Booksellers, publishers, and agents are encouraged to take a look at the following listings of self-published books from authors either waiting to be discovered or with a track record and a following who are doing it on their own.
Jackie: My Obsession
Ron Galella. Ron Galella. $400 hardcover (400p), ISBN 9780985751906
A 400-page compendium of candid images of iconic former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, including many photos never before published.
Biography & Autobiography
Reluctant Soldier... Proud Veteran: How a Cynical Vietnam Vet Learned to Take Pride in His Service to the USA
Terry L. Nau. CreateSpace. $8.99 paper (188p), ISBN 9781482761498; $4.99 e-book ASIN B00E6RHOUW
A Vietnam veteran who buried his feelings about the war learns to take pride in his service after meeting fellow veterans late in life.
Sarah A. Suzuki. CreateSpace. $15.93 paper (460p), ISBN 9781492289852; $8.50 e-book ASIN B00GKMMVAE
As a child, Sarah disowns her biracial identity as an Asian-American, until an encounter with her estranged Japanese-American relatives calls into question her understanding of the traumas the generations before her faced in pursuit of the American dream.
Body, Mind & Spirit
Don’t Tell Mommy: A Book of Letters
Joyce Davis. BookBaby. $9.99 paper (152p), ISBN 9781619275737; $3.99 e-book ISBN 9781483503981
Between 1956 and 1967, Davis’s mother wrote letters to an adoption agency—sweet, wonderful letters. The author’s are not so sweet, and a secret is revealed.
The Love Mindset: An Unconventional Guide to Healing and Happiness
Vironika Tugaleva. Soulux Press. $19.99 paper (250p), ISBN 9780992046804; $6.99 e-book ISBN 9780992046828 (mobi)
Ingram/Lightning Source; Amazon
A guidebook to the power of love, the purpose of life, and the potential of people united.
Business & Economics
Exporting Prosperity: Why the U.S. Economy May Never Recover...
James H. Boudreau. James H. Boudreau. $21.99 paper (102p), ISBN 9780989897303; $11.99 e-book ISBN 9780989897310
An entrepreneur and small business owner breaks down some of the more complex economic statistics into digestible language to explain why so many today are struggling financially.
The Martial Art of Strategy, Russian Style: Nine Elegant Solutions
Igor Grishin and Mikhail Emelyanov. Les Waller International. $12.95 paper (192p), ISBN 9780989809405
The authors present nine solutions for getting out of the most difficult situations in people’s lives and businesses. Examples are given in three spheres: business and politics, military strategy, and the game of Go.
Letter to the One Percent
Anthony W. Orlando. Orlando Publishing Group. $8.99 e-book ISBN 9781304642912
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Orlando’s letter to the richest 1% of American households is a call to action, a plea for compassion, and a manifesto for the future.
Owning Main Street: A Beginner’s Guide to the Stock Market
Patrick Pappano. Cardyf Publishing. $39.95 paper (646p), ISBN 9780988912700
Most people are intimidated at the thought of investing in the stock market, but Pappano says it is easy. His book shows the reader how.
Entertaining with Love: Inspired Recipes for Everyday Entertaining
Marc J. Sievers. Marc-Ryan Group. $30 hardcover (240p), ISBN 9780615867830
Sievers shares his expertise to help you entertain with delicious and elegant menus meant to impress your guests.
Family & Relationships
Your Path to an Easier and Better Life: A How-to Guide for You and Your Family
Judy Zerafa. Go For It! Partners. $15.95 paper (182p), ISBN 9780615848167; $9.99 e-book ISBN 9780615848167
Although what it takes to succeed is known, the missing link has been the how. This book will give you and your family the tools to make your lives easier and better.
The Witches of Dark Root: Book One, The Daughters of Dark Root Series
April Aasheim. Dark Root Press. $14.99 paper (363p), ISBN 9780615819327; $3.49 e-book ASIN B00D6OUDDG
Maggie could care less about taking over the family business of witchery, but when a call sends her back home, she may have no choice.
Rescue Me: A TREX Adventure
Allie K. Adams. Allie K. Adams. $12.99 paper (286p), ISBN 9781492820246; $4.99 e-book ISBN 9781301847761
TREX special agent Spencer Allen’s job with the covert agency is to tell lies to keep the people around him safe. When a mission goes south, he has no choice but to call in a search-and-rescue group led by the only woman who can destroy his control.
Life Is? And Man Is No Better!
Julio Anabelle. Julio Anabelle. $19.99 paper (388p), ISBN 9781291390506; $6.99 e-book ISBN 9781300954996
Joshua was certain of his future in Cameroon. He was bright in school and smart at home. But the reality of life after high school killed his dream and forced him to Europe. His encounter with Europe, however, was a terrible shock and disappointment.
