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By Accident: A Memoir of Letting Go

Joanne Greene | Biographies and Memoirs

By Accident: A Memoir of Letting Go by Joanne Greene will challenge, inspire, entertain, and teach readers valuable lessons about change and how to harness the power of letting go. Being hit by a car changed everything for Ms. Greene, forcing her to assess her life and look back thoughtfully at how she has lived until that fateful moment. In a voice that is observant and powered by humor, she shares her story, highlighting a sometimes self-destructive behavior that only became so evident after a painful turning point in her life. Growing up in Boston in the 60's and 70's, Ms. Greene got into the San Francisco radio and television and produced award-winning features and shows. A successful woman in business and a mother who worked hard to be the best parent and wife. But her need to be in control has always been in the way of her pursuit for inner freedom. This story documents lessons she learned and the tools she used to let go. This memoir is not just a story. It is a tool for peopl...

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20 Ways to Increase Your Psychic Abilities

John Russell (Outskirts Press)

| Reviewed by Matthew Novak

20 Ways to Increase Your Psychic Abilities by John Russell is a book for readers who want to understand how psychic powers work and who are looking for techniques to develop and enhance their psychic abilities. The author writes about a wide range of topics and techniques, from psychometry, dream interpretation, scrying, tarot cards reading, séances, amulets and talismans, cloud busting, healing to generating psychic energy.  This book gives readers powerful insights into the power that resides within them and the tools to take control of...

Daughters of Teutobod

Kurt Hansen (Resource Publications, an imprint of Wipf and Stock)

| Reviewed by Franklin Bauer

Daughters of Teutobod by Kurt Hansen is an immersive narrative featuring three powerful women, with a setting in different moments in history. Hansen infuses life into the setting and unearths fascinating historical elements. The setting in 104 - 102 B.C.E is brilliantly rendered and it will be interesting to notice the details in the community life in the sveit. This author writes prose that is dazzling and descriptions that are terrific, conjuring imagery that excites the imagination of readers. This book has an irresistible appeal to fans of...

Never Say Goodbye: Never Series

Sabreena Lowe (‎ Independently Published)

| Reviewed by Jane Riley

Never Say Goodbye: A Second Chance Romance (Never Series) by Sabreena Lowe is a compelling narrative, a romance with lovable characters and a clever plot. Alaina Dexter is an orphan and it has been three years since he left her. He has not also been present in the life of his two-year-old daughter. Now she is to have a face-to-face interview with Christian Riley, the defensive player for New England Patriots. As for Christian Riley, he is worked-up about the thought of an interview with the love of his life and the woman he abandoned, believing...

A Husband Out of this World: Lab Soreno

Deovandski Skibinski JR (Bookbaby)

| Reviewed by Franklin Bauer

A Husband out of this World is the second book in the Lab Soreno series by Deovandski Skibinski JR and it opens with the protagonist caught between dream and waking. Maiara has just defeated Harry in the Gandew duel and, while struggling to figure out what actually happened, Harry is painfully waking to the crude reality of being in another world. The murkiness in his memories is disturbing and eventually, different characters begin to surface in his life, starting with Sora, the woman that Harry loves passionately and whose gentle hands o...

The Dao (The SIGMA Chronicles)

J.W. Bell (Indies United Publishing House LLC)

| Reviewed by Franklin Bauer

The Dao (The SIGMA Chronicles) by J.W. Bell is a beguiling thriller with resonant themes, an entry into a series that will appeal to readers who enjoy stories brimming with conspiracy and featuring strong political themes. The characters are rock-solid and the conflict moves quickly from the personal to an international level. Kim Jong-un of Korea is will to defy the accord banning the use of nuclear weapons, and as much as he wants to fire his missile, it seems to be tampered with. His top scientist dies, leaving a cryptic message that insinua...

Magda, Standing

Christine Fallert Kessides (

| Reviewed by James Farlow

Magda, Standing by Christine Fallert Kessides is a brilliant coming-of-age with strong historical underpinnings. The story follows sixteen-year-old Magda who is forced to drop out from high school to look after her ailing mother and her little brother. Her dreams of completing her education and pursuing an independent life are completely shattered. Family woes are a huge challenge for her but the war makes everything even more difficult. It is 1916 and being born into a German immigrant family, Magda has to bear the distrust and hostility from...


Don Tassone (Adelaide Books)

| Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo

Francesca: A Novel by Don Tassone examines a radical theme — the elevation of a female priest into the papacy. At a time when there is a lot of controversy in the Catholic Church about ordaining women to the priesthood, the author has crafted a spellbinding, delightful story about Jessica Simon who becomes Francesca after being elected the first female pope. It is the year 2055, and the new pope is poised to lead the Church after the heart of Jesus and following the simplicity of St. Francis of Assisi, who devoted his life to following the teac...

Hudson's Piratey Summer

Mason Bell (Two Turkey Publishing, LLC)

| Reviewed by Franklin Bauer

It is still summer and Hudson Boone travels to his grandmother's town for the holidays. His grandfather has just recently disappeared. The house he comes into is anything but normal — a nautical theme, strange voices, and forbidden rooms. When a whirlwind transports him into the past and by a pirate's ship, he joins the crew of pirates, under Net, a young pirate. While there are many dangers that await them, Hudsen is particularly targeted by mermaids who hold a very long grudge against his ancestry. Marilla, their leader is determined to crush...

LIAM: The Boy Who Saw the World Upside Down

R. Janet Walraven M.Ed. (Independently Published)

| Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo

LIAM: The Boy Who Saw the World Upside Down by R. Janet Walraven M.Ed. will draw tears into the eyes of readers as they watch the unfolding journey of Liam, a mentally retarded pupil, and a teacher who refuses to give up on him. When readers encounter Liam, he is bullied, name-called, and treated like a loser and crybaby. Liam's life feels like hell in elementary, but his teacher steps in not only to protect him but also to help him understand that he is every bit as important as everyone else and to allow his potential to shine. Follow Ms...

The Energumen

G. K. Fotou (Quo Vadis Press)

| Reviewed by Daniel Rhodes

The Energumen by G. K. Fotou is a captivating, fast-moving, psychological thriller with strong hints of the supernatural and a story filled with memorable and carefully crafted characters. Trina Langford is a young woman who has had her fair share of suffering in a world that brims with betrayal and evil. She is betrayed by her boyfriend who goes with the housekeeper, drugged and coarced into committing an unspeakable act. With little time to process neither the housekeeper's betrayal nor Eddy's cruelty, a powerful, ancient evil is unleash...