Booksellers, publishers, librarians, and agents are encouraged to look at the 78 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 a track record and a following and are doing it on their own. If you are a self-published author interested in listing titles in this section, please visit publishersweekly.com/pw-select for more information.
The American vs. Amabo
Brett Cantrell. Xlibris. $41.99 paper (70p), ISBN 978-1-5245-5726-3
The patriotic hero of this novel represents the Constitution, hard-working people, law-abiding citizens, and people who care about America.
Black and White
Ben Burgess Jr. CreateSpace. $15 paper (340p), ISBN 978-1-5480-7742-6
Bill O’Neil and Ben Turner are tasked to handle two racially charged litigations. The cases hit emotional chords with the lawyers.
Can I Be Frank?
Rob Wyatt. CreateSpace. $7.99 paper (286p), ISBN 978-1-5211-0887-1; $2.99 e-book, ASIN B005U676W4
The trials and tribulations of a rookie priest from England as he takes on his first parish in Florida.
Cyrus the Persian Messiah
Mason Balouchian. Mason’s. $19.95 hardcover (160p), ISBN 978-0-9905973-4-6
A dramatic account of the life and accomplishments of Cyrus the Great, the founder of the Persian Empire.
The Dead Silence: Make Sure You’re Alive
Jane B. Tredition. $16.80 hardcover (216p), ISBN 978-3-7439-3710-9; $10.50 paper (216p), ISBN 978-3-7439-3709-3
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Dr. Sam Haley, a successful psychiatrist, tries to help one of his special patients, Anna, cope with the dark side of motherhood.
Gold in Havilah: A Novel of Cain’s Wife
Jean Hoefling. WestBow Press. $3.99 e-book, ASIN B073276YBS
A child of Adam and Eve living at the dawn of history, Akliah must make a perilous choice between devotion to Eden’s mysterious god and fierce love for her murderous brother, Cain.
A Hard Decision
Westley Thomas. AuthorHouse. $14.95 paper (136p), ISBN 978-1-4685-5046-7; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-4685-5044-3
After her childhood sweetheart, William, disappeared years ago during the Vietnam War, Zera moved on and married. With William’s shocking return, she must make the hard decision of whom to continue her life with.
How I Got to Yesterday: A Fictionalized Memoir
Paul Sedlock. CreateSpace. $16 paper (338p), ISBN 978-1-5187-9093-5
Five decades in the life of a thoughtful 20th-century working man who is also a functioning alcoholic. His relationships, mishaps, faults, and fears eventually lead him toward a growing self-acceptance.
Jessica Lost Her Wobble
J. Schlenker. Binka. $2.99 e-book, ASIN B0198UX0BI
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After her divorce, Jessie moves to an island for a new start. While trying to cope with her past, in comes Amy, who helps her reinvent her life and find love. But is it real?
My Interview with Beethoven
L.A. Hider Jones. CreateSpace. $17.99 paper (378p), ISBN 978-1-5352-0142-1
A young Virginia newspaperman leaves home to interview the famous composer Ludwig van Beethoven because he’s been told that Beethoven is his natural father.
The Night Bride: Book One of the Night Wife Chronicles
William Cade. Pronoun. $2.99 e-book, ASIN B073JSSZ8F
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A lurid retelling of our earliest creation stories. An epic tale of Lilith, the first of all women, who flees paradise to escape the brutality of man.
The Other Viki
Bob Bennett. AuthorHouse. $20.99 paper (454p), ISBN 978-1-5246-7021-4; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5246-7020-7
The saga of one large, poor family and how it grew and changed throughout the generations, surviving a host of challenges.
Party Girl Nurse’s Journey
Victoria Godwin. Xlibris. $19.99 paper (172p), ISBN 978-1-5144-8742-6; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5144-8741-9
Victoria Godwin’s life was almost perfect. That was until her family entered the drug world. Their lives changed, but she became stronger with God’s help and his unfailing mercy.
Republican Presidential Candidate Versus Demon-Crats Doomsday
Patricia Ann Taylor. Dorrance. $18 paper (256p), ISBN 978-1-4809-2447-5
Robert Lowe has groomed his son since birth for the presidency. When Robert Jr. wins the nomination, the games really begin. Ego rules in this family, and it could cost them everything.
The Resistance Between Us: Ingrid’s Wars (Vol. 1)
Phyllis Kimmel Libby. Mistral. $21.99 paper (527p), ISBN 978-0-9987441-0-0; $4.99 e-book, ASIN B07365CHRC
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Nazi terror tramps into France. With her husband dead and her child crippled, Ingrid Fellner battles alone—hiding refugees from the Gestapo, which abuses her.
