Subject: Best indie books for this week

Below are this week's recommendations of best-selling and award-winning indie & small press books.
LibraryBub Books April 21
Death of a Diva: From Berlin to Broadway
by Brigitte Goldstein 

An internationally renowned star of screen and stage is found murdered at a Broadway theater in the summer of 1941. The investigation traces her life from humble beginnings in a Viennese Jewish ghetto to the pinnacle of stardom in pre-Nazi Berlin theater and cinema and ultimately to the émigré haven of New York. 

The sensational trial of an accused suspect takes on a whirlwind tour of European culture and political intrigue in the Interwar period with more twist and turns than the itinerary of the refugees from the Nazi regime. A riveting noir who-done-it mystery that keeps the reader mesmerized to the surprise ending.

An interesting and intriguing read. Difficult to put down once started; and featuring a nice merry-go-round of 'who done it' character possibilities. Charline Ratcliff, Feathered Quill Book Reviews

Honors: Readers' Favorite Gold Medal, historical mystery; Feathered Quill Book Awards Silver Medal, historical mystery; Winner of Beverly Hills Book Awards,  crime fiction; IPPY Bronze Medal, mystery/cozy/noir; 2015 Eric Hoffer Awards Finalist.

Category: Mystery

The Elixir of Freedom
by M R Neer

The Elixir of Freedom is in the new category of Visionary Fiction, which uses story to paint a vision of a better future. The journey of the novel's heroes mirrors our own quest to find real solutions to doubt, fear, bad habits, and even the pressure of time. 

The Elixir of Freedom depicts a powerful experience of light that transforms the characters and their world. Like other Visionary Fiction books, such as The Chronicles of Narnia, A Wrinkle in Time, Jonathan Livingston Seagull, and The Alchemist, it reflects universal human values that stretch us and connect us to something more.

Author M.R. Neer has a vision of the future and it is a beautiful picture. As Ravi goes on a quest to find the light that will transform his world, we are reminded of all the quests that we have to go on throughout our very own lives. —Maria Beltran of Readers' Favorite

Honors: Readers' Favorite Five Stars.

Category: Metaphysical & Visionary 

Garage Band: Nothing to do with Music. Everything to do with Getting Even 
by Adam Rabinowitz 

Lanthus Trilby lived an ordinary life, in an ordinary house with an ordinary family. But all that changed when he was retrenched without warning.

One night in a bar after a lot of alcohol, determined on getting even with the company he had served loyally for seventeen years, Lanthus hatches a grand plan for revenge.

He assembles an unlikely team of skilled experts to pull off the most daring hostage situation the world has ever seen.

Category: Humor

Alf The Workshop Dog
by Emma Calin

How could a scruffy dog in a bus depot and the call of crows, link back to another world of power and love? 

The ancient Kingdom of Zanubia holds the secret. A wicked king, a brave girl, a young prince and the struggle between right and wrong maintain the fable tradition. 

The first in a brand new series of modern day fairy stories for younger middle grade readers. This chapter book is enjoyed by girls and boys alike. The animé style drawings and links to original music, video and additional materials enrich the reading experience and bring Alf to life.

Honors: Amazon best-seller.

Category: Children's Chapter Book

123 Count With Me: Fun With Numbers and Animals 
by Sybrina Durant 

There are hundreds or maybe even thousands of counting books out there. They all teach 1 through 10 but few count back again. The whimsical illustrations by Parbbonni will delight parents and children with their Old World charm and joyful images. Every number in the book is associated with an adorable little child and sweet cuddly animals. Even the lizards look warm and swishy. 

The author, Sybrina Durant is also a lyricist who's melodic verse will have everyone gleefully singing along as the pages are turned. 

An adorable educational book for children that introduces them to counting up to ten and back with the help of some delightful illustrations. —Mamta Madhavan of Readers' Favorite

Honors: Readers' Favorite Five Stars.

Category: Children's Book

In case you missed last week's books, here they are again:
Parachute Girls: A WWII Love Story 
by Jenny Hammerle

Soar with the Mighty Eighth Air Force over the streets of Manchester and get swept away in this wartime romance.

Air raids, tragedy, and loss set the stage for love. Young Kay learns to live life to its fullest—embracing every precious moment. 

American pilot, Ray, enlists and plunges headlong into the war effort. A note, found in a parachute, brings the two together and thus begins a romance so lasting and true it turns despair into joy. 

Parachute Girls details Kay’s incredible journey through war and love in an unforgettable tale of loyalty, romance, and heroism. Based on a true story.

Jenny Hammerle has done a wonderful job of developing characters and a storyline that readers will truly fall in love with. Parachute Girls is a sweet and delightful love story, and one that had me turning the pages from the very beginningTracy A. Fischer of Readers' Favorite

Honors: Readers' Favorite Five Stars; Amazon best-seller.

Category: Historical Romance

Isabella and the Tale of the Unanswered Question 
by Linda Whittaker 

An unnamed woman is brutalized in a vicious urban attack and slips into a coma. While those around her struggle with one reality, the woman’s spirit begins a life review of a very different kind. 

Written as a dark fairy tale, the reader follows timid 11-year-old Isabella to the mysterious Lower World where animals speak, a vicious predator stalks her journey and a royal ribbon empowers the wearer to ask one million questions. 

Guided by the raven, Nightwalker, Isabella meets the king who sets before her the task of finding a priceless book that holds the key to the kingdom's fate. Isabella’s journey is one of mystery, magic, terror, and surprising twists and revelations that leaves the reader guessing until the final page.

Undeniably satisfying….A quirky, inventive tale from an author who respects her YA readers with intelligent prose. Kirkus Reviews

Honors: National Indie Excellence Book Award Finalist; Readers' Favorite Five Stars.

Category: Fantasy 

Past Encounters: a novel of WWII
by Davina Blake 

A novel of friendship, hope, and how in the end, it is the small things that enable love to survive.

When Rhoda Middleton opens one of her husband's letters, she's sure he's having an affair. Rhoda tracks down the mysterious woman, but is astonished to find out that she’s the wife of her husband's best friend, Archie Foster. There's only one problem - Rhoda's never even heard of Archie Foster. Rhoda's search for the truth leads her back to 1945, from the atmospheric filming of 'Brief Encounter', to the extraordinary Great March of prisoners of war through snow-bound Germany. 

'Past Encounters' is a beautifully written and thought-provoking story, an imaginative and emotive way to celebrate a fascinating slice of history. —Lancashire Evening Post

Honors: Indie B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree;  #1 Amazon best-seller in Literature & Fiction, Historical Fiction, German.

Category: Literary Fiction

Polarity in Motion
by Brenda Vicars 

Fifteen-year-old Polarity Weeks just wants to live a normal life, but with a mother diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, that’s rarely easy. Her life gets exponentially more disastrous when her sixth-period history classmates start ogling a nude picture of her on the Internet. Polarity would never have struck such a shameless pose, but the photo is definitely of her, and she’s at a complete loss to explain its existence.

Surrounded by disbelief and derision on all sides—even from the boy she was crushing on—Polarity desperately seeks the truth among her friends. Only then does she learn that everyone has dark secrets, and no one’s life is anywhere near normal.


A dazzling, richly textured YA debut. Kirkus Reviews

Honors: 100+ five star reviews on Amazon.

Category: Social & Family Issues

How to Destroy the New Girl's Killer Robot Army 
by Mick Bogerman

When Savannah comes to town she ruins everything for Mick. Worst of the worst, his little brother has a crush on her. Devising a plan to get her kicked out of school and moved out of Beachwood is simple. Dealing with Savannah's mind-blowing revenge is Mick's most challenging adventure yet.

Join Mick as he thwarts insidious traps and deadly weaponry, fighting against the most cunning of enemies. Catastrophe looms for all of Beachwood unless Mick can put aside his pride, join forces with his rival, and destroy the new girl's killer robot army. 


It's clean, it's cute, it's a good read for young boys, but I think girls can enjoy the series just as much . . . I love the Slug Pie collection and can't wait for the next installation. It's a great way to introduce my kids to the same love of books that I have enjoyed throughout my entire life. —Jesse Larsen, for Luxury Reading

Honors: Indie B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree; Selected by San Francisco Book Review as one of their "Tweens Must-Read New-Release Books".

Category: Science Fiction

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