 10003
9780615376486, $10.19,

If you're not laughing at your life, you're doing it wrong. "With One Eye Open" is a collection of writing and other works from Polly Frost as she launches her dedicated assault on humor and lfe around her. With plenty of musings and thoughts, Polly's work does well in offering much to think about and makes for a fun and fascinating read. "With One Eye Open" is a solid addition to any humor collection.

The Science Shelf

Living With Evolution or Dying Without It
K. D. Koratsky
Sunscape Books
PO Box 473627, Charlotte, NC 28247
9780982654606, $49.95

For anything to persevere, it must change and adapt. "Living with Evolution Or Dying Without It: A guide to Understanding Humanity's Past, present, and Future" describes the evolution of all things, and how humanity has succeeded and thrived through their changes over their existence. Stating that even religion has evolved through the centuries, K. D. Koratsky gives readers a scientific and thoughtful analysis of the ever changing universe we live in. "Living With Evolution or Dying Without It" is a fascinating read, highly recommended.

The Mystery/Suspense Shelf

Blind Landing
Tony Blackman
Blackman Associates
15462 Gulf Boulevard, Madiera Beach, FL 33708
9780955385612, $15.99

There is often more than single side to any event. "Blind Landing" looks into the crash of a plane going from Sydney, Australia to London and the events that led to it. Terrorists, insurance interests, and more, aviation expert Peter Talbert is placed on the case and it may be more than he can handle. For those who love a good mystery, "Blind Landing" may be the book for them.

Smuggler's Moon
Doug Haddaway
Stratosphere Publishing
PO Box 470554, Celebration, FL 34747
9780984249701, $14.95,

Luck is limited and relying on it too much will put someone in a bad way quick. "Smuggler's Moon: Underneath the Radar" is a thriller following Ricky Culpepper as he flies over Vietnam and finds that his luck may just run out and he may just run into a whole new problem altogether. "Smuggler's Moon" is a fun read that shouldn't be missed for adventure novel fans.

Murder on Elbrus
Charles G. Irion & Ronald J. Watkins
Irion Books
9780984161829, $19.95,

Going up against the Russian army is easy. It's his allies that seem to be the real problem. "Murder on Elbrus" tells the tale of Scott Devlon as he becomes entrenched in the murder of a high ranking Russian official on a mountain in Europe. With the Russian army on his tail, Scott is forced to battle the media, the Russian mob, and plenty of people with their own agendas, leaving him with little to trust and an ever growing pile of problems. "Murder on Elbrus" is a fascinating and fast paced read, highly recommended.

Haint Misbehavin
Maureen Hardegree
Bell Bridge Books
PO Box 300921, Memphis, TN 38130
9781935661931, $12.95,

Ghosts can be pain in the neck, especially when you have the usual laundry list of teenager problems to deal with. "Haint Misbehavin" is the first book of the Ghost Handler Series following Heather Tildy as she finds out she has to become a ghost handler and deal with the slew of ghosts that surround her and help them find their way to the next world. but she finds being a shrink for the undead isn't easy or necessarily fun. "Haint Misbehavin" is a fun mystery that will entice many young readers.

Murder in La-La Land
Naomi Hirihara, Eric Stone, Juliet Backwell
Top Publications
12221 Merit Drive, Suite 950, Dallas, TX 75251
Reflex PR (publicity)
c/o Amelia Marshall
PO Box 803100, Santa Clarita, CA 91380-3100
9781929976645, $15.00

In the search for fame, everyone finds something even if it's not what you really want. "Murder in La-La Land" is a collection of short mysteries delving into the darker side of Los Angeles and everyone's search for fame. Many authors converge and give a non-stop package of entertainment, and provide no shortage of fun. "Murder in La-La Land" is a riveting collection and solidly recommended.

