Subject: Best indie books for this week

Here is this week's selection of recommended books from small and independent publishers.
LibraryBub Books September 28
Hugh the Southern Flame (Book Two of the Chaos Chronicles series)
by R. J. Tolson

Centuries ago, the world of Evos fell into war as its inhabitants battled over the powerful Nios Crystal, said to allow its user to control fear itself. After the crystal was lost and worldwide destruction blanketed the land, a band of survivors founded six great cities across the globe, never leaving their dream of global domination behind.

Today, Burst, the only technologically advanced city of the great six, produces and studies superhuman students with powers, known as Espers. Competing for the ultimate treasure, as well as global dominance, special students are recruited into the Agency to become Burst agents — famed and powerful elite members of society who are sent around the world on missions.

As the son of a disgraced and exiled legendary agent, 17-year-old Hugh has always wanted to join the Agency to redeem the honor of his family name — problem is, even though he is an Esper, Hugh has been classified a Level One, barely passable as having supernatural powers. All of that changes, however, after he becomes an agent candidate, the beginning of a series of events that reveals the truth not only of the chaotic world around him and the shadowy figures at work, but of the destiny that awaits him.

On a quest full of endless adventure and suspense, Hugh must journey through the beast-filled wastelands, hone his powers, and find the Nios Crystal — or let everything around him perish as the entire world drowns in fear and darkness.

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The second book can be read without knowledge of the first volume...I would recommend it to readers who want a vivid taste of the warrior’s journey in conquering fear. It is an inner journey as much as it is an outer one. — Readers' Favorite

Honors: Readers' Favorite book award winner; seen on NBC and CBS

Category: Literature & Fiction

ISBN: 978-0990329992

The Geometry of Love
by Jessica Levine

Are security and passion mutually exclusive? Is betrayal ever justified? Can one be fully creative — in art or life — without the inspiration of erotic love? These are the questions asked in The Geometry of Love, a novel set in New York in the 1980s, then Northern California 20 years later, as Julia, a poet with writer’s block, attempts to choose between Ben, a professor at Princeton whom she sees as good husband material, and Michael, an emotionally vulnerable composer who is her muse but also a destabilizing influence.

Reasoning that Michael is too wounded to make a commitment, Julia turns her triangular situation into a square by setting him up with a cousin. In the process she discovers, as Pascal once said, that the heart has its reasons that reason does not know. This deeply psychological tale explores the assumptions and fantasies that determine romantic choices as the narrative takes us from one decision in the 1980s to an opportunity to reverse it in the 21st century.

Honors: featured in American Library Association's Booklist; seen on NBC and CBS

Category: Literature & Fiction

ISBN: 978-1938314629

The Girl Who Could Read Hearts
by Sherry Maysonave

In this epic, inspirational drama, a red-haired 6-year-old girl struggles against her intuitive superpowers while surrounded by skeptical, sometimes cruel, family members and their secrets. She discovers that God will help her sidestep disaster when she listens and honors her gifts. Tantalizing and spiritual.

Born gifted with a rare seventh sense — the ability to read human hearts coupled with keen intuition — protagonist Kate Kindrick struggles to understand her capabilities. She is often bewildered by her unique perceptions combined with seeing symbols and panoplies of color in people’s hearts. Kate’s parents fear that their young daughter suffers from delusional psychosis. Yet it’s her naiveté of the intuitive signs that augurs trouble.

Brimming with inspiration and daring, The Girl Who Could Read Hearts delves into intuition, angels, death, and the afterlife. This thought-provoking, award-winning novel also deftly explores issues relevant to many of today’s societal woes: deteriorating family relationships, prejudice, abuse, eating disorders, and limiting belief systems. 

