Playmates

Posted in Mystery, Crime & Thrillers by - Jul 18, 2014
Playmates
  • Release Date: 4/11/2014

By Jess C Scott
jessINK, $3.99, 172 pages

This is a well-written book, but boy, it is dark and disturbing. This is a psychological thriller at its best but with some moments some readers might find uncomfortable it is not for the faith at heart. Did I mention it’s dark and disturbing?

Growing up in a very unstable and dysfunctional family, twins Trevor and Tania only have each other to trust and rely on, as their mother is rather attached to pills and alcohol and their father seems to take all the abuse – or does he? Playmates is written from the point of view of …

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The Pregnant Athlete: How to Stay in Your Best Shape Ever–Before, During, and After Pregnancy

Posted in Health, Fitness & Dieting by - Jul 17, 2014
The Pregnant Athlete: How to Stay in Your Best Shape Ever–Before, During, and After Pregnancy
  • Release Date: 4/29/2014

By Brandi Dion, Steven Dion, McIntosh Perry, and Joel Heller
Da Capo Lifelong Books, $ 17.99, 272 pages.

Whether a seasoned competitor or someone who simply can’t live without their morning workout, one of the most frustrating things about becoming pregnant is being told that you need to cut back on exercise. But the truth is that being pregnant does not mean you are suddenly allowed only walking and yoga. Most exercise routines can be safely continued during a healthy pregnancy, and The Pregnant Athlete will give you all of the information you need to keep training safely. With a month-by-month guide that discusses things …

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Night Owl (Night Owl Trilogy)

Posted in Romance by - Jul 17, 2014
Night Owl (Night Owl Trilogy)
  • Release Date: 7/1/2014

By M. Pierce.
St. Martin’s Griffin, $14.99,  256 pages.

Hannah meets Matt online when they begin to write a story together. The deal is just a story. No pictures, no identifying information, no personal relationship, just a story. So when Hanna accidentally emails Matt from her personal email address that includes a picture of herself, their relationship soon becomes far more than just a story. Hannah loses her job and is leaving her deadbeat boyfriend behind as she moves from Washington State to her hometown of Colorado. Matt happens to live in Colorado. Soon they find themselves in an intense, emotionally charged, sexual …

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Forks: A Quest for Culture, Cuisine, and Connection. Three Years. Five Continents. One Motorcycle.

Posted in Travel by - Jul 17, 2014
Forks: A Quest for Culture, Cuisine, and Connection. Three Years. Five Continents. One Motorcycle.
  • Release Date: 6/2/2014

By Allan Karl.
WorldRider Publishing & Press, $ 39.00, 280 pages.

Allan Karl was standing at a “fork in the road” and he decided to pursue a dream. He had no job, his marriage over, and he took the opportunity to see the world. Riding a motorcycle, with what he had left in personal possessions, he rambled through three years and 35 countries, 5 continents and a whole lot of miles pounding the pavement. This book is a delight for the eyes, the imagination, for the heart, and to bask in what it must have felt like to share these experiences with people all over …

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The Manor: Three Centuries at a Slave Plantation on Long Island

Posted in Historical Fiction by - Jul 17, 2014
The Manor: Three Centuries at a Slave Plantation on Long Island
  • Release Date: 4/1/2014

By Mac Griswold.
Picador , $18.00, 480 pages.

Landscape historian Mac Griswold had no idea what she was getting herself into when she rowed up a Long Island Creek in 1984. Approaching Sylvester Manor was like stepping back in time. This was a manor that has seen much history: Indians’ civilizations, early American settlements, the American Revolution, slavery, modern development, etc. It all lays buried here, just beneath the surface. The manor’s owner’s family has owned the property since 1652. Documents, books, pictures, and oral history abound in the last living survivor of this American line. Yet few outside these walls knew the stories …

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Sensational Buttercream Decorating: 50 Projects for Luscious Cakes, Mini-Cakes & Cupcakes

Posted in Cooking, Food & Wine by - Jul 17, 2014
Sensational Buttercream Decorating: 50 Projects for Luscious Cakes, Mini-Cakes & Cupcakes
  • Release Date: 4/17/2014

By Carey Madden.
Robert Rose, $ 29.95, 256 pages.

Carey Madden proves that cakes can taste as good as they look, and shows you how to make them look fabulous. This book is intensely detailed, but extremely accessible, written in a friendly, helpful tone that is assumes no prior experience in cake decorating but is not too simplistic for those with more. Madden begins with tools needed (beware: just as for any serious hobby, a significant investment in the right tools is required for the most versatility and best results) and a few good, basic recipes, including the essential meringue buttercream she uses for …

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How to Live Your Passion & Fulfill Your Dreams

Posted in Self-Help by - Jul 17, 2014
How to Live Your Passion & Fulfill Your Dreams
  • Release Date: 6/26/2014

By Stacie Zinn Roberts
What’s Your Avocado? Press, $16.00, 140 pages.

This is the best book of its kind I have ever read and believe me, I’ve read and reviewed more personal advice books than elephants have had runny noses. Yes, I realize that is a concluding sort of statement and as such properly belongs way down there at the bottom of the page. But I know what you lot are like! You’ll see the cover and the title and think, ‘Oh, Justanotherselfhelpbook’ and at best you’ll read the opening sentence. So there. I tricked you. Nyah.

Now let’s get down to proper business. …

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Never Say Never: Tips, Tricks and Erotic Inspiration for Lovers

Posted in Erotica by - Jul 17, 2014
Never Say Never: Tips, Tricks and Erotic Inspiration for Lovers
  • Release Date: 4/15/2014

By, Alison Tyler
Cleis Press, $15.95, 232 pages

Never Say Never is an interesting blend of advice and fiction, all with the goal of adding some spice to the bedroom of monogamous couples. The ideas range from mild to wild with a whole lot in between. From oral sex and spanking to pegging and ménage, there is something for everyone. While not everything in the book may be for everyone, it may help lead to further conversations on what each partner would like to try, thus keeping things interesting and providing lasting fulfillment for many years to come.

Never Say Never is an easy five …

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The Enchanted

Posted in Modern Literature by - Jul 17, 2014
The Enchanted
  • Release Date: 3/4/2014

By Rene Denfeld
Harper, $25.99, 256 pages

Every once in a while, a book comes along that takes some time to digest. Rene Denfeld’s new novel, The Enchanted, is such a book. At only 233 pages, it doesn’t look like it will be all that intimidating a volume. But between the subject matter, the characters, and some interesting stylistic choices, The Enchanted will demand your attention long after you close its pages.

Our narrator is a death row inmate. We don’t know his name or his crime, but that’s not the point. He wants to tell us about the enchanted place he and his fellow inmates …

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Keeping the Faith Without a Religion

Posted in Religion by - Jul 17, 2014
Keeping the Faith Without a Religion
  • Release Date: 3/1/2014

By Roger Housden
Sounds True, $21.95, 184 pages

Does it seem like more people than ever identify themselves as spiritual but not religious? It’s a growing trend, as evidenced by several studies in recent years. But it can be a confusing and complicated place to be; so many people seem to feel that one either believes in religion or one believes in science, and that there is no room for faith in a mind that seeks to rationally understand the world. Roger Housden, who has studied the works of various religious writers, mystics, and freethinking authors, offers readers a starting place to investigate their …

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