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Good Vs. Evil – July 21, 2021

Join us with authors Glen Dahlgren and C.T. Phipps.

Glen Dahlgren, author of “The Child of Chaos” – An irresistible longing drags young Galen to an ancient vault where, long ago, the gods of Order locked Chaos away. Chaos promises power to the one destined to liberate it, but Galen’s dreams warn of dark consequences. He isn’t the only one racing to the vault, however. Horace, the bully who lives to torment Galen, is determined to unleash Chaos–and he might know how to do it. Galen’s imagination always got him into trouble, but now it may be the only thing that can prevent Horace from unraveling the world.

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C.T. Phipps, author of “The Tournament of Supervillainy” – Gary Karkofsky a.k.a Merciless the Supervillain without MercyTM is presently the most disliked supervillain in the world. Superheroes don’t want to just throw him in jail, they want to deliver an epic beat down for ending their golden age by killing Merciful the Superhero with MercyTM. His fellow supervillains aren’t much better, either jealous of his success or loathing him for all the other baddies he’s killed. Also, what’s up with his wife Mandy? She’s been acting extra-strange since getting her soul back (long story). That’s when Gary receives an invitation to the Primal Fighting Tournament—an interdimensional contest involving all the universe’s greatest warriors. The prize? A wish with no limitations. Gary can finally get on that world domination thing he’s been putting off. Unfortunately, Gary is competing against good and evil way above his league. Not only Gabrielle Anders a.k.a Ultragoddess, his former fiancé but Entropicus the Space God of Evil. Thankfully, Gary has allies from unexpected sources including Jane Doe, the protagonist of I was a Teenage Weredeer, G from Agent G, and Cassius Mass from Lucifer’s Star.

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Life Is An Adventure – July 14, 2021

Join us with authors Diana Paul and Margreit Maitland.

Diana Paul, author of “Things Unsaid” – Inspired by a true story about mothers, daughters, and impossible choices—Jules Foster, a child psychologist, upon hearing news of her estranged, narcissistic mother’s terminal diagnosis, chooses to care for her mother over her own daughter, only to find out she has been betrayed all along. Things Unsaid asks us to consider what children owe their aging parents and siblings.

Bookclub Favorite Winner of New Adult Fiction—Beverly Hills Book Awards for 2016 Winner of the 2016 SILVER Medal for Best Fiction in Drama from Readers Favorites Finalist USA Best Books Awards 2016 in Literary Fiction and in New Fiction

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Margreit Maitland, author of “The Runaway at Sea Series” – Thrilling twists and turns surround Robert and Michael as they continue their adventures around the world’s oceans. Aboard a whaling vessel with their family of shipmates, a perilous hunt causes the death of a beloved friend and it is the catalyst for the boys renewing their vow to get to America. On a remote exotic island, the boys hunt for wild boar and become immersed in the exotic life of the natives and missionaries. Robert falls for a beautiful young girl and his heart breaks when he has to leave. A raging storm puts the whaler in jeopardy and the boys barely escape. The fate of the ship is unknown but they are rescued and soon find out they are on their way to war. A battle ensues and Robert is gravely injured. Unexpected events make his long-sought-after destiny uncertain and he has no idea how or if he will ever be able to find America.

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Matters of the Heart – July 7, 2021

Join us with authors Barbara Spinelli, Eileen Resta, and Ellis Goodman.

Barbara Spinelli, author of “The Letters: Memoir of Love, Loss and Restoration” – The Letters is much more than a compelling love story. It is an intimate view into a woman’s mind and heart and a soldier’s life through his correspondence during the Vietnam War. The author believes she has securely put aside her grief from the loss of a man she was to marry so long ago, only to have it re-emerge as a result of a chance meeting linking her to the past. Retrieving the letters takes her back to the beginning, uncovering the layers of love, pain, and insight resulting from rediscovering a love so potent that it has lasted a lifetime and beyond. It upholds the belief that life exists outside of our physical being, that deep love never dies and although there are circumstances we may not understand, there is a cosmic thread running through our lives.

 

Eileen Resta, author of “I’ll Wait For You: An Adoption Memoir” – A search … a phone call … a journey home. Join author Eileen Mary Coyne Resta—née Marie Monique Comtois—as she discovers the family she never knew, and the mother who never gave up hope.

