“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

“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.

“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

“Unlawful DISorder” by David Jackson Ambrose

The author deserves praise for “Unlawful DISorder” as he has woven a memorable tale that uncovers the sobering reality of being a young black gay man with a mental illness. The characters are well-developed—multilayered, and complex, which will resonate with readers, and the story illustrates the need for more mental health advocacy. … More “Unlawful DISorder” by David Jackson Ambrose

“Joe Peas” by Sam Newsome

Enigmatic and diminutive Joe Peas doesn’t attract a lot of attention. Unless he opens his mouth to speak. It’s not just that unmistakable Italian accent, but the humor and wisdom that seems to simply flow from him. No one knows much about Joe, but the stories he bothers to share with others are memorable, often outrageous, and generally profound. What’s the deal with Joe Peas and his silly name? … More “Joe Peas” by Sam Newsome

“The Roots of the Bayou” by Chad J. LeBlanc

LeBlanc concentrates his narrative on two families who are from two distinct geographical and cultural places: the Acadians, removed from Nova Scotia and the Isleños, from the Canary Islands, a Spanish territory off the coast of Africa. Inspired by his own knowledge of his background, he carefully creates a narrative which shows the troubles faced by his ancestors from 1755 through to 1832. … More “The Roots of the Bayou” by Chad J. LeBlanc

Meet the Author – A Conversation with Kaylin McFarren, Author of Requiem for a Queen

Kaylin McFarren has received more than 60 national literary awards, in addition to a prestigious RWA Golden Heart Award nomination for FLAHERTY’S CROSSING – a book she and her oldest daughter, New York Times/USA Today best-selling author Kristina McMorris, co-wrote in 2008. Prior to embarking on her writing journey and developing the popular THREADS psychological thriller series, she poured her passion for creativity into her work as the director of a fine art gallery in the Pearl District in Portland, Oregon; she also served as a governor-appointed member of the Oregon Arts Commission. … More Meet the Author – A Conversation with Kaylin McFarren, Author of Requiem for a Queen