Booksellers, publishers, and agents are encouraged to take a look at the listings of 78 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.
Anchor’s Aweigh: Voyage to What I Chose to Become
Albert Schriber. iUniverse. $10.95 paper (122p), ISBN 978-1-4917-5089-6; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-4917-5090-2
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In 1968, during the Vietnam era, Joseph is concerned he will be selected in the draft lottery. He left home at 15 to escape a troubled family life and dropped out of high school. He decides to join the Navy to make a better life for himself, but his first experiences in boot camp are unpleasant reminders of his abusive past. Later, during a decade of adventures in the Navy, Joseph becomes aware that his journey will be filled with new discoveries and loaded with life choices.
Armor of Glass: A Novel
R.M.A. Spears. AuthorHouse. $19.95 paper (258p), ISBN 978-1-4918-9966-3; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-4918-9968-7
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A Marine battles his memories, his loves, and his life as he continues to search for the woman he lost four times, despite attending her funeral.
The Blue Folio
Matt McMahon. Black Ostrich Press. $15.99 paper (226p), ISBN 978-0-9907103-0-1; $5.99 e-book, ISBN 978-0-99071032-5
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Conspiracies throughout the 2037 Second Constitutional Convention and the new constitution’s most perilous application in 2059 threaten the president’s job, her life, and the new peoplecentric government.
Bury Me Behind the Baseboard
Pavel Sanaev, trans. by Konstantin Gurevich and Helen Anderson. CreateSpace. $15 paper (159p), ISBN 978-1-4992-2786-4; $5 e-book, ASIN B00K1MNA2M
An autobiographical story about family, love, madness, violence, and trauma told from the viewpoint of an eight-year-old boy. A bestseller in Russia and the basis of a play and movie, it is a portrait of a generation, unveiling the madness of family structures familiar to everybody. The novel won the first place in the informal readers’ poll, 25 Books That Inspired the World (1989–2014), featured in the November 2014 issue of World Literature Today.
Church of Golf: A Novel About Second Chances
Spencer Stephens. Saint Pete Press. $14.25 paper (372p), ISBN 978-0-9908437-0-2; $4.25 e-book, ASIN B00OY8WU98; BN ID 2940046224177
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A man who appears hopelessly lost discovers that the way back is religious devotion to golf.
Days of Amber
Alex Chu. McNally Jackson Books. $20 paper (150p), ISBN 978-1-941969-01-4
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The aloof employees of software company Amber & Associates get a harsh wake-up call when a hacker breaches their system.
Eureka Man: A Novel
Patrick Middleton. CreateSpace. $11.50 paper (270p), ISBN 978-1-4942-2420-2; $3.99 e-book, ASIN B00PJF1UZK; BN ID 2940046126341
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Young Oliver Priddy is sentenced to a life sentence without parole in a penitentiary. Within this violent environment he needs to transform his seemingly hopeless situation through higher education opportunities.
Eve: In the Beginning
H.B. Moore. Mirror Press. $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-941145-39-5
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The first love story on earth. In a world where everything is perfect, yet the same day after day, Eve must decide if she wants to live forever in the garden with Adam and never know what lies beyond the walls. When she makes a choice with terrible consequences, the pain of mortality is swift. As she and Adam explore their new world, and her body changes, Eve discovers the sweetness of first love with the man who has always been at her side.
Carolyn Doyle. Skydance Press. $14.95 paper (290p), ISBN 978-0-9915305-0-2; $4.99 e-book, ISBN 978-0-9915305-1-9
Uprising in the world of 1967—upheaval in a Bronx home. In an Italian-American household, the young mother, Maria, married to grumpy, older Luigi, searches for a way out of her stale life. Her daughter, Angelina, a typical teen, struggles to find herself during this turbulent era. Since mother and daughter are often mistaken for sisters, problems develop, especially when Pasquale, the sultry Italian stallion, enters the picture. Sparks fly and nothing in the Campisi family is ever the same again.
The Holly & The Icy: Twenty-Five Christmas Tales to Warm Your Nose and Freeze Your Toes
Chelsea E. Dill. Chelsea E. Dill. $5.69 e-book, ASIN B00P9UQ12W
Dill presents twenty-five stories, one to read on each day of December until Christmas Day. From anthropomorphic cookies, Nutcracker-like nostalgic fantasies, romanticized earthy Americana, humorous spins on traditions, and bizarre festivities gone awry, there’s something for every day in twenty-five days of December.
