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Okra PicksWelcome to SIBA’s Galleys & Giveaways—our alert of review copies and resources available to booksellers. To help you harvest a great crop of Southern literature, SIBA and participating publishers are giving away the galleys and other materials below to southern indie booksellers on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you are interested 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.

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Bloody Royal PrintsBloody Royal Prints by Reba White Williams
(Tyrus Books, Paperback, 9781440585456, 272pp.)
Publication Date: July 2015

The 4th book in the Coleman and Dinah Greene mystery series

The fellowship at the Art Museum of Great Britain was too good for Dinah to pass up. She never expected that she'd find herself homesick and unhappy. With her husband Jonathan busy opening a London branch of his investment banking business and with her cousin Coleman home in New York, struggling to get her second magazine up to speed, Dinah feels very much alone.

Fortunately, she makes friends with Rachel Ransome and, through her, meets a member of the royal family. Things seem to be turning around...until Rachel comes under the suspicion of the Palace Police, sweeping Dinah into her troubles.

Now Coleman needs to come to England to help as the source of Rachel's difficulties becomes more apparent--and more vexing. Can the three women join forces to extricate themselves from a conflict that goes back centuries?

To request a review copy email

Bone to Be WildBone to Be Wild by Carolyn Haines
Minotaur Books
May 19, 2015
$25.99 | HC | 9781250046147

BONE TO BE WILD #15 in the Sarah Booth Delaney Mississippi Delta Mystery series

Sarah Booth Delaney is heartbroken: her fiancé Graf Milieu has decided to move to Hollywood permanently, leaving their relationship in shambles. Sarah Booth has a perfect distraction, however, in the form of the Black and Orange Halloween ball her best friends are throwing in New Orleans. Sarah Booth plans to dance the night away to the swinging tunes of her old flame Scott Hampton's blues band. But just as the party gets going, Scott receives a mysterious message that threatens his life and the lives of his bandmates. Sarah Booth knows that a new case is just what she needs to take her mind off her failed relationship with Graf, and she's ready to help Scott investigate. And then the message turns from threat to reality when the bartender from Scott's club is gunned down in a drive-by. Enlisting Sheriff Coleman Peters and the rest of her friends from Zinnia, Mississippi, Sarah Booth is caught in a race against the clock as she tries to stop a killer from striking again.

With a twist around every corner, Sarah Booth's zany adventures will delight readers in Carolyn Haines's latest Southern cozy, Bone to Be Wild.

For a review copy or for more information about the book or author, contact Carolyn Haines

House of the Last Man on EarthHouse of the Last Man on Earth
by Robert B. Marcus, Jr.
Mockingbird Lane Press
$15.95 trade paperback
ISBN 9781634158299
Pub date: May 20, 2015

Convinced that his bizarre neighbor might be a part of a hostile alien agenda, college student Richard Johnson, along with his math teacher and her brother, embark upon a soaring and treacherous journey through space and time to discover a terrible truth — mankind is being slowly and systematically exterminated!

“This book is plain fun!” --TFalcone, reviewer

To request a review copy email

The Last DecisionThe Last Decision
by Victoria Wilcox
Knox Robinson Publishing
$27.99 hardcover
ISBN 9781908483614
Pub date: May 2015

The final volume of Southern Son: The Saga of Doc Holliday, the award-winning historical novel trilogy about the South's greatest Western legend.  Doc Holliday’s name conjures images of the Wild West, of gunfights and gambling halls and a legendary friendship with lawman Wyatt Earp, but before he was a Western legend he was a Southern son, born in the last days before the Civil War with family ties to Gone With the Wind.  Now the epic story of his life as told in the Southern Son saga comes to a dramatic conclusion in The Last Decision.  John Henry Holliday has left his outlaw past behind as he arrives in the silver boomtown of Tombstone, Arizona Territory, where there are fortunes to be made by anyone daring enough to stand up to the stage robbers and rustlers who infest the nearby mountains.  But he’s only trying to make a little money off the gambling tables when he's caught up in a secretive plot to stop the disturbances before they start a threatened war with Mexico. When suspicions rise and tempers ignite, the plot turns into a war between cowboys and lawmen, and John Henry becomes a player in the most famous street fight in the Wild West. The aftermath brings murder and revenge and revelations that challenge everything he thinks he knows about his friends, his family, and himself. The Last Decision is a tale of sin and recompense and the redeeming power of love, of the making of legends, and the making of a hero.

Books One & Two: Inheritance, May 2013, 978-1908483553; Gone West, May 2014, 978-1908483584

To request a review copy email



The Rest Falls AwayThe Rest Falls Away: The Gardella Vampire Hunters
by Colleen Gleason
Avid Press, LLC
ISBN: 9781931419567
Price: $13.95
Second Edition, September 2014
5.25x 8 Paperback, 275 pages


From award-winning, New York Times bestselling author Colleen Gleason.

