I said I wasn't going to write about books written by friends. Okay, I lied. I know three people who have recently come out with their first novels. They're wildly different and all three are available on Amazon.
Jonny Bails Floatin and the Luck of the Bioluminescence by J. Lee Glassman is about Jonny Bails, a street musician in Key West. He's a bit of a lost soul - no, actually he's kind of a mess. And if things can't get any more confused, suddenly he becomes bioluminescent. Don't know what that means? I didn't. (Check your Google machine. It's really cool.) The novel has adventure and magic and romance - I don't want to give too much away, but it's enough to say that being bioluminescent has advantages. And disadvantages, too.
The Big Hoot by R. L. McDaniel is a YA novel about Harper, a high school freshman who is trying to prove himself on the basketball court - not so easy because he's following in the shoes of his talented older brother, now a basketball star at Georgetown. And what about Harper's father, who walked out on the family years ago? Is he working as a musician in New Orleans? Will Harper prove himself on the basketball court or give up his basketball dream to track down his missing father? I enjoyed the combination of sports and music and - no spoilers, but the book made me cry like a baby at the end.
If you're in the mood for something more gentle, take a look at No Such Thing as a Cherokee Princess by Barrie Miller Kirby. Susan McAlister has her life planned out perfectly. So the last thing she's expecting is to meet and fall in love with a long-haired, tattooed Cherokee, David. This relationship doesn't seem to have a chance - or does it? There are plenty of complications along the way, not to mention secrets and surprises - some more painful than others. This is a book about how love endures. (The beautiful cover art was done by Dawn Thomas McKelvy.)