Hart & Seoul by Kristen Burnham

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About the Book
Kristen Burnham's "Hart & Seoul" is the book every fan of young adult novels dreams of.

The story follows Merilee Hart -- an ordinary girl who finds solace in art following her mother's leaving. Her life turns upside down, however, when her neighbor's mysterious nephew, Lee,  arrives in town. He's intriguing in more ways than one. Come to find out, he's a superstar member of a k-pop group. When Merri's dreams crash around her, she is drawn to Lee more than ever. As a superstar of Thunder, the world's biggest k-pop group, Lee has a lot on his hands. Can Merri handle what he brings to the table? One thing is certain -- her life as she knows it has changed ...

"Hart & Seoul" has it all -- lovable characters, a unique relationship, twists and turns, and an approachable writing style. Burnham writes in a manner that is relatable yet imaginative. You'll soon be rooting for Merri, hoping she can figure out how to move forward -- both in her relationship with Lee and in accomplishing her goals. We can learn a thing or two from her ... while still enjoying the dream-like quality her life assumes after she meets Lee. If you're a fan of fast-paced young adult / contemporary romance novels, you'll enjoy this k-pop-infused YA novel! Check out "Hart & Seoul" -- you won't regret it!

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The Singing Guru by Kamla K. Kapur

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Kamla K. Kapur's T"HE SINGING GURU, Legends and Adventures of Guru Nanak, the First Sikh" is a historical fiction novel that will inspire and intrigue you from start to finish. One of the strengths of this book is the expert blend of fiction, history, and mythology. It really connects the reader with the ancient world while building a bridge to modern applications. The story follows spiritual master Guru Nanak who founded the Sikh religion and is revered by other religions. This is an engaging tale that will make you want to read more by teaching important morals with palatable, fascinating story telling.

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A Simple Guide to Child Support Redemption by Mike R. Aikins

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Mike R. Aikins's "A Simple Guide to Child Support Redemption" is a resource for non-custodial parents trying to navigate the child support system.The book is organized perfectly with verifiable resources, documented solutions, interviews with victims of the system and more. You'll learn about case law, Title IV-A and D and work through practice questions to ensure you grasp the information. If you want to get your involvement with the child support system back on track, get this book and educate yourself. Knowledge is power -- and this book will give you all the information you need.

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Stillborn: The Legend of Pontianak and Other Supernatural Ghost Stories by Dr. Elmi Zukarnain

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Dr Elmi Zulkarnain Osman's “Stillborn - The Legend of Pontianak and Other Supernatural Ghost Stories" is a collection of short stories that is sure to delight horror fans. The book contains eleven ghastly stories. Filled with supernatural elements and scary scenes, the book will keep you up late at night, unable to stop reading even though you're scared to leave your bed. The mix of stories is eclectic and the writing is gripping. Horror hinges on quality writing to capture the chilling scenes, and Dr. Elmi Zukarnain Osman doesn't disappoint!

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ALPEROSE by Michel F. Bolle

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Michel F. Bolle's "ALPEROSE" is a beautifully written love story that fans of romance are sure to enjoy. The story follows Alice, the owner of a flower shop, and Robert, a businessman, who are two opposites that run into each other while both are lost in the Swiss Alps.

One of the strengths of the book is that the plot is filled with twists and turns. The writing is both engaging and surprising, taking you on a journey that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Additionally, the story is inspiring and touching with lots of heart-warming moments. The two protagonists, Alice and Robert, are wonderfully written. Bolle found away to write them so that they really come to life, and the reader will have no problem relating to them and rooting for their success. The characters are relatable, but not predictable, so you'll want to keep reading until the end. 

If you're a romance fan, you'll surely enjoy "ALPEROSE" by Michel F. Bolle. The book will be released in German during the next three months. Stay tuned for details!

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Focus: Learn How To Concentrate for Maximum Results by Ronald E. McKnight, CPC

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Ronald E. McKnight, CPC, in "Focus: Learn How To Concentrate for Maximum Results," provides a step-by-step guide on various techniques for improving your focus and concentration. The book opens with what is focus and what are the benefits of good focus.

The book also outlines the pitfalls of having bad focus and some of the reasons we are unable to focus. Additionally, the book goes into various techniques and strategies for improving focus. For more severe focus issues, McKnight outlines supplement and medication options that may help. The greatest strength of the book is that it is an interactive book. McKnight asks readers to write down their goals and visions and each chapter has a section for you to take action and set your goals. So this book will not only help you build self-discipline and focus, but it will help you have a clearer vision of your life. If you're looking to improve your focus and concentration, as well as iron out your life goals, then "Focus: Learn How To Concentrate for Maximum Results" is the book for you!

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Epiphany Marketing by Dr. Maisha Cobb

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"Epiphany Marketing: The Heart of Marketing Starts at Your Core Business / Leadership / Marketing," by Dr. Maisha Cobb, is a marketing book that teaches you how to get your marketing plan for your organization/business back in the right direction. With the increasing importance of digital marketing, Dr. Maisha Cobb emphasizes the need to go back to your core/heart values to stay relevant and connected to your organization. Get back on the path of fresh marketing with this book!

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Starting a New Job by Robert Moment

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"Starting a New Job: Career Planning and Job Promotion Tactics for Motivated New Employees," by Robert Moment, is a non-fiction book about achieving career success in your new job. The book reads as a guide for new employees. It provides step-by-step strategies for finding success at your new job, setting you on a path for job promotions and pay raises. Some of the topics covered are: making plans and setting goals, career advancement planning, the importance of building relationships, habits of successful employees, and much more! Check this book out if you want to be on a path for career success! Lay the foundation for growth in your new job at the very start.

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OPEN UP by Narmada Rao

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Narmada Rao's "Open Up" is a book of quotes that helps the reader understand how to shape the life they want. As a psychologist, author, NLP trainer and coach, Rao is uniquely poised to write on this topic. One of the themes of the book is our tendency to focus on one thing -- whether it's something from a conversation, a thought, or anything else. Rao writes how to harness this phenomenon to create change in one's life. With a succinct writing style, Rao has organized a book of quotes that lets you get to the heart of the matter without having to trudge through hours and hours of reading to build up to it. Additionally, the important lessons are presented in a creative manner so the ideas stick. If you're looking for a self-help book written in a concise, creative manner, then look no further than Narmada Rao's OPEN UP.

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Where Do You Keep The Lions? by Sola Togun-Butler, PhD.

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Sola Togun-Butler, Ph.D.'s "Where Do You Keep The Lions? An African Girl's First Day of School in America." is a children's book with an important message. The story follows Kemi an 8-year-old African immigrant girl  who is excited about her first day of school in America. Unfortunately, her first day of school is derailed by hurtful questions from her classmates. Kemi speaks with her father who offers advice on dealing with the situation. This is an important book that teaches children the value of cultural diversity and sensitivity and how to be polite when learning about cultures outside of their own.

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Urban Faery: A Modern Fantasy.by Angela Savidge

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Angela Savidge's "Urban Faery: A Modern Fantasy" is a visionary fantasy novel that is sure to delight fans of imaginative fiction. The books is novella-sized and is a fast read. The protagonist is Cate, who has grown disillusioned with her life in Hollywood/LA. Her life turns upside down when she meets a mysterious surfer, Luc, who has a unique history. She embarks on a journey of self-discovery and learns a lot about herself and the world. This book is sure to be a hit with people who enjoy fast-paced, imaginary reads with lovable characters.

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BRUTAL by Steven Thompson

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Steven Thompson's "BRUTAL" is a thriller/suspense novel that follows a team of detectives on the hunt for a viscous killer. The leader of the team, Augustine Boyle, is bedridden, so the team must fend for themselves. It's a non-stop action-packed ride as the team races to catch the killer before he causes more damage. The author, who studied linguistics, shines with attention-grabbing prose. 

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Borrowed Time by Antonio D. Sommerio

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Antonio D. Sommerio's "Borrowed Time" is an edge-of-your-seat suspense/thriller book with a novel plot idea! The story follows Jacob Parnell, a man who becomes obsessed with punctuality after the death of his wife. His life becomes mundane and routine until he discovers his watch has a magical power to determine how long someone has left to live. If you love thrillers, you'll love this book.

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Stratagem by Christina Hagmann

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Christina Hagmann's “Stratagem" is a young adult suspense/fantasy novel that revolves around a young girl with shape-shifting powers. The main character, Meda, is taken from her family to train as a shape-shifting operative. Her task is to discredit political figures! When she's kidnapped, her mission unravels and she must take her destiny into her own hands.

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Companion in Grief by Trevy Thomas

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Trevy Thomas's "Companion in Grief: Comforting Secular Messages for the Daily Journey Through Grief" is a self-help book that helps people in grief and friends/family of grievers with coping with grief. One of the strengths of this book is that it is written from a secular perspective, so it is very inclusive for people of all walks of life. The author experienced grief and used the lessons she learned to write this effective guide for moving through grief. It also includes step-by-step activities for helping you work through grief. 

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The Sacred Artifact by Caldric Blackwell

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The Sacred Artifact (book 2 of the Young Alchemist series) is a middle grade fantasy novel that tweens and young teens who are fans of fantasy and adventure will devour. 

The story picks up where the first book left off. Craig Pike, the student alchemist, goes on an adventure with his teacher, Cornelius, and his friend, an archer named Audrey. Just like the first book, the plot is very fast-paced and doesn't waste time in getting things going. The protagonists are soon on a dangerous quest to uncover the secrets of a sacred artifact (the namesake of the book).

As one would expect, their journey isn’t easy. Within a day of setting out, things start getting tricky. Craig, Audrey, and Cornelius find themselves in a swamp region where they enter a competition reminiscent of the Triwizard Tournament in Harry Potter. Eventually, they make it Tarvel, a mysterious place where alchemy was started, hoping they can find out more about the mysteries of the sacred artifact.

The book is divided into two parts, with the first part being the journey to Tarvel and the second part, without giving too much away, being a quest to keep a powerful object out of the hands of the story's antagonist. 

One of the greatest strengths of the book is the cast of characters. Readers get more of Craig and Audrey, who are familiar to fans of the first book, but also get some interesting new characters. Blackwell does a good job of making the characters feel real and their interactions interesting. Another strength of the book is the sense of adventure. The characters are travelling to exotic places, from swamps to barren tundra, with action around every turn and plenty of alchemy. There is certainly no shortage of action.

In terms of weaknesses, if you don’t like fast-paced books, you won’t like this book. There isn’t much “down time," so to speak. The plot is always moving forward, but that could just be a function of its aim at a younger audience (middle school and elementary school students are most likely to enjoy the book).

If you’re looking for a middle-grade novel with lots of action, adventure, and fantasy elements, you’ll enjoy “The Sacred Artifact.”

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