Tuesday, June 21, 2016

indiebrag Summer Read Picks!

This month indiebrag and I are kicking off the season with great summer reads! For the whole month of June, we will be featuring B.R.A.G. Medallion books that is perfect for the season. So grab your Kindle or Nook and stay close to the computer. You won’t want to miss this!

Indiebrag’s mission is to discover new and talented self-published authors and help them give their work the attention and recognition it deserves. Their primary focus is fiction across a wide range of genres; however, they selectively consider non-fiction books as well.

One benefit of Summer was that each day we had more light to read by. -Jeannette Walls

Today I am sharing books by David Wesley, Georgia Candoli, Michael Jay, Padgett Gerler, Vicki Pardoe and Daniel Cray.


At Drake’s Command:

The Adventures of Peregrine James During the Second Circumnavigation of the World

It was as fine a day to be whipped as any he’d ever seen but the good weather didn’t make Peregrine James any happier with the situation he was in. Unfairly convicted of a crime he had not committed, the young cook was strung from the whipping post on the Plymouth quayside when he caught the eye of the charismatic sea captain Francis Drake, who agreed to accept Perry among his crew despite the stripes of a thief on his back.

Soon England was receding in their wake and Perry was serving an unsavory collection of sea dogs as the small fleet of fragile wood ships sailed across the deep brine. Their destination was secret, known to Drake alone. Few sailors believed the public avowal that the expedition was headed for Alexandria to trade in currants. Some men suspected Drake planned a raid across Panama to attack the Spanish in the Pacific. Others were sure the real plan was to round the Cape of Storms to break the Portuguese monopoly of the spice trade. The only thing Perry knew for certain was that they were bound for danger and that he must live by his wits if he were to survive serving at Drake’s command.


Meet Joe Black visits The Wonder Years in the true story of DOG WATER FREE. It chronicles a journey by a boy named Mikee, whose coming-of-age search for emotional truth lands a dumbstruck orphan from the unlikely side of Detroit front and center before icons of culture who have shaped the mindsets of nations: England’s Queen Elizabeth; America’s Maestro Leonard Bernstein; the first non-Italian Pontiff in more than 400 years, John Paul II; and a young college co-ed who would become the first woman in history to be elected to lead an Islamic nation, Benazir Bhutto.

A family saga at its core, DOG WATER FREE is an uplifting story of discovery that will appeal to fans of The Glass Castle andAngela’s Ashes as it pulls back the curtain on adolescent bewilderment while celebrating a remarkable hero in the person of an ordinary mom who is thrust into an extraordinary situation, the likes of which few could imagine. Mikee is eleven when his world turns upside down as his mom shares news from her doctor.
She has a year to prepare her family for her death.

Her passing will leave the man she loves and the four children she cherishes alone to fend for themselves.

“At least you’ll always have your dad,” she comforts.

Still on her mission fifteen months later, her focus heightens when her husband drops dead. With that, Mikee’s improbable coming-of-age adventure begins.


When Rowdy Murphy’s husband, Mark, abandons her for a younger woman, leaving behind a dog that Rowdy hates, never wanted, and vowed she’d never walk, feed, bathe, or poop scoop, she is livid. But the divorce, Mark’s new family, and breast cancer forge an unlikely friendship between Rowdy and the much-reviled dog, Nick Nack. LESSONS I LEARNED FROM NICK NACK is the story of one woman’s journey through anger, loneliness, pain, and fear and her ultimate surrender to the power of unconditional love.


There is a need in the child to read and learn of his psychological well-being through literature of another child, one who experiences the same growing pain to achieve self esteem. That beautiful mystery that educates the child is often gained only when he reads and reflects upon that which another child experiences.

I wanted to create a novel to fulfill the adolescent male readers need for a story that relates to the development of the male concept and help encourage boys to read. Hence, my middle-grade novel NORTHERN ADVENTURE for ages 9-12 was born.

NORTHERN ADVENTURE is told from the two-boy main characters viewpoint. It weaves their relationship and growth to each other, sharing their dependency on one another in the adventures they live with; nature, animals and family.

The story is approached thoughtfully, with colorful anecdotes and humor, depicting the detail of family life as lived on a Wisconsin farm in 1950; and, there’s just enough action, fun, surprise, drama and emotion to keep you reading through all 16- chapters.

Mike left the big city life of Chicago during the summer of 1950 to spend one year with his cousin Rich on his family farm at Lake Mentaka, Wisconsin. Anxious to discover their environment with Rich’s dog Prince, they barely escape death on Whale Island, are chased by a bear, dynamite a runway, and are accidently buried alive during a treasure dig. Alarming situations unfold and the boys grow strong through fun and responsibility. Courage and maturity develop after experiencing some harsh realities of life. A bond of caring and survival is shared among family and friends, proving that love and friendship are the most important things in life.

Young girls and adults are enjoying these adventures also. Adults who grew up in the mid-west or raised on a farm during the 1940’s find it reminiscing.


After her mother dies in a car accident, teenager Emily Hamilton moves to the Eastern Shore of Maryland with her father who has accepted a job as a lawyer with a small law firm. Emily feels responsible for her mother’s death. Her relationship with her father is very strained and she is having a hard time dealing with her emotions. Everything starts to change for Emily after she rescues an injured chicken, left for dead, from a factory farm near her new home. With the help of new friends, neighbors and a kind veterinarian, Emily begins to heal and her life finds new meaning.

It’s an unforgettable sight: innovation expert Maureen Clemmons can lift and “fly” massive stones, some of them weighing sixteen tons, with little more than a steady wind and a good kite. But did the ancient Egyptians do the same thing when hoisting immense pyramid stones? Egyptologists say no. Clemmons, backed by a decade of field tests and a Caltech aeronautics team, isn’t so certain– especially when the Egyptologists make it clear they are unwilling to consider evidence from anyone outside their insular field. Buoyed by a tremendous groundswell of grassroots support, Clemmons’ stunning, block-heaving experiments generate national news coverage, a History Channel documentary, and a mention in engineering textbooks. Audiences from NASA, the American Institute of Architects, and a multitude of universities gather to hear her compelling presentations. In the span of just a few short years, she successfully advances a simple “Eureka!” moment in her California backyard to the halls of academia, and eventually to Egypt’s Giza Plateau, site of the actual pyramids. She also proves an important point: that you don’t need a degree, just an inspired idea and some passion, to be a good scientist.


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