Subject: Best indie books for this week

Below are this week's recommendations of our indie & small-press books.
LibraryBub Books June 15
December Boys (The Jay Porter series)
by Joe Clifford 

Jay Porter, the newest employee at NorthEastern Insurance in New Hampshire, is investigating an accident claim when he learns the teenager behind the wheel was arrested for minor drug possession and sentenced to a hardcore behavioral modification center. 

At the county courthouse, Jay meets Nicki, a young college intern, who tips him off to a possible scandal — first-time juvenile offenders being shipped to private institutions for political kickbacks. He learns that long-time family nemeses, Adam and Michael Lombardi, may have a stake in the scheme. 

Is Jay's mission to help these kids a legitimate crusade? Or is his thirst for revenge driven by the guilt he feels over his own junkie brother's death? These questions conspire to tear apart tranquility and drive a wedge between Jay and his wife Jenny. With help from new friend Nicki, and a couple of old friends, Jay finds himself thrust back into a past he had hoped to leave behind, putting everything — and everyone he loves — at risk in pursuit of the truth.

Clifford has written a very human tale of redemption — Publishers Weekly

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

ISBN: 978-1608091713
Coyote's Daughter (New Legends of the Southwest) 
by Corie J. Weaver 

Trapped in a world where the legends of Tewa mythology walk free, a young girl must solve an ancient mystery in order to return to her own world. It is the beginning of summer, and twelve-year-old Maggie is angry about her family's move from San Diego to Albuquerque, New Mexico. 

Lonely and resentful at her new circumstances, Maggie and her dog Jack explore their new neighborhood and soon find the shady trail leading up to the Rio Grande. While playing by the river, Jack startles a strange young boy, Ash. Maggie is slowly drawn away from the real world of her family and into Ash's land, one populated by myths and legends. 

Threatening all is Shriveled Corn Man, a powerful sorcerer in search of vengeance for wrongs long past. Guided by the trickster Coyote and the cryptic Spider Old Woman, Maggie and Jack must travel across Ash's world in order to free their new friend and his people.

Honors: seen on ABC and Fox

Category: Science Fiction & Fantasy

ISBN: 978-1940924007
A Different Joy: the parents' guide to living better with autism, dyslexia, ADHD and more... 
by Sarah-Jane Critchley 

Delight in the company of your amazing child, secure in the knowledge that you know what you need to help you support them into an independent future where they can feel happy and fulfilled.

Are you worried, fearing for your child's future, knowing how very vulnerable they can be? Are you scared of diagnosis, alarmed by terrifying visions of what their future might be and frustrated by judgemental family and friends who don't understand how hard it can be? Are you exhausted by coping, unsure how to help them best and paralysed by your own uncertainty? 

Discover how to be a stronger, better informed and more joyful parent, whatever your situation. Revel in the things that make your child different whilst developing supportive and helpful relationships with your child's educators. Build an enviable future together with your child. 

Honors: seen on ABC and Fox

Category: Special Needs

ISBN: 978-0993255144

Raising Kids with Love, Honor, and Respect: recipes for success
by Edie Jones 

This award-winning book, written to be a manual for parents and educators, is full of down to earth, basic ideas. 

Each chapter stands alone as a guide to enhance relationships with your children, no matter their age. 

Instead of "walking on egg shells" in fear of making a mistake, you will learn to adjust the temperature of the situation to result in calm, relaxed interactions. 

When relationships are seasoned with unconditional love and peppered with lots of honor and respect, the results will amaze and delight. It is a book that will retain its value from year to year as your kids grow and develop and situations change.

An insightful book to read about parenting — Cheryl E. Rodriguez for Readers' Favorite

Honors: Gold Award for the Family/Parenting division of the 2015 Living Now Book Awards; first place in the Parenting & Family category of the 2016 Best Book Awards; Silver Award in the 2017 Independent Publishers Book Awards (IPPY) Parents division; seen on ABC and Fox

Category: Parenting

ISBN: 978-1629012162

The Cats who Crossed Over from Paris (Book One of the Inca Cat series)
by R.F. Kristi 

Inca, a Siberian puss, tells the story about her furry family – her brother Fromage, who is addicted to cheese and considers himself a cheesemonger, and her sister, Cara, a gorgeous but timid Siamese. Inca, an avid fan of Dr. House, considers herself the leader of the troupe and responsible for the well-being of the family. They own, according to Inca, Missy, a young humanoid who has a well-established cheese shop in Paris. The story revolves around how Missy decides to move to London with her co-partners, Jacques and Genevieve, to run their new cheese shop and café. Can Fromage leave his pal, Charlotte, behind? Soon after arriving in London, the three cats accompany Missy to their neighbor’s house where they meet Monk, a blue Russian cat and Terrance, a golden retriever owned by their famous neighbor, a detective named Solo, living in the same compound in Kensington.

