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!

BIG BAD

IR VERDICT: Christian Galacar’s thrilling and enjoyable (if sometimes disturbing tale), BIG BAD, tells the story of what happens when Emma’s sister, Molly, dies in an apparent suicide and Emma can’t accept it. Her subsequent…

BLOSSOM ~The Wild Ambassador of Tewksbury

IR VERDICT: BLOSSOM ~ The Wild Ambassador of Tewksbury by Anna Carner is based on the author’s experience of combining human sentiment and compassion with nature’s often-harsh reality. Animals have a way of bringing comfort;…

HOW LANGUAGES SAVED ME

IR VERDICT: HOW LANGUAGES SAVED ME by Tadeusz Haska and Stefanie Naumann is the story of a young man who survived orphanhood, Nazis, and Communists through cleverness and linguistic ability. Told with wry humor and…

IBN AL BITAR’S VOYAGES

IR VERDICT: A beautiful blend of centuries past and recent events with Arab Springs, IBN AL BITAR’S VOYAGES by Aly Brisha intertwines well developed characters from both eras to show the comparison between the military…

ADULTHOOD: When I Was 18

IR VERDICT: ADULTHOOD: When I Was 18 by Cat Rutherford portrays life’s confusing path for young people who are legal adults, but are only beginning to figure out what the word means.  Written with words…

HEAVY LIES

IR VERDICT: HEAVY LIES by McEntry R. Dunbar is the second book of a series that offers an attempt at intrigue, suspicion, and deceit, woven into a descriptive business scenario.  The slow-moving melodramatic plot of this…

CHOOSING HAPPINESS

IR VERDICT: Rudrani Devi’s book CHOOSING HAPPINESS is a wonderfully written work of advice from an amazing author and survivor. Having overcome the devastating physical and psychological results of the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attack and…

CARLOTTI

IR VERDICT: David Dalrymple’s CARLOTTI has enough suspense and intrigue to keep even the most avid mystery reader guessing.  Between murders, the Mob, and the main character’s shifting spirituality, it’s a gripping story with plot…

HIJITO

IR VERDICT: This debut collection of poetry by Carlos Andres Gomez is a study of humanity in its fight for survival, love, and acceptance. At times painfully poignant, the language of these works possesses the…

UNTIL THE LAST STAR FADES

IR VERDICT: UNTIL THE LAST STAR FADES by Jacquelyn Middleton is a charming and warmhearted romance, so sweet it should come with a warning about insulin shock, but with no shortage of heat, either.

GIVE THEM UNQUIET DREAMS

IR VERDICT: James Mulhern’s GIVE THEM UNQUIET DREAMS is a well-crafted read, page-turner that allows readers to explore the afterlife through the experiences of 14-year-old Aiden, whose deceased grandfather visits him at night and tells…

GILCHRIST

IR VERDICT: GILCHRIST by Christian Galacar is the story of a young couple looking to reset their marriage in a quaint New England lakeside town following the sudden death of their young son. While the…

DREAMING OF ARCHES NATIONAL PARK

IR VERDICT: DREAMING OF ARCHES NATIONAL PARK, written by Grant Collier, and beautifully illustrated by Stephanie Lowman, attempts to take readers back in time to teach them about the past.  

THE UNAMERICAN DREAM

IR VERDICT: THE UNAMERICAN DREAM: Finding Personal and Professional Happiness Establishing Work-Life Boundaries by Carlos Hidalgo is a personal look at how obsessive behavior and lack of control in the workplace can seriously damage other…

THE VIRTUAL DIVIDE

IR VERDICT: Organizational leadership is both a science and an art, and many have mastered this skill. But the techniques that have worked to manage in-person teams over the past century don’t seem as effective…

THE POWERFUL YOU

IR VERDICT: Originally published in 1978 as A Message for My Child, THE POWERFUL YOU by Patrick and Ernesto Atkinson has be re-released to remind growing children that they are ultimately responsible for their words, actions,…

THE LITTER

IR VERDICT: Chilling and compelling, THE LITTER by Jonanthan Maas is a strange tale of a teenage girl’s pregnancy and not-quite-human children that makes for an imaginative and disturbing read.

THE GORDON PLACE

IR VERDICT: THE GORDON PLACE by Isaac Thorne takes readers on a chilling journey as the main characters venture back to haunted places where much of their childhood trauma occurred. The strong character backgrounds and…

ME AND MARIO: Love, Power & Writing with Mario Puzo, Author of the Godfather

IR VERDICT: Dripping with emotion and sincerity, ME AND MARIO is a heart wrenching memoir about commitment, not only to the craft of writing, but also of author Carol Gino’s to the incomparable Mario Puzo.

HAWK EYES

IR VERDICT: Colorfully illustrated with simple, easy to read text, HAWK EYES by JLW features Lulu, a little girl whose mom has to work on a Saturday.  Although she loves her daddy, how can she…

A BUCK AND A PUCK

IR VERDICT: A BUCK AND A PUCK, a beautifully illustrated picture book by children’s author J.L.W., features a little girl named Lulu who loves to play ice hockey. The lesson contained in its pages is…

MAMA DIDN’T RAISE THIS WOMAN

IR VERDICT: MAMA DIDN’T RAISE THIS WOMAN by Njeri Maldonado is a compelling, honest, and emotional account of the author’s complicated and tumultuous relationship with her mother. Maldonado tells her story with compassion and leaves…

IN THE SEAT OF A STRANGER’S CAR

IR VERDICT: With a well-blended mix of comedy, suspense, romance, sadness, and philosophy, IN THE SEAT OF A STRANGER’S CAR by native Hawaiian Beau Flemistert draws a vivid picture of life in Oahu via detailed…

WOOLLY THE WANDERING SHEEP

IR VERDICT: WOOLLY THE WANDERING SHEEP, written by Maximo Navarro with charming illustrations by Saib Irfan, is a simplistic story; a young lamb wanders away from his caretaker and learns how to handle himself in…

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