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!

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…

HAVE A PEAK AT THIS

HAVE A PEAK AT THIS 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…

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

ESCAPE REALITY by Kayla Frost is built around a strong, intriguing world with a wonderful cast of characters and an imaginative, deep storyline that makes a well-rounded sci-fi story.

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…

CENTER STAGE

Wayne Avrashow’s CENTER STAGE chronicles the political campaign of Tyler Sloan, a highly successful international middle-aged rock star who decides to run for Senator in Nevada. Set primarily in Las Vegas, the familiar locations of…

OBSCENE GENES

OBSCENE GENES by Steve O’Grady is an insightful, informative book on human nature and how DNA dictates behavior and motivation (from sex to violence) because of the genes’ need to duplicate themselves. The author’s use…

THREAT

THREAT, the first book in Peter Gribble’s fantasy series City of The Magicians, sets up a world of deception and invasion–from both within and without–and strong worldbuilding, intricate societal and magical systems and complex relationships…

THE COLDNESS OF OBJECTS

THE COLDNESS OF OBJECTS by Panayotis Cacoyannis is a compelling dystopian drama about a gay man trying to live his life freely in a world of constant surveillance, but also how love endures, even after…

THE PLACE BEYOND HER DREAMS

Oby Aligwekwe’s THE PLACE BEYOND HER DREAMS is an intriguing YA novel about a young woman overcoming abuse and choosing her best path. The author skillfully blends stark reality with a softer fantasy world, which…

TINY TIM AND THE GHOST OF EBENEZER SCROOGE

TINY TIM AND THE GHOST OF EBENEZER SCROOGE by Norman Whaler takes this beloved Christmas classic into the future, where Tim –- not so tiny anymore — is an adult facing an overwhelming time of…

THE SPIRIT OF LIFE

Niaby Codd’s THE SPIRIT OF LIFE is a completely rhyming self-help book designed to help readers get more in touch with self, life, consciousness, and God. Her message is delivered in a lyrical style that…

ABANDONED

ABANDONED by Neal Thompson is a sci-fi mystery page-turner about a reporter looking for the daughter of a former astronaut who committed suicide in front of him. The story is convincing and compelling, with great…

CENTRICITY

Set in the dystopian world Naion, Nathaniel Henderson’s CENTRICITY is an intense, action-packed cyberpunk novel with well-embedded technological, sci-fi, espionage, and thriller elements. Henderson presents an exquisitely crafted and detailed work in which spies, hackers,…

DON’T EAT ME, CROCODILE

Colorful illustrations and rhyming repetitive text give DON’T EAT ME, CROCODILE by Nate Ripley its unending charm. With a simple lesson about judging others by appearance, the story is a quick bedtime read for toddlers…

JOHARI THE GREAT

With a sweet, uplifting message, JOHARI THE GREAT by Naomi V. Dunsen-White is the chapter story of a 5th grade boy who uses his active imagination toward achieving his goals. Children are encouraged to expand…

OTRO/PATRIA

With descriptive and sometimes pornographic passages laid out in a unique way, OTRO/PATRIA by M.R. “Chibbi” Orduña challenges readers to see the flaws within themselves while connecting to the author’s own supposed truths. The simple…

PERSONAL FINANCE

PERSONAL FINANCE by Morgan Rochard is a beginner’s guide to controlling and maximizing personal wealth, with a focus on changing behavior and thought concerning money. The author uses commonsense language with practical advice, giving the…

PO THE CAT

With rhyming, connected stanzas and descriptive characters, PO THE CAT by Mohanpal Singh Dulai is a compilation of insightful, poetic short stories that capture the imaginative lives of animals. Whimsically simplistic writing and charming illustrations…

CHILDHOOD CANCELED

CHILDHOOD CANCELED by Mishka Migacz is a riveting memoir that could easily pass for a novel. This is a character-driven piece with lots of angst and suspenseful, heartbreaking situations which the author relays in a…

INTRINSIC

INTRINSIC by Mike Yeun is an encouraging self-help guide to a successful early retirement by investing in certain tech stocks and using Long-term Equity AnticiPation Securities (LEAPS). Whether readers are new to trading or do…