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Book: They Called Me Margaret by Florence Osmund
2018 B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree - Margaret Manning has spent the better part of her life conforming to the expectations of other people first her father, then her husband. To break from this tradition, she becomes a writer of cozy mysteries and is in the process of living out her dream of opening her own bookstore The Indie Book Nook featuring self-published authors. But when she perceives her [...]
 
Book: MEAN - A psychological thriller novelette by Renata F. Barcelos
Book Of The Month for September 2012 on E-thriller Indie Book of the Day Award Winner for 6th of November, 2012 4.5 stars from The Kindle Book Review Cassandra Connelly looks like a normal twenty-four-year-old girl. She seems sweet and shy. She works hard in two jobs and still finds time to do volunteer work. Nonetheless, there's something wrong within her. She has a lot of anger boiling inside, [...]
 
Book: Living with Markus by Florence Osmund
2016 B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree - Forced to choose between cultivating a satisfying life for himself and rescuing his dysfunctional family members from their certain demise causes Marc to question the importance of family. Having put an embittered past behind him, Marc builds a successful landscaping business with clientele from the affluent suburbs of Chicago and starts to appreciate the finer [...]
 
Book: Tell a Thousand Lies by Rasana Atreya
Shortlisted for the 2012 Tibor Jones South Asia Prize Tell A Thousand Lies is one of our five favourite tales from India. Glam Magazine, UK (June 2014) At a time when traditional publishers are churning out mindless bestsellers by celebrity (Indian) authors, it's such a treat to find an author who writes so engagingly and entertainingly and yet has something vital to say. -- Ashok Banker, author [...]
 
Book: Call Me Tuesday by Leigh Byrne
Top 100 Kindle Bestseller List (2014) When Tuesday Storm is eight years old, she does something very bad. She doesn't know what it is, and her mother won't say. Her punishment is to be isolated from her father and siblings, and to stand with her face to a wall. Sleep is withheld, as well as food. She's forced to wear a mask, so the rest of the family won't have to see her ugly face. And most [...]
 
Book: Bonfire Confessions - A tale of the American Automobile Ghost Town by R.C. Allen
"Bonfire Confessions of the Asshole Club" is a power drama that is set within an oft-ignored segment of the Americana experience-the Midwest automobile town. For those who grew up during a time when America reigned supreme, we had families, neighbors, and children that grew up alongside us, reveling in the experience of living in a booming community. When your parents knew the naughty things you [...]
 
Book: Walking Over Eggshells by Lucinda E Clarke
Walking Over Eggshells is an autobiography that tells the story of a mentally abused child, who married a "Walter Mitty" clone. They moved from England to Kenya, from Libya to Botswana and on again to South Africa. It took all her courage to survive in situations that were at times dangerous, sometimes humorous, but always nerve wracking. She had a variety of jobs, different types of homes, and [...]
 
Book: The Sperling Chronicles - Dreams Thrown Away by Dilsa Saunders Bailey
Loved to Death What would you do if the man you love wants to love you to death? Beautiful, naive and young, Kali has already overcome one of the worst tragedies in anyone's life. When she meets the man of her dreams, she is hopeful that her past has been put to rest and only happiness lies before her. Little does she know, his obsessive ideas of the ideal family may mirror deadly secrets hidden [...]
 
Book: Bonfire Confessions of the Asshole Club by R.C. Allen
"Bonfire Confessions" is a tale of loss, friendship, self-forgiveness, and rebirth. Four strangers with buried secrets meet on a long bus trip, and form a bond they cannot break. Three of them interrupt their plans, and join Dan in his quest to fix up his parents' house after they are brutally murdered. They spend their days fixing up the old place, and their nights purging their inner demons [...]
 
Book: You're Strong Enough - A Quest To Discover Who You Really Are by Kassi Pontious
A Quest to Discover who You really are Are you lost and confused about the purpose of life and who you are? In You're Strong Enough you will discover who you are, why you are here, and what happens after this Earthly life. "Inspiring, uplifting and insightful, this book offers hope to those that are lost and practically gives guidance through each quest, addressing challenges that many youth [...]
 
Book: It's Okay to Lie - If Your Fingers Are Crossed by Jack Flynn
The title, "It's Okay to Lie if Your Fingers are Crossed," is based on a ritual kids perpetrated in the forties and fifties, which exempted them from the LIAR label, providing that they crossed their fingers behind them, unbeknownst to the person or persons to whom they were lying. The hero of the story is eleven year-old Billy Flynn, a schooled and consummate liar, who lives in a suburb north of [...]
 
Book: My Favorite Second Chance (The Lake Effect Series Book 2) by Rue
What if the only second chance you ever wanted came exactly when you DIDN'T need it? The Hutchinson sisters are out of the frying pan and into the fire--just like their mother always threatened! Gwenn is floating in the dreamy, fragile glow of her new relationship with wealthy artist, Daniel Gregory, when a blast from her past makes a triumphant return. Sure, this is the same man who ran out on [...]
 
