Editors' Picks

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In the Context of Love   

 In the Context of Love

Linda K. Sienkiewicz's debut novel, In the Context of Love, is a spell-bounding, layered story of a family's secrets from and assumptions about each other. Chapter One starts with the protagonist, Angelica, driving her two children, ten-year-old Michelle, and eight-year-old Jude, to the state penitentiary to visit their father. Social Services advised her it was important for them to see their dad. Angelica wants their children to be aware of the consequences one has to pay for breaking the law. more...
Basque Moon   

 Basque Moon

Idaho author Julie Weston is back with another gripping page-turner in Basque Moon, her second Nellie Burns and Moonshine mystery. As with her first, the widely-praised Moonshadows, Basque Moon features a strong female character who may be naive about sticking her nose into places it doesn't belong, but is fearless (if stubborn); plus a challenging and realistic puzzle that sends the heroine on a transformative journey, a story that tackles difficult issues, and a setting so vivid it becomes a character. more...
They Could Live With Themselves   

 They Could Live With Themselves

They Could Live With Themselves is a collection of eleven short stories set in the small town of Stark Run, Vermont. Each story is a complete narrative and a satisfying read. However, in reading each story sequentially, we are drawn into the community of Starks Run and the lives of the characters that inhabit it. more...
Soldier Sister, Fly Home   

 Soldier Sister, Fly Home

When you are fourteen-years-old, how do you deal with an identity that is confusing and loss that is nearly inconceivable? If you are Tess in Nancy Bo Flood's middle grade novel, Soldier Sister, Fly Home, you talk to your Navajo grandparents, because your mom works at the hospital; and your dad is in Phoenix because he got a promotion at his computer company; and the white kids at the school in Flagstaff bully you because they see you as Indian, not Navajo or white; and your big sister, Gaby, is serving in the U.S. Army in Iraq. more...
The Munich Girl   

 The Munich Girl

I first got to know a bit about Phyllis Edgerly Ring from her Facebook posts about fascinating synchronicities that happened when she was researching The Munich Girl: A Novel of the Legacies that Outlast War. To me, this book seems more real than a biography, telling truth from many facets, including from the inside. The author successfully weaves historical times, places, and figures with modern fictional characters we come to care about. more...
No Dogs or Indians   

 No Dogs or Indians

Clara Lhee LaCroix has had her fair share of suffering.first her partner and then her baby. Amid hardship, Clara keeps busy as owner of Crossroads Ranch, the "biggest mustang training facility" that uses equine assisted psychotherapy (EAP) for those undergoing counseling. Adversity hits again when an accident involving one of the ranch's transporting trucks and a seventeen-year-old drunk driver (Andy Black Hawk) results in the death of Big Ben, her deceased partner's beloved horse. more...
In the Context of Love
Basque Moon
They Could Live With Themselves
Soldier Sister, Fly Home
The Munich Girl
No Dogs or Indians

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Review of the Month


True Stories at the Smoky View by Jill McCroskey Coupe

You've got to love a novel whose protagonist is an emotionally adrift art librarian turned kidnapper and detective. Stir together a literary mystery with a compelling setting, a liberal dash of humor, and a touching relationship and you get Jill McCroskey Coupe's debut novel, True Stories at the Smoky View. more...

Paula Martinac    Reviewed by Paula Martinac
Paula Martinac is the author of three novels, including the Lambda Literary Award-winning Out of Time and the Lambda-nominated Home Movies, as well as a collection of short stories. Her historical novel-in-stories, The Ada Decades, a love story between two Southern women set against the backdrop of the Civil Rights era, will be published by Bywater Books in March 2017. She has also published three nonfiction books and numerous articles, essays and short stories, and has had plays produced in Pittsburgh, New York, and Washington, DC. She teaches creative writing to undergraduates at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Visit her website.
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Sarton Winners Announced


The Story Circle Network has announced the name of the 2014-2015 Sarton Women's Literary Award winner and finalists:
  • Jill Kandel, So Many Africas: Six Years in a Zambian Village (Memoir)
  • Susan Marsh, War Creek (Contemporary Fiction)
  • Barbara Stark-Nemon, Even in Darkness: A Novel (Historical Fiction)
For information about the 2015-2016 competition...

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Barbara Heming Ever since she learned to read, Barbara Heming has been a voracious reader. For her a snow day was a gift of time to journey into the worlds sandwiched between the covers of a book. She pursued a Ph.D. in Hispanic Languages and Literature which opened doors into literature of other cultures. After moving to a remote canyon in northern New Mexico a few years ago, she turned her attention to her lifelong dream of writing fiction and has now completed a number of short stories and her first novel. read more...


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