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Catch a Falling Star: The CASA Chronicles, Vol. 1
Keith Julius. Keith Julius. $13.99 paper (314p), ISBN 978-0-9969607-2-4; $2.99 e-book, ASIN B01GKQKWLY
Aleisha Turner is a heroin addict. Following an overdose, her children are taken from her. She struggles to restore normalcy to her life and bring her family back together.
Chance on Safari
Mark Piper, illus. by Grange Wallis. Kavanagh Press. $1 e-book, ISBN 978-0-9874700-3-4
Amazon, Apple iBooks, BN.com, Kobo
Chance is a 13-year-old boy who lives and works on a vast cattle station in northern New South Wales. Set in Depression-era Australia of the late 1930s.
Echoes of My Clan: A Gypsy’s Story
Rocio Vargas Herrera. Xlibiris. $19.99 paper (330p), ISBN 978-1-5035-9239-1; $4.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5035-8618-5
This is Carlota’s journey from the horrors of the Spanish Civil War and World War II—her clan will take the reader through it all.
Killing the Kardashians: A Satirical Novella of Modern Day Banality
Todd Houghton. Anonymous Capitalistic Publications. $8 paper (138p), ISBN 978-0-692-80282-3
When sociopathy meets stupidity, Keeping Up with the Kardashians suddenly becomes Killing the Kardashians.
Not All of Me Is Dust
Frances Maureen Richardson. CreateSpace. $15.95 paper (333p), ISBN 978-1-5153-5882-4
A young Jesuit priest struggles to find his life’s purpose while supporting his two sisters through their crises of faith.
Nqobile: The Story of Becoming
Mandhla Mgijima. BookBaby. $15.95 paper (354p), ISBN 978-0-7974-8760-4; $2.99 e-book, ASIN B01MG9BBH2
Amazon, BN.com, BookBaby, Kobo
Troubled by feelings of racial inferiority, Nqobile, a Zimbabwean student in America, fruitlessly searches for meaning in black consciousness ideas and religion until he searches within.
Stargazer Lilies or Nothing at All
Stephen Lomer. Port Nine Publishing. $5.99 paper (114p), ISBN 978-1-5405-1971-9; 99¢ e-book, ASIN B01NBI4GKT
A collection of short stories that has a little something for everyone.
Mark Connelly. Mark Connelly Productions. $2.99 e-book, ASIN B01FJAQWE8
Failed screenwriter Winfield Payton becomes the lone white employee at a black savings and loan. Skating between the worlds of white and black, Payton flies high until the inevitable crash.
Wives of the Saints
Kathy Cecala. Diamond Spring Press. $14.99 paper (240p), ISBN 978-1-5405-8691-9
Restless wives versus stodgy husbands: Can love conquer all?
The Year Santa Stubbed His Toe
William M. Hayes. William M. Hayes. $2.99 e-book, ASIN B01MFXJA2Y
Santa injures his toe so badly he needs the aid of his best elves to make the deliveries on time. A simple solution to what could be a potentially disastrous Christmas, right? Wrong!
God & Other Poems: Final Poems
Paul Carroll. Big Table Books. $9.99 paper (88p), ISBN 978-1-5334-6011-0
A poet writes his last poems full of inspiration, wonder, humor, and sarcasm. They talk of meeting God, “suffocating death,” and writing a poem “the birds will understand.”
Greg Ware. Twinapath Publishing. $14.99
paper (89p), ISBN 978-0-9968607-4-1
A book of 70 poems that not only mirror society but inspire reflection.
Words of Yellow Hammer an Unacceptable Injun: The Long Occupation and Other Matters
Milton Blake. Tamarack Publishing.
$12.99 paper (230p), ISBN 978-1-5371-3601-1
Blake climbs into the skin of a cantankerous, eloquent Native American called Yellow Hammer, who stares with unblinking eyes at the staggering history of the American Indian.
Champ: The Misanthrope of the Year
Erik Pollet. CreateSpace. $19.99 paper (561p), ISBN 978-1-5335-6784-0
Champ is at best a poor excuse for a human and at worst a private detective. As a man who can feel no physical pain, he’d rather be the man who’s left alone with his hutch.
The CleanSweep Conspiracy: A Matt Tremain Technothriller (Dystopian World Chronicles, Book 1)
Chuck Waldron. Bublish. $4.99 e-book, ASIN B01MG3C377
Amazon, Apple iBooks, BN.com, Kobo
Blogger Matt Tremain, covering rioting in Toronto, uncovers a conspiracy to rid the city of “undesirables.” He puts his life on the line to expose CleanSweep.
The Courtyard Corpse
Sherry Lodge. CreateSpace. $2.99 e-book, ASIN B01MRZ8VU0
Can daytime concierge and around-the-clock sleuth Cassie Hall discover who murdered golfer and resident millionaire Kip Ace before it’s too late?
Mike Nemeth. Morgan James Publishing. $21.95 paper (346p), ISBN 978-1-68350-001-8
An intractable renegade, his exploitative wife, her capricious twin sister, and one dogged detective become entangled in a case that cannot be resolved in a courtroom.
Elvis the Gunslinger
Romey Connell. Elvis the Gunslinger. $9.69 paper (224p), ISBN 978-0-9976490-9-3
A gunslinging, dog-riding cat (a blend of James Bond and John Wayne) is on a mission with his sidekick to foil mobsters who are holding the only son of a wealthy family for ransom.
Levels: A Talbot Singh Mystery
D.H. Richards. Shirtsleeve Press. $4.99 e-book, ASIN B01LWY1B9R
In a megacity of the future, Singh is a small-time fixer torn between authorities from the rich upper levels and organized crime from poor lower levels while investigating a murder.
Abe Lincoln on Acid
Brian Anthony & Bill Walker. Walker & Anthony Publications. $17.95 paper (334p), ISBN 978-0-9897457-7-2; $1.99 e-book, ASIN B01FV4W6MO
When Lincoln awakens in the turbulent 1960s, he embarks on a psychedelic quest to save his country from a final reckoning. Will Abe succeed, or will he turn on, tune in, and drop out?
Akiri: The Scepter of Xarbaal
Brian D. Anderson and Steven Savile. Longfire Press. $3.99 e-book, ASIN B01MA3PZWQ
A new fantasy adventure set in a world of mad kings, fantastical creatures, and terrible magic.
Montenegro, Book One: Cemetery Candles
Estela Vazquez Perez. Outskirts Press. $2.99 e-book, ASIN B011EQ8U14
Outskirtspress.com, Amazon, BN.com, Books-A-Million
This horror story of forbidden love traverses decades in which characters slip into macabre realms as they consort with vampires, werewolves, ghosts, and witches.
Terra 12: Paradise Found
Ryan Baxter. Ryan Baxter. $6.99 e-book, ISBN 978-0-9915974-6-8
Amazon, BN.com, Smashwords
In 2298 the barrier that has restricted man to his solar system has been breached. Twelve ships are tasked to locate a Terra-like planet. But who expected to find a world like Terra?
Romance & Erotica
Ray Hollar-Gregory. Ray Hollar-Gregory. $11.99 paper (228p), ISBN 978-0-9975448-0-0
Viewed through the experiences of Jordan Baros, a young attorney, this story is an attempt to explore the duality of personality and character.
Tied in Illusion
K.C. Rob. CreateSpace. $9.99 e-book, ASIN B01N9GMIZM
Amazon, Kobo, Smashwords
When Dr. Sophie Devero meets Dr. Jack Carson, she can’t help but want to desperately to get to know him. But another man is interested in Dr. Devero and will stop at nothing to get her.
7-10 Split: My Journey as America’s Whitest Black Kid
Michael Gordon Bennett. Bennett Global Entertainment. $16.95 paper (330p), ISBN 978-0-9864162-0-0; $9.99 e-book, ASIN B00UO6ZOAO
At age five, the author escapes America’s fractious racial climate for the friendly streets of Madrid, Spain, only to return three years later to be captured by hatred’s web.
