Category Archives: Editorial Reviews

Editorial Review – Unveiled Secrets

 

Title: Unveiled Secrets

Author: Carmen Oprea

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Unveiled Secrets is a story of how Leila Isidro, a thirty-something who struggles with her foster mother’s recent death, grows into a woman who knows where she came from and where she’s going. As such, it’s more of a women’s fiction story than pure romance, though there certainly is romance included as part of the growth.

Leila works for Denis Fraga, a handsome, mysterious man with a reputation for loving and leaving the women in his life, but when he starts pursuing Leila, he tells her this is new, this is different. But Leila struggles to believe him—she had a painful breakup with her fiancé at the altar on their wedding day— and her difficulties increase when she keeps finding Denis with Liz, a beautiful actress and model who seems quite eager to keep him attached to her.

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Editorial Review – Understanding the Patterns of Your Life

 

Title:  Understanding the Patterns of Your Life: Take Charge of Your Destiny

Author: George Pan Kouloukis

Genre: Self Help, Personal Transformation

This book explores a remarkable theory—that all human lives on the planet are locked into good and bad seasons which rotate every 16 to 17 years, transitioning on the same year worldwide. The author examines 22 famous people from the 1400s to present day to see which sort of seasons they enjoyed, when, and how their seasons impacted their lives and the world.

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Editorial Review – Villa del Sol

 

Title: Villa del Sol

Author: Martha Reynolds

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Villa del Sol is a thoughtful tale of love, loss, and hope reborn centered around the story of Jennifer Logan, the young, recent widow of a popular, older senator.

Jennifer has had a rough life. She had an alcoholic mother and never knew her father, and she grew up with very little support from friends or family. Thus, she’s had to make it on her own every step of the way. Even after she married her rich, influential husband, she still struggled with loneliness as she kept up the image of being a perfect wife. Whether faced with his infidelities or his daughter’s bitterness over marrying someone young enough to be a sister, Jennifer has had to always live behind a polite smile.

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Editorial Review – Nowhere Else I Want to Be

 

Title: Nowhere Else I Want to Be

Author: Carol D. Marsh

Genre: Nonfiction memoir

Carol Marsh has no idea what to expect when she founds Miriam’s House, a care home for homeless women living with AIDS in Washington, D.C. Growing up in a stable, loving family, she always felt a passion for helping others less fortunate than herself, and she believed her role as executive director at Miriam’s House would give her the opportunity to serve a group of women often shunned and neglected.

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Editorial Review – Think Before You Ink

 

Title: Think Before You Ink and Other Cautionary Tales

Author: Alison Bossert

Genre: Essays, Humor, and Satire

This short volume features twenty-one stories and essays, some humorous, some serious, but all lighthearted, pithy, and amusing. They share a common point-of-view—that of a single career woman who has come to value time and relationships more than technology or possessions—but the settings encompass the globe, from Moscow to California, Japan to Long Island, Vietnam to the Bahamas.

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Editorial Review – Fake News

 

Title: FAKE NEWS: Strange historical facts reimagined in the world of Donald Trump

Author: David Hutter

Genre: Satire

This short book focuses on a variety of real-life historical facts and reimagines them as taking place during the presidency of Donald Trump.

Zany, abrupt, imaginative, and indulgent, the novella depicts Trump as a self-absorbed leader of the free world who still manages to get things done despite his capriciousness and the bickering of his staff.

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Editorial Review – With Eyes Wide Open

 

Title: With Eyes Wide Open

Author: Kelly J. McMullin

Genre: Mystery

With Eyes Wide Open by Kelly J. McMullin is an exciting and thrilling mystery. The story focuses on the main character, Sam Brodie. She is the Police Chief of Cherokee Falls. During a ground-breaking ceremony, she plunks her shovel into a buried skull. This launches into an investigation into the death.

Sam solves that mystery quickly and it turns out there was actually no foul play. It could seem like the story ends there, but this was just a prelude to the real excitement. Sam quickly interrupts an armed robbery and in doing so solves a case she has been working on. Sam carries out her Police Chief duties and solves several other problems around town.

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Editorial Review – Strutting and Fretting

 

Title: Strutting and Fretting

Author: Kevin McKeon

Genre: Fiction General, Fiction Coming of Age

Bob—with an untested theater degree—settles into a coveted position with a summer repertory theater in California. He comes with baggage though, as his young marriage has already been rocked by infidelity. With half the country separating Bob from his estranged wife, Gina, he has just the summer to figure himself out and determine what he wants out of life, relationships and his career.

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Editorial Review – Notna

 

Title: Notna

Author: J. D. Cunegan

Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal

Notna brings readers a story of angels, demons, and a war for our planet with a touch of aliens and archeology in the mix. Jackson “Jack” Corbett and Cassandra Federov are both professors at Texas A&M who enjoy archeology, though thus far, they haven’t “hit it big” in terms of funding. Then a representative from the Smithsonian recruits them to find the legendary Gem of Notna, an alien weapon of immense power with a prophecy attached.

But Jack, Cassandra, and their allies aren’t the only ones searching for the gem. They are opposed by the current leader of the Underworld and his vampire rival, along with a handful of nasty monsters brought up from the Underworld to wreck havoc and stop the prophecy from coming to pass.

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Editorial Review – Orphan

 

Title: Orphan

Author: T. R. Connolly

Genre: Contemporary fiction, murder mystery

 

This short novel tells the story of Chunk DeLuna, an orphan in Brazil who carves out a criminal empire built on drugs, prostitution, gambling, and corruption. Along the way, the novel also shares the struggles of Suzanne and Lupe, the two women who have shared DeLuna’s life, enduring his harsh ideas of love and happiness.

The story is very interpersonal and, at times, quite gruesome as it tells of the people DeLuna has threatened, blackmailed, or forced to do what he wants. Most of the time, the focus is on how DeLuna expands his realm rather than the day-to-day practices, so readers get to experience the business side rather than the operations themselves.

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