June's New Books on the Block

New Books on the Block is a new feature on To Read, or Not To Read. Its purpose is to highlight and introduce new authors and their books to readers. Though we have not read these books, we'd like to pass the information on to our readers. If you're interested in having your book featured, please click here. We'll be posting this feature the first Friday of every month.

Growing Pains; Kendras Dairies is the first book in the series chronicling the journey of Kendra Foster from adolescence to adulthood. I aspire to encourage, entertain, and inspire young adults. Life has its ups and downs, its bumps and its bruises. But with perseverance, determination, and faith you can be all you were born to be. Never Give Up!

Plague of Equals by J. Ostreicher
In cities and villages world-wide, drug companies must defend their clinical trials against anti-science activists. Eleanor Powell is convinced the drug companies have done their due diligence, but the global population is shrinking and politicians are looking for a scapegoat. Eleanor is finding herself suddenly in the middle of a cultural battle over science and statistics. 

Meanwhile, in a remote village in Vietnam, Mike Johnson fights to understand if Agent Orange is the cause of the miscarriages and low birth rates he sees there. Why are the children dying, or not being born at all?

Others around the globe, like Angeline Moreno, are also fighting to save their people. Angeline returns home to the Amazon and sees her best friend die in childbirth. Now her sister-in-law is pregnant, and they have no answers. The problems may be global, but solutions must be local.

Even as their lives tangle together in this international science thriller, no one can see the full pattern. Can any solutions be found before it's too late? Hope may be their best weapon. But will it be enough?

Poka City Blues by A.L. Gibson
Poka City Blues is an African American fictional novel inspired by true life events. It is a story centered around Sedelia, a witty and tenacious woman who recounts her days of growing up and living in Poka City. While living in Poka City, Sedelia endures poverty, rape and abuse, but despite all of those mishaps Sedelia continues to remain indomitable. Poka City Blues is not for the faint of heart because it will tug at every emotion imaginable, but it is an inspiring story about making the best out of a bad situation and overcoming insurmountable odds.

All I've Never Wanted by Ana Huang
The Scions were the four richest, most powerful guys at Valesca Academy, and they ruled the school with iron fists. Everyone wanted to date them or be them...everyone, that is, except Maya Lindberg, who just wanted to avoid them until she could graduate. 

She almost succeeded, until an ill-advised outburst on her part put her right in the Scions' path. Just like that, one became her fake boyfriend, one her unwanted matchmaker, one her guardian angel, and the one she couldn't stand the most? Yeah, he's her new housemate. 

A Young Adult romantic comedy that explores what happens when a girl gets everything she never asked for, including a puppy, a new wardrobe, and, possibly, even true love.

Nature's Confession by JL Morin
'Honestly, it’s not my fault. I didn’t mean to invent them. Humans were polluting the planet to desolation. What else could I do? I had to save her.'

Their planet is choked with pollution. THEY can’t do anything about it . . . or can they? When a smart-mouthed, mixed-race teen wonders why the work that needs to be done pays nothing compared to the busywork that’s glorified on holovision news, the search for answers takes him on the wildest journey of anyone’s lifetime. Just as the human race allows corporations to pollute Earth into total desolation, institute martial law and enslave humanity, the two teens set out to save civilization. Can they thwart polluters of Earth and other fertile worlds? The heroes come into their own in different kinds of relationships. On their team, six-legged Wuhvie, and Any Gynoid, who pushes the frontier of scientific discovery through the Big Bang to reveal . . . the most intimate confessions of Nature . . . . Will Starliament tear them from the project and unleash ‘intelligent’ life’s habitual pollution, or will youth lead the way to a new way of protecting Nature?

The Girl Who Went Missing by Ace Varkley
When June Warner arrives in India to visit her sister Thalia, a trip to take her mind off her jilted engagement, she is greeted by the bright hot chaos of Mumbai but not her sister. She goes to the YMCA where Thalia is staying, only to find that she is not there.

Convinced that Thalia’s no-show is a sign that she is in danger, June begins a desperate search for her younger sister.

Police Commissioner Oscar D'Costa, scarred by the tragedies of his past, swears he will never again ignore his gut instinct when it comes to a missing girl. And with more and more dead foreign women being found in his precinct, he becomes convinced a conspiracy is at play.

Through the two worlds of American naiveté and Indian chaos, they must find the girl who went missing.

Dreams and Shadows by Jeffrey Collyer
What do you do when you are suddenly transported from twenty-first century England into a world of strange magic where everyone seems to be trying to kill you?

That’s the question that faces Michael – an orphan who had been abandoned with a young couple while a baby, and largely ignored after his “adoptive mother” died. When a powerful dream sets off a series of events that inexplicably draws him into the land of Aylosia, Michael finally believes he is arriving in a place where he will feel his mother’s love, but magical and political forces quickly seek his destruction.

Caught between truth and lie, Michael now faces a fight for survival in a beautiful land; and must struggle to learn of his own destiny if he is to save those he has grown to love.

Dreams and Shadows is a story of magical powers and strange creatures; of love, betrayal, despair, and ultimately hope.

Also available at AmazonUK

Also Known as Lard Butt by Ann Herrick
Laura finds out that, Ricky, the boy who created her horrible nickname, "Lard Butt," has moved back into town—and immediately schemes to keep him quiet. After all, she can't let her new swim teammates, especially drool-worthy Noah, hear the horrible name! No way! 

She's determined to put a million years between grade school and junior high—even in the face of a father who drives an √©clair, a would-be-movie-star mother who suddenly moves back home, and a past that comes back to haunt her with the dreaded nickname.

Although Laura's embarrassed about how she looks in a swimsuit, she tries to stay true to her vow to take risks. She even lets Maria talk her into going to the school dance, where she braves negotiating a truce for a quarreling couple.

New friendships form, Laura's mother starts getting too domesticated for Laura's comfort, and hints of romance start to develop—or do they?


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