Subject: Great Indie & Small Press Books in Your Library Dec 10-16

Below are this week's recommendations of best-selling and award-winning indie & small press books.
LibraryBub Books Dec 10-16
Woman of Flames 
by Kim Stokely 

Based on the life of a Jewish prophet, Woman of Flames is a sweeping epic of how faith, lust, and revenge can drive nations into war.

Deborah must convince those around her that her visions are a gift from the Hebrew God, whom she is called to serve. Growing in confidence and power, Deborah accepts God’s promise to use her to free the Israelites from their oppressors. One man stands in her way‒Sisera, general of the Canaanite army. With nine hundred chariots, thousands of soldiers and the help of a sadistic priest, he relentlessly pursues his one objective—total annihilation of the Israelites. After he captures Deborah, his life is altered in ways he never dreamed possible. Attracted to her power and consumed by her beauty, Sisera’s single obsession becomes to possess Deborah, body and soul.

Honors: 2014 Readers' Favorite International Book Award Bronze medal for Best Historical Fiction-Personage.

Category: Historical

Family Magic
by Patti Larsen 

Her mom's a witch. Her dad's a demon. And she just wants to be ordinary. But when an insidious evil tries to harm her coven, sixteen-year-old Sydlynn Hayle must choose between hiding in her normal life and embracing magic to save her family.

"Original mix of magic, teen angst and inventive mythology." - James Kahn, best-selling author of The Goonies, Star Trek, Time's Dark Laughter.

Honors: World's Best Story 2014; Amazon best-seller in Teen and Young Adult and Kindle ebooks.
Huntress Moon 
by Alexandra Sokoloff

FBI Special Agent Matthew Roarke is closing in on a bust of a major criminal organization in San Francisco when he witnesses an undercover member of his team killed right in front of him on a busy street, an accident Roarke can’t believe is coincidental. His suspicions put him on the trail of a mysterious young woman who appears to have been 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.

Roarke’s hunt for her takes him across three states while in a small coastal town, a young father and his five-year old son, both wounded from a recent divorce, encounter a lost and compelling young woman on the beach and strike up an unlikely friendship without realizing how deadly she may be.

Honors:
 Thriller Award nominee for Best eBook Original Novel; Voice Arts Award winner for Best Audiobook Narration, Crime & Thriller; Suspense Magazine pick for Best Thriller; Amazon Best-seller.

Category: Suspense

The Rummy Club
by Anoop Ahuja Judge 

The Rummy Club is a contemporary women's novel about the intertwined fates of four women from India. They met in their teen years at an all-girls’ boarding high school, nestled in the Himalayas. Now in their 40s, the lives of Mini, Divya, Alka, and Priya have brought each of them to the SF Bay Area. Sharing secrets since their teenage years, they reunite, and gather weekly to play the Indianized version of rummy. The novel provides a snapshot of the Indian diaspora in the context of 21st century America. 


Now the friends’ lives are all in crisis. Their once dependable world is torn apart. Will the four friends ever play Rummy together again?

Honors: 2015 Beverly Hills Book Award Winner; 'Chick-Lit' category; Honorable Mention at the 2014 London Book Festival; Honorable Mention in the 22nd Annual Writer's Digest Awards.

Category: Contemporary Fiction

Be Your Own Brand of Sexy: A New Sexual Revolution for Women  
by
 Susan L. Edelman 

Psychiatrist Susan L. Edelman unlocks the mystery of why women don't get what they want from men and changes the dating game. She shows women how to reclaim their power by learning what works best for them instead of what they're programmed to believe is "normal" by our culture. 

Thirty years of listening to the deepest secrets of patients has given Dr. Edelman a provocative and practical perspective that will question everything you think you knew. She says dating doesn't have to be filled with angst and disappointment anymore.

Honors: 1st place in the 2015 Beverly Hills International Book Awards Relationships category; 2015 Silver Medal in the Readers’ Favorite Awards Non-Fiction, Women’s category; Finalist in the 2015 USA Best Book Awards Self-Help, Relationships category; 2015 Pinnacle Book Achievement Award in the category of Women’s Interest.

Category: Love & Romance
Hudojnik: The Life and Art of Ivan I. Garikow 
by Steven Nesbit 

Ivan Garikow's (1918-1982) life story is one of hardship and hope, and setback and survival. It is a war story, a detective story, but most importantly, a story about a man and his art. "Hudojnik" captures not only his stormy and tumultuous life in Europe and America, but also heralds Garikow's unyielding faith, undaunted optimism and the love for his art.

Honors: Top 50 Feature Article Winner of the 76th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition Collection in 2007.

Category: Biographies & Memoirs

Amidst Traffic
by Michel Sauret 

From an old man collecting drinking straws three at a time, to a pair of Chicago drug addicts faring poorly in their attempt to raise a child, nearly everyone involved in this collection of connected stories cannot shake the feeling that something bigger than themselves is going on.

"Short episodes through our lives link us with those around us. Amidst Traffic is a strong addition to any contemporary short fiction collection, enthusiastically recommended." -The Midwest Book Review.

Honors: 2013 Winner, International Book Awards; 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist; 2013 National Indie Excellence Awards Finalist; Amazon Best-seller, short story.

Category: Short stories.

Hush in the Storm  
by Julie B Cosgrove

Jen, widowed at 31, is jostled in the storm swells of grief. She is kidnapped by a coworker named Tom who says it was her late husband, Robert's, final request to fake her death and hide her in a dark basement so she would not end up as Robert did—smashed between twists of metal on the highway.

Together, Jen and Tom are thrust into a tempest of danger and deceit where no one is whom they claim to be. The list of people Jen can believe keeps diminishing. Who can she trust while dodging the Feds, human traffickers, and the press who've discovered she's alive? 

Honors: Amazon Best-seller.

Category: Mystery & Suspense

If You Love Me So Much
by Danielle Leibovici 

An inquisitive, cheeky boy goes to sleep one night struggling to understand just how being made to put away his toys, brush his teeth, and go to bed, could all be considered love from his parents. As the typical order of his parents' directives unfold the next day, the boy soon discovers the merit behind their guidance. By the time he returns to bed that night, the boy rests assured that he is indeed loved by his parents, very much.

Honors: Honored with the Seal of Excellence by the Mom's Choice Awards; First Place Winner from the Royal Dragonfly Awards for Best Children's Book for Six and Under; First Place Winner from Purple Dragonfly Awards for Best Children's Book for Growing Pains; Sliver Award Winner from Reader's Favorite for Best Children's Concept book.

Category: Children's Book

Dee and Deb Off They Go - Kindergarten First Day Jitters 
by Donna M. McDine 

The anxiety of finding one's own place and friends in kindergarten without the comfort of having her fraternal twin sister nearby at first overwhelms Dee. Until she realizes even without her twin, Dee and her classmates for the most part are in the same boat.

Honors: Readers' Favorite Five Stars.

Category: Children's Book

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

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