‘The Batter’s Box’: Five Questions for Andy Kutler [INTERVIEW]

Andy Kutler

Andy Kutler (Photo courtesy Andy Kutler, Facebook)

Author Andy Kutler swings for the fences and hits a home run with The Batter’s Box, his heartfelt tale about a baseball hero turned soldier who must navigate his reentry into life stateside in the years following the war. The result is a tale that is impassioned, sobering, and smart. We hope you enjoy our insightful chat with this award-winning writer!— J&H Read more of this post

‘Stars of Alabama’ is a Love Letter to the South [REVIEW]

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When life seems drenched in despair, Sean Dietrich reminds us that hope is on the horizon. (Photo courtesy Canva)

Two old friends find a baby in the woods. A girl seeks to understand her mysterious gift. An abused boy runs for his life. Caught in the midst of the Great Depression, will each of these strangers fall prey to adversity or will circumstances bring them together? Find out in Sean Dietrich’s inspiring new novel, Stars of Alabama.
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‘The Song of the Jade Lily’ Will Resonate With Readers for Years to Come [REVIEW]

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Shanghai holds the secrets to one family’s past in Kirsty Manning’s The Song of the Jade Lily. (Photo by Bouzouke, Flickr)

A tragic past. Long buried family secrets. As one woman searches for the truth, her quest for answers will lead her from Australia to distant Shanghai. What she finds there will change her life forever. Discover the beauty and majesty of Kirsty Manning’s The Song of the Jade Lily. Read more of this post

5 Questions with Two-Time Diamond Reviewed Author James Markert [INTERVIEW]

James Markert

Each week, countless books come across our desks. Over time, we’ve learned to be quite discerning about which titles we share with you, and which we would just as soon brush under the carpet and forget about altogether. It is one of the reasons we introduced our Diamond Reviewed titles in the first place, to make it easier for you to find compelling selections to add to your to-be-read pile. Last summer, we were thrilled to introduce you to author James Markert’s unforgettable fiction, first with What Blooms from Dust, and most recently with Midnight at the Tuscany Hotel. As our very first author to receive two of these distinguished reviews, we wanted to find out a bit more about Markert, his writing style, and his captivating new book. We hope you enjoy the following interview. —J&H Read more of this post

Family Stories Keep Ancestral History Alive for Generations [GUEST POST]

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Journalist, historian and novelist Peter Golden knows what it takes to keep family legends alive. (Photo courtesy Peter Golden)

No one I’ve ever read has been more succinct on the subject of knowing your history than Marcus Tullius Cicero, a Roman statesman and philosopher who died over two thousand years ago. Read more of this post