Thank God for Drugs
Kewalnam Christ. Keshown Cassell. $19 paper (436p), ISBN 978-1-5408-9755-8
This is a satire of race, relationships, and addictions through the chaotic union of a serial killer and a sex addict in the sooty labyrinth of New York City.
John Skinner. Xlibris. $23.28 paper (398p), ISBN 978-1-5144-9923-8; $4.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5144-9924-5
This is a compassionate account of drought-stricken suffering and privation in an imaginary, least-developed African country where people’s pleasures and unexpected perils are highlighted.
Two Big Days
Rickey Lee. Page. $12.95 paper (112p), ISBN 978-1-68409-254-3
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The book contains two stories: first Robert Newkirk, a black Republican from Atlanta, becomes president, elected in 2000, aided by Andrew Young; and second, Michael and Daisy feel empathetic about attaining life in heaven.
Walking on Edge: A Pilgrimage to Santiago
Reino Gevers. PowerBodyMind. $12.95 paper (204p), ISBN 978-1-5466-8565-4
A modern-day pilgrimage on ancient paths with the main characters grappling with topical issues such as relationships and the search for meaning.
A Weekend with Frances
Lois Jean Thomas. Lois Jean Thomas. $12.50 paper (252p), ISBN 978-0-9976445-0-0
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A mother and her three daughters reunite in this tension-wracked drama.
When Angels Play Poker
Maura O’Leary. Inspiring Voices. $11.99 paper (122p), ISBN 978-1-4624-1213-6
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An inspirational story about the adventures in heaven while an ordinary couple go about their daily lives on earth.
The Wolves Within Our Walls
L.E. Flinders. Pruple Pill. $12.99 paper (264p), ISBN 978-0-9990890-1-9
A troubled 28-year-old waitress struggles to choose between an honest reality and the deceptive comfort of familiarity following a catastrophic technology and infrastructure collapse.
Jeff Grinnell. CreateSpace. $10 paper (172p), ISBN 978-1-5228-2631-6
People of varied backgrounds offer stories that fail to tell the whole truth yet imply more than their speakers realize as psychological, political, and spiritual stresses are explored.
The Body on the Lido Deck: A Toni Day Mystery
Jane Bennett Munro. iUniverse. $20.99 paper (290p), ISBN 978-1-4917-9550-7; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-4917-9551-4
Twin Falls pathologist Toni Day is supposed to be on a relaxing Caribbean cruise. But Toni ends up investigating a murder after a body plummets into the pool while she’s reading.
The Butcher’s Bill: The Linus Schag, NCIS, Thrillers, Book 2
Martin Roy Hill. 32-32 North. $2.99 e-book, ASIN B07191N188
Working from opposite ends, NCIS’s Schag and mercenary Butcher peel back the layers of conspiracy, revealing a criminal enterprise reaching into the highest levels of government.
The Catalina Cabal
Bill Thesken. Koloa. $11.50 paper (256p), ISBN 978-0-9903519-7-9
A peaceful sail around Catalina Island takes an ugly turn as a professional bodyguard gets dragged into the middle of a violent human smuggling ring.
John Wasowicz. BrickHouse. $22 paper (234p), ISBN 978-1-938144-55-4
A legal thriller about a complex terrorist plot, involving political intrigue, courtroom machinations, and police skulduggery.
Dark Network: An Imogen Trager Novel
James McCrone. Ingram. $12.99 paper (260p), ISBN 978-0-692-79784-6
Imogen Trager, the determined heroine of Faithless Elector, will have to fight against time, a sinister network—even her own colleagues—to defeat a conspiracy to steal the presidency.
Brian Randall. Archway. $22.99 paper (372p), ISBN 978-1-4808-4639-5; $5.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-4808-4640-1
This novel balances between action thriller and gay romance as a closeted young man and his assigned CIA officer engage in a dark ops protocol.
From the Midst of Wickedness
Nelson Cover. Epigraph. $17.99 paper (292p), ISBN 978-1-944037-64-2
A professor recruited into the U.S. president’s administration soon discovers disturbing facts involving the use of clandestine funds to support the president’s agenda to become the Global University.
Going Gone! A Trackers Novel
Anita Dickason. Mystic Circle. $7.99 paper (300p), ISBN 978-0-9968385-3-5
An intricate scheme to kidnap the children of the most powerful politicians on Capitol Hill has drug cartels and terrorists lined up to cash in.
The Iguana Project
Dale Arden. Lulu. $14.39 paper (242p), ISBN 978-1-4834-3268-7
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When the mafia murders Colleen, her heartbroken husband, Patrick, develops a masterful plan for revenge. This thriller combines science, shady business, and undying love.
The Lady with the Purple Hat
Otilia Greco. iUniverse. $13.99 paper (162p), ISBN 978-1-5320-1319-5; $2.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5320-1320-1
A crazed woman swans through the hospital corridors, hell-bent on entering her dying husband’s hospital room to speed his death by poisoning him.
The Mind of Stefan Dürr: The SHIVA Syndrome Trilogy (Vol. 1)
Alan Joshua. CreateSpace. $2.99 e-book, ASIN B06ZYPCBL4
A mind research experiment goes horrifyingly wrong, vaporizing a Russian city, killing thousands. Unless Beau Walker finds the cause, humanity faces annihilation.
L.J. Kane. Bentley Hereford. $10.75 paper (246p), ISBN 978-0-9956273-1-4; $2.99 e-book, ASIN B0722CMW7J
Snatched from her sadistic captor’s lair by his getaway driver, Ellie realizes she’s still kidnapped. Sadist Jon Braddon needs a victim—and he will fight to the death to get her back.
Bane County: Forgotten Moon
J.R. Rice. Silver Canyon. $5.99 e-book, ASIN B01GWRXAZQ
The large river island of Bane County has a troubled past, but some histories are eagerly forgotten, especially those written in blood. A long-slumbering evil is about to reawaken.
Nollen Bradley. Nollen Bradley. 99¢ e-book, ASIN B0733MLGMH
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A rare ancient werewolf gene haunts a Kansas veterinarian after he meets a mysterious woman who just moved to the small town.
A Shift Toward Prey: Chronicles of the Fringe, Book 1
Natalie Allison. Primedia. $3.99 e-book, ASIN B06XKJMNND
In order to stop a war, Chiari Jhahn must start a revolution. Predatory instinct meets political ambition in this paranormal fantasy series.
Eyes of the Seer
Ashley York. Ashley York. $7.99 paper (196p), ISBN 978-0-9986684-3-7
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In the land of the ancient Celts, superstitions ignited by fear explode into mass hysteria—and one vengeful woman feeds the flame.
Rescued: A Harris Tower Novel
Cara Downey. CreateSpace. $3.10 e-book, ASIN B071JRQB23
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The second installment in the Harris Tower Novel series continues the love story between Sean and Shervon, which is told through Sean’s point of view.
Rising from the Ashes
Marchela Wells. Xlibris. $19.99 paper (392p), ISBN 978-1-5144-1651-8; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5144-1650-1
An adult romance in which the heroine experiences the joys of love at first sight and the terrors of being stalked by men who raped her when she was 16.
The Stationmaster’s Cottage
Phillipa Nefri Clark. Phillipa Nefri Clark. $16.99 paper (340p), ISBN 978-0-648-01383-9; $3.99 e-book, ASIN B01MS6QD1O
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Heartbroken, betrayed, and proud, a woman ran into a deadly storm. Fifty years on, another woman risks her own world to uncover the secrets of the past that will change both their lives.
Jaime Olmos, illus. by Kevin Nichols. CreateSpace. $3.95 e-book, ASIN B071GM994S
A murder mystery graphic novel. Band members hold reunion. Band singer is found dead following reunion. Private investigator follows trail leading to revolutionary Central America.
The Tommy Gun Dolls, Vol. 1: The Big Knockover
Daniel Cooney. Red Eye. $24.99 hardcover (112p), ISBN 978-0-692-85431-0
A cross-dressing, gin-soaked grifter leads a gang of bawdy burlesque girls to avenge their friend’s murder in prohibition-era San Francisco.
Choose Resilience: Break Out of Your Comfort Zone Using the Power of Emotional Intelligence
Jen Shirkani. CreateSpace. $15.99 paper (166p), ISBN 978-0-9986122-0-1
This book challenges the notion that comfort is always good. It inspires readers to break out of their safe spaces to get the personal and professional lives of their dreams.
Chronicles of the Kwedake Dikep: A Timeline of the Indian Spring on the Hill TL of 2014
Robert J. Thayer. Outskirts. $35.95 paper (350p), ISBN 978-0-9970654-5-9
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This book examines the possibilities of an addition, not an amendment, to the American Constitution for establishing a freedom that could not have existed before the 21st century.
Edward IV, England’s Forgotten Warrior King: His Life, His People, and His Legacy
Anthony Corbet. iUniverse. $27.95 paper (466p), ISBN 978-1-4917-4633-2; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-4917-4635-6
As the Hundred Years’ War ended, a new king emerged: Edward IV. He struggled with rebellion and battles until establishing a time of peace and prosperity.
The Fourth Wife of Aliyar Bey
Hélène Zulgadar and Nandita Jhaveri-Menon. AuthorHouse. $19.76 paper (244p), ISBN 978-1-4969-9413-4
She was a model. He fled Azerbaijan and joined the Foreign Legion. They met in Paris and were married in Tehran. A story of two courageous lives.
Gaining the High Ground over Evolutionism
Robert J. O’Keefe. iUniverse. $17.95 paper (212p), ISBN 978-1-4759-4962-9; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-4759-4963-6
O’Keefe presents a comprehensive study on the creation-evolution controversy that identifies assumptions unique to evolutionary science and highlights science’s faith in the rationality of nature.
Godmother: An Unexpected Journey, Perfect Timing, and Small Miracles
Odile Atthalin. She Writes. $16.95 paper (300p), ISBN 978-1-63152-172-0; $9.95 e-book, ISBN 978-1-63152-173-7
Atthalin takes the reader along on a spiritual quest as she examines life and death, loss and healing, and the life-giving power of love.
I Can-cer Vive: Live Free, Be Happy
Monya Williams. Archway. $24.99 paper (412p), ISBN 978-1-4808-4003-4; $8.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-4808-4005-8
Williams, a woman of indefatigable optimism, shares her story of surviving childhood sexual, physical, and mental abuse.
In the Gentle Blue Light of the Dog Star
Chuck Farritor. Infinity. $17.95 paper (349p), ISBN 978-0-7414-5565-9
Readers will be warmed by the quiet love and caring that is a part of each story, then grabbed and shaken by the brutal action that sneaks up on them.
Jesus in the White House: Make Humanity Great Again
Gina Messina. The Far. $14.95 paper (143p), ISBN 978-0-9989675-1-6
Messina uses sharp wit and humor to present Jesus’ positions on social policy based on the Gospels while making comparisons to those of Donald Trump and the GOP, who often invoke his name.
‘The Man from Mensa’—1 of 600: Mensa Research
Bernard Mulholland. CreateSpace. $89.99 paper (482p), ISBN 978-1-5353-0726-0
A brief history of the international high-IQ society Mensa, founded in Oxford in 1946 to conduct research in psychology and social science and provide contact between intelligent people.
Medical Apologetics: The Universe Diagnosed
Kris F. French, illus. by Alex Orokotan. WestBow Press. $16.95 paper (177p), ISBN 978-1-5127-7882-3
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A new scientific and philosophical approach to the ultimate questions of reality using a medical diagnostic approach.
Misreading Judas: How Biblical Scholars Missed the Biggest Story of All Time
Robert Wahler. AuthorHouse. $14.95 paper (116p), ISBN 978-1-5246-2760-7
Judas is the sacrifice in the Gospel of Judas—not Jesus. Judas is a cover character for James the Just. There was no Jesus Christ. Christian history needs rewriting.
Mommy, Why Do You Have Two Birthdays?
T.E. Corner. Balboa Press. $11.99 paper (108p), ISBN 978-1-5043-7490-3; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5043-7535-1
Corner chronicles his wife’s life-altering experience when she was diagnosed with stage four non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and the fascinating procedures endured, while on her way to a renewed life.
The Mystery of an Old Master Painting, Madonna of Divine Love Painting by Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino
Carla N. Xlibris. $81.99 paper (148p), ISBN 978-1-5245-7526-7; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5245-7525-0
The book clarifies the story of a 1514 lost painting, wrongly believed for a century that it was the painting on wood created in 1518 by a pupil of Raphael.
A New Heaven and New Earth
William Dewberry. Xlibris. $19.99 paper (340p), ISBN 978-1-5245-8035-3
Popular arguments for evidence of the existence of God and his creation are the cosmological, the ontological, and the argument for the intelligent design of created things.
Notes of an Underground Humanist
Chris Wright. Booklocker.com. $21.95 paper (540p), ISBN 978-1-60145-765-3
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In a series of detached reflections, this book touches on most of the important questions that arise in life.
Our Fated Century
Grant Rodkey. Xlibris. $19.99 paper (240p), ISBN 978-1-5245-5816-1; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5245-5815-4
A kaleidoscopic review of events, knowledge, and attitudes that have changed us and our fellow earthly travelers during the tumultuous period from 1917 to 2017.
The People Hitler Left Behind
Larry B. Stell. Xlibris. $19.99 paper (276p), ISBN 978-1-5245-8351-4
Stell imparts his impressions of Germany and the German people since he lived in the western part of Germany from 1961 until 1983.
The Principle of True Representation: Mind, Matter and Geometry in a Self-Consistent Universe
John T. Winthrop. iUniverse. $38.99 hardcover (554p), ISBN 978-1-5320-1202-0; $28.99 paper (554p), ISBN 978-1-5320-1201-3
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A unique formalism arising from the unification of appearance and reality answers seemingly unresolvable issues in fundamental physics, cosmology, and neuroscience.
Rule #1 Don’t Be #2: You Get What You Work for Not What You Wish For
Daniel Milstein. Gold Star. $19.99 hardcover (249p), ISBN 978-1-947165-03-8; $9.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-947165-05-2
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In his fourth book, Milstein continues to challenge readers to dream big with his candor revealing their own limitless potential.
Stretch for Change: How to Improve Your Change Fitness and Thrive in Life
Gustavo Razzetti. Liberationist. $19.99 paper (294p), ISBN 978-0-9990973-0-4
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Razzetti provides endless excuse-busters. The book’s road map, actionable tips, and exercises can improve readers’ fitness.
The Trump Challenge to Black America
Earl Ofari Hutchinson. Middle Passage. $9.95 paper (126p), ISBN 978-1-881032-00-7
Hutchinson presents a detailed look at the direction Trump has taken the country since his election and what it means to African-Americans.
Understanding Me, Understanding You: An Enquiry into Being Human
Manoj Krishna. Cleartree. $5.99 e-book, ASIN B073XRQQRT
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This book enables readers to understand themselves clearly, and with this clarity of insight, problems can dissolve and also lead to wisdom, freedom from stress, and a sense of inner peace.
Up from South Philly
Anthony A. Chiurco. Liferich. $18.99 paper (294p), ISBN 978-1-4897-0145-9
A neurosurgeon’s memoir starts from the author’s childhood on the rough streets of South Philadelphia.
What Happened to Paul Carter, Vol. I: The Very True Story of Love, Passion and a Hitman
Katherine De Bois. Katherine De Bois. $19.95 paper (282p), ISBN 978-0-9992339-0-0
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The author tries to understand why her fiancé disappeared and why she is now hunted by a hitman.
What Happened to Paul Carter, Vol. II: Collateral Damage: The Very True Story of Love, Passion and a Hitman
Katherine De Bois. Katherine De Bois. $19.95 paper (342p), ISBN 978-0-9992339-2-4
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Questioning her sanity, the author struggles to find answers and stay alive when her life suddenly morphs into a true-life psychological thriller filled with deception, heartache, and hitmen.
Valenciya Lyons. CreateSpace. 99¢ e-book, ASIN B00MR9Z9U8
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Following the discovery of her unplanned pregnancy, 16-year-old Cami swears her best friend to secrecy. But someone soon discovers her secret and quickly spreads it across town.
Grandma Doesn’t Know My Name
Joy Shepherd, illus. by Karalee Hammes. CreateSpace. $11.99 paper (26p), ISBN 978-1-5441-4412-2
A little girl is troubled by her grandmother not remembering her name. She learns how Alzheimer’s affects the brain and changes the way things will be done.
William McCauley. William McCauley. $2.99 e-book, ASIN B00D5EY2SO
For his middle-school Holocaust project, Markus turns to his concentration camp survivor grandmother, but she refuses to relive the memories. Then a stranger who knew her in Auschwitz reveals devastating secrets.
Maddie & Sayara
Sanjyot P. Dunung. Full Circle Media. $9.89 paper (181p), ISBN 978-1-943967-88-9
Maddie and Sayara are from very different cultures. Quickly forging a close friendship, they face an unexpected crisis. Naïve but hopeful Maddie is determined to fix the problem.
Oh Susannah: Things That Go Bump (An Oh Susannah Story)
Carole P. Roman, illus. by Mateya Arkova. Chelshire. $8.99 paper (62p), ISBN 978-1-94718813-6
Susannah learns to confront her fears and not let her imagination prevent her from having fun.
A Pardon for Tommy
Patricia Nmukoso Enyi. Halo. $11.95 e-book, ASIN B0725M51SV
Chelsea’s city is destroyed during Hurricane Katrina. Her father gets swept away by floodwaters. Tommy the turkey is due to end up as Thanksgiving dinner. How can Chelsea save him?
Tillie Heart and Soul
Mary Atkinson. Maine Authors. $14.95 paper (155p), ISBN 978-1-63381-108-9
Tillie’s wish to shine at roller-skating becomes entangled with worries about her absent mother, her unusual living situation in an old piano factory, and her friends’ shifting loyalties.
Vault of Dreams
Luke Taylor. Luke Taylor. 99¢ e-book, ASIN B01J6YAWYO
Amid civil war, an unlikely band of heroes battles a usurper for the throne of Albanland.
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