Booksellers, publishers, librarians, and agents are encouraged to look at the 148 self-published titles below, with descriptions provided by their authors. Some of these writers are waiting to be discovered; others have a track record and a following and are doing it on their own. If you are a self-published author interested in listing titles in this section, please visit publishersweekly.com/pw-select for more information.
Best Laid Plans & Other Disasters
Amy Rivers. Wooden Pants Publishing. $12.99 paper (235p), ISBN 978-0-692-81780-3
A year after Gwen is elected mayor, her career and life are fully on track. But the unexpected turns everything topsy-turvy, forcing Gwen to reexamine her carefully planned life.
The Call of Destiny: Secrets of the Lost Scrolls
John J. Pietrangelo. Bhakti Publishing. $20 paper (512p), ISBN 978-1-5399-6668-5
Destiny finds twin brothers faced with the challenge to “Repair My Church,” which is falling into ruin. When all is said and done, will they triumph in the face of enormous odds?
Code Name: Zeus
Gary Andersen. Xlibris. $19.99 paper (298p), ISBN 978-1-5144-1738-6; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5144-1737-9
A secret project, a major worldwide disaster, and two immigrants. Where will all this lead? Earth faces destruction and awaits the path for survival.
A Couple with Common Cents: A Short Story About Abundant Hope in Your Family Finances
Ryan Eidson. Morgan James Publishing. $12.95 paper (108p), ISBN 978-1-63047-712-7; $9.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-63047-713-4
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How do young parents resolve conflicts about money? Tabitha and Jack can’t agree how to handle their finances in this realistic fiction story. Includes study guide for application.
Cryogen, Mars: An Interplanetary Espionage and Murder Mystery
Kevin Owens. AuthorHouse. $23.95 paper (390p), ISBN 978-1-4918-3238-7; $3.99 e-book, ASIN B00HFR3HAG
A series of deaths thrusts media journalist Terra Antoni into a complex conspiracy of interstellar proportions. Will she uncover the truth of the crimes?
Death of the Republic
Anthony Fielek. Xlibris. $19.99 paper (166p), ISBN 978-1-5144-2338-7; $3.99 e-book, ASIN B018DE8EUM
A plebeian boy seeks justice for his family while trying to cut through the fog of avarice, double-dealing, deceit, corruption, and bloodshed as the old republic dissolves.
Drinking the Knock Water: A New Age Pilgrimage
Emily Kemme. Arrowhead Publishing. $26.99 hardcover (288p), ISBN 978-0-9837401-2-4
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Topics of infertility, religion, mental health and abortion direct an emotional pilgrimage through the relationships that make us who we are.
J.M. Fraser. Natalyn Press. $12.95 paper (256p), ISBN 978-1-946464-00-2
Two desperate card players, lured by counterfeit chips and black magic, find mystery, humor, fantasy, and romance in the seedy underbelly of New Orleans.
Sean P. Mahoney. Fenian Productions. $9.99 paper (238p), ISBN 978-0-9983207-0-0; $19.95 audio, narrated by Liam Carney, ASIN B01N2JUY2G
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Mr. Clancy tells of two lads raised as brothers during the rebel days of early 1900s Ireland who take a fancy to the same girl—a story of secrets and sacrifice, loyalty and love.
A Fine How Do You Do
Patty Dickson. iUniverse. $20.95 paper (372p), ISBN 978-1-4917-9822-5; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-4917-9821-8
Eric had no idea what was in store for him when he chose to pack a small suitcase and set off for England, leaving his beloved wife, Martha, alone and bewildered.
Fire and Ice: A Story of Courage, Devotion, Love, and Betrayal
Michael Erving. CreateSpace. $10 paper (280p), ISBN 978-1-5408-5612-8
Firefighters must face personal and professional challenges during a winter storm and out-of-control fires.
Flowers in the Snow (Betty’s Book): The Edenville Series, Vol. 1
Danielle Stewart. CreateSpace. $9.99 paper (198p), ISBN 978-1-5077-0087-7
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Betty Grafton tells the tale of how an unlikely friendship during the civil rights struggle in the 1960s shaped her into the woman she is today.
The Game Changer
Dave Dröge. MVO Productions. $12.95 paper (384p), ISBN 978-1-5190-8808-6; $9.99 e-book, ASIN B01N5CQY1A
Henk van Wijnen-Swarttouw, a born entrepreneur and self-made man, gets in trouble when his daughter, Julia, becomes famous in the art world as a performance artist.
Nowick Gray. Five Rivers Publishing. $29.99 paper (302p), ISBN 978-1-927400-77-7; $4.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-927400-78-4
This mystery tracks the suspenseful dual journey of transformation for RCMP detective Jack McLain and Nilliq, a young Inuit woman, both questing for justice and freedom in the Arctic.
Ibn Zuraiq Al-Baghdadi: A Passenger of Time
Ahmad Al Dosari, trans. by Sura Khrais. Xlibris. $24.19 paper (216p), ISBN 978-1-5144-9490-5; $4.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5144-9489-9
An ordinary man was sent to find out about Abu al-Hasan Ali Ibn Zuraiq al-Baghdadi. As he embarks on a quest to discover the truth, secrets and stories will be unearthed.
Joe’s Tap: The Story of Maurine and Tales of the Other Cape May
K. Lee Washington. iUniverse. $15.95 paper (176p), ISBN 978-1-4759-5127-1; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-4759-5129-5
Growing up above a racially integrated local pub in 1950s and ’60s America, Maurine Finch will take the lessons she learned into school and beyond, trying to find comfort in her own skin.
Betta Ferrendelli. CreateSpace. $2.99 e-book, ASIN B01N9AQ459
Bridgette Connor and Alexis Parker—they are different and they are the same. A story of love and of loss and above all, a story of friendship.
Let the Glory Pass Away
James D. McCallister. Mind Harvest Press. $16.95 paper (312p), ISBN 978-1-946052-00-1; $6.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-946052-01-8
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A struggling Southern novelist must persuade a rock superstar who despises fame to accept a public honor, but will the writer lose his singer-songwriter girlfriend in the process?
The Link That Could Not Be Broken
C.L. Shaffer. CreateSpace. $8.35 paper (192p), ISBN 978-1-5008-4524-7; $2.99 e-book, ASIN B00SCK2DPA
Gavin has lost his faith but has found he has an incredible gift. His new talent and lack of faith are soon tested as he travels to the Russian republic of Ingushetia.
The Nine O’clock Novella: A Comedy with Lyrics
Herminio Vargas-Tollents. Xlibris. $15.99 paper (80p), ISBN 978-1-5245-4252-8; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5245-4291-7
Therese finds refuge from her depression by watching TV soap operas. Her addiction develops to the point where she winds up, literally, inside a TV novella.
Reflections: Women and Their Lives
Constance Colon-Jones. Xlibris. $15.99 paper (94p), ISBN 978-1-5245-0269-0; $9.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5245-0268-3
Colon-Jones provides a deep and insightful analysis of women and their ever-evolving function and role in history, academics, and various social domains.
Renaissance Wonders and Humanist Wisdom
Bernard André Ancel. Kobo. $14.90 e-book, ISBN 978-2-9558764-1-1
In 1506, Andrea, a Florentine student, travels to Alsace, Bruges, and Paris, observing the expansion of arts, polyphonic music, and the printing industry in prosperous imperial cities.
Scenes from the Catastrophe
Michael Washburn. iUniverse. $20.99 paper (262p), ISBN 978-1-4917-9670-2; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-4917-9671-9
This collection of short stories depicts the tensions and travails of personal and professional life in an age when identity politics have eclipsed traditional manners and values.
Edward Arruns Mulhorn. Edward Arruns Mulhorn. $9.99 paper (224p), ISBN 978-0-9956341-0-7; $2.99 e-book, ISBN 978-0-9956341-1-4
The ley is a world apart. Into its labyrinth of reed, the girl is lured irresistibly. She is drawn to it, repelled by it, drowned in its subterfuge and shame, till changed irretrievably.
There’s a New Kat at Scecina
Stephen Peterson. AuthorHouse. $13.99 paper (140p), ISBN 978-1-5246-1394-5; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5246-1393-8
This novel looks at the experiences of two students and their extraordinary friendship during a year of high school. Can they both “give a little extra”?
To Never Know
Thomas Duffy. CreateSpace. $10.99 paper (206p), ISBN 978-1-5368-9838-5
Steven Lewis is a young man with no plans for his future. In high school, he wanted to ask out a girl named Kelly. When he meets her mother, Emily, his life will never be the same.
Tragic Joy: Areli
Jazmin Acosta. Xlibris. $19.99 paper (124p), ISBN 978-1-5144-9025-9; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5144-9024-2
The adventures of a detective and his fiancée as they uncover the deeper secrets of Vinolia, a city of magic and lies.
The Truth Won’t Help Them Now
Joan Hunter and Steven Cobos. iUniverse. $22.95 paper (318p), ISBN 978-1-4917-8958-2; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-4917-8959-9
In this tale of murder and gangland intrigue, a gritty district attorney and a band of detectives set out on a quest to solve two separate crimes in 1939 Los Angeles.
Veni, Vidi, Vici: I Came, I Saw, I Conquered
Pam Jackson. iUniverse. $15.95 paper (164p), ISBN 978-1-4917-5605-8; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-4917-5607-2
Veni is being trained by her new master and must always be on her best behavior, which is not easy for a pup who loves trouble. A tail-wagging good time for dog lovers.
Walking in the Shadows and The Heir
Laurene. iUniverse. $8.95 paper (80p), ISBN 978-1-4917-9080-9; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-4917-9079-3
Two novellas: one depicts a musician who becomes susceptible to deceit as he grieves for his family. The other recounts a story about tradition versus modernity.
Warfare Makes Strange Bedfellows
Anthony A. Roberts. Anthony A. Roberts. $11.99 paper (280p), ISBN 978-1-4679-2254-8
In a crazy world, when it is kill or be killed, do you take a walk down the darker side? Or play it safe for a future that may not happen for you?
Whisper in My Ear
John Henry Hardy. CreateSpace. $21.99 paper (537p), ISBN 978-1-5075-5271-1
A novel of love and war and the heroics of the men and women who served in Vietnam and survived.
All Lives Matter
Marvina Sims. AuthorHouse. $13.95 paper (88p), ISBN 978-1-5049-2833-5; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5049-2832-8
In waves of rhythm and rhyme, Sims shares her conviction that all lives matter because humans, as well as various organisms, are important to make an impact on one another.
Jill Niebuhr. AuthorHouse. $19.95 paper (258p), ISBN 978-1-5246-1422-5; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5246-1421-8
Niebuhr’s poems are tales of growth and heartache. They are also about love and victory.
Poems from the Mind of a Madman: Passionate Works of Poetry for Modern Times
Don J. Metivier. AuthorHouse. $15.99 paper (142p), ISBN 978-1-4634-1381-1; $9.99 e-book (142p), ISBN 978-1-4634-1377-4
Whether you are looking for poetry that delivers simple reading enjoyment or poetry that takes you to deeper levels of understanding, this book is intended for you.
After You’re Dead: A Jake Roberts Novel, Book 5
Cary Allen Stone. Fine Line Books. 99¢ e-book, ISBN 978-1-5412-2138-3
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Pablo asks Jake for his help to get his kidnapped wife back from a dangerous and powerful narcotrafficker.
Harvey Church. Quotestork Media. $2.99 e-book, ASIN B01MZ57KC0
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Edwin Burrows, CPA, becomes an unwilling and clumsy investigator when one of his accounting firm’s most important clients is accused of a terrible crime.
Devil in the Dark
Chris Lindberg. CreateSpace. $10.99 paper (290p), ISBN 978-1-5397-9624-4
When a terrorist attack decimates a U.S.-Mexico border checkpoint, the Pentagon sends in its most dangerous soldier to take on Mexico’s deadliest cartel.
The Girl Who Lived: Megan’s Story
Paul Dale Anderson. 2AM Publications. $14.95 paper (306p), ISBN 978-0-937491-19-5
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Megan Williams returns to Twin Rivers after five years in a mental hospital to take final revenge on the men who raped and mutilated her.
Iniquities of Gulch Fork
Bob Smith and Sara Rhodes. iUniverse. $20.95 paper (282p), ISBN 978-1-4917-9341-1; $2.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-4917-9342-8
Three veterans seeking peace and serenity from PTSD fall victim to injustice, prompting a young health care worker to investigate the evil that has infiltrated their once peaceful Arkansas town.
George M. Stringam. iUniverse. $30.95 paper (684p), ISBN 978-0-595-13483-0; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-4697-5970-8
Mark Driscoll devises a scheme to anonymously cash in his winning lotto ticket, but someone else knows and will resort to any means to steal it—even murder.
A Portrait of Valor
Wolf DeVoon. Lulu. $7.48 paper (158p), ISBN 978-1-365-62942-6
He’s a private eye and a former L.A. homicide cop. She’s a Palo Alto CPA investigating aerospace fraud. When they meet, it’s a train wreck that bonds them as lovers and allies forever.
Rise of the Faithful
D.S. Edwards. Storehouse Entertainment. $15.99 paper (294p), ISBN 978-0-9910323-4-1
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A story of tragedy and war, courage and hope. A story of America in her most desperate hour, and her unlikely defenders. Amish and English collide, fighting for the soul of a nation.
Seed of Control: Generations to Execute
Lawrence Verigin. Promontory Press. $17.95 paper (352p), ISBN 978-1-987857-55-9; $3.99 e-book, ASIN B01M9DBKUO
A high-concept thriller that uncovers a conspiracy beyond moral comprehension.
Serpent and Savior
William de Berg. Trafford Publishing. $18.30 paper (296p), ISBN 978-1-4907-1067-9; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-4907-1066-2
There are conspiracies and then there is the conspiracy, one so monstrous that almost no one—including CIA agent Marco Luchesi, to his later regret—believes can exist.
The Smart One
Drew Yanno. Pellegrino Press. $14.95 paper (318p), ISBN 978-0-692-76172-4; $2.99 e-book, ASIN B01M66D07W
When an elderly doctor dies, he leaves his former patient, a noted neuroscientist, a list of 12 names, urging him to find them. And warning not to tell a soul how he got that list.
N.L. Quatrano. WC Publishing. $10.98 paper (287p), ISBN 978-0-9903419-9-4; $3.99 e-book, ASIN B01MTMXZH7
PI Antonia Buchanan is up to her Southern neck in alligators when a trip to New Orleans stirs up chaos—proving weddings can be murder.
To Kill a Sorcerer
Greg Mongrain. Kindle Press. 99¢ e-book, ASIN B01GOX3JKO
Young billionaire Sebastian Montero hunts a serial killer with the LAPD.
Tournament of Shadows
Michael H. Hyman and Andrew Capon. Archway Publishing. $19.99 paper (316p), ISBN 978-1-4808-2745-5; $15.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-4808-2744-8
An unknown enemy hopes to exploit the weaknesses of American finance and cause worldwide instability. Two people stand in the way, but are they too late?
Twist of Fate
Ellie Masters. JEM Publishing. $2.99 e-book, ASIN B01N1499QF
A contemporary romantic suspense/thriller. A victim. A hero. A monster. As tornadoes tear through town, their lives will be uprooted and twisted beyond what any of them could foresee.
White Spiritual Boy
William de Berg. Trafford Publishing. $13.99 paper (230p), ISBN 978-1-4907-7044-4; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-4907-7045-1
An American policy analyst ends up in the middle of a dangerous international financial battle between wealthy Asians and Westerners who are trying to recover the famous Yamashita gold.
The Abscission Zone
Samuel Muggington. CreateSpace. $2.99 e-book, ASIN B01NBIDXD0
The unthinkable is happening. A body explodes under a forest canopy. Plants attack humans. Is this the beginning of the end for all of humanity?
The Big Black Bag
Barbara Karen Sherman. AuthorHouse. $16.95 paper (198p), ISBN 978-1-5246-1867-4; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5246-1866-7
A law partner with dreams of wealth and power is transported back in time, taking his law firm’s funds with him and outsmarting everyone who tries to stop him.
The Diary of an Immortal (1945–1959)
David J. Castello. BookBaby. $17.99 paper (314p), ISBN 978-1-4835-7862-0; $2.99 e-book, ASIN B01LQX2GBU
A U.S. Army medic discovers the Nazi immortality formula designed for Hitler and traces its origin to China, where he finds an ancient race of immortals planning world domination.
The Far Reaches
Larry Kennedy. Xlibris. $19.99 paper (182p), ISBN 978-1-5245-0795-4; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5245-0794-7
After Earth’s destruction, a lone spacecraft finds a derelict space vessel and a mystery aboard the craft. Soon they will have to face far-reaching consequences.
The Haunting of Thores-Cross: A Yorkshire Ghost Story
Karen Perkins. Lionheart Publishing. $13.99 paper (269p), ISBN 978-1-910115-69-5; $2.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-301-77830-0
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When a vulnerable young girl is ostracized by her community and accused of witchcraft, the descendants of her neighbors will suffer for centuries to come.
Killing It Softly: A Digital Horror Fiction Anthology of Short Stories
Digital Fiction. Digital Horror Fiction. $14.39 paper (483p), ISBN 978-1-927598-50-4; $2.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-927598-49-8
Thirty-two chilling tales of terror from some of the best authors in horror; shocking short nightmares from the finest female writers in the genre.
Ruins on Stone Hill: Heroes of Ravenford, Book 1
F.P. Spirit. F.P. Spirit. $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-0-9984715-0-1
Darkness looms over the little town of Ravenford. Can four novice heroes uncover its source, or will their adventure end before it even begins?
Romance & Erotica
Charles Manion. iUniverse. $15.95 paper (238p), ISBN 978-1-4502-9133-0; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-4502-9136-1
After 25 years in prison, Stu finds himself on parole and enjoys what seems like a Tom Sawyer–type adventure down the Mississippi River, never knowing that someone wants him back in prison.
Pride and Passion
Harry Hall. iUniverse. $19.95 paper (336p), ISBN 978-1-4917-9807-2; $7.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-4917-9808-9
A proud entrepreneur and his high school sweetheart engage in a sensual, passionate off-and-on relationship, spiraling toward humbling, climactic events that neither can control.
Recipe for Love
Reva Spiro Luxenberg. Xlibris. $19.99 paper (240p), ISBN 978-1-5245-6279-3
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A courageous young woman fights through psychological tangles to reclaim a normal life and to find love again.
The Suitable Inheritor
Pushpendra Mehta. CreateSpace. $12.99 paper (218p), ISBN 978-1-5239-2513-1; 99¢ e-book, ASIN B01DTV145Q
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A story of intense love, extraordinary success, and self-discovery that spans Chicago and Peru with an India connect.
Allan Green. iUniverse. $13.95 paper (176p), ISBN 978-1-4917-6242-4; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-4917-6241-7
Anne is the eternal feminine everything that Michael desired. When he suddenly lost her to an accident, he did not know if his heart was capable of loving again.
Finding Molly: An Adventure in Catsitting
Justine Prado, illus. by Jenn St.-Onge. Emet Comics. $24.99 hardcover (170p), ISBN 978-0-9981799-0-2
When Molly—fresh out of art school and creatively unfulfilled—is offered an opportunity to cat sit, she sees it as a way to get closer to her friends while pursuing an art career.
Ghost Steel: The Maze of the Nightmare
Young Hyo Jung. Acero. $5.50 e-book, ASIN B01KWH3PGQ
Do you believe what you see is real? Even though it seems like the answer is given, there is no evidence that our life is real.
Abe-vs-Adolf: The True Life Story of Holocaust Survivor Abe Peck
Maya Ross. Maya Ross. $14.95 paper (298p), ISBN 978-0-9964708-0-3
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Abe Peck spent his teenage years in nine different Nazi camps. He lost his entire family, friends, and everything he had. What drove him to survive? Living meant beating Adolf Hitler.
Beware! The Devil Is in the Details: Proven Principles for Exceptional Project Management
Toby Waxman. CreateSpace. $44.95 paper (158p), ISBN 978-1-5410-3688-8
Unlike most project management books, this one provides PM real-life in-the-trenches insight and lessons. For the PM student, career PMs, and project teams all aspiring to the level of exceptional.
Beyond the Horizon: A Jamaican Immigrant Chases His Dream in America
Ransford W. Palmer. Xlibris. $19.99 paper (146p), ISBN 978-1-4797-3706-2; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-4797-3708-6
Palmer traces his life along a path, which began in a small village in Jamaica and led him to professional achievements and the formation of his American family.
Broken Sand Dollar: Finding the Missing Peace
Nicole Saint-Clair. iUniverse. $19.95 paper (244p), ISBN 978-1-4917-8233-0; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-4917-8234-7
Thirty years after being brutally gang-raped on a spring break trip, Elizabeth finds her suppressed memories beginning to unravel, and she realizes the same men are still trying to destroy her.
The Cheating Boyfriend (And Other Organizational Indiscretions)
Jenny Hayes. Blue Milk Publishing. $5.99 e-book, ASIN B01NCXX8QH
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Hayes calls out the problems that companies would prefer to keep locked away and offers suggestions to transform “bad behavior.”
Christ’s 40 Commandments
Renee Valverde Wagenblatt. WestBow Press. $19.95 paper (286p), ISBN 978-1-4908-8151-5; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-4908-8152-2
With over 950 different verses, this book is more inclusive than a word search because it includes associated key words and Jesus’s exemplary actions.
Collaborative Leadership for Classroom and School
Don Broadwell. iUniverse. $13.99 paper (114p), ISBN 978-1-5320-0907-5
Broadwell shows teachers how to collaborate with students, merge top-down and collaborative deciding, and prepare students for their more interactive, future workplace.
Countdown to Darkness: The Assas-sination of President Kennedy, Vol. II
John M. Newman. CreateSpace. $29.99 paper (484p), ISBN 978-1-5115-0394-5
An exploration of the Cuban-American confrontation that took place during a dangerous quickening of the Cold War and resulted in the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion.
The Dark Side of Liberace
Spero Pastos. Xlibris. $19.99 paper (252p), ISBN 978-1-5144-5809-9; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5144-5810-5
This book follows the colorful story of the late Liberace, a popular American pianist, entertainer, and singer who led a very controversial life and career.
Dear Woman of My Dreams
Lois Kathryn Herr. Xlibris. $15.99 paper (80p), ISBN 978-1-5144-8906-2; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5144-8907-9
This is Kathryn’s coming-of-age 1923 diary. She writes at 19 to the woman she sees as herself in later years; at 100 she writes back.
Depression, Anxiety and the Brain in Your Gut: How Thought, Emotion and Behavior Work and How to Get Back to Normal
Kelly Burris. Sub 7 Publishing. $12.97 paper (240p), ISBN 978-0-9644241-3-5; $9.97 e-book, ASIN B01C4VW77G
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Learn how thought, emotion, and behavior work with an empirically sound process in use for over 27 years and the dramatic influence gut bacteria can have on this process.
Dig Where You Are: How One Person’s Effort Can Save a Life, Empower a Community and Create Meaningful Change in the World
Nan Alexander Doyal. Casper Press. $23.95 hardcover (246p), ISBN 978-0-9973203-1-2; $15.95 paper (246p), ISBN 978-0-9973203-0-5
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Stories of seven ordinary men and women who have solved some of the biggest challenges facing our societies today in remarkable and unexpected ways.
Ditch the Diets: It’s Not All About the Food
Kathryn Scoblick. Health Inspires Publishing. $15.95 paper (321p), ISBN 978-0-692-79054-0
Find your true amazing self and your way to sustainable weight loss. Demystify health and nutrition advice, and enhance life’s most important treasures such as your relationships.
Don’t Shoot Innocent People
Richard Gary Horn. Xlibris. $15.99 paper (52p), ISBN 978-1-5144-8828-7; $4.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5144-8827-0
This book is for those who are trying to understand why some people would shoot innocent people and for those who are fed up with society and want to strike back.
Doppelgänger: The Legend of Lee Harvey Oswald
George Schwimmer. Phoenix 11 Productions. $15.95 paper (334p), ISBN 978-1-5303-6498-5; $7.95 e-book, ASIN B00VB507GA
Schwimmer says two Lee Harvey Oswalds were in the Texas School Book Depository on Nov. 22, 1963: one was an assassin on the sixth floor shooting at J.F.K., the other a patsy on the steps outside.
Do the Right Thing: A Surgeon’s Approach to Life
Arthur M. Lauretano. ENTShred Media. $14.95 paper (204p), ISBN 978-0-9976360-0-0
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Lauretano believes that the propensity to do the right thing resides in all of us. We possess the innate desire, talents, and compassion to help others and to make a difference in the world.
Fifty-Five Rides and Morocco Too
David Shwaiko. Xlibris. $19.99 paper (200p), ISBN 978-1-5144-9193-5; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5144-9192-8
Shwaiko loved to hitchhike. The ’70s were hitchhiking’s golden age. From 1970 to 1976, together with three different partners, he hitchhiked thousands of miles.
The Fighter: A True Story; Fighting Injustice, Poverty, Cancer to Becoming a Millionaire
Linna Baraki. Xlibris. $15.99 paper (114p), ISBN 978-1-5245-0002-3; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5245-0001-6
This book tells the true story of Arian, a courageous woman who fought cancer for 19 years with a positive state of mind to become a self-made millionaire.
Find Your Passion and Live the Dream!
Gene K.J. Kopczyk. DMC. $14.95 paper (118p), ISBN 978-0-692-68775-8; $7.99 e-book, ASIN B01M6V8YKO
It’s a lesson to listen to the one person in your life who matters the most, the one who will be with you through good and bad—yourself.
Fort Chastity, Vietnam, 1969: A Nurse’s Story of the Vietnam War
Bernadette J. Harrod. iUniverse. $14.95 paper (142p), ISBN 978-1-4917-7393-2; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-4917-7394-9
Harrod offers a firsthand look at the Vietnam War and its aftereffects from the perspective both as a nurse and a woman caught in the trauma of war.
The Gospel: Mark, Matthew, Luke, & John in One
Jongwoo Han. WestBow Press. $17.95 paper (240p), ISBN 978-1-5127-4389-0; $4.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5127-4388-3
In need of a clear, chronological telling of the story of Jesus, the Gospel unifies every account of the four gospels into a single story, without omitting or compromising any part.
Hang Your Wraps in the Cloak Room! Growing Up Catholic in the ’Forties: An Elgin Memoir
James M. O’Brien. iUniverse. $13.99 paper (232p), ISBN 978-1-4917-9565-1; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-4917-9572-9
From boyhood through adolescence in1940s Elgin, Illinois, O’Brien grew up in a world steeped in the liturgy and language of the Catholic Church.
Healing: A Conversation; A Field Guide to Redemption
Annette Cravera Goggio. Balboa Press. $28.99 paper (422p), ISBN 978-1-5043-6523-9; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5043-6524-6
Goggio’s revelations and heartfelt insights into her own illness will give you hope and permission to examine your life story.
I Am ‘Mind,’ I Am ‘Consciousness’: How to Come Back to the Remembrance of God Through Cosmosis
Titus Joseph. Balboa Press. $26.95 hardcover (186p), ISBN 978-1-5043-5670-1
This book assimilates ideas of the invisible god of Abraham, reconciling them with empirical science to disclose God in the form of our magnificent transparent universe.
JFK and Vietnam: Deception, Intrigue, and the Struggle for Power (2nd Ed.)
John M. Newman. CreateSpace. $31.99 paper (554p), ISBN 978-1-5304-7793-7
This second edition draws on previously unavailable materials and Newman’s analysis of newly released government documents. His thesis is that J.F.K. was opposed to committing U.S. combat forces to the war in Vietnam and was withdrawing the U.S. advisers at the time of his assassination.
Just-a-Minute Bible Boosters
André N. Symmonds. iUniverse. $28.99 paper (466p), ISBN 978-1-4917-9702-0; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-4917-9701-3
This collection of daily “boosters” turns radio devotions into a book that captures sacred truths of the Scriptures and presents them as reflections to feed the spirits of busy Christians.
Joe Amico. iUniverse. $12.95 paper (120p), ISBN 978-1-4759-6512-4; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-4759-6510-0
Is the American dream real? Amico, the grandson of Sicilian immigrants, examines this question and more in this essay on American history and politics.
The Legend of Lieutenant Thompson: World War II
Neil Burckart. Xlibris. $19.99 paper (390p), ISBN 978-1-5144-9377-9; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5144-9376-2
Lieutenant Denny Thompson’s story—beyond imagination, where he performs life-and-death rescues—is for those who admire war heroes and adventures between man and beast and the great outdoors.
Longing for Summer: A Season of Grief
Randah Ribhi Hamadeh. iUniverse. $10.99 paper (94p), ISBN 978-1-4917-9753-2; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-4917-9756-3
Hamadeh’s poems express the raw emotion of a mother who mourns the loss of her daughter. Hamadeh exposes her longing and love for her daughter, which even death cannot stop.
My Race with Diabetes and the Oli
Ed Espenshade. Archway Publishing. $14.99 paper (198p), ISBN 978-1-4808-2904-6; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-4808-2903-9
A diabetic endurance athlete shares the story of how he has battled chronic illness by pushing through his hardships and never sacrificing his dreams.
The Next Step
Millicent Arlene Smith. Dorrance Publishing. $13 paper (84p), ISBN 978-0-8059-7205-4
An inspirational guide to living that explores the meaning of life and each person’s individual purpose on earth.
Novels and Hormones: The Mystery of the Sexuality of Victorian Women
Lawrence B. Mohr. CreateSpace. $14.99 paper (339p), ISBN 978-1-5369-3052-8
Were Victorian women completely asexual and naive or discreetly quite active? Scholars disagree. The surprising resolution is given here after examining all evidence, existing and new.
Now I Can Think Myself to Mars: A Son’s Final Goodbye, a Mother’s Journal of Renewal
Grace Hournbuckle Walker. iUniverse. $13.95 paper (138p), ISBN 978-1-4917-9410-4; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-4917-9412-8
When Walker talked for the last time with her eight-year-old son, he shared his joyful anticipation of his future in heaven with Jesus. Walker captures this unforgettable exchange in this book.
The Other Side Continent
Michail Varvarousis. Outskirts Press. $34.95 paper (133p), ISBN 978-1-4787-7240-8
Outskirtspress.com, Amazon, BN.com
The subject presented in this book is the result of long study and research into the seamanship of the ancient and medieval world.
Overcome Your Fears and Live Your Dream Life
Stella D. Stone. Xlibris. $15.99 paper (54p), ISBN 978-1-5245-2529-3; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5245-2530-9
This book will help you understand the origins of your fears and the consequences for yourself and the people around you.
Pausing for Parental Perusal
Margaret Redfern. AuthorHouse. $13.95 paper (76p), ISBN 978-1-5049-3270-7; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5049-3269-1
Each chapter offers readers Redfern’s insights into what we cannot see within our children.
Persian Flora: An Adult Coloring Book
Nayera Majedi. iUniverse. $14.99 paper (78p), ISBN 978-1-4917-9714-3; $9.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-4917-9713-6
Filled with elements of nature, this art book—a miniature garden—offers a collection of line-drawn images from artist Majedi that are suitable for adult coloring techniques.
Pilgrimage to Crete
W.E. Welbourne. Xlibris. $52.41 paper (252p), ISBN 978-1-5144-9604-6; $4.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5144-9605-3
This book traces the footsteps of the author’s uncle, whose tale takes readers on a journey to historic battlefields and civilizations of the eastern Mediterranean, the Middle East, and Central Europe.
Alex Bernstein. Prom on Mars. $6.99 paper (240p), ISBN 978-0-9913135-4-9;
$1.99 e-book, ASIN B01N3RD9E2
The youngest stand-up comic in Cincinnati looks for an edge to help him compete with the older comics and finds plrknib—the perfect joke. But using it comes with a terrible price.
A Professor and CEO True Story: A Fascinating Journey to Success
Richard T. Cheng. Xlibris. $15.99 paper (312p), ISBN 978-1-5245-3539-1; $2.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5245-3538-4
Cheng shares his story of how he overcame great odds and transformed, with adventures and unusual encounters, from a struggling immigrant to a million-dollar CEO and esteemed professor.
Rants & Retorts: How Bigots Got a Monopoly on Commenting About News Online
Anita M. Samuels. CreateSpace. $19.99 paper (210p), ISBN 978-1-5355-6656-8
Bigotry in readers’ online comments is examined by media, law, and contemporary culture experts. Foreword by Chuck D, founder of the trailblazing hip-hop group Public Enemy.
Re-Cycling: Taking Up Bicycling Again as an Adult
Bruce Wynkoop. AuthorHouse. $10.49 paper (92p), ISBN 978-1-4389-9913-5; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-4678-5116-9
A primer for adults who want to get back into cycling. It covers starting out, buying the bike, equipment, where to ride, road rules, more comfortable riding, and riding more seriously.
The Revelation Mandate: The Foundations of the Priesthood of Every Believer
Todd Lewis. WestBow Press. $33.95 hardcover (212p), ISBN 978-1-4497-4013-9; $17.95 paper (212p), ISBN 978-1-4497-4012-2
A fully accessible and completely biblical study that demystifies the message of Revelation so that we all may fulfill our high calling in Christ.
Christopher Madsen. CPM Publishing. $55 hardcover (468p), ISBN 978-0-9960260-0-0
Amazon, Baker & Taylor, rowdystory.com
A true 1920s adventure/love story surrounding the 100-year-old yacht Rowdy. A tale of the Great War, the birth of Hollywood, politics, romance, and New York Yacht Club sailing.
The Self-Creating Universe: The Making of a Worldview
J.J. Clarke. Xlibris. $27.18 paper (446p), ISBN 978-1-4836-8391-1; $5.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-4836-8393-5
Bringing science and spirituality together, this philosophical synthesis opens up exciting new developments in the natural sciences while contributing to a worldview that addresses fundamental philosophical and social questions.
The Solution: Repairing Our Broken Political System
Michael M. Stockdell. Xlibris. $19.99 paper (314p), ISBN 978-1-5245-0815-9; $9.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5245-0814-2
This book proposes a plan that restricts the scope of the federal government while increasing the direct influence of the people. The goal is to make government simpler with full public accountability.
A Special Heart: An Amazing Journey of Hope, Love, and Courage in Raising a Special Child to Reach His Full Potential
Judy Zimlichman. iUniverse. $13.99 paper (166p), ISBN 978-1-4917-9446-3; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-4917-9447-0
Zimlichman shares a wave of mixed emotions of achievement, gratitude, acceptance, hope, and the pain of unfulfilled dreams in this celebration of a special heart.
Surgeon’s Story: Inside OR-1 with a Top Pediatric Heart Surgeon
Mark Oristano, with Kristine Guleserian. Authority Publishing. $15.99 paper, ISBN 978-1-935953-77-7
The career of Dr. Kristine Guleserian, one of only nine women in the U.S. in the demanding field of pediatric cardiothoracic surgery.
Tell It Well: How to Discover, Own and Share Your Story Well
Jennifer Spoelma. Words Move People. $16.99 paper (240p), ISBN 978-0-9982719-1-0
This book takes you on a journey of reflection to identify the ways God is working in your life. You will find your story and be equipped to explain your faith in a relevant way.
To Forgive God!
Peter Gasiorowski. WestBow Press. $9.95 paper (74p), ISBN 978-1-5127-4059-2; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5127-4058-5
Forgiveness is a foundation of Christianity, but do we really know what forgiveness is about in our relationship with God and others? God has set a pretty clear rule for forgiveness.
T.O.P. The Olive Press: The Cost for the Anointing Power!
Melveena D. Edwards. AuthorHouse. $33.99 paper (200p), ISBN 978-1-4969-7333-7; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-4969-7334-4
Edwards shares a memoir of healing for a hurting world. Her book reveals intricate levels of the author’s personal life, feelings, pain, pressures, and sufferings.
Two Years Journey, the Rise from Leukemia and Aneurysm to the Opportunity of a Lifetime
Derrick R. Harding. Xlibris. $15.99 paper (80p), ISBN 978-1-5144-5455-8; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5144-5454-1
After being diagnosed with a bone marrow disease, the author received a stem cell transplant from his 72-year-old brother, considered one of the oldest male stem cell donors in history.
Until One Has Loved an Animal: How Pets Affected One Vet’s Soul
Mildred A. Drost, DVM. iUniverse. $14.95 paper (148p), ISBN 978-1-4759-6082-2; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-4759-6084-6
Veterinarian Drost has met many wonderful beings—canine, feline, and wild. She shares the amusing and heartwarming ways pets affect all of our hearts and lives.
A Wall Street Bailout for Main Street: This Bulletproof Trade Will Help You Get Paid
Iris Marie Mack. Phat Math. $9.98 e-book, ASIN B01N7HJ78S
Mack show investors on Main Street how to make money by renting their stocks. Investors can actually “rent” stocks in their portfolios by trading covered call options.
When Love and Money Are Gone: True Stories of Women and Financial Independence
Elsa Lim. PartridgeSingapore. $14.62 paper (124p), ISBN 978-1-4828-6574-5; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-4828-6573-8
Divorce, betrayal, death, ill health: What do you do when your world falls apart? When money runs out? When your security is shaken, never to be the same again?
Who Is God?
Batya Shemesh. Xlibris. $19.99 paper (302p), ISBN 978-1-5144-5745-0; $4.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5144-5744-3
Shemesh shares how God revealed himself to her and answers her inquiries about creation, free will, and justice while she endeavors to answer the bigger question: Who is God?
Working World Mentor: A Comprehensive Guide for Students and Young Adults
Robert Jastremski, illus. by Jaz. E-Man Press. $49.95 hardcover (250p), ISBN 978-0-9826926-4-6
This book contains 80 standalone what/why/how insightful topics, covering student concerns, job capture, workplace reality, communications, and professional development winning advice.
Deborah Keever. Xlibris. $15.99 paper (26p), ISBN 978-1-4990-8564-8
Argiope aurantia, also known as a garden spider, is an invertebrate animal having an exoskeleton.
Cowlicks & Freckles: Tanglewood Children’s Series
Robin S. Garland. Full Feather Press. $6.99 paper (126p), ISBN 978-0-9896428-1-1
Jelly Douglas is a self-starter who likes to help others, but she has an awkward way of showing it when self-awareness always seems to get her into new predicaments.
The Dragon Dream
Doreen Chalmers, illus. by C.J. Prophet. Xlibris. $15.99 paper (24p), ISBN 978-1-5245-0824-1; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5245-0823-4
Ethan, an eight-year-old boy, has dreams of a dragon named Arcana, who has troubles on his Dragon Planet. Can Ethan help his friend save his castle and free his people?
Dr. Pookie and the Case of His Missing Thought
Izzy Church. Square Monkey Publishing. $9.99 paper (113p), ISBN 978-0-9964995-4-5
Amazon, Apple iBooks, BN.com, Books-A-Million, Kobo
Dr. Pookie shares with his forest friends the tale of the time he lost his thought and the hysterical journey that follows as he frantically searches for it.
Englisha and Laurenthina: Best Friends Forever?
Michellene Barrett. iUniverse. $11.95 paper (130p), ISBN 978-1-4917-8011-4; $6.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-4917-8012-1
Englisha and her best friend had an argument, but Englisha never thought it would be the end of their friendship. Now her best friend has become her worst enemy.
Eternal Teenage Defenders II: The Revenge
R.J. Shannon. AuthorHouse. $16.95 paper (172p), ISBN 978-1-5049-2261-6; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5049-2262-3
Playgirl billionaire Rita Rain inherited her father’s company, Storm Enterprises. Out of the shadows emerges a deadly terrorist organization. Rita becomes Sonic Woman to save the world.
Falling Like Ember
Christina L. Schmidt. Besser House Publishing. $14.95 paper (308p), ISBN 978-0-9968969-0-0; $4.99 e-book, ASIN B01LPMKKZ6
Can music fill the infinite between two souls and save a young girl’s life?
The Golfing Bee
Steve Kranz, illus. by Mike Motz. IngramSpark. $18.99 hardcover (28p), ISBN 978-0-692-78420-4
Golfingbee.com, Amazon, BN.com
One bright sunny day, a bee noticed something unusual. As he started to investigate, he discovered something amazing.
Michael Friedlander, illus. by Mike Ploog. FPG. $24.99 hardcover (84p), ISBN 978-0-9966689-3-4
This story follows the adventures of a family of prehistoric people. The Ty clan live in very difficult times. To survive, they must embark on an epic journey to discover a new world.
Hope(less) (Judgement of the Six, Book 1)
Melissa Haag. Shattered Glass Publishing. 99¢ e-book, ASIN B00BOCVOY4; $21.49 audio, ASIN B01BP6O98G
Amazon, Apple iBooks, BN.com, Google Play, Kobo, Smashwords
Gabby’s gift leads her into a hidden society of werewolves, where she learns she’s one of six women who play a special role in shaping the future of our world.
The Last Leaf
Billy Baldwin, illus. by Liesl Bell. Decozen Books. $17.99 hardcover (29p), ISBN 978-0-9976970-0-1
A special leaf’s courage and determination help us to see strength where others may only see weakness.
Lilley the Pizza Mouse
Ricky Kennison. AuthorHouse. $20.99 paper (24p), ISBN 978-1-5246-2594-8; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5246-2593-1
Lilley the pizza mouse finds herself in trouble as she is taken for a long, scary ride back to the country, where she is set free on Easter Sunday.
David Shew and Rhonda Shew Orttenburger, illus. by Craig Payst. WestBow Press. $15.95 paper (36p), ISBN 978-1-4908-0295-4; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-4908-0296-1
A story about a young pony named Midway that dreams big dreams and will encourage girls and boys to chase their dreams.
My 26 Best Friends
Phil Scott, illus by Kathy Kerber. AuthorHouse. $20.99 paper (34p), ISBN 978-1-5246-0974-0; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5246-0975-7
The 26 best friends represent the letters of the alphabet. With letters we make words. With words we write sentences. With sentences we share ideas.
Pepe and Paco
Katharine Laura. Xlibris. $31.99 paper (48p), ISBN 978-1-5245-2511-8; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5245-2510-1
Pepe, a wily tomcat, fancies himself a tiger. He teaches Paco, a younger tomcat, savvy from his bag of tricks, and Paco—in learning the hard way—becomes a lion.
The Popcorn Princess
Jacqueline McComas, illus. by Susan Shorter. Archway Publishing. $10.95 paper (22p), ISBN 978-1-4808-2631-1; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-4808-2632-8
The adventures of a little girl who loves yummy, light, fluffy clouds of popcorn more than anything else-and what happens when she keeps asking for more and more.
Rhama, the Elephant from the Taste of Paradise Island
Ulla Ringle, illus. by Debra Calderon. Ulla Ringle. $15 paper (36p), ISBN 978-0-9976073-2-1
A baby elephant falls into a well, gets rescued, and grows up in an elephant orphanage. The book describes his trials and tribulations of becoming a famous tusker in Ceylon.
Rose and Raven: An Extremely Unusual Tale of Discovery
Ann Davidoff. AuthorHouse. $13.99 paper (112p), ISBN 978-1-5246-1951-0; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5246-1950-3
Rose and Raven are young women on a path to discover protective spells, new friends, a plot to damage their beloved forest home—and who their parents really are.
Shattered Blue (The Light Trilogy)
Lauren Bird Horowitz. Skyscape. $9.99 paper (336p), ISBN 978-1-5039-4997-3
The first installment in the Light Trilogy. Noa and Callum share a dangerous secret and a deadly past. She’s mortal, he’s Fae: staying together will mean sacrificing everything.
Star Angel: Hero of the Silent Cries
Tara S. Johnson. CreateSpace. $12.99 paper (226p), ISBN 978-1-5004-8582-5
Star Angel is a hero born into this world specifically for victims of abuse, no matter their age; she is the fantastical character that most children wish for or wish to be.
The Star of Bethlehem
Edward Allen Matherly. Xlibris. $21.99 paper (34p), ISBN 978-1-5245-1130-2; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5245-1129-6
The story of the star leading men to Bethlehem is fascinating, and the many theories and concepts about the star have captured Matherly’s attention for years.
Stories of Yesteryear—Horse and Buggy Days
Harry H. Brown. CreateSpace. $11.95 paper (82p), ISBN 978-1-4948-5080-7
Fullertown may have had a hardscrabble past, but it was never in short supply of reasons to smile. A Yankee storyteller describes Pilgrim descendants with wit, warmth, and whimsy.
Teeneagram: Identity Search Made Easy
Randy Winston Hillier. Xlibris. $19.99 paper (126p), ISBN 978-1-5245-2941-3; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5245-2940-6
An introductory book to the Enneagram. Written for teens and young adults, it describes a psychological system based on nine different points of view.
Thank You, Me
Elena Reznikova. DTPerfect. $15.95 hardcover (24p), ISBN 978-0-9982903-0-0
This book celebrates the power of gratitude and the importance of appreciating our bodies and ourselves the way that we are.
There Was a Moose on Clifford Street
Jylene Morgan, illus. by Sean Winburn. AuthorHouse. $19.99 paper (28p), ISBN 978-1-5049-0966-2; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5049-0967-9
Hailey is supposed to share during circle time. Hailey and her family get in the car and find out there is a moose at the top of their street.
When I Was a Child: I Was Always Afraid
Michael Cascio, illus. by Bentley Wong. Mascot Books. $14.95 hardcover (38p), ISBN 978-1-63177-949-7
Amazon, BN.com, Books-A-Million
A little boy’s imagination has gone wild, and he is overcome by fear. As told in verse, accompanied by his father, the child faces and then overcomes each one.