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 4
All Is Silence: A Deserted Lands Novel (Volume 1)
by Robert L. Slater  

What if death forgot you?

In a future that could be ours, Lizzie, a suicidal teen-age girl, barely navigates her own life. Then everything falls apart. In an apocalyptic land nearly deserted by disease, she lacks reasons to live until a shocking turn of events reveals a phone number. Her call pulls her dangerously cross-country to meet a stranger she thought was dead.

In a world where there is plenty of food, plenty of gas, plenty of space... fear, anger and a lust for power still control the patterns of human life. As the apocalypse heads into dystopian territory, Lizzie must decide who are her friends, her family and who is a danger to them.This realistic coming of age, young adult novel is the debut of a former alternative high school teacher.

A fast paced, adrenaline soaked novel. — Kayti Nika Raet for Readers' Favorite

Honors: 2014 Dante Rossetti Award 1st Place Dystopian; 2014 IndieReader Next Picks 1st place April; 2015 WATTYS Dream Collection; 2015 Cygnus 1st place YA Dystopian; seen on ABC, NBC, CBS

Category: Science Fiction


ISBN: 978-0989568777
The Third Girl (Molly Sutton Mysteries Book 1) 
by Nell Goddin

A missing girl. An amateur sleuth. And a whole lot of croissants.

Meet Molly Sutton, recently divorced and ready for a new life, who moves to the village of Castillac in France to open a B&B. She’s looking for peace, pastry, and beautiful gardens — an altogether slower life than the one she’d had in Boston. But you know what they say about the best intentions…

Molly has barely gotten over jet-lag when she hears about a local student’s disappearance. In between getting her ramshackle house in order and digging into French food, Molly ends up embroiled in the case, along with the gendarmes of Castillac. And unlike the Nancy Drews she loved as a child, this mystery is complex, stirring up emotions she thought had been put to rest and terrifying the beloved residents of her adopted village.

Honors: Seen on ABC, NBC, CBS

Category: Mystery

ISBN: 978-1516871513
The McCall Initiative
by Lisa Nowak 

In 2063, climate change has devastated the US and forced the Pacific Northwest to secede. Now Cascadian citizens are disappearing as rich Americans buy their way past the closed border. When Piper’s family vanishes, she vows to save them—even if she has to start a revolution to do it.

If you’re a fan of edge-of-your-seat dystopian thrillers with a twist of romance, you’ll love this glimpse at a future that’s all too plausible.

This collection includes episodes 1.1-1.3 of the ten-part, first season of The McCall Initiative serial.


Honors: Seen on ABC, NBC, CBS

Category: Science Fiction

ISBN: 978-1937167295

Genna's Fight: Will She Be Able To Discover Her True Self & Get Her Son Back In Time?
by Sheldon D. Newton 

After enduring years of so much abuse, beatings, scorn and neglect that began from her childhood and followed her into adulthood, pushing her to the verge of suicide on more than one occasion, can Genna rediscover her true self, rise above her horrid past and regain all that she has lost, including her son? 

Honors: Seen on ABC, NBC, CBS

Category: Mystery


ISBN: 978-1533687678

Wide as the Wind  
by Edward Stanton 

The lyrical tale of a boy, a girl, their island, and how they saved it.

Wide as the Wind is the first novel to deal with the stunning, tragic history of Easter Island (Vaitéa). It could be described as quest fiction for young adults and adults alike in the vein of The Lord of the Rings. Rather than Middle-Earth, Wide as the Wind portrays the bold Polynesian voyages across the Pacific Ocean that have been described as the greatest adventure in human prehistory (National Geographic).

When Vaitéa is ravaged by war, hunger and destruction, it falls upon Miru, the fifteen-year-old son of a tribal warrior, to sail to a distant island and reforest their homeland. If he, his sister and crew survive the voyage, will they be able to show their people that devotion to the earth and sea can be as strong as war and hatred? Wide as the Wind is both a stirring novel of exploration and a prophetic tale for our times.

