Booksellers, publishers, and agents are encouraged to take a look at the listings of self-published books below. Some of these authors are waiting to be discovered; others have a track record and a following, and are doing it on their own.

Art

Marketing for Professional Artists: In the Second Decade of the 21st Century
Peter K. Worsley. CreateSpace. $14.99 paper (114p), ISBN 9781493527366; $9.99 e-book, ASIN B00II5PVTO
Amazon; BN.com
How to brand yourself and your artwork to stand out; the many channels to get your message to a prospective collector, including social media; how to be ready when a prospect responds. Also, how to close the sale and the tricky issue of pricing. Worsley advises on tools needed: choosing a computer and essential software and accessories; ways to obtain, handle, and preserve images of artwork and references; email as the prime messaging channel, and how to ensure that a prospect opens and reads your message; plus your website as your most important marketing tool.

Biography & Autobiography

White Gloves and Collards: A Memoir
Helen Pruden Kaufmann. HPK Publishing. $14.95 paper (256p), ISBN 9780989801102; $6.95 e-book, ASIN B00GK4JJ8E
Amazon; BN.com; Ingram
Against the backdrop of the civil rights movement, this is the story of a privileged childhood in a small North Carolina town that cherishes its customs and history as symbolized by its Confederate monument. As she copes with her parents’ untimely deaths, young Helen observes how the community deals with the end to the Jim Crow rules they’ve always lived by. With love and support from an older brother, an eclectic extended family (many of them segregationists), and a wise African-American maid, Helen tries to make sense of the changes taking place around her.

Business & Economics

Aesop’s Keys to Profitable Marketing
Betsy Kruger. Premium Book Co. $17.95 paper (157p), ISBN 9781928782582; $17.95 e-book
Betsykruger.com
Kruger presents 12 ways to profit by delighting key customers. Each chapter updates a tale by Aesop, relates his wisdom to marketing, and coaches the reader on how to adapt each key to any situation. Examples show readers how to use the new marketing strategies in their businesses.

Attention! Get It, Keep It
Erik van der Luijt. BookBaby. $6.99 e-book, ISBN 9781483530666
Amazon; Apple iBooks; Baker & Taylor; BN.com; Copia; eSentral; Gardners; Kobo
Trouble drawing attention to your product or message? Trouble keeping the audience’s attention when lecturing? Can’t seem to draw attention to your art? This book explains how to get and keep attention when and where you want it.

The Beginner’s Guide to Content Marketing for Small Businesses: The Quick Way to Know if Content Marketing Is Right for Your Small Business, How to Create Great Content and Where to Learn More
Matt Mansfield. Matt About Business. $9.99 paper (132p), ISBN 9780988843707; $4.99 e-book, ISBN 9780988843714
Amazon; BN.com
Mansfield aims to quickly bring you up to speed on the essentials of content marketing, teach you the content creation basics while helping you overcome common obstacles, and support your content marketing efforts by showing you how to hire help and with free access to a growing collection of online resources.

Don’t Run Naked Through the Office: Your Guide to Surviving in Any Workplace Environment
Fred Stawitz and Gary Lust. StoryMakers. $19.95 paper (348p), ISBN 9780988807907
Amazon
A veteran recruiter and an experienced corporate training manager clarify the dangerous dynamics of workplace politics while walking the reader through their step-by-step process of creating a Workplace Survival Plan. They show how to make your manager redundant while increasing your value in the job market and how to avoid traps set by unscrupulous bosses.

Comics & Graphic Novels

The Big Belch
Kay Wood. CreateSpace. $12.99 paper (118p), ISBN 9781483994147; $9.99 e-book, ISBN 9781310625169
Amazon; BN.com
An unusual team of environmental crime fighters—two baby boomers, a parrot, and a French bulldog—have to foil earth-threatening corporate foolishness.

Family & Relationships

Intentional Parenting: A Guide for Christian Families
Linda Stahnke. Axiom Press. $21.95 paper (344p), ISBN 9781628901764; $18.30 e-book, ASIN B00JQUCPYE
Amazon; IntentionalParenting.us
Intentional parenting is about choosing your path, planning what to train into your children, and how to go about it. It is the opposite of simply reacting to whatever comes up. It is the opposite of going with the cultural flow that surrounds your family. It is choosing to set yourself and your children up for success as adults and as believers in Christ.

Fiction

The Acceptance (The Keller Family Series, Book 8)
Bernadette Marie. 5 Prince Publishing. $4.99 e-book, ISBN 9781631120367
All Romance; Amazon; Apple iTunes; Baker & Taylor BN.com; Kobo; Smashwords
Tyler Benson is shaken when he learns he has a sister he never knew he had. For Courtney Fields, losing her sight as a child gave her many other skills. Now she’s dealing with the loss of her brother in combat. Tyler couldn’t expect that Courtney would be his lesson in accepting what he cannot change or control. Can he help her accept the loss of her brother when she learns the truth of his death?

Autumn in Carthage
Christopher Zenos. CreateSpace. $12.99 paper (332p), ISBN 9781496043023; $3.59 e-book, ASIN B00ISEGXEM
Amazon; BN.com
Nathan Price is a professor with crippling impairments. In a package of old documents from Salem Village, he finds a letter by his best friend, who has disappeared. The document is dated 1692—the height of the witch trials. The only lead: a mention of Carthage, a tiny town in Wisconsin. There Nathan meets Alanna, heir to a legacy of power and sacrifice, in a story of love and terrible passions.

A Book to Die For
Richard Houston. CreateSpace. $12.95 paper (258p), ISBN 9781497329119; $3.99 e-book, ASIN B00JLW1E1W
Amazon; BN.com
From the author of A View to Die For. Jake Martin is not your ordinary sleuth—he’s an ordinary guy with an extraordinary dog. The story takes place in the foothills of Denver. Jake is accused of manslaughter and has to prove the accident was really murder. Along the way he encounters a poaching ring and falls in love with a beautiful game warden.

Bodies on the Potomac
Daniel O’Neil. Open Road Media. $7.99 e-book, ISBN 9781497669352
Amazon; BN.com
When former D.C. power broker Taylor Clark investigates the strange conditions behind a motor company shutting down a dealership, he realizes there is more to the story. A Russian billionaire has laid deep ties into the U.S. government, putting his own fortune at risk to persuade the president to abide by his wishes. Clark’s resourcefulness and nerve fuel his pursuit of the truth, a pursuit that ends in a violent public death.

The Caine File
Angela Ciccolo. Carthage Road. $13.99 paper (310p), ISBN 9780615971933; $3.99 e-book, ASIN B00K7BYWFG
Amazon; BN.com
In the 1980s, Det. Roger Luby responds to the discovery of a carefully folded human skin. Decades later, Luby is confronted with two suicides and a skinned corpse. The three victims’ connection to the prominent Charleroi family only complicates matters, especially since young Sam Charleroi is the focal point in an ecclesiastic sex scandal and the church claims he’s possessed by demons.

The Captive Queen: A Novel of Mary Stuart
Danny Saunders. Danny Saunders. $12.49 paper (332p), ISBN 9781497462434; $2.99 e-book, ASIN B00KHAXQY0; BN ID 2940045649506
Amazon; BN.com
Political schemes, religious partisanship, and unbridled love shake the royal court of Scotland at the end of the Stuart dynasty. Witness to sordid murders, spy for Her Majesty among the Protestants of preacher John Knox, forced to give up her one true love, thrown out onto the streets and then ruthlessly attacked by a drunkard, Charlotte Gray will do everything in her power to remain the imprisoned sovereign’s lady-in-waiting.

