Discovery Award Winners: 2013
By Michelle L. Whitlock
At 26, author Michelle Whitlock was living a “normal” life; she had a job in retail, great friends, and a loving family. Then, with the discovery that she had invasive cervical cancer, everything changed.
By Jennifer Richardson
Americashire is the story of an American woman married to a British man, who is persuaded to move to her husband’s country and finally ends up settling in a peaceful (but eccentrically British) village in the Cotswolds.
By Taylor Fulks
Sometimes the strongest manacles in this life are the bonds forged from painful memories of a past so horrific, that they shackle and incarcerate the very essence of one’s soul…inevitably, the constraint is a life sentence.
By Ginny Callaway
A deeply heartfelt and graphically delicate handbook that should sit on everyone’s bookshelf for times in need.
By Jennifer Sharp
A Gender Neutral God/ess is primarily a book about linguistics, religion and history, and the use of gendered words to describe Deity.
By Robert Flatt
Coming to the campus early every morning for months Flatt overcame his own physical challenges (Parkinson’s Disease) to capture the spirit of these magnificent birds with photography, and in doing so also captured the beauty and the spirit of Rice University.
By Julie Mannix von Zerneck & Kathy Hatfield
After giving up her baby for adoption, a Pennsylvania debutante spends her adult life wondering what happened to her daughter…until the two reunite.
By Nita Whitaker LaFontaine
In a work that began as therapy and became a beautiful tribute to her husband, Nita Whitaker explores her life, marriage to Don LaFontaine, her grief and journey to ‘find her voice’ after his death.
By Kirt Manecke
Smile is a crash course (read it in 60-minutes or less) in customer service and sales (and fundraising). Packed with invaluable tips and advice, Smile’s simple, practical approach will help you sell more, starting today.
By Lisa Tillinger Johansen
Lisa Tilinger Johansen, a former McDonald’s Corporation real-estate-executive-turned-Registered-Dietician, is out to balance the bad rap that the fast food restaurants have received from books like Fast Food Nation and Supersize Me with bite-sized portions of common sense advice about nutrition, food and eating choices.
By Jackie Hennessey
How to Spread Sanity on a Cracker is essentially, a virtual venting session for moms. It combines cheesy recipes with funny parental anecdotes, sent in from mothers all across the country, including potty-training stories, grocery-shopping stories, tantrum stories, stories of parents who snapped in entertaining ways, etc.
By Joe Famularo
From antipasto to dessert, this cookbook of Italian fare covers a wide range of regions and styles.
By Ryan Fisher
This book will give you the inside scoop you need in order to understand how the hiring process works and how you can conquer the job market!
By Keren Taylor
“No Character Limit” is a collection of poetry and short prose, interspersed with writing tips and authors’ notes, from the WriteGirl project.
By Jeanette Battista
Devon Mackson has lived with her grandmother since she was eight, when her mother was arrested for prostitution and drug possession.
By Sarah Cavallaro
Miss Pink has been laid off from her job as a high-powered marketing exec. She has also been divorced, and swindled out of all her investments thanks to Bernie Madoff.
By John Isaac Jones
Set in Alabama over a period of about forty years beginning in the late 1940s, this exquisite collection of fifteen short stories provides snapshots into the lives of different characters.
By Mark Souza
At an unspecified time in the future, big business controls nearly all aspects of civilized life. From clothing that displays ads based on nearby consumers to food production that comes from only one company, escaping the vice of control is nearly impossible.
By Marion Thomas
College student Madison LeBon has always had a connection with the dead because of her heritage of voodoo and psychic abilities, but Madison finds herself unable to ignore a calling from the past after her first day in history class and a lesson about a famous painting.
By Joanne DeMaio
In her second novel, Joanne DeMaio takes readers to the Connecticut shore, where she introduces an intriguing cast of characters, all of whom are searching their pasts for both release and solace.
By Peggy Troupin
This is a collection of poetry on topics both major and minor, from avocados and painful breakups to Passover.
By Michael Weinberger
The second book in The Hidden Amongst Us series, it picks up several years later and in a totally different world.
By Aeryn Dougan
In a world where vampires purge the human world of their societal dregs, Evanna is chosen by Keeper, the leader of the vampire entities to eradicate a vampire killer, Rian.
By Ian Walkley
Lee McCloud (Mac), an ex Delta Force operative, heads a covert mission for the CIA so he can clear his reputation for a prior rescue mission gone wrong.
By Freddie Owens
Orbie is a nine-year-old whose father died in a tragic incident at the steel mill where he worked, an incident blamed on a black worker’s carelessness.
By B. B. Shepherd
Allison is starting high school in a new home and a new town, having moved from Los Angeles to the Sierra Nevada foothills.
By R.S. Verne
The simple but poignant story of Haee, a cat with a crooked tail, who lives a comfortable and worry-free life with his loving family.
By Don M. Winn
The Knighting of Sir Kaye is the charming beginning to a children’s series featuring boy knight Sir Kaye and his trusty squire, Reggie Stork (the narrator), in a kingdom that has fallen on difficult times since the death of its former king, a good and wise man.
By Elaine Russell
Martin McMillan is excited to spend time with his friend Isabel, visiting Chicago six months after their adventure together in Peru.
By Mark A. Rayner
Blake Given’s web-enabled fridge has pulled the plug on the Internet, turning its owner’s life – and the whole world – upside down.
By Brian Duncan
A riveting story of love and forgiveness set during British expansion in Rhodesia and the Second Boer War in South Africa.
By Mark V. Sroufe
Sleek, stylish, realistic and ominous, “2084” is an Orwellian world on steroids.
By Wickedly Sisters/Margaret Hultz
SPOON and MOON leaves behind the realm of children’s nursery rhyme becoming a seductive and fanciful tale about protagonists longing for fulfillment and satisfaction in their lives.
By Selina French
A dark-haired girl dressed in blue jeans and a tee-shirt wakes up in a world filled with magical spells and wizards, but no recollection of her past.
By Sandra Deighan
Deana Harrington is just an everyday virgin with a job and a life until she is spotted by a very extraordinary fellow.
By Jackie Townsend
The mystery, beauty and complexities of culture, family and love are revealed through the relationship between a seemingly mismatched American woman and an Italian man.
By Victoria Hopewell
A fascinating, often funny memoir chronicling author Victoria Hopewell’s three-year baby-making mission.
By Romy Wyllie
“Loving Andrew” is a biography of the author’s oldest son, Andrew, who was born in 1959 with Down syndrome.
By Kay Stephens
Cyberslammed is a manual designed to help parents, school administrators, and kids deal with the risks and results of online bullying.
By Anne Pfeffer
Travis Walker in finishing up with his senior year of high School – again, and running into some problems.
By Robert C. Yeager
Just before she dies from injuries from what looks to be an accident, Kate Gavrill’s mother, Irina, whispers something to Kate that sets her on a journey delving into the secrets of past generations.
By Amber Butler
The Burning of Cherry Hill is a tale set in a dystopian future, but it begins in a pastoral paradise.