Debut Novel Perfect for Fans of Sue Monk Kidd

Debut Novel Perfect for Fans of Sue Monk Kidd

In Tamara Valentine’s debut novel, What the Waves Know (February 2016), everything changed for Izabella Haywood when she was six. Her father, Ansel, a curious, unpredictable man, abandoned the family and Izabella is certain she is to blame. For reasons cloaked in mystery and amnesia, Izabella’s ability to speak left with her father. After her father’s disappearance, Izabella fears losing her mother yet can’t stop pushing her away. Now fourteen and beginning to show the sparks of adolescence, her mother,… Read more »

UNDER A CLOUD OF RAIN: Murder in Houston’s High Society

UNDER A CLOUD OF RAIN: Murder in Houston’s High Society

A.R. Baumann’s debut crime novel, Under a Cloud of Rain (January 2016), shows her love for her birth city. Set in Houston, Texas, this book is as much about the main detective as it is about the city of Houston. A horrific opening called “The First Victim” details the dismemberment of a woman by a masked man. This gruesom scene immediately grabbed my attention. Next, the author sets the stage in 1970 Houston, just four months after Detective Nick Noelle… Read more »

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 parent’s love can take, how women are complex and possibly always beyond comprehension, and how music is the Braille of life. His beloved half-brother, Paul,… Read more »

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 Quinlan School of Business with a concentration in Entrepreneurship. What were the events that inspired the book?   The book was inspired by different experiences… Read more »

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 certain to have a long writing career. Macmillan takes her time setting the stage. A prologue set a year after the events in the novel… Read more »