Booksellers, publishers, librarians, and agents are encouraged to look at the 87 self-published titles below. Each appears with a list of retailers that are selling the book and a description provided by its author. Some of these writers are waiting to be discovered; others have track records and followings 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.
Dickie Erman. Dickie Erman. $9.99 paper (255p), ISBN 978-1-981051-45-8; $2.99 e-book, ASIN B07DFQLL8Q
This tale of plantation life in the 1850s is set in and around New Orleans. The characters intertwine in a tapestry rich in incident and suspense.
Deadly Highway: Super Highway Beta 1.0
J. Stewart Willis. Xlibris. $19.99 paper (286p), ISBN 978-1-5434-8226-3; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5434-8227-0
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This book describes the interworking of a tech company developing a major proposal. It addresses the competitive nature of the employees and their wives as they maneuver for success.
The Death of Sherlock Holmes & Other Stories
Mark Conte. CreateSpace. $12.99 paper (192p), ISBN 978-1-985859-47-0
A collection of short stories previously published in national magazines, including “The Morning Bird,” which won Honorable Mention in the PEN America short fiction award.
Decoding the Butterfly Promise: Regaining Our Sacred Power
Gail Siler. Toplink Publishing. $15.99 paper (360p), ISBN 978-1-948262-48-4
Introduced to an ancient couple who have lived and loved beyond time itself, Gail offers up her heart to become a coconspirator with them in an unbelievable task.
An Enemy Within: My Bucket List
Theda Yager. WestBow Press. $13.95 paper (152p), ISBN 978-1-5127-9566-0
This novel is about two families that become one. Cliff is a Navy nuclear scientist who is eventually stationed at the Pentagon when his new wife is swept up into intrigue and espionage.
Linda Ann Rentschler. Linda Ann Rentschler. $12.99 paper (292p), ISBN 978-1-5211-7958-1
When overweight women attend a residential program called Sunrise, they are coupled with gorgeous men in a paradise-like setting where they receive unique counseling.
The Fourteenth of September
Rita Dragonette. She Writes Press. $16.95 paper (376p), ISBN 978-1-63152-453-0
A story that speaks to the poignant clash of young adulthood, feminism, and war and offers an inquiry into the domestic politics of protest.
A Girl’s Guide to Chicago
Kelly Russell. CreateSpace. $19.99 paper (232p), ISBN 978-1-73211-820-1; $9.95 e-book, ISBN 978-1-73211-821-8
Based on the true story of a girl in her 20s who packs her bags and follows her lifelong dream of moving to Chicago.
Goldminecity and Apartheid
Helmut S. Helmut Schonwalder. $13 paper (288p), ISBN 978-1-5211-0998-4
Accompany Sepp on his adventures and encounters as he works room service and takes care of VIP guests in their suites during a pre-television era in South Africa.
Christine Sleeter. CreateSpace. $12.95 paper (232p), ISBN 978-1-986247-49-8
Denise faces conflicts with parents, love life, and sense of self when she confronts her colonial legacy and discovers something she inherited had been stolen.
The Kidnapped: A Collection of Short Stories
Dwight L. Wilson. Running Wild Press. $16.99 paper (182p), ISBN 978-1-947041-07-3
Sarah Ferguson, the author’s fourth great-grandmother, brings alive these stories in intimate portrayals of African-Americans as slaves, landowners, business owners, and rebellion leaders.
Living on Troll Mountain
Judith Olson. Xlibris. $15.99 paper (64p), ISBN 978-1-5245-4502-4; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5245-4501-7
The tales and experiences of three children during their childhood while growing up in Norway.
Tressa Armstead. Toplink Publishing. $11.99 paper (112p), ISBN 978-1-948779-81-4
This novel is taken from the life and death of the author’s friend. Though based on reality, the story takes an unexpected twist.
D.B. Moffatt. Beachhouse Books. $18.95 paper (398p), ISBN 978-1-59630-103-0
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Logan Spence is a wrestler on his high school team and a substance-dependent dealer. This novel tells his journey from student to criminal and shows how his past shapes who he is.
The Piano Lady and the Friar of the Mountain
Lou Orley. Lou Orley. $9.47 e-book, ASIN B07FF2L1G7
Two strangers scarred by tragedy meet on a desolate mountain. As if it were a curse, the good deeds of one and the other have caused a trail of death.
Protectors of the Black Prince
Curtis Stephen Burdick. Gene-Freak Publishing. $9.95 paper (206p), ISBN 978-0-692-16248-4
In 1191, longbowmen are sentenced to death in the Holy Land but offered escape by an enslaved African prince if they vow to help him return to his home in Africa.
An Unlikely Alliance: Who Would Have Thought This Would Happen on My Italian Vacation?
Theda Yager. WestBow Press. $17.95 paper (216p), ISBN 978-1-973608-91-2
Sarah Nell Bonhoeffer, an American school teacher, is on an Italian vacation when things go terribly wrong and she becomes stranded in Italy.
Tami Boyer. iUniverse. $13.99 paper (174p), ISBN 978-1-5320-4047-4; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5320-4046-7
Tom and Brenda’s marriage has been rocky since Brenda’s miscarriage, but adopted twins are a new start, until one ends up dead and Tom suspects his wife.
Urbantasm: The Dying City
Connor Coyne. Gothic Funk Press. $16 paper (397p), ISBN 978-0-9899202-3-0
When 13-year-old John Bridge steals a pair of strange blue sunglasses from a homeless person, he’s dropped into a gang war overwhelming the once-great rust belt town of Akawe.
We Call It Fall
James Fierro. Outskirts Press. $16.95 paper (234p), ISBN 978-1-4787-8980-2
Paris Bellum, quarterback for the University of Lake Shore, takes readers on a dark spiral through Chicago, collegiate football, and the psyche of the millennial generation.
When Your Affluence Fails: How Low Does One Fall?
Euclid S. Osborne. WestBow Press. $11.95 paper (128p), ISBN 978-1-5127-7735-2; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5127-7734-5
This novel tells a story of loss and redemption, teaching that failure is not final through the fall of mankind and the work of Christ as savior and lord.
Lost & Found
Betina Kerstin. Troubador Publishing. $12.76 paper (84p), ISBN 978-1-78901-320-7; $8.74 e-book, ASIN B07FPQ4N7B
Kerstin melds photographs with poems to shape a synergy between words and images, exploring themes of feeling lost from the beginning of life, getting through a divorce, and finally finding oneself.
Talking Too Fast
David M. Boyer. Mo & Min Publishing. $4.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-73250-871-2
A journal of a year that never was. Poems crawling through the cracks of dreams, a flower hatching a plan, the edge of a black hole, a fleeting flying thing in the poet’s chest.
Amy N. Showers. Xlibris. $15.99 paper (116p), ISBN 978-1-5434-8269-0
Lilly Clemants must make sure that she can survive being back in a place she hates, convince others that she is toeing the line, and that her ultimate mission isn’t discovered.
High Crimes: A Georgia Davis Novel of Suspense
Libby Fischer Hellmann. The Red Herrings Press. $16.99 paper (330p), ISBN 978-1-938733-95-6
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A year after the 2016 election, Chicago PI Georgia Davis is hired to hunt down the person responsible for assassinating resistance leader Dena Baldwin at a protest in Grant Park.
Joshua and the Shadow of Death
Gary McPherson. Berserk Publishing. $11.99 paper (220p), ISBN 978-1-73233-730-5
Childhood development psychiatrist Joshua Zeev attempts to find answers to his best friend’s suicide while guiding the family through their grief and tackling national security, government contracts, and greed.
On Grove Street
Marc Mayfield. Marc Mayfield. $8.95 paper (153p), ISBN 978-1-5449-8467-4
After two murders, a sheriff’s deputy and a police detective hunt for clues in three western states, sifting through the lives of the victims, who were roommates 20 years earlier.
The Rusted Scalpel: A Medical Thriller (Dr. Nicklaus Hart Series, Book 3)
Timothy Browne. Agape Orthopaedics. $6.99 e-book, ASIN B07GJXBTSM
A pharmaceutical company promises hope and happiness in a pill. Would you take it if it costs you your relationship with God?
The Urge (The Devil’s Rules, Vol. 1)
C.L. Gibson. My Blue Horse Publishing. $16.95 paper (318p), ISBN 978-1-73267-200-0; $9.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-73267-202-4
Purity is torn from Woody and Vette. Alice—abducted, raped, and killed—leaves Betty exposed. A pedophile hides in plain sight. All twisted from childhood will twist together in the end.
Vanquish of the Dragon Shroud: Murder, Intrigue, and the Hidden Wealth of the Red Nobility
Gregory E. Seller. Toplink Publishing. $27.99 hardcover (312p), ISBN 978-1-947938-47-2
A handsome and successful Beverly Hills hedge fund manager goes missing after a yacht explosion. His wife undertakes a desperate search to find him before pursuers can kill her.
Bell-Eye’s Spooky Halloween: Bell-Eye, the Best, Littlest Detective Agency in Palm Beach, Florida
Barrett Hays. Toplink Publishing. $7.99 paper (86p), ISBN 978-1-948962-06-3
The saga continues as the ghouls set their eyes on revenge and mayhem toward Bella. This is book two in the Bell-Eye’s Halloween trilogy.
John Brophy. John R. Brophy. $2.99 e-book, ASIN B0716C6SPG
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A realistic adventure. After living in space longer than anyone in history, Tesla Miller discovers two facts about life in zero gravity that change the course of history.
The Kings’ Assassin
Ed Cannon. Xlibris. $23.99 paper (454p), ISBN 978-1-984511-68-3; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-984511-69-0
This book follows the exploits of Sillik, master of the seven laws of magic and a warrior, as he brings justice for the death of his family.
The Last Resistance: Dragon Tomb
Ricardo Alexanders. CreateSpace. $19.99 paper (574p), ISBN 978-1-979564-95-3; $2.99 e-book, ASIN B0778ZN5DM
In WWII, a young Chinese archeologist and an American college professor save the world from an extraterrestrial Armageddon after discovering the true origin of Chinese civilization.
The Teratologist (The Teratologist Series, Book One)
Ward Parker. Pandamoon Publishing. $5.99 e-book, ASIN B07CZ8S4LJ
Dr. Frank Follett teams up with Mark Twain in 1902 to fight both supernatural and human monsters when a young girl who channels the doctor’s dead wife is abducted by a serial killer.
All I Wanted Was a Puppy
Theda Yager. WestBow Press. $11.95 paper (112p), ISBN 978-1-973604-51-8
Carolynn heads for Alaska, wanting to put as much distance as possible between herself and the painful memories of divorce in Texas. All she needs is a puppy to keep her company, but then she decides to take on the orphaned Hamilton children.
Diane Shute. She Writes Press. $9.95 e-book, ASIN B075HSXNKS
In this sequel to After Midnight, Nicholas and Quenton convince Alix to leave behind her racing stable and go home to France. She does not realize shadows of her past are stalking her.
Petals and Nails
Loni Hoots. Middle Island Press. $12 paper (160p), ISBN 978-1-73250-231-4
Ingrid is learning how to live a normal life while trying to fight a battle that has been going on in her mind since she can remember.
Table for Eight
Ruth C. Howard. Xlibris. $19.99 paper (194p), ISBN 978-1-5434-5001-9; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5434-5000-2
Four couples from completely different backgrounds and areas of the country meet on a cruise. How each individual handles the various challenges arising during the trip provides the catalyst for this story.