Cat Eyes
Teneca Meeks. Outskirts Press. $12.95 paper (206p), ISBN 9781478733041; $3.99 e-book, ASIN B00K79RPES
Amazon; BN.com
The Equestrians are a dying breed of tiger aliens come to Earth in a last-ditch effort to mate with human women. They request one thing from Tia Calloway: stay with them for seven days. Tia knows she should say no, but Ekale, dangerously tall and alluring, can’t be denied. Dr. Diane Smith, a brilliant government scientist, wants to be the Equestrian queen and will do anything to get Tia away from the Equestrians before she gives birth to their future.

The Deadly Caress
O.N. Stefan. Payella Pty. $3.99 e-book, ASIN B00I0DI0MY
Amazon
Freelance photographer Amanda Blake tracks down her birth mother, the multimillionaire Jean Campbell. But hours after she arrives to meet her, Jean is murdered. Amanda’s quest to find her mother’s killer takes her to Australia to find the man she thinks holds the answer to the killer’s identity. Now Amanda is running for her life under a hail of bullets because someone will stop at nothing until she is dead.

Imperfect Inside
Scott M. Sullivan. Digital Ink Publishing. $13.88 paper (362p), ISBN 9780990482338; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 9780990482321
Amazon
What would happen if fate stepped in on your impromptu suicide? Sean O’Rourke meets an unusual man mere seconds before he committed to ending it all. What happens after that is a journey that Sean is ill-equipped to handle. A sickly-looking man only he can see, worsening nightmares, and an increasing belief that he is going clinically insane push Sean to question what is real and what is not as he begins to discover how deep the roots of his own problems go.

Impetus
Scott M Sullivan. Digital Ink Publishing. $13.55 paper (350p), ISBN 9780990482314; $2.99 e-book, ISBN 9780990482307
Amazon; Apple iBooks; BN.com; Smashwords
When the world first heard about the meteorites, it was already too late. Ten arduous years later, Mick and his group of eight have adapted. With no clean running water, power, or means of communication, survivors like Mick were forced to do the best they could in the post-Impact world. Now a deadly virus promises to finish off those who were unfortunate enough to survive.

Kate’s Escape from the Billable Hour
Petula Parker. BookBaby. 99¢ e-book, ISBN 9781483524023
Amazon; BN.com
Kate Billings, a burned-out Big Law attorney, suffers a career-ending meltdown at the office, quits her job, and moves to Barcelona without even packing a suitcase.

Kill All Men
Phil Hipside. Phil Hipside. $12.99 paper (318p), ISBN 9781499711196; $4.99 e-book, ASIN B00KJ0WAZ4; BN ID 2940045965200
Amazon; Apple iBooks; BN.com; Smashwords
Marketing “masters of the universe” don’t usually wash up in low-paid public sector jobs, but that’s what happened to Carl Waxman following the banking crisis. A novel about one man’s attempt to navigate political correctness and radical feminism to regain his status and pride. When testicles get in the way of ambition, something has to give.

The Last Encore
Julia Butler. Julia Butler. $15.99 paper (280p), ISBN 9780991150984; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 9780991150977
Amazon; BN.com; Lulu.com
When redhead Katherine Konova forsakes figure skating for a career as a concert pianist, she falls for a charismatic but married conservatory professor. She moves to the U.S., knowing her soul mate is still out there. Daniel Adler, a young German writer, journeys to Los Angeles, obsessed with a red-haired beauty who disappeared after their brief and inexplicable encounter in an ominous forest. An erotic tale laced with mysterious interconnections of love, conspiracy, and fate.

Little Red Rider
Audie Cockings. CreateSpace. $14.99 paper (365p), ISBN 9780615798301; $5.99 e-book, ASIN B00L6ANNBG
Amazon; BN.com
A year after her army ranger husband’s death, Pea is trying to reengage with life—but the dreams that have been comforting her shift into troubling forecasts of terrorist attacks.

