Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

THE BEAUTIFUL DREAM OF LIFE by Domingo  Zapata
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 25, 2017

"A frustrating novel that strains to take on metaphysical questions and the New York art scene."
A successful New York artist, disenchanted with his hedonistic lifestyle and the contemporary art world, begins to lose touch with reality. Read full book review >
HATE TO WANT YOU by Alisha  Rai
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 25, 2017

"A sexy, emotionally intense romance wrapped in a fascinating family saga, this is the complete package: hot, heartbreaking, and supremely satisfying."
After a decade of birthday hookups, a man and woman whose magical love was destroyed by their warring families face their pasts and rediscover one another. First in a series. Read full book review >

THE PUNCH ESCROW by Tal M. Klein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 25, 2017

"It's hard to say enough good things about this hard-science future thriller with humor and heart—an excellent debut."
In this science-fiction thriller, a man fights for his wife and his lives after he's duplicated in a transporter malfunction. Read full book review >
LADY BE BAD by Megan Frampton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 25, 2017

"Adventures abound when a lady and her lord decide to be bad together."
One brother makes her bored, and the other makes her bad. Read full book review >
DEADFALL by Linda Fairstein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 25, 2017

"The usual formula—an irresistible hook, a heroine too feisty to be considered truly embattled, a heap of expository thriller, and plotting that manages to be both ambitious and flabby—done to its usual turn."
Manhattan sex crimes prosecutor Alexandra Cooper becomes a person of interest—a great deal of interest—in the death of her boss. Read full book review >

THE FOLLOWERS by Rebecca Wait
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 25, 2017

"Wait handles her material with restraint and, by avoiding sensationalism, renders her grotesque story all the more resonant."
A struggling single mother falls under the spell of a charismatic cult leader, but her rebellious 12-year-old daughter isn't quite so gullible. Read full book review >
FLY AWAY WITH ME by Susan Fox
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 25, 2017

"This first book in Fox's Blue Moon Harbor series is the perfect scorching summer read."
Eden Blaine, a lawyer on a mission, is all business. Aaron Gabriel, a laid-back pilot, is allergic to the idea of anything serious. Can destiny help them find a happy middle ground on a small island near Vancouver? Read full book review >
NEVER KISS A HIGHLANDER  by Michele Sinclair
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 25, 2017

"A sexy, fun, and generally successful Highlander historical romance."
When renowned Highland warrior Hamish MacBrieve gets word that his clan is in danger, he travels home to help them protect themselves, with no intention of staying, but a beautiful woman, a scheming brother, and unexpected surges of loyalty tempt him to stay. Read full book review >
THE LIFE SHE WAS GIVEN by Ellen Marie Wiseman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 25, 2017

"Exalts logistics over logic."
The lives of a 1930s circus performer and a 1950s runaway daughter intersect at an upstate New York horse farm. Read full book review >
A TOAST TO MURDER  by Allyson K. Abbott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 25, 2017

"Though Abbott resolves the mystery posed by Shots in the Dark (2016), which first introduced the threatening letters, there's hardly enough plot here for a stand-alone volume."
Synesthesia, a neurological condition that, among other sensory-heightening effects, allows you to see music and smell colors, helps a bar owner find the identity of a threatening letter writer. Read full book review >
INCARNATE by Josh Stolberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 25, 2017

"Somehow, Stolberg makes this bizarre twist on an improbable condition believable and even compelling, as readers root against reason for her heroine to be right and everyone else to be wrong."
A young psychiatrist risks her career to help a young woman with an atypical case of dissociative identity disorder. Read full book review >
STRANGE PRACTICE by Vivian Shaw
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 25, 2017

"An imaginative, delightfully droll debut."
Murderous monks run amok underneath London in this contemporary supernatural tale. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >