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Domestic Arts (Sisters of Stella Mare) by Annie M. Ballard

A layered and nuanced literary tale… An expected betrayal forces a struggling artist to confront the opportunistic relationship that defines her romantic past in Ballard’s poignant latest installment in the Sisters of Stella Mare. Evie is back in Stella Mare…
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Death and Human Resources by Mark Swan

A fun, exhilarating, wild romp… Swan makes his debut with this eternity-spanning humorous tale. The most fearsome Angel in Heaven, Azrael, the Angel of Death, takes his job very seriously. Father’s project, ‘The Plan,’ is in full swing, and Azrael…
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Create Destruction: A Novel in Verse by Ryan A. Kovacs

Beautifully told, chilling, poignant, and hauntingly dark. Young Thomas has always known he is special: he has parapsychic powers. When the sinister Doctor Larson, a maniacal scientist, asks for Thomas’s help in changing humanity’s fate, Thomas immediately says yes. Using…
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An Enemy Like Me by Teri M Brown

A poignant read—engrossing, reflective, and meaningful. Set against the backdrop of World War II, Brown’s immersive novel delves into the lives of three generations of a German American family. Growing up as a first-generation American in Ohio, Jacob Miller has…
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The Man Who Screams at Nightfall: and other stories by Rush Leaming

Sharply observed, nuanced, precise, and morally challenging… Sharply observed, nuanced, precise, and morally challenging… Set in Thailand, the Congo, Greece, Spain, and America, Leaming’s latest book examines love, memories, loneliness, loss, regret, and redemption. In the title story, “The Man…
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CAMALEÓN: The Lost Years Living in the Closet by Carlos Valenzuela

Richly imagined… Poignant, compassionate, and sweet. Valenzuela returns with this sequel to the award-winning ‘Letters to Young Carlos,’ taking readers on his protagonist’s journey to self- acceptance and understanding. The trauma of being falsely accused of sexual misconduct and banished…
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Obsidian Mirth by Thom Brucie

Deep, absorbing, and poignant…A many-layered story told with an authentic touch. Sharply observed relationships, deft exploration of mental illness, authentic characters, and a touch of painful reality make Brucie’s nuanced novel a sure bet. While working as a dishwasher at…
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Out of Wedlock by Larry Lockridge

A quirky and yet sensitive, absorbing novel… A physician’s search for his birth parents unravels to disastrous effect in Lockridge’s latest novel set in Greenwich Village and Santa Fe from 1989 to 2008. Jess Freeman, a renowned facial plastic surgeon…
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Eva’s Promise by M L Bull

A poignant meditation on love and promise… Bull explores love, marriage, and duty in her moving latest novel. Life seems to be treating the thirty-three-year-old Eva Rose Lucas fairly: she has a beautiful home, a loving husband, and a little…
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Loving Artemis, an endearing tale of revolution, love and marriage by Janet Mason

A stunning novel about queer love, independence, self-realization, and personal and political revolution… Set against the historic backdrop of events that shaped the U.S. Supreme Court’s long overdue decision to legalize same sex marriage that is under attack today, award-winning…