Booksellers, publishers, librarians, and agents are encouraged to look at the 74 self-published titles listed 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.
After the President Disappeared
Rodger Christopherson. CreateSpace. $12.95 paper (329p), ISBN 978-0-914597-24-7
The U.S. president and other world leaders disappear onto a remote island, and the world is in crisis. The worst of human behavior erupts, both on the island and off.
The Brandenburg Quest: A True Story; The Unproduced Screenplay
Ib Melchior. BearManor Media. $19.95 paper (140p), ISBN 978-1-59393-856-7
The final screenplay of Melchior, who died in 2015.
Breaking the Silence
Diamante Lavendar. CreateSpace. $12.99 paper (134p), ISBN 978-1-5023-8125-5; $2.99 e-book, ASIN B00Q0CJAYO
Amazon, BN.com, Books-A-Million, Google Play, Shelfari, Smashwords
A story of one woman’s healing from abuse and loss. A journey from her brokenness and pain to her freedom, joy, and inspiration.
Aziz Hamza. Sibawayh. $9.99 paper (236p), ISBN 978-603-90645-2-7
Sibawayh Books, Amazon, BN.com
An epic that takes place during the reign of the seventh king of Rome, Lucius Tarquinius Superbus, including the rape of Lucretia in 509 B.C.E.
Evangeline: The Seer of Wall St.
Clint Adams. Credo Italia. $26.95 hardcover (376p), ISBN 978-0-9768375-7-2; $15.99 paper (376p), ISBN 978-0-9768375-9-6; $7.99 e-book, ISBN 978-0-9768375-8-9
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Astrologer Evangeline Adams flees provincial Boston in 1899 to launch her business in New York City. On the train ride, she casts her own horoscopic chart. Her findings alarm her.
Robert Gallant. iUniverse. $15.95 paper (220p), ISBN 978-0-595-42471-9
In this thriller, graduate student Chesney Barrett and archaeologist David Phillips search for the sacred site of a legendary ancient god.
David Scott. AuthorHouse. $14 paper (316p), ISBN 978-1-4208-3841-1; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-46349804-7
Peter Dale and Darcy Garcia get involved in solving cold-case homicides in Los Angeles as their feelings for each other grow.
How to Game People Without Even Trying: A Daughter’s Legacy
Elizabeth Cooke. Archway Publishing. $33.95 hardcover (220p), ISBN 978-1-4808-2104-0; $14.99 paper (220p), ISBN 978-1-4808-2103-3; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-4808-2105-7
The fictionalized story of the murder of “Saul Mammon.” From Brooklyn, he climbed the ladder to power to become an international financier with connections at high levels. The story is told by his daughter, his only child.
The Lady Was a Spy
T.R. Garrison. iUniverse. $20.95 paper (364p), ISBN 978-1-4917-6619-4; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-4917-6618-7
Jean Webb, a tough, attractive spy who once battled Nazis, gets called back into action after discovering someone wants her dead.
Frank Drury. CreateSpace. $14 paper (225p), ISBN 978-1-5056-2084-9; $3.99 e-book, 978-1-31079293-9
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From mall shootings to school shootings and even to military base shootings, Drury offers a reflection on gun violence in America today.
Requiem for the Phoenix
Skip Allen. iUniverse. $25.95 paper (474p), ISBN 978-0-595-40319-6; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-0-595-84695-5
Al-Qaeda extends America an olive branch in one hand while concealing its newest terrorist plot in the other.
Spirit Talker: The Legend of Nakosis
Tom Coles. FriesenPress. $23.29 hardcover (585p), ISBN 978-1-4602-4833-1
Amazon, BN.com, Chapters
A young shaman comes of age amid the primordial wilds of North America in this epic tale of adventure, magic, love and loss, and spiritual fulfillment.
Andrea McKenzie Raine. Inkwater Press. $16.95 paper (302p), ISBN 978-1-62901-012-0
Inkwater.com, Amazon, BN.com
Three people attempt to redefine themselves against the friction of idealism’s clash with societal expectations.
Ian Finkel. More4Many. $19.95 paper (368p), ISBN 978-90-819354-3-2
Vaudeville is about the sound. All show business stars knew that at each performance you had to reach out and grasp it so that you could pull it into the empty cavity of your soul.
Viva Vivaldi: A Novella
Eusebius Clay. CreateSpace. $9.99 paper (92p), ISBN 978-1-5077-1200-9
This novella is divided into sections corresponding to the seasons of the year. An absinthe binge triggers the death of the protagonist, who then begins to experience past and future lives.
