Biography – HENRY: A Polish Swimmer’s True Story of Friendship from Auschwitz to America

HenryHENRY: A Polish Swimmer’s True Story of Friendship from Auschwitz to America
By Katrina Shawver
Publisher: Koehler Books
Published: November 2017
ISBN: 978-1633935204 (pb)
ISBN: 978-1633935235 (hc)
ASIN: B0753QV9NN
Genre: Biography
Formats Available For Review: pdf, epub

When Katrina Shawver met the eighty-five-year-old Henry Zguda, he possessed an exceptional memory, a surprising cache of original documents and photos, and a knack for meeting the right people at the right time. In the interview style of Tuesdays with Morrie, Henry relates in his own voice a life as a champion swimmer and swimming coach, interrupted by three years imprisoned in Auschwitz and Buchenwald as a Polish (Catholic) political prisoner. Told with a pragmatic gallows humor, and sense of hope, this bridge to history is supported by extensive research, original documents, and rare photos. Ultimately, HENRY is the story a resilient young man who survives by his wits, humor, friends, and a healthy dose of luck.

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Memoir – And Then I Am Gone

And Then I Am GoneAnd Then I Am Gone
A Walk with Thoreau
By Mathias B. Freese
Publisher: Wheatmark
Published: September 2017
ISBN: 978-1627875387
ASIN: B075V532GN
Genre: Memoir
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And Then I Am Gone: A Walk with Thoreau tells the Story of a New York City man who becomes an Alabama man. Despite his radical migration to simpler living and a late-life marriage to a saint of sorts, his persistent pet anxieties and unanswerable questions follow him. Mathias Freese wants his retreat from the societal “it” to be a brave safari for the self rather than cowardly avoidance, so who better to guide him but Henry David Thoreau, the self-aware philosopher who retreated to Walden Pond “to live deliberately” and cease “the hurry and waste of life”? In this memoir, Freese wishes to share how and why he came to Harvest, Alabama (both literally and figuratively), to impart his existential impressions and concerns, and to leave his mark before he is gone.

Book Awards:
• The i Tetralogy: Allbooks Review Editor’s Choice Award 2007
• Down to a Sunless Sea: National Indie Excellence finalist Book Awards 2007 &
• Allbooks Reviews Editor’s Choice Award 2007.
• This Mobius Strip of Ifs: National Indie (Winner) Book Awards, 2012 & Global Ebook Award finalist, 2012.
• I Truly Lament: Working Through the Holocaust: Finalist in the 2012 Leapfrog Press Fiction Contest out of 424 submissions, Beverly Hills Book Awards, Winner;
• Readers’ Favorites, Five Stars; Indie Excellence Book Awards, Finalist; Readers’
• Favorite, Book Award Winner – Bronze medal
• Tesserae: A Memoir of Two Summers: 2016 Los Angeles Book Festival Honorable Mention, Great Northwest Book Festival Winner in Biography/Autobiography
• Category, Runner-up in General Non-Fiction Category in the San Francisco Book Festival, Winner for General Non-Fiction in The Beach Book Festival & Runner-Up in General Non-Fiction in the Paris Book Festival

MATHIAS B. FREESE is a multi-published, award-winning author, writer, teacher and psychotherapist.

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New Adult Fiction – Intricate Deceptions

Intricate DeceptionsIntricate Deceptions
By Jennifer Rayes
ISBN: 978-1492772712
ASIN: B00GRILZXK
Genre: New Adult, Fiction, Action and Adventure
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Waking up in a desolate cell, Gaia realizes she has been kidnapped by a human trafficking organization, doomed to be sold to the highest bidder and unable to remember anything before her capture. An opportune rescue by Raoul, the Prince of Kayamato, saves her from a gruesome future, and throws her into a world of luxury and privilege.

As she struggles to regain her memory, Gaia learns that her rescue was no accident and finds herself in even more danger.

Fighting for sanity and survival, she works to unravel the truth behind her capture, each revelation more shocking than the last. The intricate web of deceptions spun around her will shatter her world, leaving her unsure if she will ever trust again.

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Self-Help – The Breakup Band Aid

The Breakup Band AidThe Breakup Band Aid
A 12-step Program to Kick the Addiction to Your Ex
By Sarah Melland
Published: November 2017
ISBN: 978-1973359036
ASIN: B077P67JFY
Genre: Non-Fiction, Satire, Self-Help, Memoir, Relationships
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The Breakup Band Aid is a 12-step program to help you kick the addiction to you your ex. It is a fun, lighthearted step-by-step guide that will help you laugh, which, let’s face it, we know you haven’t done in weeks.

