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  Honor Among Outcasts: DarkHorse Trilogy, Book 2 by Ed Protzel (ed.protzel@att.net) TouchPoint Press (February 2, 2018) ISBN: I3: 978-1-946920-31-7

After their harrowing escape from Mississippi, abolitionist Durksen Hurst, his fiancée Antoinette DuVallier, and their friends — a group of undocumented slaves — land in guerrilla-infested Civil War Missouri, the most savage whirlwind of destruction, cruelty, and death in American history.

Trapped in a terrifying cycle of murder and revenge, scarred by Quantrill’s cold-blooded Lawrence massacre and the Union army’s ruthless Order Eleven, Durk and everyone he cares for soon find themselves entangled in a struggle for their very survival.

Honor Among Outcasts takes readers on a pulse-pounding journey of desperate men and women caught up in the merciless forces of hatred and fear that tear worlds apart, and the healing power of friendship to bring them together.

Honor Among Outcasts: DarkHorse Trilogy, Book 2

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  Murder is a Dirty Business by Tricia Sanders (glasshut@hotmail.com) Soul Mate Publishing, LLC. (November 15, 2017) ISBN: 9781682915561

When Cece Cavanaugh’s husband empties their joint bank account, steals her designer luggage, and runs off with a younger woman, Cece must decide whether to ask her manipulative mother-in-law for a handout or get a job. Choosing the easier path, Cece lands a job cleaning a crime scene where a high school coach was murdered. When his wife is implicated—a young woman Cece practically raised—Cece finds herself mopping floors, balancing an empty checkbook, and ferreting out a killer.

Amid all this messy business, Cece bumps heads with a handsome detective. She tries to ignore her growing attraction to the detective, but he gives new meaning to the term “hot flash.”
After she stumbles onto a clue that could vindicate her friend, her elation turns to panic when she haphazardly confronts the killer. Through the danger and romance, Cece discovers self-reliance and inner strength.

And that crime – at least, someone else’s – does pay the bills.

Murder is a Dirty Business

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  GIRLS DON'T by Joyce Ragland (jcragland2011@gmail.com) Goldminds Publishing LLC (October 20, 2017) ISBN: 978-1-946504-03-6

In 1962 Midwestern farm communities, good girls don’t have careers in science, don’t talk back to their parents, and don’t “go all the way” until they finish high school and then get married. Lorena Smith plays many roles to match her various names – Lorena to her mom and teachers, Reenie or Baby Daughter to her dad, and Lor to her best friends. She is inspired by her first female science teacher and longs to have a career as a scientist. She’s excited about an extra science class in her class schedule, but her traditional parents and the counselor change her schedule. Bitterly disappointed, she says nothing out loud, but inwardly screams, stomps her feet, and tells them that President Kennedy has a Commission on Women and opportunities for women are different now. Life on the farm is often miserable because Lorena’s middle sister, Hallie, is a shit. Their older sister, Betty Rose, is a sweetheart, but isn’t always around to serve as a buffer between her sisters. Mom and Dad are preoccupied with the busy dairy farm and a growing drought that may send the country into another Great Depression. Best friends, 16-year-old cousin Ronnie and self-absorbed friend Carly aren’t much help because they have their own problems.
Lorena’s goal of enlisting the help of her science teacher, Mrs. Ezzard, gets sidetracked by realities of 1962 farm life which have no connection with women’s liberation, and that the world is changing faster than the muscle cars on Route 66.


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  TRAVEL IN THE SIXTIES by Joyce Ragland (jcragland2011@gmail.com) Paperback-Press, LLC (October 20, 2017) ISBN: 9-780692-316870

Inside this book are stories true and not, poetry, and art to entertain, inspire, stimulate laughter, tears, thought, and perhaps fear * all things to engage the reader and make you want more. The authors and artists are each talented writers, many with superstar credentials. Contributors Vicki D. Behl, Ann Ragland Bowns, Jack Bresee, Selene Castrovilla, Kay Gamblin, Troy Garrison, Jane Hale, Mitch Hale, Vera Harrill, Charles King, Anita Lael, Rosalie Lombardo, Ellen Gray Massey, Joyce Ragland, John R. (Jack) Rayl, Beverly Reid, Marilyn Smith, Toni Somers, Bailey-Elisabeth Williams, Ken Williams


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  THROWAWAY CHILD by Joyce Ragland (jcragland2011@gmail.com) Paperback-Press, LLC (October 20, 2017) ISBN: 9-780692-223673

His dad threw rocks, spiteful words, and a pitchfork at him. His mother told him he should have been stillborn. He vowed to never be poor because that left you at the mercy of mean people, finished school at eighth grade and went off to make his way in the world. Resilience, a strong work ethic, and help from a few good people gave John A. Garrison boosts at critical times. The dirt poor child never made the same mistake twice, grew up to became a millionaire, and now shares his story that he hopes will inspire others to overcome difficult childhoods.


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  The Trombonist of Munst by Ryan Freeman (ryanpfreeman1@gmail.com) CreateSpace (June 11, 2017) ISBN: 1547112344

Schemes! Snakes! Trombones! Trombones? When our hapless hero is kicked out of the royal orchestra, he stumbles into Maeve’s Bar – a place filled with shady characters, devilishly strong drinks, and biting snakes dangling from the rafters! With nothing better to do, and all the rest of the countryside’s musicians practicing next door, the Trombonist adjusts his slides, sets his lips to his instrument, and embarks on adventure.
While the evening away at Maeve’s Bar – hear the Trombonist play! Watch out for the snakes, Green Grendel and White Sven – and mind your P’s and Q’s (especially with Maeve’s own special brew: Old Wrathikan’s Fire Ale). And while you’re at it, why not stay for the encore: how the Trombonist and friends overcome the treacherous wiles of the greedy Chief Maestro next door! Pull up a chair and mind the snakes – tonight’s gonna be a good one.

The Trombonist of Munst

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  The Grey Isle Tale by Ryan Freeman (ryanpfreeman1@gmail.com) CreateSpace (June 9, 2017) ISBN: 978-1517152826

Prince Janos of House Ulian is having a rough day. No, scratch that - a rough life. So when the watch tower he is inspecting begins exploding all around him, Janos soldiers on like usual. Race through the countryside of the island empire of Rumenjia, as one unlucky Prince, along with a stubborn local watch captain join forces with staunch Generals and legendary Wizards to confront the greatest (and potentially last) threat their country has ever faced: their own inner darkness.

The Grey Isle Tale chronicles the last breath of a crumbling empire. Adrift upon its own momentous tides of conspiracy and hate, something even more sinister lurks beneath the nation’s waves. The Grey Isle Tale is the sort of story which flows from hair-raising novel to epic northern legend. The Grey Isle tale tells the story of a nation on the brink, and how even the smallest gestures can tip the balance between good and evil. Within, experience tremors of horrific casualness matched against the indestructible bonds of friendship and kindness.

The Grey Isle Tale

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  The Golden Rule by Jessica Marie Baumgartner (jessbaum23@gmail.com) Eleventh Hour Literary Press (May 23, 2017) ISBN: 978-1943755196

Celebrate a love of diversity and acceptance. When a young girl learns about the different ways to express the “golden rule”, she finds that every culture and faith has their own similar philosophy. This beautifully illustrated tale displays our common bond with a simple message of understanding.

The Golden Rule

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  Southeast Missouri from Swampland to Farmland: Transformation of the Lowlands by John C. Fisher (fisherjohnc@yahoo.com) McFarland (April 27, 2017) ISBN: 978-0-7864-7995-5

The book recounts the history of the Southeast Missouri Lowlands beginning with its geological history through the mid 20th century. Much of the region was still wilderness at the beginning of the 20th century. Railroad building allowed harvest of the immense timber resources. Land clearing and agriculture brought both geographical and sociological changes.Agriculture was made possible by construction of the largest drainage system in the United States, the Little River Drainage District.

Southeast Missouri from Swampland to Farmland: Transformation of the Lowlands

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  Spice Secret: A Cautionary Diary by Billie Holladay Skelley (bhskelley24@gmail.com) Goldminds Publishing (April 9, 2017) ISBN: 978-1-946504-01-2

Pepper Kelly was looking forward to finishing high school and going to college. In September of her junior year, she met Jordan, and suddenly her life seemed better than ever--but Pepper had a secret. Almost too late, she learns some secrets should never be kept.

Spice Secret:  A Cautionary Diary

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  Waiting for Butterflies by Karen Sargent (karensargent87@gmail.com) Walrus Publishing, an imprint of Amphorae Publishing Group (April 4, 2017) ISBN: 1940442206

WAITING FOR BUTTERFLIES is an achingly tender portrait of a mother whose love reaches beyond possible.

When tragedy strikes, Maggie discovers a mother’s love never ends—not even when her life does. Longing for her family after her death, she becomes a “lingering spirit” and returns home where she helplessly witnesses her family’s downward spiral in the aftermath of her passing.

Her husband is haunted by past mistakes and struggles to redeem himself. Her teenage daughter silently drowns in her own guilt, secretly believing she is responsible for her mother’s death. Only her five-year-old, full of innocence, can sense her presence.

Although limited by her family’s grief and lack of faith, Maggie is determined to keep a sacred promise and salvage her family before her second chance runs out.

Waiting for Butterflies

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  Elijah and the City in Danger by Zachariah Rippee (mr.rippee.sir@gmail.com)  (February 9, 2017) ISBN: 978-1542872867

The city is in danger. Only one hero can save the day, and Elijah is that hero! As KID IMAGINATION, Elijah uses his super powers of imagination to battle robots, aliens, and monsters. One day when the city needs his help Elijah encounters an unexpected foe, his MOTHER! Elijah must learn that heroes do what is right, and sometimes that is harder than saving the day!

Elijah and the City in Danger

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  Rienspel by Ryan Freeman (ryanpfreeman1@gmail.com) CreateSpace (October 30, 2016) ISBN: 978-1533555243

Rien Sucat wiles his days away, bored-stiff in his small backwoods village. But soon gets more than he bargained for after he befriends a magical Phoenix, accidentally witnesses a secret necromantic ritual, and comes face to face with a league of racist, knife-wielding assassins out for his blood.

Travel with Rien as he and the Phoenix journey from the unassuming Rillian village of Nyrgen through the enchanting depths of the Great Wood where the unquiet dead lurk, to the high north country of Firehall - elusive sanctuary of the Elves. Launch into an epic quest with consequences farther reaching than Rien could ever possibly imagine....


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  Hard Times in the Heartland by Sally Jadlow (Sjadlow@aol.com) CreateSpace (October 1, 2016) ISBN: 978-1537083179

Henry Freeman and his brothers are orphaned during the Depression. Henry has to figure out what to do with his youngest brother, 11-year-old David.
Follows Henry's life from 1933 through WW II in 1945. Part of this book is based on Henry's letters during WW II to his family.
This is the third book in The Late Sooner series.
Available in paperback and e-reader.

Hard Times in the Heartland

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  Born by the River by Jenness Clark (jstarks1151@gmail.com) Create Space (September 20, 2016) ISBN: 9781533376954

A true story about growing up in southern Missouri during the summer of 1963. Whirlpools of a changing culture inundate the Mississippi River region, where a young girl tries to comprehend and stay above the conflicting traditions that challenge her family's very survival.

Born by the River

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  Insight Into Adoption - 3rd edition by Barbara Blomquist (baybar@juno.com) Tate Publishers (August 23, 2016) ISBN: 978-1-68301-937-4

This is the 3rd edition of "Insight Into Adoption". It is updated and has twice as many pages as the 1st edition which has sold thousands of copies since being published in 2001. This book explains why adoptive parenting is different from biological parenting by exploring and explaining life where family members are not biologically related. It's been lauded by adoptive parents and raved about by adoptees who say it's nice to know somebody finally understands them. Both the challenges and the joys of adoption are discussed.

Insight Into Adoption -  3rd edition

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  Ruth Law: The Queen of the Air by Billie Holladay Skelley (bhskelley24@gmail.com) Goldminds Publishing (August 15, 2016) ISBN: 978-1-942905-64-6

Travel back to 1916 with Ruth Bancroft Law to learn more about the early days of aviation in America. A remarkable pioneer, Law was one of the most daring, courageous, and successful aviators of her time. She set several records and inspired the nation with a bold and historic flight. In the process, she showed the world that women could be influential leaders and superb pilots.

Ruth Law: The Queen of the Air

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  The Art of Healing - A Novel by Jeanne Felfe (jeannefelfe@gmail.com) Parallel Pathways, LLC (June 2, 2016) ISBN: 978-0-9670185-1-5

The Art of Healing is Women's Fiction and takes place in the St. Louis, St. Charles, and Alton areas.

Julianne Garvoli is content with her life as a pediatric nurse. She is following her every dream, or so she believes. After her idyllic world is shattered, she must reconcile her lost past to rediscover her deepest passion.

Jokob O'Callaghan, a world-renowned photographer, lives a life most could only imagine—until cancer delivers a direct and devastating slam. He walls himself off, focusing solely on his art.

When one of Jokob’s photos brings them together, even love may not be enough to keep them that way. Tragic circumstances and long silent dreams work to sever their bond. Can they each find a way to heal, love, and follow dreams together?

The Art of Healing - A Novel

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  Mayhem at Buffalo Bill's Wild West by Fedora Amis (Fedora@fedoraamis.com) Five-Star Cengage (February 17, 2016) ISBN: 9781432831332

It’s 1898. Eighteen-year-old Jemima McBustle stands at the crossroads of life. She can marry a “Man of Substance” and float through life in luxury. Or she can follow her idol Nelly Bly--forge her own way in a man’s world as a stunt reporter.

After finessing a job at a St. Louis newspaper, she must deliver stories that will sell papers. But she finds roadblocks at every turn. Her family employs a chaperone, Miss Turaluralura Snodderly, a spinster more fearsome than Lizzie Borden.

Jemmy and her photographer-partner never see eye-to-eye. Worst of all, her boss would like nothing better than to fire her. She knows he’s up to something when he sends her out of town to cover Buffalo Bill’s Wild West.

The journey lets her rub shoulders with biggest celebrities of the day--Annie Oakley, Buffalo Bill Cody; and soon-to-be famous ragtime composer Scott Joplin. The trip chases her through outlandish schemes and breathtaking danger with an enigmatic man in her make-or-break Sedalia adventure.

Mayhem at Buffalo Bill's Wild West

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  Fraternity of Fractures by Mark Pannebecker (contact@markpannebecker.com) AuthorHouse (February 1, 2016) ISBN: 978-1-50495-755-7

Justin Sunder and Phoenix are master cat burglars and best friends until Dylan Panicosky enters their circle of hedonism and crime. Set in the blighted city of St. Louis in the ‘80s, Fraternity of Fractures is a love triangle played out in an urban setting full of nocturnal adventures, drugs, sex, and danger, with all the players fractured in their own way.

