The SparkPress spring list may be small, but it is mighty. Check out these amazing new titles coming out this season.
If you liked romantic thrillers, check out Hidden by Kelli Clare.
When small-town Connecticut art teacher Ellie James meets Will Hastings, a seductive Englishman with an alluring darkness, she thinks she’s found the intense connection she’s longing. But just days later, her sister and grandmother are murdered, and she must confront the unthinkable. Passion becomes possession in this romantic thriller from Kelli Clare.
If you liked Harry Potter by JK Rowling, check out Above the Star by Alexis Marie Chute.
When senior citizen Archie goes on a mission to find a magical cure for his ailing fourteen-year-old granddaughter, Ella, she and her mother, Tessa, accidentally stow-away with him to Jarr-Wya, a magnificent and terrifying island in another realm. These unlikely heroes are left to unravel the truth of who they really are.
If you liked Anything is Possible by Elizabth Strout, check out The Opposite of Never by Mary Kathleen Mehuron.
Devastated when they lose their spouses, both Kenny Simmons and Georgia Best are certain that the best part of their lives are long over. When they meet while walking down a dusty Vermont country road, they hit it off. Meanwhile, Kenny’s stepdaughter and Georgia’s friend’s son have fallen—both in love with each other, and into opiate use.
If you loved A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle, check out But Not Forever by Jan Von Schleh.
In 2015, Sonnet McKay knows her life would be perfect if she could escape the shadow of her sister. In 1895, Emma Sweetwine feels trapped and unloved by her mother, who onlly dotes on her sons. When the identical fifteen-year-olds are magically switched in time, they’ll find exactly what they’re looking for in new lives. Torn, both girls want to go home– but can either one give up the new lives they have found?
If you liked Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, check out Engineering a Life by Krishan Bedi.
Krishan Bedi came to the United States in December of 1961 with only $300 in his pocket. Determined to get an education, he traversed the oceans on sheer faith. In search of the American Dream, he began his new life in Knoxville, Tennessee, where he had to adapt to the culture shock of being in the US and also being a Punjabi man in the South in the 1960s.
If you liked Rent, check out Just Like February Deborah Batterman.
Framed by the AIDS crisis of the ‘80s, Just Like February follows Rachel experiencing her sexual awakening just as her favorite uncle, Jake, is dying. Jake has been her escape over the years from her always-fighting parents. When she learns he’s gay, she keeps it under wraps. And when he gets sick, she doesn’t tell anyone. Struggling with these secrets will make Rachel realize that secrecy does more harm than good.
If you liked Almost Famous, check out The Frontman by Ron Bahar.
Ron Bahar is an insecure, self-deprecating, 17-year-old Nebraskan striving to please his Israeli immigrant parents while remaining true to his own dreams in The Frontman. Stuck between his parents expectations of dating within the religion, and the promise of longtime crush and non-Jewish girl Amy Andrews, Ron knows he must follow his heart. But he’s also struggling to choose between his two passions, medicine and music and all of this combined makes for an exiting coming-of-age story.
If you liked The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead, check out Trouble the Water by Jacqueline Friedland.
When a young woman travels from a British factory town to South Carolina in the 1840s, she becomes involved with a vigilante abolitionist and the Underground Railroad while trying to navigate the complexities of Charleston high society and falling in love.
If you liked Annie Get Your Gun, check out Girl With a Gun by Kari Bovee.
When Annie Oakley’s Indian assistant is found dead in her tent, Annie is dubious when the local coroner claims the death was due to natural causes. When another innocent is murdered, Annie begins to fear the deaths are related to her. Then her prized horse, Buck, is stolen, leaving her no option but to team up with a sassy, blue-blooded reporter to find her horse, solve the murders and clear her name.
If you liked The Lorax by Dr. Seuss, check out Tree Dreams by Kristin Kaye.
When 17-year-old Jade Reynolds witnesses a violent clash between a protesting tree sitter and a local logger, she runs as far away as she can and finds herself with a band of misfits, slackers and anarchists. She must decide who to side with: the logging community she’s known her entire life or the environmentalists who are risking their lives for the future of the forest.
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