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!

I LOVE YOU, FIORELLA, FLAWS AND ALL

Written by Cindy A. Bell, I LOVE YOU, FIORELLA, FLAWS AND ALL! is a short story brimming with charm and morals that will warm the heart of young readers. With enchanting illustrations by Emily House,…

FLOATING UNDERWATER

FLOATING UNDERWATER is a heartwrenchingly tender, almost mystical story about the deep bonds between women, with intriguing plot twists and complex, interesting characters and relationships. Author Tracy Shawn addresses trauma, mental illness, and loss with…

THE DOOMSDAY MEDALLION

THE DOOMSDAY MEDALLION by Avanti Centrae follows three American agents who embark on a secret mission to rescue a 16-year-old “seer” from the Chinese government in a story that combines science and spirituality with action…

A BETTER HEART

With a descriptive viewpoint about using laboratory animals for scientific research, A BETTER HEART by Chuck Augello brings family drama together with the realities of human and animal bonding. The thought-provoking story about a filmmaker,…

AND THEN IT WAS OVER

Jumping back and forth in time, Henry Cameron’s AND THEN IT WAS OVER is a unique mix of sports story and coming-of-age novel–mixing memory, desires, and shattered dreams via an engaging central character.

FREEZE BEFORE BURNING

FREEZE BEFORE BURNING, the third title in the Sam Tate mystery series by Nikki Stern, weaves serial killer murders together with an experienced detective’s own personal demons. Suspense, imagination, and today’s technology come together in…

THE ANGELS’ SHARE

At its core Brooks Carver’s THE ANGELS’ SHARE is a timeless story of what life becomes for one defeated soldier and his family once a war comes to an end. Confederate sergeant Jack Grady counts…

RISKING IS BETTER THAN REGRETTING

In RISKING IS BETTER THAN REGRETTING, “disease detective” Dr. Cornelia E. Davis writes about her time fighting outbreaks in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. The author’s rich descriptions of the cultures that she…

MISSING ON ORBITAL 4

When a young woman enlists Jake Hemlock’s assistance in finding her sister, the private investigator believes all he has to do is simply work out the missing party’s whereabouts and inform his client of his…

THE BREAKTHROUGH IN TWO ACTS

Written in the style of a two-act theater play, THE BREAKTHROUGH IN TWO ACTS by Frederic C. Hartman, Ph.D. is a whimsical styled, easy-to digest text for working out negative and painful emotions. The author,…

OVER THE BROAD EARTH

J.L. Feuerstack’s OVER THE BROAD EARTH: A NOVEL FROM THE SAGA OF FALLEN LEAVES is a well-written, highly intriguing fantasy novel detailing the fascinating world of celestials. Feuerstack depicts the eternal struggle between angels and…

HUXLEY X AND THE SECRETS OF PLANET NEXT

HUXLEY X AND THE SECRETS OF PLANET NEXT by J. P. Maximus is a thoughtful story of teenagers’ ultimate fantasy–being able to live life on their own terms. With a quest to simplify the world…

HOWL

HOWL by Micah Hale brings the goods for tween and teen readers who enjoy fantasy and magic. Celia Johnson, an 11-year-old girl on a quest to find her missing brother, discovers she can talk to…

A REVOLUTION OF THE MIND

M.V. Perry’s sprawling, ambitious novel-slash-manifesto A REVOLUTION OF THE MIND bubbles up from the miasma of the American Dream turned nightmare like A Confederacy of Dunces reimagined by Jim Goad. Constantly shifting between transgressive fiction, political…

STORIES FROM ECUADOR

Vivid first-hand accounts and breathtaking photography collide in Tyrel Nelson’s STORIES FROM ECUADOR, a stunning collection of short stories depicting a young man’s wide-eyed trek through Latin America that makes for the next best thing…

WHY?

Some questions are everlasting … who are we? How did we get here? Why do we exist? In WHY by William Search, the author explores religions and one’s faith in God, the understanding of science,…

DAYANA, DAX, AND THE DANCING DRAGON

DAYANA, DAX AND THE DANCING DRAGON merges a sweet story about a young dancer, her baby brother and a movement-loving dragon, with photos of the ballerina, Konora, demonstrating positions, which young readers can imitate. This…

TAINT: A Novel

TAINT imagines the chilling tale of a small-town rape, as the narrator – the victim’s friend – struggles to understand the horrific crime and find a possible resolution, if any. This page-turner novel by Janet…

OPEN UP

OPEN UP offers a curious glimpse into a mind that has weathered the usual banalities of life, accompanied by lyrics of fragile optimism. Starting with nostalgic snapshots of a childhood from a bygone era, Alex…

FAIR HELEN’S MIDNIGHT

Painter, model, and author D.L. John invites readers into the lush green landscapes of her beloved Saint Lucia in FAIR HELEN’S MIDNIGHT, a small book with oversized vision. John’s lyric poem of the Caribbean, accompanied…

THROWING THUNDER

In THROWING THUNDER, Kendra Ward–a skilled acupuncturist and herbalist–has written a challenging, healing, empowering book filled with resources, exercises, journal prompts, and encouragement for self-discovery. She uses archetypes and cultural touchstones to decimate the way…

THE TEN TEMPLES

In M.A.N’s THE TEN TEMPLES, a fantasy epic parable, Nyota must travel the globe defeating martial arts masters to save her beloved father from the grip of Death, but she — and readers — also…

ALPHA MAX

In ALPHA MAX Mark A. Rayner tells an absurdly amazing story about self-discovery during a multiversal adventure to save every universe. Told with a blend of adult humor, slapstick and a dose of seriousness, this…

SCATTERED LEGACY

SCATTERED LEGACY is the blistering and engaging continuation of the saga of Annalisse, a gifted appraiser who works in an antiques gallery with her boyfriend Alec’s mother.  Annalisse is still reeling from an aborted kidnapping…