Holy Fool Holy Father
Nicholas A. Marziani Jr. WC Publishing. $22 hardcover (290p), ISBN 978-0-9903419-3-2; $14.99 paper (290p), ISBN 978-0-9903419-2-5; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-0-9903419-4-9
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A young Russian man from Kazakhstan and his lady companion grow into a calling that takes them all the way to Rome and high Vatican politics as global catastrophe threatens.
The Immigrant: One from My Four Legged Stool
Alfred Woollacott III. Myfourleggedstool Publishers. $15.99 paper (414p), ISBN 978-0-9904423-1-8; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-0-9904423-2-5
A historical saga of John Law, a young Scottish prisoner of war who is shipped to the colonies in 1650. Now an outcast, he starts over as an immigrant in a Puritan theocracy. This novel follows the travails of John, his faith in God, and his good wife and growing family.
A Modern Holy Land Story
William Drennan. CreateSpace. $6.99 paper (40p), ISBN 978-1-46801153-1; $2.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-312-72202-6
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An Arab-Israeli battle ends when both sides see each other as brothers, not enemies. Settings in New York and Israel. A paradigm for peace, this is as timely as today.
Tom Baker. iUniverse. $13.95 paper (196p), ISBN 978-1-4917-5142-8; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-4917-5141-1
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Tim Halladay, a senior at the College of William & Mary, is in the process of discovering his true sexuality. The novel explores narcissism, identity, and the doppelgänger theory as one young man struggles to define himself.
Kevin Michael Irvine. Kevin Michael Irvine. $2.99 e-book, ISBN 978-0-9808561-0-8
Epic friendship turns to exile and survival in the world of Madison Avenue advertising.
Smokey Bear: The Cub Who Left His Pawprints on History
Karen Signell. Karen Signell. $17.43 paper (510p), ISBN 978-0-9906185-0-8; $3.99 e-book, ASIN B00N51Q6W2; BN ID 2940046139174
A heartwarming and bittersweet story about a real cub, badly burned in a wildfire, rescued by a game warden to live with his family, and then confined to the National Zoo.
To Be the Daughter of Two Worlds
Gita Bhattacharji. iUniverse. $17.95 paper (286p), ISBN 978-1-4917-3756-9; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-4917-3757-6
Sita is a New Yorker as well as a modern Indian woman who both questions and respects her family’s traditions. She is bound by the expectations of her traditional Indian family that are spearheaded by Aunt Priya, a feisty little country bumpkin and loud-mouthed, uncouth character with a heart of gold who feels Sita should never forget her Indian roots. Can Sita fit into her new way of life in New York and find true love without disappointing her family?
Your Smallest Bones
Sean Taylor. Seventh Tangent. $8.99 paper (175p), ISBN 978-0-578-15298-1; $3.99 e-book, ASIN B00PX80FCW
A collection of 12 stories: Stories you can hear in the walls of the San Francisco apartments with the highest turnover rates. Stories about all the beautiful people you will never know, doing extraordinary things. They are helping an ex-lover push a grand piano onto a frozen lake. Letting their hands press on thought-lost braille letters. Listening to the pliant science of perfect bones, and binding mattresses like books to get some sleep.
City Times and Other Poems
Vihang Naik. AuthorHouse. $13.66 paper (80p), ISBN 978-1-4918-9713-3; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-4918-9714-0
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Naik throws light on the life of a city in all its shades, glory, and misery in these philosophical poems. The poems are divided in six sections: one is an inner travelogue; another is about the other chimeras in the city; a third is about the beginning of meditation and knowledge; one records the poet’s sense of futility, memory, pain, exile, and alienation at the shore of life. In the last section, the city is unfolded as a marketplace, as a heaven for underdogs, and as a seedbed of change, and is observed at evening, at midnight, by moonlight, and through fog and haze.
