Subject: Best indie books for this week

Below are this week's recommendations of our indie & small-press books.
LibraryBub Books July 13
Lockout 
by John J. Nance 

Over the Atlantic in the dark of night, the electronic brain of Pangia Airlines Flight 10 quietly and without warning disconnects all cockpit controls and reverses course on its own. The crew of the huge Airbus 330 at first sense nothing, the flight displays still showing them on course to New York.

With furious messaging flying between Washington and Tel Aviv where the flight began, the growing fear that Flight 10 may be hijacked is fueled by the presence of a feared and hated former head of state sitting in first class, a man with an extreme Mid East agenda who may somehow be responsible for the Airbus A-330's loss of control.

As time and fuel runs low, the captain risks everything to wrest control from the electronic ghost holding them on a course to certain disaster.

As the war room in Tel Aviv is called, the interim Prime Minister of Israel grapples with a horrifying choice in the balance between 300 airborne lives and the probability of nuclear war.

 
Honors: Amazon bestseller; seen on ABC and Fox

Category: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense 


ISBN: 978-1942266600

Betrayal in Blue: the shocking memoir of the scandal that rocked the NYPD 
by Burl Barer, Frank C. Girardot Jr. and Ken Eurell 

NYPD officers Mike Dowd and Kenny Eurell knew there were two ways to get rich quick in Brooklyn's Lower East Side. You either became drug dealers, or you robbed drug dealers. They decided to do both.

Dowd and Eurell ran the most powerful gang in New York’s dangerous 75th Precinct, the crack cocaine capital of 1980s America. These “ Cocaine Cops” formed a lucrative alliance with Adam Diaz, the kingpin of an ever-expanding Dominican drug cartel. “The biggest police scandal in New York history” exploded into the headlines with the arrest of Mike, Ken, and their fellow crooked cops. Released on bail, Mike offered Ken a long shot at escape to Central America — a bizarre plan involving robbery, kidnapping, and murder — forcing Ken to choose between two forms of betrayal.

Adapted from Ken Eurell's shocking personal memoir, plus hundreds of hours of exclusive interviews with the major players, including former international drug lord, Adam Diaz, and Dori Eurell. Edgar Award winner Burl Barer once again teams with award-winning journalist Frank C. Girardot, Jr, and Eurell to bring you an astonishing story of greed and betrayal.


An engrossing read Gisela Dixon for Readers’ Favorite

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

Category: Biographies & Memoirs, True Crime

ISBN: 978-1942266747

Rapture at Midnight (Book One of the Cynn Cruors Bloodline series) 
by Isobelle Cate 

Finn Qualtrough, a Cynn Cruor warrior, is on a mission to find leader of the Scatha Cruor, Dac Valerian. When he pursues three Scatha warriors who can lead him to Dac, he discovers a woman who awakens a desire within him to claim her as his own.

Eirene Spence, an insomniac and computer genius has a penchant for midnight walks in the park. When the Scatha Cruor sees her, she is saved when a handsome stranger rescues her. His touch ignites a hunger inside her that only he can satisfy. By a twist of fate, Eirene’s client is Dac Valerian. She can lead Finn — and the rest of the Cynn Cruor — to Dac’s lair. Now Dac wants her dead.

Finn must fulfill his mission while trying to keep Eirene alive. With Valerian after Eirene, nothing is certain, not even her place in Finn’s life.

There is a-growing war between the Cynn Cruor and the Scatha Cruor: two breeds of immortal warriors who carry human, vampire, and werewolf blood. The Cynn Cruor wants to live in harmony with the human race. The Scatha Cruor wants to enslave them. It’s time to start preparing for battle.

Honors: Winner, Inner Goddess Best Paranormal Romance 2013; Amazon bestseller; seen on ABC and Fox

Category: Paranormal Romance

ISBN: 978-1523798568

Conductor: the heart & soul of the railroad 
by Robert L. Bryan

This is the story of one of the more fabled occupations in America — the railroad conductor. 

This book traces the origin of the railroad and the occupation as well as the conductor as a subject of folklore and the media. 

Additionally, the pathways to a career as a conductor are fully explored.

Honors: Amazon bestseller; seen on ABC and Fox

Category: Railroads

ISBN: 978-1520411521 
How to Succeed in Business: own your worth and attract money (Volume One)  
by Marcelle della Faille  

In How to Succeed in Business, prosperity responds to a new way of living and acting: attracting money by owning our own worth. Thanks to this work by Marcelle della Faille, our look at money changes radically and appears as an instrument of personal progress and expression of one’s potential. The spiritual value of money is explained, that through which it is possible to take care of oneself and others. Money is a source of success as soon as it is appreciated as an art of connecting with people.

Through practical cases and didactic exercises, Marcelle della Faille opens the path of 'spiritual entrepreneurship' to live a dream life: it is possible to attract money while running the most fulfilling activity. This book is a practical and energizing tool that allows to express the potential of each one and to find the answers to these questions in oneself.

Honors: seen on ABC and Fox

Category: Personal Success

ISBN: 978-1540522191 
In case you missed the books featured in the last newsletter, here they are again:
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


ISBN978-1478335849

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, 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
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