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Independent Press Award 2023

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Aging/Midlife

Susan Sands

The Inside Story

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Animals/Pets

Georja Umano

Terriers in the Jungle

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Audiobook-Fiction

Valerie Nifora

The Fairmounts

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Book Cover Design Childrens Picture Books

Jayne M. Rose-Vallee

Dinosaurs Living in MY Hair! 3 An Underwater Adventure

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Book Interior Design-Nonfiction

Jenny Blake

Free Time

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Business: General

Jamie Vanek

Buried in Business: Find Freedom by Unlocking the Power of Your Admin Team

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Business: General

Amy Newfield

Oops, I Became a Manager: Managing the Veterinary Hospital Team by Finding Unicorns

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Business: Motivational

Jim Blake

The Zen Executive: Gems of Wisdom for Enlightened Leadership

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Cancer

Cheryl E. Klein

Crybaby: Infertility, Illness, and Other Things That Were Not the End of the World

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Career

Laura Eigel, Ph.D.

Values First: How Knowing Your Core Beliefs Can Get You the Life and Career You Want

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Childrens: Fiction

Jt Jester

How the Sailfish Got Its Name

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Childrens: Inspirational/Motivational

Camri Dorsey

Penelope's Perspective

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Childrens: Poetry

Raven Howell

The 20 Little Poems for 20 Little Gnomes

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Christian

Kenneth Ian McQuarrie

The Orphan Carpenter

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Crime Fiction

Lucas Sterling

Contrarian

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Cross Genre

David Bush

General Jack and the Battle of the Five Kingdoms

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Cultural & Social Issues

Anne K. Howard

Escape from Mariupol: A Survivor's True Story

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Death & Dying

Cheryl Lafferty Eckl

Reflections on Ineffable Love

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Education

Claire N. Rubman

This May Be Difficult to Read

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Fantasy

Cassie Sanchez

Embracing the Darkness

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Fiction Anthology

Multiple authors

The Newlyweds' Window: The 2022 Mukana Press Anthology of African Writing

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General Fiction

Gail Reitano

Italian Love Cake

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Gift Books

Gregory Boyle, SJ

Forgive Everyone Everything

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Historical Fiction

Frank Napolitano

Day of Days: September 11, 2001 - A Novel of the Fire Service

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Historical Fiction

Marina McCarron

THE TIME BETWEEN US

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History: United States

Steve Procko

Rebel Correspondent

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Inspirational

Pete Black

Never Lose Heart - Sports Heroes Who Overcame the Odds

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Juvenile Fiction

W. Nikola-Lisa

Ichiro and the Great Mountain

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LGBTQ Fiction

Achiru et al.

Tied to You

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Leadership

PAYAL NANJIANI

Win the Leadership Game Every Time: Nine Invaluable Laws to Magnify Your Success

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Literary Fiction

Jamie Boud

Figurines

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Literary Fiction

Scott Gould

The Hammerhead Chronicles

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Memoir

Allison Hong Merrill

Ninety-Nine Fire Hoops

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Memoir

Jim Zervanos

That Time I Got Cancer: A Love Story

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Military Fiction

Brodie Curtis

Angels and Bandits

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Military Fiction

T.W. Harvey

Seeing the Elephant: One Man's Return to the Horrors of the Civil War

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Mystery

Michael Stephen Daigle

Dragony Rising

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New Fiction

Sarah Lynn

Between the Lines: A novel by Sarah Lynn

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New Nonfiction

Kirsten Levy

Alzheimer's Fantasy in the Key of G

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Novella / Short Books

Janet K. Shawgo

The Bishop's Palace

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Personal Growth

Mari L. McCarthy

Mindset Medicine: A Journaling Power Self-Love Book

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Picture Books-All Ages

Ritu Anand

Kara's Dreams

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Picture Books-Preschool

Ellie Smith

Tex the Explorer Journey to the Oceans

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Picture Books: Ages 4-8

Susan Marie Chapman

Owl Be Seeing You

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Poetry

Lee Woodman

ARTSCAPES

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Poetry

Jack Mayer

Entanglements: Physics, love, and wilderness dreams

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Poetry

Benjamin J. Chase

Here to See It

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Relationships

Brooke Harris Wolff, Geoff Harris, James Harris, Jonathan Harris

Growing Up Harris

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Religion Nonfiction

Saul Silas Fathi

Abrahamic Monotheism

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Religion Nonfiction

Gregory Boyle, SJ

Forgive Everyone Everything

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Romance

Estelle Pettersen

Elizabeth: The Starling Sisters Prequel Novella

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Romantic Comedy

Kathy Strobos

Caper Crush

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Science Fiction

Troy Suesse

MAXIMUM CAPACITY

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Science Fiction

Charles O'Donnell

Univirtual

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Self-help: Motivational

Kris Girrell and Candace Sjogren

Typhoon Honey: The Only Way Out Is Through

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Short Stories

Elle Stockton

Not for Polite Society and Other Short Stories: Fictional tales on a ride of twists, turns, and the unexpected

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Social/Political Change

Julie Banks Lewis

Critical Masses: Who Wins, Who Loses, Who Decides

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Spiritual

Mariela Rodriguez

God is Love, A Young Woman's Encounter with God

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Suspense

Jeffrey Lowder

The Red Truk

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Teen

Tyler Beauchamp

Freeze Frame

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Thriller

A.W. Baldwin

The Antidote

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Visionary Fiction

Karuna Das

Kat's Cradle: Webolution Book One

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Women's Fiction

Maggie Giles

The Things We Lost

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Young Adult Fiction

Tamara Girardi

Gridiron Girl

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A Magazine

Publisher Ted Olczak

Join us for the next installment of the INDEPENDENT PRESS AWARD and NYC Big Book Award present

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Animals/Pets

Karen Donley-Hayes

Falling Off Horses

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Anthology

Patricia Leavy

Celestial Bodies: The Tess Lee and Jack Miller Novels

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Audiobook-Fiction

E.P. Clark

The Singing Shore I: Sea and Song

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Book Cover Design Childrens Picture Books

Jeanne and Mark K. Shriver

Pairs of People

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Business: Entrepreneurship & Small Business

Ronit Enos

Profit First for Salons: Transform Your Salon Business from a Cash-Eating Monster to a Money-Making Machine

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Business: General

Tony Bates and Natalie Petouhoff

Empathy in Action

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Business: General

Gillian Arnold, Hannah Dee, Clem Herman, Sharon Moore, Andrea Palmer, Shilpa Shah Edited by Gillian Arnold

Women in Tech: A practical guide to increasing gender diversity and inclusion

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Business: Motivational

Dena Lefkowitz

Winning in Your Own Court

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Career

David Novak and Jason Goldsmith

Take Charge of You

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Childrens: Educational

Dr. Adjoa Smalls-Mantey, Dr. Maria Abraham

Anjali the Brave: All About Vaccines

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Childrens: Fiction

Andrew Snook

The Snookie-Cookie Crew and the Cranberry Cookie Cruncher

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Childrens: Nonfiction

Joanne Mattern with Maxime Bonneau

Caution: Turtles and Frogs Ahead!

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Childrens: Religion

Charles W. Page MD

Fluffy's Christmas Gift

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Contemporary Novel

Patricia Leavy

North Star

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Crime Fiction

Kathryn Den Houter

Prison Shadows

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Cross Genre

Shelly Frome

Shadow of the Gypsy

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Cultural & Social Issues

Dalessandro, Cristen

Intimate Inequalities: Millennials' Romantic Relationships in Contemporary Times

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Education

Dan Manolescu

Memory and Imagination, or From Remember to Create

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Environment

M.E. Schuman

The Understory: A Female Environmentalist in the Land of the Midnight Sun

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Fantasy

JW Warner

Of Fog, and Fire, and Ice: Book 3 of the Kotidor Chronicles

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General Fiction

Linda Dahl

An Upside Down Sky

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General Fiction

Bo Bancroft

Make America Beautiful Again

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Hispanic

Otto H. Iglesias

Cuba, your children cry! Cuba, tus hijos lloran!

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Historical Fiction

Mary Ann Bernal

Forgiving Nero

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Historical Fiction

Roslyn Bernstein

The Girl Who Counted Numbers

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Horror

Bryan Cassiday

Cutthroat Express

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Inspirational

Elinor Young

Running on Broken Legs: My Journey to Joy

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Juvenile Fiction

Tanya Fyfe

The Runaways of Missing Lake

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Leadership

Lisa Gable

Turnaround

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Leadership

Katelyn Davis, Kristin Shaw

Women Driven Mobility: Rethinking the Way the World Moves

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Literary Fiction

Scott J. Bloch

Mount Wonder

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Literary Fiction

Tom Collins

Treasure of the Diary

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Memoir

Ted W. Baxter

Relentless - How a Massive Stroke Changed My Life for the Better

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Middle Grade

Antony Barone Kolenc

The Merchant's Curse

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Military Fiction

T.W. Harvey

Answering Lincoln's Call: War in America

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Mystery

Michelle Cox

A Spying Eye

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Mystery

Hy Conrad

Sins of the Family

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New Fiction

S.R. Fabrico

The Secrets We Conceal

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Nonfiction

Megan Henry

An Incomplete Theory: The Search for Quantum Gravity (a story)

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Parenting & Family

Leslie Hope Holthoff

Not Mary Not Roe: The Survival Story of a Reluctant Teen Mom

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Personal Growth

Paden Hughes

Take Two: How a Simple Daily Habit Increased My Health, Wealth and Happiness

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Picture Books-All Ages

Gary Jansen and Grace Jansen

Remember Us with Smiles

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Picture Books-Preschool

Nicholas Tana , Jessie Fox,

The Little Lion That Listened

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Picture Books: Ages 4-8

Ann Driscoll & Martha Driscoll

Rosa's Monarch Butterfly

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Poetry

Ruth Nolan

After the Dome Fire

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Poetry

Vibha Maurya

Feelings Awakened

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Psychiatry/Psychology

Dr. Ramona Roberts

Making Sense of What Hasn't Made Sense

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Relationships

Philip Russotti

The Essential Rules of Love: A Practical Guide to Creating a Harmonious, Healthy, and Happy Relationship

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Religion Nonfiction

Darci J. Steiner

Beauty Beyond the Thorns: Discovering Gifts in Suffering

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Religion Nonfiction

Julie Wright

Redeeming Eve: When A Woman Lives Loved

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Romance

Teymour Shahabi

Stranger in Love

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Science Fiction

Dana Dargos and Said Al Bizri

Einstein in the Attic

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Science Fiction

Sarena Straus

ReInception

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Self-help: Motivational

Debra Spector

The Things I've Seen People Do With And Without Food: Eating Disorder Your Struggle Is Real

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Self-help: Spiritual

Paul Hudon

A Complete Life, Discovering Your Authentic Self

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Short Stories

Munashe Kaseke

Send Her Back and Other Stories

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Social/Political Change

Ramy Harik, Joseph Elias Khoury

Manufacturing versus Corruption: Who Wins?

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Suspense

Betsy Ashton

Betrayal

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Suspense

Gary E Smith

To Hunt Men

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Thriller

Thomas LeBrun

Sticks and Stones; A Cameron Stone Action Thriller

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Travel

Jeremiah A. Gilbert

From Tibet to Egypt: Early Travels After a Late Start

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Western Fiction

Chris Mullen

Rowdy: Wild and Mean, Sharp and Keen

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Women's Fiction

Paulette Stout

What We Never Say

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Young Adult Fiction

Lenore Borja

The Last Huntress (Mirror Realm Series Book I)

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Addiction & Recovery

Buddy C.

Powerless But Not Helpless

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Animals/Pets

Denise Lee Branco

Rabbit at the Sliding Door: Chloe's Story

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Arts & Entertainment

Spencer Brewer and Esther Siegel

LOST AND FOUND Assemblage Artists of Northern California

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Book Cover Design Childrens Picture Books

Chitwan Mittal

Are your emotions like mine?

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Book Cover Design Fiction

Antony Barone Kolenc

The Merchant's Curse

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Business: Entrepreneurship & Small Business

Andrea Clark Watson

Twentieth Century Boys: How One Family Business Survived and Thrived

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Business: General

Samantha Richardson

Ethical Profit: A Guide to Increasing Profit Using Sustainable Business Practices

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Business: Motivational

Thomas Vozzo

The Homeboy Way

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Business: Motivational

Kris Wilder & Lawrence Kane

Winning in the Dojo and Your Life: Soul of the Genius Sensei

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Career

Beth Hendler-Grunt

The Next Great Step: The Parents' Guide to Launching Your New Grad into a Career

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Childrens: Educational

Cinda Klickna (Author), Jim Edwards (Illustrator)

Out of the Beaks of Birds: Our Crazy, Pesky…Verbs

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Childrens: Inspirational/Motivational

Katherine Davis-Gibbon

My Old Friend, Then

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Childrens: Nonfiction

Pervin Saket

Women in Sports (four book set)

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Childrens: Religion

Paul Mitchell (Illustrated by Katie Broussard)

The Examen Book

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Crime Fiction

Douglas J. Wood

Blood on the Bayou

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Cross Genre

Sean Myers

Flight of Fools

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Cultural & Social Issues

Rohit Bhargava and Jennifer Brown

Beyond Diversity

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Cultural & Social Issues

Sterlin D. Williams

What Happens When the World's Racial Cultures Clash?

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Education

Don Berg

Schooling For Holistic Equity: How To Manage the Hidden Curriculum for K-12

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Fantasy

Danielle M. Orsino

Birth of the Fae: Kingdom Come, Book 4

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Fiction Anthology

James Hanna

Fact Check and More Probing Tales

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General Fiction

Glenn Kaplan

Angel of Ambition

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General Fiction

Emil DeAndreis

Tell Us When to Go

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Historical Fiction

Daniel V. Meier, Jr.

BLOODROOT

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Historical Fiction

Gini Grossenbacher

Madam in Lace

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History: United States

Scott MacDonald

Legacy: An Ancestral Journey Through American History

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Humor

Cary Hendrix Jr

IN BLACK AND WHITE

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Juvenile Fiction

David Benjamin

Choose Moose

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LGBTQ Fiction

Bill VanPatten

Looks Are Deceiving

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Leadership

Donald Thompson

Underestimated: A CEO's Unlikely Path to Success

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Legal Thriller

Alex S. Avitabile

Where's ... Eli?

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Literary Fiction

Karen Lee Boren

Secret Waltz

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Literary Fiction

David Benjamin

Witness to the Crucifixion

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Memoir

Kim Fairley

Swimming for My Life

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Middle Grade

Ellen Dee Davidson

WIND

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Military Fiction

Michael Eisenhut

Brothers Of War, The Iron Brigade At Gettysburg

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Mystery

Marlene M. Bell

Copper Waters A New Zealand Cottage Mystery

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Mystery

G.P. Gottlieb

Smothered: A Whipped and Sipped Mystery

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New Nonfiction

Christine Reed

Alone in Wonderland

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Nonfiction

Jim H. Darnell, Jr

Because of You, I lost Everything!

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Parenting & Family

Judy Schumacher, MA

Terrific Toddlers!: Simple Solutions Practical Parenting

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Photography

Dawn Renee Darnell

God's Creations Captured - Real Photography

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Picture Books-All Ages

Catherine Kreutter

Something Old, Something New

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Picture Books: Ages 4-8

Jayne M. Rose-Vallee

Dinosaurs Living in MY Hair! 3 An Underwater Adventure

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Picture Books: Ages 4-8

Susan Marie Chapman

Sweet Potato

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Poetry

Charles Dowling Williams