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 June 16
Good Sam
by Dete Meserve 

When Los Angeles TV news reporter Kate Bradley is assigned to cover a story about ten people who have each found $100,000 in cash on their front porch she sets out to find the identity of the anonymous Good Samaritan, dubbed Good Sam, who is behind it all.

As interest in the extraordinary gifts sweeps across the country, Kate finds the elusive Good Sam and her exclusive interview with him thrusts her into the national spotlight. Even as his message captivates viewers and wins ratings, Kate suspects he may not be all he claims to be and that the real Good Sam is still out there.

Searching for answers, Kate unravels the powerful and unexpected reason behind the mysterious cash gifts and the true identity of Good Sam becomes the biggest surprise story of her career, turning her personal and professional life upside down.

In her debut novel, Meserve writes a fast-paced mystery/romance that's well grounded in the nitty-gritty details of local TV news...a solid feel-good romance sparked with mystery. —Kirkus Reviews

Honors: 2015 National Indie Excellence Award Winner (Romance); 2015 Independent Author Network Outstanding Romance Novel Award; 2015 Florida Authors and Publishers Association President's Book Awards Gold Medal (Fiction); Readers' Favorite Gold Medal Award (Women's Fiction).

Category: Romantic Mystery

In the Eyes of Madness (Declan Peters Chronicles Book 1)
by Michael Pang  

A grip on one's sanity ...
A discovery of demonic warfare ...
The beginnings of an exorcist.

A near tragic incident at the hands of his psychotic mother left Declan Peters alone and with so many questions.

Years later, Declan is determined to find a way to be closer to his mother and takes a job at the institution where she's being held. That fateful decision will be the impetus for a chain of events so terrifying that Declan will question his own grasp on reality.

What he finds will be more horrifying than anything he's ever experienced and more dangerous than anything he's yet known. In a place, rife with demonic possession and sadistic beings, will Declan finally be able to find the answers he's longed for before its too late or will he succumb to the evil forces that inhabit the institution and all who live there?

Readers will be treated to a highly original book that will keep them obsessively turning the pages from the very first words all the way through to the last. Chris Fischer for Readers' Favorite

Honors: Reader's Favorite Five Stars.

Category: Religious & Inspirational Fiction

Storm of Arranon (Volume 1)
by R E Sheahan 

A forbidden birth. A remarkable young woman. A marauding alien society. The battle begins.

A brutal alien society invades Korin and Arranon to destroy the two worlds that make up Cadet Erynn Yager's home. Forced to expose her abilities and reveal her forbidden birth, a guarded web of secrets unravels.

On an unfamiliar planet of eternal winter and predatory wildlife, the mysterious living consciousness of Arranon intervenes, leading Erynn on a mystical journey. 
 
Swept into a chain reaction of events, Erynn's dedication extends far beyond service and duty. Erynn finds something unexpected on her journey of awareness, growth and love.

A quick paced, exciting read that begs for the pages to be turned. Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite

Honors: 2013 Honorable Mention in Writer's Digest's Self-Published Book Awards for MG/YA

Category: Fantasy

Black Snow
by Larry Vick

Black Snow, set in 1950s East New York, Brooklyn is a young adult story about a seven year old scholar named Aaron who has a secret family past that brings him anguish and ridicule. He almost succumbs to his torment but discovers a kindred spirit who shows him a way forward. 

Black Snow will also seduce older readers who have an interest in learning how seemingly insurmountable racial and cultural barriers can be overcome with courage, love, and friendship.

I was instantly caught up in his story and found myself profoundly moved by the tale that unfolds. Vick's writing is spare and elegant, and his characters are sharply drawn, complex and very human. —Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Honors: Readers' Favorite Five Stars.

Category: Family Life

The Reckoning (Ancient Guardians)
by S.L. Morgan

A menacing, dark force looms in the background, and he will stop at nothing until he possesses the one thing that will give him ultimate power: the stone.
 
The greatest threat the Guardians have ever known has entered Earth’s the galaxy, and the Guardians must stop at nothing to capture and destroy him. With Levi’s memory loss and a malevolent being that is constantly one step ahead of the skilled Guardians, the fate of Earth, all dimensions and their inhabitants are hanging in the balance. 

In this gripping final installment of the multi-award winning novel series, Ancient Guardians, readers will be immersed in every page as a whirlwind of events take place leaving the Guardians no other choice but to trust the one person they have vowed to protect for generations:
The Key. 
Will Reece and the Guardians be defeated by the greatest enemy they have ever faced?

S.L. Morgan is an extremely talented storyteller, and she has become my new favorite author. —Readers' Favorite

Honors: Multi-award-winning and best-selling series.

Category: Epic Fantasy

In case you missed the books featured in the last newsletter, here they are again:
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 for 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
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