Book: Confessions from the Pumpkin Patch (The Soul Encounters Book 1) by Karlyle Tomms
Growing up in a small Pennsylvania town, Lovella is an intelligent and rebellious child of the '60's. She adores her alcoholic and ineffectual father while despising her controlling mother, and discovers in her teens that the most potent revenge she can take on her mother is through sexually acting out. When she goes away to college she meets Earl, an "ugly hippie" who takes her on a journey [...]
 
Book: It'll Feel Better when it Quits Hurting (Okay, picture this... Book 1) by Lisa Orban
Many years ago my friends and I would sit around and play what we called "Jerry Springer: the Home Game". The object of the game was to see how many upcoming shows we qualified for, with the story to support our claim, and whoever had the most at the end of the program won. I was the reigning champion. This book started off as just a lighthearted collection of anecdotes, stories shared with [...]
 
Book: Dreaming of a Father's Love - A Tale From the Ohio Valley by Sharon A. Lavy
Dysfunctional Families? Family Secrets? Not in Our Church! How many times do we think it can't happen to us? Whatever "it" is. We often go into deep denial. And truthfully, i n the rich backdrop of the farming cradle in the Ohio Valley, a peaceful lifestyle seems possible. Highly likely even. At least on the surface. It's 1973, and you can feel the tension of the women's liberation movement, that [...]
 
Book: The Murder of Jeffrey Dryden - The Grim Truth Surrounding Male Domestic Abuse by Troy Veenstra
The Murder of Jeffrey Dryden: The Grim Truth Surrounding Male Domestic Abuse by Troy Veenstra is an account of the circumstances surrounding the death of Jeffrey Dryden. In the early hours of July 18th in 2010, Jeffrey Dryden returned home after spending some time with his twin brother. Within minutes, he was dead, stabbed in the neck by his girlfriend, Chiquita. She was arrested and charged with [...]
 
Book: Have You Seen Her? by Chicki Brown
Marcia Hadley, Santa Barbara, California socialite has been married for seven years to the heir of a family fortune. He sees to it that she has the finest home, cars and clothes. Yet that isn't enough to keep Marcia from running. Dani Reynolds, Atlantic City nightclub cocktail waitress works on her feet seven hours a night, five days a week for less than minimum wage in a crowded, smoky [...]
 
Book: Madness by Catherine Winters
Five Stars: "The tragedy of Madness is also the beauty of it " ~Natasha Jackson, Readers' Favorite - Madeleine Holbrook has decided she's done with men. Ian McLaren has decided he's ready for Madeleine. Jacob Turner hasn't decided anything. Among the rich and miserable of Denver, Madeleine's career as a professional mistress has been an open secret. But at the ripe age of twenty-seven - and after [...]
 
Book: Virtually Undone by Capri Flowers
Over and over again the therapy session replayed in Lucy's mind, the session that had led to her conviction for a crime she did not commit a crime committed virtually. Lucille Mathews had a passion for helping troubled youth. As a teacher and counselor at a school for at-risk teens, she poured her heart and soul into teaching her diverse crew of students. It was her passion to attempt to remove [...]
 
Book: The Wish Thief by C. D. Verhoff
A teenage spelunker from a troubled home battles mystical forces in her search for the mother lode. A contemporary fantasy with holiday spirit that stays with you long after the last page. Glory Alley plans to strike it rich in Queen's Mesa over winter break. The money wouldn't be just for her though. She hopes it will keep her dysfunctional family from self-imploding. Against the odds she finds [...]
 
Book: In His Time - A family love born of tragedy by Ronald S. Craig
Steve Gardener a successful businessman approaching age sixty lost the love of his life, his wife Linda three years prior. Nicole Avery is a seventeen year old runaway from a home she felt endangered in and thinking she'd left the man that assaulted her dead in her bedroom. They find the family in each other they were both seeking that triggers events beyond their expectations. It is a warm story [...]
 
Book: Twisted Family Holidays Collection by JR Wirth
Lose yourself in a book that will take on five different scenarios, all surrounding our favorite holidays. The Twisted Family Holidays collection is a series of five stories, which highlight strange and paranormal experiences that occur during popular holidays. Each of the tales within the collection is inspired by actual events, with much creative license, and are highly rated (4.4 to 5.0). The [...]
 
Book: Murder Past Due (The Megan Clark Mysteries) by D.R. Meredith
he Murder by the Yard Reading Circle, a mystery discussion group, is six months old, and Megan Clark, assistant reference librarian and unemployed paleopathologist, suggests a mystery tour of Amarillo's real-life murder sites. Megan nominates Ryan Stevens, history professor at the local university to moderate the tour. Ryan is horrified. After Megan and other members of the reading group have [...]
 
