Welcome to 2017! It’s time to put together your reading list for the new year. If you made a resolution to go local or indie, then we’ve got the perfect assortment of books to satisfy whatever literary craving you have. From fantasy and science fiction to romance, mystery and more, check out our rundown of locally-written eBooks available at libraries across the country through SELF-e. In addition to books by award-winning authors and international authors, you’ll find reads by SELF-e Ambassadors, and more fantastic independent and self-published writers.
We’re thrilled that SELF-e is helping connect local authors and readers through libraries, and we look forward to seeing what this year has in store!
Across the Mekong River paints a vivid picture of the Hmong immigrant experience, exploring family love, sacrifice and the resiliency of the human spirit to overcome tragic circumstances.
Jeanne reluctantly returns to the Island of Guernsey, a place she almost died in a boating accident 15 years ago, to sell the house she inherited and leave. But a secret is unearthed that could lead to the truth of her tragic accident, pulling her right back into dangerous waters.
At the age of 46, Anita Hall knows exactly who she is. But then Anita finds herself standing in the middle of the road watching her home and everything inside it burn to the ground. Returning to her childhood home in search of comfort, she stumbles upon the secret that her mother has kept hidden, a taboo so unspeakable it can only be written about. The reflection in the mirror may look the same. But everything has changed.
Pandimora loves the faerie realm Aisywel, but she’s a bit of a rebel. What she knows about herself as a faerie will be sorely tested when she is kicked out of Aisywel and forced to confront a terrible crime by one of her own high elders.
Private investigator Drew Maddox deals in the hard facts of life, so when a faerie falls in the middle of the highway, his world is knocked off kilter. He pursues the mystery of who she is, putting his human life at peril as he follows her to a hidden world he never knew existed, a world he could get lost inside forever if he makes a wrong choice.
In this magical tale, Bernard, a deaf young woodworker, is drawn into an ancient forest in eastern Canada by the spirits of his Iroquois and European great-grandparents, where a colossal 800-year-old cedar falls at his feet. Nearly losing his life salvaging a portion of the great tree, he crafts two guitars imbued with the spirits of his ancestors—lovers separated by tragedy yet reunited in the music of these instruments.
For best friends Mestoph and Leviticus the end of the world can’t come fast enough. Mestoph is a demon and troublemaker for Hell Industries, while Leviticus is an angel and cubicle jockey for Heaven, Inc. They might be unlikely friends, but they have something in common—they both hate their jobs. Unfortunately for them The End is nowhere in sight.
Sinful Folk is the story of the terrible mid-winter 1377 journey as seen by Mear, a former nun who has lived for a decade disguised as a mute man, raising her son quietly in this isolated village. For years, she has concealed herself and all her history. But on this journey, she will find the strength to claim the promise of her past and create a new legacy. Mear begins her journey in terror and heartache, and ends in triumph and redemption.
Wouldn’t you feel cheated if the woman you’d imagined was the villain of your childhood turned out to be someone rather extraordinary?
After the devastating trauma she suffered in Olivia, Mourning and finally knowing the reality with which she must deal, Olivia strives to rebuild herself – emotionally, socially, and financially.
She starts a new life in Detroit, the young and exciting city on a river where she has come to feel at home. New friends help the healing process, while she continues to search for the two people she loves, who have disappeared from her life. She finds some solace in helping fugitive slaves escape over the river to Canada. She believes, as one of her new friends says, “In this time and place it is the most worthy thing a person can do.”
Olivia remains a compelling protagonist on a journey to find a way to do the right thing in a world in which so much is wrong.
Allison Carmichael wakes from a car wreck with no memory of the past three years. She doesn’t recall her husband’s death or how she alienated her friends, and she definitely doesn’t remember anything about her new boyfriend Vincent Drake – a charismatic man with a penchant for rare and unique possessions.
Allison discovers that she is a descendant and the first of her kind to exhibit signs of vampirism. She must decide between risking her mortal death if she cannot control her symptoms or fully transforming into a vampire and damning her soul for eternity. A decision made even more difficult when Allison discovers that Vincent has manipulated her life, and everyone in it, so that he can have the one thing no one else in the world has – the first descendant-turned-vampire.
One month ago, an urban explorer was drawn to an abandoned asylum in the mountains of northern Massachusetts. There he discovered a large specimen jar, containing something organic, unnatural and possibly alive. Now, he and a group of unsuspecting individuals have discovered one of history’s most horrific secrets. Whether they want to or not, they are caught in the middle of a millennia-old war, and the latest battle is about to begin.
With a noose around his neck, Samuel arrives in a forest littered with caution tape and artifacts of the deceased. He struggles to regain his memory while fending off a pack of wolves and the mysterious visitors who seem to know more about this dying world than he does. Major, Kole and Mara, new companions also trapped in this strange place, realize they must outrun the ominous cloud eating away at their world before it collapses upon itself. Samuel must find a way to escape the reversion.
When a devastating earthquake rocks Japan’s northeast cost, a tsunami follows and Rei Shimura is swept into her most rugged adventure yet.
The Kizuna Coast is the latest novel in a sexy, smart and humorous mystery series that has won the Agatha and Macavity International Mystery Awards and been nominated for the Edgar, Anthony and Mary Higgins Clark Prizes. It’s bound to intrigue new readers and satisfy longtime Sujata Massey fans.
