The Dean Sisters by Michael Corrigan

Two very different sisters, Jessica and Gerry Dean, find a strange redemption.
Jessica Dean, 24 and a war hero, dies in a car crash, leaving behind warring families, including Roland Dean, a grieving father and former cop. Jessica also leaves behind her fiancé, Airman Sean Riordan, a former lover named General Douglas Lancaster, and her rebellious, drug-addicted half-sister, Gerry Dean. A fatal confrontation with gang members ultimately leads to Gerry Dean’s unexpected recovery. A screenwriter friend named Mickey Gilmore discovers Jessica’s journal and seeks gold at the Emmys with the unfolding stories of the Dean Sisters. Jessica’s story does not end in death, and Roland Dean realizes he must accept and love his outlaw step-daughter, Gerry.

Author: Michael Corrigan

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
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The Race by Laura Saba

Imagine a world where your very existence depends on keeping up with the Joneses, in a Race where the prize is the Ultimate Dream. Every element of your life is designed to advance your position, in the hope that you’ll be one of the few who reach the Winner’s Circle, where the dream will be yours.

Imagine living in such a world and stumbling upon the truth from which dreams are really made.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Laura’s greatest passion is Story. Fascinated by how one’s chapter in the book of humanity is inked in life moments, she’s keen to explore and examine the range of human emotion and experience through her fiction, and through her work at the bookends of life in her role as birth, death, and mourning doula. Author and homeschooling mum are among her most treasured story-lines within her personal life story.

Laura also trains and certifies birth, death, and mourning doulas at http://www.momdoulary.com and http://www.mourningdoula.com. You can explore her work further at medium.com, TheLiberationArtist.com, FearlessHomeschooling.com, as well as in her TEDx talk.

Author: Laura Saba

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
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The Circle Macabre (The Hecatomb Book 4) by J Edward Neill

Erisa Stavrou, hunter of hunters, stalks her final prey into the sprawling city of Valai. She brings nothing but her shirt, her sandals, and her unbreakable blade.
She is the only one who can end the cycle of one dead, every night, forever. She is the last hope to break The Circle Macabre.

The Circle Macabre is one of four stories also contained in the novella, The Hecatomb. It is preceded by Old Man of Tessera, Let the Bodies, and The Skeleton Sculptor.
These stories can be read in any order.
It’s up to readers to decide which happens first.
…and which happens last.

Author: J Edward Neill

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
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The Girl in the Purple Room by Mauro Casiraghi

A woman stands silhouetted against a window in a purple room. It’s the only memory Sergio has of the week leading up to the accident that almost killed him when he was scuba diving off the Tuscan coast. He remembers nothing else about that woman, but the love he feels for her drives him to delve into the mystery surrounding those days that are missing from his memory.

Hoping to find out who she is, Sergio gives up the lonely life he has lived ever since his painful divorce. It’s the beginning of an adventure that will take him from the streets of Rome to the Tuscan countryside. Along the way, Sergio explores his relationship with his sixteen-year-old daughter, his ex-wife and his friends, some of whom understand him better than others, but none of whom can truly help him on his quest to find the woman he loves. To do that, he must dive deep into his past, all the way down to the edge where the meaning of his entire life is as precarious as a bubble of air in the bloodstream.

“The Purple Room” is a magnetic and gripping psychological drama, filled with those moments of bittersweet comedy, misunderstanding and heartbreak that all too often punctuate every search for a partner. A journey of self-discovery, in which a deep and uncompromising self-awareness goes hand in hand with the universal desire to find someone to love.

EDITORIAL REVIEWS

“Intense and moving. Delicate like the touch of cotton sheets in the summer. A page-turner, kidnaps the reader with impeccable style and storytelling worth a prize.” – Booksblog

“Casiraghi’s style is smooth, tight and spare.” – Il Corriere della Sera

“A deeply human journey, both painful and magnetic. (…) A bittersweet ending which leaves you with food for thought and a half-smile on your face.” DG MAG

“A craftily-woven plot that sucks the reader in with the pace of a psychological thriller, for such becomes Sergio’s life, filled with questions, traps, revelations, all leading to the final discovery of oneself.” Stilos

“The story unfolds in a gripping and suspended atmosphere, where euphoria, desperation and self-doubt come together in equal measure (…) Casiraghi’s novel is like a mirror where, beyond the twists and turns of the plot, the reader finds another tale to identify with. It is one of those stories in which, even without accidents or memory loss, each one of us can become the main character and, in the end, must come to terms with the past…” Liberazione

