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Best Cover of 2015-Not Black and White by G.A. Beller

Best Independent Cover of 2015



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Best Cover Nominees- A Second Look

March 2, 2016-Here is another look at the Best Cover of 2015 Nominees




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March 3, 2016 · 2:41 am

Voting Begins for THE BEST BOOKS OF 2015

March 1, 2016-  After an exciting month of soliciting nominations for the Best Books of 2015 our Judges have narrowed down to selections to a few Finalists in each of the categories listed below.  All of the submissions were very impressive.

Now is the opportunity for the Marc’s Book Shelf readers to vote for their favorites in each of the major Book categories.  Here are the rules:

  1. Voting is open from March 1st until Midnight of March 15, 2016;
  2. Voters may vote for one or all categories;
  3. Voters may vote every day, if desired;
  4. Winners will be announced on March 16, 2016.

Good Luck to all of the NOMINEES!



Best Independent Fiction Book of 2015

100 days of solitude by Daphne Kapsali

Escaping Cyprus by Gus Constantine

Girl Gone Greek by Rebecca Hall

Rhodes The Mojave-Stone by M.M. Gornell

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Best Independent Non-Fiction Book of 2015

Black Ice by Val James & John Gallagher

Sky: Child, Interrupted by William Dale West

The Rise and Fall of H&H Bagels by Marc Zirogiannis

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Best Independent Book Cover of 2015

Chasing Athens by Marissa Tejada

Fairalon by T.J. Roberts

Rhodes The Mojave-Stone by M.M. Gornell

Not Black And White by G.A. Beller

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March 1, 2016 · 1:23 pm

Featured Book:Not Black And White: From The Very Windy City to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue by G.A. Beller

February 24, 2016


Title:  Not Black And White : From The Very Windy City to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue 

Author: G.A. Beller

Genre: Fiction/Political Thriller

Format: 4 Formats ( Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, & Audio)

Publisher:  G. Anton Publishing/ Chicago

Publication Date: October 13, 2015


Chicago-style politics is front and center. When a sitting president has his roots in this sullied political heritage, it makes for news and leads to speculation. NOT BLACK AND WHITE is a fictional account of many of the events that led to the meteoric rise of a local charismatic street politician to become America’s first African-American President, and the downfall and imprisonment of two consecutive governors of the State of Illinois, along with several of their most trusted advisors and cohorts. This story puts the reader inside the campaign offices and smoke-filled back rooms where political deals are made. It depicts the rise and fall of a Syrian immigrant who made millions by pretending he had billions, while charming his way into the highest halls of wealth and power. The perspective of a local attorney/businessman who found himself in a front row seat to politics-as-usual in The City That Works is reflected throughout the story. The cast of characters may appear familiar to anyone who ever read a headline or watched cable news and talk shows across the country. In 1994, a freak traffic accident occurred, killing a family of six young children when their van burst into flames after being struck by a semi-trailer truck driven by a man unqualified to drive such a vehicle. The truck driver, a victim himself, had bribed an employee of the Illinois secretary of state’s office in order to procure his commercial driver’s license. The tragic accident and resulting exposé of corruption and scandal that followed changed forever the course of American History. Inspired by true events, NOT BLACK AND WHITE leaves it to the reader to interpret fact from fiction.

Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/Not-Black-And-White-Pennsylvania/dp/0996679901

Book Reviews:   (FROM GOODREADS)

Kait rated it:   5/5 Stars
I was given a copy of Not Black and White from a friend. The review stated the story was the “Primary Colors” of the Obama administration so this caught my interest. This book did not disappoint. It was a well told story. I found myself googling the characters I wasn’t able to identify. The story added some spice about Chicago, which was entertaining. Highly recommend this book!


Debbie Bryant rated it: 5/5 Stars

As a life-long Chicago area resident, I was aware of everything that went on in the news regarding the scandals around the last two governors of Illinois. This book is a “fictionalized account” of those goings on. The names, of course, have been changed to protect the not so innocent. This is an interesting take on what went on throughout those two “empires.” I wonder how much of the apparatus is still around. It’s obvious that the state of Illinois is in severe financial straights due to the mismanagement of the past, and it doesn’t look like there are any easy fixes.


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