Debut Spotlight (9/1/22)

Today’s debut spotlight includes some exciting titles from first-time authors, with a collection of short stories that follow a Jamaican family struggling to survive in Miami, and a genre-bending gothic horror story about a doctor investigating the death of his predecessor. IF I SURVIVE YOU BY JONATHAN ESCOFFERY Available for download on Edelweiss here. 4 starred reviews […]

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Debut Spotlight (8/16/22)

We’re spotlighting some exciting first-time authors with a complex and subversive story of a tight-knit community, a queer coming-of-age novel set in 1980s NYC, and an action-packed tech start-up adventure. THE LAST KARANKAWAS by Kimberly Garza “Written in lyrical, nearly hypnotic prose that makes the reader feel the Texan humidity, this is a brilliantly plotted, […]

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The Debut Review: THE BARTENDER’S CURE (4/20/22)

Wesley Straton’s irresistible debut is an emotional coming-of-age story set in the service industry. THE BARTENDER’S CURE is an ode to all the neighborhood bars that have fostered a sense of community, but it is also a story about finding happiness and family in the most unexpected places. And, of course, it is filled with […]

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Debut Spotlight (4/5/22)

April is filled with star-studded debuts, including the story of a Chinese girl fighting to claim her place in the 1880s American West, a novel that traces the too-short life of a woman transformed by death into an agent of justice, and a small-town mystery with an unlikely private investigator. FOUR TREASURES OF THE SKY […]

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Debut Spotlight (3/2/22)

March is filled with several outstanding debuts, including an unflinching love letter to Flint, Michigan and the resilience of its people, a mystery set in a lush fantasy world, and a love story where two young adults navigate familial and racial dynamics to achieve the future they want. CHEVY IN THE HOLE by Kelsey Ronan […]

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Debut Spotlight (2/1/22)

February is filled with outstanding debuts including a darkly funny story about ambition and what it means to be young, the shocking waves caused by one couple’s marriage, a woman’s journey through motherhood and friendship, and a new type of dating service that guarantees to find your ultimate match. A VERY NICE GIRL by Imogen […]

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Debut Spotlight (1/18/22)

Stacy Willingham made her masterful debut with a dark and compelling thriller that has readers hooked until the very last page. Set in a small town in Louisiana, where six teenage girls went missing 20 years ago, A FLICKER IN THE DARK follows psychologist Chloe as that terrifying summer comes crashing back with even more […]

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Debut Spotlight (1/4/22)

We’re kicking off 2022 with a couple exciting debuts featuring a status-driven wedding planner who has to learn what it really means to weather a storm and a thrilling story of fame, fortune, and the blurred lines between fact and fiction. OLGA DIES DREAMING by Xochitl Gonzalez An Indie Next pick! “Warmhearted but tough-minded story […]

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Debut Spotlight (12/1/21)

Today we are spotlighting December’s wonderful debuts with a darkly funny story about an Indian-American family struggling with deeply buried secrets and a captivating exploration of the complexities of female friendship and the dark drive towards perfection in the world of ballet. TELL ME HOW TO BE by Neel Patel “Patel skillfully maneuvers through the […]

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The Debut Review: REPUTATION by Lex Croucher (11/30/21)

Bridgerton meets Gossip Girl meets Jane Austen with a splash of Mean Girls in Lex Croucher’s historical rom-com debut, REPUTATION. Set against the backdrop of lavish parties and an unforgettable summer in the lush English countryside, Georgiana Ellers falls into a world of improper friends, drunken debauchery, and mysterious young men. But, Georgiana has to […]

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