Would You Say No?
Anthony A. Roberts. CreateSpace. $12.42 paper (312p), ISBN 978-1-5410-3193-7
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English nurse Hannah Latham accepts an offer to manage a clinic on an isolated island in the South Seas. It’s impossible not to fall in love with the natural splendor, but the lifestyle expected covers a multitude of sins. Hannah is 11,000 miles from home. What are her options?
50 Ways to Love Wine More: Adventures in Wine Appreciation
Jim Laughren. Crosstown Publishing. $26.95 paper (301p), ISBN 978-0-9855336-3-2
Explore the pleasures of wine sharing, tasting, making, and more in this new approach to enhancing your wine knowledge and deepening your wine appreciation.
As God Is My Witness: Ginnie’s Story
Carol Ann Conlin. Xlibris. $19.99 paper (148p), ISBN 978-1-4836-6312-8; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-4836-6314-2
The inspirational story of intergenerational abuse and a brave little girl’s journey from a traumatic childhood to healing and redemption, while sharing a powerful testimony.
Countdown to Greatness: C2G Greatness Lives Within You Find It Ignite It
Michael Carter Griffin. Xlibris. $12.99 paper (62p), ISBN 978-1-5144-7934-6; $1.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5144-7933-9
This book is designed to ignite and reignite an individual’s awareness of his or her potential. Basic principles of individual development are presented in a condensed and easy-to-understand format.
Dance Across the USA
Jonathan Givens. EPS Publishing. $39.95 paper (306p), ISBN 978-0-692-95370-9
This project covers all 50 states in 90 days, photographing dancers in national parks to raise funds for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Park Service.
Evaluation of the Positive Behavior Support Program on Fourth-Grade Student Discipline Infractions
James A. Bracy. AuthorHouse. $10.99 paper (90p), ISBN 978-1-5462-2883-7; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5462-2882-0
A comprehensive study of the effectiveness of the Positive Behavior Support Program in curbing student code of conduct violations and diminishing undesirable behaviors.
The Evangelical’s Daughter: Losing My Religion and Finding I Am
Debra Roberts Torres-Reyes. iUniverse. $21.95 paper (282p), ISBN 978-1-5320-1229-7
The author narrates her traumatic and abusive childhood as the victim of a religion gone too far.
Fables for Leaders
John Lubans, illus. by Béatrice Coron. BookBaby. $19.99 paper (220p), ISBN 978-0-692-90955-3
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The author takes the essential story, a fable, and applies it to the workplace, covering teamwork and leadership. An illustrated un-textbook.
The Failed Experiment: Was Hamilton Right
Mart Grams. Xlibris. $23.99 paper (548p), ISBN 978-1-5434-8063-4; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5434-8064-1
Were the ideas of Alexander Hamilton right? Is man incapable of self-rule? Does he need to be taken care of, watched, manipulated? Find out how America can retake the government.
Faith and Drama: Plays and Readings from a Biblical Perspective
Tamara Lattin. Toplink Publishing. $11.99 paper (210p), ISBN 978-1-948779-71-5
Lattin examines Scripture through plays and readings and writes with the impact of a mini-sermon.
Fake Views? The Donald Trump Book of Covers: A New Illustrated Biography of the Election of America’s 45th President
Ben Arogundade. White Labels Books. $44.99 paper (246p), ISBN 978-1-9998351-8-7
The illustrated story of President Donald Trump’s rise from real estate mogul to the White House, told through a collection of 240 newspaper and magazine front covers from 1979 to the present.
Fearless Intelligence: The Extraordinary Wisdom of Awareness
Michael Benner. BookBaby. $19.95 paper (162p), ISBN 978-1-5439-4249-1
Fear is a doorway to understanding yourself better by plumbing the depth and breadth of your anxiety and confusion in relaxed levels of expanded awareness.
