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.
Biography & Autobiography
Mud Creek Medicine: The Life of Eula Hall and the Fight for Appalachia
Kiran Bhatraju. Butler Books. $25 hardcover (304p), ISBN 9781935497738
From Greasy Creek, Kentucky, to the steps of Capitol Hill, Eula Hall was a foot soldier in the War on Poverty. That sparked her determination to build and manage a clinic for her people, following her own brand of tough-love compassion. 8-page photo insert.
A Terrific Beginning
Teresa Williams Irvin. HeartChild. $22.95 paper (422p), ISBN 9780979939532
From her engaging family history through her search for life’s deepest meaning, Irvin’s story encompasses a broad range of experiences.
Hatched in Newtown: The Family Story that Led to a Wild Generation X Childhood with World War II Parents
Kelley T. Jansson. Center Chimney Publishing. $17.95 paper (320p), ISBN 9780991053001
Humorous tales from a Gen X girl that involve pets, chores, relatives, school, travels, and a soccer team from Newtown, Conn., with the backstory of her parents from the Great Depression and World War II era.
Zulu Dreams: From Apartheid to the Ivy League
Richman Mahlangu. CreateSpace. $20 paper (272p), ISBN 9781494716240; $9.99 e-book
During apartheid, young Richman’s life takes a dramatic turn when he discovers tennis, a “white man’s game.” Through hard work, determination, and a bit of luck, he seeks a quality education in America, using tennis to gain access to the country’s top schools for himself and then for his sons.
A Bigger World: The Life and Times of Wm. Edwy Ryerson
Thomas A. Ryerson with Phyllis A. Ryerse. Isis Press. $5.97 e-book ISBN 9780981378190
Farmer, soldier, father, and Titanic survivor: Ed Ryerson was all of these and more. A semifictional biography set in the early 20th century.
Body, Mind & Spirit
Drinking to Distraction
Jenna Hollenstein. Lulu. $9.99 paper (96p), ISBN 9781483405117; $3.99 e-book ISBN 9781483405100
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Though her drinking fell in a gray area between alcoholic and social drinker, Hollenstein saw that alcohol detracted from her life in subtle but important ways. Without alcohol (and with a meditation practice), she learns the nature of her real life.
An Upraised Chalice: Adventures and Near-Death Encounters in My Search for the Brotherhood of Light and What It Can Mean for You
Gene O’Neil. ASEMC Press. $15.95 paper (260p), ISBN 9780991263509; $9.95 e-book ISBN 9780991263530
A chronicle of the remarkable adventures in a lifetime’s quest for the ancient wisdom. It recounts the repeated and, on occasion, miraculous intercessions of the Great Ones.
Business & Economics
The Character of a Leader: A Handbook for the Young Leader
Donald Alexander. CreateSpace. $14.95 paper (138p), ISBN 9781492177975; $4.99 e-book ASIN B00HYND72Y
Alexander, a senior executive in the U.S. intelligence community, offers leadership lessons from 40 years’ service, chief among them that character and integrity are the bedrock of good leadership.
The Missing Semester: Your Financial Choices Have Consequences. Will You Choose Wisely?
Gene Kabala and Gene Natali Jr. CreateSpace. $16.99 paper (102p), ISBN 9780985531591; $7.99 e-book ASIN B00ESV14R0; BN ID 2940045716970
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A guide for young adults to making wise financial decisions and gaining financial freedom. Although designed with the recent college graduate in mind, the book shows a wider audience how to build a strong financial foundation, prepare for the unexpected, and confront challenges.
Financial Happine$$: Discover What a Pink Wig, and a “Crazy” Way of Thinking Can Do to Change the Course of Your Life, FOREVER!
Mike Finley. CreateSpace. $19.99 paper (231p), ISBN 9781489558978; $9.99 e-book ISBN 9781483515205
Discover how to bridge the gap between the world of money and the ultimate prize, true and long-lasting happiness. The book shows a path to a journey of enlightenment and personal fulfillment.
Purposeful Design: Understanding the Creation
Jay Schabacker. Jay Schabacker. $18.95 hardcover (96p), ISBN 9780989619004
Within the framework of the seven days of God’s hand in creation, Schabacker explains the concepts and principles of science that operate our world.
Kari Aguila. Coley Press. $15 paper (290p), ISBN 9780991165001; $3.99 e-book ISBN 9780991165018
If women ruled a post-apocalyptic world, how would things change? And what would they be forced to do to stay in charge?
Avraham Azrieli. CreateSpace. $12 paper (272p), ISBN 9781494281755; $2.99 e-book ASIN B00I13CBFA; BN ID 2940045604710
T.M. Jefferson (“Thump”), an African-American man, joins a venerable investment firm in Baltimore. Henrietta Kingman, a white partner in her fifties, takes him on as her lover and protégé, rewarding him with promotions and bonuses. But when Thump tries to end the relationship, Kingman viciously fights back.
Ben Burgess Jr. Wasteland Press. $12.02 paper (283p), ISBN 9780988374508; 99¢ e-book ISBN 9780988374515
A man’s struggle with a difficult childhood and how his early experiences with love transform him into a heartless human being. Once sensible, he turns into a playboy who uses sex to appease his ego and shuns attachments.
Myths of a Merciful God
Cynthia Ceilan. Little Feather Books. $16 paper (268p), ISBN 9780991332915; $5.99 e-book ISBN 9780991332922
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Full of rage and beauty, this novel takes the reader on one woman’s journey to overcome unimaginable loss.
Marie Chow. Career Student Productions. $8.99 paper (177p), ISBN 9781494941208; $2.99 e-book ASIN B00HQSO5SW
A woman finds herself at an impasse few around her seem to understand. She is pregnant, married, and has been told that she has everything ahead of her. In a letter to her unborn daughter, she tells her life story—all of it.
In the Shape of a Man
Paul Clayton. CreateSpace. $12.99 (326p), ISBN 9781490409429; $3.99 e-book ASIN B00DTVFMAU; BN ID 2940045330152
A horror novel of alienation and betrayal set on the border of the necropolis of Colma, home to two million dead souls, and a gritty industrial working-class town. If evil exists, how would it manifest itself in modern life?
After Dad: A Novel
Ralph Cohen. Tattersall Press. $16.95 paper (310p), ISBN 9780615942384; $9.99 e-book ASIN B00HEVCN1W; BN ID 2940148357315
After his untimely passing, a charismatic husband and father remains the dominant influence on his survivors. How each family member responds to his lingering presence leads to results that are comic, tragic, and transformative.
Mr. Darcy’s Promise
Jeanna Ellsworth. Hey Lady Publications. $13.99 paper (358p), ISBN 9780988720008; $7.25 e-book ASIN B00DZGU6SW
Unhappily, Elizabeth Bennet finds herself placed in the care of the Darcy family at Pemberley. Assuming he knows the cause of her distress, Mr. Darcy makes a promise on his gentleman’s honor that becomes impossible to keep and vexing to Elizabeth.
GetFisk: Midnight in Juarez
Fisk. Potboiler. $1.99 e-book ISBN 9781629213019
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Fisk’s operations in Mexico are threatened by drug cartel warfare. He sends Carlos and Tarita to find a mysterious cartel boss, who may be Carlos’s half-brother. International espionage and intrigue at the highest levels; sexually and politically provocative.
The Last Commission
Eytan Halaban. Inkwater Press. $15.95 paper (322p), ISBN 9781629010373; $2.99 e-book ISBN 9781629010380
When Maury Green meets Israeli general Yaacov Ronen, he sees the taunting smile that has haunted his nightmares for decades. Ronen needs someone to do a bit of dirty work and promises an impressive commission—but Maury will collect only if he lives, so he launches a daring gambit to outwit the great tactician.
In the Time of Peacocks
Lynne Handy. iUniverse. $35.95 hardcover (486p), ISBN 9781491704783; $3.99 e-book ISBN 9781491704806
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Cate Miller searches for her identity against a backdrop of religion, culture, family dynamics, and social unrest. Her guide: the poetry of Federico García Lorca.
From Feast to Famine
Butros Hanna. Amazon. $4.49 e-book ASIN B00408AQXY
The saga of a wealthy Egyptian landowning family from the end of the First World War through the 1952 revolution (an era of great plenty and opulence in Egypt) to the ’50s and ’60s, ending with the death of Nasser.