Readers will also enjoy the well-crafted characters and how the author explores their psychological health. Sherry Maysonave makes readers care about her characters and invites them to embrace their weirdness, their God-given talents without shame. — Readers' Favorite

Honors: Texas Association of Authors Award; Pinnacle Book Achievement Award; Beverly Hills Book Awards; London Book Festival; Finalist, Eric Hoffer Book Award; Great Midwest Book Festival; Readers' Favorite; seen on NBC and CBS

Category: Religion & Spirituality

ISBN: 978-1504351119

Choose Bliss
by Moneeka Sawyer

Did you know that happiness is a choice?

Let author Moneeka Sawyer show you how to live a life full of joy, where being happy becomes a habit.

If you have ever wondered what was wrong with you or wanted to know why you could never just be happy, this book is for you. Sawyer will take you on a journey of self-discovery and awareness like you have never experienced before.

Inside this book you will discover: what bliss means; the importance of values; how you limit yourself; the power you have over your life; the secret of gratitude; the power of forgiveness; the benefits of positive thinking; how to eliminate anxiety and frustration; how to accept responsibility; the importance of play... and much more.

Honors: Donna Lynn Quill Award; seen on NBC and CBS

Moneeka Sawyer's motivational self-help book, Choose Bliss, is an inspiring and accessible read. — Readers' Favorite

Category: Self Help

ISBN: 978-1537593739

Mirror of My Soul, Sanctum of My Heart
by Jasmina Agrillo Scherr

The book inspires readers to live the miracle of their soul connection. The author's story is a real-life, modern-day odyssey beyond near death. From her ancestral shores of Sicily to New England, India, South America, and California, the transformation of soul connection unfolds through trauma, a brain tumor diagnosis, near death, and divorce, to find identify, meaning, healing, and love.

Readers are experiencing healing on many levels. The messages in this book are renewing hope and wonder in the midst of the trials of life

Honors: Amazon Best Seller; seen on NBC and CBS

Category: Religion & Spirituality

In case you missed the books featured in the last newsletter, here they are again:
Jack of Hearts (Book Seven of the Detective Jack Stratton series)
by Christopher Greyson

Jack Stratton is heading south for some fun in the sun. Already nervous about introducing his girlfriend, Alice, to his parents, the last thing Jack needed was for the dog-sitter to cancel, forcing him to bring Lady, their 120 lb. King Shepherd, on the plane with them. The dog holds Jack responsible and wants payback. On top of everything, Jack is still waiting for Alice’s answer to his marriage proposal. When his mother and the members of her neighborhood book club ask him to catch the Orange Blossom Cove Bandit, a small-time thief who’s stealing garden gnomes and peace of mind from their quiet retirement community, how can Jack refuse?

The peculiar mystery proves to be more than it appears. Things take a deadly turn as Jack finds it's up to him to stop a crazed killer, save his parents, and win the hand of the girl he loves — but if he survives, will it be Jack who ends up with a broken heart? Jack of Hearts is part of a series which has more than 5,000 five-star reviews and more than a million readers and counting. If you love a page-turning thriller with mystery, humor, and a dash of romance, pick up Jack of Hearts today.

A mystery with a sharp protagonist whose appeal is matched by that of the characters surrounding him — Kirkus

Honors: Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author; seen on NBC and CBS

Category: Literature & Fiction

ISBN: 978-1683990734

The Timekeeper's Son
by Sara Baker

A community icon vital to a troubled Georgia town is left comatose by an impaired 17-year-old driver and thus begins this tale that underscores how a single tragic moment can send ripples of change through the lives and futures of those at the scene, their families and friends, and even those they've yet to meet. Set against the backdrop of the fraying social net of the New South, this coming-of-age story depicts with equal sympathy youthful dreams and middle-age regrets.

It explores themes of grief and forgiveness, isolation and connection, masks and disguises, all while depicting its characters’ lives with tender intimacy. With the precision of a clockmaker, Sara Baker has set into place the gears that move her characters from an horrific incident, through the inevitable mazes that follow, to the satisfying ending of a father-son story framed by loss and recovery. Written with a poet’s sensibility to language and imagery, and with impeccable pacing and elements of both the thriller and magical realism, this is a singular novel not to be missed.

An absorbing and deliberately composed tale about reactions to trauma  — Kirkus

Honors: seen on NBC and CBS

Category: Literature & Fiction

ISBN: 978-1944193560

Why They Stay: sex scandals, deals, and hidden agendas of nine political wives
by Anne Michaud

This work of literary nonfiction explores the reasoning and motivation of wives who stay with their politician-husbands after they cheat. Why They Stay offers deeply intuitive, exactingly researched profiles of Eleanor Roosevelt, Jackie Kennedy, Valerie Hobson, Marion Stein, Hillary Clinton, Silda Spitzer, Wendy Vitter, Gila Katsav and Huma Abedin. Looking back on the path chosen by these political wives, we have the evidence to see a pattern as old as the dynastic maneuverings of England's medieval queens.

The women married to the 'royalty' of our times, politicians, make similar cold calculations in order to hold onto their 'thrones' and their family's history-making potential.

It's about time that a book such as Why They Stay should appear to comment on the wives of politicians and why they remain in place despite reports of infidelity and bad behaviors. Not only does this apply to the highest political offices past and present, but its message and analysis will reach many a marriage where friends may wonder about the reasons why a wife stays in the home after misconduct is uncovered. It's a gripping production especially recommended for any interested in women's issues and political scandals and their aftermath. — D. Donovan for Midwest Book Review

Honors: seen on NBC, CBS and Fox

Category: Biography

ISBN: 978-0997663310
The Pirate's Booty (Book One of the Inventor-in-Training series)
by D. M. Darroch

A parallel universe, a pirate ship, a talking bird, and one seriously eccentric captain.

After a laboratory mishap, inventor-in-training Angus Clark finds himself aboard the Fearsome Flea. The pirate crew mistakes the middle schooler for his alter ego, a dirty, rude cannon boy. Clever Angus must face a sea battle and a nasty mutineer, and walk the plank.

Will the scientific Angus survive life on the leaky Fearsome Flea? Why is Maniacal Marge out to get him? Will he ever return to his own world? And can his mother endure the mischievous pirate who now lives under her roof? Helped by a sassy, body-jumping macaw and a fastidious, cookie-baking pirate captain, Angus uses his ingenuity and trusty screwdriver to set the worlds right.

The Pirate's Booty begins the story of Angus Clark, a middle schooler striving to be an inventor. While working on his latest invention, Angus accidentally transports himself to a parallel universe where pirates still terrorize the waters. Along the way, he discovers that his most loyal friend may very well be that annoying girl in his math class.

The author introduces the Inventor-in-Training trilogy with smoke and a sizzle. Breakneck pacing, lighthearted humor, and two overlapping storylines will delight quick-witted readers looking for an adventurous good time.

...a refreshing change of pace...demands a slightly higher reading comprehension level and introduces scientifically challenging vocabulary... The science in this book is fantastic and any science-loving child will relish what the author has to say on the subject of theoretical physics and chemistry. — Illinois Review

Honors: seen on NBC and CBS

Category: Children's

ISBN: 978-1890797065
My Snowman Paul (Book One of the Snowman Paul series)
by Yossi Lapid

A friendly snowman named Paul makes a terrific pal for a fun-seeking little boy named Dan. Together, they engage in exciting adventures and make big dreams happen! 

Written in rhymes, this award-winning book is perfect for beginner readers and bedtime stories. Charming illustrations complement the narrative and bring the stories alive. Children will fall in love with Snowman Paul! He is energetic and playful, he has big dreams and he is not afraid to be different. 

Pick up your copy and join Snowman Paul and Dan in their imaginative and whimsical adventures!

The perfect winter story selection! — Readers' Favorite

Honors: Mom's Choice Award (Gold); 2016 Moonbeam Best Picture Book Series Award (Silver); B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree; KDP Select All Star; seen on NBC and CBS

Category: Children's


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Alinka Rutkowska
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