Jul 30, 2016
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HighRoad
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David Chauner on his IRDA Winning “High Road: Chasing the Yellow Jersey”

“High Road” is a novel about the choices a professional cyclist must make when confronted by compelling temptations to break the rules in order to win the Tour de France.

TROPHY
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Cameron Stelzer on his IRDA Winning “The Trophy of Champions: Pie Rats Book 4”

The inspiration for The Trophy of Champions came from the 2012 London Olympics. I wanted to create an Olympic-style series of events with a pirate twist.

exploring
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Tyne Traverson on his IRDA Winning “Exploring Your Unplanned Pregnancy”

This book is designed to help a woman with an unplanned pregnancy thoroughly work through the decision process, using reliable resources to pursue her decision, be it motherhood, adoption or abortion.

EMERGENCE
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Donald J. Fraser on his IRDA Winning “The Emergence of One American Nation”

It is a work of history that answers a very basic question: why are we one nation, and not many? [It] is an appeal to all of us to find ways to do the same for the greater good.

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Vihang Naik Talks About His IRDA Winning “City Times and Other Poems”

I experiment with characters.

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Cindy Caldwell on Starting over as a Single 50-something

I am blessed beyond belief. Self-publishing didn’t just change my life, it saved it.

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Kristen Heimerl Talks About Her IRDA Winning Title “Inspector Dewey”

A real experience inspired me. I was crawling on the maple floor of my creaky, old home. It was 2:00 a.m., a bad guy was on the street outside, and I had left my lights on. I needed to call the police—without being witnessed.

SIGHTSEEING
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Louisa Oakley Green Talks About “Sightseeing in the Undiscovered Country”

How would you feel if your child told you she had a playmate who died years earlier in a fire? Do you think it’s possible to know who you’re going to marry from a simple handshake? If you could read the energy in a home, would it make it harder to buy your first house?

IAMED
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R.A. Akerlund on her IRDA Winning “I Am Ed”

After my sixteenth birthday, on the seventh of august 1988, I had enough of waiting to grow up. I was tall enough to pass for 18 and I already heard about a job in a supermarket stacking shelves.

the teachings
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Douglas Green on “The Teachings of Shirelle: Life Lessons from a Divine Knucklehead”

A funny, heartwarming, yet serious look at the wisdom – psychological, philosophical, and spiritual – a man learned from his ridiculous dog.

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Rachel Straub Discusses “Weight Training Without Injury”

Read about the 1st place winner in the non-fiction category in the 2016 IRDA’s,

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Jack Mayer on his IRDA-Winning Title, “Before the Court of Heaven”

A thriller, a poignant love story and a vivid history of a troubling and fascinating time that will especially appeal to readers who enjoy historical fiction.

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Terah Edun Talk to IR About Writing Strong Female Protagonists, Being Brave + Living in South Sudan

Author of eleven YA Fantasy titles and a New York Times + USA Today bestseller

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Chuck Driskell on his IRDA Winning “The Diaries”

Combining crime, revenge and international intrigue, THE DIARIES is a classic espionage thriller.

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Pamela Capone on “I Punched Myself in the Eye: Stories of self-sabotage, imperfection and perfect amazing grace”

I think it’s human nature to go through life on autopilot, watching for the flashing, Vegas marquis type of signs. But sometimes “wow!” comes in smaller wrapping, and then like a Jack-in-the-box, it pops out, and you the message.

love hurts
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Editor Tricia Reeks on “Love Hurts: A Speculative Fiction Anthology”

A collection of gut-wrenching short speculative fiction stories about love, and the pain and heartbreak that so often goes with it.

rise
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Kristian Hall on how to “Rise from Darkness”

A self-help book about what to do when you want to get out of depression, and you don’t have a clue how to go about it.

lemons
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Keira Monclair on How Self-Publishing Changed Her Life (Hint: It Involves Grandchildren!)

A year after (self) pubbing her first novel she is a debt free, full-time author who helped her daughter pay for in-vitro, resulting in twin granddaughters.

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L. Davis Munro on “Emmy Nation: Undercover Suffragette”

I was so shocked by my lack of knowledge around this period of women’s history [the suffrage movement] that I began reading as much as I possibly could about it.

SELFIE
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John Branning on “Selfie-Facing: Analog Musings in a Digital World”

A collection of humorous essays on a variety of topics – marriage, home repairs, cat ownership, foibles of the English language, snowbanks and driveways – and how all of it flummoxes me.

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Sonny Hayes Talks about Gambling, Goons and “US vs. Welkner”

I used to gamble fairly regularly. I wasn’t in to the loan sharks, as the book’s protagonist is, but I was quite familiar with the bookies and their chrome revolvers and the giant pair of goons typically flanking them.

seeds of
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How a Kickstarted Novel Inspired a Publishing Career

We’ve interviewed dozens of writers who started out indie only to sign with a traditional publisher. But this is the story of an author who, after slogging through the work required to create his own book, decided that it might be interesting to start a publishing company of his own.

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Michael Phillip Cash Discusses His Inspiration for “Monsterland”

A misguided teen must save his date in a theme park, whose main attractions – real werewolves, vampires and zombies – descend the place into chaos.

and then there
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Julia Fox Talks About “And Then There Were Three: Sixty-Seven Letters to Sasha”

This autobiographical memoir documents the challenges that still face members of the LGBT community, especially those in countries where being homosexual is still considered an abnormality.