Beyond the Winners | SELF-esteem

This year’s Indie Ebook Awards brought forth some amazing submissions, but sadly not all of them could be winners. Here are a few notable titles worth putting on your SELF-e reading list.

Fantasy

necessary-evil-and-the-greater-goodAshura, Davis. A Warrior’s Path. (Castes & the OutCastes, Bk. 1). DuSum. 2014. 544p. ebk. ISBN N/A. Fantasy
In a world where Caste determines one’s place, Rukh Shektan has always understood his destined role as a warrior. Then he meets Jessira, who defies nature—and law—as a child of two Castes. Considered an abomination who should be put to death, Jessira could be the key to saving Rukh’s city.

Ingle, Adam. Necessary Evil and the Greater Good. CreateSpace: Amazon. 2014. 288p. ebk. ISBN N/A. Fantasy
Improbable friends Mestoph, a demon from Hell Industries, and Leviticus, an angel from Heaven, Inc., have two important things in common: they both despise their jobs and are itching for the apocalypse. Determined to witness the end of the world, the pair begin a devious journey, picking up a couple of humans along the way.

Mystery

lastrefugeHill, Martin Roy. The Last Refuge: A Peter Brandt Thriller. CreateSpace: Amazon. Feb. 2016. 272p. ebk. ISBN N/A. M
A friendly fire accident during the Gulf War kills a civilian engineer, and journalist Peter Brandt is assigned to cover the wrongful-death lawsuit being filed by the deceased’s wife. Brandt’s research unearths a shady cover-up—one worth killing for—that puts him in danger.

Lawson, B.V. Dies Irae: A Scott Drayco Mystery. Crimetime. 2015. 290p. ebk. ISBN N/A. M
Freelance crime consultant Scott Drayco is shocked when his estranged FBI partner turns up asking for help for his daughter, who is a possible next mark of a killer targeting her college campus and leaving behind music code—the perfect puzzle for the musically inclined Drayco.

Romance

stockholm-diaries-melanieBell, Adrienne. Carter. Adrienne Bell. (Sinner Saints, Bk. 1). 2015. 187p. ebk. ISBN N/A. Contemporary Romance
Attraction sparks between Carter Macmillan, head of a Special Forces unit, and reporter Ally Weaver in the midst of political corruption and a deadly scheme. The two team up to discover the truth, only to find an undeniable love is brewing between them.

Hunter, Rebecca. Stockholm Diaries, Melanie. Rebecca Hunter. (Stockholm Diaries, Bk. 3). 2015. 278p. ebk. ISBN N/A. Contemporary Romance
Melanie can hardly believe it when she inherits a cabin in Sweden by the father who abandoned her so many years ago. Longing for answers, she heads to the retreat to try to shed light on the mysteries of her late father. Good thing she has the help of her cute neighbor Henrik.

SF

on-the-trail-of-madnessCobb, Joan. On the Trail of Madness: A Space Adventure. CreateSpace: Amazon. 2012. 336p. ISBN N/A. SF
Lance Romar’s goal is simple: search all of space until he finds his missing brother. His efforts get him unexpectedly caught up in an interstellar war and a series of unfortunate missteps that impede on his mission.

Lutz, Damien. Amanojaku. Damien Lutz. (Brulle Mosiac, Bk. 2). Jun. 2016. 380p. ebk. ISBN N/A. SF
A medical implant has been keeping Andre’s temper at bay as he toils on a hazardous vertical farm and plots his escape to Anchora, an ocean city far away. Things begin to fall apart upon meeting android Mo Da and realizing that his implant not only suppresses his anger but hinders his ability to love.

YA

rsz_1the_mark_of_nobaDabrishus, Mara. Finding Daylight. Mara Dabrishus. Jan. 2016. 350p. ebk. ISBN N/A. YA
Gr 9+ After winning the Breeder’s Cup Classic, Georgie Quinn becomes a sudden sensation. Still, all that glory isn’t able to fix her family’s failing farm. When asked to ride a new colt by a former friend, Georgie enters a partnership that just might break from the strain.

Tomas, G.L. The Mark of Noba. Rebellious Valkyrie. (Sterling Wayfairer, Bk. 1). Sept. 2016. 334p. ebk. ISBN 9781943773350. YA
Gr 9+ Senior high schooler Sterling Wayfairer decides that it’s time for him to be noticed. Thinking he’d break a few rules or finally ask out his crush, he never anticipated being told that he was actually from a land called Noba or that an evil shapeshifter was looking to destroy him. He’ll have to put his trust in Tetra, who claims the two have a transcendent bond, if he wants to survive.

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Kate DiGirolomo About Kate DiGirolomo

Kate DiGirolomo is the SELF-e Community Coordinator at Library Journal. She received her Master's degree in Library and Information Science at Pratt Institute. Follow her on Twitter @KateDiGirolomo.

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