Children’s – The Best Belcher

The Best Belcher
Author: Lynda Medlyn & Kelley Staudenmier
Publisher: Window Box Press
ISBN: 978-0-9793738-0-0
Pages: 32
Published: September 2008

Tag along with Bennett as he burps his way through the day. Bennett is in for a big surprise, however, and so are readers of this funny children’s picture book for ages 4-8!

Bennett loves to burp—he burps his way through the day, annoying family, friends, and strangers alike. He burps at the breakfast table, at the bus stop, during the spelling bee, in the library under the “Quiet Please” sign, and while his brother lays in bed counting sheep. Despite warnings from his father that they’ll have to send him to live alone on a deserted island if he keeps it up and cautions from his sister that one day he’ll burp up a big, ugly monster, he continues this noisy habit. He’s curiously silenced one day until the burping contest comes to town, and the surprise winner is announced.

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Science Fiction – The Bloodstone

The Bloodstone
The Serpent Passage Series Book 2
Author: Todd Allen Pitts
Publisher: Serpent Publishing
ISBN: 978-1470065638
Pages: 396
Published: June 2012

In the sequel to THE SERPENT PASSAGE (a sci-fi adventure in the times of the ancient Maya) the bloodstone is dying and must be revived in a ritual in the abandoned kingdom of Palenque. Along the way, William is confronted by demons, hostile feathered serpents, and other bizarre creatures that are determined to stop him.

While William sleeps, he takes over the body of an owl, and tries to help the Mayans who were abducted by the Grey Ones.

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Mystery – I’d Kill For You

I’d Kill For You
Author: Alan Plessinger
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 978-1466333772
Pages: 214
Published: November 2011

New novel portrays unlikely alliance of jaded investigators and a 16-year-old runaway.

“I’d Kill For You” by Alan Plessinger takes readers inside a tangled web of murders and lies to depict a vulnerable young woman and her eccentric protectors.

The novel sis et in modern-day New York City and features murderers, missing persons, double-crossers and a colorful cast of supporting characters.

Lisa, a sixteen-year-old runaway, has just arrived in New York City, intending to move in with her mother. But where is her mother? Not at the address where Lisa’s been writing her. Where is she?

Enter private detective Adam De Remer, willing to offer his assistance. Adam is just what she needs, blonde, blue-eyed, gentle, understanding, forgiving of Lisa and her moods and tantrums. Lisa falls just a little bit in love with Adam, but Adam is smart enough to keep her at arm’s length.

The De Remer Brothers Private Detective Agency offer their help, thought they’re supposed to be working on something else. And Lisa will need plenty of help, because her mother’s disappearance is linked to a series of murders going back over a decade, and the danger might not be over yet.

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Science Fiction – Talcon Star City

Talcon Star City
Author: Gary Caplan
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 978-1460966501
Pages: 274
Published: January 2012

Talcon Star City has been honored as a “Finalist” of the 2012 International Book Awards in the “Fiction: Science Fiction” category.

Commodore Robert Sheppard fights to save the peacekeeping Alliance of Worlds from otherworldly aliens in Gary Caplan’s Talcon Star City, the space opera sequel to the award-winning Phoenix Rising.

Somewhere in the future, the universe is filled with hundreds of wild, weird and completely diverse civilizations existing on a myriad of strange and wonderful planets. But amidst all these brave new worlds, are otherworldly enemies intent on control, no matter what it costs them or the universe, and all courageous people must step forward and band together to stop them. That’s the premise of Gary Caplan’s brilliantly realized Talcon Star City, a story of bravery, revenge, aliens, and interstellar swashbuckling.

Caplan first burst onto the literary scene when he became a finalist in the highly prestigious 2010 Indie Excellence Award for his novel Phoenix Rising, which is also the prequel to Talcon Star City. Honing his craft, Caplan continued to write and went on to win the 2011 Indie Excellence Award in fantasy for his novel Return of the Ancient Ones. With Talcon Star City, he’s become even more exhilarating a writer, fashioning a science fiction epic that’s also thoughtful and realistic.

