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New Self-Published Titles: September 20, 2023

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    Booksellers, publishers, librarians, and agents are encouraged to look at the 82 self-published titles below. Each appears with a list of retailers that are selling the book and a description provided by its author. Some of these writers are waiting to be discovered; others have track records and followings and are doing it on their own. If you are a self-published author interested in listing titles in this section, please visit publishersweekly.com/pw-select for more information.


    Attachment Patterns

    Stephen Metcalfe. Austin Macauley. $15.95 paper (234p), ISBN 979-88-86931-81-5; $4.50 e-book, ISBN 979-88-86931-83-9

    Amazon, Barnes & Noble

    A middle-aged man enters a therapy program. Written from his daughter’s point of view, the story details his past and present, ultimately taking him to a place of greater self-understanding.


    Janet Perroni. Janet Perroni. $28.99 paper (448p), ISBN 978-1-5320-8420-1; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5320-8419-5


    Ava, a young woman in the early 20th century, seeks happiness but ends up becoming a prisoner in a biased society. Follow her turbulent journey unwed and with a baby.

    Bitter Thaw

    Jessica McCann. Perspective Books. $28 (404p), ISBN 978-0-9994602-8-3; $18 paper, ISBN 978-0-9994602-7-6


    A small Minnesota town and an unsolved death. A family with many secrets and a hope of redemption. This novel explores discrimination, racism, and sexism in the 1950s and 1990.

    Company of Foos

    Paul Davidson. Foo Publishing. $15.99 paper (320p), ISBN 979-88-914-5043-1; $9.99 e-book, ISBN 979-88-912-1058-5

    Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble

    Inspired by true events, this novel draws back the curtain on today’s most powerful subcultures in the world of tech.

    Die the Villain

    C.P. Serret. Tempest & Gayle. $17.99 (228p), ISBN 978-1-73432-345-0; $10.99 paper, ISBN 978-1-73432-342-9

    Amazon, Barnes & Noble

    Hiding in plain sight as a freelance consultant, Finn trades in information. But when a blown heist wipes out his hacker team, Finn learns he’s not the only one wearing a mask.

    From the Moon, I Come in Peace

    Paul Nelson. Austin Macauley. $9.95 paper (98p), ISBN 979-88-86933-024; $4.50 e-book, ASIN B0BTK4273C

    Amazon, Barnes & Noble

    A young autistic man struggles to find his place in a world of nonacceptance. His autism presents many challenges as he encounters friendship, love, employment, and loss.

    Gin and Sin: A Self-Indulgent Supernatural Satire

    Scott Wheeler. Coffee on the Water Books. $20 paper (400p), ISBN 979-83-7854-066-2; $2.99 e-book, ASIN B0CG3G2XYQ


    South Padre Island, Tex.: Donald Trump is coming to town. Gin, an immortal being, will use her husband, her lover, and a torpedo boat from World War II to stop him.

    The Killer Flies of Luxor

    Agustin Blazquez. Penny-a-Page Press. $35 (466p), ISBN 978-1-73311-785-2; $25 paper, ISBN 978-1-73311-786-9

    Amazon, Barnes & Noble

    Magical realism memoir, novel, travelogue, quest, and fantasy about the author’s surrealistic travel through time, art, and cinema from Cuba and Egypt to the USA.

    The Name I Choose

    Holly Brough. Xlibris. $19.99 paper (368p), ISBN 978-1-66982-368-1; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-66982-367-4


    A young woman in 19th-century Spain must find a way to overcome male-dominant suppression and rise above adversity to find happiness, and in the process she finds an unlikely ally.

    The Santa Claus Girl

    Patricia P Goodin. TSCG. $16.95 paper (292p), ISBN 978-0-578-77636-1; $7.99 e-book, ISBN 978-0-578-77635-4

    Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, OverDrive, Smashwords, Walmart

    When the polio epidemic of 1952 reaches New York City, a young World War II veteran races against time, public fear of the disease, and demons from his past to save the life of a little girl.

    Shelter in Place

    Maria Crofoot Bowling. Austin Macauley. $14.95 paper (198p), ISBN 979-88-86930-41-2; $4.50 e-book, ISBN 979-88-86930-44-3

    Amazon, Barnes & Noble

    Aurora Scott flees civilization when an electromagnetic pulse attack plunges her world into darkness. Marooned in a hut deep in the forest, Aurora struggles to find a reason to survive.

    The Soul Machines

    Alexandru Czimbor. BookBaby. $2.99 e-book, ASIN B0BRT85YMG


    Three young men’s lives are thrown into chaos when they discover a long-lost artifact. Murders, insanity, and suicide wreak havoc in Transylvania at the end of the 19th century.

    Super Short Stories

    Mark C. Wallfisch. Mark C. Wallfisch. $15.95 paper (246p), ISBN 979-89-88740-50-6; $5.99 e-book, ISBN 979-89-88740-51-3

    Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Bookshop.org, Walmart

    Each of the 100 stories is 300 words max. Some are funny, some are poignant, all are short.

    Tarboro Tea Party

    James Lupton. James Lupton. $14.99 paper (310p), ISBN 979-83-528-1431-4


    Sadie, happy wife of Warren, finds herself caught in a game of pretensions with Minerva. Then Sadie accidentally meets Hadrian, her first love, now Minerva’s husband.

    Tipping Point

    Edward Correia. Austin Macauley. $15.95 paper (222p), ISBN 979-88-86931-71-6; $4.50 e-book, ISBN 979-88-86931-74-7

    Amazon, Barnes & Noble

    The rule of law and democratic principles, the fragile American political system, and democracy are tested by an incumbent president desperate to hold on to power.

    Well Dressed Lies

    Carrie Hayes. HTPH Press. $15.99 paper (310p), ISBN 979-82-18-96278-4; $6.99 e-book, ASIN B0CFSHW7JR

    Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google Play, Kobo

    A fictional incident in the lives of Victoria Woodhull and Henry James informs this story about the battle for happiness when social convention collides with our heart’s desire.

    When the Sunlight Goes Dark

    Oliver W. Tuthill Jr. Austin Macauley. $18.95 paper (280p), ISBN 979-88-86930-22-1; $4.50 e-book, ISBN 979-88-86930-23-8

    Amazon, Barnes & Noble

    A young boxer seeks his fortune in the City of Angels but finds himself in a fight for his life after being exploited by unscrupulous promoters.


    Complexion of a Rose: Series of Short Stories and Poems

    Auteanna Bay. Auteanna Bay. $13 paper (82p), ISBN 978-1-08-818074-7; $7 e-book, ISBN 978-1-08-818097-6

    Amazon, Barnes & Noble

    A debut author presents a collection of short stories and poems.

    Unbathed Brains: Poems from Minnesota and the Milky Way

    Hari Hyde. Hari Hyde. $12.99 paper (264p), ISBN 979-89-86718-14-9; 99¢ e-book, ISBN 979-89-86718-13-2

    Amazon, Barnes & Noble

    A Minnesota poet explores America with humor, homage, wonder, and wit.


    For the Love of Maggie O’Die

    Cle Curbo. P. Tuirner Writer. $19.99 paper (288p), ASIN B0C6W1FZQ3; $9.99 e-book, ASIN B0C6Z47WNV


    Maggie sees a likeness to her missing husband in PI Ryger Deacon. When she is abducted, Deacon flees to uncover the past and search for the lost heir to Maggie’s vast fortune.

    Gallows of Rainbow

    Ogonna Juliet Nnamani. Ogonna Juliet Nnamani. $8.50 paper (288p), ISBN 979-88-588-5494-4; $1.05 e-book, ASIN B0CGJW1XT1


    A degraded and violated Uyo takes the law into her own hands to punish all those who made her life miserable.

    Her Spoke’en Dreams: Madness & Murder Are Only a Bike Ride Away

    Suzanne Taylor. Suzanne Taylor. $20.25 (380p), ISBN 979-83-65511-72-9; $17.20 paper (380p), ISBN 979-83-66061-83-4


    Two sociopathic twin brothers bring madness and murder wherever they go.

    Invisible Influence

    Larry Moran. Author Tranquility Press. $12.99 paper (394p), ISBN 978-1-960675-33-0


    An ordinary man is caught up in extraordinary events in this international thriller combining current political and economic developments with a love story.


