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Published: Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014 9:03 p.m. CDT

Book: "Project (Baby) Management

Author: Dawn Karlovsky of Algonquin

Publisher: Self-published through CreateSpace

Synopsis: Time saving tips, checklists, spreadsheets and creative technology ideas to efficiently organize, prepare and raise babies through toddlers

Information: www.projectbabymanagement.com

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Book: "Fate Rode The Wind"

Author: Larry D. Quick of rural McHenry County, a former Crystal Lake Middle School teacher

Publisher: Self-published through iUniverse

Synopsis: The Great Depression tore countless American lives, families, and dreams apart. As the country struggled to survive against unimaginable domestic challenges, tensions across the sea would soon draw the world into a war beyond imagination. The stories of bravery and sacrifice made by those who fought in that world war are familiar to us, but it is often in the smaller stories that aren’t told that a new perspective can be found. The Quinn family of Illinois has suffered alongside their neighbors during the Great Depression, but unlike many, they have never lost sight of the promise of better times ahead. The Depression is showing signs of lifting, and the family risks it all for their own dream. Together for whatever the future might bring, the family moves into a primitive farmhouse on their newly acquired land, hoping for salvation and independence. Life is bleak in those first years, as no amount of hard work can create a profit from the unyielding land. Over his wife’s objections, Milburn Quinn makes a bold decision to present his children with a gift. Although it is intended to keep them grounded and entertained, this gift comes with dire consequences for all. Set in a time when the world’s norms are being turned upside down like the sod behind a plow, Fate Rode the Wind tells a story of one family’s undying patriotism, unending trials, and unconditional love.

Information: http://bookstore.iuniverse.com

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Book: "Algonquin"

Author: Cort Fernald of Nebraska, formerly of Algonquin

Publisher: Self-published, 2013

Synopsis: When Royce Partridge learns his boyhood pal Toby Bergman is dying of cancer, he returns to the small town of Algonquin, Illinois, on teh Fox River, where they grew up. Royce left Algonquin 40 years ago. Progress in the form of strip malls, subdivisions and congested traffic has changed hte once bucolic river town. Royce surprises Toby in the hospital, where he's slipping fast. Royce stays in Algonquin at a quaint Victorian bed and breakfast. Despite the heavy hand of progress, Royce can see the small town he and Toby raced mopeds around as teenagers. But it is down on the banks of the Fox River that Royce relives the wild adventure he, Toby and two other friends had the summer of 1961 before they started high school.

Information: Available at Amazon.com

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Book: "Sisters' Secret"

Author: Cort Fernald of Nebraska, formerly of Algonquin

Publisher: Self-published, 2014

Synopsis: Still emotionally shattered after six months, Mike Smith grieves for his beloved wife, Becky, after her rape, mutilation and murder. At a class reunion, Mike learns Grace, a girl he dated in high school, and her younger sister, Chastity, were abducted and raped. Like those who raped Mike's wife, the girls' rapists were never caught. Fixated, Mike is bent on bringing to justice the criminals who raped Grace and her sister. His investigation leads him to members of his high school basketball team and all the way up to a powerful state politician. To expose the rapists, Mike will have to put his life on the line.

Information: Available at Amazon.com

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Book: "Mrs. O'Leary's Cow"

Author: Ryan Patrick Sullivan of Crystal Lake

Publisher: Self-published, 2014

Synopsis: Why would an alcoholic Chicago homicide detective question the motives of a drummer from a freshly signed rock-blues band? Why does he keep interviewing an elderly widower with dementia? What are an identity-concealing stripper, a bisexual kleptomaniac, a suicidal hot dog cart vendor, a Catholic priest, and a leggy bartender with a crescent-shaped scar on her pretty face hiding from him? These are the people Detective Carter Woodbine must drink in to solve the mystery in Mrs. O’Leary’s Cow. The gumshoe searches for answers at an Irish pub (Mrs. O'Leary's Cow) where he sifts through the grit of its patrons and occasionally finds flecks of gold. Amongst his digging for truths, he unearths enigmas buried deeply within the soil of these people of interest, and even some of his own. But will all the digging and dirt lead to somewhere other than his own grave?

Information: Available at Amazon.com

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Book: "I See Iris"

Author: Chris Johnson of Crystal Lake

Publisher: Tate Publishing and Enterprises, 2014

Synopsis: On reign, the purpose of life is not questioned. Success is grounded in hard work, monetary worth, and above all, your ability to stay on Reign. Those who can't conform, those who don't fit the mold, spend their lives in the under, the asylum for the criminally different. While trying to avoid such a fate, Detective Kane and his biographer Timmothy must investigate their society's first serial killer, all while tackling the abnormal and preserving the fragments of their remaining sanity.

