“Mildred the Bird Lady” by Rose M. Jones

In “Mildred the Bird Lady,” Rose M. Jones has crafted a beautiful story about friendship and finding it in unexpected places and people.

The main characters in the story are an eccentric lady named Mildred and a young girl named Mary. Mary meets Mildred in the park while she is having a picnic with her family and her ball rolls to the park bench Mildred is sitting on. Mary is so young that her mother quickly scoops her up and reminds her to never talk to strangers. … More “Mildred the Bird Lady” by Rose M. Jones

“Full Circle: Covert Invasion” by Alfred R. Taylor

I found the tale to be fast-paced and exciting. I loved being able to see historical events taking place through the eyes of androids from the future. Their secret use of modern technology really enhanced the story. I liked being able to jump from the 1860s to another world with strange alien creatures, and then back to old London. … More “Full Circle: Covert Invasion” by Alfred R. Taylor

“Confessions of a Janissary” by Nicholas J. Downing

Nicholas J. Downing’s “Confessions of a Janissary” is set in the 14th century during the period where the Ottoman Empire reigned supreme in the Middle East. Here, readers meet Mirko, a young boy conscripted into the Sultan’s army. The Ottomans have been taking boys from Christian families as slaves and forcing them into the Sultan’s elite corps. Readers follow Mirko as he transitions from an angry, confused 13-year-old boy focused on avenging the death of his father, who had fought with the Serbian forces, into an accomplished soldier and leader in the Sultan’s army. As Mirko tries his best to navigate his new world and battle old demons, he must make a choice: Succumb to the force the culture and religion of Islam and accept his place in the Sultan’s kingdom, or use his newfound position to undermine the Sultan, and ultimately assassinate the man who Mirko believes is responsible for his father’s death. As the years unfold, however, and he gets to know the men behind the curtain of the Ottoman Empire’s success, Mirko realizes that maybe the world is not as black and white as he believed it to be. … More “Confessions of a Janissary” by Nicholas J. Downing

“Uncommon Courage” by Andrea T. Edwards

“Uncommon Courage” by Andrea T. Edwards will inspire you to think deeply about yourself, positively impact your emotions, and define what truly matters to you. As a woman who has lived an interesting and influential life, Andrea has great wisdom to pass on to her readers. Whether you’re a mother with a child requiring special needs, someone who wants to save the earth, or just find a way to expand your point of view, this book will speak to every part of you, and then some. … More “Uncommon Courage” by Andrea T. Edwards

“Wraith” by Raymond Bolton

“Wraith” is a supernatural novel involving Warren Sumner, a successful San Francisco entrepreneur whose professional acumen and ability to predict the market do not successfully transfer to his personal life—he drinks too much. A night out with his family and his business partner, Jordan, leaves him too inebriated to find his car. After several wrong turns, the Sumners wander into the wrong part of town and thugs attack. He and his two children are killed; Brandi, his wife, is hospitalized. Warren dies and heads toward “the white light.” Knowing that his drinking and his pride are the reasons his family has been destroyed, fury engulfs him, so through sheer force of will, he resists the afterworld’s white light to stay in ours. … More “Wraith” by Raymond Bolton

“Trenchcoats, Towers, and Trolls” by Rhonda Parrish

When I first picked up “Trenchcoats, Towers, and Trolls,” I was expecting strictly retellings. And there are some great ones in here, including but not limited to Alice in Wonderland, Snow White and Rumplestiltskin. But there are other stories that aren’t based on any particular fairy tale, but more the “ideas” such as the troll under the bridge. And there were still other stories that had more of a fairy tale vibe and the morals that you can find a better place in the world and what not. … More “Trenchcoats, Towers, and Trolls” by Rhonda Parrish

“Christie’s Journey” by John R. Bain

“Christie’s Journey” follows the daughter of John Bain, who experiences a life-threatening medical emergency in 2019. Christie was a new mother, headed back to her job at the Red River Credit Union. She was looking forward to getting back to work, but like all new mothers, she was going to miss her time with Westin, her baby boy. … More “Christie’s Journey” by John R. Bain

“Forgiving Nero” by Mary Ann Bernal

“Forgiving Nero” by Mary Ann Bernal is a fictional account of the life of Nero, Emperor of Rome. As a Praetorian Guard, Traian has looked after Nero ever since he was a small child, protecting him from assassins and treating him like a son. Vena, a hostage to the current Emperor Claudius, and a Christian hiding her faith, is the woman Nero calls “mother.” When Nero finds himself on the Roman throne, he rejects the council of those he once held dear and discovers his newfound power has given him the status of a god. With only treachery and corruption surrounding him, Nero’s former friends and allies can only watch his spiraling descent into debauchery and evil. … More “Forgiving Nero” by Mary Ann Bernal