“First Born Sons” by Vincent Traughber Meis

It’s late 2019; the California fires are spreading, the pandemic is in full swing, and America is deeply divided regarding everything from the BLM movement and the existence of a divisive virus. A blind homosexual black man tries to make a name for himself, only to fall victim to police brutality on a daily basis, and a gay married couple struggles to understand their teenage son’s plight. A divorced woman tries to shield her kids from her ex-husband’s obsession with QAnon and conspiracy theories, and a married woman of twenty-five years drops a bombshell—she is transitioning from female to male. As the fires rage on and the pandemic threatens to break the American spirit, these individuals, all tightly connected, must find a way to weather the storm while grappling with heartbreak, grief, and self-loathing. … More “First Born Sons” by Vincent Traughber Meis

“Moments in Time” by Tom Locke

If you are a fan of the music from the 50s, 60s, 70s, or a music history buff in general, or even one of those people who store “useless” trivia information in their heads, you might want to pick up “Moments in Time” by Tom Locke. It’s like Paul Harvey’s radio segments “The Rest of the Story,” where he picked out random stories and told listeners other tidbits that most of us did not know. Tom Locke does this for music and “Moments in Time” is a combination of segments that he aired on “Treasure Island Oldies” over the last several years. … More “Moments in Time” by Tom Locke

“Still, the Sky” by Tom Pearson

I found “Still, the Sky” by Tom Pearson to be a remarkable piece of literary work. This book of poetry is based on Greek mythology, yet reflects the beauty, the ugly, and the good and the bad of raw human emotion in exquisite vocabulary organized in poetry form. The author retells mythological stories in different collections of poems which accumulate into one book-length poem. He does this so successfully that the book flows effortlessly from beginning to end in a celebration of literature, history, and human emotion. … More “Still, the Sky” by Tom Pearson

“Casadora Island” by John Wilde

“Casadora Island” is the latest novel by John Wilde.

Jamey Johnson, a widowed man, 37 and still grieving, is burnt out. He has been working 50-60 hours a week as a broker for a company run by a guy named Madoff. He confides his troubles to Mr. Madoff, who holds Jamey in high regard, and who tells Jamey to take a long vacation. Jamey gradually decides he needs more than just a vacation. … More “Casadora Island” by John Wilde

“The Trial Show: The Resistance Rises” by Konstantina P.

“The Trial Show” is the first book in the Resistance Rises series and certainly kicks the series off with a bang, leaving readers hungry for the next. In this series kickoff, we meet several characters through their unique points of view and slowly dip into the fractions that divide the central forces government from the resistance fighters. Fans of the Divergent series and The Hunger Games will enjoy as “The Trial Show” plays out in readers’ heads like a movie. … More “The Trial Show: The Resistance Rises” by Konstantina P.

“This Book Found You!” by Beronica Parnham

Do you find yourself stuck in the humdrum of everyday life? Maybe you feel complacent or stagnant in your current situation; you have the desire to make changes but have no tangible method for doing so. If you find yourself nodding along to the above statements, you’ve come to the right place. Beronica Parnham, author of “This Book Found You,” has also been in that proverbial rut. She has created this book for readers, just like you, to unlock their spirituality, break the chain of self-limiting beliefs, and discover their full potential. … More “This Book Found You!” by Beronica Parnham

“Spectators of War” by Luke Swanson

“Spectators of War” is a novel which thrusts you from the outset into a world where war has become a sport: like football games, named teams compete against others in a bid to win, and achieve the adulation of their thousands of screaming fans. This happens on a local level as well as internationally, and it is big business. Frighteningly big business. It is also carnage on an immense scale, organized and in need of new recruits. … More “Spectators of War” by Luke Swanson

“The Ranting of an Uneducated Reactionary” by Oscar Phillips

Like a voice in the wilderness, author Oscar Phillips has been seeking to enlighten and encourage others in his local arena for years. A self-proclaimed “political junkie,” Mr. Phillips has sought political views from both the left and right. He wrote his first opinion piece for the local paper in 1996, in response to a town forum on racism. This book includes many of his op-eds since then along with essays on topics as far-ranging as college campus liberalism, feminism, constitutionalism, social programming, the LGBTQ community, Christians, Jews, social values, and even Jane Fonda’s Vietnam years. Throughout the book, Mr. Phillips focuses on the key differences between socialism, communism, fascism, Nazism, and democracy. … More “The Ranting of an Uneducated Reactionary” by Oscar Phillips

“Screaming for Pleasure” by S.A. Bradley

“Horror is about emotion first” (p. 2). Horror movies tell a story while eliciting intense emotions such as shock, terror, fear, repulsion, and dread. Something about horror films and that “first kiss” with the emotions they elicit causes viewers to form lifelong opinions of the genre, either in favor of horror or in avoidance of it. With author S.A. Bradley, the movie Don’t Look Now (1973) sealed his fate of forever loving the horror genre.   … More “Screaming for Pleasure” by S.A. Bradley