Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

Seven Weeks to Forever by Jennifer Farwell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 8, 2015

"Appealing characters and a warm, sparkly love story tinged with wish fulfillment."
In this YA paranormal romance, a teenage girl has just a few weeks to live—and now a handsome stranger needs her help or he'll die too. Read full book review >
Make Yourselves at Home by Katherine Elberfeld
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2015

"This delightful collection of short fiction sketches Southern life of the past."
Writer and Episcopal priest Elberfeld offers this short but charming collection of quintessential Southern short stories (The Lady of the House, 2013). Read full book review >

Never Kill Twice by R. K. Diwan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 6, 2015

"A good mixture of mysticism, mystery, and action."
An American CIA agent is sent to the Far East to retrieve an ancient artifact and must dodge the Chinese military, a monk who shoots energy bolts, and other mercenaries in Díwan's debut thriller. Read full book review >
Glimpsing Into the Kingdom by Paul Harrington
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 21, 2013

"A book with challenging, uplifting messages that may spark valuable discussions about the community of faith."
Harrington, in his debut, interprets a collection of parables for readers seeking the kingdom of God in everyday life. Read full book review >
The Wicked Game by R.M. Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 15, 2014

"Fast, incisive, and audaciously entertaining. Readers may have seen it before, but they'll likely enjoy it this time around."
In Smith's (Alive! Not Dead, 2014) thriller, a man is caught in an adult version of hide-and-seek, complete with rifle-toting players who'll kill to stay alive.Read full book review >

Rhiannon's Tale by Barbara Elder
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 8, 2015

"A solid debut layered with flashbacks, eroticism, and emotionally dynamic characters."
In this romantic fantasy debut, a young woman who can see peoples' auras learns that she's part of a larger clan, one a militant cult wants destroyed. Read full book review >
The Doctor and Mr. Dylan by Rick Novak
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Nuanced characterization and crafty details help this debut soar."
In this debut thriller, tragedies strike an anesthesiologist as he tries to start a new life with his son. Read full book review >
Winner Take None by Greg Comer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2015

"A richly satisfying slice of Americana."
An earnest teen learns valuable life lessons in Comer's vividly rendered debut set in the frontier country of 19th-century Montana. Read full book review >
Second Thoughts: Second Chances  by D. C. Moses
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 6, 2015

"A delightful story filled with pleasant people in a lovely setting, though it could have been told in half as many pages."
A meandering family saga set in small-town New York, by former creative writing instructor Moses (Train from Thompsonville, 2006). Read full book review >
Healer's Magick by F.L. Karsner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2015

"The first in a promising series filled with likable characters and fun adventures."
Adventure abounds in the Scottish Highlands in Karsner's debut novel, in which a special woman with untapped elemental powers tries to stay one step ahead of a ruthless soldier bent on exacting revenge. Read full book review >
Prince of Tyrants by Rabb Marcellus
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A fun, fantastical adventure in historical revisionism."
Marcellus' (Jubal's Gold, 2014, etc.) thriller considers the possibility that Hitler did not, in fact, commit suicide.Read full book review >
The Royal Secret by John Bentley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 2015

"A dense, theory-packed book that will appeal to lovers of historical conspiracies but may leave mystery buffs cold."
Mysteries, conspiracies, hidden identities, and secret codes abound in this debut thriller, which shuttles readers between the modern day and Tudor England. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >