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30 day Paleo weight loss plan: The solution and the science to lose fat fast and live healthy long term by Ceps Domingo

Ceps Domingo's "30 day Paleo weight loss plan: The solution and the science to lose fat fast and live healthy long term" is a comprehensive book on losing weight and keeping it off, as well as improving your health overall, with the paleo diet.

The book begins by telling you why it is important to lose weight, citing the various health effects. It then goes onto the basics of the paleo diet, from what to eat to what not to eat.

One of the strengths of this book is that is covers EVERYTHING associated with the paleo diet. You'll find everything from information about building lean muscle to information about how the diet can help with diabetes and free radical damage.

The book acknowledges you want to still live an enjoyable life, and it gives you healthy, simple ways to lose weight, without sacrificing quality of life.

It also has recommendations for people who are athletes and want to eat healthy and exercise right to perform better on the field.

The highlight of the book is that it is backed up by lots of scientific references, so the author's claims are substantiated.

Overall, if you want to take the paleo approach to getting healthy, this is your one-stop shop; it has everything you need to know about the paleo diet and its alternatives.

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DARE TO DREAM, PLAY TO WIN - Life: Learning to Play, Learning to Win by Johnathon Smith

Johnathon Smith's "Dare to Dream, Play to win – Life: Learning to Play, Learning to Win" is an inspirational story about a child who has trouble reading.

The main character is nine-year-old Cameron, a huge football fan. Cameron's dream is to be a football star, so much so, that his day dreaming stops him from being able to focus on schoolwork.
 Cameron ultimately makes some bad decisions in school. Fortunately, he meets a professional football player who inspires him to work hard in everything, including school.

The plot is well-paced, and it is wonderful to read about Cameron's growth as a person. The lessons in the story are presented in a way that feels natural and inspirational. There a number of children's books that just "preach" at the reader. This is not the case. The lessons about hard work and honesty, among other things, are integrated into the story perfectly.

Children reading this book will be inspired to read more and understand its importance in personal growth. This is a must-read for any child who has trouble getting motivated to read!

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The Keeper of the Wind by Mark Shaw

"Keeper of the Wind," by Mark Shaw, ­­is a young adult novel with elements of adventure and historical fiction.

The story revolves around three high school seniors who discover artifacts during a camping trip and subsequently try to sell them, only to get caught up in a web of drama, action, and adventure.

This is Shaw's first novel, but it certainly does not feel like it. The writing makes the book feel as though it were written by a seasoned veteran.

The characters are incredibly dynamic. Each of the main characters is very different in terms of personality, upbringing, etc, and Shaw does a great job with each of them.

The plot is very engaging. You'll start off interested in the story in the beginning, but soon find yourself NEEDING to know what happens next. There are enough twists and turns in the book to keep you up late at least a few nights, until you finish. There are also a number of lessons that young minds could take to heart in the book.

Overall, if you like YA books with a bit of history and adventure, then this is the perfect book for you.

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Danny Is Not Afraid of the Dark

"Danny Is Not Afraid of the Dark" is a picture book about a boy who overcomes his fear of the dark.

The pictures are bright, colorful and contribute information to the plot. The sentences are relatively short and easy-to-understand, but are not too simple that they are boring.

The plot is about a young boy who is fearless, save for his fear of the dark.

The main character, Danny, has an eye-opening (in more ways than one) experience one night when he "meets" his fears face-to-face and makes friends.

The simple lesson in the story, about not fearing the unknown, will not be lost on young children.

This team (the authors and illustrator) is one that I have a feeling will become increasingly popular. I will definitely buy their next book for my son -- and I recommend this book to anyone with young kids (especially those afraid of the dark)!

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Skeletons in the Closet by Sharon Arredondo

"Skeletons in the Closet," by Sharon Arredondo, is a suspense/thriller (with some aspects of horror) that will have you on the edge of your seat until you finish.

The aptly named book is about family secrets in a broken family.

The book is written in third-person, and each chapter focuses on a different character.

One of the characters is Esther Higgins, a woman married to an alcoholic, gambling man. When her life becomes chaotic, the story flashes back to Esther's youth, when she was involved in a tumultuous relationship that affected her greatly. Esther's daughter, a teenager, has dark secrets of her own and violent tendencies.

The character-driven plot gets going quickly and keeps its pace throughout the novel. The characters are very dynamic and complex, and it is interesting to read about how they became who they are, as well as guess what they will do next.

The book's writing is solid, and the author does a great job of painting emotions and scenes with descriptive words.

If you like suspense/thriller with a touch of darkness, then you will love this book.

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Guide to Alpha Male Traits & Confident Body Language by David Clay

David Clay's "Guide to Alpha Male Traits & Confident Body Language" is a comprehensive guide to becoming a confident  person who succeeds on the dating scene.

The book covers everything you need to know about being an alpha male, from how to have leader-like thought processes to how to present yourself.

The book is written in a very easy-to-understand format. It's almost as if you are talking to a friend giving you advice. There are also lots of images to give you specific examples of what the author is talking about.

One of the strengths of the book is that it is based on psychology, including such concepts as framing and visualization, which make it very credible and applicable. There are a fair amount of interesting references to other sources (books, tv shows, etc)

One of the book's more interesting chapters is one in which it reconciles being "nice" with being an alpha male. It's a situation that many wonder about, and this book does a perfect job of describing the solution.

The book is extremely thorough and will not leave any questions unanswered. Overall, a must-read for anyone looking to make changes in their life so that they can become an alpha male.

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The Art of Implementation by Stewart Blunt

If you have ever felt as though you wanted to change something about your life or situation, then "The Art of Implementation" is for you. This book covers various topics regarding changing yourself into who you want to be.

One of the main focuses of the book is how to overcome failure and turn it into something positive. I'm someone who generally considers himself optimistic, but the author's view on using failure as a chance for achieving the positive is something that never occurred to me. I've been implementing it into my own life over the past few days and am surprised at how well I have reacted to it. This book also covers the tricky concept of motivation, which is necessary to understand if you truly want to change yourself.

One of my favorite things about the book is that it is written in a conversational style. The author shares lots of personal anecdotes, as well as quotes and stories from famous people.

I particularly liked a section about Albert Einstein's philosophy regarding success (which is incredibly inspiring). Overall, I would definitely recommend this book. It's chock-full of information on becoming the person you want to be and written in a way that is easy to follow.

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Home Inc.: The Business of Buying and Selling a Luxury Home by Alex Goldstein and Brian Tracy

"Home Inc.: The Business of Buying and Selling a Luxury Home ," by Alex Goldstein and Brian Tracy, is a comprehensive guide on succeeding in real estate and business.

The book's two authors are Alex Goldstein, who has experience in Arizona real estate, and Brian Tracy, a business genius

The book has a conversational feel to it -- you feel like you're listening to experts speak, rather than like you're reading a textbook.

Although the book is concise and to-the-point, it covers a lot of ground, from how to negotiate a deal with real estate to how to market. The book's information takes into account the fact that the market changes, which makes it applicable broadly.

In addition to telling you how to achieve success, the book also tells you how to avoid failure.
I love how the book's authors cover topics they are experts on. For instance, Alex Goldstein (the Arizona real estate mogul) explains how to buy real estate without an agent.

Brian Tracy's chapters are more focused on general business strategies, including a strategy he created called Zero Based Thinking. Brian also explains his Brilliant Mind Storming method for generating ideas.

There is also an online bonus included with the book, with great resources for applying the lesson from the book.

Overall, if you want an approachable yet comprehensive book on real estate (and business in general), this book is perfect for you.

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The Black Chapel: A Steamy Romance Novel by Marilyn Cruise

Marilyn Cruise’s “The Black Chapel: A Steamy Romance Novel” is a young woman’s story about her inner-struggles of living a double life as a stripper, barely making ends meet, until an unexpected proposal happens that could seriously change her life.

