Subject: Best indie books for this week

Below are this week's recommendations of our indie & small-press books.
LibraryBub Books July 27
Lamentation (Book One in the Jay Porter series)
by Joe Clifford

In a frigid New Hampshire winter, Jay Porter is trying to eke out a living and maintain some semblance of a relationship with his former girlfriend and their two-year-old son. When he receives an urgent call that Chris, his drug-addicted brother, is being questioned by the sheriff about his missing junkie business partner, Jay feels obliged to come to his rescue. 

After Jay negotiates his brother’s release from the county jail, Chris disappears into the night. As Jay begins to search for him, he is plunged into a cauldron of ugly lies and long-kept secrets that could tear apart his small hometown and threaten the lives of Jay and all those he holds dear. Powerful forces come into play that will stop at nothing until Chris is dead and the information he harbors is destroyed.

A taut thriller rendered in vivid prose, this book contains only a few surprises but builds a relentless, compelling momentum. Recommended for noir lovers and readers of novels set in New England. — Library Journal
Honors: 2015 Anthony Award Nominee for Best Mystery Novel; Amazon bestseller; seen on ABC and Fox

Category: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense 

ISBN: 978-1608091850

Webs of Fate (Book Three of the Webs series)
by Darlene Quinn

A gripping story of greed, conquest, love, and forgiveness. In the high-fashion world of the mid-80s, Danielle Norman, a vulnerable young buyer, struggles to save her plummeting career. Unable to confide in her mentor, Ashleigh McDowell, Danielle falls victim to a painful betrayal. Just how high a price will she pay?

Each step that Ashleigh takes to uncover the truth unwittingly draws her closer to a deadly trap. With her personal and professional life unraveling, Ashleigh finds herself in a race against time and the emotions that haunt her. Ultimately, she will find what fate has in store. 

Honors: 2011 Readers' Favorite Silver Award Winner; seen on ABC and Fox

Category: Contemporary Fiction

ISBN: 978-1608323890

The Journey of Not Knowing: how 21st Century leaders can chart a course where there is none
by Julie Benezet

The Journey of Not Knowing offers a fast paced, entertaining read that gets to the heart of a critical state in today’s business climate and society overall: the constantly changing, ambiguous 21st century and the uncharted waters ahead. This book will inspire leaders of organizations of any size to come to grips with the scariness of the unknown while it advances a new approach to leadership that leverages the discomfort of the new as a source of inspiration rather than a deterrent to building a better future.

Through the vehicle of a story about an eight-member leadership team of a fictional company, The Journey of Not Knowing follows the defended behaviors of its very recognizable characters through their efforts to avoid and then solve the mystery of why a client fired them. The reward of the discovery is a critical piece of new business and substantial personal growth. The book begins with the description of an experience as an executive from the author’s Amazon days and ends with a primer on the Journey of Not Knowing leadership model.

The Journey of Not Knowing leadership program has been attended by executives from around the world over the last six years. 

Honors: 2016 IBPA Gold Medal (cover); 2016 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Silver Medal (business & economics); seen on ABC and Fox

Category: Business

ISBN: 978-0997813906
The Rebecca Pendragon Trilogy: Magic is All Around Us 
by Gary Green

Rebecca was a normal 12-year-old girl living the suburban life with her single Mom, when her Mom died and her world changed forever — in ways she could never have imagined. First, she had to move halfway across the country to live with her Grandma on her farm in Minnesota. Then, she learned that magic and magical creatures are real. Not only that, but one of them — the god Pan — was responsible for her mother's death and wanted her dead as well. So starts a fast-paced adventure where magic is real and magical creatures hold the key, not only to Rebecca's survival, but to the survival of the whole human race. 

Follow Rebecca as she meets dragons, elves, gnomes, fairies and sorcerers — even the Loch Ness Monster. The Rebecca Pendragon Trilogy is a rollicking adventure that will keep you guessing from beginning to end. This is a box-set of the first three books of the Redemption series: Rebecca's Initiation, Rebecca's Destiny, and Rebecca's Coronation.

Honors: Award-winning author; seen on ABC and Fox

Category: Science Fiction and Fantasy

ISBN: 978-1520707303
Lamellia: the Kingdom of Mushrooms
by Gloria D. Gonsalves

Can a lost baby girl find a new home in a world of enchanted, talking mushrooms?

King Polipoli is kind to all who enter his magical kingdom. When he learns that a human baby girl needs his help, he sends out all his mushroom troops to rescue her.

But the journey won't be easy. After all, how can the little fungi carry a baby? Or feed her? Mushrooms of all shapes, sizes, and species must use teamwork and creativity to bring the girl safely to the king's castle.

Lamellia: The Kingdom of Mushrooms is a delightful educational picture book for children. During the fun-filled adventure, your children will discover the importance of kindness, tolerance, and acceptance.

If your child likes seeing beautiful illustrations, learning about nature, and using their imagination, then they'll love this charming fantasy tale.

Journey to Lamellia today to have a fun time with fungi!

Honors: seen on ABC and Fox

Category: Children's

In case you missed the books featured in the last newsletter, here they are again:
When Fall Fades (Book One of the Girl Next Door series)
by Amy Leigh Simpson

When Sadie Carson’s elderly neighbor Charlie, a brilliant conspiracy nut known for harassing the FBI, is murdered, Sadie suspects Charlie might've been onto something and intends to make sure someone solves the mystery of her friend's death, even if it's her. 

She may have found the victim's body, but FBI Special Agent Archer Hayes has no intention of letting some nosy civilian interfere with his investigation. The guilt he feels is bad enough. The last thing Archer needs is another distraction to haunt him. Especially one as beautiful and beguiling as the girl next door.

But when the case takes a puzzling turn toward a decades old conspiracy cover-up only the victim's closest confidant can help untangle. Sadie and Archer reluctantly join forces to decode the riddle of secrets Charlie carried to his grave. Or did he? Someone is after a dangerous truth. And when the dangers of the past and present collide Archer must fight to save the life of the woman he's falling for.... only to discover he might be the one in need of saving.

A story of suspense and murder, but also of love and romance — Trudi LoPreto for Readers’ Favorite

Honors: Amazon bestseller; seen on ABC and Fox

Category: Romance, Mystery & Suspense

ISBN: 978-1942266297

Failure of Justice: a brutal murder, an obsessed cop, six wrongful convictions  
by John Ferak 

Everyone felt the same way: small-town Nebraska widow Helen Wilson didn't have an ounce of meanness inside her body. Then on February 5, 1985, one of the coldest nights on record, the unthinkable happened. The 68-year-old resident was murdered inside her second-floor apartment, but why?

The crime went unsolved for four years — then came the unthinkable. A total of six people, three men and three women, were arrested and charged with the widow's rape murder. All six went to prison. The town was relieved knowing that six monsters were locked away from society for the ghastly crime. The town moved on, convinced that justice was served.

For nearly twenty years, the Beatrice 6 rotted in prison, until the unthinkable occurred in 2008. Now, the red state in America's Heartland faced a real quandary that could only mean one thing: Nebraska had a colossal FAILURE OF JUSTICE on its hands.

A solid and intriguing read — Charity Tober for Readers’ Favorite

Category: Mystery, Thriller and Suspense

Honors: Amazon bestseller; seen on ABC and Fox

ISBN: 978-1942266471

Crevice (Book One of the Earth Hunters series)
by Janice Boekhoff

Desperate to save her family’s gold mine, Elery Hearst gives an order that results in the tragic death of one of her men. But before she can come to terms with the guilt consuming her, her brother disappears. To find him, she must find the legendary Lost Dutchman gold mine. 

The one person who can help, Lucan Milner, has every reason to want her to fail; he’s the twin brother of the miner who died. He holds the secret to finding Elery’s brother, but sharing it with her not only rips open his grief-stricken heart, it puts both of them in the path of a killer.

Category: Mystery, Thriller and Suspense

Honors: seen on ABC and Fox

ISBN: 978-1942266549

Give Up the Dead (Book Three of the Jay Porter series)
by Joe Clifford 

Three years have passed since estate-clearing handyman Jay Porter almost lost his life following a devastating accident on the thin ice of Echo Lake. His investigative work uncovering a kids-for-cash scandal may have made his hometown of Ashton, New Hampshire, a safer place, but nothing comes without a price. 

The traumatic, uncredited events cost Jay his wife and his son, and left him with a permanent leg injury. Jay is just putting his life back together when a mysterious stranger stops by with an offer too good to be true: a large sum of cash in exchange for finding a missing teenage boy who may have been abducted by a radical recovery group in the northern New Hampshire wilds. Skeptical of gift horses and weary of reenlisting in the local drug war, Jay passes on the offer. The next day his boss is found beaten and left for dead, painting Jay the main suspect. As clues begin to tie the two cases together, Jay finds himself back on the job and back in the line of fire.

Clifford understands human potential for moral collapse and redemption, and his lean, gritty prose never lets characters or readers off the hook —Publishers Weekly

Category: Mystery, Thriller and Suspense

Honors: 2015 Anthony Award Nominee for Best Mystery Novel, Amazon bestseller; seen on ABC and Fox


The Un-death of Me: life of an Asian American Woman 
by Alicia Su Lozeron

The Un-death of Me tells a life account of an immigrant American woman. Avery Mingli Liang emigrated from Taipei to New York City circa 1990 attending Columbia University as an English Literature major. Her accent and looks exposed her to extreme discrimination, stereotyping, and insensitivity. She was unable to feel any level of self-worth, accomplishment, fulfillment, or true human connection.

Avery struggled to create her own identity, and to escape the trappings of what a traditional woman and wife should be. Her life journey took her all over the world to witness intricate engagements, and to observe scandalous incidents of both the high and the low societies. Her second husband, Abbey Lori, brought a fresh breath of air to her life. Now her quest for happiness had an anchor, and she had yet to find out what prices she had to pay for her life to be fulfilled and realized.

Honors: seen on ABC and Fox

Category: Contemporary Fiction

ISBN: 978-0998194127

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