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on February 20, 2024

(NewsUSA) - SouthSouth of Sepharad by Eric Z. Weintraub

Fleeing death by the Spanish Inquisition, a Jewish doctor makes an impossible choice between home and faith, then struggles to lead his family on a journey for a new life.  

In 1492, Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand conquer Granada and sign a decree ordering Jews convert to Catholicism or depart Spain in three months' time under penalty of death.

The doctor, Vidal ha-Rofeh, insists they flee. Unwillingly leaving behind their oldest daughter with her Catholic husband, Vidal's family joins a caravan of 200 Jews journeying to start their lives anew. On the caravan, Vidal struggles to balance his physician duties with mending strained relationships with his family. At the same time, his daughter back home finds herself exposed to the Spanish Inquisition living as a converso in a Christian empire. Purchase at

My fatherMy Father’s Story: The Murder of the Best Man I’ve Ever Known by Eric Johnson

This captivating story unfolds when the author delves into the life and tragic death of his father, who was brutally murdered by his ex-girlfriend in his own home, taking not only his life but also that of his beloved dog. Readers will hear firsthand how profoundly an act of violence can change lives forever.

The author takes readers on a journey toward truth and justice with surreal court hearings, fit for a horror movie, that put his dad’s ex-girlfriend's mental health at the epicenter of her defense. Readers will be enthralled by each distressing twist and turn. Embark on this inside look into loss, heartache, and a brutal quest for the truth. “So much emotion and many heart-wrenching plot twists that you don’t see coming,” says one reviewer. Purchase at

Red DeuceRed Deuce by Tom Roehlk

One fiery redhead in the family can be a caution. When the redhead comes in a pair, it means double trouble for anyone who bets against them.

Mandy Doucette is a by-the-book corporate lawyer; her twin sister, Reggie, is an FBI pathologist. Both are happy in their respective comfort zones. But things are about to change. First, Mandy spots a mystery behind why a major corporation made a whistleblower’s complaint disappear—along with the whistleblower.

Soon Mandy’s up to her eyeballs in trouble. She’s risking her life to stop moles from stealing American defense technology and trying to figure out who is trying to frame, then kill, her. At the same time, Reggie is investigating corpses dug up in cornfields and forests. Could they be the key to what Mandy is investigating? Suddenly, Reggie’s life is also at risk. Purchase at

Total AcceptanceTotal Acceptance by Timothy Victor

Totally Acceptance: Choosing the Power of Love Over the Power of Ego is a spiritual journey. Starting with a thought-provoking description of ego, it offers a completely loving way for resolution without judgment, blame, guilt, or shame. It is about forgiving ourselves and others, expressing traits of our higher self, and following kindness, patience, and compassion.

 Totally Acceptance offers a plan to gain high self-worth and unconditional love whenever possible. It combines the inspiration of the Bible with the wisdom of Buddhism, raja-yoga, and hatha yoga. The book is written for those who see evil in the world yet want to express love in their life and contribute to the good in the world. The bottom line: the power of love is the ultimate truth, and the highest power. Purchase at

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