Indie Book Reviews

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 >
The Quiet Tides of Bordeaux by J. L. F.  Lambert
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 25, 2015

"A hushed but resonant literary memoir."
Lambert (Termcraft, 2014) records the life a 20th-century schoolteacher in Bordeaux. 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 >
Jazz: America's Gift by Richie  Gerber
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 6, 2015

"A lively, if not thorough, overview of jazz's origins."
A debut book that examines American jazz's early history, focusing mainly on legendary composer George Gershwin. Read full book review >
Exquisite Folly by Jonathan Carriel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2015

"An engaging, suspenseful novel that combines an intriguing murder mystery with heaps of historical information."
A riveting mystery set in New York City in 1765 on the eve of the Stamp Act. Read full book review >

The Butcher's Daughter by Mark M. McMillin
FICTION & LITERATURE

"Opens with a gripping scene of murder, then careens through betrayal, piracy, passion, and treasure galore."
In this swashbuckling debut adventure, a young girl witnesses the brutal murder of her father but ultimately grows up to be an influential and beloved 19th-century seafarer. Read full book review >
Awakening to Aging by Myrtle Heery
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 7, 2015

"A meditation on aging for those who see the final years as an opportunity for personal development and joy."
Death isn't the enemy in this carefully curated collection of essays, which paints the aging process as an opportunity for self-discovery, acceptance, and growth. Read full book review >
The Vivisection Mambo by Lolita Lark
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"A fine anthology of some of the best contemporary poetry around."
Fresh new writers rub elbows with past masters in this scintillating collection of verse. Read full book review >
Invasion Of The Ortaks by Sveinn Benónýsson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2014

"A well-rounded cliffhanger of an opening to a series likely to engage fans of medieval-themed fantasy."
In the first installment of Benónýsson's Invasion of the Ortaks fantasy series, a tale of political intrigue and unlikely camaraderie takes shape on the continent of Esthopia. Read full book review >
Soaring: Living Empowered and Joyful by Matti Dobbs
Released: May 15, 2015

"Timeless staples of spiritual practice enlivened and elevated by a buoyant approach."
Dobbs, a therapist and life coach, offers a road map to a blissful life in her debut self-help book. Read full book review >
TIN CUP by Jude Deason

"Tight, competent poetry that precisely presents senses of place and self.
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Deason's brevity and staccato lineation make her debut book of poems a very attractive read. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 9, 2015

"Spirited and straightforward; provides experience-based guidance to the enlightened investor."
This debut work presents a sophisticated, informed approach to investing. 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 >