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 26
Journey to the Center of the Mirth 
by Leonard Ryzman  

A brief, practical guide to getting more humor into your life. Use humor as a strategy for living. It will ensure that you can enjoy its benefits. Notice more humor in the same situations of your life. And learn to create your own humor.

There is also a section for presenters - speakers, trainers, lecturers,teachers and anyone who not only wants to find or create humor, but develop and use it in formal presentations. This book looks at how to maximize its effectiveness, and is especially suitable for those who enjoy getting practical advice from a very quick read.

An interesting and thought-provoking book about the advantages of humor, and how important it is in forming and maintaining relationships, and in broaching sensitive topics.Valerie Rouse for Readers' Favorite

Deadly Homecoming at Rosemont
by Connie Chappell 

Ancient Egyptian antiquities are stolen from Eastwood University the night before budding historian Wrenn Grayson stumbles on the locked-door murder committed in the old Rosemont mansion. Solving this double mystery places Wrenn and her stubborn one-woman approach directly in the killer’s path.

This straightforward, intelligent, and detailed mystery is a real winner!
Katelyn Hensel for Readers' Favorite


Honors: Readers' Favorite Five Stars.

Category: Mystery

Box 598 
by Joe Corso  

October 17, 1966 was one of the darkest days in the history of the F.D.N.Y. On that day, twelve members of the New York City Fire Department were killed in the line of duty. 

The following account is one man’s personal experience on that tragic day: the mixed emotions that bombarded him, the final crushing realization that twelve of his brother firefighters had died, and that every man’s life is irrevocably tied to another’s.

The range of emotions that flip through the author's mind while being part of the tragedy are effectively conveyed. Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Honors: 2013 Readers' Favorite Bronze Medal.

Category: Historical Non-Fiction.

The Descendant (Guardians of the Worlds) 
by Ally Capraro

Possessed villains. Intriguing guardians. Multiple worlds.

Ava Davenport thinks she’s just a regular girl. Little does she know, she is the descendant and the key to the evil Xemlix plan of enslaving Earth, but the Lapo guardians are watching.

Lose yourself in this out-of-this world fantasy romance!

Ally Capraro does an absolutely stellar job of telling this breathtaking […] story. She very cleverly integrates fantasy, science fiction, and paranormal into a romantic adventure to make this compelling tale leap right out of its pages. —Stephen Fisher of Readers’ Favorite

Honors: Readers' Favorite Five Stars.

Category: Fantasy Romance


Outlining Your Novel Workbook: Step-by-Step Exercises for Planning Your Best Book 
by K. M. Weiland 

Writers often look upon outlines with fear and trembling. But when properly understood and correctly wielded, the outline is one of the most powerful weapons in a writer’s arsenal. Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success will help you choose the right type of outline for you, guide you in brainstorming plot ideas, aid you in discovering your characters, show you how to structure your scenes, explain how to format your finished outline, instruct you in how to use your outline when writing the first draft, reveal the benefits of outlining, and dispel the misconceptions.

Honors: Amazon Best-seller in Writing Skills.

Category: Writing Skills
In case you missed the books featured in the last newsletter, here they are again:
The Other Woman's Affair: Gambling Your Heart & Reclaiming Your Life When Your Partner is Married
by Paul DePompo 

Falling in love with a married person can be one of life’s most painful experiences. 

The first of their kind, these authors are clinical pioneers in the “other” side of infidelity. They provide sage advice from their clinical research and expertise to guide you with insights and concrete tools as you learn: 
1) How you got yourself into this situation; 
2) To make educated decisions about whether you should stay or go; 
3) To manage the difficult emotions that come with this relationship; 
4) How to be your best self, giving the relationship the best chance for success; 
5) Ways to develop a fulfilled, reclaimed life regardless of how this relationship turns out. 

With useful exercises, this book can help anyone struggling in a relationship with a married partner.

It's a well done project on an important topic. —Touchstone / Simon &Schuster,Michelle Howry, Senior Editor

Category: Self Help

Butterfly Messages
by Jamie Elizabeth Tingen 

Magnolia Gardner is crippled with reminiscences of her first love, Ashton Lee Johnson as she packs for her high school reunion. 
Stumbling upon an old photo reawakens heartbreak, forcing her to relive the bizarre events that fateful day on Sugar Mountain 40 years earlier. 

Butterfly Messages is brimming with mystery, turmoil and passion while seasoned with tidbits of southern wisdom.

A growing number of people who have reconnected with former sweethearts after the death or divorce of a spouse makes this book especially timely and appealing.

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


"Butterfly Messages" is a riveting and thoughtful read that should not be overlooked. —The Midwest Book Review 

Honors: Readers' Favorite Finalist in Womens' Fiction; 2012 USA Best Book Award Finalist; National Indie Excellence Award Finalist; Great Southeast Book Festival Honorable Mention.

Category: Women's Fiction

Getaway Day
by Ken White  

What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others is, and remains, immortal.

Mikey Wright is a normal 13-year-old. With normal problems. Until the day he finds out his dad has cancer.

Getaway Day chronicles Mikey's odyssey to save his father's life and learn the meaning of his own. His journey to help his father takes him from the safety and security of his home town of Modesto, California, to Anaheim, Chicago, and back down Route 66. Along the way, some ordinary and extraordinary folks help him discover more about life, growing up, and family than he ever imagined.

Ken White has created a fine read which comfortably takes its place amidst that most honored of American genres: Baseball as Metaphor for the Meaning of Life. Well done. San Francisco Book Review

Honors: Reader's Favorite Five Stars.

Category: Coming of Age

Contrition (The Perception Trilogy )
by Lee Strauss 

Zoe, Noah and the other plane crash survivors are stranded in the Arizona desert. They all have secrets, and reasons to hide.
But they’re not alone. Cyborg soldiers. War. Humans and humanoids. 

Who can be trusted? 

Zoe’s life is in danger. Noah must make an impossible choice.
Will their love survive their brokenness? Will the world as they know it end before they can find out?


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

Category: Science Fiction

Witness to Greatness  
by Obi Nwasokwa  

It is the very stuff of legend. A man from the bottom of the American caste emerges, captures the nation’s imagination and gets elected president, the first non-white ever to lead an overwhelmingly white nation. 

Seismic, epic and biblical, Obama’s story is an improbable tale of the rejected stone as cornerstone – of Moses as pharaoh. 

Notwithstanding that his political foes waged “a cold uncivil civil war” against him, Obama's achievements are impressive, even historic. Citing the historic majesty of his many achievements including saving a moribund economy and legitimizing American democracy, the author argues that Obama is a great president.

A powerful and insightful commentary on the American current reality. Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite

Honors: Reader's Favorite Five Stars.

Category: Politics & Government

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