Subject: Best indie books for this week

Below are this week's recommendations of our indie & small-press books.
LibraryBub Books June 29
Contingency (Book One of the Covenant of Trust series) 
by Paula Wiseman 

A Betrayal Exposed — A Shattered Marriage — A Step of Faith

Bobbi Molinsky had it all — a successful husband, two great boys and a job she loved —  then she opens a stray email from the newest attorney at Chuck's firm and is blindsided by the discovery of his extramarital affair. An angry confrontation leaves her with the broken remains of their eighteen-year marriage.

Guided by their pastor, Chuck commits to do whatever it takes to win Bobbi back, but she is wrestling with much more than his infidelity. Caught between a crisis of faith and her deepest fears, trust is a risk she can't afford to take.

Faith and real life meet head on in the Covenant of Trust series and Contingency is where it all begins. If you want characters you instantly connect with, authentic struggles that are raw, honest, and platitude-free, wrapped a story that pulls you in and won't let go, you want Contingency by Paula Wiseman. Pick it up. You won't put it down.

Beautifully written. I was held captive from the first page to the last. — Anne Boiling for Readers' Favorite

Honors: Readers' Favorite Gold Medal winner; Indie Excellence book award; seen on ABC and Fox

Category: Christian Fiction

ISBN: 978-0981964829
Missing (Book Two of the Lessons from Fiori series) 
by Peggy M McAloon and Anneka Rogers

Elle's desperate to find her kidnapped brother. 

She teams up with the winged warriors from the dimension of Fiori to save him, but J.J. isn't the only one in danger. 

What will Elle sacrifice to bring her brother home? 

Can she fulfill the ancient prophecy and restore the magic of the Bronze Pendant?

I recommend this book to all readers 12 years and older who enjoy mystery, drama and intrigue served up with a huge dollop of fantasy, magic and love. — Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite 

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

Category: Science Fiction & Fantasy

ISBN: 978-0962779213
That Woman: beating the odds in colonial New York 
by Wayne Clark 

A young woman takes on the brutal merchant king of New York's East River waterfront — and wins.

Illness suddenly deprives 17-year-old Sarah Da Silva and her older brother Jacob of a mother. Before Sarah has come to terms with that loss, her merchant father grows frail and increasingly desperate in the face of impending bankruptcy. On the rainy night their father scours the docks of Bordeaux, France, to make his final bid to save his family, his children are kidnapped and forced onto a ship bound for New York City where they’ll be separated and sold to the highest bidder as indentured labor.

Purchased by a grotesque merchant whose wealth, backed by a team of henchmen, allows him to dominate the chaotic East River docks, Sarah strikes back the only way she can. Vowing to never allow him to put his hands on her again, she presses a knife to his fat neck. She demands her freedom, a roof over her head and the means to start a business. Her leverage? Knowledge obtained on the voyage that would bring the big man to his knees forever. He yields to her demands but privately swears to become her worst nightmare.

Well-stocked with vibrant details about the merchant trade, this engaging Colonial tale delivers likable heroes, despicable villains, and a strong female protagonist. — Kirkus

Honors: seen on ABC and Fox

Category: Action & Adventure

ISBN: 978-0992120269

No One Dies in the Garden of Syn 
by Michael Seidelman 

Synthia (Syn) Wade is a teenage girl who struggles with cystic fibrosis, an incurable life-threatening disease. One day she is pushed into a pond by an unseen figure and wakes up in a new world — a mysterious garden where illness and death don’t exist.

Welcomed by the garden’s residents and now free of her symptoms, Syn decides to stay. But, before long, she realizes that this apparent utopia holds many dangers and dark secrets.

Surrounding the garden is a fog that Syn is warned never to enter. She encounters bizarre creatures that defy reason. And always lurking in the shadows is a masked woman — a woman who may have a connection to the disappearance of Syn’s parents many years ago. A woman whom no one will speak of, but whom everyone fears.