Fraternity of Fractures

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  The Lies That Bind: DarkHorse Trilogy, Book 1 by Ed Protzel (ed.protzel@att.net) TouchPoint Press (December 7, 2015) ISBN: 978-0692591888

Broke and despondent, trickster Durksen Hurst returns to Mississippi seeking redemption for his disreputable past — and maybe some glory. When he encounters a dozen hungry slaves hiding in the wilds, he persuades them to build a plantation with him — a scheme that will threaten the town’s dominant family: the brilliant, mad Widow French and her tortured son, Devereau.

When Antoinette DuVallier, a mysterious woman from New Orleans with unknown ties to the Frenches, arrives desperately seeking her missing boy, long-buried secrets are exposed that tear asunder the once-sleepy hamlet.

As the tangled webs of deceit unravel, each startling revelation shines a fresh light on what it means to be a man or a woman, free or enslaved — indeed, on what it means to be human.

The Lies That Bind: DarkHorse Trilogy, Book 1

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  Rawnie's Mirage by Marilyn Weimer (art@marilynweimer.com) Amazing Things Press (December 5, 2015) ISBN: 9780692582749

Seeking independence from her controlling parents, Rawnie Zema, an elegant young Bohemian woman, chooses to live in a mysterious Kansas ghost town where her boss witnessed strange occurrences just a mile from her house.
Life controlling secrets inhibit Rawnie from accepting what she wants the most-love and commitment. Her flamboyant mother often interferes in her life. Her ruthless, self-serving father reveals devastating secrets and devises obstacles she can't image possible. What she wants most in her life is Flint Senna, an ambitious Native American working in New Mexico on a water conservation method inspired by the ancient Anasazi to help all humanity, but her past stops her cold. One night, Rawnie sees a golden mirage of the man she loves but who she believes abandon her.

Rawnie's Mirage

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  Luella Agnes Owen: Going Where No Lady Had Gone Before by Billie Holladay Skelley (bhskelley24@gmail.com) Goldminds Publishing (November 21, 2015) ISBN: 9781942905448

Luella Agnes Owen was a female pioneer in the study of caves. She had to overcome many obstacles to reach her goal of becoming a scientist, but she succeeded. She became one of the world's leading authorities on caves at a time when such a career was very unusual for a woman.

Luella Agnes Owen: Going Where No Lady Had Gone Before

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  Slater's Leverage (The OPAQUE Task Force series) by Claudia Shelton (cswriting@yahoo.com) Self (November 10, 2015) ISBN: 978-0996822619

Protector Agent Josh Slater has spent years working for the secret government-sponsored agency known as OPAQUE. All the while hoping to find the man who paid his father to bring down a plane killing the then head of OPAQUE. Now, Josh's new assignment brings him back face-to-face with the one woman he ever deserted. His life would have been easier letting Mackenzie continue to hate him for leaving, but she's been targeted as leverage and he'll do anything to insure her survival. Even face her anguish over his family's shame. Mackenzie Baudin has been over Josh Slater for years, so the idea of her uncle sending him to be her protector meant only a slight hiccup in her steel resolve emotions. But her uncle's promise that within the next twenty-four hours she would know the complete truth about her life hit her like the plane crash ten years ago. The day her mother and father were killed.

Slater's Leverage (The OPAQUE Task Force series)

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  Foxies and the Mysterious Floating Object by BK Bradshaw (4bkbradshaw@gmail.com) Goldminds Publishing, LLC (November 1, 2015) ISBN: 978-1-942905-13-4

s it a bird? Is it a plane? What is that mysterious object in the sky? With the help of their friend, Grace, the family of foxes venture into the world of humans to solve the mystery. Curious will stop at nothing to figure it out. Catcher wonders if he can catch it. Cutie just wants to hide.

Foxies and the Mysterious Floating Object

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  Eagle the Legal Beagle by B. H. Skelley (bhskelley24@gmail.com) Kids Book Press (September 6, 2015) ISBN: 9780692516355

Describes a therapy dog's role in calming children during legal proceedings.

Eagle the Legal Beagle

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  "Embracing the Adoption Effect" by Barbara Blomquist (baybar@juno.com) Tate Publishers (August 18, 2015) ISBN: 978-1-68118-563-7

"Embracing the Adoption Effect" relates 29 stories of families touched by adoption. Deep, intense interviews with adoptees, birth parents, and adoptive parents disclosed secrets and frustrations and amazing love that is innate within the adoption world. Those interviewed revealed their strength, compassion, and coping skills while describing how adoption positively and negatively affects their lives. It is a book of impressive stories as told by some remarkable people.

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  The Alien Logs of Super Jewels by BK Bradshaw (4bkbradshaw@gmail.com) Goldminds Publishing, LLC (July 1, 2015) ISBN: 978-1-942905-09-7

Why does everything seem so easy for everyone else? As Jewels recounts her adventures from Kinderprison to Muddle School, she looks for clues to what sets her apart. Could she be an alien, a superhero, or something completely different? Join Jewels as she explores the confusing - and often hilarious - world of social expectations. Jewels' journey of self-discovery takes her to some unexpected places, and most surprising of all is finding a little bit of ourselves along the way.

The Alien Logs of Super Jewels

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  Elijah and the Key of Knowledge by Zachariah Rippee (mr.rippee.sir@gmail.com) Tate Publishing (June 8, 2015) ISBN: 9781682071410

A young boy and his animal friends set out on a quest to find the Key of Knowledge. This book promotes the life skill of reading as a treasure to be cherished!

Elijah and the Key of Knowledge

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  The Doctor's Tale by Claire Applewhite by Claire Applewhite (Claire@claireapplewhite.com) Smokinggunpublishing, LLC (May 1, 2015) ISBN: 978-1-940586-24-3

When young Thomas Spezia decides to become a doctor, he is a stranger to the gritty reality of St. Louis City Hospital. When his mentor, Dr. Skelton, assigns the case of a former showgirl, plagued by a brain tumor and a philandering husband, Spezia begins to question his decision. Every dream has a price, but, he must confront the question that gnaws at him, day and night: has the price become too high?

The Doctor's Tale by Claire Applewhite

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  Billy in the Lowground by Sumner Wilson (sumner_wilson@yahoo.com) Pen-L Publishing (May 1, 2015) ISBN: 978-1-942428-16-9

Every summer since his eighth birthday, Scotlin Bright has run his trotlines on the Stream River, eaten fried fish, and attempted in vain to play uncle Roz's fiddle. He never tires of the tales relates to him of his time in France during the Great War.

Scotlin gallops from one adventure to the next one with no thought of tomorrow. Tomorrow is for grown-ups. Today belongs all to himself.

Scotlin's happiness is harshly interrupted when he learns he must soon leave the river to take his place working his father's farm. Even worse he must now face the sorry prospect of attending high-school in the fall. Slowly reality soaks in. He decides to make this his thirteenth summer one of bliss and one he'll never forget, and to face his responsibilities with courage the way every boy and girl must.

He falls in love with Iona McKenzie, his best friend, Calvin's sister. Together he and Iona battle a giant blacksnake, the bully of the barnyard, and he gets chased home by a black panther.

Finally he learns that life isn't always a playground made for his amusement, that fairness isn't part of the growing-up process, and that death always lurks around the next corner.

