IndieReader Discovery Awards 2020 Entrants

Added as our experts review them, find the latest from the 2020 IndieReader Discovery Awards, leading up the big winners announcement in May!

AFTER THE BALL

In Samuel Miles Morley’s AFTER THE BALL, psychologist Jon Schertz is baffled by the apparent disappearance of a patient from a locked room. But clues begin to lead Jon toward a dark history draped with…

BLOOD IN THE WATER

Hardboiled, hard-drinking newsman Walker Holmes is back to ferret out more systematic corruption in BLOOD IN THE WATER.

AWAKE

In this science fiction thriller set in 2028, the developer of a virtual reality device gets sucked into his own creation while being haunted by a traumatic event from the past.

THE NEWTON CODE

MORE THAN HALFWAY THERE

MORE THAN HALFWAY THERE, by David Hartshorn, is the touching story of a man’s journey of self-discovery and how it ultimately leads him home.

WALKING WITH THE ENEMY

IR VERDICT: C. Read’s WALKING WITH THE ENEMY tells real-life stories and uses examples from letters and Q&A’s written to the author, which provides a personal and telling reading experience. It may be too religious…

DAYS PASSED

IR VERDICT: DAYS PASSED, by McEntry Dunbar II, is romance novel with inspirational/motivational tones, and a story line interesting enough to hold the reader’s attention: Young love, lost love, a second chance to have love…

THE PRAIRIE DANCE

IR VERDICT: THE PRARIE DANCE, by John Rae, is a period-piece novel, full of suspense and drama, set in the post-Civil War era, where the lives of two women merge–one fleeing an arranged marriage with…

A GLOSSARY OF LIFE

IR VERDICT: A GLOSSARY OF LIFE, by Manny Garcia, takes an intellectual look at truths and what shapes perceptions, attitudes, biases, and even society/culture as a whole. It begins with the topics of abundance and…

THE 10 GREATEST GIFTS WE GIVE EACH OTHER

IR VERDICT: An uplifting and deeply amusing novel, THE 10 GREATEST GIFTS WE GIVE EACH OTHER is a heartwarming memoir that delivers on the small moments that matter most. The writing is rich, alive and…

THE TURNING OF HEAVEN

IR VERDICT: THE TURNING OF HEAVEN, by John Lazarus, is a work of satire fiction– an eclectic mix of prose and epic poetry you won’t soon forget. Readers should brace themselves for a work that…

SIMON’S MANSION

IR VERDICT: Simon has struggled with addiction and his sexuality throughout his life. In order to reconcile himself with who he is, he must return to his small-town home to face a past, and people,…

MIKEY AND ME

IR VERDICT: Not every story ends happily ever after.  In William Andrews’ MIKEY AND ME, a coming-of-age tale with a quasi-Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer plot, Corey Fletcher learns how lies can impact life. He…

DEFEAT OF THE WICKED INIQUITOUS

IR VERDICT: DEFEAT OF THE WICKED INIQUITOUS is a clever and well-researched novel that interrogates the wealth and labor imbalance in America and demands radical change and action through the fictionalized portrayal of current events…

TROUBLESOME CREEK

IR VERDICT: TROUBLESOME CREEK by Wesley Mullins has a small-town deputy investigating the murder of a popular citizen.  Money, power, manipulation, and honor all play their parts in this descriptive story set in a fictional Kentucky…

WE TALK, WE LEAD

IR VERDICT: WE TALK, WE LEAD is a deeply engaging read for anyone (especially women) who are looking to improve their business strategies and mindset in simple but effective ways. Author Wendy Zelond gives an…

THE TRUTH THAT LIES BETWEEN

IR VERDICT: W.D.McComb’s THE TRUTH THAT LIES BETWEEN is a nostalgic and thrilling novel following the story of three boys growing up in a small town in rural Mississippi and their discovery of a body….

GOLDEN CORD OF ARRAM

IR VERDICT: In the GOLDEN CORD OF ARRAM, a former federal agent is called out of grumpy retirement to investigate a suspicious murder off the record. Teamed with a no-nonsense up-and-comer, they uncover the killing…

PARIS, ADRIFT

IR VERDICT: Set primarily in the Paris of the mid-1950’s, PARIS, ADRIFT is Vanda’s third Julianna novel and combines love, intrigue, and fear. A sleazy aspiring Broadway producer wants to force Julianna to star in…

DELUSIONS OF CLARITY

IR VERDICT: Vern Bryk’s DELUSIONS OF CLARITY is a slow burning, psychological murder mystery that interrogates the very notion of truth and perspective. The novel draws upon an in-depth awareness of the human psyche and…

ROCCO EATS IT

IR VERDICT: ROCCO EATS IT is a zany, sentimental, and very believable novel about a ponytailed reality TV show chef and restaurant owner who loses it all and like a soufflé rises again.  Troy Bond’s…

KING HERE: Never Too Old, Too Rich or Too Anything to Meet Jesus

IR VERDICT: KING HERE: Never Too Old, Too Rich or Too Anything to Meet Jesus, by Trish Porter Topmiller, is a compelling story of last-chance redemption for an eccentric business mogul, Chuck, who seemingly has…

HARD LUCK GIRL

IR VERDICT: With an intriguing storyline that grabs the reader right from the beginning, HARD LUCK GIRL by Topshee Johnston is fresh, fast-paced, and original.  The main character is Rose; a prostitute whose pimp was murdered…

BETERA’S FACTOR

IR VERDICT: BETERA’S FACTOR is a compelling dystopian about a society where emotions are all but forbidden. Perfect for readers who love a good thought experiment, the sci-fi setting is anchored by a large cast…