Ms. Scarlett Hansen, a Harvard-educated woman with a master’s degree, finds herself working at The Black Chapel as a dancer, a wholly-degrading job she feels she must retain to support herself and pay off nearly a half million dollars of debt.  She carries the weights of medical bills and needed chemotherapy treatments for her ailing father, the grief from losing her mother to a car accident, her parents’ mortgage payment, and her recent ER bills.

Fully costumed to protect her identity, Scarlett transforms into her alter ego, Samantha, at the club.  After a successful night performing for clients including a real-estate billionaire named Michael Manning who lusts after Samantha and wants her personal information, Scarlett’s best friend, Anne, convinces her to attend Portland Episcopal Church the following morning.  Surprisingly, Mr. Manning shows up to sit next to Scarlett, not knowing she had danced for him!

The luring plot really kicks into gear when Michael and Scarlett are on their first date at dinner. Michael proposes marriage to Scarlett so that he might keep his terminally ill mother’s three billion dollar inheritance to split evenly with Scarlett after their divorce.  Though this plan is “heaven sent” financially, Scarlett has always dreamed of marrying for love. Will she go through with it?  Will Samantha cause problems? Will the good girl or bad girl win?

Ripe with strong character development, the books is worth purchasing for the cast of interesting characters alone. The exciting plot and steamy-hot writing (perfect for mature audiences) make this book perfect for anyone who likes their romance a bit more "adult."

“The Black Chapel” will surely delight fans of romantic adult literature and transport you to the tantalizing life and mind of Scarlett Hansen.

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Brotherly Enemies: A True Story (Memoirs of a Pro American) by Elie Nakouzi

Elie Nakouzi's "Brotherly Enemies: A True Story (Memoirs of a Pro American)" is a journalist's story about growing up in the Middle East and developing a desire to speak out against injustice.

Nakouzi's first memory was at the age of five when a gunfight broke out in his village. The war that followed affected Nakouzi at a very personal level, causing him to lose friends and family. Growing up during conflict had a profound effect on him. He began to ask lots of questions, seeking to make sense of the violence. His disgust at the way his people were fighting each other made him gravitate toward American ideologies and journalism.

Following Nakouzi on his journey toward becoming a voice of peace is insightful, fascinating, and inspiring. He deals with trial after trial to accomplish his dream, risking everything along the way. It's an informative experience reading the experience of a Middle Eastern journalist, rather than an American. Nakouzi does the perfect job of giving the reader just amount of facts. Overall, a very heartfelt, inspiring book. Recommended!

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The Enchanted River Race by Caldric Blackwell

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Caldric Blackwell's easy chapter book.
Debut children's book author Caldric Blackwell's adventure easy chapter book, "The Enchanted River Race," begins with a bang and rockets forward until it finishes.

The easy-to-read book revolves around eleven-year-old Amy Lorovia, a young, timid girl who has been selected to represent her district in her village's annual river race, and her two best friends, twins, Silas and Bridget.

During the race, the three children must tackle magical obstacles and mysterious riddles to beat out the competition.

The plot is creative, and the characters are well-developed. The writing is appropriate for six to eleven-year olds, without being too bland. The illustrations greatly complement the text, although they are a bit simple.

Overall, the the book's imagination and writing make it a worthwhile read for any young reader. It is available on Kindle and in hard copy.

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22 Kick-A$ Kettlebell Exercises: Get Fit, Lose Inches, and Have Fun by Jeff Coga

Jeff Coga's “22 kick-ass kettlebell exercises: Get Fit, Lose Inches, and Have Fun” is a book on using the kettlebell to lose weight, gain muscle, and gain strength.

The book contains 22 different exercises that work the different muscle groups of the body.

The exercises range in difficulty from easy to advanced. The reader benefits from the exercises being laid out in steps, with easy strategies for losing weight and gaining muscle.

The kettlebell is a great way to exercise because you can do cardio and anaerobic exercise at the same time. It works lots of muscles at the same time, making it easy to burn calories.

The book contains illustrated color photos, which makes it easy to see how the exercises are done.