Breakfast with My Fathers
Kevin M. Isaac. AuthorHouse. $16.95 paper (180p), ISBN 978-1-4969-2074-4; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-4969-2073-7
This book is a timeless journey of self-discovery that uses verbal photography to explore fond memories, relationships, and life. It is also a celebration of fatherhood.
Lisa Regan. Sapphire Star Publishing. $3.99 e-book, ASIN B00D6QKWIA
When a series of sadistic murders bearing the same signature occur in different parts of the country, FBI analyst Kassidy Bishop finds herself the target of a ruthless killer.
Auf Wiedersehen, Lampione
Vincent Palazzo. CreateSpace. $14.99 paper (190p), ISBN 978-1-4959-5996-7; $2.99 e-book, ASIN B012T4S2O0
Everything dark and disturbing in this thriller begins and ends with lasagna and cannoli.
The Boy and the Bastard
Russell Newell. Dog Ear Publishing. $14.99 paper (328p), ISBN 978-1-4575-3670-0
At a time before Amber Alerts and America’s Most Wanted, on Christmas Day 1977, the young son of the premier mutual fund manager in America disappears.
EYE of the Scorpion: EYE Spy Mystery #1
Cheryl Kaye Tardif. Imajin. $2.99 e-book, ASIN B00T0PZEZW
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Eileen Edwards, a former cop turned PI, is given the task of locating a missing street kid named Zipper. Finding Zipper proves to be the easy part; keeping him alive is the challenge.
Finding Claire Fletcher
Lisa Regan. Sapphire Star Publishing. $3.99 e-book, ASIN B00AHJN7BS
Detective Connor Parks takes solace in the arms of a woman he meets at a bar, but in the morning, Claire Fletcher is gone, leaving behind clues to a decade-old mystery—her own abduction.
Hit and Drag: A Ham Marks, M.D., Medical Murder Mystery
William H. Simon. iUniverse. $11.95 paper (134p), ISBN 978-1-4917-6393-3; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-4917-6392-6
Dr. Ham Marks becomes a suspect following the mysterious death of his golf partner. Will his attempt to overcome various dead-end clues prove his innocence?
Timothy Freriks. CreateSpace. $16.95 paper (417p), ISBN 978-1-5141-1937-2
Robert Curry must save the world from imminent nuclear destruction by returning to the past and gaining enough financial and political power to rewrite history.
H. Perry Horton. CreateSpace. $12.99 paper (560p), ISBN 978-1-5114-6057-6
Unflinching and stark in its brutality and humanity, this is the cautionary tale of a man seeking the truth about his brother’s murder at the hands of an agrarian cult.
Sandra Gustafsson. Sandra Gustafsson. $14 paper (204p), ISBN 978-1-5120-0246-1; 99¢ e-book, ISBN 978-919825503-4
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A claustrophobic thriller about jealousy, revenge, and the consequences of manipulating others.
Sizzlin’ Summer Surprise
Alton J. Myers. Xlibris. $15.99 paper (118p), ISBN 978-1-4134-9920-9; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-4535-9512-1
Surprising events around a summer of study at a university in Detroit when a riot breaks out.
Thirty-Nine Sixty: An O’Beirne Family Novel
T.P. Johnson. Kepha Press. $4.99 e-book, ISBN 978-0-692-34522-1
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In this contemporary thriller, Aedan O’Beirne discovers his wife and son have vanished. He has until the first stroke of Christmas to find them, or he lose will them forever.
A Web of Evil
Richard McMahon. Ironwoods Press. $25 hardcover (280p), ISBN 978-0-9961568-8-2; $14 paper (280p), ISBN 978-0-9961568-7-5
When Michelle Iverson disappears after posting a provocative message on a BDSM Internet bulletin board, her father hires Mason Grant to find her.
The Color of My Blood
John H. Sibley. Sibsartstudio. $12 paper (257p), ISBN 978-0-692-51639-3
Sibley wrestles with questions of identity, racism, Americanism, and alien contact through the lens of the alien Damon James.
K.M. Boze. Trafford. $15.33 paper (316p), ISBN 978-1-4907-2169-9; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-4907-2170-5
After Xyla Rose’s experiment went haywire in Empty Vessels, Xyla and her friends are on the run from the zombies to search for safety.
David Edwards. Imperiad Entertainment. $14.99 paper (350p), ISBN 978-0-9897487-3-5
A former counterculture radical starts a thought virus that turns Detroit’s dogs feral and its underclass into jackal-headed beasts. The few remaining humans must find a way to survive.
Michael Phillip Cash. Chelshire. $12.99 paper (266p), ISBN 978-1-51207496-3; 99¢ e-book, ASIN B013KJC49C
Telly becomes the protégé of world-famous poker champion Clutch Henderson. The only catch—Clutch is a ghost. Telly and Clutch navigate gambling in Las Vegas, learning to trust each other.
The Skyview of Astronauts
Sean Kestrel. Kestrel Court. $5.99 e-book, ISBN 978-0-9847840-4-2
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In the Western Forest Space Colony a new and positive skyview grows in popularity, and folks in the forest begin to look at the sky in a different way.
Tooth & Talon: 11 Dark Tales
James Lee. 2nd Sight Press. $16.95 paper (304p), ISBN 978-0-9966058-0-9
Amazon, BN.com, Books-A-Million
A new collection of 11 dark tales that explore obsession, survival, and despair.
The Amish Heiress (The Paradise Chronicles, Vol. 1)
Patrick E. Craig. P&J Publishing. $13.99 paper (363p), ISBN 978-0-9965334-0-9
This novel is part mystery, part romance, and part thriller. An Amish girl is trapped in a web of deception and intrigue.
Compromised! A ‘Pride and Prejudice’ Variation
J. Dawn King. Joy Dawn King. $4.49 e-book, ASIN B01496BFQS
When Elizabeth Bennet finds Fitzwilliam Darcy alone and vulnerable, she makes a decision to bend the rules of propriety to help someone in need. Discovery changes their lives.
Let Me Heal Your Heart
Lily Foster. Shore Front Books. $2.99 e-book, ISBN 978-0-9905941-7-8
Amazon, Apple iBooks, BN.com
One hockey phenom, destined for the pros. One summer he’ll never forget. One girl he will never stop loving.
Terms of Surrender
Lorrie Farrelly. CreateSpace. $12.99 paper (346p), ISBN 978-1-4681-8252-1
A haunted Civil War veteran allies himself with a stubborn, courageous woman who will take his heart by storm and test the limits of his honor, his courage—and his passion.
From Happiness to Tragedy: To Bliss on the Borderline (Lamentations of a Fool)
Nicholas E. Cleveland. AuthorHouse. $19.95 paper (264p), ISBN 978-1-4969-6636-0; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-4969-6637-7
This book describes the author’s roller-coaster ride through two marriages and why he stayed with his second wife, who has borderline personality disorder.
Rainbows and Banana Peels: Surviving Life’s Knocks with Grace
Katharine C. Giovanni. Newroad Publishing. $12.95 paper (165p), ISBN 978-1-931109-04-8
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Giovanni has always met life with positivity and laughter, and she needed every bit of that lifesaving attitude the day the doctor told her, “You have cancer.”
Spectrum of Mind: An Inquiry into the Principles of the Mind and the Meaning of Life
J. Michael Yang. Hint Press. $14.99 paper (252p), ISBN 978-0-692-37949-3
Yang explains the principles behind the human mind, how they can reconcile religion and science or different cultures, and how they deepen our appreciation of life.
The Box House
Brigid Marlin. Infinity Publishing. $12.95 paper (176p), ISBN 978-1-4958-0434-2; $5.99 e-book, ISBN 978-0-9965238-0-6
This book is based on the story of an abused and neglected child whom the author befriended more than 50 years ago in England. The story is told through the voice of the child.
Cherish the Exception: Navigating the Confluence of Faith and Science
John Allen Resko. iUniverse.
$26.95 paper (428p), ISBN 978-1-4917-5482-5
After nine years in a seminary, Resko walked away from it all. What changed his mind? Check out the second part of this memoir.
The Classical Vegetarian Cookbook for Professional Chefs and Inspired Cooks
Ron Pickarski. Eco-Cuisine. $59.95 hardcover (420p), ISBN 978-0-692-41536-8
With over 400 recipes for modern American and classical French vegan-vegetarian cuisine, this book for experienced chefs also provides a comprehensive basic understanding for novice vegetarian cooks.
A Curious Fetish: Mandalas of a Secretive Mind
Raju Peddada, illus. by Raju Peddada. Satyalu + Kristi Media, USA. $5.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5136-0189-2
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Never-before-seen cathartic ciphered drawings and spontaneous words by Peddada on the state of affairs in the world.
Education Is Everybody’s Business: A Case for a Business Model for Public Educational Services
Fred Bedell. Xlibris. $15.99 paper (96p), ISBN 978-1-4990-6060-7
To address problems about education’s importance to the competitiveness of business, this book examines areas of national education policies, programs, practices, and resources. It focuses on the stakeholders in the education environment.
