Women’s Fiction – The Scent of Jasmine

The Scent of JasmineThe Scent of Jasmine
By Linda Girgis, MD, FAAFP
Publisher: Stellium Books
Published: August 2017
ISBN: 978-1975990398
ASIN: B07596WPQD
Genre: Fiction, Women’s Fiction
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Dr. Linda Girgis delivers a novel about breast cancer in a way that is stark, real, and touching the heart on every page. “A poster in the corner of the room caught her eye, but she could not make out the words. The pink ribbons stood out from the background. Those pink ribbons never helped her mother very much.” Gabby Ryan is a smart and vibrant investigative reporter going the extra mile in all she does. Nothing stood in the way of building an exciting future with her talent for writing and her boyfriend Kevin… Until she found a lump in her breast and began a life or death ordeal with her own family history, doctors, insurance companies, and the continuous testing of her own personal strength. When she started to mysteriously smell THE SCENT OF JASMINE love surrounded her to lead the way.

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Romantic Fantasy – The Dawsons

The DawsonsThe Dawsons
By Lydia and Santina Casablanca
Publisher: XLIBRIS
Published: April 2017
ISBN: 978-1543400168
ASIN: B071RXSC9J
Genre: Fantasy, Fiction, Romance
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Witnessing the horrific demise of everyone he knew and loved has made Derrick Dawson strong, but it has also made him cold and broken. Tormented by his past and fears for the future, Derrick drowns himself in alcohol and drugs to dull the pain he can’t seem to escape. When Rose, the granddaughter of his sworn enemy, suddenly appears in his life, his world turns upside down. The wall he has built to protect his heart is crumbling. Will Derrick ignore what he feels or will he let the wall fall?

Francesco has felt alone and miserable all his life. The loss of his family and the harshness he receives from his constantly intoxicated older brother has left a void inside him that he thought he would never fill. Until a young princess named Rosa stumbles into him and changes his life forever. There’s only one thing that stands in his way—King Antonio has forbidden Rosa to have anything to do with a Dawson.

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Literary Fiction – The Fabrications

The FabricationsThe Fabrications
By Baret Magarian
Publisher: Pleasure Boat Studio
Published: June 2017
ISBN: 978-0912887470
ASIN: B06XWZ3C7B
Genre: Literary Fiction, Satire, Dark humor, fiction
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When Oscar Babel, a cinema projectionist languishing in obscurity, is befriended by Daniel Bloch, a popular novelist, strange things begin to happen when Bloch starts to write about Oscar. Oscar’s life changes course as he becomes a 21st century messiah. At the same time Bloch’s life descends into the darkness (and madness) that his friend narrowly escaped.

Feeding in and out of this central spine are other stories: Bloch’s reconciliation with his father, who was seduced by Bloch’s ex-wife Natalie; the career of the brilliant but unsuccessful painter Najette, Oscar’s muse and lover; and ever more insane instances of PR stunts, as master-minded by the demonic publicist Ryan Rees. Eventually Oscar’s fame and myth balloon out of all proportion and the novel draws to an unforgettable climax.

THE FABRICATIONS possesses peculiar relevance to our tumultuous times. At the center of the novel is Ryan Reese, a Trump/Murdock like character. His main motivation is to manipulate society at large, spread anarchy and create propaganda. He derives pleasure from his power to sow the seeds of hope only to dash them and destroy them whenever he feels like. To this end he seizes upon Oscar Babel, an obscure blank slate of a man he can easily manipulate, orchestrating Babel’s rise to fame through “fabrications” designed to turn him into a contemporary savior of society.

The book addresses the way shadowy off-stage figures retain the real power, as their puppets and creations dance to their tunes, and the public follows suit. The novel also explores the myths of celebrity, the power of the Internet to disfigure and distort, and the madness of our culture, in which prophets, truths and legends can all be invented.

Part meditation on synchronicity, identity and sex, part satirical critique of contemporary society, and part love story, THE FABRICATIONS is a novel that abandons realism and attempts to create a parallel universe that offers deep truths about the chaos and beauty of our own. It jostles with dazzling stories, and memorable, grotesque characters, and will take you on a wild ride, lurching among pathos, hilarity and profundity, breaking the rules of fiction in creating something subversive and beautiful.

