Booksellers, publishers, librarians, and agents are encouraged to look at the 72 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 BookLife for more information.
The Dogs of Lenin
Linda Freeny. Toplink. $19.99 paper (464p), ISBN 978-1-949502-68-8
The ideals of star-crossed lovers, she a journalist and he an antimedia activist, get in the way of their relationship and end up spoiling the lovers for anyone else.
Elder Brother’s Maze (Arizona Series #1)
Jan Kelly. Jan Kelly. $14 paper (280p), ISBN 978-0-463-09635-2; $2.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-72731-104-4
Ancient Native American O’odham creation stories parallel the path that Guy Thornton, an Arabian horse trainer, takes to emerge from the maze he has made of his life.
A Family Romance
Steven Key Meyers. The Smash-and-Grab Press. $15.95 paper (330p), ISBN 978-1-73304-651-0
This novel sweeps through 40 years of American life as it follows Nat Handler’s WWII courtship of Vivian Garrett to Handler’s determination to report on JFK’s womanizing.
The Leaves Change in Autumn
Erma Jones. AuthorHouse. $13.99 paper (214p), ISBN 978-1-5462-4307-6; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5462-4305-2
In this story of love, loss, resilience, and hope, a young woman is left to choose between her heart’s desire and her father’s approval.
Marry-Go-Round: Sue Lee Mystery
D.M. Sorlie. Enchanted Island Publishing. $1.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-386-85483-8
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A nuclear physicist, after years spent developing the atomic bomb, hides in shame as a circus clown, but laughter turns deadly when the real anarchists step out from behind the masquerade.
Shattered Pearl: A Taming the Twisted Novella
Jodie Toohey. Wordsy Woman Press. $12.99 paper (125p), ISBN 978-1-73362-361-2; $2.99 e-book, ASIN B07X7ZSD3Q
Pearl Sinkey searches for information about a past she can’t remember and gets herself trapped in an insane asylum in 1908.
David L. Smith. Kindle Direct Publishing. $16 paper (429p), ISBN 978-1-07-913915-0
A retired African-American railroad man recounts his rise on the job, family life, conversations with passengers, and experiences on and off the train.
Worthless: A Tale of Unlikely Redemption
David Mills Hay. Archway Publishing. $18.99 paper (280p), ISBN 978-1-4808-5400-0; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-4808-5399-7
This coming-of-age tale is about one man’s journey after he squanders everything and returns to his past to find the answers he so desperately needs.
Ángel Del Brasil: Cien Poesías para Roberto Carlos
Soledad Dos Rios. Westwood. $14.99 paper (130p), ISBN 978-1-64361-792-3
This book consists of 101 poems, the last of which was conveyed musically to the author’s daughter, Palmira Navarrete, during a moment of meditation in her early teens.
The Bush Rodent (3rd ed.)
Charles Joseph Mloka. AuthorHouse. $12.90 paper (104p), ISBN 978-1-72838-731-4; $4.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-72838-732-1
In his second collection of poetry written in English, Mloka reflects on a number of pressing social issues—from the familial and cultural to the economic—that inform the lives of many.
On the Healing Road: Through the Eyes of an Adoptee
The Poet Dena. AuthorHouse. $13.99 paper (152p), ISBN 978-1-5462-6875-8; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5462-6874-1
This collection from The Poet Dena offers therapeutic poetry.
Ashes of Despair
Mary Schaller. Xlibris. $19.99 paper (336p), ISBN 978-1-5434-6675-1; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5434-6676-8
When Elly learns about her inheritance of a large estate, a board member is killed. The crime marks a struggle to survive the dangers in the pursuit of wealth.
Creed of Vengeance
Aubrey Dasher. Outskirts Press. $23.95 paper (336p), ISBN 978-1-977202-46-8
Outraged and violent Cajun parents of children sexually abused by Catholic priests are pitted against the Roman Catholic church, which seeks to protect its clergy.
Bella Rayne. Outskirts Press. $19.95 paper (308p), ISBN 978-1-977202-91-8; $3.99 e-book, ASIN B07PLLMVLG
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A nameless stranger wants Layla dead in order to claim her husband.
A Deadly Homecoming: A Toni Day Mystery
Jane Bennett Munro. iUniverse. $13.99 paper (222p), ISBN 978-1-5320-5490-7; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5320-5491-4
When her mother asks her to investigate a friend’s disappearance, Toni Day heads to her hometown to solve a complex murder case that leaves her own life hanging in the balance.
Into the Woods
Josh Soule. BookBaby. $11.99 paper (186p), ISBN 978-1-5439-8344-9
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Three friends unite to solve the mystery of a creature that has been attacking local livestock.
Linda Freeny. Toplink. $13.99 paper (254p), ISBN 978-1-948779-96-8
A dead girl is labeled a hooker and an OD victim, but believing the death to be foul play and following the feeling he should know her, a New York detective pursues a case that everyone else wants closed.
No White Lies
Dan Eaton. Kindle Direct Publishing. $2.99 e-book, ASIN B07VWQ66S9
Journalist Will McCormick has built his career on a lie, and innocent people have suffered because of it. Now it’s time for him to pay.
Red Blood on White Cotton
John W. Long. BookBaby. $13.37 paper (361p), ISBN 978-1-5439-7485-0
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Attorney Jack Reynolds investigates the disappearance of his brother 30 years ago and the mysteries of his childhood home, Riverdale Plantation, as well as a sinister criminal organization.
The Run and Hide (The Brotherhood Chronicle #2)
Tejas Desai. The New Wei. $17.95 paper (376p), ISBN 978-0-9883519-9-8
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Niral Solanke is surviving in the sinister Thai underworld when he receives an assignment that plunges him into a new set of international mysteries and adventures.
The Snow Globe
Tony Faggioli. Atticus Creative. $4.99 e-book, ASIN B077KWZSG7
Maggie Kincaid has fled from city to city, seeking to escape her ex-fiancé Michael’s relentless pursuit. Now she is forced to make a stand.
Too Many Heroes: The Gripping New Post-war Crime Thriller
Jan Turk Petrie. Pintail Press. $8.67 paper (294p), ISBN 978-1-912855-97-1
Set in London in 1952, this period thriller explores love, belonging, and betrayal in a country still recovering from WWII.
John P. Warren. John P. Warren. $10.99 paper (143p), ISBN 978-1-73122-623-5
A complex love story unfolds during a fight against a brutal regime. By using time travel, the characters open a door to other realities, forcing them to try to prevent cosmic mayhem.
Mark Ridler. Xlibris. $20.17 paper (182p), ISBN 978-1-984589-17-0; $4.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-984589-16-3
The CIA and MI5 battle to stay one step ahead of two new technological inventions based on psychological effects.
Dune Busters: A Sand Dunes & Dinosaurs Novella
Sabine Elrod. Halcyon Road Publications. $21.99 hardcover (310p), ISBN 978-0-578-52974-5
Grey is contracted to arrest Samantha, a girl from his past running an illegal cyborg chop shop, but her pack of cyborg velociraptors might be the only thing that can save them.
Xander Bailey. Whisky River Books. $12.99 paper (108p), ISBN 978-0-578-52457-3
Santo Patrocelli fights an order of shape-shifting nuns. He questions the righteousness of his mission as he falls in love with one of his sworn enemies.
I Am Kimberly Cole: A Journey into Terror
R.G. Miller. R.G. Miller. Free e-book, ASIN B07G8QV3CC
To give her seven-year-old daughter, Terri, a better life, Madison Edwards impersonates a rich party girl, but she discovers that the party girl had some dark secrets.
Magnum’s Electric, Book I
Christopher J. Barnes. Christopher Barnes. $9.82 e-book, ASIN B07R4FTRFT
Daniel Magnum is a retired city worker who was mysteriously hit by lightning. He later learns that he has unique powers in his hands, which he uses to challenge evil and put criminals away for a long time.
The Siren’s Last Song
Jordan Heikkinen. Jordan Heikkinen. $14.99 paper (390p), ISBN 978-1-71796-422-9
As bitter winds sweep across the lands of Neuterran, word of the king’s death spreads. The decades-long peace between the Four Kingdoms starts to unravel, and unlikely paths begin to converge.
AS Publishing. $6.90 paper (274p), ISBN 978-1-69302-207-4; $3.99 e-book, ASIN B07Y8N638R
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Discarded by the AI ruler she created, a coldhearted tech entrepreneur must finally confront her own lack of humanity if she is to find the strength, and allies, to fight her creation.
I See France
CeCe deLuc. CeCe deLuc. $14.99 paper (395p), ISBN 978-1-08-170381-3
Ellen was going to Paris for only a few days. She never expected that her visit would set off a crime spree or introduce her to the love of her life.
Lee’s Lesson (Ditch Lane Diaries #4)
D.F. Jones. Jones Media. $2.99 e-book, ASIN B07TLFW5CN
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Love, life, and souls are on the line at Sacred Heights, which is controlled by Luc’s Army of the Fallen. Lee, a heavenly hybrid, breaches Hell, risking everything to save one of her own.
Louisburg Square (Adirondack Saga #2)
A. Dudley Johnson Jr.
A. Dudley Johnson Jr. $7.99 e-book, ASIN B07SQKV7R2
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In this historical romance, Anna Tattersall falls in love with a wealthy Native American. She must face the scrutiny of Boston’s high society who scorn multicultural relationships.
Colleen O’Connell. The Wild Rose Press. $17.99 paper (323p), ISBN 978-1-5092-2692-4
Shane Christian is the notorious pirate Falcon. A chance encounter with Maura Brent propels them on a quest to safeguard their love. Will their journey ensure his demise?
Maria Riegger. Eighth House Press. $16.99 paper (348p), ISBN 978-1-73397-412-7
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Years after an affair, Monica and Brian are opposing candidates in a contentious congressional campaign. Old sentiments resurface, threatening to derail their political plans.
Colleen O’Connell. The Wild Rose Press. $18.99 paper (402p), ISBN 978-1-5092-2055-7
Fleeing her wavering feelings for her fiancé, Taryn Ashford boards a westbound train, where she meets the dashing gunman Jared King. If he pursues her, will he risk both their lives?
8 Minutes a Day to Make an A! Quick Change Your ADHD Child Now!
Pamela L. Johnson. AuthorHouse. $13.99 paper (108p), ISBN 978-1-5462-4482-0; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5462-4481-3
Johnson says that her techniques allow students to consistently achieve As and Bs in school within four to six weeks, and to consistently follow routines at home without being reminded.
Another Look at Life
Maureen Wingham. Leschenault Press. $12.49 paper (219p), ISBN 978-0-648-51983-6
Wingham traces her life over some 25 years, following her career, relationships, and how she maintains her optimism and joy of living while dealing with the triumphs and tragedies along the way.
Better Off Bald: A Life in 147 Days
Andrea Wilson Woods. Build Your BLISSS. $14.99 paper (392p), ISBN 978-1-5445-0459-9; $9.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5445-0460-5
Woods’s sister, Adrienne, is a depressed teenager until the day she receives a diagnosis of stage IV liver cancer. Facing the fight of her life, Adrienne discovers how much she wants to live.
CafeLiving’s Favorite Cocktails
H.L. Sudler and Keith Vient. Archer Publishing. $15 paper (150p), ISBN 978-0-9848460-4-7
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A recipe book for anyone who wishes to make restaurant-style cocktails at home.
Chronic Kidney Disease: Life After Diagnosis
Jeff A. Parke. Jeff Parke. $15.99 e-book, ASIN B07XGQDNVX
Parke’s manifesto for a better way of life and for building a better future after being diagnosed with kidney disease.
Margaret Rogers Van Coops. Easytime Publishing. $18 paper (252 p), ISBN 978-1-68685-586-3
Using Donald Trump as an example, Van Coops explains what she calls the encoded Soul Structure Coding that is passed on through DNA and RNA, as she believes they are the keys to personality and behavior in people’s daily lives.
Dying for a Drink
Amelia Baker. AuthorHouse. $14.35 paper (156p), ISBN 978-1-5462-9378-1; $10 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5462-9377-4
One woman reflects on the chaos she caused as an alcoholic, revealing her multiple stints in rehab, rapid decline, and eventual recovery. Baker aims to give hope to anyone who has battled addiction.
The Early Years
Rachel G. Carrington. iUniverse. $18.95 paper (240p), ISBN 978-1-4917-6567-8; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-4917-6568-5
When a young girl falls in love with a broken World War II veteran, the unlikely pair must overcome struggles and hurdle life’s obstacles. A true story of love, dedication, and God’s providence.
Essentials for Food Safety: The Fight Against Microorganisms
Roger Lewis. iUniverse. $14.95 paper (154p), ISBN 978-1-5320-1619-6; $9.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5320-1618-9
Lewis shares wisdom from an experienced food safety trainer for customer satisfaction and prevention of foodborne illnesses.
God’s Mantra: Calisthenics for the Soul, Radical, Unconditional Forgivingness of Self & Others Is the Great Healer!!
Jimichael Engels. AuthorHouse. $39.99 paper (58p), ISBN 978-1-5462-5773-8; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5462-5774-5
A four-part spoken oratorio and verse drama, Engels’s work is a conversation among the three persons of the Holy Trinity.
Greg Giraldo: A Comedian’s Story
Matt Balaker and Wayne Jones. Starkbill Publishing. $19.99 paper (320p), ISBN 978-1-73359-240-6
A biography of Greg Giraldo, whom Balaker considers one of the most admired stand-up comedians of the 21st century.
Growing Wild: Answering the Call to Rise While Staying Rooted in Love
Kathryn Vigness. Kathryn Vigness. $16.95 paper (254p), ISBN 978-0-692-17552-1; $9.99 e-book, ISBN 978-0-578-50151-2
After Vigness survives a tragic car accident as a teen, a startling secret sends her on a decade-long journey for validation.
Wes Hollis. Wes Hollis. $13.99 paper (405p), ISBN 978-1-09-294868-5
Hollis recounts his recovery from alcoholism and addiction, which has been unselfishly handed to him by thousands of courageous recovering people.
Independent Judgment and Introspection: Fundamental Requirements of the Free Society
Jerry Kirkpatrick. Kirkpatrick Books. $34.95 hardcover (204p), ISBN 978-0-9787803-5-7; $16.95 paper, ISBN 978-0-9787803-6-4
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Kirkpatrick explores the role of introspection in developing and maintaining a psychology of independence, and the relationship of both to mental health, happiness, and political freedom.
Invasion Revealed: Healing Alcoholism, Mental Illness, & Drug Addiction
Nancy Lynne Harris. URLink Print & Media. $9.99 paper (44p), ISBN 978-1-64367-632-6; $2.99 e-book, ASIN B07VHFM96D
Harris explains the negative elements that invade the mental realm from a spiritual perspective.
Taylor Mason. Xlibris. $19.99 paper (358p), ISBN 978-1-984569-65-3; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-984569-64-6
Mason traces his life as he forges a career in show business as a ventriloquist, comedian, and musician.
Lee Lawrie’s Prairie Deco: History in Stone at the Nebraska State Capitol, 4th Ed.
Gregory Paul Harm. Leelawriedotcom. $56.95 hardcover (274p), ISBN 978-0-9839030-9-3
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The history of our democracy and the American West was carved by forgotten American artist Lee Lawrie and illustrated by fusing prairie iconography with art deco.
The Lord Works in Mysterious Ways
Richard Little. AuthorHouse. $10.99 paper (88p), ISBN 978-1-5462-3145-5; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5462-3144-8
This autobiography is about the Little family and how world events affected their lives. The book recounts the many difficulties they have overcome through their faith, drive, and determination.
A Medical Scientist Examines the Life of Jesus: A Series of Studies
Peter Elwood. Xlibris. $20.17 paper (142p), ISBN 978-1-5434-9482-2; $4.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5434-9481-5
Elwood examines the person and the life of Jesus, and shows how he believes this can enrich and give purpose to the lives of those who follow him.
More Hype than Glory: The Slow Rise and Sudden Collapse of New Zealand Basketball 1982–1991
Tom Hyde. Little Big Dog Press. $39.95 paper (168p), ISBN 978-0-473-45989-5
From 1982 to 1991, basketball in New Zealand was a million-dollar enterprise. And then, as in a stock market crash, all was lost. Hyde investigates what went wrong and why.
The Music Therapy Profession: Inspiring Health, Wellness, and Joy
Christine Korb. Xlibris. $19.99 paper (134p), ISBN 978-1-4990-8406-1; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-4990-8405-4
This book seeks to inform the general public, musicians, and students of music about the who, what, where, and how of music therapy, in familiar language.
Safety-First Retirement Planning: An Integrated Approach for a Worry-Free Retirement
Wade Pfau. Retirement Researcher Media. $29.99 paper (366p), ISBN 978-1-945640-06-3
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Pfau goes over the range of risks introduced after retirement, along with integrated strategies with insurance and investments to support a more efficient retirement with less worry.
Throttle Up: How to Accelerate the Impact of 21st Century Leadership
John P. Dentico. BookLocker.com. $29.95 hardcover (244p), ISBN 978-1-63263-734-5
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Dentico dispels popular notions of personal traits and behavior-based leadership development methods in favor of learned practices, explaining the difference between being a leader and doing leadership.
With No Regrets: Getting Older; Face It, Live It, Love It
Jane H. Goldman. The Three Tomatoes Publishing. $12.99 paper (122p), ISBN 978-0-578-54845-6
In these essays, Goldman examines universal fears and thoughts about growing older, and the importance of appreciating the joys of being alive and living a full life without regrets.
Children of a Northern Kingdom: A Story of the Strangite Mormons in Wisconsin and on Beaver Island, Michigan
Elaine Stienon. AuthorHouse. $20.99 paper (288p), ISBN 978-1-5462-0334-6; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5462-0333-9
Fleeing persecution, Rusty follows his family group to Michigan’s Beaver Island. Again forced to leave, he loses his possessions and family. Where can he find help?
First Earth (Arch Mage #1)
Cami Murdock Jensen, illus. by Sarah Keele. Primedia eLaunch. $34.99 hardcover (336p), ISBN 978-1-64570-792-9; $15.99 paper, ISBN 978-1-64570-793-6
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A burn victim with daily pain, Agnes finds out that she is the only mage on Earth and must learn magic to fight a war against a powerful necromancer and her demon army on another Earth.
B. Good, illus. by Erick Girard. Xlibris. $21.99 paper (28p), ISBN 978-1-984548-23-8; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-984548-25-2
This tale is about five young members of a fox family. The book is written with children and families in mind, incorporating numbers and word rhyming to tell the story.
Jacob’s Ghetto: You’re Not the Product of Your Environment
Travis Peagler. Script Novel Publishing. $22.99 hardcover (166p), ISBN 978-1-73256-353-7; $12.99 paper, ISBN 978-1-73256-352-0
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A young artistic African-American boy sets his sights on winning a lucrative writing competition in hopes of escaping the ghetto he never wanted to call home.
Kassy O’Roarke, Cub Reporter (Pet Detective #1)
Kelly Oliver. Beaver’s Pond Press. $17.99 print (240p), ISBN 978-1-64343-887-0
Kassy O’Roarke wants to win the prize at her school newspaper. Her pesky little brother, Percy, and his key-stealing ferret try to help, and that’s when the trouble begins.
Kika and Sniff: Adventure in the Belowlands
Kat Sawyer, illus. by Brandon McKinney. Kat Sawyer. $15 e-book, ASIN B07PMMRWC4
Eleven-year-old Kika and her dog, Sniff, go on a creepy, crazy adventure in the Belowlands of New Mexico.
Singing and Dancing Across Liberia
A.J. Kandakai. Xlibris. $19.99 paper (112p), ISBN 978-1-5434-7375-9; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5434-7374-2
This book of authentic Liberian songs serves as a general primary source material and as an instructional tool by music teachers of young Liberians.
Kate Stempel. FriesenPress. $14.93 paper (56p), ISBN 978-1-5255-3555-0
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A young baker sells cupcakes to raise money for a local animal shelter, giving back to her community. She befriends lonely, elderly Mr. Conway through a shared hobby of growing bonsai trees.
A Test of Loyalty (The Taming Fire Series #1)
Aislee Greenwood. AuthorHouse. $20.99 paper (392p), ISBN 978-1-5462-5026-5; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5462-5024-1
This young adult novel, told through different points of view, features
characters who feel that their lives are unfulfilled. They find themselves thrust into adventures that give them purpose and direction.
Watch Her Shine
Deborah Henry, illus. by Naomi Greaves. Daisy Lane Publishing. $13.99 hardcover (30p), ISBN 978-0-648-48929-0
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Princess Dembe, sole heir to the throne, works with her friends to save their community and kingdom from the danger of evil Prince Damian and his armies.
The Way to the Shining City: A Story of the Early Mormons in Missouri and Nauvoo, Illinois
Elaine Stienon. AuthorHouse. $15.19 paper (300p), ISBN 978-1-4567-5416-7; $9.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-4567-5415-0
Love and violence on the American frontier characterize this novel about the early Mormons and their search for a place of peace and religious freedom.
Where the Heart Lives: A Bella the Brave Chapter Book
Laura Iodice, illus. by Jerry Schwartz. Churchill Lane Press. $8.99 paper (58p), ISBN 978-0-578-47782-4; $4.99 e-book, ASIN B07WWCJVG4
A story about the power of mindfulness in dealing with high-stakes tests, a power that takes both a young girl and a lost dog on intersecting journeys to where the heart lives.