Tomorrow Comes: An Emma Story

Posted in Spirituality & Inspiration by - Apr 18, 2014
Tomorrow Comes: An Emma Story
  • Release Date: 5/1/2013

By Donna Mebane
Starshine Galaxy, $14.99, 266 pages

Get out the tissues, because Tomorrow Comes: An Emma Story will make even the most steel-hearted person cry. The book is about a 19-year-old girl named Emma. She’s spunky, vivacious, and full of life…that is, until she unexpectedly dies in her sleep. With no explanation as to why she died, her family struggles with feelings of sadness and loss. However, what they don’t know is that Emma’s spirit lives on in a place called After. For awhile, Emma doesn’t even realize that she has died; it takes the appearance of a familiar deceased relative to make her …

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Twisted: Bondage With an Edge

Posted in Erotica by - Apr 16, 2014
Twisted: Bondage With an Edge
  • Release Date: 2/18/2014

Edited by Alison Tyler
Cleis Press, $15.95, 244 pages

Cleis press is known for putting out titles that rock the imagination, and the senses.  They are generally books filled with short stories that quickly go to the punch; I would love to see some longer works from some of these authors instead of the quick hit-and-run.  This collection takes us into the world of bondage, but not always into the bond of handcuffs, straps, and more.  At times it does delve into the standard bondage tale, but other stories take other takes on bondage; from commands from voyeurs, weather being controlled by certain events …

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People Habitat: 25 Ways to Think About Greener, Healthier Cities

Posted in Science & Nature by - Apr 15, 2014
People Habitat: 25 Ways to Think About Greener, Healthier Cities
  • Release Date: 1/6/2014

By F. Kaid Benfield,
People Habitat Communications, $25.00, 283 pages

The topic – greener, healthier cities – is very appropriate today, although many books, articles and documentaries have already dealt with it at great lengths over the last few decades. Kaid Benfield in People Habitat used a slightly different approach: twenty-five short essays in just as many chapters.

“…I am sharing 25 essays to points I believe are useful to consider as we enjoy and improve this wondrous invention that we call ‘cities’.”

The topics include criticism on so-called “green” projects (both commercial and housing developments), revitalization of older neighborhoods, nature within the cities, farming in cities, …

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3:53 a.m.

Posted in Poetry & Short Stories by - Apr 15, 2014
3:53 a.m.
  • Release Date: 12/24/2013

By Nocomus Columbus
Amazon Digital Services, Inc., $0.00, 47 pages

In 3.53 am, a short but nonetheless sharp and deep-cutting novel, Nocomus Colombus proves Hobbes wrong: it isn’t in the state of nature that “man is wolf to man”, it is in the very heart of our most “civilized” societies. 3.53 am: the core of the night, moon shining bright over the pitch black darkness of human souls. We wander, with each step shedding a few more of our illusions, from one ghost of a being to another, like one would trail from one tombstone to another in a cemetery. But they are far …

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Romancing the Brand: How Brands Create Strong, Intimate Relationships with Consumers

Posted in Business & Investing by - Apr 15, 2014
Romancing the Brand: How Brands Create Strong, Intimate Relationships with Consumers
  • Release Date: 1/21/2014

By Tim Halloran
Jossey-Bass, $27.99, 262 pages

What brand are you having a relationship with? As much as personification of brands is a repulsive concept, one can make the case that consumers have emotional connections with products. That brands have “personalities” is a stretch for this reader.  It is hyperbole to suggest that the brand has an emotional life outside of its image and the buyer’s emotional response. Marketers have built brands into connotative symbols to evoke a response in their buyers. Lacking that, they will hire pitchmen who bring their persona into connection with the product. In either case, the consumer wants the …

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Smokin’ in the Boys’ Room: Southern Recipes from the Winningest Woman in Barbecue

Posted in Cooking, Food & Wine by - Apr 15, 2014
Smokin’ in the Boys’ Room: Southern Recipes from the Winningest Woman in Barbecue
  • Release Date: 4/8/2014

By Melissa Cookston
Andrews McMeel Publishing, $22.99, 192 pages

Author Melissa Cookston, winner of many barbecue competitions, presents a delicious guide for your own amazing cookouts. Written with the home cook in mind, it also presents tips for competition smoking if the reader feels so inclined. Cookston gives recipes to start everything from scratch, from basic rubs and sauces to make-it-yourself bacon(!); she  uses these basics as a starting point for her wonderful finished meats, including pork, beef, poultry, and even seafood and lamb. She explains her preferences for smoking with different woods for different flavors, why she uses certain seasonings in different dishes, …

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When I Was the Greatest

Posted in Young Adult by - Apr 15, 2014
When I Was the Greatest
  • Release Date: 1/7/2014

By Jason Reynolds, Michael Frost, Photographer
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, $17.99, 240 pages

Rarely, do I come across a young adult novel with which I identify, a novel that speaks of some of my childhood experiences while uttering the words of my friends, schoolmates, and family, a story that opens with one of those out-of-left field questions that I was famous for asking.

Ali lives by one word—loyalty. This sixteen-year old latchkey kid is fiercely loyal to his family and friends. Shying away from the trouble in his neighborhood, Ali spends his time boxing, watching his little sister, hanging out with Noodles and Needles, …

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Hidden Girl: The True Story of a Modern-Day Child Slave

Posted in Biographies & Memoirs by - Apr 15, 2014
Hidden Girl: The True Story of a Modern-Day Child Slave
  • Release Date: 1/21/2014

By Shyima Hall, Lisa Wysocky, Contributor
Simon & Schuster BFYR, $17.99, 240 pages

Shyima Hall did not grow up in the best of circumstances in Egypt. The seventh of eleven children, she lived in poverty much of her early years, caring for her younger siblings while her mother worked. Life was not perfect, but somehow she felt loved until 1997 when her mother sold her into slavery. Eight years old and illiterate, Shyima became the property of a wealthy family in Cairo who eventually moved to the U.S in 2000 taking Shyima with them. It would be another two years before Immigration and Customs …

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Moriarty Returns a Letter: A Baker Street Mystery (Baker Street Letters)

Posted in Mystery, Crime & Thrillers by - Apr 15, 2014
Moriarty Returns a Letter: A Baker Street Mystery (Baker Street Letters)
  • Release Date: 1/28/2014

By Michael Robertson
Minotaur Books, $24.99, 272 pages

221B Baker Street’s most famous tenant might be fictional, but that doesn’t prevent actual tenants from receiving letters meant for Sherlock Holmes. So it falls to lawyer Reggie Heath to manage Holmes’s mail, even when it puts him and his beloved in the path of a woman who believes she’s descended from Moriarty. And unfortunately for Reggie and Laura, the Moriarty name has more trouble in store for them.

Moriarty Returns a Letter is the latest in Robertson’s Baker Street mysteries, a series built on a clever premise and playful allusions to its source material. Robertson front-loads the …

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Man Candy: Dishy Dudes and Mod Men

Posted in Special Interest by - Apr 15, 2014
Man Candy: Dishy Dudes and Mod Men
  • Release Date: 12/31/2013

By Reeda Joseph
Viva Editions, $14.95, 72 pages

Retro is all the rage right now and everyone and everything is jumping on board. This little book packs 72 pages of full color vintage photos of the era’s most dashing men, posing, admiring, flaunting their manliness, and attaches hilarious memes that mock both the picture and the time. One example is a picture of a group at a small dinner party being served hors d’oeuvres and the meme says, “So, Fred, tell us more about this… Internet.” These men flaunting cardigans, plaid ties, Italian loafers and big-rimmed glasses were the eye candy of the day …

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