DANCING IN QUICKSAND by Lucille N. Payne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 20, 2014

"A promising first novel that offers a lighter-than-usual take on a deadly serious subject."
In this debut novel, a 40-year-old woman must reevaluate her personal beliefs, dreams, and aspirations when years of domestic verbal and psychological abuse escalate into physical violence. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS

"A breezy guide that takes readers inside the sometimes-hair-raising world of do-it-yourself filmmaking, capturing its many frustrations and challenges."
An instructional manual on film directing, inspired by the making of a "microbudget" movie. Read full book review >

DOUBLE TAKE by Laura Kennedy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2014

"More character depth would help fill out this story about a young woman finding herself."
Kennedy's (See Mommy Run, 2012) coming-of-age story follows Brooke, a teenage girl struggling to divide her life among her friends, her family, her love interests and an unexpected controlling force.When both car and cellphone break down, leaving Brooke stranded in a tropical storm, she seeks shelter in what she believes is the house of her mom's friend. Read full book review >
Released: March 20, 2013

"A book that offers an effective argument against the pseudoscience of intelligent design from an unusual point of view."
A primer on biblical and scientific theories of the creation of the universe. Read full book review >
BLACK ICE by Max Morgan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"An engrossing thriller for readers who like their spies to be pragmatic but rigorous."
A Scandinavian intelligence officer stumbles upon a murderous global conspiracy to secure Arctic oil and gas resources in Morgan's debut thriller. Read full book review >

BARREN BRANCHES by Laurie Richards
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A stirring historical novel anchored by Richards' acutely drawn female protagonist."
A tragic dust blizzard begets life-altering changes for a Kansas schoolteacher and her family in Richards' Depression-era debut. Read full book review >
A Quest of Heroes  by Morgan Rice
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 3, 2012

"A fun but anemic, derivative fantasy."
A young man discovers he has a surprising magical destiny in the debut entry of Rice's (An Oath of Brothers, 2014, etc.) YA secondary-world fantasy series. Read full book review >
Journey to Colonus by Franklin Debrot
FICTION & LITERATURE

"An immersive, wide-ranging novel of impressive depth and candor."
Debrot's debut novel considers the achievement and futility of the activist Left. Read full book review >
DEAD WRONG by Betta Ferrendelli
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 15, 2015

"A tense, engaging series mystery."
The third installment of Ferrendelli's mystery series (Revenge is Sweet, 2013, etc.) centers on a mortuary where the bodies aren't exactly treated with respect. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A valuable, unique addition to the canon of survivor stories."
In Kovala's moving biographical debut novel, a daughter tells the story of her Finnish father's survival in a Nazi concentration camp. Read full book review >
PAUSE AND PONDER by Rashid Osmani
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2015

"A strong poet is perceptive, eloquent, and thoughtful—and Osmani is three for three."
By turns religious, romantic, and political, this collection shows readers a skilled poet coming into his own. Read full book review >
THE OUTCAST by Feridon Rashidi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 24, 2014

"An endearing, if patchy, love letter to Iran."
In this novel by Rashidi (Tales of Iran, 2013), a young man, recently released from an Iranian jail, falls in love with a woman who's strictly off-limits. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >