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The Lost Fountain by Peter Andrew Sacco The Lost Fountain
By Peter Andrew Sacco

Noah, a 12-year old boy, and his two friends set out to find the fabled Fountain of Youth, believing it can save the leader’s younger brother who is afflicted with Progeria disease (premature aging). Unbeknownst to the boys, however, they are in a race to find the fountain with a greedy archaeologist who is hot on their trail. With the ghost of Ponce de León on their side, the boys learn that if one truly believes, anything can be accomplished, and that even the most seemingly remote dream can be reached.
Dancing with Eternity Dancing with Eternity
by John Patrick Lowrie

What would happen if Odysseus met Captain Ahab in the Fortieth Century? Only Captain Ahab is a beautiful woman named Steel who owns her own starship, and Odysseus is an unemployed actor named Mohandas who’s stuck on the backside of a backwater moon because he won’t pay his taxes. Everybody almost everybody lives forever, and there’s a telepathic Internet that allows the entire population of the galaxy to communicate at will and even experience the world from another person’s perspective.
Return the Heart by T.K. Richardson Return the Heart
By T.K. Richardson

To a casual passerby, Lilly Paige is anything but special. As a seventeen year old, she is faced with all the complications of a teenager, but deep down there is much more. Lilly has a gift, though sometimes it seems to be a curse. She can peer into the hearts of others. Raised by aloof parents, Lilly has been independent her whole life, but soon she will need to rely on her friends to evade an evil that has sold her gift to the highest bidder on the black market. Lilly and her four closest friends are immersed in a dangerous game of cat and mouse, that will not only reveal more about Lilly’s gift, but also her link to an old Russian prophecy. Can Lilly and her friends escape the danger that is so close they can practically feel it? Where will their perilous journey lead them – to darkness or light?
A Garden Enclosed by Rudolph Cluke A Garden Enclosed
By Rudolph Cluke

Against a backdrop of the paranormal and a series of enigmas, two people decide to find love once more and recapture the ongoing need for the human touch. But a mysterious death and a loss that leaves baffled legal and medical authorities alike has everyone asking one question: who is, and where is Marlena McBride?
Spectra by Joanne Elder Spectra
By Joanne Elder

Light years away from Earth a mining exploration crew makes an amazing discovery…intelligent life comprised entirely of energy. This living energy is so pure and unique, it could provide proof of the existence of the human soul. Those exposed to the entities gain unimaginable cognitive abilities but at a terrible cost. A rogue scientific group will do anything to maintain their mind-enhancing gifts, even if it leads to the destruction of the peaceful beings. Only two people stand in their way, and they will sacrifice everything to end the slaughter. Could the quest for the secrets of life lead to the creation of true evil; one so dark it threatens to tear down the walls of sanity and redefine our very existence?
Sad Monsters by Frank Lesser Sad Monsters: Growling on the Outside, Crying on the Inside
By Frank Lesser

Monsters have it tough. Besides being deeply misunderstood, they suffer from very real problems: Mummies have body image issues, Godzilla is going through an existential crisis, and creatures from the black lagoon face discrimination from creatures from the white lagoon. At heart, these monsters are human; after all, you are what you eat. This book documents the trials and tribulations of all the undead creatures monster-mad readers have grown to love, from vampires and werewolves, to chupacabras and sphinxes, and even claw-footed bathtubs.
Can’t wait for my TGT review? Read my NY Journal of Books review here.
Remnant: An Anthology by Roland Allnach Remnant: An Anthology
By Roland Allnach

When all that’s left is broken, which piece do you pick up first? Remnant: An Anthology is comprised of three novellas linked in theme by characters seeking self-truth, redemption and their moral center. In “All the Fallen Angels” a convicted war criminal attempts to make peace with his past. In “Enemy, I Know You Not” a military officer that was captured and tortured tries to find his loyalty in an abyss of suspected betrayals. And in “Remnant” the survivor of a global pandemic is confronted with the prospect of making peace with his memories when other survivors attempt to bring him back from self-imposed isolation.
Machinations by J.S. Breving Machinations
By J.S. Breving

Drew is an impressionable and ill-at-ease youth who grows up in the quirky, rural town of Eastern. With the help of his best friend Anjali, he struggles to find the real truth hidden just beneath the surface of this seemingly idyllic community.
A thousand years in the future: Varik Vermillion, born and raised a child prodigy, at the age of 17 became the youngest tenured professor in the astrophysics department at the esteemed San Francisco Academy. Disgruntled and now in his mid-20’s, he impulsively takes a plunge forsaking his “chosen” profession to enter the world of politics. Soon Varik realizes he has merely traded in one set of shackles for another, but in the political arena darker influences are at work. After a few missteps and mischances, his life takes a series of stark and unforeseen turns.
In a shocking twist, these ostensibly disparate worlds become intertwined on multiple levels — and now, the survival of both worlds may depend on the success (or failure) of both Drew and Varik.
Every Savage Can Reproduce by Enid Wilson Every Savage Can Reproduce
By Enid Wilson

Inspired by Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, this science fiction novel takes the original themes of facing the barrier of class distinction and overcoming their faults, but puts them in new far-future lives. In the 39th Century, Elizabeth Bennet is accused of luring Fitzwilliam Darcy to an illegal establishment, which leads to their exile deep in the centre of a rebel planet. The subsequent galactic war exposes dark secrets regarding the autocratic Queen Immortal. Will Elizabeth and Darcy discover their love for one another and find their way back to Earth?
Bridging the Gap: The 7th Day by H. Donald Daae Bridging the Gap: The 7th Day Who was early man Vol. 2 Age of Phenomenal Accomplishments
By H. Donald Daae, P. Geol.

Can science verify some of the stories in the Bible? Were Adam and Eve truly the first man and woman on Earth? After studying the Earth for several decades, professional geologist and self-identified Christian H. Donald Daae has compiled his findings in this book. Bridging the Gap answers questions about the origin of early man. Daae says scientists and the faithful are not so far apart in their beliefs. Many stories of the Bible, like Noah’s flood, can be confirmed by evidence on Earth, according to Daae. Bridging the Gap is for all who have wondered how the Bible and science can be complimentary.
The Mere Future by Sarah Schulman The Mere Future
By Sarah Schulman

Set sometime in the not-too-distant future, this is a dystopian satire about urban mores and gentrification gone awry. New York City has morphed into an idealized version of itself, the result of what the newly elected mayor calls “The Big Change.” Rent is cheap, homelessness is over, and everyone works in Marketing. But all is not as it seems, when a prominent New Yorker commits a murder, and the resulting trial transfixes the city.
Can’t wait for my TGT review? Read my NY Journal of Books review here.
The Atlantis Key, Book 1, by Natalie MacGregor The Atlantis Key, Book 1
By Natalie MacGregor

Ruby Star has been marked as a savior, and she doesn’t even know it yet. From the moment the demon king first saw her through his looking-glass when she was six years old, it was established that she was the one for whom he and his people had been waiting nearly ten thousand years. She was the one who would liberate them from their imprisonment, and put an end to their nemeses, Aynejel — the leader of the faction of faeries who destroyed Atlantis and banished the demons from their home world.
The Ordinary Life and Extraordinary Death of Josh Turner by David Treciak The Ordinary Life and Extraordinary Death of Josh Turner
By David Treciak

Josh Turner wasn’t happy about dying. In fact, he was downright infuriated about it. All his life he’d heard about other people’s deaths — in a bus crash on the freeway or a ship sinking in the ocean — and think to himself, “I’m glad it wasn’t me.” But now it was him. And all he could do was wait for the end, when he would find himself crossing over to … where exactly?
Get a glimpse of where, as you share Josh’s last weeks on Earth. Enter the chaotic world of his eccentric friends, A.J. Aria and “Backwards” George, who simply refuse to let him rest in peace. Careen through the cosmos with an all-knowing extraterrestrial named Max, who offers to reveal the secrets of the universe — that is, if you ask nicely. Above all, see how a life, no matter how ordinary, can have extraordinarily far-reaching consequences.
Hiding Space by Linda Andrews Hiding Space
By Linda Andrews

Commander Brongill of Da’Hap heads the expedition to Earth in hopes of finding the survivors of an ancient crash and the key to Terrill’s survival. But Brongill knows first-hand how his race treats its saviors and decides to spare the human hybrids a torturous death by making certain they never reach Terrill. His mind is firmly set on revenge until he meets her …
Alderina Wedgen wants nothing more than to raise her three children in peace. What she gets is kidnapped by aliens, seduced by a secretive commander and nearly blown-up. Facing a common enemy, she has no choice but to form an alliance with a man who once considered killing her — a man who is relentless in pursuing what he wants.
But while the universe is vast, Ally and Brongill soon find that there is no hiding space and to survive the trip they’ll have to risk more than their hearts and lives.
Dormant Enhancement by Jack Richards Dormant Enhancement
By Jack Richards

It was clear to everyone that the public schools were failing. The causes were varied: increasing parental absence, a negative peer group influence, and a sexualized, media-driven marketplace. To combat these problems, a program called Dormant Enhancement was developed by a team of educators and scientists. By the year 2018, it was the law of the land. Now all children on their 12th birthday are required to enter the program — no exceptions. They are placed in individualized cubicles to receive uninterrupted programming and to avoid negative pressures from their peers. They graduate on their 16th birthday, in every way superior to their counterparts of the previous century. The nation is delighted with the results. It’s 2024, and Sharon Bradbury’s husband has just died. They have been living on their ranch in the Australian Outback, where they’ve been raising their two boys, 11-year-old Eric and 8-year-old Brock. Sharon’s parents have invited her and the boys to return to live with them in Carmel, Calif. Grieving and lonely, she accepts — not realizing that Eric, who was born in the U.S. just before they moved, is required to enter the Dormant Enhancement program. When she fights to keep her son out of the system, she makes a discovery that puts her life and the lives of those she loves in danger.

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