Literary Fiction – Simon Says

Simon SaysSimon Says
By William Poe
Publisher: Simon Says
ISBN: 978-0615559575
Published: May 2012
Pages: 348
Genre: Literary Fiction

A gay man escapes the cult of Reverend Sun Myung Moon after ten years and becomes a successful movie distributor in Hollywood. But the deep self-loathing that brought him to the Reverend Moon’s congregation leads him down a dark path of drugs and broken relationships until one final, traumatic moment defines whether he will live or die. A profound journey of self-discovery and acceptance, William Poe’s latest novel is a probing look into the darker reaches of the human psyche. Simon Powell has spent ten years of his life as a member of the cult of Reverend Moon. Unfulfilled, he breaks free of the Unification Church and returns home to Arkansas only to be rocked by the death of his father. In desperate need of feeling grounded, he ventures to Hollywood and reconnects with a former lover and the lawyers he once hired to defend Reverend Moon on income tax evasion charges. Before long, however, he splits with his lover and embarks on an unending series of soulless, drug-filled nights and broken relationships. Just as his money is running out, however, he gets an interview that just might get his life back on track. Quickly becoming a successful movie distributor, Simon’s drug problem merely spirals into the dark abyss. Cocaine gives way to crack as he spends money faster than he can make it to feed his drug and sex habit. But they both fail to fill the void deep inside and his life careens hopelessly out of control. Finally convinced to enter rehab, the continued abuse for being gay drives him towards one final, desperate decision that will leave his life hanging in the balance. Exploring the struggle of reintegration into society of a gay man after years of self-denial and repression, Poe’s newest is a fascinating portrait of cultism, drugs, the Hollywood gay scene, and the motion picture industry. A masterpiece full of an aching longing and desperation, Simon Says is a troubling, provocative, and ultimately triumphant look into addiction, recovery, and our need to be loved.

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Religious – Halloween, Hallowed is Thy Name

Halloween, Hallowed is Thy NameHalloween
By Rev. Dr. Eddie J. Smith
Publisher: WestBowPress
ISBN: 978-1-4497-5715-1 (sc)
978-1-4497-5717-5 (hc)
978-1-4497-5716-8 (e)
Published: November 2012
Pages: 400
Genre: Religious, Christianity, Halloween, Holiday

Many Christians feel ambivalent about Halloween. Their pastor says it is the Devil’s holiday. Many take their children trick-or-treating but feel guilty about it. Many avoid celebrating the holiday but inwardly feel like they are missing out on something special. Only a few confidently embrace Halloween with all the exciting Christian joy they can muster.

Answering these questions and challenging the traditional status quo is the focus of Halloween, Hallowed Is Thy Name. This book is an in-depth Bible study and theological reflection on how we as citizens of God’s Kingdom should consider October 31st.

In this intriguing work, Dr. Smith delves into the history and tradition of Halloween and our Christian faith and concludes that Halloween is not only permissible and beneficial, according to St. Paul, but evangelistically necessary. Christmas and Easter are the two bookends of our faith and are enthusiastically celebrated by all Christians without debate. Christmas is about the birth of our Savior, and Easter is about Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. Yet, Halloween is about everything in between Jesus’ birth and death–it is about His life and ministry, His miracles and healing, His victory over death, darkness, disease, evil, demons and Satan.

The principles used in this Bible study can be used to determine other morally questionable issues as well. This book is for everyone who seeks honest answers and diligently searches for God’s Truth. The question is not “should” we celebrate Halloween, but how can we not triumphantly say, “Happy Halloween?”

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Suspenseful Thriller – The Poksu Conspiracy

The Poksu ConspiracyThe Poksu Conspiracy
By Chester D. Campbell
Publisher: Night Shadows Press
ISBN: B00A1TZ96K
Published: November 2012
Pages: 473
Genre: Thriller, Suspense
Ebook format only

This is the second book in a Post Cold War political thriller trilogy. With the Cold War ended, a reliable report reveals a plot that could throw the Far East into turmoil. Burke Hill, former FBI agent who is now clandestine director for a Washington PR firm that’s a CIA spinoff, is tasked to find the truth about a secret agreement for Israel to help South Korea develop nuclear weapons.

After the new Seoul government asks all U.S. troops to leave, a bomb decimates the North Korean leadership in Pyongyang’s Presidential Palace. Hill links up with a Seoul Metropolitan Police detective investigating a series of murders he believes are targeted at civilian leaders who favor close cooperation with America. Capt. Yun Yu-sop identifies a ruthless Korean assassin who targets anyone who stands in the way.

Burke Hill and his staff track leads about South Korea and into Chiangmai, Thailand as the clock ticks down on a secret nuclear test. Then he discovers he is the next target of the assassin.

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Autobiography – I, Win

I, WinI Win
By Win Charles
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 978-1478209997
Published: October 2012
Pages: 80
Genre: Autobiography

At age 24 I decided to tell my story. Writing this autobiography gave me the opportunity to pay tribute to my family members who are passionate about life and have instilled this passion in me. My parents’ extraordinary support, encouragment, and pure love were my foundation as I navigated life, overcame obstacles, and achieved successes as a young woman with cerebral palsy. I have to pay full tribute to my mother, who died in August 2010. From her I learned to listen to my own voice as a guide to making life choices. She taught me to always expect the best from myself.

My hope is that this book will provide insight into the extraordinary possibilities that those who live with disabilities have. I also hope that those without disabilities– rather than putting a focus on our differences – will come to understand what we all have in common. This book is for my mom, with love.

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Literary Fiction – The Alibi and Other Stories

The Alibi and Other StoriesThe Alibi and Other Stories
By Joseph Michael DeGross
Publisher: Hawk Bluff Publishing
ISBN: 978-0615648811
Published: September 2012
Pages: 132
Genre: Literary Fiction

Human beings delude themselves so as not to be confronted with truths that are difficult to accept. They create diversions and lies to hide from the truth. Life might be easier and even better if only they could learn to see and live with truth. Each of the eight stories in this collection provide a view of this pandemic infecting the human condition.

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Memoir – Lamb of Legacy

Lamb of Legacy: A Child’s Survival in Hitler’s BerlinLamb of Legacy
By Edeltraud F. Fellendorf
Publisher: Tate Publishing
ISBN: 978-1620248355
Published: January 2013
Pages: 284
Genre: Memoir

Lamb of Legacy: A Child’s Survival in Hitler’s Berlin is the beautifully honest and haunting true story of Edeltraud Fellendorf’s childhood in Silesia and adolescent years in Berlin, Germany, where she was raised in the shadow of Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich, the madness of World War 2, and the years that followed. She survives today through the grace of God, and is determined to finally share her story before everything is forgotten—before the past is buried and no one remembers the ugliness of a world at war and what it means to be a German girl, a sacrificial Lamb that innocently carried on Hitler’s Legacy.

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