Billy in the Lowground

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  Defenders of Holt by Julie L. Casey (jucasey@windstream.net) Amazing Things Press (April 10, 2015) ISBN: 978-0692427408

Orion enjoys his uncomplicated life hunting deer and bison, using only his wits and extraordinary speed to run down his prey, until a girl of a different sort and the invasion of another tribe threaten to change his way of life forever.

Orion lives five centuries in the future, in a village called Holt on the Missouri river, in the middle of what used to be the United States of America. Life has drastically changed for the entire world after a series of solar superstorms destroyed the power grids, decreased the sun’s energy output, and plunged the Earth into an ice age. Three quarters of the Earth’s human population has been decimated, while many of those who survived have evolved into a race of people with superior genes. Orion belongs to one group of these evolved people called Tall Ones, possessing enhanced genes for strength, speed, and stamina, along with increased height. Sage, the girl he falls in love with, is a Brain, an evolutionary mutation that has greatly enhanced cerebral capacity. The Tall Ones and Brains have lived in unity, although rarely intermarrying, and have successfully used all the knowledge of science and history accumulated to date to make their simple, pastoral lifestyle comfortable and enjoyable. Yet, not all people have been so successful, and one such tribe, the Outliers, threatens to usurp Orion’s village and way of life from them.

Defenders of Holt

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  Getting Through What You Can't Get Over by Anita Agers Brooks (anita@anitabrooks.com) Barbour Publishing (April 1, 2015) ISBN: 978-1616264185

There are some things in life people never get over. No matter how much they want to.
Many experience abuse, financial disaster, serious illness, death of loved ones, and other common traumas making them believe they’ll never move past the pain, but through research and true story compilations, author and Common Trauma Expert, Anita Agers-Brooks offers emotional, practical, and spiritual insights from professionals and people who have survived intense trauma—and have made it through seemingly impossible situations. Getting Through What You Can't Get Over addresses PTSD in the everday person from common, but horrific events.

Getting Through What You Can't Get Over

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  Beneath Still Waters by Cynthia A. Graham (graham@cynthiaagraham.com) Blank Slate Press (March 31, 2015) ISBN: 978-0991305841

When two boys stumble across the remains of a baby girl, headless and badly decomposed, in a swamp in Cherokee Crossing, Arkansas, Hick Blackburn, a reluctant sheriff with a troubled past, is called to the scene. With nothing to go on except the baby's race and sex, the task of discovering who she is and how she died challenges all of Hick's investigative skills. But Hick faces a deeper challenge. The vision of the infant has left him shattered, a reminder of a war crime he has tried to lock away, a crime that has begun to eat away at the edges of his life, destroying him one relationship at a time.

Set in the wake of World War II, Beneath Still Waters is a lyrical and haunting tale about the loss of innocence, the resilience of love, and the lengths to which people will go to survive. It will appeal to readers who love Southern fiction, mysteries, and crime novels, and stories about good people coming to terms with the fact that they are capable of doing terrible things.

Beneath Still Waters

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  Wilder Mage by CD Coffelt (beccoff@nwmo.net) Shamira Publishing (March 17, 2015) ISBN: 978-0-9961260-0-7

Justus Aubre is a wilder, a mage unbound by the Imperium. In their eyes, he’s a dangerous wild card. The Imperium wants him, wants his power, willingly or not. To escape, he fades into the background, becomes a ghost, and finds a veneer of normal life. When Sable Rounds, an acolyte of the guild of mages, walks through the door of his antique shop looking for work, Justus knows what she is but shrugs it off. He’s grown complacent, a big mistake.
Alone and running also, Sable lives in the shadows, hating the mages and their persistence. But even transients like her need to eat and jobs are scarce. When Justus hires her, she knows it’s temporary. An illusion, since the Imperium is searching for her, and one day she must flee to avoid capture.
They are always behind her, waiting. They will find her eventually and when they do, they find Justus.
And all hell’s about to break loose.

Wilder Mage

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  Mage Revealed by CD Coffelt (beccoff@nwmo.net) Shamira Publishing (March 17, 2015) ISBN: 978-0-9961260-1-4

Struck with enough malevolent Spirit to turn him into a raving beast of a man, Bert Reese fights to remain human. Alone, he walks a slender path between sanity and madness. Then, an unlikely source enters his life to help—one of the now-hated mages.
But Ashleigh is different and calms his butchered senses. Her fierce nature is the only rock that stands between him and the crevasse that is beast. In all ways, she walks beside him toward a new beginning. But at the end of their journey lies the one who used Spirit against him. Questions arise; did Tiarra, head of the Imperium, lose her magic, die, or simply give way to the new order? Or, like a spider, does she wait for a mage to blunder into her web?
Forced on him without a care for his humanity, Bert is the mage who should not exist, born with a different kind of magic.
And the gates of Hell are no match for the magic he wields.

Mage Revealed

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  Time Lost: Teenage Survivalist II by Julie L. Casey (jucasey@windstream.net) Amazing Things Press (March 9, 2015) ISBN: 978-0615986944

Ben's 13th year was when his family fell apart, but his 14th year is when his whole world, or more precisely, the whole world, collapses. He had thought 13 was his unlucky number, the year that Time turned its back on him, but he was wrong; that year, it was he who had turned his back on Time. The following year, the fury of the sun turns back Time for everyone in the world.

On PF (Power Failure) Day, a huge electromagnetic surge from the sun destroys the power grids and civilization as we know it. Living in the middle of downtown Kansas City makes survival near impossible. Starvation, dehydration, disease, freezing temperatures, and out-of-control fires imperil the desperate population. After facing unimaginable losses, Ben finds hope in for the future when he meets Sara, who has endured her own share of agonizing loss. But when a murderous gang threatens to take away everything Ben has left, they flee to a wilderness area of a large city park where they learn to live off the land for survival.

Time Lost: Teenage Survivalist II

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  How I Became a Teenage Survivalist by Julie L. Casey (jucasey@windstream.net) Amazing Things Press (March 2, 2015) ISBN: 978-0692399750

Bracken is a typical teenage boy, more interested in the angles of the girl’s exposed back teasing him from the seat ahead of him than in anything the geometry teacher could present. His life is filled with school, video games, and thoughts of girls, not necessarily (or probably not) in that order. Life just flows along uneventfully and unacknowledged, like the electricity that courses through the power lines — until PF Day.

On PF (Power Failure) Day, the sun strikes Bracken’s world with an unseen surge of electromagnetic fury, which cripples power stations and burns transformers to crispy nuggets of regret. No one in Bracken’s world had ever thought about how much they depended on electrical power but now, without it, they are plunged into survival mode. Without electricity there is no communication, no modern conveniences and soon, no modern means of transportation, as the reserves of refined gasoline run dry. Worse still is the failure of the water and sewer systems, the impossibility of getting food and supplies to people living in cities, and the deaths of millions of people from starvation, disease, and lack of medical care.

Bracken soon realizes how lucky he is to live on a farm in the Midwest. What seemed like a dull and backwards life before is now the greatest chance for survival in what seems like a powerless world. Food, water, and heat are readily available, although hard work is required to make use of them. Bracken and his family must learn to survive like their ancestors, who settled their land.

How I Became a Teenage Survivalist

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  Saving Santa: Skyler's Magical Christmas by Kevin Travis (kevtrav77@yahoo.com) Self (November 24, 2014) ISBN: 978-1503389090

Skyler loves Christmas. It may be because the ten-year-old gets magical gifts from Santa each year: Magical Christmas Dog Biscuits, Magical Christmas Candy Canes, and a Magical Christmas Silver Bell. What does Skyler get this Christmas? It’s possible Skyler and everybody else won’t get anything. Somebody has kidnapped Santa and taken the magical red bag he uses to deliver presents. There may not be a Christmas if Skyler and her two talking dogs, Rowdy and Tasha, can’t save Santa.