David J. Bain. Bo Iti Press. $17.99 paper (587p), ISBN 9780988171008; $7.99 e-book ISBN 9780988171015
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Jerusalem, the heart of Israel, faces an existential threat. Who will win a 4,000-year-old battle where nothing can be accepted but final victory?
Powerplay: Beware the POTUS
William I. Brazley Jr. AuthorHouse. $19.95 paper (252p), ISBN 9781481766340; $3.99 e-book ISBN 9781481766333
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Newly elected president Dale Patton orders a senator to leave Washington, is threatened with impeachment, and faces an assassination attempt—while dealing with terrorist aggression.
Raver: The Horsecaller, Book One
Candace Carrabus. Witting Woman Works. $17.99 paper (406p), ISBN 9780989605700; 99¢ e-book ASIN B00DNR6KMY; BN ID 2940016482002
An equestrian and her horse are taken through a portal to a strange land that will soon die if she can’t return their beloved steeds.
Bryan Cassiday. CreateSpace. $14.99 paper (332p), ISBN 9781492739715; $6.99 e-book ISBN 9781301544134
A CIA agent lands in Area 51 during a zombie apocalypse and discovers an SS officer’s son conducting sadistic experiments in the name of a conspiracy.
Amrit Chima. Amrit Chima. $14.99 paper (552p), ISBN 9780989786805; $4.99 e-book ISBN 9780989786812
The story of a family’s 100-year journey across continents to escape a crime that haunts them through generations.
he & She
Wayne Clark. Wayne Clark YUL/NYC. $13.99 paper (376p), ISBN 9780992120207; $3.99 e-book ISBN 9780992120214
A Web photo of a dominatrix sends a man on a last-ditch attempt to feel truly alive one more time, even if it kills him.
A Synthetic Illusion
Christian Clarke. $3.99 e-book ISBN 9780992276805
Smashwords; Amazon; bn.com
A 40-year-old driver for an elite escort agency is lured into the much more lucrative side of prostitution and against all his instincts crosses forbidden boundaries. If love makes the world go round, money and drugs can spin it into a frenzy.
Blessed Are the Wholly Broken
Melinda Clayton. Thomas-Jacob Publishing. $12.99 paper (258p), ISBN 9780989572934; $3.99 e-book ASIN B00FYGVBNA; BN ID 2940045278867
After the heartbreak of losing their newborn son, Philip and Anna patch their lives back together. But when Anna finds herself pregnant again at the age of 43, the marriage begins to crumble. An exploration of unresolved grief, postpartum depression, family loyalty, and friendship.
Halfway to the Stars: Cable Car Tales of a Grumpy Gripman
Daniel Curzon. IGNA Books. $12 paper (270p), ISBN 9780930650278; $6 e-book ASIN B00F9JAA2U
Politically incorrect stories that form a novel, as told by a snarky and very funny gripman on San Francisco’s fabled cable cars.
Good Americans: The Human Tragedy, Vol. 1
Tejas Desai. The New Wei. $17.95 paper (370p), ISBN 9780988351936; $6.99 e-book ISBN 9780988351943
A short-story collection in which each story depicts a different aspect of contemporary American society.
A New Year’s Tale
Nancy Farmer. CreateSpace. $12.99 paper (320p), ISBN 9781482795660; 99¢ e-book ASIN B00BOU7648
In a near-future dystopia, the U.S. government decides to get rid of senior citizens to avoid paying Social Security and Medicare.
The Heart of Annie
J.S. Foote. Canis Cuatro Media. $5.95 e-book ISBN 9780615899992
Foote’s debut novel tells the story of Lilly and Curtis, who, as they grow to love each other, begin to shed their disenchantment and cynicism, and find themselves worthy of a happy ending.
Heirs of Eden
Harold Gershowitz. CreateSpace. $19.99 paper (540p), ISBN 9781484099032; $9.99 e-book ISBN 9781630029067
A Jewish boy and a Palestinian girl and their families are thrown together by circumstance in Washington, D.C.’s inner city following the Israeli war of independence.
Anvil of God: Book One of the Carolingian Chronicles
J. Boyce Gleason. iUniverse. $33.95 hardcover (440p), ISBN 9781475990201; $3.99 e-book ISBN 9781475990218
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After his death, chaos envelops the family of Charles the Hammer, pitting son against son, Christianity versus paganism, and forcing his young daughter to choose between love and her family’s ambitions.
