Indie Book Reviews

Strivers and Other Stories by Robert J. Williams
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"The feathery touch of these graceful short tales conceals melancholic undertones of helplessness and American class and race divisions."
A debut collection offers 15 short stories that mostly reflect small incidents and bittersweet enlightenments in black life. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 29, 2016

"A recommended biography that offers a welcome addition to the roster of lesser-known, pioneer African-American educators."
A biography of the remarkable African-American educator William Johnson Trent (1873-1963) that gives readers a close look at the tumultuous times of his long life. Read full book review >

Skunks Dance by St. John Karp
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A colorful, exuberant romp with an appealing fortune-hunting duo."
Two California teenagers search for an ancestor's treasure in this comic novel that crosscuts between contemporary and Gold Rush eras. Read full book review >
Bridget by Bernadette Crepeau
Released: April 23, 2016

"Readers will be charmed by both the characters and scenery in this moral, upbeat YA fantasy."
Crepeau (Turn Back Time, 2014, etc.) offers a YA fantasy in which a teenage orphan inherits property in Ireland and stumbles into a war that threatens the fae kingdom.Read full book review >
Laugh 'til You Die by Sharon Love Cook
Released: May 29, 2016

"A cozy whodunit that makes Granite Cove a congenial place for readers to visit."
A reporter in a small New England town investigates a series of murders tied to a local old-age home in Cook's (A Nose for Hanky Panky, 2014, etc.) third Granite Covemystery.Read full book review >

Kril by Michael Jeffords
Released: Sept. 24, 2016

"An inventive and enjoyable sci-fi epic that offers a cosmic indictment of war."
In this deep-space, multidimensional tale, the battle of the sexes devolves into actual warfare in a dystopian world. Read full book review >
A Misplaced Woman by Marcy Hedish
Released: Sept. 26, 2016

"A collection that beautifully finds the holy in the eccentric, the homeless, and the disregarded."
This cycle of poems explores homelessness through one woman's experience of falling from her privileged, educated background. Read full book review >
Coyote by Kelly Oliver
Released: Aug. 5, 2016

"A fast-paced and thoroughly engaging whodunit set in the American West."
This latest Jessica James mystery from Oliver (Wolf, 2016, etc.) follows the feisty heroine as she leaves college and returns to her mother's trailer park in the tiny town of Whitefish, Montana. Read full book review >

"A practical, encouraging financial manual."
A seasoned wealth-management consultant outlines a system for family financial planning in this how-to guide. Read full book review >
Outside the Limelight by Terez Mertes Rose
Released: Oct. 24, 2016

"A lovely and engaging tale of sibling rivalry in the high-stakes dance world."
A performance accident leaves a ballet soloist fighting for her career and her life. Read full book review >
Welcome to Monstrovia by Mark H. Newhouse
Released: Sept. 6, 2015

"An inventive and surprisingly coherent mix of monsters, mystery, courtroom drama, and real-life family dynamics."
In book one of a new fantasy series for middle schoolers, a boy's sour perspective on life changes during an unexpected encounter with giants, dragons, trolls, and other mythical creatures. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >