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 May 5
Lorehnin: A Novel of the Otherworld 
by Jenna Elizabeth Johnson 

Robyn Dunbarre has a plan. It may not be the perfect plan, but it is a good one nonetheless. Two years out of high school, and at the start of her sophomore year in college, Robyn is working her way toward a business degree with the hopes of someday managing the Green Tea Leaf, a local café in the bustling town of San Luis Obispo. What Robyn hadn’t planned on, however, was getting caught up in the business of the Otherworld. 

When a young man from Eilé saves her from the unwanted attention of a local demonic gang, Robyn learns that there are some things in life that she has absolutely no control over.

A great novel if you like to read paranormal romance with a steamy hero and a savvy female protagonist. -—Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

Honors: 2014 New Apple Book Awards Winner, YA; 2015 Readers' Favorite Silver Medal, YA Paranormal.

Category: Paranormal Romance

Dina's Lost Tribe 
by Brigitte Goldstein 

Dina's Lost Tribe is a historical novel with a core story set in medieval France and a frame story set at various stages of the 20th century. The narrative intertwines the lives of two Jewish women living 700 years apart. 

In her search for her mystical place in the Pyrenees where she was born as her parents where fleeing Nazi persecution, an American historian stumbles upon an isolated mountaintop utopia arrested in time. What she finds there is not only love but a mysterious codex written in Hebrew letters. Engaging the help of a fellow scholar, she deciphers the writing which opens up the passionate world of a medieval Jewess, who calls herself Dina and lived at the time of the expulsion of the Jews from the kingdom of France in 1306 when she is defiled by a local priest and as a result abandoned by her family.

Goldstein shows a talent for making historical events feel relevant and alive. [Her] prose is aesthetically pleasing and intellectually satisfying. Readers who appreciate historical fiction will find much to like. —Kirkus Reviews

Honors: Readers' Favorite Gold Medal

Category: Historical Fiction

Huntress Moon
by Alexandra Sokoloff 

Book 1 in Alexandra Sokoloff’s thriller award-nominated Huntress series.

FBI Special Agent Roarke witnesses an undercover member of his team killed right in front of him on a busy San Francisco street, an accident Roarke can’t believe is coincidental. His suspicions put him on the trail of a mysterious young woman who was present at each scene of a years-long string of “accidents” and murders, and who may well be that most rare of killers… a female serial.

His hunt for her will take him across three states, and force him to question everything he knows about evil and justice.

This interstate manhunt has plenty of thrills… Sokoloff keeps the drama taut and the pages flying. —Kirkus Reviews

Honors: Anthony and Bram Stoker Award nominee; Thriller Award nominee; Voice Arts Award Winner for Best Audiobook Narration; Amazon best-seller.

Category: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

SHOT DOWN: The true story of pilot Howard Snyder and the crew of the B-17 Susan Ruth 
by Steve Snyder 

Set within the framework of World War II in Europe, SHOT DOWN recounts the dramatic experiences of each member of a ten man B-17 bomber crew after their plane, piloted by the author's father, was knocked out of the sky by German fighters over the French/Belgium border in 1944. Some men died. Some were captured and became prisoners of war. Some evaded the Germans for awhile but were betrayed, captured, and shot. Some men evaded capture and were missing in action for seven months before being liberated by the U.S. Army. Their individual stories and those of the courageous Belgian people who risked their lives to help them are all different and are all remarkable.

A great introduction to the history of the U.S. air war in Europe, humanized by the experience of a single bomber crew. —Publishers Weekly

Honors: 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards - Winner Military;
2015 International Book Awards - Winner History: General;
2015 Readers' Favorite Book Awards - Gold Medal Winner Non-Fiction Historical;
2015 Kindle Book Awards - Finalist Non-Fiction;
2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards - Finalist Historical Non-fiction;
2015 Independent Publisher Book Awards - Silver Medalist History (U.S.);
2015 Independent Author Network (IAN) Book of the Year Awards - Outstanding Non-Fiction (General);
2015 Independent Author Network (IAN) Book of the Year Awards - Second Place Winner;
2015 NABE Spring Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards - Best Books Military;
2015 Nonfiction Book Awards - Bronze Medal;
2015 eLit Awards - Gold Medal History;
2014 Foreword Reviews' INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards - Finalist War & Military;
2014 USA Best Book Awards - Finalist History: General;
2014 USA Best Book Awards - Finalist History: Military;
2014 Southern California Book Festival - Honorable Mention General Non-Fiction
Amazon Best-seller.

Category: Military History

Volition
by Lee Strauss 

Zoe Vanderveen is on the run with her captor turned rescuer, Noah Brody. They're in love. 

Or at least that’s what he tells her. Her memories have returned but her feelings are dreamlike—thin and fleeting. Her heart can’t be trusted. Just look at what happened with Taylor Blake.

Senator Vanderveen’s new team of cyborg agents are in hot pursuit, and a reward for their capture is broadcast nationwide. Record breaking cold and snow hinder their escape. Someone dies helping them. And their fight for survival has only begun.


Honors: A Library Journal selection; Amazon best-seller.

Category: Science Fiction

In case you missed last week's books, here they are again:
Jodie and the Library Card 
by Julie Hodgson 

Jodie is a time traveler from the year 2075, who has the perfect opportunity to visit any era she wishes. Her love of books caused her to be adventurous and discover many time periods.

When her parents stumble on a stash of books she's been hiding in her room, she must discard them somewhere in the past as books had been banished since 2020.

Jodie and the Library Card allows you to take a futuristic look at advanced technology as well as a glimpse into the past.


[It] offers a unique premise and an engaging protagonist. Kirkus Reviews

Honors: New Apple award.

Category: Time Travel



Life on Base: Quantico Cave  
by Tom & Nancy Wise 

For Stephen, life on base is much like most other children’s. The difference is in the details. Look both ways before crossing a tank path and be sure to check if the spent bullet casings you find in the long-abandoned trenches are actually empty. Sports stop at the sound of the evening trumpet call as he and his friends stand at attention while the flag is retired. 

Quantico Cave is a story of friendship and competition, and when Stephen meets up with a friend he once knew at a previous home station, the contest hits a whole new level.

This book not only does an admirable job of giving readers an insight on military base life for a youth growing up, it also gives an accurate portrayal of life as a kid today. Challenges exist, personalities will clash, and there will always be that one person that tends to resort to bullying to prove that he or she is king/queen of the hill.
Authors Tom and Nancy Wise effectively use this book, while telling a suspenseful story, to show middle grade readers that there are positive ways to handle these situations without sounding preachy or admonishing. —Chanticleer Book Reviews

Honors: 2015 Chanticleer Book Reviews Somerset Award - First Place Contemporary Category; 2015 - Great Midwest Book Festival - Winner Unpublished Category; 2015 - New York Book Festival - Winner Unpublished Category.

Category: Social & Family Issues

Jabberwocky: A Novella
by Theodore Singer 

Inspired by the Lewis Carroll poem, this is the story of a quest by young Astreus to find and slay the monster known as the Jabberwock. It is the simple tale of a journey undertaken by a lone hero through strange places: an island inhabited by immortal aristocrats who play games with love; a city ruled by chess-playing cats; a land where evil has triumphed; a mysterious bridge across the ocean that saps your will to live with strange dreams; the edge of the world; and finally, the house of the Jabberwock itself, where Astreus must discover the true nature of his quest.

Singer's writing is lucent and rich, and his imaginative tale is a sheer delight to read. Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite

Honors: 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards: Winner in the Novella category, Finalist in the Young Adult category.

Category: Fantasy 

Perception (The Perception Trilogy )
by Lee Strauss 

Seventeen year old Zoe Vanderveen is a GAP—a genetically altered person. She lives in the security of a walled city on prime water-front property along side other equally beautiful people with extended life spans.

Her brother Liam is missing.

Noah Brody is a natural who lives on the outside. He leads protests against the GAPs and detests the widening chasm they've created between those who have and those who don't. He doesn't like girls like Zoe and he has good reason not to like her specifically.


Zoe's carefree life takes a traumatic turn. She's in trouble and it turns out that Noah, the last guy on earth she should trust, is the only one who can help her.

Honors: A Library Journal selection; Amazon best-seller.

Category: Science Fiction

I would, but my DAMN MIND won't let me: A teen's guide to controlling their thoughts and feelings
by Jacqui Letran 

Our journey to happiness begins with a belief that happiness is possible. But for many, experiences have shown them that life is unfair, and change is difficult... What if there was a way to create permanent changes quickly and easily? In “I would, but my DAMN MIND won’t let me” author Jacqui Letran, Nurse Practitioner and Teen Confidence Expert, shows teens how to take charge of their mind to overcome obstacles and struggles. In this groundbreaking guide, teens can learn simple yet powerful techniques to challenge their old negative patterns and unleash the power of their mind to create the life they want and deserve.

An engrossing and highly accessible guide for anyone who'd like to understand why they react to stress and stressors the way they do. Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Honors: Literary Classic's Seal of Approval; Reader's Favorite Five Stars.

Category: Being a Teen

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