This how-to satire also includes helpful tips, do’s, don’ts, and activities to do after a breakup. Plus, the best breakup songs, movies, quotes and much more. The Breakup Band Aid has everything you need to get over your ex and under someone new without crying.

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Young Adult Horror – Brain Damage

Brain DamageBrain Damage
By J.A. St. Thomas
Published: November 2017
ISBN: 978-1978210363
ASIN: B077L1N2LH
Genre: Young Adult, Horror
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Three years ago, sixteen year old Desmond Linc almost died in the car accident that killed his brother. Now he’s all but forgotten the damage, a dead space in his brain physicians swore would never awaken.

But it has.

Terrified he’s losing his mind, Des comes face to face with the tortured ghosts of his hometown. The black hole in his head is a doorway to the afterlife and the dead come telling secrets and lies and wielding accusations like scythes.

They tell the truth about one thing though, a killer has come to Northwood.

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Mystery/Gothic Mystery – Eye of the Moon

Eye of the MoonEye of the Moon
By Ivan Obolensky
Publisher: Smith-Obolensky Media
Release Date: February 6, 2018
ISBN: 978-1947780002
ASIN: B0771WLMXF
Genre: Mystery, Gothic Mystery, Thriller
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Described as a “gothic mystery of the finest order, Eyes Wide Shut meets Agatha Christie” (IndieReader), an “ingeniously constructed… engrossing tale of mystery and magic” (Kirkus Reviews), “gripping, intense, thorough. Everything I wanted in a thriller, and then some.” (Nick Thacker, author). “In ambiance it rivals ‘Downton Abbey’, but the plot tells a far more intense and shocking story.” (Tom Hyman, author). “Filled with hidden motives, mysterious relics, and sinister unknowns, ‘Eye of the Moon’ evokes the drama of ‘Dynasty’ with the atmosphere of Manderley.” (Jennifer Whitman, professional bookseller, Barnes & Noble).

This debut mystery/thriller follows Percy and Johnny, raised like brothers but fractured from a past trade gone terribly wrong, as they attend a five-day weekend house party celebrating a notable anniversary of Johnny’s parents. The initial concerns laid out in the first chapter swiftly morph into something far more sinister as they discover Johnny’s aunt Alice may have been murdered, and everyone in their party of family and friends have secrets and high-stakes agendas. Suddenly thrust into the center of the maelstrom, Percy has to face demons (literally and figuratively) and discovers true friendship, redemption, and love.

“… Obolensky conjures a remarkably imaginative tale, seamlessly juxtaposing the quotidian and the magical in a way that renders the latter mesmerizingly plausible. Johnny and Percy’s headlong march into the occult world that may have destroyed Alice is shockingly inadvisable and yet seems to make sense all the same. In addition, the author has a morbid gift for the description of human turpitude that simultaneously inspires both revulsion and awe… Alice’s complex character powerfully emerges as the plot’s tonal center, a bewitching amalgam of moral strength, intellectual vitality, and a lust for life. Likewise, Stanley is far more than meets the eye, and Obolensky skillfully portrays him with literary restraint, leaving the reader to deliciously wonder if he’s truly a friend or a secret foe… the story as a whole remains a transfixing one, ingeniously constructed. Despite its length, an engrossing tale of mystery and magic.” –Kirkus Reviews

“A gothic mystery set in 1977–involving the occult, stolen treasure, family secrets, and financial sabotage–‘Eye of the Moon’ is sumptuous in its descriptions of white-tie dinner parties and sexual tensions with baronesses, and sharp in its maneuvering of several secret puzzles at once.

“When Johnny Dodge knocks on Percy’s door and asks him to help uncover whether they’ve accidentally drunk the bottles of Chateau Lafite 1959 that Johnny’s parents were saving for their anniversary, Percy should have known that more than fine wine would be opened during a weekend in Rhinebeck, the Dodge family estate that always felt a bit peculiar. Soon the best friends are deep in a mystery involving the questionable death of Johnny’s aunt Alice, the occult, hidden paternity, and high-stakes financial risk–all over the course of a weekend party at the unsettling estate.

“The mysteries are finely woven together and readers must think fast on their feet if they hope to keep up with the meticulous minds of the weekend guests. Percy is a capable protagonist for this high-stakes maneuvering, and half of the fun is reading his descriptions of the five-course meals served by Dagmar and the fine liquors decanted by Stanley, who run the house for the Dodges. The style occasionally sounds better fit for the 1940’s than the 1970’s, but it fits the tone of the book…” -IndieReader, 4.7 stars, IR approved

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