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 SECOND CHILD

THE SECOND CHILD by Regina Toffolo is a brutally honest and heartbreaking memoir about her abusive family that also explores her chaotic struggle with addiction and mental illness, which sadly, her children inherited. What’s shocking…

OUTSIDE LOOKING IN

There are no one-size-fits-all answers when it comes to raising kids – OUTSIDE LOOKING IN by Vivian M. Lumbard details the author’s experience with raising her twins; one living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Families…

CO SPECS, RECIPES & HISTORIES OF CLASSIC COCKTAILS

CO SPECS (Recipes & Histories of Classic Cocktails) is a must-have guide for drink lovers and history buffs alike. An A to Z guide of 200 time-honored cocktails–including forgotten classics like the Ampersand, the Bloodhound, and…

L’ORIGINE: The Secret Life of the World’s Most Erotic Masterpiece

L’ORIGINE is a historical fiction novel based on the controversial painting of female genitalia and the often occurring hypocrisy and duality surrounding female sexuality and nudity. This imaginative tale is spun by Lilianne Milgrom, the…

APOTHEOSIS NOW

DON’T KILL ME BECAUSE I’M BEAUTIFUL

Coincidence, karma, synchronicity, and crime are all major themes of H. Gewirtz’s DON’T KILL ME BECAUSE I’M BEAUTIFUL, which follows a movie star’s privileged daughter after her kidnapping at age four in an engrossing story…

BoonDOGgle

Richard Lord’s BoonDOGgle is a creative and interesting idea, with a solid crack at worldbuilding and a vigorous and lively style about what would happen if dogs developed human-level intelligence and took over the world.

LIFE ON THE WHITE

LIFE ON THE WHITE is a sensational story about one family’s limitless and sometimes destructive devotion to a jailbird father and husband. The events are based on real-life family letters from the early 1900s and…

CITRUS

CITRUS by Tabitha Kumwembe is an emotional and powerful story with a strong female lead. This book is amazing with a diverse cast of characters and a deep plot that’s woven together masterfully.

METEMPSYCHOSIS

Natalia Angulo Haynes’s science fiction novel METEMPSYCHOSIS leans on worldbuilding and technological inventiveness as it explores a new future where virtual reality systems allow people to choose any life they’d like to live out in…

BLOOD MACHINES

Vampire lovers may find their ultimate thrill reading J.K. Gravier’s BLOOD MACHINES. Corrupt law enforcement and the depths of layered bureaucracy take a hit from this well-developed narrative, hinting resemblance to the author’s viewpoint of…

THE PLAN (Part One)

J. A. Mendez’s THE PLAN (PART 1) is a fictional work that explores the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. Two men—one a billionaire mastermind, the other a victim of the recession—develop a plan to…

HEADLESS

HEADLESS By Henry Bernstein is a quirky, imaginative novel which thrusts readers into a bizarre future world where people across America begin losing their heads. Literally. This strange phenomena with people’s heads floating away, becomes…

THE LAMBDA FACTOR

Mirroring what’s happening in the world today, THE LAMBDA FACTOR by Dimple Patel Desai is a fast-paced, exceptionally crafted medical thriller that will keep readers turning pages. Distinct imagery and actively written dialog follow attempts…

POVERTY POWERBALL

Derrich Phillips’s book POVERTY POWERBALL is a story about empowerment–and not just overcoming adversity–but using it as a catalyst for positive change. He uses examples from his own life, including how he made the choices…

DON’T MIND ME, I’M JUST HAVING A BAD LIFE

Lewis Kempfer’s DON’T MIND ME, I’M JUST HAVING A BAD LIFE is a  heartfelt, vulnerable memoir of struggles with faith, sexuality and creativity. Kempfer is an engaging narrator who takes readers on his visceral, often…

CHAR’S GIFT

CHAR’S GIFT by Steve Harryman is an amazing story of faith and love during and after his wife’s medical journey. The author writes with pathos and candor about their struggle, and his eventual loss. Though…

THE VINES

What if one person, under  medical manipulation, could carry the antibodies to the deadliest viruses like ebola, typhoid, Sars and more? Disfigured from decades of surgical exploration and quarantined  indefinitely on North Brother Island, Cora aches for…

PEAK HUMAN CLOCK

PEAK HUMAN CLOCK by Said Hasyim is a compact guide to harmonizing the biological clock with better overall health. The author’s concise style delivers value in a short space with information that covers the basics–sleep,…

AWAKEN

Immersive, engaging, and unique, Ryan Wallace’s AWAKEN (the first book in the JEREMY BLACK SAGA) is a brilliant dystopian thriller with complex characters and carefully crafted plot twists that will successfully keep readers guessing until…

ABADDON

ABADDON by Rovshan Abdullaoglu is a character study wrapped in a murder mystery. The author shines at psychological drama, building suspense and mystery that hooks the reader from beginning to end. There is an undertone…

WORDS WHISPERED IN WATER

When it made landfall in 2005, Hurricane Katrina not only wreaked deadly havoc upon the city of New Orleans, it exposed a profit-driven bureaucracy that hindered every aspect of the city’s rescue and recovery. In…

ESCAPE REALITY

A complex sci-fi story, ESCAPE REALITY uses imaginative description and distinctive character perspectives to build an unexpected world with suspenseful twists on the path to survival.

BIG BERTHA AND LITTLE MAC

It seems fitting that mental fog meets actual fog in this charming novel about defying dementia in a secluded Nova Scotia village on the Atlantic Coast. Jim Lindsey’s BIG BERTHA AND LITTLE MAC concerns an…