November 27, 2023

The Caretaker: Influencing Decision Makers

In Ken Saik’s well-crafted novella set in Canada, The Caretaker, a group of concerned locals and a savvy, unassuming man unite to try to stop an aggressive developer from converting a beloved area park into a high-rise condo complex.

In honor of his deceased grandfather, who bestowed property to the public, Steve Turphin promised to […]


November 22, 2023

Country Singer

In Fred Preiss’s Country Singer, an unlikely bond forms between an ailing widower and a young woman seeking stardom in the world of country music.

Ed Goff, 70, has recently been diagnosed with a terminal illness. While en route to his Illinois hometown, where he plans to attend Christmas Eve midnight mass, he offers a […]


November 22, 2023

The Perilous Journey of Gavin the Great: A Fable

Don Gutteridge’s novel for young readers is an anthropomorphic fable that follows a group of woodland creatures as they attempt to find their way home after being displaced by a cataclysmic flood.

Reminiscent of Richard Adams’ classic novel Watership Down and blending elements of Arthurian and biblical myth, this action-packed story is initially set in […]


November 7, 2023

The Price of Glory

Patrick Shannon’s well-researched novel explores the hubris, cruelty, and challenges of Robert La Salle’s expeditions in the American Midwest.

Covering 1672 to 1687, the novel captures the two prongs of La Salle’s great ambition to explore the Mississippi and establish outposts to control trade along the river. Harassed by hostile native tribes, creditors, French politics, […]


October 24, 2023

Through it All

In this slice of life novella, a young family’s life is upended when the father is diagnosed with cancer and his odds of survival are low.

Jordan and Christine “Tris” Buffay are the parents of 14-years-old twin daughters and a 17-year-old son when doctors find Jordan has “leukaemia [sic].” Tris is immediately angered by the […]


October 17, 2023

On the Threshold

M. Laszlo holds court on a vast array of quandaries and conundrums in On the Threshold, a surrealistic, metaphysical novel that raises profound questions.

The book opens in 1907 at Bonnie Castle, a Scottish estate run by Fingal T. Smyth. The vast estate hosts Fingal, as well as Doktor Pflug, famed Prussian filmmaker Herr Wunderwaffe, […]


October 3, 2023

A Year in the Life of Peter Short

This novel chronicles the life of a college student as he pursues and is pursued by several women, including one troubled beauty who threatens to steal his heart.

In 1965, Peter Short is in his first year of an MBA program at Northwestern University in Chicago when he meets Sallie, a beautiful, blonde Ice Follies […]


September 26, 2023

Just Arrived: A Different World

In Just Arrived: A Different World, author Bona Udeze illustrates the immigrant experience through the eyes of a young Nigerian who travels to the U.S. to pursue a higher education and become a citizen.

Emeka has dreamt about travelling to America for most of his youth, and when the day comes, he embarks with a […]


September 19, 2023

Sacrifice on the Border: A Mother Searches for Her Stolen Child

This strange but moving novel by Cecilia Domeyko examines lives of violence and comfort, punishment and reward, and, most of all, persistence.

The story begins with the chaotic memories of the child Elisito, who was pulled from a Mexican river and his mother’s arms by a man’s hand and thrust into an unfamiliar world. Readers […]