Indie Book Reviews

CRISTOBAL by Anthony A. Valleriani
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 10, 2016

"A kinetic middle-grade-fantasy pastiche that skews in tone toward older readers."
In this middle-grade debut, an orphan learns that he belongs to a vast magical community. Read full book review >
THE CAMEL AND THE SCORPION by C.C. Rising
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 22, 2017

"A nerve-wracking, vibrantly dramatic tale with an empathetic protagonist."
In Rising's debut thriller, a Texas college professor in 1977 tries to prove the innocence of her young student, a suspected terrorist imprisoned in Israel. Read full book review >

OFF THE EAST END by David  Kozatch
Released: Aug. 9, 2017

"As one character notes of Paul's reporting, it's 'the best kind of mystery.'"
The discovery and disappearance of a young woman's body upends the interconnected lives of the Hamptons' residents. Read full book review >
SAINT BADASS by Doug  Carnine
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 25, 2017

"An illuminating and hopeful account of inmate rehabilitation through Buddhist teachings."
A retired education professor corresponds with prisoners who find peace through Buddhism. Read full book review >

DRAGONFRUIT by Malia Mattoch McManus
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2017

"A poignant and promising first novel."
Nonfiction author McManus (The Hawaiian House Now, 2007) offers a late-19th-century drama set during the Hawaiian royal family's fall from power. Read full book review >
WHAT’S HOLDING YOUR SALES BACK? by Peter Farkas
NON-FICTION
Released: April 13, 2017

"A tough, knowledgeable instruction manual that gets at the essentials of modern sales."
A straightforward, back-to-basics sales guide for the 21st century. Read full book review >
THE MISCREANT by Victor Rangel-Ribeiro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 11, 2017

"A remarkable collection that fans of literary short fiction should deeply enjoy."
A decades-spanning volume of short stories depicts the foibles of family and culture. Read full book review >
THE TORCH BETRAYAL by Glenn Dyer
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A well-crafted espionage tale set during World War II."
In this debut spy novel, two secret agents attempt to protect the Allies from intelligence leaks. Read full book review >
Trawling Twenty Centuries by Alexander Kaufman
Released: April 26, 2013

"A delightful read for anyone interested in Jewish history, museum design, or the intersection of the two."
A professional designer describes his contribution to the research and development of a new museum. Read full book review >
THE QUANTUM CARTOGRAPHER by Kristen Keenon Fisher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"A live-wire tale charged with intelligence, depth, and adventure."
In this sci-fi debut, time travel exists, but a vicious hierarchy that's secretly embedded in history seeks to control it. Read full book review >
NIKOLAI DELOV by James Dante
Released: July 12, 2017

"The sympathetic and flawed lead character puts a haunting human face on contemporary Russia, often demonized by the media."
A successful businessman's involvement with a woman determined to rescue sex trafficking victims exposes the underbelly of the New Russia in this noir-esque character study. 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 >