The Alcatraz Rose
Anthony Eglin. Larkspur House. $15.95 paper (229p), ISBN 978-1-5027-0703-1; $8.99 e-book, ASIN B00PSOWKAG
A child’s cry for help. A long extinct rose. A notorious crime from the distant past. The redoubtable British botanist and sleuth Lawrence Kingston has never before faced a mystery quite this challenging—or this deadly. By the author of The Blue Rose and other English Garden mysteries.
Arena of God: The Gideon Jones Chronicles
Brian M. Oldham. A Coastal Town Press. $15.95 paper (354p), ISBN 978-0-9916174-8-7
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Gideon Jones is confronted with a dangerous divorce and then a double kidnapping. He turns to his friends for help and finds a powerful source of help from outside his coastal town.
Dark Seed: No One Knows What Evil Grows
Lawrence Verigin. Promontory Press. $17.99 paper (298p), ISBN 978-1-927559-17-8; $7.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-927559-18-5
A disillusioned journalist and the grieving daughter of a murdered scientist uncover an immoral and destructive global plot by the largest developer of genetically engineered seed and its parent pharmaceutical conglomerate. Nick Barnes and Morgan Elles learn that the goal of the man behind the organizations is complete control of human existence. The couple quickly find themselves fighting for their lives in this high-concept thriller that tackles one of the big issues of our time.
Dead in a Dumpster: Leah Norwood Mystery #1
B.L. Blair. B.L. Blair. $8.99 paper (210p), ISBN 978-0-9906584-0-5; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-0-9906584-2-9
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The police have too many suspects and too many soft alibis. Leah loves a good mystery. Can she find the killer before the police charge her with murder?
Death of a Diva: From Berlin to Broadway
Brigitte Goldstein. Pierredor Books. $14.99 paper (278p), ISBN 978-0-692-24666-5; $4.99 e-book, ASIN B00O3GWB3G
Stella Berger, former darling of stage and cinema in Weimar Germany and an outspoken critic of the Nazi regime, is found strangled in her dressing room during a triumphal run on Broadway in 1941. Assisting in the police search for the killer is a young Jewish refugee, who traces Stella’s life from its humble beginnings in a Viennese Jewish ghetto to Stella’s rise to international fame. Could a closely guarded secret in Stella’s past imperil her public image yet also provide the clue to solving the crime? From the coffeehouse culture of pre-WWI Vienna to the cabaret milieu of 1920s Berlin to wartime New York, the novel takes the reader on a cultural whirlwind tour as the characters flee across the continent to escape Nazi persecution.
Exam Room Confidential: The Wellborne Files
Louis Siegel. CreateSpace. $12.99 paper (256p), ISBN 978-1-4954-6068-5; $6.99 e-book, ASIN B00QQYEHOY
A shocking look at medicine’s underbelly and the medical and social pathology one doctor confronts. A cautionary tale about the trust and respect placed in doctors.
Get Out of Town: The First Tyler Knight Mystery
Laurie Banton. Pebble Bay Publishers. $4.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-59585-530-5
Banton weaves a tumbled, tangled mystery crackling with energy, suspense, and a jolting finish, yet comforting as a good cup of tea.
Mosaics: A Thriller
E.E. Giorgi. Quemazon Publishing. $13.99 paper (396p), ISBN 978-0-99604513-1; $4.99 e-book, ASIN B00MQZSFA4
Dubbed the Byzantine Strangler because of the mosaic tiles he leaves at the scene, a serial killer is stalking the streets of Los Angeles. Who will be next in the mosaic?
The Organ Takers: A Novel of Surgical Suspense
Richard Van Anderson. White Light Press. $11.99 paper (292p), ISBN 978-0-9907597-1-3; $2.99 e-book, ISBN 978-0-9907597-2-0
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Failed surgeon David McBride is forced to perform illegal organ harvests. While fighting to free himself from the situation, McBride loses everything, including his humanity, and sets off down the path to revenge. Book one of the McBride trilogy.
Renegades Among the Tumbleweeds
Hewitt Freiburg. AuthorHouse. $21.04 paper (507p), ISBN 978-1-4969-2874-0; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-4969-2876-4
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An archeologist finds a box that is way too old for where he is digging in Maine; documents that could change history are inside. A strange map and several murders are involved.
Sugar Valley: Hollywood’s Darkest Secret
Stephen Andrew Salamon. CreateSpace. $19.99 paper (506), ISBN 978-1-5009-0755-6; $4.99 e-book, ASIN B00N85YURI
Damen Schultz and his friends are hunted by the rich and famous when they embark on a journey of becoming movie stars. But only one will win the Oscar.
Taste of Poison: Piri Aji Series, Book 1
Terry don Foley. CreateSpace. $20 paper (414p), ISBN 978-1-49609643-2; $9.99 e-book, ASIN B00FNTCX6C
A crime thriller with violence, sex, and true love. A look inside the intimate lives of the owners of Colombian drug cartels and their families.
Twisted Linen: A Prophetic Thriller of Deception, Deceit and Faith
C.W. Cook. Chadwick Publishing. $2.99 e-book, ASIN B00NLLPCVC
Against his wife’s warnings, Simon agrees to help Cardinal Genovi expose the conspiracy behind a modern-day cult. But Simon should have listened to Grace; she’s more than smart and alluring—she is usually right! The short novel is drawn from modern-day events, human genetic engineering, and end-times Scripture. With a touch of the occult and the paranormal, it weaves a tale around Biblical prophecy concerning Israel and astronomical signs to occur in 2017 with writing that’s free of foul language.
The Wolf Hunter
Mark Giles. Noir West. $16.99 paper (392p), ISBN 978-0-615-97061-5; $5 e-book, ASIN B00O9E43Q0
Annie Mann and Wilhelm Spatz are polar opposites when it comes to wolves in the Stanley Valley. His side has the guns—until the Wolf Hunter arrives. He’s a man with a past he wants to change.
A.E. Weber Wolstein. Vinspire Publishing. $12.99 paper (263p), ISBN 978-0-98906329-6; $2.99 e-book, ASIN B00O3IOF1A; BN ID 2940150635159
The world has been united under one empire: America. Ivan Luciano is the most powerful man in that empire, but he wants more, and he convinced his girlfriend, Lucy, to help. A brilliant engineer, Lucy has brought life to robots. They’re even passing as humans, and one of them is going to run for president. If Ivan has his way, the robot will win. And with a robot as commander-in-chief, Ivan will have ultimate control. Lucy leads a clan of revolutionaries to combat her ex’s greed and stop him once and for all. With her knowledge of the robots, she can save the world—if Ivan doesn’t win first.
Arcana’s Avatar (Fallen Arcana, Vol. 1)
Jared Bennett. CreateSpace. $9.99 paper (326p), ISBN 978-1-5008-8003-3; $4.99 e-book, ASIN B00NAI0FO0
Charles and Aurin have called the city of Hudcoeden home since they were carried there as infants from the fallen city of Falderal. Aurin, a skilled swordsman serving the city guard, carries an old sword said to belong to his father. Charles seeks to hone his magical skill as a member of the order of Wizards, but he continually finds himself at odds with a Druid order. But the mysterious forces that saw Falderal fall under a tide of demons have returned, and the people of Hudcoeden accuse Charles and Aurin of bringing the nightmare.
The Darkest Side of Saturn: Odyssey of a Reluctant Prophet of Doom
Tony Taylor. iUniverse. $25.95 paper (475p), ISBN 978-1-4917-342-1-6; $5.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-4917-342-2-3
Visionary and satiric. Two astronomers discover an asteroid: death is possible—will it hit? The story contains strong doses of romance, science, religion, and sex—with some ballet thrown in for good measure.
The Deer Effect
Susan Wingate. Eye of the Needle Press. $13.99 paper (344p), ISBN 978-1-50551731-6; $2.99 e-book, ASIN B00MRPKZ2O
When his wife, Hannah, is found dead near the body of a fawn, Rod Demsey sets out to find her killer (with his dog, who seems to be able to communicate with spirits). His grief causes his faith to wither until an unexpected turn brings Rod face-to-face with the only person who can tell him what really happened to his wife in a story of loss, redemption, and forgiveness. By the author of Drowning.
Forsaken: Shadow Cove Saga, Book 1
J.D. Barker. Hampton Creek Press. $22 hardcover (340p), ISBN 978-0-9906949-3-9; $13.99 paper (386p), ISBN 978-0-9906949-0-8; $5.99 e-book, ISBN 978-0-9906949-1-5
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From the witch trials of centuries past, an evil awakens when a horror author begins his latest novel.
