This is the last of our quarterly supplements. Beginning in February, PW Select will be published six times a year, reflecting the continued boom in self-publishing. The 215 titles in this supplement are the most we’ve had to date. More to come!
Adolf Loos: A Private Portrait.
Claire Beck Loos. DoppelHouse Press, $24.95 hardcover (200p), ISBN 978-0-9832540-0-3
Lively vignettes portray the personality and philosophy of early modern architect and cultural critic Adolf Loos. An intimate biography by Loos’s third wife, photographer Claire Beck Loos, this is the first English translation of the 1936 German original. Photo supplement.
Wander: Memoir of a Quebec Backwoods Girlhood.
Rose-Aimee. Epigraph Books, $11.99 paper (100p), ISBN 978-0-9830517-4-9; $7.99 e-book ASIN B004O6MQVW
The true story of a five-year-old girl left in charge of her two baby sisters in a snowbound cabin in the Quebec woods, Rose-Aimee’s memoir is a tale of survival and spirit.
Just One Foot; How Amputation Cured My Disability.
Judy Johnson Berna. CreateSpace, $14.99 paper (212p), ISBN 978-1-4776-4006-7
An elective amputee trades in her deformed foot for a prosthetic foot that finally gives her the life she’s always dreamed of.
Tell Them I’m Not Home.
Peter G. Bryne. Lulu.com, $19.99 paper (418p), ISBN 978-1-257-86350-1
Set in a blue-collar, big-city neighborhood in the decade 1945–1955, a lightly fictionalized memoir lies somewhere between Studs Lonigan and Jean Shepherd.
Self Booked, True Tales of the Spinns: Empty Bottles, Germs Burns and Bootneck Dreams.
Todd J. Colberg. Colpub, $17 paper (194p), ISBN 978-1-105-82776-1
The author is a member of the Spinns, a garage punk band from North Carolina. He chronicles the band’s reckless adventures at the dawning days of the Internet, as they forge on through a series of drunken disasters before finding a salvation, of sorts.
An Uncommon Friendship: A Memoir of Love, Mental Illness, and Friendship.
Monique Colver. Colver Press, $12.99 paper (220p), ISBN 978-0-615-63847-8; $9.99 e-book ISBN 978-0-615-64749-4
More than a tale of mental illness and its accompanying devastation, this is a story of friendship and what we do for those we love.
Ex-Rich Girl Tells All: My Truth Behind Closed Doors
Kami Corban. $7.99 e-book ISBN 9781624880230
In her high-velocity memoir, Corban lays bare the high life and dark times of a girl who for a brief time had every possible advantage.
Tales of a Lion.
Ellen Cumbess. Outskirts Press, $27.95 hardcover (414p), ISBN 978-1-4327-9219-0 ; $8.95 e-book ISBN 978-1-4327-9100-1
The memoir of a native New Yorker struggling to overcome anger and resentment stemming from childhood events.
Snakes in My Dreams: A Mental Health Therapist’s Odyssey from Hardship to Healer.
Michael Deninger. Unrivaled Books, $21.95 paper (312p), ISBN 978-1-6136-0109-9; $12.07 e-book ISBN 978-1-61360-110-5
In this deeply personal story of abuse, forgotten memories, perseverance, and triumph, Mike Deninger chronicles his transformation from shy, victimized child to a champion of those suffering from trauma and PTSD.
Up Cappanale Way.
Jack Drought. Black Bridge Press, $17.76 paper (294p), ISBN 978-0-578-07474-0
A unique memoir of rural Ireland back in the 1950s.
A View from My Window: Real Stories for Real Women.
Sylvia Forrest. CreateSpace, $11.99 paper (254p), ISBN 978-1-4751-5468-9
Heartwarming and honest, this often humorous collection of true stories chronicles the life and times of real women as they deal with relationships, parenting, and personal growth.
Becoming a Superhero: Based on a True Story.
Oliver Galang. CreateSpace, $12.99 paper (282p), ISBN 978-1-4792-3118-8; $4.99 e-book ASIN B00962W4CA
Oliver was a nerd. He was always picked on. One day, he decided to become a superhero. This memoir traces his adventures of becoming a superhero.
Sihpromatum: I Grew My Boobs in China.
Savannah Grace. Sihpromatum Publishing House, $19.99 paper (362p), ISBN 978-1-4792366-5-7; $9.99 e-book ISBN 978-0-9881231-1-3
Fourteen-year-old Savannah Grace sees her life thrown into disarray when she backpacks the world with her family, starting in China and Mongolia.
A Road Less Traveled: A Father’s Odyssey Through Autism.
Eric Griffith. CreateSpace, $12.99 paper (196p), ISBN 978-1-4800-2190-7
This story gives a heartfelt view of raising a child with autism from a father’s perspective, and a family’s effort to help one child.
Gunshots in Another Room: The Forgotten Life of Dan J. Marlowe.
Charles Kelly. Charles Kelly, $19.95 paper (284p), ISBN 978-0-9858911-0-7; $4.99 e-book ISBN 978-0-9858911-2-1
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This biography of amnesiac hard-boiled writer Dan J. Marlowe (1914–1986) interweaves his story with that of two bank robbers. 16 photos.
Leaving Long Island and Other Departures.
Fern Kupfer. Culicidae Press, $16.95 paper (256p), ISBN 978-1-105-53587-1; $9 e-book ASIN B008LKZ3OE
The author has lost a child, seen the explosive end of a long marriage, and discovered a genetic inheritance endemic to Ashkenazi Jews.
North of Hollywood.
Rick Lenz. Chromodroid Press, $23.95 hardcover (294p), ISBN 978-0-9848442-0-3
An actor’s intimate, sometimes hilarious, sometimes touching, and always honest account of making a living while living next to Hollywood legends.
The Avocado Tree: An Immigrant’s Journey.
Roxanne Catherine Mapp. Xlibris Publishing, $41.99 paper (68p), ISBN 978-1-46914-100-8
This inspirational book of poetry, art, and photography depicts the journey of an artist from Trinidad and Tobago to the United States.
On the Street Where I Lived: The Autobiography of a Child.
Roberta Weiner Markbreit. Inkwater Press, $19.95 paper (249p), ISBN 978-1-59299-854-8; $ e-book ISBN
This book describes a time when being a child offered pleasures like hopscotch and hide and seek, yet WWII presented a fearsome backdrop.
Never Give In to Fear: Laughing All the Way Up from Rock Bottom.
Marti MacGibbon. Stay Strong Publishing, $15.95 paper (384 p), ISBN 978-0-9860067-0-8
A darkly funny memoir describes a drug-fueled descent into the underworld, escape from human traffickers, and ultimate redemption.
I Had Jelly on My Nose and a Hole in My Breeches: The Memoir of a Boy on His Dangerous Journey.
Robert McNally. CreateSpace, $15.95 paper (368p), ISBN 978-1-4751-0241-3; $3.99 e-book AISN B009KS8FNM
This is the memoir of a boy growing up during the Great Depression and WWII, highlighted by youthful romances and wild adventures.
My Journey to Heaven and Back.
Rebecca D. Myers. Writestyle Publishing, $13.95 paper (122p), ISBN 978-0-9854155-0-1; $6.99 e-book ISBN 978-0-9854155-1-8
A woman describes being close to heaven in a near-death experience yet being pulled back to life by her husband’s love.
B.G. Bhagee: Memories of a Colonial Childhood.
Philippa Perry. CreateSpace, $17.99 paper (24p), ISBN 978-1-4611-9219-0; $6.99 e-book ASIN: B005C1MWPI
Bhagee is a fiery Guyanese stew. Philippa recounts growing up in colonial British Guiana—from women’s battles to neighbors who never wore clothes to relatives who walked with their shoes in their hands.
Confessions: A Memoir.
Jodie Rhodes. Jodie Rhodes Literary Agency, $15 paper (341p), ISBN 978-0-9838797-0-1; $9.90 e-book ASIN B005OFGQV8
The hidden childhood and growing up of a writer who became the literary agent who got rejected writers published.
Inside the Dementia Epidemic: A Daughter’s Memoir.
Martha Stettinius. Dundee-Lakemont Press, $17.95 paper (353p), ISBN 978-0-9849326-0-3 ; $9.99 e-book ISBN 978-0-9849326-3-4
The unflinching and hopeful story of one woman’s journey into family caregiving, a vivid overview of the challenges of Alzheimer’s care, and the inspiring portrait of how a daughter learned to see dementia not as a “long good-bye” but as a “long hello.” Honorable Mention in the Life Stories category of the Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards.
Not Only Women Bleed: Vignettes from the Heart of a Rock Musician.
Dick Wagner. Desert Dreams Books & Music, $29.95 hardcover (281p), ISBN 978-0-9856843-0-3; $9.99 e-book ISBN 978-0-9846586-3-3
Wagner is a songwriter, guitarist, and producer/arranger who’s worked with Alice Cooper, Aerosmith, Lou Reed, Peter Gabriel, Air Supply, and more. He delivers tales of sex, drugs, and rock and roll with edgy, ironic, self-deprecating wit, culminating in near-fatal health adversity and moving come-back.
Puttin’ Cologne on the Rickshaw: A Guide to Dysfunctional Management and the Evil Workplace Environments They Create.
