Pokergeist by Michael Phillip Cash
Released: July 15, 2015

"Bet on this funny, well-written tale of second chances."
After poker champion Clutch Henderson drops dead after losing the International Series of Poker, his ghost haunts wannabe player Telly Martin, touching off an uproarious adventure in which both the living and the dead discover their true selves. Read full book review >
Destroying Angel by Missy Wilkinson
Released: July 9, 2015

"A sometimes-endearing tale that almost succeeds but attempts too much."
Grief, teenage drama, alien bird-men, and a reality-warping drug combine in the quirky cocktail of Wilkinson's debut coming-of-age novel. Read full book review >

Lucy Lick-Me-Not and the Greedy Gubbins by Claudine Carmel
Released: July 2, 2015

"A wild tale helmed by a charmingly clever kid."
Child heroine Lucy Lick-Me-Not is back, and this time, she's taking on the seasons and the lack of a white Christmas. Read full book review >
Released: March 22, 2014

"A thriller that ably rakes through werewolf tropes in search of new territory."
From the author of The Whaler Fortune (2014) comes a Victorian supernatural thriller about a good man coping with a science-born curse.Read full book review >
Shanty Gold by Jeanne Charters
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"A gripping but uneven story of a young woman obtaining her independence in a new land."
An Irish immigrant forges a new life in a turbulent time in Charters' debut novel. Read full book review >

Released: June 3, 2015

"It would be criminal for lovers of historical nonfiction to miss this story of theft, sadness, and obsession."
Bahney (Longhairlovers: Healthy Hair Secrets Revealed, 2nd Ed., 2014, etc.) dissects the real-life theft of a spectacular jewel, and the life of an Austrian empress. Read full book review >
The City and the Fields by Marek Breiger
Released: April 15, 2014

"Essential for the development and reassessment of language-arts curricula in California schools."
A broad debut survey of a century's worth of Golden State writing. Read full book review >
Bugs Beware...My Mom Doesn't Care! by Trudy D. Vaughn
Released: April 17, 2012

"A funny story with a softhearted narrator that's marred by sometimes-awkward verse and intriguing illustrations that never quite meet their full potential."
Ardena and her mother disagree about how best to handle bugs in this over-the-top, comical rhyming picture book. Read full book review >
Oscar the Osprey by Edward Martin Polansky
Released: June 2, 2015

"A sympathetic hero, engaging illustrations, and a strong message make this book a must-have for families, schools, and communities with differently abled kids."
In Polansky's debut book for young readers, ospreys are kings of the air. So what happens to a young osprey who's afraid to fly? Read full book review >
Atomic Atoll by Russell Brickey
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Complemented by appropriately fiery biblical references throughout, this collection packs a megaton punch; a powerfully moving, witty, and sometimes-irreverent series."
Brickey's poetry collection examines the consequences of weapons testing on the Bikini Atoll from a diversity of perspectives, including the displaced inhabitants of the islands, American political leaders, and pop-culture icons. Read full book review >
Dancing in the Jungle by Jacob Gottfredson
Released: Feb. 4, 2015

"Though hampered by excessive verbiage and an overreliance on flashbacks, Gottfredson manages to overcome these flaws with a strong fundamental story and a complex protagonist."
Philosophy and intrigue mesh uneasily in Gottfredson's convoluted but ultimately interesting novel of a Green Beret's personal mission of vengeance. Read full book review >
Cassowary Hill by David de Vaux
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"Multilayered expat saga best as a showcase of its exotic setting."
In this debut novel, a British expatriate's ghostwriting gig leads to a political showdown involving his retired spook neighbor in Queensland. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >