“A Winter’s Tail: A Chrissy the Shih Tzu Cozy Mystery” by Diane Wing

“A Winter’s Tail” is an adorable story in the cozy mystery genre which follows Autumn Clarke and her precious Shih Tzu Chrissy while they plan a wedding and solve a murder. Chrissy, the somewhat telepathic pup, has a knack for discovering cadavers in the most unlikely places. In this case, Chrissy digs out the body of local Psychologist, Angela Curry, buried deep within a snow drift just across the street from the store Autumn was shopping. Autumn’s fiancé, Detective Ray Reed and his K-9 Ace head up the investigation, following leads as the story twists and turns spotlighting numerous suspects and motives. Unfortunately, being a small-town a large number of wedding guests are on the suspect list, complicating both the business and personal lives of Autumn and Ray.  … More “A Winter’s Tail: A Chrissy the Shih Tzu Cozy Mystery” by Diane Wing

“SPVCE” by A.W. Karen

Anxiety is an issue which is coming more and more to the forefront of discussion in our modern world. Previously, it would have been glossed over and dismissed; however, today, with external influences over which we have no control, like COVID and the chance of nuclear war, being very much a part of our day-to-day lives, a novel about a person with anxiety issues can only resonate.

In her book, “SPVCE,” A.W. Karen is keen to show how anxiety can exert formidable power on our psyche and sets out from the start to provide a fictional representation of its debilitating properties. This is shown through the eyes of her narrator, Macy, as Karen’s narrative is centred on her journal entries as well as information that she has gleaned from her fellow space travellers. But they are an unusual bunch, a crew of space academy rejects who are given a second chance at graduation and are allotted a space station where they have to perform daily activities set remotely. … More “SPVCE” by A.W. Karen

“Playing by Heart” by Mary Flinn

Playing by Heart is an enchanting read that brings us back in contact with the characters that we grew to love in Mary Flinn’s novel, Lumina. While the book is a stand-alone novel, in my opinion, it would bring more to the experience for the reader if read in order. This way, when you start this book, you immediately fall right back into the lives of these people and feel like you have met up with very dear friends both in the present day and back in the late 1920s. … More “Playing by Heart” by Mary Flinn

“How I Lost My Hair Raising Teenage Girls” by Andrew McKinney

“How I Lost My Hair Raising Teenage Girls: And The Lessons I Learned” by Andrew McKinney is a hilarious and refreshing memoir. Insightful and open-minded, this heartfelt read looks at parenting from the perspective of a family man who has been in the conduits of childrearing. The memoir recounts the interesting journey of the author in raising his three teenage girls, Jacquelyn, Meaghan, and Gloria. … More “How I Lost My Hair Raising Teenage Girls” by Andrew McKinney

“Wolf Woman & Other Poems” by Jo-Ann Vega

A good poet is able to take the ordinary from everyday life and turn it into something we get to see in a brand new way. That is exactly what Jo-Ann Vega does in her book, Wolf Woman & Other Poems. It’s a small collection of poems that span fifty years of the poet’s life, so rich, beautiful and provocative that it is as though you know the poet well by the time you get to the end of the book. She shares memorable points of her life in this book – death, love, separation, etc. – and the reader is treated to verse that captures the beauty, ugliness, disparity and ultimate glimpses of hope through beautiful verse. … More “Wolf Woman & Other Poems” by Jo-Ann Vega

“In Spite of It All” by Constance Bierkan

“In Spite of It All” by Constance Bierkan entwines the lives of two young women: Claire Fitzgerald and Madeleine de Beaulieu. Set against the backdrop of the end of World War II, all three characters, though from vastly different backgrounds, find themselves enmeshed in a plot by the Allies to take possession of Hitler’s propaganda art, which is hidden in a mine in France. Claire and Madeleine grew up in vastly different worlds, one in abject poverty and one in comfort. Claire joins the Red Cross after her husband, Billy, allegedly died in a plane crash in Alaska. Meanwhile, Madeleine is left facing a dire consequence after a rash trip to Morocco ended more horribly than she could have imagined. As both manage to get involved with men working to recover the propaganda art, they will learn that the troubles of the past seem inconsequential compared to the new dangers they are facing. For Claire and Madeleine, they will even discover a startling connection between them that neither could have ever seen coming.  … More “In Spite of It All” by Constance Bierkan

“Magic Unleashed” by Jesper Schmidt and Autumn M. Birt

In Magic Unleashed, two excellent writers have combined their skills to create the first book in a new fantasy saga set in the universe of Ylécium. And it is a very good beginning that will leave the reader anxious for book two. It is the perfect book for a reader that enjoys a long and intricate storyline full of exciting twists and turns.

What we learn in the beginning of the story is that a tear in reality called the Rift occupies and has occupied this universe for more than a thousand years and it has been guarded by the arch mages so that it will not destroy the world. Of course, at this point and with the use of very old magic, the Rift and the Goddess within are becoming much more powerful. Now we need a hero and we get one in Raor. This leads to another huge problem…Raor does not want to be a hero. He just wants to be left alone. He wants to save Rosaylyn from a deadly illness and lead his own life rather than developing his powers and being counted on and expected to save the world. While attempting to fulfill his own goals and deal with this magic world he is surrounded by many other characters such as Gods and Goddesses, his best friend Rosaylyn, white elves, ember dwarves, his mentor Afekius, and the cat and dwarf who are his best friends, to just name a few. As the reader, we are sucked into the realm and the characters’ lives very quickly and what follows is the beginning of an amazing ride. … More “Magic Unleashed” by Jesper Schmidt and Autumn M. Birt

“Schnooks, Crooks, Liars & Scoundrels: A Field Guide to Identifying Political Buffoons” by Gene Berardelli

In “Schnooks, Crooks, Liars & Scoundrels” by New York Election Law specialist Gene Berardelli, readers are treated to a rare exposition of trenchant criticisms and indomitable harsh realities regarding the world’s evolving political scenery where millions of individuals have felt the painful prick of deceit and manipulation by leaders who act foolish and witless, in an aim to win the electorate over.

Berardelli begins by defining the term “buffoon,” a term that forms the basis of his work. He feels that since the term had been reserved for people whose ridiculous behavior is a source of amusement to others, politicians who have set themselves to act as such rightfully deserve to be called by it. The candid musings spin with practical analysis of popular and influential leaders, an aim set to help readers identify and rate buffoonery in an individual, a trait that research has revealed exists in everyone but to a higher degree in politicians. … More “Schnooks, Crooks, Liars & Scoundrels: A Field Guide to Identifying Political Buffoons” by Gene Berardelli

“Mission 51” by Fernando Crôtte

Zeemat wants more than anything to be an artist. His parents, however, intolerant of his peace-loving, artistic lifestyle, have different plans for him: to make him the next great conqueror of a planet, to make him the discoverer of a new source of precious metal and slaves. Unfortunately for Zeemat, fate has yet a third end in mind for him. A crash landing on Earth puts the would-be reluctant conqueror in the hands of a master more brutal than his father: the U.S. government. … More “Mission 51” by Fernando Crôtte