Kindle Scout is steadily turning out winning novels that are attracting favorable reviews from readers in all genres. Over the months, I’ve had the good fortune to read some of these books, and from time to time, I’ll post my sense of them. Here are five from Teresa Roman, Vincent Annunziato, M.R. Pritchard, Linda Sands, and Steve Gannon.


This is a beautiful story that explores the fragility and endurance of human connection. Two young people, damaged both physically and emotionally, must find the courage to move past their respective hurts and discover what it means to be vulnerable and trusting. Ms Roman reveals layers of depth in the characters of Jessica and Justin with a light, smooth touch that’s in tune with the tender and tentative blossoming of their relationship. An uplifting and inspirational read.



M.R. Pritchard has written a poignant contemporary romance that taps into facets of character and circumstance we can all relate to. The story flows easily and makes for a quick read, while leaving a lingering impression of love lost and found in unlikely places. One of the qualities I loved about this novel is the suggestion that loss is never complete, that love is a force defying destruction, with a strange deer contributing and carrying through a thread of mystery.



This is as bleak and savage a dystopian world as any I’ve entered, its cruelty mesmerizing and violence inescapable. Annunziato’s novel ferociously takes hold, and once his unflinching prose closes over your head, you realize with trepidation and delight that the only way out is through the final page. It’s also a love story that adds touching dimensions of warmth to the narrative. The book’s strange contrasts are part of what kept me keen and engaged: the landscape, cold and stark, is still vivid; the protagonist, numb, feral, and alienated, is easy to care about. Secondary characters like Tiny bring vibrant color to the story; no matter how small a part these bit characters play, they all leave the reader with a sense of regret or pathos or momentary admiration, unlike the guards, who are largely as featureless as the relentless setting. If you like your pace heady and action hard hitting, this book will keep you riveted.



I looked forward to this book after reading an excerpt on Kindle Scout, and it didn’t surprise me when Linda Sands won a publishing contract. The novel in its entirety is a revelation. The writing is startling, I’d even say dazzling; voice so strong and compelling the characters practically sidle up to you and whisper throatily in your ear. Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler have stopped haunting noire because they’re too busy reading 3 WOMEN WALK INTO A BAR. This sexy, audacious novel showcases the author’s affinity for words, emerging from a powerfully astute ability to observe and expose human nature. Description and dialogue are assembled so precisely, Ms Sands pushes the boundaries of craft to a whole new level. In-your-face wit leaps off the page, and after a while I stopped counting the gems that might be quoted.



One of Steve Gannon’s Detective Kane novels, this meets the demands of a good thriller and goes beyond. The narrative gleams with technical detail that highlights the author’s depth of knowledge, revealing the conflicts and complexities of police procedure with surgical precision and authenticity. Changes in point of view from that of the damaged antagonist to that of Daniel Kane and his daughter, Allison, are deftly managed, and there’s a fine balance between suspense, pace, and the emotional connections that are woven through the story. As the novel built to its climax, I was so invested in the characters and the outcome that I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough, and consciously slowed down so as not to miss what I dreaded but couldn’t wait to discover.


Wishing you all a meaningful and happy Christmas, one with room for stories:).


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