IndieReader Discovery Awards 2022 Entrants

Added as our experts review them, find the latest from the 2022 IndieReader Discovery Awards, leading up to the big winners announcement in June 2022!

THE ORIGINAL PEOPLE

THE ORIGINAL PEOPLE (The Ancient Culture and Wisdom of the Lenni-Lenape People) by Chief Quiet Thunder and Greg Vizzi, is a beautiful book filled with stories, poems, prayers, and traditions that explores the history, geography,…

CHANGING HORSES

CHANGING HORSES by Esta G. Bernstein is an enlightening and empowering book of personal growth centered in the world of horses. Whether a passing interest in the equine universe and want to know more about…

EVOLVE: A Children’s Book

Drawing upon a trio of biblical passages in an effort to answer life’s biggest question, Jean-Pierre Weill’s EVOLVE (A Children’s Book For Adults) is the rare example of a ‘book’ that defies description. While the…

AMERICAN FAUST

Richard Brown’s AMERICAN FAUST is a captivating meditation on human frailty that is both an homage and modern commentary on the classic legend. Beautifully crafted, every line suffused with malevolent power, the novel’s sweeping, expansive…

DARK SECRET: The Complete Story

Although the reality of these disturbing events is grim to read, the captivating childlike lens of Nyssa Rebecca Corbin’s storytelling makes it impossible to look away as DARK SECRET sheds necessary light on one mother’s…

BLACK, WHITE, AND GRAY ALL OVER

BLACK, WHITE, AND GREY ALL OVER, by Frederick Reynolds, is the compelling memoir about  a Black juvenile criminal-turned detective to fight gangs, drugs, racism, and corruption in the 1980’s. A personal style, honest anecdotes, and…

THE SOUND OF WINGS

Vivid scene-setting, a riveting plot and a trio of captivating characters collide in Suzanne Simonetti’s meticulously crafted debut, THE SOUND OF WINGS, an undeniable page-turner that practically dares you to set it down (from an…

THE CERTAINTY OF CHANCE

Through relatable, meaningfully developed characters, Jacquelyn Middleton’s THE CERTAINTY OF CHANCE poetically blends heart-wrenching events with heartwarming relationships, providing hope for those learning to live on with grief.

SURF THE MILKY WAY

The action comes fast and frantic in SURF THE MILKY WAY, a rollicking YA adventure that delivers classic space operatics with a playful comedic twist. Author E.R. Harris invests his whimsical tale—which pits a ragtag…

FINDING THE SOURCE

When African music expert David Kobrenski returned from a trip to Ghana in 2001, he brought back more than just a deeper understanding of music’s place in African culture. FINDING THE SOURCE is an entrancing…

WHITE GOLD

WHITE GOLD is an action-packed, suspense-filled thriller and mystery about an oil business in Texas and a family dealing with the death of their son and rescuing their daughter from the depths of drug addiction….

BRITANNIA STREET

Between truth and fiction, Beth Cox tells her story in the past and present, about different elements of her family. Researching family history has become a project that many readers can identify with, and tying…

THE FINANCIAL BRIDGE

Sue Stevens’ THE FINANCIAL BRIDGE takes the clear, effective guidance provided by her other two books (Put Your Money Where Your Heart Is and Financial Planning Diagnostics) and applies it to end-of-life planning. It encourages…

FINANCIAL PLANNING DIAGNOSTICS

Sue Stevens’ FINANCIAL PLANNING DIAGNOSTICS offers specific, detailed guides to help readers figure out where they stand financially, what their goals in life are, and how to get there. It includes guidance on everything from…

PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR HEART IS

Sue Stevens’ PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR HEART IS is a comprehensive, thoughtful financial guide that takes into account, not only how to maximize wealth and minimize loss, but also the real life goals that…

FINAL TABLE

Dan Schorr’s FINAL TABLE is a thoroughly modern political thriller that enthralls by paralleling the risks of high-stakes poker and national security. Interwoven stories of career ambition, sexual misconduct, and international intrigue set against the…

A DREAM WORTH FIGHTING FOR

Fantastical but firmly grounded in real-world concerns, C. Alex Thomas’s inspirational novel A DREAM WORTH FIGHTING FOR is a fable of transformation for those struggling to turn their dreams into reality. The author’s unabashed optimism…

DEAL WITH IT, DOLL!

Life and career coach Christine O’Brien Horstman offers readers a guidebook to the “new normal” of a world turned upside down by the pandemic in DEAL WITH IT, DOLL! (Coaching Yourself Through Crisis). Blending practical…

CACTUS CHRISTMAS

The main character (a soon-to-be-divorced woman in her 40s) in Heather Renée May’s CACTUS CHRISTMAS attempts to rediscover herself during a trip through Texas wine country. Simple conversation without the distraction of quick hook-up sex…

IT STARTS WITH ME

As a young woman searches desperately for a loved one in an oppressive future, Kati Kirsten’s IT STARTS WITH ME doesn’t shy away from the violence and cruelty of the world it creates. A brutal…

ANNIHILATION

Sequel to the exciting Soul Seeker (Gehenna Series), Kaylin McFarren’s ANNIHILATION is an equally compelling dark romantic fantasy novel. Cleverly well plotted with immersive world building, McFarren effortlessly delivers another thought-provoking and chilling novel.

HOUSE OF BASTIION

HOUSE OF BASTIION (The Haidron Legacy Book 1) by K.L. Kolarich is an epic fantasy where impressive world-building and original, creative characters abound. Mystery, mayhem, conflict, and emotion collide in a convincing, entertaining way.

AWAY FROM THE MADDING WORLD

AWAY FROM THE MADDING WORLD (A Thoughtful Analysis of the Causes of Human Woes & Remedial Suggestions) by Kuriakose T. Chacko is an eye-opening compendium that brings Biblical precision in a text designed to inform,…

SAINT PETER’S TEAR

Laura Giebfried and Stanley R. Wells’ SAINT PETER’S TEAR is a classy mystery novel set in the late 1950s that abounds with glamour and betrayal. Peppered with clever clues, this sharp and unyielding tale will…

COLIGO

Set in a future where humans and androids coexist, Lee S. Hannon balances extensive world building, interesting characters, and an intriguing plot in COLIGO (The UNITAS Series Book 1) to create a science fiction novel…

AND BREATHE

Leonora Meriel’s AND BREATHE introduces readers to three strangers: Laeticia, Ivan, and Francis. To process and recover from different traumatic experiences, they retreat to an isolated jungle in Thailand for ten days. Meriel’s story, told…

LEADING MICKEY HOME

LEADING MICKEY HOME by Michael Leo Papesh brings readers into the personal life of the author, a Catholic priest working through the complicated aftermath of his father’s death. Easy-to-follow text and a relatable story give…

FOUND

FOUND (TRIUMPH OVER FEAR WITH GRACE AND GRATITUDE) is a harrowing reading experience, but an honest and ultimately inspirational chronicle of healing and hope in the wake of unthinkable trauma. Author Michelle Corrao shares her…

BURN THIS CITY TO THE GROUND

BURN THIS CITY TO THE GROUND is a emotionally charged and harrowing drama about Daniel, a former mental patient, searching for stability. When he starts working for a nursing care company he is paired with…

RUBY RED (Book 2)

RUBY RED (Book 2) continues a fantastic and extraordinary science fiction drama of a human who dies on Earth and gets reincarnated. This second installment of Nikki Minty’s Zadok series is full of surprises and…

POWERFUL PURPLES (Book 3)

Nikki Minty doesn’t disappoint in POWERFUL PURPLES, offering a perfect ending to an exceptional three-part science fiction series involving intense drama, adventure and romance. Her world-building is phenomenal and perfectly infused into the narration featuring…

ALIMONY’S TREASURE

Tripping across a gold-buckled boot while earning money towards a California relocation, itinerant musicians Vernon Cord and Dale Hopper also unearth a black market trade in exotic reptiles and drugs. Women, booze, and violence follow…

A FRIEND FOR MILTON

Cats are thought to be solitary creatures, but many of them want love and friendship from human beings and other cats–even dogs. A FRIEND FOR MILTON written by Laura Williams-Burke and nicely illustrated by Ashley…

THE PINE BARRENS STRATAGEM

In Ann Fessler’s excellent nonfiction book, The Girls Who Went Away, unwed, pregnant women in the days before Roe v. Wade were sent to “mom farms” run by the Catholic Church. Once they gave birth,…

REMAINING HUMAN

REMAINING HUMAN narrates the journey of a selected few through treacherous terrain to gain immortality and superior intelligence for the advancement of a post-apocalyptic world. A nice blend of science fiction with fantasy through a…

PEAK

PEAK (Jack Harper Trilogy, 3), by L.C. Barlow, is a paranormal fantasy with a female heroine, Jack, who has power to raise the dead. But can she stop a COVID-like plague? Strong characters and a…