January Indie Next List Featured Debut

January Indie Next List Featured Debut

In Only Love Can Break Your Heart (January 2016), Ed Tarkington’s powerful coming-of-age novel, Richard Eskew attempts to understand the path he took to manhood. The story is beautifully constructed. We follow young Richard, then nicknamed Rocky, as a boy in southern Virginia in the late 1970s. He comes to understand the many forms a […]

Blog Tour: Author Duo Discusses Their Debut YA Novel

Blog Tour: Author Duo Discusses Their Debut YA Novel

Dean Economos and Alyssa Machinis, Co-Authors of A North Shore Story   Dean Economos: Give us some background, what did you do before writing this book?   I went to college at Loyola University Chicago and received my undergrad in Biology and a minor in Biostatistics. I then went on to receive my M.B.A. from Loyola’s […]

WHAT SHE KNEW: A Skillfully Crafted Psychological Thriller

WHAT SHE KNEW: A Skillfully Crafted Psychological Thriller

This impressive debut by British author Gilly Macmillan has been creating buzz since before its US release last month. An Indie Next pick, LibraryReads list pick, Target Book Club pick are a few of its many well-deserved recognitions. What She Knew (December 2015) is a skillfully crafted psychological thriller from an up-and-coming author who is […]

Short Story Collection Offers Provocative Insights into Women

Short Story Collection Offers Provocative Insights into Women

Mothers, Tell Your Daughters (October 2015), Bonnie Jo Campbell’s new collection of short stories, her third, is anything but a page-turner. Readers who gobbled her 2012 novel, Once Upon a River, should, when opening Mothers, be warned to adjust their expectations. For that novel’s main character, the orphaned sharp shooter Margo Crane, 16, kept readers […]

Highly Recommended Debut Fiction for YA Audience

Highly Recommended Debut Fiction for YA Audience

Pam Webber’s The Wiregrass (August 2015) is a lovely coming-of-age story set in rural Alabama in 1969. Webber’s beautiful evocation of place, with its quirks and feisty characters, is superb, and her mastery of dialect is sure. Our narrator is fourteen-year-old Nettie Campbell, en route to “Ain’t” Pitty and Uncle Ben’s house for the summer. […]

Debut YA Thriller Has Widespread Appeal

Debut YA Thriller Has Widespread Appeal

One of the first things that caught my eye about debut novelist Emily Ross is the fact that she is part of the GrubStreet community of writers. Many of our favorite authors come from this fantastic Boston-based creative writing center—including Randy Susan Meyers and Bret Anthony Johnston. It is no surprise, then, that Ross is […]

Libby’s Most Memorable Debuts of 2015

Libby’s Most Memorable Debuts of 2015

2015 has been such a fantastic year for books. I had trouble picking my top 5. So, I asked myself which books still cross my mind? Which ones challenged me to think and reflect? Below is my list, in no particular order, of what I thought were the best debuts of 2015. Which one will […]

Spunky Heroine Returns in New Mystery Series

Spunky Heroine Returns in New Mystery Series

Though a sequel to Wright’s first novel, The Granite Moth (November 2015) can be enjoyed by all, including those who have not yet read The Red Chameleon. Once again, private eye Kathleen Stone takes center stage in this action-packed, rollicking mystery novel.  When her friend’s Halloween float bursts into flames, injuring several people, Kathleen is hired […]