Saving Santa: Skyler's Magical Christmas

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  The Muralist's Ghost by Karen Mocker Dabson (karen@mockerdabson.com) Covered Bridge Publishing (November 15, 2014) ISBN: ISBN 13: 978-0692324318 ISBN 10: 0692324313

In 1941, Maxo Vanka is commissioned to paint murals in a church near Pittsburgh. The job is perfect until a ghost that only he can see returns to terrify him in the deep midnight hours as he works. It is the second time that the artist has been invited to create murals by the local priest who has become a good friend. Father Zagar, a progressive clergyman, gives the artist free rein. Despite his fears, Maxo pours out his passions on the walls, especially his hatred of war as the Nazis encroach into his beloved Yugoslavia. Soon, frightening scenes in vivid strokes and ominous colors reel from the church's surfaces, but they cannot rival the chill, silent oppression wrought by the tall, faceless spirit when it appears without warning. Maxo vows to solve the mystery of the specter and does not tell the priest that the ghost from four years ago is back. Instead, he explores his own past for clues about why the spirit descends upon him and only him. However, when one of his paintings is ravaged, and the church sustains damage, Maxo realizes that he may face a much graver danger than he first imagined.

The Muralist's Ghost

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  MariKay's Rainbow by Marilyn Weimer (art@marilynweimer.com) Amazing Things Press (November 15, 2014) ISBN: 9780692314487

Jerry Pruitt loves his tiny Kansas town so much that he is trying to bring it back to life by renovating and reopening some of its businesses. But the disappearance of a young woman and her grandmother, the strange circumstances surrounding the event, and his possible part in it begin to consume Jerry and threaten to undermine his dreams for the town, his marriage, and even his sanity.

MariKay's Rainbow

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  The Late Sooner's Daughter by Sally Jadlow (Sjadlow@aol.com) Roots & Branches (November 11, 2014) ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-1620161289

The Late Sooner’s Daughter follows the life of Nora Deering from her childhood in Oklahoma to adulthood in Missouri. Walk with her in the late 1800s and early 1900s through trials and discoveries, fears and triumphs.

This book is a sequel to the very popular The Late Sooner who was Nora’s father. Both books are based on fact.

The Late Sooner's Daughter

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  Crystal Brave: Treasures of the Current by BK Bradshaw (4bkbradshaw@gmail.com) Goldminds Publishing, LLC (November 10, 2014) ISBN: 978-1942905028

One year after the earthquake at the Taum Sauk, Crystal is finally allowed to go on an archaeological dig with her parents, who are excavating a mysterious gravesite in the Ozark Mountains. Her friends, Joseph, Will, and Robin, join her to go trail riding near the site when the region is suddenly threatened by a devastating wildfire. Crystal must call upon her courage to help find Robyn’s lost horse, Shotgun, as well as help save the treasures of the Current, ancient and new.

Crystal Brave: Treasures of the Current

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  Springfield by Connie Yen (geneahistory@gmail.com) Arcadia Publishing (November 10, 2014) ISBN: 9781467112895

Known as the “Queen City of the Ozarks,” Springfield was founded in 1829 and became the seat of Greene County in 1835. By the 1850s, the Butterfield stage line included a stop in Springfield on its way to California. As a railroad hub beginning in 1870, Springfield connected the Ozarks culturally and financially to Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago, and to points along the East Coast. Completed in 1938, Route 66 became part of Springfield history when the legendary highway came through the public square on College Street. Built on land donated by Springfield founder John Polk Campbell, the public square was the central business district and continues to be a vital part of Springfield’s culture and economy. Historic postcards illustrate Springfield’s growth, from doing business downtown, to the spread of schools, hospitals, and parks across the city.


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  Voodoo Butterfly by Camille Faye (camilleauthor@gmail.com) Soul Mate Publishing (October 22, 2014) ISBN: B00OQR0N5K

When twenty-five-year old Sophie Nouveau inherits her grandmother's voodoo shop she knows nothing about voodoo. Or her family's history of Mind Changers, who have the power to change evil people to good. To complicate matters, someone doesn't want Sophie in New Orleans and sends a series of death threats to scare her away from her new enchanted life.

Tipped off by her grandmother's ghost, Sophie realizes her mind-changing spell's been missing one magic ingredient: true love. If Sophie cannot experience transformative love, she cannot make her spell work, and she will be powerless to fight back when confronted by the one who wants her dead.

Voodoo Butterfly

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  FATHER OF ROUTE 66, THE STORY OF CY AVERY by Susan Croce Kelly (susancrocekelly@gmail.com) UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA PRESS (September 9, 2014) ISBN:

Cyrus Stevens Avery, known as the “Father of Route 66,” was one of a small cadre of men and women whose passion carried the Good Roads movement of the early 1900s from boosterism to political influence to concrete-on-the-ground. While most stopped there, Avery had the vision to assure that one road--U.S. Highway 66--became a fixture in the imagination of America and the world.

In his life, Avery was a farmer, teacher, real estate professional, oil man, and politician. Although he spent most of his working career as a real estate broker and developer, Avery saw himself primarily as a “citizen servant” and a champion for better roads across America.


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  This Old World by Steve Wiegenstein (swiegenstein@yahoo.com) Blank Slate Press (September 1, 2014) ISBN: 978-0985808631

The community of Daybreak survived the war. Can it survive the peace?

After the war, James Turner and the other men of Daybreak return home to find that war has changed their Utopian community forever. Charlotte Turner, Marie Mercadier and the other women they left behind survived raiders and bushwhackers, raised up children, and survived on little more than dogged determination. Now that the men are back—those who fought for the North and those who fought for the South—the community must somehow put the past behind them. But some carry scars too deep to heal, and others carry hate they have no intention of letting go.

THIS OLD WORLD is the beautiful sequel to SLANT OF LIGHT and the second in the Daybreak series. The writing is elegant and beautiful and for lovers of both historical and literary fiction–not to mention those interested in American history and the Civil War era–the book is a must-read.

This Old World

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  Kid Terrific: Kid Superhero! by Kevin Travis (kevtrav77@yahoo.com) Self (August 8, 2014) ISBN: 978-1500783792

Jimmy knew at an early age that he had special powers. He figured that out pretty quickly when he touched poor Frankie Malone, who ended up flying fifty yards across the playground during a simple game of tag in the first grade. Once he learned that he came from a family of superheroes, Jimmy was eager to battle for justice. He would get the chance to join the Explorers, a superhero group made up of fellow students from Hudson, to battle the evil Dr. Nasty and his Legion of Trouble. However, Jimmy would have more to do than simply fight evil and save Wendy, Hudson’s beautiful homecoming queen, who was kidnapped along with other students by Dr. Nasty. Jimmy would have to spend as much time saving his brother, Chuck. Chuck, who mistakenly thought he was a superhero, and who seemed to have a major crush on every girl at Hudson, got himself into a number of predicaments. It just goes to show that it’s not easy being a kid superhero, even for somebody like Kid Terrific.

Kid Terrific: Kid Superhero!

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  Looking Deeper: A 366 Day Devotional by Sally Jadlow (Sjadlow@aol.com) Createspace (July 4, 2014) ISBN: 978-1500415730

Looking Deeper examines one scripture per day in the original Hebrew or Greek words in a short, easy-to-read devotional, followed by a prayer poem. There is room on each page for the reader to jot personal thoughts or prayers. The e-version contains links to the online scriptures at blueletterbible.com for easy reference.

Looking Deeper: A 366 Day Devotional

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  Family Favorites from the Heartland by Sally Jadlow (Sjadlow@aol.com) Createspace (June 24, 2014) ISBN: 978-1490463278

"Family Favorites from the Heartland: Recipes Sure to Please" is a collection of treasured meals our family has enjoyed for over fifty years. It's my way of saying "I love you" without words. I hope you will enjoy the recipes as well as the recollections contained in these pages. Follow these step-by-step instructions to create some delicious family traditions of your own.

Family Favorites from the Heartland

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  Folly Beach Dances - The Infinite Rhythms of a South Carolina Seashore by Sheree Nielsen (follybeachdanceseditor@gmail.com) Ocean Spirit Photography (May 4, 2014) ISBN: 978-0-615-94713-6

In this 2015 Da Vinci Eye Award Winner, and Eric Hoffer Art Category finalist, FOLLY BEACH DANCES embraces balance and movement in many forms on the beach – whether it’s in the kiteboarder slipping down the shoreline, or seagulls soaring overhead.

The pages of FOLLY BEACH DANCES are filled with favorite photography captured by Sheree and Russell Nielsen – babies, dogs, sandpipers, and yes, even beach structures – all dancing. Contributions from five award-winning women Missouri authors, including Russell and Sheree, are reflected in the poetry and prose.

Diagnosed with lymphoma in 2012, Sheree's mission for the book changed from one of beautiful photography and lyrical poetry, to one of self-care. It’s about learning to heal, overcoming challenges, and growing spiritually along the way.

Debbie Kersting, the Gateway Chapter Director for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society wrote the foreword for the book. The Nielsens donate 10 percent of all book sales to LLS.

Karen White, NYT bestselling author of "The Tradd Street Series" has endorsed the book, as well as other media and educators.

Folly Beach Dances - The Infinite Rhythms of a South Carolina Seashore

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  Risk of a Lifetime by Claudia Shelton (cswriting@yahoo.com) Entangled Publishing (April 14, 2014) ISBN: 978-1503118584

Three years ago, Marcy Bradley let the man she loved go so he could follow his career dream of being an FBI agent. She sent divorce papers. He signed. She never filed them. Injured during his last assignment, FBI Special Agent Jean Bernard—JB—Bradley questions the integrity of his fellow agents. A few days recuperation back in his hometown will give him the perspective he needs. The added bonus is it’ll give him time to convince his ex-wife to come back to him, despite his life of risk. But when Marcy experiences a slew of unexplained accidents, JB realizes he brought the danger to her doorstep. With a killer after them, Marcy and JB run for their lives, escaping to a lakeside cabin. Their love is rekindled, and JB realizes they’re still married, but will there be time for their passion amidst the explosions and gunshots?

Risk of a Lifetime

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  In Daddy's Hands by Julie L. Casey (jucasey@windstream.net) Amazing Things Press (March 12, 2014) ISBN: 978-0615988832

Sara and Todd had no idea that the death of Todd's stepfather would cause so much drama. They were totally unprepared for the crazy events that would unfold in the days following his death. They were also surprised by the personality change that these events would elicit in Todd's mother, Gladys. This humorous novella, which is based on actual events, explores western culture's attitudes toward death and funerals.

In Daddy's Hands

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  Everyday Wonder, from Kansas to Kenya from Ecuador to Ethiopia --co-author, Kaze Gadway by Priscilla H Wilson (pris@teamtechpress.com) TeamTechPress (March 11, 2014) ISBN: 13:978-1-4952-9398-6

The short stories in this book are reflections on every day moments in the midst of ordinary life that reveal the sacred. The two of us reflected on things we could not name; times when life turned us up and down.
As we reached our fifth decade of friendship, we looked at events that have transformed us.
Five patterns emerged as we explored the spirit aspect in our lives. In each of the patterns we have written first a mutual story of a time when we are together. Then individual stories follow from each of us. These may be moments in which we are pushed and pulled; or perhaps a fleeting glance that the ground has shifted beneath us; or verification that change may be coming our way. These are rarely a once only happening,
Section 1 Being Awakened
We are shaken into a new level of consciousness.
Section 2 Being Blessed
We are radically and unconditionally cherished.
Section 3 Being Driven
Care propels us to respond to need.
Section 4 Being Enfolded
We are bathed in the promise of goodness.
Section 5 Being Named
We are claimed by something eternal and profound.

Everyday Wonder, from Kansas to Kenya from Ecuador to Ethiopia --co-author, Kaze Gadway

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  Stop Beating the Dead Horse by Julie L. Casey (jucasey@windstream.net) Amazing Things Press (March 11, 2014) ISBN: 978-0615988443

People like to blame someone for problems. Many people blame the president, Congress, local school boards, administrators, or teachers for the shortfalls of the public school system. The problem is not that the educators and lawmakers aren’t trying to improve the system; it’s that they just haven’t realized the proverbial horse is dead. If the basic system doesn’t work, all the money and strategies and dedication in the world will not help unless the system itself is replaced.

One of the most crucial things the system has failed to do is differentiate between equal educational opportunity for all and equal (or identical) education for all. Instead of trying to make everybody the same, an educational system must ensure equal rights foreveryone while still allowing them to develop at their own rate and in their own way. Only then can we have the diversity, creativity, and ingenuity needed to compete in the world today.

Stop Beating the Dead Horse

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  Gold and Glory: The Lauren Perdue Story by Kevin Travis (kevtrav77@yahoo.com) Self (December 10, 2013) ISBN: 978-1494446536

This authorized biography is about triumph. This is a story about determination. This is a story about overcoming adversity. Most importantly, this is a story about faith. This story shows how Lauren Perdue overcame a serious back injury to win a gold medal in the 2012 Summer Olympics. Perdue said she does it all for the glory of God.

Gold and Glory: The Lauren Perdue Story

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  Dread the F.R.E.D. by Joyce Ragland (jcragland2011@gmail.com) Paperback-Press, LLC (October 10, 2013) ISBN: 9-780991-180509

This is a classic, riveting, emotionally moving underdog story. A robot created by high school students in a rural, under-served district with a high poverty rate comes out of nowhere to outmaneuver wealthy private schools, high tech city schools and dominate the national competition. F.R.E.D.'s team of students rose from the ranks of 10,000 at hub competitions to become the top four B.E.S.T. high school students in the U.S.

Dread the F.R.E.D.

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  First Hired, Last Fired: How to Become Irreplaceable in Any Job Market by Anita Agers Brooks (anita@anitabrooks.com) Leafwood Publishers (August 13, 2013) ISBN: 978-0891123200

Unemployment is a daunting concern for people all across the nation. Layoffs and corporate downsizing threatens jobs now more than ever. FIRST HIRED, LAST FIRED shows how to discover simple secrets from an ancient text that can make anyone irreplaceable. Today's employees face terror and stress at the prospect of losing their jobs, and finding new ones. The global climate reeks of confusion, fear, anxiety, and competition while people clamber for jobs. Layoffs and shrinking markets choke confidence from qualified workers. FIRST HIRED, LAST FIRED shows readers how to use the valuable wisdom found in the ancient text of the Bible to avoid becoming disposable in this challenging marketplace. Through timeless wisdom, simple solutions, and easy-to-apply principles, readers will find meaning in their work lives, and deep satisfaction from committing to a job well done. Through practice, the reader will learn to look deeper into the Bible for relevant help with current issues.

First Hired, Last Fired: How to Become Irreplaceable in Any Job Market

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  Washed in the Water: Tales from the South by Nancy Hartney (nancy.hartney@gmail.com) Pen-L Publishing (July 13, 2013) ISBN: 978-0-9851274-5-9

Collection of short stories set in the South amid the humidity and angst.

Washed in the Water: Tales from the South

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  Skyler's Magical Year by Kevin Travis (kevtrav77@yahoo.com) Self (March 9, 2013) ISBN: 978-1482735543

Skyler thought her life couldn’t get much better, or sillier, after a very special Christmas. The pretty, sweet, smart, athletic girl who has long blonde hair and crystal blue eyes, got to meet Santa, who gave Skyler some Magical Christmas Dog Biscuits. The biscuits gave her dogs, Rowdy and Tasha, the ability to talk! The next Christmas, Santa gave Skyler some Magical Christmas Candy Canes. Just what made those candy canes so magical? That’s what Skyler wanted to know! When she licked one, she found out. Let’s just say Santa isn’t the only special person Skyler meets. It all leads to more silly adventures for Skyler, Rowdy, and Tasha.

Skyler's Magical Year

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  The Obvious Game by Rita Arens (ritajarens@gmail.com) InkSpell Publishin (February 2, 2013) ISBN: 978-0-9856562-8-7

Fifteen-year-old Diana Keller accidentally begins teaching The Obvious Game to new kid Jesse on his sixteenth birthday. As she buries her shock about her mother's fresh cancer diagnosis in cookbooks, peach schnapps and Buns of Steel workouts, Diana both seduces athlete Jesse and shoves him away under the guise of her carefully constructed sentences. As their relationship deepens, Diana avoids Jesse's past with her own secrets -- which she'll protect at any cost. Will Diana and Jesse's love survive his wrestling obsession and the Keller family's chaos, or will all their important details stay buried beneath a game?

The Obvious Game

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  God's Little Miracle Book III by Sally Jadlow (Sjadlow@aol.com) Bouy Up Press (December 31, 2012) ISBN: 978-1620160329

God's Little Miracle Book III contains true-life stories of God's intervention in the lives of everyday people. Barb visits the gates of heaven; Bill tries to take his own life and experiences hell. Find out what happens when Carolyn invites an ex-Satanist priestess into her home. These and twenty-four more accounts will inspire you as you watch God's hand move in the here and now.

God's Little Miracle Book III

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  Skyler's Magical Christmas by Kevin Travis (kevtrav77@yahoo.com) Self (December 7, 2012) ISBN: 978-1481193986

Skyler has been a good girl all year long. The sweet, silly, pretty eight-year-old, who has long blonde hair, crystal blue eyes, and a huge smile, wants what many kids want for Christmas. Skyler wants a puppy. The family already owns one dog, an old, quiet gal by the name of Tasha. But Skyler wants a puppy to call her very own. When Skyler wakes up and races to see what is under the tree on Christmas morning, she sees that her wish has come true. She gets a cute puppy that she names Rowdy. But that’s not the only surprise Skyler gets. The Magical Christmas Dog Biscuits that Santa gives Skyler for the dogs make for an even bigger surprise. It all leads to some silly adventures for Skyler, Rowdy, and Tasha.

Skyler's Magical Christmas

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  Daily Walk with Jesus by Sally Jadlow (Sjadlow@aol.com) Createspace (December 5, 2012) ISBN: 978-1481084550

A 365 daily devotional designed to fit the busy person's need.

Daily Walk with Jesus

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  Dirty Laundry by Marilyn Slagel (marilynslagel@yahoo.com) Abbott Press (November 15, 2012) ISBN: 978-1458206565

Dirty Laundry is the blatant, in your face memoir that tells the story of young Marly Colone. Marly's father died suddenly when Marly was only ten years old, leaving her adrift in a world without emotional support. When her mother remarries less than a year later, Marly is thrust into the world of three strangers, a stepfather and two stepbrothers. Sadly, Marly turns to her oldest stepbrother for the affection and validation she desperately needs. Marly's story is sad, brutal, funny and honest. It will leave you with the question, "What if this had happened to me?"

Dirty Laundry

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  Home Run from Heaven by Kevin Travis (kevtrav77@yahoo.com) Self (October 15, 2012) ISBN: 978-1480102330

Dylan Bell, a freshman in high school, grew up idolizing his father, who played ten years of Major League Baseball. When his father passed away because of cancer, Dylan was heartbroken. But thanks to a loving family, a supportive girlfriend, a close bond with teammates, a crazy puppy, and a strong faith, Dylan grows as a baseball player and as a young man. With a little bit of help, and a lot of faith, Dylan just may be able to lead the Hudson Redmen to a place they have never been before in school history.

Home Run from Heaven

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  Reduced by Robin Tidwell (robin@robintidwell.com) Rocking Horse Publishing (October 12, 2012) ISBN: 978-0988493308

A devastating biological agent is about to be released, to be tested in remote areas. Rumor has it, though, that there is more to this than meets the eye. One group makes plans to hide out, and survive, in case that rumor proves to be truth.

Meeting at an abandoned summer camp near St. Louis, Missouri, a dozen old friends gather after the alarm is raised.
Life becomes more precious, more tenuous, as time passes. Government controls tighten; people are herded into the city . . . or killed. Towns are obliterated. And soon, the enemy agenda becomes obvious.

Abby will come face-to-face with death, bear the responsibility for a young girl, and endure the severing of childhood relationships in the most terrible way imaginable.

From mere concealment to reconnaissance to aiding a rebellion, where will it end? Will the entire region be decimated, and who will be left alive to know?


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  How to Write Poetry, Ballad to Villanelle by Lee Ann Russell (lar1111@sbcglobal.net) Night Owl Publications (October 1, 2012) ISBN: 9 780970 129000

184 pages, 448 definitions, 205 poetic forms, 102 examples, 173 famous poets' life spans. Learn the difference between Shakespearean sonnet, haiku, etheree, cinquain, ottava rima, limerick, free verse and other forms. Learn the names of the Muses. Understand the difference between iambic pentameter and anapestic feet. Follow poetry contest guidelines. Accept the challenge and pleasure of writing different poetry forms.

How to Write Poetry, Ballad to Villanelle

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  Forgotten Soldiers: What Happened to Jacob Walden by Warren Martin (warrenmartin1956@charter.net) Little Elephant Publishing (April 21, 2012) ISBN: 978-0-9854727-0-2

he Cold War POW/MIA Mystery about Air Force Captain Jacob Walden shot down over Vietnam in 1970 and the unknown story of why he never returned home. Forty years later Journalist Ted Pratt investigates what may be the sudden reappearance of Jacob Walden. Ted Pratt follows the trail to find Jacob and encounters Charlie Smith, a secretive and seasoned Operative who may have answers to the question about “What Happened to Jacob Walden,” and why Jake never returned home.

Forgotten Soldiers: What Happened to Jacob Walden

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  Slant of Light by Steve Wiegenstein (steve@stevewiegenstein.com) Blank Slate Press (April 12, 2012) ISBN: 978-0982880661

Set during the brink of the Civil War, this beautifully written novel traces James Turner, a charming, impulsive writer and lecturer; Charlotte, his down-to-earth bride; and Adam Cabot, an idealistic Harvard-educated abolitionist, as they are drawn together in a social experiment deep in the Missouri Ozarks. Inspired by utopian dreams of building a new society, Turner is given a tract of land to found the community of Daybreak: but not everyone involved in the project is a willing partner, and being the leader of a remote farming community isn't the life Turner envisioned. Charlotte, confronted with the hardships of rural life, must mature quickly to deal with the challenges of building the community while facing her husband's betrayals and her growing attraction to Cabot. In turn, Cabot struggles to reconcile his need to leave Daybreak and join the fight against slavery with his desire to stay near the woman he loves. As the war draws ever closer, the utopians try to remain neutral and friendly to all but soon find neutrality is not an option. Ultimately, each member of Daybreak must take a stand--both in their political and personal lives.

Slant of Light

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  God's Little Miracle Book II by Sally Jadlow (Sjadlow@aol.com) Bouy Up Press (December 5, 2011) ISBN: 978-1620160015

God's Little Miracle Book II is a collection of 27 inspiring true stories. Subjects include a United Airline pilot's harrowing experience on 9/11, the healing of a mysterious brain disease, and an Alaskan sea rescue.

God's Little Miracle Book II

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  Crystal Brave: Earthquake at the Taum Sauk by BK Bradshaw (4bkbradshaw@gmail.com) Goldminds Publishing, LLC (October 10, 2011) ISBN: 978-1930584303

The day before Crystal Brave’s thirteenth birthday celebration, her parents leave for the Taum Sauk Mountain to study petroglyphs, planning to return the next day. All plans are disrupted by the long-predicted New Madrid earthquake. The devastation in Southeast Missouri cuts off all communication, leaving Crystal desperate to find out if her parents are safe. True to Brave family tradition, Crystal takes the courageous step of going to find them herself. With the special relationship between her and a horse and a dog, the generous mentorship of those she meets along her journey, and strength from the love for her family, Crystal faces some of her worst fears, earning passage into her teen years and learning the meaning of her family name.

Crystal Brave: Earthquake at the Taum Sauk

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  The Late Sooner by Sally Jadlow (Sjadlow@aol.com) Roots & Branches (August 2, 2011) ISBN: 937660-32-9

Sanford Deering wants to stake his claim in the Oklahoma Territory on April 22, 1889. His wife, Lucy, determined to stay in Missouri, refuses to let him go. They are expecting their third child. Soon after the birth, Sanford receives a letter from a friend who staked a claim. Land is still available.

The Late Sooner dramatizes the struggles, heartaches, and trials of the Deering family as they face claim-jumpers, prairie fires, and famine during the difficult years following the first land run in Oklahoma. This account depicts Sanford’s life, recorded one line a day, in his ledger. Author Sally Jadlow is his great-granddaughter.

The Late Sooner

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  God's Little Miracle Book by Sally Jadlow (Sjadlow@aol.com) Bouy Up Press (November 2, 2010) ISBN: 978-0-937660-93-5

God’s Little Miracle Book contains 27 true stories of God’s intervention in the lives of everyday people. These stories come from the author’s experience as a corporate chaplain, from being a wife and mother, and from travels abroad—stories that inspire, encourage, and comfort readers in today’s uncertain times.

God's Little Miracle Book

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  Sleep Is for the Weak by Rita Arens (ritajarens@gmail.com) Chicago Review Press (July 7, 2008) ISBN: 978-1556527722

This anthology brings together their best and brightest essays, ranging in style from snort-Diet-Coke-out-the-nose funny to poignant and bittersweet. Written to be read during the mind-bogglingly short breaks parents get during their busy days, these pieces will help moms find solace in a wide range of viewpoints and issues not often discussed in mainstream magazines and other parenting books. From dealing with rage to negotiating sleeping arrangements to the frustration and joy of parenting a special needs child, this is the perfect read for the hip but harried mother that says "you are still you."

Sleep Is for the Weak

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  The Saint Louis African American Community and the Exodusters by Bryan Jack (bryanmjack@yahoo.com) The University of Missouri Press (January 1, 2008) ISBN: ISBN: 978-0-8262-1772-1

In the aftermath of the Civil War, thousands of former slaves made their way from the South to the Kansas plains. Called “Exodusters,” they were searching for their own promised land. Bryan Jack now tells the story of this American exodus as it played out in St. Louis, a key stop in the journey west.

The Saint Louis African American Community and the Exodusters

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  Inspirations by Char - Words For The Heart by Charlotte Beard (godspirationpub@aol.com) Godspiration Publishing (January 1, 2002) ISBN: 0976852101

Are you ever looking for words of encouragement and inspiration tailored specifically to your emotional need? Is there anyone in your life you wish you could be an encouragement to but you just can't seem to find the right words to reach him or her? People from all walks of life will find themselves in this collection: 1) The person who wants earnestly to be in right standing with God, 2) The person who "secretly" struggles and needs to know that God wants to release them, 3) The spiritual leader who needs to know that God "indeed" finds favor with him or her, 4) The person who wants a more intimate relationship with the Creator, 5) The single man or woman who desires companionship but needs to first develop and maintain a life-long companionship with the Creator of divine relationships ...and many others!

Inspirations by Char - Words For The Heart

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  Using Medicine in Science Fiction: The SF Writer's Guide to Human Biology by Henry Stratmann (hgstratmannjr@mac.com) Springer International Publishing () ISBN: 978-3-319-16014-6

This book offers a clearly written, entertaining, and comprehensive source of medical information for both writers and readers of science fiction. Science fiction in print, in movies, and on television all too often presents dubious or simply incorrect depictions of human biology and medical issues. This book explores the real science behind such topics as how our bodies adapt to being in space, the real-life feasibility of common plot elements such as suspended animation and medical nanotechnology, and future prospects for improving health, prolonging our lives, and enhancing our bodies through technology. Each chapter focuses on a single important science fiction-related subject, combining concise factual information with examples drawn from science fiction in all media. Chapters conclude with a "Bottom Line" section summarizing the most important points discussed in the chapter and giving science fiction writers practical advice on how to incorporate them into their creations, including a list of references for future reading. This book will appeal to all readers interested in learning about the latest ideas on a variety of science fiction-related medical topics, as well as offering an invaluable reference source for writers seeking to increase the realism and readability of their works.

Using Medicine in Science Fiction: The SF Writer's Guide to Human Biology

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  The Hellbringer by Sumner Wilson (sumner_wilson@yahoo.com) CreateSpace () ISBN: 978-1463661397

Axel Twelvetrees and his gang of ruthless cutthroats enter Jack Mahan's saloon in Sweet Home, Kansas. Twelvetrees slices Jack up with a razor, leaves him for dead, and kidnaps his woman, Carla Daws.

Mahan recovers and strikes out in a wild, frantic search for Carla and to even the score with the mad man, Twelvetrees.

Twelvetrees makes a crucial mistake when he fails to kill Jack. Now Mahan is riding hot on his trail at a heart-pounding pace, determined to turn aside all the tormented, primitive forces of hell to free Carla and to bring Twelvetrees to justice.

The Hellbringer

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  Books about Missouri by Ross Malone (RnDMalone@att.net)  () ISBN:

Ross has published sixteen books about life in Missouri. Most of them are Missouri History or very accurate Historical Fiction.

Books about Missouri

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  FINDING JENTRY by Susan Banner Todd (susanbannertodd@yahoo.com)  () ISBN: 978-1-5246-4675-2

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