Burning the Vines: A Memoir
Michelle Mazal. Vivid Publishing. $23.95 paper (168p), ISBN 978-1-925515-54-1
A morality story of the dehumanizing effects that parental abuse of alcohol can have on families, children in particular, at times harrowing and poignant.
Deliverance Mary Fields, First African American Woman Star Route Mail Carrier in the United States: A Montana History
Miantae Metcalf McConnell. Huzzah Publishing. $21.95 paper (532p), ISBN 978-0-9978770-0-7; $9.99 e-book, ISBN 978-0-9978770-1-4
Former slave Mary Fields perseveres to transform the lives of nuns, Indians, homesteaders, and in the process, her own. With daring grit, this pioneer fights for her rights and wins.
Doing More with Less: Organizational Learning and the OLSET Tool
Anthi Theiopoulou. CreateSpace. $21 paper (112p), ISBN 978-1-5405-1373-1
The author presents breakthrough research in organizational learning to guide you in bolstering your organization’s future by making it learn sustainably.
Federal Prison Handbook: The Definitive Guide to Surviving the Federal Bureau of Prisons
Christopher Zoukis. Middle Street Publishing. $49.95 paper (TKp), ISBN 978-0-692-79973-4
This survival guide to the Federal Bureau of Prisons teaches soon-to-be and current federal inmates everything they need to know about federal incarceration.
God’s Word or Human Reason? An Inside Perspective on Creationism
Jonathan Kane, Emily Willoughby, and T. Michael Keesey. Inkwater Press. $39.95 hardcover (424p), ISBN 978-1-62901-372-5
Amazon, BN.com, Powell’s Books
Five former young-Earth creationists explore how the scientific method does more to glorify God than to denigrate him.
Healing Wisdom for a Wounded World: My Life-Changing Journey Through a Shamanic School (Book 1)
Weam Namou. Hermiz Publishing. $15 paper (341p), ISBN 978-0-9776790-4-1; $3.99 e-book, ASIN B01B8VGDSM
Amazon, BN.com, Ingram
Namou recounts her life-changing journey through author and mystic Lynn V. Andrews’s four-year shamanic school.
Hood: Trailblazer of the Genomics Age
Luke Timmerman. Bandera Press. $29.95 hardcover (425p), ISBN 978-0-9977093-0-8
The story of Leroy Hood, who developed the first automated DNA sequencer—the tool that forever changed biology.
Intuition: Language of the Soul, Book One (The Blue Book)
Tyger Kahn. BookBaby. $19.99 paper (218p), ISBN 978-1-4835-7252-9
Kabbalistic insight into the world of clairvoyance and self-discovery, guiding individuals onto the path of finding their purpose in life.
Jay: Short Stories, Insights, and Lessons from a Life of Hope and Abundance
Jay Reed. Lulu Publishing. $9.99 paper (76p), ISBN 978-1-4834-5769-7; $4.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-4834-5770-3
Amazon, BN.com, Books-A-Million, Lulu
From struggling but happy child to reflective adult, Reed covers the spectrum of emotions with hope always on the horizon.
Let Go, Heal, Be Happy: An In-Depth Roadmap to Life-Long Emotional Mastery
Mark Linden O’Meara. Soul Care Publishing. $19.95 paper (336p), ISBN 978-0-9812717-8-1
Amazon, BN.com, Chapters, Indigo
Sometimes life can leave you with unresolved emotions. Learn about emotions, gain insight, develop new beliefs, heal, and let go to transform adversity into strength, resilience, and joy.
Manly Manners: Lifestyle & Modern Etiquette for the Young Man of the 21st Century
Wayne James. iUniverse. $52.95 hardcover (840p), ISBN 978-1-4917-9427-2
Amazon, BN.com, iUniverse
A cutting-edge treatise on international manners and etiquette. Everything from how to conduct oneself at an audience with the pope to the etiquette of gay saunas is discussed.
Marketing for CEOs: Death or Glory in the Digital Age
Ben Legg. Marketing for CEOs. $24.99 paper (148p), ISBN 978-0-692-66929-7
If you’re a chief marketing officer, read this before your CEO does.
