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Raymond Avery Bartlett. Barrel Fire Press. $14.99 paper (242p), ISBN 978-0-9889390-6-6
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An innocent voyage to Japan has life-changing consequences for young Neil Chase and the people he loves.
The Dark Side of Sunshine: A Political and Social Satire
Bruce Oliver Newsome. Perseublishing. $24.99 hardcover (346p), ISBN 978-1-951171-12-4; $14.99 paper (306p), ISBN 978-1-951171-11-7
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Simon, a professor, finds himself in the hands of the most radical of universities.
Get Ready to Run
Joseph Natoli. KDP. $6.60 paper (229p), ISBN 978-0-578-56188-2
Cecily Darden, called Alice by her shrink, is drawn into the dangerous world of a husband, Thomas Limone, who suddenly disappeared a decade earlier.
Jenny Knipfer. KDP. $15.95 paper (294p), ISBN 978-1-7333202-6-9; $2.99 e-book, ASIN B08H41S8HB
Maang-ikwe, a young Ojibwe woman, falls into a forbidden love and surrenders her trust to someone who betrays it, causing her to give up what she holds most dear.
Marco’s Journey and Other Stories
S.P. Peredo. Austin Macauley Publishers. $23.95 hardcover (144p), ISBN 978-1-64378-216-4; $9.95 paper, ISBN 978-1-64378-215-7
Peredo draws from personal experience to present characters in diverse geographical settings.
Quest for Revenge
RLK. Dorrance Publishing. $28 paper (512p), ISBN 978-1-64530-764-8; $23 e-book, ISBN 978-1-64610-951-7
James is devoted and loyal to his wife, to his friends, and most importantly to the crown. When faced with heartbreaking betrayal, he sets off on a quest for revenge.
The Sixth of September
Callista Bowright. CMD. $22 paper (892p), ISBN 978-1-952046-10-0
Two beautiful, intelligent, and strong women from opposite backgrounds unexpectedly meet one September day through a fated encounter that causes them pain and healing.
Wizardry of Man
Bruce Charles Kirrage. Goldtouch Press. $7.99 paper (70p), ISBN 978-1-7333367-3-4
Kirrage collects poetry in this volume.
Mharlyn Merritt. Lulu Publishing. $14.99 paper (253p), ISBN 978-1-716-96043-7
A washed-up, cinema-obsessed soul singer from the ’80s falls in love with a sexually ambiguous, unstable British film star suspected of killing his personal assistant.
All In?... Beware the Cross Currents
Robert A. Hilliard. Outskirts Press. $13.95 paper (231p), ISBN 978-1-9772-3356-1
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In 1983, the interactions of two prominent American families in the thoroughbred industry affect their circle of friends and associates.
J.D. May. Palmetto Publishing. $19.95 paper (465p), ISBN 978-1-64111-865-1
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Two doctors accidentally uncover an international clandestine plot. Terrified the truth is just as dangerous, they realize they must play with one of two devils, or be burned by both.
John Pimley. Austin Macauley Publishers. $8.95 paper (100p), ISBN 978-1-5289-2008-7; $4.50 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5289-6297-1
Mike discovers that all computers are being secretly infiltrated. As he fights back, his own life is torn apart.
Hayden Jon Marshall (A Tommy Keane Novel)
Travis Myers and Natasha Myers Marsiguerra. Bully Press. $12.95 paper (246p), ISBN 978-1-7343370-3-7
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A three-year-old boy disappears from a park in full daylight, and no one sees a thing, not even his mother. In a city of millions, the suspects could be endless.
Rearranging the Truth
Valerie R. Drees. Austin Macauley Publishers. $27.95 hardcover (247p), ISBN 978-1-64575-781-8; $14.95 paper, ISBN 978-1-64575-782-5
Tori knows something that Brian doesn’t, a deception so complete it has remained hidden for decades as a carefully arranged truth. Tori is determined to unearth the whole story for him.
Sniper! (A Natalie McMasters Mystery)
Thomas A. Burns Jr. Tekrighter. $4.99 e-book, ASIN B08L85Q5ZP
Natalie’s in the crosshairs as a series of seemingly random shootings terrorizes the city. She must fight to keep her polyamorous family from disintegrating, her emotions from running wild, and her personal integrity uncompromised.
Terror in Northern California
N. Hall. Austin Macauley Publishers. $30.95 hardcover (303p), ISBN 978-1-64575-678-1; $16.95 paper, ISBN 978-1-64575-677-4
Jane Anders’s marriage ends abruptly with her husband’s murder caused by a worldwide terrorist organization.
Up the Creek
Alissa Grosso. Glitter Pigeon Press. $16.99 paper (356p), ISBN 978-1-949852-08-0
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In Culver Creek, Detective Sage Dorian works to unravel the small town’s notorious cold case, the grisly murder of a young girl.