“Gleason is really on a roll!” —Publishers Weekly

“Sophisticated, sexy, surprising!” — J.R. Ward

“Colleen Gleason’s irresistible…series is deliciously dark and delightfully entertaining.” —Chicago Tribune

“Gleason’s publishing debut turns vampire stories—and romances—on their ear.” —Detroit Free Press

Beneath the glitter of dazzling nineteenth century London Society lurks a bloodthirsty evil…

Vampires have always lived among them, quietly attacking unsuspecting debutantes and dandified lords as well as hackney drivers and Bond Street milliners. If not for the vampire slayers of the Gardella family, these immortal creatures would have long ago taken control of the world.

In every generation, a Gardella is called to accept the family legacy, and this time, Victoria Gardella Grantworth is chosen, on the eve of her debut, to carry the stake. But as she moves between the crush of ballrooms and dangerous moonlit streets, Victoria’s heart is torn between London’s most eligible bachelor, the Marquess of Rockley, and her dark, dangerous duty.

And when she comes face-to-face with the most powerful vampire in history, Victoria must ultimately make a choice between duty and love.

To request a review copy, email

The Stepsister's TaleThe Stepsister’s Tale
by Tracy Barrett
Harlequin TEEN
Hardcover $16.99, ISBN 9780373211210
June 24, 2014

What really happened after the clock struck midnight? 

Jane Montjoy is tired of being a lady. She’s tired of pretending to live up to the standards of her mother’s noble family—especially now that the family’s wealth is gone and their stately mansion has fallen to ruin. It’s hard enough that she must tend to the animals and find a way to feed her mother and her little sister each day. Jane’s burden only gets worse after her mother returns from a trip to town with a new stepfather and stepsister in tow. Despite the family’s struggle to prepare for the long winter ahead, Jane’s stepfather remains determined to give his beautiful but spoiled child her every desire. 

When her stepfather suddenly dies, leaving nothing but debts and a bereaved daughter behind, it seems to Jane that her family is destined for eternal unhappiness. But a mysterious boy from the woods and an invitation to a royal ball are certain to change her fate…. 

From the handsome prince to the evil stepsister, nothing is quite as it seems in Tracy Barrett’s stunning retelling of the classic Cinderella tale.


“This delightful romance will be an easy sell, especially to fans of fairy tale TV series.” (Booklist Online)

“a provocative inversion of the tale of Cinderella” (PW ★Starred review)

“Highly imaginative as well as insightful, this outstanding revision has the power to entrance and provoke thought.” (Kirkus ★Starred review)

“Barrett’s writing shines with an ethereal otherworldliness that enhances the fairy tale origins.” (School Library Journal)

To request a review copy, contact Tracy Barrett at


Bloody Royal PrintsTrue Places Never Are: Short Stories
By Cate McGowan
Moon City Press
Paperback | 9780913785584 | 205pp.
Publication Date: April 2015

In her debut collection, winner of the 2014 Moon City Short Fiction Award, Cate McGowan introduces us to a passenger manifest, an assortment of characters voyaging through loss and salvation. The book’s title borrows from Melville’s Moby Dick: “It is not down in any map; true places never are.” McGowan’s characters are off the chart; they venture into wondrous worlds as knotty and distressing as the places they aim to leave.

With poetic prose and a flashlight pointed at the dark spots in her characters' souls, McGowan gives us nineteen tales located in a colony of laundromats and the Louvre; of mule pulls and boxing rings; of Georgia red clay and city cobblestones. Populating these realms is an unusual hodgepodge of everyman—children, men, and women who inhabit different eras and countries, all seeking deliverance. They occupy the aftermath of tragedy.

True places are indeed hard to find in this collection, yet hope is every person’s traveling companion. In True Places Never Are, McGowan reminds us redemption is not that far away. This book will take you to places you never dreamed of going and aren't quite sure you want to stay, but you won't regret the journey.

About the author: Cate McGowan, author of True Places Never Are (Moon City Press, 2015), is an award-winning writer and Georgia native who's been anthologized in W. W. Norton’s Flash Fiction International. She's contributed fiction and poetry to many literary publications, including Glimmer Train, Crab Orchard Review, Louisville Review, Moon City Review and the English fashion magazine, Tank. Cate’s been an editor for the Louisville Review and SFWP and an arts writer and essayist for national outlets. McGowan teaches writing in Florida.

For information or to request a review copy, contact Michael Czyzniejewski, Managing Editor of Moon City Press,

Thank you for your interest in SIBA,

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Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance
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