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Review: More Tales for Your Monkey’s Mind by Steve Michael Reedy, Illustrated by Tom Fee

★★★★½ More Tales for Your Monkey's Mind

The mind is a powerful tool and nowhere is it more evident than in More Tales for Your Monkey’s Mind, a highly-imaginative series of stories for young children by Steve Michael Reedy, with illustrations by Tom Fee.

With irresistible titles such as “Chef Tubblygras and Her Amazing Purple Hippos,” “James and the Clock of Torsion Springs” and “The Nuts in Nuttersville,” each story in Reedy’s book is chock full of entertaining characters, thanks to Reedy’s quirky characterization and unique name choices.…

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Review: Pursuit of the Guardian (Children of the Republic Book 2) by Jason T. Hutt

★★★★½ Pursuit of the Guardian

Great space adventures aren’t easy to find, but in Pursuit of the Guardian, the second installment of the Children of the Republic series, author Jason Hutt hits all the right buttons for sci-fi fans. Combining the broad creativity of “Star Wars” and the rough-around-the-edges universe of “Firefly,” this novel is an action-packed and immensely satisfying read.…

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Review: It Feels Good to Feel Good by Cheryl Meyer

★★★★ It Feels Good to Feel Good: Learn to Eliminate Toxins, Reverse Inflammation and Feel Great Again

In It Feels Good to Feel Good: Learn to Eliminate Toxins, Reduce Inflammation and Feel Great Again, author and health coach Cheryl Meyer has lived through her own process of eliminating toxins to address her autoimmune system’s issues, and she has now set out a clear pathway for others to follow.…

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Review: The Little Green Wagon by M. D. Carter

★★★½ The Little Green Wagon by M. D. Carter

Homelessness is often the result of a long series of mishaps and misfortunes; M. D. Carter, author of The Little Green Wagon:  A Book of Journeys, chose homelessness as a way of encountering the verities of life.

Struggling with addiction in his early twenties, alienated and alone, Carter thought of suicide as his only solution.…

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Review: Swollen Identity (McCall & Company Book 2) by Rich Leder

★★★★½ Swollen Identity

Swollen Identityby Rich Leder is the second book in the electric McCall & Company series about Kate McCall, who’s inherited a PI company from her murdered father, and reluctantly takes the reins. Moonlighting as a way-off Broadway actress starring in a series of absurd musicals, Book 2 finds socialite Brooke Barrington walking into her living room, who claims to have had her identity stolen, as well as stealing a kiss…

This leads to a complex, but still breezingly entertaining case, where Kate has to contend with Brooke’s deranged twin sister Bailey, who wants to murder her sister and who’s in trouble with international counterfeiters, a businessman who’s murdered in the same manner as her father, and the Bulgarian mob landing on her doorstep.…

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Review: The Quieting West by Gordon Gravley

★★★★ The Quieting West

The Quieting West is a quick-moving novel set against the backdrop of the Wild West. It follows the parallel lives of two cowboys, Thomas and Billy, who find themselves unexpectedly swept up into the world of Hollywood as the more conventional work for cowboys dries up.…

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