“The Purple Room runs on two tracks: on one hand, Sergio’s present life, the aftermath of his failed marriage, the bittersweet conflict with his teenage daughter, the comforting presence of his close friends; on the other, the stubborn search for the image of a woman he cannot forget. These tracks are joined together by a clever alternation of tenses. The present tense gives us what Sergio sees in front of his eyes, like a photograph. The simple past makes us dive into the narrator’s mind, where his memories are kept. At times, the two tenses blend together in the same paragraph, bringing out with great force the dream-like texture of this novel.” Sguardomobile.it

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mauro Casiraghi was born in Milan, Italy. After receiving a degree in English and Creative Writing in Montreal, Canada, and publishing his first short stories in English, he went back to Italy to work as a successful screenwriter for cinema and television. He is the author of three novels, a collection of short stories, and a book of interviews on the art of writing. His first novel, “The Purple Room”, received the Carver Prize and Carlo Cassola Prize for literature.

Author: Mauro Casiraghi

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
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Beyond the Ebbing Tide by Charles Richard Sterling

A rebellious young woman with strong anti-war views defies her politically influential grandmother when she leaves for Paris in search of her missing husband.

Author: Charles Richard Sterling

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
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Jubilee of Jubilees: A Glimpse into History’s Years of Favor (The Trumpet Never Rests) by M. RUSSO

Your spirit will exult, smile, and soar with the lyrical visionary saga “Jubilee of Jubilees” that unveils a hidden tapestry of interwoven events over past centuries. Years of Jubilee, the infrequent sabbatical year in the Judeo-Christian tradition, supply the framework to reveal the hidden beauty of special lives. With both heart-wrenching poignancy and humor, Russo’s unique and strong voice journeys the reader with Francis of Assisi to Rome on pilgrimage the early 13th century for the beginnings of a radical new way of life. Russo subsequently engages us through the centruries of Jubilee to see the magnificence of the tapestry’s pattern through vignettes in France, Italy, Portugal, Poland, and Israel; culminating in an unexpected event during the Great Jubilee Year of 2000 in Rome. Combining history and the deepest yearnings of hope, “Jubilee of Jubilees” is a spring in the wilderness and required reading for anyone that wants to understand why Pope Francis will open the door to a new Year of Jubilee on December 8th of 2015.

“Jubilee of Jubilees” is essential reading for armchair pilgrims unable to travel for physical or economic reasons.

Author: M. RUSSO

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
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Faces in the Shadows by Gregory Harvey

Artist, photographer, and editor Stanly Le Haley faces the onslaught of multiple sclerosis and subsequent legal blindness. He has been image oriented all his life, but now realizes he will never again see anyone or anything clearly. As the disease progresses he lives in expectation of complete vision loss. But the three women he encounters—his neurologist, a professional colleague, and a public school teacher—discover that his scars run deeper than the optic nerves. Each in turn attempts to woo him from his lifelong guilt over simply being part of the human race.

Author: Gregory Harvey

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
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FUJI by Philip J Cunningham

An adventure set on the slopes of Japan’s highest peak, FUJI is a tale of looking for love in all the wrong places and finding something else along the way. It follows the on-again, off-again romance of two resident alien co-workers, Collin Long and Huang Jianhong, who are trying to make it in a land that doesn’t always seem to want them. They join TV celebrity Miki Matsu on a winter climb of Japan’s penultimate peak with high hopes of being accepted, but jealousy, greed and lust cause things to fall apart almost from the start. Drawn to the beauty of the seductive, snowy peak, and seeing it as the ultimate escape from social prejudices, they are answered with bad weather and nature’s cold indifference. Dreams shattered and social niceties discarded by the wayside, they confront one another as a three-way romantic romp goes wrong and they find themselves in a fight for their very survival.

Author: Philip J Cunningham

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
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Tangents in Eden: Volume 1 by Adam J. Williams

In the city of Eden, everybody has a story, and they each connect in some way.One is dealing with inner demons. If she does not overcome her self-doubt, she will fail in a life-or-death scenario.In an attempt to woo his foster sister, a teenager gets suspended from school. While he is at home, he finds a mysterious portal.A forty-year-old Boy Scout who’s best friend is a head-shaped chia toy. Both of their worlds come undone when the toy is cracked.A pacifist Emergency Room nurse trying not to use his Free Punch on a deserving co-worker.A middle-aged man is broke and recently divorced when someone approaches him for a job as a bounty hunter. The problem is that he is still in love and she is bleeding him dry.A single dad that has a rodent problem that’s ruining his social life. A writer is trying to get some work done, and all that he needs is a little help from his dealer friend. Unfortunately, his dealer just wants to be friends.In the first book of the magical realism Eden series, seven strangers interact with one another and may not even realize…

Author: Adam J. Williams

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
5 reviews