    James C. Hendee. Austin Macauley. $16.95 paper (254p), ISBN 978-1-63829-261-6; $4.50 e-book, ISBN 978-1-63829-262-3

    Amazon, Barnes & Noble

    Retired intelligence officers get wind of a human trafficking ring headquartered deep inside a mountain redoubt in the eastern Caribbean and discover that they must rescue the U.S. president’s daughter.


    Eclipse 8

    Jack Hammond. Austin Macauley. $14.95 paper (206p), ISBN 978-1-68562-446-0; $4.50 e-book, ISBN 978-1-68562-447-7

    Amazon, Barnes & Noble

    Space holds limitless possibilities. It has areas we conduct studies in and have barely begun to scratch the surface of. Will Eclipse 8 scratch that surface and save humanity?


    Frederic Martini. Austin Macauley. $16.95 paper (270p), ISBN 978-1-68562-256-5; $4.50 e-book, ISBN 978-1-68562-257-2

    Amazon, Barnes & Noble

    It’s 2066 and most business and travel is done in VR. Detective Malone and partner Lou Farrell work robbery-homicide in VR, but Lou is a dog in the Real.

    Hunter in the Storm

    Caleb Anthrop. Austin Macauley. $16.95 paper (254p), ISBN 978-1-63829-671-3; $4.50 e-book, ISBN 978-1-63829-672-0

    Amazon, Barnes & Noble

    War has taken everything he knew. A long-hidden group from the founding of the country will help him find a new path. His fight begins here.

    Lost Creatures: Stories

    S.G. Browne. S.G. Browne. $11.99 paper (284p), ISBN 978-1-73715-900-1; $2.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-73715-901-8

    Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble

    Fourteen tales of downtrodden luck poachers, lovelorn chemical elements, trademarked teenagers, outcast reindeer, domesticated centaurs, obsolete villains, victimized zombies, and more.

    Magician and Fool (Arcana Oracle #1)

    Susan Wands. SparkPress. $14.79 paper (254p), ISBN 978-16-8463-186-5; $12.99 audio, ASIN B0C3DX9VTC

    Amazon, Apple Books, Audible, Libro.fm, Spotify

    Pamela uses her second sight to illustrate tarot cards for the Victorian occult group Golden Dawn. Magician Aleister Crowley is determined to own her cards and her magic.

    The Neon God

    R.M. Gayler. RAVG Publishing. $12.99 paper (252p), ISBN 978-0-9864352-2-5; $2.99 e-book, ISBN 978-0-9864352-3-2

    Amazon, Barnes & Noble

    Phones across the globe erupt with dazzling light, hypnotizing billions worldwide. In the aftermath of a global catastrophe, four survivors navigate a world ruled by an enigmatic AI.

    Ruins to Ruins: From the Mayan Jungle to the Aztec Metropolis

    Roland H. Wauer. Ewings Publishing. $8.99 paper (162p), ISBN 978-1-957203-95-9


    Robert, a young naturalist, and Jonathan, a budding archaeologist, travel to southern Mexico to visit the ancient Mayan ruins.

    Serenity’s Journey: The Reunion

    C.L. Barrett. Xlibris. $17.99 paper (230p), ISBN 978-1-66982-183-0; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-66982-182-3


    A young vampire is on a mission to reunite with her younger brother and her mother and father. Along her journey, she meets new allies and old friends.

    Tempered Glass

    Stacey Longo. Macey Mae Publishing. $15.99 paper (252p), ISBN 978-0-9979274-7-4; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-0-9979274-8-1

    Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble

    A murderous vegetable garden. Modern-day witches (or are they just mean high school girls?). All this and more is in this collection of smartly funny dark fiction.

    Troublemakers’ Ball: Part One

    Jill Rebryna. Austin Macauley. $15.95 paper (242p), ISBN 978-1-63829-149-7; $4.50 e-book, ISBN 978-1-63829-150-3

    Amazon, Barnes & Noble

    A troublemaker does the best he can with what he has when he is confronted with an angel who falls right in front of him.


    Ekatrina’s Travels in: Greece

    Philippa Kotopoulos. Philippa Kotopoulos. $5.60 e-book (60p)


    Ekatrina has unexpected and unusual sexual encounters (domination, spanking, voyeurism, and more) while she explores the history and culture of her native Greece.