How Aging Works: What Science Can Do About It
John F. Murray. Page Publishing. $33.95 paper (413p), ISBN 978-1-68139-171-7; $9.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-68139-172-4
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This book offers new scientific understanding about what occurs as people grow old, and provides simple, easy-to-carry-out recommendations on how to live a longer, more enjoyable life.
Mountain Mantras: Wellness and Life Lessons from the Slopes
Kathryn Kemp Guylay. Healthy Solutions of Sun Valley. $15.99 paper (240p), ISBN 978-0-9965328-2-2
Amazon, Atlas Books, Baker & Taylor, Ingram
Guylay provides simple tools and inspiration to successfully tackle life’s challenges using stories from her own life to inspire and entertain. The book is full of practical wellness and life lessons.
Not All Poor People Are Black: And Other Things We Need to Think More About
Janet Cheatham Bell. Sabayt Publications. $20 paper (180p), ISBN 978-0-9616649-7-8
Janetcheathambell.com, Amazon, BN.com
Bell says blacks take whites too seriously. This essay collection ranges from the personal and spiritual to public interactions: economics, entertainment, mass transit, politics, and race relations.
Origins & Meaning: How Science and Religion Have Failed Humanity
Rodger Christopherson. CreateSpace. $14 paper (248p), ISBN 978-0-914597-28-5
Christopherson says science and religion have failed to find ultimate truths. This book explores evidence science ignores and religion misunderstands that points to a deeper, more profound reality.
The Power Foods Lifestyle
Kristy Jo Hunt. Ringmasters. $16.99 paper (200p), ISBN 978-1-942298-07-6
Hunt says that as you adopt the principles of the Power Foods Lifestyle, your cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar readings may approach normal ranges.
The Priscilla Revelation and the Discovery of the Apple Constellation
Carolyn M. Beehler. Xlibris. $19.99 paper (132p), ISBN 978-1-5035-9120-2
Amazon, BN.com, Xlibris
While trying to prove that Priscilla wrote a book of the Bible, an artist uncovers a 2,000-year-old secret that re-veals the date of Christ’s birth.
Seven to Seventy: My Journey Through Time
Lavera Goodeye. iUniverse. $19.95 paper (262p), ISBN 978-1-4917-1398-3; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-4917-1399-0
In this memoir, Goodeye recalls her experiences living with trauma and religious conflict while building productive careers, creating satisfying relationships, and raising four sons.
The Soul’s Journey: Guidance from the Divine Within
Lawrence Edwards. iUniverse. $19.95 paper (296p), ISBN 978-0-595-12648-4; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-4697-1505-6
This book sends the reader on a visionary quest, unfolding life’s profound meaning and purpose. Edwards guides the reader through ancient traditions and mythic visions to access the presence of the Divine within.
Surviving the Flesh-Eating Bacteria: Understanding, Preventing, Treating, and Living with the Aftermath of Necrotizing Fasciitis
Jacqueline A. Roemmele and Donna Batdorff. Outskirts Press. $21.95 paper (322p), ISBN 978-1-4787-2477-3
This book presents the facts regarding flesh-eating disease, or necrotizing fasciitis.
There Is Still Time!
Peter Seidel. 360 Degree Editions. $15 paper (214p), ISBN 987-0-578-15543-2
Seidel examines how we’re destroying our planet’s life support system and have created weapons that could wipe out life on Earth, yet we refuse to work together to eliminate these threats.
To All Airline Passengers
Carlos Enrique Diaz. Dorrance Publishing. $12 paper (90p), ISBN 978-1-4809-1234-2
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Explanations and answers from an experienced airline pilot to questions airline passengers may have about what happens or may normally happen on a regular flight.
The Adventures of Daniel: Introduction
Rene Ghazarian, illus. by Sebastian Schug. AuthorHouse. $19.99 paper (30p), ISBN 978-1-5049-0895-5; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5049-0910-5
Readers will meet the friendly Daniel, Sparky, and Daniel’s family and join Daniel’s adventures in this picture book.
Defects (The Reverians, Book 1)
Sarah Noffke. One-Twenty-Six Press. $11.99 paper (222p), ISBN 978-1-5151-9321-0; $2.99 e-book, ASIN B010UGWTYS
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The easiest way to control people is to make them think they’re defective, but that works only until they realize they’re not.
Doley the Guatemalan Street Dog: The Sounds of San Marcos (English and Spanish Edition)
Jill Brazier, illus. by Marcio Díaz. Artworkz Press. $11.95 paper (44p), ISBN 978-0-615-51124-5
Doleybook.com, Amazon, Elliott Bay, Powell’s
This is the first of a series of bilingual picture books, based on the five senses. Written in English and Spanish, children explore Doley’s world in both languages.
