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Fall Editors' Picks

Sifting through catalogs and websites, listening to podcasts and Internet chatter, reading blurbs, and more, our staff searched for the big titles of fall.

      

LJ Talks to First Novelist Rachel Heng | Debut Spotlight

Rachel Heng's Suicide Club offers a riveting contemplation on what it means to live. Here the author talks about turning the complexities of life and death into a literary dystopia.

      

A Coming-of-Age Summer | SELF-esteem

For many young people, summer is a time of freedom and a chance for a bit of adventure—or sometimes, love. Here are some SELF-e Select titles featuring teens who could write quite the essay about how they spent their vacations.

      

L. Penelope Launches New Series with Major Publisher | Debut Spotlight

L. Penelope’s Song of Blood & Stone, winner of the 2016 Black Caucus of the American Library Association Self-Publishing Award and the first book in the author’s “Earthsinger Chronicles” series, finds a new home with publisher St. Martin’s.

      

Love Between the Covers | SELF-esteem

Valentine's Day means love is in the air again. Readers wishing to spend the holiday swept up in a romance or to live vicariously through literary lovers should look no further than these SELF-e titles.

      

Q&A: K.B. Owen | SELE-e Circs: The Top Ten Titles in SELF-e Select

K.B. Owen’s novel Dangerous and Unseemly won the 2015 Indie Ebook Awards Best Mystery. The first book in the “Concordia Wells” series, it sees the titular series character pulled into a whodunit after a family member dies and a friend is attacked.

      

Indie Ebook Winners Talk Royal Intrigue | SELF-esteem

This year marked the introduction of an overall honoree in LJ’s Indie Ebook Awards. In addition to winning in the romance category, Erin McRae and Racheline Maltese’s A Queen from the North deservedly snagged the title of Best Indie Ebook of the Year. An alternative British history where the Yorks and Lancasters never stopped fighting, it tells the tale of a political marriage between Prince Arthur and Lady Amelia Brockett—with a touch of magic and an absorbing slow-burn romance. Here, the authors go into depth about the book’s origins, their tag-team writing process, and being successful in self-publishing.

      

Indie Ebook Award Winners 2017

The third annual LJ Indie Ebook Awards has now come to a close. Committees of librarians—plus the authors of some of last year’s winners—volunteered their time to evaluate hundreds of submissions and determine the best ebooks self-publishing has to offer in Sf/Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, and YA. These books—and many others—can be found in SELF-e, a subscription-based digital discovery platform for indie fiction. Congratulations to all of the honorees, including our first-ever overall winner.

      

Q&A: Cecilia Gray | SELF-e Circs: The Top Ten Most Read Titles in SELF-e Select

In her “Jane Austen Academy” series, Cecilia Gray reimagines the author’s beloved characters and gathered them all into the same boarding school. Lizzie Egmont, counterpart to Austen’s Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice, stars in the series’ first novel, Fall for You, crusading against the school’s new coed policy and butting heads with the supposedly snobbish Dante Braxton.

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