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 11
The Sparks (Book 1 of the Feud Trilogy) 
by Kyle Prue 

One teen assassin-in-training must unite three warring supernatural dynasties before death comes to them all…

Find out why USA Today calls The Sparks “a crackling read” that “builds a vivid world (both) otherworldly and relatable.”

Neil Vapros just wants to make his father proud. The sixteen-year-old aspires to serve his family as an assassin, but he nearly dies in the process. As if that wasn’t bad enough, Neil’s family, as well as two rival dynasties, have abandoned an ancient promise to protect their city. An unknown evil has begun hunting all three houses from the shadows…

As Neil’s relatives fall one-by-one, he attempts to unite the three supernatural families against a common enemy. But earning trust after years of assassination attempts could prove impossible. Neil’s fight may involve more than a bloodthirsty empire, as betrayal rears its ugly head…

The Sparks is the first book in the award-winning Epic Feud trilogy of young adult fantasy novels. If you like captivating characters, inventive world building, and supernatural battles, then you’ll love Kyle Prue’s action-packed coming-of-age tale. 

A crackling read. Feud: The Sparks builds a vivid world that is at once otherworldly and relatable. Characters spring from the page in a deft twist on mythology that belies Kyle Prue’s young age. He’s a voice to be heard. — Scott Bowles, USA Today 

Honors: Florida Authors and Publishers Awards (FAPA) for Best YA Book in Florida and Best YA Fiction in nation; Best YA Fiction awards from: Florida Book Festival, Midwest Book Festival, Southern California Book Festival, Hollywood Book Festival. New England Book Festival and London Book Festival; Amazon Best Seller in YA Fantasy Epic and YA Fantasy Sword & Sorcery; seen on NBC, CBS and ABC

Category: Science Fiction & Fantasy

ISBN: 978-1540417855
Dark Fissures (Book 3 in the Rick Cahill series)
by Matt Coyle

Private Investigator Rick Cahill fears the next knock on his door will be a cop holding a warrant for his arrest. For murder. La Jolla Chief of Police Tony Moretti is convinced Rick killed a missing person. No body has been found, but the evidence that s piling up says murder and it all points to Rick. With Moretti on his tail and the bank about to foreclose on his house, Rick takes a paying case that will stave off the bank, but pits him against Moretti and the La Jolla Police Department.

Brianne Colton, a beautiful country singer, is convinced her estranged husband's suicide was really murder. Rick is unconvinced, but the mortgage has to be paid. Each new piece of evidence convinces him she's right. He breaks his number one rule and falls for Brianne even, as he begins to question her motives.

As Moretti cinches the vise tighter, with Rick unable to trust the FBI, evil forces emerge from the shadows who will do anything, including torture and murder, to stop Rick from uncovering the truth.

Satisfying hard-boiled adventure. Publishers Weekly

Honors: Anthony Award, the San Diego Book Award for Best Mystery, the IBPA Ben Franklin Silver Award for Best New Voice in Fiction, and was a Macavity Finalist for Best First Novel, Lefty Award, finalist for the Shamus Award for Best First P.I. Novel; USA Today Best Seller.

Category: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

ISBN: 978-1608092260

One is Come (Book 1 of the Five in Circle series)
by C. H. MacLean 

One is Come is the first installment in a 5-book YA fantasy series full of hidden plot twists and turns. The centuries-old prophecy of the One is being fulfilled, and the ancient dragon clans are coming out of hiding to remake the world. The king of the magic users will stop at nothing to be sure the prophecy is fulfilled the right way--with his oppressive government ruling. As they struggle for power, Haylwen and her brother Cadarn just happen to be caught dead center.

In this first book, meet Haylwen Rightad. She doesn’t think “crazy” runs in her family, but she might be wrong. Fish seem to listen when she talks. She finds herself wearing jewelry she can’t remember putting on. And then there was the explosion at school…and her ex-principal trying to kidnap her…and her brother? Don’t even ask. All she wants is to be an ordinary teenager. Go to school, make friends, and not have to move a zillion times. Getting the bullies off her back would be nice too.

Haylwen is about to find out WHY all this crazy stuff is happening to her. The bad news? Things aren’t going to be “normal” any time soon!

A page-turner and one that is sure to please both young adults and adults. ― Carol Thompson for Readers' Favorite

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Category: Science Fiction & Fantasy


The House on Crooked Pond 
by M. L. Shafer 

Told as a collection of four novella-length stories, The House on Crooked Pond reveals one family's compelling secrets as they live centuries apart in an isolated house on Cape Cod.

The Collector, 2014. Journalist Abigail Jenkins goes to the deteriorating 1685 Lyman house to interview the once-famous actor, John Linton, for a story on his collection. When she meets this strange man she has no idea how greatly her life will be impacted.
The Farrier's Daughter, 1712. While Tacy Swift is at the Lyman house caring for a new flock of sheep she becomes intimidated by one Lyman brother and attracted to the other. Will her Quaker beliefs help her to endure or will her defiant nature lead her elsewhere?

The Matriarch, 1814. Olivia Lyman is betrayed by her family after the British bombard her Shore Street home in Falmouth during the War of 1812. To adapt to her new situation, now living with relatives she was taught to detest in their house on Crooked Pond, she takes delight in making life miserable for them.

The Adventurer, 1912. Daniel Lyman makes a fortune in the Klondike, then returns home to devise an unusual way to take revenge on his abusive older brother.

Honors: seen on NBC, CBS and ABC

Category: Family Saga

ISBN: 978-1532008634

2017 Young Explorer's Adventure Guide  
by Maggie Allen and 25 others

Do you love new planets, spaceships, and adventure?

You'll love this collection of science fiction stories, because it's stuffed full of amazing futuristic excitement!

Zip through the stars in spaceships while exploring uncharted universes in these amazing adventures for girls, boys and robots of all ages!

Get it now, and blast off today!

A must-have in science-fiction collections serving middle graders and teens. ― Kirkus Reviews

Honors: seen on NBC, CBS and ABC

Category: Science Fiction & Fantasy

ISBN: 978-1940924212

In case you missed the books featured in the last newsletter, here they are again:
All Is Silence (Book 1 in the Deserted Lands series)
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 and CBS

Category: Science Fiction

ISBN: 978-0989568777
The Third Girl (Book 1 in the Molly Sutton Mysteries series)
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 ((known in the novel as 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 and CBS

Category: Action & Adventure

ISBN: 978-1941799383

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