Subject: Best indie books for this week

Here is this week's selection of recommended books from small and independent publishers.
LibraryBub Books October 5
Zephyr the West Wind (Book One of the Chaos Chronicles)
by .R. J. Tolson

A powerful and evil animal inhabitant of the world attacks the island village of Dentro. This demon, strong enough to destroy a mountain with just a howl, is later revealed to be the Chaos dragon. An outsider destroys the Chaos dragon and submerges its powers into three ancient weapons: a spear, a shield, and a sword. It is soon discovered by the villagers that one of their own women has borne the child of this outsider, thus breaking a sacred law by doing so.

The child, introduced as Zephyr, is 17 years old as the story begins. He never knew why the villagers hated and detested him so. Having no friends and family after his mother dies when he is only 6 years old, Zephyr survived in the village as an outcast with aid only from the chief. Will Zephyr do as he always sought and become an honorable, young man? Will he do the right thing despite his negative standing in his village? How will his travels and explorations impact his character, including the unforeseen betrayal of a dear friend?

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I recommend Zephyr the West Wind to both young adults and adults since it is a great journey of self-discovery in an exciting world.  — Readers' Favorite

Honors: 2015 Readers' Favorite; 2013 Beverly Hills Book Award; 2013 National Indie Excellence Award; seen on NBC and Fox

Category: Literature & Fiction

ISBN: 978-0615686431

Poison Patty
by Kary Buchanan

Sisters Bee and Bel operate a tour company — To Be Tours — designed for the literate and adventurous traveler. Their current tour "Castles, Chianti, and Classics" includes a Tuscan cooking class, book discussions, and highlights of Italy for their quixotic group. The sisters' impeccably planned trip is repeatedly derailed by one nasty participant. Patty manages to alienate, infuriate, and embarrass each of the guests in turn, and threatens to make the word ‘American’ a new and potent profanity.

Patty seems determined to ruin not only the tour but the lives of other tour members. After a series of frightening incidents, Patty is found dead. With everyone secretly relieved she is silenced, Bel and Bee discretely unravel the mysteries concealed by their companions, each of whom has an excellent motive for murder. Often hilarious, always informative, Poison Patty has a surprise ending that will leave readers wanting more in this delightful new series.

Honors: seen on NBC and Fox

Category: Thriller & Suspense

ISBN: 978-1540500601

Summer on Earth
by Peter Thompson

The night that 11-year-old Grady Johnson looked out his window and wished on a shooting star, his life changed forever. Grady, his ma and his younger sister Luanne are having a hard summer. Dad has died, and the family isn’t the same. Ma is trying her best, but Grady knows they don’t have enough money to get by.

The shooting star he saw was a spacecraft plunging to earth, and landing at the back of their farm. Extraterrestrial engineer Ralwil Turth has one objective: to fix his power drive and go back home. But things don’t go as planned. Stuck in human form, he starts to learn about what it means to be human, and the exotic charms of this planet. When he uses his advanced technology to create a money tree, he is sure this will solve all the family's problems.

But with a suspicious banker and a bumbling detective nosing around, their problems get worse. With the family’s fate, and Ralwil’s life, on the line, Grady has to find the courage to help his family and save his friend. Summer on Earth blends humor, adventure and poignancy to create an unforgettable story about finding home.

Honors: seen on NBC and Fox

Category: Science Fiction

ISBN: 978-1943978304
Snowman Paul at the Winter Olympics (Book Two of the Snowman Paul series)
by Yossi Lapid

What would you do if you caught your snowman cheating at the Winter Olympics? Read this exciting winter time adventure to see Dan’s surprising response!

Written in rhyme, the Snowman Paul series is suitable for beginner readers and bedtime stories. Whimsical and humorous, the stories touch upon serious themes such as friendship, peer pressure, family relationships and values.

Vivid and expressive 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. The Snowman Paul series will be a wonderful addition to your winter stories collection.

Lapid’s debut picture book puts a wintry spin on an eternal, favorite childhood dream: Olympic glory — Kirkus 

Honors: Mom's Choice Gold Medal; Moonbeam Silver Award; Indie BRAG Medallion; KDP All Star; seen on NBC and Fox

Category: Children's

ISBN: 978-0997389920
How to Get Your Joy Back!: a women's guide to midlife career transformation
by Maria Luchsinger

Are you ready for a change? Reinvent your life and rediscover your joy! Find out how your strengths and passion intersect with your best career options.

Gain control of your time and spend it the way you want.
Make a plan for financial freedom and develop multiple streams of income.

Whether you want to shift gears in your current job, explore a new career, or launch your own business, this guide will show you how to feel energized and motivated to fulfill your life's purpose every day!

Maria Luchsinger is a teacher, speaker, and founder of the Women's Career Transformation Network. As a career reinvention strategist, she uses more than 30 years of experience in the fields of education and business to coach women so they can transform their careers and find joy in balanced lives.

Honors: seen on NBC and Fox

Category: Self-Help

ISBN: 978-0989763059

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

We trust that your readers will enjoy our hand-picked selection.

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Alinka Rutkowska
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