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1) sbr martin – pig

This was an incredible book. The ending was a surprise that left me in complete shock. It made me reflect on my life and that is something that not many books can do! –Mitzie

Paperback: 286 pages
Publisher: The Artists' Orchard, LLC (August 7, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0985701420
ISBN-13: 978-0985701420
Amazon: pig

A troubled woman sits alone on a couch in a crowded funeral home, in wake of her husband's "accident." In her right hand, she holds a scrap of paper she refuses to reveal, and, in her heart, she holds a lot of secrets, including a big one she's keeping from herself. As the familiar faces of funeral home patrons stir in her a lifetime of memories, her story and her secrets unravel in a narrative of domestic abuse, sexuality, reflection, and loss. What does it take for a troubled woman to finally let go? How did her husband get in that box? And what is she holding in her hand? Step into Lily's past to answer the present questions. But don't expect to be pleased with everything you learn. Some stories just aren't meant to have happy endings.

2) Ann McMan – Sidecar

This collection was a pleasure to read; each with intelligent and fully developed characters, funny and witty dialogue, and a compelling storyline. Simply enjoyable. Well done. –Julie W.

Paperback: 216 pages
Publisher: Bedazzled Ink Publishing Company (June 2, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1934452769
ISBN-13: 978-1934452769
Amazon: Sidecar

A fast, funny, and wholly satisfying compilation of short stories filled with the same rich detail, witty humor, jagged verbal jousting, and joyous intellectual tête-à-tête that are Ann McMan's calling cards. Reconnect with Syd, Maddie, and the Jericho gang in "V1: A Valentine's Day Odyssey," as a sweet and simple gesture of love ignites a conflagration that could destroy friends, lovers, and a professional-grade mixer named Gloria. Meet Kate Winston, Shawn Harris, and the best, brightest, and most uniquely "gifted" personalities in contemporary lesfic, in the all-new novella, Bottle Rocket. Grace and Abbie screw up the courage to let themselves go for one magical night-only to find that the Fates are cheeky little bitches with a wicked sense of humor in "Falling from Grace." Take flight with Poe's celebrated raven in "Nevermore!" as two improbable coworkers, Diz and Clarissa, find friendship and maybe a bit more in a comic holiday romp set to the dulcet tones of Enya. Features a foreword by The Rainbow Reader's Salem West. Sidecar carries a bounty of fun, a bit of pathos, and a few fine wine recommendations.

3) Q. Kelly – Waiting

Wow, this one really took me by surprise. The concept seemed as if it might be a bit strained, and the pacing was definitely slow, but this was a beautiful read that really made me care about the characters. Very easy to relate to . . . and to get lost in. –Sally

Paperback: 156 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace (October 14, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1466409681
ISBN-13: 978-1466409682
Amazon: Waiting

Caris Ismay, 30, is falling in love with a woman she dares not pursue, and at exactly the wrong time. Caris knew that life after having her baby would be different, especially since her wife did not love her anymore. But Caris never expected post-baby life to be this difficult. Dale, her wife of three years, is in a coma that turns into a vegetative state. Lena, Dale's 29-year-old daughter, is put in the awkward position of revealing Dale's secrets to Caris. Caris and Lena share a perfect, passionate kiss that they cannot stop thinking about. Plus, they can help each other in ways no one else can. They try to build a friendship, but their growing attraction gets in the way. Can Caris and Lena move past the taboo of their attraction and find their path together?

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4) Ann McMan – Jericho

Great book, great author, will follow for sure this author in the future.

Paperback: 412 pages
Publisher: Bedazzled Ink Publishing Company (September 29, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 193445267X
ISBN-13: 978-1934452677
Amazon: Jericho

5) Lee Harlem Robinson - Come And Go

Very nice. Steady, smooth, and easy to follow, yet, providing enough intrigue to keep the reader engaged in the story. I loved the character’s progression, the insecurities and uncertainty of where her life was going, and her changing goals. Well done! Smooth and comfortable, intended or not, the writing has a near noire feel to it that I really enjoyed. –David

Paperback: 232 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 25, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1468170384
ISBN-13: 978-1468170382
Amazon: Come and Go

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