What We Bury
Carolyn Arnold. Hibbert & Stiles Publishing. $15.99 paper (334p), ISBN 978-1-989706-42-8; $5.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-989706-40-4
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Detective Madison Knight is haunted by the discovery of a mysterious Jane Doe and the letters she wrote in her blood.
The 13th Sign: Imagine if You Could Get Another Shot at It, a Chance to Go Back in Time and Do Things Differently...
Kate Warren. Kate Warren. $7.69 e-book, ASIN B08GZN43K6
Will unleashes the power of the Book and is transported back to the 13th century inside the body of Ashur, his past life incarnation.
Avery Black: Pleased to Meet You
Christopher Harvill. Blank Cover Press. $2.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-0983-4348-4
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Using a mysterious doorway, Avery Black travels throughout time with a band of would-be heroes from both fiction and history to bring hope to all who think it’s lost.
The Devil’s Angel
John Conn. John Conn. $18 paper (425p), ISBN 978-1-7966-7626-6
Two childhood friends are forced to embrace two opposing divine destinies. The former friends’ conflict and final showdown aren’t just with each other but with their makers as well.
Edge of Light
Jay Antani. Bandwagon Press. $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-0-9884193-2-2
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Along with his two best friends, the son of a long-vanished astrophysicist races across California to recover a coveted scientific secret before it is seized by sinister global forces.
The Mellification: A Novella
Nat Buchbinder. KDP. $2.99 e-book, ISBN 979-8-5563-9252-6
Holly, a young trans vampire in an underground society that values patience above all, watches his colony become reluctant to act in the face of danger and decides to leave.
Sick and Twisted
Danny Salazar. iUniverse. $13.99 paper (140p), ISBN 978-1-5320-7901-6; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5320-7905-4
Bugsy and his gang hunt whoever killed their boss, but their pursuit turns bloody due to run-ins with a psychotic prostitute and monsters beyond belief.
The Diamond Rose (A Sentinel 10 Novel)
Daniela Valenti. Brigid Book Publishing. $7.99 paper (276p), ISBN 978-1-7774273-0-6; $2.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-7774273-1-3
Amanda is the Sentinel 10, the most powerful paranormal warrior of her generation. This book is the first chapter of her quest to master her powers, eradicate evil, and understand love.
Pride, Joy, Pain
Peter Cinderella. Austin Macauley Publishers. $8.95 paper (108p), ISBN 978-1-5289-8145-3; $4.50 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5289-8146-0
Daniel and Adriana are a young couple, but all hopes for a life together vanish when Adriana is attacked by a group whose members are protected by their police relatives. Daniel takes his revenge to the extreme.
Trashy Romance: Curbside Pickup
M. Lorrox. Tomato Potato. $9.99 paper (280p), ISBN 978-1-947130-41-8; 99¢ e-book, ISBN 978-1-947130-40-1
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When Jackie kicks her boyfriend to the curb, sexy garbageman Luke Montero is there to help her take out the trash.
Architects of Anglo-American Justice
H. Eugene Lehman. AuthorHouse. $23.95 paper (450p), ISBN 978-1-4969-2529-9; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-4969-2528-2
This book traces the history of English law and government for 14 centuries, starting from the roots of English common law to the New World law and justice of today.
Build Wealth with Common Stocks: Market-Beating Strategies for the Individual Investor
David J. Waldron. Country View. $29.95 hardcover (226p), ISBN 978-1-7355524-0-8
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Waldron presents actionable ideas to construct a potentially market-beating portfolio of the common shares of enduring companies to fund life’s significant milestones.
Drifting into the Light: How the Pandemic Changed Lives Forever
J.B. Harris. AuthorHouse. $14.35 paper (136p), ISBN 978-1-6655-8013-7; $4.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-6655-8012-0
A niece shares the life story of her uncle, a kindhearted man who traveled the world, endured hardship, practiced patience, and finally found peace by drifting into the light.
Embrace That Girl: A Love Story with the Girl in the Mirror
Cris Ramos Greene. Hygge House. $15.95 paper (210p), ISBN 978-1-7351662-0-9; $9.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-7351662-1-6
Ramos Greene tells the heartfelt and humorous story of her search for meaning, love, and gainful employment.
A Generation Found: Precious Pearls of Wisdom
Roohee Marshall. Roohees Books. $40 hardcover (165p), ISBN 978-0-578-70760-0
In this coffee-table book, vibrant Black seniors, ages 80 to 108, share life lessons, memories, and legacies.
He Leads... We Follow
Doug and Maureen Hovda. Xlibris. $19.99 paper (164p), ISBN 978-1-9845-2811-7; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-9845-2810-0
Readers will follow the joy, sorrow, struggles, and blessings that the Hovdas experienced through their preparation years prior to their first mission trip, in 1993.
