Review: St. Patrick’s Day Short Stories by Rusty Fischer

Grace Phelps is working her way through graduate school at the local Minute Mart when a handsome undergrad comes racing in at midnight looking for cat food. And again the next night, and the next. When she decides to do a little snooping, Grace will discover that St. Patrick’s Day really is the luckiest night of the year! Title: Pinch Me: A Romantic St. Patrick’s Day Story Author: Rusty Fischer Publication date: February 4, 2014 Pinch Me is an adorable {Read More}

Review: Where You’ll Find Me by Natasha Friend

The beginning of the eighth grade is not what Anna thought it would be. Her lifelong best friend has ditched her for the cool kids, and her mom is in the hospital after a suicide attempt. Anna finds herself where she least expects to: living with her dad, his young new wife, and their baby, and starting a new year at school without a best friend. With help from some unlikely sources, including a crazy girl-band talent show act, Anna {Read More}

Review: Ruby Lee & Me by Shannon Hitchcock

When a segregated North Carolina town gets its first black teacher, two girls–one black, one white–come face-to-face with how prejudice affects their friendship. Everything’s changing for Sarah Beth Willis. After Robin’s tragic accident, everyone seems different somehow. Days on the farm aren’t the same, and the simple fun of riding a bike or playing outside can be scary. And there’s talk in town about the new sixth-grade teacher at Shady Creek. Word is spreading quickly–Mrs. Smyre is like no other {Read More}

Review: Valentine’s Short Stories by Rusty Fischer

Reggie Fontaine isn’t exactly looking forward to his shift at the Suds ‘N Slice Pizza Parlor. That is until he meets Tori, who owns the tattoo parlor next door. What starts as a boring shift blossoms into something unexpected and magical, a night they’ll never forget. Of course, they’ll always have the matching snowflake tattoos to remember it by…   Title: Careful Hearts: A Valentine’s Day Story Author: Rusty Fischer Publication date: July 23, 2013 College dropout Reggie is flat {Read More}

Review: Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked…until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But {Read More}

Review: Turkey Monster Thanksgiving by Anne Warren Smith

This year, instead of celebrating Thanksgiving in the family’s traditional way by eating pizza in their pajamas, nine-year-old Katie wants to create the perfect holiday and be just like a “real” family. But by Thanksgiving Day, Katie has invited guests Dad didn’t expect, festooned the house with what may be poison oak, and set the sweet potatoes on fire. Ultimately everyone sits down to a most unusual dinner–one that succeeds because it comes from the heart. Title: Turkey Monster Thanksgiving {Read More}

Review: Zombie Thanksgiving by Rusty Fischer

It’s Thanksgiving and all Cassie wants to do is sit in her dorm room eating cheesy poofs and binge watching a Horror High marathon on HitFlix. That’s when Rex, one of the members of the Zombie Job Corps, shows up, wanting to clean her floor. With nothing better to do, Cassie helps him… and finds a friend for Thanksgiving break. And just in time, too, seeing as a zombie outbreak is starting and Cassie has to decide which side to {Read More}

Mini Review: The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Katie Alender

Delia’s new house isn’t just a house. Long ago, it was the Piven Institute for the Care and Correction of Troubled Females—an insane asylum nicknamed “Hysteria Hall.” However, many of the inmates were not insane, just defiant and strong willed. Kind of like Delia herself. But the house still wants to keep “troubled” girls locked away. So, in the most horrifying way, Delia gets trapped. And that’s when she learns that the house is also haunted. Ghost girls wander the {Read More}

Review: The Boy Project: Notes and Observations of Kara McAllister by Kami Kinard

Wildly creative seventh grader Kara McAllister just had her best idea yet. She’s going to take notes on all of the boys in her grade (and a few elsewhere) in order to answer a seemingly simple question: How can she get a boyfriend? But Kara’s project turns out to be a lot more complicated than she imagined. Soon there are secrets, lies, and an embarrassing incident in the boy’s bathroom. Plus, Kara has to deal with mean girls, her slightly {Read More}

Review: A Halloween Heart: A Romantic Holiday Story by Rusty Fischer

Gemma Mathers is a tour guide at “Frightening Footsteps,” a Ghost Walk company in Snowflake, South Carolina. It’s Halloween and when only one guest shows for the tour, Gemma can hardly believe her good fortune at being stuck with handsome, young Greg Saunders all night. Or *is* it too good to be true? As real haunts start coming fast & furious, Gemma is convinced this will be a night to remember! Title: A Halloween Heart: A Romantic Holiday Story Author: {Read More}