The Parenting Shelf

Desperately Seeking Parents
Dathan A. Paterno
West Bow Press
1663 Liberty Drive, Bloomington, IN 47403
Abby Kraus PR (publicity)
1036 N Dearborn, #802, Chicago, IL 60610
9781449700171, $13.95,

A parent is an incredibly powerful figure in a child's life. "Desperately Seeking Parents: Why Your Child Needs a Parent in Charge and How to Become One" delves into parenting and the importance of a parent being the authority figure int heir child's life, the person to look to for guidance. With plenty of tips for creating a family constitution and more, "Desperately Seeking Parents" is an important read, and a powerful tool for parents.

Soul to Soul Parenting
Anne Burnside
Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing
15115 Highway 36, Deadwood, Oregon, 97430
9781936214143, $16.00,

Empathy is contagious. "Soul to Soul Parenting: A Guide to Raising a Spiritually Conscious Family" is a guide for parents who want to help open their children's minds to the spiritual side of life, how to integrate spirituality into everyday life, and practices that will unite and empower families. For parents looking for positive ways to build stronger bonds, "Soul to Soul Parenting" is highly recommended.

Teach Your Kids to Think!
Maria Chesley Fisk
That's Good Thinking
3905 State Street, Suite 7191, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
9780984199808, $14.95,

The mind is a terrible thing to waste and nurturing it is an important part of growing up. "Teach Your Kids to Think!: Simple Tools You Can Use Every Day" is a guide for parents to encourage thought and thinking in their children by giving them daily exercises to keep a good and intent mind as they grow up, as a good and analytical mind now will lead to a good and analytical mind later. "Teach Your Kids to Think!" is a must.

Adopting Your Parents
Melanie Ambrose
Revolution Mind Publishing
135 Macewan Park Circle NW, Calgary, Alberta, T3K 4A3
9780973936230, $14.95,

As old age sinks in, aid will be required. "Adopting Your Parents: What to Know Before Taking the Plunge" is an advisory guide for anyone whose about to be faced with caring for their elderly parents and wants to help them live the last decades of their life well and without pain for either side of the fence. Understanding the needs, the wants, and the elderly in general, "Adopting Your Parents" proves to be a powerful resource that shouldn't be missed.

The Economics Shelf

Unexpected Treasures
Mikel Brown
Cadence Group
103 Remsen Street Cohoes, NY 12047
9781930388178, $15.95,

Wealth is all about knowing where to go and where to look. "Unexpected Treasures: 72 Ways to Uncover Your Hidden Wealth" is a guide to motivating oneself to finding that fortune in life and stay steadfast on one's search. Encouraging readers to stay at it in the face of failure, finding their own niche, and how a good pursuit of wealth can be a good search in life. "Unexpected Treasures" is not to be missed.

The Sports Shelf

Race Track Attack Guide
Edwin Reeser
Sericin Publishing Company
1979 Mar Vista Avenue, Altadena, CA 91001
9780984172412, $16.95,

Pushing a machine to the limit with the combination of skill has often been the allure of the motor sports enthusiast. "Race Track Attack Guide: Willow Springs International Motorsports Park" is a guide for the amateur or professional auto sports enthusiast who wants to maximize their performance on this famed track. With turn by turn analysis, "Race Track Attack Guide" is a must for anyone tweaking their game or any who want to be an informed fan of any race.

The Pets/Wildlife Shelf

So Easy to Love, So Hard to Lose
Laurie Kaplan
Jan Gen Press
PO Box 2574, Briarcliff, Manor, NY 10510
9780975479414, $24.95

Losing a pet can be a daunting thing. "So Easy to Love, So Hard to Lose: A Bridge to healing Before and After the Loss of a Pet" is a helpful guide to coping with both the impending death of a beloved pet and dealing with these tragedies. With tips on making the pet's passing as painless as possible, the event, coping, and moving on, Laurie Kaplan provides a shoulder for pet lovers to cry on and cope with, making "So Easy to Love, So Hard to Lose" a solidly recommended piece.