Good to Her
Enid Harlow. Strategic Book Publishing and Rights Agency. $18.50 paper (310p), ISBN 9781625163981; $7.99 e-book ISBN 9781625169235
Against the backdrop of famed New York restaurant Dinty Moore’s—a Broadway fixture for 50 years—a successful businessman meets his much younger wife, who dreams of becoming an actress. This historical novel starts during Prohibition and moves forward through 1964.
Thomas J. Hawkinson. Tate Publishing. $23.99 paper (388p), ISBN 9781613462669; $9.99 e-book ISBN 9781618625175
Political thriller about a fictional country being overtaken by an outside entity.
Jay Gee Heath. Joyce G. Heath. $13.75 paper (310p), ISBN 9780989071222; $3.75 e-book ISBN 97800989071239
Pregnant and deserted, May starts over but becomes tangled in an art theft and caught in the middle of an undercover drug investigation.
The Dream Jumper’s Promise: The Dream Jumper Series
Kim Hornsby. Top Ten Press. $12 paper (300p), ISBN 9780615723570; $2.99 e-book ASIN B00AA4FAJC
If your new husband went missing and haunting dreams were driving you crazy, would you let someone you didn’t trust into your subconscious to help?
Carol Shay Hornung. CreateSpace. $14.95 paper (268p), ISBN 9781482735772; $5.99 e-book ASIN B00E897ING
After witnessing a murder, Russ Dante must put his unique Asperger’s skills to work to solve the crime and stop the killer.
And Then Run
Eric Hublot. Roland Media Distribution. $16.99 paper (560p), ISBN 9780980144666; $9.99 e-book ISBN 9780980144659
(301) 320-3634; firstname.lastname@example.org
Hublot’s sociopathically pornographic, bizarrely philosophical debut novel follows the life of antihero Jerome Esterson. Jerome has everything—looks, money, women, friends. And yet, he seems to be fighting a losing battle with reality.
The President’s Killers
Karl Jacobs. Lien Press. $3.99 e-book ISBN 9780615907444
A young former athlete responds to a cryptic Internet ad and finds himself the prime suspect in the assassination of the president of the United States.
Martin Swans Diary: Black Water Crossing
Kyle Keyes. CreateSpace. $11.23 paper (304p), ISBN 9781456503796
Federal agent Martin Swans thwarts a terrorist attempt to smuggle explosives into Washington, D.C., but this secret aide to the president does not avoid falling in love.
Nadine Lalonde. Xlibris. $19.99 paper (282p), ISBN 9781483653877; $3.99 e-book ISBN 9781483653891
Adopted by a crime-fighting immortal family, Ivy must learn the ropes quickly or die. Accepting her fate, she joins the hunt for a rapist.
Robin Lamont. Grayling Press. $12.95 paper (246p), ISBN 9780985848545; $6.99 e-book ISBN 9780985848552
A passionate animal welfare investigator is drawn into the lives of a damaged family in a small town that depends on a meat-packing plant for its survival.
European Son: A Novella
Barry Stewart Levy. CreateSpace. $10 paper (160p), ISBN 9781478104988; $2.99 e-book ISBN 9781621129745
A young man travels to the South of France to escape his troubled past in this tale of obsession, revenge, and redemption.
Gemma Liviero. Florence Publishing. $14.99 paper (356p), ISBN 9780646904856; $2.99 e-book ASIN B00CUZX6MC
As a small boy, Henrik watches his world crumble around him as Germany falls under Nazi control. In his own telling, Henrik confides in the reader the events of World War II as his family is plunged into fear and uncertainty.
Dear Babalu: Letters to an Advice Columnist
Peter J. Manos. Peter J. Manos. $9.99 paper (233p), ISBN 9780615810843; $3.99 e-book ISBN 9780989548502
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An illustrated collection of 148 whimsical letters to an advice columnist and the columnist’s whimsical replies.
Master Gardener: A Novel About Gardening, Magic Seeds, Eco-Terrorism, Politics, Big Business, Love and Wylie Cypher
Rolf Margenau. Frogworks Publishing. $23.95 paper (302p), ISBN 9780988231108; $2.99 e-book BN ID 2940045225618
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With solid science and ribald humor, Margenau takes a satirical look at environmental threats caused by Big Agriculture. A David and Goliath story in which master gardeners use magic seeds to thwart greedy villains.
Excolopolis: Poles of Enforcement
Jack L. Marsch. Jack L. Marsch. $4.99 e-book ISBN 9781301570393
Sean Steersman appeared out of nowhere and headed into unknown territory when he began to create mysterious new antigravity technology.
The Jewel Box
C. Michelle McCarty. CreateSpace. $12.99 paper (314p), ISBN 9781481107150; $2.99 e-book ASIN B00BTRDWTO
A mouthy small-town girl takes on big-city life assisted by her “spiritual guide through sin city,” who offers advice on single parenting and multiple affairs.
