First—And Foremost | Debut Novels

Fall 2017/winter 2018 bring the promise of fresh, new voices

E-Originals from Alward, Flade, Livesay, Marcelo, and Debuter Laine | Xpress Reviews

Romance readers who love holiday stories will be thrilled with this latest addition; is a strong choice for anyone interested in an emotional love story; a fun and heartening read despite a few hiccups; recommended where contemporary titles circulate well; the feelings and struggles are all heartfelt and true to life

Honoring Christian Fiction’s Best | Carol Awards 2017

The 16th annual conference of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), held September 21–24 at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine, TX, culminated in the awards gala and the announcement of the 2017 Carol Award winners for excellence in Christian fiction.

LJ Fiction | Review Alert, October 1, 2017

Adams’s intriguing new mystery series celebrates the power of books and women’s friendships; award-winning debut novelist Birkby shines a spotlight on the overlooked female characters of the Sherlock Holmes stories; the landscape of Hannah’s latest is hard and bleak, but our young heroine learns to accept it and discover her true self; Parks knows how to get readers to empathize emotionally with his characters while amping up the tension

E-Originals from Donyo, Fernando, Moran, and Debuter Matthews | Xpress Reviews

A sweet, poignant love story featuring a refreshingly ambitious heroine and an introspective hero; because of the short pagination, character motivation and development suffer; a fast and emotionally satisfying read—a promising debut; libraries will want to add the series to their romance collections

LJ Fiction | Review Alert, September 15, 2017

Benedict “follows the war home,” engaging readers with an insightful story right up until the gut-wrenching conclusion; debuter McKibben will have readers grappling with the ethical questions of resistance; Chakraborty brings to vivid life the ancient mythological traditions of an Islamic world unfamiliar to most American readers

E-Originals from Chianese, Cole, Holmes, and Wyatt & St. George | Xpress Reviews

Forromance fans who appreciate strong female leads, handsome naval officers, and a dog playing matchmaker; fans of Cole will recognize the bandmates of Preload; Holmes’s sentiments are explored with great care; with broad appeal for readers of sexy contemporary romance, not just those who have an interest in MMA

Reach for Something New | Christian Fiction Reviews

This month’s column features three novella anthologies from popular CF authors spanning suspense, romance, sf, horror, and historical fiction. The Regency Brides Collection, The Assault, and Brides of Montana serve as perfect introductory appetizers for those who may be unsure about what to reach for next.

Brook’s Pick of the Month, Notable Series Launches from Indridason, Massey, Debuters Gates, Lackey | Mystery Reviews

ALL GOOD THINGS come to an end, and this month, two notable crime fiction series are concluding. Fortunately, we have a new beginning with Allison Brook’s cozy series launch and our Pick of the Month, Death Overdue.

Books for Thought | The Reader’s Shelf

Some of the best novels are those that get people talking. By introducing a new perspective, featuring gripping plots, and tackling ethical dilemmas, they become perfect catalysts for discussion among bibliophiles.