Middle East Affairs: War Adventures of Zahos Hadjifotiou in Tobruk, El Alamein and Rimini
Zahos Hadjifotiou. Stergiou. $12.99 paper (178p), ISBN 978-1-5349-0637-2; $7.80 e-book, ISBN 978-1-910370-83-4
The book recounts the author’s true adventures in legendary events of World War II (the siege of Tobruk and the battles of El Alamein and Rimini) in 1941, when Zahos was 17 years old.
The Power of KM: Harnessing the Extraordinary Value of Knowledge Management
Brent N. Hunter. Spirit Rising Productions. $9.99 e-book, ASIN B01MG3EGOQ
A step-by-step, comprehensive, integrated, holistic, and universal KM strategy that can be utilized in any organization.
Speaking What Is Not: Finding a Way to Wholeness
Richard Atwood. Outskirts Press. $14.95 paper (151p), ISBN 978-1-4787-7379-5
Outskirtspress.com, Amazon, BN.com
This book attempts to integrate Eastern and Western perspectives by comparing and contrasting the ideas and practices of human philosophy and the human condition.
Tales of Titans: From Rome to the Renaissance, Vol. I
Rich DiSilvio. DV Books. $11.99 paper (152p), ISBN 978-0-9976807-8-2; $2.99 e-book, ISBN 978-0-9976807-9-9
Amazon, BN.com, Ingram, OverDrive
DiSilvio brings great historical figures to life in concise essays with engaging narratives.
Technocracy in America: Rise of the Info-State
Parag Khanna. CreateSpace. $7.99 e-book, ASIN B01LX46FXZ
The best form of government is not American democracy but the “direct technocracy” found in other countries from which America must learn if it wants to lead the 21st century.
UnSend: Email, Text, and Social Media Disasters...and How to Avoid Them
Kent Alan Robinson. CreateSpace. $22.55 paper (206p), ISBN 978-1-5187-3812-8
This book deconstructs recent disasters arising from the use of electronic communication. The stories act as modern parables, teaching lessons that are applicable to all who these mediums.
Bedtime for Buzzy
T.J. Hackworth, illus. by Sean Baptist. Downtown & Brown Ventures. $14.95 hardcover (28p), ISBN 978-0-9977391-0-7; $2.99 e-book, ISBN 978-0-9977391-1-4
Amazon, BN.com, IndieBound, Target
A young boy is playing with his toys and doesn’t want to go to bed. One by one his toys come to life and convince him that going to sleep is the best way to continue his adventures.
C.R. Sturgill. DreamHeart Books. $10.99 paper (284p), ISBN 978-0-9885653-5-7; 99¢ e-book, ASIN B01MSK8SZS
After getting transported to Nibiru, unpopular Spence gets a chance to finally earn respect from his classmates. But leading them on the gods’ quest might result in all their deaths.
Brian Herberger. Bublish. $12.99 paper (256p), ISBN 978-0-9974875-4-1; $4.99 e-book, ASIN B01CF47D44
Amazon, Apple iBooks, BN.com
A high school girl in 1967 deals with her father leaving for Vietnam, a challenging history assignment, and a mysterious woman with a secret that’s been hidden away for decades.
Fay Lorraine Sueltz. AuthorHouse. $20.99 paper (50p), ISBN 978-1-5049-5549-2; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5049-5857-8
Prince, a loving but selfish puppy, writes about his true life adventures as he grows into a gorgeous standard poodle. He discovers teamwork, and his occasional leadership makes everyone happy.
Rebirth of the Dark Ones
Clint Charles Fryer. iUniverse. $8.95 paper (84p), ISBN 978-1-4401-0924-9; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-4401-0925-6
A young boy named Foo, with the help of his true love, crazy old wizards, and mystical creatures, helps a young king battle the evil sorceress Anjelika over the kingdom of Jetskia.
Steak at Stake: A Food Allergy Story
Desirée DeNourie, illus. by James Balkovek. Mascot Books. $14.95 hardcover (38p), ISBN 978-1-63177-176-7
Mascotbooks.com, Amazon, BN.com
Cole loves eating at restaurants, especially when steak is on the menu. The problem is Cole has many food allergies and sometimes people struggle with tolerance.
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