The Demon of Stonewood: Book II of the Stonewood Trilogy
Jeremy Hayes. Northlord Publishing. $13.99 paper (321p), ISBN 9780991864225; $4.99 e-book ISBN 9780991864232
Six months have passed since the events of The Thieves of Stonewood, and the Demon-Worshipping Cult draws closer to summoning their Demon Lord to Stonewood.
The Box Circle
Pat Ivey. Pat Ivey. $15 paper (195p), ISBN 9781483653426; $3.99 e-book ISBN 9781483653440
Set in 1963, this story is told primarily through the voice of 11-year-old Coralee as she comes to terms with the events of Birmingham, the March on Washington, and the assassination of JFK, while trying to keep her family safe with a bomb shelter she builds.
The Savant of Chelsea
Suzanne Jenkins. Suzanne Jenkins. $10.99 paper (214p), ISBN 9781492386940; $2.99 e-book ASIN B00D94QVSO
A disturbed brain surgeon in New York waits for just the right time to redeem her past.
Blackness Takes Over
Norma Jeanne Karlsson. It’s Publishing. $10.99 paper (300p), ISBN 9780991187317; $2.99 e-book ISBN 9780991187300
After enduring vicious trauma, Shannon Kelly builds a new life in a tale filled with family, love, danger, laughter, sex, scars, healing, and trust.
The Rule of Ranging, Book 2: Into the Valley of Quietus
Timothy M. Kestrel. Timothy Kestrel Arts & Media. $33.95 hardcover (332p), ISBN 9780988666023; $9.95 e-book BN ID 2940148320661
A historical drama set in the frontier wilderness of North America in the late 1750s.
Kenneth Kirkeby. Black River Books. $11.95 paper (192p), ISBN 9780965141000; $3.99 e-book ASIN B00GUTRKS0; BN ID 2940148892137
Jim Nielson travels to the Bahamas for a marlin tournament and runs into a married woman he once had an affair with—and still loves.
Something to Lose
Tamra Lassiter. Tamra Lassiter. $12.95 paper (302p), ISBN 9780989943659; $3.99 e-book ISBN 9780989943642
Release date 5/7/2014
Camden meets Seth and her world is turned upside down. Can she trust him and make him realize that even he has something to lose?
Tribulation: A Novel of the Near Future
Thomas A. Lewis. CreateSpace. $9.95 paper (p), ISBN 9781494768454
A troubled American family tries to negotiate the collapse of the industrial age.
How to Be a Man
Tamara Linse. Willow Words. $14.95 paper (238p), ISBN 9780991386703; $4.99 e-book ISBN 9780991386710
Self-reliant Westerners struggle to break out of the emotional havoc of families to build a life despite the odds.
Urbino, Unexpectedly: A Story of Love and Self-Discovery
Maria Chiara Marsciani. Maria Chiara Marsciani. $16 paper (326p), ISBN 9780991362110; $3.99 e-book ISBN 9780991362103
When Clara, a law student in Milan, meets Leonardo, a young doctor in Rome, she sees a way to break free of her upper-class Italian family’s expectations. But this will lead to a journey of self-discovery through love, sickness, death, jealousy, and passion.
The Last Weapon
Matthew McCluskey. Confocal Media. $15.63 paper (450p), ISBN 9780615823225; $2.99 e-book ASIN B00GSWSRZE
A physics professor goes on the run after a lab disaster kills his ex-fiancée, and he’s the main suspect. Now he must learn the true aim of the experiment that led to the disaster.
The Brightness of Shadows: First Tale of the Fearchar Legacy
Nikki Nye. CreateSpace. $15 paper (410p), ISBN 9781493775354; $9.50 e-book ASIN B00GYYVGN6
The Fearchar brothers find themselves suddenly alone in a darkening world. Love, magic, jealousy, deception, power, and the approaching end of all humanity will test their bond of blood.
Uba and Rush
Shane O’Brien. Amazon. $2.99 e-book ISBN 9780987511614
When a gifted student is charged with the willful homicide of a suspected sex offender, his meager finances require him to build an unusual defense.
Rex Owens. Rex Owens. $14.95 paper (345p), ISBN 9780615895048
Historical fiction of the Troubles in Ireland with the themes of love, family, and betrayal.
Looking Toward Eden
Terry Pellman. Terry Pellman. $10 paper (416p), ISBN 9781491055960; $3.99 e-book ASIN B00BPB9YHS; BN ID 2940016322933
In 2017, fifteen states attempt to leave the nation. Can the political divide and economic crisis be resolved in time to preserve the United States?