Overall, if you are someone who wants to gain muscle and lose weight easily and effectively, this is the book for you.

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Real Estate Virtual Assisant Blue Print by Jeff Coga

Jeff Coga's "Real Estate Virtual Assistant Blueprint" is an innovative book (a rolodex, really) on how to get a virtual assistant.

For years, professionals have dreaded getting an assistant to help with many of the tasks that are too menial and too time-consuming.

The author of this book came up with an innovative way to get a virtual assistant. In the beginning of the book, he includes a table of contents with categories that help you select which kind of assistant you want.

The book is incredibly simple to use. You simply click the kind of assistant you want and are brought to a number of candidates.

The author has pre-screened candidates and only included those willing to work. Even if you aren't good with computers, you should be able to find a virtual assistant in a timely manner.

Overall, this is a great resource for anyone wanting a virtual assistant -- it'll save you time and money in the long run.

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Witchcraft Spell Book: The Complete Guide of Witchcraft Rituals & Spells for Beginners by G. Alan Joel

G. Alan Joel’s “Witchcraft Spell Book: The Complete Guide of Witchcraft Rituals & Spells for Beginners” is a how-to book that presents witchcraft and magic as hypotheses for readers to test for themselves, taking nothing on "blind faith." 

A compilation of G. Alan Joel's series, "Witchcraft Spell Books," this beginner's manual includes some history on witchcraft, practitioner testimonials, definitions of terms, and complete instructions for the practice of 27 spells and rituals involving the four elements of the Universe: Air, Water, Fire, and Earth.

Witchcraft is available for everyone to learn, and what efforts are put into the practices of intentionality, prayer, and deliberate creation, G. Alan Joel says will pay you back with interest. 

By practicing the "precise science" of witchcraft and adhering to its specific rules and procedures, a multitude of benefits can be realized.  For example, witchcraft connects you with spirit (the keepers of dreams and life lessons), helps you remember what you want, and aids your connections with powers and beings (angels, animal totems, and Spirit guides).

The greatest feature of this beginner's guide is the author's clear and honest explanation of the outcomes of witchcraft and of the science itself.  Witchcraft emphasizes conscious creation and tapping into our intuitive selves, helping individuals break free from reactionary living and transform life in the ways they want.

The Witchcraft Spell Book: The Complete Guide of Witchcraft Rituals & Spells for Beginners” is perfect if you are new to the practice of witchcraft and are looking for assistance to achieve a conscious state of being.

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Nightmare City by Jack Conner

"Nightmare City" is a book anyone who loves adventure will enjoy.

The book is full of mystery, action, adventure, horror, and derring-do -- there are Frankenstein-like undead creatures, ghost monsters, among others, in a city that seems like early 1900s NYC with something amiss.

One of the highlights is the heroine, a foul-mouthed ass-kicker. Her name is Katya, and she is a thief who is in trouble. She hooks up with the local mafia boss, who is also in trouble because another mafia boss has declared war on him. The plot is fun to follow, with lots of things happening at the same time, from mafia war to super natural creatures appearing.

The book has some elements of steampunk, but doesn't neatly fit into the genre. The author calls the book "post-steampunk" -- and this seems fitting. It has a similar vibe, but not exactly the same. One could also say the book feels pulpy.

Overall, if you are someone who likes action and steampunkish things, Nightmare City is something you would really enjoy.

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furtl by Strobe Witherspoon

"furtl" is a near-future technopolitical dystopian satire with tie-ins to current events... and the book has the potential to be prophetic.

The book is set in 2026, and it follows the dying American tech company, furtl, as a Chinese company takes over the market.

With hopes of quelling the Chinese company's take over, furtl lobbies the government to ban Holospace technology -- and the government requests user information in return.

As a reader, lots of words come to mind while reading: NSA, wikileaks, Snowden, National Defense Authorization Act, Bradley Manning, and more. You will catch yourself reminiscing on many current events as you read -- it's inevitable!

No matter what side of the whole privacy-vs-safety thing you're on, "furtl" will make you think. Furthermore, it will entertain you... and it WILL make you laugh. A great read for anyone who likes technology and politics and dystopian fiction!

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On the Inside (A Classic Mafia Crime and Punishment book with Gangsters) by James Kipling

"On the Inside," by James Kipling, is a suspense crime thriller that continually wows from start to finish.

The story revolves around Detective Hazel Hanson, a fierce female protagonist, with stubborn tendencies and bullish approach to solving crime.

Set in New York City, Hazel runs into problems when she is assigned to solve the puzzling "Slitter Case" -- a case involving the brutal killings of young women.

The story really takes off when federal law enforcement gets involved -- and Hazel's love appears on the scene.

The plot really has all that you could want from a thriller: a serial killer, mafia, law enforcement, assassinations and conspiracies, and more.

The book has a huge psychological component, and you find yourself wondering which characters you can trust.

The plot, between the suspense, action, and characters, will keep you up at night.

Overall, if you like smart writing and a clever, engaging plot, then "On the Inside" is the perfect crime fiction new release for you!

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Three Faces of Sex by Stella Ralfini

Stella Ralfini's "Three Faces of Sex" is a book that tells you how to spice up your sex life in a variety of ways. The author, life coach Stella Ralfini, has been a tantric guide and practitioner (she's even studied in India) since the 1990s, and her decades of experience show in the book.

Having worked with hundreds of couples, Stella knows how to make couples ignite the physical aspect of their relationship. Stella really covers the gambit in this book, writing on every topic from sex positions to fantasy scenarios.

At the core of this book is getting to know your partner, and learning to meet each other's needs. Much of Stella's work is based on philosophies learned in India, but has been improved and adjusted by Stella after her years of working with clients.

The book is incredibly easy to read and implement, and have shared the book with my wife.

Stella's philosophy is essential for keeping the physical aspect of a relationship going.

This book is a must-read for anyone wanting to make changes in their attitudes and behaviors that will ultimately improve their intimacy.

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Running Stupid (A Classic Organized Crime and Punishment, a fiction story about serial killers and murder) by Morris Fenris and Ezra White

"Running Stupid" is a new crime fiction book, specifically an imaginative thriller, with lots of humor and suspense.

The story follows Matthew Jester, someone whose luck seems to have no limits. For instance, he purchased a failing ice cream shop, only to have wealthy enclave be built on the land soon after.

When Jester decides to try his luck, he ends up in a series of non-stop difficult situations, involving serial killers, kidnappers, and various other criminals -- many of them trying to kill him.

The plot is incredibly engaging, and there is not a moment where you'll wan tot stop reading -- and the ending will have you gasping.

Characterization of Matthew Jester is thorough, and you find yourself understanding him, whether or not you are rooting for him.

There is also a lot of humor in the book, including strange images, my favorite being a prophetic fairy who wears an NYC baseball cap and smokes cigars.

If you are someone who wants a fresh, unique, funny, riveting thriller, then "Running Stupid" is the perfect novel for you.

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' "How to Burn Fat and Lose Weight Ridiculously Easy: Even During the Holidays!" by Gerry Marrs

Gerry Marrs' "How to Burn Fat and Lose Weight Ridiculously Easy: Even During the Holidays!" is a comprehensive weight-loss book that tells you how to lose weight quickly, safely, and easily.

If you're looking for a book with the latest diet gimmick that'll tell you how to lose 30 pounds in a week if you only eat some strange fruit, then this is not the book for you. This book is based on methods of weight loss that are proven to work.

So why buy this book if it doesn't contain a new diet fad? Because it tells you how to do tried-and-true methods as effectively as possible.

For instance, everyone knows that limiting carbs is an effective way to lose weight. But this book tells you how to implement lowering carbs into your daily life in a way that is extraordinarily simple.

The best thing about this book is that it covers the gambit of what you need to do to lose weight -- from dieting to exercise to sleeping properly to avoiding stress to using a heart monitor.

Overall, this book is perfect for anyone who is committed to make simple yet effective lifestyle changes that will result in weight loss.

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"Every Silver Lining Has a Cloud : Relapse and the Symptoms of Sobriety" by Scott Stevens

"Every Silver Lining Has a Cloud : Relapse and the Symptoms of Sobriety," by Scott Stevens, is a book about recovery and alcoholism that focuses on why alcoholics tend to relapse.

The narrator, a recovering alcoholic, begins by describing a lapse in his recovering that occurred after years of being sober.

During his ensuing recovering, which entails jail time and a rehabilitation program, he analyses what lead to his lapse.

He reflects on his own life, as well as other resources, including scientific research.

His assertion is, that for the alcoholic, sobriety is the dangerous state, and recognizing when the alcoholic is suffering under sobriety is key for ensuring he does not return to the bottle.

The book's writing is accurate, covering what the alcoholic feels and what the non-alcoholic wonders.

One of the strenghts of this book is that it gives answers, rather than just asks questions, which are backed by unbiased professionals.

Whether you are an alcoholic, an alcoholic's loved one, or just want to be more informed about the illness, "Every Silver Lining Has a Cloud" will answer lots of questions and allow you to be much more informed about the illness and recovery.

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Empire of the Worm by Jack Conner

Jack Conner's "Empire of the Worm" is a melding of multiple genres, predominantly fantasy and horror.

The book's premise is incredibly engaging: think Cthulhu in Ancient Egpyt. The plot is chock-full of action and suspense. It begins with Prince Davril having to make a choice between sacrificing his fiancee to a god-like beast or face its wrath. He chooses the second choice and results are terrifying.

Unimaginable horrors make way for the kingdom, and Davril finds himself trying to keep it all together. The task is made complicated by an evil uncle with an insidious plan. In the midst of all the chaos, the Worm arrives -- and the results are hellish.

Without giving too much away, this book contains lots of strange terrors and dread events. The book is extremely fast-paced and action-packed, but maintains its character-oriented writing style

The book is not for minors (there's violence and graphic sex), but if you’re an adult that likes Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard, "Empire of the Worm" is a must-read.

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The Isolation Door by Anish Majumdar

Anish Majumdar's "The Isolation Door" is a novel about a young man witnessing the downward spiral of his mother, who suffers from schizophrenia.

The main character, Neil Kapoor, is a 23-year-old student who is trying escape the consuming clutches of his mother's illness. Her schizophrenia dominates his family's lives, between the sadness and the care taking.

Neil explores drama school and relationships as a means of escape from his mom's illness, but each attempt, although helpful, also brings about new challenges.

Majumdar does an excellent job of relaying all of the characters' emotions to the reader, from depression to joy.

Majumdar does a particularly good job of capturing the mother's schizophrenia and her culture, since she is of Bengali descent.

The highlight of the book is the way it portrays a family dealing with an illness with someone close.

This is a story that has played out millions of times around the world, and most of us can relate to it, but Majumdar casts it in a light that allows us to learn from it.

If you like stories about overcoming obstacles and facing adversity or you have had a close family member affected by a consuming illness, then you will enjoy "The Isolation Door."

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The Pelaguis Game: Book 1 Valstain (Volume 1) by R.J. Jerome

“Valstain,” the first book in R.J. Jerome's The Pelagius Game series, is a fantasy fiction book, with lots of religious aspects, about an enchanting realm between Heaven and Earth.

The book revolves around Timothy Anderon as he tries to reveal corruption within the Order, a secret religious society that prepares warriors for battling evil.

The world building in this fantasy book is incredible. R. J. Jerome has a knack for building a rich, imaginative world that is detailed yet also approachable.

The characters, especially Tim, are fun to follow and easy to root for (or against, in some cases); their actions and dialogue feel realistic.

The plot is the highlight of the book. It has slower parts to let you appreciate the world, but lots of action and some surprising twists that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Since this is the first book of the series, the book does leave room for the story to continue.

Overall, this is a fresh, engaging fantasy book that will have fantasy fans of all ages hungry for more.

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Message from the Mountain by Chuck Gallagher

 "Message from the Mountain: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose," by Chuck Gallagher, is a spirituality book about finding your life's purpose.

In this book. Gallagher creates an engaging story while also prompting the reader to reflect on his or her own life and derive a purpose.

The main character moves from being downtrodden to a lively individual, acting as a metaphor for what can happen if the reader pursues change.

Although the story is interesting, it is the lessons the reader learns that are the highlight of the book.

Gallagher makes it clear what steps someone who is feeling lost must take in order to grow as an individual, such as pursuing quiet reflection and solitude.

The writing is descriptive without being too wordy, and the book is fairly easy to read.

This is a terrific book who wants a quiet read about finding direction in life through reflection and quietude.

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The Book of Real and Imaginary Girlfriends by Moctezuma Johnson

Moctezuma Johnson's "The Book of Real and Imaginary Girlfriends" is an eclectic collection of erotic poems that delve into everything from steamy physical sex to missing someone.

The poems, although all consistent with Johnson's style, are strikingly different in theme (note: they all contain sex); some are very physical, some are very emotional, some comment on societal views of sex, and there is even an about the author piece titled "A Rumor."

One of the strengths of the poem is that it captures thoughts pertaining to sex that are often unexplored; one might even venture to say the book focuses more on the mental aspect of sex than the physical.

The writing is direct, with blunt language and descriptive figurative language.

There is a series of poems about someone named Amy that is particularly affecting, leaving the reader wondering if such strong poetry was completely contrived or inspired by reality.

If you are an erotica fan who likes reflective, mentally stimulating poetry, then "The Book of Real and Imaginary Girlfriends" is the perfect collection for you.

In Search of the Hidden Garden by Renato Ariano

Renato Ariano's "In Search of the Hidden Garden" is a beautifully unique science book that could also be considered a fable with elements of a suspense novel.

The book is extremely fascinating and gives you facts about many subjects, as well as an interesting plot.

The plot is about a cypress pollen named Zeffirino; he leaves his paternal plant with the hopes of finding meaning.

The journey he takes is filled with adventure and suspense. Ultimately, he finds a wondrous hidden garden that reveals many of the answers he was looking for.

The author is a specialist in allergies, so it is clear he knows the subject of pollen well. The writing shows he knows philosophy well, too.

The story makes the reader think deeply about questions of life and existence and purpose.

Whether you are young or old, if you are looking for a book packed with scientific knowledge, filled with philosophical questions, and brimming with a good story, then this book is definitely for you.

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The Wellness Approach by Jonathan B Spages

"The Wellness Approach: The Secrets of Health your Doctor is Afraid to Tell You," by Dr. Jonathan Spages, is a book about caring for your health before and after illness occur.

The book covers a wide range of topics, from why we get sick to tackling allergies without drugs to losing weight.

One of the strengths of the book is that it starts with the basics, such as how the body works and what is sickness.

Once the reader has a grasp on the basics, Spages goes into more detail on preventing and treating illness in ways that are not conventionally taught to patients.

Much of the book includes information on Pierce Results System, a new technique for addressing problems with the body.

Spages includes many testimonials and examples in his writing, which makes it easy for the reader to understand the concepts.

The book is quite comprehensive, even including information on how to prepare children for a lifetime of good health, but is approachable and easy-to-read.

If you are looking for a book on alternative ways to treat and prevent illness, then "The Wellness Approach" is perfect for you.

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Forsaken by Sophia Sharp

Sophia Sharp's "Forsaken" is a YA paranormal romance filled with love, action, and the supernatural.

The story revolves around Nora Colburn, an unassuming junior in high school who leads a normal life.

But when the enigmatic Hunter Gerald shows up at school, Nora's life is turned upside down, and she soon finds herself glimpsing into the world of the super natural.

Unlike most books in the paranormal romance genre, "Forsaken" has a unique plot that is both imaginative and engaging.

The characters in the book are well-developed and fun to follow as the plot progresses.

Sharp's writing is descriptive yet concise, which makes the book a relatively quick read.

