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!

THE BEST SALES BOOK EVER/THE BEST LEADERSHIP BOOK EVER

IR VERDICT: THE BEST SALES BOOK EVER/THE BEST LEADERSHIP BOOK EVER by Connie Podesta + Meridith Elliott Powell is a must-have for new sales leaders. Readers who are new to working in any aspect of…

ELEPHANTS IN MY ROOM

IR VERDICT: ELEPHANTS IN MY ROOM by Christie Nicholls is a charmingly photo-illustrated, sassy, sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking look at the author’s self-proclaimed family of “brilliant assholes” who, in general, are the opposite of teetotalers…with…

DECEPTION BAY

IR VERDICT: While written as a murder mystery, DECEPTION BAY keeps thing light by interlacing touches of romance and comedy into the riveting story of a troubled author returning to his hometown who hopes to…

THE PROTO PROJECT

IR VERDICT: THE PROTO PROJECT is a rollicking sci-fi adventure filled with plot twists, resourceful kids, nefarious villains, triple agents, and wild inventions. Proto, the AI, stands out as an earnest yet goofy robot who…

THE KNOWING

IR VERDICT: THE KNOWING, a novella that continues the story based on characters from BULWARK, tells the story of a poor farmer’s son, JB Stratton, who plays football in high school and dreams of a…

THE DEVIL AND DAYNA DALTON

IR VERDICT: THE DEVIL AND DAYNA DALTON is an intriguing supernatural novella, based on characters from the original book BULWARK, and tells the story of a young woman in an isolated Georgia town who yearns…

ON SWIFT WINGS

IR VERDICT: With expert world-building skills, author Brett M. Wiens enraptures readers with a first-person account of adventures after a plane crash leaves his protagonist stranded in a strange and magical world in ON SWIFT…

CHUCKY’S IN TUCSON

IR VERDICT: Genuine and heartbreaking, CHUCKY’S IN TUCSON, will leave readers grateful for the presence of every guiding influence they’ve encountered in their life, as well as inspire them to discover their own true passions….

THE ADUSTUM DIARIES

IR VERDICT: THE ADUSTUM DIARIES by Angela Tempest features an exciting premise with incredible potential that takes place in a magical setting with characters who possess intriguing abilities.

APPLES FOR THE MIND

IR VERDICT: Tom Nehmy’s self-help book, APPLES FOR THE MIND, is written in a friendly and patient tone, offering up clear and distinct chapters that make for easy reference when looking for tools to effectively…

SPOOKY AND THE GARGOYLE

IR VERDICT: We are as brave as we decide to be.  That is the message of Teresa Traver’s SPOOKY AND THE GARGOYLE, a gentle tale of friendship between a kitten and a stone monster.  The…

THE WATSONS

IR VERDICT: In A COMPLETING OF THE WATSONS, author Rose Servitova tackles a fragment of a novel Jane Austen began and dropped. While it takes courage to complete with an Austen work, Seritova rises admirably…

IMAGINATIVE COMMUNITIES

IR VERDICT: IMAGINATIVE COMMUNITIES is chock full of facts, charts, and information that can help guide local communities to a better sense of how they can become visible across the globe, while creating a positive…

POLARITY

IR VERDICT: Finally, a novel that explores BDSM with humor, heat and valuable information rather than just being a rehash of ‘Fifty Shades.’ In POLARITY by Virginia Ford, Sara Jane is an accomplished woman with…

SPIRALS OF FATE

IR VERDICT: Based on true historical events in England during serfdom, SPIRALS OF FATE elaborately shows how lives are truly intertwined. During a peasant uprising, each character feels he is responsible for his own actions, and…

THE MADNESS OF GRIEF

IR VERDICT: Panayotis Cacoyannis’s THE MADNESS OF GRIEF follows the teenage Londoner Jane Hareman in a keenly observed and complex coming-of-age tale that plays out over just a few days against the backdrop of the…

THE WARRIOR PRINCESS

IR VERDICT: With stunning artwork and easy-to-read text, THE WARRIOR PRINCESS by D. L. Murphy is the classic coming-of-age tale of a young girl searching for her own identity and self-worth. Complete with a somewhat-subtle…

THE BARON’S DAUGHTER

IR VERDICT: THE BARON’S DAUGHTER transports readers to another century with its detailed descriptions and elaborate character backstories. Between the budding romance and the dangerous secret missions, the pages come to life throughout this historical…

EX LIBRIS

IR VERDICT: EX LIBRIS, John Oehler’s newest international thriller, pits multiple antagonists against each other and the protagonists in a race to retrieve a lost Biblical manuscript that could tip the world into war. Fast-paced,…

THE ROME OF FALL

IR VERDICT: THE ROME OF FALL is a classic yet delightfully quirky rock n’ roll novel. Author Chad Alan Gibbs’ story follows the glory, grunginess and beautifully messy, lasting human relationships in a 1990’s indie…

THE NATURE OF SHADOWS

IR VERDICT: THE NATURE OF SHADOWS is a riveting and poetic memoir of an African boy’s coming of age in Liberia during a time of civil war and violence. Author Augustine Sheriff paints loving pictures…

THE MILLION DOLLAR ORGANIZER

IR VERDICT: Bob Oedy’s THE MILLION DOLLAR ORGANIZER is a concise, active guide that sets out a workable plan to engage, organize, and empower workers. It is honest about the level of commitment needed, precise…

ACTIVATE YOUR LIGHT

IR VERDICT: ACTIVATE YOUR LIGHT introduces readers new to spirituality about the concept of how they can function as “Lightworkers,” providing meditations, mantras, affirmations, prayers and “activation codes” to connect to source energy and, ultimately,…

EVERY DROP OF WATER AND EVERY GRAIN OF SALT ON THE WAY TO AUTHENTIC HAPPINESS

IR VERDICT: Combining elements of Eastern and Western philosophy, EVERY DROP OF WATER AND EVERY GRAIN OF SALT ON THE WAY TO AUTHENTIC HAPPINESS by Armando S. Garcia guides readers to explore what it means…

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