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 18
Blood Dragons (Book 1 in the Rebel Vampires series)
bRosemary A Johns 

How do you rebel in a family of vampires..?

Escape into a supernatural suspense aflame with love, revenge and redemption.

In a divided paranormal London, Light is the rebel vampire of the Blood Lifer world. Since Victorian times he’s hidden in the shadows with Ruby - a savage Elizabethan. But he’s keeping a secret from her, which breaks every rule. 

1960s London. Kathy is a seductive singer but she’s also human. 

When the two worlds collide, it could mean the end. For both species. 

When Light discovers his ruthless family’s experiments, he questions whether he should be slaying or saving the humans he’s always feared. Unless Light plays the part of hero, he risks losing everything. Including the two women he loves.

A rebel, a red-haired devil and a Moon Girl battle to save the world – or tear it apart.

Blood Dragons deftly blends elements of paranormal thriller and passionate romance...a character-driven, sizzling-hot saga! — Midwest Book Review

Honors: Silver Award Winner in the Wishing Shelf 2017 Book Awards; seen on ABC, NBC, CBS

Category: Paranormal

ISBN: 978-1533679819
Rarity from the Hollow
by Robert Eggleton 

Lacy Dawn's father relives the Gulf War, her mother's teeth are rotting out, and her best friend is murdered by the meanest daddy on Earth. Life in The Hollow isn't great. But Lacy has one advantage — she's been befriended by a semi-organic, semi-robot who works with her to cure her parents. He wants something in exchange, though. It's up to her to save the Universe.

To prepare Lacy for her coming task, she is being schooled daily via direct downloads into her brain. Some of these courses tell her how to apply magic to resolve everyday problems much more pressing to her than a universe in big trouble, like those at home and at school. She doesn't mind saving the universe, but her own family and friends come first.

Will Lacy Dawn's predisposition, education, and magic be enough for her to save the Universe, Earth, and, most importantly, protect her own family?

Utterly compelling…a chilling, engaging verisimilitude that deftly feeds on both the utter absurdity of the characters’ motivations and on the progression of the plot…. In the spirit of Vonnegut, Eggleton takes the genre and gives it another quarter turn.” — Midwest Book Review

Category: Science Fiction

ISBN: 978-1907133060

Love and Death in Venice: A Caulfield, Sheridan Mystery 
by Bonnie Hoover Braendlin 

Love and Death in Venice is the first novel in a series of adventures for professors Caulfield and Sheridan.

Before they know it, Judith and Ariadne find themselves dealing with the darker side of the once-gilded city, where romance and fantasy are the veneer while the Mafia, sex-traffickers, and death dance in the shadows to avoid the light.

Honors: seen on ABC, NBC, CBS

Category: Mystery

ISBN: 978-1634138734

The Writer's Process: Getting Your Brain in Gear
by Anne Janzer 

Want to Find More Time to Write?
You cannot add hours to the day, but you can adjust your writing process to become more productive and creative.

The Writer's Process combines field-tested practices of successful authors with research from cognitive science about how our minds work.

Put them together, and you'll be on the path to finding your own best writing process, bypassing the obstacles that slow you down.

You'll learn:
  • How to invite creativity into the writing process 
  • Why separating the writing process into different steps makes you more productive
  • How to overcome writer's block, negative feedback, and work-related obstacles 
  • How to make time for writing in a busy, interrupt-driven life
Research-based, hands-on, step-by-step wisdom that can help you wrestle with the lizard brain. Certain to help thousands of would-be writers write. — Seth Godin, author of The Icarus Deception

Honors: 2016 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award finalist, listed on IndieReaders Best Self-Published Books of 2016; seen on ABC, NBC, CBS

Category: Writing Skills

ISBN: 978-0986406225
How Do Cats Do That? Discover How Cats Do The Amazing Things They Do
by Peter Scottsdale

How do cats purr, mate, drink, hunt, communicate, show love, jump, use their whiskers, wash themselves, see, play, adapt, fight, protect themselves, give birth, age, keep warm, sleep, eat, land on their feet, find their way home and get worms?

You'll discover this and much more in How Do Cats Do That?

As a former veterinary nurse, I was extremely impressed with both the quantity and quality of information which Peter Scottsdale has imparted in such an easy-to-read format — Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite

Honors: Readers' Favorite Five Stars; seen on ABC, NBC and CBS

Category: Cats

ISBN: 978-1536855722

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

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

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Alinka Rutkowska
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