Author Spotlight: Stuart Waldner

Activist and author Stuart Waldner is up to release his debut novel ‘Escape the Meatrix: Eat Plants, Feel Great, and Save the Planet!’ this October 11, under Houndstooth Press. But before we talk about the exciting details of his upcoming book, let’s get to know Stuart Waldner.

Stuart Waldner is an author/activist of the upcoming book ‘Escape the Meatrix: Eat Plants, Feel Great, and Save the Planet!’. The book Escape the Meatrix was written after Stuart switched to a plant-based diet in 2008. 

Stuart Waldner is living in Lexington, Kentucky, in the United States. Lexington, Kentucky, is one of the country’s poorer and least educated areas with unhealthy individuals. Despite this, it’s one of the most beautiful places filled with genuine people, which Stuart appreciates. Growing up, Stuart witnessed those around him become ill, so he decided to make some changes in his lifestyle that could offer him the best chance to avoid the illnesses he saw in his relatives and the people he grew up with. In 1985, when Stuart was 23, he stopped eating meat and started exercising. It was not until 2008 that Stuart entirely went with a plant-based lifestyle. People may see it as a foolish decision, but Stuart’s life experiences prove that it was a big, good decision.

After transitioning to a plant-based lifestyle, Stuart discovered the connection between food choices and global crises such as climate change. The more Stuart learned about the statistical data that links dietary choices and the current global crisis, the more he was eager to convince other people to wake up.

When not advocating, Stuart Waldner spends his free time playing with his dogs, cooking plant-based foods, running, and restoring his 128-year-old Victorian home. Stuart’s doctor and the people around him can’t help but notice his excellent health—all thanks to a plant-based lifestyle.

 ‘Escape the Meatrix: Eat Plants, Feel Great, and Save the Planet!’ is an environmental, health, and wellness nonfiction book which features personal experience and data supported with research and scientific evidence. Here, Stuart Waldner boldly tells the truth about the Meatrix and how it led people to believe that animal-based products are natural and necessary when it was only conditioned to use them. Supported by science and research, the book illustrates how switching to a plant-based lifestyle can positively affect and improve a person’s health. It also averts the effects of climate change which can be a more significant problem for future generations. Stuart Waldner invites the readers to challenge the status quo and don’t sway with the growing animal-based consumers. The evidence is presented in the book. It’s up to you to decide whether you accept the action or stay the same.

You can check out and pre-order Escape the Meatrix: Eat Plants, Feel Great, and Save the Planet! on Amazon.

For more information about Stuart Waldner, you can visit his website. Find her on Facebook and Instagram.

Author Spotlight: Steven Joseph

Steven Joseph is an attorney and a remarkable writer. He experienced writing comprehensive legal briefs to pen award-winning non-fiction for children and adults. Aside from that, Steven is also a professional negotiator, marathon runner, and comedian whose humor can be seen significantly in his books. He lives in Hoboken, New York, and is a proud father of a grown-up daughter, Vita.

Steven is also a Holocaust survivor’s son, which explains his recognition and celebration of his Jewish heritage. Most of his writings circle the concept of survival and crankiness, which came from the household he grew up in, and the acknowledgment he has learned through his Zen practice. As a crankiness expert, Steven Joseph can help manage one’s emotions, embrace inner crankiness, and improve communication with friends and family.

Steven’s goal as a writer is to tell a story that nobody ever imagines. He wants to tell a funny story but, at the same time, has an important lesson for the readers to ponder. He wishes his readers to come away with an optimistic view of themselves and their world through his books. 

Steven also mentions having a great time collaborating with his illustrator Andy Case. After putting the story into blocks, he describes what exactly he sees in the scene. Andy will then add pleasant surprises unto Steven’s vision. Both are open to changes and mutually supportive of each other. Steven Joseph’s books are put to life by Andy Case, a long-time and experienced freelance illustrator and cartoonist from Nottingham, UK. You can find more about Andy Case on his website.

If you could share one piece of advice with other writers, what would it be?

 “I have a story on my website called “Can’t Make This Stuff Up CrankaTsuris.” We always say that you can’t make this stuff up when the unusual happens. I turn that around and say that when you go through the same motions every day, it becomes your rut. And you get cranky! So, never be afraid to use your imagination to make stuff up.” – Steven Joseph.

Steven Joseph has written a couple of books, namely A Grown-up Guide to Effective Crankiness: The CrankaTsuris Method and the Mom’s Choice Award-winning Book The Last Surviving Dinosaur: The TyrantoCrankaTsuris. His upcoming book Snoodles, Kidoodles, Poodles, and Lots and Lots of Noodles is a feel-good, smell-good, and taste-good story for children (as well as children at heart) that is up for an early January 2022 release! 

When asked about Steven Joseph’s plan for future books, he mentioned that he plans to write a second Grown-up Guide to Effective Crankiness! He is also working on a story with Willy Nilly, Dilly Dally, and Nervous Nelly as the main characters. There’s no news yet, but it’s going to be a fun read as well. Steven urges the readers to stay tuned for more updates!

You can check out his books at Amazon.

For more information about Steven Joseph, you can visit his website or find him on Facebook and Instagram.

Finding Self-Sufficiency in Babe in the Woods

May involve taking advice from strangers.

Self-sufficiency requires identifying three things: what’s within your control, what’s beyond, and what falls in-between. Yvonne Wakefield tells how she finds all three in Babe in the Woods: Self Portrait, a story of what happened after building a log cabin for herself as a young adult. After the unfortunate death of her parents, Wakefield uses what little money she has left to her name to purchase land and build a home by herself. Whether you grew up in the city or in a rural area, her story of perseverance and self-sufficiency will inspire and likely remind you of your own experiences.

In a similar fashion to how she learned a lot while building her home in Babe in the Woods: Building a Life One Log at a Time, she begins a new chapter of her life upon purchasing a truck. She quickly learns how being “safe” can take on many different meanings. For instance, she appreciates the safety offered by the canopy from rain and heavy coastal fogs. That being said, it is not enough to protect her sketchbook from the morning moisture and she quickly learns to wrap it in a plastic bag before sleeping. Despite the safety offered by the canopy from the rain, she also understands it cannot provide safety from greater dangers. She spends many sleepless nights on the roadside watching headlights whizz by. She found it most helpful to practice drawing a gun, aiming, and being threatening overall, with a fierce “I shoot first… ask questions later”. 

Whenever things became overwhelmingly tough on her journey, she was lucky enough to obtain advice from both strangers and new friends. Some of this advice was important, such as how her friend Del told her to always watch for ripped up stumps and windfalls because those were signs that the bears were out and about. Some of this advice was painful, such as keeping whiskey on hand for when injuries occurred; she notes that whisky is good for not only wounds, but also for loneliness. 

Perhaps one of the best pieces of advice she got was also the simplest; so long as you keep warm and fed, you will survive. She had no time to be self-absorbed because crying over her losses was a luxury she could not afford; she instead kept her eyes on the prize of survival and focused on staying warm and fed. 

In times of self-doubt and fear, Wakefield worried that the glue holding her together might crack. She makes a conscious effort to keep herself intact by focusing on herself and having confidence in the many skills she’s acquired along her journey. While most readers will not find themselves in this exact situation of living alone in a homemade log cabin, Babe in the Woods: Self Portrait will still inspire you to be self-sufficient in whatever environment you spend time in.

A Romany and an Englishman in Always a Princess

Will their love prevail?

If you start reading Clyve Rose’s Always a Princess and find yourself waiting for the classic meet-cute, such as the handsome prince catching the enchanting gaze of the prettiest girl at the ball, it is time to throw that expectation out the window. Like much of the historical romance genre, this novel will more than satisfy your cravings for smoldering desire, fiery passion, and the excitement of uncontrollable love. Unlike much of the historical romance genre, this story begins with a gunshot, a Romany family who exists on the outskirts of the English, and a very angry Princess.

If you find yourself confused on who the “Romany” people are, look no further than the Author’s note at the end. Rose explains the background of the disconnect between calling this population “gypsies” versus “Romany”. By supplying you with both contextual information on the Romany and a bit of their language, Rose differentiates herself from the rest of the genre to guarantee that you will want stick around for the rest of this three-book series.