Talcon Star City centers on the character of Commodore Robert Sheppard, who, as acting admiral, commands the flagship Phoenix and the 6th fleet. As an esteemed member of the Order of Star Knights, Sheppard is gifted with unusually powerful metaphysical abilities, which he uses to help preserve the hundreds of civilizations in the universe. But there is now unrest in the universe and Sheppard and his other military officials must band together to fight a desperate alien challenge to the peaceful Alliance of Worlds. Lucky for Sheppard, he has his old mentor Garfield, and other allied Star Knights and admirals to help back him up in his fight. But as the plot thickens, the battle escalates. Now Sheppard is facing his old nemesis, the Varlon, who are sworn enemies of the Alliance of Worlds and are intent on expanding their power. But as Sheppard grapples with the evil he already knows, he must also face a group of aliens who are new to him, the fearsome Accads, who have joined with the Varlon and who pose challenging new threats he may be ill-equipped to vanquish. The best hope for the universe is to find the Talcon Star City and gain even more allies against these forces of evil. But time is running out. Can the stalwart heroes win the battle and stop this alien onslaught or is it already too late?

Caplan’s sparkling prose and larger-than-life characters make Talcon Star City an incomparable reading experience. “Sometimes unusual alliances are needed to combat deadly enemies,” says Caplan, an idea he boldly and entertainingly illustrates. His vision of the future is filled with startling new powers and technologies, all rendered with dazzling skill and humor, from comet-like projective weapons to particle cannonballs and invisible cloaks. Drawing from his own experiences in the military, Caplan gives his futuristic tale a stunning feeling of authenticity, making the interactions between military forces and aliens as plausible and true-to-life as they are exciting and original. Meant to appeal to fans of both Battlestar Galactica and Star Trek, Talcon Star City seems destined for classic status.

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Contemporary Fiction – Fire in the Henhouse

Fire in the Henhouse
Author: Frances Grote
Publisher: Rule Bender Press
ISBN: 9780983334101
Pages: 474
Published: February 2011

With razor-sharp wit and an unflinching eye for the little insanities of those who believe they are in charge, Fire in the Henhouse takes the reader on a rollercoaster of a ride. Dooleysburg, PA, chock full of local celebrities like the cross-dressing car dealer who doubles as the town mascot and a police chief who had to get his own juvenile record expunged, prides itself on being progressive and tolerant, a great place to raise a family. Widowed Maggie Rifkin returns here with her fourteen-year-old son and her New York attitude, naively imagining she can leave her past behind. But this town where friendships ignore racial boundaries and sexual eccentricities are a family business has been tempting the Fates. When sudden tragedy strikes, the thread of destruction might well unravel all the way back to Maggie’s childhood secret.

Fire in the Henhouse uses details delivered by witty characters and humorous situations to paint a complex portrait that includes both the light and darkness of 21st century American life. Grote is a master at building small everyday coincidences into the superstructure of events that ensnares her characters – and the reader.

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New Age – Timing Is Everything

Timing is Everything: Astrology is the Key, Book II
Author: Weslynn Mccallister
Publisher: Balboa Press
ISBN: 978-1452552309
Pages: 165
Published: July 2012

Have you ever planned that once-in-a-lifetime event, only to have it canceled due to inclement weather, illness, or an accident?

Wouldn’t you love to have a roadmap of your life, one that pointed the way to love, success, good health, and money?

Then this is a must have book, especially for those that desire to learn basic astrology. Complete with a questionnaire “Timing is Everything; Astrology is the Key” is designed for you. From here, you can go on to the more advanced teachings of Astrology with ease.

Although astrology is not destiny, nor is it fate, with a thorough knowledge of the subject and correct delineation, you will be able to time events in your life successfully.

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