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 25
At Water's Edge: An Epic Fantasy (Book 1 of the Water Rushes series) 
by S. McPherson 

What if there was another you, living in another world?

Seventeen year old, Dezaray Storm is blamed for the death of her parents, hated by her brother and secluded from her friends, but that doesn't stop her from believing in magic.

Visions of the future, mysterious cloaked figures and a handsome stranger with the ability to teleport, lead to Dezaray tumbling through a portal and into a world where she's mistaken for its most powerful sorceress and savior.

But in a twisted turn of events, the true sorceress ends up lost in our world, wandering the streets of England with a broken device and the whisper of forgotten magic to guide her. The realm of Coldivor is on the brink of war, its enemies grow restless and its shadows have eyes. Only the true sorceress can help tip the scales in their favor and the two girls must trade back before their 18th birthday when the war that could shatter both realities, will rage.

Odd creatures, warlocks and vampires, portals and teleporting create an entertaining not-of-this-world story. In page upon page the plot unfolds, the struggle escalates, and the action rises until its climactic end, leaving the reader holding their breath. ― Cheryl E. Rodriguez for Readers’ Favorite

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

Category: Science Fiction & Fantasy

ISBN: 978-0993360503
The Power of Prayer: A Heartbeats Novel   
by Lorana Hoopes 

Life doesn't always turn out as expected; sometimes it's even better. 

Callie Green thought she had her life perfectly planned out, but when her fiance leaves her at the altar, her world begins to crumble. 

When she meets JD, a man offering a love she has never known, she is too blind to see. After giving her life to God, Callie realizes JD is what she's been missing, but she has no way to find him. All she can do is pray and hope that God sends him back to her. 

The Power of Prayer is a powerful love story about choice, timing, and God's love.

Honors: seen on NBC, CBS and ABC

Category: Christian Fiction

ISBN: 978-1539701088

Abbey's Search for Sanctuary
by Eris Field 

Turkish-American nurse Abbey shelters her younger sister when she divorces her Muslim husband after learning that he had agreed to his mother performing a circumcision on their baby girl, Jenny. When her sister is murdered by her ex-husband, Abbey knows she must find a way to keep Jenny safe.

Once a Peshmerga fighter and medic with the Kurdish forces fighting with the Americans in Iraq, Rami now works with refugees in Buffalo. Shunned by his grandfather and family for failing to demand retribution when his arranged marriage failed, Rami avoids emotional attachments. That is, until he meets Abbey.

Warning Abbey that honor killings are often family affairs and she and Jenny are in danger, Rami offers her a way out: a marriage of convenience and refuge in his homeland, Kurdistan.

Abbey is committed to doing anything to protect Jenny but can she face going back to the world of her childhood: a world of headscarves and submission, a world that scarred her mother and killed her sister, a world she escaped once?

Honors: seen on NBC, CBS and ABC

Category: Romantic Suspense

ISBN: 978-1682913338

A Witch's Kitchen 
by Dianna Sanchez

Millie's a witch, so why can't she do magic?

Despite her mother’s best efforts to teach her, every spell Millie tries goes horribly wrong, but she’s a fabulous cook. 

When Millie conjures chocolate sauce instead of a transformation potion, her mother gives up and sends her to the Enchanted Forest School, where she’s bullied by goblins, snubbed by an elf, and has her hat stolen. 

Even as Millie’s magical talent begins to develop, turning her house ghost into a frog and accidentally charming her entire class, Millie starts to wonder: what if she’s not a witch at all?

A great addition to any children's collection, this well-written fantasy will appeal to fans of Gail Carson Levine's Ella Enchanted and Rick Riordan's "Percy Jackson" series. ― School Library Journal

Honors: seen on NBC, CBS and ABC

Category: Science Fiction & Fantasy


The Blue Unicorn's Journey To Osm: Illustrated Book
by Sybrina Durant 

The Tribe of the Metal Unicorns had hoped and prayed that the oracle’s prophecy that the last-born unicorn would save the tribe from the evil sorcerer, Magh, would come to pass. Now, seeing that Miral had delivered her foal, the tribe was aghast to discover that he had no metal horn, simply a blue hide horn without a glint of metal. 

The narrative is accompanied by glowing illustrations, filled with detail, brilliant colors and excitement.

An unusual and enchanting story about a young unicorn’s quest to save his tribe and his coming of age.  Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

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

Category: Science Fiction & Fantasy

ISBN: 978-1535127851

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

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

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Alinka Rutkowska
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