Small Presses: 3 Publishers Want Literary, Romance, Speculative Novels

New year, new opportunities! You may submit to these publishers even if you don’t have a literary agent if your manuscript falls under these categories: literary, romance, and speculative. (more…)

Jess Row’s “Your Face in Mine”: Would You Change Your Race if You Could?

Image courtesy of Penguin Random House.

Image courtesy of Penguin Random House.

Book Review:  “Your Face in Mine” by Jess Row, published by Riverhead Books, 2014

Would you change your race if you could? In Jess Row’s provocative novel, Martin Lipkin does just that. He undergoes a racial reassignment surgery, changing his looks from white to black. He assumes a new identity and culture as Martin Wilkinson, a successful businessman.   (more…)

“Revolutionary” Features a Strong Heroine Who Defies Gender Roles

Alex Myers' Revolutionary

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Book Review: “Revolutionary” by Alex Myers, published by Simon & Schuster, 2014

In 1782, it was illegal for a woman to dress as a man in Massachusetts. Deborah Samson, the 22-year-old heroine of Alex Myers’s literary novel, not only dresses as a man but fights as a soldier during the American Revolutionary War. (more…)

Melissa Bank’s “The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing” Has Irresistible Heroine

GirlsGuidetoHunting-CindyFazziPhotoBook Review: “The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing” by Melissa Bank, published by Penguin Books, 1999

When I was reading Melissa Bank’s book, I felt like someone who was unfashionably late for a party. I’ve missed the early fun, but I can still catch up. Published in 1999, I’ve heard of this best-selling book, but didn’t pick it up until this past September. During a nerve-wracking trip to New York City to attend a pitch conference, I found comfort in Bank’s irresistible heroine, Jane Rosenthal.

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James Salter’s “A Sport and a Pastime”: Languid, Rich, and Memorable

A Sport and a Pastime Cover-Photo by Cindy FazziBook Review: “A Sport and a Pastime” by James Salter, first published by Doubleday in 1967

James Salter’s “A Sport and a Pastime” reminds me of a five-star resort. It’s luxurious, oftentimes impractical, but always pleasurable. Don’t go looking for the basics. Everything is extra. (more…)

Christina Baker Kline’s “Orphan Train”: An Emotional Journey Worth Sharing

Orphan Train Cover-Cindy Fazzi PhotoBook Review: “Orphan Train” by Christina Baker Kline, published by William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins, 2013

At first glance, 90-year-old Vivian has nothing in common with Molly, a troubled teen-ager. Vivian is well-off and white, originally from Ireland, while Molly is poor and half-Penobscot Indian. When Molly is caught stealing a copy of “Jayne Eyre” at the public library, she must either perform community service by helping Vivian clean her attic, or go to a juvenile center. She chooses the former, bringing the two together. (more…)