No tricks here! We’re all treats this month. Feast on some brain candy with these offerings from our newest publishers. They’ve got all the taste and none of the calories (assuming you hide the candy bowl, of course).
Fiction & Literature
Blueberry Truth by Ute Carbone (Etopia Press) Beanie and Mac have the perfect relationship, but the babies they hope for just won’t come. Seven-year-old Blueberry Truth’s life has been anything but perfect. Together, can they make a family?
A Moody Fellow Finds Love and Then Dies by Douglas Watson (Outpost19) A wise and humorous fable of love, life and art by the author of The Era of Not Quite.
Polyamorous Love Song by Jacob Wren (Book Thug) This finalist for the 2013 Fence Modern Prize in Prose will appeal to readers with an interest in the visual arts, theatre, and performance of all types.
Understudies by Ravi Mangla (Outpost19) Told in a series of snapshots, Understudies is a sharp, funny and heartbreaking study of beauty, celebrity and everyday needs.
Mystery, Thriller & Crime
Bury Me With Barbie by Wyborn Senna (Full Fathom Five Digital) A quirky, riveting “whodunnit” noses its way into the murderous underbelly of the insular (and surprisingly nasty) world of Barbie doll collectors.
A Famine of Horses by P.F. Chisholm (Poisoned Pen Press) A Sir Robert Carey Mystery rich in atmosphere and packed with vivid characters, fictitious and real, that romps through roguish courtiers, rival gangs, treason, and high ambition.
Impulse by Frederick Ramsay (Poisoned Pen Press) Set against the backdrop of a class reunion, in this warm, yet suspenseful, novel packed with little nuggets of pure gold characterizations, Ramsay explores the role of impulse on many levels.
Sins of the Father: The Bourbon Street Ripper by Leo King (Grey Gecko Press) Book one of a trilogy of gritty tales about murder, mystery and suspense set in the Big Easy.
Bunny and Shark by Alisha Piercy (Book Thug) A middle-aged coming-of-age story-cum-shark-adventure that reveals and celebrates women’s power in the trenches from an award-winning author.
The Hourglass by Sharon Struth (Etopia Press) As Brenda uncovers the truth about her husband after he commits suicide, she finds the path to forgiveness isn’t always on the map.
Sophrosyne by Marianne Apostolides (Book Thug) Infused with a sensuality balanced by its intellect, Sophrosyne reads like “the music’s rhythm… soft like wax and supple, warm,” pulsing through your veins.
Moonstone Obsession by Elizabeth Ellen Carter (Etopia Press) Historical romance set in England after the French Revolution.
Texas Heat by Rhonda Laurel (Etopia Press) The Blake Boys, Book 4. The love story begins between Country Music star, Tate, and Classical Violinist, Isabelle.
Science Fiction & Fantasy
Fallen Is Babylon by Michael Wentela (Grey Gecko Press) In a world populated by the dead, the crazy, and the murderous, what can one sane man do?
Spindown by George Wright Padgett (Grey Gecko Press) Hunted by deadly killing machines, clone slaves, escaped from a mining outpost on Jupiter’s moon find out just what it means to be human.
Awakening the Fire by Ally Shields (Etopia Press) Guardian Witch, Book 1. Urban, paranormal fantasy about a fire witch who must prevent an all-out supernatural war.
Dead Awakenings by Rebekah R. Ganiere (Etopia Press) A struggling New York theater student learns that being dead can be a great way to find yourself.
The Apprentice’s Masterpiece by Melanie Little (Annick Press) A brilliant and elegantly written story in verse about one of the most politically complex and troubling times in human history—the Spanish Inquisition.
Chanda’s Secrets by Allan Stratton (Annick Press) Award-winning, powerful story set amid the African HIV/AIDS pandemic. Basis for the movie Love, Above All.
Echo Bridge by Kristen O’Toole (Full Fathom Five Digital) A well-timed contemporary novel set in stormy New England that unflinchingly tackles sensitive and traumatic subjects, including sexuality, rumor, privilege and justice.
The Family by Marissa Kennerson (Full Fathom Five Digital) A suspense novel that offers a captivating look into a collective society located in the jungles of Costa Rica, whose members live together in fear of contagious infection from the outside world.
Age of Minority by Jordan Tannahill (Playwrights Canada Press) Finalist for the 2014 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama. Three of Tannahill’s fresh and riveting works: Get Yourself Home Skyler James, Peter Fechter: 59 Minutes, and rihannaboi95
The Secret Mask by Rick Chafe (Playwrights Canada Press) Finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama. After having a stroke, Ernie meets his estranged son.
The Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat by Coral Rumble, Charlotte Cooke (Parragon Books Ltd.) A visually playful tale of two imaginative children, based on the classic poem by Edward Lear.
The Man with the Violin by Kathy Stinson & Dusan Petricic (Annick Press) Retelling of the true story of Joshua Bell, the renowned American violinist who famously took his instrument down into the Washington D.C. subway for a free concert.
Mom! The Monsters! by Lilliana Cinetto, Poly Bernatene (Parragon Books Ltd.) A timely tale for any mom who’s had to chase the goblins under the bed!
The Monster Diaries by Poly Bernatene, Luciano Saracino (Parragon Books Ltd.) Perfect for Halloween. Darkly funny humor and suitable for kids ages 5-8.
Cooking & Food
The Clean Eating Kitchen (Parragon Books Ltd.) Go far beyond kale with really delicious and innovative recipes that embrace the latest trend in simple, healthy eating.
The Complete Irish Pub Cookbook (Parragon Books Ltd.) Feast your eyes and your palate with Irish pub cooking, surprisingly easy recipes (cockle stew, Dublin lawyer, colcannon) illustrated in full color.
Gluten-Free Vegan Baking by Jane Hughes, Jasmijn de Boo (Parragon Books Ltd.) Just in time for the holidays, delicious baked goodies without wheat, gluten, or dairy.