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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LJ’s Best Summer/Fall 2021 Debuts

Library Journal‘s Best Summer/Fall 2021 Debuts includes three Macmillan titles! HELLO, TRANSCRIBER by Hannah MorrisseyISBN 9781250795953 | on sale 11/30/21 “Former police transcriber Morrissey brings her expertise to this suspenseful debut. The story of an introverted, troubled woman, isolated in a bleak small town, will appeal to fans of Jess Lourey’s atmospheric books.”–Library Journal, starred […]

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Debut Spotlight (8/3/21)

An Irish family torn apart by secrets + a tale of sisterhood and unexpected friendships + a man in Paris haunted by an old love = this debut spotlight. WE ARE THE BRENNANS by Tracey Lange An Indie Next pick! “An errant daughter returns to the fold of her Irish Catholic family in Lange’s accomplished […]

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Debut Spotlight (7/1/21)

We’re kicking off July with a poetic tale of war and destiny set in an epic alternate China, and a story all about personal strength and healing with three women surviving unimaginable tragedy. SHE WHO BECAME THE SUN by Shelley Parker-Chan 2 starred reviews, a LibraryReads pick, and an Indie Next pick! “Parker-Chan’s debut is […]

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Debut Spotlight (6/8/21)

Today we’re spotlighting debuts with a sweeping family story set in seaside Maine, a dystopian thriller in a world run by artificial intelligence, and an accomplished photographer framed for murder. HAVEN POINT by Virginia Hume “Hume’s debut follows three generations of Demarest women against the backdrop of an upscale summer community on the Maine coast…Fans […]

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Debut Spotlight (5/4/21)

This debut spotlight includes the suspenseful story of a photographer’s obsession, a Greek myth retelling, an epic fantasy filled with goblins and goddesses, an all girls’ boarding school with deep secrets, and a romantic story set against a Cape Cod summer. THE PHOTOGRAPHER by Mary Dixie Carter An Indie Next pick! “Delta Dawn, the narrator […]

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Debut Spotlight (3/2/21)

This debut spotlight features a little something for everyone, including literary fiction, short stories, and contemporary romance! OF WOMEN AND SALT by Gabriela Garcia “Garcia’s dexterous debut chronicles the travails of a Cuban immigrant family. Carmen, a Cuban immigrant living in Miami, is worried about her daughter Jeanette’s addiction to drugs and alcohol…This riveting account […]

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