Born of Oak and Silver
Marie McKean. Marie McKean. $12.50 paper (386p), ISBN 9780991013821; $3.99 e-book ISBN 9780991013807
In the years 1840–1915, Daine Dalton is a Druid who must surmount impossible obstacles in an effort to keep the realms of the Fae and humanity separate.
Bill Merten. C.W. Merten. $10.95 paper (255p), ISBN 9780989767613; $2.99 e-book ISBN 9780989767606
Henry Cross made a mistake; in fact, he made two. The first was to spy for the Soviet Union inside a top-secret U.S. Department of Energy nuclear weapons laboratory. The second was to get caught.
Castles of the Heart
Hale Meserow. Carpenter’s Son Publishing. $16.95 paper (416p), ISBN 9781940262024; $9.99 e-book ASIN B00FW7KCUE; BN ID 2940148815686
stl-distribution.com; Amazon; bn.com
Set in the American South, 1919–1944, Castles tells of the courage of a young woman who faces the demon of racism.
Elly in Bloom
Colleen Oakes. CreateSpace. $14.99 paper (324p), ISBN 9781477514122; $3.99 e-book ASIN B009C3Z2WW
Amazon; IndieBound; bn.com
After leaving her cheating husband, Elly Jordan finally has her life—and her wedding flower boutique—back to normal, until a life-changing business contract becomes more than she bargained for.
Glenn Ogura. iUniverse. $25.95 paper (486p), ISBN 9781475988550; $7.99 e-book ISBN 9781475988543
A business thriller offering a glimpse into Silicon Valley’s culture. When idealistic entrepreneur Zack Penny starts his own company, he becomes the target of his former boss, who also happens to be his girlfriend’s father. The book raises questions about the nature of business dealings while highlighting an example of corporate corruption and greed.
Ella J. Phoenix. Ella J. Phoenix. $3.99 e-book ASIN B00BH1SCQ0
The first novel in an epic paranormal series that revisits one of the worst moments in Native American history with fresh eyes. When Chloe finds a stone of immense powers matching the one in her nightmares, her quest to find its source leads her to millionaire Mason Green—the stone may be the salvation Green’s been waiting for.
This Moonless Sky
Mark Rogerson (Marrik Rajjarsen). FriesenPress. $3.99 e-book ASIN B00ELPNOL2; BN ID
A vivid, witty extraplanetary travelogue. A once-suicidal young gay man and his companions discover through love, adventure, and otherworldly philosophy how alienness completes their humanity.
Blackmail in Beijing
Roger B. Schagrin. Inkwater Press. $12.95 paper (208p), ISBN 9781592999767; $2.99 e-book ASIN B00FEWYKVO
When the American ambassador is shown compromising photos of himself, the dark underbelly of Chinese politics, international trade, and criminal conspiracy is exposed in this debut mystery by an international trade attorney.
Marianne Sciucco. Bunky Press. $12.00 paper (234p), ISBN 9780989559201; $2.99 e-book ISBN 9780989559218
What if the person who knew you best and loved you most forgot your face and couldn’t remember your name?
Escape from Zulaire
Veronica Scott. Veronica Scott. $9.25 paper (238p), ISBN 9780989590327; $2.99 e-book ISBN 9780989590310
When he’s caught in the hot zone as the planet erupts into war, can Special Forces operator Tom Deverane save Andi, the woman he loves?
The Many Lives of Samuel Beauchamp (A Demon’s Story)
Michael Siemsen. Fantome Publishing. $14.95 paper (262p), ISBN 9781940757025; $3.99 e-book ISBN 9781940757018
After Samuel Beauchamp is murdered by his stepfather in 1933, his soul lives on as a body-possessing “demon” in search of love and acceptance.
James Houston Turner. Regis Books. $10.99 paper (298p), ISBN 9780958666435; $4.36 e-book ISBN 9780958666428
When KGB colonel Aleksandr Talanov witnesses the systematic execution of a defecting scientist and his family, his impulsive decision to save the scientist’s teenage daughter sets him on a deadly collision course with his own people: the KGB.
In Times Like These
Nathan Van Coops. Skylighter Press. $14.99 paper (382p), ISBN 9780989475501; $3.99 e-book ISBN 9780989475518
Five friends displaced in time struggle to get home, but realize that they have stumbled into a much larger universe, where finding home is anything but certain.
I Wish There Were Baby Factories
Julie Weinberg. Booklocker. $15.95 paper (212p), ISBN 9781626464124; $2.99 e-book ASIN B00DEQJIYQ; BN ID 2940016448190
A debut novel, based on the author’s experiences, about a hopeful young woman’s trials and tribulations with infertility while working a high-pressure political job.