Well Met in Cyprus
Javaid Qazi. Niyogi Books. $8.34 hardcover (364p), ISBN 9788189738747; $4.99 e-book ASIN B00850XGPI; BN ID 2940014746076
An American invites the Kazakh girl he loves to live with him in north Cyprus with disastrous consequences.
True Blue Confederate
Staten M. Rall. ABC Book Publishers. $18.99 paper (432p), ISBN 9780989379601; $3.99 e-book ISBN 9780989379618
The battle in middle Tennessee has begun, and Confederate sergeant Jon Lyhton is lost amid scattered skirmishers. Obtaining a Union overcoat to survive a freezing night, he desperately attempts to survive backfire in a horrid twist that only war can deliver.
Redshifted: Martian Stories
Edited by Juliana Rew. Third Flatiron Publishing. $8.99 paper (134p), ISBN 9780615926186; $2.99 e-book ISBN 9781311741530
Thirteen new stories with the theme of Mars from rising and established speculative fiction writers.
Burp Gun Bandit: The Dudley Files
Cary Robinson. Golden Hound Press. $20 hardcover (240p), ISBN 9780989060035
Dudley, the golden-colored SPCA-rescued hound dog, returns to solve more mysteries with his life partner, Careless, and an eclectic group of oddball characters.
South Beach Cartel
Nisa Santiago. Melodrama Publishing. $14.99 paper (252p), ISBN 9781620780268; $9.99 e-book ASIN B00HZD4WQ8; BN ID 2940148281870
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At the heart of this story is revenge. The trappings of greed, murder, and betrayal are cloaked in a sisterly bond, girl power, and true love.
The Legend of Juan Miguel: The Tale of an Unlikely Texas Hero
Anna K. Sargent. Kathryn Sargent. $11.99 paper (380p), ISBN 9781938749063; $2.99 e-book ISBN 9781938749070
The Hispanic hero uses a mix of guises and cunning to recapture his good name, fortune, and lost love after powerful Anglo ranchers swindle him.
Nadia Scrieva. ThunderWords Press. $12.99 paper (314p), ISBN 9781469932736; $0 e-book ISBN 9781476181967
To escape the war in her underwater kingdom, a princess flees to Alaska. There she encounters a kindhearted fisherman who is facing a deadly enemy.
Dying for a Living
Kory M. Shrum. Timberlane Press. $12.99 paper (400p), ISBN 9780991215805; $3.99 e-book ISBN 9780991215812
A young woman with the ability to cheat death gives her life repeatedly in order to save others.
Death Never Sleeps
E.J. Simon. Simon/Zef Publishing. $15.50 paper (385p), ISBN 9780991256402; $3.99 e-book ISBN 9781475986228
A secret breakthrough in artificial intelligence allows Michael Nicholas, a powerful CEO, and his brother, Alex, head of a gambling and loan-sharking operation, to work together—after Alex is murdered.
M.A. Smith. M.A. Smith. $19.95 paper (287p), ISBN 9781490368139; $4.99 e-book ASIN B00CXAB3FG
After a horrific accident, a famed L.A. lawyer’s career derails, causing him to take a pro bono case that becomes more complicated than he expected.
Spell on Me
Serge Smith. Serge Smith. 99¢ e-book ISBN 9781310631962
From a series of allusions, dream sequences, visions, and experiences, and from the conversations with the people around him, the author, in the impressionistic form of a daily journal, takes the reader with him on his quest for a new meaning to his life.
Sustenance Through Starvation: Scales Dropping
Mabel Blair Steering. Duxbury & Gloucester. $17.95 paper (576p), ISBN 9780988824256; $3.99 e-book ISBN 9780988824218
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An idealistic young student is driven to help people in need. Her eye-opening encounters with large charity organizations accelerate her maturing process. A satirical take on the world of the privileged.
Sebastian’s Way: The Pathfinder
George Steger. iUniverse. $20.95 paper (355p), ISBN 9781491708965; $4 e-book ISBN 9781491708941
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A brawny plunge into the world of Charlemagne; a tale of nonstop adventure and romance in a time of superstition and bitter religious war.