    The Location Shoot

    Patricia Leavy. She Writes. $17.95 paper (224p), ISBN 978-1-64742-567-8; $9.49 e-book, ASIN B0BQBM1BG9


    What happens when life imitates art, prompting the cast and crew of a film to reflect on the crossroads they face in their lives? A revelation makes for one unforgettable night.

    Meredith’s Journey Begins

    Edward Green. Balboa Press. $16.95 paper (290p), ISBN 978-1-982281-60-1; $4.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-982281-61-8


    Meredith Webb has built herself a pleasant though unchallenging life until... This is the story of her romantic, erotic, and personal awakening.


    The Adversity of Diversity: How the Supreme Court’s Decision to Remove Race from College Admissions Criteria Will Doom Diversity Programs

    Carol M. Swain and Mike Towle. Be the People Books. $19.99 paper (200p), ISBN 978-1-73741-982-2; $9.99 e-book, ASIN B0CFZP635Z

    Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, Logos Books

    The authors claim the U.S. Supreme Court’s striking down race-based college admissions will doom workplace diversity, equity, and inclusion programs that violate civil rights laws and constitutional protections.

    Africa Endangered

    Suzanne Vlamis. ISM. $114.81 (90p), ISBN 978-0-692-88251-1


    The goal is to focus appreciation, awareness, and advocacy on Africa’s endangered species, indigenous cultures, and natural habitats.

    Another Way: Thoughts on the Coming Collapse

    John Louis Martin. Xlibris. $16.99 paper (114p), ISBN 978-1-5434-9887-5; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5434-9886-8


    The author shares insights on how we can transform our society into one that is in harmony with natural ecosystems.

    Black Box: A Pregnancy Discrimination Memoir

    Chelsey Glasson. Lioncrest Media. $14.99 paper (194p), ISBN 978-1-5445-4117-4; $9.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-5445-4118-1


    Glasson shares her story and provides the strategies you need to pursue justice for yourself in the fight against pregnancy discrimination in the workplace.

    Epic Fantasy RPG

    Jonathan Nolan. Epic Fantasy. $89.99 (452p), ASIN B0CFWS3GLZ


    Epic Fantasy is a heroic game of fantasy adventure. Recreate your favorite fantasy stories or make original new stories of your own.

    Feisty Righty: A Cancer Survivor’s Journey

    Jennifer D. James. Bowker. $15.99 paper (332p), ISBN 979-82-18-07789-1; $9.99 e-book, ISBN 979-82-18-07788-4

    Amazon, Barnes & Noble

    James issues a wake-up call, a reminder of why we must fight for life, with or without a diagnosis, and that with every breath we must live fearlessly.

    God, Please Save Our Country and Democracy Before It Is Too Late

    God Bless America. God Bless America. $9.99 paper (110p), ISBN 978-1-960159-72-4


    The book is primarily about saving the U.S. from itself, its corrupt politicians, and evolving extremist cultures that present threats to American democracy and national security.

    A Greater Foundation for Machine Learning Engineering: The Hallmarks of the Great Beyond in PyTorch, R, TensorFlow, and Python

    Ganapathi Pulipaka. Xlibris. $73.99 paper (510p), ISBN 978-1-66415-128-4; $49.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-66415-127-7


    This book covers a broad range of classical linear algebra, machine learning, deep learning algorithms, reinforcement learning, natural language processing, and calculus with program implementations in PyTorch, TensorFlow, R, and Python.

    Hurricane Dorian—The Story of the Greatest and Deadliest Hurricane to Impact the Bahamas in the Modern Era

    Wayne Neely. Xlibris. $26.99 paper (624p), ISBN 978-1-66985-337-4; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-66985-336-7


    Neely tells the heartbreaking tale of Hurricane Dorian, the greatest and deadliest hurricane to hit the Bahamas in the modern era.

    Kissing Asphalt: The Courageous True Story of One Child’s Unbreakable Spirit—From Kidnapping and Abuse to Self-Love

    Delicia Niami. ResilientAF. $15.99 paper (322p), ISBN 978-1-64704-760-3; $15.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-64704-009-3


    Resilience isn’t inherited. It’s a hard-won skill forged by our ability to pick up the broken pieces of our past and remake them into something new.

    Laughing Through Life

    Larry Moran. Author Tranquility Press. $9.35 paper (466p), ISBN 978-1-960675-09-5


    This book is an invitation to sit down and share dinner with the Morans, a family of 10 children, sharing the family’s pranks and crises after dinner. Based on real events.

    Lucy’s People: An Ethiopian Memoir

    Mesfin Tadesse and Janet Bastyan. Yerada Lij. $16.99 paper (302p), ISBN 978-0-648-82872-3; $9.99 e-book, ISBN 978-0-648-82871-6

    Amazon, Kobo

    This is a tale of work, culture, and education under Emperor Haile Selassie I, and Derg Red Terror, imprisonment, and conscription.
    The author is an engineer related to Selassie.

    More Than Just a Hairdresser

    Donna Piromalli. Balboa Press. $13.99 paper (180p), ISBN 978-1-982293-74-1; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-982293-75-8


    This book helps readers uncover truths about their authentic self and make decisions about what they want for their life.

    My Holoholo Diary: One Year on the Big Island of Hawai’i

    Nancy Clemens. Blue Dolphin Publishing. $49 paper (540p), ISBN 978-1-57733-509-2; $9.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-57733-508-5


    Loving Hawai’i and having repetitive dreams of the volcano goddess, Kupuna Pele, brought Clemens to take a midlife journey to the Big Island of Hawai’i.

    The Nature of Good Government

    H. Doyle Smith. Aaron Denburn Publishing. $7.13 paper (140p), ISBN 978-0-9647891-4-2


    The government should be a government of people, not money. Smith has degrees in economics, government, and business.

    Porter Brothers’ Tragedy: The Untold Story

    Glenn and Steven Porter. Austin Macauley. $40.95 (474p), ISBN 978-1-68562-473-6; $25.95 paper (474p), ISBN 978-1-68562-471-2

    Amazon, Barnes & Noble

    A true-life wrecking story. Things get bad for the Porters. Turn a few pages. The story gets worse.

    Rain Dodging: A Scholar’s Romp through Britain in Search of a Stuart Queen

    Susan J. Godwin. She Writes. $17.95 paper (312p), ISBN 978-1-64742-569-2; $9.95 e-book, ASIN B0BQBLRNR3


    Scholar Godwin dives into the captivating story of Mary of Modena, discovering the unexpected connection between the late Stuart monarchy and the progression of feminist history.

    A Seagull Named Papa

    Barry J. Robinson. Austin Macauley. $16.95 paper (254p), ISBN 978-1-68562-305-0; $4.50 e-book, ISBN 978-1-68562-306-7

    Amazon, Barnes & Noble

    Robinson issues a gentle but powerful invitation to listen for that insistent call that is at the very heart of your life, urging you to be who you really are.

    Stuck: A Cold War Diary; The Rumpled Memoir of Jay Fields

    Jay Fields. Jay Fields. $30 paper (110p), ISBN 979-82-18-14764-8; $5 e-book, ASIN B0C5SDTJBF


    The diary of an effervescent, ironic, expansive time, and the story of an Army journalist and his wife stuck in Cold War Germany and traveling about in a thirdhand VW named Velma.

    Survivor’s Odyssey: From Oppression to Reconciliation

    Richard Wiener. Xlibris. $19.99 paper (274p), ISBN 978-1-4797-9470-6; $9.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-4797-9472-0


    The author recounts his inspiring journey from racial persecution as a Jewish child in Nazi Germany to ultimate life affirmation.

    The Tongue Chains: A Stutterer’s Odyssey

    Khaled Bassyouny. Austin Macauley. $11.95 paper (152p), ISBN 978-1-64750-764-0; $4.50 e-book, ISBN 978-1-64750-766-4

    Amazon, Barnes & Noble

    This autobiography of a stutterer takes the reader on a journey of carving paths through the minds of an ill society and a major villain who constantly pushes him down until he finally reaches an unexpected rewarding end.

    Video Conference Card Games: How to Play Card Games on a Video Call Using Real Playing Cards

    Gerald Beaudry. Gerald Beaudry. $11.99 paper (68p), ISBN 978-1-73906-940-7; $4.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-73906-941-4

    Amazon, Barnes & Noble

    Learn how to play card games adapted for play on video calls, using real playing cards. Includes cribbage, rummy, hearts, and spades.

    When I Was Younger

    Roland H. Wauer. Authors Press. $14.99 paper (210p), ISBN 978-1-64314-654-6


    This book emphasizes the author’s love of nature and wild places, and the abundant wildlife along the way.


    Beyond the Fear of Death

    D.S.T. Sherman Jr. Brilliant Books Literary. $11.99 paper (116p), ISBN 979-88-89451-44-0


    This book is a resource on health, motivation to seek professional services, prayer, and reading the Bible.

    The Dynamic, Fundamental Study on Discipleship: Enter if You Are Teachable!

    James Whorley. AuthorHouse. $17.99 paper (186p), ISBN 979-88-230-0152-6; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 979-88-230-0233-2


    Whorley provides a step-by-step guide that invites the reader to become a disciple and a teacher who will in turn teach others.

    Jews, Muslims, and Christians: Do You Want to Be Closer to God? Aka How an Ex-hydrographer Survives in This World

    Kimberly Glomb. Author Tranquility Press. $9.99 paper (130p), ISBN 978-1-959579-23-6


    Glomb says Jews, Muslims, and Christians all worship the same God. During her high school years, she gave her life to God, asked for his wisdom, and made a covenant with him.

    Revelation Through Science

    James G. Martin. Xlibris. $16.99 paper (390p), ISBN 978-1-66413-586-4; $3.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-66413-585-7


    Are science and faith incompatible? This book is for the educated nonscientist who is troubled by apparent conflicts between science and religion.


    Abe’s Place (Wannasea Tales #1)

    N.G. Rippel. Austin Macauley. $16.95 paper (236p), ISBN 978-1-68562-049-3; $4.50 e-book, ISBN 978-1-68562-050-9

    Amazon, Barnes & Noble

    Pirates, assassinations, war, and sea songs were the beginning. A long-missing wife, daughter, and sailboat are always present.

    Bibi Saves the Honey Bees

    Judith A. Ewa, illus. by Solomiia at GetYourBookIllustrations. Aya Press. $11.99 paper (36p), ISBN 978-1-957696-17-1; $1.99 e-book, ASIN B0C59GRTTV


    This books seeks to help children understand that they, as individuals, can make a difference to our planet.

    The Birth of Agent Big Butt: Butt of Steel, Heart of Gold

    Amy Winfield, illus. by Tom McWeeney. Packed House Publications. $16.99 paper (424p), ISBN 978-1-73421-590-8; $4.99 e-book, ASIN B0811KWTBZ

    Amazon, Barnes & Noble

    A newborn with a gigantic steel butt that farts the most powerful nasty farts ever escapes the clutches of an evil doctor. As he flees, an unexpected confrontation makes him a hero.

    Blind Trust (Tess Barrett Thriller #3)

    Michael W. Sherer. Cutter Press. $15.99 paper (374p), ISBN 978-0-9908617-3-7; $4.69 e-book, ASIN B0CBQH68DZ


    Whom can you trust when you’re blind? Tess Barrett is feeling more pressure than any high school senior should as she tries to find out why an assassin tried to kill her at homecoming.

    Blood Divided (Felserpent Chronicles #2)

    Katie Keridan. SparkPress. $17.95 paper (352p), ISBN 978-1-68463-220-6; $8.99 e-book, ASIN B0BQBPMXVC


    As Kyra and Sebastian struggle to navigate the differences between their past and current relationship, they must find a way to reunite the realms despite the growing tensions.

    Boundaries by Millie

    Jo Smoak. Gatekeeper Press. $27.99 (58p), ISBN 978-1-66293-918-1; $16.99 paper, ISBN 978-1-66293-919-8

    Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Bookshop.org

    The life of a real donkey with some funny twists. How would a donkey communicate boundaries? Find out in this story about setting healthy boundaries.

    The Fish Stick Detective

    John Kilby, illus. by Mark Penrod. Austin Macauley. $7.95 paper (18p), ISBN 978-1-64979-990-6; $4.50 e-book, ISBN 978-1-64979-992-0

    Amazon, Barnes & Noble

    When the valuable Neil diamond disappears, Dame Jane Great-Dane rushes to the only one who can solve the mystery before it hits the papers—Hake Pollock, the famous Fish Stick Detective.

    Good Boy Lukey & the Dream Crumbs

    Linda Beck. Linda Beck. $8.99 paper (24p), ASIN B0CCCQR3BN


    A very special puppy protects children while they sleep by quietly sprinkling dream crumbs over their eyes to take all the bad dreams away.

    Henry the Sneezing Dragon

    Sarah Geddes. Austin Macauley. $10.95 paper (30p), ISBN 978-1-63829-167-1; $4.50 e-book, ISBN 978-1-63829-169-5

    Amazon, Barnes & Noble

    Life as a dragon should be amazing. But when you are a young, clumsy dragon who sneezes fire at all the worst moments, life is a little challenging.

    Hunnie Bunny’s Garden

    Deborah Carter Martin, illus. by Sandamali Kamalchandra. Simple Reads Books. $20.99 (30p), ISBN 979-89-88487-20-3; $11.99 paper, ISBN 979-89-88487-21-0


    Hunnie Bunny finds some seeds in the woods. She plants them in her garden and grows delicious vegetables and herbs. She saves the new seeds from her crops to plant the following spring.

    Little Money: How to Talk About Big Finance with Small People

    Artem H., illus. by Ann Pomelova. Austin Macauley. $11.95 paper (38p), ISBN 978-1-68562-878-9; $4.50 e-book, ISBN 978-1-68562-879-6

    Amazon, Barnes & Noble

    An accessible book to teach children about money.

    Quack Along with Zack, Mack, and Jack

    Jane Francis. BookBaby. $10.99 paper (34p), ISBN 979-89-87666-20-3; $2.99 e-book, ISBN 979-89-87666-21-0

    Amazon, Barnes & Noble, BookBaby

    Three ducks have an adventure and learn about sharing and friendship.

    The Seeking Tree

    Jodi Dee, illus. by Kaya Oldaker. Jodi Dee Publishing. $17.99 (42p), ISBN 978-1-73620-932-5; $3.99 e-book, ASIN B0BT8FK7N3

    Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Target, Walmart

    A young sapling sprouts. It is excited about its new world. It yearns to connect with all things that pass by. Unfortunately, human beings are too busy.

    She Stepped Up: Barbara Johns Starts the Fight for Equality in Education

    Rebecca Keese. Dorrance Publishing. $22 paper (48p), ISBN 979-88-87293-70-7; $17 e-book, ISBN 979-88-87298-70-2

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    Sixteen-year-old Barbara Johns launches a school strike in Farmville, Va., that becomes part of the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision, which Virginia ignores. Farmville closes all its schools.

    Stories, Legends, and Truths from the Blighted Earth

    R.M. Tembreull. Dorrance Publishing. $23 paper (338p), ISBN 979-88-86833-89-8; $18 e-book, ISBN 979-88-86833-68-3

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    Explore fantastical narratives and artifacts that knit together a hidden world existing outside what humans perceive as reality. These tales illuminate the never-ending struggle between order and chaos.

    Tackle Box Troubles: Sammy Spinner (Fish Tale #1)

    Susan Duke, illus. by Jose Tecson. Xlibris. $14.99 paper (42p), ISBN 978-1-66982-354-4; $5.99 e-book, ISBN 978-1-66982-353-7


    This picture book is about a fishing lure named Sammy Spinner and his troublesome adventures in learning to catch fish in the Northwoods.

    The Tale of the Animals’ Christmas in Crouch End: A Fable for Children and Their Parents

    Lance Lee, illus. by Meilo So. LWL Books. $25.95 (80p), ISBN 979-82-18-18163-5; $14.99 paper (80p), ISBN 979-82-18-18165-9

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    A fable for all ages about how Rufus Fox leads a group of city animals to celebrate Christmas.

    Understand Symbols and Festivals of Singapore Through Kids: Collection of 6 Short Stories

    Pooja Subramanian. Pooja Subramanian. $15 paper (74p), ISBN 979-88-583-2115-6; $8 e-book, ASIN B0CG5QBGVK


    These six short stories explore the various cultures in Singapore, the festivals they celebrate, and life in general. The stories will be equally enjoyable for kids and adults.

    A version of this article appeared in the 09/25/2023 issue of Publishers Weekly under the headline: New Titles from Self-Publishers


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