Forget Me Not
Sherryjean Richhart-Rorick. Xlibris. $21.99 paper (32p), ISBN 978-1-5434-4798-9; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5434-4799-6
These are thoughts about things in life that happen to all of us. The paintings reflect our moods: joy, sorrow, love, conflict. The book is meant to make you appreciate life.
God Had a Plan: The Biographical Memoirs of God’s Leading in the Lives of Orlan Earl Thomas and Marcella Evangeline Frisbie Thomas
Orlan E. Thomas. iUniverse. $28.99 paper (708p), ISBN 978-1-5320-2791-8; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5320-2792-5
This autobiography highlights the author’s journey, offering hope to all his readers, and chronicles the steps of faith that, though often falling on a seeming void, find the rock beneath.
The Joy in My Journey with Cancer
Sandra Reese Jolla. Sandra Jolla. $14.99 paper (117p), ISBN 978-1-5462-1819-7
See how the power of faith, determination, and hope come alive in this story of one who was determined to fight cancer head-on.
Leland & Fern Bolt: Heritage, Family, Business and City Service
Leland Emet Bolt. AuthorHouse. $13.99 paper (180p), ISBN 978-1-5462-1254-6; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5462-1253-9
A college dropout and his wife had a family, built two businesses, and served their community. This story chronicles their learning process.
The Lessons I Learned: Bring Back Old-School Communication to Succeed in Business
Paul R. Becker. AuthorHouse. $13.99 paper (140p), ISBN 978-1-5462-1605-6; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5462-1604-9
This book is intended to inspire you to start having conversations around the dinner table, bring family back into our homes, and listen to one another and express opinions, ideas, and suggestions openly.
Life as Process
Philip S. Salisbury. AuthorHouse. $13.99 paper (108p), ISBN 978-1-5462-1786-2; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5462-1785-5
This essay disputes the term “existence in the now,” how we observe, and the value and consequences of how we observe. It also explores the terms of value and meaning.
The Long Road Up from Marble Falls
Steve Petty. Dorrance Publishing. $42 hardcover (178p), ISBN 978-1-4809-5855-5
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The author’s life story of hardships and successful experiences, always setting goals and striving to achieve them. He retired at 55 years old as a millionaire.
Love Is the Answer, God Is the Cure
Aimee Cabo Nikolov. Inspirational Books Publishing. $19.98 paper (154p), ISBN 978-0-692-15958-3
The author fought court battles, poverty, family sexual abuse, and addiction but always turned to love and to God. The odds were against her, but she persevered.
Love Songs: The Lives, Loves, and Poetry of Nine American Women
John Dizikes. Animal Mitchell Publications. $35 hardcover (525p), ISBN 978-1-944037-76-5
A collective biography of Léonie Adams, Louise Bogan, Amy Lowell, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Marianne Moore, Dorothy Parker, Genevieve Taggard, Sara Teasdale, and Elinor Wylie.
My Amazing Transformation of Love, Courage, and Wisdom
Marty Cole. Balboa Press. $12.99 paper (156p), ISBN 978-1-5043-8815-3; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5043-8816-0
From abuse in military school as a child, to surviving rape and cancer as a teen and an adult, one man shares his journey of perseverance and survival.
The New Age Bible
Erik Cloud. Xlibris. $23.99 paper (406p), ISBN 978-1-5144-1839-0; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5144-1838-3
This book focuses on invaluable topics involving matters of religion and science. It includes numbers mixed with letters and God’s word incorporated in between the lines.
Operation Wappen: A War that Never Was
Robert Maddock. Xlibris. $41.99 paper (84p), ISBN 978-1-5434-6084-1; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5434-6085-8
This book tells the experiences of Robert K. Maddock Jr. and his clandestine military adventure during the Cold War as well as his eventual return to the battlefield.
Patrol Area 14: US Navy World War II Submarine Patrols to the Mariana Islands
Dave Lotz. Xlibris. $19.99 paper (400p), ISBN 978-1-5434-4689-0; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5434-4688-3
This book follows the exploits of the U.S. submarines in the waters of the Mariana Islands, whose control meant victory in the Pacific during World War II.
