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Paddle for a Purpose

What sane fifty-year-olds would dare a Tom Sawyer-like float trip from the headwaters of the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico? Barb and Gene Geiger, not only achieved a five-month river trip in a tandem kayak but survived for Barb to write a memoir, “Paddle for a Purpose.” With planning, much prayer and perseverance, the ...


The cover design and the first paragraph of Pearl by Karleen Staible compels the reader to become immersed in this incredible story. In contrast to typical writing format, Chapter one, titled “Prelude”, is actually a teaser of later plot development.  Chapter two jumps right into the electricity of the illicit love story of ...

Pestilence (Second Son Chronicles)

The title of Pestilence, by Pamela Taylor, refers to one of the definitions of the word and sets the scene for this historical, Renaissance-era fiction. Pestilence is “something that is destructive or pernicious" (Merriam-Webster Dictionary), and from the introductory paragraphs with King Edward dead, family conflict pits brother against ...

Phoenix: By the Sword (The Phoenix Trilogy)

Phoenix: By the Sword, by Jackie Anders is the second novel in the author’s The Phoenix Trilogy. As a stand-alone, the reader will be shocked by an unexpected plot twist that references back to the first volume. This semi-historical, thriller involves time-travel as well as romance involving not one, but two couples. 

Eighteen-year-old ...

Plain Roots

Plain Roots by Becki Willis and published by Clear Creek Publishers is a contemporary cozy mystery at its best.  The novel is a convincing tale that will have you asking if it is a memoir or a novel - fiction or non-fiction?  The main character, Taryn Clark, is a very believable, determined and likable young woman with a quest. She ...

Plum Spooky

Turn on all the lights and check under your bed. Things are about to get spooky in Trenton, New Jersey. According to legend, the Jersey Devil prowls the Pine Barrens and soars above the treetops in the dark of night. As eerie as this might seem, there are things in the Barrens that are even more frightening and dangerous. And there are monkeys. Lots ...

Political Power: James Comey

Written by Michael Frizell, drawn by Joe Paradise, and featuring cover by famed comic book artist Pablo Martinena, this 24-page book is available both digitally and in print and can be found on multiple platforms.
The comic features James Comey’s “origin story.” A sequel, featuring the Trump era, is in development.
Frizell ...

Postgraduate Studies in Motherhood

Postgraduate Studies in Motherhood by Helen Trepelkov is her autobiography, a travelogue and an epistle to other women on being a mother.  Helen was the daughter of a Soviet diplomat and not surprisingly became the wife of a man who followed in her father’s footsteps.  As a 22-year-old young woman, she married a young Russian who ...

Potions and Paper Cranes

Potions and Paper Cranes by Lan Fang is set in Indonesia at the end of WWII. Indonesia was in the midst of a revolution and Potions and Paper Cranes addresses the life and times of the women of Surabaya, East Java. This is a book about war, revolution, but most of all about women. You will meet three--Sulis, Sujono and Matsumi. This is truly a book ...

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