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A Few Good Conversations (Well, At Least 10) by Hans Taylor

Alcohol, empathy, and other poisons.

Most years, I think, are skippable. They suffer from this indescribable mundanity, this relentlessly oscillating day in day out. Those years you could summarise in a sentence or two. To say that 2014 was the best year of my life would be unfair to years 1997 through to 2013, and all the years that followed. But it was certainly the . . .

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North of Happenstance by Amber Laura

This serial tale will chronicle the lives of three women who form an unlikely, but certainly unforgettable, bond of friendship, love, and forgiveness. Lost, alone, or starting-over, their paths cross—and the story actually begins—in the small (made-up) town of Whestleigh, Connecticut. Here, together, they find themselves . . . by finding one another. In essence, North of Happenstance can best be summed up . . .

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Dawnwalker by Wes Boyd

College and the years just afterwards are pivotal for many people, having adventures and establishing their lives. It was especially true for Randy Clark and his three girl friends. They are very different people facing very different futures. Can their special friendship survive the problems and distances of the real world? . . .

A complete novel.
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Rocinante by Wes Boyd

Vagabonding in the seventies! The only thing that kept Mark going in Vietnam was his plan to spend some time wandering the country by air, like barnstormers did 50 years before. In the last days before leaving, he acquires a partner—a tall, morose girl named Jackie. They spend months on their aerial oddessy, falling in love along the way while . . .

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The Next Generation by Wes Boyd

All she ever wanted was to be normal! Her mother considered Judith to be a hopeless invalid that would have to be cared for all her life—but then she finds a boyfriend that doesn’t see her that way. With his help, she learns to be a farmer’s wife and a much stronger person than anyone had ever thought she could . . .

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Uncle Buddy’s House by Dan Leo

Love and lust in Hollywood.

The cautionary tale of Buddy Best, Hollywood hack. . . .

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Runner’s Moon by Wes Boyd

Two kids, a dream, and acres of dogs . . . Josh and Tiffany want to become dogsled racers. They just have to grow up first—and learn about what they’re doing along the way. A follow-on to Busted Axle Road, focusing on Josh and Tiffany’s adventures. . . .

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ROCINANTE

Slow and . . . slow.

By Donna Sirianni, editor

Dec 4, 2008: Reading the first five chapters of this story was like slogging through mud up to my thighs. I’ve never taken so long to read what is rightly such a short amount of words but the tedium with which the story is told wore me down.

Every piece of minutiae, every asinine conversation, nearly every bit of movement was portrayed in these chapters in what I could only think of as a means to move the plot forward, as if there wasn’t [more . . .]

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THE NEXT GENERATION

Growing in Love

By Von, member

Aug 24, 2011: I think I would have rated this story at least a four just for the fact that the main characters wait until they are married to have sex, but the rest of the plot adds to the entire effect. I leave out the last 0.5 only because the writing is rather shallow.

This story is a nice contrast to pretty much everything you read nowadays in that, in this story, the main characters don’t just do what ‘makes them happy’ but [more . . .]

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