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Meet Malcolm Tully, Reluctant Cult Leader

June 14, 2013
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Malcolm Tully, the young owner of a pastry shop in suburban Chicago, would never dream of joining a religious cult, let alone leading one. But when he starts a discussion group to liven up Saturday nights at the shop, events quickly spiral out of control. Kathleen Maher‘s book “Diary of a Heretic” is a comic novel about the outlandish rise and fall of Religion Without Rules, a spiritual movement with Malcolm as reluctant leader and…

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Forced To Grow Up (Finally)

April 18, 2013
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Paige Scott is done in. Done for. Done with it. Having spent her childhood shuffled between relatives who ignored her, and her adult life hiding within the walls of her relationships with men, Paige is now prepared to live out her empty days in her crumbling marriage to David Davenport. David has other plans, however. And in Gaelen VanDenbergh‘s novel “Running Against Traffic” David flings Paige into a remote, impoverished world, in stark contrast to…

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A Young Wannabe Rapper’s Quest to Find His Daddy

March 25, 2013
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A stolen bag of cheese puffs. A battered Aerosmith cassette. A quest to write the baddest rap of all time. Todd Jenkins, formerly a server at Cracker Barrel, will investigate these and other mysteries in his journey to seek out his real father: “Family Matters” star Reginald VelJohnson. In Robert Chatham‘s novella “Noisome Beasts,” Todd’s journey will lead him to disgusting all-you-can-eat buffets, morality conventions, and a horrific future featuring terrifying robots. Todd and his…

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A Life Told Via Facebook Updates

March 22, 2013
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In the world of social media “status updates” where “friends” can follow your every move, how is Madeline supposed to get out of the hole she’s created? In Emily Craven‘s novel “The Grand Adventures of Madeline Cain: Photographer Extraordinaire” Madeline has achieved her dream – acceptance into world-famous photographer Jason I’Anson’s exclusive college in New York. Like many people of her generation who travel overseas, she turns to Facebook as a means of passing on…

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A Girlfriend! A Girlfriend! My Kingdom for a Girlfriend!

March 7, 2013
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Can a man who throws his dates in a dungeon find a girlfriend? Scott Bartlett‘s novel “Royal Flush” is the humorous tale of a man known only as The King. As his Kingdom careens toward catastrophe, he cruises seedy taverns looking for likely maidens. The King’s incompetence and weakness for beautiful women drag him deeper and deeper into trouble. He is even portrayed as a cross-dresser by the Kingdom Crier (the Kingdom’s most popular tabloid).…

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In Johnson, Ohio a Star is Bored

February 14, 2013
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There’s nothing like the arrival of a Hollywood star to stir the passions of the people of the sleepy small town of Johnson, Ohio. During his stay with Johnson’s most physically appealing family, the star shakes up the lives of the reigning queen of the local theatre scene, her lawyer husband, and the couple’s handsome but sexually undecided son. Add a scandal at the husband’s law firm and a kidnapping with suicide demanded as ransom…

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