Indie Fiction from IBPA Members: Summer 2019
Hello Librarian Friends,

We're inspired by this quote by author Khaled Hosseini, “Writing fiction is the act of weaving a series of lies to arrive at a greater truth.”

We hope you'll find new greater truths for your readers in this selection of fiction from our publisher members, who have garnered rave reviews from Booklist, Publishers Weekly, Foreword Reviews, Kirkus Reviews, Midwest Book Review, and other leading reviewers. Their titles have also received numerous awards. The selection presented is a variety-pack of fascinating reading, and each book is sure to appeal to many of your patrons.

Thank you for your time, and for all that you do!

All of us at the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA)

Table of Contents:


Historical | Historical Romance | Literary

Mystery & Thriller | Romance | Science Fiction & Fantasy

Historical Fiction

by Mary DesJarlais
Calumet Editions

The Cutter’s Widow, set in the Midwest in 1915, is the story of Ella Byrne, an 18-year old grief-stricken and penniless widow. When she finds homes for unwanted babies for a fee, she becomes a suspect in a criminal investigation led by one of Saint Paul’s first female police officers.

ISBN: 978-1939548979 (Paperback)
(Also Available as an eBook)
Ordering info: Amazon,

The Remarkable Baby Doe Tabor
by Rebecca Rosenberg
Lion Heart Publishing

1878. When Baby Doe’s family loses everything in a fire, the twenty-year-old is forced to marry and go west to prospect a gold mine. Abandoned and running the mine alone, she finds true passion with Silver King Horace Tabor, married and twice her age. Scandal and poverty force a painful choice.

ISBN: 978-0578427799 (Paperback)
978-1732969902 (eBook)
Ordering info: Ingram Wholesale, Amazon

An Annie Oakley Mystery
by Kari Bovee
Spark Press

The Wild West Show travels to England for Queen Victoria’s Jubilee, but when a mysterious murder leads Annie to suspect a threat to the queen, she sets out to discover the truth.

“A meandering mystery with plenty of suspects cleverly weaves...Annie's storied life with plenty of historical tidbits.” – Kirkus Reviews

ISBN: 978-1943006908 (Paperback)
Ordering info: Ingram Publisher Services, Baker & Taylor, Amazon

by Karla M. Jay
Book Circle Press

“Jay’s ( Speaking in Tungs, 2018, etc.) account is impressively ambitious, offering a sprawling view of the wages of war from three distinct perspectives. She ingeniously braids them into a coherent narrative tapestry, and along the way, she realistically describes the human degradation experienced by prisoners in the Nazi camps...” — Kirkus Reviews

ISBN: 978-0578477077 (Paperback)
(Also Available as an eBook)
Ordering info: Ingram Wholesale, Amazon, Barnes & Noble

Historical Romance

An American Saga
by Reid Lance Rosenthal
Rockin' SR Publishing / Writing Dreams

Multiple #1 Bestselling series—28 National Awards (HF, Multi Cultural, Western, Romance) including Ben Franklins! A favorite of library patrons, male, female, ages 13-96 across the country!

compare to Lonesome Dove... Centennial... will rival even some of Louis L 'Amour's best loved work.” —Lois Henderson,, MA General Linguistics, AD, Library/Information Science

ISBN: 978-0998706040 (Paperback)
978-0982157626 (eBook)
978-0982157695 (Audiobook)
Ordering info: Baker & Taylor, Greenleaf Book Group, Amazon


Literary Fiction

or Charlie’s Comic, Terrifying, Romantic, Loopy Round-the-World Journey in Search of Linguistic Happiness
by Jim Story
Blue Mile Books

Charlie skitters around the world to see his short story translated into ten different languages, then back into English.

“An insanely amusing adventure...a deep love of language.” —Gary Shteyngart

“...zany and surprisingly philosophical.... One part midlife crisis, one part old-timey spy film, and one part romance” (4/4 Stars)— Portland Book Review

ISBN: 978-0986238208 (Paperback)
978-0986238215 (eBook)
Ordering info: Ingram Wholesale, Overdrive, Amazon

Mystery & Thriller

by Mike Brogan
LIghthouse Publishing

Dr. Nell Northam is forced to create a terrifying weapon. She escapes - but as she tries to stop the weapon’s launch - she learns she’s too late...

