Jun 30, 2016
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One star = Really bad; there’s a reason this book is self-pubbed.

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Four stars = Very good.

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Urban Fiction  |  

Self-Publishing Helps Give Voice to #Diverse Authors with Urban Lit

It’s an established fact that traditional publishing is a mostly white man’s world. Self publishing–free from the inherent gatekeeping of agents and publishers–gives otherwise marginalized voices the opportunity to be heard, and read.

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Poison, paranoia and conspiracy in: GLOSSOLALIA

By Tantra Bensko

Rating:  star star star star star 

After an unscheduled pick up of an untraceable poison goes missing from her workplace, Nancy finds herself tangled in a conspiracy that threatens both her sanity and her life.

SHONG
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A sensitive hero, fated to help save the world, becomes a man in this globetrotting fantasy: THE SHONG WARS: DECLARATION

By George Lung

Rating:  star star star star star 

Zhang Ma is a young prince of a fierce Mongol warrior tribe known as the Shong.

THINGSTREE
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A young girl embarks on a yuletide trek to find her father, and herself in: THINGS ON A TREE

By D.L. Finn

Rating:  star star star star star 

THINGS ON A TREE is the tale of a young girl’s magical Christmas journey to try to save her father and discover who she really is.

PROCESS
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The write way around creative roadblocks in: THE WRITER’S PROCESS

By Anne H. Janzer

Rating:  star star star star star 

Anne H. Janzer utilizes cognitive science for writers to circumvent creative roadblocks in this handy guide.

GODINTERNET
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Cyber attacks in the name of a cyber holy war in: GOD OF THE INTERNET

By Lynn Lipinski

Rating:  star star star star star 

An unusual Islamic-based cyber attack threatens the United States in this cleverly orchestrated work of suspense fiction with a modern-day twist.

GODINTERNET
IR Book Review  |  

Cyber attacks in the name of a cyber holy war in: God of the Internet

By Lynn Lipinski

Rating:  star star star star star 

An unusual Islamic-based cyber attack threatens the United States in this cleverly orchestrated work of suspense fiction with a modern-day twist.

DIVORCED
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The hardships faced in the search for justice set against an exotic background in: BETTER DEAD THAN DIVORCED: THE TRIALS OF PANAYOTA: A TRUE STORY

By Lukas Konandreas

Rating:  star star star star star 

A true-to-life tale of a man’s struggle to find justice for his murdered cousin in spite of a powerful opponent and corrupt judiciary system.

VILEMEANS
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Action-packed adventure interwoven with political plotting in: VILE MEANS

By Steve Dimodica

Rating:  star star star star star 

Nearing the end of America’s hold on the Panama Canal, a series of horrific attacks deep in the jungle bring a convoluted plot to light involving international banking, the CIA, and a violent madman.

DEADDOCK
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A fun whodunit featuring Lee Harding – amateur detective: DEAD ON THE DOCK

By Beth Everett

Rating:  star star star star star 

Charming foul-mouthed, pot-smoking amateur detective seeks solace from marital difficulties at her family’s cabin on Lake Montego.

TROPHY
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Whisker and the Pie Rats compete against other animal pirate crews for a coveted prize in: THE TROPHY OF CHAMPIONS

By Cameron Stelzer

Rating:  star star star star star 

The Pie Rat crew of the Apple Pie, Whisker, Ruby Rat, Fish Eye Fred, Pencil Leg Pete, Hook Hand Horace, and Captain Black Rat compete in a grueling tournament for the 25th Pirate Cup in this fun adventure for middle grade readers.

Pregnancy
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Resourceful and practical guidelines for resolving a pregnancy in: EXPLORING YOUR UNPLANNED PREGNANCY—SINGLE MOTHERHOOD, ADOPTION AND ABORTION QUESTIONS AND RESOURCES

By Tyne Traverson

Rating:  star star star star star 

Options for many various means of resolving a pregnancy are examined in this small, readable self-help book.

FEEL4
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Moving past inertia towards positive action and joy in: THE MORE YOU DO THE BETTER YOU FEEL – HOW TO OVERCOME PROCRASTINATION AND LIVE A HAPPIER LIFE

By David Parker

Rating:  star star star star star 

A well-organized method for overcoming procrastination and the depression that often accompanies is presented in this useful guide.

HERITAGEFRANCE
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Interactive travel and history in: THE WORLD HERITAGE SITES OF FRANCE

By Jèrộme Sabatier

Rating:  star star star star star 

A comprehensive collection of the most beautiful and historic cities, castles and monuments in France as classified by the World Heritage Sites by the United Nations.

SIGHTSEEING
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Stories about the paranormal in: SIGHTSEEING IN THE UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY TALES RETOLD BY A PSYCHIC BYSTANDER

By Louisa Oakley Green

Rating:  star star star star star 

Here are 100 plus tales of the paranormal told by apparently “normal” people, gathered by a reporter and wife of a clairvoyant.

REVENGE
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Gender identity conflict and brutal resolution: IN THE MIND OF REVENGE

By Liv Haddon

Rating:  star star star star star 

A young person, badly beaten by peers, exacts a brutal revenge and flees – but cannot flee internal demons.

KINGDOM
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A world of royal rats in: KINGDOM’S END

By Charles D. Blanchard

Rating:  star star star star star 

Charles D Blanchard takes readers into the minds of rats in his literary adventure
KINGDOM’S END.

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The Diaries

By Chuck Driskell

Rating:  star star star star star 

A convoluted chain of lethal situations arises when an undercover finds a set of Jewish diaries.

HAYLEY
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A young girl faces ridicule and bullying about her birthmark in: HAYLEY’S COURAGE

By Linda M. Steiner

Rating:  star star star star star 

A true story of one little girl’s courage amid adversity.

KARMA
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Everyone can learn to effectively practice speed networking with information in NETWORKING KARMA

By Gail Tolstoi-Miller

Rating:  star star star star star 

With the help of nearly a dozen contributing experts in networking, career counselor and self-described introvert Tolstoi-Miller provides an easy-to-read and clearly expressed insider’s guide to quick and comfortable communication with potential business prospects through speed networking events.

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2016 IndieReader Discovery Award Winners  |  

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Downloads of the winner’s books are available today through 8:00 a.m. tomorrow, along with author interviews, book samples, trailers and more at indiereader.com/irda2016.

MARA
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Teddy Bears rescue a boy from nightmare creatures in: MAX AND THE MARA

By Jesse Arnold

Rating:  star star star star star 

In this action-packed, endearing young adult fiction, a group of brave, living teddy bears band together on a quest to rescue a boy kidnapped into the nightmare realm.

HEAVENEARTH
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Nobility and politics of turbulent Tudor times in: HEAVEN, EARTH OR HELL

By Maeve Nolan

Rating:  star star star star star 

A young nobleman struggles to balance honor with survival in the turbulent politics of the court of Henry VIII.

MONSTERREALM
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Fantasy turns into horrific reality in another world beneath the sea in: THE MONSTER REALM

By Nara Duffie

Rating:  star star star star star 

A girl’s search for her missing sister evolves into the unexpected when she discovers an impending war between monsters and humans and that she is the only one who can save the destruction of the two worlds.