How Love Wins
Doug Carnine. Mindful Kindness Project. $12 paper (290p), ISBN 978-0-9980509-8-0; $4.99 e-book, ISBN 978-0-9980509-9-7
Carnine guides readers through developing a practice of mindful kindness that anyone can use to live more fully in the moment and be more kind to themselves and others.
Hunting the Comeback Trail
Bill Padilla. Dorrance Publishing. $10.23 paper (156p), ISBN 978-0-8059-7777-6
A group of disabled and impaired hunters transcend adversity to stay active in their favorite sport.
Into the Labyrinth: In Search of Daidalos
Michael Wilson. Austin Macauley Publishers. $32.95 paper (298p), ISBN 978-1-5289-8814-8; $4.50 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5289-8815-5
Daidalos was an ancient Greek architect, inventor, sculptor, scientist, and engineer. This book covers who he was, the times in which he lived, his life, his works, and his legacy.
[Love] Rachel: A Daughter’s Memoir of Love, Betrayal and Grace
Rebecca M. Painter. Fulton Books. $23 paper (405p), ISBN 978-1-63338-822-2; $9 e-book, ISBN 978-63338-823-9
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In this trans-Pacific family saga, a daughter seeks the roots of her trauma, driven by her growing awareness of her mother’s hidden attacks on her personal integrity.
Never Mind Shakespeare
Irma Bohmer. Austin Macauley Publishers. $14.95 paper (107p), ISBN 978-1-5289-3835-8; $4.50 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5289-6951-2
Bohmer describes her 25 years as a steward at the modern version of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London.
Reflections on Mountaineering: A Journey Through Life as Experienced in the Mountains (revised and expanded ed.)
Alan V. Goldman. Outskirts Press. $13.54 paper (156p), ISBN 978-1-9772-2465-1
Goldman summarizes much of what he learned in his more than 30 years of climbing.
Seattle’s Used Bookstores: 1999 and 2019; A Love Note to Book Culture and the Pre-digital Age
Mary Brown. Xlibris. $19.99 paper (130p), ISBN 978-1-7960-8326-2; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-7960-8335-4
This collection of essays and photographs celebrates independent used bookstores in Seattle just before and 20 years after the city’s tech boom.
South of the Border: Women Travelers to Latin America
Edited by Evelyn M. Cherpak. Palmetto Press. $17.99 paper (302p), ISBN 978-1-64990-079-1
Cherpak introduces readers to 15 intrepid women who traveled to Latin America in the 19th and 20th centuries and wrote about their experiences in a foreign culture in letters, diaries, and books.
Spiritual Flights: A Look from the Past to the Future
Bunny. Austin Macauley Publishers. $21.95 hardcover (107p), ISBN 978-1-64378-614-8; $8.95 paper, ISBN 978-1-64378-613-1
Bunny provides examples of the rich and famous in the present with compelling parallels to their past lives—from Oprah to George Clooney.
A Story of Karma: Finding Love and Truth in the Lost Valley of the Himalaya
Michael Schauch. Rocky Mountain Books. $25 paper (272p), ISBN 978-1-77160-467-3
A mountaineer endeavors to climb a peak in the remote Himalaya. What unfolds leads him to meet a little girl in a mountain village, where their lives are forever changed.
Tough: Building True Mental, Physical and Emotional Toughness for Success and Fulfillment
Greg Everett. Catalyst Athletics. $29.99 hardcover (250p), ISBN 978-1-970123-00-5; $14.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-970123-02-9
Everett explores what makes a person tough and why it matters, and provides practical tools and steps to help readers achieve genuine change.
Wisdom of a Mystic: Spiritual Wisdom from a Kundalini Awakening
Arazi Pinhas. Mystic Wisdom Press. $17.99 paper (258p), ISBN 978-1-7348828-1-0; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-7348828-3-4
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In this intimate tale of heartbreaks and hardships that ultimately lead to a spiritual awakening, Pinhas invites readers to look inward to connect with the richness of being.
Bible Quiz Book for Children
Amanda Steen. Austin Macauley Publishers. $21.95 hardcover (26p), ISBN 978-1-64378-716-9; $8.95 paper, ISBN 978-1-64378-715-2
This illustrated book not only teaches children biblical truths but challenges them to remember the information well enough to answer basic questions.
Brave Pat and the Christmas Carousel
Kathryn Cocquyt, illus. by Christopher Harvill. Blank Cover Press. $4.99 e-book, ASIN B08P5BFBVG
In this Christmas story, a carousel horse takes a journey to discover that the turning of seasons and the passage of time are made real by love, happiness, and hope.
