Monthly Archives: August 2012

How to Write Mom’s Story

August 29, 2012
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If you could tell just one small story that would capture your mother’s character, and keep her spirit alive, what would it be? That simple question is at the heart of a project that has, for years, inspired hundreds of daughters and sons to rediscover their mothers – or, perhaps, discover them for the first time. Lynn Cook Henriksen discovered this profound way to keep our mothers’ spirits alive after witnessing Alzheimer’s disease ravage her…

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Are They Evil? Or Do They Just Not Understand?

August 28, 2012
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A revolution has begun. And it’s being led by a man known simply as Max. His weapon? Words. Powerful words, projected to a nation knocked flat by the ultimate battle between haves and have-nots. As Eric Thomas‘s book “Fall of the Citizens” begins, a pharmaceutical company has obtained a lucrative government contract for a vaccine that the entire U.S. population craves. The company prices the vaccine at $60,000 per shot, effectively denying it to all…

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Unexpected Relationships Transform Two Lives

August 27, 2012
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Henry Melken is a widower. His daughter Chandra was just 13 when her mother, Ava, died. That was 16 years ago, and Henry and Chandra are stuck, as Lovelyn Bettison‘s novel “Flying Lessons” opens. Now haunted by the past, they sleepwalk through life – until unexpected relationships shake up their perceptions of reality. Henry’s new friendship with a neighbor blurs the boundaries between the living and the dead, and Chandra starts to see possibilities she’s…

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Strap Yourself In and Meet “A Greater Monster”

August 24, 2012
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It’s been called “a psychedelic fairytale for the modern age.” David David Katzman‘s second novel “A Greater Monster” is a darkly poetic tale that takes you on a trip – oh, yes, a trip – into a radically twisted alternate reality, which reflects civilization like a funhouse mirror. Along the way, you’ll encounter sphinxes, gods, living skeletons, witches, and quite possibly the strangest circus ever imagined. And we’re not talking about the Republican National Convention…

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Chasing a Serial Killer Takes a Deadly Turn

August 22, 2012
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Los Angeles crime reporter Syeeda McKay, who is on the trail of a notorious serial killer nicknamed the Phantom Slayer, is summoned early one fall morning to a deserted parking lot in an infamously bad part of town. She’s gotten a tip from an unknown source, someone who claims to have information about the Phantom Slayer. But in Rachel Howzell‘s suspense thriller “No One Knows You’re Here” Syeeda is soon thrust into the middle of…

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This Girl Is One Elf You Don’t Wanna Mess With

August 21, 2012
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On the mysterious Seaward Isle, a four-year-old girl named Alex — daughter of a Count — escapes a wizard’s attack on her father’s fortress with the help of two men who take her to her brother in the village of Nyla. In Joni Parker‘s book “The Black Elf of Seaward Isle” Alex winds up disguised as a boy, in order to safely stay at the Sword Academy with her brother. Soon Alex learns of the…

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