Noise
Brett Garcia Rose. Velocity Imprints. $13.99 paper (236p), ISBN 9780991549405; $4.99 e-book, ISBN 9780991549412
Amazon; BN.com
Lily is the only person Leon ever loved. When she left a suicide note and disappeared, she left him drifting through a silent landscape. Then a postcard in her handwriting pulls Leon to the concrete heart of New York City. A grisly trail of clues leads to a sadistic Russian crime lord, but the police are little help. Leon is deaf, but no sane person would call him disabled. He survived the merciless streets of Nigeria. He misses nothing. He feels no remorse. He will not stop until he knows. Where is Lily?

One Chance, One Moment (Book One, The Mandy Story)
Judith Kohnen. CreateSpace. $14.95 paper (368p), ISBN 9780990367413; $7.95 e-book, ASIN B00L0EHU4E; BN ID 2940149804603
Amazon; BN.com; Books A Million; Lulu.com
For the 40th anniversary of Barry Manilow’s hit song “Mandy,” Kohnen presents her fictional account of the story behind the song. Nurse and holistic healer Amanda Fields takes a job caring for a famous singer-musician after a car wreck nearly kills him. He refuses help, and she refuses to give up—until her perseverance rehabilitates his body, his career, and their ability to love again. Twenty percent of proceeds to be donated to the Manilow Music Project, which assists the severely depleted music programs of public schools.

Pegasus to Paradise
Michael Tappenden. Acorn/Palace Park Press. $15 paper (364p), ISBN 9781909121836; $4.99 e-book, ASIN B00CS94RBO
Amazon
Based on a true story. In the early hours of June 6, 1944, Cpl. Ted Tappenden lands as part of a glider-borne force to secure vital bridges in Normandy, the first Allied action of D-day. He returns from the war somehow unscathed and a hero, but as he tries to resume normal life with his young wife and family, he is haunted by the terrors of battle. A salute to the extraordinary efforts of ordinary men and women in World War II, and a commentary on the lives of real people in postwar England.

The Plateau of Remembrance
Michael Moon. Balboa Press. $11.99 paper (118p), ISBN 9781452513959; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 9781452513966
Balboa Press
The pilgrimage of the Great Wanderer Ze-ar-ben into the uncharted dreamtime mirage lands. A new hero has arrived, this time from the Australian desert. This book examines aspects and qualities of the human condition in relation to nature’s sublime paradoxes.

Ransom in the Rock (Book 3, Gateway to Gannah Series)
Yvonne Anderson. CreateSpace. $15 paper (296p), ISBN 9781499132144; $4.99 e-book, ASIN B00JSXQU7M
Amazon; BN.com
How much is a life worth? And who will pay the price? Fifteen-year-old Lileela returns from the planet Karkar, bitter over what she perceives as abandonment by her parents. Why do they want her back now? And why does Karkar demand a huge payment for delivering her? Neither Lileela nor her family suspects that Karkar’s true motive is revenge. The tiny New Gannahan settlement has no hope of repelling an invasion—no hope except for One the Karkar can’t see.

Saints in the Shadows: A Mystery of the Mind
Alana Cash. Hacienda Press. $9 paper (199p), ISBN 9781497511170; $2.99 e-book, ASIN B00KL2080O
Amazon; BN.com
In this mystery set between New Orleans, Manhattan, the dream state, and memory, the author reveals remarkable answers to complex questions pondered by all of us.

Saving Jackie K
L.D.C. Fitzgerald. Ursa Minor Publishing. $9.97 paper (382p), ISBN 9780983747314; $7.99 e-book, ASIN B005EA4UXO
Amazon; BN.com
Coerced to build a war-ending antimatter weapon, female inmate scientists Iggy Mikos and Sera Banks blast out of federal prison. Americans have subsisted in an oppressive police state and a corrosive Russian war since 1963, when KGB operatives botched the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, killing his wife, Jackie, instead. When Iggy and Sera discover a way to jump through time, they embark on the ultimate mission: saving Jackie K. The time line counts down to the instant shots were fired at the president’s motorcade. Real-life eyewitnesses chronicle the events of Nov. 22, 1963.

Secret Keepers and Skinny Shadows: Lee and Miranda
Mary A Russell. CreateSpace. $14.50 paper (346p), ISBN 9781499262964; $2.99 e-book, ASIN B00KC4RCHI
Amazon; BN.com; Powell’s Books
When Bert Grayson was found with his throat slit in a dark alley, the drinker and fighter was considered just another casualty of hanging around on the wrong side of town. Lillian Grace was sure she knew who’d murdered the man she loved. In letters to Bert’s sister, she warned her not to trust the police, convinced they were part of a larger cover-up. Fifty years later, researcher Lee Perkins reads these letters and is instantly compelled by the mysterious Lillian, who claims to be the key to unraveling a mystery half a century old.

Seven Days
Sterling Nixon. S&J Publishing. $9.99 paper (359p), ISBN 9780990370802; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 9780990370819
(801) 361-8664
An unpayable debt. A nation divided. What is the price needed to prevent civil war? What if the U.S. can no longer pay that price? Rick Savage finds himself in the middle of a power struggle that could spell the end of the U.S.

The Spider Tree
Vanessa Mulvaney. Vanessa Mulvaney. $14 paper (302p), ISBN 9781494254667
Amazon; BN.com
A fantasy novel that takes Dallas Lawson from the grungy WWII atmosphere into Arthropoda, a world of giant insects and mystical Manna.

The Stowaway: A Novel of Horror
Clyde Edwards. Baudrons Books. $3.99 e-book, ISBN 9780989784061
Amazon; Apple iTunes; BN.com; Google Play; Kobo
Kit Cabot stows away on his beloved uncle’s vessel, only to find that his uncle has recently gained his own stowaway—a hidden entity. As they sail from Boston toward the West Indies, Kit realizes he is trapped in a nightmare with his childhood hero, who is seemingly possessed by evil and has a secret, deadly mission.

Summit
Harry Farthing. Hawkridge. $17.99 paper (487p), ISBN 9780615884448; $5.99 e-book, ASIN B00I4XABJK
Amazon; Indigo Books
In 1938 Reichsführer Heinrich Himmler plots to do something the British have failed to achieve: a first summit of Mt. Everest. Seventy years later, seasoned mountain guide Neil Quinn stumbles across a clue to a story that questions everything he knows about the great mountain. His discovery takes him from the dangerous heights of Everest to the equally treacherous margins of a new Europe where history hungers to repeat itself.

There’s an App for That: Book 1.0
Ed Toolis. BookBaby. $2.99 e-book, ISBN 9781483528779
Amazon; BN.com
Toolis says we’ve always longed to have all of human knowledge and wisdom at our fingertips, so we can live up to our potential and be the geniuses we think we are; outsmart our kids when they ask for money; and know what to do when the love of our life screams, “If you really loved me, you’d know what I’m mad about.” Now we have apps for all that, but there are some unintended consequences. The story of our times—told in an amusing way.

Twilight in the City of Angels
Chris Ahrens. Perelandra Publishing Co. $24.95 hardcover (190p), ISBN 9780964085848; $6.95 e-book, ASIN B00KVRNTFK
Perelandrapublishing.com
Nothing was the same for Jose after the train ran him over. He was left with a belief in Jose Cuervo tequila, because he was drinking it at the time; Our Lady of Guadalupe, because of the medal around his neck, and the Union Pacific Railroad, because it had spared his life. Once Jose’s spirituality combines with that of his sorceress Apache wife, Soridtha, the couple unite to fight the LA power structure by standing with the poor to save their neighborhoods—and they’ll do anything in the name of justice.