Pregnancy Is a Real Mother
Jeffrey L. Zweig. Toplink Publishing. $27.99 paper (894p), ISBN 978-1-948556-86-6
This book is like your OB is answering your questions about pregnancy right there, personally, as a friend.
Riding Standing Up
Sparrow Spaulding. Cage Free Publishing. $14.99 paper (244p), ISBN 978-1-7324512-0-9
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The coming-of-age story of a girl growing up in rural New England who survived trauma, poverty, and heartbreak without losing her faith, spirit, or sense of humor along the way.
Steve’s Story: The Life of a Polish Orphan
Jackie Van Dyke. Xlibris. $19.99 paper (302p), ISBN 978-1-5434-6808-3; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5434-6807-6
A Polish-American orphan lives an adventure-filled life, overcoming heartbreaking circumstances, and at age 80 makes a trip to Poland to discover his true Polish roots.
Sunday Cosmopolitans: Intimate Friends & Brilliant Minds from Bygone New York
Lynn Clark Dorr. Xlibris. $19.99 paper (402p), ISBN 978-1-5434-7959-1; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5434-7958-4
Sunday Cosmopolitans is a group of unlikely friends, all iconic American heroic figures in the 19th century, who helped set in motion the feminist movement and the abolition of slavery.
Taghi Erani, a Polymath in Interwar Berlin: Fundamental Science, Psychology, Orientalism, and Political Philosophy
Younes Jalali. Palgrave MacMillan. $84.99 hardcover (301p), ISBN 978-3-319-97836-9
Jalali tells the tale of a young man from Persia and his discovery of bewildering life in 1920s Berlin and its descent into the abyss during the Third Reich.
Universal Mind Revealed: Genesis Chapter 5
Edna E. Craven. Toplink Publishing. $26.71 hardcover (328p), ISBN 978-1-948779-84-5
A kabbalistic rendering of Genesis chapter five. The unveiled knowledge is then applied to practical living, thereby giving us the means to attain growth and spiritual development through practice.
Wisdom from the Dojo and Other Tales
Larry Barr. Dog Ear Publishing. $14.95 paper (153p), ISBN 978-1-4575-6477-2
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A how-to manual about becoming a black belt in life. You don’t have to be a martial artist to benefit from the philosophy and knowledge in this book.
Arthur Zarr’s Amazing Art Car
Cathey Graham Nickell, illus. by Bill Megenhardt. Twenty-Eight Creative. $19.99 hardcover (40p), ISBN 978-0-9961150-0-1
Arthur Zarr is a quiet man with few friends. His life is plain. His car is plain too. But not for long. Mr. Zarr finds happiness and makes friends by building an amazing art car.
Brian Herberger. Birch Cove Books. $15.99 paper (367p), ISBN 978-1-946229-97-7; $4.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-946229-98-4
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Invited on a cross-country trip to Woodstock, Bets leaves behind problems at home and sets off on an adventure. The people she meets change her perspective on the war in Vietnam.
Disciples, Book One: New Day
George Allen Blacken Sr. Apostolic Pentecostal Alliance Books. $4.99 paper (64p), ISBN 978-0-9989630-4-4
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All religions on Earth have been outlawed. Follow the adventures of the Redmon family, headed by a single father trying to raise and protect his three children while on the run from the law.
Dreams and Wishes, Wishes and Dreams
Theda Yager. WestBow Press. $13.95 paper (184p), ISBN 978-1-5127-9247-8
The small town of Wilsonville, Ala., encounters severe economic challenges. The spin-off affects Charlene and next-door neighbor James.
Enlightenment (The Bathala Series)
Reno Ursal. Pacific Boulevard. $14.99 e-book, ASIN B07GTM1SJ1
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This book reveals the hidden legends of the Philippines through the first-person perspectives of Filipino-Americans Dorothy and Adrian as they teeter between friendship and love.
