Debut Novel Focuses on Family, Love, and Life’s Consequences

Debut Novel Focuses on Family, Love, and Life’s Consequences

Claire Spruce, the main protagonist of What Burns Away (January 2015) by Melissa Falcon Field, is fascinated by fire. She uses combustion to express her emotions – happy, romantic, sad, and, most of all, anger. It is in these fiery flames, both physically and metaphorically, that she finds comfort and solace. But nothing can alleviate […]

Notable Psychological Thriller Author Discusses Sophomore Novel

Notable Psychological Thriller Author Discusses Sophomore Novel

Today we welcome British author Colette McBeth to the blog to celebrate the US release of her second novel, The Life I Left Behind. Her debut, Precious Thing, received a lot of praise when it came out last year, establishing McBeth as a notable psychological thriller writer. We are so excited to have Colette join […]

Calling All Sci-Fi Fans

Calling All Sci-Fi Fans

Known for her screenplay of the 1990 movie, Catchfire, starring Jodie Foster and Dennis Hopper, R.K. Mann recently released her debut sci-fi novel, The Trader (January 2015). This character-rich space adventure takes place in the 35th century, a world where people live more than 100 years, robots serve humans, and interstellar travel is possible. The […]

Spotlight on Short Stories: MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAS

Spotlight on Short Stories: MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAS

When you settle in to read Gary Lee Miller’s debut story collection Museum of the Americas (July 2014),  get ready to be thrilled and chilled, to weep and laugh, to marvel like a child at the narrative wonders contained within its pages. Only afterward, once you’ve managed to release yourself from the narrative riptide of these […]

Celebrate with Us! Emily Gray Tedrowe Discusses BLUE STARS

Celebrate with Us! Emily Gray Tedrowe Discusses BLUE STARS

Today we welcome Emily Gray Tedrowe to the blog to celebrate today’s release of her second novel, Blue Stars. Following in the footsteps of Tedrowe’s successful debut, Commuters, Blue Stars has received a great amount of pre-publication buzz. In fact, with its current events subject matter, many expect Blue Stars to be Tedrowe’s breakout novel. We […]

Roll Cameras! And…Action!

Roll Cameras! And…Action!

Ready on the set! Lights up on the fist scene of A Touch of Stardust (February 2014) by Kate Alcott! Roll cameras! And…Action! Julie Crawford, our main protagonist, attempts to deliver a message to producer David O. Selznick who is atop a massive tower supervising the burning of Atlanta, the first scene shot for the […]

BEFORE HE FINDS HER Does Not Disappoint

BEFORE HE FINDS HER Does Not Disappoint

Once I heard the title, I knew Before He Finds Her (February 2015) would be a book I wanted to read. Unfamiliar with Michael Kardos’s work, I was impressed to learn of both his Pushcart Prize-winning debut novel, The Three-Day Affair, and critically-acclaimed short stories. Hoping to find a new favorite author, I eagerly started […]

Why is Fiction a Great Way to Capture a Piece of History?

Why is Fiction a Great Way to Capture a Piece of History?

Black History Month is a time to celebrate and recognize the incredible achievements made by African Americans and their role in American history. In celebration of Black History Month we asked historical fiction author Rashad Harrison to write a letter to his readers reflecting on the importance of capturing such history in fiction novels and […]

THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME Author Returns with A MEMORY OF VIOLETS

THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME Author Returns with A MEMORY OF VIOLETS

Violets, according to flower lore, symbolize faithfulness. This is one of the main themes, as the title suggests, of A Memory of Violets (February 2015), Hazel Gaynor’s second novel. Set in London, it tells of two young women whose stories parallel each other with common themes and experiences. In 1876 Flora (Florrie) Flynn, a crippled, […]