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 July 7
The Ohana 
by CW Schutter

A child is dying. Her life depends on an explosive secret her grandmother has kept from their Ohana (family). As Mary Han wrestles with the toxic revelations, she must finally face the past she fought so hard to forget. A secret that opens windows to an emotionally powerful saga that reveals three generations of Hawaii's multi-ethnic Asian families.

Shadowy pasts, buried resentments, and painful memories converge into a melting pot of assumptions and potentially violent confrontations when the immigrants meet in the sugar cane fields of Kohala, Hawaii where a savage, unthinkable crime and a failed strike draw the three families together in an uneasy alliance.

Honors: Golden Scroll 1st Place Winner, Amazon best-seller.

Category: Japanese Historical Fiction
The Healer
by C. J. Anaya   

A girl, a prophecy, and two warring gods equals destiny.

Hope hides a dangerous secret; a gift powerful enough to heal the breach between the living and the dead. 

With two warring gods vying for her love, and a fallen deity determined to take her for his own evil purposes, she must either accept her destiny or take matters into her own hands.

The Healer is an excellent example of Fabulism/Magical realism, combining myths and fables from the Japanese culture, as well as touching on a few others. C.J. Anaya has an excellent writer’s voice and sets a brilliant pace. K.J. Simmill for Readers’ Favorite

Honors: Readers Favorite Five Stars, Amazon best-seller.

Category: Fantasy

The Girl with the Chicken-House Pony 
by Doris Anderson 

Twelve-year-old Annie Thompson used to be friendly and cheerful. She loved her home in Southern California, and she loved school.

Now Annie has a secret. When she was nine, an older boy named Lonny molested her more than once, threatening to kill her and her parents if she told. Annie is withdrawn, suspicious, and depressed.  

Then Precious, a six-year-old brown-and-white Welsh pony appears in Annie's life. The pony, too, despite the neglect it has received, is a survivor. Together, Annie and Precious embark on a journey that takes them both to a better place. 

It not only brings awareness of the importance of making [...] children feel safe and protected, but also teaches [...] that [...] horrific experiences need to be discussed with somebody they trust. —Rosie Malezer for Readers’ Favorite

Honors: Readers' Favorite Five Stars.

Category: Children's Literature


97: Rise of the Battle Bred
by V. L. Holt  

Jane’s ordered world changes when a new boy moves in just a few doors down. William McLeod isn’t your typical senior. He has the build of an MMA fighter, the skills of a parkour expert, and can quote Jane Austen’s fiction no problem. He’s also pretty evasive when it comes to the simplest of questions. 

Where is he from? What does his dad do? Why does he keep following Jane around like a puppy dog in training? There is that other thing too. The thing where he keeps dying in battle and resurrecting! William descends from an ancient Warrior race, created to be invincible in battle. It’s kind of a secret, until he’s faced with a life or death situation involving the cute girl he just met..

Category: Paranormal Romance

Jesus (Yeshua) is a Worm...and a Snake Too, Among Other Things
by Kendall T. Shoulders  

Jesus made many bold claims about himself throughout scripture. The boldest being that he is the Son of God. This primary claim alienates many around the world. 

Of the many claims that Jesus made, one stands out as being the most obscure but intriguing characteristics in scripture. Jesus called himself a "worm." How can a man who claims to be equal with God also make himself equivalent to a worm? 

If this is true, what does it mean for all of those who believe in him? What does it mean for all of those who do not?

This has been the single best read on the various aspects of the Bible that lay people need help with to understand and appreciate. —Dr. Oliva Dsouza for Readers' Favorite

Honors: Readers' Favorite Five Stars.

Category: Bible Study

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

We trust that your readers will enjoy our hand-picked selection.

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