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Welcome to SIBA’s Galley Giveaway—our MONTHLY alert of review copies available to booksellers. To help you harvest a great crop of Southern literature, SIBA and participating publishers are giving away the galleys below to southern indie booksellers on a first-come, first serve basis. If you are interested in any of the books below simply email the publisher to request a copy. Supplies are limited, so act quickly!

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The ChamomileThe Chamomile
by Susan F. Craft

A novel of Romantic Suspense in Revolutionary America

Lilyan joins Patriot spies in British-occupied Charlestown, SC, to rescue her brother from a notorious prison ship. She’ll lie, steal, kill or be killed she promises Nicholas Xanthakos, a scout with Francis Marion’s partisans, who leads the mission. In Nicholas’ arms she discovers enduring love…a home. But that home is a long time coming. Her journey requires she save the life of one British officer but kill another to protect her Cherokee friend Elizabeth. In escaping bounty hunters, she treks miles of wilderness and very nearly loses everything before finally reuniting with her true love.

The Chamomile
by Susan F. Craft
Ingalls Publishing Group, Inc, Nov. 1, 2011
ISBN: 978-1932158946
Trade paperback, ebook, pp: 256
Retail: $15.95

To request a review copy, email Rebecca Owen at

The Corpus ConundrumThe Corpus Conundrum
A Third Case from the Notebooks of Pliny the Younger
By Albert A. Bell, Jr

By the author of The Blood of Caesar, named a Best Mystery of 2008 by Library Journal.

While out hunting at his estate in Laurentum, Pliny finds a man?s body. The man appears lifeless, but Pliny cannot find a cause of death. He locks the body in a stable, but in the morning the body is gone. He summons friend Tacitus to help discover how and why and who. Strangers appear at Pliny?s door, claiming to be the man?s children; one sings siren songs and claims his ?father? is immortal; another may be an empusa, a shape-shifting, blood-drinking monster.

Bodies pile up: a fifteen year old murder, a faceless man floating in the bay. Pliny and Tacitus must discover how the murders are connected to each other and to Pliny?s nemesis Marcus Aquilius Regulus.

"Bell deftly blends clues and period details in this worthy ... Roman historical" --Publishers Weekly

The Corpus Conundrum
A Third Case from the Notebooks of Pliny the Younger
by Albert A. Bell, Jr
Ingalls Publishing Group, Inc, Sept. 09, 2011
ISBN: 978-1932158960
Trade paperback, ebook, pp: 282
Retail: $16.95

To request a review copy, email Rebecca Owen at

GetorixGetorix: Games of the Underworld
by  Judith Geary
Celtic adventure in ancient Rome

Raiders clad only in blue paint and Celtic helmets strike in the heart of Rome’s wealthiest households – at a monument to a Roman victory over the Celts. Lucius Lutatius, son of the Roman general, is taken prisoner and the bull’s head device found at the scene points to involvement by Getorix, son of the defeated Celtic leader.  Getorix, aided by two slaves from the Lutatius household and an old druid, must rescue Lucius from the raiders, then save him from members of his own family if Getorix is to fulfill his vow to honor his father with a sacrifice in his homeland.

Based on the historical events of 100 BCE. The time, after the Roman victories at the battles of Aquae Sextiae and Vercellae, at the beginning of Gaius Marius’ sixth term as consul, marked the pivot point between the Roman Republic and the Empire. 

Getorix: Games of the Underworld
by  Judith Geary
Ingalls Publishing Group, Inc, Nov. 1, 2011
ISBN: 978-1932158892
Trade paperback, ebook, pp: 246
Retail: $15.95

To request a review copy, email Rebecca Owen at

He Said, She Said, I SaidHe Said, She Said, I Said – 7 Keys to Relationship Success
Boutique of Quality Books Publishing Company
June 2011
ISBN 978-0-9831699-8-7
Retail Price: $13.95

When it comes to relationships, couples often run into similar challenges. Do any of these sound familiar?

She Said: I want to talk with him about issues like the kids, his mother, and the frustration I feel about balancing my career with being a good mom. But every time I try to bring up these subjects, he either closes down or gets angry. I don’t want him to fix the problems; I just want to be able to talk with him about our lives.

He Said: I think I am communicating with her, yet it’s not what she wants or needs, and I don’t have a clue what to do differently.

She Said: Sure, I love him as a person, but I’m just not “in love” with him anymore.

When a couple is engaged in the dance of relationship, it can sometimes be hard to recognize where they might be caught in the trap of what they think is happening instead of stepping out of that mire to find out what is really going on. Often the way one or both people are viewing the situation is at the core of the relationship issue.

If any of the above challenges sound familiar, this book is for you! In He Said, She Said, I Said, Couples Counselor, Barbara J. Peters, breaks down possible perceptions and misconceptions in seven key relationship areas: communication, trust, forgiveness, intimacy, acceptance, friendship, and love, by using common sense, wisdom, and some professional advice to open up the possibility for a different approach.

As Norman Vincent Peale once said, “Change your thoughts and you change your world.”

To request a review copy, email

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MILE MARKER ZERO: The Moveable Feast of Key West (Crown; October 4, 2011), by author and professor William McKeen, tells the stories of the extraordinary collection of writers, musicians, and artists who lived, worked, and raged in Key West, Florida, in the 1970s. Characters ranging from Ernest Hemingway and Tennessee Williams to Jimmy Buffett, Thomas McGuane, and Hunter S. Thompson—amid scores of others—all found a home amid the intoxicating tropics and live-and-let-live atmosphere at the end, and the beginning, of America’s Route One. McKeen weaves these lives together in this wildly entertaining story of an era of creativity, romance, madness, free-thinking, and ocean adventure.

The October publication date coincides with Fantasy Fest, a ten-day festival that brings a tremendous influx of visitors to Key West.

“A tall but telescopic-sight-true tale of Hunter Thompson, Jimmy Buffet, Tom McGuane, and a large cavorting cast running around with sand in their shoes at ‘ground zero for lust and greed and most of the other deadly sins:’ Key West.” —Tom Wolfe

"Mile Marker Zero is a wonderful zinger of a book. Never before have the literary traditions of the Conch Republic been mined for such gold nugget anecdotes. McKeen has once again proven why he is perhaps the most lucid and imaginative professor of journalism history in modern-day America. Every page sings a story worth a 
Jimmy Buffett song." —Douglas Brinkley

For more information on William McKeen, please visit

Naked and HungryNaked and Hungry
By Ashley Memory

Shades of Richard Russo…Memory’s characters are quirky, funny…a little dangerous.
—Justin Catanoso, author of My Cousin the Saint

What happens when a former loan officer—yet another victim of the nationwide mortgage crisis—rejects materialism and moves to a one-room cabin in the woods? In the case of H.T. McMullen, the 42-year old hero of Naked and Hungry, he finds his pristine wilderness tainted by dangerous pollutants. And when he dares to complain, he becomes the target of a deadly game of intimidation by the high-powered villains.

The arrival of Jessica Beane, the sexy environmentalist called to investigate the pollution, sets in motion a series of comic adventures and increasingly professional attempts to permanently silence H.T. Their budding passion ignites after Jessica reveals a dangerous secret that inextricably links them both to the larger world of hazard-waste trafficking and lands them into the custody of an ambitious young FBI agent. Together, they hatch a risky plot that eventually brings the culprits to justice and redeems H.T.’s good name in the eyes of his family and friends.

Naked and Hungry
By Ashley Memory
Ingalls Publishing Group, Inc, Nov. 1, 2011
ISBN: 978-1932158939
Trade paperback, ebook, pp: 174
Retail: $15.95

To request a review copy, email Rebecca Owen at

Iron HouseThe New Southern-Latino Table: Recipes That Bring Together the Bold and Beloved Flavors of Latin America and the American South
Sandra A. Gutierrez
University of North Carolina Press
September 12, 2011

In this splendid cookbook, bicultural cook Sandra Gutierrez blends ingredients, traditions, and culinary techniques, creatively marrying the diverse and delicious cuisines of more than twenty Latin American countries with the beloved food of the American South. The book has beautiful illustrations plus it features 150 original, tasty recipes, a handy glossary, a section on how to navigate a Latin tienda, and a guide to ingredient sources.
9780807834947, $30.00, Hardcover
320 pp., 7.625 x 8.375, 16 color illus., bibl., index
Pub Date: September 12, 2011

