In The Favorite by Franklyn C. Thomas, Michael Dane is a boxer fresh out of prison and the favorite to win the Championship when he starts having second thoughts about his trainer and career. That he is not his own man in his current career path is becoming increasingly apparent. Michael turns to the trainer that raised him in an attempt to turn to his roots, but with the vicious men on his trail, Michael is starting to wonder if death is truly the only way out.
In Love Unfeigned by Nadine C. Keels, Lorraine and Isaiah meet as children on the playground. As time passes and life’s experiences plague them, can these two people come together or are they destined to find love elsewhere?
This is a story played out by way of excerpts from Michael Thorn’s journal. Michael and his friends share an interest in lucid dreaming. When they discover that medically induced comas enhance those dreams, they cannot anticipate the havoc their experience will wreak and the toll it will take on this tight group of dream explorers.
This book is described as Wind in the Willows for adults (Amazon). In The Cuckoos of Batch Magna, the major landowner in the Batch Magna area of Wales dies. His lands are entitled and must pass to a distant male relative instead of his children. The American landowner inherits and promptly gives notice to his steamer boat tenants that they must move as he plans to turn the area into a kitschy resort for wealthy Americans. Led by a writer and a former military man, the motley crew of occupants takes the new landowner on with a goal of winning all or going down fighting.
In Rain on Your Wedding Day by Curtis Edmonds, the ex-NFL player, Will Morse, lost one daughter and was arrested and charged when another died. For five years he’s been living the life of a hermit and getting a yearly phone call from his only surviving child. When his daughter decides to visit, Will knows that she has big news. She’s pregnant and getting married. Will is happy for her and agrees to come to the wedding but knows he can’t face his ex and family alone, all of whom blame him for his daughter’s death. Dot Crawford comes into his life at the perfect moment. While building his relationship with Dot, he finds that she’s not all she seems to be. Can he put his life back together or will he choose to go on alone?
In Save Me, Rip Orion by Matt Bower, Roscoe and Mitch were never the shining lights of their town. Roscoe’s claim to fame is killing the career of the local football star by hitting him with a car and crippling his leg, while Mitch stays at bars late to avoid his nagging wife and the crushing reality of unemployment. When an arsonist strikes their town, Roscoe recalls their childhood obsession, superhero Rip Orion, and he and Mitch develop a plan to become heroes. Can they catch the arsonist and save the town?
In Soul’d Out by G.E. Butler, Beatrice Ball has been famous for a long time and her overprotective mom has sheltered her from much of the music world. She and her friend, Nic, have taken to “ghosting” (going out disguised). One ill-fated night, Nic takes Bea to a party given by a notorious host and, by morning, Nic is dead. What follows is a murder mystery involving a child pornography ring and, for Bea, a side of the music industry she never wanted to see.
In The Tragedy of Fidel Castro by João Cerqueira, war is coming. Fidel Castro has a plan to engage and best JFK. One of God’s agents calls to warn him of the impending conflict and he hatches a plan to stop the war that hinges on his only son returning to Earth. The Tragedy of Fidel Castro is a religious and political satire. João Cerqueira is an award-winning Portuguese author. The Tragedy of Fidel Castro was named Book of the Year by Os Meus Livros (a literary trade magazine based in Portugal).
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