D.A. Karr. CreateSpace. $15.95 paper (270p), ISBN 978-1-5004-2014-7; $8.99 e-book, ASIN B00QR54QG6
Space time, 2800: As the earth shifts on its axis, humankind is caught in a war of survival and time. Capt. John Garrick and the NSTEA Phoenix become a pawn between technology, humans, and what’s left of civilization. But no amount of careful planning can prepare the time jumpers for the dangerous enemy that seems to predict their every move. As the NSTEA seals a deal to deliver time technology to a notorious outlaw, Garrick plots to undermine the NSTEA and Phoenix’s crew prepares for the inevitable—a fight to the finish.
The Watcher’s Keep
Timothy Bond. My Ostrich Press. $24.99 paper (690p), ISBN 978-1-5053-3501-9; $5.99 e-book, ASIN B00QFLBCEQ; BN ID 2940046318746
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The Children of the Prophecy pursue the fabled Triadine, a talisman of unequaled power, in an attempt to banish the Dark Wizard from the land.
I’ll Look to the Sky!
M. Anthony Martin. CreateSpace. $18.50 paper (482p), ISBN 978-1-4954-5792-0; $7 e-book, ASIN B00M14ITRY
A beautiful and talented 36-year-old divorcée with two daughters falls in love with a younger, aspiring actor. A retro tale of star-crossed Hollywood.
Lady Catherine’s Secret (Secrets and Seduction, Book 2)
Sheridan Jeane. Flowers and Fullerton. $14.99 paper (398p), ISBN 978-1-63303-006-0; $4.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-63303-005-3
Despite Lady Catherine’s love of fencing, she needs to stop pretending to be a boy and fraternizing with men—but not until after she competes in the upcoming tournament.
Trenace Rose. Dementi Milestone Publishing. $38.95 hardcover (72p), ISBN 978-0-9898812-5-8
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This research-based series of vision narratives, coupled with 27 master artist illustrations, conveys diverse spiritual and cultural beliefs, revealing a graceful connection of Oneness in all. A powerful lift for the soul.
America: We Have the Country We Want
Mark Mullen. Mark Mullen. $12.87 paper (140p), ISBN 978-1-50289021-4; $4.87 e-book, ASIN B00P8RBTYG
Mullen analyzes failures of business, media, politicians, education, and society. He discusses throwaway employees, college for all, religion, guns, and more.
When All Balls Drop: The Upside of Losing Everything
Heidi Siefkas. Wheatmark. $15.95 paper (270p), ISBN 978-1-62787-121-1; $9.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-62787-122-8
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Siefkas was a happily married, globetrotting professional—until a tree limb in New York’s Hudson River Valley struck her down, breaking her neck. She lost her independence. She lost her career. Her marriage disintegrated as she confronted a trail of devastating lies about her husband’s double life. But Siefkas fought to rebuild herself. Along the way, she gained clarity about her core values, coming to a deeper understanding of what it means to have it all. Through down-to-earth vignettes, Siefkas shows it’s possible to look up in spite of pain, deceit, and loss.
Of Fleas and Fleadom, A Tale of Two Vermin
Lewis Goldstein, illus. by Arianna Grinager. CreateSpace. $14.99 paper (52p), ISBN 978-1-5030-9147-4
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Finnegan T., a shy, quiet flea, lived on a cat in a monastery—until they tried to poison him. Follow Finnegan’s adventures as he searches for sanctuary in the dangerous world of Man. Two “vermin,” one small, one big—who is the true villain? A graphic epic told in rhyme.
The Creative Year: 52 Workshops for Writers
Elisabeth Sharp McKetta. Frog Prince Press. $8 paper (72p), ISBN 978-0-9908323-0-0; $5.99 e-book, ASIN B00OU0QB54
Most writers struggle with three things: how to get started, how to improve, and what to do with a finished piece of writing. This concise guidebook illuminates a path for all three. Each workshop contains three parts: process, prompt, and venue. Used together, these techniques provide the scaffolding for a sustainable, fulfilling writing life.
The Creativity Catalog: 300 of the World’s Most Creative Things and How They Can Make You More Creative Too
Donald Rattner. The Creative Home. $45 paper (220p), ISBN 978-0-9907787-0-7
This compilation explores a genre of household products designed to cultivate creative thinking and innovation through practical problem solving, hands-on experience, and open-ended play.
Falling Off Broadway
David Black. Mezzo Books. $15.99 paper (157p), ISBN 978-1-63192-325-8
A witty, entertaining memoir of his adventures on Broadway by a Tony Award–winning producer. Black provides personal accounts of theatrical luminaries such as Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud, Julie Harris, Gene Hackman, Joel Grey, Bernadette Peters, Burt Reynolds, Julie Andrews, Joshua Logan, Alan King, David Merrick, and well-known figures Donald Trump and Richard Nixon. This memoir is based on Black’s one-man play, which received rave reviews in New York and London.
Small Moments: A Child’s Memories of the Civil Rights Movement
Mary Barrow. Wise Ink Creative Publishing. $15 paper (207p), ISBN 978-1-940014-06-7; $4.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-940014-07-4
Based during the years of the civil rights movement, this is the true story of how one uneducated and underprivileged woman taught a child to see the world not in terms of color but in terms of kindness, equality, and love.
A View with a Room
Kevin McDonough. CreateSpace. $7.99 paper (192p), ISBN 978-1-5023-5437-2; $3.99 e-book, ASIN B00OOFTMEC; BN ID 2940046371581
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A humorous adventure of the author’s dream to live in Paris. But a chance meeting at a sidewalk crêpe stand propels his life in an unexpected new direction.
Private Notes of a Headhunter: Proven Job Search and Interviewing Techniques for College Students & Recent Grads
Kenneth A. Heinzel. CreateSpace. $9.95 paper (204p), ISBN 978-0-9884936-0-5; $2.99 e-book, ASIN B00BJRVE9E
Analysis of the job interview from the vantage point of an executive recruiter who was also a college professor and an industry sales manager.
Brain Health for Life: Beyond Pills, Politics, and Popular Diets
Karen V. Unger. Inkwater Press. $16.95 paper (306p), ISBN 978-1-62901-154-7
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Learn what to eat, what to avoid, and how to change your lifestyle today to promote strong, vibrant brain health throughout your life.
101+ Secrets from Nutrition School: That You Need To Know
Lynne Dorner. Aware of This? $27.95 hardcover (242p), ISBN 978-0-9909155-2-2
To inspire those looking to make positive life changes, a health coach shares the most essential lessons she learned along her educational journey. The lessons, accompanied by illustrations, are significant and life-changing calls to action. Dorner is passionate about goal setting and clean eating to bring about long-lasting results.
Icebound Empire: Industry and Politics on the Last Frontier 1898–1938
Elizabeth A. Tower. Old Stone Press. $17.95 paper (342p), ISBN 978-1-938462-12-2
Award-winning Alaska historian Tower’s book is being relaunched in a third edition with significantly more content, photographs, map illustrations, chronology, and a firsthand account of Alaska railroad development in the early 20th century that has never been published beyond the Alaska Historical Society journals. It is the story of three men who were prime movers and shakers in the most ambitious of the early 20th-century Alaska developments: the J.P. Morgan–Guggenheim Alaska Syndicate, which built the Kennecott Copper Co. and the Copper River and Northwestern Railway.
The Humem State: The Emergence and Establishment of Our Extended Presence
Alan Brook. Humemity. $13.89 paper (312p), ISBN 978-0-692-25162-1; $7.62 e-book, ASIN B00O5C4EVU
A reconceptualization of the very idea of identity—human or otherwise. Brook asks how we as individuals can benefit from advances in technology without continuing to surrender the control, ownership, and privacy of our data to corporations and governments.
Pinstripe Suits to Prison Blues: How an Entrepreneur Went from Millionaire to Bankruptcy and Prison Only to Return a Stronger Person Dedicating His Life to Helping Others with the Power of Faith, Family and Friends
Michael R. Holley. Hopeful Publishing Co. $17.95 paper (172p), ISBN 978-0-9862286-0-5; $5.99 e-book, ASIN B00RKN080M
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Follow an entrepreneur’s journey from rise to fall to resurrection. Holley’s story includes fishing boat tales, car salesman anecdotes, and the growth and collapse of a large Chevrolet dealer. Holley recounts his experience in state prison and the reemergence of hope.
Seeking the Face of Love
Hadrian Bradley. Bradley House. $14.95 paper (260p), ISBN 978-0-692-30127-2; $9.95 e-book, ASIN B00PRTH44E
Humanity is connected by spiritual energy and man-made systems of economics and law. There are ways to lift humanity out of spiritual darkness and poverty, but action requires love.
Transform Your Life: 7 Steps to a Better Life
Nella Ann Roberts. Balboa Press. $11.99 paper (128p), ISBN 978-1-4525-9859-8; $6.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-4525-9860-4
This book aims to help you change your life, be more successful, and have a better life.
Wake-Up Call...A Mother’s Grief Journey: The Call That Changes Your Life Forever
Cherie Rickard. CreateSpace. $13.95 paper, ISBN 978-1-5031-2912-2; $4.99 e-book, ASIN B00PESCJ9S; BN ID 2940150612075
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A moving, inspirational voyage inside the shattered life and broken heart of a mother who tragically and unexpectedly loses her teenage son in a one-car accident. In ways unexpected, practical, and real, Rickard gives anyone who has ever experienced the devastating loss of a loved one, real-life, hard-core, often tough-spoken but love-laden and extremely practical advice on how to turn life’s most tragic blows into triumph.
Who Stole My Spandex? Midlife Musings from a Middle-Aged MILF
Marcia Kester Doyle. Blue Lobster Book Co. $12.95 paper (304p), ISBN 978-0-9899553-5-5; $4.99 e-book, ASIN B00Q41HS5O; BN ID 2940150216563
A humorous collection of stories from the author’s madcap world of menopausal pitfalls, wardrobe malfunctions, and a family full of pranksters.
Aaron M. Stephens. Aaron M. Stephens. $19.95 paper (296p), ISBN 978-0-9908784-0-7; $9.99 e-book, ISBN 978-0-9908784-1-4
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Imagine a magical world of angels. Discover a whole new cast of personalities, where they are born, where they train, and more. New friendships will be formed with angels Braeden and Morgan. The world is ready to believe.
Chores to Do
K.L. Hagood. Llumina Press. $11.95 paper (24p), ISBN 978-1-59526-684-2
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This book is one way to get the kids up and going. Get them organized with this fun and creative book.
Destiny’s Gate: Paige Maddison Series, Book 2
Lee Bice-Matheson and J.R. Matheson. FriesenPress. $26.99 hardcover (277p), ISBN 978-1-4602-4607-8; $22.99 paper (277p), ISBN 978-1-4602-4606-1; $2.99 e-book, ASIN B00N29FO8Y; BN ID 2940150617841
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When Paige Maddison’s premonitions, nightmares, and ghostly visions return, she realizes there is no way of getting back to the normal she once knew. Paige becomes the target of the Earthbounds, anguished souls who seek revenge and retribution. But she soon learns that she is being called upon by a greater power beyond her wildest comprehension. Should she embrace her special gift and fulfill her destiny? Or will she succumb to the evil that surrounds her and deny her true identity?
Gollywood, Here I Come!
Terry John Barto, illus. by Mattia Cerato. AuthorHouse. $15.15 paper (32p), ISBN 978-1-4969-3509-0; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-4969-3512-0
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When Anamazie isn’t twirling a baton, taking an acting class, or attending singing and dance lessons, she fantasizes about being a movie star. After she leads the school band in the Fourth of July parade, her dream comes true. This story taps into the public’s fascination with celebrities and movie stars, and leaves young readers with a positive message in a fun way.
R.L. Stedman. Waverley Productions. $14 paper (260p), ISBN 978-1-5030-6047-0; $2.99 e-book, ASIN B00OXPXG04
When her friend is assaulted, Corinne Peterson can’t help reacting. But now her hands are burned and strange men are watching her house. Could they be terrorists? Secret agents?
Jillian McClout, Happy Scout: A Smile Is Born (Vol. 1)
D.J. Stamper, illus. by Aubrey N. Stamper. CreateSpace. $5.99 paper (50p), ISBN 978-1-5031-8550-0; $2.99 e-book, ASIN B00PEYNN88
Jillian’s on a mission to bring smiles to the faces of at least three people in one day, but she soon learns that the task is easier pledged than done.
