IndieReader Discovery Awards 2021 Entrants

Added as our experts review them, find the latest from the 2021 IndieReader Discovery Awards, leading up the big winners announcement in May, 2021!

THE SHEPHERD’S BURDEN

THE SHEPHERD’S BURDEN by Ryan Young is a taut military thriller with a supernatural twist.  Main character Daniel Jefferies is embroiled in a criminal investigation and involved in events that reach back to his childhood…

THE COMFORT OF DISTANCE

THE COMFORT OF DISTANCE (A Sebastien Grey Novel) by Ryburn Dobbs is a gripping crime drama that is part family saga, part romance and is perfect for fans of forensic mysteries and  psychological character studies.

BLIND PONY: As True A Story As I Can Tell

BLIND PONY: As True A Story As I Can Tell,  contains a literal world of jobs and loves and experiences that define Sam Hart, née Butter. At times, it’s mind-boggling:  growing up in western Pennsylvania, subjected…

LOKI OF MIDGARD

Call it a romance (although the story does contain erotic passages that make it more a sexually explicit graphic adult novel) between a mythological alien being and an earth woman, LOKI OF MIDGARD–the first title…

SOULSTEALER

SOULSTEALER by Shane Boulware is a fantasy novel with paranormal/horror themes written for a Young Adult audience. Boulware is a conscientious writer, taking care to provide descriptions and exposition that crackles with details to stimulate…

APRIL’S HEART

APRIL’S HEART by Shilah Ferr is a new adult, coming-of-age novel that nails the high school romance experience of the 70’s and 80’s–complete with links to relevant songs, along with a heartfelt, sexually charged story…

GUILTY PHOTOGRAPHS

S.I. Taylor’s pensive, page-turner of a thriller, GUILTY PHOTOGRAPHS offers the winning combination of authentic characters fueled by shrouded motivations and a thoughtful, suspense-driven plot that will leave even the most observant of readers guessing…

SHE’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS

SHE’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS by Ben Bensinger is a breezy read about a middle-aged mother and her high school-aged son Chris, who meet at Christmas and work out issues that stem from a family…

HOW THE DEER MOON HUNGERS

HOW THE DEER MOON HUNGERS is a coming-of-age tale that is seemingly aimed at a younger Catcher in the Rye reader and features author Susan Wingate’s keenly observed colloquialisms.

ON THE STEPS OF ST. DYMPHNA

ON THE STEPS OF ST. DYMPHNA by Tony G. Rocco is a clever literary fiction novel about a man named John who lives a ho-hum existence working in a cubicle until a life-altering experience sets…

WHISPERWOOD

WHISPERWOOD by Van Temple is a novel of fiction based on the author’s great-grandfather’s experiences as a rifleman during the Civil War. What unfolds is a literary telling of how the soldier endured the hardships…

MURKY WATERS RISING

Readers may feel like they are piecing together excerpts of the diaries of  four highly sexualized young women sharing their life’s grievances and meting out their own brand of justice in Vanity Smith’s MURKY WATERS RISING,…

EXPLORE YOURSELF WITH 100+KEYS

Simplistic, but thought provoking ideas are featured in author Veera S. Surampudi’s EXPLORE YOURSELF WITH 100+KEYS. The text, written in quotations, allows readers to apply their own sense of logic to each spiritually directed adage…

SMART LOVE

SMART LOVE by Vincent Fudge II is a raw and honest self-help/marriage counseling book wrapped in a fictionalized account of a domestic violence incident that leads to one year of marriage counseling for husband and…

THE FLASHFALL SWORD

Rife with violent and sexual imagery that may disturb some but intrigue others, THE FLASHFALL SWORD (Book of Ruin, Series 2) by W.G. Hladky is a prequel to the author’s story of a post-apocalyptic world….

CRUEL VINTAGE

Motorcycle detective Ben Kaye is after the truth but someone is after him in CRUEL VINTAGE, a relentless conspiracy thriller by Huston Michaels.

MY TEXAS STREAK

MY TEXAS STREAK by Lindsey Cowherd is an entertaining romance novel centered on a stallion named My Texas Streak, which brings the lives and drama of the two main characters (Tyler and Sarah) together. The…

FEMALE. LIKES CHEESE. COMES WITH DOG: STORIES ABOUT DIVORCE, DATING, AND SAYING “I DO”

FEMALE. LIKES CHEESE. COMES WITH DOG: STORIES ABOUT DIVORCE, DATING, AND SAYING “I DO” by Lauren Peacock is a funny and insightful book about dating and relationships. The honesty and vulnerability found in the author’s…

THE ADVENTURES OF OLLIE ORANGUTAN

THE ADVENTURES OF OLLIE ORANGUTAN by Larry Landgraf is the story of a young orangutan who breaks free from the care and protection of human beings. But living in the wild does not give Ollie…

THE SECRET SIGN OF THE LIZARD PEOPLE

THE SECRET SIGN OF THE LIZARD PEOPLE by Kevin E. Buckley is a fresh comedy sci-fi adventure about a Laurel and Hardy-ish LA detective duo who must untangle an alien conspiracy that threatens the world…

CAN I TELL YOU SOMETHING?

CAN I TELL YOU SOMETHING? is a fascinating and raw collection of poems by Karl Kristian Flores which centers around the speaker’s acceptance of vulnerability and what it means to be emotionally exposed. The poems…

UNLEASHING POTENTIAL

UNLEASHING POTENTIAL by Justin Patton is an interactive questionnaire that helps readers organize their own thoughts when working through the positive elements to build confidence and self esteem.  The “30 messages in 30 days” format is…

SECRETS OF AN UNTITLED MIND

SECRETS OF AN UNTITLED MIND by Joshua Murphy Dobbs is a memoir written during the Covid 19 quarantine that chronicles in frank detail the author’s journey through the confusion of discovering his race and that…

SEED

SEED by Joshua David is an action-oriented fantasy novel wrapped in a Gospel allegory. The premise is fresh, and the characters are interesting and fans of “Mad Max” will appreciate this imaginative thriller.