July 16, 2024

Just Kate: Finding Friendship

In Barbara Alford’s second book of the Just Kate series, a green sea turtle looks for friendship in the ocean.

Every day when Kate swims, she marvels at the beauty of the sea with its colorful fish, plants, rocks, and coral. One day, she’s troubled by the sight of trash on the ocean’s floor. “What […]


July 10, 2024

The Four Forces of Human Nature: A Unifying Theory

Roberto Treviño Peña’s The Four Forces of Human Nature offers an esoteric look at human behavior and health, centered on the author’s observance of groups of four in nature, the human body and physics.

In his study of brain function and human behavior, Pena encountered the four commonly defined human forces (affective/emotional/experiential; cognitive; communicative; and […]


July 9, 2024

Fireside Reflections : A Papa’s Lessons for a Successful Life

Alan Dahl compiles practical advice for successful living in this laidback guide for young adults.

As a 60-something retired accountant, devoted husband and grandfather, Dahl shares the most impactful life lessons he’s learned in Fireside Reflections. Written to his grandchildren—whom he lovingly refers to as “the Littles”—Dahl crafted his message to feel like an “evening […]


June 18, 2024

The Goatman

In Wallace Martin’s young adult novel, set in a small Georgia town in the 1960’s, a 14-year-old boy plays detective, believing the “Goatman” is behind a recent spate of murders.

The Goatman is a matter of controversy. Zeb Barton’s maid, Thelka, tells him she’s seen the man. He has a long beard, she says, raises […]


June 15, 2024

The Hennessy Lie

The Hennessy Lie is a suspenseful YA thriller filled with mysteries and twists.

College student Piper, struggling with classes and her controlling mother, encounters a strange man who gives her a package revealing her true family history. Suddenly, with help from her roommate and best friend Mia, along with a newfound ally, Piper must search […]


June 11, 2024

Bomber Boys: WWII Flight Jacket Art

John Slemp’s beautifully crafted, fascinating coffee-table book highlights the leather bomber jackets worn by aviators during WWII.

Featuring stunningly crisp photographs (color and black-and-white) and an artful layout, the book is divided into sections offering the jackets’ history, profiles of men who wore them accompanied by contemporary photographic portraits, the garment’s fashion influence through the […]


June 4, 2024

A Shadow of Black Water

In John Wilson’s new thriller, the first in a projected series, a young gangster reconsiders his life.

At 17, Abel Kane helped his uncle Deacon, a career criminal, get away with murder. Ten years later, under Deke’s mentorship, Abel heads his own gang of robbers. The crew’s latest job – robbing a sleazy check-cashing establishment […]


May 28, 2024


Selfies, book one in Scott A. Young’s proposed Manifold series, is a dystopian thriller focusing on the adventures of downtrodden “subhuman” Wallas Trapmore, wrongfully accused of murder by authorities, who becomes a fugitive to clear his name.

The novel starts with Trapp working as an “indent” (indentured servant), part of a workforce orbiting Earth facsimile, […]


May 28, 2024

Not From Here: The Song of America

Immigrating to modern-day America is the theme of Leah Lax’s vivid, sensitively framed collection of interviews first collected years earlier as the basis for her libretto to Houston Grand Opera’s 2007 production The Refuge.

From conversations with 123 Houstonians, Lax shares six full-length accounts (offering short, pithy quotations from others in between), prefaced by descriptions […]


May 28, 2024

The Pinocchio Chip

In his intriguing crime drama novella, The Pinocchio Chip, Rick Moskovitz, seeks to answer the question: “What does it mean to be human?” The novella, centered on an advanced AI-powered android, is meant to be the conclusion to the Brink of Life trilogy but functions well as a stand-alone story.

Photina is an advanced AI—artificial […]