Indie Book Reviews

Dog Medicine by Julie Barton
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"A heartfelt page-turner about depression and how dogs can save us from ourselves."
In this moving debut autobiography, a chronically depressed short story writer tells how her relationship with her dog saved her life. Read full book review >
The Gift by Carlos Valverde
Released: Nov. 15, 2015

"A sweet, beautifully illustrated story for families."
Children learn how God gives parents babies in Valverde's (The Grumpy Frog, 2013, etc.) picture book.Read full book review >

Conjuring Casanova by Melissa Rea
Released: June 7, 2015

"A light, enjoyable romp through time."
A lonely doctor conjures up a famous lover in Rea's time-traveling romance. Read full book review >
Clean by Mia Kerick
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"A compassionate look at the harrowing problem of addiction, anchored by strong characters and a message of hope."
Two high school seniors grapple with family and school pressures and try to break free of drugs and alcohol in Kerick's (Come to my Window, 2015, etc.) YA novel. Read full book review >
MAROON RISING by John H. Cunningham
Released: Nov. 24, 2015

"Breezy, winsome, and endlessly diverting."
In the latest installment of Cunningham's (Second Chance Gold, 2014, etc.) adventure series, Buck Reilly dodges bullets and faces off against kidnappers while searching for Jamaican treasure.Read full book review >

In Absence of Fear by Celeste Chaney
Released: Nov. 5, 2015

"A compelling novel to tease readers' paranoia."
Chaney imagines a society under total surveillance in this debut sci-fi thriller. Read full book review >
Some Kind of Ending by Conon Parks

"An unapologetically manic and original novel about a drifter who heads for the Aleutian Islands in the 1980s."
Parks offers the postmodern adventures of an unlikely fisherman in this 20-year-old novel. Read full book review >
The Hearts of Dragons by Josh VanBrakle
Released: Oct. 16, 2015

"A fantasy sequel with well-developed characters that doesn't disappoint."
In the second installment of this Japanese mythology-inspired fantasy series, Iren Saitosan, a member of a warrior race known as the Maantecs, sets out to regain his magic-using ability, uncovering many secrets about his past along the way. Read full book review >
Africa Macabre by Jack Stephens
Released: June 5, 2015

"An enjoyable compilation of dark tales for readers who prefer twist endings."
Stephens' debut collection offers stories and vignettes set in post-apartheid South Africa and featuring dark, punchy conclusions, as well as unrelated poems of love, introspection, and spirituality. Read full book review >
Going Places by Kathryn Berla

"A delightful, realistic novel about a lovable high school senior dealing with normal—and not-so-normal—teenage issues."
A multifaceted coming-of-age story about a teenage boy's forays into love, lust, and entrepreneurship. Read full book review >
Money Matters Made Simple by Anne M. Schwab
Released: Jan. 26, 2015

"Responsible guidance in a handbook for readers at the beginning of financial literacy and planning."
A guide to the basics of personal finance and planning for long-term financial stability. Read full book review >
Dream Wrecks by Dick Heimbold
Released: Sept. 18, 2014

"A stylish novel about an intrepid painter and a Mexican drug lord that blends artists, guns, and money."
A former Marine haunted by dreams of war seeks healing through painting, but his art lands him in a different kind of nightmare in Heimbold's debut thriller. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jason Gay
November 17, 2015

In the 1990s, copies of Richard Carlson’s Don't Sweat the Small Stuff (and its many sequels) were seemingly everywhere, giving readers either the confidence to prioritize their stresses or despondence over the slender volume’s not addressing their particular set of problems. While not the first book of its kind, it kicked open the door for an industry of self-help, worry-reduction advice guides. In his first book, Little Victories, Wall Street Journal sports columnist Gay takes less of a guru approach, though he has drawn an audience of readers appreciative of reportage that balances insights with a droll, self-deprecating outlook. He occasionally focuses his columns on “the Rules” (of Thanksgiving family touch football, the gym, the office holiday party, etc.), which started as a genial poke in the eye at the proliferation of self-help books and, over time, came to explore actual advice “both practical and ridiculous” and “neither perfect nor universal.” The author admirably combines those elements in every piece in the book. View video >