Libellus de Numeros (Magicae Mathematica, Book 1)
Jim West. Jim West. $14.99 paper (382p), ISBN 978-1-50283491-1; $3.99 e-book, ASIN B00P2783FK; BN ID 2940046407754
Alex gets transported to another world where Latin and math combine with magical effects. In a world where math is magic, Alex wishes she had paid more attention in math class.
Kersti Niebruegge. Kersti Niebruegge. $6.99 paper (160p), ISBN 978-0-9908710-1-9; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-0-9908710-0-2
Deep in Wisconsin’s eccentric Northwoods, a high school sophomore realizes she must take on a corrupt politician if she wants to save her town’s beloved holiday—musky fishing Opening Day.
Never Forgotten (Never Forgotten Series, Book 1)
Kelly Risser. Clean Teen Publishing. $11.95 paper (314p), ISBN 978-1-940534-53-4; free e-book, ASIN B00LEZ92TA; BN ID 2940046053258
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Those we love are never forgotten. With her friends, Meara embarks on a journey to unlock secrets that reveal not only who she is but what she is.
The Party Line
Karen Alkofer. CreateSpace. $15 paper (196p), ISBN 978-1-5007-1675-2; $7.99 e-book, ASIN B00P9JQ4EI
Fifteen-year-old Lizzie enjoys eavesdropping on her Tehran apartment’s telephone party line, but what she overhears thrusts her into an unexpected adventure that will change her life forever.
Douglas Pershing and Angelia Pershing. Pershing Books. $13.28 paper (372p), ISBN 978-1-4910-9164-7; $2.99 e-book, ASIN B00E9OEQEO
Teenagers Tanner and Ryland uncover a secret that thrusts them into a conflict they never knew existed. Now they’re fighting for a people who are ungrateful while facing foes powerful beyond imagination.
The Tale of Nottingswood
J.R. Young, illus. by Amelia Grace. Pond Publishing. $5.99 paper (79p), ISBN 978-0-9719423-7-0; $1.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-311-39806-2
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When teenage twins stumble on a mysterious creature, they uncover a secret power that jeopardizes everything they’ve ever known. A dystopian novelette in verse.
Want (Numbered, Book 1)
Magus Tor. Magus Tor Books and Games. $15.90 paper (208p) ISBN 978-1-50281819-5; $3.99 e-book, ASIN B00OFKVLV8
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Trust no one, no one trusts—that is the way of Lunar City. Aurelia, a newly graduated med worker, is posted to Lunar City Hospital. On her way to the moon, her shuttle is attacked by terrorists. The only word she heard was the Resistance. Who are the Resistance and what do they want from her?
John Patrick Kennedy. Dark Trope Publishing. $15.66 paper (430p), ISBN 978-1-5053-3842-3; $2.99 e-book, ASIN B00R41RAB0
Sixteen-year-old Kyra is odd. All she wants in her junior year of high school is to be cool. Instead, she becomes a werewolf.
The Wig: Happy Holidays (Book 3)
Renata Suerth. Renata Suerth. $9.99 paper (132p), ISBN 978-0-9882685-2-4; $3.99 e-book, ASIN B00GZACWZK
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Sofie has high hopes for the holidays, but Mother Nature has different plans. An unexpected invasion, a new family pet, a Christmas non-miracle, and other mishaps await Sofie, the queen of not-so-great luck.
Asheem: The Boy Who Could Not Read
Sharon D. Ulett, M.Ed. CreateSpace. $20 paper (86p), ISBN 978-1-5007-2053-7; $9.99 e-book, ASIN B00P1WX9U0; BN ID 2940150527553
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A young boy struggling with the challenges of learning disabilities achieves his goals after receiving the help he needs from a caring teacher and a supportive team of individuals, including his family.
The Becoming Years—18 to 28: The Ten Years It Takes to Get Over Being a Kid
George Wray. Alpha-Graphics. $24 paper (332p), ISBN 978-0-9903721-0-3
This conversational book details 30 different subjects related to young people working to achieve self-direction while newly encountering an impersonal world after age 18.