Indie Book Reviews (page 8)

TRUE GRANDEUR  by Cal R. Barnes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2017

"A melodramatic coming-of-age story with an offensive protagonist."
In actor, producer, and screenwriter Barnes' debut novel, an aspiring young writer is seduced by Hollywood society life. Read full book review >
THE DAY GOD PLAYED BASEBALL by John Henry Hardy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2017

"A nostalgic, heartwarming look at small-town baseball, but its scheming villain can make it difficult to take seriously at times."
Hardy (When Brothers Meet, 2017, etc.) tells the story of a small, baseball-loving town in Pennsylvania as it prepares for the annual league championship game—but the rivalry between two teams goes much deeper than friendly competition. Read full book review >

BLAZE by S.L. Menear
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2017

"An exciting paranormal action tale, notwithstanding its excessive plot summaries."
In the third installment of Menear's (Poseidon's Sword, 2015, etc.) thriller series, an airline pilot is the key to activating a weapon with the potential to destroy much of the world. Read full book review >
NOT SO SCARY JERRY by Shelley  Kinder
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"A charming monster tale with an appealing theme."
A not-so-terrifying bedtime monster, inspired by his assigned child, discovers what he really wants to do with his life in this debut picture book. Read full book review >
GASLIGHT LAWYERS by Richard H. Underwood
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"An accessible, marvelously rigorous account of a bygone legal era."
A historical study of the often dysfunctional judicial system in late-19th-century New York City. Read full book review >

THE LOST LETTER by Mimi Matthews
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"A beautifully told, if not groundbreaking, historical love story."
In 19th-century England, a romance frustrated by circumstance struggles to begin anew. Read full book review >
THE ADVENTURES OF FINLEY AND CISCO by Lisa  Ozalis-Graham
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 18, 2017

"With brightly colored illustrations of undersea scenes, this appealing tale offers an important anti-bullying theme."
When a fish who looks different faces bullies, his friends come to the rescue and set the culprits on a path toward redemption with two useful acronyms in this debut picture book. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 17, 2017

"An easily digestible commentary on the life of an inspiring biblical hero, offering hope to those facing their own 'interlopers.'"
Debut author Craig offers a focused look at the life of Joseph from the Book of Genesis and the negative events that helped prepare him for his greater purpose. Read full book review >
WHERE THE MONSTERS CAME FROM by Scott D. Brillon
Released: Sept. 15, 2017

"A fun, competent teen thriller."
This present-day tale offers the grotesque, the depressing, the violent…and then there's the monster. Read full book review >
IN THE BELLY OF THE EARTH by Robert L. Fuller
Released: Sept. 15, 2017

"A taut survival story that digs deep into the part of the imagination where the subterranean meets the sublime."
Darkness, loneliness, and unseen danger lurk in an underground cave where a lost young boy waits to be rescued in this debut children's novel. Read full book review >
CAVEMAN AT THE END OF THE WORLD by Brad  Rau
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2017

"A conspiracy story buoyed by childlike weirdness and heart."
This surreal fantasy finds a woman legally bound to a short, hairy man of unknown origin. Read full book review >
MINDS WITHIN by Rich   Clikeman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 14, 2017

"A detailed and ambitious thought experiment."
In the near future of this sci-fi novel, sentient computers and brilliant scientists transform the nature of humanity. 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 >