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!

CONTRA: Texas Poets Speak Out

CONTRA: Texas Poets Speak Out, edited by Christopher Martinez and Manuel Roberto Orduna, is a powerful collection of works by Texas poets that capture impassioned and varied views on current and historic events with strong…

JOSEPHUS: A Novel

JOSEPHUS, by B. Michael Antler, is an immersive historical fiction novel about the life and times of Jewish-Roman historian, Josephus. The writing reads like popular fiction, which is appealing, and the attention to details and…

ANALOGIES, ENERGIES & CELESTIAL BODIES

Shannon Hugman’s ANALOGIES, ENERGIES & CELESTIAL BODIES not only teaches readers the basics of astrology, but also many important lessons about spiritual and personal growth, the metaphysical nature of our existence, and the responsibility that…

ISLAND MAN

Nearing the one-year anniversary of his mother’s death, Hector travels with his father to the lush tropical island of Dominica to spread her ashes. But when Hurricane Maria hits, they must deal with new loss,…

CAPITOL KID

A homeless teen seeks refuge in the basement and tunnels of the U.S. Capitol Building only to find himself in the middle of a political feud that’s every bit as hostile and dangerous as the…

THE HIDING GIRL

Not an ordinary coming-of-age tale, THE HIDING GIRL (book 1 in the Emily Calby series) binds together diverse characters learning to trust again after undergoing past tragedies. Author Dorian Box wonderfully weaves together realistic dialogue…

FROM THERE TO HERE: War, Peace, Pandemic

DESTINY CONTROL

DESTINY CONTROL by Dr. David Garrahan is an in-depth, frank and inspiring life story about one man’s journey from growing up in a dysfunctional family to being honored at the White House (twice!) for his…

THE FUTURE BRIDE

THE FUTURE BRIDE: A MacLeod Time-Travel Romcom by J.G. MacLeod transports readers through the past and present with a ‘romance meets historical fiction meets modern woman’ plot that does not disappoint. Realistic settings and well-developed characters allow…

BULLIES AND PEEPS

BULLIES AND PEEPS by J.D. Suhre is a tale that introduces young readers to Meg, a 5th grade student who seems to be on the outside looking in when it comes to fitting in with…

THE NTH DEGREE

THE NTH DEGREE by G.O. Smith is a novel about a reluctant teenage girl named Indiana who must decide if she wants to join a group resisting a brutal world police force following a terrorist…

THE ULTRA BETRAYAL

THE ULTRA BETRAYAL by Glenn Dyer is an espionage fan’s dream. This highly detailed page-burner uses real people and actual events in a clever, creative way and the perfect read for the seasoned lover of…

PLANET OF THE CREEPS

The premise of PLANET OF THE CREEPS by DS Whitaker has a woman in her mid 30s going on a series of blind dates during a contest sponsored by an online dating service. The company’s…

CREATING FUTURES

CREATING FUTURES by Donna Rhodes is the moving, inspirational biography of Richard Aguilera Ruiz, a selfless and powerful leader in the Hispanic community. From disadvantaged childhood to successful adulthood, the author dramatizes the ups and…

THE CALL OF MAGIC

THE CALL OF MAGIC by A.R. Caegan is an intriguing YA fantasy novel about an idealistic young woman named Emma who is captured and expected to fight–against her will–in a magic-based war. The world-building in…

THE FUTURE OF BUILDINGS, TRANSPORTATION AND POWER

THE FUTURE OF BUILDINGS, TRANSPORTATION, AND POWER, by Roger Duncan and Michael Webber, is a fascinating glimpse into the possible future of technology, engineering, and the environment. The authors simplify complex concepts down into understandable…

PLACES

PLACES by Edde Blyth is a collection of poems that describes life in a spiritual and uplifting way, painting an eloquent picture of life’s challenges and ultimate beauty. Easy to read and expressive ideas may…

CASINDRA LOST: Paradisi Chronicles

CASINDRA LOST: Paradisi Chronicles (Lost Mission Series Book 1) by Marti Ward is an intricately detailed novel blending science with science fiction. With confidence and ease, the author creates an intriguing world of space adventure…

DUPLICITY

DUPLICITY by Peter Selgin is a captivating atypical work of literary fiction that is much more complex than the basic premise of a man assuming his dead twin’s identity. The intricate twists and turns, psychological…

WE FEEL YOUR PAIN

WE FEEL YOUR PAIN by Sam Hawksmoor is an intriguing mystery novel about two members of a city oversight agency trying to get to the bottom of a medical scam that promises to rid consumers…

THE CANCER MACHINE

A seemingly benign orange fern becomes the basis of corporate greed in Stephen Petteruti’s THE CANCER MACHINE. Medical resident Anton Thresher heads a clandestine research project to develop a cure for cancer, tested on the…

APEX

Tyler Michael’s novel APEX takes readers to the one place which exists at the very point where immense wealth and power, coupled with dark desires are juxtaposed against courage, intellect and resilience. The result is…

PRISON FROM THE INSIDE OUT

PRISON FROM THE INSIDE OUT by William Mecca Elmore and Susan Simone is a powerful account of how one man went from inmate to advocate after prison. The authors relay this gripping story with strong…

SONGS OF WAR: A Dance of Darkness

SONGS OF WAR: A Dance of Darkness by Pepijn Westdijk is an epic fantasy adventure where forces of Dark and Light clash in battle. The author’s strengths lie in world-building and well-conceived, diverse characters. Fans…