The Candy Tree of Muttenz
Karena Stoner, illus. by Luisa Galstyan. Blue Dot Books. $22 hardcover (48p), ISBN 978-1-954017-00-9
In the sweet Swiss village of Muttenz, a little girl named Francyli dreams of turning the town Christmas tree into a magical tree covered in candies.
The Cat in the Coconut Hat
C.J. Gillett, illus. by Juan Sebastián Amadeo. C.J. Gillett. $18.99 hardcover (50p), ISBN 978-1-7349463-1-4; $14.99 paper, ISBN 978-1-7349463-0-7
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On a secluded island just off the coast of Belize lives a cautious but curious little cat. One day, the cat’s peaceful life is thrown into chaos, and he may have to find a new home.
The Cobalt Moon’s Fury
Lou Hernández. Austin Macauley Publishers. $31.95 hardcover (330p), ISBN 978-1-64378-366-6; $17.95 paper, ISBN 978-1-64378-365-9
Vampire vixen Alegria Pé rez defies the supernatural underworld’s highest authority and hunts down Joshua and his docile half-vampire cohorts, forcing a final, climactic showdown.
Code of Rainbow (Soaring Flame and the Dragon-Transcending Magimal #1)
Weiqi Wang. CreateSpace. 99¢ e-book, ASIN B01MRZIQHG
Soarame has a pair of special eyes. He can see magic elements in this world that are supposed to be invisible. This enviable gift could reveal the truth of the world, but it also puts him in danger.
The Curse of the Cobalt Moon
Lou Hernández. Austin Macauley Publishers. $28.95 hardcover (264p), ISBN 978-1-64182-321-0; $14.95 paper, ISBN 978-1-64182-320-3
A hemophiliac teenager discovers that he is a coveted type of half-vampire who embraces his human side, while battling a vengeance-seeking vampire vixen and her half-vampire children, who have an opposite bloodlust nature.
El Capitán: Inspired by True Stories
Carlos Solari. CreateSpace. $16 paper (293p), ISBN 978-1-7204-3666-9
Eight-year-old Mario “Rio” Senteri finds an opportunity when he interrupts former soccer pros playing a weekend game.
Everwish (The Primati Witches #1)
Amelia Oz. Amelia Oz. $14 paper (374p), ISBN 978-1-7353940-2-2
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This YA paranormal romance mystery follows an immortal Ottoman prince and a cursed girl from Portland who cannot be loved without bringing about her own death.
Festival of the Elves: The Magic Around You
Holly Figgyworth, illus. by Mai S. Kemble. Ewonderment. $21 hardcover (48p), ISBN 978-1-7350789-0-8; $9.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-7350789-2-2
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Holly and Noel Figgyworth take the risk of sharing a much-loved elf tradition with humans, in the hope that the world will become a more joyous and magical place.
Grandmother’s Tin Box
Judith M. Ackerman, illus. by Olivia Mantra. BookBaby. $24.95 hardcover (38p), ISBN 978-0-9980439-2-0
In this story within a story, Ackerman tells of her relationship with her grandmother, while also spinning a magical fairy tale that connects the two stories.
Jason Jupiter: Lost and Found
Albert M. Manaford. Archway Publishing. $29.99 paper (572p), ISBN 978-1-4808-9039-8; $6.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-4808-9038-1
The tale recounts a 10-year-old’s exciting experiences after he stumbles onto a spaceship with a humanoid boy inside.
Life Lessons: Aiden Birthday Scare, Vol. 2
Stacy M. Fletcher, illus. by Kevin Rafael Ouano. Stacy Fletcher Books. $12.99 paper (40p), ISBN 978-1-953709-01-1
Aiden invites his two best friends to spend his birthday with him for a day of adventure.
The Magical Christmas Tree
L.M. Haynes. Elk Press. $22 hardcover (48p), ISBN 978-1-989942-10-9
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The storybook tale follows the Scott family as they start and run a Christmas tree farm in Vermont.
Peace by Piece: Give Peace a Chance
Myriam C. Barthole. Austin Macauley Publishers. $21.95 hardcover (88p), ISBN 978-1-64378-839-5; $7.95 paper, ISBN 978-1-64378-838-8
When 14-year-old Hannah arrives in the ninth grade in the middle of the school year, the students quickly realize that she is not like everyone else.
Caroline Hartmann. Austin Macauley Publishers. $21.95 hardcover (30p), ISBN 978-1-64575-890-7; $8.95 paper, ISBN 978-1-64575-891-4
This book is a journey about children not liking certain foods. One can make the perfect breakfast by being a little creative, just like Cosmo and Nova.
Squishy Sand (Leigh’s Wheelie Adventures #1)
Charlene McIver, illus. by Caroline Keys. Charlene McIver. $20 hardcover (38p), ISBN 978-0-6484178-3-5
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Leigh would love to go to the beach, but he uses a wheelchair. His friends are determined to find a way to help him cross the sand.