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Okra Picks

Welcome to SIBA’s Galley Giveaway—our 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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N.B. These are review copies only, and not for resale.
--Your friends at SIBA


Exiled: Book One of the Never ChroniclesExiled: Book One of the Never Chronicles
Live Oak Book Group (June 5, 2012)
J.R. Wagner, debut author

Exiled is a fantasy novel written for young adults about a boy (15) who is wrongfully accused of murdering his mentor and banished to The Never, a place from which there is no chance of escape. James must first learn to survive in this inhospitable environment before finding a way to return home, where he believes he must be the one to save his kind from destroying themselves.

Full of sorcery, treachery, tragedy, adventure and excitement, Exiled is book one of The Never Chronicles, which in full, completes the story of James, The Never and the feared Epoch Terminus – the rapidly approaching date marking the end of his world.

Every other chapter follows James in The Never, while, in “Lost”-like fashion, the alternating chapters provide back-story. The story lines eventually come crashing together in dramatic fashion, tying sub-plots together and providing the reader a “wow” moment.

Paperback: 9781-936909-40-7 |$13.95
eBook: 978-1-936909-42-1 |Tentatively $5
YA fantasy |Tentatively 184 pages

About the author: J.R. Wagner was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania during a blizzard. Maybe it was this experience that destined him to love adventure. A competitive cyclist, triathlete, mountain biker and adventure racer, he once received a medal for saving a woman’s life during the kayaking section of an adventure race. He’s got a day job to keep him “grounded”; Wagner helps run his late father’s Downingtown, Pennsylvania floor-covering business. After graduating in Kinesiology from Arizona State University, he returned to Downingtown, where his creative fires were re-stoked by his two beautiful daughters and his wife, Lisa who Wagner endearingly considers his muse. It was during their trip to Maine he began writing Exiled.

To request a review copy, email Sami Lien of JKSCommunications Literary Publicity at

The Great PeaceThe Great Peace
Exploding Books, imprint of Timbre & Yarn (May 1, 2012)
Ryan George Kittleman -
***former indie bookseller***,
arts-attorney and debut novelist

A small American city is under siege. A group of starving artists – led by a reclusive, sweatpants-wearing billionaire – is determined to overthrow the government by any means necessary. With little hope for peace, a neurotic young gadabout, fresh off a failed suicide attempt, takes it upon himself to save his hometown from ruin. Along the way he encounters revolutionaries, nitwits, weirdos, perverts, dreamers, and something called Danceramics.

Humorous, absurd, and often profound, The Great Peace takes on art, politics, philosophy, and class with unflinching verve and wit.

Paperback: 978-0984957507 |$16
eBook: 978-0984957514 |$7.99
Fiction |322 pages

About the author: San Francisco-based arts attorney Ryan George Kittleman is the founder of Colony Pictura, a law firm representing filmmakers, artists, musicians, designers, authors and other creative minds. Since the age of 14, Ryan has been a musician and songwriter, first cutting his teeth in a number of bands in the New York punk scene. He mellowed into a solo artist playing folk-tinged psych-pop and began recording alternately under the names The Three Potato 4 and Spent Waves. The SF Critic raved his 2009 “Album Savant” was “a successfully airy and listenable record.” The New Yorker left his hometown of Albany for college in Maine, and eventually landed in the San Francisco Bay Area as an indie bookseller at Books Inc. in Mountain View. The Great Peace is Ryan’s newest way of delving further into the arts.

To request a review copy, email Sami Lien of JKSCommunications Literary Publicity at

The Lost OnesThe Lost Ones
A Quinn Colson Novel
by Ace Atkins

On sale May 31
ISBN: 9780399158766

The extraordinary second novel in the “harrowing, memorable” (AP) new series about the real Deep South.
Fresh from ten years as a U.S. Army Ranger, Quinn Colson finds his hands full as the newly elected sheriff of Tibbehah County, Mississippi.  An old buddy running a local gun shop may be in over his head when stolen army rifles start showing up in the hands of a Mexican drug gang.

At the same time, an abused-child case leads Quinn and his tough-as-nails deputy, Lillie Virgil, deep into the heart of a bootleg baby racket and a trail of darkness and death. And when the two cases collide, Quinn and his allies are forced to realize that, though they may be home from the war, they are now in the fight of their lives.

Requests for the galley can be emailed to

Night BuddiesNight Buddies and the Pineapple Cheesecake Scare by Sands Hetherington

ISBN: 978-0-9847417-1-7
Trade paperback; 5.5 x 8.5; 128 pages; $7.99
Chapter Book Series; Ages 7-9
Published by Dune Buggy Press;
Publication date: June 1, 2012
Distributed to the trade by Delphi Distribution: 866-463-8541

When pineapple cheesecakes start disappearing from the world’s only Pineapple Cheesecake Factory across town, Crosley, a zany red crocodile, enlists the help of young John Degraffenreidt to straighten things out. In this adventure-fantasy, the unlikely pair sneaks out of John’s house by becoming invisible, thanks to the I-ain’t-here doodad Crosley uses from the bunch of whatchamacallits hanging on his belt.

On the way to the subway they get better acquainted, and John finds out the wacky reason Crosley is red, and also what happens if he gets any water on him. They ride the Night Folks Limited all the way to the Pineapple Cheesecake Factory where they meet the giant manager, Big Foot Mae. There is danger ahead, but the Night Buddies must stay with their “Program” if the world’s supply of pineapple cheesecakes counts for anything. And it surely does, especially to Crosley who is totally goofy about the things and never seems to get his fill.

“A terrific story my second and third-graders would love to have read to them, complete with its colorful dialect.” -- Lorie Thompson, Principal, Haskell Elementary School, Los Angeles Unified School District

“Stating that Night Buddies and the Pineapple Cheesecake Scare is a creative, imaginative and delightful tale is simply giving it its just desserts. Yerk! Yerk! Yerk!” -- Drew Aquilina, International award-winning cartoonist and author

“The story was great, and I’m not lying to you.  I loved the whole thing." -- Rick, 3rd grader, Greensboro, NC

To request an advance reading copy, email

Spilled BloodSpilled Blood by Brian Freeman
SilverOak, May 2012

“This guy can tell a story.”—Michael Connelly

Brian Freeman proves once again he's a master of psychological suspense, as he layers one family's crisis with an entire town's drama, building to an epic crescendo of rage, revenge and redemption.” —Lisa Gardner, New York Times bestselling author of Catch Me

Harrowing.... Freeman ratchets up the suspense steadily, and then provides a cataclysmic ending.” —Publisher’s Weekly

A taut thriller about two rural Minnesota towns locked in a deadly feud—and a teenage girl caught in the crossfire.

Linked by the Spirit River, the two towns couldn't be more different: in affluent Barron, a powerful and secretive scientific research corporation, Mondamin, enriches its residents, while downriver in blue-collar St. Croix, victims of that same company’s carcinogenic waste struggle to survive. The bad blood between the communities escalates into open warfare when the beautiful Ashlynn, daughter of the Mondamin Corporation’s president, is found shot dead—and a St. Croix girl, Olivia Hawk, is accused of the crime.

With nobody else to turn to, Olivia's mother summons her estranged husband Christopher, a Minneapolis lawyer, to defend his daughter against the murder charge. As Christopher struggles to unravel the mystery of Ashlynn’s death and save his daughter, he uncovers some ugly truths about Barron and St. Croix that endanger the residents of both towns. And looming over the investigation are the chilling, apocalyptic threats against the Mondamin Corporation and everyone who stands for it from a murderous psychopath known only as “Aquarius.”

About the Author
Award-winning author Brian Freeman is an internationally bestselling author of psychological suspense novels. His books have been sold in 46 countries and translated into 20 languages. Brian’s debut thriller, Immoral, won the Macavity Award and was a nominee for the Edgar®, Dagger, Anthony, and Barry awards for best first novel. Since then, each subsequent novel has been published to similar acclaim. Freeman lives and writes in his native state of Minnesota. For more info visit

SilverOak, an imprint of Sterling Publishing
May 2012
Hardcover with Jacket , 352 pages
ISBN: 9781402798122
Ebook ISBN: 9781402798382

To request an advance reading copy email

Thank you for your interest in SIBA,

Wanda Jewell, Executive Director
Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance
3806 Yale Avenue, Columbia, SC 29205
Fax: 309.410.0211

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