Although you may already be familiar with the ins and outs of how the English live in the Regency period, Rose kickstarts this series by throwing a Romany family into the mix. Princess Syeira, the oldest daughter of the Romany King, takes on the unfortunate duty of witnessing her oldest brother Valkin in a duel that ultimately forces her to cross paths with Englishman Captain Warwick “Wil” Clifton.

Syeira struggles to control her emotions when tending to her brother’s resulting injuries since he is “sher-engro”, meaning Head of the House in Romany. While the extent of the damages Wil had inflicted were unbeknownst to him at the time, Syeira’s unfiltered temper immediately clued him in. This duel set into motion a story of two people from opposite cultures who met by chance, blend them together in a whirlwind of emotion and erotic tension.

            Rose gives life to Syeira’s character in a way that surpasses any stereotypical gypsy tendencies you might have expected. From the moment he first lays eyes on her, Wil is intrigued to say the least. Initially torn between admiring and fearing her wild spirit, he struggles to keep his feet on the ground around this woman who he instinctively knows would make a great wife. In stark contrast to the English women he has grown accustomed to, Wil quickly learns to respect Syeira’s devotion to the House of Brishen and the mighty strength of her moral standards.

            Despite existing in a world where the English and the Romany have different mindsets and codes of conduct, Wil and Syeira throw caution to the wind in Always a Princess, the first of a three-book series. Find your copy on Amazon now.

I Found My Love for Poetry in Tears of Change

Even if You’re Not a Poetry Person, You’re Going to Love It!

I never saw myself as a poetry person. No, wait! That’s a lie. In school, I would use my journal to scribble small pieces of poetry (or at least, my attempt at that). But over time, I forgot about it because I didn’t think it meant anything. Now, years later, I’m inundated with so many book recommendations from friends who read and love poetry that I had to give it a fair shot.

Even so, up until most recently, I hadn’t picked up a single book of poems. It wasn’t until I watched a book reading by an author and instantly fell in love with the form. Debbie Monteggia, the author of “Tears of Change,” read two of her most-liked poems, both so touching! They made a home in my heart.

Debbie’s poem brought back those old memories, and it hit me. Those squiggles weren’t “nothing.” They were the most fluid expressions of my deepest feelings, freewheel dreams, and pure child-like imagination. “Tears of Change,” as I learned, was Debbie’s way of channeling her thoughts and feelings to cope with anxiety. She hopes her poems resonate with the readers and inspire them in more ways than one. The verses that stuck with me are “A Child of God,” “Friendship,” and “A Mother’s Love.”

As you can tell, Debbie’s book sure has made a significant impression on me.Although my journey is different from hers, so many of her poems struck a mutual chord. They hit a little too close to home. You don’t need to be experiencing the same things as the poet to feel those emotions after reading these delicate yet impactful words. For me, the poems that stuck with me were “A Child of God,” “Friendship,” and “A Mother’s Love.”

As you go through the poems, you’re likely to feel the full range of emotions that you experienced in a while. The theme may be drawn from our day-to-day life, but the poem will help you appreciate things in a whole new light. You’ll learn to acknowledge them, be grateful for, and love them with all your heart.

I guess that’s the beauty of poetry. It tugs at the strings of your heart, creating nothing less than a sweet melody. Even if it’s sometimes drenched in tears–washing your sorrows away. Poetry also reminds us to pause and admire our surroundings, our relationships, our blessings that we may take for granted ever so often. It evokes a calm, soothing realization of the present and appreciation for the past. It prompts us to get in touch with our innermost selves to bring out the best of what we have to offer to the world around us.

“Tears of Change” by Debbie Monteggia delivers joy, tears, comfort, and so much more. But most of all, it inspires people like me and you to appreciate the gifts we’ve received. And encourages us to think of our life as the greatest gifts of all!

For anyone who loves poetry, this book is a must-read. Those of you who’re like me, unsure of your liking for poems, please give “Tears of Change” a chance. Who knows, you too might end up loving it. I highly recommend you get your copy today. You can thank me later.

A Fat Girl’s Confidence – Must Read

In a time where society has declared that skinny is good and fat is bad, Patrice Shavone Brown has written a must-read for every girl who has or is struggling with weight. In A Fat Girl’s Confidence, Brown proclaims that being healthy and confident no longer equates only to being skinny. She provides you with the tools necessary to build self-esteem and confidence, to find beauty from within as a fat girl.

Having been labeled as obese at the age of 30, Brown writes from personal experience. She both learned to manage her weight and accept the shape of her body. She also acknowledges that throughout her journey, it was not easy to learn to love herself amidst all the hurtful comments from family members.

We live in a time where everyone feels the need to make snap judgements and seemingly innocent remarks such as, “You look like you’ve lost weight!”. These comments often come at a time when we do not want them and certainly do not need them. Instead of promising instant progress or gratification from reading her book, she recognizes that confidence must be built and strengthened through repetition. If you continue to always look to others for a stamp of approval, it will be very hard to give yourself permission to be confident.

A portion of A Fat Girl’s Confidence is dedicated toward a seven-day workbook of exercises meant to boost the beauty and self-love everyone can find within. Each day begins with a positive affirmation, inspirational wisdom, and then finishes with an activity to help you feel comfortable and confident in your body. The first few days focus on loving and being happy with who you are, while convincing yourself that you are more than enough. The last few days acknowledge the strength that can be found from associating with other fat girls, complete with a final affirmation of confidence.

The second half of the book stresses the importance and benefits of journaling. Brown insists that writing down your thoughts is a great way to monitor your overall mental health and wellbeing. In doing so, you can not only track patterns of positive or negative thoughts, but also reduce stress and feel as if you vented to a close friend. Taking this a step further, she also reminds readers that they are not alone. Sharing stories and supporting other fat girls can be a fruitful learning experience for all.

Depending on what stage of confidence you are at, you may find some parts of this book more helpful than others. Perhaps the daily activities will be the most crucial in starting your fat girl journey off on the right food. Or maybe the participation in daily journaling groups with other fat girls will unlock new doors, new areas of self-actualization. Either way, you will feel a sense of great accomplishment when you reach the end. The final pledge will, without a doubt, solidify the dedication needed to unleash the bold, beautiful, confident fat girl within you. Order your copy on Amazon now!

A Sci-Fi Rags To Riches Story That Must Be On Your Reading List

The Commander: Guardian of Utopia by Kevin Groh is the rags to riches story of an ordinary teenager. The story begins in Utopia Beta, a planet ravaged by the aftermath of overpopulation and war. The societal division is brutal, and the poor people live in the slums, struggling to find resources. Whereas on the other side of the planet, the riches find their fare by controlling the power through an overtly powerful army.

It is a struggle as old as the ages, and we see it come together in a fascinating Interplanetary coalition. The home base of Utopia Beta is attacked and the small ragtag group of recruits have stayed behind, refusing to accept defeat. They believe that fighting to the end is the only way.  They take command of their situation and risk their lives to fight for their planet.

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The book starts with the protagonist in a military facility, awaiting a bleak future of prosthetic modifications to make him into a soldier. It slowly shows us the underdog’s fight through many adventures, ending in a very satisfying conclusion. For me, this is the highlight of the book. The writer has taken every opportunity to surprise and amaze us. Yet, every plot point in the book has been neatly tied up into a satisfying conclusion. It an incredibly enriching experience.

There is a lot of action in the book, and I am struggling to find a moment when the pace of the story is “slow”. It might come as a surprise for some readers to see that the story moves through a brisk pace with little breathers in the middle, but I love the action and the story has a little bit of bite and punch. The Commander by Kevin Groh delivers the futuristic world conflicts and difficulties really well. It is utterly extraordinary yet entirely plausible.

From the start, The Commander has the building elements of a remarkable sci-fi book. There is an endearing group of misfits who struggle together and strive together to find their place in this brutal and exciting world. They are trained to become soldiers, and nothing comes easy, so it does not feel like the characters are fluffed up. The fact that the story is wrapped in a otherworldly setting is only the cherry on top. There are also many planets and interplanetary relationships to explore in future books, which is why I will be looking forward to the next installments with a lot of excitement. The mean instructors, challenging lessons, and daunting adventures make this book touch the heartstring of every reader who wants to achieve the impossible. Order your copy of The Commander on Amazon now.