“Riveting suspense from a master!”
Midwest Book Review

“An impressive and rousing tale!” — Kirkus Reviews

“Excels at suspense, intrigue!” — Foreword Reviews

ISBN: 978-0998005676 (Paperback)
978-0998005683 (eBook)
Ordering info: Baker & Taylor Publisher Services, Baker & Taylor,

by Ivan Obolensky
Smith-Obolensky Media

Eye of the Moon is an award-winning “deftly crafted and simply riveting gothic mystery by a master of the genre... especially and unreservedly recommended for community library Mystery/Suspense collections.” — Midwest Book Review

“Obolensky conjures a remarkably imaginative tale, seamlessly juxtaposing the quotidian and the magical in a way that renders the latter mesmerizingly plausible.” — Kirkus Reviews

ISBN: 978-1947780002 (Hardcover)
978-1947780026 (Paperback)
Ordering info: Ingram Wholesale, Pathway Services (for North America)

by Gary McCarragher
SDP Publishing

A 2019 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist!

The Imperfect Offering is an engrossing medical thriller about a hospice physician who becomes immersed in a series of high-stakes ethical dilemmas.

This riveting story (written by an experienced hospice physician) will also inspire readers to reflect on their own long-term healthcare decisions.

ISBN: 978-1732111547 (Paperback)
978-1732111554 (eBook)
Ordering info: Ingram Wholesale, Amazon, Barnes & Noble

A Koa Kāne Hawaiian Mystery
by Robert McCaw
Oceanview Publishing

In Off the Grid, Chief of Detectives Koa Kāne investigates the gruesome murders of two unidentified loners on Hawaiʻi’s Big Island. The investigation grows complicated once Koa becomes entangled in a nest of international intrigue—spanning the globe from Kosovo to Washington, DC.

ISBN: 978-1608093618 (Hardcover)
978-1608093625 (eBook)
Ordering info: Ingram Publisher Services, Baker & Taylor, Ingram Wholesale

by M. S. Holm
Sentry Books / Great West Publishing

April 2019 — U.S. State Department
Travel Advisory for Sinaloa, Mexico:
“Violent crime widespread. Criminal organizations operate. Local law enforcement has limited capability to respond to violence. Do not travel.”

A neo-western story of modern-day highwaymen and the American tourists they target.

“A thrilling and moving story of love and desperation.” — Kirkus Reviews

ISBN: 978-099745538 (Paperback)
978-0997455373 (eBook)
Ordering info: Baker & Taylor, Ingram Wholesale, Sentry Books

#27 in the China Bayles series
by Susan Wittig Albert
Persevero Press

New York Times bestselling author Susan Wittig Albert draws on history, legend, science, and the culinary arts to craft a botanical mystery that will entertain and enlighten mystery fans, gardeners, and nature lovers.

“Engrossing...China Bayles continues to appeal with her herbal information and savvy sleuthing.” — Booklist

ISBN: 978-0998233208 (Hardcover)
978-0998233222 (eBook)
Ordering info: Baker & Taylor, Ingram Wholesale, Overdrive

A Riveting Political Suspense Thriller
by John Di Frances
Reliance Books

Pretense captures the rising wave of sentiment currently surging across Europe against increasing EU dominance and control.

“Authenticity and credibility shine. The author’s technical mastery has the feel of a Tom Clancy deep dive. His depictions...put one in mind of Robert Ludlum’s world.”
US Review of Books

“With a debut novel like Pretense, John Di Frances will soon be nipping at the heels of such masters as David Baldacci and Tom Clancy” — Book Viral

ISBN: 978-0970990860 (Hardcover)
978-0970990877 (Paperback)
(Also available in eBook, Audio, & CD formats.)
Ordering info: Baker & Taylor, Ingram Wholesale, Amazon


by Crystal Hemmingway
Galbadia Press

Is it wrong to trick your mom into dating a robot? Perfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella and Where’d You Go, Bernadette, this smart romantic comedy is told in an addicting, fast-paced style.

“Hilarious! I couldn’t put it down.”
Reader’s Favorite

“A funny, poignant debut.” – IndieReader

ISBN: 978-1950458004 (Hardcover)
978-1950458011 (Paperback)
978-1950458028 (eBook)
Ordering info: Ingram Wholesale, Overdrive, Amazon

Science Fiction & Fantasy

by Keith Rosson
Meerkat Press

In a Southwestern US landscape where ghosts have inexplicably begun appearing everywhere, Rosson's gloriously original second novel follows two men (one the remorseful reincarnation of Joan of Arc's executioner) on a roadtrip from Portland to LA where each man seeks absolution in his own way.

ISBN: 978-1946154163 (Hardcover)
978-1946154040 (Paperback)
978-1946154057 (eBook)
Ordering info: IPG, Baker & Taylor, Ingram Wholesale

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