Fiction – Bougainvillea Blues

Bougainvillea BluesBougainvillea Blues
By Dublin Gallyean
Published: June 2014
ISBN: 978-1493511198
ASIN: B00LJJKYWK
Genre: Fiction, Coming of Age
Formats Available For Review: Paperback (limited quantities, only available to qualified reviewers/bloggers in the U.S.) and Kindle

Bougainvillea Blues follows a family living in San Diego, CA in the early 1960’s. The dual narrators, Joey at 12 and as an adult, tell the story of a white middle-class boy in suburbia struggling to find the connection between sex and love. Voyeurism became his solution until he meets Gloria, his first girlfriend, on a family vacation in Texas. She shows him that he can be more intimate than the half promises merely watching provide, and that he can be loved by someone other than those supposedly required to care about him, his family. His 16-year-old widely-read sister questions how close his relationship with his mother has become when she stumbles onto them in the bathroom and forces him to reconsider this relationship with the person most responsible for his tenuous sense of self. The neighborhood boys provide mixed messages about how to find the companionship he needs. The Adonis- like Carroll twins are a standard from which he falls far short, and the overweight Billy reveals more savvy than he would have expected. When his father Sam has a heart attack at his mistress’s house and then dies with both her and his stunned family at his bedside in the hospital, Joey must find out whom he can trust.

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Literary Fiction – The Lion Trees

The Lion TreesThe Lion Trees
By Owen Thomas
Publisher: OTF Literary
Published: August 2014
Part One: Unraveling
ISBN: 978-0692235904
Part Two: Awakening
ISBN: 978-0692248379
Genre: Literary Fiction
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What happens when you get the life you aim for and it hurts like hell?

The Johns family is unraveling. Hollis, a retired Ohio banker, isolates himself in esoteric hobbies and a dangerous flirtation with a colleague’s daughter. Susan, his wife of forty years, risks everything for a second chance at who she might have become. David, their eldest, thrashes to stay afloat as his teaching career capsizes in a storm of accusations involving a missing student and the legacy of Christopher Columbus. And young Tilly, the black sheep, having traded literary promise for an improbable career as a Hollywood starlet, struggles to define herself amid salacious scandal, the demands of a powerful director, and the judgments of an uncompromising writer.

By turns comical and poignant, the Johns family is tumbling toward the discovery that sometimes you have to let go of your identity to find out who you are.

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Historical Fiction – The Canary Room

The Canary RoomThe Canary Room
By Edwin F. Casebeer and Linda Casebeer
Published: August 2014
ISBN: 978-1494423766
ASIN: B00MJCYX6Y
Genre: Historical Fiction
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In the spring of 1945, a young boy in the Pacific Northwest will make a life-or-death decision.

Every morning, Herman “Hermy” Auerbach awakens to the pre-dawn song of canaries. The porch where he sleeps contains dozens of the songbirds. Outside, in the wider world, the Second World War enters its final, bloody months.

Hermy comes to the Williams’ house under protest after his parents’ divorce, a result of his father leaving home initially to pursue his impossible dream of becoming an intelligence officer. Herman’s mother, remarried to a sailor, abandons her son to move across the country and start another family with her new husband. By the time he takes up residency in the canary room, Hermy has already suffered both from abandonment and bullying.

Life with the large, messy Williams clan offers Hermy little relief, although he bonds with the other boys in the family. When the boys hatch a wild escape plan, Hermy finds himself facing death, and deciding if his life is worth the struggle to survive after losing everything.

A compelling story of one boy’s struggle to survive the uncertainties of foster care and the war, The Canary Room brings to life the daily challenges of life on the US home front in vivid, historically accurate detail.

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Serealities Press (LTLW, LLC)
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Murder Mystery – Harrington Manor

Harrington ManorHarrington Manor
By Ronald James
Publisher: Mythic Dragon Publishing
ISBN: 978-1499366204
ASIN: B00K7IVVBW
Published:May 2014
Pages: 278
Genre: Murder Mystery/Family Saga
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A murderer stalks the orange groves of 1923 Southern California.

Detective Sidney Snipes is called to the Harrington Manor when retired Colonel Peter Wescott Harrington is found slumped over his desk by his family. Snipes entrusts the sensational new crime fighting technology – Fingerprint Analysis to find a fierce fiend.

Just when he thinks he has the murderer cornered, an unsolved missing person cold case rumples his proficient sleuthing skills. Then another Harrington turns up dead, and a sinister child’s Jack-in-the-box seems to have come from the grim reaper himself.

The case leads Snipes in a direction he never saw coming.

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Contemporary Fiction – Jagged Little Lies

Jagged Little LiesJagged Little Lies
By Lorelie Rozzano
Publisher: Rebel Ink Press
Published: January 2014
ISBN: 978-1940315393
ASIN: B00HNDDC3O
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
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Her friends and family tell her her son’s an addict. But she doesn’t believe them.

Her world is spinning out of control. Her mind races. Her days are spent consumed by pain and worry.

People think they know her but they don`t, not really.

She wears a mask, of sorts ..Only the mask is heavy, and exhausting. And it`s starting to slip. The cracks are beginning to show. Just as she gets one patched up, another breaks wide-open. Pretension it’s such a deadly game to play.

Just how far will one mother go to save her son?

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Contemporary Fiction – A Life Singular: Part Two

A Life Singular Part 2A Life Singular: Part Two
By Lorraine Pestell
ISBN: 978-0987525673
ASIN:B00HAVJEMC
Published: January 2014
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
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A six-part serial, “A Life Singular” tells the story of a successful celebrity writing his autobiography after the tragic loss of his wife. In essence a love story, the central themes of the “A Life Singular” serial are triumph over mental illness, the choices we make between right and wrong, the relentless passage of time and how each affects the other.

Part Two continues the journey:

Writing an autobiography on behalf of someone else presented Jeff with an interesting dilemma. Did he make assumptions about what Lynn would have included, or should he restrict her contribution to direct quotes from her letters and diaries? He had their kids to protect, and her parents.

As he worked through the huge amount of material available in the press about their life as it had taken shape, interlacing it with highly personal stories, the widower crafted chapter after chapter of memories, both happy and heartbreaking. If this was to be a true account of their partnership, he owed it to the memory of his beautiful best friend to cover so much more than what was already on public record.

When it came to adding his own reminiscences of those early months, about meeting someone he already knew intimately, Jeff had no difficulty in recalling every single, vivid moment. Entire conversations came back to him, sometimes word for word, rushing through his fingers and into the computer.

Photographs prompted him too, as did the treasured possessions that surrounded him, like the old leather jacket he had received on his twentieth birthday. Lynn had left him shortly after that, just like she had left him now. The pull of being together again was unrelenting, but Jeff hung on to the dream that their life singular would one day resume. Once their story had been told.

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