Honors: Winner of the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards (Young Adult, 12–16 years); Amazon Best-seller & #1 Amazon New Release in Teen & Young Adult Action & Adventure; seen on ABC, NBC, CBS

Category: Action & Adventure

ISBN: 978-1941799383

In case you missed the books featured in the last newsletter, here they are again:
How To Write Funny: Your Serious, Step-By-Step Blueprint For Creating Incredibly, Irresistibly, Successfully Hilarious Writing (Scott Dikkers' How To Write) (Volume 1)
by Scott Dikkers  

The definitive humor-writing handbook, written by one of the world's most celebrated humor writers, lays out a clear system you can use to create funny ideas that get big, milk-coming-out-of-your-nose laughs, reliably and repeatably. 

With this easy-to-follow, step-by-step blueprint, #1 New York Times and #1 Amazon best-selling author and founding editor of The Onion Scott Dikkers reveals all the professional insider secrets you'll need to write the funniest possible humor for print, stand-up, video, film, or the stage.

Honors: #1 New York Times best-selling author; seen on NBC, CBS and Fox

Category: Writing Skills

ISBN: 978-1499196122

Everyone Keeps Secrets
by Katherine Greyson 

One of the most horrific crimes imaginable occurred at the estate of the Crawford family. In the aftermath, the two youngest boys were kidnapped. But who kidnapped the young boys? And why?

It’s now five years later and Simplicity Kendall — a girl whose life is anything but simple — is headed to a seemingly ordinary day of high school — that is until fate intervenes and tosses her into one harrowing adventure with the alluring new boy in town.

Masks peel away and buried pasts are exposed as we discover how many people in the sleepy town of Stony Creek are keeping secrets.

Honors: s
een on NBC, CBS and Fox

Category: Romantic Suspense


ISBN: 978-1503285972

Author Gator: Don't Judge a Book by Its Cover
by Joshua Benya 

Author Gator teaches kids not to judge others by their appearance. By using his creativity and his friend Bandit Raccoon's help, Author figures a way to be seen for the individual and storyteller he is within. Then a friendly librarian offers him an opportunity that could change his life forever. Will Author take it?

In this story, we discover that even though some people may look different or have disabilities it doesn’t mean we should bully them or shut them out from our lives. They may have an incredible gift to share with the world. As Author says, “You shouldn’t judge a book by its cover.”


Honors: Amazon Best Seller, Children's Alligator and Crocodile Books

Category: Children's

ISBN: 978-0692868577

The Invisible Cipher
by Ida Smith 

Unnoticed by his father and most others in society, Neil Gatlin’s used to being a nobody. Only the love of the beautiful Sunshine keeps him afloat. Yet, when his bad choices and worse luck collide with Charley Parsons and a Chicago gang leader named J.R., Neil attracts the attention of people on both sides of the law. 

Now, convicted of murder, Neil must prove his innocence. But when the Morse Code skills he learned as a boy enable him to discover a deadly prison plot, Neil’s life takes another dangerous turn. How can he possibly escape prison alive? 


A touching tale about a young man who really wants to live a normal, trouble-free life, but danger just seems to follow him Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite

Honors: Seen on NBC, CBS and Fox

Category: Action & Adventure

ISBN: 978-1514627747
Hayley's Courage
by Linda M. Steiner 

Hayley’s Courage - Diversity Builds Character is a true story about character, overcoming diversity, and using “voice” to express and show feelings—a guide for both parents and professionals.

The story chronicles true events of what happened to Hayley and the courage and strength her parents helped her achieve. The story teaches lessons of self-confidence, self-respect, and self-worth.

Focusing not on the disability but the possibilities, it teaches children the respect and morals we should extend to all individuals. The story encourages the goodness of the human spirit and conveys an important message to all children who feel different or challenged.

Shows how one little girl's different attitude can make all the difference.
— Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite

Honors: Writer’s Digest Honorable Mention award recipient for Children’s Non-Fiction, Independent Author Network finalist for Children's Non-Fiction; IndieReader Discovery winner for Non-Fiction for Kids; seen on NBC, CBS and Fox

Category: Children's Book


ISBN: 978-1483415352

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

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