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Humor Fiction – Back To Sovietsky

Back To SovietskyBack To Sovietsky
By Michael and Danny D’Agostino
Published: January 2017
ISBN: 978-1542660761
ASIN: B01N4PZMX4
Genre: Humor Fiction
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“Bring us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to be free,” but don’t bring us Vladimir Ruska! But that’s just what happened. Yes, Vladimir Ruska, the Russian shiftless corner cutter, came to America to achieve success. But he couldn’t even keep his janitor’s job. In less than a year, he got kicked out of the U.S for violating his visa, and for piling up thousands of dollars in unpaid traffic tickets.

But that is just the start of the saga of Vladimir Ruska. He may be lazy, but he is not stupid. So, he returned to his small, impoverished town in rural Russia, and led his relatives on a journey to a brilliant, new enterprise. They started an unbelievably successful ripoff of McDonald’s, called McRuskies. It worked. It allowed Vladimir the opportunity to move back to America, and this time, with a whole new, positive attitude. Yes! He ultimately became a successful model Russian immigrant in the USA. And four years later, Vladimir and his entire family emigrated to the U.S. Maybe they don’t speak perfect English, but they have the determination to make it in America. They end up starting “Babushka’s Chop House” in Brighton Beach, New York. The story features all the flavor and fun of ethnic Russians attempting to speak the English language. Here’s an example, when Vladimir returns home to Gorzichistan:

VLADIMIR: “Oh yes, cameras everywhere in USA. You go to bank. They watch you. You go to store, they watch you. You buy gas for car, they watch you. You dump ol’ paint in river, they watch you . . . and put you in jail!”
BORIS: “Who watching you?”
VLADIMIR: “The ‘E’ ‘P’ ‘P’ ‘A’.”
YURI: “Oh yeah, we hear dat on news. You go to da outhouse and who is watching you?”
STASIK: “The ‘E’ ‘P’ ‘P’ ‘A’.”
BABUSHKA: “So we got KGB, FSB. And America got ‘E’ ‘P’ ‘P’ ‘A’. Everyting same wherever you go. No different. Right Grandpa?”
Grandpa, who worked in the Russian coal mines all his life, takes a deep breath and heaves up a resounding, gurgling persistent cough.”
GRANDPA: “Eeeh! Ahhhh! Ehhhgheghhheeee!
BABUSHKA: “. . . See? . . . He say yes!”

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Family Saga – Shards of Glass Memories…

Shards of Glass Memories...Shards of Glass Memories…
By Sharon R. McCabe
Publisher: Outskirts Press
Published: June 2017
ISBN: 978-1478788133
Genre: Fiction, Saga, Family Saga
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Humble beginnings in the mid-western countryside:Five children who are raised in a tightly knit home, instilled with the deepest sense of loyalty and love by God-fearing parents, who hold themselves and their children to the highest moral standards. The book spans their lives and all the places they find themselves, from the late 1800’s through the mid 1900’s. Simple people with ever evolving, intertwining lives who experience extraordinary, devastating and tragic events, but whose saving grace is their continued sense of family and loyalty to one another.

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Fiction/Folklore – The Guardians of Iceland and Other Icelandic Folk Tales

The Guardians of Iceland and Other Icelandic Folk TalesThe Guardians of Iceland and Other Icelandic Folk Tales
By Heidi Herman
Publisher: Hekla Publishing
Published: October 2016
ISBN: 978-1947233966
ASIN: B01M3UN7OA
Genre: Fiction Folklore
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A collection of short stories from Iceland – a land of mystery and ancient legends. The stories in these pages were first told hundreds of years ago by the Vikings as they sat around the fires.

These are the legends of Iceland. An ogre named Gryla who terrorized villagers from the Faroe Islands to Iceland. The Guardians of Iceland are four powerful creatures who have never been defeated: a dragon, an eagle, a bull, and a giant. The Lagarfljótsormur is a mysterious dragon-like creature known as the Monster Worm that has lived in Lake Lagarfljót for centuries. The Hidden Folk live only in Iceland and are very powerful creatures that protect the land and punish those who harm it. Trolls of every shape and size roam the land. The stories of these and other legendary creature in Iceland are here for you to explore – if you are Viking enough.

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