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BookTrib's Bites: Nostalgia, Human Drama and Two Thrillers


Into the Sky with Diamonds"Into the Sky with Diamonds"
by Ronald P. Grelsamer

One small step for a man. One giant leap for rock 'n roll. NASA's race with the Russians to land a man on the moon. The meteoric rise of the Beatles, considered by many to have revolutionized the music industry. In the postwar era, each stood as an unprecedented cultural watershed. Together, they captured the heady zeitgeist of the 1960s and ignited the imagination of just about everyone on the planet.

"Into the Sky with Diamonds: The Beatles" and the "Race to the Moon in the Psychedelic '60s" is an exhilarating account of these two global phenomena as seen through the eyes of Dutch Richtman, a young and enterprising NASA engineer who manages to snag a front-row seat to both. The audiobook has received an Earphones Award from Audiofile magazine. Purchase at

The Road RememberedThe Road Remembered
by Kaye D. Schmitz

Love and humanity triumph amid the atrocities of World War II. Sam and Gerda face their enemies head-on, but they also battle internal elements on their own sides of the war that violate their shared values of humanity. They meet under the worst of circumstances and find a way to help each other through the trauma of the global struggle. They also prove to each other that people are people regardless of which end of the rifle they face and what their countries dictate they believe.

The book is inspired by nine true stories of World War II that are woven into a rich tapestry of historically accurate fiction. Purchase at

Death on the DownbeatDeath on the Downbeat
by Durden Kell

Toh, no! Another killer stalks the local jazz community. Jazz jams, gigs and murder combine in the ultimate trio that is sure to be "killing it" all around Atlanta. Adman and CC, his wife, now own The Farm, where a show horse dances and Adman builds it all up. CC rescues a pup called Harold and looks for other dogs to join her pack. And gigs and tours just keep a-comin'!

But who is the killer and what is the motive? Nobody knows until clues are put together by famous saxophonist John Cold "Adman" Dann and the Amateur Sleuth Society, featuring Adman's best friend, Misha Stefanukvand, as well as other great jazz musicians Ty, Carl, Arturo, André, David, Chip, Gerry and Leland. Purchase at

And Then BenAnd Then Ben
by Ed Fuller and Gary Grossman

Post-apocalyptic thriller and climate fiction come together in this story of one woman's struggle for survival in a world decimated by an endless, unrelenting winter.

After the "event," 38-year-old Alice finds herself completely alone, cruelly separated from her children and left with only vivid, haunting dreams of life as it once was.

Fueled by her sharp survival instincts and sheer resilience, Alice moves through each day like the one before - until she discovers she's not as alone as she thought. Alice's need for human contact helps her overcome her apprehension about Ben, the only survivor she's encountered for months. As the two are drawn closer together by their shared desire for companionship, their individual pasts begin to reveal that everyone is not exactly who they seem. Purchase at

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