Indie Book Reviews

MY YELLOW BALLOON by Tiffany  Papageorge
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"An effective and moving approach to understanding sorrow that children should understand."
A young boy who loses his treasured balloon illustrates the stages of grief in this debut picture book. Read full book review >
THE LAST RESISTANCE by Ricardo  Alexanders
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2017

"An epic and inventive Far East, space-invasion reimagining of World War II."
In 1939, an incredible archaeological discovery in China leads to contact with an ancient race of aliens—who fatefully join the Allied cause—in this debut novel. Read full book review >

THE SECOND COMING by Sonia  McGary
Released: Nov. 16, 2017

"A strange, intense, and vividly written speculative reinterpretation of the second coming."
A personal fantasia builds on the themes of the Christian end times. Read full book review >
THE JOURNALS OF RAYMOND BROOKS by Amit  Bobrov
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2016

"An unpredictable, briskly paced series opener."
In this fantasy novel, a warrior recounts her long life spent battling figurative and literal demons. Read full book review >
MY SON, SAINT FRANCIS by Marcy Heidish
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2018

"An emotional, captivating Christian story in verse."
Heidish (A Misplaced Woman, 2016, etc.) presents an account of St. Francis of Assisi's life, as told from his father's perspective in poetic form.Read full book review >

KENTUCKY RAIDER by George R.  Karvel
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"An impressively fresh look at an otherwise well-covered historical event."
Karvel outlines a Confederate soldier's service in the Civil War as part of the infamous unit known as Morgan's Raiders. Read full book review >
THE MISSING SPIRIT by P.J.  Maia
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A worthy introduction to a grand world, with rich, profound characters that should bring readers back for sequels."
This fantasy debut tells of a realm of immortal beings and a teenage girl's murky past that may put her in danger. Read full book review >
COOK YOUR MARRIAGE HAPPY  by Debra Borden
Released: Feb. 15, 2018

"An advice book with just as much wisdom as wit."
In this relationship guide, Borden (Lucky Me, 2007, etc.) introduces "Cooking Therapy"—advice and recipes to help couples work through common marital issues.Read full book review >
QUEST-TERRESTRIALS by Malgosia  Krol
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 22, 2018

"Though it has supporting themes about friendship and imagination, the biggest appeal here is that it's just plain fun. Expect plenty of giggles—from children and parents."
Funny and charming, this picture book debut by author/illustrator Krol stars pint-sized aliens who always know how to lend a hand (and a laugh). Read full book review >
SEEING FOREVER by Robert J.  McCarter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2018

"Sci-fi as it should be: engaging, moving, and grand in scope."
McCarter (Of Things Not Seen, 2017, etc.) returns with a tale of a man who defeats the limits of mortality, only to question the worth of indefinite existence. Read full book review >
BLACKBEARD by Samuel Marquis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"An engrossing and historically grounded yarn."
Marquis' (The Fourth Pularchek, 2017, etc.) historical novel, based on a true story, aims to rehabilitate the pirate Blackbeard, delivering a wealth of information about his era and place in history.Read full book review >
RAVEN'S RISK by Robert F.  Lackey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 5, 2017

"Engaging action on both land and sea with well-drawn characters."
This third volume of a mid-19th-century family saga, set on the banks of the Susquehanna River in Maryland, focuses on a vital addition to a private fleet. 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 >