 

Melissa Face, author of “I Love You More Than Coffee” – Are you trying to balance raising a family with maintaining your own identity? Have you ever been so exhausted that you showed up to a meeting carrying your baby’s diaper bag instead of your briefcase? In her debut collection, I Love You More Than Coffee, Melissa Face writes about the emotions we all experience as parents: anticipation, joy, fear, guilt, and worry. Whether you are a new or seasoned parent, you will find common ground in Melissa’s heartfelt, humorous, and authentic stories of her life with two young children. If you love coffee a lot and your kids (a little) more, this book is for you. Fill your mug with your favorite brew and settle in with I Love You More Than Coffee. A portion of proceeds will be donated to Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU.

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Finding Resilience – June 30, 2021

Please join us with authors Zachary Pieper, Suvendu Tripathy, and Robert Williscroft.

Zachary Pieper, author of “The Garden of Lies” – Some lives are defined by a single choice. Selected at a young age to be trained as a warrior for an Empire he detests, Dalj, a wolf shifter, must rally his pack against heavy odds in the Festival of the Hunt. As Dalj plans his path to victory, he must navigate an unsteady alliance with a rival pack led by Amnis Lupine, the eldest daughter of a noble house; while also seeking to expose the foul play of his lifelong enemy, Aryan Anathema. To win the hunt, Dalj must take down the Behemoth of the plains, the Mighty Kerrapane before either of the other packs, or else he will never be awarded entry into the legendary Trial of War. However… Little does Dalj know, that while he hunts for glory, a rebellion plots in the shadows to overthrow the Shaman Empire; and they want Dalj’s help to do it. Approached for help by a mysterious girl named Angel, Dalj is asked to join The Forgotten, a rebellion of people immune to the mental manipulation of the shaman, who seek to expose the grand conspiracy the shaman have fed to the populace. They must find a way to awaken the brainwashed masses, and overcome the shaman’s godlike powers before they are eradicated. Will Dalj join them? Or will he succumb to darkness and mindlessly serve evil?

Suvendu Tripathy, author of “The Crepe Jasmines” – An exploration of the lives of people on the edge of society, their dreams, and their desires. A poor brahmin man from a remote village in Odisha treads the world of rural India as his academic pursuits lead him through the greatly changing times of the 1970s and 80s. From the life of the son of a small farmer to the fast-paced, big city life of a college student, Partha Sarathi Panda comes face to face with the judgments of his religion, his economic status, and, eventually, of the society at large.

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Robert Williscroft, author of “Slingshot: Building the Largest Machine in Human History (The Starchild Trilogy Book 1) – The setting is the day-after-tomorrow. Technology has advanced, the web is more pervasive than ever, but human ambition and greed remain unchanged. In Slingshot Alex Regent, Margo Jackson, and Klaus Blumenfeld reach for the stars as they blend their skills to create the world’s first space launch loop, backed by major software money. Environmental fanatic Lars Watson with his team of young eco-terrorists is funded by opposing international interests, who will go to any length to halt the project. Reporter Lori Kutcher indiscriminately applies her own personal skills to ensure it is she who reports the unfolding events to a watching world. With a cast of 69, Slingshot takes you from Seattle’s world financial district to the ocean bottom at 5,000 feet off Baker Island, to the edge of space 80 km above. You play with dolphins and battle sharks. You fly and sail and dive, you work and play and love across the vast panorama of an Equatorial Pacific being put to leash to serve humanity’s surge into outer space. While its accurate science and precise engineering will appeal to hard science-fiction buffs, Slingshot’s major focus is the grand journey, the opening of outer space to the common person by men and women who loom larger than life as they work, play, and love.

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New Beginnings – June 23, 2021

Join us with authors Christina Hoag, Patrick LeClerc, and Grace Sammon.

Christina Hoag, author of “Skin of Tattoos” – When Cyco Lokos gang member Magdaleno (Mags) Argueta comes home to Los Angeles after serving prison time for a robbery, he wants nothing more than to start a new life. However, there’s one obstacle he has to overcome first…his old life. Mags tries to let go of his bitterness—he was framed by Rico, the new leader of the Cyco Lokos—and stay out of gang life for the sake of his Salvadoran immigrant family and his girlfriend Paloma, but trying to integrate into society after a stint in prison doesn’t come easily. Faced with low job prospects and Rico’s demands to help the Cyco Lokos make money, a broke and disillusioned Mags makes the only choice he can. However, Mags soon discovers that loyalties have shifted, including his, and being a part of the Cyco Lokos with Rico in charge is far more dangerous and uncertain than it used to be. With his sister pregnant by a rival gang member and his own relationship with Paloma, his best friend’s sister, a violation of gang code, Mags becomes caught in a web of secrets, revenge, lies, and murder that might ultimately cost him everything.

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Patrick LeClerc, author of “Broken Crossroads: Knights of The Shadows Book 1” – The city of Laimrig, once a mighty hub of commerce and a seat of power sinks into corruption and decay. Slavers, crime lords, and corrupt officials hold sway while the ruling nobility wallows in decadence. War rages beyond the borders, while within rebellion simmers and sinister plots unfold. Trilisean is an acrobat-turned burglar. Conn is a jaded former mercenary. Against the background of deadly blades, subtle schemes, glittering treasures, dark sorceries and fell servants of forgotten gods, fate has thrown them together. Fate has a sense of humor. Broken Crossroads is a fast-paced, witty, swashbuckling modern pulp fantasy adventure in the tradition of Fritz Leiber and Robert E Howard.

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Grace Sammon, author of “The Eves” – A multi-generational novel portraying lives lived well and lives in transition. Filled with poignancy and humor, The Eves captures the conversations we wish we had had with our parents, if we had taken the opportunity, and the lessons we would want to impart to our children if they were ready to listen. Told through the voice of the psychologically complex Jessica Barnet, this is her story. As the primary witness in a messy trial, she has been torn from the foundation of her existence–her connection to her children. With a partially finished doctoral degree, and incomplete renovations on her Washington, DC row house, she has let go of her ambitions and her appearance, but not her vodka or her sense of loss and guilt. When Jessica meets five diverse, determined, and sometimes ditzy old women living in a sustainable community everything and everybody changes. Through plot twists and turns that cover three continents, we learn the truth of Jessica’s life and lies just as we fall in love with the vividly drawn characters and the vibrantly described settings.

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Dangers Lurking – June 16, 2021

Please join us with authors John Coon, and Katharine Wibell.

John Coon, author of “Alien People: Alien People Chronicles Book 1” – Calandra Menankar dreams of becoming her planet’s top astronomer. So when a probe from a place called Earth rockets into her solar system, she’s determined to uncover its secrets. And when the foreign craft transmits a message of peace, Calandra secures permission to voyage to the unknown orb despite brittle bones that could make space travel fatal. Teaming up with her boyfriend pilot, Xttra Oogan, the two cross the stars towards the mysterious blue-green globe unaware one of their crew hides a sinister agenda. And when they translate the Earthian communications, Calandra and Xttra fear the probe may have led them into a deathtrap far from home. Will traversing the Milky Way to a dangerous, new planet make both explorers wish they never left home?

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Katharine Wibell, author of “The Twelve Tasks” – The precarious balance between two opposing forces has begun to shift and threatens the very existence of life throughout the universe. Only the Djed—the prophesied savior—has a chance of thwarting a catastrophe that could destroy the cosmos. And the next Djed is predicted to be a child of Earth. Katie awakens on a world far from her own, a world bound in magic, one of twelve that hosts entities of vast power and might. She is suspected to be that savior. However, to be acclaimed Djed, difficult and dangerous tasks, one on each of the magicked worlds, must be completed. Katie and a menagerie of misfit companions—a precocious witch, a half-blood elf, and a humanoid pup—work together to discover her fate. If proven true, a terrible burden will be placed upon her, one that will link her destiny with war, a war led by a thirteen-year-old girl.

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The Fine Line Between Good and Evil – June 9, 2021

Please join us with authors Kris Faryn, Danielle Orsino, and Rue Sparks.

Kris Faryn, author of “Song of Destiny” – Seventeen-year-old Korrina will do anything to stop her voice from killing again. Including trusting too-hot-for-words, book-nerd Luke, who has an uncanny ability to silence her song with his touch.  But when she discovers she’s a mythological Siren prophesied to break an ancient curse, and that those closest to her have been keeping secrets, she’s not sure who—or what—to trust. Now she must choose. Wield her song to fulfill her destiny and risk unleashing its power to kill. Or turn her back on her destiny to save those she loves.

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Danielle Orsino, author of “Birth of the Fae: Locked out of Heaven” – Ride on the backs of fire-breathing dragons with the Dark Fae and watch the Light Fae play in the shadows of primitive humanity as they build their magical world. Abandoned by their creator, two factions of powerful angels remain on earth after the Great War with Lucifer. They struggle to comprehend their Creator’s plan while their angel wings, a symbol of their angelic lineage, slowly and painfully decay. With no hope of returning to the Shining Kingdom, two groups of angels denounce their angelic lineage and develop into separate factions – the Court of Light, led by Queen Aurora, a former Virtue Angel, and the Court of Dark, ruled by King Jarvok, a former Power Brigade Angel. The two monarchs have opposing views on how to govern their kin, but the one belief they agree on is that human worship equals power.

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Rue Sparks, author of “The Stars Will Guide Us Back” – Thirteen short stories encapsulating the elements of speculative fiction and magical realism travel the themes of mental health, loss, mortality, self-confidence, and finding hope through difficult circumstances. Explore the immersive worlds within, along with a range of peculiar, distinct, and queer characters. Sometimes confidence comes from knowing we have no other choice, and the ones who rescue us come from the strangest places. Dark and light collide in this collection that highlights the liminal spaces of the human experience.

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Things Aren’t Always As They Seem – June 2, 2021

Join us with authors Shannon Denise Evans, Steve Bergsman, and Wendy Beasley.

Shannon Denise Evans, author of “Velvet Moon Chronicles: The Leveling” – Secretive and satiated by a life that others would consider taboo, Zoë Hall has architected her existence. After petrifying nightmares begin infiltrating her tightly controlled waking life, she inadvertently awakens a preternatural presence that casts darkness into her psyche and draws her deeper into the embattled realms of her dreams. Part psychological thriller, part surrealistic fantasy, The Leveling explores consciousness and reality, grief and loss, and fearlessly delves into the existential. Pulled between present-day Manhattan and the forested realms of her dreams, Zoë finds herself wedged between the very pillars of light and dark as she comes face-to-face with the most formidable force she’s ever encountered: her own mind.

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Steve Bergsman, co-author of “Chapel of Love: The Story of New Orleans Girl Group The Dixie Cups” – In 1963, sisters Barbara Ann and Rosa Hawkins and their cousin Joan Marie Johnson traveled from the segregated South to New York City under the auspices of their manager, former pop singer Joe Jones. With their wonderful harmonies, they were an immediate success. To this day, the Dixie Cups’ greatest hit, “Chapel of Love,” is considered one of the best songs of the past sixty years. The Dixie Cups seemed to have the world on a string. Their songs were lively and popular, singing on such topics as love, romance, and Mardi Gras, including the classic “Iko Iko.” Behind the stage curtain, however, their real-life story was one of cruel exploitation by their manager, who continued to harass the women long after they finally broke away from his thievery and assault. Of the three young women, no one suffered more than the youngest, Rosa Hawkins, who was barely out of high school when the New Orleans teens were discovered and relocated to New York City. At the peak of their success, Rosa was a naïve songstress entrapped in a world of abuse and manipulation. Chapel of Love: The Story of New Orleans Girl Group the Dixie Cups explores the ups and downs of one of the most successful girl groups of the early 1960s. Telling their story for the first time, in their own words, Chapel of Love reintroduces the Louisiana Music Hall of Famers to a new audience.

 

Wendy Beasley, author of “Beasts and Butterflies” – Raped and pregnant at thirteen, Rachel is forced by her uncaring adoptive parents to leave the picturesque village where she had grown up. Years later, she is given the opportunity to go back with her son. But can she face her old friends, her inner demons… and the rapist? And if so, will it destroy her completely…or can she finally find the love and the closure she craves?

 

 

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Twists and Turns – May 26, 2021

Meet Joanne Rock, author of “A Nine-Month Temptation”, Kevin Albin, author of “Stonechild”, and Anthony Tonelli, author of “Legacy: Book One of the Dominion Series.”

Joanne Rock, author of “A Nine-Month Temptation” – She’s having a baby with her boss’s brother in this scandalous Brooklyn Nights novel by USA TODAY bestselling author Joanne Rock! One night rocked their world. Now can they tame their passion for their baby’s sake? Ever since their mind-blowing encounter months ago, fashion CEO Roman Zayn hasn’t stopped hungering for Sable Cordero. But as a rising star in his brother’s design studio, the intoxicating celebrity stylist is strictly off-limits. Even when Roman discovers Sable is pregnant and steps in to offer support, further intimacy between them feels forbidden. But resistance to an attraction like theirs just may prove futile…

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Kevin Albin, author of “Stonechild” – Where do we go to when we die? Imagine human consciousness embedded in the molecules of a statue. So, when the statues of London come to life, it is a spectacle like non-other, and they come with a specific message, and an offer we cannot refuse. As the world reels in this wonder of science and religion, Molly Hargreaves has other plans and she sets out to prove that things are not as they seem. Chased, captured, and confined, Molly, confronts the statues and her own fears. But who can she convince? The people are welcoming, the Government has succumbed, and the police try to act, but how do you shoot stone and metal? Be prepared to be run ragged around London on a mystery worthy of the great Sherlock Holmes.

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Anthony Tonelli, author of “Legacy: Book One of the Dominion Series” – As the American Revolution rages on in the colonies, operatives from The Dominion are there to give birth to democracy in the United States as part of a bigger plan to spread freedom throughout the world. What the colonists don’t know is that some of the most prominent figures rebelling alongside them have traveled back in time from the 22nd century to secure a victory for the colonies. When The Console, the machine that sent them back in time malfunctions, it leaves the operatives trapped in 18th century America. The operatives fight to stay alive long enough to get back home, while their team in the 22nd-century works furiously to bring them back safely. The operatives must try to get back home while still carrying out their mission to free the colonies or risk drastically altering history and freedom as we know it forever. If their mission fails they will come back to an America that never gained its freedom, the America they departed from will no longer exist. As time begins to run out in both centuries, a sinister plot is uncovered that may bring down The Dominion and leave their operatives stranded in a war zone 400 years in the past. The future of America and of democracy in the world hangs in the balance.

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Self-Discovery – May 19, 2021

Join us with authors Eric Friedmann, Thomas Duffy, and Laura Kemp.

Eric Friedmann, author of “It’s Still Strictly Personal: A Continuing Nostalgic Movie Memoir of 1983-1991”It’s Still Strictly Personal continues Eric Friedmann’s journey through the movies during the nine-year period of 1983 to 1991. While he and the rest of the world embraced blockbuster motion pictures like Ghostbusters, Back to the Future, Top Gun, Die Hard, Batman, and Terminator 2, it was also alternative films like A Passage to India, Blue Velvet, Platoon, Do the Right Thing, and Cinema Paradiso that captured his attention and continued to impact his youth, while shaping a deeper and more meaningful insight to the possibilities of cinema. Eric’s personal story about the movies is still told with great memory and affection, for those who still remember a time when movies continued to change, grow, and evolve into deep-rooted memories for all of us who loved sitting in front of the big screen and waited for the magic to unfold.

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Thomas Duffy, author of “Heavenly” –  This is the story of second chances, love, hope, and faith. When a middle-aged man named John is killed, he is given a second chance at life through the birth of a new male named Peter. Peter struggles to find his way, discover love, and understand the meaning of his existence as he does the best he can to learn the true purpose of his life.

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Laura Kemp, author of “Evening in the Yellow Wood: Yellow Wood Series Book 1” – Abandoned by an eccentric father on the eve of her twelfth birthday, Justine Cook has lived with her fair share of unanswered questions. Now, ten years later she leaves her life in southern Michigan and heads north to the mysterious town of Lantern Creek after seeing his picture in a local newspaper. Once there, she discovers her father had been leading a double life and meets the autistic brother she never knew—a young man who is mute but able to read her mind.
When a local girl who looks like Justine is mysteriously murdered, she joins forces with sheriff’s deputy Dylan Locke to capture the killer. But the more they dig for clues to the past, the closer they come to discovering a secret someone will kill to protect. Justine begins to show signs of supernatural power and eventually must stop an immortal enemy that has hunted her family for generations.

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