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Bind Me: A Roommate Romance by Rene Folsom
Synopsis: Lily had a suspicion her new roommate was the type to always take control, no matter what the situation. It wasn’t until she accidentally peeked in on Chaz dominating another woman, that her suspicions were realized. Lily watched with amazement as Chaz masterfully played the female like a sensual instrument, bringing her the most intense gratification Lily had ever witnessed. After witnessing his sexual expertise from a distance and noticing the careful attention he gives to his lovers, Lily wanted nothing more than to have his hands sculpt every inch of her body. Unable to forget the incredibly erotic scene Chaz so skillfully played out, Lily sought to make her desires known by casually submitting to him throughout their daily lives. To her excitement, Chaz invites Lily to his prestigious art show opening at a local gallery. All it takes is a slinky dress, a pair of kitten heels, and a tiny scrap of lace to drive Chaz wild, causing some very heated moments.
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Boob Envy by Shelly (Knowlton) Jones
Synopsis: Shelly is a typical small town Mom overwhelmed with laundry, kids, work, bills and a household to run while trying to just make it through each week. Sane. When her and her husbands’ lives finally start looking up-a nightmare occurs. Now, not only do they have to live in a house riddled with autism, celiac disease and ADHD-Shelly has advanced Cancer. Knowing that age 35 she wouldn’t have many others to confide in, she turned on her laptop and started blogging. “Dear Cancer,” she writes, “You have put me through HELL. For the last 71 days you have invaded my life, messed up my family and made me cry. I think you are a mean, spiteful bastard that doesn’t realize I already have enough on my plate…so for all of the hell you have put me through and all of the hell yet to come all I have to say to you is ‘bring it’. Go ahead: BRING IT. See, what you DON’T know about me, and what not many people know about me, is that I am a fighter…You may sometimes bring us stress & anger & strain & burden, but have you met my kIdS?!?! You got NOTHIN’ on them! They have kicked my a$$ on a daily basis for years in preparation to fight you. They have hardened me, made me stronger & made me who I am today…so I can take you down. I have no other choice than to go through this, so I may as well bring my ‘A’ Game…you know the one. The one where I beat your ass & you never come back. F*ck off and die.” When her small Wisconsin community rallies together to support her family (and her blog!) she realizes she was never fighting this demon alone. Gathering strength and love from them-she pushes through and then past the “cancer mom” stigma to become a small business owner, Author, and SURVIVOR. Jones’ memoir shows her readers the actual process of going through an aggressive, advanced form of cancer. It is dark at times, emotional, humorous, and straight up REAL. No other book about breast cancer provides the informative raw emotion that Boob Envy shares.
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Jaded Nightmares by Sarah Lazowski
Synopsis: The woman in this book tries desperately to make her nightmares and visions stop so that she can live a normal life, whatever that is. She fears for her sanity and her life, only wanting these nightmares to end. She hopes by telling the stories of all the things she sees and lives through while meditating and dreaming, that things will change and she can move on with her life. The question is, will she live long enough to be able to accomplish what she set out to do?
Jaded Nightmares is a novel made up of short stories that tie into each other in a small way.
The Healthy Girl’s Guide to Breast Cancer by Christine Egan
Genre: Self Help/Memoir
Synopsis: Cancer stories usually start with some kind of struggle or fight. This story starts with a song. “You may ask yourself, well, how did I get here? You may say to yourself, my God, what have I done? These words rang true for Christine Egan. Many questions and stories circulate about cancer. Are you telling yourself you are a victim of cancer? Are you worried the cancer will come back? Are you stuck in the role of being sick? Egan made a conscious choice to tell a different story. The Healthy Girl’s Guide to Breast Cancer is part memoir and part guide revealing the all-too-true story of cancer in this country with a healthy twist. Rest assured-this is not a cancer story; it’s a story about health and wellness.
Help for the Haunted by John Searles
Synopsis: Sylvie Mason’s parents have an unusual occupation—helping “haunted souls” find peace. After receiving a strange phone call one winter’s night, they leave the house and are later murdered in an old church in a horrifying act of violence. A year later, Sylvie is living in the care of her older sister, who may be to blame for what happened to their parents. Now, the inquisitive teenager pursues the mystery, moving closer to the knowledge of what occurred that night—and to the truth about her family’s past and the secrets that have haunted them for years. Capturing the vivid eeriness of Stephen King’s works with the compelling quirkiness of John Irving’s beloved novels, Help for the Haunted is that rare story that brings to life a richly imagined and wholly original world.
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