Indie Book Reviews

Soldier On by J.D. Wynne
Released: Dec. 27, 2015

"A knowing service-drama/romance that's neither an armed forces recruiting tool nor a trendy political broadside."
In this debut novel, a young heroine on an American Air Force base in Afghanistan confronts a minefield of interpersonal relationships. Read full book review >
The House of Baric Part One by Jillian Bald
Released: Dec. 5, 2015

"An engrossing, research-heavy tale of Croatia in the early modern period."
A debut historical novel follows an aristocratic family in 17th-century Croatia, at the conclusion of the Thirty Years' War. Read full book review >


"An occasionally uneven but emotionally engaging story of one woman's struggle to survive and recover after falling through the cracks of the health care system."
Crew (A Heart for Any Fate, 2015, etc.) shares an agonizing account of prescription drug dependence and withdrawal in this memoir.Read full book review >
The Journals of Empress Galla Placidia by Naomi  Feigelson Chase
Released: Feb. 26, 2016

"Allusive, spare poems whose twin voices enrich each other as they relate the life of an empress."
A collection of poems, some previously published, tells the story of Galla Placidia, regent of the Western Roman Empire from 425 to 437. Read full book review >
Dark Matters: Seven Variations on a Theme by Benet Kolman

"Erudite tales that should prompt readers, just like the characters, to contemplate existentially."
A debut collection of seven stories follows the struggle of ordinary characters facing extraordinary circumstances. Read full book review >

Can A Princess Be A Firefighter? by Carole P. Roman
Released: March 25, 2016

"A sweet celebration of girlhood that embraces both the traditional and the progressive."
A parent offers a world of ideas for daughters when they grow up in this illustrated ode to girls. Read full book review >
Jagged Edge of the Sky by Paula Marie Coomer
Released: June 1, 2016

"A lusty, tragic tale for readers who are willing to work for its satisfying moments of connection."
Coomer's (Dove Creek, 2010, etc.) second novel tracks the impact of an Australian lothario on two families, one Australian and the other American. Read full book review >
The Kingmaker by Tony Bridwell
Released: June 14, 2016

"An entertaining saga about 'the power of second chances,' and resetting life and management priorities."
With his top clients involved in crises, a PR "kingmaker" realizes that he has lost sight of true leadership and purpose in this business/self-help fable. Read full book review >
Star Racers by Martin Felando
Released: Feb. 22, 2016

"A fun and fast-paced space opera."
A young racer enters a competition to save his planet in this sci-fi debut. Read full book review >

"An unorthodox but clever innovation for the coloring book genre."
Pozsonyi offers a debut book of coloring prompts for imaginative artists of all ages. Read full book review >
Buddy Comes to Breakfast by Dee Emeigh
written and illustrated by Dee Emeigh
Released: July 11, 2015

"A captivating tale about a charming tortoise."
In this nonfiction illustrated children's book, a trip to a Western state leads to an endearing acquaintance with a reptile. Read full book review >
A Crowded Heart by Andrea McKenzie Raine
Released: Nov. 4, 2015

"A military tale explores the strengths and frailties of the human mind in the aftermath of war."
A soldier struggles to come to terms with the psychological impact of war in this historical novel. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >