Book Discovery Day! (Wed June 20)

It’s Book Discovery Day! Twice a week we bring you a selection of books that are newly-published, or that have been overlooked.

Every great book was once a hidden gem. Browse through the books below and start your own discovery!


Book Discovery – newly-published and overlooked books!


A Maverick Traveller: Discover the world in the incredible way Kiwi solo traveller Mary Jane Walker first did, on the crew of a Chinese junk bound for France (with 93 images), by Mary Jane Walker
A Maverick Traveller is the first in a series of books by the Kiwi adventurer Mary Jane Walker. A Maverick Traveller begins with an account of an epic voyage on a Chinese junk, followed by Mary Jane’s early life in New Zealand and her later adventures worldwide. Whether she was eating dog unintentionally in Indonesia, meeting the rapper 50 Cent before he was famous at a back-packers, or kicking a US nuclear submarine in New Zealand, it’s all there in A Maverick Traveller, a book filled with Mary Jane’s unique stories and experiences. She has travelled to all corners of the globe: to large cities, rural villages and tiny unknown islands off the coasts of continents.

The junk Mary Jane joined as a b…

You Are Not You: a psychological thriller full of twists, mind games and paranoia, by Simon Rosenberg
If you can’t trust your therapist, who can you trust?

“You are not your thoughts.
You are not your past or your future.
You are only your body and this moment right now.”

This is the mantra that therapist Roberta Klein teaches her clients. It is supposed to be reassuring. It is supposed to centre them and keep them in the present. But what if it means something else?

Sam thinks it might. He can’t work out why Roberta is so against his relationship with his new girlfriend Nina. And his therapy sessions are becoming increasingly uncomfortable. It’s like Roberta needs him somehow. Shouldn’t it be the other way around?

And that’s when he begins to notice h…

The Haunting of Riley Watson: A Haunted House Mystery- Book 0, by Alexandria Clarke
When Lucia Star, a fake psychic and desperate for cash, takes a job at a ski lodge in the mountains of Vermont, she ends up in the middle of a real-life haunting. Soon, the ghosts are out in full force, and Lucia is stunned to discover she’s one of only two people who can communicate with them. Can Lucia give the spirits what they want?…
The Fashion Designer (Free Preview), by Nancy Moser

The American Dream thrives in 1912 New York City

Annie Wood, the housemaid-turned-pattern designer in The Pattern Artist, jumps at the chance to design her own clothing line when a wealthy New York couple offers to finance her endeavor. Joining the project is Annie’s new husband, Sean Culver, her best friend at Butterick, Maude Nascato, and a mother figure, Edna Holmquist.

Annie and her colleagues give up their careers, risking everything to follow a shared passion: clothes that are both fashionable and functional for modern, busy women in 1912.

Personal and financial setbacks test old relationships and new romances while threatening to keep the bus…

The Innkeeper’s Daughter (Free Preview), by Michelle Griep

A London officer goes undercover to expose a plot against the Crown

Dover, England, 1808: Officer Alexander Moore goes undercover as a gambling gentleman to expose a high-stakes plot against the king—and he’s a master of disguise, for Johanna Langley believes him to be quite the rogue. . .until she can no longer fight against his unrelenting charm.

All Johanna wants is to keep the family inn afloat, but when the rent and the hearth payment are due at the same time, where will she find the extra funds? If she doesn’t come up with the money, there will be nowhere to go other than the workhouse—where she’ll be separated from her ailing mother and ten-year-old…

Flock To Your Poison, by Ellan Lir Aldryc
‘Annihilation Meets The Magicians’ – Explore a Research Institute in the Future Where Nothing is as it Seems

Alchemists. Psychics. Paranormal researchers pushing new horizons. Four friends under immense pressure to please their mentors. And then – a nightmarish disaster that threatens their reputation, livelihood, and thousands of lives. Will they rise to the challenge when no one else can? Welcome to the 24th Century. Welcome to the Sight Institute.

Listen, and we’ll tell you tales about the Five Philosophers, and the institution that’s been looking for ways to prove the impossible. Acquaint yourself with its enemies and unwanted friends. Pick your favourites, whether they’re the broody alchemists, th…

The King’s Gambit (The Vault Guardian Book 1), by Thom L. Matthews
It has been centuries since Earth’s societies crumbled, leaving the planet a nearly barren wasteland. Since then, the remnants of humanity have slowly rebuilt isolated civilizations with new cultures and ideas, all seemingly unaware of how the world ended. It is a world ravaged by war, illness, and famine. To Benedict Limmetrad, the outcast son of Freztad’s former chief, that world is about to get much bigger. When the mysterious forces of a faraway land capture a beloved member of his village, Ben embarks on a quest to bring her home-only to discover that the world is far more dangerous and mysterious than he had once thought. His journey proves perilous, and he is faced with death and danger at every turn. Throughout his quest, Ben’s valu…
Harvesting Part 1: A Steampunk Novel Serial with Magic and Dragons (Secicao Blight), by Chris Behrsin
A fast-paced tale of dragons, airships and an intoxicating drug called secicao.

In a world of airships and automatons, Pontopa Wells and her dragon Velos are the leading producers of the superpowered caffeine-like drug, secicao, in the Five Hamlets.

When Faso Gordoni, an incredibly arrogant entrepreneur, enters Pontopa’s life, her world is sent topsy-turvy as she now has a new competitor in town. She despises Faso for the fact he uses automatons for his secicao refinement process since automatons also killed dragons in the Dragonheat man vs. dragon wars. Things get worse still when King Cini III orders the pair to work together to make the best secicao in the world.


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