This issue of PW Select marks the first in our now bimonthly frequency—that is, six times a year, rather than quarterly—allowing us to keep up with the growing swell of self-publishing that is transforming the industry.
Biography & Autobiography
Circle of Service: Secretary of the Air Force Michael W. Wynne and the Family Business
Richard P. Bessette. RTN Press, $20 paper (403p), ISBN 978-0-9747970-4-5
In 2008 Michael Wynne was forced to resign from the Pentagon. Here’s the scoop on his life story and that of his family’s service to America.
Holding Breath: A Memoir of AIDS’s Wildfire Days
Nancy Bevilaqua. CreateSpace/Nancy Bevilaqua, $10.95 paper (230p), ISBN 978-1-4801-6451-2; $3.99 e-book ISBN 1-4801-6451-8
In New York City, in 1989, a self-absorbed, bar-hopping poet and caseworker falls in love with her client, a 41-year-old heroin addict with AIDS. They live together in secrecy until he dies after eight months, and her life is profoundly affected.
The Longest Night: A Personal History of Pan Am 103
Helen Engelhardt. Midsummer Sound Company, $19.95 paper (280p), ISBN 978-0-9851138-6-5; $34.95 five-CD audiobook, 6.5 hrs.
Poet and audio artist Engelhardt relates the 12 months following the death of her husband on Pan Am flight 103, producing an uplifting tribute to the spirit of healing through her memories and conversations with the family and friends of victims, and the residents of Lockerbie, Scotland.
The Real Verdict: My Quest for the Freedom I Never Had
Nitra Gipson. Xlibris, $19.99 paper (144p), ISBN 978-1-4797-2191-7; $3.99 e-book ISBN 978-1-4797-2193-1
A woman finally says “no”’ to those who would exploit, undermine, and demean her. This is a story of courage, perseverance in overcoming abuse, and the achievement of dignity.
Secrets in the Suitcase: Stories My Mother Never Told Me
Molly Greenberg. AuthorHouse, $16.95 paper (161p), ISBN 978-1-4772-8209-0
Holocaust survivor Molly Greenberg shares her life story, before, during, and after the Nazi occupation, when she returned home to the village of Skala Podolska in Poland to find nearly all the Jews had perished.
Finding Family; My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA
Richard Hill. CreateSpace, $15 paper (260p), ISBN 978-1-4751-9083-0; $15 e-book ISBN 978-1-301-63258-9
The heartwarming true story of an adopted man’s decades-long search for his biological family. His innovative use of genetic genealogy tests started an adoptee revolution.
Ma’s Dictionary: Straddling the Social Class Divide
Milan Kovacovic. Greysolon Press, $19.95 paper (338p), ISBN 978-0-578-08168-7
A’ memoir chronicling an improbable journey through radically different sectors of society in France, Slovakia, and the United States.
Big Topics at Midnight: A Texas Girl Wakes Up to Race, Class, Gender and Herself
Nancy Thurston. Rosegate Press, $20 paper (400p), ISBN 978-0-9854510-1-1; $9.99 e-book ISBN 978-0-9854510-2-8
Through the lenses of race, class, gender, and spirituality, Thurston excavates history—personal, familial, global—for the sake of cross-generational healing and bringing one’s behavior in line with one’s deepest values of justice and grace.
I’ve Got Some Lovin’ to Do: The Diaries of a Roaring Twenties Teen
Edited by Julia Park Tracey. iUniverse, $18.95 paper (220p), ISBN 978-1-4759-3984-2; $3.99 e-book ISBN 978-1-4759-3982-8
These charming, hilarious real-life diaries capture a year in the life of a precocious teenager in the rapidly changing world of the mid-1920s.
Over My Head: Journeys in Leaky Boats from the Strait of Magellan to Cape Horn and Beyond
Margaret Winslow. iUniverse, $18.95 paper (240p), ISBN 978-1-4759-5431-9
Captures the sometimes hilarious misadventures of a young geologist who must discover her own inner compass to survive in Tierra del Fuego.
Body, Mind & Spirit
This Is How I Save My Life: A True Story of Embryonic Stem Cells, Indian Adventures, and Ultimate Self-Healing
Amy B. Scher. Amy B. Scher, $13.99 paper (251p), ISBN 978-0-9884988-0-8; $9.99 e-book ISBN 978-1-62309-139-2
A fiery young woman with a debilitating disease travels to a clinic in India for embryonic stem cell treatment. While trying to save her failing body, she finds a world of cultural mayhem, radical medical treatment, and herself.
Twelve Weeks: An Artist’s Story of Cancer, Healing, and Hope
Karen Lee Sobol. Karen Lee Sobol, $25 paper (241p), ISBN 978-0-9849296-0-3; $9.99 e-book ISBN 978-0-9849296-1-0
A medical, emotional, and spiritual guide for everyone seeking good health, illustrated by the author.
A Promise to Astrid: A True Story
Michael K. Tourville. Xlibris, $15.99 paper (90p), ISBN 978-1-4691-7589-8; $3.99 e-book ISBN 978-1-4691-7590-4
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A remarkable story of an extraordinary neighbor who intervenes in a family’s misfortune, triggering a series of remarkable events. And that’s only the beginning.
Business & Economics
Shock Exchange: How Inner-City Kids from Brooklyn Predicted the Great Recession and the Pain Ahead
Ralph W. Baker, Jr. Ralph Baker, $20 paper (346p), ISBN 978-0-9884889-0-8; $9.99 e-book ISBN 978-0-615-67878-8
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Examines the market and U.S. economy through the eyes of the New York Shock Exchange, a financial literacy program in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Selling to China: A Guide to Doing Business for Small- and Medium-Sized Companies
Stanley Chao. iUniverse, $18.95 paper (232p), ISBN 978-1-4759-1178-7
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Chao advises Western companies, big or small, on how to maneuver the many difficulties of doing business in China.
Sun Tzu—The Art of Making Money: Strategies for Getting Through a Tough Economy
Michael M.K. Cheung. CreateSpace, $12.95 paper (212p), ISBN 978-1-4800-8900-6; 99¢ e-book ASIN B00AE83NK2
The classic text of Sun Tzu’s strategies is applied to the art of accumulating personal wealth.
The Entrepreneur’s Secret to Creating Wealth
Chris Hurn. Advantage Media Group, $19.95 paper (280p), ISBN 978-1-59932-315-2
No other business book outlines in such detail—or with such authority—how a business can develop wealth beyond mere marketing or operational improvements.
The Tall Lady with the Iceberg: The Power of Metaphors to Sell, Persuade and Explain Anything to Anyone
Anne Miller. Chiron Associates Inc., $16.95 paper (207p), ISBN 978-0-9762794-4-0; $7.69 e-book ISBN 978-0-9762794-7-1
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How metaphoric language gets people to listen and act in a world filled with too much information, too many choices, and too little attention.
Family & Relationships
Learn to Tie a Tie with Rabbit and Fox: Story with Instructional Song
Sybrina Durant, illus. by Donna Marie Naval. Sybrina Publishing, $14.95 paper (24p), ISBN 978-0-9729372-1-4; $7.99 e-book ISBN 978-0-9729372-2-1
A cute storybook with Disneyesque yet thoroughly modern artwork makes learning to tie a necktie fun and simple. Perfect family activity for all ages. Ages 6–12.
He Said/She Said: Conversations in Internet Dating
Jeanine Grant Lister and William McCann Jr. CreateSpace, $5.99 paper (90p), ISBN 978-1-4801-3821-6; $1.49 e-book ASIN B009V543N0
This is an online dating success story. E-mails sent between the authors show writing and dating at their simplest: honest, straightforward, and funny.
A Cast of Caregivers: Celebrity Stories to Help You Prepare to Care
Sherri Snelling. Hay House/Balboa Press, $33.99 paper (524p), ISBN 978-1-4525-5913-1; $8 e-book ISBN 978-1-4525-5914-8
The “what to expect when you’re caregiving guide‚” featuring celebrity stories and expert advice on how to prepare to care for loved ones while also caring for yourself, by a national caregiving expert.
Family on the Loose: The Art of Traveling with Kids
Bill Richards and E. Ashley Steel. Rumble Books, $13.95 paper (204p), ISBN 978-0-615-69653-9; $9.49 e-book ISBN 978-0-9886356-0-9
Wonder how to turn a trip with your kids into an enriching adventure? Here are packing tools, tricks for museum fun, scavenger hunts, journaling madness, and more.
Bernard Amador. Hudson Mohawk Press, $12.95 paper (154p), ISBN 978-0-9843040-6-6; $5.99 e-book ASIN B00ABNENVI
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Ethan, a religion professor obsessed with Jewish mysticism, whose Muslim lover, Yaqub, was accused of terrorism, travels to Jerusalem to clear Yaqub’s name.
The Kiss after Midnight
Marvin Amazon. Corinthians Publishing, $14.99 paper (400p), ISBN 978-0-9572985-5-2
After a romantic liaison ends in tragedy, an innocent man is caught in the crossfire of feuding drug cartels and suspicious authorities.
The Intrepid Golfer: A Story About Loss, Love and Overcoming the Odds
Ken Anderson. CreateSpace, $12.95 paper (358p), ISBN 978-1-4750-1041-1; $2.99 e-book ASIN B00AUGX74U
Kenji Watanabe is struck by lightning on a golf course in Hawaii. He later discovers he has become a perfect golfer, yet he faces tremendous physical and psychological obstacles.
Norbury’s Confession: A Story of the Asbestos Industry in America
Richard L. Barnard, Sam Hertogs, and Scott Hertogs. Louis Hubbard Publishing, $13.95 paper (334p), ISBN 978-0-96-447517-5; $4.99 e-book ASIN B008XCPI4K
Robert Norbury, legal counsel for a company that makes asbestos products, hides the deadly truth from a generation of workers, letting thousands die for the sake of profit.
Tonight! The Charlie Manson Band
Michael Beiriger. $4.99 e-book ISBN 978-1-301-32899-4
A taut pulp fiction that imagines how Charles Manson could have been promoted to the top of the pop charts in 1969 L.A.
Shannon Lee Belle. Expressions Ink, $13.95 (240p), ISBN 978-1-939153-01-2; $2.99 e-bookASIN B009QTPEKC
Navigating her way through a civil war, lines smudging ever grayer, Lillie find that her search for the truth may cost her more than she thought.
John J. Blenkush. Create Space, $12.85 paper (258p), ISBN 978-1-4701-3236-1; $2.99 e-book ASIN B004VXKTT4
A young woman converts abject fear into unrelenting courage when her husband is murdered and she is held captive in a fire tower.
The Sound of Many Waters
Sean Bloomfield. Bloomfield Productions, $14.95 paper (290p), ISBN 978-0-615-70095-3; $3.99 e-book ASIN B009BT4336
Despite the four centuries that divide them, two men discover the same extraordinary secret in the wilds of Florida, and their journeys converge in a surprising way.
M-o-t-h-e-r Spells Murder
E.B. Boatner. iUniverse, $16.95 paper (230p), ISBN 978-1-4759-4990-2
Gwendolyn MacGowan’s mother, Elinor, is savagely murdered—and the killing continues. Gwen must uncover Elinor’s long-hidden secrets, or she will be the next to die.
Michelangelo’s Last Painting: Its Chilling Revelation
Andrew Boemi. Dodd Merrill, $16.95 paper (425p), ISBN 978-0-9883229-1-2; $6.95 e-book ISBN 978-0-9883229-0-5
The chalk drawing for Michaelangelo’s Christ on the Cross contained a chilling revelation: a curse that explains recurring attempts to destroy the Jewish people throughout history. Two art experts are given the task of finding the lost painting in this suspenseful thriller.
Tall Trees: Story of Triumph
Andrea Bouvier and Mark Richard Clements. Tall Trees, $14.97 paper (248p), ISBN 978-0-9856639-0-2
A coming-of-age story, about a young man dealing with his abusive childhood, the worst being at the hands of a Catholic priest.
The Emancipating Death of a Boring Engineer
Michel Bruneau. CePages Press, $14.95 paper (314p), ISBN 978-0-9824752-6-3; $7.99 e-book ISBN 978-0-9824752-7-0
A boring engineer’s will precipitates an unconventional journey for his ex-wife as she searches for significant numbers, good wines, the meaning of life and love, and whether it is ever too late.
Cage of the Red Dog
P.D. Bruns. Arkansas River Press, $9.99 paper (240p), ISBN 978-0-9829555-2-9; $3.99 e-book ISBN 978-0-9829555-3-6
A street veteran and a newly homeless adolescent meet in a violent scuffle. Their initial enmity transforms into mutual dependence as they work together to survive.
Michael Bunker and Chris Awalt. Refugio Publishing, $8.95 paper (196p), ISBN 978-1-4818-5834-2; $0.99 e-book ASIN B00ATDYCQQ
Six years ago, Clay moved to New York City after his wife and daughters were killed in an automobile accident; now, the day after Hurricane Sandy, Clay sets out on foot to escape the prison of his life and find his way home.
The 89th Temple
Charlie Canning. Outskirts Press, $14.95 paper (212p), ISBN 978-1-4787-1763-8; $9.99 e-book ASIN B00ANNQZA8
Seven juvenile offenders on leave from various reform schools in Japan are doing the 1,300-kilometer Shikoku pilgrimage on foot with a counselor and some assigned wardens from the state. The Seven Samurai meets The Fugitive for young adults. Ages 12–up.
The Sword of God
Ann Chamberlin. Epigraph Publishing, $24 hardcover (244p), ISBN 978-1-936940-43-1
In the early days of Islam—a time of faith and violence, poetry and magic, mirage and cold steel—old religion battles new.
Shaken, Not Stirred: The Secret Files of I__ F______, Code Designate 17F
Aaron Cooley. Melnore Press, $4.99 e-book ISBN 978-0-578-09732-9
Have you ever wondered what inspired the creation of fiction’s greatest secret agent? A thrilling, frenetic look at how Her Majesty’s most famous spy might have been invented during WWII.
When Angels Fall: A Benedetti Renaissance Mystery
H.A. Corby. Createspace, $9.75 paper (256p), ISBN 978-1-4801-1024-3; $5.99 e-book ASIN B00A92MV4C
A physician finds a pregnant noblewoman murdered in Renaissance Florence; his passion for autopsy unleashes a world of revenge, treachery, and betrayal: the first in a series.
Kurt Corriher. Golden Garden Press, $14.95 paper (240p), ISBN 978-0-9857751-0-0
After killing his vicious neighbor, a man flees with his son, trekking across the mountains of impoverished, rural North Carolina on the eve of Pearl Harbor, in this suspenseful tale of revenge and redemption.
Kim J. Davis. Book Baby, $3.99 e-book ISBN 978-1-62309-813-1
A relationship between a gay white man and a straight black woman explores the nature of friendship and love in the context of race, class, and sexuality.
Jill Di Donato. She Writes Press, $16.95 paper (302p), ISBN 978-1-938314-01-8; $8.95 e-book ISBN 978-1-938314-07-0
Takes the reader through the compelling rise and fall of an artist–cum–call girl in 1980s Manhattan.
The Crystal Bird
Helen Drayton. CreateSpace, $13.95 paper (373p), ISBN 978-1-4752-2507-5
For centuries a hidden civilization in East Africa protected life-changing secrets. Now archeologists discover these unknown people and feel the weight of centuries of brutality that shatters lives.
Lee Edelstein. Sela House, $14.95 paper (314p), ISBN 978-0-9883434-0-5
A smalltown family, reeling from an agonizing tragedy, finds itself caught up in a long-buried secret that could reveal a connection between a baseball legend from the past and a single mother’s baseball wunderkind in the present.
Room for Enjoyment: Memoir of a Design Merchant
John S. Elmo. Friesen Press, $17.99 paper (186p), ISBN 978-1-77097-786-0; $4.99 e-book ISBN 978-1-77097-787-7
Set in 1976, this is the tale of Eaton Downing, a famous designer, who is asked to build a palatial estate by a 54-year-old macho man, Moses Abrams, for his 28-year-old chorus girl bride, Dolly.
Return to Budapest
Barbara E. Filo. San Juan Publishing, $21.95 paper (560p), ISBN 978-0-9858897-0-8
Amazon; independent book stores
A multigenerational saga follows the intertwined lives of three families from the waning days of the Austro-Hungarian Empire to the end of WWII—a rich, delicious Hungarian goulash.
Somewhere Between Here and There
Jason Gilmore. CreateSpace, $14.99 paper (342p), ISBN 978-1-4782-1225-6; $3.99 e-book ASIN B009H68R9O
Coming-of-age novel about a headstrong pair of teenagers who bond over their desire to escape from mid-1990s Toledo, Ohio; as they progress through colleges, states, and relationships, they navigate the rocky road to adulthood.
Mark Guinane. Two Harbors Press, $17.95 paper (384p), ISBN 978-1-937928-26-1; $3.95 e-book ISBN 978-1-937928-96-4
A collection of short science fiction stories includes tales of robot assassins, savage aliens, forbidden love, and the power to bring about the end of the universe. “A thought-provoking read. Every story is a gem,” writes Howie Carr, bestselling author of The Brothers Bulger.
A Just Man Is Hard to Find
Jeanne Hammond. Greenwood Publications, $14.99 paper (258p), ISBN 978-1-4776-9242-4; $7.99 e-book ASIN B00AES0S6E
A gifted college student hoping to go to law school surveys Washington, D.C., residents in 2010 as he searches for a model of manhood, and American justice, to live by and love by.
Vicki Hopkins. Holland Legacy Publishing, $12.99 paper (313p), ISBN 978-0-9832959-7-6; $2.99 e-book ISBN 978-0-9832959-8-3
A Victorian historical romance brings blind Charlotte Gray love and passion from an unexpected place—and she learns that love is blind for everyone; finalist in the 2012 USA Best Book Awards from USA Book News for Fiction: Romance.
Horses in the Fog
David Jaicks. TheTroy Bookmakers, $10.95 paper (81p), ISBN 978-1-61468-100-7
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Five stories are as individual as five strangers sharing a shuttle to the airport.
Field of Vision
Michael Jarvis. Field of Vision Books, $2.99 e-book (330p), ISBN 978-0-9885389-1-7
Jake Mayfield, an American photographer, has a run-in with Rollo Joseph, a local pseudo-rasta, and takes refuge with the German proprietor of the Red Ginger Restaurant and Rooms. Racial trouble escalates while Mayfield also finds passion with a Caribbean woman. But his quest for artistic integrity spirals downward into paranoia and criminal tourism.
Deborah Jensen. Beaver’s Pond Press, $15.95 paper (324p), ISBN 978-1-59298-438-1
Returning home after 20 years of marriage brings Kim many distractions, as she ends up pursuing a trail of drugs, murder, and secret love affairs that were meant to stay buried.
Wendy Joyce. Red Hour Ink, $37 paper (509p), ISBN 978-1-937338-02-2; $11 e-book ISBN 978-1-937338-00-8
In an alternate Alaska in 1898, Zia, the little green Soul, ends her 10th life, but her lies ripple across four others, and Haven and Hades are pitched into a war over humanity’s future.
Courtney Kirchoff. Talons, $14.43 paper (448p), ISBN 978-0-9833435-0-9; $3.99 e-book ASIN B004SCZMEA
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The second chance at life Jaden had been hoping for takes a dark twist. Confronted with sinister forces, Jaden grasps for sanity and his sense of self, while trying to retain his own power.
Tropical Greed: A Kristen Maroney Mystery
Susan LaDue. CreateSpace, $6.99 paper (98p), ISBN 978-1-4801-0652-9; $2.99 e-book ASIN B009QR6Q0G
The owner of a Caribbean resortwear shop questions the decline of the green sea turtle population, and suddenly she and her boyfriend are caught in some very bad guys’ crosshairs. Even Kristen’s beloved dog cannot escape harm.
Mark LaFlaur. Mid-City Books, $9.95 paper (275p), ISBN 978-0-615-72986-2; $4.95 e-book ISBN 978-0-9887909-0-2
Set in New Orleans shortly before Hurricane Katrina, a would-be poet is torn between family obligations (an ailing mother, an emotionally volatile brother) and his dream of moving to San Francisco. Will someone have to die before he can leave home?
Nine Eleven: A Disaster Averted
Michael Larnard II. Tate Publishing, $7.99 paper (64p), ISBN 978-1-62147-992-5; $6.99 e-book
The elite Special Forces unit called the Black Operations Group is given the ultimate clandestine mission: to stop the September 11, 2001, attacks by any means necessary.
Laws of Depravity: The Martyr Maker Series
Eriq La Salle. CreateSpace, $15 paper (236p), ISBN 978-1-4775-8211-4; $3.99 e-book ASIN B009KTRXD4
A serial killer known as the Martyr Maker is on his final round of murdering 12 clergymen once every 10 years. A New York City detective and the FBI are on his trail, but maybe the dead clergy aren’t as innocent as they appear. A gritty crime thriller, spiritual quest, and love story all woven into one compelling tale.
Winding Back the Clock
Ian Laurence. AuthorHouse, $19.53 paper (313p), ISBN 978-1-4772-2982-8; $3.99 e-book ISBN 978-1-4772-2984-2
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An international thriller involving the hunt for lost treasure and former secret agents of East Germany, also charts a quest for political power in Germany.
The Lordlings of Worship and Their Catastrophic Mindrides
Cameron Leigh. Two Harbors Press, $35 hardcover (590p), ISBN 978-1-938690-32-7
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In this historical suspense novel, clerics seeking domination have placed Texan Pastor Brix Brighton and Alan Taveler under electronic surveillance for deciphering the creation code.
I Took Panama: The Story of Philippe Bunau-Varilla
Rodolfo Leitón. CreateSpace, $9.99 paper (146p), ISBN 978-1-4699-1526-5; $1.99 e-book ASIN B009HIIVLQ
A French engineer “invents” a country and changes world history in order to see the Panama Canal completed.
A Promise Remembered
Kim L. Lohret. Three Sisters Publishing, $14.99 paper (404p), ISBN 978-0-9887132-1-5; $5.99 e-book ISBN 978-0-9887132-0-8
Connected to each other by a long-forgotten promise, four people set out on a startling and hope-filled journey of awakening.
The Sign of the Four: The Onyx Bridge
Sofia Malamas. CreateSpace, $13.99 paper (390p), ISBN 978-1-4782-0463-3; $2.99 e-book B009CZYJIS
To stop an ancient prophecy from coming true, and to save the magical world she has learned to call home, a human girl must set out on a quest for a legendary weapon: The Sign of the Four.
Massimo Marino. CreateSpace, $24.90 paper (330p), ISBN 978-1-4783-4710-1; $4.99 e-book ISBN 978-0-9851438-2-4
Dan awakes one day to find almost everyone but his family dead from an unknown cause. In this postapocalyptic story, Marino explores myriad moral and emotional issues as well as the mechanics of everyday survival. The Paranormal Romance Guild’s 2012 Reviewer’s Choice Award in the Sci-Fi genre.
Realm of the Unknown
James B. McPike. Inkwater Press, $19.95 paper (368p), ISBN 978-1-59299-870-8; $4.99 e-book ISBN 978-1-59299-876-0
A mass killing in Jerusalem catapults a renowned investigator from the Ministry into his biggest case yet, as he tries to track down a powerful adversary who may have ties to the supernatural.
Dan Morgan. Smashwords, $3.99 e-book ISBN 978-1-301-11665-2
Larry Tieray needs a family, so he tries to reunite with his father, who’s never been in his life; his brother, who’s autistic and institutionalized; and his mother, in prison for murder and about to be executed.
Blame It on the Black Star
Gabriel Morley. Hippy Book Publishers, $8.99 paper (145p), ISBN 978-0-615-72394-5
A 14-year-old African-American boy confronts his confusion and anger after his brother’s death in Iraq.
Come Hell or High Water, Part 1: Wellspring
Stephen Morris. Stephen Morris, $15 paper (422p), ISBN 978-0-9847731-2-1; $3.99 e-book ISBN 978-0-9847731-1-4
This historical-urban fantasy trilogy begins in 1356‚ as a witch’s curse rings out over Prague’s Old Town Square, wreaking havoc in medieval Prague and culminating in the historic flood of August 2002 that threatens to destroy the city.
Come Hell or High Water, Part 2: Rising
Stephen Morris. Stephen Morris, $20 paper (566p), ISBN 978-0-9847731-3-8; $4.99 e-book ISBN 978-0-9847731-4-5
Magdalena has reawakened the witch’s curse, bringing the Dearg-due (an Irish female vampire) to Prague. A group of academics struggles to send her back to her grave.
This Girl Climbs Trees
Ellen Mulholland. CreateSpace, $9.99 paper (204p), ISBN 978-1-4793-7769-5; $7.99 e-book ASIN B00AH6OZNA
Somewhere in a small California town, Eliza Mills, 13, watches sadly as her favorite tree is chopped down. Lost and bewildered, she obsesses over a curious box sent by her dying grandfather. She believes the contents will reveal life’s mysteries.
Textual Encounters: The Christine + Jake Affair
Morgan Parker. QuoteStork Media, $2.99 e-book B00AOVHK76
In the first of a trilogy, Katie finds an unlocked iPhone in a taxi and keeps it, reading the three months of text messages between Christine and Jake, and following the unfolding of their relationships.
William Poe. Simon Says, $14,95paper (348p), ISBN 978-0-615-55957-5; $5.95 e-book ASINB008DYP9EW
The intimate confessional of a gay former cult member as he battles substance abuse in his desperate search for love on the darker avenues of Hollywood.
Finding Tranquility Base
Janet Rebhan. CreateSpace, $12.95 paper (230p), ISBN 978-1-4781-4781-7; $2.99 e-book
After a tragic loss devastates a young girl’s family in Vietnam-era west Texas, she escapes into a volunteer position at the local VA hospital.
The Tapestry of Spirit
Erik Paul Rocklin. Elucidaré Press, $13.95 paper (230p), ISBN 978-0-615-59569-6; $3.99 e-book ISBN 978-0-9854885-1-2
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An allegorical tale of an orphan boy’s journey to find himself in the world, and how his Destiny Thread returns to the Tapestry of Spirit.
Hollis Seamon. Able Muse Press, $19.95 paper (204p), ISBN 978-1-927409-03-9; $9.99 e-book ISBN 978-1-927409-04-6
Seamon’s latest fiction collection offers such memorable characters as a cat lady, sibling rivalry of a cursed kind, a professor confronting a student’s plagiarism, and a dog with more than ordinary dog sense.
The Disharmonic Misadventures of David Stein
Jonathan L. Segal. CreateSpace, $14.99 paper (358p), ISBN 978-1-4662-6542-4; $2.99 e-book ISBN 978-1-61914-645-7
The author, a musician and singer, creates a bungling jazz musician who, tracking down the bit of mysterious music he hears on the radio, is caught in a crazy, comic world of musical intrigue.
Michael Segedy. Michael Segedy, $16.10 paper (460p), ISBN 978-1-4793-4535-9; $4.99 e-book ISBN 978-1-4659-7838-7
Two journalists set out for the Amazon to cover a plane crash that has killed a U.S. senator. The Peruvian government claims the Shining Path rebels are to blame, but is that the truth?
Killer Ratings: A Susan Kaplan Mystery
Lisa Seidman. Ignition Books, $14.99 paper (350p), ISBN 978-1-937868-13-0; $4.99 e-book ISBN 978-1-937868-12-3
Susan Kaplan moves to L.A. to become a TV writer, but is suspect #1 when her boss is found dead. In trying to find the real killer, she learns that the drama behind the scenes at a TV show is always juicier than what’s on the screen.
Play with Me
Piper Shelly,. CreateSpace, $8 (244p), ISBN 978-1-4811-8201-0; $1.99 e-book ASIN B00AL251T2
Her entire life, Liza has been in love with her best friend, Tony. She is even willing to play soccer with him to get his attention. But everything starts to change when she gets closer to the captain of the team, who’s Tony’s friend.
Sighs Too Deep for Words: A Texas Gulf Coast Love Mishap
William Jack Sibley. CreateSpace, $15 paper (304p), ISBN 978-1-4776-6417-9; $9 e-book ASIN B00AOAJMGY
There’s sharp insight into human nature in this darkly humorous, intricately plotted tale of a prison inmate who, through years of correspondence, falls in love with a woman who turns out to be not only a gay man but a closeted gay minister.
Leonore Skomal. Lenore Skomal Press, $14.95 paper (276p), ISBN 978-1-4781-9247-3; $2.99 e-book ISBN 978-1-301-06871-5
After a mysterious fall from a bluff overlooking Lake Erie, Jude Black is kept on life support so her baby can be born. How did she fall, who is the father of her baby, and what is the meaning of her life are questions explored as the novel unfolds the consequences of Jude’s decisions.
The Hour Before Morning
Arwen Spicer. Lulu, $17 paper (200p), ISBN 978-1-105-08111-8; $8.99 e-book ISBN 978-1-105-14593-3
In a distant future, the Ash’torians see their conquest of the Outliers as a triumph of civilization. The Outliers see it as servitude. Their resistance takes many forms, from nonviolence to terrorism. In a prison cell two condemned men attempt to redeem a murderer. Even as a death sentence looms, a prison cell may be the seedbed of an unlikely hope.
One Summer in Arkansas
Marcia Kemp Sterling. Archelaus Press, $14.95 paper (352p), ISBN 978-0-9883768-0-9
A young lawyer returns home for the summer before starting a job in San Francisco and becomes involved in a wrongful death legal case, a rekindled romance, and a family crisis.
The Rope Catcher
Larry Stillman. iUniverse, $21.95 paper (367p), ISBN 978-1-4759-5552-1; $4.99 e-book ISBN 978-1-4759-5553-8
In this novel of dreams realized and lost, a Navajo Marine helps to create the WWII American secret, unbreakable code‚ then faces turbulent times upon returning home.
Archangels: Rise of the Jesuits
Janet M. Tavakoli. Janet M. Tavakoli, $9.99 e-book ISBN 978-0-9851590-1-6
When control of the Vatican is at stake, money talks and nobody plays fair.
Here Comes the Night
Thomas Thonson. CreateSpace, $13.99 paper (294p), ISBN 978-1-4802-5719-1; $4.99 e-book ASIN B00A6H7B6S
In that moment in the early ’60s when America is poised before an avalanche of social, cultural, and political changes, five people’s lives interconnect in unexpected ways in one 24-hour period.
Diet to Live, Diet to Die: The Zen of Eating
Rodef Vokli. Flying Rock Publishing, $17.95 paper (264p), ISBN 978-0-9882997-8-8;
Through a series of dueling dialogues, two characters educate and enlighten as they discuss the secret to controlling weight and enjoying great sex without diets or pills.
The King’s Pawn
Stanley Warren. CreateSpace, $19.99 paper (216p), ISBN 978-1-4800-7328-9; $9.99 e-book ASIN B00A6V3G22
France from 1723 to 1794 is the center of this story of Jean Louis Valmont, the son of a stable groom who becomes Louis XV’s personal assassin and attempts to come to terms with his murders after the king’s death.
UNhedged: A Killing in the Market
Stephen L. Weiss. Argo-Navis, $21.99 paper (387p), ISBN 978-0-7867-5474-8; $7.99 e-book ISBN 978-0-7867-5475-5
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The largest investor in Parthanon, a $20 billion hedge fund, is a secret, unknown to all but the founding partner, Vernon Albright. When an unauthorized trade goes horribly wrong, a younger partner delves into the mystery, which provokes threats against him and his family. The author is an active investor and contributor to CNBC.
A Hard Road to Travel: Life and Time of a Civil War Soldier
Patty Tyson Wilson. Greenacres Publishing, $15 paper (79p), ISBN 978-0-9743250-3-3
Follows Jack Trundal to the bloody battlefields of the Civil War, his return to his love Mattie, and his survival in the hell hole of a Kentucky state prison; based on a true story.
A Stairway to Danger
Ben Woodard. Ben Woodard, $7.99 paper (123p), ISBN 978-0-9886274-1-3; $2.99 e-book ASIN B00AGESBT2
The eyeless body of a deputy and a rusty barge entangle two smalltown boys in a harrowing mystery.
A Killer’s Grace
Ronald Chapman. Seeing True Press, $12.95 paper (264), ISBN 978-0-615-64261-1
From the mountains of New Mexico, a journey of mystery and murder. A philosophical novel that also addresses today’s pertinent issues of violence and redemption.
Robyn Wyrick. CreateSpace, $19.98 paper (326p), ISBN 978-1-4499-7137-3
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Iowa teens create a crop circle as a high school prank, and set in motion events that threaten to evict all humanity from Planet Earth.
The Incontrovertibility of Rainbows: A 2048 Novel
Anonymous. Lemage Inc., $25.95 paper (436p), ISBN 978-1-938022-33-3; $9.99 e-book ISBN 978-1-62488-686-7
In 2048 the elderly rule America while devouring vital resources. When the Young People Party wins the elections, sweeping changes create anguish and opportunities.
Health & Fitness
Fat Loss Revolution: 12 Weeks to a Hot ‘n’ Healthy Body at Any Age
Paula Owens. PaulaOwens.com, $24.95 paper (370p), ISBN 978-0-615-65420-1; $19.99 e-book ASIN B00AJRAO8C
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Owens, a nutritionist and fitness expert, shows how weight gain happens and empowers readers with realistic solutions to achieving permanent fat loss without dieting, counting calories, or deprivation.
The Food Is My Friend Diet: Follow My 30-day Slimmer You Plan and Watch What Happens to Your Life
Ruth Frechman. Gales Publishing, $21.95 paper (464p), ISBN 978-0-9845979-1-8;
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What happens when the world of a registered nutritionist collides with the world of stand-up comic? Ultimately, you will laugh all the way to eating healthy and effortlessly losing weight.
For the Survival of Liberty: Great Presidential Decisions
Elton B. Klibanoff. Dog Ear Publishing, $19.95 paper (369p), ISBN 978-1-4575-1367-1; $9.95 e-book ISBN 1-4575-1367-6
This book explores decisions by six presidents—Washington, Jefferson, Monroe, Lincoln, Wilson, and Franklin Roosevelt—that have been critical to the development of American liberty.
The Knights Templar and the Protestant Reformation
James Stroud. Xulon Press, $11.69 (288p), ISBN 978-1-61904-442-5; $7.49 e-book ISBN 978-1-61904-442-5
The disappearance of the Knights Templar Order in 1314 is linked with many proto-Protestant groups that existed 200 years before Martin Luther’s 95 Theses in 1517.
Haunted Cattle Drive: Creepers Mysteries, Book 1
Connie Kingrey Anderson. Movies for the Ear, $7.99 paper (112p), ISBN 978-1-935793-00-7; $2.99 e-book ISBN 978-1-935793-01-4
Enjoy reading the book (in the front). Star in your own Movie for the Ear, using the script (in the back).
Charlie Sparrow and the Secret of Flight
David Anderson. Underdog Books, 99¢ e-book ISBN 978-0-9918003-0-8
Charlie escapes the plucking chair and leaps from sky-scraping trees in his quest for the secret to his feathers. Illustrated chapter book. Ages 6–9.
Loogie the Booger Genie: Prince of Prank
N.E. Castle, illus. by Bret Herholz and N.E. Castle. N.E. Castle, $9.99 paper (100p), ISBN 978-1-4792-7201-3
A comical and sometimes gross adventure of a snobbish boy prince who is stuck as a genie in a young boy’s nose. Ages 6–12.
Andy Gavin. Mascherato Publishing, $14.99 paper (342p), ISBN 978-1-937945-04-6; $5.99 e-book ISBN 978-1-937945-05-3
When a mysterious clockwork man tries to kill Charlie, he falls through time from modern Philadelphia into 1725 London. He meets a founding father, but when he teams up with an 18th-century Scottish girl, time becomes even more tangled. Ages 12–up.
Lisa Hale, illus. by Marilee Harrald-Pilz. Carpenter’s Son Publishing, $13.95 hardcover (32p), ISBN 978-0-9832846-1-1; $3.99 e-book ASIN B0075ZFCR4
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Imparts the tenderness of “...just how much grandma loves you!” as a little girl finds pennies and saves them in a jar. With a tradition, a legacy, a smile in a child’s heart, and a happy tear in Grandma’s eye, this book pleases all generations. Ages 3–6.
Night Buddies, Impostors, and One Far-Out Flying Machine
Sands Hetherington. Dune Buggy Press, $8.99 paper (320p), ISBN 978-0-9847417-2-4
Join John and Crosley for another “Program” as they scoot around the Borough in their fantastic flying machine to stop all the evildoing and restore Crosley’s good name. Ages 6–12.
T.L. Hoch. iUniverse, $17.95 paper (277p), ISBN 978-1-4697-5148-1; $3.99 e-book ISBN 978-1-4697-5150-4
Annie Smith has just moved to Texas and hopes to remain under the radar at her new high school. Her new classmate, Melinda “Chip” Fullerton, dreams of being on a winning basketball team. Their story has action, mystery, humor, sports history, basketball instruction, and a little romance. Debuts the Chip Fullerton/Annie Smith sports series. Ages 12–up.
Fabulous Adventures of Olly Oogleberry: Mission to Save Earth
Lou Hughes, illus. by Jonathan Ball. Tickle Me Silly, $16.95 paper (52p), ISBN 978-0-615-56953-6
The first in a trilogy, this award-winning children’s book features a band of misfit aliens, led by Olly Oogleberry, on a mission to save Earth from the impact of a giant asteroid. Ages 4–12.
Ari Magnusson. Olivander Press, $9.99 paper (240p), ISBN 978-0-9848610-5-7; $2.99 e-book ISBN 978-0-9848610-6-4
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A bullied boy fleeing his tormentors winds up in a fantastical land from which there appears to be no escape. Ages 8–up.
The Tale of Kakamuchu
Marjan Massoudian. Corvidae Publishing, $9.95 paper (159p), ISBN 978-0-615-62981-0
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Two children devise a brilliant plan to resist the unfair decrees of their tyrannical leader, Kakamuchu. Ages 6–12.
Sabre de Pleiades
Bernadette Y. Quander. Tall Tales 509, $25.99 hardcover (274p), ISBN 978-0-9858493-0-6; $10 e-book ISBN 978-0-985849-2-0
Sabre de Pleiades is a boy with big ideas. Cringing at his mistakes, hoping for triumph, he is emotionally charged by resolutions no one expects. Ages 12–up.
Bobby’s Biggest Bubble: A Really Big Tale
Jim Romer. Arrrggghhh Ink Publishing, $15 hardcover (36p), ISBN 978-0-9857628-0-3
Bobby wins one million gumballs. He and his friends find creative ways to use the gumballs, and Bobby creates the biggest bubblegum bubble, which ends up saving the town. The author is a cartoonist and toy designer. Ages 3–6.
JJ: The American Street Dog and How He Came to Live in Our House
Diane Rose-Solomon. SOP3 Publishing, $16.99 hardcover (32p), ISBN 978-0-9857690-1-7
Teaches kids about animal homelessness, basic care, spaying and neutering (worded appropriately), pet adoption, and unconditional love. Ages 3–6.
Killmaiden’s Compendium of Uncommon Occurrences
James E. Shapiro. Inkwater Press, $12.95 (414p), ISBN 978-1-59299-853-1
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A swashbuckling hero, 12-year-old Alexander Drake sets out to find his father, taking his younger sister, their governess, and an unexpected stowaway along in his desperate search. Ages 12–up.
The Monsterjunkies, an American Family Odyssey
Erik Daniel Shein and L.M. Reker. Arkwatch Holdings, $9.99 paper (208p), ISBN 978-0-615-25020-5; $7.99 e-book ASIN B00AJQWECM
Tucked away in a remote cul-de-sac on the Maine coast is a place where the strange is normal, and the bizarre is everyday. Ages 12–up.
Mattie Spyglass and the 8 Magic Stones
Shoba Sreenivasan. Holy Moly Press, $14.95 paper (366p), ISBN 978-0-9853604-0-5
In a fantasy adventure with a moral center, an 11-year-old girl, her two friends, and a wizard are thrust across time by a mysterious spyglass.
daynight, Vol. 1
Megan Thomason. CreateSpace, $8.29 paper (320p), ISBN 978-1-4802-2655-5; $3.99 e-book ASIN B00A6NG014
Meet the Second Chance Institute: Earth’s benevolent nonprofit by day, Thera’s totalitarian regime by night. Three young people are caught up in the SCI’s conflicts, one a member of the SCI elite, another committed to destroy the SCI, and the third seeking escape from tragic memories. Ages 12–up.
Max Xylander and the Island of Zumuruud
Jon Thomason. CreateSpace, $12.99 paper (296p), ISBN 978-1-4800-8258-8; $3.99 e-book ASIN B00ATTIW8O
Max’s anger shatters a window. A power? Really? What has she become? Rebellious Philip can’t stand the rebels. The duo: fast friends or explosive enemies? Ages 12–up.
Kevin White, illus. by Rex White. Chimeric Press, $15.95 hardcover (32p), ISBN 978-0-9847122-3-6
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Duck wants a watermelon feast, but the melons begin to roll. Duck, Goat, Pig, Chicken, and Cow give chase in this story about friendship and perseverance. Ages 3–6.
Chester the Chesapeake: My Brother Buck, Vol. 4
Barbara Ebel, M.D. Createspace, $11.95 paper (32p), ISBN 978-1-4802-0412-6; $2.99 e-book ISBN 978-0-9829351-9-4
Chester the Chesapeake continues to inspire, entertain, and enlighten children while his new brother, Buck, has a few surprises. Ages 6–12.
A Horse with Wings: And Other Songs for Children Sung by Characters from Shakespeare
Daeshin Kim, illus. by Sohyun An Kim. Infinity Publishing, $25.95 hardcover (42p), ISBN 978-0-7414-8050-7; $3.95 e-book ISBN 978-0-7414-8051-4
Sixteen original songs and pictures for children, composed and illustrated by a husband and wife team and sung by their young daughter. Ages 6–12.
Meki and the Three Cockers
Candace McCreary. Outskirts Publishers, $12.95 paper (24p), ISBN 978-1-4787-1952-6
Meki Niko, a calico cat, lives, plays, and cuddles with her three clownlike cocker spaniels—Beau, Belle, and Bijou. They share food, water bowls, toys, and a bed, and occasionally allow their human to sleep on the edge. Ages 6–12.
Wisdom, the Midway Albatross: Surviving the Japanese Tsunami and Other Disasters for Over 60 Years
Darcy Pattison and Kitty Harvill. Mims House, $11.99 paper (32p), ISBN 978-0-9798621-7-5; $9.99 e-book ISBN 978-0-9798621-8-2
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The story of the oldest bird in the world, Wisdom, the Midway albatross, and how she survived the Japanese tsunami and other disasters for more than 60 years. Ages 6–12.
Autism: An Ancient Foe Becomes a Modern Scourge: The Return of a Stealth Bacteria
Lawrence Broxmeyer, M.D. CreateSpace, $8.95 paper (180p), ISBN 978-1-4781-0126-0
A well-documented case for autism is related to a stealth pathogen, eluding modern diagnostics, which is actually a form of a familiar and infamous disease from the past.
Trillium Vein: Once Upon a Time
Natalie Paige Bentley. NPB Entertainment Group, $45.99 paper (58p), ISBN 978-0-9860235-0-7
A young adult/fantasy musical storybook series revolving around a young heroine named Trillium Vein, who has been locked away inside the kingdom of Loneliness.
Please Step Aside, I Am a Frequent Flyer
Anthony Smith-Chaigneau and Richard J. Smith. CreateSpace, $12 paper (234p), ISBN 978-1-4609-1131-0; $5.99 e-book ASIN B009R3U2UE
With insight into the world of the business traveler and frequent flyer, this book covers the madness of airports, including the ludicrous rules, situations, and systems that we have put in place in and around the airline industry ecosystem.
Nothing but the Truth So Help Me God: 51 Women Reveal the Power of Positive Female Connection
A Band of Wives. Nothing but the Truth, $14.95 paper (267p), ISBN 978-0-9883754-1-3; $9.95 e-book ISBN 978-0-9883754-0-6
A collection of art and essays covering a wide range of topics (love, career, motherhood, divorce, death, etc.), all sharing the common thread of positive female connection.
With and Without Her: A Memoir of Being and Losing a Twin
Dorothy Foltz-Gray. Argo/Navis, $19.50 paper (p), ISBN 978-0-7867-5420-5; $9.99 e-book ISBN 978-0-7867-5414-4
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This memoir recounts the brutal murder of Foltz-Gray’s identical twin sister by a madman, and the experience of being and losing a twin.
Desmond’s Tale: A Story of Love, Lie and Loss Told on Twitter @desmondthelab
J.M. Frederick. J.M. Frederick, $7.99 e-book ISBN 978-0-9850650-4-1
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Every boy needs a dog, and Nick was no exception. One day, he discovered Desmond was very sick, so to keep his friends and family current on the latest news, he created a Twitter account called @desmondthelab. This is the story of Desmond’s life.
Maximize Your Medicare: Understanding Medicare, Protecting Health, and Minimizing Your Costs
Jae W. Oh. CreateSpace, $9.99 paper (144p), ISBN 978-1-4800-7342-5; $9.99 e-book ISBN 978-1-301-63055-4
A chartered life underwriter and financial consultant offers advice and examples that Medicare beneficiaries can use now and in the future, showing how one’s health, financial resources, family situation, and mental outlook all determine what course to choose.
This Part of the Sky: Building in Liberia
Wendy Maragh Taylor. CreateSpace, $14.95 paper (154p), ISBN 978-1-479-22485-2
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Taylor draws on her journal reflections about working in Liberia to inspire and offer laugh-out-loud accounts, engaging descriptions of misadventures and thought-provoking situations, along with a roadmap so readers can take action to serve other communities.
Kat Bastion. Kat Bastion, $8.99 paper (100p), ISBN 978-0-615-72920-6; $4.99 e-book ISBN 978-1-62347-650-2
Romantic poetry is shared with the world for charity, including 23 inspirational quotes and 21 poems. Foreword by New York Times and USA Today bestelling author Sylvain Reynard.
Strange Borderlands: Poems by Ben Berman
Ben Berman. Able Muse Press, $18.95 paper (104p), ISBN 978-1-927409-05-3; $9.99 e-book ISBN 978-1-927409-06-0
Berman’s first full-length collection counterposes insights with uncertainties, while chronicling immersion in new cultures‚ like the poet’s Peace Corps service in Zimbabwe.
How Can I Help? What You Can (and Can’t) Do to Counsel a Friend, Colleague or Family Member with a Problem
Anna Ranieri, Ph.D., and Joe Gurkoff. Trousdale Press, $16 paper (157p), ISBN 978-1-4792-5584-9
A primer on helping friends or colleagues who are facing a personal challenge, this work offers a strategy, framework, goal-setting tips, and reminders on setting limits.
Throwing Snowballs: A Jesus Confession
Dennis Doeing. Ionisus Press, $18.99 paper (208p), ISBN 978-0-9882222-0-5
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An account of experiences that changed the author’s religious beliefs, but also developed them into a deeper Christian faith.
Vistas of Many Worlds: A Journey Through Space and Time
Erik Anderson. Ashland Astronomy Studio, $29.95 hardcover (128p), ISBN 978-0-9819864-7-0
Explore the stars, encounter the past and future, tour planets beyond the solar system, and prepare for new discoveries with four easy-to-follow itineraries through space and time.
Be More Better: Stuff to Know and Use
Michael J. Czuchnicki. Be More Better Books, $12.95 paper (259p), ISBN 978-0-9883578-1-5; $9.50 e-book ISBN 978-0-9883578-0-8
Here are practical skills and fundamental knowledge about solving problems, including how to analyze a problem, be creative, plan, speak and write persuasively, and how to be a leader.
Secrets to a Creative Mind: Become the Master of Your Mind
David Judd Nutting. Outskirts Press, $19.95 paper (69p), ISBN 978-1-4787-1923-6
The designer of the first SUV, the Enstrom helicopter, and video arcade game technology reveals the secrets to being creative and opens a new window to the inner self, the human soul.
What’s Your Book? A Step-by-Step Guide to Get You from Inspiration to Published Author
Brooke Warner. She Writes Press, $12.95 (242p), ISBN 978-1-938314-00-1; $5.95 e-book ISBN 978-1-938314-06-3
The author has worked for 13 years as an acquiring editor for major publishing companies and offers expert advice to aspiring writers for how to get from idea to publication.
Sports & Recreation
Glenn Damato. Ninth Circle Press, $14.95 paper (362p), ISBN 978-0-9858162-0-9; $3.99 e-book ISBN 978-0-9858162-1-6
An overweight, middle-aged computer nerd buys his first boat, quits his job, and attempts to sail around the world.
Standing Still in a Concrete Jungle
Justin Nobel. Zoom Books, $12 paper (108p), ISBN 978-0-615-70775-4
Award-winning magazine journalist Nobel stands for extended periods of time in classic New York City spots—Central Park, a rough area of the Bronx, an ER, a Park Slope coffee shop—recording the minutiae of daily life to craft this travel book gem.
Philip Nuttle, Nancy G. Walker, Randolph T. Walker, John H. Munson. Bolder books, $28 paper (141p), ISBN 978-0-578-10869-8
Mitchell’s Book Corner, (508) 228-1080, Capturing the essence of Nantucket Island, this book takes readers on a photographic journey through the island’s unique vintage car, truck, and SUV culture.