February 20, 2024

The Esmeralda Goodbye

Corey Lynn Fayman’s The Esmeralda Goodbye is a trouble-in-paradise thriller with high stakes action and a star-studded cast that pays homage to Raymond Chandler.

When young beat officer Jake Stirling keeps famous writer Raymond Chandler from shooting himself at his California home, Jake doesn’t anticipate that Chandler’s gun will become part of a circle of […]


February 20, 2024


Bill VanPatten’s Refuge is a timely saga of finding family and overcoming prejudice.

It’s been six months since Jesse Pérez’s husband, David, died. Jesse is now on his own in their small California town to raise their ten-year-old son, Matthew, who is on the autism spectrum.

Jesse is shocked when his 15-year-old niece, Gloria, appears […]


January 23, 2024

The Rise of The Legends

In Jake Zortman’s middle-grade novel, a school club deals with a drone that travels from the future to modern times.

Mikaela Kadono dreads the first day of school. Her father continually follows his dreams and schemes from place to place, so Mikaela knows the tensions of being the new kid in school. This time, her […]


January 23, 2024

Lost Grove: Part One

Lost Grove is a modern-day small-town supernatural mystery focusing on the enigmatic death of local college-girl Sarah Elizabeth Grahams and the subsequent investigation into her demise.

The novel commences with the macabre discovery of Sarah Elizabeth’s body on a beach, followed by the introduction of former San Francisco Police Department homicide-detective Seth Wolfe. Seth, who […]


January 11, 2024

The States

Blending science fiction and romance, author Norah Woodsey offers an intriguing premise: Can dreams guide reality?

Set in the near future, the story focuses on Matilda (Tildy) Sullivan. Plain compared to her beautiful sisters, she has never fit in well with her family or her millionaire father Patrick, whose once-successful cosmetics company is struggling.

During […]


October 24, 2023

The Nosferatu Conspiracy, Vol. One: Lady of the Loch

Brian James Gage’s eye-catching graphic novel, The Nosferatu Conspiracy: Lady of the Loch, melds vampire lore with some of eastern European history’s most violent upheavals, linking the monsters of popular imagination with 15th century Romanian ruler Vlad the Impaler, Russian mystic Rasputin and ill-fated Tsar Nicholas II and his bride, Tsaritsa Alexandra.

In this slim […]


October 17, 2023

Exploring Wine Regions: California Central Coast

In this sumptuous book with more than 800 photographs, Michael C. Higgins takes wine enthusiasts on an in-depth tour of the wineries of Central California.

Unlike the many books devoted to Napa and Sonoma, this book—third in the Exploring Wine Regions series—looks at the lesser-known wine regions of Monterey County, San Luis Obispo (including Paso […]


October 3, 2023

Black Wing Sky

The latest installment in Kaylin McFarren’s Gehenna series offers readers plenty of epic narrative threads and no shortage of action.

Dragons, demons, archangels, Lucifer, and all-out war between the forces of heaven and hell figure into McFarren’s ambitious tale. Within the first dozen pages the author sets a dizzying narrative pace, no doubt stemming in […]


July 18, 2023

My Friend Charlie: A book for young readers and dog lovers

Like a series of inspirational classroom posters in book form, My Friend Charlie presents short, life principles packaged with illustrations and photographs of dogs.

This picture book is nonfiction, but doesn’t have the typical focus on nature, outer space, transportation, or other categories that dominate early reader nonfiction. Instead, My Friend Charlie pairs advice with […]