YA Christian – Come As You Are

Come As You AreCome As You Are
Finding Peace in a Church Youth Group Godspell Production
By Anne Marie Bennett
Publisher: KaleidoSoul Media
Published: September 2019
ISBN: 978-1797978802
ASIN: B07V49CY77
Genre: Young Adult Christian
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This relevant, adventurous young adult Christian novel explores faith, community, and family relationships within the setting of a church youth group’s theatre production of the musical Godspell.

Fifteen-year-old Casey Donovan wants nothing more than to live wildly. In her town of Woodfield, Connecticut, she is more than content to toe the line of danger while trying to put away memories of a painful past.

But then she and her boyfriend are arrested for drug possession. To have the charges dropped, and keep peace as her mother goes through a bitter divorce, Casey reluctantly joins her local church’s Youth Group.

She expects a boring summer as she helps with the church’s summer theatre production of the musical Godspell. Though she longs to return to her old life, Casey soon finds herself bonding with the other teens in the group who have their own struggles. Slowly, this once lonely teen realizes that she is not alone in the challenges she has been afraid to face.

Part of Casey’s journey involves letting go of two people who have harmed her in the past, even though at first she doesn’t want to admit that they hurt her. Watching Casey grow in faith and become stronger and more confident as the novel progresses is a testament to the author’s own experiences with growing up, letting go, and finding strength and faith in community.

As opening night of the musical nears, Casey will soon have to confront her own faith and connection to God.

Contains a set of intriguing discussion questions which can be used in a church youth group setting, or for the individual reader who feels led to write about their response to the story.

From rehearsals to building sets to creating costumes, Casey’s journey inspires us to take a look at our own lives as we strive towards determining which friendships are most important and which can be safely turned away from.

Christians of all ages will savor this young adult novel and cheer Casey on from beginning to end. You’ll be inspired to seek out places where you are invited to show up exactly as you are, and where you are accepted for being exactly who you are.

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YA Sports Fiction – World Football Domination: The Virtual Talent Scout

World Football DominationWorld Football Domination: The Virtual Talent Scout
By Anthony Ranieri
Published: July 2019
ISBN: 978-0646803838
ASIN: B07SMY1TCV
Genre: Sports fiction, Young Adult
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It’s 2050 and the renaissance of football (soccer) thinking has just begun. This is the first installment of a football science fiction journey shared by two countries from opposite ends of the world.

‘Are you sure there is no wreckage?’
‘Nothing at all, we checked all the surrounding areas and nothing.’
Gunnar’s mind shifted to conspiracy theories and the possibility there was foul play at hand.

When Gunnar Grimsson’s player identification drone goes missing on the outskirts of Iceland’s Reykjavik airport, foul play and subversion are to blame. Ambitious nations bent on dominating world football at all costs embark on a mission to steal the revolutionary technology.

Will Gunnar have the clout to protect his proprietary invention from his adversaries? He may stand a chance when he ushers the support of his Australian friend and football scout, Robby Denehy.

With twists and turns throughout the story, world football domination keeps you on your toes by providing glimpses of what the future of football beholds.

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Humor / Satire – Bad Decisions

Bad DecisionsBad Decisions
Life Is Hard, Especially When You’re an Asshole
By Buck Brennan
Published: May 2019
ASIN: B07RW7RTS6
Genre: Humor, Satire
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Buck Brennan’s Big Book of Bad Decisions is the vivid, heartbreaking, and harrowing true story of what life is life as an asshole. Some critics are calling it the most important book since the Bible. It is the kind of book that will change your life forever. If you don’t believe me, my third cousin from Jersey didn’t read it, and he’s still on heroin. My neighbor didn’t read it either, and he is still really fat. My nan and pap didn’t read it. Now they are both dead.