It’s Me I See
Dr. Kai, illus. by Aneeza Ashraf. J.U.M.P. Publishing. $12 paper (34p), ISBN 978-1-72209-004-3
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This early reading book introduces toddlers and young children to letter sounds, simple words, and sight words, and provides a basic introduction to themselves.
I Want a Pet: A ‘P-E-T’
Warren Bolton, illus by Brandon Randolph. AuthorHouse. $16.99 paper (24p), ISBN 978-1-5462-2394-8; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5462-2395-5
This book talks a little about allergies, promotes family engagement, addresses the issue of pets and children, and, most of all, encourages children and adults to use their imaginations.
LaLa Feels Blah-La: LaLa’s World, Book One
Tela Kayne, illus. by Goran Vitanovic. Tela Kayne. $8.89 paper (28p), ISBN 978-1-980866-96-1
A picture book about a young girl who wakes up feeling blah for no reason. LaLa’s mom teaches her to turn her mood around with the flip of a coin.
Legend of the Christmas Candle
DeeAnn Schumacher, illus. by Emma Stuart. Dog Ear Publishing. $8.99 paper (32p), ISBN 978-1-4575-4290-9
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A family of hedgehogs receives unexpected rewards on Christmas. This story touches on generosity, sharing, and family in the true spirit of Christmas.
Lost in a Story Beyond Reality and Time
Joseph H. Krasinski, illus. by Ethan Harris. Christian Faith Publishing. $16.95 paper (422p), ISBN 978-1-64079-883-0
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Siblings must find their way back to reality with the help of an old storyteller and shaman. Twelve encounters with malevolent characters teach life lessons along the journey.
Margie and Wolf: Going to Free the Others
Lynette Collins. Xlibris. $29.88 paper (68p), ISBN 978-1-5434-0520-0; $4.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5434-0519-4
This book shows how much courage children can have when they have some friends to help them.
My Pet Peeve
Renée Rodgers Barstack. Xlibris. $15.99 paper (24p), ISBN 978-1-5245-8280-7; $3.99 e-book,
One day Molly finds a little kitten hiding in the barn and intends to keep her, but Dad does not like cats. How will Molly solve this problem?
Rainbow Angel Earns Wings
M. Michaelides. iUniverse. $33.99 paper (108p), ISBN 978-1-5320-3772-6; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5320-3773-3
Queen Sofia, King Savitar, and Prince Benedict rule over the kingdom of Fos. They have many rainbow children, and Anthea is one of them. She sets out on her first adventure in her star-shaped ship.
Sam: The Cat Without a Tail
Gloria Lintermans, illus. by Kristina Tosic. Blooming Twig Books. $19.95 hardcover (36p), ISBN 978-1-61343-120-7
A cat with just a soft puff of a tail helps to teach the importance of diversity and self-worth.
Seth the Dog
Gustaf Lagerkrans. AuthorHouse. $20.99 paper (38p), ISBN 978-1-5462-1751-0; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5462-1750-3
Seth wants to explore the park. What does Seth do in the park, and does Seth do something unexpected to want to explore more than just the park?
The Shadow of the Unscratchable: Harley Discovers Rome
Jerilyn McIntyre, illus. by Ken Shuey. Bristlecone Peak Books. $7.99 paper (124p), ISBN 978-0-9893753-8-2
Harley is an adventurous black cat, and Angela is his beloved feline companion. On vacation in Rome, they discover and then must end a centuries-old global war between cats and dogs.
Where Dragonwoofs Sleep and the Fading Creeps
A.J. Massey. A.J. Massey. $9.99 paper (248p), ISBN 978-1-980944-39-3; $2.99 e-book, ASIN B07DJ5PPPL
A normal eighth grader by day, Ben awakens one night in a fantastical dream world where snow burns and magic is addictive.