Spring reading suggestions: Don't overlook indie publishers!

A little research can yield big results when looking for new books to read. Photo: (RT) New indie book titles

DOTHAN, AL, April 24, 2013 — Spring is a time for renewal, growth, birth and fresh starts. It’s also a time for new books as publishers rush to get titles out in time for the summer reading season. You will see a lot of reviews and suggested reading lists in the next few months, mostly for big publishers and big-name authors, but there are other choices if you dig a bit deeper than the local book review section.

For the adventurous reader, there are over 3,000 independent publishers banded together under the auspices of the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), a non-profit industry group that provides marketing and promotion support for small publishers with limited run titles. Independent publisher is not the same as self-published, though there is some crossover. Indies are generally just small presses that, unlike their larger cousins, are more willing to take risks with new authors and non-mainstream subjects.

The list below is a small sampling of new offerings from some indie publishers to help you start researching on your own. All titles, if not already in print, will be published soon and should be available directly online or possibly at your local bookstore. It should be noted that almost everything published these days, especially fiction, has an e-book version available. For more information about the IBPA go to their website at www.ibpa-online.org.

New Fiction by Independent Publishers

King of Rags by Eric Bronson, Neverland Publishing Company LLC, Pub Date: May 12, 2013, Historical Fiction: A look at the sometimes brutal life of ragtime musicians at the start of the twentieth century, built around Scott Joplin’s quest to be taken as a serious musician.

Broken Angels, Eve of Light, Book I by Harambee K. Grey-Sun, HyperVerse Books, Pub Date: Apr 6, 2013,Sci Fi & Fantasy: Society decays as survivors of a vicious global virus find themselves able to manipulate particles of light and call themselves “angels.”

Semmant by Vadim Babenko, Ergo Sum Publishing, Pub Date: Mar 25 2013, Literature/Fiction: A brilliant scientist creates a robot to help him beat the stock market, but the robot’s artificial mind starts to explore genuine human drama and real life.

Don’t Look Away, Book 1 of the Veronica Sloan Series by Leslie A. Smith, LK Books, Pub Date: May 15, 2013, Mystery & Thrillers: Detective Veronica Sloan tries to solve a murder mystery using the victim’s own memories.

Coldwater: A novel by Diana Gould, Gibralter Road, Pub Date: Apr 16, 2013, Mystery & Thrillers: Brett Tanager is writer-producer of a popular TV detective show and loses her career to drink and drugs. As she reaches rock bottom, she is approached to help find a missing girl in Hollywood.

Fireflies by P.S. Bartlett, GMTA Publishing, Pub Date: Mar 30, 2013, History/Sci Fi & Fantasy: Six-year-old Ennis Whelan has visions of his father’s past, including a voyage to America in 1844 and events his father would rather forget.

The Tortoise Shell Code by V Frank Asaro, Bettie Young Book Publishers, Pub Date: Apr 2, 2013, Literature & Fiction: A tuna boat sinks off the coast of Southern California and all members of the crew are missing. Attorney Anthony Darren tries to determine who is at fault as a trial deadline nears.

Missing Barbados by Willem Pain, KDP, Pub Date: Mar 13, 2013, Mystery, Adventure & Humor: Based on an actual event from Barbados history, private detective Susan Berg and her overly zealous assistant are hired to find a missing teenager of British royalty.

The Burn List by Stan Stamper, Hugo Publishing Co., Pub Date: Mar 31, 2013, Mystery & Thrillers: The Miami mob kills a reporter’s husband and son then go after her when she continues writing about them. Her ex-Navy Seal brother-in-law tries to save her and avenge his brother’s death.

New Non-Fiction by Independent Publishers

True North – The Shocking Truth about “Yours, Mine and Ours” by Tom North, True North Productions, Pub Date: Jul 15, 2013, Religion, Spirituality & Self-Help: Tom North exposes what it was really like to be part of the North family featured in the 1968 film “Yours, Mine and Ours” starring Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda.

Work Standing Up, The Life and Art of Paul Fontaine by Paul Fontaine, Fontaine Archive LLC, Pub Date: Jun 30, 2013, Biography, Arts & Photography: The life of artist Paul Fontaine, who gained notoriety as art director for Stars and Stripes during World War II then became one of the leading abstract painters of the Twentieth Century.

Universal Co-Opetition by V Frank Asaro, Bettie Young Book Publishers, Pub Date: Mar 10, 2013, Business & Investing: Finding ways to use both competition and cooperation for business success.

The Articulate Attorney – Public Speaking for Lawyers by Brian K. Johnson & Marsha Hunter, Crown King Books, Pub Date: Jun 1, 2013, Business & Investing: Johnson and Hunter have over 30 years of experience coaching lawyers to be better communicators and public speakers in a variety of settings.

Cinderella & the Carpetbagger by Grace Robbins, Bettie Young Book Publishers, Pub Date: Apr 30, 2013, Biographies & Memoirs: A steamy expose of Robbins’ life with her late husband, author Harold Robbins, and how the steamy scenes in his books were based on their real life experiences during the 1960s and 1970s.

The Indomitable Spirit of Edmonia Lewis, A Narrative Biography by Harry Henderson and Albert Henderson, Esquiline Hill Press, Pub Date: Feb 28, 2013, Biographies & Memoirs: A definitive biography of Edmonia Lewis, noted African American and Native American sculptor who lived from 1845 to 1911.

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Rick Townley was a bookseller before switching to electronic publishing with The New York Times, Reuters, Grolier and others. He is the author of a humor book, For Boomers Only – Exploring Life in the New Millennium, a supernatural novel, Stepping Out of Time, and numerous short stories. In addition to contributing to the Washington Times Communities, Rick is working on a fiction series called Stigma and resides in southern Alabama with his 7-year-old granddaughter, Chloe.

 

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