Indie Book Reviews

THE ENGINE WOMAN’S LIGHT by Laurel Anne Hill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 12, 2017

"A coming-of-age story that thoughtfully blends mysticism and adventure."
In this dystopian YA novel set in an alternate, steampunk-y version of California, a teenage girl gets mystical visions of tasks that she must perform to save her people. Read full book review >
BE BRAVE by Florrie Munat
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

"A beautiful, richly panoramic book that should reassure caregivers and delight memoir readers."
A widow details her husband's final years—when he was in a nursing home—but also presents a sweeping view of their four decades together. Read full book review >

THE DROWNED RAT by Brian L. Gardner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 7, 2017

"An intriguing debut thriller from a burgeoning talent to watch."
A clever debut novel in which an engineer inadvertently helps his best friend solve an intricate FBI case. Read full book review >
SEARCHING FOR NORMAL by Karen Meadows
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"An intense, moving account of raising and mourning a child with mental illness."
In her debut memoir, Meadows memorializes her daughter while deploring the state of adolescent mental health care. Read full book review >
COUNTING WOLVES by Michael F. Stewart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 14, 2017

"A deeply affecting, hard-to-put-down work that depicts a girl's dark odyssey through obsession toward healing insight."
In this latest novel by a prolific author of YA fiction, a teenager's life spirals out of control as she desperately attempts to evade the savage manifestation of her fear. Read full book review >

FRANCINE by John Schwartz
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A dramatically taut tale propelled by artful characterization and political relevance."
A corporate novel chronicles a young woman's meteoric rise at a coal mining company. Read full book review >
THE WOLVES WITHIN OUR WALLS by L.E. Flinders
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"An absorbing story of the end of civilization relayed through a handful of tortured characters."
Life in a post-apocalyptic community may be just as harrowing as that in the devastated outside world in Flinders' debut dystopian novel. Read full book review >
TREEGIRL by Julianne Skai Arbor
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 15, 2017

"A vital, visually stunning photographic volume."
A conservationist and art photographer explores the erotic aspects of trees. Read full book review >
VERONICA AND THE VOLCANO by Geoffrey Cook
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 7, 2017

"An exciting, complex tale with a terrific heroine."
In Cook's debut novel for middle-grade readers, a girl on a camping trip braves volcanic eruptions, pirates, and her own townspeople. Read full book review >
CUPCAKES, YOGA, AND JESUS by Lyn G. Litchke
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A mishmash of lightly sketched topics but still a beneficial, uplifting memoir of recovery."
One woman details her journey of finding Jesus, overcoming alcoholism, and helping others do the same. Read full book review >
THE NEON PALM OF MADAME MELANÇON by Will Clarke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 19, 2017

"A bizarrely soulful ride through New Orleans with corporate high jinks and some mystical, unseen forces adding to the experience."
An oil company lawyer moves home to New Orleans and finds that his fortuneteller mother has disappeared in Clarke's (The Worthy, 2006, etc.) novel.Read full book review >
THE GADLIN CONSPIRACY by Kaz Lefave
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2017

"An elaborate, futuristic tale that will draw in new readers with its keen characterization."
In the second installment of Lefave's (The Epoch of Redress, 2017) sci-fi series, twins try to prevent the extermination of a people blamed for child abductions and a viral epidemic.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 >