While no one dies in the Garden of Syn, Syn will soon discover that some fates are worse than death.

Honors: seen on ABC and Fox

Category: Science Fiction & Fantasy

ISBN: 978-0994969507

Breathe…: just steps to breathtaking speeches 
by Brenda C. Smith  

Author and speech coach Brenda Smith unlocks the secrets to gaining a powerful voice. 

During her coaching work, Smith discovered a crucial flaw in people’s speech: their breathing. 

She created a model for speakers to overcome this flawed breathing method and compiled it into her book. 

Full of information, exercises, and anecdotes, and designed for those who rely on their voice for work or those who simply want to improve their voice, this book allows speakers to carry a speech coach along with them wherever they go. 

Inside Breathe you’ll find the breathing techniques used by actors, voice-over speakers, singers, and presenters to create those fascinating nuances that draw in an audience. 

Follow the seven-step process to cultivate your best-sounding presentation with accessible, simply organized exercises. Immediately recharge your speech, tone, clarity and energy!
Honors: seen on ABC and Fox

Category: Business

ISBN: 978-1460277003

In case you missed the books featured in the last newsletter, here they are again:
The Adventures of Flapjack: The Collar of Courage 
by Dan Cohen 

Continuing a desire to present issues that children typically encounter, The Adventures of Flapjack – Collar of Courage has Flapjack facing a bully and dealing with bruised self-esteem. 

Perhaps a “magical” collar will come to the rescue?

A fun way for kids to learn about the power of positive thinking ― Faridah Nassozi for Readers' Favorite

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

Category: Children's

ISBN: 978-1457525209

An Unforgivable Secret (Book One of the Amish Secrets series)  
by J. E. B. Spredemann  

Hannah has a good life. A beautiful home, a loving husband, and a wonderful Amish community are only a few of her daily blessings.

But she has carried a heavy burden for years: a secret that no one must know. 

When tragedy strikes, her secret threatens to be revealed, jeopardizing everything she's ever loved. 

Will Hannah be able to face her greatest fear and find God's purpose for her life? 

An intriguing, interesting, and sometimes heartbreaking story ― Joy Hannabass for Readers' Favorite

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

Category: Christian Fiction

ISBN: 978-1940492018

Dear Maude (Book One of the Dear Maude trilogy)
by Denise Liebig 

What would you do for a college scholarship? 

Emily Stanton is about to find out. After she received a full-ride to a university in New York, she thought her future was set. 

Four years later, however, Emily learns the true cost of her free education when she is required to work for the mysterious corporation that funded her schooling — this is where her problems begin. 

Armed with a sense of responsibility and a journal she addresses to her deceased aunt, Maude, Emily ventures into a world that most people find only in books. But she is not alone. When a romance leads her to question the motives of those around her, Emily must discover where her true loyalties lie and whether an unknown past might be her only hope for a future.

Honors: seen on ABC and Fox

Category: Time Travel Romance

ISBN: 978-1543024968

Mirror of Stone
by Corie J. Weaver 

On the frontier moon of Travbon, sixteen-year-old Eleanor Weber stumbles into a decades-old government conspiracy and is forced to run to survive. 

Guardsman Adam Cole is sent to retrieve her, but the strangeness of his orders impels him to investigate further. 

Adam and Eleanor must join forces and race to expose a secret hidden for two generations and prevent impending genocide.

A believably crafted alternate world populated by dramatic and refreshing characters brings intensity to this sci-fi journey. ― Foreword

Honors: seen on ABC and Fox

Category: Science Fiction


Focus on LinkedIn (Book Seven in the Professional Business series) 
by Richard G. Lowe Jr 

You can continue to ignore the power of LinkedIn and by doing so pass up on countless qualified leads from clients or employers, or you can learn how to write your own LinkedIn profile from an expert with 35 years of experience.

Category: Business

ISBN: 978-1943517213
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