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 Sept 8
Guardian of the Gauntlet
by Lenita Sheridan 

Sister princesses Mila and Camari fall in love with the same prince.
His name is Denir and he is in possession of a special gauntlet, one that only works if one has faith in a higher power. With this gauntlet, Denir turns Camari invisible. 

When he is called off to war, Camari is left in the predicament of being invisible. She must learn not only to become visible again, but to outwit two wicked characters, a bog witch enchanted into a pigeon and an evil magician. Both connive together to steal the gauntlet.

Lenita Sheridan is an outstanding story teller with a vivid imagination. Dinorah Blackman for Readers' Favorite

Honors: Finalist in the Red City Review Book Awards, Readers' Favorite Five Stars.

Category: Christian > Fantasy

Rio Street Kid Stargazer (Rio Crime Thriller Series) (Volume 1)
by Craig S Wilson 

A gripping, gritty, action-packed crime thriller ripped from today's headlines about the upcoming Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  

When sixteen-year-old Rio street kid Lucas Rocha meets Daniel Burke, a Brazilian-American businessman visiting from Boston and snatches his wallet in an act of desperation, it sets in motion a series of catastrophic events, and the lives of these two strangers become permanently … and dangerously … entangled. 

Facing down Rio’s powerful drug lords, both Lucas and Daniel are hell-bent to beat the odds and make things right. But what is right in a world filled with wrong?

A strongly worded, thrilling tale of despair, murder, and corruption. Patricia Day for Readers' Favorite

Honors: Readers' Favorite Five Stars.

Category: Thrillers & Suspense

Stim
by Kevin Berry

Robert is different. He has Asperger's Syndrome. He experiences the world differently to 99% of the population. 

This is his coming of age journey as he struggles to accept who he really is, tries to understand other people—which he cannot—and find a girlfriend. Especially find a girlfriend—he's decided it's his special project for the year.

 Accompanied by his quirky flatmates, Chloe (who also has Asperger's and mental illness, amongst other things), Stef (who hasn't, but doesn't mind) and their oddly-named kitten, Robert endures a myriad of awkward moments in his quest to meet a nice, normal girl...and not even a major earthquake will stop him.

A very valuable book for readers with Asperger's, but (and perhaps more importantly) those readers who don't understand the mind of a person with Asperger's will have their eyes opened by this book. Extremely well done. —Judge, 22nd Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards 

Honors: Awesome Indies Seal of Excellence; Semifinalist  2015 Kindle Book Review Awards (Literary Fiction).

Category: Literary Humor

The Secret of Heaven (Aiden Leonardo Series Book 1)
by Felix Alexander 

When Lazzaro de Medici is found dead, Professor of Biblical Studies Aiden Leonardo is the prime suspect. He must utilize his knowledge of Scripture to decipher an encrypted letter and find a Lost Bible dating back to the time of Christ. 

Pursued by the FBI, Chicago PD and a secret organization known only as The Group, Aiden races against the clock to expose the secret of heaven. For hidden within the text is an ancient truth about the most controversial message Jesus left to His disciples.

Category: Religious & Inspirational > Mystery

Emoji Adventures, Vol. 1: The Horse Party
by PT Evans, illustrated by Jake Tashjian

Laugh out loud with your favorite emojis as they come to life in this fun, new series. Follow Annie with the constant smile; Kevin, her devilish brother; Billy, poop head and BFF; and Dot, the love-struck jock as they make their way through Emoji Elementary.

In Book #1, Annie desperately wants to get invited to the popular kids' party - will she get an invitation to the horse-themed birthday? And what about her BFF's?

With funny storylines and characters and a picture on every page it's recommended by teachers and librarians for reluctant readers.

A real treasure.Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

Honors: Readers' Favorite Five Stars.

Category: Children's Books > Humor

In case you missed the books featured in the last newsletter, here they are again:
The Last Letter (The Letter Series) (Volume 1)
by Kathleen Shoop 

Katherine wouldn't have believed it if she hadn't found the letter...

In the summer of 1905 Katherine Arthur's mother arrives on her doorstep, dying, forcing her to relive a past she wanted to forget. When Katherine was young, the Arthur family had been affluent city dwellers until shame sent them running for the prairie, into the unknown. Taking her family, including young Katherine, to live off the land was the last thing Jeanie Arthur had wanted, but she would do her best to make a go of it. Now, seventeen years later, and far from the homestead, Katherine has found the truth – she has discovered the last letter.


I was absolutely mesmerized by this moving novel. New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of historical novel, Have No Shame, Melissa Foster

Honors: Independent Publisher Awards: 2011 Gold Medal, Best Regional Fiction-Midwest; National Indie Excellence Book Awards: 2011 Finalist Award-Historical Fiction, 2011 Finalist Award-Regional Fiction. 

Category: Historical Fiction


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

How to Make Money with Global Macro 
by Dr. Javier Gonzalez 

How to Make Money with Global Macro is the study of the interrelations between economic policy, asset classes, politics, and war. 

In his idiosyncratic book, Javier Gonzalez shows how these elements weave an intricate higher-dimensional puzzle that affect our portfolios and our lives.With his innovative approach, readers are likely to interpret events around them in a new light, realizing new interconnections.

How to Make Money with Global Macro is Kindleberger's Manias, Panics, and Crashes for investors.

A provocative consideration for the thoughtful investor. —Kirkus Reviews

Category: Investing

The Chest of Visions
by Tim Ferguson 

An entertaining and inspirational account of young people discovering God on a planet Caperston in a parallel universe. The book is written as a pen pal correspondence between youth on Earth and a youth named Mattpaul from Caperston. Caperston is a world slightly more advanced technologically than earth but with some archaic customs, controlled by a ruler and the residents have no concept of a God until a prophet, Chi-hay-su, appears and preaches about an unseen ruler and young people respond. Civil unrest emerges and Mattpaul shares with young people on earth all the events of Caperston which are leading to a revolution in thinking.

There are twists and turns as well as Biblical parables re-written for the people of Caperston. A surprise ending and a vision of heaven emerges.


A well-reasoned, well-written, and intelligently conceived allegory for use as a Christian Youth Group Study Guide. —Lee Ashford for Readers' Favorite

Honors: Third place in 2013 Readers' Favorite Contest, Christian Sci-Fi.

Category: Christian Sci-Fi

Sign of the Green Dragon 
by C. Lee McKenzie

Three plucky sleuths. A crumbling skeleton. A troubled ghost.

From the discovery of a note that promises treasure to being trapped by thieves and sealed inside an airless tomb, Sign of the Green Dragon is non-stop action.

This book gets a high five for fantasy, fun and some fearsome adventure. If you like intrepid would-be knights on impossible quests, you’ll love this story. As one reader says, this book, has more twists than a dragon’s tail.

Honors: Readers' Favorite Five Stars.

Category: Fantasy & Magic
We trust that your readers will enjoy our hand-picked selection.

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Alinka Rutkowska
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