Doris and the Ankh
B.K. Brain. Brian Holtz. $9.99 paper (218p), ISBN 978-1-5153-1385-4
Readers can get lost with 13-year-old Doris in a world where flowers sneeze, fairies can’t be trusted, and a big imagination is all you need. That, and a dead mouse.
From Footlights to Flashlights: Ten Conceptual Plays that Reach and Teach Teens
Gwyn English Nielsen. Dog Ear Publishing. $15.95 paper (248p), ISBN 978-1-4575-3292-4
This book is a collection of character-building plays for teenagers.
The Great Carp Escape
Irish Beth Maddock, illus. by Lucent Ouano. Word Alive Press. $12.99 paper (24p), ISBN 978-1-4866-0508-8; $6.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-4866-0511-8
Amazon, BN.com, Christianbook.com
This inspirational fish “tail” based on a true story is an allegory about Jesus and how without God we are all fish out of water.
I Have Two Homes
Ben Pedersen. Partridge Singapore. $22.35 paper (26p), ISBN 978-1-4828-3120-7; $5.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-4828-3121-4
This book guides children of separated families to better relate to their circumstances and to try to find positives in what can be an emotionally disturbing situation during childhood.
The Improbable Wonders of Moojie Littleman
Robin Gregory. Mad Mystical Journey Press. $14 paper (294p), ISBN 978-1-942545-00-2
A disabled boy is abandoned by two sets of parents and seeks to find a family that he can call his own.
The Life and Times of Gabby Gabby aka Inspector Eyes: Assignment #1
Kathy Levy. CreateSpace. $7.99 paper (46p), ISBN 978-1-4820-4897-1
Gabby Gabby is talkative. She’s smart. She can fix gadgets. Gabby’s special Inspector Eyes help her see clearly to make repairs, but she can’t fix Ajay to stop annoying her.
Life on the Water: A Commercial Fishermen’s Tale on Lake Superior
Janet Johnson. Xlibris. $21.99 paper (40p), ISBN 978-1-4653-3800-6
The story of a fisherman who endures the tough life on the water. This book depicts the lives of commercial fishermen and how they are proud, committed, and hardworking.
Anne Toole, illus. by Michael Andrulonis. RoseDog Books. $15 paper (28p), ISBN 978-1-4809-1671-5
Mike is a bully at school. After he gets hurt, no one comes to visit him. Is it too late for Mike to learn kindness? Can the other children learn forgiveness?
Laura Jensen-Kimball, illus. by Peter Mahr. Wackystackbooks. $19.99 hardcover (32p), ISBN 978-0-9963646-0-7
Amazon, Beaverdale Books
After ignoring his mother’s repeated requests, a boy realizes what a grave mistake he has made.
Omega (Omega Series, Book 1)
Lizzy Ford. Captured Press. $12.99 paper (480p), ISBN 978-1-62378-207-8; $3.99 e-book, ASIN B0131ZPZUA
Amazon, BN.com, Ingram
In a modern world torn apart by territorial Greek gods, the fate of humanity rests in the hands of a teen girl with incredible powers and her unlikely allies. Young adult dystopia.
Sapphire: A Tale of the Cold War
Thomas Graham Jr. AuthorHouse. $19.95 paper (388p), ISBN 978-1-4969-2785-9; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-4969-2848-1
A young woman navigates a maelstrom of danger, deceit, and crisis during perhaps the most dangerous period of the Cold War, the years 1954 to 1961.
The Secrets of Yashire: Emerging from the Shadows
Diamante Lavendar. CreateSpace. $6.99 paper (160p), ISBN 978-1-4937-8376-2; $2.99 e-book, ASIN B00GRDRK20
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A young adult fantasy adventure that takes place in a young girl’s mind. Visit Yashire, where anything is possible.
Seven Islands of the Fog
Thomas Terraforte. AuthorHouse. $16.95 paper (192p), ISBN 978-1-5049-1120-7; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5049-1119-1
An adventure filled with magic and fantastical creatures—dragon men, cat people, wizards, and sea creatures. The answer to each traveler’s longings may be revealed when they discover the key to finding the mysterious seventh island of the fog.
The Toki-Girl and the Sparrow-Boy, Book 2: Chasing Dreams
Claire Youmans. American I Publishing. $9.95 paper (196p), ISBN 978-1-5143-8070-3; $2.99 e-book, ISBN 978-0-9903234-1-9
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The bird-children must reach their lord, secure their status, and follow their dreams. Harassed by Tengu, helped by Tanuki, facing new technologies and people, they at last get home.