Seconds – Bryan Lee O’Malley

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Seconds
by Bryan Lee O'Malley

Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels, Fantasy, Fiction, Science Fiction

Published by Ballantine

Publication Date: July 2014

Reviewed by Josh Roggie

Purchase at Amazon four-half-stars

QUICK HIT - Though not the first time a character has come across a “do-over” spell, Seconds has its own unique brand and flavor to craft a story that makes you think, laugh, and wonder all at once.

Prince of Fools – Mark Lawrence

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Prince of Fools
by Mark Lawrence

Series: The Red Queen's War #1

Genre: Fantasy, Fiction

Published by Ace

Publication Date: June 2014

Reviewed by E.L. Williams

Purchase at Amazon two-stars

QUICK HIT – Maybe if you are a fantasy fan who doesn’t mind superfluous vulgarity and isn’t looking for anything Tolkien-esque, Prince of Fools will keep you entertained over a rainy afternoon. But to be honest, there is plenty of better fare to be found in the fantasy genre.

Collaborator of Bethlehem – Matt Beynon Rees

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Collaborator of Bethlehem
by Matt Beynon Rees

Genre: Fiction, Mystery & Detective

Published by Soho Press

Publication Date: February 2007

Reviewed by P.J. Coldren

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QUICK HIT - A schoolteacher tries to prevent a friend from being killed for a crime he did not commit.

Sparks Fly – Daisy Jerico

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Sparks Fly
by Daisy Jerico

Genre: Fiction, Romance, Suspense, Young Adult

Published by Prism Book Group

Publication Date: July 2014

Reviewed by Jessica Higgins

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QUICK HIT - Though the premise of this story was great, the execution was disappointing.

Critical Pursuit – Janice Cantore

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Critical Pursuit
by Janice Cantore

Genre: Christian, Fiction, Romance, Suspense

Published by Tyndale House

Publication Date: August 2013

Reviewed by Jessica Higgins

Purchase at Amazon five-stars

QUICK HIT - Critical Pursuit is a high paced thriller that has a way of keeping you guessing until the very end.

Interview with Travis Thrasher | OneStory Kickstarter

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Travis Thrasher has long been a Life is Story favorite, mainly because he continues to surprise us with his sheer writing ability no matter what genre is thrown at him. You want horror? Then you’ll love Ghostwriter and Isolation. You want creepy YA? Try Solitary Tales or The Books of Marvella. Or perhaps you want inspirational romance? He has those too.

Recently, Thrasher has become the king of collaborations, writing novels with people as far-ranged as country music singer Jimmy Wayne to some of the Duck Dynasty clan. So what’s up next for Thrasher? Well…he wants to collaborate with you.

How is that going to work? Well…you can find out everything and become a backer here, but if you want the true inside story on how Thrasher thinks he’s going to pull it off and what he expects from it, you’ll have to listen in below.

I Shall Be Near To You – Erin Lindsay McCabe

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I Shall Be Near to You
by Erin Lindsay McCabe

Genre: Fiction, Historical, Romance

Published by Broadway Books

Publication Date: September 2014

Reviewed by Jen Roman

Purchase at Amazon five-stars

QUICK HIT  - Based on the lives of many women during the American Civil War, I Shall Be Near to You gives a glimpse into the life of a different kind of soldier: a woman.

What If? – Randall Munroe

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What If?
by Randall Munroe

Genre: Humor, Non-Fiction, Physics, Science, Trivia

Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Publication Date: September 2014

Reviewed by Kelsie Olds

Purchase at Amazon five-stars

QUICK HIT -- Fans of Munroe’s webcomics xkcd and what if? will thoroughly enjoy the new content in this book, but it’s the non-readers I envy: those who get to sit down to three hundred brand new pages of wacky hypothetical situations and laugh their way through the well-researched answers.

Death Money – Henry Chang

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Death Money
by Henry Chang

Series: Detective Jack Yu #4

Genre: Fiction, Mysteries & Detective Stories

Published by Soho Press

Publication Date: April 2014

Reviewed by P.J. Coldren

Purchase at Amazon four-stars

In Death Money novelist Henry Chang returns us to the Chinatown of NYPD Detective Jack Yu, and spins one of his most noir tales yet.

Hidden in the Stars (Quilts of Love #27) – Robin Caroll

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Hidden in the Stars
by Robin Caroll

Series: Quilts of Love #27

Genre: Christian, Fiction, Mysteries & Detective Stories

Published by Abingdon Press

Publication Date: September 2014

Reviewed by Josh Olds

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QUICK HIT - The series itself is like a quilt, a patchworked creation of several different materials by several different people that ultimately forms a cohesive whole. Hidden in the Stars is an excellent addition to the quilt.