The Buddhist Studies Shelf

The Buddha and The Dream of America
James Hilgendorf
The Tribute Series
PO Box 12144, Eugene, OR 97441
9781929159215, $12.95,

It's all about putting one's thought to it. "The Buddha and the Dream of America" is a collection of musings from James Hilgendorf as he presents a series of simple thoughts as he draws on Buddhist philosophy and offers insights on the many topics of life. From the afterlife to faith to self-esteem, "The Buddha and the Dream of America" is an intriguing delve into spirituality and philosophy, recommended.

The Crafts Shelf

It Wood be Fun
Michael Bentinck-Smith
Martin and Lawrence Press
PO Box 682, Groton, MA 01450
The Cadence Group (publicity)
103 Remsen Street Cohoes, NY 12047
9780982073209, $19.95,

A Good craft teaches perseverance and patience. "It Wood Be Fun: Woodworking with Children" delves into the value of crafts for young people along with plenty of starter projects and advice for working with wood to create and build. From useful items to trinkets to toys, "It Wood Be Fun" is a must for any parent who wants to introduce their child into the wonderful world of woodworking.

The Judicial Studies Shelf

Exoneration: The Trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg and Morton Sobell
Emily Arnow Alman & David Alman
Green Elms Press
PO Box 15186, Seattle, WA 98115-0186
9780977905836, $24.95,

Too often, innocence is proven after death. "Exoneration: The Trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg and Morton Sobell" looks at the infamous spy case of the Rosenbergs, a couple that was accused of selling secrets to the Soviet Union back in the 1950s. Fifty years later, new evidence emerges that brings a different light to the Rosenbergs and their actions. For those intrigued by the inner workings of the cold war and how politics conflicted with justice, "Exoneration" is a fascinating and solidly recommended read.

The Philosophy Shelf

The Telescreen
Jeffrey Grupp
Progressive Independent Media
PO Box 126, Joshua Tree, CA 92252
9781615770755, $14.95,

From birth to death in the past generation, television has always been there for them. "The Telescreen: An Empirical and Philosophical Study of the Destruction of Consciousness in America" discusses how television is affecting America and its spirituality. Culture has changed more than ever, and it has greatly changed how people look at the world. "The Telescreen" is not a read to be missed.

The Criminology Shelf

Wanted: Gentleman Bank Robber
Dane Batty
Nish Publishing Company
880 NE 25th Avenue, Suite 2-102, Hillsboro, OR 97124
9780615268453, $15.95,

Who says you can't be a nice guy and a criminal at the same time? "Wanted: Gentleman Bank Robber, The True Story of Leslie Ibsen Rogge, One of the FBI's Most Elusive Criminals" is the story of Rogge, a man who by much speculation has knocked over more banks than many famed outlaws put together. Captured twice and escaping, but never harming anyone, "Wanted: Gentleman Bank Robber" is certainly an engaging story of the other side of the law, highly recommended.

The Jobs/Careers Shelf

Get the Job You Want in IT
Ian O'Sullivan
Signalman Publishing
3209 Stonehurst Cir, Kissimmee, FL 34741
9780984061471, $24.99

IT is a hot industry with lots of people searching for that ideal position. "Get the Job You Want in IT: Insider Strategies for a Successful Job Search Campaign" is a guide for the job hunter who wants to be prepared to find the job they are looking for and how to land the employment. Outlining how corporate IT works and how to appeal to these practices, "Get the Job You Want in IT" is a useful and very highly recommended resource for job hunters.

Getting to The Top
Kathyrn Ullrich
Silicon Valley Press
c/o Jane Wesman public Relations
322 Eighth Avenue, Suite 1702, New York, NY 1001
9789843905109, $19.95,

The corporate ladder is a tall and daunting one. "Getting to the Top: Strategies for Career Success" is a guide for gaining that all important advancement in one's life and moving above and beyond what is expected of them. You can take the success of one's career into one's own hands and Kathryn Ullrich hopes to give readers a thoughtful guide to reaching that next level in their career. "Getting to the Top" is a guide to the ambitious who don't know how to be.

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Midwest Book Review
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