Discovery Award Winners: 2016


Heaven, Earth or Hell

By Maeve Nolan

HEAVEN, EARTH OR HELL is a vivid, lively biography, which brilliantly captures the spirit of Henry Howard and his world of Tudor England.

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Max and the Mara

By Jesse Arnold

Every night a secret war is waged between teddy bears and the dream stealing monsters known as mara. Max, a teddy bear with world travel on his mind, had gone his entire life without facing a mara, until one terrible night a mara came to snatch not the dreams of the boy he cared for, but the boy himself.


Hector’s Heroic Day

By Patrick Jones

It’s the story about a boy whose admiration for all kinds of heroes leads him on an adventure to become one. At the end of the day, he discovers what being a hero is really all about.


Hayley’s Courage

By Linda M. Steiner

This story unites the courage and struggles of a young child feeling different because of a birthmark on her face and her emerging strength of character and friendship. The story chronicles true events of what happened to Hayley and the courage and strength her parents helped her achieve. The story teaches lessons of self-confidence, self-respect, […]


Exploring Your Unplanned Pregnancy

By Tyne Traverson

Written by a psychiatrist, this book discusses 78 reliable resources and asks essential questions about single motherhood, adoption, and abortion to help you carefully think through your decisions about your unplanned pregnancy.


Hidden Solutions All Around You

By Dan Castro

What inspired me to write this book: Curiosity. I wanted to know why it is that 10 people can be looking at the same pile of trash and only one of them see treasure.

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High Road

By David Chauner

The second chance Kurt Dufour needs comes in the form of an unusual opportunity to channel his gifted athletic talent into a spot on a fledgling Tour de France team directed by Otto Warner, an aging ex-teammate of Kurt’s father who desperately needs to find an American superstar.


I Am Ed

By R.A. Ackerlund

Ed Henderson was sixteen when his mother died, leaving him the sole provider for his three younger brothers. To keep the family from being separated and put in foster care, Ed abandons his dream of leaving home and throws himself into raising his siblings. He has no time to process and grieve the loss of […]


Inspector Dewey

By Kristen Heimerl

My name is Dewey-Inspector Dewey. I live in the big green house on Hampshire Avenue with my family: Thumper, Lily, and Anna. I am the Big Cat responsible for keeping everyone safe and in order. I do this quite well, in spite of the fact that managing my family is like, well, herding cats! Mostly […]



By Derek Vasconi

The bastard child of Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84 and Stephen King’s CARRIE, KAI explores how one innocent girl becomes the target of enormous rage living inside another girl-who is seemingly from another world.


The Teachings of Shirelle

By Douglas Green

She hadn’t even been in the crowded pound a week, but she’d already developed a nickname, “Knucklehead.” As a puppy she destroyed property and precious clothes; as an adult she injured her owner, ruined romances… and changed the world-views of those around her.

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City Times

By Vihang Naik

Vihang A. Naik throws light on the life of a city in all its shades, glory and misery in his City Times and Other Poems. It is an anthology of his intuitive and philosophical poems. The Poems are divided in 6 segmentsi.e. ‘Love Song of a Journey Man’ is more or less an inner travelogue, […]


Managing Bubbie

By Russel Lazega

Her devoted family only wants the best for their Bubbie. Mostly they want to ensure that their matriarch’s twilight years are spent in comfort, safety, and serenity. But how do you manage an aging, immutably stubborn Holocaust survivor who has risen above the squalor of Poland’s ghettos; fled across the war-torn German wilderness; and survived […]

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Masters’ Mysterium

By R. R. Reynolds

What happens when angels move to Sin City? For years angels led quiet lives, protected by their human friends in a sleepy northern Wisconsin town. Until Reverend Jay Masters’ quest to find a new exhibit for his museum of oddities in Wisconsin Dells accidentally caused all hell to break loose–literally. Now, news is spreading across […]

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The Kingdom of the Sun and Moon

By Lowell H. Press

The König is a tyrant. His subjects are starving. And all-out war is fast approaching. Will a pair of young, courageous brothers save their kingdom?


The Maynwarings

By Digger Cartwright

Family friends have taken to gambling. Cattle rustlers have increased activity
around the massive ranch. A mysterious stranger, Giddeon Van Thorn, has arrived in town on secretive business.


Mirror of Intimacy

By Alexandra Katehakis & Tom Bliss

Mirror of Intimacy contains a year’s worth of daily reflections that explore and support the range of human sexualities as a divine gift and a human right.


The Monster Realm

By Nara Duffie

Lillian always loved stories about myths and monsters–until she found herself inside one, fighting for her life!

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Networking Karma

By Gail Tolstoi-Miller

Networking Karma is a mindful approach to living that asks you to consider each chance meeting and budding relationship as an opportunity to inform, assist, advocate or connect others. “Embracing this spirit of selflessness,” Tolstoi-Miller says, “is the key to building a professional and personal fan base; one that will ultimately return your kindness in […]

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The More You Do, The Better You Feel

By David Parker

The award-winning self-help book, “The More You Do The Better You Feel: How to Overcome Procrastination and Live a Happier Life” deals with the relationship between habitual procrastination, self-esteem, and mental depression.



By Terry John Barto

A dragon named Nickerbacher guards a princess because his papa told him to. However, he practices his jokes on Princess Gwendolyn, as he yearns to be a stand-up comedian.

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The Trophy of Champions

By Cameron Paul Stelzer

Book 4 in the internationally award-winning Pie Rat series. Every four years, the greatest pirate crews on the seven seas gather for an epic tournament of strength and skill.

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By Neal Katz

Women empowerment, overcoming adversity, social change, and hope were the cornerstones upon which Victoria Woodhull (1838–1927) and her younger sister Tennessee Celeste Claflin built their incredible lives in Victorian America.

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The Wild Ones

By Corky Scranta

One woman! One fight! One victory! In the late 1950s, a tenacious five-foot-seven, one-hundred-ten-pound, soft-spoken secretary by the name of Velma Johnston began a fight that would change history-a fight to protect the wild mustangs of Nevada.


Sightseeing in the Undiscovered Country

By Louisa Oakley Green

Get ready to slip on your psychic walking shoes and follow Louisa into the unseen world around us. Ramble through tales of dead relatives who insist on having the last annoying word, ghosts behaving badly, inspiring near-death experiences, and dreams foretelling the future.

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The World Heritage Sites of France

By Jérôme Sabatier

Find all the information necessary to prepare your trip and your stay in France in order to discover these exceptional sites of indisputable universal value.

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Signs of Passing

By Owen Thomas

Signs of Passing presents ten stories told from the nearside of epiphany, less a time or place than a state of mind in which one can hear the voice calling from beyond the veil of conscious understanding and singing of how life can be better.

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Trading Places

By Sandra Bullock Smith

Caring for an elderly parent can be extremely challenging. The role reversal involved is emotionally and intellectually demanding, and many caregivers find themselves unprepared to undertake such a difficult task. In Trading Places: Becoming My Mother’s Mother, author Sandra Bullock Smith shares her personal experiences spending ten years caring for her ailing mother. This heartfelt […]


Simple Simon

By William Poe

Simon embarks on a course of self-discovery with his lover, Thad, after suffering drug abuse and loss of faith, continuing the story begun in the novel, Simon Says (ISBN-13: 978-1477624999).

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We Chose To Go

By Charles B. Smith

A signal. From deep space. Emanating from a rocky planet orbiting a star similar to our sun. It broadcasts for mere seconds before terminating, but within those seconds is buried a tantalizing and familiar message. Rae Francis was only a little girl when Earth’s telescopes detected The Signal for the first time. A year later, […]

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The Diaries

By Chuck Driskell

Propelled by the discovery of a set of mind-bending diaries written by Adolf Hitler’s unwilling lover, a deadly pursuit ensues across Europe.


Weight Training Without Injury

By Fred Stellabotte & Rachel Straub

The exercise will never hurt you–only improper form causes injury. Master the essentials of proper weight training and be safe!

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The Emergence of One American Nation

By Donald J. Fraser

*NOTE: Free book is a GIVEAWAY via Amazon for a hard copy, rather than for an ebook.* In the Emergence of One American Nation, Donald J. Fraser explores the difficulties that the founding generation confronted in molding the United States into one nation. At the heart of that endeavor was the effort to create and ratify a new Constitution for the country.

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Before the court of heaven

By Jack Mayer

Historical fiction based on the true story of Ernst Techow, a young fascist assassin responsible for the 1922 murder of the highest-ranking Jew in Weimar Germany.

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