Subject: Best indie books for this week

Below are this week's recommendations of our indie & small-press books.
LibraryBub Books July 6
Degrees of Darkness (Book One of the Julia Elliot series)   
by Lori C. Thompson  

Visions of the future. A dark family secret. A beloved uncle seduced by evil …

Julia Elliot is a nurse practitioner working in a busy trauma room. She is good at her job and well respected by her colleagues — but she harbors a secret. One which has made her an outcast all of her life. 

Now able to suppress the visions of the future that have tormented her for as long as she can remember, she is living life on her terms — that is, until the fragility of her 'normal life' is shattered when a vision breaches her defenses and sends her running back home to Savannah, Georgia.

Honors: Amazon bestseller; seen on ABC and Fox

Category: Science Fiction & Fantasy

ISBN: 978-1541142107 

Hieroglyph (Book One of the T.C.'s Adventures series) 
by by W.J. Scott 

13 year old T.C. has a secret. No one knows she possesses a supernatural power. 

Can T.C. help her Uncle Max, an archaeologist; unearth enough evidence that Ancient Egyptians visited Australia, before he’s discredited in the media by those that want the past to stay buried?

“Some would say that I have a gift, but to me it’s always been a curse. Before I changed my mind, I tugged off my gloves and whipped my head left and right, checking to see that no one was watching. I sucked in breath and steadied my nerves then thrust my hands against the stones and touched one of the cartouches. Time and place ripped away.”

An enthralling archaeological mystery, mixing the supernatural with humor and suspense.

The first of T.C.’s adventures
 an archaeological mystery for junior readers and above.
Family friendly.

Exciting and fast-paced ― Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Honors: Gold Medal Winner, 9-12yrs, The Wishing Shelf Book Awards, 2015; Silver Medal Winner, Children/Preteen, International Readers' Favorite, 2016; BooksGoSocial Gold Quality Mark; seen on ABC and Fox

Category: Children's

ISBN: 978-1539151111

Hudojnik: the life and art of Ivan I. Garikow 
by Steven M. Nesbit 

Ivan Garikow was one of the last classically-trained artists at the original Repin Academy where thousands applied and only a few were accepted. 

Garikow became a Soviet soldier only to be captured by the Nazi and spends the next four years in captivity to survive. Liberated by the United States military, he was placed near Salzburg, Austria where he gained his freedom and gains artistic recognition. Suitable for high school and college art history classes. 

Garikow remained true to his Russian heritage and the strong national character of his country.

Nesbit effectively relates Garikow’s personal history...a valuable record of an overlooked artist ― Kirkus 

Honors: Top 50 Feature Article Winner of the 76th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition Collection, 2007; seen on ABC and Fox

Category: Biographies & Memoirs


Valley Speak: deciphering the jargon of Silicon Valley 
by Rochelle Kopp and Steven Ganz 

Silicon Valley has a lingo of its own ― from unicorns to pivoting to growth hacking ― that while colorful can also be rather opaque. This is the definitive guide to the unique words used in the Bay Area startup scene, helping everyone from people who want to do business here to those who just want to watch HBO's Silicon Valley without being confused. It’s designed to be thorough and accurate while including a touch of humor (because face it, the way people talk in Silicon Valley can often be a bit ridiculous!)

If you’ve wanted a way to break into the exciting conversation that is happening in Silicon Valley, this book is for you. Or if you’re already in Silicon Valley, you may become frustrated when your colleagues in other places just don’t “get” how things are done here and wish you had a handy primer to give them. You may be familiar with some of the terms, but wish that you had a deeper understanding, so that you could use them with more confidence. Valley Speak features the top 100 Silicon Valley words and phrases and will help anyone navigate the Silicon Valley ecosystem like a pro.

Honors: eLit Awards 2016 Gold Medal, Essay / Creative Non-Fiction; The Wishing Shelf Book Awards 2016 Bronze Medal, Adult Non-Fiction; Foreword Indies 2016 Finalist (winners not yet announced), Popular Culture; Amazon bestseller; seen on ABC and Fox

Category: Business

ISBN: 978-0997436402

The Adventures of a Water Drop 
by Begonia Ibarrola 

This is the story of a water drop that lived in the soil for a long time until one day she felt an irrepressible desire to see the light. Travel along with the droplet and live her adventures. 

The Adventures of a Water Drop is part of the 'Emotional Stories' series and is a story of gratitude. The book contains a collectible fact sheet for parents and educators and an activity page for children.

Category: Children's

Honors: JUUL Children's Literature Award (2013 & 2016); seen on ABC and Fox

ISBN: 978-8495923646
In case you missed the books featured in the last newsletter, here they are again:
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 that she will 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

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