June 18, 2024

Human Beings First – Practices for Empathetic, Expressive Leadership

“What if leaders and companies approached their roles from the perspective that we’re all human beings first?” That’s the question author Paul Wolfe poses in this brief book.

An experienced Human Resources (HR) professional who has formerly worked at Indeed, Condé Nast, and Match.com, Wolfe concentrates on the human side of business, proposing eight practices […]


June 11, 2024

The Street Between the Pines

J.J. Alo’s The Street Between the Pines combines science fiction and horror as monsters roam the streets of a small coastal suburb.

Folks are disappearing on rural Connecticut’s Hock Island. Even more disturbing, bodies are discovered torn to shreds. Meanwhile, Curtis and Amy Reynolds are trying to save their troubled marriage while raising a special […]


June 4, 2024

The Canticle of Ibiza

In Justin Kurian’s novel of redemption and self-realization, a New Yorker journeys to Ibiza in the summer of 1988 to find a long-lost friend—and regain his sense of human connection.

Fifteen years ago, John Balkus was an idealistic college graduate with plans to launch a philosophical and theological journal with his best friend, Gunther. He […]


May 28, 2024

The Secrets of Shadowcrest

Lance Ian McColgan blends historical fact and fantastical fiction in The Secrets of Shadowcrest, a debut full of action, adventure and a unique ability to make medieval history come alive.

Shadowcrest offers faithful fantasy fans all the necessary and expected ingredients: magic, monsters, a hero’s journey, and exotic, faraway locales. Simultaneously, the novel is solidly […]


May 14, 2024

The Faeries of Fable Island

This fantasy novel from Alicia Cahalane Lewis is a deeply philosophical and contemplative reimagining of Scottish novelist J. M. Barrie’s classic Peter Pan narrative.

In 2024, Megan Elida Fay, 16, lives in a dilapidated house on the Maine coast with her aunt. The remote stretch of coastline is a tourist hotspot, as it has been […]


May 14, 2024

The Legacy of HarlemLIVE: Youth Empowerment Through Journalism and Experiential Learning

Rich Calton, a teacher and the founder of HarlemLIVE, shares the inspiration behind and lessons learned from spearheading a youth-led journalism organization that left a lasting impact.

HarlemLIVE thrived from 1996 to 2011. Organized by Calton to foster creativity, teach skills, and cultivate confidence, HarlemLIVE was an Internet-based periodical that involved young people reporting on […]


May 7, 2024


Starfall is a young adult, science fiction tale centered on a mysterious event and its troubling aftermath.

On October 6, 1995, the Anne Falls Gazette reported that witnesses saw “a fireball streaking across the sky” the previous night. The onlookers claimed it crashed into the Kingland Forest outside of Anne Falls, though, later, rumors circulated […]


May 7, 2024

Higher Love: a psychedelic travel memoir of heartbreak and healing

Anne Kiehl Friedman’s memoir effectively wields vulnerability and honesty to vividly document an unconventional journey of self-healing.

At 27, Friedman was beginning to think she’d never find true love. But in 2011, her online dating efforts led her to successful business owner David. After a first date surpassing her expectations, Friedman’s tentative attraction blossomed into […]


April 30, 2024

François: A Memoir

In this memoir, author Kyle Thomas Smith uses his brief experience with François, a charming, French documentary filmmaker, as a jumping-off point to explore many topics, including his childhood and emotionally abusive family, education and literary aspirations, work and rambling career path, and discovery of self-help books.

François is an insightful narrative of associations and […]


April 23, 2024

The Marriage Gift

Stephen Evans’ novella, written in the style of a play, follows Paula and James as they search for the perfect wedding gift.

The couple receives a wedding invitation from a mysterious “Cousin Angela,” to whom neither of them recalls being related. After some argument, they decide to attend the event anyway. Then comes the debate […]