For a galley please contact Michael Donatelli at

Ninth ManThe Ninth Man
by Brad Crowther, 2010 winner of the Black Orchid Novella Award sponsored by Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine and The Wolfe Pack

In 1864, the Confederate submarine, H. L Hunley, vanished in Charleston, SC, harbor. When Russ Berard’s father, a Hunley enthusiast, learns of the diary of a Yankee spy on board the sub that night, he is murdered. Berard, a Rhode Island police detective, returns home to Charleston to investigate his father’s death and is confronted by a descendant of the spy determined to keep the diary’s secrets, and by an old friend planning a Hunley reality show. But why is the diary of a Yankee spy, the Hunley’s ninth crew member, worth killing for so many years later? Finding the answers takes Russ on a journey through the history of Charleston, as well as his own past.

"Solid ... gripping extracts from the diary concerning a secret Union mission to sabotage the [Hunley]" --Publishers Weekly

The Ninth Man
by Brad Crowther
Ingalls Publishing Group, Inc, Nov. 1, 2011
ISBN: 978-1932158922
Trade paperback, ebook, pp: 282
Retail: $16.95

To request a review copy, email Rebecca Owen at

The Ocean ForestThe Ocean Forest
Murder in Myrtle Beach
by Troy D. Nooe

Southern tradition meets old school mystery in this twisting tale as rival families attempt
to alter the course of what will become one of America’s top vacation destinations.
Frankie McKeller hates the beach. He has ever since that day on the one they called Omaha. If the guy who saved his life during the war wasn’t getting married he’d never have made the trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

As a low budget gum shoe out of Baltimore, he isn’t prepared for a weekend of hobnobbing with the Southern elite. When a prominent wedding guest is found with a bullet to the brain, the six week course he took in private investigation proves lacking as well.

Frankie is out of his element at the exclusive Ocean Forest Hotel, snooping and stumbling his way through his first ever murder case. He’s looking for answers to questions some people don’t want answered and his blend of jaded sarcasm with blunt Yankee machismo is leaving a lot of ruffled feathers in his wake. The deeper he wades into the mystery the more things keep pointing back to his best friend and he is forced to come face to face with his own ghosts and demons.

First in the series of Frankie McKeller Murder in Mytle Beach Mysteries.  The author is a Myrtle Beach bartender with a voice so noir you can almost see the action play out in black and white and hear Frankie’s voiceover. 

The Ocean Forest
by Troy D. Nooe
Ingalls Publishing Group, Inc, Sept. 1, 2011
ISBN: 978-1932158915
Trade paperback, ebook, pp: 224
Retail: $14.95
To request a review copy, email Rebecca Owen at

One Shot Too ManyOne Shot too Many
Appalachian Adventure Mystery
by Maggie Bishop

Yesterday's regret leads to today's deadly fix. 

Impulsive acts from the past return to haunt the present, resulting in the death of a popular photo-journalist near the cozy mountain town of Boone, NC. Detective Tucker must face his own past mistakes while investigating suspects determined to keep too many secrets. Did the victim take too many photos of one of them? Was it was the nurse, determined to win the horse show? Perhaps the retired military man with too many guns, the judge who can’t resist illegal sports, the dental hygienist with too many lovers, the grandmother who loves too much or the sports medicine professor who drinks too much. And how do the new Hispanic members of the dude ranch family play into the mix? Jemma Chase, trail-ride leader and CSI wannabe, follows the clues, even though her interference may cost Tucker his job.

This whodunit mystery, third of Maggie Bishop’s popular Appalachian Adventure Mysteries is sure to appeal to fans of Linda Howard, Margaret Maron and Iris Johansen. As has become her custom, recognizable people and places from the area play roles, though she still insists, “The murder is made up.”

One Shot Too Many
by Maggie Bishop
Ingalls Publishing Group, Inc, Sept. 1, 2011
ISBN: 978-1932158953
Trade paperback, ebook, pp: 196
Retail: $12.00

To request a review copy, email Rebecca Owen at


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