William Bouffard. William Bouffard, $29.95 paper (394p), ISBN 978-0-9847999-0-9; $14.99 e-book ISBN 978-0-9847999-1-6
Bouffard has worked for big corporations and small startups. He outlines the bad behavior found in companies and how to overcome it.
The Startup Owner’s Manual: A Step-by-Step Guide for Building a Great Company.
Steve Blank & Bob Dorf. K&S Ranch, $39.95 hardcover (608p), ISBN 978-0-9849993-0-9
This step-by-step guide walks founders through a proven customer development process for getting startups right the first time.
Corporate Recruiter Tells All: Tips, Secrets, and Strategies to Landing Your Dream Job!
Ryan Fisher. CreateSpace, $14.99 paper (131p), ISBN 978-1-4699-3318-4; $9.99 e-book ASIN B009BF243Q
A former corporate recruiter tells all he has learned to help you land the job of your dreams with the financial returns you deserve.
21st-Century Yoga: Culture, Politics, and Practice.
Edited by Carol Horton and Roseanne Harvey. Kleio Books, $15 paper (220p), ISBN 978-0-615-61760-2; $9.99 e-book ASIN B009IYB8LE
This path-breaking collection of essays examines North American yoga and its relationship to issues including commercial culture, body image, social action, addiction recovery, and ”enlightenment 2.0.”
The Entrepreneur’s Secret to Creating Wealth: How the Smartest Business Owners Build Their Fortunes.
Chris Hurn. Advantage Media Group, $19.95 paper (277p), ISBN 978-1-59932-315-2
The CEO and cofounder of Mercantile Capital Corporation, which specializes in small business commercial real estate projects, outlines in detail and with authority the importance of real estate for developing wealth in any business.
Money and Teens: Savvy Money Skills.
Wesley Karchut and Darby Karchut. Copper Square Studios, $14.95 paper (190p), ISBN 978-0-9741145-3-8; $6.95 e-book ISBN 978-0-9741145-2-1
A practical, no-nonsense guide empowering teens to manage their money for a better future. Before parents hand over a credit card, they should first hand over this book.
Restoring the American Dream One Portfolio at a Time.
Bob Kolar. Ampersand, $29.95 hardcover (312p), ISBN 978-1-4507-9594-4; $19.95 e-book ISBN 978-1-4507-9599-9
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This book concisely reveals the secrets of investing, showing how a solid portfolio can be implemented readily by any investor.
Brand Is a Four Letter Word: Positioning and the Real Art of Marketing.
Austin McGhie. Advantage Media Group, $22.46 hardcover (281p), ISBN 978-1-59932-327-5
Brand is the most abused and misused word in the marketing lexicon. Brand is a noun and should never be used as a verb. Brand is the prize, is positioning. This is a book about positioning, the actual work to be done, the art at the heart of marketing, that achieves the prize of brand.
Steve Jobs and the World of Mobile Insights for the Future.
Patrick Meyer. Ignite, $14.95 hardcover (168p), ISBN 978-0-9860123-0-3; $6.95 e-book ISBN 978-0-578-10685-4
The tep beyond the Isaacson bio uses Steve Jobs as a vehicle to deliver mobile innovation insights for the future, in a next generation book experience (tap the cover and it comes to life). Book profits help students follow in Jobs’s footsteps.
Leaders First: Six Bold Steps to Sustain Breakthroughs in Construction.
Gene Morton. Accelerated Solutions, $32.95 hardcover (404p), ISBN 978-0-9840008-0-7
With information gleaned from advising leaders through mergers and reorganizations, Leaders First shows six bold growth-enhancing, capacity-building, and market-leading steps to steer company success.
Thoughts from a Grumpy Innovator.
Costas Papaikonomou. Bound, $18.99 paper (135p), ISBN 978-90-818800-0-8; $9.99 e-book ISBN 978-90-818800-1-5
Polemics, witty one-liners, and cartoons from a global consultant on mass marketing innovation.
The Savvy Landlord: A Common Sense Approach to Investing.
Steven VanCauwnbergh, with Walter B. Jenkins. Teflon Publishing, $22.95 paper (320p), ISBN 978-0-9859805-0-4
If you’re wondering what to do with your life or need motivation to build wealth, this inspiring, true story about one man’s journey from being homeless to owning a multimillion dollar real estate portfolio is a powerful guide to creating freedom.
Light of the Andes: In Search of Shamanic Wisdom in Peru.
J.E. Williams. Irie Books with AyniGlobal, $15.95 paper (200p), ISBN 978-1-61720-374-9
Takes the reader deep into the labyrinth of the highest mountains of the Andes and into the secret heartland of the gods themselves to learn the beautiful, inexorable value system that goes back to the Incas.
The Passionate Vegetable: Health Inspired Recipies to Revitalize Your Life for Vegetarians or Meat Lovers!
Suzanne Landry. Health Inspired Publishing, $29.95 paper (306p), ISBN 978-0-9851908-0-4
Delicious recipes for healthful eating for everyone, vegetarians and meat lovers. This book may change the way you cook, eat, and think about food.
Heal My Broken Heart: How One Mother Found Comfort and Healing After the Loss of Her Child.
Monica Hofer. Healing Soul Press, $19.99 paper (197p), ISBN 978-0-9878303-1-9
A mother’s poignant account of recovery from devastating loss that reaches deep into her aching heart and soul after the loss of her young child.
Misdemeanor and Paternity.
Lester Joseph. Outskirts Press, $14.95 paper (136p), ISBN 978-1-4327-9579-5; $5.99 e-book ASIN B0091ZGOCS
Based on a true story, this book traces the struggles of a man fighting false charges of assault and trying to maintain rights to his new child despite the mother’s resistance.
Ketchup Is a Vegetable: And Other Lies Moms Tell Themselves.
Robin O’Bryant. Greenforge Books , $15 paper (264p), ISBN 978-0-9847165-2-4; $5.99 e-book ASIN B0065B0ONQ
From a Southern blogger on motherhood comes a collection of essays with the ”humor of Bombeck” (according to Celia Rivenbark) that will “make you nod your head with recognition while reminding you to schedule a hysterectomy” (according to Jenny Lawson, the Bloggess).
The GraspRite Method: The Quick and Easy Guide to Helping Your Child Develop the Essential Fine and Gross Motor Skills Every Elementary Schooler Needs.
Lisa Shooman. Golden Bird Publishing, $34.95 hardcover (62p), ISBN 978-0-9856298-0-9; $14.95 e-book ISBN 978-0-9856298-1-6
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The GraspRite Method is an A to Z manual of exercises and activities for children with various levels of developmental delays; recommended by pediatricians for children between developmental ages three to seven years.
Living on Three Spoons.
Susan A. Torres. CreateSpace, $17.99 paper (500p), ISBN 978-1-4783-6024-7; $9.99 e-book ASIN B0099SDP10
A Hispanic single parent from Brooklyn recounts how she was raised by abusive drug addicts, yet leaves behind a contaminated past to reach a life teaching high school English and marriage with a combined family of eight children.
Atticus for the Undead.
John Abramowitz. On the Bird Publishing, $2.99 e-book ISBN 978-0-9883616-0-7
A genre-bending thriller about what happens when zombies get due process rights.
The Benchwarmers of Countyseat.
Acwel Adam. AMNY, $14.95 paper, ISBN 978-0-9726776-0-8
The Benchwarmers of County seat is a classic thriller/mystery of an idyllic existence gone bad. With a cast of unforgettable characters whose stories‚ and fates‚ are inextricably linked, it weaves a tale of hyper-violence and the end of innocence.
The Corin Chronicles, Vol. 1: The Light and the Dark.
Marvin Amazon. Corinthians Publishing, $24 hardcover (354p), ISBN 978-0-9572985-0-7; $14.99 paper, ISBN 978-0-9572985-1-4
A story of a galaxy-changing war and its aftermath is told through the perspectives of the loyal men and women on the front lines.
XP: Wanted! Young Skinny Wiry Fellows, Orphans Preferred.
Alison M. Bailey. Runaway Horse Press, $27.95 (284p), ISBN 978-0-9852228-7-1
The irresistible coming-of-age love story of a doomed rider for the Pony Express is a reverential meditation on the culture of the American Indian and its demise.
Embracing the Elephant.
Lori Hart Beninger. On Track Publishing, $29.95 hardcover (372p), ISBN 978-0-9856897-1-1; $16.95 paper ISBN 978-0-9856897-0-4; $9.99 e-book ISBN 978-0-9856897-2-8
This hiistorical fiction adventure set during the California Gold Rush is a coming-of-age tale of an 11-year-old girl sailing from Boston to San Franciso to reunite with her widowed father.
The Jungle Express.
Michael Bleriot. MacGregor Books, $19.95 paper (536p), ISBN 978-0-9833751-3-5; $5.99 e-book ISBN 978-0-9833751-2-8
Fun, action-packed stories are drawn from the real-life adventures of a counterdrug pilot in South America; from the author of Memories of an Emerald World.
C.J. Booth. C.J. Booth, $14.95 paper (348p), ISBN 978-0-9838329-0-4; $2.99 e-book ASIN B005D7VM8O
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A 15-year-old cold case is the first job tackled by the Ongoing Investigation Division, and they discover the case is far from cold. Olive Park was awarded the Best Mystery 2012 by the Global E-Book Awards and Reader’s Favorite Book Awards named it one of the top five mysteries of 2012.
Price of Justice.
Alan Brenham. Bookbaby, $10.99 (286p), ISBN 978-1-4791-5634-4; $5.99 e-book ISBN 978-1-62309-894-0
When straight-arrow detective Jason Scarsdale unwittingly befriends a woman secretly bent on murderous revenge, he’s drawn into a web of malice that teaches him the value of breaking the rules.
The Banker Spy.
William G. Byrnes. Publish Green, $2.99 e-book ISBN 978-1-938296-34-5
A contemporary thriller brings together former lovers, one an investment banker, the other a CIA agent, who become entangled in a web of international intrigue that could start a nuclear war.
Goliath and the Killer Zombie.
Ian Cant. CreateSpace, $10.99 paper (302p), ISBN 978-1-4791-2925-6; $3.99 e-book ASIN B008EDXX5E
Set in 2466, this metafictional tale’s investigator must solve a bizarre murder while the prime suspect weaves increasingly unbelievable stories of time travel and cloning.
Days of Affliction.
Brian Carland. Quiver Books, 99¢ e-book ISBN 978-0-9631107-2-5
This story of the 1968 Tet offensive is told by both American and Vietnamese participants. A GI is captured, but a prostitute and Vietcong soldier plan his rescue.
Sanctuary in Steel: A Zombie Thriller.
Bryan Cassiday. CreateSpace, $22.95 paper (344p), ISBN 978-1-4791-0617-2
Survivors of the zombie apocalypse seek sanctuary in Alcatraz prison, which is lorded over by a leader who believes in due process for zombies.
48 and Counting: A Story of Money, Love and Bicycling.
Jonathan Clements. CreateSpace, $9.99 paper (165p), ISBN 978-1-4783-9213-2; $3.99 e-book ASIN B00946TWMI
Unemployed, his marriage in tatters and unsure what to do next, Max Whitfield throws himself into training for a 40-mile bicycle race.
The Assassin Dominic Monroe.
Davin Colten. iUniverse, $20.95 paper (351p), ISBN 978-1-4759-1545-7; $3.99 e-book ISBN 978-1-4759-1547-1
Ingram, Baker & Taylor, Amazon, bn.com
A spy and an innocent find themselves on the run from the world’s most deadly assassin in this espionage thriller.
Mary and the Invisible Scaffolding.
David Michael Conner. Amazon, $3.99 e-book ISBN 978-0-615-72088-3
Eight-year-old Mary’s life changes dramatically when her mother drags her out of bed for a road trip to New Orleans and layers of mystery and reality unfold.
Mr. Nachron’s List.
Mike Corbett. Centrifugal Publishing, $11.95 paper (200p), ISBN 978-0-9830679-2-4; $5.95 e-book ISBN 978-0-9830679-3-1
Amazon, bn.com, and other sites
Ron Maddock commits himself to a romantic high-stakes scavenger hunt that carries him through the boundaries of time and reality.
Elizabeth Curtisse. DC Publishing House, $16.99 paper (355p), ISBN 978-0-9855940-0-8; $3.99 e-book ISBN 978-0-9855940-9-1
A dog relates his tale of joining a family and learning about duty, loyalty, and love, and jealousy that turns into admiration as the family faces the difficulties of daily life.
A.W. Daniels. iUniverse, $14.99 paper (200p), ISBN 978-1-4759-4207-1; $3.99 e-book ISBN 978-1-4759-4209-5
A couple hoping to start a family with fertility treatments unknowingly become part of the Bethlehem Project, which seeks to create super humans through gene manipulation; the first in a series explores the ramifications genetic enhancement could have on family and society.
The Conspiracies of Dreams.
Sandra Biber Didner. Inkwater Press, $12.95 paper (210p), ISBN 978-1-59299-784-8; $5.99 e-book ASIN B008D686EK
A forbidden romance between an Egyptian spy and an Israeli woman during the 1956 Suez War is derailed by Britain’s MI6 double agents.
Vida Nocturna: Some Monsters Are Real.
Mark D. Diehl. CreateSpace, $9.95 paper (232p), ISBN 978-1-4635-5406-4; 99¢ e-book ASIN B005067WJQ
Sara fantasizes that her pale, slender, and nocturnal new boyfriend is a vampire. By the time she realizes he’s a cocaine addict, she’s been “bitten,” too.
The Morning After John Lennon Was Shot.
Larry Durstin. Current Publishing, $16.95 paper (254p), ISBN 978-0-615-55321-4; $2.99 e-book ASIN B00AIABTB6
Amazon, Baker & Taylor
Reagan has just been elected and Lennon has just been killed. With the nation’s politics turning right and ’60s dreams hitting a dead end, 30-year-old Ray Powell seeks romantic salvation in a profoundly confused time.
Plunket in Wonderland: A Hollywood Tale.
Alan M. Ehrlich. Sunning Turtle Press, $19.95 paper (385p), ISBN 978-0-9839049-0-8; $9.99 e-book ISBN 978-0-9839049-1-5
An overworked, underemployed reader for a grade B movie studio is unjustly fired, and as his swan song he submits an uncharacteristically glowing report for a screenplay that doesn’t exist.
Pieces of You.
J.F. Elferdink. CreateSpace, $9 paper (220p), ISBN 978-0-615-66449-1; $5 e-book AIN B008ZP0XR2
A comatose man is led on journeys into the past and possible futures by a spirit guide. He must choose whether to stay with the woman he loves or “cross over” in order to improve her world.
Behind the Spiritual Lines: Curse of the Gifted Child.
R.J. Ellis. CreateSpace, $13.50 paper (264p), ISBN 978-1-4701-4015-1; 99¢ e-book ASIN B007GQ0ITO
A man awakens in a mental hospital with no memory of getting there. As one doctor helps him recover both his mysterious past and supernatural gifts, he is thrust into cosmic battles between angelic and demonic forces.
A Cape May Diamond.
Larry Enright. CreateSpace, $16.95 paper (354p), ISBN 978-1-4792-1000-8; $2.99 e-book ISBN 978-0-9839403-3-3
the decaying resort town of Cape May, N.J., in 1975 is the setting where the narrator meets Tom, a convicted, then pardoned, draft dodger. This is their story.
Randall Franklin. Mikvelk Publishing, $17.95 paper (481p), ISBN 978-1-4662-1214-5; $2.99 e-book ISBN 978-0-9831549-3-8
A slick apostate seeks to subvert Christianity in New England as two missionaries resist through broadcasts from a remote island. Assassins on both sides raise the question: when killers protect lies, who defends the truth?
A Part to Play.
Jennifer L. Fry. Rogue Phoenix Press, $17.95 paper (261p), ISBN 978-1-936403-90-5; $4.99 e-book ISBN 978-0-9845078-88-9
Shattered by the death of her older sister, Lucy, 15, is sent to boarding school where she meets a mysterious musician who teaches her to rediscover herself.
Tom Gabbay. $7.99 e-book ISBN 978-0-615-69869-4
Two veterans of the Iraq war, struggling to adjust to life back home, set out to halt a former comrade’s violent descent into madness.
Secrets and Strangers.
James Gilbert. James Gilbert, $7.95 paper (130p), ISBN 978-0-615-66932-8
This collection’s 11 stories are set in Prague, along the Mediterranean, in Washington, D.C., and Chicago, and are narrated by a young boy, a married man, a woman, a gay man; they explore ironic situations and ordinary encounters from different perspectives.
None but the Brave: A Novel of the Surgeons of World War II.
Anthony A. Goodman. Deer Creek Publications Group, $18.95 paper (472p), ISBN 978-1-4635-0798-5; $9.99 e-book ASIN B007ZFRE6G
This gripping account of the lives of wartime doctors and nurses on the front lines of WWII, from D-Day to the liberation of concentration camps, is based on the real-life diaries of a WWII surgeon. The author is a surgeon who served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps during the Vietnam War.
Come from Nowhere.
Ellen Greenfield. 3Ring Press, $12.99 paper (308p), ISBN 978-0-9793527-6-8; $3.99 e-book ISBN 978-0-9793527-7-5
During the 1977 blackout in New York City, seven female characters struggle to find their ways home both literally and metaphorically.
No Good Deed.
Penelope Grenoble. ABQ Press, $15.95 paper (274p), ISBN 978-0-9838712-9-3
A missing boy and a dead body lead Brody Cooper of the Malibu Times to a story of deadly environmental politics in the Santa Monica Mountains.
The Torn Wing: Book Two of the Faerie Ring Series.
Kiki Hamilton. Fair Wind Books, $12.99 paper (318p), ISBN 978-1-4701-3143-2; $7.99 e-book ISBN 978-0-9881999-0-3
As the orphan pickpocket who stole the queen’s ring, Tiki finds her greatest fear becoming all too real: the fey have returned to London seeking revenge.
Life on Nubis.
Robert Harken. CreateSpace, $12.99 paper (285p), ISBN 978-1-4792-1179-1; $4.99 e-book I
Displaced humans emigrate from Earth to resuscitate their lives on a new world. They underestimate the risks and the tenacity of a future they fled.
A Place in Life.
Robert C. Hartstein. Ink Write Press, $15.95 paper (160p), ISBN 978-0-9853566-1-3
This story captures the life of a boy during the turmoil of the 1960s, and a love that keeps two people together against all odds.
Doves and Thunder Gods.
Patricia Hester. Patricia A. Wiggins, $15.99 paper (382p), ISBN 978-0-9845616-5-0; $4.99 e-book ISBN 978-0-9845616-4-3
Three military nurses and one college professor live through the Vietnam War with different perspectives. As a dying pilot tells one of the nurses, “Laggards come home from war with stories to tell; true heroes are rendered speechless.”
Living with Your Past Selves.
Bill Hiatt. CreateSpace, $7.50 paper (264p), ISBN 978-1-4792-9569-2; $0.99 e-book ISBN 978-0-6157-0285-8
Taliesin Weaver remembers hundreds of his former lives and can work magic as well. Someone wants to kill him, and he must find out who and why to save not only himself but everyone he loves.
Lance Horton. iUniverse, $23.95 paper (424p), ISBN 978-1-4620-0765-3; $3.99 e-book ISBN 978-1-4620-0767-7
An FBI victim specialist, sent to Montana to investigate a series of brutal murders, discovers someone—or something—is on the loose on Shadow Mountain.
Dawn Greenfield Ireland. Artistic Origins, $9.99 paper (477p), ISBN 978-0-9701137-9-5; $3.99 e-book ISBN 978-0-9701137-4-0
The first in a series features the three middle-aged, eccentric Alcott sisters, heiresses to the Alcott Chocolate fortune, in Houston, in a wickedly funny cozy mystery with an astrology theme.
Of Martyrs and Marigolds.
Aquila Ismail. CreateSpace, $12 paper (304p), ISBN 978-1-4636-9482-1; $2.99 e-book ASIN B007MAZPCE
A young Pakistani woman is trapped by the paroxysm of revenge unleashed against her Urdu-speaking people as Bengali-speaking East Pakistan becomes Bangladesh in 1971–1972, in a love story with a geopolitical dimension.
There Are Reasons Noah Packed No Clothes.
Robert Jacoby. Cloud Books, $12.95 paper (342p), ISBN 978-0-9839697-0-9; $6.99 e-book ISBN 978-0-9839697-1-6
A teenage suicide survivor wakes up in an inpatient unit and learns how to fight for his life.
What Remained of Katrina: A Novel of New Orleans.
Kelly Jameson. CreateSpace, $9.99 paper (250p), ISBN 978-1-4751-1191-0; $0.99 e-book ASIN B0058ZW5EG
Katrina Miller abandoned her art years ago, but when her fourth husband tries to kill her during Hurricane Katrina, she comes back to haunt him and creates murals all over the Ninth Ward; Honorable Mention Fiction, 2009 Leapfrog Press.
Rita Kempley. Birthright Publishing, $11.99 (312p), ISBN 978-0-9859010-2-8; $2.99 e-book ISBN 978-0-9859010-0-4
In this dystopian futuristic thriller exploring the ethics of life extension, a dying man’s daughter must find his clone to save his life. It’s an entitlement only the rich can afford.
Adele, the Rabbi’s Mother: Book One.
Anna King. CreateSpace, $12.99 paper (356p), ISBN 978-1-4782-0028-4; $4.99 e-book ASIN B008TUDBE0
Adele Rothstein has buried three husbands and is living the good life of a seventy-five-year-old femme fatale in New York City when God comes calling. Never mind that she doesn’t actually believe in God—she’s got to solve this mystery.
Chocolate Chocolate Moons.
Jackie Kingon. Create Space, $$8,99 paper (219p), ISBN 978-1-4775-6180-5; $2.99 e-book ISBN 978-1-62110-610-4
Plus-size Molly Marbles wins a scholarship to a university on the Moon, where her weight drops from 287 pounds to 47.6. After graduation, she works as a security guard at the Culinary Institute of Mars, where people start dying after eating the popular candy Chocolate Moons.
Death’s Icy Hand: A Warbonnet Mystery.
Robert Kresge. ABQ Press, $15.95 paper (293p), ISBN 978-0-983712-6-2; $2.99 e-book ISBN 978-983712-6-2
Mysterious deaths follow Russian Grand Duke Alexis’s goodwill visit to America in 1872, as sleuths Monday Malone and special deputy Kate Shaw try to solve the murders on his snowbound train, and Buffalo Bill Cody and George Armstrong Custer are engaged as guides.
The Summer of the Rosenkavalier.
Carole Kulikowski. CreateSpace, $8.78 paper (222p), ISBN 978-1-4701-5984-9; 99¢ e-book ASIN B008JFTRDE
The famous American opera singer Anna Trent is nearing 50 and facing aging, health problems, a philandering husband, and a younger lover, as she performs at European opera festivals throughout the summer and learns life lessons from the roles she plays.
A Concubine for the Family: A Family Saga in China.
Amy S. Kwei. Tats Publishing, $15.99 paper (387p), ISBN 978-0-9815499-1-0; $9.99 e-book ISBN 978-0-9815499-2-7
In 1937 China, conflicts between the Communists and Nationalists and the threat of Japanese invasion are overshadowed by the Huang family’s lack of a male heir. Purple Jade gives her husband a concubine to solve that problem, and her Chinese concept of virtue contrasts with the Western feminism of an American teacher at the Christian school. This is YA novelist Kwei’s first book for adults.
David Lundgren. Createspace, $11.89 paper (318p), ISBN 978-0-615-71960-3; $6.89 e-book ASIN B009YYRSBW
Raf and his family live high in the Aeril Forest, but their lives and the annual Festival are threatened when their tree-top world starts dying and there are rumors of an invasion from the north. Raf discovers he has a magical, musical gift, but he must travel far into the desert to learn how to save his world.
Kiss of the Butterfly.
James Lyon. Amazon Digital Services, $3.99 e-book (335p) ISBN 978-0-9853409-1-9
In 1476, Srebenica, in Bosnia, was the site of a massacre instigated by Prince Vlad III; 500+ years later, another massacre occurs in the same town. A fast-paced adventure into a modern heart of Balkan darkness leads to the terrifying discovery of long-forgotten evil, in a “vivid... engaging” vampire novel, said Kirkus Reviews.
Death Ain’t but a Word: A Supernatural Hot Mess.
Zander Marks. Yardwalker Press, $9.99 (318p), ISBN 978-0-9885485-1-0; 99¢ e-book ISBN 978-0-9885485-0-3
When a crackhead meets the ghost of his childhood friend, he is plunged into a life-or-death adventure and finds his calling.
Passion and Principle.
Patricia McLaine. CreateSpace, $21.95 paper (510p), ISBN 978-0-9837855-9-0; $8.99 e-book ISBN 978-0-9837855-8-3
This is the story of a passionate Irish mystic who immigrates to America to become both a slaveholder and a member of the Underground Railroad.
Falling for Johnny.
Alison McLennan. Twisted Roots Publishing, $9.99 paper (212p), ISBN 978-0-9853947-0-7; $4.99 e-book ASIN B0092SNKTO
Friendship between a teenage girl and a mafia boss becomes twisted when she finds out his identity. Johnny was inspired by the Irish mafia boss, James “Whitey” Bulger.
Shenandoah: A Novel of Redemption.
Robert Miskimon. Xlibris, $19.99 paper (210p), ISBN 978-1-4771-2872-5; $3.99 e-book ASIN B008GRE46KA
Randolph MacAlpine seeks a completely new direction for his life, but his choices are determined by genetics as much as by willpower in this saga of Virginia families in the first half of the 20th century.
My Last Summer with You: No Fanfare for a Withered Rose.
Fidelis O. Mkparu. Dog Ear Publishing, $15.99 paper (164p), ISBN 978-1-4575-1258-2; $9.99 e-book ASIN B009GKRC4M
When a young African student travels to the U.S. for college in the mid-1970s, he faces the strains of cross-cultural relationships and learns who his true friends are.
Ephemeral (The Countenance).
Addison Moore. Addison Moore Publishing, $13.99 (410p), ISBN N.A.; $3.99 e-book ISBN 978-0-9834782-6-3
The last thing Laken Stewart remembers is the oncoming car. Two months dissolve without her knowledge, and she finds herself in unfamiliar surroundings among strangers and with a new name and identity. Is she alive or dead?
Elliott Murphy. Elliott Murphy Books, $14.99 paper (246p), ISBN 978-0-615-66909-0; $9.99 e-book AIN B008L5E4IU
An American Hamlet who adores Walt Whitman’s poetry seeks deadly revenge in a western novel as vast and stylistic as a classic Sergio Leone movie.
Donna Huston Murray. Smashwords, $13.95 paper (262p), ISBN 978-0-9856880-4-2; $8.99 e-book ISBN 978-1-3018472-1-1
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Financial resources—hijacked. Friendships—expired. Home—evicted. Credibility—shot. Lauren Beck has beaten cancer, but can she escape a murder charge and apprehend the real killer?
A Lion in America 1.
Robert Mwangi. CreateSpace, $12 paper (180p), ISBN 978-1-4750-6488-9; $9.99 e-book ASIN B007ZI2BJ8
James, from an African village, wins a scholarship to study in America. But when his girlfriend back home disappears, James risks his life and his American dream to find her in the jungle.
Dancer and Spy: Alphabet Anatomy.
Michael Myers. Heatherdale Press, $12.99 paper (380p), ISBN 978-0-615-72103-3; $2.99 e-book ASIN B009RAOM76
Russian specialist Sergei Shannin is trained to kill, but a fearless young woman stands between him and his next target—a Russian crime lord.
Revenge of the Mad Scientist: Airship Adventure Chronicles.