Things start to get interesting when Monk tries to help their neighbor, Polo, a sad little Pekinese whose mistress, a formerly well-known opera singer who is pining for her lost husband, has her valuable diamond necklace stolen. Can Inca and her family assist Monk and Terrance to recover the diamond necklace and resolve Polo’s problems?

Honors: Silver Medal, Wishing Shelf Book Awards; seen on ABC and Fox

Category: Children's Book

ISBN: 978-1483584799

In case you missed the books featured in the last newsletter, here they are again:
Welcome to the Madhouse (Book One of the Grace Lord series) 
by S.E. Sasaki 

In space, medicine can be murder.

When Dr. Grace Lord accepted her 'dream job' offer aboard the Conglomerate's Premier Medical Space Station, little did she know her life would be on the line from her first step into the facility. 

Attacked by soldiers looking like animals, stalked by androids looking like humans, and harangued by a mentor with Megalomaniac Hyperactivity Disorder, she must quickly learn the ins and outs of working as an adaptation surgeon or she's fired. 

When a mysterious vessel docks at the medical station, crewless and filled only with oily puddles, heartbreak and death stalk the corridors. 

Can Grace and her colleagues find a cure for a pathogen that can wipe out all organic life, before the medical station is destroyed?

A layered debut that sings odes to the grandmasters of sci-fi ― Kirkus Reviews

Honors: seen on ABC and Fox

Category: Science Fiction

ISBN: 978-1460273753

The Demon Girl's Song
by Susan Jane Bigelow 

She wanted adventure. She got a demon and a dying world.

More than anything, Andín dal Rovi wants to escape her small town life, helping her father in the store, watching her younger brother prepare to take the place at university she’d longed for.

Instead of escape, she gets a thousand-year-old demon stuck in her head, and she loses everything — her home, her family and her country.

In the quest to regain her identity, she finds herself racing against time to uncover the secrets of her world — and save it from utter annihilation.

Honors: seen on ABC and Fox

Category: Science Fiction

ISBN: 978-1940924151

Relax Creatively ― Fabric Painting (Book One in the Fast & Easy Guide series) 
by Margot Krekeler

Relax Creatively allows you to easily relax and focus your mind, experiment with your creativity, produce your own fashion designs and share fun and quality time with your kids.

"Part One: Practicing fabric painting" is a practical introduction to fabric painting. You work on some example projects so you actively get to know the fabric-painting techniques. 

In "Part Two: The components of fabric painting", you get the basic information about the main components of fabric painting.

Relax creatively and have fun!

Honors: seen on ABC and Fox

Category: Crafts & Hobbies


Build your own Computer: an illustrated step-by-step practical guide to planning and building a modern personal computer
by Hugh Pittman 

Build your own Computer (3rd Edition) provides a practical guide to building a modern personal computer hardware system. It is written by a long-time Information Technology teacher and certified A+ Microcomputer Technician.

It is intended for people with limited knowledge of computers and therefore complex technical concepts are carefully explained throughout the text. A glindex of Information Technology terms is also provided. For these reasons, Information Technology teachers may find it to be a useful reference for their junior students.

The instructions and advice provided in this book relate to PCs that run on Windows or Linux-based operating systems. The strategy promoted in this book is to build a system that meets the builder's current needs — while also providing enough flexibility to meet their future needs.

Detailed instructions and advice are provided for every step — from selecting individual components to testing and troubleshooting the whole system. These instructions are supported with more than one hundred photos.

Honors: Next Generation Indie Book Awards finalist; seen on ABC and Fox

Category: Computer Science

ISBN: 978-0994221339
Kobee Manatee: Shipwreck Sea Friends 
by Robert Scott Thayer  

Kobee and his ocean pals are full of fun, adventure, and inspiration. They give the reader a better sense of the magic and mystery within our ocean world. 

Following them onto the historic wreck dive of the SS Antonio López off Puerto Rico, we learn all sorts of fascinating facts about wildlife and dangers, all while being entranced by the camaraderie of these fast friends. 

Even if one never gets a chance to ‘peek below the blue veneer’ of our planet, the adventures of Kobee and his aquatic mates are sure to make anyone appreciate how precious life is below the waves.

Creative blending of real-life oceanography and gentle fantasy in a smart and entertaining series — Kirkus Reviews

Honors: Readers' Favorite five stars; seen on ABC and Fox

Category: Children's Book

ISBN: 978-0997123937
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