The Many Loves of Mila
Inna Swinton. Matchgirl Press. $12.99 paper (258p), ISBN 9780989993029; $9.99 e-book ASIN B00GQIKMRQ
Mila Simon is having a meltdown. Newly separated from her investment banker husband, she chain-smokes in her Jewish immigrant parents’ backyard in a New Jersey suburb while she plots her return to the Manhattan social scene.
Erika M. Szabo. Golden Box Books. $21.95 (596p), ISBN 9781494456429; $4.95 e-book ISBN 9780991211630
Falling in love while coming to terms with life-changing abilities, visiting the past, and glimpsing the future provides more than a challenge for Ilona.
Strong Roads: Blues and Greens and Blood
Gem Thomas. Gem Thomas. $17.96 paper (264p), ISBN 9781490395357
A foreigner with consistent luck attempts to control the wealth, power, and religion of an exotic and magical land.
William Wilde. Amazon. $2.99 e-book ISBN 9780615946573
The secretive Society of Medea practices deadly occult mysticism against its enemies. A murder prosecution of the society’s leader becomes a modern-day witchcraft trial.
The Worship of Walker Judson
Janice Strubbe Wittenberg. Spiral Publishing. $16.95 paper (432p), ISBN 9780989562300; $9.95 e-book ISBN 978098756317
Is Walker Judson a healer-gone-bad or a saintly soul whose paranormal gifts are misunderstood? Abuse of power and loss of discernment are explored.
Dark Lord Rising: The Dark Passage Chronicles
Raven R. Worthington. Raven R. Worthington. $14.55 paper (676p), ISBN 9781493531738; $6.88 e-book
A dark fantasy novel of 19th-century knights in conflict with vampires and other mythical creatures.
Health & Fitness
Diets Suck! A Remarkably Inspiring Story of Physical & Emotional Transformation
Stephen Adelé with Sue Mosebar. Iron Warrior Media. $24.97 hardcover (234p), ISBN 9780986069802
Adelé offers seven lessons to make lasting changes in your body, your health, and your life, told through real and inspiring weight-loss transformation stories.
The Miracle of America: The Influence of the Bible on the Founding History and Principles of the United States of America for a People of Every Belief
Angela E. Kamrath. Xulon Press. $34.99 paper (382p), ISBN 9781628711400
A new study on how the Bible connects to America’s founding origins and philosophy. It reveals how American political principles relate to Judeo-Christian ideas.
Tracy E. Banghart. Tracy E. Banghart. $15.99 paper (378p), ISBN 9781493613205; $2.99 e-book ISBN 9781311751829
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For one young, talented wingjet pilot, war means sacrificing everything: her home, her name, her face—and the one promise she swore she’d never break. Ages 12 and up.
Locksmith’s Closet: Locksmith Trilogy, Book 1
Paul Briggs. $2.99 e-book ASIN B00EUDOPF4
Lachlan Smith discovers a portal to the future. When he goes through, he finds no one there.What is happening? And can he prevent it? Ages 11–14.
Dana Faletti. Createspace. $12.99 paper (290p), ISBN 9780985470418
Callie Evans, new Arc angel from heaven, embraces her abilities and teams up with the most powerful angel of all time to stop the Darks. Ages 12 and up.
Quincy and Buck
Camille Matthews, illus. by Michelle Black. Pathfinder Equine Publications. $15.95 hardcover (40p), ISBN 9780981924045; $9.99 e-book ISBN 9780981924052
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Quincy the horse goes trail riding in the desert to get over his fear of wild animals. Then he finds out that the horse he has for a trail buddy is a bully. Ages 5–7.
The Runaway Daughter
Juliet Philip. SparkPress. $15 paper (147p), ISBN 9780989315999; $9.99 e-book ISBN 9780989315982
Kamada lives in a world of magic that shields her from a society where men act as if they own the women. She knows she doesn’t belong here and is on a mission to escape the gritty streets of Bombay. Ages 12 and up.
The Bed Head of Ned
Steve Platto, illus. by Tom Helland. Kramden & Norton. $16.99 hardcover (38p), ISBN 9780991237630; $2.99 e-book ISBN 9780991237609
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A kid’s crazy-looking bed head lands him in an art museum, where he becomes a worldwide sensation. But does Ned have a head for fame? Ages 3–7.
Fireflies and Shooting Stars: The Tale of Enzo
Ed Raarup, illus. by Lindsay D. Nery. MoonWatch Productions. $29.95 hardcover (156p), ISBN 9780985973940; $12.99 e-book ISBN 9780985973957
Enzo, a firefly without a taillight, searches for his light and discovers his strengths and the importance of accepting the differences in oneself and others. Includes CD with 12 songs. Ages 3–6.
DareBone’s Big Break
Gleeson Rebello, M.D. and Jamie Harisiades, illus. by Randy Jennings. SDP Publishing Solutions. $16.95 paper (38p), ISBN 9780982925676; $4.99 e-book ASIN B00E458GP8; BN ID 2940148652373
A technically accurate but fun picture book in rhyme about a little boy who breaks his elbow and all that he goes through to get it fixed by a surgeon. Ages 5–8.
The Sword of Demelza
J.E. Rogers. CreateSpace. $12.95 paper (338p), ISBN 9780615709949; $3.99 e-book ASIN B00D6H9OXS
A fast-paced adventure where endangered animal heroes roam the pages. In the shadow of Fortress Demelza, they forge an unlikely friendship to end the reign of the evil king. Ages 8–12.
King Pachuco and Princess Mirasol—The Sequel
Bonnie K. Rucobo. Wildflower Press. $11 paper (232p), ISBN 9780977993376; $5.99 e-book ASIN B00B4F90F6
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When the king and princess learn that a large asteroid threatens their planet, they must travel to Earth via space glider. Their quest takes them into the realms of science at Los Alamos and Navajo spirituality. Ages 8–12.
Ethics of the Undead
Loren Schechter. Merrimack Media. $17.95 paper (444p), ISBN 9781939166265; $6.99 e-book ISBN 9781939166272
Four normal teens are conned into scholarships to a school for vampires. When the teens are accused of murdering a fellow student, they face a huge choice: join the undead or die trying to escape. Ages 11–16.
Ted Simonin. CreateSpace. $9.99 paper (32p), ISBN 9781492333197
Baxter is inside his doghouse when a bird tells him how amazing the world is beyond his backyard. Will Baxter find a way over the fence? Will the grass be greener on the other side? Ages 3–6.
Mr. Bull and the Amazing Grape
Deborah Locke. Deborah Locke. $21.99 hardcover (34p), ISBN 9780985984304
The illustrated story of Ephraim Wales Bull of Concord, Mass., and his determination to produce a perfect eating grape, which he named the Concord. Three grape-loving children and a little black dog join the adventure. Ages 3–9.
The Piano Tuner’s Daughter: My Best Friend
Ingrid Silvian. Xlibris. $15.99 paper (24p), ISBN 9781483661810; $3.99 e-book ISBN 9781483661834
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The story of the friendship of two young girls who lived in the 1930s in Nazi Germany and how their lives changed as the war unfolded before their eyes. Ages 8–11.
Miriam’s Words: The Personal Price of a Public Life
Edited by Mary Lou Judd Carpenter. Miriam’s Legacy Publishing. $17.99 paper (355p), ISBN 9780989048903; $7.99 e-book
Letters of the wife of Congressman Walter H. Judd detail her struggles to mark her place in serving the world’s needs while also managing a home and raising three daughters. An in-depth, real-time account of a woman who set out to right wrongs, make a difference, and lead the way for generations to come.
6 More Dead
Raymond Berke. CreateSpace. $14.99 paper (348p), ISBN 9781494330521; $4.99 e-book ASIN B00GG2OS5Y
What a detective saw in his 20-year career in the NYPD—the tragic, the sad, the funny, and the frightening. Berke’s cases take him as far away as England for investigations involving possible ties to the royal family, and culminate in one of the largest mass murders in New York history.
Trawling Twenty Centuries: Morphing the Virtual into Reality—A Case History of the Making of a Museum
Alexander Kaufman. Alexander Kaufman Consultants. $42.95 paper (328p), ISBN 9780578117621; $9.99 e-book ISBN 9781630018948
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A behind-the-scenes look at how a museum is conceived and created. From the conference table to the opening day, the reader participates in the tempo of creativity. With 150 photos.
To Dance in the Rain: A Mother and Daughter’s Journey of Hope and Healing
Clare A. Keating. Ceitinn Press. $10.99 paper (208p), ISBN 9780989465236; $2.99 e-book ISBN 9780989465212
An inspirational memoir of Alicia, who fought first for her life and then to get her life back following a catastrophic brain injury, at age 16.
Reconnected to the Vine: A Single Mom’s Journey of Recovery from an Out-of-Wedlock Pregnancy
Maria C. Kingston. Wellness pH. $3.99 e-book ISBN 9781933559032
An inspirational memoir of Kingston’s journey of forgiveness, acceptance, and recovery.
In the Land of Silver: 200 Years of Argentine Political and Economic Development
Walter Molano. CreateSpace. $34.99 paper (195p), ISBN 9781490552224; $9.99 e-book ASIN B00FXWLLBM
An innovative look at the dysfunctionality of Argentina’s economic development. By looking at the country’s unique geography, Dr. Molano provides insights into one of the mysteries of the emerging world.
Morality and Politics
Gurdip Sidhu. Dorrance Publishing. $10 paper (90p), ISBN 9781480901667; $5 e-book ISBN 9781480904361
A naturalized citizen reviews the American political scene and analyzes political trends with a focus on morality, individual rights, and fulfilling America’s promise.
From Three Feet Off the Ground: The Year My Children Taught Me How to See the World… and Myself
Christie Havey Smith. Emerald Shores Publishing. $14.99 paper (161p), ISBN 9780989686600; $5.99 e-book ASIN B00IIXTYV2
A woman sets out to see the world from her young children’s point of view, wanting to remember what it means to be amazed, free, attentive, present, and to love without limits. What she experiences is the spiritual discovery of herself.
Passover Parodies: Short Plays for the Seder Table
Shoshana Hantman. Sidney Books. $15 paper (229p), ISBN 9780991351220
Fourteen parody scripts by a rabbi of favorite cultural staples, including the Marx Brothers, Sherlock Holmes, Doctor Who, major league baseball, and Harry Potter, tell the Exodus story. The perfect companion for any Haggadah.
Tragic Wonders: Stories, Poems, and Essays to Ponder
Edited by Ninja and Adolphus Writer. Mandated Memoranda Publishing. 99¢ e-book ISBN 9780985532710
Pseudonymous authors present faith in Christ as a plausible alternative through brief narratives of realism, thriller, and science fiction.
Daily Keys to Success: Essentials for a Thriving Career and Life
Randy Kay. UpWord Media. $16.95 paper (422p), ISBN 9780985458928; $7.99 e-book ISBN 9780985458942
Everything you need to know about being successful—day by day—whether you’re trying to further your career or improve your life. With real-life stories and principles that offer practical applications.
Funerals of the Mind
Katherine S. Meddaugh. Create-Space. $11.99 paper (136p), ISBN 9781482050318; $2.99 e-book ISBN 978988795006
A recovering alcoholic watches as her father and hero dies of cancer. She buries him on her one-year-sober anniversary. Will she remain sober?
He Did You a Favor: A Smart Girl’s Guide to Breaking Up, Waking Up, and Discovering the Gift of YOU
Debra Rogers. Did You a Favor. $14.99 paper (248p), ISBN 9780991063505; $7.99 e-book ISBN 9780991063512
A witty, empowering guide to help you break away from Mr. Wrong and break through to the life you desire.
Sports & Recreation
Teach’n Beginning Offensive Volleyball Drills, Plays, and Games Handbook
Bob Swope. Jacobob Press. $16.95 paper (174p), ISBN 9780991406623; $3.95 e-book ISBN 9780986036125
A practical handbook for beginning youth volleyball coaches and parents. All the skill activities and drills are numbered for easy reference. With photos and diagrams.
A Million Steps
Kurt Koontz. Kurt Koontz. $15.95 paper (212p), ISBN 9780615852928; $8.99 e-book ASIN B00ERE7TS6; BN ID 2940148659921
Part diary, part travelogue, this book chronicles Koontz’s journey within a journey as he walks the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route and navigates his history of addiction, recovery, and love until he reaches the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela.
Easter Island Sketchbook: An Artist’s Journey to the Mysterious Land of Giant Stone Statues
Susan A. Sternau. Sausalito Press. $29.95 hardcover (96p), ISBN 9780989845588
More than 65 watercolor paintings bring to life a remote, magical place of moai, volcanoes, and sacred ruins in a visual narrative that is both personal and universal.