Overall, if you're a YA fan looking for a fresh paranormal romance, "Forsaken" is the perfect book for you.

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Second Chances by Chuck Gallagher

"Second Chances - Transforming Adversity into Opportunity," by Chuck Gallagher, is an inspiring self-help book about how living with integrity can improve one's life.

Gallagher was a tax principal at a CPA firm in the 1980s when he made some bad decisions that ultimately lead to him being convicted of a white collar crime.

"Second Chances" chronicles the transformative process of this experience, showing the reader how Gallagher decided to live a life of integrity and was rewarded for it.

Gallagher's writing is compelling and inspiring; he mixes flashbacks to the events surrounding his crime with advice and inspiration.

The book is organized into chapters that each give the reader a lesson about how to transform one's life.

The central theme of the book is that, with the right mindset, anyone can turn adversity into opportunity.

Overall, this is a great self-help book for anyone who wants to make opportunities for leading a happier, more fulfilling life.

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Sin by Sharron Riddle

"Sin," by Sharron Riddle, is a fun-filled YA fantasy about a sixteen-year-old girl, named Sin, who goes from being an ordinary girl to being part of a magical aspect of the world that battles evil.

The plot is very engaging, not taking long before the characters are on the fantasy equivalent of a wild goose chase.

The world that Riddle has built, complete with druids, fairies, and zombies, is both approachable and imaginative.

The characters, including Sin's eccentric yet beautiful druid aunts, are well-rounded and interesting to root for.

The highlight of the book, though, is the writing.

Written in first-person, the reader gets a firsthand look into Sin's mind.

Riddle has a knack for perfectly channeling the thoughts and speech of a sixteen-year-old and putting them in a story.

If you are looking for a fresh, imaginative YA fantasy with an exciting plot and characters, then "Sin" is the perfect book for you.

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The Straight Crimes by Matt Juhl

“The Straight Crimes,” the debut novel of Matt Juhl, is an electric love story between Jones and Nik, set in a world where homosexuality is the norm and heterosexuals are discriminated against.

After moving from Louisiana, Harper Jones meets Nik Roberts on the last day of school at Silver Shores High in Michigan. Even though classmates glare and call her “redneck,” fearless Harper stands up for herself and even defends Nik from bully, Ricky Wiley, who calls him “queer.”

Soon after their date to the carnival, Nick opens up to Harper about the physical abuse he had suffered all his life from his father, Jett, and Harper tells Nik that her junkie mom, Mindi, had set their Louisiana home on fire purposely, which was why they had to relocate to Michigan and live with Aunt Faye.  

Harper and Nik’s undeniable attraction makes their hearts skip beats and long for more of the other, but the perfection of their relationship is scary given the negative attitude of the world toward heterosexuals.

It becomes too much for Harper to deal with, so she seeks friendship with Traci Galva who is kind to her, especially after Harper is evicted due to her mother’s continuous drug use.

The greatest element of this book is Juhl's flawless and descriptive writing style. Juhl excels at painting the scene, setting the context for each interaction, and hooking you until the end to have the enormous tensions that build up then resolve.

“The Straight Crimes” is a very well-done romantic suspense novel that makes the reader ask big questions about society with engaging characters and a gripping plot.

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Separation by Cassandra Lane

"Separation," by Cassandra Lane, is a novel about the trials and triumphs of forbidden love.

Set in post-emancipation New York, the plot is about the difficulty of sustaining a relationship between a biracial woman and a white man in a society that frowns upon such relationships.

The plot begins slowly, but picks up pace throughout the book.

Lane did an excellent job writing well-rounded, period-correct characters; they capture the sentiments of the time perfectly.

The book's writing in general is very compelling and moving. Lane's writing is reminiscent of a 19th century writer, very descriptive and thoughtful.

By far, the highlight of the book is its theme of love -- that love can emerge the victor, even in situations that forbid it.

Overall, this is a great book for anyone who wants to read a historical romance about forbidden love with very descriptive writing reminiscent of the classics -- and fans are sure to be joyed to learn there is a second book in the series!

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