Indie Book Reviews

Harmony by William J. Rewak
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Would that all poets could write with such tact and humor."
That Rewak (The Orphan Bear, 2014) is a professor, a university chancellor, and a monk only makes the fact that he is also an accomplished poet more impressive. Read full book review >
Abe-vs-Adolf by Maya Ross
Released: March 18, 2016

"An elegiac, bittersweet, and well-told account of a remarkable man's life."
Ross' debut recounts the gripping life of Holocaust survivor Abe Peck. Read full book review >

Emic Rizzle, Tinkerer by Mary Ann Domanska
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"Let's hope for more from Domanska, as Emic the inventor is a very appealing invention herself."
In Domanska's debut adventure for middle-grade readers, a gadget-loving girl discovers that her grandfather was a spy in World War II—and that he knew about a secret invention. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 4, 2016

"Visually appealing and engaging; may reduce the angst associated with embracing change."
In his debut, business consultant Winkelman offers advice on accepting and implementing change—both personally and professionally. Read full book review >
Steep Turn by David B. Crawley
Released: Oct. 26, 2015

"A courageous and meticulous doctor follows his dreams, saving a few lives and flying more than a few passengers to their destinations on the way."
A physician slowly departs the breakneck life of a surgeon for the thrills of a career in the air in this memoir. Read full book review >

Enjoy My Misery by James M. Roberts
Released: July 18, 2016

"Poignant and lifelike, this book boldly examines a youth's struggles with drug use."
A debut novel chronicles a mother-son relationship through difficult times. Read full book review >
The Death of Death by K.N. Parker
Released: Jan. 1, 2013

"A gem of a tale about facing death: wise, wry, and moving."
In this short book for readers age 12 and up, a masked figure in black comes to prepare a girl for her upcoming death. Read full book review >
10 Steps to Girlfriend Status by Cynthia T. Toney
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A sensitive YA tale about love, change, and loss, with an empowering message for girls."
A Louisiana teen embarks on a quest to secure a boyfriend while having to adjust to a new family and the serious illness of a beloved friend. Read full book review >
Foul Is Fair by Jeffrey Cook
Released: May 5, 2015

"A rousing series opener, enabled by an adorable cast and a superb trove of faerie folklore."
This YA fantasy, by two contributors to the Sound & Fury: Shakespeare Goes Punk (2015) short story anthology, features a teenager who doesn't know that she's secretly a faerie princess.Read full book review >
A Serpentine Path by Carol P. Christ

"An evocative celebration of Cretan—and female—power."
A feminist theologian shares her journey from despair to rebirth while leading her first "Goddess tour" in Greece in this revision of her 1995 memoir. Read full book review >
As Sparks Fly Upwards by Michael Carr
Released: July 16, 2016

"A pensive and empathetic spiritual memoir."
Carr discusses maintaining faith through tribulation in this debut Christian memoir. Read full book review >
Done Growed Up by Mary Morony
Released: May 26, 2016

"A profound family melodrama that's surprisingly upbeat, thanks to the always reliable maid."
In this second installment of a historical fiction trilogy, a couple's divorce results in repercussions for all the members of the Mackey family in 1963 Virginia. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Maria Goodavage
October 24, 2016

Wherever the president goes, there will be dogs. They’ll be there no matter what the country or state. They’ll be there regardless of the political climate, the danger level, the weather, or the hour. Maria Goodavage’s new book Secret Service Dogs immerses readers in the heart of this elite world of canine teams who protect first families, popes, and presidential candidates: the selection of dogs and handlers, their year-round training, their missions around the world, and, most important, the bond—the glue that holds the teams together and can mean the difference between finding bombs and terrorists or letting them slip by. Secret Service Dogs celebrates the Secret Service’s most unforgettable canine heroes. It is a must-read for fans of Maria Goodavage, anyone who wants a rare inside view of the United States Secret Service, or just loves dogs. “Goodavage’s subjects and their companions are quirky and dedicated enough to engage readers wondering about those dogs on the White House lawn,” our reviewer writes. View video >