Information: www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore

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Book: "The Reporter, Part 1 – Rise and Fall

Author: Peter J. Gallanis of Crystal Lake

Publisher: Self-published at Booklocker.com

Synopsis: Based on a real cold case, "The Reporter" follows the life of Nic Pappas, a young investigative newspaper reporter with the Palatine Star, who is assigned on his first day on the job to cover a cold murder case known as The Brown’s Chicken Massacre. Pappas meets and falls in love with the beautiful Mary Jane Santos, who lost her brother Roland, Jr. in the tragedy. Due to the ethical standards of the journalism industry that forbid reporters to get personally involved with their sources, their relationship becomes one of unrequited love. After months on the job, Pappas, now an award-winning reporter, comes to believe the only way to end his ethical dilemma is to solve the Brown’s case. Pappas and Santos make a pledge to catch the killers, sending them on a journey to find her brother’s murderers.

Information: https://peterjgallanis.wordpress.com/

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Book: "Woodstock: A Story of Middle Americans"

Author: Bill Tammeus, formerly of Woodstock

Publisher: Self-published through AuthorHouse, 2014

Synopsis: From the middle of the Twentieth Century and, often, from the middle of the United States came people Bill Tammeus describes as Middle Americans. This book is about why they mattered and how America is different today because of their values, approaches and adaptability as they faced and even helped to shape the enormous changes that have swept across American life in the last seventy or more years. This is both a highly personal story of the author's roots and experiences as a representative Middle American as well as a much broader story of people who have made an enormous difference in their communities and their nation.

Information: Also the author of "They Were Just People: Stories of Rescue in Poland During the Holocaust" and "Gift of Meaning" available at Amazon.com and www.barnesandnoble.com

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Book: "ICE Blue"

Author: Susan Rae Marotta

Publisher: Musa Publishing

Synopsis: Fifty percent suspense, fifty percent romance, ICE blue continues the story of the DeLuca family introduced in heartbeats, focusing on Angela, the youngest of the DeLuca siblings. The novel explores what happens when ICE (Immigrations and Customs Enforcement) Agent, Troy Deavers, of the warm Caribbean eyes and smooth southern drawl, falls in love with the lovely but infuriating Angela, a Chicago Fire Department Paramedic. When the mother of an abandoned baby is found dead on the ’L’ tracks and Angela goes against protocol to protect another young Asian girl and her unborn baby from becoming victims of the war on illegal immigration, Troy is more than frustrated. With a relationship which grows as passionate as the suspense situation is desperate, Angela and Troy work together in the end to unearth a human trafficking scheme that spans three continents. In the process, both learn to trust and love again.

Information: Also the author of "Heartbeats" and "Freefall," available at www.musapublishing.com and www.susanrae.com

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Book: "The Devil's Serum"

Author: Ashliegh Wolfgang of Crystal Lake

Publisher: Self-published by CreateSpace

Synopsis: When Christian met the girl that would become the love of his life, he thought it was the most amazing thing that could ever happen. It wasn't even close to the most amazing thing that happened that day. Christian discovers he has become immortal after drinking from a mysterious silver flask. Is this a gift or a curse? This is book 1 of the Ramblings of the Damned Series. The following books in the series are "The Devil's Folly" and "The Devil's Apprentice."

Information: www.ashlieghwolfgang.com

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Book: "Slip Into The Night" and its sequel, "Deep Into The Night"

Author: Tracie Ingersol Loy of Johnsburg

Publisher: Musa Publishing, 2011, 2013

Synopsis: Jeannie Rogers has retreated to Hartz Island to follow her dream of opening a small cafe and catering for the Lodge. Retired Navy SEAL Commander Kip Hendricks has one mission in life - to stop terrorism. He and his crew have arrived on Hartz Island for a surveillance op - monitoring Indonesian cargo ships which they believe are being used to smuggle terrorists into the USA. They bunker down at the Lodge to discuss tactics.

From the moment Jeannie falls into Kip's arms while delivering her pies, both worlds are turned upside down. Things continue to heat up when they spend a night out on the water, then discover the hidden cove where the terrorist have slipped into the the night. Intrigue and romance sizzle as Jeannie and Kip explore the intense attraction they have for each other while discovering that life is not so innocent on Hartz Island!

Information: www.tracieloy.com,www.musapublishing.com

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Book: "The Responsive Universe: Meditations and Daily Life Practices"

Author: John C. Bader of Wauconda

Publisher: Self-published through AuthorHouse, 2012

Synopsis: The Responsive Universe is a handbook to enlightenment. Within these pages are refreshing and insightful revelations, wisdom, practices designed to help the reader find happiness in a world of indifference. Through instinctual energy and insight, the Responsive Universe offers a succinct vision of your True Nature - your intrinsic, immortal potential for reaching enlightenment that exists within the mind of every sentient being. Much like clouds can obscure blue sky; the Responsive Universe illuminates a less trodden path of mindfulness and clarity with the goal of suffering less and connecting to that inner voice within that speaks wisdom and truth. Within the inviting realm of the Responsive Universe, John C. Bader will discuss living with an open mind, creation, de-construction of organized religion, karma, energy healing, coping with loss, abuse and a complete life changing shift in social mainstream perception. Additionally, a portion of the profits for this book will be donated to help fight and cure cancer. Join John C. Bader on your very own journey to self-actualization and enlightenment. Are you ready to leave the social static of the ego driven world and embrace true illumination, happiness and understanding? Your journey begins now and as you will soon find, positivity and possibility are boundless when you live in a Responsive Universe.

Information: [ http://www.responsiveuniverse.com ]www.responsiveuniverse.com

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Book: "Morton's Fork"

Author: Dale Coy

Publisher: Windy City Publishers, 2012

Synopsis: Roger Hartley is a dedicated old-school physician who prides himself on knowing his patients by name and promptly returning their calls. But squeezed by the new economics of health care, his tidy world begins to unravel when an uninsured patient slaps him with a frivolous lawsuit. At the mercy of an unjust legal system, Hartley reaches his breaking point and commits a rash act that unexpectedly thrusts him into the center of a hot-button political issue. Chaos ensues as the worlds of law and medicine collide. The original malpractice lawsuit becomes the least of Hartley’s troubles.

Information: http://dalecoymd.com/

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Book: "No Innocent Affair: Making Right the Wrong of Adultery"

Author: Edward F. Mrkvicka Jr.

Publisher: Tate Publishing, 2011

Synopsis: An avid student of the Word, Ed Mrkvicka addresses the fact that adultery is one of the main contributors to the destruction of the American family and seeks to reverse this terrifying statistic. Mrkvicka posits that few who engage in adulterous relationships realize the enormity of the cost of infidelity, both to themselves and innocent people in their lives. Beginning by comparing God's view of adultery to society's view, No Innocent Affair explains in frank yet loving terms that unrepentant adultery is more than just an innocent affair. It is choosing Satan over Jesus and death over life. Mrkvicka desires to lead adulterers to repentance and eternal life with Jesus Christ. Most importantly, No Innocent Affair takes you on a step-by-step biblical progression that leads to the sin of adultery being forgiven and salvation reclaimed. Infidelity is no easy subject to discuss, but it is one that must be addressed.

Information: www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore

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Book: "Into The Dark Water: The Story of Three Officers and PT-109" (also "Sunk In Kula Gulf" in 2012 and "Lost at Guadalcanal: The Final Battles of the Astoria and Chicago as Described by Survivors and in Official Reports" 2010)

Author: John J. Domagalski of Lake in the Hills

Publisher: Potomac Books, 2014

Synopsis: This book provides the complete record of PT-109 in the Pacific, as well as a valuable glimpse of how the American Navy’s daring and initiative found its full playing field in World War II.

Information: www.pacificwarauthor.com/

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Book: "Jitter's Golden Poems"

Author: Marlene Cutchin of Carpentersville

Publisher: America Star Books, 2012

Synopsis: A variety of poems written from the 70's until 2012. Included are patriotic, love, humorous, holiday, Las Vegas and more.

Information: Amazon.com

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Book: "Angels and the Angel of Light," among many other titles

Author: Grampa Ed of Woodstock

Publisher: America Star Books, 2013

Synopsis: This book is designed to be a book to learn more of the Bible. It deals with the Angels listed in the Bible only and goes through the Bible, book by book telling what, where, why, they are there. Also it deals some on the biggest fallen angel. Satin (Angel of Light) in the last part and again goes through the Bible. It is written by a layperson for laypeople so they do not get lost while reading and studying the Bible. The author also has put words behind other words, so you understand those words better, with the print being done in different ways, so you the reader you can follow easier. Not only is this book idea for single students, it can also be used for group studying.

Information: http://sbpra.com/grampaed/

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Book: "The Butterfly Sister"

Author: Amy Gail Hansen, formerly of Woodstock and Algonquin

Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks, 2013

Synopsis: Ten months after dropping out of all-girl Tarble College, Ruby Rousseau is still haunted by the memories of her senior year, a time marred by an affair with her English professor and a deep depression that caused her to question her sanity. When a mysterious suitcase arrives bearing Ruby's name and address, she tries to return it to its rightful owner, Beth—a dorm-mate at Tarble—only to learn that Beth disappeared two days earlier. With clues found in the luggage, including a tattered copy of Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One's Own, which Ruby believes instigated her madness, she sets out to uncover the truth.

Information: www.amygailhansen.com

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Book: "31 Days of Thanks"

Author: Heather Marie Starks of Crystal Lake

Publisher: Self-published through America Star Books

Synopsis: 31 Days of Thanks takes you on a journey of self-discovery and gives you a peek into the personal text messages my dad and I shared during his battle with cancer. Life is very short give yourself something to be thankful for every day, no matter how big or small pick something to be thankful for.

Information: Amazon.com

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