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Review: The Unusual Second Life of Thomas Weaver by Shawn Inmon

★★★★★ The Unusual Second Life of Thomas Weaver: Episode One

The Unusual Second Life of Thomas Weaver by Shawn Inmon is a gripping story of the ultimate “What if?”

The time travel genre is populated by a number of standard premises, meaning that multiple authors have discussed many of the same philosophical and ethical issues over the years.…

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Review: The Ever Fiend (Talon Stormbringer Series) by Randy Ellefson

★★★★½ The Ever Fiend by Randy Ellefson

Talon Stormbringer is many things – a thief, a rogue, a legend. Is he a fool too?

Tasked with finding the land of Everway by the very same wizard he tried to steal from in the first place, Talon must join forces with a band of misfits in order to find the legendary silver elixir for his new employer-by-force.…

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Review: An Unknown Love: Secrets & Romance by Adom Sample

★★★★ An Unknown Love: Secrets & Romance by Adom Sample

He watches from the shadows of his villa, from the edge of the crowd, and through the latest newspaper that tells of her success. She has no idea that he even exists, until the love letter arrives…

Jasmine Sun-Wallace is an upstart businesswoman – easily described as a go-getter in establishing her successful cosmetics company; austere in the meeting room but with a kind and generous heart that is made apparent through her philanthropic efforts.…

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Review: Paper Castles by Terri Lee

★★★★★ Paper Castles by Terri Lee

The year is 1963. The American dream has begun to definitely show its ragged edges, and in sunny Georgia the manicured gardens kept prim and proper on lavish manor grounds reflect the lives of the listless housewives cloistered within. Savannah Palmerton had dreams once, but now she is a specter of a woman, drifting from social engagement to social engagement, with nothing in her life between the forced smiles and empty chatter of afternoon teas and garden parties.…

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Review: Simple Simon by William Poe

★★★★★ Simple Simon by William Poe

“Cocaine overtook the lives of many people in the 1980s. That seemed especially true in the Hollywood gay scene, where I was something of a fixture in the bars, especially the seedy ones.”

Simon Powell has lived a life of many regrets – one of religious engagement and chemical addiction; of Hollywood dreams and cold nights on concrete streets, of love and loss, and the harsh bounce back from rock-bottom.…

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Review: In the Presence of Wolves by Erick Nason

★★★★½ In the Presence of Wolves by Erick Nason

In the Presence of Wolves: The Adventures of Ranger Jacob Clarke by Erick Nason is a rugged and action-packed adventure.

As military history in America goes, the French and Indian War is perhaps the least discussed, but as Erick Nason so expertly depicts in his novel, In the Presence of Wolves, it was truly a fascinating time in American history.…

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Review: Radio Sphere by Devin terSteeg

★★★★★ Radio Sphere by Devin terSteeg

In the not-so-distant future of “20XX,” the world has changed dramatically. Human innovation has advanced far beyond our ability to truly stay in-touch with the latest news and technology, leading to a social stagnation of endless consumption. We have greatly elongated lives, and yet we have so much more to experience; we’re a progressive society, progressed beyond our limits.…

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Review: Strangers I Have Known by Melissa Kotler Schwartz

★★★★★ Strangers I Have Known by Melissa Schwartz

When people think back on the story of their lives, the “main characters” are typically family members, friends, lovers, children, co-workers and the myriad other people who receive Christmas cards or occasional texts. However, a large portion of our time as human beings consists of interactions with strangers.…

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