The Chimes by Anna Smaill | LJ Review


One of a kind, both in its dystopian landscape and use of gorgeous language throughout (including clever musical terms), this debut takes time to digest but is worth the effort.

E-Originals from Austin, Burke & Jensen, Gray, plus Two Debuts | Xpress Reviews


An excellent second offering in the series from Austin; more “Chaos” from Burke & Jensen; a baseball debut featuring a library director; Gray plot is basic, with slow-burn erotic love scenes; Michaels’s debut is all romance readers could hope for

The Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer | LJ Review


Hamer, a Rhys Davies Short Story Prize winner, is a natural storyteller who writes with such a sense of drama, compulsion, and sympathy that most readers will devour this work in one or two sittings.

Fiction by Berne and Nesser, plus Two Well-Received Debuts | Xpress Reviews


Berne’s fourth novel should appeal to fans of contemporary slice-of-life fiction; Chiarella’s debut novel is an intriguing tale of medical advancement; Nesser’s latest offers plenty of twists and suspense; a thoroughly researched historical fiction debut

Weina Dai Randel | Debut Spotlight, January 1, 2016


The first in a duology coming out in March, The Moon in the Palace by Weina Dai Randel is a stunning debut for historical fiction fans, especially those fascinated by China’s glorious past.

First Novelists Arlidge, Curry, McPherson, Stewart, Stradal, & Others | Debut Fiction, June 15, 2015


A fast-paced, terrifying, and impossible to put down novel from Arlidge; Curry’s fascinating glimpse into China; historical fiction fans will delight in Stewart’s eccentric women characters; Liontas’s multigenerational tale is a provocative achievement

Jennifer Weiner, Philippa Gregory, & Lauren Willig’s Last Pink Carnation Novel | Audio in Advance August 2015 | Fiction


Alcott, Kathleen. Infinite Home. Blackstone. ISBN 9781504638944. Reader TBA. Edith is a widow who rents apartments in her Brooklyn brownstone to an unlikely collection of people: Paulie, an unusually disabled man, and his burdened sister, Claudia; Edward, a misanthropic stand-up comic; Adeleine, a beautiful agoraphobe; Thomas, a young artist recovering from a stroke. Damaged in various […]

Jami Attenberg, S.J. Watson, & Previously Unpublished Elmore Leonard Shorts | June 2015 Audio in Advance | Fiction


Attenberg, Jami. Saint Mazie. Hachette Audio. ISBN 9781478903819. Read by Tavia Gilbert. It’s the Jazz Age, with romance and booze aplenty—even when Prohibition kicks in—and Mazie Phillips never turns down a night on the town. But her high spirits mask a childhood rooted in poverty, and her diary, always close at hand, holds her dearest secrets. […]

Delightful debuts | May 2015 Audio in Advance | Stephanie’s Picks


Frankel, Lauren. Hyacinth Girls. Brilliance. ISBN 9781501221941. Read by Emily Sutton-Smith & Laura Hamilton. While 13-year-old Callie is eventually exonerated of bullying, threatening notes from her alleged victim, Robyn, begin to surface. As the notes become suicidal, Callie’s mother, Rebecca, is determined to save the unbalanced Robyn. As Rebecca navigates school disapproval and mean moms while trying […]

New Novelists Cameron, Herbert, Levy, Renehan, Womack, & Others | Debut Fiction, February 1, 2015


Dark humor and satisfying twists from Cameron; smart, snappy dialog and fun, likable characters from Conrad; soul food and sassy characters combine in Herbert’s debut; Levy’s story is well crafted, atmospheric, and whimsical.