Gift of the Spirit
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Home from the South Pacific, where he flew bombers and was injured in a crash, Bill Brown lives a simple existence as a bachelor deputy sheriff in Clarkesborough. He looks forward to breakfast at the town diner and a couple of fingers of whiskey in his one good crystal glass when he gets home from work.When the body of a young woman is found, things get more complicated.
When octogenarian sleuth Myrtle Clover discovers Naomi Pelter’s dead body during a book club meeting, her investigation will take a more novel approach than her police chief son’s by-the-book methods. Can Myrtle and her sidekick find the killer before he writes them off for good?
Rick Ryder is a rock star, second only to Springsteen, but damned by guilt over his wife’s suicide. If Magee O’Connor tries to save him, her whole life will change. Magee is a down-to-earth nurturer who’s half-raised her younger sister. She’s also a laying-on-of-hands natural healer. Her life is a complicated one and she could use a change but he’s not it. It’s just not right that he should take control of her life.
Beth Lamont knows far too much about the harsh realities of life her gilded classmates have only read about in class. She’ll do whatever it takes to take care of her father, even if that means tutoring a guy like Noah — a guy who represents everything she hates about the war, soldiers and what the Army has done to her family.
Noah Warren doesn’t know how to be a student. All he knows is war. But he’s going to college now to fulfill a promise, and he doesn’t break his promises. Except he doesn’t count on his tutor being drop-dead gorgeous and distracting as hell. One look at Beth threatens to unravel the careful lies Noah has constructed around him.
After Gage leaves a wedding and rescues lavender-dressed damsel Gena, he discovers he wants to get to know her better. Lots better. Even with a warning, the S.E.A.L. has made up his mind. He intends to commence falling in love. With her.
When Rosalen Maldonado tinkers with the derelict freighter, she’s just hoping to prove she deserves a scholarship to University. She certainly doesn’t count on waking the ship’s damaged AI or having three stowaways, Micah Rotherwood and brothers Jem and Barre Durbin, along for the ride. They all have their private reasons for hiding aboard and lives they are seeking to escape, but if the accidental crew can’t work together and learn to trust each other, they’ll die together, victims of a computer that doesn’t realize the war ended decades before any of them were even born.
Work has always come first for Socket Greeny’s mother, ever since his father died. But when she shows him the inner workings of the Paladin Nation, he discovers why. Socket soon finds himself in the center of controversy and betrayal when he’s anointed the Paladin Nation’s prodigy. He didn’t ask for the “blessing” of psychic powers and the ability to timeslice and he doesn’t want to be responsible for the world. He just wants to go home and back to school and be normal again.
Cali Richards has been Nix’s legal guardian since their parents died. She has lost far too many people in her life to let the government take Nix. She is a nanobiometric engineer and will discover how to hide him. But even brilliance can succumb to the pressure of suffering. And technology can’t cure insanity.
Cali and Nix keep a slippery grip on reality as they elude a maniacal federal agent dedicated to saving humanity from what he calls ‘The Biomite Plague.’
Questions about Jane’s lineage were answered with, “It doesn’t matter.” Her dad promises to divulge the family secrets on her birthday, but tragedy strikes and instead she buries him that day. Two weeks later, Jane is informed that her mother — thought dead for 25 years — only died yesterday, and there is no one to handle the woman’s affairs. She drives to the tiny town of Lupine, Colorado to discover the questions she is asking are the same questions her mother was asking only a week before.
To unmask a killer and rescue his wife, brilliant research scientist Dr. Shelby Cooper, from a possible murder conviction, Jason Cooper must unravel the mystery of her past. As the clock ticks, a series of shocking revelations threaten to destroy the Coopers for good. But nothing can prepare them for the mother of all deception — a truth so horrifying, it may leave them shattered forever.
London, 2052. An ID tag is embedded in the flesh of your neck. Your every move is tracked. Your genes tell the State nearly everything about you.
Everything you were. Everything you are. Everything you will be.
For Freya, Kane, and the rest of this fledgling generation, the battle to break free of their genetic horoscopes will not be without bloodshed…
Santa is not just about the presents. See something deeper in this mythological figure. A story that’s meaningful. Find a cast of gritty, compassionate and courageous characters that make the journey to mythological fame despite their shortcomings and frailties. Pull away the veil of magic, reveal the difficulties of love and loss and struggle with life.
In her 16-year-old upscale Charleston, South Carolina life, the biggest problems Emily Amber Ross has had to face run along the lines of designing alternative Halloween costumes, sourcing aromatherapy candles and finding a bridesmaid dress out of season. Until she hears an old gospel song that leads her to wonder who she really is. A dangerous crush, a disturbing world of police, judges, phony mental evaluations and disappearing parents… How can a routine school assignment go so wrong?
In this science-fiction dystopia, the mother-daughter writing team of Kristina, Amira, and Elena Makansi immerse readers in the post-apocalyptic world of the Okarian Sector, where romance, friendship, adventure, and betrayal will decide the fate of a budding nation. Be sure to continue the story with The Reaping, Book Two of the Seeds Trilogy, and The Prelude, a novella about Soren Skaarsgard, one of the reader’s favorite characters.
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