In the Middle
Zelmer Wilson. CreateSpace. $15 paper (302p), ISBN 9781482629996; 99¢ e-book ASIN B00EG4QILQ
A modern coming-of-age story set in Phoenix, Arizona. The narrator is a bright but troubled kid named Miller Hoffman, who struggles to win the approval of his stern father while fighting his physical attraction to his outgoing stepmother.
Alan A. Winter. iUniverse. $18.95 paper (318p), ISBN 9781491705674; $6.99 e-book ISBN 9781491705681
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A suspense thriller woven from an open case of Israel’s vaunted spy agency, the Mossad.
S. Woffington. Red Summit Publishers. $11.69 paper (364p), ISBN 9780615769240; $4.99 e-book ASIN B00CIY8TRM
Sara, a young Saudi woman, unveils her artist’s eyes and defies tradition, which forces a perilous escape and pursuit by family, government, and a relentless suitor.
Health & Fitness
The Beverly Hills Anti-Aging Prescription: The Age Defying Program to Feel Better, Look Younger and Live Longer
Andre Berger, M.D. Infinity Publishing. $12.95 paper (240p), ISBN 9780741497178; $9.95 e-book ISBN 9780741484826
Dr. Berger’s essential program for optimal aging—including nutrition, exercise, sleep, environmental detox, stress management, and hormone replacement therapy.
Four Quadrant Living: Making Healthy Living Your New Way of Life
Dina Colman. Four Quadrant Media. $15 paper (234p), ISBN 9781939288226; $7.99 e-book ASIN B00FC1Y3FA
A guide to creating your new health destiny by nourishing mind, body, relationships, and environment—how to take responsibility for your health and make healthy living a part of your daily routine.
Hypothyroidism, Health & Happiness: The Riddle of Illness Revealed
Steven F. Hotze, M.D. Advantage Media Group. $26.99 hardcover (278p), ISBN 9781599323961; $9.99 e-book ASIN B00DDW5BQK; BN ID 2940016766805
www.HypothyroidismBook.com; Amazon; bn.com
Dr. Hotze reveals how commonly hypothyroidism is overlooked, misdiagnosed, and mistreated, and gives you the information you need to prepare yourself to obtain help.
Maximize Your Medicare: Understanding Medicare, Protecting Your Health, and Minimizing Costs (2014 Ed.)
Jae W. Oh, CFP CLU ChFC. CreateSpace. $12.99 paper (162p), ISBN 9781492918677; $9.99 e-book ISBN 9781301630554
This updated 2014 edition includes real-life examples, called “This Happens,” written in plain English that everyone can understand.
Your Vibrant Heart: Restoring Health, Strength, and Spirit from the Body’s Core
Cynthia Thaik, M.D. Revitalize Press. $16.95 paper (328p), ISBN 9780989104128; $7.99 e-book ISBN 9780989104111
www.yourvibrantheart.com; Amazon; bn.com
A Harvard-trained cardiologist unites Eastern philosophy with Western medicine to take a whole-life approach to heart health and overall wellness.
The Precipice Option
Alexander Kaufman. Intervale Publishing. $27.99 paper (949p), ISBN 9780578117232; $9.99 e-book ASIN B00DNJCLY8
Life itself is the currency in this fast-paced tale of an unprecedented rescue mission during the last 15 months of World War II in Europe.
Messages in Handlebars: The Youngest Resistance Fighter
Kendrick Kirk. Kendrick Kirk. $18 paper (322p), ISBN 9780615534602; $8.99 e-book ASIN B0054KD68Y
As a 12-year-old, Jean-Jacques Auduc made significant contributions to the French resistance network around Le Mans, France, saving downed U.S. airmen. He was the youngest Resistance fighter to be awarded the Croix de Guerre.
House & Home
No-Regrets Remodeling: How to Create a Comfortable, Healthy Home that Saves Energy (2nd Ed.)
Editors of Home Energy magazine. Home Energy magazine. $29.95 paper (168p), ISBN 9780963944436
The original guide to energy-efficient remodeling. Completely revised and updated, it shows readers how to make their home less costly to operate and healthier for their family.
Stranded in Space, Book 1: The Stellar Life of Jpeg the Robot Dog
C.J. Atticus, illus. by Angelika Domechke. C.J. Atticus. $6.95 paper (112p), ISBN 9780988778023
Jpeg, a feisty robot dog, annoys the wrong group of androids, who strand him in outer space to teach him a valuable lesson about friendship. Ages 6–8.
Sassafrass Jones and the Search for a Forever Home
Cathleen Smith Bresciani with Richard L. Eldredge, photography by Tomas Espinoza. Cathleen Smith Bresciani. $24.99 hardcover (58p), ISBN 9780578120843
A whimsical tale of two plucky outsiders—Sassafrass Jones, a perky Pekingese, and Madeline, a lonely milliner mouse—who find each other and the courage to pursue their dreams. Even for a tiny stray dog, “nothing is impossible.” Their world is brought to life in detailed full-color photos. Contains an audio edition narrated by B-52s front man Fred Schneider. Ages 4–8.
J.V. Carr. WestBow Press. $19.95 paper (280p), ISBN 9781449782825; $3.99 e-book ISBN 9781449782818
When Bladen is chosen to play in a real-life video game, he juggles college life while he battles demons to save Earth from deadly disaster. Ages 12 and up.
The Harvest Festival
Jack Gallow. CreateSpace. $9.99 paper (260p), ISBN 9781492801269; $5.99 e-book
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A paranormal romance full of mystery. Mallory looks just like the missing prom queen, and the only suspect in the disappearance is after her. Ages 11 and up.
E: A Tale for Everybody
Paul Harvey Jr., illus. by Bryan C. Butler. Paul H. Aurandt II. $25 hardcover (48p), ISBN 9780988777408
A story to be read to children to teach them to respect and embrace those who are not just like them. Ages 5–8.
Every Hill and Mountain
Deborah Heal. CreateSpace. $12.99 paper (278p), ISBN 9781482609165; $3.99 e-book 9781301283200
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Abby can fast-forward and rewind the lives of people who used to live in old houses. But sometimes she finds out more than she wants to know. Ages 12 and up.
Tizzy, the Christmas Shelf Elf: Santa’s Izzy Elves #1
Dorothea Jensen, illus. by Michelle Alfonso. CreateSpace. $9.99 paper (28p), ISBN 9781492778547; $4.99 e-book ASIN B00EO3HPIO; BN ID 2940149058945
Two naughty boys sneak downstairs early on Christmas morning and open a big present from Santa. Inside they find Tizzy, one of Santa’s elves, packed by mistake. The desperate elf asks them to send him back home by using their imaginations. But how? Ages 4–8.
Camp Secret: Junior Spies #1
Melissa Mahle and Kathryn Dennis. SpyGirls Press. $8.99 paper (259p), ISBN 9780985227340; $5.99 e-book ISBN 9780985227357
At first glance Camp International looks normal. But four kids from different backgrounds discover their summer camp is really a training camp for young spies. Ages 8–12.
Deanna Miller. Deanna Miller. $6.50 paper (210p), ISBN 9780972542418; 99¢ e-book ASIN B00DHQDPQK
Two secret friends from enemy races find their friendship tested and intensified into love when they’re forced into opposite sides of an interdimensional and interplanetary struggle between fear and faith. Winner of the Wilbur Award for Fiction. Ages 10 and up.
Powers Molinar. Sapertys Enterprises. $11.99 paper (388p), ISBN 9781493717156; $2.99 e-book ISBN 9781311218124
Ty and Marcus Mitchell battle to get home after being hurtled through an interdimensional gateway to a parallel world defined by its multiple moons and planetwide apocalypse. Ages 9–13.
Nakeshia Nickerson, illus. by Steve Feldman. AuthorHouse. $21.99 paper (44p), ISBN 9781481779869; $3.99 e-book ISBN 9781481779876
On the last day of school, Ally tells everyone of her plans to spend time with her “gammie,” but everything doesn’t go as planned. With help from family and friends, Ally discovers that what she feels after losing her grandmother is normal. Ages 7–10.
Princess Bing Bong and the Birthday Party Blunders
Vanessa Paniccia, illus. by Susan Shorter. AuthorHouse. $18.99 paper (28p), ISBN 9781491823613; $3.99 e-book ISBN 9781491823620
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Princess Bing Bong is a quirky princess who gets herself into some interesting situations with her wild imagination. Of course, her birthday party doesn’t go quite as one might expect. Ages 5–8.
Journi Roe, illus. by Pedro Perez. CreateSpace. $12.99 paper (34p), ISBN 9781492147022; $3.99 e-book ASIN B00G7XHM1E, BN ID 2940045370516
Lyvia thinks her new eyeglasses make her look yucky. She does not even want to wear them, but Cali, her bestie, has a great idea. Ages 4–8.
Dragon Fire: Book 2 of the Cael Stone
Colleen Ruttan. CreateSpace. $12.99 paper (340p), ISBN 9781492831143; $4.99 e-book ASIN B00FHQWUSW; BN ID 2940045326797
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A young woman sets out with a friend to save a prince and learns more about the destiny it seems she was born to face. Ages 11 and up.
Aimee L. Salter. Aimee L. Salter. $10.99 paper (300p), ISBN 9780990004103; $2.99 e-book ISBN 9780990004110
Seventeen-year-old Stacy can talk to her future self through the mirror, but her future self lies. If you can’t trust yourself, whom can you trust? Ages 12 and up.
The Night Before Baseball at the Park by the Bay
David Schnell, illus. by Macky Pamintuan. Prospect Palo Alto Publishing. $14.95 hardcover (32p), ISBN 9780989104302
www.NightBeforeBaseball.com and retail
Young Ryan dreams of pitching for his beloved San Francisco Giants, and one night that dream comes true in this picture book. Ages 5–8.
The Christmas Tree Elf
Valentine D’Arcy Sheldon, illus. by Jeremiah Humphries & Valentine D’Arcy Sheldon. The Valentine Sheldon Co. $19.95 hardcover (48p), ISBN 9780991038305; $9.95 e-book ISBN 9780991038312
Blink, the most famous elf ever, saves Christmas and introduces Santa to his elves. Illustrated in color. Ages 4–8.
Christmas Dream: The Adventures of Zebata
Karen Barron Smith, illustrated. BFG Productions. $17.95 hardcover (36p), ISBN 9780988654327; $5.99 e-book ISBN 9780988654303
A Christmas story set in the 1940s on a farm where a young girl struggles to buy a horse like the one in her dreams. Ages 4–8.
Script Kiddie (Assured Destruction #2)
Michael F. Stewart. Non Sequitur Press. $8.99 (212p), ISBN 9780981269962; $2.99 e-book ISBN 9780981269979
Jan Rose no longer steals data from the computers she recycles—she doesn’t need to. She’s the newest member of the police department’s High Tech Crime Unit, and the laptop of a murderer has landed on her desk. Her job: to profile and expose a killer. Ages 12 and up.
Stargazing from Nowhere
Isabel Thomas and Marilyn Thomas. Do Art Publishing. $16.99 paper (448p), ISBN 9780988044807; $1.99 ASIN B00EW3KYE8
What if you were loved by your rock star crush but had said negative things about him online? When Kristen finally meets and falls for him, should she confess? Ages 11 and up.
The Whisper Stone
Kevin White, illus. by Alyssa Parsons. Chimeric Press. $10.50 hardcover (96p), ISBN 9780984712250
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A boy, his grandfather, and a small river stone with unmitigated power come together in a story that tugs at one’s own heart and memories. Ages 5–8.
Blue at Midnight
S.D. Wile. CreateSpace. $8.99 paper (176p), ISBN 9781490936819; $4.99 e-book ASIN B00FEKP1NW
Human contact is forbidden with the Children of Orsa. When Christian sees Isabelle drowning, he must face the risk of saving her, only to become the enemy of his own kind. Ages 12 and up.
Guardian Angel: Rescue on the Glacier
Jesse Peterson, illus. by Manuela Soriani. Rescue Me Publishing. $22.95 hardcover (50p), ISBN 9780988595002
Written by one of the rescuers, a true story of survival and determination in Alaska. Armed with a “never quit” attitude, four elite Guardian Angel team members climb through a raging blizzard to save a family in distress. Ages 6–10.
Office in a Minute: Steps for Performing Basic Tasks in Microsoft Office 2013 (2nd Ed.)
Diane L. Martin. CreateSpace. $19.95 paper (236p), ISBN 9781492340577
A must-have tutorial for anyone interested in quickly learning Microsoft Office 2013. Readers will learn more than 60 different functions within the Word, Excel, OneNote, and PowerPoint applications.
Venice, CA: A City State of Mind
John O’Kane. AMASS Press. $26.95 hardcover (240p), ISBN 9781626464001
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A reminiscence that documents the surviving alternative/bohemian culture of Venice, Calif.
You Must Live
Tuan Phan. Virtual Reflections. $14.99 paper large print (318p), ISBN 9780988304611; $9.99 e-book ISBN 9780988304628
A memoir of the author’s life in Vietnam during the war and his struggle and determination to succeed in the U.S. A story of human resilience from a country so many Americans died trying to protect.
Transformed by Tragedy: A Rose of Redemption
Carmyn Sparks. Carpenter’s Son Publishing. $15.99 paper (272p), ISBN 9781940262017
Many were envious of Carmyn’s seemingly privileged lifestyle, but underneath the ball gowns and jewels was a tormented little girl. An unlikely heroine and a divine revelation transforms her tragedies into triumphs.
The Ballad of the New Carissa and Other Poems
Kari Wergeland. CreateSpace. $14.99 paper (100p), ISBN 9781470156169
A celebration of the Oregon Coast, highlighting the pulse of the weather, shifting sands, and creatures in the sea and on the shore.
Hope into Practice: Jewish Women Choosing Justice Despite Our Fears
Penny Rosenwasser. Penny Rosenwasser. $21.95 paper (417p), ISBN 9780988918702
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Anchored in Jewish ethical tradition and community, this book is an activist’s call to repair the world, linking personal healing with social justice.
A Rooster Once Crowed: A Commentary on the Greatest Story Ever Told
Bryant Cornett. Carpenter’s Son Publishing. $12.95 paper (208p), ISBN 9781940262079; $8.99 e-book ISBN
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Cornett surveys the Gospel from Genesis to Revelation, bringing into focus the greater story—a love story—with humanity as God’s great desire.
Heaven Is in Your Future: The Gift You Cannot Refuse
David Arthur DuRocher. David Arthur DuRocher. $9.99 e-book ISBN 9780615873282
A book of Bible interpretation with the ideas expressed falling between mainline Christianity and New Age concepts.
Creature and Creator: Intersections Between Science and Religion
Terence W. Picton. Terence Picton. $25 paper (512p), ISBN 9780992081409; $8.71 e-book ISBN
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Science and religion can provide complementary rather than antagonistic ways to understand our universe. The book considers many different sciences and religions. Picton is professor emeritus of medicine and psychology at the University of Toronto.
Pathways to the King: Living a Life of Spiritual Renewal and Power
Rob Reimer, M.D. Carpenter’s Son Publishing. $14.99 paper (208p), ISBN 9780988396203; $9.99 e-book ASIN B00BIU9V4M; BN ID 2940016373188
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Practical strategies to develop intimacy, authority, and power in Christ, and to expand his kingdom on earth.
Gilgamesh in the 21st Century: A Personal Quest to Understand Mortality
Paul Bracken. CreateSpace. $13.40 paper (288p), ISBN 9781492310907; $9.99 e-book ASIN B00FQBH4IO
“Must I die?” asked Gilgamesh. Forty-five centuries later, we’re still asking the same question. Bracken embarks on a personal quest to find the answers to his childhood questions about what it means to be mortal and what our fate may be.
The Boomer Survivor Kit: An Indispensable Guide for Yourself, Your Relationships, Your Life
William Courter, M.D. Boomer Health Institute. $15.95 (576p), ISBN 9780988854208; $5.99 e-book ASIN B00DZVM4P0
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A program for baby boomers to redesign their lives to escape our overwhelming problems and progress toward less stress, more balance, and a more meaningful life.
Finding Jill: How I Rebuilt My Life After Losing the Five People I Loved Most
Jill Kraft Thompson. Mind, Body, and Soul Productions. $14.95 paper (224p), ISBN 9780989425209; $9.95 e-book ISBN 9780989425216
A powerful story of how one woman experienced unthinkable tragedy, yet survived to discover new love, hope, and a new life—and how she did it.
I’m a Type A—How the Heck Will I Ever Retire?
Timothy McIntyre. Type A Lifestyle. $15.95 paper (232p), ISBN 9780989749206; $4.99 e-book ISBN 9780989749213
A fun and easy-to-read guidebook on how even the most energetic Type A can positively anticipate and fully enjoy retirement.
The Jetstream of Success: Legends Create History Everyday
Julian Pencilliah. Jetstream Publishing. $ hardcover (216p), ISBN 9780985405731; $9.80 e-book ISBN 9780985405700
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This book offers a framework to awaken the dormant potential that allows you to engage yourself within a broader spectrum of your being.
Sports & Recreation
Vagrant Kings: David Stern, Kevin Johnson and the NBA’s Orphan Team
R.E. Graswich. R.E. Graswich. $24.95 paper (256p), ISBN 9780989820936; $8.99 e-book ISBN 9780615883953
An inside account of NBA commissioner David Stern’s obsession with building a home for the Sacramento Kings, a tragically cursed, road-weary basketball team in Northern California.
Elements of Magic: The Interactive Guidebook for Disney’s Magic Kingdom
Matthew C. Gallagher. designoMatt. $9.99 e-book ISBN 9780989778060
An immersive interactive guidebook showcasing the attractions in the Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla.
A Hitchhiker’s Diary, 1963–64
Jeanne Vannoy Schramm. Schramm Studio. $15 paper (114p), ISBN 9780986023408
The author, a farmer’s daughter, satisfied her desire to explore the world for almost nine months, mainly by hitching rides through 18 European and Middle Eastern countries. Color photos illustrate her adventures.