YA Science Fiction – Futuredaze: An Anthology of YA Science Fiction

Futuredaze: An Anthology of YA Science FictionFuturedaze
Editors: Hannah Strom Martin and Erin Underwood
Publisher: Underwords Press
Release Date: February 12, 2013
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-9858934-0-8
Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult

Futuredaze: An Anthology of YA Science Fiction includes 33 original short stories and poems that spark the imagination, twist the heart, and make us yearn for the possibilities of a world yet to come. Reflecting many of the ideals first set forth by science fiction icons such as Isaac Asimov, George Orwell, and Ray Bradbury, Futuredaze challenges the imagination with young adult fiction that includes far-flung futures, dystopian alternate worlds, life among the stars, and a host of startling stories that embrace the idea of “What if?” that has driven the science fiction genre forward for more then a century. Now, it’s time to give voice to the next generation of science fiction readers and to those of us still young at heart.

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Contemporary Fiction – Don’t Tell Anyone

Don’t Tell AnyoneDon't Tell Anyone
By Laurie Boris
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 978-1481152099
Published: December 2012
Pages: 232
Genre: Contemporary Fiction

When pneumonia lands Estelle Trager unconscious in the emergency room, it ruins everything for the stubborn 65-year-old woman. She’d been keeping a secret—a deadly secret—that she’d planned on taking to the grave. But now her son Adam and his wife, Liza, know about her tumors. Adam is outraged, but Estelle, who watched her mother and grandmother suffer from breast cancer in the days when no one dared speak its name, has no intention of putting her family or herself through the horrors of cancer treatment. Estelle decides there is only one solution: ask Liza, the 33-year-old daughter-in-law she once called a godless hippie raised by wolves, to kill her.

A horrified Liza refuses and keeps the request—among other things—a secret from her furious husband. But she tells his younger brother, Charlie, a close friend from college with whom she shares her own confidences, despite Adam’s serious case of sibling rivalry. Armed with nutrition textbooks and her neighbor, a savvy nurse, can Liza win over her mother-in-law and convince her to consider other options before the cancer, the secrets, and Estelle’s determination to end her life win out?

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Education – Professoring: A Critique of Higher Education

Professoring: A Critique of Higher EducationProfessoring
By Harry Landreth
Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 978-1457513053
Published: July 2012
Pages: 200
Genre: Education

Harry Landreth is Boles Professor Emeritus of Economics at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. He has published diverse forms of economic writing, including articles in professional journals, textbooks, books, encyclopedia entries, opinion-editorial pieces, and articles for non-professional readers. His textbook,History of Economic Thought, currently in its fourth edition, has been translated into several languages.

This is a book about the decline of the academy by a man who loved to teach, worked closely with students outside the classroom,was a successful academic publisher, and was incredibly happy in his chosen profession. Yet he was part of a great tragedy, in that political movements that he was in complete sympathy with-civil rights, anti-war protests, and women’s liberation-had disastrous effects on higher education.

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Psychology/Philosophy – Principa the Pleasure of Common Sense

Principa the Pleasure of Common SensePrincipa
By Robert A. Walker
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 978-1467902854
Published: February 2012
Genre: Psychology, Humanism, Rational thought

Principa: The Pleasure of Common Sense Humankind, the universe, and the connections between them inspired author Robert Walker’s immersion in the process of self-observation, one which he intends both to provide an enhanced insight into and one that he believes is the underpinning of understanding all we perceive. A groundbreaking marriage of psychology, quantum physics, and astrophysics allows Walker to break out from the preconceived notions of previous generations to consider a world far more integrated than previously imagined. Centered on the use of critical thinking, Walker demonstrates how necessary it is as a tool for understanding life’s experiences, our personal relationships, and the cultural implications that avail themselves to us through its application. Accompanied by maps and diagrams that illustrate the various relationships among one’s feelings, experiences, and thought processes, Walker takes a new, divergent approach to the idea of human creation. Delivering the positive message that human beings are uniquely special and our potential for creating a healthy, sane, and empathetic society has yet to be tapped, Principa: The Pleasure of Common Sense is an uplifting message of hope and wonder, and is a bracing tonic of good cheer at a time when it’s needed most.

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Contemporary Religious Fiction – Rosemary Beach

Rosemary BeachRosemary Beach
By Linda Heavner Gerald
Publisher: Publish America
ISBN: 978-1462697038
Published: September 2012
Pages: 258
Genre: Contemporary Religious Fiction

Follow the life of Rosemary Beach. A relatively poor little girl is accepted into the life of riches and privilege. You will love the settings of Savannah, Georgia, Linville, North Carolina and the exquisite Rosemary Beach, Florida. As Rosemary changes into a brave and complicated woman, you will laugh at the remarks of her faithful maid, Lucy. You, too, will wish for a man such as Malcolm. Most of all, you will be determined to visit Rosemary Beach. Learn the importance of a life that includes God in all choices and the precious outcome of right decisions.

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Middle Grade/YA Fantasy – Jack Templar Monster Hunter

Jack Templar Monster HunterJack Templar
By Jeff Gunhus
Publisher: Seven Guns Press
ISBN: 978-0988425903
Published: October 2012
Pages: 196
Genre: Middle Grade/YA Fantasy

Orphan Jack Templar has no memory of his parents and only the smallest details from his Aunt Sophie about how they died. The day before Jack’s fourteenth birthday, things start to change for him. At first it’s great: A sudden new strength helps him defend his nose-picking friend “T-Rex” from the school bully, and even his crush, Cindy Adams, takes notice. But then a mysterious girl named Eva arrives and tells him two facts that will change his life forever. First, that he’s the descendent of a long line of monster hunters and he’s destined to be in the family business. Second, that there’s a truce between man and monster that children are off-limits…until their fourteenth birthday! Jack has only one day before hundreds of monsters will descend on his little town of Sunnyvale and try to kill him.

As if that weren’t enough, things get even more complicated when Jack discovers that the Lord of the Creach (as the monsters are collectively known) holds a personal grudge against him and will do anything to see that Jack has a slow and painful death. To stay alive and save his friends, Jack will have to battle werewolves, vampires, harpies, trolls, zombies and more. But perhaps the most dangerous thing he must face is the truth about his past. Why do the other hunters call him the last Templar? Why do they whisper that he may be the “One?” Why do the monsters want him dead so badly? Even as these questions plague him, he quickly discovers survival is his new full-time job and that in the world of monster hunters, nothing is really what it seems.

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