Lara Nance. CreateSpace, $12.99 paper (265p), ISBN 978-1-4791-1579-2; $2.99 e-book ASIN B008XJ8LJ2
Lady Arabella Trunkett faces airship pirates, mad scientists, slave traders, and secret assassins as she seeks to rescue her kidnapped father in this steampunk adventure.
The Tangled Web: Florida Sunset Murder.
Mary Margaret Nilan. NILAN, $4.95 e-book ISBN 978-0-9848014-1-1
Desperate to save Baby Sister, amateur sleuth and actress Megan Parke employs theatrical tactics to reveal the truth in this tale of fraud, murder, and a rushed jury verdict among characters rich and famous.
Gale Warnings (Twilight of the Demigods).
Chris O’Grady. Amazon Digital Services, $2.99 e-book (194p) ASIN B007XVAIMY
Ever wonder how a book gets published, becomes a bestseller, maybe even a movie? Here are some of the people who make it happen. But brace yourself—sometimes it ain’t real pretty.
Mel Parish. CreateSpace, $14.99 paper (316p), ISBN 978-1-4701-2538-7; $4.99 e-book ASIN B0065KBZDU
Accountant Cal Miller’s attempt to protect his reputation by withholding information from police investigating the whereabouts of his assistant in smalltown Leyton backfires. In the developing scandal, Cal’s business, marriage, and freedom are at stake.
One Night in Bridgeport.
Mark Paxson. King Midget Press, $9.99 paper (309p), ISBN 978-1-4611-7149-2; $4.99 e-book
A tale of lust and vengeance, and of one man’s attempt to salvage his life after being accused of a rape he did not commit.The
Johnny Casino Casebook 1: Past Imperfect.
G.B. Pool. Spygame Press, $14.95 paper (348p), ISBN 978-0-97494464-7; $4.99 e-book ISBN 978-0-97494465-4
Johnny Casino is a retired PI with a past. He just hopes it doesn’t catch up with him.
Network of Killers.
D.B. Reynolds. CreateSpace, $9.98 paper (312p), ISBN 978-1-4637-8060-9; 99¢ e-book ASIN B006YZUC4Y
A criminal dynasty engages in corruption, betrayal, and murder to expand its vast criminal enterprise.
Against the Ruins.
Linda Lightsey Rice. iUniverse, $27.95 hardcover (260p), ISBN 978-1-4759-1739-0; $4.99 e-book ISBN 978-1-4759-1738-3
A gripping drama of madness and prejudice set in the 1950s South relates how a woman and her daughter struggle to survive their war hero husband and father’s psychosis and attempted suicide.
Michel Sauret. One Way Street Production, $14 paper (338p), ISBN 978-0-9883784-0-7; $0.99 e-book ISBN 978-0-9883784-1-4
This collection of short fiction, including some stories that have appeared in literary journals and publications internationally, are suspenseful and emotional, crafted with compassion and seeking answers to the conflicts of daily life.
Lynn Schneider. CreateSpace, $15.99 paper (342p), ISBN 978-1475098075; $2.99 e-book ASIN B0083LLUQQ
Luke has allowed a woman to control him for most of his life, until the night of the Perigee Moon, when he decides he must make choices of his own.
Allen Shadow. Blue City Media, 99¢ e-book ISBN 978-0-9859688-0-9
Counterterrorism task-force commander Jack Oldham finds love and a lost America as he tracks a new generation of American-born jihadists, in this darkly comic novel.
Cooper Moon: The Calling, Vol. 1.
Cheryl Shireman. Still Waters Publishing, $9.99 paper (356p), ISBN 978-1-4781-5365-8; 99¢ e-book ASIN B008MP38DG
Cooper Moon, a handsome womanizer, finds God and and decides to build a church. But with no knowledge of the Bible, no money, a reputation as a slacker, scheming women, and a jealous husband, he has a lot to overcome.
In Arms and Idleness.
Emmett E. Slake. Publish Green, $6.99 e-book (290p) ISBN 978-1-938008-47-4
Two American soldiers, part of the occupation force in Japan following WWII, are caught up in the early days of the Korean War; each follows his own path, for good and for ill.
Jill Teitelman. Freestyle Press, $13.99 paper (314p), ISBN 978-0-9858887-0-1
“A witty, sharp novel that explores the way age, illness, and parenting drive even the strongest characters toward growth and redemption,” says Kirkus Reviews.
Johnny Townsend. BookLocker.com, $15.95 paper (246p), ISBN 978-1-62141-737-8; $2.99 e-book
Mormon gays, drug addicts, political protestors, schizophrenics, con artists, and more.
A Cowboy Christmas: An American Tale.
Thomas Van Dyke. Page Branch Publishing, $18.95 paper (134p), ISBN 978-0-615-31837-0
Baker & Taylor, acowboychristmas.com
With empty pockets, a spark for life, and a wild sense of freedom, WB, not yet 16 in 1873, follows his heart to search for adventure and fortune and discovers the romance. Elmore Leonard says, “It’s good and it moves!”
She That Remains.
Anne Irgens Vandermolen. LJ Parrish Press, $14.95 paper (388p), ISBN 978-0-9857425-0-8; $2.99 e-book ISBN 978-0-9857425-2-2
A secretive neurosurgon saves a young woman’s life by sacrificing another in a thriller about the ethics of medical intervention.
Elizabeth K. Wadsworth. CreateSpace, $14.95 paper (383p), ISBN 978-1-4775-1711-6; $3.99 e-book ASIN B008PVUIQM
In post-WWII New York, a secretary and her PI boss trade wisecracks while attempting to solve a series of baffling murders.
Malice: A Pete Thorsen Mystery.
Robert Wangard. Ampersand, $17.95 paper (306p), ISBN 978-1-4507-9593-7; $9.99 e-book ISBN 978-1-4507-9597-5
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Attorney Pete Thorsen learns of a brutal murder in his quiet lake community. He’s intrigued, but not involved, until a suspect asks for his help when she’s called in for questioning. Then some thugs start stalking his family. The third in a series.
Ed Willis. Law, $2.99 e-book ISBN 978-1-4764-8782-3
Max volunteers for a surgery that isolates him, yet he’s able to mobilize a movement through poetry, while John breaks down into multiple personalities after losing his wife. Meanwhile, the mysterious Institute steers the fates of both men in a tale reminiscent of Kafka, Céline, and Burroughs.
The Ishango Bone.
Paul Hastings Wilson. CreateSpace, $15.99 paper (210p), ISBN 978-1-4700-5982-8
A brilliant, bewitching, and enigmatic woman from obscure and humble beginnings in North Africa pays a price for daring to solve the greatest mystery of the mathematical world.
Blues by the Numbers... and Other Numbers: Selected Fiction and Poetry.
Paul Hastings Wilson. CreateSpace/Blue Atlas Press, $17.95 paper (440p), ISBN 978-1-4564-6949-8
Questions of justice and morality following a bloody revolution in North Africa, a murder mystery in New York’s literary scene, and a southern Louisiana jazz band confronted with brutal racial violence are among the stories in this collection.
Jasmine Winterson. Camerado Books, $13.99 paper (319p), ISBN 978-0-9882208-2-9; $3.99 e-book ISBN 978-0-9882208-1-2
Four corporate refugees settle in Colorado where they help local farmers sell their produce. When an Olympic biker arrives and plans to start a bicycle course, the four friends find they must still battle corporate corruption even in the countryside.
They Call Me... Montey Greene.
A.R. Yoba Yoba. GSE Book Works, $14 paper (414p), ISBN 978-0-9854408-1-7; $9.99 e-book ISBN 978-0-9854408-0-0
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If you’re putting four bullets in a man, you may want to make sure he’s dead. Especially if you’re calling that man Montey Greene.
Pamela Samuels Young. Goldman House Publishing, $16.99 paper (388p), ISBN 978-0-9815627-9-7; $4.99 e-book ISBN 978-0-9857341-1-4
Amazon, bn.com, CreateSpace
When a hotshot L.A. lawyer takes on a corporation with a long history of discriminating against women, her quest for justice is hindered by a brutal murder, missing documents, and an unscrupulous opposing counsel.
Tim Young. Harmony Publishing, $12.50 paper (326p), ISBN 978-1-4792-2021-2; $2.99 e-book ASIN B009EAV6VY
When an acclaimed chef serves an illicit delicacy, an ancient disease resurfaces and unleashes a trail of black death.
Chiral Mad: Anthology of Psychological Horror.
This anthology of psychological horror includes 28 short stories by established authors and newcomers from around the world.
Eugenie’s Story (Swallowcliffe Hall).
Jennie Walters. Amazon Digital Services, $2.99 e-book (148p), ISBN978-1-301-56826-0
Another title in the Swallowcliffe Hall series: it’s 1890, Eugenie was the prettiest debutante of the season; three years later, she’s still unmarried. She follows her heart from Swallowcliffe Hall to London, Ireland, Paris, and Giverny until she finds love in an unexpected place. For Downton Abbey fans.
Your Guide Through Her Breast Cancer Journey.
Katherine Formosa Bown. Urban Traffic Publishing, $6.99 paper (80p), ISBN 978-0-9573838-0-7; $1.99 e-book ISBN 978-0-9573838-1-4
This book is aimed at readers who have someone they love and care for just diagnosed with breast cancer. For those who feel helpless, scared, and not sure what to do next.
Health Insurance: Navigating Traps & Gaps.
Maura Loughlin Carley, MPH, CIC. Ampersand, $19.95 paper (208p), ISBN 978-1-4507-9591-3; $9.99 e-book ASIN B007D84YP4
Amazon, bn.com, Ingram
In this volatile time, healthcare coverage has become too complex and expensive. This book will help readers avoid costly traps and gaps.
The Troubled Health Dollar: How It Affects the Care We Receive.
Steve Fredman, M.D. Virtualbookworm.com Publishing, $14.99 (251p), ISBN 978-1-60264-935-4; $3.99 e-book ISBN 978-1-60264-936-1
A medical doctor answers many questions about how health care has changed during the past half-century, from economic issues to medical questions about Alzheimer’s, diabetes, joint replacement, and many others.
The Hidden Story of Cancer: Find Out Why Cancer Has Physicians on the Run and How a Simple Plan Based on New Science Can Prevent It.
Brian Peskin and Amid Habib, M.D. Pinnacle Press, $39.95 hardcover (732p), ISBN 978-0-9882780-0-4; $24.95 e-book
The prime and singular cause of cancer is not genetic; the authors show readers how to stop cancer before it starts.
Black Jaguar, Green Jade: A Maya Adventure.
A YA cliffhanger set in the jungles of Belize. The heroine realizes her dream, but must also confront drug dealers, kidnappers, and her feelings for Balam, a young Maya. She solves an ancient mystery with the help of her friends.
Whoever Heard of a Fird.
Othello Bach. Choice Books, $15.50 paper (60p), ISBN 978-1-4793-3318-9
Fird—part fish, part bird—searches for a herd of fird, in this picture book. He wants to know if he’s “firding” right. But no one has heard of a fird.
Patricia Baloyra, illus. by Sarah Knotz. Ampersand, $17.95 hardcover (32p), ISBN 978-1-4507-9592-0
Amazon, bn.com, Ingram
Magical Miami is a singular city, with so many special places and things. This picture book is written for children, yet loved by all ages.
The Adventures of Tempest & Serena.
Marty Mokler Banks. CreateSpace, $6.99 paper (136p), ISBN 978-1-4752-0434-6; $2.99 e-book ISBN 978-1-62345-469-2
Twin sisters battle bullies, loneliness, and disaster as one goes on a wild adventure to find summer forever while the other stays home and guards her sister’s seat on the school bus. Ages 7–up.
The Moon Omnibus.
Jeanette Battista. Jeanette Battista, $22.99 paper (670p), ISBN 978-1-4783-4110-9; $4.99 e-book ISBN 978-1-4760-0969-8
Combines the first three novels of the YA shifter Moon series into one volume: Leopard Moon, Jackal Moon, and Hyena Moon.
The Door in the Sky
Sandy Klein Bernstein. Dog Ear Publishing, $12.95 (268p), ISBN 978-1-4575-1111-0; $4.99 e-book ISBN 978-1-4575-1474-6
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Eleven-year-old Ricky and his teenage sister bicker their way through an enchanted kingdom, befriend a teen alchemist, and make enemies of a villainous shadow and sorceress. Ages 9–up.
Henry! You’re Hungry AGAIN?
Mary Evanson Bleckwehl, illus. by Brian Barber. Beaver’s Pond Press, $16.95 hardcover (32p), ISBN 978-1-59298-545-6
Henry prefers junk food over healthy stuff and finds out someone else does, too! Will everyone slide into the junk food pit or be rescued?
Tom Alan Brosz. Tom Brosz, $24.99 hardcover (477p), ISBN 978-0-9858276-0-1; $2.99 e-book ISBN 978-0-9858276-3-2
A YA fantasy adventure about two modern young people living in a vast and ancient stone fortress that conceals a gateway to a dark and demon-filled hell.
Coffey Brown. CreateSpace, $10 paper (258p), ISBN 978-1-4776-3419-6; $2.99 e-book ASIN B008AMKQPO
BrookLyn, a high school senior in Pine Bush, N.Y., set on escaping her abusive family, finds her plans may shift when her friend Gabriella wants more than friendship.
Lesley Costner Crawford. Ampersand, $16.95 hardcover (24p), ISBN 978-1-4507-9590-6
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Acadiana comprises 22 parishes in southwest Louisiana. This picture-book tribute to a bountiful ecosystem and fond traditions conveys an appreciation of its singular heritage. Ages 3–6.
Alala: Zurka, Zutu’s, and a Star Powered Sword.
Phelan Dancer. Amazon Digital Services, $2.99 e-book ISBN 978-1-938472-00-8
Alala, a Y-type human, is adopted by Xander, a television-addicted father, who moves her to Earth. She’s happy, until she learns the secrets behind mythology.
Rosemary Van Deuren. Wooden Smith Books, $12 paper (374p), ISBN 978-0-9858521-0-8
An adventure fantasy about a 12-year-old girl’s mission to rescue a warren of magical rabbits from a mysterious and sinister force. Ages 12–up.
Dark Summer: Book I, Witchling Trilogy.
Lizzy Ford. Guerrilla Wordfare, $10.99 paper (250p), ISBN 978-1-62378-027-2; $3.99 e-book ISBN 978-1-62378-060-9
A girl with a magical secret and a boy with no future. When they meet, they are faced with a choice: their love or their souls.
The Journey of Hannah Woods.
Helene Forst. Xlibris, $29.99 hardcover (295p), ISBN 978-1-4771-1645-6
Amazon; bn.com; Xlibris
Fourteen-year-old Hannah becomes addicted to the prescription drugs she takes to control her anxiety, brought on by family secrets. Her hippie grandparents, an understanding therapist, and a new best friend help her discover her amazing self.
Root Bound: Emma & the Elementals, Vol. 1.
Tanya Karen Gough. Baba Yaga Press, $19.99 paper (251p), ISBN 978-0-9878506-0-7; $2.99 e-book ISBN 978-0-9878506-1-4
Emma and her father’s new home has some strange neighbors and she’s bullied at her new school. Then she falls through the air vent in her bedroom into the valley of Hades, where she may be able to restore magic to the human world.
The Most Curious Girl in Her Class: The Adventures of Hecky and Shmecky.
Herman Huber, illus. by Esteban Erlich. Mishpucha Books, $9.99 paper (32p), ISBN 978-0-9883544-0-1; $4.99 e-book ISBN 978-0-9883544-1-8
MishpuchaBooks.com, Amazon, bn.com
What happens in FrogBog Forest doesn’t always stay in FrogBog Forest. Follow the most curious girl in the whole second grade as she and her little brother find fun, adventure, and big trouble among the unusual creatures there.
Three Green Rats: An Eco Tale.
Linda Mason Hunter & Suzanne Summersgill. HunterInk@PinnStudio, $18 paper (112p), ISBN 978-0-9881393-0-5
Oli, Wilbur, and Tom are recycling eco rats who try to save Tintown from losing its last patch of trees to a big-box store. Ages 6–12.
Haunting Thelma Thimblewhistle: The Chronicles of Dead Anna.
Solomon J. Inkwell. Oakberry & Inkwell, $12.95 paper (264p), ISBN 978-1-4699-7612-9; $2.99 e-book ASIN B0093RC0RM
Young Thelma Thimblewhistle must save the lives of the “not-quite-dead” and prevent the return of the world’s greatest evil—the boogeyman.
Spanky: A Soldier’s Son.
S.L. LaNeve. Amazon Digital Services, $3.16 e-book ISBN 978-0-9839865-0-8
After Dad is deployed to Afghanistan, middle schooler Spanky must make him proud by facing his fears and learning the true meaning of friendship and heroism.
Millie & Honey: The Incredible, Instantaneous, Interplanetary Adventure, Vol. II: Appleopolis.
J.D. Means, illus. by Romar Lipana. Dog Ear Publishing, $12.95 paper (112p), ISBN 978-1-45751394-7
Millie, her dog Honey, and Honey’s litter of Salazar, Jasmine, Burt, and Blinky, visit the planet Appleopolis in their traveling machine. Ages 6–12.
The Lands of Forever.
Ruth Anne Meredith, illus. by Dian M. Bagent. Mirror Publishing, $15.99 paper (428p), ISBN 978-1-61225-088-5
Serena is an ordinary girl in an ordinary world until she finds an old diary written by her ancestor, who disappeared in a mysterious storm at sea. Ships are still disappearing in the same location, and Serena joins a discovery team, which finds a magical world. Ages 15–up.
How Katie Got a Voice: (and a Cool New Nickname).
Patricia L. Mervine, illus. by Ian Acker. Trafford, $21 paper (40p), ISBN 978-1-4269-6649-1
How can the fourth-grade students in Cherry Street School be friends with Katie, a girl who can’t walk or talk? The author, a speech/language pathologist with 20 years’ experience, celebrates differences and inclusion.
Colin Noble. 4th Floor Press, $24.95 paper (503p), ISBN 978-1-897530-35-1; $2.99 e-book ISBN 978-1-897530-28-3
Space colonists from Earth are marooned and unable to return home, but one of the children, conceived in space, develops new neural pathways in his abnormal brain. With the help of his family, friends, and computers, he visualizes new ways of traveling through space.
The Sound and the Echoes.
Dew Pellucid, illus. by Andy Simmons. Echoland Publications, $18.78 paper (582p), ISBN 978-1-4783-0518-7; $2.99 e-book ISBN 978-0-9850920-2-3
There is an alternate world in which every Sound has a counterpart Echo, and when a Sound dies, its Echo must as well. Twelve-year-old Will is a Sound being hunted by Echoes, and he must solve the riddle of The Lake of Eternal Ice to save both Sounds and Echoes.
Penny Piva. CreateSpace, $12.99 paper (290p), ISBN 978-1-4781-2580-8; $4.99 e-book AIN B007B7ZKKU
Friends aren’t all 17-year-old Hazel discovers during a summer Italy. While solving robberies that jeopardize her aunt’s work and secrets, Hazel realizes happiness requires honesty with everyone, including herself. Ages 14–up.
Jim Morgan and the King of Thieves.
James Matlack Raney. James Matlack Raney, $11.99 paper (283p), ISBN 978-0-9858359-0-3; $8.99 e-book ISBN 978-0-9858359-1-0
Jim Morgan must outwit the King of Thieves and his army of pickpockets in a race for pirate treasure. Ages 8–12.
Five Nights to the Crimson Moon.
Walter Renfrey. Walter Renfrey, $15.99 paper (304p), ISBN 978-0-646-58641-0; $8.97 e-book ISBN 978-0-646-58547-5
In the high-tech land of Gol, 13-year-old Corbin confronts his worst nightmare as he attempts to rescue his mother and save his world. And he has only five nights to do it. Ages 12–up.
Red Rose and Blue Butterfly.
Sara Sirotzky, illus. by Andra Weber. Ampersand, $17.95 (32p), ISBN 978-1-4507-9594-4
Amazon, bn.com, Ingram
Red Rose and Blue Butterfly are very best friends. One day Blue Butterfly announces he wants to see the world. But Red Rose cannot fly.
Midnight at the Taj Mahal: Vol. I, the Out-of-School Adventures.
Brynn Olenberg Sugarman. CreateSpace, $7.99 paper (202p), ISBN 978-1-4775-2006-2; $2.99 e-book ASIN B008RSQGPA
Two children spending a year in India are given an ancient diary that belonged to the builder of the Taj Mahal. With a new friend, they travel back in time, and in their first adventure, they must save the shah and his princess daughter from their prison tower.
Cidney Swanson. Williams Press, $12.99 paper (379p), ISBN 978-0-9835621-6-0; $4.99 e-book ISBN 978-0-9835621-9-1
Jessamyn Jaarda, 17 and banned from piloting, must prove she and her autistic brother should be the raiders chosen to save Mars Colony from starvation.
Secret of the Songshell: Book One of the Spectraland Saga.
Brian Tashima. Prism Valley Press, $9.99 paper (318p), ISBN 978-0-615-64815-6; $4.99 e-book ISBN 978-0-615-66891-8
To become a rock star, a teenage guitarist with Asperger’s syndrome travels to another world where his brain waves, combined with the sound waves of music, can produce magical effects.
Phoebe the Foodie.
Carly Ubersox, illus. by Dawn M. Rewey. CreateSpace, $10.99 paper (24p), ISBN 978-1-4699-7957-1
Clever rhyme and vibrant illustrations show Phoebe trying out new and healthful foods in a rainbow of colors.
Elixir Quest: Dragon’s Curse, Vol. 1.
Sean Walton. IAS Publishing, $8.17 paper (254p), ISBN 978-1-4752-6424-1; $2.99 e-book ASIN B007XYA1BO
Sir Joseph of Tredin, an 11th-century dragon-slaying English knight, must become a dragon to save his dying human king. Ages 12–up.
Pariah: Dragon’s Curse, Vol. 2.
Sean Walton. IAS Publishing, $9.47 paper (316p), ISBN 978-1-4752-6512-5; $2.99 e-book ASIN B007YA5MT8
Both human and dragon worlds banish Joseph while he succumbs to the “Empty Curse,” where a nameless dragon becomes an animal of endless ire. Ages 12–up.
The Forbidden: Dragon’s Curse, Vol. 3.
Sean Walton. IAS Publishing, $10.08 paper (348p), ISBN 978-1-4791-8454-5
Joseph, once an honored knight and now king of the dragons, must unify the two races of dragons before their split erupts into civil war again. Ages 12–up.
The Hatcher: Split Between Worlds, Vol. 1.
Sean Walton. IAS Publishing, $6.53 paper (170p), ISBN 978-1-4663-3922-4; $2.99 e-book ASIN B005NWHAGW
Strange Uncle Adok asks Sam to hatch a dragon, keep it away from a schoolyard bully, and deal with an interfering rogue adult dragon.
Dragon’s Coup: Split Between Worlds, Vol. 2.
Sean Walton. IAS Publishing, $5.92 paper (136p), ISBN 978-1-4637-1281-5; $2.99 e-book ASIN B005NTJZPO
A government takeover on the dragon world entangles Sam Westecher in an effort to bring the dragons back to Earth.
The Dragon Punisher: Split Between Worlds, Vol. 3.
Sean Walton. IAS Publishing, $8.43 paper (266p), ISBN 978-1-4637-1284-6; $2.99 e-book ASIN B005NTPR2Y
“Old Man,” a dragon name Sam inherited during the coup, awakens, alerting the Dragon Elders, and Sam must find an escaped dragon hatchling.
Dragon Stature: Split Between Worlds, Vol. 4.
Sean Walton. IAS Publishing, $9.97 paper (344p), ISBN 978-1-4637-1289-1; $2.99 e-book ASIN B005SSKX60
Strafen the Punisher coaxes Sam to seek out and punish rogue dragons, but the Dragon Elders have concluded that Sam must die.
Wilderness Edge: A Time to Mend,Vol. 1.
Sean Walton. IAS Publishing, $6.61 paper (174p), ISBN 978-1-4636-6782-5; $2.99 e-book ASIN B005CIH4M2
Jake, a talentless boy, must solve and prevent murders, combat a dragon and an extradimensional monster, and uncover his gifts in the prehistoric past.
Lost in the Eaves: A Time to Men, Vol. 2.
Sean Walton. IAS Publishing, $8.42 paper (264p), ISBN 978-1-4636-8250-7; $2.99 e-book ASIN B005JFMAZE
Unable to train Jake’s new talent, Hillside sends him to find an exiled youth, but time-fragmenter Dr. Albenni wants to die by killing Jake.
General’s Vie: A Time to Mend, Vol. 3.
Sean Walton. IAS Publishing, $2.99 e-book (198p) ISBN 978-1-4801-7198-5;
Jake’s powers are nearly uncontrollable. As town leaders seek power through him, a general commands him to time-weave a war.
Alphabet Anatomy: Meet the Capital Letters.
Linda A. Jones, illus. by Branson Jones and Toby Mikle. Friesen Press, $10.92 paper (32p), ISBN 978-1-4602-0047-6; $4.99 e-book ISBN 978-1-4602-0048-3
Discover the letters’ lives behind the scenes with rhyming verses and illustrations that teach sound, recognition, and how to write the letters.
Rhymz for the NurSoulry: A Collection of Nursery Rhymes Inspired by the Lives of Africans in America.
R. Jay Turner. The NurSoulry Company, $29.99 hardcover (60p), ISBN 978-0-615-59253-4
Nursery rhymes focus on the African-American experience, helping children experience history out loud. Includes CD.
Jay Amberg. Amika Press, $14.95 paper (190p), ISBN 978-1-937484-00-2
Centuries-old redwoods, the monarch butterfly and its thousands-mile-long migration, an Arctic mother wolf with cubs, and “one of the greatest seagoing mammals” give voice to the world’s environmental crisis in a fresh way; 20% of the proceeds will be donated to the Nature Conservancy.
Art of Winter: A Photographic Essay.
Julie M. Covert. Whitehead Press, $38 hardcover (96p), ISBN 978-0-9853690-0-2
www.JulieMCovert.com, Amazon, B&N
A photographic celebration of the beauty that winter creates with ice and snow, with 166 full-color photos.
Maria’s Duck Tales: Wildlife Stories from My Garden.
Maria Daddino. Llumina Press, $14.95 paper (108p), ISBN 978-1-933626-54-3; $4.99 e-book ISBN 978-1-4658-0221-7
The author created a certified natural wildlife habitat and relates stories of the untamed creatures who call her garden home. “[W]ith a touch of humor and poignancy, Duck Tales is a strong pick for wildlife-themed memoir collections,” writes the Midwest Book Review.
The Legacy of Annie Rose.
Carolyn E. Swagerle. AuthorHouse, $17.99 paper (91p), ISBN 978-1-4490-1467-4
The author, a recovered arachnophobe, is plunged into the world of spiders when her new pet tarantula unexpectedly lays eggs; 200 color photos.
The Rose Hotel.
Rahimeh Andalibian. Nightingale Press, $14.99 paper (410p), ISBN 978-0-615-67223-6; $ e-book ISBN
An intimate account of a family, their rebirth after tragedy, and their hard-won redemption in the context of the 1979 Iran revolution.
The Christian’s Guide to Harry Potter.
Leslie Barnhart. Ingram, $20 (360p), ISBN 978-1-4775-7508-6
This guide attempts to reconcile Harry Potter fandom and Christianity, uncovering Christian history, traditions, and biblical passages throughout the series.
It’s All About Me... or Is It?.
Christopher Barron. CreateSpace, $15.99 paper (164p), ISBN 978-1-4775-2566-1
An uplifting rumination on the inner questions and longing we all experience.
The Naked Truth About Publishers Clearing House.
Darrell Lester. Pennywyse Press, $15.95 paper (214p), ISBN 978-1-935437-42-0; $9.97 e-book ISBN 1935437429
In this unauthorized tell-all book, a former executive at Publishers Clearing House who worked there for more than 30 years reveals the secrets and truths of one of the most famous companies in the world.
Childless by Marriage.
Sue Fagalde Lick. Blue Hydrangea Productions, $15.95 paper (299p), ISBN 978-0-9833894-6-0; $2.99 e-book ISBN 978-0-9833894-5-3
What happens when your spouse is unable or unwilling to have children with you? You become childless by marriage. It’s time to tell that story.
Alpha to Omega: Journey to the End of Time.
Matthew A. Petti. Two Sense Publications, $29.99 (318p), ISBN 978-0-9856855-2-2
Petti explores human origins and our journey through history, discovering the metaphysics of truth in a new perspective that will challenge our beliefs about God, ancient mysteries and the Book of Revelation’s prophecy.
Your Mark on the World.
Devin D. Thorpe. CreateSpace, $11.95 paper (215p), ISBN 978-1-4782-3969-7; $9.99 e-book ISBN 978-1-4763-5514-6
Thorpe offers inspiring stories of service interwoven with practical financial advice that empower the reader to give more time and money to a cause without giving up family and career.
The Answer Is Never “Magic.”
Robert S. Porter. Robert S. Porter, $2.99 e-book (132p), ISBN 978-1-4760-5998-3
The author, a medical doctor and photographer, conducts both sides of a Socratic dialogue on faith and religion between a skeptic and a believer.
Between Eden and the Open Road.
Philip Gaber. Philip Gaber, $9.99 paper (184p), ISBN 978-0-615-58586-4; $2.99 e-book ASIN B008EE83SK
This collection of flash fiction and poetry explores love, death, regret, spirituality, and drinking through close eavesdropping on hard-edged women, and some men, too.
The Golden Age.
Arthur F. Temple. iUniverse, $9.95 paper (37p), ISBN 978-1-4697-8977-4; $3.99 e-book ISBN B007ZC8UVM
Ranging over such topics as sacred geometry, philosophy, reality creation, and how not to live in the past, these concepts are presented in prose poetry.
Talking Back to Dr. Phil: Alternatives to Mainstream Psychology.
David Bedrick. Belly Song Press, $17.95 paper (232p), ISBN 978-0-9852667-0-7
Teacher, counselor, attorney, and organizational consultant Bedrick provides alternative approaches to mainstream psychology, using television personality Dr. Phil as a paradigm for all that is wrong with conventional methods.
Defying Mental Illness: Finding Recovery with Community Resources and Family Support, 2013 Edition.
Paul Komarek and Andrea Schroer. Church Basement Press, $19.99 paper (246p), ISBN 978-1-4793-6946-1; $9.99 e-book ISBN 9781452440668
A plain-language guide that demystifies mental health disorders and treatment, and helps people achieve recovery using strengths that endure despite the presence of symptoms.
Becoming the Son: An Autobiography of Jesus.
C.D. Baker. CreateSpace, $13.70 paper (386p), ISBN 978-1-4774-9114-0; $3.33 e-book ASIN B0096S9SCI
A first-person encounter with the Jesus who could have been is carefully researched and challenges tradition without disrespecting the biblical accounts.
The Day of the Lord! A Prophetic Compendium.
Charles M. Holland. Outskirts Press, $29.95 paper (924p), ISBN 978-1-4327-8689-2; $9.98 e-book ASIN B008ZD99HO
The Day of the Lord! A Prophetic Compendium is written in diary format, a memoir and personal interview with Almighty God Himself spanning 34 years.
The Hours of Aphrodite: Celebrations.
F.T. Kettering. CreateSpace, $12 paper (192p), ISBN 978-1-4637-4899-9
This illustrated prayer book is like a traditional Book of Hours, but all the “illuminations” are musical and all the “prayers” involve sex.
Unbridled Grace: A True Story About the Power of Choice.
Dr. Michael J. Norman. Dog Ear Publishing, $14.95 paper (164p), ISBN 978-1-4575-0096-1; $9.99 e-book ASIN B006GRNLJS
A naïve doctor is caught up in a fraudulent medical ring and cruelly used by government officials. But his faith and his choice for God brings him redemption in this powerful testimony.
We Are the Nations: Critical Blocks Missed in Bible Understanding.
A’gentile. The Nations Press, $19.95 paper (234p), ISBN 978-0-615-64624-4
Christians in the first century did not understand that the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 C.E. was all about Christ’s return and prophesy.
Birds of the Torah.
Rabbi Pinchus Presworsky. Israel Book Shop, $25 paper (159p), ISBN 978-0-9797367-0-4
This book opens the door to an exact understanding of the birds of the Torah never before thoroughly presented.
Animals of the Torah.
Rabbi Pinchus Presworsky. Sys Marketing, $35 paper (312p), ISBN 978-0-9797367-1-1
This book opens the door to an exact understanding of the animals, fish, and insects of the Torah, including the kosher and nonkosher.
The Mad, Mad, Mad World of Climatism: Mankind and Climate Change Mania.
Steve Goreham. New Lenox Books, $22.05 paper (312p), ISBN 978-0-9824996-2-7; $20 e-book ISBN 978-0-9824996-1-0
An amusing and colorful, yet science-based, look at mankind’s obsession with global warming. Climate change is natural, and cars are innocent.
Why Do I Do That? Psychological Defense Mechanisms and the Hidden Ways They Shape Our Lives.
Joseph Burgo. New Rise Press, $14.95 paper (242p), ISBN 978-0-9884431-2-9; $8.95 e-book ISBN 978-0-9884431-0-5
A guided course in self-exploration adapts the strategies of psychodynamic psychotherapy and focuses on the role of defense mechanisms in warding off pain.
Thriving Through Tough Times: Eight Cross-Cultural Strategies for Navigating Life’s Ordeals.
Deidre Combs. CreateSpace, $15.95 paper (190p), ISBN 978-1-4662-0299-3
Using her expertise in cross-cultural conflict resolution, Combs shares different cultures’ ways of coping with universal difficulties. Kirkus Reviews called it ”A useful‚ guide with groundbreaking ideas, expert advice, and a compassionate tone.”
My Cat Won’t Bark! (A Relationship Epiphany).
Kevin Darné. CreateSpace, $12.95 paper (224p), ISBN 978-1-4681-0472-1; $4.95 e-book ASIN B008AS8AZQ
The “dating advice examiner” for examiner.com offers a guide for using a self-empowerment approach toward dating and marital relationships by encouraging direct communication while selecting a mate and removing unrealistic expectatations.
A Lasting Legacy: A Practical Guide to Secure Your Future, Family, Finances, and Faith in Uncertain Times.
Doug Hagedorn. , $27.99 paper (488p), ISBN 978-1-62230-593-3; $9.99 e-book ASIN B009HWID3I
More than a financial guide, this is a practical handbook for how to live purposefully, build a secure future and a thriving family, and live an authentic faith.
Make It Happen in Ten Minutes a Day: The Simple, Revolutionary Method for Getting Things Done.
Lorne Holden. CreateSpace, $7.95 paper (108p), ISBN 978-1-4792-1247-7; $4.99 e-book ASIN B008VUMI1A
This brief offers a blueprint for action that is simple, manageable, and fun: break down your goals into manageable bits—just 10 minutes—and you will achieve what you want.
No More Dating Pigs: You Are What You Date.
Norah Marler. Marler Publishing, $16.95 hardcover (139p), ISBN 978-0-9844603-0-4; $9.99 e-book ISBN 978-0-9844603-2-8
A self-help dating guide for single women of every age highlights the dating don’ts, foolish patterns, and red-flag warnings that result in bad relationships and heartbreak.
OMG My Kids Are Talking About the Awesome Benefits of S.I.N.: Which They Learned From This Book!
Dave Roseman. Publish Green, $6.99 e-book (69p), ISBN 978-1-938296-30-7
The author used these negotiating techniques successfully in his many years at the CIA, and he’s been requested by heads of government and other leaders around the world.
Stop Acting Your Age: Start Living Your Life.
David J. Demko. AgeVenture Press, $9.95 paper (156p), ISBN 978-1-4538-0246-5; $2.99 e-book
A gerontologist urges baby boomers to become “Zoomers” through nutrition, mental as well as physical exercise, building a social network, and more.
Travels with a Road Dog: Hitchhiking Along the Roads of the Americas.
R. K. CreateSpace, $19.95 paper (374p), ISBN 978-1-4783-4846-7
In the mid 1990s, when she was 20, R.K. gave away her belongings so she could travel on the whim of a thumb. For four years, she traveled throughout North America, from Vancouver to Key West, Fla., along the way picking up a shepherd-lab mix as a companion.
Vagabond Dreams: Road Wisdom from Central America.
Ryan Murdock. Polyphemus, $10.95 paper (348p), ISBN 978-0-9573702-0-3; $10.95 e-book ISBN 978-0-9573702-1-0
At 28, Murdock traveled from Panama north, to set himself loose from a conventional life. Despite his initial fears, he met many new friends and made significant insights into himself.