Book: Square Dancing At the Asylum by Kirby Wright
This collection of Kafkaesque miniatures offers a terrifying vision of the Worcester asylum where the writer's uncle spent most of his adult life. The asylum theme zips into overdrive in a series of sometimes darkly comic flashes threaded throughout the book. Dadio and June Spoon have created their own asylum in the burbs, one in which they 'incarcerate' their children within the confines of the [...]
 
Book: Guilty Innocence by Maggie James
Guilty Innocence: a gripping psychological thriller When Natalie snoops through her boyfriend Mark's possessions she finds more than she bargained for. Mark was once convicted of a brutal killing. Heartbroken by what she has discovered, Natalie's dreams of a future with him collapse. However, Mark was not the only person sentenced for the murder of two-year-old Abby Morgan. His former friend, the [...]
 
Book: The Town Around the Christmas Tree - Jacob's Message (Twisted Family Holidays Book 5) by JR Wirth
The Town Around The Christmas Tree: Jacob's Message is book five of the Twisted Family Holiday series. It brings the series full circle with the heroine, Hailey Jade, and her cousin, Isaiah, having another Christmas adventure. This story takes the two out of their grandfather's home, on a walk, and finding mayhem that needs to be addressed, before they can enjoy their Christmas Eve celebration. [...]
 
Book: Red Clover by Florence Osmund
2014 B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree - He had felt like an outsider in his own family his entire life. Now twenty-six confused and emotionally bankrupt after suffering a childhood fraught with criticism and isolation Lee leaves his dysfunctional upper-class family to find his true self. Determined to cultivate a meaningful life, Lee discovers a world poles apart from the one he had left behind and an [...]
 
Book: Queen Anne's Lace - A novel about family relationships by Damaris West
Maternal love, filial love, romantic love but is that enough love to conquer adversity? The cottage, just near enough to the sea to give a 'sea feeling', was more than a holiday home to the McKay family; it was somewhere they all found peace and happiness in their differing ways. Just widowed and seeking relief from loneliness in the religious life of a convent, Isabel McKay offers the cottage to [...]
 
Book: A Jamaican's Journey To Time and Patience - Broken Vows, Shattered Dreams, Redeeming Grace by Derrick Garland Coy
A Jamaican's Journey to Time and Patience is Derrick Garland Coy's portrait of his multiethnic family whose African, Chinese, and European roots merge in Jamaica during the 1800s, then scatter across the globe in the mid 1900s, sending him on an odyssey to discover and fulfill God's call in his life, heal family wounds, and share Christ's message of redeeming grace and love. Against the [...]
 
Book: Conflicted Hearts - A Daughter's Quest for Solace from Emotional Guilt by D.G. Kaye
MEMOIR/NONFICTION A Lifetime of guilt -- What does it take to finally break free? "Somehow I believed it was my obligation to try to do the right thing by her because she had given birth to me." Burdened with constant worry for her father and the guilt caused by her mother's narcissism, D.G. Kaye had a short childhood. When she moved away from home at age eighteen, she began to grow into herself, [...]
 
Book: The Sundial Salesman by Chassis Albuquerque
Downtown Tokyo, New York. Life here is: Tough, Dirty and Fast. Things to do in Downtown? Get stabbed, see young mothers aged 14 and younger pushing prams, overhear loud arguments on mobile phones about who unfaithfully slept with who the night before, just to mention a few. So, yeah, it's a life, but it's not much of a life. Take morally vague misfit, Ealing Broadway. 42 and bankrupt, Broadway's [...]
 
Book: Burning the Vines - A Memoir by Michelle Mazal
'Even if it's true, no one will believe you.' This bleak appraisal was the response a young Michelle Mazal received when she first tried to tell her story to a relative. She, her three sisters and her mother lived for years under the shadow of her father's drunken violence and random sadism. All these years later, Mazal, a tough and compassionate survivor, is telling her story again; this time [...]
 
Book: Give Back the Pain - Emotional Healing through Source Completion Therapy by Robert Bleck
Believing that we all suffer from at least some emotional wounds as a result of our past experiences, Dr. Robert Bleck set out to devise a recovery therapy to aid his clients in "coming to terms" with those past hurts. The result has come to be known as Source Completion Therapy (SCT)."To live a healthy and enriched life, our past emtotional wounds-like bodily infections-must be cleansed and [...]
 
Book: Family O'Shea by Stephen Hazlett
Family O'Shea is a tragic/comic tale of the coming together of a disparate Irish-American family. John O'Shea, an Irishman living in America for sixty of his seventy-six years, learns that he is dying. Ever the loner, to the point of abandoning two families over the years, he has his secret regrets. In his mind his "Family" has never included anyone but himself. His two grown sons barely know [...]
 
Book: Every Step of the Way by Kit Domino
1952 in West London. A time of coffee bars and jukeboxes, Teddy boys and gang fights. As Christmas approaches, sixteen-year-old Beth Brixham has so much to look forward to. No more school, her first job, her first boyfriend. Instead, her world is thrown into darkness and chaos as the Great Smog descends over London, leaving in its wake a trail of death and disruption and changing Beth's life [...]
 
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