FORE PLAY by Linda Faiola Sheehan
FICTION & LITERATURE

"Light fiction that misses the green."
A fictional accounting of the zany, often illicit adventures of members at a LA-based golf and country club. Read full book review >
Song of Moving Water by Susan Schmidt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"This coming-of-age story is well-rooted in nature, community, and music.
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In this novel set in 1975, a young woman moves back to her Appalachian home and tries to stop the building of a dam. Read full book review >

Released: Feb. 21, 2015

"A fine collection of vignettes on meditation."
Li, in his debut self-help book, aims to convince readers that if he can meditate, anyone can. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 6, 2015

"May appeal to a straight, Christian audience who haven't had sex before marriage."
A transcript of an extended conversation between a husband and wife about their theories on what makes for the best sex, including descriptions of specific acts and emotional exercises. Read full book review >
SWIM A CROOKED LINE by Al X. Griz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 11, 2014

"An enjoyable, if sometimes emotionally painful, first novel."
A sprawling debut novel of life in middle America in the 21st century, including football, farming, the war on terror, and the tribulations of ordinary people. Read full book review >

CHURCH OF GOLF by Spencer Stephens
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 25, 2014

"An odd but entertaining novel of unexpected redemption."
Stephens outlines a washed-up golden boy's second chance at enlightenment in this debut novel. Read full book review >
PIROZ THE ISIS SLAYER by Sadia Barrameda
THRILLERS
Released: Jan. 16, 2015

"Action junkies will be more than satisfied by this thriller."
A Kurdish warrior and an American soldier take on Islamic terrorists threatening massive Ebola attacks in Barrameda's debut adventure novella. Read full book review >
Joey and the Magic Map by Tory C. Anderson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 26, 2013

"Exciting adventure and honest, insightful characterization—a winner."
In this YA novel, a mysterious caretaker, a friendly ghost, and a magic map lead to adventure for a 12-year-boy still grieving his father's death. Read full book review >
THE DEVIL'S SNARE by Michael Donovan
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 24, 2015

"A slick, dynamic mystery that confronts readers with just how many sides a story can have before we get to what matters: the truth."
Donovan's (Behind Closed Doors, 2013) second adventure of hard-boiled Eddie Flynn is a story steeped in the harsh realities of kidnapping, tabloid journalism, and good old-fashioned detective work. Read full book review >
NOT ON THE LIST by Heath D. Alberts
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 27, 2015

"Audiences will be guessing not just who the murderer is, but what kind of craziness lurks around the corner."
The latest from Alberts (Photographic Memory, 2014, etc.) sees a motley collection of detectives, special operatives, and imaginary beings investigate a murder that has displeased Death itself. Read full book review >
STEEL, BLOOD & FIRE by Allan Batchelder
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 2, 2013

"A world most readers will already know but a story told with affection and skill."
Humans and mystical creatures band together to stop an evil sorcerer in Batchelder's debut, the first in a fantasy series. Read full book review >
DAYDREAMERS by Jonathan Harper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 2015

"A fine debut collection from a gifted chronicler of contemporary queer discontents."
The search for security, and the longing to break free from it, roils the lives of young gay men in these wry, hopeful stories. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >