Book Store

Several of those associated with GrubStreet’s Novel Incubator and/or Dead Darlings have published work, available for purchase at these locations:

Novel Incubator Alumni

Cottonmouths  by Kelly J. Ford

Amazon / Barnes & Noble / IndieBound

“Filled with foreboding and anguished desire, Cottonmouths is a perfectly paced drama of the perils of loyalty, love, and homecoming. A terrific novel by an exciting new queer voice.” — Christopher Castellani, author of All This Talk of Love

Idyll Threats  by Stephanie Gayle


“Lynch is a deeply compelling character. . . . Readers will want to see how the next two decades treat this intriguingly complex cop, should this fine crime debut launch a series.” — Booklist (starred review)

My Summer of Southern Discomfort  by Stephanie Gayle

IndieBound / Amazon

“This charming fish out of water story shows how dreams can come true—even dreams you didn’t know you had- when you take a chance.” — Laurie Horowitz, author of The Family Fortune.

Room for Love  by Andrea Meyer


“Andrea Meyer has written a captivating and classic New York love story–the search for love through real estate in a city where both seem equally elusive. It will give anyone hope who still has an empty space on one side of their queen bed.” ―Liz Tucillo, co-author of He’s Just Not That Into You

The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living  by Louise Miller

Barnes and Noble / iTunesAmazon

A warm, full-hearted novel about a big-city baker who discovers the true meaning of home, and that sometimes the best things are found when you didn’t even know you were looking

Stones in the Road  by E.B. Moore


“E. B. Moore walks the rare tightrope of artistry…with exquisite care and detail.” — Randy Susan Meyers, national bestselling author of Accidents of Marriage.

An Unseemly Wife  by E.B. Moore

IndieBound / Barnes and Noble / Amazon

“Moore writes with lyrical beauty…I fell in love with Ruth and her family, was gripped by her fortitude through dark days, and held my breath to the heart-stopping end!” — Juliette Fay, author of Shelter Me and Deep Down True.

Re Jane  by Patricia Park

Amazon / Barnes and Noble / iTunes / Powell’s Bookstore / Books-A-Million / Indiebound

“Re Jane is a rich and engaging novel. Patricia Park writes with earnestness, honesty, and exuberance, which make the novel thoroughly enjoyable.” — Ha Jin, National Book Award-winning author of War Trash and Waiting.

Half In Love With Death  by Emily Ross

Indiebound / Barnes and Noble / Amazon

“This story will grab a teen’s attention. Ross succeeds brilliantly in conveying the confusion, passion, trepidation, fearlessness, and terror that every 15-year-old can relate to. Fans of Lois Duncan will appreciate the gentle spine tingles offered here. The power and beauty of the prose make this novel a standout.” — School Library Journal

A Boy Like Me  by Jennie Wood


Tara and Peyton’s story progresses like a classic forbidden-love romance. A reader would be hard-pressed to not care about these characters by the end of the book. The book is ultimately realistic without being utterly bleak, smart without going over the heads of a YA audience, and impactful without being moralistic, or extending the meaning of Peyton’s individual life too far beyond him to somehow stand in for “all” trans youth.” – Mitch Kellaway, Lambda Literary

Flutter Volume 1: Hell Can Wait  (graphic novel) by Jennie Wood

215 Ink / Comixology / Amazon

“I’m telling you all to read FlutterThis might just be the most unique comic book I have read since…well, I honestly can’t remember because there’s nothing to compare it to in my personal lexicon. The art by Jeff McComsey is incredible and suits the story perfectly with great color while Jennie Wood weaves one hell of a yarn.” — Shawn Perry, Bleeding Cool

Novel Incubator Instructors

Bottomland  by Michelle Hoover


“Hoover skillfully interweaves many of the Hess family members’ narratives. Her descriptions of the bleak rural landscape is chilling. Fans of Jim Harrison’s Legends of the Fall will enjoy the plot; Willa Cather enthusiasts will relish the setting; and Theodore Dreiser readers will savor the gritty characterizations.” —Library Journal (starred review)

The Quickening  by Michelle Hoover


“Michelle Hoover’s debut novel is a haunting, beautifully told story that explores the hardships of the Great Depression by focusing on two families…Hoover writes with such emotional clarity…A captivating and heartfelt first novel.” — BookPage

The Fifty-First State  by Lisa Borders

Powell’s Books / Amazon

“A big-hearted novel about the surprises—big and small, tragic and gloriously sweet—that turn the tables on seemingly quotidian lives. The Fifty-First State is a place where good news and fluke disasters live side by side, whether in the lurking menace of a sorry neighbor or the shifting nuances of developing love. That is to say, a delightfully realistic world readers will enthusiastically recognize as their own.” — Daphne Kalotay, author of Sight Reading

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Cloud Cuckoo Land  by Lisa Borders


“This redemptive story of a talented young woman’s musical journey will make your heart sing.” — Cassandra King, author of The Sunday Wife

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