Buck Brennan spent his whole life living a lie, the same way gay people do before they realize they are gay. He tried to fit in and do things he thought normal people do like have manners, chew with their mouth closed, and not pee all over the toilet seat, but it never felt natural to Buck. Deep down inside he had this burning desire to talk during movies, wipe boogies on the couch, put empty milk cartons back in the fridge, and squeeze the toothpaste from the top. Even as small a child, Buck would find himself staring off into the distance in parking lots, longing for the day when he could someday drive his own car so he could take up two spaces. Buck spent his whole life struggling with being an asshole. This is his story.

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Urban Crime Thriller – Karma Wears Versace

KARMA WEARS VERSACEKarma Wears Versace
By Rod Palmer
Publisher: Black Wren Press
Published: June 2019
ISBN: 978-1733963305
ASIN: B07QMJ8P5D
Genre: crime fiction, crime thriller, African American urban fiction
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Atlanta doesn’t have room for both an incomparable serial killer and the phenomenal homicide detective, Aisha Sawyer. The showdown is set with the killer’s first feat: murder by viral disease, contaminating a hip hop icon and a med student. The investigation sends Sawyer and her whole-snack partner after a logical mark, a surgeon with motive and the resume to fit the crime. Sawyer, however, defies logic and her sergeant.

Her investigative mojo is entrenched in the maternal instinct that makes woman the more advanced gender and Sawyer a more advanced detective. She probes the hip hop side of the double murder where shady outliers present unexpected twists. All the while, the death toll rises. The killer’s only clue is the common immoral trait the victims share; this killer is a vigilante – the victims’ karma returning to settle the books.

To preserve the rule of law, Detective Sawyer wields her black girl magic like the Jedi force, not only for Lady Justice, but against her provocative sister, Karma, who ultimately sets her sights upon Sawyer, for what she too must atone.

“A taut murder tale… refreshingly strong African American women” – (Kirkus Reviews).

“…stylish and heavy-hitting detective thriller…” – (Foreword Reviews).

“This is a cool, well-written mystery with enough literary verve to keep armchair detectives guessing…” – (BlueInk Reviews).

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Mystery, Detective – Time to Run

Time to RunTime to Run
By Susan C. Muller
Release Date: June 23, 2019
ASIN: B07SJY3494
Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural, Action/Adventue
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When Jax Duncan stumbles across a mob execution, she becomes the next target for the hit man and the prime suspect for Special Agent Lincoln Montgomery. She decides to hide out until the case is solved and her name cleared.

In each new city she tries to make a life for herself, but no place feels safe. She can still hear the violent confrontation, smell the blood . . . she still watches over her shoulder everywhere she goes, terrified of being discovered . . . eliminated.

Now her worst fears have come true. The hit man has found her. And so has Special Agent Montgomery, the one person with the power to either lock her up or clear her name–if only he’ll believe her.

Unwilling to take that chance, she must run again. Only this time she has an added burden . . . a wounded FBI agent who depends on her to keep him alive until he’s well enough to arrest her.

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Military Fiction/Women’s Adventure – Area Bird

Area BirdArea Bird
Duty Doesn’t Always Follow the Rules
Gray Girl, Book 2
By Susan I. Spieth
ISBN: 978-1500929770
ASIN: B00SG5S1SO
Genre: Military fiction, coming of age, women’s action/adventure
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One drives off a cliff. An alarming number of others resign. Something at the military academy is causing the unusually high attrition of women cadets. Jan Wishart aims to find out before she’s the next statistic at West Point. Her second year at the formerly all male citadel should be the fun year. But when one friend shows signs of abuse and another friend suddenly resigns, Jan’s coming of age year becomes anything but enjoyable. The culture of hazing and harassment must be addressed, but it’s almost impossible to get results through the chain of command. In a closed academy environment, sometimes the best way to call attention to an issue is to leak it the press.

In order to fulfill her duty, Jan must break with tradition and the longstanding culture of the United States Military Academy. Yet not everything is as it seems. Once again Jan’s worldview is about to be upended by the secrets of West Point.

2015 KINDLE BOOK AWARD semi-finalist!

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