History

Last Train Home: An Orphan Train Story
Renée Wendinger. Legendary Publications. $15 paper (164p), ISBN 9780991360307; $9.99 e-book, ASIN B00IDCYPDU; BN ID 2940149354276
Theorphantrain.com; Amazon; BN.com
The story of two children, a boy and a girl, who rode the orphan trains west. Would they be adopted by kind and loving families, or would they face a childhood and adolescence of hard labor and servitude?

Juvenile Fiction

Bing & Nero: Boy + Robot = Fun
I.L. Williams, illus. by Inci Alper. Northern Phoenix. $10.99 paper (36p), ISBN 9788293353003; $4.99 e-book, ASIN B00JF9S36K
Amazon
What´s a young boy in need of a friend to play with to do? Make his own friend. The product of Bing´s imagination and household junk from the basement, Nero is a metallic wonder. When they take to the sky for a late afternoon flight, boy and robot are in for a joyous ride that celebrates their friendship. Ages 3–7.

Chicano
Sheila O’Malley. Sheila O’Malley. $11.95 paper (122p), ISBN 9780692243862; $7.99 e-book, ASIN B00L7YLXU4; BN ID 2940149733309
Uhohmalley.wix.com/chicano
The journey of a lifetime takes a young boy from his home in Naco, Mexico, up the San Pedro River, through the Arizona desert, all the way to Aspen, Colorado, and then back to his hometown. It is also his journey of becoming “Chicano.” Ages 8–12.

The Crystal Navigator
Nancy Kunhardt Lodge. Wilwahren Press. $14.99 paper (168p), ISBN 9780996088527; $4.99 e-book, ASIN B00JXVMGSG
Amazon; BN.com; Ingram
When 11-year-old Lucy Nightingale’s mind goes blank during her oral report, her confidence evaporates. When a teacher assigns a report about five paintings, and Lucy decides the only way to get an A is by talking to the artists in person. She summons a Wise One to help her with time travel, and he shows up in the form of a loveable, befuddled corgi named Wilbur, who wears spectacles, has an endless number of fur pockets, and invents gadgets. Ages 7–11.

A Different Kind of Safari
Helen C. Hipp. A Different Kind of Safari. $17.95 hardcover (32p), ISBN 9780989013406
Amazon; BN.com
Feeling different and lonely, Raymond befriends a hippo while on safari in Africa. Unlike other hippos, this one is pink. Ray is soon carried into a world beyond labels and learns the difference between seeing things as they appear to be and seeing things as they are. Based loosely on real-life experiences. Ages 5–8.

Fighting for Freedom and General Washington
Michael Justin Lee. CreateSpace. $8 paper (150p), ISBN 9781500249694; $5 e-book, ASIN B00M8PLZ1I
Amazon; BN.com; Kobo
Thirteen-year-old twins Amanda and Alexander Lee yearn for adventure off the family farm. Their opportunity arises when fellow Virginian George Washington is commissioned as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army. Too young to enlist, Alexander devises an audacious deception to serve under Washington. Amanda devises an even greater deception and fights with many of the war’s greatest heroes. Through the turmoil, the twins earn an education in honor and patriotism. Ages 8–12.

The Incredible Charlotte Sycamore and the Secret Traps
Kate Maddison. Katherine Haupt. $9.99 paper (300p), ISBN 9781500256050; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 9781475604535
Amazon; Apple iBooks; BN.com; Kobo
Sixteen-year-old Charlotte Sycamore lives in Buckingham Palace and is hiding her secret identity. Surrounded by scientific inventions and mechanical creatures of Victorian London, she is wanted by Scotland Yard for stealing medical supplies from the queen to treat the city’s poor. When two royal horses are stolen, a reward is placed on Charlotte’s head. Fighting her confusing feelings for her daring ally, Peter, Charlotte leads her friends through the gaslit streets to find the stolen horses and uncover the dangerous truth. Ages 10–up.

A Little Wicked
Janet R. Macreery. Outskirts Press. $9.95 paper (188p), ISBN 9781478733461
Amazon; BN.com; OutskirtsPress.com
After her Scottish village is attacked, 12-year-old Dory must flee without her family. Once the granddaughter of the chief but now a fugitive, Dory treks through the dangerous Scottish wilderness to cross the Atlantic in disguise in order to reach the Massachusetts Bay Colony in the New World. There she must survive a crisis that is different from the one in Scotland but no less fatal. The year is 1692, and Dory is plunged into mayhem on both sides of the ocean. Ages 10–up.

The Monsterjunkies, an American Family Odyssey, Book Two: Sanctuary
Erik Daniel Shein. ArkWatch Holdings. $8.99 paper (190p), ISBN 9781500348328; 99¢ e-book, ASIN B00LEZRGVG; BN ID 2940149757589
Amazon; BN.com
Enter the realm of a gothic family where the magical is real and the bizarre is normal, at 1313 Road to Nowhere in Foggy Point, Maine—Monsterjunkie Manor. But outside forces are scheming to drive the Monsterjunkies from the area, while teens Indigo and Crow and their friends cope with harassment for being different. Suspicion and rumors abound about what goes on at this mysterious residence. Will the Monsterjunkies’ private world be exposed? Ages 12–up.

Nature’s Angels
Suzi Minor. Carpenter’s Son Publishing. $12.99 paper (32p), ISBN 9781940262468
Amazon; BN.com
Follow a grandfather and his grandson along their journey as they encounter miraculous displays of nature. The prose and colorful illustrations invite the reader to imagine how the wonders of nature take shape, as angels help decorate the landscape. Ages 3–6.

The Orchard of Hope
Amy Neftzger. Fog Ink. $28.99 hardcover (290p), ISBN 9781940894034; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 9781940894102
Amazon; Fogink.com
In the sequel to The Orphanage of Miracles, Kelsey, a strong-willed and high-spirited young girl, embarks on another adventurous quest—this time to save hope, which is being stolen from the orchard. While the kingdom is still under the spell of an evil sorcerer, the king begins training someone he believes can ultimately defeat the sorcerer: a young boy named Nicholas. Ages 11–up.

The Oyster’s Secret
Traci Dunham, illus. by Hannah Tuohy. Outskirts Press. $12.95 paper (34p), ISBN 9781478729471; $18.95 hardcover (34p), ISBN 9781478729730
Amazon; BN.com; Outskirtspress.com
Many of Mr. Oyster’s sea creature friends brag about what they can do. Mr. Oyster isn’t worried because he is doing something special too. Through Mr. Oyster, young readers learn that what is on the outside is not what counts. True beauty lies within, and inner beauty matters most of all. Ages 3–6.

Ryan’s Imaginary House: The Power
of Imagination
Judith Z. Brutus, illus. by Kathy Kerber. AuthorHouse. $19.99 paper (28p), ISBN 9781481765848; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 9781481765855
Amazon; Authorhouse.com; BN.com
Ryan lives in a small house and needs more space to play, so he makes up for it by using his imagination. He plans playdates with his classmates for the whole year, but the girls challenge him and the boys in everything—even wearing superhero outfits. Ryan realizes that having fun with his friends is the most important thing, so he decides to switch to planning special celebrations—and never ask his parents for a bigger house again. Ages 4–7.

Juvenile Nonfiction

I Love Being a Girl!
Kathryn Dixon. Bellagio Press. $16.95 hardcover (48p), ISBN 9781627320009
(610) 853-9131; sean.johnston@casematepublishing.com
Every day is an opportunity to be kind, be helpful, read a book, make a friend, hug those you love, climb a tree, throw a ball higher than before. Color photos show girls watering flowers, whispering in Grandfather’s ear, or playing Hula-Hoop. But life has its bumps, and the girls also learn how to turn life’s lemons into lemonade in a book that celebrates all the fun a girl can have and all the things a girl can do. Ages 3–7.

Nonfiction

Nothing Is Promised
Marjorie E. Belson. IngramSpark. $12.99 paper (200p), ISBN 9780990388807; $12.99 e-book, ISBN 9780990388814
Nothingispromised.com
Although many Americans have been touched by the tragedy of 9/11, the deployment of loved ones to a faraway desert region, and the crisis of breast cancer, few have dealt with all three at the same time. Belson chronicles the joy of survival: how she overcame apprehension about her sexuality after a bilateral mastectomy, how the man in her life coped, how trips to Atlantic City became therapy, how friends helped her search for the perfect breast implant design, and how she learned to sleep without Ambien and vodka.

Waiting for Heaven: Finding Beauty in the Pain and the Struggle
Heather Gillis. WestBow Press. $17.95 paper (220p), ISBN 9781490827865; $6.99 e-book, ISBN 9781490827858
Westbowpress.com; Amazon; BN.com
Gillis and her husband eagerly awaited the birth of their third child, but were left grieving a life that would never be. They uncovered the stepping-stones of the healing process as they rediscovered God’s abounding love through joy, heartbreak, and purpose. Through her organization, Gillis reaches out to parents around the globe to speak openly about life-changing trials and devastating struggles.

Religion

Understanding: All Success Is Attained by It
Shane Wall. Godly Writes Publishing. $9.99 paper (196p), ISBN 9780970409300; $6.99 e-book, ISBN 9780970409331
Amazon; BN.com
The author explores the subject of understanding in the Bible. Wall says the message is clear that whatever God says is the understanding, and he always attaches success to the understanding he gives. We can understand God and even how he understands our lives.

Self-help

Attract Your Dreams: A Dreamer’s Primer
Amber Dayva. Trafford Publishing. $17.89 paper (294p), ISBN 9781490707075; $27.89 hardcover (294p), ISBN 9781490707068; $3.99 e-book, ASIN B00DURBMRU
Amberdayva.com; Amazon; Trafford.com
Everyone has dreams, desires, and wishes, but few know how to turn them into reality. Dayva recounts her personal journey to success through conscious dreaming to guide readers to realizing their dreams. True love, financial success, and a life of happiness can be within readers’ grasp once they learn how to consciously dream of them and trust what their dreams are telling them.

Connecting Happiness and Success: A Guide to Creating Success Through Happiness
Ray White. Xilo Media. $14.95 paper (271p), ISBN 9780692216064; $2.99 e-book, ASIN B00KSS7HNW
Amazon
White says most of us have a deep sense that we could be happier. We believe happiness will come when we reach certain goals, such as getting married, buying a new home, getting a promotion. But our happiness does not materialize as we had hoped. Happiness in the form of a deep sense of contentment, satisfaction, and fulfillment seems to be missing. This book aims to provide a clear plan on how to choose happiness and leverage that happiness to become even more successful.

Unleash Godly Power for Happiness, Health, & Success
Matt Jordan. Unleash Godly Power. $19.95 paper (264p), ISBN 9781620307236; $9.95 e-book, ASIN B00GR4ED1A
Unleashgodlypower.com; Amazon
Learn how to unleash your inner power to accomplish any goal or to gain unlimited abundance. Despite what some contend, but visualization will not work without the critical missing links. Only a very small percentage of each generation learns how to unleash the supremacy God gave us. People of all faiths will be able to relate to and embrace the concept of infinite power as their own internal resource.

When Love Speaks: An Unusual Conversation With Love
Maha Khalid. CreateSpace. $9.99 paper (258p), ISBN 9781500122072; $4.99 e-book, ASIN B00IS2MFBY
Amazon; BN.com
Like many, Khalid had a hard time with love. She had a powerful longing for love, but it remained elusive and distant until one day she met love and it answered all her questions, bringing her the clarity she’d always longed for. This book is about the conversation she had with love, and she hopes to share the clarity with the reader.