5 Books to Achieve Your New Year’s Resolutions

It is no secret; if you wish to change or improve your lifestyle, there’s no better time than the present. It’s the end of what we know, a weary year. But the arrival of the new year brings new hope and a clean slate to start over. Try these books to achieve your new year’s resolutions.

So, stop beating yourself up over the unhealthy habits you may have picked up over the last year. Here’s your chance to set your new year’s resolutions and work on achieving them with some help from the experts. We bring you 5 books to achieve your new year’s resolutions for 2021. Let’s make this year the best one yet. 

Fine by AmyLea Murphy

How often do you find yourself saying you’re “fine” when you’re NOT? If you ever wondered how you could draw the courage to tell the truth, and seek help, we have just the book you need. Fine by AmyLea Murphy uncovers the truth behind the seemingly perfect lives of teenagers. 

The young adult mystery delivers a great story and a much powerful message to the readers. It’s a novel about Anna Williams, a top-ranking student, cheerleader, and model child who suddenly disappears without a trace. Years pass by, yet no one can tell what happened. When her younger sister, Katie, starts going through the missing person’s report, she discovers some disturbing, well-kept secrets of Anna’s life. 

The book encourages the readers to appreciate the life-changing moments that bring out the best of human spirits, resilience, and hope. This year be more yourself, and if you’re struggling, reach out for help. Get your copy of Fine on Amazon today.

A Fat Girl’s Confidence: I’m Fat. So What? by Patrice Brown

If you struggle with body image issues or low self-esteem, then it’s time you step back, look into the mirror, and be kinder to that person. Founder of the “Confident Fat Girl Movement” and author Patrice Brown can help you get there with her book – A Fat Girl’s Confidence: I’m Fat. So What?

For years, the entertainment and advertising industry has promoted an unrealistic standard of a perfect body. They may make you feel fat, ugly, or sloppy. But when you read the book, you will learn why it’s not true. You will learn to love yourself no matter what others tell you. Living by example is Patrice, who very earlier on chose to live her life fat, free, and confident. And she is here to show you how you can achieve it too. 

Get dollops of confidence-boost and a lesson to remember for life. Step into the new year, feeling your best to conquer the world with your beautiful smile. Hurry, order your copy of A Fat Girl’s Confidence: I’m Fat. So What? Now. 

Intermittent Fasting for Dummies by Dr. Janet Bond Brill

If you are like us, you’re involuntary making changes to your lifestyle, habits, and diet with every passing year. Whether you are looking to lose the holiday weight, prevent diseases, or live longer, intermittent fasting can help you reach your goal. Nutrition, health, and fitness specialist, Dr. Janet Bond Brill shares her expert knowledge in the book, Intermittent Fasting for Dummies.

The book guides you to choose the right plan with tips to stick to it. It not only helps you lose weight and body fat but also keep it off. For those who wish to improve their health and prevent disease, the book is a must-read. And that’s not all. You’ll also learn more than 40 deliciously healthy nutritionist-approved meals. 

Intermittent fasting programs are much easier to keep than other traditional, restrictive, and calorie-controlled diets. Hit the check box on your health and fitness goal for the new year. Get Intermittent Fasting for Dummies today.

The Art of Hybrid Timber Framing by Bert Sarkkinen 

Is a home make-over on your list of things? Then why not explore the new Timber Framing for your plush, modern architecture plan? To further explore this option and plan the perfect design for your home, check out The Art of Hybrid Timber Framing by industry expert Bert Sarkkinen. 

Bert is the pioneer of Hybrid Timber Framing. He noticed a void in the market for books giving the consumer a look and feel of timber designs. After the big revival of Hybrid Timber Framing in modern architecture, Bert decided to create a picturesque yet informative book for the end-user. The book showcases his years of experience and mastery in the craft of building and remodeling houses. 

Take advantage of the brilliant ideas, images, and directions as a springboard for your inspiration and planning. This year see your home-reno or building project take form with The Art of Hybrid Timber Framing.

The Commander: Guardian of Utopia by Kevin Groh

For those of you who are avid readers wanting to pursue your dream of becoming a writer, you’ve got to start working on it now. Need some inspiration? Meet Kevin Groh, a passionate gamer and brilliant sci-fi writer of The Commander: Guardian of Utopia, part of the Omni Legend series.

Kevin was always fascinated by the fictional worlds of games and movies. The more he immersed himself in it, the more he enjoyed exploring the stories, creators, and adventures. So, one day, Kevin decided to write his own stories. In his book, he creates a futuristic place called Utopia, which is under the military and corporations’ command. Grinding boot camps, space adventures, and thrilling war scenes against aliens make for a blockbuster read. 

Get inspired, and jet start your writing journey in 2021. Grab your copy of The Commander: Guardian of Utopia on Amazon now.

There is no time like the present, make sure to check out these books to achieve your new year’s resolutions.

There is More to the Internet Than Cat Videos: Come Out to the LA BookFest

If you’re a book purist, there is no substitute for the feel and smell of an actual book in your hand. But if there was ever a time to take a step forward into the digital world, it is now. Your favorite bookstore might be closed, but the LA BookFest proves that literature is still thriving online.

On Saturday, May 9th, the LA BookFest begins. If you’re sheltered at home, it’s high time to give your brain some much-needed exercise and a respite from the boredom. What better way to do it than with like-minded people from around the world? Join your fellow book lovers for a celebration of all things bookish. And after the event streams live, go back and check out all the archived content. LA BookFest is the gift that keeps on giving.

Billions at Play by NJ Ayuk

A Veritable Who’s Who in Established and Up-and-Coming Authors

Whether you’re looking for the latest from some well-established authors or looking for some new talent just making their way into the literary world, the LA BookFest will delight you with its line-up. You’ll start your journey with a keynote speech from NJ Ayuk as he discusses the African energy sector in relation to the current COVID-19 pandemic. And he’s a proper authority on the topic as the author of the Amazon best-seller, Billions at Play, a thoughtful exploratory on the rising energy companies on the African continent.

The Org by Scott Brody

Panels will have a strong focus on current events and how it affects the literary world. Sit down with some of the world’s most respected journalists, including former White House correspondent Dan Lothian and award-winning journalist Deborah Zara Kobylt and others as they candidly discuss: Integrity in Journalism in the Age of Covid-19, Fake News, and Partisan Politics.

Hiding in Plain Sight by Sarah Kenzior

Literature Comes Full Circle

If you feel online literature is some new-fangled oddity for a younger generation and Kindle readers are some Faustian trap to take away your beloved books, here is some food for thought. In the 19th century, most novels came in the form of periodicals, printed weekly or monthly. Even Charles Dicken’s famous The Pickwick Papers was originally published in a serialized format.

The Last Surviving Dinosaur by Steven Joseph

When you attend the LA BookFest you can hear directly form Mitch Albom who’s put a modern, digital twist on this most classic of formats with his new Human Touch. Human Touch is an online serialized story and a current work in progress. Albom is crafting a message of hope in uncertain times, Human Touch helping to transcend the current pandemic in search of a brighter future to come.

So, if you consider yourself a purist, traditionalist, old-fashioned, or just plain stubbornly clinging to those lovely yellowed pages of literary treasure, just know you’re picking up a story in the most traditional of formats, pioneered by the likes of Dickens, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Who’s traditional now?

Trejo’s Tacos Recipes &nStories from L.A. by Danny Trejo

Look at All Those Authors, Speakers, Celebrities, and Thought-Leaders

There is a long list of notable names who are part of the LA BookFest. You are sure to find your favorite, or meet your new favorite among these notables: Bilal Alaji; Mitch Albom; Maria Alexander; NJ Ayuk; Sheryl Benko; Scott Brody; Diana Lee Brown; Jenna Busch; LaFern Cusack; Bob Difornio; John Dracup; Celeste Duckworth; Debra Eckerling; Lisa Goich; Gerald Everett Jones; Steven Joseph; Sarah Kendzior; Kathleen Kaiser; Deborah Kobylt; Paul S. Levine; Dan Lothian; Kiera Lyons; Joanna Dodd Massey, Ph.D.; KJ Matthews; Jonathan Maberry; Monica Matulich; Bill MicCormick; Ray Mitchell, Esq.; Ora Nadrich; Russell Nohelty; Claudia Puig; David Ruggerio; Edgar Scott; Robin Quinn; Ray Richmond; Sue William Silverman; Ryan Southwick; Danny Trejo; and Sara Winokur.

It Is as Easy a Click of the Mouse

Your literary journey is only a click away. Go to LA BookFest to sign up to attend. The LA BookFest is hosted by the Greater Los Angeles Writing Society in conjunction with a host of other sponsors, including such well-known names as  Black Château Enterprises, Books That Make You, TEDxResedaBlvd and plenty more.

These Thrillers Will Keep You Hooked ‘Til The Very Last Page

Is this his vile attempt to stop her from finding her brother and shutting down her access to the vault? Aaaah! Are these clues leading her straight to her…death?

Nothing screams entertainment like a thriller that keeps you at the edge of your seat until you flip the last page. We picked three books that will keep you spellbound this spring.  

DOUBLE BLIND: The Icelandic Manuscript Murders  

Buckle up as Sara Winokur takes you on a wild ride with DOUBLE BLIND: The Icelandic Manuscript Murders. This crime thriller explores Iceland’s cultural landscape, taking you through rural farmsteads and icy fjords to the sophisticated world of DNA forensics.  

A young boy goes missing in North Iceland. Twenty years later, his twin sister Brynja, a forensic geneticist, finds a mysterious poem on her desk. The poem brings her hope that her lost brother might be alive, but as Brynja starts unraveling clues, more poems appear. These poems carry grave consequences for those who receive them: the guard of the medieval manuscript of Icelandic sagas who likely holds the answer to her pressing question, the prime minister’s secretary, and the neighborhood pastor.  

Is this the poet’s vile attempt to stop her from finding her brother, or shut down her access to the vault? Are these clues leading her straight to her death? Aaaah! 

The story rides on the motive behind the poet’s attempt to reach Brynja. Whether he aims to stop her from finding her brother, block her access to the DNA database, or worse, kill her, you will have to find out! 

The Org  

Set in the near future, Scott Brody’s The Org speaks of the effects of the global climate crisis; it faces dire adversities like degrading weather conditions, food scarcity, and heightened panic. 

The EcoParty’s leader, Lee Beloit, uses his charismatic skills to remake his organization after the mysterious murder of one of his followers. He revamps his small cult to create a national movement with a manifesto to fight climate change. Although polling numbers look promising and the movement is gathering positive traction, he and his followers are facing the fight of their lives. When President Leo Pine sends people to battle Org members in the streets, Beloit fights back, pushing his people to the breaking point. As he prepares to declare the Democratic Party nomination for President, journalist Walt Jones gears up to reveal Beloit as the protector of a killer. This book is a journey through a series of precarious events that unfold in the years leading up the campaign.  

If you are someone who enjoys action-packed mysteries in a political backdrop, you’ll love The OrgLearn more about the author and the inspiration behind his book. 

A Wistful Tale of Gods, Men and Monsters 

When a professional fighter turned master chef cooks up a horror story, you don’t want to miss any of the delicious details. Author David Ruggerio’s A Wistful Tale of Gods, Men and Monsters is set in real towns and recognizable places, making the book even spookier to read. 

As autumn arrives, the sleepy village of Brunswick, NY comes alive with holiday hayrides through scenic apple orchards, ghostly corn mazes, and loaded pumpkin patches. One snowy Halloween, a young lad named William Willowsby is faced with fighting evil forces that were guarded against by generations of villagers before him. Not too far from the town, the abandoned Forest Park Cemetery is home to all sorts of vile things just waiting for their chance to poison the world to which they once belonged. With their help, the evil taskmaster, a rare homunculus, weaves a wicked web to snare the youth of the hamlet, and only Will can stop them. 

If this hasn’t spooked you enough, then an eerie schoolhouse, a deserted morgue, and a member from William’s own family are bound to leave you sleepless for days. To know more about David and what he believes is the perfect recipe for a good horror novel, click here.